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  1. P- T- X controls on Ca and Na distribution between Mg-Al tourmaline and fluid

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    Berryman, Eleanor J.; Wunder, Bernd; Rhede, Dieter; Schettler, Georg; Franz, Gerhard; Heinrich, Wilhelm

    2016-04-01

    Ca-Na partitioning between tourmaline and a coexisting fluid is investigated in the system CaO-Na2O-B2O3-Al2O3-MgO-SiO2-H2O-Cl between 0.2-4.0 GPa and 500-700 °C. The synthesis experiments produced a mineral assemblage of tourmaline, coesite/quartz, and in some cases additional phases, typically comprising <1 wt% of the solid product. The synthesized tourmalines are solid solutions of dravite [NaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)], "oxy-uvite" (i.e. "Ca-Mg-O root name") [CaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O], and magnesio-foitite [☐(Mg2Al)Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)]. Starting materials comprised a fluid of constant ionic strength (2.00 m) and an oxide mixture with a constant Mg/Al ratio. As a result, the number of vacancies at the X site and the Mg/Al ratio of tourmaline crystals synthesized at the same temperature vary only slightly. The major solid solution is Ca-Na exchange at the X site via the exchange vector X Ca W O[ X Na W (OH)]-1, with the exchange vector X (Ca☐)[ X Na2]-1 serving as a secondary Ca-incorporation mechanism. Tourmaline's X-site composition reflects the fluid composition, whereby the Ca (or Na) concentration in the fluid corresponds with the Ca (or Na) content in tourmaline at each pressure and temperature. At 0.2 GPa, 700 °C, Ca preferentially partitions into tourmaline, producing the most Ca-rich tourmaline crystals synthesized here. At pressures >1.0 GPa, Ca partitions preferentially into the fluid, resulting in Na-dominant tourmaline compositions. Temperature has a secondary effect on Ca-Na partitioning, with higher temperatures correlating with increased Ca incorporation in tourmaline. Based on the experimental findings, tourmaline is expected to have Ca-rich compositions when it forms in low pressure, high-temperature Ca-rich rocks, consistent with the current record of tourmaline occurrence. The bulk Mg/Al ratio and the pH of the tourmaline-forming system may also affect Ca incorporation in tourmaline, but remain to be investigated experimentally.

  2. Optically stimulated luminescence in K2SO4:AEu (A=Ca,Na,Al)

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    More, Y. K.; Patil, R. R.; Wankhede, S. P.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Kumar, Munish; Bhatt, B. C.; Moharil, S. V.

    2015-08-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence in doped K2SO4 is reported. K2SO4 was prepared by simple melt quenched process using readymade potassium sulphate. Samples were doped with Eu and AEu (A=Ca, Na and Al). Out of these samples K2SO4:Eu and K2SO4:Ca,Eu shows good OSL response to 470 nm optical stimulation. K2SO4:Eu and K2SO4:Ca,Eu have the sensitivities comparable with that of commercial phosphor Al2O3:C (Landauer).

  3. Thermochemistry of glasses and liquids in the systems CaMgSi 2O 6-CaAl 2Si 2O 8-NaAlSi 3O 8, SiO 2-CaAl 2Si 2O 8-NaAlSi 3O 8 and SiO 2-Al 2O 3-CaO-Na 2O

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    Navrotsky, A.; Hon, R.; Weill, D. F.; Henry, D. J.

    1980-10-01

    Enthalpies of solution in 2PbO· B 2O 3 at 712°C have been measured for glasses in the systems albite anorthite diopside, NaAlO 2-SiO 2, Ca 0.5AlO 2-SiO 2 and albite-anorthite-quartz. The systems albite-anorthite and diopside-anorthite show substantial negative enthalpies of mixing, albite-diopside shows significant positive heats of mixing. For compositions up to NaAlO2 = 0.42 (which includes the subsystem albite-silica) the system NaAlO 2-SiO 2 shows essentially zero heats of mixing. A negative ternary excess heat of mixing is found in the plagioclase-rich portion of the albite-anorthite-diopside system. The join Si 4O 8-CaAl 2Si 2O 8 shows small but significant heats of mixing. In albite-anorthite-quartz. ternary glasses, the ternary excess enthalpy of mixing is positive. Based on available heat capacity data and appropriate consideration of the glass transition, the enthalpy of the crystal-glass transition (vitrification) is a serious underestimate of the enthalpy of the crystal-liquid transition (fusion) especially when the melting point, Tf, is many hundreds of degrees higher than the glass transition temperature, Tg. On the other hand, the same heat capacity data suggest that the enthalpies of mixing in albite-anorthite-diopside liquids are calculated to be quite similar to those in the glasses. The enthalpies of mixing observed in general support the structural models proposed by TAYLOR and BROWN (1979a, b) and others for the structure of aluminosilicate glasses.

  4. Major soil element (Ca, Mg, K, Na, Al, Fe) distribution along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

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    Wang, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, H.; Ding, M.; Lin, X.

    2011-12-01

    The Tibetan Plateau (TP), which has been called the third polar region, is the highest plateau in the world. There are a series of special soils present in the TP, which are extremely important in soil sciences for their particularities. Soil chemical composition is one of the necessary indices of soil characteristics. The major element content of the soil, such as Ca, Mg, K, Na, not only can affect the soil pH value and soil fertility but also are the main drivers of soil geochemical processes. It is helpful to understand the TP environmental characteristics, to study the major soil element content.The Qinghai-Tibet Railway (QTR) is the highest-elevation and the longest highland railway on earth. There are nearly all types of TP soil along the QTR. Most of the areas along the QTR are in fairly pristine condition. This offers a good platform to study the natural environmental characteristics of the soil. This study selected 240 soil samples from 28 sample areas along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the aluminum, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium content in the soil were measured with ICP-AES. The results indicated: (1) Compared with the national soil background values, the Ca content in soil was higher along the QTR and Al was lower; but the Fe, Mg, K and Na contents were similar. (2) Along the whole QTR, the soil Al, Fe and Mg content showed a decreasing trend from Xining to Lhasa, the changes in K and Na values were relatively complex, and the distribution of Ca could be divided three sections. (3) The soil element contents varied with different soil types and parent materials. Most of the six elements content was minimum in soil, which derived from debris materials for ice and water, and the elements content was maximum in soil, which evolved from debris for flood, and the content of soil Ca developed from debris for lake was maximum. The amount of each element present in the Hapli-Cryic Aridosols and Calci-Cryic Aridosols was relatively higher than

  5. The Influence of Na2O on the Solidification and Crystallization Behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-Based Mold Flux

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    Gao, Jinxing; Wen, Guanghua; Sun, Qihao; Tang, Ping; Liu, Qiang

    2015-08-01

    The reaction between [Al] and SiO2 sharply increased the Al2O3 and decreased SiO2 contents in mold flux during the continuous casting of high-Al steels. These changes converted original CaO-SiO2-based flux into CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based flux, promoting the crystallization and deteriorating the mold lubrication. Therefore, study on the solidification and crystallization behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux, with the applicable fluidizers, is of importance. The effect of Na2O, predominantly used as the fluidizer in mold flux, on the solidification and crystallization behavior of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux needs to be investigated. In this study, a CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux containing 6.5 wt pct Li2O was designed; the effect of Na2O on the solidification and crystallization behavior of these mold fluxes was investigated using the single hot thermocouple technique (SHTT) and the double hot thermocouple technique (DHTT). Moreover, the slag film obtained by a heat flux simulator was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results indicate that the solid fraction of molten slag (Fs) and the crystalline fraction of solid slag (Fc) in the mold slag films decrease with increasing Na2O content from 0 to 2 wt pct. However, Fs and Fc increased when the Na2O content increased from 2 to 6 wt pct. The critical cooling rates initially decreases and then increases with increasing Na2O content. The XRD analysis results show that LiAlO2 and CaF2 were the basic crystals for all the mold fluxes. Increasing the Na2O content both inhibits the Ca2Al2SiO7 formation and promotes the production of Ca12Al14O33, indicating that the mold lubrication deteriorated because of the high melting-point phase formation of Ca2Al2SiO7 in the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-based mold flux containing 6.5 wt pct Li2O, without Na2O. The strong crystallization tendency also deteriorated the mold lubrication for the mold flux with a higher Na2O content. Therefore, the addition of Na2O was less than 2 wt pct in

  6. A Density Model Based on the Modified Quasichemical Model and Applied to the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 Electrolyte

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    Robelin, Christian; Chartrand, Patrice

    2007-12-01

    A theoretical model for the density of multicomponent inorganic liquids based on the modified quasichemical model has been presented in a previous article. In the present article, this model is applied to the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 electrolyte. By introducing in the Gibbs energy of the liquid phase, temperature-dependent molar volume expressions for the pure fluorides and oxides, and pressure-dependent excess parameters for the binary (and sometimes higher-order) interactions, it is possible to reproduce, and eventually predict, the molar volume and the density of the multicomponent liquid phase using standard interpolation methods. All available density data for the NaF-AlF3-CaF2-Al2O3 liquid were collected and critically evaluated, and optimized pressure-dependent model parameters have been found. This new volumetric model can be used with Gibbs energy minimization software, to calculate the molar volume and the density of cryolite-based melts used for the electroreduction of alumina in Hall-Héroult cells.

  7. Characterization of Ti6Al7Nb alloy foams surface treated in aqueous NaOH and CaCl2 solutions.

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    Bütev, Ezgi; Esen, Ziya; Bor, Şakir

    2016-07-01

    Ti6Al7Nb alloy foams having 53-73% porosity were manufactured via evaporation of magnesium space holders. A bioactive 1µm thick sodium hydrogel titanate layer, NaxH2-xTiyO2y+1, formed after 5M NaOH treatment, was converted to crystalline sodium titanate, Na2TiyO2y+1, as a result of post-heat treatment. On the other hand, subsequent CaCl2 treatment of NaOH treated specimens induced calcium titanate formation. However, heat treatment of NaOH-CaCl2 treated specimens led to the loss of calcium and disappearance of the titanate phase. All of the aforementioned surface treatments reduced yield strengths due to the oxidation of the cell walls of the foams, while elastic moduli remained mostly unchanged. Accordingly, equiaxed dimples seen on the fracture surfaces of as-manufactured foams turned into relatively flat and featureless fracture surfaces after surface treatments. On the other hand, Ca- and Na-rich coating preserved their mechanical stabilities and did not spall during fracture. The relation between mechanical properties of foams and macro-porosity fraction were found to obey a power law. The foams with 63 and 73% porosity met the desired biocompatibility requirements with fully open pore structures and elastic moduli similar to that of bone. In vitro tests conducted in simulated body fluid (SBF) showed that NaOH-heat treated surfaces exhibit the highest bioactivity and allow the formation of Ca-P rich phases having Ca/P ratio of 1.3 to form within 5 days. Although Ca-P rich phases formed only after 15 days on NaOH-CaCl2 treated specimens, the Ca/P ratio was closer to that of apatite found in bone. PMID:26807769

  8. Role of B2O3 on the Viscosity and Structure in the CaO-Al2O3-Na2O-Based System

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    Kim, Gi Hyun; Sohn, Il

    2013-10-01

    The effect of B2O3 on the viscosity and structure in the calcium-aluminate melt flux system containing Na2O was studied. An increase in the B2O3 content at fixed CaO/Al2O3 ratio lowered the viscosity. Higher CaO/Al2O3 ratio at fixed B2O3 content also decreased the viscosity. The alumino-borate structures were confirmed through Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy and consisted of [AlO4]-tetrahedral structural units, [BO3]-triangular structural units, and [BO4]-tetrahedral structural units, which could be correlated to the viscosity. At fixed CaO/Al2O3 ratio, B2O3 additions decreased the [AlO4]-tetrahedral structural units and transformed the 3-D network structures such as pentaborate and tetraborate into 2-D network structures of boroxol and boroxyl rings by breaking the bridged oxygen atoms (O0) to produce non-bridged oxygen atoms (O-) leading to a decrease in the molten flux viscosity. At fixed B2O3 contents and higher CaO/Al2O3 ratio, 3-D complex network structures become 3-D simple and 2-D isolated network structures, resulting in lower viscosities. The apparent activation energy for viscous flow varied from 132 to 249 kJ/mol according to the composition of B2O3 and CaO/Al2O3 ratio.

  9. An SEM, EDS and vibrational spectroscopic study of the silicate mineral meliphanite (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Theiss, Frederick L.; Romano, Antônio Wilson; Scholz, Ricardo

    2015-02-01

    The mineral meliphanite (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)] is a crystalline sodium calcium beryllium silicate which has the potential to be used as piezoelectric material and for other ferroelectric applications. The mineral has been characterized by a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and vibrational spectroscopy. EDS analysis shows a material with high concentrations of Si and Ca and low amounts of Na, Al and F. Beryllium was not detected. Raman bands at 1016 and 1050 cm-1 are assigned to the SiO and AlOH stretching vibrations of three dimensional siloxane units. The infrared spectrum of meliphanite is very broad in comparison with the Raman spectrum. Raman bands at 472 and 510 cm-1 are assigned to OSiO bending modes. Raman spectroscopy identifies bands in the OH stretching region. Raman spectroscopy with complimentary infrared spectroscopy enables the characterization of the silicate mineral meliphanite.

  10. A clear effect of charge compensation through Na+ co-doping on the luminescence spectra and decay kinetics of Nd3+-doped CaAl4O7

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    Puchalska, M.; Watras, A.

    2016-06-01

    We present a detailed analysis of luminescence behavior of singly Nd3+ doped and Nd3+, Na+ co-doped calcium aluminates powders: Ca1-xNdxAl4O7 and Ca1-2xNdxNaxAl4O7 (x=0.001-0.1). Relatively intense Nd3+ luminescence in IR region corresponding to typical 4F3/2→4IJ (J=9/2-13/2) transitions with maximum located at about 1079 nm was obtained in all samples on direct excitation into f-f levels. The effect of dopant concentration and charge compensation by co-doping with Na+ ions on morphology and optical properties were studied. The results show that both, the Nd3+ concentration and the alkali metal co-doping affected the optical properties but had no influence on the powders morphology. The studies of luminescence spectra (298 and 77 K) in a function of dopant concentration showed an increasing distortion of the local symmetry of Nd3+with raising activator content due to certain defects created in the crystal lattice. On the other hand Na+ addition led to significant narrowing of absorption and luminescence bands and also a reduction of the number of their components, showing smaller disturbance of Nd3+ ions local symmetries. Consequently, charge compensated by Na+ co-doping materials showed significantly enhanced Nd3+ luminescence. The decrease of emission intensity and luminescence lifetimes with increase of activator concentration was attributed mainly to phonon-assisted cross-relaxation processes between Nd3+ ions. Analysis with Inokuti-Hirayama model indicated dipole-dipole mechanism of ion-ion interaction. Na+ addition led to much smaller concentration quenching due to smaller clustering of dopant ions in CaAl4O7 lattice.

  11. Genetic relationship between Na-rich chondrules and Ca,Al-rich inclusions? - Formation of Na-rich chondrules by melting of refractory and volatile precursors in the solar nebula

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    Ebert, Samuel; Bischoff, Addi

    2016-03-01

    Al-rich objects (Ca,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs), Al-rich chondrules, Al-rich fragments) occur in all chondrite classes. These objects can be centimeter-sized in CV3 carbonaceous chondrites, but they are generally much smaller in other chondrite groups and classes. Within the ordinary chondrites, most Al-rich objects are chondrules that vary from Ca- to Na-rich. Here, we have investigated the mineralogy and major element chemistry of 32 Na-rich chondrules and 3 Na-rich fragments from 15 different chondrites. Most objects (chondrules and chondrule fragments) are from ordinary chondrites (petrologic types 3.2-3.8), but two of the chondrules are from two CO3 chondrites, and three of the chondrules are from one Rumuruti (R)-chondrite. We found that these Na-rich objects have bulk Na2O-concentrations between 4.3 and 15.2 wt%. Texturally, they typically consist of euhedral to subhedral (often skeletal) mafic minerals (olivine and pyroxenes) embedded within a nepheline-normative, glassy mesostasis, which is brownish in transmitted light. In addition, some chondrules contain euhedral to subhedral spinel. Bulk chondrule compositions show group II, group III, and ultrarefractory rare earth element (REE) patterns similar to those found in CAIs. These results clearly demonstrate that the Na-rich chondrules must have been formed by melting of precursors containing an (ultra-)refractory element-rich component and Na-rich constituents. The Na-rich chondrules showed Sm and Eu anomalies, indicating that they must have formed at low oxygen fugacities. Based on the chemical composition of the Na-rich objects, we can rule out that they were formed as a result of planetary formation due to metasomatic processes or processes related to collisions between molten planetesimals.

  12. Direct determination of the NaF/AlF3 molar ratio by Raman spectroscopy in NaF-AlF3-CaF2 melts at 1000 °C.

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    Malherbe, Cedric; Gilbert, Bernard

    2013-09-17

    For the last 40 years, Raman spectroscopy has been very useful in investigating the structure of corrosive molten salts, such as the cryolite-based melts widely used as electrolyte in the Hall-Heroult process. Even if this process remains the most economically efficient for metallic aluminum electro-production, it suffers from a high energy loss, which is dependent on the melt composition. Therefore, controlling the chemical composition of the electrolyte is essential. The present paper proposes to apply Raman spectroscopy for the direct determination of the NaF-AlF3 molar ratio in NaF-AlF3-CaF2-based melts. Despite the experimental difficulties, a calibration curve based on equilibria taking place in the melt has been developed and the procedure has been successfully compared to industrial samples of known compositions. The possible exportation of the laboratory scale procedure to an industrial environment application for the control of the Hall-Heroult process is finally discussed. PMID:23988269

  13. Preparation and structure of NaSr{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} and NaCa{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Gao Jianhua; Li, R.K. . E-mail: rkli@cl.cryo.ac.cn

    2005-05-15

    Two compounds NaSr{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} and NaCa{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7}, have been found to crystallize into a new structure type by Rietveld refinement from X-ray powder diffraction data. Their structure belongs to hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}/m, with lattice parameters of a=4.85640(8)A, c=15.6635(4)A for NaSr{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} and a=4.81292(10)A, c=15.4056(4)A for NaCa{sub 0.5}Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7}, respectively. The structure is built up by [Al{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup 2-} double layer and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} or Na{sup +}/Sr{sup 2+} ions alternatively stacking along the c-axis. The sites in the inter-double layer are fully occupied jointly by Na and Ca or Sr, but the intra-double layer sites are only half occupied solely by Na. A mechanism of the transition of the structure from CaAl{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} to present structure type by replacing only 1% Ca by Na (2%) as observed by Chang and Keszler (Mater. Res. Bull. 33 (1998) 299) is also proposed.

  14. Drugs preventing Na+ and Ca2+ overload.

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    Ravens, U; Himmel, H M

    1999-03-01

    Cardiac intracellular Na+and Ca2+homeostasis is regulated by the concerted action of ion channels, pumps and exchangers. The Na+, K+-ATPase produces the electrochemical concentration gradient for Na+, which is the driving force for Ca2+removal from the cytosol via the Na+/Ca2+exchange. Reduction of this gradient by increased intracellular Na+concentration leads to cellular Ca2+overload resulting in arrhythmias and contractile dysfunction. Na+and Ca2+overload-associated arrhythmias can be produced experimentally by inhibition of Na+efflux (digitalis-induced intoxication) and by abnormal Na+influx via modulated Na+channels (veratridine, DPI 201-106; hypoxia) or via the Na+, H+exchanger. Theoretically, blockers of Na+and Ca2+channels, inhibitors of abnormal oscillatory release of Ca2+from internal stores or modulators of the Na+, Ca2+and Na+, H+exchanger activities could protect against cellular Na+and Ca2+overload. Three exemplary drugs that prevent Na+and Ca2+overload, i.e. the benzothiazolamine R56865, the methylenephenoxydioxy-derivative CP-060S, and the benzoyl-guanidine Hoe 642, a Na+, H+exchange blocker, are briefly reviewed with respect to their efficacy on digitalis-, veratridine- and ischaemia/reperfusion-induced arrhythmias. PMID:10094840

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis and the crystal structure of borate cancrinite (Na,Ca){sub 2}[Na{sub 6}(AlSiO{sub 4}){sub 6}](BO{sub 3}) . 2H{sub 2}O

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    Shirinova, A. F. Khrustalev, V. N.; Samedov, H. R.; Chiragov, M. I.

    2006-01-15

    Transparent prismatic single crystals of borate cancrinite (Na,Ca){sub 2}[Na{sub 6}(AlSiO{sub 4}){sub 6}](BO{sub 3}) . 2H{sub 2}O are prepared through hydrothermal crystallization. The parameters of the hexagonal unit cell and intensities of 10806 reflections are measured on an Enraf-Nonius CAD4 automated diffractometer. The compound crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system with the unit cell parameters a = 12.745(4) A, c = 5.180(2) A, V = 728.6(4) A{sup 3}, and space group P6{sub 3}. The structure is determined by direct methods and refined using the full-matrix least-squares procedure in the anisotropic approximation for the non-hydrogen atoms. The refinement of the structure is performed to the final discrepancy factor R{sub 1} = 0.027 for 2889 unique reflections with I > 2 {sigma} (I). In the structure of the borate cancrinite, the AlO{sub 4} and SiO{sub 4} tetrahedra form a zeolite-like framework in which twelve-membered hexagonal channels are occupied by sodium atoms and BO{sub 3} groups, whereas six-membered channels are filled with sodium and calcium atoms and water molecules. The mean interatomic distances are found to be as follows: (Si-O){sub mean} = 1.614 A and (Al-O){sub mean} = 1.741 A in the AlO{sub 4} and SiO{sub 4} tetrahedra, (Na-O){sub mean} = 2.542 A in the seven-vertex sodium polyhedra, and [(Na,Ca)-O]{sub mean} = 2.589 A in the ditrigonal bipyramids.

  16. Ca-Al-rich chondrules and inclusions in ordinary chondrites

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    Bischoff, A.; Keil, K.

    1983-01-01

    Ca-Al-rich objects, hitherto mostly found in carbonaceous chondrites, are shown to be widespread, albeit rare, constituents of type 3 ordinary chondrites. Widespread occurrence and textural similarities of Ca-Al-rich chondrules to common, Mg-Fe-rich chondrules suggest that they formed by related processes. It is suggested in this article that Ca-Al-rich chondrules were formed by total melting and crystallization of heterogeneous, submillimeter- to submillimeter-sized dustballs made up of mixtures of high-temperature, Ca-Al-rich and lower-temperature, Na-K-rich components.

  17. Complete Al-SI Order in Scapolite Me[subscript 37.5], Ideally Ca[subscript 3]Na[subscript 5][Al[subscript 8]Si[subscript 16]O[subscript 48

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    Antao, Sytle M.; Hassan, Ishmael

    2011-09-06

    The structure of an intermediate scapolite (Me{sub 36.6}) from Lake Clear, Ontario, was obtained using synchrotron high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HRPXRD) data and Rietveld structure refinement in space group P4{sub 2}/n. The chemical formula obtained by electron microprobe is Na{sub 2.19}Ca{sub 1.35}K{sub 0.16}[Al{sub 3.95}Si{sub 8.05}O{sub 24}]Cl{sub 0.55}(CO{sub 3}){sub 0.41}(SO{sub 4}){sub 0.04}, equivalent to Me{sub 36.6}. The unit-cell parameters are a 12.07899(1), c 7.583467(9) {angstrom}, and V 1106.443(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}. The average distances are = 1.617(1) {angstrom}, = 1.744(1) {angstrom}, and = 1.601(1) {angstrom}. Therefore, the T1 and T3 sites contain only Si atoms, and the T2 site contains only Al atoms, so the Al and Si atoms are completely ordered. Complete Al-Si order was predicted for Me{sub 37.5}, ideally Ca{sub 3}Na{sub 5}[Al{sub 8}Si{sub 16}O{sub 48}]Cl(CO{sub 3}), and is confirmed in this study. Antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) in scapolite cannot arise from Al-Si order because the average distances indicate complete Al-Si order in Me{sub 36.6}. If APBs were to arise from Al-Si order, switching of the T sites across the APBs will occur, and complete Al-Si order cannot be observed. Therefore, Al-Si order, which is present to various extents across the scapolite series, can be ruled out as the cause for the APBs. Order involving Cl and CO{sub 3} is the cause for the APBs in scapolite.

  18. Structural and electronic properties of AB- and AA-stacking bilayer-graphene intercalated by Li, Na, Ca, B, Al, Si, Ge, Ag, and Au atoms

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    Tayran, Ceren; Aydin, Sezgin; Çakmak, Mehmet; Ellialtıoğlu, Şinasi

    2016-04-01

    The structural and electronic properties of X (=Li, Na, Ca, B, Al, Si, Ge, Ag, and Au)-intercalated AB- and AA-stacking bilayer-graphene have been investigated by using ab initio density functional theory. It is shown that Boron (Lithium)-intercalated system is energetically more stable than the others for the AB (AA) stacking bilayer-graphene systems. The structural parameters, electronic band structures, and orbital nature of actual interactions are studied for the relaxed stable geometries. It is seen that the higher the binding energy, the smaller is the distance between the layers, in these systems. The electronic band structures for these systems show that different intercalated atoms can change the properties of bilayer-graphene differently. For qualitative description of the electronic properties, the metallicities of the systems are also calculated and compared with each other. The Mulliken analysis and electron density maps clearly indicate that the interactions inside a single layer (intralayer interactions) are strong and highly covalent, while the interactions between the two layers (interlayer interactions) are much weaker.

  19. Tissintite, (Ca, Na, □)AlSi2O6, a highly-defective, shock-induced, high-pressure clinopyroxene in the Tissint martian meteorite

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    Ma, Chi; Tschauner, Oliver; Beckett, John R.; Liu, Yang; Rossman, George R.; Zhuravlev, Kirill; Prakapenka, Vitali; Dera, Przemyslaw; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2015-07-01

    Tissintite is a new vacancy-rich, high-pressure clinopyroxene, with a composition essentially equivalent to plagioclase. It was discovered in maskelynite (shocked plagioclase) and is commonly observed included within, or in contact with, shock-melt pockets in the Tissint meteorite, a depleted olivine-phyric shergottite fall from Mars. The simple composition of tissintite (An58-69) and its precursor plagioclase (An59-69) together with the limited occurrence, both spatially (only in maskelynite less than ˜25 μm of a shock melt pocket) and in terms of bulk composition, make tissintite a "goldilocks" phase. It formed during a shock event severe enough to allow nucleation and growth of vacancy-rich clinopyroxene from a melt of not too calcic and not too sodic plagioclase composition that was neither too hot nor too cold. With experimental calibration, these limitations on occurrence can be used to place strong constraints on the thermal history of a shock event. The kinetics for nucleation and growth of tissintite are probably slower for more-sodic plagioclase precursors, so tissintite is most likely to occur in depleted olivine-phyric shergottites like Tissint and other highly shocked meteorites and lunar and terrestrial rocks that consistently contained calcic plagioclase precursors in the appropriate compositional range for a shock of given intensity. Tissintite, (Ca0.45Na0.31□0.24) (Al0.97Fe0.03Mg0.01) (Si1.80Al0.20)O6, is a C 2 / c clinopyroxene, containing 42-60 mol% of the Ca-Eskola component, by far the highest known. The cell parameters are a = 9.21 (17) Å, b = 9.09 (4) Å, c = 5.20 (2) Å, β = 109.6 (9)°, V = 410 (8) Å3, Z = 4. The density is 3.32 g/cm3 and we estimate a cell volume for the Ca-Eskola end-member pyroxene of 411 ± 13 Å3, which is consistent with a previous estimate and, therefore, supports the importance of this component in clinopyroxenes from ultra-high pressure metamorphic rocks from the Earth's upper mantle. At least in C 2 / c

  20. Multinuclear high-resolution NMR study of compounds from the ternary system NaF-CaF2-AlF3: from determination to modeling of NMR parameters.

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    Martineau, C; Body, M; Legein, C; Silly, G; Buzaré, J-Y; Fayon, F

    2006-12-11

    27Al and 23Na NMR satellite transition spectroscopy and 3Q magic-angle-spinning spectra are recorded for three compounds from the ternary NaF-CaF2-AlF3 system. The quadrupolar frequency nuQ, asymmetry parameter etaQ, and isotropic chemical shift deltaiso are extracted from the spectrum reconstructions for five aluminum and four sodium sites. The quadrupolar parameters are calculated using the LAPW-based ab initio code WIEN2k. It is necessary to perform a structure optimization of all compounds to ensure a fine agreement between experimental and calculated parameters. By a comparison of experimental and calculated values, an attribution of all of the 27Al and 23Na NMR lines to the crystallographic sites is achieved. High-speed 19F NMR MAS spectra are recorded and reconstructed for the same compounds, leading to the determination of 18 isotropic chemical shifts. The superposition model developed by Bureau et al. is used, allowing a bijective assignment of the 19F NMR lines to the crystallographic sites. PMID:17140229

  1. Reactions of low work function metals Na, Al, and Ca on α,ω-diphenyltetradecaheptaene. Implications for metal/polymer interfaces

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    Dannetun, P.; Lögdlund, M.; Fredriksson, C.; Lazzaroni, R.; Fauquet, C.; Stafström, S.; Spangler, C. W.; Bredás, J. L.; Salaneck, W. R.

    1994-05-01

    The interactions between different low work function metals aluminium, calcium and sodium, and α,ω-diphenyltetradecaheptaene, a model molecule for certain conjugated polymers, have been investigated using both x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The spectra are interpreted with the help of the results of quantum chemical calculations performed within the local spin density (LSD) approximation methodology. The metals are found to interact with the conjugated system in very different ways. Aluminium forms a covalent bond, which strongly modifies the π-electronic structure of the conjugated molecule, while both the sodium and the calcium atoms act as doping agents, inducing new states in the otherwise forbidden bandgap. These new gap states can be viewed as a soliton-antisoliton pair for the Na/DP7 and a bipolaronic-like defect for Ca/DP7.

  2. Ehimeite, NaCa2Mg4CrSi6Al2O22(OH)2: The first Cr-dominant amphibole from the Akaishi Mine, Higashi-Akaishi Mountain, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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    Nishio-Hamane, Daisuke; Ohnishi, Masayuki; Minakawa, Tetsuo; Yamaura, Jun-Ichi; Saito, Shohei; Kadota, Ryo

    The first Cr-dominant amphibole, ehimeite, ideally NaCa2Mg4CrSi6Al2O22(OH)2, has been found in a chromitite deposit in the Akaishi Mine, Higashi-Akaishi Mountain, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Ehimeite occurs as prismatic crystals of up to 1.5 cm in length and 0.5 cm in width and is found in association with chromite, kämmererite (Cr-rich clinochlore), Cr-poor clinochlore, phlogopite, and uvarovite. It is transparent, emerald green to pale green in color with pale green streaks, and has a vitreous luster. Optically, it is biaxial positive with α = 1.644(2), β = 1.647(2), γ = 1.659(2), and 2Vcalc. = 53°. It has a Mohs’ hardness of 6 and densities of 3.08(3) g/cm3 (measured using heavy liquids) and 3.121 g/cm3 (calculated from powder diffraction data and the empirical formula). The empirical formula is (Na0.88K0.07)Σ0.95(Ca1.89Na0.02Mg0.09)Σ2.00(Mg4.03Cr0.62Al0.19Fe3+0.07Fe2+0.07Ti0.03)Σ5.00(Si6.14Al1.86)Σ8.00O22(OH)2 on the basis of O = 22 and OH = 2, and ehimeite mainly forms a solid solution, NaCa2Mg4(Cr, Al)Si6Al2O22(OH)2, with pargasite. It has a monoclinic unit cell with a = 9.9176(14) Å, b = 18.0009(12) Å, c = 5.2850(7) Å, β = 105.400(7)°, V = 909.6 (17) Å3, and Z = 2, and it belongs to the space group C2/m, as refined from powder XRD data. The eight strongest lines in the powder XRD pattern [d (Å), I/I0, hkl] are (3.370, 58, 150), (2.932, 43, 221), (2.697, 81, 151), (2.585, 50, 061), (2.546, 100, 202), (2.346, 42, 351), (2.156, 35, 261), and (1.514, 55, 263). The crystal structure has been refined to R1 = 0.0488 using single-crystal XRD data. It has been concluded that ehimeite in the Akaishi Mine was formed by the reaction of chromitite and the metamorphic fluid in the retrograde stage of serpentinization during the Sanbagawa metamorphism.

  3. Crystal structure of the mineral (Na,Ca,K){sub 2}(Ca,Na){sub 4}(Mg,Fe){sub 5}(Mg,Fe,Ti){sub 5}[Si{sub 12}Al{sub 4}O{sub 44}](F,O){sub 4}: a triclinic representative of the amphibole family

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K. Aksenov, S. M.

    2012-05-15

    A mineral belonging to the amphibole family found at the Rothenberg paleovolcano (Eifel, Germany) was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The triclinic pseudomonoclinic unit-cell parameters are a = 5.3113(1) Angstrom-Sign , b = 18.0457(3) Angstrom-Sign ; c = 9.8684(2) Angstrom-Sign , {alpha} = 90.016(2) Degree-Sign , {beta} = 105.543(4) Degree-Sign , {gamma} = 89.985(2) Degree-Sign . The structure was solved by direct methods in sp. gr. P1 and refined to the R factor of 2.7% based on 6432 reflections with |F| > 3{sigma}(F) taking into account twinning. The mineral with the idealized formula (Na,Ca,K){sub 2}(Ca,Na){sub 4}(Mg,Fe){sub 5}(Mg,Fe,Ti){sub 5}[Si{sub 12}Al{sub 4}O{sub 44}](F,O){sub 4} has some symmetry and structural features that distinguish it from other minerals of this family.

  4. TRP-Na(+)/Ca(2+) Exchanger Coupling.

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    Harper, Alan G S; Sage, Stewart O

    2016-01-01

    Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers (NCXs) have traditionally been viewed principally as a means of Ca(2+) removal from non-excitable cells. However there has recently been increasing interest in the operation of NCXs in reverse mode acting as a means of eliciting Ca(2+) entry into these cells. Reverse mode exchange requires a significant change in the normal resting transmembrane ion gradients and membrane potential, which has been suggested to occur principally via the coupling of NCXs to localised Na(+) entry through non-selective cation channels such as canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels. Here we review evidence for functional or physical coupling of NCXs to non-selective cation channels, and how this affects NCX activity in non-excitable cells. In particular we focus on the potential role of nanojunctions, where the close apposition of plasma and intracellular membranes may help create the conditions needed for the generation of localised rises in Na(+) concentration that would be required to trigger reverse mode exchange. PMID:27161225

  5. Esperanzaite, NaCa2Al2(As5+O4)2F4(OH)*2H2O, a new mineral species from the La Esperanza mine, Mexico: descriptive mineralogy and atomic arrangement

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    Foord, E.E.; Hughes, J.M.; Cureton, F.; Maxwell, C.H.; Falster, A.U.; Sommer, A.J.; Hlava, P.F.

    1999-01-01

    Esperanzaite, ideally NaCa2Al2(As5+O4)2F4(OH)??2H2O, Z = 2, is a new mineral species from the La Esperanza mine, Durango State, Mexico. The mineral occurs as blue-green botryoidal crystalline masses on rhyolite, with separate spheres up to 1.5 mm in diameter. The Mohs hardness is 4 1/2 , and the specific gravity, 3.24 (obs.) and 3.36(3) (calc.). Optical properties were measured in 589 nm light. Esperanzaite is biaxial (-), X = Y = Z = colorless, ?? 1.580(1), ?? 1.588(1), and ?? 1.593(1); 2V(obs) is 74(1)??and 2V(calc) is 76.3??. The dispersion is medium, r < v, and the optic axes are oriented according to a ?? Z = +50.5??, b = Y, c ?? X = +35??. The strongest five X-ray-diffraction maxima in the powder pattern [d in A??(I)(hkl)] are: 2.966(100)(131, 311, 031), 3.527(90)(220), 2.700(90)(221,002,040), 5.364(80)(001,020) and 4.796(80)(011). Esperanzaite is monoclinic, a 9.687(5), b 10.7379(6), c 5.5523(7) A??, ?? 105.32(1)??, space group P21/m. The atomic arrangement of esperanzaite was solved by direct methods and Fourier analysis (R = 0.032). The Fundamental Building Block (FBB) is formed of [001] stacks of heteropolyhedral tetramers; the tetramers are formed of two arsenate tetrahedra and two Al octahedra, corner-linked in four-member rings. The FBBs are linked by irregular Na??5 and Ca??8 polyhedra.

  6. Kinetics and stoichiometry of coupled Na efflux and Ca influx (Na/Ca exchange) in barnacle muscle cells.

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    Rasgado-Flores, H; Santiago, E M; Blaustein, M P

    1989-06-01

    Coupled Na+ exit/Ca2+ entry (Na/Ca exchange operating in the Ca2+ influx mode) was studied in giant barnacle muscle cells by measuring 22Na+ efflux and 45Ca2+ influx in internally perfused, ATP-fueled cells in which the Na+ pump was poisoned by 0.1 mM ouabain. Internal free Ca2+, [Ca2+]i, was controlled with a Ca-EGTA buffering system containing 8 mM EGTA and varying amounts of Ca2+. Ca2+ sequestration in internal stores was inhibited with caffeine and a mitochondrial uncoupler (FCCP). To maximize conditions for Ca2+ influx mode Na/Ca exchange, and to eliminate tracer Na/Na exchange, all of the external Na+ in the standard Na+ sea water (NaSW) was replaced by Tris or Li+ (Tris-SW or LiSW, respectively). In both Na-free solutions an external Ca2+ (Cao)-dependent Na+ efflux was observed when [Ca2+]i was increased above 10(-8) M; this efflux was half-maximally activated by [Ca2+]i = 0.3 microM (LiSW) to 0.7 microM (Tris-SW). The Cao-dependent Na+ efflux was half-maximally activated by [Ca2+]o = 2.0 mM in LiSW and 7.2 mM in Tris-SW; at saturating [Ca2+]o, [Ca2+]i, and [Na+]i the maximal (calculated) Cao-dependent Na+ efflux was approximately 75 pmol#cm2.s. This efflux was inhibited by external Na+ and La3+ with IC50's of approximately 125 and 0.4 mM, respectively. A Nai-dependent Ca2+ influx was also observed in Tris-SW. This Ca2+ influx also required [Ca2+]i greater than 10(-8) M. Internal Ca2+ activated a Nai-independent Ca2+ influx from LiSW (tracer Ca/Ca exchange), but in Tris-SW virtually all of the Cai-activated Ca2+ influx was Nai-dependent (Na/Ca exchange). Half-maximal activation was observed with [Na+]i = 30 mM. The fact that internal Ca2+ activates both a Cao-dependent Na+ efflux and a Nai-dependent Ca2+ influx in Tris-SW implies that these two fluxes are coupled; the activating (intracellular) Ca2+ does not appear to be transported by the exchanger. The maximal (calculated) Nai-dependent Ca2+ influx was -25 pmol/cm2.s. At various [Na+]i between 6 and 106 m

  7. Dynamic buffering of mitochondrial Ca2+ during Ca2+ uptake and Na+-induced Ca2+ release

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    Blomeyer, Christoph A.; Bazil, Jason N.; Stowe, David F.; Pradhan, Ranjan K.; Dash, Ranjan K.; Camara, Amadou K. S.

    2014-01-01

    In cardiac mitochondria, matrix free Ca2+ ([Ca2+]m) is primarily regulated by Ca2+ uptake and release via the Ca2+ uniporter (CU) and Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCE) as well as by Ca2+ buffering. Although experimental and computational studies on the CU and NCE dynamics exist, it is not well understood how matrix Ca2+ buffering affects these dynamics under various Ca2+ uptake and release conditions, and whether this influences the stoichiometry of the NCE. To elucidate the role of matrix Ca2+ buffering on the uptake and release of Ca2+, we monitored Ca2+ dynamics in isolated mitochondria by measuring both the extra-matrix free [Ca2+] ([Ca2+]e) and [Ca2+]m. A detailed protocol was developed and freshly isolated mitochondria from guinea pig hearts were exposed to five different [CaCl2] followed by ruthenium red and six different [NaCl]. By using the fluorescent probe indo-1, [Ca2+] and [Ca2+e]m were spectrofluorometrically quantified, and the stoichiometry of the NCE was determined. In addition, we measured NADH, membrane potential, matrix volume and matrix pH to monitor Ca2+-induced changes in mitochondrial bioenergetics. Our [Ca2+]e and [Ca2+]m measurements demonstrate that Ca2+ uptake and release do not show reciprocal Ca2+ dynamics in the extra-matrix and matrix compartments. This salient finding is likely caused by a dynamic Ca2+ buffering system in the matrix compartment. The Na+ - induced Ca2+ release demonstrates an electrogenic exchange via the NCE by excluding an electroneutral exchange. Mitochondrial bioenergetics were only transiently affected by Ca2+ uptake in the presence of large amounts of CaCl2, but not by Na+- induced Ca2+ release. PMID:23225099

  8. Study of OSL in NaF: Ca,Cu

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    More, Y. K.; Wankhede, S. P.; Moharil, S. V.

    2013-06-01

    Sodium Fluoride containing Cu+ ions was prepared by R.A.P. followed by melt-quenching technique. Results on photo, thermo and optically stimulated luminescence in NaF:Ca,Cu are reported. OSL sensitivity of NaF:Ca,Cu is approximately 2 times than that of standard phosphor LMP. The rate of OSL depletion for 90% decay for NaF:Ca,Cu is 0.3 times as that of OSL phosphor LMP. NaF:Ca,Cu thus deserves much more attention than it has received up till now.

  9. The effect of SiO2/Al2O3 ratio on the structure and microstructure of the glazes from SiO2-Al2O3-CaO-MgO-Na2O-K2O system

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    Partyka, Janusz; Sitarz, Maciej; Leśniak, Magdalena; Gasek, Katarzyna; Jeleń, Piotr

    2015-01-01

    Ceramic glazes are commonly used to covering of the facing surface of ceramics ware. A well-chosen oxide composition and firing conditions of glazes causes significant improvement of technical parameters of ceramic products. Modern glazes are classified as glass-ceramic composites with different crystalline phases arising during firing. The presence of crystals in the glass matrix is influenced by many factors, especially by oxides molar composition. A crucial role is played by the molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3. In this work the six composition of glazes from SiO2-Al2O3-CaO-MgO-Na2O-K2O system were examined. The only variable is the ratio of the silicon oxideto alumina at a constant content of other components: MgO, CaO, K2O, Na2O, ZnO. In order to determine the real phase composition of the obtained glazes research on fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) were done. For structural studies X-ray diffraction (XRD) and spectroscopic in the middle infrared (MIR) were performed. In order to determine the state of the surface (microstructure) research on the scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDX. The research allowed to determine the influence of SiO2/Al2O3 ratio on the structure and phase composition of glazes and the nature, and type of formed crystalline phases.

  10. LiCaAl/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3+/

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    Payne, S.A.; Chase, L.L.; Newkirk, H.W.; Smith, L.K.; Krupke, W.F. )

    1988-11-01

    The authors report the discovery of a new laser, LiCaAIF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3/ (Cr/sup 3+/ :LiCAF). The intrinsic (extrapolated maximum) slope efficiency was found to be 67 percent. For comparison, they also measured the intrinsic slope efficiencies of BeAl/sub 2/O/sub 4/:Cr/sup 3+/ (alexandrite), Na/sub 3/Ga/sub 2/Li/sub 3/F/sub 12/:Cr/sup 3+/, and ScBO/sub 3/:Cr/sup 3+/, and obtained values of 65,28, and 26 percent, respectively. The tuning range of LiCaAIF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3+/ was determined to be at least 720-840 nm. The conventional spectroscopic properties, such as the absorption, emission, and emission lifetimes as a function of temperature, are reported as well.

  11. Na+/Ca2+ exchangers: three mammalian gene families control Ca2+ transport.

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    Lytton, Jonathan

    2007-09-15

    Mammalian Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are members of three branches of a much larger family of transport proteins [the CaCA (Ca2+/cation antiporter) superfamily] whose main role is to provide control of Ca2+ flux across the plasma membranes or intracellular compartments. Since cytosolic levels of Ca2+ are much lower than those found extracellularly or in sequestered stores, the major function of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers is to extrude Ca2+ from the cytoplasm. The exchangers are, however, fully reversible and thus, under special conditions of subcellular localization and compartmentalized ion gradients, Na+/Ca2+ exchangers may allow Ca2+ entry and may play more specialized roles in Ca2+ movement between compartments. The NCX (Na+/Ca2+ exchanger) [SLC (solute carrier) 8] branch of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers comprises three members: NCX1 has been most extensively studied, and is broadly expressed with particular abundance in heart, brain and kidney, NCX2 is expressed in brain, and NCX3 is expressed in brain and skeletal muscle. The NCX proteins subserve a variety of roles, depending upon the site of expression. These include cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, neuronal signalling and Ca2+ reabsorption in the kidney. The NCKX (Na2+/Ca2+-K+ exchanger) (SLC24) branch of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers transport K+ and Ca2+ in exchange for Na+, and comprises five members: NCKX1 is expressed in retinal rod photoreceptors, NCKX2 is expressed in cone photoreceptors and in neurons throughout the brain, NCKX3 and NCKX4 are abundant in brain, but have a broader tissue distribution, and NCKX5 is expressed in skin, retinal epithelium and brain. The NCKX proteins probably play a particularly prominent role in regulating Ca2+ flux in environments which experience wide and frequent fluctuations in Na+ concentration. Until recently, the range of functions that NCKX proteins play was generally underappreciated. This situation is now changing rapidly as evidence emerges for roles including photoreceptor

  12. Raman and infrared spectroscopy study on structure and microstructure of glass-ceramic materials from SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system modified by variable molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3

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    Partyka, Janusz; Leśniak, Magdalena

    2016-01-01

    This paper is focused on the effect of the molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3 on the microstructure and structure of the internal aluminium-silicon-oxide lattice of the glass-ceramic materials from the SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system. In order to examine the real composition of the obtained samples, a chemical analysis was performed. Following the heat-treatment procedure, pseudowollastonite, anorthite and the vitreous phase were identified. In order to determine the microstructure, research using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDS was done. For the inner structural study, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy as well as MIR and FIR spectroscopy were performed.

  13. Raman and infrared spectroscopy study on structure and microstructure of glass-ceramic materials from SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system modified by variable molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3.

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    Partyka, Janusz; Leśniak, Magdalena

    2016-01-01

    This paper is focused on the effect of the molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3 on the microstructure and structure of the internal aluminium-silicon-oxide lattice of the glass-ceramic materials from the SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-CaO system. In order to examine the real composition of the obtained samples, a chemical analysis was performed. Following the heat-treatment procedure, pseudowollastonite, anorthite and the vitreous phase were identified. In order to determine the microstructure, research using the scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDS was done. For the inner structural study, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy as well as MIR and FIR spectroscopy were performed. PMID:26196934

  14. Thermoelectric Properties of Mn-Doped Ca5Al2Sb6

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Swallow, Jessica; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2012-05-01

    Ca5Al2Sb6 is a relatively inexpensive Zintl compound exhibiting promising thermoelectric efficiency at temperatures suitable for waste heat recovery. Motivated by our previous studies of Ca5Al2Sb6 doped with Na and Zn, this study focuses on doping with Mn2+ at the Al3+ site. While Mn is a successful p-type dopant in Ca5Al2Sb6, we find that incomplete dopant activation yields lower hole concentrations than obtained with either previously investigated dopant. High-temperature Hall effect and Seebeck coefficient measurements show a transition from nondegenerate to degenerate semiconducting behavior in Ca5Al2- x Mn x Sb6 samples ( x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) with increasing Mn content. Ultimately, no improvement in zT is achieved via Mn doping, due in part to the limited carrier concentration range achieved.

  15. Esperanzaite, NaCa(2)Al(2)(As(5+)O(4))[As(5+)O(3)(OH)](OH)(2)F(4)(H(2)O), A New Mineral From Mina La Esperanza, Mexico: Descriptive Mineralogy and Atomic Arrangement

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    Cureton, F.; Falster, A.U.; Foord, E.E.; Hlava, P.F.; Hughes, J.M.; Maxwell, C.H.

    1998-11-09

    Esperanzaite, ideally NaCazA12(As5+0.i)[As5+03 (OH)] (OH)2FJH20), Z =2, is a new mineral from the Mina h Esperarq Durango State, Mexico. The mineral occurs as blue-green botryoidal crystalline masses on rhyolite, with separate spheres up to 1.5 mm Y Deceased in diameter. Mobs hardness is 4.5, specific gravity 3.240h, and 3.36( 3)C.IC. Optical properties were measured in 589 nm light. Esperanzaite is biaxial (-), .Y= Y = Z= colorless, a 1.580(1), ~ 1.588( 1), and y 1.593(1 ); 2V0hs is 74(1 ~ and 2 }'CUIC is 76.3". Dispersion is medium, r < v, and optic axes are oriented as a A Z = +50.5o, b = Y, c P. X = +35". The five strongest X-ray diffraction maxima in the powder pattern are (~ /, hk~: 2.966,100, 13 i, 31 i, 031 ; 3.527,90, 220; 2.700,90,221,002, 040; 5.364>80, 001, 020; 4.796,80,011. Esperanzaite is monoclinic, u 9.687(5), b 10.7379(6), c 5.5523(7)& ~ 105.32( 1 )", space group P21/nz. The atomic arrangement of esperanzaite was solved by Direct Methods and Fourier analysis (R= 0.03 1). The Fundamental Building Block is formed of stacks of heteropolyhedral tetramers; the tetramers are formed of two arsenate tetrahedral and two Al octahedra, comer-linked in 4-member rings. The Fundamental Building Blocks are linked by irregular lda~j and Ca@ polyhedra.

  16. Discovery of Ahrensite γ-Fe2SiO4 and Tissintite (Ca,Na,[])AlSi2O6, Two New Shock-induced Minerals from the Tissint Martian Meteorite: a Nanomineralogy Investigation

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    Ma, C.; Tschauner, O. D.; Liu, Y.; Sinogeikin, S. V.; Zhuravlev, K. K.; Prakapenka, V.; Dera, P. K.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    The recent Martian meteorite fall, Tissint, is a fresh olivine-phyric shergottite, with strong shock features. During our nano-mineralogy investigation of the Tissint meteorite with a combined analytical scanning electron microscope and synchrotron diffraction approach, two new shock-induced minerals have been discovered; these provide new insights into understanding shock conditions and impact processes on Mars. Ahrensite (IMA 2013-028), the Fe-analogue (γ-Fe2SiO4) of ringwoodite, is a new high-pressure mineral identified in Tissint. Both ahrensite and ringwoodite occur in Tissint as fine-grained polycrystalline aggregates in the rims of olivines around some shock-melt pockets. The morphology and texture of these silicate-spinels suggest formation by a solid-state transformation from Fe-rich olivine. Associated with the ahrensite and ringwoodite, inside melt pockets, often resides a thin layer of vitrified silicate-perovskite and magnesio-wüstite or wüstite. Such transitions represent a unique pressure and temperature gradient. Tissintite (IMA 2013-027), (Ca,Na,[])AlSi2O6 with the C2/c clinopyroxene structure, is a new jadeite-like mineral in Tissint. It appears as fine-grained aggregates within plagioclase glass, inside many shock-melt pockets. Both ahrensite and tissintite are high-pressure minerals formed by shock during the impact event(s) on Mars that excavated and ejected the rock off Mars. We will discuss the path of structure analysis for both new-mineral cases. Such novel methodology be utilized for many cases of mineralogical phase identification or structure analysis; this demonstrates how nano-mineralogy can be addressed and how it may play a unique role in meteorite and Mars rock research, in general.

  17. A sodium calcium arsenate, NaCa(AsO(4)).

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    Lin, Jinru; Sun, Wei; Mi, Jin-Xiao; Pan, Yuanming

    2011-12-01

    The title compound, NaCa(AsO(4)), was synthesized using a hydro-thermal method at 633-643 K. It has a dense structure composed of alternating layers of distorted [CaO(6)] octa-hedra and layers of [AsO(4)] tetra-hedra and distorted [NaO(6)] octa-hedra, stacked along the a axis. The As, Ca and two O atoms lie on the mirror plane at y = 1/4 (i.e. 4c), while the Na atom lies on an inversion centre (1/2, 1/2, 0) (i.e. 4b). Each distorted [CaO(6)] octa-hedron shares four equatorial common O vertices with four neighboring octa-hedra, forming a layer parallel to (100), whereas each distorted [NaO(6)] octa-hedron shares two opposite edges with two neighboring ones, forming a chain running along [010]. Each isolated [AsO(4)] tetra-hedron shares two edges with two different [NaO(6)] octa-hedra in one [NaO(6)] chain and a vertex with another chain. Simultaneously the above [AsO(4)] tetra-hedron located in a four-membered [CaO(6)] ring shares one edge of its base facet with one [CaO(6)] octa-hedron and three corners with three other [CaO(6)] octa-hedra of one [CaO(6)] layer, and the remaining apex is shared with another [CaO(6)] layer. [NaO(6)] octa-hedra and [CaO(6)] octa-hedra are linked to each other by sharing edges and vertices. PMID:22199467

  18. Extremely Na and Cl Rich Chondrule Al3509 from the Allende Meteorite

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    Wasserburg, G. J.; Hutcheon, I. D.; Aleon, J.; Ramon, E. C.; Krot, A. N.; Nagashima, K.; Brearley, A. J.

    2011-03-01

    This Ca-Al-rich chondrule is not a replacement product. It has ~10% Na and ~1% Cl. Large excesses of 36S were found uncorrelated with Cl and 26Al/27Al < 3 x 10^-6. It represents the fluid responsible for late alteration in volatile-rich outer layers prior to formation of Allende.

  19. Reverse Na(+)/Ca(2+)-exchange mediated Ca(2+)-entry and noradrenaline release in Na(+)-loaded peripheral sympathetic nerves.

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    Török, Tamás L; Rácz, Dániel; Sáska, Zsuzsanna; Dávid, Adám Z; Tábi, Tamás; Zillikens, Stefan; Nada, Somaia A; Klebovich, Imre; Gyires, Klára; Magyar, Kálmán

    2008-12-01

    [(3)H]noradrenaline ([(3)H]NA) released from sympathetic nerves in the isolated main pulmonary artery of the rabbit was measured in response to field stimulation (2Hz, 1ms, 60V for 3min) in the presence of uptake blockers (cocaine, 3 x10(-5)M and corticosterone, 5 x10(-5)M). The [(3)H]NA-release was fully blocked by the combined application of the selective and irreversible 'N-type' voltage-sensitive Ca(2+)-channel (VSCC)-blocker omega-conotoxin (omega-CgTx) GVIA (10(-8)M) and the 'non-selective' VSCC-blocker aminoglycoside antibiotic neomycin (3x10(-3)M). Na(+)-loading (Na(+)-pump inhibition by K(+)-free perfusion) was required to elicit further NA-release after blockade of VSCCs (omega-CgTx GVIA+neomycin). In K(+)-free solution, in the absence of functioning VSCCs (omega-CgTx GVIA+neomycin), the fast Na(+)-channel activator veratridine (10(-5)M) further potentiated the nerve-evoked release of [(3)H]NA. This NA-release was significantly inhibited by KB-R7943, and fully blocked by Ca(o)(2+)-removal. However, Li(+)-substitution was surprisingly ineffective. The non-selective K(+)-channel blocker 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 10(-4)M) also further potentiated the nerve-evoked release of NA in K(+)-free solution. This potentiated release was concentration-dependently inhibited by KB-R7943, significantly inhibited by Li(+)-substitution and abolished by Ca(o)(2+)-removal. It is concluded that in Na(+)-loaded sympathetic nerves, in which the VSCCs are blocked, the reverse Na(+)/Ca(2+)-exchange-mediated Ca(2+)-entry is responsible for transmitter release on nerve-stimulation. Theoretically we suppose that the fast Na(+)-channel and the exchanger proteins are close to the vesicle docking sites. PMID:18831999

  20. Cytoplasmic Na+-dependent modulation of mitochondrial Ca2+ via electrogenic mitochondrial Na+–Ca2+ exchange

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    Kim, Bongju; Matsuoka, Satoshi

    2008-01-01

    To clarify the role of mitochondrial Na+–Ca2+ exchange (NCXmito) in regulating mitochondrial Ca2+ (Ca2+mito) concentration at intact and depolarized mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨmito), we measured Ca2+mito and ΔΨmito using fluorescence probes Rhod-2 and TMRE, respectively, in the permeabilized rat ventricular cells. Applying 300 nm cytoplasmic Ca2+ (Ca2+c) increased Ca2+mito and this increase was attenuated by cytoplasmic Na+ (Na+c) with an IC50 of 2.4 mm. To the contrary, when ΔΨmito was depolarized by FCCP, a mitochondrial uncoupler, Na+c enhanced the Ca2+c-induced increase in Ca2+mito with an EC50 of about 4 mm. This increase was not significantly affected by ruthenium red or cyclosporin A. The inhibition of NCXmito by CGP-37157 further increased Ca2+mito when ΔΨmito was intact, while it suppressed the Ca2+mito increase when ΔΨmito was depolarized, suggesting that ΔΨmito depolarization changed the exchange mode from forward to reverse. Furthermore, ΔΨmito depolarization significantly reduced the Ca2+mito decrease via forward mode, and augmented the Ca2+mito increase via reverse mode. When the respiratory chain was attenuated, the induction of the reverse mode of NCXmito hyperpolarized ΔΨmito, while ΔΨmito depolarized upon inducing the forward mode of NCXmito. Both changes in ΔΨmito were remarkably inhibited by CGP-37157. The above experimental data indicated that NCXmito is voltage dependent and electrogenic. This notion was supported theoretically by computer simulation studies with an NCXmito model constructed based on present and previous studies, presuming a consecutive and electrogenic Na+–Ca2+ exchange and a depolarization-induced increase in Na+ flux. It is concluded that Ca2+mito concentration is dynamically modulated by Na+c and ΔΨmito via electrogenic NCXmito. PMID:18218682

  1. Na+/Ca2+ exchange and Na+/K+-ATPase in the heart

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    Shattock, Michael J; Ottolia, Michela; Bers, Donald M; Blaustein, Mordecai P; Boguslavskyi, Andrii; Bossuyt, Julie; Bridge, John H B; Chen-Izu, Ye; Clancy, Colleen E; Edwards, Andrew; Goldhaber, Joshua; Kaplan, Jack; Lingrel, Jerry B; Pavlovic, Davor; Philipson, Kenneth; Sipido, Karin R; Xie, Zi-Jian

    2015-01-01

    This paper is the third in a series of reviews published in this issue resulting from the University of California Davis Cardiovascular Symposium 2014: Systems approach to understanding cardiac excitation–contraction coupling and arrhythmias: Na+ channel and Na+ transport. The goal of the symposium was to bring together experts in the field to discuss points of consensus and controversy on the topic of sodium in the heart. The present review focuses on cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchange (NCX) and Na+/K+-ATPase (NKA). While the relevance of Ca2+ homeostasis in cardiac function has been extensively investigated, the role of Na+ regulation in shaping heart function is often overlooked. Small changes in the cytoplasmic Na+ content have multiple effects on the heart by influencing intracellular Ca2+ and pH levels thereby modulating heart contractility. Therefore it is essential for heart cells to maintain Na+ homeostasis. Among the proteins that accomplish this task are the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) and the Na+/K+ pump (NKA). By transporting three Na+ ions into the cytoplasm in exchange for one Ca2+ moved out, NCX is one of the main Na+ influx mechanisms in cardiomyocytes. Acting in the opposite direction, NKA moves Na+ ions from the cytoplasm to the extracellular space against their gradient by utilizing the energy released from ATP hydrolysis. A fine balance between these two processes controls the net amount of intracellular Na+ and aberrations in either of these two systems can have a large impact on cardiac contractility. Due to the relevant role of these two proteins in Na+ homeostasis, the emphasis of this review is on recent developments regarding the cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX1) and Na+/K+ pump and the controversies that still persist in the field. PMID:25772291

  2. Understanding Structural Properties of Carbonate-Silicate Melts: An EXAFS Study on Y and Sr in the System Na2O-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-CO2

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    Pohlenz, J.; Pascarelli, S.; Mathon, O.; Belin, S.; Shiryaev, A.; Safonov, O.; Murzin, V.; Shablinskaya, K.; Irifune, T.; Wilke, M.

    2014-12-01

    Carbonatite volcanism generally occurs in intra-plate settings associated with continental rifting. The only active carbonatitic volcano is the Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania, which generates sodium-rich carbonatites in close association with phonolites and nephelinites1. The processes of carbonatite genesis are still unresolved, however carbonate-bearing melts evidently play a crucial role during mantle melting, in diamond formation and as metasomatic agents. Carbonate melts show extraordinary properties, especially in regard to their low melt viscosities and densities, high surface tensions and electrical conductivities as well as distinct geochemical affinities to a wide range of trace elements2. Understanding the structural properties of carbonate-bearing melts is fundamental to explaining their chemical and physical behaviour as well as modeling processes operating in the deep Earth. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy is a versatile tool for element specific investigation of the short to medium range structure of melts and glasses. This study focuses on unraveling the influence of carbonate concentration on the structural incorporation of the geochemically important trace elements Y and Sr in silicate and carbonate melts in the system Na2O-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-CO2. First, we present structural data of silicate glasses with up to 10 wt% CO2, quenched from melts under high temperature and pressure, which indicate that the local structure of Y and Sr is not or only slightly affected by CO2. Melts with higher CO2 contents could not be quenched to glass, so far. Second, we show results of high pressure, high temperature experiments conducted in the Paris Edinburgh-Press, which provides in-situ insight into carbonate-silicate melts. All EXAFS measurements were performed at the synchrotron facility beamlines SAMBA (SOLEIL) and BM23 (ESRF). Information derived from the trace elements' local structure is used to develop a structural model for carbonate

  3. Selective Na+/Ca2+ exchanger inhibition prevents Ca2+ overload-induced triggered arrhythmias

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    Nagy, Norbert; Kormos, Anita; Kohajda, Zsófia; Szebeni, Áron; Szepesi, Judit; Pollesello, Piero; Levijoki, Jouko; Acsai, Károly; Virág, László; Nánási, Péter P; Papp, Julius Gy; Varró, András; Tóth, András

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose Augmented Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) activity may play a crucial role in cardiac arrhythmogenesis; however, data regarding the anti-arrhythmic efficacy of NCX inhibition are debatable. Feasible explanations could be the unsatisfactory selectivity of NCX inhibitors and/or the dependence of the experimental model on the degree of Ca2+i overload. Hence, we used NCX inhibitors SEA0400 and the more selective ORM10103 to evaluate the efficacy of NCX inhibition against arrhythmogenic Ca2+i rise in conditions when [Ca2+]i was augmented via activation of the late sodium current (INaL) or inhibition of the Na+/K+ pump. Experimental Approach Action potentials (APs) were recorded from canine papillary muscles and Purkinje fibres by microelectrodes. NCX current (INCX) was determined in ventricular cardiomyocytes utilizing the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Ca2+i transients (CaTs) were monitored with a Ca2+-sensitive fluorescent dye, Fluo-4. Key Results Enhanced INaL increased the Ca2+ load and AP duration (APD). SEA0400 and ORM10103 suppressed INCX and prevented/reversed the anemone toxin II (ATX-II)-induced [Ca2+]i rise without influencing APD, CaT or cell shortening, or affecting the ATX-II-induced increased APD. ORM10103 significantly decreased the number of strophanthidin-induced spontaneous diastolic Ca2+ release events; however, SEA0400 failed to restrict the veratridine-induced augmentation in Purkinje-ventricle APD dispersion. Conclusions and Implications Selective NCX inhibition – presumably by blocking revINCX (reverse mode NCX current) – is effective against arrhythmogenesis caused by [Na+]i-induced [Ca2+]i elevation, without influencing the AP waveform. Therefore, selective INCX inhibition, by significantly reducing the arrhythmogenic trigger activity caused by the perturbed Ca2+i handling, should be considered as a promising anti-arrhythmic therapeutic strategy. PMID:25073832

  4. Observations of Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report 5-(sigma) tangent column detections of Al and Fe, and strict 3-(sigma) tangent column upper limits for Ca(+) in Mercury's exosphere obtained using the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I telescope. These are the first direct detections of Al and Fe in Mercury's exosphere. Our Ca(-) observation is consistent with that reported by The Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

  5. Itinerant magnetism in CaMn2Al10

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    Simonson, Jack; Steinke, Lucia; Zellman, Shelby; Kistner-Morris, Jedediah; Puri, Akshat; Andrews, Evon; Aronson, Meigan

    2015-03-01

    We report the synthesis and basic properties of CaMn2Al10, a new itinerant magnet that is nearly isostructural with the known quantum critical compound YFe2Al10. Magnetic susceptibility measurements performed on single crystals reveal a cusp at 2 K. Electrical resistivity measurements similarly have a maximum at this temperature, and heat capacity measurements show a broad peak with total entropy of ~ 10 % R ln2. These results together with those of neutron diffraction measurements suggest that CaMn2Al10 is weakly magnetic and potentially close to a quantum critical point. Research supported by a DOD National Security Science and Engineering Fellowship via the AFOSR.

  6. Plasmalemmal and mitochondrial Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchange in neuroglia.

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    Parpura, Vladimir; Sekler, Israel; Fern, Robert

    2016-10-01

    In the absence of the electrical signaling for which neurons are so highly specialized, GLIA rely on the slow propagation of ionic signals to mediate network events such as Ca(2+) and Na(+) waves. Glia differ from neurons in another important way, they are replete with a high density of ionic-transport proteins that are essential for them to fulfil their basic functions as guardians of the intra and extra-cellular milieux. Both the signaling and the homeostatic properties of glial cells are therefore particularly dependent upon the regulation of the two principle physiological metal cations, Ca(2+) and Na(+) . For both ions, glia express high-affinity/low capacity ATP-fuelled pumps that can rapidly move small numbers of ions against an electro-chemical gradient. For both Ca(2+) and Na(+) regulation, a single transporter family, the Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), is used to maintain cellular ion homeostasis over the longer term and under conditions of prolonged or acute ionic dysregulation in astrocytes, oligodendroglia and microglia. Our understanding of glial NCX, both plasmalemmal and mitochondrial, is undergoing the kind of transformation that our understanding of glial cells, in general, has undergone in recent decades. These exchange proteins are becoming increasingly recognized for their essential roles in intracellular homeostasis while their signaling functions are starting to come to light. This review summarizes these key aspects and highlights the many areas where work has yet to begin in this rapidly evolving field. GLIA 2016;64:1646-1654. PMID:27143128

  7. Mitochondrial Ca(2+) Processing by a Unit of Mitochondrial Ca(2+) Uniporter and Na(+)/Ca(2+) Exchanger Supports the Neuronal Ca(2+) Influx via Activated Glutamate Receptors.

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    Strokin, Mikhail; Reiser, Georg

    2016-06-01

    The current study demonstrates that in hippocampal neurons mitochondrial Ca(2+) processing supports Ca(2+) influx via ionotropic glutamate (Glu) receptors. We define mitochondrial Ca(2+) processing as Ca(2+) uptake via mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU) combined with subsequent Ca(2+) release via mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX). Our tool is to measure the Ca(2+) influx rate in primary hippocampal co-cultures, i.e. neurons and astrocytes, by fluorescent digital microscopy, using a Fura-2-quenching method where we add small amounts of Mn(2+) in the superfusion medium. Thus, Ca(2+) influx is measured with Mn(2+) in the bath. Ru360 as inhibitor of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake through MCU strongly reduces the rate of Ca(2+) influx in Glu-stimulated primary hippocampal neurons. Similarly, the Ca(2+) influx rate in Glu-stimulated neurons declines after suppression of potential-dependent MCU, when we depolarize mitochondria with rotenone. With inhibition of Ca(2+) release from mitochondria via NCX using CGP-37157 the Ca(2+) influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)- and kainate-sensitive receptors is slowed down. Working jointly as mitochondrial Ca(2+) processing unit, MCU and NCX, apparently sustain the Ca(2+) throughput of activated Glu-sensitive receptors. Our results revise the role frequently attributed to mitochondria in neuronal Ca(2+) homeostasis, where mitochondria function mainly as Ca(2+) buffer, and prevent excessively high cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration increase during neuronal activity. The mechanism to control Ca(2+) influx in neurons, as discovered in this study, highlights mitochondrial Ca(2+) processing as a promising pharmacological target. We discuss this pathway in relation to the endoplasmic reticulum-related mechanisms of Ca(2+) processing. PMID:26842930

  8. Ca2+ transport capacity of sarcolemmal Na+-Ca2+ exchange. Extrapolation of vesicle data to in vivo conditions.

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    Philipson, K D; Ward, R

    1986-09-01

    Na+-Ca2+ exchange activity is high in cardiac sarcolemmal vesicles suggesting an important physiologic role. Vesicular Na+-Ca2+ exchange, however, is usually measured under conditions which are far from physiologic. Using sarcolemmal vesicles, we have estimated the possible significance of both Ca2+ influx and efflux mediated by Na+-Ca2+ exchange under approximate in vivo ionic conditions. In this situation, Na+-Ca2+ exchange activity is far from maximal with intracellular Mg2+ causing significant inhibition. The capacity of the Na+-Ca2+ exchange system to extrude intracellular Ca2+ (at [Ca2+] = 6.0 microM) is about 1.2 mumol Ca2+/kg wet weight/s and approximately equals the capacity of the sarcolemmal ATP-dependent Ca2+ pump. The capacity of the sarcoplasmic reticular Ca2+ pump to remove cytoplasmic Ca2+ is much larger. Significant Ca2+ influx through the exchanger is unlikely to occur in normal mammalian myocardium and would require reduced extracellular Na+ or elevated intracellular Na+. PMID:3783729

  9. Effects of Na+ and Ca2+ gradients on intracellular free Ca2+ in voltage-clamped Aplysia neurons.

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    Levy, S; Tillotson, D

    1988-12-01

    Selected neurons of the abdominal ganglion of Aplysia californica were voltage-clamped and intracellular free Ca [( Ca2+]i) and Na [( Na+]i) concentrations were monitored with ion selective microelectrodes. Reducing [Na+]o from 500 mM (normal seawater, NSW) to 5 mM resulted in a decrease of the potential measured by the Ca electrode (VCa). Increasing [Ca2+]o from 10 to 50 mM increased [Ca2+]i two-fold, keeping [Ca2+]o at 50 mM and decreasing [Na+]o to 5 mM still led to a decrease in VCa. With 100 mM [Ca2+]o, which also increased [Ca2+]i, decreasing [Na+]o increased VCa in two of the eight cells tested. This indicates that in normal or moderately high resting [Ca2+]i, Ca2+ extrusion by Na/Ca exchange (forward mode) is not essential for [Ca2+]i buffering. [Na+]i was 12.9 +/- 3.6 mM (S.E.M., n = 7) in NSW; reducing [Na+]o to 5 mM decreased [Na+]i to 2.0 +/- 1.1 mM (S.E.M.). Keeping [Na+]o at 5 mM and increasing [Ca2+]o from 10 to 20 mM further decreased [Na+]i to about 1.0 mM, evidence of Na/Ca exchange operating in the reverse mode. Attempts to increase [Ca2+]i by bath application of the Ca ionophores A23187, X537A, ionomycin or ETH 1001 resulted in no measurable change of the resting [Ca2+]i. Application of Ouabain caused an apparent increase in [Ca2+]i in two of the six cells tested. In cells injected with the metallochromic indicator arsenazo III (AIII), the rate of the falling phase of the AIII absorbance increase, following a voltage-clamp pulse, was significantly slower in 5 mM [Na+]o. This indicates that in its forward mode Na-Ca exchange is active in clearing large submembrane increases in [Ca2+]i. PMID:3208137

  10. Effect of alloying elements Al and Ca on corrosion resistance of plasma anodized Mg alloys

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    Anawati, Asoh, Hidetaka; Ono, Sachiko

    2016-04-01

    Plasma anodizing is a surface treatment used to form a ceramic-type oxide film on Mg alloys by the application of a high anodic voltage to create intense plasma near the metal surface. With proper selection of the process parameters, the technique can produce high quality oxide with superior adhesion, corrosion resistance, micro-hardness, wear resistance and strength. The effect of alloying element Al on plasma anodizing process of Mg alloys was studied by comparing the anodizing curves of pure Mg, AZ31, and AZ61 alloys while the effect of Ca were studied on AZ61 alloys containing 0, 1, and 2 wt% Ca. Anodizing was performed in 0.5 M Na3PO4 solution at a constant current density of 200 Am-2 at 25°C. Anodic oxide films with lava-like structure having mix composition of amorphous and crystal were formed on all of the alloys. The main crystal form of the oxide was Mg3(PO4)2 as analyzed by XRD. Alloying elements Al and Ca played role in modifying the plasma lifetime during anodization. Al tended to extend the strong plasma lifetime and therefore accelerated the film thickening. The effect of Ca on anodizing process was still unclear. The anodic film thickness and chemical composition were altered by the presence of Ca in the alloys. Electrochemical corrosion test in 0.9% NaCl solution showed that the corrosion behavior of the anodized specimens depend on the behavior of the substrate. Increasing Al and Ca content in the alloys tended to increase the corrosion resistance of the specimens. The corrosion resistance of the anodized specimens improved significantly about two orders of magnitude relative to the bare substrate.

  11. Influx of na, k, and ca into roots of salt-stressed cotton seedlings : effects of supplemental ca.

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    Cramer, G R; Lynch, J; Läuchli, A; Epstein, E

    1987-03-01

    High Na(+) concentrations may disrupt K(+) and Ca(2+) transport and interfere with growth of many plant species, cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) included. Elevated Ca(2+) levels often counteract these consequences of salinity. The effect of supplemental Ca(2+) on influx of Ca(2+), K(+), and Na(+) in roots of intact, salt-stressed cotton seedlings was therefore investigated. Eight-day-old seedlings were exposed to treatments ranging from 0 to 250 millimolar NaCl in the presence of nutrient solutions containing 0.4 or 10 millimolar Ca(2+). Sodium influx increased proportionally to increasing salinity. At high external Ca(2+), Na(+) influx was less than at low Ca(2+). Calcium influx was complex and exhibited two different responses to salinity. At low salt concentrations, influx decreased curvilinearly with increasing salt concentration. At 150 to 250 millimolar NaCl, (45)Ca(2+) influx increased in proportion to salt concentrations, especially with high Ca(2+). Potassium influx declined significantly with increasing salinity, but was unaffected by external Ca(2+). The rate of K(+) uptake was dependent upon root weight, although influx was normalized for root weight. We conclude that the protection of root growth from salt stress by supplemental Ca(2+) is related to improved Ca-status and maintenance of K(+)/Na(+) selectivity. PMID:16665280

  12. Effect of cation substitution on structural transition: synthesis, characterization and theoretical studies of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6.

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    Yang, Yun; Su, Xin; Pan, Shilie; Yang, Zhihua

    2015-10-21

    Single crystals of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6 have been successfully synthesized through conventional high-temperature solid-state reactions. They are structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and exhibit three-dimensional crystal structures consisting of isolated planar BO3 as fundamental building blocks. Interestingly, for the centrosymmetric crystal structure of NaCaBO3 (Na3Ca3B3O9), as 2/3 of the Na(+) ions are substituted by Ca(2+) ions, NaCa4B3O9 is obtained and crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric space group Ama2 (crystal class mm2). A second harmonic generation (SHG) test of the title compound by the Kurtz-Perry method shows that NaCa4B3O9 can be phase matchable with an effective SHG coefficient approximately one-half that of KH2PO4 (KDP). Studies of their optical properties as well as band structure calculations based on density functional theory methods have been also performed. NaCa4B3O9 possesses a moderate birefringence of about 0.05 at 1064 nm. To explain the difference in optical nonlinearity we compared the electronic structures of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals, in particular at the bottom of the conduction band (CB) and the top of the valence band (VB), since they are known to play a primary role in SHG. These electronic structures are responsible for the optical-nonlinearity of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals. PMID:26387438

  13. Crystal structure of new synthetic Ca,Na carbonate-borate Ca2Na(Na x Ca0.5 - x )[B{3/ t }B{2/δ}O8(OH)(O1 - x OH x )](CO3)

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    Yamnova, N. A.; Borovikova, E. Yu.; Gurbanova, O. A.; Dimitrova, O. V.; Zubkova, N. V.

    2012-05-01

    New Ca,Na carbonate-borate Ca2Na(Na x Ca0.5 - x ) [B{3/ t }B{2/Δ}O8(OH)(O1 - x OH x )](CO3) crystals ( x ˜ 0.4) have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method in the Ca(OH)2-H3BO3-Na2CO3-NaCl-system at t = 250°C and P = 70-80 atm; the structure parameters are found to be a = 11.1848(3) Å, b = 6.4727(2) Å, c = 25.8181(7) Å, β = 96.364(3)°, V = 1857.60(9) Å3, sp. gr. C2/ c, Z = 8, and ρcalcd = 2.801 g/cm3 (Xcalibur S autodiffractometer (CCD), 2663 reflections with I > 2σ ( I), direct solution, refinement by the least-squares method in the anisotropic approximation of thermal atomic vibrations, hydrogen localization, R 1 = 0.0387). The structure is based on boron-oxygen layers of pentaborate radicals 5(2Δ + 3T). Ca and Na polyhedra and CO3 triangles are located between the layers. A crystallochemical analysis of the new Ca,Na carbonate-borate has established its similarity to natural Na,Ca pentaborates (heidornite and tuzlaite) and synthetic Na,Ba-decaborate.

  14. Intracellular Na+ overload causes oxidation of CaMKII and leads to Ca2+ mishandling in isolated ventricular myocytes.

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    Viatchenko-Karpinski, Serge; Kornyeyev, Dmytro; El-Bizri, Nesrine; Budas, Grant; Fan, Peidong; Jiang, Zhan; Yang, Jin; Anderson, Mark E; Shryock, John C; Chang, Ching-Pin; Belardinelli, Luiz; Yao, Lina

    2014-11-01

    An increase of late Na(+) current (INaL) in cardiac myocytes can raise the cytosolic Na(+) concentration and is associated with activation of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and alterations of mitochondrial metabolism and Ca(2+) handling by sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). We tested the hypothesis that augmentation of INaL can increase mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and oxidation of CaMKII, resulting in spontaneous SR Ca(2+) release and increased diastolic Ca(2+) in myocytes. Increases of INaL and/or of the cytosolic Na(+) concentration led to mitochondrial ROS production and oxidation of CaMKII to cause dysregulation of Ca(2+) handling in rabbit cardiac myocytes. PMID:25252177

  15. Aluminian Low-Ca Pyroxene in a Ca-Al-rich Chondrule from the Semarkona Meteorite

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    2006-01-01

    A Ca-AI-rich chondrule (labeled G7) from the Semarkona LL3.0 ordinary chondrite (OC) consists of 73 vol% glassy mesostasis, 22 vol% skeletal forsterite. 3 vol% fassaite (i.e., Al-Ti diopside), and 2 vol% Al-rich, low-Ca pyroxene. The latter phase, which contains up to 16.3 wt% A1203, is among the most AI-rich, low-Ca pyroxene grains ever reported. It is inferred that 20% of the tetrahedral sites and 13% of the octahedral sites in this grain are occupied by Al. Approximately parallel optical extinction implies that the Al-rich, low-Ca pyroxene grains are probably orthorhombic, consistent with literature data that show that A1203 stabilizes the orthoenstatite structure relative to protoenstatite at low pressure. The order of crystallization in the chondrule was forsterite, AI-rich low-Ca pyroxene, and fassaite; the residual liquid vitrified during chondrule quenching. Phase relationships indicate that, for a G7-composition liquid at equilibrium, spinel and anorthite should crystallize early and orthopyroxene should not crystallize at all. The presence of AI-rich orthopyroxene in G7 is due mainly to the kinetic failure of anorthite to crystallize; this failure was caused by quenching of the G7 precursor droplet. Aluminum preferentially enters the relatively large B tetrahedra of orthopyroxene; because only one tetrahedral size occurs in fassaite, this phase contains higher mean concentrations of Al2O3 than the Al-rich orthopyroxene (17.8 and 14.7 wt%, respectively). Chondrule G7 may have formed by remelting an amoeboid olivine inclusion that entered the OC region of the solar nebula during an episode of chondrule formation.

