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  1. Characterization of Core Samples from a Hardened Crust Layer in Tank 4F

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    Hay, M. L.

    2005-09-28

    Waste removal operations in Tank 4F are scheduled to begin in late 2005 to provide material for Sludge Batch 5. Mining/probing operations to support installation of submersible mixer pumps encountered a hard layer of material at {approx}45'' to 50'' from the bottom of the tank. Attempts at penetrating the hard layer using a manual mining tool in several different risers were not successful. A core-sampling tool was used to obtain samples of the hard crust layer in Tank 4F for characterization. Three 12'' core samples and a dip sample of the supernate near the surface of the hard layer were sent to Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for characterization. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results for the crystalline solids from both sample FTF-434 and FTF-435 identifies the major component of both samples as Burkeite (Na{sub 6}(CO{sub 3})(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}). All of the other data collected on the crystalline solids from the Tank 4F core samples support this conclusion. The conditions in Tank 4F for the last twenty years have been ideal for Burkeite formation. The tank has been largely undisturbed with a tank temperature consistently above 30 C, a carbonate to sulfate molar ratio in the supernate conducive to Burkeite formation, and slow evaporation of the supernate phase. Thermodynamic modeling and the results of a Burkeite solubility test confirm that a ratio of 1:1:12 for the volumes of Burkeite solids, supernate, and inhibited water will dissolve all of the Burkeite. These ratios could be used to remove the 6'' layer of Burkeite from Tank 4F with no mixing. However, the thermodynamic modeling and the solubility test neglect the sludge layer beneath the Burkeite crust in Tank 4F. Settled sludge in Savannah River Site (SRS) high-level waste tanks usually contains greater than 75% interstitial supernate by volume. If the supernate in the sludge layer should mix into the solution used to dissolve the Burkeite, significantly more inhibited water would be needed to

  2. Contribution of the 4 f -core-excited states in determination of atomic properties in the Promethium Isoelectronic Sequence

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    Beiersdorfer, Peter; Safronova, U. I.; Safronova, A. S.

    2014-05-01

    The atomic properties of Pm-like ions were comprehensively studied using relativistic atomic codes with the main emphasis on W ion. Excitation energies of the 4f14 nl (with nl = 5 s , 6 s , 5 p , 6 p , 5 d , 6 d , and 5 f) states in Pm-like ions with nuclear charge Z ranging from 74 to 100 are evaluated within the framework of relativistic many-body theory (RMBPT). First- and second-order Coulomb energies and first- and second-order Breit corrections to the energies are calculated. The important question of what is the ground state in Pm-like ions was answered. Properties of the 4 f -core-excited states are evaluated using the multiconfiguration relativistic Hebrew University Lawrence Livermore Atomic Code (HULLAC code) and the Hartree-Fock-Relativistic method (COWAN code). Our large scale calculations includes the following set of configurations: 4f14 5 s , 4f14 5 p , 4f13 5s2 , 4f13 5p2 , 4f13 5 s 5 p , 4f12 5s2 5 p , 4f12 5 s 5p2 , and 4f12 5p3 . Excitation energies, transition rates, and lifetimes in Pm-like tungsten are evaluated with additional inclusion of the 4f11 5s2 5p2 , 4f11 5 s 5p3 , 4f10 5s2 5p3 , and 4f10 5 s 5p4 configurations. Wavelengths of the 5 s - 5 p transitions are obtained by the COWAN, HULLAC, and RMBPT codes. This research was sponsored by DOE under the OFES grant DE-FG02-08ER54951 and in part by NNSA Cooperative Agreement DE-NA0001984. Work at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. was performed under the auspices of DOE under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  3. New type of heterometallic 3d-4f rhomblike core in Weakley-like polyoxometalates.

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    Reinoso, Santiago; Galán-Mascarós, José Ramón; Lezama, Luis

    2011-10-03

    The first heterometallic copper-cerium polyoxometalate, [{Ce(IV)(OAc)}Cu(II)(3)(H(2)O)(B-α-GeW(9)O(34))(2)](11-) (1), is composed of an unprecedented copper(II)-trisubstituted Weakley-type tungstogermanate subunit stabilized by coordination of a {Ce(OAc)}(3+) group at the vacant position. The title species contains a central {Ce(IV)Cu(II)(3)O(18)} rhomblike cluster that belongs to a new {(4f(ext))(3d(ext))(3d(int))(2)} type and magnetically behaves as a triangular Cu(3) system with overall antiferromagnetic exchange affected by the structural distortions the vicinity of diamagnetic Ce(IV) induces.

  4. XPS studies of the valence band and of the 4f and 3d levels of Ce hydrides

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    Schlapbach, L.; Osterwalder, J.

    1982-04-01

    We have analyzed the valence band region and the 3d core levels of Ce, CeH 2.1 and CeH 2.9 by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Hydrogen induced states appear about 5 eV below E F. The density of states at E F is about 4 times smaller in CeH 2.1 than in Ce and vanishes completely in CeH 2.9 in agreement with the metal to semiconductor transition which was observed in resistivity measurements. The 4f level is well split off the hydrogen induced band at 2 eV for both hydrides. The 3d core levels are shifted by 1.9 and 2.1 eV from Ce to CeH 2.1 and CeH 2.9, resp., and exhibit intense satellites on the low BE side. A simple method to prepare large, compact samples of rare earth hydrides is described.

  5. L-4F Differentially Alters Plasma Levels of Oxidized Fatty Acids Resulting in more Anti-Inflammatory HDL in Mice

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    Imaizumi, Satoshi; Grijalva, Victor; Navab, Mohamad; Van Lenten, Brian J.; Wagner, Alan C.; Anantharamaiah, G.M.; Fogelman, Alan M.; Reddy, Srinivasa T.

    2011-01-01

    To determine in vivo if L-4F differentially alters plasma levels of oxidized fatty acids resulting in more anti-inflammatory HDL. Injecting L-4F into apoE null mice resulted in a significant reduction in plasma levels of 15-HETE, 5-HETE, 13-HODE and 9-HODE. In contrast, plasma levels of 20-HETE were not reduced and plasma levels of 14,15-EET, which are derived from the cytochrome P450 pathway, were elevated after injection of L-4F. Injection of 13(S)-HPODE into wild-type C57BL/6J mice caused an increase in plasma levels of 13-HODE and 9-HODE and was accompanied by a significant loss in the anti-inflammatory properties of HDL. The response of atherosclerosis resistant C3H/HeJ mice to injection of 13(S)-HPODE was similar but much more blunted. Injection of L-4F at a site different from that at which the 13(S)-HPODE was injected resulted in significantly lower plasma levels of 13-HODE and 9-HODE and significantly less loss of HDL anti-inflammatory properties in both strains. i) L-4F differentially alters plasma levels of oxidized fatty acids in vivo. ii) The resistance of the C3H/HeJ strain to atherosclerosis may in part be mediated by a reduced reaction of this strain to these potent lipid oxidants. L-4F differentially alters plasma levels of oxidized fatty acids in mice and the resistance of C3H/HeJ mice to atherosclerosis may be mediated by a reduced reaction of this strain to these potent lipid oxidants. PMID:20642447

  6. The first 4d/4f single-molecule magnet containing a {Ru(III)2Dy(III)2} core.

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    Langley, Stuart K; Wielechowski, Daniel P; Vieru, Veacheslav; Chilton, Nicholas F; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Chibotaru, Liviu F; Murray, Keith S

    2015-02-07

    We report the synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of the first 4d-4f single-molecule magnet. The complex [Ru(III)2Dy(III)2(OMe)2(O2CPh)4(mdea)2(NO3)2] displays a butterfly type core, with an anisotropy barrier of 10.7 cm(-1). Ab initio and DFT calculations provide insight into the observed magnetic behaviour.

  7. Identification of the predicted 5s-4f level crossing optical lines with applications to metrology and searches for the variation of fundamental constants.

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    Windberger, A; Crespo López-Urrutia, J R; Bekker, H; Oreshkina, N S; Berengut, J C; Bock, V; Borschevsky, A; Dzuba, V A; Eliav, E; Harman, Z; Kaldor, U; Kaul, S; Safronova, U I; Flambaum, V V; Keitel, C H; Schmidt, P O; Ullrich, J; Versolato, O O

    2015-04-17

    We measure optical spectra of Nd-like W, Re, Os, Ir, and Pt ions of particular interest for studies of a possibly varying fine-structure constant. Exploiting characteristic energy scalings we identify the strongest lines, confirm the predicted 5s-4f level crossing, and benchmark advanced calculations. We infer two possible values for optical M2/E3 and E1 transitions in Ir^{17+} that have the highest predicted sensitivity to a variation of the fine-structure constant among stable atomic systems. Furthermore, we determine the energies of proposed frequency standards in Hf^{12+} and W^{14+}.

  8. Observations of high vibrational levels of the 4 f σ 4 1Σu+ state of H2

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    Chartrand, A. M.; Ekey, R. C.; McCormack, E. F.

    2016-07-01

    Resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization via the E F 1Σg+, v' = 6 double-well state has been used to probe the energy region below the third dissociation limit of H2 where several high vibrational levels of the 4 1Σu+ state are expected. Theoretical ab initio potential energy curves for this state predict a deep inner well and shallow outer well where vibrational levels above v = 8 are expected to exhibit the double-well character of the state. Since the 4 1Σu+ state has f-state character, transitions to it from the ground state are nominally forbidden. However, the d character of the outer well of the E F 1Σg+ state allows access to this state. We report observations of transitions to the v = 9-12 levels of the 4 1Σu+ state and compare their energies to predicted energies calculated from an ab initio potential energy curve with adiabatic corrections. Assignments are based on measured energies and linewidths, rotational constants, and expected transition strengths. The amount of agreement between the predicted values and the observations is mixed, with the largest discrepancies arising for the v = 9 level, owing to strong nonadiabatic electronic mixing in this energy region.

  9. Origin of the core-level binding energy shifts in Au nanoclusters

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    Tal, Alexey A.; Olovsson, Weine; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2017-06-01

    We investigate the shifts of the core-level binding energies in small gold nanoclusters by using ab initio density-functional-theory calculations. The shift of the 4 f states is calculated for magic-number nanoclusters in a wide range of sizes and morphologies. We find a nonmonotonous behavior of the core-level shift in nanoclusters depending on the size. We demonstrate that there are three main contributions to the Au 4 f shifts, which depend sensitively on the interatomic distances, coordination, and quantum confinement. They are identified and explained by the change of the on-site electrostatic potential.

  10. Energy levels and symmetry assignments for Stark components of Ho3+(4f10) in yttrium gallium garnet (Y3Ga5O12)

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    Gruber, John B.; Burdick, Gary W.; Valiev, Uygun V.; Nash, Kelly L.; Rakhimov, Sharof A.; Sardar, Dhiraj K.

    2009-12-01

    Absorption and fluorescence spectra observed between 1950 and 320 nm at sample temperatures of 8, 78, and 293 K, representing more than 900 transitions between 24 multiplets L2S+1J of Ho3+(4f10) split by the crystal field, have been analyzed in Czochralski-grown single crystals of Ho3+ doped-yttrium gallium garnet (Y3Ga5O12 or YGG). The Ho3+ ions replace Y3+ ions in sites of D2 symmetry during crystal growth. Associated with each multiplet manifold are 2J+1 nondegenerate crystal-field split sublevels (Stark levels) characterized by one of four different irreducible representations (irreps) associated with D2 symmetry. The energy and irrep assignments for individual experimental Stark levels were established by an algorithm that makes use of the selection rules for electric-dipole (ED) and magnetic-dipole (MD) transitions between Stark levels. Nearly degenerate Stark levels (quasidoublets) in several manifolds have been observed and investigated by magneto-optical methods reported in a separate study. Of the 252 predicted Stark levels associated with the 24 multiplet manifolds, 241 were experimentally determined of which 161 had symmetry irreps unambiguously identified by the algorithm method and confirmed by crystal-field modeling studies. A final least-squares fitting between 241 calculated-to-experimental Stark levels was obtained with a standard deviation of 4.86 cm-1 (rms error of 4.60 cm-1). The algorithm works best for identifying irreps when neighboring excited Stark levels are sufficiently separated so that a pattern of temperature-dependent ("hot band") transitions can be unambiguously associated with each excited Stark level.

  11. Genetic polymorphism of cytochrome P450 4F2, vitamin E level and histological response in adults and children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who participated in PIVENS and TONIC clinical trials.

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    Athinarayanan, Shaminie; Wei, Rongrong; Zhang, Min; Bai, Shaochun; Traber, Maret G; Yates, Katherine; Cummings, Oscar W; Molleston, Jean; Liu, Wanqing; Chalasani, Naga

    2014-01-01

    Vitamin E improved liver histology in children and adults with NAFLD who participated in TONIC and PIVENS clinical trials, but with significant inter-individual variability in its efficacy. Cytochrome P450 4F2 (CYP4F2) is the major enzyme metabolizing Vit E, with two common genetic variants (V433M, rs2108622 and W12G, rs3093105) found to alter its activity. We investigated the relationship between CYP4F2 genotypes, α-tocopherol levels and histological improvement in these two trials. V433M and W12G variants were genotyped in TONIC (n = 155) and PIVENS (n = 213) DNA samples. The relationships between CYP4F2 genotypes, plasma α-tocopherol levels at baseline and weeks 48 (w48) and 96 (w96) and histological end points (overall improvement in liver histology and resolution of NASH) were investigated. As a result, the V433M genotype was significantly associated with baseline plasma α-tocopherol in the TONIC trial (p = 0.004), but not in PIVENS. Among those receiving Vit E treatment, CYP4F2 V433M genotype was associated with significantly decreased plasma α-tocopherol levels at w48 (p = 0.003 for PIVENS and p = 0.026 for TONIC) but not at w96. The w96 α-tocopherol level was significantly associated with resolution of NASH (p = 0.006) and overall histology improvement (p = 0.021)in the PIVENS, but not in the TONIC trial. There was no significant association between CYP4F2 genotypes and histological end points in either trial. Our study suggested the a moderate role of CYP4F2 polymorphisms in affecting the pharmacokinetics of Vit E as a therapeutic agent. In addition, there may be age-dependent relationship between CYP4F2 genetic variability and Vit E pharmacokinetics in NAFLD.

  12. Trends in adsorbate induced core level shifts

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    Nilsson, Viktor; Van den Bossche, Maxime; Hellman, Anders; Grönbeck, Henrik

    2015-10-01

    Photoelectron core level spectroscopy is commonly used to monitor atomic and molecular adsorption on metal surfaces. As changes in the electron binding energies are convoluted measures with different origins, calculations are often used to facilitate the decoding of experimental signatures. The interpretation could in this sense benefit from knowledge on trends in surface core level shifts for different metals and adsorbates. Here, density functional theory calculations have been used to systematically evaluate core level shifts for (111) and (100) surfaces of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metals upon CO, H, O and S adsorption. The results reveal trends and several non-intuitive cases. Moreover, the difficulties correlating core level shifts with charging and d-band shifts are underlined.

  13. Merging of the 4F3/2 level states of Nd3+ ions in the photoluminescence spectra of gadolinium-gallium garnets under high pressure

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    Kaminska, A.; Buczko, R.; Paszkowicz, W.; Przybylińska, H.; Werner-Malento, E.; Suchocki, A.; Brik, M.; Durygin, A.; Drozd, V.; Saxena, S.

    2011-08-01

    The 4F3/2 state of Nd3+ dopant ions is split due to the crystal field at orthorhombic D2 symmetry sites in several members of the garnet family of crystals. In the gadolinium-gallium garnet crystal this splitting is found to almost disappear under hydrostatic pressures between 8 and 11 GPa created in the diamond-anvil cell. This pressure is much lower than that required for the phase transition to the so called high-pressure phase. This effect is explained with help of x-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations as an effect of accidental near-degeneracy arising from a particular lattice structure of garnets.

  14. The problematic C2H4+F2 reaction barrier

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    Feng, Hao; Allen, Wesley D.

    2010-03-01

    The C2H4+F2 reaction is investigated through the most rigorous electronic structure methods currently feasible, using a focal point approach to converge toward the ab initio limit. Explicit computations were executed with basis sets as large as aug-cc-pV5Z and correlation treatments as extensive as coupled cluster through full triples with a perturbative inclusion of quadruple excitations [CCSDT(Q)]. Auxiliary core correlation, diagonal Born-Oppenheimer, and first-order relativistic corrections were included. All optimized geometries and vibrational frequencies were determined completely at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ level. The final C2H4+F2 reaction barrier from theory (8.0 kcal mol-1) is significantly higher than the recently reported experimental barrier (5.5±0.5 kcal mol-1). Our computations also yield a new enthalpy of formation of the fluoroethyl radical, ΔfH298°(C2H4F)=-13.2±0.2 kcal mol-1, whose uncertainty is an order of magnitude less than previous experimental values.

  15. Photoemission EXAFS on outer core levels

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    Choudhary, K.M.; Rothberg, G.M.; denBoer, M.L.; Williams, G.P.; Hecht, M.H.; Lindau, I.

    1984-01-01

    The first definitive measurements of EXAFS by monitoring the direct photoelectron emission as a function of photon energy have been made using the Mn 3p and F 2s core levels in evaporated films of MnF/sub 2/. Good agreement is found with bulk transmission EXAFS obtained with the Mn 1s level. This development is important because: (1) almost all elements have suitable core levels of low binding energy; (2) since photopeaks from adjacent core levels do not cross as the photon energy is varied, the limitation imposed on other EXAFS techniques by this interference is removed. Auger electrons, which have fixed kinetic energies and so can cross photopeaks, will generally have low energies if they originate from the outer core levels and be unlikely to appear in the EXAFS region of kinetic energies, i.e., in excess of about 50 eV; (3) vuv light is used, which greatly extends the useable range of photon energies; and (4) more than one element in a solid may be studied with the same monochromator. In this work all diffraction effects except the backscattering that gives rise to the EXAFS were eliminated by using a polycrystalline evaporated thin film and by making use of the 2..pi.. azimuthal acceptance angle of a cylindrical mirror analyzer. Previously MARGARITONDO and coworkers observed EXAFS-like oscillations in photopeaks as a function of photon energy when a CMA was used; however, their data did not extend over a sufficient photon energy range to prove conclusively that EXAFS was involved.

  16. Core level shifts of intercalated graphene

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    Schröder, Ulrike A.; Petrović, Marin; Gerber, Timm; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Grånäs, Elin; Arman, Mohammad A.; Herbig, Charlotte; Schnadt, Joachim; Kralj, Marko; Knudsen, Jan; Michely, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    Through intercalation of metals and gases the Dirac cone of graphene on Ir(111) can be shifted with respect to the Fermi level without becoming destroyed by strong hybridization. Here, we use x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to measure the C 1s core level shift (CLS) of graphene in contact with a number of structurally well-defined intercalation layers (O, H, Eu, and Cs). By analysis of our own and additional literature data for decoupled graphene, the C 1s CLS is found to be a non-monotonic function of the doping level. For small doping levels the shifts are well described by a rigid band model. However, at larger doping levels, a second effect comes into play which is proportional to the transferred charge and counteracts the rigid band shift. Moreover, not only the position, but also the C 1s peak shape displays a unique evolution as a function of doping level. Our conclusions are supported by intercalation experiments with Li, with which, due to the absence of phase separation, the doping level of graphene can be continuously tuned.

  17. Observations of high vibrational levels of the 4fσ4(1)Σu (+) state of H2.

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    Chartrand, A M; Ekey, R C; McCormack, E F

    2016-07-14

    Resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization via the EF(1)Σg (+), v' = 6 double-well state has been used to probe the energy region below the third dissociation limit of H2 where several high vibrational levels of the 4(1)Σu (+) state are expected. Theoretical ab initio potential energy curves for this state predict a deep inner well and shallow outer well where vibrational levels above v = 8 are expected to exhibit the double-well character of the state. Since the 4(1)Σu (+) state has f-state character, transitions to it from the ground state are nominally forbidden. However, the d character of the outer well of the EF(1)Σg (+) state allows access to this state. We report observations of transitions to the v = 9-12 levels of the 4(1)Σu (+) state and compare their energies to predicted energies calculated from an ab initio potential energy curve with adiabatic corrections. Assignments are based on measured energies and linewidths, rotational constants, and expected transition strengths. The amount of agreement between the predicted values and the observations is mixed, with the largest discrepancies arising for the v = 9 level, owing to strong nonadiabatic electronic mixing in this energy region.

  18. Does the 4f-shell contribute to bonding in tetravalent lanthanide halides?

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    Ji, Wen-Xin; Xu, Wei; Xiao, Yi; Wang, Shu-Guang

    2014-12-28

    Lanthanide tetrahalide molecules LnX{sub 4} (Ln = Ce, Pr, Tb; X = F, Cl, Br, I) have been investigated by density functional theory at the levels of the relativistic Zero Order Regular Approximation and the relativistic energy-consistent pseudopotentials, using frozen small- and medium-cores. The calculated bond lengths and vibrational frequencies are close to the experimental data. Our calculations indicate 4f shell contributions to bonding in LnX{sub 4}, in particular for the early lanthanides, which show significant overlap between the Ln 4f-shell and the halogen np-shells. The 4f shells contribute to Ln-X bonding in LnX{sub 4} about one third more than in LnX{sub 3}.

  19. Magnetic x-ray linear dichroism in resonant and non-resonant Gd 4f photoemission

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    Mishra, S.; Gammon, W.J.; Pappas, D.P.

    1997-04-01

    The enhancement of the magnetic linear dichroism in resonant 4f photoemission (MLDRPE) is studied from a 50 monolayer film of Gd/Y(0001). The ALS at beamline 7.0.1 provided the source of linearly polarized x-rays used in this study. The polarized light was incident at an angle of 30 degrees relative to the film plane, and the sample magnetization was perpendicular to the photon polarization. The linear dichroism of the 4f core levels is measured as the photon energy is tuned through the 4d-4f resonance. The authors find that the MLDRPE asymmetry is strongest at the resonance. Near the threshold the asymmetry has several features which are out of phase with the fine structure of the total yield.

  20. Ab initio theoretical study on the 4f(2) and 4f5d electronic manifolds of cubic defects in CaF2:Pr3+.

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    Krośnicki, Marek; Kędziorski, Andrzej; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2014-01-16

    Wave function-based embedded cluster ab initio calculations have been carried out in order to study the 4f(2) and 4f5d energy levels of the cubic substitutional defect of Pr-doped CaF2. The 4f(2) → 4f5d absorption spectrum and 4f5d → 4f(2) emission spectrum have been calculated. The 4f(2 1)S0 level is found to be immersed in the 4f5d(eg) manifold, so that no quantum cutting from (1)S0 can occur and only strong 4f5d(eg) → 4f(2) emission is predicted, which supports previous assumptions made in order to explain results in CaF2:Pr(3+). The details of the 4f(2) → 4f5d(eg) and 4f(2) → 4f5d(t2g) bands of the absorption spectrum are interpreted and assignments are made. The lowest level of the 4f5d(eg) configuration is found to have 80% of singlet character, in opposition to Hund's Rules, and the issue is discussed in detail. The comparison between the experimental 4f5d(eg) → 4f(2) high resolution emission spectrum of the cubic site of CaF2:Pr(3+) and the calculated emission spectra from the two lowest 4f5d(eg) states 1T2u((1)T2u) and 1Eu(1(3)T2u) suggests the possibility that the experimental emission of the cubic Pr defect of CaF2:Pr(3+) is in fact a multiple emission.

  1. Surface and bulk 4f-photoemission spectra of CeIn{sub 3} and CeSn{sub 3}

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    Kim, H.; Tjernberg, O.; Chiaia, G.; Kumigashira, H.; Takahashi, T.; Duo, L.; Sakai, O.; Kasaya, M.; Lindau, I.

    1997-07-01

    Resonant photoemission spectroscopy was performed on CeIn{sub 3} and CeSn{sub 3} at the 4d-4f and 3d-4f core thresholds. Using the different surface sensitivity between the two photon energies, surface and bulk 4f-photoemission spectra were derived for both compounds. With the noncrossing approximation of the Anderson impurity model, the 4d-4f resonant spectra together with the surface and bulk spectra were self-consistently analyzed to obtain the microscopic parameters such as the 4f-electron energy and the hybridization strength with conduction electrons. The result shows a substantial difference in these parameters between the surface and the bulk, indicating that it is important to take into account the surface effect in analyzing photoemission spectra of Ce compounds. It is also found that the 4f surface core-level shift is different between CeIn{sub 3} and CeSn{sub 3}. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Laser techniques for spectroscopy of core-excited atomic levels

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    Harris, S. E.; Young, J. F.; Falcone, R. W.; Rothenberg, J. E.; Willison, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    We discuss three techniques which allow the use of tunable lasers for high resolution and picosecond time scale spectroscopy of core-excited atomic levels. These are: anti-Stokes absorption spectroscopy, laser induced emission from metastable levels, and laser designation of selected core-excited levels.

  3. Laser techniques for spectroscopy of core-excited atomic levels

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    Harris, S. E.; Young, J. F.; Falcone, R. W.; Rothenberg, J. E.; Willison, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    We discuss three techniques which allow the use of tunable lasers for high resolution and picosecond time scale spectroscopy of core-excited atomic levels. These are: anti-Stokes absorption spectroscopy, laser induced emission from metastable levels, and laser designation of selected core-excited levels.

  4. Level set-based core segmentation of mammographic masses facilitating three stage (core, periphery, spiculation) analysis.

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    Ball, John E; Bruce, Lori Mann

    2007-01-01

    We present mammographic mass core segmentation, based on the Chan-Vese level set method. The proposed method is analyzed via resulting feature efficacies. Additionally, the core segmentation method is used to investigate the idea of a three stage segmentation approach, i.e. segment the mass core, periphery, and spiculations (if any exist) and use features from these three segmentations to classify the mass as either benign or malignant. The proposed core segmentation method and a proposed end-to-end computer aided detection (CAD) system using a three stage segmentation are implemented and experimentally tested with a set of 60 mammographic images from the Digital Database of Screening Mammography. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve AZ values for morphological and texture features extracted from the core segmentation are shown to be on par, or better, than those extracted from a periphery segmentation. The efficacy of the core segmentation features when combined with the periphery and spiculation segmentation features are shown to be feature set dependent. The proposed end-to-end system uses stepwise linear discriminant analysis for feature selection and a maximum likelihood classifier. Using all three stages (core + periphery + spiculations) results in an overall accuracy (OA) of 90% with 2 false negatives (FN). Since many CAD systems only perform a periphery analysis, adding core features could be a benefit to potentially increase OA and reduce FN cases.

  5. Core-level photoemission from nanocluster-matrix composites: Au clusters in amorphous carbon

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    Calliari, L.; Minati, L.; Speranza, G.; Paris, A.; Baranov, A.; Fanchenko, S.

    2014-09-01

    We investigate a system consisting of Au nano-clusters and amorphous carbon (a-C) via core-level photoemission. While the ability of photoemission to characterize nano-sized metal clusters is well-known, still some issues deserve investigation. For example, the well-established dominance of final-state relaxation effects in core-level spectra from nano-clusters necessarily involves a crucial role of the cluster dielectric-environment. To the best of our knowledge however, a thorough discussion on this point is lacking. We thus intend to investigate dielectric-environment effects by considering several configurations for Au clusters, i.e. supported and embedded, with the latter obtained either by depositing a-C on top of supported clusters or by co-depositing a-C and Au. We analyze the Au4 f spectrum from clusters accounting for both cluster size and cluster location with respect to the a-C matrix. We show that spectral changes caused by a-C deposition are entirely explained in terms of changes in the cluster dielectric environment. Moreover, we prove that supported clusters are in a well-characterized dielectric environment, while embedded clusters are not. This is because embedded clusters, whatever the method of production, are spatially distributed over the matrix surface-region which is characterized by rapid fluctuations in the dielectric constant.

  6. Idaho Marketing Education Core Curriculum. Career Sustaining Level, Specialist Level, Supervisory Level, Entrepreneurial Level.

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    Miller, Linda Wise; Winn, Richard

    This document contains Idaho's marketing education (ME) core curriculum. Presented first are a list of 22 ME strategies that are aligned with the Idaho State Division of Vocational-Technical Education's strategic plan and a chart detailing the career pathways of ME in Idaho (arts and communication, business and management, health services, human…

  7. Disentangling structural information from core-level excitation spectra

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    Niskanen, Johannes; Sahle, Christoph J.; Gilmore, Keith; Uhlig, Frank; Smiatek, Jens; Föhlisch, Alexander

    2017-07-01

    Core-level spectra of liquids can be difficult to interpret due to the presence of a range of local environments. We present computational methods for investigating core-level spectra based on the idea that both local structural parameters and the x-ray spectra behave as functions of the local atomic configuration around the absorbing site. We identify correlations between structural parameters and spectral intensities in defined regions of interest, using the oxygen K-edge excitation spectrum of liquid water as a test case. Our results show that this kind of analysis can find the main structure-spectral relationships of ice, liquid water, and supercritical water.

  8. eIF4F: A Retrospective*

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    Merrick, William C.

    2015-01-01

    The original purification of the heterotrimeric eIF4F was published over 30 years ago (Grifo, J. A., Tahara, S. M., Morgan, M. A., Shatkin, A. J., and Merrick, W. C. (1983) J. Biol. Chem. 258, 5804–5810). Since that time, numerous studies have been performed with the three proteins specifically required for the translation initiation of natural mRNAs, eIF4A, eIF4B, and eIF4F. These have involved enzymatic and structural studies of the proteins and a number of site-directed mutagenesis studies. The regulation of translation exhibited through the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway is predominately seen as the phosphorylation of 4E-BP, an inhibitor of protein synthesis that functions by binding to the cap binding subunit of eIF4F (eIF4E). A hypothesis that requires the disassembly of eIF4F during translation initiation to yield free subunits (eIF4A, eIF4E, and eIF4G) is presented. PMID:26324716

  9. Particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels in ETS emissions of a Marlboro Red cigarette in comparison to the 3R4F reference cigarette under open- and closed-door condition

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Potential health damage by environmental emission of tobacco smoke (environmental tobacco smoke, ETS) has been demonstrated convincingly in numerous studies. People, especially children, are still exposed to ETS in the small space of private cars. Although major amounts of toxic compounds from ETS are likely transported into the distal lung via particulate matter (PM), few studies have quantified the amount of PM in ETS. Study aim The aim of this study was to determine the ETS-dependent concentration of PM from both a 3R4F reference cigarette (RC) as well as a Marlboro Red brand cigarette (MRC) in a small enclosed space under different conditions of ventilation to model car exposure. Method In order to create ETS reproducibly, an emitter (ETSE) was constructed and mounted on to an outdoor telephone booth with an inner volume of 1.75 m3. Cigarettes were smoked under open- and closed-door condition to imitate different ventilation scenarios. PM2.5 concentration was quantified by a laser aerosol spectrometer (Grimm; Model 1.109), and data were adjusted for baseline values. Simultaneously indoor and outdoor climate parameters were recorded. The time of smoking was divided into the ETS generation phase (subset “emission”) and a declining phase of PM concentration (subset “elimination”); measurement was terminated after 10 min. For all three time periods the average concentration of PM2.5 (Cmean-PM2.5) and the area under the PM2.5 concentration curve (AUC-PM2.5) was calculated. The maximum concentration (Cmax-PM2.5) was taken from the total interval. Results For both cigarette types open-door ventilation reduced the AUC-PM2.5 (RC: from 59 400 ± 14 600 to 5 550 ± 3 900 μg*sec/m3; MRC: from 86 500 ± 32 000 to 7 300 ± 2 400 μg*sec/m3; p < 0.001) and Cmean-PM2.5 (RC: from 600 ± 150 to 56 ± 40 μg/m3, MRC from 870 ± 320 to 75 ± 25 μg/m3; p < 0.001) by about 90%. Cmax-PM2.5 was reduced by about 80% (RC

  10. Tetranuclear Zn/4f coordination clusters as highly efficient catalysts for Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

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    Griffiths, Kieran; Kumar, Prashant; Akien, Geoffrey R; Chilton, Nicholas F; Abdul-Sada, Alaa; Tizzard, Graham J; Coles, Simon J; Kostakis, George E

    2016-06-14

    A series of custom-designed, high yield, isoskeletal tetranuclear Zn/4f coordination clusters showing high efficiency as catalysts with low catalytic loadings in Friedel-Crafts alkylation are described for the first time. The possibility of altering the 4f centers in these catalysts without altering the core topology allows us to further confirm their stability via EPR and NMR, as well to gain insights into the plausible reaction mechanism, showcasing the usefulness of these bimetallic systems as catalysts.

  11. Gamma thermometer based reactor core liquid level detector

    DOEpatents

    Burns, Thomas J.

    1983-01-01

    A system is provided which employs a modified gamma thermometer for determining the liquid coolant level within a nuclear reactor core. The gamma thermometer which normally is employed to monitor local core heat generation rate (reactor power), is modified by thermocouple junctions and leads to obtain an unambiguous indication of the presence or absence of coolant liquid at the gamma thermometer location. A signal processor generates a signal based on the thermometer surface heat transfer coefficient by comparing the signals from the thermocouples at the thermometer location. The generated signal is a direct indication of loss of coolant due to the change in surface heat transfer when coolant liquid drops below the thermometer location. The loss of coolant indication is independent of reactor power at the thermometer location. Further, the same thermometer may still be used for the normal power monitoring function.

  12. Gamma thermometer based reactor core liquid level detector

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    Burns, T.J.

    1983-09-20

    A system is provided which employs a modified gamma thermometer for determining the liquid coolant level within a nuclear reactor core. The gamma thermometer which normally is employed to monitor local core heat generation rate (reactor power), is midified by thermocouple junctions and leads to obtain an unambiguous indication of the presence or absence of coolant liquid at the gamma thermometer location. A signal processor generates a signal based on the thermometer surface heat transfer coefficient by comparing the signals from the thermocouples at the thermometer location. The generated signal is a direct indication of loss of coolant due to the change in surface heat transfer when coolant liquid drops below the thermometer location. The loss of coolant indication is independent of reactor power at the thermometer location. Further, the same thermometer may still be used for the normal power monitoring function.

  13. The screening of 4f moments and delocalization in the compressed light rare earths

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    McMahan, A K; Scalettar, R T; Jarrell, M

    2009-08-19

    Spin and charge susceptibilities and the 4f{sup n}, 4f{sup n{+-}1} configuration weights are calculated for compressed Ce (n=1), Pr (n=2), and Nd (n=3) metals using dynamical mean field theory combined with the local-density approximation. At ambient and larger volumes these trivalent rare earths are pinned at sharp 4f{sup n} configurations, their 4f moments assume atomic-limiting values, are unscreened, and the 4f charge fluctuations are small indicating little f state density near the Fermi level. Under compresssion there is dramatic screening of the moments and an associated increase in both the 4f charge fluctuations and static charge susceptibility. These changes are coincident with growing weights of the 4f{sup n-1} configurations, which it is argued are better measures of delocalization than the 4f{sup n+1} weights which are compromised by an increase in the number of 4f electrons caused by rising 6s, 6p bands. This process is continuous and prolonged as a function of volume, with strikingly similarity among the three rare earths, aside from the effects moderating and shifting to smaller volumes for the heavier members. The observed {alpha}-{gamma} collapse in Ce occurs over the large-volume half of this evolution, the Pr analog at smaller volumes, and Nd has no collapse.

  14. Core level binding energies of functionalized and defective graphene

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    Kaukonen, Markus; Havu, Paula; Ljungberg, Mathias P; Ayala, Paola; Kauppinen, Esko I

    2014-01-01

    Summary X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a widely used tool for studying the chemical composition of materials and it is a standard technique in surface science and technology. XPS is particularly useful for characterizing nanostructures such as carbon nanomaterials due to their reduced dimensionality. In order to assign the measured binding energies to specific bonding environments, reference energy values need to be known. Experimental measurements of the core level signals of the elements present in novel materials such as graphene have often been compared to values measured for molecules, or calculated for finite clusters. Here we have calculated core level binding energies for variously functionalized or defected graphene by delta Kohn–Sham total energy differences in the real-space grid-based projector-augmented wave density functional theory code (GPAW). To accurately model extended systems, we applied periodic boundary conditions in large unit cells to avoid computational artifacts. In select cases, we compared the results to all-electron calculations using an ab initio molecular simulations (FHI-aims) code. We calculated the carbon and oxygen 1s core level binding energies for oxygen and hydrogen functionalities such as graphane-like hydrogenation, and epoxide, hydroxide and carboxylic functional groups. In all cases, we considered binding energy contributions arising from carbon atoms up to the third nearest neighbor from the functional group, and plotted C 1s line shapes by using experimentally realistic broadenings. Furthermore, we simulated the simplest atomic defects, namely single and double vacancies and the Stone–Thrower–Wales defect. Finally, we studied modifications of a reactive single vacancy with O and H functionalities, and compared the calculated values to data found in the literature. PMID:24605278

  15. E4F1 dysfunction results in autophagic cell death in myeloid leukemic cells

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    Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Geneviève; Sardet, Claude

    2011-01-01

    The multifunctional E4F1 protein was originally identified as a cellular target of the E1A adenoviral oncoprotein. Although E4F1 is implicated in several key oncogenic pathways, its roles in tumorigenesis remain unclear. Using a genetically engineered mouse model of myeloid leukemia (histiocytic sarcomas, HS) based on the genetic inactivation of the tumor suppressor Ink4a/Arf locus, we have recently unraveled an unsuspected function of E4F1 in the survival of leukemic cells. In vivo, genetic ablation of E4F1 in established myeloid tumors results in tumor regression. E4F1 inactivation results in a cascade of alterations originating from dysfunctional mitochondria that induce increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and ends in massive autophagic cell death in HS transformed, but not normal myeloid cells. E4F1 depletion also induces cell death in various human myeloid leukemic cell lines, including acute myeloid leukemic (AML) cell lines. Interestingly, the E4F1 protein is overexpressed in a large proportion of human AML samples. These data provide new insights into E4F1-associated survival functions implicated in tumorigenesis and could open the path for new therapeutic strategies. PMID:22024746

  16. E4F1 dysfunction results in autophagic cell death in myeloid leukemic cells.

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    Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Geneviève; Sardet, Claude; Le Cam, Laurent

    2011-12-01

    The multifunctional E4F1 protein was originally identified as a cellular target of the E1A adenoviral oncoprotein. Although E4F1 is implicated in several key oncogenic pathways, its roles in tumorigenesis remain unclear. Using a genetically engineered mouse model of myeloid leukemia (histiocytic sarcomas, HS) based on the genetic inactivation of the tumor suppressor Ink4a/Arf locus, we have recently unraveled an unsuspected function of E4F1 in the survival of leukemic cells. In vivo, genetic ablation of E4F1 in established myeloid tumors results in tumor regression. E4F1 inactivation results in a cascade of alterations originating from dysfunctional mitochondria that induce increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and ends in massive autophagic cell death in HS transformed, but not normal myeloid cells. E4F1 depletion also induces cell death in various human myeloid leukemic cell lines, including acute myeloid leukemic (AML) cell lines. Interestingly, the E4F1 protein is overexpressed in a large proportion of human AML samples. These data provide new insights into E4F1-associated survival functions implicated in tumorigenesis and could open the path for new therapeutic strategies.

  17. 23 CFR 774.3 - Section 4(f) approvals.

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    ... With Historic Sites; (4) Historic Bridges; Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation and Approval; and (5) Section 4(f) Statement and Determination for Independent Bikeway or Walkway Construction Projects. (1) The... Administration may develop additional programmatic Section 4(f) evaluations. Proposed new or revised programmatic...

  18. 77 FR 321 - Section 4(f) Policy Paper

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    ... Federal Highway Administration Section 4(f) Policy Paper AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA... draft Section 4(f) Policy Paper that will provide guidance on the procedures the FHWA will follow when... practicable. Background A copy of the proposed Section 4(f) Policy Paper is available for download and public...

  19. Core level photoelectron spectroscopy probed heterogeneous xenon/neon clusters

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    Pokapanich, Wandared; Björneholm, Olle; Öhrwall, Gunnar; Tchaplyguine, Maxim

    2017-06-01

    Binary rare gas clusters; xenon and neon which have a significant contrariety between sizes, produced by a co-expansion set up and have been studied using synchrotron radiation based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Concentration ratios of the heterogeneous clusters; 1%, 3%, 5% and 10% were controlled. The core level spectra were used to determine structure of the mixed cluster and analyzed by considering screening mechanisms. Furthermore, electron binding energy shift calculations demonstrated cluster aggregation models which may occur in such process. The results showed that in the case of low mixing ratios of 3% and 5% of xenon in neon, the geometric structures exhibit xenon in the center and xenon/neon interfaced in the outer shells. However, neon cluster vanished when the concentration of xenon was increased to 10%.

  20. Lattice charge models and core level shifts in disordered alloys.

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    Underwood, T L; Cole, R J

    2013-10-30

    Differences in core level binding energies between atoms belonging to the same chemical species can be related to differences in their intra- and extra-atomic charge distributions, and differences in how their core holes are screened. With this in mind, we consider the charge-excess functional model (CEFM) for net atomic charges in alloys (Bruno et al 2003 Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 166401). We begin by deriving the CEFM energy function in order to elucidate the approximations which underpin this model. We thereafter consider the particular case of the CEFM in which the strengths of the 'local interactions' within all atoms are the same. We show that for binary alloys the ground state charges of this model can be expressed in terms of charge transfer between all pairs of unlike atoms analogously to the linear charge model (Magri et al 1990 Phys. Rev. B 42 11388). Hence, the model considered is a generalization of the linear charge model for alloys containing more than two chemical species. We then determine the model's unknown 'geometric factors' over a wide range of parameter space. These quantities are linked to the nature of charge screening in the model, and we illustrate that the screening becomes increasingly universal as the strength of the local interactions is increased. We then use the model to derive analytical expressions for various physical quantities, including the Madelung energy and the disorder broadening in the core level binding energies. These expressions are applied to ternary random alloys, for which it is shown that the Madelung energy and magnitude of disorder broadening are maximized at the composition at which the two species with the largest 'electronegativity difference' are equal, while the remaining species have a vanishing concentration. This result is somewhat counterintuitive with regards to the disorder broadening since it does not correspond to the composition with the highest entropy. Finally, the model is applied to CuPd and Cu

  1. Computational Study on Dissociation Properties of C4F6 Molecules

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    Choi, Heechol; Song, Mi-Young; Yoon, Jung-Sik; Plasma Fundamental Technology Research Team

    2016-09-01

    Saturated or unsaturated perfluorocarbons(PFCs) have been used extensively in dry etching processes due to their relatively low global warming potential and their high CF2 radical levels in commercial plasma processes. Many experimental and theoretical studies of these species have been performed for useful information about physical and chemical properties of PFCs. Recently, it was reported that the ωB97X-D/aVTZ method is strongly recommended as the best practical density functional theory (DFT) for rigorous and extensive studies of PFCs because this theoretical level shows the high performance and reliability especially for van der Waals interactions. Among various PFCs, this study focuses on C4F6 molecules including c-C4F6, 1,3-C4F6, and 2-C4F6 isomers. All the feasible isomerization and dissociation paths of C4F6 molecules were investigated mainly at the ωB97X-D/aVTZ level. Their reaction rate constants were computed by using variational transition-state theory for a deep insight into C4F6's reaction mechanism. Fates and roles of C4F6 molecules and their fragments in plasma phases could be explained based on our theoretical results and data. This work was supported by R&D Program of Plasma Convergence & Fundamental Research through NFRI of Korea funded by the Government funds.

  2. Vascular characterization of mice with endothelial expression of cytochrome P450 4F2.

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    Cheng, Jennifer; Edin, Matthew L; Hoopes, Samantha L; Li, Hong; Bradbury, J Alyce; Graves, Joan P; DeGraff, Laura M; Lih, Fred B; Garcia, Victor; Shaik, Jafar Sadik B; Tomer, Kenneth B; Flake, Gordon P; Falck, John R; Lee, Craig R; Poloyac, Samuel M; Schwartzman, Michal L; Zeldin, Darryl C

    2014-07-01

    Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 4A and 4F enzymes metabolize arachidonic acid to 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE). Although CYP4A-derived 20-HETE is known to have prohypertensive and proangiogenic properties, the effects of CYP4F-derived metabolites are not well characterized. To investigate the role of CYP4F2 in vascular disease, we generated mice with endothelial expression of human CYP4F2 (Tie2-CYP4F2-Tr). LC/MS/MS analysis revealed 2-foldincreases in 20-HETE levels in tissues and endothelial cells (ECs), relative to wild-type (WT) controls. Tie2-CYP4F2-Tr ECs demonstrated increases in growth (267.1 ± 33.4 vs. 205.0 ± 13% at 48 h) and tube formation (7.7 ± 1.1 vs. 1.6 ± 0.5 tubes/field) that were 20-HETE dependent and associated with up-regulation of prooxidant NADPH oxidase and proangiogenic VEGF. Increases in VEGF and NADPH oxidase levels were abrogated by inhibitors of NADPH oxidase and MAPK, respectively, suggesting the possibility of crosstalk between pathways. Interestingly, IL-6 levels in Tie2-CYP4F2-Tr mice (18.6 ± 2.7 vs. 7.9 ± 2.7 pg/ml) were up-regulated via NADPH oxidase- and 20-HETE-dependent mechanisms. Although Tie2-CYP4F2-Tr aortas displayed increased vasoconstriction, vasorelaxation and blood pressure were unchanged. Our findings indicate that human CYP4F2 significantly increases 20-HETE production, CYP4F2-derived 20-HETE mediates EC proliferation and angiogenesis via VEGF- and NADPH oxidase-dependent manners, and the Tie2-CYP4F2-Tr mouse is a novel model for examining the pathophysiological effects of CYP4F2-derived 20-HETE in the vasculature.-Cheng, J., Edin, M. L., Hoopes, S. L., Li, H., Bradbury, J. A., Graves, J. P., DeGraff, L. M., Lih, F. B., Garcia, V., Shaik, J. S. B., Tomer, K. B., Flake, G. P., Falck, J. R., Lee, C. R., Poloyac, S. M., Schwartzman, M. L., Zeldin, D. C. Vascular characterization of mice with endothelial expression of cytochrome P450 4F2.

  3. Visual Arts, Levels 7-12. Secondary Core Curriculum Standards.

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    Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.

    This Utah state curriculum guide calls for one 7-8th grade course (0.5 unit) of visual arts education to fulfill the visual arts Component requirement of the core curriculum. Up to three visual arts courses may be taken at the 9-12th grades as fulfillment of the 1.5 core art units required. Core options include courses in ceramics, jewelry,…

  4. Description of ligand field splitting in terms of density functional theory: Split levels of the lowest-lying subterms of the 4f{sup n{minus}1}6s{sup 2} (n=3{endash}14) configurations in lanthanide monofluorides LnF (Ln=Pr{endash}Yb)

    SciTech Connect

    Ren, J.; Whangbo, M.; Dai, D.; Li, L.

    1998-05-01

    The split levels associated with the lowest-lying subterms of the 4f{sup n{minus}1}6s{sup 2} (n=3{endash}14) configurations of lanthanide monofluorides LnF (Ln=Pr{endash}Yb) were calculated by employing the combined ligand field and density functional theory (CLDT) method recently proposed. The 288 calculated split levels are in excellent agreement with experiment and hence shows that the CLDT method can accurately reproduce the low-lying electronic excited states of lanthanide compounds. To quantitatively describe the low-lying electronic states of a lanthanide compound, therefore, the effective ligand potential must include the Coulomb and exchange-correlation potentials of the compound as well as the pseudopotentials of the ligands. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Core-level excitation and fragmentation of chlorine dioxide

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    Flesch, R.; Plenge, J.; Rühl, E.

    2006-03-01

    Inner-shell excitation and fragmentation of chlorine dioxide (OClO) in the Cl 2p- and O 1s-excitation regime is reported. The electronic structure of the element-selectively excited radical is studied by X-ray absorption and total cation yields. A comparison of both approaches allows us to estimate the absolute photoionization cross-section and the ionization yield near the Cl 2p- and O 1s-absorption edges. The latter quantity is characteristically enhanced in core-ionization continua. We observe below both core-absorption edges intense core-to-valence-transitions. These are assigned in comparison with related work on core-excited sulfur dioxide. These results give clear evidence that the highest molecular orbital of OClO is half-filled. High-resolution spectra recorded in the Cl 2p-regime show evidence for Rydberg transitions. The extrapolation of the term values of the low-lying Rydberg states allows us to derive the Cl 2p-ionization energy of OClO. Fragmentation of core-excited OClO is reported. Photoelectron-photoion-coincidence (PEPICO) spectra are recorded, indicating that singly and doubly charged fragments are formed. Fission of the doubly and multiply charged OClO leads to singly charged fragments. These are measured by photoion-photoion-coincidence (PIPICO) spectra, where characteristic changes in intensity of the fission channels in the Cl 2p- and O 1s-continuum are observed.

  6. 23 CFR 774.3 - Section 4(f) approvals.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ..., RECREATION AREAS, WILDLIFE AND WATERFOWL REFUGES, AND HISTORIC SITES (SECTION 4(F)) § 774.3 Section 4(f...) Causes the least overall harm in light of the statute's preservation purpose. The least overall harm is... With Public Parks, Recreation Lands, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites; (3) Final...

  7. Science, Levels 7-12. Secondary Core Curriculum Standards.

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    Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.

    This document presents the core science curriculum standards which must be completed by all students as a requisite for graduation from Utah's secondary schools. Contained within are the elementary and secondary school program of studies and high school graduation requirements. Each course entry for grades 7-12 contains: course title, unit of…

  8. The coordination chemistry and magnetism of some 3d–4f and 4f amino-polyalcohol compounds

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    Sharples, Joseph W.; Collison, David

    2014-01-01

    Triethanolamine, teaH3, and diethanolamine, RdeaH2, 3d–4f and 4f compounds demonstrate an enormous variety in their structure and bonding. This review examines the synthetic strategies to these molecules and their magnetic properties, whilst trying to assess these ligands’ suitability towards new SMMs and magnetic refrigerants. PMID:25009361

  9. The coordination chemistry and magnetism of some 3d-4f and 4f amino-polyalcohol compounds.

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    Sharples, Joseph W; Collison, David

    2014-02-01

    Triethanolamine, teaH3, and diethanolamine, RdeaH2, 3d-4f and 4f compounds demonstrate an enormous variety in their structure and bonding. This review examines the synthetic strategies to these molecules and their magnetic properties, whilst trying to assess these ligands' suitability towards new SMMs and magnetic refrigerants.

  10. At the core. A system measures the level of employee commitment to its core values.

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    Solbach, M T; Atchison, T A; Ryan, K E

    1990-12-01

    Corporate culture has been described as the shared values that drive employee satisfaction and enhance employee commitment to the organization. Therefore system leaders must know the strength of their corporate culture. Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc. (SFHS), wanted to measure whether it had a strong corporate culture based on its stated values. Executives, managers, and physicians completed surveys that assessed employee job satisfaction, commitment to the organization, and perceived strength of the system's culture. The survey achieved a 68 percent response rate. SFHS learned that it had a strong culture based on tradition and that special and unique core corporate values define "systemness" throughout its different facilities. Although each facility serves significantly different functions, leaders throughout the system make everyday decisions using the same core corporate values.

  11. 4f electron delocalization and volume collapse in praseodymium metal

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    Bradley, Joseph A.; Moore, Kevin T.; Lipp, Magnus J.; Mattern, Brian A.; Pacold, Joseph I.; Seidler, Gerald T.; Chow, Paul; Rod, Eric; Xiao, Yuming; Evans, William J.

    2012-04-17

    We study the pressure evolution of the 4f electrons in elemental praseodymium metal compressed through several crystallographic phases, including the large volume-collapse transition at 20 GPa. Using resonant x-ray emission, we directly and quantitatively measure the development of multiple electronic configurations with differing 4f occupation numbers, the key quantum observable related to the delocalization of the strongly correlated 4f electrons. These results provide a high-fidelity test of prior predictions by dynamical mean-field theory, and support the hypothesis of a strong connection between electronic and structural degrees of freedom at the volume-collapse transition.

  12. Alkaline Earth Core Level Photoemission Spectroscopy of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Vasquez, R.

    1993-01-01

    This paper examines photoemission measurements of the alkaline Earth core levels of high-temperature superconductors and related materials, models that seek to explain the large negative shifts observed relative to the corresponding alkaline Earth metals, and the effect of lattice site disorder on the core level spectra and the presence or absence of intrinsic surface peaks.

  13. Alkaline Earth Core Level Photoemission Spectroscopy of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Vasquez, R.

    1993-01-01

    This paper examines photoemission measurements of the alkaline Earth core levels of high-temperature superconductors and related materials, models that seek to explain the large negative shifts observed relative to the corresponding alkaline Earth metals, and the effect of lattice site disorder on the core level spectra and the presence or absence of intrinsic surface peaks.

  14. Independent Effects of Protein Core Size and Expression on Residue-Level Structure-Evolution Relationships

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    Franzosa, Eric A.; Xia, Yu

    2012-01-01

    Recently, we demonstrated that yeast protein evolutionary rate at the level of individual amino acid residues scales linearly with degree of solvent accessibility. This residue-level structure-evolution relationship is sensitive to protein core size: surface residues from large-core proteins evolve much faster than those from small-core proteins, while buried residues are equally constrained independent of protein core size. In this work, we investigate the joint effects of protein core size and expression on the residue-level structure-evolution relationship. At the whole-protein level, protein expression is a much more dominant determinant of protein evolutionary rate than protein core size. In contrast, at the residue level, protein core size and expression both have major impacts on protein structure-evolution relationships. In addition, protein core size and expression influence residue-level structure-evolution relationships in qualitatively different ways. Protein core size preferentially affects the non-synonymous substitution rates of surface residues compared to buried residues, and has little influence on synonymous substitution rates. In comparison, protein expression uniformly affects all residues independent of degree of solvent accessibility, and affects both non-synonymous and synonymous substitution rates. Protein core size and expression exert largely independent effects on protein evolution at the residue level, and can combine to produce dramatic changes in the slope of the linear relationship between residue evolutionary rate and solvent accessibility. Our residue-level findings demonstrate that protein core size and expression are both important, yet qualitatively different, determinants of protein evolution. These results underscore the complementary nature of residue-level and whole-protein analysis of protein evolution. PMID:23056364

  15. 23 CFR 774.3 - Section 4(f) approvals.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... Section 4(f) evaluations will be coordinated with the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, and published in the Federal Register for...

  16. D-4F decreases white matter damage after stroke in mice

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    Cui, Xu; Chopp, Michael; Zacharek, Alex; Cui, Chengcheng; Yan, Tao; Ning, Ruizhuo; Chen, Jieli

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose Stroke induced neuroinflammation and white-matter damage are associated with neurological deficits. Whether D-4F, an apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide, treatment of stroke decreases neuroinflammation and white-matter damage and improves functional outcome has not been investigated. Methods Adult male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) and were orally administered saline as a vehicle control and different doses of D-4F (2, 4, 8, 16 or 32mg/kg) starting at 2h after MCAo and daily until sacrifice at 7 days after MCAo. D-4F-treatment did not alter the blood levels of high density lipoprotein, total-cholesterol, triglyceride, blood-brain barrier leakage and infarction volume compared to control group. Results D-4F (16mg/kg) treatment of stroke significantly improved functional outcome, increased the white-matter density and the number of oligodendrocyte-progenitor cells in the ischemic boundary zone of the ipsilateral striatum, and increased myelin basic protein, insulin-like growth factor-1, but decreased inflammatory factor toll-like receptor-4 and tumor necrosis factor alpha expression in the ischemic brain 7 days after MCAo (p<0.05, n=11/group). The neurite/axonal outgrowth in primary cultured neurons was significantly increased when treated with D-4F (100ng/ml) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (100ng/ml) compared with the non-treatment control. Inhibition of IGF1 significantly attenuated D-4F or insulin-like growth factor-1 treatment induced axonal outgrowth. D-4F-treatment did not increase oligodendrocyte-progenitor cell proliferation but decreased oligodendrocyte-progenitor cell death. Conclusions D-4F-treatment initiated 2h after MCAo decreases neuroinflammation and white-matter damage and improves functional outcome after stroke. D-4F-induced increase in insulin-like growth factor-1 may contribute to D-4F-induced neurite/axonal outgrowth after stroke. PMID:26604250

  17. The surface core level shift for lithium at the surface of lithium borate

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    Wooten, David; Ketsman, I.; Xiao, Jie; Losovyj, Ya. B.; Petrosky, J.; McClory, J.; Burak, Ya. V.; Adamiv, V. T.; Dowben, P. A.

    2010-01-01

    The shallow Li 1s core level exhibits a surface-to-bulk core level shift for the stoichiometric Li 2B 4O 7(1 1 0) surface. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy was used to indentify Li 1s bulk and surface core level components at binding energies -56.5±0.4 and -53.7±0.5 eV, respectively. We find photoemission evidence for surface states of Li 2B 4O 7(1 1 0) that exist in the gap of the projected bulk density of states. The existence of surface states is consistent with the large surface-to-bulk core level shift for the Li 1s core.

  18. Accessing 4f-states in single-molecule spintronics.

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    Fahrendorf, Sarah; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Besson, Claire; Caciuc, Vasile; Matthes, Frank; Blügel, Stefan; Kögerler, Paul; Bürgler, Daniel E; Schneider, Claus M

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic molecules are potential functional units for molecular and supramolecular spintronic devices. However, their magnetic and electronic properties depend critically on their interaction with metallic electrodes. Charge transfer and hybridization modify the electronic structure and thereby influence or even quench the molecular magnetic moment. Yet, detection and manipulation of the molecular spin state by means of charge transport, that is, spintronic functionality, mandates a certain level of hybridization of the magnetic orbitals with electrode states. Here we show how a judicious choice of the molecular spin centres determines these critical molecule-electrode contact characteristics. In contrast to late lanthanide analogues, the 4f-orbitals of single bis(phthalocyaninato)-neodymium(III) molecules adsorbed on Cu(100) can be directly accessed by scanning tunnelling microscopy. Hence, they contribute to charge transport, whereas their magnetic moment is sustained as evident from comparing spectroscopic data with ab initio calculations. Our results showcase how tailoring molecular orbitals can yield all-electrically controlled spintronic device concepts.

  19. An investigation of core liquid level depression in small break loss-of-coolant accidents

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    Schultz, R.R.; Watkins, J.C. ); Motley, F.E.; Stumpf, H. ); Chen, Y.S. . Div. of Systems Research)

    1991-08-01

    Core liquid level depression can result in partial core dryout and heatup early in a small break loss-of-coolant accident (SBLOCA) transient. Such behavior occurs when steam, trapped in the upper regions of the reactor primary system (between the loop seal and the core inventory), moves coolant out of the core region and uncovers the rod upper elevations. The net result is core liquid level depression. Core liquid level depression and subsequent core heatups are investigated using subscale data from the ROSA-IV Program's 1/48-scale Large Scale Test Facility (LSTF) and the 1/1705-scale Semiscale facility. Both facilities are Westinghouse-type, four-loop, pressurized water reactor simulators. The depression phenomena and factors which influence the minimum core level are described and illustrated using examples from the data. Analyses of the subject experiments, conducted using the TRAC-PF1/MOD1 (Version 12.7) thermal-hydraulic code, are also described and summarized. Finally, the response of a typical Westinghouse four-loop plant (RESAR-3S) was calculated to qualitatively study coal liquid level depression in a full-scale system. 31 refs., 37 figs., 6 tabs.

  20. E4F1 controls a transcriptional program essential for pyruvate dehydrogenase activity.

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    Lacroix, Matthieu; Rodier, Geneviève; Kirsh, Olivier; Houles, Thibault; Delpech, Hélène; Seyran, Berfin; Gayte, Laurie; Casas, Francois; Pessemesse, Laurence; Heuillet, Maud; Bellvert, Floriant; Portais, Jean-Charles; Berthet, Charlene; Bernex, Florence; Brivet, Michele; Boutron, Audrey; Le Cam, Laurent; Sardet, Claude

    2016-09-27

    The mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex (PDC) acts as a central metabolic node that mediates pyruvate oxidation and fuels the tricarboxylic acid cycle to meet energy demand. Here, we reveal another level of regulation of the pyruvate oxidation pathway in mammals implicating the E4 transcription factor 1 (E4F1). E4F1 controls a set of four genes [dihydrolipoamide acetlytransferase (Dlat), dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (Dld), mitochondrial pyruvate carrier 1 (Mpc1), and solute carrier family 25 member 19 (Slc25a19)] involved in pyruvate oxidation and reported to be individually mutated in human metabolic syndromes. E4F1 dysfunction results in 80% decrease of PDH activity and alterations of pyruvate metabolism. Genetic inactivation of murine E4f1 in striated muscles results in viable animals that show low muscle PDH activity, severe endurance defects, and chronic lactic acidemia, recapitulating some clinical symptoms described in PDC-deficient patients. These phenotypes were attenuated by pharmacological stimulation of PDH or by a ketogenic diet, two treatments used for PDH deficiencies. Taken together, these data identify E4F1 as a master regulator of the PDC.

  1. E4F1 controls a transcriptional program essential for pyruvate dehydrogenase activity

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    Lacroix, Matthieu; Rodier, Geneviève; Houles, Thibault; Delpech, Hélène; Seyran, Berfin; Gayte, Laurie; Casas, Francois; Pessemesse, Laurence; Heuillet, Maud; Bellvert, Floriant; Portais, Jean-Charles; Berthet, Charlene; Brivet, Michele; Boutron, Audrey; Le Cam, Laurent; Sardet, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex (PDC) acts as a central metabolic node that mediates pyruvate oxidation and fuels the tricarboxylic acid cycle to meet energy demand. Here, we reveal another level of regulation of the pyruvate oxidation pathway in mammals implicating the E4 transcription factor 1 (E4F1). E4F1 controls a set of four genes [dihydrolipoamide acetlytransferase (Dlat), dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (Dld), mitochondrial pyruvate carrier 1 (Mpc1), and solute carrier family 25 member 19 (Slc25a19)] involved in pyruvate oxidation and reported to be individually mutated in human metabolic syndromes. E4F1 dysfunction results in 80% decrease of PDH activity and alterations of pyruvate metabolism. Genetic inactivation of murine E4f1 in striated muscles results in viable animals that show low muscle PDH activity, severe endurance defects, and chronic lactic acidemia, recapitulating some clinical symptoms described in PDC-deficient patients. These phenotypes were attenuated by pharmacological stimulation of PDH or by a ketogenic diet, two treatments used for PDH deficiencies. Taken together, these data identify E4F1 as a master regulator of the PDC. PMID:27621446

  2. Hyperfine structure in the configuration 4 f 136 s7 s of Tm I

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    Kronfeldt, H.-D.; Kröger, S.

    1995-12-01

    Doppler-free saturation absorption spectroscopy was applied on an atomic thulium vapour in a see-through hollow cathode for the determination of precise values for the magnetic dipole hyperfine structure constants A of 6 levels of the configuration 4 f 13 6 s7 s. A parametric analysis of the hyperfine structure has been performed, using wave-functions from a fine structure calculation, which leads to one-electron hyperfine structure parameters a {4/f 01}=-500(6) MHz, a {6/s 10}=-5058(47) MHz, and a {7/s 10}=-1012 MHz.

  3. Role of 4 f electrons in crystallographic and magnetic complexity

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Paudyal, Durga; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    2017-08-01

    The functionality of many magnetic materials critically depends on first manipulating and then taking advantage of highly nonlinear changes of properties that occur during phase transformations. Unique to lanthanides, property-defining 4 f electrons are highly localized and, as commonly accepted, play little to no role in chemical bonding. Yet here we demonstrate that the competition between 4 f -electron energy landscapes of Dy (4 f9 ) and Er (4 f11 ) is the key element of the puzzle required to explain complex interplay of magnetic and structural features observed in E r1 -xD yxC o2 , and likely many other mixed lanthanide systems. Unlike the parent binaries—DyC o2 and ErC o2 —E r1 -xD yxC o2 exhibits two successive magnetostructural transitions: a first order at TC, followed by a second order in the ferrimagnetically ordered state. Supported by first-principles calculations, our results offer new opportunities for targeted design of magnetic materials with multiple functionalities, and also provide a critical insight into the role of 4 f electrons in controlling the magnetism and structure of lanthanide intermetallics.

  4. Role of 4f electrons in crystallographic and magnetic complexity

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Paudyal, Durga; Mudryk, Yaroslav; ...

    2017-08-09

    Here, the functionality of many magnetic materials critically depends on first manipulating and then taking advantage of highly nonlinear changes of properties that occur during phase transformations. Unique to lanthanides, property-defining 4f electrons are highly localized and, as commonly accepted, play little to no role in chemical bonding. Yet here we demonstrate that the competition between 4f-electron energy landscapes of Dy (4f9) and Er (4f11) is the key element of the puzzle required to explain complex interplay of magnetic and structural features observed in Er1–xDyxCo2, and likely many other mixed lanthanide systems. Unlike the parent binaries—DyCo2 and ErCo2—Er1–xDyxCo2 exhibits twomore » successive magnetostructural transitions: a first order at TC, followed by a second order in the ferrimagnetically ordered state. Supported by first-principles calculations, our results offer new opportunities for targeted design of magnetic materials with multiple functionalities, and also provide a critical insight into the role of 4f electrons in controlling the magnetism and structure of lanthanide intermetallics.« less

  5. A Cul-3-BTB ubiquitylation pathway regulates junctional levels and asymmetry of core planar polarity proteins.

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    Strutt, Helen; Searle, Elizabeth; Thomas-Macarthur, Victoria; Brookfield, Rosalind; Strutt, David

    2013-04-01

    The asymmetric localisation of core planar polarity proteins at apicolateral junctions is required to specify cell polarity in the plane of epithelia. This asymmetric distribution of the core proteins is proposed to require amplification of an initial asymmetry by feedback loops. In addition, generation of asymmetry appears to require the regulation of core protein levels, but the importance of such regulation and the underlying mechanisms is unknown. Here we show that ubiquitylation acts through more than one mechanism to control core protein levels in Drosophila, and that without this regulation cellular asymmetry is compromised. Levels of Dishevelled at junctions are regulated by a Cullin-3-Diablo/Kelch ubiquitin ligase complex, the activity of which is most likely controlled by neddylation. Furthermore, activity of the deubiquitylating enzyme Fat facets is required to maintain Flamingo levels at junctions. Notably, ubiquitylation does not alter the total cellular levels of Dishevelled or Flamingo, but only that of the junctional population. When junctional core protein levels are either increased or decreased by disruption of the ubiquitylation machinery, their asymmetric localisation is reduced and this leads to disruption of planar polarity at the tissue level. Loss of asymmetry by altered core protein levels can be explained by reference to feedback models for amplification of asymmetry.

  6. A Cul-3-BTB ubiquitylation pathway regulates junctional levels and asymmetry of core planar polarity proteins

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    Strutt, Helen; Searle, Elizabeth; Thomas-MacArthur, Victoria; Brookfield, Rosalind; Strutt, David

    2013-01-01

    The asymmetric localisation of core planar polarity proteins at apicolateral junctions is required to specify cell polarity in the plane of epithelia. This asymmetric distribution of the core proteins is proposed to require amplification of an initial asymmetry by feedback loops. In addition, generation of asymmetry appears to require the regulation of core protein levels, but the importance of such regulation and the underlying mechanisms is unknown. Here we show that ubiquitylation acts through more than one mechanism to control core protein levels in Drosophila, and that without this regulation cellular asymmetry is compromised. Levels of Dishevelled at junctions are regulated by a Cullin-3-Diablo/Kelch ubiquitin ligase complex, the activity of which is most likely controlled by neddylation. Furthermore, activity of the deubiquitylating enzyme Fat facets is required to maintain Flamingo levels at junctions. Notably, ubiquitylation does not alter the total cellular levels of Dishevelled or Flamingo, but only that of the junctional population. When junctional core protein levels are either increased or decreased by disruption of the ubiquitylation machinery, their asymmetric localisation is reduced and this leads to disruption of planar polarity at the tissue level. Loss of asymmetry by altered core protein levels can be explained by reference to feedback models for amplification of asymmetry. PMID:23487316

  7. Surface enhanced single-molecule magnetism involving 4f spin

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    Zhang, Yachao

    2016-03-28

    We study the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) of the isolated and deposited Eu(C{sub 8}H{sub 8}){sub 2} by first-principles calculations considering the van der Waals correction and the strong correlation effects. We find that both the molecular spin moment and the easy-axis magnetic anisotropy are enhanced upon deposition on Cu(111). We propose a mechanism in terms of the weakened spin polarization of the π-2p orbitals and the induced anisotropic occupations of the 4f orbitals. Our findings pave the way for raising the MAE of 4f-element single-molecule magnets by tailoring the molecule–surface contacts.

  8. Surface enhanced single-molecule magnetism involving 4f spin

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    Zhang, Yachao

    2016-03-01

    We study the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) of the isolated and deposited Eu(C8H8)2 by first-principles calculations considering the van der Waals correction and the strong correlation effects. We find that both the molecular spin moment and the easy-axis magnetic anisotropy are enhanced upon deposition on Cu(111). We propose a mechanism in terms of the weakened spin polarization of the π-2p orbitals and the induced anisotropic occupations of the 4f orbitals. Our findings pave the way for raising the MAE of 4f-element single-molecule magnets by tailoring the molecule-surface contacts.

  9. Nuclear reactor with low-level core coolant intake

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    Challberg, Roy C.; Townsend, Harold E.

    1993-01-01

    A natural-circulation boiling-water reactor has skirts extending downward from control rod guide tubes to about 10 centimeters from the reactor vessel bottom. The skirts define annular channels about control rod drive housings that extend through the reactor vessel bottom. Recirculating water is forced in through the low-level entrances to these channels, sweeping bottom water into the channels in the process. The sweeping action prevents cooler water from accumulating at the bottom. This in turn minimizes thermal shock to bottom-dwelling components as would occur when accumulated cool water is swept away and suddenly replaced by warmer water.

  10. A first-principles core-level XPS study on the boron impurities in germanium crystal

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2013-12-04

    We systematically investigated the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core-level shifts and formation energies of boron defects in germanium crystals and compared the results to those in silicon crystals. Both for XPS core-level shifts and formation energies, relationship between defects in Si and Ge is roughly linear. From the similarity in the formation energy, it is expected that the exotic clusters like icosahedral B12 exist in Ge as well as in Si.

  11. A first-principles core-level XPS study on the boron impurities in germanium crystal

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2013-12-01

    We systematically investigated the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core-level shifts and formation energies of boron defects in germanium crystals and compared the results to those in silicon crystals. Both for XPS core-level shifts and formation energies, relationship between defects in Si and Ge is roughly linear. From the similarity in the formation energy, it is expected that the exotic clusters like icosahedral B12 exist in Ge as well as in Si.

  12. Trigonal bipyramidal 5d-4f molecules with SMM behavior.

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    Saber, Mohamed R; Dunbar, Kim R

    2014-02-28

    A family of trigonal bipyramidal (TBP) 5d-4f cyanide bridged aggregates were synthesized that exhibit slow relaxation of the magnetization below 4 K as indicated by a signal in the out-of-phase ac susceptibility data under zero field.

  13. Two transcription factors, Pou4f2 and Isl1, are sufficient to specify the retinal ganglion cell fate.

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    Wu, Fuguo; Kaczynski, Tadeusz J; Sethuramanujam, Santhosh; Li, Renzhong; Jain, Varsha; Slaughter, Malcolm; Mu, Xiuqian

    2015-03-31

    As with other retinal cell types, retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) arise from multipotent retinal progenitor cells (RPCs), and their formation is regulated by a hierarchical gene-regulatory network (GRN). Within this GRN, three transcription factors--atonal homolog 7 (Atoh7), POU domain, class 4, transcription factor 2 (Pou4f2), and insulin gene enhancer protein 1 (Isl1)--occupy key node positions at two different stages of RGC development. Atoh7 is upstream and is required for RPCs to gain competence for an RGC fate, whereas Pou4f2 and Isl1 are downstream and regulate RGC differentiation. However, the genetic and molecular basis for the specification of the RGC fate, a key step in RGC development, remains unclear. Here we report that ectopic expression of Pou4f2 and Isl1 in the Atoh7-null retina using a binary knockin-transgenic system is sufficient for the specification of the RGC fate. The RGCs thus formed are largely normal in gene expression, survive to postnatal stages, and are physiologically functional. Our results indicate that Pou4f2 and Isl1 compose a minimally sufficient regulatory core for the RGC fate. We further conclude that during development a core group of limited transcription factors, including Pou4f2 and Isl1, function downstream of Atoh7 to determine the RGC fate and initiate RGC differentiation.

