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  1. Trace Gas Analyzer (TGA) program

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    1977-01-01

    The design, fabrication, and test of a breadboard trace gas analyzer (TGA) is documented. The TGA is a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system. The gas chromatograph subsystem employs a recirculating hydrogen carrier gas. The recirculation feature minimizes the requirement for transport and storage of large volumes of carrier gas during a mission. The silver-palladium hydrogen separator which permits the removal of the carrier gas and its reuse also decreases vacuum requirements for the mass spectrometer since the mass spectrometer vacuum system need handle only the very low sample pressure, not sample plus carrier. System performance was evaluated with a representative group of compounds.

  2. [Two cases of transient global amnesia (TGA) immediately after coronary angiography: pathogenesis of the primary TGA].

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    Kurokawa, Yasutaka; Ishizaki, Eri; Kihara, Hajime; Inaba, Ken-ichi

    2004-01-01

    Two cases of transient global amnesia (TGA) following coronary angiography are reported. Nonionic contrast media was used and injected at room temperature. Both cases showed sudden amnesia about 15 minutes after the left ventriculography. A clinical feature was typical to TGA, showing repeated questions with retrograde and antegrade memory disturbance without any other neurological abnormality. Diffusion-weighted images (DWI) of magnetic resonance imaging revealed no fresh lesion in both cases. The patients recovered from TGA attack within 24 hours. Some cases have been reported which display a manifested TGA following cerebral or coronary angiography. In these situations, embolism, the effect by the contrast media was suspected as the cause of TGA. Since most TGA cases in a classical meaning (primary TGA) showed no abnormality in both DWI and T2-weighted image (T2WI), the cerebral ischemia was not really considered to be the cause of the condition. Therefore, the pathogenesis of the TGA is suggested to be much more functional rather than anatomically abnormal. The pathogenesis of the primary TGA was thought to be some kind of hypersensitivity to the external stress or the stress reaction of the hippocampal cell. This stress may lead to cellular depolarization and the following repolarization (spreading depression), which showed transient abnormality in DWI and not a permanent abnormality in T2WI.

  3. Arabidopsis clade IV TGA transcription factors, TGA10 and TGA9, are involved in ROS-mediated responses to bacterial PAMP flg22.

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    Noshi, Masahiro; Mori, Daisuke; Tanabe, Noriaki; Maruta, Takanori; Shigeoka, Shigeru

    2016-11-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in chloroplasts have been proposed to act as signaling molecules for plant immunity through pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), such as flg22. To elucidate this process, we herein conducted genetic screening of flg22-sensitive mutants from T-DNA insertion lines lacking chloroplastic H2O2-responsive genes. The results obtained showed that knockout mutants lacking a clade IV TGA transcription factor, TGA10, were more sensitive to the flg22 treatment than wild-type plants. Furthermore, although no flg22-sensitive phenotype was detected in the knockout mutant of another clade IV TGA9, double knockout tga9 tga10 mutants showed more sensitivity to flg22 than single knockout mutants. Transcripts of TGA10 and TGA9 were strongly induced by flg22 in leaves, and this was facilitated by the double knockout of stromal and thylakoid-bound ascorbate peroxidases (APX), which are major H2O2 scavengers in chloroplasts. The flg22-induced H2O2 accumulation was maintained at high level in these APXs mutants, indicating the clade IV TGAs may be induced by the ROS. Furthermore, TGA10 was required for the complete activation of the expression of several flg22-responsive genes in plants treated with this PAMP. These have provided a new insight into the relationship between the TGA transcription factors and ROS-mediated signaling in PAMPs responses. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. [Transient global amnesia (TGA) during an oral provocation test].

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    Hirschfeld, G; Sperfeld, A D; Kassubek, J; Scharffetter-Kochanek, K; Sunderkötter, C

    2007-02-01

    After the oral administration of the COX 2 inhibitor rofecoxib (Vioxx) as part of an oral provocation test, a 64-year-old woman developed acute anterograde and retrograde amnesia which lasted for several hours. The patient did not show symptoms of anaphylaxis. Neurological examination did not reveal focal symptoms or an epileptic seizure. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging only showed a small region of increased signal intensity in the left hippocampus. The patient thus had no anaphylactic drug reaction, but a transient global amnesia (TGA) or amnestic episode. TGA is an acute, reversible, cerebral dysfunctional state which lasts from 1 h up to maximally 24 h and which is associated with anterograde and retrograde amnesia. While about half of the cases appear to occur spontaneously, other cases are preceded by physically or emotionally stressful events. In our patient it may have been the emotional distress caused by the oral provocation testing that has triggered the TGA. When TGA occurs during oral challenge of drugs, we recommend repeating the oral challenge of the tested drug.

  5. [Two cases of transient global amnesia (TGA) following sildenafil use].

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    Shihman, Boris; Auriel, Eitan; Bornstien, Natan M

    2006-09-01

    Only two cases connecting Sildenafil reception and acute memory impairment have been published. Two similar cases were observed in our clinic last year. Sildenafil is a potent inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate in the corpus cavernosum and therefore, increases the penile response to sexual stimulation and is used for erectile dysfunction. The most severe and life-threatening complications of Sildenafil are associated with combined administration with nitrates. The incidence of nonfatal myocardial infarction, stroke and death did not significantly differ between Sildenafil-treated and placebo-treated patients; therefore, Sildenafil does not appear contraindicated in subjects with ischemic heart disease (IHD). Scanty data are available regarding Sildenafil and cerebrovascular disease and there are only a few case reports regarding transient global amnesia (TGA) after Sildenafil use. Two cases of TGA are described immediately following the use of one dose of Sildenafil. The etiology of TGA is not yet completely understood but one of the hypothesizes suggests that the pathophysiology of this condition is related to intracranial vasomotor changes, especially due to venous congestion and venous ischemia of bilateral hippocampal structures. It is also well known that Sildenafil stimulates the relaxation of smooth muscle and causes vasomotor changes. Based on this report, as well as previous reports, it is suggested that a single dose of Sildenafil may stimulate TGA.

  6. Nitrate induction of root hair density is mediated by TGA1/TGA4 and CPC transcription factors in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Canales, Javier; Contreras-López, Orlando; Álvarez, José M; Gutiérrez, Rodrigo A

    2017-10-01

    Root hairs are specialized cells that are important for nutrient uptake. It is well established that nutrients such as phosphate have a great influence on root hair development in many plant species. Here we investigated the role of nitrate on root hair development at a physiological and molecular level. We showed that nitrate increases root hair density in Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that two different root hair defective mutants have significantly less nitrate than wild-type plants, suggesting that in A. thaliana root hairs have an important role in the capacity to acquire nitrate. Nitrate reductase-null mutants exhibited nitrate-dependent root hair phenotypes comparable with wild-type plants, indicating that nitrate is the signal that leads to increased formation of root hairs. We examined the role of two key regulators of root hair cell fate, CPC and WER, in response to nitrate treatments. Phenotypic analyses of these mutants showed that CPC is essential for nitrate-induced responses of root hair development. Moreover, we showed that NRT1.1 and TGA1/TGA4 are required for pathways that induce root hair development by suppression of longitudinal elongation of trichoblast cells in response to nitrate treatments. Our results prompted a model where nitrate signaling via TGA1/TGA4 directly regulates the CPC root hair cell fate specification gene to increase formation of root hairs in A. thaliana. © 2017 The Authors The Plant Journal © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. TGA and DTA studies of solvent-exchanged gels

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    Leeb, K.; Durakpasa, H.; Breiter, M.W.

    1994-12-31

    Sols were prepared in the system TMOS:H{sub 2}O:SOLV:HCl with molar ratios of 1:4:3:0.0005 for SOLV = MEOH, ETOH and DMF. The gelation and aging of these sols took place in cuvettes covered by parafilm. The gels were removed from the cuvettes 14 days after gelation. Solvent exchange was carried out in each of the three solvents for a period of 14 days. Starting with fresh solvent, the exchange was repeated three times. TGA and DTA curves were taken with pieces of the original gels and of gels after the 2nd and 3rd solvent exchange. The TGA curves display a considerable weight loss in the temperature range of solvent evaporation. A small step is observed at higher temperatures if MEOH or ETOH represent the exchange solvent. The DTA curves allow a distinction what mixtures of solvents are present. The effectiveness of the solvent exchange can be evaluated.

  8. Psychiatric Disorders and Function in Adolescents with d-TGA

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    DeMaso, David R; Labella, Madelyn; Taylor, George Alexander; Forbes, Peter W; Stopp, Christian; Bellinger, David C; Rivkin, Michael J; Wypij, David; Newburger, Jane W

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compared adolescents with with d-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) with healthy adolescents with respect to prevalence of psychiatric disorders and global psychosocial functioning. Study design Subjects, consisting of 139 adolescents with d-TGA (16.1±0.5 years) and 61 healthy adolescents (15.3±1.1 years) without known risk factors for brain disorders, underwent a battery of assessments, including semi-structured psychiatric interviews; self-report measures of depressive, anxiety, and disruptive behavior symptoms; and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Previous cognitive functioning and parental stress assessments at age eight as well as parental post-traumatic stress at age 16 years were explored as potential risk factors predictive of overall psychiatric functioning. Results Compared with healthy adolescents, adolescents with d-TGA had higher lifetime prevalence of structured interview-derived ADHD (19% versus 7%, P=0.03), along with reduced global psychosocial functioning (80.6±11.2 versus 87.2±7.1, P<0.001) as well as significant increases in self-reported depressive (P=0.01), anxiety (P=0.02), and disruptive behavior symptoms (parent P<0.001 and adolescent P=0.03). Nevertheless, these youth scored in the non-clinical range on all self-report measures. Level of global psychosocial functioning was positively related to cognitive functioning (P<0.001) and negatively related to parental stress (P=0.008). Conclusions Although adolescents with d-TGA demonstrate significant resilience to known neuropsychological and academic deficits, they show increased rates of ADHD and reduced psychosocial functioning. Impaired cognitive functioning and parental stress at younger age emerged as significant risk factors for psychiatric impairment. PMID:25063716

  9. Arabidopsis basic leucine-zipper transcription factors TGA9 and TGA10 interact with floral glutaredoxins ROXY1 and ROXY2 and are redundantly required for anther development.

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    Murmu, Jhadeswar; Bush, Michael J; DeLong, Catherine; Li, Shutian; Xu, Mingli; Khan, Madiha; Malcolmson, Caroline; Fobert, Pierre R; Zachgo, Sabine; Hepworth, Shelley R

    2010-11-01

    ROXY1 and ROXY2 are CC-type floral glutaredoxins with redundant functions in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) anther development. We show here that plants lacking the basic leucine-zipper transcription factors TGA9 and TGA10 have defects in male gametogenesis that are strikingly similar to those in roxy1 roxy2 mutants. In tga9 tga10 mutants, adaxial and abaxial anther lobe development is differentially affected, with early steps in anther development blocked in adaxial lobes and later steps affected in abaxial lobes. Distinct from roxy1 roxy2, microspore development in abaxial anther lobes proceeds to a later stage with the production of inviable pollen grains contained within nondehiscent anthers. Histological analysis shows multiple defects in the anther dehiscence program, including abnormal stability and lignification of the middle layer and defects in septum and stomium function. Compatible with these defects, TGA9 and TGA10 are expressed throughout early anther primordia but resolve to the middle and tapetum layers during meiosis of pollen mother cells. Several lines of evidence suggest that ROXY promotion of anther development is mediated in part by TGA9 and TGA10. First, TGA9 and TGA10 expression overlaps with ROXY1/2 during anther development. Second, TGA9/10 and ROXY1/2 operate downstream of SPOROCYTELESS/NOZZLE, where they positively regulate a common set of genes that contribute to tapetal development. Third, TGA9 and TGA10 directly interact with ROXY proteins in yeast and in plant cell nuclei. These findings suggest that activation of TGA9/10 transcription factors by ROXY-mediated modification of cysteine residues promotes anther development, thus broadening our understanding of how redox-regulated TGA factors function in plants.

  10. 20 years of arterial switch operation for simple TGA.

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    De Praetere, H; Vandesande, J; Rega, F; Daenen, W; Marc, G; Eyskens, B; Heying, R; Cools, B; Meyns, B

    2014-01-01

    Arterial switch operation became the golden treatment for simple transposition of the great arteries (sTGA). We describe our experience with the arterial switch operation regarding long-term outcome and the need for re-intervention. Nevertheless, supravalvular pulmonary stenosis (SPS) remains a concern in the long run. We assess the evolution of SPS over time and evaluate the effect of technical modifications on SPS during our experience. We performed a retrospective study on 133 patients operated with ASO for TGA between October 1991 and November 2009. Last report method was used. We reviewed our pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery database to examine the echocardiographic data and electrocardiograms. A mean follow-up of 9.2 years (+/- 5.83 SD) was reached. One (0.8%) patient deceased postoperatively due to cardiogenic shock. The overall actuarial freedom from reoperation (open and percutaneous) was 88.1%, 78.5% and 76.9% at 1, 5 and 10 years. SPS needed to be treated in 17 patients. Valve regurgitation at final investigation was maximal moderate in 5 patients for the aortic valve, 10 for pulmonary valve and 3 in tricuspid valve. ASO shows excellent long-term results in sTGA with a very low morbidity and mortality and is therefore the procedure of choice. Re-intervention rate is determined by SPS. Since the extensive mobilization of the pulmonary arteries and the creation of a longer neo-pulmonary root, reduction in SPS was seen with no re-interventions in the second half of the group. To obtain a final comparison with the atrial switch operation, a longer Follow-up is necessary.

  11. [Case report of TGA-1 neonate with hyponatremia].

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    Shimizu, Fumihiro; Shibasaki, Masayuki; Nakajima, Yasufumi; Shime, Nobuaki

    2011-01-01

    A neonate with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) was scheduled for arterial switch operation (ASO) and entered to Pediatric ICU on day 4. Although mainly fed with mother's and formula milk, the serum natrium concentration decreased extremely to 104 mEq x l(-1) on day 9. We prioritized treatment of electrolyte disorders, and the operation was postponed on day 13. After the operation, he was diagnosed as syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) and post operative course was uneventful. Electrolyte control is very important even if the infant is fed with mother's milk.

  12. Arabidopsis clade I TGA transcription factors regulate plant defenses in an NPR1-independent fashion.

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    Shearer, Heather L; Cheng, Yu Ti; Wang, Lipu; Liu, Jinman; Boyle, Patrick; Després, Charles; Zhang, Yuelin; Li, Xin; Fobert, Pierre R

    2012-11-01

    Transcriptional reprogramming during induction of salicylic acid (SA)-mediated defenses is regulated primarily by NPR1 (NONEXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 1), likely through interactions with TGA bZIP transcription factors. To ascertain the contributions of clade I TGA factors (TGA1 and TGA4) to defense responses, a tga1-1 tga4-1 double mutant was constructed and challenged with Pseudomonas syringae and Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis. Although the mutant displayed enhanced susceptibility to virulent P. syringae, it was not compromised in systemic acquired resistance against this pathogen or resistance against avirulent H. arabidopsidis. Microarray analysis of nonelicited and SA-treated plants indicated that clade I TGA factors regulate fewer genes than NPR1. Approximately half of TGA-dependent genes were regulated by NPR1 but, in all cases, the direction of change was opposite in the two mutants. In support of the microarray data, the NPR1-independent disease resistance observed in the autoimmune resistance (R) gene mutant snc1 is partly compromised by tga1-1 tga4-1 mutations, and a triple mutant of clade I TGA factors with npr1-1 is more susceptible than either parent. These results suggest that clade I TGA factors are required for resistance against virulent pathogens and avirulent pathogens mediated by at least some R gene specificities, acting substantially through NPR1-independent pathways.

  13. Mathematical tool from corn stover TGA to determine its composition.

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    Freda, Cesare; Zimbardi, Francesco; Nanna, Francesco; Viola, Egidio

    2012-08-01

    Corn stover was treated by steam explosion process at four different temperatures. A fraction of the four exploded matters was extracted by water. The eight samples (four from steam explosion and four from water extraction of exploded matters) were analysed by wet chemical way to quantify the amount of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Thermogravimetric analysis in air atmosphere was executed on the eight samples. A mathematical tool was developed, using TGA data, to determine the composition of corn stover in terms of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. It uses the biomass degradation temperature as multiple linear function of the cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin content of the biomass with interactive terms. The mathematical tool predicted cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin contents with average absolute errors of 1.69, 5.59 and 0.74 %, respectively, compared to the wet chemical method.

  14. DWI in transient global amnesia and TIA: proposal for an ischaemic origin of TGA.

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    Winbeck, K; Etgen, T; von Einsiedel, H G; Röttinger, M; Sander, D

    2005-03-01

    There are conflicting reports concerning signal intensity changes in transient global amnesia (TGA) using diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). We prospectively analysed DWI signal intensity changes in TIA and TGA patients, and compared the clinical characteristics and risk factors of both groups. Using DWI and conventional T1 and T2 weighted turbo spin echo sequences, 28 patients with acute TGA (13 men, mean age 61.5 years) and 74 TIA patients (47 men, mean age 62.4 years) were studied within 48 hours after symptom onset. Every patient underwent an intensive diagnostic investigation. In 10/28 (36%) of the TGA patients and 21/74 (28%) of the TIA patients, DWI signal intensity changes occurred. The time to DWI and the duration of symptoms were comparable in TIA and TGA patients. Overall, TIA patients showed an increased prevalence of vascular risk factors compared with TGA patients. In the TGA group, patients with abnormal DWI showed carotid atherosclerosis significantly more frequently. Based on our data, we suggest that the aetiology of TGA could be explained by an ischaemic event; due to arterial thrombembolic ischaemia in one subgroup, particularly in those patients with increased vascular risk factors, and due to venous ischaemia in another subgroup with valsalva-like activities before symptom onset.

  15. TGA transcription factors and jasmonate-independent COI1 signalling regulate specific plant responses to reactive oxylipins.

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    Stotz, Henrik U; Mueller, Stefan; Zoeller, Maria; Mueller, Martin J; Berger, Susanne

    2013-02-01

    Jasmonates and phytoprostanes are oxylipins that regulate stress responses and diverse physiological and developmental processes. 12-Oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) and phytoprostanes are structurally related electrophilic cyclopentenones, which activate similar gene expression profiles that are for the most part different from the action of the cyclopentanone jasmonic acid (JA) and its biologically active amino acid conjugates. Whereas JA-isoleucine signals through binding to COI1, the bZIP transcription factors TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6 are involved in regulation of gene expression in response to phytoprostanes. Here root growth inhibition and target gene expression were compared after treatment with JA, OPDA, or phytoprostanes in mutants of the COI1/MYC2 pathway and in different TGA factor mutants. Inhibition of root growth by phytoprostanes was dependent on COI1 but independent of jasmonate biosynthesis. In contrast, phytoprostane-responsive gene expression was strongly dependent on TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6, but not dependent on COI1, MYC2, TGA1, and TGA4. Different mutant and overexpressing lines were used to determine individual contributions of TGA factors to cyclopentenone-responsive gene expression. Whereas OPDA-induced expression of the cytochrome P450 gene CYP81D11 was primarily regulated by TGA2 and TGA5, the glutathione S-transferase gene GST25 and the OPDA reductase gene OPR1 were regulated by TGA5 and TGA6, but less so by TGA2. These results support the model that phytoprostanes and OPDA regulate differently (i) growth responses, which are COI1 dependent but jasmonate independent; and (ii) lipid stress responses, which are strongly dependent on TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6. Identification of molecular components in cyclopentenone signalling provides an insight into novel oxylipin signal transduction pathways.

  16. TGA transcription factors and jasmonate-independent COI1 signalling regulate specific plant responses to reactive oxylipins

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    Stotz, Henrik U.

    2013-01-01

    Jasmonates and phytoprostanes are oxylipins that regulate stress responses and diverse physiological and developmental processes. 12-Oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) and phytoprostanes are structurally related electrophilic cyclopentenones, which activate similar gene expression profiles that are for the most part different from the action of the cyclopentanone jasmonic acid (JA) and its biologically active amino acid conjugates. Whereas JA–isoleucine signals through binding to COI1, the bZIP transcription factors TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6 are involved in regulation of gene expression in response to phytoprostanes. Here root growth inhibition and target gene expression were compared after treatment with JA, OPDA, or phytoprostanes in mutants of the COI1/MYC2 pathway and in different TGA factor mutants. Inhibition of root growth by phytoprostanes was dependent on COI1 but independent of jasmonate biosynthesis. In contrast, phytoprostane-responsive gene expression was strongly dependent on TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6, but not dependent on COI1, MYC2, TGA1, and TGA4. Different mutant and overexpressing lines were used to determine individual contributions of TGA factors to cyclopentenone-responsive gene expression. Whereas OPDA-induced expression of the cytochrome P450 gene CYP81D11 was primarily regulated by TGA2 and TGA5, the glutathione S-transferase gene GST25 and the OPDA reductase gene OPR1 were regulated by TGA5 and TGA6, but less so by TGA2. These results support the model that phytoprostanes and OPDA regulate differently (i) growth responses, which are COI1 dependent but jasmonate independent; and (ii) lipid stress responses, which are strongly dependent on TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6. Identification of molecular components in cyclopentenone signalling provides an insight into novel oxylipin signal transduction pathways. PMID:23349138

  17. Genetic interactions of TGA transcription factors in the regulation of pathogenesis-related genes and disease resistance in Arabidopsis.

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    Kesarwani, Meenu; Yoo, Jungmin; Dong, Xinnian

    2007-05-01

    TGA transcription factors are implicated as regulators of pathogenesis-related (PR) genes because of their physical interaction with the known positive regulator, nonexpresser of PR gene1 (NPR1). A triple-knockout mutant tga2-1 tga5-1 tga6-1 was shown previously to be defective in the induction of PR genes and systemic acquired resistance, confirming their role in disease resistance. However, the contributions of individual TGA factors have been difficult to discern because of functional redundancy among these factors, as well as possible dual functions for some single factors. In this study, we characterized six TGA factors by reverse genetics. We show that TGA3 is required for both basal and 2,6-dichloroisonicotinic acid-induced transcription of PR genes. The tga3-1 mutants were found to be defective in basal pathogen resistance, whereas induced resistance was unaffected. TGA1 and TGA4 play partially redundant roles in regulation of basal resistance, having only moderate effects on PR gene expression. Additionally, an activation-tagged mutant of TGA6 was able to increase basal as well as induced expression of PR1, demonstrating a positive role for TGA6 on PR gene expression. In contrast, TGA2 has repressor activity on PR gene expression even though it can act as a positive regulator in the tga5-1 tga6-1 null mutant background. Finally, we examined the genetic interaction between tga2-2 and suppressor of npr1 inducible1 (sni1-1). TGA2's repressor activity overlaps with SNI1 because the tga2-2 sni1-1 double mutant shows a synergistic effect on PR gene expression.

  18. Children with celiac disease and high tTGA are genetically and phenotypically different

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    Mubarak, Amani; Spierings, Eric; Wolters, Victorien M; Otten, Henny G; ten Kate, Fiebo JW; Houwen, Roderick HJ

    2013-01-01

    AIM: To investigate whether celiac disease (CD) patients with tissue-transglutaminase antibody (tTGA) ≥ 100 U/mL are different from patients with lower tTGA levels. METHODS: Biopsy-proven (Marsh III) pediatric CD patients (n = 116) were prospectively included between March 2009 and October 2012. The biopsies were evaluated by a single pathologist who was blinded to all of the patients’ clinical data. The patients were distributed into 2 groups according to their tTGA level, which was measured using enzyme-linked immunoassay: tTGA ≥ 100 U/mL and tTGA < 100 U/mL. The patients’characteristics, symptoms, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genotype and degree of histological involvement were compared between the 2 groups. RESULTS: A total of 34 (29.3%) children had tTGA values < 100 U/mL and 82 (70.7%) tTGA levels of ≥ 100 U/mL. Patients with high tTGA levels had lower average body weight-for-height standard deviation scores (SDS) than did patients with tTGA < 100 U/mL (-0.20 ± 1.19 SDS vs 0.23 ± 1.03 SDS, P = 0.025). In the low tTGA group, gastrointestinal symptoms were more common (97.1% vs 75.6%, P = 0.006). More specifically, abdominal pain (76.5% vs 51.2%; P = 0.012) and nausea (17.6% vs 3.7%, P = 0.018) were more frequent among patients with low tTGA. In contrast, patients with solely extraintestinal manifestations were only present in the high tTGA group (18.3%, P = 0.005). These patients more commonly presented with aphthous stomatitis (15.9% vs 0.0%, P = 0.010) and anemia (32.9% vs 11.8%, P = 0.019). In addition, when evaluating the number of CD-associated HLA-DQ heterodimers (HLA-DQ2.5, HLA-DQ2.2 and HLA-DQ8), patients with low tTGA levels more commonly had only 1 disease-associated heterodimer (61.8% vs 31.7%, P = 0.005), while patients with high tTGA more commonly had multiple heterodimers. Finally, patients with tTGA ≥ 100 U/mL more often had a Marsh IIIc lesion (73.2% vs 20.6%, P < 0.001) while in patients with low tTGA patchy lesions were more

  19. Differential regulation of TGA transcription factors by post-transcriptional control.

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    Pontier, Dominique; Privat, Isabelle; Trifa, Youssef; Zhou, Jun-Ma; Klessig, Daniel F; Lam, Eric

    2002-12-01

    Transcription factors often belong to multigene families and their individual contribution in a particular regulatory network remains difficult to assess. We show here that specific members from a family of conserved Arabidopsis bZIP transcription factors, the TGA proteins, are regulated in their protein stability by developmental stage-specific proteolysis. Using GFP fusions of three different Arabidopsis TGA factors that represent members of distinct subclasses of the TGA factor family, we demonstrate that two of these TGA proteins are specifically targeted for proteolysis in mature leaf cells. Using a supershift gel mobility assay, we found evidence for similar regulation of the cognate proteins as compared to the GFP fusion proteins expressed under the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter. Using various inhibitors, we showed that the expression of at least one of these three TGA factors could be stabilized by inhibition of proteasome-mediated proteolysis. This study indicates that TGA transcription factors may be regulated by distinct pathways of targeted proteolysis that can serve to modulate the contribution of specific members of a multigene family in complex regulatory pathways.

  20. In silico cloning and characterization of the TGA (TGACG MOTIF-BINDING FACTOR) transcription factors subfamily in Carica papaya.

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    Idrovo Espín, Fabio Marcelo; Peraza-Echeverria, Santy; Fuentes, Gabriela; Santamaría, Jorge M

    2012-05-01

    The TGA transcription factors belong to the subfamily of bZIP group D that play a major role in disease resistance and development. Most of the TGA identified in Arabidopsis interact with the master regulator of SAR, NPR1 that controls the expression of PR genes. As a first approach to determine the possible involvement of these transcription factors in papaya defense, we characterized Arabidopsis TGA orthologs from the genome of Carica papaya cv. SunUp. Six orthologs CpTGA1 to CpTGA6, were identified. The predicted CpTGA proteins were highly similar to AtTGA sequences and probably share the same DNA binding properties and transcriptional regulation features. The protein sequences alignment evidenced the presence of conserved domains, characteristic of this group of transcription factors. The phylogeny showed that CpTGA evolved into three different subclades associated with defense and floral development. This is the first report of basal expression patterns assessed by RT-PCR, from the whole subfamily of CpTGA members in different tissues from papaya cv. Maradol mature plants. Overall, CpTGA1, CpTGA3 CpTGA6 and CpTGA4 showed a basal expression in all tissues tested; CpTGA2 expressed strongly in all tissues except in petioles while CpTGA5 expressed only in petals and to a lower extent in petioles. Although more detailed studies in anthers and other floral structures are required, we suggest that CpTGA5 might be tissue-specific, and it might be involved in papaya floral development. On the other hand, we report here for the first time, the expression of the whole family of CpTGA in response to salicylic acid (SA). The expression of CpTGA3, CpTGA4 and CpTGA6 increased in response to SA, what would suggest its involvement in the SAR response in papaya. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Surface Modified Cellulose Utilizing TGA-MS.

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    Loof, Daniel; Hiller, Matthias; Oschkinat, Hartmut; Koschek, Katharina

    2016-05-25

    With the aim to enhance interfacial adhesion of a hydrophobic polymer matrix and cellulosic fibers and fillers, chemical surface modifications with silane coupling agents are performed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) could be used to determine the degree of surface functionalization. However, similar thermal properties of treated and untreated cellulose hamper a precise determination of silane loading. This contribution deals with quantitative determination of silane loading combining both TGA and elemental analysis. Firstly, silane modified celluloses were studied by FT-IR, Raman, solid state NMR spectroscopy, and polarized light microscopy in order to determine functional groups and to study the impact of chemical treatment on cellulose morphology. Secondly, thermal stability and pyrolysis processes were studied by TG-MS analysis. In order to determine the exact silane loading, the mass percentages of the appropriate elements were quantified by elemental analysis and correlated with the charred residues determined by TGA yielding a linear dependency. With that correlation, it was possible to determine silane loadings for additional samples utilizing simple TGA measurements. The main advantage of that approach is that only one calibration is necessary for routine analyses of further samples and TGA-MS coupling gives additional information on thermal stability and pyrolysis routes, simultaneously.

  2. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Surface Modified Cellulose Utilizing TGA-MS

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    Loof, Daniel; Hiller, Matthias; Oschkinat, Hartmut; Koschek, Katharina

    2016-01-01

    With the aim to enhance interfacial adhesion of a hydrophobic polymer matrix and cellulosic fibers and fillers, chemical surface modifications with silane coupling agents are performed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) could be used to determine the degree of surface functionalization. However, similar thermal properties of treated and untreated cellulose hamper a precise determination of silane loading. This contribution deals with quantitative determination of silane loading combining both TGA and elemental analysis. Firstly, silane modified celluloses were studied by FT-IR, Raman, solid state NMR spectroscopy, and polarized light microscopy in order to determine functional groups and to study the impact of chemical treatment on cellulose morphology. Secondly, thermal stability and pyrolysis processes were studied by TG-MS analysis. In order to determine the exact silane loading, the mass percentages of the appropriate elements were quantified by elemental analysis and correlated with the charred residues determined by TGA yielding a linear dependency. With that correlation, it was possible to determine silane loadings for additional samples utilizing simple TGA measurements. The main advantage of that approach is that only one calibration is necessary for routine analyses of further samples and TGA-MS coupling gives additional information on thermal stability and pyrolysis routes, simultaneously. PMID:28773537

  3. From pioneers to team players: TGA transcription factors provide a molecular link between different stress pathways.

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    Gatz, Christiane

    2013-02-01

    The plant immune system encompasses an arsenal of defense genes that is activated upon recognition of a pathogen. Appropriate adjustment of gene expression is mediated by multiple interconnected signal transduction cascades that finally control the activity of transcription factors. These sequence-specific DNA-binding proteins act at the interface between the DNA and the regulatory protein network. In 1989, tobacco TGA1a was cloned as the first plant transcription factor. Since then, multiple studies have shown that members of the TGA family play important roles in defense responses against biotrophic and necrotrophic pathogens and against chemical stress. Here, we review 22 years of research on TGA factors which have yielded both consistent and conflicting results.

  4. Comparison of the combustion reactivity of TGA and drop tube furnace chars from a bituminous coal

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    Katherine Le Manquais; Colin Snape; Ian McRobbie; Jim Barker; Victoria Pellegrini

    2009-09-15

    This paper compares the reactivity of chars generated in a drop tube furnace (DTF) to those from TGA. The implications of devolatilization temperature, heating rate and residence time are considered. For the smaller particle size ranges of the bituminous coal investigated (ATC), optimized devolatilization procedures were used to generate corresponding TGA burnout rates between the two char types. However, with fractions of >75 {mu}m, the DTF chars showed an increased burnout propensity when moving from combustion regime II to combustion regime III. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and internal surface areas indicate that this is because of incompatible char morphologies. Thus, while chars produced under the conditions of TGA pyrolysis strongly resemble raw coal and display an undeveloped pore network; the DTF chars are highly porous, extensively swollen and possess considerably larger internal surface areas. Subsequently, char burnout variability was quantified, with the reactivity distribution for the DTF samples found to be up to an order of magnitude more significant than for the TGA chars. This is attributed to a fluctuating devolatilization environment on the DTF. Finally, a TGA study observed a robust particle size based compensation effect for the TGA chars, with the relative reaction rates and activation energies demonstrating the presence of internal diffusion control. However this phenomenon was partly alleviated for the DTF chars, since their higher porosities reduce mass transfer restrictions. Moreover, it should be realized that DTF char fractions of <38 {mu}m, including those required to ensure true intrinsic control under the investigated burnout conditions, cannot be produced directly. This is because of bridging and sloughing in the DTF's screw-feeder. Instead, such samples must be created by grinding larger particles, which destroys the char's existing porosity. 60 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

  5. Pyrolysis and gasification of typical components in wastes with macro-TGA.

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    Meng, Aihong; Chen, Shen; Long, Yanqiu; Zhou, Hui; Zhang, Yanguo; Li, Qinghai

    2015-12-01

    The pyrolysis and gasification of typical components of solid waste, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, pectin, starch, polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) were performed and compared in a macro thermogravimetric analyzer (macro-TGA). Three model biomasses, poplar stem, orange peel and Chinese cabbage, were applied to pyrolysis and gasification simulation by their components based on TG curves. Compared to those from TGA, peaks temperature of the differential thermogravimetric (DTG) curves of each samples pyrolysis on macro-TGA delayed 30-55°C due to heat transferring effect. CO2 promoted the thermal decomposition of hemicellulose, lignin, starch, pectin and model biomasses significantly by Boudouard reaction, and enhanced slightly the decomposition of PET. The activation energy (AE) of biomass components pyrolysis on macro-TGA was 167-197 kJ/mol, while that of plastic samples was 185-235 kJ/mol. The activation energy of 351-377 kJ/mol was corresponding to the Boudouard reaction in CO2 gasification. All overlap ratios in pseudo-components simulation were higher than 0.98 to indicate that pseudo-components model could be applied to both pyrolysis and CO2 gasification, and the mass fractions of components derived from pyrolysis and gasification were slightly different but not brought in obvious difference in simulating curves when they were applied across. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. EVALUATION OF TGA AS A QUALITY ASSURANCE TOOL FOR SURFACEMODIFIED ZIRCOLOY-4

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    Korinko, P.; Imrich, K.

    2009-09-21

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and coupled Mass Spectroscopy (MS) were evaluated to determine their suitability as a quality assurance tool for surface modified nickel plated zircaloy-4 liner tubes. Samples with 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 mils of heat treated nickel plate were tested at 330, 370, and 400 C. Not all of the samples exhibited the expected typical parabolic shaped oxidation curve. The measured weight change was consistent for the as received and 0.2 mil and the 0.4 mil surface modified samples. None of the samples were tested under aggressive enough conditions to consume the surface modified materials during the test duration. Use of the Mass Spectrometer in conjunction with the TGA did not produce valuable data and was only used for the 400 C test series; however, the TGA was valuable. The 0.1 and 0.3 mil surface modified Zr-4 samples exhibited thru surface modified layer cracks which could account for the variation in oxidation behavior. TGA tests for periods up to six hours appear viable as a method to ascertain oxidation behavior for consistent results. Additional testing of samples with known variations in surface modified layer thickness and quality is recommended as part of the QA acceptance testing.

  7. Facts about dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries (d-TGA)

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    ... ASD may not have as severe symptoms as infants whose hearts don’t have any mixing of blood. Infants with d-TGA can have a bluish looking ... if it is beating too fast. If the heart is beating too slowly, a pacemaker can be used. Infants who have these surgeries are not cured; they ...

  8. Evaporation of HD Droplets From Nonporous, Inert Surfaces in TGA Microbalance Wind Tunnels

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    2008-09-01

    2007 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Evaporation of HD Droplets from Nonporous, Inert Surfaces in TGA Microbalancc Wind Tunnels 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER DAAD13...hr (lightly swirled on a rotating plateau). Then, the glass was rinsed with dematerialized water and dried (using appropriate fat-free non-felting

  9. Quantitative detection of powdered activated carbon in wastewater treatment plant effluent by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

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    Krahnstöver, Therese; Plattner, Julia; Wintgens, Thomas

    2016-09-15

    For the elimination of potentially harmful micropollutants, powdered activated carbon (PAC) adsorption is applied in many wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). This holds the risk of PAC leakage into the WWTP effluent and desorption of contaminants into natural water bodies. In order to assess a potential PAC leakage, PAC concentrations below several mg/L have to be detected in the WWTP effluent. None of the methods that are used for water analysis today are able to differentiate between activated carbon and solid background matrix. Thus, a selective, quantitative and easily applicable method is still needed for the detection of PAC residues in wastewater. In the present study, a method was developed to quantitatively measure the PAC content in wastewater by using filtration and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), which is a well-established technique for the distinction between different solid materials. For the sample filtration, quartz filters with a temperature stability up to 950 °C were used. This allowed for sensitive and well reproducible measurements, as the TGA was not affected by the presence of the filter. The sample's mass fractions were calculated by integrating the mass decrease rate obtained by TGA in specific, clearly identifiable peak areas. A two-step TGA heating method consisting of N2 and O2 atmospheres led to a good differentiation between PAC and biological background matrix, thanks to the reduction of peak overlapping. A linear correlation was found between a sample's PAC content and the corresponding peak areas under N2 and O2, the sample volume and the solid mass separated by filtration. Based on these findings, various wastewater samples from different WWTPs were then analyzed by TGA with regard to their PAC content. It was found that, compared to alternative techniques such as measurement of turbidity or total suspended solids, the newly developed TGA method allows for a quantitative and selective detection of PAC concentrations down to 0

  10. Arabidopsis clade I TGA factors regulate apoplastic defences against the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae through endoplasmic reticulum-based processes.

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    Wang, Lipu; Fobert, Pierre R

    2013-01-01

    During the plant immune response, large-scale transcriptional reprogramming is modulated by numerous transcription (co) factors. The Arabidopsis basic leucine zipper transcription factors TGA1 and TGA4, which comprise the clade I TGA factors, have been shown to positively contribute to disease resistance against virulent strains of the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. Despite physically interacting with the key immune regulator, NON-EXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 1 (NPR1), following elicitation with salicylic acid (SA), clade I function was shown to be largely independent of NPR1. Unlike mutants in NPR1, tga1-1 tga4-1 plants do not display reductions in steady-state levels of SA-pathway marker genes following treatment with this phenolic signaling metabolite or after challenge with virulent or avirulent P. syringae. By exploiting bacterial strains that have limited capacity to suppress Arabidopsis defence responses, the present study demonstrates that tga1-1 tga4-1 plants are compromised in basal resistance and defective in several apoplastic defence responses, including the oxidative burst of reactive oxygen species, callose deposition, as well as total and apoplastic PATHOGENESIS-RELATED 1 (PR-1) protein accumulation. Furthermore, analysis of npr1-1 and the tga1-1 tga4-1 npr1-1 triple mutant indicates that clade I TGA factors act substantially independent of NPR1 in mediating disease resistance against these strains of P. syringae. Increased sensitivity to the N-glycosylation inhibitor tunicamycin and elevated levels of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress marker genes encoding ER-resident chaperones in mutant seedlings suggest that loss of apoplastic defence responses is associated with aberrant protein secretion and implicate clade I TGA factors as positive regulators of one or more ER-related secretion pathways.

  11. Arabidopsis Clade I TGA Factors Regulate Apoplastic Defences against the Bacterial Pathogen Pseudomonas syringae through Endoplasmic Reticulum-Based Processes

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    Wang, Lipu; Fobert, Pierre R.

    2013-01-01

    During the plant immune response, large-scale transcriptional reprogramming is modulated by numerous transcription (co) factors. The Arabidopsis basic leucine zipper transcription factors TGA1 and TGA4, which comprise the clade I TGA factors, have been shown to positively contribute to disease resistance against virulent strains of the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. Despite physically interacting with the key immune regulator, NON-EXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES 1 (NPR1), following elicitation with salicylic acid (SA), clade I function was shown to be largely independent of NPR1. Unlike mutants in NPR1, tga1-1 tga4-1 plants do not display reductions in steady-state levels of SA-pathway marker genes following treatment with this phenolic signaling metabolite or after challenge with virulent or avirulent P. syringae. By exploiting bacterial strains that have limited capacity to suppress Arabidopsis defence responses, the present study demonstrates that tga1-1 tga4-1 plants are compromised in basal resistance and defective in several apoplastic defence responses, including the oxidative burst of reactive oxygen species, callose deposition, as well as total and apoplastic PATHOGENESIS-RELATED 1 (PR-1) protein accumulation. Furthermore, analysis of npr1-1 and the tga1-1 tga4-1 npr1-1 triple mutant indicates that clade I TGA factors act substantially independent of NPR1 in mediating disease resistance against these strains of P. syringae. Increased sensitivity to the N-glycosylation inhibitor tunicamycin and elevated levels of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress marker genes encoding ER-resident chaperones in mutant seedlings suggest that loss of apoplastic defence responses is associated with aberrant protein secretion and implicate clade I TGA factors as positive regulators of one or more ER-related secretion pathways. PMID:24086773

  12. Thermal degradation studies and kinetic modeling of cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) pyrolysis using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

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    Damartzis, Th; Vamvuka, D; Sfakiotakis, S; Zabaniotou, A

    2011-05-01

    A key element in the design of sustainable pyrolysis processes is the thermal degradation kinetics of biomass. In this work, pyrolysis tests for cardoon (Cynara carduculus) stems and leaves were performed in a non-isothermal thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) in order to determine the thermal degradation behavior of both stems and leaves. The kinetic parameters of the process were evaluated using three different kinetic models, the independent parallel reaction model, KAS and OFW iso-conversional model. Good agreement with the experimental TGA data was observed for all models, the best being with the independent parallel reaction model. A variance in the activation energy with conversion was observed when the KAS and OFW models were employed, which reveals that the pyrolysis of cardoon progresses through more complex and multi-step kinetics.

  13. Sudden death due to nonarrhythmic cause in a patient with L-TGA.

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    Hayward, Robert M; Ursell, Philip C; Foster, Elyse; Tseng, Zian H

    2014-05-01

    We report a case of sudden death in a clinically stable adult with l-transposition of the great arteries (l-TGA). Sudden death has been reported to be the leading cause of death in l-TGA and is often attributed to arrhythmias in the absence of another identifiable cause. However, the contribution of nonarrhythmic causes to the burden of sudden death in this population is unknown. Comprehensive postmortem investigation, including autopsy and pacemaker interrogation, demonstrated that the cause of death was massive pulmonary hemorrhage due to stenosis of the patient's mechanical tricuspid (systemic AV) valve. This report highlights the important contribution of nonarrhythmic causes of sudden death in this population and the value of autopsy and device interrogation in determining true cause of death. ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Aqueous synthesis and characterization of TGA-capped CdSe quantum dots at freezing temperature.

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    Sun, Qizhuang; Fu, Shasha; Dong, Tingmei; Liu, Shuxian; Huang, Chaobiao

    2012-07-11

    CdSe quantum dots (QDs) have traditionally been synthesized in organic phase and then transferred to aqueous solution by functionalizing their surface with silica, polymers, short-chain thiol ligands, or phospholipid micelles. However, a drastic increase in the hydrodynamic size and biotoxicity of QDs may hinder their biomedical applications. In this paper, the TGA-capped CdSe QDs are directly synthesized in aqueous phase at freezing temperature, and they prove to possess high QY (up to 14%).

  15. Ductal recanalization and stenting for late presenters with TGA intact ventricular septum.

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    Kothari, Shyam S; Ramakrishnan, Sivasubramanian; Senguttuvan, Nagendra Boopathy; Gupta, Saurabh Kumar; Bisoi, Akshay K

    2011-07-01

    The ideal management strategy for patients presenting late with transposition of great arteries (TGA), intact ventricular septum (IVS), and regressed left ventricle (LV) is not clear. Primary switch, two-stage switch, and Senning operation are the options. Left ventricular retraining prior to arterial switch by ductal stenting may be effective, but the experience is very limited. Five of six children aged 3-6 months with TGA-IVS and regressed LV underwent recanalization and transcatheter stenting of ductus arteriosus. The ductal stent was removed during arterial switch surgery. The procedure was successful in 5/6 patients. All the patients had totally occluded ductus and needed recanalization with coronary total occlusion hardware. The ductus was dilated and stented with coronary stents. In all the patients, there was significant luminal narrowing despite adequate stent placement and deployment. Two patients needed reintervention for abrupt closure of the stent. Ductal stenting resulted in left ventricular preparedness within 7-14 days. One patient died of progressive sepsis after 14 days of stenting, even though the LV was prepared. Four patients underwent successful uneventful arterial switch surgery. During surgery, it was observed that the mucosal folds of duct were protruding through the struts of the stent in one patient. Ductal stenting is a good alternative strategy for left ventricular retraining in TGA with regressed LV even in patients with occluded ducts.

  16. The role of teosinte glume architecture (tga1) in coordinated regulation and evolution of grass glumes and inflorescence axes.

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    Preston, Jill C; Wang, Huai; Kursel, Lisa; Doebley, John; Kellogg, Elizabeth A

    2012-01-01

    • Hardened floral bracts and modifications to the inflorescence axis of grasses have been hypothesized to protect seeds from predation and/or aid seed dispersal, and have evolved multiple times independently within the family. Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in the maize (Zea mays ssp. mays) gene teosinte glume architecture (tga1) underlie a reduction in hardened structures, yielding free fruits that are easy to harvest. It remains unclear whether the causative mutation(s) occurred in the cis-regulatory or protein-coding regions of tga1, and whether similar mutations in TGA1-like genes can explain variation in the dispersal unit in related grasses. • To address these questions TGA1-like genes were cloned and sequenced from a number of grasses and analyzed phylogenetically in relation to morphology; protein expression was investigated by immunolocalization. • TGA1-like proteins were expressed throughout the spikelet in the early development of all grasses, and throughout the flower of the grass relative Joinvillea. Later in development, expression patterns differed between Tripsacum dactyloides, maize and teosinte (Z. mays ssp. parviglumis). • These results suggest an ancestral role for TGA1-like genes in early spikelet development, but do not support the hypothesis that TGA1-like genes have been repeatedly modified to affect glume and inflorescence axis diversification.

  17. Comparison of the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Franz cell methods to assess dermal diffusion of volatile chemicals.

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    Rauma, Matias; Johanson, Gunnar

    2009-08-01

    Recent work in our laboratory shows that it is possible to measure the minute weight changes of skin during exposure to chemical vapor using the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) method. Further, the TGA weight curves can be analyzed with a two-compartment diffusion model, yielding two sets of diffusion and skin:air partition coefficients. In this study, the dermal diffusion of six chemical vapors (n-butanol, cyclohexanone, ethyl benzene, n-hexane, styrene and m-xylene) were studied by the TGA method using neonatal pig skin. The penetration of the six substances was also studied using conventional Franz diffusion cells and neat, liquid chemical. A combined analysis of the data, along with previously published data on four additional substances (n-butyl acetate, methanol, 2-propanol and toluene) suggest a good agreement between the TGA and the Franz cell methods with respect to diffusion coefficients. An interesting observation is that correction of the TGA-derived diffusion coefficients by the octanol:water partition coefficient improves the agreement with the Franz cell-derived coefficients. TGA-data for seven of the substances were further compared with dermal diffusion studies on chemical vapor reported by other investigators. The comparisons show good agreement with respect to permeability as well as skin:air partition coefficients. In conclusion, it appears that good estimates of diffusion coefficients as well as skin:air and permeability coefficients can be derived for volatile chemicals with the TGA technique.

  18. The TGA codons are present in the open reading frame of selenoprotein P cDNA

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    Hill, K.E.; Lloyd, R.S.; Read, R.; Burk, R.F. )

    1991-03-11

    The TGA codon in DNA has been shown to direct incorporation of selenocysteine into protein. Several proteins from bacteria and animals contain selenocysteine in their primary structures. Each of the cDNA clones of these selenoproteins contains one TGA codon in the open reading frame which corresponds to the selenocysteine in the protein. A cDNA clone for selenoprotein P (SeP), obtained from a {gamma}ZAP rat liver library, was sequenced by the dideoxy termination method. The correct reading frame was determined by comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence with the amino acid sequence of several peptides from SeP. Using SeP labelled with {sup 75}Se in vivo, the selenocysteine content of the peptides was verified by the collection of carboxymethylated {sup 77}Se-selenocysteine as it eluted from the amino acid analyzer and determination of the radioactivity contained in the collected samples. Ten TGA codons are present in the open reading frame of the cDNA. Peptide fragmentation studies and the deduced sequence indicate that selenium-rich regions are located close to the carboxy terminus. Nine of the 10 selenocysteines are located in the terminal 26% of the sequence with four in the terminal 15 amino acids. The deduced sequence codes for a protein of 385 amino acids. Cleavage of the signal peptide gives the mature protein with 366 amino acids and a calculated mol wt of 41,052 Da. Searches of PIR and SWISSPROT protein databases revealed no similarity with glutathione peroxidase or other selenoproteins.

  19. Thermal characterization and model free kinetics of aged epoxies and foams using TGA and DSC methods.

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    Cordaro, Joseph Gabriel; Kruizenga, Alan Michael; Nissen, April

    2013-10-01

    Two classes of materials, poly(methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) or PMDI foam, and cross-linked epoxy resins, were characterized using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), to help understand the effects of aging and %E2%80%9Cbake-out%E2%80%9D. The materials were evaluated for mass loss and the onset of decomposition. In some experiments, volatile materials released during heating were analyzed via mass spectroscopy. In all, over twenty materials were evaluated to compare the mass loss and onset temperature for decomposition. Model free kinetic (MFK) measurements, acquired using variable heating rate TGA experiments, were used to calculate the apparent activation energy of thermal decomposition. From these compiled data the effects of aging, bake-out, and sample history on the thermal stability of materials were compared. No significant differences between aged and unaged materials were detected. Bake-out did slightly affect the onset temperature of decomposition but only at the highest bake-out temperatures. Finally, some recommendations for future handling are made.

  20. Solid-state NMR and TGA studies of silver reduction in chabazite.

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    Chen, Fu; Liu, Yan; Wasylishen, Roderick E; Xu, Zhenghe; Kuznicki, Steven M

    2012-03-01

    Silver-exchanged molecular sieves have shown great promise in applications ranging from antimicrobial materials to the adsorption of xenon and iodide, two key contaminants emitted from nuclear reactors. In this work, solid-state 27Al and 29Si MAS NMR and TGA were used to study silver reduction in silver-exchanged chabazite under various thermal conditions. The solid-state NMR results for both 27Al and 29Si show that there are no major changes in the chabazite during silver reduction in an argon stream; however a progressive structural change does take place in the hydrogen stream. The structural change likely involves breaking the silicon oxygen bond of the Si-O-AI fragment of chabazite, leading to the formation of extra-framework aluminum oxide. The TGA results at temperatures up to 600 degrees C indicate that silver reduction is less complete in an argon stream than in a hydrogen stream. In this paper we propose that silver reduction occurs via the following reactions: 2(Ag + ZO-)+H2O --> 1/2O2+2Ag0 + 2ZOH and nAg + mAg = Ag(m+n)n+ (in an argon stream); and Ag(+) + ZO(-) + 1/2H2 = Ag0 + ZOH and 2ZOH = ZO(-) + Z(+) + H2O (in a hydrogen stream).

  1. Co-pyrolysis characteristics of sawdust and coal blend in TGA and a fixed bed reactor.

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    Park, Dong Kyoo; Kim, Sang Done; Lee, See Hoon; Lee, Jae Goo

    2010-08-01

    Co-pyrolysis characteristics of sawdust and coal blend were determined in TGA and a fixed bed reactor. The yield and conversion of co-pyrolysis of sawdust and coal blend based on volatile matters are higher than those of the sum of sawdust and coal individually. Form TGA experiments, weight loss rate of sawdust and coal blend increases above 400 degrees C and additional weight loss was observed at 700 degrees C. In a fixed bed at isothermal condition, the synergy to produce more volatiles is appeared at 500-700 degrees C, and the maximum synergy exhibits with a sawdust blending ratio of 0.6 at 600 degrees C. The gas product yields remarkably increase at lower temperature range by reducing tar yield. The CO yield increases up to 26% at 400 degrees C and CH(4) yield increases up to 62% at 600 degrees C compared with the calculated value from the additive model. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. The N-Terminus of the Floral Arabidopsis TGA Transcription Factor PERIANTHIA Mediates Redox-Sensitive DNA-Binding

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    Gutsche, Nora; Zachgo, Sabine

    2016-01-01

    The Arabidopsis TGA transcription factor (TF) PERIANTHIA (PAN) regulates the formation of the floral organ primordia as revealed by the pan mutant forming an abnormal pentamerous arrangement of the outer three floral whorls. The Arabidopsis TGA bZIP TF family comprises 10 members, of which PAN and TGA9/10 control flower developmental processes and TGA1/2/5/6 participate in stress-responses. For the TGA1 protein it was shown that several cysteines can be redox-dependently modified. TGA proteins interact in the nucleus with land plant-specific glutaredoxins, which may alter their activities posttranslationally. Here, we investigated the DNA-binding of PAN to the AAGAAT motif under different redox-conditions. The AAGAAT motif is localized in the second intron of the floral homeotic regulator AGAMOUS (AG), which controls stamen and carpel development as well as floral determinacy. Whereas PAN protein binds to this regulatory cis-element under reducing conditions, the interaction is strongly reduced under oxidizing conditions in EMSA studies. The redox-sensitive DNA-binding is mediated via a special PAN N-terminus, which is not present in other Arabidopsis TGA TFs and comprises five cysteines. Two N-terminal PAN cysteines, Cys68 and Cys87, were shown to form a disulfide bridge and Cys340, localized in a C-terminal putative transactivation domain, can be S-glutathionylated. Comparative land plant analyses revealed that the AAGAAT motif exists in asterid and rosid plant species. TGA TFs with N-terminal extensions of variable length were identified in all analyzed seed plants. However, a PAN-like N-terminus exists only in the rosids and exclusively Brassicaceae homologs comprise four to five of the PAN N-terminal cysteines. Redox-dependent modifications of TGA cysteines are known to regulate the activity of stress-related TGA TFs. Here, we show that the N-terminal PAN cysteines participate in a redox-dependent control of the PAN interaction with a highly conserved

  3. The N-Terminus of the Floral Arabidopsis TGA Transcription Factor PERIANTHIA Mediates Redox-Sensitive DNA-Binding.

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    Gutsche, Nora; Zachgo, Sabine

    2016-01-01

    The Arabidopsis TGA transcription factor (TF) PERIANTHIA (PAN) regulates the formation of the floral organ primordia as revealed by the pan mutant forming an abnormal pentamerous arrangement of the outer three floral whorls. The Arabidopsis TGA bZIP TF family comprises 10 members, of which PAN and TGA9/10 control flower developmental processes and TGA1/2/5/6 participate in stress-responses. For the TGA1 protein it was shown that several cysteines can be redox-dependently modified. TGA proteins interact in the nucleus with land plant-specific glutaredoxins, which may alter their activities posttranslationally. Here, we investigated the DNA-binding of PAN to the AAGAAT motif under different redox-conditions. The AAGAAT motif is localized in the second intron of the floral homeotic regulator AGAMOUS (AG), which controls stamen and carpel development as well as floral determinacy. Whereas PAN protein binds to this regulatory cis-element under reducing conditions, the interaction is strongly reduced under oxidizing conditions in EMSA studies. The redox-sensitive DNA-binding is mediated via a special PAN N-terminus, which is not present in other Arabidopsis TGA TFs and comprises five cysteines. Two N-terminal PAN cysteines, Cys68 and Cys87, were shown to form a disulfide bridge and Cys340, localized in a C-terminal putative transactivation domain, can be S-glutathionylated. Comparative land plant analyses revealed that the AAGAAT motif exists in asterid and rosid plant species. TGA TFs with N-terminal extensions of variable length were identified in all analyzed seed plants. However, a PAN-like N-terminus exists only in the rosids and exclusively Brassicaceae homologs comprise four to five of the PAN N-terminal cysteines. Redox-dependent modifications of TGA cysteines are known to regulate the activity of stress-related TGA TFs. Here, we show that the N-terminal PAN cysteines participate in a redox-dependent control of the PAN interaction with a highly conserved

  4. TGA-DTA and chemical composition study of raw material of Bikaner region for electrical porcelain

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    Tak, S. K.; Shekhawat, M. S.; Mangal, R.

    2013-06-01

    Porcelains are vitrified and a fine grained ceramic product, used either glazed or unglazed and is often manufactured from a tri-axial body mix of clays, quartz and alkaline feldspar. Physical properties associated with porcelain include those of permeability, high strength, hardness, glassiness, durability, whiteness, translucence, resonance, brittleness, high resistance to the passage of electricity, high resistance to thermal shock and high elasticity[1,2]. Porcelain insulators are made from three raw materials; clay; feldspar and quartz. For porcelain manufacture the clay is categorized in two groups; ball clay and kaolin, each of which plays an important role, either in the preparation of the product or in the properties of the finished products. The following research highlights the importance that suits these materials for their contributions to the final properties of the product. Keeping this view a TGA-DTA and chemical composition of these raw materials were observed and these materials are found suitable for production of Electrical Porcelain.

  5. D-TGA Combined With Left Arch Atresia of a Double Aortic Arch.

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    Zhou, Dan; Song, Laichun; Tao, Liang; Zhou, Hong

    2017-05-05

    A three-month-old female underwent an arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries (TGA) with concomitant ventricular septal defect (VSD). After the operation, the patient suffered from stubborn pulmonary infection with increased airway resistance, and could not be weaned from a ventilator. Multispiral computed tomography (CT) scanning suggested a double aortic arch with left arch atresia. The patient underwent a second procedure to resection the left aortic arch. The patient gradually recovered and was successfully weaned from the ventilator. Copyright © 2017 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Co-pyrolysis characteristics of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris and coal through TGA.

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    Chen, Chunxiang; Ma, Xiaoqian; He, Yao

    2012-08-01

    To find out an alternative of coal saving, a kind of microalgae, Chlorella vulgaris (C. vulgaris) which is widespread in fresh water was introduced into coal pyrolysis process. In this work, the pyrolysis experiments of C. vulgaris and coal blend (CCB) were carried out by TGA, and those of C. vulgaris and coal were also taken respectively as control groups. It was found that: the TG and DTG profiles of CCB were similar to C. vulgaris, but different from coal under various blending ratios; DTG profiles of CCB were different at several heating rates; interaction was observed between the solid phases of CCB; kinetic triplets were determined by the Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS), Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO), and master-plots method, respectively. The results provide a reference for further study on co-pyrolysis of microalgae and coal to a certain extent. Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Pyrolysis behaviors and kinetics of refining and chemicals wastewater, lignite and their blends through TGA.

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    Mu, Lin; Chen, Jianbiao; Yin, Hongchao; Song, Xigeng; Li, Aimin; Chi, Xiao

    2015-03-01

    Co-pyrolysis behaviors of refining and chemicals wastewater solid (RS) and Huolinhe lignite (HL) were investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The thermal degradation process of RS and the blends proceeded in three stages, while two stages for HL. The increased percentage of RS in the blends reduced the characteristic temperature (Ti, Tp, Tf) and residual mass (Mr), while raised the characteristic reaction rate (Rp, Rv) and comprehensive devolatilization parameter (D). The results indicated that there existed some inhibitive interactions between RS and HL. The activation energies were calculated by using the Friedman and Starink method. The activation energy of RS increased first and then decreased with conversion degree, and the variation wasn't as great as that of the blends and lignite. No matter which conversion degree is, the activation energy decreased with the percentage of RS in the blends increasing. The minimum value was obtained by blending 75wt.% RS. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Complex formation of Sn(II) with glycine: an IR, DTA/TGA and DFT investigation.

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    Novikova, Galina V; Petrov, Alexander I; Staloverova, Natalya A; Samoilo, Alexander S; Dergachev, Ilya D; Shubin, Alexander A

    2015-01-25

    The novel Sn(Gly)2⋅H2O complex compound has been synthesized and characterized by TGA, IR and Raman spectroscopy. Molecular spectroscopy and ab initio simulation have given the evidence of glycine molecule being coordinated to Sn(II) as bidentate chelating ligand by oxygen atom of carboxyl group and nitrogen atom of amino group. Water molecule is bonded with amino and carboxylic groups by hydrogen bonds in the out sphere. The M06, TPSS, TPSSm, TPSSh and revTPSS density functionals have been tested for calculation of structural and vibrational data. The vibrational assignment of experimental IR and Raman and simulated spectra has been carried out. The TPSS and TPSSm density functionals and Def2-TZVP basis set have provided the most accurate results. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Motor skill learning and offline-changes in TGA patients with acute hippocampal CA1 lesions.

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    Döhring, Juliane; Stoldt, Anne; Witt, Karsten; Schönfeld, Robby; Deuschl, Günther; Born, Jan; Bartsch, Thorsten

    2017-04-01

    Learning and the formation of memory are reflected in various memory systems in the human brain such as the hippocampus based declarative memory system and the striatum-cortex based system involved in motor sequence learning. It is a matter of debate how both memory systems interact in humans during learning and consolidation and how this interaction is influenced by sleep. We studied the effect of an acute dysfunction of hippocampal CA1 neurons on the acquisition (on-line condition) and off-line changes of a motor skill in patients with a transient global amnesia (TGA). Sixteen patients (68 ± 4.4 yrs) were studied in the acute phase and during follow-up using a declarative and procedural test, and were compared to controls. Acute TGA patients displayed profound deficits in all declarative memory functions. During the acute amnestic phase, patients were able to acquire the motor skill task reflected by increasing finger tapping speed across the on-line condition, albeit to a lesser degree than during follow-up or compared to controls. Retrieval two days later indicated a greater off-line gain in motor speed in patients than controls. Moreover, this gain in motor skill performance was negatively correlated to the declarative learning deficit. Our results suggest a differential interaction between procedural and declarative memory systems during acquisition and consolidation of motor sequences in older humans. During acquisition, hippocampal dysfunction attenuates fast learning and thus unmasks the slow and rigid learning curve of striatum-based procedural learning. The stronger gains in the post-consolidation condition in motor skill in CA1 lesioned patients indicate a facilitated consolidation process probably occurring during sleep, and suggest a competitive interaction between the memory systems. These findings might be a reflection of network reorganization and plasticity in older humans and in the presence of CA1 hippocampal pathology.

  10. Novel mutation in TGA stop-codon of bovine SIX6 gene.

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    Huai, Y T; Lan, X Y; Ma, L; Wang, J; Lei, C Z; Chen, H; Wang, J Q

    2011-01-01

    As a transcriptional regulatory gene of the SIX family, SIX6 (also known as OPTX2, SIX9), probably affects pituitary development and secretion of hormones, suggesting that this gene is a potential candidate gene for studying association with growth trait in animals. Therefore, this study is first of all focused on detecting sequence variations in a bovine SIX6 gene and on its effects on growth traits in 1087 cattle from five Chinese cattle breeds using DNA sequencing and HhaI-ACRS-PCR methods. Herein, a novel mutation (NC_007308: g 2015T > C) in the TGA stop-codon of a bovine SIX6 gene was found, which leads to an ORF shift and extension of the encoded protein for four amino acids (Arg223-Gln224-Arg225-Val226). The frequency of allele "C" varied from 0.255 (Chinese Holsteins) to 0.614 (Hasake). They all were in the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium except Jiaxian Red and Hasake cattle. Using amino acid sequence alignment and online prediction software, a new helix in the C-terminal domain of the mutated bovine SIX6 protein was revealed, which possibly affects pituitary development and hormone secretion. So, relationship analysis between this polymorphism and growth traits in the Nanyang breed was carried out based on a proper linear model. Although no statistically significant associations were observed (P > 0.05), the presented work preliminarily demonstrated a novel mutation in the TGA stop-codon which extends the spectrum of genetic variations of the bovine SIX6 gene and might be of interest in terms of its association with other biophysical and biochemical indexes.

  11. Is some better than none: are TEG and TGA profiles different in severe FVIII-deficient patients with inhibitors?

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    Salinas, V; Carmona, R; Mohammed, B M; Martin, E J; Brophy, D F; Young, G

    2015-05-01

    Severe factor VIII (FVIII)-deficient patients with and without FVIII inhibitors cannot be distinguished using FVIII levels. The FVIII assay is sensitive to detect factor levels below 1%. While severe FVIII-deficient, non-inhibitor patients have FVIII < 1%, they may retain unmeasurable residual factor activity. In contrast, inhibitor patients have a FVIII antibody that presumably fully eliminates FVIII activity. It is unknown whether thromboelastography (TEG) and thrombin generation assay (TGA) can differentiate between patients with FVIII < 1% with and without the presence of FVIII inhibitors. The primary objective was to discern whether TEG and TGA could differentiate between severe FVIII-deficient patients with and without the presence of FVIII inhibitors. A secondary objective was to correlate TEG and TGA to annualized bleeding rates. This observational study performed TEG and TGA in healthy volunteers (N = 15), severe FVIII-deficient (N = 15) and severe FVIII-deficient patients with inhibitors (N = 15). Kaolin-activated TEG was better at differentiating reaction time (31.3 vs. 120 min respectively, P = 0.004) and kinetics time (6.1 vs. 23.1 min respectively, P = 0.028) between the non-inhibitor and inhibitor patients. TEG activated by tissue factor in plasma-containing corn trypsin inhibitor failed to differentiate groups. The TGA failed to differentiate peak thrombin, endogenous thrombin potential and lag time between groups. There was no correlation between TEG and TGA with annualized bleeding rates. Kaolin-activated TEG, but not TGA, differentiated between severe FVIII-deficient patients with and without inhibitors. These assays did not find a correlation to annualized bleeding rate.

  12. Involvement of DkTGA1 Transcription Factor in Anaerobic Response Leading to Persimmon Fruit Postharvest De-Astringency.

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    Zhu, Qing-Gang; Wang, Miao-Miao; Gong, Zi-Yuan; Fang, Fang; Sun, Ning-Jing; Li, Xian; Grierson, Donald; Yin, Xue-Ren; Chen, Kun-Song

    2016-01-01

    Persimmon fruit are unique in accumulating proanthocyanidins (tannins) during development, which cause astringency in mature fruit. In 'Mopanshi' persimmon, astringency can be removed by treatment with 95% CO2, which increases the concentrations of ethanol and acetaldehyde by glycolysis, and precipitates the soluble tannin. A TGA transcription factor, DkTGA1, belonging to the bZIP super family, was isolated from an RNA-seq database and real-time quantitative PCR indicated that DkTGA1 was up-regulated by CO2 treatment, in concert with the removal of astringency from persimmon fruit. Dual-luciferase assay revealed that DkTGA1 had a small (less than 2-fold), but significant effect on the promoters of de-astringency-related genes DkADH1, DkPDC2 and DkPDC3, which encode enzymes catalyzing formation of acetaldehyde and ethanol. A combination of DkTGA1 and a second transcription factor, DkERF9, shown previously to be related to de-astringency, showed additive effects on the activation of the DkPDC2 promoter. Yeast one-hybrid assay showed that DkERF9, but not DkTGA1, could bind to the DkPDC2 promoter. Thus, although DkTGA1 expression is positively associated with persimmon fruit de-astringency, trans-activation analyses with DkPDC2 indicates it is likely to act by binding indirectly DkPDC2 promoter, might with helps of DkERF9.