  16. Rate of reactions between D 2O and Ca xAl yO z

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    Christensen, A. Nørlund; Lehmann, M. S.

    1984-02-01

    The rate of the reaction between D 2O and the calcium aluminum oxides Ca 3Al 2O 6, Ca 5Al 6O 14, CaAl 2O 4, and CaAl 4O 7 was investigated by on-line neutron diffraction powder methods at temperatures from room temperature to 100°C. The rate of the reaction increases with increasing calcium content of the compounds and with increasing temperature for each of the compounds. The crystallographic stable hydrate Ca 3Al 2(OD) 12 is obtained from CaAl 4O 7 and CaAl 2O 4 at temperatures above 63°C, from Ca 5Al 6O 14 at temperatures above 49°C, and from Ca 3Al 2O 6 at temperatures as low as 7°C.

  17. The role of inward Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange current in the ferret ventricular action potential.

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    Janvier, N C; Harrison, S M; Boyett, M R

    1997-01-01

    1. Inward Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange current (iNaCa) was either blocked in ferret ventricular cells by replacing extracellular Na+ with Li+ or substantially reduced by the almost complete elimination of the Ca2+ transient by buffering intracellular Ca2+ with the acetoxymethyl ester form of BAPTA (BAPTA AM). 2. During square wave voltage clamp pulses to 0 mV, replacing extracellular Na+ with Li+ or buffering intracellular Ca2+ with BAPTA AM resulted in the loss of a transient inward current. This current was increased by the application of isoprenaline (expected to increase the underlying Ca2+ transient) and displayed the voltage-dependent characteristics of inward iNaCa. 3. Replacing extracellular Na+ with Li+ or buffering intracellular Ca2+ caused a significant shortening of the action potential (at -65 mV, 44 +/- 2% with Li+ and 20 +/- 2% with BAPTA AM). The shortening can be explained by changes in iNaCa. 4. The action potential clamp technique was used to measure the BAPTA-sensitive current (putative iNaCa) and the Ca2+ current (ica; measured using nifedipine) during the action potential. Under control conditions, the inward BAPTA-sensitive current makes approximately the same contribution as iCa during much of the action potential plateau. These results suggest an important role for inward iNaCa in the ferret ventricular action potential. PMID:9051574

  18. Alumina Solubility in KF-NaF-AlF3-Based Low-Temperature Electrolyte

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    Yan, Hengwei; Yang, Jianhong; Li, Wangxing; Chen, Shazi

    2011-10-01

    KF-NaF-AlF3-based electrolyte is a promising low-temperature electrolyte for aluminum reduction. Alumina solubility in molten KF-NaF-AlF3-based electrolyte was determined as a function of the melt composition and temperature by measuring the weight loss of a rotating corundum disk and by using a LECO RO500 oxygen analyzer (LECO Corporation, St. Joseph, MI). The investigated temperature range is 1023 K to 1073 K (750 °C to 800 °C), and the total cryolite molar ratio (CRt = ([KF] + [NaF])/[AlF3]) is 1.3 to 1.5; the content of NaF ranges from 0 mol pct to 50 mol pct. The effect of temperature, CaF2, and LiF on alumina solubility is discussed as well.

  19. Al-Ca and Al-Fe metal-metal composite strength, conductivity, and microstructure relationships

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    Kim, Hyong June

    2011-01-01

    Deformation processed metal-metal composites (DMMC’s) are composites formed by mechanical working (i.e., rolling, swaging, or wire drawing) of two-phase, ductile metal mixtures. Since both the matrix and reinforcing phase are ductile metals, the composites can be heavily deformed to reduce the thickness and spacing of the two phases. Recent studies have shown that heavily drawn DMMCs can achieve anomalously high strength and outstanding combinations of strength and conductivity. In this study, Al-Fe wire composite with 0.07, 0.1, and 0.2 volume fractions of Fe filaments and Al-Ca wire composite with 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09 volume fractions of Ca filaments were produced in situ, and their mechanical properties were measured as a function of deformation true strain. The Al-Fe composites displayed limited deformation of the Fe phase even at high true strains, resulting in little strengthening effect in those composites. Al-9vol%Ca wire was deformed to a deformation true strain of 13.76. The resulting Ca second-phase filaments were deformed to thicknesses on the order of one micrometer. The ultimate tensile strength increased exponentially with increasing deformation true strain, reaching a value of 197 MPa at a true strain of 13.76. This value is 2.5 times higher than the value predicted by the rule of mixtures. A quantitative relationship between UTS and deformation true strain was determined. X-ray diffraction data on transformation of Al + Ca microstructures to Al + various Al-Ca intermetallic compounds were obtained at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Electrical conductivity was measured over a range of true strains and post-deformation heat treatment schedules.

  20. Na+-Ca2+ exchanger contributes to Ca2+ extrusion in ATP-stimulated endothelium of intact rat aorta.

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    Berra-Romani, Roberto; Raqeeb, Abdul; Guzman-Silva, Alejandro; Torres-Jácome, Julián; Tanzi, Franco; Moccia, Francesco

    2010-04-23

    The role of Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) in vascular endothelium is still matter of debate. Depending on both the endothelial cell (EC) type and the extracellular ligand, NCX has been shown to operate in either the forward (Ca(2+) out)- or the reverse (Ca(2+) in)-mode. In particular, acetylcholine (Ach) has been shown to promote Ca(2+) inflow in the intact endothelium of excised rat aorta. Herein, we assessed the involvement of NCX into the Ca(2+) signals elicited by ATP in such preparation. Removal of extracellular Na(+) (0Na(+)) causes the NCX to switch into the reverse-mode and induced an increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), which disappeared in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+), and in the presence of benzamil, which blocks both modes of NCX, and KB-R 7943, a selective inhibitor of the reverse-mode. ATP induced a transient Ca(2+) signal, whose decay was significantly prolonged by 0Na(+), benzamil, DCB, and monensin while it was unaffected by KB-R 7943. Notably, lowering extracellular Na(+) concentration increased the sensibility to lower doses of ATP. These date suggest that, unlike Ach-stimulated ECs, NCX promotes Ca(2+) extrusion when the stimulus is provided by ATP in intact endothelium of rat aorta. These data show that, within the same preparation, NCX operates in both modes, depending on the chemical nature of the extracellular stimulus. PMID:20353753

  1. Developmental changes in Ca(2+)-uptake, Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange and Ca(2+)-ATPase in freshly isolated embryonic, newborn and adult chicken heart.

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    Prakash, P; Meera, P; Tripathi, O

    1996-01-01

    Developmental changes in cellular Ca(2+)-transport mechanisms were studied in chick heart by determining cellular Ca(2+)-uptake and Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange activity in freshly isolated ventricular tissues of embryonic (5-18 days old), newborn (1-2 days old) and young adult (90-100 days old) heart by monitoring 45Ca influx. Ca(2+)-ATPase activity was determined in microsomal fractions at different stages of development. The Ca(2+)-uptake (per g wet tissue weight) increased with the development of embryonic as well as post-hatch chick heart, reaching a maximum in the young adult chicken. The overall increase in Ca(2+)-uptake, from embryonic day 5 to young-adult stage, was more than 3 fold. The Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange activity, determined as Na(+)-gradient-induced Ca(2+)-uptake in presence of either ouabain or zero [Na+]0, showed a 6-fold increase during development of heart from the embryonic day 5 to the young adult stage. Amiloride, an inhibitor of Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange, caused a dose-dependent reduction in a ouabain-induced rise in 45Ca influx at different stages of development. The inhibitory effect of amiloride was, however, greater during later stages of development. A progressive increase in Ca(2+)-ATPase activity was also seen during development. Ca(2+)-ATPase exhibited about a 4-fold increase in activity from embryonic day 7 to the young adult. The concomitant increase in Ca(2+)-uptake, Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange and Ca(2+)-ATPase activities suggests age-dependent changes in Ca(2+)-transport and storage systems of developing heart during embryogenesis and post-embryonic life. During embryogenesis the developmental increase in Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange activity was greater than that during post-hatch development of heart. However, the increase in Ca(2+)-ATPase activity was greater during post-hatch development than during embryogenesis. It is suggested that Na+,Ca(2+)-exchange and Ca(2+)-ATPase play a prominent role in maintaining cellular Ca2+ homeostasis during embryogenesis and

  2. A Structural Molar Volume Model for Oxide Melts Part II: Li2O-Na2O-K2O-MgO-CaO-MnO-PbO-Al2O3-SiO2 Melts—Ternary and Multicomponent Systems

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    Thibodeau, Eric; Gheribi, Aimen E.; Jung, In-Ho

    2016-04-01

    A structural molar volume model based on the silicate tetrahedral Q-species has been developed to accurately predict the molar volume of molten oxides. In this study, the molar volumes of ternary and multicomponent melts in the Li2O-Na2O-K2O-MgO-CaO-MnO-PbO-Al2O3-SiO2 system are reviewed and compared with the predicted molar volumes from the newly developed structural model. The model can accurately predict the molar volumes using binary model parameters without any ternary or multicomponent parameters. The nonlinear behavior in the molar volume of silicate melts is well predicted by the present model.

  3. Na3Al(AsO4)2

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    Fakhar Bourguiba, Noura; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    The structure of the title compound tris­odium aluminium bis­(arsenate), Na3Al(AsO4)2, is built up from AlO4 and AsO4 corner-sharing tetra­hedra, forming an undulating two-dimensional framework parallel to (100). The layers are constituted of large Al6As6O36 rings made up from six AlO4 and AsO4 tetra­hedra in which two sodium cations are situated, the third sodium cation being located in the inter­layer space. The structural relationships between the title compound and Na3Fe(PO4)2, NaAlCo(PO4)2 and Al5Co3(PO4)8 are discussed. PMID:23424394

  4. Na(+)-Ca sup 2+ exchange in cultured rat hepatocytes: Evidence against a role in cytosolic Ca sup 2+ regulation or signaling

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    Lidofsky, S.D.; Xie, M.H.; Scharschmidt, B.F. )

    1990-07-01

    Plasma membrane Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange contributes importantly to the regulation of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ((Ca2+)i) in excitable cells. Despite extensive study in excitable tissues, the role of this transporter in the regulation of (Ca2+)i in hepatocytes is unknown, and conflicting information has been reported regarding the presence of Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange in hepatocyte plasma membrane vesicles. We have therefore assessed the role of Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ transport in the regulation of (Ca2+)i in rat hepatocytes in primary culture under basal conditions and after exposure to vasopressin, a hormone that elevates (Ca2+)i. Ca2+ efflux, measured using 45Ca, did not differ in the presence or absence of extracellular Na+, either under basal conditions or in response to vasopressin. (Ca2+)i, measured using the Ca2(+)-sensitive dye fura-2, was not altered by transient or prolonged exposure to Na(+)-free media or by exposure to ouabain in concentrations sufficient to produce a five-fold elevation in intracellular Na+ concentration. The (Ca2+)i response to vasopressin was also unaffected by Na+ removal or ouabain. By contrast, in cultured rat cardiac myocytes, cells that possess Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange, transient or prolonged Na+ removal as well as ouabain exposure produced greater than fivefold increases in (Ca2+)i compared with controls. We conclude that Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange does not contribute to the regulation of (Ca2+)i in hepatocytes.

  5. Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II regulates cardiac Na+ channels

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    Wagner, Stefan; Dybkova, Nataliya; Rasenack, Eva C.L.; Jacobshagen, Claudius; Fabritz, Larissa; Kirchhof, Paulus; Maier, Sebastian K.G.; Zhang, Tong; Hasenfuss, Gerd; Brown, Joan Heller; Bers, Donald M.; Maier, Lars S.

    2006-01-01

    In heart failure (HF), Ca2+/calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII) expression is increased. Altered Na+ channel gating is linked to and may promote ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTs) in HF. Calmodulin regulates Na+ channel gating, in part perhaps via CaMKII. We investigated effects of adenovirus-mediated (acute) and Tg (chronic) overexpression of cytosolic CaMKIIδC on Na+ current (INa) in rabbit and mouse ventricular myocytes, respectively (in whole-cell patch clamp). Both acute and chronic CaMKIIδC overexpression shifted voltage dependence of Na+ channel availability by –6 mV (P < 0.05), and the shift was Ca2+ dependent. CaMKII also enhanced intermediate inactivation and slowed recovery from inactivation (prevented by CaMKII inhibitors autocamtide 2–related inhibitory peptide [AIP] or KN93). CaMKIIδC markedly increased persistent (late) inward INa and intracellular Na+ concentration (as measured by the Na+ indicator sodium-binding benzofuran isophthalate [SBFI]), which was prevented by CaMKII inhibition in the case of acute CaMKIIδC overexpression. CaMKII coimmunoprecipitates with and phosphorylates Na+ channels. In vivo, transgenic CaMKIIδC overexpression prolonged QRS duration and repolarization (QT intervals), decreased effective refractory periods, and increased the propensity to develop VT. We conclude that CaMKII associates with and phosphorylates cardiac Na+ channels. This alters INa gating to reduce availability at high heart rate, while enhancing late INa (which could prolong action potential duration). In mice, enhanced CaMKIIδC activity predisposed to VT. Thus, CaMKII-dependent regulation of Na+ channel function may contribute to arrhythmogenesis in HF. PMID:17124532

  6. An ab initio study of possible pathways in the thermal decomposition of NaAlH{sub 4}

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    Ojwang, J.G.O. Santen, Rutger van; Jan Kramer, Gert; Ke Xuezhi

    2008-11-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) has been used to study the structural stability of possible intermediate alanate structures, Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} and Na{sub 2}AlH{sub 5}, in the thermal decomposition of NaAlH{sub 4}. Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} crystallizes in the space group P4/mnc with lattice constants a=6.769A, c=10.289A and c/a=1.52. It is shown that both Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} and Na{sub 2}AlH{sub 5} have the right thermodynamics and can fit in as an intermediate state during the thermal decomposition process of NaAlH{sub 4}. The heat of formation of Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} is -60 kJ/mol H{sub 2}, which is intermediate between that of NaAlH{sub 4} (-51 kJ/mol H{sub 2}) and Na{sub 3}AlH{sub 6} (-69.7 kJ/mol H{sub 2}). An alternative decomposition pathway based on Na{sub 2}AlH{sub 5} has also been discussed. Frequency analysis showed that the least energetic Na{sub 2}AlH{sub 5} structure has imaginary frequencies, implying that it is unstable. The presence of soft phonon modes also shows that Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} is mechanically metastable. These results are consistent with the notion that they are the intermediate states that lead to the formation of AlH{sub 3}. This facilitates the mass transport of aluminum atoms in the decomposition pathway of NaAlH{sub 4}. - Projections of the Na{sub 5}Al{sub 3}H{sub 14} structure. Na atoms are represented by small spheres. The polyhedra represents the AlH{sub 6} moiety.

  7. Evidence for electrogenic Na+/Ca2+ exchange in Limulus ventral photoreceptors

    PubMed Central

    1989-01-01

    The Ca2+ indicator photoprotein, aequorin, was used to estimate and monitor intracellular Ca2+ levels in Limulus ventral photoreceptors during procedures designed to affect Na+/Ca2+ exchange. Dark levels of [Ca2+]i were estimated at 0.66 +/- 0.09 microM. Removal of extracellular Na+ caused [Ca2+]i to rise transiently from an estimated 0.5-0.6 microM in a typical cell to approximately 21 microM; [Ca2+]i approached a plateau level in 0-Na+ saline of approximately 5.5 microM; restoration of normal [Na+]o lowered [Ca2+]i to baseline with a time course of 1 log10 unit per 9 s. The apparent rate of Nao+-dependent [Ca2+]i decline decreased with decreasing [Ca2+]i. Reintroduction of Ca2+ to 0-Na+, 0-Ca2+ saline in a typical cell caused a transient rise in [Ca2+]i from an estimated 0.36 microM (or lower) to approximately 16.5 microM. This was followed by a decline in [Ca2+]i approaching a plateau of approximately 5 microM; subsequent removal of Cao2+ caused [Ca2+]i to decline slowly (1 log unit in approximately 110 s). Intracellular injection of Na+ in the absence of extracellular Na+ caused a transient rise in [Ca2+]i in the presence of normal [Ca2+]o; in 0-Ca2+ saline, however, no such rise in [Ca2+]i was detected. Under constant voltage clamp (-80 mV) inward currents were measured after the addition of Nao+ to 0-Na+ 0-Ca2+ saline and outward currents were measured after the addition of Cao2+ to 0-Na+ 0-Ca2+ saline. The results suggest the presence of an electrogenic Na+/Ca2+ exchange process in the plasma membrane of Limulus ventral photoreceptors that can operate in forward (Nao+-dependent Ca2+ extrusion) or reverse (Nai+- dependent Ca2+ influx) directions. PMID:2703822

  8. Effect of reaction time and (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios on crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al layered double Hydroxide

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    Heraldy, E.; Nugrahaningtyas, K. D.; Sanjaya, F. B.; Darojat, A. A.; Handayani, D. S.; Hidayat, Y.

    2016-02-01

    Ca-Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides (Ca-Mg-Al-LDH) compounds were successfully synthesized from brine water and AlCl3.6H2O as the starting materials by coprecipitation method. The product result was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR). The effects of the reaction time and the molar ratios of the raw material on the crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al-LDH were examining. Results show that increasing reaction time (30; 60 and 90 min.) could improve the crystallinity and monodispersity of layered double hydroxide compounds particles. The well-defined Ca-Mg- Al-LDH could be prepared with (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios 0.5.

  9. Na+ channel-mediated Ca2+ entry leads to glutamate secretion in mouse neocortical preplate

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    Platel, J.-C.; Boisseau, S.; Dupuis, A.; Brocard, J.; Poupard, A.; Savasta, M.; Villaz, M.; Albrieux, M.

    2005-01-01

    Before synaptogenesis, early excitability implicating voltage-dependent and transmitter-activated channels is known to be crucial for neuronal development. We previously showed that preplate (PP) neurons of the mouse neocortex express functional Na+ channels as early as embryonic day 12. In this study, we investigated the role of these Na+ channels in signaling during early development. In the neocortex of embryonic-day-13 mice, activation of Na+ channels with veratridine induced a large Ca2+ response throughout the neocortex, even in cell populations that lack the Na+ channel. This Na+-dependent Ca2+ activity requires external Ca2+ and is completely blocked by inhibitors of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers. Moreover, veratridine-induced Ca2+ increase coincides with a burst of exocytosis in the PP. In parallel, we show that Na+ channel stimulation enhances glutamate secretion in the neocortical wall. Released glutamate triggers further Ca2+ response in PP and ventricular zone, as indicated by the decreased response to veratridine in the presence of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor and NMDA-receptor inhibitors. Therefore, the combined activation of the Na+ channel and the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger triggers Ca2+ signaling in the PP neurons, leading to glutamate secretion, which amplifies the signal and serves as an autocrine/paracrine transmitter before functional synapses are formed in the neocortex. Membrane depolarization induced by glycine receptors activation could be one physiological activator of this Na+ channel-dependent pathway. PMID:16357207

  10. Ca(AlH4)2, CaAlH5, and CaH2+6LiBH4: Calculated dehydrogenation enthalpy, including zero point energy, and the structure of the phonon spectra.

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    Marashdeh, Ali; Frankcombe, Terry J

    2008-06-21

    The dehydrogenation enthalpies of Ca(AlH(4))(2), CaAlH(5), and CaH(2)+6LiBH(4) have been calculated using density functional theory calculations at the generalized gradient approximation level. Harmonic phonon zero point energy (ZPE) corrections have been included using Parlinski's direct method. The dehydrogenation of Ca(AlH(4))(2) is exothermic, indicating a metastable hydride. Calculations for CaAlH(5) including ZPE effects indicate that it is not stable enough for a hydrogen storage system operating near ambient conditions. The destabilized combination of LiBH(4) with CaH(2) is a promising system after ZPE-corrected enthalpy calculations. The calculations confirm that including ZPE effects in the harmonic approximation for the dehydrogenation of Ca(AlH(4))(2), CaAlH(5), and CaH(2)+6LiBH(4) has a significant effect on the calculated reaction enthalpy. The contribution of ZPE to the dehydrogenation enthalpies of Ca(AlH(4))(2) and CaAlH(5) calculated by the direct method phonon analysis was compared to that calculated by the frozen-phonon method. The crystal structure of CaAlH(5) is presented in the more useful standard setting of P2(1)c symmetry and the phonon density of states of CaAlH(5), significantly different to other common complex metal hydrides, is rationalized. PMID:18570508

  11. Role of Na+-H+ and Na+-Ca2+ exchange in hypoxia-related acute astrocyte death.

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    Bondarenko, Alexander; Svichar, Nataliya; Chesler, Mitchell

    2005-01-01

    Cultured astrocytes do not succumb to hypoxia/zero glucose for up to 24 h, yet astrocyte death following injury can occur within 1 h. It was previously demonstrated that astrocyte loss can occur quickly when the gaseous and interstitial ionic changes of transient brain ischemia are simulated: After a 20-40-min exposure to hypoxic, acidic, ion-shifted Ringer (HAIR), most cells died within 30 min after return to normal saline (i.e., "reperfusion"). Astrocyte death required external Ca2+ and was blocked by KB-R7943, an inhibitor of reversed Na+-Ca2+ exchange, suggesting that injury was triggered by a rise in [Ca2+]i. In the present study, we confirmed the elevation of [Ca2+]i during reperfusion and studied the role of Na+-Ca2+ and Na+-H+ exchange in this process. Upon reperfusion, elevation of [Ca2+]i was detectable by Fura-2 and was blocked by KB-R7943. The low-affinity Ca2+ indicator Fura-FF indicated a mean [Ca2+]i rise to 4.8+/-0.4 microM. Loading astrocytes with Fura-2 provided significant protection from injury, presumably due to the high affinity of the dye for Ca2+. Injury was prevented by the Na+-H+ exchange inhibitors ethyl isopropyl amiloride or HOE-694, and the rise of [Ca2+]i at the onset of reperfusion was blocked by HOE-694. Acidic reperfusion media was also protective. These data are consistent with Na+ loading via Na+-H+ exchange, fostering reversal of Na+-Ca2+ exchange and cytotoxic elevation of [Ca2+]i. The results indicate that mechanisms involved in pH regulation may play a role in the fate of astrocytes following acute CNS injuries. PMID:15390092

  12. Synthetic gedrite: a stable phase in the system MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (MASH) at 800°C and 10kbar water pressure, and the influence of FeNaCa impurities

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    Fischer, H.; Schreyer, W.; Maresch, W. V.

    Seeded, solid-media piston-cylinder runs of unusually long duration up to 31 days indicate growth or persistence of synthetic gedrite of the composition □Mg6Al[AlSi7O22](OH)2(=6:1:7), prepared from the purest chemicals available, at 10kbar water pressure and 800°C. Conversely, breakdown was observed at 11kbar and 850°C to aluminous enstatite, Al2SiO5, and a melt of the composition MgO.Al2O3.8SiO2. Thus, pure gedrite free of iron, sodium, and calcium is likely to have only a small PT stability field in the MASH system, estimated as 10+/-1kbar, 800+/-20°C, even though metastable growth of gedrite can be observed over a larger PT range. A second starting material with the anhydrous composition 5MgO . 2Al2O3 . 6SiO2 also yielded gedrite of the composition 6:1:7, together with more aluminous phases such as kyanite, corundum or sapphirine, thus suggesting that the end-member gedrite defined as □Mg5Al2[Al2Si6O22](OH)2(=5:2:6) by the IMA Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names probably does not exist. With the use of this second starting material, which contains FeNaCa impurities, growth of 6:1:7-gedrite was observed over a still wider PT-range. Seeded runs indicate that the true stability field of such slightly impure 6:1:7-gedrites may also be larger than that of the pure MASH phase and extend at least to 15kbar, 800°C. There is, thus, a remarkable stabilization effect on the orthoamphibole structure by impurities amounting only to a total of less than one weight percent of oxides in the starting material. The gedrites synthesized are structurally well ordered amphiboles nearly free of chain multiplicity faults, as revealed by HRTEM. The X-ray diffraction work on the gedrites synthesized yielded the smallest cell volume yet reported for this phase. The small stability field of the pure MASH gedrite is intersected by the upper pressure stability limit of hydrous cordierite for excess-H2O conditions, thus leading to complicated phase relations for both gedrite

  13. Geochemical modeling of leaching of Ca, Mg, Al, and Pb from cementitious waste forms

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    Martens, E.; Jacques, D.; Van Gerven, T.; Wang, L.; Mallants, D.

    2010-08-15

    Results from extraction tests on cement-waste samples were simulated with a thermodynamic equilibrium model using a consistent database, to which lead data were added. Subsequent diffusion tests were modeled by means of a 3D diffusive transport model combined with the geochemical model derived from the extraction tests. Modeling results of the leached major element concentrations for both uncarbonated and (partially) carbonated samples agreed well with the extraction test using the set of pure minerals and solid solutions present in the database. The observed decrease in Ca leaching with increasing carbonation level was qualitatively predicted. Simulations also revealed that Pb leaching is not controlled by dissolution/precipitation only. The addition of the calcite-cerrusite solid solution and adsorption reactions on amorphous Fe- and Al-oxides improved the predictions and are considered to control the Pb leaching during the extractions tests. The dynamic diffusive leaching tests were appropriately modeled for Na, K, Ca and Pb.

  14. Anomalous phonon properties in the silicide superconductors CaAlSi and SrAlSi

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    Kuroiwa, S.; Hasegawa, T.; Kondo, T.; Ogita, N.; Udagawa, M.; Akimitsu, J.

    2008-11-01

    Lattice-dynamical properties of CaAlSi and SrAlSi with a similar layer structure to MgB2 have been first investigated by both Raman-scattering and ab initio calculations. All Raman-active phonons with E' symmetry have been clearly observed for both compounds. Their line shapes are asymmetric but their linewidths are ˜10cm-1 , which is very narrower than that of MgB2 . In addition to the Raman-active modes, several extra peaks have been observed below 160cm-1 . These low-energy extra modes can be assigned to the out-of-plane vibrations of Al perpendicular to Al-Si basal plane. Since these peak intensities are strongly affected by the incident energy (resonance Raman process), the electronic state is important for them. Moreover, in both crystals of CaAlSi and SrAlSi, we point out the energy difference for the different propagation directions along the c axis and the c plane, in spite of the very close wave vector to the Brillouin-zone center. This energy difference cannot be explained by a usual Raman-scattering scenario at this stage.

  15. Moessbauer effect and X-ray distribution function analysis in complex Na{sub 2}O-CaO-ZnO-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses and glass-ceramics

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    Romero, M.; Rincon, J.M.; Musik, S.; Kozhukharov, V.

    1999-05-01

    Moessbauer spectroscopy at room temperature was carried out to determine the state of iron ions in complex glasses and glass-ceramics in the SiO{sub 2}-CaO-ZnO-Na{sub 2}O-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. Isomer shift values of the glasses suggest that Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} are in tetrahedral and octahedral coordination, respectively. The spectrum of the glass-ceramic shows that about 60 wt% total iron is in the magnetite phase. The Fe{sup +3}/Fe{sup +2} ratio varies with the total iron oxide content of the glasses, indicating that the vitreous network is more distorted when the iron content is greater. X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out to obtain the radial distribution function (RDF). The interatomic distances for Si-Si and Si-O have been determined. The complex composition of these glasses does not allow the estimation of Al-O and Fe-O distances.

  16. Estimation Model for Electrical Conductivity of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 Slags

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    Shi, Guan-yong; Zhang, Ting-an; Dou, Zhi-he; Niu, Li-ping

    2016-04-01

    Electrical conductivity is one of the most important properties of molten slags. It has an important influence on process parameter selection of the electroslag remelting process. In the present work, a new model for estimating electrical conductivity of high-temperature slags has been proposed via calculating the conductivity by electrical conductivity of pure substances and interaction parameters between the different components in the slag has been proposed. In this model, the Arrhenius law is used to describe the relationship between electrical conductivity and temperature of slags. This model has been successfully applied to the CaF2-Al2O3, CaF2-CaO, and CaO-Al2O3, as well as CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 systems, and the calculated results are in good agreement with the measured values.

  17. Actinide chemistry in Allende Ca-Al-rich inclusions

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    Murrell, M. T.; Burnett, D. S.

    1987-04-01

    Fission track radiography is used to investigate the U and Th microscale distribution in a set of Allende-meteorite Ca-Al-rich inclusions. In the Type B inclusions, the major phases melilite and fassaite are important actinide host phases, and on the rims of Type B inclusions and throughout all other inclusions studied, perovskite is the dominant actinide host phase. Results suggest that neither alteration nor loss or gain of an actinide-rich phase appears to have been an important Th/U fractionation mechanism, and that volatility differences may be the dominant factor. Th/U and rare earth element abundance patterns for the spinel and perovskite rim suggest rim formation by volatilization of interior material, and within the constraints of the brief time scale required for this heating, several mechanisms for spinel-perovskite rim formation are possible.

  18. Actinide chemistry in Allende Ca-Al-rich inclusions

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    Murrell, M. T.; Burnett, D. S.

    1987-01-01

    Fission track radiography is used to investigate the U and Th microscale distribution in a set of Allende-meteorite Ca-Al-rich inclusions. In the Type B inclusions, the major phases melilite and fassaite are important actinide host phases, and on the rims of Type B inclusions and throughout all other inclusions studied, perovskite is the dominant actinide host phase. Results suggest that neither alteration nor loss or gain of an actinide-rich phase appears to have been an important Th/U fractionation mechanism, and that volatility differences may be the dominant factor. Th/U and rare earth element abundance patterns for the spinel and perovskite rim suggest rim formation by volatilization of interior material, and within the constraints of the brief time scale required for this heating, several mechanisms for spinel-perovskite rim formation are possible.

  19. Ca2+ influx via the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger is enhanced in malignant hyperthermia skeletal muscle.

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    Altamirano, Francisco; Eltit, José M; Robin, Gaëlle; Linares, Nancy; Ding, Xudong; Pessah, Isaac N; Allen, Paul D; López, José R

    2014-07-01

    Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is potentially fatal pharmacogenetic disorder of skeletal muscle caused by intracellular Ca(2+) dysregulation. NCX is a bidirectional transporter that effluxes (forward mode) or influxes (reverse mode) Ca(2+) depending on cellular activity. Resting intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]r) and sodium ([Na(+)]r) concentrations are elevated in MH susceptible (MHS) swine and murine muscles compared with their normal (MHN) counterparts, although the contribution of NCX is unclear. Lowering [Na(+)]e elevates [Ca(2+)]r in both MHN and MHS swine muscle fibers and it is prevented by removal of extracellular Ca(2+) or reduced by t-tubule disruption, in both genotypes. KB-R7943, a nonselective NCX3 blocker, reduced [Ca(2+)]r in both swine and murine MHN and MHS muscle fibers at rest and decreased the magnitude of the elevation of [Ca(2+)]r observed in MHS fibers after exposure to halothane. YM-244769, a high affinity reverse mode NCX3 blocker, reduces [Ca(2+)]r in MHS muscle fibers and decreases the amplitude of [Ca(2+)]r rise triggered by halothane, but had no effect on [Ca(2+)]r in MHN muscle. In addition, YM-244769 reduced the peak and area under the curve of the Ca(2+) transient elicited by high [K(+)]e and increased its rate of decay in MHS muscle fibers. siRNA knockdown of NCX3 in MHS myotubes reduced [Ca(2+)]r and the Ca(2+) transient area induced by high [K(+)]e. These results demonstrate a functional NCX3 in skeletal muscle whose activity is enhanced in MHS. Moreover reverse mode NCX3 contributes to the Ca(2+) transients associated with K(+)-induced depolarization and the halothane-triggered MH episode in MHS muscle fibers. PMID:24847052

  20. Ca2+ Influx via the Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger Is Enhanced in Malignant Hyperthermia Skeletal Muscle*

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    Altamirano, Francisco; Eltit, José M.; Robin, Gaëlle; Linares, Nancy; Ding, Xudong; Pessah, Isaac N.; Allen, Paul D.; López, José R.

    2014-01-01

    Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is potentially fatal pharmacogenetic disorder of skeletal muscle caused by intracellular Ca2+ dysregulation. NCX is a bidirectional transporter that effluxes (forward mode) or influxes (reverse mode) Ca2+ depending on cellular activity. Resting intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]r) and sodium ([Na+]r) concentrations are elevated in MH susceptible (MHS) swine and murine muscles compared with their normal (MHN) counterparts, although the contribution of NCX is unclear. Lowering [Na+]e elevates [Ca2+]r in both MHN and MHS swine muscle fibers and it is prevented by removal of extracellular Ca2+ or reduced by t-tubule disruption, in both genotypes. KB-R7943, a nonselective NCX3 blocker, reduced [Ca2+]r in both swine and murine MHN and MHS muscle fibers at rest and decreased the magnitude of the elevation of [Ca2+]r observed in MHS fibers after exposure to halothane. YM-244769, a high affinity reverse mode NCX3 blocker, reduces [Ca2+]r in MHS muscle fibers and decreases the amplitude of [Ca2+]r rise triggered by halothane, but had no effect on [Ca2+]r in MHN muscle. In addition, YM-244769 reduced the peak and area under the curve of the Ca2+ transient elicited by high [K+]e and increased its rate of decay in MHS muscle fibers. siRNA knockdown of NCX3 in MHS myotubes reduced [Ca2+]r and the Ca2+ transient area induced by high [K+]e. These results demonstrate a functional NCX3 in skeletal muscle whose activity is enhanced in MHS. Moreover reverse mode NCX3 contributes to the Ca2+ transients associated with K+-induced depolarization and the halothane-triggered MH episode in MHS muscle fibers. PMID:24847052

  1. A magnesium correction for the Na-K-Ca chemical geothermometer

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    Fournier, R.O.; Potter, Robert W.

    1978-01-01

    Graphs and equations have been devised to correct for the adverse effects of magnesium upon the Na-K-Ca geothermometer. Either the graphs or equations can be used to determine temperature corrections when given waters have Na-K-Ca calculated temperatures above 70? C and values of R less than 50, where R = {Mg/(Mg + Ca + K)} x 100 in equivalents. Waters with values of R greater than 50 probably come from relatively cool aquifers with temperatures about equal to the measured spring temperature, irrespective of much higher calculated Na-K-Ca temperatures.

  2. Enhanced photoluminescence of Ca2Al2SiO7:Eu3+ by charge compensation method

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    Zhang, Q.; Wang, J.; Zhang, M.; Ding, W.; Su, Q.

    2007-09-01

    The effect of compensator on optical properties of Ca2Al2SiO7:Eu3+ is systematically investigated by the X-ray powder diffraction, photo-luminescence (PL) properties and lifetime. It is obviously observed that the PL intensity of Eu3+ under 394 nm excitation increases in the order of Ca1.86Eu0.14Al2SiO7 (CAS), Ca1.72Na0.14Eu0.14Al2SiO7 (CASNa) and Ca1.86Eu0.14Al2.14Si0.86O7 (CASAl), the intensity of Eu3+ are 100%, 134%, 184%, and the lifetime of Eu3+ are 0.75 ms, 1.28 ms and 1.39 ms, respectively. A charge compensation model is proposed to explain the changes in the emission intensity and lifetime of Eu3+ in Ca2Al2SiO7 with different compensation methods.

  3. Thermoelectric Powers of Cells With NaF-AlF3-Al2O3 Melts

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    Flem, Belinda E.; Xu, Qian; Kjelstrup, Signe; Sterten, Åsmund

    2001-07-01

    A thermodynamic description of the Peltier heat at the aluminum and the oxygen electrode in the system NaF-AlF3-Al2O3 is given. The thermoelectric power in melts with molar ratios n NaF/n AlF3 from 3.0 to 1.0, saturated with alumina are measured. Seebeck coefficients for molten fluoride electrolytes saturated with alumina, electrolytes that are relevant for aluminum electrowinning electrolysis cells, are reported. The results allow determinations of Peltier heats of aluminum, oxygen and carbon electrodes in NaF-AlF3 electrolytes saturated with alumina. For molar ratios of n NaF/n AlF3 between 2.6 and 1.2, there is a Peltier heating of the aluminum cathode. This heating is in the same order of magnitude as the electrolyte Joule heat, when the current density is 0.7 A cm-2. For molar ratio n NaF/n AlF3 equal to 1.0 the Peltier effect at the aluminum electrode approaches zero. From theoretical considerations we expect a drop also for molar ratio 3.0. For the anode we report a Peltier cooling that is larger than the heat produced by the anodic overvoltage, in melts with NaF/AlF3 molar ratio between 2.6 and 1.2 saturated with alumina.

  4. Enthalpies of formation of CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19 (hibonite) by high temperature, alkali borate solution calorimetry

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    Geiger, C. A.; Kleppa, O. J.; Grossman, L.; Mysen, B. O.; Lattimer, J. M.

    1988-01-01

    Enthalpies of formation were determined for two calcium aluminate phases, CaAl4O7 and CaAl12O19, using high-temperature alkali borate solution calorimetry. The aluminates were synthesized by multiple-cycle heating and grinding stoichiometric mixtures of CaCO3 and Al2O3, and the products were characteized by X-ray diffraction and SEM microbeam analysis. The data on impurities (CaAl4O7 was found to be about 89.00 percent pure by weight and the CaAl12O19 samples about 91.48 percent pure) were used to correct the heat of solution values of the synthetic products. The enthalpies of formation, at 1063 K, from oxides, were found to be equal to -(25.6 + or - 4.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl4O7 and -(33.0 + or - 9.7) kJ/g.f.w. for CaAl12O19; the respective standard enthalpies of formation from elements, at 298 K, were estimated to be -4007 + or - 5.2 kJ/g.f.w. and -10,722 + or - 12 kJ/g.f.w.

  5. Comparative NMR studies on Ca3LiRuO6 and Ca3NaRuO6

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    Chakrabarty, T.; Paulose, P. L.

    2016-06-01

    We report a comparative study of two ruthanate compounds, Ca3LiRuO6 and Ca3NaRuO6 by magnetic measurements, heat capacity and NMR. Ca3LiRuO6 is a weak ferromagnet with a magnetic ordering temperature of 115 K. The 7Li NMR linewidth of Ca3LiRuO6 displays a broad shoulder above the magnetic ordering temperature. Anomalous shoulder of this type is observed in the susceptibility data also. The origin of these phenomena is not clear but could possibly be attributed to low dimensional magnetism. A contrasting magnetic behavior is seen in Ca3NaRuO6, an antiferromagnet with a transition temperature at 87 K. The NMR study shows that the Knight shift is proportional to the magnetic susceptibility. Also, in Ca3NaRuO6, the Knight shift and the linewidth of the spectra change differently compared to Ca3LiRuO6. The heat capacity of both compounds show a λ-type anomaly at respective magnetic transition temperatures. However, in both the systems the entropy change (Δ S) is much less than that of an ordered S  =  3/2 system.

  6. Comparative NMR studies on Ca3LiRuO6 and Ca3NaRuO6.

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    Chakrabarty, T; Paulose, P L

    2016-06-15

    We report a comparative study of two ruthanate compounds, Ca3LiRuO6 and Ca3NaRuO6 by magnetic measurements, heat capacity and NMR. Ca3LiRuO6 is a weak ferromagnet with a magnetic ordering temperature of 115 K. The (7)Li NMR linewidth of Ca3LiRuO6 displays a broad shoulder above the magnetic ordering temperature. Anomalous shoulder of this type is observed in the susceptibility data also. The origin of these phenomena is not clear but could possibly be attributed to low dimensional magnetism. A contrasting magnetic behavior is seen in Ca3NaRuO6, an antiferromagnet with a transition temperature at 87 K. The NMR study shows that the Knight shift is proportional to the magnetic susceptibility. Also, in Ca3NaRuO6, the Knight shift and the linewidth of the spectra change differently compared to Ca3LiRuO6. The heat capacity of both compounds show a λ-type anomaly at respective magnetic transition temperatures. However, in both the systems the entropy change ([Formula: see text]S) is much less than that of an ordered S  =  3/2 system. PMID:27157888

  7. Analysis of the Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger Gene Family within the Phylum Nematoda

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    He, Chao; O'Halloran, Damien M.

    2014-01-01

    Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are low affinity, high capacity transporters that rapidly transport calcium at the plasma membrane, mitochondrion, endoplasmic (and sarcoplasmic) reticulum, and the nucleus. Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are widely expressed in diverse cell types where they contribute homeostatic balance to calcium levels. In animals, Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are divided into three groups based upon stoichiometry: Na+/Ca2+ exchangers (NCX), Na+/Ca2+/K+ exchangers (NCKX), and Ca2+/Cation exchangers (CCX). In mammals there are three NCX genes, five NCKX genes and one CCX (NCLX) gene. The genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans contains ten Na+/Ca2+ exchanger genes: three NCX; five CCX; and two NCKX genes. Here we set out to characterize structural and taxonomic specializations within the family of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers across the phylum Nematoda. In this analysis we identify Na+/Ca2+ exchanger genes from twelve species of nematodes and reconstruct their phylogenetic and evolutionary relationships. The most notable feature of the resulting phylogenies was the heterogeneous evolution observed within exchanger subtypes. Specifically, in the case of the CCX exchangers we did not detect members of this class in three Clade III nematodes. Within the Caenorhabditis and Pristionchus lineages we identify between three and five CCX representatives, whereas in other Clade V and also Clade IV nematode taxa we only observed a single CCX gene in each species, and in the Clade III nematode taxa that we sampled we identify NCX and NCKX encoding genes but no evidence of CCX representatives using our mining approach. We also provided re-annotation for predicted CCX gene structures from Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Caenorhabditis japonica by RT-PCR and sequencing. Together, these findings reveal a complex picture of Na+/Ca2+ transporters in nematodes that suggest an incongruent evolutionary history of proteins that provide central control of calcium dynamics. PMID:25397810

  8. Analysis of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger gene family within the phylum Nematoda.

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    He, Chao; O'Halloran, Damien M

    2014-01-01

    Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are low affinity, high capacity transporters that rapidly transport calcium at the plasma membrane, mitochondrion, endoplasmic (and sarcoplasmic) reticulum, and the nucleus. Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are widely expressed in diverse cell types where they contribute homeostatic balance to calcium levels. In animals, Na+/Ca2+ exchangers are divided into three groups based upon stoichiometry: Na+/Ca2+ exchangers (NCX), Na+/Ca2+/K+ exchangers (NCKX), and Ca2+/Cation exchangers (CCX). In mammals there are three NCX genes, five NCKX genes and one CCX (NCLX) gene. The genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans contains ten Na+/Ca2+ exchanger genes: three NCX; five CCX; and two NCKX genes. Here we set out to characterize structural and taxonomic specializations within the family of Na+/Ca2+ exchangers across the phylum Nematoda. In this analysis we identify Na+/Ca2+ exchanger genes from twelve species of nematodes and reconstruct their phylogenetic and evolutionary relationships. The most notable feature of the resulting phylogenies was the heterogeneous evolution observed within exchanger subtypes. Specifically, in the case of the CCX exchangers we did not detect members of this class in three Clade III nematodes. Within the Caenorhabditis and Pristionchus lineages we identify between three and five CCX representatives, whereas in other Clade V and also Clade IV nematode taxa we only observed a single CCX gene in each species, and in the Clade III nematode taxa that we sampled we identify NCX and NCKX encoding genes but no evidence of CCX representatives using our mining approach. We also provided re-annotation for predicted CCX gene structures from Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Caenorhabditis japonica by RT-PCR and sequencing. Together, these findings reveal a complex picture of Na+/Ca2+ transporters in nematodes that suggest an incongruent evolutionary history of proteins that provide central control of calcium dynamics. PMID:25397810

  9. Crystal structure of the NaCa(Fe{sup 2+}, Al, Mn){sub 5}[Si{sub 8}O{sub 19}(OH)](OH){sub 7} {center_dot} 5H{sub 2}O mineral: A new representative of the palygorskite group

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K. Aksenov, S. M.; Verin, I. A.

    2012-01-15

    A specimen of a new representative of the palygorskite-sepiolite family from Aris phonolite (Namibia) is studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The parameters of the triclinic (pseudomonoclinic) unit cell are as follows: a = 5.2527(2) Angstrom-Sign , b = 17.901(1) Angstrom-Sign , c = 13.727(1) Angstrom-Sign , {alpha} = 90.018(3) Degree-Sign , {beta} = 97.278(4) Degree-Sign , and {gamma} = 89.952(3) Degree-Sign . The structure is solved by the direct methods in space group P1-bar and refined to R = 5.5% for 4168 |F| > 7{sigma}(F) with consideration for twinning by the plane perpendicular to y (the ratio of the twin components is 0.52: 0.48). The crystal chemical formula (Z = 1) is (Na{sub 1.6}K{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.2})[Ca{sub 2}(Fe{sub 3.6}{sup 2+}Al{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.8})(OH){sub 9}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}][(Fe{sub 3.9}{sup 2+}Ti{sub 0.1})(OH){sub 5} (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}][Si{sub 16}O{sub 38}(OH){sub 2}] {center_dot} 6H{sub 2}O, where the compositions of two ribbons of octahedra and a layer of Si tetrahedra are enclosed in brackets. A number of specific chemical, symmetrical, and structural features distinguish this mineral from other minerals of this family, in particular, from tuperssuatsiaite and kalifersite, which are iron-containing representatives with close unit cell parameters.

  10. A Structural Molar Volume Model for Oxide Melts Part I: Li2O-Na2O-K2O-MgO-CaO-MnO-PbO-Al2O3-SiO2 Melts—Binary Systems

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    Thibodeau, Eric; Gheribi, Aimen E.; Jung, In-Ho

    2016-04-01

    A structural molar volume model was developed to accurately reproduce the molar volume of molten oxides. As the non-linearity of molar volume is related to the change in structure of molten oxides, the silicate tetrahedral Q-species, calculated from the modified quasichemical model with an optimized thermodynamic database, were used as basic structural units in the present model. Experimental molar volume data for unary and binary melts in the Li2O-Na2O-K2O-MgO-CaO-MnO-PbO-Al2O3-SiO2 system were critically evaluated. The molar volumes of unary oxide components and binary Q-species, which are model parameters of the present structural model, were determined to accurately reproduce the experimental data across the entire binary composition in a wide range of temperatures. The non-linear behavior of molar volume and thermal expansivity of binary melt depending on SiO2 content are well reproduced by the present model.

  11. A novel computational model of mouse myocyte electrophysiology to assess the synergy between Na+ loading and CaMKII.

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    Morotti, S; Edwards, A G; McCulloch, A D; Bers, D M; Grandi, E

    2014-03-15

    Ca(2+)-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) hyperactivity in heart failure causes intracellular Na(+) ([Na(+)]i) loading (at least in part by enhancing the late Na(+) current). This [Na(+)]i gain promotes intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) overload by altering the equilibrium of the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger to impair forward-mode (Ca(2+) extrusion), and favour reverse-mode (Ca(2+) influx) exchange. In turn, this Ca(2+) overload would be expected to further activate CaMKII and thereby form a pathological positive feedback loop of ever-increasing CaMKII activity, [Na(+)]i, and [Ca(2+)]i. We developed an ionic model of the mouse ventricular myocyte to interrogate this potentially arrhythmogenic positive feedback in both control conditions and when CaMKIIδC is overexpressed as in genetically engineered mice. In control conditions, simulation of increased [Na(+)]i causes the expected increases in [Ca(2+)]i, CaMKII activity, and target phosphorylation, which degenerate into unstable Ca(2+) handling and electrophysiology at high [Na(+)]i gain. Notably, clamping CaMKII activity to basal levels ameliorates but does not completely offset this outcome, suggesting that the increase in [Ca(2+)]i per se plays an important role. The effect of this CaMKII-Na(+)-Ca(2+)-CaMKII feedback is more striking in CaMKIIδC overexpression, where high [Na(+)]i causes delayed afterdepolarizations, which can be prevented by imposing low [Na(+)]i, or clamping CaMKII phosphorylation of L-type Ca(2+) channels, ryanodine receptors and phospholamban to basal levels. In this setting, Na(+) loading fuels a vicious loop whereby increased CaMKII activation perturbs Ca(2+) and membrane potential homeostasis. High [Na(+)]i is also required to produce instability when CaMKII is further activated by increased Ca(2+) loading due to β-adrenergic activation. Our results support recent experimental findings of a synergistic interaction between perturbed Na(+) fluxes and CaMKII, and suggest that

  12. A novel computational model of mouse myocyte electrophysiology to assess the synergy between Na+ loading and CaMKII

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    Morotti, S; Edwards, A G; McCulloch, A D; Bers, D M; Grandi, E

    2014-01-01

    Ca2+–calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) hyperactivity in heart failure causes intracellular Na+ ([Na+]i) loading (at least in part by enhancing the late Na+ current). This [Na+]i gain promotes intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) overload by altering the equilibrium of the Na+–Ca2+ exchanger to impair forward-mode (Ca2+ extrusion), and favour reverse-mode (Ca2+ influx) exchange. In turn, this Ca2+ overload would be expected to further activate CaMKII and thereby form a pathological positive feedback loop of ever-increasing CaMKII activity, [Na+]i, and [Ca2+]i. We developed an ionic model of the mouse ventricular myocyte to interrogate this potentially arrhythmogenic positive feedback in both control conditions and when CaMKIIδC is overexpressed as in genetically engineered mice. In control conditions, simulation of increased [Na+]i causes the expected increases in [Ca2+]i, CaMKII activity, and target phosphorylation, which degenerate into unstable Ca2+ handling and electrophysiology at high [Na+]i gain. Notably, clamping CaMKII activity to basal levels ameliorates but does not completely offset this outcome, suggesting that the increase in [Ca2+]i per se plays an important role. The effect of this CaMKII–Na+–Ca2+–CaMKII feedback is more striking in CaMKIIδC overexpression, where high [Na+]i causes delayed afterdepolarizations, which can be prevented by imposing low [Na+]i, or clamping CaMKII phosphorylation of L-type Ca2+ channels, ryanodine receptors and phospholamban to basal levels. In this setting, Na+ loading fuels a vicious loop whereby increased CaMKII activation perturbs Ca2+ and membrane potential homeostasis. High [Na+]i is also required to produce instability when CaMKII is further activated by increased Ca2+ loading due to β-adrenergic activation. Our results support recent experimental findings of a synergistic interaction between perturbed Na+ fluxes and CaMKII, and suggest that pharmacological inhibition of intracellular Na+ loading

  13. Structure, phase composition, and strengthening of cast Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Naumova, E. A.; Bazlova, T. A.; Alekseeva, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    The structure and phase composition of Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys containing 0.3 wt % Sc, up to 10 wt % Ca, and up to 10 wt % Mg have been investigated in the cast state and state after heat treatment. It has been shown that only binary phases Al4Ca, Al3Sc, and Al3Mg2 can be in equilibrium with the aluminum solid solution. It has been found that the maximum strengthening effect caused by the precipitation of Al3Sc nanoparticles for all investigated alloys is attained after annealing at 300-350°C.

  14. The elemental composition of the Sun. I. The intermediate mass elements Na to Ca

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    Scott, Pat; Grevesse, Nicolas; Asplund, Martin; Sauval, A. Jacques; Lind, Karin; Takeda, Yoichi; Collet, Remo; Trampedach, Regner; Hayek, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    The chemical composition of the Sun is an essential piece of reference data for astronomy, cosmology, astroparticle, space and geo-physics: elemental abundances of essentially all astronomical objects are referenced to the solar composition, and basically every process involving the Sun depends on its composition. This article, dealing with the intermediate-mass elements Na to Ca, is the first in a series describing the comprehensive re-determination of the solar composition. In this series we severely scrutinise all ingredients of the analysis across all elements, to obtain the most accurate, homogeneous and reliable results possible. We employ a highly realistic 3D hydrodynamic model of the solar photosphere, which has successfully passed an arsenal of observational diagnostics. For comparison, and to quantify remaining systematic errors, we repeat the analysis using three different 1D hydrostatic model atmospheres (marcs, miss and Holweger & Müller 1974, Sol. Phys., 39, 19) and a horizontally and temporally-averaged version of the 3D model (⟨ 3D ⟩). We account for departures from local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) wherever possible. We have scoured the literature for the best possible input data, carefully assessing transition probabilities, hyperfine splitting, partition functions and other data for inclusion in the analysis. We have put the lines we use through a very stringent quality check in terms of their observed profiles and atomic data, and discarded all that we suspect to be blended. Our final recommended 3D+NLTE abundances are: log ɛNa = 6.21 ± 0.04, log ɛMg = 7.59 ± 0.04, log ɛAl = 6.43 ± 0.04, log ɛSi = 7.51 ± 0.03, log ɛP = 5.41 ± 0.03, log ɛS = 7.13 ± 0.03, log ɛK = 5.04 ± 0.05 and log ɛCa = 6.32 ± 0.03. The uncertainties include both statistical and systematic errors. Our results are systematically smaller than most previous ones with the 1D semi-empirical Holweger & Müller model, whereas the ⟨ 3D ⟩ model returns

  15. The mitochondrial Na+-Ca2+ exchanger, NCLX, regulates automaticity of HL-1 cardiomyocytes

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    Takeuchi, Ayako; Kim, Bongju; Matsuoka, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

    Mitochondrial Ca2+ is known to change dynamically, regulating mitochondrial as well as cellular functions such as energy metabolism and apoptosis. The NCLX gene encodes the mitochondrial Na+-Ca2+ exchanger (NCXmit), a Ca2+ extrusion system in mitochondria. Here we report that the NCLX regulates automaticity of the HL-1 cardiomyocytes. NCLX knockdown using siRNA resulted in the marked prolongation of the cycle length of spontaneous Ca2+ oscillation and action potential generation. The upstrokes of action potential and Ca2+ transient were markedly slower, and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ handling were compromised in the NCLX knockdown cells. Analyses using a mathematical model of HL-1 cardiomyocytes demonstrated that blocking NCXmit reduced the SR Ca2+ content to slow spontaneous SR Ca2+ leak, which is a trigger of automaticity. We propose that NCLX is a novel molecule to regulate automaticity of cardiomyocytes via modulating SR Ca2+ handling. PMID:24067497

  16. Ca(2+) and CaM are involved in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted fluoride accumulation in tea plants (Camellia sinesis L.).

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    Zhang, Xian-Chen; Gao, Hong-Jian; Wu, Hong-Hong; Yang, Tian-Yuan; Zhang, Zheng-Zhu; Mao, Jing-Dong; Wan, Xiao-Chun

    2015-11-01

    Tea plant (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. kuntze) is known to be a fluoride (F) and aluminum (Al(3+)) hyper-accumulator. Previous study showed that pre-treatment of Al(3+) caused a significant increase of F accumulation in tea plants. However, less is known about the intricate network of Al(3+) promoted F accumulation in tea plants. In this study, the involvement of endogenous Ca(2+) and CaM in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted F accumulation in tea plants was investigated. Our results showed that Al(3+) induced the inverse change of intracellular Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity and stimulated Ca(2+) trans-membrane transport in the mature zone of tea root. Also, a link between internal Ca(2+) and CaM was found in tea roots under the presence of Al(3+). In order to investigate whether Ca(2+) and CaM were related to F accumulation promoted by Al(3+) pretreatment, Ca(2+) chelator EGTA and CaM antagonists CPZ and TFP were used. EGTA, CPZ, and TFP pretreatment inhibited Al(3+)-induced increase of Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity and CaM content in tea roots, and also significantly reduced Al(3+)-promoted F accumulation in tea plants. Taken together, our results suggested that the endogenous Ca(2+) and CaM are involved in Al(3+) pretreatment-promoted F accumulation in tea roots. PMID:26318146

  17. The role of Ca(2+) and Na (+) membrane transport in brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) spermatozoa motility.

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    Bondarenko, Olga; Dzyuba, Borys; Cosson, Jacky; Rodina, Marek; Linhart, Otomar

    2014-10-01

    The role of environmental ion composition and osmolality in Ca(2+) signaled activation was assessed in spermatozoa of brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis. Milt from ten mature males was obtained by abdominal massage. Spermatozoa motility was evaluated in 0, 100, and 300 mOsm/kg NaCl or sucrose solutions, buffered by 10 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5. For investigation of spermatozoa reaction to external Ca(2+) concentration, 2 mM ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid (EGTA) was added to the activation media as a calcium ions chelator. For investigation of the effect of external Na(+) concentration in conditions of low external Ca(2+), 100 µM amiloride was added to the EGTA-containing solutions as a Na(+) transport blocker. Low motility was observed in sucrose (Na(+) free) solutions containing 2 mM EGTA but not in Na(+) solutions containing 2 mM EGTA. Addition of amiloride led to significantly increased motility (P < 0.05) compared with sucrose (Na(+) free) solutions containing 2 mM EGTA. We conclude that Na(+) transport in Ca(2+)-free solutions plays a regulatory role in brook trout spermatozoa activation. The influence of competitive Na(+) and Ca(2+) transport on the control of spermatozoa activation requires further study with respect to its application for improvement of artificial activation and storage media. PMID:24718964

  18. ALS-like skin changes in mice on a chronic low-Ca/Mg high-Al diet.

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    Kihira, Tameko; Yoshida, Sohei; Kondo, Tomoyoshi; Yase, Yoshiro; Ono, Seiitsu

    2004-04-15

    Epidemiologic studies of endemic foci of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have shown low concentrations of Ca/Mg and high concentrations of Al/Mn in the drinking water and garden soil, which may play a causative role in the pathogenesis of endemic ALS. We studied the effects of chronic exposure to a low-Ca/Mg high-Al maltol diet on the skin of experimental animals. In ALS patients, atrophy of the epidermis, edematous changes with separated collagen fibrils and an accumulation of amorphous materials between collagen bundles were regarded as pathognomonic skin changes of ALS. Mice chronically fed a low-Ca/Mg high-Al maltol diet showed neuronal degeneration and loss in the spinal cords and cerebral cortices, as well as skin changes including atrophy, separation of collagen fibrils and accumulation of amorphous materials, similar to the skin changes characteristic of ALS. This is the first report of skin changes in animal models similar to those of ALS. We speculate that environmental factors such as chronic low-Ca/Mg high-Al condition play some causative role in the pathogenesis of Kii-ALS. PMID:15050431

  19. Residues contributing to the Na(+)-binding pocket of the SLC24 Na(+)/Ca(2+)-K(+) Exchanger NCKX2.

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    Altimimi, Haider F; Fung, Eric H; Winkfein, Robert J; Schnetkamp, Paul P M

    2010-05-14

    Na(+)/Ca(2+)-K(+) exchangers (NCKX; gene family SLC24) are plasma membrane Ca(2+) transporters that mediate the extrusion of one Ca(2+) ion and one K(+) ion in exchange for four Na(+) ions. NCKX is modeled to have two sets of five transmembrane segments separated by a large cytosolic loop; within each set of transmembrane segments are regions of internal symmetry termed alpha(1) and alpha(2) repeats. The central residues that are important for Ca(2+) and K(+) liganding and transport have been identified in NCKX2, and they comprise three central acidic residues, Glu(188) in alpha(1) and Asp(548) and Asp(575) in alpha(2), as well as Ser/Thr residues one-helical turn away from these residues. In this study, we have scanned through more than 100 single-residue substitutions of NCKX2 for shifts in Na(+) affinity using a fluorescence assay to monitor changes in free Ca(2+) in HEK293 cells treated with gramicidin to control intracellular Na(+). We have identified 31 residues that, when substituted, result in shifts in Na(+) affinity, either toward higher or lower K(m) values when compared with wild type NCKX2 (K(m) for Na(+) 58 mm). These residues include the central acidic residues Glu(188), Asp(548), and Asp(575), and their neighboring residues in alpha(1) and alpha(2), in addition to a number of newly investigated residues in transmembrane segment 3. Our results relate the identification of residues important for Na(+) transport in this study to those previously identified as important in the counter-transport of Ca(2+) and K(+), lending support to the alternating access model of transmembrane transport. PMID:20231282

  20. Intracellular calcium and Na+-Ca2+ exchange current in isolated toad pacemaker cells

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    Ju, Yue-Kun; Allen, David G

    1998-01-01

    Single pacemaker cells were isolated from the sinus venosus of cane toad (Bufo marinus) in order to study the mechanisms involved in the spontaneous firing rate of action potentials. Intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) was measured with indo-1 to determine whether [Ca2+]i influenced firing rate. A rapid transient rise of [Ca2+]i was recorded together with each spontaneous action potential. [Ca2+]i at the peak of systole was 655 ± 64 nm and the minimum at the end of diastole was 195 ± 15 nm. Reduction of extracellular Ca2+ concentration from 2 to 0.5 mm caused a reduction in both systolic and diastolic [Ca2+]i and the spontaneous firing rate also gradually declined. Application of the acetoxymethyl (AM) ester of BAPTA (10 μm), in order to increase intracellular calcium buffering, caused a decline in systolic and diastolic [Ca2+]i. The firing rate declined progressively until the cells stopped firing after 10–15 min. At the time that firing ceased, the diastolic [Ca2+]i had declined by 141 ± 38 nm. In the presence of ryanodine (2 μm), which interferes with Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum, the systolic and diastolic [Ca2+]i both declined and the firing rate decreased until the cells stopped firing. At quiescence diastolic [Ca2+]i had declined by 93 ± 20 nm. Exposure of the cells to Na+-free solution caused a rise in [Ca2+]i which exceeded the systolic level after 4.8 ± 0.3 s. This rise is consistent with Ca2+ entry on a Na+-Ca2+ exchanger. Rapid application of caffeine (10–20 mm) to cells clamped at −60 mV caused a rapid increase in [Ca2+]i which then spontaneously declined. An inward current with a similar time course to that of [Ca2+]i was also generated. Application of Ni2+ (5 mm) or 2,4-dichlorobenzamil (25 μm) reduced the amplitude of the inward current produced by caffeine by 96 ± 1 % and 74 ± 10 %, respectively. In a Na+-free solution the caffeine-induced current was reduced by 93 ± 7 %. Under a variety of circumstances

  1. Na+ /Ca2+ exchanger contributes to asterosap-induced elevation of intracellular Ca2+ concentration in starfish spermatozoa.

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    Islam, M Sadiqul; Kawase, Osamu; Hase, Sumitaka; Minakata, Hiroyuki; Hoshi, Motonori; Matsumoto, Midori

    2006-05-01

    Asterosap, a group of equally active isoforms of sperm-activating peptides from the egg jelly of the starfish Asterias amurensis, functions as a chemotactic factor for sperm. It transiently increases the intracellular cGMP level of sperm, which in turn induces a transient elevation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)). Using a fluorescent Ca(2+)-sensitive dye, Fluo-4 AM, we measured the changes in sperm [Ca(2+)](i) in response to asterosap. KB-R7943 (KB), a selective inhibitor of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), significantly inhibited the asterosap-induced transient elevation of [Ca(2+)](i), suggesting that asterosap influences [Ca(2+)](i) through activation of a K+-dependent NCX (NCKX). An NCKX activity of starfish sperm also shows K(+) dependency like other NCKXs. Therefore, we cloned an NCKX from the starfish testes and predicted that it codes for a 616 amino acid protein that is a member of the NCKX family. Pharmacological evidence suggests that this exchanger participates in the asterosap-induced Ca(2+) entry into sperm. PMID:16719949

  2. Na/beta-alumina/NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell

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    Cherng, Jing-Yih; Bennion, Douglas N.

    1987-09-01

    A study was made of a high specific energy battery based on a sodium negative electrode and a chlorine positive electrode with molten AlCl3-NaCl electrolyte and a solid beta alumina separator. The basic performance of a Na beta-alumina NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell at 200 C was demonstrated. This cell can be started at 150 C. The use of melting sodium chloroaluminate electrolyte overcomes some of the material problems associated with the high working temperatures of present molten salt systems, such as Na/S and LiAl/FeS, and retains the advantages of high energy density and relatively efficient electrode processes. Preliminary investigations were conducted on a sodium-chlorine static cell, material compability, electrode design, wetting, and theoretical calculations to assure a better chance of success before assembling a Na/Cl2 circulating cell. Mathematical models provide a theoretical explanation for the performance of the NaCl2 battery. The results of mathematical models match the experimental results very well. According to the result of the mathematical modeling, an output at 180 mA/sq cm and 3.2 V can be obtained with optimized cell design.

  3. Na/beta-alumina/NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell

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    Cherng, Jing-Yih; Bennion, Douglas N.

    1987-01-01

    A study was made of a high specific energy battery based on a sodium negative electrode and a chlorine positive electrode with molten AlCl3-NaCl electrolyte and a solid beta alumina separator. The basic performance of a Na beta-alumina NaAlCl4, Cl2/C circulating cell at 200 C was demonstrated. This cell can be started at 150 C. The use of melting sodium chloroaluminate electrolyte overcomes some of the material problems associated with the high working temperatures of present molten salt systems, such as Na/S and LiAl/FeS, and retains the advantages of high energy density and relatively efficient electrode processes. Preliminary investigations were conducted on a sodium-chlorine static cell, material compability, electrode design, wetting, and theoretical calculations to assure a better chance of success before assembling a Na/Cl2 circulating cell. Mathematical models provide a theoretical explanation for the performance of the NaCl2 battery. The results of mathematical models match the experimental results very well. According to the result of the mathematical modeling, an output at 180 mA/sq cm and 3.2 V can be obtained with optimized cell design.

  4. Mechanisms of Ca uptake in high K/low Na solutions

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    Lodge, N.J.; Gelband, H.

    1986-03-05

    Ca uptake into neonatal rat atrium was measured with /sup 45/Ca. Extracellular /sup 45/Ca was displaced by washing tissues (45 min) in ice-cold Tyrode's containing 6.8 mM Ca/5 mM EGTA. Unless otherwise stated, solutions were pH balanced with HCO/sub 3//PO/sub 4//CO/sub 2/. Solutions in which 129 mM K or choline were substituted for 129 mM Na significantly stimulated Ca uptake (p < 0.001 for both). Inhibition of the Na/K pump (0 mM K solution), to increase intracellular Na, increased subsequent Ca uptakes measured in control, choline/low Na and high K/low Na solutions. The choline/low Na-stimulated uptake was increased by 104% while the high K/low Na stimulated uptake was increased only 11%. Cadmium (0.01-10 mM) blockade of the choline/low Na and high K/low Na uptakes was tested. Hepes buffered (HCO/sub 3//PO/sub 4//CO/sub 2/-free) solutions were used to avoid precipitation of Cd salts. The high K/low Na (Hepes) uptake was significantly (p < 0.001) greater than control and was 50% inhibited by 0.3 mM Cd. Choline/low Na in Hepes buffer increased Ca uptake only 5.1 +/- 4.3 ..mu..mol/kg (n=22) above control. In separate experiments, the choline/low Na (Hepes)-stimulated uptake (12.8 +/- 4.3 ..mu..mol/kg, n=8) was increased to 29.3 +/- 4.7 ..mu..mol/kg (n=8) by the addition of 1.8 mM PO/sub 4/. This intervention reduced the high K/low Na (Hepes)-stimulated uptake (47.1 +/- 6.4 ..mu..mol/kg, n=8) to 33.8 +/- 4.5 ..mu..mol/kg (n=8). They hypothesize that the uptake of Ca, induced by solutions of elevated K and lowered Na, is mediated by a minimum of two mechanisms; one stimulated by PO/sub 4/ and sensitive to transmembrane ion gradients, the other reduced by PO/sub 4/ and relatively insensitive to ion gradients.

  5. Structural analyses of Ca2+/CaM interaction with NaV channel C-termini reveal mechanisms of calcium-dependent regulation

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    Wang, Chaojian; Chung, Ben C.; Yan, Haidun; Wang, Hong-Gang; Lee, Seok-Yong; Pitt, Geoffrey S.

    2014-01-01

    Ca2+ regulates voltage-gated Na+ (NaV) channels and perturbed Ca2+ regulation of NaV function is associated with epilepsy syndromes, autism, and cardiac arrhythmias. Understanding the disease mechanisms, however, has been hindered by a lack of structural information and competing models for how Ca2+ affects NaV channel function. Here, we report the crystal structures of two ternary complexes of a human NaV cytosolic C-terminal domain (CTD), a fibroblast growth factor homologous factor, and Ca2+/calmodulin (Ca2+/CaM). These structures rule out direct binding of Ca2+ to the NaV CTD, and uncover new contacts between CaM and the NaV CTD. Probing these new contacts with biochemical and functional experiments allows us to propose a mechanism by which Ca2+ could regulate NaV channels. Further, our model provides hints towards understanding the molecular basis of the neurologic disorders and cardiac arrhythmias caused by NaV channel mutations. PMID:25232683

  6. CaFeAl mixed oxide derived heterogeneous catalysts for transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel.

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    Lu, Yongsheng; Zhang, Zaiwu; Xu, Yunfeng; Liu, Qiang; Qian, Guangren

    2015-08-01

    CaAl layered double oxides (LDO) were prepared by co-precipitation and calcined at 750°C, and then applied to biodiesel production by transesterification reaction between methanol and soybean oil. Compared with characteristics of CaFe/LDO and CaAl/LDO, CaFeAl/LDO had the best performance based on prominent catalytic activity and stability, and achieved over 90% biodiesel yield, which stayed stable (over 85%) even after 8 cycles of reaction. The optimal catalytic reaction condition was 12:1M-ratio of methanol/oil, reaction temperatures of 60°C, 270rpm stirring rate, 60min reaction time, and 6% weight-ratio of catalyst/oil. In addition, the CaFeAl/LDO catalyst is insoluble in both methanol and methyl esters and can be easily separated for further reaction, turning it into an excellent alternative for biodiesel synthesis. PMID:25740001

  7. Na+ Dysregulation Coupled with Ca2+ Entry through NCX1 Promotes Muscular Dystrophy in Mice

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    Burr, Adam R.; Millay, Douglas P.; Goonasekera, Sanjeewa A.; Park, Ki Ho; Sargent, Michelle A.; Collins, James; Altamirano, Francisco; Philipson, Kenneth D.; Allen, Paul D.; Ma, Jianjie; López, José Rafael

    2014-01-01

    Unregulated Ca2+ entry is thought to underlie muscular dystrophy. Here, we generated skeletal-muscle-specific transgenic (TG) mice expressing the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger 1 (NCX1) to model its identified augmentation during muscular dystrophy. The NCX1 transgene induced dystrophy-like disease in all hind-limb musculature, as well as exacerbated the muscle disease phenotypes in δ-sarcoglycan (Sgcd−/−), Dysf−/−, and mdx mouse models of muscular dystrophy. Antithetically, muscle-specific deletion of the Slc8a1 (NCX1) gene diminished hind-limb pathology in Sgcd−/− mice. Measured increases in baseline Na+ and Ca2+ in dystrophic muscle fibers of the hind-limb musculature predicts a net Ca2+ influx state due to reverse-mode operation of NCX1, which mediates disease. However, the opposite effect is observed in the diaphragm, where NCX1 overexpression mildly protects from dystrophic disease through a predicted enhancement in forward-mode NCX1 operation that reduces Ca2+ levels. Indeed, Atp1a2+/− (encoding Na+-K+ ATPase α2) mice, which have reduced Na+ clearance rates that would favor NCX1 reverse-mode operation, showed exacerbated disease in the hind limbs of NCX1 TG mice, similar to treatment with the Na+-K+ ATPase inhibitor digoxin. Treatment of Sgcd−/− mice with ranolazine, a broadly acting Na+ channel inhibitor that should increase NCX1 forward-mode operation, reduced muscular pathology. PMID:24662047

  8. Na+ dysregulation coupled with Ca2+ entry through NCX1 promotes muscular dystrophy in mice.

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    Burr, Adam R; Millay, Douglas P; Goonasekera, Sanjeewa A; Park, Ki Ho; Sargent, Michelle A; Collins, James; Altamirano, Francisco; Philipson, Kenneth D; Allen, Paul D; Ma, Jianjie; López, José Rafael; Molkentin, Jeffery D

    2014-06-01

    Unregulated Ca(2+) entry is thought to underlie muscular dystrophy. Here, we generated skeletal-muscle-specific transgenic (TG) mice expressing the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger 1 (NCX1) to model its identified augmentation during muscular dystrophy. The NCX1 transgene induced dystrophy-like disease in all hind-limb musculature, as well as exacerbated the muscle disease phenotypes in δ-sarcoglycan (Sgcd(-/-)), Dysf(-/-), and mdx mouse models of muscular dystrophy. Antithetically, muscle-specific deletion of the Slc8a1 (NCX1) gene diminished hind-limb pathology in Sgcd(-/-) mice. Measured increases in baseline Na(+) and Ca(2+) in dystrophic muscle fibers of the hind-limb musculature predicts a net Ca(2+) influx state due to reverse-mode operation of NCX1, which mediates disease. However, the opposite effect is observed in the diaphragm, where NCX1 overexpression mildly protects from dystrophic disease through a predicted enhancement in forward-mode NCX1 operation that reduces Ca(2+) levels. Indeed, Atp1a2(+/-) (encoding Na(+)-K(+) ATPase α2) mice, which have reduced Na(+) clearance rates that would favor NCX1 reverse-mode operation, showed exacerbated disease in the hind limbs of NCX1 TG mice, similar to treatment with the Na(+)-K(+) ATPase inhibitor digoxin. Treatment of Sgcd(-/-) mice with ranolazine, a broadly acting Na(+) channel inhibitor that should increase NCX1 forward-mode operation, reduced muscular pathology. PMID:24662047

  9. The role of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger subtypes in neuronal ischemic injury.

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    Shenoda, Botros

    2015-06-01

    The Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) plays an important role in the maintenance of Na(+) and Ca(2+) homeostasis in most cells including neurons under physiological and pathological conditions. It exists in three subtypes (NCX1-3) with different tissue distributions but all of them are present in the brain. NCX transports Na(+) and Ca(2+) in either Ca(2+)-efflux (forward) or Ca(2+)-influx (reverse) mode, depending on membrane potential and transmembrane ion gradients. During neuronal ischemia, Na(+) and Ca(2+) ionic disturbances favor NCX to work in reverse mode, giving rise to increased intracellular Ca(2+) levels, while it may regain its forward mode activity on reperfusion. The exact significance of NCX in neuronal ischemic and reperfusion states remains unclear. The differential role of NCX subtypes in ischemic neuronal injury has been extensively investigated using various pharmacological tools as well as genetic models. This review discusses the mode of action of NCX in ischemic and reperfusion states, the differential roles played by NCX subtypes in these states as well as the role of NCX in pre- and postconditioning. NCX subtypes carry variable roles in ischemic injury. Furthermore, the mode of action of each subtype varies in ischemia and reperfusion states. Thus, therapeutic targeting of NCX in stroke should be based on appropriate timing of the administration of NCX subtype-specific strategies. PMID:25860439

  10. Diffuse sorption modeling: apparent H/Na, or the same, Al/Na exchange on clays.

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    Pivovarov, Sergey

    2009-08-15

    Clay minerals are specified by permanent negative surface charge. In solutions of sodium salts, the surface of clay is covered by exchangeable sodium ions. In an acidic field (pH<4-6), sodium ions are displaced from the surface. This apparent H/Na exchange is conditioned by dissolution of alumina, followed by Al/Na exchange. Two kinds of published experimental data were considered in order to follow Al/Na exchange: the first is direct measurement of exchangeable sodium and aluminum in clay, and the second is exchange sorption of trace metal. Because of the equivalency of ionic exchange, trace metal acts as a probe, indicating the sodium content in clay. These experimental data were successfully modeled with use of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation, with the assumption that all exchange cations are located in the diffuse layer. PMID:19464695

  11. Reduced junctional Na+/Ca2+-exchanger activity contributes to sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ leak in junctophilin-2-deficient mice

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    Wang, Wei; Landstrom, Andrew P.; Wang, Qiongling; Munro, Michelle L.; Beavers, David; Ackerman, Michael J.; Soeller, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Expression silencing of junctophilin-2 (JPH2) in mouse heart leads to ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR2)-mediated sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak and rapid development of heart failure. The mechanism and physiological significance of JPH2 in regulating RyR2-mediated SR Ca2+ leak remains elusive. We sought to elucidate the role of JPH2 in regulating RyR2-mediated SR Ca2+ release in the setting of cardiac failure. Cardiac myocytes isolated from tamoxifen-inducible conditional knockdown mice of JPH2 (MCM-shJPH2) were subjected to confocal Ca2+ imaging. MCM-shJPH2 cardiomyocytes exhibited an increased spark frequency width with altered spark morphology, which caused increased SR Ca2+ leakage. Single channel studies identified an increased RyR2 open probability in MCM-shJPH2 mice. The increase in spark frequency and width was observed only in MCM-shJPH2 and not found in mice with increased RyR2 open probability with native JPH2 expression. Na+/Ca2+-exchanger (NCX) activity was reduced by 50% in MCM-shJPH2 with no detectable change in NCX expression. Additionally, 50% inhibition of NCX through Cd2+ administration alone was sufficient to increase spark width in myocytes obtained from wild-type mice. Additionally, superresolution analysis of RyR2 and NCX colocalization showed a reduced overlap between RyR2 and NCX in MCM-shJPH2 mice. In conclusion, decreased JPH2 expression causes increased SR Ca2+ leakage by directly increasing open probability of RyR2 and by indirectly reducing junctional NCX activity through increased dyadic cleft Ca2+. This demonstrates two novel and independent cellular mechanisms by which JPH2 regulates RyR2-mediated SR Ca2+ leak and heart failure development. PMID:25193470

  12. Improved MCFC performance with Li/Na/Ba/Ca carbonate electrolyte.

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    Centeno, C.-J.; Kaun, T. D.; Krumpelt, M.; Schoeler, A.