  14. Probing core-electron orbitals by scanning transmission electron microscopy and measuring the delocalization of core-level excitations

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    Jeong, Jong Seok; Odlyzko, Michael L.; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat; Mkhoyan, K. Andre

    2016-04-01

    By recording low-noise energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy maps from crystalline specimens using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, it is possible to probe core-level electron orbitals in real space. Both the 1 s and 2 p orbitals of Sr and Ti atoms in SrTi O3 are probed, and their projected excitation potentials are determined. This paper also demonstrates experimental measurement of the electronic excitation impact parameter and the delocalization of an excitation due to Coulombic beam-orbital interaction.

  15. Detection of subsurface core-level shifts in Si 2p core-level photoemission from Si(111)-(1x1):As

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    Paggel, J.J.; Hasselblatt, M.; Horn, K.

    1997-04-01

    The (7 x 7) reconstruction of the Si(111) surface arises from a lowering energy through the reduction of the number of dangling bonds. This reconstruction can be removed by the adsorption of atoms such as hydrogen which saturate the dangling bonds, or by the incorporation of atoms, such as arsenic which, because of the additional electron it possesses, can form three bonds and a nonreactive lone pair orbital from the remaining two electrons. Core and valence level photoemission and ion scattering data have shown that the As atoms replace the top silicon atoms. Previous core level spectra were interpreted in terms of a bulk and a single surface doublet. The authors present results demonstrate that the core level spectrum contains two more lines. The authors assign these to subsurface silicon layers which also experience changes in the charge distribution when a silicon atom is replaced by an arsenic atom. Subsurface core level shifts are not unexpected since the modifications of the electronic structure and/or of photohole screening are likely to decay into the bulk and not just to affect the top-most substrate atoms. The detection of subsurface components suggests that the adsorption of arsenic leads to charge flow also in the second double layer of the Si(111) surface. In view of the difference in atomic radius between As and Si, it was suggested that the (1 x 1): As surface is strained. The presence of charge rearrangement up to the second double layer implies that the atomic coordinates also exhibit deviations from their ideal Si(111) counterparts, which might be detected through a LEED I/V or photoelectron diffraction analysis.

  16. System design of programmable 4f phase modulation techniques for rapid intensity shaping: a conceptual comparison

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    Roth, Matthias; Heber, Jörg; Janschek, Klaus

    2016-03-01

    The present study analyses three beam shaping approaches with respect to a light-efficient generation of i) patterns and ii) multiple spots by means of a generic optical 4f-setup. 4f approaches share the property that due to the one-to-one relationship between output intensity and input phase, the need for time-consuming, iterative calculation can be avoided. The resulting low computational complexity offers a particular advantage compared to the widely used holographic principles and makes them potential candidates for real-time applications. The increasing availability of high-speed phase modulators, e.g. on the basis of MEMS, calls for an evaluation of the performances of these concepts. Our second interest is the applicability of 4f methods to high-power applications. We discuss the variants of 4f intensity shaping by phase modulation from a system-level point of view which requires the consideration of application relevant boundary conditions. The discussion includes i) the micro mirror based phase manipulation combined with amplitude masking in the Fourier plane, ii) the Generalized Phase Contrast, and iii) matched phase-only correlation filtering combined with GPC. The conceptual comparison relies on comparative figures of merit for energy efficiency, pattern homogeneity, pattern image quality, maximum output intensity and flexibility with respect to the displayable pattern. Numerical simulations illustrate our findings.

  17. Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4F disease caused by S399fsx410 mutation in the PRX gene.

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    Kabzinska, D; Drac, H; Sherman, D L; Kostera-Pruszczyk, A; Brophy, P J; Kochanski, A; Hausmanowa-Petrusewicz, I

    2006-03-14

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4F disease (CMT4F) is an autosomal recessive neuropathy caused by mutations in the PRX gene. To date, only seven mutations have been identified in the PRX gene. In this study, the authors report a novel S399fsX410 mutation in the PRX gene and its effects at the protein level, which was identified in an 8-year-old patient with early-onset CMT disease.

  18. Measures for the Final Common Core of Constructs. The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes.

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    The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes, a federal project designed to improve the measurement of child outcomes in state welfare evaluations and in other state data systems. This document provides measures for the common core of constructs that state representatives developed at the second national-level meeting of the Project's planning phase.…

  19. Rapamycin-sensitive induction of eukaryotic initiation factor 4F in regenerating mouse liver.

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    Goggin, Melissa M; Nelsen, Christopher J; Kimball, Scot R; Jefferson, Leonard S; Morley, Simon J; Albrecht, Jeffrey H

    2004-09-01

    Following acute injuries that diminish functional liver mass, the remaining hepatocytes substantially increase overall protein synthesis to meet increased metabolic demands and to allow for compensatory liver growth. Previous studies have not clearly defined the mechanisms that promote protein synthesis in the regenerating liver. In the current study, we examined the regulation of key proteins involved in translation initiation following 70% partial hepatectomy (PH) in mice. PH promoted the assembly of eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4F complexes consisting of eIF4E, eIF4G, eIF4A1, and poly-A binding protein. eIF4F complex formation after PH occurred without detectable changes in eIF4E-binding protein 1 (4E-BP1) phosphorylation or its binding eIF4E. The amount of serine 1108-phosphorylated eIF4G (but not Ser209-phosphorylated eIF4E) was induced following PH. These effects were antagonized by treatment with rapamycin, indicating that target of rapamycin (TOR) activity is required for eIF4F assembly in the regenerating liver. Rapamycin inhibited the induction of cyclin D1, a known eIF4F-sensitive gene, at the level of protein expression but not messenger RNA (mRNA) expression. In conclusion, increased translation initiation mediated by the mRNA cap-binding complex eIF4F contributes to the induction of protein synthesis during compensatory liver growth. Further study of factors that regulate translation initiation may provide insight into mechanisms that govern metabolic homeostasis and regeneration in response to liver injury.

  20. Spin polarization and magnetic dichroism in core-level photoemission from ferromagnets

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    Menchero, Jose Gabriel

    1997-05-01

    In this thesis we present a theoretical investigation of angle- and spin-resolved core-level photoemission from ferromagnetic Fe and Ni. We also consider magneto-dichroic effects due to reversal of the photon helicity or reversal of the sample magnetization direction. In chapter 1, we provide a brief outline of the history of photoemission, and show how it has played an important role in the development of modern physics. We then review the basic elements of the theory of core-level photoemission, and discuss the validity of the some of the commonly-used approximations. In chapter 2, we present a one-electron theory to calculate spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectra for an arbitrary photon polarization. The Hamiltonian includes both spin-orbit and exchange interactions. As test cases for the theory, we calculate the spin polarization and magnetic dichroism for the Fe 2p core level, and find that agreement with experiment is very good.

  1. Femtomagnetism in graphene induced by core level excitation of organic adsorbates

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    Ravikumar, Abhilash; Baby, Anu; Lin, He; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Fratesi, Guido

    2016-01-01

    We predict the induction or suppression of magnetism in the valence shell of physisorbed and chemisorbed organic molecules on graphene occurring on the femtosecond time scale as a result of core level excitations. For physisorbed molecules, where the interaction with graphene is dominated by van der Waals forces and the system is non-magnetic in the ground state, numerical simulations based on density functional theory show that the valence electrons relax towards a spin polarized configuration upon excitation of a core-level electron. The magnetism depends on efficient electron transfer from graphene on the femtosecond time scale. On the other hand, when graphene is covalently functionalized, the system is magnetic in the ground state showing two spin dependent mid gap states localized around the adsorption site. At variance with the physisorbed case upon core-level excitation, the LUMO of the molecule and the mid gap states of graphene hybridize and the relaxed valence shell is not magnetic anymore. PMID:27089847

  2. Temperature Dependence of the Yb 4f Spectra in Yb4Bi3 Probed by Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Harada, Hideyuki; Sekiyama, Akira; Suga, Shigemasa; Imada, Shin; Muro, Takayuki; Jung, Ran-Ju; Matsuda, Kyoko; Takagi, Hiroshi; Ochiai, Akira; Suzuki, Takashi; Harima, Hisatomo

    1999-08-01

    We have performed a photoemission study of Yb4Bi3. Thevalence band spectra have shown no multiplet structures associatedwith the trivalent Yb and revealed that the mean valence of the Yb ionis very close to 2.0. The divalent Yb 4f spectra have shown strongsurface components besides weak but sharp bulk components. The surface4f level shift is about 0.45 eV (300 K), 0.48 eV (150 K) and0.54 eV (20 K). A clear energy shift of the bulk Yb 4f peaks towardEF with decreasing temperature has been observed, althoughYb4Bi3 shows neither phase transition nor crossover. Such anunusual peak shift of the bulk component may originate from a changeof the lattice constant with decreasing temperature. The observednarrowing of the bulk 4f peaks is thought to be due to a phononbroadening (˜7 k BT).

  3. Electronic Structure of Heavy Fermion Uranium Compounds Studied by Core-Level Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi; Ohkochi, Takuo; Kawasaki, Ikuto; Yasui, Akira; Takeda, Yukiharu; Okane, Tetsuo; Saitoh, Yuji; Fujimori, Atsushi; Yamagami, Hiroshi; Haga, Yoshinori; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Ikeda, Shugo; Sugai, Takashi; Ohkuni, Hitoshi; Kimura, Noriaki; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2012-01-01

    High-energy-resolution core-level and valence-band photoelectron spectroscopic studies were performed for the heavy fermion uranium compounds UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, UNi2Al3, UPd2Al3, and UPt3 as well as typical localized and itinerant uranium compounds to understand the relationship between the uranium valence state and their core-level spectral line shapes. In addition to the main line and high-binding energy satellite structure recognized in the core-level spectra of uranium compounds, a shoulder structure on the lower binding energy side of the main lines of localized and nearly localized uranium compounds was also found. The spectral line shapes show a systematic variation depending on the U 5f electronic structure. The core-level spectra of UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, and UNi2Al3 are rather similar to those of itinerant compounds, suggesting that U 5f electrons in these compounds are well hybridized with ligand states. On the other hand, the core-level spectra of UPd2Al3 and UPt3 show considerably different spectral line shapes from those of the itinerant compounds, suggesting that U 5f electrons in UPd2Al3 and UPt3 are less hybridized with ligand states, leading to the correlated nature of U 5f electrons in these compounds. The dominant final state characters in their core-level spectra suggest that the numbers of 5f electrons in UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, UNi2Al3, and UPd2Al3 are close to but less than three, while that of UPt3 is close to two rather than to three.

  4. Cloning and expression of a b(0,+)-like amino acid transporter functioning as a heterodimer with 4F2hc instead of rBAT. A new candidate gene for cystinuria.

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    Rajan, D P; Kekuda, R; Huang, W; Wang, H; Devoe, L D; Leibach, F H; Prasad, P D; Ganapathy, V

    1999-10-08

    We have cloned a transporter protein from rabbit small intestine, which, when coexpressed with the 4F2 heavy chain (4F2hc) in mammalian cells, induces a b(0,+)-like amino acid transport activity. This protein (4F2-lc6 for the sixth member of the 4F2 light chain family) consists of 487 amino acids and has 12 putative transmembrane domains. At the level of amino acid sequence, 4F2-lc6 shows significant homology (44% identity) to the other five known members of the 4F2 light chain family, namely LAT1 (4F2-lc1), y(+)LAT1 (4F2-lc2), y(+)LAT2 (4F2-lc3), xCT (4F2-lc4), and LAT2 (4F2-lc5). The 4F2hc/4F2-lc6 complex-mediated transport process is Na(+)-independent and exhibits high affinity for neutral and cationic amino acids and cystine. These characteristics are similar to those of the b(0,+)-like amino acid transport activity previously shown to be associated with rBAT (protein related to b(0,+) amino acid transport system). However, the newly cloned 4F2-lc6 does not interact with rBAT. This is the first report of the existence of a b(0,+)-like amino acid transport process that is independent of rBAT. 4F2-lc6 is expressed predominantly in the small intestine and kidney. Based on the characteristics of the transport process mediated by the 4F2hc/4F2-lc6 complex and the expression pattern of 4F2-lc6 in mammalian tissues, we suggest that 4F2-lc6 is a new candidate gene for cystinuria.

  5. Assessing Stationarity in Ice Core Record-Sea Level Pressure Relationships for Yukon Territory Ice Core Records

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    Kelsey, E. P.; Wake, C. P.; Osterberg, E. C.

    2014-12-01

    We assess the stationarity of the relationship between Northern Hemisphere winter (Dec-Feb) sea-level pressure (SLP) and proxy time series (major ions, accumulation, and stable isotopes) from the Eclipse (3017 m asl) and the Mt. Logan Prospector-Russell Col (PRCol; 5340 m asl) ice cores from Yukon, Canada. We develop a novel spatial calibration procedure to identify ranges of ice core values that are associated with consistent winter SLP anomaly patterns. Each ice core variable time series was ranked and divided into groups of 13 years each. We assess stationarity by splitting the 1872-2001 analysis period in half (1872-1936 and 1937-2001) and comparing the locations and magnitudes of SLP anomaly patterns during the two periods for each group of ice core values. Northern Hemisphere monthly mean SLP from the 20th Century Reanalysis dataset are used. The high accumulation rate (1.38 m a-1) at Eclipse allows us to analyze 6-month seasonal mean values (Oct-Mar and Apr-Sep), whereas annual mean values are used from PRCol where the accumulation rate is lower (0.40 m a-1). The Eclipse cold season accumulation and PRCol annual mean sodium concentrations (Na+) exhibit the strongest correlations with winter SLP anomaly patterns. In particular, the lowest and highest 20% annual Na+ values at PRCol and lowest 10% cold season accumulation values at Eclipse exhibit stationarity with consistent SLP anomaly patterns in the North Pacific for all three time periods. A weaker Aleutian Low consistently occurred in the central to eastern North Pacific for the lowest Na+ years at PRCol and lowest accumulation cold seasons at Eclipse, although these groups of years are mostly independent. A stronger Aleutian Low occurs in the North Pacific for the highest Na+ years at PRCol. A stationary SLP anomaly pattern is not observed through all three time periods for high cold season accumulation at Eclipse. Application of this calibration procedure with other traditional calibration and

  6. Transformer sound level caused by core magnetostriction and winding stress displacement variation

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    Hsu, Chang-Hung; Huang, Yi-Mei; Hsieh, Min-Fu; Fu, Chao-Ming; Adireddy, Shiva; Chrisey, Douglas B.

    2017-05-01

    Magnetostriction caused by the exciting variation of the magnetic core and the current conducted by the winding wired to the core has a significant result impact on a power transformer. This paper presents the sound of a factory transformer before on-site delivery for no-load tests. This paper also discusses the winding characteristics from the transformer full-load tests. The simulation and the measurement for several transformers with capacities ranging from 15 to 60 MVA and high voltage 132kV to low voltage 33 kV are performed. This study compares the sound levels for transformers by no-load test (core/magnetostriction) and full-load test (winding/displacement ɛ ). The difference between the simulated and the measured sound levels is about 3dB. The results show that the sound level depends on several parameters, including winding displacement, capacity, mass of the core and windings. Comparative results of magnetic induction of cores and the electromagnetic force of windings for no-load and full-load conditions are examined.

  7. Deglacial and lake level fluctuation history recorded in cores, Beaver Lake, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

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    Fisher, Timothy G.; Whitman, Richard L.

    1999-01-01

    Sediment cores collected from the littoral and pelagic zones of Beaver Lake, Michigan record fluctuations in the water level of Lake Superior. Beaver Lake is a small 300 ha lake in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PRNL) now separated from Lake Superior by a dune-capped barrier bar. Cores were collected using a vibracorer from a lake-ice platform in February 1997. A 2.85 m long core in 10 m of water contains well-sorted sand, rhythmites, peat, interbedded sand and gyttja, and is capped with 1 m of massive gyttja. A 9480 BP AMS age from the basal sand provides a minimum deglacial date for the area. Further analysis indicates a sand-dominated depositional environment from a low lake stand at approximately 8500 BP to present. An approximate 8800 BP red to gray sediment color transition records either the cessation of meltwater input from Lake Agassiz or receding ice, while a younger similarly colored transition, 6600 BP in age, likely records sediment reworking in the coastal zone. Four AMS ages on peat range from 8520 to 7340 BP and are indicative of the Houghton low phase. Burial of the peat by stratified sand and gyttja after 7340 BP indicates a rising lake level. Peat at a higher level in the lake basin, encountered in shallow littoral cores, ranges in age from 6800 to 6420 BP, which estimates a 0.91 m rise/century in lake level to the Nipissing level by 5000 BP.

  8. Modeling Shallow Core-Level Transitions in the Reflectance Spectra of Gallium-Containing Semiconductors

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    Stoute, Nicholas; Aspnes, David

    2012-02-01

    The electronic structure of covalent materials is typically approached by band theory. However, shallow core level transitions may be better modeled by an atomic-scale approach. We investigate shallow d-core level reflectance spectra in terms of a local atomic-multiplet theory, a novel application of a theory typically used for higher-energy transitions on more ionic type material systems. We examine specifically structure in reflectance spectra of GaP, GaAs, GaSb, GaSe, and GaAs1-xPx due to transitions that originate from Ga3d core levels and occur in the 20 to 25 eV range. We model these spectra as a Ga^+3 closed-shell ion whose transitions are influenced by perturbations on 3d hole-4p electron final states. These are specifically spin-orbit effects on the hole and electron, and a crystal-field effect on the hole, attributed to surrounding bond charges and positive ligand anions. Empirical radial-strength parameters were obtained by least-squares fitting. General trends with respect to anion electronegativity are consistent with expectations. In addition to the spin-orbit interaction, crystal-field effects play a significant role in breaking the degeneracy of the d levels, and consequently are necessary to understand shallow 3d core level spectra.

  9. Absolute Binding Energies of Core Levels in Solids from First Principles

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    Ozaki, Taisuke; Lee, Chi-Cheng

    2017-01-01

    A general method is presented to calculate absolute binding energies of core levels in metals and insulators, based on a penalty functional and an exact Coulomb cutoff method in the framework of density functional theory. The spurious interaction of core holes between supercells is avoided by the exact Coulomb cutoff method, while the variational penalty functional enables us to treat multiple splittings due to chemical shift, spin-orbit coupling, and exchange interaction on equal footing, both of which are not accessible by previous methods. It is demonstrated that the absolute binding energies of core levels for both metals and insulators are calculated by the proposed method in a mean absolute (relative) error of 0.4 eV (0.16%) for eight cases compared to experimental values measured with x-ray photoemission spectroscopy within a generalized gradient approximation to the exchange-correlation functional.

  10. Core and valence level photoemission and photoabsorption study of icosahedral Al Pd Mn quasicrystals

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    Horn, K.; Theis, W.; Paggel, J. J.; Barman, S. R.; Rotenberg, E.; Ebert, Ph; Urban, K.

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structure of quasicrystalline Al-Pd-Mn is investigated by means of valence and core level photoelectron spectroscopy. Variations of the photoionization cross section in the constituents' valence electronic levels as a function of photon energy are used to identify contributions from the different atomic species, in particular near the Pd 4d Cooper minimum. Resonant photoemission at the Mn 2p absorption edge shows the contribution of the Mn 3d states to the density of states in a region near the Fermi level. The asymmetry of Pd 3d and Mn 2p core level photoemission lines, and its difference for emission from metallic and quasicrystalline phases, are utilized to infer the contributions of the different constituents to the density of states at the Fermi level.

  11. Core excitations in (d,p) reactions including transitions to continuum levels

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    Makoto, Tanifuji; Osamu, Mikoshiba; Tokuo, Terasawa

    1982-11-01

    Effects of core excitations in (d, p) reactions are investigated for 12C(d, p) 13C ∗ reactions in the CCBA framework, where couplings of channels are considered for the ground and first-excited levels of 12C in the initial state and for the bound {1}/{2}+and{5}/{2}+ levels and low-lying continuum levels of 13C in the final state, where a discretization is introduced for the continuum region. In the transitions to the continuum levels, matrix elements are calculated by the use of scattering-state wave functions for the final neutron. Theoretical cross sections and vector analyzing powers are compared with experimental data, where significant contributions of core-excitation processes are identified, particularly in the transition to the {5}/{2}+II level of 13C. Spectra of emitted protons are calculated and compared with the measured ones. Adequate agreement between theory and experiment is found throughout the present investigation.

  12. Deduction of the chemical state and the electronic structure of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy core-level and valence-band spectra

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    Wang, Jing; Liang, Le; Zhang, Lanting E-mail: lmsun@sjtu.edu.cn; Sun, Limin E-mail: lmsun@sjtu.edu.cn; Hirano, Shinichi

    2014-10-28

    Characterization of chemical state and electronic structure of the technologically important Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is attractive for understanding the physical nature of its excellent magnetic properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of such rare-earth compound is important and also challenging due to the easy oxidation of surface and small photoelectron cross-sections of rare-earth 4f electrons and B 2p electrons, etc. Here, we reported an investigation based on XPS spectra of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound as a function of Ar ion sputtering time. The chemical state of Fe and that of B in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound can be clearly determined to be 0 and −3, respectively. The Nd in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is found to have the chemical state of close to +3 instead of +3 as compared with the Nd in Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition, by comparing the valence-band spectrum of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound to that of the pure Fe, the contributions from Nd, Fe, and B to the valence-band structure of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound is made more clear. The B 2p states and B 2s states are identified to be at ∼11.2 eV and ∼24.6 eV, respectively, which is reported for the first time. The contribution from Nd 4f states can be identified both in XPS core-level spectrum and XPS valence-band spectrum. Although Nd 4f states partially hybridize with Fe 3d states, Nd 4f states are mainly localized in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound.

  13. Exploring the Perceptions of Core Values of Nursing in Taiwanese Nursing Students at the Baccalaureate Level.

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    Lin, Chun-Chih; Han, Chin-Yen; Pan, I-Ju; Lin, Pi-Li

    2016-06-01

    The core values of nursing are a standard component of the nursing curriculum in Taiwan. Therefore, these values provide an essential guide for educating and evaluating the learning outcomes of nursing students. Student perceptions of those core values that relate to the process of curricula learning are key to measuring the core values of nursing. This study explores the views on the core values of nursing of baccalaureate-level nursing students at a Taiwanese university. This qualitative study collected data from the reflection reports of 109 students and analyzed these data using thematic content analysis. The results of this study identified that the learning of core values of nursing tends to utilize the latent curriculum rather than the open curriculum. Critical thinking was perceived and experienced by asking "why." General clinical skills and basic biomedical science were categorized collectively as care ability, which relates to the thinking, analysis, and mapping of client health problems. The value of communication and teamwork capability was defined as the sequential process of accepting, interacting, communicating, and collaborating. Caring was defined as contributing empathy with respect to one's self and to others. Ethics was defined as a moral perspective, as respecting others, and as prioritizing the needs of clients. Accountability was defined as a way of observing standards within the role given in a position. Finally, lifelong learning is a process of learning that encourages more aggressive learning. The progress of core values of nursing in this study reflects positive movement and achievement. The participants expressed the perception that the core values of nursing enhance understanding, which enables nursing educators to reframe the nursing curriculum to meet their learning needs. The perceptions of nursing students of core values of nursing may be used as a guide to increase clinical nursing competence in healthcare.

  14. Supramolecular 3d-4f single-molecule magnet architectures.

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    Schmitz, Sebastian; van Leusen, Jan; Izarova, Natalya V; Lan, Yanhua; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Kögerler, Paul; Monakhov, Kirill Yu

    2016-10-18

    The nanosized self-assemblies {[{Ln(III)}{H2O⊂CrLn}]2(H2O)} (Ln = Dy, 1 and Tb, 2) based on new 3d-4f mixed-metal coordination topologies are formed via extensive intramolecular hydrogen bonding that is directed by enclosed water molecules. Compounds 1 and 2 show single-molecule magnet characteristics manifested by hysteresis loops up to 1.6 K (Ueff = 8.3 cm(-1)) and 1 K (Ueff = 3.4 cm(-1)), respectively.

  15. Influence of the CYP4F2 polymorphism on the risk of hemorrhagic complications in coumarin-treated patients

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Ye-Qi; Yang, Guo-Ping; Li, Rong; Pan, Jie; Zhou, Yu-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the impact of the CYP4F2 polymorphism on bleeding complications and over-anticoagulation due to coumarin. Methods: A comprehensive literature search was performed to look for eligible studies published prior to February 2015 in EMBASE and PubMed. References were strictly identified by inclusion and exclusion criteria, and authors of primary studies were consulted for additional information and data. Revman 5.3 software was used to analyze the impact of the CYP4F2 polymorphism on hemorrhagic complications and over-anticoagulation events (international normalized ratio >4). Results: Eight studies involving 3,101 samples met the specified inclusion criteria. Compared with wild-type homozygotes (CYP4F2*1*1), carriers of the CYP4F2*3 variant had no significant effects on total bleeding events (odds ratio [OR]: 0.86; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.71-1.05; p=0.15), major hemorrhage complications in coumarin users (OR: 0.80; 95% CI: 0.64-1.01; p=0.06). Patients carried CYP4F2*3 also had nonsignificant associations with the risk of over-anticoagulation (relative risk [RR]: 079; 95% CI: 0.59-1.06; p=0.12). We found a lower risk in patients with homozygotes for CYP4F2*3, but there was no statistical significance (RR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.43-1.01; p=0.05). Conclusion: This meta-analysis indicated the impact of the CYP4F2 polymorphism on bleeding complications and over-anticoagulation in coumarin-treated patients failed to reach the level of statistical significance. However, large-scale and well designed studies are necessary to determine conclusively the association between the CYP4F2 polymorphism and hemorrhage risk. PMID:27052278

  16. Elementary Core Curriculum Standards, Levels K-6. Social Studies. Revised Edition.

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    Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.

    These Utah core standards are designed to help prepare students for the changing times that will require knowledge and skills for living and competition in the information age. Six qualities are emphasized (1) higher level thinking and process skills; (2) citizenship/character practices and principles; (3) basic U.S. values; (4) economic literacy;…

  17. Identification of underlayer components in the surface core-level spectra of W(111)

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    Purcell, Kevin G.; Jupille, Jacques; Derby, Glyn P.; King, David A.

    1987-07-01

    Core-level photoemission spectra from a W(111) surface using synchrotron radiation are presented. These core-level spectra are shown to be composed of four components with the same peak shape: one from bulk atoms and three from different crystallographic sites in the selvedge. The selvedge peaks comprise a peak from the topmost surface atoms (shifted by -0.45+/-0.01 eV) and two different underlayer sites (shifted by -0.30+/-0.02 eV and -0.11+/-0.02 eV from the bulk peak). This contrasts with a previous model, proposed by Wertheim, Citrin and Van der Veen, which used only two surface components: a broadened surface atom peak and one underlayer peak. The data presented can be fitted with three peaks, yielding good agreement with the peak energies obtained by these authors; however, we show that the four-peak model gives a better fit to the experimental spectra. The use of two underlayer peaks is in good agreement both with intuitive arguments based on the coordination number of atoms in the selvedge and with two previous theoretical calculations of the surface core-level shift. The values determined from the fitting parameters for the core-level line shape are also in good agreement with values calculated by other workers.

  18. Identification of underlayer components in the surface core-level spectra of W(111)

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    Purcell, K.G.; Jupille, J.; Derby, G.P.; King, D.A.

    1987-07-15

    Core-level photoemission spectra from a W(111) surface using synchrotron radiation are presented. These core-level spectra are shown to be composed of four components with the same peak shape: one from bulk atoms and three from different crystallographic sites in the selvedge. The selvedge peaks comprise a peak from the topmost surface atoms (shifted by -0.45 +- 0.01 eV) and two different underlayer sites (shifted by -0.30 +- 0.02 eV and -0.11 +- 0.02 eV from the bulk peak). This contrasts with a previous model, proposed by Wertheim, Citrin and Van der Veen, which used only two surface components: a broadened surface atom peak and one underlayer peak. The data presented can be fitted with three peaks, yielding good agreement with the peak energies obtained by these authors; however, we show that the four-peak model gives a better fit to the experimental spectra. The use of two underlayer peaks is in good agreement both with intuitive arguments based on the coordination number of atoms in the selvedge and with two previous theoretical calculations of the surface core-level shift. The values determined from the fitting parameters for the core-level line shape are also in good agreement with values calculated by other workers.

  19. Reader Identity and the Common Core: Agency and Identity in Leveled Reading

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    Abodeeb-Gentile, Theresa; Zawilinski, Lisa

    2013-01-01

    This article moves beyond the common core and leveled literacy instruction to demonstrate how diverse learners in one fourth grade classroom, challenged teacher authority in an effort to position themselves as capable readers. In doing so, they implored the teachers to consider the social context of reading as an essential component to the ways in…

  20. Polymers and Cross-Linking: A CORE Experiment to Help Students Think on the Submicroscopic Level

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    Bruce, Mitchell R. M.; Bruce, Alice E.; Avargil, Shirly; Amar, Francois G.; Wemyss, Thomas M.; Flood, Virginia J.

    2016-01-01

    The Polymers and Cross-Linking experiment is presented via a new three phase learning cycle: CORE (Chemical Observations, Representations, Experimentation), which is designed to model productive chemical inquiry and to promote a deeper understanding about the chemistry operating at the submicroscopic level. The experiment is built on two familiar…

  1. Core level shifts in Cu-Pd alloys as a function of bulk composition and structure

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    Boes, Jacob R.; Kondratyuk, Peter; Yin, Chunrong; Miller, James B.; Gellman, Andrew J.; Kitchin, John R.

    2015-10-01

    CuPd alloys are important materials in hydrogen purification, where they are used as dense Pd-based separation membranes. Cu is added to impart sulfur tolerance and improved mechanical properties. At intermediate compositions and T < 873 K, a BCC alloy (B2) phase occurs, which has superior separation characteristics to those of the FCC phases that form at high Cu and high Pd compositions. Identifying the composition and temperature window where the B2 phase forms is a critical need to enable the design of improved alloys. A composition spread alloy film of Cu and Pd was synthesized. The film was characterized by electron back scatter diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, providing the core level shifts as a function of bulk composition and bulk structure. An anomalous deviation in the Cu core level shift was observed in the composition range 0.33 < xPd < 0.55 over which the B2 phase occurs. Density functional theory calculations were used to simulate core level shifts in the FCC and B2 alloy structures. They suggest that the anomalous deviation in core level shift is due to formation of the ordered B2 phase in this composition range.

  2. Polymers and Cross-Linking: A CORE Experiment to Help Students Think on the Submicroscopic Level

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    Bruce, Mitchell R. M.; Bruce, Alice E.; Avargil, Shirly; Amar, Francois G.; Wemyss, Thomas M.; Flood, Virginia J.

    2016-01-01

    The Polymers and Cross-Linking experiment is presented via a new three phase learning cycle: CORE (Chemical Observations, Representations, Experimentation), which is designed to model productive chemical inquiry and to promote a deeper understanding about the chemistry operating at the submicroscopic level. The experiment is built on two familiar…

  3. Core-level binding-energy shifts for the metallic elements

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    Johansson, Börje; Mårtensson, Nils

    1980-05-01

    A general treatment of core-level binding-energy shifts in metals relative to the free atom is introduced and applied to all elemental metals in the Periodic Table. The crucial ingredients of the theoretical description are (a) the assumption of a fully screened final state in the metallic case and (b) the (Z+1) approximation for the screening valence charge distribution around the core-ionized site. This core-ionized site is, furthermore, treated as an impurity in an otherwise perfect metal. The combination of the complete screening picture and the (Z+1) approximation makes it possible to introduce a Born-Haber cycle which connects the initial state with the final state of the core-ionization process. From this cycle it becomes evident that the main contributions to the core-level shift are the cohesive energy difference between the (Z+1) and Z metal and an appropriate ionization energy of the (Z+1) atom (usually the first ionization potential). The appearance of the ionization potential in the shift originates from the assumption of a charge-neutral final state, while the contribution from the cohesive energies essentially describes the change of bonding properties between the initial and final state of the site. The calculated shifts show very good agreement with available experimental values (at present, for 19 elements). For the other elements we have made an effort to combine experimental ionization potentials with theoretical calculations in order to obtain accurate estimates of some of the atomic-core-level binding energies. Such energies together with measured metallic binding energies give "pseudoexperimental" shifts for many elements. Our calculated core-level shifts agree exceedingly well also with these data. For some of the transition elements the core-level shift shows a deviating behavior in comparison with that of neighboring elements. This is shown to be due to a difference in the atomic ground-state configuration, such as, for example, d5s in

  4. Direct Measurement of Core-Level Relaxation Dynamics on a Surface-Adsorbate System

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    Miaja-Avila, L.; Saathoff, G.; Mathias, S.; Yin, J.; La-O-Vorakiat, C.; Bauer, M.; Aeschlimann, M.; Murnane, M. M.; Kapteyn, H. C.

    2008-07-01

    The coupling between electronic states in a surface-adsorbate system is fundamental to the understanding of many surface interactions. In this Letter, we present the first direct time-resolved observations of the lifetime of core-excited states of an atom adsorbed onto a surface. By comparing laser-assisted photoemission from a substrate with a delayed Auger decay process from an adsorbate, we measure the lifetime of the 4d-1 core level of xenon on Pt(111) to be 7.1±1.1fs. This result opens up time-domain measurements of surface dynamics where energy-resolved measurements may provide incomplete information.

  5. Self-assembly of the first discrete 3d-4f-4f triple-stranded helicate.

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    Riis-Johannessen, Thomas; Bernardinelli, Gérald; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Clifford, Sarah; Dalla Favera, Natalia; Piguet, Claude

    2009-06-15

    The connection of an additional bidentate chelating unit at the extremity of a segmental bis-tridentate ligand in L5 provides an unprecedented sequence of binding sites for the self-assembly of heterometallic 3d-4f triple-stranded helicates. Thorough thermodynamic and structural investigations in acetonitrile show the formation of intricate mixtures of complexes when a single type of metal (3d or 4f) is reacted with L5. However, the situation is greatly simplified when Zn(II) (3d-block) and Lu(III) (4f-block) are simultaneously coordinated to L5, thus leading to only two identified species: the target C(3)-symmetrical trinuclear triple-stranded d-f-f helicate HHH-[ZnLu(2)(L5)(3)](8+) and a tetranuclear double-stranded complex [Zn(2)Lu(2)(L5)(2)](10+). Interestingly, the removal of Zn(II) from the former triple-helical complex has only a minor effect on the coordination of Lu(III), and translational autodiffusion coefficients show a simple reduction of the length of the molecular rigid cylinder from L = 2.7 nm in HHH-[ZnLu(2)(L5)(3)](8+) to L = 2.3 nm in HHH-[Lu(2)(L5)(3)](6+). Finally, the complete thermodynamic picture provides five novel stability macroconstants containing information about short-range (ca. 9 A) and long-range (ca. 18 A) intramolecular intermetallic d-f and f-f interactions.

  6. Theoretical modeling of the uranium 4f XPS for U(VI) and U(IV) oxides

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    Bagus, Paul S.; Nelin, Connie J.; Ilton, Eugene S.

    2013-12-28

    A rigorous study is presented of the physical processes related to X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, in the 4f level of U oxides, which, as well as being of physical interest in themselves, are representative of XPS in heavy metal oxides. In particular, we present compelling evidence for a new view of the screening of core-holes that extends prior understandings. Our analysis of the screening focuses on the covalent mixing of high lying U and O orbitals as opposed to the, more common, use of orbitals that are nominally pure U or pure O. It is shown that this covalent mixing is quite different for the initial and final, core-hole, configurations and that this difference is directly related to the XPS satellite intensity. Furthermore, we show that the high-lying U d orbitals as well as the U(5f) orbital may both contribute to the core-hole screening, in contrast with previous work that has only considered screening through the U(5f) shell. The role of modifying the U-O interaction by changing the U-O distance has been investigated and an unexpected correlation between U-O distance and XPS satellite intensity has been discovered. The role of flourite and octahedral crystal structures for U(IV) oxides has been examined and relationships established between XPS features and the covalent interactions in the different structures. The physical views of XPS satellites as arising from shake processes or as arising from ligand to metal charge transfers are contrasted; our analysis provides strong support that shake processes give a more fundamental physical understanding than charge transfer. Our theoretical studies are based on rigorous, strictly ab initio determinations of the electronic structure of embedded cluster models of U oxides with formal U(VI) and U(IV) oxidation states. Our results provide a foundation that makes it possible to establish quantitative relationships between features of the XPS spectra and materials properties.

  7. Theoretical modeling of the uranium 4f XPS for U(VI) and U(IV) oxides.

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    Bagus, Paul S; Nelin, Connie J; Ilton, Eugene S

    2013-12-28

    A rigorous study is presented of the physical processes related to X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, in the 4f level of U oxides, which, as well as being of physical interest in themselves, are representative of XPS in heavy metal oxides. In particular, we present compelling evidence for a new view of the screening of core-holes that extends prior understandings. Our analysis of the screening focuses on the covalent mixing of high lying U and O orbitals as opposed to the, more common, use of orbitals that are nominally pure U or pure O. It is shown that this covalent mixing is quite different for the initial and final, core-hole, configurations and that this difference is directly related to the XPS satellite intensity. Furthermore, we show that the high-lying U d orbitals as well as the U(5f) orbital may both contribute to the core-hole screening, in contrast with previous work that has only considered screening through the U(5f) shell. The role of modifying the U-O interaction by changing the U-O distance has been investigated and an unexpected correlation between U-O distance and XPS satellite intensity has been discovered. The role of flourite and octahedral crystal structures for U(IV) oxides has been examined and relationships established between XPS features and the covalent interactions in the different structures. The physical views of XPS satellites as arising from shake processes or as arising from ligand to metal charge transfers are contrasted; our analysis provides strong support that shake processes give a more fundamental physical understanding than charge transfer. Our theoretical studies are based on rigorous, strictly ab initio determinations of the electronic structure of embedded cluster models of U oxides with formal U(VI) and U(IV) oxidation states. Our results provide a foundation that makes it possible to establish quantitative relationships between features of the XPS spectra and materials properties.

  8. Critical Review of Experimental Studies of the Be II Core-Excited Level System

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    Kramida, A. E.

    1998-01-01

    All published experimental data on the spectrum of the core-excited term system of the Be+ ion are critically compiled and analysed on the basis of Hartree-Fock calculations and computer-aided spectrum-identification and level-optimization programs. As a result, 49 core-excited terms in Be II are firmly established. Another 44 terms need further confirmation. More than 100 spectral lines belonging to transitions in the Be II core-excited term system are compiled. Spectral regions 80-105Å and 580-5200Å are covered. 13 new assignments are made, and 33 old assignments are changed. 44 previously unobserved spectral lines are predicted, including 10 intersystem lines. Several experimental and theoretical problems are outlined.

  9. Whisker-reinforced dental core buildup composites: effect of filler level on mechanical properties.

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    Xu, H H; Smith, D T; Schumacher, G E; Eichmiller, F C

    2000-12-15

    The strength and toughness of dental core buildup composites in large stress-bearing restorations need to be improved to reduce the incidence of fracture due to stresses from chewing and clenching. The aims of the present study were to develop novel core buildup composites reinforced with ceramic whiskers, to examine the effect of filler level, and to investigate the reinforcement mechanisms. Silica particles were fused onto the whiskers to facilitate silanization and to roughen the whisker surface for improved retention in the matrix. Filler level was varied from 0 to 70%. Flexural strength, compressive strength, and fracture toughness of the composites were measured. A nano-indentation system was used to measure elastic modulus and hardness. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the fracture surfaces of specimens. Whisker filler level had significant effects on composite properties. The flexural strength in MPa (mean +/- SD; n = 6) increased from (95+/-15) for the unfilled resin to (193+/- 8) for the composite with 50% filler level, then slightly decreased to (176+/-12) at 70% filler level. The compressive strength increased from (149+/-33) for the unfilled resin to (282+/-48) at 10% filler level, and remained equivalent from 10 to 70% filler level. Both the modulus and hardness increased monotonically with filler level. In conclusion, silica particle-fused ceramic single-crystalline whiskers significantly reinforced dental core buildup composites. The reinforcement mechanisms appeared to be crack deflection and bridging by the whiskers. Whisker filler level had significant effects on the flexural strength, compressive strength, elastic modulus, and hardness of composites.

  10. Hyperfine structure of the odd-parity configuration 4f95d in singly ionized terbium

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    Stefanska, D.; Furmann, B.

    2017-10-01

    Within this work experimental investigations of the hyperfine structure for the odd-parity levels belonging to the configuration 4f95d in Tb II were performed. Out of 15 known electronic levels in this configuration, 12 were examined in this context, 11 of them for the first time. Altogether 25 transitions were studied with the odd-parity levels under investigation involved as the lower levels and another 4 transitions involving the previously known odd-parity levels, belonging to the configuration 4f96s. As a by-product, also the hyperfine structure constants for the upper even-parity levels were determined, which in most cases could be compared to the earlier literature data. Semi-empirical calculations of the fine- and the hyperfine structure were performed in single configuration basis. Also ab initio calculations of the hyperfine structure parameters were carried out. Results of the semi-empirical analysis should be considered preliminary because of the scarcity of the available experimental data, in particular the low number of the known electronic levels in the configuration studied.

  11. Band structures of 4f and 5f materials studied by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi

    2016-04-20

    Recent remarkable progress in angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) has enabled the direct observation of the band structures of 4f and 5f materials. In particular, ARPES with various light sources such as lasers (hν ~ 7 eV) or high-energy synchrotron radiations (hν >/~ 400 eV) has shed light on the bulk band structures of strongly correlated materials with energy scales of a few millielectronvolts to several electronvolts. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the behaviors of 4f and 5f band structures of various rare-earth and actinide materials observed by modern ARPES techniques, and understand how they can be described using various theoretical frameworks. For 4f-electron materials, ARPES studies of CeMIn5(M = Rh, Ir, and Co) and YbRh2Si2 with various incident photon energies are summarized. We demonstrate that their 4f electronic structures are essentially described within the framework of the periodic Anderson model, and that the band-structure calculation based on the local density approximation cannot explain their low-energy electronic structures. Meanwhile, electronic structures of 5f materials exhibit wide varieties ranging from itinerant to localized states. For itinerant U5f compounds such as UFeGa5, their electronic structures can be well-described by the band-structure calculation assuming that all U5f electrons are itinerant. In contrast, the band structures of localized U5f compounds such as UPd3 and UO2 are essentially explained by the localized model that treats U5f electrons as localized core states. In regards to heavy fermion U-based compounds such as the hidden-order compound URu2Si2, their electronic structures exhibit complex behaviors. Their overall band structures are generally well-explained by the band-structure calculation, whereas the states in the vicinity of EF show some deviations due to electron correlation effects. Furthermore, the electronic structures of URu2Si2 in the paramagnetic and hidden-order phases are

  12. Band structures of 4f and 5f materials studied by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi

    2016-04-01

    Recent remarkable progress in angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) has enabled the direct observation of the band structures of 4f and 5f materials. In particular, ARPES with various light sources such as lasers (hν ∼ 7~\\text{eV} ) or high-energy synchrotron radiations (hν ≳ 400~\\text{eV} ) has shed light on the bulk band structures of strongly correlated materials with energy scales of a few millielectronvolts to several electronvolts. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the behaviors of 4f and 5f band structures of various rare-earth and actinide materials observed by modern ARPES techniques, and understand how they can be described using various theoretical frameworks. For 4f-electron materials, ARPES studies of \\text{Ce}M\\text{I}{{\\text{n}}5} (M=\\text{Rh} , \\text{Ir} , and \\text{Co} ) and \\text{YbR}{{\\text{h}}2}\\text{S}{{\\text{i}}2} with various incident photon energies are summarized. We demonstrate that their 4f electronic structures are essentially described within the framework of the periodic Anderson model, and that the band-structure calculation based on the local density approximation cannot explain their low-energy electronic structures. Meanwhile, electronic structures of 5f materials exhibit wide varieties ranging from itinerant to localized states. For itinerant \\text{U}~5f compounds such as \\text{UFeG}{{\\text{a}}5} , their electronic structures can be well-described by the band-structure calculation assuming that all \\text{U}~5f electrons are itinerant. In contrast, the band structures of localized \\text{U}~5f compounds such as \\text{UP}{{\\text{d}}3} and \\text{U}{{\\text{O}}2} are essentially explained by the localized model that treats \\text{U}~5f electrons as localized core states. In regards to heavy fermion \\text{U} -based compounds such as the hidden-order compound \\text{UR}{{\\text{u}}2}\\text{S}{{\\text{i}}2} , their electronic structures exhibit complex behaviors. Their overall band structures

  13. Local salsolinol modulates dopamine extracellular levels from rat nucleus accumbens: shell/core differences.

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    Hipólito, Lucía; Sánchez-Catalán, María José; Granero, Luis; Polache, Ana

    2009-09-01

    Salsolinol (SAL), a condensation product of dopamine and acetaldehyde that appears in the rat and human brain after ethanol ingestion, has been largely implicated in the aetiology of alcoholism. Although the behavioural consequences of systemic or intracerebral SAL administrations have been described, the neurochemical effects of pharmacologically relevant doses of SAL and other tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQs) in the brain areas involved in alcohol addiction are practically unknown. To gain an insight into this topic, male Wistar rats were stereotaxically implanted with one concentric microdialysis probe in either the shell or the core of the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Treatments involved local administration of 0.1, 5 and 25 microM SAL for 20 min through the dialysis probe. Dopamine (DA) concentrations in the shell or core of the NAc were on-line analyzed every 20 min by HPLC with electrochemical detection. Implantation of the probe was histologically evaluated at the end of the experiments. Our results indicate that dialysis application of 5 and 25 microM SAL into the core increased the dialysate levels of DA. Conversely, the administration of the same doses of this drug into the shell significantly reduced the DA levels in this subregion. In conclusion, these data reveal that local application of SAL affects the DA levels in the NAc subterritories in a region-specific manner. These findings may prove useful in probing CNS sites and mechanisms involved in alcohol consumption.

  14. Predicting preferred coring level to reduce toner scatter in electrophotographic printing

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    Park, Hyung Jun; Allebach, Jan P.

    2011-01-01

    The electrophotographic process depends on a complex interplay between electrostatically charged toner particles, the developer roller, and the organic photoconductor during development; and between the toner particles, the organic photoconductor, and the paper during transfer. The task of controlling the imaging process is made even more challenging by the fact that colorant planes are developed independently and in succession. At high colorant levels, toner particles for a given colorant plane may be strongly repelled by toner that has already been deposited for previously developed colorant planes. The result is scattering of toner away from the edges of thin lines and character strokes. In previous work, we have proposed a coring method to reduce the occurrence of the toner scatter, and conducted psychophysical experiments to determine the preferred level of coring as a function of line width and colorant level. In this paper, we apply the edge transition width (ETW) metric to physically measure the impact of toner scatter on the sharpness of edges of lines and character strokes. We consider ETW both with and without coring, and compare it to the results from our earlier psychophysical experiments.

  15. The Technical Adequacy of the Core Skills Algebra Curriculum-Based Measure for the High School Level

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    Wirz, Jennifer Palacios

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to determine the technical adequacy of the Core Skills Algebra curriculum-based measure for students enrolled in algebra I courses at the high school level. Due to the dearth of curriculum-based measures available to educators at the secondary school level, the Core Skills Algebra curriculum-based measure was developed…

  16. Communication: Application of state-specific multireference coupled cluster methods to core-level excitations

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    Brabec, Jiří; Bhaskaran-Nair, Kiran; Govind, Niranjan; Pittner, Jiří; Kowalski, Karol

    2012-11-01

    The concept of the model space underlying multireference coupled-cluster (MRCC) formulations is a powerful tool to deal with complex correlation effects for various electronic states. Here, we demonstrate that iterative state-specific MRCC methods (SS-MRCC) based on properly defined model spaces can be used to describe core-level excited states even when Hartree-Fock orbitals are utilized. We show that the SS-MRCC models with single and double excitations are comparable in accuracy to high-level single reference equation-of-motion coupled cluster (EOMCC) formalism.

  17. D-4F, an apolipoprotein A-I mimetic, inhibits TGF-β1 induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition in human alveolar epithelial cell.

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    You, Jia; Wang, Jintao; Xie, Linshen; Zhu, Chengwen; Xiong, Jingyuan

    2016-10-01

    Emerging evidences support that transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) participates in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis and asthmatic airway remodeling. Recent studies demonstrated that apolipoprotein A-I (Apo A-I) is the only known substance that can resolve established pulmonary fibrotic nodules, and Apo A-I mimetic D-4F (a synthetic polypeptide consisting of 18 amino acids) plays an inhibitory role in murine asthmatic model. However, cellular mechanisms for such therapeutic effects of Apo A-I and D-4F remain to be elucidated. This study evaluated the effects of D-4F on TGF-β1 induced EMT in human type II alveolar epithelial cell line A549. A549 cells treated with 10ng/ml of TGF-β1 manifested distinct EMT, including fibroblastic morphological changes, down-regulation of epithelial marker E-cadherin and up-regulation of mesenchymal marker vimentin. These EMT related changes were all inhibited by D-4F in a concentration dependent manner. Transcriptional investigation demonstrated clearly that D-4F dose-dependently compensated for the reduced E-cadherin mRNA level and the increased vimentin mRNA level in TGF-β1 treated A549 cells. Translational analysis revealed that D-4F significantly reversed the TGF-β1 induced changes of E-cadherin and vimentin levels. These results suggested that D-4F inhibits TGF-β1 induced EMT in human alveolar epithelial cell. Given the functional similarities between D-4F and Apo A-I, it is speculated that D-4F and Apo A-I are able to exert possible anti-fibrotic and anti-asthmatic effects via inhibiting alveolar EMT, and D-4F may possess beneficial clinical potential for patients suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and asthma. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  18. Gamma-thermometer-based reactor-core liquid-level detector. [PWR

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    Burns, T.J.

    1981-06-16

    A system is provided which employs a modified gamma thermometer for determining the liquid coolant level within a nuclear reactor core. The gamma thermometer which normally is employed to monitor local core heat generation rate (reactor power), is modified by thermocouple junctions and leads to obtain an unambiguous indication of the presence or absence of coolant liquid at the gamma thermometer location. A signal processor generates a signal based on the thermometer surface heat transfer coefficient by comparing the signals from the thermocouples at the thermometer location. The generated signal is a direct indication of loss of coolant due to the change in surface heat transfer when coolant liquid drops below the thermometer location. The loss of coolant indication is independent of reactor power at the thermometer location. Further, the same thermometer may still be used for the normal power monitoring function.

  19. Direct measurement of core-level relaxation dynamics on a surface- adsorbate system

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    Yin, Jing; Miaja-Avila, Luis; Saathoff, Guido; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Murnane, Margaret; Kapteyn, Henry; Mathias, Stefan; Aeschlimann, Martin; Bauer, Michael

    2008-03-01

    Electronic coupling between an adsorbate and the surface on which it resides is fundamental to the understanding of many surface interactions. However, the interaction of highly-excited adsorbate states is an area that has been explored only indirectly to-date. In this work, we present the first direct time-resolved observations of the lifetime of core-excited states of an atom adsorbed onto a surface. By implementing laser-assisted Auger decay on an adsorbate/surface system, we directly measure the lifetime of the 4d-1 core level of Xenon on Pt(111) to be 7.1 ± 1.1 fs. This result opens up time domain measurements of highly-excited state dynamics in materials systems where, because of complex interactions, energy-resolved measurements provide incomplete information.

  20. Direct measurement of core-level relaxation dynamics on a surface- adsorbate system

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    Yin, Jing; Miaja-Avila, Luis; Saathoff, Guido; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Murnane, Margaret; Kapteyn, Henry; Mathias, Stefan; Aeschlimann, Martin; Bauer, Michael

    2008-05-01

    Electronic coupling between an adsorbate and the surface on which it resides is fundamental to the understanding of many surface interactions. However, the interaction of highly-excited adsorbate states is an area that has been explored only indirectly to-date. In this work, we present the first direct time-resolved observations of the lifetime of core-excited states of an atom adsorbed onto a surface. By implementing laser-assisted Auger decay on an adsorbate/surface system, we directly measure the lifetime of the 4d-1 core level of Xenon on Pt(111) to be 7.1 ± 1.1 fs. This result opens up time domain measurements of highly-excited state dynamics in materials systems where, because of complex interactions, energy-resolved measurements provide incomplete information.

  1. Cytochrome P450-Dependent Catabolism of Vitamin K: ω-Hydroxylation Catalyzed by Human CYP4F2 and CYP4F11

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    Edson, Katheryne Z.; Prasad, Bhagwat; Unadkat, Jashvant D.; Suhara, Yoshitomo; Okano, Toshio; Guengerich, F. Peter

    2013-01-01

    Vitamin K plays an essential role in many biological processes including blood clotting, maintenance of bone health, and inhibition of arterial calcification. A menaquinone form of vitamin K, MK4, is increasingly recognized for its key roles in mitochondrial electron transport, as a ligand for the nuclear receptor SXR, which controls expression of genes involved in transport and metabolism of endo- and xenobiotics, and as a pharmacotherapeutic in the treatment of osteoporosis. Although cytochrome P450 (CYP) 4F2 activity is recognized as an important determinant of phylloquinone (K1) metabolism, the enzymes involved in menaquinone catabolism have not been studied previously. CYP4F2 and CYP4F11 were expressed and purified and found to be equally efficient as in vitro catalysts of MK4 ω-hydroxylation. CYP4F2, but not CYP4F11, catalyzed sequential metabolism of MK4 to the ω-acid without apparent release of the intermediate aldehyde. The ω-alcohol could also be metabolized to the acid by microsomal NAD+-dependent alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenases. LC-MS/MS analysis of trypsinized human liver microsomes (using surrogate peptide approach) revealed mean concentrations of CYP4F2 and CYP4F11 to be 14.3 and 8.4 pmol/mg protein, respectively. Microsomal MK4 ω-hydroxylation activities correlated with the CYP4F2 V433M genotype but not CYP4F11 D446N genotype. Collectively, these data expand the lexicon of vitamin K ω-hydroxylases to include the ‘orphan’ P450 CYP4F11 and identify a common variant, CYP4F2 (rs2108622), as a major pharmacogenetic variable influencing MK4 catabolism. PMID:24138531

  2. EXPRESSION OF CYP4F2 IN HUMAN LIVER AND KIDNEY: ASSESSMENT USING TARGETED PEPTIDE ANTIBODIES

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    Hirani, Vandana; Yarovoy, Anton; Kozeska, Anita; Magnusson, Ronald P.; Lasker, Jerome M.

    2008-01-01

    P450 enzymes comprising the human CYP4F gene subfamily are catalysts of eicosanoid (e.g., 20-HETE and leukotriene B4) formation and degradation, although the role that individual CYP4F proteins play in these metabolic processes is not well defined. Thus, we developed antibodies to assess the tissue-specific expression and function of CYP4F2, one of four CYP4F P450s found in human liver and kidney. Peptide antibodies elicited in rabbits to CYP4F2 amino acid residues 61–74 (WGHQGMVNPTEEG) and 65–77 (GMVNPTEEGMRVL) recognized on immunoblots only CYP4F2 and not CYP4F3b, CYP4F11 or CYP4F12. Immunoquantitation with anti-CYP4F2 peptide IgG showed highly-variable CYP4F2 expression in liver (16.4 ± 18.6 pmol/mg microsomal protein; n = 29) and kidney cortex (3.9 ± 3.8 pmol/mg; n = 10), with two subjects lacking the hepatic or renal enzyme entirely. CYP4F2 content in liver microsomes was significantly correlated (r ≥ 0.63; p < 0.05) with leukotriene B4 and arachidonate ω-hydroxylase activities, which are both CYP4F2-catalyzed. Our study provides the first example of a peptide antibody that recognizes a single CYP4F P450 expressed in human liver and kidney, namely CYP4F2. Immunoquantitation and correlation analyses performed with this antibody suggest that CYP4F2 functions as a predominant LTB4 and arachidonate ω-hydroxylase in human liver. PMID:18662666

  3. Synthesis Dependent Core Level Binding Energy Shift in the Oxidation State of Platinum Coated on Ceria–Titania and its Effect on Catalytic Decomposition of Methanol

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    Karakoti, A. S.; King, Jessica; Vincent, Abhilash; Seal, Sudipta

    2010-11-20

    Synergistic interaction of catalyst and support has attracted the interest of the catalytic community for several decades. The decomposition/oxidation of alcohols for the production of hydrogen as a source of fuel requires such support catalyst interaction. Recent studies have suggested the active role of oxide based supports on the catalytic ability of noble metals such as gold, platinum and palladium. Herein, we report the effect of synthesis technique on the catalytic activity of platinum coated on mixed ceria-titania support system. Wet impregnation technique followed by calcination was compared with the chemical reduction of platinum during the coating over oxide support. Methanol decomposition studied using an in-house built catalytic reactor coupled to a mass spectrometer showed that catalyst prepared by thermal reduction of platinum demonstrated better catalytic ability than the catalyst prepared by chemical reduction of platinum. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the size of both platinum and ceria-titania particles remained unchanged, while the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the oxidation state of platinum was modified by different coating procedures. A shift in the core level binding energy of the Pt 4f towards lower binding energy was observed with chemical reduction. Based on the XPS data it was found that platinum (on ceria-titania supports) in mixed oxidation state outperformed the Pt in reduced metallic state. Results from catalysis and in situ Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy are presented and discussed.

  4. Identifying heavy metal levels in historical flood water deposits using sediment cores.

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    Lintern, Anna; Leahy, Paul J; Heijnis, Henk; Zawadzki, Atun; Gadd, Patricia; Jacobsen, Geraldine; Deletic, Ana; Mccarthy, David T

    2016-11-15

    When designing mitigation and restoration strategies for aquatic systems affected by heavy metal contamination, we must first understand the sources of these pollutants. In this study, we introduce a methodology that identifies the heavy metal levels in floodplain lake sediments deposited by one source; fluvial floods. This is done by comparing sediment core heavy metal profiles (i.e., historical pollution trends) to physical and chemical properties of sediments in these cores (i.e., historical flooding trends). This methodology is applied to Willsmere and Bolin Billabongs, two urban floodplain lakes (billabongs) of the Yarra River (South-East Australia). Both billabongs are periodically inundated by flooding of the Yarra River and one billabong (Willsmere Billabong) is connected to an urban stormwater drainage network. 1-2-m long sediment cores (containing sediment deposits up to 500 years old) were taken from the billabongs and analysed for heavy metal concentrations (arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc). In cores from both billabongs, arsenic concentrations are high in the flood-borne sediments. In Bolin Billabong, absolute metal levels are similar in flood and non-flood deposits. In Willsmere Billabong, absolute copper, lead and zinc levels were generally lower in fluvial flood-borne sediments in the core compared to non-fluvial sediments. This suggests that heavy metal concentrations in Bolin Billabong sediments are relatively similar regardless of whether or not fluvial flooding is occurring. However for Willsmere Billabong, heavy metal concentrations are high when overland runoff, direct urban stormwater discharges or atmospheric deposition is occurring. As such, reducing the heavy metal concentrations in these transport pathways will be of great importance when trying to reduce heavy metal concentrations in Willsmere Billabong sediments. This study presents a proof-of-concept that can be applied to other polluted aquatic systems, to understand the

  5. Dissipation of core-hole momentum by phonons in soft-x-ray radiation processes from valence band to core level of wide-gap insulators

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    Minami, Tatsuya; Nasu, Keiichiro

    1998-05-01

    The role of phonons in the soft-x-ray radiation process from a valence band to a core level in an insulator is studied theoretically. A three-band system composed of a dispersionless core band, a conduction band, and a valence band, with wide energy gaps between them, is taken as a typical example. Phonons with a finite dispersion are assumed to couple weakly only with a hole in the core band (core hole). Using this model, we calculate the resonant second-order optical process composed of an excitation of an electron from the core band to the conduction band by an incident x ray, and a subsequent transition from the valence band to the core band by radiating another x ray. Without the phonons, the momentum of the core hole is expected to be well defined by the resonance condition of the incident x ray. However, this momentum is dissipated by the phonons. If the radiation occurs completely after this dissipation, we obtain a so-called luminescence, which is independent of the incident x ray. In this case, the spectral shape fully reflects the density of states (DOS) of the valence band. However, if the radiation occurs long before this dissipation effect, we obtain a resonant Raman scattering that depends on the incident x ray. The spectral shape of this Raman scattering has a sharp peak, quite different from the DOS. The relative intensity between these two components is determined by the phonon dispersion, the lifetime of the core hole, and the core-hole-phonon coupling constant. From this theoretical framework, we have concluded that there are various cases, i.e., Raman-dominant cases and luminescence-dominant cases, as well as intermediate cases, in good agreement with various experimental observations. The B 1s<-->2p transitions of cubic BN are concluded to correspond to a luminescence-dominant case.

  6. Production Level CFD Code Acceleration for Hybrid Many-Core Architectures

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    Duffy, Austen C.; Hammond, Dana P.; Nielsen, Eric J.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, a novel graphics processing unit (GPU) distributed sharing model for hybrid many-core architectures is introduced and employed in the acceleration of a production-level computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. The latest generation graphics hardware allows multiple processor cores to simultaneously share a single GPU through concurrent kernel execution. This feature has allowed the NASA FUN3D code to be accelerated in parallel with up to four processor cores sharing a single GPU. For codes to scale and fully use resources on these and the next generation machines, codes will need to employ some type of GPU sharing model, as presented in this work. Findings include the effects of GPU sharing on overall performance. A discussion of the inherent challenges that parallel unstructured CFD codes face in accelerator-based computing environments is included, with considerations for future generation architectures. This work was completed by the author in August 2010, and reflects the analysis and results of the time.

  7. Ultra-sensitive Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) determination of calcium in ice cores at ppt level.

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    Traversi, R; Becagli, S; Castellano, E; Maggi, V; Morganti, A; Severi, M; Udisti, R

    2007-07-02

    A Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) spectrofluorimetric method for calcium determination in ice cores was optimised in order to achieve better analytical performances which would make it suitable for reliable calcium measurements at ppt level. The method here optimised is based on the formation of a fluorescent compound between Ca and Quin-2 in buffered environment. A careful evaluation of operative parameters (reagent concentration, buffer composition and concentration, pH), influence of interfering species possibly present in real samples and potential favourable effect of surfactant addition was carried out. The obtained detection limit is around 15 ppt, which is one order of magnitude lower than the most sensitive Flow Analysis method for Ca determination currently available in literature and reproducibility is better than 4% for Ca concentrations of 0.2 ppb. The method was validated through measurements performed in parallel with Ion Chromatography on 200 samples from an alpine ice core (Lys Glacier) revealing an excellent fit between the two chemical series. Calcium stratigraphy in Lys ice core was discussed in terms of seasonal pattern and occurrence of Saharan dust events.

  8. Disruption of Mouse Cytochrome P450 4f14 (Cyp4f14 Gene) Causes Severe Perturbations in Vitamin E Metabolism*

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    Bardowell, Sabrina A.; Duan, Faping; Manor, Danny; Swanson, Joy E.; Parker, Robert S.

    2012-01-01

    Vitamin E is a family of naturally occurring and structurally related lipophilic antioxidants, one of which, α-tocopherol (α-TOH), selectively accumulates in vertebrate tissues. The ω-hydroxylase cytochrome P450–4F2 (CYP4F2) is the only human enzyme shown to metabolize vitamin E. Using cDNA cloning, cell culture expression, and activity assays, we identified Cyp4f14 as a functional murine ortholog of CYP4F2. We then investigated the effect of Cyp4f14 deletion on vitamin E metabolism and status in vivo. Cyp4f14-null mice exhibited substrate-specific reductions in liver microsomal vitamin E-ω-hydroxylase activity ranging from 93% (γ-TOH) to 48% (γ-tocotrienol). In vivo data obtained from metabolic cage studies showed whole-body reductions in metabolism of γ-TOH of 90% and of 68% for δ- and α-TOH. This metabolic deficit in Cyp4f14−/− mice was partially offset by increased fecal excretion of nonmetabolized tocopherols and of novel ω-1- and ω-2-hydroxytocopherols. 12′-OH-γ-TOH represented 41% of whole-body production of γ-TOH metabolites in Cyp4f14−/− mice fed a soybean oil diet. Despite these counterbalancing mechanisms, Cyp4f14-null mice fed this diet for 6 weeks hyper-accumulated γ-TOH (2-fold increase over wild-type littermates) in all tissues and appeared normal. We conclude that CYP4F14 is the major but not the only vitamin E-ω-hydroxylase in mice. Its disruption significantly impairs whole-body vitamin E metabolism and alters the widely conserved phenotype of preferential tissue deposition of α-TOH. This model animal and its derivatives will be valuable in determining the biological actions of specific tocopherols and tocotrienols in vivo. PMID:22665481

  9. Optical properties of solid core honeycomb photonic crystal fiber with different doping levels

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    Xu, Guangyu; Zhang, Wei; Huang, Yidong; Peng, Jiangde

    2006-01-01

    Group velocity dispersion (GVD) and effective mode area (Aeff) of solid core honeycomb cladding photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with different up/down doping levels are investigated theoretically. Both total internal reflection (TIR) and photonic bandgap (PBG) guiding mechanisms are shown to be available in this fiber structure with gradual change of the doping level. It is noted that the previously overlooked TIR guiding design with up-doping could acquire improved nonlinear property compared with PBG mechanism in short normalized wavelength region. On the other hand, the total GVD is shown to be dominated by waveguide dispersion corresponding to the fiber structure. Numerical results show that HPCF can achieve small Aeff with low air-fill fraction, and doping level in HPCF provides an additional way to change GVD excepting structure parameters. Special cases are given to demonstrate the potential of HPCF in combining design of Aeff and GVD, aiming at applications such as Raman amplification and dispersion compensation around 1550nm.

  10. Symmetry rules in magnetic core-level photoelectron spectroscopy from epitaxial ferromagnetic ultrathin films

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    Schellenberg, R.; Meinert, H.; Perez, A.; Kisker, E.

    2001-09-01

    For two x-ray incidence directions onto an epitaxial FeNi(001) film, one to the left and a second one to the right side of the symmetry plane spanned by the magnetization direction and the photoelectron wave vector, we have measured distributions of the emission-angle dependence with respect to the crystallographic axes of the Fe 2p3/2 core-level photoelectron intensity asymmetry occurring upon magnetization reversal. The two angular distributions transform into each other when the signs of the magnetization and of the photoelectron emission angle are inverted, in accordance with the conservation of parity.

  11. Photoemission core-level shifts reveal the thiolate-Au(111) interface

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    Groenbeck, Henrik; Odelius, Michael

    2010-08-15

    The nature of the thiolate/Au(111) interface is a long-standing puzzle. It has been suggested that thiolates drive surface reconstruction, however, a consensus regarding the adsorption configuration is missing. Herein, the density-functional theory is used to evaluate surface core-level shifts (SCLSs) for methyl thiolates on Au(111) assuming a representative set of different surface reconstructions. The SCLSs are found to provide sensitive fingerprints of the anchoring configuration, and it is only thiolate adsorption in the form of MeS-Au-SMe complexes that can be reconciled with experimental data.

  12. Copper Causes Regiospecific Formation of C4F8-Containing Six-Membered Rings and their Defluorination/Aromatization to C4F4-Containing Rings in Triphenylene/1,4-C4F8I2 Reactions

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    Rippy, Kerry C.; Bukovsky, Eric V.; Clikeman, Tyler T.; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Hou, Gao-Lei; Wang, Xue B.; Popov, Alexey; Boltalina, Olga V.; Strauss, Steven H.

    2016-01-18

    The presence of Cu in reactions of triphenylene (TRPH) and 1,4-C4F8I2 at 360 °C led to regiospecific substitution of TRPH ortho C(β) atoms to form C4F8-containing rings, completely suppressing substitution on C(α) atoms. In addition, Cu caused selective reductive-defluorination/aromatization (RD/A) to form C4F4- containing aromatic rings. Without Cu, the reactions of TRPH and 1,4- C4F8I2 were not regiospecific and no RD/A was observed. These results, supported by DFT calculations, are the first examples of Cupromoted (i) regiospecific perfluoroannulation, (ii) preparative C–F activation, and (iii) RD/A. HPLC-purified products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, low-temperature PES, and 1H/19F NMR.

  13. CYP4F2 Is a Vitamin K1 Oxidase: An Explanation for Altered Warfarin Dose in Carriers of the V433M Variant

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    McDonald, Matthew G.; Rieder, Mark J.; Nakano, Mariko; Hsia, Clara K.; Rettie, Allan E.

    2009-01-01

    Genetic polymorphisms in VKORC1 and CYP2C9, genes controlling vitamin K1 (VK1) epoxide reduction and (S)-warfarin metabolism, respectively, are major contributors to interindividual variability in warfarin dose. The V433M polymorphism (rs2108622) in CYP4F2 has also been associated with warfarin dose and speculatively linked to altered VK1 metabolism. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to determine the role of CYP4F2 and the V433M polymorphism in the metabolism of VK1 by human liver. In vitro metabolic experiments with accompanying liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis demonstrated that recombinant CYP4F2 (Supersomes) and human liver microsomes supplemented with NADPH converted VK1 to a single product. A screen of all commercially available P450 Supersomes showed that only CYP4F2 was capable of metabolizing VK1 to this product. Steady-state kinetic analysis with recombinant CYP4F2 and with human liver microsomes revealed a substrate Km of 8 to 10 μM. Moreover, anti-CYP4F2 IgG, as well as several CYP4F2-selective chemical inhibitors, substantially attenuated the microsomal reaction. Finally, human liver microsomes genotyped for rs2108622 demonstrated reduced vitamin K1 oxidation and lower CYP4F2 protein concentrations in carriers of the 433M minor allele. These data demonstrate that CYP4F2 is a vitamin K1 oxidase and that carriers of the CYP4F2 V433M allele have a reduced capacity to metabolize VK1, secondary to an rs2108622-dependent decrease in steady-state hepatic concentrations of the enzyme. Therefore, patients with the rs2108622 polymorphism are likely to have elevated hepatic levels of VK1, necessitating a higher warfarin dose to elicit the same anticoagulant response. PMID:19297519

  14. Core level excitations—A fingerprint of structural and electronic properties of epitaxial silicene

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    Friedlein, R. Fleurence, A.; Aoyagi, K.; Yamada-Takamura, Y.; Jong, M. P. de; Van Bui, H.; Wiggers, F. B.; Yoshimoto, S.; Koitaya, T.; Shimizu, S.; Noritake, H.; Mukai, K.; Yoshinobu, J.

    2014-05-14

    From the analysis of high-resolution Si 2p photoelectron and near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra, we show that core level excitations of epitaxial silicene on ZrB{sub 2}(0001) thin films are characteristically different from those of sp{sup 3}-hybridized silicon. In particular, it is revealed that the lower Si 2p binding energies and the low onset in the NEXAFS spectra as well as the occurrence of satellite features in the core level spectra are attributed to the screening by low-energy valence electrons and interband transitions between π bands, respectively. The analysis of observed Si 2p intensities related to chemically distinct Si atoms indicates the presence of at least one previously unidentified component. The presence of this component suggests that the observation of stress-related stripe domains in scanning tunnelling microscopy images is intrinsically linked to the relaxation of Si atoms away from energetically unfavourable positions.

  15. Quanty for core level spectroscopy - excitons, resonances and band excitations in time and frequency domain

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    Haverkort, Maurits W.

    2016-05-01

    Depending on the material and edge under consideration, core level spectra manifest themselves as local excitons with multiplets, edge singularities, resonances, or the local projected density of states. Both extremes, i.e., local excitons and non-interacting delocalized excitations are theoretically well under control. Describing the intermediate regime, where local many body interactions and band-formation are equally important is a challenge. Here we discuss how Quanty, a versatile quantum many body script language, can be used to calculate a variety of different core level spectroscopy types on solids and molecules, both in the frequency as well as the time domain. The flexible nature of Quanty allows one to choose different approximations for different edges and materials. For example, using a newly developed method merging ideas from density renormalization group and quantum chemistry [1-3], Quanty can calculate excitons, resonances and band-excitations in x-ray absorption, photoemission, x-ray emission, fluorescence yield, non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and many more spectroscopy types. Quanty can be obtained from: http://www.quanty.org.

