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  1. Hepatospora eriocheir (Wang and Chen, 2007) gen. et comb. nov. infecting invasive Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis) in Europe.

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    Stentiford, G D; Bateman, K S; Dubuffet, A; Chambers, E; Stone, D M

    2011-11-01

    We describe a microsporidian parasite infecting non-native Chinese mitten crabs (Eriochier sinensis) from Europe. Electron microscopy revealed merogonic and sporogonic life stages bound within a plasmalemma. The crab parasite develops polar tube precursors at the sporont stage but does not complete formation of the intact spore extrusion apparatus at the stage of the sporogonial plasmodium like Enterocytozoon bienuesi and other representatives of the Enterocytozoonidae. Its presence within an aquatic crustacean host, and a distinct molecular phylogeny based on partial small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) gene sequences also place it relatively close, though distinct to, existing genera within the Enterocytozoonidae. Consideration of morphological and phylogenetic characteristics of other hepatopancreas-infecting microsporidia from crustaceans suggests that certain ones (e.g. Enterospora canceri) are retained within the clade corresponding to the existing family Enterocytozoonidae, while others, including the parasite described here, may eventually be grouped in a sister taxon potentially of family rank. Based upon morphological and host similarity, it is likely that the parasite described here is the same as Endoreticulatus eriocheir (Wang and Chen, 2007), previously described from Chinese mitten crabs in Asia. However, using a combined taxonomic approach based upon morphological and phylogenetic data, we propose the formation of a new genus (Hepatospora) to replace the previous generic classification of the Asian parasite as Endoreticulatus. The microsporidian from the hepatopancreas of E. sinensis is named Hepatospora eriocheir (Wang and Chen, 2007) gen. et comb. nov. It is assumed that the parasite was introduced during initial invasions of this crab to Europe during the early 20th Century.

  2. [Textual research on the chronicle of Wang Fengchun's life].

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    Wu, Z

    1999-10-01

    Wang Fengchun was a noted doctor in Beijing, but there were a lot of discrepancies and errors about the chronicle of Wang's life in the literatures. This article was a textual research on the chronicle of Wang Fengchun's life, such as the date of birth, the time when migrated to Beijing, and the number of years practised medicine in Beijing, mostly based on the Bo Lu Yi An.

  3. Editorial: Which Wei Wang?

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    Sprouse, Gene D.

    2007-12-01

    The APS journals receive manuscripts from scientists all over the world. For authors whose names cannot be expressed in Latin characters, their names in the byline must be transliterated, a process that is not necessarily bidirectionally unique. For example, the eight Chinese names all transliterate as Wei Wang. To remove some of the ambiguity arising from this unfortunate degeneracy of names, APS will allow some authors the option to include their names in their own language in parentheses after the transliterated name, such as Wei Wang. The option to present names in the article byline in this manner is an experiment initially offered to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean authors, whose names can be expressed in Unicode characters. An example of a Japanese name is Tadanori Minamisono and a Korean name is Chang Kee Jung. In the English text the given name precedes the family name, while the reverse is true for the characters. As we gain experience, we may be able to broaden this offer to other languages. Authors who wish to try this option will need to prepare their manuscripts by following the special instructions at http://authors.aps.org/names.html.

  4. The genus name Ensifer Casida 1982 takes priority over Sinorhizobium Chen et al. 1988, and Sinorhizobium morelense Wang et al. 2002 is a later synonym of Ensifer adhaerens Casida 1982. Is the combination "Sinorhizobium adhaerens" (Casida 1982) Willems et al. 2003 legitimate? Request for an Opinion.

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    Young, J M

    2003-11-01

    The synonymy of the genera Ensifer and Sinorhizobium was recently reported, but it was proposed that the later-named genus, Sinorhizobium, take priority in nomenclature. There is no justification in the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria (Prokaryotes) for this step; Ensifer is the correct name of the genus, with Ensifer adhaerens as the type species. Species previously allocated to Sinorhizobium are here proposed as the new combinations Ensifer arboris, Ensifer fredii, Ensifer kostiensis, Ensifer kummerowiae, Ensifer medicae, Ensifer meliloti, Ensifer saheli, Ensifer terangae and Ensifer xinjiangensis. Sinorhizobium morelense was proposed in 2002 [Wang, E. T., Tan, Z. Y., Willems, A., Fernández-López, M., Reinhold-Hurek, B. & Martínez-Romero, E., Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 52, 1687-1693, 2002], but a consideration of all published data indicate that it is a nitrogen-fixing genomovar and later heterotypic synonym of Ensifer adhaerens. A Request for an Opinion is made as to whether or not the combination "Sinorhizobium adhaerens" (Casida 1982) Willems et al. 2003 is legitimate.

  5. [Addition to "Chen Muhua Speaks" at family planning meeting].

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    1980-02-14

    The following addition supplied from Beijing Renmin Ribao in Chinese of February 3, 1980 from page 1 should be made to the article "Chen Muhua, Bo Yibo Speak at Family Planning Meeting," published in the February 4 People's Republic of China Daily Report on page L2: Page L2, 1st paragraph, line 3: "...in due course, so that the total population of China will be controlled at about 1.2 billion by the end of this century, in order to insure greater and faster economic development in the country and improvements in the people's living standards, and to raise the cultural level of the Chinese nation." "Chen Muhua made this calculation: If young people marry at age 20, there will be 5 generations in a century; but if they marry at age 25, there will be only 4. The reduction by a whole generation of people is a matter of great importance in controlling population growth. Besides, in his prime a youth should be wholeheartedly devoted to his study and work in order to make greater contributions to the 4 modernizations. For this reason, for both the nation and the indivduals concerned it is profitable for citizens to delay marriages and childbirth and exercise birth control." She was speaking...

  6. Phosphate-specific fluorescence labeling with BO-IMI: reaction details.

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    Wang, P; Giese, R W

    1998-06-01

    Previously we reported than BO-IMI, a reagent which contains a BODIPY fluorophore linked to an imidazole group, can be used to covalently label a phosphomonoester in a single step under aqueous conditions [P. Wang, R.W. Giese, Anal. Chem. 65 (1993) 3518]. The reaction was conducted in the presence of a water-soluble carbodiimide 1-ethyl-3-(3'-N,N'-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide [EDC] to activate the phosphomonoester, and the coupling took place onto both the N1 and N3 imidazole nitrogens of BO-IMI. Whether the two BO-IMI-phosphomonoester regioisomers migrated separately or together during capillary electrophoresis depended on the pH, due to a difference in their pKa values. Since then, we have studied the reaction in more detail leading to the information reported here. First, we have learned that the regioisomer ratio changes during the course of the reaction, and found that the mechanism involves both spontaneous and BO-IMI-catalyzed hydrolysis of the less stable isomer. Second, there is a background reaction in which BO-IMI becomes attached to EDC. Third, the BO-IMI-phosphomonoester product (a mixture of two isomers), that is observed by capillary electrophoresis at an alkaline pH, is found to no longer contain the two fluorine atoms present in the starting BO-IMI reagent. This is because they are placed by hydroxy groups at high pH. Finally, an event was discovered which complicates the detection of less than about 60 fmol of a phosphomonoester with BO-IMI: hydrolysis of a tiny fraction of the BO-IMI takes place during the coupling reaction, which leads to chemical noise in the capillary electropherogram.

  7. [Chen Muhua holds meeting on contraceptives].

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    1981-02-26

    On February 19, Chen Muhua, vice premier of the State Council and head of the family planning leading group, held a discussion with responsible comrades of the State Council's Family Planning Office, the State Pharmaceutical Administration, the Ministry of Chemical Industry, the State Planning Commission, the Ministry of Finance and other departments concerned with the production and supply of contraceptive drugs and devices. Vice Premier Chen Muhua pointed out: Contraceptive drugs and devices are the material guarantees for the practice of family planning. Doing a good job in the production and supply of contraceptives is a political task. It is hoped that from now on all departments concerned will pay still greater attention to it. Vice Premier Chen Muhua put forward 4 points: 1. To control population, the stress should be placed on contraception. This is the basic way. 2. It is necessary to popularize in an all-round way methods of using contraceptive drugs and devices. 3. Supply channels should be kept open for the convenience of the masses and to guarantee supplies. 4. It is necessary to strengthen scientific research. The quality and packing of presently available drugs and devices should be improved. At the same time, it is necessary to develop new contraceptive drugs and devices welcomed by the masses. Special efforts should be made in research in the field of Chinese herbal medicine. At the meeting the State Council Family Planning Office and the State Pharmaceutical Administration were instructed to conduct a joint investigation on present production arrangements and supply channels of contraceptive drugs and devices and to adopt effective measures to solve existing problems.

  8. Stability Analysis of Distributed Order Fractional Chen System

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    Aminikhah, H.; Refahi Sheikhani, A.; Rezazadeh, H.

    2013-01-01

    We first investigate sufficient and necessary conditions of stability of nonlinear distributed order fractional system and then we generalize the integer-order Chen system into the distributed order fractional domain. Based on the asymptotic stability theory of nonlinear distributed order fractional systems, the stability of distributed order fractional Chen system is discussed. In addition, we have found that chaos exists in the double fractional order Chen system. Numerical solutions are used to verify the analytical results. PMID:24489508

  9. Bridging η2 -BO in B2(BO)3(-) and B3(BO)3(-) clusters: boronyl analogs of boranes.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Guo, Jin-Chang; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2011-10-01

    Anion photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical calculations are combined to probe the structures and chemical bonding of two boron-rich oxide clusters, B(5)O(3)(-) and B(6)O(3)(-), which are shown to be appropriately formulated as B(2)(BO)(3)(-) and B(3)(BO)(3)(-), respectively. The anion clusters are found to each possess a bridging η(2)-BO group, as well as two terminal BO groups and are analogs of B(2)H(3)(-) and B(3)H(3)(-). This finding advances the boronyl chemistry and helps establish the isolobal analogy between boron-rich oxide clusters and boranes. PMID:21954002

  10. Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, over CSX (former B&O) ...

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    Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, over CSX (former B&O) tracks and North Branch Road, looking northwest. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  11. Free and Beautiful: Lucia Chen--New York Public Library

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    Library Journal, 2004

    2004-01-01

    This article details the work of Lucia Chen of the New York Public Library. Lucia Chen combined her two passions--organization and beautification--in her recent project, creating an online version of the New York Public Library's (NYPL) legendary picture collection. Artists ranging from set designers to filmmakers have long used the collection,…

  12. Wang linker free of side reactions.

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    Castro, Vida; Rodriguez, Hortensia; Albericio, Fernando

    2013-01-18

    A new resin for the solid-phase synthesis of peptide acids was developed. It was based on a linker with two unique features: methoxy groups as the only activating groups of the phenyl ring and a copper(I)-catalyzed Click chemistry reaction to anchor it to the solid support. The efficiency of this new resin in solid phase peptide synthesis was compared with that of Wang resin.

  13. Magnitude of the Wang-Landau error

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    Brown, Gregory; Rikvold, PA; Odbadrakh, Kh; Nicholson, DM

    2016-09-01

    The Wang-Landau algorithm is an entropic sampling method that incoroporates an update factor ln fi , which introduces a self-avoidance tendency into the random walk. Continued sampling at constant ln fi leads to a steady state estimate of the density of states ln gi (E). We find numerically that the difference between ln gi (E) and the true density of states ln g (E) is proportional to the update factor.

  14. HyBoLT Flight Experiment

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    Chen, Fang-Jeng (Frank); Berry, Scott A.

    2010-01-01

    HyBoLT was a Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition flight experiment funded by the Hypersonics Project of the Fundamental Aeronautics Program in NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The HyBoLT test article mounted on the top of the ALV X-1 rocket was launched from Virginia's Wallops Island on August 22, 2008. Unfortunately a problem in the rocket's flight control system caused the vehicle to veer off the designed flight course. Launch officials activated a self-destruct mechanism in the rocket's nose cone after 20 seconds into flight. This report is a closeout document about the HyBoLT flight experiment. Details are provided of the objectives and approach associated with this experimental program as well as the 20 seconds flight data acquired before the vehicle was destroyed.

  15. Beauty and physics: 13 important contributions of Chen Ning Yang

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    Shi, Yu

    2014-06-01

    In 2012, Chen Ning Yang received a 90th birthday gift in the form of a black cube inscribed with his 13 most important contributions, which cover four major areas of physics: statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics, particle physics and field theory. We briefly describe these 13 contributions and make general comments about Yang's distinctive style as a trailblazing leader in research.

  16. Free energy computations employing Jarzynski identity and Wang - Landau algorithm

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    Kalyan, M. Suman; Murthy, K. P. N.; Sastry, V. S. S.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a simple method to compute free energy differences employing Jarzynski identity in conjunction with Wang - Landau algorithm. We demonstrate this method on Ising spin system by comparing the results with those obtained from canonical sampling.

  17. Massively parallel Wang Landau sampling on multiple GPUs

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    Yin, Junqi; Landau, D. P.

    2012-01-01

    Wang Landau sampling is implemented on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) with the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA). Performances on three different GPU cards, including the new generation Fermi architecture card, are compared with that on a Central Processing Unit (CPU). The parameters for massively parallel Wang Landau sampling are tuned in order to achieve fast convergence. For simulations of the water cluster systems, we obtain an average of over 50 times speedup for a given workload.

  18. Chemical gas-dynamics beyond Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck's kinetics

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    Kolesnichenko, Evgeniy G.; Gorbachev, Yuriy E.

    2014-12-01

    Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation does not give possibility to take into account intermolecular processes such as redistribution of the energy among different degrees of freedom. The modification of the generalized Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation including such processes is proposed. It allows to study for instance the kinetics of non-radiative transitions. Limitations of this approach are connected with the requirements of absence of polarization of rotational momentum and phases of intermolecular vibrations.

  19. Chemical gas-dynamics beyond Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck's kinetics

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    Kolesnichenko, Evgeniy G.; Gorbachev, Yuriy E.

    2014-12-09

    Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation does not give possibility to take into account intermolecular processes such as redistribution of the energy among different degrees of freedom. The modification of the generalized Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation including such processes is proposed. It allows to study for instance the kinetics of non-radiative transitions. Limitations of this approach are connected with the requirements of absence of polarization of rotational momentum and phases of intermolecular vibrations.

  20. Spatial chaos of Wang tiles with two symbols

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    Chen, Jin-Yu; Chen, Yu-Jie; Hu, Wen-Guei; Lin, Song-Sun

    2016-02-01

    This investigation completely classifies the spatial chaos problem in plane edge coloring (Wang tiles) with two symbols. For a set of Wang tiles B , spatial chaos occurs when the spatial entropy h ( B ) is positive. B is called a minimal cycle generator if P ( B ) ≠ 0̸ and P ( B ' ) = 0̸ whenever B ' ⫋ B , where P ( B ) is the set of all periodic patterns on ℤ2 generated by B . Given a set of Wang tiles B , write B = C 1 ∪ C 2 ∪ ⋯ ∪ C k ∪ N , where Cj, 1 ≤ j ≤ k, are minimal cycle generators and B contains no minimal cycle generator except those contained in C1∪C2∪⋯∪Ck. Then, the positivity of spatial entropy h ( B ) is completely determined by C1∪C2∪⋯∪Ck. Furthermore, there are 39 equivalence classes of marginal positive-entropy sets of Wang tiles and 18 equivalence classes of saturated zero-entropy sets of Wang tiles. For a set of Wang tiles B , h ( B ) is positive if and only if B contains a MPE set, and h ( B ) is zero if and only if B is a subset of a SZE set.

  1. [Discussion on WANG Guo-rui's acupuncture academy thought].

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    Gao, Xi-Yan; Wang, Xin; Gao, Ling; Chen, Xin-Wang

    2013-12-01

    Through study on Bianque Shenying Zhenjiu Yulong Jing (Bianque's Classic of Effective Acupuncture Prescriptions), acupuncture experiences and ideology of WANG Guo-rui, an acupuncture physician of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), is discussed in this article. Inherited and carried forward DOU's acupuncture theory, WANG Guo-rui encouraged to use experiential points and to expand extra points. Penetrating needling method was created, and the application of acupoints according to needling opportunities and seasonal factors were enriched by him. Great importance was also attached on treatment according to differentiation of syndromes, which including the simultaneous acupuncture and moxibustion, simultaneous reinforcing and reducing, reducing after reinforcing, reinforcing after reducing, predomination of reducing and predomination of reinforcing. The flexible treating methods are still extensively adopted in clinic nowadays. WANG Guo-rui is a master of clinical acupuncture who made great contribution to the development of acupuncture and moxibustion.

  2. B2(BO)6 0/- and B 2(BS) 6 0/- doubly bridged structures containing BO or BS as ligands.

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    Li, Da-Zhi; Li, Si-Dian

    2014-09-01

    The investigation on the geometrical and electronic properties of B(2)(BO)(6) (0/-) and B(2)(BS)(6) (0/-) has been performed by density functional theory (DFT) using the B3LYP and BP86 methods. The chemical bonding in B(2)A(6) (A = H, BO, and BS) series is elucidated through the recently developed adaptive natural density partitioning (AdNDP). D(2h) B(2)(BO)(6) and B(2)(BS)(6) were found to possess two bridging η (2)-BO or η (2)-BS groups, as well as four terminal BO or BS groups that are analogs of diborane B(2)H(6). D(2)h B(2)(BO)(6) (-) and B(2)(BS)(6) (-) with two bridging η (2)-BO or η (2)-BS groups which are more stable than their corresponding D(3d) structures. The binding energy of B(2)(BO)(6) and B(2)(BS)(6) with respect to B(2)(BO)(6) (D2h) → 2B(BO)(3) (D(3h)) and B(2)(BS)(6)(D(2h)) → 2B(BS)(3) (D(3h)) are estimated to be (△)E = 19.8 and 40.6 kcal mol(-1) at CCSD(T)//B3LYP level, respectively. This finding advances the boronyl chemistry and helps establish the isolobal analogy between boron-rich oxide clusters and boranes. PMID:25159274

  3. An ab initio study of the electronic structure of the boron oxide neutral (BO), cationic (BO{sup +}), and anionic (BO{sup −}) species

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    Magoulas, Ilias; Kalemos, Apostolos

    2014-09-28

    The BO neutral, cationic, and anionic molecular species have been painstakingly studied through multireference configuration interaction and single reference coupled cluster methods employing basis sets of quintuple cardinality. Potential energy curves have been constructed for 38 (BO), 37 (BO{sup +}), and 12 (BO{sup −}) states and the usual molecular parameters have been extracted most of which are in very good agreement with the scarce experimental data. Numerous avoided crossings appear on more or less all of the studied states of the neutral and cationic species challenging the validity of the Born Oppenheimer approximation. Finally, all excited states of the anionic system lie above the ground state of the neutral BO system and are therefore resonances.

  4. Synthetic lipophilic antioxidant BO-653 suppresses HCV replication.

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    Yasui, Fumihiko; Sudoh, Masayuki; Arai, Masaaki; Kohara, Michinori

    2013-02-01

    The influence of the intracellular redox state on the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle is poorly understood. This study demonstrated the anti-HCV activity of 2,3-dihydro-5-hydroxy-2,2-dipentyl-4,6-di-tert-butylbenzofuran (BO-653), a synthetic lipophilic antioxidant, and examined whether BO-653's antioxidant activity is integral to its anti-HCV activity. The anti-HCV activity of BO-653 was investigated in HuH-7 cells bearing an HCV subgenomic replicon (FLR3-1 cells) and in HuH-7 cells infected persistently with HCV (RMT-tri cells). BO-653 inhibition of HCV replication was also compared with that of several hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidants. BO-653 suppressed HCV replication in FLR3-1 and RMT-tri cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The lipophilic antioxidants had stronger anti-HCV activities than the hydrophilic antioxidants, and BO-653 displayed the strongest anti-HCV activity of all the antioxidants examined. Therefore, the anti-HCV activity of BO-653 was examined in chimeric mice harboring human hepatocytes infected with HCV. The combination treatment of BO-653 and polyethylene glycol-conjugated interferon-α (PEG-IFN) decreased serum HCV RNA titer more than that seen with PEG-IFN alone. These findings suggest that both the lipophilic property and the antioxidant activity of BO-653 play an important role in the inhibition of HCV replication. PMID:23192857

  5. Payload Specialist Taylor Wang performs repairs on Drop Dynamics Module

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    1985-01-01

    Payload Specialist Taylor G. Wang performs a repair task on the Drop Dynamics Module (DDM) in the science module aboard the orbiter Challenger. Fellow crew members Dr. William E. Thornton (facing camera) and Don Lind are at the right of the frame.

  6. Dynamic states of a unidirectional ring of chen oscillators

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    Carvalho, Ana

    2015-03-10

    We study curious dynamical patterns appearing in a network of a unidirectional ring of Chen oscillators coupled to a ‘buffer’ cell. The network has Z{sub 3} exact symmetry group. We simulate the coupled cell systems associated to the two networks and obtain steady-states, rotating waves, quasiperiodic behavior, and chaos. The different patterns appear to arise through a sequence of Hopf, period-doubling and period-halving bifurcations. The network architecture appears to explain some patterns, whereas the properties of the chaotic oscillator may explain others. We use XPPAUT and MATLAB to compute numerically the relevant states.

  7. Reclassification of Deinococcus xibeiensis Wang et al. 2010 as a heterotypic synonym of Deinococcus wulumuqiensis Wang et al. 2010.

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    Hong, Sunhee; Farrance, Christine E; Russell, Anne; Yi, Hana

    2015-03-01

    Two species of the genus Deinococcus, namely Deinococcus wulumuqiensis Wang et al. 2010 and Deinococcus xibeiensis Wang et al. 2010, were simultaneously proposed and described in the same publication. However, the identical 16S rRNA gene sequence of the two type strains strongly raised the probability of their relatedness at the species level. Thus, the genomic relatedness of the two species of the genus Deinococcus was investigated here to clarify their taxonomic status. The high (99.9 %) average nucleotide identity (ANI) between the genome sequences of the two type strains suggested that the two species are synonymous. Additional phenotypic data including enzymic activities and substrate-utilization profiles showed no pronounced differences between the type strains of the two species. Data from this study demonstrated that the two taxa constitute a single species. According to Rule 42 of the Bacteriological Code, we propose that D. xibeiensis Wang et al. 2010 should be reclassified as a subjective heterotypic synonym of D. wulumuqiensis Wang et al. 2010.

  8. A new species of the genus Interphasma Chen & He, 2008 (Phasmida: Clitumninae: Medaurini) from Sichuan, China.

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    Ho, George Waichun; Shi, Fuming

    2013-11-07

    Chen and He erected the genus Interphasma in 2008 (Chen & He, 2008). Thirteen species are recognized in this Chinese endemic genus which is distributed in eastern to south-western China (Chen & He, 2008; Chen & Zhang, 2008; Xu et al., 2010). In this paper, a new species, I. lizipingense sp. nov., is described and illustrated from Sichuan, China. A key to the species of the genus is given. The types are deposited in the Museum of Hebei University (HBU) and Hong Kong Entomological Society (HKEM). Full measurements are given to all the types in millimeter (mm.).

  9. Orbital period variations of four Algol-type eclipsing binaries: SW Cyg, UU Leo, XX Cep and BO Vul

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    Erdem, A.; Doğru, S. S.; Bakış, V.; Demircan, O.

    2007-07-01

    The orbital period behaviours of four Algol-type eclipsing binaries SW Cyg, UU Leo, XX Cep and BO Vul are studied, by using all available times of minimum light in the literature. Their O-C diagrams were represented by long-period sinusoidal variations superimposed on parabolic forms. The parabolic forms for SW Cyg and UU Leo correspond to secular period increases, while for XX Cep and BO Vul to secular period decreases. To explain these observed secular changes in these four Algol systems, we considered the combined effect of the mass transfer from the less massive component to the more massive one and the mass loss from the system. We concluded that the dominant mechanism for observed long-term period change of SW Cyg and UU Leo is the mass transfer, and that of XX Cep and BO Vul is the mass loss from the systems. It is interesting that the mass transfer rates (i.e., 10-7-10-8 M\\sun/yr) found for all four Algol binaries are at the upper limit of those generally accepted for Algols. However, assuming the mass loss via circumbinary disks of Chen et al. (2006) reduces the rate to 10-8-10-9 M\\sun/yr. We interpreted the tilted sinusoidal variations in all cases in terms of the light-time effect due to unseen components in the systems. Unacceptably large hypothetical third body masses in the case of SW Cyg and UU Leo, and common nature of the cyclic O-C variations in semi-detached Algols recall the cyclic magnetic activity effects of the secondary components as the working hypothesis in explaining cyclic period variations of these systems.

  10. A parallel implementation of the Wang Landau algorithm

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    Zhan, Lixin

    2008-09-01

    The Wang-Landau algorithm is a flat-histogram Monte Carlo method that performs random walks in the configuration space of a system to obtain a close estimation of the density of states iteratively. It has been applied successfully to many research fields. In this paper, we propose a parallel implementation of the Wang-Landau algorithm on computers of shared memory architectures by utilizing the OpenMP API for distributed computing. This implementation is applied to Ising model systems with promising speedups. We also examine the effects on the running speed when using different strategies in accessing the shared memory space during the updating procedure. The allowance of data race is recommended in consideration of the simulation efficiency. Such treatment does not affect the accuracy of the final density of states obtained.

  11. Growth and characterization of acentric BaHf(BO3)2 and BaZr(BO3)2

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Gągor, Anna; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-05-01

    Growth, single crystal X-ray diffraction, polarized Raman and infrared (IR) studies of BaHf(BO3)2 are presented. Raman and IR spectra of polycrystalline BaZr(BO3)2 are also reported to facilitate assignment of modes. BaHf(BO3)2 borate crystallizes in trigonal system, space group R3c, with lattice parameters: a=5.1540(4) Å, c=33.901(3) Å. It accommodates dolomite-like structure doubled in the c direction, which is built of alternating layers of HfO6 octahedra and BaO6 distorted trigonal prisms that are connected through borate groups. The obtained structural as well as spectroscopic data show that BaHf(BO3)2 is isostructural with BaZr(BO3)2 and the deviations from centrosymmetry is small.

  12. Generic, hierarchical framework for massively parallel Wang-Landau sampling.

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    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wüst, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2013-05-24

    We introduce a parallel Wang-Landau method based on the replica-exchange framework for Monte Carlo simulations. To demonstrate its advantages and general applicability for simulations of complex systems, we apply it to different spin models including spin glasses, the Ising model, and the Potts model, lattice protein adsorption, and the self-assembly process in amphiphilic solutions. Without loss of accuracy, the method gives significant speed-up and potentially scales up to petaflop machines.

  13. A generic, hierarchical framework for massively parallel Wang Landau sampling

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    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2013-01-01

    We introduce a parallel Wang Landau method based on the replica-exchange framework for Monte Carlo simulations. To demonstrate its advantages and general applicability for simulations of com- plex systems, we apply it to the self-assembly process in amphiphilic solutions and to lattice protein adsorption. Without loss of accuracy, the method gives significant speed-up on small architectures like multi-core processors, and should be beneficial for petaflop machines.

  14. Review of the genus Neotetricodes Zhang et Chen (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Issidae) with description of two new species.

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    Chang, Zhi-Min; Yang, Lin; Zhang, Zheng-Guang; Chen, Xiang-Sheng

    2015-12-11

    Two new species of the issid genus Neotetricodes Zhang et Chen (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Issidae): Neotetricodes longispinus Chang et Chen sp. nov. (China: Yunnan) and Neotetricodes xiphoideus Chang et Chen sp. nov. (China: Yunnan) are described and illustrated. The generic characteristic is redefined. A checklist and key to the species of the genus are provided. The female genitalia of the genus are firstly described.

  15. A Study of BO Lyn, a neglected HADS star

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    Peña, J. H.; Villarreal, C.; Piña, D. S.; Rentería, A.; Guillen, J.; Soni, A. A.; Huepa, H.

    2016-04-01

    uvby-β photometry of the high amplitude δ Scuti (HADS) star BO Lyn allowed us to determine its physical characteristics. A secular period variation was established through the O-C of all the available times of maximum light and those newly acquired through CCD photometry. In the present study we have demonstrated that BO Lyn is pulsating with one stable varying period whose O-C residuals show a sinusoidal pattern compatible with a light-travel time effect.

  16. Phonon spectra and temperature variation of bulk properties of Cu, Ag, Au and Pt using Sutton-Chen and modified Sutton-Chen potentials

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    Januszko, A.; Bose, S. K.

    2015-07-01

    Three potentials of the Finnis-Sinclair type are studied with regard to their suitability for predicting bulk thermal and elastic properties of fcc metals Cu, Ag, Au and Pt over a wide temperature range. We start with a particular parametrization of the Finnis-Sinclair model known as the Sutton-Chen potential and a later version of the same, known as the quantum Sutton-Chen potential. The quasiharmonic lattice dynamics method is used to study the temperature variation of the thermodynamic properties. Both models are found to yield poor results for thermal expansion, which can be traced to rapid softening of transverse phonon frequencies with increasing lattice parameter. The form of the Sutton-Chen potential is modified here to seek improvement in the agreement between quasiharmonic calculations and experimental data. It is found that the modified potential better predicts bulk properties in nearly all cases studied. Significant improvement is seen over the Sutton-Chen potential, while lesser but still substantial improvement is observed over the Quantum-Sutton Chen potential.

  17. Biological activity of BO-1236, a new antipseudomonal cephalosporin.

    PubMed Central

    Nakagawa, S; Sanada, M; Matsuda, K; Hazumi, N; Tanaka, N

    1987-01-01

    BO-1236, a new cephalosporin having an N-methyl-5,6-dihydroxyisoindolinium moiety on the 3-methylene of the cephem, showed potent activity against gram-negative organisms, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The in vitro activity of BO-1236 was superior or comparable to that of ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone in susceptibility tests with clinical isolates. BO-1236 was significantly more active than ceftazidime against P. aeruginosa strains susceptible or resistant to ceftazidime or gentamicin or both. MBCs were usually close to MICs, both of which were influenced by inoculum size to about the same degree as those of the other beta-lactams. BO-1236 was stable to all types of beta-lactamases except type I oxyiminocephalosporin-hydrolyzing enzyme, by which BO-1236 was slightly hydrolyzed. BO-1236 showed protective activity superior to that of ceftazidime and cefotaxime in experimental infections in mice caused by two strains of P. aeruginosa and showed activity comparable to that of ceftazidime and cefotaxime against other gram-negative bacterial infections. PMID:3116919

  18. Comment on ''Sensitivity Analysis and Determination of Streambed Leakance and Aquifer Hydraulic Properties'' by Xunhong Chen and Xi Chen, Journal of Hydrology, 2003, v.284, 270-284

    SciTech Connect

    Kollet, S

    2004-05-17

    Recently, studies of the Platte River watershed have gained significant attention from federal and Nebraska, USA, state agencies due to the importance of groundwater/surface-water interactions under drought conditions. Using archive data from a 1983 pumping test, Chen and Chen (2003) interpret the hydraulic properties of the alluvium and a streambed of the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, and compare their data with results of other studies performed over the past several years. Three important inconsistencies of this article will be highlighted here: (1) misuse of the analytical model of Hunt (1999), (2) departure of their results from previously published data, and (3) unsatisfactory explanation of these anomalous results.

  19. Ke Wang, a Chinese television soap opera with a message.

    PubMed

    Wang, M; Singhal, A

    1992-01-01

    The Chinese soap opera, Ke Wang, was created by Li Xiaoming between August 1989 and June 1990 and produced at a cost of US$4650 per episode. The characters were drawn from everyday ordinary Chinese life: a traditional and open-minded and caring woman, a typical mother who works hard and loves her children, a highly educated upwardly mobile man who divorces his wife, a professor criticized during the Cultural Revolution, a doctor prejudiced against ordinary people, a kind honest man who marries the divorcee, a friend of the divorcee, a man who is optimistic in spite of bad experiences during the Cultural Revolution, and an excellent medical doctor who also resolves conflicts. The program was very popular, even among Communists, because of its value-based content, the real-life nature of the show, the change from highly restricted programming, the elaborate and supportive media coverage, and dialogue which closely matches audience preferences. The show has been aired by over 100 stations to date and has reached a total estimated audience of 550 million. The sale of television sets has increased since the show's appearance. The script reflects the conflicts between traditional and modern Chinese values. Pro-social values and behaviors are learned from the role models depicted; examples are given of immediate social impact. Ke Wang was a by-product of the Beijing Television Arts Center's interest in designing television programs that are relevant to the lives of ordinary people. The 60-minute scripts dealt with issues such as the status of women, social morality, family harmony, class conflict, responsible parenthood, maintenance of traditional culture, volunteerism, child development, and coping with physical disability. The Chinese government hailed Ke Wang as model television and awarded US$20,000 in prize money to the producers. The Chinese government is planning to produce other entertainment-education soap operas, which raises the problem of blatant, political

  20. Ke Wang, a Chinese television soap opera with a message.

    PubMed

    Wang, M; Singhal, A

    1992-01-01

    The Chinese soap opera, Ke Wang, was created by Li Xiaoming between August 1989 and June 1990 and produced at a cost of US$4650 per episode. The characters were drawn from everyday ordinary Chinese life: a traditional and open-minded and caring woman, a typical mother who works hard and loves her children, a highly educated upwardly mobile man who divorces his wife, a professor criticized during the Cultural Revolution, a doctor prejudiced against ordinary people, a kind honest man who marries the divorcee, a friend of the divorcee, a man who is optimistic in spite of bad experiences during the Cultural Revolution, and an excellent medical doctor who also resolves conflicts. The program was very popular, even among Communists, because of its value-based content, the real-life nature of the show, the change from highly restricted programming, the elaborate and supportive media coverage, and dialogue which closely matches audience preferences. The show has been aired by over 100 stations to date and has reached a total estimated audience of 550 million. The sale of television sets has increased since the show's appearance. The script reflects the conflicts between traditional and modern Chinese values. Pro-social values and behaviors are learned from the role models depicted; examples are given of immediate social impact. Ke Wang was a by-product of the Beijing Television Arts Center's interest in designing television programs that are relevant to the lives of ordinary people. The 60-minute scripts dealt with issues such as the status of women, social morality, family harmony, class conflict, responsible parenthood, maintenance of traditional culture, volunteerism, child development, and coping with physical disability. The Chinese government hailed Ke Wang as model television and awarded US$20,000 in prize money to the producers. The Chinese government is planning to produce other entertainment-education soap operas, which raises the problem of blatant, political

  1. Level of chemical and microbiological contaminations in chili bo (paste).

    PubMed

    Zaini, Nurul Aqilah Mohd; Harith, Hanis Hazeera; Olusesan, Akanbi Taiwo; Zulkifli, Anwarul Hidayah; Bakar, Fatimah Abu; Osman, Azizah; Hamid, Azizah Abd; Saari, Nazamid

    2010-03-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the level of preservatives and microbiological loads in various brands of commercially available chili bo (paste). Fifteen different brands of chili bo obtained from the local market and hypermarkets were analyzed for pH, moisture and benzoic acid content, microbiological loads (aerobic, anaerobic, aerobic spores, and fungi), and thermophilic microorganisms. Results showed that both moisture content and pH vary among samples. The concentrations of benzoic acid detected in chili bo were found to be in the range of 537 to 5,435 mg/kg. Nine of fifteen brands were found to exceed the maximum level permitted by the Malaysian Food Law in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius (1,000 mg/kg for benzoic acid). An apparent correlation between benzoic acid concentration and microbiological loads present in the chili bo was observed. The microbiological loads were found to be relatively low in the end products containing high amounts of benzoic acid. The heat-resistant (70 to 80 degrees C) microorganisms present in chili bo were identified as Ochrobacterum tritici, Stenotrophomonas rhizophila, Microbacterium maritypicum, Roseomonas spp., CDC group II-E subgroup A, Flavimonas oryzihabitans, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with M. maritypicum being the most frequently found (in 9 of 15 samples) microorganism. Most of these identified microorganisms were not known to cause foodborne illnesses.

  2. Level of chemical and microbiological contaminations in chili bo (paste).

    PubMed

    Zaini, Nurul Aqilah Mohd; Harith, Hanis Hazeera; Olusesan, Akanbi Taiwo; Zulkifli, Anwarul Hidayah; Bakar, Fatimah Abu; Osman, Azizah; Hamid, Azizah Abd; Saari, Nazamid

    2010-03-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the level of preservatives and microbiological loads in various brands of commercially available chili bo (paste). Fifteen different brands of chili bo obtained from the local market and hypermarkets were analyzed for pH, moisture and benzoic acid content, microbiological loads (aerobic, anaerobic, aerobic spores, and fungi), and thermophilic microorganisms. Results showed that both moisture content and pH vary among samples. The concentrations of benzoic acid detected in chili bo were found to be in the range of 537 to 5,435 mg/kg. Nine of fifteen brands were found to exceed the maximum level permitted by the Malaysian Food Law in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius (1,000 mg/kg for benzoic acid). An apparent correlation between benzoic acid concentration and microbiological loads present in the chili bo was observed. The microbiological loads were found to be relatively low in the end products containing high amounts of benzoic acid. The heat-resistant (70 to 80 degrees C) microorganisms present in chili bo were identified as Ochrobacterum tritici, Stenotrophomonas rhizophila, Microbacterium maritypicum, Roseomonas spp., CDC group II-E subgroup A, Flavimonas oryzihabitans, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with M. maritypicum being the most frequently found (in 9 of 15 samples) microorganism. Most of these identified microorganisms were not known to cause foodborne illnesses. PMID:20202342

  3. Scalable replica-exchange framework for Wang-Landau sampling.

    PubMed

    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wüst, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-08-01

    We investigate a generic, parallel replica-exchange framework for Monte Carlo simulations based on the Wang-Landau method. To demonstrate its advantages and general applicability for massively parallel simulations of complex systems, we apply it to lattice spin models, the self-assembly process in amphiphilic solutions, and the adsorption of molecules on surfaces. While of general current interest, the latter phenomena are challenging to study computationally because of multiple structural transitions occurring over a broad temperature range. We show how the parallel framework facilitates simulations of such processes and, without any loss of accuracy or precision, gives a significant speedup and allows for the study of much larger systems and much wider temperature ranges than possible with single-walker methods.

  4. Wang-Landau simulation of Gō model molecules.

    PubMed

    Böker, Arne; Paul, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    Gō-like models are one of the oldest protein modeling concepts in computational physics and have proven their value over and over for forty years. The essence of a Gō model is to define a native contact matrix for a well-defined low-energy polymer configuration, e.g., the native state in the case of proteins or peptides. Many different potential shapes and many different cut-off distances in the definition of this native contact matrix have been proposed and applied. We investigate here the physical consequences of the choice for this cut-off distance in the Gō models derived for a square-well tangent sphere homopolymer chain. For this purpose we are performing flat-histogram Monte Carlo simulations of Wang-Landau type, obtaining the thermodynamic and structural properties of such models over the complete temperature range. Differences and similarities with Gō models for proteins and peptides are discussed.

  5. Scalable replica-exchange framework for Wang Landau sampling

    SciTech Connect

    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    We investigate a generic, parallel replica-exchange framework for Monte Carlo simulations based on the Wang Landau method. To demonstrate its advantages and general applicability for massively parallel simulations of complex systems, we apply it to lattice spin models, the self-assembly process in amphiphilic solutions, and the adsorption of molecules on surfaces. While of general, current interest, the latter phenomena are challenging to study computationally because of multiple structural transitions occurring over a broad temperature range. We show how the parallel framework facilitates simulations of such processes and, without any loss of accuracy or precision, gives a significant speedup and allows for the study of much larger systems and much wider temperature ranges than possible with single-walker methods.

  6. Wang-Landau simulation of Gō model molecules.

    PubMed

    Böker, Arne; Paul, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    Gō-like models are one of the oldest protein modeling concepts in computational physics and have proven their value over and over for forty years. The essence of a Gō model is to define a native contact matrix for a well-defined low-energy polymer configuration, e.g., the native state in the case of proteins or peptides. Many different potential shapes and many different cut-off distances in the definition of this native contact matrix have been proposed and applied. We investigate here the physical consequences of the choice for this cut-off distance in the Gō models derived for a square-well tangent sphere homopolymer chain. For this purpose we are performing flat-histogram Monte Carlo simulations of Wang-Landau type, obtaining the thermodynamic and structural properties of such models over the complete temperature range. Differences and similarities with Gō models for proteins and peptides are discussed. PMID:26810395

  7. The evolving magnetic topology of τ Boötis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mengel, M. W.; Fares, R.; Marsden, S. C.; Carter, B. D.; Jeffers, S. V.; Petit, P.; Donati, J.-F.; Folsom, C. P.; BCool Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    We present six epochs of spectropolarimetric observations of the hot-Jupiter-hosting star τ Boötis that extend the exceptional previous multiyear data set of its large-scale magnetic field. Our results confirm that the large-scale magnetic field of τ Boötis varies cyclicly, with the observation of two further magnetic reversals; between 2013 December and 2014 May and between 2015 January and March. We also show that the field evolves in a broadly solar-type manner in contrast to other F-type stars. We further present new results which indicate that the chromospheric activity cycle and the magnetic activity cycles are related, which would indicate a very rapid magnetic cycle. As an exemplar of long-term magnetic field evolution, τ Boötis and this long-term monitoring campaign presents a unique opportunity for studying stellar magnetic cycles.

  8. Growth and characterization of acentric BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

    SciTech Connect

    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Gągor, Anna; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-05-15

    Growth, single crystal X-ray diffraction, polarized Raman and infrared (IR) studies of BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are presented. Raman and IR spectra of polycrystalline BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are also reported to facilitate assignment of modes. BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} borate crystallizes in trigonal system, space group R3c, with lattice parameters: a=5.1540(4) Å, c=33.901(3) Å. It accommodates dolomite-like structure doubled in the c direction, which is built of alternating layers of HfO{sub 6} octahedra and BaO{sub 6} distorted trigonal prisms that are connected through borate groups. The obtained structural as well as spectroscopic data show that BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is isostructural with BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and the deviations from centrosymmetry is small. - Graphical abstract: Arrangement of BO{sub 3} groups in BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} along the c direction in one unit cell. Dark and light blue denote different borate groups. - Highlights: • BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} single crystals were grown. • X-ray diffraction showed that this borate crystallizes in the acentric R3c structure. • Raman and IR spectra were measured for BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, respectively. • Assignment of modes is proposed.

  9. Role of bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) in diseases of cattle. Recent findings on BoHV-5 association with genital disease.

    PubMed

    Favier, P A; Marin, M S; Pérez, S E

    2012-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) belongs to the family Herpesviridae, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, genus Varicellovirus. This virus is a major causative agent of non-suppurative meningoencephalitis in young cattle. It was first isolated in 1962 from a neurological disease outbreak in Australia. BoHV-5 is genetically and antigenically related to bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1), a highly prevalent virus responsible for respiratory and genital disease in cattle. Initially, BoHV-5 was considered a subtype of BoHV-1 (BoHV-1.3). However, the exclusive presentation of outbreaks of neurological disease suggested that the virus was a new agent with characteristics of neuropathogenicity. Even though both are neurotropic viruses, only BoHV-5 is capable of replicating extensively in the central nervous system and inducing neurological disease. Occasionally, encephalitis caused by BoHV-1 has been reported. Like other alpha-herpesviruses, BoHV-5 can establish latency in nervous ganglia and, by stress factors or glucocorticoid treatment, latent virus can be reactivated. During episodes of reactivation, the virus is excreted in nasal, ocular and genital secretions and transmitted to other susceptible hosts. Recently, BoHV-5 has been associated with infection of the reproductive tract. The virus has been isolated and the presence of viral DNA has been demonstrated in semen samples from Brazil and Australia and natural transmission of the virus through contaminated semen has also been described. Embryos and oocytes are permissive for BoHV-5 infection and BoHV-5 DNA has been detected in the central nervous system of aborted fetuses. The objective of this review is to compile the limited information on the recent association between BoHV-5 and reproductive disorders in cattle. PMID:26623291

  10. Role of bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) in diseases of cattle. Recent findings on BoHV-5 association with genital disease

    PubMed Central

    Favier, P.A.; Marin, M.S.; Pérez, S.E.

    2012-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) belongs to the family Herpesviridae, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, genus Varicellovirus. This virus is a major causative agent of non-suppurative meningoencephalitis in young cattle. It was first isolated in 1962 from a neurological disease outbreak in Australia. BoHV-5 is genetically and antigenically related to bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1), a highly prevalent virus responsible for respiratory and genital disease in cattle. Initially, BoHV-5 was considered a subtype of BoHV-1 (BoHV-1.3). However, the exclusive presentation of outbreaks of neurological disease suggested that the virus was a new agent with characteristics of neuropathogenicity. Even though both are neurotropic viruses, only BoHV-5 is capable of replicating extensively in the central nervous system and inducing neurological disease. Occasionally, encephalitis caused by BoHV-1 has been reported. Like other alpha-herpesviruses, BoHV-5 can establish latency in nervous ganglia and, by stress factors or glucocorticoid treatment, latent virus can be reactivated. During episodes of reactivation, the virus is excreted in nasal, ocular and genital secretions and transmitted to other susceptible hosts. Recently, BoHV-5 has been associated with infection of the reproductive tract. The virus has been isolated and the presence of viral DNA has been demonstrated in semen samples from Brazil and Australia and natural transmission of the virus through contaminated semen has also been described. Embryos and oocytes are permissive for BoHV-5 infection and BoHV-5 DNA has been detected in the central nervous system of aborted fetuses. The objective of this review is to compile the limited information on the recent association between BoHV-5 and reproductive disorders in cattle. PMID:26623291

  11. Temperature dependent luminescence characteristics of KBe2BO3F2 and RbBe2BO3F2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martincik, J.; Babin, V.; Liu, L.; Wang, X.; Chen, C. T.; Beitlerova, A.; Mihokova, E.; Nikl, M.

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on a study of the luminescence characteristics of KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) and RbBe2BO3F2(RBBF) crystals in UV/visible spectral range. The KBBF crystals are very popular for their nonlinear optical properties, however they have a potential to be used as scintillators for neutron detection. To determine the effectiveness of KBBF scintillation we combine the results from measurements of optical absorption; radioluminescence; light yield; photoluminescence and decay kinetics in the temperature range 8-330 K. Temperature dependence of luminescence in KBBF crystals is discussed.

  12. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  13. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  14. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  15. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  16. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  17. Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, with ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, with B&O Potomac Crossing (built ca. 1914 as part of B&O's Magnolia Cutoff) in background, looking east. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  18. FIRST Robotics, Gulfport High, StenniSphere, Bo Clarke, mentor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    Bo Clarke, mentor for Gulfport High School's Team Fusion, offers strategy tips to students and coaches during the FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff held at StenniSphere on Jan. 7. Clarke is the lead building and infrastructure specialist for NASA's Shared Services Center at Stennis Space Center.

  19. Reemergence of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone.

    PubMed

    Ansumana, Rashid; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Leski, Tomasz A; Covington, Andrea L; Bangura, Umaru; Hodges, Mary H; Lin, Baochuan; Bockarie, Alfred S; Lamin, Joseph M; Bockarie, Moses J; Stenger, David A

    2013-07-01

    We diagnosed 400 possible IgM-positive cases of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone, during July 2012-January 2013 by using lateral flow immunoassays. Cases detected likely represent only a small fraction of total cases. Further laboratory testing is required to confirm this outbreak and characterize the virus. PMID:23764023

  20. Fetal Intrahepatic Cholestasis Secondary to BO Hemolytic Disease

    PubMed Central

    Raju, T. N. K.; Javed, Durr-I-Shahwar

    1981-01-01

    A rare occurrence of severe, direct hyperbilirubinemia in an infant with BO incompatibility was noted at four hours of age. Severe fetal hemolysis and markedly elevated indirect bilirubin levels might have caused induction of conjugating enzymes during fetal life in this case. Intrahepatic cholestasis was responsible for persistent conjugated hyperbilirubinemia after birth. This responded favorably to cholestyramine therapy. PMID:7196459

  1. Reemergence of Chikungunya Virus in Bo, Sierra Leone

    PubMed Central

    Ansumana, Rashid; Leski, Tomasz A.; Covington, Andrea L.; Bangura, Umaru; Hodges, Mary H.; Lin, Baochuan; Bockarie, Alfred S.; Lamin, Joseph M.; Bockarie, Moses J.; Stenger, David A.

    2013-01-01

    We diagnosed 400 possible IgM-positive cases of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone, during July 2012–January 2013 by using lateral flow immunoassays. Cases detected likely represent only a small fraction of total cases. Further laboratory testing is required to confirm this outbreak and characterize the virus. PMID:23764023

  2. AmeriFlux US-Bo2 Bondville (companion site)

    SciTech Connect

    Bernacchi, Carl

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-Bo2 Bondville (companion site). Site Description - Located 400m north of Tilden Meyer's site and planted with opposite crop in corn/soybean rotation

  3. AmeriFlux US-Bo1 Bondville

    SciTech Connect

    Meyers, Tilden

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-Bo1 Bondville. Site Description - Agriculture, continuous no-till since 1986, Annual rotation between corn (C4) and soybeans (C3). The field was planted with corn during 2005 and 2007, with soybeans during 2006 and 2008.

  4. The Structure of the Kac-Wang-Yan Algebra

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Linshaw, Andrew R.

    2016-07-01

    The Lie algebra {mathcal{D}} of regular differential operators on the circle has a universal central extension {hat{mathcal{D}}}. The invariant subalgebra {hat{mathcal{D}}^+} under an involution preserving the principal gradation was introduced by Kac, Wang, and Yan. The vacuum {hat{mathcal{D}}^+}-module with central charge {c in mathbb{C}}, and its irreducible quotient {mathcal{V}_c}, possess vertex algebra structures, and {mathcal{V}_c} has a nontrivial structure if and only if {c in 1/2mathbb{Z}}. We show that for each integer {n > 0}, {mathcal{V}_{n/2}} and {mathcal{V}_{-n}} are {mathcal{W}}-algebras of types {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots,2n)} and {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots, 2n^2 + 4n)}, respectively. These results are formal consequences of Weyl's first and second fundamental theorems of invariant theory for the orthogonal group {O(n)} and the symplectic group {Sp(2n)}, respectively. Based on Sergeev's theorems on the invariant theory of {Osp(1, 2n)} we conjecture that {mathcal{V}_{-n+1/2}} is of type {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots, 4n^2 + 8n + 2)}, and we prove this for {n = 1}. As an application, we show that invariant subalgebras of {βγ}-systems and free fermion algebras under arbitrary reductive group actions are strongly finitely generated.

  5. Chaos Synchronization of Chen System and its Application to Secure Communication

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Xingyuan; Wu, Xiangjun; He, Yijie; Aniwar, Gulzila

    This paper describes the chaos synchronization of two identical Chen systems theoretically and numerically. Based on Lyapunov stability theory, the controllers for achieving synchronization of two identical Chen systems using the PC method, active control method, and feedback method are designed. Numerical simulations show the correctness of the results. Moreover, as an application, the well-known PC method is applied to chaos-synchronization-based secure communication. Simulation results verify the proposed scheme's effectiveness in the communication application and also show its well robustness.

  6. VizieR Online Data Catalog: LAMOST survey of star clusters in M31. II. (Chen+, 2016)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, B.; Liu, X.; Xiang, M.; Yuan, H.; Huang, Y.; Shi, J.; Fan, Z.; Huo, Z.; Wang, C.; Ren, J.; Tian, Z.; Zhang, H.; Liu, G.; Cao, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Hou, Y.; Wang, Y.

    2016-09-01

    We select a sample of 306 massive star clusters observed with the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) in the vicinity fields of M31 and M33. Massive clusters in our sample are all selected from the catalog presented in Paper I (Chen et al. 2015, Cat. J/other/RAA/15.1392), including five newly discovered clusters selected with the SDSS photometry, three newly confirmed, and 298 previously known clusters from Revised Bologna Catalogue (RBC; Galleti et al. 2012, Cat. V/143; http://www.bo.astro.it/M31/). Since then another two objects, B341 and B207, have also been observed with LAMOST, and they are included in the current analysis. The current sample does not include those listed in Paper I but is selected from Johnson et al. 2012 (Cat. J/ApJ/752/95) since most of them are young but not so massive. All objects are observed with LAMOST between 2011 September and 2014 June. Table1 lists the name, position, and radial velocity of all sample clusters analyzed in the current work. The LAMOST spectra cover the wavelength range 3700-9000Å at a resolving power of R~1800. Details about the observations and data reduction can be found in Paper I. The median signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) per pixel at 4750 and 7450Å of spectra of all clusters in the current sample are, respectively, 14 and 37. Essentially all spectra have S/N(4750Å)>5 except for the spectra of 18 clusters. The latter have S/N(7540Å)>10. Peacock et al. 2010 (Cat. J/MNRAS/402/803) retrieved images of M31 star clusters and candidates from the SDSS archive and extracted ugriz aperture photometric magnitudes from those objects using the SExtractor. They present a catalog containing homogeneous ugriz photometry of 572 star clusters and 373 candidates. Among them, 299 clusters are in our sample. (2 data files).

  7. The light subunit of system bo,+ is fully functional in the absence of the heavy subunit

    PubMed Central

    Reig, Núria; Chillarón, Josep; Bartoccioni, Paola; Fernández, Esperanza; Bendahan, Annie; Zorzano, Antonio; Kanner, Baruch; Palacín, Manuel; Bertran, Joan

    2002-01-01

    The heteromeric amino acid transporters are composed of a type II glycoprotein and a non-glycosylated polytopic membrane protein. System bo,+ exchanges dibasic for neutral amino acids. It is composed of rBAT and bo,+AT, the latter being the polytopic membrane subunit. Mutations in either of them cause malfunction of the system, leading to cystinuria. bo,+AT-reconstituted systems from HeLa or MDCK cells catalysed transport of arginine that was totally dependent on the presence of one of the bo,+ substrates inside the liposomes. rBAT was essential for the cell surface expression of bo,+AT, but it was not required for reconstituted bo,+AT transport activity. No system bo,+ transport was detected in liposomes derived from cells expressing rBAT alone. The reconstituted bo,+AT showed kinetic asymmetry. Expressing the cystinuria-specific mutant A354T of bo,+AT in HeLa cells together with rBAT resulted in defective arginine uptake in whole cells, which was paralleled by the reconstituted bo,+AT activity. Thus, subunit bo,+AT by itself is sufficient to catalyse transmembrane amino acid exchange. The polytopic subunits may also be the catalytic part in other heteromeric transporters. PMID:12234930

  8. A new paradigm for petascale Monte Carlo simulation: Replica exchange Wang Landau sampling

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    Li, Ying Wai; Vogel, Thomas; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a generic, parallel Wang Landau method that is naturally suited to implementation on massively parallel, petaflop supercomputers. The approach introduces a replica-exchange framework in which densities of states for overlapping sub-windows in energy space are determined iteratively by traditional Wang Landau sampling. The advantages and general applicability of the method are demonstrated for several distinct systems that possess discrete or continuous degrees of freedom, including those with complex free energy landscapes and topological constraints.

  9. Feedback control design for Rössler and Chen chaotic systems anti-synchronization

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    Hammami, S.; Benrejeb, M.; Feki, M.; Borne, P.

    2010-06-01

    The proposed anti-synchronization conditions of coupled chaotic systems are based, in this Letter, on the use of aggregation techniques for the stability study of the error dynamics. The schemes are, successfully, applied to coupled Rössler and Chen chaotic systems making the instantaneous characteristic matrix under the arrow form. Numerical simulations are performed to illustrate the efficiency of the proposed approach.

  10. On the Prediction of Separation Bubbles Using a Modified Chen-Thyson Model

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    Platzer, Max F.; Ekaterinaris, John A.; Chandrasekhara, M. S.

    2007-01-01

    The prediction of separation bubbles on NACA 65-213 and NACA 0012 using a modified Chen-Thyson transition model is presented. The contents include: 1) Background; 2) Analysis of NACA 65-213 separation bubble using cebeci's viscous-inviscid interaction method; 3) Analysis of NACA 0012 separation bubble using navier-stokes method; and 4) Comparison with experiment.

  11. Truth or consequence--Bo Lindell's contribution to radiation protection.

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    Valentin, J

    1995-01-01

    Bo Lindell, former chairman and emeritus member of ICRP, former chairman of UNSCEAR, former Director General and emeritus worker of the Swedish RAdiation Protection Institute, is a phenomenon. His profound influence on radiation protection, and indeed on environmental protection and risk research in general, includes a profuse flow of scientific publications on all aspects of protection of man against harmful effects of radiation. In this context, perhaps his most important efforts hitherto are those relating to nuclear power. The concept of dose commitment, invented by Bo Lindell, is used worldwide to regulate emissions of radioactive substances, taking into account not only the often trivial dose to immediate bystanders, but the global effect over long time-frames. In the long run, his continuing personal influence on radiation protection as a branch of science and a kind of role model for other types of environmental protection may attain an even greater importance.

  12. Water quality associated public health risk in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Jimmy, David H; Sundufu, Abu J; Malanoski, Anthony P; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Leski, Tomasz A; Bangura, Umaru; Bockarie, Alfred S; Tejan, Edries; Lin, Baochuan; Stenger, David A

    2013-01-01

    Human health depends on reliable access to safe drinking water, but in many developing countries only a limited number of wells and boreholes are available. Many of these water resources are contaminated with biological or chemical pollutants. The goal of this study was to examine water access and quality in urban Bo, Sierra Leone. A health census and community mapping project in one neighborhood in Bo identified the 36 water sources used by the community. A water sample was taken from each water source and tested for a variety of microbiological and physicochemical substances. Only 38.9% of the water sources met World Health Organization (WHO) microbial safety requirements based on fecal coliform levels. Physiochemical analysis indicated that the majority (91.7%) of the water sources met the requirements set by the WHO. In combination, 25% of these water resources met safe drinking water criteria. No variables associated with wells were statistically significant predictors of contamination. This study indicated that fecal contamination is the greatest health risk associated with drinking water. There is a need to raise hygiene awareness and implement inexpensive methods to reduce fecal contamination and improve drinking water safety in Bo, Sierra Leone.

  13. Water quality associated public health risk in Bo, Sierra Leone.

    PubMed

    Jimmy, David H; Sundufu, Abu J; Malanoski, Anthony P; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Leski, Tomasz A; Bangura, Umaru; Bockarie, Alfred S; Tejan, Edries; Lin, Baochuan; Stenger, David A

    2013-01-01

    Human health depends on reliable access to safe drinking water, but in many developing countries only a limited number of wells and boreholes are available. Many of these water resources are contaminated with biological or chemical pollutants. The goal of this study was to examine water access and quality in urban Bo, Sierra Leone. A health census and community mapping project in one neighborhood in Bo identified the 36 water sources used by the community. A water sample was taken from each water source and tested for a variety of microbiological and physicochemical substances. Only 38.9% of the water sources met World Health Organization (WHO) microbial safety requirements based on fecal coliform levels. Physiochemical analysis indicated that the majority (91.7%) of the water sources met the requirements set by the WHO. In combination, 25% of these water resources met safe drinking water criteria. No variables associated with wells were statistically significant predictors of contamination. This study indicated that fecal contamination is the greatest health risk associated with drinking water. There is a need to raise hygiene awareness and implement inexpensive methods to reduce fecal contamination and improve drinking water safety in Bo, Sierra Leone. PMID:22350346

  14. Epidemiologically non-feasible singleton reactors at the final stage of BoHV1 eradication: serological evidence of BoHV2 cross-reactivity.

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    Böttcher, Jens; Boje, Jennifer; Janowetz, Britta; Alex, Michaela; König, Patricia; Hagg, Maria; Götz, Franz; Renner, Konrad; Otterbein, Christian; Mages, Johann; Meier, Norbert; Wittkowski, Gerhard

    2012-10-12

    A voluntary marker-independent Bovine Herpesvirus 1 (BoHV1) eradication program started in 1986; in 1998 it changed to a compulsory one. Certification of free regions in European member states is based on Article 10 of directive 64/432/EEC. According to this rule Bavaria is listed as free of BoHV1 since October 2011. Surveillance of BoHV1-free dairy cattle farms is currently performed with quarterly bulk-milk testing. Non-negative bulk-milk results must be confirmed by blood tests in cattle older than nine months. An increased regional rate of non-negative bulk-milk samples and the subsequent detection of epidemiologically non-feasible singleton BoHV1-reactors by analysis of blood were observed at the final stage of eradication in southwest Bavaria. Nineteen case farms (734 animals) defined by singleton reactors born at least two years after certification of the farms as BoHV1-free, 23 negative control (NC) farms (NC I: 321 animals) from the same region, 11 NC-farms (NC II: 423 animals) from an already-certified Article 10 region in northeast Bavaria and two BoHV1-infected farms (264 animals) were analysed using BoHV1-, BoHV2- and Feline Herpesvirus 1 (FeHV1)-neutralisation tests (NTs), and three commercially available ELISAs supplied by Idexx Laboratories, B.V., The Netherlands: the CHEKIT™ Trachitest 2nd Gen. test for milk or serum (Trachitest), Herdchek™ gB- (gB-ELISA) and Herdchek™ gE-ELISA (gE-ELISA). Significantly increased levels of BoHV2 antibodies were observed on case farms compared to NC I or II farms. Additionally, reactivity by gB-ELISA and the Trachitest was significantly increased for animals with BoHV2 neutralising antibodies. Singleton BoHV1-reactors tested negative by gE-ELISA even if an elevated cut-off of 0.95±0.05 was applied. At this cut-off, the gE-ELISA was as sensitive and specific as the gB-ELISA. Comparative titration of milk samples from seropositive animals from a BoHV1-infected dairy cattle farm and from singleton BoHV1-reactors

  15. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  16. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

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    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  17. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  18. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  19. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  20. In vitro antibacterial activity and beta-lactamase stability of a new carbapenem, BO-2727.

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    Inoue, K; Hamana, Y; Mitsuhashi, S

    1995-01-01

    The in vitro activity of BO-2727, a new carbapenem, was compared with those of meropenem, biapenem, imipenem, and ceftazidime. BO-2727 was four- or eightfold more active than the other carbapenems against methicillin-resistant staphylococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, including imipenem- and ceftazidime-resistant bacteria. BO-2727 was quite stable to penicillinases, cephalosporinases, and oxyiminocephalosporinases, but not to metallo-beta-lactamase. Time-kill studies against Staphylococcus aureus Smith, Escherichia coli ML4707, and P. aeruginosa GN11189 showed that BO-2727 has potent bactericidal activity at concentrations greater than the MIC. PMID:8619591

  1. Crystal growth and characterization of InBO3:Tb(3+)

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    Chaminade, J. P.; Garcia, A.; Pouchard, M.; Fouassier, C.; Jacquier, B.

    1990-01-01

    The growth of InBO3:Tb(3+) single crystals has been investigated in connection with a feasibility study of low-energy neutrino detectors. InBO3:Tb(3+) crytals have been grown by slow cooling of high-temperature solution using LiBO2 as a solvent. X-ray diffraction, optical studies, chemical etching, and chemical analysis were carried out on the single crystals obtained. The luminescence properties of InBO3:Tb(3+) single crystals have been recorded.