  13. Involvement of DkTGA1 Transcription Factor in Anaerobic Response Leading to Persimmon Fruit Postharvest De-Astringency

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    Zhu, Qing-gang; Wang, Miao-miao; Gong, Zi-yuan; Fang, Fang; Sun, Ning-jing; Li, Xian; Grierson, Donald; Yin, Xue-ren; Chen, Kun-song

    2016-01-01

    Persimmon fruit are unique in accumulating proanthocyanidins (tannins) during development, which cause astringency in mature fruit. In ‘Mopanshi’ persimmon, astringency can be removed by treatment with 95% CO2, which increases the concentrations of ethanol and acetaldehyde by glycolysis, and precipitates the soluble tannin. A TGA transcription factor, DkTGA1, belonging to the bZIP super family, was isolated from an RNA-seq database and real-time quantitative PCR indicated that DkTGA1 was up-regulated by CO2 treatment, in concert with the removal of astringency from persimmon fruit. Dual-luciferase assay revealed that DkTGA1 had a small (less than 2-fold), but significant effect on the promoters of de-astringency-related genes DkADH1, DkPDC2 and DkPDC3, which encode enzymes catalyzing formation of acetaldehyde and ethanol. A combination of DkTGA1 and a second transcription factor, DkERF9, shown previously to be related to de-astringency, showed additive effects on the activation of the DkPDC2 promoter. Yeast one-hybrid assay showed that DkERF9, but not DkTGA1, could bind to the DkPDC2 promoter. Thus, although DkTGA1 expression is positively associated with persimmon fruit de-astringency, trans-activation analyses with DkPDC2 indicates it is likely to act by binding indirectly DkPDC2 promoter, might with helps of DkERF9. PMID:27196670

  14. General Detoxification and Stress Responses Are Mediated by Oxidized Lipids through TGA Transcription Factors in Arabidopsis[W

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    Mueller, Stefan; Hilbert, Beate; Dueckershoff, Katharina; Roitsch, Thomas; Krischke, Markus; Mueller, Martin J.; Berger, Susanne

    2008-01-01

    12-oxo-phytodienoic acid and several phytoprostanes are cyclopentenone oxylipins that are formed via the enzymatic jasmonate pathway and a nonenzymatic, free radical–catalyzed pathway, respectively. Both types of cyclopentenone oxylipins induce the expression of genes related to detoxification, stress responses, and secondary metabolism, a profile clearly distinct from that of the cyclopentanone jasmonic acid. Microarray analyses revealed that 60% of the induction by phytoprostanes and 30% of the induction by 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid was dependent on the TGA transcription factors TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6. Moreover, treatment with phytoprostanes and 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid inhibited cell division and root growth, a property also shared by jasmonic acid. Besides being potent signals, cyclopentenones and other lipid peroxidation products are reactive electrophiles that can covalently bind to and damage proteins. To this end, we show that at least two of the induced detoxification enzymes efficiently metabolize cyclopentenones in vitro. Accumulation of two of these metabolites was detectable during Pseudomonas infection. The cyclopentenone oxylipin gene induction profile resembles the defense response induced by a variety of lipophilic xenobiotics. Hence, oxidized lipids may activate chemosensory mechanisms of a general broad-spectrum detoxification network involving TGA transcription factors. PMID:18334669

  15. Suppression of TGA Mutations in the Bacillus subtilis spoIIR Gene by prfB Mutations

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    Karow, Margaret L.; Rogers, Elizabeth J.; Lovett, Paul S.; Piggot, Patrick J.

    1998-01-01

    An unexpectedly high proportion of TGA nonsense mutations was obtained in a collection of chemically induced mutations in the spoIIR locus of Bacillus subtilis. Of 11 different mutations obtained, TGA mutations were found in four codons, whereas only three codons yielded missense mutations. Six suppressors of the TGA mutations were isolated, and five of the suppressing mutations were mapped to the prfB gene encoding protein release factor 2. These are the first mutations shown to map to the B. subtilis prfB locus. The sequence of the prfB gene was completed, and two revisions of the published sequence were made. The five prfB mutations also resulted in suppression of the catA86-TGA mutation to between 19 and 54% of the expression of catA86+, compared to the readthrough level of 6% in the prfB+ strain. N-terminal sequencing of suppressed catA86-TGA-specified protein demonstrated that the amino acid inserted at UGA because of the prfB1 mutations was tryptophan. PMID:9696765

  16. Nuclear activity of ROXY1, a glutaredoxin interacting with TGA factors, is required for petal development in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Li, Shutian; Lauri, Andrea; Ziemann, Mark; Busch, Andrea; Bhave, Mrinal; Zachgo, Sabine

    2009-02-01

    Glutaredoxins (GRXs) have thus far been associated mainly with redox-regulated processes participating in stress responses. However, ROXY1, encoding a GRX, has recently been shown to regulate petal primorida initiation and further petal morphogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. ROXY1 belongs to a land plant-specific class of GRXs that has a CC-type active site motif, which deviates from ubiquitously occurring CPYC and CGFS GRXs. Expression studies of yellow fluorescent protein-ROXY1 fusion genes driven by the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter reveal a nucleocytoplasmic distribution of ROXY1. We demonstrate that nuclear localization of ROXY1 is indispensable and thus crucial for its activity in flower development. Yeast two-hybrid screens identified TGA transcription factors as interacting proteins, which was confirmed by bimolecular fluorescence complementation experiments showing their nuclear interaction in planta. Overlapping expression patterns of ROXY1 and TGA genes during flower development demonstrate that ROXY1/TGA protein interactions can occur in vivo and support their biological relevance in petal development. Deletion analysis of ROXY1 demonstrates the importance of the C terminus for its functionality and for mediating ROXY1/TGA protein interactions. Phenotypic analysis of the roxy1-2 pan double mutant and an engineered chimeric repressor mutant from PERIANTHIA (PAN), a floral TGA gene, supports a dual role of ROXY1 in petal development. Together, our results show that the ROXY1 protein functions in the nucleus, likely by modifying PAN posttranslationally and thereby regulating its activity in petal primordia initiation. Additionally, ROXY1 affects later petal morphogenesis, probably by modulating other TGA factors that might act redundantly during differentiation of second whorl organs.

  17. SA-inducible Arabidopsis glutaredoxin interacts with TGA factors and suppresses JA-responsive PDF1.2 transcription.

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    Ndamukong, Ivan; Abdallat, Ayed Al; Thurow, Corinna; Fode, Benjamin; Zander, Mark; Weigel, Ralf; Gatz, Christiane

    2007-04-01

    Salicylic acid (SA) is a plant signaling molecule that mediates the induction of defense responses upon attack by a variety of pathogens. Moreover, it antagonizes gene induction by the stress signaling molecule jasmonic acid (JA). Several SA-responsive genes are regulated by basic/leucine zipper-type transcription factors of the TGA family. TGA factors interact with NPR1, a central regulator of many SA-induced defense responses including SA/JA antagonism. In order to identify further regulatory proteins of SA-dependent signaling pathways, a yeast protein interaction screen with tobacco TGA2.2 as bait and an Arabidopsis thaliana cDNA prey library was performed and led to the identification of a member of the glutaredoxin family (GRX480, encoded by At1g28480). Glutaredoxins are candidates for mediating redox regulation of proteins because of their capacity to catalyze disulfide transitions. This agrees with previous findings that the redox state of both TGA1 and NPR1 changes under inducing conditions. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants ectopically expressing GRX480 show near wild-type expression of standard marker genes for SA- and xenobiotic-inducible responses. In contrast, transcription of the JA-dependent defensin gene PDF1.2 was antagonized by transgenic GRX480. This, together with the observation that GRX480 transcription is SA-inducible and requires NPR1, suggests a role of GRX480 in SA/JA cross-talk. Suppression of PDF1.2 by GRX480 depends on the presence of TGA factors, indicating that the GRX480/TGA interaction is effective in planta.

  18. The ROXY1 C-terminal L**LL motif is essential for the interaction with TGA transcription factors.

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    Li, Shutian; Gutsche, Nora; Zachgo, Sabine

    2011-12-01

    Glutaredoxins (GRXs) are small, ubiquitous, glutathione-dependent oxidoreductases that participate in redox-regulated processes associated with stress responses. Recently, GRXs have been shown to exert crucial functions during flower developmental processes. GRXs modulate their target protein activities by the reduction of protein disulfide bonds or deglutathionylation reactions. The Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) GRX ROXY1 participates in petal primordia initiation and further petal morphogenesis. ROXY1 belongs to a land plant-specific class of GRXs with a CC-type active site motif, deviating from the ubiquitously occurring CPYC and CGFS GRX classes. ROXY1 was previously shown to interact with floral TGA transcription factors in the nucleus, and this interaction is a prerequisite for ROXY1 to exert its activity required for Arabidopsis petal development. Deletion analysis further identified the importance of the ROXY1 C terminus for the ROXY1/TGA protein interactions and for the ROXY1 function in petal development. Here, by dissecting the ROXY1 C terminus, an α-helical L**LL motif immediately adjacent to the ROXY1 C-terminal eight amino acids was identified that is essential for the interaction with TGA transcription factors and crucial for the ROXY1 function in planta. Similar to the α-helical L**LL motifs binding to transcriptional coactivators with liganded nuclear receptors in animals, a hydrophobic face formed by the conserved leucines in the L**LL motif of ROXY1 possibly mediates the interaction with TGA transcription factors. Thus, the α-helical L**LL sequence is a conserved protein-protein interaction motif in both animals and plants. Furthermore, two separate TGA domains were identified by deletion experiments as being essential for mediating TGA protein interactions with ROXYs.

  19. Methods of Measuring Vapor Pressures of Lubricants With Their Additives Using TGA and/or Microbalances

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    Scialdone, John J.; Miller, Michael K.; Montoya, Alex F.

    1996-01-01

    The life of a space system may be critically dependent on the lubrication of some of its moving parts. The vapor pressure, the quantity of the available lubricant, the temperature and the exhaust venting conductance passage are important considerations in the selection and application of a lubricant. In addition, the oil additives employed to provide certain properties of low friction, surface tension, antioxidant and load bearing characteristics, are also very important and need to be known with regard to their amounts and vapor pressures. This paper reports on the measurements and analyses carried out to obtain those parameters for two often employed lubricants, the Apiezon(TM)-C and the Krytox(TM) AB. The measurements were made employing an electronic microbalance and a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) modified to operate in a vacuum. The results have been compared to other data on these oils when available. The identification of the mass fractions of the additives in the oil and their vapor pressures as a function of the temperature were carried out. These may be used to estimate the lubricant life given its quantity and the system vent exhaust conductance. It was found that the Apiezon(TM)-C has three main components with different rates of evaporation while the Krytox(TM) did not indicate any measurable additive.

  20. Analysis of the combustion and pyrolysis of dried sewage sludge by TGA and MS.

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    Magdziarz, Aneta; Werle, Sebastian

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the combustion and pyrolysis processes of three sewage sludge were investigated. The sewage sludge came from three wastewater treatment plants. Proximate and ultimate analyses were performed. The thermal behaviour of studied sewage sludge was investigated by thermogravimetric analysis with mass spectrometry (TGA-MS). The samples were heated from ambient temperature to 800 °C at a constant rate 10 °C/min in air (combustion process) and argon flows (pyrolysis process). The thermal profiles presented in form of TG/DTG curves were comparable for studied sludges. All TG/DTG curves were divided into three stages. The main decomposition of sewage sludge during the combustion process took place in the range 180-580 °C with c.a. 70% mass loss. The pyrolysis process occurred in lower temperature but with less mass loss. The evolved gaseous products (H2, CH4, CO2, H2O) from the decomposition of sewage sludge were identified on-line.

  1. Characteristics and kinetics study of simultaneous pyrolysis of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris, wood and polypropylene through TGA.

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    Azizi, Kolsoom; Keshavarz Moraveji, Mostafa; Abedini Najafabadi, Hamed

    2017-11-01

    Thermal decomposition behavior and kinetics of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris, wood and polypropylene were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Experiments were carried out at heating rates of 10, 20 and 40°C/min from ambient temperature to 600°C. The results show that pyrolysis process of C. vulgaris and wood can be divided into three stages while pyrolysis of polypropylene occurs almost totally in one step. It is shown that wood can delay the pyrolysis of microalgae while microalgae can accelerate the pyrolysis of wood. The existence of polymer during the pyrolysis of microalgae or wood will lead to two divided groups of peaks in DTG curve of mixtures. The results showed that interaction is inhibitive rather than synergistic during the decomposition process of materials. Kinetics of process is studied by the Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) and Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO). The average E values obtained from FWO and KAS methods were 131.228 and 142.678kJ/mol, respectively. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Feasibility of using thrombin generation assay (TGA) for monitoring of haemostasis during supplementation therapy in haemophilic patients without inhibitors.

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    Ay, Y; Balkan, C; Karapinar, D Y; Akin, M; Bilenoğlu, B; Kavakli, K

    2012-11-01

    Monitoring factor replacement treatment and observing concordance with clinical haemostasis is crucial in vital haemorrhages and major surgeries in haemophilic patients. We aimed to investigate the value of the thrombin generation assay (TGA) and thromboelastography (TEG) for monitoring haemostasis in haemophilic patients during factor replacement treatment. The study group consisted of 29 patients (21 haemophilia A, 8 haemophilia B). All the patients FVIII-inhibitor were negative. A total of 35 bleeding episodes and/or surgical interventions were evaluated. aPTT, FVIII/FIX activity, TEG and TGA tests were conducted before and after factor therapy during the bleeding episode or surgical prophylaxis of haemophilic patients. Correlations among these tests were evaluated and compared with clinical responses. No correlation was found among aPTT, factor activities and clinical outcome. There were also no correlation found between TEG parameters and clinical outcome. The only significant correlation found between TGA parameters and clinical outcome was the correlation between peak thrombin. In conclusion, we found superiority of TGA-peak thrombin over other traditional tests for monitoring haemostasis in haemophilic patients in this study. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  3. Feasibility of using thrombin generation assay (TGA) for monitoring bypassing agent therapy in patients with hemophilia having inhibitors.

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    Ay, Yilmaz; Balkan, Can; Karapinar, Deniz Yilmaz; Akin, Mehmet; Bilenoglu, Basri; Kavakli, Kaan

    2013-01-01

    Monitoring bypassing agent therapy and observing concordance with clinical hemostasis is crucial in vital hemorrhages and major surgeries in patients with hemophilia having inhibitor. We aimed to investigate the value of the thrombin generation assay (TGA) and thromboelastography (TEG) for monitoring hemostasis in patients with hemophilia having inhibitor, during supplementation therapy with bypassing agents. The study group consisted of 7 patients with hemophilia having factor VIII inhibitor. All patients were male. The median age of the participants was 10 years. Age range was 6 to 32 years. The median inhibitor level was 10 Bethesda units (BU), with a range of 5 to 32 BU. A total of 17 bleeding episodes were evaluated. Both TEG and TGA tests were assessed in addition to clinical responses. Assessments were made prior to bypass agent therapy such as recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) or activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC) for bleeding episodes, during the first hour and 24 hours after either intervention in patients. No relation between clinical response and TGA or TEG parameters was found in patients. There was no difference between clinical responses after rFVIIa and aPCC treatments. However, after aPCC treatment, endogenous thrombin potential and peak thrombin levels and also TEG R, K, and alpha angle degrees were significantly higher. In conclusion, we found that the clinical effectiveness of bypass therapy in hemophilia cannot be assessed by TGA and TEG.

  4. Thermal decomposition of dolomite under CO2: insights from TGA and in situ XRD analysis.

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    Valverde, Jose Manuel; Perejon, Antonio; Medina, Santiago; Perez-Maqueda, Luis A

    2015-11-28

    Thermal decomposition of dolomite in the presence of CO2 in a calcination environment is investigated by means of in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The in situ XRD results suggest that dolomite decomposes directly at a temperature around 700 °C into MgO and CaO. Immediate carbonation of nascent CaO crystals leads to the formation of calcite as an intermediate product of decomposition. Subsequently, decarbonation of this poorly crystalline calcite occurs when the reaction is thermodynamically favorable and sufficiently fast at a temperature depending on the CO2 partial pressure in the calcination atmosphere. Decarbonation of this dolomitic calcite occurs at a lower temperature than limestone decarbonation due to the relatively low crystallinity of the former. Full decomposition of dolomite leads also to a relatively low crystalline CaO, which exhibits a high reactivity as compared to limestone derived CaO. Under CO2 capture conditions in the Calcium-Looping (CaL) process, MgO grains remain inert yet favor the carbonation reactivity of dolomitic CaO especially in the solid-state diffusion controlled phase. The fundamental mechanism that drives the crystallographic transformation of dolomite in the presence of CO2 is thus responsible for its fast calcination kinetics and the high carbonation reactivity of dolomitic CaO, which makes natural dolomite a potentially advantageous alternative to limestone for CO2 capture in the CaL technology as well as SO2in situ removal in oxy-combustion fluidized bed reactors.

  5. Detecting buried archaeological soils with TGA in an agricultural terrace setting in Northern Calabria, Italy

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    Koster, K.; Guttmann-Bond, E.; Kluiving, S.; van Leusen, M.

    2012-04-01

    Agricultural terraces are geomorphologic features created by humans. These structures protect farming land by reducing soil erosion, they collect water in their hydrological infrastructure, and preserve crops and vegetation. Their construction could however negatively affect underlying soils and archaeology present in those soils. However, if a terrace is constructed on a hill slope without destroying the underlying soil, the agricultural terrace could create a stable environment in regard to erosion, and preserve the underlying soil and potential archaeological remains in it. In order to detect soils within agricultural terraces in Northern-Calabria, Italy, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) was performed on exposures of four agricultural terraces, two agricultural fields in a non-terraced setting and five natural geomorphological features. Results are the detection of a buried soil horizon which contains archaeological remains dating from the Hellenistic period 60 cm below the surface of an agricultural terrace, and a buried soil horizon which contains archaeological remains dating from the Hellenistic period at the interface of an agricultural field and a river valley. Both soil horizons were indentified by an increase in organic components, and a decrease in calcium carbonates relative to their surrounding context. Conclusions are that the construction of agricultural terraces and fields does not necessarily lead to the destruction of underlying soils. This could open new doors for archaeological field investigations in agricultural areas in southern Italy. This study was conducted as part of the Raganello Archaeological Project of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, Rijks Universiteit Groningen, in collaboration with the Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology at the VU University Amsterdam.

  6. The Arabidopsis GRAS protein SCL14 interacts with class II TGA transcription factors and is essential for the activation of stress-inducible promoters.

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    Fode, Benjamin; Siemsen, Tanja; Thurow, Corinna; Weigel, Ralf; Gatz, Christiane

    2008-11-01

    The plant signaling molecule salicylic acid (SA) and/or xenobiotic chemicals like the auxin mimic 2,4-D induce transcriptional activation of defense- and stress-related genes that contain activation sequence-1 (as-1)-like cis-elements in their promoters. as-1-like sequences are recognized by basic/leucine zipper transcription factors of the TGA family. Expression of genes related to the SA-dependent defense program systemic acquired resistance requires the TGA-interacting protein NPR1. However, a number of as-1-containing promoters can be activated independently from NPR1. Here, we report the identification of Arabidopsis thaliana SCARECROW-like 14 (SCL14), a member of the GRAS family of regulatory proteins, as a TGA-interacting protein that is required for the activation of TGA-dependent but NPR1-independent SA- and 2,4-D-inducible promoters. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that class II TGA factors TGA2, TGA5, and/or TGA6 are needed to recruit SCL14 to promoters of selected SCL14 target genes identified by whole-genome transcript profiling experiments. The coding regions and the expression profiles of the SCL14-dependent genes imply that they might be involved in the detoxification of xenobiotics and possibly endogenous harmful metabolites. Consistently, plants ectopically expressing SCL14 showed increased tolerance to toxic doses of the chemicals isonicotinic acid and 2,4,6-triiodobenzoic acid, whereas the scl14 and the tga2 tga5 tga6 mutants were more susceptible. Hence, the TGA/SCL14 complex seems to be involved in the activation of a general broad-spectrum detoxification network upon challenge of plants with xenobiotics.

  7. Drosophila TG-A transglutaminase is secreted via an unconventional Golgi-independent mechanism involving exosomes and two types of fatty acylations.

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    Shibata, Toshio; Hadano, Jinki; Kawasaki, Daichi; Dong, Xiaoqing; Kawabata, Shun-Ichiro

    2017-06-23

    Transglutaminases (TGs) play essential intracellular and extracellular roles by covalently cross-linking many proteins. Drosophila TG is encoded by one gene and has two alternative splicing-derived isoforms, TG-A and TG-B, which contain distinct N-terminal 46- and 38-amino acid sequences, respectively. The TGs identified to date do not have a typical endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-signal peptide, and the molecular mechanisms of their secretion under physiologic conditions are unclear. Immunocytochemistry revealed that TG-A localizes to multivesicular-like structures, whereas TG-B localizes to the cytosol. We also found that TG-A, but not TG-B, was modified concomitantly by N-myristoylation and S-palmitoylation, and N-myristoylation was a pre-requisite for S-palmitoylation. Moreover, TG-A, but not TG-B, was secreted in response to calcium signaling induced by Ca(2+) ionophores and uracil, a pathogenic bacteria-derived substance. Brefeldin A and monensin, inhibitors of the ER/Golgi-mediated conventional pathway, did not suppress TG-A secretion, whereas inhibition of S-palmitoylation by 2-bromopalmitate blocked TG-A secretion. Ultracentrifugation, electron microscopy analyses, and treatments with inhibitors of multivesicular body formation revealed that TG-A was secreted via exosomes together with co-transfected mammalian CD63, an exosomal marker, and the secreted TG-A was taken up by other cells. The 8-residue N-terminal fragment of TG-A containing the fatty acylation sites was both necessary and sufficient for the exosome-dependent secretion of TG-A. In conclusion, TG-A is secreted through an unconventional ER/Golgi-independent pathway involving two types of fatty acylations and exosomes. © 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  8. Some critical aspects of FT-IR, TGA, powder XRD, EDAX and SEM studies of calcium oxalate urinary calculi.

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    Joshi, Vimal S; Vasant, Sonal R; Bhatt, J G; Joshi, Mihir J

    2014-06-01

    Urinary calculi constitute one of the oldest afflictions of humans as well as animals, which are occurring globally. The calculi vary in shape, size and composition, which influence their clinical course. They are usually of the mixed-type with varying percentages of the ingredients. In medical management of urinary calculi, either the nature of calculi is to be known or the exact composition of calculi is required. In the present study, two selected calculi were recovered after surgery from two different patients for detailed examination and investigated by using Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) techniques. The study demonstrated that the nature of urinary calculi and presence of major phase in mixed calculi could be identified by FT-IR, TGA and powder XRD, however, the exact content of various elements could be found by EDAX only.

  9. Nonsense β-thalassemia mutation at codon 37 (TGG>TGA), detected for the first time in three Turkish cases.

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    Bozdogan, Sevcan Tug; Unsal, Cagatay; Erkman, Hakan; Genc, Ahmet; Yuregir, Ozge Ozalp; Muslumanoglu, Muhammed Hamza; Aslan, Huseyin

    2012-01-01

    Thalassemias are genetically heterogeneous group of disorders with reduced or absent production of globin. β-Thalassemia major can be caused by homozygosity or compound heterozygosity for β-globin gene mutation. Here we report, for the first time in Turkey, three cases who carry the nonsense β-thalassemia (β-thal) mutation at codon 37 (TGG>TGA; Trp→Stop) causing premature stop codon.

  10. TGA Transcription Factors Activate the Salicylic Acid-Suppressible Branch of the Ethylene-Induced Defense Program by Regulating ORA59 Expression1[C][W

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    Zander, Mark; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2014-01-01

    Salicylic acid (SA), a hormone essential for defense against biotrophic pathogens, triggers increased susceptibility of plants against necrotrophic attackers by suppressing the jasmonic acid-ethylene (ET) defense response. Here, we show that this disease-promoting SA effect is abolished in plants lacking the three related TGACG sequence-specific binding proteins TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6 (class II TGAs). After treatment of plants with the ET precursor 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC), activation of all those genes that are suppressed by SA depended on class II TGAs. Rather than TGA binding sites, GCC-box motifs were significantly enriched in the corresponding promoters. GCC-box motifs are recognized by members of the superfamily of APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTORs (ERFs). Of 11 activating ACC-induced APETALA2/ERFs, only ORA59 (for OCTADECANOID-RESPONSIVE ARABIDOPSIS APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR domain protein59) and ERF96 were strongly suppressed by SA. ORA59 is the master regulator of the jasmonic acid-ET-induced defense program. ORA59 transcript levels do not reach maximal levels in the tga2 tga5 tga6 triple mutant, and this residual activity cannot be suppressed by SA. The ORA59 promoter contains an essential TGA binding site and is a direct target of class II TGAs as revealed by chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments. We suggest that class II TGAs at the ORA59 promoter constitute an important regulatory hub for the activation and SA suppression of ACC-induced genes. PMID:24989234

  11. Study of thermal pre-treatment on anaerobic digestion of slaughterhouse waste by TGA-MS and FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Rodríguez-Abalde, Ángela; Gómez, Xiomar; Blanco, Daniel; Cuetos, María José; Fernández, Belén; Flotats, Xavier

    2013-12-01

    Thermogravimetric analysis coupled to mass spectrometry (TGA-MS) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to describe the effect of pasteurization as a hygienic pre-treatment of animal by-products over biogas production. Piggery and poultry meat wastes were used as substrates for assessing the anaerobic digestion under batch conditions at mesophilic range. Poultry waste was characterized by high protein and carbohydrate content, while piggery waste presented a major fraction of fat and lower carbohydrate content. Results from anaerobic digestion tests showed a lower methane yield for the pre-treated poultry sample. TGA-MS and FTIR spectroscopy allowed the qualitative identification of recalcitrant nitrogen-containing compounds in the pre-treated poultry sample, produced by Maillard reactions. In the case of piggery waste, the recalcitrant compounds were not detected and its biodegradability test reported higher methane yield and production rates. TGA-MS and FTIR spectroscopy were demonstrated to be useful tools for explaining results obtained by anaerobic biodegradability test and in describing the presence of inhibitory problems.

  12. Repression of the Arabidopsis thaliana jasmonic acid/ethylene-induced defense pathway by TGA-interacting glutaredoxins depends on their C-terminal ALWL motif.

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    Zander, Mark; Chen, Shuxia; Imkampe, Julia; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2012-07-01

    Glutaredoxins are small heat-stable oxidoreductases that transfer electrons from glutathione (GSH) to oxidized cysteine residues, thereby contributing to protein integrity and regulation. In Arabidopsis thaliana, floral glutaredoxins ROXY1 and ROXY2 and pathogen-induced ROXY19/GRX480 interact with bZIP transcription factors of the TGACG (TGA) motif-binding family. ROXY1, ROXY2, and TGA factors PERIANTHIA, TGA9, and TGA10 play essential roles in floral development. In contrast, ectopically expressed ROXY19/GRX480 negatively regulates expression of jasmonic acid (JA)/ethylene (ET)-induced defense genes through an unknown mechanism that requires clade II transcription factors TGA2, TGA5, and/or TGA6. Here, we report that at least 17 of the 21 land plant-specific glutaredoxins encoded in the Arabidopsis genome interact with TGA2 in a yeast-two-hybrid system. To investigate their capacity to interfere with the expression of JA/ET-induced genes, we developed a transient expression system. Activation of the ORA59 (OCTADECANOID-RESPONSIVE ARABIDOPSIS AP2/ERF-domain protein 59) promoter by transcription factor EIN3 (ETHYLENE INSENSITVE 3) was suppressed by co-expressed ROXY19/GRX480. Suppression depended on the L**LL motif in the C-terminus of ROXY19/GRX480. This putative protein interaction domain was recently described as being essential for the TGA/ROXY interaction. Ten of the 17 tested ROXY proteins suppressed ORA59 promoter activity, which correlated with the presence of the C-terminal ALWL motif, which is essential for ROXY1 function in flower development. ROXY19/GRX480-mediated repression depended on the GSH binding site, suggesting that redox modification of either TGA factors or as yet unknown target proteins is important for the suppression of ORA59 promoter activity.

  13. The relationship between photoluminescence (PL) decay and crystal growth kinetics in thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs).

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    Lv, Xiangying; Xue, Xiaogang; Huang, Yang; Zhuang, Zanyong; Lin, Zhang

    2014-06-21

    The PL lifetime optimization of CdTe QDs capped with TGA has yet to be understood from a perspective of growth kinetics. In this work, the growth kinetics and PL properties of CdTe QDs growing in aqueous solutions of two TGA concentrations, 0 mM and 57 mM, were systematically investigated using UV, TEM, and PL methods. CdTe QDs in 0 mM TGA solution were found to follow the mixed OA (Oriented Attachment)-OR (Ostwald Ripening) growth kinetics. The PL peaks experienced a red-shift with almost unchanged intensity and the PL lifetimes increased gradually. In 57 mM TGA solution, the QDs followed the OA dominated growth mechanism. The PL peak broadened greatly with a red-shift and its intensity decreased significantly. The PL lifetime increased much higher than that in 0 mM TGA solution. Based on the different growth kinetic models of the two systems, we suggest that in the low (0 mM) TGA solution, the increased surface defects induced by TGA desorption and the existence of partial internal defects caused by OA growth were the main reasons for the gradual increase of PL lifetime, while in high (57 mM) TGA solution, the increase of PL lifetime was ascribed to the abundant internal defects produced by OA collision. Finally, kinetic data showed the effect of the TGA concentration on crystal growth and PL lifetime of CdTe QDs. The results might provide guidance for understanding the mechanism behind the phenomena of ligand-related PL properties.

  14. CC-type glutaredoxins recruit the transcriptional co-repressor TOPLESS to TGA-dependent target promoters in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Uhrig, Joachim F; Huang, Li-Jun; Barghahn, Sina; Willmer, Moritz; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2017-02-01

    Glutaredoxins (GRXs) are small proteins which bind glutathione to either reduce disulfide bonds or to coordinate iron sulfur clusters. Whereas these well-established functions are associated with ubiquitously occurring GRXs that encode variants of a CPYC or a CGFS motif in the active center, land plants also possess CCxC/S-type GRXs (named ROXYs in Arabidopsis thaliana) for which the biochemical functions are yet unknown. ROXYs and CC-type GRXs from rice and maize physically and genetically interact with bZIP transcription factors of the TGA family to control developmental and stress-associated processes. Here we demonstrate that ROXYs interact with transcriptional co-repressors of the TOPLESS (TPL) family which are related to Tup1 in fungi and Groucho/TLE in animals. In ROXYs, the functionally important conserved A(L/I)W(L/V) motif at the very C terminus mediates the interaction with TPL. A ternary TGA2/ROXY19/TPL complex is formed when all three proteins are co-expressed in yeast. Loss-of-function evidence for the role of TPL in ROXY19-mediated repression was hampered by the redundancy of the five members of the TPL gene family and developmental defects of higher order tpl mutants. As an alternative strategy, we ectopically expressed known TPL-interacting proteins in order to out-compete the amount of available TPL in transiently transformed protoplasts. Indeed, ROXY19-mediated transcriptional repression was strongly alleviated by this approach. Our data suggest a yet unrecognized function of GRXs acting as adapter proteins for the assembly of transcriptional repressor complexes on TGA-regulated target promoters. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  15. Application of a simultaneous TGA-DSC thermal analysis system for high-throughput screening of catalytic activity.

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    Loskyll, Jonas; Maier, Wilhelm F; Stoewe, Klaus

    2012-11-12

    We present here the use of a simultaneous TGA/DSC thermal analyzer as a high-throughput reactor system to measure after calibration the heat of reaction and therefore the catalytic activity of heterogeneous catalysts in a fast, reliable and reproducible manner. By coupling the gas outlet of the analyzer with a mass spectrometer via a heated capillary additional data can be acquired. As a test reaction the oxidation of carbon monoxide with synthetic air, using Hopcalite and several transition and noble metals as catalysts, was chosen. The setup presented allows the rapid sequential screening of about 70 catalysts per day.

  16. Comparative Analysis of Methods for Enhancement of the Photostability of CdTe@TGA QD Colloid Solutions.

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    Tsipotan, Aleksey S; Gerasimova, Marina A; Polyutov, Sergey P; Aleksandrovsky, Aleksandr S; Slabko, Vitaliy V

    2017-06-15

    The employment of colloid quantum dots in a number of applications is limited by their instability under light irradiation. Additional methods of photostability enhancement of UV+visible-irradiated TGA-stabilized CdTe quantum dots are investigated. Photostability enhancement was observed via either addition of sodium sulphite in the role of chemical oxygen absorber or addition of 1% gelatin, or, finally, by additional stabilization by bovine serum albumine (BSA). The latter method is the most promising, since it not only enhances the quantum dots' photostability but also makes them more biocompatible and extends the possibilities of their biological applications.

  17. Antibacterial potential of rutin conjugated with thioglycolic acid capped cadmium telluride quantum dots (TGA-CdTe QDs).

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    Ananth, Devanesan Arul; Rameshkumar, Angappan; Jeyadevi, Ramachandran; Jagadeeswari, Sivanadanam; Nagarajan, Natarajan; Renganathan, Rajalingam; Sivasudha, Thilagar

    2015-03-05

    Quantum dots not only act as nanocarrier but also act as stable and resistant natural fluorescent bio markers used in various in vitro and in vivo photolabelling and biological applications. In this study, the antimicrobial potential of TGA-CdTe QDs and commercial phenolics (rutin and caffeine) were investigated against Escherichiacoli. UV absorbance and fluorescence quenching study of TGA-CdTe QDs with rutin and caffeine complex was measured by spectroscopic technique. QDs-rutin conjugate exhibited excellent quenching property due to the -OH groups present in the rutin structure. But the same time caffeine has not conjugated with QDs because of lacking of -OH group in its structure. Photolabelling of E. coli with QDs-rutin and QDs-caffeine complex was analyzed by fluorescent microscopic method. Microbe E. coli cell membrane damage was assessed by atomic force (AFM) and confocal microscopy. Based on the results obtained, it is suggested that QDs-rutin conjugate enhance the antimicrobial activity more than the treatment with QDs, rutin and caffeine alone.

  18. Antibacterial potential of rutin conjugated with thioglycolic acid capped cadmium telluride quantum dots (TGA-CdTe QDs)

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    Ananth, Devanesan Arul; Rameshkumar, Angappan; Jeyadevi, Ramachandran; Jagadeeswari, Sivanadanam; Nagarajan, Natarajan; Renganathan, Rajalingam; Sivasudha, Thilagar

    2015-03-01

    Quantum dots not only act as nanocarrier but also act as stable and resistant natural fluorescent bio markers used in various in vitro and in vivo photolabelling and biological applications. In this study, the antimicrobial potential of TGA-CdTe QDs and commercial phenolics (rutin and caffeine) were investigated against Escherichiacoli. UV absorbance and fluorescence quenching study of TGA-CdTe QDs with rutin and caffeine complex was measured by spectroscopic technique. QDs-rutin conjugate exhibited excellent quenching property due to the -OH groups present in the rutin structure. But the same time caffeine has not conjugated with QDs because of lacking of -OH group in its structure. Photolabelling of E. coli with QDs-rutin and QDs-caffeine complex was analyzed by fluorescent microscopic method. Microbe E. coli cell membrane damage was assessed by atomic force (AFM) and confocal microscopy. Based on the results obtained, it is suggested that QDs-rutin conjugate enhance the antimicrobial activity more than the treatment with QDs, rutin and caffeine alone.

  19. Pyrolysis characteristics and kinetics of microalgae via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA): A state-of-the-art review.

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    Bach, Quang-Vu; Chen, Wei-Hsin

    2017-06-19

    Pyrolysis is a promising route for biofuels production from microalgae at moderate temperatures (400-600°C) in an inert atmosphere. Depending on the operating conditions, pyrolysis can produce biochar and/or bio-oil. In practice, knowledge for thermal decomposition characteristics and kinetics of microalgae during pyrolysis is essential for pyrolyzer design and pyrolysis optimization. Recently, the pyrolysis kinetics of microalgae has become a crucial topic and received increasing interest from researchers. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) has been employed as a proven technique for studying microalgae pyrolysis in a kinetic control regime. In addition, a number of kinetic models have been applied to process the TGA data for kinetic evaluation and parameters estimation. This paper aims to provide a state-of-the art review on recent research activities in pyrolysis characteristics and kinetics of various microalgae. Common kinetic models predicting the thermal degradation of microalgae are examined and their pros and cons are illustrated. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Determination of microplastic polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in environmental samples using thermal analysis (TGA-DSC).

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    Majewsky, Marius; Bitter, Hajo; Eiche, Elisabeth; Horn, Harald

    2016-10-15

    Microplastics are increasingly detected in the environment and the consequences on water resources and ecosystems are not clear to date. The present study provides a cost-effective and straightforward method to determine the mass concentrations of polymer types using thermal analysis. Characteristic endothermic phase transition temperatures were determined for seven plastic polymer types using TGA-DSC. Based on that, extracts from wastewater samples were analyzed. Results showed that among the studied polymers, only PE and PP could be clearly identified, while the phase transition signals of the other polymers largely overlap each other. Subsequently, calibration curves were run for PE and PP for qualitative measurements. 240 and 1540mg/m(3) of solid material (12µm to 1mm) was extracted from two wastewater effluent samples of a municipal WWTP of which 34% (81mg/m(3)) and 17% (257mg/m(3)) could be assigned to PE, while PP was not detected in any of the samples. The presented application of TGA-DSC provides a complementary or alternative method to FT-IR analyses for the determination of PE and PP in environmental samples.

  1. Dynamic TGA-FTIR studies on the thermal stability of lithium/graphite with electrolyte in lithium-ion cell

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    Yang, Hui; Shen, Xiao-Dong

    Graphite anode could initialize the thermal runaway of lithium-ion cells due to its spontaneous exothermic reactions above the critical temperature. In order to explore the mechanisms of these reactions, a series of experiments were carried out with on-line coupled thermogravimetric analyser-Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (TGA-FTIR). The reactions under study essentially involved metallic lithium reacting with electrolyte and the thermal decomposition of natural graphite GDR at various states of charge (SOC). It is found that metallic lithium reacts with ethylene carbonate (EC) violently at around 180 °C producing CO 2 and dilithio butylene dialkoxide which could further react with LiPF 6 and/or PF 5 to produce POF 3. At the relatively low temperature (about 60 °C), CO 2 produced from both 0% SOC and 100% SOC GDR samples is attributed to the decomposition of organic compounds in solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film. In addition, the amount of POF 3 produced from 0% SOC GDR sample is more than that from 100% SOC GDR sample. Further, fully intercalated GDR sample shows a structural collapse, a solid-state exothermic reaction at ∼260 °C. Based on the TGA-FTIR results obtained from these exothermic reactions, detailed thermal decomposition paths are proposed in this paper.

  2. Interaction of TGA@CdTe Quantum Dots with an Extracellular Matrix of Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Detected Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

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    Cepeda-Pérez, Elisa; Aguilar-Hernández, Iris; López-Luke, Tzarara; Piazza, Valeria; Carriles, Ramón; Ornelas-Soto, Nancy; de la Rosa, Elder

    2016-09-01

    The present study reports the localization and interaction of thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe quantum dots (TGA@CdTe QDs) within the extracellular matrix (ECM) of Haematococcus pluvialis (Chlorophyceae) microalgae (HPM) after an incubation period of 5 min. Changes in the Raman spectrum of HPM induced by the adsorption of the TGA@CdTe QDs are successfully found by using naked gold anisotropic structures as nano-sensors for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS effect). Raman spectroscopy results show that TGA@CdTe QDs interact with the biomolecules present in the ECM. Sample preparation and characterization by complementary techniques such as confocal and electron microscopy are also used to confirm the presence and localization of the nanoparticles in the algae. This research shows new evidence on early accumulation of QDs in plant cells and would further improve our understanding about their environmental impact. © The Author(s) 2016.

  3. Comparative study on combined co-pyrolysis/gasification of walnut shell and bituminous coal by conventional and congruent-mass thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) methods.

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    Zhang, Yan; Fan, Di; Zheng, Yan

    2016-01-01

    Combined co-pyrolysis/gasification of bituminous coal (BC) and walnut shell (WS) are comparatively studied with both conventional and congruent-mass thermogravimertric analysis (TGA) methods. The results indicate that BC and WS exhibit additivity in the co-pyrolysis step. However, the gasification reactivity of chars in subsequent gasification step exhibits remarkable sample-mass dependence, which causes the illusions in synergy and inhibition effects when conventional TGA tests are conducted. A congruent-mass TGA method has been developed to overcome the limitations of the conventional TGA mode. One of the advantages of this method is that it can reduce to a minimum the effect of sample mass on reactivity. Thus, the degree of synergy or inhibition can be directly estimated from the deviation of the experimental TG curves between the two separated and blended samples. We recommend this method in studying the co-processing behavior between coal and biomass. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. TGA Transcription Factors Activate the Salicylic Acid-Suppressible Branch of the Ethylene-Induced Defense Program by Regulating ORA59 Expression.

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    Zander, Mark; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2014-08-01

    Salicylic acid (SA), a hormone essential for defense against biotrophic pathogens, triggers increased susceptibility of plants against necrotrophic attackers by suppressing the jasmonic acid-ethylene (ET) defense response. Here, we show that this disease-promoting SA effect is abolished in plants lacking the three related TGACG sequence-specific binding proteins TGA2, TGA5, and TGA6 (class II TGAs). After treatment of plants with the ET precursor 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC), activation of all those genes that are suppressed by SA depended on class II TGAs. Rather than TGA binding sites, GCC-box motifs were significantly enriched in the corresponding promoters. GCC-box motifs are recognized by members of the superfamily of APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTORs (ERFs). Of 11 activating ACC-induced APETALA2/ERFs, only ORA59 (for OCTADECANOID-RESPONSIVE ARABIDOPSIS APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR domain protein59) and ERF96 were strongly suppressed by SA. ORA59 is the master regulator of the jasmonic acid-ET-induced defense program. ORA59 transcript levels do not reach maximal levels in the tga2 tga5 tga6 triple mutant, and this residual activity cannot be suppressed by SA. The ORA59 promoter contains an essential TGA binding site and is a direct target of class II TGAs as revealed by chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments. We suggest that class II TGAs at the ORA59 promoter constitute an important regulatory hub for the activation and SA suppression of ACC-induced genes. © 2014 American Society of Plant Biologists. All Rights Reserved.

  5. The interaction of CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA quantum dots with tyrosine kinase inhibitor and its application.

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    Liao, Shenghua; Huang, Yu; Zuo, Jiaxin; Yan, Zhengyu

    2015-05-01

    The interactions between thioglycolic acid-capped-CuInS2 /ZnS quantum dots (CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA QDs) and tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) were investigated using fluorescence, ultraviolet-visible spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. The results indicated that the fluorescence intensity of CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA could be quenched by imatinib, dasatinib, nilotinib, gefitinib and erlotinib, which hinted that CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA QDs could be used in the detection of TKI in active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Calibration curves showed good linear correlation and low detection limits. The average recovery was between 98 and 102%. Moreover, the nature of the fluorescence quenching mechanism of CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA QDs by TKI was discussed. A ground state complex was formed by hydrogen bonding between the carboxyl group of CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA QDs and the amino group of TKI. This led to an increase in non-radiative transition and fluorescence quenching of CuInS2 /ZnS/TGA QDs. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of GSH-TGA co-capped CdTe quantum dots and their application in labeling colorectal cancer cells.

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    Yu, Yongli; Xu, Linru; Chen, Jing; Gao, Huanyu; Wang, Shuo; Fang, Jin; Xu, Shukun

    2012-06-15

    We have successfully synthesized GSH and TGA co-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) with good biological compatibility and high fluorescence intensity. The effects of different reaction time, temperature, pH value, ligand concentration and the molar ratio of GSH/TGA were carefully investigated to optimize the synthesis condition. The optical properties of as-prepared CdTe QDs were studied by UV-visible absorption spectrum and fluorescence spectrum, meanwhile their structure and morphology were characterized using transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Compared with the CdTe QDs that are single-capped with either GSH or TGA, the GSH-TGA co-capped CdTe QDs demonstrated significantly improved fluorescence intensity and optical stability. In addition, GSH-TGA co-capped CdTe QDs were conjugated to amonoclonal antibody ND-1. The GSH-TGA co-capped CdTe QDs-antibody probe was successfully used to label colorectal cancer cells, CCL187, in vitro. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Combustion characteristics of Malaysian oil palm biomass, sub-bituminous coal and their respective blends via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

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    Idris, Siti Shawalliah; Rahman, Norazah Abd; Ismail, Khudzir

    2012-11-01

    The combustion characteristics of Malaysia oil palm biomass (palm kernel shell (PKS), palm mesocarp fibre (PMF) and empty fruit bunches (EFB)), sub-bituminous coal (Mukah Balingian) and coal/biomass blends via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were investigated. Six weight ratios of coal/biomass blends were prepared and oxidised under dynamic conditions from temperature 25 to 1100°C at four heating rates. The thermogravimetric analysis demonstrated that the EFB and PKS evolved additional peak besides drying, devolatilisation and char oxidation steps during combustion. Ignition and burn out temperatures of blends were improved in comparison to coal. No interactions were observed between the coal and biomass during combustion. The apparent activation energy during this process was evaluated using iso-conversional model free kinetics which resulted in highest activation energy during combustion of PKS followed by PMF, EFB and MB coal. Blending oil palm biomass with coal reduces the apparent activation energy value. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Kinetics and evolved gas analysis for pyrolysis of food processing wastes using TGA/MS/FT-IR.

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    Özsin, Gamzenur; Pütün, Ayşe Eren

    2017-06-01

    The objective of this study was to identify the pyrolysis of different bio-waste produced by food processing industry in a comprehensible manner. For this purpose, pyrolysis behaviors of chestnut shells (CNS), cherry stones (CS) and grape seeds (GS) were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) combined with a Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer and a mass spectrometer (MS). In order to make available theoretical groundwork for biomass pyrolysis, activation energies were calculated with the help of four different model-free kinetic methods. The results are attributed to the complex reaction schemes which imply parallel, competitive and complex reactions during pyrolysis. During pyrolysis, the evolution of volatiles was also characterized by FT-IR and MS. The main evolved gases were determined as H2O, CO2 and hydrocarbons such as CH4 and temperature dependent profiles of the species were obtained. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Complex formation of Sn(II) with L-cysteine: an IR, DTA/TGA and DFT investigation.

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    Novikova, Galina V; Petrov, Alexander I; Staloverova, Natalya A; Shubin, Alexander A; Dergachev, Ilya D

    2014-03-25

    The novel complex of Sn(II) with L-cysteine (L-H2Cys) has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, TGA and IR spectroscopy. Vibrational assignment and DFT/PBE0/def2-TZVP ab initio simulation give evidence of cysteine molecule being coordinated to Sn(II) as three-dentate chelating N,O,S-donor ligand. The four Perdew density functionals TPSS, PBE0, PBE, TPSSh have been tested to provide consistency of simulated and experimental IR spectra, the best result is provided by unweighted Hartree-Fock density functionals (PBE, TPSS). On the contrary, the Hartree-Fock weighted functionals (PBE0, TPPSh) provide the most accurate geometry optimization. Unharmonic frequencies are obtained via ab initio vibrational self-consistent field (PT2-VSCF) calculations at DFT/TPSS/Def2-TZVP level, the vibrational assignment of IR spectra has been carried out. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Fluorescence Determination of Warfarin Using TGA-capped CdTe Quantum Dots in Human Plasma Samples.

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    Dehbozorgi, A; Tashkhourian, J; Zare, S

    2015-11-01

    In this study, some effort has been performed to provide low temperature, less time consuming and facile routes for the synthesis of CdTe quantum dots using ultrasound and water soluble capping agent thioglycolic acid. TGA-capped CdTe quantum dots were characterized through x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared, ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy. The prepared quantum dots were used for warfarin determination based on the quenching of the fluorescence intensity in aqueous solution. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range of quantum dots fluorescence intensity versus the concentration of warfarin was 0.1-160.0 μM, with the correlation coefficient of 0.9996 and a limit of detection of 77.5 nM. There was no interference to coexisting foreign substances. The selectivity of the sensor was also tested and the results show that the developed method possesses a high selectivity for warfarin.

  11. Interaction specificity and coexpression of rice NPR1 homologs 1 and 3 (NH1 and NH3), TGA transcription factors and Negative Regulator of Resistance (NRR) proteins.

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    Chern, Mawsheng; Bai, Wei; Ruan, Deling; Oh, Taeyun; Chen, Xuewei; Ronald, Pamela C

    2014-06-11

    The nonexpressor of pathogenesis-related genes 1, NPR1 (also known as NIM1 and SAI1), is a key regulator of SA-mediated systemic acquired resistance (SAR) in Arabidopsis. In rice, the NPR1 homolog 1 (NH1) interacts with TGA transcriptional regulators and the Negative Regulator of Resistance (NRR) protein to modulate the SAR response. Though five NPR1 homologs (NHs) have been identified in rice, only NH1 and NH3 enhance immunity when overexpressed. To understand why NH1 and NH3, but not NH2, NH4, or NH5, contribute to the rice immune response, we screened TGA transcription factors and NRR-like proteins for interactions specific to NH1 and NH3. We also examined their co-expression patterns using publicly available microarray data. We tested five NHs, four NRR homologs (RHs), and 13 rice TGA proteins for pair-wise protein interactions using yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) and split YFP assays. A survey of 331 inter-family interactions revealed a broad, complex protein interaction network. To investigate preferred interaction partners when all three families of proteins were present, we performed a bridged split YFP assay employing YFPN-fused TGA, YFPC-fused RH, and NH proteins without YFP fusions. We found 64 tertiary interactions mediated by NH family members among the 120 sets we examined. In the yeast two-hybrid assay, each NH protein was capable of interacting with most TGA and RH proteins. In the split YFP assay, NH1 was the most prevalent interactor of TGA and RH proteins, NH3 ranked the second, and NH4 ranked the third. Based on their interaction with TGA proteins, NH proteins can be divided into two subfamilies: NH1, NH2, and NH3 in one family and NH4 and NH5 in the other.In addition to evidence of overlap in interaction partners, co-expression analyses of microarray data suggest a correlation between NH1 and NH3 expression patterns, supporting their common role in rice immunity. However, NH3 is very tightly co-expressed with RH1 and RH2, while NH1 is strongly

  12. Technical basis for the reduction of the maximum temperature TGA-MS analysis of oxide samples from the 3013 destructive examination program

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    Scogin, J. H.

    2016-03-24

    Thermogravimetric analysis with mass spectroscopy of the evolved gas (TGA-MS) is used to quantify the moisture content of materials in the 3013 destructive examination (3013 DE) surveillance program. Salts frequently present in the 3013 DE materials volatilize in the TGA and condense in the gas lines just outside the TGA furnace. The buildup of condensate can restrict the flow of purge gas and affect both the TGA operations and the mass spectrometer calibration. Removal of the condensed salts requires frequent maintenance and subsequent calibration runs to keep the moisture measurements by mass spectroscopy within acceptable limits, creating delays in processing samples. In this report, the feasibility of determining the total moisture from TGA-MS measurements at a lower temperature is investigated. A temperature of the TGA-MS analysis which reduces the complications caused by the condensation of volatile materials is determined. Analysis shows that an excellent prediction of the presently measured total moisture value can be made using only the data generated up to 700 °C and there is a sound physical basis for this estimate. It is recommended that the maximum temperature of the TGA-MS determination of total moisture for the 3013 DE program be reduced from 1000 °C to 700 °C. It is also suggested that cumulative moisture measurements at 550 °C and 700°C be substituted for the measured value of total moisture in the 3013 DE database. Using these raw values, any of predictions of the total moisture discussed in this report can be made.

  13. AtTGA4, a bZIP transcription factor, confers drought resistance by enhancing nitrate transport and assimilation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Zhong, Li; Chen, Dandan; Min, Donghong; Li, Weiwei; Xu, Zhaoshi; Zhou, Yongbin; Li, Liancheng; Chen, Ming; Ma, Youzhi

    2015-02-13

    To cope with environmental stress caused by global climate change and excessive nitrogen application, it is important to improve water and nitrogen use efficiencies in crop plants. It has been reported that higher nitrogen uptake could alleviate the damaging impact of drought stress. However, there is scant evidence to explain how nitrogen uptake affects drought resistance. In this study we observed that bZIP transcription factor AtTGA4 (TGACG motif-binding factor 4) was induced by both drought and low nitrogen stresses, and that overexpression of AtTGA4 simultaneously improved drought resistance and reduced nitrogen starvation in Arabidopsis. Following drought stress there were higher nitrogen and proline contents in transgenic AtTGA4 plants than in wild type controls, and activity of the key enzyme nitrite reductase (NIR) involved in nitrate assimilation processes was also higher. Expressions of the high-affinity nitrate transporter genes NRT2.1 and NRT2.2 and nitrate reductase genes NIA1 and NIA2 in transgenic plants were all higher than in wild type indicating that higher levels of nitrate transport and assimilation activity contributed to enhanced drought resistance of AtTGA4 transgenic plants. Thus genetic transformation with AtTGA4 may provide a new approach to simultaneously improve crop tolerance to drought and low nitrogen stresses. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Reusable and mediator-free cholesterol biosensor based on cholesterol oxidase immobilized onto TGA-SAM modified smart bio-chips.

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    Rahman, Mohammed M

    2014-01-01

    A reusable and mediator-free cholesterol biosensor based on cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) was fabricated based on self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of thioglycolic acid (TGA) (covalent enzyme immobilization by dropping method) using bio-chips. Cholesterol was detected with modified bio-chip (Gold/Thioglycolic-acid/Cholesterol-oxidase i.e., Au/TGA/ChOx) by reliable cyclic voltammetric (CV) technique at room conditions. The Au/TGA/ChOx modified bio-chip sensor demonstrates good linearity (1.0 nM to 1.0 mM; R = 0.9935), low-detection limit (∼0.42 nM, SNR∼3), and higher sensitivity (∼74.3 µA µM(-1) cm(-2)), lowest-small sample volume (50.0 μL), good stability, and reproducibility. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first statement with a very high sensitivity, low-detection limit, and low-sample volumes are required for cholesterol biosensor using Au/TGA/ChOx-chips assembly. The result of this facile approach was investigated for the biomedical applications for real samples at room conditions with significant assembly (Au/TGA/ChOx) towards the development of selected cholesterol biosensors, which can offer analytical access to a large group of enzymes for wide range of biomedical applications in health-care fields.

  15. Reusable and Mediator-Free Cholesterol Biosensor Based on Cholesterol Oxidase Immobilized onto TGA-SAM Modified Smart Bio-Chips

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    Rahman, Mohammed M.

    2014-01-01

    A reusable and mediator-free cholesterol biosensor based on cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) was fabricated based on self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of thioglycolic acid (TGA) (covalent enzyme immobilization by dropping method) using bio-chips. Cholesterol was detected with modified bio-chip (Gold/Thioglycolic-acid/Cholesterol-oxidase i.e., Au/TGA/ChOx) by reliable cyclic voltammetric (CV) technique at room conditions. The Au/TGA/ChOx modified bio-chip sensor demonstrates good linearity (1.0 nM to 1.0 mM; R = 0.9935), low-detection limit (∼0.42 nM, SNR∼3), and higher sensitivity (∼74.3 µAµM−1cm−2), lowest-small sample volume (50.0 μL), good stability, and reproducibility. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first statement with a very high sensitivity, low-detection limit, and low-sample volumes are required for cholesterol biosensor using Au/TGA/ChOx-chips assembly. The result of this facile approach was investigated for the biomedical applications for real samples at room conditions with significant assembly (Au/TGA/ChOx) towards the development of selected cholesterol biosensors, which can offer analytical access to a large group of enzymes for wide range of biomedical applications in health-care fields. PMID:24949733

  16. Concentration-dependent optical properties of TGA stabilized CdTe Quantum dots synthesized via the single injection hydrothermal method in the ambient environment

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    Jai Kumar, B.; Mahesh, H. M.

    2017-04-01

    Thioglycolic acid (TGA) stabilized aqueous CdTe Quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized using a facile, cost efficient Single Injection Hydrothermal (SIH) method. The complete preparation of precursors and growth of QDs was carried out in the ambient environment without inter gas protection. The Cadmium and Tellurium precursors were prepared from cadmium nitrate and elemental tellurium powder with sodium borohydride as reducing agent respectively. A systematic investigation was carried out in order to study the effect of 0.04M and 0.08M TGA concentration on ease synthesis, stability and size-tunable optical absorbance, bandgap, photoluminescence (PL) and Quantum yield (QY) of CdTe QDs. The Structure of QDs was verified by XRD and optical properties by absorbance and PL spectra. Experimental results revealed that the 0.08M TGA QDs possess good chemical and optical stability with high luminescence and decent QY, ready to use in optoelectronics, photovoltaic and biological application.

  17. The ROXY1 C-Terminal L**LL Motif Is Essential for the Interaction with TGA Transcription Factors1[C][W

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    Li, Shutian; Gutsche, Nora; Zachgo, Sabine

    2011-01-01

    Glutaredoxins (GRXs) are small, ubiquitous, glutathione-dependent oxidoreductases that participate in redox-regulated processes associated with stress responses. Recently, GRXs have been shown to exert crucial functions during flower developmental processes. GRXs modulate their target protein activities by the reduction of protein disulfide bonds or deglutathionylation reactions. The Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) GRX ROXY1 participates in petal primordia initiation and further petal morphogenesis. ROXY1 belongs to a land plant-specific class of GRXs with a CC-type active site motif, deviating from the ubiquitously occurring CPYC and CGFS GRX classes. ROXY1 was previously shown to interact with floral TGA transcription factors in the nucleus, and this interaction is a prerequisite for ROXY1 to exert its activity required for Arabidopsis petal development. Deletion analysis further identified the importance of the ROXY1 C terminus for the ROXY1/TGA protein interactions and for the ROXY1 function in petal development. Here, by dissecting the ROXY1 C terminus, an α-helical L**LL motif immediately adjacent to the ROXY1 C-terminal eight amino acids was identified that is essential for the interaction with TGA transcription factors and crucial for the ROXY1 function in planta. Similar to the α-helical L**LL motifs binding to transcriptional coactivators with liganded nuclear receptors in animals, a hydrophobic face formed by the conserved leucines in the L**LL motif of ROXY1 possibly mediates the interaction with TGA transcription factors. Thus, the α-helical L**LL sequence is a conserved protein-protein interaction motif in both animals and plants. Furthermore, two separate TGA domains were identified by deletion experiments as being essential for mediating TGA protein interactions with ROXYs. PMID:21960138

  18. Murein Lytic Enzyme TgaA of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 Modulates Dendritic Cell Maturation through Its Cysteine- and Histidine-Dependent Amidohydrolase/Peptidase (CHAP) Amidase Domain

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    Zanoni, Ivan; Balzaretti, Silvia; Miriani, Matteo; Taverniti, Valentina; De Noni, Ivano; Presti, Ilaria; Stuknyte, Milda; Scarafoni, Alessio; Arioli, Stefania; Iametti, Stefania; Bonomi, Francesco; Mora, Diego; Karp, Matti; Granucci, Francesca

    2014-01-01

    Bifidobacteria are Gram-positive inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal tract that have evolved close interaction with their host and especially with the host's immune system. The molecular mechanisms underlying such interactions, however, are largely unidentified. In this study, we investigated the immunomodulatory potential of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75, a bacterium of human intestinal origin commercially used as a probiotic. Particularly, we focused our attention on TgaA, a protein expressed on the outer surface of MIMBb75's cells and homologous to other known bacterial immunoactive proteins. TgaA is a peptidoglycan lytic enzyme containing two active domains: lytic murein transglycosylase (LT) and cysteine- and histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP). We ran immunological experiments stimulating dendritic cells (DCs) with the B. bifidum MIMBb75 and TgaA, with the result that both the bacterium and the protein activated DCs and triggered interleukin-2 (IL-2) production. In addition, we observed that the heterologous expression of TgaA in Bifidobacterium longum transferred to the bacterium the ability to induce IL-2. Subsequently, immunological experiments performed using two purified recombinant proteins corresponding to the single domains LT and CHAP demonstrated that the CHAP domain is the immune-reactive region of TgaA. Finally, we also showed that TgaA-dependent activation of DCs requires the protein CD14, marginally involves TRIF, and is independent of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and MyD88. In conclusion, our study suggests that the bacterial CHAP domain is a novel microbe-associated molecular pattern actively participating in the cross talk mechanisms between bifidobacteria and the host's immune system. PMID:24814791

  19. Murein lytic enzyme TgaA of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 modulates dendritic cell maturation through its cysteine- and histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP) amidase domain.

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    Guglielmetti, Simone; Zanoni, Ivan; Balzaretti, Silvia; Miriani, Matteo; Taverniti, Valentina; De Noni, Ivano; Presti, Ilaria; Stuknyte, Milda; Scarafoni, Alessio; Arioli, Stefania; Iametti, Stefania; Bonomi, Francesco; Mora, Diego; Karp, Matti; Granucci, Francesca

    2014-09-01

    Bifidobacteria are Gram-positive inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal tract that have evolved close interaction with their host and especially with the host's immune system. The molecular mechanisms underlying such interactions, however, are largely unidentified. In this study, we investigated the immunomodulatory potential of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75, a bacterium of human intestinal origin commercially used as a probiotic. Particularly, we focused our attention on TgaA, a protein expressed on the outer surface of MIMBb75's cells and homologous to other known bacterial immunoactive proteins. TgaA is a peptidoglycan lytic enzyme containing two active domains: lytic murein transglycosylase (LT) and cysteine- and histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP). We ran immunological experiments stimulating dendritic cells (DCs) with the B. bifidum MIMBb75 and TgaA, with the result that both the bacterium and the protein activated DCs and triggered interleukin-2 (IL-2) production. In addition, we observed that the heterologous expression of TgaA in Bifidobacterium longum transferred to the bacterium the ability to induce IL-2. Subsequently, immunological experiments performed using two purified recombinant proteins corresponding to the single domains LT and CHAP demonstrated that the CHAP domain is the immune-reactive region of TgaA. Finally, we also showed that TgaA-dependent activation of DCs requires the protein CD14, marginally involves TRIF, and is independent of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and MyD88. In conclusion, our study suggests that the bacterial CHAP domain is a novel microbe-associated molecular pattern actively participating in the cross talk mechanisms between bifidobacteria and the host's immune system.

  20. Photo-induced interaction of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped CdTe quantum dots with cyanine dyes.

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    Abdelbar, Mostafa F; Fayed, Tarek A; Meaz, Talaat M; Ebeid, El-Zeiny M

    2016-11-05

    The photo-induced interaction of three different sizes of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped CdTe quantum dots (CdTe QDs) with two monomethine cyanine dyes belonging to the thiazole orange (TO) family has been studied. Positively charged cyanines interact with QDs surface which is negatively charged due to capping agent carboxylate ions. The energy transfer parameters including Stern-Volmer constant, Ksv, number of binding sites, n, quenching sphere radius, r, the critical energy transfer distance, R0, and energy transfer efficiencies, E have been calculated. The effect of structure and the number of aggregating molecules have been studied as a function of CdTe QDs particle size. Combining organic and inorganic semiconductors leads to increase of the effective absorption cross section of the QDs which can be utilized in novel nanoscale designs for light-emitting, photovoltaic and sensor applications. A synthesized triplet emission of the studied dyes was observed using CdTe QDs as donors and this is expected to play a potential role in molecular oxygen sensitization and in photodynamic therapy (PDT) applications.

  1. Photo-induced interaction of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped CdTe quantum dots with cyanine dyes

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    Abdelbar, Mostafa F.; Fayed, Tarek A.; Meaz, Talaat M.; Ebeid, El-Zeiny M.

    2016-11-01

    The photo-induced interaction of three different sizes of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped CdTe quantum dots (CdTe QDs) with two monomethine cyanine dyes belonging to the thiazole orange (TO) family has been studied. Positively charged cyanines interact with QDs surface which is negatively charged due to capping agent carboxylate ions. The energy transfer parameters including Stern-Volmer constant, Ksv, number of binding sites, n, quenching sphere radius, r, the critical energy transfer distance, R0, and energy transfer efficiencies, E have been calculated. The effect of structure and the number of aggregating molecules have been studied as a function of CdTe QDs particle size. Combining organic and inorganic semiconductors leads to increase of the effective absorption cross section of the QDs which can be utilized in novel nanoscale designs for light-emitting, photovoltaic and sensor applications. A synthesized triplet emission of the studied dyes was observed using CdTe QDs as donors and this is expected to play a potential role in molecular oxygen sensitization and in photodynamic therapy (PDT) applications.

  2. Employment of electrochemically synthesized TGA-CdSe quantum dots for Cr(3+) determination in vitamin supplements.

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    de Souza, Gustavo C S; de Santana, Éden E A; da Silva, Paulo A B; Freitas, Denilson V; Navarro, Marcelo; Paim, Ana Paula S; Lavorante, André F

    2015-11-01

    The fluorescence quenching of TGA-CdSe quantum dots (QDs) was used for Cr(3+) quantification in vitamin supplements. The QD was electrochemically synthesized, demonstrating high reproducibility with control of particle size, thus making it a clean method, without the presence of reducing agents. Under ideal conditions, with the fluorescence band at 551 nm (excitation 365 nm), the maximum fluorescence quenching was observed at pH 4.0, with a time of 200 s for each data acquisition. Under optimum experimental conditions, linear quenching was observed for Cr(3+) in the range of 25.0-325.0 ng L(-1) (R=0.9996, n=6), a limit of detection of 5.67 ng L(-1), and relative standard deviation of 4.43% (n=10). The recovery test for Cr(3+) quantification in vitamin supplements presented results from 82% to 98%. These Cr(3+) determination results were compared to the same vitamin supplement sample using flame atomic absortion spectrometry (FAAS) method, and no significant differences were observed at 95% confidence level. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Thermal: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), and Polarized Microscopy Instrumentation for the Analysis of Field-Controlled Anisotropic Nanomaterials

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    2014-11-14

    figure 1.2.1, right). The discovery TGA furnace design employs a silicon carbide ( SiC ) inner chamber. Four halogen lamps surrounded by a water...amplification,(13, 17) self-phase modulation (18, 19), and new nonlinear phenomena such as the nonlinear optical mirror ,(20) and the mirrorless optical

  4. TgaA, a VirB1-Like Component Belonging to a Putative Type IV Secretion System of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75

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    Balzaretti, Silvia; Taverniti, Valentina; Miriani, Matteo; Milani, Christian; Scarafoni, Alessio; Corona, Silvia; Ciranna, Alessandro; Arioli, Stefania; Santala, Ville; Iametti, Stefania; Bonomi, Francesco; Ventura, Marco; Mora, Diego; Karp, Matti

    2014-01-01

    Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 is a human intestinal isolate demonstrated to be interactive with the host and efficacious as a probiotic. However, the molecular biology of this microorganism is yet largely unknown. For this reason, we undertook whole-genome sequencing of B. bifidum MIMBb75 to identify potential genetic factors that would explain the metabolic and probiotic attributes of this bacterium. Comparative genomic analysis revealed a 45-kb chromosomal region that comprises 19 putative genes coding for a potential type IV secretion system (T4SS). Thus, we undertook the initial characterization of this genetic region by studying the putative virB1-like gene, named tgaA. Gene tgaA encodes a peptidoglycan lytic enzyme containing two active domains: lytic murein transglycosylase (LT, cd00254.3) and cysteine- and histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP, pfam05257.4). By means of several in vitro assays, we experimentally confirmed that protein TgaA, consistent with its computationally assigned role, has peptidoglycan lytic activity, which is principally associated to the LT domain. Furthermore, immunofluorescence and immunogold labeling showed that the protein TgaA is abundantly expressed on the cell surface of B. bifidum MIMBb75. According to the literature, the T4SSs, which have not been characterized before in bifidobacteria, can have important implications for bacterial cell-to-cell communication as well as cross talk with host cells, justifying the interest for further studies aimed at the investigation of this genetic region. PMID:24951779

  5. TgaA, a VirB1-like component belonging to a putative type IV secretion system of Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75.