    1999-07-21

    Earlier electrolyte segregation tests of Li/Na carbonate used chemical analysis such as inductively coupled plasma/atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP/AES) of matrix strips wetted with carbonate and exposed to 5- to 20-V potential gradients. A segregation factor was correlated to the Li/Na carbonate composition. While fairly substantial segregation occurs at the eutectic composition of 52% Li, it is minimal at 60% to 75% Li. Such lithium-rich Li/Na carbonates may not be practical because the melting points are too high (i.e., liquidus point is 625 C). By adding calcium and barium to the lithium/sodium carbonates, we were able to lower the melting point and maintain nonsegregating behavior. This work is directed at examining the long-term stability of the quaternary Li/Na/Ba/Ca electrolytes. Electrolyte optimization work evaluates Li/Na ratio and Ba/Ca level to improve cell performance at 320 mA/cm{sup 2} and reduce temperature sensitivity. A number of cells with quaternary Li/Na/Ba/Ca electrolytes ranging from 3 to 5% Ba/Ca have operated well with stable, long-term performance. Congruent melting carbonate is important for commercial development. The best so far is 3.5% Ba/Ca/Na/Li (3.5 mol%/3.5 mol% Ba/Ca) carbonate (m.p. 440 C). Performance at 160 mA/cm{sup 2} is increased up to 150mV as compared with the baseline cell containing the Li/Na eutectic composition. Life stability has been reproduced by a number of bench-scale MCFC test with operations of 2000-4300 h and the electrolyte composition across the matrix little changed.

  13. Calcium regulation in mouse mesencephalic neurons-Differential roles of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum.

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    Wu, Pei-Chun; Kao, Lung-Sen

    2016-06-01

    Midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons are the key to finely tune the voluntary movement, habit and motivation. The progressive and selective degeneration of these neurons is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). The susceptibility of DA neurons in the SNpc may result from differences in how Ca(2+) is handled. However, very little information is available about the mechanisms involved in the regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in DA neurons. In this study, the relative contributions of various Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers and their interplay with internal Ca(2+) stores, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the mitochondria, in the regulation of the [Ca(2+)]i of mouse mesencephalic neurons were characterized. Both the K(+)-dependent Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCKX) and the K(+)-independent Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) can be detected and are functional in DA and non-DA neurons. NCX accounts for the larger component of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange activity. Single-cell RT-PCR analysis showed each individual neuron expressed a distinct set of the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers. Furthermore, the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers play prominent roles in removing [Ca(2+)]i induced by glutamate but not [Ca(2+)]i induced by depolarization. The mitochondria serve as a major Ca(2+) sink and are functionally located close to NCX. In contrast, the ER is functionally located close to NCKX and acts primarily as a Ca(2+) source with marginal effects. This study reveals that the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers, the ER and the mitochondria, which cooperate interactively, act similarly when regulating [Ca(2+)]i in mesencephalic DA and non-DA neurons. The heterogeneous expression of multiple types of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers and the quantitative differences found in [Ca(2+)]i regulation, together with other risk factors specific to DA neurons such as dopamine oxidation resulting in oxidative stress, may drive these cells to undergo selective degeneration. PMID:27020658

  14. Feedback inhibition of cyclic adenosine monophosphate-stimulated Na+ transport in the rabbit cortical collecting duct via Na(+)-dependent basolateral Ca++ entry.

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    Breyer, M D

    1991-01-01

    Arginine vasopressin (AVP) transiently stimulates Na+ transport in the rabbit cortical collecting duct (CCD). However, the sustained effect of both AVP and its putative second messenger, cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), on Na+ transport in the rabbit CCD is inhibitory. Because maneuvers that increase [Ca++]i inhibit Na+ transport, the effects of AVP and cell-permeable cAMP analogues, on [Ca++]i were investigated in fura-2-loaded in vitro microperfused rabbit CCDs. Low-dose AVP (23-230 pM) selectively stimulated Ca++ influx, whereas 23 nM AVP additionally released calcium from intracellular stores. 8-chlorophenylthio-cAMP (8CPTcAMP) and 8-bromo-cAMP (8-Br-cAMP) also increased CCD [Ca++]i. The 8CPTcAMP-stimulated [Ca++]i increase was totally dependent on basolateral [Ca++]. In the absence of cAMP, peritubular Na+ removal produced a marked increase in [Ca++]i, which was also dependent on bath [Ca++], suggesting the existence of basolateral Na+/Ca++ exchange. Luminal Na+ removal in the absence of cAMP did not alter CCD [Ca++]i, but it completely blocked the cAMP-stimulated [Ca++]i increase. Thus the cAMP-dependent Ca++ increase is totally dependent on both luminal Na+ and basolateral Ca++, suggesting the [Ca++]i increase is secondary to cAMP effects on luminal Na+ entry and its coupling to basolateral Na+/Ca++ exchange. 8CPTcAMP inhibits lumen-to-bath 22Na flux [JNa(l-b)] in CCDs bathed in a normal Ca++ bath (2.4 mM). However, when bath Ca++ was lowered to 100 nM, a maneuver that also blocks the 8CPTcAMP [Ca++]i increase, 8CPTcAMP stimulated, rather than inhibited JNa(l-b). These results suggest that cAMP formation initially stimulates CCD Na+ transport, and that increased apical Na+ entry secondarily activates basolateral Ca++ entry. The cAMP-dependent [Ca++]i increase leads to inhibition Na+ transport in the rabbit CCD. PMID:1658041

  15. "JCE" Classroom Activity Connections: NaCl or CaCl[subscript 2], Smart Polymer Gel Tells More

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    Chen, Yueh-Huey; Lin, Jia-Ying; Wang, Yu-Chen; Yaung, Jing-Fun

    2010-01-01

    This classroom activity connection demonstrates the differences between the effects of NaCl (a salt of monovalent metal ions) and CaCl[subscript 2] (a salt of polyvalent metal ions) on swollen superabsorbent polymer gels. Being ionic compounds, NaCl and CaCl[subscript 2] both collapse the swollen polymer gels. The gel contracted by NaCl reswells…

  16. The microstructure-strength relationship in a deformation processed Al-Ca composite

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    Tian, Liang; Kim, Hyongjune; Anderson, Iver; Russell, Alan

    2013-02-07

    An Al-9 vol% Ca composite was produced by powder metallurgy and deformation processing. The Al–Ca composite was extruded, swaged and wire drawn to a deformation true strain of 13.8. Both Al and Ca are face-centered cubic, so the Ca second phase deformed into continuous, nearly cylindrical filaments in the Al matrix. The formation of intermetallic compounds, filament coarsening, and spheriodization at elevated temperature was observed by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction. Both the thickness and spacing of the Ca filaments decreased exponentially with increasing deformation. The ultimate tensile strength of the composite increased rapidly with increased deformation, especially at high deformation processing strains. The relation between deformation true strain and ultimate tensile strength is underestimated by the rule of mixtures; a modified Hall–Petch barrier strengthening model was found to fit the data better.

  17. Transplacental differences in Ca, Na, K, and electropotential in the guinea pig

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    Kelman, B.J.; Twardock, A.R.

    1983-07-01

    The fetal side of hemochorial placentas from guinea pigs between 58 and 62 days gestation were perfused in situ. Concurrent measurements were made of the clearances of radiocalcium and tritiated water from maternal to fetal circulation of the placenta, transplacental potential difference (TPD), maternal plasma and perfusate Ca, Na, and K concentrations, maternal blood pressure, gross permeability of albumin in the placenta, and net water movements. Movement of Ca from dam to fetus appeared to occur against an electrochemical gradient and was not associated with the movements of Na and K across the placenta. A negative correlation between perfusate Na and K concentrations, not dependent on maternal plasma Na and K concentrations and abolished by high concentrations of Ca in the fetal circulation of the placenta, strongly supports the concept of a Na-K exchange mechanism in the placenta directed so that K is moved against a concentration gradient towards the dam. There was no evidence that the TPD existed at the site of maternal-fetal exchange for Ca, Na, or K.

  18. Na-Ca exchange in vascular smooth muscle sarcolemmal vesicles is voltage sensitive and inhibitable by quinidine and diltiazem

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    Kahn, A.M.; Allen, J.C.

    1986-03-05

    These studies were performed to characterize Na-Ca exchange in a sarcolemmal enriched vesicle fraction, obtained by Mg aggregation and differential centrifugation of homogenized bovine superior mesenteric artery (SMA). To avoid the effects of Ca or Na diffusion potentials on the translocation of the counter ion, the transport of /sup 45/Ca or /sup 22/Na was measured in vesicles which were short-circuited by presetting K/sub in/ = k/sub out/ in the presence of the K ionophore, valinomycin. The uptake of 0.1 mM Ca/sub out/ was stimulated 30% by 150 mM Na/sub in/ versus N-methylglucamine/sub in/, in a control cation. The uptake of ImM Na/sub out/ was stimulated 61% by 10 mM Ca/sub in/ versus Mn/sub in/. The efflux of ImM Na/sub in/ was stimulated 57% by 10 mM Ca/sub out/ versus Mn/sub out/. Thus, these vesicles mediate Na/Ca exchange. The one sec Na gradient-dependent uptake of 0.1 mM Ca/sub out/ was .08 nmol/mg under short-circuited conditions. When the membrane potential was rendered inside positive by an inwardly directed K gradient plus valinomycin, Na gradient-dependent Ca uptake increased to 0.17 nmol/mg. The Na gradient-dependent uptake of 0.1 mM Ca/sub out/ was inhibited 12, 6, 82, and 70% by (in mM) 5 choline, 3 amiloride, 5 quinidine, and 5 diltiazem, respectively. It is concluded that Na-Ca exchange in the sarcolemmal of bovine SMA is voltage sensitive, and inhibitable by quinidine and diltiazem. Depolarization stimulated Ca influx in vascular smooth muscle cells may occur, in part, via Na-Ca exchange.

  19. Ca-rich Ca-Al-oxide, high-temperature-stable sorbents prepared from hydrotalcite precursors: synthesis, characterization, and CO2 capture capacity.

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    Chang, Po-Hsueh; Chang, Yen-Po; Chen, San-Yuan; Yu, Ching-Tsung; Chyou, Yau-Pin

    2011-12-16

    We present the design and synthesis of Ca-rich Ca-Al-O oxides, with Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 1:1, 3:1, 5:1, and 7:1, which were prepared by hydrothermal decomposition of coprecipitated hydrotalcite-like Ca-Al-CO(3) precursors, for high-temperature CO(2) adsorption at 500-700 °C. In situ X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that the coprecipitated, Ca-rich, hydrotalcite-like powders with Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 5:1 and 7:1 contained Ca(OH)(2) and layered double hydroxide (LDH) phases. Upon annealing, LDH was first destroyed at approximately 200 °C to form an amorphous matrix, and then at 450-550 °C, the Ca(OH)(2) phase was converted into a CaO matrix with incorporated Al(3+) to form a homogeneous solid solution without a disrupted lattice structure. CaO nanocrystals were grown by thermal treatment of the weakly crystalline Ca-Al-O oxide matrix. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates that a CO(2) adsorption capacity of approximately 51 wt. % can be obtained from Ca-rich Ca-Al-O oxides prepared by calcination of 7:1 Ca-Al-CO(3) LDH phases at 600-700 °C. Furthermore, a relatively high CO(2) capture capability can be achieved, even with gas flows containing very low CO(2) concentrations (CO(2)/N(2) = 10 %). Approximately 95.6 % of the initial CO(2) adsorption capacity of the adsorbent is retained after 30 cycles of carbonation-calcination. TEM analysis indicates that carbonation-promoted CaCO(3) formation in the Ca-Al-O oxide matrix at 600 °C, but a subsequent desorption in N(2) at 700 °C, caused the formation CaO nanocrystals of approximately 10 nm. The CaO nanocrystals are widely distributed in the weakly crystalline Ca-Al-O oxide matrix and are present during the carbonation-calcination cycles. This demonstrates that Ca-Al-O sorbents that developed through the synthesis and calcination of Ca-rich Ca-Al LDH phases are suitable for long-term cyclic operation in severe temperature environments. PMID:22072595

  20. Ketamine attenuates the Na+-dependent Ca2+ overload in rabbit ventricular myocytes in vitro by inhibiting late Na+ and L-type Ca2+ currents

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    Luo, An-tao; Cao, Zhen-zhen; Xiang, Yu; Zhang, Shuo; Qian, Chun-ping; Fu, Chen; Zhang, Pei-hua; Ma, Ji-hua

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) overload occurs in myocardial ischemia. An increase in the late sodium current (INaL) causes intracellular Na+ overload and subsequently [Ca2+]i overload via the reverse-mode sodium-calcium exchanger (NCX). Thus, inhibition of INaL is a potential therapeutic target for cardiac diseases associated with [Ca2+]i overload. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ketamine on Na+-dependent Ca2+ overload in ventricular myocytes in vitro. Methods: Ventricular myocytes were enzymatically isolated from hearts of rabbits. INaL, NCX current (INCX) and L-type Ca2+ current (ICaL) were recorded using whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Myocyte shortening and [Ca2+]i transients were measured simultaneously using a video-based edge detection and dual excitation fluorescence photomultiplier system. Results: Ketamine (20, 40, 80 μmol/L) inhibited INaL in a concentration-dependent manner. In the presence of sea anemone toxin II (ATX, 30 nmol/L), INaL was augmented by more than 3-fold, while ketamine concentration-dependently suppressed the ATX-augmented INaL. Ketamine (40 μmol/L) also significantly suppressed hypoxia or H2O2-induced enhancement of INaL. Furthermore, ketamine concentration-dependently attenuated ATX-induced enhancement of reverse-mode INCX. In addition, ketamine (40 μmol/L) inhibited ICaL by 33.4%. In the presence of ATX (3 nmol/L), the rate and amplitude of cell shortening and relaxation, the diastolic [Ca2+]i, and the rate and amplitude of [Ca2+]i rise and decay were significantly increased, which were reverted to control levels by tetrodotoxin (TTX, 2 μmol/L) or by ketamine (40 μmol/L). Conclusion: Ketamine protects isolated rabbit ventricular myocytes against [Ca2+]i overload by inhibiting INaL and ICaL. PMID:26456586

  1. Methylprednisolone inhibits uptake of Ca2+ and Na+ ions into concanavalin A-stimulated thymocytes.

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    Buttgereit, F; Krauss, S; Brand, M D

    1997-01-01

    The glucocorticoid drug methylprednisolone inhibits respiration in concanavalin A-stimulated rat thymocytes at concentrations that are relevant to its acute clinical efficacy against autoimmune diseases and spinal cord injury. Methylprednisolone affects several processes, including ion cycling, substrate oxidation reactions and RNA/DNA synthesis. The inhibition of respiration used to drive ATP-consuming cycles of Ca2+ and Na+ ions across the plasma membrane has been proposed to be either primary or secondary to restriction of cellular ATP supply. By comparing the effects of methylprednisolone with those of myxothiazol, an inhibitor of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, we show that the effects of methylprednisolone on Ca2+ and Na+ cycling are primary. We propose that methylprednisolone acts by affecting membrane properties to inhibit Ca2+ and Na+ uptake across the plasma membrane and to increase H+ uptake across the mitochondrial membrane, and that other effects are secondary. PMID:9291100

  2. Standing of giants shoulders the story of the mitochondrial Na(+)Ca(2+) exchanger.

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    Sekler, Israel

    2015-04-24

    It is now the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology paper by Ernesto Carafoli and colleagues. This seminal study described for the first time mitochondrial Ca(2+) extrusion and its coupling to Na(+). This short review will describe the profound impact that this work had on mitochondrial signaling and the cross talk between the mitochondria, the ER, and the plasma membrane. It will further tell how the functional identification and in particular its unique cation selectivity to both Li(+) and Na(+) eventually contributed to the identification of the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger gene NCLX many years later. The last part will describe how molecular tools derived from NCLX identification are used to study the novel physiological aspects of Ca(2+) signaling. PMID:25998733

  3. Atomistic Conversion Reaction Mechanism of WO3 in Secondary Ion Batteries of Li, Na, and Ca.

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    He, Yang; Gu, Meng; Xiao, Haiyan; Luo, Langli; Shao, Yuyan; Gao, Fei; Du, Yingge; Mao, Scott X; Wang, Chongmin

    2016-05-17

    Intercalation and conversion are two fundamental chemical processes for battery materials in response to ion insertion. The interplay between these two chemical processes has never been directly seen and understood at atomic scale. Here, using in situ HRTEM, we captured the atomistic conversion reaction processes during Li, Na, Ca insertion into a WO3 single crystal model electrode. An intercalation step prior to conversion is explicitly revealed at atomic scale for the first time for Li, Na, Ca. Nanoscale diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamic simulations revealed that after intercalation, the inserted ion-oxygen bond formation destabilizes the transition-metal framework which gradually shrinks, distorts and finally collapses to an amorphous W and Mx O (M=Li, Na, Ca) composite structure. This study provides a full atomistic picture of the transition from intercalation to conversion, which is of essential importance for both secondary ion batteries and electrochromic devices. PMID:27071488

  4. Characterization of the 70 kDa polypeptide of the Na/Ca exchanger.

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    Saba, R I; Bollen, A; Herchuelz, A

    1999-01-01

    The Na/Ca exchanger is associated with 160, 120 and 70 kDa polypeptides whose nature is poorly understood. We have purified and characterized the Na/Ca exchanger from bovine cardiac sarcolemmal vesicles (SLVs) by using ion-exchange and affinity chromatographies. The Na/Ca exchanger-enriched fraction was reconstituted into asolectin liposomes [lipid to protein ratio 10:1 (w/w)] that showed Na/Ca exchange activity. Under non-reducing conditions, SDS/PAGE showed a single 70 kDa polypeptide, which was further characterized by immunoblots with different antibodies: SWant, raised against the purified exchanger protein; NH2-terminus, residues 1-21; NCX1, residues 393-406; and Exon F, residues 622-644. Immunoblots under reducing conditions with SWant, NH2-terminus and NCX1 showed three bands migrating at 160, 120 and 70 kDa for SLV preparations, whereas Exon F reacted only with the 160 and 120 kDa bands. Under non-reducing conditions, immunoblots with purified reconstituted Na/Ca exchanger showed a single band at 70 kDa reacting with SWant, NH2-terminus and NCX1 but not with Exon F. We conclude that the 70 kDa protein is associated with Na/Ca exchange activity, has the same N-terminal sequence as the cloned bovine cardiac exchanger, and has its length decreased by at least 35% from its C-terminal portion as compared with that of the wild-type exchanger. PMID:9931309

  5. Sodium calcium orthovanadate, NaCa4(VO4)3.

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    Ben Yahia, Hamdi; Gaudin, Etienne; Darriet, Jacques

    2005-07-01

    Single crystals of sodium tetracalcium trivanadium dodecaoxide were prepared by melting a powder sample of NaCa4(VO4)3 at 1673 K, followed by slow cooling to room temperature. The compound crystallizes in the Pnma space group and is isostructural with the mineral silicocarnotite, Ca5(PO4)2SiO4. The structure is composed of isolated VO4 tetrahedra linked by sodium and calcium cations disordered over eight- and seven-coordinated sites. PMID:15997052

  6. Removal of K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ from saline-alkaline water using the microalga Scenedesmus obliquus

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    Yao, Zongli; Ying, Chengqi; Lu, Jianxue; Lai, Qifang; Zhou, Kai; Wang, Hui; Chen, Ling

    2013-11-01

    The capability of Scenedesmus obliquus to remove cations (K+, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+) from saline-alkaline water was investigated at different salinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) and carbonate alkalinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 mmol/L). K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ in saline-alkaline water were efficiently removed by S. obliquus. The maximum removal of the cations (29.37 mg for K+, 185.85 mg for Na+, 23.07 mg for Ca2+, 66.14 mg for Mg2+) occurred at salinity 25. The maximum removal of K+ (2.28 mg), Na+ (6.62 mg), Ca2+ (1.01 mg), and Mg2+ (0.62 mg) occurred at carbonate alkalinities of 25 mmol/L for K+, 35 mmol/L for Na+, 20 mmol/L for Ca2+, and 25 mmol/L for Mg2+, respectively. Under a salinity stress, the concentration of Na+ in S. obliquus increased significantly, while that of K+ decreased significantly. The concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ decreased as well. The ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly lower in all salinity treatments than those of the control. Under alkaline stress, the concentrations of Na+ and K+ in S. obliquus decreased significantly and the ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly higher in all treatments than in the control. Moreover, the concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ in S. obliquus at alkalinities of 5-10 mmol/L were significantly higher than those of the other treatments. The removal of Na+ by S. obliquus mainly occurs through biosorption, and Mg2+ and Ca2+ were removed through both biosorption and bioaccumulation.

  7. Phosphate-sulfide assemblages and Al/Ca ratios in type-3 chondrites

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    Rubin, A. E.; Grossman, J. N.

    1985-01-01

    Electron microscopic examinations were carried out on various chondrites to re-examine previously reported anomalously high Al/Ca ratios. Polished thin sections of the three CV3, two CO3 and the Krymka LL3 chondrites were scanned to characterize the phosphate-sulfide inclusions. The formation of the assemblages was interpreted as proceeding in five steps, starting with the formation of metal grains with early nebular material and finishing with a reaction between schreibersite with Ca, O and Cl to form merrillite and chloropatite. The abundances of the observed assemblages were not high enough to imply Al/Ca ratios similar to whole-rocks. It is concluded that the specimens were originally examined with a broader electron beam than used to examine standard samples, and resulted in the anomalously high Al/Ca ratios.

  8. The C-terminal 165 amino acids of the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase confer Ca2+/calmodulin sensitivity on the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha-subunit.

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    Ishii, T; Takeyasu, K

    1995-01-01

    The C-terminal 165 amino acids of the rat brain plasma membrane (PM) Ca(2+)-ATPase II containing the calmodulin binding auto-inhibitory domain was connected to the C-terminus of the ouabain sensitive chicken Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit. Expression of this chimeric molecule in ouabain resistant mouse L cells was assured by the high-affinity binding of [3H]ouabain. In the presence of Ca2+/calmodulin, this chimeric molecule exhibited ouabain inhibitable Na+,K(+)-ATPase activity; the putative chimeric ATPase activity was absent in the absence of Ca2+/calmodulin and activated by Ca2+/calmodulin in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, this chimeric molecule could bind monoclonal IgG 5 specific to the chicken Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit only in the presence of Ca2+/calmodulin, suggesting that the epitope for IgG 5 in this chimera is masked in the absence of Ca2+/calmodulin and uncovered in their presence. These results propose a direct interaction between the calmodulin binding auto-inhibitory domain of the PM Ca(2+)-ATPase and the specific regions of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit that are structurally homologous to the PM Ca(2+)-ATPase. A comparison of the deduced amino acid sequences revealed several possible regions within the Na+,K(+)-ATPase that might interact with the auto-inhibitory domain of the PM Ca(2+)-ATPase. Images PMID:7828596

  9. Formation Mechanism of CaS-Bearing Inclusions and the Rolling Deformation in Al-Killed, Low-Alloy Steel with Ca Treatment

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    Xu, Guang; Jiang, Zhouhua; Li, Yang

    2016-08-01

    The existing form of CaS inclusion in Ca-treated, Al-killed steel during secondary refining process was investigated with scanning electron microscopy and an energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results of 12 heats industrial tests showed that CaS has two kinds of precipitation forms. One form takes place by the direct reaction of Ca and S, and the other takes place by the reaction of CaO in calcium aluminates with dissolved Al and S in liquid steel. Thermodynamic research for different precipitation modes of CaS under different temperature was carried out. In particular, CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagrams and component activities of calcium aluminates were calculated by the thermodynamic software FactSage. By thermodynamic calculation, a precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion was established by fixing the sulfur content. The quantity of CaS, which was precipitated in a reaction between [Al], [S] and (CaO), can be calculated and predicted based on the precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion. Electron probe microanalysis and EDS were used for observing rolling deformation of different types of CaS-bearing inclusions during the rolling process. Low modification of calcium aluminates wrapped by CaS has different degrees of harm to steel in the rolling process. A thick CaS layer can prevent some fragile calcium aluminates from being crushed during the rolling process. Some oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion contains little CaS performed better deformation during the rolling process, but when CaS in oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion becomes more, it will cause the whole inclusion to lose plastic yielding ability. The plastic deformation region of CaS-bearing inclusion in a CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagram is confirmed.

  10. Formation Mechanism of CaS-Bearing Inclusions and the Rolling Deformation in Al-Killed, Low-Alloy Steel with Ca Treatment

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    Xu, Guang; Jiang, Zhouhua; Li, Yang

    2016-05-01

    The existing form of CaS inclusion in Ca-treated, Al-killed steel during secondary refining process was investigated with scanning electron microscopy and an energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results of 12 heats industrial tests showed that CaS has two kinds of precipitation forms. One form takes place by the direct reaction of Ca and S, and the other takes place by the reaction of CaO in calcium aluminates with dissolved Al and S in liquid steel. Thermodynamic research for different precipitation modes of CaS under different temperature was carried out. In particular, CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagrams and component activities of calcium aluminates were calculated by the thermodynamic software FactSage. By thermodynamic calculation, a precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion was established by fixing the sulfur content. The quantity of CaS, which was precipitated in a reaction between [Al], [S] and (CaO), can be calculated and predicted based on the precipitation-area diagram of oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion. Electron probe microanalysis and EDS were used for observing rolling deformation of different types of CaS-bearing inclusions during the rolling process. Low modification of calcium aluminates wrapped by CaS has different degrees of harm to steel in the rolling process. A thick CaS layer can prevent some fragile calcium aluminates from being crushed during the rolling process. Some oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion contains little CaS performed better deformation during the rolling process, but when CaS in oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion becomes more, it will cause the whole inclusion to lose plastic yielding ability. The plastic deformation region of CaS-bearing inclusion in a CaO-Al2O3-CaS isothermal section diagram is confirmed.

  11. Comparative studies of CdS, CdS:Al, CdS:Na and CdS:(Al-Na) thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Yılmaz, S.; Atasoy, Y.; Tomakin, M.; Bacaksız, E.

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, the spray pyrolysis technique was used to prepare pure CdS, 4 at.% Al-doped CdS, 4 at.% Na-doped CdS and (4 at.% Al, 4 at.% Na)-co-doped CdS thin films. It was found from X-ray diffraction data that all the specimens showed hexagonal wurtzite structure with the preferred orientation of (101). Scanning electron microscopy results indicated that 4 at.% Al-doping caused a grain growth in the morphology of CdS thin films whereas the 4 at.% Na-doping and (4 at.% Al, 4 at.% Na)-co-doping led to porous structure with small grains. The band gap value of CdS thin films increased to 2.42 eV after 4 at.% Al-doping. However, it reduced to 2.30 eV and 2.08 eV for 4 at.% Na-doping and (4 at.% Al, 4 at.% Na)-co-doping, respectively. The room temperature photoluminescence measurements illustrated that the peak intensity of CdS thin films enhanced with 4 at.% Al-doping while 4 at.% Na-doping and (4 at.% Al, 4 at.% Na)-co-doping caused a decline in the intensity. The maximum carrier concentration and minimum resistivity were obtained for 4 at.% Al-doped CdS thin films, which is associated with the grain growth. Furthermore, (4 at.% Al, 4 at.% Na)-co-doping gave rise to a slight reduction in the carrier concentration and a slight increment in the resistivity. As a result, it can be said that 4 at.% Al-doped CdS thin films exhibited the best electrical and optical properties, which is important for the opto-electronic applications.

  12. NiF2/NaF:CaF2/Ca Solid-State High-Temperature Battery Cells

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    West, William; Whitacre, Jay; DelCastillo, Linda

    2009-01-01

    Experiments and theoretical study have demonstrated the promise of all-solid-state, high-temperature electrochemical battery cells based on NiF2 as the active cathode material, CaF2 doped with NaF as the electrolyte material, and Ca as the active anode material. These and other all-solid-state cells have been investigated in a continuing effort to develop batteries for instruments that must operate in environments much hotter than can be withstood by ordinary commercially available batteries. Batteries of this type are needed for exploration of Venus (where the mean surface temperature is about 450 C), and could be used on Earth for such applications as measuring physical and chemical conditions in geothermal wells and oil wells. All-solid-state high-temperature power cells are sought as alternatives to other high-temperature power cells based, variously, on molten anodes and cathodes or molten eutectic salt electrolytes. Among the all-solid-state predecessors of the present NiF2/NaF:CaF2/Ca cells are those described in "Solid-State High-Temperature Power Cells" (NPO-44396), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 32, No. 5 (May 2008), page 40. In those cells, the active cathode material is FeS2, the electrolyte material is a crystalline solid solution of equimolar amounts of Li3PO4 and LiSiO4, and the active anode material is Li contained within an alloy that remains solid in the intended high operational temperature range.

  13. Geothermal solute equilibria. Derivation of Na-K-Mg-Ca geoindicators

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    Giggenbach, Werner F.

    1988-12-01

    Relative Na, K, Mg, and Ca contents of thermal waters in full equilibrium with a thermodynamically stable mineral system derived through isochemical recrystallisation of an average crustal rock are, at a given temperature and salinity, uniquely fixed. Together with the compositions of waters resulting from isochemical rock dissolution, they provide valuable references for the assessment of the degree of attainment of fluid-rock equilibrium. In geothermal systems, the pair K-Na reaches its equilibrium contents as governed by L kn = log ( c K/c Na) = 1.75 - ( 1390/T) most slowly ( c1 in mg/kg, T in K). The quotient c 2K/c Mg adjusts much faster and to low temperatures (<100°C) according to L km = log ( c 2K/c Mg) = 14.0 - ( 4410/T) . The system K-Ca is sensitive to variations in fco2 with L kc = log ( c 2K/c Ca) = log f co2 + 3.0. These subsystems are combined to obtain graphical techniques for the evaluation of deep temperatures and CO 2-partial pressures by use of Na, K, Mg and Ca contents of geothermal water discharges.

  14. Mechanosensitivity of an epithelial Na+ channel in planar lipid bilayers: release from Ca2+ block.

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    Ismailov, I I; Berdiev, B K; Shlyonsky, V G; Benos, D J

    1997-01-01

    A family of novel epithelial Na+ channels (ENaCs) have recently been cloned from several different tissues. Three homologous subunits (alpha, beta, gamma-ENaCs) from the core conductive unit of Na(+)-selective, amiloride-sensitive channels that are found in epithelia. We here report the results of a study assessing the regulation of alpha,beta,gamma-rENaC by Ca2+ in planar lipid bilayers. Buffering of the bilayer bathing solutions to [Ca2+] < 1 nM increased single-channel open probability by fivefold. Further investigation of this phenomenon revealed that Ca2+ ions produced a voltage-dependent block, affecting open probability but not the unitary conductance of ENaC. Imposing a hydrostatic pressure gradient across bilayers containing alpha,beta,gamma-rENaC markedly reduced the sensitivity of these channels to inhibition by [Ca2+]. Conversely, in the nominal absence of Ca2+, the channels lost their sensitivity to mechanical stimulation. These results suggest that the previously observed mechanical activation of ENaCs reflects a release of the channels from block by Ca2+. Images FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 PMID:9138565

  15. Experimental and first-principles study of photoluminescent and optical properties of Na-doped CuAlO2: the role of the NaAl-2Na i complex

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    Liu, Ruijian; Li, Yongfeng; Yao, Bin; Ding, Zhanhui; Deng, Rui; Zhang, Ligong; Zhao, Haifeng; Liu, Lei

    2015-08-01

    We report that a band-tail emission at 3.08 eV, lower than near-band-edge energy, is observed in photoluminescence measurements of bulk Na-doped CuAlO2. The band-tail emission is attributed to Na-related defects. Electronic structure calculations based on the first-principles method demonstrate that the donor-acceptor compensated complex of NaAl-2Na i in Na-doped CuAlO2 plays a key role in leading to the band-tail emission and bandgap narrowing. Furthermore, Hall effect measurements indicates that the hole concentration in CuAlO2 is independent on Na doping, which is well understood by the donor-acceptor compensation effect of NaAl-2Na i complex.

  16. The Na(+)/Ca(2+), K(+) exchanger 2 modulates mammalian cone phototransduction.

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    Sakurai, Keisuke; Vinberg, Frans; Wang, Tian; Chen, Jeannie; Kefalov, Vladimir J

    2016-01-01

    Calcium ions (Ca(2+)) modulate the phototransduction cascade of vertebrate cone photoreceptors to tune gain, inactivation, and light adaptation. In darkness, the continuous current entering the cone outer segment through cGMP-gated (CNG) channels is carried in part by Ca(2+), which is then extruded back to the extracellular space. The mechanism of Ca(2+) extrusion from mammalian cones is not understood. The dominant view has been that the cone-specific isoform of the Na(+)/Ca(2+), K(+) exchanger, NCKX2, is responsible for removing Ca(2+) from their outer segments. However, indirect evaluation of cone function in NCKX2-deficient (Nckx2(-/-)) mice by electroretinogram recordings revealed normal photopic b-wave responses. This unexpected result suggested that NCKX2 may not be involved in the Ca(2+) homeostasis of mammalian cones. To address this controversy, we examined the expression of NCKX2 in mouse cones and performed transretinal recordings from Nckx2(-/-) mice to determine the effect of NCKX2 deletion on cone function directly. We found that Nckx2(-/-) cones exhibit compromised phototransduction inactivation, slower response recovery and delayed background adaptation. We conclude that NCKX2 is required for the maintenance of efficient Ca(2+) extrusion from mouse cones. However, surprisingly, Nckx2(-/-) cones adapted normally in steady background light, indicating the existence of additional Ca(2+)-extruding mechanisms in mammalian cones. PMID:27580676

  17. The Na+/Ca2+, K+ exchanger 2 modulates mammalian cone phototransduction

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    Sakurai, Keisuke; Vinberg, Frans; Wang, Tian; Chen, Jeannie; Kefalov, Vladimir J.

    2016-01-01

    Calcium ions (Ca2+) modulate the phototransduction cascade of vertebrate cone photoreceptors to tune gain, inactivation, and light adaptation. In darkness, the continuous current entering the cone outer segment through cGMP-gated (CNG) channels is carried in part by Ca2+, which is then extruded back to the extracellular space. The mechanism of Ca2+ extrusion from mammalian cones is not understood. The dominant view has been that the cone-specific isoform of the Na+/Ca2+, K+ exchanger, NCKX2, is responsible for removing Ca2+ from their outer segments. However, indirect evaluation of cone function in NCKX2-deficient (Nckx2−/−) mice by electroretinogram recordings revealed normal photopic b-wave responses. This unexpected result suggested that NCKX2 may not be involved in the Ca2+ homeostasis of mammalian cones. To address this controversy, we examined the expression of NCKX2 in mouse cones and performed transretinal recordings from Nckx2−/− mice to determine the effect of NCKX2 deletion on cone function directly. We found that Nckx2−/− cones exhibit compromised phototransduction inactivation, slower response recovery and delayed background adaptation. We conclude that NCKX2 is required for the maintenance of efficient Ca2+ extrusion from mouse cones. However, surprisingly, Nckx2−/− cones adapted normally in steady background light, indicating the existence of additional Ca2+-extruding mechanisms in mammalian cones. PMID:27580676

  18. Effects of Ca2+ or Na+ on metallothionein expression in tilapia larvae (Oreochromis mossambicus) exposed to cadmium or copper.

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    Wu, S M; Ho, Y-C; Shih, M J

    2007-02-01

    The objectives of this study were to try to determine the reasons of the external Ca(2+) and Na(+) enhancement of Cd(2+) and Cu(2+) resistance in fish. Tilapia larvae at 3 days posthatch were exposed to (A) 0 (control), 40 microg/L Cd(2+), 40 microg/L Cd(2+) + 2 mM Ca(2+) (Cd/hyper-Ca), and 2 mM Ca(2+) or (B) 0 (control), 75 microg/L Cu(2+), 75 microg/L Cu(2+) + 0.52 mM Na(+) (Cu/hyper-Na), and 0.52 mM Na(+). After 48 hours, results indicated that (1) Cd/hyper-Ca and Cu/hyper-Na treatments showed decreased growth inhibition induced by the metals; (2) metal accumulation in Cd/hyper-Ca-treated larvae was lower compared with those exposed only to Cd; and (3) metallothionein (MT) expression was significantly higher in Cu/hyper-Na-treated larvae than in the group treated with Cu only. Taking all of this into account, either supplementary Ca(2+) or Na(+) in ambient water may help fish to maintain Ca(2+) or Na(+) homeostasis, which could decrease metal accumulation and its detrimental effects. Consequently, the fish increase MT expression and retard the growth inhibition caused by metals. PMID:17165107

  19. Preparation and characterization of bioactive sol-gel-derived Na2Ca2Si3(O)9.

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    Du, Ruilin; Chang, Jiang

    2004-12-01

    In this study, pure Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 was synthesized by a sol-gel method, and Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids and disks were prepared by uniaxial pressing and calcining at 700 degrees C. The porosity and mechanical strength of the Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids were measured, and the results showed that the Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 cuboids were porous with an average porosity of 44%, and the 3-point bending strength of the cuboids was 6.08 MPa. The in vitro bioactivity of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 was carried out by soaking Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 disks in simulated body fluid (SBF). The results showed that hydroxyapatite (HA) formed on the surface of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9 samples after soaking for 1 day, which indicated good bioactivity of Na2Ca2Si3(O)9. PMID:15747180

  20. Effect of Ca addition on the corrosion behavior of Mg-Al-Mn alloy

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    Yang, Jiang; Peng, Jian; Nyberg, Eric A.; Pan, Fu-sheng

    2016-04-01

    The microstructures and corrosion resistance of magnesium-5 wt% aluminum-0.3 wt% manganese alloys (Mg-Al-Mn) with different Ca additions (0.2-4 wt%) were investigated. Results showed that with increasing Ca addition, the grain of the alloys became more refined, whereas the corrosion resistant ability of the alloys initially increased and then decreased. The alloy with 2 wt% Ca addition exhibited the best corrosion resistance, attributed to the effect of the oxide film and (Mg,Al)2Ca phases which were discontinuously distributed on the grain boundaries. These phases acted as micro-victims, they preferentially corroded to protect the α-Mg matrix. The oxide film formed on the alloy surface can hinder the solution further to protect the α-Mg matrix.

  1. Mercury'S Dark Plains West Of Caloris Basin--high Ca Clinopyroxene, Na-rich Plagioclase, Mg-rich Olivine, Tio2: Caloris Basin--k-spar, High Ca Clinopyroxene, Tio2, Na-rich Plagioclase, Hornblende And Mg- And Ca-rich Garnets

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    Sprague, Ann L.; Donaldson Hanna, K. L.; Kozlowski, R. W. H.; Helbert, J.; Maturilli, A.

    2008-09-01

    We identify mineral phases and approximate abundances on Mercury's surface for spectral measurements made over Caloris Basin and the dark plains to the west. Our results are obtained by fitting spectra obtained with the Mid-Infrared Spectrometer and Imager (MIRSI) at the Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) using an established spectral deconvolution algorithm (Ramsey 1996, Ph.D. Dissertation, ASU; Ramsey and Christiansen 1998, JGR). We have assembled several laboratory mineral spectral libraries (JHU, Salisbury et al. 1987, Open-File Report 87-263, USGS; JPL, http://speclib.jpl.nasa.gov; RELAB, http://www.planetary.brown.edu/relab; ASU, Christensen et al. 2000, JGR; BED, Helbert et al. 2007, Adv. Space Res.; USGS, Clark et al. 2007, USGS digital spectral library) with a wide range of known mineral compositions with grain sizes ranging from the finest separates, 0 - 45 µm, incrementally increasing to 250 - 400 µm. Head et al. and Murchie et al. (Science, 2008) show ample evidence for one or more episodes of extrusive volcanism in around Caloris Basin. Our spectral fitting suggests similarities and differences between Caloris infill and the dark plains to the west. Both contain high-Ca clinopyroxene, Mg-rich orthopyroxene (Sprague et al. 1998, Icarus), Na-rich to intermediate plagioclase (Sprague et al. 1994, Icarus), and TiO2 likely in the form of rutile. Sanidine appears to be the dominate K-spar in Caloris Basin, but not in the dark plains (Donaldson Hanna et al. 2008, EGU Abs). A slight improvement in spectral fitting was made to one spectrum from Caloris by including a Na- and K-rich hornblende. In addition small abundances of pyrope and grossular (Ca- and Mg-rich garnets) are apparently present in Caloris Basin infill. This indicates extrusive volcanic episodes moved lava to the surface quickly before entrained garnets from the upper mantle could dissolve and equilibrate with the source magma. This work was funded by NSF AST0406796.

  2. Age-dependent changes in diastolic Ca2+ and Na+ concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyopathy: Role of Ca2+ entry and IP3

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    Mijares, Alfredo; Altamirano, Francisco; Kolster, Juan; Adams, José A.; López, José R.

    2014-01-01

    Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal X-inherited disease caused by dystrophin deficiency. Besides the relatively well characterized skeletal muscle degenerative processes, DMD is also associated with a dilated cardiomyopathy that leads to progressive heart failure at the end of the second decade. The aim of the present study was to characterize the diastolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]d) and diastolic Na+ concentration ([Na+]d) abnormalities in cardiomyocytes isolated from 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month old mdx mice using ion-selective microelectrodes. In addition, the contributions of gadolinium (Gd3+)-sensitive Ca2+ entry and inositol triphosphate (IP3) signaling pathways in abnormal [Ca2+]d and [Na+]d were investigated. Our results showed an age-dependent increase in both [Ca2+]d and [Na+]d in dystrophic cardiomyocytes compared to those isolated from age-matched wt mice. Gd3+ treatment significantly reduced both [Ca2+]d and [Na+]d at all ages. In addition, blockade of the IP3-pathway with either U-73122 or xestospongin C significantly reduced ion concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. Co-treatment with U-73122 and Gd3+ normalized both [Ca2+]d and [Na+]d at all ages in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. These data showed that loss of dystrophin in mdx cardiomyocytes produced an age-dependent intracellular Ca2+ and Na+ overload mediated at least in part by enhanced Ca2+ entry through Gd3+ sensitive transient receptor potential channels (TRPC), and by IP3 receptors. PMID:25242522

  3. Age-dependent changes in diastolic Ca(2+) and Na(+) concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyopathy: Role of Ca(2+) entry and IP3.

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    Mijares, Alfredo; Altamirano, Francisco; Kolster, Juan; Adams, José A; López, José R

    2014-10-01

    Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal X-inherited disease caused by dystrophin deficiency. Besides the relatively well characterized skeletal muscle degenerative processes, DMD is also associated with a dilated cardiomyopathy that leads to progressive heart failure at the end of the second decade. The aim of the present study was to characterize the diastolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]d) and diastolic Na(+) concentration ([Na(+)]d) abnormalities in cardiomyocytes isolated from 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month old mdx mice using ion-selective microelectrodes. In addition, the contributions of gadolinium (Gd(3+))-sensitive Ca(2+) entry and inositol triphosphate (IP3) signaling pathways in abnormal [Ca(2+)]d and [Na(+)]d were investigated. Our results showed an age-dependent increase in both [Ca(2+)]d and [Na(+)]d in dystrophic cardiomyocytes compared to those isolated from age-matched wt mice. Gd(3+) treatment significantly reduced both [Ca(2+)]d and [Na(+)]d at all ages. In addition, blockade of the IP3-pathway with either U-73122 or xestospongin C significantly reduced ion concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. Co-treatment with U-73122 and Gd(3+) normalized both [Ca(2+)]d and [Na(+)]d at all ages in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. These data showed that loss of dystrophin in mdx cardiomyocytes produced an age-dependent intracellular Ca(2+) and Na(+) overload mediated at least in part by enhanced Ca(2+) entry through Gd(3+) sensitive transient receptor potential channels (TRPC), and by IP3 receptors. PMID:25242522

  4. Endothelial Angiogenesis and Barrier Function in Response to Thrombin Require Ca2+ Influx through the Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger.

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    Andrikopoulos, Petros; Kieswich, Julius; Harwood, Steven M; Baba, Akemichi; Matsuda, Toshio; Barbeau, Olivier; Jones, Keith; Eccles, Suzanne A; Yaqoob, Muhammad M

    2015-07-24

    Thrombin acts on the endothelium by activating protease-activated receptors (PARs). The endothelial thrombin-PAR system becomes deregulated during pathological conditions resulting in loss of barrier function and a pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic endothelial phenotype. We reported recently that the ion transporter Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) operating in the Ca(2+)-influx (reverse) mode promoted ERK1/2 activation and angiogenesis in vascular endothelial growth factor-stimulated primary human vascular endothelial cells. Here, we investigated whether Ca(2+) influx through NCX was involved in ERK1/2 activation, angiogenesis, and endothelial barrier dysfunction in response to thrombin. Reverse-mode NCX inhibitors and RNAi-mediated NCX1 knockdown attenuated ERK1/2 phosphorylation in response to thrombin or an agonist of PAR-1, the main endothelial thrombin receptor. Conversely, promoting reverse-mode NCX by suppressing Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity enhanced ERK1/2 activation. Reverse-mode NCX inhibitors and NCX1 siRNA suppressed thrombin-induced primary human vascular endothelial cell angiogenesis, quantified as proliferation and tubular differentiation. Reverse-mode NCX inhibitors or NCX1 knockdown preserved barrier integrity upon thrombin stimulation in vitro. Moreover, the reverse-mode NCX inhibitor SEA0400 suppressed Evans' blue albumin extravasation to the lung and kidneys and attenuated edema formation and ERK1/2 activation in the lungs of mice challenged with a peptide activator of PAR-1. Mechanistically, thrombin-induced ERK1/2 activation required NADPH oxidase 2-mediated reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and reverse-mode NCX inhibitors and NCX1 siRNA suppressed thrombin-induced ROS production. We propose that reverse-mode NCX is a novel mechanism contributing to thrombin-induced angiogenesis and hyperpermeability by mediating ERK1/2 activation in a ROS-dependent manner. Targeting reverse-mode NCX could be beneficial in pathological conditions

  5. Development and bioactivity evaluation of bioglasses with low Na2O content based on the system Na 2O-CaO-MgO-P 2O 5-SiO 2.

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    El-Meliegy, Emad; Hamzawy, Esmat M A; El-Kady, Abeer M; Salama, Aida; El-Rashedi, Ahalam

    2012-09-01

    Osteoconductive bioglasses, free of K(2)O and Al(2)O(3) and with content of Na(2)O lower than 10 mol%, were designed based on the ratio (SiO(2) + MgO)/(P(2)O(5) + CaO + Na(2)O) in the system Na(2)O-CaO-MgO-P(2)O(5)-SiO(2). The developed glasses have shown a strong potential for the formation of hydroxycarbonated apatite (HCA) in vitro. The particles of HCA aggregates tend to be of finer size with increasing the ratio of (SiO(2) + MgO)/(CaO + P(2)O(5) + Na(2)O) in the glass chemical composition indicating significant bioactivity. Critical size bone defects created in the femurs of albino adult female rats, and grafted with the glass particles for 12 weeks post implantation, were completely healed by filling with mineralized bone matrix without infection showing a strong potential for new bone formation in vivo. Osteoblasts and osteocytes were observed close to the surface of the granular implants with active areas of bone deposition, resorption and remodelling. The bioglass with lowest (SiO(2) + MgO)/(CaO + P(2)O(5) + Na(2)O) ratio has shown the highest bioactivity while the bioglass with the highest (SiO(2) + MgO)/(CaO + P(2)O(5) + Na(2)O) has shown the lowest bioactivity. The newly formed bone in vivo has shown a similar structure to that of the original bone as indicated by the histology and microstructural results. In addition, Ca/P molar ratio of the newly formed bone was found to be (~1.67), which is similar to that of the original bone. PMID:22648420

  6. Origin of Na-Ca-Cl brines in Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoirs of Gulf Coast

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    Carpenter, A.B.

    1985-02-01

    Na-Ca-Cl brines in Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoirs in the Gulf Coast have been attributed to the diagenesis of concentrated Jurassic seawater related to Louann Salt deposition and alternatively to the diagenesis of brines produced by halie dissolution. These brines contain up to 35,000 mg/L Ca, up to 4000 mg/L, from 400 to 2400 mgL Br, and up to 13,000 mg/L K. Mutual relationships of Na, Cl, total divalent cations minus sulfate and bicarbonate, K, and Br are similar to those in seawater that has been evaporated past the initial stage of halite deposition, particularly when the K content of the brine exceeds 5000 mg/L. The concentrations of divalent cations and K increase, and the mutual relationships of all the dissolved salts become increasingly similar to those in seawater with increasing proximity to bedded salt. The abundance of authigenic K-feldspar in rocks above the salt beds explains the relatively rapid decrease in the K content of the brines upsection. The Ca and K contents of Jurassic Gulf Coast brines are similar to those in Na-Ca-Cl brines in feldspar-poor carbonate sequences in other basins.

  7. The role of Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange in paired pulse potentiation of ferret ventricular muscle.

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    Kirby, M S; McCall, E; Orchard, C H; Boyett, M R

    1993-01-01

    , the more positive the membrane potential during the second pulse of the pair. This voltage dependence is consistent with a role for the Na(+)-Ca2+ exchanger in paired pulse potentiation. 7. During paired pulse stimulation of ventricular myocytes under voltage clamp control, changes in putative Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange current were observed consistent with a decrease of Ca2+ efflux (or increase of Ca2+ influx) via the exchanger during the second pulse of the pair. 8. A computer model of excitation-contraction coupling (Harrison, McCall & Boyett, 1992) has been used to simulate paired pulse stimulation and the results described above.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) Images Fig. 1 Fig. 8 PMID:8145152

  8. An important role for the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger in the decrease in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration induced by isoprenaline in the porcine coronary artery.

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    Yamanaka, Jun; Nishimura, Junji; Hirano, Katsuya; Kanaide, Hideo

    2003-06-01

    The role of the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) in the mechanism of the isoprenaline (Iso)-induced vasorelaxation was investigated by simultaneously monitoring the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) and tension of fura-2-loaded medial strips of porcine coronary arteries. Normal physiological salt solution (PSS) contained 137.3 mM Na+ and 5.9 mM K+. During the sustained phase of contraction, Iso induced only a transient decrease in [Ca2+]i when contraction was induced by depolarization with 118 mM K+ solution containing 25.2 mM Na+. When contraction was induced with 30 mM K+ in PSS containing 113.2 mM Na+, Iso induced a sustained decrease in [Ca2+]i, whereas in contractions induced by 30 mM K+ in a low Na+ (25.2 mM Na+) PSS, Iso transiently decreased [Ca2+]i. Replacement of Ca2+ with Ba2+ (which cannot be extruded by the Ca2+ pumps but can be extruded through the NCX) resulted in decreased [Ba2+]i induced by Iso in normal but not in low Na+ PSS. On the other hand, Iso induced a sustained decrease in [Ca2+]i when strips were pre-contracted by U46619, a thromboxane A2 analogue, in PSS. Various types of K+ channel blockers (iberiotoxin, 4-aminopyridine, apamin or glibenclamide) or combinations of these blockers failed to completely inhibit the Iso-induced decreases in [Ca2+]i and tension. However, Iso-induced sustained decreases in [Ca2+]i during the contraction induced by U46619 were greatly inhibited in a low Na+ PSS. The Iso-induced decrease in tension during contraction by U46619 was greatly inhibited by 2',4'-dichlorobenzamil, a forward- and reverse-mode NCX inhibitor, but not by ouabain, a selective inhibitor of Na+,K+-ATPase. These results indicate that the NCX is involved in the Iso-induced reduction of [Ca2+]i and tension of the porcine coronary arterial smooth muscle. PMID:12740420

  9. Trafficking of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger to the site of persistent inflammation in nociceptive afferents.

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    Scheff, Nicole N; Gold, Michael S

    2015-06-01

    Persistent inflammation results in an increase in the amplitude and duration of depolarization-evoked Ca(2+) transients in putative nociceptive afferents. Previous data indicated that these changes were the result of neither increased neuronal excitability nor an increase in the amplitude of depolarization. Subsequent data also ruled out an increase in voltage-gated Ca(2+) currents and recruitment of Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release. Parametric studies indicated that the inflammation-induced increase in the duration of the evoked Ca(2+) transient required a relatively large and long-lasting increase in the concentration of intracellular Ca(2+) implicating the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), a major Ca(2+) extrusion mechanism activated with high intracellular Ca(2+) loads. The contribution of NCX to the inflammation-induced increase in the evoked Ca(2+) transient in rat sensory neurons was tested using fura-2 AM imaging and electrophysiological recordings. Changes in NCX expression and protein were assessed with real-time PCR and Western blot analysis, respectively. An inflammation-induced decrease in NCX activity was observed in a subpopulation of putative nociceptive neurons innervating the site of inflammation. The time course of the decrease in NCX activity paralleled that of the inflammation-induced changes in nociceptive behavior. The change in NCX3 in the cell body was associated with a decrease in NCX3 protein in the ganglia, an increase in the peripheral nerve (sciatic) yet no change in the central root. This single response to inflammation is associated with changes in at least three different segments of the primary afferent, all of which are likely to contribute to the dynamic response to persistent inflammation. PMID:26041911

  10. Ultrafast Bulk Diffusion of AlHxin High-Entropy Dehydrogenation Intermediates of NaAlH4

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    Zhang, Feng; Wood, Brandon C; Wang, Yan; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2014-08-14

    Using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) and total-energy calculations, we demonstrate low-barrier bulk diffusion of Al-bearing species in γ-NaAlH4, a recently proposed high-entropy polymorph of NaAlH4. For charged AlH4– and neutral AlH3 vacancies, the computed barriers for diffusion are <0.1 eV, and we directly observe the predicted diffusive pathways in FPMD simulations at picosecond time scales. In contrast, such diffusion in the α phase is inaccessible to FPMD, consistent with much higher barriers. The transport behavior of γ-NaAlH4, in addition to key dynamical and structural signatures, is consistent with experimental observations of high-mobility species, strongly supporting the idea that an intermediate transition from the α phase to a high-entropy polymorph facilitates the hydrogen-releasing decomposition of NaAlH4. Our results provide an answer to longstanding questions regarding the responsible agent for the experimentally observed efficient Al transport during dehydrogenation and suggest that mass transport and phase transformation kinetics are coupled. Implications for understanding the (de)hydrogenation of undoped and catalyzed NaAlH4 are discussed.

  11. Identification and apical membrane localization of an electrogenic Na+/Ca2+ exchanger NCX2a likely to be involved in renal Ca2+ excretion by seawater fish

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    Islam, Zinia; Romero, Michael F.; Hirose, Shigehisa

    2011-01-01

    Seawater (SW) contains ∼10 mM Ca2+, yet marine fish must drink seawater as their major water source. Thus marine teleosts fish need to excrete Ca2+ to maintain whole body Ca2+ homeostasis. In the intestine, seawater Ca2+ interreacts with epithelial-secreted HCO3− by the intestinal epithelium, and the resulting CaCO3 precipitates, which is rectally excreted. Recently the transporters involved in intestinal HCO3− secretion were identified. Ca2+ is also excreted by the kidney, but the protein(s) involved in renal Ca2+ excretion have not been identified. Here we identified a candidate transporter by using SW pufferfish torafugu (Takifugu rubripes) and its closely related euryhaline species mefugu (Takifugu obscurus), which are becoming useful animal models for studying molecular mechanisms of seawater adaptation. RT-PCR analyses of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) family members in various torafugu tissues demonstrated that only NCX2a is highly expressed in the kidney. Renal expression of NCX2a was markedly elevated when mefugu were transferred from freshwater to seawater. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analyses indicated that NCX2a is expressed in the proximal tubule at the apical membrane. NCX2a, expressed in Xenopus oocytes, conferred [Ca2+]out- and Na+-dependent currents. These results suggest that NCX2a mediates renal Ca2+ secretion at the apical membrane of renal proximal tubules and has an important role in whole body Ca2+ homeostasis of marine teleosts. PMID:21880864

  12. CGP37157, an inhibitor of the mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, protects neurons from excitotoxicity by blocking voltage-gated Ca2+ channels.

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    Ruiz, A; Alberdi, E; Matute, C

    2014-01-01

    Inhibition of the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCLX) by CGP37157 is protective in models of neuronal injury that involve disruption of intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. However, the Ca(2+) signaling pathways and stores underlying neuroprotection by that inhibitor are not well defined. In the present study, we analyzed how intracellular Ca(2+) levels are modulated by CGP37157 (10 μM) during NMDA insults in primary cultures of rat cortical neurons. We initially assessed the presence of NCLX in mitochondria of cultured neurons by immunolabeling, and subsequently, we analyzed the effects of CGP37157 on neuronal Ca(2+) homeostasis using cameleon-based mitochondrial Ca(2+) and cytosolic Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) live imaging. We observed that NCLX-driven mitochondrial Ca(2+) exchange occurs in cortical neurons under basal conditions as CGP37157 induced a decrease in [Ca(2)]i concomitant with a Ca(2+) accumulation inside the mitochondria. In turn, CGP37157 also inhibited mitochondrial Ca(2+) efflux after the stimulation of acetylcholine receptors. In contrast, CGP37157 strongly prevented depolarization-induced [Ca(2+)]i increase by blocking voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCCs), whereas it did not induce depletion of ER Ca(2+) stores. Moreover, mitochondrial Ca(2+) overload was reduced as a consequence of diminished Ca(2+) entry through VGCCs. The decrease in cytosolic and mitochondrial Ca(2+) overload by CGP37157 resulted in a reduction of excitotoxic mitochondrial damage, characterized here by a reduction in mitochondrial membrane depolarization, oxidative stress and calpain activation. In summary, our results provide evidence that during excitotoxicity CGP37157 modulates cytosolic and mitochondrial Ca(2+) dynamics that leads to attenuation of NMDA-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and neuronal cell death by blocking VGCCs. PMID:24722281

  13. A Fast Na+/Ca2+-Based Action Potential in a Marine Diatom

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    Taylor, Alison R.

    2009-01-01

    Background Electrical impulses in animals play essential roles in co-ordinating an array of physiological functions including movement, secretion, environmental sensing and development. Underpinning many of these electrical signals is a fast Na+-based action potential that has been fully characterised only in cells associated with the neuromuscular systems of multicellular animals. Such rapid action potentials are thought to have evolved with the first metazoans, with cnidarians being the earliest representatives. The present study demonstrates that a unicellular protist, the marine diatom Odontella sinensis, can also generate a fast Na+/Ca2+ based action potential that has remarkably similar biophysical and pharmacological properties to invertebrates and vertebrate cardiac and skeletal muscle cells. Methodology/Principal Findings The kinetic, ionic and pharmacological properties of the rapid diatom action potential were examined using single electrode current and voltage clamp techniques. Overall, the characteristics of the fast diatom currents most closely resemble those of vertebrate and invertebrate muscle Na+/Ca2+ currents. Conclusions/Significance This is the first demonstration of voltage-activated Na+ channels and the capacity to generate fast Na+-based action potentials in a unicellular photosynthetic organism. The biophysical and pharmacological characteristics together with the presence of a voltage activated Na+/Ca2+ channel homologue in the recently sequenced genome of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, provides direct evidence supporting the hypothesis that this rapid signalling mechanism arose in ancestral unicellular eukaryotes and has been retained in at least two phylogenetically distant lineages of eukaryotes; opisthokonts and the stramenopiles. The functional role of the fast animal-like action potential in diatoms remains to be elucidated but is likely involved in rapid environmental sensing of these widespread and successful marine protists

  14. A novel antagonist, No. 7943, of the Na+/Ca2+ exchange current in guinea-pig cardiac ventricular cells.

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    Watano, T.; Kimura, J.; Morita, T.; Nakanishi, H.

    1996-01-01

    1. The effects of No. 7943 on the Na+/Ca2+ exchange current and on other membrane currents were investigated in single cardiac ventricular cells of guinea-pig with the whole-cell voltage-clamp technique. 2. No. 7943 at 0.1-10 microM suppressed the outward Na+/Ca2+ exchange current in a concentration-dependent manner. The suppression was reversible and the IC50 value was approximately 0.32 microM. 3. No. 7943 at 5-50 microM suppressed also the inward Na+/Ca2+ exchange current in a concentration-dependent manner but with a higher IC50 value of approximately 17 microM. 4. In a concentration-response curve, No. 7943 raised the K(m)Ca2+ value, but did not affect the Imax value, indicating that No. 7943 is a competitive antagonist with external Ca2+ for the outward Na+/ Ca2+ exchange current. 5. The voltage-gated Na+ current, Ca2+ current and the inward rectifier K+ current were also inhibited by No. 7943 with IC50S of approximately 14, 8 and 7 microM, respectively. 6. In contrast to No. 7943, 3', 4'-dichlorobenzamil (DCB) at 3-30 microM suppressed the inward Na+/Ca2+ exchange current with IC50 of 17 microM, but did not affect the outward exchange current at these concentrations. 7. We conclude that No. 7943 inhibits the outward Na+/Ca2+ exchange current more potently than any other currents as a competitive inhibitor with external Ca2+. This effect is in contrast to DCB which preferentially inhibits the inward rather than the outward Na+/Ca2+ exchange current. PMID:8894178

  15. Altered Na/Ca exchange distribution in ventricular myocytes from failing hearts.

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    Gadeberg, Hanne C; Bryant, Simon M; James, Andrew F; Orchard, Clive H

    2016-01-15

    In mammalian cardiac ventricular myocytes, Ca efflux via Na/Ca exchange (NCX) occurs predominantly at T tubules. Heart failure is associated with disrupted t-tubular structure, but its effect on t-tubular function is less clear. We therefore investigated t-tubular NCX activity in ventricular myocytes isolated from rat hearts ∼18 wk after coronary artery ligation (CAL) or corresponding sham operation (Sham). NCX current (INCX) and l-type Ca current (ICa) were recorded using the whole cell, voltage-clamp technique in intact and detubulated (DT) myocytes; intracellular free Ca concentration ([Ca]i) was monitored simultaneously using fluo-4. INCX was activated and measured during application of caffeine to release Ca from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Whole cell INCX was not significantly different in Sham and CAL myocytes and occurred predominantly in the T tubules in Sham myocytes. CAL was associated with redistribution of INCX and ICa away from the T tubules to the cell surface and an increase in t-tubular INCX/ICa density from 0.12 in Sham to 0.30 in CAL myocytes. The decrease in t-tubular INCX in CAL myocytes was accompanied by an increase in the fraction of Ca sequestered by SR. However, SR Ca content was not significantly different in Sham, Sham DT, and CAL myocytes but was significantly increased by DT of CAL myocytes. In Sham myocytes, there was hysteresis between INCX and [Ca]i, which was absent in DT Sham but present in CAL and DT CAL myocytes. These data suggest altered distribution of NCX in CAL myocytes. PMID:26566728

  16. Altered Na/Ca exchange distribution in ventricular myocytes from failing hearts

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    Gadeberg, Hanne C.; Bryant, Simon M.; James, Andrew F.

    2015-01-01

    In mammalian cardiac ventricular myocytes, Ca efflux via Na/Ca exchange (NCX) occurs predominantly at T tubules. Heart failure is associated with disrupted t-tubular structure, but its effect on t-tubular function is less clear. We therefore investigated t-tubular NCX activity in ventricular myocytes isolated from rat hearts ∼18 wk after coronary artery ligation (CAL) or corresponding sham operation (Sham). NCX current (INCX) and l-type Ca current (ICa) were recorded using the whole cell, voltage-clamp technique in intact and detubulated (DT) myocytes; intracellular free Ca concentration ([Ca]i) was monitored simultaneously using fluo-4. INCX was activated and measured during application of caffeine to release Ca from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Whole cell INCX was not significantly different in Sham and CAL myocytes and occurred predominantly in the T tubules in Sham myocytes. CAL was associated with redistribution of INCX and ICa away from the T tubules to the cell surface and an increase in t-tubular INCX/ICa density from 0.12 in Sham to 0.30 in CAL myocytes. The decrease in t-tubular INCX in CAL myocytes was accompanied by an increase in the fraction of Ca sequestered by SR. However, SR Ca content was not significantly different in Sham, Sham DT, and CAL myocytes but was significantly increased by DT of CAL myocytes. In Sham myocytes, there was hysteresis between INCX and [Ca]i, which was absent in DT Sham but present in CAL and DT CAL myocytes. These data suggest altered distribution of NCX in CAL myocytes. PMID:26566728

  17. Photoluminescence Properties of CaAlBO4:M (M: Pb2+, Dy3+, and Sm3+)

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    Erdoğmuş, E.; Pekgözlü, İ.

    2014-07-01

    Pb2+, Dy3+, and Sm3+ doped CaAlBO4 materials were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction. The synthesized phosphors were characterized by X-Ray powder diffraction. The emission and excitation spectra of these phosphors were measured at room temperature. The emission band of CaAlBO4:Pb2+ appeared as a broad band at 339 nm upon excitation with 272 nm. The second phosphor, CaAlBO4: Dy3+, emits at 477, 570, and 670 nm upon 347 nm excitation. The third phosphor, CaAlBO4:Sm3+, emits at 563, 594, 643, and 705 nm upon 236 nm excitation.

  18. Morphology Control for Al2O3 Inclusion Without Ca Treatment in High-Aluminum Steel

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    He, Shengping; Chen, Gujun; Guo, Yintao; Shen, Boyi; Wang, Qian

    2015-04-01

    Nozzle blockage is a major problem during continuous casting of Al-containing steel. Herein, we analyzed the thermodynamic equilibrium behavior between aluminum and oxygen in steel at 1873 K (1600 °C) and demonstrated that, the dissolved [O] initially decreases with increasing the dissolved [Al] until approximately 0.1 wt pct [Al], and after that, the dissolved [O] increases with dissolved [Al]. Thus, for high-aluminum steel with 1.0 wt pct dissolved [Al], the precipitation of Al2O3 inclusion can be avoided during cooling from deoxidation temperature to the liquidus temperature, if the actual dissolved [O] can be kept from increasing when the dissolved [Al] further increases from 0.1 to 1.0 wt pct. Hence, a method of inclusion control for high-aluminum steel without traditional Ca treatment technology was proposed based on the thermodynamic analysis. Industrial tests confirmed that low-melting point Ca-aluminate inclusions were observed typically through a slag washing with SiO2-minimized high-basicity slag during tapping, accompanied by two-step Al-adding process for production of high-aluminum steel. Moreover, there was no nozzle clogging occurred for five heats of continuous casting.

  19. Optically stimulated luminescence in LiCaAlF6:Eu2+ phosphor.

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    More, Y K; Wankhede, S P; Moharil, S V; Kumar, Munish; Chougaonkar, M P

    2015-09-01

    Results on optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) in LiCaAlF6:Eu(2+) are reported. Continuous wave OSL signal as recorded using blue (470 nm) stimulation was found to be ~31% that of standard phosphor lithium magnesium phosphate. The rate of OSL depletion for standard phosphor lithium magnesium phosphate is only three times less as compared with that of LiCaAlF6:Eu(2+). Strong photoluminescence (PL) in the near ultraviolet region is observed for LiCaAlF6:Eu(2+) with the characteristic Eu(2+) emission at 369 nm for 254 nm excitation. The thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak for LiCaAlF6:Eu(2+) was observed at around 180°C. The glow peak was about six times more intense compared with the dosimetric peak of the well known thermoluminescence dosimetric (TLD) phosphor LiF-TLD 100. Thus this phosphor deserves much more attention than it has received until now and may be useful as a dosimetric material in radiation dosimetry. PMID:25620581

  20. Pre-Accretionary Distribution of Ca and Al Between Matrix and Chondrules in CV Chondrites

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    Hezel, D. C.; Palme, H.

    2007-03-01

    Ca/Al-ratios in Y-86751 (CV) chondrules are super- and in matrix sub-chondritic. The opposite is true for Allende and Efremovka. Incorporation of spinel in Allende and Efremovka chondrule precursors in a nebular setting can explain this observation.

  1. The first observation of SRS in a trigonal LiCaAlF{sub 6} crystal

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    Kaminskii, Alexandr A; Eichler, H J; Gad, G M; Ueda, Ken-ichi; Reiche, P

    2000-12-31

    The Raman parametric generation is excited for the first time in a trigonal LiCaAlF{sub 6} fluoride crystal pumped by picosecond pulses. The energy of the {chi}{sup (3)}-active vibrational mode is determined and all Stokes and anti-Stokes components of SRS are detected for this crystal in the visible region. (letters)

  2. Formation Mechanism of CaS-Al2O3 Inclusions in Low Sulfur Al-Killed Steel After Calcium Treatment

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    Xu, Jianfei; Huang, Fuxiang; Wang, Xinhua

    2016-04-01

    The laboratory experiments of alumina inclusions modified by calcium treatment in Al-killed steel were carried out at 1873 K (1600 °C), and the inclusions in steel samples were characterized at 1, 5, and 10 minutes after calcium addition. The results show that the type of inclusions after calcium treatment was determined by the sulfur and T.O contents of steel. CaS-Al2O3 inclusions were obtained in steels with high sulfur and low T.O contents. The mass ratio between CaS and Al2O3 was determined by T.Ca and T.O contents of steel. The influence of holding time after calcium addition on the composition of inclusions was negligible. The thermodynamics for the formation of CaS-Al2O3 inclusions after calcium treatment was discussed, and a simple formation mechanism was proposed. Moreover, the CaO, Al2O3, and CaS contents in the inclusions were predicted through the sulfur, total calcium (T.Ca), and T.O contents, and it was found that the CaO content decreases with increasing S/T.O, while (pctCaS)/(pctAl2O3)1/3 increases with increasing T.Ca/T.O.

  3. Ca-,Al-rich inclusions in the unique chondrite ALH85085 - Petrology, chemistry, and isotopic compositions

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    Kimura, Makoto; El-Goresy, Ahmed; Palme, Herbert; Zinner, Ernst

    1993-01-01

    A comprehensive study is performed for the Ca-,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) in the unique chondrite ALH85085. The ALH85085 inclusions are smaller (5-80 microns) and more refractory than their counterparts in carbonaceous chondrites. The study includes 42 inclusions for petrography and mineralogy, 15 for bulk major and minor element chemical composition, six for Mg-Al isotopic systematics, 10 for Ca isotopes, nine for Ti isotopes, and six for trace element abundances. In addition, oxygen-isotopic compositions were determined in minerals from a single inclusion. No correlation is found between mineralogy, major element chemistry, and trace element abundances. It is further shown that the high-temperature geochemical behavior of ultrarefractory trace elements is decoupled from that of the major elements Ca and Ti (Ti is correlated with the relatively volatile elements Nb and Yb) implying that perovskite is of only minor importance as carrier of ultrarefractories.

  4. Ca-,Al-rich inclusions in the unique chondrite ALH85085 - Petrology, chemistry, and isotopic compositions

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    Kimura, M.; El Goresy, A.; Palme, H.; Zinner, E.

    1993-05-01

    A comprehensive study is performed for the Ca-,Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) in the unique chondrite ALH85085. The ALH85085 inclusions are smaller (5-80 microns) and more refractory than their counterparts in carbonaceous chondrites. The study includes 42 inclusions for petrography and mineralogy, 15 for bulk major and minor element chemical composition, six for Mg-Al isotopic systematics, 10 for Ca isotopes, nine for Ti isotopes, and six for trace element abundances. In addition, oxygen-isotopic compositions were determined in minerals from a single inclusion. No correlation is found between mineralogy, major element chemistry, and trace element abundances. It is further shown that the high-temperature geochemical behavior of ultrarefractory trace elements is decoupled from that of the major elements Ca and Ti (Ti is correlated with the relatively volatile elements Nb and Yb) implying that perovskite is of only minor importance as carrier of ultrarefractories.

  5. NaCaCo2F7: A single-crystal high-temperature pyrochlore antiferromagnet

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    Krizan, J. W.; Cava, R. J.

    2014-06-01

    We report the magnetic characterization of the frustrated transition metal pyrochlore NaCaCo2F7. This material has high spin Co2+ in CoF6 octahedra in a pyrochlore lattice and disordered nonmagnetic Na and Ca on the large-atom sites in the structure. Large crystals grown by the floating zone method were studied. The magnetic susceptibility is isotropic; the Co moment is larger than the spin-only value; and in spite of the large Curie Weiss theta (-140 K), freezing of the spin system, as characterized by peaks in the ac and dc susceptibility and specific heat, does not occur until around 2.4 K. This yields a frustration index of f=-θCW/Tf≈56, an indication that the system is highly frustrated. The observed entropy loss at the freezing transition is low, indicating that magnetic entropy remains present in the system at 0.6 K. The compound may be the realization of a frustrated pyrochlore antiferromagnet with weak bond disorder. The high magnetic interaction strength, strong frustration, and the availability of large single crystals makes NaCaCo2F7 an interesting alternative to rare earth oxide pyrochlores for the study of geometric magnetic frustration in pyrochlore lattices.

  6. Spectroscopy and lasing of cryogenically cooled Yb, Na:CaF2

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    Pugžlys, A.; Andriukaitis, G.; Sidorov, D.; Irshad, A.; Baltuška, A.; Lai, W. J.; Phua, P. B.; Su, L.; Xu, J.; Li, H.; Li, R.; Ališauskas, S.; Marcinkevičius, A.; Fermann, M. E.; Giniūnas, L.; Danielius, R.

    2009-10-01

    Absorption, photoluminescence and cw-lasing properties of a novel Na+-codoped Yb3+:CaF2 laser crystal are investigated in the temperature range from 10 K to 290 K. Cryogenic cooling leads to the disappearance of the ground-state absorption in the spectral region above 1000 nm and a substantial increase of emission and absorption cross-sections. A particular advantage of the Yb3+, Na+-codoped CaF2 crystal lies in the possibility of a direct pumping in the vicinity of the zero phonon line while nearly perfectly avoiding an overlap with the stimulated emission. Further advantages of the low-temperature operation are demonstrated by achieving a close to the theoretical limit slope efficiency of 92% in a cw-laser operation with an output coupler of 28%. By seeding stretched pulses from a femtosecond Yb fiber oscillator into a cryogenically cooled DPSS Yb3+, Na+:CaF2 regenerative amplifier, we obtain >3-mJ pulses at a 1-kHz repetition rate with a spectral bandwidth exceeding 12 nm. The pulses are compressed with a single grating compressor to 173 fs as verified by SHG FROG. Shaping of the spectral amplitude of the seed and active control of the higher-order phase is shown to be crucial for obtaining sub-200-fs pulses at multi-mJ energies.

  7. Ca2+ and Na+ permeability of high-threshold Ca2+ channels and their voltage-dependent block by Mg2+ ions in chick sensory neurones.

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    Carbone, E; Lux, H D; Carabelli, V; Aicardi, G; Zucker, H

    1997-01-01

    1. The Mg2+ block of Na+ and Ca2+ currents through high-voltage activated (HVA; L- and N-type) Ca2+ channels was studied in chick dorsal root ganglion neurones. 2. In low extracellular [Ca2+] (< 10(-8) M) and with Na+o and Cs+i as the main charge carriers (120 mM), HVA Na+ currents started to activate at -40 mV, reached inward peak values near 0 mV and reversed at about +40 mV. 3. Addition of 30-500 microM Mg2+ to the bath caused a strong depression of inward Na+ currents that was voltage and dose dependent (KD = 39 microM in 120 mM Na+ at -10 mV). The block was maximal at negative potentials (< -70 mV) and decreased with increasing positive potentials, suggesting that Mg2+ cannot escape to the cell interior. 4. Block of Ca2+ currents by Mg2+ was also voltage dependent, but by three orders of magnitude less potent than with Na+ currents (KD = 24 mM in 2 mM Ca2+ at -30 mV). The high concentration of Mg2+ caused a prominent voltage shift of channel gating kinetics induced by surface charge screening effects. To compensate for this, Mg2+ block of inward Ca2+ currents was estimated from the instantaneous I-V relationships on return from very positive potentials (+100 mV). 5. Inward Na+ and Ca2+ tail currents following depolarization to +90 mV were markedly depressed, suggesting that channels cleared of Mg2+ ions during strong depolarization are quickly re-blocked on return to negative potentials. The kinetics of re-block by Mg2+ was too fast (< 100 microseconds) to be resolved by our recording apparatus. This implies a rate of entry for Mg2+ > 1.45 x 10(8) M-1 S-1 when Na+ is the permeating ion and a rate approximately 3 orders of magnitude smaller for Ca2+. 6. Mg2+ unblock of HVA Na+ currents at +100 mV was independent of the size of outward currents, whether Na+, Cs+ or NMG+ were the main internal cations. 7. Consistent with the idea of a high-affinity binding site for Ca2+ inside the channel, micromolar amounts of Ca2+ caused a strong depression of Na+ currents

  8. Ca2+ and Na+ permeability of high-threshold Ca2+ channels and their voltage-dependent block by Mg2+ ions in chick sensory neurones.

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    Carbone, E; Lux, H D; Carabelli, V; Aicardi, G; Zucker, H

    1997-10-01

    1. The Mg2+ block of Na+ and Ca2+ currents through high-voltage activated (HVA; L- and N-type) Ca2+ channels was studied in chick dorsal root ganglion neurones. 2. In low extracellular [Ca2+] (< 10(-8) M) and with Na+o and Cs+i as the main charge carriers (120 mM), HVA Na+ currents started to activate at -40 mV, reached inward peak values near 0 mV and reversed at about +40 mV. 3. Addition of 30-500 microM Mg2+ to the bath caused a strong depression of inward Na+ currents that was voltage and dose dependent (KD = 39 microM in 120 mM Na+ at -10 mV). The block was maximal at negative potentials (< -70 mV) and decreased with increasing positive potentials, suggesting that Mg2+ cannot escape to the cell interior. 4. Block of Ca2+ currents by Mg2+ was also voltage dependent, but by three orders of magnitude less potent than with Na+ currents (KD = 24 mM in 2 mM Ca2+ at -30 mV). The high concentration of Mg2+ caused a prominent voltage shift of channel gating kinetics induced by surface charge screening effects. To compensate for this, Mg2+ block of inward Ca2+ currents was estimated from the instantaneous I-V relationships on return from very positive potentials (+100 mV). 5. Inward Na+ and Ca2+ tail currents following depolarization to +90 mV were markedly depressed, suggesting that channels cleared of Mg2+ ions during strong depolarization are quickly re-blocked on return to negative potentials. The kinetics of re-block by Mg2+ was too fast (< 100 microseconds) to be resolved by our recording apparatus. This implies a rate of entry for Mg2+ > 1.45 x 10(8) M-1 S-1 when Na+ is the permeating ion and a rate approximately 3 orders of magnitude smaller for Ca2+. 6. Mg2+ unblock of HVA Na+ currents at +100 mV was independent of the size of outward currents, whether Na+, Cs+ or NMG+ were the main internal cations. 7. Consistent with the idea of a high-affinity binding site for Ca2+ inside the channel, micromolar amounts of Ca2+ caused a strong depression of Na+ currents

  9. Directionally solidified Eu doped CaF2/Li3AlF6 eutectic scintillator for neutron detection

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    Kamada, Kei; Hishinuma, Kousuke; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Pejchal, Jan; Ohashi, Yuji; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2015-12-01

    Eu doped CaF2/Li3AlF6 eutectics were grown by μ-PD method. The directionally solidified eutectic with well-aligned 600 nm diameter Eu:CaF2 scintillator fibers surrounded with Li3AlF6 was prepared. The grown eutectics showed an emission peak at 422 nm ascribed to Eu2+ 4f-5d transition from Eu:CaF2 scintillation fiber. Li concentration in the Eu:CaF2-Li3AlF6 eutectic is around 0.038 mol/cm3,which is two times higher than that of LiCaAlF6 single crystal (0.016 mol/cm3). The light yield of Eu:CaF2-Li3AlF6 eutectic was around 7000 ph/neutron. The decay time was about 550 ns (89%) and 1450 ns (11%).

