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  1. Ab initio calculations on the X (2)B1 and A (2)A1 states of AsH2, and Franck-Condon simulation, including anharmonicity, of the A(0,0,0)-X single vibronic level emission spectrum of AsH2.

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    Lee, Edmond P F; Mok, Daniel K W; Chau, Foo-Tim; Dyke, John M

    2010-06-21

    Restricted-spin coupled-cluster single-double plus perturbative triple excitation {RCCSD(T)} calculations were carried out on the X (2)B(1) and A (2)A(1) states of AsH(2) employing the fully relativistic small-core effective core potential (ECP10MDF) for As and basis sets of up to the augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence quintuple-zeta (aug-cc-pV5Z) quality. Minimum-energy geometrical parameters and relative electronic energies were evaluated, including contributions from extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and from outer core correlation of the As 3d(10) electrons employing additional tight 4d3f2g2h functions designed for As. In addition, simplified, explicitly correlated CCSD(T)-F12 calculations were also performed employing different atomic orbital basis sets of up to aug-cc-pVQZ quality, and associated complementary auxiliary and density-fitting basis sets. The best theoretical estimate of the relative electronic energy of the A (2)A(1) state of AsH(2) relative to the X (2)B(1) state including zero-point energy correction (T(0)) is 19,954(32) cm(-1), which agrees very well with available experimental T(0) values of 19,909.4531(18) and 19,909.4910(17) cm(-1) obtained from recent laser induced fluorescence and cavity ringdown absorption spectroscopic studies. In addition, potential energy functions (PEFs) of the X (2)B(1) and A (2)A(1) states of AsH(2) were computed at different RCCSD(T) and CCSD(T)-F12 levels. These PEFs were used in variational calculations of anharmonic vibrational wave functions, which were then utilized to calculate Franck-Condon factors (FCFs) between these two states, using a method which includes allowance for anharmonicity and Duschinsky rotation. The A(0,0,0)-X single vibronic level (SVL) emission spectrum of AsH(2) was simulated using these computed FCFs. Comparison between simulated and available experimental vibrationally resolved spectra of the A(0,0,0)-X SVL emission of AsH(2), which consist essentially of

  2. Normal A0-A1 stars with low v sin i

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    Royer, F.; Gebran, M.; Monier, R.; Hill, G.; Gulliver, A.; Adelman, S.; Smalley, B.; Pintado, O.; Reiners, A.

    2014-11-01

    Royer et al. te{Ror_07_2} studied a sample of A0-A1 stars that did not contain any previously known binary or chemically peculiar (CP) star. They showed that the distribution of the equatorial rotational velocities of the sample is bimodal. We report here the preliminary results of the abundance analysis of 47 of those ``normal'' A0-A1 main-sequence stars. The selection criterion was v sin i < 65 km s^{-1}. An hierarchical classification based on the abundances has supported the identification of new CP stars, while normal composition was confirmed the for ˜40 clean sample of normal A0-A1 stars with low v sin i was then examined for intrinsically slow rotators.

  3. Rotational velocity distribution of A stars: Searching for intrinsic slowly rotating normal A0-A1 stars

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    Royer, F.; Gebran, M.; Monier, R.; Caraty, Y.; Kiliçoğlu, T.; Pintado, O.; Adelman, S.; Smalley, B.; Reiners, A.; Hill, G.; Gulliver, A.

    2012-12-01

    Royer et al. (2007) showed that the distribution of rotational velocities for A0-A1 stars is bimodal although all known peculiar and/or binary stars had been excluded from their sample. We present here the preliminary results of the abundance analysis for 47 A0-A1 ``normal'' main sequence stars selected with v sin i slower than 65 kms. These high signal-to-noise spectra collected with ÉLODIE and SOPHIE (OHP) will allow us to obtain a clean sample of low v sin i normal A0-A1 stars and search for intrinsic slow rotators.

  4. Milk A1 and A2 peptides and diabetes.

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    Clemens, Roger A

    2011-01-01

    Food-derived peptides, specifically those derived from milk, may adversely affect health by increasing the risk of insulin-dependent diabetes. This position is based on the relationship of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the consumption of variants A1 and B β-casein from cow's milk. It appears that β-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) from β-casein may function as an immunosuppressant and impair tolerance to dietary antigens in the gut immune system, which, in turn, may contribute to the onset of T1D. There are thirteen genetic variants of β-casein in dairy cattle. Among those variants are A1, A2, and B, which are also found in human milk. The amino acid sequences of β-casomorphins among these bovine variants and those found in human milk are similar, often differing only by a single amino acid. In vitro studies indicate BCM-7 can be produced from A1 and B during typical digestive processes; however, BCM-7 is not a product of A2 digestion. Evidence from several epidemiological studies and animal models does not support the association of milk proteins, even proteins in breast milk, and the development of T1D. Ecological data, primarily based on A1/ A2 variations among livestock breeds, do not demonstrate causation, even among countries where there is considerable dairy consumption. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  5. Functional properties of the glycosylated minor hemoglobins A1a-1,A1a-2 and A1b. EPR evidence for increased stability of the low affinity quaternary structure and decreased susceptibility to organic phosphate.

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    Nagai, K; Enoki, Y; Kaneko, A; Hori, H

    1980-06-26

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the glycosylated minor hemoglobins A1a-1, A1a-2, A1b and A1c and the major hemoglobin A0 in the nitrosyl form have been obtained in the absence and presence of inositol hexaphosphate. In the absence of inositol hexaphosphate, nitrosyl hemoglobins A1a-1, A1a-2 and A1b exhibited a triplet hyperfine structure centered at g = 2.009 which has been shown to be diagnostic of the low affinity (T) quaternary structure. Addition of inositol hexaphosphate to nitrosyl hemoglobins A0, A1c, A1b and A1a-2 developed a triplet hyperfine structure of the EPR spectra but the magnitude of the hyperfine was decreased in the order of hemoglobins A0, A1c, A1b and A1a-2. However, inositol hexaphosphate had essentially no effect on the EPR spectrum of nitrosyl hemoglobin A1a-1. The present results account qualitatively for the oxygen binding properties of these glycosylated minor hemoglobins in the framework of a two-state allosteric model.

  6. Bootstrapping the (A1, A2) Argyres-Douglas theory

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    Cornagliotto, Martina; Lemos, Madalena; Liendo, Pedro

    2018-03-01

    We apply bootstrap techniques in order to constrain the CFT data of the ( A 1 , A 2) Argyres-Douglas theory, which is arguably the simplest of the Argyres-Douglas models. We study the four-point function of its single Coulomb branch chiral ring generator and put numerical bounds on the low-lying spectrum of the theory. Of particular interest is an infinite family of semi-short multiplets labeled by the spin ℓ. Although the conformal dimensions of these multiplets are protected, their three-point functions are not. Using the numerical bootstrap we impose rigorous upper and lower bounds on their values for spins up to ℓ = 20. Through a recently obtained inversion formula, we also estimate them for sufficiently large ℓ, and the comparison of both approaches shows consistent results. We also give a rigorous numerical range for the OPE coefficient of the next operator in the chiral ring, and estimates for the dimension of the first R-symmetry neutral non-protected multiplet for small spin.

  7. ASTERICS (= Geophysical Studies near the Ascension Transform: Evolution of Ridge Segmentation and Crustal Structure) - Segment A0/A1

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    Fink, M. J.; Bialas, J.; Reston, T.

    2004-12-01

    The ASTERICS project investigates the crustal and upper mantle structure in the area of the Ascension Transform (AT) at the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge (MAR). The AT is a "double transform fault" consisting of two parallel transform fault/fracture zone systems sandwiching a very short segment. The project investigates the tectonics and structure of the double transform as well as the segments south of it. Here four spreading segments can be identified. Segment A1 is formed by a typical axial ridge with a distinct graben. To the South segment A2 continues with an intermediate shaped seafloor topography, while the segment A3, is marked by a well-defined axial high. Subject of this poster are seismic models derived 1.) from data collected along a 200 km long wide-angle seismic profile (OBS), which has been recorded along the center of the SAFZ and 2.) from data collected along a 85 km long profile across the well pronounced MAR of segment A1. Slightly offset to the East an axial ridge like graben is observed between the two transforms at the western end of the AT. The velocity model derived from a first arrival tomography after Korenaga et al. (2000) of the MAR in segment A1 shows a high of the mantle 15 km east of the axial graben. A tongue of reduced velocities (6-6.5 km/s) indents from West underneath it. Together with the elevated seafloor on the Eastern flank of this MAR segment this setting forms the typical structure expected with Inside-Corner-Highs (ICH) and Outside-Corners (OC). From available bathymetry no corrugated surface has been identified, arguing for a young stage of development. geomar.de/index.php?id=asterics&L=1

  8. ASTERICS (= Geophysical Studies near the Ascension Transform: Evolution of Ridge Segmentation and Crustal Structure) - Segment A0/A1

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fink, M.; Bialas, J.; Reston, T.

    2008-12-01

    The ASTERICS project investigates the crustal and upper mantle structure in the area of the Ascension Transform (AT) at the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge (MAR). The AT is a "double transform fault" consisting of two parallel transform fault/fracture zone systems sandwiching a very short segment. The project investigates the tectonics and structure of the double transform as well as the segments south of it. Here four spreading segments can be identified. Segment A1 is formed by a typical axial ridge with a distinct graben. To the South segment A2 continues with an intermediate shaped seafloor topography, while the segment A3, is marked by a well-defined axial high. Subject of this poster are seismic models derived 1.) from data collected along a 200 km long wide-angle seismic profile (OBS), which has been recorded along the center of the SAFZ and 2.) from data collected along a 85 km long profile across the well pronounced MAR of segment A1. Slightly offset to the East an axial ridge like graben is observed between the two transforms at the western end of the AT. The velocity model derived from a first arrival tomography after Korenaga et al. (2000) of the MAR in segment A1 shows a high of the mantle 15 km east of the axial graben. A tongue of reduced velocities (6-6.5 km/s) indents from West underneath it. Together with the elevated seafloor on the Eastern flank of this MAR segment this setting forms the typical structure expected with Inside-Corner-Highs (ICH) and Outside-Corners (OC). From available bathymetry no corrugated surface has been identified, arguing for a young stage of development. geomar.de/index.php?id=asterics&L=1

  9. ASTERICS (= Geophysical Studies near the Ascension Transform: Evolution of Ridge Segmentation and Crustal Structure) - Segment A0/A1

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fink, M. J.; Bialas, J.; Reston, T.

    2007-12-01

    The ASTERICS project investigates the crustal and upper mantle structure in the area of the Ascension Transform (AT) at the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge (MAR). The AT is a "double transform fault" consisting of two parallel transform fault/fracture zone systems sandwiching a very short segment. The project investigates the tectonics and structure of the double transform as well as the segments south of it. Here four spreading segments can be identified. Segment A1 is formed by a typical axial ridge with a distinct graben. To the South segment A2 continues with an intermediate shaped seafloor topography, while the segment A3, is marked by a well-defined axial high. Subject of this poster are seismic models derived 1.) from data collected along a 200 km long wide-angle seismic profile (OBS), which has been recorded along the center of the SAFZ and 2.) from data collected along a 85 km long profile across the well pronounced MAR of segment A1. Slightly offset to the East an axial ridge like graben is observed between the two transforms at the western end of the AT. The velocity model derived from a first arrival tomography after Korenaga et al. (2000) of the MAR in segment A1 shows a high of the mantle 15 km east of the axial graben. A tongue of reduced velocities (6-6.5 km/s) indents from West underneath it. Together with the elevated seafloor on the Eastern flank of this MAR segment this setting forms the typical structure expected with Inside-Corner-Highs (ICH) and Outside-Corners (OC). From available bathymetry no corrugated surface has been identified, arguing for a young stage of development. geomar.de/index.php?id=asterics&L=1

  10. Cleavage of a Recombinant Human Immunoglobulin A2 (IgA2)-IgA1 Hybrid Antibody by Certain Bacterial IgA1 Proteases

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    Senior, Bernard W.; Dunlop, James I.; Batten, Margaret R.; Kilian, Mogens; Woof, Jenny M.

    2000-01-01

    To understand more about the factors influencing the cleavage of immunoglobulin A1 (IgA1) by microbial IgA1 proteases, a recombinant human IgA2/IgA1 hybrid molecule was generated. In the hybrid, termed IgA2/A1 half hinge, a seven-amino-acid sequence corresponding to one half of the duplicated sequence making up the IgA1 hinge was incorporated into the equivalent site in IgA2. Insertion of the IgA1 half hinge into IgA2 did not affect antigen binding capacity or the functional activity of the hybrid molecule, as judged by its ability to bind to IgA Fcα receptors and trigger respiratory bursts in neutrophils. Although the IgA2/A1 hybrid contained only half of the IgA1 hinge, it was found to be cleaved by a variety of different bacterial IgA1 proteases, including representatives of those that cleave IgA1 in the different duplicated halves of the hinge, namely, those of Prevotella melaninogenica, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. sanguis, Neisseria meningitidis types 1 and 2, N. gonorrhoeae types 1 and 2, and Haemophilus influenzae type 2. Thus, for these enzymes the recognition site for IgA1 cleavage is contained within half of the IgA1 hinge region; additional distal elements, if required, are provided by either an IgA1 or an IgA2 framework. In contrast, the IgA2/A1 hybrid appeared to be resistant to cleavage with S. oralis and some H. influenzae type 1 IgA1 proteases, suggesting these enzymes require additional determinants for efficient substrate recognition. PMID:10639405

  11. 47 CFR 80.1089 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2. 80...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1089 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1 and A2. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1 or A2 at all times...

  12. 47 CFR 80.1089 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2. 80...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1089 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1 and A2. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1 or A2 at all times...

  13. 47 CFR 80.1089 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2. 80...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1089 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1 and A2. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1 or A2 at all times...

  14. 47 CFR 80.1089 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2. 80...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1089 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1 and A2. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1 or A2 at all times...

  15. EphA2/Ephrin-A1 Signaling Complexes Restrict Corneal Epithelial Cell Migration

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    Kaplan, Nihal; Fatima, Anees; Peng, Han; Bryar, Paul J.; Lavker, Robert M.; Getsios, Spiro

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. Eph/ephrin signaling proteins are present in the corneal epithelium, where their function remains unknown. The authors examined the role of the EphA2 receptor and ephrin-A1 ligand in human corneal epithelial cell migration. Methods. Immunohistochemical analysis of EphA2 and ephrin-A1 in healthy and diabetic corneas was performed in concert with linear scratch wound healing studies in primary and telomerase-immortalized human corneal epithelial cells. Corneal epithelial cells were exposed to a soluble ephrin-A1-Fc peptide mimetic that targets EphA2 to trigger receptor phosphorylation and subsequent downregulation. Genetic modulation of EphA2 and ephrin-A1 levels was combined with manipulation of Erk1/2 or Akt signaling during wound healing. Results. EphA2 was immunolocalized to human corneal epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro. Ephrin-A1 ligand targeting of EphA2 restricted the ability of corneal epithelial cells to seal linear scratch wounds in a manner that was associated with a transient reduction in Erk1/2 and Akt activation state. Ephrin-A1-Fc treatment delayed wound healing independently of Mek-Erk1/2 signaling but was no longer capable of restricting migration after pharmacologic blockade of the PI3K-Akt pathway. Interestingly, ephrin-A1 immunoreactivity was increased in the corneal epithelia of diabetic individuals, mice maintained on a high-fat diet, or cultured corneal epithelial cells exposed to high glucose, which exhibit impaired Akt signaling and slower wound healing responses. Conclusions. EphA2 attenuates corneal epithelial cell migration when stimulated by ephrin-A1 ligand in a manner that involves the suppression of Akt. Elevated levels of ephrin-A1 may contribute to diabetic keratopathies by persistently engaging EphA2 and prohibiting Akt-dependent corneal epithelial repair processes. PMID:22247486

  16. [Significance of the isoantigen A2 and immune anti-A1 antibodies in transfusiology].

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    Dashkova, N G; Ragimov, A A; Asoskova, T K

    2009-01-01

    The paper gives data on the frequency of A2 and A2B blood groups in the blood samples of 3590 donors and patients and on the carriage of irregular anti-A1 antibodies. To define the belonging of anti-A1 antibodies to various classes of immunoglobulins, their resistance and temperature optimum, at which the antibodies showed the highest activity, the authors examined the irregular anti-A1 antibodies-containing sera from 43 subjects with A2 and A2B blood groups. The necessity of identifying the carriage of irregular anti-A1 antibodies is determined by the fact that there may be posttransfusion reactions or complications in recipients, the carriers of such antibodies, who are transfused donor red blood cells containing the antigen A1. The risk of the development of such events is particularly great when anti-A1 antibodies are active at 37 degrees C and belong to the IgG class, i.e. they are immune; transfusion to a recipient is carried out during surgery under artificial hypothermia (below 28 degrees C). The red blood cells (A2 or A2B) from a donor having the same group should be selected for recipients having an A2 or A2B blood groups, respectively, and immune anti-A1 antibodies; if the latter are absent, in accordance with the instruction, there may be a selection of other-group donor red blood cells: 0 group red blood cells to recipients with A2 blood group and 0 or B group red blood cells to recipients with A2B blood group. An individual selection should be without fail made for the compatibility of bloods from a donor and a recipient in salt tests (at 4-8, 20-22, and 37 degrees C) and indirect Coombs' test. When plasma components (fresh frozen plasma, native plasma and its concentrate) are transfused to recipients with A2 and A2B blood groups having immune anti-A1 antibodies, one should use the same plasma group--A and AB, respectively.

  17. β-Substituted copper porphyrin cations: A 2u or A 1u radicals?

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    Liao, Meng-Sheng; Scheiner, Steve

    2003-01-01

    DFT calculations have been performed on a series of β-substituted copper porphyrins, CuP-X, with particular regard to substituent effects upon the relative energies of two frontier occupied, nearly degenerate a 2u and a 1u orbitals. Substitution by electron-withdrawing groups only slightly enlarges the a 2u-a 1u separation of CuP. Electron-donating groups CH 2OH and OCH 3 raise the energies of a 2u and a 1u uniformly. In contrast, SH and NH 2 reverse the normal ordering; these [CuP-X] + cation radicals are mainly a 1u in character. Electronic structures of CuP derivatives substituted at all eight β-pyrrole positions are also examined.

  18. EphrinA1 repulsive response is regulated by an EphA2 tyrosine phosphatase.

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    Parri, Matteo; Buricchi, Francesca; Taddei, Maria Letizia; Giannoni, Elisa; Raugei, Giovanni; Ramponi, Giampietro; Chiarugi, Paola

    2005-10-07

    Ephrin kinases and their ephrin ligands transduce repulsion of cells in axon guidance, migration, invasiveness, and tumor growth, exerting a negative signaling on cell proliferation and adhesion. A key role of their kinase activity has been confirmed by mutant kinase inactive receptors that shift the cellular response from repulsion to adhesion. Our present study aimed to investigate the role of low molecular weight protein-tyrosine phosphatase (LMW-PTP) in ephrinA1/EphA2 signaling. LMW-PTP, by means of dephosphorylation of EphA2 kinase, negatively regulates the ephrinA1-mediated repulsive response, cell proliferation, cell adhesion and spreading, and the formation of retraction fibers, thereby confirming the relevance of the net level of tyrosine phosphorylation of Eph receptors. LMW-PTP interferes with ephrin-mediated mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling likely through inhibition of p120RasGAP binding to the activated EphA2 kinase, thereby confirming the key role of mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibition by ephrinA1 repulsive signaling. We conclude that LMW-PTP acts as a terminator of EphA2 signaling causing an efficient negative feedback loop on the biological response mediated by ephrinA1 and pointing on tyrosine phosphorylation as the main event orchestrating the repulsive response.

  19. 49 CFR 173.435 - Table of A1 and A2 values for radionuclides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... ofradionuclide Element and atomic number A1 (TBq) A1 (Ci) b A2 (TBq) A2 (Ci) b Specific activity (TBq/g) (Ci/g... absorption) (a)(d) Uranium (92) 4.0×101 1.1×103 1.0×10−1 2.7 1.0×103 2.7×104 U-230 (medium lung absorption) (a)(e) 4.0×101 1.1×103 4.0×10−3 1.1×10−1 1.0×103 2.7×104 U-230 (slow lung absorption) (a)(f) 3.0×101...

  20. 47 CFR 80.1091 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1091 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2, and A3. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1, A2, or...

  1. 47 CFR 80.1091 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1091 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2, and A3. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1, A2, or...

  2. 47 CFR 80.1091 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1091 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2, and A3. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1, A2, or...

  3. 47 CFR 80.1091 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3...) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1091 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2, and A3. This section contains the additional equipment requirements for ships that remain within sea areas A1, A2, or...

  4. 47 CFR 80.1093 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and... AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1093 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2...

  5. 47 CFR 80.1093 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and... AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1093 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2...

  6. 47 CFR 80.1093 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and... AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1093 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2...

  7. 47 CFR 80.1093 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and... AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Equipment Requirements for Ship Stations § 80.1093 Ship radio equipment—Sea areas A1, A2...

  8. Homologous Pairing Activities of Two Rice RAD51 Proteins, RAD51A1 and RAD51A2

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    Ikawa, Shukuko; Mimida, Naozumi; Shimizu, Takeshi; Toki, Seiichi; Ichikawa, Hiroaki; Shibata, Takehiko; Kurumizaka, Hitoshi

    2013-01-01

    In higher eukaryotes, RAD51 functions as an essential protein in homologous recombination and recombinational repair of DNA double strand breaks. During these processes, RAD51 catalyzes homologous pairing between single-stranded DNA and double-stranded DNA. Japonica cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa) encode two RAD51 proteins, RAD51A1 and RAD51A2, whereas only one RAD51 exists in yeast and mammals. However, the functional differences between RAD51A1 and RAD51A2 have not been elucidated, because their biochemical properties have not been characterized. In the present study, we purified RAD51A1 and RAD51A2, and found that RAD51A2 robustly promotes homologous pairing in vitro. RAD51A1 also possesses homologous-pairing activity, but it is only about 10% of the RAD51A2 activity. Both RAD51A1 and RAD51A2 bind to ssDNA and dsDNA, and their DNA binding strictly requires ATP, which modulates the polymer formation activities of RAD51A1 and RAD51A2. These findings suggest that although both RAD51A1 and RAD51A2 have the potential to catalyze homologous pairing, RAD51A2 may be the major recombinase in rice. PMID:24124491

  9. Receptor EphA2 activation with ephrinA1 suppresses growth of malignant mesothelioma (MM).

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    Nasreen, Najmunnisa; Mohammed, Kamal A; Lai, Yimu; Antony, Veena B

    2007-12-18

    The objective of this study was to understand the possible mechanisms of activation of receptor EphA2 by its ligand ephrinA1 in malignant mesothelioma cell (MMC) growth. Activation of receptor EphA2 by its ligand ephrinA1 triggered the phosphorylation of EphA2. Ligand activation of EphA2 also induced phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and significantly decreased MMC proliferation. Ligand activated and ephrinA1 vector (pcDNA/EFNA1) transfected MMC demonstrated decreased clonal growth in 3-D matrigels when compared to resting MMC. These studies suggest that EphA2 activation by its ligand ephrinA1 transmits intracellular signals from cell membrane to nucleus via ERK1/2 signaling cascade and inhibits MM growth.

  10. Comparison of Systemic Toxicity between Botulinum Toxin Subtypes A1 and A2 in Mice and Rats.

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    Torii, Yasushi; Goto, Yoshitaka; Nakahira, Shinji; Kozaki, Shunji; Kaji, Ryuji; Ginnaga, Akihiro

    2015-06-01

    The adverse events caused by botulinum toxin type A (subtype A1) product, thought to be after-effects of toxin diffusion after high-dose administration, have become serious issues. A preparation showing less diffusion in the body than existing drugs has been sought. We have attempted to produce neurotoxin derived from subtype A2 (A2NTX) with an amino acid sequence different from that of neurotoxin derived from subtype A1 (A1NTX). In this study, to investigate whether A2NTX has the potential to resolve these issues, we compared the safety of A2NTX, a progenitor toxin derived from subtype A1 (A1 progenitor toxin) and A1NTX employing the intramuscular lethal dose 50% (im LD50) in mice and rats and the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) in rats. Mouse im LD50 values for A1 progenitor toxin and A2NTX were 93 and 166 U/kg, respectively, and the rat im LD50 values were 117 and 153 U/kg, respectively. In the rat CMAP test, the dose on the contralateral side, which caused a 50% reduction in the CMAP amplitude, that is, CMAP-TD50 , was calculated as 19.0, 16.6 and 28.7 U/kg for A1 progenitor toxin, A1NTX and A2NTX, respectively. The results indicate that A2NTX is safer than A1 progenitor toxin and A1NTX. © 2014 Nordic Association for the Publication of BCPT (former Nordic Pharmacological Society).

  11. Differences in the alveolar macrophage proteome in transgenic mice expressing human SP-A1 and SP-A2

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    Phelps, David S.; Umstead, Todd M.; Silveyra, Patricia; Hu, Sanmei; Wang, Guirong; Floros, Joanna

    2014-01-01

    Surfactant protein A (SP-A) plays a number of roles in lung host defense and innate immunity. There are two human genes, SFTPA1 and SFTPA2, and evidence indicates that the function of SP-A1 and SP-A2 proteins differ in several respects. To investigate the impact of SP-A1 and SP-A2 on the alveolar macrophage (AM) phenotype, we generated humanized transgenic (hTG) mice on the SP-A knockout (KO) background, each expressing human SP-A1 or SP-A2. Using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) we studied the AM cellular proteome. We compared mouse lines expressing high levels of SPA1, high levels of SP-A2, low levels of SP-A1, and low levels of SP-A2, with wild type (WT) and SP-A KO mice. AM from mice expressing high levels of SP-A2 were the most similar to WT mice, particularly for proteins related to actin and the cytoskeleton, as well as proteins regulated by Nrf2. The expression patterns from mouse lines expressing higher levels of the transgenes were almost the inverse of one another – the most highly expressed proteins in SP-A2 exhibited the lowest levels in the SP-A1 mice and vice versa. The mouse lines where each expressed low levels of SP-A1 or SP-A2 transgene had very similar protein expression patterns suggesting that responses to low levels of SP-A are independent of SP-A genotype, whereas the responses to higher amounts of SP-A are genotype-dependent. Together these observations indicate that in vivo exposure to SP-A1 or SP-A2 differentially affects the proteomic expression of AMs, with SP-A2 being more similar to WT. PMID:24729982

  12. NblA1/A2-Dependent Homeostasis of Amino Acid Pools during Nitrogen Starvation in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.

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    Kiyota, Hiroshi; Hirai, Masami Yokota; Ikeuchi, Masahiko

    2014-06-30

    Nutrient balance is important for photosynthetic growth and biomass production in microalgae. Here, we investigated and compared metabolic responses of amino acid pools to nitrogen and sulfur starvation in a unicellular model cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, and its mutant nblA1/A2. It is known that NblA1/A2-dependent and -independent breakdown of abundant photosynthetic phycobiliproteins and other cellular proteins supply nutrients to the organism. However, the contribution of the NblA1/A2-dependent nutrient supply to amino acid pool homeostasis has not been studied. Our study demonstrates that changes in the pool size of many amino acids during nitrogen starvation can be categorized as NblA1/A2-dependent (Gln, Glu, glutathione, Gly, Ile, Leu, Met, Phe, Pro, Ser, Thr, Tyr and Val) and NblA1/A2-independent (Ala, Asn, Lys, and Trp). We also report unique changes in amino acid pool sizes during sulfur starvation in wild type and the mutant and found a generally marked increase in the Lys pool in cyanobacteria during nutrient starvation. In conclusion, the NblA1/A2-dependent protein turnover contributes to the maintenance of many amino acid pools during nitrogen starvation.

  13. A novel, potent, and specific ephrinA1-based cytotoxin against EphA2 receptor expressing tumor cells.

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    Wykosky, Jill; Gibo, Denise M; Debinski, Waldemar

    2007-12-01

    We have previously shown that the EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase is overexpressed in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and represents a novel, attractive therapeutic target for the treatment of brain tumors. Here, we have developed an EphA2-targeted agent, ephrinA1-PE38QQR, a novel cytotoxin composed of ephrinA1, a ligand for EphA2, and PE38QQR, a mutated form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A. EphrinA1-PE38QQR showed potent and dose-dependent killing of GBM cells overexpressing the EphA2 receptor in cell viability and clonogenic survival assays, with an average IC(50) of approximately 10(-11) mol/L. The conjugate was also highly effective in killing breast and prostate cancer cells overexpressing EphA2. The cytotoxic effect of ephrinA1-PE38QQR was specific, as it was neutralized by an excess of EphA2 ligands. Moreover, normal human endothelial cells and breast cancer cells that do not overexpress EphA2, as well as GBM cells that have down-regulated EphA2, were not susceptible to the cytotoxin. EphrinA1-PE38QQR-mediated cytotoxicity induced caspase-dependent apoptosis, which was, however, not responsible for cell death in response to the conjugate. In addition, the conjugate elicited no changes in the activity of survival pathways such as phosphoinositide 3-kinase, measured by AKT phosphorylation. This is the first attempt to create a cytotoxic therapy using any of the ephrin ligands of either class (A or B) conjugated to a bacterial toxin. EphrinA1-PE38QQR is very potent and specific, produces cell death that is caspase independent, and forms the basis for the further development of clinically applicable EphA2-targeted cytotoxins.

  14. Prostaglandins A1, A2 and 19-hydroxy A1; their actions on smooth muscle and their inactivation on passage through the pulmonary and hepatic portal vascular beds

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    Horton, E. W.; Jones, R. L.

    1969-01-01

    1. Prostaglandins A1, A2 and 19-hydroxy A1 have qualitatively similar actions to prostaglandin E1 on smooth muscle. 2. The prostaglandins A have little activity on gastrointestinal, respiratory and reproductive smooth muscle but are potent depressors of the systemic arterial blood pressure of the dog, cat and rabbit. 3. Our experiments support the view that the depressor action of the prostaglandins E and A is due to a direct dilator action on many peripheral vascular beds and not due to changes in nervous tone to these beds. 4. A single passage through the pulmonary circulation of the cat or dog causes substantial loss of the vasodilator activity of prostaglandin E1 but little if any loss of the vasodilator activity of the prostaglandins A. 5. A single passage through the hepatic portal circulation of the cat causes substantial loss of the vasodilator activity of prostaglandins E1, A1 and A2. 6. The cat blood pressure and rat fundal strip would be a suitable combination for the parallel biological assay of the prostaglandins A1 and A2. ImagesFIG. 5 PMID:5348473

  15. Spatio-mechanical EphA2/ephrin-A1 Signaling in Cancer Cells

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    Xu, Qian

    2011-12-01

    Communication strategies in nature are an integral part to the survival of multi-cellular organisms. Cell membranes provide the chemical environment in which intercellular signaling begins. The vast complexity of this signaling requires that a relatively conserved set of chemical constituents be able to generate enormous signal diversity. Spatial sorting of signaling molecules within the membrane allows for this diversity. My research uses synthetic lipid membranes, solid-state nanostructures, and high-resolution imaging to study a potentially novel spatio-mechanical regulatory mechanism in the EphA2 signaling pathway. My hypothesis is that the multi-scale organization of the EphA2 receptor in the cell membrane regulates its biochemical function. This hypothesis is motivated by the idea that extracellular mechanical inputs have an important role in intracellular signaling cascades.

  16. The ephrin-A1 ligand and its receptor, EphA2, are expressed during tumor neovascularization.

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    Ogawa, K; Pasqualini, R; Lindberg, R A; Kain, R; Freeman, A L; Pasquale, E B

    2000-12-07

    Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their ephrin ligands have been implicated in embryonic vascular development and in in vivo models of angiogenesis. Eph proteins may also regulate tumor neovascularization, but this role has not been previously investigated. To screen for Eph proteins expressed in tumor blood vessels, we used tumor xenografts grown in nude mice from MDA-MB-435 human breast cancer cells or KS1767 human Kaposi's sarcoma cells. By immunohistochemistry, the ephrin-A1 ligand and one of its receptors, EphA2, were detected throughout tumor vasculature. Double-labeling with anti-CD34 antibodies demonstrated that both ephrin-A1 and EphA2 were expressed in xenograft endothelial cells and also tumor cells. Furthermore, EphA2 was tyrosine-phosphorylated in the xenograft tumors, indicating that it was activated, presumably by interacting with ephrin-A1. Ephrin-A1 and EphA2 were also detected in both the vasculature and tumor cells of surgically removed human cancers. In an in vitro angiogenesis model, a dominant negative form of EphA2 inhibited capillary tube-like formation by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), demonstrating a requirement for EphA receptor signaling. These data suggest that ephrin-A1 and EphA2 play a role in human cancers, at least in part by influencing tumor neovascularization. Eph proteins may represent promising new targets for antiangiogenic cancer treatments.

  17. Successful ABO-Incompatible Renal Transplantation:  Blood Group A1B Donor Into A2B Recipient With Anti-A1 Isoagglutinins.

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    Fadeyi, Emmanuel A; Stratta, Robert J; Farney, Alan C; Pomper, Gregory J

    2016-08-01

    Transplantation of the blood group A2B in a recipient was successfully performed in the setting of receiving a deceased donor kidney from an "incompatible" A1B donor. The donor and recipient were both typed for ABO blood group, including ABO genotyping. The donor and recipient were tested for ABO, non-ABO, and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies. The donor and recipient were typed for HLA antigens, including T- and B-flow cytometry crossmatch tests. The recipient's RBCs were negative with A1 lectin, and immunoglobulin G anti-A1 was demonstrated in the recipient's plasma. The donor-recipient pair was a four-antigen HLA mismatch, but final T- and B-flow cytometry crossmatch tests were compatible. The transplant procedure was uneventful; the patient experienced immediate graft function with no episodes of rejection or readmissions more than 2 years later. It may be safe to transplant across the A1/A2 blood group AB mismatch barrier in the setting of low titer anti-A1 isoagglutinins without the need for pretransplant desensitization even if the antibody produced reacts with anti-human globulin. © American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2016. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  18. BTN1A1, the mammary gland butyrophilin, and BTN2A2 are both inhibitors of T cell activation.

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    Smith, Isobel A; Knezevic, Brittany R; Ammann, Johannes U; Rhodes, David A; Aw, Danielle; Palmer, Donald B; Mather, Ian H; Trowsdale, John

    2010-04-01

    Butyrophilin (BTN) genes encode a set of related proteins. Studies in mice have shown that one of these, BTN1A1, is required for milk lipid secretion in lactation, whereas butyrophilin-like 2 is a coinhibitor of T cell activation. To understand these disparate roles of BTNs, we first compared the expression and functions of mouse Btn1a1 and Btn2a2. Btn1a1 transcripts were not restricted to lactating mammary tissue but were also found in virgin mammary tissue and, interestingly, spleen and thymus. In confirmation of this, BTN1A1 protein was detected in thymic epithelial cells. By contrast, Btn2a2 transcripts and protein were broadly expressed. Cell surface BTN2A2 protein, such as the B7 family molecule programmed death ligand 1, was upregulated upon activation of T cells. We next examined the potential of both BTN1A1 and BTN2A2 to interact with T cells. Recombinant Fc fusion proteins of murine BTN2A2 and, surprisingly BTN1A1, bound to activated T cells, suggesting the presence of one or more receptors on these cells. Immobilized BTN-Fc fusion proteins, but not MOG-Fc protein, inhibited the proliferation of CD4 and CD8 T cells activated by anti-CD3. BTN1A1 and BTN2A2 also inhibited T cell metabolism, IL-2, and IFN-gamma secretion. Inhibition of proliferation was not abrogated by exogenous IL-2 but could be overcome following costimulation with high levels of anti-CD28 Ab. These data are consistent with a coinhibitory role for mouse BTNs, including BTN1A1, the BTN expressed in the lactating mammary gland and on milk lipid droplets.

  19. Phenotypic Effect of Isogenic uspA1 and uspA2 Mutations on Moraxella catarrhalis 035E

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    Aebi, Christoph; Lafontaine, Eric R.; Cope, Leslie D.; Latimer, Jo L.; Lumbley, Sheryl L.; McCracken, George H.; Hansen, Eric J.

    1998-01-01

    The UspA surface antigen of Moraxella catarrhalis was recently shown to be comprised of two different proteins (UspA1 and UspA2) which share an internal region containing 140 amino acids with 93% identity (C. Aebi, I. Maciver, J. L. Latimer, L. D. Cope, M. K. Stevens, S. E. Thomas, G. H. McCracken, Jr., and E. J. Hansen, Infect. Immun. 65:4367–4377, 1997). Isogenic uspA1, uspA2, and uspA1 uspA2 mutants were tested in a number of in vitro systems to determine what effect these mutations, either individually or together, might exert on the phenotype of M. catarrhalis 035E. Monoclonal antibodies specific for UspA1 or UspA2 were used in an indirect antibody accessibility assay to prove that both of these proteins were expressed on the surface of M. catarrhalis. All three mutants grew in vitro at the same rate and did not exhibit autoagglutination or hemagglutination properties that were detectably different from those of the wild-type parent strain. When tested for the ability to adhere to human epithelial cells, the wild-type parent strain and the uspA2 mutant readily attached to Chang conjunctival cells. In contrast, the uspA1 mutant and the uspA1 uspA2 double mutant both attached to these epithelial cells at a level nearly 2 orders of magnitude lower than that obtained with the wild-type parent strain, a result which suggested that expression of UspA1 by M. catarrhalis is essential for attachment to these epithelial cells. Both the wild-type parent strain and the uspA1 mutant were resistant to the bactericidal activity of normal human serum, whereas the uspA2 mutant and the uspA1 uspA2 double mutant were readily killed by this serum. This latter result indicated that the presence of UspA2 is essential for expression of serum resistance by M. catarrhalis. PMID:9632574

  20. The EphA2 Receptor and EphrinA1 Ligand in Solid Tumors: Function and Therapeutic Targeting

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    Wykosky, Jill; Debinski, Waldemar

    2013-01-01

    The Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and ephrin ligands have been studied extensively for their roles in developmental processes. In recent years, Eph receptors and ephrins have been found to be integral players in cancer formation and progression. Among these are EphA2 and ephrinA1, which are involved in the development and maintenance of many different types of solid tumors. The function of EphA2 and ephrinA1 in tumorigenesis and tumor progression is complex and seems to be dependent on cell type and microenvironment. These variables affect the expression of the EphA2 and ephrinA1 proteins, the pathways through which they induce signaling, and the functional consequences of that signaling on the behavior of tumor cells and tumor-associated cells. This review will specifically focus on the roles that EphA2 and ephrinA1 play in the different cell types that contribute to the malignancy of solid tumors, with emphasis on the opportunities for therapeutic targeting. PMID:19074825

  1. The EphA2 receptor and ephrinA1 ligand in solid tumors: function and therapeutic targeting.

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    Wykosky, Jill; Debinski, Waldemar

    2008-12-01

    The Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and ephrin ligands have been studied extensively for their roles in developmental processes. In recent years, Eph receptors and ephrins have been found to be integral players in cancer formation and progression. Among these are EphA2 and ephrinA1, which are involved in the development and maintenance of many different types of solid tumors. The function of EphA2 and ephrinA1 in tumorigenesis and tumor progression is complex and seems to be dependent on cell type and microenvironment. These variables affect the expression of the EphA2 and ephrinA1 proteins, the pathways through which they induce signaling, and the functional consequences of that signaling on the behavior of tumor cells and tumor-associated cells. This review will specifically focus on the roles that EphA2 and ephrinA1 play in the different cell types that contribute to the malignancy of solid tumors, with emphasis on the opportunities for therapeutic targeting.

  2. 47 CFR 80.1093 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, A3, and A4. 80.1093 Section 80.1093 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety...

  3. Differences in adenosine A-1 and A-2 receptor density revealed by autoradiography in methylxanthine-sensitive and insensitive mice

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    Jarvis, M.F.; Williams, M.

    1988-07-01

    Two strains of inbred mice, CBA/J and SWR/J, have been identified which are, respectively, sensitive and insensitive to the behavioral and toxic effects of methylxanthines. Autoradiographic analyses of brain adenosine receptors were conducted with (/sup 3/H)CHA to label adenosine A-1 receptors and (/sup 3/H)NECA, in the presence of 50 nM CPA, to label adenosine A-2 receptors. For both mouse strains, adenosine A-1 receptors were most highly concentrated in the hippocampus and cerebellum whereas adenosine A-2 receptors were selectively localized in the striatum. CBA/J mice displayed a 30% greater density of adenosine A-1 receptors in the hippocampal CA-1 and CA-3 regionsmore » and in the cerebellum as compared to the SWR/J mice. The number of A-2 receptors (Bmax) was 40% greater in the striatum and olfactory tubercle of CBA/J as compared to SWR/J mice. No significant regional differences in A-1 or A-2 receptor affinities were observed between these inbred strains of mice. These results indicate that the differential sensitivity to methylxanthines between these mouse strains may reflect a genetically mediated difference in regional adenosine receptor densities.« less

  4. Structural and Functional Characterization of Monomeric EphrinA1 Binding Site to EphA2 Receptor*

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    Lema Tomé, Carla M.; Palma, Enzo; Ferluga, Sara; Lowther, W. Todd; Hantgan, Roy; Wykosky, Jill; Debinski, Waldemar

    2012-01-01

    The EphA2 receptor is overexpressed in glioblastoma multiforme and has been to shown to contribute to cell transformation, tumor initiation, progression, and maintenance. EphrinA1 (eA1) is a preferred ligand for the receptor. Treatment with monomeric eA1, the form of eA1 found in the extracellular environment, causes receptor phosphorylation, internalization, and down-regulation with subsequent anti-tumor effects. Here, we investigated the structure-function relationship of a monomeric eA1 focusing on its G-H loop (108FQRFTPFTLGKEFKE123G), a highly conserved region among eAs that mediates binding to their receptors. Alanine substitution mutants of the G-H loop amino acids were transfected into U-251 MG glioblastoma multiforme cells, and functional activity of each mutant in conditioned media was assessed by EphA2 down-regulation, ERK and AKT activation and cellular response assays. Alanine substitutions at positions Pro-113 Thr-115, Gly-117, Glu-122, and also Gln-109 enhanced the EphA2 receptor down-regulation and decreased p-ERK and p-AKT. Substitution mutants of eA1 at positions Phe-108, Arg-110, Phe-111, Thr-112, Phe-114, Leu-116, Lys-118, Glu-119, and Phe-120 had a deleterious effect on EphA2 down-regulation when compared with eA1-WT. Mutants at positions Phe-108, Lys-18, Lys-121, Gly-123 retained similar properties to eA1-WT. Recombinant eA1-R110A, -T115A, -G117A, and -F120A have been found to exhibit the same characteristics as the ligands contained in the conditioned media mainly due to the differences in their binding to the receptor. Thus, we have identified variants of eA1 that possess either superagonistic or antagonistic properties. These new findings will be important in the understanding of the receptor/ligand interactions and in further design of anti-cancer therapies targeting the eA/EphA system. PMID:22362770

  5. Structural and functional characterization of monomeric EphrinA1 binding site to EphA2 receptor.

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    Lema Tomé, Carla M; Palma, Enzo; Ferluga, Sara; Lowther, W Todd; Hantgan, Roy; Wykosky, Jill; Debinski, Waldemar

    2012-04-20

    The EphA2 receptor is overexpressed in glioblastoma multiforme and has been to shown to contribute to cell transformation, tumor initiation, progression, and maintenance. EphrinA1 (eA1) is a preferred ligand for the receptor. Treatment with monomeric eA1, the form of eA1 found in the extracellular environment, causes receptor phosphorylation, internalization, and down-regulation with subsequent anti-tumor effects. Here, we investigated the structure-function relationship of a monomeric eA1 focusing on its G-H loop ((108)FQRFTPFTLGKEFKE(123)G), a highly conserved region among eAs that mediates binding to their receptors. Alanine substitution mutants of the G-H loop amino acids were transfected into U-251 MG glioblastoma multiforme cells, and functional activity of each mutant in conditioned media was assessed by EphA2 down-regulation, ERK and AKT activation and cellular response assays. Alanine substitutions at positions Pro-113 Thr-115, Gly-117, Glu-122, and also Gln-109 enhanced the EphA2 receptor down-regulation and decreased p-ERK and p-AKT. Substitution mutants of eA1 at positions Phe-108, Arg-110, Phe-111, Thr-112, Phe-114, Leu-116, Lys-118, Glu-119, and Phe-120 had a deleterious effect on EphA2 down-regulation when compared with eA1-WT. Mutants at positions Phe-108, Lys-18, Lys-121, Gly-123 retained similar properties to eA1-WT. Recombinant eA1-R110A, -T115A, -G117A, and -F120A have been found to exhibit the same characteristics as the ligands contained in the conditioned media mainly due to the differences in their binding to the receptor. Thus, we have identified variants of eA1 that possess either superagonistic or antagonistic properties. These new findings will be important in the understanding of the receptor/ligand interactions and in further design of anti-cancer therapies targeting the eA/EphA system.

  6. Ligand-, structure- and pharmacophore-based molecular fingerprints: a case study on adenosine A1, A2A, A2B, and A3 receptor antagonists

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    Sirci, Francesco; Goracci, Laura; Rodríguez, David; van Muijlwijk-Koezen, Jacqueline; Gutiérrez-de-Terán, Hugo; Mannhold, Raimund

    2012-11-01

    FLAP fingerprints are applied in the ligand-, structure- and pharmacophore-based mode in a case study on antagonists of all four adenosine receptor (AR) subtypes. Structurally diverse antagonist collections with respect to the different ARs were constructed by including binding data to human species only. FLAP models well discriminate "active" (=highly potent) from "inactive" (=weakly potent) AR antagonists, as indicated by enrichment curves, numbers of false positives, and AUC values. For all FLAP modes, model predictivity slightly decreases as follows: A2BR > A2AR > A3R > A1R antagonists. General performance of FLAP modes in this study is: ligand- > structure- > pharmacophore- based mode. We also compared the FLAP performance with other common ligand- and structure-based fingerprints. Concerning the ligand-based mode, FLAP model performance is superior to ECFP4 and ROCS for all AR subtypes. Although focusing on the early first part of the A2A, A2B and A3 enrichment curves, ECFP4 and ROCS still retain a satisfactory retrieval of actives. FLAP is also superior when comparing the structure-based mode with PLANTS and GOLD. In this study we applied for the first time the novel FLAPPharm tool for pharmacophore generation. Pharmacophore hypotheses, generated with this tool, convincingly match with formerly published data. Finally, we could demonstrate the capability of FLAP models to uncover selectivity aspects although single AR subtype models were not trained for this purpose.

  7. Involvement of EphA2 in the formation of the tail notochord via interaction with ephrinA1.

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    Naruse-Nakajima, C; Asano, M; Iwakura, Y

    2001-04-01

    Eph receptors have been implicated in cell-to-cell interaction during embryogenesis. We generated EphA2 mutant mice using a gene trap method. Homozygous mutant mice developed short and kinky tails. In situ hybridization using a Brachyury probe found the notochord to be abnormally bifurcated at the caudal end between 11.5 and 12.5 days post coitum. EphA2 was expressed at the tip of the tail notochord, while one of its ligands, ephrinA1, was at the tail bud in normal mice. In contrast, EphA2-deficient notochordal cells were spread broadly into the tail bud. These observations suggest that EphA2 and its ligands are involved in the positioning of the tail notochord through repulsive signals between cells expressing these molecules on the surface.

  8. Mutation analysis of the COL1A1 and COL1A2 genes in Vietnamese patients with osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    Ho Duy, Binh; Zhytnik, Lidiia; Maasalu, Katre; Kändla, Ivo; Prans, Ele; Reimann, Ene; Märtson, Aare; Kõks, Sulev

    2016-08-12

    The genetics of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) have not been studied in a Vietnamese population before. We performed mutational analysis of the COL1A1 and COL1A2 genes in 91 unrelated OI patients of Vietnamese origin. We then systematically characterized the mutation profiles of these two genes which are most commonly related to OI. Genomic DNA was extracted from EDTA-preserved blood according to standard high-salt extraction methods. Sequence analysis and pathogenic variant identification was performed with Mutation Surveyor DNA variant analysis software. Prediction of the pathogenicity of mutations was conducted using Alamut Visual software. The presence of variants was checked against Dalgleish's osteogenesis imperfecta mutation database. The sample consisted of 91 unrelated osteogenesis imperfecta patients. We identified 54 patients with COL1A1/2 pathogenic variants; 33 with COL1A1 and 21 with COL1A2. Two patients had multiple pathogenic variants. Seventeen novel COL1A1 and 10 novel COL1A2 variants were identified. The majority of identified COL1A1/2 pathogenic variants occurred in a glycine substitution (36/56, 64.3 %), usually serine (23/36, 63.9 %). We found two pathogenic variants of the COL1A1 gene c.2461G > A (p.Gly821Ser) in four unrelated patients and one, c.2005G > A (p.Ala669Thr), in two unrelated patients. Our data showed a lower number of collagen OI pathogenic variants in Vietnamese patients compared to reported rates for Asian populations. The OI mutational profile of the Vietnamese population is unique and related to the presence of a high number of recessive mutations in non-collagenous OI genes. Further analysis of OI patients negative for collagen mutations, is required.

  9. Inhibition of EphA2/EphrinA1 signal attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced lung injury.

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    Hong, Ji Young; Shin, Mi Hwa; Douglas, Ivor S; Chung, Kyung Soo; Kim, Eun Young; Jung, Ji Ye; Kang, Young Ae; Kim, Se Kyu; Chang, Joon; Kim, Young Sam; Park, Moo Suk

    2016-11-01

    Eph-Ephrin signalling mediates various cellular processes, including vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, cell migration, axon guidance, fluid homoeostasis and repair after injury. Although previous studies have demonstrated that stimulation of the EphA receptor induces increased vascular permeability and inflammatory response in lung injury, the detailed mechanisms of EphA2 signalling are unknown. In the present study, we evaluated the role of EphA2 signalling in mice with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced lung injury. Acute LPS exposure significantly up-regulated EphA2 and EphrinA1 expression. Compared with LPS+IgG mice (IgG instillation after LPS exposure), LPS+EphA2 mAb mice [EphA2 monoclonal antibody (mAb) instillation posttreatment after LPS exposure] had attenuated lung injury and reduced cell counts and protein concentration of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). EphA2 mAb posttreatment down-regulated the expression of phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3K) 110γ, phospho-Akt, phospho-NF-κB p65, phospho-Src and phospho-S6K in lung lysates. In addition, inhibiting the EphA2 receptor augmented the expression of E-cadherin, which is involved in cell-cell adhesion. Our study identified EphA2 receptor as an unrecognized modulator of several signalling pathways-including PI3K-Akt-NF-kB, Src-NF-κB, E-cadherin and mTOR-in LPS-induced lung injury. These results suggest that EphA2 receptor inhibitors may function as novel therapeutic agents for LPS-induced lung injury. © 2016 The Author(s). published by Portland Press Limited on behalf of the Biochemical Society.

  10. Endogenous expression of adenosine A1, A2 and A3 receptors in rat C6 glioma cells.

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    Castillo, Carlos Alberto; Albasanz, José Luís; Fernández, Mercedes; Martín, Mairena

    2007-06-01

    Inhibitory and stimulatory adenosine receptors have been identified and characterized in both membranes and intact rat C6 glioma cells. In membranes, saturation experiment performed with [(3)H]DPCPX, selective A(1)R antagonist, revealed a single binding site with a K (D) = 9.4 +/- 1.4 nM and B (max) = 62.7 +/- 8.6 fmol/mg protein. Binding of [(3)H]DPCPX in intact cell revealed a K (D) = 17.7 +/- 1.3 nM and B (max )= 567.1 +/- 26.5 fmol/mg protein. On the other hand, [(3)H]ZM241385 binding experiments revealed a single binding site population of receptors with K (D) = 16.5 +/- 1.3 nM and B (max) = 358.9 +/- 52.4 fmol/mg protein in intact cells, and K (D) = 4.7 +/- 0.6 nM and B (max) = 74.3 +/- 7.9 fmol/mg protein in plasma membranes, suggesting the presence of A(2A) receptor in C6 cells. A(1), A(2A), A(2B) and A(3 )adenosine receptors were detected by Western-blotting and immunocytochemistry, and their mRNAs quantified by real time PCR assays. Gialpha and Gsalpha proteins were also detected by Western-blotting and RT-PCR assays. Furthermore, selective A(1)R agonists inhibited forskolin- and GTP-stimulated adenylyl cyclase activity and CGS 21680 and NECA stimulated this enzymatic activity in C6 cells. These results suggest that C6 glioma cells endogenously express A(1) and A(2) receptors functionally coupled to adenylyl cyclase inhibition and stimulation, respectively, and suggest these cells as a model to study the role of adenosine receptors in tumoral cells.

  11. Virulence difference between the prototypic Schu S4 strain (A1a) and Francisella tularensis A1a, A1b, A2 and type B strains in a murine model of infection.

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    Molins, Claudia R; Delorey, Mark J; Yockey, Brook M; Young, John W; Belisle, John T; Schriefer, Martin E; Petersen, Jeannine M

    2014-02-06

    The use of prototypic strains is common among laboratories studying infectious agents as it promotes consistency for data comparability among and between laboratories. Schu S4 is the prototypic virulent strain of Francisella tularensis and has been used extensively as such over the past six decades. Studies have demonstrated virulence differences among the two clinically relevant subspecies of F. tularensis, tularensis (type A) and holarctica (type B) and more recently between type A subpopulations (A1a, A1b and A2). Schu S4 belongs to the most virulent subspecies of F. tularensis, subspecies tularensis. In this study, we investigated the relative virulence of Schu S4 in comparison to A1a, A1b, A2 and type B strains using a temperature-based murine model of infection. Mice were inoculated intradermally and a hypothermic drop point was used as a surrogate for death. Survival curves and the length of temperature phases were compared for all infections. Bacterial burdens were also compared between the most virulent type A subpopulation, A1b, and Schu S4 at drop point. Survival curve comparisons demonstrate that the Schu S4 strain used in this study resembles the virulence of type B strains, and is significantly less virulent than all other type A (A1a, A1b and A2) strains tested. Additionally, when bacterial burdens were compared between mice infected with Schu S4 or MA00-2987 (A1b) significantly higher burdens were present in the blood and spleen of mice infected with MA00-2987. The knowledge gained from using Schu S4 as a prototypic virulent strain has unquestionably advanced the field of tularemia research. The findings of this study, however, indicate that careful consideration of F. tularensis strain selection must occur when the overall virulence of the strain used could impact the outcome and interpretation of results.

  12. A correlated ab initio study of the X2A1 and A2E states of MgCH3

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    Woon, D. E.

    1996-01-01

    The X2A1 and A2E states of the MgCH3 radical have been studied with correlation consistent basis sets and the coupled cluster method RCCSD(T) in order to compare with two recent experimental efforts [M. A. Anderson and L. M. Ziurys, Astrophys. J. 452, L157 (1995); R. Rubino, J. M. Williamson, and T. A. Miller, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 5964 (1995)]. The best computed values [RCCSD(T)/cc-pCVTZ] for the X2A1 state are (experimental results in parentheses): Ae = 160.433 GHz, Be = 10.948 GHz (B0 = 11.008 GHz), and Mue = 1.011 D. The Mg-CH3 bond is weak, 26.3 kcal/mol. Values for the A2E state are Ae = 154.648 GHz (A0 = 149.666 GHz), Be = 10.87 GHz (B0 = 10.932 GHz), and Mue = 1.022 D. The excitation energy (Te) for the A2E <-- X2A1 transition is 19 999 cm-1 (T00 = 20 030 cm-1). A brief discussion of bonding trends in Mg-containing radials is included.

  13. Quinoxaline-Containing Nonfullerene Small-Molecule Acceptors with a Linear A2-A1-D-A1-A2 Skeleton for Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-Based Organic Solar Cells.

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    Xiao, Bo; Tang, Ailing; Yang, Jing; Mahmood, Asif; Sun, Xiangnan; Zhou, Erjun

    2018-03-28

    We used the quinoxaline (Qx) unit to design and synthesize two nonfullerene small-molecule acceptors of Qx1 and Qx1b with an A 2 -A 1 -D-A 1 -A 2 skeleton, where indacenodithiophene (IDT), Qx, and rhodanine (R) were adopted as the central donor (D), bridge acceptors (A 1 ), and terminal acceptors (A 2 ), respectively. Qx1 and Qx1b contain different side chains of 4-hexylphenyl and octyl in the central IDT segment to modulate the properties of final small molecules. Both small molecules show good thermal stability, high solubility, and strong and broad absorption spectra with optical band gaps of 1.74 and 1.68 eV, respectively. Qx1 and Qx1b exhibit the complementary absorption spectra with the classic poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and the high-lying lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy levels of -3.60 and -3.66 eV, respectively. Polymer solar cells based on P3HT:Qx1 showed a high open-circuit voltage ( V oc ) of 1.00 V and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.03%, whereas P3HT:Qx1b achieved a V oc of 0.95 V and a PCE of 4.81%. These results demonstrate that the Qx unit is also an effective building block to construct promising n-type nonfullerene small molecules to realize a relatively high V oc and PCE for P3HT-based solar cells.

  14. Common variation in COL4A1/COL4A2 is associated with sporadic cerebral small vessel disease

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    Rannikmäe, Kristiina; Davies, Gail; Thomson, Pippa A.; Bevan, Steve; Devan, William J.; Falcone, Guido J.; Traylor, Matthew; Anderson, Christopher D.; Battey, Thomas W.K.; Radmanesh, Farid; Deka, Ranjan; Woo, Jessica G.; Martin, Lisa J.; Jimenez-Conde, Jordi; Selim, Magdy; Brown, Devin L.; Silliman, Scott L.; Kidwell, Chelsea S.; Montaner, Joan; Langefeld, Carl D.; Slowik, Agnieszka; Hansen, Björn M.; Lindgren, Arne G.; Meschia, James F.; Fornage, Myriam; Bis, Joshua C.; Debette, Stéphanie; Ikram, Mohammad A.; Longstreth, Will T.; Schmidt, Reinhold; Zhang, Cathy R.; Yang, Qiong; Sharma, Pankaj; Kittner, Steven J.; Mitchell, Braxton D.; Holliday, Elizabeth G.; Levi, Christopher R.; Attia, John; Rothwell, Peter M.; Poole, Deborah L.; Boncoraglio, Giorgio B.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Malik, Rainer; Rost, Natalia; Worrall, Bradford B.; Dichgans, Martin; Van Agtmael, Tom; Woo, Daniel; Markus, Hugh S.; Seshadri, Sudha; Rosand, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: We hypothesized that common variants in the collagen genes COL4A1/COL4A2 are associated with sporadic forms of cerebral small vessel disease. Methods: We conducted meta-analyses of existing genotype data among individuals of European ancestry to determine associations of 1,070 common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the COL4A1/COL4A2 genomic region with the following: intracerebral hemorrhage and its subtypes (deep, lobar) (1,545 cases, 1,485 controls); ischemic stroke and its subtypes (cardioembolic, large vessel disease, lacunar) (12,389 cases, 62,004 controls); and white matter hyperintensities (2,733 individuals with ischemic stroke and 9,361 from population-based cohorts with brain MRI data). We calculated a statistical significance threshold that accounted for multiple testing and linkage disequilibrium between SNPs (p < 0.000084). Results: Three intronic SNPs in COL4A2 were significantly associated with deep intracerebral hemorrhage (lead SNP odds ratio [OR] 1.29, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.14–1.46, p = 0.00003; r2 > 0.9 between SNPs). Although SNPs associated with deep intracerebral hemorrhage did not reach our significance threshold for association with lacunar ischemic stroke (lead SNP OR 1.10, 95% CI 1.03–1.18, p = 0.0073), and with white matter hyperintensity volume in symptomatic ischemic stroke patients (lead SNP OR 1.07, 95% CI 1.01–1.13, p = 0.016), the direction of association was the same. There was no convincing evidence of association with white matter hyperintensities in population-based studies or with non–small vessel disease cerebrovascular phenotypes. Conclusions: Our results indicate an association between common variation in the COL4A2 gene and symptomatic small vessel disease, particularly deep intracerebral hemorrhage. These findings merit replication studies, including in ethnic groups of non-European ancestry. PMID:25653287

  15. Polyphenol rich botanicals used as food supplements interfere with EphA2-ephrinA1 system.

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    Mohamed, Iftiin Hassan; Giorgio, Carmine; Bruni, Renato; Flammini, Lisa; Barocelli, Elisabetta; Rossi, Damiano; Domenichini, Giuseppe; Poli, Ferruccio; Tognolini, Massimiliano

    2011-11-01

    The Eph tyrosine kinase receptors and their ephrin ligands play a central role in several human cancers and their deregulated expression or function promotes tumorigenesis, inducing aggressive tumor phenotypes. Green tea extracts (GTE) have been recently found to inhibit Eph-kinase phosphorylation. In order to evaluate the potential contribution of edible and medicinal plants on EphA2-ephrinA1 modulation, 133 commercially available plant extracts used as food supplements, essential and fixed oils were screened with an ELISA-based binding assay. Nine plant extracts, rich of polyphenols, reversibly inhibited binding in a dose-dependent manner (IC₅₀ 0.83-24 μg/ml). Functional studies on PC3 prostate adenocarcinoma cells revealed that active extracts antagonized ephrinA1-Fc-induced EphA2-phosphorylation at non-cytotoxic concentrations (IC₅₀ 0.31-11.3 μg/ml) without interfering with EGF-induced EGFR activation, suggesting a specific effect. These findings could furnish an interesting starting point regarding the potential relationship between diet, edible plant secondary metabolites and Eph-ephrin system, suggesting their possible involvement in cancer development modulation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Refined analysis of the X ˜ 2A2←X ˜ 1A1 photoelectron spectrum of furan

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    Petrenko, Taras; Rauhut, Guntram

    2018-02-01

    The X ˜ 2A2←X ˜ 1A1 photoelectron spectrum of furan has been studied by a time-independent eigenstate-free Raman wave function approach based on multi-dimensional potential energy surfaces obtained from explicitly correlated distinguishable clusters calculations. Individual vibronic transitions with the most significant Franck-Condon factors were determined by our recently developed residual-based algorithm for the calculation of eigenpairs in conjunction with the formalism of contracted invariant Krylov subspaces. The account of anharmonic and temperature effects allowed us to explain most bands in an experimental high-resolution zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectrum. This led to the reassignment of many spectral features, as well as a refined interpretation of the intensity mechanism for the corresponding transitions.

  17. Dipyridamole attenuates ischemia reperfusion induced acute kidney injury through adenosinergic A1 and A2A receptor agonism in rats.

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    Puri, Nikkita; Mohey, Vinita; Singh, Manjinder; Kaur, Tajpreet; Pathak, Devendra; Buttar, Harpal Singh; Singh, Amrit Pal

    2016-04-01

    Dipyridamole (DYP) is an anti-platelet agent with marked vasodilator, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory activity. The present study investigated the role of adenosine receptors in DYP-mediated protection against ischemia reperfusion-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in rats. The rats were subjected to bilateral renal ischemia for 40 min followed by reperfusion for 24 h. The renal damage induced by ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) was assessed by measuring creatinine clearance, blood urea nitrogen, uric acid, plasma potassium, fractional excretion of sodium, and microproteinuria in rats. The oxidative stress in renal tissues was assessed by quantification of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, superoxide anion generation, and reduced glutathione level. The hematoxylin-eosin staining was carried out to observe histopathological changes in renal tissues. DYP (10 and 30 mg/kg, intraperitoneal, i.p.) was administered 30 min before subjecting the rats to renal IRI. In separate groups, caffeine (50 mg/kg, i.p.), an adenosinergic A1 and A2A receptor antagonist was administered with and without DYP treatment before subjecting the rats to renal IRI. The ischemia reperfusion-induced AKI was demonstrated by significant changes in serum as well as urinary parameters, enhanced oxidative stress, and histopathological changes in renal tissues. The administration of DYP demonstrated protection against AKI. The prior treatment with caffeine abolished DYP-mediated reno-protection suggesting role of A1 and A2A adenosine receptors in DYP-mediated reno-protection in rats. It is concluded that adenosine receptors find their definite involvement in DYP-mediated anti-oxidative and reno-protective effect against ischemia reperfusion-induced AKI.

