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  1. Synergistic effect of reductive and ligand-promoted dissolution of goethite.

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    Wang, Zimeng; Schenkeveld, Walter D C; Kraemer, Stephan M; Giammar, Daniel E

    2015-06-16

    Ligand-promoted dissolution and reductive dissolution of iron (hydr)oxide minerals control the bioavailability of iron in many environmental systems and have been recognized as biological iron acquisition strategies. This study investigated the potential synergism between ligands (desferrioxamine B (DFOB) or N,N'-Di(2-hydroxybenzyl)ethylenediamine-N,N'-diacetic acid (HBED)) and a reductant (ascorbate) in goethite dissolution. Batch experiments were performed at pH 6 with ligand or reductant alone and in combination, and under both oxic and anoxic conditions. Goethite dissolution in the presence of reductant or ligand alone followed classic surface-controlled dissolution kinetics. Ascorbate alone does not promote goethite dissolution under oxic conditions due to rapid reoxidation of Fe(II). The rate coefficients for goethite dissolution by ligands are closely correlated with the stability constants of the aqueous Fe(III)-ligand complexes. A synergistic effect of DFOB and ascorbate on the rate of goethite dissolution was observed (total rates greater than the sum of the individual rates), and this effect was most pronounced under oxic conditions. For HBED, macroscopically the synergistic effect was hidden due to the inhibitory effect of ascorbate on HBED adsorption. After accounting for the concentrations of adsorbed ascorbate and HBED, a synergistic effect could still be identified. The potential synergism between ligand and reductant for iron (hydr)oxide dissolution may have important implications for iron bioavailability in soil environments.

  2. Effects of anionic surfactants on ligand-promoted dissolution of iron and aluminum hydroxides.

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    Carrasco, Naraya; Kretzschmar, Ruben; Pesch, Marie-Laure; Kraemer, Stephan M

    2008-05-15

    We investigated the influence of the surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and rhamnolipid (RhL) on ligand-promoted dissolution of goethite (alpha-FeOOH) and boehmite (gamma-AlOOH) at pH 6. The siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB), its derivate desferrioxamine D (DFOD), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), and 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonic acid (HQS) were used as ligands. The rates of ligand-promoted dissolution of goethite were significantly increased in the presence of low concentrations of anionic surfactants (<80 microM SDS; <6 mg/L RhL). At higher surfactant concentrations, however, the effects of surfactants were negligible. The dissolution rates in the presence of surfactants were not correlated with adsorbed amounts of ligands. Three possible factors contributing to these observations were further investigated and discussed: (i) adsorbed surfactants may influence ligand adsorption by changes in the ligand's surface speciation, (ii) re-adsorption of Fe-DFOB or Fe-DFOD complexes may lead to an underestimation of siderophore-promoted dissolution rates at high surfactant concentrations, and (iii) co-adsorption of protons to goethite with SDS may influence the dissolution rates. However, our results show that none of these three factors can satisfactorily explain the observed effects of anionic surfactants on ligand-promoted dissolution rates of iron and aluminum hydroxides.

  3. Ligand-Promoted Photoreductive Dissolution of Goethite by Atmospheric Low-Molecular Dicarboxylates.

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    Wang, Zhenzhen; Fu, Hongbo; Zhang, Liwu; Song, Weihua; Chen, Jianmin

    2017-03-02

    Recent evidence suggested that organic ligands in atmosphere water play an important role in the mobilization of iron from mineral aerosol. In this study, the dissolution of goethite (α-FeOOH) was investigated in the presence of three low-molecular dicarboxylates enriched in the atmosphere, as well as a reference organic acid of methanesulfonate (MSA), which is especially abundant in marine atmospheric boundary layer. Iron mobilized from α-FeOOH was promoted under the irradiation and the deaerated condition, and the soluble Fe(II) concentration was enhanced greatly in the ligand-containing suspensions exposed to light. Irrespective of the reaction conditions, the capacities of the dicarboxylates on Fe mobilization were in the following order: oxalate > malonate > succinate, which were closely correlated with the carbon chain length of dicarboxylates: n = 2 > 3 > 4. The space barrier action of carbon atoms inhibited ligand-promoted Fe dissolution by affecting the structure and stability of the complexes. MSA also acted as an organic ligand to mobilize iron and showed weak capacity to reduce Fe(III) under the irradiation. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) analysis indicated that ·OH, O2·(-), and H2O2 could be involved in the Fe(II)-Fe(III) redox circle, and the ligand-promoted photoreductive dissolution process could be an important source of ROS in atmosphere water. Both transmission electron microscopy analysis and zeta potential data supported that the adsorption of oxalate molecules onto the surface would change the aggregation state of goethite nanoparticles, which increased the effective surface area, and therefore facilitated Fe mobilization from the oxide. The data shown herein deepens our understanding on the ligand-promoted dissolution mechanisms, which could be an important formation pathway of bioavailable Fe in the atmosphere.

  4. Iron isotope fractionation during proton- and ligand-promoted dissolution of primary phyllosilicates

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    Kiczka, Mirjam; Wiederhold, Jan G.; Frommer, Jakob; Kraemer, Stephan M.; Bourdon, Bernard; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2010-06-01

    We studied stable iron isotope fractionation during dissolution of a biotite and chlorite enriched mineral fraction from granite by HCl and 5 mM oxalic acid in a pH range of 4-5.9. Batch experiments covered a time period from 2 h to 100 days and were performed at initial potassium concentrations of 0, 0.5, and 5 mM to induce different levels of biotite exfoliation. All experiments were kept anoxic to investigate solely the dissolution step without the influence of oxidation and precipitation of secondary Fe oxyhydroxides. Oxalic acid increased the release of Fe by a factor of ˜15 compared with the HCl experiments. Addition of 0.5 mM K to initial solutions in proton-promoted dissolution decreased the release of Fe by 30-65% depending on the dissolution stage. In ligand-controlled dissolution, K reduced the Fe release only to a minor extent. All solutions of the early dissolution stages were enriched in light Fe isotopes by up to -1.4‰ in δ 56Fe compared with the isotopic composition of biotite and chlorite mineral separates, which we explained by a kinetic isotope effect. In proton-promoted dissolution, early released fractions of K-enriched experiments were significantly lighter (-0.7‰ to -0.9‰) than in the initially K-free experiments. The evolution of Fe isotope ratios in solution was modeled by a linear combination of kinetic isotope effects during two independent dissolution processes attacking different crystallographic sites. In ligand-controlled dissolution, K did not influence the kinetic isotope effect and the Fe isotope composition in solution in the late dissolution stages remained slightly lighter than the bulk composition of the biotite/chlorite enriched mineral fraction. This study demonstrates that the initial Fe weathering flux should be enriched in light Fe isotopes and that Fe isotope data in combination with dissolution kinetics and stoichiometry provide new insights into dissolution mechanisms.

  5. Oxalate adsorption at a plagioclase (An47) surface and models for ligand-promoted dissolution

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    Stillings, L.L.; Drever, J.I.; Poulson, S.R.

    1998-01-01

    Previous work on adsorption of oxalate at aluminosilicate surfaces suggests that maximum adsorption occurs through a bidentate attachment of the organic ligand, at near-neutral pH. Rates of ligand-promoted dissolution are expected to be greatest at this pH as well. We tested this model by measuring oxalate adsorption on the surface of andesine (An47), in solutions of pH 3- 5 and total oxalate concentrations of 0-8 mM. Contrary to expectation, the greatest adsorption density of 24 ??mol m-2 total oxalate was observed at pH 3 and 8 mM total oxalate. Adsorption is dependent upon the activities of both oxalate (C2O42-) and bioxalate (HC2O4-) in solution and can be modeled with either a two-term Langmuir or a two-term Freundlich isotherm. A Freundlich adsorption model provided the best fit to rate data because it was not constrained to a finite number of adsorption sites, as was the Langmuir model. The two-term ligand adsorption model was incorporated into a rate model: R(tot) = k(H-)[H(ads)/+](L) + k(HOx-)[HOx(ads)/-] + k(Ox2- )[Ox2(ads)/-] where R(tot) is the net dissolution rate of the feldspar, [i(ads)] is the concentration of species i adsorbed to the surface, and k(i) is the rate constant for release of the surface complex. The model was fit to data for oxalate-promoted dissolution of andesine, resulting in estimates for the rate constants of k(HOx-) = 1.16 x 10-12, k(Ox2-) = 1.05 x 10-12, and k(H-) = 9.61 x 10-13 mol of feldspar (??mol of i) (??mol of i)-1 s-1.Previous work on adsorption of oxalate at aluminosilicate surfaces suggests that maximum adsorption occurs through a bidentate attachment of the organic ligand, at near-neutral pH. Rates of ligand-promoted dissolution are expected to be greatest at this pH as well. We tested this model by measuring oxalate adsorption on the surface of andesine (An47), in solutions of pH 3-5 and total oxalate concentrations of 0-8 mM. Contrary to expectation, the greatest adsorption density of 24 ??mol m-2 total oxalate was

  6. The effect of different functional groups on the ligand-promoted dissolution of NiO and other oxide minerals

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    Ludwig, Christian; Devidal, Jean-Luc; Casey, William H.

    1996-01-01

    Sets of homologous ligands were used to probe the dissolution of oxide minerals through experiments on bunsenite (NiO). The ligand sets have primary amine, hydroxyl, and carboxyl functional groups and form five-membered, bidentate, ring complexes at the mineral surface. A set of ligands that has only two metal-coordinating functional groups ( ox, en, gly) was compared with a set of larger, but similar, ligands ( nta, tren) that link three sets of functional groups with a tertiary amine. Experiments were also conducted with hydroxyl ligands ( tea), ammonia (NH 3), and ligands containing ring nitrogen ( pic). The dissolution rates of NiO(s) in the presence of these ligands established close consistency between metal detachment from a dissolving surface and the mechanisms of ligand exchange around dissolved Ni(II)-ligand complexes. The solution pH, however, is an important complicating factor. Metals compete with protons for ligand sites and this protonation changes the ligand structure and reactivity. Several types of protonation lead to different species at the mineral surface and this greatly complicates the rate laws for dissolution. The speciation will be particularly complicated for large-molecular-weight ligands with functional groups that protonate over a wide pH range. In terms of a rate law, protonation of ligand functional groups at the surface is distinct from protonation of structural oxygens at the mineral surface. These are different surface complexes (species) for the purpose of the rate law.

  7. Examination of Uranium(VI) Leaching During Ligand Promoted Dissolution of Waste Tank Sludge Surrogates

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    Powell, Brian; Powell, Brian A.; Rao, Linfeng; Nash, Kenneth. L.

    2008-06-10

    The dissolution of synthetic boehmite (?-AlOOH) by 1-hydroxyethane-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDPA) was examined in a series of batch adsorption/dissolution experiments. Additionally, the leaching behavior of {sup 233}U(VI) from boehmite was examined as a function of pH and HEDPA concentration. The results are discussed in terms of sludge washing procedures that may be utilized during underground tank waste remediation. In the pH range 4 to 10, complexation of Al(III) by HEDPA significantly enhanced dissolution of boehmite. This phenomenon was especially pronounced in the neutral pH region where the solubility of aluminum, in the absence of complexants, is limited by the formation of sparsely soluble aluminum hydroxides. At pH higher than 10, dissolution of synthetic boehmite was inhibited by HEDPA, likely due to sorption of Al(III):HEDPA complexes. Addition of HEDPA to equilibrated U(VI)-synthetic boehmite suspensions yielded an increase in the aqueous phase uranium concentration. Partitioning of uranium between the solid and aqueous phase is described in terms of U(VI):HEDPA speciation and dissolution of the boehmite solid phase.

  8. Understanding the roles of ligand promoted dissolution, water column saturation and hydrological properties on intense basalt weathering using reactive transport and watershed-scale hydrologic modeling

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    Perez Fodich, A.; Walter, M. T.; Derry, L. A.

    2016-12-01

    The interaction of rocks with rainwater generates physical and chemical changes, which ultimately culminates in soil development. The addition of catalyzers such as plants, atmospheric gases and hydrological properties will result in more intense and/or faster weathering transformations. The intensity of weathering across the Island of Hawaii is strongly correlated with exposure age and time-integrated precipitation. Intense weathering has resulted from interaction between a thermodynamically unstable lithology, high water/rock ratios, atmospheric gases (O2, CO2) and biota as an organic acid and CO2 producer. To further investigate the role of different weathering agents we have developed 1-D reactive transport models (RTM) to understand mineralogical and fluid chemistry changes in the initially basaltic porous media. The initial meso-scale heterogeneity of porosity makes it difficult for RTMs to capture changes in runoff/groundwater partitioning. Therefore, hydraulic properties (hydraulic conductivity and aquifer depth) are modeled as a watershed parameter appropriate for this system where sub-surface hydraulic data is scarce(1). Initial results agree with field data in a broad sense: different rainfall regimes and timescales show depletion of mobile cations, increasingly low pH, congruent dissolution of olivine and pyroxene, incongruent dissolution of plagioclase and basaltic glass, precipitation of non-crystalline allophane and ferrihydrite, and porosity changes due to dissolution and precipitation of minerals; ultimately Al and Fe are also exported from the system. RTM is used to examine the roles of unsaturation in the soil profile, ligand promoted dissolution of Al- and Fe-bearing phases, and Fe-oxide precipitation at the outcrop scale. Also, we aim to test the use of recession flow analysis to model watershed-scale hydrological properties to extrapolate changes in the runoff/groundwater partitioning. The coupling between weathering processes and hydrologic

  9. Do organic ligands affect calcite dissolution rates?

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    Oelkers, Eric H.; Golubev, Sergey V.; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.; Bénézeth, Pascale

    2011-04-01

    Steady state Iceland-spar calcite dissolution rates were measured at 25 °C in aqueous solutions containing 0.1 M NaCl and up to 0.05 M dissolved bicarbonate at pH from 7.9 to 9.1 in the presence of 13 distinct dissolved organic ligands in mixed-flow reactors. The organic ligands considered in this study include those most likely to be present in either (1) aquifers at the conditions pertinent to CO 2 sequestration or (2) soil/early diagenetic environments: acetate, phthalate, citrate, EDTA 4-, succinate, D-glucosaminate, L-glutamate, D-gluconate, 2,4-dihydroxybenzoate, 3,4-dihydroxybenzoate, fumarate, malonate, and gallate. Results show that the presence of <0.05 mol/kg of these organic anions changes calcite dissolution rates by less than a factor of 2.5 with the exception of citrate and EDTA 4-. The presence of 0.05 mol/kg citrate and EDTA 4- increases calcite dissolution rates by as much as a factor of 35 and 500, respectively, compared to rates in organic anion-free solutions. Further calcite dissolution experiments were performed in the presence of organic polymers similar to bacterial exudates, cell exopolysaccharides, and analogs of microbial cell envelopes: alginate, lichen extract, humic acid, pectin, and gum xanthan. In no case did the presence of <100 ppm of these organics change calcite dissolution rates by more than a factor of 2.5. Results obtained in this study suggest that the presence of aqueous organic anions negligibly affects calcite forward dissolution rates in most natural environments. Some effect on calcite reactivity may be observed, however, by the presence of organic anions if they change substantially the chemical affinity of the fluid with respect to calcite.

  10. Organic ligand-induced dissolution kinetics of antimony trioxide.

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    Hu, Xingyun; He, Mengchang

    2017-06-01

    The influence of low-molecular-weight dissolved organic matter (LMWDOM) on the dissolution rate of Sb2O3 was investigated. Some representative LMWDOMs with carboxyl, hydroxyl, hydrosulfuryl and amidogen groups occurring naturally in the solution were chosen, namely oxalic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, EDTA, salicylic acid, phthalandione, glycine, thiolactic acid, xylitol, glucose and catechol. These LMWDOMs were dissolved in inert buffers at pH=3.7, 6.6 and 8.6 and added to powdered Sb2O3 in a stirred, thermostatted reactor (25°C). The addition of EDTA, tartaric acid, thiolactic acid, citric acid and oxalic acid solutions at pH3.7 and catechol at pH8.6 increased the rate of release of antimony. In the 10mmol/L thiolactic acid solution, up to 97% by mass of the antimony was released after 120min reaction. There was no effect on the dissolution of Sb2O3 for the other ligands. A weak correlation between dissolution rate with the dissociation constant of ligands and the stability of the dissolved complex was also found. All the results showed that the extent of the promoting effect of ligands on the dissolution of Sb2O3 was not determined by the stability of the dissolved complex, but by the dissociation constant of ligands and detachment rate of surface chelates from the mineral surface. This study can not only help in further understanding the effect of individual low-molecular-weight organic ligands, but also provides a reference to deduce the effect of natural organic matters with oxygen-bearing functional groups on the dissolution of antimony oxide minerals. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Siderophore-promoted Dissolution of Cobalt from Hydroxide Minerals

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    Bi, Y.; Hesterberg, D; Duckworth, O

    2010-01-01

    Recent research has revealed that siderophores, a class of biogenic ligands with high affinities for Fe(III), can also strongly complex Co(III), an element essential to the normal metabolic function of microbes and animals. This study was conducted to quantify the rates and identify the products and mechanisms of the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Co from synthetic Co-bearing minerals. The dissolution reactions of heterogenite (CoOOH) and four Co-substituted goethites (Co-FeOOH) containing different Co concentrations were investigated in the presence of a trihydroxamate siderophore, desferrioxamine B (DFOB), using batch and flow-through experiments. Results showed that DFOB-promoted dissolution of Co from Co-bearing minerals may occur via pH-dependent ligand-promoted or reductive dissolution mechanisms. For heterogenite, ligand-promoted dissolution was the dominant pathway at neutral to alkaline pH, while production of dissolved Co(II) for pH <6. It was not possible from our data to decouple the separate contributions of homogenous and heterogeneous reduction reactions to the aqueous Co(II) pool. Cobalt substitution in Co-substituted goethite, possibly caused by distortion of goethite structure and increased lattice strain, resulted in enhanced total dissolution rates of both Co and Fe. The DFOB-promoted dissolution rates of Co-bearing minerals, coupled with the high affinity of Co(III) for DFOB, suggest that siderophores may be effective for increasing Co solubility, and thus possibly Co bioavailability. The results also suggest that siderophores may contribute to the mobilization of radioactive {sup 60}Co from Co-bearing mineral phases through mineral weathering and dissolution processes.

  12. Siderophore-promoted dissolution of cobalt from hydroxide minerals

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    Bi, Yuqiang; Hesterberg, Dean L.; Duckworth, Owen W.

    2010-05-01

    Recent research has revealed that siderophores, a class of biogenic ligands with high affinities for Fe(III), can also strongly complex Co(III), an element essential to the normal metabolic function of microbes and animals. This study was conducted to quantify the rates and identify the products and mechanisms of the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Co from synthetic Co-bearing minerals. The dissolution reactions of heterogenite (CoOOH) and four Co-substituted goethites (Co-FeOOH) containing different Co concentrations were investigated in the presence of a trihydroxamate siderophore, desferrioxamine B (DFOB), using batch and flow-through experiments. Results showed that DFOB-promoted dissolution of Co from Co-bearing minerals may occur via pH-dependent ligand-promoted or reductive dissolution mechanisms. For heterogenite, ligand-promoted dissolution was the dominant pathway at neutral to alkaline pH, while production of dissolved Co(II) for pH <6. It was not possible from our data to decouple the separate contributions of homogenous and heterogeneous reduction reactions to the aqueous Co(II) pool. Cobalt substitution in Co-substituted goethite, possibly caused by distortion of goethite structure and increased lattice strain, resulted in enhanced total dissolution rates of both Co and Fe. The DFOB-promoted dissolution rates of Co-bearing minerals, coupled with the high affinity of Co(III) for DFOB, suggest that siderophores may be effective for increasing Co solubility, and thus possibly Co bioavailability. The results also suggest that siderophores may contribute to the mobilization of radioactive 60Co from Co-bearing mineral phases through mineral weathering and dissolution processes.

  13. Siderophore-promoted dissolution of chromium from hydroxide minerals.

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    Duckworth, Owen W; Akafia, Martin M; Andrews, Megan Y; Bargar, John R

    2014-05-01

    Biomolecules have significant impacts on the fate and transport of contaminant metals in soils and natural waters. Siderophores, Fe(iii)-binding agents that are exuded by microbes and plants, may form strong complexes with and promote the dissolution of contaminant metal ions, such as Co(iii), U(iv), or Pu(iv). Although aqueous Cr(iii)-siderophore complexes have been recognized in the laboratory setting for almost 40 years, few studies have explored interactions of siderophores with Cr-bearing minerals or considered their impacts on environmental chemistry. To better understand the possible effects of siderophores on chromium mobility, we conducted a series of dissolution experiments to quantify the dissolution rates of Cr(iii)(OH)3 in the presence of hydroxamate, catecholate, and α-hydroxycarboxylate siderophores over a range of environmentally relevant pH values. At pH = 5, dissolution rates in the presence of siderophores are similar to control experiments, suggesting a predominantly proton-promoted dissolution mechanism. At pH = 8, the sorption of the siderophores desferrioxamine B and rhizoferrin can be modeled by using Langmuir isotherms. The dissolution rates for these siderophores are proportional to the surface concentrations of sorbed siderophore, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectra of dissolution products indicates the formation of Cr(iii)HDFOB(+) and Cr(iii)rhizoferrin(3-) complexes, suggesting a ligand-promoted dissolution mechanism at alkaline pH. Because siderophores promote Cr(iii)(OH)3 dissolution at rates similar in magnitude to those of iron hydroxides and the resulting Cr(iii)-siderophore complexes may be persistent in solution, siderophores could potentially contribute to the mobilization of Cr in soils and sediments where it is abundant due to geological or anthropogenic sources.

  14. Bacterial siderophores promote dissolution of UO2 under reducing conditions.

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    Frazier, Scott W; Kretzschmar, Ruben; Kraemer, Stephan M

    2005-08-01

    Tetravalent actinides are often considered environmentally immobile due to their strong hydrolysis and formation of sparingly soluble oxide phases. However, biogenic ligands commonly found in the soil environment may increase their solubility and mobility. We studied the adsorption and dissolution kinetics of UO2 in the presence of a microbial siderophore, desferrioxamine-B (DFO-B), under reducing conditions. Using batch and continuous flow stirred tank reactors (CFSTR),we found that DFO-B increases the solubility of UIV and accelerates UO2 dissolution rates through a ligand-promoted dissolution mechanism. DFO-B adsorption to UO2 followed a Langmuir-type isotherm. The maximum adsorbed DFO-B concentrations were 3.3 micromol m(-2) between pH 3 and 8 and declined above pH 8. DFO-B dissolved UO2 at a DFO-B surface-saturated net rate of 64 nmol h(-1) m(-2) (pH 7.5, l = 0.01 M) according to the first-order rate equation R = kL[Lads], with a rate coefficient kL of 0.019 h(-1). Even at very low siderophore concentrations (e.g. 1 microM), net dissolution rates (16 nmol h(-1) m(-2), pH 7.5, l = 0.01 M) were substantially greater than net proton-promoted dissolution rates (3 nmol h(-1) m(-2), pH 7-7.5, l = 0.01 M). Interestingly, adding dissolved FeIII had negligible effects on DFO-B-promoted UO2 dissolution rates, despite its potential as a competitor for DFO-B and as an oxidant of UIV. Our results suggest that strong organic ligands could influence the environmental mobility of tetravalent actinides and should be considered in predictions for nuclear waste storage and remediation strategies.

  15. Siderophore-manganese(lll) Interactions. II. Manganite dissolution promoted by desferrioxamine B.

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    Duckworth, Owen W; Sposito, Garrison

    2005-08-15

    Recent laboratory and field studies suggest that Mn(lll) forms persistent aqueous complexes with high-affinity ligands. Aqueous Mn(lll) species thus may play a significant but largely unexplored role in biogeochemical processes. One formation mechanism for these species is the dissolution of Mn(lll)-bearing minerals. To investigate this mechanism, we measured the steady-state dissolution rates of manganite (gamma-MnOOH) in the presence of desferrioxamine B (DFOB), a common trihydroxamate siderophore. We find that DFOB dissolves manganite by both reductive and nonreductive reaction pathways. For pH > 6.5, a nonreductive ligand-promoted reaction is the dominant dissolution pathway, with a steady-state dissolution rate proportional to the surface concentration of DFOB. In the absence of reductants, the aqueous Mn(lIl)HDFOB+ complex resulting from dissolution is stable for at least several weeks at circumneutral to alkaline pH and at 25 degrees C. For pH < 6.5, Mn2+ is the dominant aqueous species resulting from manganite dissolution, implicating a reductive dissolution pathway. These results have important implications for the biogeochemical cycling of both manganese and siderophores--as well as Fe(lll)--in natural waters and soils.

  16. Dissolution of Technetium(IV) Oxide by Natural and Synthetic Organic Ligands Under both Reducing and Oxidizing Conditions

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    Gu, Baohua; Dong, W.; Liang, Liyuan; Wall, Nathalie

    2011-01-01

    Technetium-99 (Tc) in nuclear waste is a significant environmental concern due to its long half-life and high mobility in the subsurface. Reductive precipitation of Tc(IV) oxides [TcO2(s)] is an effective means of immobilizing Tc, thereby impeding its migration in groundwater. However, TcO2(s) is subject to dissolution by oxidants and/or complexing agents. In this study we ascertain the effects of a synthetic organic ligand, ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), and two natural humic isolates on the dissolution and solubility of Tc(IV) oxides. Pure synthetic TcO2(s) (0.23 mM) was used in batch experiments to determine dissolution kinetics at pH ~6 under both reducing and oxidizing conditions. All organic ligands were found to enhance the dissolution of Tc(IV) oxides, increasing their solubility from ~10-8 M (without ligands) to 4 10-7 M under strictly anoxic conditions. Reduced Tc(IV) was also found to re-oxidize rapidly under oxic conditions, with an observed oxidative dissolution rate approximately an order of magnitude higher than that of ligand-promoted dissolution under reducing conditions. Significantly, oxidative dissolution was inhibited by EDTA but enhanced by humic acid compared with experiments without any complexing agents. The redox functional properties of humics, capable of facilitating intra-molecular electron transfer, may account for this increased oxidation rate under oxic conditions. Our results highlight the importance of complex interactions for the stability and mobility of Tc, and thus for the long-term fate of Tc in contaminated environments.

  17. Metal oxyhydroxide dissolution as promoted by structurally diverse siderophores and oxalate

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    Akafia, Martin M.; Harrington, James M.; Bargar, John R.; Duckworth, Owen W.

    2014-09-01

    Siderophores, a class of biogenic ligands with high affinities for Fe(III), promote the dissolution of metal ions from sparingly soluble mineral phases. However, most geochemical studies have focused on quantifying the reactivity of DFOB, a model trishydroxamate siderophore. This study utilized three different siderophores, desferrioxamine B, rhizoferrin, and protochelin, with structures that contain the most commonly observed binding moieties of microbial siderophores to examine the siderophore-promoted dissolution rates of FeOOH, CoOOH, and MnOOH in the absence and presence of the ubiquitous low molecular mass organic acid oxalate by utilizing batch dissolution experiments at pH = 5-9. Metal-siderophore complex and total dissolved metal concentrations were monitored for durations of one hour to fourteen days, depending on the metal oxyhydroxide identity and solution pH. The results demonstrate that MnOOH and CoOOH generally dissolve more quickly in the presence of siderophores than FeOOH. Whereas FeOOH dissolved exclusively by a ligand-promoted dissolution mechanism, MnOOH and CoOOH dissolved predominantly by a reductive dissolution mechanism under most experimental conditions. For FeOOH, siderophore-promoted dissolution rates trended with the stability constant of the corresponding aqueous Fe(III) complex. In the presence of oxalate, measured siderophore-promoted dissolution rates were found to increase, decrease, or remain unchanged as compared to the observed rates in single-ligand systems, depending on the pH of the system, the siderophore present, and the identity of the metal oxyhydroxide. Increases in observed dissolution rates in the presence of oxalate were generally greater for FeOOH than for MnOOH or CoOOH. These results elucidate potential dissolution mechanisms of both ferric and non-ferric oxyhydroxide minerals by siderophores in the environment, and may provide further insights into the biological strategies of metal acquisition facilitated by

  18. Synthetic coprecipitates of exopolysaccharides and ferrihydrite. Part II: Siderophore-promoted dissolution

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    Mikutta, Christian; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2008-02-01

    Ferrihydrite (Fh) coprecipitated with exopolymers of plants and microbes may differ in its geochemical reactivity from its abiotic counterpart. We synthesized Fh in the presence and absence of acid polysaccharides (polygalacturonic acid (PGA), alginate, xanthan) and characterized the physical and structural properties of the precipitates formed [Mikutta C., Mikutta R., Bonneville S., Wagner F., Voegelin A., Christl I. and Kretzschmar R. (2008) Synthetic coprecipitates of exopolysaccharides and ferrihydrite. Part I: Characterization. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta]. In this paper, we focus on the reactivity of PGA and alginate coprecipitates and pure Fh, and studied their interaction with the microbial siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB) in the presence and absence of low molecular weight organic (LMWO) acid anions (malate, citrate). Batch adsorption and dissolution experiments were performed in the dark at pH 7 in 10 mM NaClO 4 background electrolyte. In the dissolution experiments, different modes of ligand addition were applied (single, simultaneous, stepwise). With an estimated Langmuir sorption maximum of 15 mmol/mol Fe, a PGA coprecipitate with 11% C org sorbed about four times as much DFOB as pure Fh, and the amount of DFOB sorbed was ˜4-fold larger than estimated from the sum of DFOB sorption to pure Fh and PGA alone. The apparent initial dissolution rates, Rapp-initial, and pseudo-first order rate coefficients, k, of the coprecipitates exceeded those of pure Fh by up to two orders of magnitude. Citrate and malate exerted a strong synergistic effect on the DFOB-promoted dissolution of pure Fh, whereas synergistic effects of both anions were absent or negligible for the coprecipitates. Rapp-initial of the citrate and DFOB-promoted dissolution of PGA coprecipitates increased with increasing molar C/Fe ratio of the coprecipitates, independent of the charge of the LMWO ligand. Our results indicate that polyuronates stabilize Fh particles sterically and /or

  19. Impacts of select organic ligands on the colloidal stability, dissolution dynamics, and toxicity of silver nanoparticles.

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    Pokhrel, Lok R; Dubey, Brajesh; Scheuerman, Phillip R

    2013-11-19

    Key understanding of potential transformations that may occur on silver nanoparticle (AgNP) surface upon interaction with naturally ubiquitous organic ligands (e.g., -SH (thoil), humic acid, or -COO (carboxylate)) is limited. Herein we investigated how dissolved organic carbon (DOC), -SH (in cysteine, a well-known Ag(+) chelating agent), and -COO (in trolox, a well-known antioxidant) could alter the colloidal stability, dissolution rate, and toxicity of citrate-functionalized AgNPs (citrate-AgNPs) against a keystone crustacean Daphnia magna. Cysteine, DOC, or trolox amendment of citrate-AgNPs differentially modified particle size, surface properties (charge, plasmonic spectra), and ion release dynamics, thereby attenuating (with cysteine or trolox) or promoting (with DOC) AgNP toxicity. Except with DOC amendment, the combined toxicity of AgNPs and released Ag under cysteine or trolox amendment was lower than of AgNO3 alone. The results of this study show that citrate-AgNP toxicity can be associated with oxidative stress, ion release, and the organism biology. Our evidence suggests that specific organic ligands available in the receiving waters can differentially surface modify AgNPs and alter their environmental persistence (changing dissolution dynamics) and subsequently the toxicity; hence, we caveat to generalize that surface modified nanoparticles upon environmental release may not be toxic to receptor organisms.

  20. Dissolution of basaltic glass: Effects of pH and organic ligands

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    Teng, H.; Grandstaff, D.E.

    1996-08-01

    Dissolution of powdered glass from Kilauea volcano, Hawaii (ca 51 % SiO{sub 2}) was studied in a fluidized-bed, flow-through reactor at room temperature in both dilute HCl and organic ligand-bearing solutions (citrate and oxalate) to determine the effects of pH and organic acids on the dissolution rate. Dissolution was non-stoichiometric in both HCl and organic solutions; however, the relative release rates of various ions and the composition of leached layers or secondary phases are functions of pH and organic ligand concentration and type. In HCl solutions, the minimum glass dissolution rate, as assessed from the Na leaching rate, was 7.4 {times} 10{sup {minus}12} gm/cm sec, comparable with previous results, and was virtually independent of pH. Addition of citrate and oxalate increased the non-stoichiometry of dissolution. At pH 7, the overall rate of glass dissolution decreased (by as much as 5 times) at low ligand concentrations (< 1 mM), but increased by as much as five times at higher concentration (3 mM). High ligand concentrations do increase the release rate of some elements, especially multivalent cations, such as Fe{sup 3+}, which form strong organic complexes, by as much as 100 times.

  1. Organic Ligands And The Dissolution Of Iron- Laden Dust In Seawater

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    RS, S. T.; Sander, S.; Boyd, P. W.

    2013-12-01

    Atmospherically supplied dust deposition has proven to be a critical source of iron (Fe) to high nitrate - low chlorophyll (HNLC) oceanic regions. The low solubility (Ksp = 2 x 10-39) of the hydrolysis species of Fe (Fe (III) oxyhydroxide solids) renders Fe to become less bioavailable. Fe is kept in the dissolved form by organic ligands above this solubility limit. The dissolution of Fe (III) bearing minerals in the presence of siderophores has been the subject of numerous recent studies. For our study, different dust dissolution experiments were carried out on Australian dust and iron minerals (goethite and lepidocrocite) using surface ocean water from different latitudes collected during the GEOTRACES Pacific ocean cruise in June 2011 and Iron Cycle III - Spring Bloom voyage in September 2012 to determine the effect of the presence or absence of siderophore (desferrioxamine B (DFB)), oxalate and light on the dissolution of Fe from dust. Short- and long- term dissolution experiments were performed at ambient seawater pH. Iron species were measured by electrochemical methods or chemiluminescence, and HPLC-ESI-MS was used to study structural changes of the organic ligands. In all cases iron dissolution was observed, with the largest increase being observed in the presence of DFB and light. Addition of the weak ligand and electron donor oxalate had no significant effect on the dissolution. The results indicate that light and the complexing capacity of the ligands critically affects the dissolution process. Preliminary results show that a maximum dissolved iron concentration was reached three hours after the addition of the dust, which subsequently decreased again. This observation might be due to the onsetting precipitation of iron. We will also present results from an artificial iron-mineral dissolution experiment conducted under comparable conditions.

  2. Kinetics of brucite dissolution at 25°C in the presence of organic and inorganic ligands and divalent metals

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    Pokrovsky, Oleg S.; Schott, Jacques; Castillo, Alain

    2005-02-01

    Brucite (Mg(OH) 2) dissolution rate was measured at 25°C in a mixed-flow reactor at various pH (5 to 11) and ionic strengths (0.01 to 0.03 M) as a function of the concentration of 15 organic and 5 inorganic ligands and 8 divalent metals. At neutral and weakly alkaline pH, the dissolution is promoted by the addition of the following ligands ranked by decreasing effectiveness: EDTA ≥ H 2PO 4- > catechol ≥ HCO 3- > ascorbate > citrate > oxalate > acetate ˜ lactate and it is inhibited by boric acid. At pH >10.5, it decreases in the presence of PO 43-, CO 32-, F -, oxine, salicylate, lactate, acetate, 4-hydroxybenzoate, SO 42- and B(OH) 4- with orthophosphate and borate being the strongest and the weakest inhibitor, respectively. Xylose (up to 0.1 M), glycine (up to 0.05 M), formate (up to 0.3 M) and fulvic and humic acids (up to 40 mg/L DOC) have no effect on brucite dissolution kinetics. Fluorine inhibits dissolution both in neutral and alkaline solutions. From F sorption experiments in batch and flow-through reactors and the analysis of reacted surfaces using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), it is shown that fluorine adsorption is followed by its incorporation in brucite lattice likely via isomorphic substitution with OH. The effect of eight divalent metals (Sr, Ba, Ca, Pb, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) studied at pH 4.9 and 0.01 M concentration revealed brucite dissolution rates to be correlated with the water molecule exchange rates in the first hydration sphere of the corresponding cation. The effect of investigated ligands on brucite dissolution rate can be modelled within the framework of the surface coordination approach taking into account the adsorption of ligands on dissolution-active sites and the molecular structure of the surface complexes they form. The higher the value of the ligand sorption constant, the stronger will be its catalyzing or inhibiting effect. As for Fe and Al oxides, bi- or multidentate mononuclear surface complexes, that labilize Mg

  3. Microbial exudate promoted dissolution and transformation of chromium containing minerals

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    Saad, E. M.; Sun, J.; Tang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Because of its utility in many industrial processes, chromium has become the second most common metal contaminant in the United States. The two most common oxidation states of chromium in nature are Cr(III), which is highly immobile, and Cr(VI), which is highly mobile and toxic. In both natural and engineered environments, the most common remediation of Cr(VI) is through reduction, which results in chromium sequestration in the low solubility mixed Cr(III)-Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxide phases. Consequently, the stability of these minerals must be examined to assess the fate of chromium in the subsurface. We examined the dissolution of mixed Cr(III)-Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides in the presence of common microbial exudates, including the siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB; a common organic ligand secreted by most microbes with high affinity for ferric iron and other trivalent metal ions) and oxalate (a common organic acid produced by microbes). The solids exhibited incongruent dissolution with preferential leaching of Fe from the solid phase. Over time, this leads to a more Cr rich mineral, which is known to be more soluble than the corresponding mixed mineral phase. We are currently investigating the structure of the reacted mineral phases and soluble Cr(III) species, as well as the potential oxidation and remobilization of the soluble Cr species. Results from this study will provide insights regarding the long term transport and fate of chromium in the natural environment in the presence of microbial activities.

  4. Simulating Succinate-Promoted Dissolution at Calcite {104} Steps

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    Mkhonto, D.; Sahai, N.

    2008-12-01

    Organic molecules of a wide range of molecular weights from small organic acids, amino-acids, acidic peptides and acidic proteins to humic and fulvic acids play a key role in modulating nucleation, crystal growth and dissolution of calcium carbonate polymorphs. In general, these acidic molecules inhibit calcite growth and, promote dissolution preferentially along specific crystallographic directions, in the process, regulating crystal shape and size, and even whether a metastable polymorph (e.g., vaterite or aragonite) is nucleated first. For example, chiral faces of calcite are selected by chiral amino-acids and the unusual {hk0} faces are expressed in the presence of amino-acids [Orme et al., 2001], and unusual heptagonal dissolution etch-pit are seen in the presence of succinate compared to the normal rhombohedral pits in water alone [Teng et al., 2006]. Thus, the presence of unusual crystal morphologies may indicate organic-mediated growth, thus serving as a biosignature. We have conducted the Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations using the Consistent Valence Force Field (CVFF) as implemented in the FORCITE© module of the Materials Studio © software package (Accelrys, Inc. TM) to model the adsorption of succinate, a dicarboxylic acid, and charge- balancing Na+ ions on dry and hydrated steps in different directions on the {104} cleavage face of calcite [Mkhonto and Sahai, in prep.]. At the site of succinate adsorption, we find elongation of the interatomic distances (Ca-OCO3,i) between surface Ca2+ cation and the oxygen of the underlying inorganic CO32- anion the first surface layer of calcite, compared to the corresponding distances in the presence of water alone, suggesting greater ease of surface Ca2+ detachment. This result is consistent with the empirically observed increase in overall dissolution rate with succinate [Teng et al., 2006]. Furthermore, succinate adsorption lowers the step energies, which explains the appearance of steps in the unsusual [42

  5. Effect of low-molecular-weight organic acids on hematite dissolution promoted by desferrioxamine B.

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    Lin, Qingqi; Wang, Yingli; Yang, Xiuhong; Ruan, Dishen; Wang, Shizhong; Wei, Xiange; Qiu, Rongliang

    2017-04-28

    Siderophores, as strong chelators specific to iron, have been intensively studied in relation to the facilitation of biological iron acquisition from iron oxides. In this study, the dissolution of hematite in the presence of the siderophore desferrioxamine B (DFOB) and three low-molecular-weight organic acids (LMWOAs, i.e., oxalic, citric, or malic acid) was investigated at three pH conditions (3.0, 5.5, and 9.0). Hematite dissolution was pH-dependent and LMWOA-specific. The adsorption of DFOB on hematite was significantly higher at pH 9.0 than at the other pH values. The adsorption of oxalic acid on hematite, however, showed a descending trend as pH was increased, and adsorption of citric and malic acids was not significantly affected by pH. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) results also indicated the occurrence of these ligands' adsorption. After acidification, dissolved iron was detected only in suspensions of hematite pre-adsorbed with oxalic acid at pH 5.5 and 9.0 or pre-adsorbed with citric acid at pH 5.5, indicating that these LMWOAs promoted the formation of labile iron on the hematite surface. Based on previous research and the results of this study, a hypothetical model is proposed. These results provide insight into the effect of LMWOAs on the dissolution of hematite promoted by DFOB.

  6. Effect of pH and organic ligands on the kinetics of smectite dissolution at 25 °C

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    Golubev, Sergey V.; Bauer, Andreas; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.

    2006-09-01

    Forward dissolution rates of Na-Montmorillonite (Wyoming) SWy-2 smectite (Ca 0.06Na 0.56)[Al 3.08Fe(III) 0.38Mg 0.54] [Si 7.93 Al 0.07]O 20(OH) 4 were measured at 25 °C in a mixed-flow reactor equipped with interior dialysis compartment (6-8 kDa membrane) as a function of pH (1-12), dissolved carbonate (0.5-10 mM), phosphate (10 -5 to 0.03 M), and nine organic ligands (acetate, oxalate, citrate, EDTA, alginate, glucuronic acid, 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, gluconate, and glucosamine) in the concentration range from 10 -5 to 0.03 M. In organic-free solutions, the Si-based rates decrease with increasing pH at 1 ⩽ pH ⩽ 8 with a slope close to -0.2. At 9 ⩽ pH ⩽ 12, the Si-based rates increase with a slope of ˜0.3. In contrast, non-stoichiometric Mg release weakly depends on pH at 1 ⩽ pH ⩽ 12 and decreases with increasing pH. The empirical expression describing Si-release rates [ R, mol/cm 2/s] obtained in the present study at 25 °C, I = 0.01 M is given by R=2.2·10-17·aH0.21+1.0·10-20+6·10-17·aOH0.33 At circum-neutral pH, the Si-release-based dissolution is promoted by the addition of the following ligands ranked by decreasing effectiveness: EDTA > 3,4-DHBA > citrate ⩾ oxalate. Phosphate, glucuronate, glucosamine, gluconate, alginate, and acetate act as inhibitors of dissolution and HCO 3-, CO 32- exhibit no effect on dissolution rate. Non-stoichiometric, non-steady-state Mg release was very weakly affected by the presence of ligands. Analysis of reacted solid products using XRD, FT-IR, and XPS revealed no major change in structure, surface chemical composition or specific surface area as a function of pH, ligand concentration, and duration of experiments. Ligand-affected rates re-calculated to constant pH were interpreted using a phenomenological equation which postulates the Langmurian adsorption of a ligand on surface sites. Overall, results of this study demonstrate that very high concentrations (0.001-0.01 M) of organic ligands, whether they are

  7. Methanobactin-Promoted Dissolution of Cu-Substituted Borosilicate Glass

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    Kulczycki, E.; Fowle, D. A.; Knapp, C.; Graham, D. W.; Roberts, J. A.

    2006-12-01

    Mineral weathering processes play a major role in the global cycling of carbon and metals and there is an increasing realization that subsurface microbial activity may be a key factor regulating specific biogeochemical reactions and their rates. Methanobactin (mb) is an extracellular copper-binding compound excreted by methanotrophs who require copper to regulate methane oxidation. Cu that is available to the cell regulates the expression and activity of pMMO versus sMMO (particulate versus soluble methane monooxygenase, respectively), which are key enzymes responsible for methane oxidation. The primary focus of this study is to determine the effect of mb-promoted dissolution of Cu-substituted glass at low temperature and near neutral pH conditions, using batch dissolution experiments with and without the methanotroph, Methylonsinus trichosporium OB3b. Methanobactin promotes the weathering of Cu-substituted borosilicate glasses at rates faster than control experiments without methanobactin. Glasses with lower concentrations of copper (80 ppm) or no copper are dissolved more rapidly than those containing larger amounts of copper (800 ppm). Within the first 2 hours of reactivity, a greater quantity of mb appears to sorb onto the glass surface at higher copper concentrations and may limit mass transfer of Cu to solution. Furthermore gene expression in M. trichosporium OB3b, using real-time RT-PCR techniques, indicate that pmoA expression is influenced by mb in presence of Cu containing solid phases. These findings demonstrate that this methanotroph can directly access mineral-bound Cu and suggests that methane oxidation rates may be directly linked to mineral weathering in near-surface geologic settings.

  8. Investigating feedbacks between natural metal-binding organic ligands and particle dissolution in central California coast seawater

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    Caprara, S.; Fitzsimmons, J. N.; Ohnemus, D.; Twining, B. S.; Chappell, D.; Sherrell, R. M.; Monticelli, D.; Buck, K. N.

    2016-02-01

    The roles of naturally occurring Fe- and Cu-ligands in particle dissolution were investigated during a 24-hour shipboard incubation experiment amended with various natural particles. The incubation seawater, collected from surface waters of the central Californian coast in July 2014, was amended with the Fe(II)-containing mineral biotite, the Fe(III)-mineral hematite, and resuspended nepheloid layer particles in separate treatments. Nepheloid layer particles were isolated via in situ filtration of bottom boundary layer waters overlying the central California shelf during the same cruise. Replicates of each particle type were incubated in both filtered and unfiltered surface seawater to provide insight on the role of ambient plankton communities on both the speciation of Fe and Cu and on the short-term dissolution of the particles. Samples for Fe- and Cu-binding ligands were analyzed from the 10-minute, 12-hour and 24-hour time points. Copper- and Fe-binding ligand analyses were performed by competitive ligand equilibration - cathodic stripping voltammetry (CLE-CSV), salicylaldoxime was used as the added competitive ligand for both metals. Dissolved concentrations of Fe and Cu were measured by ICP-MS analysis. Results from this experiment will be presented in the context of recently published studies looking at the influence of model Fe-binding ligands on aerosol dissolution in surface seawater. Altogether, these data emphasize the importance of ligands, and especially Fe-binding ligands, on particle dissolution in seawater.

  9. Siderophore-promoted dissolution of smectite by fluorescent Pseudomonas.

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    Ferret, Claire; Sterckeman, Thibault; Cornu, Jean-Yves; Gangloff, Sophie; Schalk, Isabelle J; Geoffroy, Valérie A

    2014-10-01

    Siderophores are organic chelators produced by microorganisms to fulfil their iron requirements. Siderophore-promoted dissolution of iron-bearing minerals has been clearly documented for some siderophores, but few studies have addressed metabolizing siderophore-producing bacteria. We investigated iron acquisition from clays by fluorescent Pseudomonads, bacteria that are ubiquitous in the environment. We focused on the interactions between smectite and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium producing two structurally different siderophores: pyoverdine and pyochelin. The presence of smectite in iron-limited growth media promoted planktonic growth of P. aeruginosa and biofilm surrounding the smectite aggregates. Chemical analysis of the culture media indicated increases in the dissolved silicon, iron and aluminium concentrations following smectite supplementation. The use of P. aeruginosa mutants unable to produce either one or both of the two siderophores indicated that pyoverdine, the siderophore with the higher affinity for iron, was involved in iron and aluminium solubilization by the wild-type strain. However, in the absence of pyoverdine, pyochelin was also able to solubilize iron but with a twofold lower efficiency. In conclusion, pyoverdine and pyochelin, two structurally different siderophores, can solubilize structural iron from smectite and thereby make it available for bacterial growth.

  10. Silver nanoparticle dissolution in the presence of ligands and of hydrogen peroxide.

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    Sigg, Laura; Lindauer, Ursula

    2015-11-01

    Dissolution of silver nanoparticles (AgNP with carbonate or citrate coating, total Ag 1-5 μM) was examined in the presence of the ligands cysteine, chloride and fulvic acids and of the oxidant hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at low concentrations at pH 7.5. Dissolved Ag was separated from AgNP by ultrafiltration. Cysteine in the concentration range 0.2-5 μM resulted in an initial increase of dissolved Ag within few hours. Chloride (up to 0.1 mM) and fulvic acids (up to 15 mg L(-1)) had little effect on the dissolution of AgNP within hours to days. In contrast, very rapid dissolution within 1-2 h of both carbonate and citrate coated AgNP was observed in the presence of H2O2 in the concentration range 0.1-10 μM, under dark or light conditions. The high efficiency of H2O2 in dissolving AgNP is likely to be of importance in toxic effects of AgNP to algae, as H2O2 is produced and released into solution by algae.

  11. Evidence for ligand hydrolysis and Fe(III) reduction in the dissolution of goethite by desferrioxamine-B

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    Simanova, Anna A.; Persson, Per; Loring, John S.

    2010-12-01

    Desferrioxamine-B (DFOB) is a bacterial trihydroxamate siderophore and probably the most studied to date. However, the manner in which DFOB adsorbs at mineral surfaces and promotes dissolution is still under discussion. Here we investigated the adsorption and dissolution reactions in the goethite-DFOB system using both in situ infrared spectroscopic and quantitative analytical methods. Experiments were carried out at a total DFOB concentration of 1 μmol/m 2, at pH 6, and in the absence of visible light. Our infrared spectroscopic results indicated that the adsorption of DFOB was nearly complete after a 4-h reaction time. In an attempt to determine the coordination mode at the goethite surface, we compared the spectrum of adsorbed DFOB after a 4-h reaction time to the spectra of model aqueous species. However, this approach proved too simplistic in the case of such a complex ligand as DFOB, and we suggest that a more detailed investigation (IR in D 2O, EXAFS of adsorbed model complexes) is needed to elucidate the structure of the adsorbed siderophore. Between a 4-h and 4-day reaction time, we observed the growth of carboxylate stretching bands at 1548 and 1404 cm -1, which are indicators of DFOB hydrolysis. Acetate, a product of DFOB hydrolysis at its terminal hydroxamate group, was quantified by ion chromatography. Its rate of formation was linear and nearly the same as the rate of Fe(III) dissolution. The larger hydrolysis product, a hydroxylamine fragment, was not detected by LC-MS. However, a signal due to the oxidized form of this fragment, a nitroso compound, was found to increase linearly with time, which is an indirect indication for Fe(III) reduction. Based on these findings, we propose that DFOB undergoes metal-enhanced hydrolysis at the mineral surface followed by the reduction of surface Fe(III). While Fe(II) was not detected in solution, this is likely because it remains adsorbed at the goethite surface or becomes buried in the goethite crystal by

  12. Evidence for Ligand Hydrolysis and Fe(III) Reduction in the Dissolution of Goethite by Desferrioxamine-B

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    Simanova, Anna A.; Persson, Per; Loring, John S.

    2010-08-01

    Desferrioxamine-B (DFOB) is a bacterial trihydroxamate siderophore and probably the most studied to date. However, the manner in which DFOB adsorbs at mineral surfaces and promotes dissolution is still under discussion. Here we investigated the adsorption and dissolution reactions in the goethite DFOB system using both in situ infrared spectroscopic and quantitative analytical methods. Experiments were carried out at a total DFOB concentration of 1 lmol/m2, at pH 6, and in the absence of visible light. Our infrared spectroscopic results indicated that the adsorption of DFOB was nearly complete after a 4-h reaction time. In an attempt to determine the coordination mode at the goethite surface, we compared the spectrum of adsorbed DFOB after a 4-h reaction time to the spectra of model aqueous species. However, this approach proved too simplistic in the case of such a complex ligand as DFOB, and we suggest that a more detailed investigation (IR in D2O, EXAFS of adsorbed model complexes) is needed to elucidate the structure of the adsorbed siderophore. Between a 4-h and 4-day reaction time, we observed the growth of carboxylate stretching bands at 1548 and 1404 cm1, which are indicators of DFOB hydrolysis. Acetate, a product of DFOB hydrolysis at its terminal hydroxamate group, was quantified by ion chromatography. Its rate of formation was linear and nearly the same as the rate of Fe(III) dissolution. The larger hydrolysis product, a hydroxylamine fragment, was not detected by LC MS. However, a signal due to the oxidized form of this fragment, a nitroso compound, was found to increase linearly with time, which is an indirect indication for Fe(III) reduction. Based on these findings, we propose that DFOB undergoes metal-enhanced hydrolysis at the mineral surface followed by the reduction of surface Fe(III). While Fe(II) was not detected in solution, this is likely because it remains adsorbed at the goethite surface or becomes buried in the goethite crystal by electron

  13. The ligand-promoted mobilisation of metal ions from mineral surfaces

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    Putnis, C. V.

    2003-04-01

    Many metals such as Fe, Mo, Cu, Zn etc have been identified as essential micronutrients for plants and microorganisms. These metals have to be mobilised from mineral surfaces in contact with crustal fluids in order to be available to living cells. Many studies have shown the importance of chelation in the mobilisation of metal ions into these fluids. The ligand-promoted dissolution of minerals enables elements essential to life to be accessible. Organic acids with chelating properties are widely present on the surface of the earth (both anthropogenic and those produced naturally such as siderophores) and as well as releasing metal ions into solution for bioavailability, they control processes such as metal ion transport and adsorption and thereby are important in the understanding of toxicity and contamination. In this study we have compared mineral dissolution using a strong industrial chelator (DTPA -- diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid) and dissoluton using a synthetically produced naturally occurring siderophore, 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid produced by Azotobacter vinelandii. The dissolution kinetics of a number of minerals (barite, chalcopyrite, malachite) by DTPA solution has been studied as a function of DTPA concentration in the range 0.001--0.5 M. Batch experiments were carried out at pH 12 where the DTPA is effectively de-protonated and over a range of temperatures (22--90C^o) to investigate the factors controlling the dissolution rate.. Although the dissolution mechanism involves the chelation of one metal ion by each molecule of DTPA, the dissolution rate was found to be inversely related to the DTPA concentration in solution and not dependent on the initial grain size of the mineral. The high activation energy for the dissolution process suggests that the rate is controlled by a surface desorption process rather than diffusion in the solution. The inverse dependence on the DTPA concentration suggests steric hindrance associated with the metal

  14. Brain endogenous liver X receptor ligands selectively promote midbrain neurogenesis.

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    Theofilopoulos, Spyridon; Wang, Yuqin; Kitambi, Satish Srinivas; Sacchetti, Paola; Sousa, Kyle M; Bodin, Karl; Kirk, Jayne; Saltó, Carmen; Gustafsson, Magnus; Toledo, Enrique M; Karu, Kersti; Gustafsson, Jan-Åke; Steffensen, Knut R; Ernfors, Patrik; Sjövall, Jan; Griffiths, William J; Arenas, Ernest

    2013-02-01

    Liver X receptors (Lxrα and Lxrβ) are ligand-dependent nuclear receptors critical for ventral midbrain neurogenesis in vivo. However, no endogenous midbrain Lxr ligand has so far been identified. Here we used LC/MS and functional assays to identify cholic acid as a new Lxr ligand. Moreover, 24(S),25-epoxycholesterol (24,25-EC) was found to be the most potent and abundant Lxr ligand in the developing mouse midbrain. Both Lxr ligands promoted neural development in an Lxr-dependent manner in zebrafish in vivo. Notably, each ligand selectively regulated the development of distinct midbrain neuronal populations. Whereas cholic acid increased survival and neurogenesis of Brn3a-positive red nucleus neurons, 24,25-EC promoted dopaminergic neurogenesis. These results identify an entirely new class of highly selective and cell type-specific regulators of neurogenesis and neuronal survival. Moreover, 24,25-EC promoted dopaminergic differentiation of embryonic stem cells, suggesting that Lxr ligands may thus contribute to the development of cell replacement and regenerative therapies for Parkinson's disease.

  15. Dissolution of uranium-bearing minerals and mobilization of uranium by organic ligands in a biologically reduced sediment.

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    Luo, Wensui; Gu, Baohua

    2011-04-01

    The stability and mobility of uranium (U) is a concern following its reductive precipitation or immobilization by techniques such as bioremediation at contaminated sites. In this study, the influences of complexing organic ligands such as citrate and ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) on the mobilization of U were investigated in both batch and column flow systems using a contaminated and bioreduced sediment. Results indicate that both reduced U(IV) and oxidized U(VI) in the sediment can be effectively mobilized with the addition of EDTA or citrate under anaerobic conditions. The dissolution and mobilization of U appear to be correlated to the dissolution of iron (Fe)- or aluminum (Al)-bearing minerals, with EDTA being more effective (with R2≥0.89) than citrate (R2<0.60) in dissolving these minerals. The column flow experiments confirm that U, Fe, and Al can be mobilized by these ligands under anoxic conditions, although the cumulative amounts of U removal constituted ∼0.1% of total U present in this sediment following a limited period of leaching. This study concludes that the presence of complexing organic ligands may pose a long-term concern by slowly dissolving U-bearing minerals and mobilizing U even under a strict anaerobic environment.

  16. Dissolution of Uranium-Bearing Minerals and Mobilization of Uranium by Organic Ligands in a Biologically Reduced Sediment

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    Luo, Wensui; Gu, Baohua

    2011-01-01

    The stability and mobility of uranium (U) is a concern following its reductive precipitation or immobilization by techniques such as bioremediation at contaminated sites. In this study, the influences of complexing organic ligands such as citrate and ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) on the mobilization of U were investigated in both batch and column flow systems using a contaminated and bioreduced sediment. Results indicate that both reduced U(IV) and oxidized U(VI) in the sediment can be effectively mobilized with the addition of EDTA or citrate under anaerobic conditions. The dissolution and mobilization of U appear to be correlated to the dissolution of iron (Fe)- or aluminum (Al)-bearing minerals, with EDTA being more effective (with R2 0.89) than citrate (R2 <0.60) in dissolving these minerals. The column flow experiments confirm that U, Fe, and Al can be mobilized by these ligands under anoxic conditions, although the cumulative amounts of U removal constituted ~0.1% of total U present in this sediment following a limited period of leaching. This study concludes that the presence of complexing organic ligands may pose a long-term concern by slowly dissolving U-bearing minerals and mobilizing U even under a strict anaerobic environment.

  17. Dissolution Kinetics of Arsenopyrite in the Presence of Iron(III)-Sequestering Biogenic Ligands at pH 5.

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    Cornejo-Garrido, H.; Fernandez-Lomelin, P.; Guzman-Mendoza, J.; Sedov, S.; Cervini-Silva, J.

    2007-05-01

    Arsenopyrite is one of the most important natural sources of Arsenic on Earth. Arsenopyrite is relatively insoluble in pure water. That is not the case if it is exposed to environmental conditions. Notably, arsenopyrite surfaces exposed to biological activity undergo changes in lattice energy, surface morphology, particle size, and other properties, typical of mineral dissolution. Iron biogeochemical cycling is pivotal to electron transferring in nature. Therein, the need to further scrutinize on the mechanism of arsenopyrite dissolution induced by biological activity. In oxic environments, such as highly weathered soils or surficial seawater, microorganisms and higher plants produce biogenic ligands such as siderophores to mobilize Fe that otherwise would be unavailable. Siderophores ligands facilitate the dissolution of natural particles that represent a primary reservoir of iron. In this paper we study the stability of arsenopyrite in the presence of desferrioxamine (DFO-B), a common siderophore ligand, at pH 5. Arsenopyrite specimens from mines from Panasqueira, Portugal, were used for this study. Batch dissolution experiments of arsenopyrite (1 g L-1) in the presence of DFO-B ([DFO-B]0 - 200 ?M) were conducted for 7 days. The initial pH was adjusted to 5. Samples were stirred at 150 rpm. Sieving was conducted to homogeneized the particle size 0.149-0.1mm before conducting the dissolution experiments. Corresponding experiments in the absence of DFO-B for the purpose of comparison were also conducted. Analyses for soluble metals were conducted by AA and ICP-AES. Surface characterization was conducted by XRD and SEM-EDX. Incrustations of Pb(0) were detected in the arsenopyrite samples used for this study. In the presence of DFO-B, releases of Fe, As, and Pb showed positive trends with time. A shallower dependency was observed for release of Fe, As, and Pb in the presence of water only under similar experimental conditions. Detected concentrations of Fe, As, and

  18. Direct Imaging of Nanoscale Dissolution of Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate by an Organic Ligand: Concentration Matters

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    Qin, Lihong; Zhang, Wenjun; Lu, Jianwei; Stack, Andrew G; Wang, Lijun

    2013-01-01

    Unraveling the kinetics and mechanisms of sparingly soluble calcium orthophosphate (Ca!P) dissolution in the presence of organic acids at microscopic levels is important for an improved understanding in determining the effectiveness of organic acids present in most rhizosphere environments. Herein, we use in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) coupled with a fluid reaction cell to image dissolution on the (010) face of brushite, CaHPO4 2H2O, in citrate- bearing solutions over a broad concentration range. We directly measure the dependence of molecular step retreat rate on citrate concentration at various pH values and ionic strengths, relevant to soil solution conditions. We find that low concentrations of citrate(10!100 M)inducedareductioninstepretreatratesalongboththe[10 0]Ccand[101] Ccdirections.However,at higher concentrations (exceeding 0.1 mM), this inhibitory effect was reversed with step retreat speeds increasing rapidly. These results demonstrate that the concentration-dependent modulation of nanoscale Ca!P phase dissolution by citrate may be applied to analyze the controversial role of organic acids in enhancing Ca!P mineral dissolution in a more complex rhizosphere environment. These in situ observations may contribute to resolving the previously unrecognized interactions of root exudates (low molecular weight organic acids) and sparingly soluble Ca!P minerals.

  19. Direct imaging of nanoscale dissolution of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate by an organic ligand: concentration matters.

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    Qin, Lihong; Zhang, Wenjun; Lu, Jianwei; Stack, Andrew G; Wang, Lijun

    2013-01-01

    Unraveling the kinetics and mechanisms of sparingly soluble calcium orthophosphate (Ca-P) dissolution in the presence of organic acids at microscopic levels is important for an improved understanding in determining the effectiveness of organic acids present in most rhizosphere environments. Herein, we use in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) coupled with a fluid reaction cell to image dissolution on the (010) face of brushite, CaHPO4 · 2H2O, in citrate-bearing solutions over a broad concentration range. We directly measure the dependence of molecular step retreat rate on citrate concentration at various pH values and ionic strengths, relevant to soil solution conditions. We find that low concentrations of citrate (10-100 μM) induced a reduction in step retreat rates along both the [100]Cc and [101]Cc directions. However, at higher concentrations (exceeding 0.1 mM), this inhibitory effect was reversed with step retreat speeds increasing rapidly. These results demonstrate that the concentration-dependent modulation of nanoscale Ca-P phase dissolution by citrate may be applied to analyze the controversial role of organic acids in enhancing Ca-P mineral dissolution in a more complex rhizosphere environment. These in situ observations may contribute to resolving the previously unrecognized interactions of root exudates (low molecular weight organic acids) and sparingly soluble Ca-P minerals.

  20. Siderophore Promoted Dissolution of a Series of Mn-Substituted Goethites

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    Holmstrom, S. J.; Sposito, G.

    2005-12-01

    The presence of organic ligands, like siderophores, can strongly influence mineral dissolution. Recent research suggests that at least some siderophores enhance mineral dissolution by formation of surface complexes with Fe and Mn. The impact of biogeochemical weathering caused by exudates of plants, fungi and bacteria containing siderophores has been discussed. We have studied the dissolution kinetics of Mn-substituted goethites (mol % Mn < 11) in the presences of 80 μM desferrioxamine B (DFO-B), a common and well-studied hydroxamate siderophore that has been identified in both terrestrial and marine environments and which forms very stable 1:1 complexes with Fe(III) or Mn(III). (The stability constants at I = 0.1 are 1030.6 and 1028.3, respectively.) A series of Mn-substituted goethites (α-MnxFe1-xOOH) were synthesized from ferrihydrite in the presence of Mn(II) in alkaline media. The Fe(III) in octahedral positions in the mineral structure was partially replaced by Mn, which was confirmed visually by the change to darker color when the content of Mn increased and proved by infra-red spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction studies of the samples. Substitution of Fe in the goethite by Mn caused a change in the cell dimensions. The calculated unit cell edge lengths a and c decreased, while b increased, for the Mn-goethites compared to pure goethite. The difference of the unit cell parameters between the pure goethite and the Mn-substituted goethites increased with increased Mn content, providing further confirmation that Fe had been substituted by Mn incorporated into the goethite structure. X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy analysis of the Mn-substituted goethites showed that the oxidation state of Mn in the samples was, as expected, Mn(III), even when Mn-goethites were prepared from Mn(II) solutions. Both SEM and TEM micrographs showed that the Mn-substituted goethite crystals had the same acicular shape as pure goethite. The specific surface area

  1. Oxidative Stress Promotes Ligand-independent and Enhanced Ligand-dependent Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Signaling*

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    Ozsoy, Hatice Z.; Sivasubramanian, Natarajan; Wieder, Eric D.; Pedersen, Steen; Mann, Douglas L.

    2008-01-01

    Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor 1 (TNFR1, p55) and 2 (TNFR2, p75) are characterized by several cysteine-rich modules in the extracellular domain, raising the possibility that redox-induced modifications of these cysteine residues might alter TNFR function. To test this possibility, we examined fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in 293T cells transfected with CFP- and YFP-tagged TNFRs exposed to the thiol oxidant diamide. Treatment with high concentrations of diamide (1 mm) resulted in an increase in the FRET signal that was sensitive to inhibition with the reducing agent dithiothreitol, suggesting that oxidative stress resulted in TNFR self-association. Treatment of cells with low concentrations of diamide (1 μm) that was not sufficient to provoke TNFR self-association resulted in increased TNF-induced FRET signals relative to the untreated cells, suggesting that oxidative stress enhanced ligand-dependent TNFR signaling. Similar findings were obtained when the TNFR1- and TNFR2-transfected cells were pretreated with a cell-impermeable oxidase, DsbA, that catalyzes disulfide bond formation between thiol groups on cysteine residues. The changes in TNFR self-association were functionally significant, because pretreating the HeLa cells and 293T cells resulted in increased TNF-induced NF-κB activation and TNF-induced expression of IκB and syndecan-4 mRNA levels. Although pretreatment with DsbA did not result in an increase in TNF binding to TNFRs, it resulted in increased TNF-induced activation of NF-κB, consistent with an allosteric modification of the TNFRs. Taken together, these results suggest that oxidative stress promotes TNFR receptor self-interaction and ligand-independent and enhanced ligand-dependent TNF signaling. PMID:18544535

  2. Photoreductive dissolution of iron(III) (hydr)oxides in the absence and presence of organic ligands: experimental studies and kinetic modeling.

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    Borer, Paul; Sulzberger, Barbara; Hug, Stephan J; Kraemer, Stephan M; Kretzschmar, Ruben

    2009-03-15

    This study investigated the kinetics of the photoreductive dissolution of various iron(III)(hydr)oxide phases, lepidocrocite (gamma-FeOOH), ferrihydrite, and hydrous ferric oxide, in the absence of organic ligands as a function of pH in deaerated and aerated suspensions. Photoreductive dissolution of lepidocrocite and ferrihydrite only occurred below pH 6. Under oxic conditions, we observed both the formation of aqueous Fe(II) and H2O2 during photoreductive dissolution of lepidocrocite and ferrihydrite at pH 3. These experimental findings are consistent with the light-induced reduction of surface Fe(III) at the (hydr)oxide surface and the concomitant oxidation of surface-coordinated water or hydroxyl groups, leading to surface Fe(II) and *OH radicals and subsequently to H2O2. The formation of *OH radicals atthe surface was confirmed by photodissolution experiments conducted in the presence of *OH radical scavengers. Kinetic modeling of the experimental data suggests that the relevant pathway for the formation of H2O2 is the reoxidation of surface lattice Fe(II) by molecular oxygen. This study furthermore shows that in the presence of strong iron binding ligands such as siderophores, specifically desferrioxamine B, the photoreductive dissolution of lepidocrocite, ferrihydrite, and to a lesser extent hydrous ferric oxide may also proceed at seawater pH.

  3. Dissolution of Hausmannite (Mn(3)O(4)) in the Presence of the Trihydroxamate Siderophore Desferrioxamine B

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    Pena, J.; Duckworth, O.W.; Bargar, J.R.; Sposito, G.