  16. The Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) Level 3 Package: Layout, Version 1 Core.

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    Gauges, Ralph; Rost, Ursula; Sahle, Sven; Wengler, Katja; Bergmann, Frank Thomas

    2015-09-04

    Many software tools provide facilities for depicting reaction network diagrams in a visual form. Two aspects of such a visual diagram can be distinguished: the layout (i.e.: the positioning and connections) of the elements in the diagram, and the graphical form of the elements (for example, the glyphs used for symbols, the properties of the lines connecting them, and so on). For software tools that also read and write models in SBML (Systems Biology Markup Language) format, a common need is to store the network diagram together with the SBML representation of the model. This in turn raises the question of how to encode the layout and the rendering of these diagrams. The SBML Level 3 Version 1 Core specification does not provide a mechanism for explicitly encoding diagrams, but it does provide a mechanism for SBML packages to extend the Core specification and add additional syntactical constructs. The Layout package for SBML Level 3 adds the necessary features to SBML so that diagram layouts can be encoded in SBML files, and a companion package called SBML Rendering specifies how the graphical rendering of elements can be encoded. The SBML Layout package is based on the principle that reaction network diagrams should be described as representations of entities such as species and reactions (with direct links to the underlying SBML elements), and not as arbitrary drawings or graphs; for this reason, existing languages for the description of vector drawings (such as SVG) or general graphs (such as GraphML) cannot be used.

  17. Quantitative hepatitis B core antibody levels in the natural history of hepatitis B virus infection.

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    Song, L-W; Liu, P-G; Liu, C-J; Zhang, T-Y; Cheng, X-D; Wu, H-L; Yang, H-C; Hao, X-K; Yuan, Q; Zhang, J; Kao, J-H; Chen, D-S; Chen, P-J; Xia, N-S

    2015-02-01

    We previously demonstrated that pretreatment quantitative anti-hepatitis B core protein (qAnti-HBc) levels can predict the treatment response for both interferon and nucleoside analogue therapy, but the characteristics of qAnti-HBc during chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remain poorly understood. To understand this issue, the qAnti-HBc levels were evaluated in individuals with past HBV infection, occult HBV infection and chronic HBV infection in the immune tolerance phase, immune clearance phase, low-replicative phase and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-negative hepatitis phase. Individuals with hepatitis B surface antigen (n = 598, 3.74 ± 0.90 log10 IU/mL) had significantly higher (p < 0.001, approximately 1000-fold) serum qAnti-HBc levels than those who had occult HBV, and serum qAnti-HBc levels were significantly higher in the occult HBV group than in the past HBV infection group (p < 0.001). qAnti-HBc levels were positively correlated with alanine aminotransferase levels (R = 0.663, p < 0.001), and subjects with an abnormal alanine aminotransferase level had a higher qAnti-HBc level (p < 0.001). Serum qAnti-HBc level varied in different phases of HBV infection, as determined by host immune status. Serum qAnti-HBc level is strongly associated with hepatitis activity in subjects with chronic HBV infection. Copyright © 2014 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Self-hole-doping-induced superconductivity in KCa2Fe4As4F2

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    Wang, Guangtao; Wang, Zhenwei; Shi, Xianbiao

    2016-11-01

    The electronic structure, magnetism, Fermi surface nesting, and bare susceptibility of the superconductor KCa2Fe4As4F2 are discussed in relation to the Fe-pnictide superconductors based on the first-principle calculations. There are ten bands crossing the Fermi level in the nonmagnetic (NM) states, resulting in six hole-like Fermi surface (FS) sheets along the Γ\\text-Z line and four electron-like FS sheets along the X\\text-P line. It is more complicated than other FeAs-based superconductors, showing multi-bands character. Fixed spin moment calculations and the total energies of different magnetic phase indicate that KCa2Fe4As4F2 has a strong tendency towards magnetism, i.e., the stripe antiferromagnetic state. But the self-hole-doping suppressed the spin-density wave state, and then induced superconductivity in the parent compound. Such self-doping strategy may be used for future exploration of new superconductors.

  19. Transcription factor E4F1 is essential for epidermal stem cell maintenance and skin homeostasis

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    Lacroix, Matthieu; Caramel, Julie; Goguet-Rubio, Perrine; Linares, Laetitia K.; Estrach, Soline; Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Geneviève; Lledo, Gwendaline; de Bettignies, Carine; Thépot, Amélie; Deraison, Céline; Chébli, Karim; Hainaut, Pierre; Dubus, Pierre; Sardet, Claude; Le Cam, Laurent

    2010-01-01

    A growing body of evidence suggests that the multifunctional protein E4F1 is involved in signaling pathways that play essential roles during normal development and tumorigenesis. We generated E4F1 conditional knockout mice to address E4F1 functions in vivo in newborn and adult skin. E4F1 inactivation in the entire skin or in the basal compartment of the epidermis induces skin homeostasis defects, as evidenced by transient hyperplasia in the interfollicular epithelium and alteration of keratinocyte differentiation, followed by loss of cellularity in the epidermis and severe skin ulcerations. E4F1 depletion alters clonogenic activity of epidermal stem cells (ESCs) ex vivo and ends in exhaustion of the ESC pool in vivo, indicating that the lesions observed in the E4F1 mutant skin result, at least in part, from cell-autonomous alterations in ESC maintenance. The clonogenic potential of E4F1 KO ESCs is rescued by Bmi1 overexpression or by Ink4a/Arf or p53 depletion. Skin phenotype of E4F1 KO mice is also delayed in animals with Ink4a/Arf and E4F1 compound gene deficiencies. Our data identify a regulatory axis essential for ESC-dependent skin homeostasis implicating E4F1 and the Bmi1–Arf–p53 pathway. PMID:21088222

  20. E4F1 deficiency results in oxidative stress–mediated cell death of leukemic cells

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    Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Genevieve; Lacroix, Matthieu; Caramel, Julie; Kirsh, Olivier; Jacquet, Chantal; Schrepfer, Emilie; Lagarrigue, Sylviane; Linares, Laetitia Karine; Lledo, Gwendaline; Tondeur, Sylvie; Dubus, Pierre

    2011-01-01

    The multifunctional E4F1 protein was originally discovered as a target of the E1A viral oncoprotein. Growing evidence indicates that E4F1 is involved in key signaling pathways commonly deregulated during cell transformation. In this study, we investigate the influence of E4F1 on tumorigenesis. Wild-type mice injected with fetal liver cells from mice lacking CDKN2A, the gene encoding Ink4a/Arf, developed histiocytic sarcomas (HSs), a tumor originating from the monocytic/macrophagic lineage. Cre-mediated deletion of E4F1 resulted in the death of HS cells and tumor regression in vivo and extended the lifespan of recipient animals. In murine and human HS cell lines, E4F1 inactivation resulted in mitochondrial defects and increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that triggered massive cell death. Notably, these defects of E4F1 depletion were observed in HS cells but not healthy primary macrophages. Short hairpin RNA–mediated depletion of E4F1 induced mitochondrial defects and ROS-mediated death in several human myeloid leukemia cell lines. E4F1 protein is overexpressed in a large subset of human acute myeloid leukemia samples. Together, these data reveal a role for E4F1 in the survival of myeloid leukemic cells and support the notion that targeting E4F1 activities might have therapeutic interest. PMID:21708927

  1. E4F1 deficiency results in oxidative stress-mediated cell death of leukemic cells.

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    Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Genevieve; Lacroix, Matthieu; Caramel, Julie; Kirsh, Olivier; Jacquet, Chantal; Schrepfer, Emilie; Lagarrigue, Sylviane; Linares, Laetitia Karine; Lledo, Gwendaline; Tondeur, Sylvie; Dubus, Pierre; Sardet, Claude; Le Cam, Laurent

    2011-07-04

    The multifunctional E4F1 protein was originally discovered as a target of the E1A viral oncoprotein. Growing evidence indicates that E4F1 is involved in key signaling pathways commonly deregulated during cell transformation. In this study, we investigate the influence of E4F1 on tumorigenesis. Wild-type mice injected with fetal liver cells from mice lacking CDKN2A, the gene encoding Ink4a/Arf, developed histiocytic sarcomas (HSs), a tumor originating from the monocytic/macrophagic lineage. Cre-mediated deletion of E4F1 resulted in the death of HS cells and tumor regression in vivo and extended the lifespan of recipient animals. In murine and human HS cell lines, E4F1 inactivation resulted in mitochondrial defects and increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that triggered massive cell death. Notably, these defects of E4F1 depletion were observed in HS cells but not healthy primary macrophages. Short hairpin RNA-mediated depletion of E4F1 induced mitochondrial defects and ROS-mediated death in several human myeloid leukemia cell lines. E4F1 protein is overexpressed in a large subset of human acute myeloid leukemia samples. Together, these data reveal a role for E4F1 in the survival of myeloid leukemic cells and support the notion that targeting E4F1 activities might have therapeutic interest.

  2. Transcription factor E4F1 is essential for epidermal stem cell maintenance and skin homeostasis.

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    Lacroix, Matthieu; Caramel, Julie; Goguet-Rubio, Perrine; Linares, Laetitia K; Estrach, Soline; Hatchi, Elodie; Rodier, Geneviève; Lledo, Gwendaline; de Bettignies, Carine; Thépot, Amélie; Deraison, Céline; Chébli, Karim; Hovnanian, Alain; Hainaut, Pierre; Dubus, Pierre; Sardet, Claude; Le Cam, Laurent

    2010-12-07

    A growing body of evidence suggests that the multifunctional protein E4F1 is involved in signaling pathways that play essential roles during normal development and tumorigenesis. We generated E4F1 conditional knockout mice to address E4F1 functions in vivo in newborn and adult skin. E4F1 inactivation in the entire skin or in the basal compartment of the epidermis induces skin homeostasis defects, as evidenced by transient hyperplasia in the interfollicular epithelium and alteration of keratinocyte differentiation, followed by loss of cellularity in the epidermis and severe skin ulcerations. E4F1 depletion alters clonogenic activity of epidermal stem cells (ESCs) ex vivo and ends in exhaustion of the ESC pool in vivo, indicating that the lesions observed in the E4F1 mutant skin result, at least in part, from cell-autonomous alterations in ESC maintenance. The clonogenic potential of E4F1 KO ESCs is rescued by Bmi1 overexpression or by Ink4a/Arf or p53 depletion. Skin phenotype of E4F1 KO mice is also delayed in animals with Ink4a/Arf and E4F1 compound gene deficiencies. Our data identify a regulatory axis essential for ESC-dependent skin homeostasis implicating E4F1 and the Bmi1-Arf-p53 pathway.

  3. Large-scale Bethe-Salpeter equation calculations of core-level x-ray spectra

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    Rehr, J. J.; Vinson, J.; Gilmore, K.

    2013-03-01

    Recently an approach has been developed for Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) calculations of core-level x-ray spectra, which is implemented in the OCEAN package [3] which combines plane-wave, pseudopotential DFT electronic structure, PAW transition elements, GW self-energy corrections, and the NIST BSE solver. The method yields both dipole limited and finite momentum transfer spectra. Here we discuss several recent advances which yield a unified treatment of both extended states and atomic multiplet effects. In particular our approach now includes spin-dependent potentials and hole-dependent lifetimes, and gives an improved treatment of L2,3 edges, where contributions to spectral weight come from a mix of two distinct core holes. We have also extended the code interface to include pseudopotential wave functions from ABINIT, QUANTUMESPRESSO, or an interpolation based scheme, thus enabling large-scale calculations with unit cells in excess of 2000 Å3. Applications to water and ice structures are briefly discussed. Supported by DOE BES Grant DE-FG03-97ER45623 and facilitated by the DOE CMCSN

  4. Atomic signatures of local environment from core-level spectroscopy in β -Ga2O3

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    Cocchi, Caterina; Zschiesche, Hannes; Nabok, Dmitrii; Mogilatenko, Anna; Albrecht, Martin; Galazka, Zbigniew; Kirmse, Holm; Draxl, Claudia; Koch, Christoph T.

    2016-08-01

    We present a joint theoretical and experimental study on core-level excitations from the oxygen K edge of β -Ga2O3 . A detailed analysis of the electronic structure reveals the importance of O-Ga hybridization effects in the conduction region. The spectrum from O 1 s core electrons is dominated by excitonic effects, which overall redshift the absorption onset by 0.5 eV, and significantly redistribute the intensity to lower energies. Analysis of the spectra obtained within many-body perturbation theory reveals atomic fingerprints of the inequivalent O atoms. From the comparison of energy-loss near-edge fine-structure (ELNES) spectra computed with respect to different crystal planes, with measurements recorded under the corresponding diffraction conditions, we show how the spectral contributions of specific O atoms can be enhanced while quenching others. These results suggest ELNES, combined with ab initio many-body theory, as a very powerful technique to characterize complex systems, with sensitivity to individual atomic species and to their local environment.

  5. Pressure-induced crossing of the core levels in 5 d metals

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    Tal, Alexey A.; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Ekholm, Marcus; Jönsson, H. Johan M.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2016-05-01

    A pressure-induced interaction between core electrons, the core-level crossing (CLC) transition, has been observed in hcp Os at P ≈400 GPa [L. Dubrovinsky et al., Nature (London) 525, 226 (2015)], 10.1038/nature14681. By carrying out a systematic theoretical study for all metals of the 5 d series (Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au) we have found that the CLC transition is a general effect for this series of metals. While in Pt it occurs at ≈1500 GPa , at a pressure substantially higher than in Os, in Ir it occurs already at 80 GPa. Moreover, we predict that in Re the CLC transition may take place already at ambient pressure. We explain the effect of the CLC and analyze the shift of the transition pressure across the series within the Thomas-Fermi model. In particular, we show that the effect has many common features with the atomic collapse in rare-earth elements.

  6. Core-level spectra and binding energies of transition metal nitrides by non-destructive x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy through capping layers

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    Greczynski, G.; Primetzhofer, D.; Lu, J.; Hultman, L.

    2017-02-01

    We present the first measurements of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) core level binding energies (BE:s) for the widely-applicable group IVb-VIb polycrystalline transition metal nitrides (TMN's) TiN, VN, CrN, ZrN, NbN, MoN, HfN, TaN, and WN as well as AlN and SiN, which are common components in the TMN-based alloy systems. Nitride thin film samples were grown at 400 °C by reactive dc magnetron sputtering from elemental targets in Ar/N2 atmosphere. For XPS measurements, layers are either (i) Ar+ ion-etched to remove surface oxides resulting from the air exposure during sample transfer from the growth chamber into the XPS system, or (ii) in situ capped with a few nm thick Cr or W overlayers in the deposition system prior to air-exposure and loading into the XPS instrument. Film elemental composition and phase content is thoroughly characterized with time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (ToF-E ERDA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and x-ray diffraction. High energy resolution core level XPS spectra acquired with monochromatic Al Kα radiation on the ISO-calibrated instrument reveal that even mild etching conditions result in the formation of a nitrogen-deficient surface layer that substantially affects the extracted binding energy values. These spectra-modifying effects of Ar+ ion bombardment increase with increasing the metal atom mass due to an increasing nitrogen-to-metal sputter yield ratio. The superior quality of the XPS spectra obtained in a non-destructive way from capped TMN films is evident from that numerous metal peaks, including Ti 2p, V 2p, Zr 3d, and Hf 4f, exhibit pronounced satellite features, in agreement with previously published spectra from layers grown and analyzed in situ. In addition, the N/metal concentration ratios are found to be 25-90% higher than those obtained from the corresponding ion-etched surfaces, and in most cases agree very well with the RBS and ToF-E ERDA values. The N 1 s BE:s extracted from

  7. Wheat germ poly(A) binding protein enhances the binding affinity of eukaryotic initiation factor 4F and (iso)4F for cap analogues.

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    Wei, C C; Balasta, M L; Ren, J; Goss, D J

    1998-02-17

    Most eukaryotic mRNAs contain a 5' cap (m7GppX) and a 3' poly(A) tail to increase synergistically the translational efficiency. Recently, the poly(A) binding protein (PABP) and cap-binding protein, eIF-4F, were found to interact [Le et al. (1997) J. Biol. Chem. 272, 16247-16255; Tarun and Sachs (1996) EMBO J. 15, 7168-7177]. These data suggest that PABP may exert its effect on translational efficiency either by increasing the formation of initiation factor-mRNA complex or by enhancing ribosome recycling. To investigate the functional consequences of these interactions, the fluorescent cap analogue, ant-m7GTP, which is an environmentally sensitive fluorescent probe [Ren and Goss (1996) Nucleic Acids Res. 24, 3629-3634] was used to investigate the cap-binding affinity. Our data show that the binding of eIF-(iso)4F or eIF-4F to cap analogue enhanced their binding affinity toward PABP approximately 40-fold. Similarly, the eIF-4F/PABP or eIF-(iso)4F/PABP complexes show a 40-fold enhancement of cap analogue binding as compared to eIF-4F or eIF-(iso)4F alone. At least part of the enhancement of the translational initiation by PABP can be accounted for by direct changes in cap-binding affinity. The interactions of these components also suggest a mechanism whereby the poly(A) tail is brought into close proximity with m7G cap. This effect was examined by fluorescence energy transfer, and it was determined that the PABP/eIF-4F complex could bind both poly(A) and 5' cap simultaneously.

  8. Core promoter sequence in yeast is a major determinant of expression level

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    Lubliner, Shai; Regev, Ifat; Lotan-Pompan, Maya; Edelheit, Sarit; Weinberger, Adina; Segal, Eran

    2015-01-01

    The core promoter is the regulatory sequence to which RNA polymerase is recruited and where it acts to initiate transcription. Here, we present the first comprehensive study of yeast core promoters, providing massively parallel measurements of core promoter activity and of TSS locations and relative usage for thousands of native and designed sequences. We found core promoter activity to be highly correlated to the activity of the entire promoter and that sequence variation in different core promoter regions substantially tunes its activity in a predictable way. We also show that location, orientation, and flanking bases critically affect TATA element function, that transcription initiation in highly active core promoters is focused within a narrow region, that poly(dA:dT) orientation has a functional consequence at the 3′ end of promoters, and that orthologous core promoters across yeast species have conserved activities. Our results demonstrate the importance of core promoters in the quantitative study of gene regulation. PMID:25969468

  9. Ligand field density functional theory calculation of the 4f2→ 4f15d1 transitions in the quantum cutter Cs2KYF6:Pr3+.

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    Ramanantoanina, Harry; Urland, Werner; Cimpoesu, Fanica; Daul, Claude

    2013-09-07

    Herein we present a Ligand Field Density Functional Theory (LFDFT) based methodology for the analysis of the 4f(n)→ 4f(n-1)5d(1) transitions in rare earth compounds and apply it for the characterization of the 4f(2)→ 4f(1)5d(1) transitions in the quantum cutter Cs2KYF6:Pr(3+) with the elpasolite structure type. The methodological advances are relevant for the analysis and prospection of materials acting as phosphors in light-emitting diodes. The positions of the zero-phonon energy corresponding to the states of the electron configurations 4f(2) and 4f(1)5d(1) are calculated, where the praseodymium ion may occupy either the Cs(+)-, K(+)- or the Y(3+)-site, and are compared with available experimental data. The theoretical results show that the occupation of the three undistorted sites allows a quantum-cutting process. However size effects due to the difference between the ionic radii of Pr(3+) and K(+) as well as Cs(+) lead to the distortion of the K(+)- and the Cs(+)-site, which finally exclude these sites for quantum-cutting. A detailed discussion about the origin of this distortion is also described.

  10. Lithium transition metal fluorophosphates (Li{sub 2}CoPO{sub 4}F and Li{sub 2}NiPO{sub 4}F) as cathode materials for lithium ion battery from atomistic simulation

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    Lee, Sanghun Park, Sung Soo

    2013-08-15

    Lithium transition metal fluorophosphates (Li{sub 2}MPO{sub 4}F, M: Co and Ni) have been investigated from atomistic simulation. In order to predict the characteristics of these materials as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, structural property, defect chemistry, and Li{sup +} ion transportation property are characterized. The core–shell model with empirical force fields is employed to reproduce the unit-cell parameters of crystal structure, which are in good agreement with the experimental data. In addition, the formation energies of intrinsic defects (Frenkel and antisite) are determined by energetics calculation. From migration energy calculations, it is found that these flurophosphates have a 3D Li{sup +} ion diffusion network forecasting good Li{sup +} ion conducting performances. Accordingly, we expect that this study provides an atomic scale insight as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. - Graphical abstract: Lithium transition metal fluorophosphates (Li{sub 2}CoPO{sub 4}F and Li{sub 2}NiPO{sub 4}F). Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lithium transition metal fluorophosphates (Li{sub 2}MPO{sub 4}F, M: Co and Ni) are investigated from classical atomistic simulation. • The unit-cell parameters from experimental studies are reproduced by the core–shell model. • Li{sup +} ion conducting Li{sub 2}MPO{sub 4}F has a 3D Li{sup +} ion diffusion network. • It is predicted that Li/Co or Li/Ni antisite defects are well-formed at a substantial concentration level.

  11. Recommendations for Training in Pediatric Psychology: Defining Core Competencies Across Training Levels

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    Janicke, David M.; McQuaid, Elizabeth L.; Mullins, Larry L.; Robins, Paul M.; Wu, Yelena P.

    2014-01-01

    Objective As a field, pediatric psychology has focused considerable efforts on the education and training of students and practitioners. Alongside a broader movement toward competency attainment in professional psychology and within the health professions, the Society of Pediatric Psychology commissioned a Task Force to establish core competencies in pediatric psychology and address the need for contemporary training recommendations. Methods The Task Force adapted the framework proposed by the Competency Benchmarks Work Group on preparing psychologists for health service practice and defined competencies applicable across training levels ranging from initial practicum training to entry into the professional workforce in pediatric psychology. Results Competencies within 6 cluster areas, including science, professionalism, interpersonal, application, education, and systems, and 1 crosscutting cluster, crosscutting knowledge competencies in pediatric psychology, are presented in this report. Conclusions Recommendations for the use of, and the further refinement of, these suggested competencies are discussed. PMID:24719239

  12. Er/Si (111) interface intermixing investigation using core level photoemission

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    Haderbache, L.; Wetzel, P.; Pirri, C.; Peruchetti, J.C.; Bolmont, D.; Gewinner, G. )

    1990-07-23

    We present in this letter Si 2{ital p} core level photoemission measurements on the Er/Si (111) interface formed at room temperature. These spectroscopic data are compared with those measured on amorphous silicide films for various Er concentrations grown by coevaporation of Er and Si species at room temperature under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. This study reveals a strong interaction between Er and the Si (111) substrate even at very low coverage. A mixed interface is observed with silicide formation up to 6 monolayers of deposited metal which corresponds to the onset of erbium metal overgrowth. The Er concentration in the interfacial silicide is found to increase as a function of the deposited Er thickness. A model for the interface is proposed and discussed.

  13. Exciton and core-level electron confinement effects in transparent ZnO thin films

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    Mosquera, Adolfo A.; Horwat, David; Rashkovskiy, Alexandr; Kovalev, Anatoly; Miska, Patrice; Wainstein, Dmitry; Albella, Jose M.; Endrino, Jose L.

    2013-01-01

    The excitonic light emission of ZnO films have been investigated by means of photoluminescence measurements in ultraviolet-visible region. Exciton confinement effects have been observed in thin ZnO coatings with thickness below 20 nm. This is enhanced by a rise of the intensity and a blue shift of the photoluminescence peak after extraction of the adsorbed species upon annealing in air. It is found experimentally that the free exciton energy (determined by the photoluminescence peak) is inversely proportional to the square of the thickness while core-level binding energy is inversely proportional to the thickness. These findings correlate very well with the theory of kinetic and potential confinements.

  14. LDA+DMFT approach to core-level spectroscopy: Application to 3 d transition metal compounds

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    Hariki, Atsushi; Uozumi, Takayuki; Kuneš, Jan

    2017-07-01

    We present a computational study of 2 p core-level x-ray photoemission spectra of transition metal monoxides M O (M =Ni ,Co,Mn) and sesquioxides M2O3 (M =V ,Cr,Fe) using a theoretical framework based on the local-density approximation + dynamical mean-field theory. We find a very good description of the fine spectral features, which is a considerable improvement over the conventional cluster model. We analyze the role of nonlocal screening and its relationship to long-range magnetic order and lattice geometry. Our results reveal the potential of the present method for the analysis and interpretation of modern high-energy-resolution experiments.

  15. Physics of the Be(10{bar 1} 0) Surface Core Level Spectrum

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    Lizzit, S.; Pohl, K. |; Baraldi, A.; Comelli, G.; Fritzsche, V.; Plummer, E.W. |; Stumpf, R.; Hofmann, P. ||

    1998-10-01

    Photoelectron diffraction has been utilized to confirm the theoretical prediction that the surface core level shifts observed for Be(10{bar 1}0) have been improperly assigned. The original assignment based upon the relative intensity of the shifted components was intuitively obvious: the peak with the largest shift of {minus}0.7 eV with respect to the bulk was associated with the surface plane, the next peak shifted by {minus}0.5 eV stems from the second layer, and the third peak at {minus}0.22 eV from the third and fourth layers. First-principles theory and our experimental data show that the largest shift is associated with the second plane, not the first plane. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society }

  16. Comparison of ground reaction forces during the Basic Step on the Core Board platform at various levels of stability.

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    Karczewska, Magdalena; Madej, Anna; Sadowska, Aleksandra; Mastalerz, Andrzej; Urbanik, Czesław

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this paper was to examine and compare the changes of ground reaction forces observed during the Basic Step on the Core Board fitness device at various levels of stability. The study involved 10 female students. Participants stepped on and off the Core Board 10 times at 3 levels of stability. After completing a series of steps, the Core Board's stability was modified and the participant repeated the whole series. The measurement platform to examine three components of the reaction force (horizontal in the sagittal and frontal planes, and vertical) was used. The ground reaction force (GRF) observed on the Core Board, in the vertical and horizontal components is higher at all three levels of stability than on the platform without the device. Significant differences in GRF were observed in the horizontal component in the frontal plane (Fz) at all three levels of mobility as well as in impulse, measured on platforms with the device. The results on the Core Board training device present highest horizontal ground reaction forces in frontal plane at the highest level of Core Board mobility and this showing little medio-lateral stability and a more reactive way of movement regulation of the participants. As a consequence of the force patterns found it may be suggested that fitness training concepts should focus more possibly higher strains on the locomotor system most likely caused by changed ground reaction force patterns, an idea that has to be further analyzed with more complex measurement approaches.

  17. Characterization of tuyere-level core-drill coke samples from blast furnace operation

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    S. Dong; N. Paterson; S.G. Kazarian; D.R. Dugwell; R. Kandiyoti

    2007-12-15

    A suite of tuyere-level coke samples have been withdrawn from a working blast furnace during coal injection, using the core-drilling technique. The samples have been characterized by size exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy (FT-RS), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy. The 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP) extracts of the cokes sampled from the 'bosh', the rear of the 'bird's nest', and the 'dead man' zones were found by SEC to contain heavy soot-like materials (ca. 10{sup 7}-10{sup 8} apparent mass units). In contrast, NMP extracts of cokes taken from the raceway and the front of the 'bird's nest' only contained a small amount of material of relatively lower apparent molecular mass (up to ca. 10{sup 5} u). Since the feed coke contained no materials extractable by the present method, the soot-like materials are thought to have formed during the reactions of volatile matter released from the injectant coal, probably via dehydrogenation and repolymerization of the tars. The Raman spectra of the NMP-extracted core-drilled coke samples showed variations reflecting their temperature histories. Area ratios of D-band to G-band decreased as the exposure temperature increased, while intensity ratios of D to G band and those of 2D to G bands increased with temperature. The graphitic (G), defect (D), and random (R) fractions of the carbon structure of the cokes were also derived from the Raman spectra. The R fractions decreased with increasing temperature, whereas G fractions increased, while the D fractions showed a more complex variation with temperature. These data appear to give clues regarding the graphitization mechanism of tuyere-level cokes in the blast furnace. 41 refs., 9 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Optimisation of glaciological parameters for ice core chronology by implementing counted layers between identified depth levels

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    Bazin, L.; Lemieux-Dudon, B.; Landais, A.; Guillevic, M.; Kindler, P.; Parrenin, F.; Martinerie, P.

    2014-08-01

    A~recent coherent chronology has been built for 4 Antarctic ice cores and the NorthGRIP (NGRIP) Greenland ice core (Antarctic Ice Core Chronology 2012, AICC2012) using a bayesian approach for ice core dating (Datice). When building the AICC2012 chronology, and in order to prevent any confusion with official ice cores chronology, it has been imposed that the AICC2012 chronology for NGRIP should respect exactly the GICC05 chronology based on layer counting. However, such a strong tuning did not satisfy the hypothesis of independence of background parameters and observations for the NGRIP core as required by Datice. We present here the implementation in Datice of a new type of markers that is better suited to constraints deduced from layer counting: the markers of age-difference. Using this type of markers for NGRIP in a 5 cores dating exercise with Datice, we have performed several sensitivity tests and show that the new ice core chronologies obtained with these new markers do not differ by more than 400 years from AICC2012 for Antarctic ice cores and by more than 130 years from GICC05 for NGRIP over the last 60 000 years. With this new parameterization, the accumulation rate and lock-in depth associated with NGRIP are more coherent with independent estimates than those obtained in AICC2012. While these new chronologies should not be used yet as new ice core chronologies, the improved methodology presented here should be considered in the next coherent ice core dating exercise.

  19. Etching of porous and solid SiO2 in Ar /c-C4F8, O2/c-C4F8 and Ar /O2/c-C4F8 plasmas

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    Sankaran, Arvind; Kushner, Mark J.

    2005-01-01

    C-C4F8-based plasmas are used for selective etching of high aspect ratio (HAR) trenches in SiO2 and other dielectrics for microelectronics fabrication. Additives such as Ar and O2 are often used to optimize the process. Understanding the fundamentals of these processes is critical to extending technologies developed for solid SiO2 to porous SiO2, as used in low-dielectric constant insulators. To investigate these issues, reaction mechanisms developed for etching of solid and porous SiO2 in fluorocarbon plasmas and for etching of organic polymers in O2 plasmas have been incorporated into a feature profile model capable of addressing two-phase porous materials. The reaction mechanism was validated by comparison to experiments for blanket etching of solid and porous SiO2 in Ar /c-C4F8 and O2/c-C4F8 plasmas using inductively coupled plasma reactors. We found that the blanket etch rates of both solid and porous SiO2 had maxima as a function of Ar and O2 addition to c-C4F8 at mole fractions corresponding to an optimum thickness of the overlying polymer layer. Larger Ar and O2 additions were required to optimize the etch rate for porous SiO2. Whereas etch stops occurred during etching of HAR features in solid and porous SiO2 using pure c-C4F8 plasmas, Ar and O2 addition facilitated etching by reducing the polymer thickness, though with some loss of critical dimensions. Mixtures of Ar /O2/c-C4F8 can be used to manage this tradeoff.

  20. Gamma Spectra Resulting From the Annihilation of Positrons with Electrons in Single, Selected Core Levels of Cu, Ag and Au

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    Kim, S; Eshed, A; Goktepeli, S; Sterne, P A; Koymen, A R; Chen, W C; Weiss, A H

    2005-07-25

    The {gamma}-ray energy spectra due to positron annihilation with the 3p core-level of Cu, the 4p core-level of Ag, and 5p core level of Au were obtained separately from the total annihilation spectrum by measuring the energies of {gamma}-rays time coincident with Auger electrons emitted as a result of filling the core-hole left by annihilation. The results of these measurements are compared to the total annihilation spectra and with LDA based theoretical calculations. A comparison of area normalized momentum distributions with the individual cores extracted from the Doppler measurements shows good qualitative agreement, however, in all three spectra, the calculated values of the momentum density appears to fall below the measured values as the momentum increases. The discrepancies between theory and experiment are well outside the statistical uncertainties of the experiment and become more pronounced with increasing Z going down the column from Cu to Ag to Au. The comparison with the experimental results clearly indicates that the calculations are not predicting the correct ratio of high momentum to low momentum spectral weight and suggest the need to improve the treatment of many body electron-positron correlation effects in annihilation as they pertain to core levels.

  1. Radioactivity levels in a firn core from the Yukon Territory, Canada

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    Holdsworth, G.; Pourchet, M.; Prantl, F. A.; Meyerhof, D. P.

    Gross β-activity and tritium concentration measurements made on a 26.8m length of consolidated snow (firn) core retrieved from an altitude of 5340 m on Mt. Logan (Yukon Territory, Canada) have revealed a detailed chronology of natural and anthropogenic radioactivity levels extending from about 1943 to 1980. Oxygen isotope measurements were used to assist in the dating of the core and a reliable time scale spanning 1950-1980 has been established with an accuracy of at least ± 0.5 y, and in some cases ± 0.25y. An immediate result is the establishment of mean annual accumulation rates, which are, for the years 1963-1980: 0.36m y -1 and for 1951-1980: 0.39m y - water equivalent. Another result is the estimation of the 'stratospheric residence time' for the fission fallout products (mainly 90Sr and 137Cs). A value of the stratospheric residence time of about 1 y is derived from data spanning 1963-1967. Reference to the history of atmospheric thermonuclear device testing shows that individual or specific groups of tests by different countries can be identified. Comparison of the gross β-activity data with a similar set from Station Centrale (Greenland) shows that although the same trends exist in the two data sets, the amplitude of most corresponding major peaks in the Greenland data is significantly lower. Since the accumulation rates at the two sites are almost identical and since the deposition of radioactive aerosols in any case is expected to be dominated by dry fall-out, the differences are assumed to be related to the trajectory path and to the diffusion rates of the radionuclide clouds.

  2. Bioenergetic programming of macrophages by the apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide 4F.

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    Datta, Geeta; Kramer, Philip A; Johnson, Michelle S; Sawada, Hirotaka; Smythies, Lesley E; Crossman, David K; Chacko, Balu; Ballinger, Scott W; Westbrook, David G; Mayakonda, Palgunachari; Anantharamaiah, G M; Darley-Usmar, Victor M; White, C Roger

    2015-05-01

    The apoA-I (apolipoprotein A-I) mimetic peptide 4F favours the differentiation of human monocytes to an alternatively activated M2 phenotype. The goal of the present study was to test whether the 4F-mediated differentiation of MDMs (monocyte-derived macrophages) requires the induction of an oxidative metabolic programme. 4F treatment induced several genes in MDMs that play an important role in lipid metabolism, including PPARγ (peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor γ) and CD36. Addition of 4F was associated with a significant increase in FA (fatty acid) uptake and oxidation compared with vehicle treatment. Mitochondrial respiration was assessed by measurement of the OCR (oxygen-consumption rate). 4F increased basal and ATP-linked OCR as well as maximal uncoupled mitochondrial respiration. These changes were associated with a significant increase in ΔΨm (mitochondrial membrane potential). The increase in metabolic activity in 4F-treated MDMs was attenuated by etomoxir, an inhibitor of mitochondrial FA uptake. Finally, addition of the PPARγ antagonist T0070907 to 4F-treated MDMs reduced the expression of CD163 and CD36, cell-surface markers for M2 macrophages, and reduced basal and ATP-linked OCR. These results support our hypothesis that the 4F-mediated differentiation of MDMs to an anti-inflammatory phenotype is due, in part, to an increase in FA uptake and mitochondrial oxidative metabolism.

  3. L-4F Alters Hyperlipidemic (but not Normal) Mouse Plasma to Reduce Platelet Aggregation

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    Buga, Georgette M.; Navab, Mohamad; Imaizumi, Satoshi; Reddy, Srinivasa T.; Yekta, Babak; Hough, Greg; Chanslor, Shawn; Anantharamaiah, G.M.; Fogelman, Alan M.

    2010-01-01

    Objective Hyperlipidemia is associated with platelet hyper-reactivity. We hypothesized that L-4F, an apoA-I mimetic peptide, would inhibit platelet aggregation in hyperlipidemic mice. Methods and Results Injecting L-4F into apoE null and LDL receptor null mice resulted in a significant reduction in platelet aggregation in response to agonists but there was no reduction in platelet aggregation after injection of L-4F into wild-type (WT) mice. Consistent with these results, injection of L-4F into apoE null mice prolonged bleeding time but not in WT mice. Incubating L-4F in vitro with apoE null platelet rich plasma also resulted in decreased platelet aggregation. However, incubating washed platelets from either apoE null or WT mice with L-4F did not alter aggregation. Compared to wild-type mice, unstimulated platelets from apoE null mice contained significantly more 12-HETE, thromboxane A2 (TXA2), prostaglandins D2 (PGD2) and E2 (PGE2). In response to agonists, platelets from L-4F treated apoE null mice formed significantly less TXA2, PGD2 PGE2, and 12-HETE. Conclusions By binding plasma oxidized lipids that cause platelet hyper-reactivity in hyperlipidemic mice, L-4F decreases platelet aggregation. PMID:19965777

  4. Apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide 4F rescues pulmonary hypertension by inducing microRNA-193-3p.

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    Sharma, Salil; Umar, Soban; Potus, Francois; Iorga, Andrea; Wong, Gabriel; Meriwether, David; Breuils-Bonnet, Sandra; Mai, Denise; Navab, Kaveh; Ross, David; Navab, Mohamad; Provencher, Steeve; Fogelman, Alan M; Bonnet, Sébastien; Reddy, Srinivasa T; Eghbali, Mansoureh

    2014-08-26

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a chronic lung disease associated with severe pulmonary vascular changes. A pathogenic role of oxidized lipids such as hydroxyeicosatetraenoic and hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids is well established in vascular disease. Apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptides, including 4F, have been reported to reduce levels of these oxidized lipids and improve vascular disease. However, the role of oxidized lipids in the progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension and the therapeutic action of 4F in pulmonary arterial hypertension are not well established. We studied 2 different rodent models of pulmonary hypertension (PH): a monocrotaline rat model and a hypoxia mouse model. Plasma levels of hydroxyeicosatetraenoic and hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids were significantly elevated in PH. 4F treatment reduced these levels and rescued preexisting PH in both models. MicroRNA analysis revealed that microRNA-193-3p (miR193) was significantly downregulated in the lung tissue and serum from both patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and rodents with PH. In vivo miR193 overexpression in the lungs rescued preexisting PH and resulted in downregulation of lipoxygenases and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor. 4F restored PH-induced miR193 expression via transcription factor retinoid X receptor α. These studies establish the importance of microRNAs as downstream effectors of an apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide in the rescue of PH and suggest that treatment with apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptides or miR193 may have therapeutic value. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  5. ApoA-I Mimetic Peptide 4F Rescues Pulmonary Hypertension by Inducing MicroRNA-193-3p

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    Sharma, Salil; Umar, Soban; Potus, Francois; Iorga, Andrea; Wong, Gabriel; Meriwether, David; Breuils-Bonnet, Sandra; Mai, Denise; Navab, Kaveh; Ross, David; Navab, Mohamad; Provencher, Steeve; Fogelman, Alan M.; Bonnet, Sébastien; Reddy, Srinivasa T.; Eghbali, Mansoureh

    2014-01-01

    Background Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a chronic lung disease associated with severe pulmonary vascular changes. A pathogenic role of oxidized lipids such as hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETEs) and hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids (HODEs) is well established in vascular disease. Apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) mimetic peptides including 4F have been reported to reduce levels of these oxidized lipids and improve vascular disease. However, the role of oxidized lipids in the progression of PAH and the therapeutic action of 4F in PAH is not well established. Methods and Results We studied two different rodent models of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH); a monocrotaline (MCT) rat model and a hypoxia mouse model. Plasma levels of HETEs and HODEs were significantly elevated in PH. 4F treatment reduced these levels and rescued pre-existing PH in both models. MicroRNA analysis revealed that miR193-3p (miR193) was significantly downregulated in the lung tissue and in serum from both PAH patients and in PH rodents. In-vivo miR193 overexpression in the lungs rescued pre-existing PH and resulted in downregulation of lipoxygenases and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor. 4F restored PH-induced miR193 expression via transcription factor retinoid X receptor alpha (RXRα). Conclusions These studies establish the importance of microRNAs as downstream effectors of an apoA-I mimetic peptide in the rescue of PH and suggest that treatment with apoA-I mimetic peptides, or miR193 may have therapeutic value. PMID:24963038

  6. Raising FLAGS: Renewing Core French at the Pre-Service Teacher Level

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    Carr, Wendy

    2010-01-01

    A new program for core French teacher candidates called FLAGS (French Language and Global Studies) was established at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2007. The program is intended for those who are keen to teach core French and possess rudimentary proficiency in the language but may not necessarily have the same proficiency or prior…

  7. Promoting integration of genetics core competencies into entry-level nursing curricula.

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    Read, Catherine Y; Dylis, Ann M; Mott, Sandra R; Fairchild, Nancy J

    2004-08-01

    Nurse educators must respond to the growing need to teach genetics content in undergraduate nursing curricula. Recently developed genetics core competencies can be used to guide curriculum assessment and planning. This article describes a 5-year effort to integrate genetics education into a baccalaureate nursing curriculum and provides the results of a curriculum survey based on published genetics core competencies.

  8. Promoting Research as a Core Value in Master's-Level Counselor Education

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    Huber, Charles H.; Savage, Todd A.

    2009-01-01

    Theory, practice, and research are all espoused to be core values within counselor education. The authors assert that research needs to become directly associated with theory and practice for it to be a concurrent core value. "Action research" is most simply defined as a form of research that is practitioner based. The authors propose infusing…

  9. A comparison of pain level and entropy changes following core stability exercise intervention.

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    Lee, Taero; Kim, Yoon Hyuk; Sung, Paul S

    2011-07-01

    As reported in our previous studies, the complexity of physiologic time series is a sensitive measure of muscle fatigability. This study compared the differences between 2 different analyses following 4 weeks of core stability exercises (CSE) in subjects with and without chronic low back pain (LBP). We examined whether the observed Shannon (information) entropy, as compared with median frequency (MF), was able to differentiate fatigability of the thoracic and lumbar parts of the erector spinae (ES) muscles following the intervention. In total, 32 subjects participated in this study. There were 13 subjects in the CSE intervention group (average age 50.4 ± 9.1 years) and 19 subjects in the control group (average age 46.6 ± 9.1 years). The CSE group performed the specific exercise intervention, but the control group was asked to maintain their current activity and/or exercise levels. The endurance of the back muscles was determined by using a modified version of the isometric fatigue test as originally introduced by Sorensen. Pain level decreased significantly for all subjects (F=25.29, p=0.001), but there was no difference between groups (F=0.42, p=0.52). The MF was not different between groups following treatment (F=0.81, p=0.37). Although there was no entropy level changes following treatment (F=0.01, p=0.93), the interactions between muscles and groups following treatment were significant (F=7.25, p=0.01). The entropy level decreased in both thoracic ES muscles following intervention in the exercise group, while remaining the same in the control group. Although the change in pain level was not different between groups, the Shannon entropy measure more sensitively differentiated the exercise intervention than did MF. In addition, the results also suggested that complexity is related to muscle fatigue, which corresponds to the values of entropy between groups. Further studies are needed to investigate the effectiveness of nonlinear time series of EMG data for

  10. Core level electron binding energies of realgar (As{sub 4}S{sub 4})

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    Pratt, A.R.; Nesbitt, H.W.

    2000-04-01

    XPS broad scans and high-resolution narrow-region spectra were collected from fresh realgar (As{sub 4}S{sub 4}) surfaces to measure core level S and As binding energies. Reasonably accurate As and S concentrations were determined from XPS broad scans using peak areas and manufacturer supplied sensitivity factors. High resolution S(2p) and As(3d) narrow region spectra were comprised of photoelectron emissions indicative of As and S in intermediate oxidation states akin to binding energies of As and S polymeric species. S(2p) spectra were interpreted using only S contributions expected from the bulk mineral matrix and showed that S was not greatly affected by surface state phenomena. This was attributed to breakage of intermolecular van der Waals bonds rather than covalent interatomic bonds. As(3d) spectra were found to contain two contributions one from As atoms in As{sub 4}S{sub 4} molecules in the bulk mineral matrix and another possibly from As atoms in molecules situated at the surface.

  11. The Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML): Language Specification for Level 3 Version 1 Core

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    Hucka, Michael; Bergmann, Frank T.; Hoops, Stefan; Keating, Sarah M.; Sahle, Sven; Schaff, James C.; Smith, Lucian P.; Wilkinson, Darren J.

    2017-01-01

    Summary Computational models can help researchers to interpret data, understand biological function, and make quantitative predictions. The Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) is a file format for representing computational models in a declarative form that can be exchanged between different software systems. SBML is oriented towards describing biological processes of the sort common in research on a number of topics, including metabolic pathways, cell signaling pathways, and many others. By supporting SBML as an input/output format, different tools can all operate on an identical representation of a model, removing opportunities for translation errors and assuring a common starting point for analyses and simulations. This document provides the specification for Version 1 of SBML Level 3 Core. The specification defines the data structures prescribed by SBML as well as their encoding in XML, the eXtensible Markup Language. This specification also defines validation rules that determine the validity of an SBML document, and provides many examples of models in SBML form. Other materials and software are available from the SBML project web site, http://sbml.org/. PMID:26528564

  12. Calculation of core-level excitation in some MAX-phase compounds

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    Wang, Liaoyuan; Rulis, Paul; Ching, W. Y.

    2013-07-01

    We report first-principles spectroscopic calculation of core level excitations in five MAX-phase compounds. The spectra of Ti-K edges in Ti2AlC and Ti2AlN, C-K edge in Ti2AlC, N-K edge in Ti2AlN, and Nb-K edge in Nb2AlC are calculated and found to be in good agreement with reported experimental measurements. Based on this agreement, the Al-K and Al-L3 edges in the same five phases plus the Cr-K and C-K edges in Cr2AlC and the C-K edge in Nb2AlC are calculated as theoretical predictions. We further analyze the anisotropy in the calculated spectra to gain additional insights on the structure-properties relationships in these MAX-phase compounds. These results are further discussed in the context of the local atomic environments of the M, A, and X elements in MAX-phase compounds and in relation to their fundamental electronic structures.

  13. Recommendations for training in pediatric psychology: defining core competencies across training levels.

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    Palermo, Tonya M; Janicke, David M; McQuaid, Elizabeth L; Mullins, Larry L; Robins, Paul M; Wu, Yelena P

    2014-10-01

    As a field, pediatric psychology has focused considerable efforts on the education and training of students and practitioners. Alongside a broader movement toward competency attainment in professional psychology and within the health professions, the Society of Pediatric Psychology commissioned a Task Force to establish core competencies in pediatric psychology and address the need for contemporary training recommendations.   The Task Force adapted the framework proposed by the Competency Benchmarks Work Group on preparing psychologists for health service practice and defined competencies applicable across training levels ranging from initial practicum training to entry into the professional workforce in pediatric psychology.   Competencies within 6 cluster areas, including science, professionalism, interpersonal, application, education, and systems, and 1 crosscutting cluster, crosscutting knowledge competencies in pediatric psychology, are presented in this report.   Recommendations for the use of, and the further refinement of, these suggested competencies are discussed. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. The Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML): Language Specification for Level 3 Version 1 Core.

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    Hucka, Michael; Bergmann, Frank T; Hoops, Stefan; Keating, Sarah M; Sahle, Sven; Schaff, James C; Smith, Lucian P; Wilkinson, Darren J

    2015-09-04

    Computational models can help researchers to interpret data, understand biological function, and make quantitative predictions. The Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) is a file format for representing computational models in a declarative form that can be exchanged between different software systems. SBML is oriented towards describing biological processes of the sort common in research on a number of topics, including metabolic pathways, cell signaling pathways, and many others. By supporting SBML as an input/output format, different tools can all operate on an identical representation of a model, removing opportunities for translation errors and assuring a common starting point for analyses and simulations. This document provides the specification for Version 1 of SBML Level 3 Core. The specification defines the data structures prescribed by SBML as well as their encoding in XML, the eXtensible Markup Language. This specification also defines validation rules that determine the validity of an SBML document, and provides many examples of models in SBML form. Other materials and software are available from the SBML project web site, http://sbml.org/.

  15. Isolation and structural characterization of the human 4F2 heavy-chain gene, an inducible gene involved in T-lymphocyte activation.

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    Gottesdiener, K M; Karpinski, B A; Lindsten, T; Strominger, J L; Jones, N H; Thompson, C B; Leiden, J M

    1988-01-01

    The human 4F2 cell surface antigen is a 120-kilodalton (kDa) disulfide-linked heterodimer which is composed of an 80- to 90-kDa glycosylated heavy chain (4F2HC) and a 35- to 40-kDa nonglycosylated light chain (4F2LC). 4F2 belongs to a family of inducible cell surface molecules which are involved in T-lymphocyte activation and growth. To better understand the molecular mechanism(s) that controls 4F2HC gene expression in both resting and activated T cells, a 4F2HC human genomic clone was isolated and structurally characterized. The 4F2HC gene spans 8 kilobases of chromosome 11 and is composed of nine exons. The 5' upstream region of the gene displays several properties which are characteristic of housekeeping genes. It is G+C rich and hypomethylated in peripheral blood lymphocyte DNA and contains multiple binding sites for the Sp1 transcription factor while lacking TATA or CCAAT sequences. This region of the gene also displays sequence homologies with several other inducible T-cell genes, including the interleukin-2, interleukin-2 receptor alpha chain, dihydrofolate reductase, thymidine kinase, and transferrin receptor genes. A 255-base-pair fragment of the 4F2HC gene which contains 154 base pairs of the 5' flanking sequence was able to efficiently promote expression of the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene in human Jurkat T cells, indicating that it contains promoter or enhancer (or both) sequences. Analyses of chromatin structure in resting and lectin-activated T cells revealed the presence of stable DNase I-hypersensitive sites within both the 5' flanking and intron 1 regions of the 4F2HC gene. Although the 4F2HC gene displayed many of the structural features characteristic of a constitutively expressed gene, lectin-mediated activation of resting peripheral blood T lymphocytes resulted in a dramatic increase in steady-state levels of 4F2HC mRNA. Images PMID:3265470

  16. Intermediate coupling for core-level excited states: Consequences for X-Ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Bagus, Paul S.; Sassi, Michel J.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2015-04-01

    The origin of the complex NEXAFS features of X-Ray Absorption, XAS, spectra in transition metal complexes is analyzed and interpreted in terms of the angular momentum coupling of the open shell electrons. Especially for excited configurations where a core-electron is promoted to an open valence shell, the angular momentum coupling is intermediate between the two limits of Russell- Saunders, RS, coupling where spin-orbit splitting of the electron shells is neglected and j-j coupling where this splitting is taken as dominant. The XAS intensities can be understood in terms of two factors: (1) The dipole selection rules that give the allowed excited RS multiplets and (2) The contributions of these allowed multiplets to the wavefunctions of the intermediate coupled levels. It is shown that the origin of the complex XAS spectra is due to the distribution of the RS allowed multiplets over several different intermediate coupled excited levels. The specific case that is analyzed is the L2,3 edge XAS of an Fe3+ cation, because this cation allows a focus on the angular momentum coupling to the exclusion of other effects; e.g., chemical bonding. Arguments are made that the properties identified for this atomic case are relevant for more complex materials. The analysis is based on the properties of fully relativistic, ab initio, many-body wavefunctions for the initial and final states of the XAS process. The wavefunction properties considered include the composition of the wavefunctions in terms of RS multiplets and the occupations of the spin-orbit split open shells; the latter vividly show whether the coupling is j-j or not.

  17. Quantum Chaos and Quantum Magnetism with 4f-Submerged-Shell Atoms

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    Kotochigova, Svetlana; Makrides, Constantinos; Petrov, Alexander; Tiesinga, Eite

    2015-05-01

    We report on a theoretical investigation of the quantum level statistics of ultra-cold gases of open-4f-shell Er and Dy atoms based on a recently-developed computational model that can evaluate their weakly-bound molecular structure. A large interaction anisotropy between these atoms due to the large orbital angular momentum of their electrons creates a rich electronic structure. We find that this structure and their relatively large mass generates an extremely dense spectrum of rotational and vibrational levels near the dissociation limits for magnetic field strengths up to 100 Gauss. We analyzed these bound-state energy spectra and Feshbach resonance locations for signatures of chaos. For example, we find that in contrast to many other atomic systems these weakly-bound molecules already have a chaotic level distribution even in the absence of a magnetic field. We also report on the feasibility to detect quantum magnetism in a system where pairs of erbium or dysprosium are trapped in sites of an optical lattice. We predict the existence of spinor oscillations, where the population of magnetic sub levels oscillates in time due to the presence of anisotropic atomic interactions. Their periods can be used to characterize these interactions at zero and small magnetic field. Research at Temple University is supported by AFOSR (FA9550-14-1-0321) and NSF (No. PHY-1308573) grants.

  18. Engineering task plan for upgrades to the leveling jacks on core sample trucks number 3 and 4

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    KOSTELNIK, A.J.

    1999-02-24

    Characterizing the waste in underground storage tanks at the Hanford Site is accomplished by obtaining a representative core sample for analysis. Core sampling is one of the numerous techniques that have been developed for use given the environmental and field conditions at the Hanford Site. Core sampling is currently accomplished using either Push Mode Core Sample Truck No.1 or; Rotary Mode Core Sample Trucks No.2, 3 or 4. Past analysis (WHC 1994) has indicated that the Core Sample Truck (CST) leveling jacks are structurally inadequate when lateral loads are applied. WHC 1994 identifies many areas where failure could occur. All these failures are based on exceeding the allowable stresses listed in the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) code. The mode of failure is for the outrigger attachments to the truck frame to fail resulting in dropping of the CST and possible overturning (Ref. Ziada and Hundal, 1996). Out of level deployment of the truck can exceed the code allowable stresses in the structure. Calculations have been performed to establish limits for maintaining the truck level when lifting. The calculations and the associated limits are included in appendix A. The need for future operations of the CSTS is limited. Sampling is expected to be complete in FY-2001. Since there is limited time at risk for continued use of the CSTS with the leveling controls without correcting the structural problems, there are several design changes that could give incremental improvements to the operational safety of the CSTS with limited impact on available operating time. The improvements focus on making the truck easier to control during lifting and leveling. Not all of the tasks identified in this ETP need to be performed. Each task alone can improve the safety. This engineering task plan is the management plan document for implementing the necessary additional structural analysis. Any additional changes to meet requirements of standing orders shall require a

  19. A New Marmoset P450 4F12 Enzyme Expressed in Small Intestines and Livers Efficiently Metabolizes Antihistaminic Drug Ebastine.

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    Uehara, Shotaro; Uno, Yasuhiro; Yuki, Yukako; Inoue, Takashi; Sasaki, Erika; Yamazaki, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) are attracting attention as animal models in preclinical studies for drug development. However, cytochrome P450s (P450s), major drug-metabolizing enzymes, have not been fully identified and characterized in marmosets. In this study, based on the four novel P450 4F genes found on the marmoset genome, we successfully isolated P450 4F2, 4F3B, 4F11, and 4F12 cDNAs in marmoset livers. Deduced amino acid sequences of the four marmoset P450 4F forms exhibited high sequence identities (87%-93%) to the human and cynomolgus monkey P450 4F homologs. Marmoset P450 4F3B and 4F11 mRNAs were predominantly expressed in livers, whereas marmoset P450 4F2 and 4F12 mRNAs were highly expressed in small intestines and livers. Four marmoset P450 4F proteins heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli catalyzed the ω-hydroxylation of leukotriene B4 In addition, marmoset P450 4F12 effectively catalyzed the hydroxylation of antiallergy drug ebastine, a human P450 2J/4F probe substrate. Ebastine hydroxylation activities by small intestine and liver microsomes from marmosets and cynomolgus monkeys showed greatly higher values than those of humans. Ebastine hydroxylation activities by marmoset and cynomolgus monkey small intestine microsomes were inhibited (approximately 60%) by anti-P450 4F antibodies, unlike human small intestine microsomes, suggesting that contribution of P450 4F enzymes for ebastine hydroxylation in the small intestine might be different between marmosets/cynomolgus monkeys and humans. These results indicated that marmoset P450 4F2, 4F3B, 4F11, and 4F12 were expressed in livers and/or small intestines and were functional in the metabolism of endogenous and exogenous compounds, similar to those of cynomolgus monkeys and humans.

  20. E4F1-mediated control of pyruvate dehydrogenase activity is essential for skin homeostasis.

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    Goguet-Rubio, Perrine; Seyran, Berfin; Gayte, Laurie; Bernex, Florence; Sutter, Anne; Delpech, Hélène; Linares, Laetitia Karine; Riscal, Romain; Repond, Cendrine; Rodier, Geneviève; Kirsh, Olivier; Touhami, Jawida; Noel, Jean; Vincent, Charles; Pirot, Nelly; Pavlovic, Guillaume; Herault, Yann; Sitbon, Marc; Pellerin, Luc; Sardet, Claude; Lacroix, Matthieu; Le Cam, Laurent

    2016-09-27

    The multifunctional protein E4 transcription factor 1 (E4F1) is an essential regulator of epidermal stem cell (ESC) maintenance. Here, we found that E4F1 transcriptionally regulates a metabolic program involved in pyruvate metabolism that is required to maintain skin homeostasis. E4F1 deficiency in basal keratinocytes resulted in deregulated expression of dihydrolipoamide acetyltransferase (Dlat), a gene encoding the E2 subunit of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex. Accordingly, E4f1 knock-out (KO) keratinocytes exhibited impaired PDH activity and a redirection of the glycolytic flux toward lactate production. The metabolic reprogramming of E4f1 KO keratinocytes associated with remodeling of their microenvironment and alterations of the basement membrane, led to ESC mislocalization and exhaustion of the ESC pool. ShRNA-mediated depletion of Dlat in primary keratinocytes recapitulated defects observed upon E4f1 inactivation, including increased lactate secretion, enhanced activity of extracellular matrix remodeling enzymes, and impaired clonogenic potential. Altogether, our data reveal a central role for Dlat in the metabolic program regulated by E4F1 in basal keratinocytes and illustrate the importance of PDH activity in skin homeostasis.

  1. E4F1-mediated control of pyruvate dehydrogenase activity is essential for skin homeostasis

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    Goguet-Rubio, Perrine; Seyran, Berfin; Gayte, Laurie; Sutter, Anne; Delpech, Hélène; Linares, Laetitia Karine; Riscal, Romain; Repond, Cendrine; Rodier, Geneviève; Touhami, Jawida; Noel, Jean; Vincent, Charles; Pirot, Nelly; Herault, Yann; Pellerin, Luc; Sardet, Claude; Lacroix, Matthieu; Le Cam, Laurent

    2016-01-01

    The multifunctional protein E4 transcription factor 1 (E4F1) is an essential regulator of epidermal stem cell (ESC) maintenance. Here, we found that E4F1 transcriptionally regulates a metabolic program involved in pyruvate metabolism that is required to maintain skin homeostasis. E4F1 deficiency in basal keratinocytes resulted in deregulated expression of dihydrolipoamide acetyltransferase (Dlat), a gene encoding the E2 subunit of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex. Accordingly, E4f1 knock-out (KO) keratinocytes exhibited impaired PDH activity and a redirection of the glycolytic flux toward lactate production. The metabolic reprogramming of E4f1 KO keratinocytes associated with remodeling of their microenvironment and alterations of the basement membrane, led to ESC mislocalization and exhaustion of the ESC pool. ShRNA-mediated depletion of Dlat in primary keratinocytes recapitulated defects observed upon E4f1 inactivation, including increased lactate secretion, enhanced activity of extracellular matrix remodeling enzymes, and impaired clonogenic potential. Altogether, our data reveal a central role for Dlat in the metabolic program regulated by E4F1 in basal keratinocytes and illustrate the importance of PDH activity in skin homeostasis. PMID:27621431

  2. Photo and thermoluminescence of KMgSO4 F: Ce and :Mn phosphors.

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    Poddar, Anuradha; Gedam, S C; Dhoble, S J

    2015-06-01

    KMgSO4 F:Ce and KMgSO4 F:Mn phosphors were prepared by a wet chemical method and studied for their photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics. PL emission of KMgSO4 F:Ce peaked at around 440 nm for the excitation at 377 nm due to 5d → 4f transition, while KMgSO4 F:Mn had a peak at 540 nm for an excitation at 363 nm and 247 nm due to (4) T1g  → (6) A1g transition. The phosphors also showed good thermoluminescence characteristics when they were exposed to γ-rays at a 5 Gy dose at the rate of 0.36 kGyh(-1) . KMgSO4 F:Ce exhibited a single thermoluminescence (TL) peak at around 167 °C and KMgSO4 F:Mn also exhibited a single TL peak at around 177 °C. Possible trapping parameters such as order of kinetics (b), the geometrical factor (μg ), the frequency factor (s) and the activation energy were also evaluated by Chen's half width method. This article discusses fundamental PL and TL characteristics in inorganic fluoride material activated by Ce(3+) and Mn(2+) ions and prepared by a wet chemical method. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide 4F blocks sphingomyelinase-induced LDL aggregation.

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    Nguyen, Su Duy; Javanainen, Matti; Rissanen, Sami; Zhao, Hongxia; Huusko, Jenni; Kivelä, Annukka M; Ylä-Herttuala, Seppo; Navab, Mohamad; Fogelman, Alan M; Vattulainen, Ilpo; Kovanen, Petri T; Öörni, Katariina

    2015-06-01

    Lipolytic modification of LDL particles by SMase generates LDL aggregates with a strong affinity for human arterial proteoglycans and may so enhance LDL retention in the arterial wall. Here, we evaluated the effects of apoA-I mimetic peptide 4F on structural and functional properties of the SMase-modified LDL particles. LDL particles with and without 4F were incubated with SMase, after which their aggregation, structure, and proteoglycan binding were analyzed. At a molar ratio of L-4F to apoB-100 of 2.5 to 20:1, 4F dose-dependently inhibited SMase-induced LDL aggregation. At a molar ratio of 20:1, SMase-induced aggregation was fully blocked. Binding of 4F to LDL particles inhibited SMase-induced hydrolysis of LDL by 10% and prevented SMase-induced LDL aggregation. In addition, the binding of the SMase-modified LDL particles to human aortic proteoglycans was dose-dependently inhibited by pretreating LDL with 4F. The 4F stabilized apoB-100 conformation and inhibited SMase-induced conformational changes of apoB-100. Molecular dynamic simulations showed that upon binding to protein-free LDL surface, 4F locally alters membrane order and fluidity and induces structural changes to the lipid layer. Collectively, 4F stabilizes LDL particles by preventing the SMase-induced conformational changes in apoB-100 and so blocks SMase-induced LDL aggregation and the resulting increase in LDL retention. Copyright © 2015 by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  4. Test Plan for Rotary Mode Core Sample Truck Grapple Hoist Level Wind System

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    BOGER, R.M.

    1999-08-18

    A Grapple Hoist Assembly is currently used on the Rotary Mode Core Sampling Trucks (RMCSTs) to actuate the sampler and retrieve the pintle rod during sampling operations. The hoist assembly includes a driven drum approximately two inches wide and six inches in diameter that rotates to pay out or reel in the 5/32-in. cable. The current Grapple Hoist Assembly, detailed on drawing H-2-690057, is prone to ''bird nesting'' the cable on the drum. ''Bird nesting'' is a condition in which the cable does not wind onto the drum in a uniformly layered manner, but winds in a random fashion where the cable essentially ''piles up'' inappropriately on the drum and, on some occasions, winds on the drum drive shaft. A system to help control this ''bird nesting'' problem has been designed as an addition to the existing components of the Grapple Hoist Assembly. The new design consists of a mechanism that is timed with, and driven by, the shaft that drives the drum. This mechanism traverses back and forth across the width of the drum to lay the cable on the drum in a uniformly layered manner. This test plan establishes the acceptance criteria, test procedure and test conditions. It also describes the test apparatus necessary to verify the adequacy of the level wind system design. The test is defined as qualification testing (LMHC 1999b) and as such will be performed at conditions beyond the parameters that the Grapple Hoist Assembly is allowed to operate by the Safety Equipment List.

  5. Test Plan for Rotary Mode Core Sample Truck Grapple Hoist Level Wind System

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    BOGER, R.M.

    1999-12-09

    A Grapple Hoist Assembly is currently used on the Rotary Mode Core Sampling Trucks (RMCSTs) to actuate the sampler and retrieve the pintle rod during sampling operations. The hoist assembly includes a driven drum approximately two inches wide and six inches in diameter that rotates to pay out or reel in the 5/32-in. cable The current Grapple Hoist Assembly, detailed on drawing H-2-690057, is prone to ''bird nesting'' the cable on the drum. ''Bird nesting'' is a condition in which the cable does not wind onto the drum in a uniformly layered manner, but winds in a random fashion where the cable essentially ''piles up'' inappropriately on the drum and, on some occasions, winds on the drum drive shaft. A system to help control this ''bird nesting'' problem has been designed as an addition to the existing components of the Grapple Hoist Assembly. The new design consists of a mechanism that is timed with, and driven by, the shaft that drives the drum. This mechanism traverses back and forth across the width of the drum to lay the cable on the drum in a uniformly layered manner. This test plan establishes the acceptance criteria, test procedure and test conditions It also describes the test apparatus necessary to verify the adequacy of the level wind system design. The test is defined as qualification testing (LMHC 1999b) and as such will be performed at conditions beyond the parameters that the Grapple Hoist Assembly is allowed to operate by the Safety Equipment List (SEL)(LMHC 1998).

  6. Investigations of electron attachment to the perfluorocarbon molecules c-C4F8, 2-C4F8, 1,3 C4F6, and c-C5F8

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    Feil, Stefan; Märk, Tilmann D.; Mauracher, Andreas; Scheier, Paul; Mayhew, Chris A.

    2008-11-01

    Non-dissociative and dissociative electron attachment to a series of gas-phase perfluorocarbons (PFCs), namely octafluorocyclobutane, c-C4F8, octafluorobut-2-ene (perfluoro-2-butene), 2-C4F8, hexafluorobuta-1,3-diene (1,3 perfluorobutadiene), 1,3 C4F6, and octafluorocyclopentene (perfluorocyclopentene), c-C5F8, of importance to technological plasmas, have been investigated using two different, but complimentary, instruments available in Innsbruck over the electron energy range 0-20 eV. Anion yields as a function of electron energy have been recorded, with the positions and intensities of the electron attachment resonances being determined. One of these instruments is a double focusing sector field mass spectrometer (VG-ZAB-2SEQ), which has been used for measurements requiring high sensitivity and for obtaining accurate relative anion yields. It has also been used to determine the electron detachment lifetimes of the parent anions under various accelerating voltages, and these results are also presented. The second instrument (CELIA) is a trochoidal electron monochromator coupled to a quadrupole mass filter with a pulse counting system for detecting product anionic species. This provides a much higher energy resolution than the VG-ZAB, which makes it a better instrument to investigate narrow energy resonances close to 0 eV. The results of anion yields, peak positions and the relative intensities presented in this paper are compared with previous data of electron attachment to the above PFCs, including investigations by Professor Eugen Illenberger.

  7. CYP4F2 affects phenotypic outcome in adrenoleukodystrophy by modulating the clearance of very long-chain fatty acids.

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    van Engen, Catherine E; Ofman, Rob; Dijkstra, Inge M E; van Goethem, Tessa Jacobs; Verheij, Eveline; Varin, Jennifer; Vidaud, Michel; Wanders, Ronald J A; Aubourg, Patrick; Kemp, Stephan; Barbier, Mathieu

    2016-10-01

    X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a severe neurodegenerative disorder caused by the accumulation of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) due to mutations in the ABCD1 gene. The phenotypic spectrum ranges from a fatal cerebral demyelinating disease in childhood (cerebral ALD) to a progressive myelopathy without cerebral involvement in adulthood (adrenomyeloneuropathy). Because ABCD1 mutations have no predictive value with respect to clinical outcome a role for modifier genes was postulated. We report that the CYP4F2 polymorphism rs2108622 increases the risk of developing cerebral ALD in Caucasian patients. The rs2108622 polymorphism (c.1297G>A) results in an amino acid substitution valine for methionine at position 433 (p.V433M). Using cellular models of VLCFA accumulation, we show that p.V433M decreases the conversion of VLCFA into very long-chain dicarboxylic acids by ω-oxidation, a potential escape route for the deficient peroxisomal β-oxidation of VLCFA in ALD. Although p.V433M does not affect the catalytic activity of CYP4F2 it reduces CYP4F2 protein levels markedly. These findings open perspectives for therapeutic interventions in a disease with currently limited treatment options. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Pronounced Surface Band Bending of Thin-Film Silicon Revealed by Modeling Core Levels Probed with Hard X-rays.

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    Wippler, David; Wilks, Regan G; Pieters, Bart E; van Albada, Sacha J; Gerlach, Dominic; Hüpkes, Jürgen; Bär, Marcus; Rau, Uwe

    2016-07-13

    Enhancing the probing depth of photoemission studies by using hard X-rays allows the investigation of buried interfaces of real-world device structures. However, it also requires the consideration of photoelectron-signal attenuation when evaluating surface effects. Here, we employ a computational model incorporating surface band bending and exponential photoelectron-signal attenuation to model depth-dependent spectral changes of Si 1s and Si 2s core level lines. The data were acquired from hydrogenated boron-doped microcrystalline thin-film silicon, which is applied in silicon-based solar cells. The core level spectra, measured by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using different excitation energies, reveal the presence of a 0.29 nm thick surface oxide layer. In the silicon film a downward surface band bending of eVbb = -0.65 eV over ∼6 nm obtained via inverse modeling explains the observed core level shifts and line broadening. Moreover, the computational model allows the extraction of the "real" Si 1s and Si 2s bulk core level binding energies as 1839.13 and 150.39 eV, and their natural Lorentzian line widths as 496 and 859 meV, respectively. These values significantly differ from those directly extracted from the measured spectra. Because band bending usually occurs at material surfaces we highly recommend the detailed consideration of signal integration over depth for quantitative statements from depth-dependent measurements.

  9. Predicting core level binding energies shifts: Suitability of the projector augmented wave approach as implemented in VASP.

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    Pueyo Bellafont, Noèlia; Viñes, Francesc; Hieringer, Wolfgang; Illas, Francesc

    2017-03-30

    Here, we assess the accuracy of various approaches implemented in Vienna ab initio simulation package code to estimate core-level binding energy shifts (ΔBEs) using a projector augmented wave method to treat core electrons. The performance of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) and the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) exchange-correlation density functionals is examined on a dataset of 68 molecules containing B→F atoms in diverse chemical environments, accounting for 185 different 1s core level binding energy shifts, for which both experimental gas-phase X-ray photoemission (XPS) data and accurate all electron ΔBEs are available. Four procedures to calculate core-level shifts are investigated. Janak-Slater transition state approach yields mean absolute errors of 0.37 (0.21) eV at PBE (TPSS) level, similar to highly accurate all electron ΔSCF approaches using same functionals, and close to XPS experimental accuracy of 0.1 eV. The study supports the use of these procedures to assign ΔBEs of molecular moieties on material surfaces of interest in surface science, nanotechnology, and heterogeneous catalysis. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. HAER PA,35SCRAN,4F (sheet 1 of 1) Delaware, Lackawanna & ...

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    HAER PA,35-SCRAN,4-F- (sheet 1 of 1) - Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, Scranton Yards, Scrap Platform, 350 feet South of South Washington Avenue & River Street, Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA

  11. Observation of thermal electron detachment from cyclo-C4F8- in FALP experiments

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    Miller, Thomas M.; Morris, Robert A.; Stevens Miller, Amy E.; Viggiano, A. A.; Paulson, John F.

    1994-08-01

    The methodology for use of a flowing afterglow--Langmuir probe apparatus to measure thermal electron detachment rate coefficients is described. We determined the thermal detachment rate coefficient (1010 ± 300 s-1) for cyclo-C4F8- ions and the rate coefficient (1.6 ± × 10-8 cm3 s-1) for electron attachment of cyclo-C4F8 at 375 K. The sole ionic product of attachment is cyclo-C4F8-. The equilibrium constant for the attachment/detachment reaction yields a free energy for attachment at 375 K of -0.63 ± 0.02 eV, from which we estimate the electron affinity (0 K value) of cyclo-C4F8 to be about 0.63 eV.

  12. Energy levels, Auger branching ratios, and radiative rates of the core-excited states of B-like carbon

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    Sun Yan; Gou Bingcong; Chen Feng

    2011-09-28

    Energy levels, Auger branching ratios, and radiative rates of the core-excited states of B-like carbon are calculated by the saddle-point variation and saddle-point complex-rotation methods. Relativistic and mass polarization corrections are included using first-order perturbation theory. Calculated Auger channel energies and branching ratios are used to identify high-resolution Auger spectrum in the 300-keV C{sup +}{yields} CH{sub 4} collision experiment. It is found that Auger decay of these five-electron core-excited states gives significant contributions to Auger spectrum in the range of 238-280 eV.