  10. Local environment and dynamics of PO4 tetrahedra in Na -Al-PO3 glasses and melts

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    Mamedov, S.; Stachel, D.; Soltwisch, M.; Quitmann, D.

    2005-09-01

    Glasses and melts in the system (NaPO3)(1-x)(Al(PO3)3)x were studied with the aim of obtaining information about the structure on the next larger scale beyond the PO4 group. Magic angle spinning NMR was applied to the pure NaPO3 glass and Raman scattering to systems with x =0.00, 0.03, 0.06, 0.15, and 0.60 in the temperature range T =300-1100K. Comparison of the P31 chemical shift between glass and crystalline forms revealed that polymerization of the metaphosphate into tricyclophosphatelike (PO3)33- rings is the dominant structure, ca. 80%, formed by the twofold vertex-joined PO4 groups in the glass. In the Raman study we focused on the prominent polarized band at ca. 1170cm-1 which is due to the symmetric breathing mode of the tetrahedral PO4 group. This band was decomposed into a few Gaussian lines. These component lines could be identified using the NMR results: two narrow components are due to PO4 groups in the tricyclophosphatelike rings, which have either a Na or an Al counterion and a third broad component is due to chain-polymerized (PO3-)n. The variations of the component lines (peak positions, widths, and intensities) with respect to x and T are presented. We derive the shifts of the symmetric breathing mode frequency which are caused by Na or Al counterions, by ring closure, by x >0, etc. The relative intensities of the narrow and broad components in the 1170-cm-1 band of the Raman spectra are discussed. The amount of ring-to-chain transformation on addition of Al3+, and as functions of T and x, is derived. Indications for ordering on a next larger scale, derivable from Raman, NMR, and thermodynamics, are compared.

  11. Complexation of pectin with macro- and microelements. Antianemic activity of Na, Fe and Na, Ca, Fe complexes.

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    Minzanova, S T; Mironov, V F; Vyshtakalyuk, A B; Tsepaeva, O V; Mironova, L G; Mindubaev, A Z; Nizameev, I R; Kholin, K V; Milyukov, V A

    2015-12-10

    New water-soluble pectin complexes with Ca(2+), Mg(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+) on the basis of pectin biopolymer have been synthesized and successfully tested on white rats. For a starting, we have obtained a sodium pectate to enhance solubility of target complexes as a whole. Shortly afterwards, running the reaction of ligand exchange of Nа(+) ions with corresponding s-, d- metal cations we were able to synthesize new pectin complexes. The ranges of s-, d-metals salts concentrations were detected experimentally, in which the selective formation of water-soluble complexes occurred. Antianemic effect of new pectin complexes with Na, Fe and Na, Ca, Fe was investigated on white rats with posthemorrhagic anemia. Under the effect of complexes, the improvement of animals and prevention of erythropoiesis disorders were observed. Antianemic effect of the complexes manifested itself in the doses equivalent to 25% or 50% of the iron daily rate, recommended in the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia with the drugs based on iron sulphate. PMID:26428154

  12. Lidar observations of Na density, Ca ion density, temperature, and wind in the mesopause region

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    Nagasawa, Chikao; Abo, Makoto; Shibata, Yasukuni

    2001-02-01

    We have developed the resonance scattering lidar system for measurements of mesospheric metallic species such as Na, K, Fe atoms and Ca ions and mesospheric temperature and wind. The flashlamp pumped Ti:sapphire laser injected by the seeder that consists of an external cavity laser diode is applied for measurements of the K and Fe atoms and the Ca ions. The sophisticated lidar system which consists of a pulsed dye oscillator and an amplifier system injection-seeded by a stabilized cw ring dye laser is also applied for Na atoms, temperature and wind measurements. Its injection-seeder consists of the single mode ring dye laser locked to the Na fluorescence line using the wavemeter and the Na vapor cell. The most characteristic of this laser system is to generate the comparatively high pulse energy ( more than 100mJ/pulse ) keeping up the narrow bandwidth ( about 0.1pm ). In this paper, the details of the laser design and the results observed by these lidar system are shown.

  13. Ion transport by the Na-Ca exchange in isolated rod outer segments.

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    Lagnado, L; Cervetto, L; McNaughton, P A

    1988-01-01

    The inward membrane current generated by the coupled exchange of external sodium for internal calcium has been investigated in isolated rod outer segments. The exchange rate is sensitive to voltage, with a reduction by a factor of e occurring for a 70-mV depolarization in normal Ringer's solution. The voltage sensitivity is not a constant property of the exchange, as it is reduced by an increase in external Na+ or by the removal of external Ca2+, Mg2+, or K+. Changes in membrane potential do not appear to affect the affinity of the exchange mechanism for internal Ca2+, but hyperpolarization increases the affinity for external Na+. When the external Na+ concentration is raised sufficiently to saturate the exchange mechanism, the voltage sensitivity is no longer apparent. We propose that the voltage dependence of the exchange is due to the external Na+-binding site being sensitive to membrane potential, perhaps because it is located within the membrane electric field. PMID:3380806

  14. Synthesis and performance of Ca-α/β-SiAlON composites from tailings

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    Hao, Hong-shun; Yang, Yang; Lian, Fang; Gao, Wen-yuan; Liu, Gui-shan; Hu, Zhi-qiang

    2014-05-01

    Ca-α/β-SiAlON composites were prepared using Ca-α/β-SiAlON powder synthesized from gold ore tailings, which contained abundant Si and Al elements as the major raw materials together with minor additives, through a pressure-less sintering method. The influences of sintering temperature on the phase composition and microstructure of the composites were analyzed. The scanning electron microscopy images of the composites show the interlacing of grains with elongated columnar, short columnar and plate-like morphologies. The composites sintered at 1520°C for 6 h have a flexural strength of 352 MPa, Vickers hardness of 11.2 GPa, and fracture toughness of 4.8 MPa·m1/2. The relative content of each phase in the products is I(Ca-α-SiAlON): I(β-SiAlON): I(Fe3Si) = 23:74:3, where I i stands for the diffraction peak intensity of phase i.

  15. Hydrogen sorption behavior of CaAl1.5Li0.5

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    Bereznitsky, Matvey; Mogilyanski, Dmitry; Jacob, Isaac

    2016-04-01

    The hydrogen sorption properties of an alloy with nominal composition CaAl1.5Li0.5 have been investigated in a pursuit for hydrogen-absorbing Li-containing intermetallics. X-ray analysis of the original alloy indicated a coexistence of three closely related Laves phases. The maximum hydrogen capacity, recorded at about 6 MPa and 300 °C, was approximately 2.5 H atoms per formula unit (f.u.). Pressure-composition (p-c) isotherm measurements were taken in the temperature range between 350 and 450 °C up to pressures of 133 kPa. Thermodynamic parameters are derived for two plateau regions in the p-c isotherms. Analysis of these parameters and supporting evidence from X-ray patterns of hydrogenated and dehydrogenated samples suggest: (a) an initial irreversible disproportionation of the original alloy and (b) subsequent reversible hydrogenations, featuring reversible disproportionations of CaAl2 and LiAl intermetallic compounds. Attempts to form additional Li-containing intermetallics, namely CaAlLi, TiMn2- x Li x (x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.6) and TiAl2- x Li x (x = 0.3, 0.5), and to hydrogenate them, are reported in brief.

  16. [Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field Effect on the State of Na+/Ca2+ Exchange in the Isolated Rat Heart].

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    Alabovsky, V V; Kudryshov, Yu B; Vinokurov, A A; Bogacheva, E V; Maslov, O V; Perov, S Yu

    2016-01-01

    It has been shown that a single exposure to 171 MHz electromagnetic field with 180 V/m electric field strength and 0.04 mW/kg specific absorption rate significantly alters the Na+/Ca2+ exchange in the isolated rat heart. It is assumed that enhancement of the Na+/Ca2+ exchange towards removing Ca2+ from the cardiomyocytes electromagnetic field exposure is a result of Ca2+ extraction from the sarcoplasmic reticulum and the increase of its intracellular level. PMID:27534068

  17. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} and LiCaAlF{sub 6}

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    Marshall, C.D.; Payne, S.A.; Krupke, W.F.

    1996-05-14

    Ce{sup 3+}-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF{sub 6} type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} and LiSrGaF{sub 6}, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator. 10 figs.

  18. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 and LiCaAlF.sub.6

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    Marshall, Christopher D.; Payne, Stephen A.; Krupke, William F.

    1996-01-01

    Ce.sup.3+ -doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF.sub.6 type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF.sub.6 and LiSrGaF.sub.6, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator.

  19. Function and Regulation of the Na+-Ca2+ Exchanger NCX3 Splice Variants in Brain and Skeletal Muscle*

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    Michel, Lauriane Y. M.; Verkaart, Sjoerd; Koopman, Werner J. H.; Willems, Peter H. G. M.; Hoenderop, Joost G. J.; Bindels, René J. M.

    2014-01-01

    Isoform 3 of the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger (NCX3) is crucial for maintaining intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) homeostasis in excitable tissues. In this sense NCX3 plays a key role in neuronal excitotoxicity and Ca2+ extrusion during skeletal muscle relaxation. Alternative splicing generates two variants (NCX3-AC and NCX3-B). Here, we demonstrated that NCX3 variants display a tissue-specific distribution in mice, with NCX3-B as mostly expressed in brain and NCX-AC as predominant in skeletal muscle. Using Fura-2-based Ca2+ imaging, we measured the capacity and regulation of the two variants during Ca2+ extrusion and uptake in different conditions. Functional studies revealed that, although both variants are activated by intracellular sodium ([Na+]i), NCX3-AC has a higher [Na+]i sensitivity, as Ca2+ influx is observed in the presence of extracellular Na+. This effect could be partially mimicked for NCX3-B by mutating several glutamate residues in its cytoplasmic loop. In addition, NCX3-AC displayed a higher capacity of both Ca2+ extrusion and uptake compared with NCX3-B, together with an increased sensitivity to intracellular Ca2+. Strikingly, substitution of Glu580 in NCX3-B with its NCX3-AC equivalent Lys580 recapitulated the functional properties of NCX3-AC regarding Ca2+ sensitivity, Lys580 presumably acting through a structure stabilization of the Ca2+ binding site. The higher Ca2+ uptake capacity of NCX3-AC compared with NCX3-B is in line with the necessity to restore Ca2+ levels in the sarcoplasmic reticulum during prolonged exercise. The latter result, consistent with the high expression in the slow-twitch muscle, suggests that this variant may contribute to the Ca2+ handling beyond that of extruding Ca2+. PMID:24616101

  20. Preparation of Al-La Master Alloy by Thermite Reaction in NaF-NaCl-KCl Molten Salt

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    Jang, Poknam; Li, Hyonmo; Kim, Wenjae; Wang, Zhaowen; Liu, Fengguo

    2015-05-01

    A NaF-NaCl-KCl ternary system containing La2O3 was investigated for the preparation of Al-La master alloy by the thermite reaction method. The solubility of La2O3 in NaF-NaCl-KCl molten salt was determined by the method of isothermal solution saturation. Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were used to consider the content of La2O3 in molten salt and the supernatant composition of molten salt after dissolution of La2O3, respectively. The results showed that the content of NaF had a positive influence on the solubility of La2O3 in NaF-NaCl-KCl molten salts, and the solubility of La2O3 could reach 8.71 wt.% in molten salts of 50 wt.%NaF-50 wt.% (44 wt.%NaCl + 56 wt.%KCl). The XRD pattern of cooling molten salt indicated the formation of LaOF in molten salt, which was probably obtained by the reaction between NaF and La2O3. The kinetic study showed that the thermite reaction was in accord with a first-order reaction model. The main influence factors on La content in the Al-La master alloy product, including molten salt composition, amount of Al, concentration of La2O3, stirring, reduction time and temperature, were investigated by single-factor experimentation. The content of La in the Al-La master alloy could be reached to 10.1 wt.%.

  1. Aluminum-Magnesium and Oxygen Isotope Study of Relict Ca-Al-rich Inclusions in Chondrules

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    Krot, Alexander N.; McKeegan, Kevin D.; Huss, Gary R.; Liffman, Kurt; Sahijpal, Sandeep; Hutcheon, Ian D.; Srinivasan, Gopalan; Bischoff, Adolph; Keil, Klaus

    2006-03-01

    Relict Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) in chondrules crystallized before their host chondrules and were subsequently partly melted together with chondrule precursors during chondrule formation. Like most CAIs, relict CAIs are 16O enriched (Δ17O<-20‰) compared to their host chondrules (Δ17O>-9‰). Hibonite in a relict CAI from the ungrouped carbonaceous chondrite Adelaide has a large excess of radiogenic 26Mg (26Mg*) from the decay of 26Al, corresponding to an initial 26Al/27Al ratio [(26Al/27Al)I] of (3.7+/-0.5)×10-5 in contrast, melilite in this CAI and plagioclase in the host chondrule show no evidence for 26Mg* [(26Al/27Al)I of <5×10-6]. Grossite in a relict CAI from the CH carbonaceous chondrite PAT 91546 has little 26Mg*, corresponding to a (26Al/27Al)I of (1.7+/-1.3)×10-6. Three other relict CAIs and their host chondrules from the ungrouped carbonaceous chondrite Acfer 094, CH chondrite Acfer 182, and H3.4 ordinary chondrite Sharps do not have detectable 26Mg* [(26Al/27Al)I<1×10-5, <(4-6)×10-6, and <1.3×10-5, respectively]. Isotopic data combined with mineralogical observations suggest that relict CAIs formed in an 16O-rich gaseous reservoir before their host chondrules, which originated in an 16O-poor gas. The Adelaide CAI was incorporated into its host chondrule after 26Al had mostly decayed, at least 2 Myr after the CAI formed, and this event reset 26Al-26Mg systematics.

  2. Roles of the mitochondrial Na+-Ca2+ exchanger, NCLX, in B lymphocyte chemotaxis

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    Kim, Bongju; Takeuchi, Ayako; Hikida, Masaki; Matsuoka, Satoshi

    2016-01-01

    Lymphocyte chemotaxis plays important roles in immunological reactions, although the mechanism of its regulation is still unclear. We found that the cytosolic Na+-dependent mitochondrial Ca2+ efflux transporter, NCLX, regulates B lymphocyte chemotaxis. Inhibiting or silencing NCLX in A20 and DT40 B lymphocytes markedly increased random migration and suppressed the chemotactic response to CXCL12. In contrast to control cells, cytosolic Ca2+ was higher and was not increased further by CXCL12 in NCLX-knockdown A20 B lymphocytes. Chelating intracellular Ca2+ with BAPTA-AM disturbed CXCL12-induced chemotaxis, suggesting that modulation of cytosolic Ca2+ via NCLX, and thereby Rac1 activation and F-actin polymerization, is essential for B lymphocyte motility and chemotaxis. Mitochondrial polarization, which is necessary for directional movement, was unaltered in NCLX-knockdown cells, although CXCL12 application failed to induce enhancement of mitochondrial polarization, in contrast to control cells. Mouse spleen B lymphocytes were similar to the cell lines, in that pharmacological inhibition of NCLX by CGP-37157 diminished CXCL12-induced chemotaxis. Unexpectedly, spleen T lymphocyte chemotaxis was unaffected by CGP-37157 treatment, indicating that NCLX-mediated regulation of chemotaxis is B lymphocyte-specific, and mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ dynamics are more important in B lymphocytes than in T lymphocytes. We conclude that NCLX is pivotal for B lymphocyte motility and chemotaxis. PMID:27328625

  3. The Al-Rich Part of the System CaO-Al 2O 3-MgO . Part I. Phase Relationships

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    Göbbels, M.; Woermann, E.; Jung, J.

    1995-12-01

    In the Al-rich part of the ternary system CaO-Al 2O 3MgO two new ternary phases Ca 2Mg 2Al 28O 46 (CAM-I) and CaMg 2Al 16O 27 (CAM-II) with limited solid solution ranges were found. Due to the fact that the compositions of the Mg-rich end members of these solid solutions lie on the join between hibonite (CaAl 12O 19) and spinel (MgAl 2O 4), the model of the crystal structures of these phases can be constructed by a suitable combination of hibonite and spinel units. Both phases, CAM-I and CAM-II, exhibit solid solution ranges described by a substitution mechanism also found in the binary spinel phase, MgAl 2O 4: 3 Mg 2+ = 2 Al 3+ + □. Thus the ternary phases can be expressed by the chemical formulas. Ca 2Mg 2-3 xAl 28+2 x□ xO 46 for CAM-I with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.30 and CaMg 2-3 yAl 16+2 y□ yO 27 for CAM-II with 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.2.

  4. Investigation of Ti-doped NaAlH4 by solid-state NMR

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    Maxwell, R; Majzoub, E; Herberg, J

    2003-11-24

    In recent years, the development of Ti-doped NaAlH{sub 4} as a hydrogen storage material has gained attention because of its large weight percentage of hydrogen ({approx}5%) compared to traditional interstitial hydrides. The addition of transition-metal dopants, in the form of Ti-halides, such as TiCl{sub 3}, dramatically improves the kinetics of the absorption and desorption of hydrogen from NaAlH{sub 4}. However, the role that Ti plays in enhancing the absorption and desorption of H{sub 2} is still unknown. In the present study, {sup 27}Al, {sup 23}Na, and {sup 1}H MAS (Magic Angle Spinning) NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) has been performed to understand the titanium speciation in Ti-doped NaAlH{sub 4}. All experiments were performed on a sample of crushed single crystals exposed to Ti during growth, a sample of solvent-mixed 4TiCl{sub 3} + 112NaAlH{sub 4}, a reacted sample of solvent-mixed TiCl{sub 3} + {sup 3}NaAlH{sub 4} with THF, and a reacted sample of ball-milled TiCl3 + 3NaAlH{sub 4}. The {sup 27}Al MAS NMR has shown differences in compound formation between solvent-mixed TiCl{sub 3} + 3NaAlH{sub 4} with THF and the mechanically ball-milled TiCl{sub 3} + 3NaAlH{sub 4}. {sup 27}Al MAS NMR of the mechanically ball-milled mixture of fully-reacted TiCl{sub 3} + 3NaAlH{sub 4} showed spectral signatures of TiAl{sub 3} while, the solvent-mixed 4TiCl{sub 3} + 112NaAlH{sub 4}, which is totally reacted, does not show the presences of TiAl{sub 3}, but shows the existence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  5. Crystal structure study of (Ca, Gd){sub 2}(Al, Ti)O{sub 4}

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    Sawada, Haruo; Marumo, Fumiyuki; Kodama, Nobuhiro

    1998-08-01

    The crystal structures of two crystals of (Ca, Gd){sub 2} (Al, Ti)O{sub 4} [tetragonal I4/mmm; Z = 4], one strongly fluorescent and the other weakly fluorescent, having minor differences in their precise compositions have been studied with single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. The unit cell is significantly smaller for the weakly fluorescent crystal, which also shows alteration of the coordination polyhedraon around the (Ca, Gd) site, suggesting the formation of vacancies at an oxygen site.

  6. Na+ and Ca2+ ingestion - Plasma volume-electrolyte distribution at rest and exercise

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    Greenleaf, J. E.; Brock, P. J.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of hypernatremia and hypercalcemia on plasma volume and electrolyte distribution during rest, exercise and recovery in cool and hot environments are investigated. Plasma volume, protein and electrolytes were measured in two groups of five men in the supine position during rest, exercise at 40-47% maximal oxygen consumption and recovery in 26.5 C and 39.4 C environments, after ingestion in the rest period of 16-17 ml/kg hypertonic NaCl, isotonic NaCl or hypertonic calcium gluconate solutions. During the rest period, it is found that the hypertonic Ca drink prevents any rise in plasma volume in both cool and hot environments, while hypertonic Na retarded hypervolemia only in the cool environment and consumption of both isotonic and hypertonic Na in the heat resulted in a hypervolemic response twice as great as that in the cool environment. During exercise and recovery, plasma volume is found to be greatest after drinking hypertonic Na in the heat, while the normal hypervolemic responses during exercise were not influenced by drink composition. Results suggest that hypertonic drinks may be better for maintaining plasma volumes during exercise in the heat.

  7. Inhibition of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger by peroxynitrite in microsomes of pulmonary smooth muscle: role of matrix metalloproteinase-2.

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    Chakraborti, Sajal; Mandal, Amritlal; Das, Sudip; Chakraborti, Tapati

    2004-03-17

    Treatment of bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle microsomes with peroxynitrite (ONOO-) (100 microM) markedly stimulated matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity and also enhanced Ca2+ATPase activity and ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake. Pretreatment of the microsomes with vitamin E (1 mM) and TIMP-2 (50 microg/ml) preserved the increase in MMP-2 activity, Ca2+ATPase activity and also ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake in the microsomes. In contrast, Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ uptake in the microsomes was inhibited by ONOO- and this was found to be reversed by vitamin E (1 mM) and TIMP-2 (50 microg/ml). However, changes caused by ONOO- in MMP-2 activity, ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake and Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ uptake were not reversed upon pretreatment of the microsomes with a low concentration of 5 microg/ml of TIMP-2 which, on the contrary, reversed MMP-2 (1 microg/ml)-mediated alteration on these parameters. The inhibition of Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ uptake by ONOO- and MMP-2 overpowered the stimulation of ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake in the microsomes. Treatment with ONOO- abolished the inhibitory effect of TIMP-2 (5 microg/ml) on MMP-2 (1 microg/ml) causing 14C-gelatin degradation. Overall, the present study suggests that ONOO- inactivated TIMP-2, the ambient inhibitor of MMP-2, leading to activation of the ambient proteinase, MMP-2, and subsequently stimulated Ca2+ATPase activity and ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake, but inhibited Na(+)-dependent Ca2+ uptake, resulting in a marked decrease in Ca2+ uptake in microsomes of bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle. PMID:15026147

  8. Origin of Ca-Al-rich inclusions. II - Sputtering and collisions in the three-ph8se interstellar medium

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    Clayton, D. D.

    1981-01-01

    The theory put forward by Clayton (1977) for the formation of the Ca-Al-rich inclusions within C3 meteorites is extended to an evolutionary history in a three-phase interstellar medium. Widespread supersonic turbulence in the hot interstellar medium is maintained by supernova shock waves, giving rise to heavy sputtering of the refractory dust. Subsequent reaccumulation with varying dust/gas ratios or varying particle sizes produces isotopically fractionated Ca-Al-rich accumulates. It is thought that the Ca-Al-rich inclusions themselves are formed by the following sequence in the solar system: (1) cold accumulation of larger-than-average Ca-Al-rich particles containing supernova condensate cores into macroscopic (approximately 1 cm) Ca-Al-rich agglomerates, probably by sedimentation; and (2) fusion of the supernova condensates into macroscopic minerals by exothermic chemical reactions that begin when the accumulate has been warmed, thereby releasing energy from the unequilibrated forms accumulated from the interstellar medium.

  9. Advanced treatment of stabilized landfill leachate after biochemical process with hydrocalumite chloride (Ca/Al-Cl LDH).

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    Chen, Hua; Sun, Ying; Ruan, Xiuxiu; Yu, Ying; Zhu, Minying; Zhang, Jia; Zhou, Jizhi; Xu, Yunfeng; Liu, Jianyong; Qian, Guangren

    2016-06-01

    This study investigated the effectiveness of Ca/Al-Cl LDH for the treatment of stabilized landfill leachate. Experiments were performed including different dosage of Ca/Al-Cl LDH and comparison with different reagents, such as CaCl2 and AlCl3. As a result, Ca/Al-Cl LDH efficiently removed organic matters in stabilized landfill leachate with the maximum removal (59.41% COD, 62.06% DOC and 70.56% UV254) at the dose of 30g/L. According to UV254 and EEM, it is remarkable that the formation of Ca/Al-LDH has a greater beneficial to organic removal than other reagents, especially for fulvic acid-like and humic acid-like compounds. Moreover, the removal of fulvic acid-like compounds was much better than humic acid-like compounds. The previous compounds had more carboxylic groups, thus had a better removal selectivity. PMID:26920626

  10. Si-Al-Cl-Mg-Ca Aqueous Fluids in Dora-Maira Pyrope: new Contributions for an old Question

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    Ferrando, S.; Frezzotti, M.; Compagnoni, R.

    2007-12-01

    Recent discovery of multiphase solid inclusions (MSI) in peak minerals from ultra-high pressure (UHP) terranes opened up new prospects for understanding the fluid-rock interaction during deep subduction in both crust and mantle. The first report on MSI in UHP rocks was from Dora-Maira (DM; Case Parigi; western Alps) whiteschists, more than ten years ago (Philippot et al, 1995, CMP, 121, 29-44). Nevertheless, the nature of such a fluid, and its role on the origin of the unusual composition of these rocks is still matter of debate. We report data on inclusions in DM UHP pyropes and HP prograde kyanite, part of them from a new sampling site (SSW Case Parigi). Primary MSI (30 micron) are present only in small UHP pyropes (1 - 6 cm) and often show post-entrapment decrepitation. Each MSI contains Mg-chlorite, Na-phlogopite, minor Cl-rich apatite, talc, pyrite, magnesite, Ca-rich chlorides +/- liquid water. Maps of total water concentrations collected in MSI-rich pyropes by infrared synchrotron radiation show gradients that suggest considerable H diffusion from inclusions into the host garnet (Frezzotti et al, 2007, abstract ECROFI XIX). In prograde kyanite, rare fluid inclusions are high salinity brines, containing different salts. Present data indicate that at HP conditions brines were present in the rocks and that at UHP peak aqueous fluids were enriched in Si, Al, Mg, Na, Ca, but still containing significant amounts of Cl, P, S, C. DM whiteschists are commonly considered metasomatic rocks from a granitic protolith. Our data on MSI in UHP pyrope and on rare brines in prograde HP kyanite strongly support metasomatism by external high-Ca-Mg fluids, probably evolved during serpentinite dehydration as proposed by Sharp and Barnes (2004, EPSL, 226, 243-254). Present data support the model of Compagnoni and Hirajima (2001, Lithos, 57, 219-236), who proposed that metasomatic fluids were introduced into the system during prograde metamorphism, channelled along shear zones

  11. Changes in /sup 22/Na influx and outflux in Daphnia magna (Straus) as a function of elevated Al concentrations in soft water at low pH

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    Havas, M.; Likens, G.E.

    1985-11-01

    The effects of aluminum on sodium regulation by the freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna were determined. /sup 22/Na influx and outflux experiments were conducted in soft water adjusted to pH 4.5, 5.0, and 6.5 (reference pH) with either ambient (0.02 mg/liter) or high (1.02 mg/liter) concentrations of total Al. The results indicate that Al toxicity was pH dependent. Aluminum increased the rate of morbidity of D. magna at pH 6.5, had no additional effect to those of hydrogen ions (H/sup +/) at pH 5.0, and reduced the rate of morbidity at pH 4.5. Both H/sup +/ and total Al concentrations interfered with Na regulation, although it was possible to distinguish between their respective effects by using /sup 22/Na. At pH 6.5, Al decreased /sup 22/Na influx (by 46%) and increased /sup 22/Na outflux (by 25%), which led to a net loss of Na. At pH 5.0, Al reduced /sup 22/Na influx (by 58%) but had not additional effect to that of H/sup +/ on /sup 22/Na outflux. At pH 4.5, /sup 22/Na influx was significantly inhibited (by 73%) compared with the reference pH 6.5 treatment even in the absence of Al. Aluminum decreased /sup 22/Na outflux (by 31%) at pH 4.5, which reduced the net loss of Na and temporarily prolonged survival of the daphnids. These results indicate that Al affects both /sup 22/Na influx and outflux in D. magna. The lower rate of Na uptake may involve a denaturation of the enzyme responsible for the active uptake of Na. At pH 6.5, the increased outflux of /sup 22/Na may be due to either increased membrane permeability or increased renal losses (or both). At pH 4.5, the reduced outflux of /sup 22/Na resembles the amelioration that occurs in the presence of elevated Ca concentrations.

  12. Cell shrinkage evoked by Ca2+-free solution in rat alveolar type II cells: Ca2+ regulation of Na+-H+ exchange.

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    Murao, Hitoshi; Shimizu, Akira; Hosoi, Keita; Iwagaki, Akitaka; Min, Kyong-Yob; Kishima, Gen-ichi; Hanafusa, Toshiaki; Kubota, Takahiro; Kato, Masumi; Yoshida, Hideyo; Nakahari, Takashi

    2005-03-01

    The effects of intracellular Ca2+ concentration, [Ca2+]i, on the volume of rat alveolar type II cells (AT-II cells) were examined. Perfusion with a Ca2+-free solution induced shrinkage of the AT-II cell volume in the absence or presence of amiloride (1 microm, an inhibitor of Na+ channels); however, it did not in the presence of 5-(N-methyl-N-isobutyl)-amiloride (MIA, an inhibitor of Na+-H+ exchange). MIA decreased the volume of AT-II cells. Inhibitors of Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange, 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS) and 4-acetamido-4'-isothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (SITS) also decreased the volume of AT-II cells. This indicates that the cell shrinkage induced by a Ca2+-free solution is caused by a decrease in NaCl influx via Na+-H+ exchange and Cl(-)-HCO3- exchange. Addition of ionomycin (1 microm), in contrast, induced cell swelling when AT-II cells were pretreated with quinine and amiloride. This swelling of the AT-II cells is not detected in the presence of MIA. Intracellular pH (pHi) measurements demonstrated that the Ca2+-free solution or MIA decreases pHi, and that ionomycin increases it. Ionomycin stimulated the pHi recovery after an acid loading (NH4+ pulse method), which was not noted in MIA-treated AT-II cells. Ionomycin increased [Ca2+]i in fura-2-loaded AT-II cells. In conclusion, the Na+-H+ exchange activities of AT-II cells, which maintain the volume and pHi, are regulated by [Ca2+]i. PMID:15640277

  13. On the entropy of glaucophane Na2Mg3Al2Si8O22(OH)2

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    Robie, R.A.; Hemingway, B.S.; Gillet, P.; Reynard, B.

    1991-01-01

    The heat capacity of glaucophane from the Sesia-Lanza region of Italy having the approximate composition (Na1.93Ca0.05Fe0.02) (Mg2.60Fe0.41) (Al1.83Fe0.15Cr0.01) (Si7.92Al0.08)O22(OH)2 was measured by adiabatic calorimetry between 4.6 and 359.4 K. After correcting the Cp0data to values for ideal glaucophane, Na2Mg3Al2Si8O22(OH)2 the third-law entropy S2980-S00was calculated to be 541.2??3.0 J??mol-1??K-1. Our value for S2980-S00is 12.0 J??mol-1??K-1 (2.2%) smaller than the value of Likhoydov et al. (1982), 553.2??3.0, is within 6.2 J??mol-1??K-1 of the value estimated by Holland (1988), and agrees remarkably well with the value calculated by Gillet et al. (1989) from spectroscopic data, 539 J??mol-1??K-1. ?? 1991 Springer-Verlag.

  14. Sub-THz complex dielectric constants of smectite clay thin samples with Na+/Ca++ ions

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    Rahman, Rezwanur; McCarty, Douglas K.; Prasad, Manika

    2015-09-01

    We implement a technique to characterize the electromagnetic properties at frequencies 100 to 165 GHz (3 cm-1 to 4.95 cm-1) of oriented smectite samples using an open cavity resonator connected to a submillimeter wave VNA (Vector Network Analyzer). We measured dielectric constants perpendicular to the bedding plane on oriented Na+ ion and Ca++ ion stabilized smectite samples deposited on a glass slide at ambient laboratory conditions (room temperature and room light). The clay layer is much thinner (˜30 μm) than the glass substrate (˜2.18 mm). The real part of dielectric constant, ɛre, is essentially constant over this frequency range but is larger in Na+ ion than in Ca++ ion infused clay. The total electrical conductivity (associated with the imaginary part of dielectric constant, ɛim) of both samples increases monotonically at lower frequencies (<110 GHz) but shows rapid increase for Na+ ions in the regime > 110 GHz. The dispersion of the samples display a dependence on the ionic strength in the clay interlayers, i.e., ζ potential in the Stern layers.

  15. The Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 3 is required for active paracellular and transcellular Ca2+ transport across murine cecum

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    Rievaj, Juraj; Pan, Wanling; Cordat, Emmanuelle; Alexander, R. Todd

    2016-01-01

    Intestinal calcium (Ca2+) absorption occurs via paracellular and transcellular pathways. Although the transcellular route has been extensively studied, mechanisms mediating paracellular absorption are largely unexplored. Unlike passive diffusion, secondarily active paracellular Ca2+ uptake occurs against an electrochemical gradient with water flux providing the driving force. Water movement is dictated by concentration differences that are largely determined by Na+ fluxes. Consequently, we hypothesized that Na+ absorption mediates Ca2+ flux. NHE3 is central to intestinal Na+ absorption. NHE3 knockout mice (NHE3−/−) display impaired intestinal Na+, water, and Ca2+ absorption. However, the mechanism mediating this latter abnormality is not clear. To investigate this, we used Ussing chambers to measure net Ca2+ absorption across different segments of wild-type mouse intestine. The cecum was the only segment with net Ca2+ absorption. Quantitative RT-PCR measurements revealed cecal expression of all genes implicated in intestinal Ca2+ absorption, including NHE3. We therefore employed this segment for further studies. Inhibition of NHE3 with 100 μM 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl) amiloride decreased luminal-to-serosal and increased serosal-to-luminal Ca2+ flux. NHE3−/− mice had a >60% decrease in luminal-to-serosal Ca2+ flux. Ussing chambers experiments under altered voltage clamps (−25, 0, +25 mV) showed decreased transcellular and secondarily active paracellular Ca2+ absorption in NHE3−/− mice relative to wild-type animals. Consistent with this, cecal Trpv6 expression was diminished in NHE3−/− mice. Together these results implicate NHE3 in intestinal Ca2+ absorption and support the theory that this is, at least partially, due to the role of NHE3 in Na+ and water absorption. PMID:23764894

  16. Results from Boiling Temperature Measurements for Saturated Solutions in the Systems NaCl + Ca(NO3)2 + H2O, NaNO3 + KNO3 + H2O, and NaCl + KNO3 + H2O, and Dry Out Temperatures for NaCl + NaNO3 + KNO3 + Ca(NO3)2 + H2O

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    Rard, J A

    2005-11-29

    Boiling temperature measurements have been made for saturated ternary solutions of NaCl + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O and NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O at three selected salt ratios and for NaCl + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O over the full composition range. The maximum boiling temperature found for the NaCl + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O system is 164.7 {+-} 0.6 C, and the composition is estimated to occur at x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) {approx} 0.25. Experiments were also performed for the five component NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O mixtures with the molar ratio of NaCl:NaNO{sub 3}:KNO{sub 3} held essentially constant at 1:0.9780:1.1468 as the solute mole fraction of Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}), was varied between 0 and 0.25. The NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O system forms low melting mixtures and thus boiling temperatures for saturated were not determined. Instead, the temperatures corresponding to the cessation of boiling (i.e., dry out temperatures) of these liquid mixtures were determined. These dry out temperatures range from {approx} 300 C when x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) = 0 to {ge} 400 C when x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) = 0.20 and 0.25. The investigated mixture compositions correspond to some of the major mineral assemblages that are predicted to control the deliquescence relative humidity of salts formed by leaching dust samples from the proposed nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

  17. Localization and function of the Na+/Ca2+-exchanger in normal and detubulated rat cardiomyocytes.

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    Thomas, Marion J; Sjaastad, Ivar; Andersen, Kathrine; Helm, P Johannes; Wasserstrom, J Andrew; Sejersted, Ole M; Ottersen, Ole Petter

    2003-11-01

    It is controversial whether the Na+/Ca2+-exchanger (NCX) can induce cardiomyocyte contraction through reverse-mode exchange and Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR). Information about the spatial distribution and functional activity within different sarcolemmal (SL) regions could shed light on this potential role. We raised a new antibody to the NCX and showed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) that immunoreactivity is strongly expressed throughout the surface SL and intercalated disk regions with punctate labeling of the vertical transverse (T)-tubules but not the longitudinal T-tubules. Immuno-electron microscopy confirmed CLSM observations. Gold particles associated with the exchanger were within nanometer range of particles signaling ryanodine receptors. A similar close association was found between the L-type Ca2+ channel (known to be concentrated in the dyad) and ryanodine receptors. In whole-cell patch-clamped cardiomyocytes, peak I(NCX) (measured at 90 mV) decreased by approximately 40% (497 +/- 32 vs. 304 +/- 12 pA, P < 0.001) after detubulation, while membrane capacitance decreased by 27% (204 +/- 11 vs. 150 +/- 7 pF, P < 0.01) thus giving a small but significant 16% reduction in current density. Thus, the density and/or functional activity of the NCX is greater in the vertical T-tubules than in the longitudinal T-tubules, surface SL or disk regions, pointing to important functional differences between these plasma membrane domains. Our combined co-immunolocalization and physiological data suggest that the NCX has multiple functions depending upon membrane location. We suggest the possibility that NCX modulates CICR, sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ load, and that it also serves to regulate Ca2+ handling in neighboring cells. PMID:14596789

  18. Observations of the minor species Al, Fe and Ca+ in Mercury's exosphere

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    Killen, R. M.; Bida, T. A.

    2015-12-01

    We report here on the first observational evidence of Al and Fe in the exosphere of Mercury, based on measurements of 4-5-σ resolved emission lines of these metals made with Keck-1/HIRES. AlI emission was observed on two separate runs, in 2008 and 2013, with tangent column densities of 2.4 and 3.0e+07 Al atoms cm-2 at altitudes of 1300 and 1850 km (1.1 and 1.5 RM), respectively. FeI emission has been observed once, yielding a tangent column of 6.2e+08 cm-2 at an altitude of 950 km (1.4 RM) in 2009. We also present observations of 3.5-σ CaII emission features near Mercury's equatorial anti-solar limb in 2011, from which a stringent column abundance upper limit of 4.0e+06 cm-2 is derived for the Ca ion. A simple model for zenith column abundances of the neutral species yields 2.0e+07 Al cm-2, and 8.2e+08 Fe cm-2. The observations appear to be consistent with production of these species by impact vaporization, with a large fraction of the Al ejecta in molecular form, and that for Fe in mixed atomic and molecular forms. The scale height of the Al gas is consistent with a kinetic temperature of 4800-8200 K while that of Fe is 5000-13000 K. The apparent high temperature and low density of the Al gas would suggest that it may be produced by dissociation of molecules. A large fraction of both Al and Fe appear to condense in a vapor cloud at low altitudes.

  19. Observations of the minor species Al, Fe and Ca+ in Mercury’s exosphere

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    Killen, Rosemary M.; Bida, Thomas A.

    2015-11-01

    We report here on the first observational evidence of Al and Fe in the exosphere of Mercury, based on measurements of 4-5-σ resolved emission lines of these metals with Keck-1/HIRES. AlI emission was observed on two separate runs, in 2008 and 2013, with tangent column densities of 2.4 and 3 x 107 Al atoms cm-2 at altitudes of 1300 and 1850 km (1.1 and 1.5 RM), respectively. FeI emission has been observed once, yielding a tangent column of 6.2 x 108 cm-2 at an altitude of 950 km (1.4 RM) in 2009. We also present observations of 3.5-σ Ca+ emission features near Mercury’s equatorial anti-solar limb in 2011, from which a stringent tangent column abundance of 4.0 x 106 cm-2 is derived for the Ca ion.A simple model for zenith column abundances of the neutral species yields 2.0 x 107 Al cm-2, and 8.2 x 108 Fe cm-2. The observations appear to be consistent with production of these species by impact vaporization, with a large fraction of the Al ejecta in molecular form, and that for Fe in mixed atomic and molecular forms. The scale height of the Al gas is consistent with a kinetic temperature of 4800-8200 K while that of Fe is 5000-13000 K. The apparent high temperature and low density of the Al gas would suggest that it may be produced by dissociation of molecules. A large fraction of both Al and Fe appear to condense in a vapor cloud at low altitudes.

  20. Observations of the Minor Species Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report the first detections of Al and Fe, and strict upper limits for Ca(+) in the exosphere of Mercury, using the HIRES spectrometer at the Keck I telescope. We report observed 4-sigma tangent columns of 1.5x10(exp 7) Al atoms per square centimeter at an altitude of 1220 km (1.5 Mercury radii (R(sub M)) from planet center), and that for Fe of 1.6 x 10 per square centimeter at an altitude of 950 km (1.4 R(sub M)). The observed 3-sigma Ca(+) column was 3.9x10(exp 6) ions per square centimeter at an altitude of 1630 km (1.67 R(sub M). A simple model for zenith column abundances of the neutral species were 9.5 x 10(exp 7) Al per square centimeter, and 3.0 x 10(exp 8) Fe per square centimeter. The observations appear to be consistent with production of these species by impact vaporization with a large fraction of the ejecta in molecular form. The scale height of the Al gas is consistent with a kinetic temperature of 3000 - 9000 K while that of Fe is 10500 K. The apparent high temperature of the Fe gas would suggest that it may be produced by dissociation of molecules. A large traction of both Al and Fe appear to condense in a vapor cloud at low altitudes.

  1. Analysis of cardiac mitochondrial Na+–Ca2+ exchanger kinetics with a biophysical model of mitochondrial Ca2+ handing suggests a 3: 1 stoichiometry

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    Dash, Ranjan K; Beard, Daniel A

    2008-01-01

    Calcium is a key ion and is known to mediate signalling pathways between cytosol and mitochondria and modulate mitochondrial energy metabolism. To gain a quantitative, biophysical understanding of mitochondrial Ca2+ regulation, we developed a thermodynamically balanced model of mitochondrial Ca2+ handling and bioenergetics by integrating kinetic models of mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter (CU), Na+–Ca2+ exchanger (NCE), and Na+–H+ exchanger (NHE) into an existing computational model of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Kinetic flux expressions for the CU, NCE and NHE were developed and individually parameterized based on independent data sets on flux rates measured in purified mitochondria. While available data support a wide range of possible values for the overall activity of the CU in cardiac and liver mitochondria, even at the highest estimated values, the Ca2+ current through the CU does not have a significant effect on mitochondrial membrane potential. This integrated model was then used to analyse additional data on the dynamics and steady-states of mitochondrial Ca2+ governed by mitochondrial CU and NCE. Our analysis of the data on the time course of matrix free [Ca2+] in respiring mitochondria purified from rabbit heart with addition of different levels of Na+ to the external buffer medium (with the CU blocked) with two separate models – one with a 2: 1 stoichiometry and the other with a 3: 1 stoichiometry for the NCE – supports the hypothesis that the NCE is electrogenic with a stoichiometry of 3: 1. This hypothesis was further tested by simulating an additional independent data set on the steady-state variations of matrix free [Ca2+] with respect to the variations in external free [Ca2+] in purified respiring mitochondria from rat heart to show that only the 3: 1 stoichiometry model predictions are consistent with the data. Based on these analyses, it is concluded that the mitochondrial NCE is electrogenic with a stoichiometry of 3: 1. PMID

  2. The Na+/Ca2+ exchange inhibitor KB-R7943 potently blocks TRPC channels.

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    Kraft, Robert

    2007-09-14

    Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers (NCXs) and members of the canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels play an important role in Ca(2+) homeostasis in heart and brain. With respect to their overlapping expression and their role as physiological Ca(2+) influx pathways a functional discrimination of both mechanisms seems to be necessary. Here, the effect of the reverse-mode NCX inhibitor KB-R7943 was investigated on different TRPC channels heterologously expressed in HEK293 cells. In patch-clamp recordings KB-R7943 potently blocked currents through TRPC3 (IC(50)=0.46 microM), TRPC6 (IC(50)=0.71 microM), and TRPC5 (IC(50)=1.38 microM). 1-Oleoyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycerol-induced Ca(2+) entry was nearly completely suppressed by 10 microM KB-R7943 in TRPC6-transfected cells. Thus, KB-R7943 is able to block receptor-operated TRP channels at concentrations which are equal or below those required to inhibit reverse-mode NCX activity. These data further suggest that the protective effects of KB-R7943 in ischemic tissue may, at least partly, be due to inhibition of TRPC channels. PMID:17658472

  3. Partial oxidation and dry reforming of methane over Ca/Ni/K(Na) catalysts

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    Shamsi, Abolghasem

    2006-07-01

    Partial oxidation and dry reforming of methane to synthesis gas over Ca/Ni/K(Na) catalysts have been studied. Effects of temperature, pressure, and oxygen/methane ratios on catalytic activity, selectivity, and carbon formation have been determined. Also reforming of 13CH4 in the presence of CO2 and Temperature-Programmed Oxidation (TPO) of deposited carbon after the reaction indicated that both methane and CO2 contribute to carbon formation. The TPO of deposited carbon on Ca/Ni/K catalyst showed that the catalyst consumed a significant amount of oxygen, only a fraction of which was consumed by carbon species on the surface, indicating that the surface oxygen plays a significant role in oxidizing and removing carbon species from the catalyst surfaces.

  4. Interactions of Na+, K+, Mg2+, and Ca2+ with benzene self-assembled monolayers.

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    Rimmen, M; Matthiesen, J; Bovet, N; Hassenkam, T; Pedersen, C S; Stipp, S L S

    2014-08-01

    Interactions between cations and organic molecules are found throughout nature, from the functionality and structure of proteins in humans and animals to the exchange of ions in minerals in soil and oil reservoirs with the fluid phases. We have explored the behavior of the s-block elements that are most common in the natural world, namely, Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), and Ca(2+). Specifically, we investigated how these ions affect the interactions between surfaces covered by self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) terminated with benzene molecules. We used a flat oxidized silicon substrate and an atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip that were both functionalized with 11-phenoxyundecane-1-thiol and measured the adhesion force between them in solutions of each of the four chloride salts. We observed that the adhesion increased in the order of the Hofmeister series: K(+) < Na(+) ≈ Mg(2+) < Ca(2+). Supplementary evidence from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) allowed us to conclude that K(+) binds in the benzene layers, creating a positive surface charge on the benzene-covered surfaces, thus leading to lower adhesion in KCl solutions than in pure water. Evidence suggested that Ca(2+) does not bind to the surfaces but forms bridges between the layers, leading to higher adhesion than in pure water. In Na(+) and Mg(2+) solutions, adhesion is quite similar to that in pure water, indicating a lack of interaction between these two ions and the surfaces, or at least that the interaction is too weak to be detected by our measurements. The results of our studies clearly show that even a nonpolar, hydrophobic molecule, such as benzene, has a role to play in the behavior of aqueous solutions and that it interacts differently depending on which ions are present. Even ions from the same column in the periodic table behave differently. PMID:25003588

  5. Ultrafiltration behavior of major ions (Na, Ca, Mg, F, Cl, and SO4) in natural waters.

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    Guo, L; Hunt, B J; Santschi, P H

    2001-04-01

    Aquatic colloids, including macromolecules and microparticles, with sizes ranging between 1 nm to 1 micron, play important roles in the mobility and bioavailability of heavy metals and other contaminants in natural waters. Cross-flow ultrafiltration has become one of the most commonly used techniques for isolating aquatic colloids. However, the ultrafiltration behavior of chemical species remains poorly understood. We report here the permeation behavior of major ions (Na, Ca, Mg, F, Cl, and SO4) in natural waters during ultrafiltration using an Amicon 1 kDa ultrafiltration membrane (S10N1). Water samples across a salinity gradient of 0-20@1000 were collected from the Trinity River and Galveston Bay. The permeation behavior of major ions was well predicted by a permeation model, resulting in a constant permeation coefficient for each ion. The value of the model-derived permeation coefficient (Pc) was 0.99 for Na, 0.97 for Cl, and 0.95 for F, respectively, in Trinity River waters. Values of Pc close to 1 indicate that retention of Na, Cl, and F by the 1 kDa membrane during ultrafiltration was indeed minimal (< 1-5%). In contrast, significant (14-36%) retention was observed for SO4, Ca, and Mg in Trinity River waters, with a Pc value of 0.64, 0.82, and 0.86 for SO4, Ca and Mg, respectively. However, these retained major ions can further permeate through the 1 kDa membrane during diafiltration with ultrapure water. The selective retention of major ions during ultrafiltration may have important implications for the measurement of chemical and physical speciation of trace elements when using cross-flow ultrafiltration membranes to separate colloidal species from natural waters. Our results also demonstrate that the percent retention of major ions during ultrafiltration decreases with increasing salinity or ionic strength. This retention is largely attributed to electrostatic repulsion by the negatively charged cartridge membrane. PMID:11317897

  6. Sr isotopic fractionation in Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite

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    Patchett, P.J.

    1980-01-01

    True relative Sr isotopic compositions, determined by double spiking on Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite show up to 1.5??? per mass unit mass fractionation relative to the Earth and bulk chondrites. All abnormal inclusions are light-isotope enriched. A lack of isotopically heavy Sr in inclusions would place constraints on the time, place and mechanism of origin of these objects. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  7. Crystal structure of new synthetic Ca,Na carbonate-borate Ca{sub 2}Na(Na{sub x}Ca{sub 0.5-x})[B{sub 3}{sup t}B{sub 2}{sup {delta}}O{sub 8}(OH)(O{sub 1-x}OH{sub x})](CO{sub 3})

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    Yamnova, N. A. Borovikova, E. Yu.; Gurbanova, O. A.; Dimitrova, O. V.; Zubkova, N. V.

    2012-05-15

    New Ca,Na carbonate-borate Ca{sub 2}Na(Na{sub x}Ca{sub 0.5-x}) [B{sub 3}{sup t}B{sub 2}{sup {Delta}}O{sub 8}(OH)(O{sub 1-x}OH{sub x})](CO{sub 3}) crystals (x {approx} 0.4) have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method in the Ca(OH){sub 2}-H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-NaCl-system at t = 250 Degree-Sign C and P = 70-80 atm; the structure parameters are found to be a = 11.1848(3) Angstrom-Sign , b = 6.4727(2) Angstrom-Sign , c = 25.8181(7) Angstrom-Sign , {beta} = 96.364(3) Degree-Sign , V = 1857.60(9) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3}, sp. gr. C2/c, Z = 8, and {rho}{sub calcd} = 2.801 g/cm{sup 3} (Xcalibur S autodiffractometer (CCD), 2663 reflections with I > 2{sigma} (I), direct solution, refinement by the least-squares method in the anisotropic approximation of thermal atomic vibrations, hydrogen localization, R{sub 1} = 0.0387). The structure is based on boron-oxygen layers of pentaborate radicals 5(2{Delta} + 3T). Ca and Na polyhedra and CO{sub 3} triangles are located between the layers. A crystallochemical analysis of the new Ca,Na carbonate-borate has established its similarity to natural Na,Ca pentaborates (heidornite and tuzlaite) and synthetic Na,Ba-decaborate.

  8. Blood pressure development of the spontaneously hypertensive rat after concurrent manipulations of dietary Ca2+ and Na+. Relation to intestinal Ca2+ fluxes.

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    McCarron, D A; Lucas, P A; Shneidman, R J; LaCour, B; Drüeke, T

    1985-01-01

    The blood pressure of the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) is influenced by the Ca2+ content of its diet. As the SHR's greater dependence on dietary calcium may reflect a defect in intestinal calcium absorption, we measured in vitro unidirectional Ca2+ flux (J) in the duodenum-jejunum (four segments each) of the SHR (n = 6) and the normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rat (WKY; n = 6) by a modified Ussing apparatus. Because of the known and postulated interactions between Ca2+ and Na+ in both intestinal and vascular tissue, we assessed in vivo the influence of a concurrent manipulation of Na+ intake (three levels: 0.25%, 0.45%, and 1.0%) on the blood pressure development of SHRs (n = 35) and WKYs (n = 35), between 6 and 20 wk of age, exposed to three levels of dietary calcium (0.1, 1.0, and 2%). Net calcium flux (Jnet) (mean +/- SEM) was significantly (P less than 0.01) lower in the SHR (-2.8 +/- 6.3 nmol/cm2 X h) than in the WKY (34.6 +/- 8.8 nmol/cm2 X h). The SHR's decreased Jnet resulted from a significantly (P less than 0.03) lower mucosa-to-serosa flux (Jm-s) in the SHR (41.0 +/- 5.6 nmol/cm2 X h) compared with the Jm-s of the WKY (70.1 +/- 9.1 nmol/cm2 X h). Serosa-to-mucosa flux for calcium did not differ between the SHR (43.8 +/- 6.6 nmol/cm2 X h) and the WKY (35.5 +/- 8.0 nmol/cm2 X h). The SHR's decreased (P less than 0.002) Jm-s was confirmed by additional measurements in SHRs and WKYs. Jm-s was 36.2 +/- 3.7 nmol/cm2 X h in the SHRs (n = 11) and 64.4 +/- 6.7 nmol/cm2 X h in the WKYs (n = 9). The provision of an increased dietary Ca2+ (2% by weight) and increased Na+ (1%) to the SHR prevented the emergence of hypertension (P less than 0.001) (mean +/- SEM systolic blood pressure at 20 wk of age; 135 +/- 5 mmHg for the 2% Ca2+, 1% Na+ SHR vs. 164 +/- 2 mmHg for the control diet SHR). Ca2+ (0.1%) and Na+ (0.25%) restriction accelerated the SHR's hypertension (192 +/- 2 mmHg) (P less than 0.001) and was associated with higher pressures in the WKY (146 +/- 4 mm

  9. Crystallization of Ca-Al-Rich Inclusions: Experimental Studies on the Effects of Repeated Heating Events

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    Paque, Julie M.; Lofgren, Gary E.; Le, Loan

    2000-01-01

    The observed textures and chemistry of Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) are presumed to be the culmination of a series of repeated heating and cooling events in the early history of the solar nebula. We have examined the effects of these heating/cooling cycles experimentally on a bulk composition representing an average Type B Ca-Al-rich inclusion composition. We have tested the effect of the nature of the starting material. Although the most recent and/or highest temperature event prior to incorporation into the parent body dominates the texture and chemistry of the CAI, prior events also affect the phase compositions and textures. We have determined that heating precursor grains to about 1275 C prior to the final melting event increases the likelihood of anorthite crystallization in subsequent higher temperature events and a prior high temperature even that produced dendritic melilite results in melilite that shows evidence of rapid crystallization in subsequent lower temperature events. Prior low temperature pre-crystallization events produce final ran products with pyroxene compositions similar to Type B Ca-Al-rich inclusions, and the glass (residual liquid) composition is more anorthitic than any other experiments to date. The addition of Pt powder to the starting material appears to enhance the ability of anorthite to nucleate from this composition.

  10. Hibonite, Ca2/Al, Ti/24O38, from the Leoville and Allende chondritic meteorites.

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    Keil, K.; Fuchs, L. H.

    1971-01-01

    Hibonite was discovered in light-colored, Ca-Al-Ti-rich and Si-Fe-poor, achondritic inclusions of the Leoville and Allende HL-group chondrites. Two varieties of hibonite occur: one emits a bright red-orange luminescence under electron bombardment and has high amounts of Al2O3 (87.7; 87.9) and low amounts of MgO (0.65; 0.8) and TiO2 (0.68; 0.8). The other emits a bright blue luminescence and is low in Al2O3 (78.7; 79.2) and high in MgO (3.3; 3.7) and TiO2 (6.5; 7.9) (in wt. %). The oxide CaO is about the same in both varieties. It is suggested that the change in the color of the visible luminescence results from changes in composition. The origin of hibonite which occurs in complex mineral assemblages together with anorthite, gelhenite, wollastonite, aluminous diopside, andradite, Ca-pyroxene, perovskite, spinel, taenite, chromite, and pentlandite, and in close proximity to nodules containing calcite, whewellite, forsterite and many of the aforementioned phases, is discussed. The proposition that hibonite and associated phases originated by contact metamorphism and metasomatism of calcite-dolomite bearing assemblages cannot, at this time, be completely ruled out.

  11. Crystal growth, polarized spectra, and laser performance of Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal

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    Di, J. Q.; Xu, X. D.; Xia, C. T.; Zheng, L. H.; Aka, G.; Yu, H. H.; Sai, Q. L.; Guo, X. Y.; Zhu, L.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the crystal growth, polarized spectra, and laser performance of Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal were reported. The segregation coefficient of Yb3+ ions was calculated to be 0.47. The cell parameters were determined to be a  =  b  =  0.3658 nm, c  =  1.1985 nm. The peak absorption cross-section was calculated to be 2.65  ×  10-20 cm2 at 979 nm and the peak stimulated emission cross-section was 2.23  ×  10-20 cm2 at 980 nm for the π polarization. The continuous-wave (CW) laser operations of uncoated Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystals with 5  ×  5  ×  3 mm3 in size were demonstrated. A maximum output power of 1.6 W at 1048 nm was obtained with a slope efficiency of 28%. The results show that Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal is a promising laser medium.

  12. Polymer Coated CaAl-Layered Double Hydroxide Nanomaterials for Potential Calcium Supplement

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    Kim, Tae-Hyun; Lee, Jeong-A; Choi, Soo-Jin; Oh, Jae-Min

    2014-01-01

    We have successfully prepared layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanomaterials containing calcium and aluminum ions in the framework (CaAl-LDH). The surface of CaAl-LDH was coated with enteric polymer, Eudragit®L 100 in order to protect nanomaterials from fast dissolution under gastric condition of pH 1.2. The X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the pristine LDH was well prepared having hydrocalumite structure, and that the polymer effectively coated the surface of LDH without disturbing structure. From thermal analysis, it was determined that only a small amount (less than 1%) of polymer was coated on the LDH surface. Metal dissolution from LDH nanomaterials was significantly reduced upon Eudragit®L 100 coating at pH 1.2, 6.8 and 7.4, which simulates gastric, enteric and plasma conditions, respectively, and the dissolution effect was the most suppressed at pH 1.2. The LDH nanomaterials did not exhibit any significant cytotoxicity up to 1000 μg/mL and intracellular calcium concentration significantly increased in LDH-treated human intestinal cells. Pharmacokinetic study demonstrated absorption efficiency of Eudragit®L 100 coated LDH following oral administration to rats. Moreover, the LDH nanomaterials did not cause acute toxic effect in vivo. All the results suggest the great potential of CaAl-LDH nanomaterials as a calcium supplement. PMID:25490138

  13. Improved hydrogen storage kinetics of nanoconfined NaAlH₄ catalyzed with TiCl₃ nanoparticles.

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    Nielsen, Thomas K; Polanski, Marek; Zasada, Dariusz; Javadian, Payam; Besenbacher, Flemming; Bystrzycki, Jerzy; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R

    2011-05-24

    Nanoparticles of NaAlH(4) have been infiltrated in nanoporous carbon aerogel with TiCl(3) nanoparticles in order to explore possible synergetic effects between nanoconfinement and a functionalized catalytic scaffold. Resorcinol formaldehyde carbon aerogels with an average pore size of 17 nm and total pore volume of 1.26 mL/g were infiltrated with TiCl(3) to obtain an aerogel doped with 3.0 wt % TiCl(3) nanoparticles. NaAlH(4) was melt-infiltrated into the functionalized carbon aerogel at 189 °C and p(H(2)) ∼ 186-199 bar. Energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) combined with focused ion beam (FIB) techniques revealed the presence of Na, Al, Ti, and Cl inside the aerogel scaffold material. The infiltrated NaAlH(4) was X-ray amorphous, whereas (27)Al magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy confirmed the presence of nanoconfined NaAlH(4). Temperature-programmed desorption mass spectroscopy (TPD-MS) and Sieverts' measurements demonstrated significantly improved hydrogen desorption kinetics for this new nanoconfined NaAlH(4)-TiCl(3) material as compared to nanoconfined NaAlH(4) without the catalysts TiCl(3) and to bulk ball-milled samples of NaAlH(4)-TiCl(3). We find that the onset temperature for hydrogen release was close to room temperature (T(onset) = 33 °C), and the hydrogen release rate reached a maximum value at 125 °C, which demonstrates favorable synergetic effects between nanoconfinement and catalyst addition. PMID:21446760

  14. Surface Tension of the System NaF -AlF3-Al2O3 and Surface Adsorption of Al2O3

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    Kucharík, Marián; Vasiljev, Roman

    2006-08-01

    Part of the molten system NaF-AlF3-Al2O3 was studied by surface tension measurements, which were performed at cryolite ratios (CR) between 1.5 and 3 [CR = n(NaF)/n(AlF3)]. The maximal bubble pressure method was applied. The surface adsorption of alumina (Al2O3) was also calculated. The obtained results were discussed in terms of the anionic composition of the melt. The addition of AlF3 to melt with CR= 3 decreases the surface tension, as AlF3 is surface-active in molten Na3AlF6. The concentration dependence of the surface tension and the surface adsorption of alumina in the title system are influenced by the formation of surface-active oxofluoroaluminates. An increase of the difference between the surface tension of NaF-AlF3 mixtures and the surface tension of pure alumina was observed with decreasing cryolite ratio.

  15. Neutron beam tests of CsI(Na) and CaF2(Eu) crystals for dark matter direct search

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    Guo, C.; Ma, X. H.; Wang, Z. M.; Bao, J.; Dai, C. J.; Guan, M. Y.; Liu, J. C.; Li, Z. H.; Ren, J.; Ruan, X. C.; Yang, C. G.; Yu, Z. Y.; Zhong, W. L.; Huerta, C.

    2016-05-01

    In recent decades, inorganic crystals have been widely used in dark matter direct search experiments. To contribute to the understanding of the capabilities of CsI(Na) and CaF2(Eu) crystals, a mono-energetic neutron beam is utilized to study the properties of nuclear recoils, which are expected to be similar to signals of dark matter direct detection. The quenching factor of nuclear recoils in CsI(Na) and CaF2Eu, as well as an improved discrimination factor between nuclear recoils and γ backgrounds in CsI(Na), are reported.

  16. THE ROLE OF INTRACELLULAR SODIUM (Na+) IN THE REGULATION OF CALCIUM (Ca2+)-MEDIATED SIGNALING AND TOXICITY

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    Yu, Xian-Min; Groveman, Bradley R; Fang, Xiao-Qian; Lin, Shuang-Xiu

    2010-01-01

    It is known that activated N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are a major route of excessive calcium ion (Ca2+) entry in central neurons, which may activate degradative processes and thereby cause cell death. Therefore, NMDARs are now recognized to play a key role in the development of many diseases associated with injuries to the central nervous system (CNS). However, it remains a mystery how NMDAR activity is recruited in the cellular processes leading to excitotoxicity and how NMDAR activity can be controlled at a physiological level. The sodium ion (Na+) is the major cation in extracellular space. With its entry into the cell, Na+ can act as a critical intracellular second messenger that regulates many cellular functions. Recent data have shown that intracellular Na+ can be an important signaling factor underlying the up-regulation of NMDARs. While Ca2+ influx during the activation of NMDARs down-regulates NMDAR activity, Na+ influx provides an essential positive feedback mechanism to overcome Ca2+-induced inhibition and thereby potentiate both NMDAR activity and inward Ca2+ flow. Extensive investigations have been conducted to clarify mechanisms underlying Ca2+-mediated signaling. This review focuses on the roles of Na+ in the regulation of Ca2+-mediated NMDAR signaling and toxicity. PMID:21243124

  17. Hydrothermal Transformation of the Calcium Aluminum Oxide Hydrates CaAl2O4 . 10H2O and Ca2Al2O. 8H2O to Ca3Al2(OH)12 Investigated by In Situ Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction

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    Jensen,T.; Christensen, A.; Hanson, J.

    2005-01-01

    The hydrothermal transformation of calcium aluminate hydrates were investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction in the temperature range 25 to 170 C. This technique allowed the study of the detailed reaction mechanism and identification of intermediate phases. The material CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}{center_dot}10H{sub 2}O converted to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and amorphous aluminum hydroxide. Ca{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5}{center_dot}8H{sub 2}O transformed via the intermediate phase Ca{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}{center_dot}13H{sub 2}O to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and gibbsite, Al(OH){sub 3}. The phase Ca{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}{center_dot}19H{sub 2}O reacted via the same intermediate phase to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and mainly amorphous aluminum hydroxide. The powder pattern of the intermediate phase is reported.

  18. New insights into transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) formation from precursor materials at various Na+/Ca2+ ratios

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    Meng, Shujuan; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are planktonic, organic microgels which play significant roles in cycling of carbon and trace elements, aggregation of particles, feeding and accommodating microbes as well as development of biofilms. However, few studies are available on the mechanism of TEP formation in various water environments. Here we investigate the formation of TEP with alginate blocks as precursors at various Na+/Ca2+ ratios to simulate the situations in different aquatic environments (e.g. freshwater and seawater). We found that the formation of TEP from precursor materials studied was essentially determined by the Ca2+ concentration at a fixed sodium concentration, while Na+ at high Na+/Ca2+ ratio out-competed Ca2+ for the binding sites on the precursor molecules, leading to a significantly decreased trend of TEP formation. Our results indicate that a more abundant TEP could be expected in freshwater than in seawater, and we also discuss the engineering implications of the findings. PMID:26790536

  19. New insights into transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) formation from precursor materials at various Na+/Ca2+ ratios.

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    Meng, Shujuan; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are planktonic, organic microgels which play significant roles in cycling of carbon and trace elements, aggregation of particles, feeding and accommodating microbes as well as development of biofilms. However, few studies are available on the mechanism of TEP formation in various water environments. Here we investigate the formation of TEP with alginate blocks as precursors at various Na(+)/Ca(2+) ratios to simulate the situations in different aquatic environments (e.g. freshwater and seawater). We found that the formation of TEP from precursor materials studied was essentially determined by the Ca(2+) concentration at a fixed sodium concentration, while Na(+) at high Na(+)/Ca(2+) ratio out-competed Ca(2+) for the binding sites on the precursor molecules, leading to a significantly decreased trend of TEP formation. Our results indicate that a more abundant TEP could be expected in freshwater than in seawater, and we also discuss the engineering implications of the findings. PMID:26790536

  20. New insights into transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) formation from precursor materials at various Na+/Ca2+ ratios

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    Meng, Shujuan; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are planktonic, organic microgels which play significant roles in cycling of carbon and trace elements, aggregation of particles, feeding and accommodating microbes as well as development of biofilms. However, few studies are available on the mechanism of TEP formation in various water environments. Here we investigate the formation of TEP with alginate blocks as precursors at various Na+/Ca2+ ratios to simulate the situations in different aquatic environments (e.g. freshwater and seawater). We found that the formation of TEP from precursor materials studied was essentially determined by the Ca2+ concentration at a fixed sodium concentration, while Na+ at high Na+/Ca2+ ratio out-competed Ca2+ for the binding sites on the precursor molecules, leading to a significantly decreased trend of TEP formation. Our results indicate that a more abundant TEP could be expected in freshwater than in seawater, and we also discuss the engineering implications of the findings.

  1. CaMKII-Based Regulation of Voltage-Gated Na+ Channel in Cardiac Disease

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    Koval, Olha M.; Snyder, Jedidiah S.; Wolf, Roseanne M.; Pavlovicz, Ryan E.; Glynn, Patric; Curran, Jerry; Leymaster, Nicholas D.; Dun, Wen; Wright, Patrick J.; Cardona, Natalia; Qian, Lan; Mitchell, Colleen C.; Boyden, Penelope A.; Binkley, Philip F.; Li, Chenglong; Anderson, Mark E.; Mohler, Peter J.; Hund, Thomas J.

    2012-01-01

    Background Human gene variants affecting ion channel biophysical activity and/or membrane localization are linked with potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias. However, the mechanism for many human arrhythmia variants remains undefined despite over a decade of investigation. Post-translational modulation of membrane proteins is essential for normal cardiac function. Importantly, aberrant myocyte signaling has been linked to defects in cardiac ion channel post-translational modifications and disease. We recently identified a novel pathway for post-translational regulation of the primary cardiac voltage-gated Na+ channel (Nav1.5) by CaMKII. However, a role for this pathway in cardiac disease has not been evaluated. Methods and Results We evaluated the role of CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation in human genetic and acquired disease. We report an unexpected link between a short motif in the Nav1.5 DI-DII loop, recently shown to be critical for CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation, and Nav1.5 function in monogenic arrhythmia and common heart disease. Experiments in heterologous cells and primary ventricular cardiomyocytes demonstrate that human arrhythmia susceptibility variants (A572D and Q573E) alter CaMKII-dependent regulation of Nav1.5 resulting in abnormal channel activity and cell excitability. In silico analysis reveals that these variants functionally mimic the phosphorylated channel resulting in increased susceptibility to arrhythmia-triggering afterdepolarizations. Finally, we report that this same motif is aberrantly regulated in a large animal model of acquired heart disease and in failing human myocardium. Conclusions We identify the mechanism for two human arrhythmia variants that affect Nav1.5 channel activity through direct effects on channel post-translational modification. We propose that the CaMKII phosphorylation motif in the Nav1.5 DI-DII cytoplasmic loop is a critical nodal point for pro-arrhythmic changes to Nav1.5 in congenital and acquired cardiac

  2. Phase composition and elemental partitioning in glass-ceramics containing high-Na/Al high level waste

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    Stefanovsky, S. V.; Sorokaletova, A. N.; Nikonov, B. S.

    2012-05-01

    Mixtures of surrogates of high level waste with high sodium and aluminum contents and sodium-lithium borosilicate frit were melted in alumina crucibles in a resistive furnace followed by quenching of one portion of the melt and annealing of the residual material in a turned-off furnace. The annealed materials with waste loading of up to 45 wt.% contained minor spinel type phase and trace of nepheline (Na,K)AlSiO4. In the annealed materials contained waste oxides in amount of 50 wt.% and more nepheline and spinel were found to be major and minor phases, respectively. At high waste loadings two extra phases: Cs-aluminosilicate (CsAlSiO4) and mixed Na/Cs-aluminosilicate were found in amount of 3-5 vol.% each. The latter phase contains of up to ˜5.7 wt.% SO3 or 0.13 formula units S (Na0.75K0.05Cs0.29Ca0.02Sr0.02Al0.99Fe0.03Si0.76S0.13O4). Sulfur incorporation as S6+ or SO42- ions into crystal lattice may be facilitated in the presence of large-size Cs+ cations. Simplified suggested formula of this phase may be represented as Na0.8Cs0.3AlSi0.8S0.1O3.95. It was also synthesized by sintering of mixture of chemicals at 1300 °C and found to be instable at temperatures higher than 1300 °C.

  3. The release of hydrogen reaction of graphene modified NaAlH4.

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    Zhang, Shengjun; Zhou, Zhili; Liu, Jiping; Kan, Meixiu

    2011-11-01

    In this experiment, we prepared a better performance graphene, by using butyrolactone and flavanone, promoting the graphite into high quality graphene strip. The obtained graphene were used to catalyze the hydrogen released by NaAlH4. The result proved that 5 wt% doped butyrolactone treated graphite and 2 wt% doped flavanone-treated graphite are good catalyst in NaAlH4's decomposition process. PMID:22413337

  4. An inhibitor of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange blocks activation of insect olfactory receptors.

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    Bobkov, Y; Corey, E; Ache, B

    2014-07-25

    Earlier we showed that the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger inhibitor, KB-R7943, potently blocks the odor-evoked activity of lobster olfactory receptor neurons. Here we extend that finding to recombinant mosquito olfactory receptors stably expressed in HEK cells. Using whole-cell and outside-out patch clamping and calcium imaging, we demonstrate that KB-R7943 blocks both the odorant-gated current and the odorant-evoked calcium signal from two different OR complexes from the malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, AgOr48+AgOrco and AgOr65+AgOrco. Both heteromeric and homomeric (Orco alone) OR complexes were susceptible to KB-R7943 blockade when activated by VUAA1, an agonist that targets the Orco channel subunit, suggesting the Orco subunit may be the target of the drug's action. KB-R7943 represents a valuable tool to further investigate the functional properties of arthropod olfactory receptors and raises the interesting specter that activation of these ionotropic receptors is directly or indirectly linked to a Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger, thereby providing a template for drug design potentially allowing improved control of insect pests and disease vectors. PMID:24996179

  5. Reoxidation of Aluminum in Fe- Al- M (M = C, Mn, and Ti) melts with CaO-Al2 O3-Fe t O (3 mass pct) slags

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    Lee, Kwang Ro; Suito, Hideaki

    1996-06-01

    An Fe-0.01 to 0.5 mass pct Al alloy and an Fe-0.003 to 0.71 mass pct Al-1 mass pct M (M = C, Mn, and Ti) alloy were reoxidized with the CaO-Al2O3-FetO (3 mass pct) slags at 1873 K in an Al2O3 or CaO crucible for 5 and 60 minutes. The contents of acid-insoluble Al, total O, and alloying element M in metal as well as those of M and FetO in slag were measured as a function of total Al content. On the basis of the present and previous results for Fe- Al- Te alloys, the effect of alloying elements on the degree of supersaturation with respect to the Al2O3 precipitation was studied. As a result, the supersaturation phenomenon was observed in all experiments at 5 minutes, but in the experiments at 60 minutes, it was observed only in Fe- Al and Fe- Al- Ti alloys. No supersaturation was observed in the reoxidation of Si in Fe-0.13 to 0.98 mass pct Si alloys with the CaO-SiO2-FetO (3 mass pct) slags in a CaO crucible at 5 and 60 minutes.

  6. Ca(2+) and Na(+) contribute to the swelling of differentiated neuroblastoma cells induced by equinatoxin-II.

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    Meunier, F A; Frangez, R; Benoit, E; Ouanounou, G; Rouzaire-Dubois, B; Suput, D; Molgó, J

    2000-11-01

    Equinatoxin-II (EqTx-II), a cytotoxic protein (mol.wt 20 kDa) isolated from the sea anemone Actinia equina, was found to consistently increase the three-dimensional projected area of differentiated neuroblastoma (NG108-15) cells provided Ca(2+) was present in the medium. No swelling was detected when external NaCl was replaced by sucrose, but replacement of NaCl by Na-isethionate did not prevent the swelling, as revealed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. In addition, microspectrofluorometric measurements in cells preloaded with the Ca(2+) indicator fura-2/AM revealed that EqTx-II (100 nM) markedly increased the fluorescence (F(340)/F(380)) ratio indicating a rise of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)). The elevation of [Ca(2+)](i) exhibited two components that seem to be related to the kinetics of EqTx-II-induced Ca(2+) entry since pretreatment of cells with Ca(2+)-ATPase inhibitors (thapsigargin), Ca(2+) channel blockers (nifedipine and Gd(3+)) or prolonged exposure to a high K(+) (75 mM) medium did not alter EqTx-II-induced Ca(2+) signals. As far as we know, this is the first demonstration that EqTx-II causes swelling of neuroblastoma cells and that this effect is correlated both with an increase of [Ca(2+)](i) and needs the presence of extracellular Na(+). It is suggested that EqTx-II has the ability to insert into the plasma membrane of neuroblastoma cells and to form pores altering the membrane permeability and the intracellular osmolality, inducing a marked influx of water into the cells. PMID:10775755

  7. Petrography, mineralogy, and Mg isotope composition of VICTA: A vigarano CaAl4O7-bearing type A inclusion

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    Greenwood, R. C.; Morse, A.; Long, J. V. P.

    1993-01-01

    Thermodynamic calculations predict that Ca-dialuminate (CaAl4O7) condenses from a cooling gas of solar composition after hibonite and before melilite. Although Ca-dialuminate has now been recorded from Ca Al-rich inclusions (CAI's) in at least 9 meteorites, compared to hibonite it is a relatively rare phase. As pointed out by Michel-Levy et al., the absence of Ca-dialuminate from most hibonite-bearing inclusions poses a serious problem for the condensation model of CAI formation. Here we describe an inclusion which contains abundant CA-dialuminate partially altered to a hercynite-rich (FeAl2O4) assemblage. The evidence from VICTA indicates that compared to all other phases in type A inclusions, Ca-dialuminate is the most susceptible to secondary alteration; a feature which may explain its restricted occurrence. Unaltered Ca-dialuminate and melilite in VICTA display excess Mg-26 indicative of in situ decay of Al-26.

  8. NaCl-induced changes in cytosolic free Ca2+ in Arabidopsis thaliana are heterogeneous and modified by external ionic composition.

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    Tracy, Frances E; Gilliham, Matthew; Dodd, Antony N; Webb, Alex A R; Tester, Mark

    2008-08-01

    Increases in cytosolic free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) are common to many stress-activated signalling pathways, including the response to saline environments. We have investigated the nature of NaCl-induced [Ca(2+)](cyt) signals in whole Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings using aequorin. We found that NaCl-induced increases in [Ca(2+)](cyt) are heterogeneous and mainly restricted to the root. Both the concentration of NaCl and the composition of the solution bathing the root have profound effects on the magnitude and dynamics of NaCl-induced increases in [Ca(2+)](cyt). Alteration of external K(+) concentration caused changes in the temporal and spatial pattern of [Ca(2+)](cyt) increase, providing evidence for Na(+)-induced Ca(2+) influx across the plasma membrane. The effects of various pharmacological agents on NaCl-induced increases in [Ca(2+)](cyt) indicate that NaCl may induce influx of Ca(2+) through both plasma membrane and intracellular Ca(2+)-permeable channels. Analysis of spatiotemporal [Ca(2+)](cyt) dynamics using photon-counting imaging revealed additional levels of complexity in the [Ca(2+)](cyt) signal that may reflect the oscillatory nature of NaCl-induced changes in single cells. PMID:18419736

  9. Crop residue effects on Ca, Mg, K and Na concentrations and loads in runoff water

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    Miras-Avalos, J. M.; Sande-Fouz, P.; Bertol, I.; Paz-Gonzalez, A.

    2009-04-01

    Soil organic matter constitutes and important source of macro and micronutrients for plants and microorganisms while improving some physical and chemical properties of the soil. In Galicia (NW Spain), cultivated soils developed on schists from the Ordenes series show a relatively high susceptibility to surface degradation, which tends to be increased when soil organic content decreases. Therefore, management systems providing a high protection to the soil and increasing its organic matter content should also improve its quality. However, tillage practices may reduce the organic matter content in soil surface horizons, causing crust formation. Degraded soil surface conditions favor surface runoff, thus enhancing nutrient losses. This study examined the effect of applying crop residues to the soil surface on main nutrient (Ca, Mg, K and Na) losses by runoff from a tilled soil with a relatively low organic matter content. Runoff and sediment yield were made over 1 m2 plots using a rainfall simulator with constant 65 mmh-1 intensity. Four successive rainfall applications were performed, the first three ones 25 mm each and the last one 65 mm. Added corn straw varied between 0 and 4 tha-1 in the five studied treatments. Total and dissolved concentrations of the studied elements showed a trend to decrease due to the effect of corn straw on soil losses. After 140 mm cumulative rainfall, total nutrient losses were as follows: Ca from 12.32 to 28.94 mg L-1, Mg from 20.81 to 148.90 mg L-1, K from 14.20 to 35.17 mg L-1 and Na from 14.99 to 23.41 mg L-1. The relative contribution of the dissolved fraction to the total nutrient content loss was highly variable, being up to 90% in the case of Na. The obtained results confirmed that corn residues applied to a degraded soil, with low structural stability, prevented macronutrient losses.