  18. Activation of J77A.1 Macrophages by Three Phospholipases A2 Isolated from Bothrops atrox Snake Venom

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    Furtado, Juliana L.; Oliveira, George A.; Pontes, Adriana S.; Setúbal, Sulamita da S.; Xavier, Caroline V.; Lacouth-Silva, Fabianne; Lima, Beatriz F.; Zaqueo, Kayena D.; Kayano, Anderson M.; Calderon, Leonardo A.; Stábeli, Rodrigo G.; Soares, Andreimar M.; Zuliani, Juliana P.

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, we investigated the in vitro effects of two basic myotoxic phospholipases A2 (PLA2), BaTX-I, a catalytically inactive Lys-49 variant, and BaTX-II, a catalytically active Asp-49, and of one acidic myotoxic PLA2, BaPLA2, a catalytically active Asp-49, isolated from Bothrops atrox snake venom, on the activation of J774A.1 macrophages. At noncytotoxic concentrations, the toxins did not affect the adhesion of the macrophages, nor their ability to detach. The data obtained showed that only BaTX-I stimulated complement receptor-mediated phagocytosis. However, BaTX-I, BaTX-II, and BaPLA2 induced the release of the superoxide anion by J774A.1 macrophages. Additionally, only BaTX-I raised the lysosomal volume of macrophages after 15 min of incubation. After 30 min, all the phospholipases increased this parameter, which was not observed within 60 min. Moreover, BaTX-I, BaTX-II, and BaPLA2 increased the number of lipid bodies on macrophages submitted to phagocytosis and not submitted to phagocytosis. However, BaTX-II and BaPLA2 induced the release of TNF-α by J774A.1 macrophages. Taken together, the data show that, despite differences in enzymatic activity, the three toxins induced inflammatory events and whether the enzyme is acidic or basic does not seem to contribute to these effects. PMID:24592395

  19. A1 and A2 Sub-Types of Blood Group 'A': A Reflection of their Prevalence in North Karnataka Region.

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    Giriyan, Sujata S; Agrawal, Akanksha; Bajpai, Richa; Nirala, Niraj Kumar

    2017-05-01

    Landsteiner ABO system of blood groups is most important for transfusion medicine and has subtypes of A Antigen, A1 and A2, upon which further groups of A and AB have been classified. Of individuals with A antigen, approximately 20% belong to A2 while rest 80% belong to A1. Anti-A1 Lectin, a cold agglutinin which destroys A1 cells is clinically significant when they react at 37°C, causing transfusion reactions. To assess the prevalence of A1 and A2 subgroups in the population. This was two year retrospective analysis of blood groups of donors coming to the blood bank of Karnataka Institute of Medical Science, Hubli, Karnataka, India. The data of the subgroups A and AB was analysed. 20,864 donors were analysed. Of 5466 (26.20%) of A group, 5406 (98.90%) belonged to A1 subgroup and only 60 (1.10%) belonged to A2 subgroup. Of 1708 donors with blood group AB, 1532 (89.70%) belonged to A1B subgroup and 176 (10.30%) belonged to A2B. It was noted that A2 in AB blood-group, as A2B, was more frequent in occurrence than presence of A2 as an A blood group. Rhesus negative frequency in these subgroups was also reported. Having known the prevalence of A1 and A2 subgroups and incorporating them into the ABO grouping system can limit these minor, yet dangerous, transfusion incompatibilities.

  20. EphA2/ephrinA1 mRNA expression and protein production in adenoid cystic carcinoma of salivary gland.

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    Shao, Zhe; Zhu, Fei; Song, Kai; Zhang, Hanzhong; Liu, Ke; Shang, Zhengjun

    2013-05-01

    EphA2/ephrinA1 is believed to play a role in tumor growth and metastasis. The purpose of the present study was to determine the presence of EphA2/ephrinA1 in mRNA and protein adenoid cystic carcinoma. mRNA and protein expression and protein product of EphA2 and ephrinA1 in adenoid cystic carcinoma was investigated using real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry. The tyrosine-phosphorylated state of EphA2 in adenoid cystic carcinoma cells was also investigated. Greater expression of EphA2 and ephrinA1 proteins and mRNA was detected in adenoid cystic carcinoma tissues. EphA2/ephrinA1 staining activities in adenoid cystic carcinoma were more significant than those in normal gland tissue (P < .01). EphA2/ephrinA1 expression correlated significantly to the microvessel density (P < .01). EphA2/ephrinA1 expression and microvessel density correlated with the clinical TNM stage, perineural invasion, and vascular invasion (P < .05). In 3 histologic types of adenoid cystic carcinoma, the expression of EphA2/ephrinA1 and microvessel density was significantly greater in the solid type than in the cribriform and tubular types (P < .01). We also noted that EphA2 was present in a nontyrosine-phosphorylated state. The present study showed a high expression of EphA2/ephrinA1 in adenoid cystic carcinoma. EphA2/ephrinA1 can serve as a novel therapy target for adenoid cystic carcinoma. Copyright © 2013 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Targeting heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticule A1 and A2 proteins by RNA interference promotes cell death in transformed but not in normal mouse cell lines.

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    Patry, Caroline; Lemieux, Bruno; Wellinger, Raymund J; Chabot, Benoit

    2004-10-01

    The heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticule A1 and A2 proteins can bind to vertebrate single-stranded telomeric sequences. Moreover, changes in the levels of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticule A1 can influence telomere length in mouse and human cells. We have shown previously that the combined knockdown of A1 and A2 proteins in human transformed cells promotes apoptosis. In contrast, a similar reduction in A1 and A2 expression in normal mortal human cell lines does not induce cell death. Here, we show that a variety of mouse cell lines display a similar behavior on reduction of A1 and A2 protein levels using small interfering RNA. In addition, the expression of the mouse A1 cDNA protects human HeLa cells from apoptosis when human A1 and A2 proteins are targeted by RNA interference. Lastly, we show that knockdown of A1 and A2 expression also impairs the growth of a human transformed cell line that does not express telomerase. These results firmly establish A1 and A2 as proteins required for the viability of transformed murine and human cells, irrespective of the status of telomerase expression or the length of the double-stranded telomeric repeat.

  2. Annexin A1, Annexin A2, and Dyrk 1B are upregulated during GAS1-induced cell cycle arrest.

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    Pérez-Sánchez, Gilberto; Jiménez, Adriana; Quezada-Ramírez, Marco A; Estudillo, Enrique; Ayala-Sarmiento, Alberto E; Mendoza-Hernández, Guillermo; Hernández-Soto, Justino; Hernández-Hernández, Fidel C; Cázares-Raga, Febe E; Segovia, Jose

    2018-05-01

    GAS1 is a pleiotropic protein that has been investigated because of its ability to induce cell proliferation, cell arrest, and apoptosis, depending on the cellular or the physiological context in which it is expressed. At this point, we have information about the molecular mechanisms by which GAS1 induces proliferation and apoptosis; but very few studies have been focused on elucidating the mechanisms by which GAS1 induces cell arrest. With the aim of expanding our knowledge on this subject, we first focused our research on finding proteins that were preferentially expressed in cells arrested by serum deprivation. By using a proteomics approach and mass spectrometry analysis, we identified 17 proteins in the 2-DE protein profile of serum deprived NIH3T3 cells. Among them, Annexin A1 (Anxa1), Annexin A2 (Anxa2), dual specificity tyrosine-phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1B (Dyrk1B), and Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3, F (eIf3f) were upregulated at transcriptional the level in proliferative NIH3T3 cells. Moreover, we demonstrated that Anxa1, Anxa2, and Dyrk1b are upregulated at both the transcriptional and translational levels by the overexpression of GAS1. Thus, our results suggest that the upregulation of Anxa1, Anxa2, and Dyrk1b could be related to the ability of GAS1 to induce cell arrest and maintain cell viability. Finally, we provided further evidence showing that GAS1 through Dyrk 1B leads not only to the arrest of NIH3T3 cells but also maintains cell viability. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Short versus long intramedullary nails for treatment of intertrochanteric femur fractures (OTA 31-A1 and A2).

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    Boone, Christopher; Carlberg, Kelly N; Koueiter, Denise M; Baker, Kevin C; Sadowski, Jason; Wiater, Patrick J; Nowinski, Gregory P; Grant, Kevin D

    2014-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare blood loss and operative times associated with long versus short intramedullary nails for intertrochanteric fracture fixation and rate of periprosthetic fracture. A retrospective study. Level 1 trauma center. One hundred ninety-four patients with an intertrochanteric fracture (AO/OTA class 31-A1 and A2) and low-energy mechanism of injury treated by 1 of 4 fellowship-trained orthopaedic traumatologists. Short versus long intramedullary nail. Medical records were reviewed for age, gender, estimated blood loss (EBL), transfusion rate, operative time, length of stay, and incidence of periprosthetic fracture. Variables were statistically compared between long and short intramedullary nails, with statistical significance at P < 0.05. The average EBL (135.5 ± 91.9 mL) and transfusion rate (57.1%) for long nails were found to be significantly greater (P = 0.002) than the EBL (92.6 ± 47.2 mL) and transfusion rate (40.2%) for short nails. Average operative time was also found to be significantly greater (P < 0.001) for long (56.8 ± 19.4 minutes) than for short (44.0 ± 10.7 minutes) intramedullary nail procedures. The overall incidence of periprosthetic fracture was 0.5%, one patient with initial treatment of a long intramedullary nail. Statistically significant lower operative time, EBL, and transfusion rate were found in this study for short intramedullary nails. There were no differences seen in length of stay or periprosthetic fracture. The incidence of periprosthetic fracture was very low in both cohorts. Further study with greater statistical power is needed. Therapeutic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

  4. Small interfering RNA-mediated reduction in heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticule A1/A2 proteins induces apoptosis in human cancer cells but not in normal mortal cell lines.

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    Patry, Caroline; Bouchard, Louise; Labrecque, Pascale; Gendron, Daniel; Lemieux, Bruno; Toutant, Johanne; Lapointe, Elvy; Wellinger, Raymund; Chabot, Benoit

    2003-11-15

    To prevent their recognition as DNA breaks, the ends of linear chromosomes are organized into telomeres, which are made of proteins bound to telomere-specific, double-stranded repeats and to single-stranded DNA extensions, the G-tails. The mammalian heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticule A1 and A2 proteins can bind with high affinity to such G-tails. Moreover, previous work established that in certain mouse cells a severe reduction in the level of A1 is associated with shortened telomeric repeat tracts, and restoring A1 expression increases telomere length. Here, we document that the expression of A1/A2 proteins is elevated in a variety of human cancers, whereas A1/A2 expression is lower or absent in normal tissues. To determine whether the status of A1/A2 proteins could be improved from cancer markers to cancer targets, we used small interfering RNA-mediated RNA interference to elicit a reduction in A1/A2 proteins in a variety of human cell lines. We show that this treatment provoked specific and rapid cell death by apoptosis in cell lines derived from cervical, colon, breast, ovarian, and brain cancers. Cancer cell lines that lack p53 or express a defective p53 protein were equally sensitive to a small interfering RNA-mediated decrease in A1/A2 expression. The reduction in A1/A2 levels in HeLa cells was associated with a change in the distribution of the lengths of G-tails, an event not observed when apoptosis was induced with staurosporine. Remarkably, comparable decreases in the expression of A1/A2 in several mortal human fibroblastic and epithelial cell lines did not promote cell death. Thus, manipulating the level and activity of A1/A2 proteins may constitute a potent and specific approach in the treatment of human cancers of various origins.

  5. Differential Roles for "Nr4a1" and "Nr4a2" in Object Location vs. Object Recognition Long-Term Memory

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    McNulty, Susan E.; Barrett, Ruth M.; Vogel-Ciernia, Annie; Malvaez, Melissa; Hernandez, Nicole; Davatolhagh, M. Felicia; Matheos, Dina P.; Schiffman, Aaron; Wood, Marcelo A.

    2012-01-01

    "Nr4a1" and "Nr4a2" are transcription factors and immediate early genes belonging to the nuclear receptor Nr4a family. In this study, we examine their role in long-term memory formation for object location and object recognition. Using siRNA to block expression of either "Nr4a1" or "Nr4a2", we found that "Nr4a2" is necessary for both long-term…

  6. Comparative evaluation of cow β-casein variants (A1/A2) consumption on Th2-mediated inflammatory response in mouse gut.

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    Ul Haq, Mohammad Raies; Kapila, Rajeev; Sharma, Rohit; Saliganti, Vamshi; Kapila, Suman

    2014-06-01

    Recently, apprehension has been raised regarding "A1/A2 hypothesis" suggesting relationship between consumption of A1 "like" variants of cow β-casein and various physiological disorders. The information available is based on either the human epidemiological data of milk consumption or in vitro trials on cell lines with β-casomorphin peptides. The direct scientific evidence establishing the link between consumption of A1/A2 "like" milk and health is scanty. Thus, under present investigation, in vivo trials in mice were undertaken to study the effect of feeding three genetic variants (A1A1, A1A2 and A2A2) of cow β-casein milk on gastrointestinal immune system as it is the first and foremost site of immunological interactions. Animals were divided into four groups for feeding with basal diet (control) and β-casein isolated from milk of genotyped (A1A1, A1A2 and A2A2) dairy animals, respectively. Gut immune response was analyzed by spectrophotometric assessment of MPO activity, quantitative sandwich ELISA of inflammatory cytokines (MCP-1 and IL-4), antibodies (total IgE, IgG, sIgA, IgG1 and IgG2a) and qRT-PCR of mRNA expression for toll-like receptors (TLR-2 and TLR-4). Histological enumeration of goblet cells, total leukocytes and IgA(+) cells was also carried out. It was observed that consumption of A1 "like" variants (A1A1 and A1A2) significantly increased (p < 0.01) the levels of MPO, MCP-1, IL-4, total IgE, IgG, IgG1, IgG2a and leukocyte infiltration in intestine. TLR-2 and TLR-4 mRNA expression was also up-regulated (p < 0.01) on administration of A1 "like" variants. However, no changes in sIgA, IgA(+) and goblet cell numbers were recorded on consumption of any of the β-casein variants. It is reasonable to conclude that consumption of A1 "like" variants of β-casein induced inflammatory response in gut by activating Th2 pathway as compared to A2A2 variants. The present study thus supports the purported deleterious impacts of consumption of A1 "like

  7. Comparative effects of A1 versus A2 beta-casein on gastrointestinal measures: a blinded randomised cross-over pilot study.

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    Ho, S; Woodford, K; Kukuljan, S; Pal, S

    2014-09-01

    At present, there is debate about the gastrointestinal effects of A1-type beta-casein protein in cows' milk compared with the progenitor A2 type. In vitro and animal studies suggest that digestion of A1 but not A2 beta-casein affects gastrointestinal motility and inflammation through the release of beta-casomorphin-7. We aimed to evaluate differences in gastrointestinal effects in a human adult population between milk containing A1 versus A2 beta-casein. Forty-one females and males were recruited into this double-blinded, randomised 8-week cross-over study. Participants underwent a 2-week dairy washout (rice milk replaced dairy), followed by 2 weeks of milk (750 ml/day) that contained beta-casein of either A1 or A2 type before undergoing a second washout followed by a final 2 weeks of the alternative A1 or A2 type milk. The A1 beta-casein milk led to significantly higher stool consistency values (Bristol Stool Scale) compared with the A2 beta-casein milk. There was also a significant positive association between abdominal pain and stool consistency on the A1 diet (r=0.520, P=0.001), but not the A2 diet (r=-0.13, P=0.43). The difference between these two correlations (0.52 versus -0.13) was highly significant (P<0.001). Furthermore, some individuals may be susceptible to A1 beta-casein, as evidenced by higher faecal calprotectin values and associated intolerance measures. These preliminary results suggest differences in gastrointestinal responses in some adult humans consuming milk containing beta-casein of either the A1 or the A2 beta-casein type, but require confirmation in a larger study of participants with perceived intolerance to ordinary A1 beta-casein-containing milk.

  8. A comparison of the binding of secretory component to immunoglobulin A (IgA) in human colostral S-IgA1 and S-IgA2

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    Almogren, Adel; Senior, Bernard W; Kerr, Michael A

    2007-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the binding of secretory component to immunoglobulin A (IgA) in human secretory IgA2 (S-IgA2) was made possible by the development of a new method of purifying S-IgA1, S-IgA2 and free secretory component from human colostrum using thiophilic gel chromatography and chromatography on Jacalin-agarose. Sodium dodecyl sulphate–polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of unreduced pure S-IgA2 revealed that, unlike in S-IgA1, a significant proportion of the secretory component was bound non-covalently in S-IgA2. When S-IgA1 was incubated with a protease purified from Proteus mirabilis the secretory component, but not the α-chain, was cleaved. This is in contrast to serum IgA1, in which the α-chain was cleaved under the same conditions – direct evidence that secretory component does protect the α-chain from proteolytic cleavage in S-IgA. Comparisons between the products of cleavage with P. mirabilis protease of free secretory component and bound secretory component in S-IgA1 and S-IgA2 also indicated that, contrary to the general assumption, the binding of secretory component to IgA is different in S-IgA2 from that in S-IgA1. PMID:17156102

  9. Soluble monomeric EphrinA1 is released from tumor cells and is a functional ligand for the EphA2 receptor

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    Wykosky, J; Palma, E; Gibo, DM; Ringler, S; Turner, CP; Debinski, W

    2013-01-01

    The ephrinA1 ligand exerts antioncogenic effects in tumor cells through activation and downregulation of the EphA2 receptor and has been described as a membrane-anchored protein requiring clustering for function. However, while investigating the ephrinA1/EphA2 system in the pathobiology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), we uncovered that ephrinA1 is released from GBM and breast adenocarcinoma cells as a soluble, monomeric protein and is a functional form of the ligand in this state. Conditioned media containing a soluble monomer of ephrinA1 caused EphA2 internalization and downregulation, dramatic alteration of cell morphology and suppression of the Ras–MAPK pathway. Moreover, soluble monomeric ephrinA1 was functional in a physiological context, eliciting collapse of embryonic neuronal growth cones. We also found that ephrinA1 is cleaved from the plasma membrane of GBM cells, an event which involves the action of a metalloprotease. Thus, the ephrinA1 ligand can, indeed, function as a soluble monomer and may act in a paracrine manner on the EphA2 receptor without the need for juxtacrine interactions. These findings have important implications for further deciphering the function of these proteins in pathology and physiology, as well as for the design of ephrinA1-based EphA2-targeted antitumor therapeutics. PMID:18794797

  10. Soluble monomeric EphrinA1 is released from tumor cells and is a functional ligand for the EphA2 receptor.

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    Wykosky, J; Palma, E; Gibo, D M; Ringler, S; Turner, C P; Debinski, W

    2008-12-11

    The ephrinA1 ligand exerts antioncogenic effects in tumor cells through activation and downregulation of the EphA2 receptor and has been described as a membrane-anchored protein requiring clustering for function. However, while investigating the ephrinA1/EphA2 system in the pathobiology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), we uncovered that ephrinA1 is released from GBM and breast adenocarcinoma cells as a soluble, monomeric protein and is a functional form of the ligand in this state. Conditioned media containing a soluble monomer of ephrinA1 caused EphA2 internalization and downregulation, dramatic alteration of cell morphology and suppression of the Ras-MAPK pathway. Moreover, soluble monomeric ephrinA1 was functional in a physiological context, eliciting collapse of embryonic neuronal growth cones. We also found that ephrinA1 is cleaved from the plasma membrane of GBM cells, an event which involves the action of a metalloprotease. Thus, the ephrinA1 ligand can, indeed, function as a soluble monomer and may act in a paracrine manner on the EphA2 receptor without the need for juxtacrine interactions. These findings have important implications for further deciphering the function of these proteins in pathology and physiology, as well as for the design of ephrinA1-based EphA2-targeted antitumor therapeutics.

  11. Temporo-spacial microanatomical distribution of the murine sodium-dependent ascorbic acid transporters Slc23a1 and Slc23a2 in the kidney throughout development.

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    Eck, Peter K; Corpe, Christopher; Levine, Mark A

    2017-06-01

    The two membrane transporters Slc23a1 and Slc23a2 mediate ascorbic acid uptake into cells. We recently determined the key role of Slc23a1 in renal re-absorption of ascorbic acid in a knockout mouse model. However, the renal spatial and temporal expression patterns of murine Slc23a1 and Slc23a2 are not defined. This study utilizes database evidence combined with experimental confirmation via in-situ hybridization to define the spatial and temporal expression of Slc23a1 in the murine kidney. Slc23a1 is expressed in the early proximal tubule, but not in its precursors during embryonic development, and exclusive proximal tubular expression persists throughout the animal's lifetime. In contrast, Slc23a2 is uniformly expressed in metabolic cell types such as stromal cells. The expression patterns appear to be conserved from rodent lineages to humans.

  12. Effect of PlA1/A2 glycoprotein IIIa gene polymorphism on the long-term outcome after successful coronary stenting

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    Le Hello, Claire; Morello, Rémy; Lequerrec, Agnès; Duarte, Christine; Riddell, John; Hamon, Martial

    2007-01-01

    Aim To prospectively determine the role of platelet glycoprotein IIIa (GP IIIa) gene PlA1/PlA2 polymorphism on the long-term clinical outcome in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing coronary stenting. Design and setting Prospective observational study in the University Hospital of Caen (France). Patients and methods 1 111 symptomatic consecutive Caucasian patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention including stent implantation underwent genotyping for GP IIIa PlA1/A2. Main outcome measures Long-term clinical outcome in terms of the rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE, ie death from any cause, non-fatal Q wave or non Q wave myocardial infarction, and need for coronary revascularisation) was obtained and subsequently stratified according to the GP IIIa PlA1/A2 polymorphism. Results Three groups of patients were determined according to the GP IIIa PlA1/A2 polymorphism (71.6% had the A1/A1, 25.8% had the A1/A2 and 2.6% had the A2/A2 genotype). These three groups were comparable for all clinical characteristics including sex ratio, mean age, vascular risk factors, previous coronary events, baseline angiographic exam, indication for the percutaneous coronary intervention and drug therapy). The incidence of MACE was similar in these 3 groups of patients during a mean follow-up period of 654+/-152 days. Independent risk factors for MACE were a left ventricular ejection fraction < 40%, absence of treatment with a beta-blocker and absence of treatment with an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor during follow-up. Conclusion The GP IIIa PlA1/A2 polymorphism does not influence the clinical long-term outcome in patients with symptomatic coronary disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation. PMID:18021403

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  14. [Expression of EphA2 and EphrinA1 in human renal cell carcinoma and its relationship with angiogenesis].

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    Xu, Jin-Sheng; Zhang, Jun-Xia; Geng, Tong-Hui; Wang, Yue-Fen; Wang, Xiao-Ling; Zuo, Lian-Fu

    2009-06-01

    To investigate the expression of EphA2 and EphrinA1 and its relationship with angiogenesis in renal cell carcinoma and its relevance to clinicopathologic features. The expression of the EphA2 and EphrinA1 was detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) in the tissues samples from 68 renal cell carcinomas and 24 normal kidneys, and quantitatively analyzed. The microvessel density (MVD) was determined by CD34 immunostaining of microvascular endothelial cells. Statistical analysis was performed using the software SPSS (version 13.0). The expression of EphA2, EphrinA1 and MND in the cancerous tissues were significantly higher (P<0.01) than that in the normal ones. Significantly increased expression of EphA2, EphrinA1 and MVD (P<0.01) was detected in cancer tissues with higher grade differentiation, more advanced stage and more lymph node metastasis, respectively (P<0.05 for each group). Expression of the EphA2 and EphrinA1 protein was shown to be positively associated with the MVD assessed by Spearman's correlation and factor analysis (r=0.555, r=0.485, P<0.01). The MVD was also significantly correlated with the diameter of the tumor (P<0.01). EphA2 and EphrinA1 are highly expressed in renal cell carcinoma, and positively correlated with histological differentiation, clinical stage and angiogenesis in the cancer.

  15. Molecular cloning of cDNA for guinea pig CYP1A2 comparison with guinea pig CYP1A1.

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    Black, V H; Wang, A; Henry, M; Shaw, P

    1997-08-01

    Guinea pig CYP1A2 cDNA was isolated by RT-PCR from liver tissue of 3,3'-methylcholanthrene-treated guinea pigs. It shares considerable sequence identity with guinea pig CYP1A1 (nt 77%, aa 65%), but differs in levels of constitutive expression, function, and inducibility. Western blot analysis of protein expressed by full-length cDNA in COS-1 cells identified CYP1A2 (56 kDa) and CYP1A1 (53 kDa) proteins in corun liver microsomes. CYP1A2 transfectants metabolized methoxyresorufin and ethoxyresorufin, while CYP1A1 transfectants metabolized only ethoxyresorufin. Constitutive expression of CYP1A2 mRNA (2.0 kb) and protein was much lower than that of CYP1A1 mRNA (2.6 kb) and protein, but the fold induction of CYP1A2 by 3,3'-methylcholanthrene was greater than that of CYP1A1. Changes in splicing of CYP1A2 pre-mRNA occur upon treatment with 3,3'-methylcholanthrene.

  16. Decreased tumorigenic potential of EphA2-overexpressing breast cancer cells following treatment with adenoviral vectors that express EphrinA1.

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    Noblitt, Loren W; Bangari, Dinesh S; Shukla, Shruti; Knapp, Deborah W; Mohammed, Sulma; Kinch, Michael S; Mittal, Suresh K

    2004-11-01

    The EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase is frequently overexpressed in invasive breast cancer cells. Moreover, these malignant cells have unstable cell-cell contacts, which preclude EphA2 from interacting with its ligand, EphrinA1, which is anchored to the membrane of adjacent cells. This defect is important because ligand binding causes EphA2 to transmit signals that negatively regulate tumor cell growth and survival, whereas the absence of ligand binding favors these same behaviors. In our present study, human adenoviral type 5 (HAd) vectors were engineered to express secreted-forms of EphrinA1. These vectors were used to infect MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells, or MCF-10A human breast epithelial cells providing matched controls. Infection with HAd-EphrinA1-Fc (HAd vector expressing extracellular domain of human EphrinA1 attached to Fc portion of human IgG1 heavy chain) caused increased EphA2 activation and turnover and consequently decreased tumor cell viability in soft agar assays. Consistent with this observation, infection of MDA-MB-231 cells with HAd-EphrinA1-Fc prevented tumor formation in xenograft models. Furthermore, therapeutic modeling via intratumoral inoculation revealed that HAd-EphrinA1-Fc significantly inhibited subsequent tumor growth as compared to matched controls. These results suggest that targeting of EphA2 with adenoviral vectors may have therapeutic value.

  17. Aldehyde Dehydrogenases 1A2 Expression and Distribution are Potentially Associated with Neuron Death in Spinal Cord of Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur Mice.

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    Liang, Huiting; Wu, Chengsi; Deng, Youqing; Zhu, Lei; Zhang, Jie; Gan, Weiming; Tang, Chunyan; Xu, Renshi

    2017-01-01

    The pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has not been unclear yet, it might be associated with the abnormal expression and distribution of certain proteins. Aldehyde dehydrogenases 1A2 (ALDH1A2) was thought to be one of potential candidates. Therefore, in this study we observed and analyzed the alteration of the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the spinal cord of wild-type (WT) and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice. We compared the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the different segments, anatomic regions and neural cells of spinal cord at the different stages of WT and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice applied the methods of fluorescent immunohistochemistry and western blot. Results revealed that ALDH1A2 extensively expressed and distributed in the spinal cord of adult WT and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice. The expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the white matter including the anterior, posterior and lateral funiculus were more than that in the gray matter including the central canal, the anterior and dorsal horn. ALDH1A2 majorly expressed and distributed in the astrocyte, microglial, oligodendrocyte and neuron cells. The ALDH1A2 expression significantly decreased and redistributed in some anatomic regions of spinal cord at the onset and progression stages of Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice. The expression decrease of ALDH1A2 followed with the increase of neuron cells death. This study suggested that the alteration of expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 was potentially associated with the pathogenesis of ALS.

  18. Spatial organization of EphA2 at the cell-cell interface modulates trans-endocytosis of ephrinA1.

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    Greene, Adrienne C; Lord, Samuel J; Tian, Aiwei; Rhodes, Christopher; Kai, Hiroyuki; Groves, Jay T

    2014-05-20

    EphA2 is a receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) that is sensitive to spatial and mechanical aspects of the cell's microenvironment. Misregulation of EphA2 occurs in many aggressive cancers. Although its juxtacrine signaling geometry (EphA2's cognate ligand ephrinA1 is expressed on the surface of an apposing cell) provides a mechanism by which the receptor may experience extracellular forces, this also renders the system challenging to decode. By depositing living cells on synthetic supported lipid membranes displaying ephrinA1, we have reconstituted key features of the juxtacrine EphA2-ephrinA1 signaling system while maintaining the ability to perturb the spatial and mechanical properties of the membrane-cell interface with precision. In addition, we developed a trans-endocytosis assay to monitor internalization of ephrinA1 from a supported membrane into the apposing cell using a quantitative three-dimensional fluorescence microscopy assay. Using this experimental platform to mimic a cell-cell junction, we found that the signaling complex is not efficiently internalized when lateral reorganization at the membrane-cell contact sites is physically hindered. This suggests that EphA2-ephrinA1 trans-endocytosis is sensitive to the mechanical properties of a cell's microenvironment and may have implications in physical aspects of tumor biology. Copyright © 2014 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Spatial Organization of EphA2 at the Cell-Cell Interface Modulates Trans-Endocytosis of EphrinA1

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    Greene, Adrienne C.; Lord, Samuel J.; Tian, Aiwei; Rhodes, Christopher; Kai, Hiroyuki; Groves, Jay T.

    2014-01-01

    EphA2 is a receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) that is sensitive to spatial and mechanical aspects of the cell’s microenvironment. Misregulation of EphA2 occurs in many aggressive cancers. Although its juxtacrine signaling geometry (EphA2’s cognate ligand ephrinA1 is expressed on the surface of an apposing cell) provides a mechanism by which the receptor may experience extracellular forces, this also renders the system challenging to decode. By depositing living cells on synthetic supported lipid membranes displaying ephrinA1, we have reconstituted key features of the juxtacrine EphA2-ephrinA1 signaling system while maintaining the ability to perturb the spatial and mechanical properties of the membrane-cell interface with precision. In addition, we developed a trans-endocytosis assay to monitor internalization of ephrinA1 from a supported membrane into the apposing cell using a quantitative three-dimensional fluorescence microscopy assay. Using this experimental platform to mimic a cell-cell junction, we found that the signaling complex is not efficiently internalized when lateral reorganization at the membrane-cell contact sites is physically hindered. This suggests that EphA2-ephrinA1 trans-endocytosis is sensitive to the mechanical properties of a cell’s microenvironment and may have implications in physical aspects of tumor biology. PMID:24853748

  20. Bacillus anthracis Acetyltransferases PatA1 and PatA2 Modify the Secondary Cell Wall Polysaccharide and Affect the Assembly of S-Layer Proteins

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    Lunderberg, J. Mark; Nguyen-Mau, Sao-Mai; Richter, G. Stefan; Wang, Ya-Ting; Dworkin, Jonathan; Missiakas, Dominique M.

    2013-01-01

    The envelope of Bacillus anthracis encompasses a proteinaceous S-layer with two S-layer proteins (Sap and EA1). Protein assembly in the envelope of B. anthracis requires S-layer homology domains (SLH) within S-layer proteins and S-layer-associated proteins (BSLs), which associate with the secondary cell wall polysaccharide (SCWP), an acetylated carbohydrate that is tethered to peptidoglycan. Here, we investigated the contributions of two putative acetyltransferases, PatA1 and PatA2, on SCWP acetylation and S-layer assembly. We show that mutations in patA1 and patA2 affect the chain lengths of B. anthracis vegetative forms and perturb the deposition of the BslO murein hydrolase at cell division septa. The patA1 and patA2 mutants are defective for the assembly of EA1 in the envelope but retain the ability of S-layer formation with Sap. SCWP isolated from the patA1 patA2 mutant lacked acetyl moieties identified in wild-type polysaccharide and failed to associate with the SLH domains of EA1. A model is discussed whereby patA1- and patA2-mediated acetylation of SCWP enables the deposition of EA1 as well as BslO near the septal region of the B. anthracis envelope. PMID:23243307

  1. Vavilosides A1/A2-B1/B2, new furostane glycosides from the bulbs of Allium vavilovii with cytotoxic activity.

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    Zolfaghari, Behzad; Sadeghi, Masoud; Troiano, Raffaele; Lanzotti, Virginia

    2013-04-01

    A phytochemical analysis of the bulbs of Allium vavilovii M. Pop. & Vved. was attained for the first time extensively, affording to the isolation of four new furostanol saponins, named vavilosides A1/A2-B1/B2 (1a/b-2a/2b), as two couple of isomers in equilibrium, together with ascalonicoside A1/A2 (3a/3b) and 22-O-methyl ascalonicoside A1/A2 (4a/4b), previously isolated from shallot, Allium ascalonicum. High concentrations of kaempferol, kaempferide, and kaempferol 4(I)-glucoside were also isolated. The chemical structures of the new compounds, established through a combination of extensive nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and chemical analyses, were identified as (25R)-furost-5(6)-en-1β,3β,22α,26-tetraol 1-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-O-β-D-galactopyranosyl 26-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (vaviloside A1), (25R)-furost-5(6)-en-1β,3β,22β,26-tetraol 1-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-O-β-D-galactopyranosyl 26-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (vaviloside A2), (25R)-furost-5(6)-en-1β,3β,22α,26-tetraol 1-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl 26-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (vaviloside B1), (25R)-furost-5(6)-en-1β,3β,22β,26-tetraol 1-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl 26-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (vaviloside B2). The isolated saponins showed cytotoxic activity on J-774, murine monocyte/macrophage, and WEHI-164, murine fibrosarcoma, cell lines with the following rank: vaviloside B1/B2>ascalonicoside A1/A2>vaviloside A1/A2. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. SpxA1 and SpxA2 Act Coordinately To Fine-Tune Stress Responses and Virulence in Streptococcus pyogenes

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    Port, Gary C.; Cusumano, Zachary T.; Tumminello, Paul R.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT SpxA is a unique transcriptional regulator highly conserved among members of the phylum Firmicutes that binds RNA polymerase and can act as an antiactivator. Why some Firmicutes members have two highly similar SpxA paralogs is not understood. Here, we show that the SpxA paralogs of the pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes, SpxA1 and SpxA2, act coordinately to regulate virulence by fine-tuning toxin expression and stress resistance. Construction and analysis of mutants revealed that SpxA1− mutants were defective for growth under aerobic conditions, while SpxA2− mutants had severely attenuated responses to multiple stresses, including thermal and oxidative stresses. SpxA1− mutants had enhanced resistance to the cationic antimicrobial molecule polymyxin B, while SpxA2− mutants were more sensitive. In a murine model of soft tissue infection, a SpxA1− mutant was highly attenuated. In contrast, the highly stress-sensitive SpxA2− mutant was hypervirulent, exhibiting more extensive tissue damage and a greater bacterial burden than the wild-type strain. SpxA1− attenuation was associated with reduced expression of several toxins, including the SpeB cysteine protease. In contrast, SpxA2− hypervirulence correlated with toxin overexpression and could be suppressed to wild-type levels by deletion of speB. These data show that SpxA1 and SpxA2 have opposing roles in virulence and stress resistance, suggesting that they act coordinately to fine-tune toxin expression in response to stress. SpxA2− hypervirulence also shows that stress resistance is not always essential for S. pyogenes pathogenesis in soft tissue. PMID:28351920

  3. Inactivation of the spxA1 or spxA2 gene of Streptococcus mutans decreases virulence in the rat caries model.

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    Galvão, L C C; Rosalen, P L; Rivera-Ramos, I; Franco, G C N; Kajfasz, J K; Abranches, J; Bueno-Silva, B; Koo, H; Lemos, J A

    2017-04-01

    In oral biofilms, the major environmental challenges encountered by Streptococcus mutans are acid and oxidative stresses. Previously, we showed that the transcriptional regulators SpxA1 and SpxA2 are involved in general stress survival of S. mutans with SpxA1 playing a primary role in activation of antioxidant and detoxification strategies whereas SpxA2 serves as a back up activator of oxidative stress genes. We have also found that spxA1 mutant strains (∆spxA1 and ∆spxA1∆spxA2) are outcompeted by peroxigenic oral streptococci in vitro and have impaired abilities to colonize the teeth of rats fed a highly cariogenic diet. Here, we show that the Spx proteins can also exert regulatory roles in the expression of additional virulence attributes of S. mutans. Competence activation is significantly impaired in Δspx strains and the production of mutacin IV and V is virtually abolished in ΔspxA1 strains. Unexpectedly, the ∆spxA2 strain showed increased production of glucans from sucrose, without affecting the total amount of bacteria within biofilms when compared with the parent strain. By using the rat caries model, we showed that the capacity of the ΔspxA1 and ΔspxA2 strains to cause caries on smooth tooth surfaces is significantly impaired. The ∆spxA2 strain also formed fewer lesions on sulcal surfaces. This report reveals that global regulation via Spx contributes to the cariogenic potential of S. mutans and highlights that animal models are essential in the characterization of bacterial traits implicated in virulence. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  4. Molecular comparison of Slc11a1 and Slc11a2 genes of swamp- and riverine-type water buffaloes.

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    Padiernos, R B C; Mingala, C N

    2016-06-01

    Solute-linked carrier 11a and 11a2 (Slc) have been associated with disease resistance and/or susceptibility across animal species. These genes have an important mechanism in the regulation against intracellular infection. This study analysed the genetic characteristic of Slc 11a and 11a2 in swamp-type and riverine-type water buffaloes to understand their immunological distinction. Characterization of Slc11a1 and Slc11a2 genes from swamp- and riverine-type water buffaloes was carried out by molecular cloning, sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. The cloned cDNA of Slc11a1 and Slc11a2 contained an open reading frame of 1647 and 1723 nucleotides, encoding 549 and 574 amino acids, respectively. Nucleotide sequence homology of both Slc11a1 and Slc11a2 had 99% in swamp and riverine type, which gives almost identical polypeptide. However, Slc11a1 and Slc11a2 have substitutions of 5 and 1 amino acid residues, correspondingly. These substitutions suggest as a potential gene markers for resistance and/or susceptibility to intracellular infection. Furthermore, phylogenetic analysis confirmed the degree of relationship between the bubaline species and justifies the distinctness of each breed by the bootstrap value generated. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Anomalous nanoclusters, anisotropy, and electronic nematicity in the doped manganite L a1 /3C a2 /3Mn O3

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    Tao, J.; Sun, K.; Tranquada, J. M.; Zhu, Y.

    2017-06-01

    In doped manganites, a superlattice (SL) modulation associated with charge/orbital ordering is accepted as a key component in understanding many intriguing properties. It has been reported that the SL modulation always appears on the a axis of the crystals. Here, by using multiple transmission electron microscopic techniques, we observe a type of anomalous nanocluster in which the SL modulation appears on the c axis of L a1 /3C a2 /3Mn O3 . By correlating the thermal evolution of the anomalous nanoclusters to other property measurements, we suggest that strain is responsible for the formation of the anomalous nanoclusters. The phase separation and phase transition scenario in L a1 /3C a2 /3Mn O3 are also described using electronic-liquid-crystal (ELC) phases. An ELC phase diagram in L a1 /3C a2 /3Mn O3 is constructed as a function of temperature based on our observations.

  6. EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction-mediated apoptosis and Flt3L-induced immunotherapy inhibits tumor growth in a breast cancer mouse model

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    Tandon, Manish; Vemula, Sai V.; Sharma, Anurag; Ahi, Yadvinder S.; Mittal, Shalini; Bangari, Dinesh S.; Mittal, Suresh K.

    2014-01-01

    Background The receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2 is overexpressed in several types of cancers and is currently being pursued as a target for breast cancer therapeutics. The EphA2 ligand EphrinA1 induces EphA2 phosphorylation and intracellular internalization and degradation, thus inhibiting tumor progression. The hematopoietic growth factor, FMS-like tyrosine kinase receptor ligand (Flt3L), promotes expansion and mobilization of functional dendritic cells. Methods We tested the EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells focusing on the receptor-ligand-mediated apoptosis of breast cancer cells. In order to determine whether the EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction-associated apoptosis and Flt3L-mediated immunotherapy would have an additive effect in inhibiting tumor growth, we used an immunocompetent mouse model of breast cancer to evaluate intratumoral (i.t.) inoculation strategies with human adenovirus (HAd) vectors expressing either EphrinA1 (HAd-EphrinA1-Fc), Flt3L (HAd-Flt3L) or a combination of EphrinA1-Fc + Flt3L (HAd-EphrinA1-Fc + HAd-Flt3L). Results In vitro analysis demonstrated that an EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction led to apoptosis-related changes in breast cancer cells. In vivo, three i.t. inoculations of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc showed potent inhibition of tumor growth. Furthermore, increased inhibition in tumor growth was observed with the combination of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc and HAd-Flt3L accompanied by the generation of an anti-tumor adaptive immune response. Conclusions The results indicating induction of apoptosis and inhibition of mammary tumor growth show the potential therapeutic benefits of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc. In combination with HAd-Flt3L, this represents a promising strategy to effectively induce mammary tumor regression by HAd vector-based therapy. PMID:22228563

  7. Copy number and haplotype variation at the VRN-A1 and central FR-A2 loci are associated with frost tolerance in hexaploid wheat.

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    Zhu, Jie; Pearce, Stephen; Burke, Adrienne; See, Deven Robert; Skinner, Daniel Z; Dubcovsky, Jorge; Garland-Campbell, Kimberly

    2014-05-01

    The interaction between VRN - A1 and FR - A2 largely affect the frost tolerance of hexaploid wheat. Frost tolerance is critical for wheat survival during cold winters. Natural variation for this trait is mainly associated with allelic differences at the VERNALIZATION 1 (VRN1) and FROST RESISTANCE 2 (FR2) loci. VRN1 regulates the transition between vegetative and reproductive stages and FR2, a locus including several tandemly duplicated C-REPEAT BINDING FACTOR (CBF) transcription factors, regulates the expression of Cold-regulated genes. We identified sequence and copy number variation at these two loci among winter and spring wheat varieties and characterized their association with frost tolerance. We identified two FR-A2 haplotypes-'FR-A2-S' and 'FR-A2-T'-distinguished by two insertion/deletions and ten single nucleotide polymorphisms within the CBF-A12 and CBF-A15 genes. Increased copy number of CBF-A14 was frequently associated with the FR-A2-T haplotype and with higher CBF14 transcript levels in response to cold. Factorial ANOVAs revealed significant interactions between VRN1 and FR-A2 for frost tolerance in both winter and spring panels suggesting a crosstalk between vernalization and cold acclimation pathways. The model including these two loci and their interaction explained 32.0 and 20.7 % of the variation in frost tolerance in the winter and spring panels, respectively. The interaction was validated in a winter wheat F 4:5 population segregating for both genes. Increased VRN-A1 copy number was associated with improved frost tolerance among varieties carrying the FR-A2-T allele but not among those carrying the FR-A2-S allele. These results suggest that selection of varieties carrying the FR-A2-T allele and three copies of the recessive vrn-A1 allele would be a good strategy to improve frost tolerance in wheat.

  8. Bidirectional signalling between EphA2 and ephrinA1 increases tubular cell attachment, laminin secretion and modulates erythropoietin expression after renal hypoxic injury.

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    Rodriguez, Stéphane; Rudloff, Stefan; Koenig, Katrin Franziska; Karthik, Swapna; Hoogewijs, David; Huynh-Do, Uyen

    2016-08-01

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in hospitalized patients and has a poor prognosis, the severity of AKI being linked to progression to chronic kidney disease. This stresses the need to search for protective mechanisms during the acute phase. We investigated kidney repair after hypoxic injury using a rat model of renal artery branch ligation, which led to an oxygen gradient vertical to the corticomedullary axis. Three distinct zones were observed: tubular necrosis, infarction border zone and preserved normal tissue. EphA2 is a receptor tyrosine kinase with pivotal roles in cell architecture, migration and survival, upon juxtacrine contact with its membrane-bound ligand EphrinA1. Following hypoxia, EphA2 was up-regulated in cortical and medullary tubular cells, while EphrinA1 was up-regulated in interstitial cells adjacent to peritubular capillaries. Moreover, erythropoietin (EPO) messenger RNA (mRNA) was strongly expressed in the border zone of infarcted kidney within the first 6 h. To gain more insight into the biological impact of EphA2 and EphrinA1 up-regulation, we activated the signalling pathways in vitro using recombinant EphrinA1/Fc or EphA2/Fc proteins. Stimulation of EphA2 forward signalling in the proximal tubular cell line HK2 increased cell attachment and laminin secretion at the baso-lateral side. Conversely, activation of reverse signalling through EphrinA1 expressed by Hep3B cells promoted EPO production at both the transcriptional and protein level. Strikingly, in co-culture experiments, juxtacrine contact between EphA2 expressing MDCK and EphrinA1 expressing Hep3B was sufficient to induce a significant up-regulation of EPO mRNA production in the latter cells, even in the absence of hypoxic conditions. The synergistic effects of EphA2 and hypoxia led to a 15-20-fold increase of EPO expression. Collectively, our results suggest an important role of EphA2/EphrinA1 signalling in kidney repair after hypoxic injury through stimulation of (i) tubular

  9. [Investigation of Helicobacter pylori iceA1 and iceA2 genes in patients with chronic gastritis and gastric cancer].

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    Ciftci, Ihsan Hakkı; Uslan, Ihsan; Dilek, Fatma Hüsniye; Aşık, Gülşah; Ozgür, Mihrican Aydın; Dilek, Osman Nuri

    2011-04-01

    Several virulence factors of Helicobacter pylori play crucial role in the pathogenesis of the infections.H.pylori iceA gene which is induced by the contact with epithelium during the attachment of bacterium to the gastric mucosa, possess two variants (iceA1 and iceA2). Although there are some data indicating the relationship between H.pylori iceA1 and peptic ulcer, this concept is still controversial. The aims of this study were to investigate the presence and prevalence of H.pylori iceA1 and iceA2 gene regions in the tissue samples of patients diagnosed as chronic gastritis and gastric cancer, and to evaluate whether any correlation existed between these genotypes and clinical manifestations. A total of 109 tissue samples obtained from chronic gastritis (n= 55) and gastric cancer (n= 54) patients whose H.pylori infections have been confirmed by histopathologic examination of biopsy samples, were included in the study. The presence of H.pylori in the samples were also confirmed by amplification of the ureA gene region by inhouse polymerase chain reaction (PCR). H.pylori iceA1 and iceA2 genes were directly genotyped with the use of specific primers in the gastric biopsy specimens by PCR. The total positivity rates of iceA1 and ice- A2 genotypes in patients were found as 58% (63/109) and 24% (26/109), respectively. With the special attention to chronic gastritis and gastric cancer patients, the frequencies of iceA1 gene were 51% (28/55) and 65% (35/54), while the frequencies of iceA2 gene were 20% (11/55) and 28% (15/54), respectively. The difference of positivity rates of iceA1 and iceA2 genotypes between the patient groups were not statistically significant (p> 0.05). There was also no statistically significant correlation between the genotypes and clinical manifestation (r> 0.01). As a result, H.pylori iceA1 genotype was predominant (58%) in chronic gastritis and gastric cancer patients in our region, however the prevalence of iceA2 genotype was lower (24

  10. Cambrian origin of the CYP27C1-mediated vitamin A1-to-A2switch, a key mechanism of vertebrate sensory plasticity.

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    Morshedian, Ala; Toomey, Matthew B; Pollock, Gabriel E; Frederiksen, Rikard; Enright, Jennifer M; McCormick, Stephen D; Cornwall, M Carter; Fain, Gordon L; Corbo, Joseph C

    2017-07-01

    The spectral composition of ambient light varies across both space and time. Many species of jawed vertebrates adapt to this variation by tuning the sensitivity of their photoreceptors via the expression of CYP27C1, an enzyme that converts vitamin A 1 into vitamin A 2 , thereby shifting the ratio of vitamin A 1 -based rhodopsin to red-shifted vitamin A 2 -based porphyropsin in the eye. Here, we show that the sea lamprey ( Petromyzon marinus ), a jawless vertebrate that diverged from jawed vertebrates during the Cambrian period (approx. 500 Ma), dynamically shifts its photoreceptor spectral sensitivity via vitamin A 1 -to-A 2 chromophore exchange as it transitions between photically divergent aquatic habitats. We further show that this shift correlates with high-level expression of the lamprey orthologue of CYP27C1, specifically in the retinal pigment epithelium as in jawed vertebrates. Our results suggest that the CYP27C1-mediated vitamin A 1 -to-A 2 switch is an evolutionarily ancient mechanism of sensory plasticity that appeared not long after the origin of vertebrates.

  11. Determining the Parameters of Tetrahedral Splittings in the A 1- and A 2-Type States of Molecules with Spherical Symmetry ( T d or O h )

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    Raspopova, N. I.; Sklyarova, E. A.; Aslapovskaya, Yu. S.; Kuznetsov, S. I.; Maul, K.

    2018-02-01

    A method of analytical description of one of the most complex problems in the study of high symmetry quantum-mechanical objects, namely, tetrahedral splittings, is considered. Results are presented that allow tetrahedral splittings of the vibrational states of A 1 and A 2 symmetries for polyad N ≤ 4 to be determined in an analytical form.

  12. Cambrian origin of the CYP27C1-mediated vitamin A1-to-A2 switch, a key mechanism of vertebrate sensory plasticity

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    Morshedian, Ala; Toomery, Matthew B.; Pollock, Gabriel E.; Frederiksen, Rikard; Enright, Jennifer; McCormick, Stephen; Cornwall, M. Carter; Fain, Gordon L.; Corbo, Joseph C.

    2017-01-01

    The spectral composition of ambient light varies across both space and time. Many species of jawed vertebrates adapt to this variation by tuning the sensitivity of their photoreceptors via the expression of CYP27C1, an enzyme that converts vitamin A1 into vitamin A2, thereby shifting the ratio of vitamin A1-based rhodopsin to red-shifted vitamin A2-based porphyropsin in the eye. Here, we show that the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), a jawless vertebrate that diverged from jawed vertebrates during the Cambrian period (approx. 500 Ma), dynamically shifts its photoreceptor spectral sensitivity via vitamin A1-to-A2 chromophore exchange as it transitions between photically divergent aquatic habitats. We further show that this shift correlates with high-level expression of the lamprey orthologue of CYP27C1, specifically in the retinal pigment epithelium as in jawed vertebrates. Our results suggest that the CYP27C1-mediated vitamin A1-to-A2 switch is an evolutionarily ancient mechanism of sensory plasticity that appeared not long after the origin of vertebrates.

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  14. Measurement of HbA1c and HbA2 by Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing HbA1c programme for simultaneous management of diabetes and screening for thalassemia.

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    Ke, Peifeng; Liu, Jiawei; Chao, Yan; Wu, Xiaobin; Xiong, Yujuan; Lin, Li; Wan, Zemin; Wu, Xinzhong; Xu, Jianhua; Zhuang, Junhua; Huang, Xianzhang

    2017-10-01

    Thalassemia could interfere with some assays for haemoglobin A 1c (HbA 1c ) measurement, therefore, it is useful to be able to screen for thalassemia while measuring HbA 1c . We used Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing (Capillarys 2FP) HbA 1c programme to simultaneously measure HbA 1c and screen for thalassemia. Samples from 498 normal controls and 175 thalassemia patients were analysed by Capillarys 2FP HbA 1c programme (Sebia, France). For method comparison, HbA 1c was quantified by Premier Hb9210 (Trinity Biotech, Ireland) in 98 thalassaemia patients samples. For verification, HbA 1c from eight thalassaemia patients was confirmed by IFCC reference method. Among 98 thalassaemia samples, Capillarys 2FP did not provide an HbA 1c result in three samples with HbH due to the overlapping of HbBart's with HbA 1c fraction; for the remaining 95 thalassaemia samples, Bland-Altman plot showed 0.00 ± 0.35% absolute bias between two systems, and a significant positive bias above 7% was observed only in two HbH samples. The HbA 1c values obtained by Capillarys 2FP were consistent with the IFCC targets (relative bias below ± 6%) in all of the eight samples tested by both methods. For screening samples with alpha (α-) thalassaemia silent/trait or beta (β-) thalassemia trait, the optimal HbA 2 cut-off values were ≤ 2.2% and > 2.8%, respectively. Our results demonstrated the Capillarys 2FP HbA 1c system could report an accurate HbA 1c value in thalassemia silent/trait, and HbA 2 value (≤ 2.2% for α-thalassaemia silent/trait and > 2.8% for β-thalassemia trait) and abnormal bands (HbH and/or HbBart's for HbH disease, HbF for β-thalassemia) may provide valuable information for screening.

  15. Measurement of HbA1c and HbA2 by Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing HbA1c programme for simultaneous management of diabetes and screening for thalassemia

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    Ke, Peifeng; Liu, Jiawei; Chao, Yan; Wu, Xiaobin; Xiong, Yujuan; Lin, Li; Wan, Zemin; Wu, Xinzhong; Xu, Jianhua; Zhuang, Junhua; Huang, Xianzhang

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Thalassemia could interfere with some assays for haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) measurement, therefore, it is useful to be able to screen for thalassemia while measuring HbA1c. We used Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing (Capillarys 2FP) HbA1c programme to simultaneously measure HbA1c and screen for thalassemia. Materials and methods Samples from 498 normal controls and 175 thalassemia patients were analysed by Capillarys 2FP HbA1c programme (Sebia, France). For method comparison, HbA1c was quantified by Premier Hb9210 (Trinity Biotech, Ireland) in 98 thalassaemia patients samples. For verification, HbA1c from eight thalassaemia patients was confirmed by IFCC reference method. Results Among 98 thalassaemia samples, Capillarys 2FP did not provide an HbA1c result in three samples with HbH due to the overlapping of HbBart’s with HbA1c fraction; for the remaining 95 thalassaemia samples, Bland-Altman plot showed 0.00 ± 0.35% absolute bias between two systems, and a significant positive bias above 7% was observed only in two HbH samples. The HbA1c values obtained by Capillarys 2FP were consistent with the IFCC targets (relative bias below ± 6%) in all of the eight samples tested by both methods. For screening samples with alpha (α-) thalassaemia silent/trait or beta (β-) thalassemia trait, the optimal HbA2 cut-off values were ≤ 2.2% and > 2.8%, respectively. Conclusions Our results demonstrated the Capillarys 2FP HbA1c system could report an accurate HbA1c value in thalassemia silent/trait, and HbA2 value (≤ 2.2% for α-thalassaemia silent/trait and > 2.8% for β-thalassemia trait) and abnormal bands (HbH and/or HbBart’s for HbH disease, HbF for β-thalassemia) may provide valuable information for screening. PMID:28900367

  16. All-trans retinoic acid attenuates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis via downregulating EphA2-EphrinA1 signaling.

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    Leem, Ah Young; Shin, Mi Hwa; Douglas, Ivor S; Song, Joo Han; Chung, Kyung Soo; Kim, Eun Young; Jung, Ji Ye; Kang, Young Ae; Chang, Joon; Kim, Young Sam; Park, Moo Suk

    2017-09-23

    The role of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) in pulmonary fibrosis is relatively unknown, although this metabolite modulates cell differentiation, proliferation, and development. We aimed to evaluate the role of ATRA in bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, and whether the mechanism involves EphA2-EphrinA1 and PI3K-Akt signaling. We evaluated three groups of mice: a control group (intraperitoneal DMSO injection 3 times weekly after PBS instillation), bleomycin group (intraperitoneal DMSO injection 3 times weekly after bleomycin instillation), and bleomycin + ATRA group (intraperitoneal ATRA injection 3 times weekly after bleomycin instillation). The cell counts and protein concentration in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), changes in histopathology, Ashcroft score, hydroxyproline assay, expression of several signal pathway proteins including EphA2-EphrinA1, and PI3K-Akt, and cytokine levels were compared among the groups. We found that bleomycin significantly increased the protein concentration in the BALF, Ashcroft score in lung tissue, and hydroxyproline contents in lung lysates. Furthermore, bleomycin upregulated EphA2, EphrinA1, PI3K 110γ, Akt, IL-6 and TNF-α. However, administration of ATRA attenuated the upregulation of EphA2-EphrinA1 and PI3K-Akt after bleomycin instillation, and decreased pulmonary fibrosis. In addition, ATRA suppressed IL-6 and TNF-α production induced by bleomycin-induced injury. Collectively, these data suggest that ATRA attenuates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis by regulating EphA2-EphrinA1 and PI3K-Akt signaling. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Modulation of adenosine A1 and A2A receptors in C6 glioma cells during hypoxia: involvement of endogenous adenosine.

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    Castillo, Carlos A; León, David; Ruiz, María Angeles; Albasanz, José Luis; Martín, Mairena

    2008-06-01

    During hypoxia, extracellular adenosine levels are increased to prevent cell damage, playing a neuroprotective role mainly through adenosine A(1) receptors. The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of hypoxia in both adenosine A(1) and A(2A) receptors endogenously expressed in C6 glioma cells. Two hours of hypoxia (5% O(2)) caused a significant decrease in adenosine A(1) receptors. The same effect was observed at 6 h and 24 h of hypoxia. However, adenosine A(2A) receptors were significantly increased at the same times. These effects were not due to hypoxia-induced alterations in cells number or viability. Changes in receptor density were not associated with variations in the rate of gene expression. Furthermore, hypoxia did not alter HIF-1alpha expression in C6 cells. However, HIF-3alpha, CREB and CREM were decreased. Adenosine A(1) and A(2A) receptor density in normoxic C6 cells treated with adenosine for 2, 6 and 24 h was similar to that observed in cells after oxygen deprivation. When C6 cells were subjected to hypoxia in the presence of adenosine deaminase, the density of receptors was not significantly modulated. Moreover, DPCPX, an A(1) receptor antagonist, blocked the effects of hypoxia on these receptors, while ZM241385, an A(2A) receptor antagonist, was unable to prevent these changes. These results suggest that moderate hypoxia modulates adenosine receptors and cAMP response elements in glial cells, through a mechanism in which endogenous adenosine and tonic A(1) receptor activation is involved.

  18. Mutation Analysis of COL1A1 and COL1A2 in Fetuses with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type II/III.