  13. Characterization of the active site properties of CYP4F12.

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    Eksterowicz, John; Rock, Dan A; Rock, Brooke M; Wienkers, Larry C; Foti, Robert S

    2014-10-01

    Cytochrome P450 4F12 is a drug-metabolizing enzyme that is primarily expressed in the liver, kidney, colon, small intestine, and heart. The properties of CYP4F12 that may impart an increased catalytic selectivity (decreased promiscuity) were explored through in vitro metabolite elucidation, kinetic isotope effect experiments, and computational modeling of the CYP4F12 active site. By using astemizole as a probe substrate for CYP4F12 and CYP3A4, it was observed that although CYP4F12 favored astemizole O-demethylation as the primary route of metabolism, CYP3A4 was capable of metabolizing astemizole at multiple sites on the molecule. Deuteration of astemizole at the site of O-demethylation resulted in an isotope effect of 7.1 as well as an 8.3-fold decrease in the rate of clearance for astemizole by CYP4F12. Conversely, although an isotope effect of 3.8 was observed for the formation of the O-desmethyl metabolite when deuterated astemizole was metabolized by CYP3A4, there was no decrease in the clearance of astemizole. Development of a homology model of CYP4F12 based on the crystal structure of cytochrome P450 BM3 predicted an active site volume for CYP4F12 that was approximately 76% of the active site volume of CYP3A4. As predicted, multiple favorable binding orientations were available for astemizole docked into the active site of CYP3A4, but only a single binding orientation with the site of O-demethylation oriented toward the heme was identified for CYP4F12. Overall, it appears that although CYP4F12 may be capable of binding similar ligands to other cytochrome P450 enzymes such as CYP3A4, the ability to achieve catalytically favorable orientations may be inherently more difficult because of the increased steric constraints of the CYP4F12 active site. Copyright © 2014 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

  14. 4f photoionization and subsequent Auger decay in atomic Pb: Relativistic effects

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    Patanen, M.; Kantia, T.; Heinaesmaeki, S.; Aksela, S.; Aksela, H.; Urpelainen, S.

    2011-05-15

    High-resolution 4f photoelectron and subsequent Auger-electron spectra have been measured from free Pb atoms using synchrotron radiation. The fine structure of the spectra has been investigated theoretically by calculating the energies and intensities for 4f photoionization and Auger decay processes using the multiconfigurational Dirac-Fock approach. The role of the relativistic effects in the ground and singly and doubly ionized states has been studied on the basis of computed results and their comparison with experiment.

  15. 1024 x 768 XGA uncooled camera core achieves new levels of performance in a small package

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    Alicandro, C. J.; DeMarco, R. W.

    2011-06-01

    An uncooled XGA camera core has been developed for multiple thermal imaging applications that require longer detection range and wider fields of view. The design challenge is to maintain high performance while optimizing for size, weight, and power (SWAP). Utilizing a combination of low power electronic designs, proprietary calibration methods, and a new 17μm pitch high performance amorphous silicon (ASi) microbolometer, a rugged multi-purpose SWAP-optimized XGA camera core has been designed. The result is a camera core that has been shown to deliver far better detection range and angle-of-view performance than previous uncooled solutions with frame rates of 30 Hz in XGA mode and 60 Hz in VGA mode.

  16. A Novel Nonsense Mutation of POU4F3 Gene Causes Autosomal Dominant Hearing Loss

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    Zhang, Chi; Wang, Mingming; Zhang, Fengguo; Zhou, Yicui; Li, Jianfeng; Zheng, Qingyin; Bai, Xiaohui

    2016-01-01

    POU4F3 gene encodes a transcription factor which plays an essential role in the maturation and maintenance of hair cells in cochlea and vestibular system. Several mutations of POU4F3 have been reported to cause autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hearing loss in recent years. In this study, we describe a pathogenic nonsense mutation located in POU4F3 in a four-generation Chinese family. Target region capture sequencing was performed to search for the candidate mutations from 81 genes related to nonsyndromic hearing loss in this family. A novel nonsense mutation of POU4F3, c.337C>T (p. Gln113⁎), was identified in a Chinese family characterized by late-onset progressive nonsyndromic hearing loss. The novel mutation cosegregated with hearing loss in this family and was absent in 200 ethnicity-matched controls. The mutation led to a stop codon and thus a truncated protein with no functional domains remained. Transient transfection and immunofluorescence assay revealed that the subcellular localization of the truncated protein differed markedly from normal protein, which could be the underlying reason for complete loss of its normal function. Here, we report the first nonsense mutation of POU4F3 associated with progressive hearing loss and explored the possible underlying mechanism. Routine examination of POU4F3 is necessary for the genetic diagnosis of hereditary hearing loss in the future. PMID:27999687

  17. CYP4F18-Deficient Neutrophils Exhibit Increased Chemotaxis to Complement Component C5a.

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    Vaivoda, Rachel; Vaine, Christine; Boerstler, Cassandra; Galloway, Kristy; Christmas, Peter

    2015-01-01

    CYP4Fs were first identified as enzymes that catalyze hydroxylation of leukotriene B4 (LTB4). CYP4F18 has an unusual expression in neutrophils and was predicted to play a role in regulating LTB4-dependent inflammation. We compared chemotaxis of wild-type and Cyp4f18 knockout neutrophils using an in vitro assay. There was no significant difference in the chemotactic response to LTB4, but the response to complement component C5a increased 1.9-2.25-fold in knockout cells compared to wild-type (P < 0.01). This increase was still observed when neutrophils were treated with inhibitors of eicosanoid synthesis. There were no changes in expression of other CYP4 enzymes in knockout neutrophils that might compensate for loss of CYP4F18 or lead to differences in activity. A mouse model of dextran sodium sulfate colitis was used to investigate the consequences of increased C5a-dependent chemotaxis in vivo, but there was no significant difference in weight loss, disease activity, or colonic tissue myeloperoxidase between wild-type and Cyp4f18 knockout mice. This study demonstrates the limitations of inferring CYP4F function based on an ability to use LTB4 as a substrate, points to expanding roles for CYP4F enzymes in immune regulation, and underscores the in vivo challenges of CYP knockout studies.

  18. CYP4F18-Deficient Neutrophils Exhibit Increased Chemotaxis to Complement Component C5a

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    Vaivoda, Rachel; Vaine, Christine; Boerstler, Cassandra; Galloway, Kristy; Christmas, Peter

    2015-01-01

    CYP4Fs were first identified as enzymes that catalyze hydroxylation of leukotriene B4 (LTB4). CYP4F18 has an unusual expression in neutrophils and was predicted to play a role in regulating LTB4-dependent inflammation. We compared chemotaxis of wild-type and Cyp4f18 knockout neutrophils using an in vitro assay. There was no significant difference in the chemotactic response to LTB4, but the response to complement component C5a increased 1.9–2.25-fold in knockout cells compared to wild-type (P < 0.01). This increase was still observed when neutrophils were treated with inhibitors of eicosanoid synthesis. There were no changes in expression of other CYP4 enzymes in knockout neutrophils that might compensate for loss of CYP4F18 or lead to differences in activity. A mouse model of dextran sodium sulfate colitis was used to investigate the consequences of increased C5a-dependent chemotaxis in vivo, but there was no significant difference in weight loss, disease activity, or colonic tissue myeloperoxidase between wild-type and Cyp4f18 knockout mice. This study demonstrates the limitations of inferring CYP4F function based on an ability to use LTB4 as a substrate, points to expanding roles for CYP4F enzymes in immune regulation, and underscores the in vivo challenges of CYP knockout studies. PMID:26613087

  19. Strong Correlation between Liver and Serum Levels of Hepatitis C Virus Core Antigen and RNA in Chronically Infected Patients

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    Descamps, V.; Op de Beeck, A.; Plassart, C.; Brochot, E.; François, C.; Helle, F.; Adler, M.; Bourgeois, N.; Degré, D.; Duverlie, G.

    2012-01-01

    HCV core antigen (Ag) and HCV RNA levels were evaluated in matched liver biopsy samples and sera from 22 patients with hepatitis C infection by using the quantitative Architect HCV Ag immunoassay and a real-time RT-qPCR assay, respectively. The data showed a strong correlation between liver and serum compartments of HCV Ag levels (r = 0.80) and HCV RNA levels (r = 0.87). In summary, the serum HCV Ag and RNA levels reflect the intrahepatic values. PMID:22162563

  20. Direct imaging the upconversion nanocrystal core/shell structure at the subnanometer level: shell thickness dependence in upconverting optical properties.

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    Zhang, Fan; Che, Renchao; Li, Xiaomin; Yao, Chi; Yang, Jianping; Shen, Dengke; Hu, Pan; Li, Wei; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2012-06-13

    Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles have shown considerable promise in solid-state lasers, three-dimensional flat-panel displays, and solar cells and especially biological labeling and imaging. It has been demonstrated extensively that the epitaxial coating of upconversion (UC) core crystals with a lattice-matched shell can passivate the core and enhance the overall upconversion emission intensity of the materials. However, there are few papers that report a precise link between the shell thickness of core/shell nanoparticles and their optical properties. This is mainly because rare earth fluoride upconversion core/shell structures have only been inferred from indirect measurements to date. Herein, a reproducible method to grow a hexagonal NaGdF(4) shell on NaYF(4):Yb,Er nanocrystals with monolayer control thickness is demonstrated for the first time. On the basis of the cryo-transmission electron microscopy, rigorous electron energy loss spectroscopy, and high-angle annular dark-field investigations on the core/shell structure under a low operation temperature (96 K), direct imaging the NaYF(4):Yb,Er@NaGdF(4) nanocrystal core/shell structure at the subnanometer level was realized for the first time. Furthermore, a strong linear link between the NaGdF(4) shell thickness and the optical response of the hexagonal NaYF(4):Yb,Er@NaGdF(4) core/shell nanocrystals has been established. During the epitaxial growth of the NaGdF(4) shell layer by layer, surface defects of the nanocrystals can be gradually passivated by the homogeneous shell deposition process, which results in the obvious enhancement in overall UC emission intensity and lifetime and is more resistant to quenching by water molecules.

  1. Core sampling beneath low-level radioactive-waste burial trenches, West Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York

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    Prudic, David E.

    1979-01-01

    A technique was developed for collecting cores for radiometric analysis from beneath a low-level radioactive-waste landfill to determine the rates of downward radionuclide migration below the trenches. A closed pipe was driven through the buried waste, and a removable point withdrawn. The hole was then advanced by alternately pushing a coring device, then driving an inner casing to the depth reached by the coring device and cleaning out cuttings from within the casing. The effectiveness of the technique was limited by inability to predict the location of impenetrable objects within the waste in some parts of the burial ground and difficulty in detecting when the end of the pipe first penetrated undisturbed material beneath the trench floor. Geophysical logs of the completed hole were used to help determine the trench-floor depth. (USGS).

  2. D4F alleviates macrophage-derived foam cell apoptosis by inhibiting CD36 expression and ER stress-CHOP pathway[S

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    Yao, Shutong; Tian, Hua; Miao, Cheng; Zhang, Da-Wei; Zhao, Li; Li, Yanyan; Yang, Nana; Jiao, Peng; Sang, Hui; Guo, Shoudong; Wang, Yiwei; Qin, Shucun

    2015-01-01

    This study was designed to explore the protective effect of D4F, an apoA-I mimetic peptide, on oxidized LDL (ox-LDL)-induced endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein (C/EBP) homologous protein (CHOP) pathway-mediated apoptosis in macrophages. Our results showed that treating apoE knockout mice with D4F decreased the serum ox-LDL level and apoptosis in atherosclerotic lesions with concomitant downregulation of cluster of differentiation 36 (CD36) and inhibition of ER stress. In vitro, D4F inhibited macrophage-derived foam cell formation. Furthermore, like ER stress inhibitor 4-phenylbutyric acid (PBA), D4F inhibited ox-LDL- or tunicamycin (TM, an ER stress inducer)-induced reduction in cell viability and increase in lactate dehydrogenase leakage, caspase-3 activation, and apoptosis. Additionally, like PBA, D4F inhibited ox-LDL- or TM-induced activation of ER stress response as assessed by the reduced nuclear translocation of activating transcription factor 6 and the decreased phosphorylation of protein kinase-like ER kinase and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α, as well as the downregulation of glucose-regulated protein 78 and CHOP. Moreover, D4F mitigated ox-LDL uptake by macrophages and CD36 upregulation induced by ox-LDL or TM. These data indicate that D4F can alleviate the formation and apoptosis of macrophage-derived foam cells by suppressing CD36-mediated ox-LDL uptake and subsequent activation of the ER stress-CHOP pathway. PMID:25635126

  3. Paleomagnetic inclination errors in sediments cored from a Gulf of Mexico salt dome - An indicator of ancient sea level

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    Sager, W.W.; Singleton, S.W. )

    1989-08-01

    A paleomagnetic study of piston-cored sediments was done in conjunction with a high-resolution seismic reflection study of a salt dome on the upper continental slope in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Seismic data showed that late Pleistocene sediment layers are exposed around the bank and tilted up to 8{degree} by the diapiric uplift. Cores were taken on the flanks of the bank to test the use of paleomagnetism in measuring the tectonic tilt of the sediments. After structural corrections, results from six cores agreed with the geocentric axial dipole inclination for the site, but four other cores displayed significantly shallowed inclinations. Moreover, several cores showed linear trends of inclination shallowing, increasing downcore. The anomalous results are from the summit of the bank and suggest a relation to subaerial exposure during a sea-level lowstand. The authors think that the shallow inclinations were caused by compaction, but that the linear trends resulted from rehydration of the sediments after exposure by erosion.

  4. Photoemission studies of core level shifts in HgCdTe, CdMnTe, and HgZnTe

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    Shih, C. K.; Spicer, W. E.; Furdyna, J. K.; Sher, A.

    1987-01-01

    The results of photoemission studies of core level shifts in the Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te, Cd(1-x)Mn(x)Te, and Hg(1-x)Zn(x)Te alloys are discussed. In Hg(0.7)Cd(0.3)Te, the Hg 5d level is found to shift to lower binding energy by 0.1 eV, and the Cd 4d level to shift to higher binding energy by 0.25 eV upon alloying (relative to their binaries). The Born-Haber cycle is used to determine core level binding energies relative to the valence-band maximum in the context of tight-binding theory, and calculated core level shifts upon alloying in HgCdTe are shown to be too small to account for the observed values. A natural valence-band offset between HgTe and CdTe of 0.35 eV is found.

  5. Liquid level, void fraction, and superheated steam sensor for nuclear-reactor cores. [PWR; BWR

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    Tokarz, R.D.

    1981-10-27

    This disclosure relates to an apparatus for monitoring the presence of coolant in liquid or mixed liquid and vapor, and superheated gaseous phases at one or more locations within an operating nuclear reactor core, such as pressurized water reactor or a boiling water reactor.

  6. Microstructure-dependent mechanical properties of electrospun core-shell scaffolds at multi-scale levels.

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    Horner, Christopher B; Ico, Gerardo; Johnson, Jed; Zhao, Yi; Nam, Jin

    2016-06-01

    Mechanical factors among many physiochemical properties of scaffolds for stem cell-based tissue engineering significantly affect tissue morphogenesis by controlling stem cell behaviors including proliferation and phenotype-specific differentiation. Core-shell electrospinning provides a unique opportunity to control mechanical properties of scaffolds independent of surface chemistry, rendering a greater freedom to tailor design for specific applications. In this study, we synthesized electrospun core-shell scaffolds having different core composition and/or core-to-shell dimensional ratios. Two independent biocompatible polymer systems, polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) and gelatin as the core materials while maintaining the shell polymer with polycaprolactone (PCL), were utilized. The mechanics of such scaffolds was analyzed at the microscale and macroscales to determine the potential implications it may hold for cell-material and tissue-material interactions. The mechanical properties of individual core-shell fibers were controlled by core-shell composition and structure. The individual fiber modulus correlated with the increase in percent core size ranging from 0.55±0.10GPa to 1.74±0.22GPa and 0.48±0.12GPa to 1.53±0.12GPa for the PEKK-PCL and gelatin-PCL fibers, respectively. More importantly, it was demonstrated that mechanical properties of the scaffolds at the macroscale were dominantly determined by porosity under compression. The increase of scaffold porosity from 70.2%±1.0% to 93.2%±0.5% by increasing the core size in the PEKK-PCL scaffold resulted in the decrease of the compressive elastic modulus from 227.67±20.39kPa to 14.55±1.43kPa while a greater changes in the porosity of gelatin-PCL scaffold from 54.5%±4.2% to 89.6%±0.4% resulted in the compressive elastic modulus change from 484.01±30.18kPa to 17.57±1.40kPa. On the other hand, the biphasic behaviors under tensile mechanical loading result in a range from a minimum of 5.42±1.05MPa to a maximum

  7. Potyvirus genome-linked protein, VPg, directly affects wheat germ in vitro translation: interactions with translation initiation factors eIF4F and eIFiso4F.

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    Khan, Mateen A; Miyoshi, Hiroshi; Gallie, Daniel R; Goss, Dixie J

    2008-01-18

    Potyvirus genome linked protein, VPg, interacts with translation initiation factors eIF4E and eIFiso4E, but its role in protein synthesis has not been elucidated. We show that addition of VPg to wheat germ extract leads to enhancement of uncapped viral mRNA translation and inhibition of capped viral mRNA translation. This provides a significant competitive advantage to the uncapped viral mRNA. To understand the molecular basis of these effects, we have characterized the interaction of VPg with eIF4F, eIFiso4F, and a structured RNA derived from tobacco etch virus (TEV RNA). When VPg formed a complex with eIF4F, the affinity for TEV RNA increased more than 4-fold compared with eIF4F alone (19.4 and 79.0 nm, respectively). The binding affinity of eIF4F to TEV RNA correlates with translation efficiency. VPg enhanced eIFiso4F binding to TEV RNA 1.6-fold (178 nm compared with 108 nm). Kinetic studies of eIF4F and eIFiso4F with VPg show approximately 2.6-fold faster association for eIFiso4F.VPg as compared with eIF4F.VPg. The dissociation rate was approximately 2.9-fold slower for eIFiso4F than eIF4F with VPg. These data demonstrate that eIFiso4F can kinetically compete with eIF4F for VPg binding. The quantitative data presented here suggest a model where eIF4F.VPg interaction enhances cap-independent translation by increasing the affinity of eIF4F for TEV RNA. This is the first evidence of direct participation of VPg in translation initiation.

  8. Electron attachment and detachment and the electron affinity of cyclo-C4F8

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    Miller, Thomas M.; Friedman, Jeffrey F.; Viggiano, A. A.

    2004-04-01

    New measurements have been made of rate constants for electron attachment to c-C4F8 (octafluorocyclobutane) and thermal electron detachment from the parent anion, c-C4F8-, over the temperature range 298-400 K in 133 Pa of He gas in a flowing-afterglow Langmuir-probe apparatus. From these data the electron affinity for c-C4F8 was determined, EA(c-C4F8)=0.63±0.05 eV. The motivation was to resolve a discrepancy between our earlier EA estimate and a higher value (EA=1.05±0.10 eV) reported from a recent experiment of Hiraoka et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 116, 7574 (2002)]. The electron attachment rate constant is 9.3±3.0×10-9 cm3 s-1 at 298 K. The electron detachment rate constant is negligible at room temperature but climbs to 1945±680 s-1 at 400 K. G3(MP2) calculations were carried out for the neutral (D2d, 1A1) and anion (D4h, 2A2u) and yielded EA(c-C4F8-)=0.595 eV. Bond energies were also calculated for loss of F from c-C4F8 and loss of F or F- from c-C4F8-. From these, dissociative electron attachment is found to be endothermic by at least 1.55 eV.

  9. Electron attachment and detachment and the electron affinity of cyclo-C4F8.

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    Miller, Thomas M; Friedman, Jeffrey F; Viggiano, A A

    2004-04-15

    New measurements have been made of rate constants for electron attachment to c-C(4)F(8) (octafluorocyclobutane) and thermal electron detachment from the parent anion, c-C(4)F(8) (-), over the temperature range 298-400 K in 133 Pa of He gas in a flowing-afterglow Langmuir-probe apparatus. From these data the electron affinity for c-C(4)F(8) was determined, EA(c-C(4)F(8))=0.63+/-0.05 eV. The motivation was to resolve a discrepancy between our earlier EA estimate and a higher value (EA=1.05+/-0.10 eV) reported from a recent experiment of Hiraoka et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 116, 7574 (2002)]. The electron attachment rate constant is 9.3+/-3.0x10(-9) cm(3) s(-1) at 298 K. The electron detachment rate constant is negligible at room temperature but climbs to 1945+/-680 s(-1) at 400 K. G3(MP2) calculations were carried out for the neutral (D(2d), (1)A(1)) and anion (D(4h), (2)A(2u)) and yielded EA(c-C(4)F(8) (-))=0.595 eV. Bond energies were also calculated for loss of F from c-C(4)F(8) and loss of F or F(-) from c-C(4)F(8) (-). From these, dissociative electron attachment is found to be endothermic by at least 1.55 eV.

  10. Species-level core oral bacteriome identified by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing in a healthy young Arab population

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    Al-hebshi, Nezar Noor; Abdulhaq, Ahmed; Albarrag, Ahmed; Basode, Vinod Kumar; Chen, Tsute

    2016-01-01

    Background Reports on the composition of oral bacteriome in Arabs are lacking. In addition, the majority of previous studies on other ethnic groups have been limited by low-resolution taxonomic assignment of next-generation sequencing reads. Furthermore, there has been a conflict about the existence of a ‘core’ bacteriome. Objective The objective of this study was to characterize the healthy core oral bacteriome in a young Arab population at the species level. Methods Oral rinse DNA samples obtained from 12 stringently selected healthy young subjects of Arab origin were pyrosequenced (454's FLX chemistry) for the bacterial 16S V1–V3 hypervariable region at an average depth of 11,500 reads. High-quality, non-chimeric reads ≥380 bp were classified to the species level using the recently described, prioritized, multistage assignment algorithm. A core bacteriome was defined as taxa present in at least 11 samples. The Chao2, abundance-based coverage estimator (ACE), and Shannon indices were computed to assess species richness and diversity. Results Overall, 557 species-level taxa (211±42 per subject) were identified, representing 122 genera and 13 phyla. The core bacteriome comprised 55 species-level taxa belonging to 30 genera and 7 phyla, namely Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Fusobacteria, Saccharibacteria, and SR1. The core species constituted between 67 and 87% of the individual bacteriomes. However, the abundances differed by up to three orders of magnitude among the study subjects. On average, Streptococcus mitis, Rothia mucilaginosa, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Neisseria flavescence/subflava group, Prevotella melaninogenica, and Veillonella parvula group were the most abundant. Streptococcus sp. C300, a taxon never reported in the oral cavity, was identified as a core species. Species richness was estimated at 586 (Chao2) and 614 (ACE) species, whereas diversity (Shannon index) averaged at 3.99. Conclusions A species-level

  11. Levels of metals and semimetals in sedimentary cores in Bertioga Channel, Brazil

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    Sartoretto, J. R.; Salaroli, A.; Figueira, R. C.

    2013-05-01

    The Baixada Santista is one of the most exploited and populated regions of São Paulo state. During the last decades, due to intense industrialization the Baixada Santista has passed through a strong process of environmental degradation. Metals in sediments are persistent, present toxicity in varied concentrations and may be deposited reaching biota habitats. In this context, high concentrations of metals represent environmental concern to costal management. Bertioga Channel is part of this complex system and is known mainly by a wide adjacent mangrove area. The channel is 25 km long, connecting the upstream region of Santos estuary to the adjacent ocean through an inlet located at the city of Bertioga. Urban development generates the concern of potential waste influx from surrounding streams, generating deposits and contaminating surface sediments along the channel, which may lead to adjacent coastal issues. The objective of this study was to characterize the concentration of the following metals at Bertioga Channel sediments: Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sc, V and Zn. Five sediment cores were sampled along the channel and analyzed. Determination of metals concentration was based on methods SW 846 US EPA 3050B and EPA 7471. High As concentrations were observed at all cores, with considerable concentration similarity between the first and second sampling points. Analytical results showed that cores Bertioga 4 and Bertioga 5 have accumulated high quantity of metals and semimetals, mainly As, Cd and Cr. Normalization of concentration values showed low contamination at the cores. Nevertheless, As and Hg values indicated moderate to significant contamination at a few sampling points. Despite of the low probability of contamination demonstrated by the normalized values, increasing at the sediment surface of Enrichment Factor (ER), Pollution Load Index (PLI) and Sediment Pollution Index (SPI) parameters were observed. Results indicate that industrialization

  12. Electron Scattering Processes from Plasma Processing Gases: CF3I, C3F8 and C4F8

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    Kimura, Mineo

    2000-10-01

    Brief review of the current level of understanding of electron scattering processes from plasma processing gases such as CF3I, C3F8 and C4F8 will be presented. Experimental as well as theoretical studies for these gases have been carried out last a few years by several groups, and although the amount of cross-section data is still far from sufficient, we are able to establish the data set for some processes in these gases. I will briefly discuss possible next-generation processing gases.

  13. The S(2p) Core Level Binding Energies for Alternative Adsorption Sites and the Example of Thiol Self Assembly

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    Jia, Juanjuan; Esaulov, Vladimir; Kara, Abdelkader

    2015-03-01

    Results of an investigation of the characteristics of thiol SAMs obtained by vacuum evaporative adsorption, useful for reactive substrates, are presented along with core level binding energy (BE) calculations. Thiol ended SAMs of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol (BDMT) are obtained by evaporation on Au. They display an unconventional BE structure at about 161 eV, which is close to a known BE of an S atom on Au. S(2p) core level BE calculations for molecules chemisorbed on hollow, bridge and atop sites are reported and suggest that the 161 eV peak is indeed due to an alternative adsorption site, which can be associated to an atop configuration. This must therefore not be confused with atomic sulfur and dissociation processes with S-C bond scission. Work partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Science under Contract No DE-FG02-11ER16243.

  14. Effects of non-local exchange on core level shifts for gas-phase and adsorbed molecules

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    Van den Bossche, M.; Martin, N. M.; Gustafson, J.; Hakanoglu, C.; Weaver, J. F.; Lundgren, E.; Grönbeck, H.

    2014-07-01

    Density functional theory calculations are often used to interpret experimental shifts in core level binding energies. Calculations based on gradient-corrected (GC) exchange-correlation functionals are known to reproduce measured core level shifts (CLS) of isolated molecules and metal surfaces with reasonable accuracy. In the present study, we discuss a series of examples where the shifts calculated within a GC-functional significantly deviate from the experimental values, namely the CLS of C 1s in ethyl trifluoroacetate, Pd 3d in PdO and the O 1s shift for CO adsorbed on PdO(101). The deviations are traced to effects of the electronic self-interaction error with GC-functionals and substantially better agreements between calculated and measured CLS are obtained when a fraction of exact exchange is used in the exchange-correlation functional.

  15. J dependences of the isotope shift and hyperfine structure in the Sm i 4f65d6s 9H term

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    Jin, W. G.; Horiguchi, T.; Yang, W.; Endo, I.

    1994-06-01

    Isotope shifts and hyperfine structures of twelve transitions from the high-lying metastable 9HJ (J=1-7) states of the 4f65d6s configuration in Sm i have been measured for the stable isotopes by means of atomic-beam laser spectroscopy. Hyperfine constants A and B for the odd-mass isotopes 147Sm and 149Sm are determined for the 9HJ (J=1-7) states and six upper levels of the transitions in Sm i. $J- dependences of the isotope shifts are observed for the 4f65d6s 9H term. Parameters z5d of the crossed-second-order effect are derived for the 4f65d6s configuration, and z5d/λ is found to be 165(10) MHz/fm2. It has been verified that the field shift is dominant in the crossed-second-order effect.

  16. Electron affinity of trans-2-C4F8 from electron attachment-detachment kinetics.

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    Van Doren, Jane M; Condon, Laura R; DeSouza-Goding, Antonet; Miller, Thomas M; Bopp, Joseph C; Viggiano, A A

    2010-01-28

    Electron attachment and detachment kinetics of 2-C(4)F(8) were studied over the temperature range 298-487 K with a flowing-afterglow Langmuir-probe apparatus. Only parent anions were formed in the attachment process throughout this temperature range. At the highest temperatures, thermal electron detachment of the parent anions is important. Analysis of the 2-C(4)F(8) gas showed an 82/18 mixture of trans/cis isomers. The kinetic data at the higher temperatures were used to determine the electron affinity EA(trans-2-C(4)F(8)) = 0.79 +/- 0.06 eV after making some reasonable assumptions. The same quantity was calculated using the G3(MP2) compound method, yielding 0.74 eV. The kinetic data were not sufficient to establish a reliable value for EA(cis-2-C(4)F(8)), but G3(MP2) calculations give a value 0.017 eV greater than that for trans-2-C(4)F(8). MP2 and density functional theory were used to study the structural properties of the neutral and anion isomers.

  17. Ab initio study of 2p core-level x-ray photoemission spectra in ferromagnetic transition metals

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    Takahashi, Manabu; Igarashi, Jun-Ichi

    2012-02-01

    We study the 2p core-level x-ray photoemission spectra in ferromagnetic transition metals, Fe, Co, and Ni using a recently developed ab initio method. The excited final states are set up by distributing electrons on the one-electron states calculated under the fully screened potential in the presence of the core hole. We evaluate the overlap between these excited states and the ground state by using one-electron wave functions, and obtain the spectral curves as a function of binding energy. The calculated spectra reproduce well the observed spectra displaying interesting dependence on the element and on the spin of the removed core electron. The origin of the spectral shapes is elucidated in terms of the one-electron states screening the core hole. The magnetic splitting of the threshold energy is also estimated by using the coherent potential approximation within the fully screened potential approximation. It decreases more rapidly than the local spin moment with moving from Fe to Ni. It is estimated to be almost zero for Ni despite the definite local moment about 0.6μB, in agreement with the experiment.

  18. 5 d-4 f luminescence of Nd3+, Gd3+, Er3+, Tm3+, and Ho3+ ions in crystals of alkaline earth fluorides

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    Radzhabov, E. A.; Prosekina, E. A.

    2011-09-01

    The vacuum ultraviolet emission spectra of alkaline-earth fluoride (CaF2, SrF2, BaF2) crystals with rare earth impurity ions (Nd, Gd, Er, Tm, Ho) have been investigated. The main luminescence bands are described well by the transitions from the lowest excited 5 d state to different 4 f levels of rare earth ions.

  19. KVPO4F and KVOPO4 toward 4 volt-class potassium-ion batteries.

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    Chihara, Kuniko; Katogi, Akihiro; Kubota, Kei; Komaba, Shinichi

    2017-05-04

    Structurally identical KVPO4F and KVOPO4 are evaluated as positive electrode materials for non-aqueous potassium-ion batteries. KVPO4F and KVOPO4 show highly reversible potassium extraction/insertion with discharge capacities of ca. 92 mA h g(-1) and ca. 84 mA h g(-1), respectively, and their average discharge voltage reaches above 4.0 V with 1 M KPF6 EC/PC electrolyte at 2.0-5.0 V. Despite the extraction of large potassium-ions, their lattice volume shrinkages after charging to 5.0 V are 5.8% for KVPO4F and 3.3% for KVOPO4, leading to stable cycle performance. This is the first report to confirm the charge/discharge behaviours of vanadium phosphate electrodes in 4 V-class K cells.

  20. SF6 and C4F8 global kinetic models coupled to sheath models

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    Haidar, Yehya; Pateau, Amand; Rhallabi, Ahmed; Fernandez, Marie Claude; Mokrani, Arezki; Taher, Fadia; Roqueta, Fabrice; Boufnichel, Mohamed

    2014-12-01

    Global kinetic models combined with Monte Carlo sheath models are developed for SF6 and C4F8 plasma discharges for silicon etching under the Bosch process. In SF6 plasma, the dominant positive ions are SF_5+ , SF_4+ , SF_3+ and F+ while in C4F8 the dominant positive ions are CF_3+ and C_2F_3+ . The simulation results show that the electrical parameters, such as the electron density and electron temperature, clearly affect the sheath dynamics and consequently the ion energy distribution function evolutions. In this context, we showed the effects of the operating conditions, such as the pressure and the radiofrequency power, on the electron density and electron temperature evolutions as well as the reactive particle fluxes (neutral and positive ions) involved in the plasma surface interactions for etching/deposition under the Bosch process. Ion energy distribution functions obtained from SF6 and C4F8 plasmas are compared with each other as regards the electrical properties of their associated plasmas. The simulation results show that the bimodal peaks of ion energy distribution functions are wider for SF6 plasma than for C4F8 plasma due to the high sheath thickness of SF6 compared to that of C4F8. This is explained by the low electron density due to the high electronegativity of SF6 in comparison to that of C4F8. The simulations also reveal that the bimodal peak of the ion energy distribution function is wider when the ion mass is low.

  1. Adsorption of lithium on the Si(111)7 × 7 surface studied with high resolution core-level spectroscopy

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    Grehk, T. M.; Larsson, C. U. S.; Prince, N. P.; Flodström, S. A.

    1993-03-01

    Li-adsorption on the Si(111)7 × 7 surface at room temperature has been studied for different metal coverages with core-level spectroscopy. Four Li-induced components are observed in the Si 2p level at high Li-coverages indicating the formation of four thermodynamically stable phases. It is shown that the reaction between the Li atoms and the Si(111)7 × 7 surface takes place in two steps. In the first the surface reconstructs towards a "7 × 1" reconstruction and in the second Li react with the Si-substrate, forming Li suicides, with the Si atom coordinating up to four Li neighbors.

  2. Structure of Some 4f Rare Earth Liquid Metals — A Charged Hard Sphere Approach

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    P. B., Thakor; P. N., Gajjar; A. R., Jani

    2006-08-01

    A well-established pseodopotential is used to study the structure of some 4f rare earth liquid metals (Ce, Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb). The structure factor S(q), pair distribution function g(r), interatomic distance r1, and coordination number n1 are calculated using Charged Hard Sphere (CHS) reference system. To introduce the exchange and correlation effects, the local field correction due to Sarkar et al. (S) is applied. The present investigation is successful in generating the structural information of Ce, Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb 4f rare earth liquid metals.

  3. The electronic characterization of biphenylene—Experimental and theoretical insights from core and valence level spectroscopy

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    Lüder, Johann; Sanyal, Biplab; Eriksson, Olle; Brena, Barbara; Puglia, Carla; Simone, Monica de; Totani, Roberta; Coreno, Marcello; Grazioli, Cesare

    2015-02-21

    In this paper, we provide detailed insights into the electronic structure of the gas phase biphenylene molecule through core and valence spectroscopy. By comparing results of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) measurements with ΔSCF core-hole calculations in the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT), we could decompose the characteristic contributions to the total spectra and assign them to non-equivalent carbon atoms. As a difference with similar molecules like biphenyl and naphthalene, an influence of the localized orbitals on the relative XPS shifts was found. The valence spectrum probed by photoelectron spectroscopy at a photon energy of 50 eV in conjunction with hybrid DFT calculations revealed the effects of the localization on the electronic states. Using the transition potential approach to simulate the X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements, similar contributions from the non-equivalent carbon atoms were determined from the total spectrum, for which the slightly shifted individual components can explain the observed asymmetric features.

  4. Screening level of PAHs in sediment core from Lake Hongfeng, Southwest China.

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    Guo, Jian-Yang; Wu, Feng-Chang; Zhang, Liang; Liao, Hai-Qing; Zhang, Run-Yu; Li, Wei; Zhao, Xiao-Li; Chen, She-Jun; Mai, Bi-Xian

    2011-05-01

    Using data from a 25-year retrospective of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediment core from Lake Hongfeng, Southwest China, their possible sources and potential toxicologic significance were investigated. The total PAH concentrations (16 priority PAHs as proposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency) in sediments ranged from 2936.1 to 5282.3 ng/g and gradually increased from the analyzed deeper sediments to surface sediments. PAHs were dominated by low molecular-weight components, especially phenanthrene (PHEN) and fluorene (FLU). However, a significantly increased number of high molecular-weight (HMW) PAHs was found in upper segments. The temporal trends of individual PAH species suggest that there may have been a change in energy use from low- to high-temperature combustion, especially after approximately 2001. PAH input to Lake Hongfeng originated mainly from domestic coal combustion and biomass burning, whereas fuel combustion characteristics have also been found in recent years. Sediment-quality assessment implied that potential adverse biologic impact could be a probability for most low-ring PAHs (including naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthylene, FLU, PHEN, and anthracene). Nevertheless, more concern should be paid to HMW PAHs in the future due to their rapidly increasing trends in upper sediments. Because only one core was analyzed in this study, more work is needed to confirm the sources and toxicity of PAHs in Lake Hongfeng.

  5. Achievable capacity improvement by using multi-level modulation format in trench-assisted multi-core fiber system.

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    Chang, J H; Choi, H G; Chung, Y C

    2013-06-17

    We evaluate the impacts of using multi-level modulation formats on the transmission capacity of the multi-core fiber (MCF) having trench-assisted index profile and hexagonal layout. For this evaluation, we utilize the spectral efficiency per unit area, defined as the spatial spectral efficiency (SSE). The results show that the SSE improvement achievable by using the higher-level modulation format can be reduced due to its lower tolerance to the inter-core crosstalk. We also evaluate the effects of using large effective area on the transmission capacity of the trench-assisted MCF. The results show that the use of large effective area can decrease this capacity due to the increased inter-core crosstalk and lengthened cable cutoff wavelength, although it can help increase the transmission distance. Thus, it is necessary to optimize the effective area of MCF by considering both the SSE and transmission distance. However, the results indicate that the effect of using different effective areas on the SSE-distance product is not significant, and it is not useful to increase the effective area of the trench-assisted MCF to be larger than ~110 μm(2).

  6. Energy gaps in the 4f(13)5d(1) manifold and multiple spontaneous emissions in Yb(2+)-doped CsCaBr(3).

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    Sánchez-Sanz, Goar; Seijo, Luis; Barandiarán, Zoila

    2009-11-12

    Multiple spontaneous 4f(13)5d(1) --> 4f(14) emissions are predicted in Yb(2+)-doped CsCaBr(3) crystals by ab initio quantum chemical calculations. Four emission bands are found at 23,900, 26,600, 34,600, and 43,900 cm(-1) that should be experimentally observable at low temperatures. The first, third, and fourth bands are slow, electric dipole forbidden emissions that can be described as spin-forbidden. The second band is a fast, electric dipole-allowed emission that cannot be described as spin-allowed, but as spin-enabled; its radiative emission lifetime is 400 ns. Large energy gaps (23 900, 4600, 4000 cm(-1), respectively), relative to the maximum local phonon energies calculated (around 185 cm(-1)), are found below the emitting levels of the slow bands, which indicates that these states should be significantly stable and multiphonon relaxation to the lower states should be negligible. A smaller gap (2600 cm(-1)) separates the states of the fast band, which should result in a temperature dependent competition between radiative and nonradiative decay. Differential correlation between 4f-4f and 4f-5d pairs, splitting of the 5d shell by interactions with the host, and spin-orbit effects within the 4f(13) subshell, are found to be responsible for the existence of the gaps, which, in turn, split the absorption spectrum into four groups of separate bands, three of which could lie below the host absorption threshold. The quantum chemical methods employed make use of explicit wave functions expanded in terms of flexible basis sets, multiconfigurational self-consistent-field and multireference second-order perturbation methods to account for nondynamic and dynamic electron correlation, scalar and relativistic terms in the (YbBr(6))(4-) defect cluster Hamiltonian, and quantum mechanical embedding potentials to represent the host crystal.

  7. Yes we can! Eliminating health disparities as part of the core business of nursing on a global level.

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    Villeneuve, Michael J

    2008-11-01

    Nurses in the 21st century are being called to rise to new levels of practice, including a more influential leadership at senior levels of policy development. Decades of research, good will, and a revolutionary civil rights movement have not resolved the world's staggering health outcome disparities. Nursing has a solution: Many of the most troubling disparities are amenable to effective intervention by the world's nurses through their clinical and policy work. The author challenges nurses to imagine the impact on global health if the elimination of disparities is the core goal of nursing for the 21st century. Moving from individuals and communities to systems levels, nurses must be versed in a range of system-level vital signs that affect policy development including economics, demographics, and access to care. Setting our sights on the elimination of health disparities offers a rallying point around which nursing can coalesce and set human health on a new and more equitable course.

  8. Core Competencies in Integrative Pain Care for Entry-Level Primary Care Physicians.

    PubMed

    Tick, Heather; Chauvin, Sheila W; Brown, Michael; Haramati, Aviad

    2015-11-01

    The objective was to develop a set of core competencies for graduating primary care physicians in integrative pain care (IPC), using the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) domains. These competencies build on previous work in competencies for integrative medicine, interprofessional education, and pain medicine and are proposed for inclusion in residency training. A task force was formed to include representation from various professionals who are involved in education, research, and the practice of IPC and who represent broad areas of expertise. The task force convened during a 1.5-day face-to-face meeting, followed by a series of surveys and other vetting processes involving diverse interprofessional groups, which led to the consensus of a final set of competencies. The proposed competencies focus on interprofessional knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) and are in line with recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, military medicine, and professional pain societies advocating the need for coordination and integration of services for effective pain care with reduced risk and cost and improved outcomes. These ACGME domain compatible competencies for physicians reflect the contributions of several disciplines that will need to be included in evolving interprofessional settings and underscore the need for collaborative care. These core competencies can guide the incorporation of KSAs within curricula. The learning experiences should enable medical educators and graduating primary care physicians to focus more on integrative approaches, interprofessional team-based, patient-centered care that use evidence-based, traditional and complementary disciplines and therapeutics to provide safe and effective treatments for people in pain. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. First-principles study on core-level spectroscopy of arginine in gas and solid phases.

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    Li, Hongbao; Hua, Weijie; Lin, Zijing; Luo, Yi

    2012-10-25

    First-principles simulations have been performed for near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectra of neutral arginine at different K-edges in the solid phase as well as X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of neutral, deprotonated, and protonated arginines in the gas phase. Influences of the intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonds (HBs) and different charge states have been carefully examined to obtain useful structure-property relationships. Our calculations show a noticeable difference in the NEXAFS/XPS spectra of the canonical and zwitterionic species that can be used for unambiguously identifying the dominant form in the gas phase. It is found that the deprotonation/protonation always results in red/blue shifts of several electronvolts for the core binding energies (BEs) at all edges. The normal hydrogen bond Y-H···X (X, Y = N, O) can cause a blue/red shift of ca. 1 eV to the core BEs of the proton acceptor X/donor Y, while the weak C-H···Y hydrogen bond may also lead to a weak red shift (less than 1 eV) of the C1s BEs. Moreover, the influence of intermolecular interactions in the solid state is reflected as a broadening in the σ* region of the NEXAFS spectra at each edge, while in the π* region, these interactions lead to a strengthening or weakening of individual transitions from different carbons, although no evident visual change is found in the resolved total spectra. Our results provide a better understanding of the influences of the intra- and intermolecular forces on the electronic structure of arginine.

  10. Substituting mouse transcription factor Pou4f2 with a sea urchin orthologue restores retinal ganglion cell development

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    Mocko-Strand, Julie A.; Wang, Jing; Ullrich-Lüter, Esther; Pan, Ping; Wang, Steven W.; Arnone, Maria Ina; Frishman, Laura J.; Klein, William H.

    2016-01-01

    Pou domain transcription factor Pou4f2 is essential for the development of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the vertebrate retina. A distant orthologue of Pou4f2 exists in the genome of the sea urchin (class Echinoidea) Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (SpPou4f1/2), yet the photosensory structure of sea urchins is strikingly different from that of the mammalian retina. Sea urchins have no obvious eyes, but have photoreceptors clustered around their tube feet disc. The mechanisms that are associated with the development and function of photoreception in sea urchins are largely unexplored. As an initial approach to better understand the sea urchin photosensory structure and relate it to the mammalian retina, we asked whether SpPou4f1/2 could support RGC development in the absence of Pou4f2. To answer this question, we replaced genomic Pou4f2 with an SpPou4f1/2 cDNA. In Pou4f2-null mice, retinas expressing SpPou4f1/2 were outwardly identical to those of wild-type mice. SpPou4f1/2 retinas exhibited dark-adapted electroretinogram scotopic threshold responses, indicating functionally active RGCs. During retinal development, SpPou4f1/2 activated RGC-specific genes and in S. purpuratus, SpPou4f2 was expressed in photoreceptor cells of tube feet in a pattern distinct from Opsin4 and Pax6. Our results suggest that SpPou4f1/2 and Pou4f2 share conserved components of a gene network for photosensory development and they maintain their conserved intrinsic functions despite vast morphological differences in mouse and sea urchin photosensory structures. PMID:26962139

  11. Substituting mouse transcription factor Pou4f2 with a sea urchin orthologue restores retinal ganglion cell development.

    PubMed

    Mao, Chai-An; Agca, Cavit; Mocko-Strand, Julie A; Wang, Jing; Ullrich-Lüter, Esther; Pan, Ping; Wang, Steven W; Arnone, Maria Ina; Frishman, Laura J; Klein, William H

    2016-03-16

    Pou domain transcription factor Pou4f2 is essential for the development of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the vertebrate retina. A distant orthologue of Pou4f2 exists in the genome of the sea urchin (class Echinoidea) Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (SpPou4f1/2), yet the photosensory structure of sea urchins is strikingly different from that of the mammalian retina. Sea urchins have no obvious eyes, but have photoreceptors clustered around their tube feet disc. The mechanisms that are associated with the development and function of photoreception in sea urchins are largely unexplored. As an initial approach to better understand the sea urchin photosensory structure and relate it to the mammalian retina, we asked whether SpPou4f1/2 could support RGC development in the absence of Pou4f2. To answer this question, we replaced genomic Pou4f2 with an SpPou4f1/2 cDNA. In Pou4f2-null mice, retinas expressing SpPou4f1/2 were outwardly identical to those of wild-type mice. SpPou4f1/2 retinas exhibited dark-adapted electroretinogram scotopic threshold responses, indicating functionally active RGCs. During retinal development, SpPou4f1/2 activated RGC-specific genes and in S. purpuratus, SpPou4f2 was expressed in photoreceptor cells of tube feet in a pattern distinct from Opsin4 and Pax6. Our results suggest that SpPou4f1/2 and Pou4f2 share conserved components of a gene network for photosensory development and they maintain their conserved intrinsic functions despite vast morphological differences in mouse and sea urchin photosensory structures. © 2016 The Authors.

  12. Prospecting Lighting Applications with Ligand Field Tools and Density Functional Theory: A First-Principles Account of the 4f(7)-4f(6)5d(1) Luminescence of CsMgBr3:Eu(2+).

    PubMed

    Ramanantoanina, Harry; Cimpoesu, Fanica; Göttel, Christian; Sahnoun, Mohammed; Herden, Benjamin; Suta, Markus; Wickleder, Claudia; Urland, Werner; Daul, Claude

    2015-09-08

    The most efficient way to provide domestic lighting nowadays is by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) technology combined with phosphors shifting the blue and UV emission toward a desirable sunlight spectrum. A route in the quest for warm-white light goes toward the discovery and tuning of the lanthanide-based phosphors, a difficult task, in experimental and technical respects. A proper theoretical approach, which is also complicated at the conceptual level and in computing efforts, is however a profitable complement, offering valuable structure-property rationale as a guideline in the search of the best materials. The Eu(2+)-based systems are the prototypes for ideal phosphors, exhibiting a wide range of visible light emission. Using the ligand field concepts in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT), conducted in nonroutine manner, we develop a nonempirical procedure to investigate the 4f(7)-4f(6)5d(1) luminescence of Eu(2+) in the environment of arbitrary ligands, applied here on the CsMgBr3:Eu(2+)-doped material. Providing a salient methodology for the extraction of the relevant ligand field and related parameters from DFT calculations and encompassing the bottleneck of handling large matrices in a model Hamiltonian based on the whole set of 33,462 states, we obtained an excellent match with the experimental spectrum, from first-principles, without any fit or adjustment. This proves that the ligand field density functional theory methodology can be used in the assessment of new materials and rational property design.

  13. 28 CFR 55.5 - Coverage under section 4(f)(4).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Coverage under section 4(f)(4). 55.5 Section 55.5 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (CONTINUED) IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT REGARDING LANGUAGE MINORITY GROUPS Nature of Coverage § 55.5 Coverage under...

  14. 48 CFR 47.305-4 - F.o.b. destination solicitations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false F.o.b. destination... CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TRANSPORTATION Transportation in Supply Contracts 47.305-4 F.o.b. destination solicitations. (a) When preparing f.o.b destination solicitations, the contracting officer shall refer to...

  15. 48 CFR 47.303-4 - F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false F.o.b. origin, freight... CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TRANSPORTATION Transportation in Supply Contracts 47.303-4 F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid. (a) Explanation of delivery term. F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid means— (1) Free of expense...

  16. 48 CFR 47.303-4 - F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false F.o.b. origin, freight... CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TRANSPORTATION Transportation in Supply Contracts 47.303-4 F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid. (a) Explanation of delivery term. F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid means— (1) Free of expense...

  17. 48 CFR 47.305-4 - F.o.b. destination solicitations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false F.o.b. destination... CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TRANSPORTATION Transportation in Supply Contracts 47.305-4 F.o.b. destination solicitations. (a) When preparing f.o.b destination solicitations, the contracting officer shall refer to...

  18. Reversing chemoresistance by small molecule inhibition of the translation initiation complex eIF4F

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    Cencic, Regina; Hall, David R.; Robert, Francis; Du, Yuhong; Min, Jaeki; Li, Lian; Qui, Min; Lewis, Iestyn; Kurtkaya, Serdar; Dingledine, Ray; Fu, Haian; Kozakov, Dima; Vajda, Sandor; Pelletier, Jerry

    2011-01-01

    Deregulation of cap-dependent translation is associated with cancer initiation and progression. The rate-limiting step of protein synthesis is the loading of ribosomes onto mRNA templates stimulated by the heterotrimeric complex, eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF)4F. This step represents an attractive target for anticancer drug discovery because it resides at the nexus of the TOR signaling pathway. We have undertaken an ultra-high-throughput screen to identify inhibitors that prevent assembly of the eIF4F complex. One of the identified compounds blocks interaction between two subunits of eIF4F. As a consequence, cap-dependent translation is inhibited. This compound can reverse tumor chemoresistance in a genetically engineered lymphoma mouse model by sensitizing cells to the proapoptotic action of DNA damage. Molecular modeling experiments provide insight into the mechanism of action of this small molecule inhibitor. Our experiments validate targeting the eIF4F complex as a strategy for cancer therapy to modulate chemosensitivity. PMID:21191102

  19. Proposed Plan for the Burma Road Rubble Pit (231-4F)

    SciTech Connect

    Palmer, E.

    1995-11-01

    The purpose of this proposed plan is to describe the preferred alternative for addressing the Burma Road Rubble Pit (BRRP) source unit soils (231-4F) located at the SRS in Aiken, South Carolina and to provide an opportunity for public input into the remedial action selection process.

  20. 28 CFR 55.5 - Coverage under section 4(f)(4).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Coverage under section 4(f)(4). 55.5 Section 55.5 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (CONTINUED) IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT REGARDING LANGUAGE MINORITY GROUPS Nature of Coverage § 55.5 Coverage under...

  1. 28 CFR 55.8 - Relationship between section 4(f)(4) and section 203(c).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 28 Judicial Administration 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Relationship between section 4(f)(4) and section 203(c). 55.8 Section 55.8 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (CONTINUED) IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT REGARDING LANGUAGE MINORITY GROUPS Nature of Coverage § 55...

  2. 28 CFR 55.8 - Relationship between section 4(f)(4) and section 203(c).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... the 1975 Amendments to the Act. (c) Although the coverage formulas applicable to section 4(f)(4) and section 203(c) are different, a political subdivision may be included within both of the coverage formulas. Under these circumstances, a judgment terminating coverage of the jurisdiction under one provision would...

  3. 32 CFR 1630.44 - Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military service.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... military service. 1630.44 Section 1630.44 National Defense Other Regulations Relating to National Defense SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM CLASSIFICATION RULES § 1630.44 Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military... accomplished and such registrant continues to be found not acceptable for military service. ...

  4. 32 CFR 1630.44 - Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military service.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... military service. 1630.44 Section 1630.44 National Defense Other Regulations Relating to National Defense SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM CLASSIFICATION RULES § 1630.44 Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military... accomplished and such registrant continues to be found not acceptable for military service. ...

  5. Bulk plasma fragmentation in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma: A hybrid modeling study

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    Zhao, Shu-Xia; Zhang, Yu-Ru; Gao, Fei; Wang, You-Nian; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2015-06-01

    A hybrid model is used to investigate the fragmentation of C4F8 inductive discharges. Indeed, the resulting reactive species are crucial for the optimization of the Si-based etching process, since they determine the mechanisms of fluorination, polymerization, and sputtering. In this paper, we present the dissociation degree, the density ratio of F vs. CxFy (i.e., fluorocarbon (fc) neutrals), the neutral vs. positive ion density ratio, details on the neutral and ion components, and fractions of various fc neutrals (or ions) in the total fc neutral (or ion) density in a C4F8 inductively coupled plasma source, as well as the effect of pressure and power on these results. To analyze the fragmentation behavior, the electron density and temperature and electron energy probability function (EEPF) are investigated. Moreover, the main electron-impact generation sources for all considered neutrals and ions are determined from the complicated C4F8 reaction set used in the model. The C4F8 plasma fragmentation is explained, taking into account many factors, such as the EEPF characteristics, the dominance of primary and secondary processes, and the thresholds of dissociation and ionization. The simulation results are compared with experiments from literature, and reasonable agreement is obtained. Some discrepancies are observed, which can probably be attributed to the simplified polymer surface kinetics assumed in the model.

  6. 32 CFR 1630.44 - Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military service.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... military service. 1630.44 Section 1630.44 National Defense Other Regulations Relating to National Defense SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM CLASSIFICATION RULES § 1630.44 Class 4-F: Registrant not acceptable for military... accomplished and such registrant continues to be found not acceptable for military service....

  7. High-precision, systematic study of hyperfine structure in the 4f/sup N/6s/sup 2/ configuration of the neutral rare earths

    SciTech Connect

    Childs, W.J.; Goodman, L.S.; Pfeufer, V.

    1983-01-01

    Although the hyperfine structure (hfs) of many-electron atoms has been studied intensively in recent years, it is still difficult to distinguish between the competing effects of relativity and configuration interaction. The 4f/sup N/6s/sup 2/ configuration of the neutral rare earths is of particular interest because (a) the low-lying terms are relatively free of configuration interaction, and (b) trends can be examined systematically as one proceeds through the long 4f-shell. The procedure is to deduce, from the measured hfs constants of low levels, the underlying hyperfine radial integrals for comparison with ab initio predictions. Since some of these integrals are extremely sensitive to any configuration interaction and others are not, it is possible to determine both the extent and type of configuration interaction present in some cases. Prior to the start of the present research no precise hfs information existed for the entire second half of the 4f shell of the rare earths. The present measurements were designed both to provide such data and to make possible a systematic study of the hfs throughout the 4f shell. The atomic-beam, laser-rf, double-resonance method was used for the measurements. With this technique, the occurrence of a radiofrequency transition between atomic hfs levels is detected by noting an increase in the laser-induced fluorescence.

  8. Core-level spectra and molecular deformation in adsorption: V-shaped pentacene on Al(001)

    PubMed Central

    Lin, He; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Floreano, Luca; Fratesi, Guido

    2015-01-01

    Summary By first-principle simulations we study the effects of molecular deformation on the electronic and spectroscopic properties as it occurs for pentacene adsorbed on the most stable site of Al(001). The rationale for the particular V-shaped deformed structure is discussed and understood. The molecule–surface bond is made evident by mapping the charge redistribution. Upon X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) from the molecule, the bond with the surface is destabilized by the electron density rearrangement to screen the core hole. This destabilization depends on the ionized carbon atom, inducing a narrowing of the XPS spectrum with respect to the molecules adsorbed hypothetically undistorted, in full agreement to experiments. When looking instead at the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra, individual contributions from the non-equivalent C atoms provide evidence of the molecular orbital filling, hybridization, and interchange induced by distortion. The alteration of the C–C bond lengths due to the V-shaped bending decreases by a factor of two the azimuthal dichroism of NEXAFS spectra, i.e., the energy splitting of the sigma resonances measured along the two in-plane molecular axes. PMID:26734516

  9. Study of muons near shower cores at sea level using the E594 neutrino detector

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    Goodman, J. A.; Gupta, S. C.; Freudenreich, H.; Sivaprasad, K.; Tonwar, S. C.; Yodh, G. B.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Goodman, M. C.; Bogert, D.; Burnstein, R.

    1985-01-01

    The E594 neutrino detector has been used to study the lateral distribution of muons of energy 3 GeV near shower cores. The detector consists of a 340 ton fine grain calorimeter with 400,000 cells of flash chamber and dimensions of 3.7 m x 20 m x 3.7 m (height). The average density in the calorimeter is 1.4 gm/sq cm, and the average Z is 21. The detector was triggered by four 0.6 sq m scintillators placed immediately on the top of the calorimeter. The trigger required at least two of these four counters. The accompanying extensive air showers (EAS) was sampled by 14 scintillation counters located up to 15 m from the calorimeter. Several off line cuts have been applied to the data. Demanding five particles in at least two of the trigger detectors, a total of 20 particles in all of them together, and an arrival angle for the shower 450 deg reduced the data sample to 11053 events. Of these in 4869 cases, a computer algorithm found at least three muons in the calorimeter.

  10. The value of examination of multiple levels of mammary needle core biopsy specimens taken for investigation of lesions other than calcification.

    PubMed

    Lee, Andrew H S; Villena Salinas, Nadia M; Hodi, Zsolt; Rakha, Emad A; Ellis, Ian O

    2012-12-01

    It is a standard practice to examine multiple levels of needle core biopsies taken for mammographic calcification, but there is almost no evidence on the value of levels in core biopsies taken for other reasons. This study aimed to assess the value of levels for needle core biopsies taken for investigation of lesions other than calcification. A secondary aim was to assess interobserver agreement of diagnosis. For each of the 375 breast core biopsies with three levels the first level was reviewed and a diagnosis made. Then levels 2 and 3 were reviewed and a final diagnosis was made. The diagnosis after examining three levels was different from that in the initial level in 4 of 272 (1.5%, 95% CI 0.04% to 3%) core biopsies taken for reasons other than calcification and in 13 of 103 (13%, 95% CI 6% to 19%) biopsies taken for investigation of calcification. Interobserver agreement of the original diagnosis at the time of reporting and the final diagnosis at the review for this study was 96% (κ 0.947). This study confirms the value of levels of biopsies taken to investigate mammographic calcification, but suggests that routine levels are of limited value for breast core biopsies taken for other reasons.

  11. Chemical and reconstruction-induced surface core-level shifts: H on low-index W surfaces

    SciTech Connect

    Riffe, D.M.; Wertheim, G.K.; Citrin, P.H. )

    1990-07-09

    The H-induced shift of the surface-atom core-level binding energy in W(110) is shown to arise from two distinct effects, one chemical in nature and the other structural. The structural shift supports a recently proposed (1{ital p}{times}1) reconstruction that turns on at {similar to}0.5 monolayer coverage. These new findings are used to provide a self-consistent interpretation of previously reported shifts from H-covered W(111) and W(100) surfaces.

  12. Expression of the surface antigen 4F2hc affects system-L-like neutral-amino-acid-transport activity in mammalian cells.

    PubMed Central

    Bröer, S; Bröer, A; Hamprecht, B

    1997-01-01

    Mammalian cells possess a variety of amino acid-transport systems with overlapping substrate specificity. System L is one of the major amino acid-transport systems of non-epithelial cells. By expression cloning we have recently demonstrated that the surface antigen 4F2hc (CD98) is a necessary component for expression of system-L-like amino acid-transport activity in C6-BU-1 rat glioma cells [Bröer, Bröer and Hamprecht (1995) Biochem. J. 312, 863-870]. 4F2hc mRNA was detected in CHO cells, COS cells, activated lymphocytes isolated from mouse spleen and primary cultures of astrocytes. In all these cell types, Na+-independent isoleucine transport was mediated by system L. No contribution of system y+L to isoleucine or arginine transport was detected in C6-BU-1 cells. In lymphocytes, both system-L-like amino acid-transport activity and 4F2hc mRNA levels increased after treatment with phorbol ester plus ionomycin. Antisense oligonucleotides caused modest inhibition of Na+-independent isoleucine transport in C6-BU-1 cells and primary cultures of astroglial cells, whereas arginine transport was unaffected. Overexpression of 4F2hc cDNA in CHO cells resulted in an increase in Na+-independent isoleucine transport. PMID:9182715

  13. Pressure-driven 4 f localized-itinerant crossover in heavy-fermion compound CeIn3: A first-principles many-body perspective

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    Lu, Haiyan; Huang, Li

    2016-08-01

    The localized-itinerant nature of Ce -4 f valence electrons in heavy fermion compound CeIn3 under pressure is studied thoroughly by means of the combination of density functional theory and single-site dynamical mean-field theory. The detailed evolutions of electronic structures of CeIn3, including total and partial density of states, momentum-resolved spectral functions, and valence state histograms, are calculated in a wide pressure range where the corresponding volume compression V /V0∈[0.6 ,1.0 ] (here V0 is the experimental crystal volume) at T ≅116 K. Upon increasing pressure, two strong peaks associated with the Ce -4 f states emerge near the Fermi level, and the c -f hybridization and valence state fluctuation are enhanced remarkably. Moreover, the kinetic and potential energies rise, while the occupancy, total angular momentum, and low-energy scattering rate of the Ce -4 f electrons decline with respect to pressure. All the physical observables considered here exhibit prominent kinks or fluctuations in V /V0∈[0.80 ,0.90 ] , which are probably the desired fingerprints for the Ce -4 f localized-itinerant crossover.

  14. Genetic Variation in POU4F3 and GRHL2 Associated with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Chinese Population: A Case-Control Study

    PubMed Central

    Xu, Xiangrong; Yang, Qiuyue; Jiao, Jie; He, Lihua; Yu, Shanfa; Wang, Jingjing; Gu, Guizhen; Chen, Guoshun; Zhou, Wenhui; Wu, Hui; Li, Yanhong; Zhang, Huanling

    2016-01-01

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is an important occupational disease worldwide resulting from interactions between genetic and environmental factors. The purpose of this study was to examine whether genetic variations in POU4F3 and GRHL2 may influence susceptibility to NIHL in the Chinese population. A matched case-control study was carried out among 293 hearing loss individuals and 293 normal hearing workers drawn from a population of 3790 noise-exposed workers. Ten single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in POU4F3 and GRHL2 were selected and genotyped. Logistic regression was performed to analyze the main effects of SNPs and the interactions between noise exposure and SNPs. Moreover, the interactions between predictor haplotypes and noise exposure were also analyzed. Analysis revealed that the CC genotype of rs1981361 in the GRHL2 gene was associated with a higher risk of NIHL (adjusted OR = 1.59; 95% CI: 1.08–2.32, p = 0.018). Additionally, the GG genotype of rs3735715 in the GRHL2 gene was also a risk genotype (adjusted OR = 1.48; 95% CI: 1.01–2.19, p = 0.046). Significant interactions were found between rs3735715, rs1981361 (GRHL2), rs1368402 as well as rs891969 (POU4F3) and noise exposure in the high-level exposure groups. Furthermore, the protective haplotype CA in the POU4F3 gene and the risk haplotype GCCG in the GRHL2 gene were identified combined with noise exposure. These results indicated that GRHL2 might be an NIHL susceptibility gene, but the effect of POU4F3 on NIHL could only be detected when taking noise exposure into account, and their effects were enhanced by higher levels of noise exposure. However, the differences were not significant after the Bonferroni correction was applied. These results should be seen as suggestive. PMID:27271650

  15. Genetic Variation in POU4F3 and GRHL2 Associated with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Chinese Population: A Case-Control Study.

    PubMed

    Xu, Xiangrong; Yang, Qiuyue; Jiao, Jie; He, Lihua; Yu, Shanfa; Wang, Jingjing; Gu, Guizhen; Chen, Guoshun; Zhou, Wenhui; Wu, Hui; Li, Yanhong; Zhang, Huanling

    2016-06-03

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is an important occupational disease worldwide resulting from interactions between genetic and environmental factors. The purpose of this study was to examine whether genetic variations in POU4F3 and GRHL2 may influence susceptibility to NIHL in the Chinese population. A matched case-control study was carried out among 293 hearing loss individuals and 293 normal hearing workers drawn from a population of 3790 noise-exposed workers. Ten single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in POU4F3 and GRHL2 were selected and genotyped. Logistic regression was performed to analyze the main effects of SNPs and the interactions between noise exposure and SNPs. Moreover, the interactions between predictor haplotypes and noise exposure were also analyzed. Analysis revealed that the CC genotype of rs1981361 in the GRHL2 gene was associated with a higher risk of NIHL (adjusted OR = 1.59; 95% CI: 1.08-2.32, p = 0.018). Additionally, the GG genotype of rs3735715 in the GRHL2 gene was also a risk genotype (adjusted OR = 1.48; 95% CI: 1.01-2.19, p = 0.046). Significant interactions were found between rs3735715, rs1981361 (GRHL2), rs1368402 as well as rs891969 (POU4F3) and noise exposure in the high-level exposure groups. Furthermore, the protective haplotype CA in the POU4F3 gene and the risk haplotype GCCG in the GRHL2 gene were identified combined with noise exposure. These results indicated that GRHL2 might be an NIHL susceptibility gene, but the effect of POU4F3 on NIHL could only be detected when taking noise exposure into account, and their effects were enhanced by higher levels of noise exposure. However, the differences were not significant after the Bonferroni correction was applied. These results should be seen as suggestive.

  16. Translation initiation complex eIF4F is a therapeutic target for dual mTOR kinase inhibitors in non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    PubMed

    Demosthenous, Christos; Han, Jing Jing; Stenson, Mary J; Maurer, Matthew J; Wellik, Linda E; Link, Brian; Hege, Kristen; Dogan, Ahmet; Sotomayor, Eduardo; Witzig, Thomas; Gupta, Mamta

    2015-04-20

    Deregulated mRNA translation has been implicated in disease development and in part is controlled by a eukaryotic initiation complex eIF4F (composed of eIF4E, eIF4G and eIF4A). We demonstrate here that the cap bound fraction from lymphoma cells was enriched with eIF4G and eIF4E indicating that lymphoma cells exist in an activated translational state. Moreover, 77% (110/142) of diffuse large B cell lymphoma tumors expressed eIF4E and this was associated with an inferior event free survival. Over-expression of wild-type eIF4E (eIF4E(WT)) but not cap-mutant eIF4E (eIF4E(cap mutant)) increased the activation of the eIF4F complex. Treatment with the active-site dual mTOR inhibitor CC214-1 reduced the level of the eIF4F complex by decreasing the cap bound fraction of eIF4G and increasing the levels of 4E-BP1. CC214-1 inhibited both the cap dependent and global protein translation. CC214-1 inhibited c-Myc, and cyclin D3 translation by decreasing polysomal fractions from lymphoma cells. Inhibition of eIF4E with shRNA further decreased the CC214-1 induced inhibition of the eIF4F complex, c-Myc, cyclin D3 translation, and colony formation. These studies demonstrate that the eIF4F complex is deregulated in aggressive lymphoma and that dual mTOR therapy has therapeutic potential in these patients.

  17. [VIEW Level, Special Education Core Curriculum Manual.] I.E.P. Development Guide.

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    Bergen County Region III, Demerest, NJ. Div. of Special Education.

    The Individualized Educational Program development guide is intended for handicapped students at the VIEW level (Vocational Instruction and Experience Workshop). Goals, objectives, and activities are specified for each of seven categories (sample subsections in parentheses): (1) assembly skills (collating, sorting, filing, folding); (2)…

  18. Interaction of phosphine with Si(100) from core-level photoemission and real-time scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Lin, Deng-Sung; Ku, Tsai-Shuan; Chen, Ru-Ping

    2000-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the interaction of phosphine (PH3) on the Si(100)-2×1 surface at temperatures between 635 and 900 K. The hydrogen desorption, growth mode, surface morphology, and chemical composition and ordering of the surface layer are examined by synchrotron radiation core-level photoemission and real-time high-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The P 2p core-level spectra indicate that decomposition of PHn is complete above ~550 K and the maximum P coverage is strongly influenced by the growth temperature, which governs the coverage of H-terminated sites. The scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images taken at real time during PH3 exposure indicate that a surface phosphorus atom readily and randomly displaces one Si atom from the substrate. The ejected Si diffuses, nucleates, and incorporates itself into islands or step edges, leading to similar growth behavior as that found in Si chemical vapor deposition. Line defects both perpendicular and parallel to the dimer rows are observed on the nearly P-saturated surface. Perpendicular line defects act as a strain relief mechanism. Parallel line defects result from growth kinetics. STM images also indicate that incorporating a small amount of phosphorus eliminates the line defects in the Si(100)-2×n surface.

  19. Significance of pregnancy test false negative results due to elevated levels of β-core fragment hCG.

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    Johnson, Sarah; Eapen, Saji; Smith, Peter; Warren, Graham; Zinaman, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Very high levels of β-core fragment human chorionic gonadotrophin (βcf-hCG) are reported to potentially cause false negative results in point-of-care (POC)/over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy tests. To investigate this further, women's daily early morning urine samples, collected prior to conception and during pregnancy, were analysed for intact, free β-, and βcf-hCG. The proportion of βcf-hCG was found to be related to that of hCG produced and in circulation. Therefore, best practice for accuracy testing of POC/OTC pregnancy tests would be to test devices against clinical samples containing high levels of βcf-hCG as well as standards spiked with biologically relevant ratios.

  20. Threshold kinetic processes for t-C4F9I. [for solar-pumped lasers

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    Lee, J. H.; Wilson, J. W.; Humes, D. H.; Weaver, W. R.; Enderson, T.; Tabibi, B. M.

    1985-01-01

    To determine the relative threshold of the lasant gas t-C4F9I in comparison to n-C3F7I, the pump energy to reach threshold for photodissociation iodine lasing is measured in a common aparatus. The comparison is made for the threshold energies in the iodide pressure range up to 50 Torr when 64-J electric input into a flashlamp is used for pumping. It is shown from the results that qualitative differences between the thresholds of the two gases result from the degree to which steady state is achieved by the time threshold is reached. The estimated recombination rate for t-C4F9I is found to be much larger than the value given by Ershov et al (1978).

  1. Tetradecanuclearity in 3d-4f chemistry: relaxation and magnetocaloric effects in [NiLn] species.

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    Canaj, Angelos B; Kalofolias, Dimitris A; Siczek, Milosz; Lis, Tadeusz; McNab, Robbie; Lorusso, Giulia; Inglis, Ross; Evangelisti, Marco; Milios, Constantinos J

    2017-03-14

    The employment of 2-amino-isobutyric acid, Haib, and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde, Hnaphth, in Ni(II)/Ln(III) chemistry has led to the isolation and characterization of two new isostructural 3d-4f tetradecanuclear [NiLn] clusters (Ln = Gd(III), Dy(III)), with the Dy analogue displaying temperature and frequency dependent out-of-phase signals, and the Gd analogue showing interesting magnetocaloric properties.

  2. Contribution of Eu 4f states to the magnetic anisotropy of EuO

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    Arenholz, E.; Schmehl, A.; Schlom, D.G.; van der Laan, G.

    2008-09-11

    Anisotropic x-ray magnetic linear dichroism (AXMLD) provides a novel element-, site-, shell-, and symmetry-selective techniques to study the magnetic anisotropy induced by a crystalline electric field. The weak Eu2+ M4,5 AXMLD observed in EuO(001) indicates that the Eu 4f states are not rotationally invariant and hence contribute weakly to the magnetic anisotropy of EuO. The results are contrasted with those obtained for 3d transition metal oxides.

  3. Phase-retrieval algorithms applied in a 4-f system for optical image encryption: a comparison

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    Situ, Guohai; Zhang, Jingjuan

    2005-01-01

    Phase retrieval algorithms based on 4-f system for optical image encryption are compared in respect of the image retrieval quality and the convergence. Simulation results show that enlarging the searching space can decrypt the image with extremely high quality, while employing the searching strategy of modifying both the phase-distributions in the input and the frequency planes can result in much faster convergence for the algorithm.