  2. The role of herpesviruses (BoHV-1 and BoHV-4) and pestiviruses (BVDV and BDV) in ruminant abortion cases in western Turkey.

    PubMed

    Tuncer-Göktuna, Pelin; Alpay, Gizem; Öner, Eda Baldan; Yeşilbağ, Kadir

    2016-06-01

    The economic impact of abortions in ruminant breeders is one of the biggest problems in livestock. Of the infectious agents, viruses, especially herpesviruses and pestiviruses, are the most important causative agents of abortion in ruminants. In the present study, the role of herpesviruses (bovine herpesvirus-1 (BoHV-1), bovine herpesvirus-4 (BoHV-4)) and pestiviruses (bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), border disease virus (BDV)) was investigated in cases of ruminant abortion between 2007 and 2015 in western Turkey. Out of 81 aborted fetal samples (60 calves, 19 lambs, and 2 kids), 42 were positive, which included 31 calves, 9 lambs, and 2 goats; 39 aborted fetal samples were negative for the pestivirus antigen ELISA. BoHV-1 antigen ELISA was positive in 3 cases which included 2 calves and 1 lamb; the remainder 78 cases were negative. Pestivirus and BoHV-1 were positive in 51.85 and 3.70 %, respectively, of the samples. According to PCR analysis, BoHV-4 was not encountered in any of the tested samples. In one of the calf fetus samples, both BVDV and BoHV-1 were positive; in one of the lamb fetus samples, BoHV-1 was positive. There was a much higher level of pestivirus antigen than the other viral agents evaluated in the study (p < 0.0001). The results of this study indicate that pestiviruses are a common viral cause of ruminant abortions in the examined area. PMID:27038195

  3. [Mr. Chen Ying-long of chengjiang acupuncture school: a brief introduction].

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    Zhu, An-Ning; Zhang, Jian-Bin; Sun, Xiao-Zhong; Meng, Xian-Jun

    2012-11-01

    Through consultation of the historical literatures on Mr. CHEN Ying-long, investigating his teaching experiences in Xiamen Hospital of TCM and Xiamen University, the characteristics of his educational idea on acupuncture-moxibustion, are found as follows: great significance is found in the dissemination of Chengjiang acupuncture school in Minnan area of China and abroad through the combination of the succession of education from a masters to disciples and the classroom teaching; importance is attached to medical ethics, and priority is put on building up ethics and teaching by precept and example. In order to inherit the Chengjiang acupuncture school, Mr. CHEN focuses on fostering a proper studying method, emphasizes on the basic skills of acupuncture, reinforces clinical practice and techniques, edits books, and imparts knowledge and solves doubts. PMID:23214002

  4. Crystal Structure of High-Temperature Phase β-NaSrBO3 and Photoluminescence of β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3.).

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    Yi, Huan; Wu, Li; Wu, Liwei; Zhao, Lixia; Xia, Zhiguo; Zhang, Yi; Kong, Yongfa; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-07-01

    α-NaSrBO3 is an excellent phosphor host for phosphor-converted white light-emitting diode (w-LED) application with very interesting properties. However, it undergoes a phase transformation to β-NaSrBO3 at the LED working temperature. In this study, the high-temperature phase β-NaSrBO3 was stabilized to room temperature by introducing Na(+) and Ce(3+) via a high-temperature solid-state reaction method. The crystal structure of β-NaSrBO3 was determined from the powder X-ray diffraction data. It crystallizes in space group P21/c with the following lattice parameters: a = 6.06214(8) Å, b = 5.41005(7) Å, c = 9.1468(1) Å, β = 102.116(1)°, and V = 293.301(7) Å(3). Na and Sr sites are found to be mixed occupied by each other, and the isolated [BO3](3-) anionic groups are distributed in parallel. Ce(3+)-activated β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) blue-emitting phosphors were synthesized. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra indicate that the thermal stability of β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) is better than that of α-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) at the same temperature. A near-ultraviolet pumped warm w-LED with a β-NaSrBO3:0.05Ce(3+) phosphor as the blue component was fabricated. The w-LED lamp after illumination at 250 mA gives chromaticity coordinates, a color rendering index, and a correlated color temperature of (0.3821, 0.3430), 92.8, and 3654 K, respectively. PMID:27299933

  5. BoA: a versatile software for bolometer data reduction

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    Schuller, Frédéric

    2012-09-01

    Together with the development of the Large APEX Bolometer Camera (LABOCA) for the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), a new data reduction package has been written. This software naturally interfaces with the telescope control system, and provides all functionalities for the reduction, analysis and visualization of bolometer data. It is used at APEX for real time processing of observations performed with LABOCA and other bolometer arrays, providing feedback to the observer. Written in an easy-to-script language, BoA is also used offline to reduce APEX continuum data. In this paper, the general structure of this software is presented, and its online and offline capabilities are described.

  6. High-pressure x-ray diffraction study of YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+}, GdBO{sub 3}, and EuBO{sub 3}: Pressure-induced amorphization in GdBO{sub 3}

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Pei; Xu, Chao; Ren, Xiangting; Lei, Li; Wang, Shanmin; Peng, Fang; Yan, Xiaozhi; Liu, Dongqiong; Wang, Qiming; He, Duanwei; Xiong, Lun; Liu, Jing

    2014-01-28

    Angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on vaterite-type YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+}, GdBO{sub 3}, and EuBO{sub 3}, respectively, up to 41 GPa at room temperature using a diamond-anvil cell. Pressure-induced amorphization was observed in hexagonal GdBO{sub 3} with a significant compression along the c-axis. Compared to the ions of the distorted GdBO{sub 3} phase, its anions may lose their long-range order prior to the cations at high pressures. Based on the experimental pressure-volume data, the obtained bulk moduli of YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+} and GdBO{sub 3} are 329 and 321 GPa, respectively, which are more than 90% larger than that of EuBO{sub 3} (167 GPa) and are presumably attributed to Gd{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} with a high density of d valence electrons.

  7. Replica-exchange Wang Landau sampling: pushing the limits of Monte Carlo simulations in materials sciences

    SciTech Connect

    Perera, Meewanage Dilina N; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Vogel, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We describe the study of thermodynamics of materials using replica-exchange Wang Landau (REWL) sampling, a generic framework for massively parallel implementations of the Wang Landau Monte Carlo method. To evaluate the performance and scalability of the method, we investigate the magnetic phase transition in body-centered cubic (bcc) iron using the classical Heisenberg model parameterized with first principles calculations. We demonstrate that our framework leads to a significant speedup without compromising the accuracy and precision and facilitates the study of much larger systems than is possible with its serial counterpart.

  8. Time budgets of Snow Geese Chen caerulescens and Ross's Geese Chen rossii in mixed flocks: Implications of body size, ambient temperature and family associations

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    Jonsson, J.E.; Afton, A.D.

    2009-01-01

    Body size affects foraging and forage intake rates directly via energetic processes and indirectly through interactions with social status and social behaviour. Ambient temperature has a relatively greater effect on the energetics of smaller species, which also generally are more vulnerable to predator attacks than are larger species. We examined variability in an index of intake rates and an index of alertness in Lesser Snow Geese Chen caerulescens caerulescens and Ross's Geese Chen rossii wintering in southwest Louisiana. Specifically we examined variation in these response variables that could be attributed to species, age, family size and ambient temperature. We hypothesized that the smaller Ross's Geese would spend relatively more time feeding, exhibit relatively higher peck rates, spend more time alert or raise their heads up from feeding more frequently, and would respond to declining temperatures by increasing their proportion of time spent feeding. As predicted, we found that Ross's Geese spent more time feeding than did Snow Geese and had slightly higher peck rates than Snow Geese in one of two winters. Ross's Geese spent more time alert than did Snow Geese in one winter, but alert rates differed by family size, independent of species, in contrast to our prediction. In one winter, time spent foraging and walking was inversely related to average daily temperature, but both varied independently of species. Effects of age and family size on time budgets were generally independent of species and in accordance with previous studies. We conclude that body size is a key variable influencing time spent feeding in Ross's Geese, which may require a high time spent feeding at the expense of other activities. ?? 2008 The Authors.

  9. SuperBoL: Module for calculating the bolometric luminosities of supernovae

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    Lusk, Jeremy A.

    2016-09-01

    SuperBoL calculates the bolometric lightcurves of Type II supernovae using observed photometry; it includes three different methods for calculating the bolometric luminosity: quasi-bolometric, direct, and bolometric correction. SuperBoL propagates uncertainties in the input data through the calculations made by the code, allowing for error bars to be included in plots of the lightcurve.

  10. View of CSX freight passing over the B&O's Potomac Crossing ...

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    View of CSX freight passing over the B&O's Potomac Crossing from the deck of the Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, looking southeast. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  11. 75 FR 8310 - Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) Meeting

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    2010-02-24

    ... of the Secretary Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) Meeting AGENCY: Defense Acquisition University, DoD. ACTION: Meeting notice. SUMMARY: The next meeting of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) will be held at DAU Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia....

  12. View east along the former B&O Railroad's original right of ...

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    View east along the former B&O Railroad's original right of way, with Western Maryland's First B&O Crossing in foreground. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  13. Face-capping μ3-BO in B6(BO)7-: boron oxide analogue of B6H7- with rhombic 4c-2e bonds.

    PubMed

    Guo, Jin-Chang; Lu, Hai-Gang; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian

    2013-11-14

    Using the first-principle approaches, we predict a B6(BO)7(-) cluster with a face-capping μ(3)-BO, which is the boron oxide analogue of closo-B6H7(-) with a face-capping μ(3)-H. Detailed topological analysis of electron density clearly reveals the existence of three rhombic 4c-2e bonds around the B/H apex in both C3v B6(BO)7(-) and C3v B6H7(-), which possesses similar electron densities at their bond and ring critical points. The adaptive natural density partitioning (AdNDP) analysis provides a direct and visual picture of the B-B-B-B/H 4c-2e bonds for the first time. Adiabatic and vertical electron detachment energies of the concerned monoanions are calculated to facilitate their future photoelectron spectroscopy measurements and characterizations. The presence of the B6(BO)7(-) and B6H7(-) clusters extends the BO/H isolobal analogy to the whole μ(n)-BO/H series (n = 1, 2, and 3) and enriches the chemistry of boronyl. PMID:24147988

  14. Current controlled negative differential resistance behavior in Co2FeO2BO3 and Fe3O2BO3 single crystals

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    dos Santos, E. C.; Freitas, D. C.; Fier, I.; Fernandes, J. C.; Continentino, M. A.; de Oliveira, A. J. A.; Walmsley, L.

    2016-03-01

    I-V curves showing negative differential resistance (NDR) are reported for single crystals of Co2FeO2BO3 at 315 K and 290 K and for Fe3O2BO3 at 300 K, 260 K and 220 K. Resistivity measurements are presented for both systems, parallel and perpendicular to the c axis, in the range 315-120 K. The high hysteretic behavior of the I-V curves in Co2FeO2BO3 around room temperature is discussed and the heat dissipated is estimated, suggesting an increase in the sample temperature of almost 22 K for the I-V curve at 315 K and a dominant contribution of Joule self-heating for the observed NDR. In contrast, insignificant hysteresis is observed on the I-V curves of Fe3O2BO3 around room temperature. The depinning of charge order domains is suggested as the main contribution to the NDR phenomenon for Fe3O2BO3. The high reproducibility of the NDR in the Fe3O2BO3 single crystal allows its use as a low frequency oscillator, as it is demonstrated.

  15. Luminescent Characteristics of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ Phosphor for White Light Emitting Diode

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2009-04-01

    LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is synthesized by a high solid-state reaction method, and its luminescent characteristics are investigated. The emission and excitation spectra of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphors exhibit that the phosphors can be effectively excited by near ultraviolet (401 nm) and blue (471 nm) light, and emit 615 nm red light. The effect of Eu3+ concentration on the emission spectrum of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is studied; the results show that the emission intensity increases with increasing Eu3+ concentration, and then decreases because of concentration quenching. It reaches the maximum at 3 mol%, and the concentration self-quenching mechanism is the dipoledipole interaction according to the Dexter theory. Under the conditions of charge compensation Li+, Na+ or K+ incorporated in LiSrBO3, the luminescent intensities of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor are enhanced.

  16. Learning from Wang Yang-Ming: Exploring Oriental Contributions to Understanding Action Research

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    Tickle, Les

    2005-01-01

    This article reports recent foraging for ideas in action research among the lives and intellects of Chinese society. It began and is reported as a personal journey, initially following the trail of the activist scholar Wang Yang-Ming. The method is a roam through some of the resources that have so far been discovered. The style is…

  17. In Vivo Image Analysis of BoHV-4-Based Vector in Mice

    PubMed Central

    Franceschi, Valentina; Stellari, Fabio Franco; Mangia, Carlo; Jacca, Sarah; Lavrentiadou, Sophia; Cavirani, Sandro; Heikenwalder, Mathias; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2014-01-01

    Due to its biological characteristics bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) has been considered as an appropriate gene delivery vector. Its genomic clone, modified as a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC), is better genetically manipulable and can be used as an efficient gene delivery and vaccine vector. Although a large amount of data have been accumulated in vitro on this specific aspect, the same cannot be asserted for the in vivo condition. Therefore, here we investigated the fate of a recombinant BoHV-4 strain expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) after intraperitoneal or intravenous inoculation in mice, by generating a novel recombinant BoHV-4 expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) and by following the virus replication through in vivo imaging analysis. BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was first characterized in vitro where it was shown, on one hand that its replication properties are identical to those of the parental virus, and on the other that the transduced/infected cells strongly express luciferase. When BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was inoculated in mice, either intraperitoneally or intravenously, BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK infection/transduction was exclusively localized to the liver, as detected by in vivo image analysis, and in particular almost exclusively in the hepatocytes, as determined by immuno-histochemistry. These data, that add a new insight on the biology of BoHV-4 in vivo, provide the first indication for the potential use of a BoHV-4-based vector in gene-transfer in the liver. PMID:24752229

  18. Microsolvation of LiBO2 in water: anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Zeng, Zhen; Hou, Gao-Lei; Song, Jian; Feng, Gang; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2015-04-14

    The microsolvation of LiBO2 in water was investigated by conducting anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio studies on the LiBO2(H2O)n(-) (n = 0-5) clusters. By comparing calculations with experiments, the structures of these clusters and their corresponding neutrals were assigned, and their structural evolutions were revealed. During the anionic structural evolution with n increasing to 5, hydroxyborate and metaborate channels were identified and the metaborate channel is more favorable. For the hydroxyborate structures, the anionic Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair reacts with a water molecule to produce the LiBO(OH)2(-) moiety and three water molecules tend to dissolve this moiety. In the metaborate channel, two types of solvent-separated ion pair (SSIP) geometries were determined as the ring-type and linear-type. The transition from the contact ion pair (CIP) to the ring-type of SSIP starts at n = 3, while that to the linear-type of SSIP occurs at n = 4. In neutral LiBO2(H2O)n clusters, the first water molecule prefers to react with the Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair to generate the LiBO(OH)2 moiety, analogous to the bulk crystal phase of α-LiBO2 with two O atoms substituted by two OH groups. The Li-O distance in the LiBO(OH)2 moiety increases with the increasing number of water molecules and elongates abruptly at n = 4. Our studies provide new insight into the initial dissolution of LiBO2 salt in water at the molecular level and may be correlated to the bulk state.

  19. Chen's derivative rule revisited: Role of tip-orbital interference in STM

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    Mándi, Gábor; Palotás, Krisztián

    2015-04-01

    On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, we revise Chen's derivative rule for electron tunneling [C. J. Chen, Phys. Rev. B 42, 8841 (1990), 10.1103/PhysRevB.42.8841] for the purpose of computationally efficient simulations of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) based on first-principles electronic structure data. The revised model allows the weighting of tunneling matrix elements of different tip-orbital characters by an arbitrary energy-independent choice or based on energy-dependent weighting coefficients obtained by an expansion of the tip single-electron wave functions/density of states projected onto the tip-apex atom. Tip-orbital interference in the STM junction is included in the model by construction and can be analyzed quantitatively. As a further advantage, arbitrary tip geometrical orientations are included in the revised model by rotating the coordinate system of the tip apex using Euler angles and redefining the weighting coefficients of the tunneling matrix elements. We demonstrate the reliability of the model by applying it to two functionalized surfaces of recent interest where quantum interference effects play an important role in the STM imaging process: N-doped graphene and a magnetic Mn2H complex on the Ag(111) surface. We find that the proposed tunneling model is 25 times faster than the Bardeen method concerning computational time, while maintaining good agreement. Our results show that the electronic structure of the tip has a considerable effect on STM images, and the Tersoff-Hamann model does not always provide sufficient results in view of quantum interference effects. For both studied surfaces, we highlight the importance of interference between s and pz tip orbitals that can cause a significant contrast change in the STM images. Our method, thus, provides a fast and reliable tool for calculating STM images based on Chen's derivative rule, taking into account the electronic structure and local geometry of the tip apex.

  20. Chen Jingrun, China's famous mathematician: devastated by brain injuries on the doorstep to solving a fundamental mathematical puzzle.

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    Lei, Ting; Belykh, Evgenii; Dru, Alexander B; Yagmurlu, Kaan; Elhadi, Ali M; Nakaji, Peter; Preul, Mark C

    2016-07-01

    Chen Jingrun (1933-1996), perhaps the most prodigious mathematician of his time, focused on the field of analytical number theory. His work on Waring's problem, Legendre's conjecture, and Goldbach's conjecture led to progress in analytical number theory in the form of "Chen's Theorem," which he published in 1966 and 1973. His early life was ravaged by the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. On the verge of solving Goldbach's conjecture in 1984, Chen was struck by a bicyclist while also bicycling and suffered severe brain trauma. During his hospitalization, he was also found to have Parkinson's disease. Chen suffered another serious brain concussion after a fall only a few months after recovering from the bicycle crash. With significant deficits, he remained hospitalized for several years without making progress while receiving modern Western medical therapies. In 1988 traditional Chinese medicine experts were called in to assist with his treatment. After a year of acupuncture and oxygen therapy, Chen could control his basic bowel and bladder functions, he could walk slowly, and his swallowing and speech improved. When Chen was unable to produce complex work or finish his final work on Goldbach's conjecture, his mathematical pursuits were taken up vigorously by his dedicated students. He was able to publish Youth Math, a mathematics book that became an inspiration in Chinese education. Although he died in 1996 at the age of 63 after surviving brutal political repression, being deprived of neurological function at the very peak of his genius, and having to be supported by his wife, Chen ironically became a symbol of dedication, perseverance, and motivation to his students and associates, to Chinese youth, to a nation, and to mathematicians and scientists worldwide. PMID:27364253

  1. Chen Jingrun, China's famous mathematician: devastated by brain injuries on the doorstep to solving a fundamental mathematical puzzle.

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    Lei, Ting; Belykh, Evgenii; Dru, Alexander B; Yagmurlu, Kaan; Elhadi, Ali M; Nakaji, Peter; Preul, Mark C

    2016-07-01

    Chen Jingrun (1933-1996), perhaps the most prodigious mathematician of his time, focused on the field of analytical number theory. His work on Waring's problem, Legendre's conjecture, and Goldbach's conjecture led to progress in analytical number theory in the form of "Chen's Theorem," which he published in 1966 and 1973. His early life was ravaged by the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. On the verge of solving Goldbach's conjecture in 1984, Chen was struck by a bicyclist while also bicycling and suffered severe brain trauma. During his hospitalization, he was also found to have Parkinson's disease. Chen suffered another serious brain concussion after a fall only a few months after recovering from the bicycle crash. With significant deficits, he remained hospitalized for several years without making progress while receiving modern Western medical therapies. In 1988 traditional Chinese medicine experts were called in to assist with his treatment. After a year of acupuncture and oxygen therapy, Chen could control his basic bowel and bladder functions, he could walk slowly, and his swallowing and speech improved. When Chen was unable to produce complex work or finish his final work on Goldbach's conjecture, his mathematical pursuits were taken up vigorously by his dedicated students. He was able to publish Youth Math, a mathematics book that became an inspiration in Chinese education. Although he died in 1996 at the age of 63 after surviving brutal political repression, being deprived of neurological function at the very peak of his genius, and having to be supported by his wife, Chen ironically became a symbol of dedication, perseverance, and motivation to his students and associates, to Chinese youth, to a nation, and to mathematicians and scientists worldwide.

  2. Rank One Chaos in Periodically-Kicked Time-Delayed Chen System

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    Dai, Yunxian; Lin, Yiping; Yang, Wenjie; Zhao, Huitao

    In this paper, we study the existence of rank one strange attractor in time-delayed system. First, we try to develop rank one theory for delayed differential equations. Then, we consider Chen system with time-delay, the conditions under which a supercritical Hopf bifurcation occurs are given by using the normal form method and center manifold theorem. Then, we add an external periodic force as an input and observe rank one strange attractors. Finally, several numerical simulations supporting the theoretical analysis are also given.

  3. Theoretical and Practical Progress of New Heliostat by Chen et al.

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    Kribus, A.

    2006-01-01

    Recently, Chen and his team were active in the theoretical and practical study of a new heliostat for the use of solar energy. This work represents the first innovation in the area of heliostats after many years of little progress. The mathematical development of the tracking and concentration optics principles, and the practical implementation and demonstration of the technology, are both very interesting advances in this field. Many applications are possible for this technology such as generation of solar electricity and solar industrial process heat.

  4. Absolute and geometric parameters of contact binary BO Arietis

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    Gürol, B.; Gürsoytrak, S. H.; Bradstreet, D. H.

    2015-08-01

    We present the results of our investigation on the geometrical and physical parameters of the W UMa type binary system BO Ari from analyzed CCD (BVRI) light curves and radial velocity data. The photometric data were obtained in 2009 and 2010 at Ankara University Observatory (AUO) and the spectroscopic observations were made in 2007 and 2010 at TUBITAK National Observatory (TUG). These light and radial velocity observations were analyzed simultaneously by using the Wilson-Devinney (2013 revision) code to obtain absolute and geometrical parameters. The system was determined to be an A-type W UMa system. Combining our photometric solution with the spectroscopic data we derived masses and radii of the eclipsing system to be M1 = 0.995M⊙,M2 = 0.189M⊙,R1 = 1.090R⊙ and R2 = 0.515R⊙ . Finally, we discuss the evolutionary status of the system.

  5. Home birth and hospital birth trends in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Abdirahman, Hafsa A; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Jimmy, David Henry; Malanoski, Anthony P; Sundufu, Abu James; Stenger, David A

    2012-06-01

    As of April 2010, all maternity care at government healthcare facilities in Sierra Leone is provided at no cost to patients. In late 2010, we conducted a community health census of 18 sections of the city of Bo (selected via randomized cluster sampling from 68 total sections). Among the 3421 women with a history of pregnancy who participated in the study, older women most often reported having a history of both home and hospital deliveries, while younger women showed a preference for hospital births. The proportion of lastborn children delivered at a healthcare facility increased from 71.8% of offspring 10-14 years old to 81.1% of those one to nine years old and 87.3% of infants born after April 2010. These findings suggest that the new maternal healthcare initiative has accelerated an existing trend toward a preference for healthcare facility births, at least in some urban parts of Sierra Leone. PMID:22375565

  6. Mechanism of enhanced antipseudomonal activity of BO-2727, a new injectable 1-beta-methyl carbapenem.

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    Hazumi, N; Fuse, A; Matsuda, K; Hashizume, T; Sanada, M

    1995-01-01

    The mechanism of the enhanced activity of BO-2727 against imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa was studied by using a set of four isogenic strains derived from beta-lactamase-deficient P. aeruginosa PAO4089 (blaJ blaP). Complementation of the blaJ and blaP mutations conferred greater resistance to biapenem, panipenem, and imipenem than to BO-2727 and meropenem, most notably in the outer membrane protein D2-deficient strain. The higher levels of resistance to biapenem, panipenem, and imipenem can be explained by the slow but significant hydrolysis by beta-lactamase, whereas the reduced levels of resistance to BO-2727 and meropenem would be attributable to their stability in the presence of high levels of beta-lactamase and the fact that they cause only low induction of beta-lactamase. It is also noted that the activity of BO-2727 against the beta-lactamase-deficient strain was less affected by the loss of the D2 porin than was that of meropenem, indicating that BO-2727 in comparison with meropenem can overcome an intrinsic resistance caused by the loss of D2. Moreover, comparative in vitro resistance studies have shown that BO-2727 and meropenem selected fewer resistant cells than other carbapenems. In conclusion, BO-2727 exhibited improved activity against imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, probably because of its ability to overcome loss of the D2 porin and beta-lactamase hydrolysis. PMID:7793876

  7. Luminescence and site occupancy of Ce3+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2

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    Lin, Huihong; Liang, Hongbin; Han, Bing; Zhong, Jiuping; Su, Qiang; Dorenbos, Pieter; Birowosuto, M. Danang; Zhang, Guobin; Fu, Yibing; Wu, Wenqing

    2007-07-01

    The phosphors of Ce3+ activated Ba2Ca(BO3)2 with chemical formulas Ba2(1-x)CexNaxCa(BO3)2 and Ba2Ca1-2xCexNax(BO3)2 were prepared. The luminescence properties have been investigated under vacuum ultraviolet UV and x-ray excitation. Though the point defects CeBa• and NaBa' are expected to occur in samples Ba2(1-x)CexNaxCa(BO3)2 , and CeCa• and NaCa' are expected to appear in samples Ba2Ca1-2xCexNax(BO3)2 according to the formulas of the compounds, however, two types of Ce3+ centers were found in all samples due to the occupancy of both Ba2+ and Ca2+ sites. So the influence of doping concentration on the preferential site occupancy was studied, and it was found that Ce3+ ions always preferentially enter Ba2+ sites at low doping concentration for both samples Ba2(1-x)CexNaxCa(BO3)2 and Ba2Ca1-2xCexNax(BO3)2 . In addition, the 5d energy levels and decay behaviors for Ce3+ in Ba2+ and Ca2+ sites, the concentration quenching, and the x-ray excited photon output were evaluated to clearly reveal the luminescence features.

  8. Luminescence and Site Occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2 Ca(BO3)2

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2011-01-01

    A green phosphor Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction method under a reductive atmosphere. The luminescence and site occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are investigated. Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows one green band (537 nm) under 400 nm near ultraviolet excitation which is suitable for UV LED. Ca2+ and Ba2+ ions in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are replaced by Eu2+ ions, the Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows a dissymmetrical emission band. The influence of Eu2+ doping concentrations on the emission intensity of Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ is studied. It is found that the emission intensity is influenced by the Eu2+ concentration and reaches the maximum value at 2% Eu2+. According to the Dexter theory, the concentration quenching mechanisms of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are the d-dinteraction.

  9. Search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} family (R = La, Nd, Gd, and Yb) and the new NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} orthoborate

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    Svetlyakova, T. N. Kokh, A. E.; Kononova, N. G.; Fedorov, P. P.; Rashchenko, S. V.; Maillard, A.

    2013-01-15

    A search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} composition (where R = La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, or Yb{sup 3+}) is performed by solid state synthesis and spontaneous crystallization. A new compound, NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, is found in this series. It crystallizes in space group R3{sup -} and belongs to the family of sublayer complex orthoborates with isolated BO{sub 3} groups NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (R = Y, Sc, and Yb). Theoretical X-ray powder diffraction patterns of NaBaY(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, NaBaSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are calculated based on single-crystal data.

  10. The synthesis and crystal structures of the related series of aluminoborates: Co sub 2. 1 Al sub 0. 9 BO sub 55 , Ni sub 2 AlBO sub 5 , and Cu sub 2 AlBO sub 5

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    Hriljac, J.A.; Brown, R.D.; Cheetham, A.K. ); Satek, L.C. )

    1990-02-01

    We report on the growth of single crystals of Ni{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}, Cu{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}, and the mixed-valent Co{sub 2.1}Al{sub 0.9}BO{sub 5} from borax fluxes. All of these materials have been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The nickel and cobalt compounds are isostructural with the natural mineral ludwigite, while the copper compound is a monoclinically distorted variant of this structure. All three compounds show nonrandom disorder of the transition metal and aluminium atoms over four crystallographically distinct metal sites. We discuss the structural effects of this disorder and attempt to rationalize the observed occupancies on the basis of covalent and ionic forces. Ni{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}: orthorhombic, a = 12.O13(1) {angstrom}, b = 9.111(1) {angstrom}, c = 2.942(1){angstrom}, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.07%. Co{sub 2.1}Al{sub 0.9}BO{sub 5}: orthorhombic, a = 12.010(2) {angstrom}, b = 9.197(2) {angstrom}, c = 2.993(1) {angstrom}, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.44%. Cu{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}; monoclinic, a = 9.365(1) {angstrom}, b = 11.778(2) {angstrom}, c = 3.072(2) {angstrom}, {beta} = 97.71(2){degree}, space group P2{sub 1}/a, Z = 4, R = 4.59%.

  11. Pi and sigma double conjugations in boronyl polyboroene nanoribbons: B(n)(BO)2- and B(n)(BO)2 (n = 5-12).

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Lu, Hai-Gang; Li, Wei-Li; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-11-01

    A series of boron dioxide clusters, B(x)O2(-) (x = 7-14), have been produced and investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The dioxide clusters are shown to possess elongated ladder-like structures with two terminal boronyl (BO) groups, forming an extensive series of boron nanoribbons, B(n)(BO)2(-) (n = 5-12). The electron affinities of B(n)(BO)2 exhibit a 4n periodicity, indicating that the rhombic B4 unit is the fundamental building block in the nanoribbons. Both π and σ conjugations are found to be important in the unique bonding patterns of the boron nanoribbons. The π conjugation in these clusters is analogous to the polyenes (aka polyboroenes), while the σ conjugation plays an equally important role in rendering the stability of the nanoribbons. The concept of σ conjugation established here has no analogues in hydrocarbons. Calculations suggest the viability of even larger boronyl polyboroenes, B16(BO)2 and B20(BO)2, extending the boron nanoribbons to ~1.5 nm in length or possibly even longer. The nanoribbons form a new class of nanowires and may serve as precursors for a variety of boron nanostructures. PMID:24206292

  12. Wang-Landau sampling in face-centered-cubic hydrophobic-hydrophilic lattice model proteins.

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    Liu, Jingfa; Song, Beibei; Yao, Yonglei; Xue, Yu; Liu, Wenjie; Liu, Zhaoxia

    2014-10-01

    Finding the global minimum-energy structure is one of the main problems of protein structure prediction. The face-centered-cubic (fcc) hydrophobic-hydrophilic (HP) lattice model can reach high approximation ratios of real protein structures, so the fcc lattice model is a good choice to predict the protein structures. The lacking of an effective global optimization method is the key obstacle in solving this problem. The Wang-Landau sampling method is especially useful for complex systems with a rough energy landscape and has been successfully applied to solving many optimization problems. We apply the improved Wang-Landau (IWL) sampling method, which incorporates the generation of an initial conformation based on the greedy strategy and the neighborhood strategy based on pull moves into the Wang-Landau sampling method to predict the protein structures on the fcc HP lattice model. Unlike conventional Monte Carlo simulations that generate a probability distribution at a given temperature, the Wang-Landau sampling method can estimate the density of states accurately via a random walk, which produces a flat histogram in energy space. We test 12 general benchmark instances on both two-dimensional and three-dimensional (3D) fcc HP lattice models. The lowest energies by the IWL sampling method are as good as or better than those of other methods in the literature for all instances. We then test five sets of larger-scale instances, denoted by the S, R, F90, F180, and CASP target instances on the 3D fcc HP lattice model. The numerical results show that our algorithm performs better than the other five methods in the literature on both the lowest energies and the average lowest energies in all runs. The IWL sampling method turns out to be a powerful tool to study the structure prediction of the fcc HP lattice model proteins.

  13. Two alternate proofs of Wang's lune formula for sparse distributed memory and an integral approximation

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    Jaeckel, Louis A.

    1988-01-01

    In Kanerva's Sparse Distributed Memory, writing to and reading from the memory are done in relation to spheres in an n-dimensional binary vector space. Thus it is important to know how many points are in the intersection of two spheres in this space. Two proofs are given of Wang's formula for spheres of unequal radii, and an integral approximation for the intersection in this case.

  14. Exploring new frontiers in statistical physics with a new, parallel Wang-Landau framework

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    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    Combining traditional Wang Landau sampling for multiple replica systems with an exchange of densities of states between replicas we describe a general framework for simulations on massively parallel Petaflop supercomputers. The advantages and general applicability of the method for simulations of complex systems are demonstrated for the classical 2D Potts spin model featuring a strong first-order transition and the self-assembly of lipid bilayers in amphiphilic solutions in a continuous model.

  15. Wang-Landau sampling in face-centered-cubic hydrophobic-hydrophilic lattice model proteins

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    Liu, Jingfa; Song, Beibei; Yao, Yonglei; Xue, Yu; Liu, Wenjie; Liu, Zhaoxia

    2014-10-01

    Finding the global minimum-energy structure is one of the main problems of protein structure prediction. The face-centered-cubic (fcc) hydrophobic-hydrophilic (HP) lattice model can reach high approximation ratios of real protein structures, so the fcc lattice model is a good choice to predict the protein structures. The lacking of an effective global optimization method is the key obstacle in solving this problem. The Wang-Landau sampling method is especially useful for complex systems with a rough energy landscape and has been successfully applied to solving many optimization problems. We apply the improved Wang-Landau (IWL) sampling method, which incorporates the generation of an initial conformation based on the greedy strategy and the neighborhood strategy based on pull moves into the Wang-Landau sampling method to predict the protein structures on the fcc HP lattice model. Unlike conventional Monte Carlo simulations that generate a probability distribution at a given temperature, the Wang-Landau sampling method can estimate the density of states accurately via a random walk, which produces a flat histogram in energy space. We test 12 general benchmark instances on both two-dimensional and three-dimensional (3D) fcc HP lattice models. The lowest energies by the IWL sampling method are as good as or better than those of other methods in the literature for all instances. We then test five sets of larger-scale instances, denoted by the S, R, F90, F180, and CASP target instances on the 3D fcc HP lattice model. The numerical results show that our algorithm performs better than the other five methods in the literature on both the lowest energies and the average lowest energies in all runs. The IWL sampling method turns out to be a powerful tool to study the structure prediction of the fcc HP lattice model proteins.

  16. Wang-Landau sampling in face-centered-cubic hydrophobic-hydrophilic lattice model proteins.

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    Liu, Jingfa; Song, Beibei; Yao, Yonglei; Xue, Yu; Liu, Wenjie; Liu, Zhaoxia

    2014-10-01

    Finding the global minimum-energy structure is one of the main problems of protein structure prediction. The face-centered-cubic (fcc) hydrophobic-hydrophilic (HP) lattice model can reach high approximation ratios of real protein structures, so the fcc lattice model is a good choice to predict the protein structures. The lacking of an effective global optimization method is the key obstacle in solving this problem. The Wang-Landau sampling method is especially useful for complex systems with a rough energy landscape and has been successfully applied to solving many optimization problems. We apply the improved Wang-Landau (IWL) sampling method, which incorporates the generation of an initial conformation based on the greedy strategy and the neighborhood strategy based on pull moves into the Wang-Landau sampling method to predict the protein structures on the fcc HP lattice model. Unlike conventional Monte Carlo simulations that generate a probability distribution at a given temperature, the Wang-Landau sampling method can estimate the density of states accurately via a random walk, which produces a flat histogram in energy space. We test 12 general benchmark instances on both two-dimensional and three-dimensional (3D) fcc HP lattice models. The lowest energies by the IWL sampling method are as good as or better than those of other methods in the literature for all instances. We then test five sets of larger-scale instances, denoted by the S, R, F90, F180, and CASP target instances on the 3D fcc HP lattice model. The numerical results show that our algorithm performs better than the other five methods in the literature on both the lowest energies and the average lowest energies in all runs. The IWL sampling method turns out to be a powerful tool to study the structure prediction of the fcc HP lattice model proteins. PMID:25375531

  17. Dynamical traps in Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems: Mechanism and solution.

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    Koh, Yang Wei; Sim, Adelene Y L; Lee, Hwee Kuan

    2015-08-01

    We study the mechanism behind dynamical trappings experienced during Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems reported by several authors. Trapping is caused by the random walker coming close to a local energy extremum, although the mechanism is different from that of the critical slowing-down encountered in conventional molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations. When trapped, the random walker misses the entire or even several stages of Wang-Landau modification factor reduction, leading to inadequate sampling of the configuration space and a rough density of states, even though the modification factor has been reduced to very small values. Trapping is dependent on specific systems, the choice of energy bins, and the Monte Carlo step size, making it highly unpredictable. A general, simple, and effective solution is proposed where the configurations of multiple parallel Wang-Landau trajectories are interswapped to prevent trapping. We also explain why swapping frees the random walker from such traps. The efficacy of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated.

  18. Exploring Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau sampling in higher-dimensional parameter space

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    Valentim, Alexandra; Rocha, Julio C. S.; Tsai, Shan-Ho; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Fiore, Carlos E; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We considered a higher-dimensional extension for the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm to perform a random walk in the energy and magnetization space of the two-dimensional Ising model. This hybrid scheme combines the advantages of Wang-Landau and Replica-Exchange algorithms, and the one-dimensional version of this approach has been shown to be very efficient and to scale well, up to several thousands of computing cores. This approach allows us to split the parameter space of the system to be simulated into several pieces and still perform a random walk over the entire parameter range, ensuring the ergodicity of the simulation. Previous work, in which a similar scheme of parallel simulation was implemented without using replica exchange and with a different way to combine the result from the pieces, led to discontinuities in the final density of states over the entire range of parameters. From our simulations, it appears that the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm is able to overcome this diculty, allowing exploration of higher parameter phase space by keeping track of the joint density of states.

  19. Dynamical traps in Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems: Mechanism and solution

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    Koh, Yang Wei; Sim, Adelene Y. L.; Lee, Hwee Kuan

    2015-08-01

    We study the mechanism behind dynamical trappings experienced during Wang-Landau sampling of continuous systems reported by several authors. Trapping is caused by the random walker coming close to a local energy extremum, although the mechanism is different from that of the critical slowing-down encountered in conventional molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulations. When trapped, the random walker misses the entire or even several stages of Wang-Landau modification factor reduction, leading to inadequate sampling of the configuration space and a rough density of states, even though the modification factor has been reduced to very small values. Trapping is dependent on specific systems, the choice of energy bins, and the Monte Carlo step size, making it highly unpredictable. A general, simple, and effective solution is proposed where the configurations of multiple parallel Wang-Landau trajectories are interswapped to prevent trapping. We also explain why swapping frees the random walker from such traps. The efficacy of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated.

  20. Study on the modification factor of Wang-Landau sampling for computational science

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    Kim, Seung-Yeon

    2015-08-01

    Wang-Landau Monte Carlo sampling is the most efficient method in obtaining the density of states as a function of energy E ( g( E)). In Wang-Landau sampling, the most important concept to calculate g( E) more efficiently is the modification factor f. For the systematic study of the modification factor of Wang-Landau sampling, the density of states g i ( E) of the Ising model on a 20 × 20 square lattice is obtained for a sequence of modification factors f i = exp[21- i ] ( i = 1 ~ 30). The sampling results are evaluated by using the traditional maximum entropy and the first partition function zero (a more sensitive indicator) for the first time. With both speed and accuracy considered, the best choice of the final modification factor f final can be f final - 1 = 10-7. If one wants to save simulation time, a clever choice is f final - 1 = 10-4, yielding a valuable estimate of g( E).

  1. Review of the genus Canalirogas van Achterberg & Chen (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Rogadinae) from Vietnam, with description of ten new species

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    Long, Khuat Dang; van Achterberg, Cornelis

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The Vietnamese species of the genus Canalirogas van Achterberg & Chen, 1996 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae) are revised. Ten species are new to science, viz., Canalirogas affinis sp. n., Canalirogas cucphuongensis sp. n., Canalirogas curvinervis sp. n., Canalirogas eurycerus sp. n., Canalirogas hoabinhicus sp. n., Canalirogas intermedius sp. n., Canalirogas parallelus sp. n., Canalirogas robberti sp. n., Canalirogas vittatus sp. n. and Canalirogas vuquangensis sp. n. One species is new for the Vietnamese fauna: Canalirogas spilonotus (Cameron, 1905) and Canalirogas balgooyi van Achterberg & Chen, 1996, is synonymized with it (syn. n.); a lectotype is designated for Troporhogas spilonotus. A key to the Vietnamese species of the genus is also provided. PMID:26085793

  2. 47. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    47. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, detail of elevator VIEW EAST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  3. 44. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    44. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, general interior view VIEW SOUTHWEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  4. 48. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    48. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, interior detail of water and hydraulic pumps VIEW WEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  5. 49. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    49. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, interior detail of air vent system VIEW WEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  6. Extended stellar substructure surrounding the Boötes I dwarf spheroidal galaxy

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    Roderick, T. A.; Mackey, A. D.; Jerjen, H.; Da Costa, G. S.

    2016-10-01

    We present deep stellar photometry of the Boötes I dwarf spheroidal galaxy in g- and i-band filters, taken with the Dark Energy Camera at Cerro Tololo in Chile. Our analysis reveals a large, extended region of stellar substructure surrounding the dwarf, as well as a distinct overdensity encroaching on its tidal radius. A radial profile of the Boötes I stellar distribution shows a break radius indicating the presence of extra-tidal stars. These observations strongly suggest that Boötes I is experiencing tidal disruption, although not as extreme as that exhibited by the Hercules dwarf spheroidal. Combined with revised velocity dispersion measurements from the literature, we see evidence suggesting the need to review previous theoretical models of the Boötes I dwarf spheroidal galaxy.

  7. Brookland Site Development Study, Brookland, bounded by B&O Railroad Tracks, ...

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    Brookland Site Development Study, Brookland, bounded by B&O Railroad Tracks, Rhode Island & Brentwood Avenues on the south, 18th Street & South Dakota Avenue on the east, and Michigan Avenue on the North, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

  8. Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, looking ...

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    Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, looking southwest at the Maryland side. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  9. A vibrational spectroscopic study of the borate mineral takedaite Ca3(BO3)2

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Graça, Leonardo M.; Scholz, Ricardo

    2014-11-01

    We have studied the mineral takedaite Ca3(BO3)2, a borate mineral of calcium using SEM with EDX and vibrational spectroscopy. Chemical analysis shows a homogeneous phase, composed of Ca. Boron was not detected. A very intense Raman band at 1087 cm-1 is assigned to the BO stretching vibration of BO3 units. Additional Raman bands may be due to isotopic splitting. In the infrared spectrum, bands at 1218 cm-1 and at 1163, 1262 and 1295 cm-1 are assigned to the trigonal borate stretching modes. Raman bands at 712 and 715 cm-1 are assigned to the in-plane bending modes of the BO3 units. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of takedaite to be assessed.

  10. Surviving track through Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, looking ...

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    Surviving track through Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, looking west. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  11. Forcing term in single-phase and Shan-Chen-type multiphase lattice Boltzmann models

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    Huang, Haibo; Krafczyk, Manfred; Lu, Xiyun

    2011-10-01

    Numerous schemes have been proposed to incorporate a bulk forcing term into the lattice Boltzmann equation. In this paper we present a simple and straightforward comparative analysis of five popular schemes [Shan and Chen, Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.47.1815 47, 1815 (1993); Phys Rev Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1618 81, 1618 (1998); He , Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.57.R13 57, R13 (1998); Guo , Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.65.046308 65, 046308 (2002); Kupershtokh , Comput. Math. Appl.CMAPDK0898-122110.1016/j.camwa.2009.02.024 58, 965 (2009)] in which their differences and similarities are identified. From the analysis we classify the schemes into two groups; the behaviors of the schemes in each group are proven to be identical up to second order. Numerical test simulating the two-dimensional unsteady Taylor-Green vortex flow problem demonstrate that all five schemes are of comparable accuracy for single-phase flow. However, for two-phase flow the situation is different, which is demonstrated by incorporating these schemes into different Shan-Chen-type multiphase models. The forcing scheme in the original Shan-Chen (SC) multiphase model turns out to be inaccurate in terms of the resulting surface tension for different density ratios and relaxation times. In the numerical tests, a typical equation of state and interparticle interactions including next-nearest neighbors were incorporated into the SC model. Our results confirm that the surface-tension values obtained from the original SC lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) simulation depend on the value of the relaxation time τ. For τ<0.7Δt, the surface tension agree well with the analytical solutions. However, when τ>0.7Δt, the surface tension turns out to be systematically larger than the analytical one, exceeding it by more than a factor of 2 for τ=2Δt. In contrast, with the application of the scheme proposed by He , the SC LBM produces very accurate

  12. Forcing term in single-phase and Shan-Chen-type multiphase lattice Boltzmann models.

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    Huang, Haibo; Krafczyk, Manfred; Lu, Xiyun

    2011-10-01

    Numerous schemes have been proposed to incorporate a bulk forcing term into the lattice Boltzmann equation. In this paper we present a simple and straightforward comparative analysis of five popular schemes [Shan and Chen, Phys. Rev. E 47, 1815 (1993); Phys Rev Lett. 81, 1618 (1998); He et al., Phys. Rev. E 57, R13 (1998); Guo et al., Phys. Rev. E 65, 046308 (2002); Kupershtokh et al., Comput. Math. Appl. 58, 965 (2009)] in which their differences and similarities are identified. From the analysis we classify the schemes into two groups; the behaviors of the schemes in each group are proven to be identical up to second order. Numerical test simulating the two-dimensional unsteady Taylor-Green vortex flow problem demonstrate that all five schemes are of comparable accuracy for single-phase flow. However, for two-phase flow the situation is different, which is demonstrated by incorporating these schemes into different Shan-Chen-type multiphase models. The forcing scheme in the original Shan-Chen (SC) multiphase model turns out to be inaccurate in terms of the resulting surface tension for different density ratios and relaxation times. In the numerical tests, a typical equation of state and interparticle interactions including next-nearest neighbors were incorporated into the SC model. Our results confirm that the surface-tension values obtained from the original SC lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) simulation depend on the value of the relaxation time τ. For τ<0.7Δt, the surface tension agree well with the analytical solutions. However, when τ>0.7Δt, the surface tension turns out to be systematically larger than the analytical one, exceeding it by more than a factor of 2 for τ=2Δt. In contrast, with the application of the scheme proposed by He et al., the SC LBM produces very accurate surface tensions independent of the value of τ. We also found that the densities of the coexisting liquid and gas can be adjusted to match those at thermodynamic equilibrium if the

  13. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of BO-2727, a new carbapenem.

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    Asahi, Y; Miyazaki, S; Yamaguchi, K

    1995-01-01

    BO-2727, a new injectable carbapenem, was evaluated for its in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities in comparison with those of biapenem, meropenem, imipenem, cefpirome, and ceftazidime. BO-2727 had activity comparable to that of imipenem against methicillin-susceptible staphylococci and streptococci, with MICs at which 90% of strains tested (MIC90s) are inhibited being equal to 0.5 microgram/ml or less. Against methicillin-resistant staphylococci, BO-2727 was the most active among the antibiotics tested, with MIC90s ranging from 4 to 8 micrograms/ml. BO-2727 was highly active against members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis, with MIC90s ranging from 0.006 to 2 micrograms/ml. BO-2727 was also highly active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (imipenem-susceptible strains), for which the MIC90 was 2 micrograms/ml, which was lower than those of imipenem, cefpirome, and ceftazidime and comparable to those of biapenem and meropenem. Differences in activity between BO-2727 and the other carbapenems against imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa were particularly striking (MIC90, 8 micrograms/ml). Furthermore, BO-2727 displayed a high degree of activity against many of the ceftazidime-, ciprofloxacin-, and/or gentamicin-resistant isolates of P. aeruginosa. The in vivo efficacy of BO-2727 against experimental septicemia caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, reflected its potent in vitro activity and high levels in plasma. PMID:7625784

  14. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of BO-1341, a new antipseudomonal cephalosporin.

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    Nakagawa, S; Sanada, M; Matsuda, K; Hashizume, T; Asahi, Y; Ushijima, R; Ohtake, N; Tanaka, N

    1989-01-01

    BO-1341, a new antipseudomonal semisynthetic cephalosporin, was evaluated for in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities in comparison with ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone. The in vitro activity of BO-1341 was generally superior or comparable to the activities of the reference antibiotics against clinical isolates of the family Enterobacteriaceae. BO-1341 was highly active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MIC for 90% of the strains tested, 1.56 micrograms/ml), Pseudomonas maltophilia (MIC for 50% of the strains tested, 1.56 micrograms/ml), and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (MIC for 90% of the strains tested, 3.13 micrograms/ml). Furthermore, BO-1341 was highly active against P. aeruginosa isolates resistant to the other antibiotics. Of 199 P. aeruginosa isolates tested, only 2 were resistant to BO-1341. These two strains were also resistant to ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone. Haemophilus influenzae, Branhamella catarrhalis, and nonenteric streptococci were also susceptible to BO-1341, but Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecalis, and Bacteroides fragilis were not susceptible to the compound. The protective efficacy against experimental infections in mice caused by nine strains of gram-negative bacteria, including P. aeruginosa, reflected the potent in vitro activity. PMID:2510590

  15. Neutron diffraction structure study of Er and Yb doped YAl3(BO3)4

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    Sváb, E.; Beregi, E.; Fábián, M.; Mészáros, Gy.

    2012-06-01

    Neutron diffraction structure study has been performed on YAl3(BO3)4 (YAB), on doped Y0.88Er0.12Al3(BO3)4, Y0.5Er0.5Al3(BO3)4, Y0.5Yb0.5Al3(BO3)4 and on co-doped Y0.84Er0.01Yb0.15Al3(BO3)4 compositions. It was established that the doped compounds are isostructural to YAB. The neutron diffraction pattern have been be fitted in space group R32 using the triple hexagonal Wyckoff notation. Both Er3+ and Yb3+ ions occupy the Y3+ (3a) sites and not the Al3+ (9d) sites, as it was suggested previously. The lattice parameters are decreasing with increasing amount of the dopant elements. Slight changes are revealed in the positional parameters and interatomic distances with increasing concentration of the dopant ions. For the co-doped Y0.84Er0.01Yb0.15Al3(BO3)4 the changes are more significant than for the doped YAB compounds with only one type of dopant element, Er or Yb.

  16. Complete mitochondrial genome of the Pseudogastromyzon jiulongjiangensis Chen (Cypriniformes, Homalopteridae) and phylogenetic analysis of the Cyprinoidei.

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    Lv, Yaoping; Zhang, Kaibo; Liu, Ziming; Hu, Zehui; Wang, Kaiwei; Zhou, Haidong

    2016-07-01

    The Pseudogastromyzon jiulongjiangensis Chen (Cypriniformes, Homalopteridae) is a promising ornamental and commercial candidate in China. In this study, the complete mitochondrial genome of P. jiulongjiangensis was first determined. It is 16,571 bp length and consists of 22 tRNA genes, 13 protein-coding genes, two rRNA genes, and a control region. Except for eight tRNA and ND6 genes, all other mitochondrial genes are encoded on the heavy strand. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that P. jiulongjiangensis, Formosania lacustris, and other seven fish first clustered into the Homalopteridae clade. Then, the Homalopteridae and Cobitidae formed the sister group. The Catostomoidae and Cyprinidae constituted the sister branch, which is inconsistent with the previous phenotypic report. It is suggested that the taxonomic research might lose some significant evolutionary characters. This study will contribute to phylogenetic analysis of the Homalopteridae and the natural resources conservation of P. jiulongjiangensis. PMID:27158787

  17. The model test of restoration project of the gravel beach of Chen Village fishing port

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    Wang, D. X.; Gui, J. S.; Sun, J. W.

    2016-08-01

    Gravel beach is a case in coastal landform by wave action. It is more and more crucial for the environment of coastal engineering in recent years. However, it is poorly studied for it in China. And this paper which is based on the model test of Restoration Project of the Gravel Beach of Chen Village Fishing Port, uses two dimensional normal physical models, aiming at exploring the movement of gravel beach under wave action and verifying the stability of the gravel beach section. The test depends on different water levels (designed high water level, designed low water level, and extreme high water level) and return periods (2, 5, 10, 25, 50 years once). Finally, two distinct experimental sections are got under the changed conditions and the movement law of gravels is obtained.

  18. Swift Observations of SN 2008bo in NGC 6643

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    Immler, S.; Brown, P. J.; Milne, P.

    2008-04-01

    The Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) and X-Ray Telescope (XRT) on board the Swift satellite observed the supernova (SN) 2008bo in NGC 6643 (CBET #1324, #1325) on 2008-04-04.71 UT and 2008-04-06.31 UT. The following UVOT magnitudes were measured for the two epochs: v = 15.9±0.1 (157 s exposure time), 16.0±0.1 (258 s), b = 16.7±0.1 (157 s), 16.6±0.1 (258 s), u = 16.6±0.1 (157 s), 16.6±0.1 (258 s), uvw1 [181-321nm] = 17.1±0.1 (314 s), 17.2±0.1 (518 s), uvm2 [166-268nm] = 17.3±0.1 (491 s), 17.4±0.1 (796 s), and uvw2 [112-264 nm] = 17.3±0.1 (629 s), 17.3±0.1 (1,038 s).

  19. Towards Transformation of Knowledge and Subjectivity in Curriculum Inquiry: Insights from Chen Kuan-Hsing's "Asia as Method"

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    Lin, Angel M. Y.

    2012-01-01

    Chen's book, "Asia as Method" (Duke University Press, 2010), and his theorization on topics of de-imperialization, de-colonization, de-cold war, as well as on foregrounding epistemologies and frames of reference situated in the diverse contexts in Asia have contributed to empowering scholars and researchers situated not only in Taiwan, but also in…

  20. On the automatic link between affect and tendencies to approach and avoid: Chen and Bargh (1999) revisited

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    Rotteveel, Mark; Gierholz, Alexander; Koch, Gijs; van Aalst, Cherelle; Pinto, Yair; Matzke, Dora; Steingroever, Helen; Verhagen, Josine; Beek, Titia F.; Selker, Ravi; Sasiadek, Adam; Wagenmakers, Eric-Jan

    2015-01-01

    Within the literature on emotion and behavioral action, studies on approach-avoidance take up a prominent place. Several experimental paradigms feature successful conceptual replications but many original studies have not yet been replicated directly. We present such a direct replication attempt of two seminal experiments originally conducted by Chen and Bargh (1999). In their first experiment, participants affectively evaluated attitude objects by pulling or pushing a lever. Participants who had to pull the lever with positively valenced attitude objects and push the lever with negatively valenced attitude objects (i.e., congruent instruction) did so faster than participants who had to follow the reverse (i.e., incongruent) instruction. In Chen and Bargh's second experiment, the explicit evaluative instructions were absent and participants merely responded to the attitude objects by either always pushing or always pulling the lever. Similar results were obtained as in Experiment 1. Based on these findings, Chen and Bargh concluded that (1) attitude objects are evaluated automatically; and (2) attitude objects automatically trigger a behavioral tendency to approach or avoid. We attempted to replicate both experiments and failed to find the effects reported by Chen and Bargh as indicated by our pre-registered Bayesian data analyses; nevertheless, the evidence in favor of the null hypotheses was only anecdotal, and definitive conclusions await further study. PMID:25883572

  1. Be2BO3F: A Phase of Beryllium Fluoride Borate Derived from KBe2BO3F2 with Short UV Absorption Edge.

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    Guo, Shu; Liu, Lijuan; Xia, Mingjun; Kang, Lei; Huang, Qian; Li, Chao; Wang, Xiaoyang; Lin, Zheshuai; Chen, Chuangtian

    2016-07-01

    A phase of beryllium fluoride borate Be2BO3F (BBF) was successfully developed and grown by spontaneous nucleation from high temperature solution. The crystal belongs to the trigonal space group of R3̅c (No. 167), with lattice parameters a = 4.442(1) Å, c = 24.956(5) Å, and Z = 2. It is constructed by the infinite planar [Be2BO3F2]∞ layers, in which the planar triangle [BO3](3-) and the tetrahedral [BeO3F](5-) anionic groups are arranged in parallel via corner-sharing O atoms in each ab plane. BBF is an incongruent compound and decomposes at about 650 °C. The deep-ultraviolet (DUV) transmittance spectrum reveals that its UV cutoff wavelength is down to ∼150 nm. Theoretical calculations show that BBF has a large birefringence (Δn = 0.13 at 200 nm), which mainly originates from the infinite planar [Be2BO3F2]∞ layers. In conclusion, BBF may be served as a potential DUV birefringent material. PMID:27332696

  2. A new method for simultaneous detection and discrimination of Bovine herpesvirus types 1 (BoHV-1) and 5 (BoHV-5) using real time PCR with high resolution melting (HRM) analysis.

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    Marin, M S; Quintana, S; Leunda, M R; Recavarren, M; Pagnuco, I; Späth, E; Pérez, S; Odeón, A

    2016-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus types 1 (BoHV-1) and 5 (BoHV-5) are antigenically and genetically similar. The aim of this study was to develop a simple and reliable one-step real time PCR assay with high resolution melting (HRM) analysis for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of BoHV-1 and BoHV-5. Optimization of assay conditions was performed with DNA from reference strains. Then, DNA from field isolates, clinical samples and tissue samples of experimentally infected animals were studied by real time PCR-HRM. An efficient amplification of real time PCR products was obtained, and a clear melting curve and appropriate melting peaks for both viruses were achieved in the HRM curve analysis for BoHV type identification. BoHV was identified in all of the isolates and clinical samples, and BoHV types were properly differentiated. Furthermore, viral DNA was detected in 12/18 and 7/18 samples from BoHV-1- and BoHV-5-infected calves, respectively. Real time PCR-HRM achieved a higher sensitivity compared with virus isolation or conventional PCR. In this study, HRM was used as a novel procedure. This method provides rapid, sensitive, specific and simultaneous detection of bovine alpha-herpesviruses DNA. Thus, this technique is an excellent tool for diagnosis, research and epidemiological studies of these viruses in cattle. PMID:26478539

  3. Comparison of the ligand-binding properties of native and copper-less cytochromes bo from Escherichia coli.

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    Moody, A J; Mitchell, R; Jeal, A E; Rich, P R

    1997-01-01

    The binding of four anionic ligands, cyanide, fluoride, azide and formate, to cytochrome bo purified from Escherichia coli cells grown with a copper supplement (+Cu cyt.bo) is described. Membrane-bound cytochrome bo that lacks the copper component, CuB, of its active site can be prepared from cells grown under conditions where the availability of copper is limited by the presence of a CuI chelator, 2,2'-bicinchinonic acid. The ligand-binding properties of this copper-less enzyme (-Cu cyt.bo) are compared with those of +Cu cyt. bo. As judged from near-UV/visible spectroscopic changes, cyanide forms a low-spin complex with +Cu cyt.bo, whereas azide, fluoride and formate form high-spin complexes. The pH-dependences of binding suggest that for all four of these anionic ligands, both the rates of binding and the binding affinities are primarily dependent on the concentration of their protonated forms. -Cu cyt.bo, which shows less than 15% of the duroquinol oxidase activity of +Cu cyt.bo, binds cyanide, azide and fluoride, but with greatly decreased affinity (<1/30, 1/2000 and 1/2500 respectively at pH5.5 compared with +Cu cyt.bo). The complex of azide with -Cu cyt.bo still seems to be high-spin and azide binding to -Cu cyt.bo is still pH-dependent, although less so than azide binding to +Cu cyt.bo. PMID:9210397

  4. Thermoluminescence characteristics of Zn(BO2)2:Ce3+ under beta irradiation.

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    Kucuk, Nil; Kucuk, Ilker; Yüksel, Mehmet; Topaksu, Mustafa

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of undoped and various Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 powder samples excited by beta irradiation are reported for the first time. Zn(BO2)2:Ce(3+) powder samples were prepared by the nitric acid method (NAM) using the starting oxides [zinc oxide (ZnO), boric acid (H3BO3) and doped element oxide (CeO2)]. The formations of the obtained samples were confirmed by an X-ray diffraction study. Dose responses of Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were investigated after the beta irradiation in the dose range from 143 mGy to 60 Gy. All TL measurements were made on using an automated Risø TL/OSL DA-20 reader. TL emission was detected through a filter pack (Schott BG-39 and Corning 7-59) transmitting between 330 and 480 nm. TL glow curves were obtained using a constant heating rate of 5°C s(-1) from room temperature (RT) to 450°C in an N2 atmosphere. The dose response and minimum detectable dose (MDD) values of the samples were determined. The dose responses of all the samples tested exhibited a superlinear behaviour. MDD value of 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 sample, which shows a high temperature peak at about 230°C, was determined as 96 mGy. MDD values for 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were also determined as 682, 501, 635, 320 and 824 mGy, respectively. The trap parameters of undoped and 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were estimated by the computerised glow curve deconvolution method. PMID:26142459

  5. Quasi-spherical LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles: Synthesis, formation, and luminescence properties

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    Gao, Yu; Yang, Feng; Han, Wenchi; Fang, Qinghong; Xu, Zhenhe

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Quasi-spherical LuBO3 nanoparticles have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal route. The possible growth mechanism and the luminescent properties of the as-prepared microcrystals have been discussed. - Highlights: • LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal route. • The Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}-doped LuBO{sub 3} products show strong red and green emissions. • This method may be more widely applicable in the design of other rare-earth compounds. - Abstract: Quasi-spherical LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a designed hydrothermal conversion method. The Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} nanoparticles were first prepared by a simple homogeneous precipitation method. Subsequently, LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized at the expense of the Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} nanoparticles during a hydrothermal conversion process. The conversion process from the Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} precursor to LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles was investigated by time-dependent experiments. Moreover, the as-obtained Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}-doped LuBO{sub 3} products show strong characteristic red and green emissions under ultraviolet excitation and low-voltage electron beam excitation, respectively. This work sheds some light on the knowledge of conversion of different kind of lutetium compounds, and the luminescent properties have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays. More importantly, this simple method is expected to allow the large-scale production of other complex rare-earth compounds with controllable morphologies and sizes, and exploration of the morphology and photoluminescence properties.

  6. Thermoluminescence characteristics of Zn(BO2)2:Ce3+ under beta irradiation.

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    Kucuk, Nil; Kucuk, Ilker; Yüksel, Mehmet; Topaksu, Mustafa

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of undoped and various Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 powder samples excited by beta irradiation are reported for the first time. Zn(BO2)2:Ce(3+) powder samples were prepared by the nitric acid method (NAM) using the starting oxides [zinc oxide (ZnO), boric acid (H3BO3) and doped element oxide (CeO2)]. The formations of the obtained samples were confirmed by an X-ray diffraction study. Dose responses of Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were investigated after the beta irradiation in the dose range from 143 mGy to 60 Gy. All TL measurements were made on using an automated Risø TL/OSL DA-20 reader. TL emission was detected through a filter pack (Schott BG-39 and Corning 7-59) transmitting between 330 and 480 nm. TL glow curves were obtained using a constant heating rate of 5°C s(-1) from room temperature (RT) to 450°C in an N2 atmosphere. The dose response and minimum detectable dose (MDD) values of the samples were determined. The dose responses of all the samples tested exhibited a superlinear behaviour. MDD value of 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 sample, which shows a high temperature peak at about 230°C, was determined as 96 mGy. MDD values for 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were also determined as 682, 501, 635, 320 and 824 mGy, respectively. The trap parameters of undoped and 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were estimated by the computerised glow curve deconvolution method.