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    Wang, Wenbo; Wu, Qichang; Cao, Lin; Sun, Li; Xu, Yasong; Guo, Qiwei

    2015-01-27

    Aim: To analyze COL1A1/2 mutations in prenatal-onset OI for determine the proportion of mutations in type I collagen genes among prenatal onset OI and to provide additional data for genotype-phenotype analyses. Material and Methods: Ten cases of severe fetal short-limb dwarfism detected by antenatal ultrasonography were referred to our center. Before the termination of pregnancy, cordocentesis was performed for fetal karyotype and COL1A1/2 gene sequencing analysis. Postmortem radiographic examination was performed at all instances for definitive diagnosis. Results: COL1A1 and COL1A2 SNP and mutations were identified in all the cases. Among these, one synonymous SNP and four synonymous SNPs were recognized in COL1A1/2, respectively, seven cases have distinct heterozygous mutations and six new COL1A1/2 gene mutations were identified. Conclusion: There has been substantial progress in the identification of the molecular defects responsible for skeletal dysplasias. With the constant increase in the number of identified mutations in COL1A1 and COL1A2, genotype-phenotype correlation is becoming increasingly pertinent. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  19. Induction of cytochromes P450 1A1 and 1A2 by tanshinones in human HepG2 hepatoma cell line

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    Zhang Rong; Sun Jianguo, E-mail: jgsun_cpucn@yahoo.com.cn; Ma Liping

    2011-04-01

    Diterpenoid tanshinones including tanshinone IIA (TIIA), cryptotanshinone (CTS), tanshinone I (TI) and dihydrotanshinone I (DHTI) are the major bioactive components from Danshen. The major aim of our present study was to investigate the induction potential of these four main components of tanshinones (TIIA, CTS, TI, and DHTI) on the expression of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 in HepG2 cells. Our results showed that all of these four tanshinones caused a significant time- and concentration-dependent increase in the amount of CYP1A1/2 expression in HepG2 cells. These induction effects were further characterized through transcriptional regulation: the induction of CYP1A1/2 mRNA level by tanshinones wasmore » completely blocked by the transcription inhibitor actinomycin D; the expression of CYP1A1/2 heterogeneous nuclear RNA was induced by tanshinone treatment; and CYP1A1 mRNA stability was not influenced by these tanshinones. Interestingly, tanshinones plus B[a]P produced additive/synergistic effect on CYP1A1/2 induction. In addition, the tanshinone-induced CYP1A1/2 expression was abolished by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) antagonist resveratrol, suggesting an AhR dependent transcription mechanism. In the reporter gene assay, while TI and DHTI significantly induced AhR-dependent luciferase activity, TIIA and CTS failed to induce this activity. Collectively, the tanshinones could induce CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 expression through transcriptional activation mechanism and exert differential effects on activating AhR in HepG2 cells. Our findings suggest that rational administration of tanshinones should be considered with respect to their effect on AhR and CYP1A1/2 expression.« less

  20. Modulation of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 Hepatic Enzymes after Oral Administration of Chios Mastic Gum to Male Wistar Rats

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    Katsanou, Efrosini S.; Kyriakopoulou, Katerina; Emmanouil, Christina; Fokialakis, Nikolas; Skaltsounis, Alexios-Leandros; Machera, Kyriaki

    2014-01-01

    Chios mastic gum (CMG), a resin derived from Pistacia lentiscus var. chia, is known since ancient times for its pharmacological activities. CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 enzymes are among the most involved in the biotransformation of chemicals and the metabolic activation of pro-carcinogens. Previous studies referring to the modulation of these enzymes by CMG have revealed findings of unclear biological and toxicological significance. For this purpose, the modulation of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 enzymes in the liver of male Wistar rats following oral administration of CMG extract (CMGE), at the levels of mRNA and CYP1A1 enzyme activity, was compared to respective enzyme modulation following oral administration of a well-known bioactive natural product, caffeine, as control compound known to involve hepatic enzymes in its metabolism. mRNA levels of Cyp1a1 and Cyp1a2 were measured by reverse transcription real-time polymerase chain reaction and their relative quantification was calculated. CYP1A1 enzyme induction was measured through the activity of ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD). The results indicated that administration of CMGE at the recommended pharmaceutical dose does not induce significant transcriptional modulation of Cyp1a1/2 and subsequent enzyme activity induction of CYP1A1 while effects of the same order of magnitude were observed in the same test system following the administration of caffeine at the mean daily consumed levels. The outcome of this study further confirms the lack of any toxicological or biological significance of the specific findings on liver following the administration of CMGE. PMID:24950217

  1. SpxA1 and SpxA2 Act Coordinately To Fine-Tune Stress Responses and Virulence in Streptococcus pyogenes.

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    Port, Gary C; Cusumano, Zachary T; Tumminello, Paul R; Caparon, Michael G

    2017-03-28

    SpxA is a unique transcriptional regulator highly conserved among members of the phylum Firmicutes that binds RNA polymerase and can act as an antiactivator. Why some Firmicutes members have two highly similar SpxA paralogs is not understood. Here, we show that the SpxA paralogs of the pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes , SpxA1 and SpxA2, act coordinately to regulate virulence by fine-tuning toxin expression and stress resistance. Construction and analysis of mutants revealed that SpxA1 - mutants were defective for growth under aerobic conditions, while SpxA2 - mutants had severely attenuated responses to multiple stresses, including thermal and oxidative stresses. SpxA1 - mutants had enhanced resistance to the cationic antimicrobial molecule polymyxin B, while SpxA2 - mutants were more sensitive. In a murine model of soft tissue infection, a SpxA1 - mutant was highly attenuated. In contrast, the highly stress-sensitive SpxA2 - mutant was hypervirulent, exhibiting more extensive tissue damage and a greater bacterial burden than the wild-type strain. SpxA1 - attenuation was associated with reduced expression of several toxins, including the SpeB cysteine protease. In contrast, SpxA2 - hypervirulence correlated with toxin overexpression and could be suppressed to wild-type levels by deletion of speB These data show that SpxA1 and SpxA2 have opposing roles in virulence and stress resistance, suggesting that they act coordinately to fine-tune toxin expression in response to stress. SpxA2 - hypervirulence also shows that stress resistance is not always essential for S. pyogenes pathogenesis in soft tissue. IMPORTANCE For many pathogens, it is generally assumed that stress resistance is essential for pathogenesis. For Streptococcus pyogenes , environmental stress is also used as a signal to alter toxin expression. The amount of stress likely informs the bacterium of the strength of the host's defense response, allowing it to adjust its toxin expression to produce the ideal

  2. A new CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 chimeric gene identified in an Italian woman suffering from classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia form

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    Concolino, Paola; Mello, Enrica; Minucci, Angelo; Giardina, Emiliano; Zuppi, Cecilia; Toscano, Vincenzo; Capoluongo, Ettore

    2009-01-01

    Background More than 90% of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) cases are associated with mutations in the 21-hydroxylase gene (CYP21A2) in the HLA class III area on the short arm of chromosome 6p21.3. In this region, a 30 kb deletion produces a non functional chimeric gene with its 5' and 3' ends corresponding to CYP21A1P pseudogene and CYP21A2, respectively. To date, five different CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 chimeric genes have been found and characterized in recent studies. In this paper, we describe a new CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 chimera (CH-6) found in an Italian CAH patient. Methods Southern blot analysis and CYP21A2 sequencing were performed on the patient. In addition, in order to isolate the new CH-6 chimeric gene, two different strategies were used. Results The CYP21A2 sequencing analysis showed that the patient was homozygote for the g.655C/A>G mutation and heterozygote for the p.P30L missense mutation. In addition, the promoter sequence revealed the presence, in heterozygosis, of 13 SNPs generally produced by microconversion events between gene and pseudogene. Southern blot analysis showed that the woman was heterozygote for the classic 30-kb deletion producing a new CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 chimeric gene (CH-6). The hybrid junction site was located between the end of intron 2 pseudogene, after the g.656C/A>G mutation, and the beginning of exon 3, before the 8 bp deletion. Consequently, CH-6 carries three mutations: the weak pseudogene promoter region, the p.P30L and the g.655C/A>G splice mutation. Conclusion We describe a new CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 chimera (CH-6), associated with the HLA-B15, DR13 haplotype, in a young Italian CAH patient. PMID:19624807

  3. Copy number and haplotype variation at the VRN-A1 and central FR-A2 loci are associated with frost tolerance in hexaploid wheat

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    Zhu, Jie; Pearce, Stephen; Burke, Adrienne; See, Deven Robert; Skinner, Daniel Z.; Dubcovsky, Jorge; Campbell, Kimberly Garland

    2016-01-01

    Frost tolerance is critical for wheat survival during cold winters. Natural variation for this trait is mainly associated with allelic differences at the VERNALIZATION 1 (VRN1) and FROST RESISTANCE 2 (FR2) loci. VRN1 regulates the transition between vegetative and reproductive stages and FR2, a locus including several tandemly duplicated C-REPEAT BINDING FACTOR (CBF) transcription factors, regulates the expression of Cold regulated genes. We identified sequence and copy number variation at these two loci among winter and spring wheat varieties and characterized their association with frost tolerance. We identified two FR-A2 haplotypes – ‘FR-A2-S’ and ‘FR-A2-T’ – distinguished by two insertion/deletions and ten single nucleotide polymorphisms within the CBF-A12 and CBF-A15 genes. Increased copy number of CBF-A14 was frequently associated with the FR-A2-T haplotypes and with higher CBF14 transcript levels in response to cold. Factorial ANOVAs revealed significant interactions between VRN1 and FR-A2 for frost tolerance in both winter and spring panels suggesting a crosstalk between vernalization and cold acclimation pathways. The model including these two loci and their interaction explained 32.0 and 20.7% of the variation in frost tolerance in the winter and spring panels, respectively. The interaction was validated in a winter wheat F4:5 population segregating for both genes. Increased VRN-A1 copy number was associated with improved frost tolerance among varieties carrying the FR-A2-T allele but not among those carrying the FR-A2-S allele. These results suggest that selection of varieties carrying the FR-A2-T allele and three copies of the recessive vrn-A1 allele would be a good strategy to improve frost tolerance in wheat. PMID:24626953

  4. The human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase UGT2A1 and UGT2A2 enzymes are highly active in bile acid glucuronidation

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    Perreault, Martin; Gauthier-Landry, Louis; Trottier, Jocelyn; Verreault, Mélanie; Caron, Patrick; Finel, Moshe; Barbier, Olivier

    2013-01-01

    Bile acids (BA) are essential modulators of lipid, glucose and cholesterol homeostasis, but exert cytotoxic effects in the cholestatic liver. Glucuronidation, catalyzed by the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes is a pharmacologically-relevant BA detoxification process. The present study aimed at characterizing the BA-conjugating activity of the little-studied human UGTs of subfamily 2A, UGT2A1, 2A2 and 2A3. Recombinant UGT2As, expressed in baculovirus-infected insect cells, were assayed for the glucuronidation of 6 major bile acids, chenodeoxycholic (CDCA), cholic (CA), lithocholic (LCA), deoxycholic (DCA), hyocholic (HCA) and hyodeoxycholic (HDCA) acids. UGT2A3 exhibited detectable, but very low, activity with all the tested BAs substrates. UGT2A1 was highly efficient in forming LCA-3 and -24G, CDCA-24, DCA-24, HCA-24 and HDCA-24G, while UGT2A2 was the most active enzyme for CA-24G and CDCA-24G formation, and was also able to generate HDCA-6G, HDCA-24G, LCA-24G and HCA-24G. The Km values of UGT2A1 varied between 102.2 ± 14.3 μM and 2.4 ± 1.2 mM. With the exception of CA-24G, a low affinity substrate for UGT2A2, all the Km values for UGT2A2 were in the 100 to 400 μM range. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates the high reactivity of the human UGT2A1 and UGT2A2 for bile acid glucuronidation. The physiological importance of these reactions to BA disposition remains, however, to be clarified in vivo. PMID:23756265

  5. Ephrin receptor (Eph) -A1, -A2, -A4 and -A7 expression in mobile tongue squamous cell carcinoma: associations with clinicopathological parameters and patients survival.

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    Theocharis, Stamatios; Klijanienko, Jerzy; Giaginis, Constantinos; Alexandrou, Paraskevi; Patsouris, Efstratios; Sastre-Garau, Xavier

    2014-04-01

    Ephrin receptors (Ephs) are frequently overexpressed in a wide variety of human malignant tumors, being associated with tumor growth, invasion, metastasis and angiogenesis. The present study aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of Eph-A1, -A2, -A4 and -A7 protein expression in mobile tongue squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Eph-A1, -A2, -A4 and -A7 protein expression was assessed immunohistochemically on 37 mobile tongue SCC tissue samples and was analyzed in relation with clinicopathological characteristics, overall and disease-free patients' survival. All the examined mobile tongue SCC cases were found positive for Eph-A1, -A2, -A4 and -A7. Significant associations were noted between high Eph-A1, -A4 and -A7 expression and absence of lymph node metastases (p = 0.0263, p = 0.0461 and p = 0.0461, respectively). High Eph-A1, -A2 and -A7 expression was significantly more frequently observed in patients presenting absence of vascular invasion (p = 0.0444), dense stromal inflammatory reaction (p = 0.0063) and female gender (p = 0.0327), respectively. Mobile tongue SCC patients with high Eph-A7 expression presented longer overall and disease-free survival compared to those with low Eph-A7 expression (log-rank test, p = 0.0093 and p = 0.0164, respectively). In multivariate analysis, Eph-A7 expression was identified as independent prognostic factor of overall survival (Cox-regression analysis, p = 0.0426). The present study supported evidence that Ephs may participate in the malignant transformation of mobile tongue SCC, reinforcing their utility as clinical markers for patients' management and prognosis, as also as targets for potential therapeutic intervention in tongue chemoprevention.

  6. Differential effects of innate immune variants of surfactant protein-A1 (SFTPA1) and SP-A2 (SFTPA2) in airway function after Klebsiella pneumoniae infection and sex differences.

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    Thorenoor, Nithyananda; Zhang, Xuesheng; Umstead, Todd M; Scott Halstead, E; Phelps, David S; Floros, Joanna

    2018-02-03

    Surfactant Protein-A (SP-A) is a major protein component of surfactant and plays a role in surfactant-related functions and innate immunity. Human SP-A consists of two functional genes, SFTPA1 and SFTPA2, encoding SP-A1 and SP-A2 proteins, respectively and each is identified with numerous genetic variants. These differentially enhance bacterial phagocytosis, with SP-A2 variants being more effective than SP-A1. Lung functions of humanized transgenic (hTG) mice that carry different SP-A1 and SP-A2 variants or both variants SP-A1/SP-A2 (6A 2 /1A 0 , co-ex), as well as SP-A knockout (KO), were studied. The animals were connected to a flexiVent system to obtain forced oscillation technique (FOT) measurements and the data were analyzed using various models. Lung function was assessed after infection (baseline) and following inhaled methacholine concentrations (0-50 mg/mL). Here, we investigated the role of SP-A variants on airway function after Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kp) infection (baseline) and following inhaled methacholine. We found that: 1) in the absence of methacholine no significant differences were observed between SP-A1 and SP-A2 variants and/or SP-A knockout (KO) except for sex differences in most of the parameters studied. 2) In response to methacholine, i) sex differences were observed that were reverse of those observed in the absence of methacholine; ii) SP-A2 (1A 3 ) gene variant in males exhibited increased total and central airway resistance (Rrs and Rn) versus all other variants; iii) In females, SP-A2 (1A 3 ) and SP-A1 (6A 2 ) variants had similar increases in total and central airway resistance (Rrs and Rn) versus all other variants; iv) Allele-specific differences were observed, a) with SP-A2 (1A 3 ) exhibiting significantly higher lung functions versus SP-A2 (1A 0 ) in both sexes, except for Crs, and b) SP-A1 (6A 2 , 6A 4 ) had more diverse changes in lung function in both sexes. We conclude that, in response to infection and methacholine, SP

  7. Integrated Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A). Performance Verification Report: EOS AMSU-A1 and AMSU-A2 Receiver Assemblies

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    Ma, Y.

    1995-01-01

    The AMSU-A receiver subsystem comprises two separated receiver assemblies; AMSU-A1 and AMSU-A2 (P/N 1356441-1). The AMSU-A1 receiver contains 13 channels and the AMSU-A2 receiver 2 channels. The AMSU-A1 receiver assembly is further divided into two parts; AMSU-A1-1 (P/N 1356429-1) and AMSU-A1-2 (P/N 1356409-1), which contain 9 and 4 channels, respectively. The receiver assemblies are highlighted and illustrate the functional block diagrams of the AMSU-A1 and AMSU-A2 systems. The AMSU-A receiver subsystem stands in between the antenna and signal processing subsystems of the AMSU-A instrument and comprises the RF and IF components from isolators to attenuators. It receives the RF signals from the antenna subsystem, down-converts the RF signals to IF signals, amplifies and defines the IF signals to proper power level and frequency bandwidth as specified for each channel, and inputs the IF signals to the signal processing subsystem. This test report presents the test data of the EOS AMSU-A Flight Model No. 1 (FM-1) receiver subsystem. The tests are performed per the Acceptance Test Procedure for the AMSU-A Receiver Subsystem, AE-26002/6A. The functional performance tests are conducted either at the component or subsystem level. While the component-level tests are performed over the entire operating temperature range predicted by thermal analysis, the subsystem-level tests are conducted at ambient temperature only.

  8. Indole-3-carbinol induction of CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP3A1 activity and gene expression in rat liver under conditions of different fat content in the diet.

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    Tutelyan, V A; Trusov, N V; Guseva, G V; Beketova, N A; Aksenov, I V; Kravchenko, L V

    2012-12-01

    Wistar male rats were fed semisynthetic diet with different fat content for 6 weeks: fat-free, 10%, and 30% fat (sunflower oil and lard, 1:1). Increasing fat content was associated with an increase in ethoxyresofurin-O-dealkylase (EROD) activity of CYP1A1, methoxyresofurin-O-dealkylase (MROD) activity of CYP1A2, and 6β-testosterone-hydroxylase (6β-TH) activity of CYP3A1. EROD, MROD, and 6β-TH activities in rats on high-fat diet exceeded those in rats on fat-free diet by 64, 58, and 140%, respectively. Addition of indole-3-carbinol to the diet led to an increase in CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP3A1 activities and mRNA levels, the degree of this increase was lower with increasing fat content in the diet. In rats on fat-free, 10% fat, and 30% fat diets, indole-3-carbinol induced EROD activity by 4.7, 3.2, and 2.0 times, respectively; MROD activity by 5.9, 5.6, and 5.4 times; and 6β-TH activity by 2.1, 1.9, and 1.3 times. A correlation was detected between activities of the studied cytochrome P-450 isoforms, their inducibility by indole-3-carbinol, and vitamin A and E levels in rat liver.

  9. Highly Efficient Inverted D:A1:A2 Ternary Blend Organic Photovoltaics Combining a Ladder-type Non-Fullerene Acceptor and a Fullerene Acceptor.

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    Chang, Shao-Ling; Cao, Fong-Yi; Huang, Wen-Chia; Huang, Po-Kai; Hsu, Chain-Shu; Cheng, Yen-Ju

    2017-07-26

    A formylated benzodi(cyclopentadithiophene) (BDCPDT) ladder-type structure with forced coplanarity is coupled with two 1,1-dicyanomethylene-3-indanone (IC) moieties via olefination to form a non-fullerene acceptor, BDCPDT-IC. The BDCPDT-IC, as an acceptor (A 1 ) with broad light-absorbing ability and excellent solution processability, is combined with a second PC 71 BM acceptor (A 2 ) and a medium band gap polymer, PBDB-T, as the donor (D) to form a ternary blend with gradient HOMO/LUMO energy alignments and panchromatic absorption. The device with the inverted architecture using the D:A 1 :A 2 ternary blend has achieved a highest efficiency of 9.79% with a superior J sc of 16.84 mA cm -2 .

  10. [Expressions of angiogenesis-related factors: CD105, EphA2 and EphrinA1 in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and clinical implication].

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    Su, J; Ji, X B; Xie, J H; Li, W

    2016-12-07

    Objective: To investigate the expressions of endoglin (CD105), erythropoietin-producing hepatocyte receptor A2 (EphA2) and its ligand ephrinA1 proteins in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) and the relationship between their expressions and the clinicopathological factors of LSCC. Methods: The expressions of CD105, EphA2 and EphrinA1 proteins were detected with immunohistochemical staining in LSCC in 76 cases and adjacent normal laryngeal tissues (ANLT) (S-P) in 25 cases.SPSS 17.0 software was used to analyze the data. Results: The mean microvessel density (MVD) value marked by CD105 staining in LSCC was 10.33±2.29, which was significantly higher than that in ANLT(1.20±1.04, t =18.732, P <0.05). The CD105-MVD was correlated with T stage, histological grading, clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, recurrence and prognosis in LSCC (F value was 5.34, 4.79, 5.36, t value was -2.70, 2.56, all P <0.05). The positive expression rates of EphA2 and EphrinA1 in LSCC were 78.95% (60/76), and 81.85% (62/76), which were respectively significantly higher than 40% (10/25) for EphA2 expression and 44% (11/25) for EphrinA1, expression in ANLT (χ 2 value was 13.41, 13.26, both P <0.05). EphA2 expression was correlated with histological grading, T stage, clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, recurrence and prognosis in LSCC (χ 2 value was 6.25, 14.60, 15.11, 8.52, 5.54, all P <0.05). EphrinA1 expression was correlated with T stage, clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, recurrence and prognosis in LSCC (χ 2 value was 6.44, 12.28, 16.78, 6.44, all P <0.05). The expressions of CD105, EphA2 and EphrinA1 were positively correlated with each other r value was 0.72, 0.74, 0.64, all P <0.05. Survival analysis indicated that the expressions of CD105 and EphA2, histological grading, lymph node metastasis, clinical stage and recurrence were independent factors for tumor prognosis in LSCC ( P <0.05). Conclusions: The expressions of CD105, EphA2 and EphrinA1 protein were positively

  11. Benzo[alpyrene induction of cytochrome P450 1A1/1A2 in the lymph nodes of rats.

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    Borodin, Yu I; Safina, A F; Maiborodin, I V; Grishanova, A Yu

    2003-12-01

    Studies of mesenteric lymph nodes of rats by indirect immunoperoxidase method using monoclonal antibodies to cytochrome P450 1A/1A2 after oral dose of benzo[a]pyrene showed the presence of these cytochrome forms in monocytes, macrophages, reticular and litoral cells, cell detritus, and liquid contents of the paracortical zone and medullary substance sinuses. Oxidation of various exo- and endogenous toxins in the lymph nodes was revealed.

  12. 75 FR 76624 - Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Models BR700-710A1-10; BR700-710A2...

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    ... Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Models BR700-710A1-10; BR700-710A2-20; and BR700.... The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by adding the following new AD: 2010-25-05 Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (formerly Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH, formerly BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH): Amendment 39- 16538...

  13. Impaired dacarbazine activation and 7-ethoxyresorufin deethylation in vitro by polymorphic variants of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2: implications for cancer therapy.

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    Lewis, Benjamin C; Korprasertthaworn, Porntipa; Miners, John O

    2016-10-01

    To extend our understanding of how interindividual variability mediates the efficacy of cancer treatment. The kinetics of dacarbazine (DTIC) N-demethylation by the most frequent polymorphic variants of CYP1A1 (T461N, I462V) and CYP1A2 (F186L, D348N, I386F, R431W, R456H) were characterized, along with kinetic parameters for the O-deethylation of the prototypic CYP1A substrate 7-ethoxyresorufin, using recombinant protein expression and high-performance liquid chromatographic techniques. A reduction of ∼30% in the catalytic efficiencies (measured as in-vitro intrinsic clearance, CLint) was observed for DTIC N-demethylation by the two CYP1A1 variants relative to wild type. Although a modest increase in the CLint value for DTIC N-demethylation was observed for the CYP1A2 D348N variant relative to the wild type, the CLint for the F186L variant was reduced and the I386F, R431W, and R456H variants all showed loss of catalytic function. Comparison of the kinetic data for DTIC N-demethylation and 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylation indicated that alterations in the kinetic parameters (Km, Vmax, CLint) observed with each of the CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 polymorphic variants were substrate dependent. These data indicate that cancer patients treated with DTIC who possess any of the CYP1A1-T461N and I462V variants or the CYP1A2-F186L, D348N, I386F, R431W, and R456H variants are likely to have decreased prodrug activation, and hence may respond less favorably to DTIC treatment compared with individuals with wild-type CYP1A alleles.

  14. PacCYP707A2 negatively regulates cherry fruit ripening while PacCYP707A1 mediates drought tolerance.

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    Li, Qian; Chen, Pei; Dai, Shengjie; Sun, Yufei; Yuan, Bing; Kai, Wenbin; Pei, Yuelin; He, Suihuan; Liang, Bin; Zhang, Yushu; Leng, Ping

    2015-07-01

    Sweet cherry is a non-climacteric fruit and its ripening is regulated by abscisic acid (ABA) during fruit development. In this study, four cDNAs (PacCYP707A1-4) encoding 8'-hydroxylase, a key enzyme in the oxidative catabolism of ABA, were identified in sweet cherry fruits using tobacco rattle virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) and particle bombardment approaches. Quantitative real-time PCR confirmed significant down-regulation of target gene transcripts in VIGS-treated cherry fruits. In PacCYP707A2-RNAi-treated fruits, ripening and fruit colouring were promoted relative to control fruits, and both ABA accumulation and PacNCED1 transcript levels were up-regulated by 140%. Silencing of PacCYP707A2 by VIGS significantly altered the transcripts of both ABA-responsive and ripening-related genes, including the ABA metabolism-associated genes NCED and CYP707A, the anthocyanin synthesis genes PacCHS, PacCHI, PacF3H, PacDFR, PacANS, and PacUFGT, the ethylene biosynthesis gene PacACO1, and the transcription factor PacMYBA. The promoter of PacMYBA responded more strongly to PacCYP707A2-RNAi-treated fruits than to PacCYP707A1-RNAi-treated fruits. By contrast, silencing of PacCYP707A1 stimulated a slight increase in fruit colouring and enhanced resistance to dehydration stress compared with control fruits. These results suggest that PacCYP707A2 is a key regulator of ABA catabolism that functions as a negative regulator of fruit ripening, while PacCYP707A1 regulates ABA content in response to dehydration during fruit development. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology.

  15. Basal induction of cytochrome P-450 1A1/1A2 in cells of the liver, small intestinal villi, and lymph nodes in rats.

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    Borodin, Yu I; Maiborodin, I V; Safina, A F; Strunkin, D N

    2006-06-01

    Rat liver, small intestinal wall, mesenteric, mediastinal, and popliteal lymph nodes of rats were studied by indirect immunoperoxidase method with monoclonal antibodies to cytochrome P-450 1A1/1A2. These cytochrome forms were detected in low concentrations in hepatocytes, macrophages of the small intestinal villi and mesenteric and mediastinal lymph nodes of intact animals. Basal induction of monooxygenase enzymes can be caused by cytochrome inductors entering with air (environmental pollution) or food.

  16. Persistent reduction of cocaine seeking by pharmacological manipulation of adenosine A1 and A 2A receptors during extinction training in rats.

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    O'Neill, Casey E; Hobson, Benjamin D; Levis, Sophia C; Bachtell, Ryan K

    2014-08-01

    Adenosine receptor stimulation and blockade have been shown to modulate a variety of cocaine-related behaviors. These studies identify the direct effects of adenosine receptor stimulation on cocaine seeking during extinction training and the persistent effects on subsequent reinstatement to cocaine seeking. Rats self-administered cocaine on a fixed ratio one schedule in daily sessions over 3 weeks. Following a 1-week withdrawal, the direct effects of adenosine receptor modulation were tested by administering the adenosine A1 receptor agonist, N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine (CPA, 0.03 and 0.1 mg/kg), the adenosine A2A agonist, CGS 21680 (0.03 and 0.1 mg/kg), the presynaptic adenosine A2A receptor antagonist, SCH 442416 (0.3, 1, and 3 mg/kg), or vehicle prior to each of six daily extinction sessions. The persistent effects of adenosine receptor modulation during extinction training were subsequently tested on reinstatement to cocaine seeking induced by cues, cocaine, and the dopamine D2 receptor agonist, quinpirole. All doses of CPA and CGS 21680 impaired initial extinction responding; however, only CPA treatment during extinction produced persistent impairment in subsequent cocaine- and quinpirole-induced seeking. Dissociating CPA treatment from extinction did not alter extinction responding or subsequent reinstatement. Administration of SCH 442416 had no direct effects on extinction responding but produced dose-dependent persistent impairment of cocaine- and quinpirole-induced seeking. These findings demonstrate that adenosine A1 or A2A receptor stimulation directly impair extinction responding. Interestingly, adenosine A1 receptor stimulation or presynaptic adenosine A2A receptor blockade during extinction produces lasting changes in relapse susceptibility.

  17. Comparison of CYP106A1 and CYP106A2 from Bacillus megaterium - identification of a novel 11-oxidase activity.

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    Kiss, Flora Marta; Schmitz, Daniela; Zapp, Josef; Dier, Tobias K F; Volmer, Dietrich A; Bernhardt, Rita

    2015-10-01

    The CYP106A subfamily hydroxylates steroids, diterpenes, and triterpenes in a regioselective and stereoselective manner, which is a challenging task for synthetic chemistry. The well-studied CYP106A2 enzyme, from the Bacillus megaterium strain ATCC 13368, is a highly promising candidate for the pharmaceutical industry. It shares 63 % amino acid sequence identity with CYP106A1 from B. megaterium DSM319, which was recently characterized. A focused steroid library was screened with both CYP106A1 and CYP106A2. Out of the 23 tested steroids, 19 were successfully converted by both enzymes during in vitro and in vivo reactions. Thirteen new substrates were identified for CYP106A1, while the substrate spectrum of CYP106A2 was extended by seven new members. Finally, six chosen steroids were further studied on a preparative scale employing a recombinant B. megaterium MS941 whole-cell system, yielding sufficient amounts of product for structure characterization by nuclear magnetic resonance. The hydroxylase activity was confirmed at positons 6β, 7β, 9α, and 15β. In addition, the CYP106A subfamily showed unprecedented 11-oxidase activity, converting 11β-hydroxysteroids to their 11-keto derivatives. This novel reaction and the diverse hydroxylation positions on pharmaceutically relevant compounds underline the role of the CYP106A subfamily in drug development and production.

  18. Use of urea-polyacrylamide electrophoresis for discrimination of A1 and A2 beta casein variants in raw cow's milk.

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    Duarte-Vázquez, Miguel Angel; García-Ugalde, Carlos Raúl; Álvarez, Blanca Erika; Villegas, Laura Mariana; García-Almendárez, Blanca Estela; Rosado, Jorge Luis; Regalado, Carlos

    2018-05-01

    Beta-casein (BC) in cow's milk occurs in several genetic variants, where BC A1 (BCA1) and BC A2 (BCA2) are the most frequent. This work deals with a method based on modified polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis using urea PAGE to discriminate BCA1 and BCA2 variants from Holstein Friesian (HF) and genetically selected Jersey A2/A2 (JA2) cow's milk. Two well defined bands were obtained from BC fraction of HF milk, while that of JA2 showed a single band. Proteins from these bands were sequenced by HPLC-quadrupole linear ion trap/mass spectrometry, resulting in BCA1 and BCA2 separation from the BC fraction of HF milk, whereas BCA2 was the only constituent of JA2 fraction. This method represents a feasible and useful tool to on site phenotyping of BC fraction of cow's milk for pharmaceutical and food industries applications.

  19. Hepatitis B virus genotypes A1, A2 and E in Cape Verde: Unequal distribution through the islands and association with human flows

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    Soares, Caroline C.; Niel, Christian; Lago, Barbara V.

    2018-01-01

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) diversity has not been previously studied in Cape Verde. The archipelago was discovered in 1460 by Portuguese explorers, who brought African slaves to colonise the islands. In this study, we investigated the HBV characteristics from 183 HBsAg-positive Cape Verdean individuals. Phylogenetic analysis of the pre-S/S region and the full-length genomes revealed 54 isolates with HBV/A1 (57%), 21 with HBV/A2 (22%), 19 with HBV/E (20%), and one with HBV/D (1%). HBV genotypes and subgenotypes were unequally distributed through the islands. In São Vicente, the main northern island, most isolates (84%) belonged to the African-originated HBV/A1, with the remaining isolates belonging to HBV/A2, which is prevalent in Europe. Interestingly, the HBV/A1 isolates from São Vicente were closely related to Brazilian sequences into the Asian-American clade, which suggests the dissemination of common African ancestors through slave trade. In contrast, in Santiago and nearby southern islands, where a recent influx from different populations circulates, a higher diversity of HBV was observed: HBV/A1 (40%); HBV/E (32%); HBV/A2 (28%); and HBV/D (1%). HBV/E is a recent genotype disseminated in Africa that was absent in the era of the slave trade. African and European human flows at different times of the history may explain the HBV diversity in Cape Verde. The possible origin and specifics of each HBV genotype circulating in Cape Verde are discussed. PMID:29447232

  20. Hepatitis B virus genotypes A1, A2 and E in Cape Verde: Unequal distribution through the islands and association with human flows.

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    de Pina-Araujo, Isabel Inês M; Spitz, Natalia; Soares, Caroline C; Niel, Christian; Lago, Barbara V; Gomes, Selma A

    2018-01-01

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) diversity has not been previously studied in Cape Verde. The archipelago was discovered in 1460 by Portuguese explorers, who brought African slaves to colonise the islands. In this study, we investigated the HBV characteristics from 183 HBsAg-positive Cape Verdean individuals. Phylogenetic analysis of the pre-S/S region and the full-length genomes revealed 54 isolates with HBV/A1 (57%), 21 with HBV/A2 (22%), 19 with HBV/E (20%), and one with HBV/D (1%). HBV genotypes and subgenotypes were unequally distributed through the islands. In São Vicente, the main northern island, most isolates (84%) belonged to the African-originated HBV/A1, with the remaining isolates belonging to HBV/A2, which is prevalent in Europe. Interestingly, the HBV/A1 isolates from São Vicente were closely related to Brazilian sequences into the Asian-American clade, which suggests the dissemination of common African ancestors through slave trade. In contrast, in Santiago and nearby southern islands, where a recent influx from different populations circulates, a higher diversity of HBV was observed: HBV/A1 (40%); HBV/E (32%); HBV/A2 (28%); and HBV/D (1%). HBV/E is a recent genotype disseminated in Africa that was absent in the era of the slave trade. African and European human flows at different times of the history may explain the HBV diversity in Cape Verde. The possible origin and specifics of each HBV genotype circulating in Cape Verde are discussed.

  1. Involvement of CD73, equilibrative nucleoside transporters and inosine in rhythm and conduction disturbances mediated by adenosine A1 and A2A receptors in the developing heart.

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    Robin, Elodie; Sabourin, Jessica; Marcillac, Fabrice; Raddatz, Eric

    2013-10-01

    We previously established that exogenous adenosine (ADO) induces transient arrhythmias in the developing heart via the adenosine A1 receptor (A1AR) and downstream activation of NADPH oxidase/ERK and PLC/PKC pathways. Here, we investigated the mechanisms by which accumulation of endogenous ADO and its derived compound inosine (INO) in the interstitial compartment induce rhythm and conduction troubles. The validated model of the spontaneously beating heart obtained from 4-day-old chick embryos was used. Quantitative RT-PCR showed that enzymes involved in ADO and INO metabolism (CD39, CD73 and eADA) as well as equilibrative (ENT1, -3, -4) and concentrative (CNT3) nucleoside transporters were differentially expressed in atria, ventricle and outflow tract. Inactivation of ENTs by dipyridamole, 1) increased myocardial ADO level, 2) provoked atrial arrhythmias and atrio-ventricular blocks (AVB) in 70% of the hearts, 3) prolonged P wave and QT interval without altering contractility, and 4) increased ERK2 phosphorylation. Blockade of CD73-mediated phosphohydrolysis of AMP to ADO, MEK/ERK pathway inhibition or A1AR inhibition prevented these arrhythmias. Exposure to exogenous INO also caused atrial ectopy associated with AVB and ERK2 phosphorylation which were prevented by A1AR or A2AAR antagonists exclusively or by MEK/ERK inhibitor. Inhibition of ADA-mediated conversion of ADO to INO increased myocardial ADO and decreased INO as expected, but slightly augmented heart rate variability without provoking AVB. Thus, during cardiogenesis, disturbances of nucleosides metabolism and transport, can lead to interstitial accumulation of ADO and INO and provoke arrhythmias in an autocrine/paracrine manner through A1AR and A2AAR stimulation and ERK2 activation. © 2013.

  2. A2 Milk Enhances Dynamic Muscle Function Following Repeated Sprint Exercise, a Possible Ergogenic Aid for A1-Protein Intolerant Athletes?

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    Kirk, Ben; Mitchell, Jade; Jackson, Matthew; Amirabdollahian, Farzad; Alizadehkhaiyat, Omid; Clifford, Tom

    2017-01-01

    Hyperaminoacidemia following ingestion of cows-milk may stimulate muscle anabolism and attenuate exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). However, as dairy-intolerant athletes do not obtain the reported benefits from milk-based products, A2 milk may offer a suitable alternative as it lacks the A1-protein. This study aimed to determine the effect of A2 milk on recovery from a sports-specific muscle damage model. Twenty-one male team sport players were allocated to three independent groups: A2 milk (n = 7), regular milk (n = 7), and placebo (PLA) (n = 7). Immediately following muscle-damaging exercise, participants consumed either A2 milk, regular milk or PLA (500 mL each). Visual analogue scale (muscle soreness), maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC), countermovement jump (CMJ) and 20-m sprint were measured prior to and 24, 48, and 72 h post EIMD. At 48 h post-EIMD, CMJ and 20-m sprint recovered quicker in A2 (33.4 ± 6.6 and 3.3 ± 0.1, respectively) and regular milk (33.1 ± 7.1 and 3.3 ± 0.3, respectively) vs. PLA (29.2 ± 3.6 and 3.6 ± 0.3, respectively) (p < 0.05). Relative to baseline, decrements in 48 h CMJ and 20-m sprint were minimised in A2 (by 7.2 and 5.1%, respectively) and regular milk (by 6.3 and 5.2%, respectively) vs. PLA. There was a trend for milk treatments to attenuate decrements in MVIC, however statistical significance was not reached (p = 0.069). Milk treatments had no apparent effect on muscle soreness (p = 0.152). Following muscle-damaging exercise, ingestion of 500 mL of A2 or regular milk can limit decrements in dynamic muscle function in male athletes, thus hastening recovery and improving subsequent performance. The findings propose A2 milk as an ergogenic aid following EIMD, and may offer an alternative to athletes intolerant to the A1 protein. PMID:28134840

  3. Comprehensive evaluation of the association between prostate cancer and genotypes/haplotypes in CYP17A1, CYP3A4, and SRD5A2.

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    Loukola, Anu; Chadha, Monica; Penn, Sharron G; Rank, David; Conti, David V; Thompson, Deborah; Cicek, Mine; Love, Brad; Bivolarevic, Vesna; Yang, Qiner; Jiang, Yalin; Hanzel, David K; Dains, Katherine; Paris, Pamela L; Casey, Graham; Witte, John S

    2004-04-01

    Genes involved in the testosterone biosynthetic pathway - such as CYP17A1, CYP3A4, and SRD5A2 - represent strong candidates for affecting prostate cancer. Previous work has detected associations between individual variants in these three genes and prostate cancer risk and aggressiveness. To more comprehensively evaluate CYP17A1, CYP3A4, and SRD5A2, we undertook a two-phase study of the relationship between their genotypes/haplotypes and prostate cancer. Phase I of the study first searched for single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in these genes by resequencing 24 individuals from the Coriell Polymorphism Discovery Resource, 92-110 men from prostate cancer case-control sibships, and by leveraging public databases. In all, 87 SNPs were discovered and genotyped in 276 men from case-control sibships. Those SNPs exhibiting preliminary case-control allele frequency differences, or distinguishing (ie, 'tagging') common haplotypes across the genes, were identified for further study (24 SNPs in total). In Phase II of the study, the 24 SNPs were genotyped in an additional 841 men from case-control sibships. Finally, associations between genotypes/haplotypes in CYP17A1, CYP3A4, and SRD5A2 and prostate cancer were evaluated in the total case-control sample of 1117 brothers from 506 sibships. Family-based analyses detected associations between prostate cancer risk or aggressiveness and a number of CYP3A4 SNPs (P-values between 0.006 and 0.05), a CYP3A4 haplotype (P-values 0.05 and 0.009 in nonstratified and stratified analysis, respectively), and two SRD5A2 SNPs in strong linkage disequilibrium (P=0.02). Undertaking a two-phase study comprising SNP discovery, haplotype tagging, and association analyses allowed us to more fully decipher the relation between CYP17A1, CYP3A4, and SRD5A2 and prostate cancer.

  4. Identification, characterization and genetic mapping of TLR7, TLR8a1 and TLR8a2 genes in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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    Palti, Yniv; Gahr, Scott A.; Purcell, Maureen K.; Hadidi, Sima; Rexroad, Caird E.; Wiens, Gregory A.

    2010-01-01

    Induction of the innate immune pathways is critical for early anti-viral defense but there is limited understanding of how teleost fish recognize viral molecules and activate these pathways. In mammals, Toll-like receptors (TLR) 7 and 8 bind single-stranded RNA of viral origin and are activated by synthetic anti-viral imidazoquinoline compounds. Herein, we identify and describe the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) TLR7 and TLR8 gene orthologs and their mRNA expression. Two TLR7/8 loci were identified from a rainbow trout bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library using DNA fingerprinting and genetic linkage analyses. Direct sequencing of two representative BACs revealed intact omTLR7 and omTLR8a1 open reading frames (ORFs) located on chromosome 3 and a second locus on chromosome 22 that contains an omTLR8a2 ORF and a putative TLR7 pseudogene. We used the omTLR8a1/2 nomenclature for the two trout TLR8 genes as phylogenetic analysis revealed that they and all the other teleost TLR8 genes sequenced to date are similar to the zebrafish TLR8a, but are distinct from the zebrafish TLR8b. The duplicated trout loci exhibit conserved synteny with other fish genomes extending beyond the tandem of TLR7/8 genes. The trout TLR7 and 8a1/2 genes are composed of a single large exon similar to all other described TLR7/8 genes. The omTLR7 ORF is predicted to encode a 1049 amino acid (aa) protein with 84% similarity to the Fugu TLR7 and a conserved pattern of predicted leucine-rich repeats (LRR). The omTLR8a1 and omTLR8a2 are predicted to encode 1035- and 1034-aa proteins, respectively, and have 86% similarity to each other. omTLR8a1 is likely the ortholog of the only Atlantic salmon TLR8 gene described to date as they have 95% aa sequence similarity. The tissue expression profiles of omTLR7, omTLR8a1 and omTLR8a2 in healthy trout were highest in spleen tissue followed by anterior and then posterior kidney tissues. Rainbow trout anterior kidney leukocytes produced elevated

  5. Hypervelocity Impact (HVI). Volume 2; WLE Small-Scale Fiberglass Panel Flat Multi-Layer Targets A-1, A-2, and B-1

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    Gorman, Michael R.; Ziola, Steven M.

    2007-01-01

    During 2003 and 2004, the Johnson Space Center's White Sands Testing Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico conducted hypervelocity impact tests on the space shuttle wing leading edge. Hypervelocity impact tests were conducted to determine if Micro-Meteoroid/Orbital Debris impacts could be reliably detected and located using simple passive ultrasonic methods. The objective of Targets A-1, A-2, and B-2 was to study hypervelocity impacts through multi-layered panels simulating Whipple shields on spacecraft. Impact damage was detected using lightweight, low power instrumentation capable of being used in flight.

  6. Inosine reduces pain-related behavior in mice: involvement of adenosine A1 and A2A receptor subtypes and protein kinase C pathways.

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    Nascimento, Francisney P; Figueredo, Sonia M; Marcon, Rodrigo; Martins, Daniel F; Macedo, Sérgio J; Lima, Denise A N; Almeida, Rúbia C; Ostroski, Rosana M; Rodrigues, Ana Lúcia S; Santos, Adair Roberto Soares

    2010-08-01

    Inosine, an endogenous purine, is the first metabolite of adenosine in a reaction catalyzed by adenosine deaminase. This study aimed to investigate the antinociceptive effects of inosine against several models of pain in mice and rats. In mice, inosine given by systemic or central routes inhibited acetic acid-induced nociception. Furthermore, inosine also decreased the late phase of formalin-induced licking and the nociception induced by glutamate. Inosine produced inhibition (for up to 4 h) of mechanical allodynia induced by complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) injected into the mouse's paw. Given chronically for 21 days, inosine reversed the mechanical allodynia caused by CFA. Moreover, inosine also reduced the thermal (cold stimuli) and mechanical allodynia caused by partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSNL) for 4 h; when inosine was chronically administered, it decreased the mechanical allodynia induced by PSNL for 22 days. Antinociception caused by inosine in the acetic acid test was attenuated by treatment of mice with 1,3-dipropyl-8-cyclopentylxanthine (DPCPX; a selective adenosine A(1) receptor antagonist), 8-phenyltheophylline (8-PT; a nonselective adenosine A(1) receptor antagonist), and 4-{2- [7-amino-2-(2-furyl)[1,2,4]triazolo-[2,3-a][1,3,5]triazin-5-yl- amino]ethyl}phenol (ZM241385; a selective adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonist). In rats, inosine inhibited the mechanical and heat hyperalgesia induced by bradykinin and phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate, without affecting similar responses caused by prostaglandin E(2) or forskolin. These results indicate that inosine induces antinociceptive, antiallodynic, and antihyperalgesic effects in rodents. The precise mechanisms through which inosine produces antinociception are currently under investigation, but involvement of adenosine A(1) and A(2A) receptors and blockade of the protein kinase C pathway seem to largely account for inosine's antinociceptive effect.

  7. The PlA1/A2 Polymorphism of Glycoprotein IIIa as a Risk Factor for Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Floyd, Christopher N.; Ellis, Benjamin H.; Ferro, Albert

    2014-01-01

    Background The PlA1/A2 polymorphism of glycoprotein IIIa (GPIIIa) has been reported to be associated with risk of stroke in some studies, although other studies suggest no such association. This meta-analysis and systematic review was conducted to investigate the hypothesis that carriage of the PlA2 allele is a risk factor for stroke. Methods Electronic databases (MEDLINE and EMBASE) were searched for all articles evaluating carriage of the PlA2 allele and the incidence of stroke. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) were calculated using fixed-effect and random-effect models. Findings A total of 35 articles were eligible for inclusion, of which 25 studies were suitable for statistical analysis. For carriage of the PlA2 allele, OR 1.12 (n = 11,873; 95% CI = 1.03–1.22; p = 0.011) was observed for the incidence of stroke in adults, with subgroup analyses identifying the association driven by stroke of an ischaemic (n = 10,494; OR = 1.15, 95% CI = 1.05–1.27; p = 0.003) but not haemorrhagic aetiology (n = 2,470; OR = 0.90, 95% CI = 0.71–1.14; p = 0.398). This association with ischaemic stroke was strongest in individuals homozygous for the PlA2 allele compared to those homozygous for wild-type PlA1 (n = 5,906; OR = 1.74, 95% CI = 1.34–2.26; p<0.001). Subgroup analysis of ischaemic stroke subtypes revealed an increased association with stroke of cardioembolic (n = 1,271; OR 1.56, 95% CI 1.14–2.12; p = 0.005) and large vessel (n = 1,394; OR = 1.76, 95% CI 1.34–2.31; p<0.001) aetiology, but not those of small vessel origin (n = 1,356; OR = 0.99, 95% CI 0.74–1.33; p = 0.950). Egger's regression test suggested a low probability of publication bias for all analyses (p>0.05). Conclusions The totality of published data supports the hypothesis that carriage of the PlA2 polymorphism of GPIIIa is a risk factor for ischaemic strokes, and specifically those of cardioembolic and large vessel origin

  8. Gene sequences for cytochromes p450 1A1 and 1A2: the need for biomarker development in sea otters (Enhydra lutris).

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    Hook, Sharon E; Cobb, Michael E; Oris, James T; Anderson, Jack W

    2008-11-01

    There has been recent public concern regarding the impacts of environmental pollution on populations of otters. Population level impacts have been seen with otter (Lutra lutra) populations in Europe due to polychlorinated biphenyls, and with some segments of the Prince William Sound, AK, sea otter (Enhydra lutris) population following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Despite public interest in these animals and their ecological significance, there are few tools that allow for the study of otter's response to contaminant exposure. Cytochrome p450 1A (CYP1A) performs the first step in metabolizing many xenobiotics, including many polychlorinated biphenyls and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. CYP1A induction is a frequently used biomarker of exposure to these compounds. Despite the potential importance of this gene in ecological risk assessment, the complete coding sequence has not been published for any otter species. This study's objective was to isolate the gene for CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 in sea otters using a series of PCR-based approaches. The coding sequences from CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 from sea otters were identified and published in GenBank. Both CYP1A sequences are homologous to those obtained from marine mammals and other carnivores. These sequences will be useful as tools for researchers assessing contaminant exposure in mustelid populations.

  9. Perturbation of the EphA2-EphrinA1 system in human prostate cancer cells by colonic (poly)phenol catabolites.

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    Tognolini, Massimiliano; Giorgio, Carmine; Hassan Mohamed, Iftiin; Barocelli, Elisabetta; Calani, Luca; Reynaud, Eric; Dangles, Olivier; Borges, Gina; Crozier, Alan; Brighenti, Furio; Del Rio, Daniele

    2012-09-12

    The Eph tyrosine kinase receptors and their ephrin ligands play a central role in human cancer as their deregulated expression induces tumorigenesis with aggressive phenotypes. To evaluate their potential contribution to EphA2-ephrinA1 modulation, several colonic catabolites of dietary (poly)phenolics, known to be generated in vivo, were screened using an ELISA-based binding assay. Some of the catabolites inhibited the binding in a dose-dependent manner (IC(50) values from 0.26 to 43 μM). Functional studies on prostate adenocarcinoma cells revealed that pyrogallol and protocatechuic acid specifically antagonized ephrinA1-Fc-induced EphA2 phosphorylation at concentrations that were not cytotoxic. The active concentrations of pyrogallol appear to be close to what can be reached in vivo under physiological conditions. Finally, because of the roles played by the Eph-ephrin system not only in cancer development but also in neurodegeneration and diabetes, pyrogallol and protocatechuic acid are candidates for more detailed functional studies to elucidate their role in these pathophysiological processes.

  10. Genetic link with cholelithiasis among pediatric SCA Tunisian patients: Examples of UGT1A1, SLCO1A2 and SLCO1B1.

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    Chaouch, Leila; Kalai1, Miniar; Darragi, Imen; Boudrigua, Imen; Chaouachi, Dorra; Ammar, Slim Ben; Mellouli, F; Bjaoui, M; Abbes, Salem

    2016-03-01

    Hyperbilirubinemia is often observed in chronic hemolysis and results in the formation of pigment cholelithiasis that could be increased by the presence of defected enzymes involved in the bilirubin metabolism. Indeed, this is the first report that interested in the study of polymorphisms in genes encoded for enzymes involved in the bilirubin metabolism: rs 4149056 of SLCO1B1 and rs4149000 of SLCO1A2 in combination with rs8175347 and rs887829 of UGT1A1 in order to find a correlation between the polymorphisms studied and the presence of gallstones in a population of sickle cell anemia (SCA) pediatric Tunisians. Our study involved 102 unrelated Tunisian subjects. All SCA patients are children (less than 16 years old) and were characterized by hyperbilirubinemia and 52 of them have cholelithiasis. The polymorphisms of the candidate genes were analyzed for all subjects by PCR/sequencing. Genotype and allele frequencies between cases and controls were compared using Pearson's chi-square test with a significance threshold of P < 0.05 (compare 2, version 1.02). The novelty of this report is that children carrying the combined genotype of the rs studied: (TA7TA7)/TT/TC/GA have a higher risk to develop gallstones (P = 0.0027, RR = 18.27 (20.0061-915.28)). Altogether our data provide the implication of UGT1A1 and SLCO1A2 in sickle cell anemia-related cholelithiasis.

  11. The antidepressant-like effect of inosine in the FST is associated with both adenosine A1 and A 2A receptors.

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    Kaster, Manuella P; Budni, Josiane; Gazal, Marta; Cunha, Mauricio P; Santos, Adair R S; Rodrigues, Ana Lúcia S

    2013-09-01

    Inosine is an endogenous purine nucleoside, which is formed during the breakdown of adenosine. The adenosinergic system was already described as capable of modulating mood in preclinical models; we now explored the effects of inosine in two predictive models of depression: the forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST). Mice treated with inosine displayed higher anti-immobility in the FST (5 and 50 mg/kg, intraperitoneal route (i.p.)) and in the TST (1 and 10 mg/kg, i.p.) when compared to vehicle-treated groups. These antidepressant-like effects started 30 min and lasted for 2 h after intraperitoneal administration of inosine and were not accompanied by any changes in the ambulatory activity in the open-field test. Both adenosine A1 and A2A receptor antagonists prevented the antidepressant-like effect of inosine in the FST. In addition, the administration of an adenosine deaminase inhibitor (1 and 10 mg/kg, i.p.) also caused an antidepressant-like effect in the FST. These results indicate that inosine possesses an antidepressant-like effect in the FST and TST probably through the activation of adenosine A1 and A2A receptors, further reinforcing the potential of targeting the purinergic system to the management of mood disorders.

  12. In Situ Proteolysis for Crystallization of Membrane Bound Cytochrome P450 17A1 and 17A2 Proteins from Zebrafish.

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    Lei, Li; Egli, Martin

    2016-04-01

    Fish and human cytochrome P450 (P450) 17A1 catalyze both steroid 17α-hydroxylation and 17α,20-lyase reactions. Fish P450 17A2 catalyzes only 17α-hydroxylation. Both enzymes are microsomal-type P450s, integral membrane proteins that bind to the membrane through their N-terminal hydrophobic segment, the signal anchor sequence. The presence of this N-terminal region renders expression of full-length proteins challenging or impossible. For some proteins, variable truncation of the signal anchor sequence precludes expression or results in poor expression levels. To crystallize P450 17A1 and 17A2 in order to gain insight into their different activities, we used an alternative N-terminal sequence to boost expression together with in situ proteolysis. Key features of our approach to identify crystallizable P450 fragments were the use of an N-terminal leader sequence, a screen composed of 12 proteases to establish optimal cleavage, variations of protease concentration in combination with an SDS-PAGE assay, and analysis of the resulting fragments using Edman sequencing. Described in this unit are protocols for vector preparation, expression, purification, and in situ proteolytic crystallization of two membrane-bound P450 proteins. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  13. In situ Proteolysis for Crystallization of Membrane Bound Cytochrome P450 17A1 and 17A2 Proteins from Zebrafish

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    Lei, Li; Egli, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Fish and human cytochrome P450 (P450) 17A1 catalyze both steroid 17α-hydroxylation and 17α,20-lyase reactions. Fish P450 17A2 catalyzes only 17α-hydroxylation. Both enzymes are microsomal-type P450s, integral membrane proteins that bind to the membrane through their N-terminal hydrophobic segment, the signal anchor sequence. The presence of this N-terminal region renders expression of full-length proteins impossible or challenging. For some proteins, variable truncation of the signal anchor sequence precludes expression or results in poor expression levels. To crystallize P450 17A1 and 17A2 in order to gain insight into their different activities, we used an alternative N-terminal sequence to boost expression together with in situ proteolysis. Key features of our approach to identify crystallizable P450 fragments were the use of an N-terminal leader sequence, a screen composed of 12 proteases to establish optimal cleavage, variations of protease concentration in combination with an SDS-PAGE assay, and analysis of the resulting fragments using Edman sequencing. Described in this unit are protocols for vector preparation, expression, purification, and in situ proteolytic crystallization of two membrane-bound P450 proteins. PMID:27038268

  14. Ligand Recognition by A-Class Eph Receptors: Crystal Structures of the EphA2 Ligand-Binding Domain and the EphA2/ephrin-A1 Complex

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    Himanen, J.; Goldgur, Y; Miao, H

    2009-01-01

    Ephrin (Eph) receptor tyrosine kinases fall into two subclasses (A and B) according to preferences for their ephrin ligands. All published structural studies of Eph receptor/ephrin complexes involve B-class receptors. Here, we present the crystal structures of an A-class complex between EphA2 and ephrin-A1 and of unbound EphA2. Although these structures are similar overall to their B-class counterparts, they reveal important differences that define subclass specificity. The structures suggest that the A-class Eph receptor/ephrin interactions involve smaller rearrangements in the interacting partners, better described by a 'lock-and-key'-type binding mechanism, in contrast to the 'induced fit' mechanism defining the B-class molecules.more » This model is supported by structure-based mutagenesis and by differential requirements for ligand oligomerization by the two subclasses in cell-based Eph receptor activation assays. Finally, the structure of the unligated receptor reveals a homodimer assembly that might represent EphA2-specific homotypic cell adhesion interactions.« less

  15. Dual blockade of the A1 and A2A adenosine receptor prevents amyloid beta toxicity in neuroblastoma cells exposed to aluminum chloride.

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    Giunta, Salvatore; Andriolo, Violetta; Castorina, Alessandro

    2014-09-01

    In a previous work we have shown that exposure to aluminum (Al) chloride (AlCl3) enhanced the neurotoxicity of the amyloid beta(25-35) fragment (Abeta(25-35)) in neuroblastoma cells and affected the expression of Alzheimer's disease (AD)-related genes. Caffein, a compound endowed with beneficial effects against AD, exerts neuroprotection primarily through its antagonist activity on A2A adenosine receptors (A2AR), although it also inhibits A1Rs with similar potency. Still, studies on the specific involvement of these receptors in neuroprotection in a model of combined neurotoxicity (Abeta(25-35)+AlCl3) are missing. To address this issue, cultured SH-SY5Y cells exposed to Abeta(25-35)+AlCl3 were assessed for cell viability, morphology, intracellular ROS activity and expression of apoptosis-, stress- and AD-related proteins. To define the role of A1R and A2ARs, pretreatment with caffein, specific receptor antagonists (DPCPX or SCH58261) or siRNA-mediated gene knockdown were delivered. Results indicate that AlCl3 treatment exacerbated Abeta(25-35) toxicity, increased ROS production, lipid peroxidation, β-secretase-1 (BACE1) and amyloid precursor protein (APP). Interestingly, SCH58261 successfully prevented toxicity associated to Abeta(25-35) only, whereas pretreatment with both DPCPX and SCH58261 was required to fully avert Abeta(25-35)+AlCl3-induced damage, suggesting that A1Rs might also be critically involved in protection during combined toxicity. The effects of caffein were mimicked by both N-acetyl cysteine, an antioxidant, and desferrioxamine, likely acting through distinct mechanisms. Altogether, our data establish a novel protective function associated with A1R inhibition in the setting of combined Abeta(25-35)+AlCl3 neurotoxicity, and expand our current knowledge on the potential beneficial role of caffein to prevent AD progression in subjects environmentally exposed to aluminum. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Scoliosis in osteogenesis imperfecta caused by COL1A1/COL1A2 mutations - genotype-phenotype correlations and effect of bisphosphonate treatment.

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    Sato, Atsuko; Ouellet, Jean; Muneta, Takeshi; Glorieux, Francis H; Rauch, Frank

    2016-05-01

    Bisphosphonates are widely used to treat children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a bone fragility disorder that is most often caused by mutations in COL1A1 or COL1A2. However, it is unclear whether this treatment decreases the risk of developing scoliosis. We retrospectively evaluated spine radiographs and charts of 437 patients (227 female) with OI caused by mutations in COL1A1 or COL1A2 and compared the relationship between scoliosis, genotype and bisphosphonate treatment history. At the last follow-up (mean age 11.9 [SD: 5.9] years), 242 (55%) patients had scoliosis. The prevalence of scoliosis was highest in OI type III (89%), followed by OI type IV (61%) and OI type I (36%). Moderate to severe scoliosis (Cobb angle ≥25°) was rare in individuals with COL1A1 haploinsufficiency mutations but was present in about two fifth of patients with triple helical glycine substitutions or C-propeptide mutations. During the first 2 to 4years of bisphosphonate therapy, patients with OI type III had lower Cobb angle progression rates than before bisphosphonate treatment, whereas in OI types I and IV bisphosphonate treatment was not associated with a change in Cobb angle progression rates. At skeletal maturity, the prevalence of scoliosis (Cobb angle >10°) was similar in patients who had started bisphosphonate treatment early in life (before 5.0years of age) and in patients who had started therapy later (after the age of 10.0years) or had never received bisphosphonate therapy. Bisphosphonate treatment decreased progression rate of scoliosis in OI type III but there was no evidence of a positive effect on scoliosis in OI types I and IV. The prevalence of scoliosis at maturity was not influenced by the bisphosphonate treatment history in any OI type. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Mutations in COL1A1 and COL1A2 and dental aberrations in children and adolescents with osteogenesis imperfecta – A retrospective cohort study

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    Dahllöf, Göran; Lindahl, Katarina; Kindmark, Andreas; Grigelioniene, Giedre; Åström, Eva; Malmgren, Barbro

    2017-01-01

    Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heterogeneous group of disorders of connective tissue, caused mainly by mutations in the collagen I genes (COL1A1 and COL1A2). Dentinogenesis imperfecta (DGI) and other dental aberrations are common features of OI. We investigated the association between collagen I mutations and DGI, taurodontism, and retention of permanent second molars in a retrospective cohort of 152 unrelated children and adolescents with OI. The clinical examination included radiographic evaluations. Teeth from 81 individuals were available for histopathological evaluation. COL1A1/2 mutations were found in 104 individuals by nucleotide sequencing. DGI was diagnosed clinically and radiographically in 29% of the individuals (44/152) and through isolated histological findings in another 19% (29/152). In the individuals with a COL1A1 mutation, 70% (7/10) of those with a glycine substitution located C-terminal of p.Gly305 exhibited DGI in both dentitions while no individual (0/7) with a mutation N-terminal of this point exhibited DGI in either dentition (p = 0.01). In the individuals with a COL1A2 mutation, 80% (8/10) of those with a glycine substitution located C terminal of p.Gly211 exhibited DGI in both dentitions while no individual (0/5) with a mutation N-terminal of this point (p = 0.007) exhibited DGI in either dentition. DGI was restricted to the deciduous dentition in 20 individuals. Seventeen had missense mutations where glycine to serine was the most prevalent substitution (53%). Taurodontism occurred in 18% and retention of permanent second molars in 31% of the adolescents. Dental aberrations are strongly associated with qualitatively changed collagen I. The varying expressivity of DGI is related to the location of the collagen I mutation. Genotype information may be helpful in identifying individuals with OI who have an increased risk of dental aberrations. PMID:28498836

  18. Genome-wide association analysis of coffee drinking suggests association with CYP1A1/CYP1A2 and NRCAM

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    Amin, N; Byrne, E; Johnson, J; Chenevix-Trench, G; Walter, S; Nolte, I M; Vink, J M; Rawal, R; Mangino, M; Teumer, A; Keers, J C; Verwoert, G; Baumeister, S; Biffar, R; Petersmann, A; Dahmen, N; Doering, A; Isaacs, A; Broer, L; Wray, N R; Montgomery, G W; Levy, D; Psaty, B M; Gudnason, V; Chakravarti, A; Sulem, P; Gudbjartsson, D F; Kiemeney, L A; Thorsteinsdottir, U; Stefansson, K; van Rooij, F J A; Aulchenko, Y S; Hottenga, J J; Rivadeneira, F R; Hofman, A; Uitterlinden, A G; Hammond, C J; Shin, S-Y; Ikram, A; Witteman, J C M; Janssens, A C J W; Snieder, H; Tiemeier, H; Wolfenbuttel, B H R; Oostra, B A; Heath, A C; Wichmann, E; Spector, T D; Grabe, H J; Boomsma, D I; Martin, N G; van Duijn, C M

    2012-01-01

    Coffee consumption is a model for addictive behavior. We performed a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) on coffee intake from 8 Caucasian cohorts (N=18 176) and sought replication of our top findings in a further 7929 individuals. We also performed a gene expression analysis treating different cell lines with caffeine. Genome-wide significant association was observed for two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 15q24 region. The two SNPs rs2470893 and rs2472297 (P-values=1.6 × 10−11 and 2.7 × 10−11), which were also in strong linkage disequilibrium (r2=0.7) with each other, lie in the 23-kb long commonly shared 5′ flanking region between CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 genes. CYP1A1 was found to be downregulated in lymphoblastoid cell lines treated with caffeine. CYP1A1 is known to metabolize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are important constituents of coffee, whereas CYP1A2 is involved in the primary metabolism of caffeine. Significant evidence of association was also detected at rs382140 (P-value=3.9 × 10−09) near NRCAM—a gene implicated in vulnerability to addiction, and at another independent hit rs6495122 (P-value=7.1 × 10−09)—an SNP associated with blood pressure—in the 15q24 region near the gene ULK3, in the meta-analysis of discovery and replication cohorts. Our results from GWASs and expression analysis also strongly implicate CAB39L in coffee drinking. Pathway analysis of differentially expressed genes revealed significantly enriched ubiquitin proteasome (P-value=2.2 × 10−05) and Parkinson's disease pathways (P-value=3.6 × 10−05). PMID:21876539

  19. Genome-wide association analysis of coffee drinking suggests association with CYP1A1/CYP1A2 and NRCAM.

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    Amin, N; Byrne, E; Johnson, J; Chenevix-Trench, G; Walter, S; Nolte, I M; Vink, J M; Rawal, R; Mangino, M; Teumer, A; Keers, J C; Verwoert, G; Baumeister, S; Biffar, R; Petersmann, A; Dahmen, N; Doering, A; Isaacs, A; Broer, L; Wray, N R; Montgomery, G W; Levy, D; Psaty, B M; Gudnason, V; Chakravarti, A; Sulem, P; Gudbjartsson, D F; Kiemeney, L A; Thorsteinsdottir, U; Stefansson, K; van Rooij, F J A; Aulchenko, Y S; Hottenga, J J; Rivadeneira, F R; Hofman, A; Uitterlinden, A G; Hammond, C J; Shin, S-Y; Ikram, A; Witteman, J C M; Janssens, A C J W; Snieder, H; Tiemeier, H; Wolfenbuttel, B H R; Oostra, B A; Heath, A C; Wichmann, E; Spector, T D; Grabe, H J; Boomsma, D I; Martin, N G; van Duijn, C M

    2012-11-01

    Coffee consumption is a model for addictive behavior. We performed a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) on coffee intake from 8 Caucasian cohorts (N=18 176) and sought replication of our top findings in a further 7929 individuals. We also performed a gene expression analysis treating different cell lines with caffeine. Genome-wide significant association was observed for two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 15q24 region. The two SNPs rs2470893 and rs2472297 (P-values=1.6 × 10(-11) and 2.7 × 10(-11)), which were also in strong linkage disequilibrium (r(2)=0.7) with each other, lie in the 23-kb long commonly shared 5' flanking region between CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 genes. CYP1A1 was found to be downregulated in lymphoblastoid cell lines treated with caffeine. CYP1A1 is known to metabolize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are important constituents of coffee, whereas CYP1A2 is involved in the primary metabolism of caffeine. Significant evidence of association was also detected at rs382140 (P-value=3.9 × 10(-09)) near NRCAM-a gene implicated in vulnerability to addiction, and at another independent hit rs6495122 (P-value=7.1 × 10(-09))-an SNP associated with blood pressure-in the 15q24 region near the gene ULK3, in the meta-analysis of discovery and replication cohorts. Our results from GWASs and expression analysis also strongly implicate CAB39L in coffee drinking. Pathway analysis of differentially expressed genes revealed significantly enriched ubiquitin proteasome (P-value=2.2 × 10(-05)) and Parkinson's disease pathways (P-value=3.6 × 10(-05)).