    2009-06-02

    That microbial siderophores may be mediators of Mn(III) biogeochemistry is suggested by recent studies showing that these well known Fe(III)-chelating ligands form very stable Mn(III) aqueous complexes. In this study, we examine the influence of desferrioxamine B (DFOB), a trihydroxamate siderophore, on the dissolution of hausmannite, a mixed valence Mn(II,III) oxide found in soils and freshwater sediments. Batch dissolution experiments were conducted both in the absence (pH 4-9) and in the presence of 100 {mu}M DFOB (pH 5-9). In the absence of the ligand, there is a sharp decrease in the extent of proton-promoted dissolution above pH 5 and no appreciable dissolution above pH 8. The resulting aqueous Mn{sup 2+} activities were in good agreement with previous studies, indirectly supporting the accepted two-step mechanism involving the formation of manganite and reprecipitation of hausmannite. Desferrioxamine B enhanced hausmannite dissolution over the entire pH range investigated, both via the formation of a Mn(III) complex and through surface-catalyzed reductive dissolution. Above pH 8, non-reductive ligand-promoted dissolution dominated, whereas below pH 8, dissolution was non-stoichiometric with respect to DFOB. Concurrent proton-promoted, ligand-promoted, reductive, and induced dissolution was observed, with Mn release by either reductive or induced dissolution increasing linearly with decreasing pH. The fast kinetics of the DFOB-promoted dissolution of hausmannite, as compared to iron oxides, suggest that the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Mn(III)-bearing minerals may compete with the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Fe(III)-bearing minerals.

  4. Dissolution of hausmannite (Mn 3O 4) in the presence of the trihydroxamate siderophore desferrioxamine B

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    Peña, Jasquelin; Duckworth, Owen W.; Bargar, John R.; Sposito, Garrison

    2007-12-01

    That microbial siderophores may be mediators of Mn(III) biogeochemistry is suggested by recent studies showing that these well known Fe(III)-chelating ligands form very stable Mn(III) aqueous complexes. In this study, we examine the influence of desferrioxamine B (DFOB), a trihydroxamate siderophore, on the dissolution of hausmannite, a mixed valence Mn(II, III) oxide found in soils and freshwater sediments. Batch dissolution experiments were conducted both in the absence (pH 4-9) and in the presence of 100 μM DFOB (pH 5-9). In the absence of the ligand, there is a sharp decrease in the extent of proton-promoted dissolution above pH 5 and no appreciable dissolution above pH 8. The resulting aqueous Mn 2+ activities were in good agreement with previous studies, indirectly supporting the accepted two-step mechanism involving the formation of manganite and reprecipitation of hausmannite. Desferrioxamine B enhanced hausmannite dissolution over the entire pH range investigated, both via the formation of a Mn(III) complex and through surface-catalyzed reductive dissolution. Above pH 8, non-reductive ligand-promoted dissolution dominated, whereas below pH 8, dissolution was non-stoichiometric with respect to DFOB. Concurrent proton-promoted, ligand-promoted, reductive, and induced dissolution was observed, with Mn release by either reductive or induced dissolution increasing linearly with decreasing pH. The fast kinetics of the DFOB-promoted dissolution of hausmannite, as compared to iron oxides, suggest that the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Mn(III)-bearing minerals may compete with the siderophore-promoted dissolution of Fe(III)-bearing minerals.

  5. Ligand-Promoted Protein Folding by Biased Kinetic Partitioning

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    Hingorani, Karan S.; Metcalf, Matthew C.; Deming, Derrick T.; Garman, Scott C.; Powers, Evan T.; Gierasch, Lila M.

    2017-01-01

    Protein folding in cells occurs in the presence of high concentrations of endogenous binding partners, and exogenous binding partners have been exploited as pharmacological chaperones. A combined mathematical modeling and experimental approach shows that a ligand improves the folding of a destabilized protein by biasing the kinetic partitioning between folding and alternative fates (aggregation or degradation). Computationally predicted inhibition of test protein aggregation and degradation as a function of ligand concentration are validated by experiments in two disparate cellular systems. PMID:28218913

  6. Characterization and dissolution properties of ruthenium oxides.

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    Luxton, Todd P; Eick, Matthew J; Scheckel, Kirk G

    2011-07-01

    Ruthenium oxides (RuO(2)·1·10H(2)O and RuO(2)) have been synthesized by forced hydrolysis and oxidation of ruthenium chloride. The resulting materials were extensively characterized to determine the crystallinity, surface area, and ruthenium oxidation state. Surface charging experiments indicate a large quantity of reactive functional groups for both materials and a decrease in the acidity of the surface functional groups with crystallization of the hydrous oxide. Dissolution studies conducted in acidic and basic pH environments indicate Ru-oxides are insoluble in 0.1 M HCl and slightly soluble in 0.1 M NaOH. Oxalate and ascorbate (5 mM) promoted dissolution of RuO(2)·1·10H(2)O demonstrated an increase in dissolution rates with decreasing pH and increasing ligand surface coverage. XPS analysis of the RuO(2)·1·10H(2)O surface after ligand promoted dissolution revealed the reduction of Ru(IV) to Ru(III) indicating that both ascorbate and oxalate reductively dissolve RuO(2)·1·10H(2)O. Dissolution experiments with RuO(2) resulted in dissolution only for 5 mM oxalate at pH 3. Dissolution rates calculated for RuO(2)·1·10H(2)O and RuO(2) are compared with previously published dissolution rates for iron oxides, demonstrating an order of magnitude decrease in the oxalate and ascorbate promoted dissolution. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  7. In silico identification of novel ligands for G-quadruplex in the c- MYC promoter

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    Kang, Hyun-Jin; Park, Hyun-Ju

    2015-04-01

    G-quadruplex DNA formed in NHEIII1 region of oncogene promoter inhibits transcription of the genes. In this study, virtual screening combining pharmacophore-based search and structure-based docking screening was conducted to discover ligands binding to G-quadruplex in promoter region of c- MYC. Several hit ligands showed the selective PCR-arresting effects for oligonucleotide containing c- MYC G-quadruplex forming sequence. Among them, three hits selectively inhibited cell proliferation and decreased c- MYC mRNA level in Ramos cells, where NHEIII1 is included in translocated c- MYC gene for overexpression. Promoter assay using two kinds of constructs with wild-type and mutant sequences showed that interaction of these ligands with the G-quadruplex resulted in turning-off of the reporter gene. In conclusion, combined virtual screening methods were successfully used for discovery of selective c- MYC promoter G-quadruplex binders with anticancer activity.

  8. In silico identification of novel ligands for G-quadruplex in the c-MYC promoter.

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    Kang, Hyun-Jin; Park, Hyun-Ju

    2015-04-01

    G-quadruplex DNA formed in NHEIII1 region of oncogene promoter inhibits transcription of the genes. In this study, virtual screening combining pharmacophore-based search and structure-based docking screening was conducted to discover ligands binding to G-quadruplex in promoter region of c-MYC. Several hit ligands showed the selective PCR-arresting effects for oligonucleotide containing c-MYC G-quadruplex forming sequence. Among them, three hits selectively inhibited cell proliferation and decreased c-MYC mRNA level in Ramos cells, where NHEIII1 is included in translocated c-MYC gene for overexpression. Promoter assay using two kinds of constructs with wild-type and mutant sequences showed that interaction of these ligands with the G-quadruplex resulted in turning-off of the reporter gene. In conclusion, combined virtual screening methods were successfully used for discovery of selective c-MYC promoter G-quadruplex binders with anticancer activity.

  9. Ah receptor ligands and tumor promotion: survival of neoplastic cells.

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    Schwarz, M; Buchmann, A; Stinchcombe, S; Kalkuhl, A; Bock, K

    2000-03-15

    A number of agonists of the aryl hydrocarbon or dioxin receptor (AhR) are potent tumor promoters in rodent liver. The prototype compound is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Tumor promotion by TCDD is likely to be AhR-mediated. Tumor promoters may affect the rate of division, terminal differentiation or death (apoptosis) of tumor precursor cells. The present paper reviews some of the effects of TCDD on liver cell homeostasis that have been observed under diverse experimental settings and discusses some of the possible underlying mechanisms.

  10. New ligand design to promote water compatibility of luminescent quantum dots and gold nanoparticles

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    Mei, Bing C.; Susumu, Kimihiro; Medintz, Igor L.; Delehanty, James B.; Mattoussi, Hedi

    2008-02-01

    We report the design and synthesis of new bidentate ligands to promote biocompatibility of luminescent quantum dots (QDs) and gold nanoparticle (Au-NPs) alike. The ligands use commercially available methoxy-terminated hydroxypoly( ethylene glycol) (HO-PEG-OCH3) and thioctic acid (TA) coupled via a stable amide bond to make TA-PEG-OCH3 ligands. Following a simple transformation of the hydroxyl group into an amine group on the methoxy-PEG, the ligand was attached to thioctic acid via DCC coupling. The use of mono-hydroxy-terminated PEG simplifies the reaction and purification steps. Following ring opening of the TA to form DHLA-PEG-OCH3, cap exchange on CdSe-ZnS core-shell QDs provided homogeneous stable dispersions in buffer solutions. Furthermore, using either the newly designed ligand pure, or mixed with amine-functionalized ligands (DHLA-PEG-NH2) allowed tuning of the surface functionalities of the nanoparticles. Gel electrophoresis, absorption and fluorescence experiments confirmed cap exchange, while microinjection in live cells provided additional verification of the potential utility of these hydrophilic QDs in biology. These ligands were also applied to functionalize Au-NPs, with a substantial improvement of their stability under high salt conditions compared to citrate-functionalized dispersions.

  11. Combinatorial actions of Tgfβ and Activin ligands promote oligodendrocyte development and CNS myelination.

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    Dutta, Dipankar J; Zameer, Andleeb; Mariani, John N; Zhang, Jingya; Asp, Linnea; Huynh, Jimmy; Mahase, Sean; Laitman, Benjamin M; Argaw, Azeb Tadesse; Mitiku, Nesanet; Urbanski, Mateusz; Melendez-Vasquez, Carmen V; Casaccia, Patrizia; Hayot, Fernand; Bottinger, Erwin P; Brown, Chester W; John, Gareth R

    2014-06-01

    In the embryonic CNS, development of myelin-forming oligodendrocytes is limited by bone morphogenetic proteins, which constitute one arm of the transforming growth factor-β (Tgfβ) family and signal canonically via Smads 1/5/8. Tgfβ ligands and Activins comprise the other arm and signal via Smads 2/3, but their roles in oligodendrocyte development are incompletely characterized. Here, we report that Tgfβ ligands and activin B (ActB) act in concert in the mammalian spinal cord to promote oligodendrocyte generation and myelination. In mouse neural tube, newly specified oligodendrocyte progenitors (OLPs) are first exposed to Tgfβ ligands in isolation, then later in combination with ActB during maturation. In primary OLP cultures, Tgfβ1 and ActB differentially activate canonical Smad3 and non-canonical MAP kinase signaling. Both ligands enhance viability, and Tgfβ1 promotes proliferation while ActB supports maturation. Importantly, co-treatment strongly activates both signaling pathways, producing an additive effect on viability and enhancing both proliferation and differentiation such that mature oligodendrocyte numbers are substantially increased. Co-treatment promotes myelination in OLP-neuron co-cultures, and maturing oligodendrocytes in spinal cord white matter display strong Smad3 and MAP kinase activation. In spinal cords of ActB-deficient Inhbb(-/-) embryos, apoptosis in the oligodendrocyte lineage is increased and OLP numbers transiently reduced, but numbers, maturation and myelination recover during the first postnatal week. Smad3(-/-) mice display a more severe phenotype, including diminished viability and proliferation, persistently reduced mature and immature cell numbers, and delayed myelination. Collectively, these findings suggest that, in mammalian spinal cord, Tgfβ ligands and ActB together support oligodendrocyte development and myelin formation. © 2014. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  12. Combinatorial actions of Tgfβ and Activin ligands promote oligodendrocyte development and CNS myelination

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    Dutta, Dipankar J.; Zameer, Andleeb; Mariani, John N.; Zhang, Jingya; Asp, Linnea; Huynh, Jimmy; Mahase, Sean; Laitman, Benjamin M.; Argaw, Azeb Tadesse; Mitiku, Nesanet; Urbanski, Mateusz; Melendez-Vasquez, Carmen V.; Casaccia, Patrizia; Hayot, Fernand; Bottinger, Erwin P.; Brown, Chester W.; John, Gareth R.

    2014-01-01

    In the embryonic CNS, development of myelin-forming oligodendrocytes is limited by bone morphogenetic proteins, which constitute one arm of the transforming growth factor-β (Tgfβ) family and signal canonically via Smads 1/5/8. Tgfβ ligands and Activins comprise the other arm and signal via Smads 2/3, but their roles in oligodendrocyte development are incompletely characterized. Here, we report that Tgfβ ligands and activin B (ActB) act in concert in the mammalian spinal cord to promote oligodendrocyte generation and myelination. In mouse neural tube, newly specified oligodendrocyte progenitors (OLPs) are first exposed to Tgfβ ligands in isolation, then later in combination with ActB during maturation. In primary OLP cultures, Tgfβ1 and ActB differentially activate canonical Smad3 and non-canonical MAP kinase signaling. Both ligands enhance viability, and Tgfβ1 promotes proliferation while ActB supports maturation. Importantly, co-treatment strongly activates both signaling pathways, producing an additive effect on viability and enhancing both proliferation and differentiation such that mature oligodendrocyte numbers are substantially increased. Co-treatment promotes myelination in OLP-neuron co-cultures, and maturing oligodendrocytes in spinal cord white matter display strong Smad3 and MAP kinase activation. In spinal cords of ActB-deficient Inhbb−/− embryos, apoptosis in the oligodendrocyte lineage is increased and OLP numbers transiently reduced, but numbers, maturation and myelination recover during the first postnatal week. Smad3−/− mice display a more severe phenotype, including diminished viability and proliferation, persistently reduced mature and immature cell numbers, and delayed myelination. Collectively, these findings suggest that, in mammalian spinal cord, Tgfβ ligands and ActB together support oligodendrocyte development and myelin formation. PMID:24917498

  13. Androgen Receptor Promotes Ligand-Independent Prostate Cancer Progression through c-Myc Upregulation

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    Gao, Lina; Schwartzman, Jacob; Gibbs, Angela; Lisac, Robert; Kleinschmidt, Richard; Wilmot, Beth; Bottomly, Daniel; Coleman, Ilsa; Nelson, Peter; McWeeney, Shannon; Alumkal, Joshi

    2013-01-01

    The androgen receptor (AR) is the principal therapeutic target in prostate cancer. For the past 70 years, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has been the major therapeutic focus. However, some patients do not benefit, and those tumors that do initially respond to ADT eventually progress. One recently described mechanism of such an effect is growth and survival-promoting effects of the AR that are exerted independently of the AR ligands, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. However, specific ligand-independent AR target genes that account for this effect were not well characterized. We show here that c-Myc, which is a key mediator of ligand-independent prostate cancer growth, is a key ligand-independent AR target gene. Using microarray analysis, we found that c-Myc and AR expression levels strongly correlated with each other in tumors from patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) progressing despite ADT. We confirmed that AR directly regulates c-Myc transcription in a ligand-independent manner, that AR and c-Myc suppression reduces ligand-independent prostate cancer cell growth, and that ectopic expression of c-Myc attenuates the anti-growth effects of AR suppression. Importantly, treatment with the bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 suppressed c-Myc function and suppressed ligand-independent prostate cancer cell survival. Our results define a new link between two critical proteins in prostate cancer – AR and c-Myc – and demonstrate the potential of AR and c-Myc-directed therapies to improve prostate cancer control. PMID:23704919

  14. Promoted Iron Nanocrystals Obtained via Ligand Exchange as Active and Selective Catalysts for Synthesis Gas Conversion.

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    Casavola, Marianna; Xie, Jingxiu; Meeldijk, Johannes D; Krans, Nynke A; Goryachev, Andrey; Hofmann, Jan P; Dugulan, A Iulian; de Jong, Krijn P

    2017-08-04

    Colloidal synthesis routes have been recently used to fabricate heterogeneous catalysts with more controllable and homogeneous properties. Herein a method was developed to modify the surface composition of colloidal nanocrystal catalysts and to purposely introduce specific atoms via ligands and change the catalyst reactivity. Organic ligands adsorbed on the surface of iron oxide catalysts were exchanged with inorganic species such as Na2S, not only to provide an active surface but also to introduce controlled amounts of Na and S acting as promoters for the catalytic process. The catalyst composition was optimized for the Fischer-Tropsch direct conversion of synthesis gas into lower olefins. At industrially relevant conditions, these nanocrystal-based catalysts with controlled composition were more active, selective, and stable than catalysts with similar composition but synthesized using conventional methods, possibly due to their homogeneity of properties and synergic interaction of iron and promoters.

  15. Promoted Iron Nanocrystals Obtained via Ligand Exchange as Active and Selective Catalysts for Synthesis Gas Conversion

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    2017-01-01

    Colloidal synthesis routes have been recently used to fabricate heterogeneous catalysts with more controllable and homogeneous properties. Herein a method was developed to modify the surface composition of colloidal nanocrystal catalysts and to purposely introduce specific atoms via ligands and change the catalyst reactivity. Organic ligands adsorbed on the surface of iron oxide catalysts were exchanged with inorganic species such as Na2S, not only to provide an active surface but also to introduce controlled amounts of Na and S acting as promoters for the catalytic process. The catalyst composition was optimized for the Fischer–Tropsch direct conversion of synthesis gas into lower olefins. At industrially relevant conditions, these nanocrystal-based catalysts with controlled composition were more active, selective, and stable than catalysts with similar composition but synthesized using conventional methods, possibly due to their homogeneity of properties and synergic interaction of iron and promoters. PMID:28824820

  16. Both Notch1 and its ligands in B cells promote antibody production.

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    Zhu, Gaizhi; Wang, Xiaoqian; Xiao, He; Liu, Xiaoling; Fang, Ying; Zhai, Bing; Xu, Ruonan; Han, Gencheng; Chen, Guojiang; Hou, Chunmei; Shen, Beifen; Li, Yan; Ma, Ning; Wu, Haitao; Liu, Guangchao; Wang, Renxi

    2017-08-29

    Notch1 signaling regulates B and T lymphocyte development and also in vitro promotes antibody secretion upon B cell activation. However, it is still unclear about the role of Notch1 in antibody production upon in vitro and in vivo mixture lymphocytes activation. We first showed that Notch1 expressed in LPS-activated CD19(hi) B cells and CD19(cre) mediated Notch1 knock-down in LPS-activated B cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Notch1 knock-down in B cells reduced antibody production in LPS-stimulated B cells but did not affect antibody production in LPS-stimulated splenocytes and in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) mice. Importantly, Notch1 ligands Dll1 and Jag1 expressed in B cells and pre-coated Notch1 protein promotes Notch1-knocked down B cells to produce antibody in LPS-stimulated B cells suggesting that Notch1 in other cells may promote antibody production by binding its ligands Dll1 and Jag1 in B cells. Together, our results suggest that both Notch1 and its ligands in B cells play an important role in antibody production. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Dual systemic tumor targeting with ligand-directed phage and Grp78 promoter induces tumor regression.

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    Kia, Azadeh; Przystal, Justyna M; Nianiaris, Nastasia; Mazarakis, Nicholas D; Mintz, Paul J; Hajitou, Amin

    2012-12-01

    The tumor-specific Grp78 promoter is overexpressed in aggressive tumors. Cancer patients would benefit greatly from application of this promoter in gene therapy and molecular imaging; however, clinical benefit is limited by lack of strategies to target the systemic delivery of Grp78-driven transgenes to tumors. This study aims to assess the systemic efficacy of Grp78-guided expression of therapeutic and imaging transgenes relative to the standard cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. Combination of ligand and Grp78 transcriptional targeting into a single vector would facilitate systemic applications of the Grp78 promoter. We generated a dual tumor-targeted phage containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid tumor homing ligand and Grp78 promoter. Next, we combined flow cytometry, Western blot analysis, bioluminescence imaging of luciferase, and HSVtk/ganciclovir gene therapy and compared efficacy to conventional phage carrying the CMV promoter in vitro and in vivo in subcutaneous models of rat and human glioblastoma. We show that double-targeted phage provides persistent transgene expression in vitro and in tumors in vivo after systemic administration compared with conventional phage. Next, we showed significant tumor killing in vivo using the HSVtk/ganciclovir gene therapy and found a systemic antitumor effect of Grp78-driven HSVtk against therapy-resistant tumors. Finally, we uncovered a novel mechanism of Grp78 promoter activation whereby HSVtk/ganciclovir therapy upregulates Grp78 and transgene expression via the conserved unfolded protein response signaling cascade. These data validate the potential of Grp78 promoter in systemic cancer gene therapy and report the efficacy of a dual tumor targeting phage that may prove useful for translation into gene therapy and molecular imaging applications.

  18. Immune Activation Resulting from NKG2D/Ligand Interaction Promotes Atherosclerosis

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    Xia, Mingcan; Guerra, Nadia; Sukhova, Galina K.; Yang, Kangkang; Miller, Carla K.; Shi, Guo-Ping; Raulet, David H.; Xiong, Na

    2012-01-01

    Background The interplay between the immune system and abnormal metabolic conditions sustains and propagates a vicious feedback cycle of chronic inflammation and metabolic dysfunction that is critical for atherosclerotic progression. It is well established that abnormal metabolic conditions, such as dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia, cause various cellular stress responses that induce tissue inflammation and immune cell activation, which in turn exacerbate the metabolic dysfunction. However, molecular events linking these processes are not well understood. Methods and Results Tissues and organs of humans and mice with hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia were examined for expression of ligands for NKG2D, a potent immune activating receptor expressed by several types of immune cells, and the role of NKG2D in atherosclerosis and metabolic diseases was probed using mice lacking NKG2D or by blocking NKG2D with monoclonal antibodies. NKG2D ligands were upregulated in multiple organs, particularly atherosclerotic aortae and inflamed livers. Ligand upregulation was induced in vitro by abnormal metabolites associated with metabolic dysfunctions. Using ApoE-/- mouse models we demonstrated that preventing NKG2D functions resulted in a dramatic reduction in plaque formation, suppressed systemic and organ inflammation mediated by multiple immune cell types, and alleviated abnormal metabolic conditions. Conclusions The NKG2D/ligand interaction is a critical molecular link in the vicious cycle of chronic inflammation and metabolic dysfunction that promotes atherosclerosis and might be a useful target for therapeutic intervention in the disease. PMID:22104546

  19. The ligand influence in stereoselective carbene transfer reactions promoted by chiral metal porphyrin catalysts.

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    Intrieri, Daniela; Carminati, Daniela Maria; Gallo, Emma

    2016-10-12

    The use of diazo reagents of the general formula N2C(R)(R(1)) as carbene sources to create new C-C bonds is of broad scientific interest due to the intrinsic sustainability of this class of reagents. In the presence of a suitable catalyst, diazo reagents react with several organic substrates with excellent stereo-control and form N2 as the only by-product. In the present report the catalytic efficiency of metal porphyrins in promoting carbene transfer reactions is reviewed with emphasis on the active role of the porphyrin skeleton in stereoselectively driving the carbene moiety to the target substrate. The catalytic performances of different metal porphyrins are discussed and have been related to the structural features of the ligand with the final aim of rationalizing the strict correlation between the three-dimensional structure of the porphyrin ligand and the stereoselectivity of carbene transfer reactions.

  20. Natural organic matter influences the dissolution and stability of reduced technetium(IV) and uranium(IV)

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    Gu, B.; Dong, W.; Liang, L.; Wall, N.

    2010-12-01

    Reductive precipitation and immobilization of soluble technetium (as pertechnetate, Tc(VII)O4-) and uranium (as uranyl, U(VI)O22+) to sparingly soluble Tc(IV) and U(IV) species have been proposed as one of the promising remediation technologies to immobilize uranium and technetium in situ in the subsurface. However, the dissolution and long-term stability of reduced Tc(IV) and U(IV) species are poorly understood, particularly in the presence of natural and synthetic organic ligands, which are known to form complexes with these metals or radionuclides and thus cause their mobilization. In this study, the kinetics of both ligand-promoted and oxidative dissolution of Tc(IV) and U(IV) solids are determined, and their mobility is evaluated in the presence of natural organic matter (e.g.,humic acid and fulvic acid) and synthetic ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA). We found that EDTA and the humic acid are among the most effective in promoting the ligand-induced dissolution of Tc(IV) and U(IV) by complexation. However, EDTA is found to suppress the oxidative dissoltuion of Tc(IV) and U(IV), whereas the humic acid enhances the oxidative dissolution due to its redox reactive functional properties. Furthermore, the oxidative dissolution is found to be much quicker than the ligand-promoted dissolution by humic substances. Studies of the dissolution and stability of reduced U(IV) in a contaminated sediment column confirms that both the synthetic and natural organic ligands can cause the mobilization of U(IV) although the dissolution rate is relatively slow. Because these organic ligands commonly co-exit at comtaminated sites, our results suggest that their presence can potentially impact the long-term stability and mobility of reduced Tc(IV) or U(IV) and should be considered in designing remediation strategies using the reductive precipitation approach.

  1. The intrinsically liganded cyclic nucleotide–binding homology domain promotes KCNH channel activation

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    Zhao, Yaxian; Goldschen-Ohm, Marcel P.; Morais-Cabral, João H.; Chanda, Baron

    2017-01-01

    Channels in the ether-à-go-go or KCNH family of potassium channels are characterized by a conserved, C-terminal domain with homology to cyclic nucleotide–binding homology domains (CNBhDs). Instead of cyclic nucleotides, two amino acid residues, Y699 and L701, occupy the binding pocket, forming an “intrinsic ligand.” The role of the CNBhD in KCNH channel gating is still unclear, however, and a detailed characterization of the intrinsic ligand is lacking. In this study, we show that mutating both Y699 and L701 to alanine, serine, aspartate, or glycine impairs human EAG1 channel function. These mutants slow channel activation and shift the conductance–voltage (G–V) relation to more depolarized potentials. The mutations affect activation and the G-V relation progressively, indicating that the gating machinery is sensitive to multiple conformations of the CNBhD. Substitution with glycine at both sites (GG), which eliminates the side chains that interact with the binding pocket, also reduces the ability of voltage prepulses to populate more preactivated states along the activation pathway (i.e., the Cole–Moore effect), as if stabilizing the voltage sensor in deep resting states. Notably, deletion of the entire CNBhD (577–708, ΔCNBhD) phenocopies the GG mutant, suggesting that GG is a loss-of-function mutation and the CNBhD requires an intrinsic ligand to exert its functional effects. We developed a kinetic model for both wild-type and ΔCNBhD mutant channels that describes all our observations on activation kinetics, the Cole–Moore shift, and G-V relations. These findings support a model in which the CNBhD both promotes voltage sensor activation and stabilizes the open pore. The intrinsic ligand is critical for these functional effects. PMID:28122815

  2. The intrinsically liganded cyclic nucleotide-binding homology domain promotes KCNH channel activation.

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    Zhao, Yaxian; Goldschen-Ohm, Marcel P; Morais-Cabral, João H; Chanda, Baron; Robertson, Gail A

    2017-02-01

    Channels in the ether-à-go-go or KCNH family of potassium channels are characterized by a conserved, C-terminal domain with homology to cyclic nucleotide-binding homology domains (CNBhDs). Instead of cyclic nucleotides, two amino acid residues, Y699 and L701, occupy the binding pocket, forming an "intrinsic ligand." The role of the CNBhD in KCNH channel gating is still unclear, however, and a detailed characterization of the intrinsic ligand is lacking. In this study, we show that mutating both Y699 and L701 to alanine, serine, aspartate, or glycine impairs human EAG1 channel function. These mutants slow channel activation and shift the conductance-voltage (G-V) relation to more depolarized potentials. The mutations affect activation and the G-V relation progressively, indicating that the gating machinery is sensitive to multiple conformations of the CNBhD. Substitution with glycine at both sites (GG), which eliminates the side chains that interact with the binding pocket, also reduces the ability of voltage prepulses to populate more preactivated states along the activation pathway (i.e., the Cole-Moore effect), as if stabilizing the voltage sensor in deep resting states. Notably, deletion of the entire CNBhD (577-708, ΔCNBhD) phenocopies the GG mutant, suggesting that GG is a loss-of-function mutation and the CNBhD requires an intrinsic ligand to exert its functional effects. We developed a kinetic model for both wild-type and ΔCNBhD mutant channels that describes all our observations on activation kinetics, the Cole-Moore shift, and G-V relations. These findings support a model in which the CNBhD both promotes voltage sensor activation and stabilizes the open pore. The intrinsic ligand is critical for these functional effects.

  3. Iron-promoted nucleophilic additions to diimine-type ligands: a synthetic and structural study.

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    Vallina, Ana Tesouro; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Neels, Antonia; Ensling, Jürgen; Decurtins, Silvio

    2003-05-19

    We report here three examples of the reactivity of protic nucleophiles with diimine-type ligands in the presence of Fe(II) salts. In the first case, the iron-promoted alcoholysis reaction of one nitrile group of the ligand 2,3-dicyano-5,6-bis(2-pyridyl)-pyrazine (L1) permitted the isolation of an stable E-imido-ester, [Fe(L1')(2)](CF(3)SO(3))(2) (1), which has been characterized by spectroscopic studies (IR, ES-MS, Mössbauer), elemental analysis, and crystallographically. Compound 1 consists of mononuclear octahedrally coordinated Fe(II) complexes where the Fe(II) ion is in its low-spin state. The iron-mediated nucleophilic attack of water to the asymmetric ligand 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrido[3,4-b]pyrazine (L2) has also been studied. In this context, the crystal structures of two hydration-oxidation Fe(III) products, [Fe(L2')(2)](ClO(4))(3).3CH(3)CN (2) and trans-[FeL2"Cl(2)] (3), are described. Compounds 2 and 3 are both mononuclear Fe(III) complexes where the metals occupy octahedral positions. In principle, L2 is expected to coordinate to metal ions through its bipyridine-type units to form a five-membered ring; however, this is not the case in compounds 2 and 3. In 2, the ligand coordinates through its pyridines and through the hydroxyl group attached to the pyrazine imino carbon after hydration, that is, in an N,O,N tridentate manner. In compound 3, the ligand has suffered further transformations leading to a very stable diamido complex. In this case, the metal ion achieves its octahedral geometry by means of two pyridines, two amido N atoms, and two axial chlorine atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements confirmed the spin state of these two Fe(III) species: compounds 2 and 3 are low-spin and high-spin, respectively.

  4. The coordination chemistry of weathering: I. Dissolution kinetics of δ- Al2O3 and BeO

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    Furrer, Gerhard; Stumm, Werner

    1986-09-01

    The dissolution kinetics of most slightly soluble oxides and silicates are controlled by chemical processes at the surface. The reaction controlling steps can be interpreted in terms of a surface coordination model. In dilute acid solutions, in the absence of complex-forming ligands, the dissolution kinetics are controlled by the surface bound protons. The rate of the proton-promoted reaction of δ- Al2O3 is RH = kH( CH3) 3 where C h3 is the proton concentration per unit area on the oxide surface. The mechanism can be described by the attachment of three protons to the reaction site prior to the detachment of an Al species into the solution. The dissolution rate of BeO is proportional to (C H2) 2. For δ- Al2O3 at pH ⩽ 3.5 dissolution rate is independent of pH; at this pH maximum surface concentration of protons is reached. The organic ligand-promoted dissolution, RL, is of first order with respect to concentration of surface chelates: R L = k L{M ?L} where {M ?L} is the concentration of surface chelates per unit area. Detachable surface complexes result from surface coordination of metal ions of the hydrous oxides with bidentate ligands. Especially efficient are bidentate ligands that form mononuclear surface complexes. The sequence of rate constants shows that five- and six-membered chelate rings (oxalate, catechol, malonate and salicylate) enhance the dissolution reactions to a greater extent than seven-membered rings (phthalate, succinate). Monodentate ligands (benzoate ion), though readily adsorbed, do not enhance dissolution rates. However, they can inhibit dissolution by displacing ligands that catalyze this reaction.

  5. Dissolution Kinetics of Hausmannite in the Presence of the Siderophore, DFO-B

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    Pena, J.; Duckworth, O. W.; Sposito, G.

    2004-12-01

    Siderophores are organic ligands with a very high affinity for Fe(III) that have been shown to dissolve iron-(III) bearing minerals, thus increasing the bioavailability of this nutrient. Recent work also has shown that siderophores are capable of forming stable Mn (III) complexes in aqueous environments and that they can promote the dissolution of Mn (III)-bearing minerals such as manganite (γ -MnOOH). The goal of this study was to investigate the dissolution kinetics of the mineral, hausmannite, in the presence of desferrioxamine B (DFO-B), a common trihydroxamate siderophore, synthesized by fungi and bacteria, which may play a role in the reduction of soluble Mn (III) to Mn2^+. Hausmannite, a mixed-valence Mn (II, III) oxide mineral with the formula Mn3O4, is a proposed intermediate in the oxidation of Mn2^+ to thermodynamically stable MnO2. Hausmannite particles were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, BET specific surface area, and SEM imaging. The extent and rate of dissolution were measured as a function of pH and ligand concentration in batch reactors at 25 ± 3 ° C. Total Mn concentrations were measured by ICP-AES, while complexed-Mn (III) was measured using UV-Vis spectrophotometry. In the absence of the ligand, the greatest amount of total Mn in solution was observed at pH ≈ 5. There was a sharp decrease in the extent of dissolution at pH > 5, however, and no appreciable dissolution occurred at pH > 8. In the presence of DFO-B, ligand-promoted dissolution dominated at pH > 8, with more than 90 % of the ligand complexed within 1 hour after addition. Below pH ≈ 8, a complex combination of reductive, ligand-promoted, and proton-promoted dissolution was observed. Our study revealed that complex mechanisms are involved in the DFOB-promoted dissolution of hausmannite, with several dissolution pathways occurring simultaneously. The results presented herein may have implications for mineral weathering, the biogeochemical cycling of Fe and Mn

  6. Macrophage-derived Hedgehog Ligands Promotes Fibrogenic and Angiogenic Responses in Human Schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Pereira, Thiago A.; Xie, Guanhua; Choi, Steve S.; Syn, Wing-Kin; Voieta, Izabela; Lu, Jiuyi; Chan, Isaac S.; Swiderska, Marzena; Amaral, Kirsten B.; Antunes, Carlos Maurício; Secor, William E.; Witek, Rafal P.; Lambertucci, José Roberto; Pereira, Fausto L.; Diehl, Anna Mae

    2012-01-01

    Background Schistosomiasis mansoni is a major cause of portal fibrosis and portal hypertension. The Hedgehog pathway regulates fibrogenic repair in some types of liver injury. Aims Determine if Hedgehog-pathway activation occurs during fibrosis progression in schistosomiasis and to determine if macrophage-related mechanisms are involved. Methods Immunohistochemistry was used to characterize the cells that generate and respond to Hedgehog ligands in 28 liver biopsies from patients with different grades of schistosomiasis fibrosis staged by ultrasound. Cultured macrophages (RAW264.7 and primary rat Kupffer cells) and primary rat liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSEC) were treated with schistosome egg antigen (SEA) and evaluated by qRT-PCR. Inhibition of the Hedgehog-pathway was used to investigate its role in alternative activation of macrophages (M2) and vascular tube formation. Results Patients with schistosomiasis expressed more ligands (Shh and Ihh) and target genes (Patched and Gli2) than healthy individuals. Activated LSEC and myofibroblasts were Hedgehog-responsive (Gli2(+)) and accumulated in parallel with fibrosis stage (p<0.05). Double IHC for Ihh/CD68 showed that Ihh(+) cells were macrophages. In vitro studies demonstrated that SEA stimulated macrophages to express Ihh and Shh mRNA (p<0.05). Conditioned media from such macrophages induced luciferase production by Shh-LightII cells (p<0.001) and Hedgehog inhibitors blocked this effect (p<0.001). SEA-treated macrophages also up-regulated their own expression of M2 markers, and Hh-pathway inhibitors abrogated this response (p<0.01). Inhibition of the Hedgehog pathway in LSEC blocked SEA-induced migration and tube formation. Conclusion SEA stimulates liver macrophages to produce Hh-ligands, which promote alternative activation of macrophages, fibrogenesis, and vascular remodeling in schistosomiasis. PMID:23121638

  7. Macrophage-derived Hedgehog ligands promotes fibrogenic and angiogenic responses in human schistosomiasis mansoni.

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    Pereira, Thiago A; Xie, Guanhua; Choi, Steve S; Syn, Wing-Kin; Voieta, Izabela; Lu, Jiuyi; Chan, Isaac S; Swiderska, Marzena; Amaral, Kirsten B; Antunes, Carlos M; Secor, William E; Witek, Rafal P; Lambertucci, José R; Pereira, Fausto L; Diehl, Anna Mae

    2013-01-01

    Schistosomiasis mansoni is a major cause of portal fibrosis and portal hypertension. The Hedgehog pathway regulates fibrogenic repair in some types of liver injury. Determine if Hedgehog pathway activation occurs during fibrosis progression in schistosomiasis and to determine if macrophage-related mechanisms are involved. Immunohistochemistry was used to characterize the cells that generate and respond to Hedgehog ligands in 28 liver biopsies from patients with different grades of schistosomiasis fibrosis staged by ultrasound. Cultured macrophages (RAW264.7 and primary rat Kupffer cells) and primary rat liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSEC) were treated with schistosome egg antigen (SEA) and evaluated using qRT-PCR. Inhibition of the Hedgehog pathway was used to investigate its role in alternative activation of macrophages (M2) and vascular tube formation. Patients with schistosomiasis expressed more ligands (Shh and Ihh) and target genes (Patched and Gli2) than healthy individuals. Activated LSEC and myofibroblasts were Hedgehog responsive [Gli2(+)] and accumulated in parallel with fibrosis stage (P < 0.05). Double IHC for Ihh/CD68 showed that Ihh(+) cells were macrophages. In vitro studies demonstrated that SEA-stimulated macrophages to express Ihh and Shh mRNA (P < 0.05). Conditioned media from such macrophages induced luciferase production by Shh-LightII cells (P < 0.001) and Hedgehog inhibitors blocked this effect (P < 0.001). SEA-treated macrophages also up-regulated their own expression of M2 markers, and Hh pathway inhibitors abrogated this response (P < 0.01). Inhibition of the Hedgehog pathway in LSEC blocked SEA-induced migration and tube formation. SEA stimulates liver macrophages to produce Hh ligands, which promote alternative activation of macrophages, fibrogenesis and vascular remodelling in schistosomiasis. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  8. An endogenous tumour-promoting ligand of the human aryl hydrocarbon receptor.

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    Opitz, Christiane A; Litzenburger, Ulrike M; Sahm, Felix; Ott, Martina; Tritschler, Isabel; Trump, Saskia; Schumacher, Theresa; Jestaedt, Leonie; Schrenk, Dieter; Weller, Michael; Jugold, Manfred; Guillemin, Gilles J; Miller, Christine L; Lutz, Christian; Radlwimmer, Bernhard; Lehmann, Irina; von Deimling, Andreas; Wick, Wolfgang; Platten, Michael

    2011-10-05

    Activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) by environmental xenobiotic toxic chemicals, for instance 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (dioxin), has been implicated in a variety of cellular processes such as embryogenesis, transformation, tumorigenesis and inflammation. But the identity of an endogenous ligand activating the AHR under physiological conditions in the absence of environmental toxic chemicals is still unknown. Here we identify the tryptophan (Trp) catabolite kynurenine (Kyn) as an endogenous ligand of the human AHR that is constitutively generated by human tumour cells via tryptophan-2,3-dioxygenase (TDO), a liver- and neuron-derived Trp-degrading enzyme not yet implicated in cancer biology. TDO-derived Kyn suppresses antitumour immune responses and promotes tumour-cell survival and motility through the AHR in an autocrine/paracrine fashion. The TDO-AHR pathway is active in human brain tumours and is associated with malignant progression and poor survival. Because Kyn is produced during cancer progression and inflammation in the local microenvironment in amounts sufficient for activating the human AHR, these results provide evidence for a previously unidentified pathophysiological function of the AHR with profound implications for cancer and immune biology.

  9. Toll-like receptor 2 ligands promote microglial cell death by inducing autophagy

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    Arroyo, Daniela S.; Soria, Javier A.; Gaviglio, Emilia A.; Garcia-Keller, Constanza; Cancela, Liliana M.; Rodriguez-Galan, Maria C.; Wang, Ji Ming; Iribarren, Pablo

    2013-01-01

    Microglial cells are phagocytes in the central nervous system (CNS) and become activated in pathological conditions, resulting in microgliosis, manifested by increased cell numbers and inflammation in the affected regions. Thus, controlling microgliosis is important to prevent pathological damage to the brain. Here, we evaluated the contribution of Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) to microglial survival. We observed that activation of microglial cells with peptidoglycan (PGN) from Staphylococcus aureus and other TLR2 ligands results in cell activation followed by the induction of autophagy and autophagy-dependent cell death. In C57BL/6J mice, intracerebral injection of PGN increased the autophagy of microglial cells and reduced the microglial/macrophage cell number in brain parenchyma. Our results demonstrate a novel role of TLRs in the regulation of microglial cell activation and survival, which are important for the control of microgliosis and associated inflammatory responses in the CNS.—Arroyo, D. S., Soria, J. A., Gaviglio, E. A., Garcia-Keller, C., Cancela, L. M., Rodriguez-Galan, M. C., Wang, J. M., Iribarren, P. Toll-like receptor 2 ligands promote microglial cell death by inducing autophagy. PMID:23073832

  10. Development of a Self-Consistent Model of Plutonium Sorption: Quantification of Sorption Enthalpy and Ligand-Promoted Dissolution

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    Powell, Brian; Kaplan, Daniel I; Arai, Yuji; Becker, Udo; Ewing, Rod

    2016-12-29

    This university lead SBR project is a collaboration lead by Dr. Brian Powell (Clemson University) with co-principal investigators Dan Kaplan (Savannah River National Laboratory), Yuji Arai (presently at the University of Illinois), Udo Becker (U of Michigan) and Rod Ewing (presently at Stanford University). Hypothesis: The underlying hypothesis of this work is that strong interactions of plutonium with mineral surfaces are due to formation of inner sphere complexes with a limited number of high-energy surface sites, which results in sorption hysteresis where Pu(IV) is the predominant sorbed oxidation state. The energetic favorability of the Pu(IV) surface complex is strongly influenced by positive sorption entropies, which are mechanistically driven by displacement of solvating water molecules from the actinide and mineral surface during sorption. Objectives: The overarching objective of this work is to examine Pu(IV) and Pu(V) sorption to pure metal (oxyhydr)oxide minerals and sediments using variable temperature batch sorption, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and quantum-mechanical and empirical-potential calculations. The data will be compiled into a self-consistent surface complexation model. The novelty of this effort lies largely in the manner the information from these measurements and calculations will be combined into a model that will be used to evaluate the thermodynamics of plutonium sorption reactions as well as predict sorption of plutonium to sediments from DOE sites using a component additivity approach.

  11. Siderophore Adsorption to and Dissolution of Kaolinite

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    Rosenberg, D. R.; Maurice, P. A.

    2001-12-01

    This study examined the effect of the synthetic trihydroxamate siderophore, desferrioxamine mesylate (DFAM), on the dissolution of and Fe removal from an Fe-containing ( ~0.1 weight %) kaolinite. Batch adsorption and dissolution experiments were conducted at pH 3, 5.5, and 7, at 25° C, in the dark, to 96 hours. Adsorption was considerably stronger than previously reported on goethite (Kraemer et al., 1999, GCA), most probably because of differences in the surface charge properties of these two minerals. Adsorption of DFAM was weakest at pH < 5, which is the pH point of zero charge for KGa-2, and increased by several fold as pH increased to 8. In contrast to dissolution in the simple organic ligand, oxalate, DFAM-promoted dissolution was mostly pH-independent from pH 3 to 7. Si concentrations released in the presence of DFAM remained at the levels of HNO3 controls over this pH range. Al concentrations were greatly enhanced versus controls, most likely due at least in part to DFAM-Al complexation and enhanced solubility. Aqueous Fe concentrations were negligible at pH 3, and in controls at all 3 pH values, but were in the 10 ppb range at pH 5.5 and 7, in the presence of DFAM. These results show that micromolar amounts of Fe, sufficient for the metabolic needs of aerobic microorganisms, can be extracted from natural kaolinite by DFAM.

  12. Ligand-promoted alkylation of C(sp3)-H and C(sp2)-H bonds.

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    Zhu, Ru-Yi; He, Jian; Wang, Xiao-Chen; Yu, Jin-Quan

    2014-09-24

    9-Methylacridine was identified as a generally effective ligand to promote a Pd(II)-catalyzed C(sp(3))-H and C(sp(2))-H alkylation of simple amides with various alkyl iodides. This alkylation reaction was applied to the preparation of unnatural amino acids and geometrically controlled tri- and tetrasubstituted acrylic acids.

  13. Ligand structural motifs can decouple glucocorticoid receptor transcriptional activation from target promoter occupancy.

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    Blind, Raymond D; Pineda-Torra, Inés; Xu, Yong; Xu, H Eric; Garabedian, Michael J

    2012-04-20

    Glucocorticoid (GC) induction of the tyrosine aminotransferase (TAT) gene by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is a classic model used to investigate steroid-regulated gene expression. Classic studies analyzing GC-induction of the TAT gene demonstrated that despite having very high affinity for GR, some steroids cannot induce maximal TAT enzyme activity, but the molecular basis for this phenomenon is unknown. Here, we used RT-PCR and chromatin immunoprecipitation to determine TAT mRNA accumulation and GR recruitment to the TAT promoter (TAT-GRE) in rat hepatoma cells induced by seven GR ligands: dexamethasone (DEX), cortisol (CRT), corticosterone (CCS), 11-deoxycorticosterone (DOC), aldosterone (ALD), progesterone (PRG) and 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17P). As expected, DEX, CRT, CCS and ALD all induced both TAT mRNA and GR recruitment to the TAT-GRE, while PRG and 17P did not. However, while DOC could not induce significant TAT mRNA, it did induce robust GR occupancy of the TAT-GRE. DOC also induced recruitment of the histone acetyltransferase p300 to the TAT-GRE as efficiently as DEX. These DOC-induced effects recapitulated at another GR target gene (sulfonyltransferase 1A1), and DOC also failed to promote the multiple changes in gene expression required for glucocorticoid-dependent 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation. Structural simulations and protease sensitivity assays suggest that DOC and DEX induce different conformations in GR. Thus, although steroids that bind GR with high affinity can induce GR and p300 occupancy of target promoters, they may not induce a conformation of GR capable of activating transcription.

  14. Ligand-activated PPARbeta efficiently represses the induction of LXR-dependent promoter activity through competition with RXR.

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    Matsusue, Kimihiko; Miyoshi, Aya; Yamano, Shigeru; Gonzalez, Frank J

    2006-08-15

    Angiopoietin-like protein 3 (angptl3), a member of the vascular endothelial growth factor family, was shown to play an important role in regulating lipid metabolism. To elucidate the mechanism by which PPARbeta represses angptl3 promoter activity, reporter constructs were prepared and transfection analysis carried out. PPARbeta repressed angptl3-Luc promoter activity and activation of PPARbeta by L-165041, a PPARbeta-specific ligand, increased the extent of repression. The repression by L-165041 was lost in angptl3-Luc plasmids having a deleted or mutated LXRalpha binding site (DR4). PPARbetaL405R, deficient in RXRalpha binding, had no effect on angptl3-Luc promoter activity. PPARbeta did not repress the activity of GAL4-LXRalpha which activates of GAL4DBD TK-Luc independent of RXR. Addition of RXRalpha completely abolished the repression of angptl3-Luc activity by PPARbeta. Mammalian two-hybrid analysis revealed that PPARbeta ligand binding enhanced the dissociation of the LXRalpha-RXRalpha heterodimer. Gel shift assays also indicated that PPARbeta ligand binding increased dissociation of LXRalpha/RXRalpha binding to a DR4 oligonucleotide probe; addition of RXRalpha restored the binding lost by addition of PPARbeta. Collectively, these results suggest that the binding of PPARbeta-specific ligand enhances the affinity between RXRalpha and activated PPARbeta and thus may regulate angptl3 gene expression through a DR4 element by competing with LXRalpha for RXRalpha.

  15. Multiple roles of chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 in promoting prostate cancer growth.

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    Zhang, Jian; Lu, Yi; Pienta, Kenneth J

    2010-04-21

    Prostate cancer continues to be the most common nonskin cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. Prostate cancer that has metastasized to bone remains incurable. The interactions between prostate cancer cells and the various cells of the host microenvironment result in enhanced growth of tumor cells and activation of host cells that together culminate in osteoblastic bone metastases. These dynamic tumor-host interactions are mediated by cancer and host-produced cytokines and chemokines. Among them, chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) has been identified as a prominent modulator of metastatic growth in the bone microenvironment. CCL2 is produced by bone marrow osteoblasts, endothelial cells, stromal cells, and prostate cancer cells. It has been demonstrated to modulate tumor-associated macrophage migration and promote osteoclast maturation. In addition, CCL2 functions through binding to its receptor CCR2 to induce prostate cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in both autocrine and paracrine manners. CCL2 protects prostate cancer cells from autophagic death by activating survivin through a PI3K/AKT (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B)-dependent mechanism. Inhibition of CCL2 substantially decreases macrophage infiltration, decreases osteoclast function, and inhibits prostate cancer growth in bone in preclinical animal models. The multiple roles of CCL2 in the tumor microenvironment make it an attractive therapeutic target in metastatic prostate cancer as well as in other cancers.

  16. Atmospheric Dissolved Iron Depostiion to the Global Oceans: Effects of Oxalate-Promoted Fe Dissolution, Photochemical Redox Cycling, and Dust Mineralogy

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    Johnson, M. S.; Meskhidze, N.

    2013-01-01

    Mineral dust deposition is suggested to be a significant atmospheric supply pathway of bioavailable iron (Fe) to Fe-depleted surface oceans. In this study, mineral dust and dissolved Fe (Fed) deposition rates are predicted for March 2009 to February 2010 using the 3-D chemical transport model GEOS-Chem implemented with a comprehensive dust-Fe dissolution scheme. The model simulates Fed production during the atmospheric transport of mineral dust taking into account inorganic and organic (oxalate)-promoted Fe dissolution processes, photochemical redox cycling between ferric (Fe(III)) and ferrous (Fe(II)) forms of Fe, dissolution of three different Fe-containing minerals (hematite, goethite, and aluminosilicates), and detailed mineralogy of windblown dust from the major desert regions. Our calculations suggest that during the yearlong simulation is approximately 0.26 Tg (1 Tg = 1012 g) of Fed was deposited to global oceanic regions. Compared to simulations only taking into account proton-promoted Fe dissolution, the addition of oxalate to the dust-Fe mobilization scheme increased total annual model-predicted Fed deposition to global oceanic regions by approximately 75%. The implementation of Fe(II)/Fe(III) photochemical redox cycling in the model allows for the distinction between different oxidation states of deposited Fed. Our calculations suggest that during the daytime, large fractions of Fed deposited to the global oceans is likely to be in Fe(II) form, while nocturnal fluxes of Fed are largely in Fe(III) form. Model simulations also show that atmospheric fluxes of Fed can be strongly influenced by the mineralogy of Fe-containing compounds. This study shows that Fed deposition to the oceans is controlled by total dust-Fe mass concentrations, mineralogy, the surface area of dust particles, atmospheric chemical composition, cloud processing, and meteorological parameters and exhibits complex and spatiotemporally variable patterns. Our study suggests that the

  17. Surface tailoring of poly(DL-lactic acid) by ligand-tethered amphiphilic polymer for promoting chondrocyte attachment and growth.

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    Ji, Jian; Zhu, Huiguang; Shen, Jiacong

    2004-05-01

    The ligand-tethered poly(ethylene oxide-propylene oxide-ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymer was explored to engineer poly(DL-lactic acid) (PDL-LA) material to promote cell attachment and growth. The PEO-PPO-PEO was activated by methyl sulfonyl chloride and the amino acid, and peptide were attached. By blending the PDL-LA with the ligand-tethered PEO-PPO-PEO derivatives, the surface of modified PDL-LA film was investigated by ATR-FTIR, XPS and contact angle. The chondrocytes test on different PDL-LA films indicated that the PEO-PPO-PEO amino acid and RGD derivatives modified PDL-LA films could promote chondrocyte attachment and growth. This simple surface treatment method may have potentials for tissue engineering and other biomedical applications.

  18. A shed NKG2D ligand that promotes natural killer cell activation and tumor rejection

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    Deng, Weiwen; Gowen, Benjamin G.; Zhang, Li; Wang, Lin; Lau, Stephanie; Iannello, Alexandre; Xu, Jianfeng; Rovis, Tihana L.; Xiong, Na; Raulet, David H.

    2016-01-01

    Immune cells, including natural killer (NK) cells, recognize transformed cells and eliminate them in a process termed immunosurveillance. It is thought that tumor cells evade immunosurveillance by shedding membrane ligands that bind to the NKG2D activating receptor on NK cells and/or T cells, and desensitize these cells. In contrast, we show that in mice, shedding of MULT1, a high affinity NKG2D ligand, causes NK cell activation and tumor rejection. Recombinant soluble MULT1 stimulated tumor rejection in mice. Soluble MULT1 functions, at least in part, by competitively reversing a global desensitization of NK cells imposed by engagement of membrane NKG2D ligands on tumor-associated cells, such as myeloid cells. The results overturn conventional wisdom that soluble ligands are inhibitory, and suggest a new approach for cancer immunotherapy. PMID:25745066

  19. Synergistic induction of the Fas (CD95) ligand promoter by Max and NFkappaB in human non-small lung cancer cells.

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    Wiener, Zoltan; Ontsouka, Edgar C; Jakob, Sabine; Torgler, Ralph; Falus, Andras; Mueller, Christoph; Brunner, Thomas

    2004-09-10

    Fas (CD95/APO-1) ligand is a member of the Tumor Necrosis Factor family and a potent inducer of apoptosis. Fas ligand is expressed in activated T cells and represents a major cytotoxic effector mechanism by which T cells kill their target cells. Activation-induced Fas ligand expression in T cells is under the stringent control of various transcription factors, including nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB) and c-Myc/Max. There is accumulating evidence that Fas ligand is also expressed by various non-hematopoietic tumor cells, however, little is known about Fas ligand regulation in tumor cells. In this study, we have analyzed the regulation of the Fas ligand gene promoter induction in two non-small cell lung cancer cell lines, with a major focus on the role of the c-Myc/Max transcription factor. Our results revealed that inhibition of c-Myc/Max did not substantially reduce basal levels of Fas ligand promoter activity, nor did overexpression of c-Myc significantly induce promoter activity. In contrast, we observed that overexpression of Max resulted in a marked increase in basal promoter activity and synergistically enhanced phorbolester- and doxorubicin-induced NFkappaB-mediated Fas ligand promoter activity. These results were confirmed by analyzing endogenous Fas ligand transcription. We conclude that high levels of Max and stress-induced NFkappaB activation may result in elevated expression of Fas ligand in human lung cancer cells and possibly contribute to Fas ligand-associated immune escape mechanisms.

  20. An anionic N-donor ligand promotes manganese-catalyzed water oxidation

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    Young, Karin J.; Takase, Michael K.; Brudvig, Gary W.

    2014-01-01

    Four manganese complexes of pentadentate ligands have been studied for their ability to act as oxygen-evolution catalysts in the presence of Oxone or hydrogen peroxide. The complexes [Mn(PaPy3)(NO3)](ClO4), 1 (PaPy3H = N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-amine-N-ethyl-2-pyridine-2-carboxamide) and [Mn(PaPy3)(μ-O)(PaPy3)Mn](ClO4)2, 2 feature an anionic carboxamido ligand trans to the labile sixth coordination site, while [Mn(N4Py)OTf](OTf), 3 (N4Py = N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-bis(2-pyridyl)methylamine) and [Mn(PY5)(OH2)](ClO4)2, 4 (PY5 = 2,6-bis(bis(2-pyridyl)methoxymethane)-pyridine) have neutral ligands of varying flexibility. 1 and 2 are shown to evolve oxygen in the presence of either Oxone or hydrogen peroxide, but 3 evolves oxygen only in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and 4 is inactive. The activity of 1 and 2 with Oxone suggests that the presence of an anionic N-donor ligand plays a role in stabilizing putative high-valent intermediates. Anionic N-donor ligands may be viewed as an alternative to μ-oxo ligands that are prone to protonation in low-valent Mn species formed during a catalytic cycle, resulting in loss of catalyst structure. PMID:23777320

  1. Dissolution of hematite nanoparticle aggregates: influence of primary particle size, dissolution mechanism, and solution pH.

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    Lanzl, Caylyn A; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Cwiertny, David M

    2012-11-13

    The size-dependent dissolution of nanoscale hematite (8 and 40 nm α-Fe(2)O(3)) was examined across a broad range of pH (pH 1-7) and mechanisms including proton- and ligand- (oxalate-) promoted dissolution and dark (ascorbic acid) and photochemical (oxalate) reductive dissolution. Empirical relationships between dissolution rate and pH revealed that suspensions of 8 nm hematite exhibit between 3.3- and 10-fold greater reactivity per unit mass than suspensions of 40 nm particles across all dissolution modes and pH, including circumneutral. Complementary suspension characterization (i.e., sedimentation studies and dynamic light scattering) indicated extensive aggregation, with steady-state aggregate sizes increasing with pH but being roughly equivalent for both primary particles. Thus, while the reactivity difference between 8 and 40 nm suspensions is generally greater than expected from specific surface areas measured via N(2)-BET or estimated from primary particle geometry, loss of reactive surface area during aggregation limits the certainty of such comparisons. We propose that the relative reactivity of 8 and 40 nm hematite suspensions is best explained by differences in the fraction of aggregate surface area that is reactive. This scenario is consistent with TEM images revealing uniform dissolution of aggregated 8 nm particles, whereas 40 nm particles within aggregates undergo preferential etching at edges and structural defects. Ultimately, we show that comparably sized hematite aggregates can exhibit vastly different dissolution activity depending on the nature of the primary nanoparticles from which they are constructed, a result with wide-ranging implications for iron redox cycling.

  2. TSPO PIGA Ligands Promote Neurosteroidogenesis and Human Astrocyte Well-Being

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    Da Pozzo, Eleonora; Giacomelli, Chiara; Costa, Barbara; Cavallini, Chiara; Taliani, Sabrina; Barresi, Elisabetta; Da Settimo, Federico; Martini, Claudia

    2016-01-01

    The steroidogenic 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) is an emerging, attractive therapeutic tool for several pathological conditions of the nervous system. Here, 13 high affinity TSPO ligands belonging to our previously described N,N-dialkyl-2-phenylindol-3-ylglyoxylamide (PIGA) class were evaluated for their potential ability to affect the cellular Oxidative Metabolism Activity/Proliferation index, which is used as a measure of astrocyte well-being. The most active PIGA ligands were also assessed for steroidogenic activity in terms of pregnenolone production, and the values were related to the metabolic index in rat and human models. The results showed a positive correlation between the increase in the Oxidative Metabolism Activity/Proliferation index and the pharmacologically induced stimulation of steroidogenesis. The specific involvement of steroid molecules in mediating the metabolic effects of the PIGA ligands was demonstrated using aminoglutethimide, a specific inhibitor of the first step of steroid biosynthesis. The most promising steroidogenic PIGA ligands were the 2-naphthyl derivatives that showed a long residence time to the target, in agreement with our previous data. In conclusion, TSPO ligand-induced neurosteroidogenesis was involved in astrocyte well-being. PMID:27367681

  3. Basic ancillary ligands promote O-O bond formation in iridium-catalyzed water oxidation: a DFT study.

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    Vilella, Laia; Vidossich, Pietro; Balcells, David; Lledós, Agustí

    2011-11-14

    The cationic iridium complex [Ir(OH(2))(2)(phpy)(2)](+) (phpy = o-phenylpyridine) is among the most efficient mononuclear catalysts for water oxidation. The postulated active species is the oxo complex [Ir(O)(X)(phpy)(2)](n), with X = OH(2) (n = +1), OH(-) (n = 0) or O(2-) (n = -1), depending on the pH. The reactivity of these species has been studied computationally at the DFT(B3LYP) level. The three [Ir(O)(X)(phpy)(2)](n) complexes have an electrophilic Ir(v)-oxo moiety, which yields an O-O bond by undergoing a nucleophilic attack of water in the critical step of the mechanism. In this step, water transfers one proton to either the Ir(V)-oxo moiety or the ancillary X ligand. Five different reaction pathways associated with this acid/base mechanism have been characterized. The calculations show that the proton is preferably accepted by the X ligand, which plays a key role in the reaction. The higher the basicity of X, the lower the energy barrier associated with O-O bond formation. The anionic species, [Ir(O)(2)(phpy)(2)](-), which has the less electrophilic Ir(V)-oxo moiety but the most basic X ligand, promotes O-O bond formation through the lowest energy barrier, 14.5 kcal mol(-1). The other two active species, [Ir(O)(OH)(phpy)(2)] and [Ir(O)(OH(2))(phpy)(2)](+), which have more electrophilic Ir(V)-oxo moieties but less basic X ligands, involve higher energy barriers, 20.2 kcal mol(-1) and 25.9 kcal mol(-1), respectively. These results are in good agreement with experiments showing important pH effects in similar catalytic systems. The theoretical insight given by the present study can be useful in the design of more efficient water oxidation catalysts. The catalytic activity may increase by using ligand scaffolds bearing internal bases.

  4. TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand promotes human preadipocyte proliferation via ERK1/2 activation

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    Funcke, Jan-Bernd; Zoller, Verena; El Hay, Muad Abd; Debatin, Klaus-Michael; Wabitsch, Martin; Fischer-Posovszky, Pamela

    2015-01-01

    Upon obesity, adipose tissue is excessively expanded and characterized by pathologic processes like hypoxia, fibrosis, and inflammation. Death ligands belonging to the TNF superfamily such as TNF-α are important contributors to these derangements and exert a pronounced influence on the metabolic and cellular homeostasis of adipose tissue. Here, we sought to identify the effect of the death ligand TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) on the adipose tissue precursor cell pool and therefore investigated its influence on preadipocyte proliferation. Treatment of human preadipocytes with TRAIL resulted in a time- and dose-dependent increase in proliferation (EC50 3.4 ng/ml) comparable to IGF-1. Although no apoptosis was observed, TRAIL triggered a rapid cleavage of caspase-8 and -3. Neither inhibition of caspase activity by zVAD.fmk (20 µM) nor ablation of caspase-8 expression by lentivirus-delivered small hairpin RNA (shRNA) abolished the proliferative response. TRAIL triggered a delayed and sustained activation of ERK1/2, leaving Akt, p38, JNK, and NF-κB unaffected. Importantly, inhibition of ERK1/2 activation by PD0325901 (300 nM) or AZD6244 (5 or 10 µM) completely abolished the proliferative response. We thus reveal a hitherto unknown function of TRAIL in regulating adipose tissue homeostasis by promoting the proliferation of tissue-resident precursor cells.—Funcke, J.-B., Zoller, V., Abd El Hay, M., Debatin, K.-M., Wabitsch, M., Fischer-Posovszky, P. TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand promotes human preadipocyte proliferation via ERK1/2 activation. PMID:25857555

  5. Effects of the biologically produced polymer alginic acid on macroscopic and microscopic calcite dissolution rates.

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    Perry, Thomas D; Duckworth, Owen W; McNamara, Christopher J; Martin, Scot T; Mitchell, Ralph

    2004-06-01

    Dissolution of carbonate minerals has significant environmental effects. Microorganisms affect carbonate dissolution rates by producing extracellular metabolites, including complex polysaccharides such as alginic acid. Using a combined atomic force microscopy (AFM)/flowthrough reactor apparatus, we investigated the effects of alginic acid on calcite dissolution. Macroscopic dissolution rates, derived from the aqueous metal ion concentrations, are 10(-5.5) mol m(-2) s(-1) for 5 < pH < 12 in the absence of alginic acid compared to 10(-4.8) mol m(-2) s(-1) in its presence. The AFM images demonstrate that alginic acid preferentially attacks the obtuse steps of dissolution pits on the calcite surface. In pure water, the obtuse and acute steps retreat at similar rates, and the pits are nearly isotropic except under highly acidic conditions. In alginic acid, the acute step retreat rate is nearly unchanged in comparison to water, whereas the obtuse step retreat rate increases with decreasing pH values. As a result, the pits remain rhombohedral but propagate faster in the obtuse direction. To explain these observations, we propose that alginic acid preferentially forms dissolution active surface complexes with calcium atoms on the obtuse step, which results in anisotropic ligand-promoted dissolution.

  6. Nucleophilic aromatic substitution on aryl-amido ligands promoted by oxidizing osmium(IV) centers.

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    Soper, Jake D; Saganic, Erik; Weinberg, David; Hrovat, David A; Benedict, Jason B; Kaminsky, Werner; Mayer, James M

    2004-09-20

    Addition of amine nucleophiles to acetonitrile solutions of the OsIV anilido complex TpOs(NHPh)Cl2 (1) [Tp = hydrotris(1-pyrazolyl)borate] gives products with derivatized anilido ligands, i.e., TpOs[NH-p-C6H4(N(CH2)5)]Cl2 (2) from piperidine and TpOs[NH-p-C6H4N(CH2)4]Cl2 (3) from pyrrolidine. These materials are formed in approximately 30% yield under anaerobic conditions, together with approximately 60% yields of the OsIII aniline complex TpOs(NH2Ph)Cl2 (5). Formation of the para-substituted materials 2 or 3 from 1 involves oxidative removal of two hydrogen atoms (two H+ and two e-). The oxidation can be accomplished by 1, forming 5, or by O2. Related reactions have been observed with other amines and with the 2-naphthylamido derivative, which gives an ortho-substituted product. Kinetic studies indicate an addition-elimination mechanism involving initial attack of the amine nucleophile on the anilido ligand. These are unusual examples of nucleophilic aromatic substitution of hydrogen. Ab initio calculations on 1 show that the LUMO has significant density at the ortho and para positions of the anilido ligand, resembling the LUMO of nitrobenzene. By analogy with nucleophilic aromatic substitution, 2 is quantitatively formed from piperidine and the p-chloroanilide TpOs(NH-p-C6H4Cl)Cl2 (7). Binding the anilide ligands to an oxidizing OsIV center thus causes a remarkable umpolung or inversion of chemical character from a typically electron-rich anilido to an electron-deficient aromatic functionality. This occurs because of the coupling of redox changes at the TpOsIV center with bond formation at the coordinated ligand.