  7. Structure, composition, and assembly of paracrystalline phycobiliproteins in Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402 and of phycobilisomes in the derivative strain BO 9201.

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    Reuter, W; Westermann, M; Brass, S; Ernst, A; Böger, P; Wehrmeyer, W

    1994-01-01

    The phycobiliproteins of the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402 and its derivative strain BO 9201 are compared. The biliproteins of strain BO 8402 are organized in paracrystalline inclusion bodies showing an intense autofluorescence in vivo. These protein-pigment aggregates have been isolated. The highly purified complexes contain phycocyanin with traces of phycoerythrin, corresponding linker polypeptides LR35PC and LR33PE (the latter in a small amount), and a unique colored polypeptide with an M(r) of 55,000, designated L55. Allophycocyanin and the core linker polypeptides are absent. The substructure of the aggregates has been studied by electron microscopy. Repetitive subcomplexes of hexameric stacks of biliproteins form extraordinary long rods associated side by side in a highly condensed arrangement. Evidence that the linker polypeptides LR35PC and LR33PE stabilize the biliprotein hexamers is presented, while the location and function of the colored linker L55 remain uncertain. The derivative strain BO 9201 contains established hemidiscoidal phycobilisomes comprising phycoerythrin, phycocyanin, and allophycocyanin as well as the corresponding linker polypeptides. The core-membrane linker protein (LCM), and two polypeptides with M(r)s of 40,000 and 45,000 which are present in small amounts, exhibit strong cross-reactivity in Western blot (immunoblot) analysis using an antibody directed against the colored LCM of a Nostoc sp. In contrast, strain BO 8402 exhibits no polypeptide with a significant immunological cross-reactivity in Western blot analysis. Physiological and genetic implications of the unusual pigment compositions of both strains are discussed. Images PMID:8300542

  8. Conodont index fossil Hindeodus changxingensis Wang fingers greatest mass extinction event

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    Metcalfe, I.; Nicoll, R.S.; Wardlaw, B.R.

    2007-01-01

    The marine conodont fossil species, Hindeodus changxingensis Wang, that has a distinctive morphology, is restricted to a very narrow stratigraphic interval essentially from the Permian-Triassic extinction event through the internationally recognized boundary and into the very earliest Triassic. The species is geographically widespread in the Tethyan Region, from Italy to South China, and serves as a characteristic index fossil to reliably identify this short but critical interval that encompasses the greatest mass extinction of life on earth and the boundary between the Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras. ?? 2007 Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS.

  9. [Contribution of professor Wang Xuetai in development of acu-moxibustion science].

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    Wen, Li

    2006-01-01

    Wang Xuetai is a famous specialist of acupuncture-moxibustion science. Ever since 1948, he devoted himself to the studies of acupuncture literature, history, theory, clinical treatment and experimental work. He presided the International Standardization of Nomenclature of Acupoints, guided the International Standardization of Locations of Acupoints, and was invited to be the advisor of Studies on Meridians, one of the programs of State Climb Plans. Especially in the recent 20 years, he concentrated his efforts on the studies of development strategies and the advance of internationalization of acupuncture. His academic thinking produces a great impact in both China and abroad.

  10. Wang-Landau Algorithm for Continuous Models and Joint Density of States

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    Zhou, Chenggang; Schulthess, Thomas C; Torbrugge, S.; Landau, D. P.

    2006-01-01

    We present a modified Wang-Landau algorithm for models with continuous degrees of freedom. We demonstrate this algorithm with the calculation of the joint density of states of ferromagnet Heisenberg models and a model polymer chain. The joint density of states contains more information than the density of states of a single variable-energy, but is also much more time consuming to calculate. We present strategies to significantly speed up this calculation for large systems over a large range of energy and order parameter.

  11. An L1-script-transfer-effect fallacy: a rejoinder to Wang et al. (2003).

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    Yamada, Jun

    2004-09-01

    Do different L1 (first language) writing systems differentially affect word identification in English as a second language (ESL)? Wang, Koda, and Perfetti [Cognition 87 (2003) 129] answered yes by examining Chinese students with a logographic L1 background and Korean students with an alphabetic L1 background for their phonological and orthographic processing skills on English word identification. Such a conclusion is premature, however. We propose that the L1 phonological system (rather than the L1 writing system) of the learner largely accounts for cognitive processes in learning to read a second language (L2).

  12. Protein folding of the H0P model: A parallel Wang-Landau study

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    Shi, Guangjie; Wuest, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We propose a simple modication to the hydrophobic-polar (HP) protein model, by introducing a new type of monomer, "0", with intermediate hydrophobicity of some amino acids between H and P. With the replica-exchange Wang-Landau sampling method, we investigate some widely studied HP sequences as well as their H0P counterparts and observe that the H0P sequences exhibit dramatically reduced ground state degeneracy and more signicant transition signals at low temperature for some thermodynamic properties, such as the specific heat.

  13. Comments on "Adaptive resolution simulation in equilibrium and beyond" by H. Wang and A. Agarwal

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    Klein, R.

    2015-09-01

    Wang and Agarwal (Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics, this issue, 2015, doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02411-2) discuss variants of Adaptive Resolution Molecular Dynamics Simulations (AdResS), and their applications. Here we comment on their report, addressing scaling properties of the method, artificial forcings implemented to ensure constant density across the full simulation despite changing thermodynamic properties of the simulated media, the possible relation between an AdResS system on the one hand and a phase transition phenomenon on the other, and peculiarities of the SPC/E water model.

  14. Security analysis of boolean algebra based on Zhang-Wang digital signature scheme

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    Zheng, Jinbin

    2014-10-06

    In 2005, Zhang and Wang proposed an improvement signature scheme without using one-way hash function and message redundancy. In this paper, we show that this scheme exits potential safety concerns through the analysis of boolean algebra, such as bitwise exclusive-or, and point out that mapping is not one to one between assembly instructions and machine code actually by means of the analysis of the result of the assembly program segment, and which possibly causes safety problems unknown to the software.

  15. THE LITHOSPHERIC MAGNETIC FIELD ALONG THE NISHAN-GUYANG PROFILE, CHINA 6 datesYuan Jiehao1; Gu Zuowen1; Chen Bin1; Xu Rugang2; Wang Lie2; Wang Can1 1. Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration(IGP CEA), yjh810405@163.com 2. Anhui Earthquake Administration

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    Yuan, J.

    2014-12-01

    In order to research the lithospheric magnetic field and the magnetization structure, the geomagnetic field was surveyed along the Nishan-Guyang profile with 900 km long in the Neimenggu and Shanxi provinces in China. The distance between the adjacent geomagnetic sites is about 7 km along the profile. The geomagnetic data were analyzed, and the lithospheric magnetic field was obtained. Using the upward continuation method, the geomagnetic anomalies in different depths were obtained: the basement anomaly, the upper crust anomaly and the superficial anomaly. Basing on these geomagnetic anomalies, the magnetization structure was obtained by using the software of the ModelVision 11.0. The preliminary results show: (1) The geomagnetic anomalies have good relationship with the local geological structure. (2) The magnetization structure is related to the depth variation of the Curie interface, the values of the magnetic susceptibility, the seismic activity and the tectonic block.

  16. Drilling gas hydrates with the sea floor drill rig MARUM-MeBo

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    Freudenthal, Tim; Bohrmann, Gerhard; Wefer, Gerold

    2015-04-01

    Large amounts of methane are bound in marine gas hydrate deposits. Local conditions like pressure, temperature, gas and pore water compositions define the boundaries of gas hydrate stability within the ocean sediments. Depending on those conditions gas hydrates can occur within marine sediments at depth down to several hundreds of meters up to sea floor. These oceanic methane deposits are widespread along continental margins. By forming cement in otherwise soft sediments gas hydrates are stabilizing the seafloor on continental slopes. Drilling operations are required for understanding the distribution of gas hydrates as well as for sampling them to study the composition, microstructure and its geomechanical and geophysical properties. The sea floor drill rig MARUM-MeBo200 has the capability to drill down to 200 m below sea floor well within the depth of major gas hydrate occurrences at continental margins. This drill rig is a transportable sea floor drill rig that can be deployed from a variety of multi-purpose research vessels. It is deployed on the sea bed and controlled from the vessel. It is the second generation MeBo (Freudenthal and Wefer, 2013) and was developed from 2011 to 2014 by MARUM in cooperation with BAUER Maschinen GmbH. Long term experiences with the first generation MeBo70 that was operated since 2005 on 15 research expeditions largely contributed to the development of MeBo200. It was first tested in October 2014 from the research vessel RV SONNE in the North Sea. In this presentation the suitability of MARUM-MeBo for drilling marine gas hydrates is discussed. We report on experiences drilling gas hydrates on two research expeditions with MeBo70. A research expedition for sampling gas hydrates in the Danube Paleodelta with MeBo200 as well as technical developments for improving the suitability of MeBo for gas hydrate exploration works are planned within the project SUGAR3 funded by the Federal Government for Economy and Energy (BMWi). Freudenthal

  17. Superhalogens beget superhalogens: a case study of (BO2)n oligomers.

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    Kandalam, Anil K; Kiran, Boggavarapu; Jena, P; Pietsch, S; Ganteför, G

    2015-10-28

    Superhalogens belong to a class of molecules that not only mimic the chemistry of halogen atoms but also possess electron affinities that are much larger than that of chlorine, the element with the highest electron affinity in the periodic table. Using BO2 as an example and the synergy between density functional theory-based calculations and photoelectron spectroscopy experiments we demonstrate another unusual property of superhalogens. Unlike halogens, whose ability to accept an electron falls upon dimerization, B2O4, the dimer of BO2, has an electron affinity larger than that of the BO2 building block. This ability of (BO2)2 and subsequent, higher oligomers (BO2)n (n = 3 and 4), to retain their superhalogen characteristics can be traced to the enhanced bonding interactions between oxygen and boron atoms and due to the delocalization of the charge of the extra-electron over the terminal oxygen atoms. These results open the door to the design and synthesis of a new class of metal-free highly negative ions with potential for novel applications. PMID:26394536

  18. Spectral characteristics of different structural modifications of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3

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    Shmurak, S. Z.; Kedrov, V. V.; Kiselev, A. P.; Smyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-01-01

    The spectral and structural characteristics of polycrystals of Eu3+-doped lutetium borates Lu1 - x Eu x BO3) annealed at different temperatures have been investigated over a wide range of europium concentrations. The conditions for the preparation of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 in the calcite and vaterite phases have been determined. It has been found that there is a radical difference between the excitation spectra of the main emission bands of the calcite and vaterite phases of the Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 borates. The influence of the europium concentration on the structure of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 has been analyzed. It has been established that, at europium concentrations of higher than 15 at %, only the vaterite structure is formed independently of the annealing temperature. Thus, by varying the Eu3+ concentration and the annealing temperature of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3, it is possible to directionally synthesize a specific structural modification and, consequently, to control the spectral characteristics of this compound.

  19. Superhalogens beget superhalogens: a case study of (BO2)n oligomers.

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    Kandalam, Anil K; Kiran, Boggavarapu; Jena, P; Pietsch, S; Ganteför, G

    2015-10-28

    Superhalogens belong to a class of molecules that not only mimic the chemistry of halogen atoms but also possess electron affinities that are much larger than that of chlorine, the element with the highest electron affinity in the periodic table. Using BO2 as an example and the synergy between density functional theory-based calculations and photoelectron spectroscopy experiments we demonstrate another unusual property of superhalogens. Unlike halogens, whose ability to accept an electron falls upon dimerization, B2O4, the dimer of BO2, has an electron affinity larger than that of the BO2 building block. This ability of (BO2)2 and subsequent, higher oligomers (BO2)n (n = 3 and 4), to retain their superhalogen characteristics can be traced to the enhanced bonding interactions between oxygen and boron atoms and due to the delocalization of the charge of the extra-electron over the terminal oxygen atoms. These results open the door to the design and synthesis of a new class of metal-free highly negative ions with potential for novel applications.

  20. Transfection, expression, and DNA sequence of a gene encoding a BoLA-A11 antigen

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    Sawhney, S.M.S.; Hasima, N.N.; Glass, E.J.; Al-Murrani, S.W.K.; Nichani, A.K.; Spooner, R.L.; Williams, J.L.; Russell, G.C.

    1995-02-01

    Cattle major histocompatibility complex [(MHC) (BoLA)] class I molecules are heterodimeric glycoproteins which present endogenous antigenic peptides to CD8{sup +} T lymphocytes, initiating a cellular immune response. The MHC-encoded heavy chains are highly polymorphic and, in cattle, have been characterized mainly by using allo-antisera raised by reciprocal calf/dam immunizations. This has enabled the identification of about 50 serlogical specificities, most of which behave as alleles of a single highly polymorphic class I locus. However, evidence from biochemical and molecular biological studies suggest that more than one BoLA class I locus is expressed. These loci are apparently in linkage disequilibrium, making them difficult to distinguish by conventional methods. In order to investigate the expression and function of individual class I locus products, we are correlating BoLA class I gene sequences with the expressed products by the transfection and characterization of genomic class I clones. Shotgun transfection and expression of BoLA class I molecules has been described previously, but the genes involved were not isolated. In this paper we report the isolation, DNA sequencing, transfection, and expression of a genomic clone encoding a BoLA-A11 determinant from an animal expressing A10 and A11 serological specificities. 23 refs., 3 figs.

  1. Synthesis and thermoluminescence properties of rare earth-doped NaMgBO3 phosphor.

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    Khan, Z S; Ingale, N B; Omanwar, S K

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth (Dy(3+) and Sm(3+))-doped sodium magnesium borate (NaMgBO3) is synthesized by solution combustion synthesis method keeping their thermoluminescence properties in mind. The reaction produced very stable crystalline NaMgBO3:RE (RE = Dy(3+), Sm(3+)) phosphors. The phosphors are exposed to (60)Co gamma-ray radiations dose of varying rate from 5 to 25 Gy, and their TL characteristics with kinetic parameters are studied. NaMgBO3:Dy(3+) phosphor shows two peaks for lower doping concentration of Dy(3+) while it reduced to single peak for the higher concentrations of activator Dy(3+). NaMgBO3:Dy(3+) shows the major glow peak around 200 °C while NaMgBO3:Sm(3+) phosphors show two well-separated glow peaks at 200 and 332 °C respectively. The thermoluminescence intensity of these phosphors was compare with the commercially available TLD-100 (Harshaw) phosphor. The TL responses for gamma-ray radiations dose were found to be linear from 5 to 25 Gy for both phosphors while the fading in each case is calculated for the tenure of 45 days.

  2. Signature of the Superatom to Superhalogen Behavior of Aun(BO2)m clusters

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    Kandalam, Anil; Gotz, Matthias; Willis, Mary; Gantefor, Gerd; Jena, Puru

    2010-03-01

    We report the discovery of a new class of clusters consisting of Aun(BO2)m which formed during the oxygenation of gold clusters when boron nitride was used as insulation in the pulsed arc cluster ion source (PACIS). Using DFT based calculations, we trace the origin of these species to be due to the unusual stability of the BO2 moiety as well as shed light on their formation process. PES measurements and the corresponding DFT calculations further reveal some rather remarkable properties of Aun(BO2)m clusters such as large HOMO-LUMO gaps in the range of 3.00 eV -- 3.95 eV and electron affinities substantially larger than that of F, the most electronegative element in the periodic table. In addition, some of the most predominant features of the electronic structure of the bare Au clusters, namely odd-even alternation in the electron affinity, are preserved in the Aun(BO2) species. The synergy between theory and experiment illustrates that Aun(BO2)m clusters, behave as superatoms and superhalogens, opening the door for the synthesis of a new class of cluster-assembled materials.

  3. Three enzymatically active neurotoxins of Clostridium botulinum strain Af84: BoNT/A2, /F4, and /F5.

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    Kalb, Suzanne R; Baudys, Jakub; Smith, Theresa J; Smith, Leonard A; Barr, John R

    2014-04-01

    Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are produced by various species of clostridia and are potent neurotoxins which cause the disease botulism, by cleaving proteins needed for successful nerve transmission. There are currently seven confirmed serotypes of BoNTs, labeled A-G, and toxin-producing clostridia typically only produce one serotype of BoNT. There are a few strains (bivalent strains) which are known to produce more than one serotype of BoNT, producing either both BoNT/A and /B, BoNT/A and /F, or BoNT/B and /F, designated as Ab, Ba, Af, or Bf. Recently, it was reported that Clostridium botulinum strain Af84 has three neurotoxin gene clusters: bont/A2, bont/F4, and bont/F5. This was the first report of a clostridial organism containing more than two neurotoxin gene clusters. Using a mass spectrometry based proteomics approach, we report here that all three neurotoxins, BoNT/A2, /F4, and /F5, are produced by C. botulinum Af84. Label free MS(E) quantification of the three toxins indicated that toxin composition is 88% BoNT/A2, 1% BoNT/F4, and 11% BoNT/F5. The enzymatic activity of all three neurotoxins was assessed by examining the enzymatic activity of the neurotoxins upon peptide substrates, which mimic the toxins' natural targets, and monitoring cleavage of the substrates by mass spectrometry. We determined that all three neurotoxins are enzymatically active. This is the first report of three enzymatically active neurotoxins produced in a single strain of Clostridium botulinum.

  4. Psychometric properties of the Revised Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS-R) in Chinese adolescents.

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    Mak, Kwok-Kei; Lai, Ching-Man; Ko, Chih-Hung; Chou, Chien; Kim, Dong-Il; Watanabe, Hiroko; Ho, Roger C M

    2014-10-01

    The Revised Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS-R) was developed to assess Internet addiction in Chinese populations, but its psychometric properties in adolescents have not been examined. This study aimed to evaluate the factor structure and psychometric properties of CIAS-R in Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. 860 Grade 7 to 13 students (38 % boys) completed the CIAS-R, the Young's Internet Addiction Test (IAT), and the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) in a survey. The prevalence of Internet addiction as assessed by CIAS-R was 18 %. High internal consistency and inter-item correlations were reported for the CIAS-R. Results from the confirmatory factor analysis suggested a four-factor structure of Compulsive Use and Withdrawal, Tolerance, Interpersonal and Health-related Problems, and Time Management Problems. Moreover, results of hierarchical multiple regression supported the incremental validity of the CIAS-R to predict mental health outcomes beyond the effects of demographic differences and self-reported time spent online. The CIAS is a reliable and valid measure of internet addiction problems in Hong Kong adolescents. Future study is warranted to validate the cutoffs of the CIAS-R for identification of adolescents with Internet use problems who may have mental health needs.

  5. Bulk Modulus of Spherical Palladium Nanoparticles by Chen-Mobius Lattice Inversion Method

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    Abdul-Hafidh, Esam

    2015-03-01

    Palladium is a precious and rare element that belongs to the Platinum group metals (PGMS) with the lowest density and melting point. Numerous uses of Pd in dentistry, medicine and industrial applications attracted considerable investment. Preparation and characterization of palladium nanoparticles have been conducted by many researchers, but very little effort has taken place on the study of Pd physical properties, such as, mechanical, optical, and electrical. In this study, Chen-Mobius lattice inversion method is used to calculate the cohesive energy and modulus of palladium. The method was employed to calculate the cohesive energy by summing over all pairs of atoms within palladium spherical nanoparticles. The modulus is derived from the cohesive energy curve as a function of particles' sizes. The cohesive energy has been calculated using the potential energy function proposed by (Rose et al., 1981). The results are found to be comparable with previous predictions of metallic nanoparticles. This work is supported by the Royal commission at Yanbu- Saudi Arabia.

  6. Wormholes supported by phantom energy from Shan-Chen cosmological fluids

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    Wang, Deng; Meng, Xin-He

    2016-03-01

    In the present paper, the exact solutions of spherically symmetrical Einstein field equations describing wormholes supported by phantom energy that violates the null energy condition from Shan-Chen background fluid are obtained. We have considered the important case of the model parameter ψ ≈ 1, which corresponds to the "saturation effect", and this regime corresponds to an effective form of "asymptotic freedom" for the fluids, but occurring at cosmological rather than subnuclear scales. Then we investigate the allowed range for the values of the model parameters g and ω when the spacetime metrics describe wormholes and discuss the possible singularities of the solutions, finding that the obtained spacetimes are geodesically complete. Furthermore, we construct two traversable wormholes through matching our obtained interior solutions to the exterior Schwarzschild solutions and analyze the traversablities of the wormholes. Finally, we consider the case of anisotropic pressure and discover that the transverse pressure also crosses the phantom divide -1 with the growth of the wormhole dimension, and it tends to be the same as the radial pressure with the growth of the wormhole radius.

  7. Apoptosis of human pancreatic carcinoma cell-1 cells induced by Yin Chen Hao Decoction

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    Zhou, Hai-Bo; Chen, Jing-Ming; Shao, Li-Ming; Chen, Zhi-Gang

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate human pancreatic carcinoma cell line (PANC-1) cells apoptosis and Bcl-2 and Bax expression induced by Yin Chen Hao Decoction (YCHD). METHODS: The cell growth inhibitory rate was determined by MTT assay. Apoptosis of PANC-1 cells before and after treatment with YCHD was determined by TUNEL staining. Expression of the apoptosis-associated genes, Bcl-2 and Bax, was detected by immunohistochemical staining and reverse transcription -PCR. RESULTS: YCHD inhibited the growth of PANC-1 cells. Following treatment with YCHD for 24-96 h, the apoptotic rate of PANC-1 cells increased with time. In addition, the positive rate of Bcl-2 protein expression decreased in a time-dependent manner, whereas the positive rate of Bax protein expression increased in a time-dependent manner. Following treatment of with YCHD for 24-96h, expression of BAX mRNA increased gradually and BCL-2 mRNA reduced gradually with time. CONCLUSION: YCHD induces apoptosis of PANC-1 cells mediated in part via up-regulation of BAX and down-regulation of BCL-2. PMID:26217086

  8. Antibodies to Influenza A Viruses in Wintering Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) in Texas.

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    Wong, Jessica K; Wilcox, Benjamin R; Fojtik, Alinde; Poulson, Rebecca L; Stallknecht, David E

    2016-05-01

    Wild waterfowl in the order Anseriformes are recognized reservoirs for influenza A viruses (IAVs); however, prevalence of infection can vary greatly by species. Few isolates of IAVs have been reported from snow geese (Chen caerulescens), and generally they have not been regarded as an important component of this reservoir. In February 2013, 151 combined cloacal and oropharangeal swabs and 147 serum samples were collected from snow geese wintering on the Gulf coast of Texas. None of the swab samples tested positive by virus isolation, but antibodies to IAVs were detected in 87 (59%) birds tested by competitive blocking ELISA (bELISA). To further characterize these detected antibodies, positive samples were tested by virus microneutralization (MN) for antibodies to viruses representing 14 hemagglutinin subtypes (HA1-HA12, H14, and H15). By MN, antibodies to H1 (n = 41; 47%), H5 (n = 32; 37%), H6 (n = 49; 56%), H9 (n = 50; 57%), and H12 (n = 24; 28%) were detected. Snow goose populations have increased in North America since the 1960s, and their association with agricultural lands provides a potential indirect source of IAV infection for domestic poultry. This potential, as well as the detection of antibodies to HA subtypes H5, H9, and H12 that are not well represented in other waterfowl species, suggests that further snow geese surveillance is indicated. PMID:27309076

  9. Bag of Lines (BoL) for Improved Aerial Scene Representation

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    Sridharan, Harini; Cheriyadat, Anil M.

    2014-09-22

    Feature representation is a key step in automated visual content interpretation. In this letter, we present a robust feature representation technique, referred to as bag of lines (BoL), for high-resolution aerial scenes. The proposed technique involves extracting and compactly representing low-level line primitives from the scene. The compact scene representation is generated by counting the different types of lines representing various linear structures in the scene. Through extensive experiments, we show that the proposed scene representation is invariant to scale changes and scene conditions and can discriminate urban scene categories accurately. We compare the BoL representation with the popular scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) and Gabor wavelets for their classification and clustering performance on an aerial scene database consisting of images acquired by sensors with different spatial resolutions. The proposed BoL representation outperforms the SIFT- and Gabor-based representations.

  10. Bag of Lines (BoL) for Improved Aerial Scene Representation

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    Sridharan, Harini; Cheriyadat, Anil M.

    2014-09-22

    Feature representation is a key step in automated visual content interpretation. In this letter, we present a robust feature representation technique, referred to as bag of lines (BoL), for high-resolution aerial scenes. The proposed technique involves extracting and compactly representing low-level line primitives from the scene. The compact scene representation is generated by counting the different types of lines representing various linear structures in the scene. Through extensive experiments, we show that the proposed scene representation is invariant to scale changes and scene conditions and can discriminate urban scene categories accurately. We compare the BoL representation with the popular scalemore » invariant feature transform (SIFT) and Gabor wavelets for their classification and clustering performance on an aerial scene database consisting of images acquired by sensors with different spatial resolutions. The proposed BoL representation outperforms the SIFT- and Gabor-based representations.« less

  11. Scorpion toxins for the reversal of BoNT-induced paralysis.

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    Lowery, Colin A; Adler, Michael; Borrell, Andrew; Janda, Kim D

    2013-12-15

    The botulinum neurotoxins, characterized by their neuromuscular paralytic effects, are the most toxic proteins known to man. Due to their extreme potency, ease of production, and duration of activity, the BoNT proteins have been classified by the Centers for Disease Control as high threat agents for bioterrorism. In an attempt to discover effective BoNT therapeutics, we have pursued a strategy in which we leverage the blockade of K(+) channels that ultimately results in the reversal of neuromuscular paralysis. Towards this end, we utilized peptides derived from scorpion venom that are highly potent K(+) channel blockers. Herein, we report the synthesis of charybdotoxin, a 37 amino acid peptide, and detail its activity, along with iberiotoxin and margatoxin, in a mouse phrenic nerve hemidiaphragm assay in the absence and the presence of BoNT/A. PMID:24252544

  12. BoD services in layer 1 VPN with dynamic virtual concatenation group

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    Du, Shu; Peng, Yunfeng; Long, Keping

    2008-11-01

    Bandwidth-on-Demand (BoD) services are characteristic of dynamic bandwidth provisioning based on customers' resource requirement, which will be a must for future networks. BoD services become possible with the development of make-before-break, Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS). In this paper, we introduce BoD services into L1VPN, thus the resource assigned to a L1VPN can be gracefully adjusted at various bandwidth granularities based on customers' requirement. And we propose a dynamic bandwidth adjustment scheme, which is compromise between make-before-break and VCAT&LCAS and mainly based on the latter. The scheme minimizes the number of distinct paths to support a connection between a source-destination pair, and uses make-beforebreak technology for re-optimization.

  13. Antiatherogenic effects of the antioxidant BO-653 in three different animal models

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    Cynshi, Osamu; Kawabe, Yoshiki; Suzuki, Tsukasa; Takashima, Yoshiaki; Kaise, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Minako; Ohba, Yasuhiro; Kato, Yoshiaki; Tamura, Kunio; Hayasaka, Akira; Higashida, Atsuko; Sakaguchi, Hisashi; Takeya, Motohiro; Takahashi, Kiyoshi; Inoue, Kenji; Noguchi, Noriko; Niki, Etsuo; Kodama, Tatsuhiko

    1998-01-01

    Antioxidants have been proposed to have antiatherogenic potential by their inhibition of low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation. Here, we report an antioxidant, BO-653 (2,3-dihydro-5-hydroxy-2,2-dipentyl-4,6-di-tert-butylbenzofuran), designed to exhibit antioxidative potency comparable to that of α-tocopherol, but yet possess a high degree of lipophilicity comparable to that of probucol. BO-653 exhibits a high affinity for LDL and is well distributed in aortic vessels in vivo. In atherosclerosis models of rabbits and mice, BO-653 has been shown to be able to suppress the formation of atherosclerotic lesions without untoward side effects. Specifically, there was no reduction of high density lipoprotein levels. This antioxidant provides additional evidence in support of the oxidized-LDL hypothesis, and itself is a promising candidate antioxidant for clinical use. PMID:9707611

  14. Ferromagnetism and strong magnetic anisotropy of the PbMnBO4 orthoborate single crystals

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    Pankrats, A.; Sablina, K.; Eremin, M.; Balaev, A.; Kolkov, M.; Tugarinov, V.; Bovina, A.

    2016-09-01

    The PbMnBO4 orthoborate single crystals were first grown and their magnetic properties and ferromagnetic resonance were studied. It was found that the ferromagnetic state below the Curie temperature TC=31 K is characterized by the strong magnetic anisotropy. The significant effective anisotropy fields of PbMnBO4 determine the energy gap in the FMR spectrum, which is extraordinary large for ferromagnets (112 GHz at T=4.2 K). It was shown that the static Jahn-Teller effect characteristic of the Mn3+ ion leads to both the ferromagnetic ordering and the strong magnetic anisotropy in the crystal. In the strong external magnetic field the induced ferromagnetic ordering is retained in the crystal above the Curie temperature up to the temperatures multiply higher than TC. A weak anomaly of the dielectric permittivity was observed in PbMnBO4 at the Curie temperature at which the long-range ferromagnetic order is established.

  15. Rapid iron borate (FeBO3) powder fabrication using microwave heating

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    Yang, Chia-En; Cheng, Jiping; Yin, Shizhuo

    2010-08-01

    Microwave assisted synthesis of crystalline FeBO3 powder is investigated in a multimode cavity at 2.45GHz as a possible method for faster synthesis. An Alumina-SiC susceptor enclosure was placed inside the cavity to overcome poor microwave absorption of the precursor at low temperatures. Enhanced diffusion was observed with appropriate precursor viscosity at reaction temperature. Less than 8 hours was found enough to complete FeBO3 synthesis, as compared with more than 20 hours of synthesis using conventional muffle oven. Microwave enhanced diffusion was not obvious with too high viscosity and eventually leveled by thermal diffusion with too low viscosity. The microwave synthesized FeBO3 particles were found more rhombohedral and smaller than conventional furnace synthesized ones, thus are inherently more suitable as optical composite materials.

  16. Efficient blue luminescence in Ce 3+-activated borates, A 6MM'(BO 3) 6

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    Sankar, R.

    2008-12-01

    Photoluminescence studies on the Ce 3+-activated borates of the type Sr 6MGa(BO 3) 6 [A = Sr; M = La, Gd, Lu; M' = Ga; Ce 3+ at the M-site], Sr 6YAl(BO 3) 6 [A = Sr; M = Y; M' = Al; Ce 3+ at the Y-site], LaSr 5YMg(BO 3) 6 [A = La, Sr; M = Y; M' = Mg and Ce 3+ at the La 3+-site] have been carried out for the first time and the results are presented here. All these compounds have been synthesized by the solid state reaction under reducing atmosphere and characterized by powder XRD, TG/DT, density, particle size, SEM, FT-IR and photoluminescence techniques. The photoluminescence of Sr 6LaGa(BO 3) 6 activated with low and high Ce 3+ concentrations has been studied. The luminescence of Ce 3+ ions substituted at the larger (Gd 3+) and smaller (Lu 3+) ionic sites have been discussed. Two new compounds Sr 6CeGa(BO 3) 6 and CeSr 5YMg(BO 3) 6 have also been synthesized and studied. The photoluminescence studies show that under excitation with 254 and 355 nm, all these compounds display efficient blue emission in the region around 400-420 nm. The luminescence properties of these hexaborates under 254 nm excitation are similar to the known blue lamp phosphors Ca 5(PO 4) 3F:Sb 3+, Sr 2P 2O 7:Eu 2+, Sr 5(PO 4) 3Cl:Eu 2+ and the luminescence under 355 nm excitation are similar to the known blue TV phosphor ZnS:Ag +. Thus, the borate phosphors can be used as blue components in low pressure mercury vapor (lpmv) lamps and in television tubes.

  17. Inpatient healthcare provider bypassing by women and their children in urban Bo, Sierra Leone

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    Fleming, Lila C; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred; Alejandre, Joel; Bangura, Umaru; Jimmy, David Henry; Waters, Nigel; Baghi, Heibatollah; Stenger, David; Jacobsen, Kathryn H

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Bypassing refers to a person's decision to seek care at a healthcare facility that is not the nearest one of its type to the person's home. Methods This study examined inpatient care facility bypassing in urban Bo, Sierra Leone using data from 1,980 women with children 15 years of age and younger who were interviewed in 2010-2011. The locations of residential structures and hospitals were identified using a geographic information system (GIS), and the road distances from participating households to the nearest and preferred inpatient care facilities were measured. Results Nine inpatient care facilities serve Bo residents, but more than 70% of the participating women reported that the city's main public hospital (Bo Government Hospital), located in the city center, was their preferred inpatient care provider. Participants resided within a median distance of 0.9 km (Interquartile range (IQR): 0.6, 1.8) from their closest inpatient facility, but they would travel a median distance of 2.4 km (IQR: 1.0, 3.3) to reach their preferred providers. About 87% of the women would bypass their nearest inpatient care facility to access care at a preferred provider. Bypassing rates were similar for various demographic and socioeconomic groups, but higher for women living farther from the city center. Conclusion Although Bo has a diverse healthcare marketplace, access to affordable advanced care options is limited. Most women in Bo would choose to bypass facilities nearer to their homes to seek the low-cost and comprehensive care offered by Bo Government Hospital. PMID:27279971

  18. The role of BoFLC2 in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.) reproductive development.

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    Ridge, Stephen; Brown, Philip H; Hecht, Valérie; Driessen, Ronald G; Weller, James L

    2015-01-01

    In agricultural species that are sexually propagated or whose marketable organ is a reproductive structure, management of the flowering process is critical. Inflorescence development in cauliflower is particularly complex, presenting unique challenges for those seeking to predict and manage flowering time. In this study, an integrated physiological and molecular approach was used to clarify the environmental control of cauliflower reproductive development at the molecular level. A functional allele of BoFLC2 was identified for the first time in an annual brassica, along with an allele disrupted by a frameshift mutation (boflc2). In a segregating F₂ population derived from a cross between late-flowering (BoFLC2) and early-flowering (boflc2) lines, this gene behaved in a dosage-dependent manner and accounted for up to 65% of flowering time variation. Transcription of BoFLC genes was reduced by vernalization, with the floral integrator BoFT responding inversely. Overall expression of BoFT was significantly higher in early-flowering boflc2 lines, supporting the idea that BoFLC2 plays a key role in maintaining the vegetative state. A homologue of Arabidopsis VIN3 was isolated for the first time in a brassica crop species and was up-regulated by two days of vernalization, in contrast to findings in Arabidopsis where prolonged exposure to cold was required to elicit up-regulation. The correlations observed between gene expression and flowering time in controlled-environment experiments were validated with gene expression analyses of cauliflowers grown outdoors under 'natural' vernalizing conditions, indicating potential for transcript levels of flowering genes to form the basis of predictive assays for curd initiation and flowering time.

  19. In vitro activity of a new carbapenem antibiotic, BO-2727, with potent antipseudomonal activity.

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    Nakagawa, S; Hashizume, T; Matsuda, K; Sanada, M; Okamoto, O; Fukatsu, H; Tanaka, N

    1993-01-01

    BO-2727, a new 1-beta-methyl-carbapenem, was active at concentrations of 6.25 micrograms/ml or less against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including some imipenem- and/or meropenem-resistant (MICs, > or = 12.5 micrograms/ml) Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, against which it proved generally fourfold more active than imipenem and meropenem. BO-2727's antipseudomonal activity and its broad spectrum merit further investigation for clinical use by itself, since it was stable in the presence of renal dehydropeptidase I. PMID:8109950

  20. Optical characterizations of YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 and Nd:YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 crystals

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    Segonds, P.; Boulanger, B.; Ménaert, B.; Zaccaro, J.; Salvestrini, J. P.; Fontana, M. D.; Moncorgé, R.; Porée, F.; Gadret, G.; Mangin, J.; Brenier, A.; Boulon, G.; Aka, G.; Pelenc, D.

    2007-04-01

    We report a complete optical characterization of YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 and Nd:YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 crystals. We studied the relative orientation between the dielectric and the crystallographic frames as a function of the wavelength and performed accurate phase-matching angles measurements for second harmonic generation, using a single crystal cut as a sphere. We also recorded polarized luminescence spectra of Nd:YCOB along the principal axes of the dielectric frame. For both crystals, we measured the gray-tracking and the thermo-optic properties as a function of temperature and wavelength using oriented slabs. Finally, we measured all their dielectric and electro-optic coefficients, as a function of frequency and wavelength.

  1. Selective excitation study of Yb3+ in GdCa4O(BO3)3 and YCa4O(BO3)3

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    Lupei, A.; Aka, G.; Antic-Fidancev, E.; Viana, B.; Vivien, D.; Aschehoug, P.

    2002-02-01

    The Yb3+-doped non-linear rare-earth calcium oxoborate crystals GdCa4O (BO3)3 (GdCOB) and YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) were investigated by low-temperature absorption and selective excitation spectroscopy. The selective excitation and emission spectra revealed the spectral features of the main Yb3+ centre and the principal minority one in both crystals. The energy level schemes for these centres in both hosts, as well as structural assignments, were proposed. It was established that the minority centre, which represents about 10% of the total intensity and was assigned to Yb3+ in a Ca2+ site, is not a trap but an energy donor for the main centre. Common features of and differences between the vibronic structure of the two centres in GdCOB and YCOB are discussed. The existence of additional features in YCOB:Yb spectra is pointed out.

  2. [BO-CEC National Advisory Committee Meetings and Conference: January 21, 1974; January 13, 1975; July 15, 1975:] Appendix B.

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    Appendix B to the final report of the Business and Office Career Education Curriculum (BO-CEC) project contains three sections. Sections 1 and 2 briefly present the agenda, the participants, and the reports of the BO-CEC National Advisory Committee Meetings of January 1974 and January 1975. Section 3 concerns the July 1975 dissemination conference…

  3. Performance of Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau Sampling for the 2D Ising Model: A Brief Survey

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    Zhao, Yiwei; Cheung, Siu Wun; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus

    2014-01-01

    We report a brief performance study of the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm, a recently proposed parallel realization of Wang-Landau sampling, using the 2D Ising model as a test case. The simulation time is found to scale inversely with the square root of the number of subwindows (and thus number of processors) used to span the global parameter space. We also investigate the time profiles for random walkers in dierent subwindows to complete iterations, which will aid the development of and adaptive load-balancing scheme.

  4. [Academic thoughts on Practice of acupuncture and moxibustion written by CHEN Jingwen, the acupuncture master in the Republic of China].

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    Huang, Weiping; Li, Naiqi

    2015-03-01

    Through the collection of Practice of acupuncture and moxibustion written by CHEN Jingwen, the acupuncture master in the Republic of China, the academic characteristics on acupuncture and moxibusiton were analyzed. The literature comparison method was adopted to compare the works of LUO Zhaoju, ZENG Tianzhi and LI Wenxian, etc. at the same period. It was discovered that CHEN Jingwen was the medical master who systematicly brought up the theory of acupoint properties earlier in the modern times. Classifying drugs based on acupoints was his academic feature. Additionally, the compatibility therapy of Chinese medicine was introduced to explain the essential ideas on the acupoints combination. The treatment was determined on the basis of zangxiang theory and the reinforcing and reducing therapy of acupuncture was emphasized in the determination of treatment and prescription. CHEN Jingwen's theory of acupoint property had been stressed and spread among the medical scholars in the Republic of China and he had made the beneficial exploration for the development of modern acupuncture and moxibustion therapy.

  5. Robustness of the Chen-Dougherty-Bittner procedure against non-normality and heterogeneity in the coefficient of variation.

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    Powell, Douglas A; Anderson, Lucy M; Cheng, Robert Y S; Alvord, W Gregory

    2002-10-01

    Chen, Dougherty, and Bittner [Y. Chen, E. R. Dougherty, and M. L. Bittner, J. Biomed. Opt. 2(4), 364-374 (1997)] provided the derivation of a probability density function (PDF) for a signal ratio from a DNA microarray. This PDF is potentially useful for testing whether a pair of signals from the same gene has a common mean. The derivation of the PDF assumes the normality of all signal distributions and a common coefficient of variation (CV) for all signals within a microarray. The testing procedure requires the calculation of a common confidence interval for a microarray, based on a maximum likelihood estimator of the "common" CV, and the determination of whether or not a ratio for a particular gene falls within this interval. This study used Monte Carlo techniques and demonstrated that the procedure is robust to violations of normality and also to constancy in the coefficients of variation. A closer examination of the dynamics of the procedure found that the robustness was the result of offsetting effects. The size of the confidence interval was increased as a result of higher estimates of the common CV, as the actual CV pattern became heterogeneous. This effect mitigated the inflation in the size of the ratio as a result of increasing CV heterogeneity. These findings suggest that the Chen-Dougherty-Bittner procedure may be used even if underlying assumptions do not hold.

  6. In vitro evaluation of BO-3482, a novel dithiocarbamate carbapenem with activity against methicillin-resistant staphylococci.

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    Adachi, Y; Nakamura, K; Kato, Y; Hazumi, N; Hashizume, T; Nakagawa, S

    1997-01-01

    BO-3482, a dithiocarbamate carbapenem, inhibited clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MRS) at 6.25 microg/ml (MIC at which 90% of isolates tested are inhibited [MIC90]), while the MIC90 of imipenem was > 100 microg/ml. BO-3482 was generally less active than imipenem against methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, enterococci, and gram-negative bacteria, although BO-3482 showed better activity (MIC90) than imipenem against Enterococcus faecium, Haemophilus influenzae, Proteus mirabilis, and Clostridium difficile. The affinities (50% inhibitory concentrations) of BO-3482 for penicillin-binding protein (PBP) PBP 2' of MRS and PBP 5 of E. faecium (both PBPs have low affinities for ordinary beta-lactam antibiotics) were 3.8 and 20 microg/ml, respectively, reflecting the greater activity of BO-3482 against MRS than against E. faecium. PMID:9333063

  7. Pb2 BO3 Cl: A Tailor-Made Polar Lead Borate Chloride with Very Strong Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Zou, Guohong; Lin, Chensheng; Jo, Hongil; Nam, Gnu; You, Tae-Soo; Ok, Kang Min

    2016-09-19

    A meticulously designed, polar, non-centrosymmetric lead borate chloride, Pb2 BO3 Cl, was synthesized using KBe2 BO3 F2 (KBBF) as a model. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that the structure of Pb2 BO3 Cl consists of cationic [Pb2 (BO3 )](+) honeycomb layers and Cl(-) anions. Powder second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on graded polycrystalline Pb2 BO3 Cl indicated that the title compound is phase-matchable (type I) and exhibits a remarkably strong SHG response, which is approximately nine times stronger than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate, and the largest efficiency observed in materials with structures similar to KBBF. Further characterization suggested that the compound melts congruently at high temperature and has a wide transparency window from the near-UV to the mid-IR region. PMID:27555114

  8. Pb2 BO3 Cl: A Tailor-Made Polar Lead Borate Chloride with Very Strong Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Zou, Guohong; Lin, Chensheng; Jo, Hongil; Nam, Gnu; You, Tae-Soo; Ok, Kang Min

    2016-09-19

    A meticulously designed, polar, non-centrosymmetric lead borate chloride, Pb2 BO3 Cl, was synthesized using KBe2 BO3 F2 (KBBF) as a model. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that the structure of Pb2 BO3 Cl consists of cationic [Pb2 (BO3 )](+) honeycomb layers and Cl(-) anions. Powder second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on graded polycrystalline Pb2 BO3 Cl indicated that the title compound is phase-matchable (type I) and exhibits a remarkably strong SHG response, which is approximately nine times stronger than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate, and the largest efficiency observed in materials with structures similar to KBBF. Further characterization suggested that the compound melts congruently at high temperature and has a wide transparency window from the near-UV to the mid-IR region.

  9. Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower.

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    Chiu, Li-Wei; Li, Li

    2012-10-01

    Purple cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) Graffiti represents a unique mutant in conferring ectopic anthocyanin biosynthesis, which is caused by the tissue-specific activation of BoMYB2, an ortholog of Arabidopsis PAP2 or MYB113. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory network of anthocyanin biosynthesis, we investigated the interaction among cauliflower MYB-bHLH-WD40 network proteins and examined the interplay of BoMYB2 with various bHLH transcription factors in planta. Yeast two-hybrid studies revealed that cauliflower BoMYBs along with the other regulators formed the MYB-bHLH-WD40 complexes and BobHLH1 acted as a bridge between BoMYB and BoWD40-1 proteins. Different BoMYBs exhibited different binding activity to BobHLH1. Examination of the BoMYB2 transgenic lines in Arabidopsis bHLH mutant backgrounds demonstrated that TT8, EGL3, and GL3 were all involved in the BoMYB2-mediated anthocyanin biosynthesis. Expression of BoMYB2 in Arabidopsis caused up-regulation of AtTT8 and AtEGL3 as well as a subset of anthocyanin structural genes encoding flavonoid 3'-hydroxylase, dihydroflavonol 4-reductase, and leucoanthocyanidin dioxygenase. Taken together, our results show that MYB-bHLH-WD40 network transcription factors regulated the bHLH gene expression, which may represent a critical feature in the control of anthocyanin biosynthesis. BoMYB2 together with various BobHLHs specifically regulated the late anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway genes for anthocyanin biosynthesis. Our findings provide additional information for the complicated regulatory network of anthocyanin biosynthesis and the transcriptional regulation of transcription factors in vegetable crops.

  10. A triple gene mutant of BoHV-1 administered intranasally in lambs replicates efficiently in the nasal epithelium and induces neutralizing antibody

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    Bovine herpes virus 1 (BoHV-1) causes respiratory infections and abortions in cattle, and is an important component of Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC). BoHV-1 has also been isolated from sheep with respiratory disorder. Experimentally, sheep and goats are infected productively with BoHV-1...

  11. Aktivitätsmessung auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Oberflächen

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    Schmidt, Peter Michael

    2003-06-01

    Im Bereich der medizinischen Diagnostik spielen DNA-Chips eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Dabei werden Glas- oder Silikon-Oberflächen mit Tausenden von einzelsträngigen DNA-Fragmenten, sog. Sonden, bestückt, die mit den passenden DNA-Fragmenten in der zugefügten Patientenprobe verschmelzen. Die Auswertung solcher Messungen liefert die Diagnose für Krankheiten wie z.B. Krebs, Alzheimer oder für den Nachweis pathogener Erreger. Durch fortschreitende Miniaturisierung dieser Meßsysteme können bis zu 40.000 Genfragmente des Menschen in einer einzigen Messung analysiert werden. Neben den DNA-Fragmenten können Bio-Chips auch für andere biologische Komponenten wie Antikörper und Proteine eingesetzt werden, wobei bei letzteren neben der Bindung auch die Aktivität ein wichtiger Diagnoseparamter ist. Am Fraunhofer-Institut für medizinische Technik und am Lehrstuhl für Analytische Biochemie der Universität Potsdam wurden im Rahmen einer Doktorarbeit Methoden entwickelt, die es ermöglichen auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Sensoroberflächen die Aktivität von Proteinen zu messen. Es wurden Nukleinsäuren auf Oberflächen optischer Sensoren verankert. Diese fungierten als Rezeptor für die Proteine sowie auch als Substrat für Restriktionsenzyme, die Nukleinsäuren schneiden und Polymerasen, die Nukleinsäuren synthetisieren und verlängern können. Seine Anwendung fand diese Messmethode in der Messung der Aktivität des Proteins Telomerase, das in 90% aller Tumore erhöhte Aktivität gegenüber gesunden Zellen aufweist. Die Vorteile dieses neuen Assays gegenüber älteren Methoden liegt im Verzicht auf radioaktiv-markierten Komponenten und einer deutlich verkürzten Analysezeit. Die Arbeit schliesst mit einem funktionsfähigen Nachweis der Telomeraseaktivität im Zellextrakt von gesunden und kranken Zellen. Der direkte Einfluß von Hemmstoffen auf die Aktivität konnte sichtbar gemacht werden, und steht daher bei der Entwicklung neuer Tumor-Diagnostika und

  12. Nonequilibrium behaviors of the three-dimensional Heisenberg model in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm.

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    Nonomura, Yoshihiko; Tomita, Yusuke

    2016-01-01

    Recently, it was shown [Y. Nonomura, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 83, 113001 (2014)JUPSAU0031-901510.7566/JPSJ.83.113001] that the nonequilibrium critical relaxation of the two-dimensional (2D) Ising model from a perfectly ordered state in the Wolff algorithm is described by stretched-exponential decay, and a universal scaling scheme was found to connect nonequilibrium and equilibrium behaviors. In the present study we extend these findings to vector spin models, and the 3D Heisenberg model could be a typical example. To evaluate the critical temperature and critical exponents precisely using the above scaling scheme, we calculate nonequilibrium ordering from the perfectly disordered state in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm, and we find that the critical ordering process is described by stretched-exponential growth with a comparable exponent to that of the 3D XY model. The critical exponents evaluated in the present study are consistent with those in previous studies. PMID:26871018

  13. Replica-exchange Wang-Landau simulations of the H0P lattice protein model

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    Shi, Guangjie; Wüst, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Landau, David P.

    The hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice protein model has been the subject of intensive investigation in an effort to aid our understanding of protein folding. However, the high ground state degeneracies caused by its simplification stands in contrast to the generally unique native states of natural proteins. Here we proposed a simple modification, by introducing a new type of ``neutral'' monomer, 0, i.e. neither hydrophobic nor polar, thus rendering the model more realistic without increasing the difficulties of sampling significantly. With the replica exchange Wang-Landau (REWL) scheme we investigated several widely studied HP proteins and their H0P counterparts. Dramatic differences in both ground state and thermodynamic properties have been found. For example, the H0P version of Crambin shows more clear two-step folding and 3 order of magnitudes less ground state degeneracy than its HP counterpart. Supported by NSF.

  14. [RAPD and SCAR molecular markers linked to the sexuality of cycads (Cycas tanqingii D. Y. Wang)].

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    Jing, Jian-Zhou; Jin, Hong; Li, Dong-Liang; Chen, Xiao-Ke; Zhang, Yong

    2007-11-01

    The random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique was used to amplify DNA fragment, aiming at finding markers linked to the sex trait in Cycas tanqingii D. Y. Wang. A total number of 160 random primers were screened in the RAPD-PCR and more than 2500 RAPD fragments were generated from the male or the female plants. One fragment of about 500 bp was amplified steadily and repeatedly by the S0465 (CCCCGGTAAC) primer only from female plants but not male plants. The RAPD marker was then converted into female-linked dominant SCAR (Sequence Characterized Amplified Regions) marker named STQC-S465-483. The development of this sex-linked SCAR marker provides a possibility of identifying the sex of Cycas tanqingii before sexual maturation, which is very important to in situ or ex situ conservation. PMID:18257243

  15. [RAPD and SCAR molecular markers linked to the sexuality of cycads (Cycas tanqingii D. Y. Wang)].

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    Jing, Jian-Zhou; Jin, Hong; Li, Dong-Liang; Chen, Xiao-Ke; Zhang, Yong

    2007-11-01

    The random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique was used to amplify DNA fragment, aiming at finding markers linked to the sex trait in Cycas tanqingii D. Y. Wang. A total number of 160 random primers were screened in the RAPD-PCR and more than 2500 RAPD fragments were generated from the male or the female plants. One fragment of about 500 bp was amplified steadily and repeatedly by the S0465 (CCCCGGTAAC) primer only from female plants but not male plants. The RAPD marker was then converted into female-linked dominant SCAR (Sequence Characterized Amplified Regions) marker named STQC-S465-483. The development of this sex-linked SCAR marker provides a possibility of identifying the sex of Cycas tanqingii before sexual maturation, which is very important to in situ or ex situ conservation.

  16. Nonequilibrium behaviors of the three-dimensional Heisenberg model in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm

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    Nonomura, Yoshihiko; Tomita, Yusuke

    2016-01-01

    Recently, it was shown [Y. Nonomura, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 83, 113001 (2014), 10.7566/JPSJ.83.113001] that the nonequilibrium critical relaxation of the two-dimensional (2D) Ising model from a perfectly ordered state in the Wolff algorithm is described by stretched-exponential decay, and a universal scaling scheme was found to connect nonequilibrium and equilibrium behaviors. In the present study we extend these findings to vector spin models, and the 3D Heisenberg model could be a typical example. To evaluate the critical temperature and critical exponents precisely using the above scaling scheme, we calculate nonequilibrium ordering from the perfectly disordered state in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm, and we find that the critical ordering process is described by stretched-exponential growth with a comparable exponent to that of the 3D X Y model. The critical exponents evaluated in the present study are consistent with those in previous studies.

  17. The spatial and temporal expression of Ch-en, the engrailed gene in the polychaete Chaetopterus, does not support a role in body axis segmentation

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    Seaver, E. C.; Paulson, D. A.; Irvine, S. Q.; Martindale, M. Q.

    2001-01-01

    We are interested in understanding whether the annelids and arthropods shared a common segmented ancestor and have approached this question by characterizing the expression pattern of the segment polarity gene engrailed (en) in a basal annelid, the polychaete Chaetopterus. We have isolated an en gene, Ch-en, from a Chaetopterus cDNA library. Genomic Southern blotting suggests that this is the only en class gene in this animal. The predicted protein sequence of the 1.2-kb cDNA clone contains all five domains characteristic of en proteins in other taxa, including the en class homeobox. Whole-mount in situ hybridization reveals that Ch-en is expressed throughout larval life in a complex spatial and temporal pattern. The Ch-en transcript is initially detected in a small number of neurons associated with the apical organ and in the posterior portion of the prototrochophore. At later stages, Ch-en is expressed in distinct patterns in the three segmented body regions (A, B, and C) of Chaetopterus. In all segments, Ch-en is expressed in a small set of segmentally iterated cells in the CNS. In the A region, Ch-en is also expressed in a small group of mesodermal cells at the base of the chaetal sacs. In the B region, Ch-en is initially expressed broadly in the mesoderm that then resolves into one band/segment coincident with morphological segmentation. The mesodermal expression in the B region is located in the anterior region of each segment, as defined by the position of ganglia in the ventral nerve cord, and is involved in the morphogenesis of segment-specific feeding structures late in larval life. We observe banded mesodermal and ectodermal staining in an anterior-posterior sequence in the C region. We do not observe a segment polarity pattern of expression of Ch-en in the ectoderm, as is observed in arthropods. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  18. Entropic sampling via Wang-Landau random walks in dominant energy subspaces

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    Malakis, A.; Martinos, S. S.; Hadjiagapiou, I. A.; Fytas, N. G.; Kalozoumis, P.

    2005-12-01

    Dominant energy subspaces of statistical systems are defined with the help of restrictive conditions on various characteristics of the energy distribution, such as the probability density and the fourth order Binder’s cumulant. Our analysis generalizes the ideas of the critical minimum energy subspace (CRMES) technique, applied previously to study the specific heat’s finite-size scaling. Here, we illustrate alternatives that are useful for the analysis of further finite-size anomalies and the behavior of the corresponding dominant subspaces is presented for the two-dimensional (2D) Baxter-Wu and the 2D and 3D Ising models. In order to show that a CRMES technique is adequate for the study of magnetic anomalies, we study and test simple methods which provide the means for an accurate determination of the energy-order-parameter (E,M) histograms via Wang-Landau random walks. The 2D Ising model is used as a test case and it is shown that high-level Wang-Landau sampling schemes yield excellent estimates for all magnetic properties. Our estimates compare very well with those of the traditional Metropolis method. The relevant dominant energy subspaces and dominant magnetization subspaces scale as expected with exponents α/ν and γ/ν , respectively. Using the Metropolis method we examine the time evolution of the corresponding dominant magnetization subspaces and we uncover the reasons behind the inadequacy of the Metropolis method to produce a reliable estimation scheme for the tail regime of the order-parameter distribution.

  19. 46. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    46. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, interior view of elevator system with overhead doors in open position and hydraulic shaft in left foreground VIEW WEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  20. 45. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    45. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, general interior view of elevator system and wall-mounted control pad VIEW EAST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  1. 50. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    50. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, view of staircase, access to personnel quarters with circular air shaft in ceiling VIEW EAST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  2. High-temperature heat capacity of YFe3(BO3)4

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    Denisov, V. M.; Denisova, L. T.; Gudim, I. A.; Temerov, V. L.; Volkov, N. V.; Patrin, G. S.; Chumilina, L. G.

    2014-02-01

    The molar heat capacity of YFe3(BO3)4 has been measured using differential scanning calorimetry in the temperature range 339-1086 K. It has been found that the dependence C p = f( T) exhibits an extremum at a temperature of 401 K due to the structural transition.

  3. Cell-free synthesis of cytochrome bo(3) ubiquinol oxidase in artificial membranes.

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    Yildiz, Ahu Arslan; Knoll, Wolfgang; Gennis, Robert B; Sinner, Eva-Kathrin

    2012-04-01

    The analysis of membrane proteins is notoriously difficult because isolation and detergent-mediated reconstitution often results in compromising the protein structure and function. We introduce a novel strategy of combining a cell-free expression method for synthesis of a protein species coping with one of the most important obstacles in membrane protein research-preserving the structural-functional integrity of a membrane protein species and providing a stable matrix for application of analytical tools to characterize the membrane protein of interest. We address integration and subsequent characterization of the cytochrome bo(3) ubiquinol oxidase (Cyt-bo(3)) from de novo synthesis without the effort of conventional cell culture, isolation, and purification procedures. The experimental output supports our idea of a suitable platform for in vitro protein synthesis and functional integration into a membrane-mimicking structure. We show the compatibility of different concepts of in vitro synthesis toward biosensor applicability by the example of Cyt-bo(3) protein expression. Our results obtained from in vitro synthesized proteins displayed similar behavior to proteins isolated from the cellular context. Overall, our approach is suitable for the in vitro expression of "complex" protein species such as Cyt-bo(3), which can be reproducible and stably synthesized and preserved in robust, synthetic planar membrane architecture. PMID:22306473

  4. Optical and magnetic properties of Ba5(BO3)3F single crystals.

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    Yelisseyev, A P; Jiang, Xingxing; Solntsev, V P; Bekker, T B; Lin, Zheshuai

    2014-12-01

    Ba5(BO3)3F single crystals of high optical quality and up to 1.5 cm in diameter were grown. Its transparency range is 0.23 to 6.6 μm (on 10% level). Direct allowed electronic transitions at the Γ-point give band gap values of 5.31 and 5.40 eV at 300 and 80 K, respectively. Luminescence is excited in the near-edge absorption bands near 265 and 365 nm. X-ray irradiation induces an additional absorption in dominant 252, 317 and 710 nm bands. Combined electron spin-resonance spectroscopy and theoretical analysis allow one to associate the three absorption peaks with O(5-), O(1-) and e6(-) (fluorine vacancy), respectively. The original transparency is restored after heating the crystal to 400 K and charge carrier release from traps with ET = 0.87 eV and s = 10(12) s(-1). Dispersion curves for the refractive indices were calculated and Sellmeier equations were built. Theoretical analysis shows strong localization of the Ba 5s and F 2s orbitals, strong ionicity of the Ba cations and strong covalency of the B-O bond. The optical properties of Ba5(BO3)3F are dominantly determined by electron transitions within the (BO3)(3-) groups, despite the transition between barium and oxygen also having a little contribution. PMID:25322208

  5. Spectral and structural features of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 compounds

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    Shmurak, S. Z.; Kedrov, V. V.; Kiselev, A. P.; Fursova, T. N.; Shmyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-08-01

    The luminescence spectra, luminescence excitation spectra, IR absorption spectra, and crystal structure of orthoborates Lu1 - x RE x BO3 ( RE = Eu, Gd, Tb, Y, Dy) have been investigated. It has been found that the solid solution consisting of a LuBO3 orthoborate, which has two stable structural modifications (calcite and vaterite), and an REBO3 orthoborate, which has one structural modification (vaterite), crystallizes only in the vaterite structure when the concentration of a rare-earth ion substituting for lutetium exceeds 15-20 at %. The investigation of the photoluminescence spectra has demonstrated that, for rare-earth ions Lu3+, Eu3+, Y3+, and Gd3+ in the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 orthoborates, there are at least two positions that are not equivalent in the symmetry of the local environment. It has been established that the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x Tb x BO3 compounds synthesized at 970°C, which is observed at a terbium concentration of 15 at %, is several times higher than the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the calcite modification.

  6. The Enculturation of BoMee: Looking at the World through Deaf Eyes.

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    Wilcox, Sherman; Corwin, Joanne

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents a cultural model of deafness, describing the experiences of a deaf child as enculturation into a deaf world. The implications of this view on social, cognitive, and linguistic development are explored through description of BoMee, an adopted Korean deaf child being raised in a multilingual, multicultural environment.…

  7. An insertion element prevents phycobilisome synthesis in N2-fixing Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402.

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    Brass, S; Ernst, A; Böger, P

    1996-01-01

    The unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402, isolated from Lake Constance, contains a novel insertion sequence, IS8402, in the apcA gene encoding a pigmented protein of phycobilisomes. IS8402 comprises 1,322 bp, flanked by two inverted repeats of 15 bp. Upon insertion in the target DNA, direct duplications of 8 nucleotides were generated. One open reading frame, potentially coding for a protein of 399 amino acids, was found. The deduced amino acid sequence shows homology to putative transposases of the IS4 family. Precise excision of the insertion element resulted in a spontaneous revertant, Synechocystis sp. strain BO 9201, that had regained the ability to form hemidiscoidal phycobilisomes. Apart from the unique insertion of IS8402 into apcA in strain BO 8402 both strains contain at least 12 further homologous insertion elements at corresponding sites in the genomes. The unique insertion in strain BO 8402 prevents the expression of apcABC operon and hence abolishes the formation of intact phycobilisomes. This decreases the quantum efficiency of photosystem II and promotes anaerobic N2 fixation in a unicellular cyanobacterium with a highly oxygen-sensitive nitrogenase. PMID:8787395

  8. Educating Africans for Inferiority under British Rule: Bo School in Sierra Leone.

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    Corby, Richard A.