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    Guglielmetti, Simone; Balzaretti, Silvia; Taverniti, Valentina; Miriani, Matteo; Milani, Christian; Scarafoni, Alessio; Corona, Silvia; Ciranna, Alessandro; Arioli, Stefania; Santala, Ville; Iametti, Stefania; Bonomi, Francesco; Ventura, Marco; Mora, Diego; Karp, Matti

    2014-09-01

    Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 is a human intestinal isolate demonstrated to be interactive with the host and efficacious as a probiotic. However, the molecular biology of this microorganism is yet largely unknown. For this reason, we undertook whole-genome sequencing of B. bifidum MIMBb75 to identify potential genetic factors that would explain the metabolic and probiotic attributes of this bacterium. Comparative genomic analysis revealed a 45-kb chromosomal region that comprises 19 putative genes coding for a potential type IV secretion system (T4SS). Thus, we undertook the initial characterization of this genetic region by studying the putative virB1-like gene, named tgaA. Gene tgaA encodes a peptidoglycan lytic enzyme containing two active domains: lytic murein transglycosylase (LT, cd00254.3) and cysteine- and histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP, pfam05257.4). By means of several in vitro assays, we experimentally confirmed that protein TgaA, consistent with its computationally assigned role, has peptidoglycan lytic activity, which is principally associated to the LT domain. Furthermore, immunofluorescence and immunogold labeling showed that the protein TgaA is abundantly expressed on the cell surface of B. bifidum MIMBb75. According to the literature, the T4SSs, which have not been characterized before in bifidobacteria, can have important implications for bacterial cell-to-cell communication as well as cross talk with host cells, justifying the interest for further studies aimed at the investigation of this genetic region.

  6. Thermal degradation of paper industry wastes from a recovered paper mill using TGA. Characterization and gasification test.

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    Arenales Rivera, Jorge; Pérez López, Virginia; Ramos Casado, Raquel; Sánchez Hervás, José-María

    2016-01-01

    In this survey, a refuse derived fuel (RDF) was produced from paper industry wastes through a mechanical treatment (MT). The two main wastes generated from a recovered paper mill were rejects and de-inking sludge, which were produced principally in the pulping and de-inking processes, respectively. This work presents raw wastes characterization, fuel preparation and gasification tests performed in a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) gasifier pilot plant. The characterization was carried out by proximate and ultimate analysis. Several blends of pre-conditioned rejects and de-inking sludge were densified by means of pelletizing, studying the energy consumption and its quality properties. Besides, thermal degradation of blends was studied under thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The experimental runs were made from 30 to 900°C in nitrogen atmosphere at three heating ranges, β=5, 10 and 20°C/min. Two thermal stages were identified during the thermal degradation, which are linked to cellulose and plastic degradation. In addition, kinetics parameters were estimated by the application of non-isothermal methods: Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS), Flynn-Ozawa-Wall (FOW) and Coats and Redfern. The activation energy values were about 140-160 kJ/mol and 60-80 kJ/mol for plastic and cellulosic materials, respectively. Regarding waste valorisation, a blend composed of 95% of rejects and 5% of de-inking sludge was selected for gasification tests. The energy consumption during the preparation was recorded and a gasification tests were done to prove the usability of these pellets in a CFB gasifier. The main results were a net calorific value (NCV) of 5 MJ/Nm(3) and a total tar content of 11.44 g/Nm(3) at an equivalence ratio (ER) of 0.3. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Structural (XRD) and thermal (DSC, TGA) and BET analysis of materials derived from non-metal cation pentaborate salts.

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    Beckett, Michael A; Horton, Peter N; Hursthouse, Michael B; Knox, David A; Timmis, James L

    2010-04-28

    The synthesis, structural characterization (XRD), and thermal properties of nine non-metal cation (NMC) pentaborate anion salts, [NMC][B(5)O(6)(OH)(4)] (1a-1i) is described (NMC = [NH(3)CMe(2)(CH(2)OH)](+) (a), [O(CH(2)CH(2))(2)NH(2)](+) (b), [NH(3)CMe(CH(2)OH)(2)](+) (c), [2-(2-CH(2)CH(2)OH)PyH](+) (d), [(CH(2))(4)NH(CH(2)CH(2)OH)](+) (e), [(CH(2))(5)NH(CH(2)CH(2)OH)](+) (f), [2-MeImid](+) (g), [Me(3)NCMe(2)(CH(2)OH)](+) (h), [O(CH(2)CH(2))(2)NMe(2)](+) (i). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies on all compounds show that they contain isolated pentaborate anions, H-bonded together in a supramolecular array, with the cations occupying the cavities within the network. Compound 1c was obtained as a partial hydrate (0.16H(2)O). TGA and DSC analysis (in air, 25-1000 degrees C) indicate that compounds 1a-1i thermally decompose via a 2 stage process to B(2)O(3). The first stage (<250 degrees C) is dehydration to condensed polymeric pentaborates {approximate composition: [NMC][B(5)O(8)] (2a-2i)}. Five condensed pentaborates (2a-c, 2e, 2g) were synthesised and characterized by powder XRD and BET analysis. These condensed pentaborates were amorphous. The isolated pentaborates intumesced at approximately 600 degrees C (occupying approximately 10 times their original volume), and then contracted back to black glassy B(2)O(3) solids at 1000 degrees C. The intumescent materials (3a), (3b), (3e), (3g), and a final B(2)O(3) sample (4b) were synthesised and isolated and their porosities determined. BET surface area analysis on the isolated pentaborates (1a-c, 1e, 1g), the condensed pentaborates (2a-c, 2e, 2g), intumesced materials (3a, 3b, 3e, 3g), and B(2)O(3) (4b) showed that they were all 'non-porous' (<1.59 m(2) g(-1)).

  8. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis of the tobacco PR-1a- and the truncated CaMV 35S promoter reveals differences in salicylic acid-dependent TGA factor binding and histone acetylation.

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    Butterbrodt, Thomas; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2006-07-01

    Salicylic acid (SA) is a plant signalling molecule needed for the induction of defence responses upon attack by a variety of pathogens. Truncation of the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (CaMV) 35S promoter down to 90 bp has identified activation sequence-1 (as-1) as an autonomous SA-responsive cis element. The as-1-like elements are found in a number of SA-inducible promoters like e.g. the tobacco PR-1a promoter. They are recognized by basic/leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors of the TGA family. In tobacco leaves, TGA2.2 is the most abundant TGA factor. TGA2.2 is required for the expression of as-1-containing promoters. Here we unravel clear differences between the "truncated" CaMV 35S and the PR-1a promoter with respect to in vivo TGA binding and histone acetylation. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) analysis revealed SA-inducible recruitment of tobacco TGA2.2 as well as SA-inducible histone acetylation at the PR-1a promoter. In contrast, no influence of SA on TGA2.2 binding and histone acetylation was detectable at the "truncated" CaMV 35S promoter. The finding of SA-independent TGA factor binding in the absence of additional flanking regulatory sequences suggests that transcriptional activation is not necessarily mediated by inducible DNA binding of TGA factors. Plants with severely reduced TGA2.2 protein levels also showed SA-induced histone acetylation at the PR-1a promoter indicating that regulatory events independent from TGA2.2 function are initiated at the PR-1a promoter.

  9. Raman spectroscopy and TGA studies for the synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotube-functionalized thiol (MWCNT-SH) nanocomposites: study of effect of concentration

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    Robati, D.; Bagheriyan, S.; Rajabi, M.

    2015-05-01

    We have investigated some methods such as Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) studies for the nanocomposites multi-walled carbon nanotube-functionalized thiol (MWCNT-SH) by adding to cysteamine with known concentration in nanocomposite. For this study, we synthesized nanocomposite MWCNT-SH by the reaction between multi-walled carbon nanotubes-functionalized carboxyl and the cysteamine. For study of the effect of concentration, cysteamine with different concentrations was used (1, 3 and 5 % weight) and it was called MWCNT-SH1, MWCNT-SH3 and MWCNT-SH5, respectively. Then, the nanocomposite provided was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The surface structure of nanocomposites can be analyzed and confirmed using Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy. Also, to investigate the thermal stability TGA was used. The study of TGA showed that nanocomposite MWCNT-SH had low thermal stability at temperatures more than 100 °C.

  10. Pyrolysis of oil-plant wastes in a TGA and a fixed-bed reactor: Thermochemical behaviors, kinetics, and products characterization.

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    Chen, Jianbiao; Fan, Xiaotian; Jiang, Bo; Mu, Lin; Yao, Pikai; Yin, Hongchao; Song, Xigeng

    2015-09-01

    Pyrolysis characteristics of four distinct oil-plant wastes were investigated using TGA and fixed-bed reactor coupled with GC. TGA experiments showed that the pyrolysis behaviors were related to biomass species and heating rates. As the heating rate increased, TG and DTG curves shifted to the higher temperatures, and the comprehensive devolatilization index obviously increased. The remaining chars from TGA experiments were higher than those obtained from the fixed-bed experiments. The crack of tars at high temperatures enhanced the formation of non-condensable gases. During the pyrolysis, C-O and CO2 were the major gases. Chars FTIR showed that the functional groups of O-H, C-H(n), C=O, C-O, and C-C gradually disappeared from 400 °C on. The kinetic parameters were calculated by Coats-Redfern approach. The results manifested that the most appropriate pyrolysis mechanisms were the order reaction models. The existence of kinetic compensation effect was evident. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Kinetics of Cold-Cap Reactions for Vitrification of Nuclear Waste Glass Based on Simultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimetry - Thermogravimetry (DSC-TGA) and Evolved Gas Analysis (EGA)

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    Rodriguez, Carmen P.; Pierce, David A.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Kruger, Albert A.; Chun, Jaehun; Hrma, Pavel R.

    2013-12-03

    For vitrifying nuclear waste glass, the feed, a mixture of waste with glass-forming and modifying additives, is charged onto the cold cap that covers 90-100% of the melt surface. The cold cap consists of a layer of reacting molten glass floating on the surface of the melt in an all-electric, continuous glass melter. As the feed moves through the cold cap, it undergoes chemical reactions and phase transitions through which it is converted to molten glass that moves from the cold cap into the melt pool. The process involves a series of reactions that generate multiple gases and subsequent mass loss and foaming significantly influence the mass and heat transfers. The rate of glass melting, which is greatly influenced by mass and heat transfers, affects the vitrification process and the efficiency of the immobilization of nuclear waste. We studied the cold-cap reactions of a representative waste glass feed using both the simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry thermogravimetry (DSC-TGA) and the thermogravimetry coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (TGA-GC-MS) as complementary tools to perform evolved gas analysis (EGA). Analyses from DSC-TGA and EGA on the cold-cap reactions provide a key element for the development of an advanced cold-cap model. It also helps to formulate melter feeds for higher production rate.

  12. A Simple Fluorescence Quenching Method for the Determination of Vanillin Using TGA-capped CdTe/ZnS Nanoparticles as Probes.

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Qiaolin; Ding, Yaping; Lu, Yaxiang; Cai, Xiaoyong; Yu, Lurong

    2015-07-01

    Based on the quenching of the fluorescence intensity of thioglycolic acid (TGA)-capped core-shell CdTe/ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) by vanillin, a novel, simple and rapid method for the determination of vanillin was proposed. In aqueous medium, the functionalized core-shell CdTe/ZnS NPs were successfully synthesized with TGA as the capping ligand. TGA-capped core-shell CdTe/ZnS NPs were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Factors affecting the vanillin detection were investigated, and the optimum conditions were also determined. Under the optimum conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity of CdTe/ZnS NPs was linearly proportional to vanillin over a concentration range from 9.4 × 10(-7) to 5.2 × 10(-4) M with a correlation coefficient of 0.998 and a detection limit of 2.6 × 10(-7) M. The proposed method was also employed to detect trace vanillin in cookies with satisfactory results.

  13. Application of lag-k autocorrelation coefficient and the TGA signals approach to detecting and quantifying adulterations of extra virgin olive oil with inferior edible oils.

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    Torrecilla, José S; García, Julián; García, Silvia; Rodríguez, Francisco

    2011-03-04

    The combination of lag-k autocorrelation coefficients (LCCs) and thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) equipment is defined here as a tool to detect and quantify adulterations of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) with refined olive (ROO), refined olive pomace (ROPO), sunflower (SO) or corn (CO) oils, when the adulterating agents concentration are less than 14%. The LCC is calculated from TGA scans of adulterated EVOO samples. Then, the standardized skewness of this coefficient has been applied to classify pure and adulterated samples of EVOO. In addition, this chaotic parameter has also been used to quantify the concentration of adulterant agents, by using successful linear correlation of LCCs and ROO, ROPO, SO or CO in 462 EVOO adulterated samples. In the case of detection, more than 82% of adulterated samples have been correctly classified. In the case of quantification of adulterant concentration, by an external validation process, the LCC/TGA approach estimates the adulterant agents concentration with a mean correlation coefficient (estimated versus real adulterant agent concentration) greater than 0.90 and a mean square error less than 4.9%. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Preparation of pH-stimuli-responsive PEG-TGA/TGH-capped CdTe QDs and their application in cell labeling.

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    Du, Yan; Yang, Dongzhi; Sun, Shian; Zhao, Ziming; Tang, Daoquan

    2015-08-01

    A pH-sensitive and double functional nanoprobe was designed and synthesized in a water-soluble system using thioglycolic acid (TGA) and mercapto-acetohydrazide (TGH) as the stabilizers. TGA is biocompatible because the carboxyl group is easily linked to biological macromolecules. At the same time, the hydrazide on TGH reacts with the aldehyde on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and forms a hydrazone bond. The hydrazone bond ruptured at specific pH values and exhibited pH-stimuli-responsive characteristics. As an optical imaging probe, the PEG-TGA/TGH-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) had high quality, with a fluorescence efficiency of 25-30%, and remained stable for at least five months. This pH-responsive factor can be used for the effective release of CdTe QDs under the acidic interstitial extracellular environment of tumor cells. This allows the prepared pH-stimuli-responsive nanoprobes to show fluorescence signals for use in cancer cell imaging. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Selective and Sensitive Detection of Silver(I) Ion Based on Tetracationic Complex and TGA/GSH Co-capped Quantum Dots as an Effective Fluorescent Sensing Platform.

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    Liu, Xue-Wen; Shu, Jun-Shi; Xiao, Yang; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Song-Bai

    2017-01-01

    CdTe quantum dots capped with glutathione (GSH) and thioglycolic acid (TGA) were synthesized and the interaction between QDs and tetracationic Fe complex was investigated. Based on the specific interaction between Ag(+) and cytosine bases (C), we designed a label-free DNA sensor for the detection of Ag(+) in aqueous solution. Furthermore, tetracationic Fe complex with a higher positive charge is demonstrated to improve the sensitivity of the sensor. A detection limit of 3.3 nmol dm(-3) was obtained, which was lower than in previous reports. This sensor also exhibits promising potential for real sample analysis.

  16. TGA cysteine codons and intron sequences in conserved and nonconserved positions are found in macronuclear RNA polymerase genes of Euplotes octocarinatus.

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    Kaufmann, J; Florian, V; Klein, A

    1992-01-01

    The gene sequences of the second largest subunits of RNA polymerases I and II of Euplotes octocarinatus, RPA2 and RPB2, were determined and compared to the respective known sequences of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The similarity of the derived polypeptide sequences permitted their assignment to the respective polymerases and allowed the comparison of the zinc binding regions. In frame TGA codons were detected, which are likely to encode conserved cysteinyl residues in the putative zinc-finger region of the RPA2 gene. They were also found in other positions in both the RPA2 and RPB2 genes. The RPB2 gene contains a 30 bp intron close to the 5'-end of its coding region. The 5'-ends of the coding regions of all three genes encoding the largest subunits of the three different polymerases were also analyzed. The zinc finger structures again show the use of TGA codons for conserved cysteinyl residues in two of the genes. An N-terminal intron is located in the RPB1 gene at a conserved position as compared to the respective genes of several other eucarya. Images PMID:1461731

  17. An experimental study of the (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH phase diagram using in situ synchrotron XRD and TGA/DSC techniques.

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    Sun, Pei; Fang, Z. Zak; Koopman, Mark; Paramore, James D.; Chandran, K. S. Ravi; Ren, Yang; Lu, Jun

    2015-02-01

    Hydrogen has been investigated for decades as a temporary alloying element to refine the microstructure of Ti-6Al-4V, and is now being used in a novel powder metallurgy method known as "hydrogen sintering and phase transformation". Pseudo-binary phase diagrams of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH have been studied and developed, but are not well established due to methodological limitations. In this paper, in situ studies of phase transformations during hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH alloys were conducted using high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The eutectoid phase transformation of β ↔ α + δ was observed in the (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH alloy via in situ synchrotron XRD at 211 °C with a hydrogen concentration of 37.5 at.% (measured using TGA-DSC). The relationships of hydrogen composition to partial pressure and temperature were investigated in the temperature range 450-900°C. Based on these results, a partial pseudo-binary phase diagram of (Ti-6Al-4V)-xH is proposed for hydrogen compositions up to 60 at.% in the temperature range 100-900°C. Using the data collected in real time under controlled parameters of temperature, composition and hydrogen partial pressure, this work characterizes relevant phase transformations and microstructural evolution for practical titanium-hydrogen technologies of Ti-6Al-4V.

  18. PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies do not induce prion disease or misfolding of PrP(C) in highly susceptible Tga20 mice.

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    Määttänen, Pekka; Taschuk, Ryan; Ross, Li; Marciniuk, Kristen; Bertram, Lisa; Potter, Andrew; Cashman, Neil R; Napper, Scott

    2013-01-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by misfolding of a cellular protein PrP(C) into an infectious conformation PrP(Sc). Previously our group demonstrated induction of PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies with a SN6b vaccine that targets regions of the protein that are exposed upon misfolding. There are concerns that these antibodies could function as templates to promote misfolding and cause disease. To evaluate the consequences of prolonged exposure to PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies in a prion sensitized animal, tga20 mice were vaccinated with the SN6b vaccine. No clinical signs of disease were detected up to 255 d post-vaccination, and postmortem assay of brains and spleens revealed no proteinase-K resistant PrP. These results suggest that vaccinating against TSEs with the SN6b antigen is safe from the standpoint of prion disease induction.

  19. Structural Characterisation of Complex Layered Double Hydroxides and TGA-GC-MS Study on Thermal Response and Carbonate Contamination in Nitrate- and Organic-Exchanged Hydrotalcites.

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    Conterosito, Eleonora; Palin, Luca; Antonioli, Diego; Viterbo, Davide; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Kolb, Ute; Perioli, Luana; Milanesio, Marco; Gianotti, Valentina

    2015-10-12

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are versatile materials used for intercalating bioactive molecules in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics, with the purpose of protecting them from degradation, enhancing their water solubility to increase bioavailability and improving their pharmacokinetic properties and formulation stability. Moreover, LDHs are used in various technological applications to improve stability and processability. The crystal chemistry of hydrotalcite-like compounds was investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)-GC-MS to shed light on the mechanisms involved in ion exchange and absorption of contaminants, mainly carbonate anions. For the first time, ADT allowed a structural model of LDH_NO3 to be obtained from experiment, shedding light on the conformation of nitrate inside LDH and on the loss of crystallinity due to the layer morphology. The ADT analysis of a hybrid LDH sample (LDH_EUS) clearly revealed an increase in defectivity in this material. XRPD demonstrated that the presence of carbonate can influence the intercalation of organic molecules into LDH, since CO3 -contaminated samples tend to adopt d spacings that are approximate multiples of the d spacing of LDH_CO3 . TGA-GC-MS allowed intercalated and surface- adsorbed organic molecules to be distinguished and quantified, the presence and amount of carbonate to be confirmed, especially at low concentrations (<2 wt %), and the different types and strengths of adsorption to be classified with respect to the temperature of elimination. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Glycine reductase of Clostridium litorale. Cloning, sequencing, and molecular analysis of the grdAB operon that contains two in-frame TGA codons for selenium incorporation.

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    Kreimer, S; Andreesen, J R

    1995-11-15

    A 2.8-kb HindIII fragment, containing three open reading frames, has been cloned and sequenced from Clostridium litorale. The first gene grdA encoded the selenocysteine-containing protein PA of the glycine reductase complex, a protein of 159 amino acids with a deduced molecular mass of 16.7 kDa. The second gene (grdB) encoded the 47-kDa subunit of the substrate-specific selenoprotein PB glycine that is composed of 437 amino acids. The third gene contained the 5'-region of the gene for thioredoxin reductase, trxB. All gene products shared high similarity with the corresponding proteins from Eubacterium acidaminophilum. In both genes grdA and grdB, the opal termination codon (TGA) was found inframe, indicating the presence of selenocysteine in both polypeptides. Northern-blot analysis showed that grdA and grdB are organized as one operon. Unlike Escherichia coli, no stable secondary structures of the corresponding mRNA were found immediately downstream of the UGA codons to direct an insertion of selenocysteine into the grdA and grdB transcripts of C. litorale. Instead, a secondary structure was identified in the 3'-untranslated region of grdB.

  1. Effects of water washing and torrefaction on the pyrolysis behavior and kinetics of rice husk through TGA and Py-GC/MS.

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    Zhang, Shuping; Dong, Qing; Zhang, Li; Xiong, Yuanquan

    2016-01-01

    The effects of water washing and torrefaction on the pyrolysis behavior and kinetics of rice husk were investigated through TGA and Py-GC/MS in this study. Two iso-conversional methods, i.e. Starink and FWO methods were applied for determination of the activation energy of original and pretreated rice husk samples at three different heating rates. It was found that activation energy of water washed rice husk was lower than that of original rice husk. Whereas, the activation energy increased with the increase of torrefaction temperature. The result of Py-GC/MS analysis indicated that both water washing and torrefaction pretreatments decreased the contents of acids, ketones, aldehydes and furans, while significantly increased the contents of sugars, especially levoglucosan. The relative content of released levoglucosan from pyrolysis of rice husk sample with combined water washing and 280°C torrefaction pretreatment is almost 9 times of that from original rice husk, which is about 3%. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Catalytic pyrolysis of wheat bran for hydrocarbons production in the presence of zeolites and noble-metals by using TGA-FTIR method.

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    Lazdovica, K; Liepina, L; Kampars, V

    2016-05-01

    Pyrolysis of wheat bran with or without catalysts was investigated using TGA-FTIR method in order to determine the influence of zeolite and noble metal catalysts on the evolution profile and relative yield of the volatile compounds. The addition of all catalysts decreased the volatile matter of wheat bran from 76.3% to 75.9%, 73.9%, 73.5%, 69.7% and increased the solid residue from 18.0% to 18.4%, 20.4%, 20.8%, 24.6% under the catalyst of ZSM-5, 5% Pd/C, MCM-41, and 5% Pt/C. Noble-metal catalysts had higher activity for deoxygenation of compounds containing carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups than zeolites. Degradation of nitrogen containing compounds atom proceeded better in presence of zeolites. Noble-metal catalysts promoted formation of aromatics and changed the profiles of evolved compounds whereas zeolites advanced formation of aliphatics and olefins. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Solid-state MAS NMR, TEM, and TGA studies of structural hydroxyl groups and water in nanocrystalline apatites prepared by dry milling.

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    Pajchel, Lukasz; Kolodziejski, Waclaw

    2013-01-01

    A series of nanocrystalline calcium hydroxyapatites was prepared by dry milling and characterized using proton and (31)P MAS NMR, TEM, and TGA methods. The samples contained stubby rod-shaped crystals, which length and width varied in the 130-30 and 95-20 nm ranges, respectively. It was confirmed that concentration of structural hydroxyl groups in nanocrystalline apatites decreases with the decreasing crystal size. In the series of the studied apatites, the decrease was from 86 to ca. 50 % in reference to stoichiometric apatite. Water was found in the surface hydrated layer and in the c-axis channels, in which compartments existed as adsorbed and structural, respectively. Molecules of the adsorbed water were capable of moving from the crystal surface into the lattice c-axis channels of apatite. This process introduced considerable structural disorder within and around those channels and reduced the content of the structural hydroxyl groups, particularly in the region underneath the apatite crystal surface.

  4. Investigation on thermochemical behaviour of low rank Malaysian coal, oil palm biomass and their blends during pyrolysis via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

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    Idris, Siti Shawalliah; Abd Rahman, Norazah; Ismail, Khudzir; Alias, Azil Bahari; Abd Rashid, Zulkifli; Aris, Mohd Jindra

    2010-06-01

    This study aims to investigate the behaviour of Malaysian sub-bituminous coal (Mukah Balingian), oil palm biomass (empty fruit bunches (EFB), kernel shell (PKS) and mesocarp fibre (PMF)) and their respective blends during pyrolysis using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The coal/palm biomass blends were prepared at six different weight ratios and experiments were carried out under dynamic conditions using nitrogen as inert gas at various heating rates to ramp the temperature from 25 degrees C to 900 degrees C. The derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) results show that thermal decomposition of EFB, PMF and PKS exhibit one, two and three distinct evolution profiles, respectively. Apparently, the thermal profiles of the coal/oil palm biomass blends appear to correlate with the percentage of biomass added in the blends, thus, suggesting lack of interaction between the coal and palm biomass. First-order reaction model were used to determine the kinetics parameters for the pyrolysis of coal, palm biomass and their respective blends. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Alteration of skin hydration and its barrier function by vehicle and permeation enhancers: a study using TGA, FTIR, TEWL and drug permeation as markers.

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    Shah, D K; Khandavilli, S; Panchagnula, R

    2008-09-01

    Vehicles and permeation enhancers (PEs) used in transdermal drug delivery (TDD) of a drug can affect skin hydration, integrity and permeation of the solute administered. This investigation was designed to study the effect of the most commonly used vehicles and PEs on rat skin hydration, barrier function and permeation of an amphiphilic drug, imipramine hydrochloride (IMH). An array of well-established techniques were used to confirm the findings of the study. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to determine changes in skin hydration. Alteration of the stratum corneum (SC) structure was investigated using FTIR studies. To monitor the barrier function alteration, transepidermal water loss (TEWL) measurement and permeation studies were performed. Our findings indicate that with hydration, there was an increase in the bound water content of the skin, and pseudoequilibrium of hydration (a drastic decrease in hydration rate) was achieved at around 12 h. Hydration increased the ratio between amide-I and amide-II peaks in FTIR and reduced the C-H stretching peak area. Both propylene glycol (PG) and ethanol (EtOH) dehydrated skin, with the latter showing a predominant effect. Furthermore, it was confirmed that PG and EtOH decreased the bound water content due to alteration in the protein domains and extraction of SC lipids, respectively. The effect of hydration on the SC was found to be similar to that reported for temperature. Permeation studies revealed that the dehydration caused by vehicles decreased IMH flux, whereas the flux was enhanced by PEs. The role of partition was predominant for the permeation of IMH through dehydrated skin. A synergistic effect was observed for PG and menthol in the enhancement of IMH. Further findings provided strong evidence that PG affects protein domains and EtOH extracts lipids from the bilayer. Both PG and EtOH, with or without PEs, increased TEWL. Initial TEWL was well

  6. Interaction of Arabidopsis TGA3 and WRKY53 transcription factors on Cestrum yellow leaf curling virus (CmYLCV) promoter mediates salicylic acid-dependent gene expression in planta.

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    Sarkar, Shayan; Das, Abhimanyu; Khandagale, Prashant; Maiti, Indu B; Chattopadhyay, Sudip; Dey, Nrisingha

    2017-09-14

    This paper highlighted a salicylic acid-inducible Caulimoviral promoter fragment from Cestrum yellow leaf curling virus (CmYLCV). Interaction of Arabidopsis transcription factors TGA3 and WRKY53 on CmYLCV promoter resulted in the enhancement of the promoter activity via NPR1-dependent salicylic acid signaling. Several transcriptional promoters isolated from plant-infecting Caulimoviruses are being presently used worldwide as efficient tools for plant gene expression. The CmYLCV promoter has been isolated from the Cestrum yellow leaf curling virus (Caulimoviruses) and characterized more than 12 years ago; also we have earlier reported a near-constitutive, pathogen-inducible CmYLCV promoter fragment (-329 to +137 from transcription start site; TSS) that enhances stronger (3×) expression than the previously reported fragments; all these fragments are highly efficient in monocot and dicot plants (Sahoo et al. Planta 240: 855-875, 2014). Here, we have shown that the full-length CmYLCV promoter fragment (-729 to +137 from TSS) is salicylic acid (SA) inducible. In this context, we have performed an in-depth study to elucidate the factors responsible for SA-inducibility of the CmYLCV promoter. We found that the as-1 1 and W-box1 elements (located at -649 and -640 from the TSS) of the CmYLCV promoter are required for SA-induced activation by recruiting Arabidopsis TGA3 and WRKY53 transcription factors. Consequently, as a nascent observation, we established the physical interaction between TGA3 and WYKY53; also demonstrated that the N-terminal domain of TGA3 is sufficient for the interaction with the full-length WRKY53. Such interaction synergistically activates the CmYLCV promoter activity in planta. Further, we found that activation of the CmYLCV promoter by SA through TGA3 and WRKY53 interaction depends on NPR1. Finally, the findings presented here provide strong support for the direct regulatory roles of TGA3 and WRKY53 in the SA and NPR1-dependent activation of a

  7. Four-dimensional visualization of thoracic blood flow by magnetic resonance imaging in a patient following correction of transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) and uncorrected aortic coarctation.

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    Ley-Zaporozhan, J; Unterhinninghofen, R; Rengier, F; Markl, M; Eichhorn, J; von Tengg-Kobligk, H; Ley, S

    2009-10-01

    Recent advances in flow-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and data analysis allow for comprehensive noninvasive three-dimensional (3D) visualization of complex blood flow. Electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated three-directional (3dir) flow measurements were employed to assess and visualize time-resolved 3D blood flow in the pulmonary arteries (PA) and thoracic aorta. We present findings in a juvenile patient with surgically corrected transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) and aortic coarctation. For the first time, the complex flow patterns in the PA following d-TGA were visualized. Morphologically, a slight asymmetry of the PA was found, with considerable impact on vascular hemodynamics, resulting in diastolic retrograde flow in the larger vessel and diastolic filling of the smaller PA. Additionally, increased flow to the supraaortic vessels was found due to aortic coarctation.

  8. Functional Analysis of Regulatory Elements in the Gene Promoter for an Abscission-Specific Cellulase from Bean and Isolation, Expression, and Binding Affinity of Three TGA-Type Basic Leucine Zipper Transcription Factors

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    Tucker, Mark L.; Whitelaw, Catherine A.; Lyssenko, Nicholas N.; Nath, Pravendra

    2002-01-01

    Site-directed mutagenesis was used to identify cis-acting elements that control hormonal and abscission-specific expression of the bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) abscission cellulase (BAC) promoter. Auxin inhibition of BAC promoter expression is at least in part controlled by a negatively regulated element and ethylene induction by a positively regulated element. One of a series of 15 different 10-bp mutations created in a 2.9-kb BAC promoter reduced reporter gene expression by 60%. The native sequence for this 10-bp mutation includes a TGA-type basic leucine zipper (bZIP) motif. Tandem ligation of three 18-bp BAC elements (Z-BAC), which includes the bZIP motif to a minimal −50 35S cauliflower mosaic virus promoter, enhanced expression in abscission zones (AZs) 13-fold over that of the minimal promoter alone. The native forward orientation of the Z-BAC elements was essential for high expression levels. Expression of the Z-BAC minimal construct was 3-fold greater in AZ than stems when compared with the expression levels of an internal control with an enhanced 35S cauliflower mosaic virus promoter. Polymerase chain reaction was used to identify three TGA-type bZIP transcription factors in an AZ cDNA library. One of these factors was of the class I type and two of the class II type. RNA-blot analysis was completed for these genes and electrophoretic mobility shift assays used to confirm their binding to the Z-BAC element. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay-binding affinity was greatest for the class I TGA-type bZIP factor. The results indicate a complex interaction of negative and positive regulating transcription factors that control BAC gene expression. PMID:12428013

  9. D-Transposition of the Great Arteries with Ventricular Septal Defect and Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction (D-TGA/VSD/LVOTO): A Survey of Perceptions, Preferences, and Experience.

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    Al-Jughiman, Mohammed K; Al-Omair, Maryam A; Van Arsdell, Glen S; Morell, Victor O; Jacobs, Marshall L

    2015-06-01

    Several procedures have been introduced to manage this complex congenital heart malformation. It is not clear that any one approach is best for all patients. Decision-making for a given patient may be influenced by multiple patient factors. There is little doubt that surgeon and institutional experience and preference also play a role. We have focused our survey on three procedures, i.e., the Rastelli, Nikaidoh (aortic root translocation), and réparation à l'étageventriculaire (REV) procedures. The questionnaire was directed to all Congenital Heart Surgeon Society member surgeons. A total of 61 clinical practitioners responded to our survey. Of them, 45 (73.8 %) were staff congenital heart surgeons, 11 (18 %) were staff pediatric cardiologists, 1 (1.6 %) was a staff adult congenital cardiologist, 1 (1.6 %) was a fellow pediatric cardiologist, 2 (3.3 %) were fellow or resident congenital heart surgeons, and 1 (1.6 %) was a nurse practitioner. Most respondents believe that the Rastelli procedure should be considered the first option (n = 28, 45.9 %), while 24 (39.3 %) respondents believe that the Nikaidoh procedure should be considered the first option. Asked "To which surgeon do you prefer to refer your patient" (one who will perform Rastelli, Nikaidoh, or REV), all staff cardiologists (n = 12, 100 %) responded "doesn't matter." This survey revealed a wide diversity among clinical practitioners in terms of management of patients with TGA/VSD/LVOTO and preferred surgical approaches. A multi-institutional study of surgical management of TGA/VSD/LVOTO may help to define principles for optimal matching of procedures to patients.

  10. Transposition of the Greater Arteries (TGA)

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    ... Disease Tricuspid Valve Disease Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Heart abnormalities that are present at birth in children, as well as in adults Atrial Septal Defect Ventricular Septal ... Arteriosus Single Ventricle Defects Lung, Esophageal, and ...

  11. Arabidopsis genes, AtNPR1, AtTGA2 and AtPR-5, confer partial resistance to soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) when overexpressed in transgenic soybean roots.

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    Matthews, Benjamin F; Beard, Hunter; Brewer, Eric; Kabir, Sara; MacDonald, Margaret H; Youssef, Reham M

    2014-04-16

    Extensive studies using the model system Arabidopsis thaliana to elucidate plant defense signaling and pathway networks indicate that salicylic acid (SA) is the key hormone triggering the plant defense response against biotrophic and hemi-biotrophic pathogens, while jasmonic acid (JA) and derivatives are critical to the defense response against necrotrophic pathogens. Several reports demonstrate that SA limits nematode reproduction. Here we translate knowledge gained from studies using Arabidopsis to soybean. The ability of thirty-one Arabidopsis genes encoding important components of SA and JA synthesis and signaling in conferring resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN: Heterodera glycines) are investigated. We demonstrate that overexpression of three of thirty-one Arabidoposis genes in transgenic soybean roots of composite plants decreased the number of cysts formed by SCN to less than 50% of those found on control roots, namely AtNPR1(33%), AtTGA2 (38%), and AtPR-5 (38%). Three additional Arabidopsis genes decreased the number of SCN cysts by 40% or more: AtACBP3 (53% of the control value), AtACD2 (55%), and AtCM-3 (57%). Other genes having less or no effect included AtEDS5 (77%), AtNDR1 (82%), AtEDS1 (107%), and AtPR-1 (80%), as compared to control. Overexpression of AtDND1 greatly increased susceptibility as indicated by a large increase in the number of SCN cysts (175% of control). Knowledge of the pathogen defense system gained from studies of the model system, Arabidopsis, can be directly translated to soybean through direct overexpression of Arabidopsis genes. When the genes, AtNPR1, AtGA2, and AtPR-5, encoding specific components involved in SA regulation, synthesis, and signaling, are overexpressed in soybean roots, resistance to SCN is enhanced. This demonstrates functional compatibility of some Arabidopsis genes with soybean and identifies genes that may be used to engineer resistance to nematodes.

  12. A Comparison of combustion of coal chars in O{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} mixtures - isothermal TGA studies - article no. A74

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    Liu, H.

    2009-07-01

    Two chars prepared from parent coals of a high volatile bituminous coal and an anthracite coal were subjected to isothermal combustion tests in a thermogravimetric analyser (TGA). The chars were burned in mixtures of O{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} with O{sub 2} concentrations of 3%, 6%, 10%, 21% and 30% and combustion temperature ranging from 723 K to 1163 K. Experimental results show that replacing the inert nitrogen gas in the oxidizer with CO{sub 2} has little influence on the measured reactivity of coal chars under conditions of the experiments. The measured reactivity of each char was found to be approximately first order (0.88 - 0.90) to the concentration of O{sub 2} in the O{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} mixtures. As char combustion tests were conducted under relatively high temperatures conditions, internal and external effectiveness factors were estimated in order to derive combustion kinetics of both chars. The values of activation energy for both chars, obtained by taking account of both the internal and external effectiveness factors (i.e. with correction), were very much in line with the literature data. The activation energy of the bituminous coal char combustion in O{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} was found to be 96323 (without correction) - 108893 (with correction) kJ/kmol within the temperature range of 723 - 873 K, whereas the activation energy of the anthracite char was found to be 125716 (without correction) - 140486 (with correction) kJ/kmol within the temperature range of 773 - 973 K.

  13. Arabidopsis genes, AtNPR1, AtTGA2 and AtPR-5, confer partial resistance to soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) when overexpressed in transgenic soybean roots

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    2014-01-01

    Background Extensive studies using the model system Arabidopsis thaliana to elucidate plant defense signaling and pathway networks indicate that salicylic acid (SA) is the key hormone triggering the plant defense response against biotrophic and hemi-biotrophic pathogens, while jasmonic acid (JA) and derivatives are critical to the defense response against necrotrophic pathogens. Several reports demonstrate that SA limits nematode reproduction. Results Here we translate knowledge gained from studies using Arabidopsis to soybean. The ability of thirty-one Arabidopsis genes encoding important components of SA and JA synthesis and signaling in conferring resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN: Heterodera glycines) are investigated. We demonstrate that overexpression of three of thirty-one Arabidoposis genes in transgenic soybean roots of composite plants decreased the number of cysts formed by SCN to less than 50% of those found on control roots, namely AtNPR1(33%), AtTGA2 (38%), and AtPR-5 (38%). Three additional Arabidopsis genes decreased the number of SCN cysts by 40% or more: AtACBP3 (53% of the control value), AtACD2 (55%), and AtCM-3 (57%). Other genes having less or no effect included AtEDS5 (77%), AtNDR1 (82%), AtEDS1 (107%), and AtPR-1 (80%), as compared to control. Overexpression of AtDND1 greatly increased susceptibility as indicated by a large increase in the number of SCN cysts (175% of control). Conclusions Knowledge of the pathogen defense system gained from studies of the model system, Arabidopsis, can be directly translated to soybean through direct overexpression of Arabidopsis genes. When the genes, AtNPR1, AtGA2, and AtPR-5, encoding specific components involved in SA regulation, synthesis, and signaling, are overexpressed in soybean roots, resistance to SCN is enhanced. This demonstrates functional compatibility of some Arabidopsis genes with soybean and identifies genes that may be used to engineer resistance to nematodes. PMID:24739302

  14. Technique of Coronary Transfer for TGA with Single Coronary Artery

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    Kim, Tae Ho; Jung, Jae Jun; Kim, Yong Han; Yang, Ji-Hyuk; Jun, Tae-Gook

    2014-01-01

    An eight-day-old neonate was diagnosed with dextro-transposition of the great arteries, atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, and a single sinus origin of the coronary arteries. The single coronary artery originated from the left sinus (sinus 2), had a proximal left circumflex arterial branch, and passed anteriorly to the right side of the aorta, further branching into the right coronary and left anterior descending arteries. We successfully performed an arterial switch operation and coronary transfer by tube graft reconstruction with autologous aortic tissue to treat the dextro-transposition of the great arteries and atrial septal defect with a single-sinus origin of the coronary arteries. PMID:25551074

  15. Technique of Coronary Transfer for TGA with Single Coronary Artery.

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    Kim, Tae Ho; Jung, Jae Jun; Kim, Yong Han; Yang, Ji-Hyuk; Jun, Tae-Gook

    2014-12-01

    An eight-day-old neonate was diagnosed with dextro-transposition of the great arteries, atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, and a single sinus origin of the coronary arteries. The single coronary artery originated from the left sinus (sinus 2), had a proximal left circumflex arterial branch, and passed anteriorly to the right side of the aorta, further branching into the right coronary and left anterior descending arteries. We successfully performed an arterial switch operation and coronary transfer by tube graft reconstruction with autologous aortic tissue to treat the dextro-transposition of the great arteries and atrial septal defect with a single-sinus origin of the coronary arteries.

  16. The spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman and NMR), NCA, Fukui function analysis first order hyperpolarizability, TGA of 6-chloro-3,4dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiazine-7-sulphonamide1,1-dioxide by ab initio HF and Density Functional method.

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    Elamurugu Porchelvi, E; Muthu, S

    2014-04-05

    The Fourier-Transform Infrared and Fourier-Transform Raman spectra of 6-Chloro-3,4dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiazine-7sulphonamide1,1-dioxide(6CDBSD) was recorded in the region 4000-450cm(-1) and 4000-100cm(-1)respectively. Quantum chemical calculations of energies, geometrical structure and vibrational wave numbers of 6CDBSD were carried out by HF and DFT (B3LYP) method with 6-31G (d,p) basis set. The difference between the observed and scaled wavenumber value of most of the fundamentals is very small. The assignments of the vibrational spectra have been carried out with the aid of normal coordinate analysis (NCA) following the scaled quantum mechanical force field methodology (SQMFF). The linear polariazability (α) and the first order hyperpolarizability (βtot) values of the investigated molecule have been computed using HF and DFT with 6-31G (d,p) basis set. Stability of the molecule arising from hyper conjugative interaction and charge delocalization has been analyzed using natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. The (1)H and (13)C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) chemical shifts of the molecules were calculated using the Gauge-Invariant Atomic orbital (GIAO) method, confirms with the experimental values. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies also confirm that charge transfer occurs within the molecule. Thermal stability of 6CDBSD was studied by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). Next Fukui functions was calculated to identify changes in the reactivity of molecule. Finally molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and other molecular properties were performed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. [Ni(OH)3W6O18(OCH2)3CCH2OH]4–: the first tris-functionalized Anderson-type heteropolytungstate† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental procedures, synthesis details, characterization data, including IR, ESI-MS, TGA, elemental analysis and X-ray crystallography with CIF file. CCDC 1477611. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c6cc04326g Click here for additional data file. Click here for additional data file.

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    Gumerova, Nadiia I.; Roller, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Na2[TMA]2[Ni(OH)3W6O18(OCH2)3CCH2OH]·9H2O represents the first covalent tris-functionalized Anderson-type heteropolytungstate and was characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, TGA and IR spectroscopy. Zeta potential measurements in solutions containing human serum albumin were performed to investigate electrostatic interactions with [Ni(OH)3W6O18(OCH2)3CCH2OH]4–. PMID:27355393

  18. Thermal properties of tannin extracted from Anacardium occidentale L. using TGA and FT-IR spectroscopy.

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    Viswanath, Vinod; Leo, Vincent Vineeth; Prabha, S Sabna; Prabhakumari, C; Potty, V P; Jisha, M S

    2016-01-01

    The chemical nature of the polyphenols of cashew kernel testa has been determined. Testa contains tannins, which present large molecular complexity and has an ancient use as tanning agents. The use of tannins extracted from cashew testa, considered in many places as a waste, grants an extra value to the cashew. In this work we have analysed through high performance liquid chromatography, infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermo gravimetric analysis the average molecular weight, main functional groups and thermal properties of tannins extracted from Anacardium occidentale L. The results of these analyses are compared with the commercial grade tannic acid. The FT-IR spectra showed bands characteristic of C = C, C-C and OH bonds. This important bioactive compound present in the cashew nut kernel testa was suggested as an interesting economical source of antioxidants for use in the food and nutraceutical industry.

  19. Synthesis, fluorescence, TGA and crystal structure of thiazolyl-pyrazolines derived from chalcones

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    Suwunwong, T.; Chantrapromma, S.; Fun, H.-K.

    2015-04-01

    Thiazolyl-pyrazolines 3a-3d were synthesized in a three step procedure using chalcones as starting materials and characterized by FT-IR, UV-Vis, and 1H NMR techniques. The crystal structure of compound 3a was also determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 3a crystallized out in the orthorhombic P212121 space group with the unit cell dimensions: a = 5.2106(2) Å, b = 12.4341(5) Å, c = 33.3254(13) Å, α = β = γ = 90°, V = 2159.12(15) Å3, Z = 4, D cald = 1.372 M gm-3 and F(000) = 928. Fluorescence of 3a-3d were studied in solid state and acetonitrile solution. It was found that, these compounds exhibit the green fluorescence light (506-508 nm) in both solid and solution states. The pH stability on fluorescence property and the thermal gravimetric analysis of compound 3a were specifically carried out. It was revealed that 3a shows high thermal stability up to around 250°C and presenting high stability in various pH ranges in the acetonitrilewater matrix.

  20. Novel use of TGA-FTIR technique to predict the pollution degree in marine sediments

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    Oudghiri, Fatiha; García-Morales, José Luis; Rodríguez-Barroso, María Rocío

    2015-09-01

    In this work, thermogravimetric analysis (TG) coupled with Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (TG-FTIR) was applied to compare the thermal behavior of sediments from Cadiz port and a pristine zone. The samples were thermally degraded in air atmosphere using a heating rate of 10 °C/min. The Physico-Chemical analyses (organic matter, organic carbon, carbonate, total nitrogen, moisture, granulometric analyses; Cu, Zn, Pb and Hg) of sediments indicate that the pollution in zone coming from Cadiz port is mainly of anthropogenic origin. By means of differential thermogravimetric (DTG) and Gram-Schmidt the curves of sediments coming from Cadiz port, showed four stages with temperatures of maximum decomposition rate approximately at 120 °C, 292 °C, 493 °C and 741 °C. The FTIR spectra corresponding to these temperatures shows the formation of high quantities of gases, as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, aliphatic hydrocarbons, ether and ammonia, while in sediment coming from pristine zone the thermal degradation occurs in two stages, with temperatures of maximum decomposition rate around 500 °C and 750 °C, producing only little quantities of gases, as carbon dioxide and water vapor. By comparing the TG-FTIR of sediments coming from the port and the no polluted zone, it is possible to identify the volatile organic compounds emitted between 200 and 600 °C. These results suggest that modifications in the structures of sediment from the port are due to different sources of contamination. This study demonstrates that TG-FTIR is capable for screening of contaminated sediments.

  1. Influence of biomass blending on pyrolysis process using TGA-FTIR technique

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    Bibrzycki, Jakub; Katelbach-Woźniak, Anna; Szlek, Andrzej

    2014-08-01

    Devolatilization is the most important step in the biomass combustion. It is beneficial to use a fuel, which releases volatiles in a wider range of temperature that make easier proper air distribution. The main objective of this paper is influence investigation of biomass mixing on devolatilization process. Thermobalance coupled with FTIR spectrometer has been used for investigation of devolatilization process and analysis of released gases composition. For the experiments inert atmosphere, sample mass of 50 mg and heating rate of 10 K/min have been used. As investigated fuels, the most popular types of biomass such as pine, willow and wheat straw have been used. Results show that by mixing different types of biomasses one can influence maximal rate of pyrolysis (DTGmax), corresponding temperature and composition of released volatiles. Results prove existence of interactions between different sorts of biomass.

  2. Assessment of Sediment Heavy Metals Pollution Using Screening Methods (XRF, TGA/MS, XRPD and Earthworms Bioassay)

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    Findoráková, Lenka; Šestinová, Ol'ga; Hančul'ák, Jozef; Fedorová, Erika; Zorkovská, Anna

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study is focused on the use of screening methods (TG/DTA coupled with MS, XRF, AAS, XRPD and earthworm bioassay) for sediments pollution assessing by heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Hg) coming from the former mining workloads in the central Spis, Eastern Slovakia. The screening methods (XRF, AAS) indicated pollution of studied sediments by Cu, Zn, Pb, Hg. The earthworms Dendrobaena veneta caused in some studied samples decrease of heavy metals concentration after their 7 days’ exposure in sediments. The other screening methods such as thermal analysis and XRPD analysis, does not confirm the specifically changes in physicochemical properties comparing the properties before and after 7 days’ earthworm's exposure.

  3. Combined TGA-MS kinetic analysis of multistep processes. Thermal decomposition and ceramification of polysilazane and polysiloxane preceramic polymers.

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    García-Garrido, C; Sánchez-Jiménez, P E; Pérez-Maqueda, L A; Perejón, A; Criado, José M

    2016-10-26

    The polymer-to-ceramic transformation kinetics of two widely employed ceramic precursors, 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-1,3,5,7-tetravinylcyclotetrasiloxane (TTCS) and polyureamethylvinylsilazane (CERASET), have been investigated using coupled thermogravimetry and mass spectrometry (TG-MS), Raman, XRD and FTIR. The thermally induced decomposition of the pre-ceramic polymer is the critical step in the synthesis of polymer derived ceramics (PDCs) and accurate kinetic modeling is key to attaining a complete understanding of the underlying process and to attempt any behavior predictions. However, obtaining a precise kinetic description of processes of such complexity, consisting of several largely overlapping physico-chemical processes comprising the cleavage of the starting polymeric network and the release of organic moieties, is extremely difficult. Here, by using the evolved gases detected by MS as a guide it has been possible to determine the number of steps that compose the overall process, which was subsequently resolved using a semiempirical deconvolution method based on the Frasier-Suzuki function. Such a function is more appropriate that the more usual Gaussian or Lorentzian functions since it takes into account the intrinsic asymmetry of kinetic curves. Then, the kinetic parameters of each constituent step were independently determined using both model-free and model-fitting procedures, and it was found that the processes obey mostly diffusion models which can be attributed to the diffusion of the released gases through the solid matrix. The validity of the obtained kinetic parameters was tested not only by the successful reconstruction of the original experimental curves, but also by predicting the kinetic curves of the overall processes yielded by different thermal schedules and by a mixed TTCS-CERASET precursor.

  4. IR, 1H NMR, mass, XRD and TGA/DTA investigations on the ciprofloxacin/iodine charge-transfer complex

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    Refat, Moamen S.; El-Hawary, W. F.; Moussa, Mohamed A. A.

    2011-05-01

    The charge-transfer complex (CTC) of ciprofloxacin drug (CIP) as a donor with iodine (I 2) as a sigma acceptor has been studied spectrophotometrically in CHCl 3. At maximum absorption bands, the stoichiometry of CIP:iodine system was found to be 1:1 ratio according to molar ratio method. The essential spectroscopic data like formation constant ( KCT), molar extinction coefficient ( ɛCT), standard free energy (Δ G°), oscillator strength ( f), transition dipole moment ( μ), resonance energy ( RN) and ionization potential ( ID) were estimated. The spectroscopic techniques such as IR, 1H NMR, mass and UV-vis spectra and elemental analyses (CHN) as well as TG-DTG and DTA investigations were used to characterize the chelating behavior of CIP/iodine charge-transfer complex. The iodine CT interaction was associated with a presence of intermolecular hydrogen bond. The X-ray investigation was carried out to investigate the iodine doping in the synthetic CT complex.

  5. Thermal Properties of Extruded Injection-Molded Polycaprolactone/Gluten Bioblends Characterized by TGA, DSC, SEM and Infrared Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    In order to determine the degree of compatibility between Polycaprolactone resin (PCL) and vital wheat gluten (VG), PCL was compounded with VG at 90:10, 80:20, 70:30, 60:40, 50:50, and 30:70. The composites were blended by extrusion followed by injection molding. Thermal, morphological, and struct...

  6. Resection of Kommerell Diverticulum After the Arterial Switch for TGA With Bilateral PDAs and Right Aortic Arch.

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    Ochiai, Yoshie; Joo, Kunihiko; Onzuka, Tatsushi; Nakashima, Atsuhiro; Nagatomo, Yusaku; Watanabe, Mamie; Muneuchi, Jun

    2016-10-01

    We present a very rare case of bilateral ductus arteriosus in transposition of the great arteries with right aortic arch and aberrant retroesophageal left subclavian artery (SCA). Around 1 month after the successful arterial switch operation, the baby showed wheezing and retractive breathing. The computed tomography revealed that trachea and esophagus were sandwiched between the posterior displaced ascending aorta and the origin of the retroesophageal aberrant left SCA, the so-called Kommerell diverticulum (KD). This compression was successfully relieved by resection of the KD and division of the retroesophageal aberrant SCA through right thoracotomy. Copyright © 2016 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a support for TGA/IVS with low cardiac output syndrome and pulmonary hemorrhage.

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    Hong, Xiaoyang; Feng, Zhichun; Zhou, Gengxu; Xu, Xuan

    2013-06-01

    A 15-day-old neonate with complete transposition of the great arteries/intact ventricular septum was admitted with life-threatening hypoxemia and heart arrest. After successful resuscitation, heart beat recovered but blood lactate began to arise and maintained above 15 mmol/L 6 hours later. Emergency arterial switch operation was done at 20 hours after resuscitation. Planned extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support was employed postoperatively. The baby experienced severe pulmonary hemorrhage and severe hypoxemia after weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass, which were treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support.

  8. A Study of the Oxidation Behaviour of Pile Grade A (PGA) Nuclear Graphite Using Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Tomography (XRT).

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    Payne, Liam; Heard, Peter J; Scott, Thomas B

    2015-01-01

    Pile grade A (PGA) graphite was used as a material for moderating and reflecting neutrons in the UK's first generation Magnox nuclear power reactors. As all but one of these reactors are now shut down there is a need to understand the residual state of the material prior to decommissioning of the cores, in particular the location and concentration of key radio-contaminants such as 14C. The oxidation behaviour of unirradiated PGA graphite was studied, in the temperature range 600-1050°C, in air and nitrogen using thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray tomography to investigate the possibility of using thermal degradation techniques to examine 14C distribution within irradiated material. The thermal decomposition of PGA graphite was observed to follow the three oxidation regimes historically identified by previous workers with limited, uniform oxidation at temperatures below 600°C and substantial, external oxidation at higher temperatures. This work demonstrates that the different oxidation regimes of PGA graphite could be developed into a methodology to characterise the distribution and concentration of 14C in irradiated graphite by thermal treatment.

  9. A Study of the Oxidation Behaviour of Pile Grade A (PGA) Nuclear Graphite Using Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Tomography (XRT)

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    Payne, Liam; Heard, Peter J.; Scott, Thomas B.

    2015-01-01

    Pile grade A (PGA) graphite was used as a material for moderating and reflecting neutrons in the UK’s first generation Magnox nuclear power reactors. As all but one of these reactors are now shut down there is a need to understand the residual state of the material prior to decommissioning of the cores, in particular the location and concentration of key radio-contaminants such as 14C. The oxidation behaviour of unirradiated PGA graphite was studied, in the temperature range 600–1050°C, in air and nitrogen using thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray tomography to investigate the possibility of using thermal degradation techniques to examine 14C distribution within irradiated material. The thermal decomposition of PGA graphite was observed to follow the three oxidation regimes historically identified by previous workers with limited, uniform oxidation at temperatures below 600°C and substantial, external oxidation at higher temperatures. This work demonstrates that the different oxidation regimes of PGA graphite could be developed into a methodology to characterise the distribution and concentration of 14C in irradiated graphite by thermal treatment. PMID:26575374

  10. Analysis of Two Methods for Characterization of Flame Resistant Military Fabrics and Commercial Textile Fibers: Simultaneous DSC-TGA and Pyrolysis GCMS

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-04-04

    Aramid Kevlar® E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Meta-Aramid Nomex® E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Para-Aramid Twaron® Teijin Limited Polybenzimidazole PBI ... PBI ® Performance Products, Inc. 5 3 Methods 3.1 Thermal Analysis - SDT The SDT instrument used in this experiment was manufactured by TA...427 °C PBI ® 30% 475 °C 424 °C 477 °C Air Nylon 6,6 98 % 452 °C 420 °C 439 °C FR-Cotton 82 % 299 °C 285 °C 334 °C Untreated Rayon 100% 324 °C

  11. Efficient quenching of TGA-capped CdTe quantum dot emission by a surface-coordinated europium(III) cyclen complex.

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    Gallagher, Shane A; Comby, Steve; Wojdyla, Michal; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur; Kelly, John M; Gun'ko, Yurii K; Clark, Ian P; Greetham, Gregory M; Towrie, Michael; Quinn, Susan J

    2013-04-15

    Extremely efficient quenching of the excited state of aqueous CdTe quantum dots (QDs) by photoinduced electron transfer to a europium cyclen complex is facilitated by surface coordination to the thioglycolic acid capping ligand. The quenching dynamics are elucidated using steady-state emission and picosecond transient absorption.

  12. Valence properties of Cu and Ru in titanium-substituted LnCu3Ru4O12+δ (Ln = La, Pr, Nd) investigated by XANES and TGA.

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    Riegg, Stefan; Reller, Armin; Loidl, Alois; Ebbinghaus, Stefan G

    2015-06-21

    In the solid-solution series La(y)Cu(3)RuxTi(4-x)O(12+δ) (0 ≤x≤ 4) the Cu and Ru electronic states are highly correlated. With increasing Ru content x the system properties change from a paramagnetic insulator with colossal dielectric constant to a heavy-fermion metal. To further elucidate the occurring phase transitions, the valences of Cu and Ru have been investigated utilizing XANES measurements at the Cu-K and the Ru-K absorption edges. It was found that the Ru oxidation number is close to +4 in all samples, while the Cu valence linearly decreases from +2 for the titanate (x = 0) to +1.6 for the ruthenate (x = 4). Additional thermogravimetric measurements have been used to determine the oxygen content and rather high oxygen excesses up to δ≈ 0.7 (for x = 0.5) were obtained. The additional oxygen for x < 2 is required to compensate the constant Ru +4 valence. Our findings are in accordance with the reported phase transitions of the magnetic and transport properties. Both the valence shift and the shapes of the absorption edges suggest a change from localized to itinerant character of the Cu electronic states with increasing x, while the Ru electrons remain localized. Analogous results concerning the valences were found for the Pr(y)Cu(3)RuxTi(4-x)O(12+δ) and Nd(y)Cu(3)RuxTi(4-x)O(12+δ) solid-solution series.

  13. Expression of Arabidopsis genes AtNPR1 and AtTGA2 in transgenic soybean roots of composite plants confers resistance to root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita)

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    Root-knot nematodes (RKN; Meloidogyne spp.) are among the most destructive of the plant parasitic nematodes, infecting almost all cultivated plants and resulting in yield losses of billions of dollars annually. NPR1 (nonexpresser of pathogenesis related genes 1, AtNPR1) plays a positive role in the ...

  14. Turbine generator evaluation for the Eesti-Energia Estonia and Baltic power plants. Export trade information

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    1995-12-01

    The report evaluates the feasibility of 200 MW turbines and generators modernization in two Estonian power plants in order to improve performance and/or availability. This is Volume 1 and it includes the following: (1) scope; (2) evaluation approach; (3) summary of major recommendations; (4) performance tests descriptions; (5) current technology -- component description; (6) recommended studies; (7) recommendations; (8) district heating; (9) description of turbine K-200-130; (10) turbine evaluation results; (11) generator; (12) estimation of modernization costs.

  15. A supramolecular Tröger's base derived coordination zinc polymer for fluorescent sensing of phenolic-nitroaromatic explosives in water† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Spectroscopic (multinuclear NMR, IR HRMS) characterizations, optimized structure, TGA, powder diffraction and fluorescence titration profiles. See DOI: 10.1039/c6sc04367d Click here for additional data file.

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    Dabadie, Charlyne; Byrne, Kevin; Savyasachi, Aramballi J.; Umadevi, Deivasigamani; Schmitt, Wolfgang; Kitchen, Jonathan A.

    2017-01-01

    A V-Shaped 4-amino-1,8-napthalimide derived tetracarboxylic acid linker (L; bis-[N-(1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid)]-9,18-methano-1,8-naphthalimide-[b,f][1,5]diazocine) comprising the Tröger's base (TB) structural motif was rationally designed and synthesised to access a nitrogen-rich fluorescent supramolecular coordination polymer. By adopting the straight forward precipitation method, a new luminescent nanoscale Zn(ii) coordination polymer (TB-Zn-CP) was synthesized in quantitative yield using Zn(OAc)2·2H2O and tetraacid linker L (1 : 0.5) in DMF at room temperature. The phase-purity of as-synthesised TB-Zn-CP was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction analysis, infra-red spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. Thermogravimetric analysis suggests that TB-Zn-CP is thermally stable up to 330 °C and the morphological features of TB-Zn-CP was analysed by SEM and AFM techniques. The N2 adsorption isotherm of thermally activated TB-Zn-CP at 77 K revealed a type-II reversible adsorption isotherm and the calculated Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area was found to be 72 m2 g–1. Furthermore, TB-Zn-CP displayed an excellent CO2 uptake capacity of 76 mg g–1 at 273 K and good adsorption selectivity for CO2 over N2 and H2. The aqueous suspension of as-synthesized TB-Zn-CP showed strong green fluorescence (λ max = 520 nm) characteristics due to the internal-charge transfer (ICT) transition and was used as a fluorescent sensor for the discriminative sensing of nitroaromatic explosives. The aqueous suspension of TB-Zn-CP showed the largest quenching responses with high selectivity for phenolic-nitroaromatics (4-NP, 2,4-DNP and PA) even in the concurrent presence of other potentially competing nitroaromatic analytes. The fluorescence titration studies also provide evidence that TB-Zn-CP detects picric acid as low as the parts per billion (26.3 ppb) range. Furthermore, the observed fluorescence quenching responses of TB-Zn-CP towards picric acid were highly reversible. The highly selective fluorescence quenching responses including the reversible detection efficiency make the nanoscale coordination polymer TB-Zn-CP a potential material for the discriminative fluorescent sensing of nitroaromatic explosives. PMID:28572910

  16. Single-chain polybutadiene organometallic nanoparticles: an experimental and theoretical study† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental procedures and characterization of ONPs including: 1H and 13C NMR, SEC, DLS, DSC, TGA, UV-vis, GC-MS spectra and computational calculations. See DOI: 10.1039/c5sc04535e Click here for additional data file.

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    Berkovich, Inbal; Mavila, Sudheendran; Iliashevsky, Olga; Kozuch, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    High molecular weight polybutadienes and rhodium complexes were used to produce single chain organometallic nanoparticles. Irradiation of high cis-polybutadiene in the presence of a photosensitizer isomerised the double bonds to produce differing cis/trans ratios within the polymer. Notably, a higher cis percentage of carbon–carbon double bonds within the polymer structure led to faster binding of metal ions, as well as their faster removal by competing phosphine ligands. The experimental results were supported and rationalized by DFT computations. PMID:28936327

  17. Mechanochemical and solvent-free assembly of zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Selected PXRD, FTIR-ATR, BET, TGA, SEM and DLS data. See DOI: 10.1039/c5cc08972g Click here for additional data file.

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    Užarević, Krunoslav; Wang, Timothy C.; Moon, Su-Young; Fidelli, Athena M.; Hupp, Joseph T.

    2016-01-01

    We develop the first mechanochemical and solvent-free routes for zirconium metal–organic frameworks, making the frameworks UiO-66 and UiO-66-NH2 accessible on the gram scale without strong acids, high temperatures or excess reactants. The frameworks form either by milling, or spontaneous self-assembly by simply exposing solid mixtures of reactants to organic vapour. The generated frameworks exhibit high porosity and catalytic activity in the hydrolysis of model nerve agents, on par with their solvothermally generated counterparts. PMID:26696097

  18. Characterizing Environmental Transformation of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nano-Fiber Composites using Thermal Analysis and Related Hyphenated Techniques

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    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy (TGA/GCMS), for the evolved gas analysis, has given insight to the stability and kinetics of structural changes and determining adsorbed organics to nanomaterials and nanocomposites. TGA is als...

  19. 31 CFR 210.8 - Financial institutions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... calendar day, from the day the Treasury General Account (TGA) was debited to the day the TGA is recredited... the TGA shall constitute full acquittance of the ODFI and the originator for the amount of the entry...

  20. Characterizing Environmental Transformation of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nano-Fiber Composites using Thermal Analysis and Related Hyphenated Techniques

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    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy (TGA/GCMS), for the evolved gas analysis, has given insight to the stability and kinetics of structural changes and determining adsorbed organics to nanomaterials and nanocomposites. TGA is als...

  1. Flat-on ambipolar triphenylamine/C60 nano-stacks formed from the self-organization of a pyramid-sphere-shaped amphiphile† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: 1H and 13C NMR spectra, TGA, DSC, XRD, simulated ED patterns, UV-Vis spectra, reduction and oxidation cyclic voltammetry curves. See DOI: 10.1039/c5sc04242a Click here for additional data file.

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    Liang, Wei-Wei; Huang, Chi-Feng; Wu, Kuan-Yi; Wu, San-Lien; Chang, Shu-Ting; Cheng, Yen-Ju

    2016-01-01

    A giant amphiphile, which is constructed with an amorphous nano-pyramid (triphenylamine, TPA) and a crystalline nano-sphere (C60), was synthesized. Structural characterization indicates that this pyramid-sphere-shaped amphiphile (TPA–C60) forms a solvent-induced ordered phase, in which the two constituent units self-assemble into alternating stacks of two-dimensional (2D) TPA and C60 nano-sheets. Due to the complexity of the molecular structure and the amorphous nature of the nano-pyramid, phase formation was driven by intermolecular C60–C60 interactions and the ordered phase could not be reformed from the TPA–C60 melt. Oriented crystal arrays of TPA–C60, which contain flat-on TPA/C60 nano-stacks, can be obtained via a PDMS-assisted crystallization (PAC) technique. The flat-on dual-channel supramolecular structure of TPA–C60 delivered ambipolar and balanced charge-transport characteristics with an average μ e of 2.11 × 10–4 cm2 V–1 s–1 and μ h of 3.37 × 10–4 cm2 V–1 s–1. The anisotropic charge-transport ability of the pyramid-sphere-shaped amphiphile was further understood based on the lattice structure and the lattice orientation of TPA–C60 revealed from electron diffraction analyses. PMID:28660054

  2. A New Coating Process for Production of Coated Magnesium Powders

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    2008-04-16

    TGA data for magnesium hydroxide content. TGA analysis of the as-coated powders is a reproducible and accurate method for the determination of... TGA analysis of the as-coated powder, there is approximately 3wt% magnesium hydroxide present in the material due to the process variation compared...11: Magnesium hydroxide content as measured by TGA analysis for the 1-lb batches of as-coated ground powder Figure 12: Nitrometer analysis of

  3. Impact of prenatal diagnosis on the outcome of patients with a transposition of great arteries: A 24-year population-based study.