  7. Air-stable cationic gold(I) catalyst featuring a Z-type ligand: promoting enyne cyclizations.

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    Inagaki, Fuyuhiko; Matsumoto, Chiaki; Okada, Yasuhiko; Maruyama, Naoya; Mukai, Chisato

    2015-01-12

    An air-stable cationic Au(I) complex featuring a Z-type ligand (boron atom) as a σ-acceptor was developed for elucidating the effect of B on catalytic reactions. An enyne cyclization in the presence of either [Au→B](+) or [Au](+) showed that [Au→B](+) promotes the reactivity, which enabled the effective construction of not only five- and six-membered rings, but also seven-membered rings. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Tumour-experienced T cells promote NK cell activity through trogocytosis of NKG2D and NKp46 ligands

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    Domaica, Carolina I; Fuertes, Mercedes B; Rossi, Lucas E; Girart, María V; Ávila, Damián E; Rabinovich, Gabriel A; Zwirner, Norberto W

    2009-01-01

    Natural killer (NK) cells trigger cytotoxicity and interferon (IFN)-γ secretion on engagement of the natural-killer group (NKG)2D receptor or members of the natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) family, such as NKp46, by ligands expressed on tumour cells. However, it remains unknown whether T cells can regulate NK cell-mediated anti-tumour responses. Here, we investigated the early events occurring during T cell–tumour cell interactions, and their impact on NK cell functions. We observed that on co-culture with some melanomas, activated CD4+ T cells promoted degranulation, and NKG2D- and NKp46-dependent IFN-γ secretion by NK cells, probably owing to the capture of NKG2D and NKp46 ligands from the tumour-cell surface (trogocytosis). This effect was observed in CD4+, CD8+ and resting T cells, which showed substantial amounts of cell surface major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related protein A on co-culture with tumour cells. Our findings identify a new, so far, unrecognized mechanism by which effector T cells support NK cell function through the capture of specific tumour ligands with profound implications at the crossroad of innate and adaptive immunity. PMID:19498463

  9. β3 Integrin Promotes Long-Lasting Activation and Polarization of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor 2 by Immobilized Ligand

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    Ravelli, Cosetta; Grillo, Elisabetta; Corsini, Michela; Coltrini, Daniela

    2015-01-01

    Objective— During neovessel formation, angiogenic growth factors associate with the extracellular matrix. These immobilized factors represent a persistent stimulus for the otherwise quiescent endothelial cells (ECs), driving directional EC migration and proliferation and leading to new blood vessel growth. Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) is the main mediator of angiogenesis. Although VEGFR2 signaling has been deeply characterized, little is known about its subcellular localization during neovessel formation. Aim of this study was the characterization and molecular determinants of activated VEGFR2 localization in ECs during neovessel formation in response to matrix-immobilized ligand. Approach and Results— Here we demonstrate that ECs stimulated by extracellular matrix–associated gremlin, a noncanonical VEGFR2 ligand, are polarized and relocate the receptor in close contact with the angiogenic factor–enriched matrix both in vitro and in vivo. GM1 (monosialotetrahexosylganglioside)-positive planar lipid rafts, β3 integrin receptors, and the intracellular signaling transducers focal adhesion kinase and RhoA (Ras homolog gene family, member A) cooperate to promote VEGFR2 long-term polarization and activation. Conclusions— A ligand anchored to the extracellular matrix induces VEGFR2 polarization in ECs. Long-lasting VEGFR2 relocation is closely dependent on lipid raft integrity and activation of β3 integrin pathway. The study of the endothelial responses to immobilized growth factors may offer insights into the angiogenic process in physiological and pathological conditions, including cancer, and for a better engineering of synthetic tissue scaffolds to blend with the host vasculature. PMID:26293466

  10. Fas/Fas ligand interactions promote activation-induced cell death of NK T lymphocytes.

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    Leite-de-Moraes, M C; Herbelin, A; Gouarin, C; Koezuka, Y; Schneider, E; Dy, M

    2000-10-15

    NKT cells are a versatile population whose immunoregulatory functions are modulated by their microenvironment. We demonstrate herein that in addition to their IFN-gamma production, NKT lymphocytes stimulated with IL-12 plus IL-18 in vitro underwent activation in terms of CD69 expression, blast transformation, and proliferation. Yet they were unable to survive in culture because, once activated, they were rapidly eliminated by apoptosis, even in the presence of their survival factor IL-7. This process was preceded by up-regulation of Fas (CD95) and Fas ligand expression in response to IL-12 plus IL-18 and was blocked by zVAD, a large spectrum caspase inhibitor, as well as by anti-Fas ligand mAb, suggesting the involvement of the Fas pathway. In accordance with this idea, NKT cells from Fas-deficient C57BL/6-lpr/lpr mice did not die in these conditions, although they shared the same features of cell activation as their wild-type counterpart. Activation-induced cell death occurred also after TCR engagement in vivo, since NKT cells became apoptotic after injection of their cognate ligand, alpha-galactosylceramide, in wild-type, but not in Fas-deficient, mice. Taken together, our data provide the first evidence for a new Fas-dependent mechanism allowing the elimination of TCR-dependent or -independent activated NKT cells, which are potentially dangerous to the organism.

  11. Differential and Interactive Effects of Ligand-Bound Progesterone Receptor A and B Isoforms on Tyrosine Hydroxylase Promoter Activity

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    Jensik, Philip J.; Arbogast, Lydia A.

    2013-01-01

    The classical progesterone receptors (PRs) are expressed in some hypothalamic dopaminergic and brainstem noradrenergic neurons. Progesterone influences prolactin and luteinising hormone release from the anterior pituitary gland, in part by regulating the activity of these catecholaminergic neurons. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of PRs on tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) promoter activity. When CAD, SK-N-SH and CV-1 cells were transfected with TH promoter constructs and PR-A or PR-B expression vectors, progesterone treatment caused three- to six-fold increases in TH-9.0kb promoter activity in PR-B expressing cells, but a modest increase or no change in PR-A expressing cells. Using CAD cells, deletional analysis mapped the site of PR action to the −1403 to −1304 bp region of the TH promoter. Mutational analysis of putative regulatory sequences in this region indicated multiple DNA elements are required for complete PR-B transactivation. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays were unable to demonstrate direct PR-B binding to TH promoter DNA sequences. However, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) analysis indicated PR-B was recruited to the TH promoter. Two different PR-B DNA binding domain mutants had opposite effects on PR-B mediated TH promoter activation. A GS to AA mutation located in the p-box of the first zinc finger of PR-B inhibited progesterone transactivation of the TH promoter, whereas a C to A mutation in the zinc finger increased transactivation. PR-A was able to inhibit PR-B transactivation in a dose-dependent manner, although the degree of PR-A inhibition was dependent on the TH promoter deletion construct. These data indicate that ligand-bound PR-B is recruited to DNA elements in the TH promoter and acts as a transcriptional activator of the TH gene and that changes in the ratio of PR-A to PR-B may affect the ability of progesterone to increase TH expression. PMID:21815951

  12. Iron dissolution of dust source materials during simulated acidic processing: the effect of sulfuric, acetic, and oxalic acids.

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    Chen, Haihan; Grassian, Vicki H

    2013-09-17

    Atmospheric organic acids potentially display different capacities in iron (Fe) mobilization from atmospheric dust compared with inorganic acids, but few measurements have been made on this comparison. We report here a laboratory investigation of Fe mobilization of coal fly ash, a representative Fe-containing anthropogenic aerosol, and Arizona test dust, a reference source material for mineral dust, in pH 2 sulfuric acid, acetic acid, and oxalic acid, respectively. The effects of pH and solar radiation on Fe dissolution have also been explored. The relative capacities of these three acids in Fe dissolution are in the order of oxalic acid > sulfuric acid > acetic acid. Oxalate forms mononuclear bidentate ligand with surface Fe and promotes Fe dissolution to the greatest extent. Photolysis of Fe-oxalate complexes further enhances Fe dissolution with the concomitant degradation of oxalate. These results suggest that ligand-promoted dissolution of Fe may play a more significant role in mobilizing Fe from atmospheric dust compared with proton-assisted processing. The role of atmospheric organic acids should be taken into account in global-biogeochemical modeling to better access dissolved atmospheric Fe deposition flux at the ocean surface.

  13. Toll-like receptor 2 ligands promote microglial cell death by inducing autophagy.

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    Arroyo, Daniela S; Soria, Javier A; Gaviglio, Emilia A; Garcia-Keller, Constanza; Cancela, Liliana M; Rodriguez-Galan, Maria C; Wang, Ji Ming; Iribarren, Pablo

    2013-01-01

    Microglial cells are phagocytes in the central nervous system (CNS) and become activated in pathological conditions, resulting in microgliosis, manifested by increased cell numbers and inflammation in the affected regions. Thus, controlling microgliosis is important to prevent pathological damage to the brain. Here, we evaluated the contribution of Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) to microglial survival. We observed that activation of microglial cells with peptidoglycan (PGN) from Staphylococcus aureus and other TLR2 ligands results in cell activation followed by the induction of autophagy and autophagy-dependent cell death. In C57BL/6J mice, intracerebral injection of PGN increased the autophagy of microglial cells and reduced the microglial/macrophage cell number in brain parenchyma. Our results demonstrate a novel role of TLRs in the regulation of microglial cell activation and survival, which are important for the control of microgliosis and associated inflammatory responses in the CNS.

  14. Soluble NKG2D ligand promotes MDSC expansion and skews macrophage to the alternatively activated phenotype.

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    Xiao, Gang; Wang, Xuanjun; Sheng, Jun; Lu, Shengjun; Yu, Xuezhong; Wu, Jennifer D

    2015-02-20

    Expression of surface NKG2D ligand MIC on tumor cells is deemed to stimulate NK and co-stimulate CD8 T cell anti-tumor immunity. Human cancer cells however frequently adopt a proteinase-mediated shedding strategy to generate soluble MIC (sMIC) to circumvent host immunity. High levels of sMIC have been shown to correlate with advanced disease stages in cancer patients. The underlying mechanism is currently understood as systemic downregulation of NKG2D expression on CD8 T and NK cells and perturbing NK cell periphery maintenance. Herein we report a novel mechanism by which sMIC poses immune suppressive effect on host immunity and tumor microenvironment. We demonstrate that sMIC facilitates expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and skews macrophages to the more immune suppressive alternative phenotype through activation of STAT3. These findings further endorse that sMIC is an important therapeutic target for cancer immunotherapy.

  15. Kit ligand promotes the transition from primordial to primary follicles after in vitro culture of ovine ovarian tissue.

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    Cavalcante, A Y P; Gouveia, B B; Barberino, R S; Lins, T L B G; Santos, L P; Gonçalves, R J S; Celestino, J J H; Matos, M H T

    2016-08-01

    This study evaluated the effects of kit ligand (KL) on the morphology and development of ovine preantral follicles (fresh control) and after 7 days of in vitro culture in α-Minimal Essential Medium (α-MEM; control medium) or the presence of KL (1, 10, 50, 100 or 200 ng/ml). There was an increase in the percentage of primary follicles at the concentration of 100 ng/ml KL, compared with the fresh control, control medium (α-MEM) and the other KL concentrations. Follicle diameter was significantly higher than the control medium only at concentrations of 50 and 100 ng/ml KL. In conclusion, 100 ng/ml KL promoted the transition from primordial to primary follicles (follicular activation) after in vitro culture of ovine ovarian tissue.

  16. Programmed Death Ligand 1 Promotes Early-Life Chlamydia Respiratory Infection-Induced Severe Allergic Airway Disease.

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    Starkey, Malcolm R; Nguyen, Duc H; Brown, Alexandra C; Essilfie, Ama-Tawiah; Kim, Richard Y; Yagita, Hideo; Horvat, Jay C; Hansbro, Philip M

    2016-04-01

    Chlamydia infections are frequent causes of respiratory illness, particularly pneumonia in infants, and are linked to permanent reductions in lung function and the induction of asthma. However, the immune responses that protect against early-life infection and the mechanisms that lead to chronic lung disease are incompletely understood. In the current study, we investigated the role of programmed death (PD)-1 and its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2 in promoting early-life Chlamydia respiratory infection, and infection-induced airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and severe allergic airway disease in later life. Infection increased PD-1 and PD-L1, but not PD-L2, mRNA expression in the lung. Flow cytometric analysis of whole lung homogenates identified monocytes, dendritic cells, CD4(+), and CD8(+) T cells as major sources of PD-1 and PD-L1. Inhibition of PD-1 and PD-L1, but not PD-L2, during infection ablated infection-induced AHR in later life. Given that PD-L1 was the most highly up-regulated and its targeting prevented infection-induced AHR, subsequent analyses focused on this ligand. Inhibition of PD-L1 had no effect on Chlamydia load but suppressed infection-induced pulmonary inflammation. Infection decreased the levels of the IL-13 decoy receptor in the lung, which were restored to baseline levels by inhibition of PD-L1. Finally, inhibition of PD-L1 during infection prevented subsequent infection-induced severe allergic airways disease in later life by decreasing IL-13 levels, Gob-5 expression, mucus production, and AHR. Thus, early-life Chlamydia respiratory infection-induced PD-L1 promotes severe inflammation during infection, permanent reductions in lung function, and the development of more severe allergic airway disease in later life.

  17. Proton-promoted dissolution of α-FeOOH nanorods and microrods: size dependence, anion effects (carbonate and phosphate), aggregation and surface adsorption.

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    Rubasinghege, Gayan; Kyei, Patrick K; Scherer, Michelle M; Grassian, Vicki H

    2012-11-01

    Iron-containing oxide nanoparticles are of great interest from a number of technological perspectives and they are also present in the natural environment. Although recent evidence suggests that particle size plays an important role in the dissolution of metal oxides, a detailed fundamental understanding of the influence of particle size is just beginning to emerge. In the current study, we investigate whether nanoscale size-effects are observed for the dissolution of iron oxyhydroxide under different conditions. The dissolution of two particle sizes of goethite, α-FeOOH in the nanoscale and microscale size regimes (herein referred to as nanorods and microrods), in aqueous suspensions at pH 2 is investigated. It is shown here that in the presence of nitrate, nanorods shows greater dissolution on both a per mass and per surface area basis relative to microrods, in agreement with earlier studies. In the presence of carbonate and phosphate, however, dissolution of α-FeOOH nanorods at pH 2 is significantly inhibited, despite the fact that these anions result in a three- to fivefold enhancement of the dissolution of microrods relative to the nitrate anion. Light scattering techniques and electron microscopy show that nanorod suspensions are less stable compared to microrod suspensions resulting in nanorod aggregation under conditions where microrods stay more dispersed. Furthermore, spectroscopic studies using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy show distinct differences in phosphate and carbonate adsorption on nanorods compared to microrods. These results demonstrate that aggregation and the details of surface adsorption are important in the dissolution behavior of nanoscale materials. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Silver(I)-Promoted Conversion of Thioamides to Amidines: Divergent Synthesis of a Key Series of Vancomycin Aglycon Residue 4 Amidines that Clarify Binding Behavior to Model Ligands

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    Okano, Akinori; James, Robert C.; Pierce, Joshua G.; Xie, Jian; Boger, Dale L.

    2012-01-01

    Development of a general Ag(I)-promoted reaction for the direct conversion of thioamides to amidines is disclosed. This reaction was employed to prepare a key series of vancomycin aglycon residue 4 substituted amidines that were used to clarify their interaction with model ligands of peptidoglycan precursors and explore their resulting impact on antimicrobial properties. PMID:22568755

  19. An ABA-mimicking ligand that reduces water loss and promotes drought resistance in plants

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    Cao, Minjie; Liu, Xue; Zhang, Yan; Xue, Xiaoqian; Zhou, X Edward; Melcher, Karsten; Gao, Pan; Wang, Fuxing; Zeng, Liang; Zhao, Yang; Zhao, Yang; Deng, Pan; Zhong, Dafang; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Xu, H Eric; Xu, Yong

    2013-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is the most important hormone for plants to resist drought and other abiotic stresses. ABA binds directly to the PYR/PYL family of ABA receptors, resulting in inhibition of type 2C phosphatases (PP2C) and activation of downstream ABA signaling. It is envisioned that intervention of ABA signaling by small molecules could help plants to overcome abiotic stresses such as drought, cold and soil salinity. However, chemical instability and rapid catabolism by plant enzymes limit the practical application of ABA itself. Here we report the identification of a small molecule ABA mimic (AM1) that acts as a potent activator of multiple members of the family of ABA receptors. In Arabidopsis, AM1 activates a gene network that is highly similar to that induced by ABA. Treatments with AM1 inhibit seed germination, prevent leaf water loss, and promote drought resistance. We solved the crystal structure of AM1 in complex with the PYL2 ABA receptor and the HAB1 PP2C, which revealed that AM1 mediates a gate-latch-lock interacting network, a structural feature that is conserved in the ABA-bound receptor/PP2C complex. Together, these results demonstrate that a single small molecule ABA mimic can activate multiple ABA receptors and protect plants from water loss and drought stress. Moreover, the AM1 complex crystal structure provides a structural basis for designing the next generation of ABA-mimicking small molecules. PMID:23835477

  20. Leishmania promotes its own virulence by inducing expression of the host immune inhibitory ligand CD200

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    Cortez, Mauro; Huynh, Chau; Fernandes, Maria Cecilia; Kennedy, Kathleen A.; Aderem, Alan; Andrews, Norma W.

    2011-01-01

    Summary Leishmania parasites infect macrophages, cells normally involved in innate defense against pathogens. L. amazonensis and L. major cause severe or mild disease, respectively, consistent with each parasite’s ability to survive within activated macrophages. The mechanisms underlying increased virulence of L. amazonensis are mostly unknown. We show that L. amazonensis promotes its own survival by inducing expression of CD200, an immunoregulatory molecule that inhibits macrophage activation. L. amazonensis does not form typical non-healing lesions in CD200−/− mice and cannot replicate in CD200−/− macrophages, an effect reversed by exogenous administration of soluble CD200-Fc. The less virulent L. major does not induce CD200 expression and forms small, self-healing lesions in both wild type and CD200−/− mice. Notably, CD200-Fc injection transforms the course of L. major infection to one resembling L. amazonensis, with large, non-healing lesions. CD200-dependent iNOS inhibition allows parasite growth in macrophages, identifying a mechanism for the increased virulence of L. amazonensis. PMID:21669395

  1. Light Induced Dissolution of Iron Oxides in the Presence of Siderophores

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    Kraemer, S. M.; Borer, P.; Sulzberger, B. A.

    2003-12-01

    Iron is a micronutrient that is essential for a range of important enzymatic processes in most organisms. Iron deficiency is thought to be limiting the primary productivity in marine `High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll' (HNLC) regions which has a significant effect on global carbon cycling. Important iron sources in HNLC regions are upwelling and atmospheric dust inputs. However, the iron bioavailability from atmospheric dust is limited by the low solubility and slow dissolution kinetics of iron bearing minerals. Marine bacteria are known to facilitate weathering reactions by exudation of substances such as low molecular weight organic ligands including siderophores. We investigated if siderophore promoted photoreductive dissolution constitutes an important pathway for increasing the bioavailability of iron oxides. We used the microbial siderophores aerobactin and desferrioxamine-B (DFO-B). Aerobactin and desferrixoamines are excreted by marine and terrestrial bacteria. Aerobactin is a dihydroxamate siderophore containing the potentially photoreactive group alpha-hydroxy carboxylate. DFO-B is a trihydroxamate siderophore which forms soluble iron complexes that are not photoreactive (BARBEAU et al., 2003). Despite the structural differences, both siderophores accelerate iron oxide dissolution in irradiated suspensions compared to dissolution rates in the dark. This suggests that both siderophores are not involved in a light induced ligand to metal charge transfer reaction, but rather accelerate other photreductive dissolution mechanisms. Similarly it was observed that both ligands accelerate light induced dissolution of iron oxides in the presence of oxalate as a chromophore. The observations suggest that light induced dissolution of iron oxides in the presence of siderophores is an important pathway for bacterial iron acquisition. However, the formation of Fe(II) by this mechanism may also lead to an increase of the availability of iron to phytoplankton that generally

  2. Dissolution of Fe(III)(hydr) oxides by metal-EDTA complexes

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    Nowack, B.; Sigg, L. |

    1997-03-01

    The dissolution of Fe(III)(hydr)oxides (goethite and hydrous ferric oxide) by metal-EDTA complexes occurs by ligand-promoted dissolution. The process is initiated by the adsorption of metal-EDTA complexes to the surface and is followed by the dissociation of the complex at the surface and the release of Fe(III)EDTA into solution. The dissolution rate is decreased to a great extent if EDTA is complexed by metals in comparison to the uncomplexed EDTA. The rate decreases in the order EDTA > CaEDTA > PbEDTA > ZnEDTA > CuEDTA > Co(II)EDTA > NiEDTA. Two different rate-limiting steps determine the dissolution process: (1) detachment of Fe(III) from the oxide-structure and (2) dissociation of the metal-EDTA complexes. In the case of goethite, step 1 is slower than step 2 and the dissolution rates by various metals are similar. In the case of hydrous ferric oxide, step 2 is rate-limiting and the effect of the complexed metal is very pronounced. 35 refs., 11 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Multiple Ligands of von Willebrand Factor-binding Protein (vWbp) Promote Staphylococcus aureus Clot Formation in Human Plasma*

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    Thomer, Lena; Schneewind, Olaf; Missiakas, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus secretes coagulase (Coa) and von Willebrand factor-binding protein (vWbp) to activate host prothrombin and form fibrin cables, thereby promoting the establishment of infectious lesions. The D1-D2 domains of Coa and vWbp associate with, and non-proteolytically activate prothrombin. Moreover, Coa encompasses C-terminal tandem repeats for binding to fibrinogen, whereas vWbp has been reported to associate with von Willebrand factor and fibrinogen. Here we used affinity chromatography with non-catalytic Coa and vWbp to identify the ligands for these virulence factors in human plasma. vWbp bound to prothrombin, fibrinogen, fibronectin, and factor XIII, whereas Coa co-purified with prothrombin and fibrinogen. vWbp association with fibrinogen and factor XIII, but not fibronectin, required prothrombin and triggered the non-proteolytic activation of FXIII in vitro. Staphylococcus aureus coagulation of human plasma was associated with the recruitment of prothrombin, FXIII, and fibronectin as well as the formation of cross-linked fibrin. FXIII activity in staphylococcal clots could be attributed to thrombin-dependent proteolytic activation as well as vWbp-mediated non-proteolytic activation of FXIII zymogen. PMID:23960083

  4. Can a functionalized phosphine ligand promote room temperature luminescence of the [Ru(bpy)(tpy)]2+ core?

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    Lebon, Emilie; Bastin, Stéphanie; Sutra, Pierre; Vendier, Laure; Piau, Rémi E; Dixon, Isabelle M; Boggio-Pasqua, Martial; Alary, Fabienne; Heully, Jean-Louis; Igau, Alain; Juris, Alberto

    2012-01-18

    Unexpected room temperature luminescence is observed and rationalized by highly challenging excited state calculations for a functionalized phosphine ligand coordinated on the [Ru(bpy)(tpy)](2+) core.

  5. A Pyridine Alkoxide Chelate Ligand That Promotes Both Unusually High Oxidation States and Water-Oxidation Catalysis

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    Michaelos, Thoe K.; Shopov, Dimitar Y.; Sinha, Shashi Bhushan; ...

    2017-03-08

    Here, water-oxidation catalysis is a critical bottleneck in the direct generation of solar fuels by artificial photosynthesis. Catalytic oxidation of difficult substrates such as water requires harsh conditions, so that the ligand must be designed both to stabilize high oxidation states of the metal center and to strenuously resist ligand degradation. Typical ligand choices either lack sufficient electron donor power or fail to stand up to the oxidizing conditions. This research on Ir-based water-oxidation catalysts (WOCs) has led us to identify a ligand, 2-(2'-pyridyl)-2-propanoate or “pyalk” that fulfills these requirements.

  6. Antimony-based ligand exchange to promote crystallization in spray-deposited Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells.

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    Carrete, Alex; Shavel, Alexey; Fontané, Xavier; Montserrat, Joana; Fan, Jiandong; Ibáñez, Maria; Saucedo, Edgardo; Pérez-Rodríguez, Alejandro; Cabot, Andreu

    2013-10-30

    A multistrategy approach to overcome the main challenges of nanoparticle-based solution-processed Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells is presented. We developed an efficient ligand exchange strategy, using an antimony salt, to displace organic ligands from the surface of Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles. An automated pulsed spray-deposition system was used to deposit the nanoparticles into homogeneous and crack-free films with controlled thickness. After annealing the film in a Se-rich atmosphere, carbon-free and crystalline Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber layers were obtained. Not only was crystallization promoted by the complete removal of organics, but also Sb itself played a critical role. The Sb-assisted crystal growth is associated with the formation of a Sb-based compound at the grain boundaries, which locally reduces the melting point, thus promoting the film diffusion-limited crystallization.

  7. CC-chemokine receptor 7 and its ligand CCL19 promote mitral valve interstitial cell migration and repair.

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    Wang, Xiaozhi; Wang, Liang; Miao, Liping; Zhao, Rong; Wu, Yanhu; Kong, Xiangqing

    2015-11-01

    The effect of CC-chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) and CC-chemokine ligand 19 (CCL19) on rheumatic mitral stenosis is unknown. This study aimed to explore the roles of CCR7 and CCL19 in rheumatic mitral stenosis by measuring the expression of CCR7 and CCL19 in human mitral valves from rheumatic mitral stenosis patients. Additionally, we examined their effects on human mitral valve interstitial cells (hMVICs) proliferation, apoptosis and wound repair. CCR7 and CCL19 expression was measured in the mitral valves from rheumatic mitral stenosis patients (n = 10) and compared to normal mitral valves (n = 5). CCR7 was measured in cultured hMVICs from rheumatic mitral stenosis patients and normal donors by RT-PCR and immunofluorescence. The cells were also treated with exogenous CCL19, and the effects on wound healing, proliferation and apoptosis were assayed. In the rheumatic mitral valves, valve interstitial cells expressed CCR7, while mononuclear cells and the endothelium expressed CCL19. Healthy mitral valves did not stain positive for CCR7 or CCL19. CCR7 was also detected in cultured rheumatic hMVICs or in normal hMVICs treated with CCL19. In a wound healing experiment, wound closure rates of both rheumatic and normal hMVICs were significantly accelerated by CCL19. These effects were abrogated by a CCR7 neutralizing antibody. The CCR7/CCL19 axis did not influence the proliferation or apoptosis of hMVICs, indicating that wound healing was due to increased migration rates rather than increased proliferation. In conclusion, CCR7 and CCL19 were expressed in rheumatic mitral valves. The CCR7/CCL19 axis may regulate remodeling of rheumatic valve injury through promoting migratory ability of hMVICs.

  8. Lewis-acid-promoted stoichiometric and catalytic oxidations by manganese complexes having cross-bridged cyclam ligand: a comprehensive study.

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    Dong, Lei; Wang, Yujuan; Lv, Yanzong; Chen, Zhuqi; Mei, Fuming; Xiong, Hui; Yin, Guochuan

    2013-05-06

    Redox-inactive metal ions have been recognized to be able to participate in redox metal-ion-mediated biological and chemical oxidative events; however, their roles are still elusive. This work presents how the redox-inactive metal ions affect the oxidative reactivity of a well-investigated manganese(II) with its corresponding manganese(IV) complexes having cross-bridged cyclam ligand. In dry acetone, the presence of these metal ions can greatly accelerate stoichiometric oxidations of triphenylphosphine and sulfides by the manganese(IV) complexes through electron transfer or catalytic sulfoxidations by the corresponding manganese(II) complexes with PhIO. Significantly, the rate enhancements are highly Lewis-acid strength dependent on added metal ions. These metal ions like Al(3+) can also promote the thermodynamic driving force of the Mn(IV)-OH moiety to facilitate its hydrogen abstraction from ethylbenzene having a BDE(CH) value of 85 kcal/mol, while it is experimentally limited to 80 kcal/mol for Mn(IV)-OH alone. Adding Al(3+) may also improve the manganese(II)-catalyzed olefin epoxidation with PhIO. However, compared with those in electron transfer, improvements in hydrogen abstraction and electron transfer are minor. The existence of the interaction between Lewis acid and the manganese(IV) species was evidenced by the blue shift of the characteristic absorbance of the manganese(IV) species from 554 to 537 nm and by converting its EPR signal at g = 2.01 into a hyperfine 6-line signal upon adding Al(3+) (I = 5/2). Cyclic voltammograms of the manganese(IV) complexes reveal that adding Lewis acid would substantially shift its potential to the positive direction, thus enhancing its oxidizing capability.

  9. Antitumor immunity. A shed NKG2D ligand that promotes natural killer cell activation and tumor rejection.

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    Deng, Weiwen; Gowen, Benjamin G; Zhang, Li; Wang, Lin; Lau, Stephanie; Iannello, Alexandre; Xu, Jianfeng; Rovis, Tihana L; Xiong, Na; Raulet, David H

    2015-04-03

    Immune cells, including natural killer (NK) cells, recognize transformed cells and eliminate them in a process termed immunosurveillance. It is thought that tumor cells evade immunosurveillance by shedding membrane ligands that bind to the NKG2D-activating receptor on NK cells and/or T cells, and desensitize these cells. In contrast, we show that in mice, a shed form of MULT1, a high-affinity NKG2D ligand, causes NK cell activation and tumor rejection. Recombinant soluble MULT1 stimulated tumor rejection in mice. Soluble MULT1 functions, at least in part, by competitively reversing a global desensitization of NK cells imposed by engagement of membrane NKG2D ligands on tumor-associated cells, such as myeloid cells. The results overturn conventional wisdom that soluble ligands are always inhibitory and suggest a new approach for cancer immunotherapy. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  10. Double hydrophosphination of alkynes promoted by rhodium: the key role of an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand.

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    Di Giuseppe, Andrea; De Luca, Roberto; Castarlenas, Ricardo; Pérez-Torrente, Jesús J; Crucianelli, Marcello; Oro, Luis A

    2016-04-25

    The regioselective double hydrophosphination of alkynes mediated by rhodium catalysts is presented. The distinctive stereoelectronic properties of the NHC ligand prevent the catalyst deactivation by diphosphine coordination thereby allowing for the closing of a productive catalytic cycle.

  11. Methylation of the ER-alpha Promoter Is Influenced by its Ligand Estrogen in Osteosarcoma Cells SAOS-2 In Vitro.

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    Tübel, Jutta; Kuntz, Lara; Marthen, Carmen; Schmitt, Andreas; Wiest, Irmi; VON Eisenhart-Rothe, Rüdiger; Jeschke, Udo; Burgkart, Rainer

    2016-06-01

    The aggressive fast-growing osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignant bone tumor. The relevance of estrogen as a key player in bone metabolism and bone tumor is well-known. At the molecular level, estrogen activates the estrogen receptor α (ERα) as a natural ligand of this receptor. ERα acts as a transcription factor by binding to the "estrogen response element" (ERE) and regulates the expression of a various number of genes. Epigenetic processes, e.g. the methylation of the "cytosine-phosphatidyl-guanine (CpG) islands" can change the transcription of target genes and subsequently the protein expression. As DNA methylation is generally associated with gene transcription repression, up until now little is known about the ERα methylation in osteosarcoma cells. The aim of the present pilot study was to evaluate the methylation status of ERα in osteosarcoma cells SAOS-2 and MG 63 after stimulation with estrogen. SAOS-2 and MG 63 cells were cultured in DMEM. After treatment with 10 nmol estrogen (E2) for 24 h, the expression of ERα was detected by immunocytochemistry (ICC). As controls we used untreated cells. Staining was evaluated semi-quantitatively by the immunoreactive score of Remmele and Stegner (IRS). To determine mRNA gene expression, extracted RNA was transcribed into c-DNA and a quantitative real-time-PCR (qRT-PCR) was carried out. The semi quantitative evaluation of the ERα mRNA was based on the 2(-ΔΔct) method using untreated cells as reference control. One microgram of each extracted genomic DNA sample was converted with bisulfite and a real-time methylation-specific PCR (rt-MSP) was performed. The estrogen-stimulated SAOS-2 cells showed a significant increase of ERα expression. A 7-fold up-regulation of ERα mRNA confirmed the results of immunocytochemistry. Methylation of the ERα promoter was not detected in treated cells. In contrast, we identified methylation of the ERα promoters in untreated cells. The staining of MG 63 cells

  12. Microbial siderophores and root exudates enhanced goethite dissolution and Fe/As uptake by As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.

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    Liu, Xue; Fu, Jing-Wei; Da Silva, Evandro; Shi, Xiao-Xia; Cao, Yue; Rathinasabapathi, Bala; Chen, Yanshan; Ma, Lena Q

    2017-04-01

    Arsenic (As) in soils is often adsorbed on Fe-(hydro)oxides surface, rendering them more resistant to dissolution, which is undesirable for phytoremediation of As-contaminated soils. Arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata prefers to grow in calcareous soils where available Fe and As are low. To elucidate its mechanisms of acquiring Fe and As from insoluble sources in soils, we investigated dissolution of goethite with pre-adsorbed arsenate (AsV; As-goethite) in presence of four organic ligands, including two root exudates (oxalate and phytate, dominant in P. vittata) and two microbial siderophores (PG12-siderophore and desferrioxamine B). Their presence increased As solubilization from As-goethite from 0.03 to 0.27-5.33 mg L(-1) compared to the control. The siderophore/phytate bi-ligand treatment released 7.42 mg L(-1) soluble Fe, which was 1.2-fold that of the sum of siderophore and phytate, showing a synergy in promoting As-goethite dissolution. In the ligand-mineral-plant system, siderophore/phytate was most effective in releasing As and Fe from As-goethite. Moreover, the continuous plant uptake induced more As-goethite dissolution. The continued release of As and Fe significantly enhanced their plant uptake (from 0.01 to 0.43 mg plant(-1) As and 2.7-14.8 mg plant(-1) Fe) and plant growth (from 1.2 to 3.1 g plant(-1) fw) in P. vittata. Since microbial siderophores and root exudates often coexist in soil rhizosphere, their synergy in enhancing dissolution of insoluble As-Fe minerals may play an important role in efficient phytoremediation of As-contaminated soils.

  13. Dissolution of iron(III)(HYDR)oxides by metal-EDTA-complexes

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    Nowack, B.; Sigg, L.

    1996-10-01

    The dissolution of Fe(III)(hydroxides) (goethite and hydrous ferric oxide) by metal-EDTA complexes occurs by ligand-promoted dissolution. The process is initiated by adsorption of the metal-EDTA to the surface, dissociation of the complex at the surface and release of Fe(III)EDTA into solution. The dissolution rate is decreased to a great extent if EDTA is complexed by metals in comparison to uncomplexed EDTA. The rate decreases in the order EDTA >> CaEDTA > PbEDTA > ZnEDTA > CuEDTA > Co(II)EDTA > NiEDTA. Two different rate-limiting steps determine the system: (1) detachment of Fe(III) from the oxide-structure and (2) dissociation of the metal-EDTA complexes. In the case of goethite, step (1) is more important than (2) and the difference in the dissolution rate for several metals is small. In the case of hydrous ferric oxide, step (2) is rate-limiting and the effect of the complexed metal is very pronounced.

  14. Accelerating Gallstone Dissolution

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    Tao, J. C.; Cussler, E. L.; Evans, D. F.

    1974-01-01

    The dissolution rates of cholesterol in model bile salt solutions are controlled by diffusion in slowly flowing bile and by interfacial kinetics in rapidly flowing bile. At low flow, dissolution varies with the square root of bile flow and can be predicted, a priori, from existing correlations of mass transfer. At high bile flow, dissolution is independent of bile flow and is probably dominated by the rate of micelle adsorption. These results show that cholesterol gallstone dissolution, a potential nonsurgical therapy for cholelithiasis, can be accelerated little in slow bile, but more significantly in rapidly flowing bile. PMID:4530271

  15. A Pyridine Alkoxide Chelate Ligand That Promotes Both Unusually High Oxidation States and Water-Oxidation Catalysis.

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    Michaelos, Thoe K; Shopov, Dimitar Y; Sinha, Shashi Bhushan; Sharninghausen, Liam S; Fisher, Katherine J; Lant, Hannah M C; Crabtree, Robert H; Brudvig, Gary W

    2017-03-08

    Water-oxidation catalysis is a critical bottleneck in the direct generation of solar fuels by artificial photosynthesis. Catalytic oxidation of difficult substrates such as water requires harsh conditions, so the ligand must be designed both to stabilize high oxidation states of the metal center and to strenuously resist ligand degradation. Typical ligand choices either lack sufficient electron donor power or fail to stand up to the oxidizing conditions. Our research on Ir-based water-oxidation catalysts (WOCs) has led us to identify a ligand, 2-(2'-pyridyl)-2-propanoate or "pyalk", that fulfills these requirements. Work with a family of Cp*Ir(chelate)Cl complexes had indicated that the pyalk-containing precursor gave the most robust WOC, which was still molecular in nature but lost the Cp* fragment by oxidative degradation. In trying to characterize the resulting active "blue solution" WOC, we were able to identify a diiridium(IV)-mono-μ-oxo core but were stymied by the extensive geometrical isomerism and coordinative variability. By moving to a family of monomeric complexes [Ir(III/IV)(pyalk)3] and [Ir(III/IV)(pyalk)2Cl2], we were able to better understand the original WOC and identify the special properties of the ligand. In this Account, we cover some results using the pyalk ligand and indicate the main features that make it particularly suitable as a ligand for oxidation catalysis. The alkoxide group of pyalk allows for proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) and its strong σ- and π-donor power strongly favors attainment of exceptionally high oxidation states. The aromatic pyridine ring with its methyl-protected benzylic position provides strong binding and degradation resistance during catalytic turnover. Furthermore, the ligand has two additional benefits: broad solubility in aqueous and nonaqueous solvents and an anisotropic ligand field that enhances the geometry-dependent redox properties of its complexes. After discussion of the general properties, we

  16. Aromaticity/Bulkiness of Surface Ligands to Promote the Interaction of Anionic Amphiphilic Gold Nanoparticles with Lipid Bilayers.

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    Gao, Jinhong; Zhang, Ouyang; Ren, Jing; Wu, Chuanliu; Zhao, Yibing

    2016-02-16

    The presence of large hydrophobic aromatic residues in cell-penetrating peptides or proteins has been demonstrated to be advantageous for their cell penetration. This phenomenon has also been observed when AuNPs were modified with peptides containing aromatic amino acids. However, it is still not clear how the presence of hydrophobic and aromatic groups on the surface of anionic AuNPs affects their interaction with lipid bilayers. Here, we studied the interaction of a range of anionic amphiphilic AuNPs coated by different combinations of hydrophobic and anionic ligands with four different types of synthetic lipid vesicles. Our results demonstrated the important role of the surface aromatic or bulky groups, relative to the hydrocarbon chains, in the interaction of anionic AuNPs with lipid bilayers. Hydrophobic interaction itself arising from the insertion of aromatic/bulky ligands on the surface of AuNPs into lipid bilayers is sufficiently strong to cause overt disruption of lipid vesicles and cell membranes. Moreover, by comparing the results obtained from AuNPs coated with aromatic ligands and cyclohexyl ligands lacking aromaticity respectively, we demonstrated that the bulkiness of the terminal groups in hydrophobic ligands instead of the aromatic character might be more important to the interaction of AuNPs with lipid bilayers. Finally, we further correlated the observation on model liposomes with that on cell membranes, demonstrating that AuNPs that are more disruptive to the more negatively charged liposomes are also substantially more disruptive to cell membranes. In addition, our results revealed that certain cellular membrane domains that are more susceptible to disruption caused by hydrophobic interactions with nanoparticle surfaces might determine the threshold of AuNP-mediated cytotoxicity.

  17. Calcite Dissolution Kinetics

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    Berelson, W.; Subhas, A.; Dong, S.; Naviaux, J.; Adkins, J. F.

    2016-12-01

    A geological buffer for high atmospheric CO2 concentrations is neutralization via reaction with CaCO3. We have been studying the dissolution kinetics of carbonate minerals using labeled 13C calcite and Picarro-based measurements of 13C enrichments in solution DIC. This methodology has greatly facilitated our investigation of dissolution kinetics as a function of water carbonate chemistry, temperature and pressure. One can adjust the saturation state Omega by changing the ion activity product (e.g. adjusting carbonate ion concentration), or by changing the solubility product (e.g. adjusting temperature or pressure). The canonical formulation of dissolution rate vs. omega has been refined (Subhas et al. 2015) and shows distinct non-linear behavior near equilibrium and rates in sea water of 1-3 e-6 g/cm2day at omega = 0.8. Carbonic anhydrase (CA), an enzyme that catalyzes the hydration of dissolved CO2 to carbonic acid, was shown (in concentrations <=0.04 g/L) to enhance the dissolution rate at low degrees of undersaturation by >500x. This result points to the importance of carbonic acid in enhancing dissolution at low degrees of undersaturation. CA activity and abundance in nature must be considered regarding the role it plays in catalyzing dissolution. We also have been investigating the role of temperature on dissolution kinetics. An increase of 16C yields an order of magnitude increase in dissolution rate. Temperature (and P) also change Omega critical, the saturation state where dissolution rates change substantially. Increasing pressure (achieved in a pressure reaction chamber we built) also shifts Omega critical closer to equilibrium and small pressure increases have large impact on dissolution kinetics. Dissolution rates are enhanced by an order of magnitude for a change in pressure of 1500 psi relative to the dissolution rate achieved by water chemistry effects alone for an omega of 0.8. We've shown that the thermodynamic determination of saturation state

  18. Fe Release and Isotopic Fractionation During Dissolution of Hornblende and Goethite in the Presence of Soil Bacteria

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    Brantley, S. L.; Anbar, A.; Guynn, R. L.; Barling, J.; Liermann, L.; Icopini, G.

    2001-12-01

    Mineral dissolution experiments with a siderophore-producing soil bacterium (Bacillus sp.) from Gore Mountain, NY show that the microbe enhances Fe release from hornblende crystal, hornblende glass, and goethite. This enhancement is greatest with goethite, followed by hornblende crystal, and hornblende glass. Fe in solution with these bacteria, when grown with hornblende as an Fe source, is isotopically lighter than the Fe in the bulk mineral by as much as -0.73%: the extent of Fe fractionation is similar to that observed during Fe reduction of ferrihydrite in laboratory experiments by a dissimilatory iron reducing bacteria, Shewanella putrefaciens, by other workers. Fe isotope fractionation of -0.2% to -1.2% is also observed when hornblende is dissolved in the presence of acetic acid, oxalic acid, citric acid, or a catecholate siderophore. The degree of fractionation is positively correlated with the equilibrium binding constant of the ligands. No fractionation is observed during dissolution of hornblende without bacteria or ligands. Fe isotope fractionation with organic ligands probably results from a kinetic isotope effect produced during ligand-promoted dissolution. This kinetic isotope effect may partially or completely account for the fractionation observed in the presence of the soil microorganism Bacillus, or the fractionation observed by other workers with Shewanella putrefaciens, a bacterium that also produces siderophores and other organic ligands. Extractions of the soil from which the Bacillus was isolated show that the exchangeable Fe is lighter than Fe in both oxide minerals and hornblende in the soil by -1.1% and -1.5% respectively. The results of this study suggest a mechanism for biological Fe isotope fractionation and show that Fe isotope signatures may be present in modern soil systems. These signatures could be useful in tracing biological or abiological Fe transformations in the environment or paleosols.

  19. Synthesis and evaluation of 7-substituted-5,6-dihydrobenzo[c]acridine derivatives as new c-KIT promoter G-quadruplex binding ligands.

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    Guo, Qian-Liang; Su, Hua-Fei; Wang, Ning; Liao, Sheng-Rong; Lu, Yu-Ting; Ou, Tian-Miao; Tan, Jia-Heng; Li, Ding; Huang, Zhi-Shu

    2017-04-21

    It has been shown that treatment of cancer cells with c-KIT G-quadruplex binding ligands can reduce their c-KIT expression levels thus inhibiting cell proliferation and inducing cell apoptosis. Herein, a series of new 7-substituted-5,6-dihydrobenzo[c]acridine derivatives were designed and synthesized. Subsequent biophysical evaluation demonstrated that the derivatives could effectively bind to and stabilize c-KIT G-quadruplex with good selectivity against duplex DNA. It was found that 12-N-methylated derivatives with a positive charge introduced at 12-position of 5,6-dihydrobenzo[c]acridine ring had similar binding affinity but lower stabilizing ability to c-KIT G-quadruplex DNA, compared with those of nonmethylated derivatives. Further molecular modeling studies showed possible binding modes of G-quadruplex with the ligands. RT-PCR assay and Western blot showed that compound 2b suppressed transcription and translation of c-KIT gene in K562 cells, which was consistent with the property of an effective G-quadruplex binding ligand targeting c-KIT oncogene promoter. Further biological evaluation showed that compound 2b could induce apoptosis through activation of the caspase-3 cascade pathway.

  20. Fas ligand based immunotherapy: A potent and effective neoadjuvant with checkpoint inhibitor properties, or a systemically toxic promoter of tumor growth?

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    Modiano, Jaime F; Bellgrau, Donald

    2016-02-01

    Fas ligand (FasL, CD95L) is a 40-kDa type II transmembrane protein that binds to Fas (CD95) receptors and promotes programmed cell death. Fas receptors are expressed at higher levels in many tumors than in normal cells; however, systemic administration of FasL or agonistic anti-Fas antibodies to mice with tumors caused lethal hepatitis. Somewhat paradoxically, elimination of Fas or FasL from tumors also leads to death induced by CD95 receptor/ligand elimination (DICE). At face value, this suggests that Fas signaling not only kills normal cells, but that it also is essential for tumor cell survival. Targeting this pathway may not only fail to kill tumors, but instead may even enhance their growth, leading some to report the demise of Fas ligand in cancer immunotherapy. But, to paraphrase Mark Twain, is this death an exaggeration? Here, we provide a careful examination of the literature exploring the merits of FasL as a novel form of cancer immunotherapy. With local administration using delivery vectors that achieve high levels of expression in the tumor environment, our results indicate that the potential for systemic toxicity is eliminated in higher mammals, and that a systemic anti-tumor response ensues, which delays or prevents progression and simultaneously attacks distant metastases.

  1. PPAR-gamma ligands and amino acid deprivation promote apoptosis of melanoma, prostate, and breast cancer cells.

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    Núñez, Nomelí P; Liu, Huaitian; Meadows, Gary G

    2006-05-08

    The PPAR-gamma ligands, 15-deoxy-Delta(12,14)-prostaglandin J(2) and ciglitazone, and the PPAR-alpha ligand, WY-14643, were examined for their effects on proliferation and apoptosis of A375 melanoma, DU145 and PC3 prostate cancer, and MB-MDA-231 breast cancer. While 15-deoxy-Delta(12,14)-prostaglandin J(2) inhibited proliferation of A375 melanoma, ciglitazone was inactive against this and the other cell lines. Restriction of specific amino acids known to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis sensitized all cell lines to ciglitazone, and the combined effects were greater than the individual effects of either treatment. WY-14643 alone or in combination with amino acid deprivation was inactive. Normal fibroblasts were resistant to the treatments.

  2. An activin receptor IIA ligand trap promotes erythropoiesis resulting in a rapid induction of red blood cells and haemoglobin

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    Carrancio, Soraya; Markovics, Jennifer; Wong, Piu; Leisten, Jim; Castiglioni, Paola; Groza, Matthew C; Raymon, Heather K; Heise, Carla; Daniel, Tom; Chopra, Rajesh; Sung, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    Sotatercept (ACE-011), a recombinant human fusion protein containing the extracellular domain of the human Activin receptor IIA, binds to and inhibits activin and other members of the transforming growth factor -β (TGF-β) superfamily. Administration of sotatercept led to a rapid and sustained increase in red blood cell (RBC) count and haemoglobin (Hb) in healthy volunteers (phase I clinical trials), but the mechanism is not fully understood. Mice treated with RAP-011 (murine ortholog of ACE-011) respond with a rapid (within 24 h) increase in haematocrit, Hb, and RBC count. These effects are accompanied by an equally rapid stimulation of late-stage erythroid precursors in the bone marrow (BM). RAP-011 also induces a significant increase in erythroid burst-forming units and erythropoietin, which could contribute to additional, sustained effects on RBC production. Further in vitro co-culture studies demonstrate that BM accessory cells are required for RAP-011 effects. To better understand which TGF-β family ligand(s) mediate RAP-011 effects, we evaluated the impact of several of these ligands on erythroid differentiation. Our data suggest that RAP-011 may act to rescue growth differentiation factor 11/Activin A-induced inhibition of late-stage erythropoiesis. These data define the mechanism of action of a novel agent that regulates RBC differentiation and provide the rationale to develop sotatercept for the treatment of anaemia and ineffective erythropoiesis. PMID:24635723

  3. UGT2B17 Expedites Progression of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancers by Promoting Ligand-Independent AR Signaling.

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    Li, Haolong; Xie, Ning; Chen, Ruiqi; Verreault, Mélanie; Fazli, Ladan; Gleave, Martin E; Barbier, Olivier; Dong, Xuesen

    2016-11-15

    Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is characterized by a shift in androgen receptor (AR) signaling from androgen-dependent to androgen (ligand)-independent. UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 2B17 (UGT2B17) is a key enzyme that maintains androgen homeostasis by catabolizing AR agonists into inactive forms. Although enhanced UGT2B17 expression by antiandrogens has been reported in androgen-dependent prostate cancer, its roles in regulating AR signaling transformation and CRPC progression remain unknown. In this study, we show that higher UGT2B17 protein expression in prostate tumors is associated with higher Gleason score, metastasis, and CRPC progression. UGT2B17 expression and activity were higher in androgen-independent compared to androgen-dependent cell lines. UGT2B17 stimulated cancer cell proliferation, invasion, and xenograft progression to CRPC after prolonged androgen deprivation. Gene microarray analysis indicated that UGT2B17 suppressed androgen-dependent AR transcriptional activity and enhanced of ligand-independent transcriptional activity at genes associated with cell mitosis. These UGT2B17 actions were mainly mediated by activation of the c-Src kinase. In CRPC tumors, UGT2B17 expression was associated positively with c-Src activation. These results indicate that UGT2B17 expedites CRPC progression by enhancing ligand-independent AR signaling to activate cell mitosis in cancer cells. Cancer Res; 76(22); 6701-11. ©2016 AACR.

  4. Saltcake Dissolution Simulant Tests

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    Martino, C.J.

    2003-02-18

    Small-scale (15 to 50 mL) dissolution equilibrium tests were performed on surrogate waste representing typical saltcake at the Savannah River and Hanford Sites. The primary objectives of this study were to gain a better understanding of the solid-liquid equilibrium of simulated-waste saltcakes and chemistry of the dissolved salt solutions. These tests were performed in preparation for similar dissolution tests with actual-waste saltcakes. Two types of tests (single-wash and multiple-wash) were performed at two temperatures (25 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Celsius) for each saltcake simulant. The compositions of the supernatant fluids are provided for both types of dissolution tests, and profiles of the elution of each salt component are provided for the multiple-wash tests. The conclusions from these tests follow: (1) For both salt waste surrogates, dissolution of the soluble components was achieved at less than a 2:1 mass ratio of inhibited water to saltcake during multiple-wash tests., (2) Dissolution of the Hanford S-112 simulant resulted in a relatively large weight percentage of residual insoluble material (4.2 wt. percent), which was identified as a mixture of Al(OH)3 phases (bayerite and gibbsite)., and (3) The profiles for the relative elution of anions from saltcake during dissolution exhibit distinctions that are dependent upon the dissolution temperature and the initial saltcake composition.

  5. Moving and Union Dissolution

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    BOYLE, PAUL J.; KULU, HILL; COOKE, THOMAS; GAYLE, VERNON; MULDER, CLARAH.

    2008-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of migration and residential mobility on union dissolution among married and cohabiting couples. Moving is a stressful life event, and a large, multidisciplinary literature has shown that family migration often benefits one partner (usually the man) more than the other. Even so, no study to date has examined the possible impact of within-nation geographical mobility on union dissolution. We base our longitudinal analysis on retrospective event-history data from Austria. Our results show that couples who move frequently have a significantly higher risk of union dissolution, and we suggest a variety of mechanisms that may explain this. PMID:18390300

  6. Continuous plutonium dissolution apparatus

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    Meyer, F.G.; Tesitor, C.N.

    1974-02-26

    This invention is concerned with continuous dissolution of metals such as plutonium. A high normality acid mixture is fed into a boiler vessel, vaporized, and subsequently condensed as a low normality acid mixture. The mixture is then conveyed to a dissolution vessel and contacted with the plutonium metal to dissolve the plutonium in the dissolution vessel, reacting therewith forming plutonium nitrate. The reaction products are then conveyed to the mixing vessel and maintained soluble by the high normality acid, with separation and removal of the desired constituent. (Official Gazette)

  7. Toll-like receptor 2 ligands promote chronic atopic dermatitis through IL-4-mediated suppression of IL-10.

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    Kaesler, Susanne; Volz, Thomas; Skabytska, Yuliya; Köberle, Martin; Hein, Ulrike; Chen, Ko-Ming; Guenova, Emmanuella; Wölbing, Florian; Röcken, Martin; Biedermann, Tilo

    2014-07-01

    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a T cell-mediated inflammatory skin disease, with TH2 cells initiating acute flares. This inflamed skin is immediately colonized with Staphylococcus aureus, which provides potent Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 ligands. However, the effect of TLR2 ligands on the development of TH2-mediated AD inflammation remains unclear. We investigated the progression of TH2 cell-mediated dermatitis after TLR2 activation. Using models for acute AD with TH2 cells initiating cutaneous inflammation, we investigated the consequences of TLR2 activation. Dermatitis, as assessed by changes in ear skin thickness and histology, was analyzed in different BALB/c and C57BL/6 wild-type and knockout mouse strains, and immune profiling was carried out by using in vitro and ex vivo cytokine analyses. We show that TH2 cell-mediated dermatitis is self-limiting and depends on IL-4. Activation of TLR2 converted the limited TH2 dermatitis to chronic cutaneous inflammation. We demonstrate that the concerted activation of TLR2 and IL-4 receptor on dendritic cells is sufficient for this conversion. As an underlying mechanism, we found that the combinatorial sensing of the innate TLR2 ligands and the adaptive TH2 cytokine IL-4 suppressed anti-inflammatory IL-10 and consequently led to the exacerbation and persistence of dermatitis. Our data demonstrate that innate TLR2 signals convert transient TH2 cell-mediated dermatitis into persistent inflammation, as seen in chronic human AD, through IL-4-mediated suppression of IL-10. For the first time, these data show how initial AD lesions convert to chronic inflammation and provide another rationale for targeting IL-4 in patients with AD, a therapeutic approach that is currently under development. Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Electrochemical-induced dissolution of stainless steel files.

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    Amaral, C C F; Ormiga, F; Gomes, J A C P

    2015-02-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of the dissolution process when hand stainless steel files are polarized in solutions containing chloride and fluoride to promote their dissolution. Redox curves and anodic polarization curves were obtained to determine the conditions necessary for the dissolution of stainless steel endodontic files. Anodic polarization of sizes 20 and 30 files was performed, and a t-test (P < 0.05) was used to compare the weight loss, the time of dissolution and the electrical charge generated by both groups of files. Fragments were polarized in simulated root canals to evaluate the dissolution process. After the tests, a size 10 K-file was used to verify the possibility of bypassing the fragment. Radiographic analysis of the simulated canals was used before and after the tests to verify fragment dissolution. A progressive consumption of the sizes 20 and 30 files was observed with total polarization times of 7.0 and 9.0 min, respectively. Files with the larger diameters exhibited greater weight loss, longer times of dissolution and generated a greater electrical charge during the active dissolution process (t-test, P < 0.05). After 60 min, the anodic polarization of file fragments in simulated root canals resulted in their partial dissolution. A 60-min anodic polarization of stainless steel K-file fragments in simulated root canals resulted in their partial dissolution. The fragments could be bypassed after the test. © 2014 International Endodontic Journal. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Effects of Mn(II) on UO2 dissolution under anoxic and oxic conditions.

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    Wang, Zimeng; Tebo, Bradley M; Giammar, Daniel E

    2014-05-20

    Groundwater composition and coupled redox cycles can affect the long-term stability of U(IV) products from bioremediation. The effects of Mn(II), a redox active cation present at uranium-contaminated sites, on UO2 dissolution in both oxic and anoxic systems were investigated using batch and continuous-flow reactors. Under anoxic conditions Mn(II) inhibited UO2 dissolution, which was probably due to adsorption of Mn(II) and precipitation of MnCO3 that decreased exposure of U(IV) surface sites to oxidants. In contrast, Mn(II) promoted UO2 dissolution under oxic conditions through Mn redox cycling. Oxidation of Mn(II) by O2 produced reactive Mn species, possibly short-lived Mn(III) in solution or at the surface, that oxidatively dissolved the UO2 more rapidly than could the O2 alone. At pH 8 the Mn cycling was such that there was no measurable accumulation of particulate Mn oxides. At pH 9 Mn oxides could be produced and accumulate, while they were continuously reduced by UO2, with Mn(II) returning to the aqueous phase. With the rapid turnover of Mn in the redox cycle, concentrations of Mn as low as 10 μM could maintain an enhanced UO2 dissolution rate. The presence of the siderophore desferrioxamine B (a strong Mn(III)-complexing ligand) effectively decoupled the redox interactions of uranium and manganese to suppress the promotional effect of Mn(II).

  10. A point mutation in the extracellular domain of KIT promotes tumorigenesis of mast cells via ligand-independent auto-dimerization

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    Amagai, Yosuke; Matsuda, Akira; Jung, Kyungsook; Oida, Kumiko; Jang, Hyosun; Ishizaka, Saori; Matsuda, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Akane

    2015-01-01

    Mutations in the juxtamembrane and tyrosine kinase domains of the KIT receptor have been implicated in several cancers and are known to promote tumorigenesis. However, the pathophysiological manifestations of mutations in the extracellular domain remain unknown. In this study, we examined the impact of a mutation in the extracellular domain of KIT on mast cell tumorigenesis. A KIT mutant with an Asn508Ile variation (N508I) in the extracellular domain derived from a canine mast cell tumor was introduced into IC-2 cells. The IC-2N508I cells proliferated in a cytokine-independent manner and showed KIT auto-phosphorylation. Subcutaneous injection of IC-2N508I cells into the dorsal area of immunodeficient BALB/c-nu/nu mice resulted in the formation of solid tumors, but tumor progression was abrogated by treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (STI571). In addition, the N508I mutant KIT protein dimerized in the absence of the natural ligand, stem cell factor. Structure modeling indicates that the increased hydrophobicity of the mutant led to the stabilization of KIT dimers. These results suggest that this extracellular domain mutation confers a ligand-independent tumorigenic phenotype to mast cells by KIT auto-dimerization that is STI571-sensitive. This is the first report demonstrating the tumorigenic potential of a mutation in the extracellular domain of KIT. PMID:25965812

  11. BRCA-1 promoter hypermethylation and silencing induced by the aromatic hydrocarbon receptor-ligand TCDD are prevented by resveratrol in MCF-7 cells.

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    Papoutsis, Andreas J; Borg, Jamie L; Selmin, Ornella I; Romagnolo, Donato F

    2012-10-01

    Epigenetic mechanisms may contribute to reduced expression of the tumor suppressor gene BRCA-1 in sporadic breast cancers. Through environmental exposure and diet, humans are exposed to xenobiotics and food compounds that bind the aromatic hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). AhR-ligands include the dioxin-like and tumor promoter 2,3,7,8 tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). The activated AhR regulates transcription through binding to xenobiotic response elements (XREs=GCGTG) and interactions with transcription cofactors. Previously, we reported on the presence of several XREs in the proximal BRCA-1 promoter and that the expression of endogenous AhR was required for silencing of BRCA-1 expression by TCDD. Here, we document that in estrogen receptor-α-positive and BRCA-1 wild-type MCF-7 breast cancer cells, the treatment with TCDD attenuated 17β-estradiol-dependent stimulation of BRCA-1 protein and induced hypermethylation of a CpG island spanning the BRCA-1 transcriptional start site of exon-1a. Additionally, we found that TCDD enhanced the association of the AhR; DNA methyl transferase (DNMT)1, DNMT3a and DNMT3b; methyl binding protein (MBD)2; and trimethylated H3K9 (H3K9me3) with the BRCA-1 promoter. Conversely, the phytoalexin resveratrol, selected as a prototype dietary AhR antagonist, antagonized at physiologically relevant doses (1 μmol/L) the TCDD-induced repression of BRCA-1 protein, BRCA-1 promoter methylation and the recruitment of the AhR, MBD2, H3K9me3 and DNMTs (1, 3a and 3b). Taken together, these observations provide mechanistic evidence for AhR agonists in the establishment of BRCA-1 promoter hypermethylation and the basis for the development of prevention strategies based on AhR antagonists.

  12. Investigation of Wüstite (FeO) dissolution: implications for reductive dissolution of ferric oxides.

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    Jang, Je-Hun; Brantley, Susan L

    2009-02-15

    The pH-dependent dissolution flux of FeO (wüstite, a ferrous oxide) was measured in this study; flux = k{H+}n (moV/m2/s), where k = 10(-4.95) and n = 0.64. This flux was consistent with theoretical predictions based on the rate of water exchange of hexaaquo Fe2+. Interestingly, when compared to published data, the pH-dependent dissolution flux of FeO defined an upper limit for the reductive dissolution fluxes of iron(III) (oxyhydr)oxides, including bacterial dissimilatory iron reduction (DIR). A wide range of dissolution fluxes across several orders of magnitude has been reported for iron(III) (oxyhydr)oxides in the literature and the fluxes were affected by various experimental variables, e.g., pH, ligands, chemical reductants, and bacteria. We concluded that (i) the reductive dissolution fluxes of iron(III) (oxyhydr)oxides, including bacterial DIR, are ultimately bracketed by the detachment rate of reduced Fe(II) from the surface and (ii) the maximum flux can be approached when the mole fraction of reduced Fe(II) at the surface is close to unity.

  13. Structural insights into the binding of small ligand molecules to a G-quadruplex DNA located in the HIV-1 promoter.

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    Mitrasinovic, Petar M

    2017-07-31

    Targeting guanine (G)-rich DNA sequences, folded into non-canonical G-quadruplex (G4) structures, by small ligand molecules is a promising strategy for gene therapy of various diseases. There is experimental proposal that, among eight studied ligands, nitidine chloride - NC and a benzo phenanthridine derivative - BPD have the highest binding affinity for such a sequence (5'-T(1)G(2)G(3)C(4)C(5)T(6)G(7)G(8)G(9)C(10)G(11)G(12)G(13)A(14)C(15)T(16)G(17)G(18)G(19)-3') in the HIV-1 promoter, indicating that an anti-HIV-1 prodrug may regulate the expression of the promoter. Herein, this experimental indication is elaborated by using molecular docking simulations and by characterizing the modes of binding of the eight natural molecules to the particular G4. Moreover, the configurational entropy, as an upper bound of the true entropy contribution to the free energy in noncovalent binding, is employed to see into the structural changes experienced by the G4-DNA upon ligand binding. For various parts (complete structure, backbone, system of all bases, bases of G-tetrads) of the G4-DNA structure, a subtle molecular dynamics (MD) is exploited to determine the change of asymptotic (for infinitely long MD simulation) configurational entropy, being the thermodynamic consequence of DNA flexibility change upon complex formation. While NC increases rigidity of G4 (mainly through the system of all nucleobases), BPD increases flexibility of G4 (more than 50% stems from the sugar-phosphate backbone). These insights are further dissected and substantiated by considering the configurational entropy contributions at the level of individual base pairs making the two G-tetrads (G(2)G(7)G(13)G(17) and G(3)G(8)G(12)G(18)) and by exploring the estimates of the total intra-base pair and inter-base pair entropies. This work makes the structural origin of enhanced stability of G4-DNA more certain - useful information when attempting to design optimal G4-DNA binders.

  14. Tunable DNA cleavage activity promoted by copper(ii) ternary complexes with N-donor heterocyclic ligands.

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    Bortolotto, T; Silva-Caldeira, P P; Pich, C T; Pereira-Maia, E C; Terenzi, H

    2016-06-04

    Several small molecules have the capacity to cleave DNA promptly at high yields, even under mild conditions. Usually, this activity has no constraints, occurring without external or user control. Here, we demonstrate that UV-light exposure can greatly enhance the DNA cleavage activity promoted by four ternary copper(ii) complexes. A remarkable photocontrolled activity was achieved, which may be interesting for chemical and biochemical applications.

  15. Ligand-mediated Galectin-1 endocytosis prevents intraneural H2O2 production promoting F-actin dynamics reactivation and axonal re-growth.

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    Quintá, Héctor R; Wilson, Carlos; Blidner, Ada G; González-Billault, Christian; Pasquini, Laura A; Rabinovich, Gabriel A; Pasquini, Juana M

    2016-09-01

    Axonal growth cone collapse following spinal cord injury (SCI) is promoted by semaphorin3A (Sema3A) signaling via PlexinA4 surface receptor. This interaction triggers intracellular signaling events leading to increased hydrogen peroxide levels which in turn promote filamentous actin (F-actin) destabilization and subsequent inhibition of axonal re-growth. In the current study, we demonstrated that treatment with galectin-1 (Gal-1), in its dimeric form, promotes a decrease in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels and F-actin repolimerization in the growth cone and in the filopodium of neuron surfaces. This effect was dependent on the carbohydrate recognition activity of Gal-1, as it was prevented using a Gal-1 mutant lacking carbohydrate-binding activity. Furthermore, Gal-1 promoted its own active ligand-mediated endocytosis together with the PlexinA4 receptor, through mechanisms involving complex branched N-glycans. In summary, our results suggest that Gal-1, mainly in its dimeric form, promotes re-activation of actin cytoskeleton dynamics via internalization of the PlexinA4/Gal-1 complex. This mechanism could explain, at least in part, critical events in axonal regeneration including the full axonal re-growth process, de novo formation of synapse clustering, axonal re-myelination and functional recovery of coordinated locomotor activities in an in vivo acute and chronic SCI model. Axonal regeneration is a response of injured nerve cells critical for nerve repair in human spinal cord injury. Understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling nerve repair by Galectin-1, may be critical for therapeutic intervention. Our results show that Galectin-1; in its dimeric form, interferes with hydrogen peroxide production triggered by Semaphorin3A. The high levels of this reactive oxygen species (ROS) seem to be the main factor preventing axonal regeneration due to promotion of actin depolymerization at the axonal growth cone. Thus, Galectin-1 administration emerges as a novel

  16. GQ-16, a novel peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) ligand, promotes insulin sensitization without weight gain.

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    Amato, Angélica A; Rajagopalan, Senapathy; Lin, Jean Z; Carvalho, Bruno M; Figueira, Ana C M; Lu, Jenny; Ayers, Stephen D; Mottin, Melina; Silveira, Rodrigo L; Souza, Paulo C T; Mourão, Rosa H V; Saad, Mário J A; Togashi, Marie; Simeoni, Luiz A; Abdalla, Dulcinéia S P; Skaf, Munir S; Polikparpov, Igor; Lima, Maria C A; Galdino, Suely L; Brennan, Richard G; Baxter, John D; Pitta, Ivan R; Webb, Paul; Phillips, Kevin J; Neves, Francisco A R

    2012-08-10

    The recent discovery that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) targeted anti-diabetic drugs function by inhibiting Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of the receptor has provided a new viewpoint to evaluate and perhaps develop improved insulin-sensitizing agents. Herein we report the development of a novel thiazolidinedione that retains similar anti-diabetic efficacy as rosiglitazone in mice yet does not elicit weight gain or edema, common side effects associated with full PPARγ activation. Further characterization of this compound shows GQ-16 to be an effective inhibitor of Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of PPARγ. The structure of GQ-16 bound to PPARγ demonstrates that the compound utilizes a binding mode distinct from other reported PPARγ ligands, although it does share some structural features with other partial agonists, such as MRL-24 and PA-082, that have similarly been reported to dissociate insulin sensitization from weight gain. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange studies reveal that GQ-16 strongly stabilizes the β-sheet region of the receptor, presumably explaining the compound's efficacy in inhibiting Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of Ser-273. Molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the partial agonist activity of GQ-16 results from the compound's weak ability to stabilize helix 12 in its active conformation. Our results suggest that the emerging model, whereby "ideal" PPARγ-based therapeutics stabilize the β-sheet/Ser-273 region and inhibit Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation while minimally invoking adipogenesis and classical agonism, is indeed a valid framework to develop improved PPARγ modulators that retain antidiabetic actions while minimizing untoward effects.

  17. GQ-16, a Novel Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor γ (PPARγ) Ligand, Promotes Insulin Sensitization without Weight Gain

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    Amato, Angélica A.; Rajagopalan, Senapathy; Lin, Jean Z.; Carvalho, Bruno M.; Figueira, Ana C. M.; Lu, Jenny; Ayers, Stephen D.; Mottin, Melina; Silveira, Rodrigo L.; Souza, Paulo C. T.; Mourão, Rosa H. V.; Saad, Mário J. A.; Togashi, Marie; Simeoni, Luiz A.; Abdalla, Dulcinéia S. P.; Skaf, Munir S.; Polikparpov, Igor; Lima, Maria C. A.; Galdino, Suely L.; Brennan, Richard G.; Baxter, John D.; Pitta, Ivan R.; Webb, Paul; Phillips, Kevin J.; Neves, Francisco A. R.

    2012-01-01

    The recent discovery that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) targeted anti-diabetic drugs function by inhibiting Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of the receptor has provided a new viewpoint to evaluate and perhaps develop improved insulin-sensitizing agents. Herein we report the development of a novel thiazolidinedione that retains similar anti-diabetic efficacy as rosiglitazone in mice yet does not elicit weight gain or edema, common side effects associated with full PPARγ activation. Further characterization of this compound shows GQ-16 to be an effective inhibitor of Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of PPARγ. The structure of GQ-16 bound to PPARγ demonstrates that the compound utilizes a binding mode distinct from other reported PPARγ ligands, although it does share some structural features with other partial agonists, such as MRL-24 and PA-082, that have similarly been reported to dissociate insulin sensitization from weight gain. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange studies reveal that GQ-16 strongly stabilizes the β-sheet region of the receptor, presumably explaining the compound's efficacy in inhibiting Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of Ser-273. Molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the partial agonist activity of GQ-16 results from the compound's weak ability to stabilize helix 12 in its active conformation. Our results suggest that the emerging model, whereby “ideal” PPARγ-based therapeutics stabilize the β-sheet/Ser-273 region and inhibit Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation while minimally invoking adipogenesis and classical agonism, is indeed a valid framework to develop improved PPARγ modulators that retain antidiabetic actions while minimizing untoward effects. PMID:22584573

  18. HEPA filter dissolution process

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    Brewer, K.N.; Murphy, J.A.