    1990-01-01

    Sierra Leone's Bo School was established in 1906 by British colonial officials to educate chiefs' sons for subordinate positions. Nevertheless, the school contributed to creation of the postindependence ruling class. Enrollment, curriculum, student life, responsibilities of British and African teachers, and alumni networks are examined. Contains…

  9. Rapidly optimizing an aptamer based BoNT sensor by feedback system control (FSC) scheme.

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    Wei, Fang; Bai, Bin; Ho, Chih-Ming

    2011-12-15

    The sensitivity and detection time of an aptamer based biosensor for detecting botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) depend upon the formation of proper tertiary architecture of aptamer, which closely correlates with the combinatorial effects of multiple types of ions and their concentrations presented in the buffer. Finding the optimal conditions for four different ions at 12 different concentrations, 20,736 possible combinations, by brute force is an extremely laborious and time-consuming task. Here, we introduce a feedback system control (FSC) scheme that can rapidly identify the best combination of components to form the optimal aptamer structure binding to a target molecule. In this study, rapid identification of optimized ionic combinations for electrochemical aptasensor of BoNT type A (BoNT/A) detection has been achieved. Only about 10 iterations with about 50 tests in each iteration are needed to identify the optimal ionic concentration out of the 20,736 possibilities. The most exciting finding was that a very short detection time and high sensitivity could be achieved with the optimized combinational ion buffer. Only a 5-min detection time, compared with hours or even days, was needed for aptamer-based BoNT/A detection with a limit of detection of 40 pg/ml. The methodologies described here can be applied to other multi-parameter chemical systems, which should significantly improve the rate of parameter optimization.

  10. Nonlinear optical frequency conversion with KTP and BiBO crystals for lasers in space

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    Potreck, Arne; Schröder, Helmut; Lammers, Melanie; Tzeremes, Georgios; Riede, Wolfgang

    2014-09-01

    Within ESA's ADM-Aeolus and EarthCARE missions Doppler-wind Lidar systems will be operated in the Earth's orbit to measure global wind profiles. The active instrument will be based on a Nd:YAG laser, frequency tripled by nonlinear optical crystals. Different crystals are therefore to compare and qualify in regard of their space acceptability. A dedicated set-up to measure the maximum conversion efficiencies and its stability during longterm operation for KTP crystals (SHG) and BiBO crystals (SHG and THG) is presented in this work. In order to detect gray-tracking and its influence on thermal lensing in situ, measurements with a Shack-Hartmann sensor and a co-aligned HeNe laser were performed. Conversion efficiencies were 76+/-3 % at SHG for KTP and BiBO crystals and 48+/-2 % at THG with a combination of two BiBO crystals. During longterm experiments of 60 million laser pulses, conversion efficiencies were demonstrated to be stable over time (+/-1 % at SHG with KTP and +/-2 % at THG with BiBO). The occurrence of gray-tracking was detected in the KTP crystal and the resulting thermal lensing with an exponential saturation over time was observed in situ.

  11. Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, over CSX tracks in ...

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    Bridge No. 1601, Third B&O Crossing, over CSX tracks in North Branch, Maryland, looking northwest. The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Plant can be seen in the background. NPS property boundary is out of view at lower right. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  12. Westward view of (L to R) B&O Railroad (in West ...

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    Westward view of (L to R) B&O Railroad (in West Virginia), Potomac River, C&O Canal (wide basin), Western Maryland Rail Trail, I-70, and US 40 (National Pike), milepost 112 vicinity. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  13. BoGEMMS: the Bologna Geant4 multi-mission simulator

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    Bulgarelli, A.; Fioretti, V.; Malaguti, P.; Trifoglio, M.; Gianotti, F.

    2012-07-01

    BoGEMMS, (Bologna Geant4 Multi-Mission Simulator) is a software project for fast simulation of payload on board of scientific satellites for prompt background evaluation that has been developed at the INAF/IASF Bologna. By exploiting the Geant4 set of libraries, BoGEMMS allows to interactively set the geometrical and physical parameters (e.g. physics list, materials and thicknesses), recording the interactions (e.g. energy deposit, position, interacting particle) in NASA FITS and CERN root format output files and filtering the output as a real observation in space, to finally produce the background detected count rate and spectra. Four different types of output can be produced by the BoGEMMS capturing different aspects of the interactions. The simulator can also run in parallel jobs and store the results in a centralized server via xrootd protocol. The BoGEMMS is a multi-mission tool, generally designed to be applied to any high-energy mission for which the shielding and instruments performances analysis is required.

  14. Chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} to map the creation of thermal NO in flames

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    Maligne, D. ||; Cessou, A.; Stepowski, D.

    2009-02-15

    The aim of this study is to detect and map the local conditions that generate thermal NO in flames. According to the Zeldovich mechanism, the formation of NO comes from the local conjunction of a high concentration of atomic oxygen and a temperature above a critical high level imposed by the high activation energy of the rate-limiting reaction. The green light emitted when a flame is seeded with boron salts is a chemiluminescence from the BO{sup *}{sub 2} that is chemically formed in its excited state when BO reacts with atomic oxygen. As the rate of this oxidation is also strongly increasing with temperature, the chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} depends on the concentration of atomic oxygen and on the temperature in a way similar to the formation rate of thermal NO. This double analogy suggests the possibility of an experimental in situ simulation of the formation rate of thermal NO or at least the use of the chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} to map the sites where thermal NO is being created. Spectroscopic experiments and comparisons with numerical simulations have been performed to test the feasibility of this technique in laminar premixed and diffusion methane/air flames. The agreement is good except in the burnt gases of fuel-rich flames. Imaging strategies with different spectral filters have been developed in the same flames to overcome the problem of interference from soot radiation in diffusion flames. (author)

  15. Spin-glass behavior in single crystals of hetero-metallic magnetic warwickites MgFeBO4, Mg0.5Co0.5FeBO4, and CoFeBO4

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    Arauzo, A.; Kazak, N. V.; Ivanova, N. B.; Platunov, M. S.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Bayukov, O. A.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Frolov, K. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Bartolomé, J.

    2015-10-01

    Magnetic properties of heterometallic warwickites MgFeBO4, Mg0.5Co0.5FeBO4, and CoFeBO4 are presented, highlighting the effect of Co substitution on the magnetic properties of these compounds. The analysis of magnetization and heat capacity data has shown that these compounds exhibit a spin-glass transition below TSG=10, 20 and 22 K, respectively. Using zero field ac susceptibility as entanglement witness we find that the low dimensional magnetic behavior above TSG show quantum entanglement behavior χ(Τ)∝T-α(Τ) up to TE≈130 K. The α parameters have been deduced as a function of temperature and Co content, indicating the existence of random singlet phase in this temperature region. Above TE the paramagnetism is interpreted in terms of non-entangled spins giving rise to Curie-Weiss paramagnetism. The different intra- and inter-ribbon exchange interaction pathways have been calculated within a simple indirect coupling model. It is determined that the triangular motifs in the warwickite structure, together with the competing interactions, induce frustration. The spin-glass character is explained in terms of the substitutional disorder of the Mg, Fe and Co atoms at the two available crystallographic sites, and the frustration induced by the competing interactions. The Co substitution induces uniaxial anisotropy, increases the absolute magnetization and increases the spin-glass freezing temperature. The entanglement behavior is supported in the intermediate phase irrespective of the introduction of anisotropy by the Co substitution.

  16. Infrared study of lattice dynamics and spin-phonon and electron-phonon interactions in multiferroic TbF e3(BO3) 4 and GdF e3(BO3) 4

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    Klimin, S. A.; Kuzmenko, A. B.; Kashchenko, M. A.; Popova, M. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present a comparative far-infrared reflection spectroscopy study of phonons, phase transitions, spin-phonon, and electron-phonon interactions in isostructural multiferroic iron borates of gadolinium and terbium. The behavior of phonon modes registered in a wide temperature range is consistent with a weak first-order structural phase transition [Ts=143 for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 200 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] from a high-symmetry high-temperature R 32 structure into a low-symmetry low-temperature P 3121 one. The temperature dependences of frequencies, oscillator strengths, and damping constants of some low-frequency modes reveal an appreciable lattice anharmonicity. Peculiarities in the phonon mode behavior in both compounds at the temperature of an antiferromagnetic ordering [TN=32 K for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 40 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] evidence the spin-phonon interaction. In the energy range of phonons, GdF e3(BO3) 4 has no electronic levels, but TbF e3(BO3) 4 possesses several. We observe an onset of new bands in the excitation spectrum of TbF e3(BO3) 4 due to a resonance interaction between a lattice phonon and 4 f electronic crystal-field (CF) excitations of T b3 + . This interaction causes delocalization of the CF excitations, their Davydov splitting, and formation of coupled electron-phonon modes.

  17. Why Three Heads Are a Better Bet than Four: A Reply to Sun, Tweney, and Wang (2010)

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    Hahn, Ulrike; Warren, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    We (Hahn & Warren, 2009) recently proposed a new account of the systematic errors and biases that appear to be present in people's perception of randomly generated events. In a comment on that article, Sun, Tweney, and Wang (2010) critiqued our treatment of the gambler's fallacy. We had argued that this fallacy was less gross an error than it…

  18. NTPDase and 5'-nucleotidase activities in synaptosomes of rabbits experimentally infected with BoHV-5.

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    da Silva, Cássia B; Paim, Francine C; Wolkmer, Patricia; Abdalla, Fátima H; Carvalho, Fabiano B; Palma, Heloísa H; Mello, Camila B E; Flores, Eduardo F; Andrade, Cinthia M; Lopes, Sonia T A

    2015-10-01

    Bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) is the causative agent of herpetic meningoencephalitis in cattle. The purinergic system is described as a modulator of the immune response and neuroinflammation. These functions are related to the extracellular nucleotides concentration. NTPDase and 5'-nucleotidase are enzymes responsible for controlling the extracellular concentration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), adenosine diphosphate (ADP), adenosine monophosphate (AMP), and adenosine (ADO). The aim of this study is to determinate the ectonucleotidase activity in cortical synaptosomes and synaptosomes from the hippocampus of rabbits experimentally infected with BoHV-5. Rabbits were divided into four groups, two control groups (non-inoculated animals), and two infected groups (inoculated with BoHV-5). The infected groups received 0.5 ml of BoHV-5 suspension with 10(7.5)TCID50 of viral strain SV-507/99, per paranasal sinuses, and the control groups received 0.5 ml of minimum essential media per paranasal sinuses. Animals were submitted to euthanasia on days 7 and 12 post-inoculation (p.i.); cerebral cortex and hippocampus were collected for the synaptosomes isolation and posterior determination of the ectonucleotidase activities. The results showed a decrease (P < 0.05) in ectonucleotidase activity in synaptosomes from the cerebral cortex of infected rabbits, whereas an increased (P < 0.05) ectonucleotidase activity was observed in synaptosomes from the hippocampus. These differences may be related with the heterogeneous distribution of ectonucleotidases in the different brain regions and also with the viral infectivity. Therefore, it is possible to speculate that BoHV-5 replication results in changes in ectonucleotidase activity in the brain, which may contribute to the neurological signs commonly observed in this disease.

  19. The Use of TaBoRR as a Heavy Oil Upgrader

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    Lee Brecher; Charles Mones

    2009-02-05

    Preliminary testing has shown that Western Research Institute's (WRI) Tank Bottom Recovery and Remediation (TaBoRR{reg_sign}) technology shows promise for heavy oil upgrading. Approximately 70 to 75 wt% of a Canadian Cold Lake bitumen feed was converted to a partially upgraded overhead product that could be transported directly by pipeline or blended with the parent bitumen to produce transportable crude. TaBoRR{reg_sign} was originally developed to remediate tank bottom wastes by producing a distillate product and solid waste. TaBoRR{reg_sign}'s processing steps include breaking a water-oil emulsion, recovering a light hydrocarbon fraction by distillation in a stripper unit, and pyrolyzing the residua reducing it to additional overhead and a benign coke for disposal. Cold Lake bitumen was tested in WRI's bench-scale equipment to evaluate the potential use of TaBoRR{reg_sign} technology for heavy oil upgrading to produce a stable, partially (or fully) upgraded product that will allow diluent-reduced or diluent-free transportation of bitumen or ultra-heavy crudes to market. Runs were conducted at temperatures of low, intermediate and high severity in the stripper to produce stripper overhead and bottoms. The bottoms from each of these runs were processed further in a 6-inch screw pyrolyzer to produce pyrolyzer overhead for blending with the corresponding stripper overheads. Proceeding in this fashion yielded three partially upgraded crudes. The products from TaBoRR{reg_sign} processing, the parent bitumen, and bitumen blends were subjected to stability and compatibility testing at the National Centre for Upgrading Technology (NCUT). Chemical analyses of the overhead product blends have met pipeline specifications for viscosity and density; however the bromine number does not, which might indicate the need for mild hydrotreating. Storage stability tests showed the blends to be stable. The blends were also soluble and compatible with most other Alberta crudes.

  20. Boronyl chemistry: the BO group as a new ligand in gas-phase clusters and synthetic compounds.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-08-19

    Boronyl (BO) is a monovalent σ radical with a robust B≡O triple bond. Although BO/BO(-) are isovalent to CN/CN(-) and CO, the chemistry of boronyl has remained relatively unknown until recently, whereas CN/CN(-) and CO are well-known inorganic ligands. Further analogy may be established for BO versus H or Au ligands, which are all monovalent σ radicals. This Account intends to provide an overview of research activities over the past few years that are relevant to the development of boronyl chemistry, in particular, in size-selected gaseous clusters containing BO. The systems covered herein include transition metal boronyl clusters, carbon boronyl clusters, boron oxide clusters and boron boronyl complexes, the boronyl boroxine, and the first synthetic Pt-BO bulk compound. In these boronyl clusters and compounds, the BO groups show remarkable structural and chemical integrity as a ligand. Among transition metal boronyls, gold monoboronyl clusters Aun(BO)(-) and Aun(BO) (n = 1-3) have been characterized, and they are shown to possess electronic and structural properties similar to the corresponding Au(n+1)(-) and Au(n+1) bare clusters, demonstrating the BO/Au analogy. The Au-B bonding in the Au-BO clusters is highly covalent. A recent advance in boronyl chemistry is the successful synthesis and isolation of the first boronyl compound, trans-[(Cy3P)2BrPt(BO)]. This unique Pt-BO compound and other potential transition metal boronyl compounds may find applications in catalysis and as chemical building blocks. Carbon boronyl clusters versus boron carbonyl clusters is a topic of interest in designing new aromatic complexes. Experimental and theoretical data obtained to date show that carbon boronyl clusters are generally far more stable than their boron carbonyl counterparts, highlighting the potency of boronyl as a ligand in aromatic compounds. Notably, in light of the BO/H analogy, the perfectly hexagonal (CBO)6 cluster is a carbon boronyl analogue of benzene. The BO

  1. Antiferromagnetically Coupled Dimeric Dodecacopper Supramolecular Architectures of Macrocyclic Ligands with a Symmetrical μ6-BO3(3-) Central Moiety.

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    Tandon, Santokh S; Bunge, Scott D; Toth, Sara A; Sanchiz, Joaquin; Thompson, Laurence K; Shelley, Jacob T

    2015-07-20

    Reactions between 2,6-diformyl-4-alkyl(R)-phenol (R = CH3 or C(CH3)3) and 1,3-diamino-2-hydroxypropane (1,3-DAP) in the presence of copper(II) salts (Cu(BF4)2·6H2O, Cu(ClO4)2·6H2O/H3BO3/Ar) and triethylamine (TEA) in a single pot result in self-assembly of dimeric dodecacopper supramolecular architectures of 30-membered hexatopic macrocyclic ligands (H6L4 and H6L5) with unique and fascinating structures having the BO3(3-) anion as the central species bonded to all six copper centers in a symmetrical fashion (μ6-BO3(3-)). A number of closely related macrocyclic hexacopper complexes are reported: {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-H2O)(C3H7NO)2(BF4)][BF4]2·3C3H7NO}2 (1) (DMF = C3H7NO), {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-C3H7NO)3][ClO4]3·3C3H7NO}2 (2), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-OH)(H2O)3(C3H7NO)][BF4]2·6C3H7NO·4C2H5OH·2H2O}2 (3), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3OH)(CH3OH)2][ClO4]3·10H2O}2 (4), and {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3CO2)(μ-CH3O)(CH3OH)][BF4]·13CH3OH·8H2O}2 (5). A polymeric side product {[Cu2(H2L2)(CH3OH)(BF4)][BF4]}n (6), involving a 2 + 2 macrocyclic ligand, was also isolated and structurally characterized. Complex 6 involves dinuclear copper(II) units linked through BF4(-) anions to form a novel 1D single-chain polymeric coordination compound. This appears to be the first report in which a central BO3(3-) species is linked to six copper(II) ions held together by a single macrocyclic ligand through three μ1,1-O(BO3(3-)) and three μ1,3-O(BO3(3-)) bridges. In complexes 1-5 the BO3(3-) is present in the center of the macrocyclic cavity and is bonded to all six metal centers arranged in a benzene-like hexagonal array. In the hexagonal array there are alternate double (μ-alkoxide and μ1,3-O(BO3(3-))) and (μ-phenoxide and μ1,1-O(BO3(3-))) bridges between the Cu(II) centers. The symmetrical hexa-bridging nature of μ6-BO3(3-) is unprecedented in transition metal complex chemistry, and along with alkoxide and phenoxide bridges in the equatorial plane provides effective pathways for an

  2. Improved Electrochemical Performance of Carbon-Coated LiFeBO3 Nanoparticles for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Li, Zhaoping; Wang, Yiping; Hu, Querui; Yang, Ying; Wu, Zhuangchun; Ban, Chunmei

    2015-09-01

    Carbon-coated LiFeBO3 nanoparticles have been successfully prepared by surfactant-assisted ball milling and a size selection process based on centrifugal separation. We observed monodispersed LiFeBO3 nanoparticles with dimensions of 10–20 nm by transmission electron microscope. The introduced surfactant acts as the dispersant as well as the carbon source for LiFeBO3 nanoparticles. Greatly improved discharge capacities of 190.4 mA h g–1 at 0.1 C and 106.6 mA h g–1 at 1 C rate have been achieved in the LiFeBO3 nanoparticles when cycling the cells between 1.0 V and 4.8 V. Meanwhile, the as-prepared micro-size LiFeBO3 electrodes show lower discharge capacities of 142 mA h g–1 and 93.3 mA h g–1 at 0.1 C and 1 C rates. Moreover, the post-treated LiFeBO3 nanostructure has drastically enhanced the electrochemical performance due to the short diffusion length and ameliorated electrical contract between LiFeBO3 nano particles.

  3. Luminescence and energy transfer of white emitting phosphor YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+, Dy3+

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    Zhou, Fen; Wang, Di; Cao, He-ying; Li, Jing; Song, Hui-ling; Li, Pan-lai; Wang, Zhi-jun; Zhang, Kun; Pang, Li-bin

    2015-03-01

    A white emitting phosphor of YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+, Dy3+ is synthesized by a solid state reaction, and its luminescent properties are investigated. Its phase formation is carried out with X-ray powder diffraction analysis, and there is no crystalline phase other than YAl3(BO3)4. YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+ can produce 422 nm blue emission under 367 nm excitation. The emission spectrum of YAl3(BO3)4:Dy3+ shows several emission peaks under 350 nm excitation, and the peaks locate at 485 nm, 575 nm and 668 nm, respectively. Emission intensities of Ce3+ and Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 are influenced by their concentrations, and the concentration quenching effect is observed. Energy transfer from Ce3+ to Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 is validated and proved to be a resonant type via a quadrupole-quadrupole interaction, and the emission color can be tuned from blue to white by tuning the ratio of Ce3+/Dy3+. Moreover, the critical distance ( R c) of Ce3+ to Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 is calculated to be 1.904 nm.

  4. Therapeutic efficacy of BO-3482, a novel dithiocarbamate carbapenem, in mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Nagano, R; Shibata, K; Naito, T; Fuse, A; Asano, K; Hashizume, T; Nakagawa, S

    1997-01-01

    The in vivo activity of BO-3482, which has a dithiocarbamate chain at the C-2 position of 1beta-methyl-carbapenem, was compared with those of vancomycin and imipenem in murine models of septicemia and thigh infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Because BO-3482 was more susceptible than imipenem to renal dehydropeptidase I in a kinetic study of hydrolysis by this renal enzyme, the therapeutic efficacy of BO-3482 was determined during coadministration with cilastatin. In the septicemia models, which involved two homogeneous MRSA strains and one heterogeneous MRSA strain, the 50% effective doses were, respectively, 4.80, 6.06, and 0.46 mg/kg of body weight for BO-3482; 5.56, 2.15, and 1.79 mg/kg for vancomycin; and >200, >200, and 15.9 mg/kg for imipenem. BO-3482 was also as effective as vancomycin in an MRSA septicemia model with mice with cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppression. In the thigh infection model with a homogeneous MRSA strain, the bacterial counts in tissues treated with BO-3482-cilastatin were significantly reduced in a dose-dependent manner compared with the counts in those treated with vancomycin and imipenem-cilastatin (P < 0.001). These results indicate that BO-3482-cilastatin is as effective as vancomycin in murine systemic infections and is more bactericidal than vancomycin in local-tissue infections. The potent in vivo activity of BO-3482-cilastatin against such MRSA infections can be ascribed to the good in vitro anti-MRSA activity and improved pharmacokinetics in mice when BO-3482 is combined with cilastatin and to the bactericidal nature of the carbapenem. PMID:9333062

  5. Structure of Multiferroic RAl3 (BO3)4 and RFe3 (BO3)4 in the Region of High Electric Polarization

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    Zhang, Han; Yu, Tian; Chen, Zhiqiang; Nelson, Christie; Bezmaternykh, Leonard; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Abeykoon, Milinda; Tyson, Trevor

    The multiferroic system RAl3(BO3)4 is known to exhibit a strong coupling of magnetic field to the electrical polarization at low temperature (below ~100 K). A giant magnetoelectric effect was found in this system. Recent work by us (PRB B 92 104108) reveals evidence for changes in the local structure at low temperature. In this work we explore the structural changes using single crystal diffraction and other structural probes. Comparisons between the Fe and Al based systems will be made. This work is supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46402.

  6. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-15

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9–4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO{sub 3} groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO{sub 6} and HfO{sub 6} octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal–oxygen polyhedra and BO{sub 3} groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} recorded at different pressures during compression showing onset of pressure-induced phase transitions. - Highlights: • High-pressure Raman spectra were measured for BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2.} • BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} undergoes a reversible first-order phase transition at 3.9–4.4 GPa into a trigonal phase. • The intermediate trigonal phase is strongly compressible second structural transformation is observed at 9.2 GPa under non-perfect hydrostatic conditions.

  7. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Pb2+ doped inorganic borate phosphor NaSr4(BO3)3

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    Chauhan, A. O.; Koparkar, K. A.; Bajaj, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Inorganic borate phosphors NaSr4(BO3)3 doped with Pb2+ was successfully synthesized by modified solid state diffusion method. The crystal structure and the phase purity of sample were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The photoluminescence properties of synthesized materials were investigated using spectrofluorometer at room temperature. The phosphor show strong broad band emission spectra in UVA region maximum at 370 nm under the excitation of 289 nm. The dependence of the emission intensity on the Pb2+ concentration for the NaSr4(BO3)3 were studied in details. The concentration quenching of Pb2+ doped NaSr4(BO3)3 was observed at 0.02 mol. The Stokes shifts of NaSr4(BO3)3: Pb2+ phosphor was calculated to be 7574 cm-1.

  8. Structure and optical properties of a noncentrosymmetric borate RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Xia, M.J.; Li, R.K.

    2013-01-15

    A new noncentrosymmetric borate, RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (abbreviated as RSBO), has been grown from Rb{sub 2}O--B{sub 2}O{sub 3}--RbF flux and its crystal structure was determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in space group Ama2 with cell parameters of a=11.128(10) A, b=12.155(15) A, c=6.952(7) A, Z=4. The basic structural units are isolated planar BO{sub 3} groups. Second harmonic generation (SHG) test of the title compound by the Kurtz-Perry method shows that RSBO can be phase matchable with an effective SHG coefficient about two-thirds as large as that of KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4} (KDP). Finally, based on the anionic group approximation, the optical properties of the title compound are compared with those of the structure-related apatite-like compounds with the formula 'A{sub 5}(TO{sub n}){sub 3}X'. - Graphical abstract: RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} and some other borate NLO compounds, namely Ca{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}F RCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}O (R=Y or Gd) and Na{sub 3}La{sub 2}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be viewed as the derivatives of apatite. They have similar formula composed of five cations and three anion groups (we call them 5/3 structures). The detailed SHG coefficients and optical properties of the apatite-like NLO crystals were compared and summarized. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new noncentrosymmetric borate RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} was grown from flux. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be viewed as a derivative of the apatite-like structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure and its relationship to the optical properties of RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} are compared with other NLO crystals with apatite-like structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The basic structural units are the planar BO{sub 3} groups in the structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Second harmonic generation (SHG) test shows that RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be phase matchable with an

  9. The origin of hyperferroelectricity in LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, Guang-Can; He, Lixin

    2016-10-01

    The electronic and structural properties of LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that LiBO3 belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics (hyperFEs), i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optic phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity, is a limiting case of hyperFEs. Via an effective Hamiltonian, we further show that, in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long-range coulomb interactions, the hyperFE instability is due to the structure instability driven by short-range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperFEs.

  10. [Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4): general aspects of the biology and status in Argentina].

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    Morán, Pedro E; Pérez, Sandra E; Odeón, Anselmo C; Verna, Andrea E

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) has been isolated from cattle with respiratory infections, vulvovaginitis, mastitis, abortions, endometritis and from apparently healthy animals throughout the world. Although it has not yet been established as causal agent of a specific disease entity, it is primarily associated with reproductive disorders of cattle. This virus can infect a wide range of species, either in vivo or in vitro. Two groups of prototype strains were originated from the first isolates: the DN599-type strains (American group) and the Movar-type strains (European group). In Argentina, BoHV-4 was isolated and characterized in 2007 from vaginal discharge samples taken from cows that had aborted. So far, more than 40 isolates, mainly associated with aborting bovine females have been registered in our country. PMID:25962539

  11. The origin of hyper-ferroelectricity in Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    He, Lixin; Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, G.-C.

    The electronic and structural properties of Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that Li BO3 are belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics, i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optical phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3 is a limiting case of a hyperferroelectrics, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity. We further show via an effective Hamiltonian that in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long range coulomb interactions, the hyperferroelectric instability is due to the structure instability driven by the short range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperferroelectrics.

  12. Period change investigation of the low mass ratio contact binary BO Ari

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    Kriwattanawong, W.; Tasuya, O.; Poojon, P.

    2016-04-01

    A photometric study and period change analysis for the A-type low mass ratio contact binary BO Ari is presented. The BVR light curves were fitted by using the Wilson-Devinney method. The photometric solution yields a low mass ratio of q = 0.1754(±0.0016) with a contact degree of f = 27.72%(±2.37%). We found a long-term orbital period decrease at a rate of dPdt = - 3.49 ×10-7 d yr-1. This result indicates that the system is undergoing mass transfer from the primary component to the secondary with a mass transfer rate of m˙1m1 = - 7.77 ×10-8 yr-1. With the period decrease, the inner and outer critical Roche surfaces will tighten and cause the degree of contact to increase. Therefore, BO Ari may evolve into a deeper contact system.

  13. Isolation of pathogenic Yersinia enterocolitica 1B/O:8 from Apodemus mice in Japan.

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    Oda, Shinya; Kabeya, Hidenori; Sato, Shingo; Shimonagane, Ai; Inoue, Kai; Hayashidani, Hideki; Takada, Nobuhiro; Fujita, Hiromi; Kawabata, Hiroki; Maruyama, Soichi

    2015-01-01

    Yersinia enterocolitica was isolated from 15.7% (88/560) of wild rodents captured in 15 prefectures in Japan. Prevalences by rodent species were 18.0% (70/388) in Japanese field mice (Apodemus speciosus), 20% (14/71) in small Japanese field mice (Apodemus argenteus), and 11% (4/38) in gray red-backed vole (Myodes rufocanus bedfordiae), suggesting that these rodent species are important reservoirs of Y. enterocolitica. Although most of the isolates were identified as biotype 1A, the pathogenic bioserotype 1B/O:8 was detected in one of the A. speciosus and in three of the A. argenteus captured in Aomori Prefecture. It is suggested that Apodemus mice may be an important reservoir of Y. enterocolitica, and that there are foci of the pathogenic bioserotype 1B/O:8 in Aomori Prefecture, because human sporadic cases by the serotype have been reported in this prefecture.

  14. The origin of hyperferroelectricity in LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, Guang-Can; He, Lixin

    2016-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties of LiBO3 (B = V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that LiBO3 belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics (hyperFEs), i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optic phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity, is a limiting case of hyperFEs. Via an effective Hamiltonian, we further show that, in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long-range coulomb interactions, the hyperFE instability is due to the structure instability driven by short-range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperFEs. PMID:27694996

  15. On the convergence improvement in the metadynamics simulations: a Wang-Landau recursion approach.

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    Min, Donghong; Liu, Yusong; Carbone, Irina; Yang, Wei

    2007-05-21

    As a popular tool in exploring free energy landscapes, the metadynamics method has been widely applied to elucidate various chemical or biochemical processes. As deeply discussed by Laio et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 6714 (2005)], the size of the updating Gaussian function is pivotal to the free energy convergence toward the target free energy surface. For instance, a greater Gaussian height can facilitate the quick visit of a conformation region of interest; however, it may lead to a larger error of the calculated free energy surface. In contrast, a lower Gaussian height can guarantee a better resolution of the calculated free energy surface; however, it will take longer time for such a simulation to navigate through the defined conformational region. In order to reconcile such confliction, the authors present a method by implementing the Wang-Landau recursion scheme in the metadynamics simulations to adaptively update the height of the unit Gaussian function. As demonstrated in their model studies on both a toy system, and a realistic molecular system treated with the hybrid quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical (QMMM) potential, the present approach can quickly result in more decently converged free energy surfaces, compared with the classical metadynamics simulations employing the fixed Gaussian heights.

  16. Generic transition hierarchies of lattice HP protein adsorption: A Wang-Landau study

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    Li, Ying Wai; Landau, D. P.; Wüst, T.

    2012-02-01

    We have applied Wang-Landau sampling with appropriate trial movesootnotetextT. W"ust and D. P. Landau, Phy. Rev. Lett. 102, 178101 (2009). to investigate the thermodynamics and structural properties of the HP lattice protein modelootnotetextK. A. Dill, Biochemistry 24, 1501 (1985). interacting with an attractive substrate. The conformational ``phase transitions'' of several benchmark HP sequences have been identified by a comprehensive canonical analysis of the specific heat and structural observables, e. g. radius of gyration and thermal derivatives of number of surface contacts. Three major ``transitions'': adsorption, hydrophobic core formation, and ``flattening'' of adsorbed structures, are observed. Depending on the surface attractive strength relative to the intra-protein attraction among the H monomers, these processes take place in a different order upon cooling. We identify a small number of generic categories that are sufficient to classify the folding hierarchies for different HP chains consisting of assorted sequences and chain lengths, regardless of the monomer type that the surface attracts. We thus believe that this classification scheme is generally applicable to lattice protein adsorption problems.

  17. Wang-Landau sampling of the interplay between surface adsorption and folding of HP lattice proteins

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    Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    Generic features associated with the adsorption of proteins on solid surfaces are reviewed within the framework of the hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice protein model. The thermodynamic behavior and structural properties of various HP protein sequences interacting with attractive surfaces have been studied using extensive Wang-Landau sampling with different types of surfaces, each of which attracts either: all monomers, only hydrophobic (H) monomers, or only polar (P) monomers, respectively. Consequently, different types of folding behavior occur for varied surface strengths. Analysis of the combined patterns of various structural observables, e.g., the derivatives of the numbers of interaction contacts, together with the specific heat, leads to the identification of fundamental categories of folding and transition hierarchies. We also inferred a connection between the transition categories and the relative surface strengths, i.e., the ratios of the surface attractive strengths to the intra-chain attraction among H monomers. We thus believe that the folding hierarchies and identification scheme are generic for different HP sequences interacting with attractive surfaces, regardless of the chain length, sequence, or surface attraction.

  18. [Recent abuse of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("yaoto-wang", "ecstasy")].

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    Satsumi, Yuki Nishimura

    2002-01-01

    3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("Yaoto(head shifting)-wang", "Ecstasy"), designer drugs is popular world wide along with rave party, especially from the 1980s. Although there is a significant misconception of MDMA as "a safe drug", recent findings show its serotonin (5-HT) selective neurotoxity with memory disturbance and cognitive disorders, not only during its use but lasting for years. Hyperinnervation of 5-HT neurons has also been reported among non-human primates. Serotonin syndrome, serious dehydration and acute renal failure are reported as serious clinical symptoms and some deaths related to the use of MDMA have been reported. Unlike many stimulant users, MDMA users are likely to be socially adapted and epidemiological research suggests that, in the United States and European countries, 6-8% of students and 0.5-3% of adults have experienced MDMA use. Although criminal cases have been reported in Japan since the 1990s, there has been no empirical study of MDMA abuse, especially among youth. Based on the "Classification of Medicine and Drugs" of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor. MDMA is classified as "compound narcotics: hallucinogens and stimulants" rather than individually. Another problem is that MDMA users are likely to visit emergency rooms rather than psychiatric clinics. The American Psychiatric Association has publicized the misconception of MDMA as a safe drug and informed people of its dangers. The author offers suggestions for Japanese psychiatrists to take steps to cope with this situation and recommends authorities to establish an appropriate drug policy.

  19. Somatic embryogenesis and enhanced shoot organogenesis in Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang

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    Ouyang, Yao; Chen, Yulu; Lü, Jinfeng; Teixeira da Silva, Jaime A.; Zhang, Xinhua; Ma, Guohua

    2016-01-01

    An efficient protocol providing a dual regeneration pathway via direct shoot organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis for an endangered species, Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang, was established from leaf explants. When applied at 2.5 μM, the cytokinins 6-benzyladenine (BA) or thidiazuron (TDZ) and the auxins indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) could induce shoots when on basal Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium. BA and TDZ could induce more adventitious shoots (19.1 and 31.2/explant, respectively) than NAA (4.6/explant), IBA (5.7/explant) or IAA (6.4/explant). BA and TDZ at 5–10 μM could induce both shoots and somatic embryos. A higher concentration of TDZ (25 μM) induced only somatic embryos (39.8/explant). The same concentration of BA induced both adventitious shoots (23.6/explant) and somatic embryos (9.7/explant). Thus, somatic embryogenesis in this plant needs a high cytokinin concentration (BA; TDZ), as evidenced by histology. Somatic embryos germinated easily when left on the same media, but formed adventitious roots in two weeks on MS supplemented with 0.5 μM NAA, 0.5 μM IBA and 0.1% activated charcoal. Over 93% of plantlets survived following acclimatization and transfer to a mixture of sand and vermiculite (1:1, v/v) in trays. PMID:27090564

  20. Enhanced von Weizsäcker Wang-Govind-Carter kinetic energy density functional for semiconductors

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    Shin, Ilgyou; Carter, Emily A.

    2014-05-01

    We propose a new form of orbital-free (OF) kinetic energy density functional (KEDF) for semiconductors that is based on the Wang-Govind-Carter (WGC99) nonlocal KEDF. We enhance within the latter the semi-local von Weizsäcker KEDF term, which is exact for a single orbital. The enhancement factor we introduce is related to the extent to which the electron density is localized. The accuracy of the new KEDF is benchmarked against Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KSDFT) by comparing predicted energy differences between phases, equilibrium volumes, and bulk moduli for various semiconductors, along with metal-insulator phase transition pressures. We also compare point defect and (100) surface energies in silicon for a broad test of its applicability. This new KEDF accurately reproduces the exact non-interacting kinetic energy of KSDFT with only one additional adjustable parameter beyond the three parameters in the WGC99 KEDF; it exhibits good transferability between semiconducting to metallic silicon phases and between various III-V semiconductors without parameter adjustment. Overall, this KEDF is more accurate than previously proposed OF KEDFs (e.g., the Huang-Carter (HC) KEDF) for semiconductors, while the computational efficiency remains at the level of the WGC99 KEDF (several hundred times faster than the HC KEDF). This accurate, fast, and transferable new KEDF holds considerable promise for large-scale OFDFT simulations of metallic through semiconducting materials.

  1. Validation of Community Models: 2. Development of a Baseline, Using the Wang-Sheeley-Arge Model

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    MacNeice, Peter

    2009-01-01

    This paper is the second in a series providing independent validation of community models of the outer corona and inner heliosphere. Here I present a comprehensive validation of the Wang-Sheeley-Arge (WSA) model. These results will serve as a baseline against which to compare the next generation of comparable forecasting models. The WSA model is used by a number of agencies to predict Solar wind conditions at Earth up to 4 days into the future. Given its importance to both the research and forecasting communities, it is essential that its performance be measured systematically and independently. I offer just such an independent and systematic validation. I report skill scores for the model's predictions of wind speed and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) polarity for a large set of Carrington rotations. The model was run in all its routinely used configurations. It ingests synoptic line of sight magnetograms. For this study I generated model results for monthly magnetograms from multiple observatories, spanning the Carrington rotation range from 1650 to 2074. I compare the influence of the different magnetogram sources and performance at quiet and active times. I also consider the ability of the WSA model to forecast both sharp transitions in wind speed from slow to fast wind and reversals in the polarity of the radial component of the IMF. These results will serve as a baseline against which to compare future versions of the model as well as the current and future generation of magnetohydrodynamic models under development for forecasting use.

  2. Temperature-dependent phase transition of ferroelectric perovskites: A Wang-Landau-DFT approach

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    Yuk, Simuck; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Cooper, Valentino

    Since the discovery of ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides, considerable efforts have been devoted to understanding their phase transition behaviors in terms of temperature, pressure, and composition. Such materials have regularly been used in transducer and actuator applications. As our first step to make accurate predictions of the crystal phases of more complex oxides such as Pb(ZrxTi1-x) O3, we have used the Wang-Landau (WL) algorithm and density functional theory (DFT) to examine the temperature-dependent phase transition of PbTiO3, BaTiO3, and KNbO3. DFT was employed to evaluate the energetics of important crystal-structure candidates, which were later used as the input for WL algorithm. In addition, we examine how the choice of exchange-correlation functionals affects our predictions of the relevant phase transition temperatures. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Office of Science Early Career Research Program (V.R.C.) and used resources at NERSC and OLCF.

  3. Nonconvergence of the Wang-Landau algorithms with multiple random walkers

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    Belardinelli, R. E.; Pereyra, V. D.

    2016-05-01

    This paper discusses some convergence properties in the entropic sampling Monte Carlo methods with multiple random walkers, particularly in the Wang-Landau (WL) and 1 /t algorithms. The classical algorithms are modified by the use of m -independent random walkers in the energy landscape to calculate the density of states (DOS). The Ising model is used to show the convergence properties in the calculation of the DOS, as well as the critical temperature, while the calculation of the number π by multiple dimensional integration is used in the continuum approximation. In each case, the error is obtained separately for each walker at a fixed time, t ; then, the average over m walkers is performed. It is observed that the error goes as 1 /√{m } . However, if the number of walkers increases above a certain critical value m >mx , the error reaches a constant value (i.e., it saturates). This occurs for both algorithms; however, it is shown that for a given system, the 1 /t algorithm is more efficient and accurate than the similar version of the WL algorithm. It follows that it makes no sense to increase the number of walkers above a critical value mx, since it does not reduce the error in the calculation. Therefore, the number of walkers does not guarantee convergence.

  4. InBO3 and ScBO3 at high pressures: An ab initio study of elastic and thermodynamic properties

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    Gomis, O.; Ortiz, H. M.; Sans, J. A.; Manjón, F. J.; Santamaría-Pérez, D.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2016-11-01

    We have theoretically investigated the elastic properties of calcite-type orthoborates ABO3 (A=Sc and In) at high pressure by means of ab initio total-energy calculations. From the elastic stiffness coefficients, we have obtained the elastic moduli (B, G and E), Poisson's ratio (ν), B/G ratio, universal elastic anisotropy index (AU), Vickers hardness, and sound wave velocities for both orthoborates. Our simulations show that both borates are more resistive to volume compression than to shear deformation (B>G). Both compounds are ductile and become more ductile, with an increasing elastic anisotropy, as pressure increases. We have also calculated some thermodynamic properties, like Debye temperature and minimum thermal conductivity. Finally, we have evaluated the theoretical mechanical stability of both borates at high hydrostatic pressures. It has been found that the calcite-type structure of InBO3 and ScBO3 becomes mechanically unstable at pressures beyond 56.2 and 57.7 GPa, respectively.

  5. Effect of botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNTA) on the morphology and viability of 3T3 murine fibroblasts

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    Bandala, Cindy; Terán-Melo, Juan Luis; Anaya-Ruiz, Maricruz; Mejía-Barradas, Cesar Miguel; Domínguez-Rubio, Rene; la Garza-Montano, Paloma De; Alfaro-Rodríguez, Alfonso; Lara-Padilla, Eleazar

    2015-01-01

    Aim: BoNTA is used in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders, muscular hyperactivity and pain. In recent years it has been described that BoNTA reduces cellular viability and induces apoptosis in prostate cells lines. Studies about the effect of BoNTA are no well known. There have been studies about the effect of BoNTA on the expression levels of collagenase in fibroblasts, but not on its morphological impact on these cells. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of BoNTA on the morphology and viability of the 3T3 fibroblast cell line. Material and methods: The 3T3 fibroblast cell line was cultured and the experimental group received 10 U BoNTA added to a 0.9% sterile saline solution in a reconstituted vial. The control group received saline solution only. Cultured cells were observed and photographed at 5, 10, 15 and 20 h. Cell viability was evaluated by means of the trypan blue test, and cell proliferation with the Proliferation Assay kit (PROMEGA). Results: The application of BoNTA to 3T3 fibroblast cells induced morphological changes, such as a loss of normal fibroblast morphology. Additionally, we observed the cytoplasmic retraction and spread phenomena. The nuclei showed other important changes with Giemsa staining. Conclusion: The results indicate that BoNTA induced a loss of spindle form, increase in cytoplasmic vesicles, and the presence of nuclear vesicles (compacted chromatin surrounded by a nuclear envelope). This suggests an apoptotic process and decreased cell viability. Further studies are needed to explore the mechanisms of these alterations. PMID:26464704

  6. Feasibility and effectiveness of a Chen-style Tai Chi programme for stress reduction in junior secondary school students.

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    Lee, Linda Y K; Chong, Yeuk Lan; Li, Ngai Yin; Li, Man Chung; Lin, Lai Na; Wong, Lee Yi; Wong, Brian Kit; Yip, Wing Ping; Hon, Cho Hang; Chung, Pui Kuen; Man, Shuk Yee

    2013-04-01

    Stress is common in junior secondary school students (JSSS). This study aimed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a Chen-style Tai Chi programme for stress reduction in JSSS. A non-equivalent pre-test/post-test control group design was adopted, and a convenience sample of 69 JSSS was recruited. The experimental group (n = 32) joined a Chen-style Tai Chi programme, which included 10 sessions of 80-minute Tai Chi training (one session per week). The control group (n = 37) proceeded with self-study. Participants' stress levels were assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale. Feasibility was determined as the percentage of participants completing and attending the programme. Effectiveness was measured as the significant difference in changes in stress levels before and after the intervention between the two groups. Results preliminarily supported that the programme was feasible for JSSS. Completion rate was 100%, and attendance rate was 90%. However, no significant difference was noted in changes in stress levels before and after the intervention between the two groups. The potential health benefits of Tai Chi could not be detected owing to the restrictions imposed by the research setting and study limitations. The present study represents initial efforts in this direction and serves as reference for future study. PMID:22674634

  7. Direct Electrochemistry of Cytochrome bo Oxidase at a series of Gold Nanoparticles-Modified Electrodes.

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    Melin, Frederic; Meyer, Thomas; Lankiang, Styven; Choi, Sylvia K; Gennis, Robert B; Blanck, Christian; Schmutz, Marc; Hellwig, Petra

    2013-01-01

    New membrane-protein based electrodes were prepared incorporating cytochrome bo(3) from E. coli and gold nanoparticles. Direct electron transfer between the electrode and the immobilized enzymes was achieved, resulting in an electrocatalytic activity in presence of O(2). The size of the gold nanoparticles was shown to be important and smaller particles were shown to reduce the overpotential of the process. PMID:23335854

  8. SkyBoT, a new VO service to identify Solar System objects

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    Berthier, J.; Vachier, F.; Thuillot, W.; Fernique, P.; Ochsenbein, F.; Genova, F.; Lainey, V.; Arlot, J.-E.

    2006-07-01

    The Institut de mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémérides (IMCCE, Paris Observatory) provides to the Astronomical Virtual Observatory a new service of identification and ephemeris computation dedicated to the solar system objects. This service, named SkyBoT {http://skybot.imcce.fr/} is fully VO compliant and provides solar system objects ephemeris in VOTable format through web service facilities.

  9. Magnetoelectric and magnetic properties of aluminum borates Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4

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    Volkov, N. V.; Gudim, I. A.; Demidov, A. A.; Eremin, E. V.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetoelectric and magnetic properties of substituted aluminum borates Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4 have been studied experimentally and theoretically. A large magnetoelectric effect exceeding all known values in isostructural compounds except for HoAl3(BO3)4 has been found. The magnetoelectric polarization of Ho0.8Nd0.2Al3(BO3)4 and Ho0.5Nd0.5Al3(BO3)4 at T = 5 K in a field of 9 T is Δ P ab ( B b ) ≈ -2630 and 1380 μC/m2, respectively. A theoretical consideration based on the crystal field model for the rare-earth ion made it possible to interpret all measured properties within the unified approach. The crystal field parameters have been determined. The temperature (3-300 K) and field (up to 9 T) dependences of the magnetization and the temperature (5-100 K) and field (up to 9 T) dependences of the polarization have been described. The studied properties of Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4 have been compared with those of HoAl3(BO3)4 demonstrating record-high polarization values.

  10. Polymorphism and gene organization of water buffalo MHC-DQB genes show homology to the BoLA DQB region.

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    Sena, L; Schneider, M P C; Brenig, B B; Honeycutt, R L; Honeycutt, D A; Womack, J E; Skow, L C

    2011-08-01

    In cattle (Bos taurus), there is evidence of more than 50 alleles of BoLA-DQB (bovine lymphocyte antigen DQB) that are distributed across at least five DQB loci, making this region one of the most complex in the BoLA gene family. In this study, DQB alleles were analysed for the water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), another economically important bovine species. Twelve alleles for Bubu-DQB (Bubalis bubalis DQB) were determined by nucleotide sequence analysis. A phylogenetic analysis revealed numerous trans-species polymorphisms, with alleles from water buffalo assigned to at least three different loci (BoLA-DQB1, BoLA-DQB3 and BoLA-DQB4) that are also found in cattle. These presumptive loci were analysed for patterns of synonymous (d(S)) and non-synonymous (d(N)) substitution. Like BoLA-DQB1, Bubu-DQB1 was observed to be under strong positive selection for polymorphism. We conclude that water buffalo and cattle share the current arrangement of their DQB region because of their common ancestry.

  11. Nonlinear optical properties of LaCa(4)O(BO(3))(3).

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    Adams, J J; Ebbers, C A; Schaffers, K I; Payne, S A

    2001-02-15

    We have grown LaCa(4)O (BO(3))(3) (LaCOB), an isostructural member of GdCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) (GdCOB) family and characterized its nonlinear optical properties. At 1064nm, d(eff) of 0.52+/-0.05 pm /V and an angular sensitivity of 1224+/-184(cm rad)(-1) for type I frequency doubling in LaCOB were determined relative to those of KTiOPO(4) , beta-BaB(2)O(4) , KD(2)PO(4) , LiB(3)O(5) , YCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) (YCOB), and GdCOB. The d(alphabetabeta) and d(gammabetabeta) coefficients of the nonlinear optical tensor for LaCOB, GdCOB, and YCOB were determined to be equivalent within the experimental uncertainty and have values of ?0.26+/-0.04?pm/V and ?1.69+/-0.17?pm /V , respectively. From phase-matching angle measurements at 1064 and 1047nm, we predict that LaCOB is noncritically phase matched at 1042+/-1.5 nm .

  12. BoCluSt: Bootstrap Clustering Stability Algorithm for Community Detection

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    Garcia, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    The identification of modules or communities in sets of related variables is a key step in the analysis and modeling of biological systems. Procedures for this identification are usually designed to allow fast analyses of very large datasets and may produce suboptimal results when these sets are of a small to moderate size. This article introduces BoCluSt, a new, somewhat more computationally intensive, community detection procedure that is based on combining a clustering algorithm with a measure of stability under bootstrap resampling. Both computer simulation and analyses of experimental data showed that BoCluSt can outperform current procedures in the identification of multiple modules in data sets with a moderate number of variables. In addition, the procedure provides users with a null distribution of results to evaluate the support for the existence of community structure in the data. BoCluSt takes individual measures for a set of variables as input, and may be a valuable and robust exploratory tool of network analysis, as it provides 1) an estimation of the best partition of variables into modules, 2) a measure of the support for the existence of modular structures, and 3) an overall description of the whole structure, which may reveal hierarchical modular situations, in which modules are composed of smaller sub-modules. PMID:27258041

  13. Elementary model of severe plastic deformation by KoBo process

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    Gusak, A.; Storozhuk, N.; Danielewski, M. Korbel, A.; Bochniak, M.

    2014-01-21

    Self-consistent model of generation, interaction, and annihilation of point defects in the gradient of oscillating stresses is presented. This model describes the recently suggested method of severe plastic deformation by combination of pressure and oscillating rotations of the die along the billet axis (KoBo process). Model provides the existence of distinct zone of reduced viscosity with sharply increased concentration of point defects. This zone provides the high extrusion velocity. Presented model confirms that the Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD) in KoBo may be treated as non-equilibrium phase transition of abrupt drop of viscosity in rather well defined spatial zone. In this very zone, an intensive lateral rotational movement proceeds together with generation of point defects which in self-organized manner make rotation possible by the decrease of viscosity. The special properties of material under KoBo version of SPD can be described without using the concepts of nonequilibrium grain boundaries, ballistic jumps and amorphization. The model can be extended to include different SPD processes.

  14. Elementary model of severe plastic deformation by KoBo process

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    Gusak, A.; Danielewski, M.; Korbel, A.; Bochniak, M.; Storozhuk, N.

    2014-01-01

    Self-consistent model of generation, interaction, and annihilation of point defects in the gradient of oscillating stresses is presented. This model describes the recently suggested method of severe plastic deformation by combination of pressure and oscillating rotations of the die along the billet axis (KoBo process). Model provides the existence of distinct zone of reduced viscosity with sharply increased concentration of point defects. This zone provides the high extrusion velocity. Presented model confirms that the Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD) in KoBo may be treated as non-equilibrium phase transition of abrupt drop of viscosity in rather well defined spatial zone. In this very zone, an intensive lateral rotational movement proceeds together with generation of point defects which in self-organized manner make rotation possible by the decrease of viscosity. The special properties of material under KoBo version of SPD can be described without using the concepts of nonequilibrium grain boundaries, ballistic jumps and amorphization. The model can be extended to include different SPD processes.

  15. Inelastic Neutron Scattering on Multiferroics NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Hayashida, Shohei; Soda, Minoru; Itoh, Shinichi; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Ohgushi, Kenya; Kawana, Daichi; Masuda, Takatsugu

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiment is performed on single crystals of multiferroics NdFe3(11BO3)4 to explore the magnetic excitations. Fe-centered dispersive excitation with the band width of 5 meV is observed along the crystallographic c∗ direction and that of 3 meV is along the a∗ direction. The energy gap of 0.57 meV due to an axial-type anisotropy is ob- served at the AF zone center. The energy of Nd-centered flat excitation is 1 meV. Furthermore, anticrossing of the Fe- and Nd-centered excitations is observed, meaning the existence of the f -d coupling, i.e., the interaction between the Nd3+ and Fe3+ moments. Spin-wave analysis on the observed neutron spectrum revealed the underlying magnetic Hamiltonian in NdFe3(11BO3)4. Discussion on the axial-type anisotropy in the ab - plane based on the magnetic model leads to the conclusion that the anisotropy of the Nd3+ ion plays a main role in the determination of the structures of both magnetic moment and electric polarization in NdFe3(BO3)4.

  16. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO3)2

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-01

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO3)2 is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9-4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO3 groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO6 and HfO6 octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal-oxygen polyhedra and BO3 groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment.

  17. Growth, structure and optical properties of nonlinear optical crystal BaZnBO3F

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    Xia, Mingjun; Li, R. K.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal BaZnBO3F (BZBF) with the size of about 20×20×0.5 mm3 is obtained from BaF2-NaF flux, and single crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that it belongs to space group P 6 ̅ with cell parameters of a=5.1045(6) Å, c=4.3116(10) Å and Z=1. In the structure of BZBF, the BO3 planar triangles are interconnected through O atoms from ZnO3F2 trigonal bipyramid to form (Zn3B3O6F6) twelve-membered rings (12-MRs), then the layers which are built with condensation from 12-MRs at ab plane, are further linked by the apical F from ZnO3F2 to form three dimensional framework along the c direction. The title crystal exhibits high transmittance in the range of 300-3000 nm with a UV transmission cutoff at 223 nm according to transmission spectra. Powder SHG tests indicate that the effective NLO coefficient of BZBF crystal is about 2.8 times that of KH2PO4 (KDP) crystal due to perfect alignment of the BO3 groups.

  18. Probing magnetostructural correlations in multiferroic HoA l3(BO3) 4

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    Zhang, H.; Yu, T.; Chen, Z.; Nelson, C. S.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Abeykoon, A. M. M.; Tyson, T. A.

    2015-09-01

    The system HoA l3(BO3) 4 has recently been found to exhibit a large magnetoelectric effect. To understand the mechanism, macroscopic and atomic level properties of HoA l3(BO3) 4 were explored by temperature and magnetic field dependent heat capacity measurements, pressure and temperature dependent x-ray diffraction measurements, as well as temperature and magnetic field dependent x-ray absorption fine structure measurements. The experimental work was complemented by density functional theory calculations. An anomalous change in the structure is found in the temperature range where large magnetoelectric effects occur. No significant structural change or distortion of the Ho O6 polyhedra is seen to occur with magnetic field. However, the magnetic field dependent structural measurements reveal enhanced correlation between neighboring Ho O6 polyhedra. This observed response is seen to saturate near 3 T. A qualitative atomic level description of the mechanism behind the large electric polarization induced by magnetic fields in the general class of RA l3(BO3) 4 systems (R = rare earth) is developed.

  19. Structural and luminescent properties of KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors.

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    G, Sowjanya; L, Rama Moorthy; Ch, Basavapoornima; C K, Jayasankar

    2017-01-01

    Yttrium borate phosphors (KY(1-x)DyxBO3) doped with Dy(3+) ions were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method. The structural and morphological characteristics were studied by XRD, FTIR and SEM measurements. Luminescent properties of different concentrations of KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors were investigated from the excitation, emission and decay analyses. The emission spectra exhibited characteristic blue (460-500nm) and yellow (555-610nm) bands of Dy(3+) ions which combines to give white light. The evaluated color co-ordinates (x, y) were found to lie within the white light region of CIE chromaticity diagram. All the decay curves of Dy(3+) ions exhibited non-exponential nature and the experimental lifetimes for the (4)F9/2 excited level were found to decrease from 0.87, 0.47, 0.35, 0.26 and 0.13ms with the increase of Dy(3+) ion concentrations from 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2 and 0.3mol%, respectively. In order to understand the energy transfer mechanism, the decay curves were fitted to Inokutti-Hirayama model and found that the energy transfer is of dipole-dipole type. From the results of these investigations, it is concluded that the KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors are more useful for white light emitting diodes. PMID:27442292

  20. BoCluSt: Bootstrap Clustering Stability Algorithm for Community Detection.

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    Garcia, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    The identification of modules or communities in sets of related variables is a key step in the analysis and modeling of biological systems. Procedures for this identification are usually designed to allow fast analyses of very large datasets and may produce suboptimal results when these sets are of a small to moderate size. This article introduces BoCluSt, a new, somewhat more computationally intensive, community detection procedure that is based on combining a clustering algorithm with a measure of stability under bootstrap resampling. Both computer simulation and analyses of experimental data showed that BoCluSt can outperform current procedures in the identification of multiple modules in data sets with a moderate number of variables. In addition, the procedure provides users with a null distribution of results to evaluate the support for the existence of community structure in the data. BoCluSt takes individual measures for a set of variables as input, and may be a valuable and robust exploratory tool of network analysis, as it provides 1) an estimation of the best partition of variables into modules, 2) a measure of the support for the existence of modular structures, and 3) an overall description of the whole structure, which may reveal hierarchical modular situations, in which modules are composed of smaller sub-modules.

  1. The ARiBo tag: a reliable tool for affinity purification of RNAs under native conditions

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    Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Lampron, Philipe; Dagenais, Pierre; Omichinski, James G.; Legault, Pascale

    2011-01-01

    Although RNA-based biological processes and therapeutics have gained increasing interest, purification of in vitro transcribed RNA generally relies on gel-based methods that are time-consuming, tedious and denature the RNA. Here, we present a reliable procedure for affinity batch purification of RNA, which exploits the high-affinity interaction between the boxB RNA and the N-peptide from bacteriophage λ. The RNA of interest is synthesized with an ARiBo tag, which consists of an activatable ribozyme (the glmS ribozyme) and the λBoxB RNA. This ARiBo-fusion RNA is initially captured on Glutathione-Sepharose resin via a GST/λN-fusion protein, and the RNA of interest is subsequently eluted by ribozyme self-cleavage using glucosamine-6-phosphate. Several GST/λN-fusion proteins and ARiBo tags were tested to optimize RNA yield and purity. The optimized procedure enables one to quickly obtain (3 h) highly pure RNA (>99%) under native conditions and with yields comparable to standard denaturing gel-based protocols. It is widely applicable to a variety of RNAs, including riboswitches, ribozymes and microRNAs. In addition, it can be easily adapted to a wide range of applications that require RNA purification and/or immobilization, including isolation of RNA-associated complexes from living cells and high-throughput applications. PMID:21071425

  2. The ARiBo tag: a reliable tool for affinity purification of RNAs under native conditions.

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    Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Lampron, Philipe; Dagenais, Pierre; Omichinski, James G; Legault, Pascale

    2011-02-01

    Although RNA-based biological processes and therapeutics have gained increasing interest, purification of in vitro transcribed RNA generally relies on gel-based methods that are time-consuming, tedious and denature the RNA. Here, we present a reliable procedure for affinity batch purification of RNA, which exploits the high-affinity interaction between the boxB RNA and the N-peptide from bacteriophage λ. The RNA of interest is synthesized with an ARiBo tag, which consists of an activatable ribozyme (the glmS ribozyme) and the λBoxB RNA. This ARiBo-fusion RNA is initially captured on Glutathione-Sepharose resin via a GST/λN-fusion protein, and the RNA of interest is subsequently eluted by ribozyme self-cleavage using glucosamine-6-phosphate. Several GST/λN-fusion proteins and ARiBo tags were tested to optimize RNA yield and purity. The optimized procedure enables one to quickly obtain (3 h) highly pure RNA (>99%) under native conditions and with yields comparable to standard denaturing gel-based protocols. It is widely applicable to a variety of RNAs, including riboswitches, ribozymes and microRNAs. In addition, it can be easily adapted to a wide range of applications that require RNA purification and/or immobilization, including isolation of RNA-associated complexes from living cells and high-throughput applications. PMID:21071425

  3. Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics in the Multicanonical Ensemble: Connections between Wang-Landau Sampling and Metadynamics

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    Vogel, Thomas; Perez, Danny; Junghans, Christoph

    2014-03-01

    We show direct formal relationships between the Wang-Landau iteration [PRL 86, 2050 (2001)], metadynamics [PNAS 99, 12562 (2002)] and statistical temperature molecular dynamics [PRL 97, 050601 (2006)], the major Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics work horses for sampling from a generalized, multicanonical ensemble. We aim at helping to consolidate the developments in the different areas by indicating how methodological advancements can be transferred in a straightforward way, avoiding the parallel, largely independent, developments tracks observed in the past.

  4. [Cerebral paragonimiasis and Bo Sung Sim's hemispherectomy in Korea in 1950s-1960s].

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    Park, Jiyoung; Miyagawa, Takuya; Hong, Jeonghwa; Kim, Ockjoo

    2011-06-30

    This paper deals with cerebral paragonimiasis and cerebral hemispherectomy conducted as a treatment of cerebral paragonimiasis by Bo Sung Sim in Korea in 1950s-1960s. He demonstrated that cerebral hemispherectomy could be used for unilateral diffuse cerebral paragonimiasis. Sim learned cerebral hemispherectomy from Dr. L. A. French. at the University of Minnesota from 1955 to 1957 in America. The authors argues that Bo Sung Sim's introduction of cerebral hemispherectomy to Korea was not a simple application of an advanced medical technology, but a complicated and active process in that Sim used the technique to intervene intractable complications from cerebral paragonimiasis such as generalized convulsions, spastic hemiplegia and mental deterioration. Bo Sung Sim, one of the neurosurgeons of the first generation in Korea, was trained in neurology, neuropathology, neuroradiology and animal experiments as well as in neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. After returning to Korea, Sim faced parasitic diseases, one of the most serious public health problems at that time, which were far different from what he learned in America. As a neurosurgeon, Sim tackled with parasitic diseases of the central nervous system with various diagnostics and therapeutics. In 1950s, more than one million populations suffered from pulmonary paragonimiasis acquired by eating raw crabs or by feeding juice of crushed crayfish for the treatment of measles in Korea. About 26.6 percent of people with paragonimiasis had cerebral paragonimiasis. Before bithionol therapy was introduced in 1962, neurosurgery was the only available treatment to control increased intracranial pressures, intractable epilepsy, paralysis and mental deterioration. Between 1958 to 1962, Bo Sung Sim operated on 24 patients of cerebral paragonimiasis. In two of them, he performed cerebral hemispherectomy to control intractable convulsions when he found diffuse cerebral paragonimiasis and cerebral atrophy at the

  5. BoHV-4-Based Vector Single Heterologous Antigen Delivery Protects STAT1(-/-) Mice from Monkeypoxvirus Lethal Challenge.