  10. Low-temperature heat capacities of CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene and thermal expansion of CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene.

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    Haselton, H.T., Jr.; Hemingway, B.S.; Robie, R.A.

    1984-01-01

    Low-T heat capacities (5-380 K) have been measured by adiabatic calorimetry for synthetic CaAl2SiO6 glass and pyroxene. High-T unit cell parameters were measured for CaAl2SiO6 pyroxene by means of a Nonius Guinier-Lenne powder camera in order to determine the mean coefficient of thermal expansion in the T range 25-1200oC. -J.A.Z.

  11. Electronic structure and second hyperpolarizability of M(NA2)2 (M = Be, Mg, Ca; A = H, Li, Na) complexes

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    Banerjee, Paramita; Nandi, Prasanta K.

    2015-09-01

    The ground state structure and NLO properties of hydrazine molecule, metal diamine complex M(NH2)2 and its derivatives M(NA2)2 (M = Be, Mg, Ca and A = Li, Na) are calculated by using different DFT functionals and basis sets. The chosen species are sufficiently stable. The M(NA2)2 complexes (A = Li, Na) have rather larger magnitude of third-order response property compared to the hydrazine molecule and M(NH2)2 complexes. The sum-over-state (SOS) calculated one-photon and two-photon part of second-hyperpolarizability showed almost identical pattern of variation as obtained in the DFT calculated results. The largest second-hyperpolarizability is predicted for the complex Ca(NNa2)2.

  12. Electrochemical Na+ and Ca2+ gradients drive coupled-clock regulation of automaticity of isolated rabbit sinoatrial nodal pacemaker cells.

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    Sirenko, Syevda G; Maltsev, Victor A; Yaniv, Yael; Bychkov, Rostislav; Yaeger, Daniel; Vinogradova, Tatiana; Spurgeon, Harold A; Lakatta, Edward G

    2016-07-01

    Coupling of an intracellular Ca(2+) clock to surface membrane ion channels, i.e., a "membrane clock, " via coupling of electrochemical Na(+) and Ca(2+) gradients (ENa and ECa, respectively) has been theorized to regulate sinoatrial nodal cell (SANC) normal automaticity. To test this hypothesis, we measured responses of [Na(+)]i, [Ca(2+)]i, membrane potential, action potential cycle length (APCL), and rhythm in rabbit SANCs to Na(+)/K(+) pump inhibition by the digitalis glycoside, digoxigenin (DG, 10-20 μmol/l). Initial small but significant increases in [Na(+)]i and [Ca(2+)]i and reductions in ENa and ECa in response to DG led to a small reduction in maximum diastolic potential (MDP), significantly enhanced local diastolic Ca(2+) releases (LCRs), and reduced the average APCL. As [Na(+)]i and [Ca(2+)]i continued to increase at longer times following DG exposure, further significant reductions in MDP, ENa, and ECa occurred; LCRs became significantly reduced, and APCL became progressively and significantly prolonged. This was accompanied by increased APCL variability. We also employed a coupled-clock numerical model to simulate changes in ENa and ECa simultaneously with ion currents not measured experimentally. Numerical modeling predicted that, as the ENa and ECa monotonically reduced over time in response to DG, ion currents (ICaL, ICaT, If, IKr, and IbNa) monotonically decreased. In parallel with the biphasic APCL, diastolic INCX manifested biphasic changes; initial INCX increase attributable to enhanced LCR ensemble Ca(2+) signal was followed by INCX reduction as ENCX (ENCX = 3ENa - 2ECa) decreased. Thus SANC automaticity is tightly regulated by ENa, ECa, and ENCX via a complex interplay of numerous key clock components that regulate SANC clock coupling. PMID:27208164

  13. Femtosecond laser-induced subwavelength ripples on Al, Si, CaF2 and CR-39

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    Bashir, Shazia; Shahid Rafique, M.; Husinsky, Wolfgang

    2012-03-01

    The formation of self-organized subwavelength ripples on Al, Si, CaF2 and CR-39 induced by 25 fs laser pulses at central wavelength of 800 nm has been observed under certain experimental conditions. In case of Al subwavelength gratings with periodicities ranging from 20 to 220 nm are reported. For CaF2 the periodicity goes up to 625 nm. In case of Si, nano-gratings have the periodicity of 10-100 nm. The interspacing of these gratings is 60 nm in case of CR-39. These features which are significantly shorter than incident laser wavelength are observed at the irradiation fluence slightly higher than the ablation threshold regardless of the target material. In addition to these nanoripples, classical or microripples with an average spacing of 1-2 μm have also been registered on irradiated surfaces of Al and Si. These microripples have appeared at fluence higher than that is required for nanoripple-formation. It has been found that the formation of the laser-induced ripples is strongly dependent and quite sensitive to the incident laser fluence and the selection of material.

  14. Surface micromorphology of dental composites [CE-TZP]-[Al2O3] with Ca(+2) modifier.

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    Berezina, Sofia; Il'icheva, Alla Alexandrovna; Podzorova, Lyudmila Ivanovna; Ţălu, Ştefan

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize the three-dimensional (3D) surface micromorphology of the ceramics produced from nanoparticles of alumina and tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) with addition of Ca(+2) for sintering improvement. The 3D surface roughness of samples was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), fractal analysis of the 3D AFM-images, and statistical analysis of surface roughness parameters. Cube counting method, based on the linear interpolation type, applied for AFM data was used for fractal analysis. The morphology of non-modified ceramic sample was characterized by the rather big (1-2 μm) grains of α-Al2O3 phase with a habit close to hexagonal drowned in solid solution of t-ZrO2 with smooth surface. The pattern surfaces of modified composite content a little amount of elongated prismatic grains with composition close to the phase of СаСеAl3О7 as well as hexahedral α-Al2O3-grains. Fractal dimension, D, as well as height values distribution have been determined for the surfaces of the samples with and without modifying. It can be concluded that the smoothest surface is of the modified samples with Ca(+2) modifier but the most regular one is of the non-modified samples. A connection was observed between the surface morphology and the physical properties as assessed in previous works. PMID:26190812

  15. CaMn2Al10: Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W. -G.; Smith, G. J.; Kistner-Morris, J. J.; Zellman, S.; Puri, A.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-07-24

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10, a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83μB/Mn, significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈ 9% of Rln2. These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010]/χ[001] ≈ 3.5. A strong power-lawmore » divergence χ(T) ~ T–1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order, an Arrott plot analysis of the magnetization suggests a vanishing low Curie temperature TC ~ 0. Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.« less

  16. CaMn2Al10 : Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W.-G.; Smith, G. J.; Kistner-Morris, J. J.; Zellman, S.; Puri, A.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-07-01

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10 , a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83 μB/Mn , significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈9 % of R ln 2 . These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010 ]/χ[001 ]≈3.5 . A strong power-law divergence χ (T ) ˜T-1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order with a low Curie temperature TC<2 K . Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.

  17. Effects of NaCl and CaCl2 on Cell Enlargement and Cell Production in Cotton Roots 1

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    Kurth, Eva; Cramer, Grant R.; Läuchli, André; Epstein, Emanuel

    1986-01-01

    In many crop species, supplemental Ca2+ alleviates the inhibition of growth typical of exposure to salt stress. In hydroponically grown cotton seedlings (Gossypium hirsutum L. cv Acala SJ-2), both length and weight of the primary root were enhanced by moderate salinities (25 to 100 millimolar NaCl) in the presence of 10 millimolar Ca2+, but the roots became thinner. Anatomical analysis showed that the cortical cells of these roots were longer and narrower than those of the control plants, while cortical cells of roots grown at the same salinities but in the presence of only 0.4 millimolar Ca2+ became shorter and more nearly isodiametrical. Cell volume, however, was not affected by salinities up to 200 millimolar NaCl at either 0.4 or 10 millimolar Ca2+. Our observations suggest Ca2+-dependent effects of salinity on the cytoskeleton. The rate of cell production declined with increasing salinity at 0.4 millimolar Ca2+ but at 10 millimolar Ca2+ was not affected by salinities up to 150 millimolar NaCl. PMID:16665141

  18. Microstructural investigation of MX-80 bentonite and Na/Ca-montmorillonite using basal spacing determination

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    Holmboe, M.; Wold, S.

    2010-12-01

    Knowledge about the microstructure of saturated compacted bentonite is of fundamental importance in order to describe and predict diffusive transport through the bentonite barrier in a deep geological repository. If the mineral composition is well characterized, microstructural models of compacted bentonite on the nanoscale can be based on accurate information of the basal spacings and corresponding interlayer distances within the montmorillonite particles. From the average basal spacing, the interlayer and the so-called interparticle or free porosity can be calculated [1]. The basal spacings of the montmorillonite particles can be measured by neutron and X-ray small-angle scattering or diffraction. However, due to microstructural heterogeneity and interstratification of different hydration states, profile fitting through mixed layered modeling is necessary although challenging [2,3]. In this study, we have used low-angle XRD in reflection mode together with one-dimensional analysis of mixed layered clays [2] in order to compare both the relative layer distribution and average basal spacing of MX-80 bentonite and Na/Ca-montmorillonite samples. Two different methods for water saturation commonly used in the literature were compared, saturation by constant relative humidity (adsorption and desorption) and saturation under constant volume conditions, forming compacted clay with dry densities of 0.5-1.8 g/cm3. No significant difference in basal spacings was observed between highly compacted (< 4 H2O layers) homoionic montmorillonite and MX-80 bentonite samples saturated under volume constricted conditions, if the accessory minerals and lower smectite content was accounted for. This was however not the case for the samples saturated at constant RH%, which indicates mixing of the exchangeable cations in the interlayers. Interestingly, even if the total water content was the same water uptake restricted by water activity did not always result in the same magnitude of

  19. Partition coefficients for Al, Ca, Ti, Cr, and Ni in olivine obtained by melting experiment on an LL6 chondrite

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    Miyamoto, M.; Mikouchi, T.; Mckay, G. A.

    1994-01-01

    We report the partition coefficients for Ca, Al, Ti, Cr, and Ni in olivine obtained through a series of melting experiments on an LL6 chondrite under varying conditions of temperature and oxygen fugacity. It is necessary to examine the variation of partition coefficients up to extremely reducing conditions in order to study meteoritic olivines. For Ca, Al, and Cr, the partition coefficients tend to decrease as temperature increases, but do not change even under extremely reducing conditions.

  20. Thermodynamic Model of the Na-Al-Si-O-F Melts

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    Dolejs, D.; Baker, D. R.

    2004-05-01

    Fluorine is a common volatile element in magmatic-hydrothermal systems, but its solution mechanisms in highly polymerized silicate melts are poorly known. We have developed a thermodynamic model for fluorosilicate liquids which links experimentally determined phase equilibria and spectroscopic information on melt structure. The model is applicable to crystallization of fluoride minerals or fluoride-silicate immiscibility in natural felsic melts. Configurational properties of the liquid are defined by mixing of alkali fluoride, polyhedral aluminofluoride and silicofluoride species and non-bridging terminations of the silicate network. Abundances of individual structural species are described by a homogeneous equilibrium, representing melt depolymerization: F- (free) + O0 (bridging) = F0 (terminal) + O- (non-bridging), which is a replacement of one oxygen bridge, Si-O-Si, by two terminations, Si-F | Na-O-Si. In cryolite-bearing systems, the self-dissociation of octahedral aluminofluoride complexes: Na3[AlF6] = Na[AlF4] + 2 NaF, and the short-range order between (O,F)-corners and (Si,NaAl)-centers of tetrahedra: Si-O-Si + 2 [NaAl]-F = [NaAl]-O-[NaAl] + 2 Si-F, represent two additional interaction mechanisms. Portrayal of these equilibria in ternary Thompson reaction space allows to decrease the number of interaction mechanisms by linearly combining melt depolymerization with tetrahedral short-range order. In this formulation, the interaction parameters are incorporated directly in configurational properties, thus the complete melt speciation can be calculated, and the activities of any macroscopic species are readily derived. The model has been applied to subsystems of the Na2O-NaAlO2-SiO2-F2O-1 compositional space. Activity-composition relationships in the villiaumite-sodium silicate binaries require clustering of silicate tetrahedra in fluoride solvent. Phase-equilibria in cryolite-nepheline and cryolite-albite systems illustrate an overall increase of Na3AlF6 self

  1. A diode pumped passively mode-locked Nd:CaGdAlO4 laser

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    Rao, H.; Cong, Z. H.; Qin, Z. G.; Feng, C.; Wang, Q. P.; Liu, Z. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, S. S.; Liu, Y.; Men, S. J.; Xia, J. B.; Di, J. Q.; Xu, X. D.; Xu, J.

    2016-04-01

    A diode pumped passively mode-locked Nd:CaGdAlO4 (Nd:CGA) laser was demonstrated. By using a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror (SESAM) as the modulator, stable mode-locked pulses with a duration of 6.0 ps and a repetition rate of 88.3 MHz have been achieved at a central wavelength of 1078.6 nm. The maximum output power of 452 mW was obtained under a pump power of 10 W.

  2. Acid precipitation and food quality: Effects of dietary Al, Ca and P on bone and liver characteristics in American black ducks and mallards

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    Sparling, D.W.

    1991-01-01

    American black ducks (Anas rubripes) and mallards (A. platyrhynchos) were fed diets varying in concentrations of aluminum (Al). calcium (Ca), and phosphorus (P) for 10 weeks to identify toxic effects of Al under conditions representative of areas with acid precipitation. Femur and liver tissues were analyzed for Al. Ca, and P concentrations and structural characteristics. At two weeks of age, both species demonstrated pronounced differences in femur Al and P concentrations and femur mass from dietary Al and interaction between Ca:P regimen and Al:Low Ca:Low P enhanced Al storage and decreased P and mass in femurs. Femur Ca was lowest in the Low Ca:Low P regimen but was not affected by dietary Al. At 10 weeks, femur and liver Al continued to vary with dietary Al. Elevated Al and reduced Ca lowered modulus of elasticity. Femur P increased with elevated dietary P in black ducks. Elevated dietary P negated some of the effects of dietary A! on femur mass in black ducks. Reduced Ca concentrations weakened bones of both species and lowered both Ca and P. An array of clinical signs including lameness, discoloration of the upper mandible, complete and greenstick fractures, and death were responses to elevated Al and Ca:P regimen. Black ducks seemed to display these signs over a wider range of diets than mallards. Diets of 1,000 mg/kg Al had toxic effects on both species, particularly when combined with diets low in Ca and P.

  3. A yellow-emitting phosphor of Mn2+-doped Na2CaP2O7

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    Xiao, F.; Song, E. H.; Zhang, Q. Y.

    2014-03-01

    A yellow-emitting Na2CaP2O7:Mn2+ phosphors have been synthesized by solid state reaction. The crystal structure, photoluminescence properties as well as concentration quenching mechanism have been investigated. The 4T1-6A1 emission of Mn2+ in Na2CaP2O7 phosphor ranges from 500 to 650 nm and exhibits a red shift while increasing the Mn2+ concentration. The crystal field strength is calculated based on the combination of excitation spectrum and Tanabe-Sugano diagram. The chromaticity coordinates of Na2CaP2O7:Eu2+, Mn2+ phosphors were discussed in order to develop the potential application in white light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

  4. The Driving Force of the Na+/Ca2+-Exchanger during Metabolic Inhibition

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    Baartscheer, Antonius; Schumacher, Cees A.; Coronel, Ruben; Fiolet, Jan W. T.

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Metabolic inhibition causes a decline in mechanical performance and, if prolonged, myocardial contracture and cell death. The decline in mechanical performance is mainly due to altered intracellular calcium handling, which is under control of the Na+/Ca2+-exchanger (NCX) The driving force of the NCX (ΔGncx) determines the activity of NCX. The aim of this study was to describe the relation between ΔGncx and calcium homeostasis during metabolic inhibition. Methods: In left ventricular rabbit myocytes, during metabolic inhibition (2 mmol/L sodium cyanide), sodium ([Na+]i), calcium ([Ca2+;]i), and action potentials were determined with SBFI, indo-1, and the patch clamp technique. Changes of ΔGncx were calculated. Results: During metabolic inhibition: The first 8 min [Na+]i remained constant, systolic calcium decreased from 532 ± 28 to 82 ± 13 nM, diastolic calcium decreased from 121 ± 12 to 36 ± 10 nM and the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium content was depleted for 85 ± 3%. After 8 min [Na+;]i and diastolic calcium started to increase to 30 ± 1.3 mmol/L and 500 ± 31 nM after 30 min respectively. The action potential duration shortened biphasically. In the first 5 min it shortened from 225 ± 12 to 153 ± 11 ms and remained almost constant until it shortened again after 10 min. After 14 min action potential and calcium transients disappeared due to unexcitability of the myocytes. This resulted in an increased of the time average of ΔGncx from 6.2 ± 0.2 to 7.7 ± 0.3 kJ/mol during the first 3 min, where after it decreased and became negative after about 15 min. Conclusion: Metabolic inhibition caused an early increase of ΔGncx caused by shortening of the action potential. The increase of ΔGncx contributed to decrease of diastolic calcium, calcium transient amplitude, SR calcium content, and contractility. The increase of diastolic calcium started after ΔGncx became

  5. Broadband photoluminescence in the (CaO-Al2O3-SiO2):Eu system

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    Gurin, N. T.; Paksyutov, K. V.; Terent'ev, M. A.; Shirokov, A. V.

    2009-08-01

    Phosphors of the (CaO-Al2O3-SiO2):Eu system obtained by direct solid-state synthesis in air at 1300°C produce broadband photoluminescence (PL) covering the entire visible range under excitation by a nitrogen laser. Upon vacuum annealing, the PL intensity in (CaO-Al2O3-SiO2):Eu and (CaO-Al2O3-2SiO2):Eu samples exhibits a several-fold increase and the latter phosphor yields blue emission according to the CIE color standard. The annealing of a (CaO-Al2O3):Eu composition leads to a change in the emission color from red (close to that according to the EBU scale) to blue (in the same scale). Vacuum-annealed (CaO-2Al2O3):Eu phosphor yields red emission (close to that according to the NTSC scale), while (2CaO-Al2O3):Eu composition exhibits intense purple luminescence.

  6. Reactivity enhancement of oxide skins in reversible Ti-doped NaAlH{sub 4}

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    Delmelle, Renaud; Borgschulte, Andreas; Gehrig, Jeffrey C.; Züttel, Andreas

    2014-12-15

    The reversibility of hydrogen sorption in complex hydrides has only been shown unambiguously for NaAlH{sub 4} doped with transition metal compounds. Despite a multitude of investigations of the effect of the added catalyst on the hydrogen sorption kinetics of NaAlH{sub 4}, the mechanism of catalysis remains elusive so far. Following the decomposition of TiCl{sub 3}-doped NaAlH{sub 4} by in-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we link the chemical state of the dopant with those of the hydride and decomposition products. Titanium and aluminium change their oxidation states during cycling. The change of the formal oxidation state of Al from III to zero is partly due to the chemical reaction from NaAlH{sub 4} to Al. Furthermore, aluminium oxide is formed (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), which coexists with titanium oxide (Ti{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The interplay of metallic and oxidized Ti with the oxide skin might explain the effectiveness of Ti and similar dopants (Ce, Zr…)

  7. [Nitric oxide and electrogenic metals (Ca, Na, K) in epidermal cells].

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    Petukhov, V I; Baumane, L K; Dmitriev, E V; Vanin, A F

    2015-01-01

    Using atomic emission spectrometry and EPR analysis metal-ligand homeostasis (MLH) has been studied in epidermal cells of 954 liquidators of the Chernobyl accident and 947 healthy individuals. A possible association of the redox status with the quantitative changes in the MLH, which could be used as discriminators of oxidative/nitrosative stress, attracts special interest. Characteristic features of oxidative stress mainly related to electrogenic metals (Ca, K, Na), were found not only among the liquidators examined, but also in some healthy individuals (18.1%); this suggests the presence of oxidative/nitrosative stress of non-radiation origin. Correlation between intracellular production of nitric oxide (NO) with quantitative changes in the electrogenic metals may indicate the possible involvement of NO in the generation of an electric potential of the cell. PMID:26350742

  8. Kinetic peculiarities of diamond crystallization in K-Na-Mg-Ca-Carbonate-Carbon melt-solution

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    Solopova, N. A.; Spivak, A. V.; Litvin, Yu. A.; Shiryaev, A. A.; Tsel'movich, V. A.; Nekrasov, A. N.

    2013-02-01

    The kinetic peculiarities of diamond crystallization in multicomponent K-Na-Mg-Ca-carbonate-carbon system have been studied in conditions of diamond stability at 1500-1800°C and 7.5-8.5 GPa. It has been established that the diamond phase nucleation density at a fixed temperature of 1600°C decreases from 1.3 × 105 nuclei/mm3 at 8.5 GPa to 3.7 × 103 nuclei/mm3 at 7.5 GPa. The fluorescence spectra of obtained diamond crystals contain peaks at 504 nm ( H3-defect), 575 nm (NV-center), and 638 nm (NV-defect), caused by the presence of nitrogen impurity. In the cathodoluminescence spectra, an A-band with the maximum at 470 nm is present. The obtained data make it possible to assign the synthesized diamonds in the carbonate-carbon system to the mixed Ia + Ib type.

  9. Network topology for the formation of solvated electrons in binary CaO–Al2O3 composition glasses

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    Akola, Jaakko; Kohara, Shinji; Ohara, Koji; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Usuki, Takeshi; Kubo, Takashi; Nakahira, Atsushi; Nitta, Kiyofumi; Uruga, Tomoya; Weber, J. K. Richard; Benmore, Chris J.

    2013-01-01

    Glass formation in the CaO–Al2O3 system represents an important phenomenon because it does not contain typical network-forming cations. We have produced structural models of CaO–Al2O3 glasses using combined density functional theory–reverse Monte Carlo simulations and obtained structures that reproduce experiments (X-ray and neutron diffraction, extended X-ray absorption fine structure) and result in cohesive energies close to the crystalline ground states. The O–Ca and O–Al coordination numbers are similar in the eutectic 64 mol % CaO (64CaO) glass [comparable to 12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7)], and the glass structure comprises a topologically disordered cage network with large-sized rings. This topologically disordered network is the signature of the high glass-forming ability of 64CaO glass and high viscosity in the melt. Analysis of the electronic structure reveals that the atomic charges for Al are comparable to those for Ca, and the bond strength of Al–O is stronger than that of Ca–O, indicating that oxygen is more weakly bound by cations in CaO-rich glass. The analysis shows that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals occurs in cavity sites, suggesting that the C12A7 electride glass [Kim SW, Shimoyama T, Hosono H (2011) Science 333(6038):71–74] synthesized from a strongly reduced high-temperature melt can host solvated electrons and bipolarons. Calculations of 64CaO glass structures with few subtracted oxygen atoms (additional electrons) confirm this observation. The comparable atomic charges and coordination of the cations promote more efficient elemental mixing, and this is the origin of the extended cage structure and hosted solvated (trapped) electrons in the C12A7 glass. PMID:23723350

  10. Na+/Ca2+ exchanger overexpression impairs frequency- and ouabain-dependent cell shortening in adult rat cardiomyocytes.

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    Bölck, Birgit; Münch, Götz; Mackenstein, Peter; Hellmich, Martin; Hirsch, Ingo; Reuter, Hannes; Hattebuhr, Nadja; Weig, Hans-Jörg; Ungerer, Martin; Brixius, Klara; Schwinger, Robert H G

    2004-10-01

    The Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) may influence cardiac function depending on its predominant mode of action, forward mode or reverse mode, during the contraction-relaxation cycle. The intracellular Na(+) concentration ([Na(+)](i)) and the duration of the action potential as well as the level of NCX protein expression regulate the mode of action of NCX. [Na(+)](i) and NCX expression have been reported to be increased in human heart failure. Nevertheless, the consequences of altered NCX expression in heart failure are still a matter of discussion. We aimed to characterize the influence of NCX expression on intracellular Ca(2+) transport in rat cardiomyocytes by adenoviral-mediated gene transfer. A five- to ninefold (dose dependent) overexpression of NCX protein was achieved after 48 h by somatic gene transfer (Ad.NCX.GFP) versus control (Ad.GFP). NCX activity, determined by Na(+) gradient-dependent (45)Ca(2+)-uptake, was significantly increased. The protein expressions of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase, phospholamban, and calsequestrin were unaffected by NCX overexpression. Fractional shortening (FS) of isolated cardiomyocytes was significantly increased at low stimulation rates in Ad.NCX.GFP. After a step-wise enhancing frequency of stimulation to 3.0 Hz, FS remained unaffected in Ad.GFP cells but declined in Ad.NCX.GFP cells. The positive inotropic effect of the cardiac glycoside ouabain was less effective in Ad.NCX.GFP cells, whereas the positive inotropic effect of beta-adrenergic stimulation remained unchanged. In conclusion, NCX overexpression results in a reduced cell shortening at higher stimulation frequencies as well as after inhibition of sarcolemmal Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase, i.e., in conditions with enhanced [Na(+)](i). At low stimulation rates, increased NCX expression enhances both intracellular systolic Ca(2+) and contraction amplitude. PMID:15165985

  11. Radiative charge-transfer lifetime of the excited state of (NaCa){sup +}

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    Makarov, Oleg P.; Cote, R.; Michels, H.; Smith, W.W.

    2003-04-01

    New experiments were proposed recently to investigate the regime of cold atomic and molecular ion-atom collision processes in a special hybrid neutral-atom-ion trap under high-vacuum conditions. We study the collisional cooling of laser precooled Ca{sup +} ions by ultracold Na atoms. Modeling this process requires knowledge of the radiative lifetime of the excited singlet A {sup 1}{sigma}{sup +} state of the (NaCa){sup +} molecular system. We calculate the rate coefficient for radiative charge transfer using a semiclassical approach. The dipole radial matrix elements between the ground and the excited states, and the potential curves were calculated using complete active space self-consistent field and Moeller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory with an extended Gaussian basis, 6-311+G (3df). The semiclassical charge-transfer rate coefficient was averaged over a thermal Maxwellian distribution. In addition, we also present elastic collision cross sections and the spin-exchange cross section. The rate coefficient for charge transfer was found to be 2.3x10{sup -16} cm{sup 3}/sec, while those for the elastic and spin-exchange cross sections were found to be several orders of magnitude higher (1.1x10{sup -8} cm{sup 3}/sec and 2.3x10{sup -9} cm{sup 3}/sec, respectively). This confirms our assumption that the milli-Kelvin regime of collisional cooling of calcium ions by sodium atoms is favorable with the respect to low loss of calcium ions due to the charge transfer.

  12. CO₂ sorbents with scaffold-like Ca-Al layered double hydroxides as precursors for CO₂ capture at high temperatures.

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    Chang, Po-Hsueh; Lee, Tai-Jung; Chang, Yen-Po; Chen, San-Yuan

    2013-06-01

    A highly stable high-temperature CO₂ sorbent consisting of scaffold-like Ca-rich oxides (Ca-Al-O) with rapid absorption kinetics and a high capacity is described. The Ca-rich oxides were prepared by annealing Ca-Al-NO₃ layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursors through a sol-gel process with Al(O(i)P)₃ and Ca(NO₃)₂ with Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, and 7:1. XRD indicated that only LDH powders were formed for Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratios of 2:1. However, both LDH and Ca(OH)₂ phases were produced at higher ratios. Both TEM and SEM observations indicated that the Ca-Al-NO₃ LDHs displayed a scaffold-like porous structure morphology rather than platelet-like particles. Upon annealing at 600 °C, a highly stable porous network structure of the CaO-based Ca-Al-O mixed oxide (CAMO), composed of CaO and Ca₁₂Al₁₄O₃₃, was still present. The CAMO exhibited high specific surface areas (up to 191 m(2)g(-1)) and a pore size distribution of 3-6 nm, which allowed rapid diffusion of CO₂ into the interior of the material, inducing fast carbonation/calcination and enhancing the sintering-resistant nature over multiple carbonation/calcination cycles for CO₂ absorption at 700 °C. Thermogravimetric analysis results indicated that a CO₂ capture capacity of approximately 49 wt% could be obtained with rapid absorption from the porous 7:1 CAMO sorbents by carbonation at 700 °C for 5 min. Also, 94-98% of the initial CO₂ capture capability was retained after 50 cycles of multiple carbonation/calcination tests. Therefore, the CAMO framework is a good isolator for preventing the aggregation of CaO particles, and it is suitable for long-term cyclic operation in high-temperature environments. PMID:23650194

  13. Phase relations for CaAl 2Si 2O 8 (anorthite composition) in the system CaOAl 2O 3SiO 2 at 14 GPa

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    Gautron, L.; Kesson, S. E.; Hibberson, W. O.

    1996-10-01

    Multi-anvil experiments at 14 GPa and 1500°C reveal that CaAl 2Si 2O 8 (anorthite composition) undergoes subsolidus disproportionation into grossular Ca 3Al 2Si 3O 12, stishovite SiO 2 and a calcium aluminosilicate phase of composition CaAl 4Si 2O 11. This last phase (CAS) was first synthesised by Irifune et al. (1994, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 126: 351-368) in a continental crust composition, at P, T conditions appropriate for the Transition Zone. In the system CaOAl 2O 3SiO 2, a new three-phase assemblage (grossular + stishovite + CAS) encountered at 14GPa replaces the grossular + stishovite + kyanite assemblage known to be stable at around 10GPa because of an univariant reaction between grossular and kyanite that yields stishovite and CAS. By 1600°C another univariant reaction between grossular and stishovite produces CAS plus liquid. Schreinemakers' analysis suggests that, given Ca,Al-rich lithologies, the CAS phase should be stable at transition-zone pressures.

  14. Crystalline Al1 - x Ti x phases in the hydrogen cycled NaAlH4 + 0.02TiCl3 system

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    Pitt, M. P.; Vullum, P. E.; Sørby, M. H.; Emerich, H.; Paskevicius, M.; Buckley, C. E.; Gray, E. MacA.; Walmsley, J. C.; Holmestad, R.; Hauback, B. C.

    2013-03-01

    The hydrogen (H) cycled planetary milled (PM) NaAlH4 + 0.02TiCl3 system has been studied by high resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy during the first 10 H cycles. After the first H absorption, we observe the formation of four nanoscopic crystalline (c-) Ti-containing phases embedded on the NaAlH4 surface, i.e. Al2Ti, Al3Ti, Al82Ti18 and Al89Ti11, with 100% of the originally added Ti atoms accounted for. Al2Ti and Al3Ti are observed morphologically as a mechanical couple on the NaAlH4 surface, with a moderately strained interface. Electron diffraction shows that the Al82Ti18 phase retains some ordering from the L12 structure type, with the observation of forbidden (100) ordering reflections in the fcc Al82Ti18 lattice. After 2 H cycles the NaAlH4 + 0.02TiCl3 system displays only two crystalline Ti-containing phases, Al3Ti and Al89Ti11. After 10 H cycles, the Al89Ti11 is completely converted to Al85Ti15. Al89Ti11, Al85Ti15 and Al3Ti do not display any ordering reflections, and they are modeled in the A1 structure type. Quantitative phase analysis indicates that the Al3Ti proportion continues to increase with further H cycles. The formation of Ti-poor Al1 - x Ti x (x < 0.25) phases in later H cycles is detrimental to hydrogenation kinetics, compared to the starting Ti-richer near-surface Al2Ti/NaAlH4 interface present during the first absorption of hydrogen.

  15. The crystal structure of synthetic simmonsite, Na 2LiAlF 6

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    Ross, Kirk C.; Mitchell, Roger H.; Chakhmouradian, Anton R.

    2003-04-01

    The structure of the synthetic fluoroperovskite, Na 2LiAlF 6 (simmonsite), has been determined by powder X-ray diffraction using the Rietveld method of structure refinement. The compound adopts space group P2 1/ n [#14; a=5.2842(1); b=5.3698(1); c=7.5063(2) Å; β=89.98(1)°; Z=4), and is a member of the cryolite (Na 2NaAlF 6) structural group characterized by ordering of the B-site cations (Li, Al) and tilting of the BF 6 octahedra according to the tilt scheme a-b-c+. Rotations of the B-site polyhedra are less ( ΦLi=14.9°; ΦAl=17.0°) than those found in cryolite ( ΦNa=18.6; ΦAl=23.5°) because of the larger difference in the ionic radii of the B-site cations in cryolite as compared to those in simmonsite. Na at the A-site is displaced from the special position resulting in 10- and 8-fold coordination in simmonsite and cryolite, respectively. By analogy with the synthetic compound, naturally occurring simmonsite is considered to adopt space group P2 1/ n (#14) and not the P2 1(#4) or P2 1/ m(#11) space groups.

  16. Magnesium doping on brownmillerite Ca{sub 2}FeAlO{sub 5}

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    Malveiro, J.; Ramos, T.; Ferreira, L.P.; Waerenborgh, J.C.

    2007-06-15

    Ca{sub 2}FeAl{sub 1-} {sub x} Mg {sub x} O{sub 5} (x=0, 0.05 and 0.1) compounds adopting the brownmillerite-type structure were prepared by a self-combustion route using two different fuels. Characterisation was performed using X-ray powder diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy, magnetisation measurements, chemical analysis, scanning electron microscopy and 4-point dc conductivity measurements. Global results indicate that the solubility limit was reached for x=0.1. An antiferromagnetic behaviour was detected for all studied compositions, with magnetic ordering temperatures of 340 and 290 K for x=0 and 0.05, respectively. Mg doping increases the number of iron cations in tetrahedral sites, which induces magnetisation enhancement at low temperatures through the coupling between octahedral iron cations in different octahedral planes. The compounds exhibit semiconductor behaviour and Mg{sup 2+} doping yields a significant enhancement of the total conductivity, which can be essentially attributed to the presence of Fe{sup 4+} ions. - Graphical abstract: Ca{sub 2}FeAl{sub 1-} {sub x} Mg {sub x} O{sub 5} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1) compounds with the brownmillerite structure were prepared and characterised. The paramagnetic Moessbauer spectra presented were obtained at T=363 K (x=0); T=297 K (x=0.05) and T=353 K (x=0.1)

  17. Self-reactivated mesostructured Ca-Al-O composite for enhanced high-temperature CO2 capture and carbonation/calcination cycles performance.

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    Chang, Po-Hsueh; Huang, Wei-Chen; Lee, Tai-Jung; Chang, Yen-Po; Chen, San-Yuan

    2015-03-25

    In this study, highly efficient high-temperature CO2 sorbents of calcium aluminate (Ca-Al-O) mesostructured composite were synthesized using presynthesized mesoporous alumina (MA) as a porous matrix to react with calcium nitrate through a microwave-assisted process. Upon annealing at 600 °C, a highly stable mesoporous structure composed of poorly crystalline Ca12Al14O33 phase and the CaO matrix was obtained. The Ca-Al-O mesostructured sorbents with a Ca(2+)/Al(3+) ratio of 5:1 exhibit an enhanced increasing CO2 absorption kinetics in the CO2 capture capacity from 37.2 wt % to 48.3 wt % without apparent degradation with increasing carbonation/calcination cycling up to 50 at 700 °C due to the strong self-reactivation effect of the mesoporous Ca-Al-O microstructure. Remarkable improvements in the CaO-CaCO3 conversion attained from the mesostructured Ca-Al-O composite can be explained using the concept combined with available mesoporous structure and Ca12Al14O33 phase content. However, a high Ca(2+)/Al(3+) =8:1 Ca-Al-O composite causes degradation because the pores become blocked and partial sintering induces CaO agglomeration. PMID:25730384

  18. Atomistic and Ab initio modeling of CaAl2O4 high-pressure polymorphs under Earth's mantle conditions

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    Eremin, N. N.; Grechanovsky, A. E.; Marchenko, E. I.

    2016-05-01

    Semi-empirical and ab initio theoretical investigation of crystal structure geometry, interatomic distances, phase densities and elastic properties for some CaAl2O4 phases under pressures up to 200 GPa was performed. Two independent simulation methods predicted the appearance of a still unknown super-dense CaAl2O4 modification. In this structure, the Al coordination polyhedron might be described as distorted one with seven vertices. Ca atoms were situated inside polyhedra with ten vertices and Ca-O distances from 1.96 to 2.49 Å. It became the densest modification under pressures of 170 GPa (density functional theory prediction) or 150 GPa (semi-empirical prediction). Both approaches indicated that this super-dense CaAl2O4 modification with a "stuffed α-PbO2" type structure could be a probable candidate for mutual accumulation of Ca and Al in the lower mantle. The existence of this phase can be verified experimentally using high pressure techniques.

  19. Petrography and classification of Ca, Al-rich and olivine-rich inclusions in the Allende CV3 chondrite

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    Kormacki, A. S.; Wood, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    The results of a detailed, systematic petrographic survey of Ca, Al-rich and olivine-rich inclusions in the Allende CV3 chondrite are reported, and a new classification system based on clearly defined and readily applied petrographic criteria is presented. Most Allende inclusions are aggregates containing one or more of three distinct constituents: (1) rimmed concentric objects enriched in Al- and Ti-rich oxide minerals and various amounts of Ca-rich silicates; (2) porous, 'fine-grained' chaotic material enriched in Ca-rich silicates, especially clinopyroxenes and garnets; and (3) porous, 'fine-grained', mafic inclusion matrix, enriched in olivine, pyroxene, and feldspathoids. Two texturally distinct varieties of inclusions consist primarily of inclusion matrix: unrimmed olivine aggregates and rimmed olivine aggregates. Ca, Al-rich inclusions are classified on the basis of the size and abundance of their constituent concentric objects. Some fundamental relationships among Allende inclusions that previusly have not been emphasized are discussed.

  20. Involvement of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger isoform 1 (NCX1) in Neuronal Growth Factor (NGF)-induced Neuronal Differentiation through Ca2+-dependent Akt Phosphorylation*

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    Secondo, Agnese; Esposito, Alba; Sirabella, Rossana; Boscia, Francesca; Pannaccione, Anna; Molinaro, Pasquale; Cantile, Maria; Ciccone, Roselia; Sisalli, Maria Josè; Scorziello, Antonella; Di Renzo, Gianfranco; Annunziato, Lucio

    2015-01-01

    NGF induces neuronal differentiation by modulating [Ca2+]i. However, the role of the three isoforms of the main Ca2+-extruding system, the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX), in NGF-induced differentiation remains unexplored. We investigated whether NCX1, NCX2, and NCX3 isoforms could play a relevant role in neuronal differentiation through the modulation of [Ca2+]i and the Akt pathway. NGF caused progressive neurite elongation; a significant increase of the well known marker of growth cones, GAP-43; and an enhancement of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca2+ content and of Akt phosphorylation through an early activation of ERK1/2. Interestingly, during NGF-induced differentiation, the NCX1 protein level increased, NCX3 decreased, and NCX2 remained unaffected. At the same time, NCX total activity increased. Moreover, NCX1 colocalized and coimmunoprecipitated with GAP-43, and NCX1 silencing prevented NGF-induced effects on GAP-43 expression, Akt phosphorylation, and neurite outgrowth. On the other hand, the overexpression of its neuronal splicing isoform, NCX1.4, even in the absence of NGF, induced an increase in Akt phosphorylation and GAP-43 protein expression. Interestingly, tetrodotoxin-sensitive Na+ currents and 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid, 4,4′-[1,4,10-trioxa-7,13-diazacyclopentadecane-7,13-diylbis(5-methoxy-6,12-benzofurandiyl)]bis-, tetrakis[(acetyloxy)methyl] ester-detected [Na+]i significantly increased in cells overexpressing NCX1.4 as well as ER Ca2+ content. This latter effect was prevented by tetrodotoxin. Furthermore, either the [Ca2+]i chelator(1,2-bis(o-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N′,N′-tetraacetic acid) (BAPTA-AM) or the PI3K inhibitor LY 294002 prevented Akt phosphorylation and GAP-43 protein expression rise in NCX1.4 overexpressing cells. Moreover, in primary cortical neurons, NCX1 silencing prevented Akt phosphorylation, GAP-43 and MAP2 overexpression, and neurite elongation. Collectively, these data show that NCX1 participates in neuronal differentiation

  1. The stability of sodalite in the system NaAlSiO sub 4 -NaCl

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    Sharp, Z.D. ); Helffrich, G.R. ); Bohlen, S.R. ); Essene, E.J. )

    1989-08-01

    The reaction sodalite = {beta}-nepheline + NaCl (s) was reversed in solid-medium apparatus and the reaction sodalite = carnegieite + NaCl (l) was reversed at 1 bar (1,649-1,652 K). The experimental reversals between 923 K and 973 K can be fit with a dP/dT of {minus}11 bar/K, suggesting that the excess entropy for sodalite is present only above 923 K. A phase diagram for the NaAlSiO{sub 4}-NaCl system that is consistent with the measured thermochemical data and the experiments between 973 and 1,650 K can be generated if the 61.7 J/mol{center dot}K entropy contribution is included in the S{sup 0}{sub 298} of sodalite. This entropy contribution must be removed below 973 K for the experiments to fit with calculations. Previously unreported thermodynamic data estimated in this study are {Delta}G{sup 0}{sub 298} for sodalite ({minus}12,697 kJ/mol) and carnegieite (NaAlSiO{sub 4}) ({minus}1,958 kJ/mol), S{sup 0}{sub 298} of carnegieite (129.6 J/mol{center dot}K) and compressibility of NaCl{sub liquid} (V{sup P}{sub 298} (cm{sup 3}) = 31.6{center dot}(1 - 24.7{center dot}10{sup {minus}3}{center dot}P + 800{center dot}10{sup {minus}6}{center dot}P{sup 2}))(T in K; P in kbar). Sodalite is a high-temperature, low-pressure phase, stable well above the solidus in sodic silica-undersaturated magmas enriched in NaCl, and its presence constrains NaCl activities in magmas. Estimates of minimum NaCl (l) activities in the Mont St-Hilaire sodalite syenites are 0.05 at 1,073 K and 0.13 at 1,273 K. Density calculations are consistent with the field observations that sodalite phenocrysts will float in a nepheline syenite liquid. This explains the enrichment of sodalite in the upper levels of the sodalite syenites at Mont St.Hilaire and elsewhere.

  2. The TRPC channel blocker SKF 96365 inhibits glioblastoma cell growth by enhancing reverse mode of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger and increasing intracellular Ca2+

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    Song, M; Chen, D; Yu, S P

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE SKF 96365 is well known for its suppressing effect on human glioblastoma growth by inhibiting pre-activated transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels and Ca2+ influx. The effect of SKF 96363 on glioblastoma cells, however, may be multifaceted and this possibility has been largely ignored. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH The effects of SKF 96365 on cell cycle and cell viability of cultured human glioblastoma cells were characterized. Western blot, Ca2+ imaging and patch clamp recordings were used to delineate cell death mechanisms. siRNA gene knockdown provided additional evidence. KEY RESULTS SKF 96365 repressed glioblastoma cell growth via increasing intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) irrespective of whether TRPC channels were blocked or not. The effect of SKF 96365 primarily resulted from enhanced reverse operation of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) with an EC50 of 9.79 μM. SKF 96365 arrested the glioblastoma cells in the S and G2 phases and activated p38-MAPK and JNK, which were all prevented by the Ca2+ chelator BAPTA-AM or EGTA. The expression of NCX in glioblastoma cells was significantly higher than in normal human astrocytes. Knockdown of the NCX1 isoforms diminished the effect of SKF 96365 on glioblastoma cells. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS At the same concentration, SKF 96365 blocks TRPC channels and enhances the reverse mode of the NCX causing [Ca2+]i accumulation and cytotoxicity. This finding suggests an alternative pharmacological mechanism of SKF 96365. It also indicates that modulation of the NCX is an effective method to disrupt Ca2+ homeostasis and suppress human glioblastoma cells. PMID:24641279

  3. The Average Properties Of CaII And NaI Absorbing Galaxies From Stacked Quasar Spectra

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    Schulte-Ladbeck, Regina E.; Cherinka, B.

    2014-01-01

    Cherinka & Schulte-Ladbeck (2011, AJ 142, 122) used the Sloan Digital Sky Survey SDSS/DR7 to construct a sample of 97,489 galaxy/quasar projections at impact parameters up to 100 kpc from the foreground galaxy, then searched the quasar spectra for CaII and NaI absorption within 500 km s-1 from the galaxy’s velocity. Here, we split the sample into absorbers, ≥3σ, and non-absorbers, <2σ, for galaxy redshifts z>0.01, and perform a spectral stacking analysis to derive average properties. In the 19 CaII absorbers, the CaIIK line has EW = (1.46±0.03) Å and vFWHM = (725±17) km s-1, and the H line has EW = (0.84±0.03) Å and vFWHM = (746±28) km s-1. The doublet is partially saturated with a ratio of ~1.7. We find weak NaI with EW = (0.16±0.02) Å and vFWHM = (294±38) km s-1. We detect no CaII features in 12,545 CaII non-absorbers. We do detect NaI with EW = (0.10±0.04) Å and vFWHM = (930±32) km s-1. In 36 NaI absorbers, the blended NaI feature has EW = (1.86±0.03) Å and vFWHM = (813±11) km s-1. We detect no CaII. We detect a weak NaI feature in the stack of 11,520 NaI non-absorbers, EW = (0.035±0.028) Å and vFWHM = (917±67) km s-1. We detect no CaII. Our main results are: 1. NaI absorption is ubiquitous. 2. CaII and NaI in absorbers is detected to our cutoff of 100 kpc. 3. No significant differences between absorbers and non-absorbers for a wide range of galaxy properties (size, color, concentration index, surface brightness profile) 4. Absorbers and non-absorbers occupy similar impact-parameter—luminosity space. 5. No difference in galaxy inclination, or azimuthal angle distribution, between absorbers and non-absorbers 6. Covering fractions of CaII and NaI are higher than non-absorbers, ~5% within 10 kpc, and drop off significantly, to <1% above 10 kpc. 7. Covering fractions within 10 kpc are slightly higher for luminous galaxies >0.1 Lr*, 12.5% for CaII and 6% for NaI, than for low-luminosity galaxies. Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the use of

  4. Effects of amiloride in guinea-pig and rat left atrial contraction as affected by frequency of stimulation and [Ca2+]0-[Na+]0 ratio: role of Na+/Ca2+ exchange.

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    Cargnelli, G.; Bova, S.; Luciani, S.

    1989-01-01

    1. The effect of amiloride (0.5 mM) on guinea-pig and rat left atria driven at various rates of stimulation and different [Ca2+]0-[Na+]0 ratios has been studied. 2. Amiloride elicited a positive inotropic response in guinea-pig left atria driven at 0.1 Hz, 0.5 Hz and 1 Hz when [Ca2+]0 was 3.6 mM, 1.8 mM and 0.9 mM respectively but not when [Ca2+]0 was 2.7 mM at 0.1 Hz, 0.9 mM at 0.5 Hz and 0.45 mM at 1 Hz. 3. A positive inotropic response was obtained in guinea-pig left atria driven at 0.1 Hz and 1 Hz when [Ca2+]0-[Na+]0(2) was increased respectively from 8 x 10(-5) to 16 x 10(-5) and from 2 x 10(-5) to 8 x 10(-5). The positive inotropic effect was evident only when the ratio was increased by increasing [Ca2+]0 and not by decreasing [Na+]0. 4. In the presence of amiloride, the force of contraction of guinea-pig left atria decreased instead of increasing, when the rate of stimulation was lowered from 1 Hz to 0.01 Hz. Amiloride inhibited the post-rest potentiation. 5. In rat left atria amiloride was devoid of any effect in all the above-mentioned experimental conditions. 6. It is suggested that the pattern of cardiac actions of amiloride can be explained by the inhibition of the Na+/Ca2+ exchange system. PMID:2474348

  5. Thermodynamics of ion exchange between clinoptilolite and aqueous solutions of Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+}

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    Pabalan, R.T.

    1994-11-01

    Because of their ion-exchange, adsorption, and molecular sieve properties, zeolite minerals have generated worldwide interest for use in a broad range of applications such as nuclear and municipal waste water treatment, stack-gas cleanup, natural gas purification, petroleum production, and in agriculture and aquaculture. To provide a thermodynamic basis for understanding zeolite-water interactions in geologic systems, ion-exchange experiments were conducted at 25{degrees}C between clinoptilolite, which is the predominant zeolite mineral in altered pyroclastic and volcaniclastic rocks, and aqueous mixtures of Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+}. Isotherm points were obtained by equilibrating Na-clinoptilolite, which was prepared from clinoptilolite-rich tuff from Death Valley Junction, California, USA, and Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} chloride solutions having different ionic concentration ratios, but constant total normalities of 0.5, 0.05, or 0.005 N. The experimental data were interpreted using a Margules thermodynamic formulation for zeolite solid solutions, coupled with the Pitzer model for aqueous activity coefficients. The isotherm data for 0.5 N Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} solutions were used to derive equilibrium constants and Gibbs free energies for the ion-exchange reactions, as well as parameters for the Margules model. Using the same parameters derived from the 0.5 N data, isotherms were calculated for the 0.05 and 0.005 N solutions. The predicted values agree very well with experimental data. The results of this study indicate that a Margules solid solution model for zeolites, coupled with an activity coefficient model for aqueous solutions (e.g., Pitzer model), can successfully describe and predict binary ion-exchange equilibria between aqueous solutions and the zeolite mineral clinoptilolite over a wide range of solution composition and concentration.

  6. Relationship between NaCl- and H2O2-Induced Cytosolic Ca2+ Increases in Response to Stress in Arabidopsis

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    Ye, Rui; Xue, Yan; Chen, Amelia; An, Lizhe; Pei, Zhen-Ming

    2013-01-01

    Salinity is among the environmental factors that affect plant growth and development and constrain agricultural productivity. Salinity stress triggers increases in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) via Ca2+ influx across the plasma membrane. Salinity stress, as well as other stresses, induces the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). It is well established that ROS also triggers increases in [Ca2+]i. However, the relationship and interaction between salinity stress-induced [Ca2+]i increases and ROS-induced [Ca2+]i increases remain poorly understood. Using an aequorin-based Ca2+ imaging assay we have analyzed [Ca2+]i changes in response to NaCl and H2O2 treatments in Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that NaCl and H2O2 together induced larger increases in [Ca2+]i in Arabidopsis seedlings than either NaCl or H2O2 alone, suggesting an additive effect on [Ca2+]i increases. Following a pre-treatment with either NaCl or H2O2, the subsequent elevation of [Ca2+]i in response to a second treatment with either NaCl or H2O2 was significantly reduced. Furthermore, the NaCl pre-treatment suppressed the elevation of [Ca2+]i seen with a second NaCl treatment more than that seen with a second treatment of H2O2. A similar response was seen when the initial treatment was with H2O2; subsequent addition of H2O2 led to less of an increase in [Ca2+]i than did addition of NaCl. These results imply that NaCl-gated Ca2+ channels and H2O2-gated Ca2+ channels may differ, and also suggest that NaCl- and H2O2-evoked [Ca2+]i may reduce the potency of both NaCl and H2O2 in triggering [Ca2+]i increases, highlighting a feedback mechanism. Alternatively, NaCl and H2O2 may activate the same Ca2+ permeable channel, which is expressed in different types of cells and/or activated via different signaling pathways. PMID:24124535

  7. Mass spectrometric determination of partial pressures of ions in the saturated vapor over the NaF-Na3AlF6 system

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    Abramov, S. V.; Chilingarov, N. S.; Borshchevsky, A. Ya; Sidorov, L. N.

    2004-01-01

    Mass spectrometric determination of absolute partial pressures of basic charged species Na2F+ and AlF4- in the saturated vapor over the NaF-Na3AlF6 system (1:1 molar ratio) was carried out in the 974-1090 K temperature range. The ion pressures were 5-8 orders of magnitude lower than the pressures of basic molecular components NaAlF4 and NaF. Particular attention was given to the equality of device sensitivity constants for positive and negative ions. Absolute device calibration was carried out using the measured ion currents Na2F+ and AlF4- and the equilibrium constant of heterolytic dissociation available in the literature.

  8. High-temperature powder synchrotron diffraction studies of synthetic cryolite Na 3AlF 6

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    Zhou, Qingdi; Kennedy, Brendan J.

    2004-03-01

    A high-resolution synchrotron diffraction study of the structures of a synthetic sample of cryolite Na 3AlF 6 from room temperature to 800°C is reported. At room temperature Na 3AlF 6 is monoclinic and the structure is described in space group P2 1/n. Heating the sample to 560°C results in only minor changes to the structure. A first-order transition from this monoclinic structure to a high-temperature cubic structure is observed near 567°C. The cubic Fm 3¯m structure is characterized by disorder of the fluoride atoms.

  9. Boron Removal from Silicon by CaO-Na2O-SiO2 Ternary Slag

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    Safarian, Jafar; Tranell, Gabriella; Tangstad, Merete

    2015-06-01

    Boron removal from silicon is an important issue for solar-grade silicon feedstock production. In the present study, the removal of B from liquid silicon by a CaO-Na2O-SiO2 slag is studied and it is shown that B can be rapidly removed from silicon within short refining times. Based on mass balance and chemical analysis of the reacted silicon and slag, it is indicated that the kinetics of B removal is dependent on the Na2O in the slag, the main reactive agent for B removal from the system. The transported B into the slag is gasified at the slag-gas interface through sodium metaborate evaporation, which is a rate controlling reaction for B transport to the gas phase. It is indicated that B removal rate by CaO-Na2O-SiO2 slag is considerably higher than that by CaO-SiO2 slags. It is proposed that boron oxide (B2O3) is better embedded in the structure of CaO-SiO2 slags than Na2O-containing slags.

  10. Refinement of Eutectic Si in High Purity Al-5Si Alloys with Combined Ca and P Additions

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Li, Jiehua; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Schumacher, Peter; Arnberg, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The effects of combined additions of Ca and P on the eutectic Si in a series of high purity Al-5 wt pct Si alloys have been investigated with the entrained droplet technique and complementary sets of conventional castings. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal analysis were used to investigate the eutectic droplet undercooling and the recalescence undercooling, respectively. Optical microscopy, SEM, EPMA, and TEM were employed to characterize the resultant microstructures. It was found that 250 ppm Ca addition to Al-5Si wt pct alloys with higher P contents leads to a significant increase of the eutectic droplet undercooling. For low or moderate cooling rates, the TEM results underline that Ca additions do not promote Si twinning. Thus, a higher twin density cannot be expected in Ca containing Al-Si alloys after, e.g., sand casting. Consequently, a refinement of the eutectic Si from coarse flake-like to fine plate-like structure, rather than a modification of the eutectic Si to a fibrous morphology, was achieved. This strongly indicates that the main purpose of Ca additions is to counteract the coarsening effect of the eutectic Si imposed by higher P concentrations. Significant multiple Si twinning was observed in melt-spun condition; however, this can be attributed to the higher cooling rate. After DSC heating (slow cooling), most of Si twins disappeared. Thus, the well-accepted impurity-induced twinning mechanism may be not valid in the case of Ca addition. The possible refinement mechanisms were discussed in terms of nucleation and growth of eutectic Si. We propose that the pre-eutectic Al2Si2Ca phase and preferential formation of Ca3P2 deactivate impurity particles, most likely AlP, poisoning the nucleation sites for eutectic Si.

  11. Local Structures around Si, Al and Na in Hydrated Silicate Glasses

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    Farges, Francois; Wispelaere, Sidoine de; Rossano, Stephanie; Munos, Manuel; Wilke, Max; Flank, Anne-Marie; Lagarde, Pierre

    2007-02-02

    XANES spectra were collected at the Si-, Al-, and Na K-edge in hydrous silicate glasses to understand the effect of water on the local structure around these cations. Around network forming Si and Al, no drastic changes are observed. Around Na, the dissolution of water creates more ordered environments in Al-bearing glasses and less ordered environment in Al-free glasses. Ab-initio XANES calculations were undertaken to understand the structural origins for these features. Based on these results, a bond valence model was refined that considers not only the present XANES experiments and models but also NMR information. The double percolation model refined explains, among others, the explosive properties of water-bearing hydrous melts, at the origin of a number of cataclysmic eruptions in subduction zones.

  12. Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) Studies of Hydrogen Dynamics for Nano-Confined NaAlH4

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    Dobbins, Tabbetha; Narasegowda, Shathabish; Brown, Craig; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Jenkins, Timothy

    The hydrogen dynamics of nano-confined sodium alanate (NaAlH4) has been studied using quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS). Results indicate thermodynamic destabilization is responsible for reduced desorption temperatures of NaAlH4 upon confinement within the nanopores of a metal organic framework (MOF). Both the bulk (microscale) NaAlH4 and the nanoconfined NaAlH4 data were fitted to re-orientation models which yielded corresponding percent mobile hydrogen and jump lengths. The jump lengths calculated from the nano-NaAlH4 were ~2.5 Å, and in conformity with those jump lengths determined for bulk NaAlH4 of ~2.3 Å. As much as 18 % of the hydrogen atoms were estimated to be mobile in the nano-NaAlH4 sample even at relatively low temperatures of 350 K. In contrast, bulk NaAlH4 shows less than 7 % mobile H-atoms even at higher temperatures of ~450 K. The activation energy for the long range is 3.1meV. Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) Studies of Hydrogen Dynamics for Nano-Confined NaAlH4.

  13. Density-functional calculations of the surface tension of liquid Al and Na

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    Stroud, D.; Grimson, M. J.

    1984-01-01

    Calculations of the surface tensions of liquid Al and Na are described using the full ionic density functional formalism of Wood and Stroud (1983). Surface tensions are in good agreement with experiment in both cases, with results substantially better for Al than those found previously in the gradient approximation. Preliminary minimization with respect to surface profile leads to an oscillatory profile superimposed on a nearly steplike ionic density disribution; the oscillations have a wavellength of about a hardsphere diameter.

  14. Raman spectroscopic quantitative study of NaCl-CaCl2-H2O system at high temperatures and pressures.

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    Li, Jing; Mao, Shi-De; Zheng, Hai-Fei

    2014-07-01

    Raman spectra features of the ternary system NaCl-CaCl2-H2O under high temperatures and high pressures were systematically studied in the present work by using hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC) and Raman shifts of quartz to determine pressures, and it has been obtained for the quantitative relationship between Raman shifts of the O-H stretching band of water, mass fractions of solutes and pressures was obtained. The mass fractions of salts, where salinity of NaCl equal to that of CaCl2, are 4.0 mass %, 8.0 mass %, and 12.0 mass %, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the standardized Raman frequency shift differences of the O-H stretching vibration (deltav(O0H)) rise with the increasing temperatures when the mass fractions of salts and pressures of the NaCl-CaCl2-H2O system remain constant. deltav(O-H) increases with the increase in mass fractions of salts in the system when the temperatures and pressures are constant. Linear relationship between deltav(O-H) and pressure with similar slopes can be found for the NaCl-CaCl2-H2O system with different salinities. The quantitative relationship between deltav(O-H), temperature (T), pressure (P), and mass fraction of solute (M) is P = -31.892 deltav(O-H) + 10.131T + 222.816M - 3 183.567, where the valid PTM range of the equation is 200 MPa < or = P < or = 1 700 MPa, 273 K < or = T < or = 539 K and M < or = 12 mass %. The equation can be used as a geobarometer in the studies of fluid inclusions of NaCl-CaCl2-H2O system with equal salinities. The method, as a direct geological detecting technique, has a potential application value. PMID:25269273

  15. Role of [Na+]i and [Ca2+]i in nicotine-induced norepinephrine release from bovine adrenal chromaffin cells.

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    Gerber, S H; Haunstetter, A; Krüger, C; Kaufmann, A; Nobiling, R; Haass, M

    1995-09-01

    Intracellular free sodium ([Na+]i) and calcium ([Ca2+]i) concentrations were determined by sodium-binding benzofuran isophthalate (SBFI) and fura 2 microfluorimetry, respectively, in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells (BCC). Validation of SBFI microfluorimetry by in vitro and in vivo calibration revealed a reliable assessment of [Na+]i within a range of 1-30 mM in single BCC. Nicotine (0.1-10 microM) induced concentration-dependent increases of both [Na+]i (from 3.3 +/- 0.1 to 25.6 +/- 0.4 mM, n = 76, P < 0.001) and [Ca2+]i (from 64 +/- 1 to 467 +/- 16 nM, n = 87, P < 0.001), which were accompanied by an increase in [3H]norepinephrine (NE) release. Consistent with an exocytotic release mechanism, nicotine-induced increments of [Ca2+]i and [3H]NE release were reduced under calcium-free conditions and by gadolinium chloride (40 microM), whereas [Na+]i was not affected. In contrast, a parallel attenuation of nicotine-evoked changes in [Na+]i, [Ca2+]i, and [3H]NE release was observed during reduction of the extracellular sodium concentration. The nicotine-evoked responses were neutralized by the nicotinic receptor antagonist hexamethonium (100 microM) but not by blockade of voltage-dependent sodium channels (1 microM tetrodotoxin). In conclusion, the nicotine-induced exocytotic release of [3H]NE is triggered by an increase in [Ca2+]i, which is facilitated by sodium influx through the nicotinic receptor ionophore. PMID:7573386

  16. Fluorescence and laser photon counting: measurements of epithelial [Ca2+]i or [Na+]i with ciliary beat frequency.

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    Mao, H; Wong, L B

    1998-01-01

    We describe a system we developed that enabled simultaneous measurements of either epithelial calcium ion concentration ([Ca2+]i) or sodium ion concentration ([Na+]i) with the ciliary beat frequency (CBF) in native ciliated epithelia using either Fura-2 (AM) or SBFI (AM) ratiometric fluorescence photon counting along with nonstationary laser light scattering. Studies were performed using native epithelial tissues obtained from ovine tracheae. The dynamic range of the laser light-scattering system was determined by a simulated light "beating" experiment. The nonstationary CBF was demonstrated by the time-frequency analysis of the raw photon count sequences of backscattered heterodyne photons from cultured and native epithelia. Calibrations of calcium and sodium ion concentrations were performed using the respective Fura-2 and SBFI impermanent salts as well as in native epithelia. The cumulative responses of 10(-6), 10(-5), and 10(-4) M nifedipine on [Ca2+]i together with the CBF as well as the cumulative responses of 10(-5), 10(-4), and 10(-3) M amiloride on [Na+]i together with the CBF were also determined. Nifedipine decreased [Ca2+]i but had no effect on CBF. Amiloride decreased [Na+]i and CBF. Stimulation of CBF corresponded with either an increase of [Na+]i or an increase of [Ca2+]i. Decreases of [Na+]i or substantial decreases of [Ca2+]i were associated with decreases in the CBF. These data demonstrate the utility of this system for investigating the regulatory mechanisms of intracellular ions dynamics and the CBF in native epithelia. PMID:9662158

  17. Photoluminescence and thermoluminescence studies of CaAl2O4:Dy(3+) phosphor.

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    Ziyauddin, Mohammad; Tigga, Shalinta; Brahme, Nameeta; Bisen, D P

    2016-02-01

    Calcium aluminate phosphors activated by Dy(3+) have been prepared by a combustion method at a temperature of 600°C. Photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of gamma-irradiated Dy-doped calcium aluminate were investigated. The PL spectrum shows a broad peak around 488 nm and 573 nm, under 347 nm excitation. Thermoluminescence studies were performed for different concentrations of Dy. Optimum intensity of photoluminescence was found for 0.02 mol% concentration of Dy. It was found that initially the peak TL intensity increases with increasing concentration of Dy in the CaAl2O4 host, attains a maximum value for 0.05 mol% concentration and decreases with further increase in the doping concentration due to concentration quenching. PMID:25920456

  18. Evolution of Ca-Al-rich bodies in the earliest solar system Growth by incorporation

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    Wark, D. A.; Lovering, J. F.

    1982-01-01

    Thirty different Allende Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs), 11 of type A and 19 of type B, were examined for spinel palisades and framboids, and the possible origins of these structures are discussed. Possible mechanisms for in situ formation of palisades are assessed, all of them either being rejected outright or considered highly implausible. The evidence for external formation and incorporation of palisade bodies is then assessed, and possible mechanisms are considered. It is proposed that type B CAIs are residues from the heating and incomplete evaporation of interstellar dust during the accretion of the protosolar nebula, and that type A CAIs are later condensates from completely evaporated dust whose exotic O-16-rich component became more diluted in the gas phase.

  19. Properties and performance of the LiCaAlF6:Cr3+ laser material

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, Lloyd L.; Atherton, L. Jeffrey; Caird, John A.; Kway, Wayne L.; Shinn, Michelle D.; Hughes, Robert S.; Smith, Larry K.

    1990-04-01

    The laser properties of the LiCaAlF6:Cr3+ (Cr:LiCAF) material are reviewed. The impact of the absorption and emission spectra on the laser performance is discussed. Laser-pumping and flashlamp-pumping experiments have shown that Cr:LiCAF has potential for high efficiency, although the presence of scattering losses remains a significant problem. The "gradient freeze" growth technique has been found to generate lower-loss material compared to Czochralski growth. The thermal lensing of Cr:LiCAF has been measured to be small and is in rough agreement with the magnitude expected on the basis of the intrinsic thermo-optical properties.

  20. Growth and spectral characters of Nd:CaGdAlO4 crystal

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    Di, Juqing; Sun, Xiaohui; Xu, Xiaodong; Xia, Changtai; Sai, Qinglin; Yu, Haohai; Wang, Yicheng; Zhu, Liu; Gao, Yuan; Guo, Xueyi

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, crystal growth and polarized spectra of Nd:CaGdAlO4 (Nd:CALGO) crystal were reported. The maximal absorption cross-sections are 6.8 and 7.5 × 10-20 cm2 for π-polarization and σ-polarization, and the emission cross-sections are 12.5 × 10-20 cm2 with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 18 and 11 nm, respectively. The Judd-Ofelt (JO) theory was used to calculate the spectral parameters and the effective intensity parameters Ω2, Ω4 and Ω6 were 0.8 × 10-20 cm2, 7.5 × 10-20 cm2 and 5.8 × 10-20 cm2, respectively. The lifetime was 123 μs. The results show that Nd:CALGO crystal is a promising medium for laser output.

  1. Electrophysiological characterization of the rat epithelial Na+ channel (rENaC) expressed in MDCK cells. Effects of Na+ and Ca2+.

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    Ishikawa, T; Marunaka, Y; Rotin, D

    1998-06-01

    + concentrations, which likely resulted from saturation of the single channel conductance. The channel activity (nPo) was significantly decreased when cytosolic Na+ concentration was increased from 0 to 50 mM in inside-out patches. Whole-cell Na+ conductance (with Li+ as a charge carrier) was inhibited by the addition of ionomycin (microM) and Ca2+ (1 mM) to the bath. Dialysis of the cells with a pipette solution containing 1 microM Ca2+ caused a biphasic inhibition, with time constants of 1.7 +/- 0.3 min (n = 3) and 128.4 +/- 33.4 min (n = 3). An increase in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration from <1 nM to 1 microM was accompanied by a decrease in channel activity. Increasing cytosolic Ca2+ to 10 microM exhibited a pronounced inhibitory effect. Single channel conductance, however, was unchanged by increasing free Ca2+ concentrations from <1 nM to 10 microM. Collectively, these results provide the first characterization of rENaC heterologously expressed in a mammalian epithelial cell line, and provide evidence for channel regulation by cytosolic Na+ and Ca2+. PMID:9607939

  2. A preliminary investigation for an Al/AlCl3-NaCl/FeS2 secondary cell

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    Koura, N.

    1980-07-01

    The development of an Al/AlCl3-NaCl/FeS2 cell as a potential candidate for advanced secondary cells is investigated, considering that aluminum has a negative potential and a high theoretical capacity, and the system has a low melting point and is stable as molten salt not in the presence of air or moisture. Discharge curves at various temperatures showed a high plateau at about 0.9 V and a low plateau at about 0.6 V; it was also shown that the more the current density increased, the greater was the high plateau capacity. In addition, FeS was detected from the FeS2 electrode discharged up to 0.65 V, and Al2S3 was detected up to 0.20 V by X-ray analysis.

  3. Hydrogen reduction of wustite single crystals doped with Mg, Mn, Ca, Al, and Si

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    Moukassi, M.; Gougeon, M.; Steinmetz, P.; Dupre, B.; Gleitzer, C.

    1984-06-01

    In order to investigate the reduction mechanism of wustite in the presence of impurities usually met in the ironmaking industry, single crystals have been prepared with Mg, Mn, Ca, Al, and Si as dopants. The amounts of dopant in the lattice is around 4,4,2.5,0.5, and 0.01 mol pct, respectively, at 800 ‡C. For reduction with pure hydrogen, from 600 to 950 ‡C, Ca is the most efficient for accelerating the process at high degrees of reduction (75 pct) Mg and Mn are also active in this respect. Al has only a slowing down effect. Si also slows down the reaction at temperatures between 600 < T < 850 ‡C, but it becomes accelerating at T > 850 ‡C. In the presence of 20 torrs of water vapor in the gas, Mg and Mn are less efficient and unable to prevent the same slowing down of reaction observed with pure wustite at around 850 ‡C and classically called the ‡rate minimum‡. Our interpretation of these results is mainly based upon the observations of microstructures of partly reduced crystals which show a change in the texture of the iron produced which can be correlated with the reduction rate. These observations lead to a possible explanation in terms of the role of inclusions of impurity oxides on the sintering process of the metal, correlated with their ability to dissolve into the wustite lattice. However, this suggestion cannot apply in the case of Si at low temperatures, and this element is therefore supposed to play a role in the stages of reaction associated with the surface of the crystals.

  4. Effects of Al2O3 and CaO/SiO2 Ratio on Phase Equilbria in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 System in Equilibrium with Metallic Iron

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2011-02-01

    The phase equilibria and liquidus temperatures in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 system in equilibrium with metallic iron have been determined experimentally in the temperature range 1383 K to 1573 K (1150 °C to 1300 °C). The experimental conditions were selected to characterize lead blast furnace and imperial smelting furnace slags. The results are presented in a form of pseudoternary sections ZnO-"FeO"-(Al2O3 + CaO + SiO2) with fixed CaO/SiO2 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 ratios. It was found that wustite and spinel are the major primary phases in the composition range investigated. Effects of Al2O3 concentration as well as the CaO/SiO2 ratio on the primary phase field, the liquidus temperature, and the partitioning of ZnO between liquid and solid phases have been discussed for zinc-containing slags.

  5. Kinetics of ATP- and Na(+)-gradient driven Ca2+ transport in basolateral membranes from gills of freshwater- and seawater-adapted tilapia.

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    Verbost, P M; Schoenmakers, T J; Flik, G; Wendelaar Bonga, S E

    1994-01-01

    Plasma membranes of the gills of freshwater- and seawater-adapted tilapia were analyzed for Ca(2+)-ATPase and Na+/Ca2+ exchange activity. The relative importance of ATP-driven and Na(+)-gradient-driven Ca2+ transport in Ca2+ extrusion was evaluated on the basis of kinetic analyses in vitro. The Na+/Ca2+ exchangers in branchial membranes from freshwater or seawater fish displayed similar kinetics. The ATP-driven Ca2+ pump, however, showed a somewhat lower affinity for Ca2+ in membranes isolated from seawater gills than in membranes from freshwater gills; no difference in Vmax was found. The activity of the exchanger was estimated to be 50% of that of the ATP-driven pump at prevailing cytosolic Ca2+ concentrations (10(-7) mol l-1). Opercular ionocyte densities and branchial Na+/K(+)-ATPase content were not significantly different in fish residing in fresh water or sea water. We conclude that the gills of tilapia living for prolonged periods in fresh water or sea water do not differ in the make-up of their basolateral membrane with regard to Ca(2+)-ATPase, Na+/Ca2+ exchange and Na+/K(+)-ATPase activity. Apparently, the densities of these carriers suffice for calcium and sodium homeostasis under these vastly different ambient conditions. PMID:7964377

  6. Role of Internal Potassium in Maintaining Growth of Cultured Citrus Cells on Increasing NaCl and CaCl2 Concentrations 1

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    Ben-Hayyim, Gozal; Kafkafi, Uzi; Ganmore-Neumann, Ruth

    1987-01-01

    Shamouti orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck) salt-tolerant cells were grown under low water potential conditions induced by polyethylene glycol (PEG), NaCl, and CaCl2. On the basis of equal osmotic potentials, PEG was the least inhibitory, NaCl next, and CaCl2 the most inhibitory. The relation between growth capacity and ion content can be summarized as follows. (a) Internal K+ concentration was a major factor which changed in the presence of PEG, NaCl, and CaCl2 and probably played a key role in determining growth capacity. (b) Internal concentrations of Na+, Ca2+, or Cl− could not be directly correlated with growth. (C) Internal Mg2+ concentration could be significant only in the presence of high external Ca2+ concentrations. (d) The contribution of nitrate and phosphate to the internal osmoticum was negligible. The ratio of external (Ca2+)/(Na+)2 concentration is crucial for growth. Ratios above 0.5 × 10−4 per millimolar gave maximal protection from adverse effects of NaCl. Growth capacity was found to be determined by the combination of (Ca2+)/(Na+)2 ratio and the absolute external concentration of NaCl. However, a correlation between internal K+ concentration and growth capacity seemed independent of external NaCl concentration. PMID:16665716

  7. Burovaite-Ca, (Na,K)4Ca2(Ti,Nb)8[Si4O12]4(OH,O)8·12H2O, a new labuntsovite-group mineral species and its place in low-temperature mineral formation in pegmatites of the Khibiny pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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    Azarova, Yu. V.; Shlyukova, Z. V.; Zolotarev, A. A.; Organova, N. I.

    2009-12-01

    This paper presents data on burovaite-Ca, the first Ti-dominant member of the labuntsovite group with a calcium D-octahedron. The idealized formula of burovaite-Ca is (K,Na)4Ca2(Ti,Nb)8[Si4O12]4(OH,O)8 · 12H2O. The mineral has been found in the hydrothermal zone of aegirine-microcline pegmatite located in khibinite at Mt. Khibinpakhkchorr, the Khibiny pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia. Radiaxial intergrowths of burovaite-Ca and labuntsovite-Mn associated with lemmleynite-Ba, analcime, and apophyllite have been identified in caverns within microcline. The mean composition of the mineral is as follows, wt %: 3.72 Na2O, 2.76 K2O, 4.22 CaO, 0.47 SrO, 0.23 BaO, 0.01 MnO, 0.30 Fe2O3, 0.14 Al2O3, 42.02 SiO2, 17.30 TiO2, 15.21 Nb2O5, 12.60 H2O (measured); the total is 98.98. Its empirical formula has been calculated on the basis of [(Si,Al)16O48]: {(Na3.10K1.07Ca0.37Sr0.04Ba0.04)4.62}(Ca1.28Zn0.01)1.29(Ti4.97Nb2.56Fe0.08Ta0.02)7.63(Si15.93Al0.07)16O48(OH6.70O0.93)7.63 · 12H2O. The strongest lines in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern of burovaite-Ca ( I-d Å] are as follows: 70-7.08, 40-6.39, 40-4.97, 30-3.92, 40-3.57, 100-3.25, 70-3.11, 50-2.61, 70-2.49, 40-2.15, 50-2.05, 70-1.712, 70-1.577, and 70-1.444. The structure of burovaite-Ca was solved by A.A. Zolotarev, Jr. The mineral is monoclinic, space group C2/ m. The unit-cell dimensions are a = 14.529(3), b = 14.203(3), c = 7.899(1), β = 117.37(1)°, V = 1447.57 Å3. Burovaite-Ca is an isostructural Ti-dominant analogue of karupmøllerite-Ca and gjerdingenite-Ca. Two stages of mineral formation—pegmatite proper and hydrothermal—have been recognized in the host pegmatite. The hydrothermal stage included K-Ba-Na, Na-K-Ca, and Na-Sr substages. Burovaite-Ca is related to the intermediate Na-K-Ca substage. At the first substage, labuntsovite-Mn and lemmleynite-Ba were formed, and tsepinite-Na, paratsepinite-Nd, and tsepinite-Sr were formed at the final substage. Thus, the sequence of crystallization of labuntsovite

  8. Ultrasonically-enhanced mechanochemical synthesis of CaAl-layered double hydroxides intercalated by a variety of inorganic anions.

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    Szabados, Márton; Mészáros, Rebeka; Erdei, Szabolcs; Kónya, Zoltán; Kukovecz, Ákos; Sipos, Pál; Pálinkó, István

    2016-07-01

    CaAl-layered double hydroxides (CaAl-LDHs) were synthesised with various interlayer anions (CO3(2-), F(-), Cl(-), Br(-) and I(-)) by mechanochemical pre-treatment followed by ultrasonic irradiation in aqueous media. The parameters of the syntheses (duration of pre-milling and sonication, quality of the aqueous media, temperature) were altered in order to optimise the procedure and to understand the formation of LDH and other secondary products. The products were characterised by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optimisation resulted in close-to-phase-pure CaAl-LDHs, not only with carbonate and chloride interlayer anions, but the hard-to-intercalate bromide and iodide as well. PMID:26964966

  9. The reduction of chlorine on carbon in AlCl3-KCl-NaCl melts

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    Holleck, G. L.

    1971-01-01

    Using a rotating vitreous carbon disk electrode, the kinetic parameters for chlorine reduction in an AlCl3-KCl-NaCl (57.5-12.5-30 mol percent) melt were determined. It was found that the reduction of chlorine occurs according to two paths, with the first step probably being rate-determining.

  10. Effects of copper on the preparation and characterization of Na-Ca-P borate glasses

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    Shailajha, S.; Geetha, K.; Vasantharani, P.; Sheik Abdul Kadhar, S. P.

    2015-03-01

    Glasses in the system Na2O-CaO-B2O3-P2O5: CuO have been prepared by melt quenching at 1200 °C and rapidly cooling at room temperature. The structural, optical and thermal properties have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX). The amorphous and crystalline nature of these samples was verified by XRD. Glass transition, crystallization and thermal stability were determined by TG-DTA investigations. Direct optical energy band gaps before and after doping with different percents of copper oxide were evaluated from 4.81 eV to 2.99 eV indicated the role of copper in the glassy matrix by UV spectra. FTIR spectrum reveals characteristic absorption bands due to various groups of triangular and tetrahedral borate network. Due to the amorphous nature, the particles like agglomerates on the glass surface were investigated by the HRSEM analysis. The crystalline nature of the samples in XRD is confirmed by SAED pattern using HRTEM.