    1994-02-22

    A process is described for dissolution of spent high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and then combining the complexed filter solution with other radioactive wastes prior to calcining the mixed and blended waste feed. The process is an alternate to a prior method of acid leaching the spent filters which is an inefficient method of treating spent HEPA filters for disposal. 4 figures.

  19. Hepa filter dissolution process

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    Brewer, Ken N.; Murphy, James A.

    1994-01-01

    A process for dissolution of spent high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and then combining the complexed filter solution with other radioactive wastes prior to calcining the mixed and blended waste feed. The process is an alternate to a prior method of acid leaching the spent filters which is an inefficient method of treating spent HEPA filters for disposal.

  20. Mergers, Annexations, Dissolutions

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    Russo, Alexander

    2006-01-01

    Consolidations come in all shapes and sizes, including mergers, annexations and dissolutions. They do not all take place under state mandate, however. A handful of districts consolidate every year in some states like Illinois that have large numbers of small districts, many of them dual districts that serve K-8 or 9-12 in the same geographic area.…

  1. HEPA filter dissolution process

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    Brewer, K.N.; Murphy, J.A.

    1992-12-31

    This invention is comprised of a process for dissolution of spent high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and then combining the complexed filter solution with other radioactive wastes prior to calcining the mixed and blended waste feed. The process is an alternate to a prior method of acid leaching the spent filters which is an inefficient method of treating spent HEPA filters for disposal.

  2. Mergers, Annexations, Dissolutions

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    Russo, Alexander

    2006-01-01

    Consolidations come in all shapes and sizes, including mergers, annexations and dissolutions. They do not all take place under state mandate, however. A handful of districts consolidate every year in some states like Illinois that have large numbers of small districts, many of them dual districts that serve K-8 or 9-12 in the same geographic area.…

  3. Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) promotes tumor cell death by inducing macrophage membrane tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL).

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    Ho, Tsung-Chuan; Chen, Show-Li; Shih, Shou-Chuan; Chang, Shing-Jyh; Yang, Su-Lin; Hsieh, Jui-Wen; Cheng, Huey-Chuan; Chen, Lee-Jen; Tsao, Yeou-Ping

    2011-10-14

    Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is an intrinsic anti-angiogenic factor and a potential anti-tumor agent. The tumoricidal mechanism of PEDF, however, has not been fully elucidated. Here we report that PEDF induces the apoptosis of TC-1 and SK-Hep-1 tumor cells when they are cocultured with bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs). This macrophage-mediated tumor killing is prevented by blockage of TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) following treatment with the soluble TRAIL receptor. PEDF also increases the amount of membrane-bound TRAIL on cultured mouse BMDMs and on macrophages surrounding subcutaneous tumors. PEDF-induced tumor killing and TRAIL induction are abrogated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) antagonists or small interfering RNAs targeting PPARγ. PEDF also induces PPARγ in BMDMs. Furthermore, the activity of the TRAIL promoter in human macrophages is increased by PEDF stimulation. Chromatin immunoprecipitation and DNA pull-down assays confirmed that endogenous PPARγ binds to a functional PPAR-response element (PPRE) in the TRAIL promoter, and mutation of this PPRE abolishes the binding of the PPARγ-RXRα heterodimer. Also, PPARγ-dependent transactivation and PPARγ-RXRα binding to this PPRE are prevented by PPARγ antagonists. Our results provide a novel mechanism for the tumoricidal activity of PEDF, which involves tumor cell killing via PPARγ-mediated TRAIL induction in macrophages.

  4. The Receptor Guanylyl Cyclase Type D (GC-D) Ligand Uroguanylin Promotes the Acquisition of Food Preferences in Mice

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    2013-01-01

    Rodents rely on olfactory stimuli to communicate information between conspecifics that is critical for health and survival. For example, rodents that detect a food odor simultaneously with the social odor carbon disulfide (CS2) will acquire a preference for that food. Disruption of the chemosensory transduction cascade in CS2-sensitive olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) that express the receptor guanylyl cyclase type D (GC-D; GC-D+ OSNs) will prevent mice from acquiring these preferences. GC-D+ OSNs also respond to the natriuretic peptide uroguanylin, which is excreted into urine and feces. We analyzed if uroguanylin could also act as a social stimulus to promote the acquisition of food preferences. We found that feces of mice that had eaten odored food, but not unodored food, promoted a strong preference for that food in mice exposed to the feces. Olfactory exploration of uroguanylin presented with a food odor similarly produced a preference that was absent when mice were exposed to the food odor alone. Finally, the acquisition of this preference was dependent on GC-D+ OSNs, as mice lacking GC-D (Gucy2d − /− mice) showed no preference for the demonstrated food. Together with our previous findings, these results demonstrate that the diverse activators of GC-D+ OSNs elicit a common behavioral result and suggest that this specialized olfactory subsystem acts as a labeled line for a type of associative olfactory learning. PMID:23564012

  5. Promotion

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    Alam, Hasan B.

    2013-01-01

    This article gives an overview of the promotion process in an academic medical center. A description of different promotional tracks, tenure and endowed chairs, and the process of submitting an application is provided. Finally, some practical advice about developing skills and attributes that can help with academic growth and promotion is dispensed. PMID:24436683

  6. Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 engages CCR2+ stromal cells of monocytic origin to promote breast cancer metastasis to lung and bone.

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    Lu, Xin; Kang, Yibin

    2009-10-16

    Metastatic spread of cancer to distant vital organs, including lung and bone, is the overwhelming cause of breast cancer mortality and morbidity. Effective treatment of systemic metastasis relies on the identification and functional characterization of metastasis mediators to multiple organs. Overexpression of the chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) is frequently associated with advanced tumor stage and metastatic relapse in breast cancer. However, the functional mechanism of CCL2 in promoting organ-specific metastasis of breast cancer has not been rigorously investigated. Here, we used organ-specific metastatic sublines of the MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cell line to demonstrate that overexpression of CCL2 promotes breast cancer metastasis to both lung and bone. Conversely, blocking CCL2 function with a neutralizing antibody reduced lung and bone metastases. The enhancement of lung and bone metastases by CCL2 was associated with increased macrophage infiltration and osteoclast differentiation, respectively. By performing functional assays with primary cells isolated from the wild type, CCL2 and CCR2 knock-out mice, we showed that tumor cell-derived CCL2 depends on its receptor CCR2 (chemokine, CC motif, receptor 2) expressed on stromal cells to exert its function in promoting macrophage recruitment and osteoclast differentiation. Overall, these data demonstrated that CCL2-expressing breast tumor cells engage CCR2(+) stromal cells of monocytic origin, including macrophages and preosteoclasts, to facilitate colonization in lung and bone. Therefore, CCL2 and CCR2 are promising therapeutic targets for simultaneously inhibiting lung and bone metastasis of breast cancer.

  7. Estrogen receptor α enhances the transcriptional activity of ETS-1 and promotes the proliferation, migration and invasion of neuroblastoma cell in a ligand dependent manner.

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    Cao, Peng; Feng, Fan; Dong, Guofu; Yu, Chunyong; Feng, Sizhe; Song, Erlin; Shi, Guobing; Liang, Yong; Liang, Guobiao

    2015-06-30

    It is well known that estrogen receptor α (ERα) participates in the pathogenic progress of breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. In neuroblastoma cells and related cancer clinical specimens, moreover, the ectopic expression of ERα has been identified. However, the detailed function of ERα in the proliferation of neuroblastoma cell is yet unclear. The transcriptional activity of ETS-1 (E26 transformation specific sequence 1) was measured by luciferase analysis. Western blot assays and Real-time RT-PCR were used to examine the expression of ERα, ETS-1 and its targeted genes. The protein-protein interaction between ERα and ETS-1 was determined by co-IP and GST-Pull down assays. The accumulation of ETS-1 in nuclear was detected by western blot assays, and the recruitment of ETS-1 to its targeted gene's promoter was tested by ChIP assays. Moreover, SH-SY5Y cells' proliferation, anchor-independent growth, migration and invasion were quantified using the MTT, soft agar or Trans-well assay, respectively. The transcriptional activity of ETS-1 was significantly increased following estrogen treatment, and this effect was related to ligand-mediated activation of ERα. The interaction between the ERα and ETS-1 was identified, and enhancement of ERα activation would up-regulate the ETS-1 transcription factor activity via modulating its cytoplasm/nucleus translocation and the recruitment of ETS-1 to its target gene's promoter. Furthermore, treatment of estrogen increased proliferation, migration and invasion of neuroblastoma cells, whereas the antagonist of ERα reduced those effects. In this study, we provided evidences that activation of ERα promoted neuroblastoma cells proliferation and up-regulated the transcriptional activity of ETS-1. By investigating the role of ERα in the ETS-1 activity regulation, we demonstrated that ERα may be a novel ETS-1 co-activator and thus a potential therapeutic target in human

  8. Distinctive Reactivities at Biotite Edge and Basal Planes in the Presence of Organic Ligands: Implications for Organic-Rich Geologic CO2 Sequestration.

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    Zhang, Lijie; Jun, Young-Shin

    2015-08-18

    To better understand how scCO2-saturated brine-mineral interactions can affect safe and efficient geologic CO2 sequestration (GCS), we studied the effects of organic ligands (acetate and oxalate) on biotite dissolution and surface morphological changes. The experimental conditions were chosen to be relevant to GCS sites (95 °C and 102 atm CO2). Quantitative analyses of dissolution differences between biotite edge and basal planes were made. Acetate slightly inhibited biotite dissolution and promoted secondary precipitation. The effect of acetate was mainly pH-induced aqueous acetate speciation and the subsequent surface adsorption. Under the experimental conditions, most of acetate exists as acetic acid and adsorbs to biotite surface Si and Al sites, thereby reducing their release. However, oxalate strongly enhanced biotite dissolution and induced faster and more significant surface morphology changes by forming bidentate mononuclear surface complexes. For the first time, we show that oxalate selectively attacks edge surface sites and enhances biotite dissolution. Thus, oxalate increases the relative reactivity ratio of biotite edge surfaces to basal surfaces, while acetate does not impact this relative reactivity. This study provides new information on reactivity differences at biotite edge and basal planes in the presence of organic ligands, which has implications for safe CO2 storage in organic-rich sites.

  9. Ligand Activation of the Androgen Receptor Downregulates E-Cadherin-Mediated Cell Adhesion and Promotes Apoptosis of Prostatic Cancer Cells

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    Nightingale, Joanna; Chaudhary, Khurram S; Abel, Paul D; Stubbs, Andrew P; Romanska, Hanna M; Mitchell, Stephen E; Stamp, Gordon W H; Lalani, El-Nasir

    2003-01-01

    Abstract Androgen independence is the major cause of endocrine therapy failure in advanced prostate cancer (PC). To examine the effects of human androgen receptor (AR) expression on growth of human PC cells, transfection of full-length AR cDNA in an androgen-insensitive human prostatic adenocarcinoma cell line (DU145) was performed. Transcriptional activity of AR was confirmed by the MMTV luciferase assay and AR expression was assessed by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, and immunocytochemistry. Two stable transfectant cell lines expressing functional AR were established and passaged over 60 times. Under standard culture conditions, AR expression in transfected cells was predominantly cytoplasmic. Exposure to dihydrotestosterone (DHT; 60 pM-10 nM) resulted in a rapid (maximal at 30 minutes) translocation of AR to the nucleus. Treatment with DHT (5 nM) caused a significant reduction in cell-cell adhesion and aggregation accompanied by a decrease in E-cadherin expression. This was associated with up to 40% inhibition of proliferation and approximately two-fold increase in apoptosis. These results suggest that gene transfer-mediated AR expression in DU145 cells confers sensitivity to DHT, modulates cell-cell adhesion through E-cadherin, and suppresses cell growth by inhibiting proliferation and promoting apoptosis. This provides a model for studies of AR-regulated cell signalling and identification of novel androgen-regulated genes in PC. PMID:14511406

  10. Structure-based design and confirmation of peptide ligands for neuronal polo-like kinase to promote neuroregeneration.

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    Cao, He-Li; Chen, Hao; Cui, Yu-Hui; Tian, Heng-Li; Chen, Jiong

    2016-04-01

    Neuronal polo-like kinase (nPLK) is an essential regular of cell cycle and differentiation in nervous system, and targeting nPLK has been established as a promising therapeutic strategy to treat neurological disorders and to promote neuroregeneration. The protein contains an N-terminal kinase domain (KD) and a C-terminal Polo-box domain (PBD) that are mutually inhibited by each other. Here, the intramolecular KD-PBD complex in nPLK was investigated at structural level via bioinformatics analysis, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and binding affinity scoring. From the complex interface two regions representing separately two continuous peptide fragments in PBD domain were identified as the hot spots of KD-PBD interaction. Structural and energetic analysis suggested that one (PBD peptide 1) of the two peptides can bind tightly to a pocket nearby the active site of KD domain, which is thus potential as self-inhibitory peptide to target and suppress nPLK kinase activity. The knowledge harvesting from computational studies were then used to guide the structural optimization and mutation of PBD peptide 1. Consequently, two of three peptide mutants separately exhibited moderately and considerably increased affinity as compared to the native peptide. The computationally modeled complex structures of KD domain with these self-inhibitory peptides were also examined in detail to unravel the structural basis and energetic property of nPLK-peptide recognition and interaction.

  11. IL-22R Ligands IL-20, IL-22, and IL-24 Promote Wound Healing in Diabetic db/db Mice

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    Kolumam, Ganesh; Wu, Xiumin; Lee, Wyne P.; Hackney, Jason A.; Zavala-Solorio, Jose; Gandham, Vineela; Danilenko, Dimitry M.; Arora, Puneet; Wang, Xiaoting; Ouyang, Wenjun

    2017-01-01

    Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are one of the major complications in type II diabetes patients and can result in amputation and morbidity. Although multiple approaches are used clinically to help wound closure, many patients still lack adequate treatment. Here we show that IL-20 subfamily cytokines are upregulated during normal wound healing. While there is a redundant role for each individual cytokine in this subfamily in wound healing, mice deficient in IL-22R, the common receptor chain for IL-20, IL-22, and IL-24, display a significant delay in wound healing. Furthermore, IL-20, IL-22 and IL-24 are all able to promote wound healing in type II diabetic db/db mice. Mechanistically, when compared to other growth factors such as VEGF and PDGF that accelerate wound healing in this model, IL-22 uniquely induced genes involved in reepithelialization, tissue remodeling and innate host defense mechanisms from wounded skin. Interestingly, IL-22 treatment showed superior efficacy compared to PDGF or VEGF in an infectious diabetic wound model. Taken together, our data suggest that IL-20 subfamily cytokines, particularly IL-20, IL-22, and IL-24, might provide therapeutic benefit for patients with DFU. PMID:28125663

  12. Determinants of marriage dissolution

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    Rahim, Mohd Amirul Rafiq Abu; Shafie, Siti Aishah Mohd; Hadi, Az'lina Abdul; Razali, Nornadiah Mohd; Azid @ Maarof, Nur Niswah Naslina

    2015-10-01

    Nowadays, the number of divorce cases among Muslim couples is very worrisome whereby the total cases reported in 2013 increased by half of the total cases reported in the previous year. The questions on the true key factors of dissolution of marriage continue to arise. Thus, the objective of this study is to reveal the factors that contribute to the dissolution of marriage. A total of 181 cases and ten potential determinants were included in this study. The potential determinants considered were age at marriage of husband and wife, educational level of husband and wife, employment status of husband and wife, income of husband and wife, the number of children and the presence at a counseling session. Logistic regression analysis was used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that four determinants, namely the income of husband and wife, number of children and the presence at a counselling session were significant in predicting the likelihood of divorce among Muslim couples.

  13. CD40 ligand-mediated activation of the de novo RelB NF-kappaB synthesis pathway in transformed B cells promotes rescue from apoptosis.

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    Mineva, Nora D; Rothstein, Thomas L; Meyers, John A; Lerner, Adam; Sonenshein, Gail E

    2007-06-15

    CD40, a tumor necrosis factor receptor family member, is expressed on B lymphocytes. Interaction between CD40 and its ligand (CD40L), expressed on activated T lymphocytes, is critical for B cell survival. Here, we demonstrate that CD40 signals B cell survival in part via transcriptional activation of the RelB NF-kappaB subunit. CD40L treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells induced levels of relB mRNA. Similarly, CD40L-mediated rescue of WEHI 231 B lymphoma cells from apoptosis induced upon B cell receptor (surface IgM) engagement led to increased relB mRNA levels. Recently, we characterized a new de novo synthesis pathway for the RelB NF-kappaB subunit, induced by the cytomegalovirus IE1 protein, in which binding of p50/p65 NF-kappaB and c-Jun/Fra-2 AP-1 complexes to the relB promoter works in synergy to potently activate transcription (Wang, X., and Sonenshein, G. E. (2005) J. Virol. 79, 95-105). CD40L treatment of WEHI 231 cells caused induction of AP-1 family members Fra-2, c-Jun, JunD, and JunB. Cotransfection of Fra-2 with the Jun AP-1 subunits and p50/c-Rel NF-kappaB led to synergistic activation of the relB promoter. Ectopic expression of relB or RelB knockdown using small interfering RNA demonstrated the important role of this subunit in control of WEHI 231 cell survival and implicated activation of the anti-apoptotic factors Survivin and manganese superoxide dismutase. Thus, CD40 engagement of transformed B cells activates relB gene transcription via a process we have termed the de novo RelB synthesis pathway, which protects these cells from apoptosis.

  14. Dynamic medium containing kit ligand and follicle-stimulating hormone promotes follicular survival, activation, and growth during long-term in vitro culture of caprine preantral follicles.

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    Lima, I M T; Celestino, J J H; Faustino, L R; Magalhães-Padilha, D M; Rossetto, R; Brito, I R; Donato, M A M; Lopes, C A P; Campello, C C; Peixoto, C A; Figueiredo, J R; Rodrigues, A P R

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a dynamic medium containing kit ligand (KL) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on the in vitro culture of caprine preantral follicles for 16 days. Ovarian fragments were cultured in α-MEM(+) containing or not containing KL (50 ng/ml) and/or FSH (50 ng/ml) added during the first (days 0-8) and/or second half (days 8-16) of the culture period. Noncultured (control) and cultured fragments were processed for histological and ultrastructural evaluation. After 1 day of culture, only the treatments performed with KL or FSH maintained a percentage of normal follicles similar to that of the control. After 16 days, all treatments using KL until day 8 (KL/KL, KL/FSH, and KL/FSH+KL) and only FSH during the entire culture period (FSH/FSH) showed higher rates of follicular survival compared to α-MEM(+) alone. After 1 and 8 days, the treatments initially cultured with KL increased the percentage of follicular activation in comparison to α-MEM(+) alone and other treatments. The highest follicular diameter after 16 days was observed in follicles cultured with KL until day 8 followed by FSH (KL/FSH). Furthermore, this treatment promoted, as early as after 1 day of culture, an increase in oocyte growth compared to α-MEM(+) alone. Ultrastructural analysis confirmed the integrity of follicles cultured in KL/FSH after 16 days. In conclusion, a dynamic medium containing KL and FSH maintained follicular integrity and promoted follicular activation and growth during the long-term in vitro culture of caprine preantral follicles.

  15. [Separation and determination of optical isomers of phenylephrine by chiral ligand exchange capillary elcctrophoresis coupling with the promoting effect of ionic liquid].

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    Yang, Simei; Zhang, Jiayao; Li, Fei; Hu, Xufang; Cao, Qiue

    2016-01-01

    A method for the separation and determination of optical isomers of phenylephrine was developed based on the promoting effect of non-chiral ionic liquid on chiral ligand-exchange capillary electrophoresis after the electrophoretic parameters were optimized systematically. R-phenylephrine and S-phenylephrine can be separated and determined effectively in 20 mmol/L Tris-H3PO4 buffer solution (pH 5.4) composed of 4.0 mmol/L Cu(II), 8.0 mmol/L L-proline (L-Pro) and 15 mmol/L 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIM] Cl) with the applied voltage of 20 kV, capillary temperature of 25 °C , detection wavelength of 254 nm, and injection of 5 s at 3,447 Pa. The resolution of R- and S-phenylephrines was 1. 42. The linear ranges for the determination of R-phenylephrine and S-phenylephrine were 12. 5 - 150 mg/L and 15. 0-150 mg/L, respectively. The method has been satisfactorily used for the determination of R-phenylephrine and S-phenylephrine in the spiked blood and urine samples. The spiked recoveries in the urine sample were in the range of 93. 7% -108. 2% with the RSDs lower than 3. 18% (n= 3) , and the spiked recoveries in the blood sample were in the range of 91. 4% and 113. 1% with the RSDs lower than 4. 82% (n =3).

  16. Microbially mediated barite dissolution in anoxic brines

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    Ouyang, Bingjie; Akob, Denise M.; Dunlap, Darren S.; Renock, Devon

    2017-01-01

    Fluids injected into shale formations during hydraulic fracturing of black shale return with extraordinarily high total-dissolved-solids (TDS) and high concentrations of barium (Ba) and radium (Ra). Barite, BaSO4, has been implicated as a possible source of Ba as well as a problematic mineral scale that forms on internal well surfaces, often in close association with radiobarite, (Ba,Ra)SO4. The dissolution of barite by abiotic processes is well quantified. However, the identification of microbial communities in flowback and produced water necessitates the need to understand barite dissolution in the presence of bacteria. Therefore, we evaluated the rates and mechanisms of abiotic and microbially-mediated barite dissolution under anoxic and hypersaline conditions in the laboratory. Barite dissolution experiments were conducted with bacterial enrichment cultures established from produced water from Marcellus Shale wells located in northcentral Pennsylvania. These cultures were dominated by anaerobic halophilic bacteria from the genus Halanaerobium. Dissolved Ba was determined by ICP-OES and barite surfaces were investigated by SEM and AFM. Our results reveal that: 1) higher amounts of barium (up to ∼5 × ) are released from barite in the presence of Halanaerobium cultures compared to brine controls after 30 days of reaction, 2) etch pits that develop on the barite (001) surface in the presence of Halanaerobium exhibit a morphology that is distinct from those that form during control experiments without bacteria, 3) etch pits that develop in the presence of Halanaerobium exhibit a morphology that is similar to the morphology of etch pits formed in the presence of strong organic chelators, EDTA and DTPA, and 4) experiments using dialysis membranes to separate barite from bacteria suggest that direct contact between the two is not required in order to promote dissolution. These results suggest that Halanaerobium increase the rate of barite dissolution in anoxic and

  17. Effect of dissolution inhibitors on the dissolution characteristics of chemically amplified positive-tone electron beam resist

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    Horibe, Hideo; Kumada, Teruhiko; Kubota, Shigeru; Kimura, Yoshika

    1995-06-01

    The chemical amplification resist system composed of partially tBOC-protected PVP, a dissolution inhibitor, and an acid generator are investigated as EB resists. As dissolution inhibitors, hydroquinone protected with tert-butoxycarbonyl group (B-HQ) and isophthalic acid protected with tert-butyl group (B-IP) are utilized. It is found that dissolution rate of the resist consisting of B-IP is faster than that of B-HQ in the exposed area. B-HQ and B-IP as dissolution inhibitors convert into HQ and IP as dissolution promoters after exposure, respectively. The pKa of IP is smaller than that of HQ. It is considered that the acidity of IP is higher than that of HQ, so the ability of the dissolution promotion of IP is much larger than that of HQ. IP enhances the solubility of the matrix resin to the alkaline developer larger than HQ. The resist consisting of B-IP has a high dissolution rate ratio between the exposed and unexposed areas, so it is considered that it results in a much improved patten profile. A 0.14 micrometers lines-and-spaces pattern is successfully fabricated at 17.5 (mu) C/cm2 using 50 keV. EB.

  18. Solubility limits on radionuclide dissolution

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    Kerrisk, J.F.

    1984-12-31

    This paper examines the effects of solubility in limiting dissolution rates of a number of important radionuclides from spent fuel and high-level waste. Two simple dissolution models were used for calculations that would be characteristics of a Yucca Mountain repository. A saturation-limited dissolution model, in which the water flowing through the repository is assumed to be saturated with each waste element, is very conservative in that it overestimates dissolution rates. A diffusion-limited dissolution model, in which element-dissolution rates are limited by diffusion of waste elements into water flowing past the waste, is more realistic, but it is subject to some uncertainty at this time. Dissolution rates of some elements (Pu, Am, Sn, Th, Zr, Sm) are always limited by solubility. Dissolution rates of other elements (Cs, Tc, Np, Sr, C, I) are never solubility limited; their release would be limited by dissolution of the bulk waste form. Still other elements (U, Cm, Ni, Ra) show solubility-limited dissolution under some conditions. 9 references, 3 tables.

  19. Understanding the dissolution of zeolites.

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    Hartman, Ryan L; Fogler, H Scott

    2007-05-08

    Scientific knowledge of how zeolites, a unique classification of microporous aluminosilicates, undergo dissolution in aqueous hydrochloric acid solutions is limited. Understanding the dissolution of zeolites is fundamental to a number of processes occurring in nature and throughout industry. To better understand the dissolution process, experiments were carried out establishing that the Si-to-Al ratio controls zeolite framework dissolution, by which the selective removal of aluminum constrains the removal of silicon. Stoichiometric dissolution is observed for Type 4A zeolite in HCl where the Si-to-Al ratio is equal to 1.0. Framework silicon dissolves completely during Type 4A dissolution and is followed by silicate precipitation. However, for the zeolite analcime which has a Si-to-Al ratio of 2.0 dissolves non-stoichiometrically as the selective removal of aluminum results in partially dissolved silicate particles followed by silicate precipitation. In Type Y zeolite, exhibiting a Si-to-Al ratio of 3.0, there is insufficient aluminum to weaken the structure and cause silicon to dissolve in HCl. Thus, little or no precipitation is observed, and amorphous undissolvable silicate particles remain intact. The initial dissolution rates of Type Y and 4A zeolites demonstrate that dissolution is constrained by the number of available reaction sites, and a selective removal rate parameter is applied to delineate the mechanism of particle dissolution by demonstrating the kinetic influence of the Si-to-Al ratio. Zeolite framework models are constructed and used to undergird the basic dissolution mechanism. The framework models, scanning electron micrographs of partially dissolved crystals, and experimentally measured dissolution rates all demonstrate that a zeolite's Si-to-Al framework ratio plays a universal role in the dissolution mechanism, independent of framework type. Consequently, the unique mechanism of zeolite dissolution has general implications on how petroleum

  20. Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Ligands in Cigarette Smoke Induce Production of Interleukin-22 to Promote Pancreatic Fibrosis in Models of Chronic Pancreatitis.

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    Xue, Jing; Zhao, Qinglan; Sharma, Vishal; Nguyen, Linh P; Lee, Yvonne N; Pham, Kim L; Edderkaoui, Mouad; Pandol, Stephen J; Park, Walter; Habtezion, Aida

    2016-12-01

    Cigarette smoke has been identified as an independent risk factor for chronic pancreatitis (CP). Little is known about the mechanisms by which smoking promotes development of CP. We assessed the effects of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligands found in cigarette smoke on immune cell activation in humans and pancreatic fibrosis in animal models of CP. We obtained serum samples from patients with CP treated at Stanford University hospital and healthy individuals (controls) and isolated CD4(+) T cells. Levels of interleukin-22 (IL22) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and smoking histories were collected. T cells from healthy nonsmokers and smokers were stimulated and incubated with AhR agonists (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin or benzo[a]pyrene) or antagonists and analyzed by flow cytometry. Mice were given intraperitoneal injections of caerulein or saline, with or without lipopolysaccharide, to induce CP. Some mice were given intraperitoneal injections of AhR agonists at the start of caerulein injection, with or without an antibody against IL22 (anti-IL22) starting 2 weeks after the first caerulein injection, or recombinant mouse IL22 or vehicle (control) intraperitoneally 4 weeks after the first caerulein injection. Mice were exposed to normal air or cigarette smoke for 6 h/d for 7 weeks and expression of AhR gene targets was measured. Pancreata were collected from all mice and analyzed by histology and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Pancreatic stellate cells and T cells were isolated and studied using immunoblot, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent analyses. Mice given AhR agonists developed more severe pancreatic fibrosis (based on decreased pancreas size, histology, and increased expression of fibrosis-associated genes) than mice not given agonists after caerulein injection. In mice given saline instead of caerulein, AhR ligands did not induce fibrosis. Pancreatic T cells

  1. Phosphate diester hydrolysis and DNA damage promoted by new cis-aqua/hydroxy copper(II) complexes containing tridentate imidazole-rich ligands.

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    Scarpellini, Marciela; Neves, Ademir; Hörner, Rosmari; Bortoluzzi, Adailton J; Szpoganics, Bruno; Zucco, César; Nome Silva, René A; Drago, Valderes; Mangrich, Antônio S; Ortiz, Wilson A; Passos, Wagner A C; de Oliveira, Maurício C B; Terenzi, Hernán

    2003-12-15

    The tridentate Schiff base [(2-(imidazol-4-yl)ethyl)(1-methylimidazol-2-yl)methyl)imine (HISMIMI) and its reduced form HISMIMA were synthesized and characterized, as well their mononuclear cis-dihalo copper(II) complexes 1 and 2, respectively. In addition, the dinuclear [CuII(mu-OH)2CuII](2+) complexes (3) and (4) obtained from complexes 1 and 2, respectively, were also isolated and characterized by several physicochemical techniques, including magnetochemistry, electrochemistry, and EPR and UV-vis spectroscopies. The crystal structures of 1 and 2 were determined by X-ray crystallography and revealed two neutral complexes with their tridentate chelate ligands meridionally coordinated. Completing the coordination spheres of the square-pyramidal structures, a chloride ion occupies the apical position and another is bonded in the basal plane. In addition, complexes 1 and 2 were investigated by infrared, electronic, and EPR spectroscopies, cyclic voltammetry, and potentiometric equilibrium studies. The hydrolytic activity on phosphate diester cleavage of 1 and 2 was investigated utilizing 2,4-BDNPP as substrate. These experiments were carried out at 50 degrees C, and the data treatment was based on the Michaelis-Menten approach, giving the following kinetic parameters (complex 1/complex 2): vmax (mol L(-1) s(-1))=16.4x10(-9)/7.02x10(-9); KM (mol L(-1))=17.3x10(-3)/3.03x10(-3); kcat (s(-1))=3.28x10(-4)/1.40x10(-4). Complex 1 effectively promoted the hydrolytic cleavage of double-strand plasmid DNA under anaerobic and aerobic conditions, with a rate constant of 0.28 h(-1) for the decrease of form I, which represents about a 10(7) rate increase compared with the estimated uncatalyzed rate of hydrolysis.

  2. IL-17 promotes bone erosion in murine collagen-induced arthritis through loss of the receptor activator of NF-kappa B ligand/osteoprotegerin balance.

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    Lubberts, Erik; van den Bersselaar, Liduine; Oppers-Walgreen, Birgitte; Schwarzenberger, Paul; Coenen-de Roo, Christina J J; Kolls, Jay K; Joosten, Leo A B; van den Berg, Wim B

    2003-03-01

    IL-17 is a T cell-derived proinflammatory cytokine in experimental arthritis and is a stimulator of osteoclastogenesis in vitro. In this study, we report the effects of IL-17 overexpression (AdIL-17) in the knee joint of type II collagen-immunized mice on bone erosion and synovial receptor activator of NF-kappa B ligand (RANKL)/receptor activator of NF-kappa B/osteoprotegerin (OPG) expression. Local IL-17 promoted osteoclastic bone destruction, which was accompanied with marked tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase activity at sites of bone erosion in cortical, subchondral, and trabecular bone. Accelerated expression of RANKL and its receptor, receptor activator of NF-kappa B, was found in the synovial infiltrate and at sites of focal bone erosion, using specific immunohistochemistry. Interestingly, AdIL-17 not only enhanced RANKL expression but also strongly up-regulated the RANKL/OPG ratio in the synovium. Comparison of arthritic mice from the AdIL-17 collagen-induced arthritis group with full-blown collagen-arthritic mice having similar clinical scores for joint inflammation revealed lower RANKL/OPG ratio and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase activity in the latter group. Interestingly, systemic OPG treatment prevented joint damage induced by local AdIL-17 gene transfer in type II collagen-immunized mice. These findings suggest T cell IL-17 to be an important inducer of RANKL expression leading to loss of the RANKL/OPG balance, stimulating osteoclastogenesis and bone erosion in arthritis.

  3. Plutonium dissolution process

    DOEpatents

    Vest, Michael A.; Fink, Samuel D.; Karraker, David G.; Moore, Edwin N.; Holcomb, H. Perry

    1996-01-01

    A two-step process for dissolving plutonium metal, which two steps can be carried out sequentially or simultaneously. Plutonium metal is exposed to a first mixture containing approximately 1.0M-1.67M sulfamic acid and 0.0025M-0.1M fluoride, the mixture having been heated to a temperature between 45.degree. C. and 70.degree. C. The mixture will dissolve a first portion of the plutonium metal but leave a portion of the plutonium in an oxide residue. Then, a mineral acid and additional fluoride are added to dissolve the residue. Alteratively, nitric acid in a concentration between approximately 0.05M and 0.067M is added to the first mixture to dissolve the residue as it is produced. Hydrogen released during the dissolution process is diluted with nitrogen.

  4. Plutonium dissolution process

    DOEpatents

    Vest, M.A.; Fink, S.D.; Karraker, D.G.; Moore, E.N.; Holcomb, H.P.

    1994-01-01

    A two-step process for dissolving Pu metal is disclosed in which two steps can be carried out sequentially or simultaneously. Pu metal is exposed to a first mixture of 1.0-1.67 M sulfamic acid and 0.0025-0.1 M fluoride, the mixture having been heated to 45-70 C. The mixture will dissolve a first portion of the Pu metal but leave a portion of the Pu in an oxide residue. Then, a mineral acid and additional fluoride are added to dissolve the residue. Alternatively, nitric acid between 0.05 and 0.067 M is added to the first mixture to dissolve the residue as it is produced. Hydrogen released during the dissolution is diluted with nitrogen.

  5. Acid dissolution of cupric oxide

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    Majima, H.; Awakura, Y.; Yazaki, T.; Chikamori, Y.

    1980-06-01

    The rates of dissolution of synthetic cupric oxide in solutions containing perchloric, sulfuric, nitric or hydrochloric acid were studied using sintered disks. In each case, the dissolution rate increased with elapsed retention time until an essentially constant value was reached. This phenomenon can be attributed to an increase in the disk’s effective surface area. The dissolution rate is of the first order with respect to aH + for perchloric, nitric, and hydrochloric acids, while it is of a half order for sulfuric acid. High activation energies, ranging from 12.4 to 20.5 kcal/mol, and the independence of agitation speed on cupric oxide dissolution reaction rate suggest that chemical reactions are the major determinants of dissolution rates. The addition of electrolytes having anions common with the acids resulted in an acceleration of the dissolution rate due to increases in aH + values. However, the addition of electrolytes of noncommon anions revealed a quite different effect on dissolution rate. This suggests that the adsorption and/ or complexing of anions on the cupric oxide surface may have had a significant role in the determination of the dissolution rates. The type of acid used determined the identity of the adsorbed anion.

  6. "Long-range" metal-ligand cooperation in H2 activation and ammonia-promoted hydride transfer with a ruthenium-acridine pincer complex.

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    Gunanathan, Chidambaram; Gnanaprakasam, Boopathy; Iron, Mark A; Shimon, Linda J W; Milstein, David

    2010-10-27

    The acridine-based pincer complex 1 exhibits an unprecedented mode of metal-ligand cooperation involving a "long-range" interaction between the distal acridine C9 position and the metal center. Reaction of 1 with H(2)/KOH results in H(2) splitting between the Ru center and C9 with concomitant dearomatization of the acridine moiety. DFT calculations show that this process involves the formation of a Ru dihydride intermediate bearing a bent acridine ligand in which C9 is in close proximity to a hydride ligand followed by through-space hydride transfer. Ammonia induces transfer of a hydride from the Ru center of 1 to C9 of the flexible acridine pincer ligand, forming an unusual dearomatized fac-acridine PNP complex.

  7. Oxidative UO2 dissolution induced by soluble Mn(III).

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    Wang, Zimeng; Xiong, Wei; Tebo, Bradley M; Giammar, Daniel E

    2014-01-01

    The stability of UO2 is critical to the success of reductive bioremediation of uranium. When reducing conditions are no longer maintained, Mn redox cycling may catalytically mediate the oxidation of UO2 and remobilization of uranium. Ligand-stabilized soluble Mn(III) was recently recognized as an important redox-active intermediate in Mn biogeochemical cycling. This study evaluated the kinetics of oxidative UO2 dissolution by soluble Mn(III) stabilized by pyrophosphate (PP) and desferrioxamine B (DFOB). The Mn(III)-PP complex was a potent oxidant that induced rapid UO2 dissolution at a rate higher than that by a comparable concentration of dissolved O2. However, the Mn(III)-DFOB complex was not able to induce oxidative dissolution of UO2. The ability of Mn(III) complexes to oxidize UO2 was probably determined by whether the coordination of Mn(III) with ligands allowed the attachment of the complexes to the UO2 surface to facilitate electron transfer. Systematic investigation into the kinetics of UO2 oxidative dissolution by the Mn(III)-PP complex suggested that Mn(III) could directly oxidize UO2 without involving particulate Mn species (e.g., MnO2). The expected 2:1 reaction stoichiometry between Mn(III) and UO2 was observed. The reactivity of soluble Mn(III) in oxidizing UO2 was higher at lower ratios of pyrophosphate to Mn(III) and lower pH, which is probably related to differences in the ligand-to-metal ratio and/or protonation states of the Mn(III)-pyrophosphate complexes. Disproportionation of Mn(III)-PP occurred at pH 9.0, and the oxidation of UO2 was then driven by both MnO2 and soluble Mn(III). Kinetic models were derived that provided excellent fits of the experimental results.

  8. Updated dust-iron dissolution mechanism in GEOS-Chem

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    Johnson, M. S.; Meskhidze, N.

    2012-12-01

    Aeolian dust deposition has been suggested to be a critical source of the micronutrient iron (Fe) to high nitrate-low-chlorophyll (HNLC) oceanic regions where marine primary productivity can be limited by the supply of bioavailable Fe. In general, for Fe to be utilized by phytoplankton (i.e., bioavailable Fe), it must be in an aqueous/soluble, colloidal, or nanoparticulate form. The soluble/bioavailable fraction of Fe-containing minerals commonly found in freshly-emitted dust particles are typically small (<< 1%). However, in situ measurements downwind from the dust source regions show increased (> 10%) and spatially variable fraction of soluble iron (sol-Fe), suggesting that chemical processes occurring during the atmospheric transport of mineral dust can increase the amount of bioavailable Fe. The objective of this study is to estimate the supply of bioavailable Fe to different regions of the global oceans through atmospheric pathways. In this study, a comprehensive dust-Fe dissolution scheme has been implemented in the global 3-D chemical transport model GEOS-Chem to calculate sol-Fe deposition rates to the oceans. The acid-based mobilization scheme has been updated to explicitly simulate organic (oxalate) ligand-promoted Fe dissolution processes, Fe(II)/Fe(III) photochemical redox cycling, and dust mineralogy. During the yearlong simulation ~0.17 Tg of sol-Fe was deposited to global oceanic regions. The oxalate-promoted Fe dissolution increased global annual model-predicted sol-Fe deposition rates by ~20% and displayed distinct spatiotemporal differences compared to acid-based dust-Fe mobilization. The explicit calculations of Fe(II)/Fe(III) photochemical cycling showed that during daylight hours the majority of model-predicted sol-Fe is expected to be in a more soluble ferrous iron (Fe(II)) form, while at night virtually all sol-Fe was oxidized into the ferric, Fe(III) form. As Fe(II) species have been shown to be more soluble than Fe(III), ferrous iron

  9. Alunite dissolution rates: Dissolution mechanisms and implications for Mars

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    Miller, J. L.; Elwood Madden, A. S.; Phillips-Lander, C. M.; Pritchett, B. N.; Elwood Madden, M. E.

    2016-01-01

    Alunite (KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6) is a hydrated aluminous sulfate mineral associated with acidic, oxidizing aqueous environments on Earth. Additionally, orbiting spacecraft and rovers on Mars have reported spectral data that indicate a range of mono- and polyhydrated sulfate phases and hydroxysulfate phases, suggesting such conditions also existed on Mars in the past. This study examines alunite dissolution rates in aqueous systems with varying pH, temperature, and solution chemistry conditions. Alunite dissolution rates in dilute solutions are 2-3 orders of magnitude slower than jarosite dissolution rates measured under analogous conditions. Similar to jarosite, alunite dissolution rates vary as a function of activity of H+ and OH- following the rate law log r (mol m-2 s-1) = -0.133(±0.02)pH - 10.65(±0.07) at pH < 5 and log r = 0.194(±0.04)pH - 12.53(±0.26) at pH > 5. However, minimum alunite dissolution rates are shifted to higher pH (5-5.5), likely due to differences in Fe and Al speciation. Alunite and jarosite rates converge in saturated NaCl and CaCl2 brines as the activity of water decreases, suggesting that differences in water exchange rates with Fe3+ and Al3+ control dissolution rates in dilute solutions, while metal-Cl- complexation occurs at similar rates within the brines. Particle lifetimes based on measured dissolution rates in dilute solutions show that alunite particles are expected to be preserved two orders of magnitude longer than jarosite particles over a range of pH and temperature conditions. In particular, alunite is more likely to be preserved in neutral to moderately alkaline systems compared to jarosite, which is expected to be preserved in more acidic conditions. Alunite dissolution produced amorphous Al-rich alteration products at moderate to high pH. Unlike jarosite, alunite dissolution does not show a clear trend as a function of temperature; alunite dissolution rates do not increase with increasing temperature, likely due to lower

  10. 50 CFR 270.23 - Dissolution of Councils.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Dissolution of Councils. 270.23 Section 270.23 Wildlife and Fisheries NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FISH AND SEAFOOD PROMOTION SPECIES-SPECIFIC SEAFOOD MARKETING...

  11. 12 CFR 146.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 146.4 Section 146.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 146.4 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  12. 12 CFR 146.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 146.4 Section 146.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 146.4 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  13. 12 CFR 146.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 1 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 146.4 Section 146.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 146.4 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  14. 12 CFR 546.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 546.4 Section 546.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 546.4 Voluntary dissolution. A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  15. 12 CFR 546.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2014-01-01 2012-01-01 true Voluntary dissolution. 546.4 Section 546.4 Banks... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 546.4 Voluntary dissolution. A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  16. 12 CFR 546.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2013-01-01 2012-01-01 true Voluntary dissolution. 546.4 Section 546.4 Banks... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 546.4 Voluntary dissolution. A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  17. 12 CFR 546.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 5 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 546.4 Section 546.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 546.4 Voluntary dissolution. A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  18. 12 CFR 546.4 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 546.4 Section 546.4... ASSOCIATIONS-MERGER, DISSOLUTION, REORGANIZATION, AND CONVERSION § 546.4 Voluntary dissolution. A Federal savings association's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the association. The...

  19. Phthalic acid complexation and the dissolution of forsteritic glass studied via in situ FTIR and X-ray scattering

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    Morris, Peter M.; Wogelius, Roy A.

    2008-04-01

    Multiple Internal Reflection Fourier Transform Infra-Red (MIR-FTIR) spectroscopy was developed and used for in situ flow-through experiments designed to study the process of organic acid promoted silicate dissolution. In tandem with the FTIR analysis, ex situ X-ray scattering was used to perform detailed analyses of the changes in the surface structure and chemistry resulting from the dissolution process. Phthalic acid and forsteritic glass that had been Chemically Vapour Deposited (CVD) onto an internal reflection element were used as reactants, and the MIR-FTIR results showed that phthalic acid may promote dissolution by directly binding to exposed Mg metal ion centers on the solid surface. Integrated infrared absorption intensity as a function of time shows that phthalic acid attachment apparently follows a t1/2 dependence, indicating that attachment is a diffusive process. The diffusion coefficient of phthalic acid was estimated to be approximately 7 × 10 -6 cm 2 s -1 in the solution near the interface with the glass. Shifts in the infrared absorption structure of the phthalate complexed with the surface compared to the solute species indicate that phthalate forms a seven-membered ring chelate complex. This bidentate complex efficiently depletes Mg from the glass surface, such that after reaction as much as 95% of the Mg may be removed. Surface depletion in Mg causes adsorbate density to fall after an initial attachment stage for the organic ligand. In addition, the infrared analysis shows that silica in the near surface polymerizes after Mg removal, presumably to maintain charge balance. X-ray reflectivity shows that the dissolution rate of forsteritic glass at pH 4 based on Mg removal in such flow-through experiments was equal to 4 × 10 -12 mol cm -2 s -1 (geometric surface area normalized). Reflectivity also shows how the surface mass density decreases during reaction from 2.64 g cm -3 to 2.2 g cm -3, consistent with preferential loss of Mg from the

  20. Ligand-controlled growth of ZnSe quantum dots in water during Ostwald ripening.

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    Jiang, Feng; Muscat, Anthony J

    2012-09-11

    A strong ligand effect was observed for the aqueous-phase growth of ZnSe quantum dots (QDs) in the Ostwald ripening (OR) stage. The QDs were made by injecting Se monomer at room temperature followed by a ramp to 100 °C. The ramp produced a second, more gradual increase in the concentrations of both Zn and Se monomers fed by the dissolution of QDs below the critical size. The dissolution process was followed using measurements of the mass of Zn in QDs and in the supernatant by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Despite the flux of monomers, there was little growth in the QDs of average size based on UV-vis absorption spectra, until the temperature reached 100 °C, when there was a period of rapid growth followed by a period of linear growth. The linear growth stage is the result of OR as the total mass of Zn in QDs and in the solvent remained constant. The growth data were fit to a continuum model for the limiting case of surface reaction control. The rate is proportional to the equilibrium coefficient for ligand detachment from the QD surface. The ligand 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) was the most tightly bound to the surface and produced the lowest growth rate of (1.5-2) × 10(-3) nm/min in the OR stage, whereas thiolactic acid (TLA) was the most labile and produced the highest growth rate of 3 × 10(-3) nm/min. Methyl thioglycolate (MTG) and thioglycolic acid (TGA) produced rates in between these values. Ligands containing electron-withdrawing groups closer to the S atom and branching promote growth, whereas longer, possibly bidendate, ligands retard it. Mixed ligand experiments confirmed that growth is determined by ligand bonding strength to the QD. Photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that the more labile the ligand, the more facile the repair of surface defects during the exposure of the QDs to room light.

  1. Dissolution rate of limestone for wet flue gas desulfurization in the presence of sulfite.

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    Xiang, Gao; Rui-tang, Guo; Hong-lei, Ding; Zhong-yang, Luo; Ke-fa, Cen

    2009-09-15

    Limestone dissolution rate was measured by a pH-stat method with CO(2) sparging and dissolved sulfite. The dissolution rate of limestone under these conditions was found to be controlled by mass transfer and surface kinetics. As can be seen from the results, in the presence of sulfite, limestone dissolution rate increases with increasing stirring speed, reaction temperature and CO(2) partial pressure. The crystallinity of limestone has a great impact on the dissolution rate: The lower the value of the crystallinity of limestone is, the higher the dissolution rate is. The presence of sulfite promotes the dissolution rate when pH value is below 5.5 but inhibits it when pH value is above 5.5.

  2. Chlorhexidine gel associated with papain in pulp tissue dissolution

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    Couto De Oliveira, Gabriel; Ferraz, Caio Souza; Andrade Júnior, Carlos Vieira

    2013-01-01

    Objectives This study aimed to evaluate the capacity of 2% chlorhexidine gel associated with 8% papain gel in comparison with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite in bovine pulp tissue dissolution. Materials and Methods Ninety bovine pulps of standardized sizes were used and fragmented into 5-mm sizes. The fragments were removed from the root middle third region. They were divided into 6 experimental groups (n = 15), 1) 8% papain; 2) 2% chlorhexidine; 3) 2% chlorhexidine associated with 8% papain; 4) 0.9% saline solution; 5) 2.5% sodium hypochlorite; and 6) 5.25% sodium hypochlorite. The pulp fragments were weighed and put into immobile test tubes for dissolution for time intervals of 30, 60, 90, and 120 min. Results The 5.25% sodium hypochlorite had greater dissolution potential than the pure papain, and when associated with chlorhexidine, both promoted greater dissolution than did the saline solution and 2% chlorhexidine groups (p < 0.05). The 2.5% sodium hypochlorite promoted dissolution to a lesser extent than the groups with papain within a period of 30 min (p < 0.05), but, was comparable to the saline solution and chlorhexidine. After 120 min, the 2.5% and 5.25% sodium hypochlorite promoted dissolution of 100% of the pulp fragments, and papain, 61%, while chlorhexidine associated with papain and chlorhexidine alone dissolved only 55% and 3%, respectively. Conclusions The 8% papain in gel, both alone and in association with chlorhexidine, was able to dissolve bovine pulp tissue, but to a lesser extent than did 5.25% sodium hypochlorite. PMID:24303355

  3. Influence of Bacillus subtilis cell walls and EDTA on calcite dissolution rates and crystal surface features.

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    Friis, A K; Davis, T A; Figueira, M M; Paquette, J; Mucci, A

    2003-06-01

    This study investigates the influence of EDTA and the Gram-positive cell walls of Bacillus subtilis on the dissolution rates and development of morphological features on the calcite [1014] surface. The calcite dissolution rates are compared at equivalent saturation indicies (SI) and relative to its dissolution behavior in distilled water (DW). Results indicate that the presence of metabolically inactive B. subtilis does not affect the dissolution rates significantly. Apparent increases in dissolution rates in the presence of the dead bacterial cells can be accounted for by a decrease of the saturation state of the solution with respect to calcite resulting from bonding of dissolved Ca2+ by functional groups on the cell walls. In contrast, the addition of EDTA to the experimental solutions results in a distinct increase in dissolution rates relative to those measured in DW and the bacterial cell suspensions. These results are partly explained by the 6.5-8 orders of magnitude greater stability of the Ca-EDTA complex relative to the Ca-B. subtilis complexes as well as its free diffusion to and direct attack of the calcite surface. Atomic force microscopy images of the [1014] surface of calcite crystals exposed to our experimental solutions reveal the development of dissolution pits with different morphologies according to the nature and concentration of the ligand. Highly anisotropic dissolution pits develop in the early stages of the dissolution reaction at low B. subtilis concentrations (0.004 mM functional group sites) and in DW. In contrast, at high functional group concentrations (4.0 mM EDTA or equivalent B. subtilis functional group sites), dissolution pits are more isotropic. These results suggest that the mechanism of calcite dissolution is modified by the presence of high concentrations of organic ligands. Since all the pits that developed on the calcite surfaces display some degree of anisotropy and dissolution rates are strongly SI dependent, the rate

  4. Alginic Acid Accelerates Calcite Dissolution

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    Perry, T. D.; Duckworth, O. W.; McNamara, C. J.; Martin, S. T.; Mitchell, R.

    2003-12-01

    Accelerated carbonate weathering through biological activity affects both geochemical cycling and the local pH and alkalinity of terrestrial and marine waters. Microbes affect carbonate dissolution through metabolic activity, production of acidic or chelating exudates, and cation binding by cell walls. Dissolution occurs within microbial biofilms - communities of microorganisms attached to stone in an exopolymer matrix. We investigated the effect of alginic acid, a common biological polymer produced by bacteria and algae, on calcite dissolution using a paired atomic force microscopy/flow-through reactor apparatus. The alginic acid caused up to an order of magnitude increase in dissolution rate at 3 < pH < 12. Additionally, the polymer preferentially binds to the obtuse pit steps and increases step velocity. We propose that the polymer is actively chelating surficial cations reducing the activation energy and increasing dissolution rate. The role of biologically produced polymers in mineral weathering is important in the protection of cultural heritage materials and understanding of marine and terrestrial systems.

  5. Wound healing effects of noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) leaves: a mechanism involving its PDGF/A2A receptor ligand binding and promotion of wound closure.

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    Palu, Afa; Su, Chen; Zhou, Bing-Nan; West, Brett; Jensen, Jarakae

    2010-10-01

    Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiaceae) commonly known as noni, has been used in Polynesia by traditional healers for the treatment of cuts, bruises and wounds. Our objective was to investigate the wound-healing mechanisms of the noni leaf. The investigations of its wound-healing mechanisms were carried out using fresh noni leaf juice (NLJ), noni leaf ethanol extract (NLEE) and its methanol (MFEE) and hexane (HFEE) fractions on the PDGF and A(2A) receptors in vitro and topically in mice. Fresh noni leaf juice showed significant affinity to PDGF receptors, and displayed 166% binding inhibition of the ligand binding to its receptors, while at the same concentration, it only had 7% inhibition of the ligand binding to the A(2A) receptors. NLEE, HFEE and MFEE showed significant affinity to A(2A) receptors, concentration dependently, with IC(50) values of 34.1, 42.9 and 86.7 μg/mL, respectively. However, MFEE significantly increased wound closure and reduced the half closure time in mice with a CT(50) of 5.4 ± 0.2 days compared with control (p < 0.05). These results suggest that noni leaf significantly accelerated wound healing in mice via its ligand binding to the PDGF and A(2A) receptors as its probable mechanisms of wound-healing and also support its traditional usage for wound-healing in Polynesia.

  6. Enhanced ferrihydrite dissolution by a unicellular, planktonic cyanobacterium: a biological contribution to particulate iron bioavailability.

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    Kranzler, Chana; Kessler, Nivi; Keren, Nir; Shaked, Yeala

    2016-12-01

    Iron (Fe) bioavailability, as determined by its sources, sinks, solubility and speciation, places severe environmental constraints on microorganisms in aquatic environments. Cyanobacteria are a widespread group of aquatic, photosynthetic microorganisms with especially high iron requirements. While iron exists predominantly in particulate form, little is known about its bioavailability to cyanobacteria. Some cyanobacteria secrete iron solubilizing ligands called siderophores, yet many environmentally relevant strains do not have this ability. This work explores the bioavailability of amorphous synthetic Fe-oxides (ferrihydrite) to the non-siderophore producing, unicellular cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp PCC 6803. Iron uptake assays with (55) ferrihydrite established dissolution as a critical prerequisite for iron transport. Dissolution assays with the iron binding ligand, desferrioxamine B, demonstrated that Synechocystis 6803 enhances ferrihydrite dissolution, exerting siderophore-independent biological influence on ferrihydrite bioavailability. Dissolution mechanisms were studied using a range of experimental conditions; both cell-particle physical proximity and cellular electron flow were shown to be important determinants of bio-dissolution by Synechocystis 6803. Finally, the effects of ferrihydrite stability on bio-dissolution rates and cell physiology were measured, integrating biological and chemical aspects of ferrihydrite bioavailability. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that Synechocystis 6803 actively dissolves ferrihydrite, highlighting a significant biological component to mineral phase iron bioavailability in aquatic environments.

  7. Dissolution mechanisms of goethite in the presence of siderophores and organic acids

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    Reichard, P. U.; Kretzschmar, R.; Kraemer, S. M.

    2007-12-01

    In dynamic natural systems such as soils and surface waters, transient biogeochemical processes can induce strong chemical non-steady-state conditions. In this paper, we investigate the effects of non-steady-state conditions on ligand-controlled iron oxide dissolution. The rates of goethite dissolution at pH 6 in the presence of low molecular weight organic acids (oxalate, citrate or malonate) were observed. Non-steady-state conditions were induced by rapid additions of fungal, bacterial or plant siderophores. In the presence of the low molecular weight organic acids, dissolved iron concentrations are below detection limit as predicted by equilibrium solubility calculations. The rapid addition of the siderophores triggered reproducible, fast dissolution of kinetically labile iron from the iron oxide surface. The same effect was observed upon rapid additions of high citrate concentrations to goethite-oxalate suspensions. The concentration of the labile iron pool at the mineral surface was a function of the surface concentration of the low molecular weight organic acids and of the reaction time before addition of the siderophores. Isotopic exchange with 59Fe independently confirmed the existence of the labile iron pool before addition of the siderophore. A dissolution mechanism was elucidated that is consistent with these observations and with accepted models of ligand-controlled dissolution. We conclude that the fast dissolution reaction observed here is an important process in biological iron acquisition and that it is based on a general geochemical mechanism.

  8. Nanotechnology versus other techniques in improving drug dissolution.

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    Kwok, Philip Chi Lip; Chan, Hak-Kim

    2014-01-01

    Many newly discovered drug molecules have low aqueous solubility, which results in low bioavailability. One way to improve their dissolution is to formulate them as nanoparticles, which have high specific surface areas, consequently increasing the dissolution rate and solubility. Nanoparticles can be produced via top-down or bottom-up methods. Top-down techniques such as wet milling and high pressure homogenisation involve reducing large particles to nano-sizes. Some pharmaceutical products made by these processes have been marketed. Bottom-up methods such as precipitation and controlled droplet evaporation form nanoparticles from molecules in solution. To minimise aggregation upon drying and promote redispersion of the nanoparticles upon reconstitution or administration, hydrophilic matrix formers are added to the formulation. However, the nanoparticles will eventually agglomerate together after dispersing in the liquid and hinders dissolution. Currently there is no pharmacopoeial method specified for nanoparticles. Amongst the current dissolution apparatus available for powders, the flow-through cell has been shown to be the most suitable. Regulatory and pharmacopoeial standards should be established in the future to standardise the dissolution testing of nanoparticles. More nanoparticle formulations of new hydrophobic drugs are expected to be developed in the future with the advancement of nanotechnology. However, the agglomeration problem is inherent and difficult to overcome. Thus the benefit of dissolution enhancement often cannot be fully realised. On the other hand, chemical strategies such as modifying the parent drug molecule to form a more soluble salt form, prodrug, or cyclodextrin complexation are well established and have been shown to be effective in enhancing dissolution. Thus the value of nanoformulations needs to be interpreted in the light of their limitations. Chemical approaches should also be considered in new product development.

  9. Selective dissolution in binary alloys

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    McCall, Carol Rene

    Corrosion is an important issue in the design of engineering alloys. De-alloying is an aspect of alloy corrosion related to the selective dissolution of one or more of the components in an alloy. The work reported herein focuses on the topic of de-alloying specific to single-phase binary noble metal alloy systems. The alloy systems investigated were gold-silver and gold-copper. The onset of a bulk selective dissolution process is typically marked by a critical potential whereby the more reactive component in the alloy begins dissolving from the bulk, leading to the formation of a bi-continuous solid-void morphology. The critical potential was investigated for the entire composition range of gold-silver alloys. The results presented herein include the formulation of an expression for critical potential as a function of both alloy and electrolyte composition. Results of the first investigation of underpotential deposition (UPD) on alloys are also presented herein. These results were implemented as an analytical tool to provide quantitative measurements of the surface evolution of gold during de-alloying. The region below the critical potential was investigated in terms of the compositional evolution of the alloy surface. Below the critical potential, there is a competition between the dissolution of the more reactive alloying constituent (either silver or copper) and surface diffusion of gold that serves to cover dissolution sites and prevent bulk dissolution. By holding the potential at a prescribed value below the critical potential, a time-dependent gold enrichment occurs on the alloy surface leading to passivation. A theoretical model was developed to predict the surface enrichment of gold based on the assumption of layer-by-layer dissolution of the more reactive alloy constituent. The UPD measurements were used to measure the time-dependent surface gold concentration and the results agreed with the predictions of the theoretical model.

  10. Communication between catalytic and regulatory subunits in Ni(II)- and Co(II)-aspartate transcarbamoylase. Ligand-promoted structural alterations at the intersubunit bonding domains.

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    Johnson, R S; Schachman, H K

    1983-03-25

    The cooperativity with respect to substrates exhibited by allosteric enzymes as well as their inhibition and activation by effectors is mediated through the propagation of conformational changes from the site of ligand binding on one polypeptide chain to other, unliganded chains. This "communication" between subunits in the enzyme is achieved in part by changes at the intersubunit bonding domains as the oligomeric enzymes are converted from the low affinity state to a conformation of high affinity. Structural alterations at the bonding domains between the catalytic and regulatory subunits of aspartate transcarbamoylase from Escherichia coli were detected in derivatives containing either nickel or cobalt in place of the endogenous zinc ion bound to each of the six regulatory chains. These metal-substituted derivatives exhibited physical-chemical and allosteric properties identical to those of the native enzyme. Spectral analyses indicated that both nickel and cobalt are bound to the enzyme in a distorted tetrahedral environment. With the nickel ions serving as spectral probes for structural alterations at the intersubunit bonding domains, it was observed that the substrate, carbamoyl phosphate, and the bisubstrate ligand, N-(phosphonacetyl)-L-aspartate caused different changes. The substrate analog, succinate, alone had no effect. However, the combination of both carbamoyl phosphate and succinate produced the same spectral change as that caused by the bisubstrate analog. Circular dichroism measurements on the nickel derivative showed that the perturbation at 360 nm was directly proportional to the extent of occupancy of the six active sites by the bisubstrate ligand. In contrast, the changes at 406 and 460 nm coincided with the gross conformational change measured by the decrease in the sedimentation coefficient of the enzyme. These latter changes in the circular dichroism and the alterations in the absorption spectrum were complete even though about one-third of

  11. Bench Scale Saltcake Dissolution Test Report

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    BECHTOLD, D.B.; PACQUET, E.A.

    2000-12-06

    A potential scenario for retrieving saltcake from single shell tanks is the ''Rainbird{reg_sign} sprinkler'' method. Water is distributed evenly across the surface of the saltcake and allowed to percolate by gravity through the waste. The salt dissolves in the water, forming a saturated solution. The saturated liquid is removed by a saltwell pump situated near the bottom of the tank. By this method, there is never a large inventory of liquid in the tank that could pose a threat of leakage. There are many variables or factors that can influence the hydrodynamics of this retrieval process. They include saltcake porosity; saltwell pumping rate; salt dissolution chemistry; factors that could promote flow channeling (e.g. tank walls, dry wells, inclusions or discontinuities in the saltcake); method of water distribution; plug formation due to crystal formations or accumulation of insoluble solids. A brief literature search indicates that very little experimental data exist on these aspects of saltcake dissolution (Wiersma 1996, 1997). The tests reported here were planned (Herting, 2000) to provide preliminary data and information for planning future, scaled-up tests of the sprinkler method.

  12. Dissolution of kaolinite induced by citric, oxalic, and malic acids.

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    Wang, Xingxiang; Li, Qingman; Hu, Huafeng; Zhang, Taolin; Zhou, Yiyong

    2005-10-15

    Kaolinite is a dominant clay mineral in the soils in tropical and subtropical regions, and its dissolution has an influence on a variety of soil properties. In this work, kaolinite dissolution induced by three kinds of low-molecular-weight organic acid, i.e., citric, oxalic, and malic acids, was evaluated under far-from-equilibrium conditions. The rates of kaolinite dissolution depended on the kind and concentration of organic acids, with the sequence R(oxalate)>R(citrate)>R(malate). Chemical calculation showed the change in concentration of organic ligand relative to change in concentration of organic acid in suspensions of kaolinite and organic acid. The effect of organic acid on kaolinite dissolution was modeled by species of organic anionic ligand. For oxalic acid, L(2-)(oxalic) and HL(-)(oxalic) jointly enhanced the dissolution of kaolinite, but for malic and citric acids, HL(-)(malic) and H2L-(citric) made a higher contribution to the total dissolution rate of kaolinite than L(2-)(malic) and L(3-)(citric), respectively. For oxalic acid, the proposed model was R(Si)=1.89x10(-12)x[(25x)/(1+25x)]+1.93x10(-12)x[(1990x1)/(1+1990x1)] (R2=0.9763), where x and x1 denote the concentrations of HL(oxalic) and L(oxalic), respectively, and x1=10(-3.81)xx/[H+]. For malic acid, the model was R(Si)=4.79x10(-12)x[(328x)/(1+328x)]+1.67x10(-13)x[(1149x1)/(1+1149x1)] (R2=0.9452), where x and x1 denote the concentrations of HL(malic) and L(malic), respectively, and x1=10(-5.11)xx/[H+], and for citric acid, the model was R(Si)=4.73x10(-12)x[(845x)/(1+845x)]+4.68x10(-12)x[(2855x1)/(1+2855x1)] (R2=0.9682), where x and x1 denote the concentrations of H2L(citric) and L(citric), respectively, and [Formula: see text] .

  13. FAM19A4 is a novel cytokine ligand of formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1) and is able to promote the migration and phagocytosis of macrophages

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    Wang, Wenyan; Li, Ting; Wang, Xiaolin; Yuan, Wanxiong; Cheng, Yingying; Zhang, Heyu; Xu, Enquan; Zhang, Yingmei; Shi, Shuang; Ma, Dalong; Han, Wenling

    2015-01-01

    FAM19A4 is an abbreviation for family with sequence similarity 19 (chemokine (C–C motif)-like) member A4, which is a secretory protein expressed in low levels in normal tissues. The biological functions of FAM19A4 remain to be determined, and its potential receptor(s) is unclarified. In this study, we demonstrated that FAM19A4 was a classical secretory protein and we verified for the first time that its mature protein is composed of 95 amino acids. We found that the expression of this novel cytokine was upregulated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated monocytes and macrophages and was typically in polarized M1. FAM19A4 shows chemotactic activities on macrophages and enhances the macrophage phagocytosis of zymosan both in vitro and in vivo with noticeable increases of the phosphorylation of protein kinase B (Akt). FAM19A4 can also increase the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon zymosan stimulation. Furthermore, based on receptor internalization, radio ligand binding assays and receptor blockage, we demonstrated for the first time that FAM19A4 is a novel ligand of formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1). The above data indicate that upon inflammatory stimulation, monocyte/macrophage-derived FAM19A4 may play a crucial role in the migration and activation of macrophages during pathogenic infections. PMID:25109685

  14. Quercetin protects necrotic insult and promotes apoptosis by attenuating the expression of RAGE and its ligand HMGB1 in human breast adenocarcinoma cells.

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    Dhumale, Suhashini S; Waghela, Bhargav N; Pathak, Chandramani

    2015-05-01

    The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is a multiligand member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, which plays an important role in maintaining cellular homeostasis. It is normally expressed on immune cells, including macrophages, monocytes, dendritic cells and T cells to maintain homeostasis, but highly upregulated at sites of vascular pathology. Accumulating evidence suggest that the elevated expression of RAGE and its ligand HMGB-1 was found in various types of cancer. The accumulation of RAGE and its ligand high-mobility group box proteins-1 (HMGB1) activates complex signaling network for cell survival and evades apoptosis. Therefore, targeting the RAGE-mediated signaling could be the promising strategies for the therapeutic potential of cancer. This study was aimed to examine the biological potential of quercetin on the regulation of RAGE- and HMGB1-mediated activation of NF-κB and induction of apoptotic cell death in MCF-7 cells. Our findings demonstrate that quercetin inhibits the expression of RAGE and HMGB1 in MCF-7 cells. In addition, quercetin protects necrotic insult and augments apoptosis in MCF-7 cells. Taken together, these results suggest that quercetin plays an important role in modulating RAGE and HMGB1 signaling and induces apoptotic cell death in MCF-7 cells. © 2015 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  15. Formulations for iron oxides dissolution

    DOEpatents

    Horwitz, Earl P.; Chiarizia, Renato

    1992-01-01

    A mixture of a di- or polyphosphonic acid and a reductant wherein each is present in a sufficient amount to provide a synergistic effect with respect to the dissolution of metal oxides and optionally containing corrosion inhibitors and pH adjusting agents.

  16. Boehmite Actual Waste Dissolutions Studies

    SciTech Connect

    Snow, Lanee A.; Lumetta, Gregg J.; Fiskum, Sandra K.; Peterson, Reid A.

    2008-07-15

    The U.S. Department of Energy plans to vitrify approximately 60,000 metric tons of high-level waste (HLW) sludge from underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. To reduce the volume of HLW requiring treatment, a goal has been set to remove a significant quantity of the aluminum, which comprises nearly 70 percent of the sludge. Aluminum is found in the form of gibbsite, sodium aluminate and boehmite. Gibbsite and sodium aluminate can be easily dissolved by washing the waste stream with caustic. Boehmite, which comprises nearly half of the total aluminum, is more resistant to caustic dissolution and requires higher treatment temperatures and hydroxide concentrations. Samples were taken from four Hanford tanks and homogenized in order to give a sample that is representative of REDOX (Reduction Oxidation process for Pu recovery) sludge solids. Bench scale testing was performed on the homogenized waste to study the dissolution of boehmite. Dissolution was studied at three different hydroxide concentrations, with each concentration being run at three different temperatures. Samples were taken periodically over the 170 hour runs in order to determine leaching kinetics. Results of the dissolution studies and implications for the proposed processing of these wastes will be discussed.