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    Franceschi, Valentina; Parker, Scott; Jacca, Sarah; Crump, Ryan W; Doronin, Konstantin; Hembrador, Edguardo; Pompilio, Daniela; Tebaldi, Giulia; Estep, Ryan D; Wong, Scott W; Buller, Mark R; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2015-06-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is the etiological agent of human (MPX). It is an emerging orthopoxvirus zoonosis in the tropical rain forest of Africa and is endemic in the Congo-basin and sporadic in West Africa; it remains a tropical neglected disease of persons in impoverished rural areas. Interaction of the human population with wildlife increases human infection with MPX virus (MPXV), and infection from human to human is possible. Smallpox vaccination provides good cross-protection against MPX; however, the vaccination campaign ended in Africa in 1980, meaning that a large proportion of the population is currently unprotected against MPXV infection. Disease control hinges on deterring zoonotic exposure to the virus and, barring that, interrupting person-to-person spread. However, there are no FDA-approved therapies against MPX, and current vaccines are limited due to safety concerns. For this reason, new studies on pathogenesis, prophylaxis and therapeutics are still of great interest, not only for the scientific community but also for the governments concerned that MPXV could be used as a bioterror agent. In the present study, a new vaccination strategy approach based on three recombinant bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) vectors, each expressing different MPXV glycoproteins, A29L, M1R and B6R were investigated in terms of protection from a lethal MPXV challenge in STAT1 knockout mice. BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK were successfully constructed by recombineering, and their capacity to express their transgene was demonstrated. A small challenge study was performed, and all three recombinant BoHV-4 appeared safe (no weight-loss or obvious adverse events) following intraperitoneal administration. Further, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK alone or in combination with BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK, was shown to be able to protect, 100% alone and 80% in combination, STAT1(-/-) mice against

  6. BoHV-4-Based Vector Single Heterologous Antigen Delivery Protects STAT1(-/-) Mice from Monkeypoxvirus Lethal Challenge

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    Crump, Ryan W.; Doronin, Konstantin; Hembrador, Edguardo; Pompilio, Daniela; Tebaldi, Giulia; Estep, Ryan D.; Wong, Scott W.; Buller, Mark R.; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is the etiological agent of human (MPX). It is an emerging orthopoxvirus zoonosis in the tropical rain forest of Africa and is endemic in the Congo-basin and sporadic in West Africa; it remains a tropical neglected disease of persons in impoverished rural areas. Interaction of the human population with wildlife increases human infection with MPX virus (MPXV), and infection from human to human is possible. Smallpox vaccination provides good cross-protection against MPX; however, the vaccination campaign ended in Africa in 1980, meaning that a large proportion of the population is currently unprotected against MPXV infection. Disease control hinges on deterring zoonotic exposure to the virus and, barring that, interrupting person-to-person spread. However, there are no FDA-approved therapies against MPX, and current vaccines are limited due to safety concerns. For this reason, new studies on pathogenesis, prophylaxis and therapeutics are still of great interest, not only for the scientific community but also for the governments concerned that MPXV could be used as a bioterror agent. In the present study, a new vaccination strategy approach based on three recombinant bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) vectors, each expressing different MPXV glycoproteins, A29L, M1R and B6R were investigated in terms of protection from a lethal MPXV challenge in STAT1 knockout mice. BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK were successfully constructed by recombineering, and their capacity to express their transgene was demonstrated. A small challenge study was performed, and all three recombinant BoHV-4 appeared safe (no weight-loss or obvious adverse events) following intraperitoneal administration. Further, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK alone or in combination with BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK, was shown to be able to protect, 100% alone and 80% in combination, STAT1(-/-) mice against

  7. BoHV-4-Based Vector Single Heterologous Antigen Delivery Protects STAT1(-/-) Mice from Monkeypoxvirus Lethal Challenge.

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    Franceschi, Valentina; Parker, Scott; Jacca, Sarah; Crump, Ryan W; Doronin, Konstantin; Hembrador, Edguardo; Pompilio, Daniela; Tebaldi, Giulia; Estep, Ryan D; Wong, Scott W; Buller, Mark R; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2015-06-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is the etiological agent of human (MPX). It is an emerging orthopoxvirus zoonosis in the tropical rain forest of Africa and is endemic in the Congo-basin and sporadic in West Africa; it remains a tropical neglected disease of persons in impoverished rural areas. Interaction of the human population with wildlife increases human infection with MPX virus (MPXV), and infection from human to human is possible. Smallpox vaccination provides good cross-protection against MPX; however, the vaccination campaign ended in Africa in 1980, meaning that a large proportion of the population is currently unprotected against MPXV infection. Disease control hinges on deterring zoonotic exposure to the virus and, barring that, interrupting person-to-person spread. However, there are no FDA-approved therapies against MPX, and current vaccines are limited due to safety concerns. For this reason, new studies on pathogenesis, prophylaxis and therapeutics are still of great interest, not only for the scientific community but also for the governments concerned that MPXV could be used as a bioterror agent. In the present study, a new vaccination strategy approach based on three recombinant bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) vectors, each expressing different MPXV glycoproteins, A29L, M1R and B6R were investigated in terms of protection from a lethal MPXV challenge in STAT1 knockout mice. BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK were successfully constructed by recombineering, and their capacity to express their transgene was demonstrated. A small challenge study was performed, and all three recombinant BoHV-4 appeared safe (no weight-loss or obvious adverse events) following intraperitoneal administration. Further, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK alone or in combination with BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK, was shown to be able to protect, 100% alone and 80% in combination, STAT1(-/-) mice against

  8. Toxicity of Alangium salvifolium Wang chemical constituents against the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura Fab.

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    Selin-Rani, Selvaraj; Senthil-Nathan, Sengottayan; Revathi, Kannan; Chandrasekaran, Rajamanickam; Thanigaivel, Annamalai; Vasantha-Srinivasan, Prabhakaran; Ponsankar, Athirstam; Edwin, Edward Sam; Pradeepa, Venkatraman

    2016-01-01

    Widespread use of synthetic pesticides has resulted in the development of insecticide-resistant populations of pests and harmful effects on human health and the environment. There is a need to identify alternative pest management strategies to reduce our reliance on conventional chemical pesticides. In recent years the use of botanical pesticides for protecting crops from insect pests has assumed greater importance. Methanol extract of Alangium salvifolium (L.f.) Wang has potential insecticidal activity against Spodoptera litura Fab. The active fractions were identified through chromatographic techniques as F-IV (Rf value=0.45) and F-VI (Rf value=0.63) and were subjected to GC-MS (GCMATE II). Fifty, 100 and 200ppm of active fractions were applied to fourth instar larvae and the mortality increased with higher concentrations. Relative consumption rate, relative growth rate, efficiency of conversion of ingested food and efficiency of conversion of digested food values all decreased in treated larvae, but approximate digestibility rate increased after treatment. The hydrolytic enzymes, such as acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase and the glycolytic enzyme lactate dehydrogenase were inhibited in treated larvae compared with controls. The histopathology study revealed that the epithelial columnar cells were enlarged, completely atrophied; intercellular spaces were swollen, and also noted a cytoplasmic ooze of cell material that mixed with food column. The present study clearly showed the active fractions from A. salvifolium as potential botanicals to control the larvae of S. litura. This is the first report for nutritional indices, enzymatic activities and histological effects of A. salvifolium chemical constituents against S. litura. Thus probably, this will be used as an alternative for synthetic pesticides against the polyphagous pest like S. litura. PMID:26778440

  9. Comparison of 19-gauge eXcelon and WANG MW-319 transbronchial aspiration needles.

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    Hsu, Li-Han; Liu, Chia-Chuan; Ko, Jen-Sheng; Feng, An-Chen; Chu, Nei-Min

    2016-03-01

    Conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) using 19-gauge needles can obtain larger histological specimens for hilar-mediastinal diagnosis. A new 19-gauge eXcelon needle was introduced in Taiwan in July 2012. We prospectively enrolled patients with hilar-mediastinal lesions and pathology results of suspected benign origin or lymphoproliferative processes, to perform TBNA using a 19-gauge eXcelon needle, between July 2012 and December 2012. The results were compared with historical control of TBNA using a WANG MW-319 needle between January 2011 and June 2012. The procedure was performed by the same pulmonologist, and rapid on-site cytologic evaluation was used. The 19-gauge eXcelon needle was used in nine patients with 15 lymph nodes aspirated, with a mean diameter of 23.3 ± 10.7 mm. The mean number of needle passes was 2.7 ± 1.4, with a diagnostic accuracy of 77.8%. The MW-319 needle was used in 12 patients with 18 lymph nodes aspirated, with a mean diameter of 21.3 ± 5.7 mm. The mean number of needle passes was 2.2 ± 0.4, with a diagnostic accuracy of 75.0%. Neither technical nor major clinical complications were noted in either group. We concluded that the 19-gauge eXcelon needle was as safe and effective as the MW-319 needle. A more adequate specimen could be obtained and fewer needle passes were required with the MW-319 needle, although the difference did not reach significance. PMID:27042234

  10. The mechanism of the area negative thermal expansion in KBe2BO3F2 family crystals: A first-principles study

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    Jiang, Xingxing; Molokeev, Maxim S.; Li, Wei; Wu, Shaofan; Lin, Zheshuai; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian

    2016-02-01

    A very recent study demonstrated that the KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) family of crystals, including KBBF, RbBe2BO3F2, and CsBe2BO3F2, are the only known borates exhibiting a rarely occurring isotropic area negative thermal expansion (NTE) behavior, over a very large temperature range. In the present work, the NTE mechanism in these crystals is comprehensively investigated using the first-principles calculations. It is revealed that the area NTE behavior mainly originates from the concerted distortion of [BeO3F] tetrahedra in the two-dimensional [Be2BO3F2]∞ framework with respect to temperature, while the [BO3] triangles remain almost rigid. Moreover, the different magnitude of NTE effect in the three crystals is attributed to the interaction difference between the alkali metal atoms (K, Rb, or Cs) and the [Be2BO3F2]∞ layer.

  11. Identification of hyperhalogens in Ag(n)(BO2)(m) (n = 1-3, m = 1-2) clusters: anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional calculations.

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    Kong, Xiang-Yu; Xu, Hong-Guang; Koirala, Pratik; Zheng, Wei-Jun; Kandalam, Anil K; Jena, Puru

    2014-12-21

    The electronic and structural properties of neutral and anionic Agn(BO2)m (n = 1-3, m = 1-2) clusters are investigated by using mass-selected anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Agreement between the measured and calculated vertical detachment energies (VDEs) allows us to validate the equilibrium geometries of [Agn(BO2)m](-) clusters obtained from theory. The ground state structures of anionic Ag2(BO2) and Agn(BO2)2 (n = 1-3) clusters are found to be very different from those of their neutral counterparts. The structures of anionic clusters are chain-like while those of the neutral clusters are closed-rings. The presence of multiple isomers for [Ag2(BO2)2](-) and [Ag3(BO2)2](-) in the cluster beam has also been confirmed. Several of these clusters are found to be hyperhalogens.

  12. Prospects for three-electron donor boronyl (BO) ligands and dioxodiborene (B2O2) ligands as bridging groups in binuclear iron carbonyl derivatives.

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    Chang, Yu; Li, Qian-Shu; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce

    2012-08-20

    Recent experimental work (2010) on (Cy(3)P)(2)Pt(BO)Br indicates that the oxygen atom of the boronyl (BO) ligand is more basic than that in the ubiquitous CO ligand. This suggests that bridging BO ligands in unsaturated binuclear metal carbonyl derivatives should readily function as three-electron donor bridging ligands involving both the oxygen and the boron atoms. In this connection, density functional theory shows that three of the four lowest energy singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structures have such a bridging η(2)-μ-BO group as well as a formal Fe-Fe single bond. In addition, all four of the lowest energy singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) structures have two bridging η(2)-μ-BO groups and formal Fe-Fe single bonds. Other Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(n) (n = 7, 6) structures are found in which the two BO groups have coupled to form a bridging dioxodiborene (B(2)O(2)) ligand with B-B bonding distances of ~1.84 Å. All of these Fe(2)(μ-B(2)O(2))(CO)(n) structures have long Fe···Fe distances indicating a lack of direct iron-iron bonding. One of the singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structures has such a bridging dioxodiborene ligand with cis stereochemistry functioning as a six-electron donor to the pair of iron atoms. In addition, the lowest energy triplet structures for both Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) and Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) have bridging dioxodiborene ligands with trans stereochemistry functioning as a four-electron donor to the pair of iron atoms. PMID:22862812

  13. The genetic legacy of Mother Goose--phylogeographic patterns of lesser snow goose Chen caerulescens caerulescens maternal lineages.

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    Quinn, T W

    1992-08-01

    By using the polymerase chain reaction to amplify and sequence 178 bp of a rapidly evolving region of the mtDNA genome (segment I of the control region) from 81 individuals, approximately 11% of the variation present in the lesser snow goose Chen caerulescens caerulescens L. mitochondrial genome was surveyed. The 26 types of mtDNA detected formed two distinct mitochondrial clades that differ by an average of 6.7% and are distributed across the species range. Restriction analysis of amplified fragments was then used to assign the mtDNA of an additional 29 individuals to either of these clades. Within one major clade, sequence among mtDNAs was concordant with geographic location. Within the other major clade the degree of sequence divergence among haplotypes was lower and no consistent geographic structuring was evident. The two major clades presumably result from vicariant separation of lesser snow geese during the Pleistocene. PMID:1344986

  14. Strontium ions concentration dependent modifications on structural and optical features of Li4Sr(BO3)3 glass

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    Obayes, Hayder Khudhair; Wagiran, H.; Hussin, R.; Saeed, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    Composition optimization is essential for achieving improved properties of strontium (Sr2+) doped lithium borate (LSBO) glass. Glasses with compositions (85-x)H3BO3+15Li2CO3+xSrCO3, where x = 0.5-2.5 mol% are synthesized via melt quenching technique. Glasses are characterized to determine Sr2+ ions concentration dependent improvements in the structural, physical, and optical properties. XRD patterns verifies the amorphous nature, FESEM images reveals transmitting surface morphology, stable glasses with Hurby parameter ∼0.5 are achieved. FTIR spectra revealed three fundamental peaks around 700.55-930.68 and 1072.07 cm-1, which corresponded to the trigonal and tetrahedral stretching vibrations of BO3 and BO4 units. These peaks are shifted with the increase of modifier concentration. Energy for Urbach tail, direct and indirect optical gaps are calculated. The increasing glass refractive index from 2.34 to 3.00 is ascribed to the conversion of BO4 into BO3 units. Emission spectra exhibit three peaks centered at 492.65, 536 and 549 nm, corresponding to the transitions from the 1D2, 3D3 and 3D2 levels to ground state 1S0 respectively, and accompanied by a slight blueshift attributed to the formation of new complexes. Effects of strontium ion contents on the structural and optical properties are demonstrated. Our observation may contribute towards the development of LSBO based glass photonics.

  15. Crystal structure and magnetic anisotropy of ludwigite Co{sub 2}FeO{sub 2}BO{sub 3}

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    Ivanova, N. B.; Kazak, N. V.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Velikanov, D. A.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Platunov, M. S.; Bartolome, J.; Patrin, G. S.

    2011-12-15

    Co{sub 3}O{sub 2}BO{sub 3} and Co{sub 2}FeO{sub 2}BO{sub 3} single crystals with a ludwigite structure are fabricated, and their crystal structure and magnetic properties are studied in detail. Substituted ludwigite Co{sub 2}FeO{sub 2}BO{sub 3} undergoes two-stage magnetic ordering at the temperatures characteristic of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 2}BO{sub 3} (T{sub N1} Almost-Equal-To 110 K, T{sub N2} Almost-Equal-To 70 K) rather than Co{sub 3}O{sub 2}BO{sub 3} (T{sub N} = 42 K). This effect is explained in terms of preferred occupation of nonequivalent crystallographic positions by iron, which was detected by X-ray diffraction. Both materials exhibit a pronounced uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. Crystallographic direction b is an easy magnetization axis. Upon iron substitution, the cobalt ludwigite acquires a very high magnetic hardness.

  16. The UL49 gene product of BoHV-1: a major factor in efficient cell-to-cell spread.

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    Kalthoff, Donata; Granzow, Harald; Trapp, Sascha; Beer, Martin

    2008-09-01

    The role of the UL49 gene product, VP22, of bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) in virus replication was characterized with respect to a putative functional interaction of VP22 with the viral glycoprotein E (gE) during BoHV-1 cell-to-cell spread. Deletion of the open reading frames of UL49 and/or gE from an infectious BoHV-1 bacterial artificial chromosome clone did not severely impair the production of viral progeny in single-step growth experiments. However, plaque sizes induced by a VP22-negative BoHV-1 were reduced by 52%, whilst for the gE/VP22-negative double-deletion mutant a reduction of 83% could be observed in comparison with parental and revertant viruses, which was consistent with a marked reduction in multi-step growth experiments at early time points. These results suggest that gE and VP22 are important for BoHV-1 cell-to-cell spread, and that both are likely to act independently of each other in a critical pathway for virus cell-to-cell spread. PMID:18753236

  17. A chemical confirmation of the faint Boötes II dwarf spheroidal galaxy

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    Koch, Andreas; Rich, R. Michael

    2014-10-10

    We present a chemical abundance study of the brightest confirmed member star of the ultra-faint dwarf galaxy Boötes II from Keck/HIRES high-resolution spectroscopy at moderate signal-to-noise ratios. At [Fe/H] = –2.93 ± 0.03(stat.) ± 0.17(sys.), this star chemically resembles metal-poor halo field stars and the signatures of other faint dwarf spheroidal galaxies at the same metallicities in that it shows enhanced [α/Fe] ratios, Solar Fe-peak element abundances, and low upper limits on the neutron-capture element Ba. Moreover, this star shows no chemical peculiarities in any of the eight elements we were able to measure. This implies that the chemical outliers found in other systems remain outliers pertaining to the unusual enrichment histories of the respective environments, while Boo II appears to have experienced an enrichment history typical of its very low mass. We also re-calibrated previous measurements of the galaxy's metallicity from the calcium triplet (CaT) and find a much lower value than reported before. The resulting broad metallicity spread, in excess of one dex, the very metal-poor mean, and the chemical abundance patterns of the present star imply that Boötes II is a low-mass, old, metal-poor dwarf galaxy and not an overdensity associated with the Sagittarius Stream as has been previously suggested based on its sky position and kinematics. The low, mean CaT metallicity of –2.7 dex falls right on the luminosity-metallicity relation delineated over four orders of magnitude from the more luminous to the faintest galaxies. Thus Boötes II's chemical enrichment appears representative of the galaxy's original mass, while tidal stripping and other mass loss mechanisms were probably not significant as for other low-mass satellites.

  18. Pb6Ba2(BO3)5X (X = Cl, Br): new borate halides with strong predicted optical anisotropies derived from Pb(2+) and (BO3)(3.).

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    Liu, Lu; Zhang, Bingbing; Zhang, Fangfang; Pan, Shilie; Zhang, Fangyuan; Zhang, Xingwen; Dong, Xiaoyu; Yang, Zhihua

    2015-04-21

    Two new borate halides, Pb6Ba2(BO3)5X (X = Cl, Br), have been synthesized by solid-state reactions and their structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. They are isostructural and feature 3D frameworks composed of alternate stacking of [PbBO] and [PbBOX] layers which are connected by 10-coordinated Ba atoms along the c direction. First-principles calculations show that both compounds have a large birefringence of 0.1582 and 0.1810 at 532 nm, respectively. The large birefringence originates from the strong optical anisotropies of the Pb(2+) cations and (BO3)(3-) groups based on the real-space atom-cutting analysis. The IR and UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, as well as thermal stability analyses of both compounds, were performed. PMID:25785911

  19. YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) high temperature vibration sensor

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    Kim, Kyungrim; Zhang, Shujun; Huang, Wenbin; Yu, Fapeng; Jiang, Xiaoning

    2011-06-01

    A shear-mode piezoelectric accelerometer using YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) single crystal was designed, fabricated and successfully tested for high temperature vibration sensing applications. The prototyped sensor was tested at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1000 °C and at frequencies ranging from 80 Hz to 1 kHz. The sensitivity of the sensor was found to be 5.7 pC/g throughout the tested frequency and temperature range. In addition, YCOB piezoelectric accelerometers remained the same sensitivity at 1000 °C for a dwell time of four hours, exhibiting high stability and reliability.

  20. Structure and lattice dynamics of PrFe3(BO3)4: Ab initio calculation

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.; Petrov, V. P.

    2016-06-01

    The crystal structure and phonon spectrum of PrFe3(BO3)4 are ab initio calculated in the context of the density functional theory. The ion coordinates in the unit cell of a crystal and the lattice parameters are evaluated from the calculations. The types and frequencies of the fundamental vibrations, as well as the line intensities of the IR spectrum, are determined. The elastic constants of the crystal are calculated. A "seed" frequency of the vibration strongly interacting with the electron excitation on the praseodymium ion is obtained for low-frequency A 2 mode. The calculated results are in agreement with the known experimental data.

  1. Uniaxial anisotropy and low-temperature antiferromagnetism of Mn2BO4 single crystal

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    Kazak, N. V.; Platunov, M. S.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Ivanova, N. B.; Bayukov, O. A.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Nizhankovskii, V. I.; Gavrilkin, S. Yu.; Lamonova, K. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.

    2015-11-01

    The Mn2BO4 single crystals have been grown by the flux technique. A careful study of the crystal structure and magnetic properties have been carried out. The antiferromagnetic transition at TN=26 K has been traced through the dc magnetization and specific heat temperature dependences. Magnetic uniaxial anisotropy has been found with easy axis magnetization lying in the ab-plane. The obtained value of effective magnetic moment is assigned to the non-quenched orbital moment of Jahn-Teller Mn3+ ions. The discussion of magnetic properties is based on the superexchange interaction calculations.

  2. Hydrothermal synthesis and luminescent properties of LuBO{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} microflowers

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    Yang Jun; Zhang Cuimiao; Wang Lili; Hou Zhiyao; Huang Shanshan; Lian Hongzhou; Lin Jun

    2008-10-15

    Hexagonal vaterite-type LuBO{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} microflower-like phosphors have been successfully prepared by an efficient surfactant- and template-free hydrothermal process directly without further sintering treatment. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra as well as kinetic decays were used to characterize the samples. The as-obtained phosphor samples present flowerlike agglomerates composed of nanoflakes with thickness of 40 nm and high crystallinity in spite of the moderate reaction temperature of 200 deg. C. The reaction mechanism has been considered as a dissolution/precipitation mechanism; the self-assembly evolution process has been proposed on homocentric layer-by-layer growth style. Under ultraviolet excitation into the 4f{sup 8}{yields}4f{sup 7}5d transition of Tb{sup 3+} at 248 nm (or 288 nm) and low-voltage electron beam excitation, LuBO{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} samples show the characteristic green emission of Tb{sup 3+} corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 4}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 6,5,4,3} transitions with the {sup 5}D{sub 4}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 5} transition (542 nm) being the most prominent group, which have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays. - Graphical abstract: Hexagonal vaterite-type LuBO{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} microflower-like phosphors have been successfully prepared by a simple and mild hydrothermal process directly. The reaction mechanism has been considered as the dissolution/precipitation mechanism; the self-assembly evolution process has been proposed on homocentric layer-by-layer growth style. The luminescent properties of the as-obtained LuBO{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} samples have

  3. YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB) high temperature vibration sensor

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    Kim, Kyungrim; Huang Wenbin; Jiang Xiaoning; Zhang Shujun; Yu Fapeng

    2011-06-15

    A shear-mode piezoelectric accelerometer using YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB) single crystal was designed, fabricated and successfully tested for high temperature vibration sensing applications. The prototyped sensor was tested at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1000 deg. C and at frequencies ranging from 80 Hz to 1 kHz. The sensitivity of the sensor was found to be 5.7 pC/g throughout the tested frequency and temperature range. In addition, YCOB piezoelectric accelerometers remained the same sensitivity at 1000 deg. C for a dwell time of four hours, exhibiting high stability and reliability.

  4. Functional characterization of the ribosome biogenesis factors PES, BOP1, and WDR12 (PeBoW), and mechanisms of defective cell growth and proliferation caused by PeBoW deficiency in Arabidopsis.

    PubMed

    Ahn, Chang Sook; Cho, Hui Kyung; Lee, Du-Hwa; Sim, Hee-Jung; Kim, Sang-Gyu; Pai, Hyun-Sook

    2016-09-01

    The nucleolar protein pescadillo (PES) controls biogenesis of the 60S ribosomal subunit through functional interactions with Block of Proliferation 1 (BOP1) and WD Repeat Domain 12 (WDR12) in plants. In this study, we determined protein characteristics and in planta functions of BOP1 and WDR12, and characterized defects in plant cell growth and proliferation caused by a deficiency of PeBoW (PES-BOP1-WDR12) proteins. Dexamethasone-inducible RNAi of BOP1 and WDR12 caused developmental arrest and premature senescence in Arabidopsis, similar to the phenotype of PES RNAi. Both the N-terminal domain and WD40 repeats of BOP1 and WDR12 were critical for specific associations with 60S/80S ribosomes. In response to nucleolar stress or DNA damage, PeBoW proteins moved from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm. Kinematic analyses of leaf growth revealed that depletion of PeBoW proteins led to dramatically suppressed cell proliferation, cell expansion, and epidermal pavement cell differentiation. A deficiency in PeBoW proteins resulted in reduced cyclin-dependent kinase Type A activity, causing reduced phosphorylation of histone H1 and retinoblastoma-related (RBR) protein. PeBoW silencing caused rapid transcriptional modulation of cell-cycle genes, including reduction of E2Fa and Cyclin D family genes, and induction of several KRP genes, accompanied by down-regulation of auxin-related genes and up-regulation of jasmonic acid-related genes. Taken together, these results suggest that the PeBoW proteins involved in ribosome biogenesis play a critical role in plant cell growth and survival, and their depletion leads to inhibition of cell-cycle progression, possibly modulated by phytohormone signaling. PMID:27440937

  5. Functional characterization of the ribosome biogenesis factors PES, BOP1, and WDR12 (PeBoW), and mechanisms of defective cell growth and proliferation caused by PeBoW deficiency in Arabidopsis

    PubMed Central

    Ahn, Chang Sook; Cho, Hui Kyung; Lee, Du-Hwa; Sim, Hee-Jung; Kim, Sang-Gyu; Pai, Hyun-Sook

    2016-01-01

    The nucleolar protein pescadillo (PES) controls biogenesis of the 60S ribosomal subunit through functional interactions with Block of Proliferation 1 (BOP1) and WD Repeat Domain 12 (WDR12) in plants. In this study, we determined protein characteristics and in planta functions of BOP1 and WDR12, and characterized defects in plant cell growth and proliferation caused by a deficiency of PeBoW (PES-BOP1-WDR12) proteins. Dexamethasone-inducible RNAi of BOP1 and WDR12 caused developmental arrest and premature senescence in Arabidopsis, similar to the phenotype of PES RNAi. Both the N-terminal domain and WD40 repeats of BOP1 and WDR12 were critical for specific associations with 60S/80S ribosomes. In response to nucleolar stress or DNA damage, PeBoW proteins moved from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm. Kinematic analyses of leaf growth revealed that depletion of PeBoW proteins led to dramatically suppressed cell proliferation, cell expansion, and epidermal pavement cell differentiation. A deficiency in PeBoW proteins resulted in reduced cyclin-dependent kinase Type A activity, causing reduced phosphorylation of histone H1 and retinoblastoma-related (RBR) protein. PeBoW silencing caused rapid transcriptional modulation of cell-cycle genes, including reduction of E2Fa and Cyclin D family genes, and induction of several KRP genes, accompanied by down-regulation of auxin-related genes and up-regulation of jasmonic acid-related genes. Taken together, these results suggest that the PeBoW proteins involved in ribosome biogenesis play a critical role in plant cell growth and survival, and their depletion leads to inhibition of cell-cycle progression, possibly modulated by phytohormone signaling. PMID:27440937

  6. A description of preimaginal stages of Pseudaspidapion botanicum Alonso-Zarazaga & Wang, 2011 (Apionidae, Curculionoidea)

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Zhiliang; Alonso-Zarazaga, M. A.; Zhou, Dakang; Zhang, Runzhi

    2013-01-01

    Abstract The preimaginal stages including egg, mature larva and pupa of Pseudaspidapion botanicum Alonso-Zarazaga & Wang, 2011 were described and figured, diagnostic characters of larva and pupa were discussed, and corresponding biological information was supplied. The nomenclature of frontal setae in the larva compared with curculionid weevils, the absence of the hypopharyngeal bracon in the larva, and the metafemoral setae in the pupa were discussed. Common and different characters among the larvae of Pseudaspidapion botanicum, Aspidapion radiolus (Marsham, 1802) and Aspidapion aeneum (Fabricius, 1775) were also provided. PMID:23653504

  7. Specific features of magnetic properties of Tb1- x Ho x Al3(BO3)4 aluminoborates

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    Eremin, E. V.; Volkov, N. V.; Temerov, V. L.; Gudim, I. A.

    2016-04-01

    Single crystals Tb1- x Ho x Al3(BO3)4 with x = 0, 0.1, 0.5, 0.9, 1 have been grown based on bismuth trimolybdate using a solution-melt method. Their magnetic properties have been studied in the temperature range of 4.2-295 K and magnetic fields to 9 T. The effective magnetic moments μeff|| and μeff⊥ have been determined. It has been found that the temperature dependence of the susceptibility measured experimentally differs from that calculated on the assumption that the contributions of Tb3+ and Ho3+ ions are proportional to fractions from the susceptibilities of TbAl3(BO3)4 and HoAl3(BO3)4, respectively.

  8. Na(+)-translocating cytochrome bo terminal oxidase from Vitreoscilla: some parameters of its Na+ pumping and orientation in synthetic vesicles.

    PubMed

    Park, C; Moon, J Y; Cokic, P; Webster, D A

    1996-09-10

    Vitreoscilla cytochrome bo ubiquinol oxidase is similar in some properties to the Escherichia coli enzyme, but unlike the latter, the Vitreoscilla oxidase functions as a primary Na+ pump. When purified Vitreoscilla cytochrome bo is incorporated into liposomes made from Vitreoscilla phospholipids and energized with a quinol substrate, it translocates Na+, not H+, across the vesicle membrane. Since protonophores CCCP (carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone) and DTHB (3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde) stimulated the Na+ pumping, it is unlikely that it is a secondary effect due to the presence of Na+/H+ antiporter activity in the preparations. The efficiency of the Na+ pumping was 3.93 Na+ pumped per O2 consumed when ascorbate/TMPD was used as the substrate. The cytochrome has a K(m) and Kcat for Na+ of 2.9 mM and 277 s-1, respectively. When ferricytochrome c was entrapped within liposomes prepared from Vitreoscilla phospholipids, it was reduced by Q1H2 (ubiquinol-1) but not by ascorbate/TMPD (N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-1,4-phenylenediamine). Although Q1H2 was oxidized by cytochrome bo in solution at a rate approximately 14 times that of the latter substrate, the rate of accumulation of Na+ within cytochrome bo vesicles driven by the membrane impermeable ascorbate/TMPD was 1.23 times that of the membrane permeable ubiquinol. These data allowed a calculation that in these synthetic proteoliposomes the cytochrome bo molecules are only 51% directed inward; a value of 61% inward-directed was estimated by measuring the ascorbate/TMPD oxidase activity of the proteoliposomes before and after disrupting them with Triton X-100. A random orientation of the E. coli cytochrome bo oxidase in proteoliposomes has also been reported. PMID:8794772

  9. Affinity purification of T7 RNA transcripts with homogeneous ends using ARiBo and CRISPR tags

    PubMed Central

    Salvail-Lacoste, Alix; Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Piette, Benjamin L.; Legault, Pascale

    2013-01-01

    Affinity purification of RNA using the ARiBo tag technology currently provides an ideal approach to quickly prepare RNA with 3′ homogeneity. Here, we explored strategies to also ensure 5′ homogeneity of affinity-purified RNAs. First, we systematically investigated the effect of starting nucleotides on the 5′ heterogeneity of a small SLI RNA substrate from the Neurospora VS ribozyme purified from an SLI-ARiBo precursor. A series of 32 SLI RNA sequences with variations in the +1 to +3 region was produced from two T7 promoters (class III consensus and class II ϕ2.5) using either the wild-type T7 RNA polymerase or the P266L mutant. Although the P266L mutant helps decrease the levels of 5′-sequence heterogeneity in several cases, significant levels of 5′ heterogeneity (≥1.5%) remain for transcripts starting with GGG, GAG, GCG, GGC, AGG, AGA, AAA, ACA, AUA, AAC, ACC, AUC, and AAU. To provide a more general approach to purifying RNA with 5′ homogeneity, we tested the suitability of using a small CRISPR RNA stem–loop at the 5′ end of the SLI-ARiBo RNA. Interestingly, we found that complete cleavage of the 5′-CRISPR tag with the Cse3 endoribonuclease can be achieved quickly from CRISPR–SLI-ARiBo transcripts. With this procedure, it is possible to generate SLI-ARiBo RNAs starting with any of the four standard nucleotides (G, C, A, or U) involved in either a single- or a double-stranded structure. Moreover, the 5′-CRISPR-based strategy can be combined with affinity purification using the 3′-ARiBo tag for quick purification of RNA with both 5′ and 3′ homogeneity. PMID:23657939

  10. Projection structure of the cytochrome bo ubiquinol oxidase from Escherichia coli at 6 A resolution.

    PubMed Central

    Gohlke, U; Warne, A; Saraste, M

    1997-01-01

    The haem-copper cytochrome oxidases are terminal catalysts of the respiratory chains in aerobic organisms. These integral membrane protein complexes catalyse the reduction of molecular oxygen to water and utilize the free energy of this reaction to generate a transmembrane proton gradient. Quinol oxidase complexes such as the Escherichia coli cytochrome bo belong to this superfamily. To elucidate the similarities as well as differences between ubiquinol and cytochrome c oxidases, we have analysed two-dimensional crystals of cytochrome bo by cryo-electron microscopy. The crystals diffract beyond 5 A. A projection map was calculated to a resolution of 6 A. All four subunits can be identified and single alpha-helices are resolved within the density for the protein complex. The comparison with the three-dimensional structure of cytochrome c oxidase shows the clear structural similarity within the common functional core surrounding the metal-binding sites in subunit I. It also indicates subtle differences which are due to the distinct subunit composition. This study can be extended to a three-dimensional structure analysis of the quinol oxidase complex by electron image processing of tilted crystals. PMID:9135135

  11. Catalytic and Molecular Properties of the Quinohemoprotein Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol Dehydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha Strain Bo

    PubMed Central

    Zarnt, Grit; Schräder, Thomas; Andreesen, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    The quinohemoprotein tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol dehydrogenase (THFA-DH) from Ralstonia eutropha strain Bo was investigated for its catalytic properties. The apparent kcat/Km and Ki values for several substrates were determined using ferricyanide as an artificial electron acceptor. The highest catalytic efficiency was obtained with n-pentanol exhibiting a kcat/Km value of 788 × 104 M−1 s−1. The enzyme showed substrate inhibition kinetics for most of the alcohols and aldehydes investigated. A stereoselective oxidation of chiral alcohols with a varying enantiomeric preference was observed. Initial rate studies using ethanol and acetaldehyde as substrates revealed that a ping-pong mechanism can be assumed for in vitro catalysis of THFA-DH. The gene encoding THFA-DH from R. eutropha strain Bo (tfaA) has been cloned and sequenced. The derived amino acid sequence showed an identity of up to 67% to the sequence of various quinoprotein and quinohemoprotein dehydrogenases. A comparison of the deduced sequence with the N-terminal amino acid sequence previously determined by Edman degradation analysis suggested the presence of a signal sequence of 27 residues. The primary structure of TfaA indicated that the protein has a tertiary structure quite similar to those of other quinoprotein dehydrogenases. PMID:11222593

  12. Quaternary geology and sapphire deposits from the BO PHLOI gem field, Kanchanaburi Province, Western Thailand

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    Choowong, Montri

    2002-01-01

    One of the most famous blue sapphire deposits in Thailand and SE Asia is from the Bo Phloi District, Kanchanaburi Province, Western Thailand. This paper presents the results of our gemstone investigation as well as establishing the Bo Phloi depositional sequence as one of the Quaternary Type Sections in the region. Relationships among the sedimentology, depositional sequences and geomorphology were investigated in order to understand the gemstone depositional features. Sedimentary structures and textures of the sequences show that the deposition of gemstones is related genetically to fluvial processes. Gemstones are recognized in floodplain and low terrace deposits where gemstone paystreaks concentrate mostly inside layers of gravel beds and foreset-bedded gravels lithofacies. C-14 dating of wood and peat within gemstone-bearing layers indicated that the deposit formed during the middle to late Pleistocene. The gemstone-bearing gravel bed defines a north-south trend along the incised palaeo-channel of an ancient braided river system in the middle part of the basin.

  13. Real Space Imaging of Spin Polarons in Zn-Doped SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Yoshida, M.; Kobayashi, H.; Yamauchi, I.; Takigawa, M.; Capponi, S.; Poilblanc, D.; Mila, F.; Kudo, K.; Koike, Y.; Kobayashi, N.

    2015-02-01

    We report on the real space profile of spin polarons in the quasi-two-dimensional frustrated dimer spin system SrCu2(BO3)2 doped with 0.16% of Zn. The 11B nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum exhibits 15 additional boron sites near nonmagnetic Zn impurities. With the help of exact diagonalizations of finite clusters, we have deduced from the boron spectrum, the distribution of local magnetizations at the Cu sites with fine spatial resolution, providing direct evidence for an extended spin polaron. The results are confronted with those of other experiments performed on doped and undoped samples of SrCu2(BO3)2.

  14. 40 CFR 721.6660 - Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime...

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  17. 40 CFR 721.1731 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-methyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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  18. 40 CFR 721.1730 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-butyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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  19. 40 CFR 721.1730 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-butyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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  1. 40 CFR 721.1731 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-methyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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  2. 40 CFR 721.1731 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-methyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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  9. 40 CFR 721.1729 - Boric acid (H3BO3), mixed esters with polyethylene glycol mono-Bu ether and polyethylene glycol...

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  10. 40 CFR 721.1730 - Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-butyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3).

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    ...-hydroxy, ester with boric acid (H3BO3). 721.1730 Section 721.1730 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL..., ester with boric acid (H3BO3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-butyl-ω-hydroxy, ester with...

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  12. Three-Dimensional MHD Modeling of The Solar Corona and Solar Wind: Comparison with The Wang-Sheeley Model

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    Usmanov, A. V.; Goldstein, M. L.

    2003-01-01

    We present simulation results from a tilted-dipole steady-state MHD model of the solar corona and solar wind and compare the output from our model with the Wang-Sheeley model which relates the divergence rate of magnetic flux tubes near the Sun (inferred from solar magnetograms) to the solar wind speed observed near Earth and at Ulysses. The boundary conditions in our model specified at the coronal base and our simulation region extends out to 10 AU. We assumed that a flux of Alfven waves with amplitude of 35 km per second emanates from the Sun and provides additional heating and acceleration for the coronal outflow in the open field regions. The waves are treated in the WKB approximation. The incorporation of wave acceleration allows us to reproduce the fast wind measurements obtained by Ulysses, while preserving reasonable agreement with plasma densities typically found at the coronal base. We find that our simulation results agree well with Wang and Sheeley's empirical model.

  13. Calculation of the Curie temperature of Ni using first principles based Wang-Landau Monte-Carlo

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    Eisenbach, Markus; Yin, Junqi; Li, Ying Wai; Nicholson, Don

    2015-03-01

    We combine constrained first principles density functional with a Wang-Landau Monte Carlo algorithm to calculate the Curie temperature of Ni. Mapping the magnetic interactions in Ni onto a Heisenberg like model to underestimates the Curie temperature. Using a model we show that the addition of the magnitude of the local magnetic moments can account for the difference in the calculated Curie temperature. For ab initio calculations, we have extended our Locally Selfconsistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) code to constrain the magnitude of the local moments in addition to their direction and apply the Replica Exchange Wang-Landau method to sample the larger phase space efficiently to investigate Ni where the fluctuation in the magnitude of the local magnetic moments is of importance equal to their directional fluctuations. We will present our results for Ni where we compare calculations that consider only the moment directions and those including fluctuations of the magnetic moment magnitude on the Curie temperature. This research was sponsored by the Department of Energy, Offices of Basic Energy Science and Advanced Computing. We used Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility resources at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by US DOE under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  14. An ab initio study of the electronic structure of the boron oxide neutral (BO), cationic (BO⁺), and anionic (BO⁻) species.

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    Magoulas, Ilias; Kalemos, Apostolos

    2014-09-28

    The BO neutral, cationic, and anionic molecular species have been painstakingly studied through multireference configuration interaction and single reference coupled cluster methods employing basis sets of quintuple cardinality. Potential energy curves have been constructed for 38 (BO), 37 (BO(+)), and 12 (BO(-)) states and the usual molecular parameters have been extracted most of which are in very good agreement with the scarce experimental data. Numerous avoided crossings appear on more or less all of the studied states of the neutral and cationic species challenging the validity of the Born Oppenheimer approximation. Finally, all excited states of the anionic system lie above the ground state of the neutral BO system and are therefore resonances. PMID:25273438

  15. Characterization of BoHV-5 field strains circulation and report of transient specific subtype of bovine herpesvirus 5 in Argentina

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    2011-01-01

    Background Bovine herpesvirus 5 (BoHV-5) is a member of the subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae responsible for meningo-encephalitis in young cattle. The first case of bovine meningo-encephalitis associated with a herpesvirus infection was reported in Australia. The current geographical distribution of BoHV-5 infection is mainly restricted to South America, especially Brazil and Argentina. Outbreaks of BoHV-5 are regularly observed in Argentina suggesting the circulation of the virus in the bovine population. Results Seventeen field strains of BoHV-5 isolated from 1984 to now were confirmed by differential PCR and subjected to restriction endonuclease analysis (REA). Viral DNA was cleaved with BstEII which allows the differentiation among subtypes a, b and non a, non b. According to the REA with BstEII, only one field strain showed a pattern similar to the Argentinean A663 strain (prototype of BoHV-5b). All other isolates showed a clear pattern similar to the Australian N569 strain (prototype of BoHV-5a) consistent with the subtypes observed in Brazil, the other South-American country where BoHV-5 is known to be prevalent. The genomic region of subtype b responsible for the distinct pattern was determined and amplified by PCR; specifically a point mutation was identified in glycoprotein B gene, on the BstEII restriction site, which generates the profile specific of BoHV-5b. Conclusions This is the first report of circulation of BoHV-5a in Argentina as the prevailing subtype. Therefore the circulation of BoHV-5b was restricted to a few years in Argentina, speculating that this subtype was not able to be maintained in the bovine population. The mutation in the gB gene is associated with the difference in the restriction patterns between subtypes "a" and "b". PMID:21299866

  16. Crystal growth, structure, infrared spectroscopy, and luminescent properties of rare-earth gallium borates RGa3(BO3)4, R = Nd, Sm-Er, Y

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    Borovikova, Elena Yu.; Boldyrev, Kirill N.; Aksenov, Sergey M.; Dobretsova, Elena A.; Kurazhkovskaya, Victoria S.; Leonyuk, Nikolay I.; Savon, Alexander E.; Deyneko, Dina V.; Ksenofontov, Dmitry A.

    2015-11-01

    Crystals of the rare-earth gallium borates RGa3(BO3)4, where R = Nd, Sm-Er, or Y, were grown by the flux method. The crystal structures of RGa3(BO3)4 (R = Eu, Ho) were studied on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. The hexagonal unit-cell parameters are a = 9.4657(1) Å, c = 7.4667(1) Å and a = 9.4394(2) Å, c = 7.4322(1) Å for EuGa3(BO3)4 and HoGa3(BO3)4, respectively, space group R32. Structure model was determined by "charge flipping" method and refined to R = 1.93% [EuGa3(BO3)4] and R = 1.89% [HoGa3(BO3)4] in anisotropic approximation. All grown gallium borates were investigated by infrared (IR) spectroscopy technique in a middle and far IR region. IR spectra of rare-earth gallium borates correspond to a pure rhombohedral (R32) polytype structure. Small inclusions of a monoclinic phase were detected only in Eu and Nd compounds. Luminescence of Eu and Ho gallium borates was studied at room temperature. The measured decay times for the most intensive emission lines of EuGa3(BO3)4 (∼614 nm) and HoGa3(BO3)4 (434 nm) are 940 μs and 140 μs, respectively. The scheme of crystal-field energy levels of Eu3+ in EuGa3(BO3)4 was built on the basis of the temperature-dependent optical transmission measurements combined with the luminescence data. The measured UV absorption edge for RGa3(BO3)4 is at about 300 nm.

  17. Isolation and characterization of Brachyspira spp. including "Brachyspira hampsonii" from lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) in the Canadian Arctic.

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    Rubin, Joseph E; Harms, N Jane; Fernando, Champika; Soos, Catherine; Detmer, Susan E; Harding, John C S; Hill, Janet E

    2013-11-01

    Brachyspira is associated with diarrhea and colitis in pigs, and control of these pathogens is complicated by their complex ecology. Identification of wildlife reservoirs of Brachyspira requires the discrimination of colonized animals and those simply contaminated through environmental exposure. Lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) were sampled in the Canadian arctic during the summer of 2011, and cloacal swabs were cultured on selective media. Brachyspira isolates were obtained from 15/170 (8.8 %) samples, and 12/15 isolates were similar to isolates previously recovered from pigs, including "Brachyspira hampsonii", a recently characterized species associated with dysentery-like disease in pigs in North America. A pilot inoculation study with one strongly β-hemolytic B. hampsonii isolate resulted in fecal shedding of the isolate by inoculated pigs for up to 14 days post-inoculation, but no severe clinical disease. Results of this study indicate that lesser snow geese can be colonized by Brachyspira strains that can also colonize pigs. Millions of lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens) travel through the major pork-producing areas of Canada and the USA during their annual migration, making them a potential factor in the continental distribution of these bacteria.

  18. Body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese Chen canagica: Large-scale effects of interspecific densities and food availability

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    Lake, B.C.; Schmutz, J.A.; Lindberg, M.S.; Ely, C.R.; Eldridge, W.D.; Broerman, F.J.

    2008-01-01

    We studied body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese Chen canagica at three locations across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, during 1990-2004 to investigate whether large-scale variation in body mass was related to interspecific competition for food. From 1990 to 2004, densities of Cackling Geese Branta hutchinsii minima more than doubled and were c. 2-5?? greater than densities of Emperor Geese, which were relatively constant over time. Body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese was strongly related (negatively) to interspecific densities of geese (combined density of Cackling and Emperor Geese) and positively related to measures of food availability (grazing lawn extent and net above-ground primary productivity (NAPP)). Grazing by geese resulted in consumption of ??? 90% of the NAPP that occurred in grazing lawns during the brood-rearing period, suggesting that density-dependent interspecific competition was from exploitation of common food resources. Efforts to increase the population size of Emperor Geese would benefit from considering competitive interactions among goose species and with forage plants. ?? 2008 The Authors.

  19. Plasma biochemistry values in emperor geese (Chen canagica) in Alaska: comparisons among age, sex, incubation, and molt.

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    Franson, J.C.; Hoffman, D.J.; Schmutz, J.A.

    2009-01-01

    Reduced populations of emperor geese (Chen canagica), a Bering Sea endemic, provided the need to assess plasma biochemistry values as indicators of population health. A precursory step to such an investigation was to evaluate patterns of variability in plasma biochemistry values among age, sex, and reproductive period. Plasma from 63 emperor geese was collected on their breeding grounds on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska, USA. The geese sampled included 18 incubating adult females captured, in mid June, on their nests by using bow nets, and 30 adults and 15 goslings captured in corral traps in late July and early August, when the adults were molting their wing feathers and the goslings were 5-6 weeks old. Plasma was evaluated for 15 biochemical parameters, by comparing results among age, sex, and sampling period (incubation versus wing-feather molt). Ten of the 15 biochemical parameters assayed differed among adults during incubation, the adults during molt, and the goslings at molt, whereas sex differences were noted in few parameters.

  20. Comment on “Chen et al., Fabrication and photovoltaic conversion enhancement…”, Electrochimica Acta, 2014

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    Valentic, Lara; Gorji, Nima E.

    2015-09-01

    In a recent article, Chen et al. [Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 130: 279] presented their fabrication and characterization results on a graphene/n-Si solar cell where the Au nanoparticles were inserted in graphene to increase its optical and electrical properties. The higher efficiency of the device was attributed to increased conductivity of graphene after doping with Au nanoparticles. However, the knowledge in the field of Schottky diode solar cells relates this to increased band bending at the junction. Also, to explain the instability behaviour, they concluded that the growth of silicon oxide on the Si surface or oxygen adsorption on the window layer resulted in the device performance increasing initially and decreasing in the end. However, this instability seems to be due to variation in series resistance reduced at the beginning because of slightly lowered Fermi level and increased at the end by the self-compensation by deep in-diffusion of Au nanoparticles into n-Si layer. We also propose that inserting a very thin p-type layer at the junction will enhance the carrier collection and performance of this device.

  1. Isolation and characterization of Brachyspira spp. including "Brachyspira hampsonii" from lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) in the Canadian Arctic.

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    Rubin, Joseph E; Harms, N Jane; Fernando, Champika; Soos, Catherine; Detmer, Susan E; Harding, John C S; Hill, Janet E

    2013-11-01

    Brachyspira is associated with diarrhea and colitis in pigs, and control of these pathogens is complicated by their complex ecology. Identification of wildlife reservoirs of Brachyspira requires the discrimination of colonized animals and those simply contaminated through environmental exposure. Lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) were sampled in the Canadian arctic during the summer of 2011, and cloacal swabs were cultured on selective media. Brachyspira isolates were obtained from 15/170 (8.8 %) samples, and 12/15 isolates were similar to isolates previously recovered from pigs, including "Brachyspira hampsonii", a recently characterized species associated with dysentery-like disease in pigs in North America. A pilot inoculation study with one strongly β-hemolytic B. hampsonii isolate resulted in fecal shedding of the isolate by inoculated pigs for up to 14 days post-inoculation, but no severe clinical disease. Results of this study indicate that lesser snow geese can be colonized by Brachyspira strains that can also colonize pigs. Millions of lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens) travel through the major pork-producing areas of Canada and the USA during their annual migration, making them a potential factor in the continental distribution of these bacteria. PMID:23933825

  2. Polarised infrared and Raman studies of YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 a non-linear optical single crystal

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    Krishnakumar, V.; Nagalakshmi, R.

    2004-10-01

    YCa 4O(BO 3) 3-(YCOB) is a non-linear optical (NLO) material grown by Czochralski technique. Polarised IR, ATR-IR, polarised Raman and optical transmission spectral measurements were made. A series of absorption bands have been observed with intensities depending on the functional groups of the crystals. The observed bands were assigned and discussed.

  3. Evidence for a Key Role of Cytochrome bo3 Oxidase in Respiratory Energy Metabolism of Gluconobacter oxydans

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    Richhardt, Janine; Luchterhand, Bettina; Büchs, Jochen

    2013-01-01

    The obligatory aerobic acetic acid bacterium Gluconobacter oxydans oxidizes a variety of substrates in the periplasm by membrane-bound dehydrogenases, which transfer the reducing equivalents to ubiquinone. Two quinol oxidases, cytochrome bo3 and cytochrome bd, then catalyze transfer of the electrons from ubiquinol to molecular oxygen. In this study, mutants lacking either of these terminal oxidases were characterized. Deletion of the cydAB genes for cytochrome bd had no obvious influence on growth, whereas the lack of the cyoBACD genes for cytochrome bo3 severely reduced the growth rate and the cell yield. Using a respiration activity monitoring system and adjusting different levels of oxygen availability, hints of a low-oxygen affinity of cytochrome bd oxidase were obtained, which were supported by measurements of oxygen consumption in a respirometer. The H+/O ratio of the ΔcyoBACD mutant with mannitol as the substrate was 0.56 ± 0.11 and more than 50% lower than that of the reference strain (1.26 ± 0.06) and the ΔcydAB mutant (1.31 ± 0.16), indicating that cytochrome bo3 oxidase is the main component for proton extrusion via the respiratory chain. Plasmid-based overexpression of cyoBACD led to increased growth rates and growth yields, both in the wild type and the ΔcyoBACD mutant, suggesting that cytochrome bo3 might be a rate-limiting factor of the respiratory chain. PMID:23852873

  4. Unidirectional thermal expansion in edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra contained KZnB3O6

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-06-01

    Borates are among a class of compounds that exhibit rich structural diversity and find wide applications. The formation of edge-sharing (es-) BO4 tetrahedra is extremely unfavored according to Pauling’s third and fourth rules. However, as the first and the only es-borate obtained under ambient pressure, es-KZnB3O6 shows an unexpected high thermal stability up to its melting point. The origin of this extraordinary stability is still unclear. Here, we report a novel property in KZnB3O6: unidirectional thermal expansion, which plays a role in preserving es-BO4 from disassociation at elevated temperatures. It is found that this unusual thermal behavior originates from cooperative rotations of rigid groups B6O12 and Zn2O6, driven by anharmonic thermal vibrations of K atoms. Furthermore, a detailed calculation of phonon dispersion in association with this unidirectional expansion predicts the melting initiates with the breakage of the link between BO3 and es-BO4. These findings will broaden our knowledge of the relationship between structure and property and may find applications in future.

  5. Low-temperature magnetic phase transition in aluminum borate TbAl3(BO3)4

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    Bedarev, V. A.; Paschenko, M. I.; Kobets, M. I.; Dergachev, K. G.; Khatsko, E. N.; Gnatchenko, S. L.; Zvyagin, A. A.; Zajarniuk, T.; Szewczyk, A.; Gutowska, M. U.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Temerov, V. L.

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic ordering temperature, initial splitting and effective g-factor of the ground quasi-doublet of a Tb3+ ion were determined by investigating the heat capacity and ESR in a TbAl3(BO3)4 single crystal. The parameters of the magnetic interaction were calculated.

  6. Neonatal BO Incompatibility Is Associated With a Positive Cord Blood Direct Antiglobulin Test in Infants of Black Ethnicity.

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    Özgönenel, Bülent; Kukreja, Geetika; O'Malley, Barbara; Bluth, Martin H

    2015-11-01

    ABO hemolytic disease of the newborn occurs almost exclusively in infants of blood group A and B who are born to group O mothers. Positive Direct Antiglobulin Test (DAT) can identify those infants who are at risk of developing the ABO hemolytic disease. Earlier studies have suggested that BO incompatibility is associated with a positive DAT in black infants. In this study we sought to determine whether ABO incompatibility type could be associated with a higher rate of DAT positivity or clinical hemolytic disease. We reviewed the electronic medical records of all ABO-incompatible births over a 2-year period. There were 1537 ABO-incompatible births during the study period. DAT was more commonly positive among BO incompatible (21.5% in BO vs. 14.8% in AO, P=0.001) and black (18.8% in blacks vs. 10.8% in nonblacks, P=0.003) infants. DAT positivity was significantly associated with both severe hyperbilirubinemia (P=0.028) and hemolytic anemia (P<0.001). BO incompatibility was significantly associated with hemolytic anemia, but not severe hyperbilirubinemia, in the infants tested. PMID:26422285

  7. Electronic properties of Fe1-xVxBO3 at ambient conditions and at high pressure

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    Kazak, N. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Abd-Elmeguid, M. M.; Ivanova, N. B.

    2005-03-01

    We present the results of an in-plane resistivity study of the solid solutions Fe1-xVxBO3. The measurements were made on single crystals with concentration x = 0.02, 0.13, 0.18, 0.3, 0.95, 1.0 in the temperature range 220-600 K. Semiconducting behaviour for samples with x \\ge 0.13 was found. Mott variable-range-hopping transport ρ(T) = ρ0exp(T*/T)α has been observed with α = 1/4 at T<290 K, suggesting carrier localization. Above this temperature the activation-type conductivity, with activation energies, Ea, about 1 eV for all samples, is observed. The possible electronic states and band structure of Fe1-xVxBO3 crystals are discussed in the different pressure ranges: P< PcFe, PcFe< P< PcV, P> PcV, where PcFe, PcV are the critical pressure values for FeBO3 and V BO3, respectively.

  8. The signature of orbital motion from the dayside of the planet τ Boötis b.

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    Brogi, Matteo; Snellen, Ignas A G; de Kok, Remco J; Albrecht, Simon; Birkby, Jayne; de Mooij, Ernst J W

    2012-06-28

    The giant planet orbiting τ Boötis (named τ Boötis b) was amongst the first extrasolar planets to be discovered. It is one of the brightest exoplanets and one of the nearest to us, with an orbital period of just a few days. Over the course of more than a decade, measurements of its orbital inclination have been announced and refuted, and have hitherto remained elusive. Here we report the detection of carbon monoxide absorption in the thermal dayside spectrum of τ Boötis b. At a spectral resolution of ∼100,000, we trace the change in the radial velocity of the planet over a large range in phase, determining an orbital inclination of 44.5° ± 1.5° and a mass 5.95 ± 0.28 times that of Jupiter, demonstrating that atmospheric characterization is possible for non-transiting planets. The strong absorption signal points to an atmosphere with a temperature that is decreasing towards higher altitudes, in contrast to the temperature inversion inferred for other highly irradiated planets. This supports the hypothesis that the absorbing compounds believed to cause such atmospheric inversions are destroyed in τ Boötis b by the ultraviolet emission from the active host star. PMID:22739313

  9. The signature of orbital motion from the dayside of the planet τ Boötis b.

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    Brogi, Matteo; Snellen, Ignas A G; de Kok, Remco J; Albrecht, Simon; Birkby, Jayne; de Mooij, Ernst J W

    2012-06-27

    The giant planet orbiting τ Boötis (named τ Boötis b) was amongst the first extrasolar planets to be discovered. It is one of the brightest exoplanets and one of the nearest to us, with an orbital period of just a few days. Over the course of more than a decade, measurements of its orbital inclination have been announced and refuted, and have hitherto remained elusive. Here we report the detection of carbon monoxide absorption in the thermal dayside spectrum of τ Boötis b. At a spectral resolution of ∼100,000, we trace the change in the radial velocity of the planet over a large range in phase, determining an orbital inclination of 44.5° ± 1.5° and a mass 5.95 ± 0.28 times that of Jupiter, demonstrating that atmospheric characterization is possible for non-transiting planets. The strong absorption signal points to an atmosphere with a temperature that is decreasing towards higher altitudes, in contrast to the temperature inversion inferred for other highly irradiated planets. This supports the hypothesis that the absorbing compounds believed to cause such atmospheric inversions are destroyed in τ Boötis b by the ultraviolet emission from the active host star.

  10. Luminescence characteristics of Dy3+ activated Na 2Sr 2Mg (BO 3)2F 2: Dy 3+ phosphor

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    Wani, Javaid A.; Dhoble, N. S.; Dhoble, S. J.

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, we have reported a new Na 2Sr 2Mg (BO 3)2F 2:Dy 3+ thermoluminescence (TL) phosphor prepared via the wet chemical method. Prepared phosphor was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, photoluminescence (PL), TL and scanning electronmicroscopy techniques. The scanning electronmicroscopic image of Na 2Sr 2Mg (BO 3)2F 2:Dy 3+ phosphor confirms the micron size of particles. Under the PL study, the characteristic emission spectrum of Dy 3+ corresponding to 4F 9/2→6H 15/2 (481 nm) and 4F 9/2→6H 13/2 (576 nm) transitions was observed. The TL property of the as prepared phosphor was also found to be good. TL intensity of Na 2Sr2Mg(BO 3)F 2:Dy 3+ phosphors at 0.99 kGy exposure of γ-irradiations was compared with standard CaSO 4:Dy phosphor. It was seen that TL intensity of Na 2Sr 2Mg (BO 3)2F 2: Dy 3+ phosphors is 1.1 times less compared with the standard CaSO 4:Dy TL dosimeter phosphor. The kinetic parameters are also discussed in detail. The values of activation energy E (eV) and frequency factor S (s -1) were found to be 0.57 eV and 1.25×106 s-1, respectively.

  11. Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower

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    Purple cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) Graffiti represents a unique mutant in conferring ectopic anthocyanin biosynthesis, which is caused by the tissue specific activation of BoMYB2, an ortholog of Arabidopsis PAP2 or MYB113. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory network...

  12. A comparative study on volatile metabolites profile of Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem with and without resin using GC-MS.

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    Teng, Zhongqiu; Zhang, Mei; Meng, Shiying; Dai, Rongji; Meng, Weiwei; Deng, Yulin; Huang, Luqi

    2015-11-01

    Dragon's blood is a famous traditional Chinese medicine produced from source plants under bio- or abio-stress. Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem (DX) is one of the most important sources of the medicine. In this work, a GC-MS method was developed for analysis of the n-hexane extracts of DX with resin (DXR) and without resin (DXW). The repeatability of the method was also investigated for a metabolite comparative study of the different xylems. About 80 components were detected, 26 of which were identified in both DXR and DXN. Three sesquiterpenes (τ-cadinol, τ-muurolon and α-cadinol) were first discovered in Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen. The chromatographs of the two plant materials were compared and differences of compounds were found. It showed that phytosterols showed a dramatic rise in content, and sesquiterpenes were found to be synthesized in DXR. PMID:25973719

  13. A comparative study on volatile metabolites profile of Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem with and without resin using GC-MS.

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    Teng, Zhongqiu; Zhang, Mei; Meng, Shiying; Dai, Rongji; Meng, Weiwei; Deng, Yulin; Huang, Luqi

    2015-11-01

    Dragon's blood is a famous traditional Chinese medicine produced from source plants under bio- or abio-stress. Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem (DX) is one of the most important sources of the medicine. In this work, a GC-MS method was developed for analysis of the n-hexane extracts of DX with resin (DXR) and without resin (DXW). The repeatability of the method was also investigated for a metabolite comparative study of the different xylems. About 80 components were detected, 26 of which were identified in both DXR and DXN. Three sesquiterpenes (τ-cadinol, τ-muurolon and α-cadinol) were first discovered in Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen. The chromatographs of the two plant materials were compared and differences of compounds were found. It showed that phytosterols showed a dramatic rise in content, and sesquiterpenes were found to be synthesized in DXR.

  14. Boîtes quantiques II-VI comme sources de photons uniques

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    Couteau, C.; Moehl, S.; Tinjod, F.; Suffczynski, J.; Romestain, R.; Vial, J.-C.; Gérard, J.-M.; Kheng, K.; Poizat, J.-P.

    2004-11-01

    Dans le cadre de l'information et de la communication quantique, la nécessité d'avoir des photons uniques monomodes et à la demande se révèle cruciale. De récents travaux théoriques ont montré la possibilité de réaliser des portes logiques quantiques n'utilisant que de l'optique linéaire. C'est dans ce contexte que s'insère notre travail sur l'élaboration et l'utilisation de boîtes quantiques semi-conductrices II-VI comme “pistolet” à photons. Des expériences de dégroupement et d'interférences à 2 photons sont les premiers pas nécessaires pour caractériser notre source.

  15. Cascade de photons dans les boîtes quantiques uniques

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    Robert, I.; Moreau, E.; Gérard, J. M.; Abram, I.

    2002-06-01

    Nous présentons l'observation expérimentale de l'émission squentielle de photons par une boîte quantique unique sous pompage optique continu ou pulsé. Cette cascade radiative produit des paires de photons corrélés qui sont émis suivant un ordre bien défini. En effet, la fonction de corrélation croisée entre les deux photons formant la paire présente une allure asymétrique, de type groupement ou dégroupement de photons, suivant l'ordre temporel de détection des deux photons. Prédit théoriquement en physique atomique, ce comportement asymétrique de la fonction de corrélation de second ordre est la signature de l'émission successive de photons.