  11. Effects of copper on the preparation and characterization of Na-Ca-P borate glasses.

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    Shailajha, S; Geetha, K; Vasantharani, P; Sheik Abdul Kadhar, S P

    2015-03-01

    Glasses in the system Na2O-CaO-B2O3-P2O5: CuO have been prepared by melt quenching at 1200°C and rapidly cooling at room temperature. The structural, optical and thermal properties have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX). The amorphous and crystalline nature of these samples was verified by XRD. Glass transition, crystallization and thermal stability were determined by TG-DTA investigations. Direct optical energy band gaps before and after doping with different percents of copper oxide were evaluated from 4.81eV to 2.99eV indicated the role of copper in the glassy matrix by UV spectra. FTIR spectrum reveals characteristic absorption bands due to various groups of triangular and tetrahedral borate network. Due to the amorphous nature, the particles like agglomerates on the glass surface were investigated by the HRSEM analysis. The crystalline nature of the samples in XRD is confirmed by SAED pattern using HRTEM. PMID:25605593

  12. Internal magnetic field in the zigzag-chain family (Na,Ca)Cr2O4

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    Nozaki, H.; Sakurai, H.; Harada, M.; Higuchi, Y.; Brewer, J. H.; Ansaldo, E. J.; Sugiyama, J.

    2014-12-01

    In order to elucidate the magnetic nature for a novel one-dimensional zigzag chain compound, NaCr2O4, we have measured μ+SR spectra using a powder sample in the temperature range between 2 and 200 K. Weak transverse field (wTF-) μ+SR measurements indicated that the whole volume of the sample enters into an antiferromagnetic (AF) phase below TN = 125 K. The zero field (ZF-) μ+SR spectrum obtained below TN exhibits a clear oscillation with a single muon-spin precession frequency (fμ). This suggests that static AF order is formed below TN and that all the implanted muons sense the same internal magnetic field. The temperature dependence of fμ was found to be very similar to that for the intensity of the magnetic Bragg peak in neutron diffraction (ND) measurements. On the other hand, the ZF-μ+SR spectrum for the isostructural compound, β-CaCr2O4, showed a rapidly damped oscillation below TN = 21 K, supporting the formation of incommensurate AF order, as proposed by ND.

  13. Radiative loss and charge exchange in low energy Na - Ca+ collisions

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    McLaughlin, B. M.; McAlpine, K.; McCann, J. F.; Pattillo, R.; Stancil, P. C.; Forrey, R. C.; Babb, J. F.

    2016-05-01

    Experiments on radiative loss and capture are currently being performed at the University of Connecticut. In response to this experimental effort we have performed detailed calculations for a variety of loss and capture processes. Several low lying states of the NaCa+ cation are used with the accurate potentials energy curves, transition dipole moments and non-adiabatic coupling matrix elements between the states, obtained at the MRCI+Q level of approximation with the MOLPRO suite of quantum chemistry codes. Cross sections and rate coefficients are calculated for radiative charge transfer (RCX), radiative association (RA) and charge exchange in a fully quantum molecular close-coupling (MOCC) approximation at the higher energies. We use a variety of approaches, the optical potential method, semi-classical and MOCC methods to compare and contrast approximations. In addition a kinetic theory recently applied to SiO is utilized which illustrates the dramatic impact resonances have on the radiative association rates. Supported by NASA and HLRS at Stuttgart University.

  14. Na/Ca Intermixing around Silicate and Phosphate Groups in Bioactive Phosphosilicate Glasses Revealed by Heteronuclear Solid-State NMR and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Mathew, Renny; Stevensson, Baltzar; Edén, Mattias

    2015-04-30

    We characterize the intermixing of network-modifying Na(+)/Ca(2+) ions around the silicate (QSi(n)) and phosphate (QP(n)) tetrahedra in a series of 16 Na2O–CaO–SiO2–P2O5 glasses, whose P content and silicate network connectivity were varied independently. The set includes both bioactive and bioinactive compositions and also encompasses two soda-lime-silicate members devoid of P, as well as two CaO–SiO2 glasses and one Na2O–SiO2–P2O5 glass. The various Si/P↔Na/Ca contacts were probed by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations together with heteronuclear magic-angle-spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experimentation utilizing (23)Na{(31)P} and (23)Na{(29)Si} REDOR, as well as (31)P{ (23)Na} and (29)Si{(23)Na} REAPDOR. We introduce an approach for quantifying the extent of Na(+)/Ca(2+) ordering around a given QP(n) or QSi(n) group, encoded by the preference factor 0⩽ PM ⩽ 1 conveying the relative weights of a random cation intermixing (PM = 0) and complete preference/ordering (PM = 1) for one of the species M, which represents either Na(+) or Ca(2+). The MD-derived preference factors reveal phosphate and silicate species surrounded by Na(+)/Ca(2+) ions intermixed nearly randomly (PM ≲ 0.15), except for the QSi(4) and QSi(1) groups, which manifest more significant cation ordering with preference for Na+ and Ca2+, respectively. The overall weak preferences are essentially independent of the Si and P contents of the glass, whereas PM primarily correlates with the total amount of network modifiers: as the latter is increased, the Na/Ca distribution around the {QP(0), QSi(1), QSi(2)} groups with preference for Ca2(+ )tend to randomize (i.e., PCa decreases), while the PNa-values grow slightly for the {QP(1), QSi(3), QSi(4)} species already preferring coordination of Na. The set of experimental preference factors {PCa} for the orthophosphate (QP(0)) groups extracted from (31)P{(23)Na} REAPDOR NMR-derived M2(P–Na) dipolar second moments agrees

  15. Quantum Chemical Design of Doped Ca2MnAlO(5+δ) as Oxygen Storage Media.

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    Ling, Chen; Zhang, Ruigang; Jia, Hongfei

    2015-07-01

    Brownmillerite Ca2MnAlO5 has an exceptional capability to robustly adsorb half-molecules of oxygen and form Ca2MnAlO5.5. To utilize this unique property to regulate oxygen-involved reactions, it is crucial to match the oxygen release-intake equilibrium with targeted reaction conditions. Here we perform a comprehensive investigation of the strategy of tuning the oxygen storage property of Ca2MnAlO5 through chemical doping. For undoped Ca2MnAlO5+δ, our first-principles calculation predicts that the equilibrium temperature at a pressure of 1 atm of O2 is 848 K, which is in excellent agreement with experimental results. Furthermore, the doping of alkaline earth ions at the Ca site, trivalent ions at the Al site, and 3d transition metal ions at the Mn site is analyzed. By the doping of 12.5% of Ga, V, and Ti, the equilibrium temperature shifts to high values by approximately 110-270 K, while by the doping of 12.5% of Fe, Sr, and Ba, the equilibrium temperature is lowered by approximately 20-210 K. The doping of these elements is thermodynamically stable, and doping other elements including Mg, Sc, Y, Cr, Co, and Ni generates metastable compounds. The doping of a higher content of Fe, however, lowers the oxygen storage capacity. Finally, on the basis of our calculated data, we prove that the formation energetics of nondilute interacting oxygen vacancy in doped Ca2MnAlO5.5 scale linearly with a simple descriptor, the oxygen p-band position relative to the Fermi level. The higher-oxygen p-band position leads to a lower vacancy formation energy and thus a lower oxygen release temperature. Understanding such a relationship between fundamental quantum chemical properties and macroscopic properties paves the road to the design and optimization of novel functional oxides. PMID:26066573

  16. Role of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) in modulating postovulatory aging of mouse and rat oocytes.

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    Zhang, Chuan-Xin; Cui, Wei; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Tian-Yang; Zhu, Jiang; Jiao, Guang-Zhong; Tan, Jing-He

    2014-01-01

    We studied the role of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) in modulating oocyte postovulatory aging by observing changes in NCX contents and activities in aging mouse and rat oocytes. Whereas the NCX activity was measured by observing oocyte activation following culture with NCX inhibitor or activator, the NCX contents were determined by immunohistochemical quantification. Although NCX was active in freshly-ovulated rat oocytes recovered 13 h post hCG injection and in aged oocytes recovered 19 h post hCG in both species, it was not active in freshly-ovulated mouse oocytes. However, NCX became active when the freshly-ovulated mouse oocytes were activated with ethanol before culture. Measurement of cytoplasmic Ca2+ revealed Ca2+ increases always before NCX activation. Whereas levels of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the activation susceptibility increased, the density of NCX member 1 (NCX1) decreased significantly with oocyte aging in both species. While culture with H2O2 decreased the density of NCX1 significantly, culture with NaCl supplementation sustained the NCX1 density in mouse oocytes. It was concluded that (a) the NCX activity was involved in the modulation of oocyte aging and spontaneous activation; (b) ROS and Na+ regulated the NCX activity in aging oocytes by altering its density as well as functioning; and (c) cytoplasmic Ca2+ elevation was essential for NCX activation in the oocyte. PMID:24695407

  17. Free-electron-like Hall effect and deviations from free-electron behavior in Ca-Al amorphous alloys

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    Mayeya, F. M.; Hickey, B. J.; Howson, M. A.

    1995-06-01

    The Hall coefficients of Ca-Al amorphous alloys have been measured at 4.2 K over a wide range of compositions. It is shown that the magnitude of the Hall coefficients are close to the nearly-free-electron (NFE) prediction for low Ca concentrations but deviate significantly from the NFE values for Ca concentration greater than 45 at. %. The deviations from the free-electron values have previously been attributed to the effects of s-d hybridization, while a reduction in magnitude by Au doping has been argued to result from the side-jump effect.

  18. Ti₃C₂ MXene as a high capacity electrode material for metal (Li, Na, K, Ca) ion batteries.

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    Er, Dequan; Li, Junwen; Naguib, Michael; Gogotsi, Yury; Shenoy, Vivek B

    2014-07-23

    Two-dimensional (2-D) materials are capable of handling high rates of charge in batteries since metal ions do not need to diffuse in a 3-D lattice structure. However, graphene, which is the most well-studied 2-D material, is known to have no Li capacity. Here, adsorption of Li, as well as Na, K, and Ca, on Ti3C2, one representative MXene, is predicted by first-principles density functional calculations. In our study, we observed that these alkali atoms exhibit different adsorption energies depending on the coverage. The adsorption energies of Na, K, and Ca decrease as coverage increases, while Li shows little sensitivity to variance in coverage. This observed relationship between adsorption energies and coverage of alkali ions on Ti3C2 can be explained by their effective ionic radii. A larger effective ionic radius increases interaction between alkali atoms, thus lower coverage is obtained. Our calculated capacities for Li, Na, K, and Ca on Ti3C2 are 447.8, 351.8, 191.8, and 319.8 mAh/g, respectively. Compared to materials currently used in high-rate Li and Na ion battery anodes, MXene shows promise in increasing overall battery performance. PMID:24979179

  19. Compositional dependence on the in vitro bioactivity of invert or conventional bioglasses in the Si-Ca-Na-P system.

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    Lebecq, I; Désanglois, F; Leriche, A; Follet-Houttemane, C

    2007-10-01

    The bioactivity of 34 invert or conventional glasses in the P-free and P-containing Si-Ca-Na system was evaluated by examining the in vitro Hydroxy Carbonate Apatite (HCA) formation time. The silica content in the glasses varies between 39.48 and 55 mol %. The surfaces of glasses after soaking in simulated body fluid at 37 degrees C were analyzed by Fourier transform infraRed spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy. To understand the HCA formation mechanism, the modification of the glass surface structure was studied. The aim was to understand, in the Si-Ca-Na-P system, the function of each constituent on glass reactivity. It was noted that the bioactivity of Si-Ca-Na-P glasses depends on the P ratio. One of the P-free glasses is as bioactive as the Hench's Bioglass noted 45S5, because it needs 12 h to develop HCA as for Hench's one. In the quaternary system, some of the P-rich and Na, Si-poor glasses are more bioactive than 45S5 (6-10 h to obtain HCA). Two phosphorus effects were observed: the repolymerization of the silicate network and the formation of phosphate-modifier cation complexes. PMID:17390369

  20. Microwave dielectric properties of CaCu3Ti4O12-Al2O3 composite

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    Rahman, Mohd Fariz Ab; Abu, Mohamad Johari; Karim, Saniah Ab; Zaman, Rosyaini Afindi; Ain, Mohd Fadzil; Ahmad, Zainal Arifin; Mohamed, Julie Juliewatty

    2016-07-01

    (1-x)CaCu3Ti4O12 + (x)Al2O3 composite (0 ≤ x ≤0.25) was prepared via conventional solid-state reaction method. The fabrication of sample was started with synthesizing stoichiometric CCTO from CaCO3, CuO and TiO2 powders, then wet-mixed in deionized water for 24 h. The process was continued with calcined CCTO powder at 900 °C for 12 h before sintered at 1040 °C for 10 h. Next, the calcined CCTO powder with different amount of Al2O3 were mixed for 24 h, then palletized and sintered at 1040 °C for 10. X-ray diffraction analysis on the sintered samples showed that CCTO powder was in a single phase, meanwhile the trace of secondary peaks which belong to CaAl2O4 and Corundum (Al2O3) could be observed in the other samples Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that the grain size of the sample is firstly increased with addition of Al2O3 (x = 0.01), then become smaller with the x > 0.01. Microwave dielectric properties showed that the addition of Al2O3 (x = 0.01) was remarkably reduced the dielectric loss while slightly increased the dielectric permittivity. However, further addition of Al2O3 was reduced both dielectric loss and permittivity at least for an order of magnitude.

  1. Thermally and optically stimulated radiative processes in Eu and Y co-doped LiCaAlF6 crystal

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    Fukuda, Kentaro; Yanagida, Takayuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka

    2015-06-01

    Yttrium co-doping was attempted to enhance dosimeter performance of Eu doped LiCaAlF6 crystal. Eu doped and Eu, Y co-doped LiCaAlF6 were prepared by the micro-pulling-down technique, and their dosimeter characteristics such as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) were investigated. By yttrium co-doping, emission intensities of OSL and TSL were enhanced by some orders of magnitude. In contrast, scintillation characteristics of yttrium co-doped crystal such as intensity of prompt luminescence induced by X-ray and light yield under neutron irradiation were degraded.

  2. Transport of graphene oxide in saturated porous media: effect of cation composition in mixed Na-Ca electrolyte systems.

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    Fan, W; Jiang, X H; Yang, W; Geng, Z; Huo, M X; Liu, Z M; Zhou, H

    2015-04-01

    The influence of cation composition in mixed Na-Ca electrolyte systems on the transport of graphene oxide particles in saturated porous media was studied. Column experiments were conducted to elucidate the transport behavior of GO by varied molar ratios of Ca2+/Na+ but of constant ionic strength (IS). The results show that retention of GO in sand column is strongly dependent on IS in the presence of Ca2+, featuring serious deposition rates (Rd) at the higher IS of 10 mM. The maximum Rd was 48.22% at 1 mM and 98.53% at 10 mM. However, there was no obvious difference in GO retention in solutions that only contained Na+ when the IS increased from 1 to 10 mM, and the Rd was 35.17% and 38.21% respectively. The molar ratio of Ca2+/Na+ in solution was much more influential in altering the particle retention behavior at the higher IS of 10 mM, compared with little influence at 1 mM. It was supposed that compression of diffuse double layers mainly controlled GO deposition under lower IS, while charge neutrality and metal (Ca2+) bridging played a significant role at the higher IS. A numerical advection-dispersion-retention model considering the combined processes of Langmuirian dynamics blocking and depth-dependent straining was successfully developed to simulate the transport process of GO through the sand column. Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) interaction energy calculations were also performed to better understand the mechanisms of GO mobility. Coupling analysis of breakthrough experiments, DLVO theory and numerical modeling in this work provides insight into the mechanisms of GO transport in saturated porous media and is useful for reliable prediction of nanoparticle penetration through the vadose zone. PMID:25577737

  3. Lead exchange into zeolite and clay minerals: A [sup 29]Si, [sub 27]Al, [sup 23]Na solid-state NMR study

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    Liang, J.J.; Sherriff, B.L. )

    1993-08-01

    Chabazite, vermiculite, montmorillonite, hectorite, and kaolinite were used to remove Pb, through ion exchange, from 0.01 M aqueous Pb(NO[sub 3])[sub 2] solutions. These minerals contained 27 (Na-chabazite), 16, 9, 9, and 0.5 wt % of Pb, respectively, after equilibration with the solutions. Ion exchange reached equilibrium within 24 h for Na-chabazite and vermiculite, but in less than 5 min for montmorillonite and hectorite. Na-chabazite took up more Pb than natural (Ca, Na)-chabazite (7 wt % Pb), whereas no such difference was observed in different cation forms of the clay minerals. Calcite impurities, associated with the clay minerals, effectively removed Pb from the aqueous solutions by the precipitation of cerussite (PbCO[sub 3]). [sup 29]Si, [sup 27]Al, and [sup 23]Na magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), [sup 23]Na double rotation (DOR) NMR, and [sup 23]Na variable-temperature MAS NMR were used to study the ion exchange mechanisms. In Na-chabazite, cations in all three possible sites take part in the fast chemical exchange. The chemical exchange passes from the fast exchange regime to the slow regime at [minus]80 to [minus]100[degrees]C. One site contains a relatively low population of exchangeable cations. The other two more shielded sites contain most of the exchangeable cation. The exchangeable cations in chabazite and vermiculite were found to be close to the SiO[sub 4] and AlO[sub 4] tetrahedra, while those in the other clay minerals were more distant. Two sites (or groups of sites) for exchangeable cations were observed in hectorite. Lead tended to occupy the one which corresponds to the [minus]8 ppM peak on the [sup 23]Na MAS NMR spectrum. The behavior of the exchangeable cations in the interlayer sites was similar in all the clay minerals studied. 27 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  4. High Density Hydrogen Storage System Demonstration Using NaAlH4 Based Complex Compound Hydrides

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    Daniel A. Mosher; Xia Tang; Ronald J. Brown; Sarah Arsenault; Salvatore Saitta; Bruce L. Laube; Robert H. Dold; Donald L. Anton

    2007-07-27

    This final report describes the motivations, activities and results of the hydrogen storage independent project "High Density Hydrogen Storage System Demonstration Using NaAlH4 Based Complex Compound Hydrides" performed by the United Technologies Research Center under the Department of Energy Hydrogen Program, contract # DE-FC36-02AL67610. The objectives of the project were to identify and address the key systems technologies associated with applying complex hydride materials, particularly ones which differ from those for conventional metal hydride based storage. This involved the design, fabrication and testing of two prototype systems based on the hydrogen storage material NaAlH4. Safety testing, catalysis studies, heat exchanger optimization, reaction kinetics modeling, thermochemical finite element analysis, powder densification development and material neutralization were elements included in the effort.

  5. Distinct interactions of Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} ions with the selectivity filter of the bacterial sodium channel Na{sub V}Ab

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    Ke, Song; Zangerl, Eva-Maria; Stary-Weinzinger, Anna

    2013-01-25

    Highlights: ► Ca{sup 2+} translocates slowly in the filter, due to lack of “loose” knock-on mechanism. ► Identification of a high affinity binding site in Na{sub V}Ab selectivity filter. ► Changes of EEEE locus triggered by electrostatic interactions with Ca{sup 2+} ions. -- Abstract: Rapid and selective ion transport is essential for the generation and regulation of electrical signaling pathways in living organisms. In this study, we use molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to investigate how the bacterial sodium channel Na{sub V}Ab (Arcobacter butzleri) differentiates between Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} ions. Multiple nanosecond molecular dynamics simulations revealed distinct binding patterns for these two cations in the selectivity filter and suggested a high affinity calcium binding site formed by backbone atoms of residues Leu-176 and Thr-175 (S{sub CEN}) in the sodium channel selectivity filter.

  6. Signaling Mechanisms that Link Salt Retention to Hypertension: Endogenous Ouabain, the Na+ Pump, the Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger and TRPC Proteins

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    Blaustein, Mordecai P.; Hamlyn, John M.

    2010-01-01

    Salt retention as a result of chronic, excessive dietary salt intake, is widely accepted as one of the most common causes of hypertension. In a small minority of cases, enhanced Na+ reabsorption by the kidney can be traced to specific genetic defects of salt transport, or pathological conditions of the kidney, adrenal cortex, or pituitary. Far more frequently, however, the salt retention may be the result of minor renal injury or small genetic variation in renal salt transport mechanisms. How the salt retention actually leads to the increase in peripheral vascular resistance (the hallmark of hypertension) and the elevation of blood pressure remain an enigma. Here we review the evidence that endogenous ouabain (an adrenocortical hormone), arterial smooth muscle α2 Na+ pumps, type-1 Na/Ca exchangers, and receptor- and store-operated Ca2+ channels play key roles in the pathway that links salt to hypertension. We discuss cardenolide structure-function relationships in an effort to understand why prolonged administration of ouabain, but not digoxin, induces hypertension, and why digoxin is actually anti-hypertensive. Finally, we summarize recent observations which indicate that ouabain upregulates arterial myocyte Ca2+ signaling mechanisms that promote vasoconstriction, while simultaneously downregulating endothelial vasodilator mechanisms. In sum, the reports reviewed here provide novel insight into the molecular mechanisms by which salt retention leads to hypertension. PMID:20211726

  7. Effects of ABA and CaCl₂ on GABA accumulation in fava bean germinating under hypoxia-NaCl stress.

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    Yang, Runqiang; Hui, Qianru; Gu, Zhenxin

    2016-01-01

    Effects of exogenous abscisic acid (ABA) and CaCl2 on γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) accumulation of germinated fava bean under hypoxia-NaCl stress were investigated. Exogenous ABA resulted in the enhancement of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) and diamine oxidase (DAO) activity as well as GABA content in cotyledon and shoot. CaCl2 increased both enzyme activities in shoot and GABA content in cotyledon and shoot. ABA downregulated GAD expression in cotyledon and radicle, while upregulated that in shoot; it also upregulated DAO expression in each organ. CaCl2 upregulated GAD expression in cotyledon, while downregulated that in radicle. However, it upregulated DAO expression in shoot, downregulated that in radicle. ABA inhibitor fluridon and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid inhibited GAD and DAO activities significantly so that inhibited GABA accumulation through reducing ABA biosynthesis and chelating Ca(2+), respectively. However, they upregulated GAD and DAO expression in varying degrees. These results indicate that ABA and Ca(2+) participate in GABA biosynthesis in fava bean during germination under hypoxia-NaCl stress. PMID:26644273

  8. On the existence of a high-temperature polymorph of Na2Ca6Si4O15—implications for the phase equilibria in the system Na2O-CaO-SiO2

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    Kahlenberg, Volker; Maier, Matthias

    2016-06-01

    Singe crystals of a new high-temperature polymorph of Na2Ca6Si4O15 have been obtained from solid state reactions performed at 1300 °C. The basic crystallographic data of this so-called β-phase at ambient conditions are as follows: space group P1c1, a = 9.0112(5) Å, b = 7.3171(5) Å, c = 10.9723(6) Å, β = 107.720(14)°, V = 689.14(7) Å3, Z = 2. The crystals showed twinning by reticular merohedry (mimicking an orthorhombic C-centred unit cell) which was accounted for during data processing and structure solution. Structure determination was accomplished by direct methods. Least-squares refinements resulted in a residual of R(|F|) = 0.043 for 5811 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I). From a structural point of view β-Na2Ca6Si4O15 can be attributed to the group of mixed-anion silicates containing [Si2O7]-dimers as well as isolated [SiO4]-tetrahedra in the ratio 1:2, i.e. more precisely the formula can be written as Na2Ca6[SiO4]2[Si2O7]. The tetrahedral groups are arranged in layers parallel to (100). Sodium and calcium cations are located between the silicate anions for charge compensation and are coordinated by six to eight nearest oxygen ligands. Alternatively, the structure can be described as a mixed tetrahedral-octahedral framework based on kröhnkite-type [Ca(SiO4)2O2]-chains in which the CaO6-octahedra are corner-linked to bridging SiO4-tetrahedra. The infinite chains are running parallel to [001] and are concentrated in layers parallel to (010). Adjacent layers are shifted relative to each other by an amount of +δ or -δ along a*. Consequently, a …ABABAB… stacking sequence is created. A detailed comparison with related structures such as α-Na2Ca6Si4O15 and other A2B6Si4O15 representatives including topological as well as group theoretical aspects is presented. There are strong indications that monoclinic Na2Ca3Si2O8 mentioned in earlier studies is actually misinterpreted β-Na2Ca6Si4O15. In addition to the detailed crystallographic analysis of the

  9. The system Na2CO3-CaCO3-MgCO3 at 6 GPa and 900-1250°C and its relation to the partial melting of carbonated mantle

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    Shatskiy, Anton; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Sharygin, Igor S.; Egonin, Ilya A.; Mironov, Aleksandr M.; Palyanov, Yuri N.; Ohtani, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    In order to constrain the Na2CO3-CaCO3-MgCO3 T-X diagram at 6 GPa in addition to the binary and pseudo-binary systems we conducted experiments along the Na2CO3-Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3 join. At 900-1000°C, melting does not occur and isothermal sections are presented by one-, two- and three-phase regions containing Ca-bearing magnesite, aragonite, Na2CO3 (Na2) and Na2(Ca1-0.9Mg0-0.1)3-4(CO3)4-5 (Na2Ca3-4), Na4(Ca1-0.6Mg0-0.4)(CO3)3 (Na4Ca), Na2(Ca0-0.08Mg1-0.92)(CO3)2 (Na2Mg) phases with intermediate compositions. The minimum melting point locates between 1000°C and 1100°C. This point would resemble that of three eutectics: Mgs-Na2Ca3-Na2Mg, Na2Mg-Na2Ca3-Na4Ca or Na2Mg-Na4Ca-Na2, in the compositional interval of [45Na2CO3.55(Ca0.6Mg0.4)CO3]-[60Na2CO3.40Ca0.6Mg0.4CO3]. The liquidus projection has seven primary solidification phase regions for Mgs, Dol, Arg, Na2Ca3, Na4Ca, Na2 and Na2Mg. The results suggest that extraction of Na and Ca from silicate to carbonate components has to decrease minimum melting temperature of carbonated mantle rocks to 1000-1100°C at 6 GPa and yields Na-rich dolomitic melt with a Na# (Na2O/(Na2O + CaO + MgO)) ≥ 28 mol%.

  10. Evaluating controlling factors to Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio in acidic soil water, southern and southwestern China: multivariate approach.

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    Guo, Jing-Heng; Zhang, Xiao-Shan; Vogt, Rolf D; Xiao, Jin-Song; Zhao, Da-Wei; Xiang, Ren-Jun; Luo, Jia-Hai

    2007-06-01

    Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio in soil water has been used as an indicator to the effects of acid deposition on terrestrial ecosystems. However, the main factors controlling this ratio have not been well documented in southern and southwestern China. In this study, we presented the variation in inorganic aluminum (Al(i)) and Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio in different sites and soil horizons based on two to three years monitoring data, and evaluated the main factors controlling Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio using principle component analysis (PCA) and partial least square (PLS) regression. Monitoring data showed although Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratios in most soil water were lower than assumed critical 1.0, higher molar ratios were found in some soil water at TSP and LXH site. Besides acid loading, both soil properties and soil water chemistry affected the value of Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio in soil water. Partial least square (PLS) indicated that they had different relative importance in different soil horizons. In A-horizon, soil aluminum saturation (AlS) had higher influence on Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio than soil water chemistry did; higher soil aluminum saturation (AlS) led to higher Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio in soil water. In the deeper horizons (i.e., B(1)-, B(2)- and BC-horizon), inorganic aluminum (Al(i)) in soil water had more and more important role in regulating Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio. On regional scale, soil aluminum saturation (AlS) as well as cation exchange capacity (CEC) was the dominant factor controlling Al(i)/(Ca + Mg) molar ratio. This should be paid enough attention on when making regional acid rain control policy in China. PMID:17057971

  11. (Ca,Na)(Zn,Mn){sub 2}As{sub 2}: A new spin and charge doping decoupled diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor

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    Zhao, K.; Chen, B. J.; Deng, Z.; Zhao, G. Q.; Zhu, J. L.; Liu, Q. Q.; Wang, X. C.; Han, W.; Frandsen, B.; Liu, L.; Cheung, S.; Uemura, Y. J.; Ning, F. L.; Munsie, T. J. S.; Medina, T.; Luke, G. M.; Carlo, J. P.; Munevar, J.; Zhang, G. M.; Jin, C. Q.

    2014-10-28

    Here, we report the successful synthesis of a spin- and charge-decoupled diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) (Ca,Na)(Zn,Mn){sub 2}As{sub 2}, crystallizing into the hexagonal CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure. The compound shows a ferromagnetic transition with a Curie temperature up to 33 K with 10% Na doping, which gives rise to carrier density of n{sub p} ∼ 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}. The new DMS is a soft magnetic material with H{sub C} < 400 Oe. The anomalous Hall effect is observed below the ferromagnetic ordering temperature. With increasing Mn doping, ferromagnetic order is accompanied by an interaction between the local spin and mobile charge, giving rise to a minimum in resistivity at low temperatures and localizing the conduction electrons. The system provides an ideal platform for studying the interaction of the local spins and conduction electrons.

  12. Effect of Ca(OH)2, NaCl, and Na2SO4 on the corrosion and electrochemical behavior of rebar

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    Jin, Zuquan; Zhao, Xia; Zhao, Tiejun; Hou, Baorong; Liu, Ying

    2016-06-01

    The corrosion of rebar in reinforced concrete in marine environments causes significant damage to structures built in ocean environments. Studies on the process and mechanism of corrosion of rebar in the presence of multiple ions may help to control damage and predict the service life of reinforced concrete structures in such environments. The effect of interactions between sulfate and chloride ions and calcium hydroxide on the electrochemical behavior of rebar are also important for evaluation of structure durability. In this work, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) plots of rebar in Ca(OH)2 solution and cement grout, including NaCl and Na2SO4 as aggressive salts, were measured for diff erent immersion times. The results show that corrosion of rebar was controlled by the rate of charge transfer as the rebar was exposed to chloride solution. In the presence of high concentrations of sulfate ions in the electrolyte, generation and dissolution of the passive film proceeded simultaneously and corrosion was mainly controlled by the diff usion rate. When Na2SO4 and NaCl were added to Ca(OH)2 solution, the instantaneous corrosion rate decreased by a factor of 10 to 20 as a result of the higher pH of the corroding solution.

  13. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2016-02-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space

  14. Microstructural and strength improvements through the use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in a cementless Ca(OH){sub 2}-activated Class F fly ash system

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    Jeon, Dongho; Jun, Yubin; Jeong, Yeonung; Oh, Jae Eun

    2015-01-15

    This study explores the beneficial effects of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} as an additive for microstructural and strength improvements in a Ca(OH){sub 2}-activated fly ash system. NaOH-activated fly ash samples were also tested to compare the effect of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Compressive strength testing, XRD, SEM/BSE/EDS, {sup 29}Si/{sup 27}Al MAS-NMR, MIP and TGA were performed. The testing results indicate that the use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} for Ca(OH){sub 2}-activation led to a noticeable improvement in strength and microstructure, primarily due to (1) more dissolution of raw fly ash at an early age, (2) more formation of C–S–H [or C–S–H(I)], (3) porosity reduction, and (4) pore-size refinement. We also found that (1) an early high alkalinity from the NaOH formation was not a major cause of strength, (2) geopolymer was not formed despite the early NaOH formation, and (3) no visible pore-filling action of CaCO{sub 3} was observed. However, Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} did not produce any improvement in strength for NaOH-activated fly ash. -- Highlights: •The use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} significantly improved strength and microstructure. •The use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} induced more dissolution of raw fly ash at early ages. •The use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} promoted more C–S–H [or C–S–H(I)] formation. •The use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} reduced total porosity and refined pore-size distribution. •The use of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} produced neither geopolymer formations nor pore-filling actions from CaCO{sub 3}.

  15. Influence of fluoride additions on biological and mechanical properties of Na2O-CaO-SiO2-P2O5 glass-ceramics.

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    Li, H C; Wang, D G; Hu, J H; Chen, C Z

    2014-02-01

    Two series of Na2O-CaO-SiO2-P2O5 glass-ceramics doped with NH4HF2 (G-NH4HF2) or CaF2 (G-CaF2) have been prepared by sol-gel method. The glass-ceramic phase composition and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). The mechanical properties and thermal expansion coefficient were measured by a microhardness tester, an electronic tensile machine and a thermal expansion coefficient tester. The structure difference between these two glass-ceramics was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and the in vitro bioactivity of the glass-ceramics was determined by in vitro simulated body fluid (SBF) immersion test. The hemolysis test, in vitro cytotoxicity test, systemic toxicity test and the implanted experiment in animals were used to evaluate the biocompatibility of the glass-ceramics. The mechanical properties of sample G-NH4HF2 are lower than that of sample G-CaF2, and the bioactivity of sample G-NH4HF2 is better than that of sample G-CaF2. The thermal expansion coefficients of these two glass-ceramics are all closer to that of Ti6Al4V. After 7 days of SBF immersion, apatites were induced on glass-ceramic surface, indicating that the glass-ceramics have bioactivity. The hemolysis test, in vitro cytotoxicity test and systemic toxicity test demonstrate that the glass-ceramics do not cause hemolysis reaction, and have no toxicity to cell and living animal. The implanted experiment in animals shows that bone tissue can form a good osseointegration with the implant after implantation for two months, indicating that the glass-ceramics are safe to serve as implants. PMID:24411365

  16. The Na+/Ca2+ exchanger NCKX4 governs termination and adaptation of the mammalian olfactory response

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    Stephan, Aaron B.; Tobochnik, Steven; Dibattista, Michele; Wall, Crystal M.; Reisert, Johannes; Zhao, Haiqing

    2011-01-01

    Sensory perception requires accurate encoding of stimulus information by sensory receptor cells. Here, we identify NCKX4, a potassium – dependent Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, to be necessary for rapid response termination and proper adaptation of vertebrate olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs). Nckx4−/− mouse OSNs display substantially prolonged responses and stronger adaptation. Single – cell electrophysiological analyses demonstrate that the majority of Na+ – dependent Ca2+ exchange in OSNs relevant to sensory transduction is due to NCKX4 and that Nckx4−/− mouse OSNs are deficient in encoding action potentials upon repeated stimulation. Olfactory – specific Nckx4 knockout mice have a reduced ability to locate an odorous source and lower body weights. These results establish the role of NCKX4 in shaping olfactory responses and suggest that rapid response termination and proper adaptation of peripheral sensory receptor cells tune the sensory system for optimal perception. PMID:22057188

  17. Loparite, a rare-earth ore (Ce, Na, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3

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    Hedrick, J.B.; Sinha, S.P.; Kosynkin, V.D.

    1997-01-01

    The mineral loparite (Ce, NA, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3 is the principal ore of the light-group rare-earth elements (LREE) in Russia. The complex oxide has a perovskite (ABO3) structure with coupled substitutions, polymorphism, defect chemistry and a tendency to become metamict. The A site generally contains weakly bonded, easily exchanged cations of the LREE, Na and Ca. The B site generally contains smaller, highly charged cations of Ti, Nb or Fe+3. Mine production is from Russia's Kola Peninsula. Ore is beneficiated to produce a 95% loparite concentrate containing 30% rare-earth oxides. Loparite concentrate is refined by either a chlorination process or acid decomposition process to recover rare-earths, titanium, niobium and tantalum. Rare-earths are separated by solvent extraction and selective precipitation/dissolution. The concentrate is processed at plants in Russia, Estonia and Kazakstan.

  18. Endohedral metallofullerenes, M@C60 (M = Ca, Na, Sr): selective adsorption and sensing of open-shell NOx gases.

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    Tawfik, Sherif Abdulkader; Cui, X Y; Ringer, S P; Stampfl, C

    2016-08-21

    Based on density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function calculations, we demonstrate that endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) are reactive to open-shell gases, and therefore have the potential application as selective open-shell gas sensors. The adsorption of eight gas species (CO, H2O, H2S, NO2, NO, SO2, O2 and NH3) on three EMFs (M@C60, M = Ca, Na and Sr) shows that the adsorption energies of the EMFs towards NO2 and NO are significantly higher than the closed-shell species. Moreover, the high selectivity appears relatively insensitive to the inserted metal atoms. The calculated current-voltage characteristics of gold-M@C60-gold structures (M = Ca, Na) show that the adsorption of NO2 leads to significant change in conductivity, suggesting a potential application as an EMF gas resistive sensing device. PMID:27426253

  19. Gel- to -crystallite conversion technique for the syntheses of M-{beta}/{beta}''-alumina (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Ca or Eu)

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    Jayaraman, V. Periaswami, G.; Kutty, T.R.N.

    2008-10-02

    Various alkali and alkaline earths hydroxides are reacted with hydrated alumina gel Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.nH{sub 2}O (80 < n < 120) in hydrophilic organic solvents to yield precursor(s) with metal cation entrapped in the matrix, with the general formula M{sub y}AlO{sub y}(OH){sub 3-y} (where M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Ca and Eu). Depending on the cation, the precursor crystallizes as metal-inserted gibbsite or boehmite structure. The nature of the precursor depends on the size of the cation, and its concentration, solvent used, solvent/water ratio, etc. These precursors yield M-{beta}/{beta}''-alumina phase on calcination at elevated temperatures in the case of sodium, potassium and rubidium. In the case of lithium, LiAl{sub 5}O{sub 8} (spinel) phase is obtained. While calcium and europium give rise to calcium hexaaluminate and EuAlO{sub 3} (perovskite), respectively, on calcination. The need of metal ion-inserted-{gamma}-alumina phase is emphasized in obtaining M-{beta}/{beta}''-alumina phase.

  20. Comparison of Na/S and LiAl/FeS batteries

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    Knoedler, R.

    NaS and LiAl/FeS batteries, both promising candidates for electric-vehicle propulsion and load leveling applications, are compared by assessing 25 different properties of each system. The most important of these properties, including the specific energy of cells and batteries, maximum specific power, lifetime, safety, key technical problems, and economic considerations, are discussed in detail. It is shown that both types of batteries qualify as high-performance batteries. The NaS system has a slight advantage for applications in West Germany (mainly electric vehicle propulsion; no Li resources); for applications in the United States (electric vehicle propulsion and load leveling), both systems are equally suitable.

  1. First-Principles Study of the Li-Na-Ca-N-H System: Compound Structures and Hydrogen-Storage Properties

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    Teeratchanan, Pattanasak; Zhou, Fei; Michel, Kyle; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2012-02-01

    Mixed-metal amides and imides are being widely investigated as potential hydrogen storage materials. Using a combination of first-principle DFT calculations, grand-canonical linear programming, and prototype electrostatic ground state (PEGS) approaches, we predict hydrogen storage reactions in the Li-Na-Ca-N-H system. The enthalpies, entropies, static, zero-point, and T0K vibrational energies of known compounds together with our predictions of some incomplete experimental crystal structures are presented.

  2. Accelerator mass spectrometry with fully stripped 26Al, 63Cl, 41Ca and (su59)Ni ions

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    Faestermann, H.; Kato, K.; Korschinek, G.; Krauthan, P.; Nolte, E.; Rühm, W.; Zerle, L.

    1990-04-01

    The detection system of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) with completely stripped ions of 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca and 59Ni at the Munich accelerator laboratory and measurements with these ions are presented. Detection limits are given. The presented applications are: dating of groundwater of the Milk River aquifer and deduction of the neutron fluence and spectrum of the Hiroshima A-bomb.

  3. Progress in the material development of LiCaAlF sub 6 :Cr sup 3+ laser crystals

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    Michelle D. Shinn.; Chase, L.L.; Caird, J.A.; Payne, S.A.; Atherton, L.J.; Kway, W.L.

    1990-03-01

    High Cr{sup 3+} doping levels, up to 8 mole percent, and low losses have been obtained with the tunable solid-state laser material LiCaAlF{sub 6}:Cr{sup 3+} (Cr:LiCAF). Measurements and calculations show that high pumping and extraction efficiencies are possible with the improved material. 13 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Photoelectron velocity-map imaging and theoretical studies of heteronuclear metal carbonyls MNi(CO)3 (-) (M = Mg, Ca, Al).

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    Xie, Hua; Zou, Jinghan; Yuan, Qinqin; Fan, Hongjun; Tang, Zichao; Jiang, Ling

    2016-03-28

    The heteronuclear metal carbonyl anions MNi(CO)3 (-) (M = Mg, Ca, Al) have been investigated using photoelectron velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. Electron affinities of neutral MNi(CO)3 (M = Mg, Ca, Al) are measured from the photoelectron spectra to be 1.064 ± 0.063, 1.050 ± 0.064, and 1.541 ± 0.040 eV, respectively. The C-O stretching mode in these three clusters is observed and the vibrational frequency is determined to be 2049, 2000, and 2041 cm(-1) for MgNi(CO)3, CaNi(CO)3, and AlNi(CO)3, respectively. Density functional theory calculations are carried out to elucidate the geometric and electronic structures and to aid the experimental assignments. It has been found that three terminal carbonyls are preferentially bonded to the nickel atom in these heterobinuclear nickel carbonyls MNi(CO)3 (-1/0), resulting in the formation of the Ni(CO)3 motif. Ni remains the 18-electron configuration for MgNi(CO)3 and CaNi(CO)3 neutrals, but not for AlNi(CO)3. This is different from the homobinuclear nickel carbonyl Ni-Ni(CO)3 with the involvement of three bridging ligands. Present findings would be helpful for understanding CO adsorption on alloy surfaces. PMID:27036444

  5. Photoelectron velocity-map imaging and theoretical studies of heteronuclear metal carbonyls MNi(CO)3- (M = Mg, Ca, Al)

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    Xie, Hua; Zou, Jinghan; Yuan, Qinqin; Fan, Hongjun; Tang, Zichao; Jiang, Ling

    2016-03-01

    The heteronuclear metal carbonyl anions MNi(CO)3- (M = Mg, Ca, Al) have been investigated using photoelectron velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. Electron affinities of neutral MNi(CO)3 (M = Mg, Ca, Al) are measured from the photoelectron spectra to be 1.064 ± 0.063, 1.050 ± 0.064, and 1.541 ± 0.040 eV, respectively. The C-O stretching mode in these three clusters is observed and the vibrational frequency is determined to be 2049, 2000, and 2041 cm-1 for MgNi(CO)3, CaNi(CO)3, and AlNi(CO)3, respectively. Density functional theory calculations are carried out to elucidate the geometric and electronic structures and to aid the experimental assignments. It has been found that three terminal carbonyls are preferentially bonded to the nickel atom in these heterobinuclear nickel carbonyls MNi(CO)3-1/0, resulting in the formation of the Ni(CO)3 motif. Ni remains the 18-electron configuration for MgNi(CO)3 and CaNi(CO)3 neutrals, but not for AlNi(CO)3. This is different from the homobinuclear nickel carbonyl Ni-Ni(CO)3 with the involvement of three bridging ligands. Present findings would be helpful for understanding CO adsorption on alloy surfaces.

  6. Transport behavior of a single Ca(2+), K(+), and Na(+) in a water-filled transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotube.

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    Yan, Xiliang; Fan, Jianfen; Yu, Yi; Xu, Jian; Zhang, Mingming

    2015-05-26

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate the transport properties of a single Ca(2+), K(+), and Na(+) in a water-filled transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotube (CPNT). Two transmembrane CPNTs, i.e., 8×(WL)n=4,5/POPE (with uniform lengths but various radii), were applied to clarify the dependence of ionic transport properties on the channel radius. A huge energy barrier keeps Ca(2+) out of the octa-CPNT, while Na(+) and K(+) can be trapped in two CPNTs. The dominant electrostatic interaction of a cation with water molecules leads to a high distribution of channel water around the cation and D-defects in the first and last gaps, and significantly reduces the axial diffusion of channel water. Water-bridged interactions were mostly found between the artificially introduced Ca(2+) and the framework of the octa-CPNT, and direct coordinations with the tube wall mostly occur for K(+) in the octa-CPNT. A cation may drift rapidly or behave lazily in a CPNT. K(+) behaves most actively and can visit the whole deca-CPNT quickly. The first solvation shells of Ca(2+) and Na(+) are basically saturated in two CPNTs, while the hydration of K(+) is incomplete in the octa-CPNT. The solvation structure of Ca(2+) in the octa-CPNT is most stable, while that of K(+) in the deca-CPNT is most labile. Increasing the channel radius induces numerous interchange attempts between the first-shell water molecules of a cation and the ones in the outer region, especially for the K(+) system. PMID:25894098

  7. Stabilization of moisture-reactive raw materials for improved synthesis of Ca-α-SiAlON:Eu2+ phosphor

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    Kim, Jin-Myung; Kim, Mi-Ju; Lee, Jae-Wook; Park, Young-Jo

    2014-09-01

    The raw materials needed to make the Ca-α-SiAlON:Eu2+ phosphor contain highly moisture-reactive Ca3N2. Exposing them to a preheating process prior to high-temperature synthesis stabilized the raw materials against oxidation. Preheating above 1200 °C in a tube furnace directly connected to a glove box, resulted in the formation of intermediate phases such as CaAlSiN3, which provided higher moisture resistance to the raw materials. We found that even after exposure to a humid environment, the preheated samples maintained PL characteristics similar to the conventional unexposed samples, while the PL intensity and particle homogeneity of the un-preheated samples were severely deteriorated.

  8. Role for Na/sup +/, H/sup +/, and Ca/sup 2 +/ during (/sup 3/H)-serotonin release from rat basophilic leukemia cells

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    Stump, R.F.; Oliver, J.M.; Deanin, G.G.

    1986-03-05

    The authors have investigated the roles of Na/sup +/, pH, and Ca/sup 2 +/ in the release of (/sup 3/H)-serotonin from RBL-2H3 cells. The importance of extracellular Ca/sup 2 +/ for antigen-induced mediator release is well known. The authors report that mediator release also depends on extracellular Na/sup +/ and that the Na/sup +/ ionophore, monensin, like the Ca/sup 2 +/ ionophores A23187 and ionomycin, mimics antigen in causing release. Amiloride suppresses serotonin release, indicating that antigen activates the Na/sup +//H/sup +/ antiport. Antigen-stimulated Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchange (and/or the resulting cytoplasmic alkalinization) may affect mediator release in part by controlling cytoplasmic free Ca/sup 2 +/ levels. The authors report that antigen normally causes a spike followed by a plateau of Ca/sup 2 +/-Quin 2 fluorescence. Only the spike occurs when cells are incubated with antigen in low Na/sup +/ medium. Conversely, monensin produces a Ca/sup 2 +/ plateau without a spike phase. In addition, cytoplasmic alkalinization due to increased Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchange may directly cause secretion. Both NH/sub 4/Cl and monensin cause mediator release in Ca/sup 2 +/-free medium: these reagents increase pH by about 0.1 units as measured by the fluorescent dye, BCECF. TPA that stimulates Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchange in other cells does not cause release directly but it potentiates both antigen and Ca/sup 2 +/ ionophore-induced release in RBL-2h3 cells. This further suggests synergistic roles for Na/sup +//H/sup +/ exchange and Ca/sup 2 +/ mobilization in the control of mediator release.

  9. Effect of Na+ and Ca2+ ions on a lipid Langmuir monolayer: an atomistic description by molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Giner Casares, Juan José; Camacho, Luis; Martín-Romero, Maria Teresa; López Cascales, José Javier

    2008-12-01

    Studying the effect of alkali and alkaline-earth metal cations on Langmuir monolayers is relevant from biophysical and nanotechnological points of view. In this work, the effect of Na(+) and Ca(2+) on a model of an anionic Langmuir lipid monolayer of dimyristoylphosphatidate (DMPA(-)) is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The influence of the type of cation on lipid structure, lipid-lipid interactions, and lipid ordering is analyzed in terms of electrostatic interactions. It is found that for a lipid monolayer in its solid phase, the effect of the cations on the properties of the lipid monolayer can be neglected. The influence of the cations is enhanced for the lipid monolayer in its gas phase, where sodium ions show a high degree of dehydration compared with calcium ions. This loss of hydration shell is partly compensated by the formation of lipid-ion-lipid bridges. This difference is ascribed to the higher charge-to-radius ratio q/r for Ca(2+), which makes ion dehydration less favorable compared to Na(+). Owing to the different dehydration behavior of sodium and calcium ions, diminished lipid-lipid coordination, lipid-ion coordination, and lipid ordering are observed for Ca(2+) compared to Na(+). Furthermore, for both gas and solid phases of the lipid Langmuir monolayers, lipid conformation and ion dehydration across the lipid/water interface are studied. PMID:19012310

  10. Putative resolution of the EEEE selectivity paradox in L-type Ca2+ and bacterial Na+ biological ion channels

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    Kaufman, I. Kh; Luchinsky, D. G.; Gibby, W. A. T.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2016-05-01

    The highly selective permeation of ions through biological ion channels can be described and explained in terms of fluctuational dynamics under the influence of powerful electrostatic forces. Hence valence selectivity, e.g. between Ca2+ and Na+ in calcium and sodium channels, can be described in terms of ionic Coulomb blockade, which gives rise to distinct conduction bands and stop-bands as the fixed negative charge Q f at the selectivity filter of the channel is varied. This picture accounts successfully for a wide range of conduction phenomena in a diversity of ion channels. A disturbing anomaly, however, is that what appears to be the same electrostatic charge and structure (the so-called EEEE motif) seems to select Na+ conduction in bacterial channels but Ca2+ conduction in mammalian channels. As a possible resolution of this paradox it is hypothesised that an additional charged protein residue on the permeation path of the mammalian channel increases |{{Q}f}| by e, thereby altering the selectivity from Na+ to Ca2+. Experiments are proposed that will enable the hypothesis to be tested.

  11. Czochralski growth of single-crystal gehlenite (Ca 2Al 2SiO 7)

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    Finch, C. B.; Ball, F. L.; Bates, J. B.

    1981-09-01

    Single-crystal boules of gehlenite (Ca 2Al 2SiO 7) were grown from even- and off-stoichiometry melts under differing conditions of oxygen fugacity (ƒ O2). Growth was accomplished by the Czochralski method at 1600°C and 10 5 Pa (1 atm) total pressure, using inductively heated Ir or Pt-20%Rh crucibles. The supra melt gas ambients included air ( ƒ O2 = 0.2 × 10 4Pa), Ar (10 Pa), Ar-50%CO 2-2%H 2 (10 -2 Pa), and Ar-4%H 2-1.5%H 2O (10 -4 Pa). Colorless, transparent material up to 8 mm diam. by 15 mm long was obtained from the evenly stoichiometric melt composition under Ar at growth rates of 1.5 mm/h or less. Growth at rates exceeding 2 mm/h or growth at a high ƒ O2 (e.g., air), led to the formation of bubbles and elongated voids or inclusions, predominantly in the core regions of boules. Optical, X-ray diffraction, and electron-induced X-ray flourescence data are included.

  12. Experimentally Produced Spinel Rims on Ca-Al-Rich Inclusion Bulk Compositions

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    Paque, Julie M.; Le, L.; Lofgren, G. E.

    1998-01-01

    Most Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAls) from Allende are surrounded by a series of mineralogically distinct rim layers. Proposed modes of formation for these layers include flash heating, evaporation, and condensation. The innermost of these rim layers is generally spinel (SP), in some cases intergrown with perovskite (PV), and commonly containing varying amounts of secondary iron increasing towards the edge of the CAI. The SP or SP+PV rim is not always contiguous with the other rim layers, indicating that it is probably the result of a separate event. We have produced continuous SP rims on synthetic analogs representing Type A/B1, average Type B, and Type B2 bulk compositions by reheating a solid glass experimental charge to subliquidus crystallization temperatures. This experimental result is consistent with the formation of chondrules; and CAIs by more than one sequence of heating and cooling. Previous work indicated that prior crystallization events produced observable effects in the texture and chemistry of the final run product. Information on the nature of the heating/cooling cycles experienced by CAls and chondrules is important in modeling the environment of their formation. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  13. Palmitoylation of the Na/Ca exchanger cytoplasmic loop controls its inactivation and internalization during stress signaling.

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    Reilly, Louise; Howie, Jacqueline; Wypijewski, Krzysztof; Ashford, Michael L J; Hilgemann, Donald W; Fuller, William

    2015-11-01

    The electrogenic Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) mediates bidirectional Ca movements that are highly sensitive to changes of Na gradients in many cells. NCX1 is implicated in the pathogenesis of heart failure and a number of cardiac arrhythmias. We measured NCX1 palmitoylation using resin-assisted capture, the subcellular location of yellow fluorescent protein-NCX1 fusion proteins, and NCX1 currents using whole-cell voltage clamping. Rat NCX1 is substantially palmitoylated in all tissues examined. Cysteine 739 in the NCX1 large intracellular loop is necessary and sufficient for NCX1 palmitoylation. Palmitoylation of NCX1 occurs in the Golgi and anchors the NCX1 large regulatory intracellular loop to membranes. Surprisingly, palmitoylation does not influence trafficking or localization of NCX1 to surface membranes, nor does it strongly affect the normal forward or reverse transport modes of NCX1. However, exchangers that cannot be palmitoylated do not inactivate normally (leading to substantial activity in conditions when wild-type exchangers are inactive) and do not promote cargo-dependent endocytosis that internalizes 50% of the cell surface following strong G-protein activation or large Ca transients. The palmitoylated cysteine in NCX1 is found in all vertebrate and some invertebrate NCX homologs. Thus, NCX palmitoylation ubiquitously modulates Ca homeostasis and membrane domain function in cells that express NCX proteins. PMID:26174834

  14. The amino-terminal 200 amino acids of the plasma membrane Na+,K+-ATPase alpha subunit confer ouabain sensitivity on the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase.

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    Ishii, T; Takeyasu, K

    1993-01-01

    Cardiac glycosides such as G-strophanthin (ouabain) bind to and inhibit the plasma membrane Na+,K(+)-ATPase but not the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+)-ATPase, whereas thapsigargin specifically blocks the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase. The chimera [n/c]CC, in which the amino-terminal amino acids Met1 to Asp162 of the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA1) were replaced with the corresponding portion of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit (Met1 to Asp200), retained thapsigargin- and Ca(2+)-sensitive ATPase activity, although the activity was lower than that of the wild-type SR Ca(2+)-ATPase. Moreover, this Ca(2+)-sensitive ATPase activity was inhibited by ouabain. The chimera NCC, in which Met1-Gly354 of the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase were replaced with the corresponding portion of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase, lost the thapsigargin-sensitive Ca(2+)-ATPase activity seen in CCC and [n/c]CC. [3H]Ouabain binding to [n/c]CC and NCC demonstrated that the affinity for this inhibitor seen in the wild-type chicken Na+,K(+)-ATPase was restored in these chimeric molecules. Thus, the ouabain-binding domains are distinct from the thapsigargin sites; ouabain binds to the amino-terminal portion (Met1 to Asp200) of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit, whereas thapsigargin interacts with the regions after Asp162 of the Ca(2+)-ATPase. Moreover, the amino-terminal 200 amino acids of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit are sufficient to exert ouabain-dependent inhibition even after incorporation into the corresponding portion of the Ca(2+)-ATPase, and the segment Ile163 to Gly354 of the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase is critical for thapsigargin- and Ca(2+)-sensitive ATPase activity. Images Fig. 5 PMID:8415625

  15. Discharge properties of Mg-Al-Mn-Ca and Mg-Al-Mn alloys as anode materials for primary magnesium-air batteries

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    Yuasa, Motohiro; Huang, Xinsheng; Suzuki, Kazutaka; Mabuchi, Mamoru; Chino, Yasumasa

    2015-11-01

    The discharge behaviors of rolled Mg-6 mass%Al-0.3 mass%Mn-2 mass%Ca (AMX602) and Mg-6 mass%Al-0.3 mass%Mn (AM60) alloys used as anodes for Magnesium-air batteries were investigated. The AMX602 alloy exhibited superior discharge properties compared to the AM60 alloy, especially at low current density. The discharge products of the AMX602 alloy were dense and thin, and many cracks were observed at all current densities. In addition, the discharge products were detached at some sites. These sites often corresponded to the positions of Al2Ca particles. The comparison of the discharge and corrosion tests indicated that the dense and thin discharge products of AMX602 were easily cracked by dissolution of the Mg matrix around Al2Ca particles, and the cracks promoted the penetration of the electrolyte into the discharge products, retaining the discharge activity. In contrast, concerning the AM60 alloy, thick discharge products were formed on the surface during discharge, and cracking of the discharge products hardly occurred, degrading the discharge properties. Localized and deeply corroded pits that could result from the detachment of metal pieces from the anode during discharge were partly observed in the AM60 alloy. It is suggested that these detached metal pieces are another reason for the low discharge properties of the AM60 alloy.

  16. Nucleosynthetic W isotope anomalies and the Hf-W chronometry of Ca-Al-rich inclusions

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    Kruijer, Thomas S.; Kleine, Thorsten; Fischer-Gödde, Mario; Burkhardt, Christoph; Wieler, Rainer

    2014-10-01

    Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAI) are the oldest dated objects formed in the solar system and are pivotal reference points in early solar system chronology. Knowledge of their initial 182Hf/180Hf and 182W/184W is essential, not only for obtaining precise Hf-W ages relative to the start of the solar system, but also to assess the distribution of short-lived radionuclides in the early solar nebula. However, the interpretation of Hf-W data for CAI is complicated by nucleosynthetic W isotope variations. To explore their extent and nature, and to better quantify the initial Hf and W isotope compositions of the solar system, we obtained Hf-W data for several fine- and coarse-grained CAI from three CV3 chondrites. The fine-grained CAI exhibit large and variable anomalies in ε183W (εiW equals 0.01% deviation from terrestrial values), extending to much larger anomalies than previously observed in CAI, and reflecting variable abundances of s- and r-process W isotopes. Conversely, the coarse-grained (mostly type B) inclusions show only small (if any) nucleosynthetic W isotope anomalies. The investigated CAI define a precise correlation between initial ε182W and ε183W, providing a direct empirical means to correct the ε182W of any CAI for nucleosynthetic isotope anomalies using their measured ε183W. After correction for nucleosynthetic W isotope variations, the CAI data define an initial 182Hf/180Hf of (1.018±0.043)×10-4 and an initial ε182W of -3.49±0.07. The Hf-W formation intervals of the angrites D'Orbigny and Sahara 99555 relative to this CAI initial is 4.8±0.6 Ma, in good agreement with Al-Mg ages of these two angrites. This renders a grossly heterogeneous distribution of 26Al in the inner solar system unlikely, at least in the region were CAI and angrites formed.

  17. Constraints on Titanite Acitvity in the System CaTiSiO4O-CaAlSiO4F: Implications for Thermobarometry in Metamorphic Rocks

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    Tropper, P.; Manning, C. E.; Essene, E. J.

    2006-12-01

    Titanite is a common accessory mineral that could be used reliably in phase equilibrium calculations, if activity-composition relations in Al-F titanites were known. Troitzsch and Ellis (2001, CMP, 142, 543) and Tropper et al. (2002, JPet., 43, 1787) gave non-ideal mixing models along the join CaTiSiO4O- CaAlSiO4F. Tropper et al. (2002) derived a negative interaction parameter W, whereas Troitzsch and Ellis (2001) derived a regular model with both positive and negative W, but favored positive values. These differences strongly influence calculated CaTiSiO4O activity (attn). Although more experiments are needed, our result that γttn<1 at high T indicates a large degree of non-ideal behavior, even at >900°C, which in turn will affect thermobarometry. Comparing available activity models shows that at these T, attn is substantially underestimated by the fully ionic model used by Manning and Bohlen (1991, CMP, 109, 1), in which attn = XCaXTiXSi(XO)5. This model assumes independent mixing of Al for Ti and random mixing of F and O on all O sites. However, F substitutes only in one O site (O1; Oberti et al., 1991, EJM, 3, 777). A fully ionic model should therefore be recast as attn = XCaXTiXSiXO, where XO indicates the mole fraction of O on the (O1) site. The substitution of F on the O1 site is coupled with Al, so it is called the ideal coupled model. Unlike the regular model, the prefered ionic model departs strongly from ideality at ≤600°C, consistent with independent constraints. However, experimentally determined attn is approximated by an ideal molecular model (XTi) at ≥900°C, so this model is recommended for thermobarometry in high- T metamorphic rocks until more data are available. Recalculation of the P recorded by the three eclogites from Manning and Bohlen (1991) using the different activity models discussed here yields differences that may be as high as 2.0 GPa.

  18. Microstructure and Fatigue Behavior of Friction Stir-welded Noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca Magnesium Alloy

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    Zhou, L.; Li, Z. Y.; Nakata, K.; Feng, J. C.; Huang, Y. X.; Liao, J. S.

    2016-06-01

    Microstructure and fatigue behavior of friction stir-welded noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca magnesium alloy were investigated. The as-received hot-extruded material consisted of equiaxed α-Mg grains with β-Mg17Al12 and Al2Ca compounds distributed along the grain boundaries. Friction stir welding produced much refined α-Mg grains accompanied by the dissolution of the eutectic β-Mg17Al12 phase, while Al2Ca phase was dispersed homogenously into the Mg matrix. Friction stir welding produced slightly increased hardness and tensile strength in the defect-free welds compared with the base material due to microstructural refinement and uniform distribution of intermetallic compounds. The load-controlled uniaxial tensile high-cycle fatigue tests indicated that fatigue strength of 90 MPa was obtained for the friction stir-welded joint with fatigue crack initiated basically near the specimen's surface and at the retreating side of the joint. Crack propagation was characterized by cleavage and fatigue striations.

  19. Crystal structure of Rb-elpasolite Rb{sub 2}NaAlF{sub 6}

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    Yakubovich, O. V. Kiryukhina, G. V.; Dimitrova, O. V.

    2013-05-15

    Single crystals of Rb{sub 2}NaAlF{sub 6}, the Rb analogue of the mineral elpasolite, are obtained in the NaF-Rb{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Rb{sub 3}PO{sub 4}-H{sub 2}O system under hydrothermal conditions, and their structure is determined by X-ray diffraction (R = 0.0188): a = 8.3087(1) A, space group Fm3bar m, Z = 4, and {rho}{sub calcd} = 3.88 g/cm{sup 3}. The hypothesis that Rb elpasolite exists in nature in late associations of pegmatites enriched in rubidium is proposed.

  20. Antiferromagnetism in CaAl2Si2-type CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 single crystals

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Pandey, Abhishek; Benson, Zackery A.; Johnston, D. C.

    Magnetic susceptibility versus temperature χ (T) measurements of CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 crystals show clear antiferromagnetic (AFM) transitions at TN ~ 65 K and 120 K,1 respectively. The anisotropic behaviors in χ (T <=TN) suggest that both compounds are noncollinear antiferromagnets which may result either from an intrinsic noncollinear structure or from multiple collinear AFM domains that are not aligned collinearly.2 The χ (T) data at T >TN reveal that both compounds exhibit strong short-range AFM ordering, evidently associated with quasi-two-dimensional spin lattices. The electrical resistivities show insulating ground states with activation energies of ~ 63 meV in CaMn2As2 and 44 meV in SrMn2As2 . The experimental results thus reveal that both (Ca , Sr) Mn2As2 materials are AFM insulators at low temperatures and in analogy with the high Tc cuprates, may be potential parent compounds for CaAl2Si2-type superconductors. Work was supported by the USDOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  1. H2O2 and cytosolic Ca2+ signals triggered by the PM H-coupled transport system mediate K+/Na+ homeostasis in NaCl-stressed Populus euphratica cells.

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    Sun, Jian; Wang, Mei-Juan; Ding, Ming-Quan; Deng, Shu-Rong; Liu, Mei-Qin; Lu, Cun-Fu; Zhou, Xiao-Yang; Shen, Xin; Zheng, Xiao-Jiang; Zhang, Zeng-Kai; Song, Jin; Hu, Zan-Min; Xu, Yue; Chen, Shao-Liang

    2010-06-01

    Using confocal microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and the scanning ion-selective electrode technique, we investigated the signalling of H(2)O(2), cytosolic Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) and the PM H(+)-coupled transport system in K(+)/Na(+) homeostasis control in NaCl-stressed calluses of Populus euphratica. An obvious Na(+)/H(+) antiport was seen in salinized cells; however, NaCl stress caused a net K(+) efflux, because of the salt-induced membrane depolarization. H(2)O(2) levels, regulated upwards by salinity, contributed to ionic homeostasis, because H(2)O(2) restrictions by DPI or DMTU caused enhanced K(+) efflux and decreased Na(+)/H(+) antiport activity. NaCl induced a net Ca(2+) influx and a subsequent rise of [Ca(2+)](cyt), which is involved in H(2)O(2)-mediated K(+)/Na(+) homeostasis in salinized P. euphratica cells. When callus cells were pretreated with inhibitors of the Na(+)/H(+) antiport system, the NaCl-induced elevation of H(2)O(2) and [Ca(2+)](cyt) was correspondingly restricted, leading to a greater K(+) efflux and a more pronounced reduction in Na(+)/H(+) antiport activity. Results suggest that the PM H(+)-coupled transport system mediates H(+) translocation and triggers the stress signalling of H(2)O(2) and Ca(2+), which results in a K(+)/Na(+) homeostasis via mediations of K(+) channels and the Na(+)/H(+) antiport system in the PM of NaCl-stressed cells. Accordingly, a salt stress signalling pathway of P. euphratica cells is proposed. PMID:20082667

  2. Dendrite-Free Polygonal Sodium Deposition with Excellent Interfacial Stability in a NaAlCl₄-2SO₂ Inorganic Electrolyte.

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    Song, Juhye; Jeong, Goojin; Lee, Ah-Jung; Park, Jong Hwan; Kim, Hansu; Kim, Young-Jun

    2015-12-16

    Room-temperature Na-metal-based rechargeable batteries, including Na-O2 and Na-S systems, have attracted attention due to their high energy density and the abundance of sodium resources. Although these systems show considerable promise, concerns regarding the use of Na metal should be addressed for their success. Here, we report dendrite-free Na-metal electrode for a Na rechargeable battery, engineered by employing nonflammable and highly Na(+)-conductive NaAlCl4·2SO2 inorganic electrolyte, as a result, showing superior electrochemical performances to those in conventional organic electrolytes. We have achieved a hard-to-acquire combination of nondendritic Na electrodeposition and highly stable solid electrolyte interphase at the Na-metal electrode, enabled by inducing polygonal growth of Na deposit using a highly concentrated Na(+)-conducting inorganic electrolyte and also creating highly dense passivation film mainly composed of NaCl on the surface of Na-metal electrode. These results are highly encouraging in the development of room-temperature Na rechargeable battery and provide another strategy for highly reliable Na-metal-based rechargeable batteries. PMID:26598924

  3. Ionic conductivity of single crystals of sodium aluminium germanate Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2

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    Sorokin, N. I.

    2015-09-01

    The electrical conductivity of single crystals of sodium aluminium germanate Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 (cubic system, sp. gr. ), which is a germanium analog of sodalite, has been studied in the temperature range of 468‒758 K. Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 crystals are obtained by hydrothermal synthesis (temperature in the dissolution zone 573‒673 K, temperature gradient ~1.5 K/cm). NaAlO2 and GeO2В oxides are used as starting reagents; NaOH hydroxide serves as a solvent. The ionic conductivity of Na8Al6Ge6O24(OH)2 crystals is 2 × 10-4 S/cm (at 758 K); the activation energy of ionic transfer is 0.46 ± 0.03 eV.

  4. Phase equilibrium and structural properties in the Ca-Al-Si-O system up to the P,T conditions of the Earth's lowermost transition zone.

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    Gréaux, S.; Nishiyama, N.; Kono, Y.; Shinmei, T.; Irifune, T.

    2008-12-01

    Ca- and Al-bearing silicates have been extensively investigated for their importance into the mantle processes. In the transition zone, majorite garnet and Ca-perovskite are reported to be the major hosts of Ca as well as deposits of Al [1]. At higher P, Ca gets completely exsolved from the majorite to the Ca-pv. It is observed that Al plays a significant role in the Ca-Si-O system by inducing new phase equilibriums [2,3,4], and influencing the physical properties of the Ca-pv [5]. It is then suggested that phase transitions and chemical reactions involving Ca- and Al-bearing silicates could conciliate mineralogical results and seismological observations in the region of the transition zone [3,6]. We studied the phase equilibrium at HP-HT in the grossular and anorthite systems using a Kawai-type multi- anvil apparatus up to 25 GPa and 2000 K. Grossular garnet is reported to decompose into a mix of corundum and Ca-pv [3] or to transform into a perovskite of grossular composition [7]. Our study shows that grossular mainly decomposes into a mix of Al-Ca-pv and CAS phase in the same P range and higher T. Anorthite is also found to mainly decompose into a mix of Al-Ca-pv and CAS phase. Despite some Al-content in the Ca-pv, the CAS phase is the major host of Al, which suggests according to previous studies [3,5], a lower solubility of Al into the perovskite structure at high T. The Al-content of the Ca-pv as well as the presence of another Al-rich Ca-bearing silicate in zone of variable temperatures and composition as subducting slabs are discussed for their possible implication into the transition zone processes. [1] T. Irifune, 1994. Nature 370, 131-133 [2] L. Gautron et al., 1996. Phys. Earth Planet. Int. 94, 71-81 [3] N. Takafuji et al., 2002. Phys. Chem. Mineral 29, 532-537 [4] S. Zhai and E. Ito, 2008. Phys. Earth Planet. Int. In press [5] T. Kurashina et al., 2004. Phys. Earth Planet. Int. 145, 67-7 [6] L. Stixrude et al., 1996. Am. Mineral. 81, 1293-1296 [7] H

  5. Metal-organic frameworks as templates for nanoscale NaAlH4.

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    Bhakta, Raghunandan K; Herberg, Julie L; Jacobs, Benjamin; Highley, Aaron; Behrens, Richard; Ockwig, Nathan W; Greathouse, Jeffery A; Allendorf, Mark D

    2009-09-23

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) offer an attractive alternative to traditional hard and soft templates for nanocluster synthesis because their ordered crystalline lattice provides a highly controlled and inherently understandable environment. We demonstrate that MOFs are stable hosts for metal hydrides proposed for hydrogen storage and their reactive precursors, providing platform to test recent theoretical predictions that some of these materials can be destabilized with respect to hydrogen desorption by reducing their critical dimension to the nanoscale. With the MOF HKUST-1 as template, we show that NaAlH(4) nanoclusters as small as eight formula units can be synthesized. The confinement of these clusters within the MOF pores dramatically accelerates the desorption kinetics, causing decomposition to occur at approximately 100 degrees C lower than bulk NaAlH(4). However, using simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometry, we also show that the thermal decomposition mechanism of NaAlH(4) is complex and may involve processes such as nucleation and growth in addition to the normally assumed two-step chemical decomposition reactions. PMID:19719170

  6. Electrogenic Na(+)-Ca2+ exchanger, the link between intra- and extracellular calcium in the Limulus ventral photoreceptor.

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    Deckert, A; Stieve, H

    1991-01-01

    1. Limulus ventral photoreceptors were injected with Arsenazo III and the internal change in the calcium concentration, [Ca2+]i, was measured under voltage clamp conditions. It is shown that in response to a light flash the rising phase of the [Ca2+]i is independent of the clamp voltage, Vm. This observation is contrary to other results reported in the literature. Experiments are reported that resolve this contradiction (see paragraph 4). 2. The relaxation of the [Ca2+]i after a bright light flash was observed to have a fast and slow phase. A function consisting of the sum of an exponential and a ramp was fitted to the relaxation. The fast phase, characterized by the time constant of the exponential, was observed not to depend on Vm, while the slow phase, characterized by the slope of the ramp, was strongly dependent on Vm. Furthermore the slope of the slow phase is shown to depend on the external Na+ concentration, but not the time constant of the fast phase. 3. In the dark the [Ca2+]i was observed to increase when the cell was depolarized and to decrease when the cell was hyperpolarized. This observation was more pronounced when the cell was continuously illuminated. 4. When the cell was clamped to a depolarizing voltage before illumination of the cell, the maximum of the calcium indicator signal was observed to depend on how long the cell had been clamped before applying the light stimulus. This experiment resolves the contradiction mentioned in paragraph 1. 5. The results presented here are consistent with the interpretation that a Na(+)-Ca2+ exchanger with a stoichiometry greater than 2:1 is the predominant link between intra- and extracellular calcium. Secondly that the light-induced intracellular calcium increase comes from a release by intracellular stores. Finally a measurable uptake of calcium occurs after a light-induced release, possibly by the internal calcium stores. The two-phase recovery of [Ca2+]i after a light flash is interpreted as being a

  7. Effect of SiO2 on the Crystallization Behaviors and In-Mold Performance of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 Slags for Drawing-Ingot-Type Electroslag Remelting

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    Shi, Cheng-Bin; Li, Jing; Cho, Jung-Wook; Jiang, Fang; Jung, In-Ho

    2015-10-01

    The crystallization characteristics of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with varying amounts of SiO2 were experimentally studied. The effects of slag crystallization behaviors on the horizontal heat transfer and lubrication performance in drawing-ingot-type electroslag remelting (ESR) were also evaluated in terms of as-cast ingots surface quality and drawing-ingot operation. The results show that increasing SiO2 addition from 0 to 6.8 mass pct strongly suppresses the crystallization of ESR type CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags. The crystallization temperature of the studied slags decreases with the increase in SiO2 addition. The liquidus temperatures of the slags also show a decreasing trend with increasing SiO2 content. In CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(SiO2) slags, faceted 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 crystals precipitate first during continuous cooling of the slag melts, followed by the formation of CaF2 at lower temperatures. 11CaO·7Al2O3·CaF2 was confirmed to be the dominant crystalline phase in the studied slags. CaF2-CaO-Al2O3 slags with a small amount of SiO2 addition are favorable for providing sound lubrication and horizontal heat transfer in mold for drawing-ingot-type ESR, which consequently bring the improvement in the surface quality of ESR ingot and drawing-ingot operating practice as demonstrated by plant trials.

  8. Phase equilibria and elements partitioning in zirconolite-rich region of Ca-Zr-Ti-Al-Gd-Si-O system

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    Knyazev, O.A.; Stefanovsky, S.V.; Ioudintsev, S.V.; Nikonov, B.S.; Omelianenko, B.I.; Mokhov, A.V.; Yakushev, A.I.

    1997-12-31

    Zirconolite-rich ceramics were produced by the cold crucible melting technique in an air atmosphere, at 1550 {+-} 50 C and 1 atm. Four samples with overall composition (in wt.%): 4.9-14.3 CaO; 19.0-41.3 ZrO{sub 2}; 24.1-42.6 TiO{sub 2}; 1.3-11.3 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}; 6.8-30.0 Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}; and 1.1-8.5 SiO{sub 2} have been studied. Total phases in the ceramics consist of major zirconolite and minor rutile, perovskite, zirconia, aluminium titanate, and glass. The Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} content in zirconolite reaches up to 31.4 wt.% corresponding to the formula: (Ca{sub 0.4},Gd{sub 0.7})Zr{sub 1.0}(Ti{sub 1.4},Al{sub 0.5})O{sub 7.0}. The data on the phase composition agree well with coupled Gd incorporation into the mineral structure: Ca(II) + Ti(IV) = Gd(III) + Al(III), and 2Gd(III) = Ca(II) + Zr(IV). The highest Gd contents observed in the other phases are 25.4% for zirconia, 12.6% in glass, 8.8% in perovskite, and 1.4% for rutile. The rest of the elements` distribution in the samples are analyzed.

  9. CaO--P2O5--Na2O-based sintering additives for hydroxyapatite (HAp) ceramics.

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    Kalita, S J; Bose, S; Hosick, H L; Bandyopadhyay, A

    2004-05-01

    We have assessed the effect of CaO--P2O5--Na2O-based sintering additives on mechanical and biological properties of hydroxyapatite (HAp) ceramics. Five different compositions of sintering additives were selected and prepared by mixing of CaO, P2O5, and Na2CO3 powders. 2.5 wt% of each additive was combined with commercial HAp powder, separately, followed by ball milling, and sintering at 1250 degrees C and 1300 degrees C in a muffle furnace. Green and sintered densities of the compacts were analyzed for the influence of additives on densification of HAp. Phase analyses were carried out using an X-ray diffractometer. Vickers microhardness testing was used to evaluate hardness of sintered compacts of different compositions. A maximum microhardness of 4.6 (+/- 0.28) GPa was attained for a composition with 2.5 wt% addition of CaO:P2O5:Na2O in the ratio of 3:3:4. Results from mechanical property evaluation showed that some of these sintering additives improved failure strength of HAp under compressive loading. Maximum compressive strength was observed for samples with 2.5 wt% addition of CaO. Average failure strength for this set of samples was calculated to be 220 (+/- 50) MPa. Cytotoxicity, and cell attachment studies were carried out using a modified human osteoblast cell line called OPC-1. In vitro results showed that these compositions were non-toxic. Some sintering aids enhanced cell attachment and proliferation, which was revealed from SEM examination of the scaffolds seeded with OPC-1 cells. PMID:14741598

  10. Teaching the Modes of Ca[superscript 2+] Transport between the Plasma Membrane and Endoplasmic Reticulum Using a Classic Paper by Kwan et al.

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    Liang, Willmann

    2009-01-01

    This teaching article uses the report by Kwan et al., "Effects of methacholine, thapsigargin, and La[superscript 3+] on plasmalemmal and intracellular Ca[superscript 2+] transport in lacrimal acinar cells," where the effects of Ca[superscript 2+]-mobilizing agents in regulating Ca[superscript 2+] fluxes were examined under various conditions.…

  11. Voronkovite, Na15(Na,Ca,Ce)3(Mn,Ca)3Fe3Zr3Si26O72(OH,O)4Cl · H2O, a new mineral species of the eudialyte group from the Lovozero alkaline pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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    Khomyakov, A. P.; Nechelyustov, G. N.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.

    2009-12-01

    This paper describes a new member of the eudialyte group named in honor of Alexander Alexandrovich Voronkov (1928-1982), the prominent Russian crystallographer. The new mineral has been found in the Shkatulka hyperalkaline pegmatite body at Mt. Alluaiv, Lovozero alkaline pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The mineral is associated with microcline, sodalite, nepheline, aegirine, terskite, lomonosovite, vuonnemite, shkatulkalite, manganoneptunite, and sphalerite. Voronkovite occurs as rounded, poorly faced crystals up to 2-5 mm across. The new mineral is light brown, with vitreous luster and conchoidal fracture. The streak is white. Voronkovite is transparent and brittle; the Mohs hardness is 5; cleavage or parting is not observed. D(meas) = 2.97(2) g/cm3 (volumetric method); D(calc) = 2.95 g/cm3. The new mineral is uniaxial, positive, pleochroic from lemon yellow along X to brownish pink along Y, and is not luminescent in UV light. Voronkovite easily dissolves and gelates in acid at room temperature. The new mineral is trigonal, space group R3, a = 14.205(7), c = 30.265(15) Å, V = 5289(8) Å3, Z = 3. The strongest reflections in the X-ray diffraction pattern [ d, Å ( I)( hkl)] are 2.970(100)(315), 4.316(85)(205), 2.848(84)(404), 3.221(43)(208), 3.536(41)(027), 3.039(41)(119). The chemical composition (electron microprobe, H2O determined with chemical analysis) is as follows, wt %: 15.84 Na2O, 0.28 K2O, 3.08 CaO, 1.76 SrO, 4.65 MnO, 3.53 FeO, 0.93 La2O3, 1.36 Ce2O3, 0.68 Nd2O3, 0.15 Al2O3, 49.48 SiO2, 0.33 TiO2, 14.11 ZrO2, 0.23 HfO2, 0.91 Nb2O5, 0.44 Cl, 0.21 F, 1.56 H2O, 0.19 -O = (Cl,F)2; total is 99.34. The empirical formula calculated on the basis of Si + Al = 26 ( Z = 3) is as follows: (Na13.96Sr0.54K0.19)Σ14.69(Na1.64Ca0.92Ce0.26 La0.18)Σ3.00(Mn2.06Ca0.81Nd0.13)Σ3.00(F1.54Zr0.60Na0.48Nb0.21Ti0.13Hf0.04)Σ3.00Zr3.00(Si1.91Al0.09)Σ2.00(Si24O72)[(OH)2.98 O1.02]Σ4(Cl0.39F0.35)Σ0.74 · 1.23H2O. The simplified formula is Na15(Na,Ca,Ce)3(Mn,Ca)3Fe3Zr3Si26O72(OH

  12. Heat capacity measurements for cryolite (Na3AlF6) and reactions in the system NaFeAlSiOF

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    Anovitz, Lawrence M.; Hemingway, B.S.; Westrum, E.F., Jr.; Metz, G.W.; Essene, E.J.