  17. Brokenhearts: Dissolution of Romantic Relationships.

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    Meeker, F. B.; La Fong, Carl

    Results of an investigation examining the dissolution of romantic relationships are analyzed. Men and women (N=105) who had ended romantic relationships were surveyed in structured individual interviews. Commonalities and differences in respondents' perceptions of the experience were examined. Specific tests were made of a corollary to Waller's…

  18. Bacterially enhanced dissolution of meta-autunite

    SciTech Connect

    Smeaton, C.M.; Weisener, C.G.; Burns, P.C.; Fryer, B.J.; Fowle, D.A.

    2008-12-15

    The release of U from the mineral meta-autunite {l_brace}Ca[(UO{sub 2})(PO{sub 2})](H{sub 2}O){sub 6}{r_brace} was evaluated using spectroscopy, aqueous geochemistry, and electron microscopy in a minimal media with the dissimilatory metal-reducing bacterium Shewanella putrefaciens 200R. The onset of anaerobic conditions resulted in the rapid release of U and phosphate to solution followed by the reprecipitation of meta-autinite. Spectroscopy measurements (XANES) indicated that the U was not released via reduction during the bacterial incubations, but instead dissolution was promoted by uptake and immobilization of P by the bacterial cells. Our results suggest that U(VI) in 'refractory' P mineral phases may be mobilized from U mill tailings and/or U disposal sites and that the nutrient status (P) of the geologic setting may be a predictor for the lability of U in these environments.

  19. Glyconanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Ligand Presentation

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Xin

    2010-01-01

    Glyconanomaterials, nanomaterials carrying surface-tethered carbohydrate ligands, have emerged and demonstrated increasing potential in biomedical imaging, therapeutics, and diagnostics. These materials combine the unique properties of nanometer-scale objects with the ability to present multiple copies of carbohydrate ligands, greatly enhancing the weak affinity of individual ligands to their binding partners. Critical to the performance of glyconanomaterials is the proper display of carbohydrate ligands, taking into consideration of the coupling chemistry, the type and length of the spacer linkage, and the ligand density. This article provides an overview of the coupling chemistry for attaching carbohydrate ligands to nanomaterials, and discusses the need for thorough characterization of glyconanomaterials, especially quantitative analyses of the ligand density and binding affinities. Using glyconanoparticles synthesized by a versatile photocoupling chemistry, methods for determining the ligand density by colorimetry and the binding affinity with lectins by a fluorescence competition assay are determined. The results show that the multivalent presentation of carbohydrate ligands significantly enhances the binding affinity by several orders of magnitude in comparison to the free ligands in solution. The effect is sizeable even at low surface ligand density. The type and length of the spacer linkage also affect the binding affinity, with the longer linkage promoting the association of bound ligands with the corresponding lectins. PMID:20301131

  20. Glyconanomaterials: synthesis, characterization, and ligand presentation.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xin; Ramström, Olof; Yan, Mingdi

    2010-05-04

    Glyconanomaterials, nanomaterials carrying surface-tethered carbohydrate ligands, have emerged and demonstrated increasing potential in biomedical imaging, therapeutics, and diagnostics. These materials combine the unique properties of nanometer-scale objects with the ability to present multiple copies of carbohydrate ligands, greatly enhancing the weak affinity of individual ligands to their binding partners. Critical to the performance of glyconanomaterials is the proper display of carbohydrate ligands, taking into consideration of the coupling chemistry, the type and length of the spacer linkage, and the ligand density. This article provides an overview of the coupling chemistry for attaching carbohydrate ligands to nanomaterials, and discusses the need for thorough characterization of glyconanomaterials, especially quantitative analyses of the ligand density and binding affinities. Using glyconanoparticles synthesized by a versatile photocoupling chemistry, methods for determining the ligand density by colorimetry and the binding affinity with lectins by a fluorescence competition assay are determined. The results show that the multivalent presentation of carbohydrate ligands significantly enhances the binding affinity by several orders of magnitude in comparison to the free ligands in solution. The effect is sizeable even at low surface ligand density. The type and length of the spacer linkage also affect the binding affinity, with the longer linkage promoting the association of bound ligands with the corresponding lectins.

  1. Regular Organic Solar Cells with Efficiency over 10% and Promoted Stability by Ligand- and Thermal Annealing-Free Al-Doped ZnO Cathode Interlayer.

    PubMed

    Liu, Xiaohui; Wang, Hai-Qiao; Li, Yaru; Gui, Zhenzhen; Ming, Shuaiqiang; Usman, Khurram; Zhang, Wenjun; Fang, Junfeng

    2017-08-01

    Landmark power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 10% has been accomplished in the past year for single-junction organic solar cell (OSCs), suggesting a promising potential application of this technology. However, most of the high efficient OSCs are based on inverted configuration. Regular structure OSCs with both high efficiency and good stability are still rarely reported to date. In this work, by utilizing a new designed ligand-free and non-thermal-annealing-treated Al-doped ZnO cathode interlayer, high efficiency and greatly improved stability are simultaneously realized in regular OSCs. The highest PCE of 10.14% is accomplished for single-junction regular OSCs with active blend of poly [[2,6'-4,8-di(5-ethylhexylthienyl)benzo[1,2-b;3,3-b]dithiophene][3-fluoro-2[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl]thieno [3,4-b]thiophenediyl

  2. Dopamine polymerization promoted by a catecholase biomimetic Cu(II)(μ-OH)Cu(II) complex containing a triazine-based ligand.

    PubMed

    de Oliveira, José A F; da Silva, Marcos P; de Souza, Bernardo; Camargo, Tiago P; Szpoganicz, Bruno; Neves, Ademir; Bortoluzzi, Adailton J

    2016-10-04

    We describe herein the catecholase-like catalytic activity and dopamine polymerization by using a dinuclear [LCu(II)(μ-OH)2Cu(II)](ClO4)2 (1) complex where L is the dinucleating triazine-based ligand 6-chloro-N(2),N(2),N(4),N(4)-tetrakis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine. The kinetic parameters (kcat = 0.318 s(-1), KM = 1.6 × 10(-3) mol L(-1), and kcat/KM = 198.8 L s(-1) mol(-1)), mechanistic insights into the oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butyl catechol and early characterization of poly(dopamine) are presented.

  3. Palladium complexes with a tridentate PNO ligand. Synthesis of eta1-allyl complexes and cross-coupling reactions promoted by boron compounds.

    PubMed

    Crociani, Bruno; Antonaroli, Simonetta; Burattini, Marcello; Paoli, Paola; Rossi, Patrizia

    2010-04-21

    The iminophosphine 2-(2-Ph(2)P)C(6)H(4)N=CHC(6)H(4)OH (P-N-OH) reacts with [Pd(mu-Cl)(eta(3)-C(3)H(5))](2) yielding [PdCl(P-N-O)] and propene. In the presence of NEt(3), the reaction of P-N-OH with [Pd(mu-Cl)(eta(3)-1-R(1),3-R(2)C(3)H(3))](2) (R(1) = R(2) = H, Ph; R(1) = H, R(2) = Ph) affords the eta(1)-allyl derivatives [Pd(eta(1)-1-R(1),3-R(2)C(3)H(3))](P-N-O)] (R(1) = R(2) = H: 1; R(1) = H, R(2) = Ph: 2; R(1) = R(2) = Ph: 3). In solution, the complexes 1 and 3 undergo a slow dynamic process which interconverts the bonding site of the allyl ligand. The X-ray structural analysis of 1 indicates a square-planar coordination geometry around the palladium centre with a P,N,O,-tridentate ligand and a sigma bonded allyl group. The complexes [PdR(P-N-O)] (R = C(6)H(4)Me-4, C[triple bond]CPh) react slowly with p-bromoanisole in the presence of p-tolylboronic acid to give [PdBr(P-N-O)] and the coupling product RC(6)H(4)OMe-4. The latter reactions also proceed at a low rate under catalytic conditions. The coupling of allyl bromide with p-tolylboronic acid is catalyzed by [PdCl(P-N-O)]/K(2)CO(3) to give 4-allyltoluene.

  4. 12 CFR 239.16 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 239.16 Section 239.16... (CONTINUED) MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANIES (REGULATION MM) Mutual Holding Companies § 239.16 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A mutual holding company's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the...

  5. 12 CFR 239.16 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 239.16 Section 239.16... (CONTINUED) MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANIES (REGULATION MM) Mutual Holding Companies § 239.16 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A mutual holding company's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the...

  6. 12 CFR 239.16 - Voluntary dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Voluntary dissolution. 239.16 Section 239.16... (CONTINUED) MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANIES (REGULATION MM) Mutual Holding Companies § 239.16 Voluntary dissolution. (a) A mutual holding company's board of directors may propose a plan for dissolution of the...

  7. 5 CFR 2634.410 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 3 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Dissolution. 2634.410 Section 2634.410..., QUALIFIED TRUSTS, AND CERTIFICATES OF DIVESTITURE Qualified Trusts § 2634.410 Dissolution. Within thirty days of dissolution of a qualified trust, the interested party shall file a report of the...

  8. 5 CFR 2634.410 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 3 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Dissolution. 2634.410 Section 2634.410..., QUALIFIED TRUSTS, AND CERTIFICATES OF DIVESTITURE Qualified Trusts § 2634.410 Dissolution. Within thirty days of dissolution of a qualified trust, the interested party shall file a report of the...

  9. NKG2D ligands as therapeutic targets

    PubMed Central

    Spear, Paul; Wu, Ming-Ru; Sentman, Marie-Louise; Sentman, Charles L.

    2013-01-01

    The Natural Killer Group 2D (NKG2D) receptor plays an important role in protecting the host from infections and cancer. By recognizing ligands induced on infected or tumor cells, NKG2D modulates lymphocyte activation and promotes immunity to eliminate ligand-expressing cells. Because these ligands are not widely expressed on healthy adult tissue, NKG2D ligands may present a useful target for immunotherapeutic approaches in cancer. Novel therapies targeting NKG2D ligands for the treatment of cancer have shown preclinical success and are poised to enter into clinical trials. In this review, the NKG2D receptor and its ligands are discussed in the context of cancer, infection, and autoimmunity. In addition, therapies targeting NKG2D ligands in cancer are also reviewed. PMID:23833565

  10. A novel phase variation mechanism in the meningococcus driven by a ligand-responsive repressor and differential spacing of distal promoter elements.

    PubMed

    Metruccio, Matteo M E; Pigozzi, Eva; Roncarati, Davide; Berlanda Scorza, Francesco; Norais, Nathalie; Hill, Stuart A; Scarlato, Vincenzo; Delany, Isabel

    2009-12-01

    Phase variable expression, mediated by high frequency reversible changes in the length of simple sequence repeats, facilitates adaptation of bacterial populations to changing environments and is frequently important in bacterial virulence. Here we elucidate a novel phase variable mechanism for NadA, an adhesin and invasin of Neisseria meningitidis. The NadR repressor protein binds to operators flanking the phase variable tract and contributes to the differential expression levels of phase variant promoters with different numbers of repeats likely due to different spacing between operators. We show that IHF binds between these operators, and may permit looping of the promoter, allowing interaction of NadR at operators located distally or overlapping the promoter. The 4-hydroxyphenylacetic acid, a metabolite of aromatic amino acid catabolism that is secreted in saliva, induces NadA expression by inhibiting the DNA binding activity of the repressor. When induced, only minor differences are evident between NadR-independent transcription levels of promoter phase variants and are likely due to differential RNA polymerase contacts leading to altered promoter activity. Our results suggest that NadA expression is under both stochastic and tight environmental-sensing regulatory control, both mediated by the NadR repressor, and may be induced during colonization of the oropharynx where it plays a major role in the successful adhesion and invasion of the mucosa. Hence, simple sequence repeats in promoter regions may be a strategy used by host-adapted bacterial pathogens to randomly switch between expression states that may nonetheless still be induced by appropriate niche-specific signals.

  11. Modeling dissolution in aluminum alloys

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    Durbin, Tracie Lee

    2005-07-01

    Aluminum and its alloys are used in many aspects of modern life, from soda cans and household foil to the automobiles and aircraft in which we travel. Aluminum alloy systems are characterized by good workability that enables these alloys to be economically rolled, extruded, or forged into useful shapes. Mechanical properties such as strength are altered significantly with cold working, annealing, precipitation-hardening, and/or heat-treatments. Heat-treatable aluminum alloys contain one or more soluble constituents such as copper, lithium, magnesium, silicon and zinc that individually, or with other elements, can form phases that strengthen the alloy. Microstructure development is highly dependent on all of the processing steps the alloy experiences. Ultimately, the macroscopic properties of the alloy depend strongly on the microstructure. Therefore, a quantitative understanding of the microstructural changes that occur during thermal and mechanical processing is fundamental to predicting alloy properties. In particular, the microstructure becomes more homogeneous and secondary phases are dissolved during thermal treatments. Robust physical models for the kinetics of particle dissolution are necessary to predict the most efficient thermal treatment. A general dissolution model for multi-component alloys has been developed using the front-tracking method to study the dissolution of precipitates in an aluminum alloy matrix. This technique is applicable to any alloy system, provided thermodynamic and diffusion data are available. Treatment of the precipitate interface is explored using two techniques: the immersed-boundary method and a new technique, termed here the "sharp-interface" method. The sharp-interface technique is based on a variation of the ghost fluid method and eliminates the need for corrective source terms in the characteristic equations. In addition, the sharp-interface method is shown to predict the dissolution behavior of precipitates in aluminum

  12. A Role for Antibiotics in Mineral Dissolution and Biofilm Physiology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Newman, D. K.

    2002-12-01

    Respiration by bacteria is remarkable due to their ability to use a variety of compounds, including insoluble minerals, as terminal electron acceptors. How bacteria solve the problem of breathing something that is solid is poorly understood, but recent evidence points to the role of redox active natural products in shuttling electrons between microbes and minerals. Given the ubiquity of these substances in natural waters and soils, we must now revisit previous conclusions about whether direct contact between microbes and minerals is necessary to promote reductive mineral dissolution. To explore the degree to which extracellular electron transfer catalyzes important biogeochemical processes, we are studying the types of molecules that function as electron shuttles, including redox active antibiotics. I will discuss my laboratory's current understanding of how interspecies exchange of these molecules promotes mineral dissolution, as well as our emerging hypotheses regarding their function in biofilms.

  13. Dissolution Kinetics of Alumina Calcine

    SciTech Connect

    Batcheller, Thomas Aquinas

    2001-09-01

    Dissolution kinetics of alumina type non-radioactive calcine was investigated as part of ongoing research that addresses permanent disposal of Idaho High Level Waste (HLW). Calcine waste was produced from the processing of nuclear fuel at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Acidic radioactive raffinates were solidified at ~500°C in a fluidized bed reactor to form the dry granular calcine material. Several Waste Management alternatives for the calcine are presented in the Idaho High Level Waste Draft EIS. The Separations Alternative addresses the processing of the calcine so that the HLW is ready for removal to a national geological repository by the year 2035. Calcine dissolution is the key front-end unit operation for the separations alternative.

  14. Mass exchange during simultaneous grinding and dissolution

    SciTech Connect

    Aksel'rud, G.A.; Semenishin, E.M.; Kopyt, S.Ya.; Trotskii, V.I.

    1988-03-20

    Extraction of ore components of interest has a number of disadvantages, one of which being low efficiency. Combining the grinding and dissolution steps in one apparatus makes the process more efficient. Adoption of this technology, however, requires theoretical and mathematical studies. This paper reports the kinetics of simultaneous grinding and dissolution of copper-containing minerals. Simultaneous grinding and dissolution accelerated several fold the mass transfer of components of interest in the interaction of malachite and azurite with sulfuric acid solutions. The complete dissolution time was determined by adding the experimental rates of dissolution and abrasion.

  15. Dissolution of HFIR control plates

    SciTech Connect

    Posey, J.C.

    1984-03-01

    A process was developed for the dissolution of High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) control plates. These plates consist of aluminum metal, intensely radioactive europium oxide, and a small amount of tantalum metal. The radioactive solution will be diluted, mixed with grout, and disposed of by shale fracture. The plates are dissolved in nitric acid using a mercury catalyst. Conditions were determined that would produce a reaction rate compatible with existing equipment. 3 references, 1 figure, 3 tables.

  16. After adoption: dissolution or permanence?

    PubMed

    Festinger, Trudy

    2002-01-01

    Results are presented on the whereabouts of 516 adopted children, based on a random sample of children adopted from placement in New York City in 1996. Data from interviews with adoptive parents were augmented by information from adoption subsidy records and state child tracking files, as well as interviews with caregivers of children whose adoptive parents were deceased. There were few dissolutions, but postadoption service needs were many.

  17. Accelerated dissolution testing for improved quality assurance.

    PubMed

    Quist, Per Ola; Ostling, Göran

    2002-06-15

    In pharmaceutical production of controlled release tablets and capsules, a rapid and automated at-line dissolution test for quality assurance of semi-products is advantageous. For effective control of the production, the analysis should not take more than about an hour, without loss of correlation to the ordinary (USP) dissolution test of the final product. For almost a decade, the ACDRA apparatus (ACcelerated Dissolution Rate Analysis) have been used for this purpose at AstraZeneca Tablet Production Sweden (TPS). In this paper, we give examples on different ways to accelerate the dissolution process. We use the USP dissolution calibrator tablets of salicylic acid (non-disintegrating type) to illustrate the strategy. We investigate the accelerated dissolution of the dissolution calibrator tablets, and show how it can be correlated with the dissolution in the ordinary USP-II equipment. The dissolution process was accelerated by variation of temperature, solvent and stirring. For example, we show that by increasing the temperature to 70 degrees C, changing the solvent to water, and increasing the stirring, it is possible to accelerate the dissolution by a factor of 5, without any loss of correlation to the dissolution process in the ordinary test.

  18. Sema4D, the ligand for Plexin B1, suppresses c-Met activation and migration and promotes melanocyte survival and growth

    PubMed Central

    Soong, Joanne; Chen, Yulin; Shustef, Elina; Scott, Glynis

    2011-01-01

    Semaphorins are secreted and membrane bound proteins involved in neural pathfinding, organogenesis, and tumor progression, through Plexin and neuropilins receptors. We recently reported that Plexin B1, the Semaphorin 4D receptor, is a tumor suppressor protein for melanoma, in part, through inhibition of the oncogenic c-Met tyrosine kinase receptor. In this report we show that Sema4D is a protective paracrine factor for normal human melanocyte survival in response to ultraviolet irradiation, that it stimulates proliferation, and regulates the activity of the c-Met receptor. c-Met receptor signaling stimulates melanocyte migration, in part through down-regulation of the cell adhesion molecule E-cadherin. Sema4D suppressed activation of c-Met in response to its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and partially blocked the suppressive effects of HGF on E-cadherin expression in melanocytes and HGF-dependent migration. These data demonstrate a role for Plexin B1 in maintenance of melanocyte survival and proliferation in the skin, and suggest that Semaphorin 4D and Plexin B1 act cooperatively with HGF and c-Met to regulate c-Met dependent effects in human melanocytes. Because our data show that Plexin B1 is profoundly down-regulated by UVB in melanocytes, loss of Plexin B1 may accentuate HGF dependent effects on melanocytes, including melanocyte migration. PMID:22189792

  19. The TLR9 ligand CpG promotes the acquisition of Plasmodium falciparum-specific memory B cells in malaria-naïve individuals

    PubMed Central

    Crompton, Peter D.; Mircetic, Marko; Weiss, Greta; Baughman, Amy; Huang, Chiung-Yu; Topham, David J.; Treanor, John J.; Sanz, Iñaki; Lee, F. Eun-Hyung; Durbin, Anna P.; Miura, Kazutoyo; Narum, David L.; Ellis, Ruth D.; Malkin, Elissa; Mullen, Gregory E.D.; Miller, Louis H.; Martin, Laura B.; Pierce, Susan K.

    2009-01-01

    Despite the central role of memory B cells (MBC) in protective immune responses, little is understood about how they are acquired in naïve individuals in response to antigen exposure, and how this process is influenced by concurrent activation of the innate immune system’s Toll-like receptors (TLR). In this longitudinal study of malaria-naïve individuals, we examined the MBC response to two candidate malaria vaccines administered with or without CpG, a TLR9 ligand. We show that the acquisition of MBC is a dynamic process in which the vaccine-specific MBC pool rapidly expands and then contracts, and that CpG enhances the kinetics, magnitude, and longevity of this response. We observed that the percentage of vaccine-specific MBC present at the time of re-immunization predicts vaccine-specific Ab levels 14 days later; and that at steady state, there is a positive correlation between vaccine-specific MBC and Ab levels. An examination of the total circulating MBC and plasma cell (PC) pools also suggests that MBC differentiate into PC through polyclonal activation, independent of antigen specificity. These results provide important insights into the human MBC response which can inform the development of vaccines against malaria and other pathogens that disrupt immunological memory. PMID:19234231

  20. Sema4D, the ligand for Plexin B1, suppresses c-Met activation and migration and promotes melanocyte survival and growth.

    PubMed

    Soong, Joanne; Chen, Yulin; Shustef, Elina M; Scott, Glynis A

    2012-04-01

    Semaphorins are secreted and membrane-bound proteins involved in neural pathfinding, organogenesis, and tumor progression, through Plexin and neuropilin receptors. We recently reported that Plexin B1, the Semaphorin 4D (Sema4D) receptor, is a tumor-suppressor protein for melanoma, which functions, in part, through inhibition of the oncogenic c-Met tyrosine kinase receptor. In this report, we show that Sema4D is a protective paracrine factor for normal human melanocyte survival in response to UV irradiation, and that it stimulates proliferation and regulates the activity of the c-Met receptor. c-Met receptor signaling stimulates melanocyte migration, partly through downregulation of the cell adhesion molecule E-cadherin. Sema4D suppressed activation of c-Met in response to its ligand, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and partially blocked the suppressive effects of HGF on E-cadherin expression in melanocytes and HGF-dependent migration. These data demonstrate a role for Plexin B1 in maintenance of melanocyte survival and proliferation in the skin, and suggest that Sema4D and Plexin B1 act cooperatively with HGF and c-Met to regulate c-Met-dependent effects in human melanocytes. Because our data show that Plexin B1 is profoundly downregulated by UVB in melanocytes, loss of Plexin B1 may accentuate HGF-dependent effects on melanocytes, including melanocyte migration.

  1. Alkylthiol-enabled Se powder dissolution in oleylamine at room temperature for the phosphine-free synthesis of copper-based quaternary selenide nanocrystals.

    PubMed

    Liu, Yi; Yao, Dong; Shen, Liang; Zhang, Hao; Zhang, Xindong; Yang, Bai

    2012-05-02

    Enhancement of Se solubility in organic solvents without the use of alkylphosphine ligands is the key for phosphine-free synthesis of selenide semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs). In this communication, we demonstrate the dissolution of elemental Se in oleylamine by alkylthiol reduction at room temperature, which generates soluble alkylammonium selenide. This Se precursor is highly reactive for hot-injection synthesis of selenide semiconductor NCs, such as Cu(2)ZnSnSe(4), Cu(InGa)Se(2), and CdSe. In the case of Cu(2)ZnSnSe(4), for example, the as-synthesized NCs possessed small size, high size monodispersity, strong absorbance in the visible region, and in particular a promising increase in photocurrent under AM1.5 illumination. The current preparation of the Se precursor is simple and convenient, which will promote the synthesis and practical applications of selenide NCs.

  2. Glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor family-related ligand triggering upregulates vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and promotes leukocyte adhesion.

    PubMed

    Lacal, Pedro Miguel; Petrillo, Maria Grazia; Ruffini, Federica; Muzi, Alessia; Bianchini, Rodolfo; Ronchetti, Simona; Migliorati, Graziella; Riccardi, Carlo; Graziani, Grazia; Nocentini, Giuseppe

    2013-10-01

    The interaction of glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-family related (GITR) protein with its ligand (GITRL) modulates different functions, including immune/inflammatory response. These effects are consequent to intracellular signals activated by both GITR and GITRL. Previous results have suggested that lack of GITR expression in GITR(-/-) mice decreases the number of leukocytes within inflamed tissues. We performed experiments to analyze whether the GITRL/GITR system modulates leukocyte adhesion and extravasation. For that purpose, we first evaluated the capability of murine splenocytes to adhere to endothelial cells (EC). Our results indicated that adhesion of GITR(-/-) splenocytes to EC was reduced as compared with wild-type cells, suggesting that GITR plays a role in adhesion and that this effect may be due to GITRL-GITR interaction. Moreover, adhesion was increased when EC were pretreated with an agonist GITR-Fc fusion protein, thus indicating that triggering of GITRL plays a role in adhesion by EC regulation. In a human in vitro model, the adhesion to human EC of HL-60 cells differentiated toward the monocytic lineage was increased by EC pretreatment with agonist GITR-Fc. Conversely, antagonistic anti-GITR and anti-GITRL Ab decreased adhesion, thus further indicating that GITRL triggering increases the EC capability to support leukocyte adhesion. EC treatment with GITR-Fc favored extravasation, as demonstrated by a transmigration assay. Notably, GITRL triggering increased intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) expression and anti-ICAM-1 and anti-VCAM-1 Abs reversed GITR-Fc effects. Our study demonstrates that GITRL triggering in EC increases leukocyte adhesion and transmigration, suggesting new anti-inflammatory therapeutic approaches based on inhibition of GITRL-GITR interaction.

  3. The Ox40/Ox40 Ligand Pathway Promotes Pathogenic Th Cell Responses, Plasmablast Accumulation, and Lupus Nephritis in NZB/W F1 Mice

    PubMed Central

    Suto, Eric; Wuster, Arthur; Eastham-Anderson, Jeffrey; Kim, Jeong M.; Lee, Wyne P.; Behrens, Timothy W.

    2017-01-01

    Ox40 ligand (Ox40L) locus genetic variants are associated with the risk for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); however, it is unclear how Ox40L contributes to SLE pathogenesis. In this study, we evaluated the contribution of Ox40L and its cognate receptor, Ox40, using in vivo agonist and antagonist approaches in the NZB × NZW (NZB/W) F1 mouse model of SLE. Ox40 was highly expressed on several CD4 Th cell subsets in the spleen and kidney of diseased mice, and expression correlated with disease severity. Treatment of aged NZB/W F1 mice with agonist anti-Ox40 mAbs potently exacerbated renal disease, which was accompanied by activation of kidney-infiltrating T cells and cytokine production. The agonist mAbs also induced activation and inflammatory gene expression in splenic CD4 T cells, including IFN-regulated genes, increased the number of follicular helper T cells and plasmablasts in the spleen, and led to elevated levels of serum IgM and enhanced renal glomerular IgM deposition. In a type I IFN–accelerated lupus model, treatment with an antagonist Ox40:Fc fusion protein significantly delayed the onset of severe proteinuria and improved survival. These data support the hypothesis that the Ox40/Ox40L pathway drives cellular and humoral autoimmune responses during lupus nephritis in NZB/W F1 mice and emphasize the potential clinical value of targeting this pathway in human lupus. PMID:28696253

  4. The Ox40/Ox40 Ligand Pathway Promotes Pathogenic Th Cell Responses, Plasmablast Accumulation, and Lupus Nephritis in NZB/W F1 Mice.

    PubMed

    Sitrin, Jonathan; Suto, Eric; Wuster, Arthur; Eastham-Anderson, Jeffrey; Kim, Jeong M; Austin, Cary D; Lee, Wyne P; Behrens, Timothy W

    2017-08-15

    Ox40 ligand (Ox40L) locus genetic variants are associated with the risk for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); however, it is unclear how Ox40L contributes to SLE pathogenesis. In this study, we evaluated the contribution of Ox40L and its cognate receptor, Ox40, using in vivo agonist and antagonist approaches in the NZB × NZW (NZB/W) F1 mouse model of SLE. Ox40 was highly expressed on several CD4 Th cell subsets in the spleen and kidney of diseased mice, and expression correlated with disease severity. Treatment of aged NZB/W F1 mice with agonist anti-Ox40 mAbs potently exacerbated renal disease, which was accompanied by activation of kidney-infiltrating T cells and cytokine production. The agonist mAbs also induced activation and inflammatory gene expression in splenic CD4 T cells, including IFN-regulated genes, increased the number of follicular helper T cells and plasmablasts in the spleen, and led to elevated levels of serum IgM and enhanced renal glomerular IgM deposition. In a type I IFN-accelerated lupus model, treatment with an antagonist Ox40:Fc fusion protein significantly delayed the onset of severe proteinuria and improved survival. These data support the hypothesis that the Ox40/Ox40L pathway drives cellular and humoral autoimmune responses during lupus nephritis in NZB/W F1 mice and emphasize the potential clinical value of targeting this pathway in human lupus. Copyright © 2017 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  5. Aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution and bioavailability of ...

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    Due to increasing use in flat screen applications, solar cells, ink–jet printing, and medical devices, cadmium-based quantum dots (QDs) are among the fastest growing classes of engineered nanomaterial. These wide-ranging consumer product applications and end of use disposal issues assure that QDs will eventually enter the marine environment. In an effort to understand the fate and transport of CdSe QDs in estuarine systems, the aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution, and bioavailability of CdSe QDs in seawater was investigated. The size of CdSe QDs increased from 40-60 nm to >1 mm within one hour once introduced to seawater, and the diffusion-limited aggregation led to highly polydispersed aggregates with loose structures. As a result, the sedimentation rate of CdSe QD aggregates in seawater was measured to be 4-10 mm/day, which was slow considering their relatively large size. Humic acid (HA), as a model natural organic matter, further increased the size and polydispersity of CdSe QDs, and slowed their sedimentation accordingly. Given the effect of light on CdSe QDs, natural sunlight and light filters were employed to simulate the photic conditions at different water depths in an estuarine system. It was observed that light played a vital role in promoting the dissolution of CdSe QDs and the release of dissolved Cd. The ZnS shell surrounding the CdSe core also significantly hindered the degradation of CdSe QDs into their ionic components. With sufficient

  6. Aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution and bioavailability of ...

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    Due to increasing use in flat screen applications, solar cells, ink–jet printing, and medical devices, cadmium-based quantum dots (QDs) are among the fastest growing classes of engineered nanomaterial. These wide-ranging consumer product applications and end of use disposal issues assure that QDs will eventually enter the marine environment. In an effort to understand the fate and transport of CdSe QDs in estuarine systems, the aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution, and bioavailability of CdSe QDs in seawater was investigated. The size of CdSe QDs increased from 40-60 nm to >1 mm within one hour once introduced to seawater, and the diffusion-limited aggregation led to highly polydispersed aggregates with loose structures. As a result, the sedimentation rate of CdSe QD aggregates in seawater was measured to be 4-10 mm/day, which was slow considering their relatively large size. Humic acid (HA), as a model natural organic matter, further increased the size and polydispersity of CdSe QDs, and slowed their sedimentation accordingly. Given the effect of light on CdSe QDs, natural sunlight and light filters were employed to simulate the photic conditions at different water depths in an estuarine system. It was observed that light played a vital role in promoting the dissolution of CdSe QDs and the release of dissolved Cd. The ZnS shell surrounding the CdSe core also significantly hindered the degradation of CdSe QDs into their ionic components. With sufficient

  7. Enhanced dissolution of cinnabar (mercuric sulfide) by dissolved organic matter isolated from the Florida Everglades

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    Ravichandran, M.; Ryan, J.N.; Aiken, G.R.; Reddy, M.M.

    1998-11-01

    Organic matter isolated from the Florida Everglades caused a dramatic increase in mercury release from cinnabar (HgS), a solid with limited solubility. Hydrophobic (a mixture of both humic and fulvic) acids dissolved more mercury than hydrophilic acids and other nonacid fractions of dissolved organic matter (DOM). Cinnabar dissolution by isolated organic matter and natural water samples was inhibited by cations such as Ca{sup 2+}. Dissolution was independent of oxygen content in experimental solutions. Dissolution experiments conducted in Dl water had no detectable dissolved mercury. The presence of various inorganic (chloride, sulfate, or sulfide) and organic ligands (salicylic acid, acetic acid, EDTA, or cysteine) did not enhance the dissolution of mercury from the mineral. Aromatic carbon content in the isolates correlated positively with enhanced cinnabar dissolution. {zeta}-potential measurements indicated sorption of negatively charged organic matter to the negatively charged cinnabar at pH 6.0. Possible mechanisms of dissolution include surface complexation of mercury and oxidation of surface sulfur species by the organic matter.

  8. Enhanced dissolution of cinnabar (mercuric sulfide) by dissolved organic matter isolated from the Florida Everglades

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    Ravichandran, Mahalingam; Aiken, George R.; Reddy, Michael M.; Ryan, Joseph N.

    1998-01-01

    Organic matter isolated from the Florida Everglades caused a dramatic increase in mercury release (up to 35 μM total dissolved mercury) from cinnabar (HgS), a solid with limited solubility. Hydrophobic (a mixture of both humic and fulvic) acids dissolved more mercury than hydrophilic acids and other nonacid fractions of dissolved organic matter (DOM). Cinnabar dissolution by isolated organic matter and natural water samples was inhibited by cations such as Ca2+. Dissolution was independent of oxygen content in experimental solutions. Dissolution experiments conducted in DI water (pH = 6.0) had no detectable (<2.5 nM) dissolved mercury. The presence of various inorganic (chloride, sulfate, or sulfide) and organic ligands (salicylic acid, acetic acid, EDTA, or cysteine) did not enhance the dissolution of mercury from the mineral. Aromatic carbon content in the isolates (determined by 13C NMR) correlated positively with enhanced cinnabar dissolution. ζ-potential measurements indicated sorption of negatively charged organic matter to the negatively charged cinnabar (pHpzc = 4.0) at pH 6.0. Possible mechanisms of dissolution include surface complexation of mercury and oxidation of surface sulfur species by the organic matter.

  9. Calcination/dissolution residue treatment

    SciTech Connect

    Knight, R.C.; Creed, R.F.; Patello, G.K.; Hollenberg, G.W.; Buehler, M.F.; O`Rourke, S.M.; Visnapuu, A.; McLaughlin, D.F.

    1994-09-01

    Currently, high-level wastes are stored underground in steel-lined tanks at the Hanford site. Current plans call for the chemical pretreatment of these wastes before their immobilization in stable glass waste forms. One candidate pretreatment approach, calcination/dissolution, performs an alkaline fusion of the waste and creates a high-level/low-level partition based on the aqueous solubilities of the components of the product calcine. Literature and laboratory studies were conducted with the goal of finding a residue treatment technology that would decrease the quantity of high-level waste glass required following calcination/dissolution waste processing. Four elements, Fe, Ni, Bi, and U, postulated to be present in the high-level residue fraction were identified as being key to the quantity of high-level glass formed. Laboratory tests of the candidate technologies with simulant high-level residues showed reductive roasting followed by carbonyl volatilization to be successful in removing Fe, Ni, and Bi. Subsequent bench-scale tests on residues from calcination/dissolution processing of genuine Hanford Site tank waste showed Fe was separated with radioelement decontamination factors of 70 to 1,000 times with respect to total alpha activity. Thermodynamic analyses of the calcination of five typical Hanford Site tank waste compositions also were performed. The analyses showed sodium hydroxide to be the sole molten component in the waste calcine and emphasized the requirement for waste blending if fluid calcines are to be achieved. Other calcine phases identified in the thermodynamic analysis indicate the significant thermal reconstitution accomplished in calcination.

  10. DISSOLUTION OF NEPTUNIUM OXIDE RESIDUES

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    Kyser, E

    2009-01-12

    This report describes the development of a dissolution flowsheet for neptunium (Np) oxide (NpO{sub 2}) residues (i.e., various NpO{sub 2} sources, HB-Line glovebox sweepings, and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) thermogravimetric analysis samples). Samples of each type of materials proposed for processing were dissolved in a closed laboratory apparatus and the rate and total quantity of off-gas were measured. Samples of the off-gas were also analyzed. The quantity and type of solids remaining (when visible) were determined after post-dissolution filtration of the solution. Recommended conditions for dissolution of the NpO{sub 2} residues are: Solution Matrix and Loading: {approx}50 g Np/L (750 g Np in 15 L of dissolver solution), using 8 M nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}), 0.025 M potassium fluoride (KF) at greater than 100 C for at least 3 hours. Off-gas: Analysis of the off-gas indicated nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) and nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O) as the only identified components. No hydrogen (H{sub 2}) was detected. The molar ratio of off-gas produced per mole of Np dissolved ranged from 0.25 to 0.4 moles of gas per mole of Np dissolved. A peak off-gas rate of {approx}0.1 scfm/kg bulk oxide was observed. Residual Solids: Pure NpO{sub 2} dissolved with little or no residue with the proposed flowsheet but the NpCo and both sweepings samples left visible solid residue after dissolution. For the NpCo and Part II Sweepings samples the residue amounted to {approx}1% of the initial material, but for the Part I Sweepings sample, the residue amounted to {approx}8 % of the initial material. These residues contained primarily aluminum (Al) and silicon (Si) compounds that did not completely dissolve under the flowsheet conditions. The residues from both sweepings samples contained minor amounts of plutonium (Pu) particles. Overall, the undissolved Np and Pu particles in the residues were a very small fraction of the total solids.

  11. Assessment of solvents for cellulose dissolution.

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    Ghasemi, Mohammad; Tsianou, Marina; Alexandridis, Paschalis

    2017-03-01

    A necessary step in the processing of biomass is the pretreatment and dissolution of cellulose. A good solvent for cellulose involves high diffusivity, aggressiveness in decrystallization, and capability of disassociating the cellulose chains. However, it is not clear which of these factors and under what conditions should be improved in order to obtain a more effective solvent. To this end, a newly-developed phenomenological model has been applied to assess the controlling mechanism of cellulose dissolution. Among the findings, the cellulose fibers remain crystalline almost to the end of the dissolution process for decrystallization-controlled kinetics. In such solvents, decreasing the fiber crystallinity, e.g., via pretreatment, would result in a considerable increase in the dissolution rate. Such insights improve the understanding of cellulose dissolution and facilitate the selection of more efficient solvents and processing conditions for biomass. Specific examples of solvents are provided where dissolution is limited due to decrystallization or disentanglement.

  12. Topological Control on Silicates' Dissolution Kinetics.

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    Pignatelli, Isabella; Kumar, Aditya; Bauchy, Mathieu; Sant, Gaurav

    2016-05-10

    Like many others, silicate solids dissolve when placed in contact with water. In a given aqueous environment, the dissolution rate depends on the composition and the structure of the solid and can span several orders of magnitude. Although the kinetics of dissolution depends on the complexities of both the dissolving solid and the solvent, a clear understanding of which structural descriptors of the solid control its dissolution rate is lacking. By pioneering dissolution experiments and atomistic simulations, we correlate the dissolution rates-ranging over 4 orders of magnitude-of a selection of silicate glasses and crystals to the number of chemical topological constraints acting between the atoms of the dissolving solid. The number of such constraints serves as an indicator of the effective activation energy, which arises from steric effects, and prevents the network from reorganizing locally to accommodate intermediate units forming over the course of the dissolution.

  13. The ligand binding domain controls glucocorticoid receptor dynamics independent of ligand release.

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    Meijsing, Sebastiaan H; Elbi, Cem; Luecke, Hans F; Hager, Gordon L; Yamamoto, Keith R

    2007-04-01

    Ligand binding to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) results in receptor binding to glucocorticoid response elements (GREs) and the formation of transcriptional regulatory complexes. Equally important, these complexes are continuously disassembled, with active processes driving GR off GREs. We found that co-chaperone p23-dependent disruption of GR-driven transcription depended on the ligand binding domain (LBD). Next, we examined the importance of the LBD and of ligand dissociation in GR-GRE dissociation in living cells. We showed in fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies that dissociation of GR from GREs is faster in the absence of the LBD. Furthermore, GR interaction with a target promoter revealed ligand-specific exchange rates. However, using covalently binding ligands, we demonstrated that ligand dissociation is not required for receptor dissociation from GREs. Overall, these studies showed that activities impinging on the LBD regulate GR exchange with GREs but that the dissociation of GR from GREs is independent from ligand dissociation.

  14. Gas dissolution in antibubble dynamics

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    Scheid, Benoit; Zawala, Jan; Dorbolo, Stéphane

    2014-11-01

    Antibubbles are ephemeral objects. Their lifetime is driven by the slow drainage of the air shell from the bottom to the top of the antibubble under the action of the hydrostatic pressure. We show in this work that this argument is only valid if the water used to make the surfactant mixture is saturated in air. Otherwise, two paths are used by the air that conducts to the thinning and the eventual collapse of the air shell: the drainage from the bottom to the top of the antibubble and the dissolution of the air by the liquid. Using degassed water dramatically shortens the lifetime of the antibubbles, as observed experimentally and rationalised by time-dependent simulations. Consequently, the antibubble lifetime is not only correlated to physical and chemical properties of the air-liquid interface but also to the gas content of the liquid. We also show that pure gas dissolution does not depend on the antibubble radius, a behaviour that allows to rationalise unexplained experimental data found in the literature. We thank the F.R.S.-FNRS for financial support.

  15. Dissolution of minerals and hydrometallurgical processes

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    Habashi, Fathi

    1983-08-01

    Physical, chemical, electrochemical, and electrolytic processes involved in the dissolution of minerals in aqueous solutions are identified and characterized. Their importance to hydrometallurgy is outlined.

  16. Dissolution Kinetics of Biogenic Carbonates in Seawater

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    Subhas, A.; Erez, J.; Rollins, N.; Adkins, J. F.; Berelson, W.; Ziveri, P. P. I.; Langer, G.

    2016-02-01

    We present here laboratory-based dissolution kinetic studies of inorganic, foraminiferal, and coccolith calcite, as well as high-Mg calcite from the soft coral Rhythismia fulvum. Dissolution rate measurements were conducted using a novel 13C-based tracer measurement, which traces mass loss via isotopic enrichment in a closed system of calcite and seawater. Inorganic calcite dissolution rates are highly nonlinear with respect to saturation state, and imply multiple dissolution mechanisms. Our work validates early characterizations of highly nonlinear dissolution rates, and also agrees with far-from-equilibrium rate determinations. Dissolution rates of biogenic materials are also highly nonlinear, although the relationship between undersaturation and dissolution rate often does not resemble that of inorganic calcite. Coccoliths dissolve slowly compared to inorganic calcite after surface area normalization, even when treated with bleach to remove their organic matter. High-Mg calcite from soft corals dissolves quickly, and the relationship between dissolution rate and undersaturation seems to be complicated by the presence of two (Mg-carbonate and Ca-carbonate) phases. These biogenic dissolution rates provide a new constraint on the sensitivities of these minerals to saturation state, both in the deep ocean water column and in the surface ocean as saturation state is decreasing due to ocean acidification.

  17. ICOS-ligand expression on plasmacytoid dendritic cells supports breast cancer progression by promoting the accumulation of immunosuppressive CD4+ T cells.

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    Faget, Julien; Bendriss-Vermare, Nathalie; Gobert, Michael; Durand, Isabelle; Olive, Daniel; Biota, Cathy; Bachelot, Thomas; Treilleux, Isabelle; Goddard-Leon, Sophie; Lavergne, Emilie; Chabaud, Sylvie; Blay, Jean Yves; Caux, Christophe; Ménétrier-Caux, Christine

    2012-12-01

    Human breast tumors are infiltrated by memory CD4(+) T cells along with increased numbers of regulatory T cells (Treg) and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) that facilitate immune escape and correlate with poor prognosis. Here, we report that inducible costimulatory molecule (ICOS), a T cell costimulatory molecule of the CTLA4/PD1/CD28 family, is expressed mostly by tumor-associated Treg in primary breast tumors. A large proportion of these ICOS(+) Treg were Ki67(+) and this evident proliferative expansion was found to rely on interactions with tumor-associated pDC. Indeed, tumor-associated Treg highly expanded in presence of pDC but failed to proliferate under CD3/CD28 signal. In vitro experiments revealed that the addition of a neutralizing anti-ICOS antibody blocked pDC-induced Treg expansion and interleukin-10 secretion by memory CD4(+) T cells, establishing a pivotal role for ICOS in this process. Supporting these findings, the presence of ICOS(+) cells in clinical specimens of breast cancer correlated with a poor prognosis. Together, our results highlight an important relationship between Treg and pDC in breast tumors, and show that ICOS/ICOS-L interaction is a central event in immunosuppression of tumor-associated memory CD4(+) T cells. These findings strongly rationalize antibody-mediated ICOS blockade as a powerful clinical strategy to correct immune escape and promote therapeutic responses in breast cancer.

  18. TL1A and DR3, a TNF family ligand-receptor pair that promotes lymphocyte costimulation, mucosal hyperplasia, and autoimmune inflammation.

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    Meylan, Françoise; Richard, Arianne C; Siegel, Richard M

    2011-11-01

    DR3 (TNFRSF25) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily expressed primarily on lymphocytes and is a receptor for the TNF family cytokine TL1A (TNFSF15). DR3 costimulates T-cell activation, but it is unique among these receptors in that it signals through an intracytoplasmic death domain and the adapter protein TRADD (TNFR-associated death domain). TL1A costimulates T cells to produce a wide variety of cytokines and can promote expansion of activated and regulatory T cells in vivo. Studies in mice deficient in DR3 or TL1A or in animals treated with antibodies that block the activity of TL1A have revealed a specific role for DR3 in enhancing effector T-cell proliferation at the site of tissue inflammation in autoimmune disease models. DR3 appears to be required in autoimmune disease models dependent on a variety of different T-cell subsets and also invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. Chronic expression of TL1A induces a distinct interleukin-13-dependent pathology in the small intestine marked by goblet cell hyperplasia and other features associated with allergic and anti-parasitic responses. These studies suggest that TL1A may be a viable target for therapies designed to inhibit the T-cell-dependent component of diverse autoimmune diseases. Published 2011. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  19. TL1A and DR3, a TNF-family ligand-receptor pair that promotes lymphocyte costimulation, mucosal hyperplasia and autoimmune inflammation

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    Meylan, Françoise; Richard, Arianne C.; Siegel, Richard M.

    2013-01-01

    Summary DR3 (TNFRSF25) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily expressed primarily on lymphocytes and is a receptor for the TNF family cytokine TL1A (TNFSF15). DR3 costimulates T cell activation, but it is unique among these receptors in that it signals through an intracytoplasmic death domain and the adapter protein TRADD. TL1A costimulates T cells to produce a wide variety of cytokines and can promote expansion of activated and regulatory T cells in vivo. Studies in mice deficient in DR3 or TL1A or in animals treated with antibodies that block the activity of TL1A have revealed a specific role for DR3 in enhancing effector T cell proliferation at the site of tissue inflammation in autoimmune disease models. DR3 appears to be required in autoimmune disease models dependent on a variety of different T cell subsets and also invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. Chronic expression of TL1A induces a distinct Interleukin-13 dependent pathology in the small intestine marked by goblet cell hyperplasia and other features associated with allergic and anti-parasitic responses. These studies suggest that TL1A may be a viable target for therapies designed to inhibit the T-cell dependent component of diverse autoimmune diseases. PMID:22017439

  20. c-Src trafficking and co-localization with the EGF Receptor promotes EGF ligand-independent EGF Receptor Activation and Signaling

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    Donepudi, Mrudula; Resh, Marilyn D.

    2008-01-01

    c-Src is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase that associates with both the plasma membrane and endosomal compartments. In many human cancers, especially breast cancer, c-Src and the EGF Receptor (EGFR) are overexpressed. Dual overexpression of c-Src and EGFR correlates with a Src-dependent increase in activation of EGFR, and synergism between these two tyrosine kinases increases the mitogenic activity of EGFR. Despite extensive studies of the functional interaction between c-Src and EGFR, little is known about the interactions in the trafficking pathways for the two proteins and how that influences signaling. Given the synergism between c-Src and EGFR, and the finding that EGFR is internalized and can signal from endosomes, we hypothesized that c-Src and EGFR traffic together through the endocytic pathway. Here we use a regulatable c-SrcGFP fusion protein that is a bona fide marker for c-Src to show that c-Src undergoes constitutive macropinocytosis from the plasma membrane into endocytic compartments. The movement of c-Src was dependent on its tyrosine kinase activity. Stimulation of cells with EGF revealed that c-Src traffics into the cell with activated EGFR and that c-Src expression and kinase activity prolongs EGFR activation. Surprisingly, even in the absence of EGF addition, c-Src expression induced activation of EGFR and of EGFR-mediated downstream signaling targets ERK and Shc. These data suggest that the synergy between c-Src and EGFR also occurs as these two kinases traffic together, and that their colocalization promotes EGFR-mediated signaling. PMID:18448311

  1. Effects of natural organic matter properties on the dissolution kinetics of zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Chuanjia; Aiken, George R.; Hsu-Kim, Heileen

    2015-01-01

    The dissolution of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) is a key step of controlling their environmental fate, bioavailability, and toxicity. Rates of dissolution often depend upon factors such as interactions of NPs with natural organic matter (NOM). We examined the effects of 16 different NOM isolates on the dissolution kinetics of ZnO NPs in buffered potassium chloride solution using anodic stripping voltammetry to directly measure dissolved zinc concentrations. The observed dissolution rate constants (kobs) and dissolved zinc concentrations at equilibrium increased linearly with NOM concentration (from 0 to 40 mg C L–1) for Suwannee River humic and fulvic acids and Pony Lake fulvic acid. When dissolution rates were compared for the 16 NOM isolates, kobs was positively correlated with certain properties of NOM, including specific ultraviolet absorbance (SUVA), aromatic and carbonyl carbon contents, and molecular weight. Dissolution rate constants were negatively correlated to hydrogen/carbon ratio and aliphatic carbon content. The observed correlations indicate that aromatic carbon content is a key factor in determining the rate of NOM-promoted dissolution of ZnO NPs. The findings of this study facilitate a better understanding of the fate of ZnO NPs in organic-rich aquatic environments and highlight SUVA as a facile and useful indicator of NOM interactions with metal-based nanoparticles.

  2. Limestone dissolution induced by fungal mycelia, acidic materials, and carbonic anhydrase from fungi.

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    Li, Wei; Zhou, Peng-Peng; Jia, Li-Ping; Yu, Long-Jiang; Li, Xue-Li; Zhu, Min

    2009-01-01

    Microorganisms influence the dissolution of a number of minerals. Limestone is one of the most abundant rock types in karst areas, and is predominantly calcium carbonate. Two types of experimental systems were designed in this paper, to make comparisons of limestone dissolution rate among the acidic materials and extracellular carbonic anhydrase (CA) excreted by fungi and the enwrapping effect of fungal mycelia. One was the simulated experimental system containing microorganisms. Another was the simulated experimental system without microorganisms. Results of previous experiment indicated that the acidic materials and CA like enzymatic materials excreted by fungi and the enwrapping effect of fungal mycelia were important factors influencing limestone dissolution. In the three factors mentioned above, the dissolution effect was mycelia enwraping effect>acidic dissolution effect>CA enzymatic effect. The results of the second experiment demonstrated further that the limestone dissolution effect of the acidic materials excreted by fungi was stronger than that of CA excreted by fungi. Nevertheless, CA still played an important role in promoting the dissolution of limestone.

  3. DISSOLUTION OF LANTHANUM FLUORIDE PRECIPITATES

    DOEpatents

    Fries, B.A.

    1959-11-10

    A plutonium separatory ore concentration procedure involving the use of a fluoride type of carrier is presented. An improvement is given in the derivation step in the process for plutonium recovery by carrier precipitation of plutonium values from solution with a lanthanum fluoride carrier precipitate and subsequent derivation from the resulting plutonium bearing carrier precipitate of an aqueous acidic plutonium-containing solution. The carrier precipitate is contacted with a concentrated aqueous solution of potassium carbonate to effect dissolution therein of at least a part of the precipitate, including the plutonium values. Any remaining precipitate is separated from the resulting solution and dissolves in an aqueous solution containing at least 20% by weight of potassium carbonate. The reacting solutions are combined, and an alkali metal hydroxide added to a concentration of at least 2N to precipitate lanthanum hydroxide concomitantly carrying plutonium values.

  4. Methylation status of a single CpG locus 3 bases upstream of TATA-box of receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) gene promoter modulates cell- and tissue-specific RANKL expression and osteoclastogenesis.

    PubMed

    Kitazawa, Riko; Kitazawa, Sohei

    2007-01-01

    Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) expression is tissue specific and limited to certain subsets of T-lymphocytes and stromal/osteoblastic cells. Even among osteoblasts, RANKL is expressed on about 20% of osteoblasts of the normal mouse. To clarify the mechanism of population-specific RANKL expression, we analyzed the effect of CpG methylation on its transcription, mRNA and protein expression as well as on osteoclastogenesis. Subpopulations of ST2 cells were used: P9, which expresses RANKL and supports osteoclastogenesis, and P16, which does not. By sodium bisulfite mapping, the rate of CpG methylation of the -65/+350 region, especially of CpG locus no. 1 three bases upstream of the TATA-box, was higher in P16 than in P9 ST2 cells. ChIP and gel shift assay showed that methylated CpG locus no. 1 was a target of MeCP2 binding that, in turn, blocked the binding of the TATA-box binding protein to the TATA-box. In vitro methylation by SssI of the promoter construct reduced its transcriptional activity at the steady state and its response to 1alpha,25(OH)2 vitamin D3. Conversely, treatment with DNA methylase inhibitor, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, significantly restored RANKL expression and osteoclastogenesis in P16 cells. Except for primary cultured osteoblasts, CpG locus no. 1 was frequently methylated in various normal mouse tissues. We propose that the methylation status of the CpG locus three bases upstream of the TATA-box modulates the control of cell- and tissue-specific expression of RANKL gene and osteoclastogenesis. The heterogeneity of stromal/ osteoblastic cells in response to bone-resorbing stimuli may be attributed, in part, to the methylation status of the RANKL gene promoter.

  5. 25 CFR 11.606 - Dissolution proceedings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... marriage may initiate dissolution proceedings. (b) If a proceeding is commenced by one of the parties, the... proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably... under the jurisdiction of the court of each party; (2) The date of the marriage and the place at...

  6. 25 CFR 11.606 - Dissolution proceedings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... marriage may initiate dissolution proceedings. (b) If a proceeding is commenced by one of the parties, the... proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably... under the jurisdiction of the court of each party; (2) The date of the marriage and the place at...

  7. 25 CFR 11.606 - Dissolution proceedings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... marriage may initiate dissolution proceedings. (b) If a proceeding is commenced by one of the parties, the... proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably... under the jurisdiction of the court of each party; (2) The date of the marriage and the place at...

  8. 25 CFR 11.606 - Dissolution proceedings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... marriage may initiate dissolution proceedings. (b) If a proceeding is commenced by one of the parties, the... proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably... under the jurisdiction of the court of each party; (2) The date of the marriage and the place at...

  9. 25 CFR 11.606 - Dissolution proceedings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... marriage may initiate dissolution proceedings. (b) If a proceeding is commenced by one of the parties, the... proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably... under the jurisdiction of the court of each party; (2) The date of the marriage and the place at...

  10. Nanosizing of drugs: Effect on dissolution rate.

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    Dizaj, S Maleki; Vazifehasl, Zh; Salatin, S; Adibkia, Kh; Javadzadeh, Y

    2015-01-01

    The solubility, bioavailability and dissolution rate of drugs are important parameters for achieving in vivo efficiency. The bioavailability of orally administered drugs depends on their ability to be absorbed via gastrointestinal tract. For drugs belonging to Class II of pharmaceutical classification, the absorption process is limited by drug dissolution rate in gastrointestinal media. Therefore, enhancement of the dissolution rate of these drugs will present improved bioavailability. So far several techniques such as physical and chemical modifications, changing in crystal habits, solid dispersion, complexation, solubilization and liquisolid method have been used to enhance the dissolution rate of poorly water soluble drugs. It seems that improvement of the solubility properties ofpoorly water soluble drugscan translate to an increase in their bioavailability. Nowadays nanotechnology offers various approaches in the area of dissolution enhancement of low aqueous soluble drugs. Nanosizing of drugs in the form of nanoparticles, nanocrystals or nanosuspensions not requiring expensive facilities and equipment or complicated processes may be applied as simple methods to increase the dissolution rate of poorly water soluble drugs. In this article, we attempted to review the effects of nanosizing on improving the dissolution rate of poorly aqueous soluble drugs. According to the reviewed literature, by reduction of drug particle size into nanometer size the total effective surface area is increased and thereby dissolution rate would be enhanced. Additionally, reduction of particle size leads to reduction of the diffusion layer thickness surrounding the drug particles resulting in the increment of the concentration gradient. Each of these process leads to improved bioavailability.

  11. Emotional and Cognitive Coping in Relationship Dissolution

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    Wrape, Elizabeth R.; Jenkins, Sharon Rae; Callahan, Jennifer L.; Nowlin, Rachel B.

    2016-01-01

    Dissolution of a romantic relationship can adversely affect functioning among college students and represents one primary reason for seeking campus counseling. This study examined the associations among common coping strategies and distress following relationship dissolution. Avoidance and repetitive negative thinking (RNT) were significantly…

  12. CALCIUM CARBONATE DISSOLUTION RATE IN LIMESTONE CONTACTORS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The rate of carbonate mineral dissolution from limestone was studied using a rotating disk apparatus and samples of limestone of varied composition. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of limestone composition on the kinetics of carbonate mineral dissolution. Th...

  13. Stirring effect on kaolinite dissolution rate

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    Metz, Volker; Ganor, Jiwchar

    2001-10-01

    Experiments were carried out measuring kaolinite dissolution rates using stirred and nonstirred flow-through reactors at pHs 2 to 4 and temperatures of 25°C, 50°C, and 70°C. The results show an increase of kaolinite dissolution rate with increasing stirring speed. The stirring effect is reversible, i.e., as the stirring slows down the dissolution rate decreases. The effect of stirring speed on kaolinite dissolution rate is higher at 25°C than at 50°C and 70°C and at pH 4 than at pHs 2 and 3. It is suggested that fine kaolinite particles are formed as a result of stirring-induced spalling or abrasion of kaolinite. These very fine particles have an increased ratio of reactive surface area to specific surface area, which results in enhancement of kaolinite dissolution rate. A balance between production and dissolution of the fine particles explains both the reversibility and the temperature and pH dependence of the stirring effect. Since the stirring effect on kaolinite dissolution rate varies with temperature and pH, measurement of kinetic parameters such as activation energy may be influenced by stirring. Therefore, standard use of nonagitated reaction vessels for kinetic experiments of mineral dissolution and precipitation is recommended, at least for slow reactions that are surface controlled.

  14. CALCIUM CARBONATE DISSOLUTION RATE IN LIMESTONE CONTACTORS

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    The rate of carbonate mineral dissolution from limestone was studied using a rotating disk apparatus and samples of limestone of varied composition. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of limestone composition on the kinetics of carbonate mineral dissolution. Th...

  15. Emotional and Cognitive Coping in Relationship Dissolution

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    Wrape, Elizabeth R.; Jenkins, Sharon Rae; Callahan, Jennifer L.; Nowlin, Rachel B.

    2016-01-01

    Dissolution of a romantic relationship can adversely affect functioning among college students and represents one primary reason for seeking campus counseling. This study examined the associations among common coping strategies and distress following relationship dissolution. Avoidance and repetitive negative thinking (RNT) were significantly…

  16. Dissolution enhancement of tadalafil by liquisolid technique.

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    Lu, Mei; Xing, Haonan; Yang, Tianzhi; Yu, Jiankun; Yang, Zhen; Sun, Yanping; Ding, Pingtian

    2017-02-01

    This study aimed to enhance the dissolution of tadalafil, a poorly water-soluble drug by applying liquisolid technique. The effects of two critical formulation variables, namely drug concentration (17.5% and 35%, w/w) and excipients ratio (10, 15 and 20) on dissolution rates were investigated. Pre-compression tests, including particle size distribution, flowability determination, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), were carried out to investigate the mechanism of dissolution enhancement. Tadalafil liquisolid tablets were prepared and their quality control tests, dissolution study, contact angle measurement, Raman mapping, and storage stability test were performed. The results suggested that all the liquisolid tablets exhibited significantly higher dissolution rates than the conventional tablets and pure tadalafil. FT-IR spectrum reflected no drug-excipient interactions. DSC and XRD studies indicated reduction in crystallinity of tadalafil, which was further confirmed by SEM and Raman mapping outcomes. The contact angle measurement demonstrated obvious increase in wetting property. Taken together, the reduction of particle size and crystallinity, and the improvement of wettability were the main mechanisms for the enhanced dissolution rate. No significant changes were observed in drug crystallinity and dissolution behavior after storage based on XRD, SEM and dissolution results.

  17. Thermal dissolution of solid fossil fuels

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    E.G. Gorlov

    2007-10-15

    The use of oil shales and coals in the processes of thermal dissolution is considered. It is shown that thermal dissolution is a mode of liquefaction of solid fossil fuels and can be used both independently and in combination with liquefaction of coals and processing of heavy petroleum residues.

  18. Nanosizing of drugs: Effect on dissolution rate

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    Dizaj, S. Maleki; Vazifehasl, Zh.; Salatin, S.; Adibkia, Kh.; Javadzadeh, Y.

    2015-01-01

    The solubility, bioavailability and dissolution rate of drugs are important parameters for achieving in vivo efficiency. The bioavailability of orally administered drugs depends on their ability to be absorbed via gastrointestinal tract. For drugs belonging to Class II of pharmaceutical classification, the absorption process is limited by drug dissolution rate in gastrointestinal media. Therefore, enhancement of the dissolution rate of these drugs will present improved bioavailability. So far several techniques such as physical and chemical modifications, changing in crystal habits, solid dispersion, complexation, solubilization and liquisolid method have been used to enhance the dissolution rate of poorly water soluble drugs. It seems that improvement of the solubility properties ofpoorly water soluble drugscan translate to an increase in their bioavailability. Nowadays nanotechnology offers various approaches in the area of dissolution enhancement of low aqueous soluble drugs. Nanosizing of drugs in the form of nanoparticles, nanocrystals or nanosuspensions not requiring expensive facilities and equipment or complicated processes may be applied as simple methods to increase the dissolution rate of poorly water soluble drugs. In this article, we attempted to review the effects of nanosizing on improving the dissolution rate of poorly aqueous soluble drugs. According to the reviewed literature, by reduction of drug particle size into nanometer size the total effective surface area is increased and thereby dissolution rate would be enhanced. Additionally, reduction of particle size leads to reduction of the diffusion layer thickness surrounding the drug particles resulting in the increment of the concentration gradient. Each of these process leads to improved bioavailability. PMID:26487886

  19. 25 CFR 11.605 - Dissolution.

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    2010-04-01

    ... Domestic Relations § 11.605 Dissolution. (a) The Court of Indian Offenses shall enter a decree of... these matters. (b) If a party requests a decree of legal separation rather than a decree of dissolution of marriage, the Court of Indian Offenses shall grant the decree in that form unless the other...

  20. The Paired-box Homeodomain Transcription Factor Pax6 Binds to the Upstream Region of the TRAP Gene Promoter and Suppresses Receptor Activator of NF-κB Ligand (RANKL)-induced Osteoclast Differentiation*

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    Kogawa, Masakazu; Hisatake, Koji; Atkins, Gerald J.; Findlay, David M.; Enoki, Yuichiro; Sato, Tsuyoshi; Gray, Peter C.; Kanesaki-Yatsuka, Yukiko; Anderson, Paul H.; Wada, Seiki; Kato, Naoki; Fukuda, Aya; Katayama, Shigehiro; Tsujimoto, Masafumi; Yoda, Tetsuya; Suda, Tatsuo; Okazaki, Yasushi; Matsumoto, Masahito

    2013-01-01

    Osteoclast formation is regulated by balancing between the receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) expressed in osteoblasts and extracellular negative regulatory cytokines such as interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and interferon-β (IFN-β), which can suppress excessive bone destruction. However, relatively little is known about intrinsic negative regulatory factors in RANKL-mediated osteoclast differentiation. Here, we show the paired-box homeodomain transcription factor Pax6 acts as a negative regulator of RANKL-mediated osteoclast differentiation. Electrophoretic mobility shift and reporter assays found that Pax6 binds endogenously to the proximal region of the tartrate acid phosphatase (TRAP) gene promoter and suppresses nuclear factor of activated T cells c1 (NFATc1)-induced TRAP gene expression. Introduction of Pax6 retrovirally into bone marrow macrophages attenuates RANKL-induced osteoclast formation. Moreover, we found that the Groucho family member co-repressor Grg6 contributes to Pax6-mediated suppression of the TRAP gene expression induced by NFATc1. These results suggest that Pax6 interferes with RANKL-mediated osteoclast differentiation together with Grg6. Our results demonstrate that the Pax6 pathway constitutes a new aspect of the negative regulatory circuit of RANKL-RANK signaling in osteoclastogenesis and that the augmentation of Pax6 might therefore represent a novel target to block pathological bone resorption. PMID:23990468

  1. A novel polymorphic CAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta element in the FasL gene promoter alters Fas ligand expression: a candidate background gene in African American systemic lupus erythematosus patients.

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    Wu, Jianming; Metz, Christine; Xu, Xiulong; Abe, Riichiro; Gibson, Andrew W; Edberg, Jeffrey C; Cooke, Jennifer; Xie, Fenglong; Cooper, Glinda S; Kimberly, Robert P

    2003-01-01

    A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), identified at nucleotide position -844 in the 5' promoter of the FasL gene, lies within a putative binding motif for CAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta (C/EBPbeta). Electrophoretic mobility shift and supershift assays confirmed that this element binds specifically to C/EBPbeta and demonstrated that the two alleles of this element have different affinities for C/EBPbeta. In luciferase reporter assays, the -844C genotype had twice the basal activity of the -844T construct, and basal expression of Fas ligand (FasL) on peripheral blood fibrocytes was also significantly higher in -844C than in -844T homozygous donors. FasL is located on human chromosome 1q23, a region that shows linkage to the systemic lupus autoimmune phenotype. Analysis of 211 African American systemic lupus erythematosus patients revealed enrichment of the -844C homozygous genotype in these systemic lupus erythematosus patients compared with 150 ethnically matched normal controls (p = 0.024). The -844C homozygous genotype may lead to the increased expression of FasL, to altered FasL-mediated signaling in lymphocytes, and to enhanced risk for autoimmunity. This functionally significant SNP demonstrates the potential importance of SNPs in regulatory regions and suggests that differences in the regulation of FasL expression may contribute to the development of the autoimmune phenotype.

  2. Effect of chloride on the dissolution rate of silver nanoparticles and toxicity to E. coli.

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    Levard, Clément; Mitra, Sumit; Yang, Tiffany; Jew, Adam D; Badireddy, Appala Raju; Lowry, Gregory V; Brown, Gordon E

    2013-06-04

    Pristine silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are not chemically stable in the environment and react strongly with inorganic ligands such as sulfide and chloride once the silver is oxidized. Understanding the environmental transformations of AgNPs in the presence of specific inorganic ligands is crucial to determining their fate and toxicity in the environment. Chloride (Cl(-)) is a ubiquitous ligand with a strong affinity for oxidized silver and is often present in natural waters and in bacterial growth media. Though chloride can strongly affect toxicity results for AgNPs, their interaction is rarely considered and is challenging to study because of the numerous soluble and solid Ag-Cl species that can form depending on the Cl/Ag ratio. Consequently, little is known about the stability and dissolution kinetics of AgNPs in the presence of chloride ions. Our study focuses on the dissolution behavior of AgNPs in chloride-containing systems and also investigates the effect of chloride on the growth inhibition of E.coli (ATCC strain 33876) caused by Ag toxicity. Our results suggest that the kinetics of dissolution are strongly dependent on the Cl/Ag ratio and can be interpreted using the thermodynamically expected speciation of Ag in the presence of chloride. We also show that the toxicity of AgNPs to E.coli at various Cl(-) concentrations is governed by the amount of dissolved AgCl(x)((x-1)-) species suggesting an ion effect rather than a nanoparticle effect.

  3. Mechanism of Non-Steady State Dissolution of Goethite in the Presence of Siderophores

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    Reichard, P. U.; Kretzschmar, R.; Kraemer, S. M.