  20. Indole-3-carbinol modulation of hepatic monooxygenases CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and FMO1 in guinea pig, mouse and rabbit.

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    Katchamart, S; Williams, D E

    2001-08-01

    Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a major component of cruciferous vegetables, has been shown to be chemoprotective against cancer in a number of animal models and is being evaluated as a potential agent to prevent breast cancer in healthy women. Some concern has been raised related to the long-term use of I3C, as in some models chronic dietary post-initiation exposures promote cancers. I3C administration to rats marked induces several cytochrome P450s (CYPs), especially CYP1A1 (approx. 25-fold), while at the same time inhibiting the expression of FMO1. The consequence is a marked shift in the metabolic profile of drugs such as nicotine and tamoxifen, that are substrates for both monooxygenases. Such an effect could lead to adverse drug reactions in humans. In order to determine if the effect of I3C was manifest in species other than the rat, we fed 2000-ppm I3C to male guinea pigs, mice and rabbits for a period of 4 weeks. In each species, induction of CYP1A1/1A2 expression was observed in the liver but little or no effect on FMO1 was evident, with the possible exception of the rabbit. These data demonstrate that the ability of I3C to both induce CYP1A1 and inhibit FMO1, as observed in the rat, may not be common to other mammals for which FMO1 is the major isoform in the liver.

  1. Analytical evaluation of the ADAMS™ A1c HA 8180 thalassemia mode high-pressure liquid chromatography analyser for the measurement of HbA2 and HbF.

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    Urrechaga, E

    2016-12-01

    ADAMS ™ A1cHA-8180T is a HPLC system; within 3.5 min, it quantifies HbF, HbA 2 , and HbA 0 and flags abnormal peaks. We evaluate its analytical performance for routine estimation of HbA 2 and HbF, and critical tests were performed for identifying β-thalassemia carriers. Trueness imprecision, carry over, linearity, and effect of anemia were evaluated according to ICLH, ICLS, or manufacture's guidelines. Comparison (ADAMS ™ A1c HA-8160T) was performed by running 400 samples from healthy subjects, 30 alpha and 80 beta carriers (range: 1.9-5.7 %). Trueness - HbA 2 2.7 %, bias 0.81 %; HbA 2 5.8 %, bias 0.38 %. HbA 2 4.0% is not affected by Hb in the range 221-40 g/L. Carry over was negligible. Within run: normal control - CV 1.5 %, high control - CV 0.9 %.Within laboratory: normal control - total CV% 1.59%; high control - 0.92 %. Linearity - y = 1.034x - 0.17, R 2  = 0.998 (range: 2.8-4.8%).Method comparison - y = 0.93x + 0.22, R 2  = 0.997. HbF imprecision CVs between 0.66 and 1.24% and trueness between 0 and 2.8%. Linearity - y = 1.088x - 0.27, R 2  = 0.999 (0.1-5.7%). ADAMS ™ A1c HA-8180T provides a rapid and reliable separation of HbA 2 . The measurement is accurate and reproducible, which is needed because of the slight difference between normal and pathological values. The gap in HbA 2 values between normal subjects and β-thalassemia carriers makes this an appropriate method for rapid screening for carriers. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. The effect of mismatch strain induced by the a1-a2 domain pattern on dislocation generation of epitaxial ferroelectric films

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    He, J. M.; Xie, C.; Ma, T. F.

    2018-01-01

    This study theoretically models both mismatch strain and lattice dislocation generation induced by the a1-a2 domain pattern in epitaxial ferroelectric films. For the ferroelectric film/substrate structure, the precise complex potential functions for the Somigliana screw dislocation quadrupole that represents the lattice mismatch strain are presented, the free boundary condition of the film is approximately processed by an equivalent method, and the effect of mismatch strain on lattice dislocation generation is discussed. The results show that: the higher mismatch degree and domain wall energy evidently lead to interfacial dislocation multiplication; the density of the dislocations decreases with decreasing film thickness; the generated dislocations are mainly concentrated at the sites far away from domain walls.

  3. Cloning and structural analysis of two highly divergent IgA isotypes, IgA1 and IgA2 from the duck billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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    Vernersson, M; Belov, K; Aveskogh, M; Hellman, L

    2010-01-01

    To trace the emergence of modern IgA isotypes during vertebrate evolution we have studied the immunoglobulin repertoire of a model monotreme, the platypus. Two highly divergent IgA-like isotypes (IgA1 and IgA2) were identified and their primary structures were determined from full-length cDNAs. A comparative analysis of the amino acid sequences for IgA from various animal species showed that the two platypus IgA isotypes form a branch clearly separated from their eutherian (placental) counterparts. However, they still conform to the general structure of eutherian IgA, with a hinge region and three constant domains. This indicates that the deletion of the second domain and the formation of a hinge region in IgA did occur very early during mammalian evolution, more than 166 million years ago. The two IgA isotypes in platypus differ in primary structure and appear to have arisen from a very early gene duplication, possibly preceding the metatherian eutherian split. Interestingly, one of these isotypes, IgA1, appears to be expressed in only the platypus, but is present in the echidna based on Southern blot analysis. The platypus may require a more effective mucosal immunity, with two highly divergent IgA forms, than the terrestrial echidna, due to its lifestyle, where it is exposed to pathogens both on land and in the water. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Transcriptomic Analysis Shows Decreased Cortical Expression of NR4A1, NR4A2 and RXRB in Schizophrenia and Provides Evidence for Nuclear Receptor Dysregulation.

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    Corley, Susan M; Tsai, Shan-Yuan; Wilkins, Marc R; Shannon Weickert, Cynthia

    2016-01-01

    Many genes are differentially expressed in the cortex of people with schizophrenia, implicating factors that control transcription more generally. Hormone nuclear receptors dimerize to coordinate context-dependent changes in gene expression. We hypothesized that members of two families of nuclear receptors (NR4As), and retinoid receptors (RARs and RXRs), are altered in the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) of people with schizophrenia. We used next generation sequencing and then qPCR analysis to test for changes in mRNA levels for transcripts encoding nuclear receptors: orphan nuclear receptors (3 in the NR4A, 3 in the RAR, 3 in the RXR families and KLF4) in total RNA extracted from the DLPFC from people with schizophrenia compared to controls (n = 74). We also correlated mRNA levels with demographic factors and with estimates of antipsychotic drug exposure (schizophrenia group only). We tested for correlations between levels of transcription factor family members and levels of genes putatively regulated by these transcription factors. We found significantly down regulated expression of NR4A1 (Nurr 77) and KLF4 mRNAs in people with schizophrenia compared to controls, by both NGS and qPCR (p = or <0.01). We also detected decreases in NR4A2 (Nurr1) and RXRB mRNAs by using qPCR in the larger cohort (p<0.05 and p<0.01, respectively). We detected decreased expression of RARG and NR4A2 mRNAs in females with schizophrenia (p<0.05). The mRNA levels of NR4A1, NR4A2 and NR4A3 were all negative correlated with lifetime estimates of antipsychotic exposure. These novel findings, which may be influenced by antipsychotic drug exposure, implicate the orphan and retinoid nuclear receptors in the cortical pathology found in schizophrenia. Genes down stream of these receptors can be dysregulated as well, but the direction of change is not immediately predictable based on the putative transcription factor changes.

  5. Caffeine reverses age-related deficits in olfactory discrimination and social recognition memory in rats. Involvement of adenosine A1 and A2A receptors.

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    Prediger, Rui D S; Batista, Luciano C; Takahashi, Reinaldo N

    2005-06-01

    Caffeine, a non-selective adenosine receptor antagonist, has been suggested as a potential drug to counteract age-related cognitive decline since critical changes in adenosinergic neurotransmission occur with aging. In the present study, olfactory discrimination and short-term social memory of 3, 6, 12 and 18 month-old rats were assessed with the olfactory discrimination and social recognition tasks, respectively. The actions of caffeine (3.0, 10.0 and 30.0 mg/kg, i.p.), the A1 receptor antagonist DPCPX (1.0 and 3.0 mg/kg, i.p.) and the A2A receptor antagonist ZM241385 (0.5 and 1.0 mg/kg, i.p.) in relation to age-related effects on olfactory functions were also studied. The 12 and 18 month-old rats exhibited significantly impaired performance in both models, demonstrating deficits in their odor discrimination and in their ability to recognize a juvenile rat after a short period of time. Acute treatment with caffeine or ZM241385, but not with DPCPX, reversed these age-related olfactory deficits. The present results suggest the participation of adenosine receptors in the control of olfactory functions and confirm the potential of caffeine for the treatment of aged-related cognitive decline.

  6. COL1A1 and COL1A2 sequencing results in cohort of patients undergoing evaluation for potential child abuse.

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    Zarate, Yuri A; Clingenpeel, Rachel; Sellars, Elizabeth A; Tang, Xinyu; Kaylor, Julie A; Bosanko, Katherine; Linam, Leann E; Byers, Peter H

    2016-07-01

    Child abuse is a major public health concern that can explain a proportion of fractures in children. Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is the most common inherited syndrome that predisposes to skeletal fractures. We conducted a retrospective analysis of data from clinical, laboratory, and radiographic information from children evaluated for child abuse in which molecular testing for COL1A1 and COL1A2 genes was conducted. A total of 43 patients underwent molecular testing for OI. Pathogenic variants predicted to result in a mild form of OI were found in two patients (5%), both clinically suspected to have this diagnosis. None of the cases in whom OI molecular testing was ordered when maltreatment concerns were thought to be more likely (0/35) were identified to have pathogenic variants. After reviewing each individual case, the final diagnosis was child abuse for 34 cases (77%), and additional radiographic and laboratory studies did not identify any with inherited metabolic predisposition to fracture or rickets. We conclude that routine testing for OI in the setting of child abuse when no other suggestive clinical findings are present has a low yield. A careful review of the medical history and a detailed clinical evaluation help identify those at risk for genetic alterations. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Cloning and expression analysis of two ROR-γ homologues (ROR-γa1 and ROR-γa2) in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss.

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    Monte, Milena M; Wang, Tiehui; Costa, Maria M; Harun, Nor Omaima; Secombes, Chris J

    2012-08-01

    This paper describes the cloning and characterisation of two retinoid-related orphan receptor (ROR)-γ homologues (ROR-γa1 and -γa2) in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The coding region predicted for both homologues consists of 1410 base pairs (bp), which translate into two 469 amino acid (aa) proteins. The trout ROR-γs revealed a high conservation of both DNA- and ligand-binding domains (functional regions of the nuclear receptor family), and shared a high homology to mammalian ROR-γt. A phylogenetic tree containing ROR family members confirmed that both trout homologues clustered within the ROR-γ group. Both results suggested that these molecules are likely to be ROR-γ homologues, more similar to the mammalian splice variant ROR-γt than the full length ROR-γ. Expression analysis of tissues obtained from healthy fish revealed highest constitutive expression of trout ROR-γ in muscle, followed by the brain, heart and skin. This suggests that these genes may play an important role in such tissues. In vitro studies, using trout cell lines, demonstrated that ROR-γ is induced significantly by LPS and down-regulated by the presence of PolyI:C and recombinant interferon (IFN)-γ. Moreover, analysis of this gene in head kidney macrophages and mixed primary leucocyte cultures indicated that differences were apparent between the different cell types/sources used, indicating that its expression may be cell-type dependent. Additional studies to investigate the regulation of this gene in vivo demonstrated that its expression was significantly higher in vaccinated vs unvaccinated fish following bacterial (Yersinia ruckeri) challenge but it was down-regulated after a viral (VHSV) infection. This suggests a potential role of trout ROR-γ, a putative T(H)17 transcription factor, in protection against extracellular bacteria. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Impacts on terrestrial biodiversity of moving from a 2°C to a 1.5°C target.

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    Smith, Pete; Price, Jeff; Molotoks, Amy; Warren, Rachel; Malhi, Yadvinder

    2018-05-13

    We applied a recently developed tool to examine the reduction in climate risk to biodiversity in moving from a 2°C to a 1.5°C target. We then reviewed the recent literature examining the impact of (a) land-based mitigation options and (b) land-based greenhouse gas removal options on biodiversity. We show that holding warming to 1.5°C versus 2°C can significantly reduce the number of species facing a potential loss of 50% of their climatic range. Further, there would be an increase of 5.5-14% of the globe that could potentially act as climatic refugia for plants and animals, an area equivalent to the current global protected area network. Efforts to meet the 1.5°C target through mitigation could largely be consistent with biodiversity protection/enhancement. For impacts of land-based greenhouse gas removal technologies on biodiversity, some (e.g. soil carbon sequestration) could be neutral or positive, others (e.g. bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) are likely to lead to conflicts, while still others (e.g. afforestation/reforestation) are context-specific, when applied at scales necessary for meaningful greenhouse gas removal. Additional effort to meet the 1.5°C target presents some risks, particularly if inappropriately managed, but it also presents opportunities.This article is part of the theme issue 'The Paris Agreement: understanding the physical and social challenges for a warming world of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels'. © 2018 The Authors.

  9. Impacts on terrestrial biodiversity of moving from a 2°C to a 1.5°C target

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    Price, Jeff; Molotoks, Amy; Warren, Rachel

    2018-01-01

    We applied a recently developed tool to examine the reduction in climate risk to biodiversity in moving from a 2°C to a 1.5°C target. We then reviewed the recent literature examining the impact of (a) land-based mitigation options and (b) land-based greenhouse gas removal options on biodiversity. We show that holding warming to 1.5°C versus 2°C can significantly reduce the number of species facing a potential loss of 50% of their climatic range. Further, there would be an increase of 5.5–14% of the globe that could potentially act as climatic refugia for plants and animals, an area equivalent to the current global protected area network. Efforts to meet the 1.5°C target through mitigation could largely be consistent with biodiversity protection/enhancement. For impacts of land-based greenhouse gas removal technologies on biodiversity, some (e.g. soil carbon sequestration) could be neutral or positive, others (e.g. bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) are likely to lead to conflicts, while still others (e.g. afforestation/reforestation) are context-specific, when applied at scales necessary for meaningful greenhouse gas removal. Additional effort to meet the 1.5°C target presents some risks, particularly if inappropriately managed, but it also presents opportunities. This article is part of the theme issue ‘The Paris Agreement: understanding the physical and social challenges for a warming world of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels'. PMID:29610386

  10. Mutational analysis uncovers monogenic bone disorders in women with pregnancy-associated osteoporosis: three novel mutations in LRP5, COL1A1, and COL1A2.

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    Butscheidt, S; Delsmann, A; Rolvien, T; Barvencik, F; Al-Bughaili, M; Mundlos, S; Schinke, T; Amling, M; Kornak, U; Oheim, R

    2018-03-29

    Pregnancy was found to be a skeletal risk factor promoting the initial onset of previously unrecognized monogenic bone disorders, thus explaining a proportion of cases with pregnancy-associated osteoporosis. Therapeutic measures should focus in particular on the normalization of the disturbed calcium homeostasis in order to enable the partial skeletal recovery. Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis (PAO) is a rare skeletal condition, which is characterized by a reduction in bone mineral density (BMD) in the course of pregnancy and lactation. Typical symptoms include vertebral compression fractures and transient osteoporosis of the hip. Since the etiology is not well understood, this prospective study was conducted in order to elucidate the relevance of pathogenic gene variants for the development of PAO. Seven consecutive cases with the diagnosis of PAO underwent a skeletal assessment (blood tests, DXA, HR-pQCT) and a comprehensive genetic analysis using a custom-designed gene panel. All cases showed a reduced BMD (DXA T-score, lumbar spine - 3.2 ± 1.0; left femur - 2.2 ± 0.5; right femur - 1.9 ± 0.5), while the spine was affected more severely (p < 0.05). The trabecular and cortical thickness was overall reduced in HR-pQCT, while the trabecular number showed no alterations in most cases. The genetic analysis revealed three novel mutations in LRP5, COL1A1, and COL1A2. Our data show that previously unrecognized monogenic bone disorders play an important role in PAO. Pregnancy should be considered a skeletal risk factor, which can promote the initial clinical onset of such skeletal disorders. The underlying increased calcium demand is essential in terms of prophylactic and therapeutic measures, which are especially required in individuals with a genetically determined low bone mass. The implementation of this knowledge in clinical practice can enable the partial recovery of the skeleton. Consistent genetic studies are needed to analyze the

  11. In vitro digestion of purified β-casein variants A(1), A(2), B, and I: effects on antioxidant and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitory capacity.

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    Petrat-Melin, B; Andersen, P; Rasmussen, J T; Poulsen, N A; Larsen, L B; Young, J F

    2015-01-01

    Genetic polymorphisms of bovine milk proteins affect the protein profile of the milk and, hence, certain technological properties, such as casein (CN) number and cheese yield. However, reports show that such polymorphisms may also affect the health-related properties of milk. Therefore, to gain insight into their digestion pattern and bioactive potential, β-CN was purified from bovine milk originating from cows homozygous for the variants A(1), A(2), B, and I by a combination of cold storage, ultracentrifugation, and acid precipitation. The purity of the isolated β-CN was determined by HPLC, variants were verified by mass spectrometry, and molar extinction coefficients at λ=280nm were determined. β-Casein from each of the variants was subjected to in vitro digestion using pepsin and pancreatic enzymes. Antioxidant and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory capacities of the hydrolysates were assessed at 3 stages of digestion and related to that of the undigested samples. Neither molar extinction coefficients nor overall digestibility varied significantly between these 4 variants; however, clear differences in digestion pattern were indicated by gel electrophoresis. In particular, after 60min of pepsin followed by 5min of pancreatic enzyme digestion, one ≈4kDa peptide with the N-terminal sequence (106)H-K-E-M-P-F-P-K- was absent from β-CN variant B. This is likely a result of the (122)Ser to (122)Arg substitution in variant B introducing a novel trypsin cleavage site, leading to the changed digestion pattern. All investigated β-CN variants exhibited a significant increase in antioxidant capacity upon digestion, as measured by the Trolox-equivalent antioxidant capacity assay. After 60min of pepsin + 120min of pancreatic enzyme digestion, the accumulated increase in antioxidant capacity was ≈1.7-fold for the 4 β-CN variants. The ACE inhibitory capacity was also significantly increased by digestion, with the B variant reaching the highest inhibitory

  12. Prolonged adenosine A1 receptor activation in hypoxia and pial vessel disruption focal cortical ischemia facilitates clathrin-mediated AMPA receptor endocytosis and long-lasting synaptic inhibition in rat hippocampal CA3-CA1 synapses: differential regulation of GluA2 and GluA1 subunits by p38 MAPK and JNK.

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    Chen, Zhicheng; Xiong, Cherry; Pancyr, Cassandra; Stockwell, Jocelyn; Walz, Wolfgang; Cayabyab, Francisco S

    2014-07-16

    Activation of presynaptic adenosine A1 receptors (A1Rs) causes substantial synaptic depression during hypoxia/cerebral ischemia, but postsynaptic actions of A1Rs are less clear. We found that A1Rs and GluA2-containing AMPA receptors (AMPARs) form stable protein complexes from hippocampal brain homogenates and cultured hippocampal neurons from Sprague Dawley rats. In contrast, adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) did not coprecipitate or colocalize with GluA2-containing AMPARs. Prolonged stimulation of A1Rs with the agonist N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine (CPA) caused adenosine-induced persistent synaptic depression (APSD) in hippocampal brain slices, and APSD levels were blunted by inhibiting clathrin-mediated endocytosis of GluA2 subunits with the Tat-GluA2-3Y peptide. Using biotinylation and membrane fractionation assays, prolonged CPA incubation showed significant depletion of GluA2/GluA1 surface expression from hippocampal brain slices and cultured neurons. Tat-GluA2-3Y peptide or dynamin inhibitor Dynasore prevented CPA-induced GluA2/GluA1 internalization. Confocal imaging analysis confirmed that functional A1Rs, but not A2ARs, are required for clathrin-mediated AMPAR endocytosis in hippocampal neurons. Pharmacological inhibitors or shRNA knockdown of p38 MAPK and JNK prevented A1R-mediated internalization of GluA2 but not GluA1 subunits. Tat-GluA2-3Y peptide or A1R antagonist 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine also prevented hypoxia-mediated GluA2/GluA1 internalization. Finally, in a pial vessel disruption cortical stroke model, a unilateral cortical lesion compared with sham surgery reduced hippocampal GluA2, GluA1, and A1R surface expression and also caused synaptic depression in hippocampal slices that was consistent with AMPAR downregulation and decreased probability of transmitter release. Together, these results indicate a previously unknown mechanism for A1R-induced persistent synaptic depression involving clathrin-mediated GluA2 and GluA1 internalization that

  13. Up-regulation of EphA2 and down-regulation of EphrinA1 are associated with the aggressive phenotype and poor prognosis of malignant glioma.

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    Li, Xia; Wang, Li; Gu, Jian-Wen; Li, Bing; Liu, Wei-Ping; Wang, Yan-Gang; Zhang, Xiang; Zhen, Hai-Ning; Fei, Zhou

    2010-10-01

    Malignant gliomas display over-expression of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2. However, expression levels of the EphA2 ligand, EphrinA1, have not been fully elucidated. Seventy-eight patients with primary gliomas were included in this study who underwent surgical resection, radiation, and chemotherapy. The expression of EphA2 and EphrinA1 in tumors was assessed by immunohistochemistry and was statistically analyzed in combination with the follow-up data of patients. EphA2 was highly expressed in most malignant gliomas, but EphrinA1 was expressed at low levels in these tumors. The increased EphA2 expression is associated with higher-grade histology and poor patient prognosis. Contrary to this, the increased EphrinA1 expression is associated with lower-grade histology, but not associated with poor patient prognosis. Moreover, patients with tumors positive for EphA2 and negative for EphrinA1 had significantly shorter overall and progression-free survival than patients with tumors positive for both EphA2 and EphrinA1, negative for both EphA2 and EphrinA1, or negative for EphA2 and positive for EphrinA1. RNAi-mediated suppression of endogenous EphA2 in human glioblastoma multiforme cells resulted in increased EphrinA1 levels, as well as decreased cell viability, anchorage independence and in vitro invasion, and increased apoptosis. Furthermore, suppression of EphA2 resulted in delayed tumor growth in mice xenografts. Together, these data indicate that up-regulation of EphA2 and down-regulation of Ephrina1 may correlate with poor prognosis for patients with high-grade glioma. EphA2 suppression partially reversed the aggressive phenotypes of malignant gliomas, possibly through up-regulating EphrinA1 expression, which may help explain how EphA2 modulates the malignant progression of gliomas.

  14. Design synthesis and evaluation of the inhibitory selectivity of novel trans-resveratrol analogues on human recombinant CYP1A1 CYP1A2 and CYP1B1

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    A series of trans-stilbene derivatives containing 4’-thiomethyl substituent were synthesized and evaluated for inhibitory activities on human recombinant cytochrome P450(s): CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP1B1. CYP1A2-related metabolism of stilbene derivatives was estimated by using NADPH oxidation assay. A...

  15. Extraction and Inhibition of Enzymatic Activity of Botulinum Neurotoxins/A1, /A2, and /A3 by a Panel of Monoclonal Anti-BoNT/A Antibodies

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    2009-04-01

    mail: jbarr@cdc.gov Introduction Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are protein toxins produced by some species of the genus Clostridium , in particular... Clostridium botulinum , C. butyricum, C. baratii, and C. argentinense. Intoxication with one of the seven distinct serotypes of BoNT (A–G) causes botulism...the Endopep-MS assay. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Clostridium botulinum , neurotoxin, serotype A, A2, A3, extraction, inhibition, monoclonal antibodies, mass

  16. The human sodium-dependent ascorbic acid transporters SLC23A1 and SLC23A2 do not mediate ascorbic acid release in the proximal renal epithelial cell

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    Eck, Peter; Kwon, Oran; Chen, Shenglin; Mian, Omar; Levine, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Sodium-dependent ascorbic acid membrane transporters SLC23A1 and SLC23A2 mediate ascorbic acid (vitamin C) transport into cells. However, it is unknown how ascorbic acid undergoes cellular release, or efflux. We hypothesized that SLC23A1 and SLC23A2 could serve a dual role, mediating ascorbic acid cellular efflux as well as uptake. Renal reabsorption is required for maintaining systemic vitamin C concentrations. Because efflux from nephron cells is necessary for reabsorption, we studied whether SLC23A1 and SLC23A2 mediate efflux of ascorbic acid in the human renal nephron. We found high gene expression of SLC23A1 but no expression of SLC23A2 in the proximal convoluted and straight tubules of humans. These data rule out SLC23A2 as the ascorbic acid release protein in the renal proximal tubular epithelia cell. We utilized a novel dual transporter-based Xenopus laevis oocyte system to investigate the function of the SLC23A1 protein, and found that no ascorbate release was mediated by SLC23A1. These findings were confirmed in mammalian cells overexpressing SLC23A1. Taken together, the data for SLC23A1 show that it too does not have a role in cellular release of ascorbic acid across the basolateral membrane of the proximal tubular epithelial cell, and that SLC23A1 alone is responsible for ascorbic acid uptake across the apical membrane. These findings reiterate the physiological importance of proper functioning of SLC23A1 in maintaining vitamin C levels for health and disease prevention. The ascorbate efflux mechanism in the proximal tubule of the kidney remains to be characterized. PMID:24400138

  17. EphrinA1-EphA2 signal induces compaction and polarization of Madin-Darby canine kidney cells by inactivating Ezrin through negative regulation of RhoA.

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    Wakayama, Yuki; Miura, Koichi; Sabe, Hisataka; Mochizuki, Naoki

    2011-12-23

    The epithelial cells exhibit either a columnar or a flat shape dependent on extracellular stimuli or the cell-cell adhesion. Membrane-anchored ephrinA stimulates EphA receptor tyrosine kinases as a ligand in a cell-cell contact-dependent manner. The mechanism through which ephrinA1/EphA2 signal regulates the cell morphology remains elusive. We demonstrate here that ephrinA1/EphA2 signal induces compaction and enhanced polarization (columnar change) of Madin-Darby canine kidney epithelial cells by regulating Ezrin, a linker that connects plasma membrane and actin cytoskeleton. Activation of EphA2 resulted in RhoA inactivation through p190RhoGAP-A and subsequent dephosphorylation of Ezrin on Thr-567 phosphorylated by Rho kinase. Consistently, the cells expressing an active mutant of Ezrin in which Thr-567 was replaced with Asp did not change their shape in response to ephrinA1. Furthermore, depletion of Ezrin led to compaction and enhanced polarization without ephrinA1 stimulation, suggesting the role for active Ezrin in keeping the flat cell shape. Ezrin localized to apical domain irrespective of ephrinA1 stimulation, whereas phosphorylated Ezrin on the apical domain was reduced by ephrinA1 stimulation. Collectively, ephrinA1/EphA2 signal negatively regulates Ezrin and promotes the alteration of cell shape, from flat to columnar shape.

  18. EphrinA1-EphA2 Signal Induces Compaction and Polarization of Madin-Darby Canine Kidney Cells by Inactivating Ezrin through Negative Regulation of RhoA*

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    Wakayama, Yuki; Miura, Koichi; Sabe, Hisataka; Mochizuki, Naoki

    2011-01-01

    The epithelial cells exhibit either a columnar or a flat shape dependent on extracellular stimuli or the cell-cell adhesion. Membrane-anchored ephrinA stimulates EphA receptor tyrosine kinases as a ligand in a cell-cell contact-dependent manner. The mechanism through which ephrinA1/EphA2 signal regulates the cell morphology remains elusive. We demonstrate here that ephrinA1/EphA2 signal induces compaction and enhanced polarization (columnar change) of Madin-Darby canine kidney epithelial cells by regulating Ezrin, a linker that connects plasma membrane and actin cytoskeleton. Activation of EphA2 resulted in RhoA inactivation through p190RhoGAP-A and subsequent dephosphorylation of Ezrin on Thr-567 phosphorylated by Rho kinase. Consistently, the cells expressing an active mutant of Ezrin in which Thr-567 was replaced with Asp did not change their shape in response to ephrinA1. Furthermore, depletion of Ezrin led to compaction and enhanced polarization without ephrinA1 stimulation, suggesting the role for active Ezrin in keeping the flat cell shape. Ezrin localized to apical domain irrespective of ephrinA1 stimulation, whereas phosphorylated Ezrin on the apical domain was reduced by ephrinA1 stimulation. Collectively, ephrinA1/EphA2 signal negatively regulates Ezrin and promotes the alteration of cell shape, from flat to columnar shape. PMID:21979959

  19. HTR-PROTEUS Pebble Bed Experimental Program Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3: Hexagonal Close Packing with a 1:2 Moderator-to-Fuel Pebble Ratio

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    John D. Bess; Barbara H. Dolphin; James W. Sterbentz

    2013-03-01

    In its deployment as a pebble bed reactor (PBR) critical facility from 1992 to 1996, the PROTEUS facility was designated as HTR-PROTEUS. This experimental program was performed as part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on the Validation of Safety Related Physics Calculations for Low Enriched HTGRs. Within this project, critical experiments were conducted for graphite moderated LEU systems to determine core reactivity, flux and power profiles, reaction-rate ratios, the worth of control rods, both in-core and reflector based, the worth of burnable poisons, kinetic parameters, and the effects of moisture ingress on these parameters.more » Four benchmark experiments were evaluated in this report: Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3. These core configurations represent the hexagonal close packing (HCP) configurations of the HTR-PROTEUS experiment with a moderator-to-fuel pebble ratio of 1:2. Core 1 represents the only configuration utilizing ZEBRA control rods. Cores 1A, 2, and 3 use withdrawable, hollow, stainless steel control rods. Cores 1 and 1A are similar except for the use of different control rods; Core 1A also has one less layer of pebbles (21 layers instead of 22). Core 2 retains the first 16 layers of pebbles from Cores 1 and 1A and has 16 layers of moderator pebbles stacked above the fueled layers. Core 3 retains the first 17 layers of pebbles but has polyethylene rods inserted between pebbles to simulate water ingress. The additional partial pebble layer (layer 18) for Core 3 was not included as it was used for core operations and not the reported critical configuration. Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3 were determined to be acceptable benchmark experiments.« less

  20. HTR-PROTEUS Pebble Bed Experimental Program Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3: Hexagonal Close Packing with a 1:2 Moderator-to-Fuel Pebble Ratio

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    John D. Bess; Barbara H. Dolphin; James W. Sterbentz

    2012-03-01

    In its deployment as a pebble bed reactor (PBR) critical facility from 1992 to 1996, the PROTEUS facility was designated as HTR-PROTEUS. This experimental program was performed as part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on the Validation of Safety Related Physics Calculations for Low Enriched HTGRs. Within this project, critical experiments were conducted for graphite moderated LEU systems to determine core reactivity, flux and power profiles, reaction-rate ratios, the worth of control rods, both in-core and reflector based, the worth of burnable poisons, kinetic parameters, and the effects of moisture ingress on these parameters.more » Four benchmark experiments were evaluated in this report: Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3. These core configurations represent the hexagonal close packing (HCP) configurations of the HTR-PROTEUS experiment with a moderator-to-fuel pebble ratio of 1:2. Core 1 represents the only configuration utilizing ZEBRA control rods. Cores 1A, 2, and 3 use withdrawable, hollow, stainless steel control rods. Cores 1 and 1A are similar except for the use of different control rods; Core 1A also has one less layer of pebbles (21 layers instead of 22). Core 2 retains the first 16 layers of pebbles from Cores 1 and 1A and has 16 layers of moderator pebbles stacked above the fueled layers. Core 3 retains the first 17 layers of pebbles but has polyethylene rods inserted between pebbles to simulate water ingress. The additional partial pebble layer (layer 18) for Core 3 was not included as it was used for core operations and not the reported critical configuration. Cores 1, 1A, 2, and 3 were determined to be acceptable benchmark experiments.« less

  1. THE 76-MM GUN M1A1 AND M1A2: AN ANALYSIS OF U.S. ANTI-TANK CAPABILITIES DURING WORLD WAR II

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    2018-01-01

    for public release; distribution is unlimited. UNCLASSIFIED iii TABLES (continued) Page 8 Vl (V50) comparison - M62A1 APC versus Pz IV E 25 9... Vl (V50) comparison - M93 HVAP-T versus Pz IV E 25 10 Effective range comparison versus Pz IV H 26 11 Effective range against Panther 27...QE 0 0 0 0 0 0 Armor Slope 55 12 30 25 30 25 tplate (cm) 8 10 5 4.5 4 4.5 Vl (m/s) 1031.29 893.76 533.30 470.57 436.17 470.57 Vl (fps) 3383.68 2932.41

  2. Cardiac‐Restricted Overexpression of the A2A‐Adenosine Receptor in FVB Mice Transiently Increases Contractile Performance and Rescues the Heart Failure Phenotype in Mice Overexpressing the A1‐Adenosine Receptor

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    Chan, Tung O.; Funakoshi, Hajime; Song, Jianliang; Zhang, Xue‐Qian; Wang, JuFang; Chung, Paul H.; DeGeorge, Jr, Brent R.; Li, Xue; Zhang, Jin; Herrmann, David E.; Diamond, Maura; Hamad, Eman; Houser, Steven R.; Koch, Walter J.; Cheung, Joseph Y.; Feldman, Arthur M.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract In the heart, adenosine binds to pharmacologically distinct G‐protein‐coupled receptors (A1‐R, A2A‐R, and A3‐R). While the role of A1‐and A3‐Rs in the heart has been clarifed, the effect of genetically manipulating the A2A‐R has not been defned. Thus, we created mice overexpressing a cardiac‐restricted A2A‐R transgene. Mice with both low (Lo) and high (Hi) levels of A2A‐R overexpression demonstrated an increase in cardiac contractility at 12 weeks. These changes were associated with a signifcantly higher systolic but not diastolic [Ca2+]i, higher maximal contraction amplitudes, and a signifcantly enhanced sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ uptake activity. At 20 weeks, the effects of A2A‐R overexpression on cardiac contractility diminished. The positive effects elicited by A2A‐R overexpression differ from the heart failure phenotype we observed with A1‐R overexpresson. Interestingly, coexpression of A2A‐R TGHi, but not A2A‐R TGLo, enhanced survival, prevented the development of left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure, and improved Ca2+ handling in mice overexpressing the A1‐R. These results suggest that adenosine‐mediated signaling in the heart requires a balance between A1‐ and A2A‐Rs—a fnding that may have important implications for the ongoing clinical evaluation of adenosine receptor subtype‐specifc agonists and antagonists for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. PMID:20354569

  3. Photodissociation dynamics in the first absorption band of pyrrole. II. Photofragment distributions for the 1A2(π σ* ) ←X˜ 1A1(π π ) transition

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    Picconi, David; Grebenshchikov, Sergy Yu.

    2018-03-01

    The analysis of the total kinetic energy release (TKER) of the photofragments pyrrolyl + H-atom formed in the photodissociation of pyrrole in the low-lying state 1A2(πσ*) is presented. The TKER distributions contain complementary and often more precise information on the fragmentation process than the broad diffuse absorption spectra. The distributions are calculated quantum mechanically for the diabatic state 1A2(πσ*) either isolated or coupled to the ground electronic state at an exit channel conical intersection. The calculations use the novel ab initio quasi-diabatic potential energy matrix constructed in the work of Picconi and Grebenshchikov [J. Chem. Phys. 148, 104103 (2018)]. The approximate overlap integral-based adiabatic mapping approach is introduced with which the quantum mechanical TKER distributions can be efficiently and accurately reproduced. Finally, the calculated TKERs are compared with the experimental results. The main features of the measured vibrationally resolved distributions are reproduced, and the spectral peaks are assigned and interpreted in detail.

  4. Characterization of the X~ 2A1, A~ 2B1, and X~ 2Π electronic states of the Ga2H molecule and the X~ 2A' and A~ 2A'' isomerization transition states connecting the three minima

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    Wang, Hongyan; Wang, Suyun; Yan, Ge; Yamaguchi, Yukio; Schaefer, Henry F.

    2006-01-01

    A wide range of highly correlated ab initio methods has been used to predict the geometrical parameters of the linear (X˜Π2) and H-bridged (X˜A12 and ÃB12) Ga2H isomers and two isomerization transition states (X˜A'2 and ÃA″2) connecting the three minima. Dipole moments and vibrational frequencies are also obtained. The global minimum X˜A12 ground state of the H-bridged GaHGa isomer is predicted to lie only 1.6 [1.9 with the zero-point vibrational energy (ZPVE) corrections] kcalmol-1 below the ÃB12 state. The X˜A12 state lies 5.4kcalmol-1 below the X˜Π2 ground state of the linear GaGaH isomer at the coupled-cluster with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)] level of theory with the augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence quadruple-zeta (aug-cc-pVQZ) basis set. The full triples coupled-cluster method is found to alter these CCSD(T) predictions by as much as 0.3kcalmol-1. The forward isomerization barriers from the linear ground state to the X˜A'2 and ÃA″2 transition states are determined to be 3.3 and 5.3kcalmol-1, respectively. The reverse isomerization barrier between the X˜A12 GaHGa structure and the X˜Π2 GaGaH structure is predicted to be 8.6 (8.2 with the ZPVE corrections) kcalmol-1 at the aug-cc-pVQZ CCSD(T) level of theory.

  5. Earth Observing System/Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (EOS/AMSU-A): Reliability prediction report for module A1 (channels 3 through 15) and module A2 (channels 1 and 2)

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    Geimer, W.

    1995-01-01

    This report documents the final reliability prediction performed on the Earth Observing System/Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (EOS/AMSU-A). The A1 Module contains Channels 3 through 15, and is referred to herein as 'EOS/AMSU-A1'. The A2 Module contains Channels 1 and 2, and is referred herein as 'EOS/AMSU-A2'. The 'specified' figures were obtained from Aerojet Reports 8897-1 and 9116-1. The predicted reliability figure for the EOS/AMSU-A1 meets the specified value and provides a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 74,390 hours. The predicted reliability figure for the EOS/AMSU-A2 meets the specified value and provides a MTBF of 193,110 hours.

  6. EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction-mediated apoptosis and FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 receptor ligand-induced immunotherapy inhibit tumor growth in a breast cancer mouse model.

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    Tandon, Manish; Vemula, Sai V; Sharma, Anurag; Ahi, Yadvinder S; Mittal, Shalini; Bangari, Dinesh S; Mittal, Suresh K

    2012-02-01

    The receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2 is overexpressed in several types of cancers and is currently being pursued as a target for breast cancer therapeutics. The EphA2 ligand EphrinA1 induces EphA2 phosphorylation and intracellular internalization and degradation, thus inhibiting tumor progression. The hematopoietic growth factor, FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 receptor ligand (Flt3L), promotes expansion and mobilization of functional dendritic cells. We tested the EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells focusing on the receptor-ligand-mediated apoptosis of breast cancer cells. To determine whether EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction-associated apoptosis and Flt3L-mediated immunotherapy would have an additive effect in inhibiting tumor growth, we used an immunocompetent mouse model of breast cancer to evaluate intratumoral (i.t.) inoculation strategies with human adenovirus (HAd) vectors expressing either EphrinA1 (HAd-EphrinA1-Fc), Flt3L (HAd-Flt3L) or a combination of EphrinA1-Fc + Flt3L (HAd-EphrinA1-Fc + HAd-Flt3L). In vitro analysis demonstrated that an EphrinA1-EphA2 interaction led to apoptosis-related changes in breast cancer cells. In vivo, three i.t. inoculations of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc showed potent inhibition of tumor growth. Furthermore, increased inhibition in tumor growth was observed with the combination of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc and HAd-Flt3L accompanied by the generation of an anti-tumor adaptive immune response. The results obtained in the present study, indicating the induction of apoptosis and inhibition of mammary tumor growth, show the potential therapeutic benefits of HAd-EphrinA1-Fc. In combination with HAd-Flt3L, this represents a promising strategy for effectively inducing mammary tumor regression by HAd vector-based therapy. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  7. Structural and Kinetic Basis of Steroid 17α,20-Lyase Activity in Teleost Fish Cytochrome P450 17A1 and Its Absence in Cytochrome P450 17A2*

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    Pallan, Pradeep S.; Nagy, Leslie D.; Lei, Li; Gonzalez, Eric; Kramlinger, Valerie M.; Azumaya, Caleigh M.; Wawrzak, Zdzislaw; Waterman, Michael R.; Guengerich, F. Peter; Egli, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 (P450) 17A enzymes play a critical role in the oxidation of the steroids progesterone (Prog) and pregnenolone (Preg) to glucocorticoids and androgens. In mammals, a single enzyme, P450 17A1, catalyzes both 17α-hydroxylation and a subsequent 17α,20-lyase reaction with both Prog and Preg. Teleost fish contain two 17A P450s; zebrafish P450 17A1 catalyzes both 17α-hydroxylation and lyase reactions with Prog and Preg, and P450 17A2 is more efficient in pregnenolone 17α-hydroxylation but does not catalyze the lyase reaction, even in the presence of cytochrome b5. P450 17A2 binds all substrates and products, although more loosely than P450 17A1. Pulse-chase and kinetic spectral experiments and modeling established that the two-step P450 17A1 Prog oxidation is more distributive than the Preg reaction, i.e. 17α-OH product dissociates more prior to the lyase step. The drug orteronel selectively blocked the lyase reaction of P450 17A1 but only in the case of Prog. X-ray crystal structures of zebrafish P450 17A1 and 17A2 were obtained with the ligand abiraterone and with Prog for P450 17A2. Comparison of the two fish P450 17A-abiraterone structures with human P450 17A1 (DeVore, N. M., and Scott, E. E. (2013) Nature 482, 116–119) showed only a few differences near the active site, despite only ∼50% identity among the three proteins. The P450 17A2 structure differed in four residues near the heme periphery. These residues may allow the proposed alternative ferric peroxide mechanism for the lyase reaction, or residues removed from the active site may allow conformations that lead to the lyase activity. PMID:25533464

  8. Tobacco smoke-dependent changes in cytochrome P450 1A1, 1A2, and 2E1 protein expressions in fetuses, newborns, pregnant rats, and human placenta.

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    Czekaj, Piotr; Wiaderkiewicz, Anna; Florek, Ewa; Wiaderkiewicz, Ryszard

    2005-01-01

    Tobacco smoke (TS) was described as a mixture of numerous cytochrome P450 (P450) substrates, inducers, and inhibitors. These inducers and inhibitors may modify drug clearance and xenobiotic or endogenous metabolism affecting P450s expression. In the present study, the effect of gestation and TS on: (1) cytochrome P450 CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP2E1 protein expressions, and (2) cytochrome P450-linked microsomal enzyme activities, were studied in fetal rat liver, rat, and human placenta and in newborn and adult rat hepatic and extrahepatic tissues. Non-pregnant and pregnant 4-month-old female Wistar rats were exposed to TS (500, 1,000, or 1,500 mg carbon monoxide per m(3) air) in a toxicological chamber for 3 weeks (6 h daily, 5 days weekly). Human placentas were sampled from non-smoking, passive smoking, or active smoking primiparas. The efficacy of exposure was assessed by measuring urine cotinine levels. The TS-dependent inductory effect on the expression of CYP1A1 and 1A2 and related monooxygenase activities, and the inhibitory/inductory effect on CYP2E1 expression in rat tissues were observed. Pregnancy was associated with decreased levels of constitutive CYP1A1 and 2E1 in hepatic and extrahepatic tissues, TS-inducible CYP1A2 expression in the liver, and CYP1A1 expression in lungs and heart, but had no inhibitory effect on TS-inducible CYP1A1 and 2E1 expression, EROD, and P450-cooperated enzyme activities in the liver, kidney, and, in the latter case, in the heart. The presence of TS-induced CYP1A1 protein was confirmed in rat and human placenta and showed in newborn liver and lungs. CYP1A2 and 2E1 proteins were detectable in fetal rat liver. It was concluded that the expression of CYP1A1, 1A2, and 2E1, which metabolize some drugs and activate carcinogens, is controlled by age-, pregnancy-, and tissue-specific regulatory mechanisms in rats. Gestational differences in the regulation of expression of CYP1A subfamily members are not excluded. CYP1A1 and 2E1, but not

  9. Effect of polyunsaturated fatty acids ω-3 on the induction of activity and expression of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 genes in the liver of rats under the influence of indole-3-carbinol.

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    Kravchenko, L V; Tutel'yan, V A; Trusov, N V; Guseva, G V; Aksenov, I V

    2014-01-01

    Supplementation of the ration with eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in doses of 0.3 and 1 g/kg body weight for 4 weeks had no effect on ethoxyresorufin O-dealkylase (EROD) activity and expression of the CYP1A1 gene in male Wistar rats, but caused a dose-dependent increase in methoxyresorufin O-dealkylase (MROD) activity of CYP1A2 (by 28 and 73%, respectively) without significant changes in CYP1A2 mRNA expression. ω-3 PUFA had no effect on the indole-3-carbinol-induced (20 mg/kg body weight over the last 7 days of the experiment) EROD activity and expression of CYP1A1 mRNA. The indole-3-carbinol-induced MROD activity was shown to increase by 6.2 times in rats not receiving ω-3 PUFA and only by 3.9 and 2.7 times in animals receiving ω-3 PUFA. The indole-3-carbinol-induced expression of CYP1A2 mRNA slightly increased in animals receiving ω-3 PUFA. Our results suggest that the effect of ω-3 PUFA on the induced and basal activity of CYP1A2 is not related to modulation of CYP1A2 gene expression.

  10. Ethanol and 4-methylpyrazole increase DNA adduct formation of furfuryl alcohol in FVB/N wild-type mice and in mice expressing human sulfotransferases 1A1/1A2.

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    Sachse, Benjamin; Meinl, Walter; Glatt, Hansruedi; Monien, Bernhard H

    2016-03-01

    Furfuryl alcohol (FFA) is a carcinogenic food contaminant, which is formed by acid- and heat-catalyzed degradation of fructose and glucose. The activation by sulfotransferases (SULTs) yields a DNA reactive and mutagenic sulfate ester. The most prominent DNA adduct, N(2)-((furan-2-yl)methyl)-2'-deoxyguanosine (N(2)-MF-dG), was detected in FFA-treated mice and also in human tissue samples. The dominant pathway of FFA detoxification is the oxidation via alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs) and aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs). The activity of these enzymes may be greatly altered in the presence of inhibitors or competitive substrates. Here, we investigated the impact of ethanol and the ADH inhibitor 4-methylpyrazole (4MP) on the DNA adduct formation by FFA in wild-type and in humanized mice that were transgenic for human SULT1A1/1A2 and deficient in the mouse (m) Sult1a1 and Sult1d1 genes (h1A1/1A2/1a1(-)/1d1(-)). The administration of FFA alone led to hepatic adduct levels of 4.5 N(2)-MF-dG/10(8) nucleosides and 33.6 N(2)-MF-dG/10(8) nucleosides in male and female wild-type mice, respectively, and of 19.6 N(2)-MF-dG/10(8) nucleosides and 95.4 N(2)-MF-dG/10(8) nucleosides in male and female h1A1/1A2/1a1(-)/1d1(-) mice. The coadministration of 1.6g ethanol/kg body weight increased N(2)-MF-dG levels by 2.3-fold in male and by 1.7-fold in female wild-type mice and by 2.5-fold in male and by 1.5-fold in female h1A1/1A2/1a1(-)/1d1(-) mice. The coadministration of 100mg 4MP/kg body weight had a similar effect on the adduct levels. These findings indicate that modulators of the oxidative metabolism, e.g. the drug 4MP or consumption of alcoholic beverages, may increase the genotoxic effects of FFA also in humans. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  11. Fine mapping of powdery mildew resistance genes PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 in Triticum boeoticum (Boiss.) using the shotgun sequence assembly of chromosome 7AL.

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    Chhuneja, Parveen; Yadav, Bharat; Stirnweis, Daniel; Hurni, Severine; Kaur, Satinder; Elkot, Ahmed Fawzy; Keller, Beat; Wicker, Thomas; Sehgal, Sunish; Gill, Bikram S; Singh, Kuldeep

    2015-10-01

    A novel powdery mildew resistance gene and a new allele of Pm1 were identified and fine mapped. DNA markers suitable for marker-assisted selection have been identified. Powdery mildew caused by Blumeria graminis is one of the most important foliar diseases of wheat and causes significant yield losses worldwide. Diploid A genome species are an important genetic resource for disease resistance genes. Two powdery mildew resistance genes, identified in Triticum boeoticum (A(b)A(b)) accession pau5088, PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 were mapped on chromosome 7AL. In the present study, shotgun sequence assembly data for chromosome 7AL were utilised for fine mapping of these Pm resistance genes. Forty SSR, 73 resistance gene analogue-based sequence-tagged sites (RGA-STS) and 36 single nucleotide polymorphism markers were designed for fine mapping of PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2. Twenty-one RGA-STS, 8 SSR and 13 SNP markers were mapped to 7AL. RGA-STS markers Ta7AL-4556232 and 7AL-4426363 were linked to the PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2, at a genetic distance of 0.6 and 6.0 cM, respectively. The present investigation established that PmTb7A.1 is a new powdery mildew resistance gene that confers resistance to a broad range of Bgt isolates, whereas PmTb7A.2 most probably is a new allele of Pm1 based on chromosomal location and screening with Bgt isolates showing differential reaction on lines with different Pm1 alleles. The markers identified to be linked to the two Pm resistance genes are robust and can be used for marker-assisted introgression of these genes to hexaploid wheat.

  12. The Leu33/Pro polymorphism (PlA1/PlA2) of the glycoprotein IIIa (GPIIIa) receptor is not related to myocardial infarction in the ECTIM Study. Etude Cas-Temoins de l'Infarctus du Myocarde.

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    Herrmann, S M; Poirier, O; Marques-Vidal, P; Evans, A; Arveiler, D; Luc, G; Emmerich, J; Cambien, F

    1997-06-01

    The GPIIb/IIIa receptor complex may contribute to acute coronary syndromes by mediating platelet aggregation. The Leu33/Pro polymorphism (PlA1/PlA2) of the GPIIIa has recently been shown to be associated with CHD in a small case-control study. We have investigated this polymorphism in a large multicenter study of patients with myocardial infarction and controls and found no difference in the distribution of allele and genotype frequencies between cases and controls.

  13. Effect of beta-naphthoflavone on AhR-regulated genes (CYP1A1, 1A2, 1B1, 2S1, Nrf2, and GST) and antioxidant enzymes in various brain regions of pig.

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    Nannelli, Annalisa; Rossignolo, Francesco; Tolando, Roberto; Rossato, Paolo; Longo, Vincenzo; Gervasi, P Giovanni

    2009-11-30

    The constitutive and inducible expression of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and of the AhR-regulated genes coding for CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP1B1, CYP2S1, and Nrf2 was investigated by real-time or traditional PCR in cerebral areas (cortex, cerebellum, midbrain, and hippocampus), blood-brain interfaces (meninges and brain microvessels) and liver obtained from control pigs and from pigs treated with beta-naphthoflavone (betaNF), a potent AhR agonist. The enzymatic activities of ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD), and methoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (MEROD), marker for CYP1A1 and CYP1A2, the GST and various antioxidant enzymes (catalase, superoxide dismutase, GSSG-reductase, and GSH-peroxidase) were also determined in the same CNS regions. The AhR, CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP1B1, Nrf2 mRNAs were detected, although at different extent, in all the CNS regions, while CYP2S1 mRNA was detected only in midbrain. In the blood-brain interfaces, the constitutive basal expression of AhR and CYP1A1 was comparable to the hepatic one and even higher for CYP1B1 and Nrf2. The treatment with betaNF determined the induction of CYP1A1 and 1B1 (but not of AhR, CYP1A2, and Nrf2) mRNA levels in various CNS areas; notably, CYP1A1 mRNA was increased to about 300-fold in the microvessels. The analysis of enzymatic activities revealed that EROD, but not MEROD, was induced in microsomes but not in mitochondria of all the CNS areas. However, the mitochondrial EROD activities were comparable (in midbrain, meninges) or higher (in cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus) than the microsomal ones, suggesting an important metabolic function of CYP1A1 in this subcellular localization. The activities of GST and antioxidant enzymes were detected in all CNS tissues, with levels lower than the hepatic ones, but found quite evenly distributed and marginally affected by betaNF treatment. The high expression of metabolic enzymes found in blood-brain interfaces could represent a very important defence toward toxins of CNS.

  14. Non-operative vs. percutaneous stabilization in Magerl's A1 or A2 thoracolumbar spine fracture in adults: is it really advantageous for a good alignment of the spine? Preliminary data from a prospective study.

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    Medici, Antonio; Meccariello, Luigi; Falzarano, Gabriele

    2014-10-01

    Percutaneous and non-operative stabilization are very controversial choices in the management of Magerl's A1 or A2 thoracolumbar spine fractures in adults. Our purpose is to figure out which of the two treatments is more suitable for the management and outcomes of these injuries. From 12/01/2011 to 06/30/2014 at the AO Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gaetano Rummo in Benevento, Italy, we treated 39 adult patients with thoracolumbar spinal fractures according to Magerl's A1 and A2. Twenty-four patients were treated with a 3-point orthopedic corset, and 15 patients were treated with percutaneous posterior stabilization without augmentation. The patients decided on treatment after extensive explanation of the pros and cons of the two treatments. The endpoint evaluation was set at the 6-month follow-up through the evaluation of the Visual Analogue Scale, Angle's Regional Kyphosis, Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, and Denis work scale. The preliminary results of this prospective study show that there is a considerable advantage in functionality and pain in treating adults suffering from thoracolumbar fractures with Percutaneous technique at the expense of the bust with three points. Although the data are preliminary and based on data available in the literature, we can say that the Percutaneous posterior stabilization of thoracolumbar fractures in Magerl's A1 and A2 in adults is the ideal method for a good and functional alignment of the spine.

  15. Tissue- and cell type-specific expression of cytochrome P450 1A1 and cytochrome P450 1A2 mRNA in the mouse localized in situ hybridization.

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    Dey, A; Jones, J E; Nebert, D W

    1999-08-01

    We used in situ hybridization to examine organ- and cell type-specific constitutive and 3-methylcholanthrene (3MC)-inducible cytochrome P450 (CYP)1A1 and CYP1A2 mRNA expression in various tissues of the C57BL/6N mouse. In situ hybridization was carried out 10 hr after the mice had received intraperitoneal 3MC, or vehicle alone. We detected levels of 3MC-induced CYP1A1 mRNA in: liver (centrilobular, more so than periportal, regions); lung (Clara Type II cells much more than Type I epithelial cells); brain, especially endothelial cells lining the vascular surface of the choroid plexus; the digestive tract (duodenum > jejunum > ileum > colon > esophagus > stomach--in particular, the villous epithelium, plus cells surrounding glands in the lamina propria); renal corpuscles of the kidney; the ovary (medulla more so than cortex); and the endothelial cells of blood vessels throughout the animal. Constitutive CYP1A1 mRNA was not detectable by in situ hybridization in any of these tissues. In contrast, constitutive CYP1A2 mRNA was measurable in liver, and 3MC-inducible CYP1A2 mRNA was observed only in liver, lung, and duodenum (having cell-type locations similar to those of CYP1A1); the other above-mentioned tissues were negative for CYP1A2 mRNA. These data demonstrate the striking differences in tissue- and cell type-specific expression between the two members of the mouse Cypla subfamily. Because of the ubiquitous nature of 3MC-inducible CYP1A1 throughout the animal rather than just "portals of entry," these results support our hypothesis that CYP1A1, induced by particular endogenous signals in various tissues and cell types, might participate in one or more critical life processes--in addition to its well-established role of metabolism of polycyclic hydrocarbons, certain drugs, and other environmental pollutants.

  16. Glucocorticoid receptor activation leads to up-regulation of adenosine A1 receptors and down-regulation of adenosine A2 responses in DDT1 MF-2 smooth muscle cells.

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    Gerwins, P; Fredholm, B B

    1991-08-01

    The effect of glucocorticoid treatment of DDT1 MF-2 smooth muscle cells on the signaling via two adenosine receptors with opposing actions on cAMP generation was examined. Treatment with dexamethasone caused a dose- and time-dependent increase in the number of adenosine A1 receptors but did not affect the KD or the proportions of receptors in high and low affinity states. The EC50 was 1 nM dexamethasone, and maximal response was achieved after 24 hr. The number of receptors was increased by approximately 50%. Other steroid hormones, including aldosterone, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen, were much less effective, and addition of the glucocorticoid receptor antagonist RU 486 or the protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide prevented the up-regulation, showing that the effect was mediated via a glucocorticoid receptor-specific mechanism that involves protein synthesis. In dexamethasone-treated cells the A1 receptor agonist (-)-N6-phenylisopropyladenosine [(R)-PIA] was 3 times more potent as an inhibitor of cAMP formation induced by isoprenaline than in untreated cells. ADP ribosylation of inhibitory GTP-binding proteins by pertussis toxin completely prevented (R)-PIA from inhibiting cAMP accumulation. A further analysis of the different GTP-binding proteins, including the three Gi subtypes (Gi1, Gi2, and Gi3), revealed no quantitative or qualitative change after dexamethasone treatment. In addition, the adenosine A2 receptors were down-regulated, as indicated by the fact that the ability of the A2 receptor agonist 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine to increase cAMP formation was decreased by 20-30% in dexamethasone-treated cells. In summary, we have shown that A1 and A2 receptors on the same cell are differentially regulated by glucocorticoids and that this has functional importance in the regulation of cAMP accumulation.

  17. Promiscuous Recognition of a Trypanosoma cruzi CD8+ T Cell Epitope among HLA-A2, HLA-A24 and HLA-A1 Supertypes in Chagasic Patients.

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    Lasso, Paola; Beltrán, Lina; Guzmán, Fanny; Rosas, Fernando; Thomas, M Carmen; López, Manuel Carlos; González, John Mario; Cuéllar, Adriana; Puerta, Concepción J

    2016-01-01

    TcTLE is a nonamer peptide from Trypanosoma cruzi KMP-11 protein that is conserved among different parasite strains and that is presented by different HLA-A molecules from the A2 supertype. Because peptides presented by several major histocompatibility complex (MHC) supertypes are potential targets for immunotherapy, the aim of this study was to determine whether MHC molecules other than the A2 supertype present the TcTLE peptide. From 36 HLA-A2-negative chagasic patients, the HLA-A genotypes of twenty-eight patients with CD8+ T cells that recognized the TcTLE peptide using tetramer (twenty) or functional (eight) assays, were determined. SSP-PCR was used to identify the A locus and the allelic variants. Flow cytometry was used to analyze the frequency of TcTLE-specific CD8+ T cells, and their functional activity (IFN-γ, TNFα, IL-2, perforin, granzyme and CD107a/b production) was induced by exposure to the TcTLE peptide. All patients tested had TcTLE-specific CD8+ T cells with frequencies ranging from 0.07-0.37%. Interestingly, seven of the twenty-eight patients had HLA-A homozygous alleles: A*24 (5 patients), A*23 (1 patient) and A*01 (1 patient), which belong to the A24 and A1 supertypes. In the remaining 21 patients with HLA-A heterozygous alleles, the most prominent alleles were A24 and A68. The most common allele sub-type was A*2402 (sixteen patients), which belongs to the A24 supertype, followed by A*6802 (six patients) from the A2 supertype. Additionally, the A*3002/A*3201 alleles from the A1 supertype were detected in one patient. All patients presented CD8+ T cells producing at least one cytokine after TcTLE peptide stimulation. These results show that TcTLE is a promiscuous peptide that is presented by the A24 and A1 supertypes, in addition to the A2 supertype, suggesting its potential as a target for immunotherapy.

  18. Beyond Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Approach: Structure-Optoelectronic Properties-Organic Photovoltaic Performance Correlation in New D-A1 -D-A2 Low-Bandgap Conjugated Polymers.

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    Chochos, Christos L; Drakopoulou, Sofia; Katsouras, Athanasios; Squeo, Benedetta M; Sprau, Christian; Colsmann, Alexander; Gregoriou, Vasilis G; Cando, Alex-Palma; Allard, Sybille; Scherf, Ullrich; Gasparini, Nicola; Kazerouni, Negar; Ameri, Tayebeh; Brabec, Christoph J; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos

    2017-04-01

    Low-bandgap near-infrared polymers are usually synthesized using the common donor-acceptor (D-A) approach. However, recently polymer chemists are introducing more complex chemical concepts for better fine tuning of their optoelectronic properties. Usually these studies are limited to one or two polymer examples in each case study so far, though. In this study, the dependence of optoelectronic and macroscopic (device performance) properties in a series of six new D-A 1 -D-A 2 low bandgap semiconducting polymers is reported for the first time. Correlation between the chemical structure of single-component polymer films and their optoelectronic properties has been achieved in terms of absorption maxima, optical bandgap, ionization potential, and electron affinity. Preliminary organic photovoltaic results based on blends of the D-A 1 -D-A 2 polymers as the electron donor mixed with the fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C 71 -butyric acid methyl ester demonstrate power conversion efficiencies close to 4% with short-circuit current densities (J sc ) of around 11 mA cm -2 , high fill factors up to 0.70, and high open-circuit voltages (V oc s) of 0.70 V. All the devices are fabricated in an inverted architecture with the photoactive layer processed in air with doctor blade technique, showing the compatibility with roll-to-roll large-scale manufacturing processes. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Characterization of differences in substrate specificity among CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and CYP1B1: an integrated approach employing molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Kesharwani, Siddharth S; Nandekar, Prajwal P; Pragyan, Preeti; Rathod, Vijay; Sangamwar, Abhay T

    2016-08-01

    Recent trends in new drug discovery of anticancer drugs have made oncologists more aware of the fact that the new drug discovery must target the developing mechanism of tumorigenesis to improve the therapeutic efficacy of antineoplastic drugs. The drugs designed are expected to have high affinity towards the novel targets selectively. Current research highlights overexpression of CYP450s, particularly cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1), in tumour cells, representing a novel target for anticancer therapy. However, the CYP1 family is identified as posing significant problems in selectivity of anticancer molecules towards CYP1A1. Three members have been identified in the human CYP1 family: CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and CYP1B1. Although sequences of the three isoform have high sequence identity, they have distinct substrate specificities. The understanding of macromolecular features that govern substrate specificity is required to understand the interplay between the protein function and dynamics, design novel antitumour compounds that could be specifically metabolized by only CYP1A1 to mediate their antitumour activity and elucidate the reasons for differences in substrate specificity profile among the three proteins. In the present study, we employed a combination of computational methodologies: molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations. We utilized eight substrates for elucidating the difference in substrate specificity of the three isoforms. Lastly, we conclude that the substrate specificity of a particular substrate depends upon the type of the active site residues, the dynamic motions in the protein structure upon ligand binding and the physico-chemical characteristics of a particular ligand. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Effects of milk containing only A2 beta casein versus milk containing both A1 and A2 beta casein proteins on gastrointestinal physiology, symptoms of discomfort, and cognitive behavior of people with self-reported intolerance to traditional cows' milk.