  4. Race-specific influence of CYP4F2 on dose and risk of hemorrhage among warfarin users

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    Shendre, Aditi; Brown, Todd M.; Liu, Nianjun; Hill, Charles E; Beasley, T. Mark; Nickerson, Deborah. A.; Limdi, Nita. A.

    2016-01-01

    Summary Objective The p.V433M in cytochrome P450 4F2 (rs2108622, CYP4F2*3) is associated with higher warfarin dose and lower risk of hemorrhage among European Americans. Herein, we evaluate the influence of CYP4F2*3 on warfarin dose, time to target INR and stable dose, proportion of time spent in target range (PTTR), as well as the risk of overanticoagulation and hemorrhage among European and African Americans. Design CYP4F2*3 was genotyped in 1238 patients initiated on warfarin in a prospective inception cohort. Multivariable linear regression was used to assess warfarin dose and PTTR; proportional hazards analysis was performed to evaluate time to target INR and stable dose, overanticoagulation, and hemorrhage. Setting Two outpatient anticoagulation clinics Participants 1238 anticoagulated patients Outcomes Warfarin dose (mg/day), time to target INR and stable dose, PTTR, over anticoagulation (INR>4), and major hemorrhage. Results Minor allele frequency for the CYP4F2*3 variant was 30.3% among European Americans and 8.4% among African Americans. CYP4F2*3 was associated with higher dose among European Americans but not African Americans. Compared to CYP4F2*1/*1, *1/*3 was associated with a statistically nonsignificant increase in dose (4.5%, p=0.22) and *3/*3 was associated with a statistically significant increase in dose (13.2% , p=0.02). CYP4F2 genotype did not influence time to target INR, time to stable dose, or PTTR in either race group. CYP4F2*3/*3 was associated with a 31% lower risk of over anticoagulation (p=0.06). Incidence of hemorrhage was lower among participants with CYP4F2 *3/*3 compared to *1/*3 or *1/*1 (IRR=0.45; 95% CI: 0.14 – 1.11; p=0.09). After controlling for covariates, the CYP4F2 *3/*3 was associated with a 52% lower risk of hemorrhage although this was not statistically significant (p=0.24). Conclusion Possession of CYP4F2*3 variant influences warfarin dose among European Americans but not African Americans. The CYP4F2-dose, CYP4F2

  5. Core-level spectroscopy investigation of the Mo{sub 0.75}Re{sub 0.25}(100) surface

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    Lyman, P.F.; Zehner, D.M.

    1993-10-01

    Preferential surface segregation in the Mo{sub 0.75}(100) surface region was investigated using high-resolution core-level spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation. The magnitude and direction of the surface core-level shifts observed in this study can be qualitatively understood by comparison to W and Mo core-level shifts. Measured core-level intensities are found to be consistent with the segregation of Mo to the surface of the alloy, with an enrichment of Re in the second layer (as found in previous investigations). It is inferred that both Tc and Os will segregate to the Mo{sub 0.75}Re{sub 0.25}(100) surface.

  6. Effect of Sr doping in layered Eu3Bi2S4F4 superconductor

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    Zhang, Pan; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Wang, Zhen; Chen, Jian; Feng, Chun-Mu; Cao, Guang-Han; Xu, Zhu-An

    2017-01-01

    We report the effect of Sr-doping in the BiS2-based superconductor {{Eu}}3-xSr x Bi2S4F4. Eu3Bi2S4F4 is a self-doped compound with a mixed Eu valence state. By the partial substitution of Sr for Eu, T c gradually decreases and superconductivity disappears above 0.3 K when x\\gt 1.0. Magnetic-susceptibility and specific-heat measurements reveal that Sr substitution leads to a decrease in both Eu2+ and Eu3+ populations. The decreased Eu3+ population, and the corresponding lower charge carrier density, may be the main origin for the suppression of superconductivity. In addition, we find a significant increase in the Sommerfeld coefficient {γ }0 upon Sr doping, which may be due to the Kondo effect between the magnetic moments (associated to Eu2+ ions) and the conducting electrons. This work implies that the Kondo effect could compete with superconductivity in Eu3Bi2S4F4.

  7. The transcription factor E4F1 coordinates CHK1-dependent checkpoint and mitochondrial functions.

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    Rodier, Geneviève; Kirsh, Olivier; Baraibar, Martín; Houlès, Thibault; Lacroix, Matthieu; Delpech, Hélène; Hatchi, Elodie; Arnould, Stéphanie; Severac, Dany; Dubois, Emeric; Caramel, Julie; Julien, Eric; Friguet, Bertrand; Le Cam, Laurent; Sardet, Claude

    2015-04-14

    Recent data support the notion that a group of key transcriptional regulators involved in tumorigenesis, including MYC, p53, E2F1, and BMI1, share an intriguing capacity to simultaneously regulate metabolism and cell cycle. Here, we show that another factor, the multifunctional protein E4F1, directly controls genes involved in mitochondria functions and cell-cycle checkpoints, including Chek1, a major component of the DNA damage response. Coordination of these cellular functions by E4F1 appears essential for the survival of p53-deficient transformed cells. Acute inactivation of E4F1 in these cells results in CHK1-dependent checkpoint deficiency and multiple mitochondrial dysfunctions that lead to increased ROS production, energy stress, and inhibition of de novo pyrimidine synthesis. This deadly cocktail leads to the accumulation of uncompensated oxidative damage to proteins and extensive DNA damage, ending in cell death. This supports the rationale of therapeutic strategies simultaneously targeting mitochondria and CHK1 for selective killing of p53-deficient cancer cells.

  8. Superhydrophobic treatment using atmospheric-pressure He/C4F8 plasma for buoyancy improvement

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    Noh, Sooryun; Moon, A.-Young; Moon, Se Youn

    2015-04-01

    A superhydrophobic miniature boat was fabricated with aluminum alloy plates treated with atmospheric-pressure helium (He)/octafluorocyclobutane (C4F8) plasma using 13.56 MHz rf power. When only 0.13% C4F8 was added to He gas, the contact angle of the surface increased to 140° and the surface showed superhydrophobic properties. On the basis of chemical and morphological analyses, fluorinated functional groups (CF, CF2, and CF3) and nano-/micro-sized particles were detected on the Al surface. These features brought about superhydrophobicity similar to the lotus effect. While the miniature boat, assembled with plasma-treated plates, was immersed in water, a layer of air (i.e., a plastron) surrounded the superhydrophobic surfaces. This effect contributed to the development of a 4.7% increase in buoyancy. In addition, the superhydrophobic properties lasted for two months under the submerged condition. These results demonstrate that treatment with atmospheric-pressure He/C4F8 plasma is a promising method of improving the load capacity and antifouling properties, and reducing the friction of marine ships through a fast and low-cost superhydrophobic treatment process.

  9. 3d/4f Coordination Clusters as Cooperative Catalysts for Highly Diastereoselective Michael Addition Reactions.

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    Griffiths, Kieran; Tsipis, Athanassios C; Kumar, Prashant; Townrow, Oliver P E; Abdul-Sada, Alaa; Akien, Geoffrey R; Baldansuren, Amgalanbaatar; Spivey, Alan C; Kostakis, George E

    2017-08-21

    Michael addition (MA) is one of the most well studied chemical transformation in synthetic chemistry. Here, we report the synthesis and crystal structures of a library of 3d/4f coordination clusters (CCs) formulated as [Zn(II)2Y(III)2L4(solv)X(Z)Y] and study their catalytic properties toward the MA of nitrostyrenes with barbituric acid derivatives. Each CC presents two borderline hard/soft Lewis acidic Zn(II) centers and two hard Lewis acidic Y(III) centers in a defect dicubane topology that brings the two different metals into a proximity of ∼3.3 Å. Density functional theory computational studies suggest that these tetrametallic CCs dissociate in solution to give two catalytically active dimers, each containing one 3d and one 4f metal that act cooperatively. The mechanism of catalysis has been corroborated via NMR, electron paramagnetic resonance, and UV-vis. The present work demonstrates for the first time the successful use of 3d/4f CCs as efficient and high diastereoselective catalysts in MA reactions.

  10. Comparison of Roll Stitch Technique and Core Suture Technique for Extensor Tendon Repair at the Metacarpophalangeal Joint level

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    Namazi, Hamid; Mozaffarian, Kamran; Golmakani, Mohammad Reza

    2016-01-01

    Background: Proper suturing technique is needed to ensure good outcome in extensor tendon surgery. Different techniques have been reported for the repair of extensor tendon injuries at the level of the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ). These reports were in vitro studies on cadaver models. Repair techniques must be clinically tested, to determine results. Objectives: The purpose of this in vivo study was to compare results of extensor tendon repair, using roll stitch and core suture techniques. Patients and Methods: Forty two fingers, in 38 patients (aged 15- 45 years), with simple complete extensor tendon injuries in the MCPJ area, were identified and operated by a single surgeon. The patients were divided into two groups, according to the technique used for tendon repair. The first group consisted of 21 digits, in 19 patients, who were repaired with roll stitch technique, while the second group consisted of 21 digits, in 19 patients, who were repaired with core suture technique. The same splint and rehabilitation regimen (early passive range of motion) were given to all patients. The splints were removed at 6 weeks after surgery and range of motion of the operated fingers was measured and compared to uninjured hands, after 12 weeks. Results: Five patients were lost to follow up or excluded from the study. There was no rupture of the repaired tendons in the groups. There was no statistically significant difference in mean MCPJ flexion, proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) flexion, distal interphalangeal joint (DIPJ) flexion and total range of motion of the fingers, between the two groups. However, extension lag was significantly more common in the second group (11 of 19 digits) compared the first group (four of 17 digits). Conclusions: Roll stitch technique had superior outcome compared to the modified Kessler technique, when performed in the MCPJ area. Level of evidence: Therapeutic (Level III) PMID:27218053

  11. A novel reconfigurable optical interconnect architecture using an Opto-VLSI processor and a 4-f imaging system.

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    Shen, Mingya; Xiao, Feng; Alameh, Kamal

    2009-12-07

    A novel reconfigurable optical interconnect architecture for on-board high-speed data transmission is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The interconnect architecture is based on the use of an Opto-VLSI processor in conjunction with a 4-f imaging system to achieve reconfigurable chip-to-chip or board-to-board data communications. By reconfiguring the phase hologram of an Opto-VLSI processor, optical data generated by a vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) associated to a chip (or a board) is arbitrarily steered to the photodetector associated to another chip (or another board). Experimental results show that the optical interconnect losses range from 5.8dB to 9.6dB, and that the maximum crosstalk level is below -36dB. The proposed architecture is tested for high-speed data transmission, and measured eye diagrams display good eye opening for data rate of up to 10Gb/s.

  12. Evidence of the nature of core-level photoemission satellites using angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure

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    Moler, E.J.; Kellar, S.A.; Huff, W.R.A.

    1997-04-01

    The authors present a unique method of experimentally determining the angular momentum and intrinsic/extrinsic origin of core-level photoemission satellites by examining the satellite diffraction pattern in the Angle Resolved Photoemission Extended Fine Structure (ARPEFS) mode. They show for the first time that satellite peaks not associated with chemically differentiated atomic species display an ARPEFS intensity oscillation. They present ARPEFS data for the carbon 1s from ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30 CO/Cu(111) and p2mg(2xl)CO/Ni(110), nitrogen 1s from c(2x2) N{sub 2}/Ni(100), cobalt 1s from p(1x1)Co/Cu(100), and nickel 3p from clean nickel (111). The satellite peaks and tails of the Doniach-Sunjic line shapes in all cases exhibit ARPEFS curves which indicate an angular momentum identical to the main peak and are of an intrinsic nature.

  13. On sulfur core level binding energies in thiol self-assembly and alternative adsorption sites: An experimental and theoretical study

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    Jia, Juanjuan; Kara, Abdelkader E-mail: vladimir.esaulov@u-psud.fr; Pasquali, Luca; Bendounan, Azzedine; Sirotti, Fausto; Esaulov, Vladimir A. E-mail: vladimir.esaulov@u-psud.fr

    2015-09-14

    Characteristic core level binding energies (CLBEs) are regularly used to infer the modes of molecular adsorption: orientation, organization, and dissociation processes. Here, we focus on a largely debated situation regarding CLBEs in the case of chalcogen atom bearing molecules. For a thiol, this concerns the case when the CLBE of a thiolate sulfur at an adsorption site can be interpreted alternatively as due to atomic adsorption of a S atom, resulting from dissociation. Results of an investigation of the characteristics of thiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) obtained by vacuum evaporative adsorption are presented along with core level binding energy calculations. Thiol ended SAMs of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol (BDMT) obtained by evaporation on Au display an unconventional CLBE structure at about 161.25 eV, which is close to a known CLBE of a S atom on Au. Adsorption and CLBE calculations for sulfur atoms and BDMT molecules are reported and allow delineating trends as a function of chemisorption on hollow, bridge, and atop sites and including the presence of adatoms. These calculations suggest that the 161.25 eV peak is due to an alternative adsorption site, which could be associated to an atop configuration. Therefore, this may be an alternative interpretation, different from the one involving the adsorption of atomic sulfur resulting from the dissociation process of the S–C bond. Calculated differences in S(2p) CLBEs for free BDMT molecules, SH group sulfur on top of the SAM, and disulfide are also reported to clarify possible errors in assignments.

  14. Ionic bonding of lanthanides, as influenced by d- and f-atomic orbitals, by core-shells and by relativity.

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    Ji, Wen-Xin; Xu, Wei; Schwarz, W H Eugen; Wang, Shu-Guang

    2015-03-15

    Lanthanide trihalide molecules LnX3 (X = F, Cl, Br, I) were quantum chemically investigated, in particular detail for Ln = Lu (lutetium). We applied density functional theory (DFT) at the nonrelativistic and scalar and SO-coupled relativistic levels, and also the ab initio coupled cluster approach. The chemically active electron shells of the lanthanide atoms comprise the 5d and 6s (and 6p) valence atomic orbitals (AO) and also the filled inner 4f semivalence and outer 5p semicore shells. Four different frozen-core approximations for Lu were compared: the (1s(2) -4d(10) ) [Pd] medium core, the [Pd+5s(2) 5p(6) = Xe] and [Pd+4f(14) ] large cores, and the [Pd+4f(14) +5s(2) 5p(6) ] very large core. The errors of LuX bonding are more serious on freezing the 5p(6) shell than the 4f(14) shell, more serious upon core-freezing than on the effective-core-potential approximation. The LnX distances correlate linearly with the AO radii of the ionic outer shells, Ln(3+) -5p(6) and X(-) -np(6) , characteristic for dominantly ionic Ln(3+) -X(-) binding. The heavier halogen atoms also bind covalently with the Ln-5d shell. Scalar relativistic effects contract and destabilize the LuX bonds, spin orbit coupling hardly affects the geometries but the bond energies, owing to SO effects in the free atoms. The relativistic changes of bond energy BE, bond length Re , bond force k, and bond stretching frequency vs do not follow the simple rules of Badger and Gordy (Re ∼BE∼k∼vs ). The so-called degeneracy-driven covalence, meaning strong mixing of accidentally near-degenerate, nearly nonoverlapping AOs without BE contribution is critically discussed.

  15. Flow Sorting and Sequencing Meadow Fescue Chromosome 4F1[C][W

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    Kopecký, David; Martis, Mihaela; Číhalíková, Jarmila; Hřibová, Eva; Vrána, Jan; Bartoš, Jan; Kopecká, Jitka; Cattonaro, Federica; Stočes, Štěpán; Novák, Petr; Neumann, Pavel; Macas, Jiří; Šimková, Hana; Studer, Bruno; Asp, Torben; Baird, James H.; Navrátil, Petr; Karafiátová, Miroslava; Kubaláková, Marie; Šafář, Jan; Mayer, Klaus; Doležel, Jaroslav

    2013-01-01

    The analysis of large genomes is hampered by a high proportion of repetitive DNA, which makes the assembly of short sequence reads difficult. This is also the case in meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis), which is known for good abiotic stress resistance and has been used in intergeneric hybridization with ryegrasses (Lolium spp.) to produce Festulolium cultivars. In this work, we describe a new approach to analyze the large genome of meadow fescue, which involves the reduction of sample complexity without compromising information content. This is achieved by dissecting the genome to smaller parts: individual chromosomes and groups of chromosomes. As the first step, we flow sorted chromosome 4F and sequenced it by Illumina with approximately 50× coverage. This provided, to our knowledge, the first insight into the composition of the fescue genome, enabled the construction of the virtual gene order of the chromosome, and facilitated detailed comparative analysis with the sequenced genomes of rice (Oryza sativa), Brachypodium distachyon, sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), and barley (Hordeum vulgare). Using GenomeZipper, we were able to confirm the collinearity of chromosome 4F with barley chromosome 4H and the long arm of chromosome 5H. Several new tandem repeats were identified and physically mapped using fluorescence in situ hybridization. They were found as robust cytogenetic markers for karyotyping of meadow fescue and ryegrass species and their hybrids. The ability to purify chromosome 4F opens the way for more efficient analysis of genomic loci on this chromosome underlying important traits, including freezing tolerance. Our results confirm that next-generation sequencing of flow-sorted chromosomes enables an overview of chromosome structure and evolution at a resolution never achieved before. PMID:24096412

  16. Red nucleus and rubrospinal tract disorganization in the absence of Pou4f1

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    Martinez-Lopez, Jesus E.; Moreno-Bravo, Juan A.; Madrigal, M. Pilar; Martinez, Salvador; Puelles, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    The red nucleus (RN) is a neuronal population that plays an important role in forelimb motor control and locomotion. Histologically it is subdivided into two subpopulations, the parvocellular RN (pRN) located in the diencephalon and the magnocellular RN (mRN) in the mesencephalon. The RN integrates signals from motor cortex and cerebellum and projects to spinal cord interneurons and motor neurons through the rubrospinal tract (RST). Pou4f1 is a transcription factor highly expressed in this nucleus that has been related to its specification. Here we profoundly analyzed consequences of Pou4f1 loss-of-function in development, maturation and axonal projection of the RN. Surprisingly, RN neurons are specified and maintained in the mutant, no cell death was detected. Nevertheless, the nucleus appeared disorganized with a strong delay in radial migration and with a wider neuronal distribution; the neurons did not form a compacted population as they do in controls, Robo1 and Slit2 were miss-expressed. Cplx1 and Npas1, expressed in the RN, are transcription factors involved in neurotransmitter release, neuronal maturation and motor function processes among others. In our mutant mice, both transcription factors are lost, suggesting an abnormal maturation of the RN. The resulting altered nucleus occupied a wider territory. Finally, we examined RST development and found that the RN neurons were able to project to the spinal cord but their axons appeared defasciculated. These data suggest that Pou4f1 is necessary for the maturation of RN neurons but not for their specification and maintenance. PMID:25698939

  17. Requirement of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4F complex in hepatitis E virus replication.

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    Zhou, Xinying; Xu, Lei; Wang, Yijin; Wang, Wenshi; Sprengers, Dave; Metselaar, Herold J; Peppelenbosch, Maikel P; Pan, Qiuwei

    2015-12-01

    Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, one of the foremost causes of acute hepatitis, is becoming a health problem of increasing magnitude. As other viruses, HEV exploits elements from host cell biochemistry, but we understand little as to which components of the human hepatocellular machinery are perverted for HEV multiplication. It is, however, known that the eukaryotic translation initiation factors 4F (eIF4F) complex, the key regulator of the mRNA-ribosome recruitment phase of translation initiation, serves as an important component for the translation and replication of many viruses. Here we aim to investigate the role of three subunits of the eIF4F complex: eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4A (eIF4A), eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4G (eIF4G) and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) in HEV replication. We found that efficient replication of HEV requires eIF4A, eIF4G and eIF4E. Consistently, the negative regulatory factors of this complex: programmed cell death 4 (PDCD4) and eIF4E-binding protein 1 (4E-BP1) exert anti-HEV activities, which further illustrates the requirement for eIF4A and eIF4E in supporting HEV replication. Notably, phosphorylation of eIF4E induced by MNK1/2 activation is not involved in HEV replication. Although ribavirin and interferon-α (IFN-α), the most often-used off-label drugs for treating hepatitis E, interact with this complex, their antiviral activities are independent of eIF4E. In contrast, eIF4E silencing provokes enhanced anti-HEV activity of these compounds. Thus, HEV replication requires eIF4F complex and targeting essential elements of this complex provides important clues for the development of novel antiviral therapy against HEV. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. 4-[F-18]fluoroproline: A potential tracer for collagen synthesis. Radiosynthesis and biological evaluation

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    Hamacher, K.; Herz, M.; Truckenbrodt, R.

    1996-05-01

    Proline is an important constituent of the structural protein collagen. It has been shown that its fluorinated analogs (2S,4S)- and particularly (2S,4R)-4-fluoroproline are also incorporated into collagen (Gottlieb et al., Biochemistry (1965), 4: 2507). 4-[F-18]fluoroproline is therefore a potential probe for studying abnormal collagen synthesis e. g. in tumors, lung fibrosis and liver cirrhosis. We have evaluated the two diastereomeric forms using a transplantable osteosarcoma in mice as an in vivo model for elevated collagen synthesis, and a MCF 7 mamma carcinoma cell line for monolayer incubation studies.

  19. XeCl laser pumped iodine laser using t-C4F9I

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    Hwang, In Heon; Han, Kwang S.

    1989-01-01

    An iodine photodissociation laser using t-C4F9I as the active material was pumped by an XeCl laser. An iodine laser output energy of 3 mJ with pulse duration of 25 ns was obtained when the pumping pulse energy was 80 mJ, the iodide pressure was 70 torr, and the reflectance of the output mirror was 85 percent. The high pumping efficiency and low threshold pump power achieved in this experiment are attributable to the high absorption cross section at the pump laser wavelength (308 nm) of the iodide used.

  20. XeCl laser pumped iodine laser using t-C4F9I

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    Hwang, In Heon; Han, Kwang S.; Lee, Ja H.

    1989-01-01

    An iodine photodissociation laser using t-C4F9I as the active material was pumped by a XeCl laser. An iodine laser output energy of 3 mJ with pulse duration of 25 ns was obtained when the pumping pulse energy was 80 mJ, the iodine pressure was 70 torr, and the reflectance of the output mirror was 85 percent. The high pumping efficiency and low threshold pump power achieved in this experiment are attributable to the high absorption cross section at the pump laser wavelength (308 nm) of the iodide used.

  1. Rare Earth 4f Hybridization with the GaN Valence Band

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    2012-01-01

    DOS of Ga17GdN18. and Auger-like electrons emitted in a super Coster– Kronig process [52] 4d104fN + hν → [4d94fN+1]∗ → 4d104fN−1 + e−, (2) where...similar, albeit not identical, response for GaN:Er compared to GaN:Gd at the photon energy characteristic for the Er 4d → 4f super Coster– Kronig resonance

  2. Crater nanochannels of anodic aluminum oxide fabricated in NH4F electrolyte

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    Yu, Mengshi; Cui, Huimin; Zhang, Shaoyu; Zhao, Siwei; Ai, Fuping; Zhu, Xufei

    2017-08-01

    In this work, porous anodic aluminum oxide with crater nanochannels is discovered for the first time while Al is anodized in NH4F electrolyte at high voltages. The unique structure of crater nanochannels is distinctly different from that of general porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) and anodic TiO2 nanotubes. A central channel appears and a circle of nanopores surround the channel while there is only one kind of pore in typical AAO and anodic TiO2 nanotubes. This finding may significantly facilitate the fabrication of special structures in AAO and anodic TiO2 nanotubes.

  3. Cerebrovascular disease: evaluation with transbrachial intraarterial digital subtraction angiography using a 4-F catheter.

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    Hicks, M E; Kreipke, D L; Becker, G J; Edwards, M K; Holden, R W; Jackson, V P; Bendick, P J; Kuehn, D S

    1986-11-01

    Three hundred sixty-one patients underwent intraarterial digital subtraction angiography for definite or probable occlusive vascular disease of the carotid arteries. Examinations were performed with 65-cm-long, 4-F aortic catheters. A transbrachial approach was used. Images were good or excellent in nearly all cases. No postprocedural neurologic deficits or hematomas occurred. Permanent pulse deficit occurred in two patients, and temporary deficit occurred in three patients, an improvement over the frequency found in previous transbrachial series using 6-8-F catheters. While these results establish the efficacy of this technique, they also indicate a possible greater relative safety in men than in women.

  4. Adsorption and dissociation of acidic trace gases on ice surfaces - caught in the act with core level spectroscopy

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    Waldner, Astrid; Orlando, Fabrizio; Ammann, Markus; Kleibert, Armin; Huthwelker, Thomas; Peter, Thomas; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    Chemistry and physical processes in Earth's ice and snow cover can change the composition of the atmosphere and the contaminant content of the cryosphere. They have thus direct impacts on geochemical cycles and the climate system. Our ability to predict the fate of chemicals in snow or air masses in exchange with the cryosphere on a regional scale or to model those in snow chemistry models is currently hampered by our limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms on a molecular level. So far, direct experimental observations under environmentally relevant conditions of the ice surface and of the adsorption of trace gases to it are very limited. The unique approach of this study is to combine two surface sensitive spectroscopic methods to directly probe the hydrogen-bonding network at the ice surface ( ~1 nm depth) and the concentration, depth profile (~1 to 10 nm), and dissociation degree of the dopant. We present first core-electron photoemission (XPS) and partial electron yield X-ray absorption (NEXAFS) measurements of formic acid adsorbed to ice at 240 K. The analysis of oxygen NEXAFS spectra reveals information on changes in the hydrogen-bonding network of the ice surface upon adsorption of formic acid. Depth profiles based on XPS measurements indicate that the adsorbed acid stays at the ice surface. Furthermore we obtained a preliminary estimation of the degree of formic acid dissociation at the ice surface. Results are compared to earlier core-electron studies of several trace gases adsorbed to ice at 240 K and compared to results from more traditional method to and snow to reveal fundamental aspects of the ice surface and how it interacts with dopants. Even with the focus on adsorption of acidic trace gases to ice, results of this study will thus be of high relevance also for other chemical processes in ice and snow. This is of interest not only in environmental science but also in material science, cryobiology, and astrophysics.

  5. Antibody to hepatitis B core antigen levels in the natural history of chronic hepatitis B: a prospective observational study.

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    Jia, Wei; Song, Liu-Wei; Fang, Yu-Qing; Wu, Xiao-Feng; Liu, Dan-Yang; Xu, Chun; Wang, Xiao-Mei; Wang, Wen; Lv, Dong-Xia; Li, Jun; Deng, Yong-Qiong; Wang, Yan; Huo, Na; Yu, Min; Xi, Hong-Li; Liu, Dan; Zhou, Yi-Xing; Wang, Gui-Qiang; Xia, Ning-Shao; Zhang, Ming-Xiang

    2014-12-01

    Previous studies have revealed antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) levels as a predictor of treatment response in hepatitis B early antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients in both interferon and nucleos(t)ide analog therapy cohorts. However, there is no information about anti-HBc levels in the natural history of CHB. This study aimed to define anti-HBc levels of different phases in the natural history of CHB. Two hundred eleven treatment-naive CHB patients were included in the study. They were classified into 4 phases: immune tolerance (IT) phase (n = 39), immune clearance (IC) phase (n = 48), low or no-replicative (LR) phase (n = 55), and HBeAg-negative hepatitis (ENH, n = 69). Fifty patients who were HBsAg negative and anti-HBc positive were also recruited as past HBV infection (PBI) control group. Anti-HBc levels were measured by a newly developed double-sandwich immunoassay. Correlation of anti-HBc levels with alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and other HBV-related markers within each phase was performed. Serum anti-HBc levels were statistically significant between patients in different phases of CHB (P < 0.001). The median anti-HBc levels were: IT (3.17 log 10 IU/mL), IC (4.39 log 10 IU/mL), LR (3.29 log 10 IU/mL), ENH (4.12 log 10 IU/mL), and PBI (0.61 log 10 IU/mL). There existed a strong correlation in IC (r = 0.489, P < 0.001), a poor correlation in ENH (r = 0.275, P = 0.042), and no correlation in patients with ALT reached 5 times upper limit of normal (r = 0.120, P = 0.616). Anti-HBc levels show significant differences during the natural course of CHB. These results may provide some potentially useful insights into hepatitis B pathogenesis and immune activation against hepatitis B virus.

  6. Diode-pumped Nd:LuAG ceramic laser on 4F3/2-4I13/2transition

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    Xu, Changwen; Yang, Chengdong; Zhu, Haiyong; Ye, Yanlin; Duan, Yanmin; Wei, Pengfei; Zhang, Han; Zhang, Jian; Tang, Dingyuan

    2017-09-01

    Laser operation of Nd:LuAG ceramic on the 4F3/2-4I13/2 transition has been demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Different output couplers are used to optimize the laser performance and the highest slope efficiency of 18.0% as well as maximum output power of 3.05 W under the pump power of 21 W was obtained. The spectral characteristics of Nd:LuAG ceramic laser is carefully studied and compared with Nd:YAG ceramic laser's. In our experiment, it has been observed that the 1338 nm wavelength is always the initial and strongest oscillating spectral line when Nd:LuAG ceramic laser operates on the 4F3/2-4I13/2 transition, even though the pump level or intra-cavity loss changes greatly, which is quite different from the case of Nd:YAG ceramic laser.

  7. Ce 4 f electronic states of CeO1 -xFxBiS2 studied by soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy

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    Wakita, Takanori; Terashima, Kensei; Hamada, Takahiro; Fujiwara, Hirokazu; Minohara, Makoto; Kobayashi, Masaki; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Kutluk, Galif; Nagao, Masanori; Watauchi, Satoshi; Tanaka, Isao; Demura, Satoshi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Miura, Osuke; Okada, Kozo; Muraoka, Yuji; Yokoya, Takayoshi

    2017-02-01

    We use soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (SXPES) to investigate Ce 4 f electronic states of a new BiS2 layered superconductor CeO1 -xFxBiS2 , for polycrystalline and single-crystal samples. The Ce 3 d spectrum of the single crystal of nominal composition x =0.7 has no f0 component and the spectral shape closely resembles the ones observed for Ce trivalent insulating compounds, strongly implying that the CeO layer is still in an insulating state even after the F doping. The Ce 3 d -4 f resonant SXPES for both polycrystalline and single-crystal samples shows that the prominent peak is located around 1 eV below the Fermi level (EF) with negligible spectral intensity at EF. The F-concentration dependence of the valence band spectra for single crystals shows the increases of the degeneracy in energy levels and of the interaction between Ce 4 f and S 3 p states. These results give insight into the nature of the CeO1 -xFx layer and the microscopic coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity in CeO1 -xFxBiS2 .

  8. Downregulation of GPR83 in the hypothalamic preoptic area reduces core body temperature and elevates circulating levels of adiponectin.

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    Dubins, Jeffrey S; Sanchez-Alavez, Manuel; Zhukov, Victor; Sanchez-Gonzalez, Alejandro; Moroncini, Gianluca; Carvajal-Gonzalez, Santos; Hadcock, John R; Bartfai, Tamas; Conti, Bruno

    2012-10-01

    The G protein-coupled receptor 83 (GPR83) was recently demonstrated in warm sensitive neurons (WSN) of the hypothalamic preoptic area (POA) that participate in temperature homeostasis. Thus, we investigated whether GPR83 may have a role in regulating core body temperature (CBT) by reducing its expression in the POA. Dissipation of energy in the form of heat is the primary mode of energy expenditure in mammals and can ultimately affect energy homeostasis. Thus, we also measured the level of important regulators of metabolism. Downregulation of GPR83 was obtained by lentiviral short-hairpin RNAs (shGPR83) vectors designed and selected for their ability to reduce GPR83 levels in vitro. Mice received POA injection of shGPR83 or non-silencing vectors and were monitored for CBT, motor activity, food intake body weight and circulating levels of IGF-1, insulin, leptin and adiponectin. Down-regulation of GPR83 in the POA resulted in a small (0.15°C) but significant reduction of CBT during the dark/active cycle of the day. Temperature reduction was followed by increased body weight gain independent of caloric intake. shGPR83 mice also had increased level of circulating adiponectin (31916±952 pg/mL vs. 23474±1507 pg/mL, P<.01) while no change was observed for insulin, IGF-1 or leptin. GPR83 may participate in central thermoregulation and the central control of circulating adiponectin. Further work is required to determine how GPR83 can affect POA WSN and what are the long term metabolic consequences of its down-regulation. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Downregulation of GPR83 in the hypothalamic preoptic area reduces core body temperature and elevates circulating level of adiponectin

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    Dubins, Jeffrey S.; Sanchez-Alavez, Manuel; Zhukov, Viktor; Sanchez-Gonzalez, Alejandro; Moroncini, Gianluca; Carvajal-Gonzalez, Santos; Hadcock, John R; Bartfai, Tamas; Conti, Bruno

    2012-01-01

    Objective The G protein-coupled receptor 83 (GPR83) was recently demonstrated in warm sensitive neurons (WSN) of the hypothalamic preoptic area (POA) that participate in temperature homeostasis. Thus, we investigated whether GPR83 may have a role in regulating core body temperature (CBT) by reducing its expression in the POA. D issipation of energy in the form of heat is the primary mode of energy expenditure in mammals and can ultimately affect energy homeostasis. Thus, we also measured the level of important regulators of metabolism. Matherials/Methods Downregulation of GPR83 was obtained by lentiviral short-hairpin RNAs (shGPR83) vectors designed and selected for their ability to reduce GPR83 levels in vitro. Mice received POA injection of shGPR83 or non-silencing vectors and were monitored for CBT, motor activity, food intake body weight and circulating levels of IGF-1, insulin, leptin and adiponectin. Results Down-regulation of GPR83 in the POA resulted in a small (0.15°C) but significant reduction of CBT during the dark/active cycle of the day. Temperature reduction was followed by increased body weight gain independent of caloric intake. shGPR83 mice also had increased level of circulating adiponectin (31916 ± 952 pg/ml vs. 23474 ± 1507 pg/ml, p<0.01) while no change was observed for insulin, IGF-1 or leptin. Conclusions GPR83 may participate in central thermoregulation and the central control of circulating adiponectin. Further work is required to determine how GPR83 can affect POA WSN and what are the long term metabolic consequences of it down-regulation. PMID:22560055

  10. Preindustrial atmospheric ethane levels inferred from polar ice cores: A constraint on the geologic sources of atmospheric ethane and methane

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    Nicewonger, Melinda R.; Verhulst, Kristal R.; Aydin, Murat; Saltzman, Eric S.

    2016-01-01

    Ethane levels were measured in air extracted from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores ranging in age from 994 to 1918 Common Era (C.E.) There is good temporal overlap between the two data sets from 1600 to 1750 C.E. with ethane levels stable at 397 ± 28 parts per trillion (ppt) (±2 standard error (s.e.)) over Greenland and 103 ± 9 ppt over Antarctica. The observed north/south interpolar ratio of ethane (3.9 ± 0.1, 1σ) implies considerably more ethane emissions in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting geologic ethane sources contribute significantly to the preindustrial ethane budget. Box model simulations based on these data constrain the global geologic emissions of ethane to 2.2-3.5 Tg yr-1 and biomass burning emissions to 1.2-2.5 Tg yr-1 during the preindustrial era. The results suggest biomass burning emissions likely increased since the preindustrial period. Biomass burning and geologic outgassing are also sources of atmospheric methane. The results place constraints on preindustrial methane emissions from these sources.

  11. In-fiber liquid-level probe based on Michelson interferometer via dual-mode elliptical multilayer-core fiber

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    Liang, Xiao; Ren, Guobin; Li, Yang; Liu, Zhibo; Wei, Huai; Jian, Shuisheng

    2016-07-01

    An in-fiber liquid-level probe fabricated from homemade dual-mode elliptical multilayer-core fiber (EMCF) was proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The proposed sensor simply consists of a segment of the EMCF with one end coated with silver film, and a Michelson interferometer is roughly established when light from single-mode fiber incident from the other end. The detected interference patterns, rather clean due to the few-mode property, shift as the liquid level due to strong interaction between high-order modes and measurands through evanescent waves. Both the propagation characteristics and operation principle of such a sensor were demonstrated in detail, and sensitivities of 33.48, 43.35, and 48.93 pm/mm corresponding to liquid indices of 1.333, 1.353, and 1.373 were successfully achieved with a 50-mm EMCF probe, respectively. Moreover, the proposed sensor had the potential to discriminate measurand index after proper calibration.

  12. Core-level attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy of laser-dressed solid films of Si and Zr

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    Seres, Enikoe; Seres, Jozsef; Serrat, Carles; Namba, Shinichi

    2016-10-01

    We investigated experimentally as well as theoretically the ultrafast response of the wave function of the conduction band (CB) of Si and Zr to a near-infrared laser field using extreme ultraviolet (XUV) absorption spectroscopy in the spectral range of 80-220 eV. The measured dynamics of the XUV transmission demonstrates that the wave function of the CB follows the electric field of the dressing laser pulse. In these terms, laser dressing was earlier mainly studied on gases. Measurements with two-femtosecond and 200-attosecond temporal steps were performed in the vicinity of the Si L2 ,3 edge near 100 eV, the Si L1 edge near 150 eV, and the Zr M4 ,5 edge near 180 eV. The observed changes were dependent on the core states being excited by the XUV probe pulse. At the 2 p to CB transitions of Si, the XUV transmission increased via the effect of the dressing laser pulse, while at the 2 s to CB transition of Si and the 3 d to CB transition of Zr, the XUV transmission decreased. Furthermore, beats between the transition from 2 p1 /2 and 2 p3 /2 levels of Si and from 3 d3 /2 and 3 d5 /2 levels of Zr were observed with 20.7 fs and 3.6 fs periods.

  13. On the effect of 4f electrons on the structural characteristics of lanthanide trihalides: computational and electron diffraction study of dysprosium trichloride.

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    Lanza, Giuseppe; Varga, Zoltán; Kolonits, Maria; Hargittai, Magdolna

    2008-02-21

    The molecular and electronic structure of dysprosium trichloride, DyCl(3), was calculated by high-level quantum chemical methods in order to learn about the effect of the partially filled 4f subshell and of the possible spin-orbit coupling on them. High-temperature electron diffraction studies of DyCl(3) were also carried out so that we could compare the computed geometry with the experimental one, after thermal corrections on the latter. Dysprosium monochloride, DyCl, and the dimer of dysprosium trichloride, Dy(2)Cl(6), were also investigated by computation. We found that the electron configuration of the 4f subshell does not influence the geometry of the trichloride monomer molecule as the ground state and first excited state molecules have the same geometry. Nonetheless, taking the 4f electrons into account in the calculation, together with the 5s and 5p electrons, is important in order to get geometrical parameters consistent with the results from experiment. Based on electron diffraction and different levels of computation, the suggested equilibrium bond length (r(e)) of DyCl(3) is 2.443(14) A, while the thermal average distance (r(g)) from electron diffraction is 2.459(11) A. The molecule is trigonal planar in equilibrium. Although the ground electronic state splits due to spin-orbit coupling, the lowering of the total electronic energy is very small (about 0.025 hartree) and the geometrical parameters are not affected. In contrast with the monomeric trichloride molecule, the bond angles of the dimer seem to be different for different electronic states, indicating the influence of the 4f electronic configuration on their structure. We carried out an anharmonic analysis of the out-of-plane vibration of the trichloride monomer and found that the vibration is considerably anharmonic at 39.5 cm(-1), compared with the 30.5 cm(-1) harmonic value.

  14. 5'-UTR mediated translational control of splicing assembly factor RNP-4F expression during development of the Drosophila central nervous system.

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    Chen, Jing; Yang, Julianne T; Doctor, Dana L; Rawlins, Bridgette A; Shields, B Colleen; Vaughn, Jack C

    2013-10-10

    Drosophila RNP-4F is a highly conserved protein from yeast to human and functions as a spliceosome assembly factor during pre-mRNA splicing. Two major developmentally regulated rnp-4f mRNA isoforms have been described during fly development, designated "long" and "short," differing by a 177-nt tract in the 5'-UTR. This region potentially folds into a single long stable stem-loop by pairing of intron 0 and part of exon 2. Since the coding potential for the two isoforms is identical, the interesting question arises as to the functional significance of this evolutionarily-conserved 5'-UTR feature. Here we describe the effects of wild-type and mutated stem-loop on modulation of rnp-4f gene expression in embryos using a GFP reporter assay. In this work, a new GFP expression vector designated pUAS-Neostinger was constructed. The UAS-GAL4 system was utilized to trigger GFP expression using tissue-specific promoter driver fly lines. Fluorescence microscopy visualization, Western blotting and real-time qRT-PÇR were used to study and quantify GFP reporter protein and mRNA levels. A significant increase in GFP reporter protein expression due to presence of the wild-type stem-loop sequence/structure was unexpectedly observed with no concomitant increase in GFP reporter mRNA levels, showing that the 177-nt region enhancement acts posttranscriptionally. The effects of potential cis-acting elements within the stem-loop were evaluated using the reporter assay in two mutant constructs. Results of GFP reporter over-expression show that RNP-4F translational regulation is highly sensitive in the developing fly central nervous system. The potential molecular mechanism behind the observed translational enhancement is discussed.

  15. Neutralization epitopes on rotavirus SA11 4fM outer capsid proteins.

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    Gorziglia, M; Larralde, G; Ward, R L

    1990-01-01

    The VP7 and VP4 genes of seven antigenic mutants of simian rotavirus SA11 4fM (serotype 3) selected after 39 passages in the presence of SA11 4fM hyperimmune antiserum, were sequenced. Nucleotide sequence analysis indicated the following. (i) Twice as many amino acid substitutions occurred in the VP7 protein than in VP4, which has a molecular weight twice that of VP7. (ii) Most amino acid changes that occurred clustered in six variable regions of VP7 and in two variable regions of VP4; these variable regions may represent immunodominant epitopes. (iii) Most amino acid substitutions that occurred in VP7 and VP4 of these mutants were also observed in antigenic mutants selected with neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (NMAbs); however, some amino acid substitutions occurred that were not selected for NMAbs. (iv) On VP7, some of the neutralization epitopes appeared to be interrelated because amino acid substitution in one site affected binding of specific NMAbs to other sites, while other neutralization epitopes on VP7 appeared to be independent, in that amino acid substitution in one site did not affect the binding of NMAbs to another distant site. Images PMID:1696640

  16. Investigations on Pva:. NH4F: ZrO2 Composite Polymer Electrolytes

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    Radha, K. P.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Karthikeyan, S.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2013-07-01

    Composite polymer electrolytes have been prepared using Poly (vinyl alcohol), ammonium fluoride, nanofiller ZrO2 by solution casting technique. The amorphous nature of the composite polymer electrolyte has been confirmed by XRD analysis. FTIR analysis confirms the complex formation among the polymer, salt and nanofiller. The maximum ionic conductivity for 85 PVA:15 NH4F has been found to be 6.9 × 10-6 Scm-1 at ambient temperature. In the present work, the addition of 2 mol% nanofilller ZrO2 to the electrolyte 85PVA:15NH4F enhances the conductivity to 3.4 × 10-5 Scm-1. The temperature dependence of the conductivity of composite polymer electrolytes obeys Arrhenius relation. In the modulus spectra, there is a long tail at low frequencies which is an evidence for large capacitance associated with the electrodes. In the high frequency region, ∈'(ω) value saturates and giving rise to the dielectric constant of the material.

  17. Relevance of NH4F in acid digestion before ICP-MS analysis.

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    Mariet, Clarisse; Belhadj, Oulfa; Leroy, Stéphanie; Carrot, Francine; Métrich, Nicole

    2008-10-19

    In order to implement a simpler, less expensive and more safe sample dissolution procedure, we have substituted the HF-HClO(4) mixture by NH(4)F. By testing three certified reference materials, lichen 336, basalt BE-N, soil 7, it was found that the three-reagents digestion without HF and HClO(4) (HNO(3)+H(2)O(2)+NH(4)F was used) was very effective for the pretreatment of ICP-MS measurement. The comparison was based on the measurement results and their uncertainties. All are reference material for amount contents of different trace elements. The accuracy and precision of the developed method were tested by replicate analyses of reference samples of established element contents. The accuracy of the data as well as detection limits (LODs) vary among elements but are usually very good (accuracy better than 8%, LODs usually below 1 microg/g in solids). ICP-MS capabilities enable us to determine routinely 13 and 16 minor and trace elements in basalt and soil.

  18. Sub-molecular modulation of a 4f driven Kondo resonance by surface-induced asymmetry

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    Warner, Ben; El Hallak, Fadi; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Seibt, Philipp; Prüser, Henning; Caciuc, Vasile; Waters, Michael; Fisher, Andrew J.; Blügel, Stefan; van Slageren, Joris; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.

    2016-01-01

    Coupling between a magnetic impurity and an external bath can give rise to many-body quantum phenomena, including Kondo and Hund's impurity states in metals, and Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states in superconductors. While advances have been made in probing the magnetic properties of d-shell impurities on surfaces, the confinement of f orbitals makes them difficult to access directly. Here we show that a 4f driven Kondo resonance can be modulated spatially by asymmetric coupling between a metallic surface and a molecule containing a 4f-like moment. Strong hybridization of dysprosium double-decker phthalocyanine with Cu(001) induces Kondo screening of the central magnetic moment. Misalignment between the symmetry axes of the molecule and the surface induces asymmetry in the molecule's electronic structure, spatially mediating electronic access to the magnetic moment through the Kondo resonance. This work demonstrates the important role that molecular ligands have in mediating electronic and magnetic coupling and in accessing many-body quantum states. PMID:27666413

  19. Monolacunary Keggin polyoxometalates connected to ten 4d or 4f metal atoms.

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    Pang, Haijun; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Peng, Jun; Ma, Huiyuan; Zhang, Chunjing; Wu, Qingyin

    2013-12-21

    The rational self-assembly of mono-lacunary Keggin clusters with 4d and 4f metal salts via a conventional method has yielded two novel polyoxometalate-based 4d-4f heterometallic compounds containing lacunary Keggin anions connected to ten metal atoms: {[Ag{Ag2(H2O)4}{Ln(H2O)6}2H ⊂ {SiW11Ln(H2O)4O39}2]·nH2O (Ln = Ce and n = 7 for 1, Ln = Pr and n = 3 for 2). Their structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses and further characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, and thermogravimetric (TG) analyses. A structural feature in 1 and 2 is that each [SiW11O39](8-) cluster (SiW11) is connected to ten metals (five Ag(+) and five Ln(3+) cations), representing the highest number of connected metal atoms to any mono-lacunary Keggin anion to date. This large connectivity leads to a structure with a purely inorganic 3D framework with two kinds of channels along the [100] and [010] directions. The magnetic properties of both compounds show the expected magnetic moments (0.8 and 1.6 amu K mol(-1) per Ce(3+) and Pr(3+) ion, respectively) and confirm the presence of isolated Ce(3+) and Pr(3+) ions.

  20. Li2B3O4F3, a new lithium-rich fluorooxoborate

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    Pilz, Thomas; Nuss, Hanne; Jansen, Martin

    2012-02-01

    The new lithium fluorooxoborate, Li2B3O4F3, is obtained by a solid state reaction from LiBO2 and LiBF4 at 553 K and crystallizes in the acentric orthorhombic space group P212121 (no. 19) with the cell parameters a=4.8915(9), b=8.734(2), and c=12.301(2) Å. Chains of fluorinated boroxine rings along the b axis consists of BO3 triangles and BO2F2 as well as BO3F tetrahedra. Mobile lithium ions are compensating the negative charge of the anionic chain, in which the fourfold coordinated boron atoms bear a negative formal charge. Annealing Li2B3O4F3 at temperatures above 573 K leads to conversion into Li2B6O9F2. The title compound is an ionic conductor with the highest ion conductivity among the hitherto know lithium fluorooxoborates, with conductivities of 1.6×10-9 and 1.8×10-8 S cm-1 at 473 and 523 K, respectively.

  1. A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Common Core State Standards Compared to Missouri's Grade-Level Expectations Using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Framework

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    Gallia, Toni

    2012-01-01

    With the pressure in education to develop a 21st century learner with higher-level thinking skills, many educators connected previous state curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Missouri's Department of Education experts paired the previous state's curriculum known as the Missouri Grade Level Expectations (MO GLEs) with a…

  2. A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Common Core State Standards Compared to Missouri's Grade-Level Expectations Using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Framework

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    Gallia, Toni

    2012-01-01

    With the pressure in education to develop a 21st century learner with higher-level thinking skills, many educators connected previous state curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Missouri's Department of Education experts paired the previous state's curriculum known as the Missouri Grade Level Expectations (MO GLEs) with a…

  3. Core-Level Photoemission Investigations of the CADMIUM-TELLURIDE(100) and INDIUM-ANTIMONY(100) Surface and Interfacial Structures.

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    John, Peter James

    1988-12-01

    Photoemission techniques, utilizing a synchrotron light source, were used to analyze the clean (100) surfaces of the zinc-blende semiconductor materials CdTe and InSb. Several interfacial systems involving the surfaces of these materials were also studied, including the CdTe(100)-Ag interface, the CdTe(100)-Sb system, and the InSb(100)-Sn interface. High -energy electron diffraction was also employed to acquire information about of surface structure. A one-domain (2x1) structure was observed for the CdTe(100) surface. Analysis of photoemission spectra of the Cd 4d core level for this surface structure revealed two components resulting from Cd surface atoms. The total intensity of these components accounts for a full monolayer of Cd atoms on the surface. A structural model is discussed commensurate with these results. Photoemission spectra of the Cd and Te 4d core levels indicate that Ag or Sb deposited on the CdTe(100)-(2x1) surface at room temperature do not bound strongly to the surface Cd atoms. The room temperature growth characteristics for these two elements on the CdTe(100)-(2x1) are discussed. The growth at elevated substrate temperatures was also studied for Sb deposition. The InSb(100) surface differed from the CdTe(100) surface. Using molecular beam epitaxy, several structures could be generated for the InSb(100) surface, including a c(8x2), a c(4x4), an asymmetric (1x3), a symmetric (1x3), and a (1x1). Analysis of photoemission intensities and line shapes indicates that the c(4x4) surface is terminated with 1{3 over 4} monolayers of Sb atoms. The c(8x2) surface is found to be terminated with {3over 4} monolayer of In atoms. Structural models for both of these surfaces are proposed based upon the photoemission results and upon models of the similar GaAs(100) structures. The room temperature growth characteristics of grey Sn on the InSb(100)-c(4x4) and InSb(100)-c(8x2) surfaces were studied with photoemission. The discontinuity in the valence band maximum

  4. Anion-Dependent Assembly of Heterometallic 3d-4f Clusters Based on a Lacunary Polyoxometalate.

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    Cai, Jing; Zheng, Xiu-Ying; Xie, Jing; Yan, Zhi-Hao; Kong, Xiang-Jian; Ren, Yan-Ping; Long, La-Sheng; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2017-07-17

    A series of heterometallic 3d-4f clusters, formulated as Na17[Ln3(H2O)5Ni(II)(H2O)3(Sb4O4)(SbW9O33)3(Ni(II)W6O24)(WO2)3(CH3COO)]·(H2O)65 [abbreviated as Ln3Ni2, where Ln = La(3+) (1), Pr(3+) (2), and Nd(3+) (3)], K5Na11[Ln3(H2O)3Ni(II)3(H2O)6(SbW9O33)3(WO4)(CO3)]·(H2O)40 [abbreviated as Ln3Ni3, where Ln = La(3+) (4), Pr(3+) (5), and Nd(3+) (6)], and K3Na27[Ln3Ni(II)9(μ3-OH)9(SbW9O33)2(PW9O34)3(CH3COO)3]·(H2O)80 [abbreviated as Ln3Ni9, where Ln = Dy(3+) (7) and Er(3+) (8)], were obtained through the reaction of the lacunary {SbW9O33} precursor with Ln(NO3)3·6H2O and NiCl2·6H2O in a NaAc/HAc buffer in the presence of different anions. Single-crystal X-ray structure analysis revealed that compounds 1-3 possessed tetrameric architectures featuring three Keggin-type {SbW9O33} and one Anderson-type {Ni(II)W6O24} building blocks encapsulating one {Sb4O4} cluster, three WO2 units, three Ln(3+) metal ions, and two Ni(2+) metal ions. Compounds 4-6 displayed cyclic trimeric aggregates of three {SbW9O33} units enveloping one CO3(2-)-templated trinuclear [Ln3(CO3)](7+) and one WO4(2-)-templated [Ni(II)3(WO4)](+) unit. Compounds 7 and 8 exhibited unique pentameric architectures that featured three 3d-4f cubane clusters of {LnNi3(μ3-OH)3} capped by two {SbW9O33} and three {PW9O34} building blocks. Interestingly, the structural regulation of the heterometallic 3d-4f clusters in the polyoxometalate systems with trimers, tetramers, and pentamers was realized by introducing different anions.

  5. An epigenetic biomarker combination of PCDH17 and POU4F2 detects bladder cancer accurately by methylation analyses of urine sediment DNA in Han Chinese

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    Li, Qiaoling; An, Dan; Fang, Lu; Lin, Youcheng; Hou, Yong; Xu, Abai; Fu, Yu; Lu, Wei; Chen, Xin; Chen, Mingwei; Zhang, Meng; Jiang, Huiling; Zhang, Chuanxia; Dong, Pei; Li, Chong; Chen, Jun; Yang, Guosheng; Liu, Chunxiao; Cai, Zhiming; Zhou, Fangjian; Wu, Song

    2016-01-01

    To develop a routine and effectual procedure of detecting bladder cancer (BlCa), an optimized combination of epigenetic biomarkers that work synergistically with high sensitivity and specificity is necessary. In this study, methylation levels of seven biomarkers (EOMES, GDF15, NID2, PCDH17, POU4F2, TCF21, and ZNF154) in 148 individuals—which including 58 urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) patients, 20 infected urinary calculi (IUC) patients, 20 kidney cancer (KC) patients,20 prostate cancer (PC) patients, and 30 healthy volunteers (HV)—were quantified by qMSP using the urine sediment DNA. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were generated for each biomarker. The combining predictors of possible combinations were calculated through logistic regression model. Subsequently, ROC curves of the three best performing combinations were constructed. Then, we validated the three best performing combinations and POU4F2 in another 72 UCC, 21 IUC, 26 KC and 22 PC, and 23 HV urine samples. The combination of POU4F2/PCDH17 has yielded the highest sensitivity and specificity of 90.00% and 93.96% in all the 312 individuals, showing the capability of detecting BlCa effectively among pathologically varied sample groups. PMID:26700620

  6. Interconfigurational 5d → 4f luminescence of Ce3+ and Pr3+ in Ca9Lu(PO4)7.

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    Trevisani, M; Ivanovskikh, K V; Piccinelli, F; Speghini, A; Bettinelli, M

    2012-09-26

    Ca(9)Lu(PO(4))(7):Ce (3+) and Ca (9)Lu (PO (4))(7):Pr (3+) polycrystalline materials were synthesized by solid state reaction at high temperature. The materials were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (XRPD). The luminescence spectroscopy and the excited state dynamics of these compounds were investigated upon excitation with UV/VUV synchrotron radiation. Both materials showed efficient and fast 5d-4f emission upon direct VUV excitation into the 5d levels but only Ca(9)Lu(PO(4))(7):Ce (3+) revealed luminescence upon excitation across the bandgap. The decay kinetics of the 5d-4f emission upon VUV intra-center excitation is characterized by a decay time of 29 ns for Ce (3+) and 17 ns for Pr (3+) with no significant build-up after the excitation pulse. For the both compounds, no significant temperature dependence of the 5d-4f emission lifetime was observed within the range 8-300 K.

  7. Ion effects on CF2 surface interactions during C3F8 and C4F8 plasma processing of Si

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    Martin, Ina T.; Fisher, Ellen R.

    2004-09-01

    Surface interactions of difluorocarbene (CF2) molecules were investigated using our LIF based imaging of radicals interacting with surfaces (IRIS) apparatus. LIF data of CF2 in C3F8 and C4F8 plasma molecular beams reveal that the relative densities of CF2 increase with increasing rf power and source pressure in both plasma systems. The surface reactivity of CF2 molecules during C3F8 and C4F8 plasma processing of room temperature Si substrates was also measured over a broad rf power range and at different pressures. A scatter coefficient (S) greater than one was measured for all unperturbed systems, indicating that CF2 molecules are produced at the substrate surface during film deposition. The same systems were also studied under ion-limited conditions, yielding S~1, clear indication that ions are partially responsible for CF2 surface production. Plasma ions were identified using plasma-ion mass spectrometry. These data indicate that higher levels of CxFy+ (x>1) are produced in the C4F8 plasmas. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses of treated substrates showed that amorphous fluorocarbon films were deposited during plasma processing of the substrates. A positive correlation was found between S(CF2) and film composition of FC materials deposited in both the IRIS apparatus and independent reactors.

  8. Skin-depth lattice strain, core-level trap depression and valence charge polarization of Al surfaces

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    Wang, Yan; Bo, Maolin; Liu, Yonghui; Guo, Yongling; Wang, Haibin; Yue, Jian; Huang, Yongli

    2016-01-01

    Clarifying the origin for surface core-level shift (SCLS) and gaining quantitative information regarding the coordination-resolved local strain, binding energy (BE) shift and cohesive energy change have been a challenge. Here, we show that a combination of the bond order-length-strength (BOLS) premise, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations of aluminum (Al) 2p3/2 energy shift of Al surfaces has enabled us to derive such information, namely, (i) the 2p3/2 energy of an isolated Al atom (72.146 ± 0.003eV) and its bulk shift (0.499 eV); (ii) the skin lattice contracts by up to 12.5% and the BE density increases by 70%; and (iii) the cohesive energy drops up to 38%. It is affirmed that the shorter and stronger bonds between under-coordinated atoms provide a perturbation to the Hamiltonian and hence lead to the local strain, quantum entrapment and valence charge polarization. Findings should help in understanding the phenomena of surface pre-melting and skin-high elasticity, in general.

  9. Ce Core-Level Spectroscopy, and Magnetic and Electrical Transport Properties of Lightly Ce-Doped YCoO3

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    Kobayashi, Yoshihiko; Koike, Tsuyoshi; Okawa, Mario; Takayanagi, Ryohei; Takei, Shohei; Minohara, Makoto; Kobayashi, Masaki; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Yasui, Akira; Ikenaga, Eiji; Saitoh, Tomohiko; Asai, Kichizo

    2016-11-01

    We have investigated the Ce and Co core level spectroscopy, and the magnetic and electrical transport properties of lightly Ce-doped YCoO3. We have successfully synthesized single-phase Y1-xCexCoO3 for 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1 by the sol-gel method. Hard X-ray photoelectron and X-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments reveal that the introduced Ce ions are tetravalent, which is considered to be the first case of electron doping into bulk trivalent Co oxides with perovskite RECoO3 (RE: rare-earth element or Y) caused by RE site substitution. The magnitude of the effective magnetic moment peff obtained from the temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility χ(T) at higher temperatures is close to that for high-spin Co2+ introduced by the Ce doping, implying that the electrons doped into the Co site induce Co2+ with a high-spin state. For x = 0.1, ferromagnetic ordering is observed below about 7 K. Electrical transport properties such as resistivity and thermoelectric power show that negative electron-like carriers are introduced by Ce substitution.

  10. Initial experiences in embedding core competency education in entry-level surgery residents through a nonclinical rotation.

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    Kahol, Kanav; Huston, Carrie; Hamann, Jessica; Ferrara, John J

    2011-03-01

    Health care continues to expand in scope and in complexity. In this changing environment, residents are challenged with understanding its intricacies and the impact it will have on their professional activities and careers. Embedding each of the competency elements in residents in a meaningful way remains a challenge for many surgery residency program directors. We established a nonclinical rotation to provide surgery postgraduate year-1 (PGY-1) residents with a structured, multifaceted, largely self-directed curriculum into which each of the 6 core competencies are woven. Posttesting strategies were established for most curricular experiences to ensure to the greatest possible extent that each resident will have achieved an acceptable level of understanding of each of the competency areas before being given credit for the rotation. By uniformly exceeding satisfactory scores on respective objective analyses, residents demonstrated an increased (at least short-term) understanding of each of the assessed competency areas. Our project sought to address a prior lack of opportunity for our residents to develop a sound foundation for our residents in systems-based practice. Our new rotation addresses systems-based practice in several different learning environments, including emergency medical service ride-along, sentinel event participation, and hospice visits. Several research projects have enhanced the overall learning program. Our experience shows that a rotation dedicated to competency training can provide an innovative and engaging means of teaching residents the value of each element.

  11. Core-level Photoemission Study for Cuprates with a Dynamical Mean-Field Approach Considering Realistic Crystal Structure

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    Hariki, Atsushi; Uozumi, Takayuki

    2013-03-01

    Recently, remarkable experimental progress reveals some characteristic spectral features in the 2p3/2main line of Cu 2p core-level X-ray photoemission spectra (XPS). The structures show strong material dependence and drastic changes for electron or hole doping. Van Veenendaal et al., pointed out that the main line shape is strongly affected by the so-called nonlocal screening which is accompanied by a formation of a Zhang-Rice singlet (ZRS) in the XPS final state. On the other hand, Taguchi et al., shows these features are reproduced by introducing an phenomenological extended impurity model. We consider that this topic on 2pXPS of cuprates still remain controversial. In this study, we propose another approach based on the dynamical mean field theory(DMFT) considering the realistic crystal structure. Many-particle effects including the ZRS is appropriately embedded in the hybridization function of a single impurity Anderson model through the DMFT self-consistent cycle. Our approach reproduces experimental results and shows that the Cu 2p3/2 main line is closely related with the quasi-particle structure near the Fermi energy.

  12. Initial Experiences in Embedding Core Competency Education in Entry-Level Surgery Residents Through a Nonclinical Rotation

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    Kahol, Kanav; Huston, Carrie; Hamann, Jessica; Ferrara, John J

    2011-01-01

    Background Health care continues to expand in scope and in complexity. In this changing environment, residents are challenged with understanding its intricacies and the impact it will have on their professional activities and careers. Aim Embedding each of the competency elements in residents in a meaningful way remains a challenge for many surgery residency program directors. Methods We established a nonclinical rotation to provide surgery postgraduate year-1 (PGY-1) residents with a structured, multifaceted, largely self-directed curriculum into which each of the 6 core competencies are woven. Posttesting strategies were established for most curricular experiences to ensure to the greatest possible extent that each resident will have achieved an acceptable level of understanding of each of the competency areas before being given credit for the rotation. Results By uniformly exceeding satisfactory scores on respective objective analyses, residents demonstrated an increased (at least short-term) understanding of each of the assessed competency areas. Conclusion Our project sought to address a prior lack of opportunity for our residents to develop a sound foundation for our residents in systems-based practice. Our new rotation addresses systems-based practice in several different learning environments, including emergency medical service ride-along, sentinel event participation, and hospice visits. Several research projects have enhanced the overall learning program. Our experience shows that a rotation dedicated to competency training can provide an innovative and engaging means of teaching residents the value of each element. PMID:22379529

  13. Heterometallic 3d-4f single-molecule magnets: ligand and metal ion influences on the magnetic relaxation.

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    Langley, Stuart K; Le, Crystal; Ungur, Liviu; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Abrahams, Brendan F; Chibotaru, Liviu F; Murray, Keith S

    2015-04-06

    Six tetranuclear 3d–4f single-molecule magnet (SMM) complexes formed using N-n-butyldiethanolamine and N-methyldiethanolamine in conjunction with ortho- and para-substituted benzoic acid and hexafluoroacetoacetone ligands yield two families, both having a butterfly metallic core. The first consists of four complexes of type {Co2(III)Dy2(III)} and {Co2(III)Co(II)Dy(III)} using N-n-butyldiethanolamine with variation of the carboxylate ligand. The anisotropy barriers are 80 cm–1, (77 and 96 cm–1—two relaxation processes occur), 117 and 88 cm–1, respectively, each following a relaxation mechanism from a single DyIII ion. The second family consists of a {Co2(III)Dy2(III)} and a {Cr2(III)Dy2(III)} complex, from the ligand combination of N-methyldiethanolamine and hexafluoroacetylacetone. Both show SMM behavior, the Co(III) example displaying an anisotropy barrier of 23 cm–1. The Cr(III) complex displays a barrier of 28 cm–1, with longer relaxation times and open hysteresis loops, the latter of which is not seen in the Co(III) case. This is a consequence of strong Dy(III)–Cr(III) magnetic interactions, with the relaxation arising from the electronic structure of the whole complex and not from a single DyIII ion. The results suggest that the presence of strong exchange interactions lead to significantly longer relaxation times than in isostructural complexes where the exchange is weak. The study also suggests that electron-withdrawing groups on both bridging (carboxylate) and terminal (β-diketonate) ligands enhance the anisotropy barrier.

  14. Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4f states in a heavy-fermion metal

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    Nair, Sunil; Stockert, O.; Witte, U.; Nicklas, M.; Schedler, R.; Kiefer, K.; Thompson, J. D.; Bianchi, A. D.; Fisk, Z.; Wirth, S.; Steglich, F.

    2010-01-01

    The apparently inimical relationship between magnetism and superconductivity has come under increasing scrutiny in a wide range of material classes, where the free energy landscape conspires to bring them in close proximity to each other. Particularly enigmatic is the case when these phases microscopically interpenetrate, though the manner in which this can be accomplished remains to be fully comprehended. Here, we present combined measurements of elastic neutron scattering, magnetotransport, and heat capacity on a prototypical heavy fermion system, in which antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are observed. Monitoring the response of these states to the presence of the other, as well as to external thermal and magnetic perturbations, points to the possibility that they emerge from different parts of the Fermi surface. Therefore, a single 4f state could be both localized and itinerant, thus accounting for the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity. PMID:20457945

  15. Series of chiral interpenetrating 3d-4f heterometallic MOFs: Luminescent sensors and magnetic properties

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    Zhang, Xiaolei; Chen, Chen; Liu, Xiaoli; Gao, Peng; Hu, Ming

    2017-09-01

    Series of chiral 3d-4f heterometallic MOFs based on a multidentate terpyridyl carboxylic acid ligand have been synthesized under the solvothermal conditions, namely, [LnZnL(CO3)2(H2O)]n (Ln = Eu (1), Gd (2), Dy (3), Ho (4), Er (5), Tm (6), Yb (7), Lu (8)) (HL = 4‧-(4-carboxyphenyl)-2,2‧:6‧,2″-terpyridine). Compounds 1-8 were structurally characterized by the elemental analyses, infrared spectra, and single crystal X-ray diffractions. Compounds 1-8 exhibit the chiral interpenetrating 3D frameworks. Interestingly, 1 can serve as the luminescent sensor to detect nitrobenzene molecules with high sensitivity. The investigations on CD spectra of single crystals clearly assigned the Cotton effect, indicating that there exist two chiral enantiomers of 1-8 in the course of crystallization. The magnetic properties of 2 and 7 were exploited, respectively.

  16. Nonlinear optical measurements using a 4f coherent imaging system with phase objects

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    Boudebs, G.; Cherukulappurath, S.

    2004-05-01

    We report a one-laser-shot measurement technique using a phase object at the entry of a 4f coherent imaging system to characterize the value of the nonlinear refractive index of materials placed in the Fourier plane of the setup. Experimental and simulated images are presented here in order to validate our approach. We show that the use of a quarter-wavelength dephasing object maximizes the transmission variations in the detected image. We show also that the use of phase objects increases significantly the sensitivity of the measurement compared to top-hat beams (by a factor of 6). Moreover, by adding this type of object at the entry of our imaging system it is possible to determine the sign of the refractive nonlinearity.

  17. Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4f states in a heavy-fermion metal

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    Thompson, Joe E; Nair, S; Stockert, O; Witte, U; Nicklas, M; Schedler, R; Bianchi, A; Fisk, Z; Wirth, S; Steglich, K

    2009-01-01

    The apparently inimical relationship between magnetism and superconductivity has come under increasing scrutiny in a wide range of material classes, where the free energy landscape conspires to bring them in close proximity to each other. Particularly enigmatic is the case when these phases microscopically interpenetrate, though the manner in which this can be accomplished remains to be fully comprehended. Here, we present combined measurements of elastic neutron scattering, magnetotransport, and heat capacity on a prototypical heavy fermion system, in which antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are observed. Monitoring the response of these states to the presence of the other, as well as to external thermal and magnetic perturbations, points to the possibility that they emerge from different parts of the Fermi surface. Therefore, a single 4f state could be both localized and itinerant, thus accounting for the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity.

  18. Synthesis and superconducting properties of fluorinated La 2CuO 4 using NH 4F

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    Adachi, S.; Wu, X.-J.; Tamura, T.; Tatsuki, T.; Tokiwa-Yamamoto, A.; Tanabe, K.

    1997-02-01

    Superconducting La 2CuO 4-δF y samples were synthesized by heating La 2CuO 4 together with a fluorinating reagent, NH 4F, at 240°C in flowing oxygen gas. Bulk superconductivity with Tc = 42 K in the samples was confirmed by DC magnetic susceptibility measurements. The enhancement in the orthorhombicity of the K 2NiF 4 phase ( a = 5.319 Å, b = 5.442 Å, c = 13.20 Å) was observed. The lower and upper critical fields, Hc1(0) and Hc2(0), for the La 2CuO 4-δF y were roughly determined to be 98 Oe and 600 kOe, respectively.

  19. Observation of orbital order in the half-filled 4f Gd compound

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    Jang, H.; Kang, B. Y.; Cho, B. K.; ...

    2016-11-18

    Half-filled electron systems, even with the maximized spin angular moment, have been given little attention because of their zero-orbital angular moment according to Hund’s rule. Nevertheless, there are several measurements that show evidence of a nonzero orbital moment as well as spin-orbit coupling. Here we report for the first time the orbital order in a half-filled 4f-electron system GdB4, using the resonant soft x-ray scattering at Gd M4,5-edges. Furthermore, we discovered that the development of this orbital order is strongly coupled with the antiferromagnetic spin order. Lastly, these results clearly demonstrate that even in half-filled electron systems the orbital angularmore » moment can be an important parameter to describe material properties, and may provide significant opportunities for tailoring new correlated electron systems.« less

  20. Three-dimensional photoacoustic imaging system with a 4f aspherical acoustic lens

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    Jen, En; Lin, Hsintien; Chiang, Huihua Kenny

    2016-08-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is a modality for achieving high-contrast images of blood vessels or tumors. Most PA imaging systems use complex reconstruction algorithms under conventional linear array transducers. We introduced the optical simulating method to improve the acoustic lens design and obtain a PA imaging system with improved spatial revolution (a 0.5-mm point spread function and a lateral image resolution of more than 1 mm) is realized using a 4f aspherical acoustic lens. The acoustic lens approach improved the image resolution and enabled direct reconstruction of three-dimensional (3-D) PA images. The system demonstrated a lateral resolution of more than 1 mm, a field of view of 8.5 deg, and a depth of focus of 10 mm. The system displays great potential for developing a real-time 3-D PA camera system for biomedical ultrasound imaging applications.

  1. Multiple path interference and differential modal delay reduction using spatial filters in a 4F system.

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    Wang, Hao; Kumar, Shiva; Xu, Changqing

    2008-05-01

    Multiple path interference (MPI) and differential modal delay (DMD) are two major impairments in fiber optic communication systems. MPI can be found in a few mode fibers in which a higher order mode propagates as a weak replica of the signal and interferes with the fundamental mode at the output of the fiber link. DMD in multimode fibers (MMF) leads to intersymbol interference, which limits the bit rate-distance product of the system. A simple method is proposed to reduce MPI and DMD effects using spatial filters in a 4F system. Higher order modes have higher spatial frequency components. Therefore by choosing a proper spatial filter with a suitable bandwidth, a fraction of the unwanted higher order modes can be suppressed, and therefore MPI and DMD effects can be reduced.

  2. Observation of Orbital Order in the Half-Filled 4 f Gd Compound

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    Jang, H.; Kang, B. Y.; Cho, B. K.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.; Burns, C. A.; Kao, C.-C.; Lee, J.-S.