    1987-01-01

    The heat capacity of cryolite (Na3AlF6) has been measured from 7 to 1000 K by low-temperature adiabatic and high-temperature differential scanning calorimetry. Low-temperature data were obtained on material from the same hand specimen in the calorimetric laboratories of the University of Michigan and U.S. Geological Survey. The results obtained are in good agreement, and yield average values for the entropy of cryolite of: S0298 = 238.5 J/mol KS0T-S0298 = 145.114 ln T+ 193.009*10-3T- 10.366* 105 T2- 872.89 J/mol K (273-836.5 K)??STrans = 9.9J/mol KS0T-S0298 =198.414 ln T+73.203* 10-3T-63.814* 105 T2-1113.11 J/mol K (836.5-1153 K) with the transition temperature between ??- and ??-cryolite taken at 836.5 K. These data have been combined with data in the literature to calculate phase equilibria for the system NaFeAlSiOF. The resultant phase diagrams allow constraints to be placed on the fO2, fF2, aSiO2 and T conditions of formation for assemblages in alkalic rocks. A sample application suggests that log fO2 is approximately -19.2, log fF2 is -31.9 to -33.2, and aSiO2 is -1.06 at assumed P T conditions of 1000 K, 1 bar for the villiaumite-bearing Ilimaussaq intrusion in southwestern Greenland. ?? 1987.

  13. Thermodynamics and kinetics of NaAlH4 nanocluster decomposition.

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    Bhakta, Raghunandan K; Maharrey, Sean; Stavila, Vitalie; Highley, Aaron; Alam, Todd; Majzoub, Eric; Allendorf, Mark

    2012-06-14

    Reactive nanoparticles are of great interest for applications ranging from catalysis to energy storage. However, efforts to relate cluster size to thermodynamic stability and chemical reactivity are hampered by broad pore size distributions and poorly characterized chemical environments in many microporous templates. Metal hydrides are an important example of this problem. Theoretical calculations suggest that reducing their critical dimension to the nanoscale can in some cases considerably destabilize these materials and there is clear experimental evidence for accelerated kinetics, making hydrogen storage applications more attractive in some cases. However, quantitative measurements establishing the influence of size on thermodynamics are lacking, primarily because carbon aerogels often used as supports provide inadequate control over size and pore chemistry. Here, we employ the nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF) Cu-BTC (also known as HKUST-1) as a template to synthesize and confine the complex hydride NaAlH(4). The well-defined crystalline structure and monodisperse pore dimensions of this MOF allow detailed, quantitative probing of the thermodynamics and kinetics of H(2) desorption from 1-nm NaAlH(4) clusters (NaAlH(4)@Cu-BTC) without the ambiguity associated with amorphous templates. Hydrogen evolution rates were measured as a function of time and temperature using the Simultaneous Thermogravimetric Modulated Beam Mass Spectrometry method, in which sample mass changes are correlated with a complete analysis of evolved gases. NaAlH(4)@Cu-BTC undergoes a single-step dehydrogenation reaction in which the Na(3)AlH(6) intermediate formed during decomposition of the bulk hydride is not observed. Comparison of the thermodynamically controlled quasi-equilibrium reaction pathways in the bulk and nanoscale materials shows that the nanoclusters are slightly stabilized by confinement, having an H(2) desorption enthalpy that is 7 kJ (mol H(2))(-1) higher than the

  14. Crustal structure of and boundary between the AlCaPa and Tisza terrains in the Pannonian basin

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    Hetényi, György; Ren, Yong; Dando, Ben; Stuart, Graham W.; Houseman, Gregory A.

    2014-05-01

    The evolution of the Pannonian Basin is strongly linked to that of the surrounding Alpine, Carpathian and Dinaric orogens. The eastward extrusion of Alpine-type basement that accompanied lithospheric thinning must have been accompanied by mantle downwelling and/or subduction along the Carpathians but the motive forces for these movements are debated. The internal structure of the crust within the basin is mostly covered by relatively recent sedimentary infill whose variable thickness further complicates seismic imaging. Palaeomagnetic and geological data have, however, shown that two tectonic terrains of distinct origin: AlCaPa and Tisza, occupy the basin's NW and SE part respectively. The two units have undergone different amounts of extension during opposite orientation rotations (counter-clockwise and clockwise, respectively). The boundary between these two units, known as the Mid-Hungarian Zone, is recognized as a major sinistral shear zone, geophysically clearly marked across the basin by a trough in Bouguer gravity. The Carpathian Basins Project deployed 49 broadband seismological stations perpendicular to the boundary between the AlCaPa and Tisza units. A NW-SE oriented swath of three lines covers a 450 km long and 75 km wide area. We use these and 4 permanent stations to image the crustal structure of and the boundary between AlCaPa and Tisza using the receiver function technique. The measured Moho depths show no significant change in crustal thickness between the two terrains, but the Moho is not or very weakly imaged along a ca. 40 km wide strip centred on the MHZ. Our Moho depths elsewhere in the basin agree with earlier controlled-source seismic results and recent shear-wave velocity models deduced from ambient noise analysis. The lack of a sharp Moho image beneath the MHZ implies that the crust-mantle boundary between AlCaPa and Tisza is not a sharp transition but rather a gradual increase in velocity with depth. The distinct low in gravity anomalies

  15. A novel red phosphor Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 32}Cl{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} for near UV white light-emitting diodes

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    Yang, Zhigang; Zhao, Zhengyan; Shi, Yurong; Wang, Yuhua

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Novel red phosphor Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 32}Cl{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} was prepared by solid-state reaction. • Excitation spectra suggested an obvious absorption in near-ultraviolet region. • Under 392 nm excitation, the phosphors exhibited a red emission at 614 nm. • Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 32}Cl{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} could be potentially applied in near UV white LEDs. - Abstract: A novel red phosphor Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 32}Cl{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} was synthesized using a solid-state reaction method, and its luminescence characteristics and charge compensators effect (Li{sup +}, Na{sup +}, K{sup +}) were investigated. The excitation spectra showed a obvious absorption in near-ultraviolet region. Under 392 nm excitation, the phosphors exhibited an intense red emission at 614 nm. The Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinates and quantum efficiency (QE) were (0.65, 0.35) and 62.3%, respectively. The good color saturation, high quantum efficiency and small thermal-quenching properties indicate that Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 32}Cl{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} could be potentially applied in near UV white light-emitting diodes.

  16. Inhibiting Mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ Exchange Prevents Sudden Death in a Guinea Pig Model of Heart Failure

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    Liu, Ting; Takimoto, Eiki; Dimaano, Veronica L.; DeMazumder, Deeptankar; Kettlewell, Sarah; Smith, Godfrey; Sidor, Agnieszka; Abraham, Theodore P.; O’Rourke, Brian

    2014-01-01

    Rationale In cardiomyocytes from failing hearts, insufficient mitochondrial Ca2+ ([Ca2+]m) accumulation secondary to cytoplasmic Na+ overload decreases NAD(P)H/NAD(P)+ redox potential and increases oxidative stress when workload increases. These effects are abolished by enhancing [Ca2+]m with acute treatment with CGP-37157 (CGP), an inhibitor of the mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ exchanger. Objective To determine if chronic CGP treatment mitigates contractile dysfunction and arrhythmias in an animal model of heart failure (HF) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Methods and Results Here, we describe a novel guinea-pig HF/SCD model employing aortic constriction combined with daily β-adrenergic receptor stimulation (ACi) and show that chronic CGP treatment (ACi+CGP) attenuates cardiac hypertrophic remodeling, pulmonary edema, and interstitial fibrosis and prevents cardiac dysfunction and SCD. In the ACi group 4 weeks after pressure-overload, fractional shortening and the rate of left ventricular pressure development decreased by 36% and 32%, respectively, compared to sham-operated controls; in contrast, cardiac function was completely preserved in the ACi+CGP group. CGP treatment also significantly reduced the incidence of premature ventricular beats and prevented fatal episodes of ventricular fibrillation, but did not prevent QT prolongation. Without CGP treatment, mortality was 61% in the ACi group within 4 weeks of aortic constriction, while the death rate in the ACi+CGP group was not different from sham-operated animals. Conclusions The findings demonstrate the critical role played by altered mitochondrial Ca2+ dynamics in the development of HF and HF-associated SCD; moreover, they reveal a novel strategy for treating SCD and cardiac decompensation in HF. PMID:24780171

  17. A potentially new type of nonchondritic interplanetary dust particle with hematite, organic carbon, amorphous Na,Ca-aluminosilicate, and FeO-spheres

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    Muñoz Caro, Guillermo M.; Rietmeijer, Frans J. M.; Souza-Egipsy, Virginia; Valles-González, Maria Pilar

    2012-02-01

    We used a combination of different analytical techniques to study particle W7190-D12 using microinfrared spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The particle consists mainly of hematite (α-Fe2O3) with considerable variations in structural disorder. It further contains amorphous (Na,K)-bearing Ca,Al-silicate and organic carbon. Iron-bearing spherules (<150 nm in diameter) cover the surface of this particle. At local sites of structural disorder at the hematite surface, the hematite spheres were reduced to FeO in the presence of organic carbons forming FeO-spheres. However, metallic Fe spheres cannot be excluded based on the available data. To the best of our knowledge, this particle is the first detection of such spherules at the surface of a stratospheric dust particle. Although there is no definitive evidence for an extraterrestrial origin of particle W7190-D12, we suggest that it could be an IDP that had moved away from the asteroid-forming region of the early solar system into the outer solar system of the accreting Kuiper Belt objects. After it was released from a Jupiter family comet, this particle became part of the zodiacal cloud. Atmospheric entry flash-heating caused (1) the formation of microenvironments of reduced iron oxide when indigenous carbon materials reacted with hematite covering its surface resulting in the formation of FeO-spheres and (2) Na-loss from Na,Al-plagioclase. The particle of this study, and other similar particles on this collector, may represent a potentially new type of nonchondritic IDPs associated with Jupiter family comets, although an origin in the asteroid belt cannot be ignored.

  18. Age-dependent changes in diastolic Ca{sup 2+} and Na{sup +} concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyopathy: Role of Ca{sup 2+} entry and IP{sub 3}

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    Mijares, Alfredo; Altamirano, Francisco; Kolster, Juan; Adams, José A.; López, José R.

    2014-10-03

    Highlights: • Age-dependent increase in [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} in mdx cardiomyocytes. • Gadolinium significantly reduced both [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} at all ages. • IP{sub 3}-pathway inhibition reduced cations concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. - Abstract: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal X-inherited disease caused by dystrophin deficiency. Besides the relatively well characterized skeletal muscle degenerative processes, DMD is also associated with a dilated cardiomyopathy that leads to progressive heart failure at the end of the second decade. The aim of the present study was to characterize the diastolic Ca{sup 2+} concentration ([Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d}) and diastolic Na{sup +} concentration ([Na{sup +}]{sub d}) abnormalities in cardiomyocytes isolated from 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month old mdx mice using ion-selective microelectrodes. In addition, the contributions of gadolinium (Gd{sup 3+})-sensitive Ca{sup 2+} entry and inositol triphosphate (IP{sub 3}) signaling pathways in abnormal [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} were investigated. Our results showed an age-dependent increase in both [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} in dystrophic cardiomyocytes compared to those isolated from age-matched wt mice. Gd{sup 3+} treatment significantly reduced both [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} at all ages. In addition, blockade of the IP{sub 3}-pathway with either U-73122 or xestospongin C significantly reduced ion concentrations in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. Co-treatment with U-73122 and Gd{sup 3+} normalized both [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub d} and [Na{sup +}]{sub d} at all ages in dystrophic cardiomyocytes. These data showed that loss of dystrophin in mdx cardiomyocytes produced an age-dependent intracellular Ca{sup 2+} and Na{sup +} overload mediated at least in part by enhanced Ca{sup 2+} entry through Gd{sup 3+} sensitive transient receptor potential channels (TRPC), and by IP{sub 3} receptors.

  19. Hydrogen generation from Al-NiCl2/NaBH4 mixture affected by lanthanum metal.

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    Sun, Wen Qiang; Fan, Mei-Qiang; Fei, Yong; Pan, Hua; Wang, Liang Liang; Yao, Jun

    2012-01-01

    The effect of La on Al/NaBH(4) hydrolysis was elaborated in the present paper. Hydrogen generation amount increases but hydrogen generation rate decreases with La content increasing. There is an optimized composition that Al-15 wt% La-5 wt% NiCl(2)/NaBH(4) mixture (Al-15 wt% La-5 wt% NiCl(2)/NaBH(4) weight ratio, 1 : 3) has 126 mL g(-1 )min(-1) maximum hydrogen generation rate and 1764 mL g(-1) hydrogen generation amount within 60 min. The efficiency is 88%. Combined with NiCl(2), La has great effect on NaBH(4) hydrolysis but has little effect on Al hydrolysis. Increasing La content is helpful to decrease the particle size of Al-La-NiCl(2) in the milling process, which induces that the hydrolysis byproduct Ni(2)B is highly distributed into Al(OH)(3) and the catalytic reactivity of Ni(2)B/Al(OH)(3) is increased therefore. But hydrolysis byproduct La(OH)(3) deposits on Al surface and leads to some side effect. The Al-La-NiCl(2)/NaBH(4) mixture has good stability in low temperature and its hydrolytic performance can be improved with increasing global temperature. Therefore, the mixture has good safety and can be applied as on board hydrogen generation material. PMID:22619596

  20. Hydrogen Generation from Al-NiCl2/NaBH4 Mixture Affected by Lanthanum Metal

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    Qiang Sun, Wen; Fan, Mei-Qiang; Fei, Yong; Pan, Hua; Wang, Liang Liang; Yao, Jun

    2012-01-01

    The effect of La on Al/NaBH4 hydrolysis was elaborated in the present paper. Hydrogen generation amount increases but hydrogen generation rate decreases with La content increasing. There is an optimized composition that Al-15 wt% La-5 wt% NiCl2/NaBH4 mixture (Al-15 wt% La-5 wt% NiCl2/NaBH4 weight ratio, 1 : 3) has 126 mL g−1 min−1 maximum hydrogen generation rate and 1764 mL g−1 hydrogen generation amount within 60 min. The efficiency is 88%. Combined with NiCl2, La has great effect on NaBH4 hydrolysis but has little effect on Al hydrolysis. Increasing La content is helpful to decrease the particle size of Al-La-NiCl2 in the milling process, which induces that the hydrolysis byproduct Ni2B is highly distributed into Al(OH)3 and the catalytic reactivity of Ni2B/Al(OH)3 is increased therefore. But hydrolysis byproduct La(OH)3 deposits on Al surface and leads to some side effect. The Al-La-NiCl2/NaBH4 mixture has good stability in low temperature and its hydrolytic performance can be improved with increasing global temperature. Therefore, the mixture has good safety and can be applied as on board hydrogen generation material. PMID:22619596

  1. The effect of NaOH concentration on the steam-hydrothermally treated bioactive microarc oxidation coatings containing Ca, P, Si and Na on pure Ti surface.

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    Zhou, Rui; Wei, Daqing; Cao, Jianyun; Feng, Wei; Cheng, Su; Du, Qing; Li, Baoqiang; Wang, Yaming; Jia, Dechang; Zhou, Yu

    2015-04-01

    The microarc oxidation (MAO) coating covered pure Ti plates are steam-hydrothermally treated in autoclaves containing NaOH solutions with different concentrations of 0, 0.001, 0.01, 0.1 and 1mol·L(-1). Due to the composition of Ti, O, Ca, P, Si and Na elements in the MAO coating, anatase and hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals are generated from the previously amorphous MAO coating after the steam-hydrothermal treatment. Meanwhile, it is noticed that the amount of HA crystals increases but showing a decline trend in aspect ratio in morphologies with the increasing of NaOH concentration. Interestingly, the steam-hydrothermally treated MAO coatings exhibit better bonding strength with Ti substrate (up to 43.8±1.1MPa) than that of the untreated one (20.1±3.1MPa). In addition, benefiting from the corrosive attack of the dissolved NaOH in water vapor on the MAO coating, Ti-OH is also formed on the steam-hydrothermally treated MAO coating surface, which can trigger apatite nucleation. Thus, the steam-hydrothermally treated MAO coatings exhibit good apatite-inducing ability. PMID:25686996

  2. Preparation of Ca-Si Films on (001) Al2O3 Substrates by an RF Magnetron Sputtering Method and Their Electrical Properties

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    Uehara, Mutsuo; Akiyama, Kensuke; Shimizu, Takao; Matsushima, Masaaki; Uchida, Hiroshi; Kimura, Yoshisato; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    The constituent phases, electrical conductivity, and Seebeck coefficient of Ca-Si films deposited on (001) Al2O3 substrates by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering method using a Mg disk target with Ca and Si chips are investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the films consist of a single phase of CaSi2, CaSi or Ca5Si3 that are deposited together with the films consisting of a mixture of CaSi2 and CaSi. Films with a CaSi2 or CaSi single phase exhibit a metallic behavior. In contrast, films with a Ca5Si3 single phase show p-type conduction and their Seebeck coefficient reaches 90 μV/K at 400°C.

  3. Experimental constraints on the monazite-fluorapatite-allanite and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote phase relations as a function of pressure, temperature, and Ca vs. Na activity in the fluid

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    Budzyń, Bartosz; Harlov, Daniel E.; Majka, Jarosław; Kozub, Gabriela A.

    2014-05-01

    Stability relations of monazite-fluorapatite-allanite and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote are strongly dependent on pressure, temperature and fluid composition. The increased Ca bulk content expands stability field of allanite relative to monazite towards higher temperatures (Spear, 2010, Chem Geol 279, 55-62). It was also reported from amphibolite facies Alpine metapelites, that both temperature and bulk CaO/Na2O ratio control relative stabilities of allanite, monazite and xenotime (Janots et al., 2008, J Metam Geol 26, 5, 509-526). This study experimentally defines influence of pressure, temperature, high activity of Ca vs. Na in the fluid, and high vs. moderate bulk CaO/Na2O ratio on the relative stabilities of monazite-fluorapatite-allanite/REE-rich epidote and xenotime-(Y,HREE)-rich fluorapatite-(Y,HREE)-rich epidote. This work expands previous experimental study on monazite (Budzyń et al., 2011, Am Min 96, 1547-1567) to wide pressure-temperature range of 2-10 kbar and 450-750°C, utilizing most reactive fluids used in previous experiments. Experiments were performed using cold-seal autoclaves on a hydrothermal line (2-4 kbar runs) and piston-cylinder apparatus (6-10 kbar runs) over 4-16 days. Four sets of experiments, two for monazite and two for xenotime, were performed with 2M Ca(OH)2 and Na2Si2O5 + H2O fluids. The starting materials included inclusion-free crystals of monazite (pegmatite, Burnet County, TX, USA) or xenotime (pegmatite, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan) mixed with (1) labradorite (Ab37An60Kfs3) + K-feldspar + biotite + muscovite ± garnet + SiO2 + CaF2 + 2M Ca(OH)2 or (2) albite (Ab100) + K-feldspar + biotite + muscovite ± garnet + SiO2 + CaF2 + Na2Si2O5 + H2O. 20-35 mg of solids and 5 mg of fluid were loaded into 3x15 mm Au capsules and arc welded shut. The monazite alteration is observed in all runs. Newly formed REE-rich fluorapatite and/or britholite are stable in all experimental P-T range in the

  4. Induction of a Putative Ca2+-ATPase mRNA in NaCl-Adapted Cells 1

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    Perez-Prat, Eva; Narasimhan, Meena L.; Binzel, Marla L.; Botella, Miguel A.; Chen, Zutang; Valpuesta, Victoriano; Bressan, Ray A.; Hasegawa, Paul M.

    1992-01-01

    A cDNA clone was isolated that encodes the partial sequence of a putative endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase of tobacco. The 1.497-kb insert had an open reading frame of 1.149 kb. The deduced peptide had the greatest homology to the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPases of Drosophila and Artemia, followed by the mammalian and avian enzymes (SERCA2 and 3). The cDNA insert hybridized to a single mRNA of 4.4 kb from tobacco cultured cells or plant tissues. The level of this transcript was induced about 2-fold by NaCl shock in 428 mm NaCl-deadapted tobacco cells that were maintained in medium without salt, but not in unadapted cells. The level of this transcript was 3- to 4-fold higher in 428 mm NaCl-adapted cells growing in salt than in unadapted cells growing without salt. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:16653146

  5. Luminescence and energy transfer in Eu2+, Mn2+ co-doped Ca2SrNaLa(PO4)3F

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    Shanshan, Hu; Wanjun, Tang

    2013-12-01

    A new compound Ca2SrNaLa(PO4)3F, isotypic with hexagonal Ca(Sr,Na,Ca)(Ca,Sr,Ce)3(PO4)3F, is reported. Its cell parameters have been determined from X-ray powder diffraction data. Crystallization occurs in the hexagonal space group P63 (No. 173) with a = 9.515(1) Å, c = 7.028(1) Å, and Z = 2. Eu2+ and Mn2+ activated Ca2SrNaLa(PO4)3F phosphors have been prepared. The energy transfer of Eu2+ → Mn2+ has been investigated. The resonant type energy transfer from Eu2+ to Mn2+ has been demonstrated, and the energy transfer efficiency has also been calculated according to their PL decay curves. A color-tunable emission in Ca2SrNaLa(PO4)3F phosphors can be realized by Eu2+ → Mn2+ energy transfer. White light can be achieved in a single-phased Ca2SrNaLa(PO4)3F host by co-doping Eu2+ and Mn2+ with CIE (0.32, 0.31). Our results demonstrate that the potential application of these phosphors in solid-state lighting and (or) other areas.

  6. A facile and environmentally friendly NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid route to prepare crystalline β-CaSiO3 nanowires.

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Zhang, Suyun; Wang, Lijuan; Shi, Honglong

    2013-05-01

    We described an environmentally friendly and facile NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid route for the first time to synthesize β-CaSiO3 nanowires. β-CaSiO3 nanowires were prepared by annealing precursor calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanostructures in NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid, in which the precursor CSH nanostructures were first prepared by a facile one-step, solid state reaction, ground with both NaCl and surfactant nonyl phenyl ether (9) (NP-9), and heated at 850 °C for 2 h. β-CaSiO3 nanowires were characterized by XRD, TEM and HRTEM. The comparative experiments have been conducted systemically to investigate the growth mechanism of β-CaSiO3 nanowires, and the roles of salt NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid and NP-9 on the formation of β-CaSiO3 nanowires. The results demonstrated that both salt NaCl nonaqueous ionic liquid and surfactant NP-9 played key roles on the formation of β-CaSiO3 nanowires. A rational growth mechanism of β-CaSiO3 nanowires has been proposed on the basis of experimental results. PMID:23498260

  7. Effect of micro-alloy elements (Ti, Nb, Al and Ca) on corrosion resistance of 26%Cr-2%Mo stainless steel in chloride solutions

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    Kim, H.; Lee, Y.D.

    1999-11-01

    Ferritic stainless steels have higher corrosion and stress corrosion cracking resistance in chloride environments than austenitic stainless steels. The production mat of ferritic stainless steels is lower than austenitic stainless steels. However, the application of highly alloyed ferritic stainless steels is limited due to low toughness and intergranular corrosion attack. Corrosion resistance of 26%Cr-2%Mo ferritic steels was evaluated using polarization test in 20% NaCl solution and the ferric chloride test. In addition, TEM and SEM were employed to analyze the secondary phases around the matrix where pitting corrosion occurred. In ferric chloride test the crevice corrosion resistance of non-stabilized alloy and Ca added alloy was lower than that of stabilized alloy and the crevice corrosion resistance of stabilized alloys was independent of stabilizing element such as Ti and Nb. The pitting corrosion resistance in chloride solution depended on micro-alloying elements as well as the surface treatment such as pickling and polishing. The effect of micro-alloy element and surface treatment on corrosion properties was explained with the aid of SEM observations. Among the polished alloys, the addition of Nb was the most effective for pitting corrosion resistance but the addition of Ti or Ca decreased the corrosion resistance. The pickling increased the corrosion resistance in all alloys except alloy No. 4 (Ti + Nb + Al). Pickling effectively increased corrosion resistance of the alloy containing Ti or Ca, due to removal of pit initiation sites associated with TiN inclusions or unstable phase (i.e., CaS, TiN).

  8. Reversible hydrogen storage by NaAlH4 confined within a titanium-functionalized MOF-74(Mg) nanoreactor.

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    Stavila, Vitalie; Bhakta, Raghunandan K; Alam, Todd M; Majzoub, Eric H; Allendorf, Mark D

    2012-11-27

    We demonstrate that NaAlH(4) confined within the nanopores of a titanium-functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) template MOF-74(Mg) can reversibly store hydrogen with minimal loss of capacity. Hydride-infiltrated samples were synthesized by melt infiltration, achieving loadings up to 21 wt %. MOF-74(Mg) possesses one-dimensional, 12 Å channels lined with Mg atoms having open coordination sites, which can serve as sites for Ti catalyst stabilization. MOF-74(Mg) is stable under repeated hydrogen desorption and hydride regeneration cycles, allowing it to serve as a "nanoreactor". Confining NaAlH(4) within these pores alters the decomposition pathway by eliminating the stable intermediate Na(3)AlH(6) phase observed during bulk decomposition and proceeding directly to NaH, Al, and H(2), in agreement with theory. The onset of hydrogen desorption for both Ti-doped and undoped nano-NaAlH(4)@MOF-74(Mg) is ∼50 °C, nearly 100 °C lower than bulk NaAlH(4). However, the presence of titanium is not necessary for this increase in desorption kinetics but enables rehydriding to be almost fully reversible. Isothermal kinetic studies indicate that the activation energy for H(2) desorption is reduced from 79.5 kJ mol(-1) in bulk Ti-doped NaAlH(4) to 57.4 kJ mol(-1) for nanoconfined NaAlH(4). The structural properties of nano-NaAlH(4)@MOF-74(Mg) were probed using (23)Na and (27)Al solid-state MAS NMR, which indicates that the hydride is not decomposed during infiltration and that Al is present as tetrahedral AlH(4)(-) anions prior to desorption and as Al metal after desorption. Because of the highly ordered MOF structure and monodisperse pore dimensions, our results allow key template features to be identified to ensure reversible, low-temperature hydrogen storage. PMID:23075161

  9. Synthesis and hydration behavior of calcium zirconium aluminate (Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18}) cement

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    Kang, Eun-Hee; Yoo, Jun-Sang; Kim, Bo-Hye; Choi, Sung-Woo; Hong, Seong-Hyeon

    2014-02-15

    Calcium zirconium aluminate (Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18}) cements were prepared by solid state reaction and polymeric precursor methods, and their phase evolution, morphology, and hydration behavior were investigated. In polymeric precursor method, a nearly single phase Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} was obtained at relatively lower temperature (1200 °C) whereas in solid state reaction, a small amount of CaZrO{sub 3} coexisted with Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} even at higher temperature (1400 °C). Unexpectedly, Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} synthesized by polymeric precursor process was the large-sized and rough-shaped powder. The planetary ball milling was employed to control the particle size and shape. The hydration behavior of Ca{sub 7}ZrAl{sub 6}O{sub 18} was similar to that of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} (C3A), but the hydration products were Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}·6H{sub 2}O (C3AH6) and several intermediate products. Thus, Zr (or ZrO{sub 2}) stabilized the intermediate hydration products of C3A.

  10. In vitro controlled release of vitamin C from Ca/Al layered double hydroxide drug delivery system.

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    Gao, Xiaorui; Chen, Le; Xie, Juan; Yin, Yaobing; Chang, Tao; Duan, Yancong; Jiang, Nan

    2014-06-01

    A new drug delivery system for vitamin C (VC), Ca/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH), is demonstrated in this work. VC anions were intercalated successfully in the Ca/Al LDH gallery by a coprecipitation method. The interlayer space of 9.8Å suggests that VC anions are vertical to the LDH layers in the form of interdigitated bilayer. The loading of VC in LDH is 36.4wt.%. The thermal stability of VC is significantly enhanced after intercalation. In vitro VC release results show that the release time of VC in a phosphate buffer at pH7.4 was significantly extended, and the maximal percentage of VC released is 80% of the total. The Avrami-Erofe'ev equation most satisfactorily explains the release kinetics of VC, which is that the release of VC is mainly dominated by the ion-exchange reaction. PMID:24863197

  11. CN-mayenite Ca12Al14O32(CN)2: Replacing mobile oxygen ions by cyanide ions

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    Schmidt, Alexander; Lerch, Martin; Eufinger, Jens-Peter; Janek, Jürgen; Dolle, Raimund; Wiemhöfer, Hans-Dieter; Tranca, Ionut; Islam, Mazharul M.; Bredow, Thomas; Boysen, Hans; Hoelzel, Markus

    2014-12-01

    CN-mayenite (Ca12Al14O32(CN)2) is a promising candidate for high-temperature CN- conductivity in a solid due to its special structural features. It was prepared by a solid-gas reaction. The transport processes were investigated by means of in situ high-temperature neutron diffraction, impedance spectroscopy and additional Hebb-Wagner measurements. Diffusion pathways and activation energies were determined additionally by quantum-chemical calculations. Ca12Al14O32(CN)2 shows a surprisingly high ionic conductivity of σ = 1.4•10-3 S/cm at 1173 K (Ea = 4.3 eV) and can be considered as first example of a new kind of solid anion conductor with a mobile molecular anion.

  12. X-ray crystal structures of Al-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) whiskers.

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    Bertolotti, Federica; Calore, Leandro; Gervasio, Giuliana; Agostino, Angelo; Truccato, Marco; Operti, Lorenza

    2014-04-01

    Al(+3)-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) (YBCO) whiskers have been synthesized using a solid-state reaction technique. These materials are promising candidates for solid-state THz applications based on sequences of Josephson Junctions (IJJs). Alumina addition was systematically varied and the effect of aluminium incorporation on the structure has been investigated using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Aluminium only replaces Cu atoms in the O-Cu-O-Cu chains and a gradual transition from orthorhombic to tetragonal space group occurs, thus increasing the Al content. A gradual modification of the coordination sphere of the copper site has also been observed. The Ca(2+) ion substitutes mainly the Y(3+) ion and also, to a small extent, the Ba(2+) ion. PMID:24675593

  13. Structural mechanism of the formation of mineral Na-tveitite-a new type of phase with a fluorite-derivative structure-in the NaF-CaF{sub 2}-(Y,Ln)F{sub 3} natural system

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    Golubev, A. M. Otroshchenko, L. P.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2012-03-15

    Relationships between the chemical compositions and structures of the mineral tveitite from the southern Norway pegmatites (with the idealized formula Ca{sub 14}Y{sub 5}F{sub 43}) and Na-tveitite from the Rov mountain (Keivy, Kola Peninsula) Na{sub 2.5}Ca{sub 10}Ln{sub 1.5}Y{sub 5}F{sub 42} are considered. According to the structural mechanism of its formation, Na-tveitite is a nanocomposite crystal based on the crystalline matrix Ca{sub 14}Y{sub 5}F{sub 43} with the ordered arrangement of {l_brace}Ca{sub 8}[CaY{sub 5}]F{sub 69}{r_brace} clusters which contain anionic {l_brace}F{sub 13}{r_brace} cuboctahedra with F{sup 1-} at the center. When Na-tveitite is formed, 29% of these clusters are statistically replaced by Na-'Y' clusters {l_brace}[Na{sub 0.5}(Y,Ln){sub 0.5}]{sub 14}F{sub 64}{r_brace} with {l_brace}F{sub 8}{r_brace} cubes at the center (analogs of matrix fluorite groups {l_brace}Ca{sub 14}F{sub 64}{r_brace}). This replacement gives rise to composition-imperfect (Na, Ca, 'Y') cationic positions and occupancy-deficient F positions, which correspond to {l_brace}F{sub 13}{r_brace} cuboctahedra and the {l_brace}F{sub 8}{r_brace} cubes that replace them. The difference between Na-tveitite and fluorite phases M{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} is as follows: its matrix is the structure of the ordered phase (tveitite) into which Na-containing rare earth fragments of fluorite-type structure are incorporated instead of ordered-phase structural blocks (clusters).

  14. Hydrophobic bile acids relax rat detrusor contraction via inhibiting the opening of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger

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    Zhu, Jingzhen; Dong, Xingyou; Liu, Qian; Wu, Chao; Wang, Qingqing; Long, Zhou; Li, Longkun

    2016-01-01

    Hydrophobic bile acids (BAs) are thought to inhibit smooth muscle contractility in several organs. The present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of hydrophobic BAs on the detrusor contractility of rat bladder and to explore the possible mechanism. Lithocholic acid (LCA) treatment increased the micturition interval and induced a concentration-dependent relaxation of bladder detrusor strips. In addition, LCA reduced the concentration of intracellular free Ca2+([Ca2+]i) and inhibited both the outward and inward Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) current (INCX) in primary isolated smooth muscle cells (SMCs). To further investigate the mechanism of action of LCA, several pharmacologic agents were used. We found that the NCX inhibitor 3′,4′-Dichlorobenzamil (DCB) can significantly inhibit the relaxation of detrusor strips and a reduction of the [Ca2+]i induced by LCA, while the antagonist of muscarinic receptor and the agonist of the G protein-coupled bile acid receptor (TGR5) and the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) had no effect. In conclusion, these data suggest that the relaxation of rat detrusor induced by hydrophobic BAs is mediated by NCX. Further research is needed to carry out to demonstrate the possible pathway and provide a potential new strategy to investigation for the treatment of the low urinary tract syndromes. PMID:26892434

  15. Physical and Catalytic Properties of the Na-exchanged Y-Zeolites with Different Si/Al Ratios

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    Lee, Chang Seop; Noh, Sun Hye; Kim, Sung Soo; Suh, Soong-Hyuk; Peden, Charles HF.

    2005-01-01

    A series of sodium-exchanged Y-zeolites with different Si/Al ratios have been prepared from the proton and ammonium ion forms of Y-zeolite(faujasite) by means of a solution ion exchange. The prepared catalysts have been characterized by the various analytical techniques and the NOx conversion rates of the catalysts were measured with non-thermal plasma assisted catalytic system. Specific surface areas measured by the BET increased in the order of the NaY series 708, 712, 100, 720, 760. The results of the elemental analyses showed that the Si/Al ratio of the catalysts increased gradually in the order of NaY 100, NaY 712, NaY 720, NaY 760, NaY 780.

  16. Anodic Corrosion Behavior of NiFe2O4-Based Cermet in Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 for Aluminum Electrolysis

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    Tian, Zhongliang; Lai, Yanqing; Yang, Shu; Li, Jie; Hwang, Jiann-Yang; Liu, Yexiang

    2015-03-01

    A (Cu,Ni)/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet was tested as an inert anode for aluminum electrolysis in Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 melt at 1173 K (900 °C), and its corrosion behavior was studied. The results show that the low-temperature Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 bath is beneficial, improving the service conditions. With the combined effects of the electrolyte composition and the nascent oxygen during electrolysis, the metal phase (Cu,Ni) at the surface of anode will not be leached preferentially, but be transferred into the aluminates including FeAl2O4, NiAl2O4 and CuAl2O4. This is helpful for the anode to improve its corrosion resistance.

  17. Nicorandil stimulates a Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger by activating guanylate cyclase in guinea pig cardiac myocytes.

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    Wei, Jiazhang; Watanabe, Yasuhide; Takeuchi, Kazuhiko; Yamashita, Kanna; Tashiro, Miyuki; Kita, Satomi; Iwamoto, Takahiro; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Kimura, Junko

    2016-04-01

    Nicorandil, a hybrid of an ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channel opener and a nitrate generator, is used clinically for the treatment of angina pectoris. This agent has been reported to exert antiarrhythmic actions by abolishing both triggered activity and spontaneous automaticity in an in vitro study. It is well known that delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs) are caused by the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange current (I NCX). In this study, we investigated the effect of nicorandil on the cardiac Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX1). We used the whole-cell patch clamp technique and the Fura-2/AM (Ca(2+) indicator) method to investigate the effect of nicorandil on I NCX in isolated guinea pig ventricular myocytes and CCL39 fibroblast cells transfected with dog heart NCX1. Nicorandil enhanced I NCX in a concentration-dependent manner. The EC50 (half-maximum concentration for enhancement of the drug) values were 15.0 and 8.7 μM for the outward and inward components of I NCX, respectively. 8-Bromoguanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (8-Br-cGMP), a membrane-permeable analog of guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP), enhanced I NCX. 1H-[1,2,4]Oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ), a guanylate cyclase inhibitor (10 μM), completely abolished the nicorandil-induced I NCX increase. Nicorandil increased I NCX in CCL39 cells expressing wild-type NCX1 but did not affect mutant NCX1 without a long intracellular loop between transmembrane segments (TMSs) 5 and 6. Nicorandil at 100 μM abolished DADs induced by electrical stimulation with ouabain. Nicorandil enhanced the function of NCX1 via guanylate cyclase and thus may accelerate Ca(2+) exit via NCX1. This may partially contribute to the cardioprotection by nicorandil in addition to shortening action potential duration (APD) by activating KATP channels. PMID:26631169

  18. Structure, thermodynamic and transport properties of CaAl 2Si 2O 8 liquid. Part I: Molecular dynamics simulations

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    Spera, Frank J.; Nevins, Dean; Ghiorso, Mark; Cutler, Ian

    2009-11-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations for liquid CaAl 2Si 2O 8 have been carried out at 72 state points spanning ranges in density ( ρ: 2398-4327 kg/m 3), temperature ( T: 3490-6100 K) and pressure ( P: 0.84-120 GPa) relevant to geosystems. The atomic scale structure of the melt is determined by analysis of nearest neighbor coordination statistics as a function of T and P. Dramatic structural change occurs as pressure increases especially for 0 < P <20 GPa at all temperatures. Changes in structure are encapsulated by examining the coordination of Si, Al, Ca and O around oxygen and vice versa. Si and Al change from predominantly fourfold at low- P to dominantly sixfold for P >˜ 20 GPa. Pentahedrally coordinated Si and Al in distorted trigonal bipyramids attain abundance maxima corresponding to ˜60% of total (Si, Al)O n at 3-5 GPa and weakly depend on T. The coordination of Ca by oxygen increases from 7 to 10 for 0 < P < 20 GPa and changes slowly for P > 20 GPa at 3500 K. Similar behavior is seen at 6000 K except that the interval of rapid changes occurs at higher pressure. Oxygen with only one nearest Si or Al neighbor (i.e., non-bridging oxygen, NBO) decreases whereas oxygen with two or three nearest neighbors of Si, Al or Ca increases as pressure increases. Changes in melt structure are reflected in the variation of thermodynamic and transport properties of the liquid. Values of the self-diffusivities of Ca, Al, Si and O are fit to a modified Arrhenian expression and compare well to limited laboratory data. Self-diffusivities are best fit using 'low P' and 'high- P' expressions, identical in form but with different parameters, with activation energies and activation volumes in the range 150-200 kJ/mol and +5 to -1 cm 3/mol, respectively. Green-Kubo calculations for liquid shear viscosity are presented and compare well with limited laboratory results. Application of the Eyring model to determine the characteristic size and number of atoms in the activated cluster based

  19. Electrochemistry of selenium in a basic AlCl{sub 3}-NaCl melt

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    Matsunaga, M.; Morimitsu, M.; Hosokawa, K.

    1995-09-01

    Sodium/molten-salt secondary batteries composed of a liquid sodium and chloroaluminate melt have been widely studied for electric vehicle and load-leveling applications. The authors have been interested in developing new cathode materials to be used in this type of battery. The electrochemical reactions of selenium species in a basic AlCl{sub 3}-NaCl melt has been studied by measuring EMF of an Na/SeCl{sub 4} cell. The reaction mechanism between elemental and tetravalent selenium consists of at least four electrochemical steps, including intermediates such as Se{sup 2+}, Se{sub 2}{sup 2+}, and Se{sub 8}{sup 2+}. The reaction sequence from Se{sup 4+} to Se{sub 8}{sup 2+} is discussed. The formal potential for each reaction is also determined.

  20. Characterization of the macrocyclic carbon suboxide factors as potent Na,K-ATPase and SR Ca-ATPase inhibitors.

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    Kerek, Franz; Stimac, Robert; Apell, Hans-Jürgen; Freudenmann, Frank; Moroder, Luis

    2002-12-23

    Recently discovered macrocyclic carbon suboxide (MCS) factors with the general formula (C(3)O(2))(n) were found to strongly inhibit rabbit and rat Na,K-ATPase as well as SR Ca-ATPase. Highly active MCS factors were obtained by a base/acid treatment of their lipophilic precursor isolated from plants. In the ESI-MS spectra, the dominant molar mass ion of 431 Da corresponds to a 1:1 complex of the carbon suboxide hexamer (n=6; M(r)=408 Da) with a Na(+) ion. Additional mass ions identified in positive and negative ion mode were assigned as complexes of the MCS hexamer (n=6) and octamer (n=8) with Na(+) or with TFA(-) in various ratios. The dominant mass ion values of these active MCS factors from plants are also found in mass spectra of previously described endogenous digitalis-like factors (EDLF) from animals. This would suggest that ubiquitously distributed MCS factors may function as putative endogenous regulatory substances of Na,K-ATPase and possibly of other ATPases. With the symmetric display of several equivalent carbonyl or hydroxy groups, the structure of MCS factors is particularly suited for interactions with proteins and other bio-molecules. This could explain the high biological activity and the unusual properties of the MCS factors. PMID:12488055

  1. [Cryogenic Raman spectroscopic characteristics of NaCl-H2O, CaCl2-H2O and NaCl-CaCl2-H2O: application to analysis of fluid inclusions].

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    Mao, Cui; Chen, Yong; Zhou, Yao-Qi; Ge, Yun-Jin; Zhou, Zhen-Zhu; Wang, You-Zhi

    2010-12-01

    Accurately diagnosing the types of the salt and calculating the salinity quantitatively are the significant content of fluid inclusions. The traditional method of testing fluid inclusions salinity is cooling. To overcome the difficulty for observing freezing phase transition, the authors tested the spectrum of NaCl-H2O, CaCl2-H2O and NaCl-CaCl2-H2O systems at -180 degrees C by laser Raman spectroscopy. The result demonstrates that the ratio of peak values has linear relationship with salinity. Calibration curves were established by typical ratio of hydro-halite at 3 420 cm(-1) to the ice at 3 092 cm(-1), and the ratio of antarcticite at 3 432 cm(-1) to the ice at 3 092 cm(-1). The calibration curves have very high correlation coefficient. This method is verified by synthetic hydrocarbon-bearing aqueous fluid inclusions and quartz aqueous fluid inclusions of well Fengshen 6 in Dongying sag. The results of the authors' experiments show that cryogenic Raman spectroscopy can not only identify the types of the salts but also determine the salinity effectively in fluid inclusions. PMID:21322218

  2. The Electrochemical Co-reduction of Mg-Al-Y Alloys in the LiCl-NaCl-MgCl2-AlF3-YCl3 Melts

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    Li, Mei; Liu, Yaochen; Han, Wei; Wang, Shanshan; Zhang, Milin; Yan, Yongde; Shi, Weiqun

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical formation of Mg-Al-Y alloys was studied in the LiCl-NaCl-MgCl2 melts by the addition of AlF3 and YCl3 on a molybdenum electrode at 973 K (700 °C). In order to reduce the volatilization of salt solvent in the electrolysis process, the volatile loss of LiCl-NaCl-MgCl2 and LiCl-KCl-MgCl2 melts was first measured in the temperature range from 873 K to 1023 K (600 °C to 750 °C). Then, the electrochemical behaviors of Mg(II), Al(III), Y(III) ions and alloy formation processes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, chronopotentiometry, and open circuit chronopotentiometry. The cyclic voltammograms indicate that the under-potential deposition of magnesium and yttrium on pre-deposited Al leads to formation of Mg-Al and Al-Y intermetallic compounds. The Mg-Al-Y alloys were prepared by galvanostatic electrolysis in the LiCl-NaCl-MgCl2-AlF3-YCl3 melts and characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry. Composition of the alloys was analyzed by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometer, and current efficiency was also determined by the alloy composition.

  3. High-pressure phase relations and thermodynamic properties of CaAl 4Si 2O 11 CAS phase

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    Akaogi, M.; Haraguchi, M.; Yaguchi, M.; Kojitani, H.

    2009-03-01

    Phase relations in CaAl4Si2O11 were examined at 12-23 GPa and 1000-1800 °C by multianvil experiments. A three-phase mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum is stable below about 13 GPa at 1000-1800 °C. At higher pressure and at temperature below about 1200 °C, a mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum is stable, indicating the decomposition of kyanite. Above about 1200 °C, CaAl4Si2O11 CAS phase is stable at pressure higher than about 13 GPa. The triple point is placed at 14.7 GPa and 1280 °C. The equilibrium boundary of formation of CAS phase from the mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum has a small negative slope, and that from the mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum has a strongly negative slope, while the decomposition boundary of kyanite has a small positive slope. Enthalpies of the transitions were measured by high-temperature drop-solution calorimetry. The enthalpy of formation of CaAl4Si2O11 CAS phase from the mixture of grossular, kyanite and corundum was 139.5 ± 15.6 kJ/mol, and that from the mixture of grossular, stishovite and corundum was 94.2 ± 15.4 kJ/mol. The transition boundaries calculated using the measured enthalpy data were consistent with those determined by the high-pressure experiments. The boundaries in this study are placed about 3 GPa higher in pressure and about 200 °C lower in temperature than those by Zhai and Ito [Zhai, S., Ito, E., 2008. Phase relations of CaAl4Si2O11 at high-pressure and high-temperature with implications for subducted continental crust into the deep mantle. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 167, 161-167]. Combining the thermodynamic data measured in this study with those in the literature, dissociation boundary of CAS phase into a mixture of Ca-perovskite, corundum and stishovite and that of grossular into Ca-perovskite plus corundum were calculated to further constrain the stability field of CAS phase. The result suggests that the stability of CAS phase would be limited at the bottom of

  4. Effect of Al2O3 on the Viscosity and Structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO Slags

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    Wang, Zhanjun; Sun, Yongqi; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min; Zhang, Zuotai

    2015-04-01

    The present paper provided a fundamental investigation on the effect of Al2O3 on the viscosity and structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO slags for the purpose of efficiently recycling the valuable elements from the steelmaking slags. The results show that the viscosity of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO-FetO slags slightly increases with increasing Al2O3 content. The degree of the polymerization (DOP) of quenched slags, determined from Raman spectra and magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, is also found to increase with increasing Al2O3 content. It can be deduced that the increasing DOP can promote the formation of gehlenite phase (Ca2Al2SiO7), thus facilitating the formation of higher phosphorous (or vanadium) contained solid solution ( n'Ca2SiO4·Ca3((P or V)O4)2). As Al2O3 content increases up to a specific value, the charge compensating ions which present near [AlO4]-tetrahedra and [FeO4]-tetrahedra are not fully supplied due to the scarcity of Ca2+. In this case, the existing Fe3+ in the melt cannot completely form [FeO4]-tetrahedra and part of Fe3+ would form [FeO6]-octahedra to substitute Ca2+ to modify the slags.

  5. The influence of Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite synthesized from brine water on thermal and mechanical properties of HTlc-EVA composite

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    Karina, Wiwiek; Heraldy, Eddy; Pramono, Edi; Heriyanto, Astuti, Shanti

    2016-02-01

    Ca-Mg-Al hydrotalcite-like compound (Ca-Mg-Al HTlc) was prepared by co-precipitation method using brine water that is well known as the desalination process waste water. The structure of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was determined by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis. Ca-Mg-Al HTlc was studied as a non-halogenated filler in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) matrix. Composites with different filler concentrations were prepared to evaluate the influence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc on thermal and mechanical properties of EVA.The presence of Ca-Mg-Al HTlc in the composite has been confirmed by FTIR analysis. Thermal properties of composites show significant reduction of degradation temperature as well as the loading of HTlc in EVA. However, the total enthalpies combustion of composites with 1% and 5% HTlc loadings higher compared to neat EVA. Further, mechanical properties were determined by tensile test. The result shows that tensile strength and elongation at break of composites decrease relatively by Ca-Mg-Al HTlc addition.

  6. Study on the Indentation Creep Behavior of Mg-4Al-RE-0.8Ca Magnesium Alloy

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    Zhang, Yaocheng; Yang, Li; Huang, Zedong; Dai, Jun

    2015-11-01

    The indentation creep behavior of Mg-4Al-RE-0.8Ca (AEC4108) alloy was investigated with a homemade apparatus. The microstructure of the AEC4108 alloy and the chemical composition of the precipitation phases in the alloy before and after creep test were investigated by scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The results reveal that the steady-state indentation creep rate of the AEC4108 alloy is increased with increasing temperature and applied stress. The logarithm of the steady-state creep rates is linearly related to the logarithm of the stress and the reciprocal of the absolute temperature. The indentation creep parameters of AEC4108 alloy are correlated using an empirical equation dot{\\varepsilon }_{s} = 1.253 × 10^{ - 8} × \\upsigma^{3.2} { exp }[ { - 33.89/( {RT} )} ]. The thin acicular Al11La3 and the bone-shaped Al2Ca are precipitated along the grain boundaries, and the granular Al2La is formed within the grain. The indentation creep rate of AEC4108 alloy is controlled by the grain boundary slipping led by viscous dislocation movement. The indentation creep resistance of the AEC4108 alloy under temperature 398-448 K and stress 55-95 MPa is guaranteed by the precipitated phases with high thermal stability pinning at the grain boundary and within the grain.

  7. Boiling Temperature and Reversed Deliquescence Relative Humidity Measurements for Mineral Assemblages in the NaCl + NaNO3 + KNO3 + Ca(NO3)2 + H2O System

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    Rard, J A; Staggs, K J; Day, S D; Carroll, S A

    2005-12-01

    Boiling temperature measurements have been made at ambient pressure for saturated ternary solutions of NaCl + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O, NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O, and NaCl + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O over the full composition range, along with those of the single salt systems. Boiling temperatures were also measured for the four component NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O and five component NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O mixtures, where the solute mole fraction of Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}), was varied between 0 and 0.25. The maximum boiling temperature found for the NaCl + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O system is {approx} 134.9 C; for the NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + H{sub 2}O system is {approx} 165.1 C at x(NaNO{sub 3}) {approx} 0.46 and x(KNO{sub 3}) {approx} 0.54; and for the NaCl + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O system is 164.7 {+-} 0.6 C at x(NaCl) {approx} 0.25 and x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) {approx} 0.75. The NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} + Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} + H{sub 2}O system forms molten salts below their maximum boiling temperatures, and the temperatures corresponding to the cessation of boiling (dry out temperatures) of these liquid mixtures were determined. These dry out temperatures range from {approx} 300 C when x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) = 0 to {ge} 400 C when x(Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) = 0.20 and 0.25. Mutual deliquescence/efflorescence relative humidity (MDRH/MERH) measurements were also made for the NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} and NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} salt mixture from 120 to 180 C at ambient pressure. The NaNO{sub 3} and NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} salt mixture has a MDRH of 26.4% at 120 C and 20.0% at 150 C. This salt mixture also absorbs water at 180 C, which is higher than expected from the boiling temperature experiments. The NaCl + NaNO{sub 3} + KNO{sub 3} salt mixture was found to have a MDRH of 25.9% at 120 C and 10.5% at 180 C. The investigated mixture

  8. Davinciite, Na12K3Ca6Fe{3/2+}Zr3(Si26O73OH)Cl2, a New K,Na-Ordered mineral of the eudialyte group from the Khibiny Alkaline Pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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    Khomyakov, A. P.; Nechelyustov, G. N.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Rozenberg, K. A.

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents a description of a new zirconosilicate of the eudialyte group, which was named davinciite in honor of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), a famous Italian scientist, painter, sculptor and architect. The new mineral has been found in hyperagpaitic pegmatite at the Rasvumchorr Mountain, Khibiny Pluton, Kola Peninsula, as relict inclusions, up to 1-2 mm in size in a rastsvetaevite matrix. It is associated with nepheline, sodalite, potassium feldspar, delhayelite, aegirine, shcherbakovite, villiaumite, nitrite, nacaphite, rasvumite, and djerfisherite. Davinciite is dark lavender and transparent, with a vitreous luster and white streak. The new mineral is brittle, with conchoidal fracture; the Mohs' hardness is 5. No indications of cleavage or parting were observed. The measured density is 2.82(2) g/cm3 (volumetric method); the calculated density is 2.848 g/cm3. Davinciite is optically uniaxial, positive; ω = 1.603(2), ɛ = 1.605(2). It is nonpleochroic and nonfluorescent in UV light. The new mineral slowly breaks down and gelates in 50% HCl and HNO3. It is trigonal, space group R3m. The unit-cell dimensions are a = 14.2956(2), c = 30.0228(5) Å, V=5313.6(2) Å3. The strongest reflections in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern [ d, Å ( I, %) ( hkl)] are as follows: 2.981(100)(315), 2.860(96)(404), 4.309(66)(205), 3.207(63)(208), 6.415(54)(104), 3.162(43)(217). The chemical composition (electron microprobe, H2O calculated from X-ray diffraction data) is as follows, wt %: 12.69 Na2O, 3.53 K2O, 11.02 CaO, 0.98 SrO, 0.15 BaO, 5.33 FeO, 0.37 MnO, 0.07 Al2O3, 51.20 SiO2, 0.39 TiO2, 11.33 ZrO2, 0.21HfO2, 0.09 Nb2O5, 1.89 Cl, 0.93H2O, -O = Cl2 0.43; total is 99.75. The empirical formula calculated on the basis of Si + Al + Zr + Hf + Ti + Nb = 29 ( Z = 3) is (Na1l.75Sr0.29Ba0.03)Σ12.07(K2.28Na0.72)Σ3Ca5.99(Fe2.26Mn0.16)Σ2.42(Zr2.80Ti0.15Hf0.03Nb0.02) Σ3(Si1.96Al0.04)Σ2[Si3O9]2 [Si9O27]2[(OH)1.42O0.58]Σ2[Cl1.62(H2O)0.38]Σ2 · 0.48H2O. The simplified

  9. Effects of Levetiracetam, Carbamazepine, Phenytoin, Valproate, Lamotrigine, Oxcarbazepine, Topiramate, Vinpocetine and Sertraline on Presynaptic Hippocampal Na(+) and Ca(2+) Channels Permeability.

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    Sitges, María; Chiu, Luz María; Reed, Ronald C

    2016-04-01

    Ion channels are targets of various antiepileptic drugs. In cerebral presynaptic nerve endings Na(+) and Ca(2+) channels are particularly abundant, as they control neurotransmitter release, including the release of glutamate (Glu), the most concentrated excitatory amino acid neurotransmitter in the brain. Several pre-synaptic channels are implicated in the mechanism of action of the pro-convulsive agent, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In the present study the effects of levetiracetam and other established and newer (vinpocetine) anti-epileptic drugs, as well as of the anti-depressant, sertraline on the increase in Ca(2+) induced by 4-AP in hippocampal isolated nerve endings were investigated. Also the effects of some of the anti-seizure drugs on the selective increase in Ca(2+) induced by high K(+), or on the selective increase in Na(+) induced by veratridine were tested. Sertraline and vinpocetine effectively inhibited the rise in Ca(2+) induced by 4-AP, which was dependent on the out-in Na(+) gradient and tetrodotoxin sensitive. Carbamazepine, phenytoin, lamotrigine and oxcarbazepine inhibited the rise in Ca(2+) induced by 4-AP too, but at higher concentrations than sertraline and vinpocetine, whereas levetiracetam, valproic acid and topiramate did not. The three latter antiepileptic drugs also failed in modifying other responses mediated by the activation of brain presynaptic Na(+) or Ca(2+) channels, including Glu release. This indicates that levetiracetam, valproic acid and topiramate mechanisms of action are unrelated with a decrease in presynaptic Na(+) or Ca(2+) channels permeability. It is concluded that depolarized cerebral isolated nerve endings represent a useful tool to unmask potential antiepileptic drugs targeting presynaptic Na(+) and/or Ca(2+) channels in the brain; such as vinpocetine or the anti-depressant sertraline, which high effectiveness to control seizures in the animal in vivo has been demonstrated. PMID:26542150

  10. Dependence of acoustic property on Al substitution for Ca3Ta(Ga1‑ x Al x )3Si2O14 single crystals

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    Ohashi, Yuji; Arakawa, Mototaka; Kudo, Tetsuo; Yokota, Yuui; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Kamada, Kei; Kushibiki, Jun-ichi; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-07-01

    The acoustic properties of Ca3Ta(Ga1‑ x Al x )3Si2O14 (CTGASx) were experimentally studied as a function of the Al substitution content x in the ranges from x = 0 to 0.50. Five specimens, X-, Y-, Z-, 35°Y-, and 140°Y-cut, were prepared from each crystal of CTGASx (x = 0, 0.25, and 0.50) grown by the Czochralski technique. Longitudinal wave and shear wave velocities for CTGASx linearly increase with Al content for all propagation directions. Dielectric constants and density were measured and then elastic and piezoelectric constants were determined from the measured velocities for each crystal. The results revealed that all of the constants change linearly with Al content. From the relationship, the constants for CTAS (x = 1) were estimated. Calculations of the velocities using the determined constants also suggested that the maximum electromechanical coupling factor k 2 for the slow shear wave mode propagating along the rotated Y-axis direction of CTAS was improved to 4.42% compared with 3.83% for CTGS, owing to the Al substitution effect.

  11. On the structural basis for ionic selectivity among Na+, K+, and Ca2+ in the voltage-gated sodium channel.

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    Favre, I; Moczydlowski, E; Schild, L

    1996-01-01

    Voltage-sensitive sodium channels and calcium channels are homologous proteins with distinctly different selectivity for permeation of inorganic cations. This difference in function is specified by amino acid residues located within P-region segments that link presumed transmembrane elements S5 and S6 in each of four repetitive Domains I, II, III, and IV. By analyzing the selective permeability of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ in various mutants of the mu 1 rat muscle sodium channel, the results in this paper support the concept that a conserved motif of four residues contributed by each of the Domains I-IV, termed the DEKA locus in sodium channels and the EEEE locus in calcium channels, determines the ionic selectivity of these channels. Furthermore, the results indicate that the Lys residue in Domain III of the sodium channel is the critical determinant that specifies both the impermeability of Ca2+ and the selective permeability of Na+ over K+. We propose that the alkylammonium ion of the Lys(III) residue acts as an endogenous cation within the ion binding site/selectivity filter of the sodium channel to tune the kinetics and affinity of inorganic cation binding within the pore in a manner analogous to ion-ion interactions that occur in the process of multi-ion channel conduction. PMID:8968582

  12. Ca II and Na I absorption in the QSO S4 0248 + 430 due to an intervening galaxy

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    Womble, Donna S.; Junkkarinen, Vesa T.; Cohen, Ross D.; Burbidge, E. Margaret

    1990-01-01

    Observations of the QSO S4 0248 + 430 and a nearby anonymous galaxy are presented. Two absorption components are found in both Ca II H and K and Na I D1 and D2 at z(a) = 0.0515, 0.0523. Column densities of log N(Ca II) = 13.29, 13.50, and log N(Na I) = 13.79, 14.18 are found for z(a) = 0.0515, 0.0523 absorption systems, respectively. The column density ratios imply considerable calcium depletion and disk-type absorbing gas. At least one and possibly both absorption components are produced by high-velocity gas. A broadband image of the field shows an asymmetrical armlike feature or possible tidal tail covering and extending past the position of the QSO. The presence of this extended feature and the apparent difference between the absorption velocities and galaxy rotation velocity suggest that the absorbing gas is not ordinary disk gas, but rather is a result of tidal disruption.

  13. Inhibition of Ca2+ release from Trypanosoma brucei acidocalcisomes by 3,5-dibutyl-4-hydroxytoluene: role of the Na+/H+ exchanger.

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    Vercesi, A E; Grijalba, M T; Docampo, R

    1997-01-01

    Acidocalcisomes are acidic vacuoles present in trypanosomatids that contain a considerable fraction of intracellular Ca2+. They possess a vacuolar-type H+-ATPase for H+ uptake, a Ca2+/H+ countertransporting ATPase for Ca2+ uptake and a Ca2+/nH+ antiporter for Ca2+ release. Trypanosoma brucei procyclic trypomastigotes acidocalcisomes possess, in addition, an Na+/H+ antiporter that may participate in Ca2+ release from these organelles. In this work we show that the hydrophobic antioxidant 3,5-dibutyl-4-hydroxy toluene (BHT), at concentrations in the range 1-20 microM, inhibits Na+-induced Ca2+ release from the acidocalcisomes of digitonin-permeabilized procyclic trypomastigotes in a concentration-dependent manner. This effect supports the notion that Ca2+ release from this compartment is regulated by the activity of the Na+/H+ antiporter. In the presence of BHT, Ca2+ release could still be obtained by nigericin-mediated alkalinization of the acidocalcisomes, clearly demonstrating that the action of BHT is not at the level of the Ca2+/nH+ antiporter but on that of the Na+/H+ antiporter. In the same range of concentrations and depending on the preincubation time, BHT had an stimulatory or an inhibitory effect on the vacuolar H+-ATPase present in T. brucei acidocalcisomes. Since these effects of BHT were obtained at concentrations which are commonly used for its antioxidant properties, these results indicate that care should be exercised when attributing effects of BHT to only these properties. PMID:9371704

  14. Study of Np(V) Sorption by Ionic Exchange on Na, K, Ca and Mg-Montmorillonite

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    Benedicto, A.; Begg, J.; Zhao, P.; Kersting, A. B.; Zavarin, M.

    2012-12-01

    The transport behavior of actinides in soil and ground water are highly influenced by clay minerals due to their ubiquity in the environment, reactivity and colloidal properties. Neptunium(V) has been introduced in the environment as a result of nuclear weapons testing [e.g. 1, 2] and is a radionuclide of potential interest for safety assessment of high level radioactive waste disposal because its long half-life and high toxicity [3]. Surface complexation and ionic exchange have been identified as Np(V) sorption mechanisms onto montmorillonite. At pH below 5, Np(V) sorption is mainly attributed to ionic exchange. This study examines Np(V) ion exchange on Na, K, Ca and Mg forms of montmorillonite. Experiments were carried out using 237Np concentrations between 2 x 10-8 M and 5 x 10-6 M at three different ionic strengths 0.1, 0.01 and 0.001M. The pH was maintained at 4.5. Np(V) sorption to montmorillonite homoionized with monovalent cations (Na and K) demonstrated a markedly different behavior to that observed for montmorillonite homoionized with divalent cations (Ca and Mg). Np sorption to Na and K-montmorillonite was greater than Np sorption to Ca and Mg-montmorillonite. Isotherms with Na and K-montmorillonite showed a strong dependence on ionic strength: the percentage of Np adsorbed was near zero at 0.1M ionic strength, but increased to 30% at 0.001 M ionic strength. This suggests ionic exchange is the main Np adsorption mechanism under the experimental conditions investigated. Dependence on ionic strength was not observed in the Np sorption isotherms for Ca and Mg-montmorillonite indicating a low exchange capacity between Np and divalent cations. Modeling of the sorption experimental data will allow determination of the Na+↔NpO2+ and K+↔NpO2+ ionic exchange constants on montmorillonite. References: [1] A. R. Felmy; K. J. Cantrell; S. D. Conradson, Phys. Chem. Earth 2010, 35, 292-297 [2] D. K. Smith; D. L. Finnegan; S. M. Bowen, J. Environ. Radioact. 2003, 67

  15. NaAlH4 Mixed with Carbon Nanotubes, Fullerene, and Titanium to Yield the Lowest Temperature for Hydrogen Desorption

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    Hildebrand, Jennifer; McFadden, Patrick; Kim, Sanga; Dobbins, Tabbetha

    Recent research in hydrogen storage has improved dehydrogenation methods with solid-state compounds. NaAlH4 is a complex hydrides which release hydrogen at a lower temperature making the compound a great candidate for hydrogen storage. However, a catalyst should be combined with NaAlH4 to release the lowest desorption temperature. Prior research showed that interaction of NaAlH4 with nanotube or fullerene effectively weakens the Al-H bonds causing hydrogen desorption at lower temperatures. In the present study, NaAlH4 is ball milled with three of these catalysts: titanium, carbon nanotubes and fullerene and the milling time is varied from 10 to 30 minutes to compare the dehydrogenation rates in each setup. The phase structures were identified using the X-ray diffraction. Of these catalysts, the fullerene yielded the most interesting result showing nanostructuring of the hydride during ball milling. The possibility of ``shot peening'' of the NaAlH4 by the fullerenes is explored.

  16. Crystal characterization and optical spectroscopy of Ti{sup 3+}-doped CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystals

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    Kodama, N.; Yamaga, M.

    1998-01-01

    CaGdAlO{sub 4} crystals doped with Ti ions were grown using the Czochralski technique in a reducing atmosphere in order to convert the valence of Ti to trivalence. The fluorescence of the {sup 2}E{r_arrow}{sup 2}T{sub 2} transition of Ti{sup 3+} in the crystals shows a broad band with a peak at 535 nm excited with the light of 410 nm in the optical absorption band at room temperature because of a strong electron-phonon coupling of the {sup 2}E excited state. The Ti{sup 3+} fluorescence is influenced in intensity by O{sup 2{minus}} vacancies at the ligands of the Ti{sup 3+} octahedra along the c axis, which are easily produced in a reducing atmosphere. The x-ray crystal analyses and the polarization of the optical absorption and fluorescence spectra deduce the energy levels and wave functions of the ground and excited states of Ti{sup 3+} in CaGdAlO{sub 4}. The peak energy of the fluorescence band shifts to higher energy as increasing excitation energy in the absorption band. The linear dependence of the fluorescence-peak energy on the excitation energy shows that the fluorescence is inhomogeneously broadened by a random distribution of Ca{sup 2+} and Gd{sup 3+} ions in the disordered lattice.

  17. Fuel mixture approach for solution combustion synthesis of Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} powders

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    Ianos, Robert Lazau, Ioan; Pacurariu, Cornelia; Barvinschi, Paul

    2009-07-15

    Single-phase 3CaO.Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were prepared via solution combustion synthesis using a fuel mixture of urea and {beta}-alanine. The concept of using this fuel mixture comes from the individual reactivity of calcium nitrate and aluminum nitrate with respect to urea and {beta}-alanine. It was proved that urea is the optimum fuel for Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} whereas {beta}-alanine is the most suitable fuel for Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis investigations revealed that heating at 300 deg. C the precursor mixture containing the desired metal nitrates, urea and {beta}-alanine triggers a vigorous combustion reaction, which yields single-phase nanocrystalline 3CaO.Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder (33.3 nm). In this case additional annealing was no longer required. The use of a single fuel failed to ensure the formation of 3CaO.Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} directly from the combustion reaction. After annealing at 900 deg. C for 1 h, the powders obtained by using a single fuel (urea or {beta}-alanine) developed a phase composition comprising of 3CaO.Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 12CaO.7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CaO.

  18. Experimental study of subsolidus phase relations and mixing properties of pyroxene in the system CaO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2

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    Gasparik, Tibor

    1984-12-01

    Subsolidus phase relations in the system CaO-Al 2O 3-SiO 2 (CAS) were experimentally determined with tight reversals of several univariant curves and with 14 equilibration experiments containing the assemblage pyroxene + anorthite, where pyroxene is a binary solid solution of Ca-Tschermak (CaTs-CaAl 2SiO 6) and Ca-Eskola (CaEs-Ca 0.5AlSi 2O 6) endmembers. Reversals were obtained on the following reactions (bar, °C): 3 An = Gr + 2 Ky + Q ( P = 22 T - 700), 3 An + Cor = Gr + 3 Ky ( P = 21.8 T - 950), 3 CaTs= Gr + 2 Cor( P = 55 T - 53900), and 6 CaTs(1 - x) CaEsx = 2(1 - 2 x) Gr + 4(1 - 2 x) Cor + 9 xAn. Observed slopes indicate 9.8 J/mol · K of Al-Si disorder in Ca-Tschermak pyroxene and 5.3 J/mol·K of Al-Si disorder in anorthite, at 1300°C. It is suggested that Al-Si disorder in anorthite increases by 1.9 J/mol · K from 700°C to 1300°C. Compositions of CaTs-CaEs pyroxene in equilibrium with anorthite and PbO-rich liquid were experimentally determined at 1400-1430°C and 22.7-30.8 kbar. Microprobe measurements gave compositions which are consistent with an ideal pyroxene solution and the following parameters for the reaction 3 An = 2 CaTs + 2 CaEs ( J, bar, K): 2 RTln( XCaTs · XCaEs) + 60200 + 86.4 T - (5.06 + 13 × 10 -7P) P = 0, resulting in ΔH0j = -39.8 kJ/ mol and S0 = 461.8 J/ mol · K for the Ca-Eskola endmember at 1300°C. The obtained properties of the Ca-Eskola component are necessary for thermobarometry based on pyroxene bearing assemblages containing plagioclase, quartz, or kyanite.

  19. Super Smooth Modification of Al2O3 Ceramic Substrate by High Temperature Glaze of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 System

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    Zhang, Jihua; Zhen, Shanxue; Yang, Lijun; Lou, Feizhi; Chen, Hongwei; Yang, Chuanren

    2011-01-01

    The rough surface of ceramic substrate is an obstacle for the scale down of line-width for thin film passive integrated devices (PID). In this paper, a modification method for Al2O3 ceramic substrate with super smooth in surface was proposed. Coating a layer of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CAS) glass was performed to flat the rough surface of alumina substrate by sol-gel method. It was found that addition of 0.06% V2O5 can inhibit the recrystallization of the glaze. The root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of the glazed substrates reached a surprising flatness as small as 0.5 nm, and its melting temperature is higher than 1300 °C. This substrate with super flatness and high temperature endurance may be promising for high performance thin film devices.

  20. Interaction of overlayers of Al and Rb with single-crystalline surfaces of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8

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    Lindberg, P. A. P.; Wells, B. O.; Shen, Z.-X.; Dessau, D. S.; Lindau, I.; Spicer, W. E.; Mitzi, D. B.; Kapitulnik, A.

    1990-03-01

    Photoemission results from Al and Rb interfaces with single crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 high-temperature superconductors are reported. The Al and Rb adsorbates are found to react quite differently with the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 substrate. While adatoms of Rb significantly affect only the Bi and O atoms in the top atomic layer, the Al adsorbate profoundly disrupts the bonding character of the whole Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 material. For Al, the Bi and Cu states are strongly reduced, and the Sr and O states show evidence of oxidized components. In addition, Al causes a strong out-diffusion of oxygen from the bulk. The differences in the reactivity of Al and Rb are discussed in terms of the different mobility of the two atoms.

  1. Competitive binding of mg(2+), ca(2+), na(+), and K(+) ions to DNA in oriented DNA fibers: experimental and monte carlo simulation results

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    Korolev, N; Lyubartsev, AP; Rupprecht, A; Nordenskiold, L

    1999-01-01

    Competitive binding of the most common cations of the cytoplasm (K(+), Na(+), Ca(2+), and Mg(2+)) with DNA was studied by equilibrating oriented DNA fibers with ethanol/water solutions (65 and 52% v/v EtOH) containing different combinations and concentrations of the counterions. The affinity of DNA for the cations decreases in the order Ca > Mg >> Na approximately K. The degree of Ca(2+) and/or Mg(2+) binding to DNA displays maximum changes just at physiological concentrations of salts (60-200 mM) and does not depend significantly on the ethanol concentration or on the kind of univalent cation (Na(+) or K(+)). Ca(2+) is more tightly bound to DNA and is replaced by the monovalent cations to a lesser extent than is Mg(2+). Similarly, Ca(2+) is a better competitor for binding to DNA than Mg(2+): the ion exchange equilibrium constant for a 1:1 mixture of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) ions, K(c)(Ca)(Mg), changes from K(c)(Ca)(Mg) approximately 2 in 65% EtOH (in 3-30 mM NaCl and/or KCl) to K(c)(Ca)(Mg) approximately 1.2-1.4 in 52% EtOH (in 300 mM NaCl and/or KCl). DNA does not exhibit selectivity for Na(+) or K(+) in ethanol/water solutions either in the absence or in the presence of Ca(2+) and/or Mg(2+). The ion exchange experimental data are compared with results of grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations of systems of parallel and hexagonally ordered, uniformly and discretely charged polyions with the density and spatial distribution of the charged groups modeling B DNA. A quantitative agreement with experimental data on divalent-monovalent competition has been obtained for discretely charged models of the DNA polyion (for the uniformly charged cylinder model, coincidence with experiment is qualitative). The GCMC method gives also a qualitative description of experimental results for DNA binding competitions of counterions of the same charge (Ca(2+) with Mg(2+) or K(+) with Na(+)). PMID:10545373

  2. Internally consistent thermodynamic data for aqueous species in the system Na-K-Al-Si-O-H-Cl

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    Miron, George D.; Wagner, Thomas; Kulik, Dmitrii A.; Heinrich, Christoph A.

    2016-08-01

    their experimental uncertainties. The new dataset resolves the long-standing discrepancies between thermodynamic data of minerals and those of aqueous ions and complexes, by achieving an astonishing degree of consistency between a large number of fluid-mineral equilibrium data. All of this at the expense of changing the standard state properties of aqueous species, mainly the Gibbs energy of formation. Using the same strategy, the core dataset for the system Na-K-Al-Si-O-H-Cl can be extended with additional rock-forming elements such as Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Ti, S, C, B. In future, the standard-state properties of minerals and aqueous species should be simultaneously optimized, to create the next-generation of fully internally consistent data for fluid-mineral equilibria. Although we employ the widely used HKF equations for this study, the same computational approach can be readily applied to any other speciation-based equation of state for multicomponent aqueous solutions.

  3. Changes of P, Ca, Al and Fe contents in fringe marshes along a pedogenic chronosequence in the Pearl River estuary, South China

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    Xiao, Rong; Bai, Junhong; Zhang, Honggang; Gao, Haifeng; Liu, Xinhui; Wilkes, Andreas

    2011-04-01

    Soil and plant samples were collected in four fringe marsh zones (i.e., A, B, C and D zones) along a pedogenic chronosequence in the Pearl River estuary in the Spring of 2009. Samples were subjected to a total digestion technique and analyzed for P, Ca, Al and Fe in order to study the changes of nutrient contents, storages in soils and their bioavailabilities to wetland plants (e.g. Cyperus malaccensis) in four zones. Results showed that soil Ca increased with depth along soil profiles, while P, Al and Fe generally kept constant in soil profiles in four zones. Al and Fe contents in the top 10 cm soils showed significant decreases from D to A zone, while a significant increase in Ca contents ( P<0.05). Significant increases along pedogenic chronosequence for P, Al and Fe at 30-40 cm soil horizons were also observed. Ca was mainly accumulated in plant aboveground parts; Al and Fe were accumulated in the belowground parts; while P was homogenously distributed among the tissues of C. malaccensis. C. malaccensis in D zone had lower Bio-concentration factors (BCFs) of P in the shoots and Al and Fe in the roots, and higher values of Ca in the shoots than those in older zones ( P<0.05). Compared to Al and Fe, both Ca and P had relatively higher translocation capacities for C. malaccensis, while only lower TFs for P and higher values for Al and Fe in D zone were observed than those in A and B zones ( P<0.05). Except for Al with no significant changes, the total BCFs for P and Fe showed an increasing trend with soil ages, while a decreasing trend for Ca. The total bio-storage factors (TBSFs) of P and Ca declined with the pedogenic time, whereas an increase for Fe. The results of this study can contribute to the wetland conservation and management in the Pearl River estuarine region.

  4. Effect of blocking the Na+/K+ ATPase on Ca2+ extrusion and light adaptation in mammalian retinal rods.

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    Demontis, G C; Ratto, G M; Bisti, S; Cervetto, L

    1995-01-01

    Membrane current and light response were recorded from rods of monkey and guinea pig by means of suction electrodes. The correlation between adaptation and the Na+/K+ pump was investigated by measuring light-dependent changes in sensitivity with and without inhibition of Na+/K+ ATPase by strophanthidin. Strophanthidin was found to reduce the dark current, to slow the time course of the photoresponse, and to increase light sensitivity. At concentrations between 20 and 500 nM, the pump inhibitor suppressed in a reversible way the current re-activation occurring during prolonged illumination and modified the light-dependent decrease in sensitivity, which in control conditions approximates to a Weber-Fechner function. The effects of the pump inhibitor on the adaptive properties of rods are associated with an increased time constant of the membrane current attributed to the operation of the Na+:Ca2+,K+ exchanger. The effects of rapid application of the pump inhibitor on the current re-activation are consistent with the idea that significant changes in the internal sodium occur in rods of mammals during background illumination and that they play an important role in the process of light adaptation. PMID:8527658

  5. Phase transformations of Ca 3Al 2Si 3O 12 grossular garnet to the depths of the Earth's mantle transition zone

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    Gréaux, Steeve; Nishiyama, Norimasa; Kono, Yoshio; Gautron, Laurent; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Kunimoto, Takehiro; Menguy, Nicolas; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2011-04-01

    High-pressure and high-temperature phase transformations of Ca 3Al 2Si 3O 12 grossular garnet were examined at 19-26 GPa and 700-2000 K using Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus coupled with in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD). Recovered samples were analyzed by a combination of micro-focused X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results show that grossular garnet gradually transforms to an Al-rich CaSiO 3 perovskite at 22-26 GPa and 1000-1400 K. The transition boundary can be expressed as P (GPa) = -0.0082 × T (K) + 33.05. When the garnet completely disappears, we observed orthorhombic CaSiO 3 perovskite with a grossular composition. At 20-24 GPa and temperatures above 1500 K the CAS phase with the composition CaAl 4Si 2O 11 appears to accommodate excess Al from the perovskite along with two distinct populations of Al-bearing CaSiO 3 perovskites, with Al content of 3.7 and 10.0 wt% Al 2O 3, respectively. The pressure and temperature of these transitions correspond to the lowermost part of the transition zone and therefore it suggests that Ca-rich aluminosilicates could provide alternative candidates to explain multiple seismic reflections near the 660 km depth discontinuity.

  6. Hypoxia-induced cytosolic calcium decrease is mediated primarily by the forward mode of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger in smooth muscle cells of fetal ductus arteriosus.