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    Jianqin, Sun; Leiming, Xu; Lu, Xia; Yelland, Gregory W; Ni, Jiayi; Clarke, Andrew J

    2016-04-02

    Cows' milk generally contains two types of β-casein, A1 and A2 types. Digestion of A1 type can yield the peptide β-casomorphin-7, which is implicated in adverse gastrointestinal effects of milk consumption, some of which resemble those in lactose intolerance. This study aimed to compare the effects of milk containing A1 β-casein with those of milk containing only A2 β-casein on inflammation, symptoms of post-dairy digestive discomfort (PD3), and cognitive processing in subjects with self-reported lactose intolerance. Forty-five Han Chinese subjects participated in this double-blind, randomized, 2 × 2 crossover trial and consumed milk containing both β-casein types or milk containing only A2 β-casein. Each treatment period was 14 days with a 14-day washout period at baseline and between treatment periods. Outcomes included PD3, gastrointestinal function (measured by smart pill), Subtle Cognitive Impairment Test (SCIT), serum/fecal laboratory biomarkers, and adverse events. Compared with milk containing only A2 β-casein, the consumption of milk containing both β-casein types was associated with significantly greater PD3 symptoms; higher concentrations of inflammation-related biomarkers and β-casomorphin-7; longer gastrointestinal transit times and lower levels of short-chain fatty acids; and increased response time and error rate on the SCIT. Consumption of milk containing both β-casein types was associated with worsening of PD3 symptoms relative to baseline in lactose tolerant and lactose intolerant subjects. Consumption of milk containing only A2 β-casein did not aggravate PD3 symptoms relative to baseline (i.e., after washout of dairy products) in lactose tolerant and intolerant subjects. Consumption of milk containing A1 β-casein was associated with increased gastrointestinal inflammation, worsening of PD3 symptoms, delayed transit, and decreased cognitive processing speed and accuracy. Because elimination of A1 β-casein attenuated these effects

  1. Marker Assisted Transfer of Two Powdery Mildew Resistance Genes PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 from Triticum boeoticum (Boiss.) to Triticum aestivum (L.).

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    Elkot, Ahmed Fawzy Abdelnaby; Chhuneja, Parveen; Kaur, Satinder; Saluja, Manny; Keller, Beat; Singh, Kuldeep

    2015-01-01

    Powdery mildew (PM), caused by Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici, is one of the important wheat diseases, worldwide. Two PM resistance genes, designated as PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2, were identified in T. boeoticum acc. pau5088 and mapped on chromosome 7AL approximately 48cM apart. Two resistance gene analogue (RGA)-STS markers Ta7AL-4556232 and 7AL-4426363 were identified to be linked to the PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2, at a distance of 0.6cM and 6.0cM, respectively. In the present study, following marker assisted selection (MAS), the two genes were transferred to T. aestivum using T. durum as bridging species. As many as 12,317 florets of F1 of the cross T. durum /T. boeoticum were pollinated with T. aestivum lines PBW343-IL and PBW621 to produce 61 and 65 seeds, respectively, of three-way F1. The resulting F1s of the cross T. durum/T. boeoticum//T. aestivum were screened with marker flanking both the PM resistance genes PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 (foreground selection) and the selected plants were backcrossed to generate BC1F1. Marker assisted selection was carried both in BC1F1 and the BC2F1 generations. Introgression of alien chromatin in BC2F1 plants varied from 15.4-62.9 percent. Out of more than 110 BC2F1 plants showing introgression for markers linked to the two PM resistance genes, 40 agronomically desirable plants were selected for background selection for the carrier chromosome to identify the plants with minimum of the alien introgression. Cytological analysis showed that most plants have chromosome number ranging from 40-42. The BC2F2 plants homozygous for the two genes have been identified. These will be crossed to generate lines combining both the PM resistance genes but with minimal of the alien introgression. The PM resistance gene PmTb7A.1 maps in a region very close to Sr22, a stem rust resistance gene effective against the race Ug99. Analysis of selected plants with markers linked to Sr22 showed introgression of Sr22 from T. boeoticum in several BC2F1 plants

  2. Marker Assisted Transfer of Two Powdery Mildew Resistance Genes PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 from Triticum boeoticum (Boiss.) to Triticum aestivum (L.)

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    Elkot, Ahmed Fawzy Abdelnaby; Chhuneja, Parveen; Kaur, Satinder; Saluja, Manny; Keller, Beat; Singh, Kuldeep

    2015-01-01

    Powdery mildew (PM), caused by Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici, is one of the important wheat diseases, worldwide. Two PM resistance genes, designated as PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2, were identified in T. boeoticum acc. pau5088 and mapped on chromosome 7AL approximately 48cM apart. Two resistance gene analogue (RGA)-STS markers Ta7AL-4556232 and 7AL-4426363 were identified to be linked to the PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2, at a distance of 0.6cM and 6.0cM, respectively. In the present study, following marker assisted selection (MAS), the two genes were transferred to T. aestivum using T. durum as bridging species. As many as 12,317 florets of F1 of the cross T. durum /T. boeoticum were pollinated with T. aestivum lines PBW343-IL and PBW621 to produce 61 and 65 seeds, respectively, of three-way F1. The resulting F1s of the cross T. durum/T. boeoticum//T. aestivum were screened with marker flanking both the PM resistance genes PmTb7A.1 and PmTb7A.2 (foreground selection) and the selected plants were backcrossed to generate BC1F1. Marker assisted selection was carried both in BC1F1 and the BC2F1 generations. Introgression of alien chromatin in BC2F1 plants varied from 15.4 - 62.9 percent. Out of more than 110 BC2F1 plants showing introgression for markers linked to the two PM resistance genes, 40 agronomically desirable plants were selected for background selection for the carrier chromosome to identify the plants with minimum of the alien introgression. Cytological analysis showed that most plants have chromosome number ranging from 40-42. The BC2F2 plants homozygous for the two genes have been identified. These will be crossed to generate lines combining both the PM resistance genes but with minimal of the alien introgression. The PM resistance gene PmTb7A.1 maps in a region very close to Sr22, a stem rust resistance gene effective against the race Ug99. Analysis of selected plants with markers linked to Sr22 showed introgression of Sr22 from T. boeoticum in several BC2F1 plants

  3. Effects of notoginsenoside R1 on CYP1A2, CYP2C11, CYP2D1, and CYP3A1/2 activities in rats by cocktail probe drugs.

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    Yin, Shuo; Cheng, Yanwen; Li, Tingting; Dong, Mei; Zhao, Haifeng; Liu, Gaofeng

    2016-01-01

    Notoginsenoside R1 (NGR1) is the main component with cardiovascular activity in Panax notoginseng (Burk.) F. H. Chen, an herbal medicine that is widely used to enhance blood circulation and dissipate blood stasis. The objective of this study is to investigate NGR1's effects on CYP1A2, CYP2C11, CYP2D1, and CYP3A1/2 activities in rats in vivo through the use of the Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) probe drugs. After pretreatment with NGR1 or physiological saline, the rats were administered intraperitoneally with a mixture solution of cocktail probe drugs containing caffeine (10 mg/kg), tolbutamide (15 mg/kg), metoprolol (20 mg/kg), and dapsone (10 mg/kg). The bloods were then collected at a set of time-points for the ultra-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) analysis. NGR1 was shown to exhibit an inhibitory effect on CYP1A2 by increased caffeine Cmax (43.13%, p < 0.01) and AUC0 - ∞ (40.57%, p < 0.01), and decreased CL/F (62.16%, p < 0.01) in the NGR1-treated group compared with those of the control group, but no significant changes in pharmacokinetic parameters of tolbutamide, metoprolol, and dapsone were observed between the two groups, indicating that NGR1 had no effects on rat CYP2C11, CYP2D1, and CYP3A1/2. When NGR1 is co-administered with drugs that are metabolized by CYP1A2, the pertinent potential herb-drug interactions should be monitored.

  4. Comparable Efficacy of a 1-L PEG and Ascorbic Acid Solution Administered with Bisacodyl versus a 2-L PEG and Ascorbic Acid Solution for Colonoscopy Preparation: A Prospective, Randomized and Investigator-Blinded Trial

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    Im, Jong Pil; Kim, Su Hwan; Koh, Seong-Joon; Kim, Byeong Gwan; Lee, Kook Lae; Kim, Sang Gyun; Kim, Joo Sung; Jung, Hyun Chae

    2016-01-01

    Background Two liters of polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution administered with ascorbic acid (Asc) can provide efficacy similar to that of a 4-L PEG solution for colonoscopy preparation. In addition, oral bisacodyl (Bis) has been shown to reduce the volume of PEG needed for a bowel preparation with comparable efficacy. This study aimed to compare the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a 2-L PEG solution mixed with Asc versus the combination of Bis, Asc and a 1-L PEG solution. Methods This was a prospective, randomized, multi-centre, single-blind, non-inferiority trial. Participants who were scheduled for colonoscopy were included and randomized to receive either 2-L PEG and Asc (2L PEG/Asc group) or 1-L PEG, Asc and 20 mg Bis (1L PEG/Asc + Bis group). The quality of bowel preparation was assessed using the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale. Data regarding tolerance, compliance and adverse events were also gathered. Results A total of 187 participants were analyzed; 96 were allocated to the 2L PEG/Asc group and 91 to the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group. Bowel preparation was adequate in 87.5% (84/96) of patients in the 2L PEG/Asc group and 94.5% of the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group (86/91, p = 0.10). There was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to compliance, tolerability or safety. The patients allocated to the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group expressed more willingness to repeat the procedure than patients in the 2L PEG/Asc group (p = 0.01). Conclusions Bowel preparation with Bis and a 1-L PEG/Asc solution is as effective, well-tolerated, and safe as a 2-L PEG/Asc solution. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT 01745835; Clinical Research Information Service (CRiS) KCT0000708 PMID:27588943

  5. Comparable Efficacy of a 1-L PEG and Ascorbic Acid Solution Administered with Bisacodyl versus a 2-L PEG and Ascorbic Acid Solution for Colonoscopy Preparation: A Prospective, Randomized and Investigator-Blinded Trial.

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    Kwon, Ji Eun; Lee, Jung Won; Im, Jong Pil; Kim, Ji Won; Kim, Su Hwan; Koh, Seong-Joon; Kim, Byeong Gwan; Lee, Kook Lae; Kim, Sang Gyun; Kim, Joo Sung; Jung, Hyun Chae

    2016-01-01

    Two liters of polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution administered with ascorbic acid (Asc) can provide efficacy similar to that of a 4-L PEG solution for colonoscopy preparation. In addition, oral bisacodyl (Bis) has been shown to reduce the volume of PEG needed for a bowel preparation with comparable efficacy. This study aimed to compare the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a 2-L PEG solution mixed with Asc versus the combination of Bis, Asc and a 1-L PEG solution. This was a prospective, randomized, multi-centre, single-blind, non-inferiority trial. Participants who were scheduled for colonoscopy were included and randomized to receive either 2-L PEG and Asc (2L PEG/Asc group) or 1-L PEG, Asc and 20 mg Bis (1L PEG/Asc + Bis group). The quality of bowel preparation was assessed using the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale. Data regarding tolerance, compliance and adverse events were also gathered. A total of 187 participants were analyzed; 96 were allocated to the 2L PEG/Asc group and 91 to the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group. Bowel preparation was adequate in 87.5% (84/96) of patients in the 2L PEG/Asc group and 94.5% of the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group (86/91, p = 0.10). There was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to compliance, tolerability or safety. The patients allocated to the 1L PEG/Asc + Bis group expressed more willingness to repeat the procedure than patients in the 2L PEG/Asc group (p = 0.01). Bowel preparation with Bis and a 1-L PEG/Asc solution is as effective, well-tolerated, and safe as a 2-L PEG/Asc solution. ClinicalTrials.gov NCT 01745835; Clinical Research Information Service (CRiS) KCT0000708.

  6. Dimerization Is Not a Determining Factor for Functional High Affinity Human Plasminogen Binding by the Group A Streptococcal Virulence Factor PAM and Is Mediated by Specific Residues within the PAM a1a2 Domain*

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    Bhattacharya, Sarbani; Liang, Zhong; Quek, Adam J.; Ploplis, Victoria A.; Law, Ruby; Castellino, Francis J.

    2014-01-01

    A emm53 subclass of Group A Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) interacts tightly with human plasma plasminogen (hPg) and plasmin (hPm) via the kringle 2 (K2hPg) domain of hPg/hPm and the N-terminal a1a2 regions of a GAS coiled-coil M-like protein (PAM). Previous studies have shown that a monomeric PAM fragment, VEK30 (residues 97–125 + Tyr), interacted specifically with isolated K2hPg. However, the binding strength of VEK30 (KD = 56 nm) was ∼60-fold weaker than that of full-length dimeric PAM (KD = 1 nm). To assess whether this attenuated binding was due to the inability of VEK30 to dimerize, we defined the minimal length of PAM required to dimerize using a series of peptides with additional PAM residues placed at the NH2 and COOH termini of VEK30. VEK64 (PAM residues 83–145 + Tyr) was found to be the smallest peptide that adopted an α-helical dimer, and was bound to K2hPg with nearly the same affinity as PAM (KD = 1–2 nm). However, addition of two PAM residues (Arg126-His127) to the COOH terminus of VEK30 (VEK32) maintained a monomeric peptidic structure, but exhibited similar K2hPg binding affinity as full-length dimeric PAM. We identified five residues in a1a2 (Arg113, His114, Glu116, Arg126, His127), mutation of which reduced PAM binding affinity for K2hPg by ∼1000-fold. Replacement of these critical residues by Ala in the GAS genome resulted in reduced virulence, similar to the effects of inactivating the PAM gene entirely. We conclude that rather than dimerization of PAM, the five key residues in the binding domain of PAM are essential to mediate the high affinity interaction with hPg, leading to increased GAS virulence. PMID:24962580

  7. Dimerization is not a determining factor for functional high affinity human plasminogen binding by the group A streptococcal virulence factor PAM and is mediated by specific residues within the PAM a1a2 domain.

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    Bhattacharya, Sarbani; Liang, Zhong; Quek, Adam J; Ploplis, Victoria A; Law, Ruby; Castellino, Francis J

    2014-08-01

    A emm53 subclass of Group A Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) interacts tightly with human plasma plasminogen (hPg) and plasmin (hPm) via the kringle 2 (K2hPg) domain of hPg/hPm and the N-terminal a1a2 regions of a GAS coiled-coil M-like protein (PAM). Previous studies have shown that a monomeric PAM fragment, VEK30 (residues 97-125 + Tyr), interacted specifically with isolated K2hPg. However, the binding strength of VEK30 (KD = 56 nm) was ∼60-fold weaker than that of full-length dimeric PAM (KD = 1 nm). To assess whether this attenuated binding was due to the inability of VEK30 to dimerize, we defined the minimal length of PAM required to dimerize using a series of peptides with additional PAM residues placed at the NH2 and COOH termini of VEK30. VEK64 (PAM residues 83-145 + Tyr) was found to be the smallest peptide that adopted an α-helical dimer, and was bound to K2hPg with nearly the same affinity as PAM (KD = 1-2 nm). However, addition of two PAM residues (Arg(126)-His(127)) to the COOH terminus of VEK30 (VEK32) maintained a monomeric peptidic structure, but exhibited similar K2hPg binding affinity as full-length dimeric PAM. We identified five residues in a1a2 (Arg(113), His(114), Glu(116), Arg(126), His(127)), mutation of which reduced PAM binding affinity for K2hPg by ∼ 1000-fold. Replacement of these critical residues by Ala in the GAS genome resulted in reduced virulence, similar to the effects of inactivating the PAM gene entirely. We conclude that rather than dimerization of PAM, the five key residues in the binding domain of PAM are essential to mediate the high affinity interaction with hPg, leading to increased GAS virulence. © 2014 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  8. Overcoming the genotoxicity of a pyrrolidine substituted arylindenopyrimidine as a potent dual adenosine A(2A)/A(1) antagonist by minimizing bioactivation to an iminium ion reactive intermediate.

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    Lim, Heng-Keang; Chen, Jie; Sensenhauser, Carlo; Cook, Kevin; Preston, Robert; Thomas, Tynisha; Shook, Brian; Jackson, Paul F; Rassnick, Stefanie; Rhodes, Kenneth; Gopaul, Vedwatee; Salter, Rhys; Silva, Jose; Evans, David C

    2011-07-18

    2-Amino-4-phenyl-8-pyrrolidin-1-ylmethyl-indeno[1,2-d]pyrimidin-5-one (1) is a novel and potent selective dual A(2A)/A(1) adenosine receptor antagonist from the arylindenopyrimidine series that was determined to be genotoxic in both the Ames and Mouse Lymphoma L5178Y assays only following metabolic activation. Compound 1 was identified as a frame-shift mutagen in Salmonella typhimurium tester strain TA1537 as indicated by a significant dose-dependent increase in revertant colonies as compared to the vehicle control. The metabolic activation-dependent irreversible covalent binding of radioactivity to DNA, recovery of 1 and its enamine metabolite from acid hydrolysis of covalently modified DNA, and protection of covalent binding to DNA by both cyanide ion and methoxylamine suggest that the frame-shift mutation in TA1537 strain involved covalent binding instead of simple intercalation to DNA. Compound 1 was bioactivated to endocyclic iminium ion, aldehyde, epoxide, and α,β-unsaturated keto reactive intermediates from the detection of cyano, oxime, and glutathione conjugates by data-dependent high resolution accurate mass measurements. Collision-induced dissociation of these conjugates provided evidence for bioactivation of the pyrrolidine ring of 1. The epoxide and α,β-unsaturated keto reactive intermediates were unlikely to cause the genotoxicity of 1 because the formation of their glutathione adducts did not ameliorate the binding of compound related material to DNA. Instead, the endocyclic iminium ions and amino aldehydes were likely candidates responsible for genotoxicity based on, first, the protection afforded by both cyanide ion and methoxylamine, which reduced the potential to form covalent adducts with DNA, and, second, analogues of 1 designed with low probability to form these reactive intermediates were not genotoxic. It was concluded that 1 also had the potential to be mutagenic in humans based on observing the endocyclic iminium ion following

  9. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) is required for dioxin-induced hepatotoxicity but not for the induction of the Cyp1a1 and Cyp1a2 genes.

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    Nukaya, Manabu; Lin, Bernice C; Glover, Edward; Moran, Susan M; Kennedy, Gregory D; Bradfield, Christopher A

    2010-11-12

    The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) plays an essential role in the toxic response to environmental pollutants such as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (dioxin), in the adaptive up-regulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, and in hepatic vascular development. In our model of AHR signaling, the receptor is found in a cytosolic complex with a number of molecular chaperones, including Hsp90, p23, and the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP), also known as ARA9 and XAP2. To understand the role of AIP in adaptive and toxic aspects of AHR signaling, we generated a conditional mouse model where the Aip locus can be deleted in hepatocytes. Using this model, we demonstrate two important roles for the AIP protein in AHR biology. (i) The expression of AIP in hepatocytes is essential to maintain high levels of functional cytosolic AHR protein in the mammalian liver. (ii) Expression of the AIP protein is essential for dioxin-induced hepatotoxicity. Interestingly, classical AHR-driven genes show differential dependence on AIP expression. The Cyp1b1 and Ahrr genes require AIP expression for normal up-regulation by dioxin, whereas Cyp1a1 and Cyp1a2 do not. This differential dependence on AIP provides evidence that the mammalian genome contains more than one class of AHR-responsive genes and suggests that a search for AIP-dependent, AHR-responsive genes may guide us to the targets of the dioxin-induced hepatotoxicity.

  10. Genotoxicity of three food processing contaminants in transgenic mice expressing human sulfotransferases 1A1 and 1A2 as assessed by the in vivo alkaline single cell gel electrophoresis assay.

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    Høie, Anja Hortemo; Svendsen, Camilla; Brunborg, Gunnar; Glatt, Hansruedi; Alexander, Jan; Meinl, Walter; Husøy, Trine

    2015-10-01

    The food processing contaminants 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and 2,5 dimethylfuran (DMF) are potentially both mutagenic and carcinogenic in vitro and/or in vivo, although data on DMF is lacking. The PHIP metabolite N-hydroxy-PhIP and HMF are bioactivated by sulfotransferases (SULTs). The substrate specificity and tissue distribution of SULTs differs between species. A single oral dose of PhIP, HMF or DMF was administered to wild-type (wt) mice and mice expressing human SULT1A1/1A2 (hSULT mice). DNA damage was studied using the in vivo alkaline single cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) assay. No effects were detected in wt mice. In the hSULT mice, PhIP and HMF exposure increased the levels of DNA damage in the liver and kidney, respectively. DMF was not found to be genotoxic. The observation of increased DNA damage in hSULT mice compared with wt mice supports the role of human SULTs in the bioactivation of N-hydroxy-PhIP and HMF in vivo. © 2015 The Authors. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Genotoxicity of three food processing contaminants in transgenic mice expressing human sulfotransferases 1A1 and 1A2 as assessed by the in vivo alkaline single cell gel electrophoresis assay

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    Høie, Anja Hortemo; Svendsen, Camilla; Brunborg, Gunnar; Glatt, Hansruedi; Alexander, Jan; Meinl, Walter

    2015-01-01

    The food processing contaminants 2‐amino‐1‐methyl‐6‐phenylimidazo[4,5‐b]pyridine (PhIP), 5‐hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and 2,5 dimethylfuran (DMF) are potentially both mutagenic and carcinogenic in vitro and/or in vivo, although data on DMF is lacking. The PHIP metabolite N‐hydroxy‐PhIP and HMF are bioactivated by sulfotransferases (SULTs). The substrate specificity and tissue distribution of SULTs differs between species. A single oral dose of PhIP, HMF or DMF was administered to wild‐type (wt) mice and mice expressing human SULT1A1/1A2 (hSULT mice). DNA damage was studied using the in vivo alkaline single cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) assay. No effects were detected in wt mice. In the hSULT mice, PhIP and HMF exposure increased the levels of DNA damage in the liver and kidney, respectively. DMF was not found to be genotoxic. The observation of increased DNA damage in hSULT mice compared with wt mice supports the role of human SULTs in the bioactivation of N‐hydroxy‐PhIP and HMF in vivo. Environ. Mol. Mutagen. 56:709–714, 2015. © 2015 The Authors. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26270892

  12. 26 CFR 1.25A-0 - Table of contents.

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  13. 26 CFR 1.25A-0 - Table of contents.

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    ....25A-1, 1.25A-2, 1.25A-3, 1.25A-4, and 1.25A-5. § 1.25A-1Calculation of Education Tax Credit and... Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. (1) In general. (2) Hope Scholarship Credit. (3) Lifetime Learning... date. § 1.25A-4Lifetime Learning Credit (a) Amount of the credit. (1) Taxable years beginning before...

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    ....25A-1, 1.25A-2, 1.25A-3, 1.25A-4, and 1.25A-5. § 1.25A-1Calculation of Education Tax Credit and... Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit. (1) In general. (2) Hope Scholarship Credit. (3) Lifetime Learning... date. § 1.25A-4Lifetime Learning Credit (a) Amount of the credit. (1) Taxable years beginning before...

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  17. 78 FR 56921 - South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, Phase 2 (Ponds R3, R4, R5, S5, A1, A2W, A8, A8S, A19...

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    ...We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in coordination with the California State Coastal Conservancy, are preparing a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the proposed restoration of ponds R3, R4, R5, S5, A1, A2W, A8, A8S, A19, A20, and A21 at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, California. The proposed project is Phase 2 of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and consists of restoring and enhancing over 2,000 acres of tidal wetlands and managed pond habitats in the South San Francisco Bay. It would also include storage and use of upland fill and dredged material in one or more of the seasonal ponds in the Refuge or on the levees that surround them. Phase 2 may also include collaborative restoration and/or flood management activities with non- USFWS landowners or managers of public infrastructure on adjacent properties. This notice advises the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We encourage the public and other agencies to participate in the NEPA scoping process by attending the public scoping meeting and/or by sending written suggestions and information on the issues and concerns that should be addressed in the draft EIS/EIR, including the range of alternatives, appropriate mitigation measures, and the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts.

  18. Mercury modulates the cytochrome P450 1a1, 1a2 and 1b1 in C57BL/6J mice: in vivo and in vitro studies

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    Amara, Issa E.A.; Anwar-Mohamed, Anwar; Abdelhamid, Ghada

    2013-02-01

    In the current study C57BL/6J mice were injected intraperitoneally with Hg{sup 2+} in the absence and presence of TCDD. After 6 and 24 h the liver was harvested and the expression of Cyps was determined. In vitro, isolated hepatocytes were incubated with TCDD in the presence and absence of Hg{sup 2+}. At the in vivo level, Hg{sup 2+} significantly decreased the TCDD-mediated induction of Cyps at 6 h while potentiating their levels at 24 h. In vitro, Hg{sup 2+} significantly inhibited the TCDD-mediated induction of Cyp1a1 in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Interestingly, Hg{sup 2+} increased the serum hemoglobin (Hb)more » levels in mice treated for 24 h. Upon treatment of isolated hepatocytes with Hb alone, there was an increase in the AhR-dependent luciferase activity with a subsequent increase in Cyp1a1 protein and catalytic activity levels. Importantly, when hepatocytes were treated for 2 h with Hg{sup 2+} in the presence of TCDD, then the medium was replaced with new medium containing Hb, there was potentiation of the TCDD-mediated effect. In addition, Hg{sup 2+} increased heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) mRNA, which coincided with a decrease in the Cyp1a1 activity level. When the competitive HO-1 inhibitor, tin mesoporphyrin was applied to the hepatocytes there was a partial restoration of Hg{sup 2+}-mediated inhibition of Cyp1a1 activity. In conclusion, we demonstrate for the first time that there is a differential modulation of the TCDD-mediated induction of Cyp1a1 by Hg{sup 2+} in C57BL/6J mice livers and isolated hepatocytes. Moreover, this study implicates Hb as an in vivo specific modulator of Cyp1 family. -- Highlights: ► In vivo, Hg{sup 2+} decreased the Cyps at 6 h while potentiating their levels at 24 h. ► In vitro, Hg{sup 2+} significantly inhibited the TCDD-mediated induction of Cyps. ► Hg{sup 2+} increased the serum Hb levels in animals treated for 24 h. ► Hb potentiated the TCDD-mediated effect on Cyps. ► Tin mesoporphyrin

  19. Synthesis, Structure, and Magnetic Properties of A2Cu5(TeO3)(SO4)3(OH)4 (A = Na, K): The First Compounds with a 1D Kagomé Strip Lattice.

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    Tang, Yingying; Guo, Wenbin; Xiang, Hongping; Zhang, Suyun; Yang, Ming; Cui, Meiyan; Wang, Nannan; He, Zhangzhen

    2016-01-19

    Two new tellurite-sulfates A2Cu5(TeO3)(SO4)3(OH)4 (A = Na, K) have been synthesized by a conventional hydrothermal method. Both compounds feature 1D kagomé strip structure built by distorted CuO6 octahedra, which can be regarded as the dimensional reduction of kagomé lattice. Magnetic measurements confirmed that the titled compounds possess antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperature, while a field-induced magnetic transition can be observed at critical field. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to obtain distorted kagomé strip compounds.

  20. 26 CFR 20.2056A-0 - Table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 14 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Table of contents. 20.2056A-0 Section 20.2056A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate § 20.2056A-0 Table of...

  1. 26 CFR 20.2056A-0 - Table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 14 2014-04-01 2013-04-01 true Table of contents. 20.2056A-0 Section 20.2056A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate § 20.2056A-0 Table of...

  2. 26 CFR 20.2056A-0 - Table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 14 2011-04-01 2010-04-01 true Table of contents. 20.2056A-0 Section 20.2056A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate § 20.2056A-0 Table of...

  3. 26 CFR 20.2056A-0 - Table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 14 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Table of contents. 20.2056A-0 Section 20.2056A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate § 20.2056A-0 Table of...

  4. 26 CFR 20.2056A-0 - Table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 14 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Table of contents. 20.2056A-0 Section 20.2056A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES ESTATE TAX; ESTATES OF DECEDENTS DYING AFTER AUGUST 16, 1954 Taxable Estate § 20.2056A-0 Table of...

  5. Herb-drug interactions: in vivo and in vitro effect of Shenmai injection, a herbal preparation, on the metabolic activities of hepatic cytochrome P450 3A1/2, 2C6, 1A2, and 2E1 in rats.

    PubMed

    Xia, Chun-hua; Sun, Jian-guo; Wang, Guang-ji; Shang, Li-li; Zhang, Xiao-xuan; Zhang, Rong; Peng, Ying; Wang, Xiao-jin; Hao, Hai-ping; Xie, Lin; Roberts, Michael S

    2010-02-01

    Shenmai injection (SMI), a mixture of Radix Ginseng and Radix Ophiopogonis, is one of the most popular herbal medicinal products and is widely used for the treatment of coronary atherosclerotic cardiopathy and viral myocarditis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of SMI, in vivo and in vitro, on the metabolic activities of hepatic cytochrome CYP450 3A1/2, 2C6, 2E1, and 1A2 in rats. After a single or multiple pretreatment with SMI, the rats were administrated intravenously a cocktail containing midazolam (1 mg/kg), diclofenac (0.5 mg/kg), theophylline (1 mg/kg), and chlorzoxazone (0.5 mg/kg) as probe substrates of rat CYP450 3A1/2, 2C6, 1A2, and 2E1, respectively. Single and multiple SMI pretreatment to rats resulted in a rise of 33.8 % (p < 0.01) and 25.6 % (p < 0.01) in AUC for midazolam, and an increase in AUC for diclofenac by 14.7 % (p < 0.05) and 31.2 % (p < 0.01), respectively. However, the pharmacokinetics of chlorzoxazone and theophylline in rats was not altered markedly. In rat liver microsomes, linear mixed-type inhibition of SMI against the enzyme activities of CYP3A1/2, CYP2C6, and CYP1A2 was shown with IC(50) values of 3.3 %, 2.0 %, and 3.1 % and K(i) values of 3.8 %, 1.5 %. and 1.9 %, respectively. These in vivo and in vitro results demonstrated that SMI had the potential to inhibit the activities of hepatic CYP3A1/2 and CYP2C6, but might not significantly affect CYP1A2 and CYP2E1-mediated metabolism in rats. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart-New York.

  6. A1C test

    MedlinePlus

    HbA1C test; Glycated hemoglobin test; Glycohemoglobin test; Hemoglobin A1C; Diabetes - A1C; Diabetic - A1C ... gov/pubmed/26696680 . Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Glycosylated hemoglobin (GHb, glycohemoglobin, glycated hemoglobin, HbA1a, HbA1b, HbA1c - blood. ...

  7. 26 CFR 1.468A-0T - Nuclear decommissioning costs; table of contents.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Nuclear decommissioning costs; table of contents... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Taxable Year for Which Deductions Taken § 1.468A-0T Nuclear...) Definitions. (c) Special rules applicable to certain experimental nuclear facilities. § 1.468A-2TTreatment of...

  8. Resonant x-ray scattering study of charge superstructures in layered L a2 -xC axCo O4 ±δ (0.4 ≤x ≤0.7 ) and L a1.5S r0.5Co O4 compounds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    García, J.; Subías, G.; Blasco, J.; Sánchez, M. C.; Beutier, G.

    2018-02-01

    We propose a model for the Co charge disproportionation in L a2 -xC axCo O4 ±δ (0.4 ≤x ≤0.7 ) and L a1.5S r0.5Co O4 layered cobaltites based on the photon energy, azimuthal angle, and polarization dependence of the scattered intensity of selected reflections in a resonant x-ray scattering experiment. Tetragonal superlattice (h /2 ,h /2 ,l ) -type reflections were detected at room temperature for all the samples independently from the Ca (or Sr) doping rate in agreement with a checkerboard ordering of two different Co sites. The corresponding average charge disproportion is accounted for by a semiempirical model from which the imaginary part of the resonant atomic scattering factors of each of the two Co atoms is obtained resulting in about 0.5 ±0.1 electron. Moreover, no forbidden (h /4 ,h /4 ,l ) -type reflections were observed at room temperature indicating the lack of any local anisotropy ordering in contrast with the behavior found in the related layered manganites. Finally, we found the pattern of small distortions (˜0.05 Å ) around the two Co sites compatible with the resonant x-ray scattering results. The symmetry of this displacement pattern is consistent with the A 2 m m (or Ammm) orthorhombic structure of the ordered phase and the structural transition is accounted for by the condensation of two soft modes—X1+(B2 u) and X1+(A1) —acting on the oxygen atoms.

  9. A1C

    MedlinePlus

    A1C is a blood test for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. It measures your average blood glucose, or blood sugar, level over the past 3 ... A1C alone or in combination with other diabetes tests to make a diagnosis. They also use the ...

  10. A-1 to Constellation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2006-11-09

    The A-1 Test Stand at NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., was the focus of a ceremony held Thursday to transition the storied facility to a new program of work: testing the J-2X engines that will power the agency's next generation spacecraft, Ares I & V. Standing before the historic structure, with a plaque commemorating the change, are (from left) SSC Center Director Richard Gilbrech; NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Scott Horowitz; and NASA Space Operations Deputy Associate Administrator for Program Integration Michael Hawes. Ares vehicles are the crew and cargo launch vehicles being developed under NASA's Constellation Program.

  11. New Result for the β-decay Asymmetry Parameter A0 from the UCNA Experiment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Brown, M. A.-P.; UCNA Collaboration

    2017-09-01

    The UCNA Experiment at the Ultracold Neutron facility at LANL uses polarized ultracold neutrons (UCN) to determine the neutron β-decay asymmetry parameter A0, the angular correlation between the neutron spin and the decay electron's momentum. A0 further determines λ =gA /gV , which, when combined with the neutron lifetime, permits extraction of the CKM matrix element Vud solely from neutron decay. In the UCNA experiment, UCN are produced in a pulsed, spallation driven solid deuterium source, polarized using a 7 T magnetic field, and transported through an Adiabatic Fast Passage (AFP) spin flipper prior to storage within a 1 T solenoidal spectrometer housing electron detectors at each end. The spin-flipper allows one to form a super-ratio of decay rates for neutron spins aligned parallel and anti-parallel to the 1 T magnetic field, eliminating to first order errors due to variations in the decay rate and detector efficiencies. Leading systematics and analysis techniques from the most recent analysis of data collected from 2011-2013 will be presented. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Award Number DE-SC-0014622.

  12. LILI, a 0. 5 to 1. 5. mu. s, 600 kV electron beam accelerator

    SciTech Connect

    Clark, R.S.; Prestwich, K.R.

    1976-01-01

    A 600 kV, 5 to 14 kJ, 0.5 to 1.5 ..mu..s electron beam accelerator was developed for gas laser excitation studies. The 1.2 MV Marx generator charges a 2 nF, solid dielectric peaking capacitor to 2.3 MV in 0.6 ..mu..s. The pulse duration is controlled by a crowbar switch. Cathode geometries were varied to generate a uniform current density beam and maximize the beam energy density that could be passed through thin foils. A 7.6 cm diameter cylindrical beam is guided through the laser chamber by a 1 to 3 kG axial magnetic field. The design and development of themore » accelerator, including experimental results of diode studies, are discussed.« less

  13. 26 CFR 1.860A-0 - Outline of REMIC provisions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 9 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Outline of REMIC provisions. 1.860A-0 Section 1.860A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Real Estate Investment Trusts § 1.860A-0 Outline of REMIC provisions. This section...

  14. A study of mass loss from the mid-ultraviolet spectrum of Alpha Cygni /A2 Ia/, Beta Orionis /B8 Ia/, and Eta Leonis /A0 Ib/

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lamers, H. J. G. L. M.; Stalio, R.; Kondo, Y.

    1978-01-01

    Results are presented for a study of mass loss from A and late-B supergiants based on high-resolution mid-UV spectra obtained with the echelle spectrograph of the Balloon-borne Ultraviolet Stellar Spectrometer. Spectra of Alpha Cyg, Beta Ori, Eta Leo, and Alpha Lyr are compared in selected wavelength regions; particular attention is given to previous observations of each star, the Mg II and Fe II resonance lines, lines due to other ions, and evidence for mass ejection. The results indicate that mass loss from late-B and A supergiants is variable, that a considerable fraction of envelope material is ejected in 'puffs', and that the puffs may be due to photospheric instabilities. A mass-loss rate of about 1 hundred-millionth of a solar mass per year is derived for Alpha Cyg and shown to be two orders of magnitude smaller than the value determined from the observed IR excess. This discrepancy is attributed to excess ionization in the envelope.

  15. A 0.5 Tesla Transverse-Field Alternating Magnetic Field Demagnetizer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schillinger, W. E.; Morris, E. R.; Finn, D. R.; Coe, R. S.

    2015-12-01

    We have built an alternating field demagnetizer that can routinely achieve a maximum field of 0.5 Tesla. It uses an amorphous magnetic core with an air-cooled coil. We have started with a 0.5 T design, which satisfies most of our immediate needs, but we can certainly achieve higher fields. In our design, the magnetic field is transverse to the bore and uniform to 1% over a standard (25 mm) paleomagnetic sample. It is powered by a 1 kW power amplifier and is compatible with our existing sample handler for automated demagnetization and measurement (Morris et al., 2009). It's much higher peak field has enabled us to completely demagnetize many of the samples that previously we could not with commercial equipment. This capability is especially needed for high-coercivity sedimentary and igneous rocks that contain magnetic minerals that alter during thermal demagnetization. It will also enable detailed automated demagnetization of high coercivity phases in extraterrestrial samples, such as native iron, iron-alloy and sulfide minerals that are common in lunar rocks and meteorites. Furthermore, it has opened the door for us to use the rock-magnetic technique of component analysis, using coercivity distributions derived from very detailed AF demagnetization of NRM and remanence produced in the laboratory to characterize the magnetic mineralogy of sedimentary rocks. In addition to the many benefits this instrument has brought to our own research, a much broader potential impact is to replace the transverse coils in automated AF demagnetization systems, which typically are limited to peak fields around 0.1 T.

  16. 49 CFR 173.435 - Table of A1 and A2 values for radionuclides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...) Ac-225 (a) Actinium (89) 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 6.0×10−3 1.6×10−1 2.1×103 5.8×104 Ac-227 (a) 9.0×10−1 2.4... Silver (47) 2.0 5.4×101 2.0 5.4×101 1.1×103 3.0×104 Ag-108m (a) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 9.7×10−1 2.6×101 Ag-110m (a) 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 1.8×102 4.7×103 Ag-111 2.0 5.4×101 6.0×10−1...

  17. 49 CFR 173.435 - Table of A1 and A2 values for radionuclides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...-225 (a) Actinium (89) 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 6.0×10−3 1.6×10−1 2.1×103 5.8×104 Ac-227 (a) 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 9... (47) 2.0 5.4×101 2.0 5.4×101 1.1×103 3.0×104 Ag-108m (a) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 9.7×10−1 2.6×101 Ag-110m (a) 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 1.8×102 4.7×103 Ag-111 2.0 5.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6...

  18. 49 CFR 173.435 - Table of A1 and A2 values for radionuclides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ...-225 (a) Actinium (89) 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 6.0×10−3 1.6×10−1 2.1×103 5.8×104 Ac-227 (a) 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 9... (47) 2.0 5.4×101 2.0 5.4×101 1.1×103 3.0×104 Ag-108m (a) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 9.7×10−1 2.6×101 Ag-110m (a) 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 1.8×102 4.7×103 Ag-111 2.0 5.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6...

  19. 49 CFR 173.435 - Table of A1 and A2 values for radionuclides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...-225 (a) Actinium (89) 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 6.0×10−3 1.6×10−1 2.1×103 5.8×104 Ac-227 (a) 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 9... (47) 2.0 5.4×101 2.0 5.4×101 1.1×103 3.0×104 Ag-108m (a) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 9.7×10−1 2.6×101 Ag-110m (a) 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 4.0×10−1 1.1×101 1.8×102 4.7×103 Ag-111 2.0 5.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6...

  20. 10 CFR Appendix A to Part 71 - Determination of A1 and A2

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 6.1×104 1.6×106 Eu-152 1.0 2.7×101 1.0 2.7×101 6.5 1.8×102 Eu-152m 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.2×104 2.2×106 Eu-154 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6×101 9.8 2.6×102 Eu-155 2.0×101 5.4×102 3.0 8.1×101 1.8×101 4.9×102 Eu-156 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 2.0...

  1. 10 CFR Appendix A to Part 71 - Determination of A1 and A2

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...-152 1.0×101 2.7×10−10 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-152m 1.0×102 2.7×10−9 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-154 1.0×101 2.7×10...) 7×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 6.1×104 1.6×106 Eu-152 1.0 2.7×101 1.0 2.7×101 6.5 1.8×102 Eu-152m 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.2×104 2.2×106 Eu-154 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6×101 9.8 2.6×102...

  2. 10 CFR Appendix A to Part 71 - Determination of A1 and A2

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...-152 1.0×101 2.7×10−10 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-152m 1.0×102 2.7×10−9 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-154 1.0×101 2.7×10...) 7×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 6.1×104 1.6×106 Eu-152 1.0 2.7×101 1.0 2.7×101 6.5 1.8×102 Eu-152m 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.2×104 2.2×106 Eu-154 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6×101 9.8 2.6×102...

  3. 10 CFR Appendix A to Part 71 - Determination of A1 and A2

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...-152 1.0×101 2.7×10−10 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-152m 1.0×102 2.7×10−9 1.0×106 2.7×10−5 Eu-154 1.0×101 2.7×10...) 7×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 6.1×104 1.6×106 Eu-152 1.0 2.7×101 1.0 2.7×101 6.5 1.8×102 Eu-152m 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.2×104 2.2×106 Eu-154 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6×101 9.8 2.6×102...

  4. 10 CFR Appendix A to Part 71 - Determination of A1 and A2

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...) 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 6.1×104 1.6×106 Eu-152 1.0 2.7×101 1.0 2.7×101 6.5 1.8×102 Eu-152m 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.0×10−1 2.2×101 8.2×104 2.2×106 Eu-154 9.0×10−1 2.4×101 6.0×10−1 1.6×101 9.8 2.6×102 Eu-155 2.0×101 5.4×102 3.0 8.1×101 1.8×101 4.9×102 Eu-156 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 7.0×10−1 1.9×101 2.0...

  5. 47 CFR 80.1089 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1 and A2.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ....1089 Section 80.1089 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS... transmitting and receiving, for distress and safety purposes, on the frequencies: (i) 2187.5 kHz using DSC; and...

  6. Measurement of the proton $$A_1$$ and $$A_2$$ spin asymmetries. Probing Color Forces

    SciTech Connect

    Armstrong, Whitney

    2015-05-01

    The Spin Asymmetries of the Nucleon Experiment (SANE) measured the proton spin structure functionmore » $$g_2$$ in a range of Bjorken x, 0.3 < x < 0.8, where extraction of the twist-3 matrix element $$d_2^p$$ (an integral of $$g_2$$ weighted by $x^2$) is most sensitive. The data was taken from $Q^2$ equal to 2.5 $GeV^2$ up to 6.5 $GeV^2$. In this polarized electron scattering off a polarized hydrogen target experiment, two double spin asymmetries, A∥ and A⊥ were measured using the BETA (Big Electron Telescope Array) Detector. BETA consisted of a scintillator hodoscope, gas Cerenkov counter, lucite hodoscope and a large lead glass electromagnetic calorimeter. With a unique open geometry, a threshold gas Cerenkov detector allowed BETA to cleanly identify electrons for this inclusive experiment. A measurement of $$d_2^p$$ is compared to lattice QCD calculations.« less

  7. 26 CFR 1.641(a)-0 - Scope of subchapter J.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Scope of subchapter J. 1.641(a)-0 Section 1.641... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.641(a)-0 Scope of subchapter J. (a) In general. Subchapter J (sections 641 and following), chapter 1 of the Code, deals with the...

  8. 26 CFR 1.641(a)-0 - Scope of subchapter J.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Scope of subchapter J. 1.641(a)-0 Section 1.641... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.641(a)-0 Scope of subchapter J. (a) In general. Subchapter J (sections 641 and following), chapter 1 of the Code, deals with the...

  9. 26 CFR 1.641(a)-0 - Scope of subchapter J.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Scope of subchapter J. 1.641(a)-0 Section 1.641... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.641(a)-0 Scope of subchapter J. (a) In general. Subchapter J (sections 641 and following), chapter 1 of the Code, deals with the taxation of...

  10. 26 CFR 1.641(a)-0 - Scope of subchapter J.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Scope of subchapter J. 1.641(a)-0 Section 1.641... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.641(a)-0 Scope of subchapter J. (a) In general. Subchapter J (sections 641 and following), chapter 1 of the Code, deals with the...

  11. 26 CFR 1.641(a)-0 - Scope of subchapter J.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Scope of subchapter J. 1.641(a)-0 Section 1.641... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries § 1.641(a)-0 Scope of subchapter J. (a) In general. Subchapter J (sections 641 and following), chapter 1 of the Code, deals with the...

  12. Regional Climate Impacts from a 0.5C Increase in Global Mean Temperature

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Weaver, Scott

    2017-04-01

    Global temperature targets have become the linchpin for global climate science and policy discussions. Given the mandate in the Paris accord to limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2.0oC above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts toward the more ambitious 1.5oC goal, there is increasing focus in the climate science community on what the relative climate impact realities may be for these two scenarios. Despite major climate modeling efforts (e.g., CMIP) which successfully target climate outcomes as the result of various future GHG projection scenarios, there is still a significant information gap as to the regional and seasonal climate impacts due to a 0.5 oC increase in global mean temperature. According to the IPCC AR5 the 1983-2012 period is likely the warmest 30-year epoch of the last 1400 years and includes an approximate 0.5 oC global mean temperature increase. As such, it can be used as a testbed to evaluate characteristic changes in regional and seasonal climate parameters for a one half degree global temperature change. Global and regional temperature and precipitation changes are probed from the perspective of over 1000 climate realizations afforded by the availability of reforecast climate model runs from the NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 over the 1983-2012 period. This unique approach allows for isolation of the GHG forced changes in an extremely high number of ensemble members, facilitating the analysis of regional, spatial, and seasonal climate statistics as the result of a recently observed 0.5 oC shift in global mean temperature. Additionally, new climate modeling experiments from the Half a Degree of Additional Warming, Projections, Prognosis, and Impacts Model Intercomparison Project (HAPPI-MIP) will be analyzed to understand relative climate impacts of a 1.5 oC and 2.0 oC world, which given nonlinearities, may not be similar to that of the recently observed 0.5oC temperature change.

  13. Characterization of spatial distortion in a 0.35 T MRI-guided radiotherapy system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ginn, John S.; Agazaryan, Nzhde; Cao, Minsong; Baharom, Umar; Low, Daniel A.; Yang, Yingli; Gao, Yu; Hu, Peng; Lee, Percy; Lamb, James M.

    2017-06-01

    Spatial distortion results in image deformation that can degrade accurate targeting and dose calculations in MRI-guided adaptive radiotherapy. The authors present a comprehensive assessment of a 0.35 T MRI-guided radiotherapy system’s spatial distortion using two commercially-available phantoms with regularly spaced markers. Images of the spatial integrity phantoms were acquired using five clinical protocols on the MRI-guided radiotherapy machine with the radiotherapy gantry positioned at various angles. Software was developed to identify and localize all phantom markers using a template matching approach. Rotational and translational corrections were implemented to account for imperfect phantom alignment. Measurements were made to assess uncertainties arising from susceptibility artifacts, image noise, and phantom construction accuracy. For a clinical 3D imaging protocol with a 1.5 mm reconstructed slice thickness, 100% of spheres within a 50 mm radius of isocenter had a 3D deviation of 1 mm or less. Of the spheres within 100 mm of isocenter, 99.9% had a 3D deviation less than 1 mm. 94.8% and 100% of the spheres within 175 mm were found to be within 1 mm and 2 mm of the expected positions in 3D respectively. Maximum 3D distortions within 50 mm, 100 mm and 175 mm of isocenter were 0.76 mm, 1.15 mm and 1.88 mm respectively. Distortions present in images acquired using the real-time imaging sequence were less than 1 mm for 98.1% and 95.0% of the cylinders within 50 mm and 100 mm of isocenter. The corresponding maximum distortion in these regions was 1.10 mm and 1.67 mm. These results may be used to inform appropriate planning target volume (PTV) margins for 0.35 T MRI-guided radiotherapy. Observed levels of spatial distortion should be explicitly considered when using PTV margins of 3 mm or less or in the case of targets displaced from isocenter by more than 50 mm.

  14. Genetic polymorphisms of cytochrome P450-1A2 (CYP1A2) among Emiratis

    PubMed Central

    Al-Ahmad, Mohammad M.; Amir, Naheed; Dhanasekaran, Subramanian; John, Anne; Abdulrazzaq, Yousef M.; Ali, Bassam R.

    2017-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the CYP450 mixed-function oxidase system that is of clinical importance due to the large number of drug interactions associated with its induction and inhibition. In addition, significant inter-individual differences in the elimination of drugs metabolized by CYP1A2 enzyme have been observed which are largely due to the highly polymorphic nature of CYP1A2 gene. However, there are limited studies on CYP1A2 phenotypes and CYP1A2 genotypes among Emiratis and thus this study was carried out to fill this gap. Five hundred and seventy six non-smoker Emirati subjects were asked to consume a soft drink containing caffeine (a non-toxic and reliable probe for predicting CYP1A2 phenotype) and then provide a buccal swab along with a spot urine sample. Taq-Man Real Time PCR was used to determine the CYP1A2 genotype of each individual. Phenotyping was carried out by analyzing the caffeine metabolites using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analysis. We found that 1.4%, 16.3% and 82.3% of the Emirati subjects were slow, intermediate and rapid CYP1A2 metabolizers, respectively. In addition, we found that 1.4% of the subjects were homozygote for derived alleles while 16.1% were heterozygote and 82.5% were homozygote for the ancestral allele. The genotype frequency of the ancestral allele, CYP1A2*1A/*1A, is the highest in this population, followed by CYP1A2 *1A/*1C and CYP1A2 *1A/*1K genotypes, with frequencies of 0.825, 0.102 and 0.058, respectively. The degree of phenotype/genotype concordance was equal to 81.6%. The CYP1A2*1C/*1C and CYP1A2*3/*3 genotypes showed significantly the lowest enzyme phenotypic activity. The frequency of slow activity CYP1A2 enzyme alleles is very low among Emiratis which correlates with the presence of low frequencies of derived alleles in CYP1A2 gene. PMID:28934216

  15. A-1 Test Stand modifications

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    2011-09-14

    Team members check the progress of a liquid nitrogen cold shock test on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center on Sept. 15. The cold shock test is used to confirm the test stand's support system can withstand test conditions, when super-cold rocket engine propellant is piped. The A-1 Test Stand is preparing to conduct tests on the powerpack component of the J-2X rocket engine, beginning in early 2012.

  16. Identification and Analysis of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 in Cynomolgus Macaques

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    UNO, Yasuhiro; HOSAKA, Shinya; YAMAZAKI, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Cytochromes P450 (P450) are important for not only drug metabolism and toxicity, but also biosynthesis and metabolism of cholesterol and bile acids, and steroid synthesis. In cynomolgus macaques, widely used in biomedical research, we have characterized P450 cDNAs, which were isolated as expressed sequence tags of cynomolgus macaque liver. In this study, cynomolgus CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 cDNAs were characterized by sequence analysis, phylogenetic analysis and tissue expression pattern. By sequence analysis, these five cynomolgus P450s had high sequence identities (94–99%) to the human orthologs in amino acids. By phylogenetic analysis, each cynomolgus P450 was more closely related to the human ortholog as compared with the dog or rat ortholog. By quantitative polymerase chain reaction, among the 10 tissue types, CYP7A1 and CYP17A1 mRNAs were preferentially expressed in liver and adrenal gland, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 mRNAs were most abundantly expressed in liver and testis, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP20A1 mRNA was expressed in all the tissues, including brain and liver. Tissue expression patterns of each cynomolgus P450 were generally similar to that of the human ortholog. These results suggest the molecular similarities of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 between cynomolgus macaques and humans. PMID:25649950

  17. Identification and analysis of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 in cynomolgus macaques.

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    Uno, Yasuhiro; Hosaka, Shinya; Yamazaki, Hiroshi

    2014-12-01

    Cytochromes P450 (P450) are important for not only drug metabolism and toxicity, but also biosynthesis and metabolism of cholesterol and bile acids, and steroid synthesis. In cynomolgus macaques, widely used in biomedical research, we have characterized P450 cDNAs, which were isolated as expressed sequence tags of cynomolgus macaque liver. In this study, cynomolgus CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 cDNAs were characterized by sequence analysis, phylogenetic analysis and tissue expression pattern. By sequence analysis, these five cynomolgus P450s had high sequence identities (94-99%) to the human orthologs in amino acids. By phylogenetic analysis, each cynomolgus P450 was more closely related to the human ortholog as compared with the dog or rat ortholog. By quantitative polymerase chain reaction, among the 10 tissue types, CYP7A1 and CYP17A1 mRNAs were preferentially expressed in liver and adrenal gland, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 mRNAs were most abundantly expressed in liver and testis, respectively. Cynomolgus CYP20A1 mRNA was expressed in all the tissues, including brain and liver. Tissue expression patterns of each cynomolgus P450 were generally similar to that of the human ortholog. These results suggest the molecular similarities of CYP7A1, CYP17A1, CYP20A1, CYP27A1 and CYP51A1 between cynomolgus macaques and humans.

  18. 32 CFR 1636.5 - Exclusion from Class 1-A-0 and Class 1-0.

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    2010-07-01

    ... be excluded from Class 1-A-0 or Class 1-0: (a) Who asserts beliefs which are of a religious, moral or... upon considerations of policy, pragmatism, expediency, or his own self-interest or well-being; or (c... theocratic, spiritual war between the forces of good and evil, he may not by reason of that belief alone be...

  19. 32 CFR 1636.5 - Exclusion from Class 1-A-0 and Class 1-0.

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    2011-07-01

    ... be excluded from Class 1-A-0 or Class 1-0: (a) Who asserts beliefs which are of a religious, moral or... upon considerations of policy, pragmatism, expediency, or his own self-interest or well-being; or (c... theocratic, spiritual war between the forces of good and evil, he may not by reason of that belief alone be...

  20. 26 CFR 1.263A-0 - Outline of regulations under section 263A.

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  1. 26 CFR 1.263A-0 - Outline of regulations under section 263A.

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    2014-04-01

    ... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES (CONTINUED) Items Not Deductible § 1.263A-0 Outline of.... (2) Examples. (F) Taxes assessed on the basis of income. (G) Strike expenses. (H) Warranty and...) Taxes. (M) Insurance. (N) Utilities. (O) Repairs and maintenance. (P) Engineering and design costs. (Q...

  2. 26 CFR 1.907(a)-0 - Introduction (for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1982).

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 9 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Introduction (for taxable years beginning after... States § 1.907(a)-0 Introduction (for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1982). (a) Effective... 1.907(c)-3. (f) Posted prices. Certain sales prices are disregarded when computing FOGEI for...

  3. A new ephrin-A1 isoform (ephrin-A1b) with altered receptor binding properties abrogates the cleavage of ephrin-A1a.

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    Finne, Eivind F; Munthe, Else; Aasheim, Hans-Christian

    2004-04-01

    Ephrins are ligands for the Eph receptor tyrosine kinases, which play important roles in patterning nervous and vascular systems. Ephrin-A1 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored ligand that binds to the EphA receptor tyrosine kinases. In the present study, we have identified a new ephrin-A1 isoform, denoted ephrin-A1b (ephrin-A1 isoform b). Compared with the originally described ephrin-A1 sequence, ephrin-A1a [Holzman, Marks and Dixit (1990) Mol. Cell. Biol. 10, 5830-5838], ephrin-A1b lacks a segment of 22 amino acids (residues 131-152). At the transcript level, exon 3 is spliced out in the transcript encoding ephrin-A1b. Transfection of HEK-293T cells (human embryonic kidney 293 cells) with an ephrin-A1b-expressing plasmid resulted in a significant expression of the protein on the cell surface. However, soluble EphA2 receptor (EphA2-Fc) bound weakly to ephrin-A1b-expressing transfectants, but bound strongly to ephrin-A1a-expressing transfectants. Ephrins have been shown to undergo regulated cleavage after interaction with their receptors. This process is inhibited by co-expression of ephrin-A1a and ephrin-A1b, indicating that ephrin-A1b influences the cleavage process. Taken together, these findings indicate that this newly described isoform may regulate the function of its ephrin-A1a counterpart.

  4. New result for the neutron β -asymmetry parameter A0 from UCNA

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    Brown, M. A.-P.; Dees, E. B.; Adamek, E.; Allgeier, B.; Blatnik, M.; Bowles, T. J.; Broussard, L. J.; Carr, R.; Clayton, S.; Cude-Woods, C.; Currie, S.; Ding, X.; Filippone, B. W.; García, A.; Geltenbort, P.; Hasan, S.; Hickerson, K. P.; Hoagland, J.; Hong, R.; Hogan, G. E.; Holley, A. T.; Ito, T. M.; Knecht, A.; Liu, C.-Y.; Liu, J.; Makela, M.; Martin, J. W.; Melconian, D.; Mendenhall, M. P.; Moore, S. D.; Morris, C. L.; Nepal, S.; Nouri, N.; Pattie, R. W.; Pérez Galván, A.; Phillips, D. G.; Picker, R.; Pitt, M. L.; Plaster, B.; Ramsey, J. C.; Rios, R.; Salvat, D. J.; Saunders, A.; Sondheim, W.; Seestrom, S. J.; Sjue, S.; Slutsky, S.; Sun, X.; Swank, C.; Swift, G.; Tatar, E.; Vogelaar, R. B.; VornDick, B.; Wang, Z.; Wexler, J.; Womack, T.; Wrede, C.; Young, A. R.; Zeck, B. A.; UCNA Collaboration

    2018-03-01

    Background: The neutron β -decay asymmetry parameter A0 defines the angular correlation between the spin of the neutron and the momentum of the emitted electron. Values for A0 permit an extraction of the ratio of the weak axial-vector to vector coupling constants, λ ≡gA/gV , which under assumption of the conserved vector current hypothesis (gV=1 ) determines gA. Precise values for gA are important as a benchmark for lattice QCD calculations and as a test of the standard model. Purpose: The UCNA experiment, carried out at the Ultracold Neutron (UCN) source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, was the first measurement of any neutron β -decay angular correlation performed with UCN. This article reports the most precise result for A0 obtained to date from the UCNA experiment, as a result of higher statistics and reduced key systematic uncertainties, including from the neutron polarization and the characterization of the electron detector response. Methods: UCN produced via the downscattering of moderated spallation neutrons in a solid deuterium crystal were polarized via transport through a 7 T polarizing magnet and a spin flipper, which permitted selection of either spin state. The UCN were then contained within a 3-m long cylindrical decay volume, situated along the central axis of a superconducting 1 T solenoidal spectrometer. With the neutron spins then oriented parallel or anti-parallel to the solenoidal field, an asymmetry in the numbers of emitted decay electrons detected in two electron detector packages located on both ends of the spectrometer permitted an extraction of A0. Results: The UCNA experiment reports a new 0.67% precision result for A0 of A0=-0.12054 (44) stat(68) syst , which yields λ =gA/gV=-1.2783 (22 ) . Combination with the previous UCNA result and accounting for correlated systematic uncertainties produces A0=-0.12015 (34) stat(63) syst and λ =gA/gV=-1.2772 (20 ) . Conclusions: This new result for A0 and gA/gV from the UCNA

  5. Bunch length measurement at the Fermilab A0 photoinjector using a Martin-Puplett interferometer

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    Thurman-Keup, Randy; Fliller, Raymond Patrick; Kazakevich, Grigory

    2008-05-01

    We present preliminary measurements of the electron bunch lengths at the Fermilab A0 Photoinjector using a Martin-Puplett interferometer on loan from DESY. The photoinjector provides a relatively wide range of bunch lengths through laser pulse width adjustment and compression of the beam using a magnetic chicane. We present comparisons of data with simulations that account for diffraction distortions in the signal and discuss future plans for improving the measurement.

  6. The continuity of the gauge fixing condition n ṡ ∂n ṡ A = 0

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    Zhou, Gao-Liang; Yan, Zheng-Xin; Zhang, Xin

    2018-02-01

    To investigate the continuity of the gauge condition n ṡ ∂ n ṡ A = 0, the continuity of generators of Wilson lines is studied here in the frame of non-Abelian gauge theory in the space R ⨂S1 ⨂S1 ⨂S1, which guarantees the continuity of the gauge condition n ṡ ∂ n ṡ A = 0 as proved in our previous work. Starting from SU (2) theory, it is proved that the gauge fixing condition is continuous in a compact subspace of R ⨂S1 ⨂S1 ⨂S1 given that gauge potentials are differentiable with continuous derivatives. For continuous SU (2) gauge potentials in the space R ⨂S1 ⨂S1 ⨂S1 that satisfy suitable boundary conditions, which is topologically equivalent to continuous gauge potentials in a compact space, the gauge fixing condition n ṡ ∂ n ṡ A = 0 is proved to be continuous given that gauge potentials are differentiable with continuous derivatives. The conclusion is extended to the case that lengths along all directions of the space tend to ∞. Lorentz invariance is restored in this limit for quantities which are multiplicative renormalized and free from possible singularities in functional integrals. The same conclusion is proved for general SU (Nc) theory.

  7. Comparison of 0.46% calcium diets with and without added anions with a 0.7% calcium anionic diet as a means to reduce periparturient hypocalcemia.

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    Goff, Jesse P; Koszewski, Nicholas J

    2018-03-14

    Most studies demonstrating that diets with low dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) reduce hypocalcemia in cows add enough anions to the diet to reduce urine pH below 7.0. One objective of these experiments was to determine whether there is any benefit to periparturient plasma Ca concentration if diet anion addition results in a lesser degree of acidification of the cow and urine pH does not go below 7.0. Another method for reducing hypocalcemia involves feeding a prepartal diet that is Ca deficient. This places the cow in negative Ca balance before calving, stimulating parathyroid hormone (PTH) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D secretion before calving and thus promoting Ca homeostasis at calving. As practiced in the field, low-Ca diets are often about 0.5% Ca. Our second objective was to determine whether a 0.46% Ca diet would be sufficiently low in Ca to stimulate PTH secretion before calving. A meta-analysis of the literature suggests that a 0.5% Ca, low-DCAD diet will reduce hypocalcemia better than a 0.7% Ca diet. A third objective was to compare periparturient plasma Ca in cows fed 0.46 or 0.72% Ca diets with similar DCAD. In experiment 1, anions (primarily chloride) or anions plus Ca were added to a 1.4% K basal diet to create the following diets: 0.46% Ca and +167 mEq/kg of DCAD, 0.46% Ca and -13 mEq/kg of DCAD, and 0.72% Ca and -17 mEq/kg of DCAD. In experiment 2, the same amounts of anion were added to a 2.05% K basal diet to create the following diets: 0.46% Ca and +327 mEq/kg of DCAD, 0.46% Ca and +146 mEq/kg of DCAD, and 0.72% Ca and +140 mEq/kg of DCAD. In experiment 1, cows fed the diet with 0.46% Ca and +167 mEq/kg of DCAD had significantly lower plasma Ca concentration after calving than cows fed the 0.46 or 0.72% Ca diets with anions. Periparturient plasma Ca concentrations did not differ in cows fed the low-DCAD diets with 0.46 or 0.72% Ca. Urine pH was reduced from 8.27 in the diet with 0.46% Ca and +167 mEq/kg of DCAD to 7.07 and 7.41 in the 0

  8. Use of a 0.25 per cent fipronil pump spray formulation to treat canine cheyletiellosis.

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    Chadwick, A J

    1997-06-01

    Two outbreaks of cheyletiellosis are described. In one of the outbreaks, a human member of the household was also affected. A 0.25 per cent fipronil pump spray formulation was applied to the affected and in-contact animals. A permethrin spray was used in an attempt to eliminate environmental contamination. One month later, the affected animals were re-examined. No evidence of Cheyletiella mites could be found. A second application of fipronil was undertaken. No further outbreaks were reported during an eight month follow-up.

  9. Simulated mission testing and flight performance of a 0.2 lbf Magellan monopropellant thruster

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    Costanza, R. A.; Freeman, R. J.; Bell, T. L.