    2016-11-01

    Half-filled electron systems, even with the maximized spin angular moment, have been given little attention because of their zero-orbital angular moment according to Hund's rule. Nevertheless, there are several measurements that show evidence of a nonzero orbital moment as well as spin-orbit coupling. Here we report for the first time the orbital order in a half-filled 4 f -electron system GdB4, using the resonant soft x-ray scattering at Gd M4 ,5-edges. Furthermore, we discovered that the development of this orbital order is strongly coupled with the antiferromagnetic spin order. These results clearly demonstrate that even in half-filled electron systems the orbital angular moment can be an important parameter to describe material properties, and may provide significant opportunities for tailoring new correlated electron systems.

  3. Self-Assembly of Hexanuclear Clusters of 4f and 5f Elements with Cation Specificity

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    Diwu, J.; Good, Justin J.; DiStefano, Victoria H.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2011-02-10

    Six hexanuclear clusters of 4f and 5f elements were synthesized by room-temperature slow concentration experiments. Cerium(IV), thorium(IV), and plutonium(IV) each form two different hexanuclear clusters, among which the cerium and plutonium clusters are isotypic, whereas the thorium clusters show more diversity. The change in ionic radii of approximately 0.08 Å between these different metal ions tunes the cavity size so that NH{sub 4}{sup +} (1.48 Å) has the right dimensions to assemble the cerium and plutonium clusters, whereas Cs{sup +} (1.69 Å) is necessary to assemble the thorium clusters. If these cations are not used in the reactions, only amorphous material is obtained.

  4. New flow boiling heat transfer correlation for CFC-114 and C{sub 4}F{sub 10}

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    Szady, A.J.

    1995-08-01

    The flow boiling tests being conducted at Cudo Technologies, Ltd. in Lexington, Kentucky are a part of The GDP Coolant Replacement Project. The tests are to be done with two alternates, C{sub 4}F{sub 10} and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}, as well as CFC-114. So far, tests were conducted with CFC-114 and C{sub 4}F{sub 10}. The CFC-114 data by Cudo shows better heat transfer performance than that predicted by the codes used in the numerical model which were based on a superposition model. The data was applied to an asymptotic model developed by Steiner and Taborek. The new correlation developed seems to fit better with the Cudo data as well as the Paducah cell test data. The model will be further investigated when C{sub 4}F{sub 8} data is available.

  5. Heptanuclear 3d-4f cluster complexes with a coaxial double-screw-propeller topology and diverse magnetic properties.

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    Liu, Cai-Ming; Zhang, De-Qing; Zhu, Dao-Ben

    2010-12-21

    Two novel coaxial double-screw-propeller heptanuclear 3d-4f cluster complexes are ferromagnetic: one exhibits a large magnetocaloric effect while the other a magnetic relaxation behavior, depending on the lanthanoid ions used.

  6. Quantitative moment study and coupling of 4 f rare earth and 3 d metal by transmitted electrons

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    Fu, X.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Arras, R.; Dumesnil, K.; Serin, V.

    2016-10-01

    We report a simultaneous investigation of 3 d and 4 f magnetic moments by exploring the Fe -L2 ,3 and Dy -M4 ,5 electron energy-loss edges of a DyF e2/YF e2 superlattice using the energy-loss magnetic chiral dichroism (EMCD) technique. Specific EMCD sum rules for M4 ,5 edges were established and carefully applied to the dichroic signal at Dy -M4 ,5 edges, giving an orbital to the effective spin moment ratio of 5.1 ±1.8 . With dynamic diffraction effects considered, the opposite signs of Fe -L3 and Dy -M5 dichroic peaks unambiguously indicate the antiparallel alignment of net Fe 3 d and Dy 4 f moments. The EMCD technique is shown to be an effective tool to locally characterize the 4 f moment of rare earth elements and study 3 d -4 f moment coupling.

  7. 4f metals (compounds) under High Pressure (and Temperature): f-electron Correlation Physics

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    Lipp, Magnus; Jenei, Zsolt; Cynn, Hyunchae; Evans, William; Physics Division Team

    The physics of 4f-electron correlation governs the behavior of the most interesting group in the periodic table, the rare-earth elements. Arguably the most celebrated example is cerium with its iso-structural (fcc) volume collapse (VC) from the γ- to the α-phase ending in a critical point. Close to the VC cerium is even auxetic since its Poisson's ratio becomes negative. Radiography tells us that both phases continue on into the melt, possibly separated by a first order transition. The presence of the f-electron can be interrogated via X-ray emission spectroscopy of the satellite intensity of the L γ radiation. Across the VC it experiences a step-like drop which could be interpreted as a discontinuous decrease of the 4f-moment or occupancy. The theoretical models (Hubbard-Mott or Kondo) explain these phenomena with the behavior of the f-electrons themselves or their spin but the contribution of the lattice-phonons also plays an important part. However, its share in the entropy change across the VC decreases with temperature. This work was performed under the auspices of the US DOE by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. The X-ray studies were performed at HPCAT (Sector 16), APS/ANL. HPCAT is supported by CIW, CDAC, UNLV and LLNL through funding from DOE-NNSA, DOE-BES and NSF. APS is supported by DOE-BES, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  8. Synthesis and electrochemical performance of Li2Co1- x M x PO4F (M = Fe, Mn) cathode materials.

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    Khasanova, Nellie R; Drozhzhin, Oleg A; Fedotov, Stanislav S; Storozhilova, Darya A; Panin, Rodion V; Antipov, Evgeny V

    2013-01-01

    In the search for high-energy materials, novel 3D-fluorophosphates, Li2Co1- x Fe x PO4F and Li2Co1- x Mn x PO4F, have been synthesized. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy have been applied to analyze the structural and morphological features of the prepared materials. Both systems, Li2Co1- x Fe x PO4F and Li2Co1- x Mn x PO4F, exhibited narrow ranges of solid solutions: x ≤ 0.3 and x ≤ 0.1, respectively. The Li2Co0.9Mn0.1PO4F material demonstrated a reversible electrochemical performance with an initial discharge capacity of 75 mA·h·g(-1) (current rate of C/5) upon cycling between 2.5 and 5.5 V in 1 M LiBF4/TMS electrolyte. Galvanostatic measurements along with cyclic voltammetry supported a single-phase de/intercalation mechanism in the Li2Co0.9Mn0.1PO4F material.

  9. In-fiber quasi-Michelson interferometer for liquid level measurement with a core-cladding-modes fiber end-face mirror

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    Rong, Qiangzhou; Qiao, Xueguang; Du, Yanying; Sun, Hao; Feng, Dingyi; Wang, Ruohui; Hu, Manli; Feng, Zhongyao

    2014-06-01

    An in-fiber quasi-Michelson interferometer (IFQMI) working on reflection is proposed and experimentally demonstrated for liquid level measurement. The device consists of a short piece of small-core fiber (SCF) followed by a standard single-mode fiber (SMF) where its end-face is terminated by a thick silver film. A well-defined interference pattern is obtained as the result of the fiber-core mismatch and core-cladding modes interference. The proposed device with a 30 mm pigtail SMF at a wavelength of 1555 nm presents a water level sensitivity of -68.3 pm/mm. Besides, the proposed device can also discriminate the refractive index (RI) of liquid measured. The IFQMI with 50 mm-long SMF provides a high RI sensitivity of -1200.61 (pm/mm)/RIU.

  10. A search at the millijansky level for milli-arcsecond cores in a complete sample of radio galaxies

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    Wehrle, A. E.; Preston, R. A.; Meier, D. L.; Gorenstein, M. V.; Shapiro, I. I.; Rogers, A. E. E.; Rius, A.

    1984-01-01

    A complete sample of 26 extended radio galaxies was observed at 2.29 GHz with the Mark III VLBI system. The fringe spacing was about 3 milli-arcsec, and the detection limit was about 2 millijanskys. Half of the galaxies were found to possess milli-arcsec radio cores. In all but three sources, the nuclear flux density was less than 0.04 of the total flux density. Galaxies with high optical luminosity (less than -21.2) were more likely than less luminous galaxies to contain a detectable milliparcsec radio core (69 percent vs. 20 percent). For objects with arcsec cores, 80 percent were found to have a milli-arcsec core, even though the milli-arcsec object did not always contribute the greater part of the arcsec flux density.

  11. Unusual Mixed Valence of Eu in Two Materials-EuSr2Bi2S4F4 and Eu2SrBi2S4F4: Mössbauer and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Investigations.

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    Haque, Zeba; Thakur, Gohil Singh; Parthasarathy, Rangasamy; Gerke, Birgit; Block, Theresa; Heletta, Lukas; Pöttgen, Rainer; Joshi, Amish G; Selvan, Ganesan Kalai; Arumugam, Sonachalam; Gupta, Laxmi Chand; Ganguli, Ashok Kumar

    2017-02-28

    We have synthesized two new Eu-based compounds, EuSr2Bi2S4F4 and Eu2SrBi2S4F4, which are derivatives of Eu3Bi2S4F4, an intrinsic superconductor with Tc = 1.5 K. They belong to a tetragonal structure (SG: I4/mmm, Z = 2), similar to the parent compound Eu3Bi2S4F4. Our structural and (151)Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy studies show that, in EuSr2Bi2S4F4, Eu-atoms exclusively occupy the crystallographic 2a-sites. In Eu2SrBi2S4F4, 2a-sites are fully occupied by Eu-atoms and the other half of Eu-atoms and Sr-atoms together fully occupy 4e-sites in a statistical distribution. In both compounds Eu atoms occupying the crystallographic 2a-sites are in a homogeneous mixed valent state ∼2.6-2.7. From our magnetization studies in an applied H ≤ 9 T, we infer that the valence of Eu-atoms in Eu2SrBi2S4F4 at the 2a-sites exhibits a shift toward 2+. Our XPS studies corroborate the occurrence of valence fluctuations of Eu and after Ar-ion sputtering show evidence of enhanced population of Eu(2+)-states. Resistivity measurements, down to 2 K, suggest a semimetallic nature for both compounds.

  12. Core-level positive-ion and negative-ion fragmentation of gaseous and condensed HCCl3 using synchrotron radiation

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    Lu, K. T.; Chen, J. M.; Lee, J. M.; Haw, S. C.; Liang, Y. C.; Deng, M. J.

    2011-07-01

    We investigated the dissociation dynamics of positive-ion and negative-ion fragments of gaseous and condensed HCCl3 following photoexcitation of Cl 2p electrons to various resonances. Based on ab initio calculations at levels HF/cc-pVTZ and QCISD/6-311G*, the first doublet structures in Cl L-edge x-ray absorption spectrum of HCCl3 are assigned to transitions from the Cl (2P3/2,1/2) initial states to the 10a1* orbitals. The Cl 2p → 10a1* excitation of HCCl3 induces a significant enhancement of the Cl+ desorption yield in the condensed phase and a small increase in the HCCl+ yield in the gaseous phase. Based on the resonant photoemission of condensed HCCl3, excitations of Cl 2p electrons to valence orbitals decay predominantly via spectator Auger transitions. The kinetic energy distributions of Cl+ ion via the Cl 2p → 10a1* excitation are shifted to higher energy ˜0.2 eV and ˜0.1 eV relative to those via the Cl 2p → 10e* excitation and Cl 2p → shape resonance excitation, respectively. The enhancement of the yields of ionic fragments at specific core-excited resonance states is assisted by a strongly repulsive surface that is directly related to the spectator electrons localized in the antibonding orbitals. The Cl- anion is significantly reinforced in the vicinity of Cl 2p ionization threshold of gaseous HCCl3, mediated by photoelectron recapture through post-collision interaction.

  13. Low-light-level nonlinear optics with rubidium atoms in hollow-core photonic band-gap fibers

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    Bhagwat, Amar Ramdas

    Low-light-level optical nonlinearities are of significant interest for performing operations such as single-photon switching and quantum non-demolition measurements on single-photons. To evoke strong nonlinearities from single-photons, one can enhance the matter-photon interaction using strongly nonlinear materials such as alkali vapors in combination with an appropriate geometry such as a waveguide, which provides a long interaction length while maintaining a small light mode area. We demonstrate for the first time that such a system can be experimentally realized by loading rubidium vapor inside a hollow-core photonic band-gap fiber. Using the technique of light-induced atomic desorption in this geometry, we have generated optical depths greater than 1000. As a proof of principle, we demonstrate electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) with control powers 1000 times lower than those used for hot vapor cells in a focused beam geometry. Working with such a high aspect ratio geometry requires us to identify and measure the various sources of decoherence via spectroscopy of desorbed atoms in the fiber. Using such techniques, we also estimate the temperature of the desorbing atoms inside the fiber. The desorption mechanism is studied, and we show that pulsed desorption beams of the right amplitude and duration can be used for generating precisely controlled optical depths. Finally, we investigate the use of various buffer gas techniques for increasing the effective transverse path of the atoms as they move across the fiber in order to reduce their ground state decoherence and map this effect as a function of buffer gas pressure.

  14. Tuning of 4f- and Fe-based correlated electron systems by magnetic field and chemical substitution

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    Hodovanets, Halyna

    Compounds with 3d- and 4f -electrons can often be tuned to manifest new physics and evolve into new ground states with multiple parameters: pressure, magnetic field, and chemical substitution. In this work chemical substitution and magnetic field were used to tune correlated states coming from 3 d- and 4f-electrons. The first part of this thesis summarizes the study of Lifshitz transitions in K- and TM- (TM=Co, Rh, Ru, and Mn) substituted BaFe2As2 single crystals by thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements. The second part of this thesis presents two studies of tuning the low-temperature states of Ce-based materials. The first of these is a comprehensive study of transport and thermodynamic properties of CeZn11 and LaZn 11 single crystals as well as the search for a possible field-induced quantum critical point in CeZn11. CeZn11 orders antiferromagnetically below ~ 2 K. The zero-field resistivity and thermoelectric power data show features characteristic of a Ce-based intermetallic with crystal-electric-field splitting and possible Kondo-lattice effects. The constructed T - H phase diagram for the magnetic field applied along the easy [110] direction shows that the magnetic field required to suppress TN below 0.4 K is in the range of 45-47.5 kOe. A linear behavior of the rho(T) data, H||[110], was observed only for H = 45 kOe for 0.46 K ≤T ≤ 1.96 K followed by the Landau-Fermi-liquid regime for a limited range of fields, 47.5 kOe ≤ H ≤60 kOe. From the analysis of the data, it appears that CeZn11 is a local moment compound with little or no electronic correlations arising from the Ce 4f-shell. Given the very high quality of the single crystals, quantum oscillations are found for both CeZn11 and LaZn11. In order to study a system with clearer Kondo-like features, the effects of La dilution of the Kondo lattice CeCu2Ge2 were studied as well. CeCu2Ge2 orders antiferromagnetically below TN ~ 4 K with the Kondo temperature TK in the range of 4-6 K. The study of

  15. XPS-and-DFT analyses of the Pb 4f - Zn 3s and Pb 5d - O 2s overlapped ambiguity contributions to the final electronic structure of bulk and thin-film Pb-modulated zincite

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    Zatsepin, D. A.; Boukhvalov, D. W.; Gavrilov, N. V.; Kurmaev, E. Z.; Zatsepin, A. F.; Cui, L.; Shur, V. Ya.; Esin, A. A.

    2017-05-01

    The electronic structures of zincite Pb-modulated bulk and thin-films were studied via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional theory (DFT) techniques. Both XPS data and DFT-calculations allowed the derivation of two different Pb-embedding scenarios into the ZnO-hosts. These included the high-interaction mode of Pb-impurity with initial zinc-oxygen host-lattice for the bulk morphology, accompanied with low Pb-metal losses; and the low-interaction mode for thin-films, where there was intake of Pb-impurities into the hollows of the surface. Despite dissimilar mechanisms of Pb-impurity accumulation and distribution in the bulk and thin-films zincite host-matrices, the strong Pb 4f - Zn 3s and Pb 5d - O 2s overlapped ambiguity contribution to the appropriate core-level structure and valence bands was established by XPS analysis and reproduced with the help of DFT-calculations. It was shown that the microscopic structure of the embedded lead-impurity played a crucial role in the Pb ion-beam stimulated synthesis of secondary lead-oxygen phases via large-area defect fabrication, and the difference among zincite and wurzite polymorphs played almost no role in this case.

  16. NMR study of valence fluctuating state in rare-earth based materials with multi-4f electrons

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    Mito, Takeshi

    2013-02-01

    Intermetallic compounds containing rare-earth elements have been a focus of interest due to their variety of intriguing phenomena, such as heavy fermion, valence fluctuation, magnetism, and superconductivity. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has played an important role in uncovering electronic states in those rare-earth based materials at the microscopic level. Among them, while cerium based materials have been intensively studied, there are so far a little NMR investigations on materials containing other rare-earth elements, such as samarium, europium, ytterbium, and so on, in spite of their attractive properties. We have recently concentrated on investigating the valence fluctuating states in the compounds with multi-4f electron configurations by NMR. Intermediate valence compound SmB6 undergoes an insulator-metal transition at the critical pressure 6-10 GPa [1,2], accompanied by the occurrence of a long-range magnetic order. In order to investigate intimate relationships between the insulating gap-formation, valence change, and magnetization as a function of pressure, we have successfully performed 11B-NMR up to ˜6 GPa. In this talk, we shall also present the result on EuPtP which shows two valence transitions at 235 K and 190 K [3].

  17. Altered Leukotriene B4 metabolism in CYP4F18-deficient mice does not impact inflammation following renal ischemia

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    Winslow, Valeria; Vaivoda, Rachel; Vasilyev, Aleksandr; Dombkowski, David; Douaidy, Karim; Stark, Christopher; Drake, Justin; Guilliams, Evin; Choudhary, Dharamainder; Preffer, Frederic; Stoilov, Ivaylo; Christmas, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Inflammatory responses to infection and injury must be restrained and negatively regulated to minimize damage to host tissue. One proposed mechanism involves enzymatic inactivation of the pro-inflammatory mediator leukotriene B4, but it is difficult to dissect the roles of various metabolic enzymes and pathways. A primary candidate for a regulatory pathway is omega oxidation of leukotriene B4 in neutrophils, presumptively by CYP4F3A in humans and CYP4F18 in mice. This pathway generates ω, ω-1, and ω-2 hydroxylated products of leukotriene B4, depending on species. We created mouse models targeting exons 8 and 9 of the Cyp4f18 allele that allows both conventional and conditional knockout of Cyp4f18. Neutrophils from wild-type mice convert leukotriene B4 to 19-hydroxy leukotriene B4, and to a lesser extent 18-hydroxy leukotriene B4, whereas these products were not detected in neutrophils from conventional Cyp4f18 knockouts. A mouse model of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury was used to investigate the consequences of loss of CYP4F18 in vivo. There were no significant changes in infiltration of neutrophils and other leukocytes into kidney tissue as determined by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, or renal injury as assessed by histological scoring and measurement of blood urea nitrogen. It is concluded that CYP4F18 is necessary for omega oxidation of leukotriene B4 in neutrophils, and is not compensated by other CYP enzymes, but loss of this metabolic pathway is not sufficient to impact inflammation and injury following renal ischemia-reperfusion in mice. PMID:24632148

  18. Altered leukotriene B4 metabolism in CYP4F18-deficient mice does not impact inflammation following renal ischemia.

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    Winslow, Valeria; Vaivoda, Rachel; Vasilyev, Aleksandr; Dombkowski, David; Douaidy, Karim; Stark, Christopher; Drake, Justin; Guilliams, Evin; Choudhary, Dharamainder; Preffer, Frederic; Stoilov, Ivaylo; Christmas, Peter

    2014-06-01

    Inflammatory responses to infection and injury must be restrained and negatively regulated to minimize damage to host tissue. One proposed mechanism involves enzymatic inactivation of the pro-inflammatory mediator leukotriene B4, but it is difficult to dissect the roles of various metabolic enzymes and pathways. A primary candidate for a regulatory pathway is omega oxidation of leukotriene B4 in neutrophils, presumptively by CYP4F3A in humans and CYP4F18 in mice. This pathway generates ω, ω-1, and ω-2 hydroxylated products of leukotriene B4, depending on species. We created mouse models targeting exons 8 and 9 of the Cyp4f18 allele that allows both conventional and conditional knockouts of Cyp4f18. Neutrophils from wild-type mice convert leukotriene B4 to 19-hydroxy leukotriene B4, and to a lesser extent 18-hydroxy leukotriene B4, whereas these products were not detected in neutrophils from conventional Cyp4f18 knockouts. A mouse model of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury was used to investigate the consequences of loss of CYP4F18 in vivo. There were no significant changes in infiltration of neutrophils and other leukocytes into kidney tissue as determined by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, or renal injury as assessed by histological scoring and measurement of blood urea nitrogen. It is concluded that CYP4F18 is necessary for omega oxidation of leukotriene B4 in neutrophils, and is not compensated by other CYP enzymes, but loss of this metabolic pathway is not sufficient to impact inflammation and injury following renal ischemia-reperfusion in mice. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Influence of CYP4F2 genotype on warfarin dose requirement-a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Liang, Ruijuan; Wang, Chunling; Zhao, Hong; Huang, Jie; Hu, Dayi; Sun, Yihong

    2012-07-01

    Warfarin is a commonly used oral anticoagulant and the dosage is individually adjusted on the basis of the international normalized ratio (INR) monitoring. It is well known that gene polymorphisms of CytochromeP450 (CYP) 2C9 gene and the vitamin K epoxide reductase complex 1 (VKORC1) were significantly associated with warfarin dose. However, the association between Cytochrome P450 4F2 (CYP4F2) polymorphism and warfarin dose requirement is still controversial. This study was to investigate the influence of the CYP4F2 polymorphism, V433M (rs2108622) on warfarin dose for patients by meta-analysis. Strict inclusion and exclusion criteria were set, and the studies prior to December 19, 2010 were searched in PubMed, EMBASE and CNKI. References were examined and experts of primary studies were consulted for additional information. Revman 5.0.2 software was used to analyze the relationship between warfarin maintenance dose and CYP4F2 polymorphism Thirteen studies were included in the meta-analysis which consisted of Caucasian, Asian and African populations. Compared to individuals with the homozygous CYP4F2 genotype (CC), carriers of CT, TT genotypes required 10.0% (95% confidence interval(CI) 4.0-15.0) and 21.0% (95% CI 9.0-33.0) higher warfarin doses respectively (P value <0.05). In addition, T carriers required 11.0% (95% CI 6.0-17.0) higher warfarin dose than CC genotype. Our study showed that polymorphism of CYP4F2 had a moderate but statistically significant association with the variation of interindividual warfarin dose. However, whether CYP4F2 can improve the prediction of warfarin dose warrants need further investigation when combined with environmental factors. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. A MoS2 coating strategy to improve the comprehensive electrochemical performance of LiVPO4F

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    Liu, Zhaomeng; Peng, Wenjie; Shih, Kaimin; Wang, Jiexi; Wang, Zhixing; Guo, Huajun; Yan, Guochun; Li, Xinhai; Song, Liubin

    2016-05-01

    To improve the electrochemical performance of LiVPO4F at room and elevated temperature focusing on the stability of LiVPO4F electrode/electrolyte interface, for the first time, MoS2 nanosheets are introduced to modify LiVPO4F/C composites. The coating of MoS2 layers on the surface of LiVPO4F/C nanoparticles is realized via a solution method followed by low-temperature calcination. Morphological observations present that the MoS2 sheets are homogeneously wrapped around the LiVPO4F/C particles. When employed as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, the MoS2-modified LiVPO4F/C composites exhibit superior high-rate capability and greatly improved cycle ability compared to bare one, and the sample coated with 1.75 wt% MoS2 (2M-LVPF) delivers the best electrochemical performance. In particular, it maintains the capacity retention of 91.7% in 100 cycles at 2.0C and delivers a reversible specific capacity of 112 mAh g-1 at a high rate of 8.0C under room temperature. More importantly, it shows greatly improved cycling stability at elevated temperature (55 °C), maintaining 88.1% of its initial capacity at 0.5C after 50 cycles. The reasons for such improvement lie in the MoS2 coating layer acting as a physical barrier between electrode and electrolyte, as well as electronic/ionic conducting framework for LiVPO4F particles.

  1. Use of the 4F Roesch Inferior Mesenteric Catheter in Embolization Procedures in the Pelvis: A Review of 300 Cases

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    Kroencke, Thomas J. Kluner, Claudia; Hamm, Bernd; Gauruder-Burmester, Annett

    2007-04-15

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the use of a 4F Roesch inferior mesenteric (RIM) catheter for pelvic embolization procedures. Between October 2000 and January 2006, 364 patients (357 female, 7 male; age: 23-67 years) underwent embolization of various pathologies [uterine fibroids (n = 324), pure adenomyosis of the uterus (n = 19), postpartum hemorrhage (n =1), traumatic or postoperative hemorrhage (n = 9), bleeding related to cervical cancer (n =7), AV malformation of the uterus (n = 2) and high-flow priapism (n = 2)] at a single institution. In all cases, bilateral catheterization was primarily attempted with the use of a 4F hook-shaped braided endhole catheter (Roesch-Inferior-Mesenteric, RIM-Catheter, Cordis, Miami, FL). Frequency of initial failure to catheterize the vascular territory of interest and carry out the embolization were recorded and the types of difficulty encountered were noted. Catherization of the main stem of the vessel territory of interest with the use of a unilateral femoral approach and the 4F RIM catherer was successful in 334/364 (91.8%) the embolization cases. Bilateral catheterization of the internal iliac arteries using a single common femoral artery access and the 4F RIM catheter was achieved in 322/364 (88.5%) patients. In 12/364 (3.3%) patients, a contralateral puncture was performed and the same 4F catheter was used. In 28/364 (7.7%) cases the 4F RIM catheter was exchanged for a catheter with a cobra-shaped or sidewinder configuration. The 4F RIM catheter is a simple and valuable alternative to catheters and techniques commonly employed for pelvic artery embolization.

  2. Chemical bonding and charge redistribution - Valence band and core level correlations for the Ni/Si, Pd/Si, and Pt/Si systems

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    Grunthaner, P. J.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Madhukar, A.

    1982-01-01

    Via a systematic study of the correlation between the core and valence level X-ray photoemission spectra, the nature of the chemical bonding and charge redistribution for bulk transition metal silicides has been examined. Particular emphasis is placed on Pt2Si and PtSi. It is observed that the strength of the metal (d)-silicon (p) interaction increases in the order Ni2Si, Pd2Si, Pt2Si. It is also observed that both the metal and silicon core lines shift to higher binding energy as the silicides are formed. The notion of charge redistribution for metallic bonds is invoked to explain these data.

  3. Chemical bonding and charge redistribution - Valence band and core level correlations for the Ni/Si, Pd/Si, and Pt/Si systems

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    Grunthaner, P. J.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Madhukar, A.

    1982-01-01

    Via a systematic study of the correlation between the core and valence level X-ray photoemission spectra, the nature of the chemical bonding and charge redistribution for bulk transition metal silicides has been examined. Particular emphasis is placed on Pt2Si and PtSi. It is observed that the strength of the metal (d)-silicon (p) interaction increases in the order Ni2Si, Pd2Si, Pt2Si. It is also observed that both the metal and silicon core lines shift to higher binding energy as the silicides are formed. The notion of charge redistribution for metallic bonds is invoked to explain these data.

  4. Pressure-enhanced superconductivity in Eu3Bi2S4F4

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    Luo, Yongkang; Zhai, Hui -Fei; Zhang, Pan; ...

    2014-12-17

    The pressure effect on the newly discovered charge-transferred BiS2-based superconductor, Eu3Bi2S4F4, with a Tc of 1.5 K at ambient pressure, is investigated by transport and magnetic measurements. Accompanied with the enhancement of metallicity under pressures, the onset superconducting transition temperature increases abruptly around 1.0 GPa, reaching ~10.0 K at 2.26 GPa. Alternating current magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that a new superconducting phase with a higher Tc emerges and dominates at high pressures. In the broad pressure window of 0.68GPa≤p≤2.00 GPa, the high-Tc phase coexists with the low-Tc phase. Hall effect measurements reveal a significant difference in electronic structures between themore » two superconducting phases. As a result, our work devotes the effort to establish the commonality of pressure effect on the BiS2-based superconductors, and also uncovers the importance of electron carrier density in the high-Tc phase.« less

  5. Dynamic magnetic excitations in 3d and 4f atoms and clusters

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    Balashov, Timofey; Miyamachi, Toshio; Schuh, Tobias; Märkl, Tobias; Bresch, Christopher; Wulfhekel, Wulf

    2014-12-01

    Spins in magnetic nanostructures can be excited by an electric current. In the inelastic scattering events, the spin of a tunneling electron provided by a scanning tunneling microscope may be flipped and angular momentum is transferred to the magnetic system. We used this technique to determine magnetic anisotropies and exchange couplings in 3d transition and 4f rare earth metal atoms and clusters on surfaces. Further, we discuss that the magnetic anisotropy, i.e. the zero field splitting, in rare earth atoms requires a fully relativistic description, in which not only the spin of the atoms but also their orbital angular momentum is taken into account. When describing the magnetic anisotropy with the Hamiltonian including all Stevens operators and combining it with spin flip scattering by conduction and tunneling electrons, we find that long spin lifetimes are theoretically expected for specific total angular momenta and crystal field symmetries and show experimental evidence that such a situation is realized in Ho on Pt(111).

  6. Anomalous Eu valence state and superconductivity in undoped Eu3Bi2S4F4.

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    Zhai, Hui-Fei; Zhang, Pan; Wu, Si-Qi; He, Chao-Yang; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Jiang, Hao; Sun, Yun-Lei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Nowik, Israel; Felner, Israel; Zeng, Yue-Wu; Li, Yu-Ke; Xu, Xiao-Feng; Tao, Qian; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-29

    We have synthesized a novel europium bismuth sulfofluoride, Eu3Bi2S4F4, by solid-state reactions in sealed evacuated quartz ampules. The compound crystallizes in a tetragonal lattice (space group I4/mmm, a = 4.0771(1) Å, c = 32.4330(6) Å, and Z = 2), in which CaF2-type Eu3F4 layers and NaCl-like BiS2 bilayers stack alternately along the crystallographic c axis. There are two crystallographically distinct Eu sites, Eu(1) and Eu(2) at the Wyckoff positions 4e and 2a, respectively. Our bond valence sum calculation, based on the refined structural data, indicates that Eu(1) is essentially divalent, while Eu(2) has an average valence of ∼ +2.64(5). This anomalous Eu valence state is further confirmed and supported, respectively, by Mössbauer and magnetization measurements. The Eu(3+) components donate electrons into the conduction bands that are mainly composed of Bi 6px and 6py states. Consequently, the material itself shows metallic conduction and superconducts at 1.5 K without extrinsic chemical doping.

  7. CXCR4 antagonist 4F-benzoyl-TN14003 inhibits leukemia and multiple myeloma tumor growth.

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    Beider, Katia; Begin, Michal; Abraham, Michal; Wald, Hanna; Weiss, Ido D; Wald, Ori; Pikarsky, Eli; Zeira, Evelyne; Eizenberg, Orly; Galun, Eithan; Hardan, Izhar; Engelhard, Dan; Nagler, Arnon; Peled, Amnon

    2011-03-01

    The chemokine receptor CXCR4 and its ligand CXCL12 are involved in the progression and dissemination of a diverse number of solid and hematological malignancies. Binding CXCL12 to CXCR4 activates a variety of intracellular signal transduction pathways that regulate cell chemotaxis, adhesion, survival, proliferation, and apoptosis. Here, we demonstrate that the CXCR4 antagonist, 4F-benzoyl-TN14003 (BKT140), but not AMD3100, exhibits a CXCR4-dependent preferential cytotoxicity toward malignant cells of hematopoietic origin. BKT140 significantly and preferentially stimulated multiple myeloma apoptotic cell death. BKT140 treatment induced morphological changes, phosphatidylserine externalization, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, caspase-3 activation, sub-G1 arrest, and DNA double-stranded breaks. In vivo, subcutaneous injections of BKT140 significantly reduced, in a dose-dependent manner, the growth of human acute myeloid leukemia and multiple myeloma xenografts. Tumors from animals treated with BKT140 were smaller in size and weights, had larger necrotic areas and high apoptotic scores. Taken together, these results suggest a potential therapeutic use for BKT140 in multiple myeloma and leukemia patients. Copyright © 2011 ISEH - Society for Hematology and Stem Cells. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of La 3NbSe 2O 4F 2

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    Brennan, Theodore D.; Mansuetto, Michael F.; Ibers, James A.

    1993-12-01

    Crystals of the unusual oxyfluoroselenide La 3NbSe 2O 4F 2 were obtained during the exploration of the quaternary La/Nb/Cu/Se system. Oxygen was extracted from the silica tube, while fluorine was present as a minor impurity in the La powder. The compound crystallizes in space group D 162 h- Pnma of the orthorhombic system with four formula units in a cell with dimensions: a = 11.290(4), b = 4.001(1), and c = 18.062(4) Å ( T = 113 K). The structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray methods. The presence of F in the crystals was confirmed by windowless EDAX measurements. The two F sites were distinguished from the four O sites from a combination of the X-ray refinement and a bond-valence parameter calculation made with the program EUTAX. In the structure the Nb atom is octahedrally coordinated while each of the three independent La atoms is in a tricapped trigonal prism. The Nb atom is bound to one Se atom and five O atoms while the three La sites are coordinated by various combinations of Se, O, and F atoms. The NbO 5Se octahedra corner share and the LaSe xO yF z tricapped trigonal prisms face share in the b direction.

  9. Local Symmetry Effects in Actinide 4f X-ray Absorption in Oxides.

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    Butorin, Sergei M; Modin, Anders; Vegelius, Johan R; Suzuki, Michi-To; Oppeneer, Peter M; Andersson, David A; Shuh, David K

    2016-04-19

    A systematic X-ray absorption study at actinide N6,7 (4f → 6d transitions) edges was performed for light-actinide oxides including data obtained for the first time for NpO2, PuO2, and UO3. The measurements were supported by ab initio calculations based on local-density-approximation with added 5f-5f Coulomb interaction (LDA+U). Improved energy resolution compared to common experiments at actinide L(2,3) (2p → 6d transitions) edges allowed us to resolve the major structures of the unoccupied 6d density of states (DOS) and estimate the crystal-field splittings in the 6d shell directly from the spectra of light-actinide dioxides. The measurements demonstrated an enhanced sensitivity of the N(6,7) spectral shape to changes in the compound crystal structure. For nonstoichiometric NpO(2-x), the filling of the entire band gap with Np 6d states was observed thus supporting a phase coexistence of Np metal and stoichiometric NpO2 which is in agreement with the tentative Np-O phase diagram.

  10. High Level Analysis, Design and Validation of Distributed Mobile Systems with CoreASM

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    Farahbod, R.; Glässer, U.; Jackson, P. J.; Vajihollahi, M.

    System design is a creative activity calling for abstract models that facilitate reasoning about the key system attributes (desired requirements and resulting properties) so as to ensure these attributes are properly established prior to actually building a system. We explore here the practical side of using the abstract state machine (ASM) formalism in combination with the CoreASM open source tool environment for high-level design and experimental validation of complex distributed systems. Emphasizing the early phases of the design process, a guiding principle is to support freedom of experimentation by minimizing the need for encoding. CoreASM has been developed and tested building on a broad scope of applications, spanning computational criminology, maritime surveillance and situation analysis. We critically reexamine here the CoreASM project in light of three different application scenarios.

  11. The electron shuffle: Cerium influences samarium 4f orbital occupancy in heteronuclear Ce-Sm oxide clusters

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    Kafader, Jared O.; Topolski, Josey E.; Marrero-Colon, Vicmarie; Iyengar, Srinivasan S.; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2017-05-01

    The anion photoelectron (PE) spectra along with supporting results of density functional theory (DFT) calculations on SmO-, SmCeOy-, and Sm2Oy- (y = 1, 2) are reported and compared to previous results on CeO- [M. Ray et al., J. Chem. Phys. 142, 064305 (2015)] and Ce2Oy- (y = 1, 2) [J. O. Kafader et al., J. Chem. Phys. 145, 154306 (2016)]. Similar to the results on CexOy- clusters, the PE spectra of SmO-, SmCeOy-, and Sm2Oy- (y = 1, 2) all exhibit electronic transitions to the neutral ground state at approximately 1 eV e-BE. The Sm centers in SmO and Sm2O2 neutrals can be described with the 4f56s superconfiguration, which is analogous to CeO and Ce2O2 neutrals in which the Ce centers can be described with the 4f 6s superconfiguration (ZCe = ZSm - 4). The Sm center in CeSmO2, in contrast, has a 4f6 occupancy, while the Ce center maintains the 4f 6s superconfiguration. The less oxidized Sm centers in both Sm2O and SmCeO have 4f6 6s occupancies. The 4f6 subshell occupancy results in relatively weak Sm-O bond strengths. If this extra 4f occupancy also occurs in bulk Sm-doped ceria, it may play a role in the enhanced O2- ionic conductivity in Sm-doped ceria. Based on the results of DFT calculations, the heteronuclear Ce-Sm oxides have molecular orbitals that are distinctly localized Sm 4f, Sm 6s, Ce 4f, and Ce 6s orbitals. The relative intensity of two electronic bands in the PE spectrum of Sm2O- exhibits an unusual photon energy-dependence, and the PE spectrum of Sm2O2- exhibits a photon energy-dependent continuum signal between two electronic transitions. Several explanations, including the high magnetic moment of these suboxide species and the presence of low-lying quasi-bound anion states, are considered.

  12. Interethnic variability of CYP4F2 (V433M) in admixed population of Roma and Hungarians.

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    Sipeky, Csilla; Weber, Agnes; Melegh, Bela I; Matyas, Petra; Janicsek, Ingrid; Szalai, Renata; Szabo, Istvan; Varnai, Reka; Tarlos, Greta; Ganczer, Alma; Melegh, Bela

    2015-07-01

    Pharmacogenetic based dosing recommendations are provided in FDA-approved warfarin label for Caucasians. Evidence of notable difference in dosing algorithms of under-represented populations forced us to explore the genetic variability of CYP4F2 gene in Roma and Hungarian populations. 484 Roma, 493 Hungarian untreated subjects were genotyped for the CYP4F2*3 (rs2108622) variant by PCR-RFLP assay. We firstly report, that frequencies of the CYP4F2 rs2108622 GG, GA, AA genotypes and A allele in the Roma population were 46.5%, 42.6%, 10.9% and 32.2%; in Hungarians 50.1%, 42.2%, 7.7% and 22.8%, respectively. Bearing of two minor alleles of CYP4F2 missense variant (AA genotype) modestly explains inter-ethnic differences of studied populations (p<0.08). CYP4F2*3 (V433M) risk allele frequency of Roma (0.32) was in higher range, and of Hungarians (0.23) in lower range, as compared with other world populations. Roma have an elevated chance for higher mean warfarin dose, besides a decreased risk of major bleeding events in long-term warfarin use. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Heterodimerization of y(+)LAT-1 and 4F2hc visualized by acceptor photobleaching FRET microscopy.

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    Kleemola, Maaria; Toivonen, Minna; Mykkänen, Juha; Simell, Olli; Huoponen, Kirsi; Heiskanen, Kaisa M

    2007-10-01

    y(+)LAT-1 and 4F2hc are the subunits of a transporter complex for cationic amino acids, located mainly in the basolateral plasma membrane of epithelial cells in the small intestine and renal tubules. Mutations in y(+)LAT-1 impair the transport function of this complex and cause a selective aminoaciduria, lysinuric protein intolerance (LPI, OMIM #222700), associated with severe, complex clinical symptoms. The subunits of an active transporter co-localize in the plasma membrane, but the exact process of dimerization is unclear since direct evidence for the assembly of this transporter in intact human cells has not been available. In this study, we used fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy to investigate the interactions of y(+)LAT-1 and 4F2hc in HEK293 cells expressing y(+)LAT-1 and 4F2hc fused with ECFP or EYFP. FRET was quantified by measuring fluorescence intensity changes in the donor fluorophore (ECFP) after the photobleaching of the acceptor (EYFP). Increased donor fluorescence could be detected throughout the cell, from the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi complex to the plasma membrane. Therefore, our data prove the interaction of y(+)LAT-1 and 4F2hc prior to the plasma membrane and thus provide evidence for 4F2hc functioning as a chaperone in assisting the transport of y(+)LAT-1 to the plasma membrane.

  14. The Electronegativity Analysis of c-C4F8 as a Potential Insulation Substitute of SF6

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    Zhao, Xiaoling; Jiao, Juntao; Li, Bing; Xiao, Dengming

    2016-03-01

    The density distributions related to gas electronegativity for c-C4F8 gas, including negative ion, electron number and electron energy densities in the discharge process, are derived theoretically in both plane-to-plane and point-to-plane electrode geometries. These calculations have been performed through the Boltzmann equation in the condition of a steady-state Townsend (SST) experiment and a fluid model in the condition of both uniform and non-uniform electric fields. The electronegativity coefficients a = n-/ne of c-C4F8 and SF6 are compared to further describe the electron affinity of c-C4F8. The result shows that c-C4F8 represents an obvious electron-attachment performance in the discharge process. However, c-C4F8 still has much weaker gas electronegativity than SF6, whose electronegativity coefficient is lower than that of SF6 by at least three orders of magnitude. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51337006)

  15. A high-level simulator for the H.264/AVC decoding process in multi-core systems

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    Seitner, Florian H.; Schreier, Ralf M.; Bleyer, Michael; Gelautz, Margrit

    2008-02-01

    ABSTRACT H.264 as a new-generation video coding algorithm is becoming increasingly important for international broadcasting standards such as DVB-H and DMB. In comparison to its predecessors MPEG-2 and MEPG-4 SP/ASP, H.264 achieves improved compression effciency at the cost of increased computational complexity. Real-time execution of the H.264 decoding process poses a large challenge on mobile devices due to low processing capabilities. Multi-core systems provide an elegant and power-effcient solution to overcome this performance limitation. However, effciently distributing the video algorithm among multiple processing units is a non-trivial task. It requires detailed knowledge about the algorithmic complexity, dynamic variations and inter-dependencies between functional blocks. The objective of this paper is an investigation on the dynamic behavior of the H.264 decoding process and on the interaction between the main decoding tasks in the context of multi-core environments. We use an H.264 decoder model to investigate the effciency of a decoding system under various conditions (e.g. different FIFO buffer sizes, bitstreams, coding features and bitrates). The gained insights are finally used to optimize the runtime behavior of a multi-core decoding system and to find a good trade-off between core usage and buffer sizes.

  16. Preservice Secondary Teachers Perceptions of College-Level Mathematics Content Connections with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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    Olson, Travis A.

    2016-01-01

    Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers (PSMTs) were surveyed to identify if they could connect early-secondary mathematics content (Grades 7-9) in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) with mathematics content studied in content courses for certification in secondary teacher preparation programs. Respondents were asked to…

  17. Preservice Secondary Teachers Perceptions of College-Level Mathematics Content Connections with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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    Olson, Travis A.

    2016-01-01

    Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers (PSMTs) were surveyed to identify if they could connect early-secondary mathematics content (Grades 7-9) in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) with mathematics content studied in content courses for certification in secondary teacher preparation programs. Respondents were asked to…

  18. An assessment of global and regional sea level for years 1993-2007 in a suite of interannual CORE-II simulations

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    Griffies, Stephen M.; Yin, Jianjun; Durack, Paul J.; Goddard, Paul; Bates, Susan C.; Behrens, Erik; Bentsen, Mats; Bi, Daohua; Biastoch, Arne; Böning, Claus W.; Bozec, Alexandra; Chassignet, Eric; Danabasoglu, Gokhan; Danilov, Sergey; Domingues, Catia M.; Drange, Helge; Farneti, Riccardo; Fernandez, Elodie; Greatbatch, Richard J.; Holland, David M.; Ilicak, Mehmet; Large, William G.; Lorbacher, Katja; Lu, Jianhua; Marsland, Simon J.; Mishra, Akhilesh; George Nurser, A. J.; Salas y Mélia, David; Palter, Jaime B.; Samuels, Bonita L.; Schröter, Jens; Schwarzkopf, Franziska U.; Sidorenko, Dmitry; Treguier, Anne Marie; Tseng, Yu-heng; Tsujino, Hiroyuki; Uotila, Petteri; Valcke, Sophie; Voldoire, Aurore; Wang, Qiang; Winton, Michael; Zhang, Xuebin

    2014-06-01

    We provide an assessment of sea level simulated in a suite of global ocean-sea ice models using the interannual CORE atmospheric state to determine surface ocean boundary buoyancy and momentum fluxes. These CORE-II simulations are compared amongst themselves as well as to observation-based estimates. We focus on the final 15 years of the simulations (1993-2007), as this is a period where the CORE-II atmospheric state is well sampled, and it allows us to compare sea level related fields to both satellite and in situ analyses. The ensemble mean of the CORE-II simulations broadly agree with various global and regional observation-based analyses during this period, though with the global mean thermosteric sea level rise biased low relative to observation-based analyses. The simulations reveal a positive trend in dynamic sea level in the west Pacific and negative trend in the east, with this trend arising from wind shifts and regional changes in upper 700 m ocean heat content. The models also exhibit a thermosteric sea level rise in the subpolar North Atlantic associated with a transition around 1995/1996 of the North Atlantic Oscillation to its negative phase, and the advection of warm subtropical waters into the subpolar gyre. Sea level trends are predominantly associated with steric trends, with thermosteric effects generally far larger than halosteric effects, except in the Arctic and North Atlantic. There is a general anti-correlation between thermosteric and halosteric effects for much of the World Ocean, associated with density compensated changes.

  19. VLBI-resolution radio-map algorithms: Performance analysis of different levels of data-sharing on multi-socket, multi-core architectures

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    Tabik, S.; Romero, L. F.; Mimica, P.; Plata, O.; Zapata, E. L.

    2012-09-01

    A broad area in astronomy focuses on simulating extragalactic objects based on Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) radio-maps. Several algorithms in this scope simulate what would be the observed radio-maps if emitted from a predefined extragalactic object. This work analyzes the performance and scaling of this kind of algorithms on multi-socket, multi-core architectures. In particular, we evaluate a sharing approach, a privatizing approach and a hybrid approach on systems with complex memory hierarchy that includes shared Last Level Cache (LLC). In addition, we investigate which manual processes can be systematized and then automated in future works. The experiments show that the data-privatizing model scales efficiently on medium scale multi-socket, multi-core systems (up to 48 cores) while regardless of algorithmic and scheduling optimizations, the sharing approach is unable to reach acceptable scalability on more than one socket. However, the hybrid model with a specific level of data-sharing provides the best scalability over all used multi-socket, multi-core systems.

  20. Early Holocene initiation of the Mekong River delta, Vietnam, and the response to Holocene sea-level changes detected from DT1 core analyses

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    Nguyen, Van Lap; Ta, Thi Kim Oanh; Saito, Yoshiki

    The Early Holocene initiation of the Mekong River delta, Vietnam, was investigated based on sedimentary facies, microfossil analyses, and radiocarbon dating of DT1 core taken from the upper delta plain. The DT1 core (105°38'51″E, 10°17'02″N, elevation + 2 m) is 51.5 m long and located in fill of a buried incised valley. This incised valley of the Paleo-Mekong River formed during the last glacial maximum, which is 20-30 km wide, has been traced spatially from the Cambodian border to the South China Sea coast by compilation of existing core data. The DT1 core records the history of the estuarine channel and delta systems of the Mekong River during the early to middle Holocene. The sedimentary facies, determined particularly from sedimentary structures, diatom and foraminifera assemblages, grain-size variation, and the accumulation rate, clearly show an upward-deepening succession in the lower part of the core from marsh or intertidal flat to subtidal-inner bay facies and an overlying upward-shallowing succession from prodelta to intertidal flat-floodplain. The boundary between the two successions, indicating the maximum flooding surface, occurred at approximately 8.0 ka, at the time that the Mekong River delta was initiated. The delta initiation and sediment facies succession are closely linked to Holocene sea-level changes, particularly a standstill from 8.0 to 7.5 ka after a rapid rise of sea level from 8.8 to 8.2 ka. During the further sea-level rise from 7.5 to 7.0 ka, sediments aggraded, forming topset sedimentary deposits.

  1. Structural changes and self-activated photoluminescence in reductively annealed Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F

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    Green, Robert; Avdeev, Maxim; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-08-15

    White light emission of self-activated photoluminescence (PL) in Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F under 254 nm light is only observed after annealing in a reducing atmosphere of 5%H{sub 2}/95%Ar. High-resolution neutron powder diffraction reveals that the FSr{sub 6} octahedrons and AlO{sub 4} tetrahedrons in this anti-perovskite structure are closer packed in reduced than in air-annealed samples which show no PL. Careful analysis of temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction data establishes smaller isotropic displacement parameters for Sr(1) and O in Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F annealed in a reducing atmosphere indicating that the denser packing of the polyhedral sub-units leads to a slightly deeper potential for the Sr(1) and O atoms. Both the air- and reductively-annealed samples have identical thermal expansion within the temperature range between 3 and 350 K. The Debye temperatures were calculated using the atomic displacement parameters and show no significant differences between the air and reductively annealed samples making the Debye temperature a bad proxy for self-activated PL. - Graphical abstract: Annealing Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F under reducing conditions results in an intense self-activated photoluminescence which is correlated with a denser packing of FSr{sub 6} and AlO{sub 4} polyhedra. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F made in air does not show self-activated photoluminescence. • Only when annealing Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F in a reducing gas is photoluminescence observed. • FSr{sub 6} and AlO{sub 4} polyhedra in reduced Sr{sub 3}AlO{sub 4}F structure are packed more efficient. • Smaller displacement parameters are found for under-bonded Sr(1) and O sites.

  2. Engineering Magnetic Anisotropy in Nanostructured 3d and 4f Ferromagnets

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    Hsu, Chin-Jui

    Due to the increased demand for clean energy in recent years, there is a need for the scientific community to develop technology to harvest thermal energy which is ubiquitous but mostly wasted in our environment. However, there is still no efficient approach to harvest thermal energy to date. In this study, the theory of thermomagnetic energy harvesting is reviewed and unique applications of multiferroics (ferromagnetic plus ferroelectric) are introduced. Based on an efficiency analysis using experimentally measured magneto-thermal properties of 3d transitional and 4f rare earth ferromagnetic elements, the idea of using single domain ferromagnetic elements to obtain higher thermomagnetic conversion efficiencies is proposed. In order to fabricate a ferromagnetic single domain, the magnetic anisotropy of gadolinium (Gd) and nickel (Ni) is engineered at the nanoscale. Both thin films and nanostructures are fabricated and characterized with a focus on the change of magnetic anisotropy governed by shape, crystal structure, and strain. The fabrication processes include sputtering, e-beam lithography (writing and evaporation), and focused ion beam milling. Characterization techniques involving atomic/magnetic force microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, magneto-optical Kerr effect magnetometry, superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction will also be discussed. Experimental results show that the magnetic domain structure of nanostructured Ni can be stably controlled with geometric constraints or by strain induced via electric field. The magnetic properties of nanostructured Gd, on the other hand, is sensitive to crystal structure. These results provide critical information toward the use of ferromagnetic nanostructures in thermomagnetic energy harvesting and multiferroic applications.

  3. CYP4F2 (rs2108622) Gene Polymorphism Association with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Kriauciuniene, Loresa; Balciuniene, Vilma Jurate; Buteikiene, Dovile; Miniauskiene, Goda; Liutkeviciene, Rasa

    2016-01-01

    Background. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in elderly individuals where aetiology and pathophysiology of age-related macular degeneration are not absolutely clear. Purpose. To determine the frequency of the genotype of rs2108622 in patients with early and exudative age-related macular degeneration. Methods. The study enrolled 190 patients with early age-related macular degeneration, 181 patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (eAMD), and a random sample of 210 subjects from the general population (control group). The genotyping of rs2108622 was carried out using the real-time polymerase chain reaction method. Results. The analysis of rs2108622 gene polymorphism did not reveal any differences in the distribution of C/C, C/T, and T/T genotypes between the early AMD group, the eAMD group, and the control group. The CYP4F2 (1347C>T) T/T genotype was more frequent in males with eAMD compared to females (10.2% versus 0.8%; p = 0.0052); also T/T genotype was less frequently present in eAMD females compared to healthy control females (0.8% versus 6.2%; p = 0.027). Conclusion. Rs2108622 gene polymorphism had no predominant effect on the development of early AMD and eAMD. The T/T genotype was more frequent in males with eAMD compared to females and less frequently present in eAMD females compared to healthy females. PMID:27652291

  4. Enlarging the angle of view in Michelson-interferometer-based shearography by embedding a 4f system.

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    Wu, Sijin; He, Xiaoyuan; Yang, Lianxiang

    2011-07-20

    Digital shearography based on Michelson interferometers suffers from the disadvantage of a small angle of view due to the structure. We demonstrate a novel digital shearography system with a large angle of view. In the optical arrangement, the imaging lens is in front of the Michelson interferometer rather than behind it as in traditional digital shearography. Thus, the angle of view is no longer limited by the Michelson interferometer. The images transmitting between the separate lens and camera are accomplished by a 4f system in the new style of shearography. The influences of the 4f system on shearography are also discussed.

  5. Resonant photoemission study of the 4f spectral function of cerium in Ce/Fe(100) interfaces

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    Witkowski, N.; Bertran, F.; Gourieux, T.; Kierren, B.; Malterre, D.; Panaccione, G. |

    1997-11-01

    In this paper, we present a resonant photoemission study of the cerium 4f spectral function in Ce/Fe(100) interfaces. By covering cerium ultrathin films with lanthanum, we completely suppress the surface contribution of the spectra. Then we show that the cerium atoms at the interface are in an intermediate valent state, whereas the f{sup 1} configuration is stabilized in the top layer. This method allows us to obtain the genuine 4f spectral function of the interface, and could be extended to a study of Ce-based compounds. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  6. Regulation of Pou4f3 Gene Expression in Hair Cells by 5’ DNA in Mice

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    Masuda, Masatsugu; Dulon, Didier; Pak, Kwang; Mullen, Lina M.; Li, Yan; Erkman, Linda; Ryan, Allen F.

    2011-01-01

    The POU-domain transcription POU4F3 is expressed in the sensory cells of the inner ear. Expression begins shortly after commitment to the hair cell (HC) fate, and continues throughout life. It is required for terminal HC differentiation and survival. To explore regulation of the murine Pou4f3 gene, we linked enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) to 8.5 kb of genomic sequence 5’ to the start codon in transgenic mice. eGFP was uniformly present in all embryonic and neonatal HCs. Expression of eGFP was also observed in developing Merkel cells and olfactory neurons as well as adult inner and vestibular HCs, mimicking the normal expression pattern of POU4F3 protein, with the exception of adult outer HCs. Apparently ectopic expression was observed in developing inner ear neurons. On a Pou4f3 null background, the transgene produced expression in embryonic HCs which faded soon after birth both in vivo and in vitro. Pou4f3 null HCs treated with caspase 3 and 9 inhibitors survived longer than untreated HCs, but still showed reduced expression of eGFP. The results suggest the existence of separate enhancers for different HC types, as well as strong autoregulation of the Pou4f3 gene. Bioinformatic analysis of four divergent mammalian species revealed three highly-conserved regions within the transgene: 400 bp immediately 5’ to the Pou4f3 ATG, a short sequence at -1.3 kb, and a longer region at -8.2 to -8.5 kb. The latter contained E-box motifs that bind bHLH transcription factors, including motifs activated by ATOH1. Co-transfection of HEK293 or VOT-E36 cells with ATOH1 and the transgene as a reporter enhanced eGFP expression when compared to the transgene alone. Chromatin immunoprecipitation of the three highly conserved regions revealed binding of ATOH1 to the distal-most conserved region. The results are consistent with regulation of Pou4f3 in HCs by ATOH1 at a distal enhancer. PMID:21958861

  7. Chronic Methamphetamine Self-Administration Dysregulates Oxytocin Plasma Levels and Oxytocin Receptor Fibre Density in the Nucleus Accumbens Core and Subthalamic Nucleus of the Rat.

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    Baracz, S J; Parker, L M; Suraev, A S; Everett, N A; Goodchild, A K; McGregor, I S; Cornish, J L

    2016-04-01

    The neuropeptide oxytocin attenuates reward and abuse for the psychostimulant methamphetamine (METH). Recent findings have implicated the nucleus accumbens (NAc) core and subthalamic nucleus (STh) in oxytocin modulation of acute METH reward and relapse to METH-seeking behaviour. Surprisingly, the oxytocin receptor (OTR) is only modestly involved in both regions in oxytocin attenuation of METH-primed reinstatement. Coupled with the limited investigation of the role of the OTR in psychostimulant-induced behaviours, we primarily investigated whether there are cellular changes to the OTR in the NAc core and STh, as well as changes to oxytocin plasma levels, after chronic METH i.v. self-administration (IVSA) and after extinction of drug-taking. An additional aim was to examine whether changes to central corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) and plasma corticosterone levels were also apparent because of the interaction of oxytocin with stress-regulatory mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to lever press for i.v. METH (0.1 mg/kg/infusion) under a fixed-ratio 1 schedule or received yoked saline infusions during 2-h sessions for 20 days. An additional cohort of rats underwent behavioural extinction for 15 days after METH IVSA. Subsequent to the last day of IVSA or extinction, blood plasma was collected for enzyme immunoassay, and immunofluorescence was conducted on NAc core and STh coronal sections. Rats that self-administered METH had higher oxytocin plasma levels, and decreased OTR-immunoreactive (-IR) fibres in the NAc core than yoked controls. In animals that self-administered METH and underwent extinction, oxytocin plasma levels remained elevated, OTR-IR fibre density increased in the STh, and a trend towards normalisation of OTR-IR fibre density was evident in the NAc core. CRF-IR fibre density in both brain regions and corticosterone plasma levels did not change across treatment groups. These findings demonstrate that oxytocin systems, both centrally

  8. Reconstructing Winter North Pacific Sea-Level Pressure Anomalies Over the Past Three Centuries Using a New Calibration Method with the Eclipse and Mt. Logan Ice Cores

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    Kelsey, E. P.; Wake, C. P.; Osterberg, E. C.

    2012-12-01

    A deeper understanding of the behavior of North Pacific extratropical cyclones and anticyclones prior to the instrumental era is needed to advance our understanding of North Pacific climate variability. To help achieve this objective, we develop and use a new nonlinear ice core calibration procedure with the Eclipse (3017 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Logan (5400 m a.s.l.) ice core records from Yukon, Canada to isolate the ranges of ice core values that are consistently associated with North Pacific wintertime sea-level pressure (SLP) anomalies. Over the calibration period (1872-2001), each ice core record is ranked and divided into 10 groups of 13 years. Then for each group, the frequency of positive and negative SLP anomalies at each grid point is contoured and the composite mean SLP anomaly values are shaded. These plots elucidate areas where statistically significant SLP anomalies occur frequently in association with groups of ice core values. This new calibration procedure shows that the lowest and the two highest groups of Mt. Logan annual [Na+] are sensitive to SLP anomalies in the central and eastern Pacific and the second lowest [Na+] group is sensitive to western Pacific SLP anomalies. The highest and lowest Eclipse cold-season accumulation groups are most sensitive to SLP anomalies more distant in the western and central Pacific. This result is surprising in light of stable isotope studies suggesting a more distant moisture source for Mt. Logan. A reconstruction using these calibrated records indicates the Aleutian Low was predominantly weaker than average between 1699-1871. Our results highlight that having these geographically close ice core records is important to developing a deeper understanding of North Pacific climate variability.

  9. Comparison of simulation results with sea-level experimental data on 10(14) - 10(16) air shower cores

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    Ash, A. G.

    1985-01-01

    Simulation predictions for the Leeds 35 sq m horizontal discharge chamber array for proton primaries with a approx. E sup 2.7 spectrum extrapolated from balloon data to 10 to the 16th power eV give power law rho (r)-spectra with constant slope approx. -2 consistent with the experimental data up to the point at which they steepen but overshooting them at higher densities, and at high shower sizes predicted cores which are significantly steeper than those observed. Further comparisons with results for heavy nuclei primaries (up to A = 56) point to the inadequacy of changes in primary composition to account for the observed density spectra and core flattening, and the shower size spectrum together, and point, therefore, to the failure of the scaling interaction model at approx. 10 to the 15th power eV primary energy.

  10. Methylmercury Uptake into BeWo Cells Depends on LAT2-4F2hc, a System L Amino Acid Transporter

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    Balthasar, Christina; Stangl, Herbert; Granitzer, Sebastian; Hengstschläger, Markus; Gundacker, Claudia

    2017-01-01

    The organic mercury compound methylmercury (MeHg) is able to target the fetal brain. However, the uptake of the toxicant into placental cells is incompletely understood. MeHg strongly binds to thiol-S containing molecules such as cysteine. This MeHg-l-cysteine exhibits some structural similarity to methionine. System L plays a crucial role in placental transport of essential amino acids such as leucine and methionine and thus has been assumed to also transport MeHg-l-cysteine across the placenta. The uptake of methylmercury and tritiated leucine and methionine into the choriocarcinoma cell line BeWo was examined using transwell assay and small interfering (si)RNA mediated gene knockdown. Upon the downregulation of large neutral amino acids transporter (LAT)2 and 4F2 cell-surface antigen heavy chain (4F2hc), respectively, the levels of [3H]leucine in BeWo cells are significantly reduced compared to controls treated with non-targeting siRNA (p < 0.05). The uptake of [3H]methionine was reduced upon LAT2 down-regulation as well as methylmercury uptake after 4F2hc silencing (p < 0.05, respectively). These findings suggest an important role of system L in the placental uptake of the metal. Comparing the cellular accumulation of mercury, leucine, and methionine, it can be assumed that (1) MeHg is transported through system L amino acid transporters and (2) system L is responsible for the uptake of amino acids and MeHg primarily at the apical membrane of the trophoblast. The findings together can explain why mercury in contrast to other heavy metals such as lead or cadmium is efficiently transported to fetal blood. PMID:28786956

  11. Apolipoprotein A-I Mimetic Peptide D-4F Reduces Cardiac Hypertrophy and Improves Apolipoprotein A-I-Mediated Reverse Cholesterol Transport From Cardiac Tissue in LDL Receptor-null Mice Fed a Western Diet.

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    Han, Jie; Zhang, Song; Ye, Ping; Liu, Yong-Xue; Qin, Yan-Wen; Miao, Dong-Mei

    2016-05-01

    Epidemiological studies have suggested that hypercholesterolemia is an independent determinant of increased left ventricular (LV) mass. Because high-density lipoprotein and its major protein apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) mediate reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) and have cardiac protective effects, we hypothesized that the apoA-I mimetic peptide D-4F could promote RCT in cardiac tissue and decrease cardiac hypertrophy induced by hypercholesterolemia. Low-density lipoprotein receptor-null mice were fed by a Western diet for 18 weeks and then randomized to receive water, or D-4F 0.3 mg/mL, or D-4F 0.5 mg/mL added to drinking water for 6 weeks. After D-4F administration, an increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and a decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglyceride in a trend toward dose-responsivity were found in cardiac tissue. Ultrasound biomicroscopy revealed a reduction in LV posterior wall end-diastolic dimension, and an increase in mitral valve E/A ratio and LV ejection fraction. Hematoxylin-eosin staining showed reduced LV wall thickness and myocardial cell diameter. The protein levels of ABCA1 and LXRα were elevated in cardiac tissue of D-4F treated mice compared with the controls (P < 0.05). These results demonstrated that D-4F treatment reduced cardiac hypertrophy, and improved cardiac performance in low-density lipoprotein receptor-null mice fed a Western diet, presumably through the LXRα-ABCA1 pathway associated with enhanced myocardial RCT.

  12. Electronic Charges and Electric Potential at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces Studied by Core-Level Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Hwang, Harold

    2011-08-19

    We studied LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces for varying LaAlO{sub 3} thickness by core-level photoemission spectroscopy. In Ti 2p spectra for conducting 'n-type' interfaces, Ti{sup 3+} signals appeared, which were absent for insulating 'p-type' interfaces. The Ti{sup 3+} signals increased with LaAlO{sub 3} thickness, but started well below the critical thickness of 4 unit cells for metallic transport. Core-level shifts with LaAlO{sub 3} thickness were much smaller than predicted by the polar catastrophe model. We attribute these observations to surface defects/adsorbates providing charges to the interface even below the critical thickness.

  13. Spin-Orbit Effects in Spin-Resolved L2,3 Core Level Photoemission of 3d Ferromagnetic Thin Films

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    Komesu, T; Waddill, G D; Yu, S W; Butterfield, M; Tobin, J G

    2007-10-02

    We present spin-resolved 2p core level photoemission for the 3d transition metal films of Fe and Co grown on Cu(100). We observe clear spin asymmetry in the main 2p core level photoemission peaks of Fe and Co films consistent with trends in the bulk magnetic moments. The spin polarization can be strongly enhanced, by variation of the experimental geometry, when the photoemission is undertaken with circularly polarized light, indicating that spin-orbit interaction can have a profound in spin polarized photoemission. Further spin polarized photoemission studies using variable circularly polarized light at high photon energies, high flux are indicated, underscoring the value of synchrotron measurements at facilities with increased beam stability.

  14. O 1s core-level shifts at the anatase TiO2(101)/N3 photovoltaic interface: Signature of H-bonded supramolecular assembly

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    Patrick, Christopher E.; Giustino, Feliciano

    2011-08-01

    We here report an atomic-scale first-principles investigation of the O 1s core-level shifts at the interface between TiO2 and the dye N3 found in dye-sensitized solar cells. We first perform extensive validation of our computational setup in the case of small molecules containing carboxylic acid groups in the gas phase. Then we calculate the O 1s core-level shifts for a variety of atomistic models of the TiO2/N3 interface. We investigate in detail the effects of water contamination, dye packing density, exchange and correlation functionals, and hydrogen-bonding interactions on the calculated core-level spectra. The quantitative comparison between our calculated core-level shifts and measured photoemission spectra [Johansson , J. Phys. Chem. BJPCBFK1520-610610.1021/jp0525282 109, 22256 (2005)] leads us to propose a new atomic-scale model of the TiO2/N3 interface, where the dyes are arranged in supramolecular H-bonded assemblies. Our interface models describe dry TiO2/N3 films as in [Johansson , J. Phys. Chem. BJPCBFK1520-610610.1021/jp0525282 109, 22256 (2005)], and are of direct relevance to solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Our present work suggests that the adsorption energetics is not a reliable indicator of the quality of an interface model, and highlights the importance of combining experimental and computational spectroscopy for determining the atomic-scale structure of nanostructured solar cell interfaces.

  15. Level of neutral buoyancy, deep convective outflow, and convective core: New perspectives based on 5 years of CloudSat data

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    Takahashi, Hanii; Luo, Zhengzhao Johnny; Stephens, Graeme L.

    2017-03-01

    This paper is the follow on to a previous publication by the authors, which investigated the relationship between the level of neutral buoyancy (LNB) determined from the ambient sounding and the actual outflow levels using mainly CloudSat observations. The goal of the current study is to provide a more complete characterization of LNB, deep convective outflow, and convective core, and the relationship among them, as well as the dependence on environmental parameters and convective system size. A proxy is introduced to estimate convective entrainment, namely, the difference between the LNB (based on the ambient sounding) and the actual outflow height. The principal findings are as follows: (1) Deep convection over the Warm Pool has larger entrainment rates and smaller convective cores than the counterpart over the two tropical land regions (Africa and Amazonia), lending observational support to a long-standing assumption in convection models concerning the negative relationship between the two parameters. (2) The differences in internal vertical structure of convection between the two tropical land regions and the Warm Pool suggest that deep convection over the two tropical land regions contains more intense cores. (3) Deep convective outflow occurs at a higher level when the midtroposphere is more humid and the convective system size is smaller. The convective system size dependence is postulated to be related to convective lifecycle, highlighting the importance of cloud life stage information in interpretation of snapshot measurements by satellite. Finally, implications of the study to global modeling are discussed.

  16. Observation of core-level binding energy shifts between (100) surface and bulk atoms of epitaxial CuInSe{sub 2}

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    Nelson, A.J.; Berry, G.; Rockett, A.

    1997-04-01

    Core-level and valence band photoemission from semiconductors has been shown to exhibit binding energy differences between surface atoms and bulk atoms, thus allowing one to unambiguously distinguish between the two atomic positions. Quite clearly, surface atoms experience a potential different from the bulk due to the lower coordination number - a characteristic feature of any surface is the incomplete atomic coordination. Theoretical accounts of this phenomena are well documented in the literature for III-V and II-VI semiconductors. However, surface state energies corresponding to the equilibrium geometry of (100) and (111) surfaces of Cu-based ternary chalcopyrite semiconductors have not been calculated or experimental determined. These compounds are generating great interest for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications, and are an isoelectronic analog of the II-VI binary compound semiconductors. Surface core-level binding energy shifts depend on the surface cohesive energies, and surface cohesive energies are related to surface structure. For ternary compound semiconductor surfaces, such as CuInSe{sub 2}, one has the possibility of variations in surface stoichiometry. Applying standard thermodynamical calculations which consider the number of individual surface atoms and their respective chemical potentials should allow one to qualitatively determine the magnitude of surface core-level shifts and, consequently, surface state energies.

  17. Ferromagnetic versus antiferromagnetic exchange interactions in tetrathiafulvalene-based 3d/4f heterobimetallic complexes.

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    Cosquer, Goulven; Pointillart, Fabrice; Le Gal, Yann; Golhen, Stéphane; Cador, Olivier; Ouahab, Lahcène

    2011-10-24

    (TTF-salphen)M compounds (TTF-salphen(2-)=4,5-bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvalene-N,N'-phenylenebis(salicylideneimine) dianion; M=Cu(II) and Ni(II)) have been treated with Ln(hfac)(3)·2H(2)O precursors (hfac(-)=1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoroacetylacetonate anion; Ln=Gd(III), Tb(III), and Dy(III)) to elaborate unprecedented 3d/4f TTF-based heterobimetallic complexes of formula [(TTF-salphen)MLn(hfac)(3)]. All the structures of these compounds have been resolved by X-ray diffraction on single crystals. The structures of these complexes are formed by a TTF-salphen(2-) ligand coordinated to the 3d metal ions in the inert tetradentate N(2)O(2) site. The Ln(hfac)(3) fragment is coordinated to the (TTF-salphen)M one through the two phenolate bridges. Even if the complexes are similar in both Cu(II) and Ni(II) families, the crystal packing is different. In the first case, dimers of TTF-salphen(2-) donors constitute the organic network. In the other case, a reminiscent organic network is observed with S···S contacts. The photophysical properties of [(TTF-salphen)CuDy(hfac)(3)] (3) in chloroform solution highlight the redshift of the TTF→salphen charge transfer (400 cm(-1)) relative to the analogue excitations in (TTF-salphen)Cu, which attest to the stability of these structures in solution. Static magnetic measurements have allowed us to quantify the ferromagnetic interactions (J=+1.29 cm(-1)) between Cu(II) and Gd(III) in the [(TTF-salphen)CuGd(hfac)(3)] complex. Finally, an empirical method that consists of the comparisons of the magnetic properties of [(TTF-salphen)CuTb(hfac)(3)] with [(TTF-salphen)NiTb(hfac)(3)] and [(TTF-salphen)CuDy(hfac)(3)] with [(TTF-salphen)NiDy(hfac)(3)] has established that ferromagnetic interactions take place between Cu(II) and Tb(III) ions, whereas unusual antiferromagnetic interactions have been identified between Cu(II) and Dy(III) ions. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. mTORC1 and CK2 coordinate ternary and eIF4F complex assembly

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    Gandin, Valentina; Masvidal, Laia; Cargnello, Marie; Gyenis, Laszlo; McLaughlan, Shannon; Cai, Yutian; Tenkerian, Clara; Morita, Masahiro; Balanathan, Preetika; Jean-Jean, Olivier; Stambolic, Vuk; Trost, Matthias; Furic, Luc; Larose, Louise; Koromilas, Antonis E.; Asano, Katsura; Litchfield, David; Larsson, Ola; Topisirovic, Ivan

    2016-01-01

    Ternary complex (TC) and eIF4F complex assembly are the two major rate-limiting steps in translation initiation regulated by eIF2α phosphorylation and the mTOR/4E-BP pathway, respectively. How TC and eIF4F assembly are coordinated, however, remains largely unknown. We show that mTOR suppresses translation of mRNAs activated under short-term stress wherein TC recycling is attenuated by eIF2α phosphorylation. During acute nutrient or growth factor stimulation, mTORC1 induces eIF2β phosphorylation and recruitment of NCK1 to eIF2, decreases eIF2α phosphorylation and bolsters TC recycling. Accordingly, eIF2β mediates the effect of mTORC1 on protein synthesis and proliferation. In addition, we demonstrate a formerly undocumented role for CK2 in regulation of translation initiation, whereby CK2 stimulates phosphorylation of eIF2β and simultaneously bolsters eIF4F complex assembly via the mTORC1/4E-BP pathway. These findings imply a previously unrecognized mode of translation regulation, whereby mTORC1 and CK2 coordinate TC and eIF4F complex assembly to stimulate cell proliferation. PMID:27040916

  19. Development of progesterone receptor antagonists from 1,2-dihydrochromeno[3,4-f]quinoline agonist pharmacophore.

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    Zhi, Lin; Ringgenberg, Josef D; Edwards, James P; Tegley, Christopher M; West, Sarah J; Pio, Barbara; Motamedi, Mehrnouch; Jones, Todd K; Marschke, Keith B; Mais, Dale E; Schrader, William T

    2003-06-16

    A series of 1,2-dihydrochromeno[3,4-f]quinoline derivatives was synthesized and tested in biological assays to evaluate the nonsteroidal progesterone receptor modulator pharmacophore (4) as antiprogestins. A number of potent analogues were identified by modification of the substituents at the D-ring.