    2003-12-01

    Iron is an essential micronutrient for almost all known organisms. Bacteria, fungi, and graminaceous plants are capable of exuding siderophores as part of an iron acquisition strategy. The production of these strong iron chelating ligands is induced by iron limited conditions. Grasses under iron stress, for example, exude phytosiderophores into the rhizosphere in a special diurnal rhythm (Roemheld and Marschner 1986). A few hours after sunrise the exudation starts, culminates around noon and is shut down again until about 4 hours after noon. The phytosiderophores diffuse into the rhizosphere (Marschner et al. 1986) and are passively back transported to the plants by advective flow induced by high transpiration around noon. Despite a fairly short residence time of the phytosiderophores in the rhizosphere, it is a very effective strategy for iron acquisition. To investigate the effect of such pulse inputs of siderophores on iron acquisition, we studied the dissolution mechanism of goethite (alpha-FeOOH), a mineral phase common in soils, under non-steady state conditions. In consideration of the chemical complexity of the rhizosphere, we also investigated the effect of other organic ligands commonly found in the rhizosphere (e. g. oxalate) on the dissolution kinetics. The dissolution experiments were conducted in batch reactors with a constant goethite solids concentration of 2.5 g/l, an ionic strength of 0.01 M, a pH of 6 and 100 microM oxalate. To induce non-steady state conditions, 3 mM phytosiderophores were added to a batch after the goethite-oxalate suspension reacted for a certain time period. Before the siderophore was added to the goethite-oxalate suspension, no dissolution of iron was observed. But, with the addition of the siderophore, a high rate was observed for the iron mobilization under these non-steady state conditions that subsequently was followed by a slow steady state dissolution rate. The results of these non-steady state experiments are very

  4. Dissolution enthalpies of cellulose in ionic liquids.

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    Parviainen, Helena; Parviainen, Arno; Virtanen, Tommi; Kilpeläinen, Ilkka; Ahvenainen, Patrik; Serimaa, Ritva; Grönqvist, Stina; Maloney, Thaddeus; Maunu, Sirkka Liisa

    2014-11-26

    In this work, interactions between cellulose and ionic liquids were studied calorimetrically and by optical microscopy. Two novel ionic liquids (1,5-Diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-enium propionate and N-methyl-1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-enium dimethyl phosphate) and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate-water mixtures were used as solvents. Optical microscopy served in finding the extent of dissolution and identifying the dissolution pattern of the cellulose sample. Calorimetric studies identified a peak relating to dissolution of cellulose in solvent. The transition did, however, not indicate complete dissolution, but rather dissolution inside fibre or fibrils. This method was used to study differences between four cellulose samples with different pretreatment or origins.

  5. The mechanisms of passive dissolution of titanium in a model physiological environment.

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    Healy, K E; Ducheyne, P

    1992-03-01

    The surface chemistry, oxidation, and disolution kinetics of titanium were measured to establish the mechanisms of passive dissolution in physiological environments. Titanium thin films were immersed in 8.0 mM ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid in simulated interstitial electrolyte (EDTA/SIE) and maintained at 37 degrees C, 10% O2, 5% CO2 and 7.2 pH for periods of time up to 3200 h (133 days). Two immersion schemes were employed: the integral sequentially determined the titanium released into a solution of accumulated dissolution products; and the differential continuously replenished the test solution. The solutions were analyzed for titanium by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (EAAS), and the sample surfaces were analyzed by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine oxide composition, stoichiometry, and thickness. Prior to immersion two types of hydroxyl (OH) groups were distinguished on the TiO2 surface. Upon immersion, the chemistry of the surface changed as a function of immersion: the presence of OH groups increased and P (nonelemental) was detected at the surface. The dissolution kinetics obeyed a two-phase logarithmic model, where the transition between phases occurred simultaneously with the adsorption of the P-containing species. The dissolution kinetics depended on surface reactions, electric field strength, and molecular diffusion. These mechanisms explain the observed dependence of dissolution kinetics on the properties of the surface oxide and solution ligands.

  6. Surface properties, solubility and dissolution kinetics of bamboo phytoliths

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    Fraysse, Fabrice; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.; Schott, Jacques; Meunier, Jean-Dominique

    2006-04-01

    Although phytoliths, constituted mainly by micrometric opal, exhibit an important control on silicon cycle in superficial continental environments, their thermodynamic properties and reactivity in aqueous solution are still poorly known. In this work, we determined the solubility and dissolution rates of bamboo phytoliths collected in the Réunion Island and characterized their surface properties via electrophoretic measurements and potentiometric titrations in a wide range of pH. The solubility product of "soil" phytoliths ( pKsp0=2.74 at 25 °C) is equal to that of vitreous silica and is 17 times higher than that of quartz. Similarly, the enthalpy of phytoliths dissolution reaction (ΔHr25-80°C=10.85kJ/mol) is close to that of amorphous silica but is significantly lower than the enthalpy of quartz dissolution. Electrophoretic measurements yield isoelectric point pH IEP = 1.2 ± 0.1 and 2.5 ± 0.2 for "soil" (native) and "heated" (450 °C heating to remove organic matter) phytoliths, respectively. Surface acid-base titrations allowed generation of a 2-p K surface complexation model. Phytoliths dissolution rates, measured in mixed-flow reactors at far from equilibrium conditions at 2 ⩽ pH ⩽ 12, were found to be intermediate between those of quartz and vitreous silica. The dissolution rate dependence on pH was modeled within the concept of surface coordination theory using the equation: R=k1·{>SiOH2+}n+k2·{>SiOH0}+k3·{>SiO-}m, where {> i} stands for the concentration of the surface species present at the SiO 2-H 2O interface, ki are the rate constants of the three parallel reactions and n and m represent the order of the proton- and hydroxy-promoted reactions, respectively. It follows from the results of this study that phytoliths dissolution rates exhibit a minimum at pH ˜ 3. This can explain their good preservation in the acidic soil horizons of Réunion Island. In terms of silicon biogeochemical cycle, phytoliths represent a large buffering reservoir

  7. Pyrite dissolution in acidic media

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    Descostes, M.; Vitorge, P.; Beaucaire, C.

    2004-11-01

    Oxidation of pyrite in aqueous solutions in contact with air (oxygen 20%) was studied at 25°C using short-term batch experiments. Fe 2+ and SO 42- were the only dissolved Fe and S species detected in these solutions. After a short period, R = [S] tot/[Fe] tot stabilized from 1.25 at pH = 1.5 to 1.6 at pH = 3. These R values were found to be consistent with previously published measurements (as calculated from the raw published data). This corresponds to a nonstoichiometric dissolution (R < 2) resulting from a deficit in aqueous sulfur. Thermodynamics indicate that S(-I) oxidation can only produce S (s)0 and SO 42- under these equilibrium conditions. However, Pourbaix diagrams assuming the absence of SO 42- indicate that S 2O 32- and S 4O 62- can appear in these conditions. Using these species the simplest expected oxidation mechanism is FeS+1.5 O→Fe+SO32- followed by SO32-+1.2 H→0.4 S(s)0+0.4 SO62-+0.6 HO, and finally SO62-+3.5 O+3 HO→4 SO42-+6 H possibly in several steps The overall reaction is FeS+2.9 O+0.6 HO→Fe+0.4 S(s)0+1.6 SO4 2-+1.2 H, consistent with R = 1.6. In the most acidic (pH = 1.5) conditions, SO 2 formation is expected as an intermediate step in the oxidation of S 4O 62- to SO 42-. Degassing of SO 2(g) would result in R < 1.6, again consistent with experimental observations. The above multistep mechanism, based on known aqueous redox chemistry of sulfur species, accounts for the deficit in aqueous sulfur noticed in all published experimental observations. The intermediate species cannot be detected, and it is consistent with calculated concentrations being below the detection limits. Under nonacidic conditions, S 2O 32- can be detected, but evaluation of the dissolution mechanism is hindered by precipitation of Fe(III) as iron oxyhydroxides.

  8. Molecular dynamic simulations of ocular tablet dissolution.

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    Ru, Qian; Fadda, Hala M; Li, Chung; Paul, Daniel; Khaw, Peng T; Brocchini, Steve; Zloh, Mire

    2013-11-25

    Small tablets for implantation into the subconjunctival space in the eye are being developed to inhibit scarring after glaucoma filtration surgery (GFS). There is a need to evaluate drug dissolution at the molecular level to determine how the chemical structure of the active may correlate with dissolution in the nonsink conditions of the conjunctival space. We conducted molecular dynamics simulations to study the dissolution process of tablets derived from two drugs that can inhibit fibrosis after GFS, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and the matrix metalloprotease inhibitor (MMPi), ilomastat. The dissolution was simulated in the presence of simple point charge (SPC) water molecules, and the liquid turnover of the aqueous humor in the subconjunctival space was simulated by removal of the dissolved drug molecules at regular intervals and replacement by new water molecules. At the end of the simulation, the total molecular solvent accessible surface area of 5-FU tablets increased by 60 times more than that of ilomastat as a result of tablet swelling and release of molecules into solution. The tablet dissolution pattern shown in our molecular dynamic simulations tends to correlate with experimental release profiles. This work indicates that a series of molecular dynamic simulations can be used to predict the influence of the molecular properties of a drug on its dissolution profile and could be useful during preformulation where sufficient amounts of the drug are not always available to perform dissolution studies.

  9. Dissolution of steel slags in aqueous media.

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    Yadav, Shashikant; Mehra, Anurag

    2017-07-01

    Steel slag is a major industrial waste in steel industries, and its dissolution behavior in water needs to be characterized in the larger context of its potential use as an agent for sequestering CO2. For this purpose, a small closed system batch reactor was used to conduct the dissolution of steel slags in an aqueous medium under various dissolution conditions. In this study, two different types of steel slags were procured from steel plants in India, having diverse structural features, mineralogical compositions, and particle sizes. The experiment was performed at different temperatures for 240 h of dissolution at atmospheric pressure. The dissolution rates of major and minor slag elements were quantified through liquid-phase elemental analysis using an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy at different time intervals. Advanced analytical techniques such as field emission gun-scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray, BET, and XRD were also used to analyze mineralogical and structural changes in the slag particles. High dissolution of slags was observed irrespective of the particle size distribution, which suggests high carbonation potential. Concentrations of toxic heavy metals in the leachate were far below maximum acceptable limits. Thus, the present study investigates the dissolution behavior of different mineral ions of steel slag in aqueous media in light of its potential application in CO2 sequestration.

  10. Microbial extracellular polysaccharides and plagioclase dissolution

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    Welch, S. A.; Barker, W. W.; Banfield, J. F.

    1999-05-01

    Bytownite feldspar was dissolved in batch reactors in solutions of starch (glucose polymer), gum xanthan (glucose, mannose, glucuronic acid), pectin (poly-galacturonic acid), and four alginates (mannuronic and guluronic acid) with a range of molecular weights (low, medium, high and uncharacterized) to evaluate the effect of extracellular microbial polymers on mineral dissolution rates. Solutions were analyzed for dissolved Si and Al as an indicator of feldspar dissolution. At neutral pH, feldspar dissolution was inhibited by five of the acid polysaccharides, gum xanthan, pectin, alginate low, alginate medium, alginate high, compared to an organic-free control. An uncharacterized alginate substantially enhanced both Si and Al release from the feldspar. Starch, a neutral polysaccharide, had no apparent effect. Under mildly acidic conditions, initial pH ≈ 4, all of the polymers enhanced feldspar dissolution compared to the inorganic controls. Si release from feldspar in starch solution exceeded the control by a factor of three. Pectin and gum xanthan increased feldspar dissolution by a factor of 10, and the alginates enhanced feldspar dissolution by a factor of 50 to 100. Si and Al concentrations increased with time, even though solutions were supersaturated with respect to several possible secondary phases. Under acidic conditions, initial pH ≈ 3, below the pK a of the carboxylic acid groups, dissolution rates increased, but the relative increase due to the polysaccharides is lower, approximately a factor of two to ten. Microbial extracellular polymers play a complex role in mineral weathering. Polymers appear to inhibit dissolution under some conditions, possibly by irreversibly binding to the mineral surfaces. The extracellular polysaccharides can also enhance dissolution by providing protons and complexing with ions in solution.

  11. Ligand-controlled Fe mobilization catalyzed by adsorbed Fe(II) on Fe(hydr)oxides

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    Kang, Kyounglim; Biswakarma, Jagannath; Borowski, Susan C.; Hug, Stephan J.; Hering, Janet G.; Schenkeveld, Walter D. C.; Kraemer, Stephan M.

    2017-04-01

    Dissolution of Fe(hydr)oxides is a key process in biological iron acquisition. Due to the low solubility of iron oxides in environments with a circumneutral pH, organisms may exude organic compounds catalyzing iron mobilization by reductive and ligand controlled dissolution mechanisms. Recently, we have shown synergistic effects between reductive dissolution and ligand-controlled dissolution that may operate in biological iron acquisition. The synergistic effects were observed in Fe mobilization from single goethite suspensions as well as in suspensions containing calcareous soil[1],[2]. However, how the redox reaction accelerates Fe(hydr)oxide dissolution by ligands is not studied intensively. In our study, we hypothesized that electron transfer to structural Fe(III) labilizes the Fe(hydr)oxide structure, and that this can accelerate ligand controlled dissolution. Systematical batch dissolution experiments were carried out under anoxic conditions at environmentally relevant pH values in which various Fe(hydr)oxides (goethite, hematite, lepidocrocite) interacted with two different types of ligand (desferrioxamine B (DFOB) and N,N'-Di(2-hydroxybenzyl)ethylenediamine-N,N'-diacetic acid monohydrochloride (HBED)). Electron transfer to the structure was induced by adsorbing Fe(II) to the mineral surface at various Fe(II) concentrations. Our results show a distinct catalytic effect of adsorbed Fe(II) on ligand controlled dissolution, even at submicromolar Fe(II) concentrations. We observed the effect for a range of iron oxides, but it was strongest in lepidocrocite, most likely due to anisotropy in conductivity leading to higher near-surface concentration of reduced iron. Our results demonstrate that the catalytic effect of reductive processes on ligand controlled dissolution require a very low degree of reduction making this an efficient process for biological iron acquisition and a potentially important effect in natural iron cycling. References 1. Wang, Z. M

  12. In silico dissolution rates of pharmaceutical ingredients

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    Dogan, Berna; Schneider, Julian; Reuter, Karsten

    2016-10-01

    The correlation between in vitro dissolution rates and the efficiency of drug formulations establishes an opportunity for accelerated drug development. Using in silico methods to predict the dissolution rates bears the prospect of further efficiency gains by avoiding the actual synthesis of candidate formulations. Here, we present a computational protocol that achieves such prediction for molecular crystals at low undersaturation. The protocol exploits the classic spiral dissolution model to minimize the number of material parameters that require explicit molecular simulations. Comparison to available data for acetylsalicylic acid and alpha lactose monohydrate indicates a tunable accuracy within one order of magnitude.

  13. Identification of Human Cathelicidin Peptide LL-37 as a Ligand for Macrophage Integrin αMβ2 (Mac-1, CD11b/CD18) that Promotes Phagocytosis by Opsonizing Bacteria

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    Lishko, Valeryi K.; Moreno, Benjamin; Podolnikova, Nataly P.; Ugarova, Tatiana P.

    2016-01-01

    LL-37, a cationic antimicrobial peptide, has numerous immune-modulating effects. However, the identity of a receptor(s) mediating the responses in immune cells remains uncertain. We have recently demonstrated that LL-37 interacts with the αMI-domain of integrin αMβ2 (Mac-1), a major receptor on the surface of myeloid cells, and induces a migratory response in Mac-1-expressing monocyte/macrophages as well as activation of Mac-1 on neutrophils. Here, we show that LL-37 and its C-terminal derivative supported strong adhesion of various Mac-1-expressing cells, including HEK293 cells stably transfected with Mac-1, human U937 monocytic cells and murine IC-21 macrophages. The cell adhesion to LL-37 was partially inhibited by specific Mac-1 antagonists, including mAb against the αM integrin subunit and neutrophil inhibitory factor, and completely blocked when anti-Mac-1 antibodies were combined with heparin, suggesting that cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans act cooperatively with integrin Mac-1. Coating both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria with LL-37 significantly potentiated their phagocytosis by macrophages, and this process was blocked by a combination of anti-Mac-1 mAb and heparin. Furthermore, phagocytosis by wild-type murine peritoneal macrophages of LL-37-coated latex beads, a model of foreign surfaces, was several fold higher than that of untreated beads. By contrast, LL-37 failed to augment phagocytosis of beads by Mac-1-deficient macrophages. These results identify LL-37 as a novel ligand for integrin Mac-1 and demonstrate that the interaction between Mac-1 on macrophages and bacteria-bound LL-37 promotes phagocytosis. PMID:27990411

  14. Identification of Human Cathelicidin Peptide LL-37 as a Ligand for Macrophage Integrin αMβ2 (Mac-1, CD11b/CD18) that Promotes Phagocytosis by Opsonizing Bacteria.

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    Lishko, Valeryi K; Moreno, Benjamin; Podolnikova, Nataly P; Ugarova, Tatiana P

    2016-07-07

    LL-37, a cationic antimicrobial peptide, has numerous immune-modulating effects. However, the identity of a receptor(s) mediating the responses in immune cells remains uncertain. We have recently demonstrated that LL-37 interacts with the αMI-domain of integrin αMβ2 (Mac-1), a major receptor on the surface of myeloid cells, and induces a migratory response in Mac-1-expressing monocyte/macrophages as well as activation of Mac-1 on neutrophils. Here, we show that LL-37 and its C-terminal derivative supported strong adhesion of various Mac-1-expressing cells, including HEK293 cells stably transfected with Mac-1, human U937 monocytic cells and murine IC-21 macrophages. The cell adhesion to LL-37 was partially inhibited by specific Mac-1 antagonists, including mAb against the αM integrin subunit and neutrophil inhibitory factor, and completely blocked when anti-Mac-1 antibodies were combined with heparin, suggesting that cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans act cooperatively with integrin Mac-1. Coating both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria with LL-37 significantly potentiated their phagocytosis by macrophages, and this process was blocked by a combination of anti-Mac-1 mAb and heparin. Furthermore, phagocytosis by wild-type murine peritoneal macrophages of LL-37-coated latex beads, a model of foreign surfaces, was several fold higher than that of untreated beads. By contrast, LL-37 failed to augment phagocytosis of beads by Mac-1-deficient macrophages. These results identify LL-37 as a novel ligand for integrin Mac-1 and demonstrate that the interaction between Mac-1 on macrophages and bacteria-bound LL-37 promotes phagocytosis.

  15. Role of low molecular weight organic acids on pyrite dissolution in aqueous systems: implications for catalytic chromium (VI) treatment.

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    Kantar, Cetin

    2016-01-01

    A systematic study combining batch experiments with spectroscopic analyses was carried out to better understand the effects of various organic acids on pyrite dissolution and subsequent Cr(VI) removal in aqueous systems. Our results suggest that organic acids had no effect on total Fe dissolution from pyrite relative to systems containing no acid. However, while nearly 100% of total Fe dissolved from pyrite was in Fe(II) form in the absence of ligands, the addition of organic acids led to significant oxidation of Fe(II) species to Fe(III). The degree and extent of Fe(II) oxidation increased in the order: tartrate < salicylate < oxalate ≈ citrate < EDTA. Except for salicylate (an aromatic compound), this stimulatory effect observed in Fe(II) oxidation was well correlated with the strength of Fe-ligand complexes. In systems containing Cr(VI), the amount of Fe dissolved increased significantly relative to non-Cr(VI) containing system, and the ligands enhanced the dissolution of surface oxidation products from pyrite. Overall, it is clear that the dissolution of pyrite with organic acids had very little effect on solution phase Cr(VI) removal, but significantly stimulated surface phase Cr(VI) reduction by removing surface oxidation products, and thus creating new surface sites for extended Cr(VI) removal.

  16. Effect of disintegrants with different hygroscopicity on dissolution of Norfloxacin/Pharmatose DCL 11 tablets.

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    López-Solís, J; Villafuerte-Robles, L

    2001-03-23

    This paper reports the effect of disintegrant hygroscopicity on dissolution of tablets obtained by compression at 85 MPa of mixtures of Norfloxacin and different proportions of a disintegrant (Starch 1500, PVP XL 10 or Croscarmellose sodium) and a diluent (Pharmatose DCL 11). Dissolution behavior was evaluated according to USP 23, apparatus 2 (paddle) at 50 rpm and using 750 ml acetate buffer solution of pH 4, at 37 degrees C, as medium. Norfloxacin added of increasing proportions, in a given range, of each disintegrant or the diluent increased the drug dissolved. Addition of increasing proportions of Pharmatose DCL 11 to Norfloxacin with 5% of the high hygroscopic Starch 1500 reduced the dissolution improvement effect of Pharmatose DCL 11. Addition of 5% Pharmatose DCL 11 to tablets of the middle hygroscopic Croscarmellose sodium and Norfloxacin slightly reduced the Croscarmellose sodium dissolution promoting effect, while addition of 15% Pharmatose DCL 11 to tablets of the low hygroscopic PVP XL 10 and Norfloxacin showed no inhibition but potentiated substantially the dissolution of Norfloxacin. These effects were attributed to competition for the available water in the tablet and to different water consume, for dissolution or hydration, by the diluent and the disintegrants.

  17. The effect of surfactants on the dissolution behavior of amorphous formulations.

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    Mah, Pei T; Peltonen, Leena; Novakovic, Dunja; Rades, Thomas; Strachan, Clare J; Laaksonen, Timo

    2016-06-01

    The optimal design of oral amorphous formulations benefits from the use of excipients to maintain drug supersaturation and thus ensures adequate absorption during intestinal transit. The use of surfactants for the maintenance of supersaturation in amorphous formulations has not been investigated in detail. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of surfactant on the dissolution behavior of neat amorphous drug and binary polymer based solid dispersion. Indomethacin was used as the model drug and the surfactants studied were polysorbate 80 and poloxamer 407. The presence of surfactants (alone or in combination with polymers) in the buffer was detrimental to the dissolution of neat amorphous indomethacin, suggesting that the surfactants promoted the crystallization of neat amorphous indomethacin. In contrast, the presence of surfactants (0.01% w/v) in the buffer resulted in a significant improvement on the dissolution behavior of binary polymer based solid dispersion. Incorporating the surfactant to the formulation to form ternary solid dispersion adversely affected the dissolution behavior. In conclusion, the use of surfactants (as wetting or solubilization agents) in dissolution studies of neat amorphous drugs requires prudent consideration. The design of amorphous formulations with optimal dissolution performance requires the appropriate selection of a combination of excipients and consideration of the method of introducing the excipients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Experimental alkali feldspar dissolution at 100 degree C by carboxylic acids and their anions

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    Stoessell, R.K. ); Pittman, E.D. )

    1990-05-01

    Feldspar dissolution will enhance sandstone porosity if the released aluminum can be transported away in the subsurface waters. Carboxylic acids have been proposed to provide hydrogen ions to promote dissolution and anions to complex aqueous aluminum to keep it in solution. However, the hydrogen ions should react quickly following acid generation in source beds, leaving monocarboxylic anions with lesser amounts of dicarboxylic acids and their anions on feldspar dissolution and the apparent complexing of aluminum in solution. Two-week dissolution experiments of alkali feldspar were run at 100{degree}C and 300 bars in acetic acid, oxalic acid, and sodium salt solutions of chloride, acetate, propionate, oxalate, and malonate. Extrapolation of the results, to reservoir conditions during sandstone diagenesis, implies that concentrations of aluminum-organic complexes are not significant for acetate and propionate and are possibly significant for oxalate and malonate, depending upon fluid compositions. Propionate appeared to inhibit feldspar dissolution and hence might decrease secondary porosity formation. Increases in aluminum concentrations in the presence of oxalic and acetic acid solutions appear to be due to enhanced dissolution kinetics and greater aluminum solubility under low-pH conditions. Such low-pH fluids are generally absent in subsurface reservoirs, making this an unlikely mechanism for enhancing porosity. Furthermore, the observed thermal instability of oxalate and malonate anions explains their general low concentrations in subsurface fluids which limits their aluminum complexing potential in reservoirs during late diagenesis.

  19. Current perspectives on the dissolution stability of solid oral dosage forms.

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    Murthy, K S; Ghebre-Sellassie, I

    1993-02-01

    Dissolution stability (i.e., retention of the dissolution characteristics of a solid oral dosage form from the time of manufacture up to its expiration date) is a critical parameter from the standpoint of quality control, regulatory compliance, and impact on the bioavailability of the product. Significant changes in the in vitro release profiles of a drug product during storage may alter its bioavailability. Factors that affect the dissolution stability of a product during aging include formulation components (active drug, excipients, and coating materials), processing factors, storage conditions, and packaging. The role of each of these factors in promoting changes in dissolution in both immediate-release and modified-release products is dependent on the product and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Although data obtained under accelerated conditions of storage are not useful in predicting the dissolution shelf-life of the product under ambient conditions, they are of value in assessing the "ruggedness" of the product and its ability to withstand the varied climatic conditions during transport, shipping, and storage. The clinical significance of alterations in the in vitro dissolution profiles that may occur during aging and strategies to avert and counteract such changes are discussed in the article.

  20. Dissolution and Separation of Aluminum and Aluminosilicates

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    McFarlane, Joanna; Benker, Dennis; DePaoli, David W.; ...

    2015-12-19

    The selection of an aluminum alloy for target irradiation affects post-irradiation target dissolution and separations. Recent tests with aluminum alloy 6061 yielded greater than expected precipitation in the dissolver, forming up to 10 wt.% solids of aluminum hydroxides and aluminosilicates. Aluminosilicate dissolution presents challenges in a number of different areas, metals extraction from minerals, flyash treatment, and separations from aluminum alloys. We present experimental work that attempts to maximize dissolution of aluminum metal, along with silicon, magnesium, and copper impurities, through control of temperature, the rate of reagent addition, and incubation time. Aluminum phase transformations have been identified as amore » function of time and temperature, using X-ray diffraction. Solutions have been analyzed using wet chemical methods and X-ray fluorescence. Our data have been compared with published calculations of aluminum phase diagrams. Approaches are given to enhance the dissolution of aluminum and aluminosilicate phases in caustic solution.« less

  1. [Phytobezoar dissolution with Coca-Cola].

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    Martínez de Juan, F; Martínez-Lapiedra, C; Picazo, V

    2006-05-01

    The treatment of phytobezoar is empiric. The various therapeutic choices include dietary modifications, prokinetic drugs, gastric lavage, enzymatic dissolution, endoscopic treatment, and surgery. We present two cases of phytobezoar with successful outcome after Coca-Cola administration.

  2. Nylon Dissolution in Nitric Acid Solutions

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    KESSINGER, GLENF.

    2004-06-16

    H Area Operations is planning to process Pu-contaminated uranium scrap in support of de-inventory efforts. Nylon bags will be used to hold materials to be dissolved in H-Canyon. Based on this set of twelve nylon dissolutions, it is concluded that (when other variables are held constant): increased acid concentration results in increased dissolution rates; increased acid concentration results in a lower dissolution onset temperature; little, if any, H plus is consumed during the depolymerization process; and 2.0-3.0 M HNO3, with 0.025 M KF and 2 g/L B, is satisfactory for the dissolution of nylon bag materials to be used during H-Canyon processing.

  3. Dissolution and Separation of Aluminum and Aluminosilicates

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    McFarlane, Joanna; Benker, Dennis; DePaoli, David W.; Felker, Leslie Kevin; Mattus, Catherine H.

    2015-12-19

    The selection of an aluminum alloy for target irradiation affects post-irradiation target dissolution and separations. Recent tests with aluminum alloy 6061 yielded greater than expected precipitation in the dissolver, forming up to 10 wt.% solids of aluminum hydroxides and aluminosilicates. Aluminosilicate dissolution presents challenges in a number of different areas, metals extraction from minerals, flyash treatment, and separations from aluminum alloys. We present experimental work that attempts to maximize dissolution of aluminum metal, along with silicon, magnesium, and copper impurities, through control of temperature, the rate of reagent addition, and incubation time. Aluminum phase transformations have been identified as a function of time and temperature, using X-ray diffraction. Solutions have been analyzed using wet chemical methods and X-ray fluorescence. Our data have been compared with published calculations of aluminum phase diagrams. Approaches are given to enhance the dissolution of aluminum and aluminosilicate phases in caustic solution.

  4. A Social Psychological Perspective on Marital Dissolution

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    Levinger, George

    1976-01-01

    The hypothetical constructs of attraction and barrier forces, as well as contrasting alternative attractions are used to organize the research literature on the determinants of marital stability and dissolution. (Author/AM)

  5. Low temperature dissolution flowsheet for plutonium metal

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    Daniel, W. E.; Almond, P. M.; Rudisill, T. S.

    2016-05-01

    The H-Canyon flowsheet used to dissolve Pu metal for PuO2 production utilizes boiling HNO3. SRNL was requested to develop a complementary dissolution flowsheet at two reduced temperature ranges. The dissolution and H2 generation rates of Pu metal were investigated using a dissolving solution at ambient temperature (20-30 °C) and for an intermediate temperature of 50-60 °C. Additionally, the testing included an investigation of the dissolution rates and characterization of the off-gas generated from the ambient temperature dissolution of carbon steel cans and the nylon bags that contain the Pu metal when charged to the dissolver.

  6. Dental enamel dissolution after alendronate treatment.

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    Gandolfi, Maria G; Nucci, Cesare; Prati, Carlo; Mongiorgi, Romano

    2007-08-01

    To evaluate the effect of treatment with a bisphosphonate (alendronate) on human dental enamel dissolution in vitro. The dissolution of each enamel sample was evaluated by monitoring the calcium release in 0.1M lactic acid solution at pH 4.5 (acidic solution) during dissolution tests, after topical alendronate treatment with 0.1M alendronate solutions at pH 5.0, pH 7.4 and pH 9.0. Data showed that alendronate treatment, both at pH 5.0 and pH 7.4, obtained a statistically significant reduction of enamel demineralization during dissolution test reaction time (45 minutes). The protective effect was not present after treatment at pH 9.

  7. The Alkaline Dissolution Rate of Calcite.

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    Colombani, Jean

    2016-07-07

    Due to the widespread presence of calcium carbonate on Earth, several geochemical systems, among which is the global CO2 cycle, are controlled to a large extent by the dissolution and precipitation of this mineral. For this reason, the dissolution of calcite has been thoroughly investigated for decades. Despite this intense activity, a consensual value of the dissolution rate of calcite has not been found yet. We show here that the inconsistency between the reported values stems mainly from the variability of the chemical and hydrodynamic conditions of measurement. The spreading of the values, when compared in identical conditions, is much less than expected and is interpreted in terms of sample surface topography. This analysis leads us to propose benchmark values of the alkaline dissolution rate of calcite compatible with all the published values, and a method to use them in various chemical and hydrodynamic contexts.

  8. Dissolution rates of prehnite, epidote, and albite

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    Rosemary, N.M. )

    1991-11-01

    Dissolution rates of prehnite and epidote in aqueous solutions were measured in the temperature range 25 to 90C, and as a function of pH. The dissolution rate of albite was measured at pH 1.4 at temperatures between 25 and 90C. Batch experiments using low ionic strength pH buffers in constant temperature water batch or ovens provided data on cumulative element release as a function of time. Steady state Si, Ca, Na, and Al release data obtained from these experiments were used to obtain limiting dissolution rates, where the term limiting rate denotes dissolution of a bulk mineral under conditions where it is far from equilibrium with the fluid. At 90C and at pH 1.4 to 6, prehnite and epidote dissolution rates decrease and are proportional to approximately {minus}0.3 pH for prehnite and {minus}0.2 pH for epidote. Above pH 6, prehnite dissolution becomes pH independent, by epidote dissolution increases with rates that are proportional to between +0.3 and +0.6 pH. Prehnite and epidote dissolution is linear and stoichiometric at low pH. At pH greater than 7, both minerals initially display preferential release of Si and Al relative to Ca; however, with increasing reaction dissolution becomes stoichiometric. This suggests that a Ca-enriched layer forms but reaches a steady state thickness which does not impede subsequent linear stoichiometric release. At pH 1.4, the limiting dissolution rate for albite is linear and stoichiometric. At pH 1.4, the activation energies are 18.12 {plus minus} 0.81 kcal mol{sup {minus}1} for prehnite, 19.76 {plus minus} 1.2 kcal mol{sup {minus}1} for epidote and 17.07 {plus minus} 1.6 kcal mol{sup {minus}1} for albite. At pH 6.5, the activation energy for prehnite dissolution is 20.73 {plus minus} 3.2 kcal mol{sup {minus}1}.

  9. Status report on dissolution model development

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    Jackson, D.D.

    1983-07-01

    The computer program PROTOCOL models the dissolution reactions of chemical species in water. It is being developed particularly to study the dissolution of proposed nuclear waste forms and related phases. Experimentally derived leaching rate functions are coupled to thermochemical equilibrium calculations and water flow rates. The program has been developed over a period of years. This report describes improvements that have been done in the past year.

  10. A multiphase interfacial model for the dissolution of spent nuclear fuel

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    Jerden, James L.; Frey, Kurt; Ebert, William

    2015-07-01

    The Fuel Matrix Dissolution Model (FMDM) is an electrochemical reaction/diffusion model for the dissolution of spent uranium oxide fuel. The model was developed to provide radionuclide source terms for use in performance assessment calculations for various types of geologic repositories. It is based on mixed potential theory and consists of a two-phase fuel surface made up of UO2 and a noble metal bearing fission product phase in contact with groundwater. The corrosion potential at the surface of the dissolving fuel is calculated by balancing cathodic and anodic reactions occurring at the solution interfaces with UO2 and NMP surfaces. Dissolved oxygen and hydrogen peroxide generated by radiolysis of the groundwater are the major oxidizing agents that promote fuel dissolution. Several reactions occurring on noble metal alloy surfaces are electrically coupled to the UO2 and can catalyze or inhibit oxidative dissolution of the fuel. The most important of these is the oxidation of hydrogen, which counteracts the effects of oxidants (primarily H2O2 and O2). Inclusion of this reaction greatly decreases the oxidation of U(IV) and slows fuel dissolution significantly. In addition to radiolytic hydrogen, large quantities of hydrogen can be produced by the anoxic corrosion of steel structures within and near the fuel waste package. The model accurately predicts key experimental trends seen in literature data, the most important being the dramatic depression of the fuel dissolution rate by the presence of dissolved hydrogen at even relatively low concentrations (e.g., less than 1 mM). This hydrogen effect counteracts oxidation reactions and can limit fuel degradation to chemical dissolution, which results in radionuclide source term values that are four or five orders of magnitude lower than when oxidative dissolution processes are operative. This paper presents the scientific basis of the model, the approach for modeling used fuel in a disposal system, and preliminary

  11. Effect of tablet solubility and hygroscopicity on disintegrant efficiency in direct compression tablets in terms of dissolution.

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    Gordon, M S; Chowhan, Z T

    1987-12-01

    The effect of tablet composite solubility and hygroscopicity on the dissolution efficiency of three "super disintegrants", sodium starch glycolate, crospovidone, and croscarmellose sodium, was investigated. Lactose, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, and sorbitol, alone or in combination, provided varying degrees of solubility and hygroscopicity to the direct compression tablet formulations. To monitor in vitro dissolution, 1% p-aminobenzoic acid was added to the formulation as a tracer. The results indicate that hygroscopic ingredients decrease the effectiveness of super disintegrants in promoting in vitro dissolution. The greater the overall hygroscopicity of the tablet formulation, the larger the decrease in the efficiency of the super disintegrant. Composite tablet solubility did not influence the effectiveness of the super disintegrants. Super disintegrants that complied with the same compendial specifications, but were manufactured by different companies, behaved similarly in promoting tablet dissolution.

  12. Evaluation of a three compartment in vitro gastrointestinal simulator dissolution apparatus to predict in vivo dissolution.

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    Takeuchi, Susumu; Tsume, Yasuhiro; Amidon, Gregory E; Amidon, Gordon L

    2014-11-01

    In vitro dissolution tests are performed for new formulations to evaluate in vivo performance, which is affected by the change of gastrointestinal (GI) physiology, in the GI tract. Thus, those environmental changes should be introduced to an in vitro dissolution test. Many studies have successfully shown the improvement of in vitro-in vivo correlations (IVIVC) by introducing those physiological changes into dissolution tests. The gastrointestinal simulator (GIS), a multicompartment in vitro dissolution apparatus, was developed to evaluate in vivo drug dissolution. A gastric-emptying rate along with transit rate are key factors to evaluate in vivo drug dissolution and, hence, drug absorption. Dissolution tests with the GIS were performed with Biopharmaceutical Classification System class I drugs at five different gastric-emptying rates in the fasted state. Computational models were used to determine in vivo gastric-emptying time for propranolol and metoprolol based on the GIS dissolution results. Those were compared with published clinical data to determine the gastric half-emptying time. In conclusion, the GIS is a practical tool to assess dissolution properties and can improve IVIVC. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  13. Kinetics of anorthite dissolution in basaltic melt

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    Yu, Yi; Zhang, Youxue; Chen, Yang; Xu, Zhengjiu

    2016-04-01

    We report convection-free anorthite dissolution experiments in a basaltic melt at 1280-1500 °C and 0.5 GPa on two different crystallographic surfaces, (1 2 1 bar) and (3 bar 0 2) to investigate dissolution kinetics. The anisotropy of the anorthite dissolution rate along these two surfaces is negligible. Time series experiments at ∼1280 °C show that anorthite dissolution is mainly controlled by diffusion in the melt within experimental uncertainty. Analytical solutions were used to model the dissolution and diffusion processes, and to obtain the diffusivities and the saturation concentrations of the equilibrium-determining component (Al2O3) for anorthite dissolution into the basaltic melt. For the first time, we are able to show the physical and chemical characteristics of quench growth effect on the near-interface melt using high spatial resolution (0.3 μm) EDS analyses. For anorthite (An# ⩾ 90) saturation in a melt with 39-53 wt% SiO2 and ⩽0.4 wt% H2O, the concentration of Al2O3 in wt% depends on temperature as follows:

  14. Impact of iron chelators on short-term dissolution of basaltic glass

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    Perez, Anne; Rossano, Stéphanie; Trcera, Nicolas; Verney-Carron, Aurélie; Huguenot, David; van Hullebusch, Eric D.; Catillon, Gilles; Razafitianamaharavo, Angelina; Guyot, François

    2015-08-01

    Although microorganisms seem to play an important role in the alteration processes of basaltic glasses in solution, the elementary mechanisms involved remain unclear in particular with regard to the role of organic ligands excreted by the cells. Two glasses, one with Fe and one without Fe were synthesized to model basaltic glass compositions. Fe in the glass was mostly Fe(III) for enhancing interaction with siderophores, yet with small but significant amounts of Fe(II) (between 10% and 30% of iron). The prepared samples were submitted to abiotic alteration experiments in buffered (pH 6.4) diluted solutions of metal-specific ligands, namely oxalic acid (OA, 10 mM), desferrioxamine (DFA, 1 mM) or 2,2‧-bipyridyl (BPI, 1 mM). Element release from the glass into the solution after short term alteration (maximum 1 week) was measured by ICP-OES, and normalized mass losses and relative release ratios (with respect to Si) were evaluated for each element in each experimental condition. The presence of organic ligands had a significant effect on the dissolution of both glasses. Trivalent metals chelators (OA, DFA) impacted on the release of Fe3+ and Al3+, and thus on the global dissolution of both glasses, enhancing all release rates and dissolution stoichiometry (release rates were increased up to 7 times for Al or Fe). As expected, the mostly divalent metal chelator BPI interacted preferentially with Ca2+, Mg2+ and Fe2+. This study thus allows to highlight the central roles of iron and aluminium in interaction with some organic ligands in the alteration processes of basaltic glasses. It thus provides a step toward understanding the biological contribution of this fundamental geological process.

  15. Differential Effects of TR Ligands on Hormone Dissociation Rates: Evidence for Multiple Ligand Entry/Exit Pathways

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    Lima, Suzana T. Cunha; Nguyen, Ngoc-Ha; Togashi, Marie; Apriletti, James W.; Nguyen, Phuong; Polikarpov, Igor; Scanlan, Thomas S.; Baxter, John D.; Webb, Paul

    2009-01-01

    Some nuclear receptor (NR) ligands promote dissociation of radiolabeled bound hormone from the buried ligand binding cavity (LBC) more rapidly than excess unlabeled hormone itself. This result was interpreted to mean that challenger ligands bind allosteric sites on the LBD to induce hormone dissociation, and recent findings indicate that ligands bind weakly to multiple sites on the LBD surface. Here, we show that a large fraction of thyroid hormone receptor (TR) ligands promote rapid dissociation (T1/2 <2 hours) of radiolabeled T3 versus T3 (T1/2 ≈5–7 hours). We cannot discern relationships between this effect and ligand size, activity or affinity for TRβ. One ligand, GC-24, binds the TR LBC and (weakly) to the TRβ-LBD surface that mediates dimer/heterodimer interaction, but we cannot link this interaction to rapid T3 dissociation. Instead, several lines of evidence suggest that the challenger ligand must interact with the buried LBC to promote rapid T3 release. Since previous molecular dynamics simulations suggest that TR ligands leave the LBC by several routes, we propose that a subset of challenger ligands binds and stabilizes a partially unfolded intermediate state of TR that arises during T3 release and that this effect enhances hormone dissociation. PMID:19729063

  16. Differential effects of TR ligands on hormone dissociation rates: evidence for multiple ligand entry/exit pathways.

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    Cunha Lima, Suzana T; Nguyen, Ngoc-Ha; Togashi, Marie; Apriletti, James W; Nguyen, Phuong; Polikarpov, Igor; Scanlan, Thomas S; Baxter, John D; Webb, Paul

    2009-11-01

    Some nuclear receptor (NR) ligands promote dissociation of radiolabeled bound hormone from the buried ligand binding cavity (LBC) more rapidly than excess unlabeled hormone itself. This result was interpreted to mean that challenger ligands bind allosteric sites on the LBD to induce hormone dissociation, and recent findings indicate that ligands bind weakly to multiple sites on the LBD surface. Here, we show that a large fraction of thyroid hormone receptor (TR) ligands promote rapid dissociation (T(1/2)<2h) of radiolabeled T(3) vs. T(3) (T(1/2) approximately 5-7h). We cannot discern relationships between this effect and ligand size, activity or affinity for TRbeta. One ligand, GC-24, binds the TR LBC and (weakly) to the TRbeta-LBD surface that mediates dimer/heterodimer interaction, but we cannot link this interaction to rapid T(3) dissociation. Instead, several lines of evidence suggest that the challenger ligand must interact with the buried LBC to promote rapid T(3) release. Since previous molecular dynamics simulations suggest that TR ligands leave the LBC by several routes, we propose that a subset of challenger ligands binds and stabilizes a partially unfolded intermediate state of TR that arises during T(3) release and that this effect enhances hormone dissociation.

  17. Discriminative Dissolution Method for Benzoyl Metronidazole Oral Suspension.

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    da Silva, Aline Santos; da Rosa Silva, Carlos Eduardo; Paula, Fávero Reisdorfer; da Silva, Fabiana Ernestina Barcellos

    2016-06-01

    A dissolution method for benzoyl metronidazole (BMZ) oral suspensions was developed and validated using a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method. After determination of sink conditions, dissolution profiles were evaluated using different dissolution media and agitation speeds. The sample insertion mode in dissolution media was also evaluated. The best conditions were obtained using a paddle, 50 rpm stirring speed, simulated gastric fluid (without pepsin) as the dissolution medium, and sample insertion by a syringe. These conditions were suitable for providing sink conditions and discriminatory power between different formulations. Through the tested conditions, the results can be considered specific, linear, precise, accurate, and robust. The dissolution profiles of five samples were compared using the similarity factor (f 2) and dissolution efficiency. The dissolution kinetics were evaluated and described by the Weibull model. Whereas there is no monograph for this pharmaceutical formulation, the dissolution method proposed can be considered suitable for quality control and dissolution profile comparison of different commercial formulations.

  18. DISSOLUTION OF FISSILE MATERIALS CONTAINING TANTALUM METAL

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    Rudisill, T; Mark Crowder, M; Michael Bronikowski, M

    2007-05-29

    The dissolution of composite materials containing plutonium (Pu) and tantalum (Ta) metals is currently performed in Phase I of the HB-Line facility. The conditions for the present flowsheet are the dissolution of 500 g of Pu metal in the 15 L dissolver using a 4 M nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}) solution containing 0.2 M potassium fluoride (KF) at 95 C for 4-6 h.[1] The Ta metal, which is essentially insoluble in HNO{sub 3}/fluoride solutions, is rinsed with process water to remove residual acid, and then burned to destroy classified information. During the initial dissolution campaign, the total mass of Pu and Ta in the dissolver charge was limited to nominally 300 g. The reduced amount of Pu in the dissolver charge coupled with significant evaporation of solution during processing of several dissolver charges resulted in the precipitation of a fluoride salt contain Pu. Dissolution of the salt required the addition of aluminum nitrate (Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}) and a subsequent undesired 4 h heating cycle. As a result of this issue, HB-Line Engineering requested the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) to optimize the dissolution flowsheet to reduce the cycle time, reduce the risk of precipitating solids, and obtain hydrogen (H{sub 2}) generation data at lower fluoride concentrations.[2] Using samples of the Pu/Ta composite material, we performed three experiments to demonstrate the dissolution of the Pu metal using HNO{sub 3} solutions containing 0.15 and 0.175 M KF. When 0.15 M KF was used in the dissolving solution, 95.5% of the Pu in the sample dissolved in approximately 6 h. The undissolved material included a small amount of Pu metal and plutonium oxide (PuO{sub 2}) solids. Complete dissolution of the metal would have likely occurred if the dissolution time had been extended. This assumption is based on the steady increase in the Pu concentration observed during the last several hours of the experiment. We attribute the formation of PuO{sub 2} to the complexation

  19. Dissolution behavior of a miscible polymer blend

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    Rodriguez, F.

    1996-12-31

    The orderly dissolution process with minimal swelling exhibited by poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, also is preserved in some blends of PMMA with other polymers. In the present work, dissolution rates for blends with up to 30 % poly(epichlorohydrin), PECH, have been measured in 4-methyl-2-pentanone at temperatures of 20 to 40{degrees}C. For films in the thickness range of 0.5 to 1 {mu}m, a laser interferometer yielded both the rate and the presence or absence of a transition layer at the polymer-solvent interface. The dissolution rate increases monotonically as the amount of PECH is increased. Beyond about 40% PECH, the dissolution process becomes less orderly. When a laser beam is reflected from a flat polymer film on a reflecting substrate like silicon, the reflected light intensity takes the form of a sinusoidal (or nearly sinusoidal) oscillation. The period of the oscillation can be related to the rate of dissolution. The amplitude of the oscillations gives a direct measure of refractive index of the polymer film. Changes in the amplitude (and, sometimes, the rate) give information about swelling. The offset between the maximum in the oscillations during dissolution compared to the reflectance of the bare wafer can be converted into a transition layer thickness although it is necessary to interpose a mathematical model for the concentration gradient in the layer. The most investigated {open_quotes}well-ordered{close_quotes} polymer is poly(methylmethacrylate), PMMA. Although primarily limited to lithography using electron beams or x-rays, PMMA continues to be a valuable reference polymer for dissolution studies.

  20. A General Ligand Design for Gold Catalysis allowing Ligand-Directed Anti Nucleophilic Attack of Alkynes

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    Wang, Yanzhao; Wang, Zhixun; Li, Yuxue; Wu, Gongde; Cao, Zheng; Zhang, Liming

    2014-01-01

    Most homogenous gold catalyses demand ≥0.5 mol % catalyst loading. Due to the high cost of gold, these reactions are unlikely to be applicable in medium or large scale applications. Here we disclose a novel ligand design based on the privileged biphenyl-2-phosphine framework that offers a potentially general approach to dramatically lowering catalyst loading. In this design, an amide group at the 3’ position of the ligand framework directs and promotes nucleophilic attack at the ligand gold complex-activated alkyne, which is unprecedented in homogeneous gold catalysis considering the spatial challenge of using ligand to reach antiapproaching nucleophile in a linear P-Au-alkyne centroid structure. With such a ligand, the gold(I) complex becomes highly efficient in catalyzing acid addition to alkynes, with a turnover number up to 99,000. Density functional theory calculations support the role of the amide moiety in directing the attack of carboxylic acid via hydrogen bonding. PMID:24704803

  1. Evaluation of hydrodynamics in the basket dissolution apparatus using computational fluid dynamics--dissolution rate implications.

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    D'Arcy, Deirdre M; Corrigan, Owen I; Healy, Anne Marie

    2006-02-01

    The aim of this work was to simulate the fluid flow in the basket dissolution apparatus using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and to use the resulting velocity data (in combination with velocity data from simulated flow fields of the paddle dissolution apparatus) to relate velocities in the vicinity of a dissolving surface to dissolution rate. A further objective of the work was to compare fluid velocities between the basket and paddle dissolution apparatuses. CFD simulations of the basket apparatus were carried out using Fluent software. Flow field solutions were compared with results from flow visualisation techniques and with published ultrasound-pulse-echo velocity data. Velocity data from the flow field solution revealed velocities within the basket to be of the same order as those at the base of the paddle apparatus at the same rotation speed, supporting equivalent dissolution rate data from these locations. Dissolution rates were obtained for compacts of benzoic acid dissolved in 0.1 M HCl at 37 degrees C in the basket apparatus at 50 rpm. The relationship between maximum velocity in the vicinity of a dissolving surface and dissolution rate data from both the paddle and basket apparatuses was in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Analysis of the dissolution rates suggests a significant contribution from free convection in regions of low velocity at the base of the vessel of the basket apparatus.

  2. Influence of bovine serum albumin and alginate on silver nanoparticle dissolution and toxicity to Nitrosomonas europaea.

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    Ostermeyer, Ann-Kathrin; Kostigen Mumuper, Cameron; Semprini, Lewis; Radniecki, Tyler

    2013-12-17

    Bovine serum albumin (BSA), a model protein, reduced the toxicity of 20 nm citrate silver nanoparticles (AgNP) toward Nitrosomonas europaea, a model ammonia oxidizing bacteria, through a dual-mode protection mechanism. BSA reduced AgNP toxicity by chelating the silver ions (Ag(+)) released from the AgNPs. BSA further reduced AgNP toxicity by binding to the AgNP surface thus preventing NH3-dependent dissolution from occurring. Due to BSA's affinity toward Ag(+) chemisorbed on the AgNP surface, increased concentrations of BSA lead to increased AgNP dissolution rates. This, however, did not increase AgNP toxicity as the dissolved Ag(+) were adsorbed onto the BSA molecules. Alginate, a model extracellular polysaccharide (EPS), lacks strong Ag(+) ligands and was unable to protect N. europaea from Ag(+) toxicity. However, at high concentrations, alginate reduced AgNP toxicity by binding to the AgNP surface and reducing AgNP dissolution rates. Unlike BSA, alginate only weakly interacted with the AgNP surface and was unable to completely prevent NH3-dependent AgNP dissolution from occurring. Based on these results, AgNP toxicity in high protein environments (e.g., wastewater) is expected to be muted while the EPS layers of wastewater biofilms may provide additional protection from AgNPs, but not from Ag(+) that have already been released.

  3. Can the dissolution rates of individual minerals be used to describe whole rock dissolution?

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    Critelli, Teresa; Marini, Luigi; Schott, Jacques; Mavromatis, Vasileios; Apollaro, Carmine; Rinder, Thomas; De Rosa, Rosanna; Oelkers, Eric H.

    2014-05-01

    There have been an exhaustive number of laboratory studies determining the dissolution rates of individual minerals, but few have focused on the dissolution rates of minerals in multi-mineralic rocks. As a result, geochemical modeling of the temporal evolution of water-rock interaction is generally based on the assumption that the dissolution rate of minerals within a rock is equal to that measured in the laboratory on individual minerals. To verify this hypothesis, we have determined experimentally the dissolution rates of a well characterized metabasalt rock (Apollaro et al., 2011; Bloise et al., 2012) from the Mt. Reventino area (Southern Italy) at 25°C in mixed flow reactors. From these experiments and rock modal analysis we have deduced the dissolution rates of the minerals present in the rock (actinolite, albite, chlorite, epidote, and phengite). The major observation of this effort include: (i) only small differences in the dissolution rates of the individual minerals were observed; these rates are close to the whole-rock dissolution rate and (ii) the dissolution rates of albite and chlorite are in close agreement with laboratory rates obtained from individual mineral dissolution experiments, whereas those of actinolite, phengite, and epidote are not consistent with those reported in literature by 1-2 orders of magnitude. These results demonstrate that the dissolution rate of a given mineral in a multi-phase rock can be affected by the presence of the other minerals. Rock dissolution kinetics are likely constrained by the dissolution rates of the more abundant, lesser reactive mineral or minerals in the rock. These unreactive minerals can prevent the dissolution of the more rapidly dissolving mineral grains by keeping them out of contact with the aqueous phase. This implies that the overall weathering rate of rocks cannot be modelled from the measured dissolution rates of its individual minerals. If confirmed through further studies, this conclusion may

  4. Modeling of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) ligand binding domain and its utility in virtual ligand screening to predict new AhR ligands

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    Bisson, William; Koch, Daniel; O’Donnell, Edmond; Khalil, Sammy M.; Kerkvliet, Nancy; Tanguay, Robert; Abagyan, Ruben; Kolluri, Siva Kumar

    2012-01-01

    The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor; the AhR Per-AhR/Arnt-Sim (PAS) domain binds ligands. We developed homology models of the AhR PAS domain to characterize previously observed intra- and inter-species differences in ligand binding using Molecular Docking. In silico structure-based virtual ligand screening using our model resulted in the identification of pinocembrin and 5-hydroxy-7-methoxyflavone, which promoted nuclear translocation and transcriptional activation of AhR and AhR-dependent induction of endogenous target genes. PMID:19719119

  5. Reductive dissolution of goethite by phenolic reductants

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    LaKind, J.S.; Stone, A.T. )

    1989-05-01

    The reductive dissolution of goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH) and hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) by phenolic reductants has been examined in order to improve the understanding of iron transformations in soils, sediments and aquifers. Rates of goethite reductive dissolution by hydroquinone increased as the pH was increased from pH 1.8 to 4.65, and the following reaction stoichiometry was obeyed: 2{alpha}-FeOOH + QH{sub 2} = 2Fe{sup 2+} + Q + 4OH{sup {minus}}. As the pH was increased from pH 4.5 to 6.0, the reductive dissolution rate decreased to below the detection limit. At pH 3.4, the reductive dissolution of hematite was two orders of magnitude slower than goethite. The relationship between structure and reactivity was examined for a series of mono-, di-, and tri-hydroxybenzene reductants. Rates of reductive dissolution decreased in the following order: catechol {approx equal} hydroquinone > 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid > resorcinol-phenol-4-hydroxybenzoic acid.

  6. Arresting dissolution by interfacial rheology design.

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    Beltramo, Peter J; Gupta, Manish; Alicke, Alexandra; Liascukiene, Irma; Gunes, Deniz Z; Baroud, Charles N; Vermant, Jan

    2017-09-26

    A strategy to halt dissolution of particle-coated air bubbles in water based on interfacial rheology design is presented. Whereas previously a dense monolayer was believed to be required for such an "armored bubble" to resist dissolution, in fact engineering a 2D yield stress interface suffices to achieve such performance at submonolayer particle coverages. We use a suite of interfacial rheology techniques to characterize spherical and ellipsoidal particles at an air-water interface as a function of surface coverage. Bubbles with varying particle coverages are made and their resistance to dissolution evaluated using a microfluidic technique. Whereas a bare bubble only has a single pressure at which a given radius is stable, we find a range of pressures over which bubble dissolution is arrested for armored bubbles. The link between interfacial rheology and macroscopic dissolution of [Formula: see text] 100 [Formula: see text]m bubbles coated with [Formula: see text] 1 [Formula: see text]m particles is presented and discussed. The generic design rationale is confirmed by using nonspherical particles, which develop significant yield stress at even lower surface coverages. Hence, it can be applied to successfully inhibit Ostwald ripening in a multitude of foam and emulsion applications.

  7. Forsterite dissolution rates in Mg-sulfate-rich Mars-analog brines and implications of the aqueous history of Mars

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    Albright Olsen, Amanda; Hausrath, Elisabeth M.; Rimstidt, J. Donald

    2015-03-01

    High salinity brines, although rare on Earth's surface, may have been important in the geologic history of Mars. Increasing evidence suggests the importance of liquid brines in multiple locations on Mars. In order to interpret the effect of high ionic strength brines on olivine dissolution, which is widely present on Mars, 47 new batch reactor experiments combined with 35 results from a previous study conducted at 25°C from 1 < pH < 4 in magnesium sulfate, sodium sulfate, magnesium nitrate, and potassium nitrate solutions with ionic strengths as high as 12 m show that very high ionic strength brines have an inhibitory effect of forsterite dissolution rates. Multiple linear regression analysis of the data suggests that the inhibition in dissolution rates is due to decreased water activity at high ionic strengths. Regression models also show that mMg up to 4 m and mSO4 up to 3 m have no effect on forsterite dissolution rates. The effect of decreasing dissolution rates with decreasing aH2O is consistent with the idea that water acts as a ligand that participates in the dissolution process. Less available water to participate in the dissolution reaction results in a slower dissolution rate. Multiple linear regression analysis of the data produces the rate equation log r = -6.81 - 0.52pH + 3.26log aH2O. Forsterite in dilute solutions with a water activity of one dissolves twice as fast as those in brines with a water activity of 0.8.

  8. Criticality safety in high explosives dissolution

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    Troyer, S.D.

    1997-06-01

    In 1992, an incident occurred at the Pantex Plant in which the cladding around a fissile material component (pit) cracked during dismantlement of the high explosives portion of a nuclear weapon. Although the event did not result in any significant contamination or personnel exposures, concerns about the incident led to the conclusion that the current dismantlement process was unacceptable. Options considered for redesign, dissolution tooling design considerations, dissolution tooling design features, and the analysis of the new dissolution tooling are summarized. The final tooling design developed incorporated a number of safety features and provides a simple, self-contained, low-maintenance method of high explosives removal for nuclear explosive dismantlement. Analyses demonstrate that the tooling design will remain subcritical under normal, abnormal, and credible accident scenarios. 1 fig.

  9. Formation and dissolution of bacterial colonies

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    Weber, Christoph A.; Lin, Yen Ting; Biais, Nicolas; Zaburdaev, Vasily

    2015-09-01

    Many organisms form colonies for a transient period of time to withstand environmental pressure. Bacterial biofilms are a prototypical example of such behavior. Despite significant interest across disciplines, physical mechanisms governing the formation and dissolution of bacterial colonies are still poorly understood. Starting from a kinetic description of motile and interacting cells we derive a hydrodynamic equation for their density on a surface, where most of the kinetic coefficients are estimated from experimental data for N. gonorrhoeae bacteria. We use it to describe the formation of multiple colonies with sizes consistent with experimental observations. Finally, we show how the changes in the cell-to-cell interactions lead to the dissolution of the bacterial colonies. The successful application of kinetic theory to a complex far from equilibrium system such as formation and dissolution of living bacterial colonies potentially paves the way for the physical quantification of the initial stages of biofilm formation.

  10. A reductive dissolution study of magnetite

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    Hui-Jun Won; Jung-Soon Park; Chong-Hun Jung; Sang-Yoon Park; Wang-Kyu Choi; Jei-Kwon Moon

    2013-07-01

    Magnetite dissolution tests using a hydrazine base solution were performed at a temperature range of 90 to 150 deg. C. The dissolution rate of magnetite increased with [N{sub 2}H{sub 4}], time, and temperature. The optimum solution pH in the experimental range was 3. The addition of copper ion to the hydrazine base solution greatly increased the magnetite dissolution rate. This was explained by the complex formation between N{sub 2}H{sub 4} and Cu ions, and the reducing power of the hydrazine-Cu complex to the ferric ions of magnetite. The reductive decontamination solution can be applied below 100 deg. C by the addition of copper ions. The chemical decontamination of a Type 304 stainless steel specimen using a hydrazine base reductive decontamination solution was also performed. The contact dose rate was greatly decreased by the repetitive application of NP and the hydrazine base solution. (authors)

  11. Sodium sulfate - Deposition and dissolution of silica

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.

    1989-01-01

    The hot-corrosion process for SiO2-protected materials involves deposition of Na2SO4 and dissolution of the protective SiO2 scale. Dew points for Na2SO4 deposition are calculated as a function of pressure, sodium content, and sulfur content. Expected dissolution regimes for SiO2 are calculated as a function of Na2SO4 basicity. Controlled-condition burner-rig tests on quartz verify some of these predicted dissolution regimes. The basicity of Na2SO4 is not always a simple function of P(SO3). Electrochemical measurements of an (Na2O) show that carbon creates basic conditions in Na2SO4, which explains the extensive corrosion of SiO2-protected materials containing carbon, such as SiC.

  12. Sodium sulfate - Deposition and dissolution of silica

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.

    1989-01-01

    The hot-corrosion process for SiO2-protected materials involves deposition of Na2SO4 and dissolution of the protective SiO2 scale. Dew points for Na2SO4 deposition are calculated as a function of pressure, sodium content, and sulfur content. Expected dissolution regimes for SiO2 are calculated as a function of Na2SO4 basicity. Controlled-condition burner-rig tests on quartz verify some of these predicted dissolution regimes. The basicity of Na2SO4 is not always a simple function of P(SO3). Electrochemical measurements of an (Na2O) show that carbon creates basic conditions in Na2SO4, which explains the extensive corrosion of SiO2-protected materials containing carbon, such as SiC.

  13. Formation and dissolution of bacterial colonies.

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    Weber, Christoph A; Lin, Yen Ting; Biais, Nicolas; Zaburdaev, Vasily

    2015-09-01

    Many organisms form colonies for a transient period of time to withstand environmental pressure. Bacterial biofilms are a prototypical example of such behavior. Despite significant interest across disciplines, physical mechanisms governing the formation and dissolution of bacterial colonies are still poorly understood. Starting from a kinetic description of motile and interacting cells we derive a hydrodynamic equation for their density on a surface, where most of the kinetic coefficients are estimated from experimental data for N. gonorrhoeae bacteria. We use it to describe the formation of multiple colonies with sizes consistent with experimental observations. Finally, we show how the changes in the cell-to-cell interactions lead to the dissolution of the bacterial colonies. The successful application of kinetic theory to a complex far from equilibrium system such as formation and dissolution of living bacterial colonies potentially paves the way for the physical quantification of the initial stages of biofilm formation.

  14. Effects of aqueous cations on the dissolution of labradorite feldspar

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    Muir, I.J.; Nesbitt, H.W. )

    1991-11-01

    Specimens of labradorite feldspar (An {approx} 54) were dissolved in mildly acidic solutions containing the cations Al, Ca, and Mg at 9.3 {times} 10{sup {minus}3}, 1.9 {times} 10{sup {minus}2}, and 3.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}2} mmol {center dot} L{sup {minus}1} for 72 days at 21 {plus minus} 2C and atmospheric pressure. Depth profiles by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) show that the extent to which altered layers form on dissolving labradorite can be influenced by the cation concentration of the leachant solutions. Silicon-enriched altered layers {approx} 1,500 {angstrom} thick form on labradorite surfaces ((001) cleavage faces) during dissolution in aqueous HCl (pH 4). Addition of dissolved Al, Ca, and Mg to the leachant solution reduces the thickness of the altered layers. The formation of thinner altered layers may result from competition between cations and H ions for active surface sites such that the supply of H ions to the labradorite surface is reduced. Dissolved Al in the leachant solutions also alters the release rates of Ca and Al relative to one another. On the other hand, the same is not observed for labradorite specimens dissolved in solutions containing Ca{sub (aq)}. The results from these experiments also support a diffusion-limited processes for the release of Al from fresh labradorite to solutions containing Al{sub (aq)}. Previous attention has been focused on the effects of organic ligands; however, the results demonstrate the important role dissolved cations play in the dissolution of aluminosilicates.

  15. Design and evaluation of Lumefantrine – Oleic acid self nanoemulsifying ionic complex for enhanced dissolution

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Lumefantrine, an antimalarial molecule has very low and variable bioavailability owing to its extremely poor solubility in water. It is recommended to be taken with milk to enhance its solubility and bioavailability. The aim of present study was to develop a Self Nanoemulsifying Delivery system (SNEDs) of lumefantrine (LF) to achieve rapid and complete dissolution independent of food-fat and surfactant in dissolution media. Methods Solubility of LF in oil, co-solvent/co-surfactant and surfactant solution and emulsification efficiency of surfactant were analyzed to optimize the LF loaded self nanoemulsifying preconcentrate. Effect of LF-oleic acid complexation on emulsification, droplet size, zeta potential and dissolution were investigated. Effect of milk concentration and fat content on saturation solubility and dissolution of LF was investigated. Dissolution of marketed formulation and LF-SNEDs was carried out in pH 1.2 and pH 6.8 phosphate buffer. Results LF exhibited very high solubility in oleic acid owing to complexation between tertiary amine of LF and carboxyl group of oleic acid (OA). Cremophore EL and medium chain monoglyceride were selected surfactant and co-surfactant, respectively. Significantly smaller droplet size (37 nm), shift in zeta potential from negative to positive value, very high drug loading in lipid based system (> 10%), no precipitation after dissolution are the major distinguish characteristics contributed by LF-OA complex in the SNED system. Saturation solubility and dissolution study in milk containing media pointed the significant increment in solubility of LF in the presence of milk-food fat. LF-SNEDs showed > 90% LF release within 30 min in pH 1.2 while marketed tablet showed almost 0% drug release. Conclusion Self nanoemulsification promoting ionic complexation between basic drug and oleic acid hold great promise in enhancing solubility of hydrophobic drugs. PMID:23531442

  16. `Electrochemical Pressure Solution' -The Importance of Dissimilar Surface Potentials in Dissolution Phenomena

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    Greene, G.; Kristiansen, K.; Boles, J. R.; Valtiner, M.; Israelachvili, J. N.

    2016-12-01

    "Pressure solution" is a fundamental deformation mechanism that encompasses such phenomena as pitting and indentation at grain contacts, stylolite formation, overgrowths, and chemical compaction of rocks. The physiochemical mechanism of pressure solution has traditionally been viewed as a pressure driven phenomena by which enhanced dissolution of certain minerals is achieved as a result of inter-grain contact stress. However, a pressure centered mechanism of pressure solution is unable to fully account for many observations made in field studies that frequently find the presence of clays, particularly muscovite mica, appears to promote and enhance pressure solution in rock formations. Here we describe experiments that investigate the role of mineral dissimilarity in pressure solution. Using an Electrochemical Surface Forces Apparatus we visualized and measured the dissolution of quartz and silica glass surfaces in contact with muscovite mica and gold electrode surfaces in real time with sub-nanometer precision. These experiments, performed at low pressure and temperature, show that the dissolution of quartz and silica is driven by an electric potential (and charge transfer) that arises from the overlap of the electric double-layers when in close proximity to a dissimilar surface. The observed dissolution rates correlate quantitatively with the electric potential via the Butler-Volmer equation for corrosion despite no obvious oxidation/reduction reactions in the system. Our experimental results demonstrate that apparent pressure solution and many other mineral dissolution phenomena can be driven by electrochemical processes operating in lieu of or in addition to a traditionally understood pressure-driven process. This finding highlights the role of electrochemical surface potentials in dissolution phenomena at dissimilar material interfaces, and provides new perspectives on pressure solution in particular and a new theoretical basis for predictive control of

  17. DISSOLUTION OF IRRADIATED MURR FUEL ASSEMBLIES

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    Kyser, E.

    2010-06-17

    A literature survey on the dissolution of spent nuclear fuel from the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) has been performed. This survey encompassed both internal and external literature sources for the dissolution of aluminum-clad uranium alloy fuels. The most limiting aspect of dissolution in the current facility configuration involves issues related to the control of the flammability of the off-gas from this process. The primary conclusion of this work is that based on past dissolution of this fuel in H-Canyon, four bundles of this fuel (initial charge) may be safely dissolved in a nitric acid flowsheet catalyzed with 0.002 M mercuric nitrate using a 40 scfm purge to control off-gas flammability. The initial charge may be followed by a second charge of up to five bundles to the same dissolver batch depending on volume and concentration constraints. The safety of this flowsheet relies on composite lower flammability limits (LFL) estimated from prior literature, pilot-scale work on the dissolution of site fuels, and the proposed processing flowsheet. Equipment modifications or improved LFL data offer the potential for improved processing rates. The fuel charging sequence, as well as the acid and catalyst concentrations, will control the dissolution rate during the initial portion of the cycle. These parameters directly impact the hydrogen and off-gas generation and, along with the purge flowrate determine the number of bundles that may be charged. The calculation approach within provides Engineering a means to determine optimal charging patterns. Downstream processing of this material should be similar to that of recent processing of site fuels requiring only minor adjustments of the existing flowsheet parameters.