    1992-01-01

    Results are presented of laboratory tests and actual flight performance of a 0.2 lbf Magellan monopropellant thruster subjected to temperatures ranging from 120 to 150 deg C. The results of tests demonstrated that the thruster operated satisfactorily at temperatures up to and including 140 C (thruster performance at 150 C was inconsistent). Flight conditions and thruster performance were monitored during Orbital Transfer Maneuver One and Cycle-2 flights. It was found that, for a given amount of momentum removed during a spacecraft reaction wheel (RW) desaturation, the number of thruster pulses required to remove that RW momentum was exceedingly consistent.

  10. A-1 Test Stand work

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2010-01-01

    A structural steel beam to support the new thrust measurement system on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center is lifted to waiting employees for installation. The beam is part of the thrust takeout structure needed to support the new measurement system. Four such beams have been installed at the stand in preparation for installation of the system in upcoming weeks. Operators are preparing the stand for testing the next generation of rocket engines for the U.S. space program.

  11. Emerging Themes in SecA2 Protein Export

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    Feltcher, Meghan E.; Braunstein, Miriam

    2015-01-01

    The conserved general secretion (Sec) pathway carries out most protein export in bacteria and is powered by the essential SecA ATPase. Interestingly, mycobacteria and some Gram positive bacteria possess two SecA proteins: SecA1 and SecA2. In these species, SecA1 is responsible for exporting the majority of proteins whereas SecA2 exports only a subset of substrates and is implicated in virulence. However, despite the impressive body of knowledge on the canonical SecA (SecA1), less is known concerning SecA2 function. Here, we review our current understanding of the different types of SecA2 systems and outline future directions for SecA2 studies. PMID:23000954

  12. Overnight malodor effect with a 0.454% stabilized stannous fluoride sodium hexametaphosphate dentifrice.

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    Farrell, Svetlana; Barker, Matthew L; Gerlach, Robert W

    2007-12-01

    Stannous fluoride (SnF2) is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent effective against caries, plaque, and gingivitis. Because oral malodor has a microbial etiology, the potential immediate effects of SnF2 on malodor were evaluated in 2 independent, randomized clinical trials. Both studies used a similar double-blind, crossover design, with subjects randomized to a treatment sequence with a 0.454% stabilized SnF2 sodium hexametaphosphate dentifrice or sodium fluoride dentifrice control. Overnight malodor was assessed at baseline in the morning before brushing and 24 hours later, after morning and evening brushing with the assigned product. In the first study, volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) were measured instrumentally via a portable sulfide monitor (Halimeter) with an electrochemical gas sensor. The second study used second-person malodor assessment on a 9-point hedonic scale. Treatments were compared at each time point using analysis of variance for crossover designs. Seventy-five subjects completed the evaluation (26 in the first and 49 in the second clinical trial). The use of the stabilized SnF2 dentifrice resulted in statistically significant reduction of overnight VSC (P <.03) and the overnight hedonic scores (P <.02) relative to the negative control after 1 day of product use. These 2 randomized, controlled clinical trials provide evidence of significant immediate malodor activity for a 0.454% stabilized SnF2 sodium hexametaphosphate dentifrice.

  13. Development of Power Electronics for a 0.2kW-Class Ion Thruster

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    Pinero, Luis R.; Patterson, Michael J.; Bowers, Glen E.

    1997-01-01

    Applications that might benefit from low power ion propulsion systems include Earth-orbit magnetospheric mapping satellite constellations, low Earth-orbit satellites, geosynchronous Earth-orbit satellite north-south stationkeeping, and asteroid orbiters. These spacecraft are likely to have masses on the order of 50 to 500 kg with up to 0.5 kW of electrical power available. A power processing unit for a 0.2 kW-class ion thruster is currently under development for these applications. The first step in this effort is the development and testing of a 0.24 kW beam power supply. The design incorporates a 20 kHz full bridge topology with multiple secondaries connected in series to obtain outputs of up to 1200 V(sub DC). A current-mode control pulse width modulation circuit built using discrete components was selected for this application. An input voltage of 28 +/- 4 V(sub DC) was assumed, since the small spacecraft for which this system is targeted are anticipated to have unregulated low voltage busses. Efficiencies in excess of 91 percent were obtained at maximum output power. The total mass of the breadboard was less than 1.0 kg and the component mass was 0.53 kg. It is anticipated that a complete flight power processor could weigh about 2.0 kg.

  14. Structure of the catalytic a(0)a fragment of the protein disulfide isomerase ERp72.

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    Kozlov, Guennadi; Azeroual, Simon; Rosenauer, Angelika; Määttänen, Pekka; Denisov, Alexey Yu; Thomas, David Y; Gehring, Kalle

    2010-08-27

    Protein disulfide isomerases (PDIs) are responsible for catalyzing the proper oxidation and isomerization of disulfide bonds of newly synthesized proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ER contains many different PDI-like proteins. Some, such as PDI, are general enzymes that directly recognize misfolded proteins while others, such as ERp57 and ERp72, have more specialized roles. Here, we report the high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of the N-terminal portion of ERp72 (also known as CaBP2 or PDI A4), which contains two a(0)a catalytic thioredoxin-like domains. The structure shows that the a(0) domain contains an additional N-terminal beta-strand and a different conformation of the beta5-alpha4 loop relative to other thioredoxin-like domains. The structure of the a domain reveals that a conserved arginine residue inserts into the hydrophobic core and makes a salt bridge with a conserved glutamate residue in the vicinity of the catalytic site. A structural model of full-length ERp72 shows that all three catalytic sites roughly face each other and positions the adjacent hydrophobic patches that are likely involved in protein substrate binding. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Lattice QCD investigation of the structure of the a0(980 ) meson

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    Alexandrou, Constantia; Berlin, Joshua; Dalla Brida, Mattia; Finkenrath, Jacob; Leontiou, Theodoros; Wagner, Marc

    2018-02-01

    We investigate the quark content of the low-lying states in the I (JP)=1 (0+) sector, which are the quantum numbers of the a0(980 ) meson, using lattice QCD. To this end, we consider correlation functions of six different two- and four-quark interpolating fields. We evaluate all diagrams, including diagrams, where quarks propagate within a time slice, e.g. with closed quark loops. We demonstrate that diagrams containing such closed quark loops have a drastic effect on the final results and, thus, may not be neglected. Our analysis, which is carried out at unphysically heavy u and d quark mass corresponding to mπ=296 (3 ) MeV and in a single spatial volume of extent 2.9 fm, shows that in addition to the expected spectrum of two-meson scattering states there is an additional energy level around the two-particle thresholds of K +K ¯ and η +π . This additional state, which is a candidate for the a0(980 ) meson, couples to a quark-antiquark as well as to a diquark-antidiquark interpolating field, indicating that it is a superposition of an ordinary q ¯q and a tetraquark structure. The analysis is performed using AMIAS, a novel statistical method based on the sampling of all possible spectral decompositions of the considered correlation functions, as well as solving standard generalized eigenvalue problems.

  16. Pupil-expansion ring implantation through a 0.9 mm incision.

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    Bhattacharjee, Suven

    2014-07-01

    Disposable square and hexagonal Bhattacharjee pupil-expansion rings are made of 5-0 nylon, have notches at the corners, and flanges at the sides in a single 0.1 mm thin plane. To insert the ring, a flange is held with a 23-gauge forceps and the ring is inserted through a 0.9 mm (20-gauge) or larger main- or side-port incision. Alternate flanges are tucked under the iris using a Kuglen hook. A 23-gauge forceps and an iris hook can also be used to tuck the flanges bimanually. The ring is removed by disengaging 2 notches and pulling it out of a 0.9 mm (20-gauge) incision. No snagging of the incision occurs at insertion or removal. No injector is required. The device is useful in standard coaxial phacoemulsification, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, biaxial microincision cataract surgery (MICS), coaxial sub-2.0 mm MICS, and small-pupil microincision vitreous surgery and in eyes with shallow anterior chambers. Dr. Bhattacharjee has a pending international patent application (PCT-WIPO) for the pupil-expansion devices. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. A-1 Test Stand work

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    2010-01-13

    Employees at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center work to maneuver a structural steam beam into place on the A-1 Test Stand on Jan. 13. The beam was one of several needed to form the thrust takeout structure that will support a new thrust measurement system being installed on the stand for future rocket engine testing. Once lifted onto the stand, the beams had to be hoisted into place through the center of the test stand, with only two inches of clearance on each side. The new thrust measurement system represents a state-of-the-art upgrade from the equipment installed more than 40 years ago when the test stand was first constructed.

  18. A-1 Test Stand work

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    2010-01-01

    Employees at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center work to maneuver a structural steam beam into place on the A-1 Test Stand on Jan. 13. The beam was one of several needed to form the thrust takeout structure that will support a new thrust measurement system being installed on the stand for future rocket engine testing. Once lifted onto the stand, the beams had to be hoisted into place through the center of the test stand, with only two inches of clearance on each side. The new thrust measurement system represents a state-of-the-art upgrade from the equipment installed more than 40 years ago when the test stand was first constructed.

  19. Transmission characteristics of the S0 and A0 Lamb waves at contacting edges of plates.

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    Mori, Naoki; Biwa, Shiro

    2017-11-01

    In order to gain basic insight into the interaction between ultrasonic guided waves and structural discontinuities with contacting surfaces, the transmission characteristics of Lamb waves at contacting edges of two plates are studied experimentally. The edges of two 2.5-mm thick aluminum alloy plates are mated together to constitute a contacting interface of plates and subjected to different levels of compressive loading. The transmission measurements of the lowest-order symmetric (S0) and antisymmetric (A0) Lamb modes across the contacting interface are performed in a frequency range below the cut-off frequencies of the higher-order modes. As a result, it is found that the transmission coefficient of the S0 mode increases monotonically with the applied contact pressure, but the transmission coefficient of the A0 mode exhibits non-monotonic dependence on the contact pressure and the frequency showing a local minimum. For the incidence of the S0 mode, the resonance at the contacting interface is observed as a long-time oscillation tail in the transmission waveform. The resonance frequency is found to increase with the contact pressure. The experimental results are discussed in the light of the theoretical results based on the spring-type interface model. The normal and tangential stiffnesses of the contacting interface are identified from the transmission coefficients as well as from the resonance frequency. The estimated interfacial stiffnesses increase monotonically with the contact pressure, and indicate their dependence on the frequency. Implications of the present results to the Lamb-wave based characterization of the plate contact condition are discussed briefly. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Infrastructure Development of Single Cell Testing Capability at A0 Facility

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    Dhanaraj, Nandhini; Padilla, R.; Reid, J.

    2009-09-01

    The objective of this technical note is to document the details of the infrastructure development process that was realized at the A0 photo injector facility to establish RF cold testing capability for 1.3 GHz superconducting niobium single cell cavities. The activity began the last quarter of CY 2006 and ended the first quarter of CY 2009. The whole process involved addressing various aspects such as design of vertical insert and lifting fixture, modification of existing RF test station and design of new couplers, development of a Temperature Mapping (T-Map) system, radiation considerations for the test location (north cave), update ofmore » existing High Pressure Rinse (HPR) system, preparation of necessary safety documents and eventually obtaining an Operational Readiness Clearance (ORC). Figure 1 illustrates the various components of the development process. In the past, the north cave test station at A0 has supported the cold testing 3.9 GHz nine cell and single cell cavities, thus some of the components were available for use and some needed modification. The test dewar had the capacity to accommodate 1.3 GHz single cells although a new vertical insert that could handle both cavity types (1.3 and 3.9 GHz) had to be designed. The existing cryogenic system with an average capacity of {approx} 0.5 g/sec was deemed sufficient. The RF system was updated with broadband components and an additional amplifier with higher power capacity to handle higher gradients usually achieved in 1.3 GHz cavities. The initial testing phase was arbitrated to proceed with fixed power coupling. A new temperature mapping system was developed to provide the diagnostic tool for hot spot studies, quench characterization and field emission studies. The defining feature of this system was the use of diode sensors instead of the traditional carbon resistors as sensing elements. The unidirectional current carrying capacity (forward bias) of the diodes provided for the ease of multiplexing

  1. A Seafloor Test of the A-0-A Approach to Calibrating Pressure Sensors for Vertical Geodesy

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    Wilcock, W. S. D.; Manalang, D.; Harrington, M.; Cram, G.; Tilley, J.; Burnett, J.; Martin, D.; Paros, J. M.

    2017-12-01

    Seafloor geodetic observations are critical for understanding the locking and slip of the megathrust in Cascadia and other subduction zones. Differences of bottom pressure time series have been used successfully in several subduction zones to detect slow-slip earthquakes centered offshore. Pressure sensor drift rates are much greater than the long-term rates of strain build-up and thus, in-situ calibration is required to measure secular strain. One approach to calibration is to use a dead-weight tester, a laboratory apparatus that produces an accurate reference pressure, to calibrate a pressure sensor deployed on the seafloor by periodically switching between the external pressure and the deadweight tester (Cook et al, this session). The A-0-A method replaces the dead weight tester by using the internal pressure of the instrument housing as the reference pressure. We report on the first non-proprietary ocean test of this approach on the MARS cabled observatory at a depth of 900 m depth in Monterey Bay. We use the Paroscientific Seismic + Oceanic Sensors module that is designed for combined geodetic, oceanographic and seismic observations. The module comprises a three-component broadband accelerometer, two pressure sensors that for this deployment measure ocean pressures, A, up to 2000 psia (14 MPa), and a barometer to measure the internal housing reference pressure, 0. A valve periodically switches between external and internal pressures for 5 minute calibrations. The seafloor test started in mid-June and the results of 30 calibrations collected over the first 6 weeks of operation are very encouraging. After correcting for variations in the internal temperature of the housing, the offset of the pressure sensors from the barometer reading as a function of time, can be fit with a straight line for each sensor with a rms misfit of 0.1 hPa (1 mm of water). The slopes of these lines (-4 cm/yr and -0.4 cm/yr) vary by an order of magnitude but the difference in the span

  2. An a 0 resonance in strongly coupled π η , K K ¯ scattering from lattice QCD

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    Dudek, Jozef J.; Edwards, Robert G.; Wilson, David J.

    2016-05-11

    Here, we present the first calculation of coupled-channel meson-meson scattering in the isospinmore » $=1$, $G$-parity negative sector, with channels $$\\pi \\eta$$, $$K\\overline{K}$$ and $$\\pi \\eta'$$, in a first-principles approach to QCD. From the discrete spectrum of eigenstates in three volumes extracted from lattice QCD correlation functions we determine the energy dependence of the $S$-matrix, and find that the $S$-wave features a prominent cusp-like structure in $$\\pi \\eta \\to \\pi \\eta$$ close to $$K\\overline{K}$$ threshold coupled with a rapid turn on of amplitudes leading to the $$K\\overline{K}$$ final-state. This behavior is traced to an $$a_0(980)$$-like resonance, strongly coupled to both $$\\pi \\eta$$ and $$K\\overline{K}$$, which is identified with a pole in the complex energy plane, appearing on only a single unphysical Riemann sheet. Consideration of $D$-wave scattering suggests a narrow tensor resonance at higher energy.« less

  3. Resolution performance of a 0.60-NA, 364-nm laser direct writer

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    Allen, Paul C.; Buck, Peter D.

    1990-06-01

    ATEQ has developed a high resolution laser scanning printing engine based on the 8 beam architecture of the CORE- 2000. This printing engine has been incorporated into two systems: the CORE-2500 for the production of advanced masks and reticles and a prototype system for direct write on wafers. The laser direct writer incorporates a through-the-lens alignment system and a rotary chuck for theta alignment. Its resolution performance is delivered by a 0. 60 NA laser scan lens and a novel air-jet focus system. The short focal length high resolution lens also reduces beam position errors thereby improving overall pattern accuracy. In order to take advantage of the high NA optics a high performance focus servo was developed capable of dynamic focus with a maximum error of 0. 15 tm. The focus system uses a hot wire anemometer to measure air flow through an orifice abutting the wafer providing a direct measurement to the top surface of resist independent of substrate properties. Lens specifications are presented and compared with the previous design. Bench data of spot size vs. entrance pupil filling show spot size performance down to 0. 35 m FWHM. The lens has a linearity specification of 0. 05 m system measurements of lens linearity indicate system performance substantially below this. The aerial image of the scanned beams is measured using resist as a threshold detector. An effective spot size is

  4. SPECTROSCOPIC AND PHOTOMETRIC VARIABILITY IN THE A0 SUPERGIANT HR 1040

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    Corliss, David J.; Morrison, Nancy D.; Adelman, Saul J., E-mail: david.corliss@wayne.edu

    2015-12-15

    A time-series analysis of spectroscopic and photometric observables of the A0 Ia supergiant HR 1040 has been performed, including equivalent widths, radial velocities, and Strömgren photometric indices. The data, obtained from 1993 through 2007, include 152 spectroscopic observations from the Ritter Observatory 1 m telescope and 269 Strömgren photometric observations from the Four College Automated Photoelectric Telescope. Typical of late B- and early A-type supergiants, HR 1040 has a highly variable Hα profile. The star was found to have an intermittent active phase marked by correlation between the Hα absorption equivalent width and blue-edge radial velocity and by photospheric connectionsmore » observed in correlations to equivalent width, second moment and radial velocity in Si ii λλ6347, 6371. High-velocity absorption (HVA) events were observed only during this active phase. HVA events in the wind were preceded by photospheric activity, including Si ii radial velocity oscillations 19–42 days prior to onset of an HVA event and correlated increases in Si ii W{sub λ} and second moment from 13 to 23 days before the start of the HVA event. While increases in various line equivalent widths in the wind prior to HVA events have been reported in the past in other stars, our finding of precursors in enhanced radial velocity variations in the wind and at the photosphere is a new result.« less

  5. Re-radiation of acoustic waves from the A0 wave on a submerged elastic shell.

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    Ahyi, A C; Cao, Hui; Raju, P K; Uberall, Herbert

    2005-07-01

    We consider evacuated thin semi-infinite shells immersed in a fluid, which may be either of cylindrical shape with a hemispherical shell endcap, or formed two-dimensionally by semi-infinite parallel plates joined together by a semi-cylinder. The connected shell portions are joined in a manner to satisfy continuity but with a discontinuous radius of curvature. Acoustic waves are considered incident along the axis of symmetry (say the z axis) onto the curved portion of the shell, where they, at the critical angle of coincidence, generate Lamb and Stoneley-type waves in the shell. Computations were carried out using a code developed by Cao et al. [Chinese J. Acoust. 14, 317 (1995)] and was used in order to computationally visualize the waves in the fluid that have been re-radiated by the shell waves a the critical angle. The frequency range was below that of the lowest Lamb wave, and only the A0 wave (and partly the S0 wave) was observed to re-radiate into the fluid under our assumptions. The results will be compared to experimental results in which the re-radiated waves are optically visualized by the Schardin-Cranz schlieren method.

  6. Experimental investigation of a 0.15-scale model of an underfuselage normal-shock inlet

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    Leamer, P. C.; Kennon, I. G.

    1978-01-01

    A 0.15 scale model of an underfuselage inlet designed for a single-engine fighter airplane was tested. The inlet was a fixed-geometry, normal-shock configuration designed to operate at flight speeds up to Mach 2.0. Peformance data for the basic inlet and several configuration variations are presented as a function of angle of attack, angle of sideslip, and airflow in the 0.6 to 2.0 Mach number range. The configuration variations included boundary-layer diverter height, cowl and splitter-plate modifications, and inlet bleed system variations. Flow-field characteristics at the simulated engine face, at the inlet throat, at the splitter-plate leading edge, and forward of the inlet are presented. The pressure recovery of the inlet is approximately equal to the product of theoretical normal-shock and duct pressure recoverable at cruise angle of attack. Very good performance at high angle of attack was obtained. Pressure distortion and turbulence at the engine face were low, and the inlet remained stable at all engine airflows over the flight maneuver envelope of the aircraft for which the inlet was designed.

  7. A 0.13 μm CMOS ΔΣ fractional-N frequency synthesizer for WLAN transceivers

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    Xiaojie, Chu; Hailong, Jia; Min, Lin; Yin, Shi; Foster, Dai Fa

    2011-10-01

    A fractional-N frequency synthesizer fabricated in a 0.13 μm CMOS technology is presented for the application of IEEE 802.11 b/g wireless local area network (WLAN) transceivers. A monolithic LC voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) is implemented with an on-chip symmetric inductor. The fractional-N frequency divider consists of a pulse swallow frequency divider and a 3rd-order multistage noise shaping (MASH) ΔΣ modulator with noise-shaped dithering techniques. Measurement results show that in all channels, phase noise of the synthesizer achieves -93 dBc/Hz and -118 dBc/Hz in band and out of band respectively with a phase-frequency detector (PFD) frequency of 20 MHz and a loop bandwidth of 100 kHz. The integrated RMS phase error is no more than 0.8°. The proposed synthesizer consumes 8.4 mW from a 1.2 V supply and occupies an area of 0.86 mm2.

  8. 26 CFR 31.6402(a)-1 - Credits or refunds.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Credits or refunds. 31.6402(a)-1 Section 31... Revenue Code of 1954) § 31.6402(a)-1 Credits or refunds. (a) In general. For regulations under section 6402 of special application to credits or refunds of employment taxes, see §§ 31.6402(a)-2, 31.6402(a...

  9. 26 CFR 31.6402(a)-1 - Credits or refunds.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Credits or refunds. 31.6402(a)-1 Section 31... Revenue Code of 1954) § 31.6402(a)-1 Credits or refunds. (a) In general. For regulations under section 6402 of special application to credits or refunds of employment taxes, see §§ 31.6402(a)-2, 31.6402(a...

  10. HEAO A-2 extragalactic results

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    Boldt, E. A.

    1979-01-01

    The all-sky surveys made with the A-2 instrument aboard HEAO-1 involved spectroscopy over a broad enough band width, with sufficient resolution, to obtain the basic spectral characteristics for two extreme aspects of the extragalactic X-ray sky. The overall spectrum (above 3 KeV) is remarkably well decribed by a thermal model. At the other extreme, the detailed broad-band observations of individual sources are restricted to objects within the present epoch. The objects include several individual active galaxies studied in detail for the first time as well as clusters of galaxies. Relating these results to the vast spatially unresolved hard X-ray flux measured with this instruments as well as the softer X-rays (at less than 3 keV) spatially resolved to high redshifts with the Einstein Observatory remains a challenge.

  11. Corrosion and Tribocorrosion Performance of Thermally Oxidized Commercially Pure Titanium in a 0.9% NaCl Solution

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    Bailey, R.; Sun, Y.

    2015-04-01

    In the present work, the corrosion and tribocorrosion characteristics of thermally oxidized commercially pure titanium in a 0.9% NaCl solution have been investigated. Thermal oxidation (TO) of CP-Ti was carried out at a temperature of 625 °C for 20 h. This treatment results in a multi-layered structure consisting of a 1 µm rutile (TiO2) film and a 9 µm α-titanium oxygen diffusion zone (ODZ) (α-Ti(O)). Electrochemical tests were carried out on surfaces created at various depths from the TO-Ti original surface. It was found that the rutile film generated through TO offers excellent corrosion resistance over that of untreated Ti. Testing also provided evidence that oxygen content in the upper part of the ODZ (depths <5 µm from the surface) helps accelerate passive film formation and thus reduce the corrosion of CP-Ti. Tribo-electrochemical testing of TO-Ti was carried out against an alumina counter face under a load of 2 N and various anodic and cathodic potentials. It is initially shown that the rutile oxide layer offers both low friction and much better resistance to material removal during tribocorrosion than untreated CP-Ti. During sliding wear at open circuit potential, four frictional zones can be identified in a typical friction curve, each having its own characteristics corresponding to the oxide layer, the gradual or partial removal of the oxide layer, the diffusion zone, and the substrate. An unusual anodic protection behavior of the oxide film has also been observed. When the TO-Ti is polarized anodically during sliding, the durability of the oxide layer is prolonged, resulting in low friction and much reduced material loss. When cathodically charged to -1500 mVSCE during sliding, both the TO-Ti and untreated CP-Ti experience a reduction in material loss. This is believed to be related to hydrogen evolution and titanium hydride formation.

  12. Phospholipase A2 in cnidaria.

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    Nevalainen, Timo J; Peuravuori, Heikki J; Quinn, Ronald J; Llewellyn, Lyndon E; Benzie, John A H; Fenner, Peter J; Winkel, Ken D

    2004-12-01

    Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) is an enzyme present in snake and other venoms and body fluids. We measured PLA2 catalytic activity in tissue homogenates of 22 species representing the classes Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa and Cubozoa of the phylum Cnidaria. High PLA2 levels were found in the hydrozoan fire coral Millepora sp. (median 735 U/g protein) and the stony coral Pocillopora damicornis (693 U/g) that cause skin irritation upon contact. High levels of PLA2 activity were also found in the acontia of the sea anemone Adamsia carciniopados (293 U/g). Acontia are long threads containing nematocysts and are used in defense and aggression by the animal. Tentacles of scyphozoan and cubozoan species had high PLA2 activity levels: those of the multitentacled box jellyfish Chironex fleckeri contained 184 U/g PLA2 activity. The functions of cnidarian PLA2 may include roles in the capture and digestion of prey and defense of the animal. The current observations support the idea that cnidarian PLA2 may participate in the sting site irritation and systemic envenomation syndrome resulting from contact with cnidarians.

  13. AMP is an adenosine A1 receptor agonist.

    PubMed

    Rittiner, Joseph E; Korboukh, Ilia; Hull-Ryde, Emily A; Jin, Jian; Janzen, William P; Frye, Stephen V; Zylka, Mark J

    2012-02-17

    Numerous receptors for ATP, ADP, and adenosine exist; however, it is currently unknown whether a receptor for the related nucleotide adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP) exists. Using a novel cell-based assay to visualize adenosine receptor activation in real time, we found that AMP and a non-hydrolyzable AMP analog (deoxyadenosine 5'-monophosphonate, ACP) directly activated the adenosine A(1) receptor (A(1)R). In contrast, AMP only activated the adenosine A(2B) receptor (A(2B)R) after hydrolysis to adenosine by ecto-5'-nucleotidase (NT5E, CD73) or prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP, ACPP). Adenosine and AMP were equipotent human A(1)R agonists in our real-time assay and in a cAMP accumulation assay. ACP also depressed cAMP levels in mouse cortical neurons through activation of endogenous A(1)R. Non-selective purinergic receptor antagonists (pyridoxalphosphate-6-azophenyl-2',4'-disulfonic acid and suramin) did not block adenosine- or AMP-evoked activation. Moreover, mutation of His-251 in the human A(1)R ligand binding pocket reduced AMP potency without affecting adenosine potency. In contrast, mutation of a different binding pocket residue (His-278) eliminated responses to AMP and to adenosine. Taken together, our study indicates that the physiologically relevant nucleotide AMP is a full agonist of A(1)R. In addition, our study suggests that some of the physiological effects of AMP may be direct, and not indirect through ectonucleotidases that hydrolyze this nucleotide to adenosine.

  14. Formation and Evolution of a 0.242 Msolar Helium White Dwarf in the Presence of Element Diffusion

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    Althaus, L. G.; Serenelli, A. M.; Benvenuto, O. G.

    2001-06-01

    The evolution of a 0.242 Msolar object that finally becomes a helium white dwarf is modeled from Roche lobe detachment down to very low luminosities (log L/Lsolar=-5). In doing so, we employ our stellar code, to which we have added a set of routines that compute the effects due to gravitational settling and chemical and thermal diffusion. Initial models are constructed by abstracting mass from a 1 Msolar red giant branch model up to the moment at which the model begins to evolve blueward. From then on, two detailed sequences have been computed: one sequence with element diffusion and the other without that phenomenon. Results without diffusion are very similar to those of Driebe and collaborators. We find that element diffusion introduces important changes in the internal structure of the star. In particular, models with diffusion undergo three thermonuclear flashes, whereas models without diffusion experience only one. This fact has a large effect on the fraction of total hydrogen mass left in the star (about 3 times less hydrogen compared to models without diffusion) at the start of the final cooling track. As a result, at late stages of evolution models with diffusion are characterized by a much smaller nuclear energy release. Consequently, the star has to take energy from its relic thermal content, causing its further evolution to be significantly faster compared with the standard treatment. Notably, these new, more detailed structures strongly resemble those we have assumed in previous work on helium white dwarfs with hydrogen envelopes. Conventional wisdom indicates that a millisecond pulsar is recycled during the mass transfer stage in a binary system. Usually, the companion to the pulsar is a low-mass white dwarf. If zero ages are set at the end of mass transfer, the ages of both objects should be the same. Available models characterized by dominant hydrogen burning lead to a strong discrepancy between the ages of PSR B1855+09 and its white dwarf companion

  15. 32 CFR 237a.1 - Purpose.

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  16. 18 CFR 3a.1 - Purpose.

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    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Purpose. 3a.1 Section 3a.1 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL RULES NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION General § 3a.1 Purpose. This part 3a describes the...

  17. In vitro testing of biological control agents on A1 and A2 isolates of Phytophthora ramorum

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    Marianne Elliott; Simon Shamoun

    2008-01-01

    Biological control products were tested in vitro with six isolates of Phytophthora ramorum. These isolates were geographically diverse and were selected based on their pathogenicity to detached Rhododendron leaves. In addition to five commercially available biocontrol products, nine species of Trichoderma were tested. The in vitro...

  18. Genetic complexity of the human surfactant-associated proteins SP-A1 and SP-A2

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    Silveyra, Patricia; Floros, Joanna

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant protein A (SP-A) plays a key role in innate lung host defense, in surfactant-related functions, and in parturition. In the course of evolution, the genetic complexity of SP-A has increased, particularly in the regulatory regions (i.e. promoter, untranslated regions). Although most species have a single SP-A gene, two genes encode SP-A in humans and primates (SFTPA1and SFTPA2). This may account for the multiple functions attributed to human SP-A, as well as the regulatory complexity of its expression by a relatively diverse set of protein and non-protein cellular factors. The interplay between enhancer cis-acting DNA sequences and trans-acting proteins that recognize these DNA elements is essential for gene regulation, primarily at the transcription initiation level. Furthermore, regulation at the mRNA level is essential to ensure proper physiological levels of SP-A under different conditions. To date, numerous studies have shown significant complexity of the regulation of SP-A expression at different levels, including transcription, splicing, mRNA decay, and translation. A number of trans-acting factors have also been described to play a role in the control of SP-A expression. The aim of this report is to describe the genetic complexity of the SFTPA1 and SFTPA2 genes, as well as to review regulatory mechanisms that control SP-A expression in humans and other animal species. PMID:23069847

  19. Atomic Scale coexistence of Periodic and quasiperiodic order in a2-fold A1-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal surface

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    Park, Jeong Young; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miquel

    2005-11-14

    Decagonal quasicrystals are made of pairs of atomic planes with pentagonal symmetry periodically stacked along a 10-fold axis. We have investigated the atomic structure of the 2-fold surface of a decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystal using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface consists of terraces separated by steps of heights 1.9, 4.7, 7.8, and 12.6{angstrom} containing rows of atoms parallel to the 10-fold direction with an internal periodicity of 4{angstrom}. The rows are arranged aperiodically, with separations that follow a Fibonacci sequence and inflation symmetry. The results indicate that the surfaces are preferentially Al-terminated and in general agreement with bulk models.

  20. 47 CFR 80.1091 - Ship radio equipment-Sea areas A1, A2, and A3.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    .... 80.1091 Section 80.1091 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS... INMARSAT ship earth station capable of: (i) Transmitting and receiving distress and safety data...

  1. The occultation of beta Scorpii by Jupiter. VI - The masses of beta Scorpii A1 and A2

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    Elliot, J. L.; Rages, K.; Veverka, J.

    1975-01-01

    From images of the spectroscopic binary beta Sco A, formed by the Jovian atmosphere during its 1971 May 13 occultation by Jupiter, the angular separation of the binary components was found to be 0.001496 plus of minus 0.000018 arcsec. The combination of this measurement, the elements of the spectroscopic orbit, and the parallax determination of Bertiau (1958) yields masses of 21.1 plus or minus 3.2 solar masses for the primary (B0.5 V) and 12.7 plus or minus 1.9 solar masses for the secondary. New observations are suggested for improving the accuracy of the mass determinations.

  2. 77 FR 45958 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee 110(a)(1) and (2) Infrastructure...

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    2012-08-02

    ... exception of element 110(a)(2)(E)(ii), which pertains to the requirements of section 128(a)(1) of the CAA..., addresses all the required infrastructure elements for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM 2 NAAQS. DATES... elements 110(a)(2)(A)-(H), (J)-(M), except for section 110(a)(2)(C) nonattainment area requirements, 110(a...

  3. Dynamical Mass Constraints on Low-Mass Pre-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolutionary Tracks: An Eclipsing Binary in Orion With a 1.0 M Primary and a 0.7 M Secondary

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2003-12-30

    distance assumed. As noted by Simon et al. (2000), the distance uncertainty to any particular star in Taurus may be as large as 15%, manifesting itself...Ori A and LkCa 15 (a single star in Taurus ), which have identical masses and are at identical positions in the H-R diagram. But, disconcertingly, we

  4. Dynamical Mass Constraints on Low-Mass Pre-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolutionary Tracks: An Eclipsing Binary in Orion with a 1.0 M(solar) Primary and a 0.7 M(solar) Secondary

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2004-04-01

    foreground Ori OB1c, while Anthony- Twarog (1982), using the same data, find a distance of 434 pc for Ori OB1d. Using different photometric indices, Brown...Andersen, J. 1991, Astron. Astrophys. Rev., 3, 91 Anthony- Twarog , B. J. 1982, AJ, 87, 1213 Bally, J., O’Dell, C. R., & McCaughrean, M. J. 2000, AJ, 119, 2919

  5. Reversibility of Intersystem Crossing in the {a}1A1(000) and {a}1A1(010) States of Methylene, CH_2

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    Le, Anh T.; Sears, Trevor; Hall, Gregory

    2015-06-01

    The lowest energy singlet ( {a}1A1) and triplet ( {X}3B1) electronic states of methylene, CH_2, are only separated by 3150 wn, but differ greatly in chemical reactivity. Overall methylene reaction rates and chemical behavior are therefore strongly dependent on collisionally-mediated singlet-triplet interconversion. Collisions with inert partners tend to depopulate the excited singlet state and populate vibrationally excited triplet levels in CH_2. This process is generally considered as irreversible for large molecules, however, this is not the case for small molecules such as CH_2. An investigation of the decay kinetics of CH_2 in the presence of argon and various amounts of oxygen has been carried out using transient frequency modulation (FM) absorption spectroscopy, to monitor ortho and para rotational levels in both the {a}1A1(000) and {a}1A1(010) states. In the {a}1A1(000) state, all observed rotational levels follow double exponential decay kinetics, a direct consequence of reversible intersystem crossing. The relative amplitude of the slower decay component is an indicator of how quickly the reverse crossing from excited triplet levels becomes significant during the reaction and relaxation of singlet methylene. The para rotational levels show more obvious signs of reversibility than ortho rotational levels. Adding oxygen enhances the visibility of reversibility for both ortho and para levels. However, in the {a}1A1(010) state where the FM signal is 5-10 times smaller than the {a}1A1(000) state, there is no evidence of double exponential decay kinetics. Acknowledgments: Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was carried out under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 and DE-SC0012704 with the U.S. Department of Energy and supported by its Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences.

  6. AMP Is an Adenosine A1 Receptor Agonist*

    PubMed Central

    Rittiner, Joseph E.; Korboukh, Ilia; Hull-Ryde, Emily A.; Jin, Jian; Janzen, William P.; Frye, Stephen V.; Zylka, Mark J.

    2012-01-01

    Numerous receptors for ATP, ADP, and adenosine exist; however, it is currently unknown whether a receptor for the related nucleotide adenosine 5′-monophosphate (AMP) exists. Using a novel cell-based assay to visualize adenosine receptor activation in real time, we found that AMP and a non-hydrolyzable AMP analog (deoxyadenosine 5′-monophosphonate, ACP) directly activated the adenosine A1 receptor (A1R). In contrast, AMP only activated the adenosine A2B receptor (A2BR) after hydrolysis to adenosine by ecto-5′-nucleotidase (NT5E, CD73) or prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP, ACPP). Adenosine and AMP were equipotent human A1R agonists in our real-time assay and in a cAMP accumulation assay. ACP also depressed cAMP levels in mouse cortical neurons through activation of endogenous A1R. Non-selective purinergic receptor antagonists (pyridoxalphosphate-6-azophenyl-2′,4′-disulfonic acid and suramin) did not block adenosine- or AMP-evoked activation. Moreover, mutation of His-251 in the human A1R ligand binding pocket reduced AMP potency without affecting adenosine potency. In contrast, mutation of a different binding pocket residue (His-278) eliminated responses to AMP and to adenosine. Taken together, our study indicates that the physiologically relevant nucleotide AMP is a full agonist of A1R. In addition, our study suggests that some of the physiological effects of AMP may be direct, and not indirect through ectonucleotidases that hydrolyze this nucleotide to adenosine. PMID:22215671

  7. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

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  8. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

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  9. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

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  10. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

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    ... 32 National Defense 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  11. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  12. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  13. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  14. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  15. 32 CFR 242a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Applicability. 242a.1 Section 242a.1 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  16. 32 CFR 168a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Purpose. 168a.1 Section 168a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND... National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships, as required by 10 U.S.C. 2191. (b...

  17. Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1C

    MedlinePlus

    ... Staying Safe Videos for Educators Search English Español Blood Test: Hemoglobin A1c KidsHealth / For Parents / Blood Test: Hemoglobin ... Análisis de sangre: hemoglobina A1c What Is a Blood Test? A blood test is when a sample of ...

  18. 42 CFR 2a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... research on mental health, including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs... engaged in research on mental health including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other... 42 Public Health 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Applicability. 2a.1 Section 2a.1 Public Health...

  19. 42 CFR 2a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... research on mental health, including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs... engaged in research on mental health including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other... 42 Public Health 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Applicability. 2a.1 Section 2a.1 Public Health...

  20. 42 CFR 2a.1 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... research on mental health, including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs... engaged in research on mental health including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other... 42 Public Health 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Applicability. 2a.1 Section 2a.1 Public Health...

  1. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 2 See footnote 1 to... 32 National Defense 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM...

  2. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 2 See footnote 1 to... 32 National Defense 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM...

  3. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 2 See footnote 1 to... 32 National Defense 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM...

  4. 32 CFR 169a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 2 See footnote 1 to... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Purpose. 169a.1 Section 169a.1 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM...

  5. 15 CFR 4a.1 - General.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... the United States. Accordingly, security classification shall be applied only to protect the national... 15 Commerce and Foreign Trade 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false General. 4a.1 Section 4a.1 Commerce and Foreign Trade Office of the Secretary of Commerce CLASSIFICATION, DECLASSIFICATION, AND PUBLIC...

  6. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking... Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization, or bank as... rules and regulations, (b) named as a party in a charge, complaint, petition, application, or request...

  7. 12 CFR 269a.1 - Party.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Party. 269a.1 Section 269a.1 Banks and Banking... Party. The term Party means any person, employee, group of employees, labor organization, or bank as... rules and regulations, (b) named as a party in a charge, complaint, petition, application, or request...

  8. 42 CFR 5a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Applicability. 5a.2 Section 5a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS RURAL PHYSICIAN... Public Health Service Act. ...

  9. 42 CFR 5a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Applicability. 5a.2 Section 5a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS RURAL PHYSICIAN... Public Health Service Act. ...

  10. 42 CFR 5a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Applicability. 5a.2 Section 5a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS RURAL PHYSICIAN... Public Health Service Act. ...

  11. 42 CFR 5a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Applicability. 5a.2 Section 5a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS RURAL PHYSICIAN... Public Health Service Act. ...

  12. FROM THE CURRENT LITERATURE: On the nature of the a0(980) and f0(980) scalar mesons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Achasov, N. N.

    1998-11-01

    The unusual properties of the a0(980) and f0(980) scalar mesons are discussed in terms of the four-quark, two-quark, and molecular models. Arguments in favor of the four-quark model are given. Further studies needed to resolve the problem are discussed.

  13. Radiographic analysis of intervertebral separation with a 0 degrees and 30 degrees rope angle using the Saunders cervical traction device.

    PubMed

    Vaughn, H Todd; Having, Karen M; Rogers, Janet L

    2006-01-15

    Radiographic analysis of cervical intervertebral separation, (IVS) while using the Saunders Cervical Traction Device (SCTD) (Chattanooga Corp., Chattanooga, TN) on a healthy population. To determine whether a rope angle of 0 degrees or 30 degrees achieves higher posterior and anterior IVS when using the SCTD. To our knowledge, research using a 0 degrees rope angle and the SCTD has not been documented. A convenience sample of 15 females and 5 males, with no history of cervical dysfunction, trauma, or pain, participated in the study. Static mechanical cervical traction, using the SCTD at a 0 degrees rope angle, was applied for 2 minutes using 11.34 kg (25 lb) of force. A cross-table lateral cervical spine radiograph was obtained before traction and again at 2 minutes of traction. Two weeks later, the subjects underwent the same procedure with the rope angle set at 30 degrees . A 0 degrees rope angle produced a significant mean difference in anterior IVS at all cervical segments as compared to a 30 degrees rope angle. Traction measurements comparing posterior IVS at 0 degrees and 30 degrees were not statistically significant. However, the posterior IVS increased significantly at a 0 degrees rope angle, with the exception of C2-C3. The research findings may have treatment implications when applying cervical traction with the SCTD. Further research using subjects with cervical nerve root compression will need to be conducted to substantiate clinical outcomes.

  14. Application of RADSAFE to Model Single Event Upset Response of a 0.25 micron CMOS SRAM

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Warren, Kevin M.; Weller, Robert A.; Sierawski, Brian; Reed, Robert A.; Mendenhall, Marcus H.; Schrimpf, Ronald D.; Massengill, Lloyd; Porter, Mark; Wilkerson, Jeff; LaBel, Kenneth A.; hide

    2006-01-01

    The RADSAFE simulation framework is described and applied to model Single Event Upsets (SEU) in a 0.25 micron CMOS 4Mbit Static Random Access Memory (SRAM). For this circuit, the RADSAFE approach produces trends similar to those expected from classical models, but more closely represents the physical mechanisms responsible for SEU in the SRAM circuit.

  15. 42 CFR 51a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Definitions. 51a.2 Section 51a.2 Public Health... CHILD HEALTH § 51a.2 Definitions. Act means the Social Security Act, as amended. Genetic diseases means... accredited school of medicine and a full-time academic medical staff holding faculty status in such school of...

  16. 32 CFR 168a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Applicability. 168a.2 Section 168a.2 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS § 168a.2 Applicability. This part applies to the Office of...

  17. 32 CFR 168a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Applicability. 168a.2 Section 168a.2 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS § 168a.2 Applicability. This part applies to the Office of...

  18. 32 CFR 168a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Applicability. 168a.2 Section 168a.2 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS § 168a.2 Applicability. This part applies to the Office of...

  19. 32 CFR 168a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Applicability. 168a.2 Section 168a.2 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS § 168a.2 Applicability. This part applies to the Office of...

  20. 32 CFR 168a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Applicability. 168a.2 Section 168a.2 National Defense Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DEFENSE CONTRACTING NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS § 168a.2 Applicability. This part applies to the Office of...

  1. 42 CFR 5a.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Applicability. 5a.2 Section 5a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS RURAL PHYSICIAN TRAINING GRANT PROGRAM § 5a.2 Applicability. This part applies to grants made under section 749B of the...

  2. 42 CFR 63a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Definitions. 63a.2 Section 63a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS § 63a.2 Definitions. As used in this part: Act means the...

  3. 42 CFR 63a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Definitions. 63a.2 Section 63a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS § 63a.2 Definitions. As used in this part: Act means the...

  4. 42 CFR 63a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Definitions. 63a.2 Section 63a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS § 63a.2 Definitions. As used in this part: Act means the...

  5. 42 CFR 63a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Definitions. 63a.2 Section 63a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS § 63a.2 Definitions. As used in this part: Act means the...

  6. 42 CFR 63a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Definitions. 63a.2 Section 63a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FELLOWSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRAINING GRANTS § 63a.2 Definitions. As used in this part: Act means the...

  7. 12 CFR 261a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Definitions. 261a.2 Section 261a.2 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM RULES REGARDING ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION UNDER THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 General Provisions § 261a.2...

  8. Upper limit for the effect of elastic bending stress on the saturation magnetization of L a0.8S r0.2Mn O3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Q.; Chen, A. P.; Guo, E. J.; Roldan, M. A.; Jia, Q. X.; Fitzsimmons, M. R.

    2018-01-01

    Using polarized neutron reflectometry, we measured the influence of elastic bending stress on the magnetization depth profile of a L a0.8S r0.2Mn O3 (LSMO) epitaxial film grown on a SrTi O3 substrate. The elastic bending strain of ±0.03 % has no obvious effect on the magnetization depth profile at saturation. This result is in stark contrast to that of (L a1 -xP rx)1 -y C ayMn O3 (LPCMO) films for which strain of ±0.01 % produced dramatic changes in the magnetization profile and Curie temperature. We attribute the difference between the influence of strain on the saturation magnetization in LSMO (weak or none) and LPCMO (strong) to a difference in the ability of LSMO (weak or none) and LPCMO (strong) to phase separate. Our observation provides an upper limit of tuning LSMO saturation magnetization via elastic strain effect.

  9. A1C Test and Diabetes

    MedlinePlus

    ... blood cells or hemoglobin Conditions that change the life span of red blood cells, such as recent blood ... Because the A1C value depends on the average life span of your red blood cells, knowing whether the ...

  10. 32 CFR 352a.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... DEFENSE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICE (DFAS) § 352a.1 Purpose. Pursuant to the authority vested in the... Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) as an Agency of the Department of Defense with responsibilities, functions, authorities, and relationships. ...

  11. CMOS realization of a 2-layer CNN universal machine chip.

    PubMed

    Carmona, R; Jiménez-Garrido, F; Domínguez-Castro, R; Espejo, S; Rodríguez-Vázquez, A

    2003-12-01

    Some features of the biological retina can be modelled by a 2-layer cellular neural network (CNN) composed of locally connected elementary nonlinear processors. In order to explore these complex spatiotemporal dynamics for image processing, a prototype chip has been designed and fabricated in a 0.5 microm CMOS technology. Design challenges, trade-offs, the building blocks and the tests results for this system with 0.5 x 10(6) transistors, most of them operating in analog mode, are presented in this paper.

  12. Echoes of the electroweak phase transition: discovering a second Higgs doublet through A0→ZH0.

    PubMed

    Dorsch, G C; Huber, S J; Mimasu, K; No, J M

    2014-11-21

    The existence of a second Higgs doublet in nature could lead to a cosmological first-order electroweak phase transition and explain the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. We obtain the spectrum and properties of the new scalars H0, A0, and H(±) that signal such a phase transition and show that the observation of the decay A0→ZH0 at LHC would be a "smoking gun" signature of these scenarios. We analyze the LHC search prospects for this decay in the ℓℓbb and ℓℓW(+)W(-) final states, arguing that current data may be sensitive to this signature in the former channel as well as there being great potential for a discovery in either channel at the very early stages of the 14 TeV run.

  13. Chitinase system of Bacillus circulans WL-12 and importance of chitinase A1 in chitin degradation.

    PubMed Central

    Watanabe, T; Oyanagi, W; Suzuki, K; Tanaka, H

    1990-01-01

    Bacillus circulans WL-12, isolated as a yeast cell wall-lytic bacterium, secretes a variety of polysaccharide-degrading enzymes into culture medium. When chitinases of the bacterium were induced with chitin, six distinct chitinase molecules were detected in the culture supernatant. These chitinases (A1, A2, B1, B2, C, and D) showed the following distinct sizes and isoelectric points: Mr 74,000, pI 4.7 (A1); Mr 69,000, pI 4.5 (A2); Mr 38,000, pI 6.6 (B1); Mr 38,000, pI 5.9 (B2); Mr 39,000, pI 8.5 (C); and Mr 52,000, pI 5.2 (D). Among these chitinases, A1 and A2 had the highest colloidal-chitin-hydrolyzing activities. Chitinase A1 showed a strong affinity to insoluble substrate chitin. Purified chitinase A1 released predominantly chitobiose [(GlcNAc)2] and a trace amount of N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) from colloidal chitin. N-terminal amino acid sequence analysis of chitinases A1 and A2 indicated that chitinase A2 was generated from chitinase A1, presumably by proteolytic removal of a C-terminal portion of chitinase A1. Since chitinase A2 did not have the ability to bind to chitin, the importance of the C-terminal region of chitinase A1 to the strong affinity of chitinase A1 to substrate chitin was suggested. Strong affinity of the chitinase seemed to be required for complete degradation of insoluble substrate chitin. From these results, it was concluded that chitinase A1 is the key enzyme in the chitinase system of this bacterium. Images PMID:2361948

  14. Immunocompetent mouse model of breast cancer for preclinical testing of EphA2-targeted therapy.

    PubMed

    Noblitt, Loren W; Bangari, Dinesh S; Shukla, Shruti; Mohammed, Sulma; Mittal, Suresh K

    2005-01-01

    EphA2, a receptor tyrosine kinase, is elevated in many invasive human breast cancers, and the majority of EphA2 remains unphosphorylated. The successful attachment of ligand EphrinA1 present on the surface of adjacent cells to EphA2 initiates EphA2 phosphorylation leading to its turnover. In vivo efficacy of various approaches targeting EphA2 for breast cancer therapy is usually evaluated in nude mice bearing human breast cancer xenografts. In order to establish an immunocompetent mouse model of breast cancer for EphA2-targeted therapies, we evaluated a mouse breast cancer cell line (MT1A2) for EphA2 expression and phosphorylation. Overexpression of EphA2 was observed in MT1A2 cells and the majority of it remained unphosphorylated signifying that EphA2 in MT1A2 cells behaved similar to that of human breast cancer cells. Human adenovirus subtype 5 (HAd5) vectors expressing secretory forms of EphrinA1 were used for in vitro and in vivo targeting of MT1A2-derived EphA2. MT1A2 cells infected with HAd-EphrinA1-Fc (HAd expressing extracellular domain of human EphrinA1 attached to Fc portion of human IgG1 heavy chain) induced EphA2 activation and its turnover. This led to inhibition in MT1A2 cell colony formation in soft agar and cell viability in monolayer culture. In addition, MT1A2 cells-infected with HAd-EphrinA1-Fc failed to form tumors in syngeneic FVB/n mice at least 32 days postinoculation. Moreover, intratumoral inoculation of FVB/n mice-bearing MT1A2-induced tumors with HAd-EphrinA1-Fc slowed the tumor growth and also resulted in the development of vector-specific immune response. These results indicate that FVB/n mice-bearing MT1A2-induced tumors could serve as an immunocompetent model of breast cancer for EphA2-targeted therapeutic strategies.

  15. EphA2 as a novel molecular marker and target in glioblastoma multiforme.

    PubMed

    Wykosky, Jill; Gibo, Denise M; Stanton, Constance; Debinski, Waldemar

    2005-10-01

    We investigated the presence of EphA2, and its ligand, ephrinA1, in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant neoplasm of glial cells, and normal brain. We also initially examined the functional importance of the interaction between EphA2 and ephrinA1 in glioma cells. Expression and localization of EphA2 and ephrinA1 in human GBM and normal brain were examined using Western blotting, immunofluorescence, and immunohistochemistry. A functional role for EphA2 was investigated by assessing the activation status of the receptor and the effect of ephrinA1 on the anchorage-independent growth and invasiveness of GBM cells. We found EphA2 to be elevated in approximately 90% of GBM specimens and cell lines but not in normal brain, whereas ephrinA1 was present at consistently low levels in both GBM and normal brain. EphA2 was activated and phosphorylated by ephrinA1 in GBM cells. Furthermore, ephrinA1 induced a prominent, dose-dependent inhibitory effect on the anchorage-independent growth and invasiveness of GBM cells highly overexpressing EphA2, which was not seen in cells expressing low levels of the receptor. Thus, EphA2 is both specifically overexpressed in GBM and expressed differentially with respect to its ligand, ephrinA1, which may reflect on the oncogenic processes of malignant glioma cells. EphA2 seems to be functionally important in GBM cells and thus may play an important role in GBM pathogenesis. Hence, EphA2 represents a new marker and novel target for the development of molecular therapeutics against GBM.

  16. 32 CFR 242a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Definitions. 242a.2 Section 242a.2 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  17. 32 CFR 242a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Definitions. 242a.2 Section 242a.2 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  18. 32 CFR 242a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Definitions. 242a.2 Section 242a.2 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  19. 32 CFR 242a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Definitions. 242a.2 Section 242a.2 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES...

  20. 42 CFR 59a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... relating to the health sciences. Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other... 42 Public Health 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Definitions. 59a.2 Section 59a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE GRANTS...

  1. 42 CFR 59a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... relating to the health sciences. Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other... 42 Public Health 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Definitions. 59a.2 Section 59a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE GRANTS...

  2. 42 CFR 59a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... relating to the health sciences. Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other... 42 Public Health 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Definitions. 59a.2 Section 59a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE GRANTS...

  3. 42 CFR 59a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... relating to the health sciences. Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Definitions. 59a.2 Section 59a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE GRANTS...

  4. 42 CFR 59a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... relating to the health sciences. Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other... 42 Public Health 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Definitions. 59a.2 Section 59a.2 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE GRANTS...

  5. 12 CFR 261a.2 - Definitions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

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  6. 12 CFR 261a.2 - Definitions.

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  9. NERVA Reactor Based on NRX A1

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    1963-01-01

    This artist's concept from 1963 shows a proposed NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) incorporating the NRX-A1, the first NERVA-type cold flow reactor. The NERVA engine, based on Kiwi nuclear reactor technology, was intended to power a RIFT (Reactor-In-Flight-Test) nuclear stage, for which Marshall Space Flight Center had development responsibility.

  10. 14 CFR 374a.1 - Purpose.

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    ...-RESEARCH SUBJECTS § 2a.1 Applicability. (a) Section 303(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242a... research on mental health, including research on the use and effect of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, to protect the privacy of individuals who are the subject of such research by withholding from all...

  12. 38 CFR 8a.1 - Definitions.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 8a.1 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VETERANS MORTGAGE LIFE... title to the housing unit for which his or her grant was made. (b) The term Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) means the mortgage protection life insurance authorized for veterans under 38 U.S.C. 2106...

  13. A 0.15-scale study of configuration effects on the aerodynamic interaction between main rotor and fuselage

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    Trept, Ted

    1984-01-01

    Hover and forward flight tests were conducted to investigate the mutual aerodynamic interaction between the main motor and fuselage of a conventional helicopter configuration. A 0.15-scale Model 222 two-bladed teetering rotor was combined with a 0.15-scale model of the NASA Ames 40x80-foot wind tunnel 1500 horsepower test stand fairing. Configuration effects were studied by modifying the fairing to simulate a typical helicopter forebody. Separation distance between rotor and body were also investigated. Rotor and fuselage force and moment as well as pressure data are presented in graphical and tabular format. Data was taken over a range of thrust coefficients from 0.002 to 0.007. In forward flight speed ratio was varied from 0.1 to 0.3 with shaft angle varying from +4 to -12 deg. The data show that the rotors effect on the fuselage may be considerably more important to total aircraft performance than the effect of the fuselage on the rotor.

  14. Acoustic scattering from a finite plate: generation of guided Lamb waves S(0), A(0) and A.

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    Cité, N; Chati, F; Décultot, D; Léon, F; Maze, G

    2012-06-01

    In the domain of renewable energies, marine current turbines constitute one of the possibilities of producing electrical energy. Naked-eye inspection, or with the aid of video monitoring systems of these machines to ensure their perfect working order, can be difficult in a turbid environment. Acoustic methods are conceivable. The study focuses on the blades of these machines, by considering rectangular plates. The propagation of Lamb waves in a plate is studied by analyzing experimental time signals obtained from acoustic scattering. These signals are analyzed employing the ray theory. In vacuum, the flexural wave is the A(0) Lamb wave, whilst in water this wave splits in a bifurcation: the A wave with a phase velocity always smaller than the sound speed in water, and the A(0) wave with a phase velocity always higher than the sound speed in water. In the central bandpass of the transducers used in the experiments, mainly the A and S(0) waves exist. However, signals observed in the third harmonic bandpass of the transducers are also analyzed. In order to complement these results, resonance frequencies of the plate studied are calculated taking into account the boundary conditions and compared with the resonance frequencies of the experimental spectra.

  15. Adenosine A2A receptor ligand recognition and signaling is blocked by A2B receptors.

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    Hinz, Sonja; Navarro, Gemma; Borroto-Escuela, Dasiel; Seibt, Benjamin F; Ammon, York-Christoph; de Filippo, Elisabetta; Danish, Azeem; Lacher, Svenja K; Červinková, Barbora; Rafehi, Muhammad; Fuxe, Kjell; Schiedel, Anke C; Franco, Rafael; Müller, Christa E

    2018-03-02

    The adenosine receptor (AR) subtypes A 2A and A 2B are rhodopsin-like G s protein-coupled receptors whose expression is highly regulated under pathological, e.g. hypoxic, ischemic and inflammatory conditions. Both receptors play important roles in inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, are blocked by caffeine, and have now become major drug targets in immuno-oncology. By Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET), bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) and proximity ligation assays (PLA) we demonstrated A 2A -A 2B AR heteromeric complex formation. Moreover we observed a dramatically altered pharmacology of the A 2A AR when co-expressed with the A 2B AR (A 2B ≥ A 2A ) in recombinant as well as in native cells. In the presence of A 2B ARs, A 2A -selective ligands lost high affinity binding to A 2A ARs and displayed strongly reduced potency in cAMP accumulation and dynamic mass redistribution (DMR) assays. These results have major implications for the use of A 2A AR ligands as drugs as they will fail to modulate the receptor in an A 2A -A 2B heteromer context. Accordingly, A 2A -A 2B AR heteromers represent novel pharmacological targets.

  16. 77 FR 42997 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; 110(a)(1) and (2) Infrastructure...

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  18. Studies of membrane topology of mitochondrial cholesterol hydroxylases CYPs 27A1 and 11A1

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    Mast, Natalia; Liao, Wei-Li; Turko, Illarion V.

    2010-01-01

    Mitochondrial cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP or P450, EC 1.14.13.15) play an important role in metabolism of cholesterol. CYP27A1 hydroxylates cholesterol at position 27 and, thus, initiates cholesterol removal from many extrahepatic tissues. CYP11A1 is a steroidogenic P450 that converts cholesterol to pregnenolone, the first step in the biosynthesis of all steroid hormones. We utilized a new approach to study membrane topology of CYPs 27A1 and 11A1. This approach involves heterologous expression of membrane-bound P450 in E. coli, isolation of the P450-containing E. coli membranes, treatment of the membranes with protease, removal of the digested soluble portion and extraction of the membrane-associated peptides, which are then identified by mass spectrometry. By using this approach, we found four membrane-interacting peptides in CYP27A1, and two peptides in CYP11A1. Peptides in CYP27A1 represent a contiguous portion of the polypeptide chain (residues 210-251) corresponding to the putative F-G loop and adjacent portions of the F and G helices. Peptides in CYP11A1 are from the putative F-G loop (residues 218-225) and the C-terminal portion of the G helix (residues 238-250). This data is consistent with those obtained previously by us and others and provide new information about membrane topology of CYPs 27A1 and 11A1. PMID:18791760

  19. Determination of U (1 )A restoration from pion and a0 -meson screening masses: Toward the chiral regime

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    Ishii, Masahiro; Yonemura, Koji; Takahashi, Junichi; Kouno, Hiroaki; Yahiro, Masanobu

    2016-01-01

    We incorporate the effective restoration of U (1 )A symmetry in the 2 +1 -flavor entanglement Polyakov-loop extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (EPNJL) model by introducing a temperature-dependent strength K (T ) to the Kobayashi-Maskawa-'t Hooft determinant interaction. T dependence of K (T ) is well determined from pion and a0-meson screening masses obtained by lattice QCD (LQCD) simulations with improved p4 staggered fermions. The strength is strongly suppressed in the vicinity of the pseudocritical temperature of chiral transition. The EPNJL model with the K (T ) well reproduces meson susceptibilities calculated by LQCD with domain-wall fermions. The model shows that the chiral transition is second order at the "light-quark chiral-limit" point where the light quark mass is zero and the strange quark mass is fixed at the physical value. This indicates that there exists a tricritical point. Hence, the location is estimated.

  20. Landing impact studies of a 0.3-scale model air cushion landing system for a Navy fighter airplane

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    Leland, T. J. W.; Thompson, W. C.

    1975-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted in order to determine the landing-impact behavior of a 0.3-scale, dynamically (but not physically) similar model of a high-density Navy fighter equipped with an air cushion landing system. The model was tested over a range of landing contact attitudes at high forward speeds and sink rates on a specialized test fixture at the Langley aircraft landing loads and traction facility. The investigation indicated that vertical acceleration at landing impact was highly dependent on the pitch angle at ground contact, the higher acceleration of approximately 5g occurring near zero body-pitch attitude. A limited number of low-speed taxi tests were made in order to determine model stability characteristics. The model was found to have good pitch-damping characteristics but stability in roll was marginal.

  1. Hyperparathyroidism complicating CYP 24A1 mutations.

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    Loyer, Camille; Leroy, Clara; Molin, Arnaud; Odou, Marie-Françoise; Huglo, Damien; Lion, Georges; Ernst, Olivier; Hoffmann, Maxime; Porchet, Nicole; Carnaille, Bruno; Pattou, François; Kottler, Marie-Laure; Vantyghem, Marie-Christine

    2016-10-01

    CYP24A1 gene mutations induce infantile hypercalcemia, with high 1,25(OH) 2 D contrasting with low PTH levels. The adult phenotype is not well known. Two unrelated adult patients were referred for nephrolithiasis, hypertension, hypercalcemia, hypercalciuria, normal 25-OHD levels, and inappropriate PTH levels (22 to 92pg/mL;N: 15-68) suggesting primary hyperparathyroidism, leading to surgery. Hypercalciuria improved despite persistent hypercalcemia, treated with cinacalcet. The ratio 25-OHD 3 /24-25-(OH)2D 3 >100 (N<25) suggested the diagnosis of CYP24A1 mutations which were confirmed through Sanger sequencing. In conclusion, the adult phenotype associated with CYP24A1 mutations can evolve over time from hypercalcemia with suppressed PTH towards hyperparathyroidism with moderately increased PTH level, adenoma and/or slightly increased parathyroid glands. Surgery decreased calciuria and improved kidney function. Cinacalcet was partially effective on hypercalcemia since PTH was inappropriate. This novel phenotype, a phenocopy of hyperparathyroidism, might evolve in few cases towards hyperparathyroidism despite random association of the 2 diseases cannot be excluded. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  2. The effectiveness of a 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving in the United States.

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    Fell, James C; Voas, Robert B

    2014-06-01

    The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that states establish a per se blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.05 or lower for all drivers who are not already required to adhere to lower BAC limits in a national effort to reduce alcohol-impaired driving. There is strong evidence for adopting this recommendation. A comprehensive review of the literature on BAC limits was conducted. The research indicates that virtually all drivers are impaired regarding at least some driving performance measures at a 0.05 BAC. The risk of being involved in a crash increases significantly at 0.05 BAC and above. The relative risk of being killed in a single-vehicle crash with BACs of 0.05-0.079 is 7-21 times higher than for drivers at 0.00 BAC. Lowering the BAC limit from 0.08 to 0.05 has been a proven effective countermeasure in numerous countries around the world. Most Americans do not believe a person should drive after having two or three drinks in 2 hours. It takes at least four drinks for the average 170-pound male to exceed 0.05 BAC in 2 hours (three drinks for the 137-pound female). Most industrialized nations have established a 0.05 BAC limit or lower for driving. Progress in reducing the proportion of drivers in fatal crashes with illegal BACs has stalled over the past 15 years. Lowering the BAC limit for driving from the current 0.08 to 0.05 has substantial potential to reduce the number of people who drink and drive in the United States and get involved in fatal crashes. © 2013 Society for the Study of Addiction.