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    Debost-Legrand, Anne; Ouchchane, Lemlih; Francannet, Christine; Goumy, Carole; Perthus, Isabelle; Beaufrère, Anne-Marie; Gallot, Denis; Lemery, Didier; Lusson, Jean-René; Laurichesse-Delmas, Hélène

    2016-03-01

    Transposition of great arteries (TGA) defined as the combination of concordant atrioventricular and discordant ventriculo-arterial connections is one of the most common congenital heart defects. Prenatal diagnosis of TGA remains difficult. To determine the impact of antenatal diagnosis we evaluated the sensitivity of antenatal detection and the neonatal mortality of TGA considering two study periods and two major types of TGA. A cross-sectional study was performed. Data were collected from a French population-based birth defect registry. From 1988 to 2012, 94 fetuses with TGA were registered. The study period was subdivided into the 1988 to 1999 period and the 2000 to 2012 period. Two types of TGA were considered: isolated TGA (n = 66) and associated TGA (n = 28). A stratified analysis was performed considering the study periods and the types of TGA. Considering the study periods, the sensitivity of prenatal detection of TGA increased significantly (9.8% vs. 51.5%, p = 0.0001). The same trend was found for associated TGA (4.8% vs. 33.3%, p = 0.002) and isolated TGA (21.1% vs. 100%, p < 0.001). A late diagnosis of TGA (7 days after birth) was observed in 13.2% of cases. Neonatal mortality decreased significantly over time for isolated TGA (25.0% vs. 0 p = 0.01). Prenatal diagnosis of both types of TGA did not improve survival. We demonstrated that prenatal diagnosis and neonatal mortality of TGA varied greatly according to the malformation type and the study period. This could be explained by an improvement in terms of medical management. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Anemia and hematinic deficiencies in gastric parietal cell antibody-positive and antibody-negative erosive oral lichen planus patients with thyroid antibody positivity.

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    Chang, Julia Y-F; Chen, I-Chang; Wang, Yi-Ping; Wu, Yu-Hsueh; Chen, Hsin-Ming; Sun, Andy

    2016-11-01

    Serum gastric parietal cell antibody (GPCA), thyroglobulin antibody (TGA), and thyroid microsomal antibody (TMA) are found in some erosive oral lichen planus (EOLP) patients. This study assessed whether serum GPCA, TGA and TMA and EOLP itself played significant roles in causing anemia and hematinic deficiencies in TGA/TMA-positive EOLP patients with GPCA positivity (GPCA(+)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients) or negativity (GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients). The mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean blood hemoglobin (Hb), iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid levels were measured and compared between any two of the four groups of 29 GPCA(+)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients, 80 GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients, 198 all antibodies-negative EOLP patients (Abs(-)/EOLP patients), and 218 healthy control individuals. GPCA(+)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients had significantly lower mean Hb and vitamin B12 levels as well as significantly greater frequencies of Hb, iron, and vitamin B12 deficiencies than healthy controls. GPCA(+)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients had significantly lower serum vitamin B12 level and higher MCV as well as a significantly greater frequency of vitamin B12 deficiency than GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients. Furthermore, both GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP and Abs(-)/EOLP patients did have significantly lower mean Hb, MCV, and iron (for women only) levels, as well as significantly greater frequencies of Hb and iron deficiencies than healthy controls. However, there were no significant differences in measured blood data between GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP and Abs(-)/EOLP patients. We conclude that serum GPCA is the major factor causing vitamin B12 deficiency, macrocytosis and pernicious anemia in GPCA(+)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients. ELOP itself but not TGA/TMA positivity plays a significant role in causing anemia and hematinic deficiencies in GPCA(-)/TGA/TMA/EOLP patients. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  5. Transient Global Amnesia and Brain Tumour: Chance Concurrence or Aetiological Association? Case Report and Systematic Literature Review

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    Milburn-McNulty, Phil; Larner, Andrew J.

    2015-01-01

    We report a patient presenting with episodes of transient amnesia, some with features suggestive of transient global amnesia (TGA), and some more reminiscent of transient epileptic amnesia. Investigation with neuroimaging revealed an intrinsic lesion in the right amygdala, with features suggestive of low-grade neoplasia. We undertook a systematic review of the literature on TGA and brain tumour. Fewer than 20 cases were identified, some of which did not conform to the clinical diagnostic criteria for TGA. Hence, the concurrence of brain tumour and TGA is very rare and of doubtful aetiological relevance. In some brain tumour-associated cases, epilepsy may be masquerading as TGA. PMID:25802501

  6. Janus second-order nonlinear optical dendrimers: their controllable molecular topology and corresponding largely enhanced performance† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The structures of dendrimers in the previous study and the related parameters, the synthesis of compounds, NLO measurements including NLO coefficient theories, the preparation of thin films, measurement condition and error analysis, molecular mechanics simulation including calculation method and results, NMR spectra, TOF mass spectra, UV-vis absorption spectra, TGA and DSC thermograms, and UV-vis absorption of thin films before and after poling. See DOI: 10.1039/c6sc02956f Click here for additional data file.

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    Tang, Runli; Zhou, Shengmin; Cheng, Ziyao; Yu, Gui; Peng, Qian; Zeng, Huiyi; Guo, Guocong; Li, Qianqian

    2017-01-01

    A new type of Janus dendrimers, consisting of two different side dendrons with the dipole orientation of the second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophore moieties partially in a non-centrosymmetric direction, was intelligently designed and synthesized in order to enhance the macroscopic NLO performance and break through the limitation of NLO efficiency in the current molecular topological structure of azo chromophore-based polymers. This kind of Janus dendritic structure was constructed by the combination of convergent and divergent methods, with the utilization of a powerful “click chemistry reaction”. The obtained three dendrimers, D-13N, D-17N and D-21N, show very high NLO performance, especially the dramatically enhanced NLO coefficient of 299 pm V–1 for D-13N, which is the highest value ever reported for polymers containing a simple azo chromophore. The new dendrimers provide a clear structure–properties relationship between high NLO efficiency and the controllable molecular topology with the non-centrosymmetrical alignment of dipole orientation, thus opening up a new avenue for the further development of NLO dendrimers with high performance and more importantly providing some clues for the rational design of functional dendrimers with controllable molecular topology. PMID:28451178

  7. A crystalline sponge based on dispersive forces suitable for X-ray structure determination of included molecular guests† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis of macrocycle 3 together with characterization data. TGA and DSC traces. CIF files of all structures. Computational details and additional calculations. CCDC 1012389–1012397 and 1063714. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c5sc01838b Click here for additional data file. Click here for additional data file.

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    Sanna, Elena; Escudero-Adán, Eduardo C.; Bauzá, Antonio; Ballester, Pablo; Frontera, Antonio; Rotger, Carmen

    2015-01-01

    A crystalline porous material showing one-dimensional (1-D) rectangular micropores (12 × 9 Å2) has been assembled from a semirigid macrocyclic tetraimine and EtOAc as the templating agent. The 1-D nature of the material is intrinsic to the conformationally rigid structure of a macrocyclic sub-unit bearing four cyclohexylidene residues. The multiple dispersive forces established among the aliphatic residues glutted the 1-D channels and provided thermal stability to the material at temperatures below 160 °C. Upon removal of the template, the structure of the empty solid exhibited permanent microporosity (S BET = 342 m2 g–1). Being a true molecular sponge, the channel framework of this material allowed the inclusion of a variety of molecular sample guests without compromising its crystalline nature. Remarkably, this crystalline material enabled the structure determination by X-ray diffraction of the included molecules. Theoretical studies demonstrated the vital role played by the dispersive forces in the overall stabilization of the crystal packing. PMID:28757946

  8. Biomechanical and biologic effects of meniscus stabilization using triglycidyl amine.

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    Hunter, Shawn A; Rapoport, H Scott; Connolly, Jeanne M; Alferiev, Ivan; Fulmer, James; Murti, Brandon H; Herfat, Mohammadsafa; Noyes, Frank R; Butler, David L; Levy, Robert J

    2010-04-01

    The susceptibility of meniscus allografts to enzymatic degradation may be reduced through tissue stabilization. We have previously reported on an epoxide-based crosslinker, triglycidyl amine (TGA), which can be used alone or with a bisphosphonate (MABP) to stabilize heterograft heart valves and reduce their pathologic calcification. Our objective was to evaluate the effects of TGA and TGA-MABP pretreatment on an orthopedic allograft involving meniscus crosslinking, degradation, calcification, and compressive properties. Ovine menisci treated with TGA or TGA-MABP for up to seven days and glutaraldehyde crosslinked controls were examined in vitro for degree of crosslinking, resistance to degradation by collagenase, and material property changes. Likewise treated menisci were implanted in rats for eight weeks and examined for calcium content and biomechanical changes. TGA treatment for three days significantly reduced collagen loss by 88% and increased thermal denaturation temperatures (Ts) above 80 degrees C versus Ts of 70 degrees C or less for non-crosslinked meniscus. In vitro, TGA and TGA-MABP significantly increased aggregate modulus by 19% and 32% compared to native controls, respectively. TGA decreased permeability by 53% while TGA-MABP increased it by 303%. In vivo, TGA significantly reduced explant calcification by 42% compared to glutaraldehyde, and including MABP reduced it by 90%. Analyses revealed that TGA and TGA-MABP stabilized menisci had significantly lower modulus and permeability values than glutaraldehyde controls by at least 28% and 86%, respectively. It is concluded that TGA crosslinking of meniscus increases resistance to both collagenase degradation and pathologic calcification, while demonstrating comparable or improved biomechanical properties versus glutaraldehyde controls.

  9. Effects of Thioglycolic Acid on in vivo Oocytes Maturation in Mice

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    Ren, Xiaomei; Wang, Zhuoran

    2011-01-01

    Background Thioglycolic acid (TGA) is widely used in the hairdressing industry, which mostly caters to women. Recently, TGA has been reported to impair several organs, especially reproductive ones such as testes and ovaries. The reproductive toxicity of TGA on females has become an issue that cannot be neglected. Methodology/Principal Findings In the present work, superovulated female mice were percutaneously treated with different doses of TGA (37.81, 75.62, and 151.25 mg/kg). The mice were sacrificed to collect ovulated oocytes, whose numbers were counted and compared. Immunofluorescence-stained oocytes were observed under a confocal microscope to investigate the effects of TGA on spindle morphology, distribution of cortical granules (CGs), and parthenogenetic activation. The number of ovulated oocytes was decreased by TGA. The ovulated oocytes in the 151.25 mg/kg TGA group were significantly less than in the control and in the 37.81 mg/kg TGA groups. The ovulated oocytes in the 75.62 mg/kg TGA group were less than in the 37.81 mg/kg dose group. Abnormal spindle configuration in vivo was also induced by TGA. The spindle areas in the 75.62 and 151.25 mg/kg TGA groups were significantly larger than in the control and 37.81 mg/kg TGA groups. The parthenogenetic activation of ovulated oocytes in vitro was inhibited as well. The percentage of activated oocytes in the 75.62 and 151.25 mg/kg TGA groups was significantly lower than in the control and 37.81 mg/kg TGA groups. The percentage in the 151.25 mg/kg TGA group was also less than in the 75.62 mg/kg group. CG distribution was not affected by TGA. Conclusion Mice were percutaneously treated with TGA. Consequently, the number of ovulated oocytes decreased, abnormal spindle configurations were induced, and the parthenogenetic activation of ovulated oocytes was inhibited. CG distribution was not affected. PMID:21909408

  10. Sample preparation for thermo-gravimetric determination and thermo-gravimetric characterization of refuse derived fuel.

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    Robinson, T; Bronson, B; Gogolek, P; Mehrani, P

    2016-02-01

    Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) is a useful method for characterizing fuels. In the past it has been applied to the study of refuse derived fuel (RDF) and related materials. However, the heterogeneity of RDF makes the preparation of small representative samples very difficult and this difficulty has limited the effectiveness of TGA for characterization of RDF. A TGA method was applied to a variety of materials prepared from a commercially available RDF using a variety of procedures. Applicability of TGA method to the determination of the renewable content of RDF was considered. Cryogenic ball milling was found to be an effective means of preparing RDF samples for TGA. When combined with an effective sample preparation, TGA could be used as an alternative method for assessing the renewable content of RDF. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Neurotoxic Effects of trans-Glutaconic Acid in Rats

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    Schuck, Patrícia F.; Busanello, Estela N. B.; Tonin, Anelise M.; Viegas, Carolina M.; Ferreira, Gustavo C.

    2013-01-01

    trans-Glutaconic acid (tGA) is an unsaturated C5-dicarboxylic acid which may be found accumulated in glutaric aciduria type I, whose pathophysiology is still uncertain. In the present work it was investigated the in vitro effect of increasing tGA concentrations on neurochemical and oxidative stress parameters in rat cerebral cortex. We observed that Na+, K+-ATPase activity was reduced by tGA, but not creatine kinase, respiratory chain complex IV, and ATP synthase activities. On the other hand, tGA significantly increased lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid-reactive species levels and spontaneous chemiluminescence), as well as protein oxidative damage (oxidation of sulfhydryl groups). tGA also significantly decreased nonenzymatic antioxidant defenses (TRAP and reduced glutathione levels). Our data suggest that tGA may be neurotoxic in rat brain. PMID:23606926

  12. Thermogravimetric Analysis of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Arepalli, Sivram; Nikolaev, Pavel; Gorelik, Olga

    2010-01-01

    An improved protocol for thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of samples of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) material has been developed to increase the degree of consistency among results so that meaningful comparisons can be made among different samples. This improved TGA protocol is suitable for incorporation into the protocol for characterization of carbon nanotube material. In most cases, TGA of carbon nanotube materials is performed in gas mixtures that contain oxygen at various concentrations. The improved protocol is summarized.

  13. Transposition of the Great Arteries in Fetal Life: Accuracy of Diagnosis and Short-Term Outcome.

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    Domínguez-Manzano, Paula; Mendoza, Alberto; Herraiz, Ignacio; Escribano, David; Román, Violeta; Aguilar, Juan Miguel; Galindo, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    To review our series of prenatally diagnosed transposition of the great arteries (TGA) to analyze the accuracy of fetal echocardiography for achieving a precise diagnosis of the TGA type (simple vs. complex) and to examine the short-term outcome. A total of 94 cases of simple and complex TGA types (ventriculoarterial discordance with atrioventricular concordance) prenatally evaluated in our referral center between 1998 and 2014 were included. Fetuses with additional congenital anomalies and those with incomplete follow-up were excluded. Prenatal diagnostic accuracy and short-term survival were analyzed for the different types of TGA. The TGA type was correctly ascertained prenatally in 93.3%. Most fetuses were diagnosed with simple TGA (62.7%). There were 6 discrepancies: 5 fetuses with simple TGA had postnatally TGA + ventricular septal defect (VSD; n = 3) or TGA + VSD + coarctation of the aorta (n = 2), and 1 fetus with TGA + VSD postnatally showed severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. The mortality rate was 6.6%; it was higher in complex versus simple forms (12.8 vs. 1.9%, p = 0.038), and in cases with intramural coronary artery versus those without (60 vs. 3.5%, p < 0.001). We found no relationship between the arrangement of the great arteries and coronary arterial abnormalities. Simple TGA has a better outcome than the complex forms. A discrepancy rate of 7% with potential influence on the prognosis of survival between the prenatal diagnosis of the TGA type and the definitive diagnosis was found. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. Structure-Stability Relationships of Polymers Based on Thermogravimetric Analysis Data. Part 1. Polyaliphatics, Polyalicyclics, Spiro Polymers and Phenylene-R-Polymers

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    1974-12-01

    Polymerization 13 9. Polymers with Bridged Ring Systems 14 10. Spiro Polymers 14 11. Polyphenylene s 16 12. Phenol - Formaldehyde Resins 17 13. Polyphenylene...Oxides 18 14. Polyphenylene Sulfides 20 15. Polyphenylene Sulfones 21 16. Poly s ulfonate s 22 17. Aromatic Polyesters 23 18. Polycarbonates 26 19...Poly - 2, 6 - dimethylphenylene oxide 51 7 TGA curves of Poly-p-phenylene sulfide 52 8 TGA curves of a Polyphenyleneether sulfone 53 9 TGA curves of

  15. Investigation of the Thermal Degradation of Alkyl isocyanate Polymers by Direct Pyrolysis Mass Spectroscopy

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    1988-09-20

    attributed to an EI fragment originating from the isocya- nurate. Both the TIC curve and TGA analysis show that complete decompo- 4’. 0’ sition of this...contrast, the TGA analysis shows that 0J. complete decomposition is delayed until -450 C. This difference is attributed to the high vacuum conditions...the polymer are removed at lower temperature than in the TGA analysis . The TIC curve clearly shows a peak with three sharp maxima appearing at

  16. Microthermogravimetric analysis as a useful tool for in-situ planetary space missions

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    Palomba, E.; Zinzi, A.; Longobardo, A.; Bellucci, G.; Zampetti, E.; Pantalei, S.; Bearzotti, A.; Macagnano, A.

    2008-09-01

    Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) is a widely used technique to investigate condensation/sublimation and absorption/desorption processes of volatile compounds in different environments. TGA analyzers are used to investigate outgassing contamination in Space, dehydration and organic decomposition in minerals, as well as to measure moisture content in foods or develop temperature profiles for firing ceramics. TGA is often coupled with other analytical techniques (e.g., mass spectroscopy and FTIR) in order to determine the specific off-gas materials.

  17. Synthesis of Amide Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

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    2007-01-01

    amide-linked SWNTs. Through FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and TGA analysis it was proven that the intermediate compounds were successfully...analysis (TGA). Figure 4 shows the TGA data for SWNT-COOH, SWNT-NH2 and SWNT 4 at a heating rate of 10 oC/min in the presence of argon. The TGA ... analysis shows a major decline in mass for the amide- interconnected nanotubes between the 200 oC to 400 oC region. Weight loss due to functionalization

  18. Biofunctional quantum dots as fluorescence probe for cell-specific targeting.

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    Ag, Didem; Bongartz, Rebecca; Dogan, Leyla Eral; Seleci, Muharrem; Walter, Johanna-G; Demirkol, Dilek Odaci; Stahl, Frank; Ozcelik, Serdar; Timur, Suna; Scheper, Thomas

    2014-02-01

    We describe here the synthesis, characterization, bioconjugation, and application of water-soluble thioglycolic acid TGA-capped CdTe/CdS quantum dots (TGA-QDs) for targeted cellular imaging. Anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) antibodies were conjugated to TGA-QDs to target HER2-overexpressing cancer cells. TGA-QDs and TGA-QDs/anti-HER2 bioconjugates were characterized by fluorescence and UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), hydrodynamic sizing, electron microscopy, and gel electrophoresis. TGA-QDs and TGA-QDs/anti-HER2 were incubated with cells to examine cytotoxicity, targeting efficiency, and cellular localization. The cytotoxicity of particles was measured using an MTT assay and the no observable adverse effect concentration (NOAEC), 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50), and total lethal concentration (TLC) were calculated. To evaluate localization and targeting efficiency of TGA-QDs with or without antibodies, fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry were performed. Our results indicate that antibody-conjugated TGA-QDs are well-suited for targeted cellular imaging studies.

  19. Analysis of mutations in 7 candidate genes for dextro-Transposition of the great arteries in Chinese population

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    Lei, Liming; Lin, Haoming; Zhong, Shilong; Zhang, Zhiwei; Chen, Jimei; Li, Xin-Xin; Yu, Xiyong; Liu, Xaioqing

    2014-01-01

    Background Transposition of great arteries (TGA) represents the most frequent cyanotic heart defect diagnosed in the neonatal period. Several genes had been identified to be associated with the pathogenesis of dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA). These genes are located in different chromosomes and their mutations can only explain few clinical cases. Besides, no genetic scan for TGA has been implemented in China. Methods To evaluate whether aberrations in any of the 13 reported mutations in seven genes (MED13L, ZIC3, CFC1, NODAL, FOXH1, GDF1 and NKX2-5) could completely or in part be the genetic component involved in TGA in Chinese population, we screened 102 Chinese patients with d-TGA by direct sequencing for mutations within the seven genes. Results We found none of the reported 13 mutations in those 102 Chinese d-TGA patients. Conclusions These reported 13 mutations may not be a common cause of d-TGA in Chinese population due to racial variation and genetic heterogeneity of TGA. New approaches including the whole exome sequencing technology are required to effectively identify genetic variants in TGA patients in China. PMID:24822108

  20. Glycoalkaloids in potato tubers grown under controlled environments

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    Nitithamyong, A.; Vonelbe, J. H.; Wheeler, R. M.; Tibbitts, T. W.

    1999-01-01

    Tuber content of alpha-solanine, alpha-chaconine, and total glycoalkaloids (TGA) was determined for the potato cultivars, Norland, Russet Burbank, and Denali grown under different environmental conditions in growth chambers. The lowest TGA concentrations (0.30 to 0.35 mg g-1 dry tissue) were found in the cv. Norland with 400 micromoles m-2 s-1 photosynthetic photon flux (PPF), 12 h day length, 16 C temperature, and 350 micromoles mol-1 carbon dioxide. The ratio of alpha-chaconine to alpha-solanine was close to 60:40 under all growing conditions, except that it was 50:50 under the low temperature of 12 C. Cultivars responded similarly to environmental conditions although TGA was about 20% greater in cv. Russet Burbank and about 30% greater in Denali compared to Norland. The largest changes in TGA occurred with changes in temperature. In comparison to 16 C, TGA were 40% greater at 12 C, 80% greater at 20 C, and 125% greater at 24 C (0.70 mg g-1 dry weight). The TGA concentration increased from 10 to 25% with an increase in light from 400 to 800 micromoles m-2 s-1 PPF for all three cultivars. TGA increased 20% with extension of the day length from 12 to 24 hr and also increased 20% when carbon dioxide was increased from 350 to 1000 micromoles mol-1. TGA concentrations were not influenced by changes in relative humidity from 50 to 80%. TGA concentrations decreased only slightly in harvests made from 9 to 21 weeks after planting. Variations in TGA among the different growing conditions and cultivars were below 20 mg/100 g fresh weight (approximately 1.0 mg g-1 dry weight) recognized as the upper concentration for food safety. However the results suggest that TGA should be considered when potatoes are grown at temperatures above 20 C.

  1. Glycoalkaloids in potato tubers grown under controlled environments.

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    Nitithamyong, A; Vonelbe, J H; Wheeler, R M; Tibbitts, T W

    1999-01-01

    Tuber content of alpha-solanine, alpha-chaconine, and total glycoalkaloids (TGA) was determined for the potato cultivars, Norland, Russet Burbank, and Denali grown under different environmental conditions in growth chambers. The lowest TGA concentrations (0.30 to 0.35 mg g-1 dry tissue) were found in the cv. Norland with 400 micromoles m-2 s-1 photosynthetic photon flux (PPF), 12 h day length, 16 C temperature, and 350 micromoles mol-1 carbon dioxide. The ratio of alpha-chaconine to alpha-solanine was close to 60:40 under all growing conditions, except that it was 50:50 under the low temperature of 12 C. Cultivars responded similarly to environmental conditions although TGA was about 20% greater in cv. Russet Burbank and about 30% greater in Denali compared to Norland. The largest changes in TGA occurred with changes in temperature. In comparison to 16 C, TGA were 40% greater at 12 C, 80% greater at 20 C, and 125% greater at 24 C (0.70 mg g-1 dry weight). The TGA concentration increased from 10 to 25% with an increase in light from 400 to 800 micromoles m-2 s-1 PPF for all three cultivars. TGA increased 20% with extension of the day length from 12 to 24 hr and also increased 20% when carbon dioxide was increased from 350 to 1000 micromoles mol-1. TGA concentrations were not influenced by changes in relative humidity from 50 to 80%. TGA concentrations decreased only slightly in harvests made from 9 to 21 weeks after planting. Variations in TGA among the different growing conditions and cultivars were below 20 mg/100 g fresh weight (approximately 1.0 mg g-1 dry weight) recognized as the upper concentration for food safety. However the results suggest that TGA should be considered when potatoes are grown at temperatures above 20 C.

  2. Physiochemical Characterization of Iodine (V) Oxide: Hydration Rates

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    2014-12-15

    differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and powder X‐ray diffraction (PXRD). In addition, the hydration rates...and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) ........................................................4 2 Powder X‐ray patterns of various samples of...relative humidity for various amounts of time .................................8 4 Powder X‐ray diffraction recordings displaying the conversion of

  3. A simple, sensitive graphical method of treating thermogravimetric analysis data

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    Abraham Broido

    1969-01-01

    Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) is finding increasing utility in investigations of the pyrolysis and combustion behavior of materuals. Although a theoretical treatment of the TGA behavior of an idealized reaction is relatively straight-forward, major complications can be introduced when the reactions are complex, e.g., in the pyrolysis of cellulose, and when...

  4. Executive Function and Theory of Mind in School-Aged Children after Neonatal Corrective Cardiac Surgery for Transposition of the Great Arteries

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    Calderon, Johanna; Bonnet, Damien; Courtin, Cyril; Concordet, Susan; Plumet, Marie-Helene; Angeard, Nathalie

    2010-01-01

    Aim: Cardiac malformations resulting in cyanosis, such as transposition of the great arteries (TGA), have been associated with neurodevelopmental dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to assess, for the first time, theory of mind (ToM), which is a key component of social cognition and executive functions in school-aged children with TGA.…

  5. Incidence of transient global amnesia in Merano, province of Bolzano, Italy.

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    Brigo, Francesco; Lochner, Piergiorgio; Tezzon, Frediano; Nardone, Raffaele

    2014-12-01

    Few community-based studies determined the incidence of transient global amnesia (TGA), with annual incidence rates between 2.9 and 10.4/100,000. Data on sex distribution of TGA are discrepant. Aim of this study was to determine the incidence of TGA in Merano, province of Bolzano, Northern Italy. Cases were identified from hospital discharge diagnoses of all the Departments of the general hospital of Merano and neighboring towns. Patients fulfilling internationally accepted diagnostic criteria for TGA and residing in Merano were included. Crude, age- and sex-specific incidence rates were computed. The overall annual crude incidence rate of TGA was 9.6/100,000 inhabitants (9.5 % confidence interval 6.7-13.3), 10.1/100,000 for men and 8.9/100,000 for women (p < 0.001). After adjustment by the direct method to the European population, the annual incidence rate was 6.4/100,000. The incidence rate of TGA in Merano, Italy, does not differ from that reported in Turku, Finland and Belluno, Italy. This study confirms that this benign syndrome is relatively common and occurs mainly in elderly patients. However, the higher male predominance in TGA incidence rates contrasts with previous epidemiological studies. Further, prospective incidence studies should therefore be conducted to further clarify sex predominance in TGA.

  6. Polymer Interaction in a Model Bioblend

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    EBU/PS blends of varying compositions were investigated using TGA, MDSC, and FTIR-PAS methods. The goal of the investigation was that of probing for the presence or lack of intermolecular interactions between the two polymers. The TGA investigation showed at least one blend composition with better...

  7. Can We Remember Future Actions yet Forget the Last Two Minutes? Study in Transient Global Amnesia

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    Hainselin, Mathieu; Quinette, Peggy; Desgranges, Beatrice; Martinaud, Olivier; Hannequin, Didier; de La Sayette, Vincent; Viader, Fausto; Eustache, Francis

    2011-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the abrupt onset of a massive episodic memory deficit that spares other cognitive functions. If the anterograde dimension is known to be impaired in TGA, researchers have yet to investigate prospective memory (PM)--which involves remembering to perform an intended action at…

  8. Role of premature stop codons in bacterial evolution.

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    Wong, Tit-Yee; Fernandes, Sanjit; Sankhon, Naby; Leong, Patrick P; Kuo, Jimmy; Liu, Jong-Kang

    2008-10-01

    When the stop codons TGA, TAA, and TAG are found in the second and third reading frames of a protein-encoding gene, they are considered premature stop codons (PSC). Deinococcus radiodurans disproportionately favored TGA more than the other two triplets as a PSC. The TGA triplet was also found more often in noncoding regions and as a stop codon, though the bias was less pronounced. We investigated this phenomenon in 72 bacterial species with widely differing chromosomal GC contents. Although TGA and TAG were compositionally similar, we found a great variation in use of TGA but a very limited range of use of TAG. The frequency of use of TGA in the gene sequences generally increased with the GC content of the chromosome, while the frequency of use of TAG, like that of TAA, was inversely proportional to the GC content of the chromosome. The patterns of use of TAA, TGA and TAG as real stop codons were less biased and less influenced by the GC content of the chromosome. Bacteria with higher chromosomal GC contents often contained fewer PSC trimers in their genes. Phylogenetically related bacteria often exhibited similar PSC ratios. In addition, metabolically versatile bacteria have significantly fewer PSC trimers in their genes. The bias toward TGA but against TAG as a PSC could not be explained either by the preferential usage of specific codons or by the GC contents of individual chromosomes. We proposed that the quantity and the quality of the PSC in the genome might be important in bacterial evolution.

  9. Triglycidylamine Crosslinking of Porcine Aortic Valve Cusps or Bovine Pericardium Results in Improved Biocompatibility, Biomechanics, and Calcification Resistance

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    Connolly, Jeanne M.; Alferiev, Ivan; Clark-Gruel, Jocelyn N.; Eidelman, Naomi; Sacks, Michael; Palmatory, Elizabeth; Kronsteiner, Allyson; DeFelice, Suzanne; Xu, Jie; Ohri, Rachit; Narula, Navneet; Vyavahare, Narendra; Levy, Robert J.

    2005-01-01

    We investigated a novel polyepoxide crosslinker that was hypothesized to confer both material stabilization and calcification resistance when used to prepare bioprosthetic heart valves. Triglycidylamine (TGA) was synthesized via reacting epichlorhydrin and NH3. TGA was used to crosslink porcine aortic cusps, bovine pericardium, and type I collagen. Control materials were crosslinked with glutaraldehyde (Glut). TGA-pretreated materials had shrink temperatures comparable to Glut fixation. However, TGA crosslinking conferred significantly greater collagenase resistance than Glut pretreatment, and significantly improved biomechanical compliance. Sheep aortic valve interstitial cells grown on TGA-pretreated collagen did not calcify, whereas sheep aortic valve interstitial cells grown on control substrates calcified extensively. Rat subdermal implants (porcine aortic cusps/bovine pericardium) pretreated with TGA demonstrated significantly less calcification than Glut pretreated implants. Investigations of extracellular matrix proteins associated with calcification, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) 2 and 9, tenascin-C, and osteopontin, revealed that MMP-9 and tenascin-C demonstrated reduced expression both in vitro and in vivo with TGA crosslinking compared to controls, whereas osteopontin and MMP-2 expression were not affected. TGA pretreatment of heterograft biomaterials results in improved stability compared to Glut, confers biomechanical properties superior to Glut crosslinking, and demonstrates significant calcification resistance. PMID:15631995

  10. Executive Function and Theory of Mind in School-Aged Children after Neonatal Corrective Cardiac Surgery for Transposition of the Great Arteries

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    Calderon, Johanna; Bonnet, Damien; Courtin, Cyril; Concordet, Susan; Plumet, Marie-Helene; Angeard, Nathalie

    2010-01-01

    Aim: Cardiac malformations resulting in cyanosis, such as transposition of the great arteries (TGA), have been associated with neurodevelopmental dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to assess, for the first time, theory of mind (ToM), which is a key component of social cognition and executive functions in school-aged children with TGA.…

  11. Teacher Growth and Assessment Process Procedural Handbook

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    Howard, Barbara B.

    2005-01-01

    Teacher Growth and Assessment (TGA) is a comprehensive teacher evaluation system that includes structures for both accountability and professional growth, taking teacher evaluation to a new level. TGA provides the opportunity to use teacher evaluation data to plan professional development, involve teachers in self-assessment, and structure…

  12. Donor Acceptor Polymerization Chemistry as a Vehicle to Low Energy Cure of Matrix Resins: Evolution of the 2-Tg Concept to Produce High Tg Polymers at Ambient Temperatures

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    1989-03-01

    tetrafunctional acceptors. DSC and TGA analysis of these polymers indicated they possessed the thermal stability necessary for performance in their...be enhanced by choosing comonomers that act as "solvents", and that the "onset of decomposition" temperature as measured by TGA analysis under nitrogen

  13. Piezoelectric Ceramics for High Temperature Actuators

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    2006-04-01

    3 TGA analysis showed a weight loss of 0.17% with onset at 1030 °C upon heating (Fig. 21). Weight loss graphed in Figure 21 is normalized at 450°C...0.14 mol% which was practically equal to the theoretical amount 0.148 mol%. TGA analysis of doped compositions revealed weight loss of 0.18% during

  14. Quasi-Steady Analysis of Aircraft Panel Flammability.

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    1984-06-01

    temperatures. The system also has bismaleimide as a major additional ingredient. Finally, TGA analysis of a VPSP facesheet would give a different...result from a TGA analysis of a panel specimen including a Nomex core along with the VPSP. The interpretation of the data also affords variations in the

  15. Investigation of the Ultrafiltration Technique Using Military Greases

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    1993-10-01

    eith fiered sample. Table 4 shows the total solid composition of test greases which was measured at before and after filtration using TGA analysis . In...this TGA analysis , about one percent of the solid composition was filtered out of the MIL-G-8 1322D grease, while only 0.4 percent of solid was removed

  16. Dispersion of Functionalized Nanoclay Platelets in an Amine-Cured Epoxy Resin System

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    2001-11-01

    another 2 h at 125 C. The same curing procedure was applied to vernolic acid mixed C18 clay. (E) FTIR and TGA Analysis of Nanoclay Powder FTIR...were rounded off to the nearest I cm 1 ) spectrophotometer. TGA analysis was performed on the Na clay, C18 clay, and vernolic acid mixed C18 clay

  17. Polymerization of Functionalized Norbornenes Employing Mo(CH-t-Bu)(NAr) (O-t-Bu)2 as the Initiator

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    1990-12-05

    polymerized in THF straightforwardly. Proton NMR spectra of polv-8 shows it to contain 60 % trans olefinic linkages. TGA analysis reveals a Tg at 108 *C...4. TGA analysis of poiy-6. Figure 5. GPC trace of poly-I/5. Figure 6. 125 MHz 13C NMR (CDCl3 ) spectra in the olefinic region of (a) poly-5; (b) poly

  18. Effect of Coprecipitation Parameters on Powder Characteristics and on Densification of PZT Ceramics.

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    1982-09-01

    34* diffraction using a Phillips Norelco Diffractometer with filtered Ni K radiati-n. The powders were also subjected to DTA and TGA analysis using... TGA analysis showed the first two peaks to be associated with weight loss, the maximum loss occurring near 300oC. From Fig. 4a it is evident that I0

  19. Synthesis of Tetra-Functional Cubane Derivatives

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    1989-03-03

    cubane-1,4-diacid (Figure 15) shows a similar sharp decomposition exotherm at 246’C and a smaller unexplained exotherm at 220°C. TGA analysis revealed...in CH 2 C] 2 on a Perkin- Elmer 700 spectrometer. DSC and TGA analysis were performed on a Dupont 9900 Thermoanalyzer. 18 0 19) (0- - ~ t-4 ,10 In do

  20. Can We Remember Future Actions yet Forget the Last Two Minutes? Study in Transient Global Amnesia

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    Hainselin, Mathieu; Quinette, Peggy; Desgranges, Beatrice; Martinaud, Olivier; Hannequin, Didier; de La Sayette, Vincent; Viader, Fausto; Eustache, Francis

    2011-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the abrupt onset of a massive episodic memory deficit that spares other cognitive functions. If the anterograde dimension is known to be impaired in TGA, researchers have yet to investigate prospective memory (PM)--which involves remembering to perform an intended action at…

  1. Sidewall functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with organic peroxides.

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    Peng, Haiqing; Reverdy, Paul; Khabashesku, Valery N; Margrave, John L

    2003-02-07

    Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and their fluorinated derivatives (F-SWNTs) were reacted with organic peroxides including benzoyl and lauroyl peroxide to produce phenyl and undecyl sidewall functionalized SWNTs, respectively, which were characterized by Raman, FTIR, and UV-Vis-NIR spectra as well as TGA/MS, TGA/FTIR, and TEM data.

  2. Phenolic and Glycoalkaloid Levels of S. Jamesii Accessions and their Anti-Proliferative Effect on Human Prostate and Colon Cancer Cells In Vitro

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    Some tuber-bearing wild potato species are higher in antioxidant activity (AOA), phenolics (TP) and glycoalkaloids (TGA >200 mg/kg) than the potato of commerce. Hence, use of wild species as parental material in breeding for high AOA and TP might result in progenies with high TGA, if the traits are ...

  3. Arterial switch.

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    Planche, C; Lacour-Gayet, F; Serraf, A

    1998-01-01

    A relatively large spectra of anatomic variations are found within the unifying features of discordant ventriculoarterial connections. Variants that lend themselves to anatomic repair by the arterial switch operation are discussed, these include transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum (TGA IVS), TGA associated with a ventricular septal defect (TGA VSD), double-outlet right ventricle with subpulmonary VSD (DORV VSD), and TGA or DORV with VSD associated with coarctation. Double discordance with VSD, which is currently treated by double switch or Rastelli and atrial switch and which probably represents, in our department, the only remaining indication for atrial switch, is not discussed. Also, we exclude TGA associated with pulmonary stenosis, which is treated by Rastelli or REV operation.

  4. Long-term outcome in transient global amnesia patients with and without focal hyperintensities in the CA1 region of the hippocampus.

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    Uttner, Ingo; Prexl, Sascha; Freund, Wolfgang; Unrath, Alexander; Bengel, Dietmar; Huber, Roman

    2012-01-01

    Focal hippocampal diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion patterns are detected in transient global amnesia (TGA) patients in different frequency. It has been speculated that acute diffusion restrictions are associated with a worse outcome. Therefore, we evaluated the influence of acute DWI lesions on the cognitive long-term outcome in TGA patients. Seventeen otherwise healthy patients with the clinical syndrome of TGA, who had MRI investigations on admission as well as 1 day later, were investigated with a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery 2 years later. Acute hippocampal DWI lesions in TGA patients were detected in almost two thirds of the patients. Psychometric evaluation revealed no differences in cognitive performance between patients with and without DWI lesions as well as compared to healthy subjects. In addition, no relapse of the attack has been recognized in either group of TGA patients.

  5. Triglycidylamine Cross-linking Combined with Ethanol Inhibits Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Calcification

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    Connolly, Jeanne M.; Bakay, Marina A.; Alferiev, Ivan S.; Gorman, Robert C.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Kruth, Howard S.; Ashworth, Paul E.; Kutty, Jaishankar K.; Schoen, Frederick J.; Bianco, Richard W.; Levy, Robert J.

    2012-01-01

    Background One of the most important factors responsible for the calcific failure of bioprosthetic heart valves is glutaraldehyde cross-linking. Ethanol (EtOH) incubation after glutaraldehyde cross-linking has previously been reported to confer anti-calcification efficacy for bioprostheses. The present studies investigated the anticalcification efficacy in vivo of the novel cross-linking agent, triglycidyl amine (TGA), with or without EtOH incubation, in comparison to glutaraldehyde. Methods TGA cross-linking (+/− EtOH) was used to prepare porcine aortic valves for both rat subdermal implants and sheep mitral valve replacements, for comparisons with glutaraldehyde-fixed controls. Thermal denaturation temperature (Ts), an index of cross-linking, cholesterol extraction, and hydrodynamic properties were quantified. Explant endpoints included quantitative and morphologic assessment of calcification. Results Ts after TGA were intermediate between unfixed and glutaraldehyde-fixed. EtOH incubation resulted in almost complete extraction of cholesterol from TGA or glutaraldehyde-fixed cusps. Rat subdermal explants (90days) demonstrated that TGA-EtOH resulted in a significantly greater level of inhibition of calcification than other conditions. Thus, TGA-ethanol stent mounted porcine aortic valve bioprostheses were fabricated for comparisons with glutaraldehyde-pretreated controls. In hydrodynamic studies, TGA-EtOH bioprostheses had lower pressure gradients than glutaraldehyde-fixed. TGA-ethanol bioprostheses used as mitral valve replacements in juvenile sheep (150 days) demonstrated significantly lower calcium levels in both explanted porcine aortic cusp and aortic wall samples compared to glutaraldehyde-fixed controls. However, TGA-EtOH sheep explants also demonstrated isolated calcific nodules and intracuspal hematomas. Conclusions TGA-EtOH pretreatment of porcine aortic valves confers significant calcification resistance in both rat subdermal and sheep circulatory

  6. Sleep Modifications in Acute Transient Global Amnesia

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    Della Marca, Giacomo; Mazza, Marianna; Losurdo, Anna; Testani, Elisa; Broccolini, Aldobrando; Frisullo, Giovanni; Marano, Giuseppe; Morosetti, Roberta; Pilato, Fabio; Profice, Paolo; Vollono, Catello; Di Lazzaro, Vincenzo

    2013-01-01

    Study Objective: Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a temporary memory loss characterized by an abrupt onset of antero-grade and retrograde amnesia, totally reversible. Since sleep plays a major role in memory consolidation, and in the storage of memory-related traces into the brain cortex, the aims of the present study were: (1) to evaluate changes in sleep macro-structure in TGA; (2) to assess modifications in sleep micro-structure in TGA, with particular reference to the arousal EEG and to cyclic alternating pattern (CAP); (3) to compare sleep parameters in TGA patients with a control group of patients with acute ischemic events (“minor stroke” or transient ischemic attack [TIA]) clinically and neuroradiologically “similar” to the TGA. Methods: TGA group: 17 patients, (8 men and 9 women, 60.2 ± 12.5 years). Stroke or TIA (SoT) group: 17 patients hospitalized in the Stroke Unit for recent onset of minor stroke or TIA with hemispheric localization; healthy controls (HC) group: 17 healthy volunteers, matched for age and sex. Patients and controls underwent full-night polysomnography. Results: In the multivariate analysis (conditions TGA, SoT, and HC) a significant effect of the condition was observed for sleep efficiency index, number of awakenings longer 1 min, REM latency, CAP time, and CAP rate. TGA and SoT differed only for CAP time and CAP rate, which were lower in the TGA group. Conclusions: Microstructural modification associated with TGA could be consequent to: (1) hippocampal dysfunction and memory impairment; (2) impairment of arousal-related structures (in particular, cholinergic pathways); (3) emotional distress. Citation: Della Marca G; Mazza M; Losurdo A; Testani E; Broccolini A; Frisullo G; Marano G; Morosetti R; Pilato F; Profice P; Vollono C; Di Lazzaro V. Sleep modifications in acute transient global amnesia. J Clin Sleep Med 2013;9(9):921-927. PMID:23997704

  7. Epoxyeicosatrienoic Acids Are Involved in the C70 Fullerene Derivative Induced Control of Allergic Asthma

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    Norton, Sarah K.; Wijesinghe, Dayanjan S.; Dellinger, Anthony; Sturgill, Jamie; Zhou, Zhiguo; Barbour, Suzanne; Chalfant, Charles; Conrad, Daniel H.; Kepley, Christopher L.

    2012-01-01

    Background Fullerenes are molecules being investigated for a wide range of therapeutic applications. We have shown previously that certain fullerene derivatives (FD) inhibit mast cell (MC) function in vitro, and here we examine their in vivo therapeutic effect on asthma, a disease in which MC play a predominant role. Objective To determine whether if an efficient MC-stabilizing FD (TGA) can inhibit asthma pathogenesis in vivo and to examine its in vivo mechanism of action. Methods Asthma was induced in mice and animals were treated intranasally (i.n.) with TGA either simultaneously with treatment or following induction of pathogenesis. Efficacy of TGA was determined through the measurement of airway inflammation, bronchoconstriction, serum IgE, bronchoalveolar lavage (BALF) cytokine and eicosanoid levels. Results We find that TGA treated mice have significantly reduced airway inflammation, eosinophilia, and bronchoconstriction. The TGA treatments are effective even when given after disease is established. Moreover, we report a novel inhibitory mechanism as TGA stimulate the production of an anti-inflammatory P-450 eicosanoid metabolites (epoxyeicosatrienoic acids; EET’s) in the lung. Inhibitors of these anti-inflammatory EET reversed TGA inhibition. In human lung MC incubated with TGA there was a significant upregulation of CYP1B gene expression while TGA also reduced IgE production from B cells. Lastly, MC incubated with EET and challenged through FcεRI had a significant blunting of mediator release compared to non-treated cells. Conclusion The inhibitory capabilities of TGA reported here suggest that FD may be used a platform for developing treatments for asthma. PMID:22664166

  8. Sleep modifications in acute transient global amnesia.

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    Della Marca, Giacomo; Mazza, Marianna; Losurdo, Anna; Testani, Elisa; Broccolini, Aldobrando; Frisullo, Giovanni; Marano, Giuseppe; Morosetti, Roberta; Pilato, Fabio; Profice, Paolo; Vollono, Catello; Di Lazzaro, Vincenzo

    2013-09-15

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a temporary memory loss characterized by an abrupt onset of antero-grade and retrograde amnesia, totally reversible. Since sleep plays a major role in memory consolidation, and in the storage of memory-related traces into the brain cortex, the aims of the present study were: (1) to evaluate changes in sleep macro-structure in TGA; (2) to assess modifications in sleep micro-structure in TGA, with particular reference to the arousal EEG and to cyclic alternating pattern (CAP); (3) to compare sleep parameters in TGA patients with a control group of patients with acute ischemic events ("minor stroke" or transient ischemic attack [TIA]) clinically and neuroradiologically "similar" to the TGA. TGA GROUP: 17 patients, (8 men and 9 women, 60.2 ± 12.5 years). Stroke or TIA (SoT) group: 17 patients hospitalized in the Stroke Unit for recent onset of minor stroke or TIA with hemispheric localization; healthy controls (HC) group: 17 healthy volunteers, matched for age and sex. Patients and controls underwent full-night polysomnography. In the multivariate analysis (conditions TGA, SoT, and HC) a significant effect of the condition was observed for sleep efficiency index, number of awakenings longer 1 min, REM latency, CAP time, and CAP rate. TGA and SoT differed only for CAP time and CAP rate, which were lower in the TGA group. Microstructural modification associated with tga could be consequent to: (1) hippocampal dysfunction and memory impairment; (2) impairment of arousal-related structures (in particular, cholinergic pathways); (3) emotional distress.

  9. Clinical features of celiac disease: a prospective birth cohort.

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    Agardh, Daniel; Lee, Hye-Seung; Kurppa, Kalle; Simell, Ville; Aronsson, Carin Andrén; Jörneus, Ola; Hummel, Michael; Liu, Edwin; Koletzko, Sibylle

    2015-04-01

    To investigate clinical features of celiac disease (CD) and their association with risk factors for CD in a genetic risk birth cohort. Children from 6 clinical centers in 4 countries positive for HLA-DR3-DQ2 or DR4-DQ8 were annually screened for tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) and assessed for symptoms by questionnaires. Associations of symptoms with anthropometrics, known risk factors for CD, tTGA levels, and mucosal lesions in those biopsied were examined. Of 6706 screened children, 914 developed persistent positive tTGA, 406 underwent biopsies, and 340 had CD. Compared with age-matched tTGA-negative children, those with persistent tTGA were more likely to have symptoms at 2 (34% vs 19%, P < .001) and 3 years of age (28% vs 19%, P = .009) but not at 4 years (27% vs 21%, NS). Z-scores for height, weight, and BMI did not differ between groups. In children with persistent tTGA, having ≥ 1 symptom was associated with family history of CD (odds ratio = 2.59, 95% confidence interval, 1.21-5.57) but not with age, gender, or HLA-DR3-DQ2 homozygosity. At seroconversion, tTGA levels were higher in symptomatic than asymptomatic children (P < .001), in those from CD families (P < .001), and in US participants (P < .001) but not associated with age, gender, or HLA genotype. tTGA levels correlated with severity of mucosal lesions both in symptomatic (r = 0.53, P < .001) and asymptomatic children (r = 0.22, P = .01). A majority of children detected with persistent tTGA in screenings are asymptomatic and have normal growth by age 4 years. tTGA levels correlate more strongly with severity of mucosal lesions in symptomatic as compared with asymptomatic children. Copyright © 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  10. Transient Global Amnesia following Neural and Cardiac Angiography May Be Related to Ischemia

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    Zhang, Yang; Chen, Ming; Bao, Shengde

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Transient global amnesia (TGA) following angiography is rare, and the pathogenesis has not been illustrated clearly till now. The aim of this research is to explore the pathogenesis of TGA following angiography by analyzing our data and reviewing the literature. Methods. We retrospectively studied 20836 cases with angiography in our hospital between 2007 and 2015 and found 9 cases with TGA following angiography. The data of these 9 cases were analyzed. Results. We found all 9 cases with TGA following neural angiography (5 in 4360) or cardiac angiography (4 in 8817) and no case with TGA following peripheral angiography (0 in 7659). Statistical difference was found when comparing the neural and cardiac angiography group with peripheral group (p = 0.022). Two cases with TGA were confirmed with small acute infarctions in hippocampus after angiography. This might be related to the microemboli which were rushed into vertebral artery following blood flow during neural angiography or cardiac angiography. There was no statistical difference when comparing the different approaches for angiography (p = 0.82) and different contrast agents (p = 0.619). Conclusion. Based on the positive findings of imaging study and our analysis, we speculate that ischemia in the medial temporal lobe with the involvement of the hippocampus might be an important reason of TGA following angiography. PMID:27419129

  11. Protein Z efficiently depletes thrombin generation in disseminated intravascular coagulation with poor prognosis.

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    Lee, Nuri; Kim, Ji-Eun; Gu, Ja-Yoon; Yoo, Hyun Ju; Kim, Inho; Yoon, Sung-Soo; Park, Seonyang; Han, Kyou-Sup; Kim, Hyun Kyung

    2016-01-01

    Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is characterized by consumption of coagulation factors and anticoagulants. Thrombin generation assay (TGA) gives useful information about global hemostatic status. We developed a new TGA system that anticoagulant addition can deplete thrombin generation in plasma, which may reflect defective anticoagulant system in DIC. TGAs were measured on the calibrated automated thrombogram with and without thrombomodulin or protein Z in 152 patients who were suspected of having DIC, yielding four parameters including lag time, endogenous thrombin potential, peak thrombin and time-to-peak in each experiment. Nonsurvivors showed significantly prolonged lag time and time-to-peak in TGA-protein Z system, which was performed with added protein Z. In multivariate Cox regression analysis, lag time and time-to-peak in TGA system were significant independent prognostic factors. In TGA-protein Z system, lag time and time-to-peak were revealed as independent prognostic factors of DIC. Protein Z addition could potentiate its anticoagulant effect in DIC with poor prognosis, suggesting the presence of defective protein Z system. The prolonged lag time and time-to-peak in both TGA and TGA-protein Z systems are expected to be used as independent prognostic factors of DIC.

  12. Higher Sensitivity and Earlier Identification of Celiac Disease Autoimmunity by a Nonradioactive Assay for Transglutaminase Autoantibodies

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    Zhao, Zhiyuan; Miao, Dongmei; Waugh, Kathleen; Taki, Iman; Dong, Fran; Liu, Edwin

    2016-01-01

    Higher sensitive transglutaminase autoantibody (TGA) assay will detect the onset of celiac disease (CD) autoimmunity earlier. In developing a nonradioactive assay for TGA, we utilized electrochemiluminescence (ECL) technology and compared it to a high-performance radioimmunoassay (RIA) currently being used to screen patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and genetically at-risk individuals for CD. We selected 183 T1D patients with 60 patients having received biopsy and analyzed 396 sequential samples from 73 young children longitudinally followed up with TGA seroconversion, with 27 undergoing biopsy. In addition, 112 age-matched healthy control subjects were included in the study. With the 99th percentile of specificity, the ECL assay detected significantly more TGA positivity among patients with T1D (133/183) than RIA (114/183) and more of the sequential samples (34%) from 73 children than RIA (18%). The TGA assay performed by ECL was positive in all 59 subjects with villous atrophy. Among 73 longitudinally followed up children, ECL assay had earlier detection of TGA on 34 children by a mean of 2.5 years. In conclusion, the new TGA assay by ECL has a higher sensitivity than the current RIA assay and may better predict the onset of CD. PMID:28127566

  13. Photodegradation of Mercaptopropionic Acid- and Thioglycollic Acid-Capped CdTe Quantum Dots in Buffer Solutions.

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    Miao, Yanping; Yang, Ping; Zhao, Jie; Du, Yingying; He, Haiyan; Liu, Yunshi

    2015-06-01

    CdTe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) and thioglycollic acid (TGA) as capping agents. It is confirmed that TGA and MPA molecules were attached on the surface of the QDs using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. The movement of the QDs in agarose gel electrophoresis indicated that MPA-capped CdTe QDs had small hydrodynamic diameter. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of TGA-capped QDs is higher than that of MPA-capped QDs at same QD concentration because of the surface passivation of TGA. To systemically investigate the photodegradation, CdTe QDs with various PL peak wavelengths were dispersed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and Tris-borate-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (TBE) buffer solutions. It was found that the PL intensity of the QDs in PBS decreased with time. The PL peak wavelengths of the QDs in PBS solutions remained unchanged. As for TGA-capped CdTe QDs, the results of PL peak wavelengths in TBE buffer solutions indicated that S(2-) released by TGA attached to Cd(2+) and formed CdS-like clusters layer on the surface of aqueous CdTe QDs. In addition, the number of TGA on the CdTe QDs surface was more than that of MPA. When the QDs were added to buffer solutions, agents were removed from the surface of CdTe QDs, which decreased the passivation of agents thus resulted in photodegradation of CdTe QDs in buffer solutions.

  14. Failure of corn trypsin inhibitor to affect the thrombin generation assay in plasma from severe hemophiliacs.

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    Mohammed, B M; Martin, E J; Salinas, V; Carmona, R; Young, G; Brophy, D F

    2014-09-01

    The thrombin generation assay (TGA) is an important global coagulation assay; however, it suffers from the lack of preanalytical standardization. The addition of corn trypsin inhibitor (CTI) to blood collection tubes before TGA has been previously advocated to block the contact activation pathway. Emerging data, however, suggest that CTI may only be necessary when minimal tissue factor (TF) concentrations < 1 pmol are used. To determine whether blood collection tubes containing CTI influenced TGA parameters. This cross-sectional, observational study performed the TGA using TF 1 pmol L(-1) in 15 healthy volunteers, 14 severely factor VIII (FVIII)-deficient patients, and 15 severely FVIII-deficient patients with documented FVIII inhibitors. TGA was conducted using blood tubes that contained CTI 33 μg mL(-1) and no CTI. CTI markedly reduced peak thrombin (P = 0.002) and endogenous thrombin potential (P < 0.001) in the healthy volunteers but had no significant effect on TGA parameters in severely FVIII-deficient patients or those with inhibitors. This lack of effect raises additional questions regarding the need for CTI as a preanalytical addition to blood collection tubes during TGA in severe hemophiliacs, particularly when activating samples with TF 1 pmol L(-1) . © 2014 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  15. Transposition of the Great Arteries in the Developing World: Surgery and Outcomes.

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    Schidlow, David N; Jenkins, Kathy J; Gauvreau, Kimberlee; Croti, Ulisses A; Giang, Do Thi Cam; Konda, Rama K; Novick, William M; Sandoval, Nestor F; Castañeda, Aldo

    2017-01-03

    Little has been published regarding surgery for transposition of the great arteries (TGA) in the developing world. This study sought to identify patient characteristics, surgical interventions, institutional characteristics, risk factors for mortality, and outcomes among patients undergoing surgery for TGA in this setting. Developing world congenital heart surgical programs submitted de-identified data to a novel international collaborative database as part of a quality improvement project. We conducted a retrospective cohort study that included all cases of TGA with intact ventricular septum and TGA with ventricular septal defect performed from 2010 to 2013. Demographic, surgical, and institutional characteristics and their associations with in-hospital mortality were identified. There were 778 TGA operations performed at 26 centers, 480 (62%) for TGA with intact ventricular septum and 298 (38%) for TGA with ventricular septal defect. Most (80%) were single-stage arterial switch operations, but 20% were atrial baffling procedures (atrial switch operation) or 2-stage repairs (pulmonary artery band followed by arterial switch operation). Age at operation was >30 days in one-half of the cases and did not vary significantly with operation type. Survival was 85% and did not significantly vary with age at operation or operation type. Preceding septostomy was infrequently reported (16%) and was not associated with surgical mortality. Mortality was associated with lower World Health Organization weight/body mass index-for-age percentile and lower institutional volume of TGA repair. Surgical repair of TGA performed in the developing world is associated with an early survival of 85%. Type of surgical repair and age at operation varied considerably, but no associations with mortality were identified. In contrast, poor nutrition and small surgical volume were most strongly associated with mortality. Multicenter collaborative quality improvement efforts may benefit

  16. Stronger Pharmacological Cortisol Suppression and Anticipatory Cortisol Stress Response in Transient Global Amnesia

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    Griebe, Martin; Nees, Frauke; Gerber, Benjamin; Ebert, Anne; Flor, Herta; Wolf, Oliver T.; Gass, Achim; Hennerici, Michael G.; Szabo, Kristina

    2015-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a disorder characterized by a sudden attack of severe anterograde memory disturbance that is frequently preceded by emotional or physical stress and resolves within 24 h. By using MRI following the acute episode in TGA patients, small lesions in the hippocampus have been observed. Hence, it has been hypothesized that the disorder is caused by a stress-related transient inhibition of memory formation in the hippocampus. To study the factors that may link stress and TGA, we measured the cortisol day-profile, the dexamethasone feedback inhibition and the effect of experimental exposure to stress on cortisol levels (using the socially evaluated cold pressor test and a control procedure) in 20 patients with a recent history of TGA and in 20 healthy controls. We used self-report scales of depression, anxiety and stress, and a detailed neuropsychological assessment to characterize our collective. We did not observe differences in mean cortisol levels in the cortisol day-profile between the two groups. After administration of low-dose dexamethasone, TGA patients showed significantly stronger cortisol suppression in the daytime profile compared to the control group (p = 0.027). The mean salivary cortisol level was significantly higher in the TGA group prior to and after the experimental stress exposure (p = 0.008 and 0.010 respectively), as well as prior to and after the control condition (p = 0.022 and 0.024, respectively). The TGA group had higher scores of depressive symptomatology (p = 0.021) and anxiety (p = 0.007), but the groups did not differ in the neuropsychological assessment. Our findings of a stronger pharmacological suppression and higher cortisol levels in anticipation of experimental stress in participants with a previous TGA indicate a hypersensitivity of the HPA axis. This suggests that an individual stress sensitivity might play a role in the pathophysiology of TGA. PMID:25805980

  17. Vascular Risk Factors and Internal Jugular Venous Flow in Transient Global Amnesia: A Study of 165 Japanese Patients.

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    Himeno, Takahiro; Kuriyama, Masaru; Takemaru, Makoto; Kanaya, Yuhei; Shiga, Yuji; Takeshima, Shinichi; Takamatsu, Kazuhiro; Shimoe, Yutaka; Fukushima, Tomoko; Matsubara, Etsuro

    2017-10-01

    The etiology of transient global amnesia (TGA) remains unclear. We studied the pathophysiology of TGA in 165 Japanese patients. TGA was diagnosed in hospitalized patients from 2004 to 2015. We analyzed clinical characteristics, magnetic resonance imaging findings, and maximum intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery, and the reflux of internal jugular venous (IJV) flow by ultrasonography, and statistically compared patients with TGA with age-matched and sex-matched patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), small-vessel occlusion (SVO), and normal controls (each group, N = 165). Patients with TGA showed lower prevalence of vascular risk factors than patients with TIA and SVO did. Eleven patients (6.7%) had 2 episodes of TAG, but specific clinical variables could not be recognized in these patients. The maximum intima-media thickness was significantly thinner in TGA (1.1 ± .7 mm) than in SVO (1.6 ± .9 mm; P = .001). The percentages of cases whose IJV flow reflux was increased by Valsalva maneuver showed no difference (P = .573) between TGA (26.0 %) and SVO (29.4%). MR diffusion-weighted imaging yielded small hyperintense signals in the hippocampus in 64 of 90 (71.1%) patients between 24 and 72 hours. Potential precipitating specific factors or events before the attacks could be recognized in 40 cases (24.2%) of 165 patients. Arterial ischemia and IJV flow reflux might not contribute to TGA pathophysiology. The vulnerability of the hippocampus to physical or emotional stress might be suspected as an underlying mechanism in some patients with TGA. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Stress-related factors in the emergence of transient global amnesia with hippocampal lesions

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    Döhring, Juliane; Schmuck, Alexander; Bartsch, Thorsten

    2014-01-01

    The transient global amnesia (TGA) is a rare amnesic syndrome that is characterized by an acute onset episode of an anterograde and retrograde amnesia. Its origin is still debated, but there is evidence for psychological factors involved in TGA. In neuroimaging, selective lesions in the CA1 field of the hippocampus can be detected, a region that is particularly involved in the processing of memory, stress and emotion. The aim of this study was to assess the role of psychological stress in TGA by studying the prevalence of stress related precipitating events and individual stress-related personality profiles as well as coping strategies in patients. The hypothesis of a functional differentiation of the hippocampus in mnemonic and stress-related compartments was also evaluated. From all 113 patients, 18% (n = 24) patients experienced emotional and psychological stress episodes directly before the TGA. In a cohort of 21 acute patients, TGA patients tend to cope with stress less efficiently and less constructively than controls. Patients who experienced a stress related precipitant event exhibited a higher level of anxiety in comparison to non-stress patients and controls. However, there was no difference between the general experience of stress and the number of stress inducing life events. The majority of patients (73%) did show typical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions in the CA1 region of the hippocampal cornu ammonis. There was no clear association between stressful events, distribution of hippocampal CA1 lesions and behavioral patterns during the TGA. Disadvantageous coping strategies and an elevated anxiety level may increase the susceptibility to psychological stress which may facilitate the pathophysiological cascade in TGA. The findings suggest a role of emotional stress factors in the manifestation of TGA in a subgroup of patients. Stress may be one trigger involved in the emergence of transient lesions in the hippocampal CA1 region, which are thought

  19. Transient Global Amnesia and the Risk of Ischemic Stroke

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    Mangla, Atul; Navi, Babak B.; Layton, Kelly; Kamel, Hooman

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose It remains unclear whether transient global amnesia (TGA) represents an arterial insult that heralds ischemic stroke. We therefore examined stroke risk after TGA in a population-based cohort. Methods After performing chart review at our institution to validate the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for TGA, we used administrative claims data to identify all patients discharged from nonfederal California emergency departments or acute care hospitals between 2005 through 2010 with a primary discharge diagnosis of TGA. Patients with a primary discharge diagnosis of migraine, seizure, or transient ischemic attack (TIA) were included as controls. Kaplan-Meier statistics were used to calculate rates of ischemic stroke, and Cox proportional hazards analyses were used to compare stroke risk among the four exposure groups while controlling for traditional stroke risk factors. Results ICD-9-CM code 437.7 had a sensitivity of 86% and a specificity of 95% for TGA. The cumulative 1-year rate of stroke was 0.54% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.36–0.81%) after TGA, 0.22% (95% CI, 0.20–0.25%) after migraine, 0.90% (95% CI, 0.83–0.97%) after seizure, and 4.72% (95% CI, 4.60–4.85%) after TIA. After adjustment for demographic characteristics and stroke risk factors, TGA was not associated with stroke risk when compared to migraine (hazard ratio [HR], 0.82; 95% CI, 0.61–1.10). The likelihood of stroke after TGA was lower than after seizure (HR, 0.57; 95% CI, 0.44–0.76) or TIA (HR, 0.27; 95% CI, 0.20–0.35). Conclusions Compared to patients diagnosed with migraine or seizure, patients diagnosed with TGA do not appear to face a heightened risk of stroke. PMID:24309586

  20. Left-Sided Reoperations After Arterial Switch Operation: A European Multicenter Study.

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    Vida, Vladimiro L; Zanotto, Lorenza; Zanotto, Lucia; Stellin, Giovanni; Padalino, Massimo; Sarris, Georges; Protopapas, Eleftherios; Prospero, Carol; Pizarro, Christian; Woodford, Edward; Tlaskal, Thomas; Berggren, Hakan; Kostolny, Martin; Omeje, Ikenna; Asfour, Boulos; Kadner, Alexander; Carrel, Thierry; Schoof, Paul H; Nosal, Matej; Fragata, Josè; Kozłowski, Michał; Maruszewski, Bohdan; Vricella, Luca A; Cameron, Duke E; Sojak, Vladimir; Hazekamp, Mark; Salminen, Jukka; Mattila, Ilkka P; Cleuziou, Julie; Myers, Patrick O; Hraska, Viktor

    2017-09-01

    We sought to report the frequency, types, and outcomes of left-sided reoperations (LSRs) after an arterial switch operation (ASO) for patients with D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) and double-outlet right ventricle (DORV) TGA-type. Seventeen centers belonging to the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA) contributed to data collection. We included 111 patients who underwent LSRs after 7,951 ASOs (1.4%) between January 1975 and December 2010. Original diagnoses included D-TGA (n = 99) and DORV TGA-type (n = 12). Main indications for LSR were neoaortic valve insufficiency (n = 52 [47%]) and coronary artery problems (CAPs) (n = 21 [19%]). Median age at reoperation was 8.2 years (interquartile range [IQR], 2.9-14 years). Seven patients died early after LSRs (6.3%); 4 patients with D-TGA (5.9%) and 3 patients with DORV TGA-type (25%) (p = 0.02). Median age at last follow-up was 16.1 years (IQR, 9.9-21.8 years). Seventeen patients (16%) required another reoperation, which was more frequent in patients with DORV- TGA type (4 of 9 [45%]) than in patients with D-TGA (13 of 95 [14%]). Late death occurred in 4 patients (4 of 104 [3.8%]). The majority of survivors were asymptomatic at last clinical examination (84 of 100 [84%]). Reoperations for residual LSRs are infrequent but may become necessary late after an ASO, predominantly for neoaortic valve insufficiency and CAPs. Risk at reoperation is not negligible, and DORV TGA-type anatomy, as well as procedures on the coronary arteries, were significantly associated with a higher morbidity and a lower overall survival. Recurrent reoperations after LSRs may be required. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Transient global amnesia.

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    Szabo, Kristina

    2014-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a sudden and severe anterograde memory disturbance accompanied by various degrees of retrograde amnesia and sometimes executive dysfunction. TGA affects elderly individuals and men and women equally. During the episode, patients cannot recall novel episodic information and therefore repeatedly ask the same questions. They are not fully oriented to space and time. Diagnostic criteria first established in 1985, and elaborated in 1990, demand that there is no clouding of consciousness, other impairments of cognition, or a history of epilepsy or head trauma. An episode of TGA resolves within 24 h leaving a memory gap for the length of the attack. While in rare cases TGA might happen repeatedly, it mostly occurs as a single attack. TGA is considered a benign disorder as memory deficits resolve completely and do not lead to long-term sequelae. In up to 90% of reported TGA cases, a precipitating event - mainly described as physical or emotional stress - is present. The cause of TGA has been a matter of long-standing debate among researchers. In search of an answer, several possible causes (ischemia, migraine, epileptic seizures, or, more recently, a disturbance of venous hemodynamics) have been hypothesized. However, to date there is no scientific proof of any of these mechanisms. By using diffusion-weighted MRI 24-48 h after a TGA episode, small dot-like lesions have been detected in the hippocampus. This has led to the implication that the selective vulnerability of CA1 neurons to metabolic stress might play a role in the pathophysiology of TGA. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

  2. Amnestic state in a Holocaust survivor patient: psychogenic versus neurological basis.

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    Durst, R; Teitelbaum, A; Aronzon, R

    1999-01-01

    Differentiation between psychogenic and organic amnesia is sometimes quite difficult. This paper focuses on the psychogenic and organic components of a complex case of amnesia rooted in remote and prolonged traumatic stress and manifested under circumstances evoking dissociated memories. The Transient Global Amnesia (TGA) of a concentration camp survivor who developed sudden amnesia during a psychiatric intake interview was clearly triggered by the pressure of repressed Holocaust memories. The importance of distinguishing between TGA and dissociative amnesia is emphasized, and the role of psychological upset as a precipitant in TGA is stressed.