  18. Bifunctional crosslinking ligands for transthyretin

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    Mangione, P. Patrizia; Deroo, Stéphanie; Ellmerich, Stephan; Bellotti, Vittorio; Kolstoe, Simon; Wood, Stephen P.; Robinson, Carol V.; Smith, Martin D.; Tennent, Glenys A.; Broadbridge, Robert J.; Council, Claire E.; Thurston, Joanne R.; Steadman, Victoria A.; Vong, Antonio K.; Swain, Christopher J.; Pepys, Mark B.; Taylor, Graham W.

    2015-01-01

    Wild-type and variant forms of transthyretin (TTR), a normal plasma protein, are amyloidogenic and can be deposited in the tissues as amyloid fibrils causing acquired and hereditary systemic TTR amyloidosis, a debilitating and usually fatal disease. Reduction in the abundance of amyloid fibril precursor proteins arrests amyloid deposition and halts disease progression in all forms of amyloidosis including TTR type. Our previous demonstration that circulating serum amyloid P component (SAP) is efficiently depleted by administration of a specific small molecule ligand compound, that non-covalently crosslinks pairs of SAP molecules, suggested that TTR may be also amenable to this approach. We first confirmed that chemically crosslinked human TTR is rapidly cleared from the circulation in mice. In order to crosslink pairs of TTR molecules, promote their accelerated clearance and thus therapeutically deplete plasma TTR, we prepared a range of bivalent specific ligands for the thyroxine binding sites of TTR. Non-covalently bound human TTR–ligand complexes were formed that were stable in vitro and in vivo, but they were not cleared from the plasma of mice in vivo more rapidly than native uncomplexed TTR. Therapeutic depletion of circulating TTR will require additional mechanisms. PMID:26400472

  19. SIMFUEL dissolution studies in granitic groundwater

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    Ollila, K.

    1992-08-01

    The dissolution behaviour of an unirradiated chemical analogue of spent nuclear fuel, SIMFUEL, has been studied in synthetic, granitic groundwater under anoxic conditions. The release of U and the minor components Mo, Ru, Sr, Ba, La, Zr, Ce, Y, Rh, Pd and Nd was monitored during static (batch) leaching experiments. For molybdenum, ruthenium, strontium and barium, the leaching results (the total experimental time of 300 days) show a trend to congruent dissolution with the UO 2 matrix. The release rates of lanthanum, zirconium and cerium are higher relative to uranium. Sorption, colloidal and/or precipitation phenomena appear to play an important role under these experimental conditions.

  20. Microbial dissolution of silicate materials. Final report

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    Schwartzman, D.

    1996-03-26

    The objective of this research was to better understand the role of selected thermophilic bacteria in the colonization and dissolution of silicate minerals, with potential applications to the HDR Project. The demonstration of enhanced dissolution from microbial effects is critically dependent on providing a mineral bait within a media deficient in the critical nutrient found in the mineral (e.g., Fe). Reproducible experimental conditions in batch experiments require agitation to expose mineral powders, as well as nearly similar initial conditions for both inoculated cultures and controls. It is difficult, but not impossible to ensure reproducible conditions with microbes favoring filamentous growth habits.

  1. The HIV-1 Gp120/CXCR4 axis promotes CCR7 ligand-dependent CD4 T cell migration: CCR7 homo- and CCR7/CXCR4 hetero-oligomer formation as a possible mechanism for up-regulation of functional CCR7.

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    Hayasaka, Haruko; Kobayashi, Daichi; Yoshimura, Hiromi; Nakayama, Emi E; Shioda, Tatsuo; Miyasaka, Masayuki

    2015-01-01

    During human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, enhanced migration of infected cells to lymph nodes leads to efficient propagation of HIV-1. The selective chemokine receptors, including CXCR4 and CCR7, may play a role in this process, yet the viral factors regulating chemokine-dependent T cell migration remain relatively unclear. The functional cooperation between the CXCR4 ligand chemokine CXCL12 and the CCR7 ligand chemokines CCL19 and CCL21 enhances CCR7-dependent T cell motility in vitro as well as cell trafficking into the lymph nodes in vivo. In this study, we report that a recombinant form of a viral CXCR4 ligand, X4-tropic HIV-1 gp120, enhanced the CD4 T cell response to CCR7 ligands in a manner dependent on CXCR4 and CD4, and that this effect was recapitulated by HIV-1 virions. HIV-1 gp120 significantly enhanced CCR7-dependent CD4 T cell migration from the footpad of mice to the draining lymph nodes in in vivo transfer experiments. We also demonstrated that CXCR4 expression is required for stable CCR7 expression on the CD4 T cell surface, whereas CXCR4 signaling facilitated CCR7 ligand binding to the cell surface and increased the level of CCR7 homo- as well as CXCR4/CCR7 hetero-oligomers without affecting CCR7 expression levels. Our findings indicate that HIV-evoked CXCR4 signaling promotes CCR7-dependent CD4 T cell migration by up-regulating CCR7 function, which is likely to be induced by increased formation of CCR7 homo- and CXCR4/CCR7 hetero-oligomers on the surface of CD4 T cells.

  2. Dynamic dissolution-/permeation-testing of nano- and microparticle formulations of fenofibrate.

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    Sironi, Daniel; Rosenberg, Jörg; Bauer-Brandl, Annette; Brandl, Martin

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the current study was to evaluate a dynamic dissolution-/permeation-system for prediction of gastrointestinal and absorption-behavior of two commercial fenofibrate formulations. To this end, both dissolution and barrier-flux were followed simultaneously for fenofibrate powder, a microparticle formulation (Lipidil® 200mg) and a nanoparticle formulation (LIPIDIL 145 ONE®) using a pair of side-by side diffusion cells separated by a cellulose hydrate membrane. Under such dynamic conditions, transient supersaturation arising from the nanoparticle formulation could be demonstrated for the first time. Furthermore, the dissolution-/permeation-system introduced here allowed for in-depth mechanistic insights: Biomimetic media, despite enhancing the apparent solubility of fenofibrate via micellar solubilization, did not increase permeation rate, irrespective whether the micro-/ or nanoparticle-formulation was tested. Nondissolved nano-/microparticles served as a reservoir helping to maintain high levels of molecularly dissolved drug, which in turn caused high and constant permeation rates. The micelle-bound drug may also serve as a drug-reservoir, yet of subordinate importance as long as there are nano-/microparticles present. Despite the limitations of the current experimental set-up, combined dissolution-/permeation-testing appears a valuable new tool to promote mechanistic understanding during formulation development. Last but not least, the in vitro dissolution and permeation behavior revealed here was in good qualitative agreement with human duodenal and plasma values reported in literature for the same formulations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Study on dissolution and disintegration of calcium bilirubinate stone.

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    Nakamura, Y; Suzuki, N; Takahashi, W; Sato, T

    1978-06-01

    When a slice of calcium bilirubinate stone was incubated in a solution of tetrasodium salt of ethylendiamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA.4Na), a potent chelating agent, the solution exhibited a yellow brown tint, which was spectroscopically characteristic of bilirubin. Microscopic examination of the slice revealed dissolution of granules of calcium bilirubinate, leaving behind a reticular matrix of PAS-positive substance. The effect of EDTA.4Na was influenced by pH, being fully effective only at pH 10 or more, and by temperature and concentration as well. Simultaneous application of bile salt enhanced the activity of EDTA.4Na, hydrophilizing the gallstone surface to facilitate chelating reaction and also dissolving minor fatty components of the stone. Heparin at proper concentrations also promoted disintegration of the stone, changing surface potential of its constituent particles to the dispersion-prone charge. The effect of composite EDTA.4Na-bile salt-heparin was thus significantly greater than that of single EDTA.4Na. This mixture is promising for clinical application as a means of direct dissolution of residual gallstones.

  4. Effects of magnetic fields on dissolution of arthritis causing crystals

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    Takeuchi, Y.; Iwasaka, M.

    2015-05-01

    The number of gout patients has rapidly increased because of excess alcohol and salt intake. The agent responsible for gout is the monosodium urate (MSU) crystal. MSU crystals are found in blood and consist of uric acid and sodium. As a substitute for drug dosing or excessive water intake, physical stimulation by magnetic fields represents a new medical treatment for gout. In this study, we investigated the effects of a magnetic field on the dissolution of a MSU crystal suspension. The white MSU crystal suspension was dissolved in an alkaline solution. We measured the light transmission of the MSU crystal suspension by a transmitted light measuring system. The magnetic field was generated by a horizontal electromagnet (maximum field strength was 500 mT). The MSU crystal suspension that dissolved during the application of a magnetic field of 500 mT clearly had a higher dissolution rate when compared with the control sample. We postulate that the alkali solution promoted penetration upon diamagnetic rotation and this magnetic field orienting is because of the pronounced diamagnetic susceptibility anisotropy of the MSU crystal. The results indicate that magnetic fields represent an effective gout treatment approach.

  5. A novel determination of calcite dissolution kinetics in seawater

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    Subhas, Adam V.; Rollins, Nick E.; Berelson, William M.; Dong, Sijia; Erez, Jonathan; Adkins, Jess F.

    2015-12-01

    We present a novel determination of the dissolution kinetics of inorganic calcite in seawater. We dissolved 13 C -labeled calcite in unlabeled seawater, and traced the evolving δ13 C composition of the fluid over time to establish dissolution rates. This method provides sensitive determinations of dissolution rate, which we couple with tight constraints on both seawater saturation state and surface area of the dissolving minerals. We have determined dissolution rates for two different abiotic calcite materials and three different grain sizes. Near-equilibrium dissolution rates are highly nonlinear, and are well normalized by geometric surface area, giving an empirical dissolution rate dependence on saturation state (Ω) of: This result substantiates the non-linear response of calcite dissolution to undersaturation. The bulk dissolution rate constant calculated here is in excellent agreement with those determined in far from equilibrium and dilute solution experiments. Plots of dissolution versus undersaturation indicates the presence of at least two dissolution mechanisms, implying a criticality in the calcite-seawater system. Finally, our new rate determination has implications for modeling of pelagic and seafloor dissolution. Nonlinear dissolution kinetics in a simple 1-D lysocline model indicate a possible transition from kinetic to diffusive control with increasing water depth, and also confirm the importance of respiration-driven dissolution in setting the shape of the calcite lysocline.

  6. 25 CFR 11.605 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... dissolution of marriage if: (1) The court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken, if the finding is... affecting the attitude of one or both of the parties towards the marriage; (2) The court finds that either... of marriage, the Court of Indian Offenses shall grant the decree in that form unless the other...

  7. 25 CFR 11.605 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... dissolution of marriage if: (1) The court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken, if the finding is... affecting the attitude of one or both of the parties towards the marriage; (2) The court finds that either... of marriage, the Court of Indian Offenses shall grant the decree in that form unless the other...

  8. 25 CFR 11.605 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... dissolution of marriage if: (1) The court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken, if the finding is... affecting the attitude of one or both of the parties towards the marriage; (2) The court finds that either... of marriage, the Court of Indian Offenses shall grant the decree in that form unless the other...

  9. 25 CFR 11.605 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... dissolution of marriage if: (1) The court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken, if the finding is... affecting the attitude of one or both of the parties towards the marriage; (2) The court finds that either... of marriage, the Court of Indian Offenses shall grant the decree in that form unless the other...

  10. Dilution physics modeling: Dissolution/precipitation chemistry

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    Onishi, Y.; Reid, H.C.; Trent, D.S.

    1995-09-01

    This report documents progress made to date on integrating dilution/precipitation chemistry and new physical models into the TEMPEST thermal-hydraulics computer code. Implementation of dissolution/precipitation chemistry models is necessary for predicting nonhomogeneous, time-dependent, physical/chemical behavior of tank wastes with and without a variety of possible engineered remediation and mitigation activities. Such behavior includes chemical reactions, gas retention, solids resuspension, solids dissolution and generation, solids settling/rising, and convective motion of physical and chemical species. Thus this model development is important from the standpoint of predicting the consequences of various engineered activities, such as mitigation by dilution, retrieval, or pretreatment, that can affect safe operations. The integration of a dissolution/precipitation chemistry module allows the various phase species concentrations to enter into the physical calculations that affect the TEMPEST hydrodynamic flow calculations. The yield strength model of non-Newtonian sludge correlates yield to a power function of solids concentration. Likewise, shear stress is concentration-dependent, and the dissolution/precipitation chemistry calculations develop the species concentration evolution that produces fluid flow resistance changes. Dilution of waste with pure water, molar concentrations of sodium hydroxide, and other chemical streams can be analyzed for the reactive species changes and hydrodynamic flow characteristics.

  11. Dissolution enhancement of chlorzoxazone using cogrinding technique

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    Raval, Mihir K.; Patel, Jaydeep M.; Parikh, Rajesh K.; Sheth, Navin R.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the present work was to improve rate of dissolution and processing parameters of BCS class II drug, chlorzoxazone using cogrinding technique in the presence of different excipients as a carrier. Materials and Methods: The drug was coground with various carriers like polyethylene glycol (PEG 4000), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) E50LV, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)K30, Kaolin and Neusilin US2 using ball mill, where only PEG 4000 improved dissolution rate of drug by bringing amorphization in 1:3 ratio. The coground mixture after 3 and 6 h was evaluated for various analytical, physicochemical and mechanical parameters. Results: The analysis showed conversion of Chlorzoxazone from its crystalline to amorphization form upon grinding with PEG 4000. Coground mixture as well as its directly compressed tablet showed 2.5-fold increment in the dissolution rate compared with pure drug. Directly compressible tablets prepared from pure drug required a large quantity of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) during compression. The coground mixture and formulation was found stable in nature even after storage (40°C/75% relative humidity). Conclusions: Cogrinding can be successfully utilized to improve the rate of dissolution of poorly water soluble drugs and hence bioavailability. PMID:26682195

  12. Spousal Dissimilarity, Race, and Marital Dissolution

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    Clarkwest, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    I test the claims that spousal differences in ideational, behavioral, and other traits contribute to elevated rates of marital dissolution among African Americans. Using data from 3 waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 5,424), I find that African American spouses experience high levels of dissimilarity in traits that may…

  13. Spousal Dissimilarity, Race, and Marital Dissolution

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    Clarkwest, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    I test the claims that spousal differences in ideational, behavioral, and other traits contribute to elevated rates of marital dissolution among African Americans. Using data from 3 waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 5,424), I find that African American spouses experience high levels of dissimilarity in traits that may…

  14. Dissolution Treatment of Depleted Uranium Waste

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    Gates-Anderson, D D; Laue, C A; Fitch, T E

    2004-02-09

    Researchers at LLNL have developed a 3-stage process that converts pyrophoric depleted uranium metal turnings to a solidified final product that can be transported to and buried at a permitted land disposal site. The three process stages are: (1) pretreatment; (2) dissolution; and (3) solidification. Each stage was developed following extensive experimentation. This report presents the results of their experimental studies.

  15. On the dissolution of iridium by aluminum.

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    Hewson, John C.

    2009-08-01

    The potential for liquid aluminum to dissolve an iridium solid is examined. Substantial uncertainties exist in material properties, and the available data for the iridium solubility and iridium diffusivity are discussed. The dissolution rate is expressed in terms of the regression velocity of the solid iridium when exposed to the solvent (aluminum). The temperature has the strongest influence in the dissolution rate. This dependence comes primarily from the solubility of iridium in aluminum and secondarily from the temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient. This dissolution mass flux is geometry dependent and results are provided for simplified geometries at constant temperatures. For situations where there is negligible convective flow, simple time-dependent diffusion solutions are provided. Correlations for mass transfer are also given for natural convection and forced convection. These estimates suggest that dissolution of iridium can be significant for temperatures well below the melting temperature of iridium, but the uncertainties in actual rates are large because of uncertainties in the physical parameters and in the details of the relevant geometries.

  16. Effect of background electrolytes on gypsum dissolution

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    Burgos-Cara, Alejandro; Putnis, Christine; Ruiz-Agudo, Encarnacion

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge of the dissolution behaviour of gypsum (CaSO4· 2H2O) in aqueous solutions is of primary importance in many natural and technological processes (Pachon-Rodriguez and Colombani, 2007), including the weathering of rocks and gypsum karst formations, deformation of gypsum-bearing rocks, the quality of drinking water, amelioration of soil acidity, scale formation in the oil and gas industry or measurement of water motion in oceanography. Specific ions in aqueous solutions can play important but very different roles on mineral dissolution. For example, the dissolution rates and the morphology of dissolution features may be considerably modified by the presence of the foreign ions in the solution, which adsorb at the surface and hinder the detachment of the ions building the crystal. Dissolution processes in the aqueous environment are closely related to the rearrangement of water molecules around solute ions and the interaction between the solvent molecules themselves. The rearrangement of water molecules with respect to solute species has been recognized as the main kinetic barrier for crystal dissolution in many systems (Davis, 2000; De Yoreo and Dove 2004; Wasylenki et al. 2005). Current research suggest that the control that electrolytes exert on water structure is limited to the local environment surrounding the ions and is not related to long-range electric fields emanating from the ions but results from effects associated with the hydration shell(s) of the ions (Collins et al. 2007) and the ions' capacity to break or structure water (i.e. chaotropic and kosmotropic ions, respectively). These effects will ultimately affect the kinetics of crystal dissolution, and could be correlated with the water affinity of the respective background ions following a trend known as the lyotropic or Hofmeister series (Kunz et al. 2004; Dove and Craven, 2005). In situ macroscopic and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) flow-through dissolution experiments were conducted at a

  17. The improved dissolution performance of a post processing treated spray-dried crystalline solid dispersion of poorly soluble drugs.

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    Chan, Siok-Yee; Toh, Seok-Ming; Khan, Nasir Hayat; Chung, Yin-Ying; Cheah, Xin-Zi

    2016-11-01

    Solution-mediated transformation has been cited as one of the main problems that deteriorate dissolution performances of solid dispersion (SD). This is mainly attributed by the recrystallization tendency of poorly soluble drug. Eventually, it will lead to extensive agglomeration which is a key process in reducing the dissolution performance of SD and offsets the true benefit of SD system. Here, a post-processing treatment is suggested in order to reduce the recrystallization tendency and hence bring forth the dissolution advantage of SD system. The current study investigates the effect of a post processing treatment on dissolution performance of SD in comparison to their performances upon production. Two poorly soluble drugs were spray dried into SD using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as hydrophilic carrier. The obtained samples were post processing treated by exposure to high humidity, i.e. 75% RH at room temperature. The physical properties and release rate of the SD system were characterized upon production and after the post-processing treatment. XRPD, Infrared and DSC results showed partial crystallinity of the fresh SD systems. Crystallinity of these products was further increased after the post-processing treatment at 75% RH. This may be attributed to the high moisture absorption of the SD system that promotes recrystallization process of the drug. However, dissolution efficiencies of the post-treated systems were higher and more consistent than the fresh SD. The unexpected dissolution trend was further supported by the results intrinsic dissolution and solubility studies. An increase of crystallinity in a post humidity treated SD did not exert detrimental effect to their dissolution profiles. A more stabilized system with a preferable enhanced dissolution rate was obtained by exposing the SD to a post processing humidity treatment.

  18. Surfactant dissolution and mobilization of LNAPL contaminants in aquifers.

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    Chevalier, Lizette R

    2003-05-01

    Improper disposal, accidental spills and leaks of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) such as gasoline, fuel oil and creosote result in long-term persistent sources of groundwater pollution. Column and 2-D tanks experiments were conducted to evaluate the use of surfactant-enhanced recovery of light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) in groundwater aquifers. These experiments focused on the use of surfactants to promote dissolution and mobilization in addition to evaluating the increase of aqueous phase permeability as residual NAPL is recovered. Further experiments are presented that show the innovative use of surfactants during primary pumping to recover free product can potentially increase the amount of free product recovered, can potentially reduce the amount of residual NAPL remaining after primary pumping and performs better than the use of surfactants to mobilize trapped residual NAPL.

  19. Dissolution of two NWCF calcines: Extent of dissolution and characterization of undissolved solids

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    Brewer, K.N.; Herbst, R.S.; Tranter, T.J.

    1995-01-01

    A study was undertaken to determine the dissolution characteristics of two NWCF calcine types. A two-way blended calcine made from 4 parts nonradioactive aluminum nitrate and one part WM-102 was studied to determine the extent of dissolution for aluminum-type calcines. A two-way blend of 3.5 parts fluorinel waste from WM-187 and 1 part sodium waste from WM-185 was used to determine the extent of dissolution for zirconium-type calcines. This study was necessary to develop suitable aqueous separation flowsheets for the partitioning of actinides and fission products from ICPP calcines and to determine the disposition of the resulting undissolved solids (UDS). The dissolution flowsheet developed by Herbst was used to dissolve these two NWCF calcine types. Results show that greater than 95 wt% of aluminum and zirconium calcine types were dissolved after a single batch contact with 5 M HNO{sub 3}. A characterization of the UDS indicates that the weight percent of TRU elements in the UDS resulting from both calcine type dissolutions increases by approximately an order of magnitude from their concentrations prior to dissolution. Substantial activities of cesium and strontium are also present in the UDS resulting from the dissolution of both calcine types. Multiple TRU, Cs, and Sr analyses of both UDS types show that these solids are relatively homogeneous. From this study, it is estimated that between 63.5 and 635 cubic meters of UDS will be generated from the dissolution of 3800 M{sub 3} of calcine. The significant actinide and fission product activities in these UDS will preclude their disposal as low-level waste. If the actinide and fission activity resulting from the UDS is the only considered source in the dissolved calcine solutions, an estimated 99.9 to 99.99 percent of the solids must be removed from this solution for it to meet non-TRU Class A low-level waste.

  20. Ligand modeling and design

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    Hay, B.P.

    1997-10-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop and implement a molecular design basis for selecting organic ligands that would be used in the cost-effective removal of specific radionuclides from nuclear waste streams. Organic ligands with metal ion specificity are critical components in the development of solvent extraction and ion exchange processes that are highly selective for targeted radionuclides. The traditional approach to the development of such ligands involves lengthy programs of organic synthesis and testing, which in the absence of reliable methods for screening compounds before synthesis, results in wasted research effort. The author`s approach breaks down and simplifies this costly process with the aid of computer-based molecular modeling techniques. Commercial software for organic molecular modeling is being configured to examine the interactions between organic ligands and metal ions, yielding an inexpensive, commercially or readily available computational tool that can be used to predict the structures and energies of ligand-metal complexes. Users will be able to correlate the large body of existing experimental data on structure, solution binding affinity, and metal ion selectivity to develop structural design criteria. These criteria will provide a basis for selecting ligands that can be implemented in separations technologies through collaboration with other DOE national laboratories and private industry. The initial focus will be to select ether-based ligands that can be applied to the recovery and concentration of the alkali and alkaline earth metal ions including cesium, strontium, and radium.

  1. 20 CFR 404.1219 - Dissolution of political subdivision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Dissolution of political subdivision. 404... Agreements Is Obtained and Continues § 404.1219 Dissolution of political subdivision. If a political... satisfactory evidence of its dissolution or nonexistence. The evidence must establish that the entity is...

  2. 32 CFR 202.10 - RAB adjournment and dissolution.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false RAB adjournment and dissolution. 202.10 Section... dissolution. (a) RAB adjournment—(1) Requirements for RAB adjournment. An Installation Commander may adjourn a... Commander decides to adjourn the RAB. (b) RAB dissolution—(1) Requirements for RAB dissolution....

  3. 12 CFR 710.8 - Certificate of dissolution and liquidation.

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    2012-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. 710... UNIONS VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION § 710.8 Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. Within 120 days after the final distribution of assets to members is started, a duly executed Certificate of Dissolution...

  4. 12 CFR 710.8 - Certificate of dissolution and liquidation.

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    2013-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. 710... UNIONS VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION § 710.8 Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. Within 120 days after the final distribution of assets to members is started, a duly executed Certificate of Dissolution...

  5. 20 CFR 404.1219 - Dissolution of political subdivision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Dissolution of political subdivision. 404... Agreements Is Obtained and Continues § 404.1219 Dissolution of political subdivision. If a political... satisfactory evidence of its dissolution or nonexistence. The evidence must establish that the entity is...

  6. 20 CFR 404.1219 - Dissolution of political subdivision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Dissolution of political subdivision. 404... Agreements Is Obtained and Continues § 404.1219 Dissolution of political subdivision. If a political... satisfactory evidence of its dissolution or nonexistence. The evidence must establish that the entity is...

  7. 32 CFR 202.10 - RAB adjournment and dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false RAB adjournment and dissolution. 202.10 Section... dissolution. (a) RAB adjournment—(1) Requirements for RAB adjournment. An Installation Commander may adjourn a... Commander decides to adjourn the RAB. (b) RAB dissolution—(1) Requirements for RAB dissolution....

  8. 32 CFR 202.10 - RAB adjournment and dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false RAB adjournment and dissolution. 202.10 Section... dissolution. (a) RAB adjournment—(1) Requirements for RAB adjournment. An Installation Commander may adjourn a... Commander decides to adjourn the RAB. (b) RAB dissolution—(1) Requirements for RAB dissolution....

  9. Examining Two Types of Best Friendship Dissolution during Early Adolescence

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    Bowker, Julie C.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined young adolescents' experiences with best friendship dissolution. Participants were 77 sixth-grade students (M age = 11.63 years, SD = 0.36; 11.00-12.69 age range) who reported on past experiences with (1) "complete dissolutions" (when friendship ties are completely severed), and (2) "downgrade dissolutions"…

  10. 12 CFR 710.8 - Certificate of dissolution and liquidation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. 710... UNIONS VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION § 710.8 Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. Within 120 days after the final distribution of assets to members is started, a duly executed Certificate of Dissolution...

  11. 12 CFR 710.8 - Certificate of dissolution and liquidation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. 710... UNIONS VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION § 710.8 Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. Within 120 days after the final distribution of assets to members is started, a duly executed Certificate of Dissolution...

  12. 20 CFR 404.1219 - Dissolution of political subdivision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Dissolution of political subdivision. 404... Agreements Is Obtained and Continues § 404.1219 Dissolution of political subdivision. If a political... satisfactory evidence of its dissolution or nonexistence. The evidence must establish that the entity is...

  13. 12 CFR 710.8 - Certificate of dissolution and liquidation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. 710... UNIONS VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION § 710.8 Certificate of dissolution and liquidation. Within 120 days after the final distribution of assets to members is started, a duly executed Certificate of Dissolution...

  14. 32 CFR 202.10 - RAB adjournment and dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false RAB adjournment and dissolution. 202.10 Section... dissolution. (a) RAB adjournment—(1) Requirements for RAB adjournment. An Installation Commander may adjourn a... Commander decides to adjourn the RAB. (b) RAB dissolution—(1) Requirements for RAB dissolution....

  15. 20 CFR 404.1219 - Dissolution of political subdivision.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Dissolution of political subdivision. 404... Agreements Is Obtained and Continues § 404.1219 Dissolution of political subdivision. If a political... satisfactory evidence of its dissolution or nonexistence. The evidence must establish that the entity is...

  16. 32 CFR 202.10 - RAB adjournment and dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false RAB adjournment and dissolution. 202.10 Section... dissolution. (a) RAB adjournment—(1) Requirements for RAB adjournment. An Installation Commander may adjourn a... Commander decides to adjourn the RAB. (b) RAB dissolution—(1) Requirements for RAB dissolution....

  17. Examining Two Types of Best Friendship Dissolution during Early Adolescence

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    Bowker, Julie C.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined young adolescents' experiences with best friendship dissolution. Participants were 77 sixth-grade students (M age = 11.63 years, SD = 0.36; 11.00-12.69 age range) who reported on past experiences with (1) "complete dissolutions" (when friendship ties are completely severed), and (2) "downgrade dissolutions"…

  18. RELATIVE DISSOLUTION RATES OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS USED AT AWE.

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    Miller, T J; Bingham, D; Cockerill, R; Waldren, S; Moth, N

    2016-09-01

    A simple in vitro dissolution test was used to provide a semi-quantitative comparison of the relative dissolution rates of samples of radioactive materials used at Atomic Weapons Establishment in a lung fluid surrogate (Ringer's solution). A wide range of dissolution rates were observed for aged legacy actinides, freshly produced actinide alloys and actinides from waste management operations. © Crown copyright 2015.

  19. Montmorillonite Dissolution in Simulated Lung Fluids

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    Schmidt, M.; Wendlandt, R. F.

    2008-12-01

    Because lung fluids" first interaction is with the surface of inhaled grains, the surface properties of inhaled mineral dusts may have a generally mitigating effect on cytotoxicity and carcinogenicity. Wendlandt et al. (Appl. Geochem. 22, 2007) investigated the surface properties of respirable-sized quartz grains in bentonites and recognized pervasive montmorillonite surface coatings on silica grains. The purpose of this study was to determine the dissolution rate and biodurability of montmorillonite in simulated lung fluids and to assess its potential to mitigate silica cytotoxicity. Modified batch reaction experiments were conducted on purified and size fractionated calcic (SAz-2; 0.4-5 μm) and sodic (DC-2; 0.4-2 μm) montmorillonites for 120 to 160 days of reaction time at 37°C in both simulated extracellular lung fluid (Lu) and simulated lysosomal fluid (Ly). Modified batch experiments simulated a flow-through setup and minimized sample handling difficulties. Reacted Lu and Ly fluid was analyzed for Mg, Al, and Si on an ICP-OE spectrometer. Steady state dissolution was reached 90-100 days after the start of the experiment and maintained for 40-60 days. Measured montmorillonite dissolution rates based on BET surface areas and Si steady state release range from 4.1x10-15 mol/m2/s at the slowest to 1.0x10-14 mol/m2/s at the fastest with relative uncertainties of less than 10%. Samples reacting in Ly (pH = 4.55) dissolved faster than those in Lu (pH = 7.40), and DC-2 dissolved faster than SAz-2. The measured range of biodurabilities was 1,300 to 3,400 years for a 1 μm grain assuming a spherical volume and a molar volume equal to that of illite. The difference in salinities of the two fluids was too slight to draw conclusions about the relationship of ionic strength to dissolution rate. Results indicate that montmorillonite dissolution is incongruent and edge controlled. Dissolution rates for DC- 2 and SAz-2 clays were comparable to those reported in the

  20. Dissolution Kinetics of Biogenic Magnesian Calcites

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    Thompson, R.; Guidry, M.; Mackenzie, F. T.; De Carlo, E. H.

    2014-12-01

    Ocean acidification (OA) is a serious concern for the health of calcifying ecosystems in the near future. During the past century, surface ocean pH has decreased by ~0.1 pH units, and is expected to decrease further by 0.3-0.4 pH units by the end of this century. The process of OA will likely result in both decreased calcification rates and increased rates of carbonate mineral dissolution, particularly involving the magnesian calcite (Mg-calcite) calcifiers found in shallow-water reef and other carbonate environments. Many Mg-calcite compositions are the most soluble of the carbonate phases commonly found in reef environments (often comprising much of the cementation and structure within a reef), and are therefore potentially the most susceptible to dissolution processes associated with OA. However, the dissolution kinetics of these phases is poorly known, limiting our ability to understand their behavior in nature. Laboratory experiments designed to investigate the mechanisms and dissolution rates of biogenic Mg-calcite mineral phases in distilled water and seawater over a range of CO2 and T conditions were conducted employing both batch and fluidized-bed reactor systems and using a variety of cleaned and annealed biogenic Mg-calcite phases. Our initial results have shown that the dissolution rate at 298 K and a pCO2 of ~350 ppm of the crustose coralline alga Amphiroa rigida (~20 mol% MgCO3) in seawater undersaturated with respect to this phase is 3.6 μmol g-1 hr-1, nearly 50% greater than that under similar conditions for aragonite. This rate and the derived experimental rate law are consistent with the preliminary findings of Walter and Morse (1985). Additional kinetic (and also solubility) data will be presented for the following species: Chiton tuberculatus (~0-4 mol% MgCO3); Echinometra mathei and/or Lytechinus variegatus (~8-12 mol% MgCO3); Homotrema rubrum (12-16 mol% MgCO3); and Lithothamnion sp. (~18-24 mol% MgCO3). Quantification of the rates of

  1. Ego-Dissolution and Psychedelics: Validation of the Ego-Dissolution Inventory (EDI)

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    Nour, Matthew M.; Evans, Lisa; Nutt, David; Carhart-Harris, Robin L.

    2016-01-01

    Aims: The experience of a compromised sense of “self”, termed ego-dissolution, is a key feature of the psychedelic experience. This study aimed to validate the Ego-Dissolution Inventory (EDI), a new 8-item self-report scale designed to measure ego-dissolution. Additionally, we aimed to investigate the specificity of the relationship between psychedelics and ego-dissolution. Method: Sixteen items relating to altered ego-consciousness were included in an internet questionnaire; eight relating to the experience of ego-dissolution (comprising the EDI), and eight relating to the antithetical experience of increased self-assuredness, termed ego-inflation. Items were rated using a visual analog scale. Participants answered the questionnaire for experiences with classical psychedelic drugs, cocaine and/or alcohol. They also answered the seven questions from the Mystical Experiences Questionnaire (MEQ) relating to the experience of unity with one’s surroundings. Results: Six hundred and ninety-one participants completed the questionnaire, providing data for 1828 drug experiences (1043 psychedelics, 377 cocaine, 408 alcohol). Exploratory factor analysis demonstrated that the eight EDI items loaded exclusively onto a single common factor, which was orthogonal to a second factor comprised of the items relating to ego-inflation (rho = −0.110), demonstrating discriminant validity. The EDI correlated strongly with the MEQ-derived measure of unitive experience (rho = 0.735), demonstrating convergent validity. EDI internal consistency was excellent (Cronbach’s alpha 0.93). Three analyses confirmed the specificity of ego-dissolution for experiences occasioned by psychedelic drugs. Firstly, EDI score correlated with drug-dose for psychedelic drugs (rho = 0.371), but not for cocaine (rho = 0.115) or alcohol (rho = −0.055). Secondly, the linear regression line relating the subjective intensity of the experience to ego-dissolution was significantly steeper for psychedelics

  2. Ego-Dissolution and Psychedelics: Validation of the Ego-Dissolution Inventory (EDI).

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    Nour, Matthew M; Evans, Lisa; Nutt, David; Carhart-Harris, Robin L

    2016-01-01

    The experience of a compromised sense of "self", termed ego-dissolution, is a key feature of the psychedelic experience. This study aimed to validate the Ego-Dissolution Inventory (EDI), a new 8-item self-report scale designed to measure ego-dissolution. Additionally, we aimed to investigate the specificity of the relationship between psychedelics and ego-dissolution. Sixteen items relating to altered ego-consciousness were included in an internet questionnaire; eight relating to the experience of ego-dissolution (comprising the EDI), and eight relating to the antithetical experience of increased self-assuredness, termed ego-inflation. Items were rated using a visual analog scale. Participants answered the questionnaire for experiences with classical psychedelic drugs, cocaine and/or alcohol. They also answered the seven questions from the Mystical Experiences Questionnaire (MEQ) relating to the experience of unity with one's surroundings. Six hundred and ninety-one participants completed the questionnaire, providing data for 1828 drug experiences (1043 psychedelics, 377 cocaine, 408 alcohol). Exploratory factor analysis demonstrated that the eight EDI items loaded exclusively onto a single common factor, which was orthogonal to a second factor comprised of the items relating to ego-inflation (rho = -0.110), demonstrating discriminant validity. The EDI correlated strongly with the MEQ-derived measure of unitive experience (rho = 0.735), demonstrating convergent validity. EDI internal consistency was excellent (Cronbach's alpha 0.93). Three analyses confirmed the specificity of ego-dissolution for experiences occasioned by psychedelic drugs. Firstly, EDI score correlated with drug-dose for psychedelic drugs (rho = 0.371), but not for cocaine (rho = 0.115) or alcohol (rho = -0.055). Secondly, the linear regression line relating the subjective intensity of the experience to ego-dissolution was significantly steeper for psychedelics (unstandardized regression

  3. Ligand modeling and design

    SciTech Connect

    Hay, B.

    1996-10-01

    The purpose of this work is to develop and implement a molecular design basis for selecting organic ligands that would be used tin applications for the cost-effective removal of specific radionuclides from nuclear waste streams.

  4. An initial investigation of the electrochemical dissolution of fragments of nickel-titanium endodontic files.

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    Ormiga, Fabiola; da Cunha Ponciano Gomes, José Antônio; de Araújo, Marcos Cesar Pimenta; Barbosa, Alexandre Ormiga Galvão

    2011-04-01

    A recent study presented the concept of an electrochemical-induced dissolution technique of fractured instruments. The purpose of this study was to test the ability to dissolve embedded fragments of K3 nickel-titanium (NiTi) files. The surface of the fragment exposed to the electrolytic solution was the main parameter evaluated as an interfering factor on the dissolution process. Three types of K3 NiTi 30.06 file fragments were produced, resulting in different exposed cross-section areas. Anodic current was recorded and used as a reference to evaluate the dissolution process of the fragments. Analysis of variance (P < .05) was used to compare the total electrical charge obtained from current versus time records among the fragments of the 3 groups. Radiographic analysis was carried out before and after the tests to observe the extension of dissolution achieved. The total electrical charge values generated during the tests evidence a statistical difference among the 3 groups of fragments (analysis of variance, P < .05). The larger is the diameter of the exposed surface cross section, the higher is the total value of electrical charge. The radiographic images obtained before and after the tests showed a significant reduction of the fragment length as a result of the polarization imposed. The results presented here showed that it is possible to obtain a significant dissolution of K3 NiTi endodontic instrument fragments. The diameter of the surface of fragment exposed to the medium affects the current levels used to promote the dissolution. Copyright © 2011 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. The Dissolution of an Interfween Miscible Liquids

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    Vlad, D.H.; Maher, J.V.

    1999-01-01

    The disappearance of the surface tension of the interface of a binary mixture, measured using the dynamic surface light scattering technique, is slower for a binary mixture of higher density contrast. A comparison with a naive diffusion model, expected to provide a lower limit for the speed of dissolution in the absence of gravity shows that the interfacial surface tension disappears much slower than even by diffusion with the effect becoming much more pronounced when density contrast between the liquid phases is increased. Thus, the factor most likely to be responsible for this anomalously slow dissolution is gravity. A mechanism could be based on the competition between diffusive relaxation and sedimentation at the dissolving interface.

  6. A morpholinium ionic liquid for cellulose dissolution.

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    Raut, Dilip G; Sundman, Ola; Su, Weiqing; Virtanen, Pasi; Sugano, Yasuhito; Kordas, Krisztian; Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka

    2015-10-05

    A series of substituted morpholinium ionic salts and allyl ammonium acetates were prepared. Amongst those, N-allyl-N-methylmorpholinium acetate ([AMMorp][OAc]) was found to dissolve cellulose readily without any pre-processing of native cellulose. At 120°C, [AMMorp][OAc] could dissolve 30 wt%, 28 wt% and 25 wt% of cellulose with degree of polymerization (DPn) - 789, 1644 and 2082 respectively, in 20 min. Importantly, SEC analysis indicated that no discernible changes occurred in terms of the degree of polymerization of the different celluloses after regeneration. Furthermore, when comparing the cellulose dissolution capability of these newly synthesized ionic liquids, it is evident that the combination of all three constituents - the morpholinium cation, the existence of an allyl group and choosing the acetate anion are essential for efficient cellulose dissolution. The structure and morphology of the regenerated cellulosic materials were characterized by SEM, XRD, TGA, CP/MAS (13)C NMR and FTIR, respectively.

  7. Jarosite dissolution rates and nanoscale mineralogy

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    Elwood Madden, M. E.; Madden, A. S.; Rimstidt, J. D.; Zahrai, S.; Kendall, M. R.; Miller, M. A.

    2012-08-01

    Jarosite, (K,Na,H)Fe3(SO4)2(OH)6, commonly occurs as an ephemeral phase in acidic, oxidizing, sulfate and iron-rich environments on Earth. The discovery of jarosite within deposits on Mars provides evidence for oxidizing, acidic fluids in these regions during the time of jarosite deposition. In addition, the preservation of jarosite over billions of years on Mars places constraints on the post-jarosite geochemical environment, including the duration of aqueous diagenesis. Observations of hematite spherules within the same outcrops may further constrain the chemistry of these diagenetic fluids. In this study, the effects of pH and temperature on jarosite initial dissolution rates and iron oxide reaction products were determined in the laboratory at initial pH 1-10 and temperatures from 277 to 323 K. Multivariate linear regression of the rate data shows that the dissolution rate varies with pH and temperature, resulting in Ea = ˜79 kJ/mol. At pH < 3.5, the rate increases with increasing a, while at pH > 3.5 increasing a results in increased rates yielding a rate equation of r(molms)=10-6.487αH0.899+10-10.964aOH0.392 at 296 K. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveals patchy jarosite dissolution textures, suggesting that dissolution proceeds through pitting, perhaps initiated in areas containing higher concentrations of H+ substitution or dislocations within the jarosite structure. Iron (hydr)oxide reaction products (determined by TEM and electron diffraction) varied with pH, temperature, and the extent of reaction, but were consistently crystalline, though <100 nm in diameter. While hematite is predicted to be the thermodynamically most stable phase in dilute K-SO4-Fe waters, schwertmannite was observed as the initial reaction product at 277 K and maghemite was the dominant initial phase at 296 K. Hematite was the initial reaction product observed at 323 K along with ferrihydrite. At pH 3.5-7, the dominant reaction products varied with the extent of reaction

  8. The Dissolution of Double Holliday Junctions

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    Bizard, Anna H.; Hickson, Ian D.

    2014-01-01

    Double Holliday junctions (dHJS) are important intermediates of homologous recombination. The separate junctions can each be cleaved by DNA structure-selective endonucleases known as Holliday junction resolvases. Alternatively, double Holliday junctions can be processed by a reaction known as “double Holliday junction dissolution.” This reaction requires the cooperative action of a so-called “dissolvasome” comprising a Holliday junction branch migration enzyme (Sgs1/BLM RecQ helicase) and a type IA topoisomerase (Top3/TopoIIIα) in complex with its OB (oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide binding) fold containing accessory factor (Rmi1). This review details our current knowledge of the dissolution process and the players involved in catalyzing this mechanistically complex means of completing homologous recombination reactions. PMID:24984776

  9. Uranium-Molybdenum Dissolution Flowsheet Studies

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    Pierce, R. A.

    2007-03-01

    The Super Kukla (SK) Prompt Burst Reactor operated at the Nevada Test Site from 1964 to 1978. The SK material is a uranium-molybdenum (U-Mo) alloy material of 90% U/10% Mo by weight at approximately 20% 235U enrichment. H-Canyon Engineering (HCE) requested that the Savannah River National Lab (SRNL) define a flowsheet for safely and efficiently dissolving the SK material. The objective is to dissolve the material in nitric acid (HNO3) in the H-Canyon dissolvers to a U concentration of 15-20 g/L (3-4 g/L 235U) without the formation of precipitates or the generation of a flammable gas mixture. Testing with SK material validated the applicability of dissolution and solubility data reported in the literature for various U and U-Mo metals. Based on the data, the SK material can be dissolved in boiling 3.0-6.0 M HNO3 to a U concentration of 15-20 g/L and a corresponding Mo concentration of 1.7-2.2 g/L. The optimum flowsheet will use 4.0-5.0 M HNO3 for the starting acid. Any nickel (Ni) cladding associated with the material will dissolve readily. After dissolution is complete, traditional solvent extraction flowsheets can be used to recover and purify the U. Dissolution rates for the SK material are consistent with those reported in the literature and are adequate for H-Canyon processing. When the SK material dissolved at 70-100 o C in 1-6 M HNO3, the reaction bubbled vigorously and released nitrogen oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas. Gas generation tests in 1 M and 2 M HNO3 at 100 o C generated less than 0.1 volume percent hydrogen (H2) gas. It is known that higher HNO3 concentrations are less favorable for H2 production. All tests at 70-100 o C produced sufficient gas to mix the solutions without external agitation. At room temperature in 5 M HNO3, the U-Mo dissolved slowly and the U-laden solution sank to the bottom of the dissolution vessel because of its greater density. The effect of the density difference insures that the SK material cannot dissolve and

  10. Dissolution test development for complex veterinary dosage forms: oral boluses.

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    Fahmy, Raafat; Marnane, Bill; Bensley, Dennis; Hollenbeck, R Gary

    2002-01-01

    Fundamental aspects of electrolyte chemistry were used to design an appropriate dissolution medium with the capacity to maintain sink conditions throughout the test. Dissolution of various bolus dosage forms was studied using USP Apparatus II at various stirring speeds. Complete dissolution of each drug in the designed medium was achieved, and there is evidence that such a dissolution test could be discriminating. This review details the development of potentially discriminating in vitro dissolution tests for veterinary boluses using USP Apparatus II and examines the potential role of such testing during product quality assessments, in the evaluation of postapproval manufacturing changes and for the establishment of the generic equivalence of veterinary products.

  11. Effects of sinker shapes on dissolution profiles.

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    Soltero, R A; Hoover, J M; Jones, T F; Standish, M

    1989-01-01

    In dissolution testing, according to the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a nonreactive stainless steel wire helix is typically used to sink dosage forms that would otherwise float. The objective of this investigation was to determine if other sinker shapes will influence the rate, extent, or variability of dissolution. Criteria for the optimal sinker were defined. Various new sinker designs were fabricated, tested, and classified. Four classes of sinker shapes were defined: longitudinal, lateral, screen enclosures, and internal weights. Longitudinal sinkers contact the dosage forms on the long axis. Lateral sinkers either wrap around or contact capsule dosage forms in the middle, such as the line where the top and bottom halves of a capsule shell come together. Screen enclosures are of two types: either a wire cage, which holds the entire capsule, or a circular piece of wire screen placed on top of the capsule. Internal weights consist of two steel ball bearings, one inserted into each end of the capsule. The investigation consisted of four studies: (1) visual observation of the dissolution performance using 12 different sinkers; (2) the effect on drug release from nine classified sinkers on two different capsule formulations; (3) side-by-side comparison between the selected optimal longitudinal U clip and the wire helix lateral type sinkers; and (4) hydrodynamic effects caused by the use of the longitudinal U clip and the wire helix lateral type sinkers in the absence of capsule shells. We concluded that capsules sunk with either of the two longitudinal sinkers, the U clip or the paper clip, have faster, more complete dissolution and less variable results than did lateral type sinkers.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  12. Growth and dissolution kinetics of tetragonal lysozyme

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    Monaco, L. A.; Rosenberger, F.

    1993-01-01

    The growth and dissolution kinetics of lysozyme in a 25 ml solution bridge inside a closed growth cell was investigated. It was found that, under all growth conditions, the growth habit forming (110) and (101) faces grew through layer spreading with different growth rate dependence on supersaturation/temperature. On the other hand, (100) faces which formed only at low temperatures underwent a thermal roughening transition around 12 C.

  13. DISSOLUTION OF ZIRCONIUM AND ALLOYS THEREFOR

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    Swanson, J.L.

    1961-07-11

    The dissolution of zirconium cladding in a water solution of ammonium fluoride and ammonium nitrate is described. The method finds particular utility in processing spent fuel elements for nuclear reactors. The zirconium cladding is first dissolved in a water solution of ammonium fluoride and ammonium nitrate; insoluble uranium and plutonium fiuorides formed by attack of the solvent on the fuel materiai of the fuel element are then separated from the solution, and the fuel materiai is dissolved in another solution.

  14. Aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution and bioavailability of ...

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    To understand their fate and transport in estuarine systems, the aggregation, sedimentation, and dissolution of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) in seawater were investigated. Hydrodynamic size increased from 40 to 60 nm to >1 mm within 1 h in seawater, and the aggregates were highly polydispersed. Their sedimentation rates in seawater were measured to be 4–10 mm/day. Humic acid (HA), further increased their size and polydispersity, and slowed sedimentation. Light increased their dissolution and release of dissolved Cd. The ZnS shell also slowed release of Cd ions. With sufficient light, HA increased the dissolution of QDs, while with low light, HA alone did not change their dissolution. The benthic zone in estuarine systems is the most probable long-term destination of QDs due to aggregation and sedimentation. The bioavailability of was evaluated using the mysid Americamysis bahia. The 7-day LC50s of particulate and dissolved QDs were 290 and 23 μg (total Cd)/L, respectively. For mysids, the acute toxicity appears to be from Cd ions; however, research on the effects of QDs should be conducted with other organisms where QDs may be lodged in critical tissues such as gills or filtering apparatus and Cd ions may be released and delivered directly to those tissues. Because of their increasing use and value to society, cadmium-based quantum dots (QDs) will inevitably find their way into marine systems. In an effort to understand the fate and transport of CdSe QDs in estuar

  15. Alloy dissolution in argon stirred steel

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    Webber, Darryl Scott

    Alloying is required for the production of all steel products from small castings to large beams. Addition of large quantities of bulk alloys can result in alloy segregation and inconsistent alloy recovery. The objective of this research was to better understand alloy dissolution in liquid steel especially as it relates to Missouri S&Ts' patented continuous steelmaking process. A 45-kilogram capacity ladle with a single porous plug was used to evaluate the effect of four experimental factors on alloy dissolution: alloy species, alloy size or form, argon flow rate, and furnace tap temperature. Four alloys were tested experimentally including Class I low carbon ferromanganese, nickel and tin (as a surrogate for low melting alloys) and Class II ferroniobium. The alloys ranged in size and form from granular to 30 mm diameter lumps. Experimental results were evaluated using a theoretically based numerical model for the steel shell period, alloy mixing (Class I) and alloy dissolution (Class II). A CFD model of the experimental ladle was used to understand steel motion in the ladle and to provide steel velocity magnitudes for the numerical steel shell model. Experiments and modeling confirmed that smaller sized alloys have shorter steel shell periods and homogenize faster than larger particles. Increasing the argon flow rate shortened mixing times and reduced the delay between alloy addition and the first appearance of alloy in the melt. In addition, for every five degree increase in steel bath temperature the steel shell period was shortened by approximately four percent. Class II ferroniobium alloy dissolution was an order of magnitude slower than Class I alloy mixing.

  16. Growth and dissolution kinetics of tetragonal lysozyme

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    Monaco, L. A.; Rosenberger, F.

    1993-01-01

    The growth and dissolution kinetics of lysozyme in a 25 ml solution bridge inside a closed growth cell was investigated. It was found that, under all growth conditions, the growth habit forming (110) and (101) faces grew through layer spreading with different growth rate dependence on supersaturation/temperature. On the other hand, (100) faces which formed only at low temperatures underwent a thermal roughening transition around 12 C.

  17. Calcite dissolution in two deep eutrophic lakes

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    Ramisch, F.; Dittrich, M.; Mattenberger, C.; Wehrli, B.; Wueest, A.

    1999-10-01

    The calcium cycle, in particular carbonate dissolution, was analyzed in two deep eutrophic lakes, Lago di Lugano (288 m maximum depth) and Sempachersee (87 m) located in Switzerland. A box model approach was used to calculate calcite dissolution in the water column and at the sediment-water interface based on various lake monitoring data such as sediment traps, sediment cores, water and pore-water interface based on various lake monitoring data such as sediment traps, sediment cores, water and pore-water analysis. A model for stationary conditions allowing the calculation of calcite dissolution in the water column for a given particle size distribution was developed. The relative values of the simulated flux were consistent with sediment trap observations. The best fit of the dissolution rate constant of sinking calcite in Lago di Lugano was on the same order of magnitude (3 {center{underscore}dot} 10{sup {minus}10} kg{sup 1/3} s{sup {minus}1}) as published laboratory values for this surface controlled process. Both lakes show a similar specific calcite precipitation rate of 170 g Ca m{sup {minus}2} a{sup {minus}1}. The diffusive flux across the sediment-water interface amounts to about 15 and 10% of total calcite precipitation in Sempachersee and Lago di Lugano, respectively. However, 61% of the precipitated calcite is dissolved in the water column of Lago di Lugano compared to only 13% in Sempachersee. These results point towards the importance of grain size distributions and settling times in stratified deep waters as the two most important factors determining calcite retention in sediments of hard water lakes.

  18. Aggregation, sedimentation, dissolution and bioavailability of ...

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    To understand their fate and transport in estuarine systems, the aggregation, sedimentation, and dissolution of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) in seawater were investigated. Hydrodynamic size increased from 40 to 60 nm to >1 mm within 1 h in seawater, and the aggregates were highly polydispersed. Their sedimentation rates in seawater were measured to be 4–10 mm/day. Humic acid (HA), further increased their size and polydispersity, and slowed sedimentation. Light increased their dissolution and release of dissolved Cd. The ZnS shell also slowed release of Cd ions. With sufficient light, HA increased the dissolution of QDs, while with low light, HA alone did not change their dissolution. The benthic zone in estuarine systems is the most probable long-term destination of QDs due to aggregation and sedimentation. The bioavailability of was evaluated using the mysid Americamysis bahia. The 7-day LC50s of particulate and dissolved QDs were 290 and 23 μg (total Cd)/L, respectively. For mysids, the acute toxicity appears to be from Cd ions; however, research on the effects of QDs should be conducted with other organisms where QDs may be lodged in critical tissues such as gills or filtering apparatus and Cd ions may be released and delivered directly to those tissues. Because of their increasing use and value to society, cadmium-based quantum dots (QDs) will inevitably find their way into marine systems. In an effort to understand the fate and transport of CdSe QDs in estuar

  19. Three-dimensional simulations of fracture dissolution

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    Starchenko, Vitaliy; Marra, Cameron J.; Ladd, Anthony J. C.

    2016-09-01

    Numerical studies of fracture dissolution are frequently based on two-dimensional models, where the fracture geometry is represented by an aperture field h(x,y). However, it is known that such models can break down when the spatial variations in aperture are rapid or large in amplitude; for example, in a rough fracture or when instabilities in the dissolution front develop into pronounced channels (or wormholes). Here we report a finite-volume implementation of a three-dimensional reactive transport model using the OpenFOAM® toolkit. Extensions to the OpenFOAM source code have been developed which displace and then relax the mesh in response to variations in the surface concentration; up to 100-fold increases in fracture aperture are possible without remeshing. Our code has simulated field-scale fractures with physical dimensions of about 10 m. We report simulations of smooth fractures, with small, well-controlled perturbations in fracture aperture introduced at the inlet. This allows for systematic convergence studies and for detailed comparisons with results from a two-dimensional model. Initially, the fracture aperture develops similarly in both models, but as local inhomogeneities develop the results start to diverge. We investigate numerically the onset of instabilities in the dissolution of fractures with small random variations in the initial aperture field. Our results show that elliptical cross sections, which are characteristic of karstic conduits, can develop very rapidly, on time scales of 10-20 years in calcite rocks.

  20. Theoretical Analysis of Drug Dissolution: I. Solubility and Intrinsic Dissolution Rate.

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    Shekunov, Boris; Montgomery, Eda Ross

    2016-09-01

    The first-principles approach presented in this work combines surface kinetics and convective diffusion modeling applied to compounds with pH-dependent solubility and in different dissolution media. This analysis is based on experimental data available for approximately 100 compounds of pharmaceutical interest. Overall, there is a linear relationship between the drug solubility and intrinsic dissolution rate expressed through the total kinetic coefficient of dissolution and dimensionless numbers defining the mass transfer regime. The contribution of surface kinetics appears to be significant constituting on average ∼20% resistance to the dissolution flux in the compendial rotating disk apparatus at 100 rpm. The surface kinetics contribution becomes more dominant under conditions of fast laminar or turbulent flows or in cases when the surface kinetic coefficient may decrease as a function of solution composition or pH. Limitations of the well-known convective diffusion equation for rotating disk by Levich are examined using direct computational modeling with simultaneous dissociation and acid-base reactions in which intrinsic dissolution rate is strongly dependent on pH profile and solution ionic strength. It is shown that concept of diffusion boundary layer does not strictly apply for reacting/interacting species and that thin-film diffusion models cannot be used quantitatively in general case.

  1. Mineral dissolution kinetics at the pore scale

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    Li, L.; Steefel, C.I.; Yang, L.

    2007-05-24

    Mineral dissolution rates in the field have been reported to be orders of magnitude slower than those measured in the laboratory, an unresolved discrepancy that severely limits our ability to develop scientifically defensible predictive or even interpretive models for many geochemical processes in the earth and environmental sciences. One suggestion links this discrepancy to the role of physical and chemical heterogeneities typically found in subsurface soils and aquifers in producing scale-dependent rates where concentration gradients develop. In this paper, we examine the possibility that scale-dependent mineral dissolution rates can develop even at the single pore and fracture scale, the smallest and most fundamental building block of porous media. To do so, we develop two models to analyze mineral dissolution kinetics at the single pore scale: (1) a Poiseuille Flow model that applies laboratory-measured dissolution kinetics at the pore or fracture wall and couples this to a rigorous treatment of both advective and diffusive transport, and (2) a Well-Mixed Reactor model that assumes complete mixing within the pore, while maintaining the same reactive surface area, average flow rate, and geometry as the Poiseuille Flow model. For a fracture, a 1D Plug Flow Reactor model is considered in addition to quantify the effects of longitudinal versus transverse mixing. The comparison of averaged dissolution rates under various conditions of flow, pore size, and fracture length from the three models is used as a means to quantify the extent to which concentration gradients at the single pore and fracture scale can develop and render rates scale-dependent. Three important minerals that dissolve at widely different rates, calcite, plagioclase, and iron hydroxide, are considered. The modeling indicates that rate discrepancies arise primarily where concentration gradients develop due to comparable rates of reaction and advective transport, and incomplete mixing via molecular

  2. The impact of changing surface ocean conditions on the dissolution of aerosol iron

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    Fishwick, Matthew P.; Sedwick, Peter N.; Lohan, Maeve C.; Worsfold, Paul J.; Buck, Kristen N.; Church, Thomas M.; Ussher, Simon J.

    2014-11-01

    The proportion of aerosol iron (Fe) that dissolves in seawater varies greatly and is dependent on aerosol composition and the physicochemical conditions of seawater, which may change depending on location or be altered by global environmental change. Aerosol and surface seawater samples were collected in the Sargasso Sea and used to investigate the impact of these changing conditions on aerosol Fe dissolution in seawater. Our data show that seawater temperature, pH, and oxygen concentration, within the range of current and projected future values, had no significant effect on the dissolution of aerosol Fe. However, the source and composition of aerosols had the most significant effect on the aerosol Fe solubility, with the most anthropogenically influenced samples having the highest fractional solubility (up to 3.2%). The impact of ocean warming and acidification on aerosol Fe dissolution is therefore unlikely to be as important as changes in land usage and fossil fuel combustion. Our experimental results also reveal important changes in the size distribution of soluble aerosol Fe in solution, depending on the chemical conditions of seawater. Under typical conditions, the majority (77-100%) of Fe released from aerosols into ambient seawater existed in the colloidal (0.02-0.4 µm) size fraction. However, in the presence of a sufficient concentration of strong Fe-binding organic ligands (10 nM) most of the aerosol-derived colloidal Fe was converted to soluble Fe (<0.02 µm). This finding highlights the potential importance of organic ligands in retaining aerosol Fe in a biologically available form in the surface ocean.

  3. The effect of pH, grain size, and organic ligands on biotite weathering rates

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    Bray, Andrew W.; Oelkers, Eric H.; Bonneville, Steeve; Wolff-Boenisch, Domenik; Potts, Nicola J.; Fones, Gary; Benning, Liane G.

    2015-09-01

    Biotite dissolution rates were determined at 25 °C, at pH 2-6, and as a function of mineral composition, grain size, and aqueous organic ligand concentration. Rates were measured using both open- and closed-system reactors in fluids of constant ionic strength. Element release was non-stoichiometric and followed the general trend of Fe, Mg > Al > Si. Biotite surface area normalised dissolution rates (ri) in the acidic range, generated from Si release, are consistent with the empirical rate law:

  4. Suppressing Manganese Dissolution from Lithium Manganese Oxide Spinel Cathodes with Single-Layer Graphene

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    Jaber-Ansari, Laila; Puntambekar, Kanan P.; Kim, Soo; Aykol, Muratahan; Luo, Langli; Wu, Jinsong; Myers, Benjamin D.; Iddir, Hakim; Russell, John T.; Saldana, Spencer J.; Kumar, Rajan; Thackeray, Michael M.; Curtiss, Larry A.; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Wolverton, Christopher M.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2015-06-24

    Spinel-structured LiMn 2 O 4 (LMO) is a desirable cathode material for Li-ion batteries due to its low cost, abundance, and high power capability. However, LMO suffers from limited cycle life that is triggered by manganese dissolution into the electrolyte during electrochemical cycling. Here, it is shown that single-layer graphene coatings suppress manganese dissolution, thus enhancing the performance and lifetime of LMO cathodes. Relative to lithium cells with uncoated LMO cathodes, cells with graphene-coated LMO cathodes provide improved capacity retention with enhanced cycling stability. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that graphene coatings inhibit manganese depletion from the LMO surface. Additionally, transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that a stable solid electrolyte interphase is formed on graphene, which screens the LMO from direct contact with the electrolyte. Density functional theory calculations provide two mechanisms for the role of graphene in the suppression of manganese dissolution. First, common defects in single-layer graphene are found to allow the transport of lithium while concurrently acting as barriers for manganese diffusion. Second, graphene can chemically interact with Mn 3+ at the LMO electrode surface, promoting an oxidation state change to Mn 4+ , which suppresses dissolution.

  5. Effect of the mode of super disintegrant incorporation on dissolution in wet granulated tablets.

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    Gordon, M S; Rudraraju, V S; Dani, K; Chowhan, Z T

    1993-02-01

    The effect of the mode of super disintegrant incorporation in wet granulated tablets was investigated with three super disintegrants: sodium starch glycolate, crospovidone, and croscarmellose sodium. The disintegrants were incorporated extragranularly or intragranularly or distributed equally between the two phases. Lactose, naproxen, or dibasic calcium phosphate was used as the principal tablet component to provide various degrees of solubility to the formulations. The formulations were dried to three different levels of moisture content. The results indicated that, for the formulations studied, extragranular incorporation resulted in faster dissolution than did equal distribution intragranularly and extragranularly, which in turn was superior to intragranular incorporation. Granulation moisture content was found to have a formulation-specific impact on tablet dissolution, with each main tablet component behaving in a different fashion. When all other factors were kept constant, there was a tendency for croscarmellose sodium to produce faster tablet dissolution than sodium starch glycolate or crospovidone. The super disintegrants tended to promote faster dissolution in a neutral pH medium than in an acidic medium.

  6. Atypical effects of incorporated surfactants on stability and dissolution properties of amorphous polymeric dispersions.

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    Al-Obaidi, Hisham; Lawrence, M Jayne; Buckton, Graham

    2016-11-01

    To understand the impact of ionic and non-ionic surfactants on the dissolution and stability properties of amorphous polymeric dispersions using griseofulvin (GF) as a model for poorly soluble drugs. Solid dispersions of the poorly water-soluble drug, griseofulvin (GF) and the polymers, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PHPMA), have been prepared by spray drying and bead milling and the effect of the ionic and non-ionic surfactants, namely sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and Tween-80, on the physico-chemical properties of the solid dispersions studied. The X-ray powder diffraction data and hot-stage microscopy showed a fast re-crystallisation of GF. While dynamic vapour sorption (DVS) measurements indicated an increased water uptake, slow dissolution rates were observed for the solid dispersions incorporating surfactants. The order by which surfactants free dispersions were prepared seemed critical as indicated by DVS and thermal analysis. Dispersions prepared by milling with SDS showed significantly better stability than spray-dried dispersions (drug remained amorphous for more than 6 months) as well as improved dissolution profile. We suggest that surfactants can hinder the dissolution by promoting aggregation of polymeric chains, however that effect depends mainly on how the particles were prepared. © 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  7. IVIVR in oral absorption for fenofibrate immediate release tablets using dissolution and dissolution permeation methods.

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    Buch, P; Holm, P; Thomassen, J Q; Scherer, D; Kataoka, M; Yamashita, S; Langguth, P

    2010-10-01

    In a previous study it has been demonstrated that a dissolution/permeation (D/P) system can discriminate between different immediate release fenofibrate formulations. The fractions permeated were correlated with fenofibrate's in vivo exposure in rats following p.o. administration. In the present study more detailed investigations are presented using data from six fenofibrate tablets tested in vivo in humans. In these pharmacokinetic studies no significant differences between formulations in AUC but in Cmax were found. Differences between the Cmax values were not explained by the dissolution characteristics of the tablets but were rationalized on the basis of micellar entrapment and diminished mobility of the active ingredient by surfactants in the formulations. This was demonstrated by a permeation system using dialysis membranes. Thus a permeation step in addition to dissolution measurement may significantly improve the establishment of an IVIV relationship.

  8. IVIVR in oral absorption for fenofibrate immediate release tablets using dissolution and dissolution permeation methods.

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    Buch, P; Holm, P; Thomassen, J Q; Scherer, D; Kataoka, M; Yamashita, S; Langguth, P

    2011-01-01

    In a previous study it has been demonstrated that a dissolution/permeation (D/P) system can discriminate between different immediate release fenofibrate formulations. The fractions permeated were correlated with fenofibrate's in vivo exposure in rats following p.o. administration. In the present study more detailed investigations are presented using data from six fenofibrate tablets tested in vivo in humans. In these pharmacokinetic studies no significant differences between formulations in AUC but in Cmax were found. Differences between the Cmax values were not explained by the dissolution characteristics of the tablets but were rationalized on the basis of micellar entrapment and diminished mobility of the active ingredient by surfactants in the formulations. This was demonstrated by a permeation system using dialysis membranes. Thus a permeation step in addition to dissolution measurement may significantly improve the establishment of an IVIV relationship.

  9. Mixed Extracellular Matrix Ligands Synergistically Modulate Integrin Adhesion and Signaling

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    Reyes, Catherine D.; Petrie, Timothy A.; García, Andrés J

    2008-01-01

    Cell adhesion to extracellular matrix (ECM) components through cell-surface integrin receptors is essential to the formation, maintenance and repair of numerous tissues, and therefore represents a central theme in the design of bioactive materials that successfully interface with the body. While the adhesive responses associated with a single ligand have been extensively analyzed, the effects of multiple integrin subtypes binding to multivalent ECM signals remain poorly understood. In the present study, we generated a high throughput platform of non-adhesive surfaces presenting well-defined, independent densities of two integrin-specific engineered ligands for the type I collagen (COL-I) receptor α2β1 and the fibronectin (FN) receptor α5β1 to evaluate the effects of integrin cross-talk on adhesive responses. Engineered surfaces displayed ligand density-dependent adhesive effects, and mixed ligand surfaces significantly enhanced cell adhesion strength and focal adhesion assembly compared to single FN and COL-I ligand surfaces. Moreover, surfaces presenting mixed COL-I/FN ligands synergistically enhanced FAK activation compared to the single ligand substrates. The enhanced adhesive activities of the mixed ligand surfaces also promoted elevated proliferation rates. Our results demonstrate interplay between multivalent ECM ligands in adhesive responses and downstream cellular signaling. PMID:18613064

  10. Melanoma Cell Galectin-1 Ligands Functionally Correlate with Malignant Potential.

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    Yazawa, Erika M; Geddes-Sweeney, Jenna E; Cedeno-Laurent, Filiberto; Walley, Kempland C; Barthel, Steven R; Opperman, Matthew J; Liang, Jennifer; Lin, Jennifer Y; Schatton, Tobias; Laga, Alvaro C; Mihm, Martin C; Qureshi, Abrar A; Widlund, Hans R; Murphy, George F; Dimitroff, Charles J

    2015-07-01

    Galectin-1 (Gal-1)-binding to Gal-1 ligands on immune and endothelial cells can influence melanoma development through dampening antitumor immune responses and promoting angiogenesis. However, whether Gal-1 ligands are functionally expressed on melanoma cells to help control intrinsic malignant features remains poorly understood. Here, we analyzed expression, identity, and function of Gal-1 ligands in melanoma progression. Immunofluorescent analysis of benign and malignant human melanocytic neoplasms revealed that Gal-1 ligands were abundant in severely dysplastic nevi, as well as in primary and metastatic melanomas. Biochemical assessments indicated that melanoma cell adhesion molecule (MCAM) was a major Gal-1 ligand on melanoma cells that was largely dependent on its N-glycans. Other melanoma cell Gal-1 ligand activity conferred by O-glycans was negatively regulated by α2,6 sialyltransferase ST6GalNAc2. In Gal-1-deficient mice, MCAM-silenced (MCAM(KD)) or ST6GalNAc2-overexpressing (ST6(O/E)) melanoma cells exhibited slower growth rates, underscoring a key role for melanoma cell Gal-1 ligands and host Gal-1 in melanoma growth. Further analysis of MCAM(KD) or ST6(O/E) melanoma cells in cell migration assays indicated that Gal-1 ligand-dependent melanoma cell migration was severely inhibited. These findings provide a refined perspective on Gal-1/melanoma cell Gal-1 ligand interactions as contributors to melanoma malignancy.