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    Hong, Haifa; Chen, Huiwen; Gao, Wei; Cai, Xiaoman; Sun, Yanjuan; Yin, Meng; Liu, Jinfen

    2009-10-01

    Closure of the ductus arteriosus (DA) after birth, essential for postnatal adaptation, is initiated by the transition from hypoxia to normoxia. The current study investigated how hypoxia affects the level of cytosolic calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) in fetal lamb DA smooth muscle cells (DASMCs) and the role of calcium pumps in this process. The [Ca(2+)](i) variation in response to acute hypoxia was determined spectrofluorometrically with fura-3-AM in cultured fetal DASMCs. Interventions using chemicals or solutions including thapsigargin, vanadate, KB-R7943, alkaline PH9.0 solution, or Na(+)-free medium were administered when samples were exposed to acute hypoxia. The results show that [Ca(2+)](i) decreased dramatically under acute hypoxia. This decrease was not attenuated completely by an inhibitor of sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) (SERCA), a blocker of plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase (PMCA), or an inhibitor and activator of the reserve mode of the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX). In contrast, KT-R9743, an inhibitor of the forward mode of NCX at a high concentration (30 microm), greatly diminished the hypoxia-induced [Ca(2+)](i) decrease in fetal DASMCs. These results suggest that a hypoxia-induced Ca(2+) decrease in fetal DASMCs results from cytosolic Ca(2+) efflux mediated primarily by the forward mode of NCX. PMID:19495847

  7. Sequential measurements of bone lead content by L X-ray fluorescence in CaNa sub 2 EDTA-treated lead-toxic children

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    Rosen, J.F.; Markowitz, M.E.; Bijur, P.E.; Jenks, S.T. ); Wielopolski, L. ); Kalef-Ezra, J.A. ); Slatkin, D.N. )

    1991-06-01

    With the development of L X-ray fluorescence (LXRF) to measure cortical bone lead directly, safely, rapidly, and noninvasively, the present study was undertaken to (a) evaluate LXRF as a possible replacement for the CaNa{sub 2}EDTA test; (b) quantify lead in tibial cortical bones of mildly to moderately lead-toxic children before treatment; and (c) quantify lead in tibial cortical bones of lead-toxic children sequentially following one to two courses of chelation therapy. The clinical research design was based upon a longitudinal assessment of 59 untreated lead-toxic children. Based upon a discriminant analysis, 90% of lead-toxic children were predicted correctly as being CaNa{sub 2}EDTA-positive or CaNa{sub 2}EDTA-negative. Using LXRF and PbB values to predict CaNa{sub 2}EDTA outcomes, the specificity and sensitivity of these two predictors were 86 and 93%, respectively. The data suggest that LXRF measurements of lead in tibial cortical bone have considerable promise to replace the CaNa{sub 2}EDTA test and to provide a more appropriate end point of chelation therapy than the conventional indices of PbB and EP. Moreover, markedly elevated bone lead values accumulated during early childhood may have an intergenerational impact, as maternal lead stores amassed during childhood cross the placenta and directly affect the developing fetus.

  8. Photoluminescence of Vanadate Garnet Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ Phosphors Synthesized by Solution Combustion Method.

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    Kim, H; Kim, J; Lim, S; Park, K

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a series of nano-sized Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ (0.06 < or = x < or = 0.18) red phosphors is synthesized by solution combustion method. The microstructure and photoluminescence properties of the Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors are studied in accordance with the Eu3+ content. Annealed Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors form a single phase with the cubic garnet structure and Ia3d space group. The emission from (VO4)3- in the Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors is almost completely quenched due to the efficient energy transfer from the (VO4)3- to the Eu3+ ions. The emission intensity increases sharply with the increased Eu3+ content, reaching a maximum value at x = 0.15, and then decreases with further Eu3+ content. Ca2NaMg1.85V3O12:0.15Eu3+ shows great potential as a red phosphor for white light-emitting diodes. PMID:27433680

  9. Transesterification of Nannochloropsis oculata microalga's lipid to biodiesel on Al2O3 supported CaO and MgO catalysts.

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    Umdu, Emin Selahattin; Tuncer, Mert; Seker, Erol

    2009-06-01

    In this study, we present the activities of Al(2)O(3) supported CaO and MgO catalysts in the transesterification of lipid of yellow green microalgae, Nannochloropsis oculata, as a function of methanol amount and the CaO and MgO loadings at 50 degrees C. We found that pure CaO and MgO were not active and CaO/Al(2)O(3) catalyst among all the mixed oxide catalysts showed the highest activity. Not only the basic site density but also the basic strength is important to achieve the high biodiesel yield. Biodiesel yield over 80 wt.% CaO/Al(2)O(3) catalyst increased to 97.5% from 23% when methanol/lipid molar ratio was 30. PMID:19201601

  10. CaMn2Al10: Itinerant Mn magnetism on the verge of magnetic order

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    Steinke, L.; Simonson, J. W.; Yin, W. -G.; Smith, G. J.; Kistner-Morris, J. J.; Zellman, S.; Puri, A.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-07-24

    We report the discovery of CaMn2Al10, a metal with strong magnetic anisotropy and moderate electronic correlations. Magnetization measurements find a Curie-Weiss moment of 0.83μB/Mn, significantly reduced from the Hund's rule value, and the magnetic entropy obtained from specific heat measurements is correspondingly small, only ≈ 9% of Rln2. These results imply that the Mn magnetism is highly itinerant, a conclusion supported by density functional theory calculations that find strong Mn-Al hybridization. Consistent with the layered nature of the crystal structure, the magnetic susceptibility χ is anisotropic below 20 K, with a maximum ratio of χ[010][001] ≈ 3.5. A strong power-law divergence χ(T) ~ T–1.2 below 20 K implies incipient ferromagnetic order, an Arrott plot analysis of the magnetization suggests a vanishing low Curie temperature TC ~ 0. Our experiments indicate that CaMn2Al10 is a rare example of a system where the weak and itinerant Mn-based magnetism is poised on the verge of order.

  11. Crystallization sequences of Ca-Al-rich inclusions from Allende - The effects of cooling rate and maximum temperature

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    Stolper, E.; Paque, J. M.

    1986-01-01

    The crystallization sequences, mineral chemistries, and textures resulting from the cooling in air from 1275-1580 C to below 100 C at rates between 0.5 and 100 c/hr of an average Type B Ca-Al-rich inclusion composition are investigated. Comparison of experimental results with petrographic observations of Type B CaIs indicates that most inclusions were partially melted and then cooled at rates of the order of a few tenths to tens of degrees per hour, with maximum temperatures of about 1400 C suggested for intermediate Type B Allende inclusions. Data are consistent with the drag heating of particles falling though nebular gas, heating in nebular shock fronts, or other thermal heterogeneities in the early nebula allowing time scales for heating of CAIs much shorter than those for the nebular cloud as a whole.

  12. Cubic structure and canted antiferromagnetism of CaMn7O12 doped with trivalent cations (Fe, Al, Cr)

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Caignaert, V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Raveau, B.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, we show the dramatic effect of the doping of the octahedral sites with M3+ cations (Fe3+, Al3+ and Cr3+) upon the structure and magnetism of the rhombohedral double perovskite CaMn7O12. In the oxides CaMn7-xMxO12, charge ordering between Mn3+ and Mn4+ octahedral sites is destroyed leading to the cubic structure (Im-3), whereas the initial magnetic properties (TN~90 K) have disappeared leading to canted antiferromagnetism (TN≈50-70 K) for small x values (x ~0.2-1). A spin glass like behaviour is also observed for larger values (x~1) in the case of Fe substitution.

  13. Na(+)-, ouabain-, Ca(2+)-, and thapsigargin-sensitive ATPase activity expressed in chimeras between the calcium and the sodium pump alpha subunits.

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    Ishii, T; Lemas, M V; Takeyasu, K

    1994-01-01

    Using the chicken sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ (SERCA)-ATPase as a parental molecule and replacing various portions with the corresponding portions of the chicken Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit, Ca2+/thapsigargin- and Na+/ouabain-sensitive domains critical for these P-type ATPase activities were identified. In the chimera, [n/c]CC, the amino-terminal amino acids Met-1 to Asp-162 of the SERCA (isoform 1) (SERCA1) ATPase were replaced with the corresponding portion (Met-1-Asp-200) of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit. In the chimera CC[c/n], the carboxyl-terminal amino acids (Ser-830 to COOH) of the SERCA1 ATPase were replaced with the corresponding segment (Leu-861 to COOH) of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit, and in the chimera CNC, the middle part (Gly-354-Lys-712) of the SERCA1 ATPase was exchanged with the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit (Gly-378-Lys-724). None of the chimeric molecules exhibited any detectable ouabain-sensitive Na+,K(+)-ATPase activity, but they did exhibit thapsigargin-sensitive Ca(2+)-ATPase activity. Therefore, the segments Ile-163-Gly-354 and Lys-712-Ser-830 of the SERCA1 ATPase are sufficient for Ca2+ and thapsigargin sensitivity. The SERCA1-ATPase activity of [n/c]CC, but not of CCC, CNC, or CC[c/n], was further stimulated by addition of Na+ in the assay medium containing Ca2+. This additional stimulation of SERCA1-ATPase activity by Na+ was abolished when the amino-terminal region (Met-1-Leu-69) of [n/c]CC was deleted ([delta n/c]CC). In the absence of Na+, the SERCA1-ATPase activity of [n/c]CC was inhibited by ouabain, and, in the presence of Na+, its activity was stimulated by this drug. On the other hand, the ATPase activity of [delta n/c]CC was not affected by ouabain, although [delta n/c]CC can still bind [3H]ouabain. These results suggest that a distinct Na(+)-sensitive domain (Na+ sensor) located within the restricted amino-terminal region (Met-1-Leu-69) of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase alpha 1 subunit regulates ATPase

  14. Corrosion Performance Based on the Microstructural Array of Al-Based Monotectic Alloys in a NaCl Solution

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    Osório, Wislei R.; Freitas, Emmanuelle S.; Garcia, Amauri

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to compare the electrochemical behavior of three monotectic Al-based alloys (Al-Pb, Al-Bi, and Al-In) in a 0.5 M NaCl solution at room temperature. Two distinct microstructure arrays were experimentally obtained for each Al monotectic alloy by using a water-cooled unidirectional solidification system. Results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) plots, potentiodynamic polarization curves, and impedance parameters obtained by an equivalent circuit analysis are discussed. It was found that the Al-Pb alloy has lower corrosion current density, higher polarization resistance, lower relative weight, and cost than the corresponding values of Al-Bi and Al-In alloys. It is also shown that the electrochemical behavior of the three alloys examined are intimately correlated with the scale of the corresponding microstructure, with smaller droplets and spacings (i.e., cell and interphase spacings) being associated with a decrease in the corrosion resistance.

  15. Matrix-isolated Al2OF6(2-) ion in molten and solid LiF/NaF/KF.

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    Brooker, M H; Berg, R W; von Barner, J H; Bjerrum, N J

    2000-10-16

    A Raman spectrum consistent with that expected from an Al2OF6(2-) ion was observed when Na2O was dissolved in a eutectic LiF/NaF/KF (FLINAK) melt at 500 degrees C, which contained a low concentration of either AlF3 or Na3AlF6. Furthermore, it was possible to trap the Al2OF6(2-) ion in the frozen solid and to measure its Raman and IR spectra at 25 degrees C. A number of bands have been detected; among those, the two most characteristic bands of the Al2OF6(2-) ion at 494 (polarized) and 265 cm-1 in the FLINAK melt at 500 degrees C, and those at 509 and 268 (Raman) and approximately 780 to approximately 900 (IR) cm-1 for the compound matrix isolated in solid FLINAK at 25 degrees C. In the absence of added oxide, the dissolved aluminum fluoride was in the form of the octahedral AlF6(3-) ion, which has characteristic Raman bands at 542 and 325 cm-1 in the FLINAK melt at 500 degrees C. Whereas alumina, Al2O3, was found to be essentially insoluble in FLINAK melts, it was possible to dissolve sufficient amounts of Na2O to convert most of the AlF6(3-) to the oxyfluoroaluminate, Al2OF6(2-). These solutions appeared to be metastable with respect to formation of insoluble alumina at higher temperatures. The present results can be compared to previous measurements on alumina dissolved in pure molten cryolite at much higher temperatures, where alumina solubility is low and broad bands due to oxide species are difficult to detect due to overlap with bands from AlF6(3-) and AlF4-. PMID:11196946

  16. Exploration of the nature of active Ti species in metallic Ti-doped NaAlH4.

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    Wang, Ping; Kang, Xiang-Dong; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2005-11-01

    Clarification of the nature of active Ti species has been a key challenge in developing Ti-doped NaAlH(4) as a potential hydrogen storage medium. Previously, it has been greatly hindered by the invisibility of Ti-containing species in conventional analysis techniques. In the present study, for the first time, the catalytically active Ti-containing species have been definitely identified by X-ray diffraction in the hydrides doped with metallic Ti. It was found that mechanical milling of a NaH/Al mixture or NaAlH(4) with metallic Ti powder resulted in the formation of nanocrystalline Ti hydrides. The variation of the preparation conditions during the doping process leads to a slight composition variation of the Ti hydrides. The catalytic enhancement arising upon doping the hydride with commercial TiH(2) was quite similar to that achieved in the hydrides doped with metallic Ti. Moreover, the cycling stability that was previously established in metallic Ti-doped hydrides was also observed in the hydrides doped with TiH(2). These results clearly demonstrate that the in situ formed Ti hydrides act as active species to catalyze the reversible dehydrogenation of NaAlH(4). The mechanism by which Ti hydrides catalyze the reversible de-/hydrogenation reactions of NaAlH(4) was discussed. PMID:16853602

  17. Effect of trace amounts of NaCl vapor on high-temperature oxidation of TiAl

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    Hara, M.; Kitagawa, Y.

    1999-08-01

    The effect of trace amounts of NaCl vapor on the high-temperature oxidation of TiAl was examined by thermogravimetry and analysis of the scale formed on TiAl. The mass gain due to oxidation at 1273 K in O{sub 2} with trace amounts of NaCl vapor was far lower than that in pure O{sub 2} without NaCl vapor. This low mass gain in the atmosphere with trace amounts of NaCl vapor resulted from the saturation behavior of mass gain during the initial period of oxidation. It was found from X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analyses of the specimen surface that the oxide film formed during the initial period in the atmosphere with trace amounts of NaCl vapor consisted of dense Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, thus, the low oxidation rate of TiAl was attributed to a protective oxide film of dense Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  18. Ubiquitous [Na+]i/[K+]i-sensitive transcriptome in mammalian cells: evidence for Ca(2+)i-independent excitation-transcription coupling.

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    Koltsova, Svetlana V; Trushina, Yulia; Haloui, Mounsif; Akimova, Olga A; Tremblay, Johanne; Hamet, Pavel; Orlov, Sergei N

    2012-01-01

    Stimulus-dependent elevation of intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](i)) affects the expression of numerous genes--a phenomenon known as excitation-transcription coupling. Recently, we found that increases in [Na(+)](i) trigger c-Fos expression via a novel Ca(2+) (i)-independent pathway. In the present study, we identified ubiquitous and tissue-specific [Na(+)](i)/[K(+)](i)-sensitive transcriptomes by comparative analysis of differentially expressed genes in vascular smooth muscle cells from rat aorta (RVSMC), the human adenocarcinoma cell line HeLa, and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). To augment [Na(+)](i) and reduce [K(+)](i), cells were treated for 3 hrs with the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase inhibitor ouabain or placed for the same time in the K(+)-free medium. Employing Affymetrix-based technology, we detected changes in expression levels of 684, 737 and 1839 transcripts in HeLa, HUVEC and RVSMC, respectively, that were highly correlated between two treatments (p<0.0001; R(2)>0.62). Among these Na(+) (i)/K(+) (i)-sensitive genes, 80 transcripts were common for all three types of cells. To establish if changes in gene expression are dependent on increases in [Ca(2+)](i), we performed identical experiments in Ca(2+)-free media supplemented with extracellular and intracellular Ca(2+) chelators. Surprisingly, this procedure elevated rather than decreased the number of ubiquitous and cell-type specific Na(+) (i)/K(+) (i)-sensitive genes. Among the ubiquitous Na(+) (i)/K(+) (i)-sensitive genes whose expression was regulated independently of the presence of Ca(2+) chelators by more than 3-fold, we discovered several transcription factors (Fos, Jun, Hes1, Nfkbia), interleukin-6, protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit, dual specificity phosphatase (Dusp8), prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, cyclin L1, whereas expression of metallopeptidase Adamts1, adrenomedulin, Dups1, Dusp10 and Dusp16 was detected exclusively in Ca(2+)-depleted cells. Overall, our findings

  19. Ubiquitous [Na+]i/[K+]i-Sensitive Transcriptome in Mammalian Cells: Evidence for Ca2+i-Independent Excitation-Transcription Coupling

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    Koltsova, Svetlana V.; Trushina, Yulia; Haloui, Mounsif; Akimova, Olga A.; Tremblay, Johanne; Hamet, Pavel; Orlov, Sergei N.

    2012-01-01

    Stimulus-dependent elevation of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) affects the expression of numerous genes – a phenomenon known as excitation-transcription coupling. Recently, we found that increases in [Na+]i trigger c-Fos expression via a novel Ca2+i-independent pathway. In the present study, we identified ubiquitous and tissue-specific [Na+]i/[K+]i-sensitive transcriptomes by comparative analysis of differentially expressed genes in vascular smooth muscle cells from rat aorta (RVSMC), the human adenocarcinoma cell line HeLa, and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). To augment [Na+]i and reduce [K+]i, cells were treated for 3 hrs with the Na+,K+-ATPase inhibitor ouabain or placed for the same time in the K+-free medium. Employing Affymetrix-based technology, we detected changes in expression levels of 684, 737 and 1839 transcripts in HeLa, HUVEC and RVSMC, respectively, that were highly correlated between two treatments (p<0.0001; R2>0.62). Among these Na+i/K+i-sensitive genes, 80 transcripts were common for all three types of cells. To establish if changes in gene expression are dependent on increases in [Ca2+]i, we performed identical experiments in Ca2+-free media supplemented with extracellular and intracellular Ca2+ chelators. Surprisingly, this procedure elevated rather than decreased the number of ubiquitous and cell-type specific Na+i/K+i-sensitive genes. Among the ubiquitous Na+i/K+i-sensitive genes whose expression was regulated independently of the presence of Ca2+ chelators by more than 3-fold, we discovered several transcription factors (Fos, Jun, Hes1, Nfkbia), interleukin-6, protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit, dual specificity phosphatase (Dusp8), prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, cyclin L1, whereas expression of metallopeptidase Adamts1, adrenomedulin, Dups1, Dusp10 and Dusp16 was detected exclusively in Ca2+-depleted cells. Overall, our findings indicate that Ca2+i-independent mechanisms of excitation-transcription coupling are

  20. Syntheses and luminescent properties of CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Mn2+ phosphors for white LED

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    Kwon, Sook Hyun; Moon, Byung Kee; Choi, Byung Chun; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Aluminosilicate-based luminescent materials, a series of CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+ samples were prepared by using a solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the samples confirmed their triclinic structure after annealing at 1100 °C. The excitation spectra of CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+ exhibited a broad band ranging between 220 to 420 nm with a point peak at a longer wavelength. Moreover, a shift in the broad band was also recorded with increasing Eu2+ concentration. The emission spectrum of CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+ consists of a broad band from 390 to 550 nm with a maximum intensity at about 438 nm, which can be ascribed to the electric-dipole-allowed 4f65d1-8S7/2(4f7) transition of the Eu2+ ions. A series of Eu2+ and Mn2+ co-activated CaAl2Si2O8 samples were synthesized at 1400 °C. The CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Mn2+ samples had a wide emission band ranging from blue to yellow and peaking at 438 and 550 nm under an excitation wavelength of 352 nm. The PL spectrum of the CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Mn2+ samples reveal an effective energy transfer from Eu2+ to Mn2+ in CaAl2Si2O8. By utilizing the principle of energy transfer, we also demonstrated that with appropriate tuning of the activator content, CaAl2Si2O8:Eu2+, Mn2+ phosphors exhibit great potential as a phosphor for white-light-emitting diodes.

  1. Synthesis of a novel green fluorescent material Ca3Al2O6:Tb3+ based on a layered double hydroxide precursor

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    Gao, Xiaorui; Jiang, Kangle; Hao, Yongjing; Chang, Tao; Yin, Yaobing

    2015-08-01

    A novel green light emitting material, Ca3Al2O6:Tb3+ was synthesized by calcination of a terbium doped Ca/Al layered double hydroxide precursor at 1350°C. The precursor was prepared by coprecipitation from metal nitrates with sodium hydroxide. The material shows characteristic green emission at 543 nm when excited with 266 nm UV source. The photoluminescence intensity reaches its maximum at Tb3+ concentration of 0.5 mol %.

  2. Calcium aluminate silicate Ca2Al2SiO7 single crystal applicable to piezoelectric sensors at high temperature

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    Takeda, Hiroaki; Hagiwara, Manabu; Noguchi, Hiroaki; Hoshina, Takuya; Takahashi, Tomoko; Kodama, Nobuhiro; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2013-06-01

    Ca2Al2SiO7 (CAS) bulk single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. Material constants of the crystal were determined over the driving temperature range of a typical combustion pressure sensor. The electrical resistivity at 800 °C was found to be of the order of 108 Ωcm. We constructed a measurement system for the direct piezoelectric effect at high temperature, and characterized the crystals in a simulated engine cylinder combustion environment. Output charge signal against applied stress was detected at 700 °C. These observations suggest that CAS crystals are superior candidate materials for high temperature for stress sensing.

  3. Composition and mineralogy of refractory-metal-rich assemblages from a Ca,Al-rich inclusion in the Allende meteorite

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    Bischoff, A.; Palme, H.

    1987-10-01

    Four refractory metal-rich samples (10-190 micrograms) were separated from a single Ca,Al inclusion of the Allende meteorite. Chemical analyses were carried out by INAA; mineral phases from six large fremdlinge and the surrounding inclusion were analyzed by EDS. It is found that three of the four separated samples have variable absolute but similar relative abundances of refractory metals. All six fremdlinge are made up of Ni-rich metal containing 2-9 percent Ir, surrounded by a fine-grained intergrowth of V-magnetite and FeS.

  4. Crystal and local structure refinement in Ca2Al3O6F explored by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Molokeev, Maxim S; Oreshonkov, Aleksandr S; Atuchin, Victor V; Liu, Ru-Shi; Dong, Cheng

    2014-04-01

    We present a combined structural analysis on the powder of the Ca2Al3O6F phase using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The crystal structure of Ca2Al3O6F has been refined in the rhombohedral system, R3[combining macron] space group, a = 17.3237(7) Å, c = 7.00017(4) Å, V = 1819.38(2) Å(3), Z = 6. The Ca2Al3O6F phase consists of almost ideal AlO4 tetrahedrons linked through corners, Ca(2+) ions in voids, and F(-) ions disordered over 6 sites around the Ca2 ion. The two different Ca sites have also been verified by the photoluminescence spectrum and decay curves using Eu(2+) as the probe ion substituted onto the Ca(2+) sites. A lattice dynamics simulation based on the simplified version of the Born-Karman potential model has been produced. Calculated Raman phonon modes agree qualitatively well with the experimental data. The calculations show that the strong line at 538 cm(-1) (Ag) corresponds to the vibrational mode of a six-membered AlO4 tetrahedrons ring, and the line at 572 cm(-1) (Ag) corresponds to the full symmetric vibration of fluorine atoms in the ab crystal plane. PMID:24336518

  5. Adsorption of Lysine on Na-Montmorillonite and Competition with Ca(2+): A Combined XRD and ATR-FTIR Study.

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    Yang, Yanli; Wang, Shengrui; Liu, Jingyang; Xu, Yisheng; Zhou, Xiaoyun

    2016-05-17

    Lysine adsorption at clay/aqueous interfaces plays an important role in the mobility, bioavailability, and degradation of amino acids in the environment. Knowledge of these interfacial interactions facilitates our full understanding of the fate and transport of amino acids. Here, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) measurements were used to explore the dynamic process of lysine adsorption on montmorillonite and the competition with Ca(2+) at the molecular level. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were employed to determine the peak assignments of dissolved lysine in the solution phase. Three surface complexes, including dicationic, cationic, and zwitterionic structures, were observed to attach to the clay edge sites and penetrate the interlayer space. The increased surface coverage and Ca(2+) competition did not affect the interfacial lysine structures at a certain pH, whereas an elevated lysine concentration contributed to zwitterionic-type coordination at pH 10. Moreover, clay dissolution at pH 4 could be inhibited at a higher surface coverage with 5 and 10 mM lysine, whereas the inhibition effect was inconspicuous or undetected at pH 7 and 10. The presence of Ca(2+) not only could remove a part of the adsorbed lysine but also could facilitate the readsorption of dissolved Si(4+) and Al(3+) and surface protonation. Our results provide new insights into the process of lysine adsorption and its effects on montmorillonite surface sites. PMID:27118104

  6. Thermodynamic modeling of melts in the system Na 2O-NaAlO 2-SiO 2-F 2O -1

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    Dolejš, David; Baker, Don R.

    2005-12-01

    Fluorine is a common volatile element in magmatic-hydrothermal systems, but its solution mechanisms and thermodynamic description in highly polymerized silicate melts are poorly known. We have developed a thermodynamic model for fluorosilicate liquids that links experimentally determined phase equilibria and spectroscopic information on melt structure. The model is applicable to crystallization of fluoride minerals, fluoride-silicate immiscibility in natural felsic melts, and metallurgical processes. Configurational properties of fluorosilicate melts are described by mixing on three site levels (sublattices): (1) alkali fluoride, polyhedral aluminofluoride and silicofluoride species and nonbridging terminations of the aluminosilicate network, (2) alkali-aluminate and silicate tetrahedra within the network and (3) bridging oxygen, nonbridging oxygen and terminal fluorine atoms on tetrahedral apices of the network. Abundances of individual chemical species are described by a homogeneous equilibrium representing melt depolymerization: F - (free) + O 0 (bridging) = F 0 (terminal) + O - (nonbridging) which corresponds to a replacement of an oxygen bridging two tetrahedra by a pair of terminations, one with F and the other with an O and a charge-balancing Na. In cryolite-bearing systems two additional interaction mechanisms occur: (1) the self-dissociation of octahedral aluminofluoride complexes: [AlF 6] = [AlF 4] + 2 [F], and (2) the short-range order between (O,F)-corners and (Si,NaAl)-centers of tetrahedra: Si-O-Si + 2 [NaAl]-F = [NaAl]-O-[NaAl] + 2 Si-F. Portrayal of these equilibria in ternary Thompson reaction space allows for the decrease in the number of interaction mechanisms by linearly combining melt depolymerization with tetrahedral short-range order. In this formulation, the nonideal thermodynamic properties are represented by reaction energies of homogeneous equilibria, thus defining directly individual chemical species concentrations and configurational

  7. Pressure-induced shift of Tc and structural transition in "122" type pnictide superconductor Ca0.34Na0.66Fe2As2

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    Zhang, Sijia; Zhao, Kan; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhu, Jinlong; Liu, Qingqing; Wang, Xiancheng; Feng, Shaomin; Chen, Zhiqiang; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2016-07-01

    The effect of pressure on superconductivity of "122" type Ca1-xNaxFe2As2 (x=0.66) single crystal is investigated through the temperature dependence of resistance measurement. Optimal Na doped (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 shows a superconducting transition with Tc ˜ 33 K at ambient pressure. With application of pressure, Tc decreases nearly linearly with dTc/dP ˜ - 1.7K/GPa at pressures lower than 2 GPa, and disappears gradually at higher pressure. The disappearance of superconductivity is also companied with the recovery of standard Fermi liquid behaviors of the normal-state transport properties. Moreover, (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 exhibits a tetragonal (T) to collapsed-tetragonal (cT) transition at about 3 GPa. The evolution of non-Fermi liquid behaviors and superconductivity under pressure are both related to the interband fluctuations.

  8. Degenerate rhombohedral and orthorhombic states in Ca-substituted Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3

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    Ranjan, Rajeev; Kothai, V.; Garg, Rohini; Agrawal, Anupriya; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Boysen, Hans

    2009-07-01

    Neutron powder diffraction and temperature dependent dielectric studies were carried out on Ca-substituted Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3, i.e., (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xCaxTiO3. Stabilization of an orthorhombic phase even at a low Ca concentration (0.05Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) is susceptible to orthorhombic distortion. The orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases coexist for x =0.10, suggesting these phases to be nearly degenerate. The orthorhombic distortion favoring tendency of Ca assists in promoting the inherent instability with regard to this structure in pure NBT, which was reported recently.

  9. The microstructure of minerals in coarse-grained Ca-Al-rich inclusions from the Allende meteorite

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    Barber, D. J.; Martin, P. M.; Hutcheon, I. D.

    1984-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used to investigate the microstructure and microchemistry of minerals in Ca-Al-rich, coarse-grained inclusions (CAI) from the meteorite. The spinels contain only low to moderate dislocation densities and are characterized by a ubiquitous, fine black spotty texture that is thought to originate from a slightly nonstoichiometric composition. Whereas the Ti-Al-pyroxenes are relatively devoid of features, they contain veins of secondary phases apparently deposited in unhealed cracks. Chromite is identified in the veins, indicating transport of oxidized iron during alteration. The melilites show the greatest variety of microstructures and are the most heavily altered phase in CAI. High dislocation densities are common and the crystals exhibit considerable internal strain, suggesting that they have not been annealed.

  10. The microstructure of minerals in coarse-grained Ca-Al-rich inclusions from the Allende meteorite

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    Barber, D. J.; Martin, P. M.; Hutcheon, I. D.

    1984-04-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used to investigate the microstructure and microchemistry of minerals in Ca-Al-rich, coarse-grained inclusions (CAI) from the meteorite. The spinels contain only low to moderate dislocation densities and are characterized by a ubiquitous, fine black spotty texture that is thought to originate from a slightly nonstoichiometric composition. Whereas the Ti-Al-pyroxenes are relatively devoid of features, they contain veins of secondary phases apparently deposited in unhealed cracks. Chromite is identified in the veins, indicating transport of oxidized iron during alteration. The melilites show the greatest variety of microstructures and are the most heavily altered phase in CAI. High dislocation densities are common and the crystals exhibit considerable internal strain, suggesting that they have not been annealed.

  11. Extremely NA and CL Rich Chondrule AL3509 from the Allende Meteorite

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    Wasserburg, G J; Hutcheon, I D; Aleon, J; Ramon, E C; Krot, A N; Nagashima, K; Brearley, A J

    2011-04-07

    We report on the mineralogy, petrology, chemistry, oxygen isotopes, {sup 26}Al-{sup 26}Mg and {sup 36}Cl-{sup 36}S isotope systematics of the Allende chondrule Al3509 discovered and described by [1] and [2]. This spherical object ({approx}1cm {phi}) contains {approx}10% Na and 1% Cl, and nearly pure {sup 129}Xe [({sup 129}Xe/{sup 127}I) = 1.1 x 10{sup -4} (3)]. This high enrichment in halogens makes it of interest in searching for radiogenic {sup 36}S from {sup 36}Cl (t{sub 1/2} {approx} 0.3 Ma) decay. While there is strong evidence for the presence of {sup 36}Cl in sodalite and wadalite in CV CAIs [4,5], some sodalites show no evidence for excesses of {sup 36}S ({sup 36}S*). In contrast, high inferred initial {sup 36}Cl/{sup 35}Cl = 2 x 10{sup -5} has been found in wadalite from the Allende CAI AJEF [5]. The observed {sup 36}S excesses in sodalite are not correlated with radiogenic {sup 26}Mg, decay product of {sup 26}Al (t{sub 1/2} {approx} 0.72 Ma) [4]. From the inferred initial {sup 36}Cl/{sup 35}Cl ratios and consideration of both AGB and SNe stellar sources, {sup 36}Cl must be the product of charged particle irradiation within the early solar system. However, neither the specific nuclear production mechanism nor the irradiation site have been identified. Both sodalite and wadalite are found as late stage alteration products of CAIs together with grossular, monticellite, Al-rich pyroxene, wollastonite, nepheline, ferroan olivine, and ferroan pyroxenes. This late-stage alteration has been found to extensively change some CAIs in Allende, but clear residues of spinel, hibonite and Wark-Lovering rims are recognizable remnants of the original CAIs. The nature of the widespread volatile alteration process as well as that of the fluid phase remain controversial.

  12. Follow-up of patients affected by manganese-induced Parkinsonism after treatment with CaNa2EDTA.

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    Herrero Hernandez, Elena; Discalzi, Gianluigi; Valentini, Consuelo; Venturi, Fabrizio; Chiò, Adriano; Carmellino, Caterina; Rossi, Luigi; Sacchetti, Anna; Pira, Enrico

    2006-05-01

    In the period of 1998-2004, seven workers affected by manganese-induced Parkinsonism were diagnosed, studied and treated with CaNa2EDTA at our Occupational Health Ward. Biological markers, as well as magnetic resonance imaging and clinical examinations, were used to assess the disease trend. Those workers still employed were immediately removed from exposure. Our results seem to confirm that very good clinical, biological and neuroradiological results can be obtained by timely removal from exposure and chelating treatment, and that amelioration can persist in time. Manganism is, however, a severe condition that can also progress independent of further exposure. Therefore, chelating treatment can be a great aid in overt manganism, but particular attention must be paid to primary prevention, as this disease should now be totally preventable and definitely merits eradication. PMID:16271769

  13. Ultraviolet to near-infrared downconversion in Yb3+-Na+ codoped Sr2CaWO6

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    Li, Yong; Li, XuZhi; Wei, XianTao; Li, ZhongYuan; Chen, Hongmei; Wang, WenMing; Zhao, Wei; Ji, Yuexia

    2016-07-01

    This study investigated photoluminescent properties of Sr2CaWO6:Yb3+, Na+ phosphor. The samples were successfully synthesized via a solid-state reaction method with various doping concentrations. The phosphor can efficiently absorb ultraviolet photons of 250-350 nm and transfer its absorbed photon energy to Yb3+ ions. Then subsequent quantum cutting between WO6 groups and Yb3+ ions takes place, down-converting an absorbed ultraviolet photon into two photons of 1007 nm radiations. Analyses of decay curves of different samples reveal an efficient energy transfer from WO6 groups to Yb3+ ions. Cooperative energy transfer from host to Yb3+ ions is responsible for downconversion via lifetime analysis. Quantum efficiencies were calculated, and estimated maximum efficiency reached 190%. These phosphors combine wide wavelength absorption in the ultraviolet range with high quantum efficiency, enabling potential application of efficiency enhancement of Si solar cell.

  14. A novel orange-red emitting NaCaVO4:Sm3+ phosphor for solid state lighting

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    Biswas, Pankaj; Kumar, Vinay; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-05-01

    The samarium doped NaCaVO4 phosphor was synthesized by the combustion method. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed that the phosphor powder crystallized as orthorhombic structure belonging to space group Cmcm. From Williamson-Hall analysis the grain size and microstrain in the powder was estimated. The Fourier- transform infrared (FT-IR) studies further validated the formation of vanadate phase of the phosphor. Photoluminescence (PL) study revealed that the phosphor could be efficiently excited by UV-VIS from 200 nm to 500 nm. The 565 nm, 602 nm, 648 nm and 713 nm emissions were ascribed to 4G5/2 to 6HJ (J = 5/2, 7/2, 9/2 and 11/2) transitions of the Sm3+ ion. The present material may be explored as a novel phosphor to be excited by UV light emitting diodes (LEDs) chips for solid-state lighting and display applications.

  15. Investigation of carbonized layer on surface of NaAlSi glass fibers

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    Pentjuss, E.; Lusis, A.; Bajars, G.; Gabrusenoks, J.

    2013-12-01

    There are presented and discussed experimental results about carbonate shell on the sodium rich alumosilicate (NaAlSi) glass fibers and carbonization in wet air atmosphere and water uptake kinetic of such fiber fabrics. The analyzes of water uptake kinetic by regression technique, leaching and heating of carbonized glass fabrics helped to separate stages of fast and slow processes between fiber and carbonate shell and air atmosphere. The shell contains mixture of trona and hydrated sodium carbonate. Heating converts both substances to sodium carbonate. The weight uptake after heating encounters two fast exponential processes associated with water absorption on the surface of carbonated shell and its diffusion into volume. The slow process associates with CO2 and H2O absorption from air, hydration and sodium carbonate conversion to trona.

  16. The quantum free energy barrier for hydrogen vacancy diffusion in Na3AlH6.

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    Poma, Adolfo; Monteferrante, Michele; Bonella, Sara; Ciccotti, Giovanni

    2012-11-28

    The path integral single sweep method is used to assess quantum effects on the free energy barrier for hydrogen vacancy diffusion in a defective Na(3)AlH(6) crystal. This process has been investigated via experiments and simulations due to its potential relevance in the H release mechanism in sodium alanates, prototypical materials for solid state hydrogen storage. Previous computational studies, which used density functional methods for the electronic structure, were restricted to a classical treatment of the nuclear degrees of freedom. We show that, although they do not change the qualitative picture of the process, nuclear quantum effects reduce the free energy barrier height by about 18% with respect to the classical calculation improving agreement with available neutron scattering data. PMID:23064527

  17. The Abundances of Na, Mg, & Al in the Hyades: Giants, Dwarfs, and Mixing

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    Schuler, Simon C.; King, J. R.; The, L.

    2006-12-01

    The abundances of Na, Mg, and Al in three giants and four dwarfs in the Hyades open cluster have been derived from high-resolution, McDonald 2.7-m echelle spectra. These data are compared to the expected changes in surface composition of the giants as predicted by a stellar model generated with the Clemson-American University of Beirut stellar evolution code in order to investigate if the Hyades giants have undergone non-standard mixing. The preliminary results of our analysis are presented. This work is supported by the NOAO Leo Goldberg Fellowship to S.C.S.; NOAO is operated by AURA under cooperative agreement with the NSF. Additional support was provided by the NSF through grants AST 00-86576 and AST 02-39518 to J.R.K. and by the Charles Curry Foundation through a generous grant to Clemson University.

  18. Hypotonic shock modulates Na(+) current via a Cl(-) and Ca(2+)/calmodulin dependent mechanism in alveolar epithelial cells.

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    Dagenais, André; Tessier, Marie-Claude; Tatur, Sabina; Brochiero, Emmanuelle; Grygorczyk, Ryszard; Berthiaume, Yves

    2013-01-01

    Alveolar epithelial cells are involved in Na(+) absorption via the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC), an important process for maintaining an appropriate volume of liquid lining the respiratory epithelium and for lung oedema clearance. Here, we investigated how a 20% hypotonic shock modulates the ionic current in these cells. Polarized alveolar epithelial cells isolated from rat lungs were cultured on permeant filters and their electrophysiological properties recorded. A 20% bilateral hypotonic shock induced an immediate, but transient 52% rise in total transepithelial current and a 67% increase in the amiloride-sensitive current mediated by ENaC. Amiloride pre-treatment decreased the current rise after hypotonic shock, showing that ENaC current is involved in this response. Since Cl(-) transport is modulated by hypotonic shock, its contribution to the basal and hypotonic-induced transepithelial current was also assessed. Apical NPPB, a broad Cl(-) channel inhibitor and basolateral DIOA a potassium chloride co-transporter (KCC) inhibitor reduced the total and ENaC currents, showing that transcellular Cl(-) transport plays a major role in that process. During hypotonic shock, a basolateral Cl(-) influx, partly inhibited by NPPB is essential for the hypotonic-induced current rise. Hypotonic shock promoted apical ATP secretion and increased intracellular Ca(2+). While apyrase, an ATP scavenger, did not inhibit the hypotonic shock current response, W7 a calmodulin antagonist completely prevented the hypotonic current rise. These results indicate that a basolateral Cl(-) influx as well as Ca(2+)/calmodulin, but not ATP, are involved in the acute transepithelial current rise elicited by hypotonic shock. PMID:24019969

  19. Effects of NaCl and CaCl2 on physicochemical properties of pregelatinized and granular cold-water swelling corn starches.

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    Hedayati, Sara; Majzoobi, Mahsa; Shahidi, Fakhri; Koocheki, Arash; Farahnaky, Asgar

    2016-12-15

    The physicochemical properties of drum dried pregelatinized (PG) and granular cold-water-swelling (GCWS) corn starch pastes were determined in the presence of NaCl and CaCl2 (0, 50, 100, 150 and 200mM). Light micrographs revealed that NaCl roughened the surface of PG starch particles while CaCl2 did not bring about obvious changes on their morphology. In the case of GCWS starch, there were some wrinkles on the surface of starch granules. NaCl increased the wrinkles but CaCl2 softened the surface of granules. GCWS starch had higher water absorption, cold paste viscosity and textural parameters than PG starch and these parameters were enhanced with addition of CaCl2 while NaCl exhibited an opposite trend for all of these factors. The Freeze-thaw (F-T) stability and turbidity of GCWS were also higher than PG starch. In presence of salts F-T stability and turbidity of both modified starches improved and CaCl2 caused more evident changes. PMID:27451224

  20. Interfacial Reactions of Zn-Al Alloys with Na Addition on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatments

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-04-01

    Spreading tests for Cu substrate with Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 wt.% of Na were studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed for 1, 3, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min of contact, at the temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreading area of Zn-Al + Na on Cu was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected, solidified solder-substrate couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy of the interfacial microstructure. The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Na addition on the kinetics of formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 phases, which were identified using x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis. The addition of Na to eutectic Zn-Al caused the spreading area to decrease and the thickness of intermetallic compound layers at the interface to reduce. Samples after the spreading test at 500 °C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1, 10, and 30 days at 120,170, and 250 °C. The greater thicknesses of IMC layers were obtained for a temperature of 250 °C. With increasing Na content in Zn-Al + Na alloys, the thickness reduced, which correlates to the highest value of activation energy for Zn-Al with 1% Na.

  1. Dy3+-activated NaM4(VO4)3 (M = Ca, Ba, Sr) phosphor for near-UV solid-state lighting.

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    Singh, Roshani; Dhoble, S J

    2011-01-01

    We report the photoluminescence characterization of Dy(3+)-activated NaM(4)(VO(4))(3) (M = Ca, Ba, Sr) phosphors prepared by a solid-state method. The synthesis was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization and photoluminescence (PL) emission results showed sharp blue and yellow bands for NaM(4)(VO(4))(3) (M = Ca, Ba, Sr):Dy(3+) phosphors at the excitation wavelength of 323 nm, which is near-UV excitation. Thus, these phosphors could be applicable for near-UV excited solid-state lighting devices. PMID:21618681

  2. Insulator -- polaron conductor -- metal transitions in a complex oxide 12CaO.7Al2O3.

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    Sushko, P.; Shluger, A.; Stoneham, A.; Hayashi, K.; Matsuishi, S.; Hirano, M.; Hosono, H.

    2006-03-01

    Recent experiments have demonstrated that a complex nano-porous oxide 12CaO.7Al2O3 (C12A7) built of positively charged sub-nanometer cages can be converted from a transparent insulator to a transparent conductor by H2 doping followed by UV-light irradiation with 4--4.5 eV photons [1]. This irradiation induces optical absorption bands with maxima at 0.4 eV and 2.8 eV and high concentrations of unpaired electrons. We use ab initio calculations to reveal the mechanism of photo-induced insulator--conductor transition and the role of H atoms in this process and to elucidate the transport properties of the electrons in this system as a function of electron concentration. Our theoretical modeling suggests that at concentration below 10^20 cm-3 electrons are responsible for the polaron type electrical conductivity with the activation energy close to 0.1 eV as well as for the optical absorption at 0.4 eV and 2.8 eV [2]. We demonstrate that, as the electron concentration exceeds 10^20 cm-3, the character of electronic conductivity changes from polaron type to metallic. [1] K. Hayashi et al., Nature 419, 462 (2002). [2] P.V. Sushko, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 126401 (2003); P.V. Sushko et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 092101 (2005).

  3. Dissolutive Wetting and Spreading Phenomena Between Al2O3 Substrate and CaO-Al2O3 Liquid Slags

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    Kim, Seonjin; Lee, Kyuyong; Chung, Yongsug

    2016-04-01

    The wetting and spreading behavior are influenced by the dissolution reaction. The wetting and spreading behavior between CaO-Al2O3 slag and Al2O3 substrate were investigated using the dispensed drop technique and a high speed camera (1000 frame/s) at 1823 K (1550 °C) using saturated slag and non-saturated slag on Al2O3. The contact angle of the saturated slag and the non-saturated slag was not substantially different. The apparent height of the spreading droplet for the non-saturated slag was lower than that of the saturated slag due to the formation of a crater generated by the dissolution reaction. A spherical cap model is associated with crater formation was suggested by analyzing the spread droplet and a quenched sample. The spreading rate of the non-saturated slag was faster than that of the saturated slag due to convection. For the saturated slag, the experimental values are in good agreement with the De Gennes's theoretical model. (Non-reactive viscous model) In contrast, the non-saturated slag curve shifts the experimental curve to correspond with the saturated slag curve.

  4. Ca II AND Na I QUASAR ABSORPTION-LINE SYSTEMS IN AN EMISSION-SELECTED SAMPLE OF SDSS DR7 GALAXY/QUASAR PROJECTIONS. I. SAMPLE SELECTION

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    Cherinka, B.; Schulte-Ladbeck, R. E.

    2011-10-15

    The aim of this project is to identify low-redshift host galaxies of quasar absorption-line systems by selecting galaxies that are seen in projection onto quasar sightlines. To this end, we use the Seventh Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to construct a parent sample of 97,489 galaxy/quasar projections at impact parameters of up to 100 kpc to the foreground galaxy. We then search the quasar spectra for absorption-line systems of Ca II and Na I within {+-}500 km s{sup -1} of the galaxy's velocity. This yields 92 Ca II and 16 Na I absorption systems. We find that most of the Ca II and Na I systems are sightlines through the Galactic disk, through high-velocity cloud complexes in our halo, or Virgo Cluster sightlines. Placing constraints on the absorption line rest equivalent width significance ({>=}3.0{sigma}), the local standard of rest velocity along the sightline ({>=}345 km s{sup -1}), and the ratio of the impact parameter to the galaxy optical radius ({<=}5.0), we identify four absorption-line systems that are associated with low-redshift galaxies at high confidence, consisting of two Ca II systems (one of which also shows Na I) and two Na I systems. These four systems arise in blue, {approx}L*{sub r} galaxies. Tables of the 108 absorption systems are provided to facilitate future follow-up.

  5. Bioactive Glass Shell Growth of a Si-Na-Ca-P Layer on Gold Nanoparticles Functionalized with Mercaptopropyltrimethyloxysilane-Silicate

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    Wang, Chih-Kuang; Chen, Szu-Hsien; Li, Wan-Yun; Lai, Chern-Hsiung; Chen, Wen-Cheng

    Calcium phosphate and silicate-modified gold surfaces have potential applications in orthopedic and dental reconstruction, especially when combined with bone cement or dental resins. The aim of this study was to evaluate the formation of a Si-Na-Ca-P glass system nanoshell on functionalized gold nanoparticles. Stable gold nanoparticle suspensions were prepared by controlled reduction of HAuCl4 using the sodium citrate method to obtain a nanogold-mercaptopropyltrimethyloxysilane (MPTS)-silicate-tetraethylothosilicate (TEOS)-capped particle solution. The nanoshells were formed when directly reacted with a 10-4 M calcium phosphate ion solution. The median nanoparticle diameter was observed to be 15 nm. The MPTS-silicate-TEOS-functionalized nanoshell more effectively formed a glass shell as compared with a nonsilicate nanoshell. The changes in the surface morphology and composition were observed by a scanning transmission electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. As seen using EDS, the nanoshell was in a glass phase with CaO-poor layers.

  6. Effects of Partial Substitutions of NaCl with KCl, CaSO4 and MgSO4 on the Quality and Sensorial Properties of Pork Patties

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    Chun, Ji-Yeon; Cho, Hyung-Yong; Min, Sang-Gi

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of NaCl replacers (KCl, CaSO4, and MgSO4) on the quality and sensorial properties of pork patty. In the characteristics of spray-dried salt particles, KCl showed the largest particle size with low viscosity in solution. Meanwhile CaSO4 treatment resulted in the smallest particle size and the highest viscosity (p<0.05). In comparison of the qualities of pork patties manufactured by varying level of Na replacers, MgSO4 treatment exhibited low cooking loss comparing to control (p<0.05). Textural properties of KCl and MgSO4 treatments showed similar pattern, i.e., low level of the replacers caused harder and less adhesive texture than those of control (p<0.05), whereas the hardness of these products was not different with control when the replacers were added more than 1.0%. The addition of CaSO4 also manifested harder and less adhesive than control (p<0.05), but the textural properties of CaSO4 treatment was not affected by level of Ca-salt. Eventually, sensorial properties indicated that KCl and CaSO4 influenced negative effects on pork patties. In contrast, MgSO4 showed better sensorial properties in juiciness intensity, tenderness intensity as well as overall acceptability than control, reflecting that MgSO4 was an effective Na-replacer in meat product formulation. PMID:26761288

  7. The parietal cell gastric H, K-ATPase also functions as the Na, K-ATPase and Ca-ATPase in altered states.

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    Ray, Tushar

    2013-01-01

    This article offers an explanation for the apparent lack of Na, K-ATPase activity in parietal cells although ouabain has been known to inhibit gastric acid secretion since 1962. The gastric H, K-ATPase (proton-pump) seems to be acting in altered states, thus behaving like a Na, K-ATPase (Na-pump) and/or Ca-ATPase (Ca-pump) depending on cellular needs.  This conclusion is based on the following findings. First, parietal cell fractions do not exhibit Na, K-ATPase activity at pH 7.0 but do at pH 8.5. Second, the apical plasma membrane (APM) fraction exhibits a (Ca or Mg)-ATPase activity with negligible H, K-ATPase activity. However, when assayed with Mg alone in presence of the 80 k Da cytosolic proton-pump activator (HAF), the APM fraction reveals remarkably high H, K-ATPase activity, suggesting the observed low affinity of Ca (or Mg)-ATPase is an altered state of the latter. Third, calcium (between 1 and 4 µM) shows both stimulation and inhibition of the HAF-stimulated H, K-ATPase depending on its concentration, revealing a close interaction between the  proton-pump activator and local Ca concentration in gastric H, K-ATPase function. Such interactions suggest that Ca is acting as a terminal member of the intracellular signaling system for the HAF-regulated proton-pump. It appears that during resting state, the HAF-associated H, K-ATPase remains inhibited by Ca (>1 µM) and, prior to resumption of acid secretion the gastric H, K-ATPase acts temporarily as a Ca-pump for removing excess Ca from its immediate environment. This conclusion is consistent with the recent reports of immunochemical co-localization of the gastric H, K-ATPase and Ca-ATPase by superimposition in parietal cells, and a transitory efflux of Ca immediately preceding the onset of acid secretion. These new perspectives on proton-pump function would open new avenues for a fuller understanding of the intracellular regulation of the ubiquitous Na-pump. PMID:24555080

  8. The parietal cell gastric H, K-ATPase also functions as the Na, K-ATPase and Ca-ATPase in altered states

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    Ray, Tushar

    2013-01-01

    This article offers an explanation for the apparent lack of Na, K-ATPase activity in parietal cells although ouabain has been known to inhibit gastric acid secretion since 1962. The gastric H, K-ATPase (proton-pump) seems to be acting in altered states, thus behaving like a Na, K-ATPase (Na-pump) and/or Ca-ATPase (Ca-pump) depending on cellular needs.  This conclusion is based on the following findings. First, parietal cell fractions do not exhibit Na, K-ATPase activity at pH 7.0 but do at pH 8.5. Second, the apical plasma membrane (APM) fraction exhibits a (Ca or Mg)-ATPase activity with negligible H, K-ATPase activity. However, when assayed with Mg alone in presence of the 80 k Da cytosolic proton-pump activator (HAF), the APM fraction reveals remarkably high H, K-ATPase activity, suggesting the observed low affinity of Ca (or Mg)-ATPase is an altered state of the latter. Third, calcium (between 1 and 4 µM) shows both stimulation and inhibition of the HAF-stimulated H, K-ATPase depending on its concentration, revealing a close interaction between the  proton-pump activator and local Ca concentration in gastric H, K-ATPase function. Such interactions suggest that Ca is acting as a terminal member of the intracellular signaling system for the HAF-regulated proton-pump. It appears that during resting state, the HAF-associated H, K-ATPase remains inhibited by Ca (>1 µM) and, prior to resumption of acid secretion the gastric H, K-ATPase acts temporarily as a Ca-pump for removing excess Ca from its immediate environment. This conclusion is consistent with the recent reports of immunochemical co-localization of the gastric H, K-ATPase and Ca-ATPase by superimposition in parietal cells, and a transitory efflux of Ca immediately preceding the onset of acid secretion. These new perspectives on proton-pump function would open new avenues for a fuller understanding of the intracellular regulation of the ubiquitous Na-pump. PMID:24555080

  9. Theoretical investigation on local structure and transport properties of NaFsbnd AlF3 molten salts under electric field environment

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    Lv, Xiaojun; Xu, Zhenming; Li, Jie; Chen, Jiangan; Liu, Qingsheng

    2016-08-01

    The effect of electric field and molecular ratio CR (NaF/AlF3) on basic structure and transport properties of NaFsbnd AlF3 molten salts were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations with the Buckingham potential model. The [AlF6]3- groups are the dominant specie in NaFsbnd AlF3 molten salts at CR ≥ 2.6, and followed by the [AlF5]2- groups, while CR ≤ 2.4, [AlF5]2- groups are the protagonists up to 40%. In NaFsbnd AlF3 system, with the increase of CR, the proportion of Fb decreases slightly and the percentage of Ff increases dramatically. The Alsbnd F bonds have ionic characters as well as partial covalently characters due to the hybridization of F-2p and Al-3s, 3p orbitals. The order of ion diffusion ability follows as Na+ > F- > Al3+. Adding more NaF can break some F bridges of structure networks and decrease the polymerization degree of NaFsbnd AlF3 molten salts, the viscosity reduces and ionic conductivity increases as a consequence. The calculated results of ionic conductivity are in agreement with the experimental results. Electric field has no significant impact on the local structure characters, while transport properties are not. The change of CR (NaF/AlF3) can significantly affect these characters of both the structure and transport.

  10. Luminescent properties of Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} and its potential application in white light emitting diodes

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    Wang, Zhijun; Li, Panlai; Li, Ting; Zhang, Xing; Li, Qingxuan; Yang, Zhiping; Guo, Qinglin

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor can be effectively excited by an ultraviolet and near-ultraviolet light, and produce a bright blue emission centered at 436 nm. The CIE chromaticity coordinations (x, y) of Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}(NSCE)/Li{sub 2}SrSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}(LSSE) vary with the molar ratio of the two constituents. When NSCE/LSSE is 1:3, the CIE chromaticity coordination is (0.332, 0.346), which is close to that of the natural sunlight (0.33, 0.33). The results indicate that Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} may be a promising blue phosphor for UV chip-based multi-phosphor converted white light emitting diodes. Highlights: ► Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} shows the blue emission with a peak at 436 nm and broad excitation band in the UV/n-UV range. ► White light with CIE coordinates (0.332, 0.346) is generated by mixing the blue phosphor with the Li{sub 2}SrSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} yellow phosphor. ► Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} would be a promising blue phosphor candidate for UV chip-based multi-phosphor converted white LEDs. - Abstract: A novel blue phosphor Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} is synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction, and its luminescent properties are systematically studied. Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} can be effectively excited by the 354 nm radiation, and create blue emission (436 nm). The emission intensity of Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} is influenced by the Eu{sup 2+} doping content, and the optimal doping content is 1.5%, and the concentration quenching mechanism of Eu{sup 2+} in Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4} can be attributed to the multipolar interaction. The white light with CIE coordinates (0.332, 0.346) is generated by mixing the blue phosphor Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} with the yellow phosphor Li{sub 2}SrSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}. The results indicate that Na{sub 2}CaSiO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} may be a potential blue emitting phosphor for UV chip-based multi

  11. Dual effect of digitalis glycosides on norepinephrine release from human atrial tissue and bovine adrenal chromaffin cells: differential dependence on [Na+]i and [Ca2+]i.

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    Haass, M; Serf, C; Gerber, S H; Krüger, C; Haunstetter, A; Vahl, C F; Nobiling, R; Kübler, W

    1997-06-01

    It was the aim of the present study (1) to characterize the influence of Na+/K(+)-ATPase inhibition by the digitalis glycoside ouabain on both spontaneous and nicotine-evoked norepinephrine release from the human heart; and (2) to further investigate the role of glycoside-induced changes in [Na+]i and [Ca2+]i (determined by microfluorimetry) for catecholamine release. The latter experiments were performed in bovine adrenal medullary chromaffin cells (BCC), an established cell culture model for sympathetic nerves. Ouabain (1-1000 mumol/l) exerted a dual effect on norepinephrine release (determined by HPLC) from incubated human atrial tissue: (I) Ouabain induced a concentration-dependent increase in norepinephrine release, that was calcium-independent and almost completely prevented by blockade of the uptake1-carrier by desipramine (1 mumol/l). The characteristics of this release process are consistent with a non-exocytotic mechanism. (II) In addition, ouabain augmented the nicotine-evoked (1-100 mumol/l) calcium-dependent norepinephrine release, which can be considered to be exocytotic. Na+/K(+)-ATPase inhibition also reduced the threshold concentration of nicotine from 10 to 1 mumol/l and it delayed the rapid tachyphylaxis of its norepinephrine releasing effect in human atrial tissue. In BCC, ouabain increased [Na+]i, [Ca2+]i and [3H]-norepinephrine release in parallel. Under calcium-free conditions, not only the ouabain-induced increase in [Na+]i, but also [3H]-norepinephrine release were enhanced. The ouabain-induced [3H]-norepinephrine release was always closely related to changes in [Na+]i, indicating a key role of [Na+]i for this calcium-independent non-exocytotic norepinephrine release. In addition, pretreatment with ouabain (1 mmol/l) augmented the nicotine-evoked (0.1-10 mumol/l) increments in [Na+]i, [Ca2+]i and [3H]-norepinephrine release. As nicotine-induced norepinephrine release depends on an increase in both [Na+]i and [Ca2+]i, these findings are

  12. Changes in Ca, Fe, Mg, Mo, Na, and S content in a Mediterranean shrubland under warming and drought

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    Sardans, J.; PeñUelas, J.; Prieto, P.; Estiarte, M.

    2008-09-01

    In an evergreen Mediterranean shrubland we conducted a 6-year field experiment simulating the warming and drought projected by general circulation models and ecophysiological models for the next decades: 20% reduction of soil moisture and 1°C of temperature increase. We tested whether warming and drought have effects on Ca, Fe, Mg, Mo, Na and S availability, concentrations and accumulation patterns in the three dominant plant species and in soil. Warming increased concentrations of Ca and Mo in leaves in Erica multiflora (42% and 65%, respectively) and in Dorycnium pentaphyllum (38% and 60%, respectively). Warming increased Mo accumulation in leaves and aboveground biomass in Globularia alypum (0.07 and 0.40 g ha-1) and in E. multiflora (0.12 and 0.4 g ha-1), and increased Fe accumulation in stem biomass of G. alypum (600 g ha-1), increasing the capacity to retain these nutrients in the ecosystem. The increase of Fe and Mo capture capacity under warming conditions was greater in G. alypum than in E. multiflora coinciding with its greater increases in photosynthetic capacity. Warming decreased soil total-Fe concentration by 24% and increased Mg accumulation in soil exchange complex by 19%. Drought increased Na leaf and stem concentrations (93% and 50%, respectively) and accumulation in leaf and aboveground biomass (780 and 800 g ha-1, respectively) in G. alypum, allowing an increase of osmotic pressure which helps to prevent water losses and is related to its capacity to resist drought. Drought reduced S leaf and Mg leaf-litter concentrations of G. alypum and increased them in leaves of E. multiflora and also increased Mo and Na concentrations in leaves of D. pentaphyllum. Drought increased Fe soil solubility by 65%. The results indicate different effects of climate change on nutrient status in the ecosystem depending on whether the main change is warming or drought. The changes in concentration and biomass accumulation were different depending on the nutrient and

  13. Dynamic Wetting of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-MgO Liquid Oxide on MgAl2O4 Spinel

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    Abdeyazdan, Hamed; Dogan, Neslihan; Rhamdhani, M. Akbar; Chapman, Michael W.; Monaghan, Brian J.

    2015-02-01

    Inclusion type and content in steel is critical in steelmaking, affecting both productivity through clogging, and downstream physical properties of the steel. They are normally removed from steel by reacting with a slag (liquid oxide) phase. For efficient inclusion removal, the inclusions must attach/bond with this liquid phase. The strength of the attachment can be in part characterized by the wettability of the liquid oxide on the inclusions. In this study, the dynamic wetting of liquid oxides of the CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-MgO system on a solid spinel (MgAl2O4) substrate with low porosity of 1.9 pct was measured at 1773 K (1500 °C) using a modified sessile drop technique. The dynamic contact angle between the liquid and solid spinel was determined for different CaO/Al2O3 mass percent ratios ranging from 0.98 to 1.55. Characteristic curves of wettability ( θ) vs time showed a rapid decrease in wetting in the first 10 seconds tending to a plateau value at extended times. A mathematical model for spreading behavior of liquid oxides by Choi and Lee was adopted and shown to provide a reasonable representation of the spreading behavior with time. The chemical interaction at the interface between spinel (MgAl2O4) and slag was analyzed by carrying out detailed thermodynamic evaluation and characterization using scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy. There is evidence of liquid penetrating the substrate via pores and along grain boundaries, forming a penetration layer in the substrate. The depth of the penetration layer was found to be a function of substrate porosity and sample cooling rate. It decreased from ~350 µm for 6.7 pct-porous substrate to ~190 µm for substrate with porosity of 1.9 pct and from ~190 µm to ~50 µm for a slow-cooled liquid oxide-spinel substrate sample in the furnace to a rapidly cooled liquid cooled-spinel substrate sample, respectively.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of phosphates in molten systems Cs 2O-P 2O 5-CaO- MIII2O 3 ( MIII—Al, Fe, Cr)

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    Zatovsky, Igor V.; Strutynska, Nataliya Yu.; Baumer, Vyacheslav N.; Slobodyanik, Nikolay S.; Ogorodnyk, Ivan V.; Shishkin, Oleg V.

    2011-03-01

    The crystallization of complex phosphates from the melts of Cs 2O-P 2O 5-CaO- MIII2O 3 ( MIII—Al, Fe, Cr) systems have been investigated at fixed value Cs/P molar ratios equal to 0.7, 1.0 and 1.3 and Са/Р=0.2 and Ca/ МIII=1. The fields of crystallization of CsCaP 3O 9, β-Ca 2P 2O 7, Cs 2CaP 2O 7, Cs 3CaFe(P 2O 7) 2, Ca 9MIII(PO 4) 7 ( MIII—Fe, Cr), Cs 0.63Ca 9.63Fe 0.37(PO 4) 7 and CsCa 10(PO 4) 7 were determined. Obtained phosphates were investigated using powder X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy. Novel whitlockite-related phases CsCa 10(PO 4) 7 and Cs 0.63Ca 9.63Fe 0.37(PO 4) 7 have been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction: space group R3c, a=10.5536(5) and 10.5221(4) Å, с=37.2283(19) and 37.2405(17) Å, respectively.

  15. SEA0400, a novel and selective inhibitor of the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger, attenuates reperfusion injury in the in vitro and in vivo cerebral ischemic models.

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    Matsuda, T; Arakawa, N; Takuma, K; Kishida, Y; Kawasaki, Y; Sakaue, M; Takahashi, K; Takahashi, T; Suzuki, T; Ota, T; Hamano-Takahashi, A; Onishi, M; Tanaka, Y; Kameo, K; Baba, A

    2001-07-01

    The effect of the newly synthesized compound 2-[4-[(2,5-difluorophenyl)methoxy]phenoxy]-5-ethoxyaniline (SEA0400) on the Na+-Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) was investigated and compared against that of 2-[2-[4-(4-nitrobenzyloxy)phenyl]ethyl]isothiourea (KB-R7943). In addition, the effects of SEA0400 on reperfusion injury in vitro and in vivo were examined. SEA0400 was extremely more potent than KB-R7943 in inhibiting Na+-dependent Ca2+ uptake in cultured neurons, astrocytes, and microglia: IC50s of SEA0400 and KB-R7943 were 5 to 33 nM and 2 to 4 microM, respectively. SEA0400 at the concentration range that inhibited NCX exhibited negligible affinities for the Ca2+ channels, Na+ channels, K+ channels, norepinephrine transporter, and 14 receptors, and did not affect the activities of the Na+/H+ exchanger, Na+,K+-ATPase, Ca2+-ATPase, and five enzymes. SEA0400, unlike KB-R7943, did not inhibit the store-operated Ca2+ entry in cultured astrocytes. SEA0400 attenuated dose- dependently paradoxical Ca2+ challenge-induced production of reactive oxygen species, DNA ladder formation, and nuclear condensation in cultured astrocytes, whereas it did not affect thapsigargin-induced cell injury. Furthermore, administration of SEA0400 reduced infarct volumes after a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in rat cerebral cortex and striatum. These results indicate that SEA0400 is the most potent and selective inhibitor of NCX, and suggest that the compound may exert protective effects on postischemic brain damage. PMID:11408549

  16. Residues 248-252 and 300-304 of the cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger are involved in its regulation by phospholemman.

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    Zhang, Xue-Qian; Wang, JuFang; Song, Jianliang; Ji, Angi M; Chan, Tung O; Cheung, Joseph Y

    2011-10-01

    Using split cardiac Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers (NCX1), we previously demonstrated that phospholemman (PLM) regulates NCX1 by interacting with the proximal linker domain (residues 218-358) of the intracellular loop of NCX1. With the use of overlapping loop deletion mutants, interaction sites are localized to two regions spanning residues 238-270 and residues 300-328 of NCX1. In this study, we used alanine (Ala) linker scanning to pinpoint the residues in the proximal linker domain involved in regulation of NCX1 by PLM. Transfection of human embryonic kidney (HEK)293 cells with wild-type (WT) NCX1 or its Ala mutants but not empty vector resulted in NCX1 current (I(NaCa)). Coexpression of PLM with WT NCX1 inhibited I(NaCa). Mutating residues 248-252 (PASKT) or 300-304 (QKHPD) in WT NCX1 to Ala resulted in loss of inhibition of I(NaCa) by PLM. By contrast, inhibition of I(NaCa) by PLM was preserved when residues 238-242, 243-247, 253-257, 258-262, 263-267, 305-309, 310-314, 315-319, 320-324, or 325-329 were mutated to Ala. While mutating residue 301 to alanine completely abolished PLM inhibition, mutation of any single residue 250-252, 300, or 302-304 resulted in partial reduction in inhibition. Mutating residues 248-252 to Ala resulted in significantly weaker association with PLM. The NCX1-G503P mutant that lacks Ca(2+)-dependent activation retained its sensitivity to PLM. We conclude that residues 248-252 and 300-304 in the proximal linker domain of NCX1 were involved in its inhibition by PLM. PMID:21734189

  17. Vitality and chemistry of roots of red spruce in forest floors of stands with a gradient of soil Al/Ca ratios in the northeastern United States

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    Wargo, P.M.; Vogt, K.; Vogt, D.; Holifield, Q.; Tilley, J.; Lawrence, G.; David, M.

    2003-01-01

    Number of living root tips per branch, percent dead roots, percent mycorrhizae and mycorrhizal morphotype, response of woody roots to wounding and colonization by fungi, and concentrations of starch, soluble sugars, phenols, percent C and N and C/N ratio, and Al Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, and P were measured for 2 consecutive years in roots of red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) in stands in the northeastern United States (nine in 1993 and two additional in 1994) dominated by red spruce and with a gradient of forest floor exchangeable Al/Ca ratios. Root vitality was measured for nonwoody and coarse woody roots; chemical variables were measured for nonwoody (<1 mm), fine woody (1 to <2 mm), and coarse woody (2 to <5 mm) roots. There were significant differences among sites for all variables, particularly in 1993, although few were related to the Al/Ca ratio gradient. Percent mycorrhizae decreased, while some morphotypes increased or decreased as the Al/Ca ratio increased. In nonwoody roots, N increased as the Al/Ca ratio increased. Most sampled trees appeared to be in good or fair health, suggesting that an adverse response of these root variables to high Al concentrations may be apparent only after a significant change in crown health.

  18. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behaviors of the As-Extruded Mg-5Al-3Ca Alloys Containing Yttrium at Elevated Temperature.

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    Son, Hyeon-Taek; Kim, Yong-Ho; Kim, Taek-Soo; Lee, Seong-Hee

    2016-02-01

    Effects of yttrium (Y) addition on mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of the as-extruded Mg-Al-Ca based alloys at elevated temperature were investigated by a tensile test. After hot extrusion, the average grain size was refined by Y addition and eutectic phases were broken down into fine particles. Y addition to Mg-5Al-3Ca based alloy resulted in the improvement of strength and ductility at elevated temperature due to fine grain and suppression of grain growth by formation of thermally stable Al2Y intermetallic compound. PMID:27433675

  19. Formation of infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} and NaCuO{sub 2}-type (Ca{sub 1{minus}y}Na{sub y}){sub 0.85}CuO{sub 2} in tartrate route

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    Kikkawa, Shinichi; Kato, Namie; Taya, Noriko; Tada, Masakazu; Kanamuru, Fumikazu

    1995-05-01

    Both NaCuO{sub 2}-type Ca{sub 0.85}CuO{sub 2} and infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} could be prepared much more easily by firing the dried solids from mixed acetate aqueous solutions titrated with tartaric acid than by normal calcination. The presence of a narrow solid-solution composition range of 0.10 < x < 0.16 was confirmed in infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} in the presentation using the tartrate route. The calcium could also be substituted by sodium in a range of y < 0.15 in NaCuO{sub 2}-type (Ca{sub 1{minus}y}Na{sub y}) {sub 0.85} CuO{sub 2} using the same route. Further substitution of Ca{sup 2+} with Y{sup 3+} might also be possible in infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2}, but resulted in the NaCuO{sub 2}-type compound in the substitution with Na{sup +}.

  20. Activities of FetO in CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-FetO (<5 pct) slags saturated with liquid iron

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    Lee, Kwang Ro; Suito, Hideaki

    1994-12-01

    The activity coefficients of FetO in CaO-Al2O3 and CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 slags with 0.01 to 5 mass pct FetO were determined at 1873 K from the data obtained in the present and previous slag-metal experiments, using an alumina or lime crucible. It was found that the activity coefficients of FetO obeyed a dilute solution law and increased with increasing the content of SiO2. Based on the findings pertaining to the activity coefficient, the values for the activities of SiO2 and Al2O3 in CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 slags were assessed.

  1. Thermodynamics of Complex Sulfide Inclusion Formation in Ca-Treated Al-Killed Structural Steel

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    Guo, Yin-tao; He, Sheng-ping; Chen, Gu-jun; Wang, Qian

    2016-08-01

    Controlling the morphology of the sulfide inclusion is of vital importance in enhancing the properties of structural steel. Long strip-shaped sulfides in hot-rolled steel can spherize when, instead of the inclusion of pure single-phase MnS, the guest is a complex sulfide, such as an oxide-sulfide duplex and a solid-solution sulfide particle. In this study, the inclusions in a commercial rolled structural steel were investigated. Spherical and elongated oxide-sulfide duplex as well as single-phase (Mn,Ca)S solid solution inclusions were observed in the steel. A thermodynamic equilibrium between the oxide and sulfide inclusions was proposed to understand the oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion formation. Based on the equilibrium solidification principle, thermodynamic discussions on inclusion precipitation during the solidification process were performed for both general and resulfurized structural steel. The predicted results of the present study agreed well with the experimental ones.

  2. Thermodynamics of Complex Sulfide Inclusion Formation in Ca-Treated Al-Killed Structural Steel

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    Guo, Yin-tao; He, Sheng-ping; Chen, Gu-jun; Wang, Qian

    2016-05-01

    Controlling the morphology of the sulfide inclusion is of vital importance in enhancing the properties of structural steel. Long strip-shaped sulfides in hot-rolled steel can spherize when, instead of the inclusion of pure single-phase MnS, the guest is a complex sulfide, such as an oxide-sulfide duplex and a solid-solution sulfide particle. In this study, the inclusions in a commercial rolled structural steel were investigated. Spherical and elongated oxide-sulfide duplex as well as single-phase (Mn,Ca)S solid solution inclusions were observed in the steel. A thermodynamic equilibrium between the oxide and sulfide inclusions was proposed to understand the oxide-sulfide duplex inclusion formation. Based on the equilibrium solidification principle, thermodynamic discussions on inclusion precipitation during the solidification process were performed for both general and resulfurized structural steel. The predicted results of the present study agreed well with the experimental ones.

  3. Effect of hydration temperature on the solubility behavior of Ca-, S-, Al-, and Si-bearing solid phases in Portland cement pastes

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    Thomas, Jeffrey J.; Rothstein, David; Jennings, Hamlin M.; Christensen, Bruce J

    2003-12-01

    The concentrations of Ca, S, Al, Si, Na, and K in the pore solutions of ordinary Portland cement and white Portland cement pastes were measured during the first 28 d of curing at temperatures ranging from 5-50 deg. C. Saturation indices with respect to solid phases known to form in cement paste were calculated from a thermodynamic analysis of the elemental concentrations. Calculated saturation levels in the two types of paste were similar. The solubility behavior of Portlandite and gypsum at all curing temperatures was in agreement with previously reported behavior near room temperature. Saturation levels of both ettringite and monosulfate decreased with increasing curing temperature. The saturation level of ettringite was greater than that of monosulfate at lower curing temperatures, but at higher temperatures there was effectively no difference. The solubility behavior of C-S-H gel was investigated by applying an appropriate ion activity product (IAP) to the data. The IAP{sub CSH} decreased gradually with hydration time, and at a given hydration time the IAP{sub CSH} was lower at higher curing temperatures.

  4. Hillesheimite, (K,Ca,□)2(Mg,Fe,Ca,□)2[(Si,Al)13O23(OH)6](OH) · 8H2O, a new phyllosilicate mineral of the Günterblassite group

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Zubkova, N. V.; Pekov, I. V.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Schüller, W.; Ternes, B.; Blass, G.; Pushcharovsky, D. Yu.

    2013-12-01

    A new mineral, hillesheimite, has been found in the Graulai basaltic quarry, near the town of Hillesheim, the Eifel Mountains, Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany. It occurs in the late assemblage comprising nepheline, augite, fluorapatite, magnetite, perovskite, priderite, götzenite, lamprophyllite-group minerals, and åkermanite. Colorless flattened crystals of hillesheimite reaching 0.2 × 1 × 1.5 mm in size and aggregates of the crystals occur in miarolitic cavities in alkali basalt. The mineral is brittle, with Mohs' hard-ness 4. Cleavage is perfect parallel to (010) and distinct on (100) and (001). D calc = 2.174 g/cm3, D meas = 2.16(1) g/cm3. IR spectrum is given. Hillesheimite is biaxial (-), α = 1.496(2), β = 1.498(2), γ = 1.499(2), 2 V meas = 80°. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, mean of 4 point analyses, H2O determined from structural data, wt %) is as follows: 0.24 Na2O, 4.15 K2O, 2.14 MgO, 2.90 CaO, 2.20 BaO, 2.41 FeO, 15.54 Al2O3, 52.94 SiO2, 19.14 H2O, total is 101.65. The empirical formula is: K0.96Na0.08Ba0.16Ca0.56Mg0.58Fe{0.37/2+}[Si9.62Al3.32O23(OH)6][(OH)0.82(H2O)0.18] · 8H2O. The crystal structure has been determined from X-ray single-crystal diffraction data, R = 0.1735. Hillesheimite is orthorhombic, space group Pmmn, the unit-cell dimensions are: a = 6.979(11), b = 37.1815(18), c = 6.5296(15) Å; V=1694(3) Å3, Z = 2. The crystal structure is based on the block [(Si,Al)13O25(OH)4] consisting of three single tetrahedral layers linked via common vertices and is topologically identical to the triple layers in günterblassite and umbrianite. The strong reflections [ d Å ( I %)] in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern are: 6.857(58), 6.545(100), 6.284(53), 4.787(96), 4.499(59), 3.065(86), 2.958(62), 2.767(62). The mineral was named after its type locality. Type specimens are deposited in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, registration number 4174/1.

  5. High temperature carbon dioxide capture on nano-structured MgO-Al2O3 and CaO-Al2O3 adsorbents: an experimental and theoretical study.

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    Bang, Yongju; Han, Seung Ju; Kwon, Soonchul; Hiremath, Vishwanath; Song, In Kyu; Seo, Jeong Gil

    2014-11-01

    Nano-structured alkaline-earth metal oxide adsorbents (denoted as MgO-Al2O3 and CaO-Al2O3) were prepared by an epoxide-driven one-pot sol-gel method, and they were applied to the dynamic and static CO2 adsorption. For comparison, a nano-structured aluminum oxide adsorbent (denoted as Al2O3) was also prepared by a similar method. MgO-Al2O3 adsorbent exhibited a well-developed mesopore structure through the formation of MgAl2O4 spinel phase, whereas CaO-Al2O3 adsorbent was composed of nano-sized CaO and CaAl2O4, resulting in a pore plugging. It was revealed that total basicity increased in the order of Al2O3 (0.11 mmol-CO2/g) < MgO-Al2O3 (0.37 mmol-CO2/g) < CaO-Al2O3, (1.21 mmol-CO2/g), which is in concurrent with adsorption energy obtained from DFT calculations. However, it was found that both basicity and base strength of the adsorbents played an important role in determining the CO2 adsorptive performance at different operating temperature. Among the adsorbents tested, MgO-Al2O3, which mostly retained medium basic sites, exhibited a best CO2 adsorptive performance at 200 degrees C. Furthermore, the experimental results are well supported by theoretical estimation, suggesting a useful design method of adsorbents for facile and regenerative adsorption in the applications of CO2 capture. PMID:25958558

  6. Aluminum resistance in wheat involves maintenance of leaf Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) content, decreased lipid peroxidation and Al accumulation, and low photosystem II excitation pressure.

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    Moustaka, Julietta; Ouzounidou, Georgia; Bayçu, Gülriz; Moustakas, Michael

    2016-08-01

    The phytotoxic aluminum species (Al(3+)) is considered as the primary factor limiting crop productivity in over 40 % of world's arable land that is acidic. We evaluated the responses of two wheat cultivars (Triticum aestivum L.) with differential Al resistance, cv. Yecora E (Al-resistant) and cv. Dio (Al-sensitive), exposed to 0, 37, 74 and 148 μM Al for 14 days in hydroponic culture at pH 4.5. With increasing Al concentration, leaf Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) content decreased, as well as the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (PSII) photochemistry (Φ PSII ), while a gradual increase in leaf membrane lipid peroxidation, Al accumulation, photoinhibition (estimated as F v /F m ), and PSII excitation