  16. Growth of Ca 4YO(BO 3) 3 crystals by vertical Bridgman method

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    Luo, Jun; Fan, Shiji; Wang, Jinchang; Zhong, Zhenwu; Qian, Guoxing; Sun, Renying

    2001-07-01

    Growth of single crystals of Ca 4YO(BO 3) 3 (YCOB) by the vertical Bridgman method is reported in this paper. By using near-sealed Pt crucibles to prevent volatilization of B 2O 3, the high-optical-quality YCOB crystals of 25 mm diameter and more than 40 mm in length have been grown at the furnace temperature of 50-80°C above the melting point of YCOB and the crucible lowering rates of 0.2-0.6 mm/h. Owing to the low vertical and radial temperature gradient, crack-free YCOB crystals have been obtained in the <0 1 0> and <0 0 1> directions. At the top of a YCOB boule, the dislocation density was found to decrease from the center to the outer area, and the average dislocation density is about 600/cm 2.

  17. Linear electro-optic properties of YCa4O(BO3)3

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    Adams, J. J.; Ebbers, C. A.

    2003-08-01

    We have characterized the effective linear electro-optic coefficients of YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) relative to KH2PO4 and KD2PO4 at 632.8 nm. We measured a maximum reff value of 10.8 +/- 1.4 pm/V for YCOB in a transverse electric field configuration for propagation along the X or the α dielectric axis, with the electric field applied along the Z or the γ dielectric axis. We also found effective coefficients of 10.7 +/- 1.0 and 3.4 +/- 0.4 pm/V for YCOB in longitudinal configurations. The remaining values of reff for various transverse applied voltages were found to be less than 3 pm/V. The excellent thermomechanical properties of this crystal, coupled with moderate electro-optic coefficients, make YCOB and its isomorphs potential candidates for use as high-average-power electro-optic switches.

  18. Scintillation and optical properties of Pb-doped YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 crystals

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    Fujimoto, Yutaka; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yokota, Yuui; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fukuda, Kentaro; Totsuka, Daisuke; Watanabe, Kenichi; Yamazaki, Atsushi; Chani, Valery; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2011-10-01

    This communication reports optical properties and radiation responses of Pb 2+ 0.5 and 1.0 mol%-doped YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 (YCOB) single crystals grown by the micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) method for neutron scintillator applications. The crystals had no impurity phases according to the results of X-ray powder diffraction. These Pb 2+-doped crystals demonstrated blue-light luminescence at 330 nm because of Pb 2+1S 0- 3P 0,1 transition in the photoluminescence spectra. The main emission decay component was determined to be about 250-260 ns under 260 nm excitation wavelength. When irradiated by a 252Cf source, the relative light yield of 0.5% Pb 2+-doped crystal was about 300 ph/n that was determined using the light yield of a reference Li-glass scintillator.

  19. Anisotropic laser properties of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal

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    Wang, Lisha; Xu, Honghao; Pan, Zhongben; Han, Wenjuan; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-08-01

    A study is carried out experimentally on the anisotropy in the laser action of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal, demonstrated with the output coupling changed over a wide range from 0.5% to 40%. Complex polarization state variation with output coupling and evolution with pump power are observed in the laser operation achieved with a- and c-cut crystal samples. A maximum output power of 8.2 W is produced at wavelengths around 1043 nm, with an incident pump power of 24.9 W, the optical-to-optical efficiency being 33%. The polarized absorption and emission cross section spectra are also presented.

  20. Fe x Ga1- x BO3 single crystals: synthesis and characterization

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    Yagupov, S.; Strugatsky, M.; Seleznyova, K.; Maksimova, E.; Nauhatsky, I.; Yagupov, V.; Milyukova, E.; Kliava, J.

    2015-10-01

    A series of Fe x Ga1- x BO3 single crystals in the concentration range 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 has been synthesized by solution in the melt method. In order to determine optimal crystallization regimes, two settings have been worked out and applied in the present study: the first one, for precise differential thermal analysis and the second one, for the probe method. X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction analysis have allowed accurate determination of iron contents and lattice parameters for synthesized crystals with different x. Computer-assisted EPR studies of Fe3+ have revealed a high perfection of the crystals: low degree of disorder and the absence of twinning.

  1. Stratified Sampling of Neighborhood Sections for Population Estimation: A Case Study of Bo City, Sierra Leone

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    Hillson, Roger; Alejandre, Joel D.; Jacobsen, Kathryn H.; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S.; Bangura, Umaru; Lamin, Joseph M.; Stenger, David A.

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for better estimators of population size in places that have undergone rapid growth and where collection of census data is difficult. We explored simulated estimates of urban population based on survey data from Bo, Sierra Leone, using two approaches: (1) stratified sampling from across 20 neighborhoods and (2) stratified single-stage cluster sampling of only four randomly-sampled neighborhoods. The stratification variables evaluated were (a) occupants per individual residence, (b) occupants per neighborhood, and (c) residential structures per neighborhood. For method (1), stratification variable (a) yielded the most accurate re-estimate of the current total population. Stratification variable (c), which can be estimated from aerial photography and zoning type verification, and variable (b), which could be ascertained by surveying a limited number of households, increased the accuracy of method (2). Small household-level surveys with appropriate sampling methods can yield reasonably accurate estimations of urban populations. PMID:26177479

  2. Stratified Sampling of Neighborhood Sections for Population Estimation: A Case Study of Bo City, Sierra Leone.

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    Hillson, Roger; Alejandre, Joel D; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Lamin, Joseph M; Stenger, David A

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for better estimators of population size in places that have undergone rapid growth and where collection of census data is difficult. We explored simulated estimates of urban population based on survey data from Bo, Sierra Leone, using two approaches: (1) stratified sampling from across 20 neighborhoods and (2) stratified single-stage cluster sampling of only four randomly-sampled neighborhoods. The stratification variables evaluated were (a) occupants per individual residence, (b) occupants per neighborhood, and (c) residential structures per neighborhood. For method (1), stratification variable (a) yielded the most accurate re-estimate of the current total population. Stratification variable (c), which can be estimated from aerial photography and zoning type verification, and variable (b), which could be ascertained by surveying a limited number of households, increased the accuracy of method (2). Small household-level surveys with appropriate sampling methods can yield reasonably accurate estimations of urban populations. PMID:26177479

  3. Lattice and magnetic excitations in NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Lobo, Ricardo

    We measured the temperature dependent polarized infrared spectra of multiferroic NdFe3(BO3)4. The spectra is mostly temperature independent except for the lowest energy phonon in the hexagonal plane. This phonon splits into two at around 60 K, a temperature sensibly larger than the system Néel temperature of 31 K. X-ray scattering indicates that the lattice parameters have an anomaly at the same temperature that the phonon splits. Using inelastic neutron scattering we looked for magnetic excitations that could explain be coupled to phonons. Momentum and energy dispersion curves around the magnetic Bragg peaks show magnetic excitations at energies comparable to the split phonon. We will discuss these results in terms of magnetic fluctuations and activation of Brillouin zone boundary modes.

  4. Pressure dependence of the magnetization plateaus of SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Schneider, David A.; Coester, Kris; Mila, Frédéric; Schmidt, Kai Phillip

    2016-06-01

    We show that the critical fields of the magnetization plateaus of the Shastry-Sutherland model decrease significantly upon increasing the ratio of inter- to intradimer coupling and accordingly that the magnetization plateaus of SrCu2(BO3)2 shift to lower field under pressure, making the first two plateaus at 1 /8 and 2 /15 potentially accessible to neutron scattering experiments. These conclusions are based on the derivation of an effective classical model of interacting pinwheel-shaped spin-2 bound states using a combination of perturbative and graph-based continuous unitary transformations, showing that pinwheel crystals are indeed the lowest-energy plateau structures at low magnetization and that a simple model of intermediate-range two-body repulsion between pinwheels is able to account quantitatively for the plateau sequence.

  5. Stratified Sampling of Neighborhood Sections for Population Estimation: A Case Study of Bo City, Sierra Leone.

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    Hillson, Roger; Alejandre, Joel D; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Lamin, Joseph M; Stenger, David A

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for better estimators of population size in places that have undergone rapid growth and where collection of census data is difficult. We explored simulated estimates of urban population based on survey data from Bo, Sierra Leone, using two approaches: (1) stratified sampling from across 20 neighborhoods and (2) stratified single-stage cluster sampling of only four randomly-sampled neighborhoods. The stratification variables evaluated were (a) occupants per individual residence, (b) occupants per neighborhood, and (c) residential structures per neighborhood. For method (1), stratification variable (a) yielded the most accurate re-estimate of the current total population. Stratification variable (c), which can be estimated from aerial photography and zoning type verification, and variable (b), which could be ascertained by surveying a limited number of households, increased the accuracy of method (2). Small household-level surveys with appropriate sampling methods can yield reasonably accurate estimations of urban populations.

  6. Ab initio structure determination of new compound Ba 3(BO 3)(PO 4)

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    Ma, H. W.; Liang, J. K.; Wu, L.; Liu, G. Y.; Rao, G. H.; Chen, X. L.

    2004-10-01

    The crystal structure of new compound Ba3BPO7 was determined by ab initio method from high-resolution conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The Rietveld refinement converged to Rp=5.92%, Rwp=8.87%, Rexp=5.00% with the following details: Hexagonal, space group P63mc, a=5.4898 (1) Å, c=14.7551(1) Å, Z=2. The basic unit of the structure is the [BaO10]-[BO3]-[PO4] polar polyhedra-chain composed of Ba1-B-P-O cluster. These chains, running along c-axis, stack in a HCP mode to build the whole structure with triangular prism channels. The channels are parallel to c-axis too, in which Ba2 and Ba3 are located.

  7. Biological effect of varying peptide binding affinity to the BoLA-DRB3*2703 allele

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    2003-01-01

    MHC class I and II molecules are immunoregulatory cell surface glycoproteins, which selectively bind to and present antigenic peptides to T-lymphocytes. Murine and human studies show that variable peptide binding affinity to MHC II molecules influences Th1/Th2 responses by inducing distinctive cytokine expression. To examine the biological effects of peptide binding affinity to bovine MHC (BoLA), various self peptides (BoLA-DQ and fibrinogen fragments) and non-self peptides from ovalbumin (OVA), as well as VP2 and VP4 peptides from foot and mouth disease virus (FMD-V) were used to (1) determine binding affinities to the BoLA-DRB3*2703 allele, previously associated with mastitis susceptibility and (2) determine whether peptide binding affinity influences T-lymphocyte function. Peptide binding affinity was determined by a competitive assay using high affinity biotinylated self-peptide incubated with purified BoLA-DRB3*2703 in the presence of various concentrations of competing peptides. The concentrations of non-self peptide required to inhibit self-peptide binding by 50% (IC50) were variable, ranging from 26.92 to > 320 μM. Peptide-specific T-lymphocyte function was determined by measuring DNA synthesis, cell division, and IFN-γ production in cultures of mononuclear cells from a BoLA-DRB3*2703 homozygous cow. When compared to non-stimulated control cultures, differences in lymphocyte function were observed for all of the assessed parameters; however, peptide-binding affinity did not always account for the observed differences in lymphocyte function. PMID:12927080

  8. Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria from Chili Bo, a Malaysian Food Ingredient

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    Leisner, Jørgen J.; Pot, Bruno; Christensen, Henrik; Rusul, Gulam; Olsen, John E.; Wee, Bee Wah; Muhamad, Kharidah; Ghazali, Hasanah M.

    1999-01-01

    Ninety-two strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from a Malaysian food ingredient, chili bo, stored for up to 25 days at 28°C with no benzoic acid (product A) or with 7,000 mg of benzoic acid kg−1 (product B). The strains were divided into eight groups by traditional phenotypic tests. A total of 43 strains were selected for comparison of their sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) whole-cell protein patterns with a SDS-PAGE database of LAB. Isolates from product A were identified as Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus farciminis, Pediococcus acidilactici, Enterococcus faecalis, and Weissella confusa. Five strains belonging to clusters which could not be allocated to existing species by SDS-PAGE were further identified by 16S rRNA sequence comparison. One strain was distantly related to the Lactobacillus casei/Pediococcus group. Two strains were related to Weissella at the genus or species level. Two other strains did not belong to any previously described 16S rRNA group of LAB and occupied an intermediate position between the L. casei/Pediococcus group and the Weissella group and species of Carnobacterium. The latter two strains belong to the cluster of LAB that predominated in product B. The incidence of new species and subspecies of LAB in chili bo indicate the high probability of isolation of new LAB from certain Southeast Asian foods. None of the isolates exhibited bacteriocin activity against L. plantarum ATCC 14917 and LMG 17682. PMID:9925588

  9. Selection assisted by a BoLA-DR/DQ haplotype against susceptibility to bovine dermatophilosis

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    2003-01-01

    Bovine dermatophilosis is a severe skin infection of tropical ruminants inducing a severe loss in productivity and a 15% mortality rate. This disease is caused by the actinomycete bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis associated with the tick Amblyomma variegatum. Currently there are no prospects for a vaccine, and acaricide or antibiotic control is hampered by the development of chemoresistance. Animal breeders have observed that dermatophilosis susceptibility seems to be determined genetically, and we previously identified a BoLA-DRB3-DQB class II haplotype marker for high (R2 = 0.96) susceptibility to the disease. With this marker, we developed a successful eugenic selection procedure for zebu Brahman cattle in Martinique (FWI). Over a period of five years, a marked reduction in disease prevalence, from 0.76 to 0.02 was achieved, and this low level has been maintained over the last two years. The selection procedure, based on a genetic marker system targeting the highly polymorphic BoLA locus, eliminates only those individuals which are at the highest risk of contracting the disease. In the present work, we discuss the properties of this system, including the "heterozygote advantage" and the "frequency dependence" theories, and examine their involvement in the biological mechanisms at the host/pathogen interface. We speculate on the exact role of the MHC molecules in the control of the disease, how the natural selection pressure imposed by the pathogens selectively maintains MHC diversity, and how our results can be practically applied for integrated control of dermatophilosis in developing countries. PMID:12927091

  10. [Textual research on Chen Ye and his Jia cang jing yan fang (Family-preserved Empirical Recipes) of the Song Dynasty].

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    Zhang, Xuedan; Zhang, Ruqing; Chen, Dexing

    2014-01-01

    Chen Ye, an official of the Southern Song Dynasty, also known as Chen Rihua as his styled name, was born in Changle, Fuzhou in the reign of Shaoxing, and died during the reign of Duanping. He had been consecutively in the positions of Jiang shi lang (Court Gentleman for Ceremonial Service), Zhi zhou (Prefect) of Lingding, the Ti xing (Judicial Commissioner) of Guangdong, the Zong ling (Overseer-general) of Sichuan, Shan ding (Reviser), Shu lin and other positions in Tongzhou, Yuanzhou. His works included 1 volume of Gu ling xian sheng nian pu (Mr. Guling's Chronological Biography), 1 volume of Tan xie (On Humor), 1 volume of Shi hua (Poetry), 8 volumes of Jin yuan li shu (Jin Yuan's Smart Technique), 3 volumes of Yi jian zhi lei bian (Classified Compilation of Yijian's Annals), (Zeng guang) Suo sui lu (Augmented Records of Trivial Matters), 5 volumes of Jia cang jing yan fang (Family-preserved Empirical Recipes). He also compiled the 8-volume Yin jiang zhi (Yinjiang's Annals), published the 2-volume Jia cang ji yao fang (Collected Essential Recipes from Family Preservation), and other proses and poetry. Jia cang jing yan fang was a formulary compiled by Chen Ye, which was lost. Altogether 74 of its recipes were cited in Fu ren da quan liang fang (Complete Effective Prescriptions for Women's Diseases), Shou qin yang lao shu (A Book for Pursuing Seniors' Longevity and Healthcare), Pu ji fang (Prescriptions for Universal Relief) and Yong le da dian (Yongle Encyclopedia). PMID:24774895

  11. Spectroscopic and crystal field studies of Nd3+ in GdCa4O(BO3)3 and YCa4O(BO3)3

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    Lupei, A.; Antic-Fidancev, E.; Aka, G.; Vivien, D.; Aschehoug, P.; Goldner, Ph.; Pellé, F.; Gheorghe, L.

    2002-06-01

    The calcium rare-earth oxoborate crystals RCa4O(BO3)3-RCOB with R3+ as Gd3+ or Y3+ represent promising laser and nonlinear materials for the development of compact near IR and visible laser sources. New results on Nd3+ spectral characteristics in GdCOB and YCOB crystals in connection to the crystal structure are presented. Low-temperature absorption and selectively excited emission spectra of Nd3+ in RCOB crystals, grown by the Czochralski method in iridium crucible, present one prevailing center corresponding to Nd3+ ions in the R3+ site of Cs symmetry and at least three minority centers. Crystal field modeling gives a set of free ion and crystal field parameters that describe well the experimentally obtained energy level schemes for the main centers. A comparison between the Nd3+ crystal field splittings in RCOB and those of the C2 site in C-type Y 2O3 in terms of rare-earth environments is made. The selectively excited emission, lifetimes, and structural data were used to elucidate the nature of the minority centers. Two of the them were associated with Nd3+ in R3+ sites slightly perturbed by charged intrinsic lattice defects of nonstoichiometric or inversion Gd3+ (Y3+)<-->Ca2+ type, while the third Nd3+ center is assigned to Nd3+ in a Ca2+ site. Other features of the spectra such as vibronics or homogeneous linewidths are also discussed. The Gaussian line shape and main contributions to inhomogeneous broadening are analyzed. An additional source of broadening for Nd3+ in YCOB is revealed.

  12. Growth, structure, and optical properties of a self-activated crystal: Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8

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    Shan, Faxian; Xia, Mingjun; Zhang, Guochun; Yao, Jiyong; Zhang, Xinyuan; Xu, Tianxiang; Wu, Yicheng

    2015-03-01

    A self-activated crystal Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 has been grown by using Na2CO3-B2O3-NaF as flux. Its structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system, space group P 6 bar 2m with unit-cell parameters a = 8.7611 Å, c = 8.4579 Å, Z = 1, and V = 562.23 Å3, which is isostructural with Na3La9O3(BO3)8. Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 has a high Nd3+ concentration (1.60 × 1022 ions/cm3), almost three times that of the self-activated crystal NdAl3(BO3)4 (NAB). The absorption and emission spectra as well as decay time for 4F3/2 to 4I11/2 transition in Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 were measured at room temperature. The obtained results show that Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 may be a potential high-neodymium-content laser crystal for microchip laser application.

  13. Molecular detection of Babesia ovis in sheep and ticks using the gene encoding B. ovis surface protein D (BoSPD).

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    Erster, Oran; Roth, Asael; Wolkomirsky, Ricardo; Leibovich, Benjamin; Savitzky, Igor; Zamir, Shmuel; Molad, Thea; Shkap, Varda

    2015-12-15

    The gene encoding Babesia ovis surface protein D (BoSPD) was cloned from B. ovis cDNA library. This gene encodes a polypeptide chain of 155 amino acids, including a predicted 22 amino acid signal peptide. Sequence analysis of the BoSPD suggested that it is a surface protein with no known domains. BLAST analysis followed by multiple alignments showed four orthologs from other Apicomplexan species and suggested that BoSPD is specific for B. ovis. BoSPD-based PCR was then developed to specifically detect B. ovis in experimentally-infected sheep and Rhipicephalus bursa ticks, as well as in field samples. The PCR enabled detection of B. ovis at a calculated parasitemia of 0.0016% and was shown to be specific for B. ovis. Moreover, the BoSPD PCR allowed detection of prolonged subclinical infection in experimentally-infected lambs and in dissected organs of experimentally-infected ticks. Finally, the PCR was used to detect parasitemia in blood samples from naturally-infected sheep and in R. bursa ticks collected from sheep in an infected flock. These results suggest that the BoSPD gene sequence can be used as a specific and sensitive marker, allowing detection of subclinical parasitemia in sheep and in ticks. Based on its predicted properties, BoSPD may be considered as a candidate for anti-B. ovis vaccine development or a target for anti-B.ovis treatment. PMID:26391822

  14. All-atom simulation study of protein PTH(1-34) by using the Wang-Landau sampling method

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    Kim, Seung-Yeon; Kwak, Wooseop

    2014-12-01

    We perform simulations of the N-terminal 34-residue protein fragment PTH(1-34), consisting of 581 atoms, of the 84-residue human parathyroid hormone by using the all-atom ECEPP/3 force field and the Wang-Landau sampling method. Through a massive high-performance computation, the density of states and the partition function Z( T), as a continuous function of T, are obtained for PTH(1-34). From the continuous partition function Z( T), the partition function zeros of PTH(1-34) are evaluated for the first time. From both the specific heat and the partition function zeros, two characteristic transition temperatures are obtained for the all-atom protein PTH(1-34). The higher transition temperature T 1 and the lower transition temperature T 2 of PTH(1-34) can be interpreted as the collapse temperature T θ and the folding temperature T f , respectively.

  15. Wang-Landau method for calculating Rényi entropies in finite-temperature quantum Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Inglis, Stephen; Melko, Roger G

    2013-01-01

    We implement a Wang-Landau sampling technique in quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations for the purpose of calculating the Rényi entanglement entropies and associated mutual information. The algorithm converges an estimate for an analog to the density of states for stochastic series expansion QMC, allowing a direct calculation of Rényi entropies without explicit thermodynamic integration. We benchmark results for the mutual information on two-dimensional (2D) isotropic and anisotropic Heisenberg models, a 2D transverse field Ising model, and a three-dimensional Heisenberg model, confirming a critical scaling of the mutual information in cases with a finite-temperature transition. We discuss the benefits and limitations of broad sampling techniques compared to standard importance sampling methods.

  16. Molecular Characterization of the First Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) Strains Isolated from In Vitro Bovine Embryos production in Argentina.

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    González Altamiranda, Erika; Manrique, Julieta M; Pérez, Sandra E; Ríos, Glenda L; Odeón, Anselmo C; Leunda, María R; Jones, Leandro R; Verna, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is increasingly considered as responsible for various problems of the reproductive tract. The virus infects mainly blood mononuclear cells and displays specific tropism for vascular endothelia, reproductive and fetal tissues. Epidemiological studies suggest its impact on reproductive performance, and its presence in various sites in the reproductive tract highlights its potential transmission in transfer-stage embryos. This work describes the biological and genetic characterization of BoHV-4 strains isolated from an in vitro bovine embryo production system. BoHV-4 strains were isolated in 2011 and 2013 from granulosa cells and bovine oocytes from ovary batches collected at a local abattoir, used as "starting material" for in vitro production of bovine embryos. Compatible BoHV-4-CPE was observed in the co-culture of granulosa cells and oocytes with MDBK cells. The identity of the isolates was confirmed by PCR assays targeting three ORFs of the viral genome. The phylogenetic analyses of the strains suggest that they were evolutionary unlinked. Therefore it is possible that BoHV-4 ovary infections occurred regularly along the evolution of the virus, at least in Argentina, which can have implications in the systems of in vitro embryo production. Thus, although BoHV-4 does not appear to be a frequent risk factor for in vitro embryo production, data are still limited. This study reveals the potential of BoHV-4 transmission via embryo transfer. Moreover, the high variability among the BoHV-4 strains isolated from aborted cows in Argentina highlights the importance of further research on the role of this virus as an agent with the potential to cause reproductive disease in cattle. The genetic characterization of the isolated strains provides data to better understand the pathogenesis of BoHV-4 infections. Furthermore, it will lead to fundamental insights into the molecular aspects of the virus and the means by which these strains circulate in

  17. Enhancement of radiosensitivity in human glioblastoma cells by the DNA N-mustard alkylating agent BO-1051 through augmented and sustained DNA damage response

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    2011-01-01

    Background 1-{4-[Bis(2-chloroethyl)amino]phenyl}-3-[2-methyl-5-(4-methylacridin-9-ylamino)phenyl]urea (BO-1051) is an N-mustard DNA alkylating agent reported to exhibit antitumor activity. Here we further investigate the effects of this compound on radiation responses of human gliomas, which are notorious for the high resistance to radiotherapy. Methods The clonogenic assay was used to determine the IC50 and radiosensitivity of human glioma cell lines (U87MG, U251MG and GBM-3) following BO-1051. DNA histogram and propidium iodide-Annexin V staining were used to determine the cell cycle distribution and the apoptosis, respectively. DNA damage and repair state were determined by γ-H2AX foci, and mitotic catastrophe was measure using nuclear fragmentation. Xenograft tumors were measured with a caliper, and the survival rate was determined using Kaplan-Meier method. Results BO-1051 inhibited growth of human gliomas in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Using the dosage at IC50, BO-1051 significantly enhanced radiosensitivity to different extents [The sensitizer enhancement ratio was between 1.24 and 1.50 at 10% of survival fraction]. The radiosensitive G2/M population was raised by BO-1051, whereas apoptosis and mitotic catastrophe were not affected. γ-H2AX foci was greatly increased and sustained by combined BO-1051 and γ-rays, suggested that DNA damage or repair capacity was impaired during treatment. In vivo studies further demonstrated that BO-1051 enhanced the radiotherapeutic effects on GBM-3-beared xenograft tumors, by which the sensitizer enhancement ratio was 1.97. The survival rate of treated mice was also increased accordingly. Conclusions These results indicate that BO-1051 can effectively enhance glioma cell radiosensitivity in vitro and in vivo. It suggests that BO-1051 is a potent radiosensitizer for treating human glioma cells. PMID:21244709

  18. Major differences between the binuclear manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 and its isoelectronic chromium carbonyl analogue Cr2(CO)11.

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    Chang, Yu; Li, Qian-Shu; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce

    2013-03-14

    The lowest energy structures of the manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 by more than 8 kcal/mol are found to have a single end-to-end bridging BO group bonding to one manganese atom through its boron atom and to the other manganese atom through its oxygen atom. The long Mn···Mn distances in these structures indicate the lack of direct manganese-manganese bonding as confirmed by essentially zero Wiberg bond indices. These Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures are favored thermochemically by more than 25 kcal/mol over dissociation into mononuclear fragments and thus appear to be viable synthetic objectives. This contrasts with the isoelectronic Cr2(CO)11 system, which is predicted to be disfavored relative to the mononuclear fragments Cr(CO)6 + Cr(CO)5. Analogous Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures with an end-to-end bridging CO group lie ∼17 kcal/mol in energy above the corresponding structures with end-to-end bridging BO groups. The lowest energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures without an end-to-end bridging BO group provide unprecedented examples of the coupling of two terminal BO groups to form a terminal dioxodiborene (B2O2) ligand with a B-B distance of ∼1.9 Å. Still higher energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures include singly bridged and doubly semibridged structures analogous to the previously optimized lowest energy Cr2(CO)11 structures. PMID:23402266

  19. Variation in foraging behavior and body mass in broods of Emperor Geese (Chen canagica): Evidence for interspecific density dependence

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    Schmutz, J.A.; Laing, K.K.

    2002-01-01

    Broods of geese spend time feeding according to availability and quality of food plants, subject to inherent foraging and digestive constraints. We studied behavioral patterns of broods of Emperor Geese (Chen canagica) on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, and examined how feeding and alert behavior varied in relation to habitat and goose density. During 1994-1996, time spent feeding by Emperor Goose goslings and adult females was positively related to multispecies goose densities near observation blinds, and not to just Emperor Goose density. Similarly, body mass of Emperor Goose goslings was more strongly related (negatively) to multispecies goose densities than intraspecific densities. A grazing experiment in 1995 indicated that most above ground primary production by Carex subspathacea, a preferred food plant, was consumed by grazing geese. Those results demonstrate that interspecific competition for food occurred, with greatest support for goslings whose behavioral repertoire is limited primarily to feeding, digesting, and resting. Although the more abundant Cackling Canada Geese (Branta canadensis minima) differed from Emperor Geese in their preferred use of habitats during brooding rearing (Schmutz 2001), the two species occurred in equal abundance in habitats preferred by Emperor Goose broods. Thus, Cackling Canada Geese were a numerically significant competitor with Emperor Geese. Comparing these results to an earlier study, time spent feeding by goslings, adult females, and adult males were greater during 1993-1996 than during 1985-1986. During the interval between those studies, densities of Cackling Canada Geese increased two to three times whereas Emperor Goose numbers remained approximately stable, which implies that interspecific competition affected foraging behavior over a long time period. These density-dependent changes in foraging behavior and body mass indicate that interspecific competition affects nutrient acquisition and gosling growth

  20. Yin-Chen-Hao Tang Attenuates Severe Acute Pancreatitis in Rat: An Experimental Verification of In silico Network Target Prediction

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    Xiang, Hong; Wang, Guijun; Qu, Jialin; Xia, Shilin; Tao, Xufeng; Qi, Bing; Zhang, Qingkai; Shang, Dong

    2016-01-01

    Yin-Chen-Hao Tang (YCHT) is a classical Chinese medicine compound that has a long history of clinical use in China for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. However, the efficacy and mechanisms of YCHT for the treatment of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) are not known. The current study investigated the pharmacological properties of YCHT against SAP and its underlying mechanisms. A computational prediction of potential targets of YCHT was initially established based on a network pharmacology simulation. The model suggested that YCHT attenuated SAP progress by apoptosis inducement, anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation and blood lipid regulation. These effects were validated in SAP rats. YCHT administration produced the following results: (1) significantly inhibited the secretion of pancreatic enzymes and protected pancreatic tissue; (2) obviously increased the number of in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL)-positive cells and induced apoptosis; (3) markedly inhibited neutrophil infiltration to the impaired pancreas and reduced the inflammatory reaction; (4) notably enhanced the activities of antioxidant enzymes and decreased the nitric oxide synthase levels; (5) significantly reduced the levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein and increased high-density lipoprotein; and (6) significantly up-regulated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) and down-regulated nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB). In summary, these results demonstrated that YCHT attenuated SAP progress by inducing apoptosis, repressing inflammation, alleviating oxidative stress and regulating lipid metabolism partially via regulation of the NF-κB/PPARγ signal pathway. PMID:27790147

  1. [Genetic polymorphisms of Y-STR haplotypes in unrelated male blood donors from the surname of Li, Wang and Zhang population in Shenzhen].

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    Deng, Zhi-Hui; Li, Qian; Wang, Da-Ming; Gao, Su-Qing; Zeng, Jian-Qiang

    2007-11-01

    To study the genetic polymorphisms of Y-chromosome-specific STR loci in Chinese of different surnames, 9 Y-STR loci were amplified by single fluorescent multiplex PCR and the PCR products were detected by using ABI PrismTM 3100 DNA Sequencer. Samples were randomly-selected from male blood donors in ShenZhen. These individuals, who were otherwise unrelated, had the most common surnames among Chinese as their surnames, namely Li, Wang or Zhang. There were 139 subjects with surname Li, 118 with surname Wang and 119 with the surname Zhang. In the Li population, a total of 126 haplotypes was found and 118 of them were unique, with a haplotype diversity 0.9974. In the Wang population, a total of 105 haplotypes was found and 94 of them were unique, with a haplotype diversity of 0.9953. In the Zhang population, a total of 101 haplotypes was found and 88 of them were unique, with a haplotype diversity of 0.9964. Our results indicated that the genetic polymorphisms of Y-STR haplotypes at these 9 loci in unrelated male individuals with Chinese surnames of Li, Wang or Zhang are highly polymorphic and showed no significant differences with our previous data of haplotype polymorphisms in unrelated male individuals from the Chinese ethnic Han population.

  2. Two Simple Approaches to Overcome a Problem with the Mantel-Haenszel Statistic: Comments on Wang, Bradlow, Wainer, and Muller (2008)

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    Sinharay, Sandip; Dorans, Neil J.

    2010-01-01

    The Mantel-Haenszel (MH) procedure (Mantel and Haenszel) is a popular method for estimating and testing a common two-factor association parameter in a 2 x 2 x K table. Holland and Holland and Thayer described how to use the procedure to detect differential item functioning (DIF) for tests with dichotomously scored items. Wang, Bradlow, Wainer, and…

  3. Synthesis, structure, and electronic structure calculation of a new centrosymmetric borate Pb2O[BO2(OH)] based on anion-centered OPb4 tetrahedra

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    Sun, Feng; Wang, Li; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis, structure, and characterization of a new centrosymmetric borate Pb2O[BO2(OH)] based on anion-centered OPb4 tetrahedra are reported. Pb2O[BO2(OH)] crystallizes in monoclinic space group C2/m with a=12.725(7) Å, b=5.698(3) Å, c=7.344(4) Å, β=116.277(6)°. The electronic band structure and density of states of Pb2O[BO2(OH)] have been calculated via the density functional theory (DFT). Electron density difference calculation indicates that lone-pair electrons of Pb2+ cation should be stereoactive.

  4. B2(BO)2(2-)-diboronyl diborene: a linear molecule with a triple boron-boron bond.

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    Li, Si-Dian; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2008-02-27

    We have produced and investigated an unique boron oxide cluster, B4O2(-), using photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Relatively simple and highly vibrationally resolved PES spectra were obtained at two photon energies (355 and 193 nm). The electron affinity of neutral B4O2 was measured to be 3.160 +/- 0.015 eV. Two excited states were observed for B4O2 at excitation energies of 0.48 and 0.83 eV above the ground state. Three vibrational modes were resolved in the 355 nm spectrum for the ground state of B4O2 with frequencies of 350 +/- 40, 1530 +/- 30, and 2040 +/- 30 cm(-1). Ab initio calculations showed that neutral B4O2 (D(infinity h), 3sigma(g)-) and anionic B4O2(-) (D(infinity h), 2pi(u)) both possess highly stable linear structures (O[triple bond]B-B=B-B[triple bond]O), which can be viewed as a B2 dimer bonded to two terminal boronyl groups. The lowest nonlinear structures are at least 1.5 eV higher in energy. The calculated electron detachment energies from the linear B4O2- and the vibrational frequencies agree well with the experimental results. The three observed vibrational modes are due to the B-B, B=B, and B[triple bond]O symmetric stretching vibrations, respectively, in the linear B2(BO)2. Chemical bonding analyses revealed that the HOMO of B2(BO)2, which is half-filled, is a bonding pi orbital in the central B2 unit. Thus, adding two electrons to B2(BO)2 leads to a B[triple bond]B triple bond in [O[triple bond]B-B[triple bond]B-B[triple bond]O]2-. Possibilities for stabilizing B2(BO)2(2-) in the form of B2(BO)2Li2 are considered computationally and compared with other valent isoelectronic, triple bonded species, B2H2Li2, B2H2(2-), and C2H2. The high stability of B2(BO)2(2-) suggests that it may exist as a viable building block in the condensed phase. PMID:18251470

  5. Emperor goose (Chen canagica)

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    Petersen, Margaret R.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Rockwell, R.F.; Poole, A.; Gill, F.

    1994-01-01

    Early naturalists exploring western Alaska were intrigued to find a stocky, blue-gray species of coastal goose unique to that area and nearby Russia. As E. W. Nelson (1887) wrote, "Among the various species of birds more or less peculiar to Alaska this goose is perhaps the most noteworthy." The Emperor Goose nests in the extensive coastal salt marsh habitats of arctic and sub-arctic Alaska and Russia and winters primarily on coastal beaches along ice-free areas of the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula. Locally known as the "Beach Goose" from its habit of roosting and feeding near the waters' edge, the diet of this species consists largely of clams, mussels, and algae when wintering and staging in marine and estuarine habitats. When nesting in terrestrial habitats, it eats mostly roots, bulbs, and shoots of vegetation. Although the breeding biology and habitat requirements of this goose have been examined in detail, mostly on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Y-K Delta) of Alaska, there have been no intensive studies of its wintering or staging biology. Recent studies of migration have confirmed pathways and timing between the Y-K Delta and staging areas on the Alaska Peninsula and wintering areas largely on the Aleutian Islands (Hupp et al. 2007). Observations of substantial molt migrations to the Chukotka Peninsula in eastern Russia (Hupp et al. 2007) suggest a possible change in distribution, or at least a clarification, and raise the possibility of harvest mortality on both continents. Alaska's Emperor Goose population declined precipitously from 139,000 in 1964 to 42,000 in 1986, although its numbers have recovered slightly since then (Fischer et al. 2008). The factors responsible for this quick decline and slow recovery remain poorly known. Hunting, especially subsistence hunting by Native Americans, is probably a factor (Hupp et al. 2008b); coastal oil pollution could also be reducing the survival of overwintering individuals (Byrd et al. 1995); and interspecific competition among brood rearing geese may limit recovery through recruitment (Schmutz and Laing 2002, Lake et al. 2008).

  6. First-Principles Design of a Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear-Optical Crystal from KBe2BO3F2 to NH4Be2BO3F2.

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    Kang, Lei; Luo, Siyang; Peng, Guang; Ye, Ning; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian; Lin, Zheshuai

    2015-11-16

    KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) is so far the sole nonlinear-optical (NLO) material that can be practically applied in the deep-ultraviolet (DUV) region. For the purpose of overcoming its layering tendency in crystal growth, herein a computer-assisted material design system is employed to design a new KBBF analogue, ammonia beryllium fluoroborate (NH4Be2BO3F2, ABBF). The first-principles calculations demonstrate that ABBF possesses NLO properties very close to those of KBBF, thus exhibiting good DUV NLO capability. Moreover, owing to the relatively strong chemical binding between layers, ABBF would have a better growth habit compared with KBBF. Upon synthesis, ABBF would be a very promising DUV NLO material. PMID:26509702

  7. First-Principles Design of a Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear-Optical Crystal from KBe2BO3F2 to NH4Be2BO3F2.

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    Kang, Lei; Luo, Siyang; Peng, Guang; Ye, Ning; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian; Lin, Zheshuai

    2015-11-16

    KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) is so far the sole nonlinear-optical (NLO) material that can be practically applied in the deep-ultraviolet (DUV) region. For the purpose of overcoming its layering tendency in crystal growth, herein a computer-assisted material design system is employed to design a new KBBF analogue, ammonia beryllium fluoroborate (NH4Be2BO3F2, ABBF). The first-principles calculations demonstrate that ABBF possesses NLO properties very close to those of KBBF, thus exhibiting good DUV NLO capability. Moreover, owing to the relatively strong chemical binding between layers, ABBF would have a better growth habit compared with KBBF. Upon synthesis, ABBF would be a very promising DUV NLO material.

  8. Magneto-optical activity of f-f transitions in ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Sokolov, V. V.; Kutsak, T. V.; Bondarev, V. S.; Gudim, I. A.

    2015-06-01

    Absorption, magnetic circular dichroism and natural circular dichroism spectra of ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals were measured as a function of temperature in the range of 90-293 K. It was found out that magneto-optical activity of the same f-f transitions in the studied crystals substantially differed and their temperature dependences did not follow the Curie-Weiss law in contrast to the properties of allowed transitions. The observed phenomena were accounted for by the nature of f-f transitions allowance. Properties of the transition 4I15/2→4S3/2 were studied in detail. In particular, the Zeeman splitting and the natural optical activity of the absorption lines composed of the transition were determined. The vibronic line with the very large natural optical activity was revealed and identified. Two nonequivalent Er3+ ion positions with the opposite chirality were found out in one of the excited states. Polarization properties of the 4I15/2→4S3/2 transition in the ErFe3(BO3)4 crystal have shown that the local symmetry of Er3+ ion in this crystal in the range of 90-293 K is lower than the D3 one. From the heat capacity measurements it was revealed, that the first order structural phase transition to lower symmetry occurred in ErFe3(BO3)4 at 433-439 K.

  9. 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

  10. Experimental demonstration of bandwidth on demand (BoD) provisioning based on time scheduling in software-defined multi-domain optical networks

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    Zhao, Yongli; Li, Yajie; Wang, Xinbo; Chen, Bowen; Zhang, Jie

    2016-09-01

    A hierarchical software-defined networking (SDN) control architecture is designed for multi-domain optical networks with the Open Daylight (ODL) controller. The OpenFlow-based Control Virtual Network Interface (CVNI) protocol is deployed between the network orchestrator and the domain controllers. Then, a dynamic bandwidth on demand (BoD) provisioning solution is proposed based on time scheduling in software-defined multi-domain optical networks (SD-MDON). Shared Risk Link Groups (SRLG)-disjoint routing schemes are adopted to separate each tenant for reliability. The SD-MDON testbed is built based on the proposed hierarchical control architecture. Then the proposed time scheduling-based BoD (Ts-BoD) solution is experimentally demonstrated on the testbed. The performance of the Ts-BoD solution is evaluated with respect to blocking probability, resource utilization, and lightpath setup latency.

  11. Electronic and magnetic properties of Sr2MoBO6 (B=W, RE, Os): Investigation of possible half metal

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    Zu, Ningning; Li, Rui; Li, Qinan; Wang, Jing

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic ordering temperatures of Sr2CrBO6 (B=W, Re, Os) are the top three in the class of double perovskites so far, whereas among them only Sr2CrWO6 is a half metal. In this study, by substituting Cr with Mo, Sr2MoBO6 is investigated by using the density functional theory. The calculated results indicate that all the three Mo-based compounds exhibit the half metallic nature, in particular Sr2MoOsO6 is a compensated half metal. On the other hand, Sr2MoBO6 is estimated to have at least a comparable magnetic ordering temperature with that of Sr2CrOsO6 (experimental value of 725 K). Therefore, we expect that Sr2MoBO6 (B=W, Re, Os) would be promising candidates as spintronic materials.

  12. The electronic structure and luminescence properties of Ce3+ doped Sr10[(PO4)5.5(BO4)0.5]BO2 under UV/VUV and X-ray excitation

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    Feng, Ang; Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Zhu, Lin-Lin; Mao, Ri-Hua; Zhao, Jing-Tai

    2015-07-01

    The apatite related compound Sr10[(PO4)5.5(BO4)0.5]BO2 (SrBPO) doped with Ce3+ was synthesized via solid state reaction method. Undoped SrBPO shows blue-green emission under ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray excitation due to the defects in the host. When excited by vacuum ultraviolet-ultraviolet (VUV-UV) light or X-ray, Ce3+ doped SrBPO shows a broad emission band peaking at 450 nm originating from 5d-4f transition of Ce3+ and defects in the host. The phosphor exhibits strong excitation bands in UV range and a weak broad excitation band in VUV region. The site occupation of Ce3+ was proposed based on fluorescence decay curves. Electronic structure shows the compound is an indirect semiconductor with a band gap of 3.04 eV. The extremely small density of states of [PO4]3- or [BO4]5- group near Fermi level or in the conduction band is a possible origin of the weak excitation band in the VUV range. A possible mechanism was proposed to explain the luminescence properties observed.

  13. Structure of two new borates YCa{sub 3}(AlO){sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} and YCa{sub 3}(GaO){sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Yu Yi; Wu, Q.S.; Li, R.K. . E-mail: rkli@cl.cryo.ac.cn

    2006-02-15

    By replacing Mn in YCa{sub 3}(MnO){sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} with trivalent Al and Ga, two new borates with the compositions of YCa{sub 3}(MO){sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} (M=Al, Ga) were prepared by solid-state reaction. Structure refinements from X-ray powder diffraction data revealed that both of them are isostructural to gaudefroyite with a hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}/m. Cell parameters of a=10.38775(13)A, c=5.69198(10)A for the Al-containing compound and a=10.5167(3)A, c=5.8146(2)A for the Ga analog were obtained from the refinements. The structure is constituted of AlO{sub 6} or GaO{sub 6} octahedral chains interconnected by BO{sub 3} groups in the ab plane to form a Kagome-type lattice, leaving trigonal and apatite-like tunnels. It is found that most rare-earth and Cr, Mn ions can be substituted into the Y{sup 3+} and M{sup 3+} sites, respectively, and the preference of rare-earth ions to locate in the trigonal tunnel is correlated to the sizes of the M{sup 3+} ions.

  14. Cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli: reaction of the oxidized enzyme with hydrogen peroxide.

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    Watmough, N J; Cheesman, M R; Greenwood, C; Thomson, A J

    1994-01-01

    Oxidized cytochrome bo reacts rapidly with micromolar concentrations of H2O2 to form a single derivative. The electronic absorption spectrum of this compound differs from that of the oxidized form of the enzyme reported by this laboratory [Watmough, Cheesman, Gennis, Greenwood and Thomson (1993) FEBS Lett. 319, 151-154]. It is characterized by a Soret maximum at 411 nm, increased absorbance at 555 nm, and reduced intensity at 624 nm. The apparent dissociation constant for this process is of the order of 4 x 10(-6) M, and the bimolecular rate constant for the formation of the new compound is (1.25-1.7) x 10(3) M-1.s-1. Electronic absorption difference spectroscopy shows this product to be identical with the compound formed from the reaction of the mixed-valence form of the enzyme with dioxygen. Investigation of this compound by room-temperature magnetic c.d. spectroscopy shows haem o to be neither high-spin nor low-spin ferric, but to have a spectrum characteristic of an oxyferryl species. There is no evidence for oxidation of the porphyrin ring. Therefore the binuclear centre of this species must consist of an oxyferryl haem (S = 1) coupled to a Cu(II) ion (S = 1/2) to form a new paramagnetic centre. The reaction was also followed by X-band e.p.r. spectroscopy, and this showed the disappearance in parallel with the formation of the oxyferryl species, of the broad g = 3.7, signal which arises from the weakly coupled binuclear centre in the oxidized enzyme. Since no new e.p.r.-detectable paramagnetic species were observed, the Cu(II) ion is presumed to be coupled to another paramagnet, possibly an organic radical. There is no evidence in the electronic absorption spectrum to indicate further reaction of cytochrome bo with H2O2 to form a second species. We argue that the circumstances of formation of this oxyferryl species are the same as those for the P form of cytochrome c oxidase, a species often regarded as containing a bound peroxide ion. The implications of

  15. X-Ray-selected Galaxy Groups in Boötes

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    Vajgel, Bruna; Jones, Christine; Lopes, Paulo A. A.; Forman, William R.; Murray, Stephen S.; Goulding, Andrew; Andrade-Santos, Felipe

    2014-10-01

    We present the X-ray and optical properties of the galaxy groups selected in the Chandra X-Boötes survey. We used follow-up Chandra observations to better define the group sample and their X-ray properties. Group redshifts were measured from the AGN and Galaxy Evolution Survey spectroscopic data. We used photometric data from the NOAO Deep Wide Field Survey to estimate the group richness (N gals) and the optical luminosity (L opt). Our final sample comprises 32 systems at z < 1.75 with 14 below z = 0.35. For these 14 systems, we estimate velocity dispersions (σ gr ) and perform a virial analysis to obtain the radii (R 200 and R 500) and total masses (M 200 and M 500) for groups with at least 5 galaxy members. We use the Chandra X-ray observations to derive the X-ray luminosity (LX ). We examine the performance of the group properties σgr, L opt, and LX , as proxies for the group mass. Understanding how well these observables measure the total mass is important to estimate how precisely the cluster/group mass function is determined. Exploring the scaling relations built with the X-Boötes sample and comparing these with samples from the literature, we find a break in the LX -M 500 relation at approximately M 500 = 5 × 1013 M ⊙ (for M 500 > 5 × 1013 M ⊙, M500 \\propto L_X0.61+/- 0.02, while for M 500 <= 5 × 1013 M ⊙, M500 \\propto L_X0.44+/- 0.05). Thus, the mass-luminosity relation for galaxy groups cannot be described by the same power law as galaxy clusters. A possible explanation for this break is the dynamical friction, tidal interactions, and projection effects that reduce the velocity dispersion values of the galaxy groups. By extending the cluster luminosity function to the group regime, we predict the number of groups that new X-ray surveys, particularly eROSITA, will detect. Based on our cluster/group luminosity function estimates, eROSITA will identify ~1800 groups (LX = 1041-1043 erg s-1) within a distance of 200 Mpc. Since groups lie in large

  16. Electronic structure and optical properties of the nonlinear optical crystal Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} by first-principles calculations

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    Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie; Yu, Hongwei; Lee, Ming-Hsien

    2013-02-15

    Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has a layered-type arrangement with optimally aligned BO{sub 3} triangles. The optical band gap is 3.317 eV obtained via the extrapolation method from the UV-vis-IR optical diffuse reflectance spectrum, consequently the absorption edge is about 374 nm. Density functional calculations using a generalized gradient approximation were utilized to investigate the electronic structures and optical properties of Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. The calculated band structures show a direct gap of 2.608 eV, which is in agreement with the experimental optical band gap. A delocalized {pi} bonding of BO{sub 3} triangles and the stereo-effect of the lone pair 6s{sup 2} of lead cations are studied in electron densities. The birefringence is about 0.039-0.061 with the wavelength larger than about 375 nm. The calculated second-order susceptibility d{sub 24}=3.5 d{sub 36} (KDP) which is well consistent with the powder SHG intensity. - Graphical abstract: The density of state (DOS) show that the bottom of the valence bands is mainly derived from of the lone pair 6s{sup 2} of Pb{sup 2+}, and the top of the valence band is attributed to the hybridization orbitals from B-O groups. Calculated electronic structures indicate that the BO{sub 3} group with typical delocalization {pi} orbitals and strongly distorted lead oxygen polyhedra with highly asymmetric lobes on lead cations make a large SHG effect in Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lone pair effect on Pb{sup 2+} and delocalization {pi} orbital in BO{sub 3} group is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The combination of PbO{sub n} (n=3,4,5) and BO{sub 3} group makes Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} a large SHG effect. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is a direct gap material with the gap 2.608 eV by the ab initio method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculated birefringence is about 0.039-0.061 with the wavelength of about 375 nm. Black

  17. A comparison of theory and flight test of the BO 105/BMR in hover and forward flight

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    Mirick, Paul H.

    1988-01-01

    Four cases were selected for comparison with theoretical predictions using stability data obtained during the flight test of the Bearingless Main Rotor (BMR) on a Messerschmidt-Boelkow-Blohm BO 105 helicopter. The four cases selected form the flight test included two ground resonance cases and two air resonance cases. The BMR used four modified BO 105 blades attached to a bearingless hub. The hub consisted of dual fiberglass C-channel beams attached to the hub center at 0.0238R and attached to the blade root at 0.25R with blade pitch control provided by a torque tube. Analyses from Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing Vertol, and Sikorsky Aircraft were compared with the data and the correlation ranged from very poor-to-poor to poor-to-fair.

  18. Growth and optical properties of Yb 3+-doped α-Ba 3Y(BO 3) 3 crystal

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    Pan, Shangke; Hu, Zhushu; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2004-03-01

    Crystal of Yb3+-doped α-Ba3Y(BO3)3 has been grown by the Czochralski method. The spectroscopic characterizations have been investigated at room temperature. Yb3+:α-Ba3Y(BO3)3 crystal exhibits the broad absorption at 976 nm with an FWHM of 5 nm and a large overall spitting of 2F7/2 manifold (912 cm-1). The absorption and emission cross-sections are 1.10×10-20 cm2 at 976 nm and 1.16×10-21 cm2 at 1060 nm, respectively. The fluorescence lifetime is 2.1 ms.

  19. Ab initio studies on the mechanism for linear and nonlinear optical effects in YAl3(BO3)4

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    He, Ran; Lin, Z. S.; Lee, M.-H.; Chen, C. T.

    2011-05-01

    First-principles studies of the linear and nonlinear optical properties for YAl3(BO3)4 (YAB) are presented. Based upon the electronic band structure, the optical refractive indices, birefringence, and second harmonic generation (SHG) coefficients of YAB are calculated, which are in good agreement with experimental values. In addition, the SHG-weighted electron density analysis and the real-space atom-cutting method are adopted to elucidate the origin of the linear and nonlinear optical effects in YAB. The results show that the anionic (BO3) groups have dominant contributions to the birefringence. The contribution of the Al cations to the optical effects is negligibly small. However, the Y cations bond to the neighbor O anions and form the deformed (YO6) octahedra, which results in the large SHG effects in YAB.

  20. High-Pressure Synthesis and Characterization of the Actinide Borate Phosphate U2[BO4][PO4].

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    Hinteregger, Ernst; Wurst, Klaus; Perfler, Lukas; Kraus, Florian; Huppertz, Hubert

    2013-10-14

    A new actinide borate phosphate, U2[BO4][PO4], was synthesized in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 12.5 GPa and 1000 °C. The crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature. U2[BO4][PO4] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with four formula units per unit cell and the lattice parameters a = 854.6(2), b = 775.3(2), c = 816.3(2) pm, and β = 102.52(3)°. The structure consists of double layers of linked uranium-oxygen polyhedra parallel to [100]. The borate tetrahedra are located between the uranium-oxygen layers inside the double layer. The phosphate groups link the double layers. PMID:24611029

  1. Real space imaging of spin polarons in Zn-doped SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2).

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    Yoshida, M; Kobayashi, H; Yamauchi, I; Takigawa, M; Capponi, S; Poilblanc, D; Mila, F; Kudo, K; Koike, Y; Kobayashi, N

    2015-02-01

    We report on the real space profile of spin polarons in the quasi-two-dimensional frustrated dimer spin system SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2) doped with 0.16% of Zn. The (11)B nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum exhibits 15 additional boron sites near nonmagnetic Zn impurities. With the help of exact diagonalizations of finite clusters, we have deduced from the boron spectrum, the distribution of local magnetizations at the Cu sites with fine spatial resolution, providing direct evidence for an extended spin polaron. The results are confronted with those of other experiments performed on doped and undoped samples of SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2). PMID:25699459

  2. Growth and polarized spectral properties of Sm3+ doped in Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-09-01

    A Sm3+-doped Ca3La2(BO3)4 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method. Its polarized absorption, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime measurements were carried out at room temperature. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the spectroscopic parameters Ωt (t = 2, 4, 6), radiative transition probabilities, radiative lifetime and fluorescence branching ratios were obtained. The stimulated emission cross section, the fluorescence lifetime and the quantum efficiency of the promising laser transition were also calculated and compared with other reported crystals. The results showed that Sm3+:Ca3La2(BO3)4 is a promising candidate for the orange-yellow laser emission.

  3. Control of coexisting magnetic phases by electric fields in NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Partzsch, S.; Hamann-Borrero, J.-E.; Mazzoli, C.; Herrero-Martin, J.; Valencia, S.; Feyerherm, R.; Dudzik, E.; Vasiliev, A.; Bezmaternykh, L.; Büchner, B.; Geck, J.

    2016-08-01

    We present a resonant x-ray diffraction study of the magnetic order in NdFe3(BO3)4and its coupling to applied electric fields. Our high-resolution measurements reveal two different coexisting magnetic phases, which can directly be controlled and manipulated by external electric fields. More specifically, the volume fraction of the collinear magnetic phase is found to strongly increase at the expense of helically ordered regions when an electric field is applied. These results confirm that the collinear magnetic phase is responsible for the ferroelectric polarization of NdFe3(BO3) 4 and, more importantly, demonstrate that coexisting magnetic phases provide a route towards materials with a strong but yet hysteresis-free magnetoelectric response.

  4. Crystal structure and lattice dynamics of Sr{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Maczka, M. Waskowska, A.; Majchrowski, A.; Kisielewski, J.; Szyrski, W.; Hanuza, J.

    2008-12-15

    X-ray, Raman and infrared (IR) studies of the Sr{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (BOYS) single crystal grown by the Czochralski technique are presented. The crystal structure is trigonal, space group R3-bar (no. 148), and comprises six formula units in the unit cell with the hexagonal axes a=12.527(2) and c=9.280(2) A. The assignment of the observed vibrational modes is proposed on the basis of lattice dynamics calculations. The unusual large bandwidth of the internal modes and the enhancement of the principal mean square thermal displacements for BO{sub 3} and Y(1) indicate that some type of disorder is present in the studied crystal. - Graphical abstract: View of the crystal structure of BOYS along the c-axis.

  5. Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal: a new candidate host material for the ytterbium ion

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    Wang, Yeqing; You, Zhenyu; Zhu, Zhaojie; Xu, Jinlong; Li, Jianfu; Wang, Yan; Wang, Hongyan; Tu, Chaoyang

    2013-10-01

    A disordered laser crystal Yb3+-doped Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal was grown by the Czochralski technique. The characterized room temperature polarized spectra, re-absorption possibility and laser performance showed that this crystal should be a promising gain material, not only suitable for diode pumping, but also a good candidate for the generation of tunable and short pulse lasers. End pumped by a diode laser at 976 nm in plano-concave and plano-plano cavity, a 3.65 W output power with a slope efficiency of 65% was achieved by using a c-cut Yb3+:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal. The output laser wavelength shifted from 1042 to 1062 nm.

  6. BoB, a best-of-breed automated text de-identification system for VHA clinical documents

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    Ferrández, Oscar; South, Brett R; Shen, Shuying; Friedlin, F Jeffrey; Samore, Matthew H; Meystre, Stéphane M

    2013-01-01

    Objective De-identification allows faster and more collaborative clinical research while protecting patient confidentiality. Clinical narrative de-identification is a tedious process that can be alleviated by automated natural language processing methods. The goal of this research is the development of an automated text de-identification system for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinical documents. Materials and methods We devised a novel stepwise hybrid approach designed to improve the current strategies used for text de-identification. The proposed system is based on a previous study on the best de-identification methods for VHA documents. This best-of-breed automated clinical text de-identification system (aka BoB) tackles the problem as two separate tasks: (1) maximize patient confidentiality by redacting as much protected health information (PHI) as possible; and (2) leave de-identified documents in a usable state preserving as much clinical information as possible. Results We evaluated BoB with a manually annotated corpus of a variety of VHA clinical notes, as well as with the 2006 i2b2 de-identification challenge corpus. We present evaluations at the instance- and token-level, with detailed results for BoB's main components. Moreover, an existing text de-identification system was also included in our evaluation. Discussion BoB's design efficiently takes advantage of the methods implemented in its pipeline, resulting in high sensitivity values (especially for sensitive PHI categories) and a limited number of false positives. Conclusions Our system successfully addressed VHA clinical document de-identification, and its hybrid stepwise design demonstrates robustness and efficiency, prioritizing patient confidentiality while leaving most clinical information intact. PMID:22947391

  7. NAD(P)-Dependent Aldehyde Dehydrogenases Induced during Growth of Ralstonia eutropha Strain Bo on Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol

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    Schräder, Thomas; Zarnt, Grit; Andreesen, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    Different aldehyde dehydrogenases (AlDHs) were formed during growth of Ralstonia eutropha Bo on tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA). One of these enzymes, AlDH 4, was purified and characterized as a homodimer containing no prosthetic groups, showing a strong substrate inhibition, and having an N-terminal sequence similar to those of various NAD(P)-dependent AlDHs. The conversion rate of THFA by the quinohemoprotein THFA dehydrogenase was increased by AlDH 4. PMID:11717302

  8. The crystal structure of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3}: New single-crystal data for an old problem

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    Pitscheider, Almut; Kaindl, Reinhard; Oeckler, Oliver; Huppertz, Hubert

    2011-01-15

    Single crystals of the orthoborate {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} were synthesized from Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} and B{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high-pressure/high-temperature conditions of 2 GPa and 800 {sup o}C in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus. The crystal structure was determined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, collected at room temperature. The title compound crystallizes in the monoclinic pseudowollastonite-type structure, space group C2/c, with the lattice parameters a=1128.4(2) pm, b=652.6(2) pm, c=954.0(2) pm, and {beta}=112.8(1){sup o} (R{sub 1}=0.0124 and wR{sub 2}=0.0404 for all data). -- graphical abstract: The first satisfying single-crystal structure determination of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} sheds light on the extensively discussed structure of {pi}-orthoborates. The application of light pressure during the solid state synthesis yielded in high-quality crystals, due to pressure-induced crystallization. Research highlights: {yields} High-quality single crystals of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} were prepared via high-pressure-induced crystallization. {yields} At least five different space groups for the rare-earth {pi}-orthoborates are reported. {yields} {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} is isotypic to the pseudowollastonite-type CaSiO{sub 3}. {yields} Remaining ambiguities regarding the structure of the rare-earth {pi}-orthoborates are resolved.

  9. Repairing of N-mustard derivative BO-1055 induced DNA damage requires NER, HR, and MGMT-dependent DNA repair mechanisms.

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    Kuo, Ching-Ying; Chou, Wen-Cheng; Wu, Chin-Chung; Wong, Teng-Song; Kakadiya, Rajesh; Lee, Te-Chang; Su, Tsann-Long; Wang, Hui-Chun

    2015-09-22

    Alkylating agents are frequently used as first-line chemotherapeutics for various newly diagnosed cancers. Disruption of genome integrity by such agents can lead to cell lethality if DNA lesions are not removed. Several DNA repair mechanisms participate in the recovery of mono- or bi-functional DNA alkylation. Thus, DNA repair capacity is correlated with the therapeutic response. Here, we assessed the function of novel water-soluble N-mustard BO-1055 (ureidomustin) in DNA damage response and repair mechanisms. As expected, BO-1055 induces ATM and ATR-mediated DNA damage response cascades, including downstream Chk1/Chk2 phosphorylation, S/G2 cell-cycle arrest, and cell death. Further investigation revealed that cell survival sensitivity to BO-1055 is comparable to that of mitomycin C. Both compounds require nucleotide excision repair and homologous recombination, but not non-homologous end-joining, to repair conventional cross-linking DNA damage. Interestingly and unlike mitomycin C and melphalan, MGMT activity was also observed in BO-1055 damage repair systems, which reflects the occurrence of O-alkyl DNA lesions. Combined treatment with ATM/ATR kinase inhibitors significantly increases BO-1055 sensitivity. Our study pinpoints that BO-1055 can be used for treating tumors that with deficient NER, HR, and MGMT DNA repair genes, or for synergistic therapy in tumors that DNA damage response have been suppressed. PMID:26208482

  10. Repairing of N-mustard derivative BO-1055 induced DNA damage requires NER, HR, and MGMT-dependent DNA repair mechanisms

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    Wu, Chin-Chung; Wong, Teng-Song; Kakadiya, Rajesh; Lee, Te-Chang; Su, Tsann-Long; Wang, Hui-Chun

    2015-01-01

    Alkylating agents are frequently used as first-line chemotherapeutics for various newly diagnosed cancers. Disruption of genome integrity by such agents can lead to cell lethality if DNA lesions are not removed. Several DNA repair mechanisms participate in the recovery of mono- or bi-functional DNA alkylation. Thus, DNA repair capacity is correlated with the therapeutic response. Here, we assessed the function of novel water-soluble N-mustard BO-1055 (ureidomustin) in DNA damage response and repair mechanisms. As expected, BO-1055 induces ATM and ATR-mediated DNA damage response cascades, including downstream Chk1/Chk2 phosphorylation, S/G2 cell-cycle arrest, and cell death. Further investigation revealed that cell survival sensitivity to BO-1055 is comparable to that of mitomycin C. Both compounds require nucleotide excision repair and homologous recombination, but not non-homologous end-joining, to repair conventional cross-linking DNA damage. Interestingly and unlike mitomycin C and melphalan, MGMT activity was also observed in BO-1055 damage repair systems, which reflects the occurrence of O-alkyl DNA lesions. Combined treatment with ATM/ATR kinase inhibitors significantly increases BO-1055 sensitivity. Our study pinpoints that BO-1055 can be used for treating tumors that with deficient NER, HR, and MGMT DNA repair genes, or for synergistic therapy in tumors that DNA damage response have been suppressed. PMID:26208482

  11. Photoelectron spectroscopy of boron-gold alloy clusters and boron boronyl clusters: B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2).