  3. The a1 in τ decay

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    Isgur, Nathan; Morningstar, Colin; Reader, Cathy

    1989-03-01

    The decay τ-->ντπππ provides a potentially powerful means of observing the axial-vector isovector state expected in the region of 1.2 GeV. Extraction of the properties of this resonance is, however, complicated by its broad width. We examine the problems of studying such a resonance, especially the model dependence of its deduced mass and width. Within a clearly defined and well-tested model we find ma1=1220+/-15 MeV and Γa1=420+/-40 MeV.

  4. Pharmacological evidence for different populations of postsynaptic adenosine A2A receptors in the rat striatum

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    Orrú, Marco; Quiroz, César; Guitart, Xavier; Ferré, Sergi

    2011-01-01

    Adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) are highly concentrated in the striatum. Two pharmacological different functional populations of A2ARs have been recently described based on their different affinities for the A2AR antagonist SCH-442416. This compound has high affinity for A2ARs not forming heteromers or forming heteromers with adenosine A1 receptors (A1Rs) while showing very low affinity for A2ARs forming heteromers with dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs). It has been widely described that striatal A1R-A2AR heteromers are preferentially localized presynaptically in the glutamatergic terminals that contact GABAergic dynorphinergic neurons, and that A2AR-D2R heteromers are localized postsynaptically in GABAergic enkephalinergic neurons. In the present study we provide evidence suggesting that SCH-442416 also targets postsynaptic A2AR not forming heteromers with D2R, which are involved in the motor depressant effects induced by D2R antagonists. SCH-442416 counteracted motor depression in rats induced by the D2R antagonist raclopride at a dose that did not produce motor activation or that blocked motor depression induced by an A2AR agonist. Furthermore, we re-evaluated the recently suggested key role of cannabinoid CB1 receptors (CB1Rs) in the effects of A2AR antagonists acting at postsynaptic A2ARs. By recording locomotor activity and monitoring striatal glutamate release induced by cortical electrical stimulation in rats after administration of A2AR and CB1R antagonists, we did not find evidence for any significant role of endocannabinoids in the post- or presynaptic effects of A2AR antagonists. The present results further suggest the existence of at least two functionally and pharmacologically different populations of striatal postsynaptic A2ARs. PMID:21752341

  5. METSAT: Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A2 (AMSU-A2) structural mathematical model

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    Ely, Wayne

    1995-01-01

    This plan describes the Structural Mathematical Model of the METSAT AMSU-A2 instrument. The model is used to verify the structural adequacy of the AMSU-A2 instrument for the specified loading environments.

  6. Emerging strategies for EphA2 receptor targeting for cancer therapeutics.

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    Tandon, Manish; Vemula, Sai Vikram; Mittal, Suresh K

    2011-01-01

    High mortality rates with cancers warrant further development of earlier diagnostics and better treatment strategies. Membrane-bound erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular receptor tyrosine kinase class A2 (EphA2) is overexpressed in breast, prostate, urinary bladder, skin, lung, ovary and brain cancers. EphA2 overexpression in cancers, its signaling mechanisms and strategies to target its deregulation. High EphA2 expression in cancer cells is correlated with a poor prognosis associated with recurrence due to enhanced metastasis. Interaction of the EphA2 receptor with its ligand (e.g., ephrinA1) triggers events that are deregulated and implicated in carcinogenesis. EphrinA1-independent oncogenic activity and ephrinA1-dependent tumor suppressor roles for EphA2 are described. Molecular interactions of EphA2 with signaling proteins are associated with the modulation of cytoskeleton dynamics, cell adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and metastasis. The deregulated signaling by EphA2 and its involvement in oncogenesis provide multiple avenues for the rational design of intervention approaches. EphA2 has been tested as a drug target using multiple approaches such as agonist antibodies, RNA interference, immunotherapy, virus vector-mediated gene transfer, small-molecule inhibitors and nanoparticles. With over a decade of research, encouraging results with targeting of EphA2 expression in various pre-clinical cancer models necessitate further studies.

  7. A 0.8-4.2 GHz monolithic all-digital PLL based frequency synthesizer for wireless communications

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    Yuanxin, Zhao; Yuanpei, Gao; Wei, Li; Ning, Li; Junyan, Ren

    2015-01-01

    A 0.8-4.2 GHz monolithic all-digital PLL based frequency synthesizer for wireless communications is successfully realized by the 130 nm CMOS process. A series of novel methods are proposed in this paper. Two band DCOs with high frequency resolution are utilized to cover the frequency band of interest, which is as wide as 2.5 to 5 GHz. An overflow counter is proposed to prevent the “pulse-swallowing” phenomenon so as to significantly reduce the locking time. A NTW-clamp digital module is also proposed to prevent the overflow of the loop control word. A modified programmable divider is presented to prevent the failure operation at the boundary. The measurement results show that the output frequency range of this frequency synthesizer is 0.8-4.2 GHz. The locking time achieves a reduction of 84% at 2.68 GHz. The best in-band and out-band phase noise performances have reached -100 dBc/Hz, and -125 dBc/Hz respectively. The lowest reference spur is -58 dBc.

  8. Pressure distributions on a 0.02-scale Space Shuttle orbiter nose at Mach 21.5 in helium

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    Ashby, George C., Jr.; Bernot, Peter T.; Woods, William C.

    1994-01-01

    Pressure distributions on a 0.02-scale model of the Space Shuttle orbiter forward fuselage were obtained in the 22-inch aerodynamic leg of the Langley Hypersonic Helium Tunnel Facility at a nominal free-stream Mach number of 21.5 and a ratio of specific heats of 1.67 for inclusion in the database of the Shuttle entry air data system (SEADS). The data were measured at model angles of attack of 0 deg to 50 deg in 5 deg increments for zero sideslip angle and at model sideslip angles of -5 deg to 5 deg for angles of attack equal to 5, 20, 35, and 40 deg. These data displayed trends similar to those observed in other wind tunnels at Mach 6 and 10 in air. Specifically noted is a shift in the location of the stagnation point at angles of attack above 15 deg; this effect did not, however, occur in flight. By comparison, the data obtained at Mach 6 in the Langley Hypersonic CF4 Tunnel, corresponding to a lower ratio of specific heats in the postshock region than those in helium and air, showed some reduction of the stagnation point shift at the higher angles of attack. The differences between flight and wind tunnel pressure distributions are believed due primarily to high-temperature gas chemistry effects in flight, which include lower effective specific heat ratios but which were not completely duplicated in the wind tunnels.

  9. Formulation and characterization of a 0.1% rapamycin cream for the treatment of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-related angiofibromas.

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    Bouguéon, Guillaume; Lagarce, Frédéric; Martin, Ludovic; Pailhoriès, Hélène; Bastiat, Guillaume; Vrignaud, Sandy

    2016-07-25

    Medicines for the treatment of rare diseases frequently do not attract the interest of the pharmaceutical industry, and hospital pharmacists are thus often requested by physicians to prepare personalized medicines. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare disease that causes disfiguring lesions named facial angiofibromas. Various topical formulations of rapamycin (=sirolimus) have been proved effective in treating these changes in small case series. The present study provides for the first time characterization of a 0.1% rapamycin cream formulation presenting good rapamycin solubilisation. The first step of the formulation is solubilisation of rapamycin in Transcutol(®), and the second step is the incorporation of the mixture in an oil-in-water cream. A HPLC stability-indicating method was developed. Rapamycin concentration in the cream was tested by HPLC and confirmed that it remained above 95% of the initial concentration for at least 85days, without characteristic degradation peaks. The preparation met European Pharmacopoeia microbial specifications throughout storage in aluminum tubes, including when patient use was simulated. Odour, appearance and colour of the preparation were assessed and no change was evidenced during storage. The rheological properties of the cream also remained stable throughout storage. To conclude, we report preparation of a novel cream formulation presenting satisfactory rapamycin solubilisation for the treatment of TSC cutaneous manifestations, with stability data. The cream is currently being used by our patients. Efficacy and tolerance will be reported later. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Impact of metallisation on resistor matching in a 0.35 μm analogue CMOS process

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    Lowe, Antony

    2004-05-01

    Feature size control in deep sub-micron CMOS processes requires attention to the local and global metal density. This can lead to the placement of metal on top of sensitive analogue components. In this study we report the first results on the impact of metal coverage on the matching of high and low ohmic polysilicon resistors in a 0.35 μm analogue CMOS technology. A significant degradation in matching is observed, especially when matched resistors have unequal metal coverage. In contrast to reported results in one earlier other technology, the mismatch degradation is not strongly influenced by process changes such as modified sinter temperature or the presence of titanium in the metallisation. Limited data show that the effect is also seen in bulk silicon resistors, with a larger magnitude. It is demonstrated that the most likely explanation for the effect is the impact of stress from the metal film on the silicon resistance. A consequence of the effect is that in analogue designs metal must be kept a sufficient distance (10 μm in this process) away from matched resistor pairs.

  11. High-resolution laboratory lysimeter for automated sampling of tracers through a 0.5 m soil block

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    Johnson, A.; Mathews, T. J.; Patel, D.; Worsfold, P. J.; Andrew, K. N.

    2003-01-01

    A computer-controlled, automated sample collection from a 0.5-m lysimeter, designed to give superior temporal and spatial resolution for monitoring the movement of chemical tracers through a large undisturbed soil block, is described. The soil block, 0.520.520.5 m, was monitored for saturation using eight time domain reflectometry probes. Rainfall was applied at approximately 1600 ml hm1 using a 12212 array of 23-gauge (0.318 mm internal diameter) hypodermic needles. Soil leachates were collected at the base of the soil block using a machined aluminium collection plate with a 10210 grid of funnels that passed leachates to sample collection palettes. Sample collection was automated using a personal computer equipped with National Instruments LabVIEW™ software and linked to sensors for palette tracking. The automation of the lysimeter allowed sample collection and storage over a user-defined period with no human interaction. As an example of the use of the automated lysimeter, results show the distribution of phosphate within the soil. The eluted phosphate showed an initial and secondary peak, and only emerged from preferential flow channels. PMID:18924715

  12. A 0.1-1.5 GHz, low jitter, area efficient PLL in 55-nm CMOS process

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    Bo, Zhong; Zhangming, Zhu

    2016-05-01

    A 0.1-1.5 GHz, 3.07 pS root mean squares (RMS) jitter, area efficient phase locked loop (PLL) with multiphase clock outputs is presented in this paper. The size of capacitor in the low pass filter (LPF) is significantly decreased by implementing a dual path charge pump (CP) technique in this PLL. Subject to specified power consumption, a novel optimization method is introduced to optimize the transistor size in the voltage control oscillator (VCO), CP and phase/frequency detector (PFD) in order to minimize clock jitter. This method could improve 3-6 dBc/Hz phase noise. The proposed PLL has been fabricated in 55 nm CMOS process with an integrated 16 pF metal-oxide-metal (MOM) capacitor, occupies 0.05 mm2 silicon area, the measured total power consumption is 2.8 mW @ 1.5 GHz and the phase noise is -102 dBc/Hz @ 1 MHz offset frequency. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61234002, 61322405, 61306044, 61376033) and the National High-Tech Program of China (No. 2013AA014103).

  13. EphrinA1 Is Released in Three Forms from Cancer Cells by Matrix Metalloproteases

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    Beauchamp, Amanda; Lively, Mark O.; Mintz, Akiva; Gibo, Denise; Wykosky, Jill

    2012-01-01

    EphrinA1 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-linked ligand for the EphA2 receptor, which is overexpressed in glioblastoma (GBM), among other cancers. Activation of the receptor by ephrinA1 leads to a suppression of oncogenic properties of GBM cells. We documented that a monomeric functional form of ephrinA1 is released from cancer cells and thus explored the mechanism of ephrinA1 release and the primary protein sequence. We demonstrate here that multiple metalloproteases (MMPs) are able to cleave ephrinA1, most notably MMP-1, -2, -9, and -13. The proteolytic cleavage that releases ephrinA1 occurs at three positions near the C terminus, producing three forms ending in valine-175, histidine-177, or serine-178. Moreover, deletion of amino acids 174 to 181 or 175 to 181 yields ephrinA1 that is still GPI linked but not released by proteolysis, underlining the necessity of amino acids 175 to 181 for release from the membrane. Furthermore, recombinant ephrinA1 ending at residue 175 retains activity toward the EphA2 receptor. These findings suggest a mechanism of release and provide evidence for the existence of several forms of monomeric ephrinA1. Moreover, ephrinA1 should be truncated at a minimum at amino acid 175 in fusions or conjugates with other molecules in order to prevent likely proteolysis within physiological and pathobiological environments. PMID:22688511

  14. EphrinA1 is released in three forms from cancer cells by matrix metalloproteases.

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    Beauchamp, Amanda; Lively, Mark O; Mintz, Akiva; Gibo, Denise; Wykosky, Jill; Debinski, Waldemar

    2012-08-01

    EphrinA1 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-linked ligand for the EphA2 receptor, which is overexpressed in glioblastoma (GBM), among other cancers. Activation of the receptor by ephrinA1 leads to a suppression of oncogenic properties of GBM cells. We documented that a monomeric functional form of ephrinA1 is released from cancer cells and thus explored the mechanism of ephrinA1 release and the primary protein sequence. We demonstrate here that multiple metalloproteases (MMPs) are able to cleave ephrinA1, most notably MMP-1, -2, -9, and -13. The proteolytic cleavage that releases ephrinA1 occurs at three positions near the C terminus, producing three forms ending in valine-175, histidine-177, or serine-178. Moreover, deletion of amino acids 174 to 181 or 175 to 181 yields ephrinA1 that is still GPI linked but not released by proteolysis, underlining the necessity of amino acids 175 to 181 for release from the membrane. Furthermore, recombinant ephrinA1 ending at residue 175 retains activity toward the EphA2 receptor. These findings suggest a mechanism of release and provide evidence for the existence of several forms of monomeric ephrinA1. Moreover, ephrinA1 should be truncated at a minimum at amino acid 175 in fusions or conjugates with other molecules in order to prevent likely proteolysis within physiological and pathobiological environments.

  15. 26 CFR 1.691(a)-2 - Inclusion in gross income by recipients.

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    2013-04-01

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  16. 26 CFR 1.691(a)-2 - Inclusion in gross income by recipients.

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  17. 26 CFR 1.691(a)-2 - Inclusion in gross income by recipients.

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  18. 26 CFR 1.691(a)-2 - Inclusion in gross income by recipients.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Inclusion in gross income by recipients. 1.691(a)-2 Section 1.691(a)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY... Inclusion in gross income by recipients. (a) Under section 691(a)(1), income in respect of a decedent shall...

  19. J-2X installation on A-1

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    2007-09-20

    Core components of the J-2X engine being designed for NASA's Constellation Program recently were installed on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. Tests of the components, known as Powerpack 1A, will be conducted from November 2007 through February 2008. The Powerpack 1A test article consists of a gas generator and engine turbopumps originally developed for the Apollo Program that put Americans on the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Engineers are testing these heritage components to obtain data that will help them modify the turbomachinery to meet the higher performance requirements of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles. The upcoming tests will simulate inlet and outlet conditions that would be present on the turbomachinery during a full-up engine hot-fire test.

  20. A 0.4-2.3 GHz broadband power amplifier extended continuous class-F design technology

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    Chen, Peng; He, Songbai

    2015-08-01

    A 0.4-2.3 GHz broadband power amplifier (PA) extended continuous class-F design technology is proposed in this paper. Traditional continuous class-F PA performs in high-efficiency only in one octave bandwidth. With the increasing development of wireless communication, the PA is in demand to cover the mainstream communication standards' working frequencies from 0.4 GHz to 2.2 GHz. In order to achieve this objective, the bandwidths of class-F and continuous class-F PA are analysed and discussed by Fourier series. Also, two criteria, which could reduce the continuous class-F PA's implementation complexity, are presented and explained to investigate the overlapping area of the transistor's current and voltage waveforms. The proposed PA design technology is based on the continuous class-F design method and divides the bandwidth into two parts: the first part covers the bandwidth from 1.3 GHz to 2.3 GHz, where the impedances are designed by the continuous class-F method; the other part covers the bandwidth from 0.4 GHz to 1.3 GHz, where the impedance to guarantee PA to be in high-efficiency over this bandwidth is selected and controlled. The improved particle swarm optimisation is employed for realising the multi-impedances of output and input network. A PA based on a commercial 10 W GaN high electron mobility transistor is designed and fabricated to verify the proposed design method. The simulation and measurement results show that the proposed PA could deliver 40-76% power added efficiency and more than 11 dB power gain with more than 40 dBm output power over the bandwidth from 0.4-2.3 GHz.

  1. Evaluation of chondrocyte death in canine osteochondral explants exposed to a 0.5% solution of bupivacaine.

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    Hennig, Geoffrey S; Hosgood, Giselle; Bubenik-Angapen, Loretta J; Lauer, Susanne K; Morgan, Timothy W

    2010-08-01

    To evaluate chondrocyte death in canine articular cartilage exposed in vitro to bupivacaine with and without methylparaben and to compare viability for cartilage with intact or mechanically debrided surfaces. Both glenohumeral joints from 10 adult canine cadavers. 10 osteochondral cores were harvested from each of the 20 humeral heads; synovium and 1 core from each joint were examined to verify joint health, and the other 9 cores were exposed to canine chondrocyte culture medium (CCCM), a 0.5% solution of bupivacaine, or 0.5% solution of bupivacaine with methylparaben for 5, 15, or 30 minutes. For the superficial zone of surface-intact chondrocytes, bupivacaine with methylparaben caused a significantly higher percentage of chondrocyte death at 5 minutes (47.7%) than did bupivacaine (23.6%) or CCCM (25.4%). Bupivacaine (53.8%) and bupivacaine with methylparaben (62.5%) caused a significantly higher percentage of chondrocyte death at 30 minutes than did CCCM (20.0%). For the superficial zone of chondrocytes with debrided surfaces, bupivacaine with methylparaben caused a significantly higher percentage of chondrocyte death at 30 minutes (59%) than it did at 5 minutes (37.7%). Bupivacaine with methylparaben caused a significantly higher percentage of chondrocyte death at 30 minutes (59.0%) than did CCCM (28.9%). For middle and deep zones of chondrocytes, treatment solution and surface debridement had minimal effects on percentage of chondrocyte death. Bupivacaine and bupivacaine with methylparaben were cytotoxic to canine articular chondrocytes in vitro. Intra-articular administration of bupivacaine is not recommended for clinical use until additional studies are conducted.

  2. Ultra-fast photoacoustic flow cytometry with a 0.5 MHz pulse repetition rate nanosecond laser

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    Nedosekin, Dmitry A.; Sarimollaoglu, Mustafa; Shashkov, Evgeny V.; Galanzha, Ekaterina I.; Zharov, Vladimir P.

    2010-01-01

    In vivo photoacoustic (PA) flow cytometry (PAFC) has great potential for detecting disease-associated biomarkers in blood and lymph flow, as well as real-time control of the efficacy of photothermal (PT) and other therapies through the counting of circulating abnormal objects. We report on a high speed PAFC with a Yb-doped fiber laser having a 0.5-MHz pulse repetition rate at a wavelength of 1064 nm, pulse width of 10 ns, and energy up to 100 µJ. This is the first biomedical application of PA and PT techniques operating at the highest pulse repetition rate of nanosecond lasers that provide 100-fold enhancement in detection speed of carbon nanotube clusters, as well as real-time monitoring of the flow velocity of individual targets through the width of PA signals. The laser pulse rate limits for PT and PA techniques depending on the sizes of laser beam and targets and flow velocity are discussed. We propose time-overlapping mode and generation of periodic nano- and microbubbles as PA-signal and PT-therapy amplifiers, including discrimination of small absorbing targets among large ones. Taking into account the relatively low level of background signals from most biotissues at 1064 nm, our data suggest that a nanosecond Yb-doped fiber laser operating at high pulse repetition rate could be a promising optical source for time-resolved PA and PT cytometry, imaging, microscopy, and therapy, including detection of nanoparticles and cells flowing at velocities up to 2.5 m/s. PMID:20588705

  3. Erosion protection efficacy of a 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice versus an arginine-containing dentifrice.

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    West, Nicola; He, Tao; Hellin, Nikki; Claydon, Nicholas; Seong, Joon; Macdonald, Emma; Eusebio, Rachelle

    2018-04-01

    To assess the anti-erosion effects of a 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice versus a marketed dentifrice in an in situ clinical study. This was a double-blind, randomized and controlled, two-treatment, four-period crossover clinical study involving healthy adults. Each study period was 10 days. Subjects were randomized to one of two dentifrice products each period: an experimental 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice (1,100 ppm fluoride) or a marketed 1.5% arginine-containing dentifrice (Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection, 1,450 ppm fluoride). Subjects wore an intra-oral appliance fitted with two polished human enamel samples for 6 hours per day, swishing with the assigned dentifrice slurry twice a day in addition to sipping and swishing with 250 ml of orange juice for 10 minutes (in increments of 25 ml each minute) four times each day. Contact profilometry was used to measure surface loss of tooth enamel over the course of the study. Two measurements for each sample were taken at baseline and Day 10. 35 subjects were randomized to treatment and 31 completed the study (mean age = 40 years). At Day 10, enamel loss means were 0.128 µm for the stannous fluoride dentifrice and 1.377 µm for the arginine-containing dentifrice, respectively (P< 0.001). This represents 90.7% less enamel loss for the stannous fluoride dentifrice. Both products were well tolerated. The 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice demonstrated significantly greater protection to human enamel against erosive acid challenges relative to the marketed 1.5% arginine-containing dentifrice in this in situ clinical study. Copyright©American Journal of Dentistry.

  4. 29 CFR 1912a.2 - Membership.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Relating to Labor (Continued) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (CONTINUED) NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH § 1912a.2 Membership. The Committee is a... labor, two members will represent the occupational health professions, two members will represent the...

  5. 42 CFR 85a.2 - Definitions.

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    2011-10-01

    ... PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH INVESTIGATIONS OF PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT § 85a.2 Definitions. Any term defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 or the Federal Mine Safety and...

  6. 29 CFR 1912a.2 - Membership.

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    2011-07-01

    ... occupational safety professions, and four members will represent the public. The Secretary of Health, Education... Relating to Labor (Continued) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (CONTINUED) NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH § 1912a.2 Membership. The Committee is a...

  7. Intrapericardial pacemaker in a 2-kilogram newborn.

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    Gil-Jaurena, Juan-Miguel; Castillo, Rafael; Rubio, Lorena

    2012-08-01

    A 2-kilogram child had a pacemaker implanted by a subxyphoid approach with the generator located under the rectus sheath. Days later, the battery eroded the abdominal wall and the peritoneum. The whole system was removed and a new one was implanted inside the pericardium on an emergent basis.

  8. Combining MOD10A1 and MYD10A1 Images For Snow Cover Area Monitoring

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    Tekeli, A. E.

    2008-12-01

    MOD10A1 and MYD10A1 daily snow cover maps at 500 m resolution are available from MODIS sensors on Terra and Aqua satellites. Aqua obtains the image of same region approximately three hours after Terra over Turkey region. MODIS is an optic sensor and cloud cover degrades the usability of derived snow cover maps. Moreover, spectral similarity between clouds and snow complicates their separability in visible imagery. Fortunately, dynamic behavior of clouds enables their discrimination from snow stationary on the surface. Combined use of MOD10A1 and MYD10A1 images mostly reduces the cloud cover present in one image alone and provides better representation of surface snow cover. Comparison of merged images with in situ data indicated higher hit ratios. The individual comparison of MOD10A1 and MYD10A1 images with ground data each yielded 31% hit ratio whereas, the merged images provided 38%. One-day shifts in comparisons increased hit ratios to 52 % and 46% whereas and two-day shifts gave 77 % and 79 % for MOD10A1 and MYD10A1 respectively. Merged maps yielded 54% and 83% for one and two day shifts. The improvement provided by the merging technique is found to be 7% for the present day, 7 % for one- day and 5% for two-day shifts for the whole season. Monthly decomposition resulted 25% improvement as the maximum. The snow cover product obtained by merging Terra and Aqua satellites provided higher hit ratios, as expected.

  9. Conceptual design of a 0.1 W magnetic refrigerator for operation between 10 K and 2 K

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    Helvensteijn, Ben P. M.; Kashani, Ali

    1990-01-01

    The design of a magnetic refrigerator for space applications is discussed. The refrigerator is to operate in the temperature range of 10 K-2 K, at a 2 K cooling power of 0.10 W. As in other magnetic refrigerators operating in this temperature range GGG has been selected as the refrigerant. Crucial to the design of the magnetic refrigerator are the heat switches at both the hot and cold ends of the GGG pill. The 2 K heat switch utilizes a narrow He II filled gap. The 10 K heat switch is based on a narrow helium gas gap. For each switch, the helium in the gap is cycled by means of activated carbon pumps. The design concentrates on reducing the switching times of the pumps and the switches as a whole. A single stage system (one magnet; one refrigerant pill) is being developed. Continuous cooling requires the fully stationary system to have at least two stages running parallel/out of phase with each other. In order to conserve energy, it is intended to recycle the magnetic energy between the magnets. To this purpose, converter networks designed for superconducting magnetic energy storage are being studied.

  10. A 0.18 μm CMOS transmit physical coding sublayer IC for 100G Ethernet

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    Weihua, Ruan; Qingsheng, Hu

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a transmit physical coding sublayer (PCS) circuit for 100G Ethernet. Based on the 4 × 25 Gb/s architecture according to the IEEE P802.3ba and IEEE P802.3bmTM/D1.1 standards, this PCS circuit is designed using a semi-custom design method and consists of 4 modules including 64B/66B encoder, scrambler, multiple lanes distribution and 66 : 8 gearbox. By using the pipeline structure and several optimization techniques, the working speed of the circuit is increased significantly. The parallel scrambling combined with logic optimization also improve the performance. In addition, a kind of phase-independent structure is employed in the design of the gearbox to ensure it can work stably and reliably at high frequency. This PCS circuit has been fabricated based on 0.18 μm CMOS technology and the total area is 1.7 × 1.7 mm2. Measured results show that the circuit can work properly at 100 Gb/s and the power consumption is about 284 mW with a 1.8 V supply. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 6504000129) and the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 6504000052).

  11. A role of the SAM domain in EphA2 receptor activation

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    Shi, Xiaojun; Hapiak, Vera; Zheng, Ji; Muller-Greven, Jeannine; Bowman, Deanna; Lingerak, Ryan; Buck, Matthias; Wang, Bing-Cheng; Smith, Adam W.

    2017-01-01

    Among the 20 subfamilies of protein receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), Eph receptors are unique in possessing a sterile alpha motif (SAM domain) at their C-terminal ends. However, the functions of SAM domains in Eph receptors remain elusive. Here we report on a combined cell biology and quantitative fluorescence study to investigate the role of the SAM domain in EphA2 function. We observed elevated tyrosine autophosphorylation levels upon deletion of the EphA2 SAM domain (EphA2ΔS) in DU145 and PC3 prostate cancer cells and a skin tumor cell line derived from EphA1/A2 knockout mice. These results suggest that SAM domain deletion induced constitutive activation of EphA2 kinase activity. In order to explain these effects, we applied fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to investigate the lateral molecular organization of EphA2. Our results indicate that SAM domain deletion (EphA2ΔS-GFP) increases oligomerization compared to the full length receptor (EphA2FL-GFP). Stimulation with ephrinA1, a ligand for EphA2, induced further oligomerization and activation of EphA2FL-GFP. The SAM domain deletion mutant, EphA2ΔS-GFP, also underwent further oligomerization upon ephrinA1 stimulation, but the oligomers were larger than those observed for EphA2FL-GFP. Based on these results, we conclude that the EphA2 SAM domain inhibits kinase activity by reducing receptor oligomerization. PMID:28338017

  12. A role of the SAM domain in EphA2 receptor activation.

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    Shi, Xiaojun; Hapiak, Vera; Zheng, Ji; Muller-Greven, Jeannine; Bowman, Deanna; Lingerak, Ryan; Buck, Matthias; Wang, Bing-Cheng; Smith, Adam W

    2017-03-24

    Among the 20 subfamilies of protein receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), Eph receptors are unique in possessing a sterile alpha motif (SAM domain) at their C-terminal ends. However, the functions of SAM domains in Eph receptors remain elusive. Here we report on a combined cell biology and quantitative fluorescence study to investigate the role of the SAM domain in EphA2 function. We observed elevated tyrosine autophosphorylation levels upon deletion of the EphA2 SAM domain (EphA2ΔS) in DU145 and PC3 prostate cancer cells and a skin tumor cell line derived from EphA1/A2 knockout mice. These results suggest that SAM domain deletion induced constitutive activation of EphA2 kinase activity. In order to explain these effects, we applied fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to investigate the lateral molecular organization of EphA2. Our results indicate that SAM domain deletion (EphA2ΔS-GFP) increases oligomerization compared to the full length receptor (EphA2FL-GFP). Stimulation with ephrinA1, a ligand for EphA2, induced further oligomerization and activation of EphA2FL-GFP. The SAM domain deletion mutant, EphA2ΔS-GFP, also underwent further oligomerization upon ephrinA1 stimulation, but the oligomers were larger than those observed for EphA2FL-GFP. Based on these results, we conclude that the EphA2 SAM domain inhibits kinase activity by reducing receptor oligomerization.

  13. Annexin A2 in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy

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    2017-10-01

    instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing this collection of information...preventing this complication of ocular trauma and retinal surgery. In this project, we have addressed specific aims to [1] analyze the PVR response in wild ... data suggest that A2 may represent a “druggable” therapeutic target for the prevention of the PVR response. 15. SUBJECT TERMS 16. SECURITY

  14. Cytochrome P-4503A1 catalyzes the formation of MA1 from territrem a in liver microsomes of 7-week-old female Wistar rats.

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    Lin Wu, Shiuan-Woei; Jean, Wen-Chi; Peng, Fu-Chuo; Edwards, Robert J

    2003-03-14

    Liver microsomal territrem A (TRA) metabolism was studied in 7-wk-old female Wistar rats. Pretreatment with phenobarbital (PB) or dexamethasone (DEX) resulted in a significant increase in 4 beta-hydroxymethyl-4 beta-demethylterritrem A (MA1) production. SKF 525A (0.025 and 0.05 mM), a general cytochrome P-450 (CYP450) inhibitor, blocked MA1 formation in liver microsomes from PB-pretreated female rats. Anti-CYP2B antibody had no marked effect on MA1 formation, although orphenadrine (0.5 mM), which inhibits CYP2B, blocked MA1 formation in liver microsomes from PB-treated female rats. An immunoinhibition study showed that anti-CYP3A2 antibody reduced MA1 formation to nondetectable levels in liver microsomes from PB-treated female rats. Furthermore, immunoblotting showed that CYP3A1 protein was expressed in 7-wk-old female rat and only MA1 was formed from TRA using supersomes from CYP3A1-expressing baculovirus-infected insect cells. Further, Western blot analysis indicated that CYP3A2 protein was expressed in 2-wk-old rats of both sexes and 7-wk-old male rats, and 3 metabolites of TRA, such as MA1, MAX, and MA2, were formed using supersomes from CYP3A2-expressing baculovirus-infected insect cells. These results suggest that MA1 formation in liver microsomes of 7-wk-old female Wistar rats is mediated by CYP3A1.

  15. Architecture for a 1-GHz Digital RADAR

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    Mallik, Udayan

    2011-01-01

    An architecture for a Direct RF-digitization Type Digital Mode RADAR was developed at GSFC in 2008. Two variations of a basic architecture were developed for use on RADAR imaging missions using aircraft and spacecraft. Both systems can operate with a pulse repetition rate up to 10 MHz with 8 received RF samples per pulse repetition interval, or at up to 19 kHz with 4K received RF samples per pulse repetition interval. The first design describes a computer architecture for a Continuous Mode RADAR transceiver with a real-time signal processing and display architecture. The architecture can operate at a high pulse repetition rate without interruption for an infinite amount of time. The second design describes a smaller and less costly burst mode RADAR that can transceive high pulse repetition rate RF signals without interruption for up to 37 seconds. The burst-mode RADAR was designed to operate on an off-line signal processing paradigm. The temporal distribution of RF samples acquired and reported to the RADAR processor remains uniform and free of distortion in both proposed architectures. The majority of the RADAR's electronics is implemented in digital CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor), and analog circuits are restricted to signal amplification operations and analog to digital conversion. An implementation of the proposed systems will create a 1-GHz, Direct RF-digitization Type, L-Band Digital RADAR--the highest band achievable for Nyquist Rate, Direct RF-digitization Systems that do not implement an electronic IF downsample stage (after the receiver signal amplification stage), using commercially available off-the-shelf integrated circuits.

  16. Understanding the Role of Adenosine A2AR Heteroreceptor Complexes in Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation.

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    Borroto-Escuela, Dasiel O; Hinz, Sonja; Navarro, Gemma; Franco, Rafael; Müller, Christa E; Fuxe, Kjell

    2018-01-01

    Adenosine is a nucleoside mainly formed by degradation of ATP, located intracellularly or extracellularly, and acts as a neuromodulator. It operates as a volume transmission signal through diffusion and flow in the extracellular space to modulate the activity of both glial cells and neurons. The effects of adenosine are mediated via four adenosine receptor subtypes: A1R, A2AR, A2BR, A3R. The A2AR has a wide-spread distribution but it is especially enriched in the ventral and dorsal striatum where it is mainly located in the striato-pallidal GABA neurons at a synaptic and extrasynaptic location. A number of A2AR heteroreceptor complexes exist in the striatum. The existence of A2AR-D2R heteroreceptor complexes with antagonistic A2AR-D2R interactions in the striato-pallidal GABA neurons is well-known with A2AR activation inhibiting Gi/o mediated signaling of D2Rs. A2AR-mGluR5 heteroreceptor complexes were also found in with synergistic receptor-receptor interactions enhancing the inhibition of the D2R protomer signaling. They are located mainly in extrasynaptic regions of the striato-pallidal GABA neurons. Results recently demonstrated the existence of brain A2AR-A2BR heteroreceptor complexes, in which A2BR protomer constitutively inhibited the function of the A2AR protomer. These adenosine A2AR heteroreceptor complexes may modulate alpha-synuclein aggregation and toxicity through postulated bidirectional direct interactions leading to marked increases in A2AR signaling both in nerve cells and microglia. It is of high interest that formation of A2AR-A2ABR heteroreceptor complexes provides a brake on A2AR recognition and signaling opening up a novel strategy for treatment of A2AR mediated neurodegeneration.

  17. EphA2 activation promotes the endothelial cell inflammatory response: a potential role in atherosclerosis.

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    Funk, Steven Daniel; Yurdagul, Arif; Albert, Patrick; Traylor, James G; Jin, Long; Chen, Jin; Orr, A Wayne

    2012-03-01

    Endothelial cell activation results in altered cell-cell interactions with adjacent endothelial cells and with infiltrating leukocytes. Eph receptors and their ephrin ligands regulate cell-cell interactions during tissue remodeling, and multiple proinflammatory mediators induce endothelial EphA receptor and ephrinA ligand expression. Therefore, we sought to elucidate the role of EphA receptors and ephrinA ligands in endothelial cell activation and atherosclerosis. Quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction screening for EphA/ephrinA expression in atherosclerosis-prone macrovascular endothelium identified EphA2, EphA4, and ephrinA1 as the dominant isoforms. Endothelial activation with oxidized low-density lipoprotein and proinflammatory cytokines induced EphA2 and ephrinA1 expression and sustained EphA2 activation, whereas EphA4 expression was unaffected. Atherosclerotic plaques from mice and humans showed enhanced EphA2 and ephrinA1 expression colocalizing in the endothelial cell layer. EphA2 activation with recombinant Fc-ephrinA1 induced proinflammatory gene expression (eg vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, E-selectin) and stimulated monocyte adhesion, whereas inhibiting EphA2 (small interfering RNA, pharmacological inhibitors) abrogated both ephrinA1-induced and oxidized low-density lipoprotein-induced vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression. The current data suggest that enhanced EphA2 signaling during endothelial cell activation perpetuates proinflammatory gene expression. Coupled with EphA2 expression in mouse and human atherosclerotic plaques, these data implicate EphA2 as a novel proinflammatory mediator and potential regulator of atherosclerotic plaque development.

  18. EphA2 Activation Promotes the Endothelial Cell Inflammatory Response: a potential role in atherosclerosis

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    Funk, Steven Daniel; Yurdagul, Arif; Albert, Patrick; Traylor, James G.; Jin, Long; Chen, Jin; Orr, A. Wayne

    2012-01-01

    Objective Endothelial cell activation results in altered cell-cell interactions with adjacent endothelial cells and with infiltrating leukocytes. Eph receptors and their ephrin ligands regulate cell-cell interactions during tissue remodeling, and multiple proinflammatory mediators induce endothelial EphA receptor and ephrinA ligand expression. Therefore, we sought to elucidate the role of EphA receptors and ephrinA ligands in endothelial cell activation and atherosclerosis. Methods and Results qRT-PCR screening for EphA/ephrinA expression in atherosclerosis-prone macrovascular endothelium identified EphA2, EphA4, and ephrinA1 as the dominant isoforms. Endothelial activation with oxidized LDL (oxLDL) and proinflammatory cytokines induced EphA2 and ephrinA1 expression and sustained EphA2 activation, whereas EphA4 expression was unaffected. Atherosclerotic plaques from mice and humans show enhanced EphA2 and ephrinA1 expression colocalizing in the endothelial cell layer. EphA2 activation with recombinant Fc-ephrinA1 induces proinflammatory gene expression (ex. VCAM-1, E-Selectin) and stimulates monocyte adhesion, while inhibiting EphA2 (siRNA, pharmacological inhibitors) abrogated both ephrinA1-induced and oxLDL-induced VCAM-1 expression. Conclusions The current data suggest that enhanced EphA2 signaling during endothelial cell activation perpetuates proinflammatory gene expression. Coupled with EphA2 expression in mouse and human atherosclerotic plaques, these data implicate EphA2 as a novel proinflammatory mediator and potential regulator of atherosclerotic plaque development. PMID:22247258

  19. Treadmill desks: A 1-year prospective trial.

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    Koepp, Gabriel A; Manohar, Chinmay U; McCrady-Spitzer, Shelly K; Ben-Ner, Avner; Hamann, Darla J; Runge, Carlisle F; Levine, James A

    2013-04-01

    Sedentariness is associated with weight gain and obesity. A treadmill desk is the combination of a standing desk and a treadmill that allow employees to work while walking at low speed. The hypothesis was that a 1-year intervention with treadmill desks is associated with an increase in employee daily physical activity (summation of all activity per minute) and a decrease in daily sedentary time (zero activity). Employees (n = 36; 25 women, 11 men) with sedentary jobs (87 ± 27 kg, BMI 29 ± 7 kg/m(2) , n = 10 Lean BMI < 25 kg/m(2) , n = 15 Overweight 25 < BMI < 30 kg/m(2) , n = 11 Obese BMI > 30 kg/m(2) ) volunteered to have their traditional desk replaced with a treadmill desk to promote physical activity for 1 year. Daily physical activity (using accelerometers), work performance, body composition, and blood variables were measured at Baseline and 6 and 12 months after the treadmill desk intervention. Subjects who used the treadmill desk increased daily physical activity from baseline 3,353 ± 1,802 activity units (AU)/day to, at 6 months, 4,460 ± 2,376 AU/day (P < 0.001), and at 12 months, 4,205 ± 2,238 AU/day (P < 0.001). Access to the treadmill desks was associated with significant decreases in daily sedentary time (zero activity) from at baseline 1,020 ± 75 min/day to, at 6 months, 929 ± 84 min/day (P < 0.001), and at 12 months, 978 ± 95 min/day (P < 0.001). For the whole group, weight loss averaged 1.4 ± 3.3 kg (P < 0.05). Weight loss for obese subjects was 2.3 ± 3.5 kg (P < 0.03). Access to the treadmill desks was associated with increased daily physical activity compared to traditional chair-based desks; their deployment was not associated with altered performance. For the 36 participants, fat mass did not change significantly, however, those who lost weight (n = 22) lost 3.4 ± 5.4 kg (P < 0.001) of fat mass. Weight loss was greatest in people with obesity. Access to treadmill desks may improve the health of office workers without affecting work

  20. Col4a1 mutations cause progressive retinal neovascular defects and retinopathy.

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    Alavi, Marcel V; Mao, Mao; Pawlikowski, Bradley T; Kvezereli, Manana; Duncan, Jacque L; Libby, Richard T; John, Simon W M; Gould, Douglas B

    2016-01-27

    Mutations in collagen, type IV, alpha 1 (COL4A1), a major component of basement membranes, cause multisystem disorders in humans and mice. In the eye, these include anterior segment dysgenesis, optic nerve hypoplasia and retinal vascular tortuosity. Here we investigate the retinal pathology in mice carrying dominant-negative Col4a1 mutations. To this end, we examined retinas longitudinally in vivo using fluorescein angiography, funduscopy and optical coherence tomography. We assessed retinal function by electroretinography and studied the retinal ultrastructural pathology. Retinal examinations revealed serous chorioretinopathy, retinal hemorrhages, fibrosis or signs of pathogenic angiogenesis with chorioretinal anastomosis in up to approximately 90% of Col4a1 mutant eyes depending on age and the specific mutation. To identify the cell-type responsible for pathogenesis we generated a conditional Col4a1 mutation and determined that primary vascular defects underlie Col4a1-associated retinopathy. We also found focal activation of Müller cells and increased expression of pro-angiogenic factors in retinas from Col4a1(+/Δex41)mice. Together, our findings suggest that patients with COL4A1 and COL4A2 mutations may be at elevated risk of retinal hemorrhages and that retinal examinations may be useful for identifying patients with COL4A1 and COL4A2 mutations who are also at elevated risk of hemorrhagic strokes.

  1. STS payloads mission control study phase A-1, volume 1, phases A and A-1

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    1976-01-01

    The Space Transportation System (STS) Payloads Mission Control Phase A-1 Study results are summarized. The composite resources required to accomplish Joint STS-Payload preflight preparation for joint flight operations, including flight planning, training, and simulations are presented. The Standard Payload Operations Control Center (POCC) concept was developed.

  2. Transcriptional and post-translational changes in the brain of mice deficient in cholesterol removal mediated by cytochrome P450 46A1 (CYP46A1)

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    Mast, Natalia; Lin, Joseph B.; Anderson, Kyle W.; Bjorkhem, Ingemar

    2017-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 46A1 (CYP46A1) converts cholesterol to 24-hydroxycholesterol and thereby controls the major pathways of cholesterol removal from the brain. Cyp46a1-/- mice have a reduction in the rate of cholesterol biosynthesis in the brain and significant impairments to memory and learning. To gain insights into the mechanisms underlying Cyp46a1-/- phenotype, we used Cyp46a1-/- mice and quantified their brain sterol levels and the expression of the genes pertinent to cholesterol homeostasis. We also compared the Cyp46a1-/- and wild type brains for protein phosphorylation and ubiquitination. The data obtained enable the following inferences. First, there seems to be a compensatory upregulation in the Cyp46a1-/- brain of the pathways of cholesterol storage and CYP46A1-independent removal. Second, transcriptional regulation of the brain cholesterol biosynthesis via sterol regulatory element binding transcription factors is not significantly activated in the Cyp46a1-/- brain to explain a compensatory decrease in cholesterol biosynthesis. Third, some of the liver X receptor target genes (Abca1) are paradoxically upregulated in the Cyp46a1-/- brain, possibly due to a reduced activation of the small GTPases RAB8, CDC42, and RAC as a result of a reduced phosphorylation of RAB3IP and PAK1. Fourth, the phosphorylation of many other proteins (a total of 146) is altered in the Cyp46a1-/- brain, including microtubule associated and neurofilament proteins (the MAP and NEF families) along with proteins related to synaptic vesicles and synaptic neurotransmission (e.g., SLCs, SHANKs, and BSN). Fifth, the extent of protein ubiquitination is increased in the Cyp46a1-/- brain, and the affected proteins pertain to ubiquitination (UBE2N), cognition (STX1B and ATP1A2), cytoskeleton function (TUBA1A and YWHAZ), and energy production (ATP1A2 and ALDOA). The present study demonstrates the diverse potential effects of CYP46A1 deficiency on brain functions and identifies important proteins

  3. Hyperoxia-mediated transcriptional activation of cytochrome P4501A1 (CYP1A1) and decreased susceptibility to oxygen-mediated lung injury in newborn mice.

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    Jiang, Weiwu; Maturu, Paramahamsa; Liang, Yanhong Wei; Wang, Lihua; Lingappan, Krithika; Couroucli, Xanthi

    2018-01-01

    Hyperoxia contributes to the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in premature infants. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that newborn transgenic mice carrying the human CYP1A1-Luc promoter will display transcriptional activation of the human CYP1A1 promoter in vivo upon exposure to hyperoxia, and that these mice will be less susceptible to hyperoxic lung injury and alveolar simplification than similarly exposed wild type (WT) mice. Newborn WT (CD-1) or transgenic mice carrying a 13.2 kb human CYP1A1 promoter and the luciferase (Luc) reporter gene (CYP1A1-luc) were maintained in room air or exposed to hyperoxia (85% O 2 ) for 7-14 days. Hyperoxia exposure of CYP1A1-Luc mice for 7 and 14 days resulted in 4- and 30-fold increases, respectively, in hepatic Luc (CYP1A1) expression, compared to room air controls. In lung, hyperoxia caused a 2-fold induction of reporter Luc at 7 days, but the induction declined after 14 days. The newborn CYP1A1-Luc mice were less susceptible to lung injury and alveolar simplification than similarly exposed wild type (WT) CD-1 mice. Also, the CYP1A1-Luc mice showed increased levels of hepatic and pulmonary CYP1A1 expression and hepatic CYP1A2 activity after hyperoxia exposure. Hyperoxia also increased NADP(H) quinone reductase (NQO1) pulmonary gene expression in both CD-1 and CYP1A1-Luc mice at both time points, but this was more pronounced in the latter at 14 days. Our results support the hypothesis that hyperoxia activates the human CYP1A1 promoter in newborn mice, and that increased endogenous expression of CYP1A1 and NADP(H) quinone reductase (NQO1) contributes to the decreased susceptibilities to hyperoxic lung injury in the transgenic animals. This is the first report providing evidence of hyperoxia-mediated transcriptional activation of the human CYP1A1 promoter in newborn mice, and this in conjunction with decreased lung injury, suggests that these phenomena have important implications for BPD. Copyright © 2017

  4. 26 CFR 1.6038A-1 - General requirements and definitions.

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 13 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false General requirements and definitions. 1.6038A-1... definitions. (a) Purpose and scope. This section and §§ 1.6038A-2 through 1.6038A-7 provide rules for certain... provides definitions of terms used in section 6038A. Section 1.6038A-2 provides guidance concerning the...

  5. EphA2-receptor deficiency exacerbates myocardial infarction and reduces survival in hyperglycemic mice.

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    DuSablon, Augustin; Kent, Susan; Coburn, Anita; Virag, Jitka

    2014-08-13

    We have previously shown that EphrinA1/EphA expression profile changes in response to myocardial infarction (MI), exogenous EphrinA1-Fc administration following MI positively influences wound healing, and that deletion of the EphA2 Receptor (EphA2-R) exacerbates injury and remodeling. To determine whether or not ephrinA1-Fc would be of therapeutic value in the hyperglycemic infarcted heart, it is critical to evaluate how ephrinA1/EphA signaling changes in the hyperglycemic myocardium in response to MI. Streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemia in wild type (WT) and EphA2-receptor mutant (EphA2-R-M) mice was initiated by an intraperitoneal injection of STZ (150 mg/kg) 10 days before surgery. MI was induced by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery and analyses were performed at 4 days post-MI. ANOVAs with Student-Newman Keuls multiple comparison post-hoc analysis illustrated which groups were significantly different, with significance of at least p < 0.05. Both WT and EphA2-R-M mice responded adversely to STZ, but only hyperglycemic EphA2-R-M mice had lower ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS). At 4 days post-MI, we observed greater post-MI mortality in EphA2-R-M mice compared with WT and this was greater still in the EphA2-R-M hyperglycemic mice. Although infarct size was greater in hyperglycemic WT mice vs normoglycemic mice, there was no difference between hyperglycemic EphA2-R-M mice and normoglycemic EphA2-R-M mice. The hypertrophic response that normally occurs in viable myocardium remote to the infarct was noticeably absent in epicardial cardiomyocytes and cardiac dysfunction worsened in hyperglycemic EphA2-R-M hearts post-MI. The characteristic interstitial fibrotic response in the compensating myocardium remote to the infarct also did not occur in hyperglycemic EphA2-R-M mouse hearts to the same extent as that observed in the hyperglycemic WT mouse hearts. Differences in neutrophil and pan

  6. HLA-A2-binding peptides cross-react not only within the A2 subgroup but also with other HLA-A-locus allelic products.

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    Tanigaki, N; Fruci, D; Chersi, A; Falasca, G; Tosi, R; Butler, R H

    1994-03-01

    Seven A2-binding peptides were tested by the HLA class I alpha-chain refolding assay previously described for their direct binding to HLA class I alpha chains derived from a panel of 18 HLA-homozygous B-cell lines of various HLA specificities, including four A2 subtypes: A*0201, A*0204, A*0205, and A*0206. All but one test peptide possessed the major anchor residue motifs, L-V, L-L, or I-L, of A2(A*0201)/A2(A*0205)-binding peptides or the closely related motifs, I-V or V-V. This cell panel analysis confirmed the high A2 allele specificity of the test peptides, but also revealed the existence of a broad cross-binding within the A2 subgroup. Most peptides bound to the alpha chains of the A2 subtypes tested, although their binding patterns showed differences. Furthermore, the A2-binding peptides carrying the I-V or V-V motif were found to cross-react also outside of the A2 subtypes, probably with A24, A26, A28, and A29. Other A-locus allelic products, A1, A3, A11, A30, and A31, and the B-locus allelic products carried by the cells tested were essentially negative, although a few exceptions were seen.

  7. Assessment of the distal extent of the A1 pulley release: a new technique.

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    Hazani, Ron; Engineer, Nitin J; Zeineh, Linda L; Wilhelmi, Bradon J

    2008-08-22

    Sharp division of the A1 pulley is a time-honored technique for the treatment of flexor tendon entrapment; however, this procedure is not without complications. The anatomy of the A1 pulley system has been carefully investigated. Knowledge of superficial anatomic landmarks can assist with demarcating the distal edge of the A1 pulley and prevent damage to the critical A2 pulley. Nine fresh cadaveric hands were dissected with the aid of loupe magnification. On the basis of known anatomic landmarks of the proximal portion of the cruciate (C0) pulley, percutaneous placement of a 25-gauge needle 5 mm proximal to the palmar digital crease marked the distal extent of the trigger finger release. Sharp division of the A1 pulley was performed with a scalpel until the needle was encountered, thus completing the release. A complete release of the pulley was achieved in all specimens with preservation of the A2 pulley. No digital nerve or artery injuries were noted with open inspection of the flexor sheath. Percutaneous marking of the distal extent of the A1 pulley is a safe and reliable method that not only ensures complete release of the A1 pulley but also preserves the A2 pulley. The placement of a small gauge needle adds no morbidity to this minimally invasive technique.

  8. Assessment of the Distal Extent of the A1 Pulley Release: A New Technique

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    Hazani, Ron; Engineer, Nitin J.; Zeineh, Linda L.; Wilhelmi, Bradon J.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Sharp division of the A1 pulley is a time-honored technique for the treatment of flexor tendon entrapment; however, this procedure is not without complications. The anatomy of the A1 pulley system has been carefully investigated. Knowledge of superficial anatomic landmarks can assist with demarcating the distal edge of the A1 pulley and prevent damage to the critical A2 pulley. Methods: Nine fresh cadaveric hands were dissected with the aid of loupe magnification. On the basis of known anatomic landmarks of the proximal portion of the cruciate (C0) pulley, percutaneous placement of a 25-gauge needle 5 mm proximal to the palmar digital crease marked the distal extent of the trigger finger release. Sharp division of the A1 pulley was performed with a scalpel until the needle was encountered, thus completing the release. Results: A complete release of the pulley was achieved in all specimens with preservation of the A2 pulley. No digital nerve or artery injuries were noted with open inspection of the flexor sheath. Conclusion: Percutaneous marking of the distal extent of the A1 pulley is a safe and reliable method that not only ensures complete release of the A1 pulley but also preserves the A2 pulley. The placement of a small gauge needle adds no morbidity to this minimally invasive technique. PMID:18806871

  9. 26 CFR 1.613A-0 - Limitations on percentage depletion in the case of oil and gas wells; table of contents.

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    2012-04-01

    .... (7) Examples. (f) S corporations. (g) Trusts and estates. (h) Businesses under common control... gas from geopressured brine. (f) Average daily production. (g) Crude oil. (h) Depletable oil quantity... of oil and gas wells; table of contents. 1.613A-0 Section 1.613A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE...

  10. 26 CFR 1.613A-0 - Limitations on percentage depletion in the case of oil and gas wells; table of contents.

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    2014-04-01

    .... (7) Examples. (f) S corporations. (g) Trusts and estates. (h) Businesses under common control... gas from geopressured brine. (f) Average daily production. (g) Crude oil. (h) Depletable oil quantity... of oil and gas wells; table of contents. 1.613A-0 Section 1.613A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE...

  11. 26 CFR 1.613A-0 - Limitations on percentage depletion in the case of oil and gas wells; table of contents.

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    2013-04-01

    .... (7) Examples. (f) S corporations. (g) Trusts and estates. (h) Businesses under common control... gas from geopressured brine. (f) Average daily production. (g) Crude oil. (h) Depletable oil quantity... of oil and gas wells; table of contents. 1.613A-0 Section 1.613A-0 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE...

  12. Cell adhesion and EGFR activation regulate EphA2 expression in cancer.

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    Larsen, Alice Bjerregaard; Stockhausen, Marie-Thérése; Poulsen, Hans Skovgaard

    2010-04-01

    EphA2 is frequently overexpressed in cancer, and increasing amounts of evidence show that EphA2 contributes to multiple aspects of the malignant character including angiogenesis and metastasis. Several aspects of the regulation and functional significance of EphA2 expression in cancer are still largely unknown. Here we show that the expression of EphA2 in in vitro cultured cells, is restricted to cells growing adherently and that adhesion-induced EphA2 expression is dependent upon activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), mitogen activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) and Src family kinases (SRC). Moreover, the results show that adhesion-induced EGFR activation and EphA2 expression is affected by interactions with extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins working as integrin ligands. Stimulation with the EphA2 ligand, ephrinA1 inhibited ERK phosphorylation and cancer cell viability. These effects were however abolished by activation of the EGF-receptor ligand system favoring Ras/MAPK signaling and cell proliferation. Based on our results, we propose a regulatory mechanism where cell adhesion induces EGFR kinase activation and EphA2 expression; and where the effect of ephrinA1 mediated reduction in cell viability by inhibiting EphA2 expression is overruled by activated EGFR in human cancer cells. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. 5'-Carbamoyl derivatives of 2'-C-methyl-purine nucleosides as selective A1 adenosine receptor agonists: affinity, efficacy, and selectivity for A1 receptor from different species.

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    Cappellacci, Loredana; Franchetti, Palmarisa; Vita, Patrizia; Petrelli, Riccardo; Lavecchia, Antonio; Costa, Barbara; Spinetti, Francesca; Martini, Claudia; Klotz, Karl-Norbert; Grifantini, Mario

    2008-01-01

    A series of 5'-carbamoyl and 5'-thionocarbamoyl derivatives of 2'-C-methyl analogues of the A(1) adenosine receptor (A(1)AR) full agonists N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine (CPA), 2-chloro-N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine (CCPA), N(6)-[3-(R)-tetrahydrofuranyl]adenosine (tecadenoson), and 2-chloro analogue (2-Cl-tecadenoson) was synthesized and evaluated for their affinity for adenosine receptor subtypes from bovine, porcine, and human species. In the N(6)-cyclopentylamino series, the 5'-substituted derivatives showed a reduced affinity at the bovine A(1)AR compared to the parent compounds; however, the selectivity for A(1) versus A(2A) receptor was retained or increased. The corresponding N(6)-3-(R)-tetrahydrofuranylamino analogues displayed a very low affinity toward the bovine A(1)AR. The 5'-methylthionocarbamoyl derivative of 2'-Me-CCPA showed the best affinity at porcine A(1)AR with a K(i) value of 13 nM. At human AR subtypes tecadenoson derivatives showed 2.3- to 5-fold lower affinity at A(1)AR and very low affinity at the other subtypes (A(2A), A(2B), and A(3)) compared to the corresponding N(6)-cyclopentyl analogues. The 5'-carbamoyl and 5'-thionocarbamoyl derivatives of 2'-Me-CCPA 3, 4, 7 and tecadenoson derivative 12 were found to be partial A(1) agonists at the porcine receptor. Docking studies explained the lower affinity of N(6)-3-(R)-tetrahydrofuranyl-substituted compounds at bovine A(1)AR compared to that of N(6)-cyclopentyl analogues, showing that the oxygen of the tetrahydrofuranyl ring establishes unfavorable electrostatic interactions with the CO oxygen of Asn254. The low binding affinity of the 2'-C-methyl-N(6)-3-(R)-tetrahydrofuranyl adenosine analogues at human A(1)AR may be ascribed to the presence of unfavorable interactions between the hydrophilic tetrahydrofuranyl ring and the surrounding hydrophobic residues Leu250 (TM6) and Ile274 (TM7).

  14. X-15A-2 with dummy ramjet

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    1967-01-01

    This photo shows the X-15A-2 (56-6671) on a research flight with a dummy ramjet engine attached to the bottom of its wedge-shaped vertical tail. One of the experiments planned for the X-15A-2 involved tests of a functional ramjet at speeds above Mach 5. This photo was taken with a dummy ramjet. On this research flight, the X-15A-2 did not carry the two drop tanks used on its Mach 6.7 flight. It also had not yet been covered with an ablative coating. The X-15A-2 made several flights with the dummy ramjet, leading to the record Mach 6.7 flight on October 3, 1967. Delays in producing the operational ramjet, aerodynamic heating damage to the aircraft during the record flight (despite the ablative coating), and the end of the X-15 program in 1968 resulted in no flights with the actual ramjet. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft. The original three aircraft were about 50 ft long with a wingspan of 22 ft. The modified #2 aircraft (X-15A-2 was longer.) They were a missile-shaped vehicles with unusual wedge-shaped vertical tails, thin stubby wings, and unique side fairings that extended along the side of the fuselage. The X-15 weighed about 14,000 lb empty and approximately 34,000 lb at launch. The XLR-99 rocket engine, manufactured by Thiokol Chemical Corp., was pilot controlled and was rated at 57,000 lb of thrust, although there are indications that it actually achieved up to 60,000 lb. North American Aviation built three X-15 aircraft for the program. The X-15 research aircraft was developed to provide in-flight information and data on aerodynamics, structures, flight controls, and the physiological aspects of high-speed, high-altitude flight. A follow-on program used the aircraft as testbeds to carry various scientific experiments beyond the Earth's atmosphere on a repeated basis. For flight in the dense air of the usable atmosphere, the X-15 used conventional aerodynamic controls such as rudder surfaces on the vertical stabilizers to control yaw and movable

  15. Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) protects against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease caused by Western diet containing benzo[a]pyrene in mice.

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    Uno, Shigeyuki; Nebert, Daniel W; Makishima, Makoto

    2018-03-01

    The Western diet contributes to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) pathogenesis. Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a prototypical environmental pollutant produced by combustion processes, is present in charcoal-grilled meat. Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) metabolizes BaP, resulting in either detoxication or metabolic activation in a context-dependent manner. To elucidate a role of CYP1A1-BaP in NAFLD pathogenesis, we compared the effects of a Western diet, with or without oral BaP treatment, on the development of NAFLD in Cyp1a1(-/-) mice versus wild-type mice. A Western diet plus BaP induced lipid-droplet accumulation in liver of Cyp1a1(-/-) mice, but not wild-type mice. The hepatic steatosis observed in Cyp1a1(-/-) mice was associated with increased cholesterol, triglyceride and bile acid levels. Cyp1a1(-/-) mice fed Western diet plus BaP had changes in expression of genes involved in bile acid and lipid metabolism, and showed no increase in Cyp1a2 expression but did exhibit enhanced Cyp1b1 mRNA expression, as well as hepatic inflammation. Enhanced BaP metabolic activation, oxidative stress and inflammation may exacerbate metabolic dysfunction in liver of Cyp1a1(-/-) mice. Thus, Western diet plus BaP induces NAFLD and hepatic inflammation in Cyp1a1(-/-) mice in comparison to wild-type mice, indicating a protective role of CYP1A1 against NAFLD pathogenesis. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Design and evaluation of EphrinA1 mutants with cerebral protective effect.

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    Zhu, Yuanjun; Gao, Yuanqing; Zheng, Danping; Shui, Mengyang; Yu, Kuai; Liu, Xiaoyan; Lin, Yuan; Su, Li; Yang, Wenxing; Wang, Yinye

    2017-05-15

    The activation of EphA2 receptor by its natural ligand EphrinA1 causes blood brain barrier dysfunction, and inactivation of EphA2 reduces BBB damage in ischemic stroke. Thus, EphA2 targeted antagonists may serve as neuroprotective agents. We engineered four mutants of EphrinA1, EM1, EM2, EM3 and EM4, respectively. The computational analysis showed that these four mutants were capable of interacting with EphA2. Their potential neuroprotective effects were examined in mouse focal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) model. EM2 exhibited strong neuroprotective effects, including reduced brain infarct volume, neuronal apoptosis, cerebral edema, and improved neurological scores. The EM2-mediated protection was associated with a comparative decrease in BBB leakage, inflammatory infiltration, and higher expression levels of tight junction proteins, such as zonula occludens-1 and Occludin. I/R-induced high expression of Rho-associated protein kinase 2 (ROCK2) was down-regulated after EM2 treatment. Moreover, EM2 reduced agonist doxazosin-induced EphA2 phosphorylation and cells rounding in PC3 cells, indicating EphA2-antagonizing activity of EM2. These finding provided evidences of the neuroprotection of EphA2 antagonist and a novel approach for ischemic stroke treatment. These results also suggested that a receptor agonist can be switched to an antagonist by substituting one or more relevant residues.

  17. Biomimetic Hydrogels with Immobilized EphrinA1 for Therapeutic Angiogenesis

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    Saik, Jennifer E.; Gould, Daniel J.; Keswani, Aakash H.; Dickinson, Mary E.; West, Jennifer L.