  3. Heater-Integrated Cantilevers for Nano-Samples Thermogravimetric Analysis

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    Toffoli, Valeria; Carrato, Sergio; Lee, Dongkyu; Jeon, Sangmin; Lazzarino, Marco

    2013-01-01

    The design and characteristics of a micro-system for thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in which heater, temperature sensor and mass sensor are integrated into a single device are presented. The system consists of a suspended cantilever that incorporates a microfabricated resistor, used as both heater and thermometer. A three-dimensional finite element analysis was used to define the structure parameters. TGA sensors were fabricated by standard microlithographic techniques and tested using milli-Q water and polyurethane microcapsule. The results demonstrated that our approach provides a faster and more sensitive TGA with respect to commercial systems.

  4. Fourty-five day safety screen results for Tank 241-C-107, push mode, cores 68 and 69

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    Bell, K.E.

    1995-05-08

    Reported are the safety-screening analytes required by the C-107 tank characterization plan. Also included are copies of the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) scans. Two core samples from tank C-107, obtained by the push-mode core sampling method, were received, extruded, and analyzed by the 222-S Laboratories. Drainable liquid was analyzed at the segment level for a separable organic layer, energetics by DSC, and percent water by TGA. Sludge samples were analyzed at the half-segment level by DSC, TGA, and for total alpha activity. No safety-screening notification limits were exceeded on any samples.

  5. Metal-Catalyzed Alkynylation of Brominated Polyphenylenes. Thermoset Precursors of High Density Monolithic Glassy Carbon

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    1993-11-22

    melting events at 152 and 1750C on the first heating scan to 2300C. While the char yield for 4a was only 50% by TGA analysis , the charred material was...after TGA analysis was also a black powder, again indicating that no flow had occurred. The char had a density of 1.59 g/cc. 1 I Polymers 16b and 16c had...material appeared as shiny black droplets after TGA analysis . The charred carbon material from 19a had a density of 1.56 g/cc. Polymers 19b and 19c

  6. Computational Design of Advanced Aeroturbine Materials: Noburnium Cyberalloy

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    2004-08-01

    composition of Pd50+2yHf 25-yA125.y ( 0 _< y < 2.5 at%) over a distance of about 30 gm. The TGA analysis indicates the passive oxidation behavior of...Pd2HfAI as a function of oxidation time that was obtained from an oxidation experiment at 1300 ’C by a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA). The TGA ... analysis indicates the passive oxidation behavior of Pd2HfA1 at 1300 ’C because of continuous weight gain. This implies that the inward (from surface to

  7. Novel Elastomeric Closed Cell Foam - Nonwoven Fabric Composite Material (Phase III)

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    2008-10-01

    of AF07-B foams ..................................................... 10 Figure 8 TGA Analysis of AF07-A, -B and –B2B type foams...synergist to the intumescent flame retardant 5. Hybrids of the FY07-B2B and FY07-B formulas TGA analysis of AF07-A, -B and –B2B foams are shown in...Figure 8 TGA Analysis of AF07-A, -B and –B2B type foams Figure 9 shows tensile and elongation results for AF07-B2B type foams during optimization

  8. Prediction of packaging seal life using thermoanalytical techniques

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    Nigrey, P.J.

    1997-11-01

    In this study, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) has been used to study silicone, Viton and Ethylene Propylene (EPDM) rubber. The studies have shown that TGA accurately predicts the relative order of thermo-oxidative stability of these three materials from the calculated activation energies. As expected, the greatest thermal stability was found in silicone rubber followed by Viton and EPDM rubber. The calculated lifetimes for these materials were in relatively close agreement with published values. The preliminary results also accurately reflect decreased thermal stability and lifetime for EPDM rubber exposed to radiation and chemicals. These results suggest TGA provides a rapid method to evaluate material stability.

  9. Extraction and characterization of montmorency (Prunus cerasus L.) sour cherry pit oil

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    Montmorency sour cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) pit oil was extracted and characterized by various methods including: gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorime...

  10. Semantic acquisition without memories: evidence from transient global amnesia.

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    Guillery, B; Desgranges, B; Katis, S; de la Sayette, V; Viader, F; Eustache, F

    2001-12-04

    Transient global amnesia (TGA), characterised by a profound anterograde amnesia, is a model of interest to study the acquisition of novel meanings independent of episodic functioning. Three patients were tested during a TGA attack, two in the early recovery phase and the third during the acute phase of TGA, with a semantic priming task involving a restructuring process of conceptual knowledge. During TGA, all patients demonstrated priming effects. Results obtained the day after the episode with the same task showed that these effects persisted at least one day. Episodic memory seems not to be critical for the formation of novel connections among unrelated semantic representations, in accordance with Tulving's model of memory, i.e. episodic memory is not necessary for the acquisition of semantic information.

  11. Fullerene carbon-70 derivatives dampen anaphylaxis and allergic asthma pathogenesis in mice

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    Norton, Sarah Brooke

    Fullerenes are carbon nanospheres that can be solublized by the addition of polar chemical groups to the carbon cage, forming fullerene derivatives. One specifically derivatized fullerene compound, termed C 70-Tetragylocolate (C70-TGA), has been shown to stabilize mast cell responses in vitro thus we hypothesized it may have an effect on mast cell-driven diseases such as asthma and systemic anaphylaxis. To observe the effects of C70-TGA on systemic anaphylaxis, mice were subjected to a model of passive systemic anaphylaxis. In this model, mice were injected with DNP-specific IgE 16 hours prior to challenge, then treated with C 70-TGA. Immediately prior to DNP challenge, mice were subjected to a second injection of C70-TGA. Following DNP challenge, body temperature was recorded and blood was collected for quantitation of histamine levels. Treatment with C70-TGA significantly reduced body temperature drop associated with systemic anaphylaxis and serum histamine levels. To observe the effects of C70-TGA on chronic features of asthma in vivo, we utilized a heavily MC influenced model of asthma pathogenesis. Mice were sensitized by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of ovalbumin (OVA) in saline, challenged intranasally (i.n.) with OVA, and one of two treatment strategies was pursued. In one, C70-TGA was given i.n. throughout disease development. In the other, C70-TGA was given following an initial set of challenges to allow disease to develop prior to treatment; mice were then re-challenged with OVA to assess the effect on established disease. We found that C70-TGA treatment significantly reduced airway inflammation and eosinophilia and dramatically reduced bronchoconstriction in either model. Cytokines IL-4 and IL-5 and serum IgE levels are significantly reduced in C70-TGA treated animals. Interestingly, we also saw an increase in the anti-inflammatory eicosanoid 11, 12-epoxyeicosatreinoic acid (11,12-EET) in the BAL fluid, suggesting the involvement of this mediator in

  12. Effect of surface ligands on the optical properties of aqueous soluble CdTe quantum dots

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    2012-01-01

    We investigate systematically the influence of the nature of thiol-type capping ligands on the optical and structural properties of highly luminescent CdTe quantum dots synthesized in aqueous media, comparing mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), thioglycolic acid (TGA), 1-thioglycerol (TGH), and glutathione (GSH). The growth rate, size distribution, and quantum yield strongly depend on the type of surface ligand used. While TGH binds too strongly to the nanocrystal surface inhibiting growth, the use of GSH results in the fastest growth kinetics. TGA and MPA show intermediate growth kinetics, but MPA yields a much lower initial size distribution than TGA. The obtained fluorescence quantum yields range from 38% to 73%. XPS studies unambiguously put into evidence the formation of a CdS shell on the CdTe core due to the thermal decomposition of the capping ligands. This shell is thicker when GSH is used as ligand, as compared with TGA ligands. PMID:23017183

  13. Identifying Hydrated Salts Using Simultaneous Thermogravimetric Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry

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    Harris, Jerry D.; Rusch, Aaron W.

    2013-01-01

    simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to characterize colorless, hydrated salts with anhydrous melting points less than 1100 degrees C. The experiment could be used to supplement the lecture discussing gravimetric techniques. It is…

  14. Transient global amnesia associated with a unilateral infarction of the fornix: case report and review of the literature.

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    Gupta, Mihir; Kantor, Molly A; Tung, Christie E; Zhang, Niushen; Albers, Gregory W

    2014-01-01

    Stroke is an extremely uncommon cause of transient global amnesia (TGA). Unilateral lesions of the fornix rarely cause amnesia and have not previously been reported to be associated with the distinctive amnesic picture of TGA. We describe the case of a 60-year-old woman who presented with acute onset, recent retrograde, and anterograde amnesia characteristic of TGA. Serial magnetic resonance imaging showed a persistent focal infarction of the body and left column of the fornix, without acute lesions in the hippocampus or other structures. Amnesia resolved in 6 h. Infarction of the fornix should thus be included in the differential diagnosis of TGA, as it changes the management of this otherwise self-limited syndrome.

  15. Organic functionalisation of graphene catalysed by ferric perchlorate.

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    Yang, Lei; He, Junpo

    2014-12-25

    We have developed a method to prepare covalently functionalised graphene using ferric perchlorate as the catalyst. The resulting functionalised graphene was characterised by Raman spectroscopy, TGA, XPS, AFM, and dispersibility tests in organic or aqueous media.

  16. Cognitive findings after transient global amnesia: role of prefrontal cortex.

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    Le Pira, Francesco; Giuffrida, Salvatore; Maci, Tiziana; Reggio, Ester; Zappalà, Giuseppe; Perciavalle, Vincenzo

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study is to verify, after recovery, the presence of specific patterns of cognitive dysfunctions in Transient Global Amnesia (TGA). Fourteen patients with the diagnosis of TGA were submitted to a battery of neuropsychological tests and compared to a matched control group. We found significant qualitative and quantitative differences between TGA patients and controls in the California Verbal Learning Test (CLVT) and Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test. Our data support the presence of selective cognitive dysfunctions after the clinical recovery. Moreover, for Verbal Fluency, Digit Span Backward, and Number of Clusters in the CVLT short-term memory test, the relation resulted as positively related with the temporal interval from the TGA episode. Reduction of categorical learning, attention, and qualitative alterations of spatial strategy seem to postulate a planning defect due to a prefrontal impairment.

  17. Transient global amnesia--full recovery without persistent cognitive impairment.

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    Uttner, I; Weber, S; Freund, W; Schmitz, B; Ramspott, M; Huber, R

    2007-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a clinical syndrome of unknown etiology characterized by sudden onset anterograde amnesia, which was thought to resolve completely. However, some authors have also suggested permanent memory impairment. It is unclear whether these results reflect a true persistent damage or a simply too short assessment interval in the context of a prolonged recovery phase after TGA. To evaluate the cognitive long-term outcome, 16 patients who had suffered from TGA at a mean of 3 years before and 15 healthy controls underwent a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery. No significant differences between patients' and controls' cognitive performance were found, irrespectively of the analyzed neuropsychological domain. Therefore we hypothesize that TGA usually does not cause persistent cognitive deficits due to a generally transient and prognostic benign character.

  18. Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polymers for Radiation Shielding Applications

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    Thibeault, S. (Technical Monitor); Vaidyanathan, Ranji

    2004-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation provides information on the use of Extrusion Freeform Fabrication (EEF) for the fabrication of carbon nanotubes. The presentation addresses TGA analysis, Raman spectroscopy, radiation tests, and mechanical properties of the carbon nanotubes.

  19. Preparation of Soy Polymers by a Green Processing Method

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    Ring opening polymerization of epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) initiated by boron trifluoride diethyl etherate was conducted in liquid carbon dioxide. The resulting polymers (RPESO) were characterized using Infrared (IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), 1H NM...

  20. Discussion about Possibility of Closer Collaboration or Co-authoring

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    Holcomb, Gordon R.; Matsunaga, Y.

    2012-12-04

    This slide-show presents the status of a fireside corrosion collaboration, including laboratory fireside tests, callide oxy-fuel field exposures, DTA and TGA of SCM ash, and deposit related bell-shaped boiler corrosion and DTA results.

  1. Final report for Tank 241-B-101, push mode cores 90 and 91. Revision 1

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    Schreiber, R.D.

    1995-11-01

    This is the final report for tank 241-@101, cores 90 and 91. Samples from these cores were analyzed for safety screening purposes in accordance with the Tank 241-B-101 Tank Characterization Plan (TCP) (Reference 1). This final report contains the results for three sets of TGA and gravimetric analyses performed after the 90-day report was issued. Two of these TGA/gravimetric percent water sets of analyses were done because low original TGA results were obtained for the lower half segment of core 90, segment 2 and the facie of core 91, segment 2; the third set of analyses were performed because the TGA and gravimetric percent water results for the upper half segment of core 90, segment 2 differed by approximately a factor of three and further investigation was warranted.

  2. Identifying Hydrated Salts Using Simultaneous Thermogravimetric Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry

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    Harris, Jerry D.; Rusch, Aaron W.

    2013-01-01

    simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to characterize colorless, hydrated salts with anhydrous melting points less than 1100 degrees C. The experiment could be used to supplement the lecture discussing gravimetric techniques. It is…

  3. Thermal analysis of RFETS SS and C

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    Korinko, P.S.

    2000-02-04

    In support of the gas generation test program (GGTP) for the 9975 shipping container, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was conducted. The objective of this activity was to determine the moisture content as an input to the gas generation model.

  4. Enhancing Aluminum Reactivity by Exploiting Surface Chemistry and Mechanical Properties

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    2015-06-01

    was performed using a Netzsch  Jupiter  STA 449 differential scanning calorimeter and thermogravimetric analyzer  (DSC/TGA).  The samples were heated...was performed using a Netzsch  Jupiter  STA 449 differential scanning calorimeter and thermogravimetric analyzer  (DSC/TGA).  The samples were heated

  5. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in a Neonate With Transposition of Great Arteries and Intact Ventricular Septum: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Karimi, Mohsen; Kirshbom, Paul M; Kopf, Gary S; Steele, Margaret M; Sullivan, Jill M

    2015-07-01

    Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) with intact ventricular septum (IVS) has very favorable short- and long-term surgical outcome. Although rare, when associated with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH), it exhibits significant mortality risk and management challenges. We report the case of a neonate with TGA with IVS and PPH who underwent successful early surgical repair with emphasis on clinical management and review of the literature.

  6. Inhibition of tissue factor pathway inhibitor increases the sensitivity of thrombin generation assay to procoagulant microvesicles.

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    Gheldof, Damien; Mullier, François; Chatelain, Bernard; Dogné, Jean-Michel; Chatelain, Christian

    2013-07-01

    Patients with cancer have a seven-fold to 10-fold increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE). Circulating microvesicles could be a predictive biomarker for VTE in cancer. Thrombin generation assay (TGA) is a useful technique to detect procoagulant activity of microvesicles. However, TGA suffers from a lack of sensitivity due to the presence of tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) in plasma. The aim of the study was to improve the sensitivity of TGA to tissue factor by limiting the interference of TFPI. Serial dilutions of MDA-MB231 cells were incubated for 45 min at 37°C to generate microvesicles. Samples were then centrifuged and supernatants that contain microvesicles were used for TGA. Normal pooled plasma was incubated with inhibitor of TFPI or was diluted twice to decrease plasma level of TFPI. Lagtime was used as a surrogate marker of TGA to detect procoagulant activity of microvesicles. Inhibition of TFPI decreased twice the cell concentration needed for a significant reduction of lagtime and decreased 2.4-fold the intraassay variability. Plasma dilution had no impact on the TGA sensitivity when TGA was triggered by microvesicles derived from MDA-MB-231. Thrombin generation is a very sensitive method to study the procoagulant activity of tissue factor bearing microvesicles. The sensitivity can be increased by inhibition of TFPI with specific monoclonal antibody against its Kunitz domain I. A two times plasma dilution is an interesting cheaper alternative to study the procoagulant activity of microvesicles by TGA with a good sensitivity, especially when low plasma quantities are available.

  7. Final report for tank 241-AP-108, grab samples 8AP-96-1, 8AP-96-2 and 8AP-96-FB

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    Esch, R.A.

    1996-04-19

    This document is the final report deliverable for the tank 241-AP-108 grab samples. The samples were subsampled and analyzed in accordance with the TSAP. Included in this report are the results for the Waste Compatibility analyses, with the exception of DSC and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results which were presented in the 45 Day report (Part 2 of this document). The raw data for all analyses, with the exception of DSC and TGA, are also included in this report.

  8. Working memory and executive functions in transient global amnesia.

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    Quinette, Peggy; Guillery, Bérengère; Desgranges, Béatrice; de la Sayette, Vincent; Viader, Fausto; Eustache, Francis

    2003-09-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is usually considered to produce a profound impairment of long-term episodic memory, while at the same time sparing working memory. However, this neuropsychological dissociation has rarely been examined in detail. While a few studies have assessed some components of working memory in TGA, the results that have been obtained are far from conclusive. To clarify this issue, we carried out a comprehensive investigation of working memory in 10 patients during a TGA attack. In the first study, we report the results from three patients examined with a battery of neuropsychological tests designed to assess each of the three subcomponents of Baddeley's model of working memory. In a second study, seven different patients underwent neuropsychological investigations that focused specifically on the central executive system, using a protocol derived from a study by Miyake and colleagues. Our findings showed that subcomponents of working memory, such as the phonological loop and visuo-spatial sketch pad, were spared in TGA patients. Specific executive functions that entailed inhibitory control, dual task performance, updating and shifting mechanisms were also found to be normal. However, we found significantly impaired performance for the Brown-Peterson test, and that TGA patients were significantly impaired in the recollection of their episodic memories. They also made reduced numbers of 'remember' compared with 'know' judgments in the episodic memory test several days after TGA. On the basis of our findings, it would appear that the episodic memory deficit during TGA is not related to elementary aspects of executive functioning. Our data also highlight the nature of the cognitive mechanisms involved in the Brown-Peterson task, which may well depend on long-term memory (such as the process of semantic encoding). Lastly, the selective deficit in recollective episodic memories observed in TGA may be principally related to medial temporal lobe

  9. Rightward convexity of the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle: a novel fetal marker for transposition of the great arteries.

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    Menahem, S; Rotstein, A; Meagher, S

    2013-02-01

    Traditionally transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is suggested by bifurcation of the great vessel arising from the posterior ventricle and the parallel course of the great vessels as they leave the heart. These findings may be difficult to demonstrate, requiring additional fetal echocardiographic features to indicate TGA. In this study, we investigated a new marker of TGA, namely rightward convexity of the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle. We reviewed fetal studies from 2006 to 2010 in which an antenatal diagnosis of TGA was confirmed postnatally. We specifically viewed images obtained by scanning the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle cranially to the superior mediastinum at the level of the three vessels and trachea view and compared them with similar views in normal hearts. In 21 cases of confirmed TGA, the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle (aorta) coursing cranially demonstrated an abnormal convexity to the right. This was in contrast to convexity to the left or lack of convexity of the great vessel (pulmonary artery) arising from the anterior ventricle in fetuses with a normal heart. In two fetuses rightward vessel convexity from the anterior ventricle was the clue on the initial scan suggesting TGA, which was subsequently confirmed. In addition, only two vessels, the superior vena cava and aorta, were demonstrated in fetuses with TGA, the pulmonary artery and ductus arteriosus lying below (caudal to) the transverse arch. Noting the rightward convexity of the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle may aid in the prenatal diagnosis of TGA. Furthermore, the relative simplicity of this sign may make it valuable in fetal screening for this cardiac defect. Copyright © 2012 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. Synthesis, Structure and Pyrolysis of Organoaluminum Amides Derived from the Reaction of Trialkylaluminum Compounds with Ethylenediamine in a 3:2 Ration

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    1990-08-01

    initially formed melt, which was found to be methane by gas chromotography . After 15 min, gas evolution ceased and a colorless glassy solid (5) remained...Both the TGA and DSC samples were loaded under inert atmosphere. The purging gas in the TGA experiments was either nitrogen which had been passed...through a BTS catalyst (BASF CO.) and a molecular sieve column to remove 02 and H2 0 respectively, or electronic grade ammonia. Gas evolution studies

  11. 45-Day safety screen results for Tank 241-B-112, auger samples 95-AUG-014 and 95-AUG-015

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    Conner, J.M.

    1995-05-01

    Two auger samples from Tank 241-B-112 (B-112) were received in the 222-S Laboratories and underwent safety screening analyses, consisting of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and total alpha activity. All results for all analyses (DSC, TGA, and total alpha) were within the safety screening notification limits specified in the Tank Characterization Plan (TCP). No notification nor secondary analyses were required. Tank B-112 is not part of any of the four Watch Lists.

  12. Is a Cancer Diagnosis Associated with Subsequent Risk of Transient Global Amnesia?

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    Zhu, Jianwei; Lu, Donghao; Sveinsson, Olafur; Wirdefeldt, Karin; Fall, Katja; Piehl, Fredrik; Valdimarsdóttir, Unnur; Fang, Fang

    2015-01-01

    Background Psychological stress has been associated with transient global amnesia (TGA). Whether a cancer diagnosis, a severely stressful life event, is associated with subsequent risk of TGA has not been studied. Methods Based on the Swedish Cancer Register and Patient Register, we conducted a prospective cohort study including 5,365,608 Swedes at age 30 and above during 2001–2009 to examine the relative risk of TGA among cancer patients, as compared to cancer-free individuals. Incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) derived from Poisson regression were used as estimates of the association between cancer diagnosis and the risk of TGA. Results During the study 322,558 individuals (6.01%) received a first diagnosis of cancer. We identified 210 cases of TGA among the cancer patients (incidence rate, 0.22 per 1000 person-years) and 4,887 TGA cases among the cancer-free individuals (incidence rate, 0.12 per 1000 person-years). Overall, after adjustment for age, sex, calendar year, socioeconomic status, education and civil status, cancer patients had no increased risk of TGA than the cancer-free individuals (IRR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.86–1.13). The IRRs did not differ over time since cancer diagnosis or across individual cancer types. The null association was neither modified by sex, calendar period or age. Conclusion Our study did not provide support for the hypothesis that patients with a new diagnosis of cancer display a higher risk of TGA than cancer-free individuals. PMID:25849383

  13. Preventing thermolysis: precursor design for volatile copper compounds.

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    Coyle, Jason P; Kurek, Agnieszka; Pallister, Peter J; Sirianni, Eric R; Yap, Glenn P A; Barry, Seán T

    2012-10-28

    A copper(I) iminopyrrolidinate was synthesized and evaluated by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), solution based (1)H NMR studies and surface chemistry to determine its thermal stability and decomposition mechanism. Copper(I) tert-butyl-imino-2,2-dimethylpyrrolidinate (1) demonstrated superior thermal stability and showed negligible decomposition in TGA experiments up to 300 °C as well as no decomposition in solutions at 165 °C over 3 weeks.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous silica functionalized with calix[4]arene derivatives.

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    Alahmadi, Sana M; Mohamad, Sharifah; Maah, Mohd Jamil

    2012-10-23

    This work reports a new method to covalently attach calix[4]arene derivatives onto MCM-41, using a diisocyanate as a linker. The modified mesoporous silicates were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal analysis (TGA) and elemental analysis. The FTIR spectra and TGA analysis verified that the calix[4]arene derivates are covalently attached to the mesoporous silica. The preservation of the MCM-41 channel system was checked by X-ray diffraction and nitrogen adsorption analysis.

  15. Development of acceptance criteria for batches of silane primer for external tank thermal protection system bonding applications

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    Mikes, F.

    1984-01-01

    Silane primers for use as thermal protection on external tanks were subjected to various analytic techniques to determine the most effective testing method for silane lot evaluation. The analytic methods included high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, thermogravimetry (TGA), and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). It is suggested that FTIR be used as the method for silane lot evaluation. Chromatograms, TGA profiles, bar graphs showing IR absorbances, and FTIR spectra are presented.

  16. Managing Heart Failure in Transposition of the Great Arteries

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    Shah, Sangeeta; Gupta, Tripti; Ahmad, Raza

    2015-01-01

    Background Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a congenital heart defect that is associated with congestive heart failure, tricuspid regurgitation, and arrhythmias. Methods This review identifies and critiques the existing methods of assessing and managing TGA with a focus on right ventricular function. Results Echocardiography with novel strain methods and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are noninvasive imaging options, with cardiac MRI being the gold standard. Cardiopulmonary stress testing can be used to determine the severity of symptoms. For the medical management of right ventricular dysfunction in TGA, a closely monitored dosage of beta blockers and the concomitant use of diuretics for symptomatic relief have the strongest supporting data. Surgical options for patients with TGA include the insertion of a pacemaker to treat arrhythmias, which are more common in this population, or tricuspid valve replacement to alleviate systemic tricuspid regurgitation. If symptoms in a patient with TGA are not alleviated by these management techniques, more advanced options include the use of an Impella device (Abiomed), the insertion of ventricular assist devices, or orthotopic heart transplant. Conclusion Physicians managing patients with TGA should take a multidisciplinary specialist approach to decide which route to pursue (medical or surgical) and when more advanced treatment options are necessary. PMID:26413006

  17. Medical device regulation in Australia: safe and effective?

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    McGee, Richard G; Webster, Angela C; Rogerson, Thomas E; Craig, Jonathan C

    2012-03-05

    To describe the frequency, characteristics and outcomes of reports of possible harms related to medical devices submitted to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) using data made publicly available on the TGA website. A retrospective analysis, conducted in January 2012, of data made publicly available on the TGA website from January 2000 to December 2011. The number and nature of reports of medical device incidents, recalls and alerts. Up to December 2011, 6812 incidents involving medical devices were reported to the TGA, although there were several periods where data were unavailable. Incidents were reported more frequently in later years, most often by device sponsors, and were often attributed to mechanical problems. 295 deaths and 2357 serious injuries have been related to incidents, with serious injury (597) highest in 2009. Most incidents involving medical devices were not investigated (47.5%), or, after investigation, no further action was taken (25.0%). During the same time period, there were 35 medical device recalls and 34 medical device alerts issued by the TGA, with no consistent increase over time. Despite TGA reform proposals, greater transparency is still needed. Issues that have not been addressed include patchy and conflicting data in the public domain and lack of explanations for the large proportion of uninvestigated reports. To maintain public confidence in the national regulatory system these problems need to be resolved.

  18. Simple and Rapid Quantitative Determination of Thiol-Containing Toxicants Using Silver Nanoparticles as an Affinity Probe

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    Sharma, A.; Tapadia, K.

    2017-01-01

    A rapid and low-cost nano-drop spectrophotometric method using citrate-modified silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) for the determination of thiol-containing toxicants was developed. The introduction of thioglycolic acid (TGA) and thiourea (TU) reduced the overall surface charge of Ag NPs, resulting in aggregation of Ag NPs, and a colorimetric response that was individually correlated with the concentration of TGA and TU. Under optimum experimental conditions, the maximum molar absorptivity values for TGA and TU were 1.04 × 105 and 2.13 × 105 L × mol-1 × cm-1, respectively, at λmax of 415 nm. The linear range used was 0.5-2.5 mg/L for TGA, and 0.3-1.5 mg/L for TU. The detection limits (3S) and % relative standard deviation (RSD) for the method were found to be 3 ppb, 2 ppb, and ±1.13%, ±0.96% for TGA and TU, respectively. This new chromogenic method provided a facile and sensitive scheme for the determination of TGA and TU, and could be applied for the determination of thiol-containing biomolecules. This scheme was tested for the analysis of real samples such as urine, blood, and environmental samples.

  19. Transient global amnesia: a study with Tc-99m ECD SPECT shortly after symptom onset and after recovery

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    Kim, Bom Sahn; Cho, Sang Soo; Choi, Joon Young; Kim, Young Hwan

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE Transient global amnesia (TGA) is characterized by sudden loss of memory of recent events, transient inability to retain new information, and retrograde amnesia. We investigated the changes of regional cerebral blood flow in patients with TGA shortly after symptom onset and after recovery using Tc-99m-ethyl cysteinate dimer single-photon emission computed tomography (Tc-99m ECD SPECT) and statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis. METHODS Six right-handed patients with TGA were studied using Tc-99m ECD SPECT shortly after symptom onset and after recovery. As a control group, six healthy individuals were also studied. Images were analyzed using SPM8 using voxel-based analysis to estimate the differences between TGA patients and controls. RESULTS There was significant hypoperfusion in the left hippocampus, left thalamus, and bilateral cerebellum. In the follow-up SPECT scan, hypoperfusion in hippocampus and thalamus were restored, while hypoperfusion was noted in the temporoparietal region. CONCLUSION Our results suggest that the underlying mechanism of TGA may be temporary ischemia in the hippocampus and thalamus. There was significant restoration of perfusion in the hippocampus and thalamus after recovery from TGA. PMID:27535207

  20. Longitudinal Cerebral Perfusion Change in Transient Global Amnesia Related to Left Posterior Medial Network Disruption

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    Jang, Jae-Won; Park, Young Ho; Park, So Young; Wang, Min Jeong; Lim, Jae-Sung; Kim, Sung-Hun; Chun, In KooK; Yang, Youngsoon; Kim, SangYun

    2015-01-01

    Background The pathophysiology of transient global amnesia (TGA) is not fully understood. Previous studies using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) have reported inconclusive results regarding cerebral perfusion. This study was conducted to identify the patterns of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in TGA patients via longitudinal SPECT analysis. An association between the observed SPECT patterns and a pathophysiological mechanism was considered. Methods Based on the TGA registry database of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 22 TGA patients were retrospectively identified. The subjects underwent initial Tc-99m-ethyl cysteinate dimer (ECD) SPECT within 4 days of an amnestic event and underwent follow-up scans approximately 6 months later. The difference in ECD uptake between the two scans was measured via voxel-based whole brain analysis, and the quantified ECD uptake was tested using a paired t-test. Results The TGA patients had significantly decreased cerebral perfusion at the left precuneus (P<0.001, uncorrected) and at the left superior parietal and inferior temporal gyrus according to the voxel-based whole brain analysis (P<0.005, uncorrected). A difference in the quantified ECD uptake between the 2 scans was also found at the left precuneus among the 62 cortical volumes of interest (P = 0.018, Cohen’s d = -0.25). Conclusion We identified left hemispheric lateralized hypoperfusion that may be related to posterior medial network disruption. These findings may be a contributing factor to the pathophysiology of TGA. PMID:26690067

  1. [32 years of Senning's correction for transposition of the great vessels].

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    Genoni, M; von Segesser, L; Wilhelm, M; Arbenz, U; Turina, M

    1996-01-01

    Between 1962 and 1994 342 patients with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) were treated by atrial correction. Since 1992 the atrial switch operation is the treatment of choice for TGA. We reviewed our 32 year experience. Average age of the patients at operation was 69 months (7 days--8.5 years). 177/342 (52%) patients had a complex TGA: 74 patients with ventricular septal defect (VSD), 49 patients with pulmonary stenosis (PS) and 54 with both (VSD and PS). The 30 day mortality was for the whole series 15.7%. In the last 4 years 7.5%. The actuarial survival rate for all patients was 88% after 10 years and 82% after 20 years. For simple TGA 91% after 10 years and 83% after 20 years, for complex TGA 84% and 81%. The most important cause of death during our longterm observation were heart failure (19 patients) and sudden death (7 patients). Average follow-up for the whole group was 13.4 years. Most of the survivors are functionally symptom free (66% NYHA I) or they have slight symptoms (29% NYHA II). Only 5% were NYHA III or IV. Arterial switch operation has replaced the atrial correction for TGA. Nevertheless the longterm results after atrial correction remains encouraging. The main threat to the patients is the failure of the systemic ventricle.

  2. Glycoalkaloid development during greening of fresh market potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.).

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    Grunenfelder, Laura A; Knowles, Lisa O; Hiller, Larry K; Knowles, N Richard

    2006-08-09

    Chlorophyll and glycoalkaloid synthesis in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers occur in direct response to light. The two processes are concurrent, but independent. Color photographic indices to subjectively grade fresh market potatoes for the extent of greening were developed under lighting conditions consistent with those of retail markets. Total glycoalkaloid (TGA) and chlorophyll accumulation for four cultivars were determined over the respective greening scales, thus calibrating the scales for TGA content. On average, TGA concentrations in complete longitudinal sections of tubers (flesh samples) were highest in Dark Red Norland followed by Russet Norkotah, Yukon Gold, and White Rose. TGA concentrations of flesh samples of White Rose and Yukon Gold tubers were somewhat variable and did not increase in direct proportion to greening level and chlorophyll content, particularly at higher levels of greening. TGA concentrations in Dark Red Norland and Russet Norkotah tubers were highly correlated (P < or = 0.001) with greening level and chlorophyll concentrations. When averaged over greening levels, skin samples contained 3.4- to 6.8-fold higher concentrations of TGAs than flesh samples, depending on the cultivar. The TGA concentration in periderm samples ranged from 37 to 160 mg/100 g of dry wt. Regardless of greening level, concentrations of TGAs in the flesh samples (including attached periderm) remained within limits presumed safe for human consumption. Discrimination of greened tubers on the basis of perceived glycoalkaloid toxicity is likely unfounded for the cultivars and greening levels studied.

  3. Prenatal features of ductus arteriosus constriction and restrictive foramen ovale in d-transposition of the great arteries.

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    Maeno, Y V; Kamenir, S A; Sinclair, B; van der Velde, M E; Smallhorn, J F; Hornberger, L K

    1999-03-09

    Although most neonates with d-transposition of the great arteries (TGA) have an uncomplicated preoperative course, some with a restrictive foramen ovale (FO), ductus arteriosus (DA) constriction, or pulmonary hypertension may be severely hypoxemic and even die shortly after birth. Our goal was to determine whether prenatal echocardiography can identify these high-risk fetuses with TGA. We reviewed the prenatal and postnatal echocardiograms and outcomes of 16 fetuses with TGA/intact ventricular septum or small ventricular septal defect. Of the 16 fetuses, 6 prenatally had an abnormal FO (fixed position, flat, and/or redundant septum primum). Five of the 6 had restrictive FO at birth. Five fetuses had DA narrowing at the pulmonary artery end in utero, and 6 had a small DA (diameter z score of <-2.0). Of 4 fetuses with the most diminutive DA, 2 also had an abnormal appearance of the FO, and both died immediately after birth. One other fetus had persistent pulmonary hypertension. Eight fetuses had abnormal Doppler flow pattern in the DA (continuous high-velocity flow, n=1; retrograde diastolic flow, n=7). Abnormal features of the FO, DA, or both are present in fetuses with TGA at high risk for postnatal hypoxemia. These features may result from the abnormal intrauterine hemodynamics in TGA. A combination of restrictive FO and DA constriction in TGA may be associated with early neonatal death.

  4. Facial expression recognition and emotion understanding in children after neonatal open-heart surgery for transposition of the great arteries.

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    Calderon, Johanna; Angeard, Nathalie; Pinabiaux, Charlotte; Bonnet, Damien; Jambaqué, Isabelle

    2014-06-01

    Theory of mind impairments are part of the cognitive morbidities associated with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). We sought to assess core components of social cognition in school-aged children with TGA. Thirty-eight children with neonatal corrected TGA (27 males, 11 females; mean age 7y 3mo, SD 1y 2mo) and a comparison group (n=31; 24 males, 7 females; mean age 7y 4mo, SD 1y 1mo) participated in this study. All children completed measures of facial expression recognition, emotion comprehension, and second-order cognitive and affective false-belief tasks. The association of medical pre-, intra-, and postoperative variables with cognitive outcomes was explored. After controlling for potential covariates, children with TGA performed significantly less accurately in the mental category of the emotion comprehension battery (p=0.002) and on second-order affective false-belief tasks (p<0.05). Preoperative variables including an associated ventricular septal defect (p=0.02), a younger age at open-heart surgery (p=0.03), and a prenatal diagnosis of TGA (p=0.02) were significantly associated with better outcomes. School-aged children with TGA display significant impairment on complex affective mental state understanding even though facial expression recognition was generally preserved. Preoperative factors may be important determinants for long-term outcomes after cyanotic congenital heart disease. © 2014 Mac Keith Press.

  5. Assessment of a new method for the analysis of decomposition gases of polymers by a combining thermogravimetric solid-phase extraction and thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    Duemichen, E; Braun, U; Senz, R; Fabian, G; Sturm, H

    2014-08-08

    For analysis of the gaseous thermal decomposition products of polymers, the common techniques are thermogravimetry, combined with Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (TGA-FTIR) and mass spectrometry (TGA-MS). These methods offer a simple approach to the decomposition mechanism, especially for small decomposition molecules. Complex spectra of gaseous mixtures are very often hard to identify because of overlapping signals. In this paper a new method is described to adsorb the decomposition products during controlled conditions in TGA on solid-phase extraction (SPE) material: twisters. Subsequently the twisters were analysed with thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (TDS-GC-MS), which allows the decomposition products to be separated and identified using an MS library. The thermoplastics polyamide 66 (PA 66) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) were used as example polymers. The influence of the sample mass and of the purge gas flow during the decomposition process was investigated in TGA. The advantages and limitations of the method were presented in comparison to the common analysis techniques, TGA-FTIR and TGA-MS. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Obstruction of Venous Drainage Linked to Transient Global Amnesia

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    Han, Ke; Chao, A-Ching; Chang, Feng-Chi; Chung, Chih-Ping; Hsu, Hung-Yi; Sheng, Wen-Yung; Wu, Jiang; Hu, Han-Hwa

    2015-01-01

    Abnormal extracranial venous drainage modality has been considered an etiology of transient global amnesia (TGA). Evidence suggests that the transmission of the intrathoracic/intraabdominal pressure during a Valsalva maneuver (VM) is mainly through the vertebral venous system, and patency of internal jugular vein (IJV) is essential for venous drainage and pressure releasing. We hypothesize that obstruction of IJV venous drainage is a contributing factor in TGA pathogenesis. A magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol was used in 45 TGA patients and 45 age- and sex-matched controls to assess the morphologies of IJV, brachiocephalic vein (BCV) and asymmetry of transverse sinus (TS). The IJV was divided into the upper- and middle-IJV segments. Compared to the controls, TGA patients had significantly higher rates of moderate and severe compression/stenosis at the bilateral upper-IJV segment (left: 37.8% vs. 17.8%, P = 0.0393; right: 57.8% vs.15.6%, P<0.0012), in left BCV (60% vs. 8.9%, P<0.0004), and in TS hypoplasia (53.3%% vs. 31.1%, P = 0.0405). The prevalence of at least one site of venous compression/stenosis in IJV or BCV was significantly higher in patients than in controls (91.1% vs. 33.3%, P<0.0004). The diameter of the left TS in MRV, but not in T1 contrast imaging, was significantly smaller in TGA patients than in controls (0.31±0.21 vs. 0.41±0.19, P = 0.0290), which was compatible with downstream venous stenosis/obstruction. TGA patients have a higher prevalence of compression/stenosis of the bilateral IJV and the left BCV and TS hypoplasia, which is new evidence that supports the role of extracranial veins in TGA pathogenesis. PMID:26173146

  7. Photodissociation of thioglycolic acid studied by femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Attar, Andrew R.; Blumling, Daniel E.; Knappenberger, Kenneth L. Jr.

    2011-01-14

    Steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies were employed to study the photodissociation of both the neutral (HS-CH{sub 2}-COOH) and doubly deprotonated ({sup -}S-CH{sub 2}-COO{sup -}) forms of thioglycolic acid (TGA), a common surface-passivating ligand used in the aqueous synthesis and organization of semiconducting nanostructures. Room temperature UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy indicated strong absorption by the S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} excited states at 250 nm and 185 nm, respectively. The spectrum also contained a weaker absorption band that extended to approximately 550 nm, which was assigned to the {pi}{sub CO}{sup *}(leftarrow)n{sub O} transition. Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy was performed on TGA using 400 nm excitation and a white-light continuum probe to provide the temporally and spectrally resolved data. Both forms of TGA underwent a photoinduced dissociation from the excited state to form an {alpha}-thiol-substituted acyl radical ({alpha}-TAR, S-CH{sub 2}-CO). For the acidic form of TGA, radical formation occurred with an apparent time constant of 60 {+-} 5 fs; subsequent unimolecular decay took 400 {+-} 60 fs. Similar kinetics were observed for the deprotonated form of TGA (70 {+-} 10 fs radical formation; 420 {+-} 40 fs decay). The production of the {alpha}-TAR was corroborated by the observation of its characteristic optical absorption. Time-resolved data indicated that the photoinduced dissociation of TGA via cleavage of the C-OH bond occurred rapidly ({<=}100 fs). The prevalence of TGA in aqueous semiconducting nanoparticles makes its absorption in the visible spectral region and subsequent dissociation key to understanding the behavior of nanoscale systems.

  8. IN VIVO BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT OF TRIGYCIDYLAMINE CROSSLINKED PERICARDIUM

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    Sacks, Michael S.; Gorman, Robert C.; Hamamoto, Hirotsugu; Connolly, Jeanne M.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Levy, Robert

    2007-01-01

    While a glutaraldehyde crosslinking is most often used to fabricate bioprosthetic heart valves (BHV) using heterograft tissues, it predisposes BHV to calcification and dramatically stiffens the heterograft tissues. Our group previously reported the synthesis and characterization of a novel epoxy-crosslinker, triglycidylamine (TGA). TGA pretreatment of BHV tissues compared to glutaraldehyde results in both calcification resistance in subdermal implants and improved leaflet compliance. In these prior studies, optimal calcification inhibition was noted with the combined use of TGA with mercapto-aminobisphosphonate (MABP). In the present study, we investigated the hypothesis that bovine pericardium cross-linked with TGA-MABP retains these beneficial biomechanical properties in-vivo using a novel mitral valve anterior leaflet (MVAL) ovine valvuloplasty model. Bovine pericardial specimens were crosslinked with either glutaraldehyde or TGA-MABP, from which 1 cm2 sections were implanted in the ovine MVAL after removal of the original tissue of the same size. An array of four sonomicrometry transducers were implanted on the corners and used to compute the complete in-surface strain tensor cardiac cycle over the cardiac cycle at 0 and 4 weeks. Following explant samples were fixed in formalin for histology studies. At 4 weeks both treatment groups experienced no dimensional changes in the unloaded state, indicating no shrinkage. When fully loaded during peak systolic ejection, TGA-MABP valvuloplasty patches were significantly more compliant, which did not change at 4 weeks. In contrast, the glutaraldehyde areal strain increased significantly by 4 weeks. Estimated implant stresses for both treatment groups, based on previously measured biomechanical properties (Biomaterials, vol. 4, 2007), were 40 kPa and 250 kPa in the circumferential and radial directions, respectively, which are comparable to predicted BHV peak stress levels. We conclude that TGA-MABP crosslinked bovine

  9. In situ gelling properties of chitosan-thioglycolic acid conjugate in the presence of oxidizing agents.

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    Sakloetsakun, Duangkamon; Hombach, Juliane M R; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2009-10-01

    The rheological behaviour of chitosan-thioglycolic acid conjugate (chitosan-TGA) in the presence of four oxidizing agents was investigated. Chitosan-TGA was synthesized via amide bond formation between the primary amino group of chitosan and the carboxylic acid group of thioglycolic acid. The sol-gel phase transition of the polymer was determined by rheological measurements. Moreover, cytotoxicity of the gel in combination with each oxidizing agent was evaluated utilizing LDH and MTT assay. The modified chitosan displayed 1053+/-44 micromol/g thiol groups. Results of rheological studies showed that 1% (m/v) chitosan-TGA without any oxidizing agents became gel within 40 min. In contrast, when the oxidizing agents hydrogen peroxide, sodium periodate, ammonium persulfate and sodium hypochlorite were added, respectively, gelation took place within a few minutes. Within 20 min, hydrogen peroxide having been added in a final concentration of 25.2 nmol/L increased dynamic viscosity of 1% (m/v) chitosan-TGA up to 16,500-fold. This can be explained by the formation of inter- and/or intramolecular disulfide bonds which were indirectly verified via the decrease in thiol groups. Additionally, evidence of an increase in cross-linking of thiolated chitosan as a function of time was provided by frequency sweep measurements. Furthermore, viability of Caco-2 cells having been incubated with chitosan-TGA/oxidizing agent systems assessed by MTT assay was 70-85% and the percentage of LDH release was only in case of the chitosan-TGA/ammonium persulfate system significantly (p<0.05) raising compared to the negative control. According to these results, chitosan-TGA/oxidizing agent combinations might be a promising novel in situ gelling system for various pharmaceutical applications such as a controlled drug release carrier or for tissue engineering.

  10. Transient global amnesia: cerebral venous outflow impairment-insight from the abnormal flow patterns of the internal jugular vein.

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    Chung, Chih-Ping; Hsu, Hung-Yi; Chao, A-Ching; Sheng, Wen-Yung; Soong, Bing-Wen; Hu, Han-Hwa

    2007-11-01

    Cerebral venous reflux is found frequently in transient global amnesia (TGA) patients. The cerebral venous reflux mostly results from left brachiocephalic venous obstruction, and the level of reflux depends on different respiratory status. For further understanding of the role of venous outflow impairment in the pathogenesis of TGA, we used color duplex sonography to reveal the flow patterns in the internal jugular vein (IJV) and its branches (JB) under different respiratory conditions. We compared the frequency of abnormal venous flow of IJV and/or JB on color duplex sonography between 17 TGA patients and 17 age- and gender-matched normal individuals both at rest (regular breathing) and at deep inspiration. Further, these venous-flow abnormalities in IJV and JB were well described. Cranial 3-D time-of-flight magnetic resonance arteriography (MRA) were performed in all patients three to seven days after their TGA attacks and in all normal individuals to analyze the abnormal flow signals in the intracranial venous structures. In the result, abnormal flow-patterns in the left IJV and/or left JB during regular breathing were found more frequently in TGA patients than normal individuals (65% vs. 6%; p < 0.001). These abnormalities in TGA patients were (1) isolated reversed flow in the left JB, (2) segmental reversed flow in the left distal IJV and (3) continuous reversed flow in the left IJV and JB. The MRA study revealed that only the most severe reflux in the IJV causes intracranial venous reflux; six were in the group of continuous reversed flow in left IJV and one was in the group of segmental reversed flow in left distal IJV. These findings suggest that TGA might be one of the clinical manifestations of the "cerebral-type intermittent venous claudication," which stems from cerebral venous outflow impairment, insufficient venous collaterals and specific precipitating factors.

  11. Solid-state phase transitions of AG337, an antitumor agent.

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    Rastogi, S; Zamansky, I; Roy, S; Tyle, P; Suryanarayanan, R

    1999-01-01

    The object of this investigation was to perform detailed solid-state characterization studies on the different solid forms of AG337 and to determine the conditions of their interconversions. Solid-state characterization was done using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), hot stage microscopy, Karl Fischer titrimetry, ambient and variable temperature X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and TGA coupled with FTIR (TGA/FTIR). In addition to five polymorphic forms of the anhydrate (I alpha to I epsilon), a hemihydrate (C14H12N4OS.2HCl.0.5H2O, II), a monohydrate (C14H12N4OS.2HCl.H2O; III), as well as a dihydrate (C14H12N4OS.2HCl.2H2O; IV) were identified. The 'as is' anhydrate, I alpha, resisted water uptake until stored at 98% RH (room temperature), where it transformed directly to IV, II and III transformed to IV at RH values > or = 7.6 and 84% respectively. Heating II and III to 130 degrees C in the variable temperature XRD resulted in the formation of I beta and I gamma respectively. On the other hand, I delta and I epsilon were obtained when II and III were respectively stored at 60 degrees C under vacuum. Variable temperature XRD, by providing information about the solid-state as a function of temperature, assisted in the interpretation of the DSC and TGA results. TGA/FTIR provided direct evidence that the thermal events observed in the temperature ranges of 25-150 degrees C and 200-250 degrees C were due to loss of water and loss of hydrogen chloride respectively. In addition to the conventional analytical techniques such as XRD, DSC, TGA and KFT, two other techniques, (variable temperature XRD and TGA/FTIR), were very useful in these solid-state characterization studies.

  12. Prenatal diagnosis, hospital characteristics, and mortality in transposition of the great arteries.

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    Lara, Diego A; Fixler, David E; Ethen, Mary K; Canfield, Mark A; Nembhard, Wendy N; Morris, Shaine A

    2016-09-01

    The role of prenatal diagnosis in reducing neonatal mortality from transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is controversial. Factors affected by prenatal diagnosis such as proximity at birth to a cardiac surgical center (CSC) and CSC volume are associated with mortality in congenital heart disease. The purpose of the study was to determine the associations between prenatal diagnosis, distance from birthplace to a CSC, CSC TGA volume, and neonatal mortality in patients with TGA. The Texas Birth Defects Registry was queried for all live born infants with TGA from 1999 to 2007. Four hundred sixty-eight cases of TGA were included. Forty-eight patients (10.3%) were prenatally diagnosed, and 20 patients died before age 28 days (4.3%). Neither prenatal diagnosis nor close proximity to a CSC at birth (p > 0.05) were associated with decreased mortality. Low CSC TGA volume was associated with increased mortality (p < 0.0002). Mortality at the CSCs with <5 patients per year was 9.6%; CSCs with 5 to 10 patients per year had 0% mortality, and those with >10 patients per year had 2.3% mortality. In multivariable logistic regression, only preterm birth (odds ratio, 7.05; 95% confidence interval, 4.13-12.05) and lower CSC volume (p < 0.001) were associated with neonatal mortality, although prenatal diagnosis attenuated the detrimental association of lower volume CSCs with higher mortality (p for interaction = 0.047). Lower CSC TGA patient volume was associated with higher neonatal mortality. Prenatal diagnosis may improve survival in lower volume CSCs. Birth Defects Research (Part A) 106:739-748, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Monitoring rFVIII Prophylaxis Dosing Using Global Hemostasis Assays

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    Al Hawaj, Maitham; Martin, Erika J.; Venitz, Jürgen; Barrett, J. Christian; Kuhn, Janice G.; Nolte, Melinda E.; Brophy, Donald F.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Introduction Secondary FVIII prophylaxis converts severe hemophiliacs (FVIII:C < 1 IU dL−1) to a moderate phenotype (FVIII:C ≥ 1 IU dL−1), however, plasma FVIII:C is a poor predictor of bleeding risk. Aim To study the use of thromboelastography (TEG) and thrombin generation assay (TGA) to quantify coagulation across a 48 hour rFVIII prophylaxis period. Methods 10 severe hemophiliacs with varying clinical bleeding phenotypes received their standard rFVIII prophylaxis dose and blood samples were obtained over 48 hours. Measured parameters included FVIII:C, TEG, and TGA at each time point. FVIII:C pharmacokinetics (PK) and correlation between global assay parameters was performed. Results The FVIII:C PK parameters were consistent with previous literature. There was significant correlation between FVIII:C and TEG R-time and aPTT (both p<0.001). Significant correlations existed between FVIII:C and TGA peak, ETP and velocity parameters (all p<0.001). At 24 hours the TEG parameters were sub-therapeutic despite median FVIII:C of 13.0 IU dL−1. TGA was sensitive to FVIII:C below 1 IU dL−1. Those with the severest bleeding phenotype had the lowest TGA parameters. Conclusion There was significant correlation between FVIII:C and TEG and TGA. TEG lost sensitivity at 48 hours, but not TGA. Prospective studies are needed to determine whether these data can be used to design individualized rFVIII prophylaxis regimens. PMID:23510278

  14. Myocardial deformation imaging of the systemic right ventricle by two-dimensional strain echocardiography in patients with d-transposition of the great arteries.

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    Kalogeropoulos, Andreas P; Georgiopoulou, Vasiliki V; Giamouzis, Grigorios; Pernetz, Maria-Alexandra; Anadiotis, Athanasios; McConnell, Michael; Lerakis, Stamatios; Butler, Javed; Book, Wendy M; Martin, Randolph P

    2009-01-01

    Functional assessment of the systemic right ventricle is often problematic in patients with Dtransposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) due to altered ventricular geometry. The clinical applicability of myocardial deformation imaging by two-dimensional strain (2DS) echocardiography in this setting is still under investigation. We evaluated 27 patients with D-TGA (age 30 +/- 6 years, 9 female, 11 with paced rhythm) by standard and 2DS echocardiography; 27 outpatients (age 29 +/- 10 years, 15 female) without structural heart disease served as controls. High-resolution two-dimensional grayscale images were analyzed offline. Global values of peak strain (GS), systolic strain rate (GSRs), and early diastolic strain rate (GSRe) of the systemic ventricle, as well as the systemic ejection fraction (EF), were recorded from apical 4-chamber views. Intraobserver reproducibility was assessed by random-order repeat analysis. Global indices of myocardial deformation (GS, GSRs, GSRe) in the systemic right ventricle were reliably obtained in all 27 patients with D-TGA, and tracking was optimal in 159/162 segments (>98%). Mean GS in patients with D-TGA was -13.2 +/- 3.8% vs. -20.6 +/- 2.6% in controls, p<0.001; mean GSRs -0.59 +/- 0.16 /s vs. -1.10 +/- 0.19 /s, p<0.001; and mean GSRe 0.68 +/- 0.21 /s vs. 1.34 +/- 0.31 /s, p<0.001. Mean systemic EF by single-plane modified Simpson was 37 +/- 11% in patients with D-TGA vs. 60 +/- 7% in controls, p<0.001. GSRs exhibited the highest discriminative value between D-TGA patients and controls. The mean absolute percent error for GS, GSRs, GSRe, and systemic EF in D-TGA patients was 6.9% (p<0.05 vs. EF), 8.9%, 12.3%, 13.1%, respectively. Myocardial deformation parameters can be reliably obtained by 2DS echocardiography in patients with D-TGA. Deformation indices of the systemic right ventricle appear to be highly reproducible, and may provide a sensitive means to detect both systolic and diastolic abnormalities in patients with D-TGA.

  15. Fluorescent reversible regulation based on the interactions of topotecan hydrochloride, neutral red and quantum dots

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    Wang, Linlin; Shen, Yizhong; Liu, Shaopu; Yang, Jidong; Liang, Wanjun; Li, Dan; He, Youqiu

    2015-02-01

    The interactions of topotecan hydrochloride (THC), neutral red (NR) and thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) built a solid base for the controlling of the fluorescent reversible regulation of the system. This study was developed by means of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption, fluorescence (FL), resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Corresponding experimental results revealed that the fluorescence of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs could be effectively quenched by NR, while the RRS of the QDs enhanced gradually with the each increment of NR concentration. After the addition of THC, the strong covalent conjugation between NR and THC which was in carboxylate state enabled NR to be dissociated from the surface of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs to form more stable complex with THC, thereby enhancing the fluorescence of the TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs-NR system. What is more, through analyzing the optical properties and experimental data of the reaction between TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs and NR, the possible reaction mechanism of the whole system was discussed. This combination of multiple spectroscopic techniques could contribute to the investigation for the fluorescent reversible regulation of QDs and a method could also be established to research the interactions between camptothecin drugs and dyes.

  16. Metabolic alterations and neurodevelopmental outcome of infants with transposition of the great arteries.

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    Park, I Sook; Yoon, S Young; Min, J Yeon; Kim, Y Hwue; Ko, J Kok; Kim, K Soo; Seo, D Man; Lee, J Hee

    2006-01-01

    Abnormal neurodevelopment has been reported for infants who were born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and underwent arterial switch operation (ASO). This study evaluates the cerebral metabolism of TGA infants at birth and before ASO and neurodevelopment 1 year after ASO. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) was performed on 16 full-term TGA brains before ASO within 3-6 days after birth. The brain metabolite ratios of [NAA/Cr], [Cho/Cr], and [mI/Cr] evaluated measured. Ten infants were evaluated at 1 year using the Bayley Scales of Infants Development II (BSED II). Cerebral metabolism of infants with TGA was altered in parietal white matter (PWM) and occipital gray matter (OGM) at birth before ASO. One year after ASO, [Cho/Cr] in PWM remained altered, but all metabolic ratios in OGM were normal. The results of BSID II at 1 year showed delayed mental and psychomotor development. This delayed neurodevelopmental outcome may reflect consequences of the altered cerebral metabolism in PWM measured by 1H-MRS. It is speculated that the abnormal hemodynamics due to TGA in utero may be responsible for the impaired cerebral metabolism and the subsequent neurodevelopmental deficit.

  17. Analyses of expression and localization of two mammalian-type transglutaminases in Physarum polycephalum, an acellular slime mold.

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    Wada, Fumitaka; Ogawa, Atsuko; Hanai, Yuko; Nakamura, Akio; Maki, Masatoshi; Hitomi, Kiyotaka

    2004-11-01

    Transglutaminase (TGase) is an enzyme that modifies proteins by crosslinking or polyamination. Physarum polycephalum, an acellular slime mold, is the evolutionally lowest organism that has a mammalian-type transglutaminase. We have cloned a cDNA for Physarum polycephalum TGase (PpTGB), homologous to a previously identified TGase (PpTGA), whose sequence is similar to that of mammalian TGases. PpTGB encodes a primary sequence identical to that of PpTGA except for 11 amino acid residues at the N-terminus. Reverse transcription-PCR and Western blotting analyses showed that both PpTGA and PpTGB are expressed in microplasmodia and macroplasmodia during their life cycle, except for in sporangia. For biochemical characterization, we carried out the ectopical expressions of PpTGA and PpTGB in Dictyostelium discoideum. Subcellular fractionation of these Dictyostelium cells showed that the expressed PpTGA, but not PpTGB, localizes to the membrane fraction. Furthermore, in Physarum, subcellular fractionation and immunostaining indicated specific localization at the plasma membrane in macroplasmodia, while the localization was entirely cytoplasmic in microplasmodia.

  18. Safeners recruit multiple signalling pathways for the orchestrated induction of the cellular xenobiotic detoxification machinery in Arabidopsis.

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    Behringer, Carina; Bartsch, Klaus; Schaller, Andreas

    2011-11-01

    Safeners enhance herbicide tolerance in crop plants but not in target weeds, thus improving herbicide selectivity. The safeners isoxadifen-ethyl and mefenpyr-diethyl protect cereal crops from sulfonyl urea herbicides in postemergence application. The two safeners were shown here to induce the cellular xenobiotic detoxification machinery in Arabidopsis thaliana when applied to leaves in a way mimicking field application. Gene expression profiling revealed the induction of 446 genes potentially involved in the detoxification process. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing a reporter gene under control of a safener-responsive maize promoter were used as a model system to study the safener signalling pathway. Reporter gene analysis in the tga2/3/5/6, sid2-2 and npr1 mutants as compared with the wild-type background showed that safener inducibility required TGA transcription factors and salicylic acid (SA) in a NON-EXPRESSOR of PR-1 (NPR1)-independent pathway converging on two as-1 promoter elements. For the majority of the safener-responsive Arabidopsis genes, a similar dependence on TGA transcription factors and/or SA was shown by gene expression profiling in wild-type plants as compared with the tga2/3/5/6 and sid2-2 mutants. Thirty-eight percent of the genes, however, were induced by safeners in a TGA/SA-independent manner. These genes are likely to be controlled by WRKY transcription factors and cognate W-boxes in their promoters.

  19. Fluorescent reversible regulation based on the interactions of topotecan hydrochloride, neutral red and quantum dots.

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    Wang, Linlin; Shen, Yizhong; Liu, Shaopu; Yang, Jidong; Liang, Wanjun; Li, Dan; He, Youqiu

    2015-02-05

    The interactions of topotecan hydrochloride (THC), neutral red (NR) and thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) built a solid base for the controlling of the fluorescent reversible regulation of the system. This study was developed by means of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption, fluorescence (FL), resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Corresponding experimental results revealed that the fluorescence of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs could be effectively quenched by NR, while the RRS of the QDs enhanced gradually with the each increment of NR concentration. After the addition of THC, the strong covalent conjugation between NR and THC which was in carboxylate state enabled NR to be dissociated from the surface of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs to form more stable complex with THC, thereby enhancing the fluorescence of the TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs-NR system. What is more, through analyzing the optical properties and experimental data of the reaction between TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs and NR, the possible reaction mechanism of the whole system was discussed. This combination of multiple spectroscopic techniques could contribute to the investigation for the fluorescent reversible regulation of QDs and a method could also be established to research the interactions between camptothecin drugs and dyes.

  20. Effects of Thioglycolic Acid on Parthenogenetic Activation of Xenopus Oocytes

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    Wang, Dong; Guan, Yongmei; Xia, Lei

    2011-01-01

    Background Existing in Permanent-wave solutions (PWS), thioglycolic acid (TGA) is widely used in hairdressing industry for its contribution to hair styling. However, the toxicity of TGA, especially its reproductive toxicity, gradually calls the attention of more and more researchers. Method In this work, xenopus oocytes were pretreated with different concentration of TGA, and then activated by calcium ionophore A23187. During culture, the oocytes activation rates were taken note at different time after adding calcium ionophore A23187. At the end of the culture period, the nuclear status was detected under confocal microscope. In addition, some other samples were collected for Western-Blotting analysis. Result TGA significantly inhibited the oocytes activation rate and pronuclear formation. It may be resulted from the inhibition of the degradation of p-ERK1, Mos and CyclinB2. Conclusion TGA inhibits in vitro parthenogenetic activation of xenopus oocytes with inhibited the degradation of proteins involved in mitogenic-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and maturation-promoting factor (MPF) pathways. PMID:21297954

  1. Studies of NO-char reaction kinetics obtained from drop-tube furnace and thermogravimetric experiments

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    Shaozeng Sun; Juwei Zhang; Xidong Hu; Shaohua Wu; Jiancheng Yang; Yang Wang; Yukun Qin

    2009-01-15

    Four coal chars were prepared in a flat flame flow reactor (FFR), which can simulate the temperature and gas composition of a real pulverized coal combustion environment. The pore structure of chars was measured by mercury porosimetry and nitrogen adsorption, and the Hg and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas were obtained. The kinetics of NO-char was studied in a drop-tube furnace (DTF) and thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). In the TGA experiments, the random pore model (RPM) was applied to describe the NO-char reactions and obtain the intrinsic kinetics. By presenting the data of DTF and TGA experiments on the same Arrhenius plot, it can be concluded that TGA is an available tool to study the kinetics of a high-temperature NO-char reaction. With respect to the DTF experiments, in comparison to the BET surface area, the Hg surface area is a better basis for normalizing the reactivity of different coal chars because of less scatter in the measured values, better agreement with TGA experimental data, and more stable values during the process of reaction. Moreover, by comparing the Hg surface area of chars before and after reactions, it is believed that the Hg surface area basis is more appropriate for high-rank coal chars. The determined kinetic rate constants are in good agreement with other data in the literature, and a new rate constant expression is proposed. 30 refs., 8 figs., 7 tabs.

  2. Coal liquefaction process streams characterization and evaluation

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    Ibrahim, M.M.; Seehra, M.S. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-10-01

    This study demonstrated the feasibility of using temperature-programmed electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for the examination of tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble distillation resid materials derived from direct coal liquefaction. TGA is used to quantitate volatile losses in a temperature-programmed experiment. The TGA data are used to correct the free radical densities obtained by ESR as volatile material is evolved from the samples in the temperature-programmed ESR experiment. The techniques, when employed in tandem, can be used to determine the content and nature of the free radicals in the samples at temperatures approximating those used in the liquefaction process. TGA and ESR experiments were performed in flowing nitrogen and hydrogen, at ambient pressure. No significant difference was observed in the ESR spectra in the different atmospheres, except in the case of low-rank coal-derived resids. The TGA results, however, were systematically different; mass loss in an H[sub 2] atmosphere is consistently higher than that observed in an N[sub 2] atmosphere. It was shown that temperature-programmed ESR, which can pinpoint conditions at which the free radical content is the highest, has potential to be a guide for the appropriate choice of conditions for optimum resid upgrading. Further development of these combined analytical methods as process development tools appears justified based on these results.

  3. Coal liquefaction process streams characterization and evaluation. Characterization of coal liquefaction resids employing thermogravimetric analysis and electron spin resonance spectroscopy

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    Ibrahim, M.M.; Seehra, M.S.

    1992-10-01

    This study demonstrated the feasibility of using temperature-programmed electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for the examination of tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble distillation resid materials derived from direct coal liquefaction. TGA is used to quantitate volatile losses in a temperature-programmed experiment. The TGA data are used to correct the free radical densities obtained by ESR as volatile material is evolved from the samples in the temperature-programmed ESR experiment. The techniques, when employed in tandem, can be used to determine the content and nature of the free radicals in the samples at temperatures approximating those used in the liquefaction process. TGA and ESR experiments were performed in flowing nitrogen and hydrogen, at ambient pressure. No significant difference was observed in the ESR spectra in the different atmospheres, except in the case of low-rank coal-derived resids. The TGA results, however, were systematically different; mass loss in an H{sub 2} atmosphere is consistently higher than that observed in an N{sub 2} atmosphere. It was shown that temperature-programmed ESR, which can pinpoint conditions at which the free radical content is the highest, has potential to be a guide for the appropriate choice of conditions for optimum resid upgrading. Further development of these combined analytical methods as process development tools appears justified based on these results.

  4. A novel quantification method of pantaprazole sodium monohydrate in sesquihydrate by thermogravimetric analyzer.

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    Reddy, V Ranga; Rajmohan, M Anantha; Shilpa, R Laxmi; Raut, Dilip M; Naveenkumar, Kolla; Suryanarayana, M V; Mathad, Vijayavitthal T

    2007-04-11

    To demonstrate the applicability of thermogravimetric analyzer as a tool for the quantification of pantaprazole sodium monohydrate in sesquihydrate, studies have been conducted. Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA) crystallographic (PXRD) and spectroscopic techniques (FT-IR) were used for the characterization of the polymorphs. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) analysis was explored by high-resolution dynamic (Hi-Res-dynamic) and high-resolution modulated (Hi-Res-modulated) test procedures to quantify the hydrate polymorphic mixtures. The two polymorphic forms exhibited significant differences and good resolution in the second derivative thermogram generated by Hi-Res-modulated test procedure. Thus, the TGA with Hi-Res-modulated test procedure was considered for the quantification of monohydrate in sesquihydrate. The calibration plot was constructed from the known mixtures of two polymorphs by plotting the peak area of the second derivative thermogram against the weight percent of monohydrate. Using this novel approach, 1 wt% limit of detection (LOD) was achieved. The polymorphic purity results, obtained by TGA in Hi-Res-modulated test procedure were found to be in good agreement with the results predicted by FT-IR and was comparable with the actual values of the known polymorphic mixtures. The Hi-Res-modulated TGA technique is very simple and easy to perform the analysis.

  5. Measurement of volatile concentrations in volcanic glasses using thermogravimetric analysis: comparison with micro-analytical methods

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    Tuffen, H.; Owen, J.; Applegarth, L. J.