  20. Carbothermal reduction synthesis of carbon coated Na2FePO4F for lithium ion batteries

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    Cui, Dongming; Chen, Shasha; Han, Chang; Ai, Changchun; Yuan, Liangjie

    2016-01-01

    Carbon coated spherical Na2FePO4F particles with typical diameters from 500 nm to 1 μm have been synthesized through an economical carbothermal reduction method with a simple apparatus. Mixed carbon source consists of citric acid and phenolic resin can form highly graphitized carbon and remarkably improve the electrical conductivity. When cycled against lithium, Na2FePO4F/C cathodes deliver maximum discharge capacity of 119 mAh g-1 at a low rate of 0.05 C. Reversible capacity of 110 mAh g-1, 74 mAh g-1 and 52 mAh g-1 can be obtained at 0.1 C, 1 C and 2 C rates, respectively. And after 30 cycles at 0.1 C, 91% of the discharge capacity can still be maintained. The electrochemical kinetic characteristic of electrode material is investigated by EIS and the apparent Li+ diffusion coefficient in the Li/Na2FePO4F system is evaluated to be as high as 1.152 × 10-11 cm2 s-1. This study demonstrates that the practical and economical synthesis process can be a promising way for industrial production of high performance Na2FePO4F/C electrode material for large-scale lithium ion batteries.

  1. A novel frameshift mutation of POU4F3 gene associated with autosomal dominant non-syndromic hearing loss

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    Lee, Hee Keun; Park, Hong-Joon; Lee, Kyu-Yup; Park, Rekil; Kim, Un-Kyung

    2010-06-04

    Autosomal dominant mutations in the transcription factor POU4F3 gene are associated with non-syndromic hearing loss in humans; however, there have been few reports of mutations in this gene worldwide. We performed a mutation analysis of the POU4F3 gene in 42 unrelated Koreans with autosomal dominant non-syndromic hearing loss, identifying a novel 14-bp deletion mutation in exon 2 (c.662del14) in one patient. Audiometric examination revealed severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in this patient. The novel mutation led to a truncated protein that lacked both functional POU domains. We further investigated the functional distinction between wild-type and mutant POU4F3 proteins using in vitro assays. The wild-type protein was completely localized in the nucleus, while the truncation of protein seriously affected its nuclear localization. In addition, the mutant failed to activate reporter gene expression. This is the first report of a POU4F3 mutation in Asia, and moreover our data suggest that further investigation will need to delineate ethnicity-specific genetic background for autosomal dominant non-syndromic hearing loss within Asian populations.

  2. Bulk plasma fragmentation in a C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductively coupled plasma: A hybrid modeling study

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    Zhao, Shu-Xia; Zhang, Yu-Ru; Gao, Fei; Wang, You-Nian; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2015-06-28

    A hybrid model is used to investigate the fragmentation of C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductive discharges. Indeed, the resulting reactive species are crucial for the optimization of the Si-based etching process, since they determine the mechanisms of fluorination, polymerization, and sputtering. In this paper, we present the dissociation degree, the density ratio of F vs. C{sub x}F{sub y} (i.e., fluorocarbon (fc) neutrals), the neutral vs. positive ion density ratio, details on the neutral and ion components, and fractions of various fc neutrals (or ions) in the total fc neutral (or ion) density in a C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductively coupled plasma source, as well as the effect of pressure and power on these results. To analyze the fragmentation behavior, the electron density and temperature and electron energy probability function (EEPF) are investigated. Moreover, the main electron-impact generation sources for all considered neutrals and ions are determined from the complicated C{sub 4}F{sub 8} reaction set used in the model. The C{sub 4}F{sub 8} plasma fragmentation is explained, taking into account many factors, such as the EEPF characteristics, the dominance of primary and secondary processes, and the thresholds of dissociation and ionization. The simulation results are compared with experiments from literature, and reasonable agreement is obtained. Some discrepancies are observed, which can probably be attributed to the simplified polymer surface kinetics assumed in the model.

  3. Mutation of the 4F2 heavy-chain carboxy terminus causes y+ LAT2 light-chain dysfunction.

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    Chubb, Sarah; Kingsland, Alice L; Bröer, Angelika; Bröer, Stefan

    2006-01-01

    Heteromeric amino acid transporters are composed of two subunits--a multipass membrane protein called the 'light chain'--and a single pass glycoprotein called the 'heavy chain'. The light chain contains the transport pore, while the heavy chain appears to be necessary for trafficking the light chain to the plasma membrane. In this study, the role of the 4F2hc heavy chain in the function of the y+ LAT2 light chain was investigated. Carboxy terminal truncations and site specific mutants of 4F2hc were co-expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes with the y+ LAT2 light chain, and the oocytes were analysed for transport activity and surface expression. Truncations of the 4F2hc carboxy terminus ranging between 15 and 404 residues caused a complete loss of light chain function, although all heterodimers were expressed at the cell surface. This indicated that the 15 carboxy-terminal residues of 4F2hc are required for the transport function of the heterodimer. Mutation of the conserved residue leucine 523 to glutamine in the carboxy terminus reduced the Vmax of arginine and leucine uptake. The affinity of the transporter for both arginine and leucine remained unaltered, but the Km-value of Na+, being cotransported with leucine, increased about three-fold. The change of the Na+ Km caused a specific defect of leucine efflux, whereas uptake of leucine at high extracellular NaCl concentration was unaffected.

  4. eIF4F is a nexus of resistance to anti-BRAF and anti-MEK cancer therapies.

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    Boussemart, Lise; Malka-Mahieu, Hélène; Girault, Isabelle; Allard, Delphine; Hemmingsson, Oskar; Tomasic, Gorana; Thomas, Marina; Basmadjian, Christine; Ribeiro, Nigel; Thuaud, Frédéric; Mateus, Christina; Routier, Emilie; Kamsu-Kom, Nyam; Agoussi, Sandrine; Eggermont, Alexander M; Désaubry, Laurent; Robert, Caroline; Vagner, Stéphan

    2014-09-04

    In BRAF(V600)-mutant tumours, most mechanisms of resistance to drugs that target the BRAF and/or MEK kinases rely on reactivation of the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signal transduction pathway, on activation of the alternative, PI(3)K-AKT-mTOR, pathway (which is ERK independent) or on modulation of the caspase-dependent apoptotic cascade. All three pathways converge to regulate the formation of the eIF4F eukaryotic translation initiation complex, which binds to the 7-methylguanylate cap (m(7)G) at the 5' end of messenger RNA, thereby modulating the translation of specific mRNAs. Here we show that the persistent formation of the eIF4F complex, comprising the eIF4E cap-binding protein, the eIF4G scaffolding protein and the eIF4A RNA helicase, is associated with resistance to anti-BRAF, anti-MEK and anti-BRAF plus anti-MEK drug combinations in BRAF(V600)-mutant melanoma, colon and thyroid cancer cell lines. Resistance to treatment and maintenance of eIF4F complex formation is associated with one of three mechanisms: reactivation of MAPK signalling, persistent ERK-independent phosphorylation of the inhibitory eIF4E-binding protein 4EBP1 or increased pro-apoptotic BCL-2-modifying factor (BMF)-dependent degradation of eIF4G. The development of an in situ method to detect the eIF4E-eIF4G interactions shows that eIF4F complex formation is decreased in tumours that respond to anti-BRAF therapy and increased in resistant metastases compared to tumours before treatment. Strikingly, inhibiting the eIF4F complex, either by blocking the eIF4E-eIF4G interaction or by targeting eIF4A, synergizes with inhibiting BRAF(V600) to kill the cancer cells. eIF4F not only appears to be an indicator of both innate and acquired resistance but also is a promising therapeutic target. Combinations of drugs targeting BRAF (and/or MEK) and eIF4F may overcome most of the resistance mechanisms arising in BRAF(V600)-mutant cancers.

  5. Silicon etch using SF{sub 6}/C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/Ar gas mixtures

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    Bates, Robert L.; Stephan Thamban, P. L.; Goeckner, Matthew J.; Overzet, Lawrence J.

    2014-07-01

    While plasmas using mixtures of SF{sub 6}, C{sub 4}F{sub 8}, and Ar are widely used in deep silicon etching, very few studies have linked the discharge parameters to etching results. The authors form such linkages in this report. The authors measured the optical emission intensities of lines from Ar, F, S, SF{sub x}, CF{sub 2}, C{sub 2}, C{sub 3}, and CS as a function of the percentage C{sub 4}F{sub 8} in the gas flow, the total gas flow rate, and the bias power. In addition, the ion current density and electron temperature were measured using a floating Langmuir probe. For comparison, trenches were etched of various widths and the trench profiles (etch depth, undercut) were measured. The addition of C{sub 4}F{sub 8} to an SF{sub 6}/Ar plasma acts to reduce the availability of F as well as increase the deposition of passivation film. Sulfur combines with carbon in the plasma efficiently to create a large optical emission of CS and suppress optical emissions from C{sub 2} and C{sub 3}. At low fractional flows of C{sub 4}F{sub 8}, the etch process appears to be controlled by the ion flux more so than by the F density. At large C{sub 4}F{sub 8} fractional flows, the etch process appears to be controlled more by the F density than by the ion flux or deposition rate of passivation film. CF{sub 2} and C{sub 2} do not appear to cause deposition from the plasma, but CS and other carbon containing molecules as well as ions do.

  6. Real-time core body temperature estimation from heart rate for first responders wearing different levels of personal protective equipment.

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    Buller, Mark J; Tharion, William J; Duhamel, Cynthia M; Yokota, Miyo

    2015-01-01

    First responders often wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection from on-the-job hazards. While PPE ensembles offer individuals protection, they limit one's ability to thermoregulate, and can place the wearer in danger of heat exhaustion and higher cardiac stress. Automatically monitoring thermal-work strain is one means to manage these risks, but measuring core body temperature (Tc) has proved problematic. An algorithm that estimates Tc from sequential measures of heart rate (HR) was compared to the observed Tc from 27 US soldiers participating in three different chemical/biological training events (45-90 min duration) while wearing PPE. Hotter participants (higher Tc) averaged (HRs) of 140 bpm and reached Tc around 39 °C. Overall the algorithm had a small bias (0.02 °C) and root mean square error (0.21 °C). Limits of agreement (LoA ± 0.48 °C) were similar to comparisons of Tc measured by oesophageal and rectal probes. The algorithm shows promise for use in real-time monitoring of encapsulated first responders. An algorithm to estimate core temperature (Tc) from non-invasive measures of HR was validated. Three independent studies (n = 27) compared the estimated Tc to the observed Tc in humans participating in chemical/ biological hazard training. The algorithm’s bias and variance to observed data were similar to that found from comparisons of oesophageal and rectal measurements.

  7. Clay-mineral assemblages from some levels of K-118 drill core of Maha Sarakham evaporites, northeastern Thailand

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    Suwanich, Parkorn

    Clay-mineral assemblages in Middle Clastic, Middle Salt, Lower Clastic, Potash Zone, and Lower Salt, totalling 13 samples from K-118 drill core, in the Maha Sarakham Formation, Khorat Basin, northeastern Thailand were studied. The clay-size particles were separated from the water-soluble salt by water leaching. Then the samples were leached again in the EDTA solution and separated into clay-size particles by using the timing sedimentation. The EDTA-clay residues were divided and analyzed by using the XRD and XRF method. The XRD peaks show that the major-clay minerals are chlorite, illite, and mixed-layer corrensite including traces of rectorite? and paragonite? The other clay-size particles are quartz and potassium feldspar. The XRF results indicate Mg-rich values and moderate MgAl atom ratio values in those clay minerals. The variable Fe, Na, and K contents in the clay-mineral assemblages can explain the environment of deposition compared to the positions of the samples from the core. Hypothetically, mineralogy and the chemistry of the residual assemblages strongly indicate that severe alteration and Mg-enrichment of normal clay detritus occurred in the evaporite environment through brine-sediment interaction. The various Mg-enrichment varies along the various members reflecting whether sedimentation is near or far from the hypersaline brine.

  8. Laboratory measurement of miscibility and pressure/temperature relationships of n-C{sub 4}F{sub 10}/CFC-114 mixtures

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    Orlett, M.J.

    1992-07-15

    n-Perfluorobutane (n-C{sub 4}F{sub 10}) has been identified as a potential candidate replacement for dichlorotetrafluoroethane (C{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}F{sub 4}-commonly referred to as CFC-114) which is the process coolant in the gaseous diffusion plants. Although every effort will be taken to maintain separate coolants during the CFC-114 replacement project, it is possible that mixtures of the two coolants will occur as a result of inadvertent mixing and/or residual presence from incompletely removed CFC-114. A laboratory system designed to mimic conditions found in the plant process coolant systems was constructed. Pure CFC-114, n-C{sub 4}F{sub 10}, and 25/75, 50/50, and 75/25 weight mixtures of the two coolants were tested in the system at various power and coolant water flow levels to determine temperature/pressure characteristics. Results indicate that pressures of the mixtures fall between those of the pure coolants and no positive deviation effects (high pressures) were observed. Visual observations and analytical data also show that the two coolants are completely miscible.

  9. Global ice volume during MIS 3 inferred from a sea-level analysis of sedimentary core records in the Yellow River Delta

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    Pico, Tamara; Mitrovica, Jerry X.; Ferrier, Ken L.; Braun, Jean

    2016-11-01

    Estimates of global ice volume during the glacial phase of the most recent ice age cycle are characterized by significant uncertainty, reflecting the relative paucity of geological constraints on sea level relevant to this time interval. For example, during the middle stages of Marine Isotope Stage 3, published estimates of peak global mean sea level (GMSL) relative to the present range from -25 m to -87 m. The large uncertainty in GMSL at MIS 3 has significant implications for estimates of the rate of ice growth in the period leading to the Last Glacial Maximum (∼26 ka). We refine estimates of global ice volume during MIS 3 by employing sediment cores in the Bohai and Yellow Sea that record a migration of the paleoshoreline at ∼50-37 ka through a transition from marine to brackish conditions. In particular, we correct relative sea level at these sites for contamination due to glacial isostatic adjustment using a sea-level calculation that includes a gravitationally self-consistent treatment of sediment redistribution and compaction, and estimate a peak global mean sea level of -38 ± 7 m during the interval 50-37 ka. With suitable sedimentary core records, the approach described herein can be extended to refine existing constraints on global ice volume across the entire glacial period.

  10. Synthesis of In2O3@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced deeper energy level emissions of In2O3.

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    Fang, Yiping; Loc, Welley S; Lu, Weigang; Fang, Jiye

    2011-12-06

    In(2)O(3)@SiO(2) core-shell nanoparticles were prepared using an organic solution synthesis approach and reverse-microemulsion technique. In order to explore the availability of various silica encapsulations, a partial phase diagram for this ternary system consisting of hexane/cyclohexane (1:29 wt), surfactant (polyoxyethylene(5)nonylphenyl ether, i.e., Igepal CO-520), and aqueous solution containing ammonium hydroxide was also established. It is realized that the shell-thickness can be tuned by several parameters such as the concentration of In(2)O(3) nanocrystal suspension and the dose of the Si-precursor, tetraethyl orthosilicate. It was observed that the deeper energy level emissions of In(2)O(3) were apparently enhanced when In(2)O(3) was confined by the silica-shell in such core-shell nanoparticles. However, this enhancement could be degraded by increasing the shell-thickness.

  11. Toward a W4-F12 approach: Can explicitly correlated and orbital-based ab initio CCSD(T) limits be reconciled?

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    Sylvetsky, Nitai; Peterson, Kirk A.; Karton, Amir; Martin, Jan M. L.

    2016-06-01

    In the context of high-accuracy computational thermochemistry, the valence coupled cluster with all singles and doubles (CCSD) correlation component of molecular atomization energies presents the most severe basis set convergence problem, followed by the (T) component. In the present paper, we make a detailed comparison, for an expanded version of the W4-11 thermochemistry benchmark, between, on the one hand, orbital-based CCSD/AV{5,6}Z + d and CCSD/ACV{5,6}Z extrapolation, and on the other hand CCSD-F12b calculations with cc-pVQZ-F12 and cc-pV5Z-F12 basis sets. This latter basis set, now available for H-He, B-Ne, and Al-Ar, is shown to be very close to the basis set limit. Apparent differences (which can reach 0.35 kcal/mol for systems like CCl4) between orbital-based and CCSD-F12b basis set limits disappear if basis sets with additional radial flexibility, such as ACV{5,6}Z, are used for the orbital calculation. Counterpoise calculations reveal that, while total atomization energies with V5Z-F12 basis sets are nearly free of BSSE, orbital calculations have significant BSSE even with AV(6 + d)Z basis sets, leading to non-negligible differences between raw and counterpoise-corrected extrapolated limits. This latter problem is greatly reduced by switching to ACV{5,6}Z core-valence basis sets, or simply adding an additional zeta to just the valence orbitals. Previous reports that all-electron approaches like HEAT (high-accuracy extrapolated ab-initio thermochemistry) lead to different CCSD(T) limits than "valence limit + CV correction" approaches like Feller-Peterson-Dixon and Weizmann-4 (W4) theory can be rationalized in terms of the greater radial flexibility of core-valence basis sets. For (T) corrections, conventional CCSD(T)/AV{Q,5}Z + d calculations are found to be superior to scaled or extrapolated CCSD(T)-F12b calculations of similar cost. For a W4-F12 protocol, we recommend obtaining the Hartree-Fock and valence CCSD components from CCSD-F12b/cc-pV{Q,5}Z-F12

  12. Stabilization of Tetravalent 4f (Ce), 5d (Hf), or 5f (Th, U) Clusters by the [α-SiW9O34](10-) Polyoxometalate.

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    Duval, Sylvain; Béghin, Sébastien; Falaise, Clément; Trivelli, Xavier; Rabu, Pierre; Loiseau, Thierry

    2015-09-08

    The reaction of Na10[α-SiW9O34] with tetravalent metallic cations such as 4f ((NH4)2Ce(NO3)6), 5d (HfCl4), or 5f (UCl4 and Th(NO3)4) in a pH 4.7 sodium acetate buffer solution leads to the formation of four sandwich-type polyoxometalates [Ce4(μ(3)-O)2(SiW9O34)2(CH3COO)2](10-) (1), [U4(μ(3)-O)2(SiW9O34)2(CH3COO)2](10-) (2), [Th3(μ(3)-O)(μ(2)-OH)3(SiW9O34)2](13-) (3), and [Hf3(μ(2)-OH)3(SiW9O34)2](11-) (4). All four compounds consist of a polynuclear cluster fragment stabilized by two [α-SiW9O34](10-) polyanions. Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural with a tetranuclear core (Ce4, U4), while compound 3 presents a trinuclear Th3 core bearing a μ(3)-O-centered bridge. It is an unprecedented configuration in the case of the thorium(IV) cluster. Compound 4 also possesses a trinuclear Hf3 core but with the absence of the μ(3)-O bridge. The molecules have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, (183)W and (29)Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) analysis.

  13. What is the link between temperature and carbon dioxide levels? A Granger causality analysis based on ice core data

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    Kang, Jian; Larsson, Rolf

    2014-05-01

    We use statistical methods to analyze whether there exists long-term causality between temperature and carbon dioxide concentration. The analysis is based on a the Vostok Ice Core data from 400,000 to 6,000 years ago, extended by the EPICA Dome C data which go back to 800,000 years ago. At first, to make the data equidistant, we reconstruct it by linear interpolation. Then, using an approximation of a piecewise exponential function, we adjust for a deterministic trend. Finally, we employ the Granger causality test. We are able to strongly reject the null hypothesis that carbon dioxide concentration does not Granger cause temperature as well as the reverse hypothesis that temperature does not Granger cause carbon dioxide concentration.

  14. OptaDOS: A tool for obtaining density of states, core-level and optical spectra from electronic structure codes

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    Morris, Andrew J.; Nicholls, Rebecca J.; Pickard, Chris J.; Yates, Jonathan R.

    2014-05-01

    We present OptaDOS, a program for calculating core-electron and low-loss electron energy loss spectra (EELS) and optical spectra along with total-, projected- and joint-density of electronic states (DOS) from single-particle eigenenergies and dipole transition coefficients. Energy-loss spectroscopy is an important tool for probing bonding within a material. Interpreting these spectra can be aided by first principles calculations. The spectra are generated from the eigenenergies through integration over the Brillouin zone. An important feature of this code is that this integration is performed using a choice of adaptive or linear extrapolation broadening methods which we show produces higher accuracy spectra than standard fixed-width Gaussian broadening. OptaDOS may be straightforwardly interfaced to any electronic structure code. OptaDOS is freely available under the GNU General Public licence from http://www.optados.org.

  15. Suppressed ion chromatography methods for the routine determination of ultra low level anions and cations in ice cores.

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    Curran, M A; Palmer, A S

    2001-06-01

    The concentration of trace ionic species in snow and ice samples was determined using suppressed ion chromatography (IC) with conductivity detection and ultra-clean sample preparation techniques. Trace anion species were determined in a single 24-min run by combining sample preconcentration with gradient elution using Na2B4O7 eluent. The detection limits (ranging from 0.001 to 0.006 microM) are the lowest reported in the literature. Cation species were analysed by direct injection of 0.25 ml and isocratic elution with a H2SO4 eluent. The clean preparation techniques showed no evidence of a difference (Student's t-test) between Milli-Q water samples analysed directly and processed Milli-Q ice samples. These robust, ultra-clean IC methods were routinely applied to the analysis of large number of samples to produce a high-resolution trace ion ice core record from Law Dome, East Antarctica.

  16. Toward a model for assessing level of personality functioning in DSM-5, part II: empirical articulation of a core dimension of personality pathology.

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    Morey, Leslie C; Berghuis, Han; Bender, Donna S; Verheul, Roel; Krueger, Robert F; Skodol, Andrew E

    2011-07-01

    The extensive comorbidity among Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed. [DSM-IV]; American Psychiatric Association, 1994 ) personality disorders might be compelling evidence of essential commonalities among these disorders reflective of a general level of personality functioning that in itself is highly relevant to clinical decision making. This study sought to identify key markers of such a level, thought to reflect a core dimension of personality pathology involving impairments in the capacities of self and interpersonal functioning, and to empirically articulate a continuum of severity of these problems for DSM-5. Using measures of hypothesized core dimensions of personality pathology, a description of a continuum of severity of personality pathology was developed. Potential markers at various levels of severity of personality pathology were identified using item response theory (IRT) in 2 samples of psychiatric patients. IRT-based estimates of participants' standings on a latent dimension of personality pathology were significantly related to the diagnosis of DSM-IV personality disorder, as well as to personality disorder comorbidity. Further analyses indicated that this continuum could be used to capture the distribution of pathology severity across the range of DSM-IV personality disorders. The identification of a continuum of personality pathology consisting of impairments in self and interpersonal functioning provides an empirical foundation for a "levels of personality functioning" rating proposed as part of a DSM-5 personality disorder diagnostic formulation.

  17. Thermal ionization and thermally activated crossover quenching processes for 5 d -4 f luminescence in Y3A l5 -xG axO12:P r3 +

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    Ueda, Jumpei; Meijerink, Andries; Dorenbos, Pieter; Bos, Adrie J. J.; Tanabe, Setsuhisa

    2017-01-01

    We investigated thermally activated ionization and thermally activated crossover as the two possibilities of quenching of 5 d luminescence in P r3 + -doped Y3A l5 -xG axO12 . Varying the Ga content x gives the control over the relative energy level location of the 5 d and 4 f2:P3J states of P r3 + and the host conduction band (CB). Temperature-dependent luminescence lifetime measurements show that the 5 d luminescence quenching temperature T50 % increases up to x =2 and decreases with further increasing Ga content. This peculiar behavior is explained by a unique transition between the two quenching mechanisms which have an opposite dependence of thermal quenching on Ga content. For low Ga content, thermally activated crossover from the 4 f 5 d state to the 4 f2(P3J) states is the operative quenching mechanism. With increasing Ga content, the activation energy for thermally activated crossover becomes larger, as derived from the configuration coordinate diagram, while from the vacuum referred binding energy diagram the activation energy of thermal ionization becomes smaller. Based on these results, we demonstrated that the thermal quenching of P r3 +:5 d1-4 f luminescence in Y3A l5 -xG axO12 with x =0 ,1 ,2 is a thermally activated crossover while for x =3 ,4 ,5 it results from the thermal ionization.

  18. Effects of Ar and O2 additives on SiO2 etching in C4F8-based plasmas

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    Li, Xi; Ling, Li; Hua, Xuefeng; Fukasawa, Masanaga; Oehrlein, Gottlieb S.; Barela, Marcos; Anderson, Harold M.

    2003-01-01

    Gas mixtures based on C4F8 are promising for the development of high-performance SiO2 plasma etching processes. Measurements of important gas phase species, thin film etching rates and surface chemistry changes were performed for inductively coupled plasmas fed with C4F8/Ar and C4F8/O2 gas mixtures. The addition of Ar to C4F8 causes a strong increase of the plasma density relative to that of pure C4F8 (by up to a factor of 4× at 90% Ar). For O2 addition the changes in plasma density are small up to 90% O2 relative to pure C4F8. Infrared laser absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the absolute densities of neutral CF, CF2 and COF2 radical species as a function of the gas composition. The densities of CF and CF2 were enhanced for certain operating conditions when Ar was added to C4F8 as long as the amount of Ar remained below 20%. For instance, the partial pressure of CF was 0.1 mTorr for a 20 mTorr 1400 W source power discharge for pure C4F8, and increased to 0.13 mTorr at 20% Ar. Above 20% Ar it decreased, roughly following the gas dilution. The CF2 partial pressure was about 5 mTorr for the same conditions, and increased by about 10% at 20% Ar. Above 20% Ar the CF2 partial pressure decreased roughly linearly with the amount of Ar added, to about 2 mTorr at 50% Ar. Of particular interest was the analysis of the difference in behavior of CF, CF2 and COF2 partial pressures over SiO2 and Si surfaces, with and without rf bias power (in the latter case a self-bias voltage of -100 V was used). For pure C4F8 discharges at 20 mTorr and 1400 W inductive power without rf bias the partial pressures of CF, CF2 and COF2 radicals are comparable over SiO2 and Si surfaces. Upon applying a rf bias, the CF2 partial pressure over a SiO2 surface is reduced much more strongly than for a Si surface. The overall reduction appears to be consistent with the relative SiO2/Si etch rate ratios observed for these conditions. These results indicate that CF2 is consumed during the

  19. Exploring large O 1s and N 1s core level shifts due to intermolecular hydrogen bond formation in organic molecules

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    Garcia-Gil, S.; Arnau, A.; Garcia-Lekue, A.

    2013-07-01

    Core level shifts (CLSs) induced by intermolecular hydrogen bond (H-bond) formation are studied with a recent implementation based on density functional theory using pseudopotentials and localized atomic orbitals, as applied to the SIESTA code. By calculating different CLSs for a set of representative simple systems containing O and/or N atoms as proton donors and/or acceptors, we are able to determine the role of the core hole screening, from the difference of CLS values calculated in the final and initial state approximations. Our calculations show that CLSs are dominated by electrostatic effects, and that the final magnitude of the CLSs, which are positive (higher binding energy) for the proton acceptor and negative for the proton donor, can be larger than 1 eV for strong H-bonds. We also find that core hole screening contribution to final CLS absolute values is always negative, thus being responsible for the difference in the magnitude of the CLS of the proton donor and proton acceptor.

  20. Linear-Response and Real-Time Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory Studies of Core-Level Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption.

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    Lopata, K; Van Kuiken, B E; Khalil, M; Govind, N

    2012-09-11

    We discuss our implementation and application of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) to core-level near-edge absorption spectroscopy, using both linear-response (LR) and real-time (RT) approaches. We briefly describe our restricted excitation window TDDFT (REW-TDDFT) approach for core excitations, which has also been reported by other groups. This is followed by a detailed discussion of real-time TDDFT techniques tailored to core excitations, including obtaining spectral information through delta-function excitation, postprocessing time-dependent signals, and resonant excitation through quasi-monochromatic excitation. We present results for the oxygen K-edge of water and carbon monoxide; the carbon K-edge of carbon monoxide; the ruthenium L3-edge for the hexaamminerutheium(III) ion, including scalar relativistic corrections via the zeroth order regular approximation (ZORA); and the carbon and fluorine K-edges for a series of fluorobenzenes. In all cases, the calculated spectra are found to be in reasonable agreement with experimental results, requiring only a uniform shift ranging from -4 eV to +19 eV, i.e., on the order of a few percent of the excitation energy. Real-time TDDFT visualization of excited state charge densities is used to visually examine the nature of each excitation, which gives insight into the effects of atoms bound to the absorbing center.

  1. The revised human liver cytochrome P450 "Pie": absolute protein quantification of CYP4F and CYP3A enzymes using targeted quantitative proteomics.

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    Michaels, Scott; Wang, Michael Zhuo

    2014-08-01

    The CYP4F subfamily of enzymes has been identified recently to be involved in the metabolism of endogenous compounds (arachidonic acid and leukotriene B4), nutrients (vitamins K1 and E), and xenobiotics (pafuramidine and fingolimod). CYP4F2 and CYP4F3B are reported to be expressed in the human liver. However, absolute concentrations of these enzymes in human liver microsomes (HLMs) and their interindividual variability have yet to be determined because of the lack of specific antibodies. Here, an liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)-based targeted quantitative proteomic approach was employed to determine the absolute protein concentrations of CYP4F2 and CYP4F3B compared with CYP3A in two panels of HLMs (n = 31). As a result, the human hepatic cytochrome P450 (P450) "pie" has been revised to include the contribution of CYP4F enzymes, which amounts to 15% of the total hepatic cytochrome P450 enzymes. CYP4F3B displayed low interindividual variability (3.3-fold) in the HLM panels whereas CYP4F2 displayed large variability (21-fold). However, CYP4F2 variability decreased to 3.4-fold if the two donors with the lowest expression were excluded. In contrast, CYP3A exhibited 29-fold interindividual variability in the same HLM panels. The proposed marker reaction for CYP4F enzymes pafuramidine/DB289 M1 formation did not correlate with CYP4F protein content, suggesting alternate metabolic pathways for DB289 M1 formation in HLMs. In conclusion, CYP4F enzymes are highly expressed in the human liver and their physiologic and pharmacologic roles warrant further investigation.

  2. BDNF gene therapy induces auditory nerve survival and fiber sprouting in deaf Pou4f3 mutant mice.

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    Fukui, H; Wong, H T; Beyer, L A; Case, B G; Swiderski, D L; Di Polo, A; Ryan, A F; Raphael, Y

    2012-01-01

    Current therapy for patients with hereditary absence of cochlear hair cells, who have severe or profound deafness, is restricted to cochlear implantation, a procedure that requires survival of the auditory nerve. Mouse mutations that serve as models for genetic deafness can be utilized for developing and enhancing therapies for hereditary deafness. A mouse with Pou4f3 loss of function has no hair cells and a subsequent, progressive degeneration of auditory neurons. Here we tested the influence of neurotrophin gene therapy on auditory nerve survival and peripheral sprouting in Pou4f3 mouse ears. BDNF gene transfer enhanced preservation of auditory neurons compared to control ears, in which nearly all neurons degenerated. Surviving neurons in treated ears exhibited pronounced sprouting of nerve fibers into the auditory epithelium, despite the absence of hair cells. This enhanced nerve survival and regenerative sprouting may improve the outcome of cochlear implant therapy in patients with hereditary deafness.

  3. k Dependence of the crystal-field splittings of 4f states in rare-earth systems.

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    Vyalikh, D V; Danzenbächer, S; Kucherenko, Yu; Kummer, K; Krellner, C; Geibel, C; Holder, M G; Kim, T K; Laubschat, C; Shi, M; Patthey, L; Follath, R; Molodtsov, S L

    2010-12-03

    The occupation, energy separation, and order of the crystal-field-split 4f states are crucial for the understanding of the magnetic properties of rare-earth systems. We provide the experimental evidence that crystal-field-split 4f states exhibit energy dispersion in momentum space leading to variations of energy spacings between them and even of their energy sequence across the Brillouin zone. These observations were made by performing angle-resolved photoemission experiments on YbRh(2)Si(2) and properly simulated within a simple model based on results obtained by inelastic neutron scattering experiments and band structure calculations. Our findings should be generally applicable to rare-earth systems and have considerable impact on the understanding of magnetism and related phenomena.

  4. Optical and electrical study of CdZnTe surfaces passivated by KOH and NH4F solutions

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    Zázvorka, J.; Franc, J.; Statelov, M.; Pekárek, J.; Veis, M.; Moravec, P.; Mašek, K.

    2016-12-01

    Performance of CdZnTe-based detectors is highly related to surface preparation. Mechanical polishing, chemical etching and passivation are routinely employed for this purpose. However, the relation between these processes and the detector performance in terms of underlying physical phenomena has not been fully explained. The dynamics and properties of CdZnTe surface oxide layers, created by passivation with KOH and NH4F/H2O2 solutions, were studied by optical ellipsometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thicknesses and growth rates of the surface oxide layers differed for each of the passivation methods. Leakage currents which influence the final spectral resolution of the detector were measured simultaneously with ellipsometry. Results of both optical and electrical investigation showed the same trends in the time evolution and correlated to each other. NH4F/H2O2 passivation showed to be a method which produces the most desirable properties of the surface oxide layer.

  5. Nuclear magnetic resonance of Al-27 in topaz, Al2SiO4/F, OH/2.

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    Tsang, T.; Ghose, S.

    1972-01-01

    The Al-27 nuclear quadrupolar coupling constant and asymmetry parameter (eta) in topaz have been determined to be 1.67 (plus or minus 0.03) MHz and 0.38 plus or minus 0.05, respectively. These values and the orientations of the principal axes are consistent with the Fe(3+) paramagnetic resonance data and with the symmetry of the AlO4F2 octahedron.

  6. 5-benzylidene-1,2-dihydrochromeno[3,4-f]quinolines as selective progesterone receptor modulators.

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    Zhi, Lin; Tegley, Christopher M; Pio, Barbara; Edwards, James P; Motamedi, Mehrnouch; Jones, Todd K; Marschke, Keith B; Mais, Dale E; Risek, Boris; Schrader, William T

    2003-09-11

    A series of 5-benylidene-1,2-dihydrochromeno[3,4-f]quinolines (4) were synthesized and tested in bioassays to evaluate their progestational activities, receptor- and tissue-selectivity profiles as selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs). Most of the new analogues exhibited as highly potent progestins with more than 100-fold receptor selectivity over other steroid hormone receptors and LG120920 (7b) demonstrated tissue selectivity toward uterus and vagina versus breasts in a rodent model after oral administration.

  7. Nuclear magnetic resonance of Al-27 in topaz, Al2SiO4/F, OH/2.

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    Tsang, T.; Ghose, S.

    1972-01-01

    The Al-27 nuclear quadrupolar coupling constant and asymmetry parameter (eta) in topaz have been determined to be 1.67 (plus or minus 0.03) MHz and 0.38 plus or minus 0.05, respectively. These values and the orientations of the principal axes are consistent with the Fe(3+) paramagnetic resonance data and with the symmetry of the AlO4F2 octahedron.

  8. Arginine transport in human erythroid cells: discrimination of CAT1 and 4F2hc/y+LAT2 roles.

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    Rotoli, Bianca Maria; Closs, Ellen I; Barilli, Amelia; Visigalli, Rossana; Simon, Alexandra; Habermeier, Alice; Bianchi, Nicoletta; Gambari, Roberto; Gazzola, Gian C; Bussolati, Ovidio; Dall'Asta, Valeria

    2009-10-01

    Since arginine metabolites, such as nitric oxide and polyamines, influence the expression of genes involved in erythroid differentiation, the transport of the cationic amino acid may play an important role in erythroid cells. However, available data only concern the presence in these cells of CAT1 transporter (system y(+)), while no information exists on the role of the heterodimeric transporters of system y(+)L (4F2hc/y(+)LAT1 and 4F2hc/y(+)LAT2) which operates transmembrane arginine fluxes cis-inhibited by neutral amino acids in the presence of sodium. Using erythroleukemia K562 cells and normal erythroid precursors, we demonstrate here that arginine transport in human erythroid cells is due to the additive contributions of a leucine-sensitive and leucine-insensitive component. In both cell types, leucine inhibition of arginine influx is much less evident in the absence of sodium, a hallmark of system y(+)L. In K562 cells, N-ethylmaleimide, a known inhibitor of CAT transporters (system y(+)), suppresses only a fraction of arginine influx corresponding to leucine-insensitive uptake. Moreover, in Xenopus oocytes coexpressing 4F2hc and y(+)LAT2, leucine exerts a marked inhibition of arginine transport, partially dependent on sodium, while no inhibition is seen in oocytes expressing CAT1. Lastly, silencing of SLC7A6, the gene for y(+)LAT2, lowers arginine transport and doubles the intracellular content of the cationic amino acid in K562 cells. We conclude that arginine transport in human erythroid cells is due to both system y(+) (CAT1 transporter) and system y(+)L (4F2hc/y(+)LAT2 isoform), which mainly contribute, respectively, to the influx and to the efflux of the cationic amino acid.

  9. A suggested emergency medicine boot camp curriculum for medical students based on the mapping of Core Entrustable Professional Activities to Emergency Medicine Level 1 milestones

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    Lamba, Sangeeta; Wilson, Bryan; Natal, Brenda; Nagurka, Roxanne; Anana, Michael; Sule, Harsh

    2016-01-01

    Background An increasing number of students rank Emergency Medicine (EM) as a top specialty choice, requiring medical schools to provide adequate exposure to EM. The Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency by the Association of American Medical Colleges combined with the Milestone Project for EM residency training has attempted to standardize the undergraduate and graduate medical education goals. However, it remains unclear as to how the EPAs correlate to the milestones, and who owns the process of ensuring that an entering EM resident has competency at a certain minimum level. Recent trends establishing specialty-specific boot camps prepare students for residency and address the variability of skills of students coming from different medical schools. Objective Our project’s goal was therefore to perform a needs assessment to inform the design of an EM boot camp curriculum. Toward this goal, we 1) mapped the core EPAs for graduating medical students to the EM residency Level 1 milestones in order to identify the possible gaps/needs and 2) conducted a pilot procedure workshop that was designed to address some of the identified gaps/needs in procedural skills. Methods In order to inform the curriculum of an EM boot camp, we used a systematic approach to 1) identify gaps between the EPAs and EM milestones (Level 1) and 2) determine what essential and supplemental competencies/skills an incoming EM resident should ideally possess. We then piloted a 1-day, three-station advanced ABCs procedure workshop based on the identified needs. A pre-workshop test and survey assessed knowledge, preparedness, confidence, and perceived competence. A post-workshop survey evaluated the program, and a posttest combined with psychomotor skills test using three simulation cases assessed students’ skills. Results Students (n=9) reported increased confidence in the following procedures: intubation (1.5–2.1), thoracostomy (1.1–1.9), and central venous

  10. A suggested emergency medicine boot camp curriculum for medical students based on the mapping of Core Entrustable Professional Activities to Emergency Medicine Level 1 milestones.

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    Lamba, Sangeeta; Wilson, Bryan; Natal, Brenda; Nagurka, Roxanne; Anana, Michael; Sule, Harsh

    2016-01-01

    An increasing number of students rank Emergency Medicine (EM) as a top specialty choice, requiring medical schools to provide adequate exposure to EM. The Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency by the Association of American Medical Colleges combined with the Milestone Project for EM residency training has attempted to standardize the undergraduate and graduate medical education goals. However, it remains unclear as to how the EPAs correlate to the milestones, and who owns the process of ensuring that an entering EM resident has competency at a certain minimum level. Recent trends establishing specialty-specific boot camps prepare students for residency and address the variability of skills of students coming from different medical schools. Our project's goal was therefore to perform a needs assessment to inform the design of an EM boot camp curriculum. Toward this goal, we 1) mapped the core EPAs for graduating medical students to the EM residency Level 1 milestones in order to identify the possible gaps/needs and 2) conducted a pilot procedure workshop that was designed to address some of the identified gaps/needs in procedural skills. In order to inform the curriculum of an EM boot camp, we used a systematic approach to 1) identify gaps between the EPAs and EM milestones (Level 1) and 2) determine what essential and supplemental competencies/skills an incoming EM resident should ideally possess. We then piloted a 1-day, three-station advanced ABCs procedure workshop based on the identified needs. A pre-workshop test and survey assessed knowledge, preparedness, confidence, and perceived competence. A post-workshop survey evaluated the program, and a posttest combined with psychomotor skills test using three simulation cases assessed students' skills. Students (n=9) reported increased confidence in the following procedures: intubation (1.5-2.1), thoracostomy (1.1-1.9), and central venous catheterization (1.3-2) (a three-point Likert

  11. High-resolution electron spectroscopy of lanthanide (Ce, Pr, and Nd) complexes of cyclooctatetraene: the role of 4f electrons.

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    Kumari, Sudesh; Roudjane, Mourad; Hewage, Dilrukshi; Liu, Yang; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2013-04-28

    Cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium complexes of 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene (COT) complexes were produced in a laser-vaporization metal cluster source and studied by pulsed-field ionization zero electron kinetic energy spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The computations included the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, the coupled cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations, and the state-average complete active space self-consistent field method. The spectrum of each complex exhibits multiple band systems and is assigned to ionization of several low-energy electronic states of the neutral complex. This observation is different from previous studies of M(COT) (M = Sc, Y, La, and Gd), for which a single band system was observed. The presence of the multiple low-energy electronic states is caused by the splitting of the partially filled lanthanide 4f orbitals in the ligand field, and the number of the low-energy states increases rapidly with increasing number of the metal 4f electrons. On the other hand, the 4f electrons have a small effect on the geometries and vibrational frequencies of these lanthanide complexes.

  12. High-resolution electron spectroscopy of lanthanide (Ce, Pr, and Nd) complexes of cyclooctatetraene: The role of 4f electrons

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    Kumari, Sudesh; Roudjane, Mourad; Hewage, Dilrukshi; Yang Dongsheng; Liu Yang

    2013-04-28

    Cerium, praseodymium, and neodymium complexes of 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene (COT) complexes were produced in a laser-vaporization metal cluster source and studied by pulsed-field ionization zero electron kinetic energy spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The computations included the second-order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory, the coupled cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations, and the state-average complete active space self-consistent field method. The spectrum of each complex exhibits multiple band systems and is assigned to ionization of several low-energy electronic states of the neutral complex. This observation is different from previous studies of M(COT) (M = Sc, Y, La, and Gd), for which a single band system was observed. The presence of the multiple low-energy electronic states is caused by the splitting of the partially filled lanthanide 4f orbitals in the ligand field, and the number of the low-energy states increases rapidly with increasing number of the metal 4f electrons. On the other hand, the 4f electrons have a small effect on the geometries and vibrational frequencies of these lanthanide complexes.

  13. 4d → 4f resonance in photoabsorption of cerium ion Ce3+ and endohedral cerium in fullerene complex {\\rm{Ce}}@{{{\\rm{C}}}_{82}}^{+}

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    Schrange-Kashenock, G.

    2016-09-01

    The theoretical investigation of the single-photoionization spectra in the 4d-resonance region (120-150 eV) for the ionic cerium Ce3+ and cerium in the endohedral complex {{Ce}}@{{{{C}}}82}+ (in practice, {{{Ce}}}3+@{{{{C}}}82}2-) is presented. The fullerene cage is modeled by ab initio spherical jellium shell with an accurate account for the real distribution of carbon electron density. The oscillator strengths are calculated within the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock (MCDF) approach for phototransitions from the outermost shells of the ion Ce3+ with and without the influence of the potential generated by a fullerene cage. It is shown that the integrated oscillator strengths have the main contribution from the Ce3+ 4d → 4f (ten possible from the phototransitions {}2F{7/2,5/2}\\to {}2D{3/2,5/2},{}2F{5/2,7/2},{}2G{5/2,7/2}) resonance photoexcitations. The corresponding precise MCDF values for the oscillator strengths and the transition energies are presented for the first time. It is demonstrated that the resonance {f}4d\\to 4f oscillator strengths are slightly affected by the presence of the cage potential, despite the fact that the spectral levels structure is changed when the effect of this potential is included. The Auger 4d -1 decay from the cerium free ion Ce3+ and the encapsulated endohedral ion Ce3+@ are considered within the two-step model and the corresponding Lorentzian profiles are presented. This model clearly reveals the correspondence of the complex resonance profile in the Ce3+ photoabsorption to the fine structure of ion energy levels. The smoothing of the resonance profile in the photoabsorption of the endohedral system {{Ce}}@{{{{C}}}82}+ compared with the free ion Ce3+ is attributed to increasing the linewidths of the Auger transitions. This increase is estimated from the relevant experiment (Müller et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 133001) to be strong; as at least three times the value for an isolated ion. The presence of the confining fullerene

  14. L-4F Inhibits Oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein-induced Inflammatory Adipokine Secretion via Cyclic AMP/Protein Kinase A-CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Protein β Signaling Pathway in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes.

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    Xie, Xiang-Zhu; Huang, Xin; Zhao, Shui-Ping; Yu, Bi-Lian; Zhong, Qiao-Qing; Cao, Jian

    2016-05-05

    Adipocytes behave like a rich source of pro-inflammatory cytokines including monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1). Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) participates in the local chronic inflammatory response, and high-density lipoprotein could counterbalance the proinflammatory function of oxLDL, but the underlying mechanism is not completely understood. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of apolipoprotein A-I mimetic peptide L-4F on the secretion and expression of MCP-1 in fully differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes induced by oxLDL and to elucidate the possible mechanisms. Fully differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were incubated in the medium containing various concentration of L-4F (0-50 μg/ml) with oxLDL (50 μg/ml) stimulated, with/without protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor H-89 (10 μmol/L) preincubated. The concentrations of MCP-1 in the supernatant, the mRNA expression of MCP-1, the levels of CCAAT/enhancer binding protein α (C/EBPα), and CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ) were evaluated. The monocyte chemotaxis assay was performed by micropore filter method using a modified Boyden chamber. OxLDL stimulation induced a significant increase of MCP-1 expression and secretion in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, which were inhibited by L-4F preincubation in a dose-dependent manner. PKA inhibitor H-89 markedly reduced the oxLDL-induced MCP-1 expression, but no further decrease was observed when H-89 was used in combination with L-4F (50 μg/ml) (P > 0.05). OxLDL stimulation showed no significant effect on C/EBPα protein level but increased C/EBPβ protein level in a time-dependent manner. H-89 and L-4F both attenuated C/EBPβ protein level in oxLDL-induced 3T3-L1 adipocytes. OxLDL induces C/EBPβ protein synthesis in a time-dependent manner and enhances MCP-1 secretion and expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. L-4F dose-dependently counterbalances the pro-inflammatory effect of oxLDL, and cyclic AMP/PKA-C/EBPβ signaling pathway may participate in it.

  15. sp2/sp3 hybridization ratio in amorphous carbon from C 1s core-level shifts: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculation

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    Haerle, Rainer; Riedo, Elisa; Pasquarello, Alfredo; Baldereschi, Alfonso

    2002-01-01

    Using a combined experimental and theoretical approach, we address C 1s core-level shifts in amorphous carbon. Experimental results are obtained by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) on thin-film samples of different atomic density, obtained by a pulsed-laser deposition growth process. The XPS spectra are deconvoluted into two contributions, which are attributed to sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms, respectively, separated by 0.9 eV, independent of atomic density. The sp3 hybridization content extracted from XPS is consistent with the atomic density derived from the plasmon energy in the EELS spectrum. In our theoretical study, we generate several periodic model structures of amorphous carbon of different densities applying two schemes of increasing accuracy in sequence. We first use a molecular-dynamics approach, based on an environmental-dependent tight-binding Hamiltonian to quench the systems from the liquid phase. The final model structures are then obtained by further atomic relaxation using a first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave approach within density-functional theory. Within the latter framework, we also calculate carbon 1s core-level shifts for our disordered model structures. We find that the shifts associated to threefold- and fourfold- coordinated carbon atoms give rise to two distinct peaks separated by about 1.0 eV, independent of density, in close agreement with experimental observations. This provides strong support for decomposing the XPS spectra into two peaks resulting from sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms. Core-hole relaxations effects account for about 30% of the calculated shifts.

  16. Li induced effects in the core level and π-band electronic structure of graphene grown on C-face SiC

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    Johansson, Leif I. Xia, Chao; Virojanadara, Chariya

    2015-11-15

    Studies of the effects induced in the electronic structure after Li deposition, and subsequent heating, on graphene samples prepared on C-face SiC are reported. The as prepared graphene samples are essentially undoped, but after Li deposition, the Dirac point shifts down to 1.2 eV below the Fermi level due to electron doping. The shape of the C 1s level also indicates a doping concentration of around 10{sup 14 }cm{sup −2} after Li deposition, when compared with recent calculated results of core level spectra of graphene. The C 1s, Si 2p, and Li 1s core level results show little intercalation directly after deposition but that most of the Li has intercalated after heating at 280 °C. Heating at higher temperatures leads to desorption of Li from the sample, and at 1030 °C, Li can no longer be detected on the sample. The single π-band observable from multilayer C-face graphene samples in conventional angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is reasonably sharp both on the initially prepared sample and after Li deposition. After heating at 280 °C, the π-band appears more diffuse and possibly split. The Dirac point becomes located at 0.4 eV below the Fermi level, which indicates occurrence of a significant reduction in the electron doping concentration. Constant energy photoelectron distribution patterns extracted from the as prepared graphene C-face sample and also after Li deposition and heating at 280 °C look very similar to earlier calculated distribution patterns for monolayer graphene.

  17. CYP4F2 repression and a modified alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) metabolism are two independent consequences of ethanol toxicity in human hepatocytes.

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    Russo, A; Bartolini, D; Torquato, P; Giusepponi, D; Barola, C; Galarini, R; Birringer, M; Lorkowski, S; Galli, F

    2017-04-01

    The expression of CYP4F2, a form of cytochrome P-450 with proposed role in α-tocopherol and long-chain fatty acid metabolism, was explored in HepG2 and HepaRG human hepatocytes during ethanol toxicity. Cytotoxicity, ROS production, and JNK and ERK1/2 kinase signaling increased in a dose and time-dependent manner during ethanol treatments; CYP4F2 gene expression decreased, while other CYP4F forms, namely 4F11 and 12, increased along with 3A4 and 2E1 isoforms. α-Tocopherol antagonized the cytotoxicity and CYP4F2 gene repression effect of ethanol in HepG2 cells. Ethanol stimulated the tocopherol-ω-hydroxylase activity and the other steps of vitamin E metabolism, which points to a minor role of CYP4F2 in this metabolism of human hepatocytes. PPAR-γ and SREBP-1c followed the same expression pattern of CYP4F2 in response to ethanol and α-tocopherol treatments. Moreover, the pharmacological inhibition of PPAR-γ synergized with ethanol in decreasing CYP4F2 protein expression, which suggests a role of this nuclear receptor in CYP4F2 transcriptional regulation. In conclusion, ethanol toxicity modifies the CYP expression pattern of human hepatic cells impairing CYP4F2 transcription and protein expression. These changes were associated with a lowered expression of the fatty acid biosynthesis regulators PPAR-γ and SREBP-1c, and with an increased enzymatic catabolism of vitamin E. CYP4F2 gene repression and a sustained vitamin E metabolism appear to be independent effects of ethanol toxicity in human hepatocytes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Layer-dependent Debye temperature and thermal expansion of Ru(0001) by means of high-energy resolution core-level photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Ferrari, Eugenio; Galli, Lorenzo; Miniussi, Elisa; Morri, Maurizio; Panighel, Mirko; Ricci, Maria; Lacovig, Paolo; Lizzit, Silvano; Baraldi, Alessandro

    2010-11-15

    The layer-dependent Debye temperature of Ru(0001) is determined by means of high-energy resolution core-level photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. The possibility to disentangle three different components in the Ru 3d{sub 5/2} spectrum of Ru(0001), originating from bulk, first-, and second-layer atoms, allowed us to follow the temperature evolution of their photoemission line shapes and binding energies. Temperature effects were detected, namely, a lattice thermal expansion and a layer-dependent phonon broadening, which was interpreted within the framework of the Hedin-Rosengren formalism based on the Debye theory. The resulting Debye temperature of the top-layer atoms is 295{+-}10 K, lower than that of the bulk (T=668{+-}5 K) and second-layer (T=445{+-}10 K) atoms. While these results are in agreement with the expected phonon softening at the surface, we show that a purely harmonic description of the motion of the surface atoms is not valid, since anharmonic effects contribute significantly to the position and line shape of the different core-level components.

  19. Structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts from Si(100)-c[4x2] surface: A spectral x-ray photoelectron diffraction study

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    Chen, X.; Tonner, B.P.; Denlinger, J.

    1997-04-01

    The authors have performed angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) from a Si(100)-c(4x2) surface to study the structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts. In the experiment, the highly resolved surface Si-2p core-level spectra were measured as a fine grid of hemisphere and photon energies, using the SpectroMicroscopy Facility {open_quotes}ultraESCA{close_quotes} instrument. By carefully decomposing the spectra into several surface peaks, the authors are able to obtain surface-atom resolved XPD patterns. Using a multiple scattering analysis, they derived a detailed atomic model for the Si(100)-c(4x2) surface. In this model, the asymmetric dimers were found tilted by 11.5 plus/minus 2.0 degrees with bond length of 2.32 plus/minus 0.05{angstrom}. By matching model XPD patterns to experiment, the authors can identify which atoms in the reconstructed surface are responsible for specific photoemission lines in the 2p spectrum.

  20. Coupled-cluster based approach for core-level states in condensed phase: Theory and application to different protonated forms of aqueous glycine

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    Sadybekov, Arman; Krylov, Anna I.

    2017-07-01

    A theoretical approach for calculating core-level states in condensed phase is presented. The approach is based on the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster (EOM-CC) theory and effective fragment potential (EFP) method. By introducing approximate treatment of double excitations in the EOM-CC with single and double substitutions ansatz, we address poor convergence issues that are encountered for the core-level states and significantly reduce computational costs. While the approximations introduce relatively large errors in the absolute values of transition energies, the errors are systematic. Consequently, chemical shifts, changes in ionization energies relative to reference systems, are reproduced reasonably well. By using different protonation forms of solvated glycine as a benchmark system, we show that our protocol is capable of reproducing the experimental chemical shifts with a quantitative accuracy. The results demonstrate that chemical shifts are very sensitive to the solvent interactions and that explicit treatment of a solvent, such as within EFP framework, is essential for achieving quantitative accuracy.

  1. Coupled-cluster based approach for core-level states in condensed phase: Theory and application to different protonated forms of aqueous glycine

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    Sadybekov, Arman; Krylov, Anna I.

    2017-07-07

    A theoretical approach for calculating core-level states in condensed phase is presented. The approach is based on equation-of-motion coupled-cluster theory (EOMCC) and effective fragment potential (EFP) method. By introducing an approximate treatment of double excitations in the EOM-CCSD (EOM-CC with single and double substitutions) ansatz, we address poor convergence issues that are encountered for the core-level states and significantly reduce computational costs. While the approximations introduce relatively large errors in the absolute values of transition energies, the errors are systematic. Consequently, chemical shifts, changes in ionization energies relative to reference systems, are reproduced reasonably well. By using different protonation formsmore » of solvated glycine as a benchmark system, we show that our protocol is capable of reproducing the experimental chemical shifts with a quantitative accuracy. The results demonstrate that chemical shifts are very sensitive to the solvent interactions and that explicit treatment of solvent, such as EFP, is essential for achieving quantitative accuracy.« less

  2. Variation in Genes Controlling Warfarin Disposition and Response in American Indian and Alaska Native People: CYP2C9, VKORC1, CYP4F2, CYP4F11, GGCX

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    Yracheta, Joseph; Dillard, Denise A.; Schilling, Brian; Khan, Burhan; Hopkins, Scarlett; Boyer, Bert; Black, Jynene; Wiener, Howard; Tiwari, Hemant K.; Gordon, Adam; Nickerson, Deborah; Tsai, Jesse M.; Farin, Federico M.; Thornton, Timothy A.; Rettie, Allan E.; Thummel, Kenneth E.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Pharmacogenetic testing is projected to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care by increasing therapeutic efficacy and minimizing drug toxicity. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people historically have been excluded from pharmacogenetic research and its potential benefits, a deficiency we sought to address. The vitamin K antagonist warfarin is prescribed for prevention of thromboembolic events, although its narrow therapeutic index and wide inter-individual variability necessitate close monitoring of drug response. Therefore, we were interested in variation in CYP2C9, VKORC1, CYP4F2, CYP4F11, and GGCX, which encode enzymes important for the activity of warfarin and synthesis of vitamin K dependent blood clotting factors. Methods We resequenced these genes in 188 AI/AN people in partnership with Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in Anchorage, AK and 94 Yup'ik people living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of southwest Alaska to identify known or novel function-disrupting variation. We conducted genotyping for specific SNPs in larger cohorts of each study population (380 and 350, respectively). Results We identified high frequencies of the lower-warfarin dose VKORC1 haplotype (−1639G>A and 1173C>T) and the higher-warfarin dose CYP4F2*3 variant. We also identified two relatively common, novel, and potentially function-disrupting variants in CYP2C9 (M1L and N218I), which, along with CYP2C9*3, CYP2C9*2 and CYP2C9*29, predict that a significant proportion of AI/AN people will have decreased CYP2C9 activity. Conclusions Overall, we predict a lower average warfarin dose requirement in AI/AN populations in Alaska than that seen in non-AI/AN populations of the US, a finding consistent with clinical experience in Alaska. PMID:25946405

  3. Composite Cores

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    1990-01-01

    Spang & Company's new configuration of converter transformer cores is a composite of gapped and ungapped cores assembled together in concentric relationship. The net effect of the composite design is to combine the protection from saturation offered by the gapped core with the lower magnetizing requirement of the ungapped core. The uncut core functions under normal operating conditions and the cut core takes over during abnormal operation to prevent power surges and their potentially destructive effect on transistors. Principal customers are aerospace and defense manufacturers. Cores also have applicability in commercial products where precise power regulation is required, as in the power supplies for large mainframe computers.

  4. Pathway-analysis of published genome-wide association studies of lung cancer: A potential role for the CYP4F3 locus.

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    Yin, Jieyun; Liu, Hongliang; Liu, Zhensheng; Owzar, Kouros; Han, Younghun; Su, Li; Wei, Yongyue; Hung, Rayjean J; Brhane, Yonathan; McLaughlin, John; Brennan, Paul; Bickeboeller, Heike; Rosenberger, Albert; Houlston, Richard S; Caporaso, Neil; Landi, Maria Teresa; Heinrich, Joachim; Risch, Angela; Christiani, David C; Amos, Christopher I; Wei, Qingyi

    2017-06-01

    The fatty acids (FAs) metabolism is suggested to play a pivotal role in the development of lung cancer, and we explored that by conducting a pathway-based analysis. We performed a meta-analysis of published datasets of six genome wide association studies (GWASs) from the Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung (TRICL) consortium, which included 12 160 cases with lung cancer and 16 838 cancer-free controls. A total of 30 722 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 317 genes relevant to FA metabolic pathways were identified. An additional dataset from the Harvard Lung Cancer Study with 984 cases and 970 healthy controls was also added to the final meta-analysis. In the initial meta-analysis, 26 of 28 SNPs that passed false discovery rate multiple tests were mapped to the CYP4F3 gene. Among the 26 top ranked hits was a proxy SNP, CYP4F3 rs4646904 (P = 8.65 × 10(-6) , FDR = 0.018), which is suggested to change splicing pattern/efficiency and to be associated with gene expression levels. However, after adding data of rs4646904 from the Harvard GWAS, the significance in the combined analysis was reduced to P = 3.52 × 10(-3) [odds ratio (OR) = 1.07, 95% confidence interval (95%CI) = 1.03-1.12]. Interestingly, the small Harvard dataset also pointed to the same direction of the association in subgroups of smokers (OR = 1.07) and contributed to a combined OR of 1.13 (95% CI = 1.06-1.20, P = 6.70 × 10(-5) ). The results suggest that a potentially functional SNP in CYP4F3 (rs4646904) may contribute to the etiology of lung cancer, especially in smokers. Additional mechanistic studies are warranted to unravel the potential biological significance of the finding. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Holocene lake level changes at a lowland lake in northeastern Germany inferred from acoustic sub-bottom profiling and a transect of sediment cores

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    Dietze, Elisabeth; Zawiska, Izabela; Słowiński, Michał; Brauer, Achim

    2015-04-01

    Holocene lake level changes were studied at Lake Fürstenseer See, a typical lake with complex basin morphology in northeastern German sandur area. An acoustic sub-bottom profile and a transect of four long sediment cores in the deepest lake sub-basin were analyzed. The cores were dated with AMS-14C and correlated with multiple proxies (sediment facies, μ-XRF, macrofossils, subfossil Cladocera, carbonate isotopes). At sites in 10 and 15 m water depth, shifts in the sand-mud boundary, i.e. sediment limit sensu Digerfeldt (1986), allowed quantitative estimates of the absolute amplitude of lake level changes. At sites in 20 and 23 m water depth, the negative correlation of Ca and Ti reflect lake level changes qualitatively. During high lake stands massive organic muds were deposited. Lower lake levels isolated the lake sub-basins which reduced the overall water circulation and lead to the deposition of Ti-poor carbonate muds. Furthermore, macrofossil and subfossil Cladocera analyses were used as proxies for the intense reworking at the slope and for the trophic state of the lake, respectively. Lake levels were up to 4 m higher, e.g. around 5000 cal. yrs BP and during the Medieval time period (see also Kaiser et al., 2014). During the early to mid-Holocene (between 9400 and 6400 cal. yrs BP), Lake Fürstenseer See fluctuated at an at least 3-m lower level. Further water level changes can be related to known climatic events and regional human impact. Digerfeldt, G., 1986. Studies on past lake-level fluctuations. In Berglund, B. (ed.), Handbook of Holocene Palaeoecology and Palaeohydrology: 127-144. John Wiley & Sons, New York. Kaiser, K., Küster, M., Fülling, A., Theuerkauf, M., Dietze, E., Graventein, H., Koch, P.J., Bens, O., Brauer, A., 2014. Littoral landforms and pedosedimentary sequences indicating late Holocene lake-level changes in northern central Europe ' A case study from northeastern Germany. Geomorphology 216, 58-78.

  6. Effect of metallothionein core promoter region polymorphism on cadmium, zinc and copper levels in autopsy kidney tissues from a Turkish population

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    Kayaalti, Zeliha; Mergen, Goerkem; Soeylemezoglu, Tuelin

    2010-06-01

    Metallothioneins (MTs) are metal-binding, low molecular weight proteins and are involved in pathophysiological processes like metabolism of essential metals, metal ion homeostasis and detoxification of heavy metals. Metallothionein expression is induced by various heavy metals especially cadmium, mercury and zinc; MTs suppress toxicity of heavy metals by binding themselves to these metals. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the - 5 A/G metallothionein 2A (MT2A) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and Cd, Zn and Cu levels in the renal cortex from autopsy cases. MT2A core promoter region - 5 A/G SNP was analyzed by PCR-RFLP method using 114 autopsy kidney tissues and the genotype frequencies of this polymorphism were found as 87.7% homozygote typical (AA), 11.4% heterozygote (AG) and 0.9% homozygote atypical (GG). In order to assess the Cd, Zn and Cu levels in the same autopsy kidney tissues, a dual atomic absorption spectrophotometer system was used and the average levels of Cd, Zn and Cu were measured as 95.54 {+-} 65.58 {mu}g/g, 181.20 {+-} 87.72 {mu}g/g and 17.14 {+-} 16.28 {mu}g/g, respectively. As a result, no statistical association was found between the - 5 A/G SNP in the MT2A gene and the Zn and Cu levels in the renal cortex (p > 0.05), but considerably high accumulation of Cd was monitored for individuals having AG (151.24 {+-} 60.21 {mu}g/g) and GG genotypes (153.09 {mu}g/g) compared with individuals having AA genotype (87.72 {+-} 62.98 {mu}g/g) (p < 0.05). These results show that the core promoter region polymorphism of metallothionein 2A increases the accumulation of Cd in human renal cortex.

  7. Synthesis and bioevaluation of [18F]4-fluoro-m-hydroxyphenethylguanidine ([18F]4F-MHPG): a novel radiotracer for quantitative PET studies of cardiac sympathetic innervation

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    Jang, Keun Sam; Jung, Yong-Woon; Sherman, Phillip S.; Quesada, Carole A.; Gu, Guie; Raffel, David M.

    2013-01-01

    A new cardiac sympathetic nerve imaging agent, [18F]4-fluoro-m-hydroxyphenethylguanidine ([18F]4F-MHPG), was synthesized and evaluated. The radiosynthetic intermediate [18F]4-fluoro-m-tyramine ([18F]4F-MTA) was prepared and then sequentially reacted with cyanogen bromide and NH4Br/NH4OH to afford [18F]4F-MHPG. Initial bioevaluations of [18F]4F-MHPG (biodistribution studies in rats and kinetic studies in the isolated rat heart) were similar to results previously reported for the carbon-11 labeled analog [11C]4F-MHPG. The neuronal uptake rate of [18F]4F-MHPG into the isolated rat heart was 0.68 ml/min/g wet and its retention time in sympathetic neurons was very long (T1/2 > 13 h). A PET imaging study in a nonhuman primate with [18F]4F-MHPG provided high quality images of the heart, with heart-to-blood ratios at 80–90 min after injection of 5-to-1. These initial kinetic and imaging studies of [18F]4F-MHPG suggest that this radiotracer may allow for more accurate quantification of regional cardiac sympathetic nerve density than is currently possible with existing neuronal imaging agents. PMID:23416009

  8. Preliminary TEX86 temperatures and a lake level record of tropical climate extremes derived from sediment cores and seismic stratigraphy from Lake Turkana, East Africa

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    Morrissey, A. J.; Scholz, C. A.; Russell, J. M.

    2012-12-01

    Lake Turkana is the largest lake in the Eastern Branch of the East African Rift System and records hydrologic conditions of a region spanning nearly 2.5 degrees of latitude (~2.0 - 4.5 degrees N) in the African tropics. New data suggest the Turkana region likely experienced much wetter and cooler climate over several intervals since the latest Pleistocene. Lake level was extremely low twice during the latest Pleistocene, evidenced by depositional hiatuses in high-resolution CHIRP seismic reflection data that correlate with sediments that have low water-content, abundant sand, and low total organic carbon (TOC as low as <0.7%). Lake Turkana, like many lakes in northern tropical Africa, had a wetter climate during the African Humid Period. Intervals of high lake levels (up to ~440 m amsl) are indicated by flat-lying, laterally continuous, low-amplitude reflections that correlate in sediment cores to dark, fine-grained, laminated sediment with high TOC (up to ~6%). Calcium carbonate accumulation during this time period is nearly 0%, and combined with evidence of laminated, unbioturbated sediment suggests a fresh, stratified lake with anoxic bottom waters. During the early mid-Holocene, lake level began to fall to close to present levels (~365 m amsl). Sediments deposited during this time period have low but variable organic carbon content (~0.5 - ~2%) and are much higher in inorganic carbon (from fine-grained calcite precipitation). A moderate lowstand during the late Holocene is indicated by an erosional unconformity seen down to ~40 m below the current lake surface in several seismic profiles. This record of lake level extremes suggests highly variable rainfall patterns, forced by migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone) across tropical East Africa over the last 20,000 years. More than 50 sediment samples from 3 piston cores represent a continuous record of TEX86 temperature from ~20,000 years ago to modern. The generally low (<0.25) BIT index for the

  9. High-precision frequency measurements: indispensable tools at the core of the molecular-level analysis of complex systems

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    Ruecker, C.; Meringer, M.; Gugisch, R.; Frommberger, M.; Perdue, E. M.; Witt, M.; Schmitt-Kopplin, P.

    2007-01-01

    This perspective article provides an assessment of the state-of-the-art in the molecular-resolution analysis of complex organic materials. These materials can be divided into biomolecules in complex mixtures (which are amenable to successful separation into unambiguously defined molecular fractions) and complex nonrepetitive materials (which cannot be purified in the conventional sense because they are even more intricate). Molecular-level analyses of these complex systems critically depend on the integrated use of high-performance separation, high-resolution organic structural spectroscopy and mathematical data treatment. At present, only high-precision frequency-derived data exhibit sufficient resolution to overcome the otherwise common and detrimental effects of intrinsic averaging, which deteriorate spectral resolution to the degree of bulk-level rather than molecular-resolution analysis. High-precision frequency measurements are integral to the two most influential organic structural spectroscopic methods for the investigation of complex materials—NMR spectroscopy (which provides unsurpassed detail on close-range molecular order) and FTICR mass spectrometry (which provides unrivalled resolution)—and they can be translated into isotope-specific molecular-resolution data of unprecedented significance and richness. The quality of this standalone de novo molecular-level resolution data is of unparalleled mechanistic relevance and is sufficient to fundamentally advance our understanding of the structures and functions of complex biomolecular mixtures and nonrepetitive complex materials, such as natural organic matter (NOM), aerosols, and soil, plant and microbial extracts, all of which are currently poorly amenable to meaningful target analysis. The discrete analytical volumetric pixel space that is presently available to describe complex systems (defined by NMR, FT mass spectrometry and separation technologies) is in the range of 108–14 voxels, and is

  10. Rapid measurement of perchlorate in polar ice cores down to sub-ng L(-1) levels without pre-concentration.

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    Peterson, Kari; Cole-Dai, Jihong; Brandis, Derek; Cox, Thomas; Splett, Scott

    2015-10-01

    An ion chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (IC-ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed for rapid and accurate measurement of perchlorate in polar snow and ice core samples in which perchlorate concentrations are expected to be as low as 0.1 ng L(-1). Separation of perchlorate from major inorganic species in snow is achieved with an ion chromatography system interfaced to an AB SCIEX triple quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in multiple reaction monitoring mode. Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection and lower limit of quantification without pre-concentration have been determined to be 0.1 and 0.3 ng L(-1), respectively, with a linear dynamic range of 0.3-10.0 ng L(-1) in routine measurement. These represent improvements over previously reported methods using similar analytical techniques. The improved method allows fast, accurate, and reproducible perchlorate quantification down to the sub-ng L(-1) level and will facilitate perchlorate measurement in the study of natural perchlorate production with polar ice cores in which perchlorate concentrations are anticipated to vary in the low and sub-ng L(-1) range. Initial measurements of perchlorate in ice core samples from central Greenland show that typical perchlorate concentrations in snow dated prior to the Industrial Revolution are about 0.8 ng L(-1), while perchlorate concentrations are significantly higher in recent (post-1980) snow, suggesting that anthropogenic sources are a significant contributor to perchlorate in the current environment.

  11. Low-level detection and quantification of Plutonium(III, IV, V,and VI) using a liquid core waveguide

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    Wilson, Richard E.; Hu, Yung-Jin; Nitsche, Heino

    2003-06-28

    Understanding the aqueous chemistry of plutonium, in particular in environmental conditions, is often complicated by plutonium's complex redox chemistry. Because plutonium possesses four oxidation states, all of which can coexist in solution, a reliable method for the identification of these oxidation states is needed. The identification of plutonium oxidation states at low levels in aqueous solution is often accomplished through an indirect determination using series of liquid-liquid extraction procedures using oxidation state specific reagents such as HDEHP and TTA. While these methods, coupled with radioactive counting techniques provide superior limits of detection they may influence the plutonium redox equilibrium, are time consuming, waste intensive and costly. Other analytical methods such as mass spectrometry and radioactive counting as stand alone methods provide excellent detection limits but lack the ability to discriminate between the oxidation states of the plutonium ions in solution.