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    Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-07-28

    Photoelectron spectroscopy and density-functional theory are combined to study the structures and chemical bonding in boron-gold alloy clusters and boron boronyl clusters: B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2). Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all four species and the B-Au and B-BO clusters exhibit similar spectral patterns, with the latter species having higher electron binding energies. The electron affinities of B3Au, B3Au2, B3(BO), and B3(BO)2 are determined to be 2.29 ± 0.02, 3.17 ± 0.03, 2.71 ± 0.02, and 4.44 ± 0.02 eV, respectively. The anion and neutral clusters turn out to be isostructural and isovalent to the B3H(n)(-)∕B3H(n) (n = 1, 2) species, which are similar in bonding owing to the fact that Au, BO, and H are monovalent σ ligands. All B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2) clusters are aromatic with 2π electrons. The current results provide new examples for the Au∕H and BO∕H isolobal analogy and enrich the chemistry of boronyl and gold. PMID:23901981

  12. Synthesis and characterization of multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C as a novel Li-battery cathode material

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    Zhang, Bao; Ming, Lei; Zheng, Jun-chao; Zhang, Jia-feng; Shen, Chao; Han, Ya-dong; Wang, Jian-long; Qin, Shan-e.

    2014-09-01

    A multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C has been successfully synthesized via spray-drying and carbothermal method using LiBO2·8H2O, Fe(NO3)3·9H2O, and citric acid as starting materials. The Rietveld refinement results indicate the sample consists of two phases: LiFeBO3 [94(6)% w/w], and LiFeO2 [6(4)% w/w]. SEM images show that the LiFeBO3 powders consist of rough similar-spherical particles with a size distribution ranging from 1 μm to 5 μm. TEM results present that the LiFeBO3 spherical particles are well coated by nano-carbon webs and form a multi-layer core-shell structure. The amount of carbon was determined to be 6.50% by C/S analysis. The prepared LiFeBO3-LiFeO2/C presents an initial discharge capacity of 196.5 mAh g-1 at the current density of 10 mA g-1 between 1.5 and 4.5 V, and it can deliver a discharge capacity of 136.1 mAh g-1 after 30 cycles, presents excellent electrochemical properties, indicating the surface sensitivity in the air was restrained.

  13. Nonmagnetic ions enhance magnetic order in the ludwigite Co5Sn(O2BO3)2

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    Medrano, Cynthia P. Contreras; Freitas, D. C.; Sanchez, D. R.; Pinheiro, C. B.; Eslava, G. G.; Ghivelder, L.; Continentino, M. A.

    2015-02-01

    The ludwigite Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 was studied using x-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic and thermodynamic measurements. This material belongs to a family of oxyborates which presents low-dimensional subunits in the form of three-leg ladders in its structure. The subunits confer to these materials a strong anisotropy in their exchange interactions that provide to the ludwigites several interesting magnetic properties, from partial ordering to spin-glass states. Despite being doped by nonmagnetic ions, Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 has long-range magnetic order below 82 K which is, surprisingly, the highest critical temperature found so far in the ludwigites. This record can be explained by the absence of double-exchange interactions, usually present in the ludwigites and that gives rise to strong competition. In this paper we study the magnetic and structural properties of Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 and compare our results with those obtained in other cobalt ludwigites.

  14. Effects of Tb3+ concentration on the La2Sr3(BO3)4: X% Tb3+ polycrystalline nanophosphor

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    Mlotswa, D. V.; Madihlaba, R. M.; Koao, L. F.; Onani, M. O.; Dejene, F. B.

    2016-01-01

    A new green phosphor, La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ was fabricated by solution-combustion method using urea as a fuel and ammonium nitrate as an oxidizer. The phosphor was characterised using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL. The results exhibit that La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ phosphor has the strongest excitation at 209 nm with a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 20 nm, and can emit bright green light at 545 nm under 209 nm excitation. The optimum concentration for Tb3+ in La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ is 0.033 mol%. The prominent green luminescence was due to the 5D4-7F5 transition of Tb3+ ion. Herein, the green phosphors are promising good candidates employed in tri-color lamps.

  15. Optical and electronic properties of delafossite CuBO{sub 2}p-type transparent conducting oxide

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    Ruttanapun, Chesta E-mail: krchesta@kmitl.ac.th

    2013-09-21

    CuBO{sub 2} delafossite was prepared by solid state reaction and calcined/sintered at 1005 °C. The optical properties of this p-type transparent conducting oxide were investigated. Its crystal structure, morphology, composition, oxygen decomposition, and optical and electronic properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) and fluorescence spectroscopies, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical conductivity measurements. CuBO{sub 2} delafossite possesses a hexagonal space group R3{sup ¯}m. TGA indicated a weight loss of 10%, which was attributed to excess oxygen. The positive Seebeck coefficient confirmed p-type behavior. Emission at 355 nm indicated a direct band type transition, and the UV-VIS-NIR spectrum indicated an optical direct gap of 3.6 eV. Activation energies for carrier production and electrical conduction were 0.147 and 0.58 eV, respectively, indicating the thermal activation of carriers. CuBO{sub 2} delafossite is a p-type transparent conducting oxide with a wide band gap and may have potential in industrial p-type electrodes.

  16. Monitoring the Transmembrane Proton Gradient Generated by Cytochrome bo3 in Tethered Bilayer Lipid Membranes Using SEIRA Spectroscopy.

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    Wiebalck, Swantje; Kozuch, Jacek; Forbrig, Enrico; Tzschucke, C Christoph; Jeuken, Lars J C; Hildebrandt, Peter

    2016-03-10

    Membrane proteins act as biocatalysts or ion/proton pumps to convert and store energy from ubiquitous environmental sources. Interfacing these proteins to electrodes allows utilizing the energy for enzymatic biofuel cells or other auspicious biotechnological applications. To optimize the efficiency of these devices, appropriate membrane models are required that ensure structural and functional integrity of the embedded enzymes and provide structural insight. We present a spectroelectrochemical surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) and electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) study of the bacterial respiratory ubiquinol/cytochrome bo3 (cyt bo3) couple incorporated into a tethered bilayer lipid membrane (tBLM). Here, we employed a new lipid tether (WK3SH, dihydrocholesteryl (2-(2-(2-ethoxy)ethoxy)ethanethiol), which was synthesized using a three-step procedure with very good yield and allowed measuring IR spectra without significant spectral interference of the tBLM. The functional integrity of the incorporated cyt bo3 was demonstrated by monitoring the enzymatic O2 reduction current and the formation of the transmembrane proton gradient. Based on a SEIRA-spectroscopic redox titration, a shift of the pH-dependent redox potential of the ubiquinones under turnover conditions was correlated with an alkalinization of the submembrane reservoir by +0.8 pH units. This study demonstrates the high potential of tBLMs and the SEIRA spectroscopic approach to study bioenergetic processes.

  17. Ag-catalyzed synthesis of europium borate Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires, growth mechanism and luminescent properties

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    Yang, Lan; Zhou, Liqun; Huang, Ying; Tang, Ziwei

    2011-02-15

    Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires with diameters of 10-20 nm were fabricated through direct sintering Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O and H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} with Ag as catalyst. The result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the nanowire was single-crystalline with body-centered monoclinic structure. Based on the fact that Ag nanoparticles attached to the tips and middles of nanowires, a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth mechanism of the Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires is proposed. Three well-defined stages have been clearly identified during the process: Ag-Eu-B-O cluster process, crystal nucleation, and axial growth. The photoluminescence characteristics under UV excitation were investigated. The dominated Eu{sup 3+} orange-red emission corresponding to the magnetic dipole transition {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 1} is centered at 591 nm, indicating that Eu{sup 3+} is located at high symmetry crystal field with inversion center.

  18. Wide band gap p-type nanocrystalline CuBO{sub 2} as a novel UV photocatalyst

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    Santra, S.; Das, N.S.; Chattopadhyay, K.K.

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CuBO{sub 2} nanocrystals were synthesized by sol–gel route. • The products have been characterized to confirm the formation of CuBO{sub 2}. • Photocatalytic activity of this material is reported for the first time. - Abstract: Wide band gap copper based delafossite CuBO{sub 2} nanocrystalline powders of different particle sizes were synthesized via sol–gel route. Structural characterization was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) which confirmed good crystallinity and proper phase formation of the samples. Compositional analysis was carried out by energy dispersive X-ray studies (EDX), whereas field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed morphological information of the samples. The photocatalytic performance of this delafossite material was studied for the first time with a standard photocatalytic set-up and the photocatalytic efficiency was found to increase with decreasing particle size. The Langmuir–Hinshelwood photocatalytic rate constants increased considerably for the samples synthesized at different pH from 2.75 to 0.5; which eventually varied particle size. The efficient photocatalytic performance, found for the first time here, will make this novel p-type wide band gap semiconductor a truly multifunctional material.

  19. Linear electro-optic properties of YCa4O(BO3)3.

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    Adams, J J; Ebbers, C A

    2003-08-15

    We have characterized the effective linear electro-optic coefficients of YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) relative to KH2PO4 and KD2PO4 at 632.8 nm. We measured a maximum r(eff) value of 10.8 +/- 1.4 pm/V for YCOB in a transverse electric field configuration for propagation along the X or the alpha dielectric axis, with the electric field applied along the Z or the gamma dielectric axis. We also found effective coefficients of 10.7 +/- 1.0 and 3.4 +/- 0.4 pm/V for YCOB in longitudinal configurations. The remaining values of r(eff) for various transverse applied voltages were found to be less than 3 pm/V. The excellent thermomechanical properties of this crystal, coupled with moderate electro-optic coefficients, make YCOB and its isomorphs potential candidates for use as high-average-power electro-optic switches.

  20. Time and frequency-domain identification and verification of BO-105 dynamic models

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    Kaletka, Juergen; Gruenhagen, Wolfgang V.; Tischler, Mark B.; Fletcher, Jay W.

    1989-01-01

    Mathematical models for the dynamics of the DLR BO 105 helicopter are extracted from flight test data using two different approaches: frequency-domain and time-domain identification. Both approaches are reviewed. Results from an extensive data consistency analysis are given. Identifications for 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) rigid body models are presented and compared in detail. The extracted models compare favorably and their prediction capability is demonstrated in verification results. Approaches to extend the 6 DOF models are addressed and first results are presented. System identification is broadly defined as the deduction of system characteristics from measured data. It provides the only possibility to extract both non-parametric (e.g., frequency responses) and parametric (e.g., state space matrices) aircraft models from flight test data and therefore gives a reliable characterization of the dynamics of the actually existing aircraft. Main applications of system identification are seen in areas where higher accuracies of the mathematical models are required: Simulation validation, control system design (in particular model-following control system design for in-flight simulation), and handling qualities.

  1. The reaction of halides with pulsed cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli.

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    Moody, A J; Butler, C S; Watmough, N J; Thomson, A J; Rich, P R

    1998-01-01

    Cytochrome bo forms complexes with chloride, bromide and iodide in which haem o remains high-spin and in which the '630 nm' charge-transfer band is red-shifted by 7-8 nm. The chloride and bromide complexes each have a characteristic set of integer-spin EPR signals arising from spin coupling between haem o and CuB. The rate and extent of chloride binding decreases as the pH increases from 5.5 to 8.5. At pH 5.5 the dissociation constant for chloride is 2 mM and the first-order rate constant for dissociation is 2 x 10(-4) s-1. The order of rate of binding, and of affinity, at pH 5.5 is chloride (1) > bromide (0.3) >iodide (0.1). It is suggested that the halides bind in the binuclear site but, unlike fluoride, they are not direct ligands of the iron of haem o. In addition, both the stability of the halide complexes and the rate of halide binding seem to be increased by the co-binding of a proton. PMID:9531485

  2. MECHANISM AND HYDROPHOBIC FORCES DRIVING MEMBRANE PROTEIN INSERTION OF SUBUNIT II OF CYTOCHROME BO OXIDASE

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    Celebi, Nil; Dalbey, Ross E.; Yuan, Jijun

    2009-01-01

    Subunit II (CyoA) of cytochrome bo oxidase, which spans the inner membrane twice in bacteria, has several unusual features in membrane biogenesis. It is synthesized with an amino-terminal signal peptide. In addition, distinct pathways are used to insert the two ends of the protein. The amino-terminal domain is inserted by the YidC pathway whereas the large carboxyl-terminal domain is translocated by the SecYEG pathway. Insertion of the protein is also pmf-independent. In this study we examined the topogenic requirements and mechanism of insertion of CyoA in bacteria. We find that both the signal peptide and the first membrane spanning region are required for insertion of the amino-terminal periplasmic loop. The pmf-independence of insertion of the first periplasmic loop is due to the loop’s neutral net charge. We observe also that the introduction of negatively charged residues into the periplasmic loop makes insertion pmf dependent, whereas the addition of positively charged residues prevents insertion unless the pmf is abolished. Insertion of the carboxyl-terminal domain in the full-length CyoA occurs by a sequential mechanism even when the CyoA amino and carboxyl-terminal domains are swapped with other domains. However, when a long spacer peptide is added to increase the distance between the amino-terminal and carboxyl-terminal domains, insertion no longer occurs by a sequential mechanism. PMID:18155041

  3. Magnetic nanopantograph in the SrCu2(BO3)2 Shastry–Sutherland lattice

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    Radtke, Guillaume; Saúl, Andrés; Dabkowska, Hanna A.; Salamon, Myron B.; Jaime, Marcelo

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic materials having competing, i.e., frustrated, interactions can display magnetism prolific in intricate structures, discrete jumps, plateaus, and exotic spin states with increasing applied magnetic fields. When the associated elastic energy cost is not too expensive, this high potential can be enhanced by the existence of an omnipresent magnetoelastic coupling. Here we report experimental and theoretical evidence of a nonnegligible magnetoelastic coupling in one of these fascinating materials, SrCu2(BO3)2 (SCBO). First, using pulsed-field transversal and longitudinal magnetostriction measurements we show that its physical dimensions, indeed, mimic closely its unusually rich field-induced magnetism. Second, using density functional-based calculations we find that the driving force behind the magnetoelastic coupling is the CuOCu^ superexchange angle that, due to the orthogonal Cu2+ dimers acting as pantographs, can shrink significantly (0.44%) with minute (0.01%) variations in the lattice parameters. With this original approach we also find a reduction of ∼10% in the intradimer exchange integral J, enough to make predictions for the highly magnetized states and the effects of applied pressure on SCBO. PMID:25646467

  4. LOFAR 150-MHz observations of the Boötes field: catalogue and source counts

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    Williams, W. L.; van Weeren, R. J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Best, P.; Dijkema, T. J.; de Gasperin, F.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Heald, G.; Prandoni, I.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; van Bemmel, I. M.; Brüggen, M.; Brunetti, G.; Conway, J. E.; Enßlin, T.; Engels, D.; Falcke, H.; Ferrari, C.; Haverkorn, M.; Jackson, N.; Jarvis, M. J.; Kapińska, A. D.; Mahony, E. K.; Miley, G. K.; Morabito, L. K.; Morganti, R.; Orrú, E.; Retana-Montenegro, E.; Sridhar, S. S.; Toribio, M. C.; White, G. J.; Wise, M. W.; Zwart, J. T. L.

    2016-08-01

    We present the first wide area (19 deg2), deep (≈120-150 μJy beam-1), high-resolution (5.6 × 7.4 arcsec) LOFAR High Band Antenna image of the Boötes field made at 130-169 MHz. This image is at least an order of magnitude deeper and 3-5 times higher in angular resolution than previously achieved for this field at low frequencies. The observations and data reduction, which includes full direction-dependent calibration, are described here. We present a radio source catalogue containing 6 276 sources detected over an area of 19 deg2, with a peak flux density threshold of 5σ. As the first thorough test of the facet calibration strategy, introduced by van Weeren et al., we investigate the flux and positional accuracy of the catalogue. We present differential source counts that reach an order of magnitude deeper in flux density than previously achieved at these low frequencies, and show flattening at 150-MHz flux densities below 10 mJy associated with the rise of the low flux density star-forming galaxies and radio-quiet AGN.

  5. Raman scattering in multiferroic SmFe3(BO3)4

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    Peschanskii, A. V.; Fomin, V. I.; Gudim, I. A.

    2016-06-01

    Raman spectrum of single-crystal SmFe3(BO3)4 was studied in the frequency range from 3 to 1500 cm-1 at temperatures 10-300 K. All the A1 and E phonon modes predicted by the group theory for a given symmetry of the crystal were observed. The magnitudes of splitting between the LO and TO components of polar E phonons were determined. It was found that under the transition to a magnetically ordered phase, the behavior of the intensity of the line corresponding to the A1 vibrational mode is anomalous. It was shown that at low temperatures the spectrum of two-magnon excitations has a complex shape and is observed with both nondiagonal and diagonal components of the scattering tensor. This complex shape reflects the features in the density of states of the magnetic branches. An estimate of the magnon energy Em at the Brillouin zone boundary gave ˜47 cm-1. The structure of the ground multiplet 6H5/2 of a Sm+3 ion in paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic states as well as the effect of the magnetic phase transition on it were studied. Electron-phonon interaction for the electronic excitation at 225 cm-1 was revealed.

  6. Temporal variability of the wind from the star τ Boötis

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    Nicholson, B. A.; Vidotto, A. A.; Mengel, M.; Brookshaw, L.; Carter, B.; Petit, P.; Marsden, S. C.; Jeffers, S. V.; Fares, R.; BCool Collaboration

    2016-06-01

    We present new wind models for τ Boötis (τ Boo), a hot-Jupiter-host-star whose observable magnetic cycles makes it a uniquely useful target for our goal of monitoring the temporal variability of stellar winds and their exoplanetary impacts. Using spectropolarimetric observations from May 2009 to January 2015, the most extensive information of this type yet available, to reconstruct the stellar magnetic field, we produce multiple 3D magnetohydrodynamic stellar wind models. Our results show that characteristic changes in the large-scale magnetic field as the star undergoes magnetic cycles produce changes in the wind properties, both globally and locally at the position of the orbiting planet. Whilst the mass loss rate of the star varies by only a minimal amount (˜4 per cent), the rates of angular momentum loss and associated spin-down time-scales are seen to vary widely (up to ˜140 per cent), findings consistent with and extending previous research. In addition, we find that temporal variation in the global wind is governed mainly by changes in total magnetic flux rather than changes in wind plasma properties. The magnetic pressure varies with time and location and dominates the stellar wind pressure at the planetary orbit. By assuming a Jovian planetary magnetic field for τ Boo b, we nevertheless conclude that the planetary magnetosphere can remain stable in size for all observed stellar cycle epochs, despite significant changes in the stellar field and the resulting local space weather environment.

  7. Crystal-chemistry guidelines for noncentrosymmetric A2BO4 Ruddlesden-Popper oxides.

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V; Puggioni, Danilo; Rondinelli, James M

    2014-01-01

    Noncentrosymmetric (NCS) phases are seldom seen in layered A2BO4 Ruddlesden-Popper (214 RP) oxides. In this work, we uncover the underlying crystallographic symmetry restrictions that enforce the spatial parity operation of inversion and then subsequently show how to lift them to achieve NCS structures. Simple octahedral distortions alone, while impacting the electronic and magnetic properties, are insufficient. We show using group theory that the condensation of two distortion modes, which describe suitable symmetry unique octahedral distortions or a combination of a single octahedral distortion with a "compositional" A or B cation ordering mode, is able to transform the centrosymmetric aristotype into a NCS structure. With these symmetry guidelines, we formulate a data-driven model founded on Bayesian inference that allows us to rationally search for combinations of A- and B-site elements satisfying the inversion symmetry lifting criterion. We describe the general methodology and apply it to 214 iridates with A(2+) cations, identifying RP-structured Ca2IrO4 as a potential NCS oxide, which we evaluate with density functional theory. We find a strong energetic competition between two closely related polar and nonpolar low-energy crystal structures in Ca2IrO4 and suggest pathways to stabilize the NCS structure.

  8. Magnetic nanopantograph in the SrCu2(BO3)2 Shastry-Sutherland lattice.

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    Radtke, Guillaume; Saúl, Andrés; Dabkowska, Hanna A; Salamon, Myron B; Jaime, Marcelo

    2015-02-17

    Magnetic materials having competing, i.e., frustrated, interactions can display magnetism prolific in intricate structures, discrete jumps, plateaus, and exotic spin states with increasing applied magnetic fields. When the associated elastic energy cost is not too expensive, this high potential can be enhanced by the existence of an omnipresent magnetoelastic coupling. Here we report experimental and theoretical evidence of a nonnegligible magnetoelastic coupling in one of these fascinating materials, SrCu2(BO3)2 (SCBO). First, using pulsed-field transversal and longitudinal magnetostriction measurements we show that its physical dimensions, indeed, mimic closely its unusually rich field-induced magnetism. Second, using density functional-based calculations we find that the driving force behind the magnetoelastic coupling is the CuOCu superexchange angle that, due to the orthogonal Cu(2+) dimers acting as pantographs, can shrink significantly (0.44%) with minute (0.01%) variations in the lattice parameters. With this original approach we also find a reduction of ∼ 10% in the intradimer exchange integral J, enough to make predictions for the highly magnetized states and the effects of applied pressure on SCBO. PMID:25646467

  9. BO Pegasi: A candidate on the breaking stage of the TRO cycle

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    Qian, Shengbang

    2002-06-01

    A detailed period study of the short-period (P=0fd 58) close binary system, BO Peg, is presented based on the analysis of its O-C curve. It is found that the orbital period shows a continuous decrease with a rate dP/dt =-1.26 x10-7 days/year while it undergoes a possible small-amplitude oscillation. If the period oscillation is cyclic, it can be explained either by the light-time effect via the presence of an unseen third body or by the magnetic activity cycle of the secondary component. The continuous period decrease suggests a secular mass transfer from the more massive to the less massive component, which is in agreement with the near-contact configuration with a lobe-filling primary (Yamasaki & Okazaki \\cite{Yam-86}). These observations, as seen in RT Scl, FT Lup, TT Her, RS Ind, and V388 Cyg, are consistent with the Thermal Relaxation Oscillation (TRO) theory in that the primary component is transferring mass to the secondary in the broken-contact phase. To satisfy such a decrease in the orbital period, a conservative mass transfer rate (with no magnetic effect) would be of the order of dM/dt =-1.53x10-7 Msun/year.

  10. Crystal structures and magnetic properties of lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr)

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    Doi, Yoshihiro Satou, Tatsuya; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2013-10-15

    The synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) were investigated. The LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds crystallize in the dolomite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}, in which the Ln and Cr ions occupy two octahedral sites. From the result of structural analysis, it was found that there is an anti-site disorder between these two sites and its chemical formula is more exactly Ln{sub 1−r}Cr{sub r}[Cr{sub 1−r}Ln{sub r}](BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. On the other hand, the LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} adopt the calcite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c. The Ln and Sc ions randomly occupy an octahedral site and the chemical formula is represented as (Ln{sub 0.5}Sc{sub 0.5})BO{sub 3}. From the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements, we found that all the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} show an antiferromagnetic transition at 6.1–8.1 K. This transition is mainly due to the ordering of Cr{sup 3+} magnetic moments. Among the compounds with magnetic Ln{sup 3+} ions, only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. - Graphical abstract: The lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have the dolomite-type (Ln=Cr) and calcite-type (Ln=Sc) structures. Both structures are similar to each other except for the difference in the partially or fully disordered arrangements of octahedral sites. At low temperatures, the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition due to a long-range ordering of Cr{sup 3+} moments. Among them only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have been synthesized. • LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the dolomite-type structure with an anti-site disorder between Ln and Cr sites. • LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the calcite

  11. Optimized Wang-Landau sampling of lattice polymers: ground state search and folding thermodynamics of HP model proteins.

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    Wüst, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2012-08-14

    Coarse-grained (lattice-) models have a long tradition in aiding efforts to decipher the physical or biological complexity of proteins. Despite the simplicity of these models, however, numerical simulations are often computationally very demanding and the quest for efficient algorithms is as old as the models themselves. Expanding on our previous work [T. Wüst and D. P. Landau, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 178101 (2009)], we present a complete picture of a Monte Carlo method based on Wang-Landau sampling in combination with efficient trial moves (pull, bond-rebridging, and pivot moves) which is particularly suited to the study of models such as the hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice model of protein folding. With this generic and fully blind Monte Carlo procedure, all currently known putative ground states for the most difficult benchmark HP sequences could be found. For most sequences we could also determine the entire energy density of states and, together with suitably designed structural observables, explore the thermodynamics and intricate folding behavior in the virtually inaccessible low-temperature regime. We analyze the differences between random and protein-like heteropolymers for sequence lengths up to 500 residues. Our approach is powerful both in terms of robustness and speed, yet flexible and simple enough for the study of many related problems in protein folding.

  12. Risky choice with heuristics: reply to Birnbaum (2008), Johnson, Schulte-Mecklenbeck, and Willemsen (2008), and Rieger and Wang (2008).

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    Brandstätter, Eduard; Gigerenzer, Gerd; Hertwig, Ralph

    2008-01-01

    E. Brandstätter, G. Gigerenzer, and R. Hertwig (2006) showed that the priority heuristic matches or outperforms modifications of expected utility theory in predicting choice in 4 diverse problem sets. M. H. Birnbaum (2008) argued that sets exist in which the opposite is true. The authors agree--but stress that all choice strategies have regions of good and bad performance. The accuracy of various strategies systematically depends on choice difficulty, which the authors consider a triggering variable underlying strategy selection. Agreeing with E. J. Johnson, M. Schulte-Mecklenbeck, and M. C. Willemsen (2008) that process (not "as-if") models need to be formulated, the authors show how quantitative predictions can be derived and test them. Finally, they demonstrate that many of Birnbaum's and M. O. Rieger and M. Wang's (2008) case studies championing their preferred models involved biased tests in which the priority heuristic predicted data, whereas the parameterized models were fitted to the same data. The authors propose an adaptive toolbox approach of risky choice, according to which people first seek a no-conflict solution before resorting to conflict-resolving strategies such as the priority heuristic.

  13. Overcoming barriers in trajectory space: mechanism and kinetics of rare events via Wang-Landau enhanced transition path sampling.

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    Borrero, Ernesto E; Dellago, Christoph

    2010-10-01

    Within the framework of transition path sampling (TPS), activation energies can be computed as path ensemble averages without a priori information about the reaction mechanism [C. Dellago and P. G. Bolhuis, Mol. Simul. 30, 795 (2004)]. Activation energies computed for different conditions can then be used to determine by numerical integration the rate constant for a system of interest from the rate constant known for a reference system. However, in systems with complex potential energy surfaces, multiple reaction pathways may exist making ergodic sampling of trajectory space difficult. Here, we present a combination of TPS with the Wang-Landau (WL) flat-histogram algorithm for an efficient sampling of the transition path ensemble. This method, denoted by WL-TPS, has the advantage that from one single simulation, activation energies at different temperatures can be determined even for systems with multiple reaction mechanisms. The proposed methodology for rate constant calculations does not require the knowledge of the reaction coordinate and is generally applicable to Arrhenius and non-Arrhenius processes. We illustrate the applicability of this technique by studying a two-dimensional toy system consisting of a triatomic molecule immersed in a fluid of repulsive soft disks. We also provide an expression for the calculation of activation volumes from path averages such that the pressure dependence of the rate constant can be obtained by numerical integration.

  14. Public health impact of disease-behavior dynamics. Comment on "Coupled disease-behavior dynamics on complex networks: A review" by Z. Wang et al.

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    Wells, Chad R.; Galvani, Alison P.

    2015-12-01

    In a loop of dynamic feedback, behavior such as the decision to vaccinate, hand washing, or avoidance influences the progression of the epidemic, yet behavior is driven by the individual's and population's perceived risk of infection during an outbreak. In what we believe will become a seminal paper that stimulates future research as well as an informative teaching aid, Wang et. al. comprehensively review methodological advances that have been used to incorporate human behavior into epidemiological models on the effects of coupling disease transmission and behavior on complex social networks [1]. As illustrated by the recent outbreaks of measles and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), here we highlight the importance of coupling behavior and disease transmission that Wang et al. address.

  15. Comments on X. Yin, A. Wen, Y. Chen, and T. Wang, `Studies in an optical millimeter-wave generation scheme via two parallel dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulators', Journal of Modern Optics, 58(8), 2011, pp. 665-673

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    Hasan, Mehedi; Maldonado-Basilio, Ramón; Hall, Trevor J.

    2015-04-01

    Yin et al. have described an innovative filter-less optical millimeter-wave generation scheme for octotupling of a 10 GHz RF oscillator, or sedecimtupling of a 5 GHz RF oscillator using two parallel dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulators (DP-MZMs). The great merit of their design is the suppression of all harmonics except those of order ? (octotupling) or all harmonics except those of order ? (sedecimtupling), where ? is an integer. A demerit of their scheme is the requirement to set a precise RF signal modulation index in order to suppress the zeroth order optical carrier. The purpose of this comment is to show that, in the case of the octotupling function, all harmonics may be suppressed except those of order ?, where ? is an odd integer, by the simple addition of an optical ? phase shift between the two DP-MZMs and an adjustment of the RF drive phases. Since the carrier is suppressed in the modified architecture, the octotupling circuit is thereby released of the strict requirement to set the drive level to a precise value without any significant increase in circuit complexity.

  16. Fine mapping and targeted SNP survey using rice-wheat gene colinearity in the region of the Bo1 boron toxicity tolerance locus of bread wheat.

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    Schnurbusch, Thorsten; Collins, Nicholas C; Eastwood, Russell F; Sutton, Tim; Jefferies, Steven P; Langridge, Peter

    2007-08-01

    Toxicity due to high levels of soil boron (B) represents a significant limitation to cereal production in some regions, and the Bo1 gene provides a major source of B toxicity tolerance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). A novel approach was used to develop primers to amplify and sequence gene fragments specifically from the Bo1 region of the hexaploid wheat genome. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified were then used to generate markers close to Bo1 on the distal end of chromosome 7BL. In the 16 gene fragments totaling 19.6 kb, SNPs were observed between the two cultivars Cranbrook and Halberd at a low frequency (one every 613 bp). Furthermore, SNPs were distributed unevenly, being limited to only two genes. In contrast, RFLP provided a much greater number of genetic markers, with every tested gene identifying polymorphism. Bo1 previously known only as a QTL was located as a discrete Mendelian locus. In total, 28 new RFLP, PCR and SSR markers were added to the existing map. The 1.8 cM Bo1 interval of wheat corresponds to a 227 kb section of rice chromosome 6L encoding 21 predicted proteins with no homology to any known B transporters. The co-dominant PCR marker AWW5L7 co-segregated with Bo1 and was highly predictive of B tolerance status within a set of 94 Australian bread wheat cultivars and breeding lines. The markers and rice colinearity described here represent tools that will assist B tolerance breeding and the positional cloning of Bo1. PMID:17571251

  17. Gas-Phase Synthesis of Boronylallene (H2CCCH(BO)) under Single Collision Conditions: A Crossed Molecular Beams and Computational Study.

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    Maity, Surajit; Parker, Dorian S N; Kaiser, Ralf I; Ganoe, Brad; Fau, Stefan; Perera, Ajith; Bartlett, Rodney J

    2014-05-15

    The gas phase reaction between the boron monoxide radical ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) and allene (H2CCCH2; X(1)A1) was investigated experimentally under single collision conditions using the crossed molecular beam technique and theoretically exploiting ab initio electronic structure and statistical (RRKM) calculations. The reaction was found to follow indirect (complex forming) scattering dynamics and proceeded via the formation of a van der Waals complex ((11)BOC3H4). This complex isomerized via addition of the boron monoxide radical ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) with the radical center located at the boron atom to the terminal carbon atom of the allene molecule forming a H2CCCH2(11)BO intermediate on the doublet surface. The chemically activated H2CCCH2(11)BO intermediate underwent unimolecular decomposition via atomic hydrogen elimination from the terminal carbon atom holding the boronyl group through a tight exit transition state to synthesize the boronylallene product (H2CCCH(11)BO) in a slightly exoergic reaction (55 ± 11 kJ mol(-1)). Statistical (RRKM) calculations suggest that minor reaction channels lead to the products 3-propynyloxoborane (CH2((11)BO)CCH) and 1-propynyloxoborane (CH3CC(11)BO) with fractions of 1.5% and 0.2%, respectively. The title reaction was also compared with the cyano (CN; X(2)Σ(+))-allene and boronyl-methylacetylene reactions to probe similarities, but also differences of these isoelectronic systems. Our investigation presents a novel gas phase synthesis and characterization of a hitherto elusive organyloxoborane (RBO) monomer-boronylallene-which is inherently tricky to isolate in the condensed phase except in matrix studies; our work further demonstrates that the crossed molecular beams approach presents a useful tool in investigating the chemistry and synthesis of highly reactive organyloxoboranes. PMID:24806514

  18. Influence of continental advection on aerosol characteristics over Bay of Bengal (BoB) in winter: results from W-ICARB cruise experiment

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    Kharol, S. K.; Badarinath, K. V. S.; Kaskaoutis, D. G.; Sharma, A. R.; Gharai, B.

    2011-08-01

    The transport of aerosols and pollutants from continental India to the adjoining oceanic areas is a major topic of concern and several experimental campaigns have been conducted over the region focusing on aerosol characteristics and their climate implications. The present study analyzes the spectral aerosol optical depth (AOD) variations over Bay of Bengal (BoB) during Winter-Integrated Campaign for Aerosols, gases and Radiation Budget (W-ICARB) from 27 December 2008 to 30 January 2009 and investigates the influence of the adjoining landmass to the marine aerosol field. High AOD500 values (>0.7) occurred over northern BoB due to outflow of aerosols and pollutants from the densely populated Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP); low AOD500 (0.1-0.2) was observed in central and southern BoB, far away from the mainland. The Angstrom exponent "α" was observed to be high (>1.2) near coastal waters, indicating relative abundance of accumulation-mode continental aerosols. On the other hand, over southern BoB its values dropped below ~0.7. National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reanalysis data on winds at 850 and 700 hPa, along with air-mass trajectories calculated using Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model, suggested transport of continental aerosols from central and northern India over the BoB. On the other hand, when the ship was crossing the eastern BoB, the aerosol loading was strongly affected by air-masses originating from Southeast Asia, causing an increase in AOD and α. Biomass-burning episodes over the region played an important role in the observed aerosol properties. Terra/Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) AOD550 and cruise measured AOD550 showed good agreement (R2 = 0.86 and 0.77, respectively) over BoB, exhibiting similar AOD and α spatio-temporal variation.

  19. Luminescence improvement in Pr{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} activated Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} inorganic phosphor

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    Gawande, A.B.; Sonekar, R.P.; Omanwar, S.K.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} doped Gd{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} have been synthesized by solution combustion synthesis technique. • Effect of doping concentration of Gd{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} on the luminescence of synthesized material is discussed. • Effect of charge compensation by Li{sup +}, Na{sup +} and K{sup +} on emission intensity is studied in detail. • Efficient energy transfer from Pr{sup 3+} to Gd{sup 3+} in Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} was observed. • Optimum concentration and critical transfer distance for optimum concentration have been determined. - Abstract: The photoluminescence properties of (Sr{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}; (Sr{sub 1−2x}Pr{sub x}M{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2,} (M = Li, Na, K); (Sr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}; (Sr{sub 1−2x}Gd{sub x}M{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, (M = Li, Na, K) and (Sr{sub 1−4x}Pr{sub x}Gd{sub x}Na{sub 2x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} inorganic phosphors prepared by solution combustion synthesis technique are discussed. The structure of the prepared phosphor characterized using Thermogravimetric–differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and fourier transform-infrared. Scanning electron microscopy images of the prepared materials show irregular grains with agglomerate phenomena. Photoluminescence properties were studied at room temperature. Optimum concentration and critical transfer distance of the synthesized phosphors were determined.

  20. DEAD-box helicase DDX27 regulates 3′ end formation of ribosomal 47S RNA and stably associates with the PeBoW-complex

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    Kellner, Markus; Rohrmoser, Michaela; Forné, Ignasi; Voss, Kirsten; Burger, Kaspar; Mühl, Bastian; Gruber-Eber, Anita; Kremmer, Elisabeth; Imhof, Axel; Eick, Dirk

    2015-05-15

    PeBoW, a trimeric complex consisting of pescadillo (Pes1), block of proliferation (Bop1), and the WD repeat protein 12 (WDR12), is essential for processing and maturation of mammalian 5.8S and 28S ribosomal RNAs. Applying a mass spectrometric analysis, we identified the DEAD-box helicase DDX27 as stably associated factor of the PeBoW-complex. DDX27 interacts with the PeBoW-complex via an evolutionary conserved F×F motif in the N-terminal domain and is recruited to the nucleolus via its basic C-terminal domain. This recruitment is RNA-dependent and occurs independently of the PeBoW-complex. Interestingly, knockdown of DDX27, but not of Pes1, induces the accumulation of an extended form of the primary 47S rRNA. We conclude that DDX27 can interact specifically with the Pes1 and Bop1 but fulfils critical function(s) for proper 3′ end formation of 47S rRNA independently of the PeBoW-complex. - Highlights: • DEAD-box helicase DDX27 is a new constituent of the PeBoW-complex. • The N-terminal F×F motif of DDX27 interacts with the PeBoW components Pes1 and Bop1. • Nucleolar anchoring of DDX27 via its basic C-terminal domain is RNA dependent. • Knockdown of DDX27 induces a specific defect in 3′ end formation of 47S rRNA.

  1. Photoluminescence properties of novel red-emitting NaSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor for near-UV light-emitting diodes

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    Yang, Fan; Liang, Yujun; Liu, Mingyu; Li, Xuejing; Zhang, Mengfei; Wang, Nan

    2013-03-01

    A series of NaSrBO3:xEu3+ and NaSr1-2xBO3:xEu3+, xM+ (M=Li, Na, K) phosphors were synthesized by the solid state reaction. The crystal structure, photoluminescence properties and concentration quenching of NaSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphors were systematically investigated. The excitation spectra indicate that the phosphors can be efficiently excited by 394 nm, which is matched well with the emission wavelength of near-UV LED chip. All the samples show the characteristic red emission of Eu3+ ions (5D0→7FJ, J=0, 1, 2, 3 and 4). The maximum intensity of luminescence is observed at the Eu3+ concentration around x=0.11. The concentration quenching of Eu3+ in NaSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor can be mainly attributed to quadrupole-quadrupole interaction. The relative emission intensities of Eu3+ (5D0→7F2) in NaSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphors with Li+, Na+ or K+ introduced as charge compensator are significantly enhanced, and the phosphors added with K+ ions show the strongest emission. The emission intensities of NaSr1-2xBO3:xEu3+, xM+ (M=Li, Na, K) are about 1.47, 1.64 and 2.08 times than that of commercial red phosphor Y2O2S:Eu3+. These results indicate that NaSr1-2xBO3:xEu3+, xM+ (M=Li, Na, K) phosphors exhibit potential applications in the field of near-UV LED as an efficient red-emitting phosphors.

  2. X-ray-selected galaxy groups in Boötes

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    Vajgel, Bruna; Lopes, Paulo A. A.; Jones, Christine; Forman, William R.; Murray, Stephen S.; Goulding, Andrew; Andrade-Santos, Felipe

    2014-10-10

    We present the X-ray and optical properties of the galaxy groups selected in the Chandra X-Boötes survey. We used follow-up Chandra observations to better define the group sample and their X-ray properties. Group redshifts were measured from the AGN and Galaxy Evolution Survey spectroscopic data. We used photometric data from the NOAO Deep Wide Field Survey to estimate the group richness (N {sub gals}) and the optical luminosity (L {sub opt}). Our final sample comprises 32 systems at z < 1.75 with 14 below z = 0.35. For these 14 systems, we estimate velocity dispersions (σ {sub gr}) and perform a virial analysis to obtain the radii (R {sub 200} and R {sub 500}) and total masses (M {sub 200} and M {sub 500}) for groups with at least 5 galaxy members. We use the Chandra X-ray observations to derive the X-ray luminosity (L{sub X} ). We examine the performance of the group properties σ{sub gr}, L {sub opt}, and L{sub X} , as proxies for the group mass. Understanding how well these observables measure the total mass is important to estimate how precisely the cluster/group mass function is determined. Exploring the scaling relations built with the X-Boötes sample and comparing these with samples from the literature, we find a break in the L{sub X} -M {sub 500} relation at approximately M {sub 500} = 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉} (for M {sub 500} > 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉}, M{sub 500}∝L{sub X}{sup 0.61±0.02}, while for M {sub 500} ≤ 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉}, M{sub 500}∝L{sub X}{sup 0.44±0.05}). Thus, the mass-luminosity relation for galaxy groups cannot be described by the same power law as galaxy clusters. A possible explanation for this break is the dynamical friction, tidal interactions, and projection effects that reduce the velocity dispersion values of the galaxy groups. By extending the cluster luminosity function to the group regime, we predict the number of groups that new X-ray surveys, particularly eROSITA, will detect. Based on our cluster

  3. Molecular Characterization of the First Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) Strains Isolated from In Vitro Bovine Embryos production in Argentina

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    González Altamiranda, Erika; Manrique, Julieta M.; Pérez, Sandra E.; Ríos, Glenda L.; Odeón, Anselmo C.; Leunda, María R.; Jones, Leandro R.; Verna, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is increasingly considered as responsible for various problems of the reproductive tract. The virus infects mainly blood mononuclear cells and displays specific tropism for vascular endothelia, reproductive and fetal tissues. Epidemiological studies suggest its impact on reproductive performance, and its presence in various sites in the reproductive tract highlights its potential transmission in transfer-stage embryos. This work describes the biological and genetic characterization of BoHV-4 strains isolated from an in vitro bovine embryo production system. BoHV-4 strains were isolated in 2011 and 2013 from granulosa cells and bovine oocytes from ovary batches collected at a local abattoir, used as “starting material” for in vitro production of bovine embryos. Compatible BoHV-4-CPE was observed in the co-culture of granulosa cells and oocytes with MDBK cells. The identity of the isolates was confirmed by PCR assays targeting three ORFs of the viral genome. The phylogenetic analyses of the strains suggest that they were evolutionary unlinked. Therefore it is possible that BoHV-4 ovary infections occurred regularly along the evolution of the virus, at least in Argentina, which can have implications in the systems of in vitro embryo production. Thus, although BoHV-4 does not appear to be a frequent risk factor for in vitro embryo production, data are still limited. This study reveals the potential of BoHV-4 transmission via embryo transfer. Moreover, the high variability among the BoHV-4 strains isolated from aborted cows in Argentina highlights the importance of further research on the role of this virus as an agent with the potential to cause reproductive disease in cattle. The genetic characterization of the isolated strains provides data to better understand the pathogenesis of BoHV-4 infections. Furthermore, it will lead to fundamental insights into the molecular aspects of the virus and the means by which these strains circulate

  4. Mutational Analysis of EYA1, SIX1 and SIX5 Genes and Strategies for Management of Hearing Loss in Patients with BOR/BO Syndrome

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    Jeon, Ju Hyun; Baek, Jeong-In; Lee, Won-Sang; Kim, Un-Kyung; Choi, Jae Young

    2013-01-01

    Background Branchio-oto-renal (BOR) or branchio-otic (BO) syndrome is one of the most common forms of autosomal dominant syndromic hearing loss. Mutations in EYA1, SIX1 and SIX5 genes have been associated with BOR syndrome. In this study, clinical and genetic analyses were performed in patients with BOR/BO syndrome focusing on auditory manifestations and rehabilitation. Methods The audiologic manifestations were reviewed in 10 patients with BOR/BO syndrome. The operative findings and hearing outcome were analyzed in patients who underwent middle ear surgeries. The modality and outcome of auditory rehabilitation were evaluated. Genetic analysis was performed for EYA1, SIX1, and SIX5 genes. Results All patients presented with mixed hearing loss. Five patients underwent middle ear surgeries without successful hearing gain. Cochlear implantation performed in two patients resulted in significant hearing improvement. Genetic analysis revealed four novel EYA1 mutations and a large deletion encompassing the EYA1 gene. Conclusions Auditory rehabilitation in BOR/BO syndrome should be individually tailored keeping in mind the high failure rate after middle ear surgeries. Successful outcome can be expected with cochlear implantations in patients with BOR/BO syndrome who cannot benefit from hearing aids. The novel EYA1 mutations may add to the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of BOR syndrome in the East Asian population. PMID:23840632

  5. ARiBo pull-down for riboproteomic studies based on label-free quantitative mass spectrometry

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    Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Miller Jenkins, Lisa M.

    2016-01-01

    As part of their normal life cycle, most RNA molecules associate with several proteins that direct their fate and regulate their function. Here, we describe a novel method for identifying proteins that associate with a target RNA. The procedure is based on the ARiBo method for affinity purification of RNA, which was originally developed to quickly purify RNA with high yields and purity under native conditions. The ARiBo method was further optimized using in vitro transcribed RNA to capture RNA-associating proteins from cellular extracts with high yields and low background protein contamination. For these RNA pull-downs, stem–loops present in the immature forms of let-7 miRNAs (miRNA stem–loops) were used as the target RNAs. Label-free quantitative mass spectrometry analysis allowed for the reliable identification of proteins that are specific to the stem–loops present in the immature forms of two miRNAs, let-7a-1 and let-7g. Several proteins known to bind immature forms of these let-7 miRNAs were identified, but with an improved coverage compared to previous studies. In addition, several novel proteins were identified that better define the protein interactome of the let-7 miRNA stem–loops and further link let-7 biogenesis to important biological processes such as development and tumorigenesis. Thus, combining the ARiBo pull-down method with label-free quantitative mass spectrometry provides an effective proteomic approach for identification of proteins that associate with a target RNA. PMID:27659051

  6. Accommodation of two diatomic molecules in cytochrome bo3: insights into NO reductase activity in terminal oxidases†

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    Hayashi, Takahiro; Lin, Myat T.; Ganesan, Krithika; Chen, Ying; Fee, James A.; Gennis, Robert B.; Moënne-Loccoz, Pierre

    2009-01-01

    Bacterial heme-copper terminal oxidases react quickly with NO to form a heme-nitrosyl complex, which, in some of these enzymes, can further react with a second NO molecule to produce N2O. Previously, we characterized the heme a3-NO complex formed in cytochrome ba3 from Thermus thermophilus and the product of its low-temperature illumination. We showed that the photolyzed NO group binds to CuB(I) to form an end-on NO-CuB or side-on copper-nitrosyl complex which is likely to represent the binding characteristics of the second NO molecule at the heme-copper active site. Here we present a comparative study with cytochrome bo3 from Escherichia coli. Both terminal oxidases are shown to catalyze the same two-electron reduction of NO to N2O. The EPR and resonance Raman signatures of the heme o3-NO complex are comparable to those of the a3-NO complex. However, low-temperature FTIR experiments reveal that photolysis of the heme o3-NO complex does not produce a CuB-nitrosyl complex, but that instead, the NO remains unbound in the active-site cavity. Additional FTIR photolysis experiments on the heme-nitrosyl complexes of these terminal oxidases, in the presence of CO demonstrate that an [o3–NO • OC–CuB] tertiary complex can form in bo3 but not in ba3. We assign these differences to a greater iron-copper distance in the reduced form of bo3 compared to that of ba3. Because this difference in metal-metal distance does not appear to affect the NO reductase activity, our results suggest that the coordination of the second NO to CuB is not an essential step of the reaction mechanism. PMID:19187032

  7. Luminescence study of Eu(3+) doped Li6 Y(BO3 )3 phosphor for solid-state lighting.

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    Yawalkar, Mrunal M; Zade, G D; Dabre, K V; Dhoble, S J

    2016-06-01

    In this study, Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 phosphor was successfully synthesized using a modified solid-state diffusion method. The Eu(3+) ion concentration was varied at 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 mol%. The phosphor was characterized for phase purity, morphology, luminescent properties and molecular transmission at room temperature. The XRD pattern suggests a result closely matching the standard JCPDS file (#80-0843). The emission and excitation spectra were followed to discover the luminescence traits. The excitation spectra indicate that the current phosphor can be efficiently excited at 395 nm and at 466 nm (blue light) to give emission at 595 and 614 nm due to the (5) D0  → (7) Fj transition of Eu(3+) ions. Concentration quenching was observed at 0.5 mol% Eu(3+) in the Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 host lattice. Strong red emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates of phosphor is x = 0.63 and y = 0.36 achieved with dominant red emission at 614 nm the (5) D0  → (7)  F2 electric dipole transition of Eu(3+) ions. The novel Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 phosphor may be a suitable red-emitting component for solid-state lighting using double-excited wavelengths, i.e. near-UV at 395 nm and blue light at 466 nm. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. The origins and genetic structure of three co-resident Chinese Muslim populations: the Salar, Bo'an and Dongxiang.

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    Wang, Wei; Wise, Cheryl; Baric, Tom; Black, Michael L; Bittles, Alan H

    2003-08-01

    A genome-based investigation of three Muslim populations, the Salar, Bo'an, and Dongxiang, was conducted on 212 individuals (148 males, 64 females) co-resident in Jishisan County, a minority autonomous region located in the province of Gansu, PR China. The Salar are believed to be of Turkic origin, whereas the Bo'an and Dongxiang both speak Mongolian. Biparental dinucleotide markers on chromosomes 13 and 15 indicated elevated mean homozygosity in the Salar (0.32), Bo'an (0.32), and Dongxiang (0.27), equivalent to inbreeding coefficients ( F(is) ) of 0.16; 0.12; 0.01, confirming varying levels of endogamous and consanguineous marriage in all three communities. Y-chromosome unique event polymorphisms (UEPs) showed that males in the three communities shared common ancient origins, with 80-90% of haplotypes in common. However, the high levels of community-specific Y-chromosome STR haplotypes strongly suggested the action(s) of founder effect, genetic drift and preferential consanguinity during more recent historical time. By comparison with the marked inter-community differentiation revealed by the Y-chromosome STRs (29.4%), the mtDNA data indicated similarity between the female lineages of each community with just 1.2% inter-community variation. The combined use of these different marker systems gives an in-depth historical perspective, and provides evidence of past inter-marriage between genetically diverse male founders of each community and Han Chinese females with subsequent community endogamy. PMID:12759817

  9. A Computational Characterization of Boron-Oxygen Multiple Bonding in HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO

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    Larkin, Joseph D.; Bhat, Krishna L.; Markham, George D.; James, Tony D.; Brooks, Bernard R.; Bock, Charles W.

    2008-01-01

    Structures, relative energies, and bonding characteristics for various conformers of 3-imino-N-(oxoboryl)prop-1-en-1-amine, HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO, and the corresponding borocycle (−HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−B−)O are discussed using results from second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory with the Dunning-Woon correlation-consistent cc-pVDZ, aug-cc-pVDZ, and cc-pVTZ basis sets. These MP2 results are compared to those from computationally-efficient density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the LDA, PBE, TPSS, BLYP, B3LYP, BVP86, OLYP, O3LYP, and PBE1PBE functionals in conjunction with the economical Pople-type 6−311++G(d,p) basis set, to evaluate the suitability of these DFT/6−311++G(d,p) levels for use with larger boron-containing systems. The effects of an aqueous environment were incorporated into the calculations using COSMO methodology. The calculated boron-oxygen bond lengths, orbital compositions, and bond orders in all the (acyclic) HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO conformers were consistent with the presence of a boron-oxygen triple bond, similar to that found in H−B≡O and H2N−B≡O. The (−HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−B−)O borocycle is predicted to be planar (C2v symmetry) and it is ~30 kcal/mol lower in energy than any of the (acyclic) HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO conformers; the boron-oxygen bond in this borocycle has significant double bond character, a bonding scheme for which there has been only one experimental structure reported in the literature PMID:18707068

  10. Yb{sup 3+}:BaCaBO{sub 3}F: A potential new self-frequency-doubling laser material

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    Schaffers, K.I.; DeLoach, L.D.; Ebbers, C.A.; Payne, S.A.

    1995-03-09

    Yb:BaCaBO{sub 3}F (Yb:BCBF) has been investigated as a new laser crystal with potential for self-frequency-doubling. An YB:BCBF laser has been pumped at 912 mm, and a measured slope efficiency of 38% has been obtained for the fundamental laser output at 1034 nm. Single crystal powders of BCBF have been compared with K*P for a relative measure of the second harmonic generating potential, yielding d{sub eff}[BCBF]= (0-66)d{sub eff}[K*P]. The growth, spectroscopy, laser performance, and linear and nonlinear optical properties of YB:BCBF are reported here.

  11. Direct diode-pumped 58 fs Yb:Sr3Y2(BO3)4 laser

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    Lou, Fei; Sun, Shijia; He, Jingliang; Zhao, Ruwei; Li, Jing; Su, Xiancui; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Baitao; Yang, Kejian

    2016-05-01

    The ultrafast laser performance of Yb:Sr3Y2(BO3)4 (SYB) crystal has been demonstrated for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The Yb:SYB laser was driven to work in SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) operation, and 58 fs pulses were generated at the central wavelength of 1054.6 nm. A maximum average output power reached 400 mW with a slope efficiency of 13.5%. The experimental results indicated Yb:SYB crystal as a promising candidate for achieving ultrashort lasers.

  12. Infrared absorption spectra of a Nd0.5Ho0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal

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    Gerasimova, Yu. V.; Sofronova, S. N.; Gudim, I. A.; Oreshonkov, A. S.; Vtyurin, A. N.; Ivanenko, A. A.

    2016-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectra of a Nd0.5Ho0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal in the spectral range of 30-1700 cm-1 have been measured at temperatures from 6 to 300 K. The experimental spectra have been analyzed based on the semiempirical calculation of the lattice dynamics and the analysis of correlation diagrams of borate complexes. No changes associated with structural phase transitions have been detected in the temperature range of measurements; the effect of magnetic ordering on the infrared absorption spectra has not been observed.

  13. Effect of an electric field on the magnetization of a SmFe3(BO3)4 single crystal

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    Freidman, A. L.; Balaev, A. D.; Dubrovskii, A. A.; Eremin, E. V.; Shaikhutdinov, K. A.; Temerov, V. L.; Gudim, I. A.

    2015-07-01

    A change in the magnetization of a SmFe3(BO3)4 single crystal in response to an applied alternating electric field has been experimentally observed for the first time. The measurements have demonstrated that the magnetization oscillates not only at a frequency of the applied electric field but also at twice the frequency. The dependences of the magnetoelectric effect on the magnetic and electric fields and temperature have been measured. It has been assumed that the existence of the second harmonic of the magnetoelectric effect is due to the electrostriction.

  14. Magnetization Plateaus of SrCu{sub 2}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} from a Chern-Simons Theory

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    Misguich, G.; Jolicoeur, Th.; Girvin, S. M.

    2001-08-27

    The antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on the frustrated Shastry-Sutherland lattice is studied by a mapping onto spinless fermions carrying one quantum of statistical flux. Using a mean-field approximation these fermions populate the bands of a generalized Hofstadter problem. Their filling leads to the magnetization curve. For SrCu{sub 2}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} we reproduce plateaus at 1/3 and 1/4 of the saturation moment and predict a new one at 1/2 . Gaussian fluctuations of the gauge field are shown to be massive at these plateau values.

  15. Decorated Shastry-Sutherland lattice in the spin-(1)/(2) magnet CdCu2(BO3)2

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    Janson, O.; Rousochatzakis, I.; Tsirlin, A. A.; Richter, J.; Skourski, Yu.; Rosner, H.

    2012-02-01

    We report the microscopic magnetic model for the spin-1/2 Heisenberg system CdCu2(BO3)2, one of the few quantum magnets showing the 1/2-magnetization plateau. Recent neutron diffraction experiments on this compound [M. Hase , Phys. Rev. BPLRBAQ0556-280510.1103/PhysRevB.80.104405 80, 104405 (2009)] evidenced long-range magnetic order, inconsistent with the previously suggested phenomenological magnetic model of isolated dimers and spin chains. Based on extensive density functional theory band structure calculations, exact diagonalizations, quantum Monte Carlo simulations, third-order perturbation theory as well as high-field magnetization measurements, we find that the magnetic properties of CdCu2(BO3)2 are accounted for by a frustrated quasi-2D magnetic model featuring four inequivalent exchange couplings: the leading antiferromagnetic coupling Jd within the structural Cu2O6 dimers, two interdimer couplings Jt1 and Jt2, forming magnetic tetramers, and a ferromagnetic coupling Jit between the tetramers. Based on comparison to the experimental data, we evaluate the ratios of the leading couplings Jd : Jt1 : Jt2 : Jit = 1 : 0.20 : 0.45 : -0.30, with Jd of about 178 K. The inequivalence of Jt1 and Jt2 largely lifts the frustration and triggers long-range antiferromagnetic ordering. The proposed model accounts correctly for the different magnetic moments localized on structurally inequivalent Cu atoms in the ground-state magnetic configuration. We extensively analyze the magnetic properties of this model, including a detailed description of the magnetically ordered ground state and its evolution in magnetic field with particular emphasis on the 1/2-magnetization plateau. Our results establish remarkable analogies to the Shastry-Sutherland model of SrCu2(BO3)2, and characterize the closely related CdCu2(BO3)2 as a material realization for the spin-1/2 decorated anisotropic Shastry-Sutherland lattice.

  16. Paragonimus skrjabini Chen, 1959 (Digenea: Paragonimidae) and related species in eastern Asia: a combined molecular and morphological approach to identification and taxonomy.

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    Blair, David; Chang, Zhengshan; Chen, Minggang; Cui, Aili; Wu, Bo; Agatsuma, Takeshi; Iwagami, Moritoshi; Corlis, David; Fu, Chengbin; Zhan, Ximei

    2005-01-01

    A molecular and morphometric investigation is reported on the species complex of mammalian lungflukes of which Paragonimus skrjabini Chen, 1959 and P. miyazakii Kamo, Nishida, Hatsushika & Tomimura, 1961 are the best-known examples. This species complex (here called the P. skrjabini complex) is shown to be monophyletic using DNA sequences from the nuclear ITS2 region and the mitochondrial cox1 gene. The latter marker permits the discrimination of populations, some previously named as distinct species, from various geographical locations in China and Japan. Morphometric analysis of a number of variables accords remarkably closely with the molecular results. Main findings are that (1) nominal P.skrjabini from Fujian Province in eastern China is phylogenetically very close to P. miyazakii from Japan. It is proposed that both taxa should be referred to the same subspecies as P. krjabini miyazakii. (2) Populations from Guangdong Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sichuan and Hubei should be referred to P. skrjabini skrjabini. Specimens of P. skrjabini from the Yangtze basin in Sichuan and Hubei are remarkably similar to one another according to genetic and morphometric data, but are not so different from Guangdong populations that they should be referred to a different subspecies at this stage. Specimens of P. skrjabini from Yunnan have not been assigned to a subspecies at this stage. (3) Partly following earlier studies, we regard the following as synonyms of P. skrjabini: P. miyazakii (reduced to subspecific status); P. szechuanensis Chung & Tsao, 1962 (probably belongs to P. s. skrjabini); and P. hueitungensis Chung, Hsu, Ho, Kao, Shao, Chiu, Pi, Liu, Ouyang, Shen, Yi & Yao, 1975 (probably belongs to P.s.skrjabini ); P. veocularis (Chen & Li, 1979) (specimens from Fujian regarded as belonging to this species should be referred to P.skrjabini miyazakii: the subspecific status of specimens from the type-locality in northern Sichuan is unclear). A number of

  17. Noncritically phase-matched frequency conversion in Gd(x)Y(1-x)Ca(4)O(BO(3))(3) crystal.

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    Yoshimura, M; Furuya, H; Kobayashi, T; Murase, K; Mori, Y; Sasaki, T

    1999-02-15

    A nonlinear optical crystal YCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) (YCOB) is phase matchable for third-harmonic generation (THG) of a Nd:YAG laser by type I mixing between 1.064 and 0.532mum . By partial substitution of Gd for Y in YCOB, a solid solution Gd(x)Y(1-x)Ca(4)O(BO(3))(3) gradually changes the phase-matching angles of THG to (theta, ø)=(90( degrees ), 90 ( degrees )) . We present the properties of noncritically phase-matched THG in Gd(x) Y(1-x)Ca(4)O(BO(3))(3) (x=0.28) .

  18. Czochralski growth and scintillation properties of Li6LuxY1-x(BO3)3:Ce3+ single crystals

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    Fawad, U.; Kim, H. J.; Park, H.; Kim, Sunghwan; Khan, Sajid

    2016-01-01

    We report on Czochralski growth of Ce3+-doped mixed crystals of Li6Lu(BO3)3 (LLBO) and Li6Y(BO3)3 (LYBO) i.e. Li6LuxY1-x(BO3)3 (x=0.0, 0.5, 1.0) (LLYBO). Problems faced during the growth process and the techniques to overcome them are discussed. Single phase of the grown crystals is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The grown crystals are characterized for their scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, fluorescent decay time and α/β ratio under γ-rays and α-particles excitation. The X-ray induced luminescence is measured for the grown crystals.

  19. Scintillation properties of Li6Y0.5Gd0.5(BO3)3: Ce3+ single crystal

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    Fawad, U.; Rooh, Gul; Kim, H. J.; Park, H.; Kim, Sunghwan; Khan, Sajid

    2015-01-01

    The Ce3+ doped mixed crystals of Li6Y(BO3)3 and Li6Gd(BO3)3 are grown by Czochralski technique with equal mole ratios of both Yttrium and Gadolinium i.e. Li6Y0.5Gd0.5(BO3)3. The grown crystals have the dimensions of ∅10×30 mm2. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed single phase of the grown crystals. X-ray and laser induced luminescence spectra are presented. Scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, decay time and α/β ratio under the excitation of 137Cs γ-ray photons and 241Am α-particles are also reported in this article.

  20. Polarized spectra calculation and continuous wave laser operation of Yb-doped disordered Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; You, Zhenyu; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-12-01

    A notable disorder crystal Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal with Yb3+ ion doping concentration of 10 at.% was grown by the Czochralski method. The polarized absorption, polarized emission, and polarized gain cross sections were systematically calculated. The laser operations were investigated with Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals cut along the a, b, and c crystallographic axes. The highest output power of 3.88 W was obtained by using the b-cut Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal, with a slope efficiency of 62%. Additionally, it was confirmed that the output laser spectra were largely dependent on the output coupler.