    2012-04-01

    Thermogravimetric analysis-mass spectrometry (TGA-MS) is potentially a powerful tool for measurement of multi-species volatile concentrations in volcanic rock samples and characterisation of degassing patterns that relate to volatile speciation. Simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) provides information on thermal transformations such as crystallisation or melting. However no study has addressed whether the TGA technique can be used to quantify water speciation or separate water from other volatile species such as halogens. We have carried out TGA-DSC-MS experiments on a suite of compositionally homogeneous, variably-degassed rhyolitic obsidian samples from Blahnukur, Torfajökull, Iceland[1]. Sample water contents, as measured by infra-red spectroscopy, range from 0.19-0.81 wt %; F and Cl concentrations, measured using electron microprobe, range from 0.26-0.35 and 0.18-0.22 wt % respectively. Other volatile species concentrations (e.g. CO2, S) were beneath detection limits. The TGA results show an excellent correlation between the total volatile content measured using TGA (TVCTGA) and the total volatile content (H2OT + F + Cl) measured by other techniques (TVCTGA = 0.992TVCFTIR,EPMA, with R2 = 0.94). This shows that both water and halogen species are degassed during TGA measurements, even though halogen species are not detected through MS analyses. Patterns of volatile release indicate a link between water speciation, as measured using FTIR, and the temperature of degassing, and allow identification of hydrated samples. There are strong correlations between TGA weight loss over the 250-550 ° C interval and [H2Om] concentration, and between weight loss >550 ° C and the -OH content. The total volatile loss above 550 ° C far exceeds -OH concentrations alone (TGA>550 = 1.9126 [-OH] + 0.1693), but closely matches the sum of -OH, F and Cl in glasses, with TGA>550= 1.02 [-OH+F+Cl]. This indicates that halogen release occurs at high temperatures and

  6. The Influence of Thermal Expansion and Mass Loss on the Young's Modulus of Ceramics During Firing

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    Štubňa, Igor; Trník, Anton; Podoba, Rudolf; Ondruška, Ján; Vozár, Libor

    2014-10-01

    During the heating stage of the firing of a ceramic material, the mass , length , and diameter of the sample alter their values depending on the temperature . Young's modulus measured by a sonic resonance method is also a function of the resonance frequency . Therefore, three thermal analyses (TGA, TDA, modulated force TMA) must be performed to obtain correct values of Young's modulus. The calculation of Young's modulus can be simplified if TGA and/or TDA are omitted. This necessarily leads to partly incorrect results. If TGA is not performed, we have and the relative difference reaches 7 % for and less than 2 % for . If TDA is not performed, we have and the relative difference ( is less than 0.6 % for . For the simplest case, we have and the relative difference ( is 7.5 % for and less than 2 % for.

  7. Studies on thermal properties of selected aprotic and protic ionic liquids

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    Luo, Huimin; Dai, Sheng; Huang, Jing-Fang

    2008-01-01

    We describe herein the thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) investigations of the thermal properties of selected room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). The dependence of the thermal properties on both cation and anion structures of RTILs was systematically studied. The ionic liquids (ILs) investigated here include 28 different imidazolium-based ILs, 22 ammonium-based ILs, and 16 amide-based ILs. In general, these three cation classes exhibit different thermal behaviors but follow a quite systematic trend as expected from the corresponding structural variation. The ILs with bromide as the conjugate anion have lower thermal stabilities than those with bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl) imide or bis(perfluoroethyl sulfonyl) imide as the conjugate anion. The mass of TGA samples and scan rate were found to have a systematic effect on the decomposition temperature of ILs, highlighting the caution needed in reporting TGA results.

  8. 45-Day safety screen results for Tank 241-BY-103, auger samples 95-AUG-012 and 95-AUG-013

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    Schreiber, R.D.

    1995-04-21

    Two auger samples from tank 241-BY-103 (BY-103) were received by the 222-S Laboratories and underwent safety screening analysis, consisting of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and total alpha activity. Analytical results for the TGA analyses for both samples were less than the safety screening notification limit. Since notification is made if the sample is analyzed at less than 17% water, notification was made on April 20, 1995. Although the sample results were below this limit, no secondary analyses were required or performed. Included in this report are the primary safety screening results obtained from the analyses and copies of all DSC and TGA raw data scans as requested per the TCP. Photographs of the auger samples were taken during extrusion and, although not included in this report, are available. Tank BY-103 is on the ferrocyanide Watch List.

  9. A thermogravimetric analysis of the combustion kinetics of karanja (Pongamia pinnata) fruit hulls char.

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    Islam, Md Azharul; Auta, M; Kabir, G; Hameed, B H

    2016-01-01

    The combustion characteristics of Karanj fruit hulls char (KFH-char) was investigated with thermogravimetry analysis (TGA). The TGA outlined the char combustion thermographs at a different heating rate and isoconversional methods expressed the combustion kinetics. The Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) and Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO) methods authenticated the char average activation energy at 62.13 and 68.53kJ/mol respectively, enough to derive the char to burnout. However, the Coats-Redfern method verified the char combustion via complex multi-step mechanism; the second stage mechanism has 135kJ/mol average activation energy. The TGA thermographs and kinetic parameters revealed the adequacy of the KFH-char as fuel substrate than its precursor, Karanj fruit hulls (KFH). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Thermogravimetry study of xylanase- and laccase/mediator-treated eucalyptus pulp fibres.

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    Barneto, Agustín G; Valls, Cristina; Ariza, José; Roncero, M Blanca

    2011-10-01

    Thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) was applied to study the effects of enzymatic bleaching of eucalyptus pulp with xylanase and a laccase-mediator system. The thermal degradation profile of the pulps was sensitive to the enzymatic treatments. Xylanase treatment produced an ordered and clean microfibril, whereas laccase oxidized surface cellulose chains and increased the amorphous (paracrystalline) cellulose content. In this case, pulp viscosity decreased from 972 to 859 mL/g and apparent pulp crystallinity calculated from TGA data decreased almost 50%. Alkaline extraction was necessary to recover pulp crystallinity and to remove oxidized lignin in the laccase-treated samples. TGA data allowed differentiating and quantifying crystalline and amorphous cellulose. This thermogravimetric approach is a simple method in order to monitor superficial changes in cellulosic microfibrils. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Thermal stability of the oxygen ion conductor BICUVOX.10 in different gaseous atmospheres

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    Breiter, M.W.; Reiselhuber, K.; Dorner, G.

    1995-12-31

    A study of the thermal stability of the oxygen ion conductor BICUVOX.10 was carried out on small pieces of the polycrystalline material by combined TGA and DTA measurements in air, nitrogen, oxygen and helium. The TGA measurements demonstrated that the weight change was less than 0.1% in the different gases. The DTA curves were practically the same. There is evidence for the occurrence of a phase change. TGA curves were also taken on BICUVOX.10, the parent compound Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2}O{sub 11} and the oxides CuO, B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, V{sub 2}O{sub 5} under hydrogen. The comparison of the reduction curves shows that BICUVOX.10 is stable up to about 550 C with respect to a direct reduction by molecular hydrogen.

  12. Thermal, vibrational, and dielectric studies on PVP/LiBF4+ionic liquid [EMIM][BF4]-based polymer electrolyte films

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    Saroj, A. L.; Singh, R. K.; Chandra, S.

    2014-07-01

    Free-standing polymer electrolyte membranes based on poly(vinyl) pyrrolidone (PVP)/salt(LiBF4) having different amounts of ionic liquid (IL) [EMIM][BF4] were prepared and characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopic techniques. The DSC results show a shift in Tm of PVP with salt/or IL content. TGA and DTGA (first derivative of TGA) results give evidence of the presence of uncomplexed PVP, PVP/salt, and PVP/IL complexes. Signatures of these entities are also present in the dielectric spectra. Complexation of PVP with salt and IL has been confirmed by FT-IR analysis. Electrical conductivity as a function of temperature has been studied for PVP/LiBF4/IL [EMIM][BF4]. Role of IL in changing phase transition, conductivity, and dielectric relaxation frequency has been discussed.

  13. Tank 241-SY-103 auger samples, risers 7A, 14B and 22A

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    Bell, K.E.

    1994-12-12

    Preliminary differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) data were reported in a letter from K.L. Kocher, WHC, to G.D. Johnson; et. al, WHC, ``40 Day Deliverable for Tank 241-SY-103``, dated July 14, 1994. This report is the final report for the Sy-1-3 auger sample characterization effort; some of the data reported earlier may have changed. A copy of the hot cell work plan, chain of custody forms, extruded segment description sheets, and photographs of the extruded augers were also included in the cited letter. The final DSC, TGA, total organic carbon (TOC), and total inorganic carbon (TIC) data, and the DSC and TGA scans and analytical cards, are reported here.

  14. Using the thermal Gaussian approximation approximation for theBoltzmann Operator in Semiclassical Initial Value Time CorrelationFunctions

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    Liu, Jian; Miller, William H.

    2006-09-06

    The thermal Gaussian approximation (TGA) recently developed by Mandelshtam et al has been demonstrated to be a practical way for approximating the Boltzmann operator exp(-{beta}H) for multidimensional systems. In this paper the TGA is combined with semiclassical (SC) initial value representations (IVRs) for thermal time correlation functions. Specifically, it is used with the linearized SC-IVR (LSC-IVR, equivalent to the classical Wigner model), and the 'forward-backward semiclassical dynamics' (FBSD) approximation developed by Makri et al. Use of the TGA with both of these approximate SC-IVRs allows the oscillatory part of the IVR to be integrated out explicitly, providing an extremely simple result that is readily applicable to large molecular systems. Calculation of the force-force autocorrelation for a strongly anharmonic oscillator demonstrates its accuracy, and of the velocity autocorrelation function (and thus the diffusion coefficient) of liquid neon demonstrates its applicability.

  15. Ion Doped Quantum Well Lasers

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    1993-04-01

    5 3 TGA analysis of {N[Si(CH3)312)3Er ................................. 5 4 Spectroscopic analysis of {N[Si(CH3)3]2)3Er...40o 56o 6oo TEMPERATURE (-C) Figure 3 TGA analysis of Er{NISi(CH3)3J]J 3 . CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION As the objective of this work is to dope A1GaAs...laO0 23633 47.870C 99.37% 1,14.84*C s00, • 95.212 173.75C 90.622 EI 800.77C 20- 60- 2o256. tC 0 i9o 360 460 560 600 TEMPERATURE (’C) Figure 3 TGA

  16. Lesson of the month 2: Transient reversible amnesia in multiple sclerosis.

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    Shanmugarajah, Priya Devi; Alty, Jane; Lily, Oliver; Ford, Helen L

    2017-02-01

    Transient amnestic syndromes are fascinating clinical entities and there are several subtypes. Transient global amnesia (TGA) is characterised by sudden onset of anterograde amnesia with repetitive questioning, lasting less than 24 hours. The pathophysiology of TGA involves the medial temporal lobes and hippocampi. Episodes of TGA are thought to involve venous congestion with Valsalva-like activities, vascular or migrainous mechanisms. In contrast, transient epileptic amnesia manifests as brief and frequent episodes of amnesia due to seizure activity in the temporal lobes. Transient memory disturbances can also be caused by transient ischaemic attack. We describe the first reported case of transient reversible amnesia directly attributable to acute demyelination. This case reminds us that multiple sclerosis relapses may present with acute cognitive impairment rather than the more classical physical symptoms. This is an important learning point in terms of appropriate management and eligibility for disease-modifying drugs. © Royal College of Physicians 2017. All rights reserved.

  17. Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome Presenting with Transient Global Amnesia

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    Isahaya, Kenji; Shinohara, Kensuke; Akamatu, Masashi; Shimizu, Takahiro; Sakurai, Kenzo; Shiraishi, Makoto; Akiyama, Hisanao; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro

    2017-01-01

    A 65-year-old man who had been diagnosed with transient global amnesia (TGA) 15 years previously was admitted to hospital with complaints of amnesia and headache. His symptoms improved on day-2. The initial brain MRI and electroencephalography findings were normal. He was diagnosed with a recurrence of TGA and discharged. However, he returned with right leg weakness and complained of a thunderclap headache. MRI demonstrated subarachnoid hemorrhage and multifocal segmental narrowing of the left posterior cerebral artery (PCA) and large intracranial arteries, and he was diagnosed with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS). He was discharged on day-30 without any neurological deficits. This case suggested that TGA should be interpreted as one of the symptoms of RCVS or a prodromal symptom of RCVS. PMID:28626186

  18. Modeling of the devolatilization kinetics during pyrolysis of grape residues.

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    Fiori, Luca; Valbusa, Michele; Lorenzi, Denis; Fambri, Luca

    2012-01-01

    Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) was performed on grape seeds, skins, stalks, marc, vine-branches, grape seed oil and grape seeds depleted of their oil. The TGA data was modeled through Gaussian, logistic and Miura-Maki distributed activation energy models (DAEMs) and a simpler two-parameter model. All DAEMs allowed an accurate prediction of the TGA data; however, the Miura-Maki model could not account for the complete range of conversion for some substrates, while the Gaussian and logistic DAEMs suffered from the interrelation between the pre-exponential factor k0 and the mean activation energy E0--an obstacle that can be overcome by fixing the value of k0 a priori. The results confirmed the capabilities of DAEMs but also highlighted some drawbacks in their application to certain thermodegradation experimental data.

  19. Transient global amnesia and its aeromedical implications.

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    Jagathesan, Tania; O'Brien, Michael D

    2012-06-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is an episode of severe anterograde amnesia of sudden onset, characteristically lasting 4 to 6 h. Patients become disorientated in time and place, but not in person. Automated motor tasks are preserved; however, the retention of new information is impaired, with clear implications to a pilot's fitness to fly. This study examines the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) experience of pilots with TGA and compares it to the medical literature. The UK CAA medical records database was searched for subjects who had reported a history of TGA between the years 1990 and 2010. Subject age and gender, the frequency and duration of episodes, the follow-up period, precipitants, and associated features were recorded. A literature search for papers with similar information was undertaken. The UK CAA database showed 29 subjects who had held a UK CAA medical certificate with a history of TGA. There were 28 male individuals and 1 female. The mean age was 59 yr. The mean follow-up period was 3.4 yr. The average duration of an episode was 2.8 h. Activity, stress, or exposure to cold water were reported as possible precipitants by 16 subjects (55%). There were 6 subjects (21%) who had a history of migraine and 10 (34%) who had a history of hypertension. From the literature, 10 papers were reviewed and compared to our study group. The aeromedical implications of TGA, including its etiology, associations, misdiagnosis, and recurrence risk are considered. A policy for the certification of pilots following TGA is proposed.

  20. Detecting the Hormonal Pathways in Oilseed Rape behind Induced Systemic Resistance by Trichoderma harzianum TH12 to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.

    PubMed

    Alkooranee, Jawadayn Talib; Aledan, Tamarah Raad; Ali, Ali Kadhim; Lu, Guangyuan; Zhang, Xuekun; Wu, Jiangsheng; Fu, Chunhua; Li, Maoteng

    2017-01-01

    Plants have the ability to resist pathogen attack after infection or treatment with biotic and abiotic elicitors. In oilseed rape plant Brassica napus AACC and in the artificially synthesized Raphanus alboglabra RRCC, the root-colonizing Trichoderma harzianum TH12 fungus triggers induced systemic resistance (ISR), and its culture filtrate (CF) triggers a systemic acquired resistance (SAR) response against infection by the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid/ethylene (JA/ET) are plant hormone signals that play important roles in the regulation of ISR and SAR. In this study, at six different time points (1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 days post-infection [dpi]), six resistance genes were used as markers of signaling pathways: JA/ET signaling used AOC3, PDF1.2 and ERF2 genes, while PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 genes were used as markers of SA signaling. The results of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) showed that AOC3, PDF1.2 and ERF2 expression levels in infected leaves of AACC and RRCC increase at 1 and 2 dpi with S. sclerotiorum or inoculation with TH12. PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 expression levels increased at 8 and 10 dpi in infected leaves. PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 expression levels increased early in plants treated with CF in both of the healthy genotypes. Furthermore, induction of SA- and JA/ET-dependent defense decreased disease symptoms in infected leaves at different times. The results suggest that the RRCC genotype exhibits resistance to disease and that the ability of TH12 and its CF to induce systemic resistance in susceptible and resistant oilseed rape genotypes exists. In addition, the results indicate for the first time that in RRCC the SA signaling pathway is involved in resistance to necrotrophic pathogens.

  1. SU-D-9A-02: Relative Effects of Threshold Choice and Spatial Resolution Modeling On SUV and Volume Quantification in F18-FDG PET Imaging of Anal Cancer Patients

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    Zhao, F; Bowsher, J; Palta, M; Czito, B; Willett, C; Yin, F

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: PET imaging with F18-FDG is utilized for treatment planning, treatment assessment, and prognosis. A region of interest (ROI) encompassing the tumor may be determined on the PET image, often by a threshold T on the PET standard uptake values (SUVs). Several studies have shown prognostic value for relevant ROI properties including maximum SUV value (SUVmax), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total glycolytic activity (TGA). The choice of threshold T may affect mean SUV value (SUVmean), MTV, and TGA. Recently spatial resolution modeling (SRM) has been introduced on many PET systems. SRM may also affect these ROI properties. The purpose of this work is to investigate the relative influence of SRM and threshold choice T on SUVmean, MTV, TGA, and SUVmax. Methods: For 9 anal cancer patients, 18F-FDG PET scans were performed prior to treatment. PET images were reconstructed by 2 iterations of Ordered Subsets Expectation Maximization (OSEM), with and without SRM. ROI contours were generated by 5 different SUV threshold values T: 2.5, 3.0, 30%, 40%, and 50% of SUVmax. Paired-samples t tests were used to compare SUVmean, MTV, and TGA (a) for SRM on versus off and (b) between each pair of threshold values T. SUVmax was also compared for SRM on versus off. Results: For almost all (57/60) comparisons of 2 different threshold values, SUVmean, MTV, and TGA showed statistically significant variation. For comparison of SRM on versus off, there were no statistically significant changes in SUVmax and TGA, but there were statistically significant changes in MTV for T=2.5 and T=3.0 and in SUVmean for all T. Conclusion: The near-universal statistical significance of threshold choice T suggests that, regarding harmonization across sites, threshold choice may be a greater concern than choice of SRM. However, broader study is warranted, e.g. other iterations of OSEM should be considered.

  2. Increased angiotensin II contraction of the uterine artery at early gestation in a transgenic model of hypertensive pregnancy is reduced by inhibition of endocannabinoid hydrolysis.

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    Pulgar, Victor M; Yamaleyeva, Liliya M; Varagic, Jasmina; McGee, Carolynne M; Bader, Michael; Dechend, Ralf; Howlett, Allyn C; Brosnihan, K Bridget

    2014-09-01

    Increased vascular sensitivity to angiotensin II (Ang II) is a marker of a hypertensive human pregnancy. Recent evidence of interactions between the renin-angiotensin system and the endocannabinoid system suggests that anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol may modulate Ang II contraction. We hypothesized that these interactions may contribute to the enhanced vascular responses in hypertensive pregnancy. We studied Ang II contraction in isolated uterine artery (UA) at early gestation in a rat model that mimics many features of preeclampsia, the transgenic human angiotensinogen×human renin (TgA), and control Sprague-Dawley rats. We determined the role of the cannabinoid receptor 1 by blockade with SR171416A, and the contribution of anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol degradation to Ang II contraction by inhibiting their hydrolyzing enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (with URB597) or monoacylglycerol lipase (with JZL184), respectively. TgA UA showed increased maximal contraction and sensitivity to Ang II that was inhibited by indomethacin. Fatty acid amide hydrolase blockade decreased Ang IIMAX in Sprague-Dawley UA, and decreased both Ang IIMAX and sensitivity in TgA UA. Monoacylglycerol lipase blockade had no effect on Sprague-Dawley UA and decreased Ang IIMAX and sensitivity in TgA UA. Blockade of the cannabinoid receptor 1 in TgA UA had no effect. Immunolocalization of fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol lipase showed a similar pattern between groups; fatty acid amide hydrolase predominantly localized in endothelium and monoacylglycerol lipase in smooth muscle cells. We demonstrated an increased Ang II contraction in TgA UA before initiation of the hypertensive phenotype. Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol reduced Ang II contraction in a cannabinoid receptor 1-independent manner. These renin-angiotensin system-endocannabinoid system interactions may contribute to the enhanced vascular reactivity in early stages of hypertensive pregnancy.

  3. The role of antisense long noncoding RNA in small RNA-triggered gene activation

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    Zhang, Xizhe; Li, Haitang; Rossi, John J.

    2014-01-01

    Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to regulate neighboring protein-coding genes by directing chromatin remodeling complexes, imprinting, and X-chromosome inactivation. In this study, we explore the function of lncRNAs in small RNA-triggered transcriptional gene activation (TGA), a process in which microRNAs (miRNAs) or small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) associated with Argonaute (Ago) proteins induce chromatin remodeling and gene activation at promoters with sequence complementarity. We designed a model system with different lncRNA and chromatin environments to elucidate the molecular mechanisms required for mammalian TGA. Using RNA-fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE)-PCR, we demonstrated that small RNA-triggered TGA occurs at sites where antisense lncRNAs are transcribed through the reporter gene and promoter. Small RNA-induced TGA coincided with the enrichment of Ago2 at the promoter region, but Ago2-mediated cleavage of antisense lncRNAs was not observed. Moreover, we examined the allele-specific effects of lncRNAs through a Cre-induced inversion of a poly(A) sequence that was designed to block the transcription of antisense lncRNAs through the reporter gene region in an inducible and reversible manner. Termination of nascent antisense lncRNAs abrogated gene activation triggered by small RNAs, and only allele-specific cis-acting antisense lncRNAs, but not trans-acting lncRNAs, were capable of rescuing TGA. Hence, this model revealed that antisense lncRNAs can mediate TGA in cis and not in trans, serving as a molecular scaffold for a small RNA–Ago2 complex and chromatin remodeling. PMID:25344398

  4. Peripheral Endothelial Function After Arterial Switch Operation for D-looped Transposition of the Great Arteries.

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    Sun, Heather Y; Stauffer, Katie Jo; Nourse, Susan E; Vu, Chau; Selamet Tierney, Elif Seda

    2017-03-27

    Coronary artery re-implantation during arterial switch operation in patients with D-looped transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) can alter coronary arterial flow and increase shear stress, leading to local endothelial dysfunction, although prior studies have conflicting results. Endothelial pulse amplitude testing can predict coronary endothelial dysfunction by peripheral arterial testing. This study tested if, compared to healthy controls, patients with D-TGA after arterial switch operation had peripheral endothelial dysfunction. Patient inclusion criteria were (1) D-TGA after neonatal arterial switch operation; (2) age 9-29 years; (3) absence of known cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, vascular disease, recurrent vasovagal syncope, and coronary artery disease; and (4) ability to comply with overnight fasting. Exclusion criteria included (1) body mass index ≥85th percentile, (2) use of medications affecting vascular tone, or (3) acute illness. We assessed endothelial function by endothelial pulse amplitude testing and compared the results to our previously published data in healthy controls (n = 57). We tested 20 D-TGA patients (16.4 ± 4.8 years old) who have undergone arterial switch operation at a median age of 5 days (0-61 days). Endothelial pulse amplitude testing indices were similar between patients with D-TGA and controls (1.78 ± 0.61 vs. 1.73 ± 0.54, p = 0.73).In our study population of children and young adults, there was no evidence of peripheral endothelial dysfunction in patients with D-TGA who have undergone arterial switch operation. Our results support the theory that coronary arterial wall thickening and abnormal vasodilation reported in these patients is a localized phenomenon and not reflective of overall atherosclerotic burden.

  5. Mechanisms of the in vivo inhibition of calcification of bioprosthetic porcine aortic valve cusps and aortic wall with triglycidylamine/mercapto bisphosphonate.

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    Rapoport, H Scott; Connolly, Jeanne M; Fulmer, James; Dai, Ning; Murti, Brandon H; Gorman, Robert C; Gorman, Joseph H; Alferiev, Ivan; Levy, Robert J

    2007-02-01

    Heart valve replacements fabricated from glutaraldehyde (Glut)-crosslinked heterograft materials, porcine aortic valves or bovine pericardium, have been widely used in cardiac surgery to treat heart valve disease. However, these bioprosthetic heart valves often fail in long-term clinical implants due to pathologic calcification of the bioprosthetic leaflets, and for stentless porcine aortic valve bioprostheses, bioprosthetic aortic wall calcification also typically occurs. Previous use of the epoxide-based crosslinker, triglycidyl amine (TGA), on cardiac bioprosthetic valve materials demonstrated superior biocompatibility, mechanics, and calcification resistance for porcine aortic valve cusps (but not porcine aortic wall) and bovine pericardium, vs. Glut-prepared controls. However, TGA preparation did not completely prevent long-term calcification of cusps or pericardium. Herein we report further mechanistic investigations of an added therapeutic component to this system, 2-mercaptoethylidene-1,1-bisphosphonic acid (MABP), a custom synthesized thiol bisphosphonate, which has previously been shown in a preliminary report to prevent bioprosthetic heterograft biomaterial calcification when used in combination with initial TGA crosslinking for 7 days. In the present studies, we have further investigated the effectiveness of MABP in experiments that examined: (1) The use of MABP after optimal TGA crosslinking, in order to avoid any competitive interference of MABP-reactions with TGA during crosslinking; (2) Furthermore, recognizing the importance of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in the formation of dystrophic calcific nodules, we have investigated the hypothesis that the mechanism by which MABP primarily functions is through the reduction of ALP activity. Results from cell-free model systems, cell culture studies, and rat subcutaneous implants, show that materials functionalized with MABP after TGA crosslinking have reduced ALP activity, and in vivo have no significant

  6. Detecting the Hormonal Pathways in Oilseed Rape behind Induced Systemic Resistance by Trichoderma harzianum TH12 to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

    PubMed Central

    Alkooranee, Jawadayn Talib; Aledan, Tamarah Raad; Ali, Ali Kadhim; Lu, Guangyuan; Zhang, Xuekun; Wu, Jiangsheng; Fu, Chunhua

    2017-01-01

    Plants have the ability to resist pathogen attack after infection or treatment with biotic and abiotic elicitors. In oilseed rape plant Brassica napus AACC and in the artificially synthesized Raphanus alboglabra RRCC, the root-colonizing Trichoderma harzianum TH12 fungus triggers induced systemic resistance (ISR), and its culture filtrate (CF) triggers a systemic acquired resistance (SAR) response against infection by the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid/ethylene (JA/ET) are plant hormone signals that play important roles in the regulation of ISR and SAR. In this study, at six different time points (1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 days post-infection [dpi]), six resistance genes were used as markers of signaling pathways: JA/ET signaling used AOC3, PDF1.2 and ERF2 genes, while PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 genes were used as markers of SA signaling. The results of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) showed that AOC3, PDF1.2 and ERF2 expression levels in infected leaves of AACC and RRCC increase at 1 and 2 dpi with S. sclerotiorum or inoculation with TH12. PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 expression levels increased at 8 and 10 dpi in infected leaves. PR-1, TGA5 and TGA6 expression levels increased early in plants treated with CF in both of the healthy genotypes. Furthermore, induction of SA- and JA/ET-dependent defense decreased disease symptoms in infected leaves at different times. The results suggest that the RRCC genotype exhibits resistance to disease and that the ability of TH12 and its CF to induce systemic resistance in susceptible and resistant oilseed rape genotypes exists. In addition, the results indicate for the first time that in RRCC the SA signaling pathway is involved in resistance to necrotrophic pathogens. PMID:28045929

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

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

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

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

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

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

  9. Percutaneous right ventricular support during catheter ablation of intra-atrial reentrant tachycardia in an adult with a mustard baffle--a novel use of the Impella device.

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    Fishberger, Steven B; Asnes, Jeremy D; Rollinson, Nancy L; Cleman, Michael W

    2010-10-01

    Late sequelea following a Mustard operation for transposition of the great arteries (TGA) include atrial arrhythmias and dysfunction of the systemic right ventricle. Catheter mapping and ablation of atrial tachycardia in the setting of significant right ventricular dysfunction may result in hemodynamic compromise. We report the novel use of the Impella percutaneous microaxial flow pump to support cardiac output in an adult patient with a Mustard operation for TGA who experienced a cardiac arrest during a prior ablation attempt. The Impella device was placed via a retrograde approach across the aortic valve into the right ventricle providing hemodynamic stability for successful mapping and ablation of intra-atrial reentrant tachycardia.

  10. Preparation and characterization of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanofibers synthesized by electrospinning

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    Barzegar, Farshad; Bello, Abdulhakeem; Fabiane, Mopeli; Khamlich, Saleh; Momodu, Damilola; Taghizadeh, Fatemeh; Dangbegnon, Julien; Manyala, Ncholu

    2015-02-01

    We report on the synthesis and characterization of electrospun polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/graphene nanofibers. The samples produced were characterized by Raman spectroscopy for structural and defect density analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphological analysis, and thermogravimetric (TGA) for thermal analysis. SEM measurements show uniform hollow PVA fibers formation and excellent graphene dispersion within the fibers, while TGA measurements show the improved thermal stability of PVA in the presence of graphene. The synthesized polymer reinforced nanofibers have potential to serve in many different applications such as thermal management, supercapacitor electrodes and biomedical materials for drug delivery.

  11. Intumescent Reaction Mechanisms: An Analytic Model.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-05-01

    or amide (such as urea, melamine , dicyan- diamide, urea formaldehyde , etc.) is the release of nonflammable gases (CO2, E . etc.) that physically...mo)/dT Versus I/T (Polysulfide) 34 5-3 Fourier Series Representation of TGA Data for Polysulfide, DIP-30, EPON Resin , and Borax 40 5-4 Fourier Series...Representation of TGA Data for Part A, Part B, and Part A+B 41 5-S Fourier Series Representation of d(m/m )/dT for Polysul- fide, DIP-30, EPOI Resin

  12. Mössbauer studies of solid state decomposition of methyl methacrylate-ethyl methacrylate copolymers containing ferric chloride

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    Kapur, G. S.; Brar, A. S.

    1990-07-01

    Methyl methacrylate (MMA)-ethyl methacrylate (EMA) copolymers of different monomer concentrations containing anhydrous ferric chloride were prepared by bulk polymerization at 70°C. TGA studies showed that inclusion of iron salt increases the thermal stability of copolymers by 50°C. Mössbauer spectra of copolymers heated at different temperatures showed the presence of Fe3+ species only, in different environments. The mechanism of thermal stabilization of copolymer has been proposed on the basis of IR, TGA and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies.

  13. Functional changes in the uterine artery precede the hypertensive phenotype in a transgenic model of hypertensive pregnancy

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    Yamaleyeva, Liliya M.; Varagic, Jasmina; McGee, Carolynne; Bader, Michael; Dechend, Ralf; Brosnihan, K. Bridget

    2015-01-01

    The pregnant female human angiotensinogen (hAGN) transgenic rat mated with the male human renin (hREN) transgenic rat is a model of preeclampsia (TgA) with increased blood pressure, proteinuria, and placenta alterations of edema and necrosis at late gestation. We studied vascular responses and the role of COX-derived prostanoids in the uterine artery (UA) at early gestation in this model. TgA UA showed lower stretch response, similar smooth muscle α-actin content, and lower collagen content compared with Sprague-Dawley (SD) UA. Vasodilation to acetylcholine was similar in SD and TgA UA (64 ± 8 vs. 75 ± 6% of relaxation, P > 0.05), with an acetylcholine-induced contraction in TgA UA that was abolished by preincubation with indomethacin (78 ± 6 vs. 83 ± 11%, P > 0.05). No differences in the contraction to phenylephrine were observed (159 ± 11 vs. 134 ± 12 %KMAX, P > 0.05), although in TgA UA this response was greatly affected by preincubation with indomethacin (179 ± 16 vs. 134 ± 9 %KMAX, P < 0.05, pD2 5.92 ± 0.08 vs. 5.85 ± 0.03, P < 0.05). Endothelium-independent vasodilation was lower in TgA UA (92 ± 2 vs. 74 ± 5% preconstricted tone, P < 0.05), and preincubation with indomethacin restored the response to normal values (90 ± 3 vs. 84 ± 3%). Immunostaining showed similar signals for α-actin, COX-2, and eNOS between groups (P > 0.05). Plasma thromboxane levels were similar between groups. In summary, TgA UA displays functional alterations at early gestation before the preeclamptic phenotype is established. Inhibition of COX enzymes normalizes some of the functional defects in the TgA UA. An increased role for COX-derived prostanoids in this model of preeclampsia may contribute to the development of a hypertensive pregnancy. PMID:26394667

  14. 45-day safety screen results and final report for tank 241-C-202, auger samples 95-Aug-026 and 95-Aug-027

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    Baldwin, J.H.

    1995-06-19

    Two auger samples from tank 241-C-202 (C-202) were received at the 222-S Laboratories and underwent safety screening analysis, consisting of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and total alpha activity. Two samples were submitted for energetics determination by DSC. Within the triplicate analyses of each sample, one of the results for energetics exceeded the notification limit. The sample and duplicate analyses for both augers exceeded the notification limit for TGA. As required by the Tank Characterization Plan, the appropriate notifications were made within 24 hours of official confirmation that the limits were violated.

  15. Teaching Instrumentation Concepts by the Examination of Thermal Properties of Elastomers

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    Vierheller, Timothy

    2012-04-01

    Fundamental instrumentation concepts were taught using two important thermal techniques in characterizing elastomeric materials: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA). Instrumentation concepts included the following: calibration, resolution, accuracy, and precision. Basic thermal properties (such as specific heat capacity, glass transition temperature, melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and decomposition temperature) of elastomeric materials were reviewed, as was how DSC and TGA measure these properties. Using this background, instrumentation concepts were examined using collected data and related statistical information. Materials examined included polyethylene, nitrile rubber, and a natural rubber-butadiene blend.

  16. Generation of drugs coated iron nanoparticles through high energy ball milling

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    Radhika Devi, A.; Murty, B. S.; Chelvane, J. A.; Prabhakar, P. K.; Padma Priya, P. V.; Doble, Mukesh

    2014-03-28

    The iron nanoparticles coated with oleic acid and drugs such as folic acid/Amoxicillin were synthesized by high energy ball milling and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscope, zeta potential, dynamic light scattering, Fourier Transform Infra red (FT-IR) measurements, and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). FT-IR and TGA measurements show good adsorption of drugs on oleic acid coated nanoparticles. Magnetic measurements indicate that saturation magnetization is larger for amoxicillin coated particles compared to folic acid coated particles. The biocompatibility of the magnetic nanoparticles prepared was evaluated by in vitro cytotoxicity assay using L929 cells as model cells.

  17. Generation of drugs coated iron nanoparticles through high energy ball milling

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    Radhika Devi, A.; Chelvane, J. A.; Prabhakar, P. K.; Padma Priya, P. V.; Doble, Mukesh; Murty, B. S.

    2014-03-01

    The iron nanoparticles coated with oleic acid and drugs such as folic acid/Amoxicillin were synthesized by high energy ball milling and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscope, zeta potential, dynamic light scattering, Fourier Transform Infra red (FT-IR) measurements, and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). FT-IR and TGA measurements show good adsorption of drugs on oleic acid coated nanoparticles. Magnetic measurements indicate that saturation magnetization is larger for amoxicillin coated particles compared to folic acid coated particles. The biocompatibility of the magnetic nanoparticles prepared was evaluated by in vitro cytotoxicity assay using L929 cells as model cells.

  18. Room Temperature Magnetic Behavior In Nanocrystalline Ni-Doped Zro2 By Microwave-Assisted Polyol Synthesis

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    Parimita Rath, Pragyan; Parhi, Pankaj Kumar; Ranjan Panda, Sirish; Priyadarshini, Barsharani; Ranjan Sahoo, Tapas

    2017-08-01

    This article, deals with a microwave-assisted polyol method to demonstrate a low temperature route < 250°C, to prepare a high temperature cubic zirconia phase. Powder XRD pattern shows broad diffraction peaks suggesting nanometric size of the particles. Magnetic behavior of 1-5 at% Ni doped samples show a threshold for substitutional induced room temperature ferromagnetism up to 3 at% of Ni. TGA data reveals that Ni-doped ZrO2 polyol precursors decompose exothermically below 300°C. IR data confirms the reduction of Zr(OH)4 precipitates to ZrO2, in agreement with the conclusions drawn from the TGA analysis.

  19. Investigation of structural and magnetic properties of Ba0.3Gd0.7Co0.7Fe11.3O19 hexaferrite

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Mohammed, J.; Kaur, Rajneet; Trudel, T. T. Carol; Srivastava, A. K.

    2017-07-01

    In the present investigation, M-type barium hexaferrite substituted with Gd-Co has been synthesized using modified Pechini sol gel auto combustion method. The effect of calcination temperature and dopant concentration has been studied using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). FTIR and XRD studies confirmed the formation of hexagonal structure with average grain size ranging from 22 nm to 35 nm. TGA analysis reveals that formation of hexaferrite takes place at 700°C. The values of saturation magnetization, coercivity, retentivity and anisotropy constants have been calculated at room temperature using M-H curve.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  1. Kinetic Study on Pyrolysis of Oil Palm Frond

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    Soon, V. S. Y.; Chin, B. L. F.; Lim, A. C. R.

    2016-03-01

    The pyrolysis of oil palm frond is studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) equipment. The present study investigates the thermal degradation behaviour and determination of the kinetic parameters such as the activation energy (EA ) and pre-exponential factor (A) values of oil palm frond under pyrolysis condition. The kinetic data is produced based on first order rate of reaction. In this study, the experiments are conducted at different heating rates of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 K/min in the temperature range of 323-1173 K under non-isothermal condition. Argon gas is used as an inert gas to remove any entrapment of gases in the TGA equipment.

  2. [Emission of volatile sulfur gases from Chinese paddy soils].

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    Qiao, W; Yang, Z; Cao, J; Li, Z

    2001-09-01

    In the paper, emission of volatile sulfur gases from paddy soil was discussed in a growth period of paddy rice by constructing a field sampling system. The result showed that COS, CS2, DMS and DMDS were mainly emitted from paddy soil. The order of emission fluxes was 81.11, 6.33 and 10.71 mg.(m2.a)-1. Sulphur emission fluxes of Chinese paddy soil was 0.013662 Tg/a, and those of world paddy soil was 0.07992 Tg/a.

  3. Fabrication and Characterization of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube (MWCNT) and Ni-Coated Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube (Ni-MWCNT) Repair Patches for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Systems

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    Johnson, Brienne; Caraccio, Anne; Tate, LaNetra; Jackson, Dionne

    2011-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/epoxy and nickel-coated multi-walled carbon nanotube (Ni-MWCNT)/epoxy systems were fabricated into carbon fiber composite repair patches via vacuum resin infusion. Two 4 ply patches were manufactured with fiber orientations of [90/ 90/ 4590] and [0/90/ +45/ -45]. Prior to resin infusion, the MWCNT/Epoxy system and NiMWCNT/ epoxy systems were optimized for dispersion quality. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy (OM) were used to determine the presence ofcarbon nanotubes and assess dispersion quality. Decomposition temperatures were determined via thermogravametric analysis (TGA). SEM and TGA were also used to evaluate the composite repair patches.

  4. 45-Day deliverable for Tank 241-BX-105 Auger samples, risers 2 and 6

    SciTech Connect

    Bell, K.E.

    1994-11-16

    Two auger samples from single-shell tank 241-BX-105 (BX-105) were extruded, broken down, and analyzed for DSC, TGA, and total alpha as prescribed. Analytical results were tracked and reported using the laboratory information management system known as LabCore. This is the final report for the fiscal year 1995 BX-105 auger sample characterization effort. Included are copies of the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) scans as requested. Also included is a copy of any immediate notification documentation, chain of custody forms, the hot cell work plan, extruded segment [auger] description sheets, and total alpha data.

  5. Preparation, characterization and conductivity study of nitro-mercurated styrene butadiene rubber/silver doped zinc oxide nanocomposites

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    Anilkumar, T.; Naik, Adarsh Ajith; Ramesan, M. T.

    2017-06-01

    Here we report the preparation of nitromercurated styrene butadiene rubber (NMSBR)/silver doped zinc oxide nanocomposite by inexpensive and ecofriendly two roll mill mixing. The composites were characterized by UV, FTIR, XRD, SEM, TGA and conductivity measurements. UV and FTIR spectrum indicated the interfacial interaction between the polymer and nanoparticles.XRD and SEM images showed the uniform arrangement of nanoparticles within the macromolecular chain. TGA study indicated the better thermal resistance of the composite. The dielectric properties and AC conductivity ofnanocomposites were much greater than nitromercurated SBR and they may be used as multifunctional materials for nanoelectronic devices.

  6. The abundance and stability of “water” in type 1 and 2 carbonaceous chondrites (CI, CM and CR)

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    Garenne, A.; Beck, P.; Montes-Hernandez, G.; Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Quirico, E.; Bonal, L.; Schmitt, B.

    2014-07-01

    Carbonaceous chondrites record processes of aqueous alteration in the presence of hydrated and hydroxylated minerals, which could have provided a source of water in the inner solar system (Alexander et al., 2012, 2013). In this study, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was performed on 26 CM chondrites, which cover a range of degree of aqueous alteration from 2.0, such as Meteorite Hills (MET) 01070, to 2.6, such as Queen Alexandra Range (QUE) 97990, in order to quantify their water content. In addition, by measuring the release of volatile elements as a function of temperature, we obtained information on the mineralogy of water-bearing phases and provide indicators of aqueous alteration based on water released by phyllosilicates. These analyses are combined with infrared spectroscopy (IR) made on meteorite pellets heated up to 300 °C. The infrared features (-OH band at 3-μm and SiO4 around 10-μm) revealed a correlation with TGA. The two techniques are in agreement with the scheme of aqueous alteration proposed by Rubin et al. (2007) and Alexander et al. (2013) based on phyllosilicate abundance. The low temperature (200-400 °C) mass loss observed in TGA is attributed to Fe-oxy-hydroxydes (ferrihydrite, goethite). However, the proportion of these minerals formed by terrestrial alteration remains unknown. TGA also revealed two anomalous CM chondrites, Pecora Escarpment (PCA) 02012 and PCA 02010. Their TGA curves are significantly different from those of “regular” CMs with little mass loss, which can be related to the dehydration history of these meteorites in response to a heating event (Raman measurements also point toward a thermal event, Quirico et al., 2013). In the case of more mildly heated chondrites, such as with Wisconsin Range (WIS) 91600, the TGA curve presents similar mass loss to the other CMs. Seven bulk measurements of CR chondrites and 3 measurements of matrix-enriched parts of CR meteorites were also studied by TGA, and confirm the low

  7. Synthesis of Soluble Halogenated Polyphenylenes. Mechanism for the Coupling Halogenated Lithiobenzenes

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-11-22

    the halogen content in these polymers was lowered using larger amounts of tert- butyllithium. TGA analysis (N2 , 20C/rmin) of I1 showed a 10% weight...iodide for every three aryl rings. DSC analysis (N2 , 20°C/min) for 1 8 showed no transitions on either the first or second heating scans to 230"C. TGA ... analysis (N2. 20C/rmin) showed a 10% weight loss at 3220C and char yields of 46% at 900"C. Visual analysis of the charred material did indicate that

  8. Simple and efficient purification of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U.; Roth, S.

    2001-11-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) produced by arc-discharge and laser ablation were purified by selective oxidation in air at 350°C and subsequent HCl treatment at 120°C. Raw soot and purified samples were analyzed with X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), chemical analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optimized purification temperature of SWNTs in air, 350°C, has been determined from TGA curves. Repetition of the oxidation and acid treatment, larger than 95 wt.% purity of SWNTs has been obtained.

  9. Development, characterization and conductivity studies of chlorinated EPDM

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    Nihmath, A.; Ramesan, M. T.

    2014-10-01

    Halogenation of EPDM has been carried out by passing chlorine gas by a simple and inexpensive chemical method. Chlorinated EPDM was characterized by FTIR and UV spectroscopy, SEM, TGA, DSC and AC conductivity measurements. FTIR and UV spectra revealed the attachment of chlorine to double bond of EPDM. SEM images showed the coarsen morphology arising from polar nature of the resulting polymer. TGA and DSC analysis indicated that the chlorination on EPDM affected the basic decomposition pattern and glass transition temperature of synthesized polymer. Conductivity of halogenated polymer was significantly increased with increase in chlorine content and also with increase in frequency.

  10. Assessment, management and spatial distribution of ground water for irrigation in Rupnagar district of Punjab (India).

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    Minakshi; Mehra, Deepak; Sharma, P K; Tur, N S; Singh, Harpinder; Kang, G S

    2006-04-01

    Ground water samples for geo-referenced sites were collected and analyzed for various chemical constituents for assessing their quality for irrigation. These waters were categorized as good and marginal sodic based upon the values of EC and RSC. The ground water quality map of the area was prepared and digitized using GIS software and blockwise area under different categories was commuted, which indicates that Kharar block (46.7 percent of the TGA) has maximum area under marginally sodic water as compared to the Anandpur Sahib block with 8.5 percent of its TGA under marginally sodic waters.

  11. Dynamic Moisture Sorption and Desorption in Fumed Silica-filled Silicone Foam

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    Trautschold, Olivia Carol

    2016-09-02

    Characterizing dynamic moisture sorption and desorption in fumed silica-filled silicone foam is necessary for determining material compatibilities and life predictions, particularly in sealed environments that may be exposed to a range of environmental conditions. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) were performed on S5470 fumed silica-filled silicone foam to determine the weight percent of moisture at saturation. Additionally, TGA was used to determine the time, temperature, and relative humidity levels required for sorption and desorption of physisorbed moisture in S5470.

  12. Pulmonary Interstitial Glycogenosis: A Reversible Underlying Condition Associated With D-Transposition of the Great Arteries and Severe Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension.

    PubMed

    Sanchez-de-Toledo, Joan; González-Peris, Sebastià; Gran, Ferran; Gregoraci, Angela; Ferreres, Joan Carles; Ruiz, Cèsar W; Balcells, Joan; Abella, Raul F

    2015-07-01

    Transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum and persistent pulmonary hypertension (TGA-IVS PPHN) is a rare association with a poor prognosis. We report the case of a term newborn with TGA-IVS PPHN successfully managed with perioperative extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and aggressive pulmonary vasodilation therapy that underwent successful arterial switch procedure. A lung biopsy obtained during the surgical procedure showed pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis, a reversible condition. Concerns over left ventricle deconditioning after ECMO could be minimized with appropriate management and monitoring of the ductus arteriosus and appropriate timing of surgery.

  13. Acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR)/manganous tungstate (MnWO4) nanocomposites: Characterization, mechanical and electrical properties

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    Ramesan, M. T.; Abdu Raheem V., P.; Jayakrishnan, P.; Pradyumnan, P. P.

    2014-10-01

    Nanocomposites of NBR with manganous-tungstate nanoparticles were prepared through vulcanization process. The extent of interaction of nanoparticles with the polymer was studied by FTIR, SEM, XRD, TGA and AC conductivity. FTIR and XRD ascertain the interaction of NBR with MnWO4 nanoparticles. SEM analysis established that the nanopartilces were well dispersed in the macromolecular chain of NBR. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were studied as a function of filler loading. The nanocomposites exhibited enhanced thermal stability as seen in TGA. Conductivity and dielectric properties of nanocomposites increase with increase in concentration of MnWO4 nanoparticles (7phr) and thereafter the value decreases.

  14. Response of the devolatilization process to the lignin concenration in alfalfa stems

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    The devolatilization of alfalfa stems with variable lignin content and within a narrow band of biological lignin range was carried out using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). The samples were subjected to a full thermochemical conversion temperature range between ambient and 1100 degree C. The da...

  15. A major QTL and an SSR marker associated with glycoalkaloid content in potato tubers from Solanum tuberosum x S. sparsipilum located on chromosome I.

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    Sørensen, Kirsten Kørup; Kirk, Hanne Grethe; Olsson, Kerstin; Labouriau, Rodrigo; Christiansen, Jørgen

    2008-06-01

    New potato (Solanum tuberosum) varieties are required to contain low levels of the toxic glycoalkaloids and a potential approach to obtain this is through marker-assisted selection (MAS). Before applying MAS it is necessary to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for glycoalkaloid content in potato tubers and identify markers that link tightly to this trait. In this study, tubers of a dihaploid BC(1) population, originating from a cross between 90-HAF-01 (S. tuberosum(1)) and 90-HAG-15 (S. tuberosum(2) x S. sparsipilum), were evaluated for content of alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine (total glycoalkaloid, TGA) after field trials. In addition, tubers were assayed for TGA content after exposure to light. A detailed analysis of segregation patterns indicated that a major QTL is responsible for the TGA content in tubers of this potato population. One highly significant QTL was mapped to chromosome I of the HAG and the HAF parent. Quantitative trait loci for glycoalkaloid production in foliage of different Solanum species have previously been mapped to this chromosome. In the present research, QTLs for alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine content were mapped to the same location as for TGA content. Similar results were observed for tubers exposed to light. The simple sequence repeat marker STM5136 was closely linked to the identified QTL.

  16. Neuropsychological and Psychiatric Outcomes in Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries across the Lifespan: A State-of-the-Art Review.

    PubMed

    Kasmi, Leila; Bonnet, Damien; Montreuil, Michèle; Kalfa, David; Geronikola, Nikoletta; Bellinger, David C; Calderon, Johanna

    2017-01-01

    Advances in prenatal diagnosis, perioperative management, and postoperative care have dramatically increased the population of survivors of neonatal and infant heart surgery. The high survival rate of these patients into adulthood has exposed the alarming prevalence of long-term neuropsychological and psychiatric morbidities. Dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) is one of the most extensively studied cyanotic congenital heart defect (CHD) with regard to neurodevelopmental outcomes. Landmark studies have described a common neurodevelopmental and behavioral phenotype associated with d-TGA. Children with d-TGA display impairments in key neurocognitive areas, including visual-spatial and fine motor abilities, executive functioning, processing speed, and social cognition. As they grow older, they may face additional challenges with a worsening of deficits in higher order cognitive skills, problems in psychosocial adjustment and a higher-than-expected rate of psychiatric disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety. The aim of this review is to summarize the available recent data on neuropsychological and psychiatric outcomes in individuals with d-TGA after the arterial switch operation. We present findings within a life-span perspective, with a particular emphasis on the emerging literature on adolescent and young adult outcomes. Finally, we propose avenues for future research in the CHD adult neuropsychology field. Among these avenues, we explore the potential mechanisms by which pediatric neurodevelopmental impairments may have lifelong adverse effects as well as alternative interventions that could optimize outcomes.

  17. Novel Claycunbic to Eliminate Micropollutants and Vibrio fischeri from Water

    EPA Science Inventory

    Montmorillonite clay (K10) was used as a precursor for the synthesis of a catalytic adsorbent, Claycunbic (Bi/Cu-pillared K10), which was characterized by SEM (EDS), TEM, XRD, BET, TGA and XPS analysis. The catalytic adsorption of cationic dye methylene blue (MB), anionic dye met...

  18. The Senning procedure as part of the double-switch operations for congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries.

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    Barron, David J; Jones, Timothy J; Brawn, William J

    2011-01-01

    Anatomic correction of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) has brought about the renaissance of the atrial switch. The Senning procedure has become the most widely used variant because of the lower incidence of pathway obstruction, baffle leak, and significant late arrhythmias. It is for this reason the Senning is discussed in detail here. The technical steps of the Senning are both ingenious and unique amongst cardiac surgical procedures. They must be made as safe and reproducible as possible because the procedure is no longer commonly performed and trainee surgeons may have only very limited exposure to these types of operation. In addition to its infrequency, there are additional technical issues regarding the atrial switch in the setting of ccTGA, particularly in relation to associated malposition of the heart and the conduction system. Outcomes for the Senning procedure in ccTGA have been very good, with early complications being extremely rare. Obstruction to the superior vena cava pathway has been recorded in less than 3% of cases and can usually be managed by interventional catheterization. Late problems with atrial arrhythmias have not been widely reported, but this may reflect the relatively short follow-up for these patient cohorts compared with older series in d-TGA.

  19. Late follow-up after venous switch operation (Mustard procedure) for simple and complex transposition of the great arteries.

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    Myridakis, D J; Ehlers, K H; Engle, M A

    1994-11-15

    Most adolescents and young adults born with complete transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and alive today are survivors of the Mustard operation. This study reports on the serial, long-term (from 10 to > 20 years) follow-up of 85 patients who underwent this operation between 1971 and 1981. Of these, 63 had simple and 22 complex TGA. The age at surgery ranged from 2 days to 17 years. The early mortality rate was 10.5% and the late mortality 9.2%. The actuarial survival rate after 15 years was 86% for simple and 64% for complex TGA. Event-free survival after 15 years was 77% for simple and 46% for complex TGA. Yearly review of electrocardiograms and, less frequently, of Holter tracings disclosed a lower mean resting heart rate and decrease over time in sinus rhythm and an increase in active arrhythmias. Fifty-two percent had resting sinus rhythm and 17% had active arrhythmias at 16 to 20 years of follow-up. Exercise stress testing in 21 patients revealed resumption of sinus rhythm during exercise but significant diminution of endurance time and peak heart rate response. Seven of the survivors (9.2%) required reoperation. Of these, 4 had severe tricuspid regurgitation following patch closure of ventricular septal defect. This study shows gratifying long-term and event-free survival for the majority of patients who underwent surgery by this venous switch procedure.

  20. Effects of Thermally Induced Microcracking on the Quasi Static and Dynamic Response of Salem Limestone

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2017-06-30

    tzsch Jupiter Thermal Analyzer. Figure 3-6 shows the results of this test. Figure 3-6. TGA results. ERDC/GSL TR-17-15 25 Negligible changes in...heat treatment with a Netzch Jupiter Thermal Analyzer. Figure 3-7 shows the DSC results. Figure 3-7. DSC results. Negligible changes in heat

  1. Diagnostics for the Analysis of Surface Chemistry Effects on Composite Energetic Material Reactions

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-10-30

    integration time) and a NETZSCH STA 449 Jupiter that will allow for consistency and efficiency with its automatic 20 sample changer. (2) Together these...Purchase of the NETZSCH STA 449 Jupiter (DSC-TGA) to resolve reaction kinetics under equilibrium conditions. Images of this instrumentation are included in

  2. 32 CFR 231.5 - Procedures-domestic banks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... approximate number of DoD personnel at the installation, and other persons who may be authorized to use the... to the TGA. (vi) A list of organizational and nonappropriated fund accounts, the name and location of.... (vii) A written description and photographs of the space proposed for banking office use. (viii) A...

  3. 32 CFR 231.5 - Procedures-domestic banks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... approximate number of DoD personnel at the installation, and other persons who may be authorized to use the... to the TGA. (vi) A list of organizational and nonappropriated fund accounts, the name and location of.... (vii) A written description and photographs of the space proposed for banking office use. (viii) A...

  4. 32 CFR 231.6 - Procedures-overseas banks.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Department acquires banking services overseas for use by authorized persons and organizations from the... personnel at the installation and in the community and any other persons who may be authorized to use the... depository used to make official deposits for credit to the TGA. (E) A list of organizational and...

  5. Thermal, mechanical and morphological characterization of plasticized PLA-PHB blends

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    A blend of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) (75% by weight) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) (25% by weight) with a polyester plasticizer (Lapol 108) at two different concentrations (5 and 7% by weight per 100 parts of the blends) were investigated by TGA, DSC, XRD, SEM, mechanical testing and biodegradatio...

  6. Evaluation of Low Hazardous Air Pollutant Thermoset Adhesives for the Application of Rubber-to-Metal Bonding on Army Tank Pads and Road Wheels

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-09-01

    and Chemlok 6254-LH thinned with a 50/50 solvent blend of n-butyl propionate and Varnish Makers and Painters (VM&P) naphtha (low-HAP adhesive...data sheet TGA thermogravimetric analysis THF tetrahydrofuran VM&P Varnish Makers and Painters 38 VOC volatile organic compound wt

  7. The missing leak: a case report of a baffle-leak closure using real-time 3D transoesophageal guidance.

    PubMed

    Klein, Andrew J; Kim, Michael S; Salcedo, Ernesto; Fagan, Thomas; Kay, Joseph

    2009-05-01

    Brady-arrhythmias in patients undergone atrial switch procedures (Mustard or Senning procedure) for complete transposition of the great arteries (TGA) are common and often require implantation of permanent pacemakers. It has been shown that in patients with palliated congenital cardiac defects with residual intra-cardiac shunts, permanent pacemaker implantation is associated with an increased risk of thrombo-embolism. Patients with TGA and concomitant baffle leaks may have an even further increased thrombo-embolic risk, given that the leaks can provide the conduit for venous to systemic thrombo-embolism. In order to decrease this risk, all TGA patients who require pacemaker implantation typically undergo a thorough pre-procedural evaluation to assess for the presence of a baffle leak. Traditional imaging modalities, however, are often limited in their ability to detect and/or properly locate small baffle leaks. We report a case of a patient with TGA and a baffle leak that was both identified and percutaneously closed with the assistance of real-time 3D transoesophageal echocardiography.

  8. Near-infrared-emitting colloidal Ag2S quantum dots exhibiting upconversion luminescence

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    Zhang, Yanyan; Jiang, Danyu; Yang, Wei; Wang, Dandan; Zheng, Huiping; Du, Yuansheng; Li, Xi; Li, Qiang

    2017-02-01

    Ag2S quantum dots (QDs) coated with thioglycolic acid (Ag2S QDs-TGA) have been synthesized in an organic solvent via a stepwise addition of reagents. When excited by a 980 nm laser, the near-infrared-emitting colloidal Ag2S QDs-TGA exhibit upconversion luminescence (UCL). The observed photoluminescence (PL) was attributed to the presence of ligand-modified Ag2S on the QD surfaces. Hence, upon dilution of the solution, the PL intensity initially increased before subsequently decreasing, accompanied by a blue shift in the PL spectra. The PL phenomena can be attributed to the increase in the amount of ligand-modified Ag2S on the QD surfaces upon dilution, which in turn affected the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and re-emission of the surface energy level. The relations between the emission intensity of Ag2S QDs-TGA and the excitation power are investigated, and the results confirm that the UCL in Ag2S QDs-TGA can be ascribed to a two-photon-assisted absorption process via a real energy state.

  9. The Synthesis of Transition Metal Nitrides via Thermolysis of Metal-Ammine Complexes: Part 1. Chromium Nitride

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    Weil, K. Scott

    2008-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of chromium hexamine chloride in both helium and ammonia gas has been investigated by thermogravimmetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA and DTA) and intermediate reaction products have been examined via Fourier transform infared spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction in an effort to understand how ammonolyis of this nitride precursor takes place.

  10. Air pollution effects on food quality. Final progress report. CAES No. 555-80

    SciTech Connect

    Pell, E.J.

    1980-01-01

    The impact of ozone on the qualitative characteristics of potatoes, alfalfa and soybeans is discussed. The impact on yield, total solids, sugar status and tuber glycoalkaloid (TGA) content was measured. The effects of ozone on the leaves were also noted. Field trials were conducted as well as laboratory experiments. (DC)

  11. Variability of anti-human transglutaminase testing in celiac disease across Mediterranean countries

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    Smarrazzo, Andrea; Magazzù, Giuseppe; Ben-Hariz, Mongi; Legarda Tamara, Maria; Velmishi, Virtut; Roma, Elefhteria; Kansu, Aydan; Mičetić-Turk, Dušanka; Bravi, Enzo; Stellato, Pio; Arcidiaco, Carmela; Greco, Luigi

    2017-01-01

    AIM To verify the precision and accuracy of transglutaminase antibodies (TGA) assays across Mediterranean countries. METHODS This study involved 8 referral centres for celiac disease (CD) in 7 Mediterranean countries. A central laboratory prepared 8 kits of 7 blinded and randomized serum samples, with a titrated amount of Human TGA IgA. Each sample was analysed three times on three different days, with each centre running a total of 21 tests. The results were included in a blindly coded report form, which was sent to the coordinator centre. The coordinator estimated the mean coefficient of Variation (CoVar = σ/μ), the mean accuracy (Accur = Vobserved - Vreal) and the mean percent variation (Var% = [(Vobserved - Vreal)/Vreal] × 100). RESULTS The analysis showed that 79.17% of the mean variation fell between -25% and +25% of the expected value, with the accuracy and precision progressively increasing with higher titres of TGA. From values 1.25 times greater than the normal cut-off, the measurements were highly reliable. CONCLUSION TGA estimation is a crucial step for the diagnosis of CD; given its accuracy and precision, clinicians could be confident in establishing a diagnosis. PMID:28706427

  12. VERUCLAY – a new type of photo-adsorbent active in the visible light range: modification of montmorillonite surface with organic surfactant

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    Montmorillonite K10 was treated with VeruSOL-3, a biodegradable and food-grade surfactant mixture of coconut oil, castor oil and citrus extracts, to manufacture a benign catalytic adsorbent that is active in the visible light. Veruclay was characterized by SEM, XRD, TGA, UVDRS, a...

  13. Proximate Analysis of Coal

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    Donahue, Craig J.; Rais, Elizabeth A.

    2009-01-01

    This lab experiment illustrates the use of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) to perform proximate analysis on a series of coal samples of different rank. Peat and coke are also examined. A total of four exercises are described. These are dry exercises as students interpret previously recorded scans. The weight percent moisture, volatile matter,…

  14. Chemical method to enhance transungual transport and iontophoresis efficiency.

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    Hao, Jinsong; Smith, Kelly A; Li, S Kevin

    2008-06-05

    Transungual transport is hindered by the inherent small effective pore size of the nail even when it is fully hydrated. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of chemical enhancers thioglycolic acid (TGA), glycolic acid (GA), and urea (UR) on transungual transport and iontophoresis efficiency. In vitro passive and iontophoretic transport experiments of model permeants mannitol (MA), UR, and tetraethylammonium (TEA) ion across the fully hydrated, enhancer-treated and untreated human nail plates were performed in phosphate-buffered saline. The transport experiments consisted of several stages, alternating between passive and anodal iontophoretic transport at 0.1mA. Nail water uptake experiments were conducted to determine the water content of the enhancer-treated nails. The effects of the enhancers on transungual electroosmosis were also evaluated. Nails treated with GA and UR did not show any transport enhancement. Treatment with TGA at 0.5M enhanced passive and iontophoretic transungual transport of MA, UR, and TEA. Increasing the TGA concentration to 1.8M did not further increase TEA iontophoresis efficiency. The effect of TGA on the nail plates was irreversible. The present study shows the possibility of using a chemical enhancer to reduce transport hindrance in the nail plate and thus enhance passive and iontophoretic transungual transport.

  15. Novel Claycunbic to Eliminate Micropollutants and Vibrio fischeri from Water

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    Montmorillonite clay (K10) was used as a precursor for the synthesis of a catalytic adsorbent, Claycunbic (Bi/Cu-pillared K10), which was characterized by SEM (EDS), TEM, XRD, BET, TGA and XPS analysis. The catalytic adsorption of cationic dye methylene blue (MB), anionic dye met...

  16. Fuel Fracture (Crumbling) Safety Impacts (OCRWM)

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    DUNCAN, D.R.

    2000-01-24

    The safety impact of experimentally observed N Reactor fuel sample fracture and fragmentation is evaluated using an average reaction rate enhancement derived from data from thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) experiments on fuel samples. The enhanced reaction rates attributed to fragmentation were within the existing safety basis. Peer review comments for the Revision 0 version were incorporated.

  17. Characterization of blend hydrogels based on plasticized starch/cellulose acetate/carboxymethyl cellulose synthesized by electron beam irradiation

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    Senna, Magdy M.; Mostafa, Abo El-Khair B.; Mahdy, Sanna R.; El-Naggar, Abdel Wahab M.

    2016-11-01

    Blend hydrogels based on aqueous solutions of plasticized starch and different ratios of cellulose acetate (CA) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) were prepared by electron beam irradiation (EB). The blends before and after EB irradiation were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The physico-chemical properties of blend hydrogels prepared by electron beam irradiation were improved compared to unirradiated blends.

  18. Fuel Fracture (Crumbling) Safety Impact (OCRWM)

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    DUNCAN, D.R.

    1999-12-08

    The safety impact of experimentally observed N Reactor fuel sample fracture and fragmentation is evaluated using an average reaction rate enhancement derived from data from thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) experiments on fuel samples. The enhanced reaction rates attributed to fragmentation were within the existing safety basis.

  19. 78 FR 73460 - Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes

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    2013-12-06

    ...-400ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of turbine wheel bursts in the air driven pump (ADP) turbine gearbox assembly (TGA), which resulted in the release of high energy fragments... proposing this AD to prevent fragments from an uncontained turbine wheel burst penetrating the fuselage and...

  20. TREEGRAD: a grading program for eastern hardwoods

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    J.W. Stringer; D.W. Cremeans

    1991-01-01

    Assigning tree grades to eastern hardwoods is often a difficult task for neophyte graders. Recently several "dichotomous keys" have been developed for training graders in the USFS hardwood tree grading system. TREEGRAD uses the Tree Grading Algorithm (TGA) for determining grades from defect location data and is designed to be used as a teaching aid.

  1. Noninvasive Assessment of Vascular Function in Postoperative Cardiovascular Disease (Coarctation of the Aorta, Tetralogy of Fallot, and Transposition of the Great Arteries).

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    Mivelaz, Yvan; Leung, Mande T; Zadorsky, Mary Terri; De Souza, Astrid M; Potts, James E; Sandor, George G S

    2016-08-15

    Using noninvasive techniques, we sought to assess arterial stiffness, impedance, hydraulic power, and efficiency in children with postoperative tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), coarctation of the aorta (COA), and transposition of the great arteries (TGAs). Results were compared with those of healthy peers. Fifty-five children with repaired congenital heart disease (24 TOFs, 20 COAs, and 11 TGAs) were compared with 55 age-matched control subjects (CTRL). Echocardiographic Doppler imaging and carotid artery applanation tonometry were preformed to measure aortic flow, dimensions, and calculate pulse wave velocity, vascular impedance and arterial stiffness indexes, hydraulic power (mean and total), and hydraulic efficiency (HE) which were calculated using standard fluid dynamics equations. All congenital heart disease subgroups had higher pulse wave velocity than CTRL. Only the COA group had higher characteristic impedance. Mean power was higher in TGA than in CTRL and TOF, and total power was higher in TGA than in CTRL and TOF. Hydraulic efficiency was higher in TOF than in COA and TGA. In conclusion, children with TOF, COA, and TGA have stiffer aortas than CTRL. These changes may be related to intrinsic aortic abnormalities, altered integrity of the aorta due to surgical repair, and/or acquired postsurgery. These patients may be at increased long-term cardiovascular risk, and long-term follow-up is important for monitoring and assessment of efforts to reduce risk.

  2. Predicting the Impact of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes on the Cement Hydration Products and Durability of Cementitious Matrix Using Artificial Neural Network Modeling Technique

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    Fakhim, Babak; Hassani, Abolfazl; Rashidi, Alimorad; Ghodousi, Parviz

    2013-01-01

    In this study the feasibility of using the artificial neural networks modeling in predicting the effect of MWCNT on amount of cement hydration products and improving the quality of cement hydration products microstructures of cement paste was investigated. To determine the amount of cement hydration products thermogravimetric analysis was used. Two critical parameters of TGA test are PHPloss and CHloss. In order to model the TGA test results, the ANN modeling was performed on these parameters separately. In this study, 60% of data are used for model calibration and the remaining 40% are used for model verification. Based on the highest efficiency coefficient and the lowest root mean square error, the best ANN model was chosen. The results of TGA test implied that the cement hydration is enhanced in the presence of the optimum percentage (0.3 wt%) of MWCNT. Moreover, since the efficiency coefficient of the modeling results of CH and PHP loss in both the calibration and verification stages was more than 0.96, it was concluded that the ANN could be used as an accurate tool for modeling the TGA results. Another finding of this study was that the ANN prediction in higher ages was more precise. PMID:24489487

  3. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis of potassium bicarbonate contaminated cellulose

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    A. Broido

    1966-01-01

    When samples undergo a complicated set of simultaneous and sequential reactions, as cellulose does on heating, results of thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses are difficult to interpret. Nevertheless, careful comparison of pure and contaminated samples, pyrolyzed under identical conditions, can yield useful information. In these experiments TGA and DTA...

  4. Analysis of Moisture and CO(2) Uptake in Anhydrous CdCl(2) Powders Used for Vapor CdCl(2) Treatment of CdS/CdTe PV Devices

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    Mazur, T.; Gessert, T.; Martins, G.; Curtis, C.

    2000-01-01

    Water and CO(2) uptake in CdCl(2) powder precursors was investigated using thermogravimetric analysis/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (TGA/FTIR). Exposure of powders under ambient conditions shows that a steady-state hydration level near 9% (by weight) is achieved after brief exposure to room air.