    2015-01-01

    The formation of a microvasculature is regulated in large part by cell-cell interactions. Ephrins and their Eph receptors mediate cell adhesion, repulsion, and migration, all critical processes in angiogenesis. 1 Here, we use a covalently immobilized ephrinA1, conjugated to poly(ethylene glycol), to induce vessel formation both in vitro and in vivo in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogels. Human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) tubulogenesis in matrix metalloproteinase- sensitive hydrogels was visualized from 6 hours to 7 days in response to three different concentrations of PEG-ephrinA1. The deposition of extracellular matrix proteins collagen IV and laminin that stabilize tubule formation were imaged, quantified, and found to be dependent upon PEG-ephrinA1 concentration. To confirm the importance of the EphA2-ephrinA1 interaction in tubule formation, soluble EphA2 was used to disrupt the EphA2-ephrinA1 interaction between a co-culture of HUVEC and human brain vascular pericyte cells. HUVECs seeded onto PEGDA hydrogels displayed a dose- dependent reduction in tubule formation in response to the soluble EphA2. Finally, hydrogels with releasable platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), immobilized RGDS, and covalently immobilized PEG-ephrinA1 were implanted into the mouse cornea micropocket. These hydrogels induced a more robust vascular response with an increase in vessel density as compared to hydrogels with releasable PDGF alone. As such, PEG-ephrinA1 may represent a promising molecule to regulate cell adhesion and migration for formation of a microvasculature in tissue engineered constructs. PMID:21639150

  18. Biomimetic hydrogels with immobilized ephrinA1 for therapeutic angiogenesis.

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    Saik, Jennifer E; Gould, Daniel J; Keswani, Aakash H; Dickinson, Mary E; West, Jennifer L

    2011-07-11

    The formation of a microvasculature is regulated in large part by cell-cell interactions. Ephrins and their Eph receptors mediate cell adhesion, repulsion, and migration, all critical processes in angiogenesis. (1) Here we use a covalently immobilized ephrinA1, conjugated to poly(ethylene glycol), to induce vessel formation both in vitro and in vivo in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogels. Human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) tubulogenesis in matrix metalloproteinase-sensitive hydrogels was visualized from 6 h to 7 days in response to three different concentrations of PEG-ephrinA1. The deposition of extracellular matrix proteins collagen IV and laminin that stabilize tubule formation were imaged, quantified, and found to be dependent on PEG-ephrinA1 concentration. To confirm the importance of the EphA2-ephrinA1 interaction in tubule formation, soluble EphA2 was used to disrupt the EphA2-ephrinA1 interaction between a coculture of HUVEC and human brain vascular pericyte cells. HUVECs seeded onto PEGDA hydrogels displayed a dose-dependent reduction in tubule formation in response to the soluble EphA2. Finally, hydrogels with releasable platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), immobilized RGDS, and covalently immobilized PEG-ephrinA1 were implanted into the mouse cornea micropocket. These hydrogels induced a more robust vascular response with an increase in vessel density as compared with hydrogels with releasable PDGF alone. As such, PEG-ephrinA1 may represent a promising molecule to regulate cell adhesion and migration for formation of a microvasculature in tissue-engineered constructs.

  19. [A 2-month-old baby with Mediterranean spotted fever].

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    Meslin, P; Renoux, M-C; Manin, C; Wendremaire, P; Rosselini, D; Tambat, A; Tiprez, C; Akhdar, M

    2014-07-01

    Mediterranean spotted fever is an endemic rickettsiosis in southern France. We report here the case of a 2-month-old baby who developed rickettsiosis after a tick bite. A 2-month-old baby was hospitalized in the pediatric ward for fever with maculopapular rash extending to the palms and plantar surfaces and an eschar after a tick bite. Rickettsiosis serology examined after 48 h of fever was negative, but Rickettsia (spotted group) PCR taken from the lesion at the bite site was positive. A 1-week treatment with clarithromycin was started. Fever and rash disappeared 3 days after treatment initiation. Mediterranean spotted fever is endemic in southern France. It is, therefore, important to consider this diagnosis and search for tick bite signs or an eschar when a patient presents with fever and maculopapular rash. The treatment of choice consists in doxycycline or macrolides. Around the Mediterranean sea in particular, Mediterranean spotted fever should be considered as a possible cause of febrile disease with rash, to allow for a specific antibiotic treatment as fast as possible and to avoid dangerous complications, even though few cases have been reported below the age of 3 months. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Reversible photocapture of a [2]rotaxane harnessing a barbiturate template.

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    Tron, Arnaud; Thornton, Peter J; Lincheneau, Christophe; Desvergne, Jean-Pierre; Spencer, Neil; Tucker, James H R; McClenaghan, Nathan D

    2015-01-16

    Photoirradiation of a hydrogen-bonded molecular complex comprising acyclic components, namely, a stoppered thread (1) with a central barbiturate motif and an optimized doubly anthracene-terminated acyclic Hamilton-like receptor (2b), leads to an interlocked architecture, which was isolated and fully characterized. The sole isolated interlocked photoproduct (Φ = 0.06) is a [2]rotaxane, with the dimerized anthracenes assuming a head-to-tail geometry, as evidenced by NMR spectroscopy and consistent with molecular modeling (PM6). A different behavior was observed on irradiating homologous molecular complexes 1⊂2a, 1⊂2b, and 1⊂2c, where the spacers of 2a, 2b, and 2c incorporated 3, 6, and 9 methylene units, respectively. While no evidence of interlocked structure formation was observed following irradiation of 1⊂2a, a kinetically labile rotaxane was obtained on irradiating the complex 1⊂2c, and ring slippage was revealed. A more stable [2]rotaxane was formed on irradiating 1⊂2b, whose capture is found to be fully reversible upon heating, thereby resetting the system, with some fatigue (38%) after four irradiation–thermal reversion cycles.

  1. Emerging strategies for EphA2 receptor targeting for cancer therapeutics

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    Tandon, Manish; Vemula, Sai Vikram; Mittal, Suresh K.

    2010-01-01

    Importance of the field High mortality rates with cancers warrant further development of earlier diagnostics and better treatment strategies. Membrane-bound hepatocellular receptor tyrosine kinase class A2 (EphA2) is overexpressed in breast, prostate, urinary bladder, skin, lung, ovary and brain cancers. Areas covered in this review This review describes EphA2 overexpression in cancers, its signaling mechanisms and strategies to target its deregulation. What will the reader will gain High EphA2 expression in cancer cells is correlated to a poor prognosis associated with recurrence due to enhanced metastasis. Interaction of the EphA2 receptor with its ligand (e.g., EphrinA1) triggers events that are deregulated and implicated in carcinogenesis. Both EphrinA1-independent oncogenic activity and EphrinA1-dependent tumor suppressor roles for EphA2 are described. Molecular interactions of EphA2 with signaling proteins are associated with the modulation of cytoskeleton dynamics, cell adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and metastasis. The deregulated signaling by EphA2 and its involvement in oncogenesis provide multiple avenues for the rational design of intervention approaches. Take home message EphA2 has been tested as a drug target using multiple approaches such as agonist antibodies, RNA interference, immunotherapy, virus vectors-mediated gene transfer, small molecule inhibitors and nanoparticles. With over a decade of research, encouraging results with successful targeting of EphA2 expression in various pre-clinical cancer models necessitate further studies. PMID:21142802

  2. Targeted lung cancer therapy using ephrinA1-loaded albumin microspheres.

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    Lee, Hung-Yen; Mohammed, Kamal A; Peruvemba, Shriram; Goldberg, Eugene P; Nasreen, Najmunnisa

    2011-11-01

    EphrinA1, the ligand of EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase, has been proven to suppress the growth of tumours. The aim of this study was to conjugate ephrinA1 on the surface of albumin microspheres and investigate the non-small cell lung carcinoma growth and migration in vitro. Bovine serum albumin microspheres were designed and synthesized using a natural polymer albumin by emulsification chemical cross-linking. EphrinA1 was then conjugated on the surface of microspheres by imine formation. The microspheres conjugated with ephrinA1 (ephrinA1-MS) were characterized for particle size, surface morphology, loading efficiency and stability in vitro. The ephrinA1-MS were labelled with fluorescein isothiocyanate to determine phagocytosis. In addition, the effects of ephrinA1-MS on A549 cell growth and migration were determined. Albumin microspheres exhibited low toxicity for A549 cells (above 90% cell viability). More than 80% of microspheres were phagocytosed within 2 h of incubation. EphrinA1-MS decreased the expression of focal adhesion kinase more effectively than recombinant ephrinA1 alone. Furthermore, ephrinA1-MS showed significant inhibition of non-small cell lung cancer migration when compared with resting cells. EphrinA1-MS attenuated the growth of tumour colonies in matrigels. The developed ephrinA1-MS may serve as potential carriers for targeted delivery of the tumour suppressive protein ephrinA1, with minimal cytotoxic effects and greater antitumour therapeutic efficacy against non-small cell lung cancer. © 2011 The Authors. JPP © 2011 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  3. The Cardioprotective Protein Apolipoprotein A1 Promotes Potent Anti-tumorigenic Effects*♦

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    Zamanian-Daryoush, Maryam; Lindner, Daniel; Tallant, Thomas C.; Wang, Zeneng; Buffa, Jennifer; Klipfell, Elizabeth; Parker, Yvonne; Hatala, Denise; Parsons-Wingerter, Patricia; Rayman, Pat; Yusufishaq, Mohamed Sharif S.; Fisher, Edward A.; Smith, Jonathan D.; Finke, Jim; DiDonato, Joseph A.; Hazen, Stanley L.

    2013-01-01

    Here, we show that apolipoprotein A1 (apoA1), the major protein component of high density lipoprotein (HDL), through both innate and adaptive immune processes, potently suppresses tumor growth and metastasis in multiple animal tumor models, including the aggressive B16F10L murine malignant melanoma model. Mice expressing the human apoA1 transgene (A1Tg) exhibited increased infiltration of CD11b+ F4/80+ macrophages with M1, anti-tumor phenotype, reduced tumor burden and metastasis, and enhanced survival. In contrast, apoA1-deficient (A1KO) mice showed markedly heightened tumor growth and reduced survival. Injection of human apoA1 into A1KO mice inoculated with tumor cells remarkably reduced both tumor growth and metastasis, enhanced survival, and promoted regression of both tumor and metastasis burden when administered following palpable tumor formation and metastasis development. Studies with apolipoprotein A2 revealed the anti-cancer therapeutic effect was specific to apoA1. In vitro studies ruled out substantial direct suppressive effects by apoA1 or HDL on tumor cells. Animal models defective in different aspects of immunity revealed both innate and adaptive arms of immunity contribute to complete apoA1 anti-tumor activity. This study reveals a potent immunomodulatory role for apoA1 in the tumor microenvironment, altering tumor-associated macrophages from a pro-tumor M2 to an anti-tumor M1 phenotype. Use of apoA1 to redirect in vivo elicited tumor-infiltrating macrophages toward tumor rejection may hold benefit as a potential cancer therapeutic. PMID:23720750

  4. Polymorphisms of UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 & UGT1A1*28 in three major ethnic groups from Malaysia.

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    Teh, L K; Hashim, H; Zakaria, Z A; Salleh, M Z

    2012-08-01

    Genetic polymorphisms of uridine diphosphate glucuronyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) have been associated with a wide variation of responses among patients prescribed with irinotecan. Lack of this enzyme is known to be associated with a high incidence of severe toxicity. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of three different variants of UGT1A1 (UGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*28), which are associated with reduced enzyme activity and increased irinotecan toxicity, in the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia (Malays, Chinese and Indians). A total of 306 healthy unrelated volunteers were screened for UGT1A1*28, UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27. Blood samples (5 ml) were obtained from each subject and DNA was extracted. PCR based methods were designed and validated for detection of UGT1A1*, UUGT1A1*27 and UUGT1A1*28. Direct DNA sequencing was performed to validate the results of randomly selected samples. Malays and Indian have two-fold higher frequency of homozygous of UGT1A1*28 (7TA/7TA) which was 8 and 8.8 per cent, respectively compared to the Chinese (4.9%). However, the distribution of UGT1A1*6 and UGT1A1*27 showed no significant differences among them. UGT1A1*27 which has not been detected in Caucasian and African American population, was found in the Malaysian Malays (3.33%) and Malaysian Chinese (2.0%). There was interethnic variability in the frequency of UGT1A1*28 in the Malaysian population. Our results suggest that genotyping of UUGT1A1*6, UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*27 need to be performed before patients are prescribed with irinotecan due to their high prevalence of allelic variant which could lead to adverse drug reaction.

  5. Acute hemolytic transfusion reaction due to a warm reactive anti-A1.

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    Helmich, Floris; Baas, Inge; Ligthart, Peter; Bosch, Milou; Jonkers, Femke; de Haas, Masja; van der Graaf, Fedde

    2018-02-26

    Anti-A 1 are regularly observed by reverse testing and are generally considered clinically irrelevant. For compatibility testing and the selection of blood, we use the type-and-screen (T&S) strategy, in which ABO confirmation of patients with a definitive blood group is performed by forward grouping only. Because anti-A 1 seem clinically irrelevant, it is our policy to provide group A blood in patients with an anti-A 1 . This is a case report of a 96-year-old woman who died shortly after transfusion of blood group A red blood cells (RBCs). She was known to have blood group A 2 with an anti-A 1 and the absence of other RBC antibodies. Directly after starting transfusion, acute dyspnea was observed, while other clinical signs for a transfusion reaction were absent. In the laboratory, indications for a severe hemolytic transfusion reaction (HTR) triggered serologic investigations and complement deposition experiments. Analyses revealed that the anti-A 1 was present as a high-titer IgM class immunoglobulin that induced complement deposition on A 1 RBCs. The anti-A 1 reacted in a wide temperature amplitude up to 37°C with A 1 RBCs, while weak agglutination was observed with A 2 RBCs at room temperature. A pretransfusion detectable anti-A 1 caused a severe HTR that, in view of the rapid onset of clinical symptoms and concomitant deterioration, contributed to the death of the patient. Considering its clinical significance in this case, we encourage an unambiguous procedure for patients with an anti-A 1 , especially when T&S is used for donor RBC selection. © 2018 AABB.

  6. In vivo disposition of doxorubicin is affected by mouse Oatp1a/1b and human OATP1A/1B transporters.

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    Durmus, Selvi; Naik, Jyoti; Buil, Levi; Wagenaar, Els; van Tellingen, Olaf; Schinkel, Alfred H

    2014-10-01

    Organic anion-transporting polypeptides (OATPs) are important drug uptake transporters, mediating distribution of substrates to several pharmacokinetically relevant organs. Doxorubicin is a widely used anti-cancer drug extensively studied for its interactions with various drug transporters, but not OATPs. Here, we investigated the role of OATP1A/1B proteins in the distribution of doxorubicin. In vitro, we observed ∼ 2-fold increased doxorubicin uptake in HEK293 cells overexpressing human OATP1A2, but not OATP1B1 or OATP1B3. In mice, absence of Oatp1a/1b transporters led to up to 2-fold higher doxorubicin plasma concentrations and 1.3-fold higher plasma AUC. Conversely, liver AUC and liver-to-plasma ratios of Oatp1a/1b(-/-) mice were 1.4-fold and up to 4.1-fold lower than in wild-type mice, respectively. Decreased doxorubicin levels in the small intestinal content reflected those in the liver, indicating a reduced biliary excretion of doxorubicin in Oatp1a/1b(-/-) mice. These results demonstrate important control of doxorubicin plasma clearance and hepatic uptake by mouse Oatp1a/1b transporters. This is unexpected, as the fairly hydrophobic weak base doxorubicin is an atypical OATP1A/1B substrate. Interestingly, transgenic liver-specific expression of human OATP1A2, OATP1B1 or OATP1B3 could partially rescue the increased doxorubicin plasma levels of Oatp1a/1b(-/-) mice. Hepatic uptake and bile-derived intestinal excretion of doxorubicin were completely reverted to wild-type levels by OATP1A2, and partially by OATP1B1 and OATP1B3. Thus, doxorubicin is transported by hepatocyte-expressed OATP1A2, -1B1 and -1B3 in vivo, illustrating an unexpectedly wide substrate specificity. These findings have possible implications for the uptake, disposition, therapy response and toxicity of doxorubicin, also in human tumors and tissues expressing these transporters. © 2014 UICC.

  7. Annexin A2, autoimmunity, anxiety and depression.

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    Weiss, R; Bitton, A; Ben Shimon, M; Elhaik Goldman, S; Nahary, L; Cooper, I; Benhar, I; Pick, C G; Chapman, J

    2016-09-01

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is associated with neurological manifestations and one of the novel autoantigens associated with this disease is Annexin A2 (ANXA2). In this work we have examined the effect of high levels of autoantibodies to ANXA2 on the brain in a mouse model. Recombinant ANXA2 emulsified in adjuvant was used to immunize mice while mice immunized with adjuvant only served as controls. At peak antibody levels the animal underwent behavioral and cognitive tests and their brains were examined for ANXA2 immunoglobulin G (IgG) and expression of ANXA2 and the closely linked protein p11. Very high levels of anti-ANXA2 antibodies (Abs) were associated with reduced anxiety in the open field 13.14% ± 0.89% of the time in the center compared to 8.64% ± 0.91% observed in the control mice (p < 0.001 by t-test). A forced swim test found significantly less depression manifested by immobility in the ANXA2 group. The changes in behavior were accompanied by a significant reduction in serum corticosteroid levels of ANXA2 group compared to controls. Moreover, higher levels of total IgG and p11 expression were found in ANXA2 group brains. Lower levels of circulating anti-ANXA2 Abs were not associated with behavioral changes. We have established an animal model with high levels of anti-ANXA2 Abs which induced IgG accumulation in the brain and specific anxiolytic and anti-depressive effects. This model promises to further our understanding of autoimmune disease such as APS and to provide better understanding of the role of the ANXA2-p11 complex in the brain. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Secretory Phospholipase A2 Responsive Liposomes

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    ZHU, GUODONG; MOCK, JASON N.; ALJUFFALI, IBRAHIM; CUMMINGS, BRIAN S.; ARNOLD, ROBERT D.

    2011-01-01

    Secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) expression is increased in several cancers and has been shown to trigger release from some lipid carriers. This study used electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and release of 6-carboxyfluorescein (6-CF) to determine the effects of sPLA2 on various liposome formulations. Different combinations of zwitterionic [1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine, 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine, and 1,2- distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylethanolamine (DSPE)] and anionic [1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidic acid, 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylglycerol (DSPG), 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine–N-poly(ethylene glycol) 2000 (DSPE–PEG)] phospholipids were examined. DSPG and DSPE were most susceptible to sPLA2-mediated degradation compared with other phospholipids. Increased 6-CF release was observed after inclusion of 10 mol % DSPE and anionic lipids into different liposome formulations. Group IIa sPLA2-mediated 6-CF release was less than Group III and relatively insensitive to cholesterol (Chol), whereas Chol reduced sPLA2-mediated release. Inclusion of DSPE–PEG increased sPLA2-mediated 6-CF release, whereas serum reduced lipid degradation and 6-CF release significantly. These data demonstrate that ESI-MS and 6-CF release were useful in determining the selectivity of sPLA2 and release from liposomes, that differences in the activity of different sPLA2 isoforms exist, and that DSPE–PEG enhanced sPLA2-mediated release of liposomal constituents. These findings will aid in the selection of lipids and optimization of the kinetics of drug release for the treatment of cancers and diseases of inflammation in which sPLA2 expression is increased. PMID:21455978

  9. 26 CFR 1.666(a)-1 - Amount allocated.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  10. 26 CFR 1.666(a)-1 - Amount allocated.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  11. 26 CFR 1.666(a)-1 - Amount allocated.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  12. 26 CFR 1.666(a)-1 - Amount allocated.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  13. 26 CFR 1.666(a)-1 - Amount allocated.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  14. Prostaglandin transporter (OATP2A1/SLCO2A1) contributes to local disposition of eicosapentaenoic acid-derived PGE3.

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    Gose, Tomoka; Nakanishi, Takeo; Kamo, Shunsuke; Shimada, Hiroaki; Otake, Katsumasa; Tamai, Ikumi

    2016-01-01

    Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)-derived prostaglandin E3 (PGE3) possesses an anti-inflammatory effect; however, information for transporters that regulate its peri-cellular concentration is limited. The present study, therefore, aimed to clarify transporters involved in local disposition of PGE3. PGE3 uptake was assessed in HEK293 cells transfected with OATP2A1/SLCO2A1, OATP1B1/SLCO1B1, OATP2B1/SLCO2B1, OAT1/SLC22A6, OCT1/SLC22A1 or OCT2/SLC22A2 genes, compared with HEK293 cells transfected with plasmid vector alone (Mock). PGE3 uptake by OATP2A1-expressing HEK293 cells (HEK/2A1) was the highest and followed by HEK/1B1, while no significantly higher uptake of PGE3 than Mock cells was detected by other transporters. Saturation kinetics in PGE3 uptake by HEK/2A1 estimated the Km as 7.202 ± 0.595 μM, which was 22 times higher than that of PGE2 (Km=0.331 ± 0.131 μM). Furthermore, tissue disposition of PGE3 was examined in wild-type (WT) and Slco2a1-deficient (Slco2a1(-/-)) mice after oral administration of EPA ethyl ester (EPA-E) when they underwent intraperitoneal injection of endotoxin (e.g., lipopolysaccharide). PGE3 concentration was significantly higher in the lung, and tended to increase in the colon, stomach, and kidney of Slco2a1(-/-), compared to WT mice. Ratio of PGE2 metabolite 15-keto PGE2 over PGE2 concentration was significantly lower in the lung and colon of Slco2a1(-/-) than that of WT mice, suggesting that PGE3 metabolism is downregulated in Slco2a1(-/-) mice. In conclusion, PGE3 was found to be a substrate of OATP2A1, and local disposition of PGE3 could be regulated by OATP2A1 at least in the lung. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Striatal Pre- and Postsynaptic Profile of Adenosine A2A Receptor Antagonists

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    Quiroz, César; Beaumont, Vahri; Goldberg, Steven R.; Lluís, Carme; Cortés, Antoni; Franco, Rafael; Casadó, Vicent; Canela, Enric I.; Ferré, Sergi

    2011-01-01

    Striatal adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) are highly expressed in medium spiny neurons (MSNs) of the indirect efferent pathway, where they heteromerize with dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs). A2ARs are also localized presynaptically in cortico-striatal glutamatergic terminals contacting MSNs of the direct efferent pathway, where they heteromerize with adenosine A1 receptors (A1Rs). It has been hypothesized that postsynaptic A2AR antagonists should be useful in Parkinson's disease, while presynaptic A2AR antagonists could be beneficial in dyskinetic disorders, such as Huntington's disease, obsessive-compulsive disorders and drug addiction. The aim or this work was to determine whether selective A2AR antagonists may be subdivided according to a preferential pre- versus postsynaptic mechanism of action. The potency at blocking the motor output and striatal glutamate release induced by cortical electrical stimulation and the potency at inducing locomotor activation were used as in vivo measures of pre- and postsynaptic activities, respectively. SCH-442416 and KW-6002 showed a significant preferential pre- and postsynaptic profile, respectively, while the other tested compounds (MSX-2, SCH-420814, ZM-241385 and SCH-58261) showed no clear preference. Radioligand-binding experiments were performed in cells expressing A2AR-D2R and A1R-A2AR heteromers to determine possible differences in the affinity of these compounds for different A2AR heteromers. Heteromerization played a key role in the presynaptic profile of SCH-442416, since it bound with much less affinity to A2AR when co-expressed with D2R than with A1R. KW-6002 showed the best relative affinity for A2AR co-expressed with D2R than co-expressed with A1R, which can at least partially explain the postsynaptic profile of this compound. Also, the in vitro pharmacological profile of MSX-2, SCH-420814, ZM-241385 and SCH-58261 was is in accordance with their mixed pre- and postsynaptic profile. On the basis of their preferential

  16. Ephrin receptor A2 is an epithelial cell receptor for Epstein-Barr virus entry.

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    Zhang, Hua; Li, Yan; Wang, Hong-Bo; Zhang, Ao; Chen, Mei-Ling; Fang, Zhi-Xin; Dong, Xiao-Dong; Li, Shi-Bing; Du, Yong; Xiong, Dan; He, Jiang-Yi; Li, Man-Zhi; Liu, Yan-Min; Zhou, Ai-Jun; Zhong, Qian; Zeng, Yi-Xin; Kieff, Elliott; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Gewurz, Benjamin E; Zhao, Bo; Zeng, Mu-Sheng

    2018-02-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is causally associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, 10% of gastric carcinoma and various B cell lymphomas 1 . EBV infects both B cells and epithelial cells 2 . Recently, we reported that epidermal growth factor and Neuropilin 1 markedly enhanced EBV entry into nasopharyngeal epithelial cells 3 . However, knowledge of how EBV infects epithelial cells remains incomplete. To understand the mechanisms through which EBV infects epithelial cells, we integrated microarray and RNA interference screen analyses and found that Ephrin receptor A2 (EphA2) is important for EBV entry into the epithelial cells. EphA2 short interfering RNA knockdown or CRISPR-Cas9 knockout markedly reduced EBV epithelial cell infection, which was mostly restored by EphA2 complementary DNA rescue. EphA2 overexpression increased epithelial cell EBV infection. Soluble EphA2 protein, antibodies against EphA2, soluble EphA2 ligand EphrinA1, or the EphA2 inhibitor 2,5-dimethylpyrrolyl benzoic acid efficiently blocked EBV epithelial cell infection. Mechanistically, EphA2 interacted with EBV entry proteins gH/gL and gB to facilitate EBV internalization and fusion. The EphA2 Ephrin-binding domain and fibronectin type III repeats domain were essential for EphA2-mediated EBV infection, while the intracellular domain was dispensable. This is distinct from Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus infection through EphA2 4 . Taken together, our results identify EphA2 as a critical player for EBV epithelial cell entry.

  17. Snake inhibitors of phospholipase A(2) enzymes.

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    Dunn, R D; Broady, K W

    2001-08-29

    Phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) enzymes consist of a large family of proteins which share the same enzymatic function and display considerable sequence homology. These enzymes have been identified and characterised in mammalian tissue and snake venoms. Numerous physiological functions have been attributed to mammalian PLA(2)s and they are nontoxic. In comparison, venom PLA(2)s are toxic and induce a variety of pharmacological effects that are probably mediated via membrane receptors. Snake PLA(2) inhibitors (PLIalpha), with a similar structure to the M-type receptor, have been identified as soluble complexes in the serum of viperinae and crotalinae snakes. These inhibitors showed selective binding to crotalid group II PLA(2)s and appeared to be restricted to the serum of this snake family. Analysis of PLA(2) binding to recombinant fragments of PLIalpha indicated that the CRD region was most likely responsible for enzyme inhibition. A second type of inhibitor, PLIbeta, has been identified in serum from one viperid snake and consists of a leucine-rich structure. The third type of inhibitor, PLIgamma, was found in the serum of five snake families and contains a pattern of cysteine residues that define a three-finger structure. PLIgamma inhibitors isolated from the serum of Elapidae, Hydrophidae, Boidae and Colubridae families were able to inhibit a broad range of enzymes including the nontoxic mammalian group IB and IIA PLA(2)s, and bee venom group III PLA(2). However, differences in the binding affinities indicated specificity for particular PLA(2)s. A different representation has emerged for crotalid and viperid snakes. Their PLIgammas did not inhibit bee venom group III, mammalian group IB and IIA enzymes. Furthermore, inhibition data for the gamma-type inhibitor from Crotalus durissus terrificus (CICS) showed that this inhibitor was specific for viperid beta-neurotoxins and did not inhibit beta-neurotoxins from elapids [1]. Further studies are required to determine if

  18. QA aspects for HbA1c measurements.

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    Higgins, Trefor N

    2008-01-01

    To provide mechanisms for evaluating HbA(1c) results that meet the criteria for review by the 2002 NACB guidelines for reporting HbA(1c) values. Complete blood count (CBC) data and comparison of obtained HbA(1c) with a calculated HbA(1c) were used to assess the validity of HbA(1c) results meeting the NACB review criteria. The use of CBC data and a calculated HbA(1c) were found to be useful in evaluating the validity of unusual HbA(1c) results. The validity of high and low HbA(1c) results can be checked by the review of CBC data and comparing a calculated HbA(1c) against the measured value.

  19. [Serological characteristic and molecular basis of A2 subgroup in Shanghai population].

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    Hua, Ziling; Li, Liwei; Li, Zhiqiang

    2014-10-01

    To investigate the similarity and difference in blood group serology and molecular biology of A2 and A2B phenotypes between healthy blood donors and patients. The A and AB phenotypes were screened with anti-A1. Exons 1 to 7 and intron 6 of the ABO gene were analyzed with polymerase chain reaction-sequence-based typing (PCR-SBT) method. The blood type was determined by referring to the Blood Group Antigen Gene Mutation Database (BGMUT). Among 7111 tested individuals, 75 were assigned as A2 or A2B phenotypes. However, only 28 individuals still belonged to the A2-related allele group based on genetic analysis. Among these, A205/B101 was the most common genotype. Among those non-A2-related alleles, A102/B101 was the most common genotype. Based on serologic testing, there was an imbalance between the A2 and A2B subgroups. In both donor group and patient group, the proportion of A2B was significantly higher than that of the A2. There were statistical differences between different groups (χ² = 64.613, 33.137, 34.963, P< 0.01). At the gene level, the imbalance still existed in both the overall population and the donor group, though there was a statistical difference between the two (χ² = 17.678, 14.157, P< 0.01). The same imbalance did not exist in the patient group (with continuous correction, χ² = 2.351, P= 0.125). The concordance rate for blood type determined by serology and genetic analysis has been low and deserves attention. For A2 and A2B phenotypes by serological screening, A102/B101 was the most common gene among non-A2-related alleles. Further study is needed to clarify this phenomenon.

  20. Adenosine A2A Receptors in the Amygdala Control Synaptic Plasticity and Contextual Fear Memory

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    Simões, Ana Patrícia; Machado, Nuno J; Gonçalves, Nélio; Kaster, Manuella P; Simões, Ana T; Nunes, Ana; Pereira de Almeida, Luís; Goosens, Ki Ann; Rial, Daniel; Cunha, Rodrigo A

    2016-01-01

    The consumption of caffeine modulates working and reference memory through the antagonism of adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) controlling synaptic plasticity processes in hippocampal excitatory synapses. Fear memory essentially involves plastic changes in amygdala circuits. However, it is unknown if A2ARs in the amygdala regulate synaptic plasticity and fear memory. We report that A2ARs in the amygdala are enriched in synapses and located to glutamatergic synapses, where they selectively control synaptic plasticity rather than synaptic transmission at a major afferent pathway to the amygdala. Notably, the downregulation of A2ARs selectively in the basolateral complex of the amygdala, using a lentivirus with a silencing shRNA (small hairpin RNA targeting A2AR (shA2AR)), impaired fear acquisition as well as Pavlovian fear retrieval. This is probably associated with the upregulation and gain of function of A2ARs in the amygdala after fear acquisition. The importance of A2ARs to control fear memory was further confirmed by the ability of SCH58261 (0.1 mg/kg; A2AR antagonist), caffeine (5 mg/kg), but not DPCPX (0.5 mg/kg; A1R antagonist), treatment for 7 days before fear conditioning onwards, to attenuate the retrieval of context fear after 24–48 h and after 7–8 days. These results demonstrate that amygdala A2ARs control fear memory and the underlying process of synaptic plasticity in this brain region. This provides a neurophysiological basis for the association between A2AR polymorphisms and phobia or panic attacks in humans and prompts a therapeutic interest in A2ARs to manage fear-related pathologies. PMID:27312408

  1. Adenosine A2AReceptors in the Amygdala Control Synaptic Plasticity and Contextual Fear Memory.

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    Simões, Ana Patrícia; Machado, Nuno J; Gonçalves, Nélio; Kaster, Manuella P; Simões, Ana T; Nunes, Ana; Pereira de Almeida, Luís; Goosens, Ki Ann; Rial, Daniel; Cunha, Rodrigo A

    2016-11-01

    The consumption of caffeine modulates working and reference memory through the antagonism of adenosine A 2A receptors (A 2A Rs) controlling synaptic plasticity processes in hippocampal excitatory synapses. Fear memory essentially involves plastic changes in amygdala circuits. However, it is unknown if A 2A Rs in the amygdala regulate synaptic plasticity and fear memory. We report that A 2A Rs in the amygdala are enriched in synapses and located to glutamatergic synapses, where they selectively control synaptic plasticity rather than synaptic transmission at a major afferent pathway to the amygdala. Notably, the downregulation of A 2A Rs selectively in the basolateral complex of the amygdala, using a lentivirus with a silencing shRNA (small hairpin RNA targeting A 2A R (shA 2A R)), impaired fear acquisition as well as Pavlovian fear retrieval. This is probably associated with the upregulation and gain of function of A 2A Rs in the amygdala after fear acquisition. The importance of A 2A Rs to control fear memory was further confirmed by the ability of SCH58261 (0.1 mg/kg; A 2A R antagonist), caffeine (5 mg/kg), but not DPCPX (0.5 mg/kg; A 1 R antagonist), treatment for 7 days before fear conditioning onwards, to attenuate the retrieval of context fear after 24-48 h and after 7-8 days. These results demonstrate that amygdala A 2A Rs control fear memory and the underlying process of synaptic plasticity in this brain region. This provides a neurophysiological basis for the association between A 2A R polymorphisms and phobia or panic attacks in humans and prompts a therapeutic interest in A 2A Rs to manage fear-related pathologies.

  2. Antibody targeting of the EphA2 tyrosine kinase inhibits malignant cell behavior.

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    Carles-Kinch, Kelly; Kilpatrick, Katherine E; Stewart, Jane C; Kinch, Michael S

    2002-05-15

    EphA2 is a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase that is up-regulated on many aggressive carcinoma cells. Despite its overexpression, the EphA2 on malignant cells fails to bind its ligand, ephrinA1, which is anchored to the membrane of adjacent cells. Unlike other receptor kinases, EphA2 demonstrates kinase activity that is independent of ligand binding. However, ligand binding causes EphA2 to negatively regulate tumor cell growth and migration. Herein, we translate knowledge of EphA2 into strategies that selectively target malignant cells. Using a novel approach to preserve extracellular epitopes and optimize antibody diversity, we generated monoclonal antibodies that identify epitopes on the extracellular domain of EphA2. EphA2 antibodies were selected for their abilities to inhibit behaviors that are unique to metastatic cells while minimizing damage to nontransformed cells. A subset of EphA2 monoclonal antibodies were found to inhibit the soft agar colonization by MDA-MB-231 breast tumor cells but did not affect monolayer growth by nontransformed MCF-10A breast epithelial cells. These EphA2 antibodies also prevented tumor cells from forming tubular networks on reconstituted basement membranes, which is a sensitive indicator of metastatic character. Biochemical analyses showed that biologically active antibodies induced EphA2 phosphorylation and subsequent degradation. Antisense-based targeting of EphA2 similarly inhibited soft agar colonization, suggesting that the antibodies repress malignant behavior by down-regulating EphA2. These results suggest an opportunity for antibody-based targeting of the many cancers that overexpress EphA2. Our studies also emphasize how tumor-specific cellular behaviors can be exploited to identify and screen potential therapeutic targets.

  3. Global standardisation of HbA1c.

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    Lai, Leslie C

    2008-12-01

    HbA1c is used for assessing glycaemic control in patients with diabetes. It is also used for treatment goals and as a target for therapeutic intervention. The Direct Control and Complications Trial in the USA showed that HbA1c can be used to predict the risk of complications. Hence, it is important for HbA1c assays to be standardised. The National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) in the USA was formed in 1996 so that HbA1c results from different laboratories would be comparable to those reported in the DCCT study. There were also HbA1c standardisation programmes in Sweden and Japan. These three standardisation programmes are, in fact, direct comparison methods (DCMs), and yield different HbA1c results. In 1994, the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) established a Working Group on Standardisation of HbA1c. This working group has developed a global HbA1c reference system with very much improved intra-assay and inter-assay coefficients of variation. Recommendations have been made to report HbA1c results as IFCC-HbA1c values in SI units (mmol HbA1c/mol Hb) and NGSP-HbA1c (%) as well as estimated average glucose (eAG), once a tight relationship has been shown to exist between eAG and HbA1c.

  4. Mice deleted for heart-type cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7a1 develop dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Hüttemann, Maik; Klewer, Scott; Lee, Icksoo; Pecinova, Alena; Pecina, Petr; Liu, Jenney; Lee, Michael; Doan, Jeffrey W; Larson, Douglas; Slack, Elise; Maghsoodi, Bita; Erickson, Robert P; Grossman, Lawrence I

    2012-03-01

    Subunit 7a of mouse cytochrome c oxidase (Cox) displays a contractile muscle-specific isoform, Cox7a1, that is the major cardiac form. To gain insight into the role of this isoform, we have produced a new knockout mouse line that lacks Cox7a1. We show that homozygous and heterozygous Cox7a1 knockout mice, although viable, have reduced Cox activity and develop a dilated cardiomyopathy at 6 weeks of age. Surprisingly, the cardiomyopathy improves and stabilizes by 6 months of age. Cox7a1 knockout mice incorporate more of the "liver-type" isoform Cox7a2 into the cardiac Cox holoenzyme and, also surprisingly, have higher tissue ATP levels. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. and Mitochondria Research Society. All rights reserved. All rights reserved.

  5. Adenosine A(2A) receptor dynamics studied with the novel fluorescent agonist Alexa488-APEC.

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    Brand, Frank; Klutz, Athena M; Jacobson, Kenneth A; Fredholm, Bertil B; Schulte, Gunnar

    2008-08-20

    G protein-coupled receptors, such as the adenosine A(2A) receptor, are dynamic proteins, which undergo agonist-dependent redistribution from the cell surface to intracellular membranous compartments, such as endosomes. In order to study the kinetics of adenosine A(2A) receptor redistribution in living cells, we synthesized a novel fluorescent agonist, Alexa488-APEC. Alexa488-APEC binds to adenosine A(2A) (K(i)=149+/-27 nM) as well as A(3) receptors (K(i)=240+/-160 nM) but not to adenosine A(1) receptors. Further, we characterized the dose-dependent increase in Alexa488-APEC-induced cAMP production as well as cAMP response element binding (CREB) protein phosphorylation, verifying the ligand's functionality at adenosine A(2A) but not A(2B) receptors. In live-cell imaging studies, Alexa488-APEC-induced adenosine A(2A) receptor internalization, which was blocked by the competitive reversible antagonist ZM 241385 and hyperosmolaric sucrose. Further, internalized adenosine A(2A) receptors co-localized with clathrin and Rab5, indicating that agonist stimulation promotes adenosine A(2A) receptor uptake through a clathrin-dependent mechanism to Rab5-positive endosomes. The basic characterization of Alexa488-APEC described here showed that it provides a useful tool for tracing adenosine A(2A) receptors in vitro.

  6. Human Cytochrome P450 1A1 Structure and Utility in Understanding Drug and Xenobiotic Metabolism*

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    Walsh, Agnes A.; Szklarz, Grazyna D.; Scott, Emily E.

    2013-01-01

    Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A1 is an extrahepatic monooxygenase involved in the metabolism of endogenous substrates and drugs, as well as the activation of certain toxins and environmental pollutants. CYP1A1 is particularly well known for its ability to biotransform polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzo[a]pyrene in tobacco smoke, into carcinogens. CYP1A1 possesses functional similarities and differences with human CYP1A2 and CYP1B1 enzymes, but the structural basis for this has been unclear. We determined a 2.6 Å structure of human CYP1A1 with the inhibitor α-naphthoflavone. α-Naphthoflavone binds within an enclosed active site, with the planar benzochromen-4-one core packed flat against the I helix that composes one wall of the active site, and the 2-phenyl substituent oriented toward the catalytic heme iron. Comparisons with previously determined structures of the related cytochrome P450 1A2 and 1B1 enzymes reveal distinct features among the active sites that may underlie the functional variability of these enzymes. Finally, docking studies probed the ability of CYP1A structures to assist in understanding their known in vitro interactions with several typical substrates and inhibitors. PMID:23508959

  7. EphA2 Modulation Associates with Protective Effect of Prone Position in Ventilator-induced Lung Injury.

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    Park, Byung Hoon; Shin, Mi Hwa; Douglas, Ivor S; Chung, Kyung Soo; Song, Joo Han; Kim, Song Yee; Kim, Eun Young; Jung, Ji Ye; Kang, Young Ae; Chang, Joon; Kim, Young Sam; Park, Moo Suk

    2017-12-07

    The erythropoietin-producing hepatoma receptor tyrosine kinase A2 (EphA2) and its ligand ephrinA1 play a pivotal role in inflammation and tissue injury by modulating the epithelial and endothelial barrier integrity. Therefore, EphA2 receptor may be a potential therapeutic target for modulating ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). To support this hypothesis, here we analyzed EphA2/ephrinA1 signaling in the process of VILI and determined the role of EphA2/ephrinA1 signaling in the protective mechanism of prone positioning in a VILI model. Wild-type mice were ventilated with high (24 ml/kg; positive end-expiratory pressure 0 cm; 5 h) tidal volume (HTV) in a supine or prone position. Anti-EphA2 receptor antibody or immunoglobulin G was administered to the supine position group. Injury was assessed by analyzing the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, lung injury scoring, and transmission electron microscopy. Lung lysates were evaluated using cytokine/chemokine ELISA and western blotting of EphA2, ephrinA1, phosphoinositide 3-kinase γ (PI3Kγ), protein kinase B (Akt), nuclear factor (NF)-κB, and P70S6 kinase. EphA2/ephrinA1 expression was higher in supine HTV group than in the control group, but did not increase upon prone positioning or anti-EphA2 receptor antibody treatment. EphA2 antagonism reduced the extent of VILI and down-regulated the expression of PI3Kγ, Akt, NF-κB, and P70S6 kinase. These findings demonstrate that EphA2/ephrinA1 signaling is involved in the molecular mechanism of VILI and that modulation of EphA2/ehprinA1 signaling by prone position or EphA2 antagonism may be associated with the lung-protective effect. Our data provide evidence for EphA2/ehprinA1 as a promising therapeutic target for modulating VILI.

  8. Are there differences in atmospheric circulations between a 1.5°C and a 2.0°C warmer world?

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    Seland Graff, Lise; Bethke, Ingo; Iversen, Trond; Li, Camille

    2017-04-01

    In this presentation, we use a multi-model ensemble of global atmospheric model simulations to examine how the atmospheric circulation at mid-latitudes may change in a world that experiences a warming of 1.5°C and of 2.0°C over pre-industrial conditions. The data are taken from a suite of simulations carried out for the international project "Half a degree Additional Warming, Prognosis and Projected Implications" (HAPPI), coordinated by Oxford and Bristol Universities as a follow-up of the "Paris agreement" of December 2015 (http://www.happimip.org/). The HAPPI data set includes simulation results from several (˜10) atmospheric models, each with 50-100 ensemble members covering 10-year long periods. This large sample size enables assessing the systematic climate response relative to the internal climate variability. We will present results from the present decade, as well as the 1.5°C and 2.0°C experiments. The presentation focuses on data from the interim version of the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM1_Happi), but also includes data from the other models participating in the project as they become available. The analysis will mainly focus on changes in extratropical atmospheric circulation patterns, including the jet streams, the mid-latitude storm tracks, and the frequency and duration of blocking events. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the modeling centers participating in the HAPPI project and the coordinators Myles Allen and Dann Mitchell.

  9. Integrated Advance Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A). Performance Verification Report: EOS AMSU-A1 and AMSU-A2 Receivers Assemblies

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    2000-01-01

    This test report presents the test data of the EOS AMSU-A Flight Model No.1 (FM-1) receiver subsystem. The tests are performed per the Acceptance Test Procedure for the AMSU-A Reseiver Subsystem, AE-26002/6A. The functional performance tests are conducted either at the component or subsystem level. While the component-level tests are performed over the entire operating temperature range predicted by thermal analysis, the subsystem-level test are conducted at ambient temperature only.

  10. Small Molecule Agonists of the Orphan Nuclear Receptors Steroidogenic Factor-1 (SF-1, NR5A1) and Liver Receptor Homologue-1 (LRH-1, NR5A2)

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    Whitby, Richard J.; Stec, Jozef; Blind, Raymond D.; Dixon, Sally; Leesnitzer, Lisa M.; Orband-Miller, Lisa A.; Williams, Shawn P.; Willson, Timothy M.; Xu, Robert; Zuercher, William J.; Cai, Fang; Ingraham, Holly A.

    2014-01-01

    The crystal structure of LRH-1 ligand binding domain bound to our previously reported agonist 3-(E-oct-4-en-4-yl)-1-phenylamino-2-phenyl-cis-bicyclo[3.3.0]oct-2-ene 5 is described. Two new classes of agonists in which the bridgehead anilino group from our first series was replaced with an alkoxy or 1-ethenyl group were designed, synthesized, and tested for activity in a peptide recruitment assay. Both new classes gave very active compounds, particularly against SF-1. Structure-activity studies led to excellent dual-LRH-1/SF-1 agonists (e.g., RJW100) as well as compounds selective for LRH-1 (RJW101) and SF-1 (RJW102 and RJW103). The series based on 1-ethenyl substitution was acid stable, overcoming a significant drawback of our original bridgehead anilino-substituted series. Initial studies on the regulation of gene expression in human cell lines showed excellent, reproducible activity at endogenous target genes. PMID:21391689

  11. Operation JANGLE. Particle Studies. Projects 2.5a-1, 2.5a-2, 2.5a-3, 2. 8,

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  12. Long versus short cephalomedullary nail for trochanteric femur fractures (OTA 31-A1, A2 and A3): a systematic review.

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    Dunn, John; Kusnezov, Nicholas; Bader, Julia; Waterman, Brian R; Orr, Justin; Belmont, Philip J

    2016-12-01

    Both long and short cephalomedullary nails (CMN) may be used to treat trochanteric femur fractures. The objective of this paper was to compare the clinical outcomes between long and short CMN in the treatment of trochanteric hip fractures. A literature search was performed, identifying 135 papers; 4 of which met inclusion and exclusion criteria. Papers included were those that compared cohorts of long and short nails for stable trochanteric femur fractures of level III evidence or superior. Data was pooled and analyzed, focusing on reoperation rate, secondary femoral shaft fracture rate, estimated blood loss, transfusion rate, operative time and length of stay. Included in the analysis were 1276 patients, with 438 short and 838 long CMN. The average age was 82.0 years for short CMN and 79.0 years for long CMN (P = 0.0002). The average follow up was 18 months, 46 % were male, and 71 % had an ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists score) classification ≥3. The rate of reoperation was 5.0 % and 3.8 % for short and long CMN, respectively (P = 0.31). The rate of refracture was 1.6 % and 0.95 % for short and long CMN, respectively (P = 0.41). As compared to long nails, short nails had an average blood loss of 39 mL less (P = 0.0003), an 8.8 % decrease in transfusion rate (P = 0.07), and incurred 19 min less operative time (P < 0.0001). No significant differences between short and long nails were observed for either other complications, hardware complications, non-union, or mortality. For trochanteric femur fractures, short CMN have a low reoperation rate while significantly decreasing operative time and estimated blood loss with the additional benefit of being cost effective. Level 3.

  13. Identification, characterization, and genetic mapping of TLR7, TLR8a1 and TLR8a2 genes in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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    Induction of the innate immune pathways is critical for early antiviral defense but there is limited understanding of how teleost fish recognize viral molecules and activate these pathways. In mammals, Toll-like receptors (TLR) 7 and 8 bind single-stranded RNA of viral origin and are activated by s...

  14. INDUCTION OF CYP1A BY BENZO[K]FLUORANTHENE IN HUMAN HEPATOCYTES. CYP1A1 OR CYP1A2? (R827180)

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    The perspectives, information and conclusions conveyed in research project abstracts, progress reports, final reports, journal abstracts and journal publications convey the viewpoints of the principal investigator and may not represent the views and policies of ORD and EPA. Concl...

  15. The ratio of FoxA1 to FoxA2 in lung adenocarcinoma is regulated by LncRNA HOTAIR and chromatin remodeling factor LSH.

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    Wang, Ranran; Shi, Ying; Chen, Ling; Jiang, Yiqun; Mao, Chao; Yan, Bin; Liu, Shuang; Shan, Bin; Tao, Yongguang; Wang, Xiang

    2015-12-11

    The lncRNA HOTAIR is a critical regulator of cancer progression. Chromatin remodeling factor LSH is critical for normal development of plants and mammals. However, the underlying mechanisms causing this in cancer are not entirely clear. The functional diversification of the FOXA1 and FOXA2 contributes to the target genes during evolution and carcinogenesis. Little is known about the ratio of FOXA1 to FOXA2 in cancer. We here found that both HOTAIR and LSH overexpression was significantly correlated with poor survival in patients with lung adenocarcinoma cancer (ADC). Also, the ratio of FOXA1 and FOXA2 is linked with poor survival in patients with lung ADC. HOTAIR regulates the ratio of FOXA1 to FOXA2 and migration and invasion. HOTAIR and the ratio of FOXA1 to FOXA2 are negatively correlated. HOTAIR knockdown inhibits migration and invasion. HOTAIR is associated with LSH, and this association linked with the binding of LSH in the promoter of FOXA1, not FOXA2. Targeted inhibition of HOTAIR suppresses the migratory and invasive properties. These data suggest that HOTAIR is an important mediator of the ratio of FOXA1 and FOXA2 and LSH involves in, and suggest that HOTAIR inhibition may represent a promising therapeutic option for suppressing lung ADC progression.

  16. Forkhead box A1 (FOXA1) and A2 (FOXA2) oppositely regulate human type 1 iodothyronine deiodinase gene in liver.

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    Kanamoto, Naotetsu; Tagami, Tetsuya; Ueda-Sakane, Yoriko; Sone, Masakatsu; Miura, Masako; Yasoda, Akihiro; Tamura, Naohisa; Arai, Hiroshi; Nakao, Kazuwa

    2012-01-01

    Type 1 iodothyronine deiodinase (D1), a selenoenzyme that catalyzes the bioactivation of thyroid hormone, is expressed mainly in the liver. Its expression and activity are modulated by several factors, but the precise mechanism of its transcriptional regulation remains unclear. In the present study, we have analyzed the promoter of human D1 gene (hDIO1) to identify factors that prevalently increase D1 activity in the human liver. Deletion and mutation analyses demonstrated that a forkhead box (FOX)A binding site and an E-box site within the region between nucleotides -187 and -132 are important for hDIO1 promoter activity in the liver. EMSA demonstrated that FOXA1 and FOXA2 specifically bind to the FOXA binding site and that upstream stimulatory factor (USF) specifically binds to the E-box element. Overexpression of FOXA2 decreased hDIO1 promoter activity, and short interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of FOXA2 increased the expression of hDIO1 mRNA. In contrast, overexpression of USF1/2 increased hDIO1 promoter activity. Short interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of FOXA1 decreased the expression of hDIO1 mRNA, but knockdown of both FOXA1 and FOXA2 restored it. The response of the hDIO1 promoter to USF was greatly attenuated in the absence of FOXA1. Taken together, these results indicate that a balance of FOXA1 and FOXA2 expression modulates hDIO1 expression in the liver.

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  18. Anomalous nanoclusters, anisotropy, and electronic nematicity in the doped manganite L a 1 / 3 C a 2 / 3 Mn O 3

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    Tao, J.; Sun, K.; Tranquada, J. M.; ...

    2017-06-07

    In doped manganites, a superlattice (SL) modulation associated with charge/orbital ordering is accepted as a key component in understanding many intriguing properties. It has been reported that the SL modulation always appears on the a axis of the crystals. Here in this study, by using multiple transmission electron microscopic techniques, we observe a type of anomalous nanocluster in which the SL modulation appears on the c axis of La 1/3Ca 2/3MnO 3. By correlating the thermal evolution of the anomalous nanoclusters to other property measurements, we suggest that strain is responsible for the formation of the anomalous nanoclusters. The phasemore » separation and phase transition scenario in La 1/3Ca 2/3MnO 3 are also described using electronic-liquid-crystal (ELC) phases. Lastly, an ELC phase diagram in La 1/3Ca 2/3MnO 3 is constructed as a function of temperature based on our observations.« less

  19. Copy number and haplotype variation at the VRN-A1 and central FR-A2 loci are associated with frost tolerance in hexaploid wheat

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    Frost tolerance is a key trait to ensure winter wheat survival. Natural variation for this trait is mainly associated with allelic differences at the VERNALIZATION 1 (VRN1) and FROST RESISTANCE 2 (FR2) loci. VRN1 regulates the transition between vegetative and reproductive stages and FR2, a locus in...

  20. Features of the retinal environment which affect the activities and product profile of cholesterol-metabolizing cytochromes P450 CYP27A1 and CYP11A1.

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    Heo, Gun-Young; Liao, Wei-Li; Turko, Illarion V; Pikuleva, Irina A

    2012-02-15

    The retina is the sensory organ in the back of the eye which absorbs and converts light to electrochemical impulses transferred to the brain. Herein, we studied how retinal environment affects enzyme-mediated cholesterol removal. We focused on two mitochondrial cytochrome P450 enzymes, CYPs 27A1 and 11A1, which catalyze the first steps in metabolism of cholesterol in the retina and other tissues. Phospholipids (PL) from mitochondria of bovine neural retina, retinal pigment epithelium, liver and adrenal cortex were isolated and compared for the effect on kinetic properties of purified recombinant CYPs in the reconstituted system in vitro. The four studied tissues were also evaluated for the mitochondrial PL and cholesterol content and levels of CYPs 27A1, 11A1 and their redox partners. The data obtained were used for modeling the retinal environment in the in vitro enzyme assays in which we detected the P450 metabolites, 22R-hydroxycholesterol and 5-cholestenoic acid, unexpectedly found by us in the retina in our previous studies. The effect of the by-product of the visual cycle pyridinium bis-retinoid A2E on kinetics of CYP27A1-mediated cholesterol metabolism was also investigated. The results provide insight into the retina's regulation of the enzyme-mediated cholesterol removal. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Features of the retinal environment which affect the activities and product profile of cholesterol-metabolizing cytochromes P450 CYP27A1 and CYP11A1

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    Heo, Gun-Young; Liao, Wei-Li; Turko, Illarion V.; Pikuleva, Irina A.

    2012-01-01

    The retina is the sensory organ in the back of the eye which absorbs and converts light to electrochemical impulses transferred to the brain. Herein, we studied how retinal environment affects enzyme-mediated cholesterol removal. We focused on two mitochondrial cytochrome P450 enzymes, CYPs 27A1 and 11A1, which catalyze the first steps in metabolism of cholesterol in the retina and other tissues. Phospholipids (PL) from mitochondria of bovine neural retina, retinal pigment epithelium, liver and adrenal cortex were isolated and compared for the effect on kinetic properties of purified recombinant CYPs in the reconstituted system in vitro. The four studied tissues were also evaluated for the mitochondrial PL and cholesterol content and levels of CYPs 27A1, 11A1 and their redox partners. The data obtained were used for modeling the retinal environment in the in vitro enzyme assays in which we detected the P450 metabolites, 22R-hydroxycholesterol and 5-cholestenoic acid, unexpectedly found by us in the retina in our previous studies. The effect of the by-product of the visual cycle pyridinium bis-retinoid A2E on kinetics of CYP27A1-mediated cholesterol metabolism was also investigated. The results provide insight into the retina’s regulation of the enzyme-mediated cholesterol removal. PMID:22227097

  2. Restriction of Receptor Movement Alters Cellular Response: Physical Force Sensing by EphA2

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    Salaita, Khalid; Nair, Pradeep M; Petit, Rebecca S

    2009-09-09

    Activation of the EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase by ephrin-A1 ligands presented on apposed cell surfaces plays important roles in development and exhibits poorly understood functional alterations in cancer. We reconstituted this intermembrane signaling geometry between live EphA2-expressing human breast cancer cells and supported membranes displaying laterally mobile ephrin-A1. Receptor-ligand binding, clustering, and subsequent lateral transport within this junction were observed. EphA2 transport can be blocked by physical barriers nanofabricated onto the underlying substrate. This physical reorganization of EphA2 alters the cellular response to ephrin-A1, as observed by changes in cytoskeleton morphology and recruitment of a disintegrin and metalloprotease 10. Quantitativemore » analysis of receptor-ligand spatial organization across a library of 26 mammary epithelial cell lines reveals characteristic differences that strongly correlate with invasion potential. These observations reveal a mechanism for spatio-mechanical regulation of EphA2 signaling pathways.« less

  3. Protein kinase A can block EphA2 receptor–mediated cell repulsion by increasing EphA2 S897 phosphorylation

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    Barquilla, Antonio; Lamberto, Ilaria; Noberini, Roberta; Heynen-Genel, Susanne; Brill, Laurence M.; Pasquale, Elena B.

    2016-01-01

    The EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase plays key roles in tissue homeostasis and disease processes such as cancer, pathological angiogenesis, and inflammation through two distinct signaling mechanisms. EphA2 “canonical” signaling involves ephrin-A ligand binding, tyrosine autophosphorylation, and kinase activity; EphA2 “noncanonical” signaling involves phosphorylation of serine 897 (S897) by AKT and RSK kinases. To identify small molecules counteracting EphA2 canonical signaling, we developed a high-content screening platform measuring inhibition of ephrin-A1–induced PC3 prostate cancer cell retraction. Surprisingly, most hits from a screened collection of pharmacologically active compounds are agents that elevate intracellular cAMP by activating G protein–coupled receptors such as the β2-adrenoceptor. We found that cAMP promotes phosphorylation of S897 by protein kinase A (PKA) as well as increases the phosphorylation of several nearby serine/threonine residues, which constitute a phosphorylation hotspot. Whereas EphA2 canonical and noncanonical signaling have been viewed as mutually exclusive, we show that S897 phosphorylation by PKA can coexist with EphA2 tyrosine phosphorylation and block cell retraction induced by EphA2 kinase activity. Our findings reveal a novel paradigm in EphA2 function involving the interplay of canonical and noncanonical signaling and highlight the ability of the β2-adrenoceptor/cAMP/PKA axis to rewire EphA2 signaling in a subset of cancer cells. PMID:27385333

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  12. The CYP17 MspA1 Polymorphism and the Gender Dysphoria.

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    Fernández, Rosa; Cortés-Cortés, Joselyn; Esteva, Isabel; Gómez-Gil, Esther; Almaraz, Mari Cruz; Lema, Estefanía; Rumbo, Teresa; Haro-Mora, Juan-Jesús; Roda, Ester; Guillamón, Antonio; Pásaro, Eduardo

    2015-06-01

    The A2 allele of the CYP17 MspA1 polymorphism has been linked to higher levels of serum testosterone, progesterone, and estradiol. To determine whether the CYP17 MspA1 polymorphism is associated with transsexualism. We analyzed 151 male-to-female (MtF), 142 female-to-male (FtM), 167 control male, and 168 control female individuals. Fragments that included the mutation were amplified by PCR and digested with MspA1. Our data were compared with the allele/genotype frequencies provided by the 1000 Genomes Data Base, and contrasted with a MEDLINE search of the CYP17 MspA1 polymorphism in the literature. We investigated the association between transsexualism and the CYP17 MspA1 polymorphism. A2 frequency was higher in the FtM (0.45) than the female control (0.38) and male control (0.39) groups, or the MtF group (0.36). This FtM > MtF pattern reached statistical significance (P = 0.041), although allele frequencies were not gender specific in the general population (P = 0.887). This observation concurred with the 1000 Genomes Data Base and the MEDLINE search. Our data confirm a sex-dependent allele distribution of the CYP17 MspA1 polymorphism in the transsexual population, FtM > MtF, suggestive of a hypothetical A2 involvement in transsexualism since the allele frequencies in the general population seem to be clearly related to geographic origin and ethnic background, but not sex. © 2015 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

  13. Caffeine acts via A1 adenosine receptors to disrupt embryonic cardiac function.

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    Buscariollo, Daniela L; Breuer, Gregory A; Wendler, Christopher C; Rivkees, Scott A

    2011-01-01

    Evidence suggests that adenosine acts via cardiac A1 adenosine receptors (A1ARs) to protect embryos against hypoxia. During embryogenesis, A1ARs are the dominant regulator of heart rate, and A1AR activation reduces heart rate. Adenosine action is inhibited by caffeine, which is widely consumed during pregnancy. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that caffeine influences developing embryos by altering cardiac function. Effects of caffeine and adenosine receptor-selective antagonists on heart rate were studied in vitro using whole murine embryos at E9.5 and isolated hearts at E12.5. Embryos were examined in room air (21% O(2)) or hypoxic (2% O(2)) conditions. Hypoxia decreased heart rates of E9.5 embryos by 15.8% and in E12.5 isolated hearts by 27.1%. In room air, caffeine (200 µM) had no effect on E9.5 heart rates; however, caffeine increased heart rates at E12.5 by 37.7%. Caffeine abolished hypoxia-mediated bradycardia at E9.5 and blunted hypoxia-mediated bradycardia at E12.5. Real-time PCR analysis of RNA from isolated E9.5 and E12.5 hearts showed that A1AR and A2aAR genes were expressed at both ages. Treatment with adenosine receptor-selective antagonists revealed that SCH-58261 (A2aAR-specific antagonist) had no affects on heart function, whereas DPCPX (A1AR-specific antagonist) had effects similar to caffeine treatment at E9.5 and E12.5. At E12.5, embryonic hearts lacking A1AR expression (A1AR-/-) had elevated heart rates compared to A1AR+/- littermates, A1AR-/- heart rates failed to decrease to levels comparable to those of controls. Caffeine did not significantly affect heart rates of A1AR-/- embryos. These data show that caffeine alters embryonic cardiac function and disrupts the normal cardiac response to hypoxia through blockade of A1AR action. Our results raise concern for caffeine exposure during embryogenesis, particularly in pregnancies with increased risk of embryonic hypoxia.

  14. Caffeine Acts via A1 Adenosine Receptors to Disrupt Embryonic Cardiac Function

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    Buscariollo, Daniela L.; Breuer, Gregory A.; Wendler, Christopher C.; Rivkees, Scott A.

    2011-01-01

    Background Evidence suggests that adenosine acts via cardiac A1 adenosine receptors (A1ARs) to protect embryos against hypoxia. During embryogenesis, A1ARs are the dominant regulator of heart rate, and A1AR activation reduces heart rate. Adenosine action is inhibited by caffeine, which is widely consumed during pregnancy. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that caffeine influences developing embryos by altering cardiac function. Methodology/Principal Findings Effects of caffeine and adenosine receptor-selective antagonists on heart rate were studied in vitro using whole murine embryos at E9.5 and isolated hearts at E12.5. Embryos were examined in room air (21% O2) or hypoxic (2% O2) conditions. Hypoxia decreased heart rates of E9.5 embryos by 15.8% and in E12.5 isolated hearts by 27.1%. In room air, caffeine (200 µM) had no effect on E9.5 heart rates; however, caffeine increased heart rates at E12.5 by 37.7%. Caffeine abolished hypoxia-mediated bradycardia at E9.5 and blunted hypoxia-mediated bradycardia at E12.5. Real-time PCR analysis of RNA from isolated E9.5 and E12.5 hearts showed that A1AR and A2aAR genes were expressed at both ages. Treatment with adenosine receptor-selective antagonists revealed that SCH-58261 (A2aAR-specific antagonist) had no affects on heart function, whereas DPCPX (A1AR-specific antagonist) had effects similar to caffeine treatment at E9.5 and E12.5. At E12.5, embryonic hearts lacking A1AR expression (A1AR−/−) had elevated heart rates compared to A1AR+/− littermates, A1AR−/− heart rates failed to decrease to levels comparable to those of controls. Caffeine did not significantly affect heart rates of A1AR−/− embryos. Conclusions/Significance These data show that caffeine alters embryonic cardiac function and disrupts the normal cardiac response to hypoxia through blockade of A1AR action. Our results raise concern for caffeine exposure during embryogenesis, particularly in pregnancies with incr