  12. Vapor pressures of mixtures of CFC-114 with the potential replacement coolants C{sub 4}F{sub 10} and c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}

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    Trowbridge, L.D.; Otey, M.G.

    1994-09-01

    The U.S. Enrichment Corporation`s production of isotopically enriched uranium depends solely on two plants which utilize the gaseous diffusion process. This process uses large quantities of CFC-114 as an evaporative coolant. CFC-114, however, will be phased out of production at the end of 1995 due to its potential to deplete stratospheric ozone. A search has been underway for substitutes for a number of years. The initial search (1988-89) for an ozone-friendly, commercially available, chemically compatible substitute yielded two candidates, FC-c318 (c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}) and FC-3110 (C{sub 4}F{sub 10}). The intended mode of replacing coolant was to stage the new coolant into independent subsystems of the plants, so that some systems would continue to operate on CFC-114, and an increasing number would operate on the new coolant. During that changeover process, the possibility of coolant mixing arises in variety of scenarios. This work was intended to generate sufficient experimental information to be able to predict the vapor pressure of coolant mixtures over the range of operating conditions likely to be found in the diffusion plants. Specifically, vapor pressures were measured over the temperature range 322 to 355 K (120{degrees}F to 180{degrees}F) and over the full range of mole fractions for binary mixtures of CFC-114 with FC-3110, and of CFC-114 with FC-c318.

  13. Kinetics and its accompanying thermodynamics studies on simultaneous complexation of heterobimetallic neodymium (III) with zinc (II) and L-tryptophan in aquated DMF using 4f-4f absorption spectra.

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    Huidrom, Bimola; Singh, N Rajmuhon

    2014-01-24

    The 4f-4f absorption spectra of the simultaneous heterobimetallic complexation of trivalent neodymium ion with l-tryptophan and divalent zinc ion in aquated DMF (50%, v/v) at pH 6.0 was recorded at the time interval of 1h. From the observed absorption spectra, the values of intensity parameters such as oscillator strength (P) and Judd-Ofelt intensity (Tλ) parameters, kinetics and thermodynamics parameters were evaluated. The rate constant increases with an increase in the temperature along with the oscillator strengths and Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters. The positive values of the change in the standard enthalpy (ΔH°) and entropy (ΔS°) indicate that the complexation is endothermic. The negative values of the change in the standard free energy (ΔG°) in the range from 293.15 K to 308.15 K, indicate that the reaction occurs spontaneously and hence the formation of heterobimetallic complex in the solution is favored kinetically and thermodynamically.

  14. Two nanosized 3d-4f clusters featuring four Ln6 octahedra encapsulating a Zn4 tetrahedron.

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    Zheng, Xiu-Ying; Wang, Shi-Qiang; Tang, Wen; Zhuang, Gui-Lin; Kong, Xiang-Jian; Ren, Yan-Ping; Long, La-Sheng; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2015-07-07

    Two high-nuclearity 3d-4f clusters Ln24Zn4 (Ln = Gd and Sm) featuring four Ln6 octahedra encapsulating a Zn4 tetrahedron were obtained through the self-assembly of Zn(OAc)2 and Ln(ClO4)3. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations show the antiferromagnetic coupling between Gd(3+) ions. Studies of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) show that the Gd24Zn4 cluster exhibits the entropy change (-ΔSm) of 31.4 J kg(-1) K(-1).

  15. Nonlinear characterization of materials using the D4σ method inside a Z-scan 4f-system.

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    Boudebs, Georges; Besse, Valentin; Cassagne, Christophe; Leblond, Hervé; de Araújo, Cid B

    2013-07-01

    We show that direct measurement of the beam radius in Z-scan experiments using a CCD camera at the output of a 4f-imaging system allows higher sensitivity and better accuracy than Baryscan. One of the advantages is to be insensitive to pointing instability of pulsed lasers because no hard (physical) aperture is employed as in the usual Z-scan. In addition, the numerical calculations involved here and the measurement of the beam radius are simplified since we do not measure the transmittance through an aperture and it is not subject to mathematical artifacts related to a normalization process, especially when the diffracted light intensity is very low.

  16. The heterodimeric amino acid transporter 4F2hc/y+LAT2 mediates arginine efflux in exchange with glutamine.

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    Bröer, A; Wagner, C A; Lang, F; Bröer, S

    2000-01-01

    The cationic amino acid arginine, due to its positive charge, is usually accumulated in the cytosol. Nevertheless, arginine has to be released by a number of cell types, e.g. kidney cells, which supply other organs with this amino acid, or the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier which release arginine into the brain. Arginine release in mammalian cells can be mediated by two different transporters, y(+)LAT1 and y(+)LAT2. For insertion into the plasma membrane, these transporters have to be associated with the type-II membrane glycoprotein 4F2hc [Torrents, Estevez, Pineda, Fernandez, Lloberas, Shi, Zorzano and Palacin (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 273, 32437-32445]. The present study elucidates the function and distribution of y(+)LAT2. In contrast to y(+)LAT1, which is expressed mainly in kidney epithelial cells, lung and leucocytes, y(+)LAT2 has a wider tissue distribution, including brain, heart, testis, kidney, small intestine and parotis. When co-expressed with 4F2hc in Xenopus laevis oocytes, y(+)LAT2 mediated uptake of arginine, leucine and glutamine. Arginine uptake was inhibited strongly by lysine, glutamate, leucine, glutamine, methionine and histidine. Mutual inhibition was observed when leucine or glutamine was used as substrate. Inhibition of arginine uptake by neutral amino acids depended on the presence of Na(+), which is a hallmark of y(+)LAT-type transporters. Although arginine transport was inhibited strongly by glutamate, this anionic amino acid was only weakly transported by 4F2hc/y(+)LAT2. Amino acid transport via 4F2hc/y(+)LAT2 followed an antiport mechanism similar to the other members of this new family. Only preloaded arginine could be released in exchange for extracellular amino acids, whereas marginal release of glutamine or leucine was observed under identical conditions. These results indicated that arginine has the highest affinity for the intracellular binding site and that arginine release may be the main physiological function of

  17. The heterodimeric amino acid transporter 4F2hc/y+LAT2 mediates arginine efflux in exchange with glutamine.

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    Bröer, A; Wagner, C A; Lang, F; Bröer, S

    2000-08-01

    The cationic amino acid arginine, due to its positive charge, is usually accumulated in the cytosol. Nevertheless, arginine has to be released by a number of cell types, e.g. kidney cells, which supply other organs with this amino acid, or the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier which release arginine into the brain. Arginine release in mammalian cells can be mediated by two different transporters, y(+)LAT1 and y(+)LAT2. For insertion into the plasma membrane, these transporters have to be associated with the type-II membrane glycoprotein 4F2hc [Torrents, Estevez, Pineda, Fernandez, Lloberas, Shi, Zorzano and Palacin (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 273, 32437-32445]. The present study elucidates the function and distribution of y(+)LAT2. In contrast to y(+)LAT1, which is expressed mainly in kidney epithelial cells, lung and leucocytes, y(+)LAT2 has a wider tissue distribution, including brain, heart, testis, kidney, small intestine and parotis. When co-expressed with 4F2hc in Xenopus laevis oocytes, y(+)LAT2 mediated uptake of arginine, leucine and glutamine. Arginine uptake was inhibited strongly by lysine, glutamate, leucine, glutamine, methionine and histidine. Mutual inhibition was observed when leucine or glutamine was used as substrate. Inhibition of arginine uptake by neutral amino acids depended on the presence of Na(+), which is a hallmark of y(+)LAT-type transporters. Although arginine transport was inhibited strongly by glutamate, this anionic amino acid was only weakly transported by 4F2hc/y(+)LAT2. Amino acid transport via 4F2hc/y(+)LAT2 followed an antiport mechanism similar to the other members of this new family. Only preloaded arginine could be released in exchange for extracellular amino acids, whereas marginal release of glutamine or leucine was observed under identical conditions. These results indicated that arginine has the highest affinity for the intracellular binding site and that arginine release may be the main physiological function of

  18. The evolution of Ga and As core levels in the formation of Fe/GaAs (001):A high resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study

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    Thompson, Jamie; Neal, James; Shen, Tiehan; Morton, Simon; Tobin, James; Waddill, George Dan; Matthew, Jim; Greig, Denis; Hopkinson, Mark

    2008-07-14

    A high resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of Ga and As 3d core levels has been conducted for Fe/GaAs (001) as a function of Fe thickness. This work has provided unambiguous evidence of substrate disrupting chemical reactions induced by the Fe overlayer--a quantitative analysis of the acquired spectra indicates significantly differing behavior of Ga and As during Fe growth, and our observations have been compared with existing theoretical models. Our results demonstrate that the outdiffusing Ga and As remain largely confined to the interface region, forming a thin intermixed layer. Whereas at low coverages Fe has little influence on the underlying GaAs substrate, the onset of substrate disruption when the Fe thickness reaches 3.5 Angstrom results in major changes in the energy distribution curves (EDCs) of both As and Ga 3d cores. Our quantitative analysis suggests the presence of two additional As environments of metallic character: one bound to the interfacial region and another which, as confirmed by in situ oxidation experiments, surface segregates and persists over a wide range of overlayer thickness. Analysis of the corresponding Ga 3d EDCs found not two, but three additional environments--also metallic in nature. Two of the three are interface resident whereas the third undergoes outdiffusion at low Fe coverages. Based on the variations of the integrated intensities of each component, we present a schematic of the proposed chemical makeup of the Fe/GaAs (001) system.

  19. The evolution of Ga and As core levels in the formation of Fe/GaAs (001): A high resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study

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    Thompson, Jamie D. W.; Neal, James R.; Shen, Tiehan H.; Morton, Simon A.; Tobin, James G.; Dan Waddill, G.; Matthew, Jim A. D.; Greig, Denis; Hopkinson, Mark

    2008-07-15

    A high resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of Ga and As 3d core levels has been conducted for Fe/GaAs (001) as a function of Fe thickness. This work has provided unambiguous evidence of substrate disrupting chemical reactions induced by the Fe overlayer--a quantitative analysis of the acquired spectra indicates significantly differing behavior of Ga and As during Fe growth, and our observations have been compared with existing theoretical models. Our results demonstrate that the outdiffusing Ga and As remain largely confined to the interface region, forming a thin intermixed layer. Whereas at low coverages Fe has little influence on the underlying GaAs substrate, the onset of substrate disruption when the Fe thickness reaches 3.5 A results in major changes in the energy distribution curves (EDCs) of both As and Ga 3d cores. Our quantitative analysis suggests the presence of two additional As environments of metallic character: one bound to the interfacial region and another which, as confirmed by in situ oxidation experiments, surface segregates and persists over a wide range of overlayer thickness. Analysis of the corresponding Ga 3d EDCs found not two, but three additional environments--also metallic in nature. Two of the three are interface resident whereas the third undergoes outdiffusion at low Fe coverages. Based on the variations of the integrated intensities of each component, we present a schematic of the proposed chemical makeup of the Fe/GaAs (001) system.

  20. The Evolution of Ga and As Core Levels in the Formation of Fe/GaAs(001): A High Resolution Soft X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study

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    Thompson, J W; Neal, J R; Shen, T H; Morton, S A; Tobin, J G; Waddill, G D; Matthew, J D; Greig, D; Hopkinson, M

    2006-12-08

    A high resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of Ga and As 3d core levels has been conducted for Fe/GaAs (001) as a function of Fe thickness. This work has provided unambiguous evidence of substrate disrupting chemical reactions induced by the Fe overlayer--a quantitative analysis of the acquired spectra indicates significantly differing behavior of Ga and As during Fe growth, and our observations have been compared with existing theoretical models. Our results demonstrate that the outdiffusing Ga and As remain largely confined to the interface region, forming a thin intermixed layer. Whereas at low coverages Fe has little influence on the underlying GaAs substrate, the onset of substrate disruption when the Fe thickness reaches 3.5 {angstrom} results in major changes in the energy distribution curves (EDCs) of both As and Ga 3d cores. Our quantitative analysis suggests the presence of two new As environments of metallic character; one bound to the interfacial region and another which, as confirmed by in-situ oxidation experiments, surface segregates and persists over a wide range of overlayer thickness. Analysis of the corresponding Ga 3d EDCs found not two, but three new environments--also metallic in nature. Two of the three are interface-resident whereas the third undergoes outdiffusion at low Fe coverages. Based on the variations of the integrated intensities of each component, we present a schematic of the proposed chemical make-up of the Fe/GaAs (001) system.

  1. Time-related dynamics of variation in core clock gene expression levels in tissues relevant to the immune system.

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    Mazzoccoli, G; Sothern, R B; Greco, A; Pazienza, V; Vinciguerra, M; Liu, S; Cai, Y

    2011-01-01

    Immune parameters show rhythmic changes with a 24-h periodicity driven by an internal circadian timing system that relies on clock genes (CGs). CGs form interlocked transcription-translation feedback loops to generate and maintain 24-h mRNA and protein oscillations. In this study we evaluate and compare the profiles and the dynamics of variation of CG expression in peripheral blood, and two lymphoid tissues of mice. Expression levels of seven recognized key CGs (mBmal1, mClock, mPer1, mPer2, mCry1, mCry2, and Rev-erbalpha) were evaluated by quantitative RT- PCR in spleen, thymus and peripheral blood of C57BL/6 male mice housed on a 12-h light (L)-dark (D) cycle and sacrificed every 4 h for 24 h (3-4 mice/time point). We found a statistically significant time-effect in spleen (S), thymus (T) and blood (B) for the original values of expression level of mBmal1 (S), mClock (T, B), mPer1 (S, B), mPer2 (S), mCry1 (S), mCry2 (B) and mRev-Erbalpha (S, T, B) and for the fractional variation calculated between single time-point expression value of mBmal1 (B), mPer2 (T), mCry2 (B) and mRev-Erbalpha (S). A significant 24-h rhythm was validated for five CGs in blood (mClock, mPer1, mPer2, mCry2, mRev-Erbalpha), for four CGs in the spleen (mBmal1, mPer1, mPer2, mRev-Erbalpha), and for three CGs in the thymus (mClock, mPer2, mRev-Erbalpha). The original values of acrophases for mBmal1, mClock, mPer1, mPer2, mCry1 and mCry2 were very similar for spleen and thymus and advanced by several hours for peripheral blood compared to the lymphoid tissues, whereas the phases of mRev-Erbalpha were coincident for all three tissues. In conclusion, central and peripheral lymphoid tissues in the mouse show different sequences of activation of clock gene expression compared to peripheral blood. These differences may underlie the compartmental pattern of web functioning in the immune system.

  2. Warm Core Structure and Mid-Level Intrusion in Hurricane Bonnie (1998) During Landfalling on 26 August 1998

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    Heymsfield, G. M.; Halverson, J.

    2004-01-01

    On 26 August 1998 during CAMEX-3, Hurricane Bonnie was overflown by the NASA ER-2 aircraft instrumented with the EDOP X-Band radar and other instrumentation. Bonnie was an asymmetric storm on this day with several prominent features during its brush with the East coast. One of these features was strong intrusion of dry air on the west side of the storm. During the interaction of this westerly shear with the storm, the precipitation band rotates cyclonically from northwest to the south of the storm center. In this paper, we examine the structure of this dry intrusion and its effect on the storm. The EDOP observations are analyzed along with dropsondes, flight-level observations (NASA DC-8 and NOAA P3), and satellite data. The most apparent feature of the EDOP observations are the strong shears in the interface between the western eyewall updraft, and the dry intrusion. Mammatus are formed along this interface reminiscent of convective rear inflows, and suggestive of intense drying of the air through subsidence. This observation as well as other aspects of the analysis are related to recent numerical simulations of Hurricane Bonnie.

  3. Warm Core Structure and Mid-Level Intrusion in Hurricane Bonnie (1998) During Landfalling on 26 August 1998

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    Heymsfield, G. M.; Halverson, J.

    2004-01-01

    On 26 August 1998 during CAMEX-3, Hurricane Bonnie was overflown by the NASA ER-2 aircraft instrumented with the EDOP X-Band radar and other instrumentation. Bonnie was an asymmetric storm on this day with several prominent features during its brush with the East coast. One of these features was strong intrusion of dry air on the west side of the storm. During the interaction of this westerly shear with the storm, the precipitation band rotates cyclonically from northwest to the south of the storm center. In this paper, we examine the structure of this dry intrusion and its effect on the storm. The EDOP observations are analyzed along with dropsondes, flight-level observations (NASA DC-8 and NOAA P3), and satellite data. The most apparent feature of the EDOP observations are the strong shears in the interface between the western eyewall updraft, and the dry intrusion. Mammatus are formed along this interface reminiscent of convective rear inflows, and suggestive of intense drying of the air through subsidence. This observation as well as other aspects of the analysis are related to recent numerical simulations of Hurricane Bonnie.

  4. Changes in Serum IgA Antibody Levels against the Glycopeptidolipid Core Antigen during Antibiotic Treatment of Mycobacterium avium Complex Lung Disease.

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    Jhun, Byung Woo; Kim, Su-Young; Park, Hye Yun; Jeon, Kyeongman; Shin, Sung Jae; Koh, Won-Jung

    2017-03-28

    We evaluated serial changes in the levels of serum immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibody to the glycopeptidolipid (GPL) core antigen during antibiotic treatment in 57 patients with M. avium complex (MAC) lung disease, at baseline (T0) and after 3 months (T3) and 6 months (T6) of treatment. The median patient age was 59 years and 37 (65%) were female. Etiologic organisms included M. avium in 32 (56%) patients and M. intracellulare in 25 (44%). Seven (12%) patients had the fibrocavitary form of the disease on computed tomography. After 12 months of treatment, 42 (74%) patients achieved favorable responses, whereas 15 (26%) patients had unfavorable responses defined as no sputum culture conversion within 12 months of treatment. The initial median serum anti-GPL IgA levels in the 57 patients was 3.50 U/mL, and measurements at T0 (median 3.50 U/mL), T3 (median 2.71 U/mL), and T6 (median 2.61 U/mL) revealed significant decreases following treatment (P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that an initially elevated anti-GPL IgA level (> 3.50 U/mL) was associated with an unfavorable response (P = 0.049). Our data suggest that elevated anti-GPL IgA levels may reflect disease activity, which may help to predict treatment response in patients with MAC lung disease.

  5. Analysis of the 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)4f-5g supermultiplet of Fe I in laboratory and solar infrared spectra

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    Johansson, S.; Nave, G.; Geller, M.; Sauval, A. J.; Grevesse, N.; Schoenfeld, W. G.; Change, E. S.; Farmer, C. B.

    1994-01-01

    The combined laboratory and solar analysis of the highly excited subconfigurations 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)4f and 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)5g of Fe I has allowed us to classify 87 lines of the 4f-5g supermultiplet in the spectral region 2545-2585 per cm. The level structure of these JK-coupled configurations is predicted by semiempirical calculations and the quardrupolic approximation. Semiempirical gf-values have been calculated and are compared to gf-values derived from the solar spectrum. The solar analysis has shown that these lines, which should be much less sensitive than lower excitation lines to departures from Local Thermal Equilibrium (LTE) and to temperature uncertanties, lead to a solar abundance of iron which is consistent with the meteoritic value (A(sub Fe) = 7.51).

  6. Analysis of the 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)4f-5g supermultiplet of Fe I in laboratory and solar infrared spectra

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    Johansson, S.; Nave, G.; Geller, M.; Sauval, A. J.; Grevesse, N.; Schoenfeld, W. G.; Change, E. S.; Farmer, C. B.

    1994-01-01

    The combined laboratory and solar analysis of the highly excited subconfigurations 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)4f and 3d(sup 6)4s((sup 6)D)5g of Fe I has allowed us to classify 87 lines of the 4f-5g supermultiplet in the spectral region 2545-2585 per cm. The level structure of these JK-coupled configurations is predicted by semiempirical calculations and the quardrupolic approximation. Semiempirical gf-values have been calculated and are compared to gf-values derived from the solar spectrum. The solar analysis has shown that these lines, which should be much less sensitive than lower excitation lines to departures from Local Thermal Equilibrium (LTE) and to temperature uncertanties, lead to a solar abundance of iron which is consistent with the meteoritic value (A(sub Fe) = 7.51).

  7. Quantitative Hepatitis B Core Antibody Level Is a New Predictor for Treatment Response In HBeAg-positive Chronic Hepatitis B Patients Receiving Peginterferon

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    Hou, Feng-Qin; Song, Liu-Wei; Yuan, Quan; Fang, Lin-Lin; Ge, Sheng-Xiang; Zhang, Jun; Sheng, Ji-Fang; Xie, Dong-Ying; Shang, Jia; Wu, Shu-Huan; Sun, Yong-Tao; Wei, Shao-Feng; Wang, Mao-Rong; Wan, Mo-Bin; Jia, Ji-Dong; Luo, Guang-Han; Tang, Hong; Li, Shu-Chen; Niu, Jun-Qi; Zhou, Wei-dong; Sun, Li; Xia, Ning-Shao; Wang, Gui-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    A recent study revealed that quantitative hepatitis B core antibody (qAnti-HBc) level could serve as a novel marker for predicting treatment response. In the present study, we further investigated the predictive value of qAnti-HBc level in HBeAg-positive patients undergoing PEG-IFN therapy. A total of 140 HBeAg-positive patients who underwent PEG-IFN therapy for 48 weeks and follow-up for 24 weeks were enrolled in this study. Serum samples were taken every 12 weeks post-treatment. The predictive value of the baseline qAnti-HBc level for treatment response was evaluated. Patients were further divided into 2 groups according to the baseline qAnti-HBc level, and the response rate was compared. Additionally, the kinetics of the virological and biochemical parameters were analyzed. Patients who achieved response had a significantly higher baseline qAnti-HBc level (serological response [SR], 4.52±0.36 vs. 4.19±0.58, p=0.001; virological response [VR], 4.53±0.35 vs. 4.22±0.57, p=0.005; combined response [CR], 4.50±0.36 vs. 4.22±0.58, p=0.009)). Baseline qAnti-HBc was the only parameter that was independently correlated with SR (p=0.008), VR (p=0.010) and CR(p=0.019). Patients with baseline qAnti-HBc levels ≥30,000 IU/mL had significantly higher response rates, more HBV DNA suppression, and better hepatitis control in PEG-IFN treatment. In conclusion, qAnti-HBc level may be a novel biomarker for predicting treatment response in HBeAg-positive patients receiving PEG-IFN therapy. PMID:25553110

  8. Potential Hazards Relating to Pyrolysis of c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}O, n-C{sub 4}F{sub 10}, and c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8} in Selected Gaseous Diffusion Plant Operations

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    Trowbridge, L.D.

    2000-03-29

    As part of a program intended to replace the present evaporative coolant at the gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) with a non-ozone-depleting alternate, a series of investigations of the suitability of candidate substitutes is under way. This report summarizes studies directed at estimating the chemical and thermal stability of three candidate coolants, c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}, n-C{sub 4}F{sub 10}, and c-C{sub 4}F{sub 8}O, in a few specific environments to be found in gaseous diffusion plant operations. One issue concerning the new coolants is the possibility that they might produce the highly toxic compound perfluoroisobutylene (PFIB) in high-temperature environments. Two specific high-temperature thermal environments are examined, namely the use of a flame test for the presence of coolant vapors and welding in the presence of coolant vapors. A second issue relates to the thermal or chemical decomposition of the coolants in the gaseous diffusion process environment. The primary purpose of the study was to develop and evaluate available data to provide information that will allow the technical and industrial hygiene staff at the GDPs to perform appropriate safety evaluations and to determine the need for field testing or experimental work. The scope of this study included a literature search and an evaluation of the information developed therefrom. Part of that evaluation consists of chemical kinetics modeling of coolant decomposition in the two operational environments. The general conclusions are that PFIB formation is unlikely in either situation but that it cannot be ruled out completely under extreme conditions. The presence of oxygen, moisture, and combustion products will tend to lead to the formation of CF{sub 4} and oxidation products (COF{sub 2}, CO, CO{sub 2}, and HF) rather than PFIB.

  9. Assessing the ability of DFT methods to describe static electron correlation effects: CO core level binding energies as a representative case

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    Pueyo Bellafont, Noèlia; Bagus, Paul S.; Sousa, Carmen; Illas, Francesc

    2017-07-01

    We use a total energy difference approach to explore the ability of various density functional theory based methods in accounting for the differential effect of static electron correlation on the C(1s) and O(1s) core level binding energies (BEs) of the CO molecule. In particular, we focus on the magnitude of the errors of the computed C(1s) and O(1s) BEs and on their relative difference as compared to experiment and to previous results from explicitly correlated wave functions. Results show that the different exchange-correlation functionals studied here behave rather erratically and a considerable number of them lead to large errors in the BEs and/or the BE shifts. Nevertheless, the TPSS functional, its TPSSm and RevTPSS derivations, and its corresponding hybrid counterpart, TPSSh, perform better than average and provide BEs and BE shifts in good agreement with experiment.

  10. Design and synthesis of thiazolo[5,4-f]quinazolines as DYRK1A inhibitors, part II.

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    Foucourt, Alicia; Hédou, Damien; Dubouilh-Benard, Carole; Girard, Angélique; Taverne, Thierry; Casagrande, Anne-Sophie; Désiré, Laurent; Leblond, Bertrand; Besson, Thierry

    2014-09-26

    The convenient synthesis of a focused library (forty molecules) of novel 6,6,5-tricyclic thiazolo[5,4-f]quinazolines was realized mainly under microwave irradiation. A novel 6-aminobenzo[d]thiazole-2,7-dicarbonitrile (1) was used as a versatile molecular platform for the synthesis of various derivatives. Kinase inhibition, of the obtained final compounds, was evaluated on a panel of two kinases (DYRK1A/1B) together with some known reference DYRK1A and DYRK1B inhibitors (harmine, TG003, NCGC-00189310 and leucettine L41). Compound IC50 values were obtained and compared. Five of the novel thiazolo[5,4-f]quinazoline derivatives prepared, EHT 5372 (8c), EHT 6840 (8h), EHT 1610 (8i), EHT 9851 (8k) and EHT 3356 (9b) displayed single-digit nanomolar or subnanomolar IC50 values and are among the most potent DYRK1A/1B inhibitors disclosed to date. DYRK1A/1B kinases are known to be involved in the regulation of various molecular pathways associated with oncology, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer disease, AD, or other tauopathies), genetic diseases (such as Down Syndrome, DS), as well as diseases involved in abnormal pre-mRNA splicing. The compounds described in this communication constitute a highly potent set of novel molecular probes to evaluate the biology/pharmacology of DYR1A/1B in such diseases.

  11. Environmental Dependence of Artifact CD Peaks of Chiral Schiff Base 3d-4f Complexes in Soft Mater PMMA Matrix

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    Okamoto, Yu; Nidaira, Keisuke; Akitsu, Takashiro

    2011-01-01

    Four chiral Schiff base binuclear 3d-4f complexes (NdNi, NdCu, GdNi, and GdCu) have been prepared and characterized by means of electronic and CD spectra, IR spectra, magnetic measurements, and X-ray crystallography (NdNi). A so-called artifact peak of solid state CD spectra, which was characteristic of oriented molecules without free molecular rotation, appeared at about 470 nm. Magnetic data of the complexes in the solid state (powder) and in PMMA cast films or solutions indicated that only GdCu preserved molecular structures in various matrixes of soft maters. For the first time, we have used the changes of intensity of artifact CD peaks to detect properties of environmental (media solid state (KBr pellets), PMMA cast films, concentration dependence of PMMA in acetone solutions, and pure acetone solution) for chiral 3d-4f complexes (GdCu). Rigid matrix keeping anisotropic orientation exhibited a decrease in the intensity of the artifact CD peak toward negative values. The present results suggest that solid state artifact CD peaks can be affected by environmental viscosity of a soft mater matrix. PMID:22072930

  12. Density Functional Study of Structures and Electron Affinities of BrO4F/BrO4F−

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    Gong, Liangfa; Xiong, Jieming; Wu, Xinmin; Qi, Chuansong; Li, Wei; Guo, Wenli

    2009-01-01

    The structures, electron affinities and bond dissociation energies of BrO4F/BrO4F− species have been investigated with five density functional theory (DFT) methods with DZP++ basis sets. The planar F-Br…O2…O2 complexes possess 3A′ electronic state for neutral molecule and 4A′ state for the corresponding anion. Three types of the neutral-anion energy separations are the adiabatic electron affinity (EAad), the vertical electron affinity (EAvert), and the vertical detachment energy (VDE). The EAad value predicted by B3LYP method is 4.52 eV. The bond dissociation energies De (BrO4F → BrO4-mF + Om) (m = 1–4) and De− (BrO4F− → BrO4-mF− + Om and BrO4F− → BrO4-mF + Om−) are predicted. The adiabatic electron affinities (EAad) were predicted to be 4.52 eV for F-Br…O2…O2 (3A′←4A′) (B3LYP method). PMID:19742128

  13. Contiguous 3 d and 4 f Magnetism: Strongly Correlated 3 d Electrons in YbFe2Al10

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    Khuntia, P.; Peratheepan, P.; Strydom, A. M.; Utsumi, Y.; Ko, K.-T.; Tsuei, K.-D.; Tjeng, L. H.; Steglich, F.; Baenitz, M.

    2014-11-01

    We present magnetization, specific heat, and Al 27 NMR investigations on YbFe2Al10 over a wide range in temperature and magnetic field. The magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures is strongly enhanced at weak magnetic fields, accompanied by a ln (T0/T ) divergence of the low-T specific heat coefficient in zero field, which indicates a ground state of correlated electrons. From our hard-x-ray photoemission spectroscopy study, the Yb valence at 50 K is evaluated to be 2.38. The system displays valence fluctuating behavior in the low to intermediate temperature range, whereas above 400 K, Yb3 + carries a full and stable moment, and Fe carries a moment of about 3.1 μB. The enhanced value of the Sommerfeld-Wilson ratio and the dynamic scaling of the spin-lattice relaxation rate divided by T [(1 /T1T ) 27 ] with static susceptibility suggests admixed ferromagnetic correlations. (1 /T1T ) 27 simultaneously tracks the valence fluctuations from the 4 f Yb ions in the high temperature range and field dependent antiferromagnetic correlations among partially Kondo screened Fe 3 d moments at low temperature; the latter evolve out of an Yb 4 f admixed conduction band.

  14. 4F-PBP (4'-fluoro-α-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone), a new substance of abuse: Structural characterization and purity NMR profiling.

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    Gaspar, Helena; Bronze, Soraia; Ciríaco, Sara; Queirós, Cláudio Rafael; Matias, Ana; Rodrigues, João; Oliveira, Cristina; Cordeiro, Carlos; Santos, Susana

    2015-07-01

    The rapidly growing problem of new psychoactive substances (NPS) makes the time management for international control a real challenge, with the traditional detection methods becoming increasingly inadequate. NPS screening technologies, such as NMR, which allows multiple substances to be detected, characterized and quantified simultaneously from a single sample, offers a rapid solution to this problem. This study describes the application of NMR to the simultaneous detection, characterization and quantification of samples of white powders seized by the Portuguese Police. 4F-PBP (4'-fluoro-α-pyrolidinobutyrophenone) a new synthetic psychoactive cathinone cut with myo-inositol was found in two seized products. The structural characterization of 4F-PBP was elucidated in the mixture, and confirmed after isolation from the matrix by (1)H, (13)C, (19)F NMR and MS. Myo-inositol was found for the first time as a cutting agent of cathinones. Furthermore another seized product was characterized as being MDPBP, with a high degree of purity, and its spectroscopic elucidation enabled the correction of (13)C NMR literature assignments.

  15. A 4-fJ/Spike Artificial Neuron in 65 nm CMOS Technology

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    Sourikopoulos, Ilias; Hedayat, Sara; Loyez, Christophe; Danneville, François; Hoel, Virginie; Mercier, Eric; Cappy, Alain

    2017-01-01

    As Moore's law reaches its end, traditional computing technology based on the Von Neumann architecture is facing fundamental limits. Among them is poor energy efficiency. This situation motivates the investigation of different processing information paradigms, such as the use of spiking neural networks (SNNs), which also introduce cognitive characteristics. As applications at very high scale are addressed, the energy dissipation needs to be minimized. This effort starts from the neuron cell. In this context, this paper presents the design of an original artificial neuron, in standard 65 nm CMOS technology with optimized energy efficiency. The neuron circuit response is designed as an approximation of the Morris-Lecar theoretical model. In order to implement the non-linear gating variables, which control the ionic channel currents, transistors operating in deep subthreshold are employed. Two different circuit variants describing the neuron model equations have been developed. The first one features spike characteristics, which correlate well with a biological neuron model. The second one is a simplification of the first, designed to exhibit higher spiking frequencies, targeting large scale bio-inspired information processing applications. The most important feature of the fabricated circuits is the energy efficiency of a few femtojoules per spike, which improves prior state-of-the-art by two to three orders of magnitude. This performance is achieved by minimizing two key parameters: the supply voltage and the related membrane capacitance. Meanwhile, the obtained standby power at a resting output does not exceed tens of picowatts. The two variants were sized to 200 and 35 μm2 with the latter reaching a spiking output frequency of 26 kHz. This performance level could address various contexts, such as highly integrated neuro-processors for robotics, neuroscience or medical applications. PMID:28360831

  16. Exotic phenomena in 4f systems: From complex magnetism to surface conduction

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    Thomas, Sean Michael

    For materials synthesized with f-electron elements, the interaction between f-electrons and conduction electrons often leads to interesting physics. As the temperature is lowered, the f-electrons can hybridize with the conduction electrons in a process known as the Kondo effect. In a Kondo lattice material, the screening may become coherent at the so-called coherence temperature T*. The resulting material is often metallic, containing heavy bands with effective masses many times larger than the free electron mass. In some cases, the development of coherence leads to a filled heavy-electron band where the chemical potential lies within the hybridization gap, resulting in insulating behavior. CeAgBi2 is an antiferromagnetic compound (TN = 6.4 K) belonging to the former (metallic) case. The close energy scales of the Kondo coherence, antiferromagnetism, and crystal field levels results in complex physical properties. Transport measurements reveal a coupling between the different magnetic phases and Hall resistivity. As the field is increased, the antiferromagnetic transition temperature is suppressed to zero Kelvin. Typically, this is expected to result in a quantum critical point. However, due to strange transport behavior in the paramagnetic regime, the usual signatures of quantum criticality are hidden. SmB6 is a Kondo insulator due to the fact that the hybridization results in the opening of a gap. However, as the temperature is further lowered, the resistance saturates. Originally believed to be due to in-gap conduction states in the bulk, the true reason for the resistance saturation is a robust conducting surface state. Several theories predict that the surface state is a result of SmB6 belonging to a class of materials known as topological insulators. However, direct imaging of the spin-momentum locking of the surface states indicative of a topological insulator has proved elusive. Through transport and magnetic measurements, indirect evidence of the nature of

  17. A 4-fJ/Spike Artificial Neuron in 65 nm CMOS Technology.

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    Sourikopoulos, Ilias; Hedayat, Sara; Loyez, Christophe; Danneville, François; Hoel, Virginie; Mercier, Eric; Cappy, Alain

    2017-01-01

    As Moore's law reaches its end, traditional computing technology based on the Von Neumann architecture is facing fundamental limits. Among them is poor energy efficiency. This situation motivates the investigation of different processing information paradigms, such as the use of spiking neural networks (SNNs), which also introduce cognitive characteristics. As applications at very high scale are addressed, the energy dissipation needs to be minimized. This effort starts from the neuron cell. In this context, this paper presents the design of an original artificial neuron, in standard 65 nm CMOS technology with optimized energy efficiency. The neuron circuit response is designed as an approximation of the Morris-Lecar theoretical model. In order to implement the non-linear gating variables, which control the ionic channel currents, transistors operating in deep subthreshold are employed. Two different circuit variants describing the neuron model equations have been developed. The first one features spike characteristics, which correlate well with a biological neuron model. The second one is a simplification of the first, designed to exhibit higher spiking frequencies, targeting large scale bio-inspired information processing applications. The most important feature of the fabricated circuits is the energy efficiency of a few femtojoules per spike, which improves prior state-of-the-art by two to three orders of magnitude. This performance is achieved by minimizing two key parameters: the supply voltage and the related membrane capacitance. Meanwhile, the obtained standby power at a resting output does not exceed tens of picowatts. The two variants were sized to 200 and 35 μm(2) with the latter reaching a spiking output frequency of 26 kHz. This performance level could address various contexts, such as highly integrated neuro-processors for robotics, neuroscience or medical applications.

  18. The Current Status of the Space Station Biological Research Project: a Core Facility Enabling Multi-Generational Studies under Slectable Gravity Levels

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    Santos, O.

    2002-01-01

    The Space Station Biological Research Project (SSBRP) has developed a new plan which greatly reduces the development costs required to complete the facility. This new plan retains core capabilities while allowing for future growth. The most important piece of equipment required for quality biological research, the 2.5 meter diameter centrifuge capable of accommodating research specimen habitats at simulated gravity levels ranging from microgravity to 2.0 g, is being developed by NASDA, the Japanese space agency, for the SSBRP. This is scheduled for flight to the ISS in 2007. The project is also developing a multi-purpose incubator, an automated cell culture unit, and two microgravity habitat holding racks, currently scheduled for launch in 2005. In addition the Canadian Space Agency is developing for the project an insect habitat, which houses Drosophila melanogaster, and provides an internal centrifuge for 1 g controls. NASDA is also developing for the project a glovebox for the contained manipulation and analysis of biological specimens, scheduled for launch in 2006. This core facility will allow for experimentation on small plants (Arabidopsis species), nematode worms (C. elegans), fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), and a variety of microorganisms, bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells. We propose a plan for early utilization which focuses on surveys of changes in gene expression and protein structure due to the space flight environment. In the future, the project is looking to continue development of a rodent habitat and a plant habitat that can be accommodated on the 2.5 meter centrifuge. By utilizing the early phases of the ISS to broadly answer what changes occur at the genetic and protein level of cells and organisms exposed to the ISS low earth orbit environment, we can generate interest for future experiments when the ISS capabilities allow for direct manipulation and intervention of experiments. The ISS continues to hold promise for high quality, long

  19. An improved flow analysis-ion chromatography method for determination of cationic and anionic species at trace levels in Antarctic ice cores.

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    Morganti, Andrea; Becagli, Silvia; Castellano, Emiliano; Severi, Mirko; Traversi, Rita; Udisti, Roberto

    2007-11-12

    A method was developed for the quantitative determination of cations and anions in Antarctic ice cores at microgL(-1) and sub-microgL(-1) levels by ion chromatography (IC), after ultra-clean decontamination procedures. Strict manipulation and decontamination procedures were used in sub-sampling, in order to minimise sample contamination. Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ were determined by 12-min isocratic elution (H2SO4 eluent). Contemporaneously, in a parallel device, F-, MSA (methanesulfonic acid), Cl-, NO3- and SO4(2-) were analysed in a single 12-min run with multiple-step elution using Na2CO3/NaHCO3 as eluent. Melted ice samples were pumped from their still-closed containers (polystyrene accuvettes with polyethylene caps), shared between the two ion chromatographic systems, online filtered (0.45 microm Teflon membrane) and pre-concentrated (anions and cations pre-concentration columns) using a flow analysis system, thus avoiding uptake of contaminants from the laboratory atmosphere. Sensitivity, linear range, reproducibility and detection limit were evaluated for each chemical species. Anion or cation detection limits ranged from 0.01 to 0.15 microgL(-1) by using a relatively small sample volume (1.5 mL). Such values are significantly lower than those reported in literature for almost all the components. These methods were successfully applied to the analysis of cations and anions at trace levels in the Dome C ice core. The composition of the atmospheric aerosol for the last 850 kyr was reconstructed by high-resolution continuous chemical stratigraphies. Concentration trends in the last nine glacial-interglacial climatic cycles were shown and briefly discussed.

  20. Determination of lead isotopes in a new Greenland deep ice core at the sub-picogram per gram level by thermal ionization mass spectrometry using an improved decontamination method.

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    Han, Changhee; Burn-Nunes, Laurie J; Lee, Khanghyun; Chang, Chaewon; Kang, Jung-Ho; Han, Yeongcheol; Hur, Soon Do; Hong, Sungmin

    2015-08-01

    An improved decontamination method and ultraclean analytical procedures have been developed to minimize Pb contamination of processed glacial ice cores and to achieve reliable determination of Pb isotopes in North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) deep ice core sections with concentrations at the sub-picogram per gram level. A PL-7 (Fuso Chemical) silica-gel activator has replaced the previously used colloidal silica activator produced by Merck and has been shown to provide sufficiently enhanced ion beam intensity for Pb isotope analysis for a few tens of picograms of Pb. Considering the quantities of Pb contained in the NEEM Greenland ice core and a sample weight of 10 g used for the analysis, the blank contribution from the sample treatment was observed to be negligible. The decontamination and analysis of the artificial ice cores and selected NEEM Greenland ice core sections confirmed the cleanliness and effectiveness of the overall analytical process.

  1. Description of an optimized ChIP-seq analysis pipeline dedicated to genome wide identification of E4F1 binding sites in primary and transformed MEFs.

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    Houlès, Thibault; Rodier, Geneviève; Le Cam, Laurent; Sardet, Claude; Kirsh, Olivier

    2015-09-01

    This Data in Brief report describes the experimental and bioinformatic procedures that we used to analyze and interpret E4F1 ChIP-seq experiments published in Rodier et al. (2015) [10]. Raw and processed data are available at the GEO DataSet repository under the subseries # GSE57228. E4F1 is a ubiquitously expressed zinc-finger protein of the GLI-Kruppel family that was first identified in the late eighties as a cellular transcription factor targeted by the adenoviral oncoprotein E1A13S (Ad type V) and required for the transcription of adenoviral genes (Raychaudhuri et al., 1987) [8]. It is a multifunctional factor that also acts as an atypical E3 ubiquitin ligase for p53 (Le Cam et al., 2006) [2]. Using KO mouse models we then demonstrated that E4F1 is essential for early embryonic development (Le Cam et al., 2004), for proliferation of mouse embryonic cell (Rodier et al., 2015), for the maintenance of epidermal stem cells (Lacroix et al., 2010) [6], and strikingly, for the survival of cancer cells (Hatchi et al., 2007) [4]; (Rodier et al., 2015) [10]. The latter survival phenotype was p53-independent and suggested that E4F1 was controlling a transcriptional program driving essential functions in cancer cells. To identify this program, we performed E4F1 ChIP-seq analyses in primary Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts (MEF) and in p53(-/-), H-Ras(V12)-transformed MEFs. The program directly controlled by E4F1 was obtained by intersecting the lists of E4F1 genomic targets with the lists of genes differentially expressed in E4F1 KO and E4F1 WT cells (Rodier et al., 2015). We describe hereby how we improved our ChIP-seq analyses workflow by applying prefilters on raw data and by using a combination of two publicly available programs, Cisgenome and QESEQ.

  2. Enhancement by LDL of transfer of L-4F and oxidized lipids to HDL in C57BL/6J mice and human plasma.

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    Meriwether, David; Imaizumi, Satoshi; Grijalva, Victor; Hough, Greg; Vakili, Ladan; Anantharamaiah, G M; Farias-Eisner, Robin; Navab, Mohamad; Fogelman, Alan M; Reddy, Srinivasa T; Shechter, Ishaiahu

    2011-10-01

    The apoA-I mimetic peptide L-4F [(Ac-D-W-F-K-A-F-Y-D-K-V-A-E-K-F-K-E-A-F-NH2) synthesized from all L-amino acids] has shown potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Here, we demonstrate that LDL promotes association between L-4F and HDL. A 2- to 3-fold greater association of L-4F with human HDL was observed in the presence of human LDL as compared with HDL by itself. This association further increased when LDL was supplemented with the oxidized lipid 15S-hydroxy-5Z, 8Z, 11Z, 13E-eicosatetraenoic acid (15HETE). Additionally, L-4F significantly (P = 0.02) promoted the transfer of 15HETE from LDL to HDL. The transfer of L-4F from LDL to HDL was demonstrated both in vitro and in C57BL/6J mice. L-4F, injected into C57BL/6J mice, associated rapidly with HDL and was then cleared quickly from the circulation. Similarly, L-4F loaded onto human HDL and injected into C57BL/6J mice was cleared quickly with T(1/2) = 23.6 min. This was accompanied by a decline in human apoA-I with little or no effect on the mouse apoA-I. Based on these results, we propose that i) LDL promotes the association of L-4F with HDL and ii) in the presence of L-4F, oxidized lipids in LDL are rapidly transferred to HDL allowing these oxidized lipids to be acted upon by HDL-associated enzymes and/or cleared from the circulation.

  3. Sol-gel synthesis of Li2CoPO4F/C nanocomposite as a high power cathode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Wu, Xiaobiao; Gong, Zhengliang; Tan, Shi; Yang, Yong

    2012-12-01

    Li2CoPO4F cathode materials are successfully synthesized by solid state (SS) and sol-gel (SG) methods. The XRD results show that Li2CoPO4F samples prepared by two methods are both indexed as orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma. The particles of Li2CoPO4F (SS) are micron grade. However, the particle of Li2CoPO4F (SG) is only tens of nanometers with an amorphous carbon uniformly coated. A high reversible capacity of 138 mAh g-1 is achieved for Li2CoPO4F/C (SG) at 1 C, which is much higher than that of 106 mAh g-1 prepared by solid state method. Also, Li2CoPO4F/C (SG) shows excellent rate performance, a capacity of 119 mAh g-1, 86% retention of that at 1 C, is achieved at 20 C. The excellent rate capacity of the material is attributed to nanosized particles and uniform carbon coating that reduce ion diffusion length and enhance electronic conductivity. Furthermore, the preliminary performance characteristics of Li2CoPO4F/Li4Ti5O12 full cells are presented. The cell shows a high voltage plateau around 3.4 V with excellent rate capacity. The impressive electrochemical properties indicate that Li2CoPO4F can be a promising high power cathode material for lithium ion batteries. The capacity fading mechanism of Li2CoPO4F is also briefly investigated.

  4. New data from fringing-reef cores for the mid-Holocene higher sea level in Hainan Island, northern South China Sea

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    Yao, Yantao; Zhan, Wenhuan; Sun, Jie

    2017-04-01

    Most previous research on sea level indicators (including beachrock, abrasion platforms, notches and coral reefs) from coast of northern South China Sea suggested a higher sea level in the mid-Holocene. Microatolls, considered to be one of the most reliable indicators, led to an estimation of 2 to 3 m or even more higher sea levels in the mid-Holocene at southwest Leizhou Peninsula. Volcanic activities, however, occurred at several stages during the Quaternary at southern Leizhou Peninsula and northern Hainan Island, indicating a tectonically unstable local crust. Comprehensive comparison of microatolls between the volcanic and the non-volcanic coasts implied obvious uplift of the volcanic coast, where elevation of microatolls was higher than those on the non-volcanic coast. In addition, microatolls from the non-volcanic coast universally demonstrated a mid-Holocene higher sea level of less than 1 m. Similar studies to date at some tectonically stable locations, distant from the major glaciation centers (the far-field), provided evidence that the mid-Holocene sea level was not as high as that estimated before. On the longest and also the widest fringing reef of Hainan Island, 10 cores were drilled in a transect approximately perpendicular to coastline. Upper and lower unconformities for the layer of Holocene marine sediments witnessed the Holocene transgression and regression, respectively. U-series and AMS14C ages of in-situ surface corals and deposits from the unconformities, compiled with sedimentary characteristics, announced a highest sea level of 1.18 m in 5.30 cal ka BP. The rapid sea level rise mainly occurred in 6.25 5.75 cal ka BP at a rate up to 11.4 mm/a. From 5.30 cal ka BP to 4.50 cal ka BP, it can be regarded as a relative sea level stand, for most surface fossil microatolls on reef flat lived in this period. Since then there might be a sudden and fast sea level fall in 4.50 4.14 cal ka BP, resulting in fast exposure of the initial reef flat and then

  5. More on the Core

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    Chan, Monnica

    2013-01-01

    From a higher education perspective, new "Common Core" standards could improve student college-readiness levels, reduce institutional remediation rates, and close education gaps in and between states. As a national initiative to create common educational standards for students across multiple states, the Common Core State Standards…

  6. More on the Core

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    Chan, Monnica

    2013-01-01

    From a higher education perspective, new "Common Core" standards could improve student college-readiness levels, reduce institutional remediation rates, and close education gaps in and between states. As a national initiative to create common educational standards for students across multiple states, the Common Core State Standards…

  7. Status of the O. alpha. calculation of e sup + e sup - yields W sup + W sup - yields 4f(gamma)

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    Aeppli, A.

    1991-11-01

    We consider the full process e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}} {yields} 4f. We show that the off-shell effect are sizable and comparable to radiative effects. We give the exact results for hard bremsstrahlung processes e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} (4f + {gamma}) and the results of the O({alpha}) improved cross sections for e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}} including photon radiation. The status of the virtual corrections to the 4f-process is described.

  8. Status of the O{alpha} calculation of e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup -} {yields} 4f(gamma)

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    Aeppli, A.

    1991-11-01

    We consider the full process e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}} {yields} 4f. We show that the off-shell effect are sizable and comparable to radiative effects. We give the exact results for hard bremsstrahlung processes e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} (4f + {gamma}) and the results of the O({alpha}) improved cross sections for e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}} including photon radiation. The status of the virtual corrections to the 4f-process is described.

  9. Immunochemical quantification of cynomolgus CYP2J2, CYP4A and CYP4F enzymes in liver and small intestine.

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    Uehara, Shotaro; Murayama, Norie; Nakanishi, Yasuharu; Nakamura, Chika; Hashizume, Takanori; Zeldin, Darryl C; Yamazaki, Hiroshi; Uno, Yasuhiro

    2015-02-01

    1. An increasing number of studies have indicated the roles of CYP4 proteins in drug metabolism; however, CYP4 expression has not been measured in cynomolgus monkeys, an important animal species for drug metabolism studies. 2. In this study, cynomolgus CYP4A11, CYP4F2/3, CYP4F11 and CYP4F12, along with CYP2J2, were immunoquantified using selective antibodies in 28 livers and 35 small intestines, and their content was compared with CYP1A, CYP2A, CYP2B6, CYP2C9/19, CYP2D, CYP2E1, CYP3A4 and CYP3A5, previously quantified. 3. In livers, CYP2J2, CYP4A11, CYP4F2/3, CYP4F11 and CYP4F12, varied 1.3- to 4.3-fold, represented 11.2, 14.4, 8.0, 2.7 and 0.3% of total immunoquantified CYP1-4 proteins, respectively. 4. In small intestines, CYP2J2, CYP4F2/3, CYP4F11 and CYP4F12, varied 2.4- to 9.7-fold, represented 6.9, 36.4, 2.4 and 9.3% of total immunoquantified CYP1-4 proteins, respectively, making CYP4F the most abundant P450 subfamily in small intestines. CYP4A11 was under the detection limit in all of the samples analyzed. 5. Significant correlations were found in liver for CYP4A11 with lauric acid 11-/12-hydroxylation and for CYP4F2/3 and CYP4F11 with astemizole hydroxylation. 6. This study revealed the relatively abundant contents of cynomolgus CYP2J2, CYP4A11 and CYP4Fs in liver and/or small intestine, suggesting their potential roles for the metabolism of xenobitotics and endogenous substrates.

  10. Optical absorption and NMR spectroscopic studies on paramagnetic neodymium(III) complexes with beta-diketone and heterocyclic amines. The environment effect on 4f-4f hypersensitive transitions.

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    Ansari, A A; Irfanullah, M; Iftikhar, K

    2007-08-01

    The optical absorption spectra of [Nd(acac)3(H2O)2].H2O, [Nd(acac)3bpy] and [Nd(acac)3phen(H2O)2] (where acac=acetylacetone, bpy=2,2'-bipyridyl and phen=1,10-phenanthroline) complexes in the visible region, in a series of non-aqueous solvents (methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, chloroform, acetonitrile, pyridine, nitrobenzene and dimethylsulphoxide) have been analyzed. The transition 4G(5/2)<--4I(9/2) (Nd-VI) located near the middle of the visible region (17,500 cm(-1)) is hypersensitive. Its behavior is in sharp contrast to many other typically weak and consistently unvaried, normal 4f-4f transitions. The oscillator strength of this transition for the chelate as well as its adducts with phen and bpy in any of the solvent employed is larger than the oscillator strength of Nd3+ aqua-ion. It is most intense in pyridine for all the complexes studied and, therefore, pyridine is the most effective in promoting f-f spectral intensity. The band shape and oscillator strength of the hypersensitive transitions display pronounced changes as compared to Nd3+ aqua-ion. The band shapes of the hypersensitive transitions show remarkable changes on passing from aqueous solution to various non-aqueous solutions, which is the result of change in the environment about the Nd(III) ion in the various solutions and suggests change in the environment about the Nd(III) ion in the various solutions and suggests coordination of solvent molecule(s), in some cases. A comparative account of hypersensitivity in the present complexes with those of other adducts of Nd(beta-diketoenolate)3 with heterocyclic amines is discussed. The NMR signals of heterocyclic amines have been shifted to high fields while the resonances due to acetylacetone moiety have moved to low fields. The paramagnetic shift in the complexes is dipolar in nature.

  11. Step-by-step assembly of 4d-4f-3d complex based on heptamolybdate anion

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    Wu, Shuting; Deng, Binbin; Jiang, Xiuling; Li, Ronghua; Guo, Jiangbin; Lai, Fulong; Huang, Xihe; Huang, Changcang

    2012-12-15

    Four new complexes, (NH{sub 4}){sub 11.9}[Ln{sub 4.7}(MoO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}O){sub 23}(Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}){sub 4}]{center_dot}xH{sub 2}O (Ln=Pr, x=34 (1); Ln=Nd, x=19 (2)), [NH{sub 4}]{sub 28}[Ce{sub 8}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 31}(Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}){sub 8}]{center_dot}74H{sub 2}O (3), and (NH{sub 4}){sub 26}[CoPr{sub 8}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 33}(Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}){sub 8}]{center_dot}54H{sub 2}O (4) have been synthesized and characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, CHN elemental analyses TGA analyses, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Complex 1-3 are 0D compounds constructed by the connection between Ln{sup III} ions and [Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}]{sup 6-} unit. In complex 4, the existence of Co{sup II} connects the polyanion clusters into 1D chain. The introduction of 3d metal (cobalt cation) and 4f metal (Ln=Pr{sup III}, Nd{sup III}, Ce{sup III}) encourages the coordination capability for [Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}]{sup 6-} unit, which shows interesting coordination modes. The [Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}]{sup 6-} unit in 1-4 shows three new coordination modes, connecting up to four metal cations. Complexes 1-4 show antiferromagnetic behavior via variable temperature magnetic study. The photoluminescence spectrum indicates the photoluminescence property for 4. - Graphical abstract: Heptamolybdate anion shows extraordinary coordination geometry in the presence of both lanthanide cation (Pr{sup III}) and transitional metal cation (Co{sup II}), which give rise to a new 4d-4f-3d complex. Black-Small-Square Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new 4d-4f-3d complex that containing 1D chain was obtained and discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New coordination geometry with higher coordination number of heptamolybdate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Series of heptamolybdate contained complexes were synthesized and characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complexes mentioned above show antiferromagnetic behavior.

  12. Intersubband optical absorption between multi energy levels of electrons in InGaN/GaN spherical core-shell quantum dots

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    Liu, W. H.; Qu, Y.; Ban, S. L.

    2017-02-01

    The intersubband optical absorption between multi energy levels of electrons in InxGa1-xN/GaN spherical core-shell quantum dots (CSQDs) and ternary mixed crystal and size effects have been investigated by using the principle of density matrix. Electronic eigenstates under the effect of built-in electric field (BEF) have been calculated by a finite element method. The results show that optical absorption between intersubbands with main quantum numbers n = 1 and n = 2 are as important as that between ones with n = 1 and different angular quantum numbers when the BEF is taken into account. In consideration of BEF, the saturation of total optical absorption coefficients (ACs) and secondary peaks of refractive index changes (RICs) appear when incident light intensity I surpasses a certain value. For a given I, the maximum ACs and zero RICs positions in InxGa1-xN/GaN CSQDs with a fixed shell size have a blue-shift when x increases or the core InxGa1-xN radius R1 decreases from 5 nm. However, when R1 > 5 nm, ACs and RICs tend to be stable. The results indicate that effective adjustment of ACs and RICs in CSQDs with BEFs by size is in a limited scale range. The saturation of ACs or secondary peaks of RICs appear more likely in CSQDs with smaller x or larger R1. These results are expected to be helpful both in the further theoretical and experimental study on optic devices consisting of CSQDs.

  13. Sensitization of depressive-like behavior during repeated maternal separation is associated with more-rapid increase in core body temperature and reduced plasma cortisol levels.

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    Yusko, Brittany; Hawk, Kiel; Schiml, Patricia A; Deak, Terrence; Hennessy, Michael B

    2012-02-01

    Infant guinea pigs exhibit a 2-stage response to maternal separation: an initial active stage, characterized by vocalizing, and a second passive stage marked by depressive-like behavior (hunched posture, prolonged eye-closure, extensive piloerection) that appears to be mediated by proinflammatory activity. Recently we found that pups showed an enhanced (i.e., sensitized) depressive-like behavioral response during repeated separation. Further, core body temperature was higher during the beginning of a second separation compared to the first, suggesting a more-rapid stress-induced febrile response to separation the second day, though the possibility that temperature was already elevated prior to the second separation could not be ruled out. Therefore, the present study examined temperature prior to, and during, 2 daily separations. We also examined the temperature response to a third separation conducted 3 days after the second, and assessed the effect of repeated separation on plasma cortisol levels. Core temperature did not differ just prior to the separations, but showed a more-rapid increase and then decline during both a second and third separation than during a first. Temperature responses were not associated with changes in motor activity. Depressive-like behavior was greater during the second and third separations. Pups separated a first time showed a larger plasma cortisol response at the conclusion of separation than did animals of the same age separated a third time. In all, the results indicate that the sensitization of depressive-like behavior during repeated separations over several days is accompanied by a more-rapid febrile response that may be related to a reduction of glucocorticoid suppression.

  14. Lowering ambient or core body temperature elevates striatal MPP+ levels and enhances toxicity to dopamine neurons in MPTP-treated mice.

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    Moy, L Y; Albers, D S; Sonsalla, P K

    1998-04-20

    The neuroprotective effects of lowering body temperature have been well documented in various models of neuronal injury. The present study investigated the effects a lower ambient or core body temperature would have on damage to striatal dopamine (DA) neurons produced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP). Mice received systemic MPTP treatment at two different temperatures, 4 degrees C and 22 degrees C. MPTP-treated mice maintained at 4 degrees C demonstrated (1) a greater hypothermic response, (2) a significant reduction in striatal DA content and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity, and (3) significantly greater striatal 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) levels, as compared to mice dosed with MPTP at room temperature. Parallel studies with methamphetamine (METH) were conducted since temperature appears to play a pivotal role in the mediation of damage to DA neurons by this CNS stimulant in rodents. As previously reported, METH-induced hyperthermia and the subsequent loss of striatal DA content were attenuated in animals dosed at 4 degrees C. We also evaluated the effects a hypothermic state induced by pharmacological agents would have on striatal neurochemistry and MPP+ levels following MPTP treatment. Concurrent administration of MK-801 or 8-OHDPAT increased the striatal MPP+ levels following MPTP treatment. However, only 8-OHDPAT potentiated the MPTP-induced decrements of striatal DA content and TH activity; MK-801 did not affect MPTP decreases in these striatal markers of dopaminergic damage. Altogether, these findings indicate that temperature has a profound effect on striatal MPP+ levels and MPTP-induced damage to DA neurons in mice.

  15. Tretinoin-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules decrease reactive oxygen species levels and improve bovine embryonic development during in vitro oocyte maturation.

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    Lucas, Caroline Gomes; Remião, Mariana Härter; Komninou, Eliza Rossi; Domingues, William Borges; Haas, Cristina; Leon, Priscila Marques Moura de; Campos, Vinicius Farias; Ourique, Aline; Guterres, Silvia S; Pohlmann, Adriana R; Basso, Andrea Cristina; Seixas, Fabiana Kömmling; Beck, Ruy Carlos Ruver; Collares, Tiago

    2015-12-01

    In vitro oocyte maturation (IVM) protocols can be improved by adding chemical supplements to the culture media. Tretinoin is considered an important retinoid in embryonic development and its association with lipid-core nanocapsules (TTN-LNC) represents an innovative way of improving its solubility, and chemical stability, and reducing its toxicity. The effects of supplementing IVM medium with TTN-LNC was evaluated by analyzing production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), S36-phosphorilated-p66Shc levels and caspase activity in early embryonic development, and expression of apoptosis and pluripotency genes in blastocysts. The lowest concentration tested (0.25μM) of TTN-LNC generated higher blastocyst rate, lower ROS production and S36-p66Shc amount. Additionally, expression of BAX and SHC1 were lower in both non-encapsulated tretinoin (TTN) and TTN-LNC-treated groups. Nanoencapsulation allowed the use of smaller concentrations of tretinoin to supplement IVM medium thus reducing toxic effects related with its use, decreasing ROS levels and apoptose frequency, and improving the blastocyst rates.

  16. Magnetic Circular Dichroism of X-Ray Emission for Gadolinium in 4d-4f Excitation Region

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    Takayama, Yasuhiro; Shinoda, Motoki; Obu, Kenji; Lee, Chol; Shiozawa, Hidetsugu; Hirose, Masaaki; Ishii, Hiroyoshi; Miyahara, Tsuneaki; Okamoto, Jun

    2002-01-01

    We have measured magnetic circular dichroism of x-ray emission spectra (XES) for gadolinium in the 4d-4f excitation region. At a pre-threshold excitation energy, a large magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) signal appeared in a Raman scattering and the dramatic dependence of the MCD spectra on the excitation energy was observed. Theoretical calculation shows that the magnetic moment estimated with total photoelectron yield (TEY) spectra was much smaller than that with the emission spectra. This indicates that the MCD for the TEY reflects the magnetic state on the surface whereas the MCD for the XES reflects that in the bulk. We also observed the MCD spectra for total photon yield (TPY) and found the great difference of the MCD spectra for the TEY and TPY.

  17. Shock wave studies of the pyrolysis of fluorocarbon oxygenates. II. The thermal dissociation of C4F8O.

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    Cobos, C J; Hintzer, K; Sölter, L; Tellbach, E; Thaler, A; Troe, J

    2017-01-25

    The thermal decomposition of octafluorooxalane, C4F8O, to C2F4 + CF2 + COF2 has been studied in shock waves highly diluted in Ar between 1300 and 2200 K. The primary dissociation was shown to be followed by secondary dissociation of C2F4 and dimerization of CF2. The primary dissociation was found to be in its falloff range and falloff curves were constructed. The limiting low and high pressure rate constants were estimated and compared with modelling results. Quantum-chemical calculations identified possible reaction pathways, either leading directly to the final products of the reaction or passing through an open-chain CF2CF2CF2 intermediate which dissociates in a second step.

  18. Luminescence in Li2Sr2Al2PO4F9:Dy3+ - a novel nanophosphor.

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    Shinde, K N; Dhoble, S J

    2012-01-01

    Earlier research has revealed numerous advantages of the wet chemical method in reaction acceleration, yield improvement, enhanced photoluminescence properties and the evolution of new material phases. In the present study the novel nanophosphor Li(2)Sr(2)Al(2)PO(4)F(9):Dy(3+) was synthesized by a one-step wet chemical method. Formation of single-phase compounds was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and characterized by photoluminescence (PL) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The average diameter of the particles was calculated from the TEM image as ca. 20 nm. The synthesized nanophosphor exhibited intense blue and yellow emissions at 482 and 575 nm, respectively, owing to the Dy(3+) ion, by Hg-free excitation at 387 nm, i.e. solid-state lighting excitation. The results obtained showed that phosphors have the potential for applications in the lamp industry.

  19. Evaluation of NH4F/H2O2 effectiveness as a surface passivation agent for Cd1-xZnxTe crystals

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    Wright, Gomez W.; James, Ralph B.; Chinn, Douglas; Brunett, Bruce A.; Olsen, Richard W.; Van Scyoc, John M., III; Clift, W. Miles; Burger, Arnold; Chattopadhyay, Kaushik; Shi, Detang T.; Wingfield, Robert C.

    2000-11-01

    Various passivating agents that reduce the surface leakage current of CZT crystals have been previously reported. In none of the studies, NH4F/H2O2 was identified as a promising passivation agent for CZT. We now present a study that includes the effect of NH4F/H2O2 treatment on the surface properties and detector performance. An elemental depth profile was obtained via Auger Electron Spectroscopy. Furthermore, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy acquired at different processing times to identify the chemical states of the elemental species that composed the dielectric layer. It was found that the NH4F/H2O2 surface passivation significantly improved the sensitivity and energy resolution of CZT detectors. Furthermore, the NH4F/H2O2 treatment did not attack the Au electrodes, which eliminated the need to protect the contacts in the detector fabrication process.

  20. 17 CFR 41.3 - Application for an exemptive order pursuant to section 4f(a)(4)(B) of the Act.

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    2012-04-01

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    2013-04-01

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    2011-04-01

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  4. Atomic layer etching of silicon dioxide using alternating C4F8 and energetic Ar+ plasma beams

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    Kaler, Sanbir S.; Lou, Qiaowei; Donnelly, Vincent M.; Economou, Demetre J.

    2017-06-01

    Atomic layer etching (ALE) of SiO2 was studied by alternating exposure of a 5 nm-thick SiO2 film on Si substrate to (1) a plasma beam emanating from a c-C4F8 inductively coupled plasma (ICP), to grow a fluorocarbon (FC) film composed mainly of CF2, and (2) an energetic (130 eV) Ar+ ion beam extracted from a separate Ar ICP. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to analyze the chemical composition of the near-surface region, and to quantify the thickness of the FC and SiO2 films. A very thin (3-6 Å), near self-limiting thickness CF2-rich FC film was found to deposit on the SiO2 surface with exposure to continuous or pulsed power C4F8 plasma beams, under conditions that generated a large relative flux of CF2. Following this, a FC film of similar composition grew at ~10 times slower rate. Exposure of the thin film to the Ar+ beam led to removal of 1.9 Å SiO2. An estimated yield of 1.3 SiO2 molecules-per-Ar+ was found for a single ALE step. The rate of 1.9 Å/cycle persisted over multiple ALE cycles, but a carbon-rich residual film did build up. This film can be removed by a brief exposure to an O2-containing plasma beam.

  5. Energy-pooling collisions in cesium: 6PJ+6PJ-->6S+(nl=7P,6D,8S,4F)

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    Jabbour, Z. J.; Namiotka, R. K.; Huennekens, J.; Allegrini, M.; Milošević, S.; de Tomasi, F.

    1996-08-01

    We report experimental rate coefficients for the energy-pooling collisions Cs(6P1/2)+Cs(6P1/2)-->Cs(6S1/2)+Cs(nlJ') and Cs(6P3/2)+Cs(6P3/2)-->Cs(6S1/2)+Cs(nlJ') where nlJ'=7P1/2, 7P3/2, 6D3/2, 6D5/2, 8S1/2, 4F5/2, or 4F7/2. Atoms were excited to either the 6P1/2 or 6P3/2 state using a single-mode Ti:sapphire laser. The excited-atom density and spatial distribution were mapped by monitoring the absorption of a counterpropagating single-mode ring dye laser beam, tuned to either the 6P1/2-->8S1/2 or 6P3/2-->7D3/2,5/2 transitions, which could be translated parallel to the pump beam. Transmission factors, which describe the average probability that photons emitted within the fluorescence detection region can pass through the optically thick vapor without being absorbed, were calculated for all relevant transitions. Effective lifetimes of levels populated by energy-pooling collisions are modified by radiation trapping, and these factors were calculated using the Molisch theory. These calculated quantities have been combined with the measured excited-atom densities and fluorescence ratios to yield absolute energy-pooling rate coefficients. It was found that the rate for production, in all cases, is greatest for 6D, but that 1/2-1/2 collisions are significantly more efficient than 3/2-3/2 collisions for populating 7P. It was also found that 7P1/2 is populated two to three times more efficiently than 7P3/2 in 1/2-1/2 collisions, but that the 7P fine-structure levels are approximately equally populated in 3/2-3/2 collisions.

  6. Disentangling Holocene lake level changes with a transect of lake sediment cores - a case study from Lake Fürstenseer See, northeastern Germany

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    Dietze, Elisabeth; Slowinski, Michal; Kienel, Ulrike; Zawiska, Izabela; Brauer, Achim

    2014-05-01

    Deciphering the main processes contributing to lake and landscape evolution in the northern central European lowlands on different temporal scales is one of the main targets of the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis (ICLEA) of the Helmholtz Association. In the context of future climatic changes especially the hydrological system is a vulnerable landscape component that showed considerably large changes in the recent past. The analysis of lake sediment archives can help to infer long-term dynamics of regional lake and groundwater levels, although available proxy information needs to be studied carefully, as water level changes are only one trigger. Lake Fürstenseer See (53°19'N, 13°12'E, lake level in 2009: 63.3 m a.s.l.) formed after the retreat of the Weichselian ice sheet in a subglacial channel in the direct forefront of the Pommerian ice margin. The ~2 km2 large lake (zmax = 24.5 m) has a (sub-) surficial catchment area of ~(20) 40 km2 including other smaller lakes and peatlands. In the past, the lake system was artificially dammed for the operation of water mills. Located within the well-drained sandur substrate, the lake levels vary with groundwater levels in response to hydrological and catchment-related groundwater recharge. Detrital matter input from fluvial activity can be excluded. Lake sediment cores at four sites along a transect down to 23 m water depth show distinct sediment facies patterns. Stratigraphic descriptions and non-destructive continuous micro-XRF scanning allowed the differentiation of the main sediment facies, which were microscopically described using thin sections. Quantification of total organic and inorganic matter (TOC, TIC, C/N-composition) and discontinuous macrorest, diatom and Cladocera analysis helped to approach the sedimentation history. Stable isotopes of (delta-180, delta-13C) were used for characterization of carbonates. A high amount of non-reworked terrestrial plant remains from

  7. Meeting the International Health Regulations (2005) surveillance core capacity requirements at the subnational level in Europe: the added value of syndromic surveillance.

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    Ziemann, Alexandra; Rosenkötter, Nicole; Riesgo, Luis Garcia-Castrillo; Fischer, Matthias; Krämer, Alexander; Lippert, Freddy K; Vergeiner, Gernot; Brand, Helmut; Krafft, Thomas

    2015-02-07

    The revised World Health Organization's International Health Regulations (2005) request a timely and all-hazard approach towards surveillance, especially at the subnational level. We discuss three questions of syndromic surveillance application in the European context for assessing public health emergencies of international concern: (i) can syndromic surveillance support countries, especially the subnational level, to meet the International Health Regulations (2005) core surveillance capacity requirements, (ii) are European syndromic surveillance systems comparable to enable cross-border surveillance, and (iii) at which administrative level should syndromic surveillance best be applied? Despite the ongoing criticism on the usefulness of syndromic surveillance which is related to its clinically nonspecific output, we demonstrate that it was a suitable supplement for timely assessment of the impact of three different public health emergencies affecting Europe. Subnational syndromic surveillance analysis in some cases proved to be of advantage for detecting an event earlier compared to national level analysis. However, in many cases, syndromic surveillance did not detect local events with only a small number of cases. The European Commission envisions comparability of surveillance output to enable cross-border surveillance. Evaluated against European infectious disease case definitions, syndromic surveillance can contribute to identify cases that might fulfil the clinical case definition but the approach is too unspecific to comply to complete clinical definitions. Syndromic surveillance results still seem feasible for comparable cross-border surveillance as similarly defined syndromes are analysed. We suggest a new model of implementing syndromic surveillance at the subnational level. In this model, syndromic surveillance systems are fine-tuned to their local context and integrated into the existing subnational surveillance and reporting structure. By enhancing

  8. Structure, stability, and photoluminescence in the anti-perovskites Na3W1-xMoxO4F (0≤x≤1)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sullivan, Eirin; Avdeev, Maxim; Blom, Douglas A.; Gahrs, Casey J.; Green, Robert L.; Hamaker, Christopher G.; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-10-01