  1. The development of cold-water coral mounds along the Moroccan Atlantic and Mediterranean margins revealed by MeBo drillings

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    Hebbeln, Dierk; Wienberg, Claudia; Frank, Norbert

    2015-04-01

    Cold-water corals (CWC) mostly occur in intermediate water depths between 200 m and 1000 m and are capable of forming substantial seafloor structures, so-called coral carbonate mounds. These mounds can reach heights from a few meters up to >300 m and are composed of a mixture of CWC (and other shell) fragments and hemipelagic sediments, that both individually serve as distinct paleo-archives. IODP Leg 307 drilled through Challenger Mound at the Irish margin and revealed for the first time the full life history of a coral mound. However, although CWC occur almost worldwide, the 155 m long Challenger Mound record was for many years the only record from a coral mound exceeding 10 m in length. During expedition MSM36 with the German R/V MARIA S. MERIAN in spring 2014, several coral mounds along the Moroccan margin, both in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea, were drilled (actually: push-cored) by applying the Bremen Seafloor Drill Rig MeBo. The MeBo is a remotely controlled drilling system that is lowered from the vessel to the seafloor. Energy supply and video control are secured by an umbilical linking the MeBo to the vessel. The scientific foci of expedition MSM36 were to investigate (1) the long-term development of CWC mounds in both areas over the last several 100,000 years in relation to changes in the ambient environmental conditions in the respective intermediate waters, (2) the life time history of these mounds, and (3) the forcing factors for the initiation and decease of individual mounds. In both working areas, a total amount of 11 sites were successfully drilled with MeBo. Eight drillings were conducted at CWC mounds (on-mound sites) and 3 drillings in the direct vicinity of the mounds (off-mound sites) in order to obtain continuous paleoceanographic records. Drilling depths ranged between 17 m and 71 m with the latter corresponding to the maximum drilling depth of MeBo. The core recoveries varied between the sites and ranged between 47% and

  2. Comparison of actively Q-switched laser performance of disordered Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals cut along the crystallographic axes.

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-03-10

    In this paper, actively Q-switched laser operation with an acousto-optic switch has been demonstrated by using Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals cut along the a, b, and c crystallographic axes. The most efficient Q-switched laser operation was obtained by using b-cut Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal with 1 kHz pulse repetition frequency, generating laser pulses of 0.5 mJ, 42.56 KW peak power and 9 ns pulse width, when the output couplings were 3%, 5%, and 5%, respectively. Pulse performances and output laser spectra of the a-, b-, and c-cut Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals were compared under similar experimental conditions. PMID:25968384

  3. Polarized spectral properties and potential application of large-size Nd3+:Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Gao, S. F.; Lv, S. Z.; Zhu, Z. J.; Wang, Y.; You, Z. Y.; Li, J. F.; Xu, J. L.; Wang, H. Y.; Tu, C. Y.

    2014-06-01

    The Nd3+-doped Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal with high optical quality and large size is reported in this paper. The growing processes and characteristics of Nd3+:Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal are discussed. The absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd3+ in Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal were measured at room temperature. The luminescence decay curve in correspondence with the 4F3/2 →4I11/2 transition centered at 1062 nm was also measured. The JO intensity parameters Ωt (t = 2,4,6) were calculated to be Ω2 = 1.263, Ω4 = 2.496, Ω6 = 3.606. The radiative lifetime τr and fluorescence lifetime τf are 317.771 and 115 μs respectively, and the fluorescence quantum efficiency is 37.1%.

  4. Comment on "Current separation and upwelling over the southeast shelf of Vietnam in the South China Sea" by Chen et al.

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    Dippner, Joachim W.; Bombar, Deniz; Loick-Wilde, Natalie; Voss, Maren; Subramaniam, Ajit

    2013-03-01

    In a recent paper, Chen et al. (2012) showed that the offshore current in front of the Vietnamese upwelling area in the South China Sea (SCS) is caused by an encounter of southward buoyancy-driven coastal current and tidal rectified currents from the southwest. These findings seem not in agreement with in-situ observations. The mechanism for the formation of the offshore current has its origin in the inter-annual variability of atmospheric forcing. El Niño Southern Oscillation events modulate the northern position of Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone and the intensity of both, SW monsoon and upwelling. Strong upwelling influences the spatial distribution of characteristic water masses which results in a blocking of the near coastal northward propagation of the plume of River Mekong and the formation of an offshore current.

  5. Does body size influence nest attendance? A comparison of Ross's geese (Chen rossii) and the larger, sympatric lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens)

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    Jonsson, J.E.; Afton, A.D.; Alisauskas, R.T.

    2007-01-01

    The body-size hypothesis predicts that nest attendance is positively related to body size among waterfowl and that recess duration is inversely related to body size. Several physiological and behavioral characteristics of Ross's geese (Chen rossii) suggest that females of this species should maintain high nest attendance despite their relatively small body size. Accordingly, we used 8-mm films to compare the incubation behavior of Ross's geese to that of the larger, closely-related lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens; hereafter, snow geese) nesting sympatrically at Karrak lake, Nunavut, Canada in 1993. We found that nest attendance averaged 99% for both species. Our results offer no support for the body-size hypothesis. We suggest that temperature requirements of embryos in relation to short incubation duration and a low foraging efficiency of females select for high nest attendance in both snow geese and Ross's geese. ?? Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V. 2007.

  6. The prevalence and pathogenicity of gizzard nematodes of the genera Amidostomum and Epomidiostomum (Trichostrongylidae) in the lesser snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens)

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    Tuggle, B.N.; Crites, John L.

    1984-01-01

    Three species of trichostrongylid nematodes were removed from the gizzards of 25 lesser snow geese, Chen caerulescens caerulescens, collected at Winisk, Ont. A 100% prevalence of infection was noted in the sampled population with each bird harboring two or more of the following species: Epomidiostomum crami (prevalence, 92%; mean intensity, 18.7 ± 13.3), Amidostomum anseris (prevalence, 84%; mean intensity, 9.6 ± 9.8), and Amidostomum spatulatum (prevalence, 84%; mean intensity, 11.2 ± 9.8). When large burdens (>30) of both A. anseris and A. spatulatum were present in the mucosal lining of the gizzard, progressive degeneration of the epithilium and koilin linings was noted in 16% of the geese examined. Severe necrotic granulomata observed in the gizzard muscle of 36% of the geese were associated with sizable burdens (>25) of E. crami which were found burrowed in the gizzard muscle.

  7. Morphology and molecular phylogeny of two colepid species from China, Coleps amphacanthus Ehrenberg, 1833 and Levicoleps biwae jejuensis Chen et al., 2016 (Ciliophora, Prostomatida)

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    LU, Bo-Rong; MA, Ming-Zhen; GAO, Feng; SHI, Yu-Hong; CHEN, Xiang-Rui

    2016-01-01

    Two colepid ciliates, Coleps amphacanthus Ehrenberg, 1833 and Levicoleps biwae jejuensis Chen et al., 2016, were first recorded in China. Their living morphology, infraciliature and small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene sequences were determined using standard methods. The improved diagnosis of Coleps amphacanthus is as follows:cell size about 100×50 μm in vivo, barrel-shaped; 22-28 ciliary rows each composed of about 14-21 monokinetids and two perioral dikinetids; 5-10 caudal cilia; and one terminal contractile vacuole. Levicoleps biwae jejuensis was also investigated, with an improved diagnosis given based on previous and present work. The phylogenetic analyses based on SSU rRNA gene sequences revealed that all Coleps species were grouped together, except for Coleps amphacanthus, which was grouped into a clade of the genus Levicoleps. PMID:27265656

  8. Comparative study on the in vitro replication and genomic variability of Argentinean field isolates of bovine herpesvirus type 4 (BoHV-4).

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    Verna, A E; Pérez, S E; Manrique, J M; Leunda, M R; Odeón, A C; Jones, L R

    2016-06-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is a gammaherpesvirus, belonging to the Rhadinovirus genus, which is increasingly associated with various problems of the reproductive tract of cattle. In Argentina, analysis of BoHV-4 strains isolated from cervico-vaginal mucus of aborted cows revealed a high genetic divergence among strains, which could be classified in three different groups: Genotype 1 comprises Movar-like strains (European prototype), Genotype 2 includes DN599-like strains (American prototype) and Genotype 3 corresponds to a novel genotype group. Understanding the replication behavior in cell cultures and the molecular characteristics of this pathogen of cattle is critical for the rational design of in vitro experiments. The aim of this work was to quantitatively evaluate the replication properties of different Argentinean BoHV-4 strains and to characterize their phylogenetic relationships. Significant differences were evident among the virus titers of the different BoHV-4 isolates in vitro. The most conserved gene was the major capsid protein (ORF25). The glycoprotein B (gB), glycoprotein H (gH), and thymidine kinsase (TK) genes displayed both synonymous and non-synonymous substitutions, with the highest diversity observed for gB, which displayed amino acid substitutions in 24 out of the 178 positions examined. Strains 09/759, 12/512, and 07/568 presented a deletion encompassing amino acid position 27 to 35, whereas strains 07/435 and 09/227 had a deletion from position 28 to 35. Two strains, 07/435 and 09/227, also displayed the highest divergence compared to the other strains analyzed. This study provides information about the in vitro replication and behavior of nine field isolates of BoHV-4. These findings are relevant since available information on the in vitro growth characteristics of BoHV-4 strains is scarce. The results from this study may also be useful for establishing comparisons with other related viruses. PMID:26995219

  9. Theoretical study on the transition-metal oxoboryl complex: M-BO bonding nature, mechanism of the formation reaction, and prediction of a new oxoboryl complex.

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    Zeng, Guixiang; Sakaki, Shigeyoshi

    2012-04-16

    The Pt-BO bonding nature and the formation reaction of the experimentally reported platinum(II) oxoboryl complex, simplified to PtBr(BO)(PMe(3))(2), were theoretically investigated with the density functional theory method. The BO(-) ligand was quantitatively demonstrated to have extremely strong σ-donation but very weak d(π)-electron-accepting abilities. Therefore, it exhibits a strong trans influence. The formation reaction occurs through a four-center transition state, in which the B(δ+)-Br(δ-) polarization and the Br → Si and O p(π) → B p(π) charge-transfer interactions play key roles. The Gibbs activation energy (ΔG°(++)) and Gibbs reaction energy (ΔG°) of the formation reaction are 32.2 and -6.1 kcal/mol, respectively. The electron-donating bulky phosphine ligand is found to be favorable for lowering both ΔG°(++) and ΔG°. In addition, the metal effect is examined with the nickel and palladium analogues and MBrCl[BBr(OSiMe(3))](CO)(PR(3))(2) (M = Ir and Rh). By a comparison of the ΔG°(++) and ΔG° values, the M-BO (M = Ni, Pd, Ir, and Rh) bonding nature, and the interaction energy between [MBrCl(CO)(PR(3))(2)](+) and BO(-) with those of the platinum system, MBrCl(BO)(CO)(PR(3))(2) (M = Ir and Rh) is predicted to be a good candidate for a stable oxoboryl complex. PMID:22458310

  10. YCa3(CrO)3(BO3)4: A Cr(3+) Kagomé Lattice Compound Showing No Magnetic Order down to 2 K.

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    Wang, Chun-Hai; Avdeev, Maxim; Kennedy, Brendan J; Küpers, Michael; Ling, Chris D

    2016-08-01

    We report a new gaudefroyite-type compound YCa3(CrO)3(BO3)4, in which Cr(3+) ions (3d(3), S = 3/2) form an undistorted kagomé lattice. Using a flux agent, the synthesis was significantly accelerated with the typical calcining time reduced from more than 2 weeks to 2 d. The structure of YCa3(CrO)3(BO3)4 was determined by combined Rietveld refinements against X-ray and neutron diffraction data. Symmetry distortion refinement starting from a disordered YCa3(MnO)3(BO3)4 model was applied to avoid overparameterization. There are two ordering models, namely, K2-1 and K2-2, with the space groups P63 (No. 173) and P3̅ (No. 147), respectively, that differ in the [BO3] ordering between different channels (in-phase or out-of-phase). Both models give similarly good fits to the diffraction data. YCa3(CrO)3(BO3)4 is an insulator with the major band gap at Eg = 1.65 eV and a second transition at 1.78 eV. Magnetically, YCa3(CrO)3(BO3)4 is dominated by anti-ferromagnetic exchange along edge-sharing CrO6 octahedral chains perpendicular to the kagomé planes, with Θ ≈ -120 K and μeff ≈ 3.92 μB. The compound shows no spin ordering or freezing down to at least 2 K.

  11. Effects of scandium substitution on the crystal structure and luminescence properties of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}

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    Wu, Yuntao; Ren, Guohao; Ding, Dongzhou; Pan, Shangke; Yang, Fan

    2012-10-15

    The calcite phase of LuBO{sub 3} and ScBO{sub 3} polycrystalline powders were synthesized by solid state reaction method, and the Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce (x=0.2, 0.5, 0.7) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. A large composition deviation between the initial polycrystalline powders and final single crystal was confirmed by electron probe micro-analysis. Raman spectroscopy revealed that moderate lattice disorder was induced by scandium substitution. However, based on the single crystal X-ray study, we finally concluded that the crystal structure of lutetium scandium orthoborate still crystallized in the rhombohedral system belonging to R3{sup -}c. Furthermore, the relationship between the energies of the five 5d levels of Ce{sup 3+} and the crystalline environment was revealed. The total redshift, total crystal field splitting, and centroid shift of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} were calculated based on their VUV excitation spectra. The variations trend of these observed spectroscopic parameters was in accordance with the predicted ones. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. The relationship between the energies of the five Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and the crystalline environment is established. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Moderate lattice disorder is induced by scandium doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Relationship between energies of Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and crystalline environment is established. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The spectroscopic parameters are experimentally and theoretically calculated.

  12. Comparison of the Shan-Chen and Color-Fluid Models in Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Chen, Y.; Valocchi, A. J.; Kohanpur, A. H.; Freiburg, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    Direct numerical simulation of multiphase flow in porous media is an important tool for understanding pore-scale processes affecting transport and fate of supercritical CO2 in saline reservoirs. The lattice Boltzmann method, based on microscopic models and mesoscopic kinetic equations, is particularly well suited for fluid flow simulations involving interfacial dynamics and complex boundaries. In this study, we compare the Shan-Chen and color-fluid model in lattice Boltzmann simulation of multiphase flow in porous media. The original models were proposed two decades ago, and suffer from significant spurious currents as well as other numerical limitations. Therefore, the latest developments of the two models are employed, which allows consideration of density and viscosity contrasts relevant to geological sequestration in saline reservoirs. Previous studies of the comparison of the two models were mostly done in simple geometries, and demonstrated that the Shan-Chen model suffered from more serious numerical errors than the color-fluid model, although the latter is more computationally demanding. The real impact on multiphase flow in porous media has not been studied in detail. In this investigation, we employ realistic fluid parameters and perform numerical simulations in geometries based on micro-CT images of rock cores. The fluid displacement patterns and the relative permeability obtained by simulations will be used to evaluate the two models. The computational cost of the two models will also be presented for comparison. This work was supported as part of the Center for Geologic Storage of CO2, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.

  13. Fast in-situ photoluminescence analysis for a recombination parameterization of the fast BO defect component in silicon

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    Niewelt, T.; Mägdefessel, S.; Schubert, M. C.

    2016-08-01

    Light-induced degradation due to BO defects in silicon consists of a fast initial decay within a few seconds followed by a slower decay within hours to days. Determination of injection dependent charge carrier lifetime curves during the initial decay is challenging due to this short timeframe. We have developed a suitable measurement technique based on in situ photoluminescence measurements and present results of our studies of the fast degradation component. The temporal evolution of the recombination activity is studied and assessed by means of a two-level Shockley-Read-Hall statistics. A quadratic dependence of the fast defect activation on the hole concentration during illumination is demonstrated. We suggest a new parameterization of the recombination activity introduced by fast-formed BO defects featuring energy levels 0.34 eV below the conduction band and 0.31 eV above the valence band. The capture asymmetry ratio determined for the donor level of 18.1 is significantly smaller than previous parameterizations in literature suggest.

  14. High-temperature piezoelectric single crystal ReCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) for sensor applications.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Fei, Yiting; Frantz, Eric; Snyder, David W; Chai, Bruce H T; Shrout, Thomas R

    2008-12-01

    Large-size and high-quality ReCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) (ReCOB, Re = rare earth) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski pulling method. In this work, the electrical properties were investigated at room temperature and elevated temperature for YCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) (YCOB). The dielectric permittivity, piezoelectric strain coefficient, and electromechanical coupling were found to be on the order of 11, 6.5 pC/N, and 12.5%, respectively, with a high piezoelectric voltage coefficient around 0.067 Vm/N. The electrical resistivity of YCOB was found to be 2 x 10(8) Ohm.m at 800 degrees C, with Q values of 4,500 at 950 degrees C. The frequency/temperature coefficient of YCOB was found to be -75 to -85ppm/K in the temperature range of 30 to 950 degrees C, depending on the crystal orientations. Together with their temperature-independent properties, ReCOB crystals are promising candidates for sensing applications at elevated temperatures.

  15. BO2-functionalized B3N3C54 heterofullerene as a possible candidate for molecular spintronics and nonlinear optics

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    Srivastava, Ambrish Kumar; Pandey, Sarvesh Kumar; Misra, Neeraj

    2016-04-01

    BO2-substituted B3N3C54 heterofullerene was studied using density functional theory, and its electronic, magnetic and nonlinear optical properties are discussed. The substitution was considered at the B and N sites of the heterofullerene, in lower and higher spin states. We notice that BO2 substitution at the B sites of B3N3C54 heterofullerene leads to interesting properties, such as a smaller energy gap (0.66 eV) and a high spin magnetic moment (3 μ B). The density-of-states curves, molecular orbitals and spin density surfaces have been used to explain these facts. In addition, the first-order mean hyperpolarizability of B3N3C54 heterofullerene has been found to be significantly large (3.6 × 103 a.u.), which is due to smaller transition energy in the crucial excited state. This is reflected by the absorption spectra calculated using the time-dependent density functional theory method. These findings may be exploited to design novel materials for possible spintronic and electro-optical applications.

  16. Mechanical, thermal and spectral characteristics of Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 crystal

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    Yuan, Feifei; Zhao, Wang; Sun, Shijia; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Yisheng; Lin, Zhoubin

    2015-05-01

    A crystal of Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 was grown successfully by the top-seeded solution growth method. The average laser-induced damage thresholds are 1.76 GW/cm2 for (0 0 1) face and 1.47 GW/cm2 for (1 0 0) face at 1064 nm radiation, respectively. The average Vickers hardness of (1 0 0) and (0 0 1) faces are 629 and 545 N/mm2, respectively. The thermal expansion coefficients are 12.3 × 10-6 K-1 along a-axis and 9.39 × 10-6 K-1 along c-axis, respectively. The thermal conductivity is about 2.3 W/m K at room temperature. The polarized spectral properties were investigated in detail. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the intensity parameters were obtained. The results show that Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 crystal is a potential laser crystal.

  17. Considerations in the selection of healthcare providers for mothers and children in Bo, Sierra Leone: reputation, cost and location.

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    Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Abdirahman, Hafsa A; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Meehan, Kate A; Jimmy, David H; Malanoski, Anthony P; Sundufu, Abu J; Stenger, David A

    2012-12-01

    The factors that influence the selection of a healthcare provider once the decision to seek care has been made can be summarized using a triad of cost, location and reputation. The goal of this study was to identify which of these factors is the primary consideration when women in urban Bo, Sierra Leone, select a healthcare provider for themselves or their children. We interviewed 1091 mothers during a household census of two neighbourhoods of Bo in April 2010. Reputation was the top consideration for about half of the women, cost was the second most common priority, and the location of the healthcare facility was the primary consideration for less than 7% of the participants. The majority of women said they would select a new provider if cost was not a barrier. Socioeconomic characteristics were not significant predictors of whether cost, location or reputation was selected as the highest-ranked consideration. This evidence for the importance of reputation in healthcare decision-making even in low-resource areas highlights the need for health systems to address issues of quality and responsiveness, and not just cost, in order to increase access to and utilization of health services. PMID:24029678

  18. Distribution of A1A2BO and Rho (D) blood groups in tribal populations of Andhra Pradesh, South India.

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    Goud, J D; Rao, P R

    1979-06-01

    The paper reports the distribution of A1A2BO and Rho (D) blood groups among five tribal populations, Koya Dora, Raj Gond, Naikpod, Pardhan and Lambadi from three districts of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Blood samples from a total of 1090 unrelated individuals were tested. Koya Doras were, however, sampled from five distant localities to find out intratribal variation, if any. In A1A2BO blood group system the combined frequencies of "P1" and "P2" among the five Koya Groups always exceeded the frequency of "q", a characteristic feature of many tribal populations of Andhra Pradesh. However, among Raj Gond, Naikpod, Pardhan and Lambadi tribes the frequency of "q" is higher than "p" with the maximum in Pardhans. The frequency of "r" is always higher than the combined frequencies of "p1" and "p2" except in Raj Gonds. The higher frequency of "q" over "p" among Naikpod, Pardhan and Lambadi tribes is indicative of a tendency towards the distribution pattern found in North India. A few Rh negative persons were detected only in Koya Dora, Raj Gond and Lambadis indicating that the allele r (cde) is present in these populations, although in a low frequency.

  19. Precision grinding for rapid fabrication of segments for extremely large telescopes using the Cranfield BoX

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    Tonnellier, Xavier; Morantz, Paul; Shore, Paul; Comley, Paul

    2010-07-01

    An ultra precision large optics grinding machine, BoX®, was developed and produced at Cranfield University. BoX® offers a rapid and economic solution for grinding large off-axis aspherical and free-form optical components. Grinding high accuracy surfaces with low subsurface damage reduces subsequent polishing time. This efficient grinding process provides the capacity to grind 1.5 m parts. This paper presents an analysis of Astrositall® optical ground parts: a hexagonal 84 m radius of curvature mirror of 1 m across corners and an off-axis 350 mm diameter mirror. The 1 m hexagonal part is representative of segments under study for making extremely large telescope (ELT) segmented mirrors. The second part was machined off-axis to demonstrate free-form fabrication capability. These operations demonstrate the scalability of the rapid grinding process developed for large free-form optics. The use of an error compensation procedure improved an initial ground form accuracy to +/- 1 μm p-v over 1 metre surface. The results highlighted the effect of grinding parameters and machine dynamics on form accuracy and fabrication time.

  20. Growth, polarized Raman and fluorescence properties of TbCa4O(BO3)3 single crystal

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    Yuan, Dongsheng; Gao, Zeliang; Jia, Zhitai; Shu, Jun; Li, Yang; Tao, Xutang

    2015-04-01

    A single crystal of TbCa4O(BO3)3 (TbCOB) with diameter of 35 mm and length of 80 mm has been successfully grown using the Czochralski (Cz) method. The polarized Raman spectra were studied to analyze the vibrational structure of TbCOB, especially the modes from [BO3]3- triangles that are responsible for the nonlinear optical generation. The fluorescence properties of the X-cut, Y-cut, and Z-cut non-centrosymmetric TbCOB crystals were measured for the first time, and both f-d and f-f transitions were identified according to the energy level diagram. Based on the non-radiative energy transfer process, TbCOB crystal shows the characteristic emission of Tb3+ corresponding to 5D4 → 7F6,5,4,3 transitions with the green light of 542 nm (5D4 → 7F5) being the most prominent group. Additionally, the lifetime decay indicates single exponential character for the excited wavelength at 378 nm, following the result of τ = 2.07 ms at room temperature. The long fluorescence lifetime and good spectra properties of TbCOB single crystal indicate its potential optical prospects.

  1. Magnetostriction and magnetic texture to 100.75 Tesla in frustrated SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Jaime, Marcelo; Daou, Ramzy; Crooker, Scott A.; Weickert, Franziska; Uchida, Atsuko; Feiguin, Adrian E.; Batista, Cristian D.; Dabkowska, Hanna A.; Gaulin, Bruce D.

    2012-01-01

    Strong geometrical frustration in magnets leads to exotic states such as spin liquids, spin supersolids, and complex magnetic textures. SrCu2(BO3)2, a spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet in the archetypical Shastry–Sutherland lattice, exhibits a rich spectrum of magnetization plateaus and stripe-like magnetic textures in applied fields. The structure of these plateaus is still highly controversial due to the intrinsic complexity associated with frustration and competing length scales. We discover magnetic textures in SrCu2(BO3)2 via magnetostriction and magnetocaloric measurements in fields up to 100.75 T. In addition to observing low-field fine structure with unprecedented resolution, the data also reveal lattice responses at 73.6 T and at 82 T that we attribute, using a controlled density matrix renormalization group approach, to a unanticipated 2/5 plateau and to the long-predicted 1/2 plateau.

  2. Rate and Orientation Dependence of Formability in Fine-Grained AZ31B-O Mg Alloy Thin Sheet

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    Wu, Horng-Yu; Sun, Pin-Hou; Chen, Hung-Wei; Chiu, Chui-Hung

    2012-10-01

    Uniaxial tension and press forming tests were carried out at two different strain rates and temperatures to investigate the formability of fine-grained AZ31B-O Mg alloy thin sheet. Formability parameters were determined by tensile test results. The tensile properties and formability parameters were correlated with the forming limit diagrams. The present work focused on the effects of loading orientation and deformation rate on formability. Anisotropic behaviors were observed in the mechanical properties. Maximum strengths were obtained in the direction perpendicular to the rolling direction (RD). It can be concluded that the formability of the rolled fine-grained AZ31B-O Mg alloy sheet can be influenced by loading orientation and deformation rate. Stretch formability can be enhanced at a higher deformation rate, resulting from a lower anisotropy and a higher work hardening effect. In contrast, the drawing processes can be performed at a lower deformation rate to take advantage of a higher anisotropic behavior. Specimens with the RD parallel to the major strain in the press forming tests can enhance stretch formability, whereas specimens with the RD perpendicular to the major strain can improve deep-drawability.

  3. Unusual Mn coordination and redox chemistry in the high capacity borate cathode Li7Mn(BO3)3.

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    Roos, Julian; Eames, Christopher; Wood, Stephen M; Whiteside, Alexander; Islam, M Saiful

    2015-09-14

    The recently discovered lithium-rich cathode material Li7Mn(BO3)3 has a high theoretical capacity and an unusual tetrahedral Mn(2+) coordination. Atomistic simulation and density functional theory (DFT) techniques are employed to provide insights into the defect and redox chemistry, the structural changes upon lithium extraction and the mechanisms of lithium ion diffusion. The most favourable intrinsic defects are Li/Mn anti-site pairs, where Li and Mn ions occupy interchanged positions, and Li Frenkel defects. DFT calculations reproduce the experimental cell voltage and confirm the presence of the unusually high Mn(V) redox state, which corresponds to a theoretical capacity of nearly 288 mA h g(-1). The ability to reach the high manganese oxidation state is related to both the initial tetrahedral coordination of Mn and the observed distortion/tilting of the BO3 units to accommodate the contraction of the Mn-O bonds upon oxidation. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations indicate fast three-dimensional lithium diffusion in line with the good rate performance observed.

  4. Cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli: identification of haem ligands and reaction of the reduced enzyme with carbon monoxide.

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    Cheesman, M R; Watmough, N J; Pires, C A; Turner, R; Brittain, T; Gennis, R B; Greenwood, C; Thomson, A J

    1993-01-01

    Inner membranes were prepared from Escherichia coli strain RG 145, which is deficient in cytochrome bd, but overexpresses cytochrome bo [Au and Gennis (1987) J. Bacteriol. 169, 3237-3242]. The latter was purified 7-fold by extracting the membranes with octyl beta-D-glucopyranoside, followed by chromatography on DEAE-Sepharose, yielding 150 mg of protein/150 g wet weight of cells. Optical e.p.r. and low-temperature m.c.d. (magnetic circular dichroism) spectroscopies were used to investigate the nature of the protein ligands to the two haems in cytochrome bo from E. coli. Low-spin ferric haem b, the origin of a rhombic e.p.r. spectrum with g = 2.98, 2.26 and 1.50, gives rise to a charge-transfer band in the near-i.r. m.c.d. spectrum at 1622 nm. It is therefore concluded that haem b is co-ordinated by two histidine residues. The low-temperature m.c.d. spectrum of dithionite-reduced cytochrome bo comprises bands due both to low-spin ferrous haem b and to high-spin ferrous haem o. The bands arising from haem o show a direct correspondence with those in the m.c.d. spectrum of five-co-ordinate histidine-ligated ferrous haems such as myoglobin, implying that the protein residue liganding haem o is also histidine. This assignment was confirmed by measuring the e.p.r. spectrum of the nitric oxide derivative of fully reduced cytochrome bo. This showed a rhombic spectrum with g = 2.098, 2.008 and 1.987, and nuclear hyperfine splitting consistent with the co-ordination of ferrous haem by NO and histidine. The hyperfine splittings observed were 1.95 +/- 0.05 mT for the 14N of the NO ligand and 0.75 +/- 0.05 mT for the 14N of the proximal histidine. The e.p.r. spectrum of some samples of oxidized cytochrome bo show, at temperatures below 15 K, broad signals at g = 7.6, 3.6 and 2.8, and other preparations in the presence of glycerol yield signals at g = 10.8, 3.2 and 2.6. These signals, which are abolished by the addition of cyanide, are assigned to the binuclear centre

  5. Improved CUDA programs for GPU computing of Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm: 2D and 3D Ising, Potts, and XY models

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    Komura, Yukihiro; Okabe, Yutaka

    2016-03-01

    We present new versions of sample CUDA programs for the GPU computing of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm. In this update, we add the method of GPU-based cluster-labeling algorithm without the use of conventional iteration (Komura, 2015) to those programs. For high-precision calculations, we also add a random-number generator in the cuRAND library. Moreover, we fix several bugs and remove the extra usage of shared memory in the kernel functions.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of the new lead fluoride borate-Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F

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    Zhao Wenwu; Pan Shilie; Han Jian; Yao Jiyong; Yang Yun; Li Junjie; Zhang Min; Zhang Lianhan; Hang Yin

    2011-11-15

    A new compound, Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F, has been grown by high temperature solution method from the PbO-PbF{sub 2}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} system for the first time. The crystal structure of this compound has been identified by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. It crystallizes in the hexagonal system, space group P6{sub 3}/m (No. 176) with unit-cell parameters a=7.2460(3) A, c=14.5521(17) A, Z=6, V=661.69(9) A{sup 3}. Its structure was solved by the direct methods and refined to R{sub 1}=0.0163 and wR{sub 2}=0.0367. The structure of Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F consists of the distorted PbO{sub 3}F{sub 2} groups and BO{sub 3} triangles, which are all symmetric with each other in the gestalt structure to the extent that the Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F compound crystallizes in the symmetric space group. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern of the Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F has been measured. The BO{sub 3} functional groups presented in the sample were identified by FTIR spectrum. The DTA curve of Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F suggests that Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F melts congruently at 448 deg. C. - Graphical Abstract: The Pb atoms are in the five coordination environments bonded to three O atoms and two F atoms to make up the distortional PbO{sub 3}F{sub 2} polyhedra. Every six PbO{sub 3}F{sub 2} polyhedra are connected by one F(1) atom to form the symmetrical structure, and then the distortion of the PbO{sub 3}F{sub 2} polyhedra is offset. Highlights: > A new compound, Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F, has been grown by high temperature solution method from the PbO-PbF{sub 2}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} system for the first time. > It crystallizes in the hexagonal system, space group P6{sub 3}/m (No. 176) with unit-cell parameters a=7.2460(3) A, c=14.5521(17) A, Z=6, V=661.69(9) A{sup 3}. > UV-vis-NIR Diffuse-Reflectance spectrum shows that its ultraviolet cutoff edge is about 288 nm. > DTA curve of Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F suggests that Pb{sub 2}BO{sub 3}F melts congruently at 448 deg. C.

  7. Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes species (Araneae, Agelenidae) from caves in Jiangxi, China

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    Chen, Lu; Zhao, Zhe; Li, Shuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes Wang, 2002 are described, Spiricoelotes anshiensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes chufengensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes nansheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes taipingensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes xianheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀) and Spiricoelotes xiongxinensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♀). All new species were collected from caves in Jiangxi Province, China. PMID:27006612

  8. Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes species (Araneae, Agelenidae) from caves in Jiangxi, China.

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    Chen, Lu; Zhao, Zhe; Li, Shuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes Wang, 2002 are described, Spiricoelotes anshiensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes chufengensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes nansheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes taipingensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes xianheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀) and Spiricoelotes xiongxinensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♀). All new species were collected from caves in Jiangxi Province, China. PMID:27006612

  9. Examining the phase transition behavior of amphiphilic lipids in solution using statistical temperature molecular dynamics and replica-exchange Wang-Landau methods.

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    Gai, Lili; Vogel, Thomas; Maerzke, Katie A; Iacovella, Christopher R; Landau, David P; Cummings, Peter T; McCabe, Clare

    2013-08-01

    Two different techniques - replica-exchange Wang-Landau (REWL) and statistical temperature molecular dynamics (STMD) - were applied to systematically study the phase transition behavior of self-assembling lipids as a function of temperature using an off-lattice lipid model. Both methods allow the direct calculation of the density of states with improved efficiency compared to the original Wang-Landau method. A 3-segment model of amphiphilic lipids solvated in water has been studied with varied particle interaction energies (ε) and lipid concentrations. The phase behavior of the lipid molecules with respect to bilayer formation has been characterized through the calculation of the heat capacity as a function of temperature, in addition to various order parameters and general visual inspection. The simulations conducted by both methods can go to very low temperatures with the whole system exhibiting well-ordered structures. With optimized parameters, several bilayer phases are observed within the temperature range studied, including gel phase bilayers with frozen water, mixed water (i.e., frozen and liquid water), and liquid water, and a more fluid bilayer with liquid water. The results obtained from both methods, STMD and REWL, are consistently in excellent agreement with each other, thereby validating both the methods and the results.

  10. Cytotoxicity enhancement in MDA-MB-231 cells by the combination treatment of tetrahydropalmatine and berberine derived from Corydalis yanhusuo W. T. Wang

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    Zhao, Yan; Gao, Jian-Li; Ji, Jian-Wei; Gao, Min; Yin, Qiao-Shan; Qiu, Qiao-Li; Wang, Chuan; Chen, Shu-Zhan; Xu, Juan; Liang, Ren-Shang; Cai, Yan-Zi; Wang, Xia-Fei

    2014-01-01

    Aim: Our previous works have demonstrated that Chinese herb medicine yanhusuo (Corydalis yanhusuo W. T. Wang) has strong anti-cancer proliferation effect in MDA-MB-231 cells. The goal of this study was to find out the synergic cytotoxicity effect of three natural compounds, tetrahydropalmatine (THP), berberine (Ber), and dehydrocorydaline (DHC), isolated from C. yanhusuo W. T. Wang. Materials and Methods: The IC50 of THP Ber and DHC in single use, as well as in combination use at fixed ratios and doses was measured by MTT (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay. Isobologram, combination index and modified coefficient of drug interaction (CDI) methods were used for evaluation the combination effects of THF! Ber, and DHC in different ratio and concentration. Results: The results indicated that the combination of THP and Ber shown the strongest anti-cancer cell proliferation effect at the ratio of 2:3 (Ber: THF the average CDI value was 0.5795). DHC and THP have additive cytotoxicity in MDA-MB-231 cells. However, there wasn’t any synergistic effect between Ber and DHC, and it even exhibited antagonistic effect when the percentage of DHC was >50%. Conclusion: Our findings suggested that the combination of THP and Ber might be beneficial for anti-proliferation of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells through a significant synergy effect. PMID:26401350

  11. Examining the phase transition behavior of amphiphilic lipids in solution using statistical temperature molecular dynamics and replica-exchange Wang-Landau methods

    PubMed Central

    Gai, Lili; Vogel, Thomas; Maerzke, Katie A.; Iacovella, Christopher R.; Landau, David P.; Cummings, Peter T.; McCabe, Clare

    2013-01-01

    Two different techniques – replica-exchange Wang-Landau (REWL) and statistical temperature molecular dynamics (STMD) – were applied to systematically study the phase transition behavior of self-assembling lipids as a function of temperature using an off-lattice lipid model. Both methods allow the direct calculation of the density of states with improved efficiency compared to the original Wang-Landau method. A 3-segment model of amphiphilic lipids solvated in water has been studied with varied particle interaction energies (ɛ) and lipid concentrations. The phase behavior of the lipid molecules with respect to bilayer formation has been characterized through the calculation of the heat capacity as a function of temperature, in addition to various order parameters and general visual inspection. The simulations conducted by both methods can go to very low temperatures with the whole system exhibiting well-ordered structures. With optimized parameters, several bilayer phases are observed within the temperature range studied, including gel phase bilayers with frozen water, mixed water (i.e., frozen and liquid water), and liquid water, and a more fluid bilayer with liquid water. The results obtained from both methods, STMD and REWL, are consistently in excellent agreement with each other, thereby validating both the methods and the results. PMID:23927268

  12. Grateloupia tenuis Wang et Luan sp. nov. (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta): a new species from South China Sea based on morphological observation and rbcL gene sequences analysis.

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    Yu, Ling; Wang, Hongwei; Luan, Rixiao

    2013-01-01

    Grateloupia tenuis Wang et Luan sp. nov. is a new species described from Lingshui, Hainan Province, South China Sea. Based on the external form and internal structure, combined with rbcL gene sequence analysis, Grateloupia tenuis is distinct from other Grateloupia species as follows: (1) thalli is slippery and cartilaginous in texture; possess fewer branches, relatively slight main axes, and two or three dichotomous branches; (2) cortex is 5-6 layers; medulla is solid when young, but hollow in old branches; reproductive structures are dispersed in main axes of thalli and lower portions of branchlets; exhibits Grateloupia-type auxiliary cell ampullae; (3) the four studied G. tenuis sequences were positioned in a large Grateloupia clade of Halymeniaceae, which included sister group generitype G. filicina with 68 bp differences; G. tenuis was determined to be a sister taxon to the G. catenata, G. ramosissima, G. orientalis, and G. filiformis subclade. The pairwise distances between G. tenuis and these species were 39 to 50 bp. The sequences of G. tenuis differed by 81-108 bp from the sequences of other samples in Grateloupia; there are 114-133 bp changes between G. tenuis and other genera of Halymeniaceae. In final analysis, we considered Grateloupia tenuis Wang et Luan sp. nov. to be a new species of genus Grateloupia.

  13. Excitation-dependent variation in local symmetry in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 evidenced by Eu3+ luminescent structural probe

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    Jayakiruba, S.; Kumar, Gautam; Lakshminarasimhan, N.

    2016-05-01

    Eu3+ luminescence was studied in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 by selectively substituting at Mg site. The parent host Ba2Mg(BO3)2 and Ba2Mg0.9Eu0.05Li0.05(BO3)2 were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. Their isostructural nature was confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction technique. The photoluminescence excitation spectrum of Eu3+ exhibited a broad Eu3+sbnd O2- charge transfer band with a maximum at 253 nm along with other excitation transitions. The emission characteristics of Eu3+ were found to be excitation wavelength-dependent. The equally intense magnetic and electric dipole transitions for excitation under longer wavelengths showed the presence of Eu3+ at a site with non-inversion symmetry. Excitation using 253 nm resulted in the predominant magnetic dipole transition revealing Eu3+ at a site with inversion symmetry. The difference in the relative intensities of magnetic and electric dipole transitions originates from the change in symmetry around Eu3+ in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 under different excitations.

  14. Polarised infrared and Raman studies of YCa4O(BO3)3 a non-linear optical single crystal.

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    Krishnakumar, V; Nagalakshmi, R

    2004-10-01

    YCa4O(BO3)3-(YCOB) is a non-linear optical (NLO) material grown by Czochralski technique. Polarised IR, ATR-IR, polarised Raman and optical transmission spectral measurements were made. A series of absorption bands have been observed with intensities depending on the functional groups of the crystals. The observed bands were assigned and discussed.

  15. UV laser ablation of GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB) investigated by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Chéty-Gimondo, Rachel; Aubriet, Frédéric; Millon, Eric; Muller, J-F

    2004-01-01

    The ions generated by laser ablation (LA) of calcium and gadolinium oxoborate GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB) were investigated by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICRMS), a powerful tool for the characterization of ionic species produced by laser interaction with solid material. In order to better understand the matter transfer and the mechanism of thin film growth by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD), cationic and anionic clusters generated by UV laser ablation of GdCOB bulk material were studied. Laser ablation of GdCOB leads to the formation of various cluster ions which result from association of CaO, BO and B2O3 building blocks (BB) with different charge carriers (CC): H+, BO+, GdO+ in positive ion mode, and BO2-, OK-, OH-, Cl-, WO3- in negative ion mode. LA-FTICRMS investigations allow us to assign a valence state to each metallic atom included in each BB. A +II chemical state may be associated with calcium and +II and +III ones to boron. UV laser ablation of GdCOB therefore induces reduction processes of boron species in the gas phase. The oxygen reactive atmosphere used during PLD experiments allows the growth of stoichiometric thin films by fixation of oxygen on the ablated species.

  16. Luminescence properties of a novel promising red phosphor Na3Gd2-x(BO3)3:xEu3+

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    Wei, Tengyue; Ren, Qiang; Wu, Xiulan; Shi, Xiaolei; Wang, Baoxing; Huo, Zhezhe

    2016-11-01

    The novel red-emitting Na3Gd2-x(BO3)3:xEu3+ phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state method. Under near ultraviolet excitation, the phosphors exhibit dominant emission peak at 614 nm and generate bright red light, which is attributed to the electric-dipole transition 5D0→7F2. The optimal doping amount of Eu3+ in Na3Gd2-x(BO3)3:xEu3+ phosphors is x=0.3 for the maximum emission. The exchange interaction between Eu3+ ions is identified to be the main mechanism in the concentration quenching process. The CIE color coordinates of the Na3Gd2-x(BO3)3:xEu3+ phosphors (x=0.650, y=0.350) are close to the NTSC standard values of red. With a relatively high quantum efficiency of 35.2%, Na3Gd2-x(BO3)3:xEu3+ red-emitting phosphor is probably a promising candidate for near ultraviolet-based white LEDs application.

  17. Dielectric Properties and AC Conduction of 5 wt % ZnBO Doped (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Ceramics for Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics Applications

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    Kim, Se-Ho; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2009-04-01

    ZnBO doped (Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3 (BST) ceramic was synthesized by conventional mixed oxide method. 5 wt % ZnBO addition to the BST has lowered the sintering temperature of BST from 1350 to 1100 °C. From the X-ray diffraction analysis, we found that the 5 wt % ZnBO doped BST has the perovskite structure, and any pryo phase was not observed. The dielectric properties and ac conductivity have been investigated at temperature range from 30 to 130 °C with various frequencies (1-100 kHz). The real part of relative dielectric permittivity ɛr' was decreased with increasing the temperature and the frequency. The activation energy for conduction process was calculated from the slope of ac conductivity at 1 kHz. The activation energy calculated through the Arrhenius law was 0.42 eV. In this paper, we will discuss the low-frequency dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity of 5 wt % ZnBO doped BST ceramics in relation to the electrical conduction.

  18. Excitation-dependent variation in local symmetry in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 evidenced by Eu3+ luminescent structural probe

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    Jayakiruba, S.; Kumar, Gautam; Lakshminarasimhan, N.

    2016-05-01

    Eu3+ luminescence was studied in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 by selectively substituting at Mg site. The parent host Ba2Mg(BO3)2 and Ba2Mg0.9Eu0.05Li0.05(BO3)2 were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. Their isostructural nature was confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction technique. The photoluminescence excitation spectrum of Eu3+ exhibited a broad Eu3+sbnd O2- charge transfer band with a maximum at 253 nm along with other excitation transitions. The emission characteristics of Eu3+ were found to be excitation wavelength-dependent. The equally intense magnetic and electric dipole transitions for excitation under longer wavelengths showed the presence of Eu3+ at a site with non-inversion symmetry. Excitation using 253 nm resulted in the predominant magnetic dipole transition revealing Eu3+ at a site with inversion symmetry. The difference in the relative intensities of magnetic and electric dipole transitions originates from the change in symmetry around Eu3+ in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 under different excitations.

  19. Growth, structure, and optical properties of a self-activated crystal: Na2Nd2O(BO3)2

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    Shan, Faxian; Zhang, Guochun; Yao, Jiyong; Xu, Tianxiang; Zhang, Xinyuan; Fu, Ying; Wu, Yicheng

    2015-08-01

    A self-activated crystal Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 has been grown from the Na2O-Nd2O3-B2O3-NaF system. Its structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, and verified by infrared spectrum and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, space group P21/c with unit-cell parameters a = 10.804 Å, b = 6.421 Å, c = 10.450 Å, β = 117.95°, Z = 4, and V = 640.4 Å3. Its absorption and emission spectra were measured at room temperature. Based on the absorption spectrum, the spontaneous transition probabilities, fluorescence branch ratio, and the radiation lifetime of 4F3/2 state were calculated. The emission properties under the 355 nm excitation were also evaluated. The electronic structure of Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 was calculated by the first-principles method. The obtained results show that Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 may be a promising microchip laser material.

  20. 40 CFR 721.6660 - Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime...

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    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl... Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime-blocked... substance identified generically as a polymer of alkane-polyol and polyalkylpolyisocyanatocarbomonocy-...

  1. 40 CFR 721.6660 - Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl... Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime-blocked... substance identified generically as a polymer of alkane-polyol and polyalkylpolyisocyanatocarbomonocy-...

  2. Self-organized homo-epitaxial growth in nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal crossing lines patterned by laser in glass

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    Shinozaki, K.; Abe, S.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2015-11-01

    Crystallization processing of glasses is important as a novel technique for the development of new optical materials, and laser-induced crystallization provides a new challenge in science and technology of materials. Nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal lines with crossing, bending, and spiral shapes were patterned at the surface of 2NiO-49BaF2-24.5Al2O3-24.5B2O3 (mol%) and 2.9NiO-48.5BaF2-24.3Al2O3-24.3B2O3 (mol%) glasses by laser irradiation (Yb:YVO4 laser with a wavelength of 1080 nm) and the orientation state of BaAlBO3F2 crystals was examined from birefringence image observations. The birefringence images indicate that the growth of highly c-axis oriented BaAlBO3F2 crystals follows along the laser scanning direction even if the laser scanning direction changes, and in particular the direction of the c-axis of BaAlBO3F2 crystals changes gradually at the crossing and bending points. The model of "self-organized homo-epitaxial growth" is proposed for the crystal orientation at the crossing and bending points, as a new crystal growth science and engineering beyond the wise providence of nature.

  3. Effect of the [Ba2BO3F]∞ Layer on the Band Gap: Synthesis, Characterization, and Theoretical Studies of BaZn2B2O6·nBa2BO3F (n = 0, 1, 2).

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    Wu, Hongping; Su, Xin; Han, Shujuan; Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie

    2016-05-16

    Two new zincoborate fluorides with the common formula BaZn2B2O6·nBa2BO3F (n = 1, 2) have been successfully synthesized for the relationship study between the band gaps and crystal structures in zinc-containing borate fluorides. Ba3Zn2B3O9F with n = 1 in the common formula belongs to the orthorhombic space group Pnma (No. 20), and Ba5Zn2B4O12F2 with n = 2 in the common formula crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c (No. 62). They can both be seen as compounds with the n[Ba2BO3F]∞ (n = 1 or 2) layer inserted in the structure of BaZn2B2O6. UV-vis-near-IR diffuse-reflectance spectra show that the band gaps of BaZn2B2O6·nBa2BO3F (n = 0, 1, 2) gradually increase with more [Ba2BO3F]∞ layers inserted. The first-principles calculation indicates that the inserted n[Ba2BO3F]∞ layers play a positive effect in increasing the band gaps of zincoborate fluorides. Furthermore, the IR spectra, thermal behaviors, and refractive indices of these compounds are also studied. PMID:27119618

  4. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and structural relationship of the first ytterbium fluoride borate Yb{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 9}

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    Haberer, Almut; Huppertz, Hubert

    2009-04-15

    Yb{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 9} was synthesized under high-pressure/high-temperature conditions in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 7.5 GPa and 1100 deg. C, representing the first known ytterbium fluoride borate. The compound exhibits isolated BO{sub 3}-groups next to ytterbium cations and fluoride anions, showing a structure closely related to the other known rare-earth fluoride borates RE{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3} (RE=Sm, Eu, Gd) and Gd{sub 2}(BO{sub 3})F{sub 3}. Monoclinic Yb{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 9} crystallizes in space group C2/c with the lattice parameters a=2028.2(4) pm, b=602.5(2) pm, c=820.4(2) pm, and beta=100.63(3){sup o} (Z=4). Three different ytterbium cations can be identified in the crystal structure, each coordinated by nine fluoride and oxygen anions. None of the five crystallographically independent fluoride ions is coordinated by boron atoms, solely by trigonally-planar arranged ytterbium cations. In close proximity to the above mentioned compounds RE{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3} (RE=Sm, Eu, Gd) and Gd{sub 2}(BO{sub 3})F{sub 3}, Yb{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 9} can be described via alternating layers with the formal compositions 'YbBO{sub 3}' and 'YbF{sub 3}' in the bc-plane. - Graphical abstract: High-pressure/high-temperature synthesis (multianvil technique) led to the first ytterbium fluoride borate Yb{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 9}, built up from isolated BO{sub 3}-groups. The compound shows structural relations to the known rare-earth fluoride borates RE{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}F{sub 3} (RE=Sm, Eu, Gd) and Gd{sub 2}(BO{sub 3})F{sub 3}.

  5. Photons uniques indiscernables à partir d'une boîte quantique unique dans un cristal photonique

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    Laurent, S.; Varoutsis, S.; Le Gratiet, L.; Lemaître, A.; Sagnes, I.; Raineri, F.; Levenson, A.; Robert-Philip, I.; Abram, I.

    2006-10-01

    Nous avons développé et caractérisé une source de photons uniques basée sur l'émission spontanée d'une boîte quantique unique insérée dans une cavité à bande interdite photonique bidimensionnelle. Ce système nous a d'abord permis de produire des photons uniques, puis des photons uniques indiscernables avec une indiscernabilité supérieure à 70%. L'observation de l'indiscernabilité des photons, impossible sans un raccourcissement important de la durée de vie, met en évidence un effet Purcell supérieur à 25 dans ce système.

  6. Yb(3+):BaCaBO3F: A potential new self-frequency-doubling laser material

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    Schaffers, K. I.; Deloach, L. D.; Ebbers, C. A.; Payne, S. A.

    1995-03-01

    Yb:BaCaBO3F (Yb:BCBF) has been investigated as a new laser crystal with potential for self-frequency-doubling. A Yb:BCBF laser has been pumped at 912 mm, and a measured slope efficiency of 38% has been obtained for the fundamental laser output at 1034 nm. Single crystal powders of BCBF have been compared with KD*P (KD2PO4) for a relative measure of the second harmonic generating potential, yielding d(sub eff)(BCBF) = (0.66)d(sub eff)(KD*P). The growth, spectroscopy, laser performance, and linear and nonlinear optical properties of Yb:BCBF are reported here.

  7. Ca{4}YO(BO{3})3: Optical frame wavelength dependence, second harmonic generation and dispersion equations

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    Segonds, P.; Boulanger, B.; Fève, J. P.; Ménaert, B.; Zaccaro, J.; Aka, G.; Pellenc, D.

    2004-11-01

    We report that the optical frame orientation is wavelength independent over the entire transmission range of the nonlinear monoclinic crystal Ca{4}YO(BO{3}){3} (YCOB). We used a new method based on internal conical refraction associated with X-rays diffraction using a single crystal cut as a sphere. Direct measurements phase matching angles of second harmonic generation (SHG) were performed in the principal planes of the spherical crystal for fundamental wavelengths up to 3.5 μm, while three absorption peaks have been measured above 2.4 μm. By fitting all data simultaneously, we found new dispersion equations of the refractive indices of YCOB which are valid in its whole transmission domain.

  8. A combinatorial approach to the discovery and optimization of YCa 4O(BO 3) 3-based luminescent materials

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    Sano, Hiroyuki; Matsumoto, Takahiro; Matsumoto, Yuji; Koinuma, Hideomi

    2006-01-01

    Thin films of YCa 4O(BO 3) 3 (YCOB)-based new luminescent materials were explored by the combinatorial pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method which enabled us to fabricate continuous composition spread film libraries. Strong red and green luminescence were found in the Y 1- xEu xCOB (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), (YEuCOB) and Y 1- yTb yCOB (0 ≤ y ≤ 1) (YTbCOB) films, respectively. The film libraries were characterized by photoluminescence (PL), PL decay, an electron-probe microanalyzer and an electron diffraction analysis. The luminescent intensities in the amorphous film libraries strongly depended on the chemical composition of each rare-earth (RE) ion. The optimum concentration of rare-earth ions in YEuCOB and YTbCOB were experimentally determined to be Eu = 7.5% and Tb = 20-30%, respectively.

  9. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of the monoclinic Ca4YO(BO3)3 crystal

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    Segonds, Patricia; Boulanger, BenoîT.; Fève, Jean-Philippe; Ménaert, Bertrand; Zaccaro, Julien; Aka, Gérard; Pelenc, Denis

    2004-04-01

    We report that the optical frame orientation is wavelength independent over the entire transmission range of the nonlinear monoclinic crystal Ca4YO(BO3)3 (YCOB). We used a new method based on internal conical refraction associated with x-ray diffraction on a single crystal cut as a sphere. Direct phase-matching-angle measurements of second-harmonic generation were performed in the principal planes of the spherical crystal for fundamental wavelengths up to 3.5 μm, and three absorption peaks were measured above 2.4 μm. By fitting all data simultaneously, we found new dispersion equations of the refractive indices of YCOB.

  10. Characterization of piezoelectric single crystal YCa4O(BO3)3 for high temperature applications

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    Zhang, Shujun; Fei, Yiting; Chai, Bruce H. T.; Frantz, Eric; Snyder, David W.; Jiang, Xiaoning; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2008-05-01

    Operation at temperatures well above ambient is desired for applications such as smart structures integrated within aircraft and space vehicles. Piezoelectric yttrium calcium oxyborate single crystal YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) was found to exhibit no phase transition until its melting temperature around ˜1500°C. The temperature characteristics of the resonance frequency, electromechanical coupling, and dielectric permittivity were studied in the temperature range of 30-950°C for different orientations. The electrical resistivity at 800°C was found to be greater than 2×108Ωcm. Together with its temperature independent electromechanical coupling factor (˜12%) and engineered resonance frequency behavior, these make YCOB crystals excellent candidates for sensing applications at ultra high temperatures.

  11. Spectrum Gamma Ray bore hole logging while tripping with the sea floor drill rig MARUM-MeBo

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    Freudenthal, Tim; Steinke, Stephan; Mohtadi, Mahyar; Hebbeln, Dierk; Wefer, Gerold

    2013-04-01

    The robotic Sea Floor Drill Rig MARUM-MeBo developed at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen was used to retrieve long sediment cores at two sites in the northern South China Sea. Both sites are located in about 1000 m water depth in southeasterly and southwesterly direction of the Pearl River mouth, respectively. South East Asian Monsoon variability controls terrigenous material transport by rivers into the South China Sea. The Pearl River is one of the largest rivers of the region that discharges into the northern South China Sea. The terrigenous fraction of marine sediments of the northern South China Sea therefore provides an excellent archive for reconstructing past variability of the South East Asian Monsoon system. In analogy to the drilling strategy within the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program IODP multiple holes were drilled in order to generate continuous spliced records at both sites. Overall the MARUM-MeBo drilled 374 m during 5 deployments with a maximum drilling depth of 80.85 m and an average core recovery of 94 %. Here we present first results of bore hole logging conducted during 4 of the 5 deployments with a spectrum gamma ray (SGR) probe adapted for the use with MARUM-MeBo. This probe is an autonomous slim hole probe that is used in the logging while tripping mode. This method is especially favorable for remote controlled drilling and logging operation. The probe is equipped with its own energy source and data storage. The probe is lowered into the drill string after the target wire-line coring depth is reached and after the last inner core barrel has been retrieved. When the probe has landed on the shoulder ring at the bottom of the hole, the drill string is pulled out and disassembled. The probe, while being raised with the drill string, continuously measures the geophysical properties of the in situ sediments and rocks. Since the bore hole is stabilized during the tripping process by the drill string

  12. Growth and spectroscopic properties of Sm3+ doped Na3La9O3(BO3)8 crystal

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    Shan, Faxian; Zhang, Guochun; Zhang, Xinyuan; Xu, Tianxiang; Xu, Tao; Wu, Yicheng

    2015-04-01

    Sm3+ doped Na3La9O3(BO3)8 (Sm:NLBO) crystal has been grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The absorption and emission spectra were measured at room temperature by using a (1 0 0) oriented crystal plate. According to the Judd-Ofelt theory, the spontaneous transition probabilities, fluorescence branch ratio, and radiation lifetime of 4G5/2 state were calculated. The unpolarized and polarized emission properties of 564, 601, and 651 nm under the 405 nm excitation were also evaluated. The decay curve of the 601 nm emission assigned to the 4G5/2-6H7/2 transition was also measured. The experimental results have shown that Sm:NLBO would be a promising orange-red laser material, which can be pumped directly by lighting 405 nm laser diodes (LDs).

  13. Facilitators and barriers related to voluntary counseling and testing for HIV among young adults in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Bhoobun, Shalinee; Jetty, Anuradha; Koroma, Mohamed A; Kamara, Mohamed J; Kabia, Mohamed; Coulson, Reginald; Ansumana, Rashid; Jacobsen, Kathryn H

    2014-06-01

    In 2012, we interviewed a population-based sample of 285 young adult residents (age 18-35 years) of the city of Bo, Sierra Leone, about their attitudes toward and experience with voluntary testing and counseling (VCT) for HIV. In total, 33% of the participants (44% of women and 25% of men) reported having been tested for HIV at least once. More than 85% of those not previously tested indicated a willingness to be tested in the near future, but untested participants were nearly twice as likely as tested participants to report fears about family/partner rejection, job loss, and other potential consequences of testing. More than 90% of participants expressed a high desire for testing privacy, and the majority reported a preference for VCT at a facility far from home where no one would know them. Social barriers to HIV testing remain a challenge for HIV prevention in Sierra Leone. PMID:24203408

  14. Performance characteristics of thermal neutron detectors based on Li6Y(BO3)3:Ce single crystals

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    Singh, A. K.; Tyagi, M.; Singh, S. G.; Tiwari, B.; Desai, D. G.; Sen, S.; Desai, S. S.; Ghodke, S. S.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2015-12-01

    Crack-free single crystals of Ce doped Li6Y(BO3)3 (LYBO:Ce) have been grown using the Czochralski technique. Grown crystals were characterized for their optical and scintillation characteristics to explore their potential as neutron detectors. Scintillator detectors based on LYBO:Ce crystal were used successfully to record the pulse height spectra from various neutron sources in the flux range from 10 n/cm2/s to 107 n/cm2/s. The detection efficiency for thermal neutrons was found to be over 80% for a 2 mm thick LYBO:Ce crystal. The scintillation decay times measured for neutron and gamma radiations were about 27 ns and 49 ns, respectively.

  15. Direct and inverse magnetoelectric effects in HoAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystal

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    Freydman, A. L.; Balaev, A. D.; Dubrovskiy, A. A.; Eremin, E. V.; Temerov, V. L.; Gudim, I. A.

    2014-05-07

    The direct (ME{sub H}-) and inverse (ME{sub E}-) magnetoelectric effects in the HoAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystal are studied. Temperature and magnetic field dependences of permittivity of the crystal are investigated. A relation between the investigated effects was established. It was found that the magnetoelectric effect can exist in crystals without magnetic order or spontaneous polarization. It was shown that the phenomena investigated are due to magnetostriction or magnetoelastic effect. The thermodynamic potential was considered for describing magnetoelectric effect at low magnetic fields. The results obtained are explained within a proposed qualitative microscopic model, based on interplay of configuration of 4f- electron subshell of the rare-earth element and applied magnetic or electric field.

  16. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Haravifard, S.; Graf, D.; Feiguin, A. E.; Batista, C. D.; Lang, J. C.; Silevitch, D. M.; Srajer, G.; Gaulin, B. D.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-06-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems.

  17. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2.

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    Haravifard, S; Graf, D; Feiguin, A E; Batista, C D; Lang, J C; Silevitch, D M; Srajer, G; Gaulin, B D; Dabkowska, H A; Rosenbaum, T F

    2016-01-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems. PMID:27320787

  18. Crystallization of spin superlattices with pressure and field in the layered magnet SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Haravifard, S.; Graf, D.; Feiguin, A. E.; Batista, C. D.; Lang, J. C.; Silevitch, D. M.; Srajer, G.; Gaulin, B. D.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-01-01

    An exact mapping between quantum spins and boson gases provides fresh approaches to the creation of quantum condensates and crystals. Here we report on magnetization measurements on the dimerized quantum magnet SrCu2(BO3)2 at cryogenic temperatures and through a quantum-phase transition that demonstrate the emergence of fractionally filled bosonic crystals in mesoscopic patterns, specified by a sequence of magnetization plateaus. We apply tens of Teslas of magnetic field to tune the density of bosons and gigapascals of hydrostatic pressure to regulate the underlying interactions. Simulations help parse the balance between energy and geometry in the emergent spin superlattices. The magnetic crystallites are the end result of a progression from a direct product of singlet states in each short dimer at zero field to preferred filling fractions of spin-triplet bosons in each dimer at large magnetic field, enriching the known possibilities for collective states in both quantum spin and atomic systems. PMID:27320787

  19. High-temperature piezoelectric crystals ReCa4O(BO3)3: a review.

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    Yu, Fapeng; Hou, Shuai; Zhao, Xian; Zhang, Shujun

    2014-08-01

    High-temperature sensors are desirable for structural health monitoring and/or nondestructive evaluation of next-generation turbines, more efficient jet engines, and the furnace components of electrical power plants. Of all the investigated high-temperature piezoelectric materials, rare-earth calcium oxyborate crystals ReCa4O(BO3)3 (ReCOB, Re: rare-earth) exhibit attractive advantages for high-temperature piezoelectric sensing. In this paper, the electroelastic properties of different ReCOB piezoelectric crystals are investigated. The crosstalk between various vibration modes are discussed, from which the optimized crystal cuts are achieved. Furthermore, temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity, dielectric, elastic, piezoelectric, and electromechanical properties of ReCOB crystals are studied. Finally, the thermal properties, including thermal expansion, specific heat, and thermal conductivity at elevated temperatures are studied and compared with commercially available high-temperature piezoelectric crystals.

  20. High-temperature piezoelectric crystals ReCa4O(BO3)3: a review.

    PubMed

    Yu, Fapeng; Hou, Shuai; Zhao, Xian; Zhang, Shujun

    2014-08-01

    High-temperature sensors are desirable for structural health monitoring and/or nondestructive evaluation of next-generation turbines, more efficient jet engines, and the furnace components of electrical power plants. Of all the investigated high-temperature piezoelectric materials, rare-earth calcium oxyborate crystals ReCa4O(BO3)3 (ReCOB, Re: rare-earth) exhibit attractive advantages for high-temperature piezoelectric sensing. In this paper, the electroelastic properties of different ReCOB piezoelectric crystals are investigated. The crosstalk between various vibration modes are discussed, from which the optimized crystal cuts are achieved. Furthermore, temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity, dielectric, elastic, piezoelectric, and electromechanical properties of ReCOB crystals are studied. Finally, the thermal properties, including thermal expansion, specific heat, and thermal conductivity at elevated temperatures are studied and compared with commercially available high-temperature piezoelectric crystals. PMID:25073142