  5. The relationship between the length of surface ligand and effects of CdTe quantum dots on the physiological functions of isolated mitochondria.

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    Xiang, Xun; Wu, Can; Zhang, Bo-Rui; Gao, Tao; Zhao, Jie; Ma, Long; Jiang, Feng-Lei; Liu, Yi

    2017-10-01

    The potential toxicity of Quantum dots (QDs) should be assessed comprehensively for their fast spreading applications. Many studies have shown the toxicity of QDs is associated with their surface ligands. In this work, two analog ligands with one carbon difference, 2-mercaptoacetic acid (TGA) and 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) were used as coating materials in the syntheses of two types of CdTe QDs with similar physicochemical properties. Then the biological effects of QDs on isolated mitochondria were studied. It was found that the two types of QDs could impair mitochondrial respiration and induce mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT). However, as compared with TGA-CdTe QDs, MPA-CdTe QDs had a stronger effect on MPT. The weaker effect of TGA-CdTe QDs on MPT might be owing to their better stability and thus less amount of released Cd(2+), which could be further explained by the stronger affinity between the ligand (TGA) and the cadmium complexes in the crystal growth of QDs. These results highlighted the importance of ligands responsible for the toxicity of QDs at the sub-cellular level. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Thermal and mechanical properties of compression-molded pMDI-reinforced PCL/gluten composites

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    Polycaprolactone (PCL) and vital wheat gluten or wheat flour composites were prepared and compatibilized with polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate (pMDI) by blending and compression-molding. The thermo-mechanical properties of the composites were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), di...

  7. pMDI-Reinforced Compression-Molded PCL/Gluten: Thermomechanical Properties

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) and vital wheat gluten or wheat flour composites were prepared and compatibilized with polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate (pMDI) by blending and compression-molding. The thermo-mechanical properties of the composites were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), di...

  8. Enhancing antioxidant activity of sesamol at frying temperature by addition of additives through reducing volatility

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    Additives were evaluated to investigate their effects on volatility of sesamol at frying temperature with the hypothesis that the interaction between an additive and sesamol would reduce sesamol volatility. Twenty-two additive:sesamol combinations were examined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) un...

  9. Potato glycoalkaloids and adverse effects in humans: an ascending dose study.

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    Mensinga, Tjeert T; Sips, Adrienne J A M; Rompelberg, Cathy J M; van Twillert, Klaas; Meulenbelt, Jan; van den Top, Hester J; van Egmond, Hans P

    2005-02-01

    Glycoalkaloids in potatoes may induce gastro-intestinal and systemic effects, by cell membrane disruption and acetylcholinesterase inhibition, respectively. The present single dose study was designed to evaluate the toxicity and pharmacokinetics of orally administered potato glycoalkaloids (alpha-chaconine and alpha-solanine). It is the first published human volunteer study were pharmacokinetic data were obtained for more than 24 h post-dose. Subjects (2-3 per treatment) received one of the following six treatments: (1-3) solutions with total glycoalkaloid (TGA) doses of 0.30, 0.50 or 0.70 mg/kg body weight (BW), or (4-6) mashed potatoes with TGA doses of 0.95, 1.10 or 1.25 mg/kg BW. The mashed potatoes had a TGA concentration of nearly 200 mg/kg fresh weight (the presently recognised upper limit of safety). None of these treatments induced acute systemic effects. One subject who received the highest dose of TGA (1.25 mg/kg BW) became nauseous and started vomiting about 4 h post-dose, possibly due to local glycoalkaloid toxicity (although the dosis is lower than generally reported in the literature to cause gastro-intestinal disturbances). Most relevant, the clearance of glycoalkaloids usually takes more than 24 h, which implicates that the toxicants may accumulate in case of daily consumption.

  10. Maternal-infant interaction and autonomic function in healthy infants and infants with transposition of the great arteries.

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    Harrison, Tondi M; Ferree, Allison

    2014-12-01

    The quality of maternal-infant interaction is a critical factor in the development of infants' autonomic function and social engagement skills. In this secondary data analysis, relationships among infant and maternal affect and behavior and quality of dyadic interaction, as measured by the Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment, and infant autonomic function, as measured by heart rate variability, were examined during feeding at 2 weeks and 2 months of age in 16 healthy infants and in 15 infants with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Contrary to previous research, at 2 weeks infant age, mothers of infants with TGA had significantly higher scores in affect and behavior than did mothers of healthy infants. The affect and behavior and quality of dyadic interaction of infants with TGA also did not differ from that of healthy infants. Although infants' social engagement skills did not differ by health condition (TGA or healthy), these skills did differ by parasympathetic nervous system function: infants better able to suppress vagal activity with challenge had more positive and less dysregulated affect and behavior, regardless of health status. These findings suggest that maternal-infant interactions for some cardiac disease subgroups may not differ from healthy dyads. Additional research is required to identify both healthy and ill infants with delayed autonomic maturation and to develop and test interventions to enhance critical interactive functions.

  11. Vascular Ischemia as a Cause of Transient Global Amnesia: A Patient Series

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    GÜNGÖR TUNÇER, Özlem; AKSAY KOYUNCU, Bahar; VİLDAN OKUDAN, Zeynep; ALTINDAĞ, Ebru; TOLUN, Reha; KRESPİ, Yakup

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Epileptic, migrainous, and vascular pathologies may cause transient global amnesia (TGA); however, the mechanism of causation remains unclear. We investigated possible vascular causes of TGA. Methods We retrospectively evaluated the clinical and radiologic studies of 13 patients with TGA. On admission, patients underwent diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and intra- and extracranial magnetic resonance angiography (MRA); vascular risk factor profiles for diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia; electroencephalography; and neuropsychological tests. Seven patients underwent control DWIs 24 h after symptom onset. Results One patient had two punctiform acute infarcts in the left hippocampus, and one had a left pontine paramedian acute infarct. In the second patient, control DWI showed additional left hippocampal and right frontal acute infarcts. None of the patients had electroencephalographic evidence of epileptic activity. All patients except for one had at least one vascular risk factor. The second patient was shown to have paroxsysmal atrial fibrillation during follow-up. Conclusion Minor posterior circulation ischemic stroke appears to cause TGA in some patients. Evaluations such as DWI and vascular risk factor assessment may be helpful in making the diagnosis.

  12. The Principal Discriminant Method of Prediction: Theory and Evaluation

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    1988-09-20

    Febrysary 15, 1988; 22.. 4.rpca s O werelo ade ftorph er tGA galedtmeoon NNA MAA/A ) iat bry23,1U.S .)CiaePora fiev sesoe~. fl SPprdctn wnertmprtr.Th cre heEpritl Cl l llmt FoeatCetraheSrpsInstitution

  13. Comparative biophysical properties of tenofovir-loaded, thiolated and nonthiolated chitosan nanoparticles intended for HIV prevention

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    Meng, Jianing; Zhang, Tao; Agrahari, Vivek; Ezoulin, Miezan J; Youan, Bi-Botti C

    2014-01-01

    Aim This study is designed to test the hypothesis that tenofovir-loaded (an anti-HIV microbicide) chitosan–thioglycolic acid-conjugated (CS–TGA) nanoparticles (NPs) exhibit superior biophysical properties for mucoadhesion compared with those of native CS NPs. Materials & methods The NPs are prepared by ionotropic gelation. The particle mean diameter, encapsulation efficiency and release profile are analyzed by dynamic light scattering and UV spectroscopy, respectively. The cytotoxicity, cellular uptake and uptake mechanism are assessed on VK2/E6E7 and End1/E6E7 cell lines by colorimetry/fluorimetry, and percentage mucoadhesion is assessed using porcine vaginal tissue. Results The mean diameter of the optimal NP formulations ranges from 240 to 252 nm, with a maximal encapsulation efficiency of 22.60%. Tenofovir release from CS and CS–TGA NPs follows first-order and Higuchi models, respectively. Both NPs are noncytotoxic in 48 h. The cellular uptake, which is time dependent, mainly occurs via the caveolin-mediated pathway. The percentage of mucoadhesion of CS–TGA NPs is fivefold higher than that of CS NPs, and reached up to 65% after 2 h. Conclusion Collectively, CS–TGA NPs exhibit superior biophysical properties and can potentially maximize the retention time of a topical microbicide, such as tenofovir, intended for the prevention of HIV transmission. PMID:24405490

  14. Neuropsychological and Psychiatric Outcomes in Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries across the Lifespan: A State-of-the-Art Review

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    Kasmi, Leila; Bonnet, Damien; Montreuil, Michèle; Kalfa, David; Geronikola, Nikoletta; Bellinger, David C.; Calderon, Johanna

    2017-01-01

    Advances in prenatal diagnosis, perioperative management, and postoperative care have dramatically increased the population of survivors of neonatal and infant heart surgery. The high survival rate of these patients into adulthood has exposed the alarming prevalence of long-term neuropsychological and psychiatric morbidities. Dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) is one of the most extensively studied cyanotic congenital heart defect (CHD) with regard to neurodevelopmental outcomes. Landmark studies have described a common neurodevelopmental and behavioral phenotype associated with d-TGA. Children with d-TGA display impairments in key neurocognitive areas, including visual–spatial and fine motor abilities, executive functioning, processing speed, and social cognition. As they grow older, they may face additional challenges with a worsening of deficits in higher order cognitive skills, problems in psychosocial adjustment and a higher-than-expected rate of psychiatric disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety. The aim of this review is to summarize the available recent data on neuropsychological and psychiatric outcomes in individuals with d-TGA after the arterial switch operation. We present findings within a life-span perspective, with a particular emphasis on the emerging literature on adolescent and young adult outcomes. Finally, we propose avenues for future research in the CHD adult neuropsychology field. Among these avenues, we explore the potential mechanisms by which pediatric neurodevelopmental impairments may have lifelong adverse effects as well as alternative interventions that could optimize outcomes. PMID:28393063

  15. Thermal Analysis of Plastics

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    D'Amico, Teresa; Donahue, Craig J.; Rais, Elizabeth A.

    2008-01-01

    This lab experiment illustrates the use of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) in the measurement of polymer properties. A total of seven exercises are described. These are dry exercises: students interpret previously recorded scans. They do not perform the experiments. DSC was used to determine the…

  16. Torrefaction of pomaces and nut shells

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    Technical: Apple, grape, olive, and tomato pomaces as well as almond and walnut shells were torrefied at different temperatures and times in a muffle furnace. The fiber content and thermal stability of the raw byproducts were examined using fiber analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), respec...

  17. Visible light activated TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocatalyst to destroy organic contaminants in water.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Hybrid TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose (MC) nanophotocatalyst was prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign precursors such as MC and TiCl4. The as-prepared nanocomposite was characterized by XRD, XPS, BET surface area analyzer, UV–vis DRS and TGA. Surfac...

  18. Catalytic and thermal depolymerization of low value post-consumer high density polyethylene plastic

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    The feasibility of catalytic and non-catalytic pyrolytic conversion of low value post-consumer high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic into crude oil and subsequent distillation was explored. Translation of optimized conditions for catalytic and non-catalytic pyrolysis from TGA to a bench-scale sys...

  19. Characterization and Transcriptional Profile of Genes Involved in Glycoalkaloid Biosynthesis in New Varieties of Solanum tuberosum L.

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    Mariot, Roberta Fogliatto; de Oliveira, Luisa Abruzzi; Voorhuijzen, Marleen M; Staats, Martijn; Hutten, Ronald C B; van Dijk, Jeroen P; Kok, Esther J; Frazzon, Jeverson

    2016-02-03

    Before commercial release, new potato (Solanum tuberosum) varieties must be evaluated for content of toxic compounds such as glycoalkaloids (GAs), which are potent poisons. GA biosynthesis proceeds via the cholesterol pathway to α-chaconine and α-solanine. The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship between total glycoalkaloid (TGA) content and the expression of GAME, SGT1, and SGT3 genes in potato tubers. TGA content was measured by HPLC-MS, and reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reactions were performed to determine the relative expression of GAME, SGT1, and SGT3 genes. We searched for cis-elements of the transcription start site using the PlantPAN database. There was a relationship between TGA content and the relative expression of GAME, SGT1, and SGT3 genes in potato tubers. Putative promoter regions showed the presence of several cis-elements related to biotic and abiotic stresses and light. These findings provide an important step toward understanding TGA regulation and variation in potato tubers.

  20. Bismuth flux dependence of GaAsBi/GaAs MQWs grown by molecular beam epitaxy using two-substrate-temperature technique

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    Patil, Pallavi Kisan; Ishikawa, Fumitaro; Shimomura, Satoshi

    2017-06-01

    Multi-quantum wells (MQWs) of GaAsBi/GaAs were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and dependence of its surface morphology, Bi content and optical properties on Bi beam equivalent pressure (BEP) were studied. For the MQWs growth, two-substrate-temperatures (TST) technique was used, where GaAsBi layers were grown at TGaAsBi = 350 °C and GaAs layers at TGaAs = 550 °C. The segregated bismuth atoms were desorbed by increasing the substrate temperature from TGaAsBi to TGaAs after finishing the growth of each GaAsBi layer of MQWs including the topmost GaAsBi layer. The surface of the topmost GaAsBi layer shows no sign of Bi droplet formation even for the MQWs grown at highest Bi supply. The Bi content increases up to 3.8% in proportional to the Bi BEP and decreases in a higher Bi BEP region.

  1. The influence of cellulose nanocrystal additions on the performance of cement paste

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    Yizheng Cao; Pablo Zavaterri; Jeff Youngblood; Robert Moon; Jason Weiss

    2015-01-01

    The influence of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) addition on the performance of cement paste was investigated. Our mechanical tests show an increase in the flexural strength of approximately 30% with only 0.2% volume of CNCs with respect to cement. Isothermal calorimetry (IC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) show that the degree of hydration (DOH) of the cement paste...

  2. Catalytic thermal cracking of post-consumer waste plastics to fuels: Part 1 - Kinetics and optimization

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    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to investigate thermal and catalytic pyrolysis of waste plastics such as prescription bottles (polypropylene/PP), high density polyethylene, landfill liners (polyethylene/PE), packing materials (polystyrene/PS), and foams (polyurethane/PU) into crude plastic...

  3. Sol-gel synthesis and properties of phosphate ceramics

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    Lee, Burtrand I.; Cao, Zhicheng; Samuels, William D.; Exarhos, Gregory J.

    2000-09-01

    Silicon, titanium, zirconium phosphates were synthesized by starting with appropriate chemical precursors in a solution. The synthetic procedure, chemical and physical structures were examined by FT-IR, liquid and solid state NMR, TGA, SEM, XRD, etc. The phosphates were examined for thermal and electrical properties. Advantages of the synthesis technique and the data on unique structures and thermal properties are reported.

  4. Revised final report for tank 241-AN-101, grab samples 1AN-95-1 through 1AN-95-7. Revision 1

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    Esch, R.A.

    1996-01-17

    Six supernate grab samples and one field blank were taken from tank 241-AN-101. This report documents analyses performed in support of the Safety Screening program: differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), density by specific gravity (Sp.G.), and total alpha activity (AT).

  5. 45-day safety screening results and final report for Tank 241-BX-106, auger samples 95-AUG-049 and 95-AUG-050

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    Sasaki, L.M.

    1996-01-01

    Two Auger Samples from tank 241-BX-106 were received at the 222-S Laboratory and underwent safety screening analyses - differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), total alpha analysis, and bulk density measurements - in accordance with the sampling and analysis plan.

  6. VERUCLAY – a new type of photo-adsorbent active in the visible light range: modification of montmorillonite surface with organic surfactant

    EPA Science Inventory

    Montmorillonite K10 was treated with VeruSOL-3, a biodegradable and food-grade surfactant mixture of coconut oil, castor oil and citrus extracts, to manufacture a benign catalytic adsorbent that is active in the visible light. Veruclay was characterized by SEM, XRD, TGA, UVDRS, a...

  7. Physicochemical and thermal properties for a series of 1-alkyl-4-methyl-1,2,4-triazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquids.

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    De La Hoz, Andreah T; Brauer, Ulises G; Miller, Kevin M

    2014-08-21

    Physicochemical properties and long-term thermal stabilities are reported for a series of 1-alkyl-4-methyl-1,2,4-triazolium [NTf2] ionic liquids, and a Walden plot analysis was conducted in order to determine the ionicity of these materials. In general, viscosities were found to increase with increasing alkyl chain length while densities and molar conductivities were found to decrease. The 1,2,4-triazolium ionic liquids were classified as "good" ionic liquids after analysis of the Walden plot; however, they did not perform as well as the standard imidazolium ionic liquid [bmim][NTf2]. Thermal properties from DSC and TGA experiments were also completed. 1,2,4-Triazolium ionic liquids with an alkyl chain length of octyl (C8) or less exhibited a single Tg transition below -70 °C; however, the decyl (C10) and dodecyl (C12) systems exhibited a Tm value. No correlation between Tonset or Td5% and alkyl chain length was observed during short-term, temperature-ramped TGA experiments. However, long-term, isothermal TGA studies indicated a general increase in T0.01/10 value as the alkyl chain length increased. Both short- and long-term TGA studies indicated that the 1,2,4-triazolium ionic liquids were not as thermally stable as the model imidazolium ionic liquid [bmim][NTf2].

  8. Training Guarantee: A Levy To Improve the Quality of Australian Workforce.

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    Navaratnam, K. K.

    The Training Guarantee Act (TGA) passed by the Federal Parliament of Australia in 1990 establishes a training guarantee scheme. It requires employers to invest in high quality, employment-related training that will most benefit their businesses. The levy is having an impact on many facets of human resource development in Australia. In seeking to…

  9. Chemical Modification of Kraft Lignin: Effect on Chemical and Thermal Properties

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    Yao Chen; Nicole M. Stark; Zhiyong Cai; Charles R. Frihart; Linda F. Lorenz; Rebecca E. Ibach

    2014-01-01

    Esterified kraft lignins (KL) were prepared by reaction with maleic anhydride (MA), succinic anhydride (SA), and phthalic anhydride (PA) in acetone solutions. The esterified lignins were characterized using ATR-FTIR, solid state CP-MAS 13C NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). PA...

  10. Visible light activated TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocatalyst to destroy organic contaminants in water.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Hybrid TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose (MC) nanophotocatalyst was prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign precursors such as MC and TiCl4. The as-prepared nanocomposite was characterized by XRD, XPS, BET surface area analyzer, UV–vis DRS and TGA. Surfac...

  11. Synthesis of nanocrystalline molybdenum carbide (Mo{sub 2}C) by solution route

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    Patel, Manish Subrahmanyam, J.

    2008-08-04

    Nanocrystalline molybdenum carbide (Mo{sub 2}C) of less than 10 nm size was synthesized by solution route. The process temperature and composition of raw materials were optimized by thermodynamic equilibrium calculation. The raw materials as well as synthesized nanocrystalline molybdenum carbide were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA)

  12. Thermal Analysis of Plastics

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    D'Amico, Teresa; Donahue, Craig J.; Rais, Elizabeth A.

    2008-01-01

    This lab experiment illustrates the use of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) in the measurement of polymer properties. A total of seven exercises are described. These are dry exercises: students interpret previously recorded scans. They do not perform the experiments. DSC was used to determine the…

  13. Thermogravimetric analysis of forest understory grasses

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    Thomas Elder; John S. Kush; Sharon M. Hermann

    2011-01-01

    Forest understory grasses are of significance in the initiation, establishment and maintenance of fire, whether used as a management tool or when occurring as wildfire. The fundamental thermal properties of such grasses are critical to their behavior in fire situations and have been investigated in the current work by the application of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA...

  14. Is It Necessary to Dry Primary Standards before Analysis?

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    Spraggins, Jeffrey M., II; Williams, Theodore R.

    2005-01-01

    The thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) data suggests that the quantity of volatile components in primary standards is less than 1% of the initial weight and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data shows that water present in the same chemicals is below the limit of detection of the instrumentation. This suggests that the 1-2 hour drying…

  15. Miscibility and thermal behavior of poly (ε-caprolactone)/long-chain ester of cellulose blends

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    Yuzhi Xu; Chunpeng Wang; Nicole M. Stark; Zhiyong Cai; Fuxiang Chu

    2012-01-01

    The long-chain cellulose ester (LCCE) cellulose laurate, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and their blends were characterized by tensile strength, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The compatibility of the blends was...

  16. Quantification of H2O and CO2 in Primitive Meteorites and Relation with NIR/MIR Spectra

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    Beck, P.; Garenne, A.; Grisolle, F.; Montes-Hernandez, G.; Bonal, L.; Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Quirico, E.; Moynier, F.; Schmitt, B.

    2012-05-01

    We study the NIR/MIR spectra of hydrated meteorites, discuss the water related signatures, which we relate to the quantification of H2O and CO2 made by TGA. We also compare with signatures at 3 microns detected on asteroids.

  17. A detailed study on the thermal endurance of Kapton HNTM and Upilex STM

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    Heltzel, S.; Semprimoschnig, C. O. A.

    2003-09-01

    Assessing the thermal endurance by isothermal testing in a Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA) is a time consuming method. A quicker method is to perform kinetic modelling on several decomposition curves. Four temperature scans at different heating rates were recorded with the TGA for two thermal control foils, Kapton HN and Upilex S. Two methods of kinetic modelling were used to calculate the activation energy, i.e. the ASTM E 1641 and the approach of Model Free Kinetics (MFK). The first assumes a constant value for the activation energy whereas the latter calculates it as a function of the conversion. With the activation energy it is possible to make a lifetime prediction that indicates the mass loss that occurs at a certain temperature for a certain duration. The lifetime predictions are used to compare the two materials and also the two modelling methods. The modelling is verified by comparing the results to isothermal TGA tests and thermal ageing of samples in high vacuum chambers at 350°C for durations up to half a year and in combination with UV irradiation screening tests. All the performed experiments indicate that Upilex S has a better thermal endurance than Kapton HN. The results of the kinetic modelling are in good agreement with the isothermal experiments in the TGA and in the vacuum facilities. The MFK approach for kinetic modelling was found to be more adequate than the ASTM method.

  18. Thermal Analysis of Self-Propagating Reaction Joining Material

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    1999-03-01

    stainless steel instruments. The powders were also mixed for 10 min just prior to thermal SHS reaction. 2.2. Thermal Analysis. Simultaneous DTA/ TGA ... analysis was performed using a TA Instruments model 2960, capable of reaching a maximum temperature of 1,500° C. Two series of experiments were

  19. Determining Water Content of Geologic Materials Using Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Milliken, R. E.; Mustard, J. F.

    2004-03-01

    TGA data and reflectance spectra are used to track changes in water absorptions as a function of absolute water content. Calculating band depth areas of absorptions in VIS-NIR data may prove useful for quantifying the water content of Mars' surface.

  20. Limited thermal stability of imidazolium and pyrrolidinium ionic liquids

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    Del Sesto, Rico E; Mccleskey, T; Macomber, Clay; Ott, Kevin; Koppisch, Andrew; Baker, Gary A; Burrell, Anthony K

    2009-01-01

    Ionic liquids, with their vast applications, have been touted as being thermally stable to very high temperatures. However, decomposition not detected by standard TGA and NMR techniques are observed with spectroscopic techniques sensitive enough to see small amounts of impurities. Decomposition temperatures of common ionic liquids appear to occur at hundreds of degrees below those temperatures previously reported.

  1. Transient global amnesia in legal proceedings.

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    Griebe, Martin; Bäzner, Hansjörg; Kablau, Micha; Hennerici, Michael G; Szabo, Kristina

    2015-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a neurological disorder characterized by an acute onset of severe anterograde amnesia. While retrograde amnesia may be present-although to a lesser extent-patients have no further cognitive disturbances or neurological signs. These symptoms resolve fully within several hours leaving a permanent memory gap for the duration of the episode and do not lead to long-term neurological deficits. In addition to well-defined clinical diagnostic criteria, in up to 80 % of patients, small, point-shaped lesions in the hippocampus are detected 24-48 h after symptom onset on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images. Despite several etiological hypotheses, to date, there is no scientific proof for the etiology of TGA or the small hippocampal lesions. Interestingly, in a large number of cases, an emotionally or physically straining event precipitates the onset of TGA, suggesting a stress-related mechanism. We report two cases of TGA occurring in legally relevant settings: affecting the victim of brutal burglary and the key witness in a murder trial. In the context of forensic medicine, the knowledge of this disorder and recognition of its typical features are essential.

  2. Microparticle dispensers for the controlled release of insect pheromones.

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    Stipanovic, Arthur J; Hennessy, Patrick J; Webster, Francis X; Takahashi, Yae

    2004-04-21

    The potential utility of micrometer-sized particles as controlled-release devices for the volatilization of insect pheromones for mating disruption applications is evaluated in this study for two pheromone/model compound systems (codlemone/1-dodecanol and disparlure/1,2-epoxyoctadecane). To expedite the measurement of release rates from these particle devices, two techniques based on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) have been exploited: isothermal TGA (I-TGA) at elevated temperatures (40-80 degrees C) with N(2) convection and volatilization temperature (VT) by dynamic TGA. A correlation between these two methods has been established. Samples that exhibit a higher VT provide a lower release rate from a particle substrate. Using these techniques, it has been demonstrated that chemical interactions between adsorbed liquids and particle surfaces may play a small role in defining release characteristics under conditions of low surface area, whereas parameters associated with total surface area and micropore structure appear to be much more significant in retarding evaporation for uncoated particles containing an adsorbed liquid. Additional regulation of release rates was achieved by coating the particle systems with water-soluble or water-dispersible polymers. By careful selection of particle porosity and coating composition, it is envisioned that the evaporation rate of pheromones can be tailored to specific insect control applications.

  3. Hippocampal modifications in transient global amnesia.

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    Quinette, P; Constans, J M; Hainselin, M; Desgranges, B; Eustache, F; Viader, F

    2015-03-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is an acute and transient syndrome with a remarkably stereotypical set of signs and symptoms. It is characterized by the abrupt onset (no forewarning) of massive episodic memory impairment, both anterograde and retrograde. Ever since it was first described, TGA has fascinated neurologists and other memory experts, and in recent years, there has been a surge of neuroimaging studies seeking to pin down the brain dysfunction responsible for it. Several pathophysiological hypotheses have been put forward, including the short-lived suggestion of an epileptic mechanism. All the available data indicate that the brain modifications are reversible, and that the mechanism behind TGA is of a functional nature. However, while diffusion-weighted imaging studies have clearly identified the hippocampus and, more specifically, the CA1 area, as the locus of brain modifications associated with TGA, researchers have yet to determine whether the origin of the mechanism is vascular or neurochemical. Spectroscopy may provide a means of settling this issue once and for all. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Supramolecular Electronic Interactions in Porphyrin-SWCNT Hybrids through Amidinium-Carboxylate Connectivity.

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    Rodríguez-Pérez, Laura; Vela, Sonia; Atienza, Carmen; Martín, Nazario

    2017-09-15

    New supramolecular (metal)porphyrin/SWCNT hybrids have been synthesized through a combination of hydrogen bond and electrostatic interactions. Our experimental findings reveal through different techniques (XPS, TGA, UV-vis, Raman, and TEM) an efficient n-doping of the SWCNT from the electron donor (metal)porphyrin through the efficient and strong amidinium-carboxylate connectivity.

  5. Metallo-Organic Decomposition (MOD) film development

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    Parker, J.

    1986-01-01

    The processing techniques and problems encountered in formulating metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) films used in contracting structures for thin solar cells are described. The use of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques performed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in understanding the decomposition reactions lead to improvements in process procedures. The characteristics of the available MOD films were described in detail.

  6. Proximate Analysis of Coal

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    Donahue, Craig J.; Rais, Elizabeth A.

    2009-01-01

    This lab experiment illustrates the use of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) to perform proximate analysis on a series of coal samples of different rank. Peat and coke are also examined. A total of four exercises are described. These are dry exercises as students interpret previously recorded scans. The weight percent moisture, volatile matter,…

  7. Chemical Method to Enhance Transungual Transport and Iontophoresis Efficiency

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    Hao, Jinsong; Smith, Kelly A.; Li, S. Kevin

    2008-01-01

    Transungual transport is hindered by the inherent small effective pore size of the nail even when it is fully hydrated. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of chemical enhancers thioglycolic acid (TGA), glycolic acid (GA), and urea (UR) on transungual transport and iontophoresis efficiency. In vitro passive and iontophoretic transport experiments of model permeants mannitol (MA), UR, and tetraethylammonium (TEA) ion across the fully hydrated, enhancer-treated and untreated human nail plates were performed in phosphate-buffered saline. The transport experiments consisted of several stages, alternating between passive and anodal iontophoretic transport at 0.1 mA. Nail water uptake experiments were conducted to determine the water content of the enhancer-treated nails. The effects of the enhancers on transungual electroosmosis were also evaluated. Nails treated with GA and UR did not show any transport enhancement. Treatment with TGA at 0.5 M enhanced passive and iontophoretic transungual transport of MA, UR, and TEA. Increasing the TGA concentration to 1.8 M did not further increase TEA iontophoresis efficiency. The effect of TGA on the nail plates was irreversible. The present study shows the possibility of using a chemical enhancer to reduce transport hindrance in the nail plate and thus enhance passive and iontophoretic transungual transport. PMID:18321669

  8. Preparation and thermal behaviour of a series of liquid wood-polypropylene composites

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    Blanco, Ignazio; Cicala, Gianluca; Latteri, Alberta; Saccullo, Giuseppe

    2016-05-01

    Liquid Wood (a mixture of cellulose, hemp, fax and lignin) was used to prepare, by mechanical mixing followed by thermal extrusion, blends of various Polypropylene (PP)/Liquid Wood ratios. To verify if and how much the composition of the obtained composites affects their thermal properties Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) experiments were carried out.

  9. Screening of the chemical reactivity of three different graphite sources using the formation of reductively alkylated graphene as a model reaction.

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    Knirsch, Kathrin C; Englert, Jan M; Dotzer, Christoph; Hauke, Frank; Hirsch, Andreas

    2013-11-28

    Reductive alkylation of three graphite starting materials G(flake), G(powder), and G(spherical) reveals pronounced differences in the obtained covalently functionalized graphene with respect to the degree of functionalization, exfoliation efficiency and product homogeneity, as demonstrated by statistical Raman microscopy (SRM), TGA/MS, IR-spectroscopy and solubility behavior.

  10. Is It Necessary to Dry Primary Standards before Analysis?

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    Spraggins, Jeffrey M., II; Williams, Theodore R.

    2005-01-01

    The thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) data suggests that the quantity of volatile components in primary standards is less than 1% of the initial weight and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data shows that water present in the same chemicals is below the limit of detection of the instrumentation. This suggests that the 1-2 hour drying…

  11. The effect of extrusion processing on zein

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    Extrusion processing has been carried out on zein where extrusion temperatures were varied between 100 and 300 deg. C. By differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) thermal degradation begins around 220 deg. C. The color of the extrudate changed the most above tempe...

  12. Thermal Decomposition of 1,5-Dinitrobiuret (DNB): Direct Dynamics Trajectory Simulations and Statistical Modeling

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    2011-05-03

    to be 1,003  39 kJ/mol (5,195  200 kJ/kg) using bomb calorimetry .2 DNB detonated strongly in the steel sleeve test, without the need of adding...cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine). Thermal decomposition of DNB was examined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and

  13. Implicit Learning in Transient Global Amnesia and the Role of Stress

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    Nees, Frauke; Griebe, Martin; Ebert, Anne; Ruttorf, Michaela; Gerber, Benjamin; Wolf, Oliver T.; Schad, Lothar R.; Gass, Achim; Szabo, Kristina

    2016-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a disorder with reversible anterograde disturbance of explicit memory, frequently preceded by an emotionally or physically stressful event. By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) following an episode of TGA, small hippocampal lesions have been observed. Hence it has been postulated that the disorder is caused by the stress-related transient inhibition of memory formation in the hippocampus. In experimental studies, stress has been shown to affect both explicit and implicit learning—the latter defined as learning and memory processes that lack conscious awareness of the information acquired. To test the hypothesis that impairment of implicit learning in TGA is present and related to stress, we determined the effect of experimental exposure to stress on hippocampal activation patterns during an implicit learning paradigm in patients who suffered a recent TGA and healthy matched control subjects. We used a hippocampus-dependent aversive learning procedure (context conditioning with the phases habituation, acquisition, and extinction) during functional MRI following experimental stress exposure (socially evaluated cold pressor test). After a control procedure, controls showed successful learning during the acquisition phase, indicated by increased valence, arousal and contingency ratings to the paired (CON+) vs. the non-paired (CON−) conditioned stimulus, and successful extinction of the conditioned responses. Following stress, acquisition was still successful, however extinction was impaired with persistently increased contingency ratings. In contrast, TGA patients showed impairment of conditioned responses and insufficient extinction after the control procedure, indicated by a lack of significant differences between CON+ and CON− for valence and arousal ratings after the acquisition phase and by significantly increased contingency ratings after the extinction. After stress, aversive learning was not successful with non

  14. Implicit Learning in Transient Global Amnesia and the Role of Stress.

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    Nees, Frauke; Griebe, Martin; Ebert, Anne; Ruttorf, Michaela; Gerber, Benjamin; Wolf, Oliver T; Schad, Lothar R; Gass, Achim; Szabo, Kristina

    2016-01-01

    Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a disorder with reversible anterograde disturbance of explicit memory, frequently preceded by an emotionally or physically stressful event. By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) following an episode of TGA, small hippocampal lesions have been observed. Hence it has been postulated that the disorder is caused by the stress-related transient inhibition of memory formation in the hippocampus. In experimental studies, stress has been shown to affect both explicit and implicit learning-the latter defined as learning and memory processes that lack conscious awareness of the information acquired. To test the hypothesis that impairment of implicit learning in TGA is present and related to stress, we determined the effect of experimental exposure to stress on hippocampal activation patterns during an implicit learning paradigm in patients who suffered a recent TGA and healthy matched control subjects. We used a hippocampus-dependent aversive learning procedure (context conditioning with the phases habituation, acquisition, and extinction) during functional MRI following experimental stress exposure (socially evaluated cold pressor test). After a control procedure, controls showed successful learning during the acquisition phase, indicated by increased valence, arousal and contingency ratings to the paired (CON+) vs. the non-paired (CON-) conditioned stimulus, and successful extinction of the conditioned responses. Following stress, acquisition was still successful, however extinction was impaired with persistently increased contingency ratings. In contrast, TGA patients showed impairment of conditioned responses and insufficient extinction after the control procedure, indicated by a lack of significant differences between CON+ and CON- for valence and arousal ratings after the acquisition phase and by significantly increased contingency ratings after the extinction. After stress, aversive learning was not successful with non

  15. Transient Global Amnesia Deteriorates the Network Efficiency of the Theta Band

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    Yi, SangHak; Lim, Jae-Sung; Jang, Jae-Won; Im, Chang-Hwan; Kim, SangYun

    2016-01-01

    Acute perturbation of the hippocampus, one of the connector hubs in the brain, is a key step in the pathophysiological cascade of transient global amnesia (TGA). We tested the hypothesis that network efficiency, meaning the efficiency of information exchange over a network, is impaired during the acute stage of TGA. Graph theoretical analysis was applied to resting-state EEG data collected from 21 patients with TGA. The EEG data were obtained twice, once during the acute stage (< 24 hours after symptom onset) and once during the resolved stage (> 2 months after symptom onset) of TGA. Characteristic path lengths and clustering coefficients of functional networks constructed using phase-locking values were computed and normalized as a function of the degree in the delta, theta, alpha, beta 1, beta 2 and gamma frequency bands of the EEG. We investigated whether the normalized characteristic path length (nCPL) and normalized clustering coefficients (nCC) differed significantly between the acute and resolved stages of TGA at each frequency band using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. For networks where the nCPL or nCC differed significantly between the two stages, we also evaluated changes in the connections of the brain networks. During the acute stage of TGA, the nCPL of the theta band networks with mean degrees of 8, 8.5, 9 and 9.5 significantly increased (P < 0.05). During the acute stage, the lost edges for these networks were mostly found between the anterior (frontal and anterior temporal) and posterior (parieto-occipital and posterior temporal) brain regions, whereas newly developed edges were primarily found between the left and right frontotemporal regions. The nCC of the theta band with a mean degree of 5.5 significantly decreased during the acute stage (P < 0.05). Our results indicate that TGA deteriorates the network efficiency of the theta frequency band. This effect might be related to the desynchronization between the anterior and posterior brain areas

  16. Cardiovascular response to exercise training in the systemic right ventricle of adults with transposition of the great arteries

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    Shafer, K M; Janssen, L; Carrick-Ranson, G; Rahmani, S; Palmer, D; Fujimoto, N; Livingston, S; Matulevicius, S A; Forbess, L W; Brickner, B; Levine, B D

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to assess the haemodynamic effects of exercise training in transposition of the great arteries (TGA) patients with systemic right ventricles (SRVs). TGA patients have limited exercise tolerance and early mortality due to systemic (right) ventricular failure. Whether exercise training enhances or injures the SRV is unclear. Fourteen asymptomatic patients (34 ± 10 years) with TGA and SRV were enrolled in a 12 week exercise training programme (moderate and high-intensity workouts). Controls were matched on age, gender, BMI and physical activity. Exercise testing pre- and post- training included: (a) submaximal and peak; (b) prolonged (60 min) submaximal endurance and (c) high-intensity intervals. Oxygen uptake (; Douglas bag technique), cardiac output (, foreign-gas rebreathing), ventricular function (echocardiography and cardiac MRI) and serum biomarkers were assessed. TGA patients had lower peak , , and stroke volume (SV), a blunted / slope, and diminished SV response to exercise (SV increase from rest: TGA = 15.2%, controls = 68.9%, P < 0.001) compared with controls. After training, TGA patients increased peak by 6 ± 8.5%, similar to controls (interaction P = 0.24). The magnitude of SV reserve on initial testing correlated with training response (r = 0.58, P = 0.047), though overall, no change in peak was observed. High-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) and N-terminal prohormone of brain naturetic peptide (NT pro-BNP) were low and did not change with acute exercise or after training. Our data show that TGA patients with SRVs in this study safely participated in exercise training and improved peak . Neither prolonged submaximal exercise, nor high-intensity intervals, nor short-term exercise training seem to injure the systemic right ventricle. Key Points Patients with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and systemic right ventricles have premature congestive heart failure; there is also a growing concern that athletes who perform

  17. Follow-up outcomes 10 years after arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries: comparison of cardiological health status and health-related quality of life to those of the a normal reference population.

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    de Koning, Wilfred B; van Osch-Gevers, Magdalena; Ten Harkel, A Derk Jan; van Domburg, Ron T; Spijkerboer, Alma W; Utens, Elisabeth M W J; Bogers, Ad J J C; Helbing, Willem A

    2008-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the cardiological health status and health-related quality of life after the arterial switch operation (ASO) for transposition of the great arteries (TGA) in comparison with a normative reference group. Chart review and cross-sectional systematic follow-up, including echocardiography, exercise testing, and electrocardiography, were performed on all survivors of ASO for TGA between 1990 and 1995. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was assessed using a standardized questionnaire. A normative reference group was included. Forty-nine survivors [median age at operation 13 days, mean age at follow-up 11 +/- 2 years (37/49 with intact ventricular septum] were identified. Thirty-three of 49 patients (67%) [22/33 TGA with intact ventricular septum (IVS)] participated in cross-sectional follow-up. Cumulative 10-year event-free survival was 88% and the re-intervention rate 6%. Aortic root dilatation occurred in 70% of patients; none had severe aortic regurgitation. Left ventricular function was normal. Exercise performance (85% of reference capacity, p = 0.02), maximal oxygen uptake (85%, p < 0.01) and peak heart rate (95%, p < 0.01) were decreased. Exercise electrocardiogram was normal as was rhythm status. Unfavourable outcomes on HRQOL were found for motor functioning and positive emotional functioning. Overall there were no significant differences between TGA/IVS and TGA/VSD. We conclude that at mid- to long-term follow-up after ASO, major events and re-interventions (6%) occur infrequently. Exercise capacity and maximal oxygen uptake are lower than those in a reference population, which could not be related to diminished ventricular function. Aortic root dilatation is frequent, irrespective of the anatomical subgroup. Severe aortic regurgitation or left ventricular dilatation was not found. The unfavourable health-related quality of life deserves further attention.

  18. Comparison of different methods for lignin determination as a basis for calibration of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy and implications of lignoproteins.

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    Brinkmann, Kirsten; Blaschke, Lothar; Polle, Andrea

    2002-12-01

    Three commonly employed methods for lignin determination, i.e., the thioglycolic acid (TGA), the acetylbromide (AB), and the acid detergent fiber (ADF) method, were compared using leaves and xylem tissue from five species (Nicotiana tabacum, Populus x canescens, Fagus sylvatica, Quercus robur, and Picea abies). In each case, cell walls were isolated before lignin determination. Each of the three methods estimated a different lignin concentration in a given tissue, except for spruce wood. The "lignin" concentration determined with the AB method was strongly dependent on whether or not the cell walls were subjected to alkaline hydrolysis to remove covalently bound aromatic nonligneous components before lignin determination. Lignin concentrations determined in hydrolyzed cell walls of different tissues and species by the AB method showed a good correlation with those obtained by the TGA method and, thus, were convertible. In contrast, gravimetrically estimated ADF lignins did not or only moderately correlate with lignins measured with methods based on the UV absorbance of the solubilized lignin degradation products. Leaves of a given species generally contained higher ADF-lignin concentrations than the corresponding stem tissue. Both ADF and TGA lignin data of beech were used to calibrate near-infrared reflectance spectra (NIRS) for lignin prediction. Both NIRS calibration procedures gave good statistical fits with correlation coefficients close to 1, indicating that TGA and ADF lignin concentrations of beech can be estimated by NIRS with high accuracy. However, the two calibrations were based on different empirical terms, showing that TGA and ADF lignins did not share the same physical basis for calibration. C/N analysis revealed the presence of 3.1 and 1.4% nitrogen in ADF lignins of beech leaves and wood, respectively. The major fraction of this nitrogen was recovered in amino acids, which corresponded to 14% and 3% protein in ADF lignins of leaves and wood

  19. Thrombin generation assay and transmission electron microscopy: a useful combination to study tissue factor-bearing microvesicles.

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    Gheldof, Damien; Hardij, Julie; Cecchet, Francesca; Chatelain, Bernard; Dogné, Jean-Michel; Mullier, François

    2013-01-01

    Patients with cancer have a 7- to 10-fold increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism. Circulating microvesicles could be a useful predictive biomarker for venous thromboembolism in cancer. Validated and standardised techniques that could be used to determine the complete microvesicle phenotype are required. These were two-fold: a) to characterise tissue factor (TF)-bearing microvesicles released by cultured breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 by flow cytometry (FCM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thrombin generation assay (TGA); and b) to validate the sensitivity and variability intra/inter-assay of TGA as a useful method to study the procoagulant activity (PCA) of microvesicles. Cultured breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 were incubated for 45 minutes at 37°C. Samples were then centrifuged or not at 4,500 g for 15 minutes, and cells and MVs or MV-containing supernatants were used for TEM, FCM and TGA. In activity assays, microvesicles (i.e. cell-depleted supernatants) were incubated with anti-TF antibodies or with annexin V to assess the contribution of TF and phospholipids to the PCA. Alternatively, supernatants were filtered through 0.1, 0.22, 0.45 or 0.65 µm membranes and subjected to TGA. The majority of the PCA was associated with microvesicles smaller than 0.1 µm, and the mean microvesicle size estimated by TEM after 10,000 g centrifugation was 121±54 nm with a majority of vesicles between 100 and 200 nm. Microvesicles derived from 5,000 MDA-MB-231cells/ml were sufficient to significantly increase the thrombin generation of normal pooled plasma. TEM, FCM and filtration coupled to TGA represent a useful combination to study the PCA of TF-bearing microvesicles, whatever their size. And it will be interesting to implement these techniques in patients.

  20. Evaluating the combustion reactivity of drop tube furnace and thermogravimetric analysis coal chars with a selection of metal additives

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    Katherine Le Manquais; Colin E. Snape; Ian McRobbie; Jim Barker

    2011-03-17

    Opportunities exist for effective coal combustion additives that can reduce the carbon content of pulverized fuel ash (PFA) to below 6%, thereby making it saleable for filler/building material applications without the need for postcombustion treatment. However, with only limited combustion data currently available for the multitude of potential additives, catalytic performance under pulverized fuel (PF) boiler conditions has received relatively little attention. This paper therefore compares the reactivity of catalyzed bituminous coal chars from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) with those generated by devolatilization in a drop tube furnace (DTF). The principal aim was to explore the fundamental chemistry behind the chosen additives' relative reactivities. Accordingly, all eight of the investigated additives increased the TGA burnout rate of the TGA and DTF chars, with most of the catalysts demonstrating consistent reactivity levels across chars from both devolatilization methods. Copper(I) chloride, silver chloride, and copper nitrate were thus identified as the most successful additives tested, but it proved difficult to establish a definitive reactivity ranking. This was largely due to the use of physical mixtures for catalyst dispersion, the relatively narrow selection of additives examined, and the inherent variability of the DTF chars. Nevertheless, one crucial exception to normal additive behavior was discovered, with copper(I) chloride perceptibly deactivating during devolatilization in the DTF, even though it remained the most effective catalyst tested. As a prolonged burnout at over 1000{sup o}C was required to replicate this deactivation effect on the TGA, the phenomenon could not be detected by typical testing procedures. Subsequently, a comprehensive TGA study showed no obvious relationship between the catalyst-induced reductions in the reaction's apparent activation energy and the samples recorded burnout rates.

  1. Thin-for-gestational age infants are at increased risk of neurodevelopmental delay at 2 years.

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    O'Neill, Sinéad M; Hannon, Geraldine; Khashan, Ali S; Hourihane, J O'B; Kenny, Louise C; Kiely, Mairead; Murray, Deirdre M

    2017-05-01

    Infants born small-for-gestational age (SGA) are at increased risk of developmental difficulties. Identifying those most at risk is challenging. We examined the effect of neonatal body composition and customised birthweight centiles on neurocognitive and behavioural outcomes at age 2. Prospective cohort study of term infants from the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study classified into the following exposure groups: a birth weight <10th customised centile (SGA, n=51); body fat percentage at birth <10th centile (thin-for-gestational age (TGA, n=51)) or both SGA and TGA infants (small- and thin-for-gestational age (STGA), n=13). The SGA, TGA and STGA groups were compared with a reference (unexposed) group of appropriate-for-gestational age (AGA, n=189) infants. Outcome was assessed at 24 months using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development Version III and the Child Behaviour Checklist. Outcomes in the SGA infants did not differ significantly from the AGA group. TGA infants had significantly lower scores across all three domains, with a 0.35, 0.38 and 0.41 SD reduction in language, cognitive and motor scale scores, respectively. STGA infants had poorer cognitive outcome with a median cognitive scale score of 90 (IQR 85-95) compared with 95 (IQR 90-100) in the AGA reference group, p=0.005. The adjusted OR of developmental delay at 2 years was 5.00 (95% CI 1.46 to 17.13, p=0.010) in the STGA group. TGA infants, in particular those born STGA, are at increased risk of developmental delay at 2 years compared with the AGA infants. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  2. Thermal analysis of calcium sulfate dihydrate sources used to manufacture gypsum wallboard

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    Engbrecht, Dick C.; Hirschfeld, Deidre A.

    2016-07-27

    Gypsum wallboard has been used for over 100 years as a barrier to the spread of fire in residential and commercial structures. The gypsum molecule, CaSO4·2H2O, provides two crystalline waters that are released upon heating providing an endothermic effect. Manufacturers have recognized that the source of the gypsum ore is a factor that affects all aspects of its performance; thus, it is hypothesized that the impurities present in the gypsum ore are the causes of the performance differences. Differential Thermal Analysis/Thermogravimetric Analysis (DTA/TGA) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) were used in this paper to compare and characterize samples of gypsum ore representing sources of natural, synthetic from a Flue Gas Desulfurization process (FGD) and blends thereof. The hemihydrate phase of representative natural, FGD, and reagent grade calcium sulfate were rehydrated with distilled water and evaluated by DTA/TGA. Analysis of the data shows distinct areas of similarity separated by the conversion to anhydrite ~250 °C. Compositional reconstructions based on DTA/TGA and XRD data were compared and although, the results were comparable, the DTA/TGA suggests thermally active compounds that were not detected by XRD. Anhydrite, silica and halite were reported by XRD but were not thermally reactive in the temperature range evaluated by DTA/TGA (ambient to 1050 °C). Finally, the presence of carbonate compounds (e.g., calcite and dolomite) were indicated by XRD and estimated from the thermal decomposition reaction ~700 °C.

  3. Thermal Properties of Lunar Regolith Simulants

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    Street, Kenneth W., Jr.; Ray, Chandra; Rickman, Doug; Scheiman, Daniel A.

    2010-01-01

    Various high temperature chemical processes have been developed to extract oxygen and metals from lunar regolith. These processes are tested using terrestrial analogues of the regolith. But all practical terrestrial analogs contain H2O and/or OH-, the presence of which has substantial impact on important system behaviors. We have undertaken studies of lunar regolith simulants to determine the limits of the simulants to validate key components for human survivability during sustained presence on the Moon. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) yields information on phase transitions and melting temperatures. Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis provides information on evolved gas species and their evolution temperature profiles. The DTA and TGA studies included JSC-1A fine (Johnson Space Center Mare Type 1A simulant), NU-LHT-2M (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-- United States Geological Survey (USGS)--Lunar Highlands Type 2M simulant) and its proposed feedstocks: anorthosite; dunite; high quality (HQ) glass and the norite from which HQ glass is produced. As an example, the DTA and TGA profiles for anorthosite follow. The DTA indicates exothermic transitions at 355 and 490 C and endothermic transitions at 970 and 1235 C. Below the 355 C transition, water is lost accounting for approximately 0.1 percent mass loss. Just above 490 C a second type of water is lost, presumably bound in lattices of secondary minerals along with other volatile oxides. Limited TGA-FTIR data is available at the time of this writing. For JSC-1A fine, the TGA-FTIR indicates at least two kinds of water are evolved in the 100 to 500 and the 700 to 900 C ranges. Evolution of carbon dioxide types occurs in the 250 to 545, 545 to 705, and 705 to 985 C ranges. Geologically, the results are consistent with the evolution of "water" in its several forms, CO2 from break down of secondary carbonates and magmatic, dissolved gas and glass

  4. Age at Gluten Introduction and Risk of Celiac Disease

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    Lee, Hye-Seung; Liu, Edwin; Uusitalo, Ulla; Hummel, Sandra; Yang, Jimin; Hummel, Michael; Rewers, Marian; She, Jin-Xiong; Simell, Olli; Toppari, Jorma; Ziegler, Anette-G.; Krischer, Jeffrey; Virtanen, Suvi M.; Norris, Jill M.; Agardh, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to determine whether age at introduction to gluten was associated with risk for celiac disease (CD) in genetically predisposed children. METHODS: TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) is a prospective birth cohort study. Newborn infants (N = 6436) screened for high-risk HLA-genotypes for CD were followed up in Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. Information about infant feeding was collected at clinical visits every third month. The first outcome was persistent positive for tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies (tTGA), the marker for CD. The second outcome was CD, defined as either a diagnosis based on intestinal biopsy results or on persistently high levels of tTGA. RESULTS: Swedish children were introduced to gluten earlier (median: 21.7 weeks) compared with children from Finland (median: 26.1 weeks), Germany, and the United States (both median: 30.4 weeks) (P < .0001). During a median follow-up of 5.0 years (range: 1.7–8.8 years), 773 (12%) children developed tTGA and 307 (5%) developed CD. Swedish children were at increased risk for tTGA (hazard ratio: 1.74 [95% CI: 1.47–2.06]) and CD (hazard ratio: 1.76 [95% CI: 1.34–2.24]) compared with US children, respectively (P < .0001).Gluten introduction before 17 weeks or later than 26 weeks was not associated with increased risk for tTGA or CD, adjusted for country, HLA, gender, and family history of CD, neither in the overall analysis nor on a country-level comparison. CONCLUSIONS: In TEDDY, the time to first introduction to gluten introduction was not an independent risk factor for developing CD. PMID:25601977

  5. Hemodynamic consequences of a restrictive ductus arteriosus and foramen ovale in fetal transposition of the great arteries.

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    Talemal, L; Donofrio, M T

    2016-09-16

    D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is the most commonly diagnosed cyanotic congenital heart disease presenting in the neonatal period. The survival after an arterial switch operation, with freedom from adverse cardiovascular events, has been reported to be as high as 93% at 25 years. However, despite excellent surgical outcomes, there continues to be significant preoperative morbidity and potential mortality due to compromise in the delivery room from foramen ovale closure requiring urgent balloon atrial septostomy for stabilization in the first minutes of life. The prenatal diagnosis of D-TGA using fetal echocardiography has aided in the perinatal management and delivery planning of these infants, lowering preoperative morbidity and mortality and preventing delivery room compromise. Fetuses with D-TGA have more highly oxygenated blood supplying the pulmonary arteries and ductus arteriosus which likely results in ductal constriction and increased pulmonary blood flow. This may be the cause of foramen ovale restriction or closure in-utero, which then increases the risk for postnatal compromise at delivery. Theories regarding the cause of the abnormal pulmonary vasculature that may be seen in D-TGA, including aorto-pulmonary collateral formation, have been proposed but to our knowledge, observation of the ultrasound findings throughout mid and late gestation describing the progression of the abnormal fetal physiology have not been previously described. We present a case of D-TGA in which serial assessment using fetal echocardiography enabled observation of the in-utero progression of disease, predicting postnatal compromise and facilitating the planning of life-saving specialized delivery room care and intervention.

  6. Thermal analysis of calcium sulfate dihydrate sources used to manufacture gypsum wallboard

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    Engbrecht, Dick C.; Hirschfeld, Deidre A.

    2016-07-27

    Gypsum wallboard has been used for over 100 years as a barrier to the spread of fire in residential and commercial structures. The gypsum molecule, CaSO4·2H2O, provides two crystalline waters that are released upon heating providing an endothermic effect. Manufacturers have recognized that the source of the gypsum ore is a factor that affects all aspects of its performance; thus, it is hypothesized that the impurities present in the gypsum ore are the causes of the performance differences. Differential Thermal Analysis/Thermogravimetric Analysis (DTA/TGA) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) were used in this paper to compare and characterize samples of gypsum oremore » representing sources of natural, synthetic from a Flue Gas Desulfurization process (FGD) and blends thereof. The hemihydrate phase of representative natural, FGD, and reagent grade calcium sulfate were rehydrated with distilled water and evaluated by DTA/TGA. Analysis of the data shows distinct areas of similarity separated by the conversion to anhydrite ~250 °C. Compositional reconstructions based on DTA/TGA and XRD data were compared and although, the results were comparable, the DTA/TGA suggests thermally active compounds that were not detected by XRD. Anhydrite, silica and halite were reported by XRD but were not thermally reactive in the temperature range evaluated by DTA/TGA (ambient to 1050 °C). Finally, the presence of carbonate compounds (e.g., calcite and dolomite) were indicated by XRD and estimated from the thermal decomposition reaction ~700 °C.« less

  7. The Arabidopsis PR-1 Promoter Contains Multiple Integration Sites for the Coactivator NPR1 and the Repressor SNI1[W

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    Pape, Sebastian; Thurow, Corinna; Gatz, Christiane

    2010-01-01

    Systemic acquired resistance is a broad-spectrum plant immune response involving massive transcriptional reprogramming. The Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) PATHOGENESIS-RELATED-1 (PR-1) gene has been used in numerous studies to elucidate transcriptional control mechanisms regulating systemic acquired resistance. WRKY transcription factors and basic leucine zipper proteins of the TGA family regulate the PR-1 promoter by binding to specific cis-elements. In addition, the promoter is under the control of two proteins that do not directly contact the DNA: the positive regulator NONEXPRESSOR OF PR GENES1 (NPR1), which physically interacts with TGA factors, and the repressor SUPPRESSOR OF NPR1, INDUCIBLE1 (SNI1). In this study, we analyzed the importance of the TGA-binding sites LS5 and LS7 and the WKRY box LS4 for regulation by NPR1 and SNI1. In the absence of LS5 and LS7, NPR1 activates the PR-1 promoter through a mechanism that requires LS4. Since transcriptional activation of WRKY genes is under the control of NPR1 and since LS4 is not sufficient for the activation of a truncated PR-1 promoter by the effector protein NPR1-VP16 in transient assays, it is concluded that the LS4-dependent activation of the PR-1 promoter is indirect. In the case of NPR1 acting directly through TGA factors at its target promoters, two TGA-binding sites are necessary but not sufficient for NPR1 function in transgenic plants and in the NPR-VP16-based trans-activation assay in protoplasts. SNI1 exerts its negative effect in the noninduced state by targeting unknown proteins associated with sequences between bp −816 and −573. Under induced conditions, SNI1 negatively regulates the function of WRKY transcription factors binding to WKRY boxes between bp −550 and −510. PMID:20935179

  8. Measuring evaporation rates of metal compounds from solid samples.

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    Ludwig, Christian; Wochele, Jörg; Jörimann, Urs

    2007-04-01

    A thermogravimeter (TGA, Mettler-Toledo TGA/SDTA851e) was connected to an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES, Varian Liberty 110) using a condensation interface (CI), which transforms gaseous high-boiling-temperature substances into solid (or liquid) aerosols. Argon was used as the carrier gas to transfer the aerosols into the ICP-OES for on-line elemental analysis. This new analytical TGA-CI-ICP-OES device, called TGA-ICP, is the first of its kind and allows one to study the thermochemically induced evaporation behavior of high-boiling-temperature substances, such as heavy metal compounds, under different thermochemical conditions. It allows the investigation of the behavior of large solid or liquid samples (100-500 mg), which is important for applying the results to industrial processes. So far, the CI principle has allowed only semiquantitative elemental analyses of hot gases when connected to an ICP-OES. In this work, we show that a direct calibration of the CI-ICP-OES device is possible in combination with a TGA. The intensities determined by ICP-OES could be directly related to gravimetrically determined evaporation rates of volatile model compounds. The results show model evaporation experiments with native CdCl2 and CdCl2 resulting from the reaction of CaCl2 with CdO. Cadmium was studied because it is a volatile toxic heavy metal and its thermal behavior is relevant in various waste-treatment and recycling processes.

  9. Fluorescence-based CdTe nanosensor for sensitive detection of cytochrome C.

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    Amin, Rehab M; Elfeky, Souad A; Verwanger, Thomas; Krammer, Barbara

    2017-12-15

    Cytochrome c (Cyt c) is commonly used as intrinsic biomarker for several characteristics of the cell such as respiration, energy level and apoptosis. In the present study a simple colorimetric sensor should be developed and tested for the real-time detection of Cyt c in living cells. We synthesized cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) as a fluorometric Cyt c nanosensor. The synthesized TGA/CdTe QDs nanosensor was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and absorption as well as fluorescence spectrophotometry. We investigated the developed TGA/CdTe QDs sensor with regard to its applicability in the fluorometric detection of Cyt c. Results showed that the TGA/CdTe QDs could be used as a sensitive fluorescence probe for the quantification of different concentrations of Cyt c ranging from 0.5 - 2.5μM. Increased binding of QDs to Cyt c results in decreasing fluorescence. The fluorescence of the QDs is inversely correlated to the Cyt c concentration. Based on these data, a standard curve up to 2.5μM Cyt c was established. Moreover, the developed nanosensor was applied in different concentrations on primary human dermal fibroblasts. Results showed that TGA/CdTe QDs were taken up by cells and could be visualized by fluorescence microscopy. Quantification of Cyt c within living cells via QDs is, however, influenced by various factors such as cell damage, QD aggregation or the level of reactive oxygen species, which have to be taken into account. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Age at gluten introduction and risk of celiac disease.

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    Aronsson, Carin Andrén; Lee, Hye-Seung; Liu, Edwin; Uusitalo, Ulla; Hummel, Sandra; Yang, Jimin; Hummel, Michael; Rewers, Marian; She, Jin-Xiong; Simell, Olli; Toppari, Jorma; Ziegler, Anette-G; Krischer, Jeffrey; Virtanen, Suvi M; Norris, Jill M; Agardh, Daniel

    2015-02-01

    The goal of this study was to determine whether age at introduction to gluten was associated with risk for celiac disease (CD) in genetically predisposed children. TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) is a prospective birth cohort study. Newborn infants (N = 6436) screened for high-risk HLA-genotypes for CD were followed up in Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. Information about infant feeding was collected at clinical visits every third month. The first outcome was persistent positive for tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies (tTGA), the marker for CD. The second outcome was CD, defined as either a diagnosis based on intestinal biopsy results or on persistently high levels of tTGA. Swedish children were introduced to gluten earlier (median: 21.7 weeks) compared with children from Finland (median: 26.1 weeks), Germany, and the United States (both median: 30.4 weeks) (P < .0001). During a median follow-up of 5.0 years (range: 1.7-8.8 years), 773 (12%) children developed tTGA and 307 (5%) developed CD. Swedish children were at increased risk for tTGA (hazard ratio: 1.74 [95% CI: 1.47-2.06]) and CD (hazard ratio: 1.76 [95% CI: 1.34-2.24]) compared with US children, respectively (P < .0001).Gluten introduction before 17 weeks or later than 26 weeks was not associated with increased risk for tTGA or CD, adjusted for country, HLA, gender, and family history of CD, neither in the overall analysis nor on a country-level comparison. In TEDDY, the time to first introduction to gluten introduction was not an independent risk factor for developing CD. Copyright © 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  11. Right ventricular function and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels in adult patients with simple dextro-transposition of the great arteries.

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    Martínez-Quintana, Efrén; Marrero-Negrín, Natalia; Gopar-Gopar, Silvia; Rodríguez-González, Fayna

    2017-06-01

    Dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) patients is at high risk of developing right ventricular dysfunction and tricuspid regurgitation in adulthood. Determining the relation between echocardiographic parameters, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) levels and the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class may help determining the best time to operate them. Patients with simple d-TGA operated in infancy with an atrial switch procedure (Mustard or Senning operation) were followed up in our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit. Analytical, echocardiographic, and clinical parameters were determined to evaluate the correlation between right echocardiographic ventricular function, NT-pro-BNP levels, and NYHA functional class. Twenty-four patients with d-TGA were operated in infancy of whom 17 alive patients had simple d-TGA. Nine patients had NT-pro-BNP levels lower than 200 pg/mL and eight patients were above 200 pg/mL. Patients with lower hemoglobin concentration, higher right ventricular diameter or under diuretic treatment showed significant higher NT-pro-BNP levels (above 200 pg/dL). The Spearman test showed a positive correlation between basal right ventricular diameter and tricuspid regurgitation with pro NT BNP levels (correlation coefficient of .624; P=.017 and .490; P=.046, respectively) and a negative correlation with the right ventricle fractional area change (-.508, P=.045). No correlation was seen between NT-pro-BNP levels and the rest of echocardiographic parameters or the NYHA functional class. NT-pro-BNP levels showed a positive correlation with basal right ventricular diameter and tricuspid regurgitation but not with NYHA association functional class in d-TGA patients. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Ischemic Amnesia: Causes and Outcome.

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    Michel, Patrik; Beaud, Valérie; Eskandari, Ashraf; Maeder, Philippe; Demonet, Jean-François; Eskioglou, Elissavet

    2017-08-01

    We aimed to describe the frequency and characteristics of acute ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attacks presenting predominantly with amnesia (ischemic amnesia) and to identify clinical clues for differentiating them from transient global amnesia (TGA). We retrospectively analyzed and described all patients presenting with diffusion-weighted imaging magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed acute ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attacks with antero- and retrograde amnesia as the main symptom over a 13.5-year period. We also compared their clinical features and stroke mechanisms with 3804 acute ischemic stroke from our ischemic stroke registry. Thirteen ischemic amnesia patients were identified, representing 0.2% of all patients with acute ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack. In 69% of ischemic amnesia cases, amnesia was transient with a median duration of 5 hours. Ischemia was not considered in 39% of cases. Fifty-four percent of cases were clinically difficult to distinguish from TGA, including 15% who were indistinguishable from TGA. 1.2% of all presumed TGA patients at our center were later found to have ischemic amnesia. Amnesic strokes were more often cardioembolic, multiterritorial, and typically involved the posterior circulation and limbic system. Clinical clues were minor focal neurological signs, higher age, more risk factors, and stroke favoring circumstances. Although all patients were independent at 3 months, 31% had persistent memory problems. Amnesia as the main symptom of acute ischemic cerebral events is rare, mostly transient, and easily mistaken for TGA. Although clinical clues are often present, the threshold for performing diffusion-weighted imaging in acute amnesia should be low. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. Kinetic catalytic determination of trace Cu(II) in water samples with the thioglycolic/thiolactic acid-chromate reaction.

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    Rustoiu-Csavdari, A; Mihai, D; Bâldea, I

    2005-04-01

    The use of two novel similar indicator reactions as applied to the kinetic determination of Cu(II) in water is investigated. The methods rely on the catalytic effect of the analyte on the oxidation of thioglycolic (TGA) and thiolactic (TLA) acids by chromate in acidic media. The extent of the reactions was followed spectrophotometrically at 345 nm. Pseudo-first-order rate coefficients, k(obsd), were determined as a function of catalyst concentration. Interference of Fe(III) and Pb(II) was suppressed by complexation with pyrophosphate. For the reaction of TGA, a linear regression for k(obsd) versus [Cu(II)] was obtained for the entire concentration range considered. Although the plot corresponding to TLA oxidation exhibits a sharp change of slope at approximately 1.8x10(-5) M Cu(II), it can still be described effectively by two linear regressions with different slopes. The reaction of TGA is more sensitive than that of TLA at low Cu(II) concentration. The opposite is true for higher catalyst contents. The detection limits were 65 microg L(-1) for TGA and of 80 microg L(-1) for TLA oxidation, respectively. The relative standard deviations, of 0.4% for TGA and 1.1% for TLA oxidation, respectively, were obtained for five replicate runs at 1000 microg L(-1). Samples of river and wastewater from the mining region of Baia-Mare, Northern Romania were analyzed using the more sensitive reaction of thioglycolic acid. Results were compared to those obtained by the officially standardized methods. Good agreement was obtained, even for an untreated sample. Measurements did not require prior separation of interfering species.

  14. Volatile organic compounds in pesticide formulations: Methods to estimate ozone formation potential

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    Zeinali, Mazyar; McConnell, Laura L.; Hapeman, Cathleen J.; Nguyen, Anh; Schmidt, Walter F.; Howard, Cody J.

    2011-05-01

    The environmental fate and toxicity of active ingredients in pesticide formulations has been investigated for many decades, but relatively little research has been conducted on the fate of pesticide co-formulants or inerts. Some co-formulants are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can contribute to ground-level ozone pollution. Effective product assessment methods are required to reduce emissions of the most reactive VOCs. Six emulsifiable concentrate pesticide products were characterized for percent VOC by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). TGA estimates exceeded GC-MS by 10-50% in all but one product, indicating that for some products a fraction of active ingredient is released during TGA or that VOC contribution was underestimated by GC-MS. VOC profiles were examined using TGA-Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) evolved gas analysis and were compared to GC-MS results. The TGA-FTIR method worked best for products with the simplest and most volatile formulations, but could be developed into an effective product screening tool. An ozone formation potential ( OFP) for each product was calculated using the chemical composition from GC-MS and published maximum incremental reactivity ( MIR) values. OFP values ranged from 0.1 to 3.1 g ozone g -1 product. A 24-h VOC emission simulation was developed for each product assuming a constant emission rate calculated from an equation relating maximum flux rate to vapor pressure. Results indicate 100% VOC loss for some products within a few hours, while other products containing less volatile components will remain in the field for several days after application. An alternate method to calculate a product OFP was investigated utilizing the fraction of the total mass of each chemical emitted at the end of the 24-h simulation. The ideal assessment approach will include: 1) unambiguous chemical composition information; 2) flexible simulation models to estimate emissions under

  15. CO{sub 2} capture from flue gases using three Ca-based sorbents in a fluidized bed reactor

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    Li, Z.S.; Fang, F.; Cai, N.S.

    2009-06-15

    Abstract: Experiments of CO{sub 2} capture and sorbent regeneration characteristics of limestone, dolomite, and CaO/Ca{sub 1}2Al{sub 14}O{sub 3}3 at high temperature were investigated in a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and a fluidized bed reactor. The effect of reactivity decay of limestone, dolomite, and CaO/Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 3}3 sorbents on CO{sub 2} capture and sorbent regeneration processes was studied. The experimental results indicated that the operation time of high efficient CO{sub 2} capture stage declined continuously with increasing of the cyclic number due to the loss of the sorbent activity, and the final CO{sub 2} capture efficiency would remain nearly constant, due to the sorbent already reaching the final residual capture capacity. After the CO{sub 2} capture step, the Ca-based sorbents need to be regenerated to be used for a subsequent cycle, and the multiple calcination processes of Ca-based sorbent under different calcination conditions are studied and discussed. Reactivity loss of limestone, dolomite and CaO/Ca{sub 12}Al{sub 14}O{sub 3}3 sorbents from a fluidized bed reactor at both mild and severe calcination conditions was compared with the TGA data. At mild calcination conditions, TGA results of sorbent reactivity loss were similar to the experimental results of fluidized bed reactor for three sorbents at 850 degrees C calcination temperature, and this indicated that TGA experimental results can be used as a reference to predict sorbent reactivity loss behavior in fluidized bed reactor. At severe calcination condition, sorbent reactivity loss behavior for limestone and dolomite from TGA compare well with the result from a fluidized bed reactor.

  16. Accuracy in Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Without Biopsies in Clinical Practice.

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    Werkstetter, Katharina J; Korponay-Szabó, Ilma R; Popp, Alina; Villanacci, Vincenzo; Salemme, Marianna; Heilig, Gabriele; Lillevang, Søren Thue; Mearin, Maria Luisa; Ribes-Koninckx, Carmen; Thomas, Adrian; Troncone, Riccardo; Filipiak, Birgit; Mäki, Markku; Gyimesi, Judit; Najafi, Mehri; Dolinšek, Jernej; Sander, Stine Dydensborg; Auricchio, Renata; Papadopoulou, Alexandra; Vécsei, Andreas; Szitanyi, Peter; Donat, Ester; Nenna, Rafaella; Alliet, Philippe; Penagini, Francesca; Garnier-Lengliné, Hélène; Castillejo, Gemma; Kurppa, Kalle; Shamir, Ranaan; Hauer, Almuthe Christine; Smets, Françoise; Corujeira, Susana; van Winckel, Myriam; Buderus, Stefan; Chong, Sonny; Husby, Steffen; Koletzko, Sibylle

    2017-06-15

    The guidelines of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition allow for diagnosis of celiac disease without biopsies in children with symptoms and levels of immunoglobulin A against tissue-transglutaminase (TGA-IgA) 10-fold or more the upper limit of normal (ULN), confirmed by detection of endomysium antibodies (EMA) and positivity for HLA-DQ2/DQ8. We performed a large, international prospective study to validate this approach. We collected data from consecutive pediatric patients (18 years or younger) on a gluten-containing diet who tested positive for TGA-IgA from November 2011 through May 2014, seen at 33 pediatric gastroenterology units in 21 countries. Local centers recorded symptoms; measurements of total IgA, TGA, and EMA; and histopathology findings from duodenal biopsies. Children were considered to have malabsorption if they had chronic diarrhea, weight loss (or insufficient gain), growth failure, or anemia. We directly compared central findings from 16 antibody tests (8 for TGA-IgA, 1 for TGA-IgG, 6 for IgG against deamidated gliadin peptides, and 1 for EMA, from 5 different manufacturers), 2 HLA-DQ2/DQ8 tests from 2 manufacturers, and histopathology findings from the reference pathologist. Final diagnoses were based on local and central results. If all local and central results were concordant for celiac disease, cases were classified as proven celiac disease. Patients with only a low level of TGA-IgA (threefold or less below the ULN) but no other results indicating celiac disease were classified as no celiac disease. Central histo-morphometry analyses were performed on all other biopsies and cases were carefully reviewed in a blinded manner. Inconclusive cases were regarded as not having celiac disease for calculation of diagnostic accuracy. The primary aim was to determine whether the nonbiopsy approach identifies children with celiac disease with a positive predictive value (PPV) above 99% in clinical practice

  17. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells.

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    Rodriguez-Torres, Marcos R; Velez, Christian; Zayas, Beatriz; Rivera, Osvaldo; Arslan, Zikri; Gonzalez-Vega, Maxine N; Diaz-Diestra, Daysi; Beltran-Huarac, Juan; Morell, Gerardo; Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M

    2015-06-01

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, and their ability to tune their absorption and emission spectra upon changing the crystal size. The production of CdSe QDs is mostly assisted by trioctylphosphine oxide compound, which acts as solvent or solubilizing agent and renders the QDs soluble in organic compounds (such as toluene, chloroform, and hexane) that are highly toxic. To circumvent the toxicity-related factor in CdSe QDs, we report the synthesis of CdSe QDs capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) in an aqueous medium, and their biocompatibility in colo-205 cancer cells. In this study, the [Cd(2+)]/[TGA] ratio was adjusted to 11:1 and the Se concentration (10 and 15 mM) was monitored in order to evaluate its influence on the optical properties and cytocompatibility. QDs resulted to be quite stable in water (after purification) and RPMI cell medium and no precipitation was observed for long contact times, making them appealing for in vitro experiments. The spectroscopy analysis, advanced electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry studies indicate that the final products were successfully formed exhibiting an improved optical response. Colo-205 cells being exposed to different concentrations of TGA-capped CdSe QDs for 12, 24, and 48 h with doses ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 mM show high tolerance reaching cell viabilities as high as 93 %. No evidence of cellular apoptotic pathways was observed as pointed out by our Annexin V assays at higher concentrations. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis conducted to evaluate

  18. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells

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    Rodriguez-Torres, Marcos R.; Velez, Christian; Zayas, Beatriz; Rivera, Osvaldo; Arslan, Zikri; Gonzalez-Vega, Maxine N.; Diaz-Diestra, Daysi; Beltran-Huarac, Juan; Morell, Gerardo

    2015-01-01

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, and their ability to tune their absorption and emission spectra upon changing the crystal size. The production of CdSe QDs is mostly assisted by trioctylphosphine oxide compound, which acts as solvent or solubilizing agent and renders the QDs soluble in organic compounds (such as toluene, chloroform, and hexane) that are highly toxic. To circumvent the toxicity-related factor in CdSe QDs, we report the synthesis of CdSe QDs capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) in an aqueous medium, and their biocompatibility in colo-205 cancer cells. In this study, the [Cd2+]/[TGA] ratio was adjusted to 11:1 and the Se concentration (10 and 15 mM) was monitored in order to evaluate its influence on the optical properties and cytocompatibility. QDs resulted to be quite stable in water (after purification) and RPMI cell medium and no precipitation was observed for long contact times, making them appealing for in vitro experiments. The spectroscopy analysis, advanced electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry studies indicate that the final products were successfully formed exhibiting an improved optical response. Colo-205 cells being exposed to different concentrations of TGA-capped CdSe QDs for 12, 24, and 48 h with doses ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 mM show high tolerance reaching cell viabilities as high as 93 %. No evidence of cellular apoptotic pathways was observed as pointed out by our Annexin V assays at higher concentrations. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis conducted to evaluate the

  19. Utilisation trends of rosiglitazone and pioglitazone in Australia before and after safety warnings

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    2014-01-01

    Background A see on cardiovascular diseases and bladder cancer. The changes to the patterns of rosiglitazone and pioglitazone utilisation in Australia following the timing of these various health authority warnings such as the Australian Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) press releases or U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unknown. This study investigated the utilisation patterns of rosiglitazone and pioglitazone in Australia before and after warnings of major drug authorities. Methods We evaluated rosiglitazone and pioglitazone dispensing using the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) subsidised drug dispensing data for the Australian population from February 2004 to July 2012. The World Health Organisation Anatomic Therapeutic Chemical (ATC)/Defined Daily Dose (DDD) system was used to compare the drug utilisation patterns following the announcements of EMA, FDA, and TGA safety warnings, which first occurred in May 2007. The DDD/1000population/day were examined in a series of time-series regression analysis with the drug safety warnings specified as interventions. Results Rosiglitazone utilisation increased steadily from 2004 until reaching a peak at 1.96/1000population/day in January 2007. Then rosiglitazone use decreased significantly after the initial EMA press release and FDA warning on cardiovascular risk in May 2007 (with a 15.04% average monthly decline, p-value <0.001), however use did not significantly decrease after the TGA warning or subsequent EMA and FDA warnings. Pioglitazone utilisation proceeded rosiglitazone in September 2008 and remained above 1.5/1000/day during 2009–2010. However, pioglitazone utilisation has slightly declined after the FDA, EMA, and TGA warnings related to bladder cancer. Conclusions Drug safety warnings were associated with a decrease in rosiglitazone and pioglitazone utilisation in Australia. Rosiglitazone began to decline prior to TGA warnings in December 2007, which suggests

  20. Discriminating secondary from primary water in volcanic glass using thermogravimetric analysis

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    Giachetti, T.; Gonnermann, H. M.; Gardner, J. E.; Shea, T.; Daniller-Varghese, M.

    2013-12-01

    Matrix-glass water in pyroclasts can include both primary (magmatic) and secondary (meteoric) water. Quantitative discrimination between magmatic and meteoric water is essential to interpret magma degassing processes, but remains challenging. Analyses of D/H isotopic ratios or water speciation help assess whether a texturally intact glass has been rehydrated, but we yet to correct for the extent of rehydration quantitatively, largely because the diffusivity of water at low temperatures (<400°C) is poorly understood. We present new results on the rehydration of rhyolitic pumices using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA quantifies precisely the mass lost from volatile exsolution (almost exclusively water in our case, as determined by both mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy) from a given sample heated to a specified temperature at specified rate. TGA has been used previously to discriminate between magmatic and meteoric water in silicic glasses, under the assumption that exsolution of meteoric water only occurs at T<550°C. Analyzed samples include crystal-free rhyolitic Plinian pumices from Glass Mountain (1.1 ka), Valles Caldera (50-60 ka) and Long Valley caldera (760 ka). All samples were crushed to <125 μm grains, and analyzed by TGA for temperatures up to 1000°C, using a heating rate of 20°C/min. The total weight loss attributed to water ranges from 1.3 wt% in pumice from Glass Mountain to >4.5 wt% in pumice from Valles Caldera. For all samples, >80% of the total water is lost far below 550°C, the first derivative of the mass loss always showing a major degassing peak between 210-320°C, followed by a smaller peak between 430-670°C. Moreover, the TGA curve of an obsidian from Glass Mountain, first dehydrated by heating the sample to 1000°C, and then experimentally hydrated to 3.9 wt% at high temperature and pressure (i.e., containing only ';magmatic' water), also shows that ~85% of the water is lost below 550°C, with a major peak around 380

  1. Impact of mass screening for gluten-sensitive enteropathy in working population

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    Mariné, Meritxell; Fernández-Bañares, Fernando; Alsina, Montserrat; Farré, Carme; Cortijo, Montserrat; Santaolalla, Rebeca; Salas, Antonio; Tomàs, Margarita; Abugattas, Elias; Loras, Carme; Ordás, Ingrid; Viver, Josep M; Esteve, Maria

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To assess: (1) frequency and clinical relevance of gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE) detected by serology in a mass screening program; (2) sensitivity of antitransglutaminase (tTGA) and antiendomysium antibodies (EmA); and (3) adherence to gluten-free diet (GFD) and follow-up. METHODS: One thousand, eight hundred and sixty-eight subjects recruited from an occupational health department underwent analysis for tTGA and EmA and, if positive, duodenal biopsy, DQ2/DQ8 genotyping, clinical feature recording, blood tests, and densitometry were performed. Since > 98% of individuals had tTGA < 2 U/mL, this value was established as the cut-off limit of normality and was considered positive when confirmed twice in the same sample. Adherence to a GFD and follow up were registered. RESULTS: Twenty-six (1.39%) subjects had positive tTGA and/or EmA, and 21 underwent biopsy: six Marsh III (one IIIa, four IIIb, one IIIc), nine Marsh I and six Marsh 0 (frequency of GSE 1:125). The sensitivity of EmA for GSE was 46.6% (11.1% for Marsh I, 100% for Marsh III), while for tTGA, it was 93.3% (88.8% for Marsh I, 100% for Marsh III). All 15 patients with abnormal histology had clinical features related to GSE. Marsh I and III subjects had more abdominal pain than Marsh 0 (P = 0.029), and a similar trend was observed for distension and diarrhea. No differences in the percentage of osteopenia were found between Marsh I and III (P = 0.608). Adherence to follow-up was 69.2%. Of 15 GSE patients, 66.7% followed a GFD with 80% responding to it. CONCLUSION: GSE in the general population is frequent and clinically relevant, irrespective of histological severity. tTGA is the marker of choice. Mass screening programs are useful in identifying patients who can benefit from GFD and follow-up. PMID:19294762

  2. Room temperature synthesis of PbSe quantum dots in aqueous solution: Stabilization by interactions with ligands

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    Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.; Arslan, Zikri; Rasulev, Bakhtiyor; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2011-01-01

    An aqueous route of synthesis is described for rapid synthesis of lead selenide quantum dots (PbSe QDs) at room temperature in an attempt to produce water-soluble and stable nanocrystals. Several thiol-ligands, including thioglycolic acid (TGA), thioglycerol (TGC), 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), 2-mercaptoethyleamine hydrochloride (MEA), 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA), and L-cysteine (L-cys), were used for capping/stabilization of PbSe QDs. The effects of the ligands on the stability of PbSe QDs were evaluated for a period of two months at room temperature under normal light conditions and at 4 °C in dark. The TGA- and MEA-capped QDs exhibited the highest stability prior to purification, almost two months when kept in dark at 4 °C. However, the stability of TGA-capped QDs was reduced substantially after purification to about 5 days under same conditions, while MEA-capped QDs did not show any significant instability. The stabilization energies of Pb-thiolate complexes determined by theoretical DFT simulations supported the experimental results. The PbSe QDs capped with TGA, MPA and MEA were successfully purified and re-dispersed in water, while those stabilized with TGC, MHA and L-cys aggregated during purification attempts. The purified PbSe QDs possess very susceptible surface resulting in poor stability for about 30 – 45 min after re-dispersion in water. In the presence of an excess of free ligand, the stability increased up to 5 days for TGA-capped QDs at pH 7.19, 9 –12 days for MPA-capped QDs at pH 7.3–7.5 and 45–47 days for MEA-capped QDs at pH 7.35. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) results showed that the QDs possess a cubic rock salt structure with the most intense peaks located at 2θ = 25.3° (200) and 2θ = 29.2° (100). TEM images showed that the size of the QDs ranges between 5 and 10 nm. ICP-MS results revealed that Pb:Se ratio was 1.26, 1.28, 3.85, 1.18, and 1.31 for the QDs capped with TGA, MPA, MEA, L-Cys, and TGC, respectively. The proposed method

  3. Room temperature synthesis of PbSe quantum dots in aqueous solution: stabilization by interactions with ligands

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    Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.; Arslan, Zikri; Rasulev, Bakhtiyor; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2012-02-01

    An aqueous route of synthesis is described for rapid synthesis of lead selenide quantum dots (PbSe QDs) at room temperature in an attempt to produce water-soluble and stable nanocrystals. Several thiol-ligands, including thioglycolic acid (TGA), thioglycerol (TGC), 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), 2-mercaptoethylamine hydrochloride (MEA), 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA), and l-cysteine (l-cys), were used for capping/stabilization of PbSe QDs. The effects of the ligands on the stability of PbSe QDs were evaluated for a period of two months at room temperature under normal light conditions and at 4 °C in the dark. The TGA- and MEA-capped QDs exhibited the highest stability prior to purification, almost two months when kept in the dark at 4 °C. However, the stability of TGA-capped QDs was reduced substantially after purification to about 5 days under the same conditions, while MEA-capped QDs did not show any significant instability. The stabilization energies of Pb-thiolate complexes determined by theoretical DFT simulations supported the experimental results. The PbSe QDs capped with TGA, MPA and MEA were successfully purified and re-dispersed in water, while those stabilized with TGC, MHA and l-cys aggregated during purification attempts. The purified PbSe QDs possess very susceptible surface resulting in poor stability for about 30-45 min after re-dispersion in water. In the presence of an excess of free ligand, the stability increased up to 5 days for TGA-capped QDs at pH 7.19, 9-12 days for MPA-capped QDs at pH 7.3-7.5 and 45-47 days for MEA-capped QDs at pH 7.35. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the QDs possess a cubic rock salt structure with the most intense peaks located at 2θ = 25.3° (200) and 2θ = 29.2° (100). TEM images showed that the size of the QDs ranges between 5 and 10 nm. ICP-MS results revealed that Pb : Se ratios were 1.26, 1.28, 3.85, 1.18, and 1.31 for the QDs capped with TGA, MPA, MEA, l-cys, and TGC, respectively. The proposed

  4. Lectin-carbohydrate interactions on nanoporous gold monoliths.

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    Tan, Yih Horng; Fujikawa, Kohki; Pornsuriyasak, Papapida; Alla, Allan J; Ganesh, N Vijaya; Demchenko, Alexei V; Stine, Keith J

    2013-07-01

    Monoliths of nanoporous gold (np-Au) were modified with self-assembled monolayers of octadecanethiol (C18-SH), 8-mercaptooctyl α-D-mannopyranoside (αMan-C8-SH), and 8-mercapto-3,6-dioxaoctanol (HO-PEG2-SH), and the loading was assessed using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Modification with mixed SAMs containing αMan-C8-SH (at a 0.20 mole fraction in the SAM forming solution) with either octanethiol or HO-PEG2-SH was also investigated. The np-Au monoliths modified with αMan-C8-SH bind the lectin Concanavalin A (Con A), and the additional mass due to bound protein was assessed using TGA analysis. A comparison of TGA traces measured before and after exposure of HO-PEG2-SH modified np-Au to Con A showed that the non-specific binding of Con A was minimal. In contrast, np-Au modified with octanethiol showed a significant mass loss due to non-specifically adsorbed Con A. A significant mass loss was also attributed to binding of Con A to bare np-Au monoliths. TGA revealed a mass loss due to the binding of Con A to np-Au monoliths modified with pure αMan-C8-SH. The use of mass losses determined by TGA to compare the binding of Con A to np-Au monoliths modified by mixed SAMs of αMan-C8-SH and either octanethiol or HO-PEG2-SH revealed that binding to mixed SAM modified surfaces is specific for the mixed SAMs with HO-PEG2-SH but shows a significant contribution from non-specific adsorption for the mixed SAMs with octanethiol. Minimal adsorption of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and peanut agglutinin (PNA) towards the mannoside modified np-Au monoliths was demonstrated. A greater mass loss was found for Con A bound onto the monolith than for either IgG or PNA, signifying that the mannose presenting SAMs in np-Au retain selectivity for Con A. TGA data also provide evidence that Con A bound to the αMan-C8-SH modified np-Au can be eluted by flowing a solution of methyl α-D-mannopyranoside through the structure. The presence of Con A proteins on the modified np-Au surface was

  5. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells

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    Rodriguez-Torres, Marcos R.; Velez, Christian; Zayas, Beatriz; Rivera, Osvaldo; Arslan, Zikri; Gonzalez-Vega, Maxine N.; Diaz-Diestra, Daysi; Beltran-Huarac, Juan; Morell, Gerardo; Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.

    2015-06-01

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, and their ability to tune their absorption and emission spectra upon changing the crystal size. The production of CdSe QDs is mostly assisted by trioctylphosphine oxide compound, which acts as solvent or solubilizing agent and renders the QDs soluble in organic compounds (such as toluene, chloroform, and hexane) that are highly toxic. To circumvent the toxicity-related factor in CdSe QDs, we report the synthesis of CdSe QDs capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) in an aqueous medium, and their biocompatibility in colo-205 cancer cells. In this study, the [Cd2+]/[TGA] ratio was adjusted to 11:1 and the Se concentration (10 and 15 mM) was monitored in order to evaluate its influence on the optical properties and cytocompatibility. QDs resulted to be quite stable in water (after purification) and RPMI cell medium and no precipitation was observed for long contact times, making them appealing for in vitro experiments. The spectroscopy analysis, advanced electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry studies indicate that the final products were successfully formed exhibiting an improved optical response. Colo-205 cells being exposed to different concentrations of TGA-capped CdSe QDs for 12, 24, and 48 h with doses ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 mM show high tolerance reaching cell viabilities as high as 93 %. No evidence of cellular apoptotic pathways was observed as pointed out by our Annexin V assays at higher concentrations. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis conducted to evaluate the

  6. Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

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    2012-10-03

    signed an oil shale exploration agreement with the Jordanian government. Estonia’s Enefit Eesti Energia AS also has signed agreements on oil shale...democracy assistance, water preservation, and education (particularly building and renovating public schools). In the democracy sector, U.S. assistance

  7. Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-05-08

    an oil shale exploration agreement with the Jordanian government. Estonia’s Enefit Eesti Energia AS also has signed agreements on oil shale...of sectors including democracy assistance, water preservation, and education (particularly building and renovating public schools). In the democracy

  8. Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-05-03

    exploration agreement with the Jordanian government. Estonia’s Eesti Energia AS also has signed agreements on oil shale projects. See, “Amman Unlocks...Jordan focus on a variety of sectors including democracy assistance, water preservation, and education (particularly building and renovating public

  9. Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-01-27

    Estonia’s Enefit Eesti Energia AS also has signed agreements on oil shale projects. In 2012, the Canadian company, Global Oil Shale Holdings (GOSH...variety of sectors including democracy assistance, water preservation, and education (particularly building and renovating public schools). In the

  10. Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-12-02

    Estonia’s Enefit Eesti Energia AS also has signed agreements on oil shale projects. In 2012, the Canadian company, Global Oil Shale Holdings (GOSH...variety of sectors including democracy assistance, water preservation, and education (particularly building and renovating public schools). In the

  11. Spectrophotometric determination of titanium with tannin and thioglycollic acid and its application to titanium-treated steels and ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.

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    Banerjee, S

    1986-04-01

    A sensitive spectrophotometric method for the determination of titanium by formation of its complex with tannin and thioglycollic acid at pH 4 has been developed. The intense yellow colour is measured at 400 nm and the system obeys Beer's law over the range 0.2-5 ppm titanium in the solution measured. The method is applicable to titanium-treated steels, stainless steels, permanent magnet alloys and duralumin alloys. The interference of Co, Ni, Cr, Mn, V, Mo and W can be eliminated by prior separation of titanium by controlled addition of cupferron in the presence of thioglycollic acid (TGA). Copper can be quantitatively separated by precipitation with TGA and determined complexometrically with EDTA, with PAN as indicator. Niobium interferes even in traces.

  12. Thermal analysis of thermo-gravimetric measurements of spent nuclear fuel oxidation rates

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    Cramer, E.R.

    1997-10-09

    A detailed thermal analysis was completed of the sample temperatures in the Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) system used to measure irradiated N Reactor fuel oxidation rates. Sample temperatures during the oxidation process did not show the increase which was postulated as a result of the exothermic reactions. The analysis shows the axial conduction of heat in the sample holder effectively removes the added heat and only a very small, i.e., <10 C, increase in temperature is calculated. A room temperature evaporation test with water showed the sample thermocouple sensitivity to be more than adequate to account for a temperature change of approximately 5 C. Therefore, measured temperatures in the TGA are within approximately 10 C of the actual sample temperatures and no adjustments to reported data to account for the heat input from the oxidation process are necessary.

  13. Characterization of urania vaporization with transpiration coupled thermogravimetry

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    McMurray, J. W.

    2015-12-05

    Determining equilibrium vapor pressures of materials is made easier by transpiration measurements. However, the traditional technique involves condensing the volatiles entrained in a carrier gas outside of the hot measurement zone. One potential problem is deposition en route to a cooled collector. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) can be used to measure in situ mass loss due to vaporization and therefore obviate the need to analyze the entire gas train due to premature plating of vapor species. Therefore, a transpiration coupled TGA technique was used to determine equilibrium pressures of UO3 gas over fluorite structure UO2+x and U3O8 at T = (1573more » and 1773) K. Moreover, we compared to calculations from models and databases in the open literature. Our study gives clarity to the thermochemical data for UO3 gas and validates the mass loss transpiration method using thermogravimetry for determining equilibrium vapor pressures of non-stoichiometric oxides.« less

  14. The influence of alkaline treatment on thermal stability of flax fibres

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    Chaishome, J.; Rattanapaskorn, S.

    2017-04-01

    The paper pursued the hypothesis that alkaline treatment removed hemicellulose and pectin from the flax fibres, the fibre thermal stability will be improved. The use of plant fibres as reinforcement in thermoplastic composites comes with the detrimental effect of thermal degradation on the tensile performance of fibres and composites, particularly during long consolidation times at high temperature. SEM was used to observe the treated fibre surface. The micrographs show that the treatment with a higher concentration of NaOH solution results in a more obviously rough fibre surface. Moreover, FTIR and TGA were used to examine the chemical decomposition and thermal stability, respectively. The spectra of treated materials indicate that both hemicellulose and pectin were dissolved from the fibre surface following treatment. Finally, TGA results revealed that the loss of mass belonging to hemicellulose and pectin in treated fibres results in a shift of the main degradation temperature to higher temperature.

  15. Structural phase transitions and adduct release in calcium borohydride

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    Paolone, A.; Palumbo, O.; Rispoli, P.; Miriametro, A.; Cantelli, R.; Luedtke, A.; Rönnebro, E.; Chandra, D.

    2011-09-01

    Ca(BH4)2 compounds were investigated above room temperature by anelastic spectroscopy (AS) and concomitant measurements of thermogravimetry and mass spectrometry (TGA/MS). Both AS and TGA/MS indicate that even after a thermal treatment at 125 °C for 20 h, a non-negligible residual of THF adduct is still present in the sample, which can be removed on a subsequent thermal treatment at temperatures lower than 250 °C. Above 250 °C dehydrogenation takes place. Moreover, AS sensitively detects the occurrence of the α → α’ structural phase transition around 180 °C, and the α’ → β transformation, which is completed around 330 °C. Finally, we also show that both transitions are irreversible and are not accompanied by a latent heat.

  16. Compatibility study of paracetamol, chlorpheniramine maleate and phenylephrine hydrochloride in physical mixtures.

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    de Oliveira, G G G; Feitosa, A; Loureiro, K; Fernandes, A R; Souto, E B; Severino, P

    2017-01-01

    Paracetamol (PAR), phenylephrine hydrochloride (PHE) and chlorpheniramine maleate (CPM) are commonly used in clinical practice as antipyretic and analgesic drugs to ameliorate pain and fever in cold and flu conditions. The present work describes the use of thermal analysis for the characterization of the physicochemical compatibility between drugs and excipients during the development of solid dosage forms. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) were used to study the thermal stability of the drug and of the physical mixture (drug/excipients) in solid binary mixtures (1:1). DSC thermograms demonstrated reproducible melting event of the prepared physical mixture. Starch, mannitol, lactose and magnesium stearate influence thermal parameters. Information recorded from the derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) and TGA curves demonstrated the decomposition of drugs in well-defined thermal events, translating the suitability of these techniques for the characterization of the drug/excipients interactions.

  17. Myocardial hypoperfusion detected by cardiac computed tomography in an adult patient with heart failure after classic repair for corrected transposition of the great arteries.

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    Okayama, Satoshi; Seno, Ayako; Soeda, Tsunenari; Takami, Yasuhiro; Horii, Manabu; Uemura, Shiro; Saito, Yoshihiko

    2011-08-01

    A 69-year-old male with a history of classic repair for corrected transposition of the great arteries (TGA) arrived at our hospital with dyspnoea upon exertion. Echocardiography revealed severe dilation and diffuse hypokinesis of the systemic ventricle without obvious valvular dysfunction. Cardiac computed tomography (CT) revealed no significant stenosis. However, the morphological right coronary artery (CA) on the left side was unequally distributed to the large systemic ventricle and was mostly obscured, especially on the anterior wall. A low attenuation area in the anterior wall of the systemic ventricle and prominent trabeculations suggested ischaemia or infarction. We considered that chronic myocardial hypoperfusion due to an inadequate coronary arterial supply was one cause of the exacerbated heart failure long after the classic repair. Cardiac CT is useful for evaluating the distribution of the CA and to predict blood supply to the myocardium in corrected TGA.

  18. A neuroprotective role for microglia in prion diseases

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    Herrmann, Uli S.; Falsig, Jeppe; Abakumova, Irina; Nuvolone, Mario; Schwarz, Petra; Frauenknecht, Katrin; Rushing, Elisabeth J.

    2016-01-01

    Microglial activation is a hallmark of most neurodegenerative disorders, and is particularly conspicuous in prion diseases. However, the role of microglia, which function as both primary immune effector cells and professional phagocytes in the central nervous system, remains contentious in the context of neurodegeneration. Here, we evaluated the effect of microglial depletion/deficiency on prion pathogenesis. We found that ganciclovir-mediated microglial ablation on tga20/CD11b-thymidine kinase of Herpes simplex virus (HSVTK) cerebellar organotypic cultured slices markedly aggravated prion-induced neurotoxicity. A similar deterioration of disease was recapitulated in in vivo microglial depletion in prion-infected tga20/CD11b-HSVTK mice. Additionally, deficiency of microglia in interleukin 34 knockout (IL34−/−) mice again resulted in significantly augmented proteinase K–resistant prion protein deposition and accelerated prion disease progression. These results provide unambiguous evidence for a general protective role of microglia in prion pathogenesis. PMID:27185853

  19. Properties of alginate fiber spun-dyed with fluorescent pigment dispersion.

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    Wang, Ping; Tawiah, Benjamin; Tian, Anli; Wang, Chunxia; Zhang, Liping; Fu, Shaohai

    2015-03-15

    Spun-dyed alginate fiber was prepared by the spun-dyeing method with the mixture of fluorescent pigment dispersion and sodium alginate fiber spinning solution, and its properties were characterized by SEM, TGA, DSC, and XRD. The results indicate that fluorescent pigment dispersion prepared with esterified poly (styrene-alt maleic acid) had excellent compatibility with sodium alginate fiber spinning solution, and small amount of fluorescent pigment could reduce the viscosity of spun-dyed spinning solutions. SEM photo of spun-dyed alginate fiber indicated that fewer pigment particles deposited on its surface. TGA, DSC, and XRD results suggested that thermal properties and crystal phase of spun-dyed alginate fibers had slight changes compared to the original alginate fibers. The fluorescence intensity of spun-dyed alginate fiber reached its maximum when the content of fluorescent pigment was 4%. The spun-dyed alginate fiber showed excellent rubbing and washing fastness. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Synthesis of raloxifene-chitosan conjugate: A novel chitosan derivative as a potential targeting vehicle.

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    Samadi, Fatemeh Yazdi; Mohammadi, Zohreh; Yousefi, Maryam; Majdejabbari, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan is a biocompatible, non-toxic and biodegradable biopolymer. Due to the presence of functional groups on its surface, it can be modified and used as a carrier in targeted drug/gene delivery systems. In this study, raloxifene (a selective estrogen receptor ligand) was conjugated to chitosan using different methods. The conjugates were investigated by means of FTIR, TGA and physical properties assessments. Cell viability was evaluated by XTT assay. FTIR and TGA results confirmed that the conjugation between chitosan and raloxifene occurred more efficiently when trimethyl chitosan in the presence of triethylamine and excess amount of linker was used. XTT assay on MCF-7 cell line illustrated that more than 80% of cells were viable after 24h exposure to selected molecules. These findings confirm that the conjugation of raloxifene-chitosan can occur successfully using special synthesis condition and this novel chitosan derivative can be introduced as a potential drug/gene targeting agent.

  1. KINETIC STUDY OF COAL AND BIOMASS CO-PYROLYSIS USING THERMOGRAVIMETRY

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    Wang, Ping; Hedges, Sheila; Chaudharib, Kiran; Turtonb, Richard

    2013-10-29

    The objectives of this study are to investigate thermal behavior of coal and biomass blends in inert gas environment at low heating rates and to develop a simplified kinetic model using model fitting techniques based on TGA experimental data. Differences in thermal behavior and reactivity in co-pyrolysis of Powder River Basin (PRB) sub-bituminous coal and pelletized southern yellow pine wood sawdust blends at low heating rates are observed. Coal/wood blends have higher reactivity compared to coal alone in the lower temperature due to the high volatile matter content of wood. As heating rates increase, weight loss rates increase. The experiment data obtained from TGA has a better fit with proposed two step first order reactions model compared single first order reaction model.

  2. A facile approach for shape selective synthesis of rhodium nanostructures and conductivity studies

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    Sathe, Bhaskar R.

    2012-12-15

    Shape selective synthesis of Rh nanostructures has been demonstrated with the help of a single step chemical vapor deposition, where different shapes like cubes at 500 Degree-Sign C, pyramids and hexagons at 500 Degree-Sign C, 700 Degree-Sign C and 900 Degree-Sign C respectively have been obtained as a function of temperature. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and four probe conductivity measurements were used to study the morphology, crystallinity and phase purity of the structures. The conductivity values for as synthesised nanostructures have been obtained in the range of 2-7 kS/cm{sup 2}. On the basis of the experimental results, from TGA and XPS studies possible mechanistic pathway for the evolution of Rh nanostructures was discussed.

  3. Low energy ion beam induced changes in structural and thermal properties of polycarbonate

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    Reheem, A. M. Abdel; Atta, A.; Maksoud, M. I. A. Abdel

    2016-10-01

    The aim of the present study is extended for obtaining relation between the collision of ion beam with polycarbonate polymer (PC) and the introduced modification of technological applications. Polycarbonate films are irradiated by a 6 keV argon ion beam extracted from locally design cold cathode ion source with different ion fluences. The films are characterized using X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Mechanical tester, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The increase in ion beam irradiation leads to an increase in the tensile strength and reduction in elongation at break for PC. TGA Analysis shows that the thermal decomposition temperature of irradiated polycarbonate changes with ion fluence. The DSC graphs show improvements in thermal stability with increase in the activation energy after ion beam irradiation. Ion penetration depths and distributions of scattered atoms are calculated using SRIM Monte Carlo simulation programs.

  4. Investigation on actuation and thermo-mechanical behaviour of Shape Memory Alloy spring using hot water

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    Chouhan, Priya; Nath, Tameshwer; Lad, B. K.; Palani, I. A.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, hot water is used as an actuation media for Shape memory alloy and its impact on the morphology of structure of Nitinol Shape Memory Alloy (SMA), is presented. With hot water actuation as the temperature reaches 70-80°C, spring gets fully compressed for the first few cycles followed by a displacement loss in actuation. This actuation loss is then studied with different characterization methods such as Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). With SEM results, it can be inferred that the energy source is not deteriorating the structure. Results observed from TGA shows high oxygen content at lower temperature limits with hot water actuation which suggest the need of conducting experiments in inert atmosphere. As a possible mechanism, a new actuation medium is introduced and various results can be seen in the paper discussed below.

  5. Co-pyrolysis of pine sawdust and lignite in a thermogravimetric analyzer and a fixed-bed reactor.

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    Song, Yuyao; Tahmasebi, Arash; Yu, Jianglong

    2014-12-01

    Co-pyrolysis characteristics of lignite and pine sawdust were studied in a TGA and a fixed-bed reactor. The effects of pyrolysis temperature and blending ratio on the yield and composition of pyrolysis products (gas, tar, and char) were investigated. TGA experiments showed that pine sawdust decomposition took place at lower temperatures compared to lignite. With increasing the pine sawdust content in the blend, the DTG peaks shifted towards lower temperatures due to synergetic effect. In fixed-bed experiments, the synergetic effect increased the yield of volatile matter compared to the calculated values. The major gases released at low temperatures were CO2 and CO. However, hydrogen was the primary gaseous product at higher temperatures. During co-pyrolysis, concentrations of benzene, naphthalene, and hydrocarbons in the tar decreased, accompanied by an increase in phenols and guaiacol concentrations. With increasing pyrolysis temperature, the OH, aliphatic CH, CO, and CO functional groups in char decomposed substantially.

  6. Synthesis and spectral characterization of CoxMg1-xAl2O4 as new nano-coloring agent of ceramic pigment.

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    Ahmed, I S; Shama, S A; Moustafa, M M; Dessouki, H A; Ali, A A

    2009-10-15

    New nano-blue ceramic pigments of Co(x)Mg(1-x)Al(2)O(4) (0< or =x< or =0.1) have been prepared by co-precipitate-combustion as a hybrid method using urea as a fuel at 500 degrees C in open furnace in air atmosphere. The structure of pigment is assigned based on TGA/DTA/DrTGA analyses, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Also, electronic spectra, infrared (IR) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) using CIE L*a*b* parameter measurement techniques were used. The results revealed that the nano-particle size of pigments were obtained in the range 30-38 nm as well as the varying colors and particle size as a result of different calcinations temperatures within the range of 500-1200 degrees C for 2h.

  7. Instrumentation for studying binder burnout in an immobilized plutonium ceramic wasteform

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    Mitchell, M; Pugh, D; Herman, C

    2000-04-21

    The Plutonium Immobilization Program produces a ceramic wasteform that utilizes organic binders. Several techniques and instruments were developed to study binder burnout on full size ceramic samples in a production environment. This approach provides a method for developing process parameters on production scale to optimize throughput, product quality, offgas behavior, and plant emissions. These instruments allow for offgas analysis, large-scale TGA, product quality observation, and thermal modeling. Using these tools, results from lab-scale techniques such as laser dilametry studies and traditional TGA/DTA analysis can be integrated. Often, the sintering step of a ceramification process is the limiting process step that controls the production throughput. Therefore, optimization of sintering behavior is important for overall process success. Furthermore, the capabilities of this instrumentation allows better understanding of plant emissions of key gases: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), volatile inorganics including some halide compounds, NO{sub x}, SO{sub x}, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

  8. Tank 241-B-109, cores 169 and 170 analytical results for the final report

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    Nuzum, J.L.

    1997-01-20

    This document is the final laboratory report for tank 241-B-109. Push mode core segments were removed from risers 4 and 7 between August 22, 1996, and August 27, 1996. Segments were received and extruded at 222-S Analytical Laboratory. Analyses were performed in accordance with Tank 241-B-109 Push Mode Core Sampling and Analysis Plan (TSAP) and Tank Safety Screening Data Quality Objective (DQO). The results for primary safety screening data, including differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses, thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), bulk density determinations, and total alpha activity analyses for each subsegment, were presented in the 45-Day report (Rev. 0 of this document). The 45-Day report is included as Part II of this revision. The raw data for DSC and TGA is found in Part II of this report. The raw data for all other analyses are included in this revision.

  9. Preparation and characterization of self-emulsified waterborne nitrocellulose.

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    Ma, Sude; Song, Guolin; Feng, Ningbo

    2012-06-05

    Waterborne nitrocellulose (WNC) dispersion was successfully synthesized by self emulsification and reaction among isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), dimethylol propionic acid (DMPA) and nitrocellulose (NC). The WNC was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), etc. The WNC dispersion has Z-average particle size of 133 nm approximately and distribution index of 0.152. It is indicated by TEM that the cured WNC particles show a core-shell structure, in which hydrophobic component is encapsulated by the hydrophilic carboxyl. FTIR confirms that the reactions (i.e. IPDI and NC, IPDI and DMPA) have occurred, the - NCO group of IPDI has been consumed totally and the backbone of NC is retained. TGA reveals that the cross-linked WNC film has better thermal resistance, and the water resistance measurement confirms that it has weaker water-sensitivity.

  10. Oxy-combustion of biomass in a circulating fluidized bed

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    Kosowska-Golachowska, Monika; Kijo-Kleczkowska, Agnieszka; Luckos, Adam; Wolski, Krzysztof; Musiał, Tomasz

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate combustion characteristics of biomass (willow, Salix viminalis) burnt in air and O2/CO2 mixtures in a circulating fluidized bed (CFB). Air and oxy-combustion characteristics of wooden biomass in CFB were supplemented by the thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TGA/DTA). The results of conducted CFB and TGA tests show that the composition of the oxidizing atmosphere strongly influences the combustion process of biomass fuels. Replacing N2 in the combustion environment by CO2 caused slight delay (higher ignition temperature and lower maximum mass loss rate) in the combustion of wooden biomass. The combustion process in O2/CO2 mixtures at 30% and 40% O2 is faster and shorter than that at lower O2 concentrations.

  11. Role of TAF12 in the Increased VDR Activity in Paget’s Disease of Bone

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    2013-10-01

    68°C. The gene-specific primers for mouse CYP24A1 mRNA were 5’-ATT ACC TGA GAA TCA GAG GCC ACG-3’ (sense) and 5’-GCC AAA TGC AGT TTA AGC TCT GCT-3...5’‐ATT ACC TGA GAA TCA GAG GCC ACG‐3’ (sense) and 5’‐GCC AAA TGC AGT TTA AGC TCT GCT‐3’ (antisense). The PCR products were separated on 2% agarose...and 5’‐GCC AAA TGC AGT TTA AGC TCT GCT‐3’ (antisense). The gene‐specific primers for mouse b‐actin were 5’‐GGC CGT ACC ACT GGC ATC GTG ATG‐ 3

  12. Oxidation Kinetics and Strength Degradation of Carbon Fibers in a Cracked Ceramic Matrix Composite

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    Halbig, Michael C.

    2003-01-01

    Experimental results and oxidation modeling will be presented to discuss carbon fiber susceptibility to oxidation, the oxidation kinetics regimes and composite strength degradation and failure due to oxidation. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) was used to study the oxidation rates of carbon fiber and of a pyro-carbon interphase. The analysis was used to separately obtain activation energies for the carbon constituents within a C/SiC composite. TGA was also conducted on C/SiC composite material to study carbon oxidation and crack closure as a function of temperature. In order to more closely match applications conditions C/SiC tensile coupons were also tested under stressed oxidation conditions. The stressed oxidation tests show that C/SiC is much more susceptible to oxidation when the material is under an applied load where the cracks are open and allow for oxygen ingress. The results help correlate carbon oxidation with composite strength reduction and failure.

  13. Electrochemical modelling of QD-phospholipid interactions.

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    Zhang, Shengwen; Chen, Rongjun; Malhotra, Girish; Critchley, Kevin; Vakurov, Alexander; Nelson, Andrew

    2014-04-15

    The aggregation of quantum dots (QDs) and capping of individual QDs affects their activity towards biomembrane models. Electrochemical methods using a phospholipid layer on mercury (Hg) membrane model have been used to determine the phospholipid monolayer activity of thioglycollic acid (TGA) coated quantum dots (QDs) as an indicator of biomembrane activity. The particles were characterised for size and charge. The activity of the QDs towards dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine (DOPC) monolayers is pH dependent, and is most active at pH 8.2 within the pH range 8.2-6.5 examined in this work. This pH dependent activity is the result of increased particle aggregation coupled to decreasing surface charge emanating from the TGA carboxylic groups employed to stabilize the QD dispersion in aqueous media. Capping the QDs with CdS/ZnS lowers the particles' activity to phospholipid monolayers. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Quantification of systemic right ventricle by echocardiography.

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    Iriart, Xavier; Roubertie, François; Jalal, Zakaria; Thambo, Jean-Benoit

    2016-02-01

    Improvements in cardiac imaging have recently focused a great interest on the right ventricle (RV). In patients with congenital heart disease, the right ventricle (RV) may support the systemic circulation (systemic RV). There are 2 different anatomic conditions providing such physiology: the congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) and the TGA surgically corrected by atrial switch. During the last decades, evidence is accumulating that progressive systemic RV failure develops leading to considerable morbidity and mortality. Various imaging modalities have been used to evaluate the systemic RV, but echocardiography is still predominantly used in clinical practice, allowing an anatomic and functional approach of the systemic RV function and the potential associated anomalies. The goal of this review is to offer a clinical perspective of the non-invasive evaluation of the systemic RV by echocardiography.

  15. Synthesis, spectral studies and biological evaluation of 2-aminonicotinic acid metal complexes

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    Nawaz, Muhammad; Abbasi, Muhammad Waseem; Hisaindee, Soleiman; Zaki, Muhammad Javed; Abbas, Hira Fatima; Mengting, Hu; Ahmed, M. Arif

    2016-05-01

    We synthesized 2-aminonicotinic acid (2-ANA) complexes with metals such as Co(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), Ag(I),Cr(III), Cd(II) and Cu(II) in aqueous media. The complexes were characterized and elucidated using FT-IR, UV-Vis, a fluorescence spectrophotometer and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA data showed that the stoichiometry of complexes was 1:2 metal/ligand except for Ag(I) and Mn(II) where the ratio was 1:1. The metal complexes showed varied antibacterial, fungicidal and nematicidal activities. The silver and zinc complexes showed highest activity against Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis respectively. Fusarium oxysporum was highly susceptible to nickel and copper complexes whereas Macrophomina phaseolina was completely inert to the complexes. The silver and cadmium complexes were effective against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica.

  16. New Poly(amide-imide)/Nanocomposites Reinforced Silicate Nanoparticles Based on N-pyromellitimido-L-phenyl Alanine Containing Ether Moieties

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    Faghihi, Khalil; Shabanian, Meisam; Dadfar, Ehsan

    2012-02-01

    A series of Poly(amide-imide)/montmorillonite nanocomposites containing N-pyromellitimido-L-phenyl alanine moiety in the main chain were synthesized by a convenient solution intercalation technique. Poly(amide-imide) (PAI) 5 as a source of polymer matrix was synthesized by the direct polycondensation reaction of N-pyromellitimido-L-phenyl alanine 3 with 4,4'-diamino diphenyl ether 4 in the presence of triphenyl phosphite (TPP), CaCl2, pyridine and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). The resulting nanocomposite films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that organo-modified clay was dispersed homogeneously in PAI matrix. TGA indicated an enhancement of thermal stability of new nanocomposites compared with the pure polymer.

  17. Photo and Thermal Behavior of New Reinforced Polyamide-nanocomposite Montmorillonite on 2,3-Pyrazin Dicarboxylic Acid

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    Faghihi, Khalil; Samiei, Mojtaba; Hajibeygi, Mohsen

    2012-06-01

    Two new samples of reinforce polyamidemontmorillonite nanocomposites were synthesized by a convenient solution intercalation technique. Polyamide (PA) 3 as a source of polymer matrix was synthesized by the direct polycondensation reaction of pyrazine 2,3-dicarboxylic acid 1 with 4,4'-diamino diphenyl ether 2 in the presence of triphenyl phosphite (TPP), CaCl2, pyridine and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). The resulting nanocomposite films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that organo-modified clay was dispersed homogeneously in PA matrix. TGA indicated an enhancement of thermal stability of new nanocomposites compared with the pure polymer.

  18. Technical investigation of a pyrophoric event involving corrosion products from HEU ZPPR fuel plates

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    Totemeier, T. C.

    2000-02-02

    A pyrophoric event recently occurred which involved corrosion products collected from highly-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel plates used in the Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR). This paper summarizes the event and its background, and presents the results of an investigation into its source and mechanism. The investigation focused on characterization of corrosion product samples similar to those involved in the event using thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). Burning curve TGA tests were performed to measure the ignition temperature and hydride fractions of corrosion products in several different conditions to assess the effects of passivation treatment and long-term storage on chemical reactivity. The hydride fraction and ignition temperature of the corrosion products were found to be strongly dependent on the corrosion extent of the source metal. The results indicate that the energy source for the event was a considerable quantity of uranium hydride present in the corrosion products, but the specific ignition mechanism could not be identified.

  19. Large-Scale Production of V6O13 Cathode Materials Assisted by Thermal Gravimetric Analysis-Infrared Spectroscopy Technology.

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    Liang, Han-Pu; Du, Jian; Jones, Timothy G J; Lawrence, Nathan S; Meredith, Andrew W

    2016-10-05

    The kilogram-scale fabrication of V6O13 cathode materials has been notably assisted by in situ thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)-infrared spectroscopy (IR) technology. This technology successfully identified a residue of ammonium metavanadate in commercial V6O13, which is consistent with the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy result. Samples of V6O13 materials have been fabricated and characterized by TGA-IR, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The initial testing results at 125 °C have shown that test cells containing the sample prepared at 500 °C show up to a 10% increase in the initial specific capacity in comparison with commercial V6O13.

  20. The direct synthesis of organic-containing clays and thermal analysis of porphyrin-clay complexes

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    Carrado, K.A.; Anderson, K.B.; Grutkoski, P.S.

    1991-01-01

    Synthetic TMA-montmorillonites have now been made in conjunction with synthetic porphyrin-hectorites reported earlier. In order to help progress towards preparation of porphyrin-containing aluminosilicate clays, the thermal stability of porphyrin-clay systems has been examined in detail. Results from TGA and Py-GC-MS indicate that the porphyrin nucleus is extremely stable in the present of clay minerals. Substituents on the nucleus such as pyridinium or anilinium are, on the other hand, slightly destabilized. In addition, the presence of transition metals like Fe(III) in metalloporphyrins appears to catalyze decomposition of the porphyrin nucleus to some degree. The use of Py-GC-MS in conjunction with TGA results greatly clarified the assignment of weight loss peaks. 18 refs., 3 figs.

  1. Thermogravimetric and microscopic analysis of SiC/SiC materials with advanced interfaces

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    Windisch, C.F. Jr.; Jones, R.H.; Snead, L.L.

    1997-04-01

    The chemical stability of SiC/SiC composites with fiber/matrix interfaces consisting of multilayers of SiC/SiC and porous SiC have been evaluated using a thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA). Previous evaluations of SiC/SiC composites with carbon interfacial layers demonstrated the layers are not chemically stable at goal use temperatures of 800-1100{degrees}C and O{sub 2} concentrations greater than about 1 ppm. No measureable mass change was observed for multilayer and porous SiC interfaces at 800-1100{degrees}C and O{sub 2} concentrations of 100 ppm to air; however, the total amount of oxidizable carbon is on the order of the sensitivity of the TGA. Further studies are in progress to evaluate the stability of these materials.

  2. Abnormal origin of the right subclavian artery from the right pulmonary artery in a patient with D-transposition of the great vessels and left juxtaposition of the right atrial appendage: an unusual anatomical variant.

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    Mosieri, Jackmerry; Chintala, Kavitha; Delius, Ralph E; Walters, Henry L; Hakimi, Mehdi

    2004-01-01

    Isolation of the left subclavian artery (LSCA) or its anomalous origin from the pulmonary artery (PA) has been documented in several cases, especially in association with a right-sided aortic arch. Similar anomalies involving the right subclavian artery (RSCA) are less frequent. Anomalous origin of the RSCA from the PA in association with D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is exceedingly rare and only two cases have been reported so far. We present here, a case of aberrant origin of the RSCA from the right PA in a patient with D-TGA, in whom the diagnosis was rendered difficult due to the partial occlusion of the intervening ductus arteriosus (DA). We discuss the embryological basis of this anomaly and review its clinical and surgical implications.

  3. Electrospinning of PVC with natural rubber

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    Othman, Muhammad Hariz; Mohamed, Mahathir; Abdullah, Ibrahim

    2013-11-01

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was mixed with natural rubbers which are liquid natural rubber (LNR), liquid epoxidised natural rubber (LENR) and liquid epoxidised natural rubber acrylate (LENRA) for a preparation of a fine non-woven fiber's mat. PVC and each natural rubbers(PVC:LENR, PVC:LNR and PVC:LENRA) were mixed based on ratio of 70:30. Electrospinning method was used to prepare the fiber. The results show that the spinnable concentration of PVC/ natural rubber/THF solution is 16 wt%. The morphology, diameter, structure and degradation temperature of electrospun fibers were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). SEM photos showed that the morphology and diameter of the fibers were mainly affected by the addition of natural rubber. TGA results suggested that PVC electrospun fiber has higher degradation temperature than those electrospun fibers that contain natural rubber.

  4. Optimized Synthesis of HMX Nanoparticles Using Antisolvent Precipitation Method

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    Kumar, Raj; Siril, Prem Felix; Soni, Pramod

    2015-10-01

    Nanoparticles of octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) were prepared by an antisolvent precipitation method. The effect of different experimental parameters such as temperature of antisolvent and concentration of solution on particle size of nano-HMX was studied systematically. A higher temperature (70°C) of the antisolvent and lower concentration of HMX in acetone (5 mM) favored the formation of smaller particles. Average particle size ranged from 30 to 128 nm under different experimental conditions. Nano-HMX was characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis coupled with differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC). FTIR, XRD, and TGA-DSC studies revealed that the nano-HMX was in the β-polymorphic form.

  5. On the merits of Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis to asses carbon nanotube structural modifications

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    Schönfelder, R.; Avilés, F.; Bachmatiuk, A.; Cauich-Rodriguez, J. V.; Knupfer, M.; Büchner, B.; Rümmeli, M. H.

    2012-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy are used to assess structural changes generated on the surface of multi-walled (MWCNTs) and single-walled (SWCNTs) carbon nanotubes. Different levels of structural modifications are generated by the use of acidic oxidative treatments. It is found that Raman spectroscopy is a very powerful technique to assess structural modification of SWCNTs with initial low defect concentration. For MWCNTs grown by chemical vapor deposition, which already contain a high density of structural defects in their as-produced state, Raman spectroscopy is not a very sensitive tool to detect the generation of further defects or other structural modifications introduced through acidic treatments. For this later case, TGA is a sensitive technique to assess structural modifications on the nanotubes.

  6. Study on the conformation changes of Lysozyme induced by Hypocrellin A: The mechanism investigation

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    Ma, Fei; Huang, He-Yong; Zhou, Lin; Yang, Chao; Zhou, Jia-Hong; Liu, Zheng-Ming

    2012-11-01

    The interactions between Lysozyme and Hypocrellin A are investigated in details using time-resolved fluorescence, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), three-dimensional fluorescence spectra, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) techniques. The results of time-resolved fluorescence suggest that the quenching mechanism is static quenching. FTIR and CD spectroscopy provide evidences of the reducing of α-helix after interaction. Hypocrellin A could change the micro-environmental of Lysozyme according to hydrophobic interaction between the aromatic ring and the hydrophobic amino acid residues, and the altered polypeptide backbone structures induce the reduction of α-helical structures. Moreover, TGA study further demonstrates the structure changes of Lysozyme on the effect of Hypocrellin A. This study could provide some important information for the derivatives of HA in pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry.

  7. Characterization of urania vaporization with transpiration coupled thermogravimetry

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    McMurray, J. W.

    2015-12-05

    Determining equilibrium vapor pressures of materials is made easier by transpiration measurements. However, the traditional technique involves condensing the volatiles entrained in a carrier gas outside of the hot measurement zone. One potential problem is deposition en route to a cooled collector. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) can be used to measure in situ mass loss due to vaporization and therefore obviate the need to analyze the entire gas train due to premature plating of vapor species. Therefore, a transpiration coupled TGA technique was used to determine equilibrium pressures of UO3 gas over fluorite structure UO2+x and U3O8 at T = (1573 and 1773) K. Moreover, we compared to calculations from models and databases in the open literature. Our study gives clarity to the thermochemical data for UO3 gas and validates the mass loss transpiration method using thermogravimetry for determining equilibrium vapor pressures of non-stoichiometric oxides.

  8. Performance and Kinetics of a solid Amine Sorbent for Carbon Dioxide Removal

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    Monazam, Esmail R.; Shadle, Lawrence J.; Siriwardane, Ranjani

    2011-10-05

    The kinetics of the reaction between CO{sub 2} and amine/bentonite particle were estimated over the range of 303–363 K from adsorption data obtained by TGA. The weight percent of amine, reaction temperature, and particle diameter were considered as experimental variables. The sorbent maximum or equilibrium CO{sub 2} uptake was found to be linearly dependent on temperature; decreasing with increasing temperature when tested in a 100% CO{sub 2} environment. Reactivity data for amine/bentonite particle with CO{sub 2} were presented and discussed. On the basis of the isothermal TGA results, reaction order and the value of activation energy have been obtained. These kinetic parameters are similar to those reported for MEA and DEA in aqueous solutions. The kinetic model was used to predict the fractional conversion at different temperature exhibiting good agreement with experimental data.

  9. Polyacrylamide grafting of modified graphene oxides by in situ free radical polymerization

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    Tang, Mingyi; Xu, Xiaoyang; Wu, Tao; Zhang, Sai; Li, Xianxian; Li, Yi

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Graphene oxide (GO) was modified by chemical reactions to functionalized GO (FGO). • The FGOs and the GO were then subjected to in situ free radical polymerization. • Hydroxyl groups of GO were the most reactive grafting sites. - Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) was modified using chemical reactions to obtain three types of functionalized GO sheets (FGO). The FGO sheets and the GO were then subjected to in situ free radical polymerization in order to study the grafting polymerization. The FGO and grafted-.FGO were analyzed with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electronic microscopy, thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The grafting percentages in the materials were calculated using the TGA and XPS results. The FGO sheets with different functional groups exhibited different grafting abilities, and hydroxyl groups were proven to be the most reactive grafting sites for the in situ free radical grafting polymerization of polyacrylamide.

  10. Mass Production of Carbon Nanofibers Using Microwave Technology.

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    Mubarak, N M; Abdullah, E C; Sahu, J N; Jayakumar, N S; Ganesan, P

    2015-12-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNFs) were produced by gas phase single stage microwave assisted chemical vapour deposition (MA-CVD) using ferrocene as a catalyst and acetylene (C2H2) and hydrogen (H2) as precursor gases. The effect of the process parameters such as microwave power, radiation time, and gas ratio of C2H2/H2 was investigated. The CNFs were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Results reveal that the optimized conditions for CNF production were 1000 W reaction power, 35 min radiation time, and 0.8 gas ratio of C2H2/H2. TEM analyses revealed that the uniformly dispersed CNFs diameters ranging from 115-131 nm. The TGA analysis showed that the purity of CNF produced was 93%.

  11. Thermal properties of hemp fiber filled polyamide 1010 biomass composites and the blend of these composites and polyamide 11 elastomer

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    Nishitani, Yosuke; Mukaida, Jun; Yamanaka, Toshiyuki; Kajiyama, Tetsuto; Kitano, Takeshi

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study is to improve the performance of all inedible plants-derived materials for new engineering materials such as structural materials and tribomaterials. Thermal properties of hemp fiber filled polyamide 1010 biomass composites and the blend of these composites and plants-derived TPE were investigated experimentally. These biomass composites were extruded by a twin screw extruder and compression or injection molded. Thermal properties such as dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) of these biomass composites were evaluated. It was found that the addition of HF and the blend of bio-TPE with PA1010 have strong influence on the thermal properties such as DMA, TGA and DSC. In particular, HF has a good effect for the improvement of the thermal and mechanical properties. These properties of HF/PA1010/PA11E biomass composites are better than those of HF/PA1010/TPU ones.

  12. Thermal analysis evaluation of mechanical properties changes promoted by gamma radiation on surgical polymeric textiles

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    Ferreira, L. M.; Casimiro, M. H.; Oliveira, C.; Cabeço Silva, M. E.; Marques Abreu, M. J.; Coelho, A.

    2002-05-01

    The large number of surgical operations with post-operative infection problems and the appearing of new infectious diseases, contribute to the development of new materials in order to answer the needs of health care services. This development must take into account the modifications promoted by sterilisation methods in materials, namely by gamma radiation. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TGA) techniques show that a nonwoven and a laminate textiles maintain a good molecular cohesion, do not showing high levels of degradation, for gamma radiation dose values lower than 100 kGy in nonwoven and 200 kGy in laminate materials. The tensile strength and the elongation decrease slowly for the nonwoven textile and decrease faster for the laminate textile for 25 and 80 kGy absorbed dose. This paper shows that the DSC and TGA techniques can be helpful for the prevision of mechanical changes occurred in the materials as a consequence of the gamma irradiation.

  13. Radiation grafted membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, ex situ and in situ characterization

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    Scherer, G.G.; Buchi, F.N.; Gupta, B.

    1993-12-31

    Proton conducting membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells were prepared by radiation grafting of styrene/divinylbenzene onto Telon-FEP films and subsequent sulfonation. Films with degrees of grafting up to 50% were obtained and characterized FTIR-ATR with respect to their homogeneity, by DSC and TGA with respect to their thermal properties. After sulfonation thermal stability was again probed by TGA in combination with one-line FTIR and MS. Water uptake and protonic resistivity were determined after pretreatment in boiling water. The decrease in resistivity with increasing degree of grafting is mainly due to an increasing proton mobility. The membranes were tested in H{sub 2}/O{sub 2} fuel cells (ambient pressure, 60 to 90{degrees}C) with respect to their short- and long-term (up to 1000 h) polarization performance. The results of the ex and in situ characterization will be presented and discussed.

  14. Kinetics of (3-aminopropyl)triethoxylsilane (APTES) silanization of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Yue; Li, Yueming; Li, Xue-Mei; He, Tao

    2013-12-10

    Silanization of magnetic ironoxide nanoparticles with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxylsilane (APTES) is reported. The kinetics of silanization toward saturation was investigated using different solvents including water, water/ethanol (1/1), and toluene/methanol (1/1) at different reaction temperature with different APTES loading. The nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, transmission electron microscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Grafting density data based on TGA were used for the kinetic modeling. It is shown that initial silanization takes place very fast but the progress toward saturation is very slow, and the mechanism may involve adsorption, chemical sorption, and chemical diffusion processes. The highest equilibrium grafting density of 301 mg/g was yielded when using toluene/methanol mixture as the solvent at a reaction temperature of 70 °C.

  15. Chemical modification of silica gel with synthesized new Schiff base derivatives and sorption studies of cobalt (II) and nickel (II)

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    Kursunlu, Ahmed Nuri; Guler, Ersin; Dumrul, Hakan; Kocyigit, Ozcan; Gubbuk, Ilkay Hilal

    2009-08-01

    In this study, three Schiff base ligands and their complexes were synthesized and characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), elemental analysis and magnetic susceptibility apparatuses. Silica gel was respectively modified with Schiff base derivatives, (E)-2-[(2-chloroethylimino)methyl]phenol, (E)-4-[(2-chloroethylimino)methyl]phenol and N, N'-[1,4-phenilendi(E)methylidene]bis(2-chloroethanamine), after silanization of silica gel by (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APTS) by using a suitable method. Characterization of the surface modification was also performed with IR, TGA and elemental analysis. The immobilized surfaces were used for Co(II) and Ni(II) sorption from aqueous solutions and values of sorption were detected by atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS).

  16. Synthesis and characterization of Sm0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Abdalla, A. M.; Radenahmad, N.; Abu Bakar, M. S.; . I. Petra, Pg M.; Azad, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    The material performance is a crucial issue in the current fuel cell technology, and for this reason we present this new series of Samarium family which can be used as electrode giving a high performance in a particular application. Sm0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ was prepared by solid state reaction method and characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rietveld analysis of XRD data shows that the material has an Orthorhombic crystal structure with cell parameter a = 3.883(1) Å b = 3.8742(5) Å c = 7. 762(4) Å, in the Pmmm space group. TGA analyses shows that the materials is going to decrease by 0.32%. The density of the materials was calculated from structural refinement and found to be 8.372 gm/cm3.

  17. 45-Day safety screen results for Tank 241-U-201, push mode, cores 70, 73 and 74

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    Sathyanarayana, P.

    1995-05-04

    Three core samples, each having two segments, from Tank 241-U-201 (U-201) were received by the 222-S Laboratories. Safety screening analysis, such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and total alpha activity were conducted on Core 70, Segment 1 and 2 and on Core 73, Segment 1 and 2. Core 74, Segment 1 and 2 were taken to test rotary bit in push mode sampling. No analysis was requested on Core 74, Segment 1 and 2. Analytical results for the TGA analyses for Core 70, Segment 1, Upper half solid sample was less than the safety screening notification limit of 17 percent water. Notification was made on April 27, 1995. No exotherm was associated with this sample. Analytical results are presented in Tables 1 to 4, with the applicable notification limits shaded.

  18. Phase composition gradient in leached polluted cement monoliths

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    Leoni, Matteo Scardi, Paolo; Pelosato, Renato; Sora, Isabella Natali; Dotelli, Giovanni; Stampino, Paola Gallo; Presti, Arianna Lo

    2007-11-15

    The long-term behaviour of cement monoliths containing an organic waste, was investigated by means of a 14-month dynamic-leach-testing in deionised water. The degree of hydration and the phase composition were measured by Thermal Analysis (TGA/DTA), X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDXS). X-ray data, analysed by the Rietveld method, provided a detailed quantitative information on the in-depth crystalline phase distribution in the specimens. Crossed with TGA and spectroscopic data and supported by the results of kinetic/hydration calculations, the diffraction results provide a detailed description of the in-depth phase composition gradient in the leached monoliths. In particular, 14-month old specimens show a clear leaching zone with predominance of CSH and calcite near the surface and low abundance of the other usual cement constituents. The material is not completely effective in retaining the contaminant.

  19. Synthesis of double-clickable functionalised graphene oxide for biological applications† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5cc05412e Click here for additional data file.

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    Mei, Kuo-Ching; Rubio, Noelia; Costa, Pedro M.; Kafa, Houmam; Abbate, Vincenzo; Festy, Frederic; Bansal, Sukhvinder S.; Hider, Robert C.

    2015-01-01

    Azide- and alkyne-double functionalised graphene oxide (Click2 GO) was synthesised and characterised with attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Raman spectroscopy. Fourteen-percentage increase in azide content was found, after pre-treatment of GO with meta-chloroperoxybenzoic acid (mCPBA), determined with elemental analysis. No effect on A549 cell viability was found, up to 100 μg mL–1 and 72 h of incubation, determined with the modified lactate dehydrogenase (mLDH) assay. Two sequential copper(i) catalysed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) reactions were performed to conjugate the propargyl-modified blood–brain barrier targeting peptide Angiopep-2, and a bis-azide polyethylene glycol (M W = 3500), to the Click2 GO. The final conjugate was characterised with ATR-FTIR and TGA. PMID:26295072

  20. Studying the effects of laccase treatment in a softwood dissolving pulp: cellulose reactivity and crystallinity.

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    Quintana, Elisabet; Valls, Cristina; Barneto, Agustín G; Vidal, Teresa; Ariza, José; Roncero, M Blanca

    2015-03-30

    An enzymatic biobleaching sequence (LVAQPO) using a laccase from Trametes villosa in combination with violuric acid (VA) and then followed by a pressurized hydrogen peroxide treatment (PO) was developed and found to give high bleaching properties and meet dissolving pulp requirements: high brightness, low content of hemicellulose, satisfactory pulp reactivity, no significant cellulose degradation manifested by α-cellulose and HPLC, and brightness stability against moist heat ageing. The incorporation of a laccase-mediator system (LMS) to bleach sulphite pulps can be a good alternative to traditional bleaching processes since thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed that the laccase treatment prevented the adverse effect of hydrogen peroxide on fibre surface as observed during a conventional hydrogen peroxide bleaching treatment (PO). Although VA exhibited the best results in terms of bleaching properties, the performance of natural mediators, such as p-coumaric acid and syringaldehyde, was discussed in relation to changes in cellulose surface detected by TGA.