  11. Dissolution testing of acetylsalicylic acid by a channel flow method-correlation to USP basket and intrinsic dissolution methods.

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    Peltonen, Leena; Liljeroth, Peter; Heikkilä, Tiina; Kontturi, Kyösti; Hirvonen, Jouni

    2003-08-01

    A new modification of the channel flow dissolution method is introduced together with the theoretical basis to extract the solubility and mass transfer parameters from the dissolution experiments. Correlation of drug dissolution profiles in the channel flow apparatus was evaluated with respect to USP basket and intrinsic dissolution methods at pH 1.2 or 6.8. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) was studied as a pure drug substance and as three simple tablet compositions with microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and/or lactose as excipients. The channel flow measurements of 100% ASA tablets correlated well with the results of intrinsic dissolution tests. In the channel flow method as well as in the USP basket method the release of ASA was fastest from the tablet compositions containing lactose, while the slowest dissolution rate was observed with the composition containing MCC as the only excipient. As presumed, the dissolution rate of the weak acid was decreased as the pH of the medium was lowered, which was clearly confirmed also by the three dissolution methods. MCC forms matrix tablets and in the USP basket method the dissolution profiles followed square root of time kinetics indicating that diffusion was the rate-controlling step of ASA dissolution. Also the channel flow results indicated that the dissolution of ASA was controlled by mass transfer. The swelling behaviour of the tablets is different in the channel flow method as compared to the basket method: only one tablet surface is exposed to the dissolution medium in the channel flow system. The contact between the tablet surface and the dissolution medium is more similar between the channel flow and intrinsic dissolution methods.

  12. Effects of pH and phosphate on CeO2 nanoparticle dissolution.

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    Dahle, Jessica T; Livi, Ken; Arai, Yuji

    2015-01-01

    As the result of rapidly grown nanotechnology industries, release of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) to environment has increased, posing in a serious risk to environmental and human health. To better understand the chemical fate of ENPs in aquatic environments, solubility of CeO2 NPs was investigated using batch dissolution experiments as a function of pH (1.65-12.5), [phosphate] and particle size (33 and 78 nm). It was found that CeO2 dissolution was only significant at pH<5 and inversely proportional to surface area. After 120 h, the release of Ce was ∼3 times greater in large NPs than that in small NPs that is likely contributed by the difference in exchangeable Ce(III) impurity (small: 0.3 mM kg(-1), large: 1.56 mM kg(-1)). When 100 μM of phosphate was added, the dissolution rate of CeO2 NPs was decreased in small NPs by 15% at pH 1.65 and 75% at pH 4.5 and in large NPs by 56% at pH 1.65 and 63% at pH 4.5. The inner-sphere surface complexation of P that is revealed by the zeta potential measurements is effectively suppressing the CeO2 NP dissolution. Predicting the fate and transport of CeO2 NPs in aquatic environment, pH and P ligands might play important roles in controlling the solubility of CeO2 NPs.

  13. Role of root exudates in dissolution of Cd containing iron oxides

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    Rosenfeld, C.; Martinez, C. E.

    2011-12-01

    Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the rhizosphere contains organic acids, amino acids and more complex organic molecules that can substantially impact the solubility of soil solid phases. Plant roots and soil microorganisms contribute a large fraction of these organic compounds to DOM, potentially accelerating the transfer of solid phase elements into solution. In highly contaminated soils, heavy metals such as Cd are commonly found coprecipitated with common minerals (e.g. iron oxides). Introducing or changing vegetation on these contaminated soils may increase DOM levels in the soil pore fluids and thus enhance the biological and chemical weathering of soil minerals. Here, we investigate the role of root exudates on mineral dissolution and Cd mobility in contaminated soils. We hypothesize that plant exudates containing nitrogen and sulfur functional groups will dissolve Cd-containing mineral phases to a greater extent than exudates containing only oxygen functional groups, resulting in higher Cd concentrations in solution. Two different iron oxide mineral phases were utilized in a laboratory-scale model study system investigating the effects of low molecular weight, oxygen-, nitrogen-, and sulfur-containing organic compounds on mineral dissolution. Goethite (α-FeOOH) was synthesized in the laboratory with 0, 2.4, 5, and 100 theoretical mol% Cd, and franklinite (ZnFe2O4) was prepared with 0, 10, and 25 theoretical mol% Cd. Phase identity of all minerals was verified with X-ray diffraction (XRD). All minerals were reacted with 0.01 mM solutions containing one of four different organic ligands (oxalic acid, citric acid, histidine or cysteine) and aliquots of these solutions were sampled periodically over 40 days. Results from solution samples suggest that oxalic acid, citric acid, and histidine consistently increase mineral dissolution relative to the control (no organic compound present) while cysteine consistently inhibits dissolution relative to the control in

  14. Dissolution rate enhancement of piroxicam by ordered mixing.

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    Saharan, Vikas Anand; Choudhury, Pratim Kumar

    2012-07-01

    Micronized piroxicam was mixed with lactose, mannitol, sorbitol, maltitol and sodium chloride to produce ordered mixture in a glass vial by manual hand shaking method. The effect of excipients, surfactant, superdisintegrant, drug concentration and carrier particle size on dissolution rate was investigated. Dissolution rate studies of the prepared ordered mixtures revealed that all water soluble excipients increased the dissolution rate of piroxicam when compared to the dissolution rate of piroxicam or its suspension. Ordered mixture formulation PLF4, consisting of lactose as water soluble excipient, SSG (8% w/s) and SLS (1% w/w), released piroxcam at a very fast rate so much so that about 90% of the composition had passed into solution within 2 min. The order of the dissolution rate enhancement for ordered mixtures of various water soluble excipients was: lactose > mannitol > maltitol > sorbitol > sodium chloride. Carrier granules of size 355-710 µm were most effective in increasing the dissolution rate of drug from ordered mixtures. Decreasing the carrier particle size reduced drug dissolution from ordered mixtures. The dissolution rate of ordered mixtures consisting of 1-5% w/w piroxicam was superior to dissolution rate of piroxicam suspension. The dissolution data fitting and the resulting regression parameters indicated Hixson Crowell, cube root law, as the best fit to drug release data of ordered mixtures.

  15. The unique mechanism of analcime dissolution by hydrogen ion attack.

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    Hartman, Ryan L; Fogler, H Scott

    2006-12-19

    Acidization is the process of injecting acid into porous oil bearing formations to dissolve minerals in the pore space and is a common technique to increase oil production. Analcime is a zeolite which is one of the minerals found in oil reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico. This mineral is particularly troublesome during the injection of hydrochloric acid during stimulation of the well reservoir because of the precipitation of silicate and analcime dissolution products. To better understand the dissolution/precipitation process, a fundamental investigation of dissolution of analcime was carried out. Experiments establish that silicate precipitates completely from solution during analcime dissolution in hydrochloric acid and that the precipitation does not influence the dissolution kinetics. Comparison of Si and Al initial dissolution rates demonstrates that Al is selectively removed from the zeolite. The selective removal rate parameter is defined as the ratio of the measured Si dissolution rate to the stoichiometric Si dissolution rate. A new concept is introduced of using the selective removal rate parameter to delineate the mechanism of particle dissolution by demonstrating the influence of the Si-to-Al ratio. The mechanism comprises the removal of Si facilitated by the selective removal of Al, leading to the formation of undissolvable silicate particles. Consequently, the unique mechanism of analcime dissolution has general implications pertaining to how microporous materials dissolve.

  16. Mesoscale Approach to Feldspar Dissolution: Quantification of Dissolution Incongruency Based on Al/Si Ordering State

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    Yang, Y.; Min, Y.; Jun, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Dissolution mechanism of aluminosilicates is important for understanding natural and anthropogenic carbon cycles. The total mass of atmospheric CO2 is regulated by the weathering of silicate minerals, and the fate of geologically sequestered CO2 is affected by the interactions between brine, sandstone, caprock, and CO2, which is initiated by mineral dissolution. It has been shown through both experimental and ab initio studies that the dissolution/weathering reactivities of Al and Si in the matrix of an aluminosilicate can be different under many conditions. A subsequent observation is that the release rates of Al and Si, both from the same mineral, may not be stoichiometric when compared to the bulk chemistry of the mineral. For a very long time, the relationship between mineral dissolution incongruency and mineral crystallographic properties remain largely qualitative and descriptive. Here we study the dissolution incongruency of feldspars, the most abundant aluminosilicate on earth. Mineral dissolution experiments for a series of alkali feldspars (albite, anorthoclase, sanidine, and microcline) and plagioclases (oligoclase, andesine, labradorite, bytownite, and anorthite) were conducted at pH 1.68 under ambient conditions. Synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and water chemistry analysis (ICP-MS) are combined to examine the effect of Al/Si ordering on mineral dissolution. Our analysis based on a C1 structure model shows that the incongruency, stemming from the different reactivities of Al-O-Si and Si-O-Si linkages in feldspar's framework, is quantifiable and closely related to the Al/Si ordering state of a feldspar. Our results also suggest that the more random the Al/Si distribution of a mineral, the greater the dissolution incongruency. Our results have significant implications for understanding water-rock interactions. First, when studying the effect of water chemistry on water-rock interaction, smaller

  17. Interactions between gravity currents and convective dissolution

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    Elenius, M. T.; Voskov, D. V.; Tchelepi, H. A.

    2015-09-01

    Geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) is a promising technology for reducing atmospheric emissions. The large discrepancy in the time- and length-scales between up-dip migration of buoyant supercritical CO2 and the sinking fingers of dissolved CO2 poses a challenge for numerical simulations aimed at describing the fate of the plume. Hence, several investigators have suggested methods to simplify the problem, but to date there has been no reference solution with which these simplified models can be compared. We investigate the full problem of Darcy-based two-phase flow with gravity-current propagation and miscible convective mixing, using high-resolution numerical simulations. We build on recent developments of the Automatic Differentiation - General Purpose Research Simulator (AD-GPRS) at Stanford. The results show a CO2 plume that travels for 5000 years reaching a final distance of 14 km up-dip from the injection site. It takes another 2000 years before the CO2 is completely trapped as residual (40%) and dissolved (60%) CO2. Dissolution causes a significant reduction of the plume speed. While fingers of dissolved CO2 appear under the propagating gravity current, the resident brine does not become fully saturated with CO2 anywhere under the plume. The overall mass transfer of CO2 into the brine under the plume remains practically constant for several thousands of years. These results can be used as a benchmark for verification, or improvements, of simplified (reduced-dimensionality, upscaled) models. Our results indicate that simplified models need to account for: (i) reduced dissolution due to interaction with the plume, and (ii) gradual reduction of the local dissolution rate after the fingers begin to interact with the bottom of the aquifer.

  18. Dissolution of FB-Line Cabinet Sweepings

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    Crowder, Mark L.

    2005-06-14

    Three FB-Line samples were received by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for characterization and evaluation for suitability for HB-Line dissolution. These samples are part of a larger sampling/evaluation program in support of FB-Line deinventory efforts. The samples studied were identified as MC04-147- HBL, MC04-148-HBL, and FBL-SWP-04-016-HBL (N). The first sample, MC04-147-HBL, is a portion of FB-Line Packaging and Stabilization (P&S) materials. The second sample, MC04-148-HBL, is a sweeping from Cabinet 6-8, which is not representative of the mechanical line. The third sample, FBL-SWP-04-016-HBL (N), is an FB-Line North cabinet sweeping. The samples were described by FB-Line personnel as containing plutonium oxide (PuO{sub 2}) which had not been high-fired. This description was generally confirmed by solids analysis and off gas measurements. All three samples were dissolved in 8 M HNO{sub 3}/0.1 M KF at 90-100 C leaving minor amounts of solid residue. During dissolution, sample MC04-147 did not generate hydrogen gas. Sample MC04-148 generated modest amounts of gas, which contained 4.0 to 4.7 volume percent (vol %) hydrogen (H{sub 2}) at a ratio of up to 8.4 x 10{sup -5} mol H{sub 2}/g sample. Sample FBL-SWP-04-016-HBL (N) was nearly completely soluble in 8 M HNO{sub 3}and produced a very small amount of gas. Apparently, the CaF{sub 2} in that sample dissolves and provides sufficient fluoride to support the dissolution of other components.

  19. The dissolution or growth of a sphere

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    Shankar, N.; Wiltshire, Timothy J.; Subramanian, R. Shankar

    1984-01-01

    The problem of the dissolution or growth of an isolated stationary sphere in a large fluid body is analyzed. The motion of the boundary as well as the the resulting motion in the liquid are properly taken into account. The governing equations are solved using a recently developed technique (Subramanian and Weinberg, 1981) which employs an asymptotic expansion in time. Results for the radius of the sphere as a function of time are calculated. The range of utility of the present solution is established by comparison with a numerical solution of the governing equations obtained by the method of finite differences.

  20. Low Temperature Aluminum Dissolution Of Sludge Waste

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    Keefer, M.T.; Hamm, B.A.; Pike, J.A.

    2008-07-01

    High Level Waste (HLW) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is currently stored in aging underground storage tanks. This waste is a complex mixture of insoluble solids, referred to as sludge, and soluble salts. Continued long-term storage of these radioactive wastes poses an environmental risk. The sludge is currently being stabilized in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) through a vitrification process immobilizing the waste in a borosilicate glass matrix for long-term storage in a federal repository. Without additional treatment, the existing volume of sludge would produce nearly 8000 canisters of vitrified waste. Aluminum compounds, along with other non-radioactive components, represent a significant portion of the sludge mass currently planned for vitrification processing in DWPF. Removing the aluminum from the waste stream reduces the volume of sludge requiring vitrification and improves production rates. Treating the sludge with a concentrated sodium hydroxide (caustic) solution at elevated temperatures (>90 deg. C) to remove aluminum is part of an overall sludge mass reduction effort to reduce the number of vitrified canisters, shorten the life cycle for the HLW system, and reduce the risk associated with the long term storage of radioactive wastes at SRS. A projected reduction of nearly 900 canisters will be achieved by performing aluminum dissolution on six targeted sludge batches; however, a project to develop and install equipment will not be ready for operation until 2013. The associated upgrades necessary to implement a high temperature process in existing facilities are costly and present many technical challenges. Efforts to better understand the characteristics of the sludge mass and dissolution kinetics are warranted to overcome these challenges. Opportunities to further reduce the amount of vitrified waste and increase production rates should also be pursued. Sludge staged in Tank 51 as the next sludge batch for feed to DWPF consisted

  1. The dissolution or growth of a sphere

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    Shankar, N.; Wiltshire, Timothy J.; Subramanian, R. Shankar

    1984-01-01

    The problem of the dissolution or growth of an isolated stationary sphere in a large fluid body is analyzed. The motion of the boundary as well as the the resulting motion in the liquid are properly taken into account. The governing equations are solved using a recently developed technique (Subramanian and Weinberg, 1981) which employs an asymptotic expansion in time. Results for the radius of the sphere as a function of time are calculated. The range of utility of the present solution is established by comparison with a numerical solution of the governing equations obtained by the method of finite differences.

  2. Dissolution of premarital cohabitation in Canada.

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    Wu, Z; Balakrishnan, T R

    1995-11-01

    The rapid increase in the number of unmarried cohabiting couples, indicated by recent evidence, is crucial to our understanding of changing marriage patterns. The levels and patterns of entry into cohabitation have been well documented over the last two decades, but little is known about the outcomes of nonmarital cohabitation. In this study we examine two competing outcomes of cohabitation relationships: union separation and legalization of the union through marriage. Our results show that the hazard rate of union dissolution is affected particularly by gender, fertility status, partner's marital status, religion, age at start of cohabitation, year cohabitation commenced, and region.

  3. University of Connecticut Geology Department Faces Dissolution

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    Showstack, Randy

    2004-03-01

    The University of Connecticut's board of trustees is expected to vote in favor of dissolving the school's department of geology and geophysics at its 23 March meeting. The board has been prompted to act for several reasons, including a perceived lack of cohesion and direction within the department. An Internet petition drive to save the geology department had garnered nearly 3,800 signatures by 6 March. However, some individuals, including department chair Raymond Joesten, view dissolution as a positive measure that would allow geology and geophysics studies in the university to move forward.

  4. Dissolution of Uranium Oxides Under Alkaline Oxidizing Conditions

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    Smith, Steven C.; Peper, Shane M.; Douglas, Matthew; Ziegelgruber, Kate L.; Finn, Erin C.

    2009-11-01

    Bench scale experiments were conducted to determine the dissolution characteristics of uranium oxide powders (UO2, U3O8, and UO3) in aqueous peroxide-carbonate solutions. Experimental parameters included H2O2 concentration, carbonate counter cation (NH4+, Na+, K+, and Rb+), and pH. Results indicate the dissolution rate of UO2 in 1 M (NH4)2CO3 increases linearly with peroxide concentration ranging from 0.05 – 2 M. The three uranium oxide powders exhibited different dissolution patterns however, UO3 exhibited prompt complete dissolution. Carbonate counter cation affected the dissolution kinetics. There is minimal impact of solution pH, over the range 8.8 to 10.6, on initial dissolution rate.

  5. Dissolution of Platinum in the Operational Range of Fuel Cells

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    Keeley, Gareth P.; Geiger, Simon; Zeradjanin, Aleksandar R.; Hodnik, Nejc; Kulyk, Nadiia

    2015-01-01

    Abstract One of the most important practical issues in low‐temperature fuel‐cell catalyst degradation is platinum dissolution. According to the literature, it initiates at 0.6–0.9 VRHE, whereas previous time‐ and potential‐resolved inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP–MS) experiments, however, revealed dissolution onset at only 1.05 VRHE. In this manuscript, the apparent discrepancy is addressed by investigating bulk and nanoparticulated catalysts. It is shown that, given enough time for accumulation, traces of platinum can be detected at potentials as low as 0.85 VRHE. At these low potentials, anodic dissolution is the dominant process, whereas, at more positive potentials, more platinum dissolves during the oxide reduction after accumulation. Interestingly, the potential and time dissolution dependence is similar for both types of electrode. Dissolution processes are discussed with relevance to fuel‐cell operation and plausible dissolution mechanisms are considered. PMID:27525206

  6. The mechanism of interface-coupled dissolution and precipitation during apparent non-stoichiometric mineral dissolution

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    Putnis, C. V.; Ruiz-Agudo, E.; Rodriguez-Navarro, C.; Putnis, A.

    2012-04-01

    Understanding the mechanism of multicomponent mineral and glass dissolution is important in a wide range of natural (such as weathering) and technological (such as glass corrosion) processes, as well as being crucial in defining rate laws for mineral reactions. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to make in situ nanoscale observations and measurements, which confirm the formation of a cation depleted layer at the mineral-solution interface during dissolution of multicomponent minerals such as wollastonite, CaSiO3 and dolomite Ca,Mg(CO3)2 in water at acidic pH. Observations combined with compositional analysis of reaction fluids as well as mineral precipitates, give clear evidence that such a layer is formed in a two step process: 1. stoichiometric dissolution of the mineral surface and; 2. subsequent precipitation of a secondary phase from a supersaturated fluid boundary layer in contact with the mineral surface. Such a mechanism presents a new paradigm that differs from the concept of preferential leaching of cations, as postulated by most currently accepted dissolution models. Furthermore, this mechanism applies to any Earth situation where aqueous fluids are in contact with minerals and so will be the controlling mechanism in processes such as metamorphism, metasomatism and element sequestration, eg., CO2 sequestration.

  7. The chlorinated AHR ligand 3,3′,4,4′,5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB126) promotes reactive oxygen species (ROS) production during embryonic development in the killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus)

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    Arzuaga, Xabier; Wassenberg, Deena; Giulio, Richard D.; Elskus, Adria

    2006-01-01

    Exposure to dioxin-like chemicals that activate the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) can result in increased cellular and tissue production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Little is known of these effects during early fish development. We used the fish model, Fundulus heteroclitus, to determine if the AHR ligand and pro-oxidant 3,3′,4,4′,5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB126) can increase ROS production during killifish development, and to test a novel method for measuring ROS non-invasively in a living organism. The superoxide-sensitive fluorescent dye, dihydroethidium (DHE), was used to detect in ovo ROS production microscopically in developing killifish exposed to PCB126 or vehicle. Both in ovo CYP1A activity (ethoxyresorufin-o-deethylase, EROD) and in ovo ROS were induced by PCB126. In ovo CYP1A activity was inducible by PCB126 concentrations as low as 0.003 nM, with maximal induction occurring at 0.3 nM PCB126. These PCB126 concentrations also significantly increased in ovo ROS production in embryonic liver, ROS being detectable as early as 5 days post-fertilization. These data demonstrate that the pro-oxidant and CYP1A inducer, PCB126, increases both CYP1A activity and ROS production in developing killifish embryos. The superoxide detection assay (SoDA) described in this paper provides a semi-quantitative, easily measured, early indicator of altered ROS production that can be used in conjunction with simultaneous in ovo measurements of CYP1A activity and embryo development to explore functional relationships among biochemical, physiological and developmental responses to AHR ligands.

  8. Dissociation of Multisubunit Protein-Ligand Complexes in the Gas Phase. Evidence for Ligand Migration

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    Zhang, Yixuan; Deng, Lu; Kitova, Elena N.; Klassen, John S.

    2013-10-01

    The results of collision-induced dissociation (CID) experiments performed on gaseous protonated and deprotonated ions of complexes of cholera toxin B subunit homopentamer (CTB5) with the pentasaccharide (β-D-Gal p-(1→3)-β-D-Gal pNAc-(1→4)[α-D-Neu5Ac-(2→3)]-β-D-Gal p-(1→4)-β-D-Glc p (GM1)) and corresponding glycosphingolipid (β-D-Gal p-(1→3)-β-D-Gal pNAc-(1→4)[α-D-Neu5Ac-(2→3)]-β-D-Gal p-(1→4)-β-D-Glc p-Cer (GM1-Cer)) ligands, and the homotetramer streptavidin (S4) with biotin (B) and 1,2-dipalmitoyl- sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-(biotinyl) (Btl), are reported. The protonated (CTB5 + 5GM1)n+ ions dissociated predominantly by the loss of a single subunit, with the concomitant migration of ligand to another subunit. The simultaneous loss of ligand and subunit was observed as a minor pathway. In contrast, the deprotonated (CTB5 + 5GM1)n- ions dissociated preferentially by the loss of deprotonated ligand; the loss of ligand-bound and ligand-free subunit were minor pathways. The presence of ceramide (Cer) promoted ligand migration and the loss of subunit. The main dissociation pathway for the protonated and deprotonated (S4 + 4B)n+/- ions, as well as for deprotonated (S4 + 4Btl)n- ions, was loss of the ligand. However, subunit loss from the (S4 + 4B)n+ ions was observed as a minor pathway. The (S4 + 4Btl)n+ ions dissociated predominantly by the loss of free and ligand-bound subunit. The charge state of the complex and the collision energy were found to have little effect on the relative contribution of the different dissociation channels. Thermally-driven ligand migration between subunits was captured in the results of molecular dynamics simulations performed on protonated (CTB5 + 5GM1)15+ ions (with a range of charge configurations) at 800 K. Notably, the migration pathway was found to be highly dependent on the charge configuration of the ion. The main conclusion of this study is that the dissociation pathways of multisubunit protein-ligand

  9. From cellulose fibrils to single chains: understanding cellulose dissolution in ionic liquids.

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    Yuan, Xueming; Cheng, Gang

    2015-12-21

    Cellulose is the most abundant and renewable organic compound on Earth, it is however not soluble in common organic solvents and aqueous solutions. Cellulose dissolution is a key aspect to promote its value-added applications. Ionic liquids (ILs) have been shown to solubilize cellulose under relatively mild conditions. The easy processability of cellulose with ILs and their environmental-friendly nature prompted research in various fields such as biomass pretreatment and conversion, cellulose fiber and composite production, and chemical conversion of cellulose in ILs. Progress has been made on understanding the mechanism of cellulose dissolution in ILs, including the structural characteristics of ILs that are cellulose solvents, however many details remain unknown. In light of rapid development and importance of cellulose dissolution in the field of IL-based cellulose and biomass processing, it is necessary to provide an overview of current understanding of cellulose dissolution in ILs and outline possible future research trends. Recent literature studies suggest that synergistic effects between the anions and the cations of ILs need to be revealed, which requires refining the structure of cellulose elementary fibrils, simulation of more realistic cellulose fibrils and detailed studies on the solution structure of cellulose in ILs. After analyzing literature studies, three interacting modules are identified, which are crucial to understand the process of cellulose dissolution in ILs: (1) the structure of elementary fibrils; (2) solvation of cellulose in ILs; and (3) solution structure of cellulose solubilized in ILs. A coherent analysis of these modules will aid in better design of more efficient ILs and processes.

  10. Coupled Mineral Dissolution and Precipitation Reactions in Shale-Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Systems

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    Joe-Wong, C. M.; Harrison, A. L.; Thomas, D.; Dustin, M. K.; Jew, A. D.; Brown, G. E.; Maher, K.; Bargar, J.

    2015-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing of low-permeability, hydrocarbon-rich shales has recently become an important energy source in the United States. However, hydrocarbon recovery rates are low and drop rapidly after a few months. Hydraulic fracture fluids, which contain dissolved oxygen and numerous organic additives, induce dissolution and precipitation reactions that change the porosity and permeability of the shale. To investigate these reactions, we studied the interactions of four shales (Eagle Ford, Barnett, Marcellus, and Green River) with a simulated hydraulic fracture fluid in batch reactors at 80 °C. The shales were chosen for both economic viability and chemical variety, allowing us to explore the reactivities of different components. The Eagle Ford shale is carbonate rich, and the Green River shale contains significant siderite and kerogen. The Barnett shale also has a high organic content, while the Marcellus shale has the highest fractions of clay and pyrite. Our experiments show that hydrochloric acid in the fluid promotes carbonate mineral dissolution, rapidly raising the pH from acidic to circumneutral levels for the Eagle Ford and Green River shales. Dissolution textures in the Green River shale and large cavities in the Barnett shale indicate significant mineralogical and physical changes in the reacted rock. Morphological changes are not readily apparent in the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shales. For all shales, ongoing changes to the solution Al: Si ratio suggest incongruent aluminosilicate dissolution. Siderite or pyrite dissolution occurs within days and is followed by the formation of secondary Fe precipitates in suspension and coating the walls of the reactor. However, little evidence of any coatings on shale surfaces was found. The net effect of these reactions on porosity and permeability and their influence on the long-term efficacy of oil and gas recovery after hydraulic fracturing are critical to the energy landscape of the United States.

  11. Effects of polyphosphates and fluoride on hydroxyapatite dissolution: A pH-stat investigation.

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    do Amaral, Jackeline Gallo; Delbem, Alberto Carlos Botazzo; Pessan, Juliano Pelim; Manarelli, Michele Mauricio; Barbour, Michele E

    2016-03-01

    This study investigated the immediate and sustained effect of sodium trimetaphosphate (TMP) and sodium hexametaphosphate (HMP) associated or not with fluoride (F) on hydroxyapatite (HA) dissolution using an erosion-like model, considering as well as the influence of salivary coating. Baseline dissolution rates were determined for HA discs using a pH-stat system. In the first set of experiments, HA discs were treated with 1100μgF/mL, 1% or 8% of HMP, 1% or 8% of TMP and 1100μgF/mL associated with 1% or 8% of HMP or TMP, totaling 9 groups (n=8). In a second phase, HA discs were kept in pooled human saliva at 37°C for 2h before treatment with deionised water and 1100μgF/mL associated with 1% or 8% of HMP or TMP, totaling 5 groups (n=8). The post-treatment dissolution rate was determined from three consecutive 30-min assays. Data were analysed using 2 and 3-way ANOVA followed by Fisher and Holm-Sidak methods, respectively (α=0.05). All test solutions promoted reduction in HA dissolution rate when compared to baseline control in the first post-treatment run (p<0.001). However, a synergistic effect was only observed between fluoride and 1% HMP. Moreover, the duration of inhibitory effect was greater when 8% HMP and 1 or 8% HMP associated with F were assessed (p<0.001). The presence of salivary coating led to higher protection for all groups when compared to discs without coating (p<0.001). The reduction of HA dissolution rate, as well as the duration of this effect were influenced by fluoride, type and concentration of phosphate salt and the presence of a salivary coating. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Influence of Concentration and Agitation of Sodium Hypochlorite and Peracetic Acid Solutions on Tissue Dissolution.

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    Tanomaru-Filho, Mário; Silveira, Bruna Ramos Franco; Martelo, Roberta Bosso; Guerreiro-Tanomaru, Juliane Maria

    2015-11-01

    To evaluated the tissue dissolution of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and peracetic acid (PA) solutions at different concentrations, with or without ultrasonic agitation. The following solutions were analyzed: 2.5% NaOCl, 0.5, 1 and 2% PA, 1% PA associated with 6.5% hydrogen peroxide (HP) and saline. Fragments of bovine pulp tissue with 25 ± 2g mg were immersed into test tubes containing 4 mL of the solutions for 10 minutes. In the groups with agitation, pulp tissues were submitted to 2 cycles of 1 minute of ultrasonic agitation. The specimens were weighed after the removal from the solutions. The percentage of mass loss was calculated according to the difference of mass before and after exposure to solutions. Data were submitted to ANOVA and Tukey tests (p < 0.05). A total of 2.5% NaOCl with or without agitation showed the higher tissue dissolution (between 64.5 and 67% of mass reduction) (p < 0.005). By comparing the PA solutions, the concentrations of 1 and 2% with or without agitation and the concentration of 0.5% with agitation showed similar dissolution activity (between 35.4 and 44% of mass reduction). The use of the ultrasonic agitation promoted an increase of the dissolution ability only for 0.5% PA. Peracetic acid solution has pulp tissue dissolution. However, this ability is lower than 2.5% NaOCl solution. The sodium hypochlorite solution shows higher ability to dissolve tissue than PA.

  13. On the dissolution properties of GaAs in Ga

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    Davidson, M. C.; Moynahan, A. H.

    1977-01-01

    The dissolution of GaAs in Ga was studied to determine the nature and cause of faceting effects. Ga was allowed to dissolve single crystalline faces under isothermal conditions. Of the crystalline planes with low number indices, only the (100) surface showed a direct correlation of dissolution sites to dislocations. The type of dissolution experienced depended on temperature, and there were three distinct types of behavior.

  14. Effects of polyphosphates and orthophosphate on the dissolution and transformation of ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Wan, Biao; Yan, Yupeng; Tang, Yuanzhi; Bai, Yuge; Liu, Fan; Tan, Wenfeng; Huang, Qiaoyun; Feng, Xionghan

    2017-02-27

    The fate and toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) in nature are affected by solution chemistry such as pH, anions, and natural organic matter (NOM). Inorganic polyphosphates are environmentally ubiquitous phosphorus (P) species that may change the speciation and environmental fate of ZnO NPs. In this study, the interactions of polyphosphates with ZnO NPs and the impacts on ZnO NP dissolution and transformation were investigated and compared with orthophosphate (P1). The results revealed that pyrophosphate (P2), tripolyphosphate (P3), and hexametaphosphate (P6) enhanced whereas P1 inhibited the dissolution of ZnO NPs. In addition, P1, P2, and P3 promoted the transformation of ZnO NPs into zinc phosphate (Zn-P) precipitates via interactions with dissolved Zn(2+). However, P6-promoted ZnO NP dissolution was through the formation of soluble Zn-P complexes due to the strong capability of P6 to chelate with Zn(2+). The transformation of ZnO NPs in the presence of P3 was affected by reaction time, pH, and P/Zn molar ratio. P3 first formed inner-sphere surface complexes on ZnO NPs, which gradually transformed into crystalline Zn2HP3O10(H2O)6 precipitates. This study provided a new perspective for understanding the reactivity of various forms of inorganic phosphate species with ZnO NPs in the natural environment.

  15. Ligand fitting with CCP4

    PubMed Central

    2017-01-01

    Crystal structures of protein–ligand complexes are often used to infer biology and inform structure-based drug discovery. Hence, it is important to build accurate, reliable models of ligands that give confidence in the interpretation of the respective protein–ligand complex. This paper discusses key stages in the ligand-fitting process, including ligand binding-site identification, ligand description and conformer generation, ligand fitting, refinement and subsequent validation. The CCP4 suite contains a number of software tools that facilitate this task: AceDRG for the creation of ligand descriptions and conformers, Lidia and JLigand for two-dimensional and three-dimensional ligand editing and visual analysis, Coot for density interpretation, ligand fitting, analysis and validation, and REFMAC5 for macromolecular refinement. In addition to recent advancements in automatic carbohydrate building in Coot (LO/Carb) and ligand-validation tools (FLEV), the release of the CCP4i2 GUI provides an integrated solution that streamlines the ligand-fitting workflow, seamlessly passing results from one program to the next. The ligand-fitting process is illustrated using instructive practical examples, including problematic cases such as post-translational modifications, highlighting the need for careful analysis and rigorous validation. PMID:28177312

  16. Dissolution and crystallization of calcium sulfite platelets

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    Gleason, C.L.; Rochelle, G.T.

    1987-01-01

    The rates of calcium sulfite dissolution and crystallization are important in slurry scrubbing processes for flue gas desulfurization. The rates affect the scrubber solution composition, SO/sub 2/ absorption, sulfite oxidation and limestone utilization. The dissolution and crystallization rates of platelet shaped calcium sulfite crystals were measured in the pH state apparatus. The solution pH was varied from 3.0 to 6.0. The effects of sulfate content in the solids and solution were also investigated. The measured rates for the platelets were compared to the rates previously determined for agglomerates. It was determined that there are subtle differences between platelet and agglomerated calcium sulfite. The platelet sample with a low solid sulfate content dissolved and crystallized slower than the sample with a high solid sulfate content and the agglomerated samples. The inhibiting effect of dissolved sulfate was also greater for the low solid sulfate sample. The sample with a high solid sulfate content dissolved and crystallized at approximately the same rate as the agglomerates.

  17. Self potential observations during DNAPL dissolution

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    Ntarlagiannis, D.; Slater, L.; Kulessa, B.; Russell, C.; Kalin, R.; Ferguson, A.; Graber, J.

    2006-05-01

    Dense non aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are a major environmental problem and are considered to be long term heavy contaminant sources in the subsurface. Accurate monitoring of DNAPL breakdown is required to monitor remediation efforts. We aim to evaluate the efficiency of geophysical methods to monitor DNAPL remediation. Toward this goal we performed self potential (SP) measurements on laboratory columns packed with DNAPL contaminated sand undergoing (a) biodegradation, and (b) abiotic DNAPL dissolution. Geochemical monitoring showed higher concentration of dissolved DNAPL byproducts in the abiotic columns; the use of HgCl2 as a biocide probably increased the rates of DNAPL dissolution in the abiotic columns. The concentration of DNAPL byproducts is significantly lower in the biotic columns due to microbial activity since DNAPL degrading bacteria within the column consume the breakdown products. SP responses are significantly higher (~ 90 mV) in the abiotic columns; in the microbial active columns SP values remain steady with a value ~ 10 mV. High SP signals (up to 110 mV) are associated with DNAPL byproduct concentration gradients within the abiotic columns and exhibit a temporal behavior that mimics total organic carbon concentrations. Although microbial activity in organic rich contaminated areas has been associated with strong negative SP anomalies our results show that positive SP anomalies can also be generated in contaminated areas in the absence of any microbial activity. We discuss a possible SP source mechanism and the implications in geophysical monitoring of DNAPL remedial processes.

  18. The di- and tricalcium silicate dissolutions

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    Nicoleau, L.; Nonat, A.; Perrey, D.

    2013-05-15

    In this study, a specially designed reactor connected to an ICP spectrometer enabled the careful determination of the dissolution rates of C{sub 3}S, C{sub 2}S and CaO, respectively, over a broad range of concentration of calcium and silicates under conditions devoid of C–S–H. The kinetic laws, bridging the dissolution rates and the undersaturations, were obtained after extrapolation of rate zero allowing the estimation of the true experimental solubility products of C{sub 3}S (K{sub sp} = 9.6 · 10{sup −23}), C{sub 2}S (K{sub sp} = 4.3 · 10{sup −18}) and CaO (K{sub sp} = 9.17 · 10{sup −6}). The latter are then compared to the solubilities calculated from the enthalpies of formation. We propose that the observed deviations result from the protonation of the unsaturated oxygen atoms present at the surface of these minerals. Hydration rates measured in cement pastes or in C{sub 3}S pastes are in excellent agreement with the kinetic law found in this study for C{sub 3}S under conditions undersaturated with respect to C–S–H.

  19. Buffering children from marital conflict and dissolution.

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    Katz, L F; Gottman, J M

    1997-06-01

    Examined several protective mechanisms that may reduce deleterious correlates of marital conflict and marital dissolution in young children. One set of potential buffers focused on parent-child interaction: parental warmth, parental scaffolding/praise, and inhibition of parental rejection. As a second set of potential buffers, each parent was interviewed about their "meta-emotion philosophy"--that is, their feelings about their own emotions, and their attitudes and responses to their children's anger and sadness. The third set of potential buffers concerned intraindividual characteristics of the child, including the child's intelligence and regulatory physiology (basal vagal tone and vagal suppression). Fifty-six families with a preschool child were studied at two time points: when the children were 5 years old (Time 1) and again when the children were 8 years old (Time 2). At Time 1, naturalistic observations of marital and parent-child interaction were conducted and assessment of child regulatory physiology was obtained through measures of basal vagal tone and suppression of vagal tone. Parents were also interviewed individually about their feelings about their own and their children's emotions, and children's intelligence was assessed. At Time 2, assessment of child outcomes were obtained, including observations of peer interaction, mother ratings of behavior problems and mother and teacher ratings of peer aggression, mother ratings of child physical illness, and measures of achievement. Results indicated that all Time 1 buffering factors protected children in face of marital conflict and dissolution.

  20. Magnesium inhibition of calcite dissolution kinetics

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    Arvidson, Rolf S.; Collier, Martin; Davis, Kevin J.; Vinson, Michael D.; Amonette, James E.; Luttge, Andreas

    2006-02-01

    We present evidence of inhibition of calcite dissolution by dissolved magnesium through direct observations of the (104) surface using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and vertical scanning interferometry (VSI). Far from equilibrium, the pattern of magnesium inhibition is dependent on solution composition and specific to surface step geometry. In CO2-free solutions (pH 8.8), dissolved magnesium brings about little inhibition even at concentrations of 0.8 x 10-3 molal. At the same pH, magnesium concentrations of less than 0.05 x 10-3 molal in carbonate-buffered solutions generate significant inhibition, although no changes in surface and etch pit morphology are observed. As concentrations exceed magnesite saturation, the dissolution rate shows little additional decrease; however, selective pinning of step edges results in unique etch-pit profiles, seen in both AFM and VSI datasets. Despite the decreases in step velocity, magnesium addition in carbonated solutions also appears to activate the surface by increasing the nucleation rate of new defects. These relationships suggest that the modest depression of the bulk rate measured by VSI reflects a balance between competing reaction mechanisms that simultaneously depress the rate through selective inhibition of step movement, but also enhance reactivity on terraces by lowering the energy barrier to new etch-pit formation.

  1. Regulation of NKG2D ligand gene expression.

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    Eagle, Robert A; Traherne, James A; Ashiru, Omodele; Wills, Mark R; Trowsdale, John

    2006-03-01

    The activating immunoreceptor NKG2D has seven known host ligands encoded by the MHC class I chain-related MIC and ULBP/RAET genes. Why there is such diversity of NKG2D ligands is not known but one hypothesis is that they are differentially expressed in different tissues in response to different stresses. To explore this, we compared expression patterns and promoters of NKG2D ligand genes. ULBP/RAET genes were transcribed independent of each other in a panel of cell lines. ULBP/RAET gene expression was upregulated on infection with human cytomegalovirus; however, a clinical strain, Toledo, induced expression more slowly than did a laboratory strain, AD169. ULBP4/RAET1E was not induced by infection with either strain. To investigate the mechanisms behind the similarities and differences in NKG2D ligand gene expression a comparative sequence analysis of NKG2D ligand gene putative promoter regions was conducted. Sequence alignments demonstrated that there was significant sequence diversity; however, one region of high similarity between most of the genes is evident. This region contains a number of potential transcription factor binding sites, including those involved in shock responses and sites for retinoic acid-induced factors. Promoters of some NKG2D ligand genes are polymorphic and several sequence alterations in these alleles abolished putative transcription factor binding.

  2. Dissolution of sodium chlorate crystals in supersaturated solutions

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    Malivuk, Dragana A.; Žekić, Andrijana A.; Mitrović, Mićo M.; Misailović, Branislava M.

    2013-08-01

    The results of the investigations regarding the growth and the dissolution behavior of small sodium chlorate crystals at temperatures near saturation temperature of (31.00±0.02)°C are presented. Above this temperature all the observed crystals dissolved, as was expected. At temperatures between 30.5°C and 31.0°C coexistence of growing, non-growing and dissolving crystals was occurred. At temperatures below 30.5°C dissolution of the crystals did not occur. A significant growth/dissolution rate dispersion existed at all temperatures. Possible reasons for simultaneous growth and dissolution are discussed.

  3. Dissolution studies with pilot plant and actual INTEC calcines

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    Herbst, R.S.; Garn, T.G.

    1999-04-01

    The dissolution of Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) pilot plant calcines was examined to determine solubility of calcine matrix components in acidic media. Two representatives pilot plant calcine types were studied: Zirconia calcine and Zirconia/Sodium calcine. Dissolution of these calcines was evaluated using lower initial concentrations of nitric acid than used in previous tests to decrease the [H+] concentration in the final solutions. Lower [H+] concentrations contribute to more favorable TRUEX/SREX solvent extraction flowsheet performance. Dissolution and analytical results were also obtained for radioactive calcines produced using high sodium feeds blended with non-radioactive Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} solutions to dilute the sodium concentration and prevent bed agglomeration during the calcination process. Dissolution tests indicated {gt}95 wt.% of the initial calcine mass can be dissolved using the baseline dissolution procedure, with the exception that higher initial nitric acid concentrations are required. The higher initial acid concentration is required for stoichiometric dissolution of the oxides, primarily aluminum oxide. Statistically designed experiments using pilot plant calcine were performed to determine the effect of mixing rate on dissolution efficiency. Mixing rate was determined to provide minimal effects on wt.% dissolution. The acid/calcine ratio and temperature were the predominate variables affecting the wt.% dissolution, a result consistent with previous studies using other similar types of pilot plant calcines.

  4. Dissolution Studies With Pilot Plant and Actual INTEC Calcines

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    Herbst, Ronald Scott; Garn, Troy Gerry

    1999-04-01

    The dissolution of Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) pilot plant calcines was examined to determine solubility of calcine matrix components in acidic media. Two representatives pilot plant calcine types were studied: Zirconia calcine and Zirconia/ Sodium calcine. Dissolution of these calcines was evaluated using lower initial concentrations of nitric acid than used in previous tests to decrease the [H+] concentration in the final solutions. Lower [H+] concentrations contribute to more favorable TRUEX/SREX solvent extraction flowsheet performance. Dissolution and analytical results were also obtained for radioactive calcines produced using high sodium feeds blended with non-radioactive A1(NO3)3 solutions to dilute the sodium concentration and prevent bed agglomeration during the calcination process. Dissolution tests indicated >95 wt. % of the initial calcine mass can be dissolved using the baseline dissolution procedure, with the exception that higher initial nitric acid concentrations are required. The higher initial acid concentration is required for stoichiometric dissolution of the oxides, primarily aluminum oxide. Statistically designed experiments using pilot plant calcine were performed to determine the effect of mixing rate on dissolution efficiency. Mixing rate was determined to provide minimal effects on wt. % dissolution. The acid/calcine ratio and temperature were the predominate variables affecting the wt. % dissolution, a result consistent with previous studies using other similar types of pilot plant calcines.

  5. Dissolution of beryllium in artificial lung alveolar macrophage phagolysosomal fluid.

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    Stefaniak, Aleksandr B; Virji, M Abbas; Day, Gregory A

    2011-05-01

    Dissolution of a lung burden of poorly soluble beryllium particles is hypothesized to be necessary for development of chronic beryllium lung disease (CBD) in humans. As such, particle dissolution rate must be sufficient to activate the lung immune response and dissolution lifetime sufficient to maintain chronic inflammation for months to years to support development of disease. The purpose of this research was to investigate the hypothesis that poorly soluble beryllium compounds release ions via dissolution in lung fluid. Dissolution kinetics of 17 poorly soluble particulate beryllium materials that span extraction through ceramics machining (ores, hydroxide, metal, copper-beryllium [CuBe] fume, oxides) and three CuBe alloy reference materials (chips, solid block) were measured over 31 d using artificial lung alveolar macrophage phagolysosomal fluid (pH 4.5). Differences in beryllium-containing particle physicochemical properties translated into differences in dissolution rates and lifetimes in artificial phagolysosomal fluid. Among all materials, dissolution rate constant values ranged from 10(-5) to 10(-10)gcm(-2)d(-1) and half-times ranged from tens to thousands of days. The presence of magnesium trisilicate in some beryllium oxide materials may have slowed dissolution rates. Materials associated with elevated prevalence of CBD had faster beryllium dissolution rates [10(-7)-10(-8)gcm(-2)d(-1)] than materials not associated with elevated prevalence (p<0.05). Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  6. Effect of thermal gelation on dissolution from coated tablets.

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    Schwartz, J B; Alvino, T P

    1976-04-01

    Tablets with a methylcellulose coating were found to exhibit lower dissolution profiles than those coated with a hydroxypropyl methylcellulose coating at 37 degrees, and the cause was investigated. The differences are attributed to thermal gelation of the methylcellulose at temperatures near 37 degrees, which creates a barrier to the dissolution process and essentially changes the dissolution mechanism. This mechanism is substantiated by the fact that at temperatures below the gel point and at increased agitation, the effect disappears. The retarded dissolution effect is not peculiar to the drug involved.

  7. Initial dissolution kinetics of cocrystal of carbamazepine with nicotinamide.

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    Hattori, Yusuke; Sato, Maiko; Otsuka, Makoto

    2015-11-01

    Objectives of this study are investigating the initial dissolution kinetics of the cocrystal of carbamazepine (CBZ) with nicotinamide (NIC) and understanding its initial dissolution process. Cocrystal solids of CBZ with NIC were prepared by co-milling and solvent evaporation methods. The formation of cocrystal solid was verified via X-ray diffraction measurement. Dissolution tests of the solids were performed using an original flow cell and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopic detector. The spectra monitored in situ were analyzed to determine the dissolved compounds separately using the classical least squares regression method. The initial dissolution profiles were interpreted using simultaneous model of dissolution and phase changes. In the initial dissolution, CBZ in the cocrystal structure dissolved in water and it was suggested that CBZ reached a metastable intermediate state simultaneously with dissolution. The cocrystal solid prepared by solvent evaporation provided a higher rate constant of the phase change than that prepared by co-milling. Our results thus support the use of evaporation as the method of choice to produce ordered cocrystal structures. We suggest that CBZ forms dihydrate during the dissolution process; however, during the initial phase of dissolution, CBZ changes to a metastable intermediate phase. © 2015 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  8. Molecular dynamics simulation of NaCl dissolution.

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    Lanaro, Gabriele; Patey, G N

    2015-03-19

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the dissolution of NaCl nanocrystals (containing ∼2400 ions) in water. We focus on systems under sink conditions at 300 K, but the influences of concentration and temperature are also investigated. Cubical, spherical, tablet-shaped, and rod-shaped nanocrystals are considered, and it is shown that the initial shape can influence the dissolution process. Dissolution is observed to occur in three stages: an initial period where the most exposed ions are removed from the crystal surface, and the crystal takes on a solution-annealed shape which persists throughout the second stage of dissolution; a second long intermediate stage where dissolution roughly follows a fixed rate law; and a final stage where the small residual crystal (≲200 ions) dissolves at an ever increasing rate until it disappears. The second stage of dissolution which applies for most of the dissolution process is well described by classical rate equations which simply assume that the dissolution rate is proportional to an active surface area from which ions are most easily detached from the crystal. The active area depends on the initial crystal shape. We show that for our model NaCl nanocrystals the rate-determining step for dissolution under sink conditions is ion detachment from the crystal, and that diffusion layers do not exist for these systems.

  9. Dissolution kinetics of calcium carbonate in equatorial Pacific sediments

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    Berelson, William M.; Hammond, Douglas E.; McManus, James; Kilgore, Tammy E.

    1994-06-01

    Benthic chambers were deployed in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean on a transect along the equator between 103°W and 140°W and on a transect across the equator at 140°W in order to establish the rate of calcium carbonate dissolution on the seafloor. Dissolution was determined from the rate of alkalinity increase within an incubation chamber, measured over an 80-120 hour incubation period. Dissolution rates were lowest at eastern Pacific sites (0.2-0.4 mmol CaCO3/m2/d) and highest at the equatorial, 140°W sites (0.5-0.7 mmol/m2/d). Both oxygen consumption rates and the degree of bottom water saturation govern dissolution rates. Measured dissolution and oxygen consumption rates are used with a numerical model to constrain the value of the dissolution rate constant k, formulated according to the equation developed by Keir [1980]: dissolution rate = kγ(1-Ω)n. The observed dissolution fluxes are predicted by the model when k = 5 to 100%/d and n = 4.5. This range of k values has important implications regarding the type of carbonate dissolving and its location within the sediment column. At low values of k, organic carbon rain rates to the seafloor become the dominant driving force of carbonate dissolution. At higher values of k, the degree of bottom water undersaturation becomes more important. Dissolution of carbonate within equatorial Pacific sediments can be adequately described with k = 20 ± 10%/d, a rate constant much lower than some previously used values. Dissolution rates do not vary significantly over chamber boundary layer thicknesses between 200 and 800 μm, indicating that dissolution is not controlled by hydrodynamic conditions. Chambers acidified with HCl yield very large dissolution rates, but for a given degree of acidification the dissolution rate was constant for sites ranging from water depths of 3300-4400 m. This implies that there are not more and less easily dissolved forms of CaCO3 arriving on the seafloor between these depths. A budget

  10. Dissolution of biogenic ooze over basement edifices in the equatorial Pacific with implications for hydrothermal ventilation of the oceanic crust

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    Bekins, B.A.; Spivack, A.J.; Davis, E.E.; Mayer, L.A.

    2007-01-01

    Recent observations indicate that curious closed depressions in carbonate sediments overlying basement edifices are widespread in the equatorial Pacific. A possible mechanism for their creation is dissolution by fluids exiting basement vents from off-axis hydrothermal flow. Quantitative analysis based on the retrograde solubility of calcium carbonate and cooling of basement fluids during ascent provides an estimate for the dissolution capacity of the venting fluids. Comparison of the dissolution capacity and fluid flux with typical equatorial Pacific carbonate mass accumulation rates shows that this mechanism is feasible. By maintaining sediment-free basement outcrops, the process may promote widespread circulation of relatively unaltered seawater in the basement in an area where average sediment thicknesses are 300-500 m. The enhanced ventilation can explain several previously puzzling observations in this region, including anomalously low heat flux, relatively unaltered seawater in the basement, and aerobic and nitrate-reducing microbial activity at the base of the sediments. ?? 2007 The Geological Society of America.

  11. Effect of formulation solubility and hygroscopicity on disintegrant efficiency in tablets prepared by wet granulation, in terms of dissolution.

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    Johnson, J R; Wang, L H; Gordon, M S; Chowhan, Z T

    1991-05-01

    The effect of tablet formulation solubility and hygroscopicity on the dissolution efficiency of three "super disintegrants" (sodium starch glycolate, crospovidone, and croscarmellose sodium) in tablets prepared by wet granulation was investigated. Lactose, calcium phosphate dibasic, sorbitol, and naproxen sodium, alone or in combination, provided varying degrees of solubility and hygroscopicity in the formulations. To monitor in vitro dissolution, 1% p-aminobenzoic acid was added to the formulation as a tracer. The results indicate that highly soluble and/or hygroscopic ingredients decrease the effectiveness of super disintegrants in promoting in vitro dissolution. The greater the overall hygroscopicity and solubility of the tablet formulation, the larger the decrease in the efficiency of the super disintegrant.

  12. Regulation of ligands for the activating receptor NKG2D

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    Mistry, Anita R; O'Callaghan, Chris A

    2007-01-01

    The outcome of an encounter between a cytotoxic cell and a potential target cell depends on the balance of signals from inhibitory and activating receptors. Natural Killer group 2D (NKG2D) has recently emerged as a major activating receptor on T lymphocytes and natural killer cells. In both humans and mice, multiple different genes encode ligands for NKG2D, and these ligands are non-classical major histocompatibility complex class I molecules. The NKG2D–ligand interaction triggers an activating signal in the cell expressing NKG2D and this promotes cytotoxic lysis of the cell expressing the ligand. Most normal tissues do not express ligands for NKG2D, but ligand expression has been documented in tumour and virus-infected cells, leading to lysis of these cells. Tight regulation of ligand expression is important. If there is inappropriate expression in normal tissues, this will favour autoimmune processes, whilst failure to up-regulate the ligands in pathological conditions would favour cancer development or dissemination of intracellular infection. PMID:17614877

  13. [Dissolution, absorption and bioaccumulation in gastrointestinal tract of mercury in HgS-containing traditional medicines Cinnabar and Zuotai].

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    Zheng, Zhi-yuan; Li, Cen; Zhang, Ming; Yang, Hong-xia; Geng, Lu-jing; Li, Lin-shuai; Du, Yu-zhi; Wei, Li-xin

    2015-06-01

    α-HgS is the main component of traditional Chinese medicine cinnabar, while β-HgS is the main component of Tibetan medicine Zuotai. However, there was no comparative study on the dissolution and absorption in gastrointestinal tract and bioaccumulation in organs of mercury in Cinnabar, Zuotai, α-HgS and β-HgS. In this study, the dissolution process of the four compounds in the human gastrointestinal tract was simulated to determine the mercury dissolutions and compare the mercury dissolution of different medicines and the dissolution-promoting capacity of different solutions. To explore the absorption and bioaccumulation of cinnabar and Zuotai in organisms, mice were orally administered with clinical equivalent doses cinnabar and Zuotai. Meanwhile, a group of mice was given α-HgS and β-HgS with the equivalent mercury with cinnabar, while another group was given β-HgS and HgCl2 with the equivalent mercury with Zuotai. The mercury absorption and bioaccumulation capacities of different medicines in mice and their mercury bioaccumulation in different tissues and organs were compared. The experimental results showed a high mercury dissolutions of Zuotai in artificial gastrointestinal fluid, which was followed by β-HgS, cinnabar and α-HgS. As for the mercury absorption and bioaccumulation in mice, HgCl2 was the highest, β-HgS was the next, and a-HgS was slightly higher than cinnabar. The organs with the mercury bioaccumulation from high to low were kidney, liver and brain. This study is close to clinical practices and can provide reference for the clinical safe medication as well as a study model for the safety evaluation on heavy metal-containing medicines by observing the mercury dissolution, absorption, distribution and accumulation of mercury-containing medicines cinnabar and zuotai.

  14. Ligand efficiency metrics considered harmful

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    Kenny, Peter W.; Leitão, Andrei; Montanari, Carlos A.

    2014-07-01

    Ligand efficiency metrics are used in drug discovery to normalize biological activity or affinity with respect to physicochemical properties such as lipophilicity and molecular size. This Perspective provides an overview of ligand efficiency metrics and summarizes thermodynamics of protein-ligand binding. Different classes of ligand efficiency metric are critically examined and the study concludes with suggestions for alternative ways to account for physicochemical properties when prioritizing and optimizing leads.

  15. Dissolution corrosion of 316L austenitic stainless steels in contact with static liquid lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) at 500 °C

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    Lambrinou, Konstantina; Charalampopoulou, Evangelia; Van der Donck, Tom; Delville, Rémi; Schryvers, Dominique

    2017-07-01

    This work addresses the dissolution corrosion behaviour of 316L austenitic stainless steels. For this purpose, solution-annealed and cold-deformed 316L steels were simultaneously exposed to oxygen-poor (<10-8 mass%) static liquid lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) for 253-3282 h at 500 °C. Corrosion was consistently more severe for the cold-drawn steels than the solution-annealed steel, indicating the importance of the steel thermomechanical state. The thickness of the dissolution-affected zone was non-uniform, and sites of locally-enhanced dissolution were occasionally observed. The progress of LBE dissolution attack was promoted by the interplay of certain steel microstructural features (grain boundaries, deformation twin laths, precipitates) with the dissolution corrosion process. The identified dissolution mechanisms were selective leaching leading to steel ferritization, and non-selective leaching; the latter was mainly observed in the solution-annealed steel. The maximum corrosion rate decreased with exposure time and was found to be inversely proportional to the depth of dissolution attack.

  16. Dissolution of FB-Line Residues Containing Beryllium Metal

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    TRACY, RUDISILL

    2005-02-11

    Scrap materials containing plutonium (Pu) metal are currently being transferred from the FB Line vault to HB Line for dissolution and subsequent disposition through the H-Canyon facility. Some of the items scheduled for dissolution contain both Pu and beryllium (Be) metal as a composite material. The Pu and Be metals were physically separated to minimize the amount of Be associated with the Pu; however, the dissolution flowsheet was required to dissolve small amounts of Be combined with the Pu metal using a dissolving solution containing nitric acid (HNO3) and potassium fluoride (KF). Since the dissolution of Pu metal in HNO3/fluoride (F-) solutions is well understood, the primary focus of the experimental program was the dissolution of Be metal. Initially, small-scale experiments were used to measure the dissolution rate of Be metal foils using conditions effective for the dissolution of Pu metal. The experiments demonstrated that the dissolution rate was nearly independent of the HNO3 concentration over the limited range of investigation and only a moderate to weak function of the F- concentration. The effect of temperature was more pronounced, significantly increasing the dissolution rate between 40 and 105 degrees C. The offgas from three Be metal foil dissolutions was collected and characterized. The production of hydrogen (H2) was found to be sensitive to the HNO3 concentration, decreasing by a factor of approximately two when the HNO3 was increased from 4 to 8 M. This result is consistent with the dissolution mechanism shifting away from a typical metal/acid reaction toward increased production of nitrogen oxides by nitrate (NO3-) oxidation.

  17. Catalysis and chemical mechanisms of calcite dissolution in seawater.

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    Subhas, Adam V; Adkins, Jess F; Rollins, Nick E; Naviaux, John; Erez, Jonathan; Berelson, William M

    2017-07-18

    Near-equilibrium calcite dissolution in seawater contributes significantly to the regulation of atmospheric [Formula: see text] on 1,000-y timescales. Despite many studies on far-from-equilibrium dissolution, little is known about the detailed mechanisms responsible for calcite dissolution in seawater. In this paper, we dissolve (13)C-labeled calcites in natural seawater. We show that the time-evolving enrichment of [Formula: see text] in solution is a direct measure of both dissolution and precipitation reactions across a large range of saturation states. Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer profiles into the (13)C-labeled solids confirm the presence of precipitated material even in undersaturated conditions. The close balance of precipitation and dissolution near equilibrium can alter the chemical composition of calcite deeper than one monolayer into the crystal. This balance of dissolution-precipitation shifts significantly toward a dissolution-dominated mechanism below about [Formula: see text] Finally, we show that the enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA) increases the dissolution rate across all saturation states, and the effect is most pronounced close to equilibrium. This finding suggests that the rate of hydration of [Formula: see text] is a rate-limiting step for calcite dissolution in seawater. We then interpret our dissolution data in a framework that incorporates both solution chemistry and geometric constraints on the calcite solid. Near equilibrium, this framework demonstrates a lowered free energy barrier at the solid-solution interface in the presence of CA. This framework also indicates a significant change in dissolution mechanism at [Formula: see text], which we interpret as the onset of homogeneous etch pit nucleation.

  18. Ligands located within a cholesterol domain enhance gene delivery to the target tissue

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    Xu, Long; Betker, Jamie; Yin, Hao; Anchordoquy, Thomas J.

    2012-01-01

    Targeted gene delivery provides enormous potential for clinical treatment of many incurable diseases. Liposomes formulated with targeting ligands have been tested extensively both in vitro and in vivo, and many studies have strived to identify more efficacious ligands. However, the environment of the ligand within the delivery vehicle is generally not considered, and this study assesses the effect of ligand micoenvironment by utilizing a lipoplex possessing a cholesterol domain. Our recent work has shown that the presence of the targeting ligand within the cholesterol domain promotes more productive transfection in cultured cells. In the present study, lipoplexes having the identical lipid composition were formulated with different conjugates of the folate ligand such that the ligand was included in, or excluded from, the cholesterol domain. The effect of locating the ligand within the cholesterol domain was then tested in a xenograft tumor model in mice. Lipoplexes that included the ligand within the cholesterol domain showed significantly higher luciferase expression and plasmid accumulation in tumors as compared to lipoplexes in which the ligand was excluded from the domain. These results demonstrate that the microenvironment of the ligand can affect gene delivery to tumors, and show that ligand-mediated delivery can be enhanced by locating targeting ligands within a cholesterol domain. PMID:22440429

  19. K Basin sludge dissolution engineering study

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    Westra, A.G.

    1998-08-28

    The purpose of this engineering study is to investigate the available technology related to dissolution of the K Basin sludge in nitric acid. The conclusion of this study along with laboratory and hot cell tests with actual sludge samples will provide the basis for beginning conceptual design of the sludge dissolver. The K Basin sludge contains uranium oxides, fragments of metallic U, and some U hydride as well as ferric oxyhydroxide, aluminum oxides and hydroxides, windblown sand that infiltrated the basin enclosure, ion exchange resin, and miscellaneous materials. The decision has been made to dispose of this sludge separate from the fuel elements stored in the basins. The sludge will be conditioned so that it meets Tank Waste Remediation System waste acceptance criteria and can be sent to one of the underground storage tanks. Sludge conditioning will be done by dissolving the fuel constituents in nitric acid, separating the insoluble material, adding neutron absorbers for criticality safety, and then reacting the solution with caustic to co-precipitate the uranium and plutonium. There will be five distinct feed streams to the sludge conditioning process two from the K East (KE) Basin and three from the K West (KW) Basin. The composition of the floor and pit sludges which contain more iron oxides and sand than uranium is much different than the canister sludges which are composed of mostly uranium oxides. The sludge conditioning equipment will be designed to process all of the sludge streams, but some of the operating parameters will be adjusted as necessary to handle the different sludge stream compositions. The volume of chemical additions and the amount of undissolved solids will be much different for floor and pit sludge than for canister sludge. Dissolution of uranium metal and uranium dioxide has been studied quite thoroughly and much information is available. Both uranium metal and uranium dioxide have been dissolved on a large scale in nuclear fuel

  20. Dolomite Dissolution in Alkaline Cementious Media

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    Mittermayr, Florian; Klammer, Dietmar; Köhler, Stephan; Dietzel, Martin

    2010-05-01

    Chemical alteration of concrete has gained much attention over the past years as many cases of deterioration due to sulphate attack, thaumasite formation (TSA) or alkali silica reactions (ASR) have been reported in various constructions (Schmidt et al, 2009). Much less is known about the so called alkali carbonate reaction (ACR). It is believed that dolomite aggregates can react with the alkalis from the cement, dissolve and form calcite and brucite (Katayama, 2004). Due to very low solubility of dolomite in alkaline solutions this reaction seems doubtful. In this study we are trying to gain new insides about the conditions that can lead to the dissolution of dolomite in concrete. Therefore we investigated concrete samples from Austrian tunnels that show partially dissolved dolomite aggregates. Petrological analysis such as microprobe, SEM and Raman spectroscopy as well as a hydrochemical analysis of interstitial solutions and ground water and modelling with PhreeqC (Parkhurst and Appelo, 1999) are carried out. In addition a series of batch experiments is set up. Modelling approaches by PhreeqC show a thermodynamically possibility in the alkaline range when additional Ca2+ in solution causes dolomite to become more and more undersaturated as calcite gets supersaturated. Interacting ground water is enriched in Ca2+and saturated with respect to gypsum as marine evaporites are found in situ rocks. Furthermore it is more likely that Portlandite (Ca(OH)2) plays a more important role than Na and K in the cement. Portlandite acts as an additional Ca2+ source and is much more abundant than the alkalies. Some interstitial solutions are dominated mainly by Na+ and SO42- and reach concentrations up to 30 g/l TDS. It is believed that solutions can even reach thenardite saturation as efflorescences are found on the tunnel walls. In consequence dolomite solubility increases with increasing ionic strength. pH > 11 further accelerate the process of dedolomitization by the removal

  1. LigandRNA: computational predictor of RNA-ligand interactions.

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    Philips, Anna; Milanowska, Kaja; Lach, Grzegorz; Bujnicki, Janusz M

    2013-12-01

    RNA molecules have recently become attractive as potential drug targets due to the increased awareness of their importance in key biological processes. The increase of the number of experimentally determined RNA 3D structures enabled structure-based searches for small molecules that can specifically bind to defined sites in RNA molecules, thereby blocking or otherwise modulating their function. However, as of yet, computational methods for structure-based docking of small molecule ligands to RNA molecules are not as well established as analogous methods for protein-ligand docking. This motivated us to create LigandRNA, a scoring function for the prediction of RNA-small molecule interactions. Our method employs a grid-based algorithm and a knowledge-based potential derived from ligand-binding sites in the experimentally solved RNA-ligand complexes. As an input, LigandRNA takes an RNA receptor file and a file with ligand poses. As an output, it returns a ranking of the poses according to their score. The predictive power of LigandRNA favorably compares to five other publicly available methods. We found that the combination of LigandRNA and Dock6 into a "meta-predictor" leads to further improvement in the identification of near-native ligand poses. The LigandRNA program is available free of charge as a web server at http://ligandrna.genesilico.pl.

  2. Rapid Assessment of the Influence of Solution pH, Anion Concentration and Temperature on the Dissolution of Alloy 22

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    Gray, J J; Hayes, J R; Gdowski, G E; Viani, B E; Orme, C A

    2005-05-19

    We introduce an acid titration technique for the rapid characterization of the influence of solution pH, anion (such as chloride) concentration and temperature on the dissolution of metals. We demonstrate the technique with the characterization of the dissolution of alloy 22 (Ni-22Cr-13Mo-3W-3Fe) exposed to chloride-containing hydrochloric, sulfuric and nitric acid environments as a function of pH (from pH 5 to pH -1) and temperature (25-90 C). A combination of electrochemical techniques (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and linear polarization resistance) and atomic force microscopy are used to characterize the influence of the various solutions on the dissolution of alloy 22. In solutions containing hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, a critical temperature exists for passive film breakdown on alloy 22 for all environments tested. Below the critical temperature, corrosion rates are less than 1 {micro}m/year. Above the critical temperature, the effect of temperature on dissolution rates is a function of both the pH and chloride content of the solution. In nitric acid containing solutions, the presence of nitrates promotes a stable passive oxide film that inhibits dissolution in all environments tested.

  3. Performance qualification of a new hypromellose capsule: Part II. Disintegration and dissolution comparison between two types of hypromellose capsules.

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    Ku, M Sherry; Lu, Qinghong; Li, Weiyi; Chen, Yansong

    2011-09-15

    This Part II paper describes the disintegration and dissolution aspects of the qualification of a new hypromellose capsule (HPMC Shell 2). This new capsule does not contain any gelling agent, and is manufactured by a thermal gelation process. Rupture time of the carrageenan-containing capsule (HPMC Shell 1) and HPMC Shell 2, as measured by an improved real-time detection method, showed only slight differences that did not manifest in vivo. The absence of a gelling agent appeared to give HPMC Shell 2 advantages in dissolution in acidic media and in buffers containing potassium ions. Slow drug release of HPMC Shell 1 in 0.1M HCl was attributed to the interaction of carrageenan with drug compounds; whereas the presence of potassium ions, a gelling promoter for carrageenan, caused delay in capsule opening and larger capsule-to-capsule variation. Disintegration and dissolution performances of both hypromellose capsules are comparable in other dissolution media tested. Based on the superior dissolution performances and quality attributes in terms of physical, mechanical and processability that were detailed in Paper I, the new hypromellose capsule was satisfactorily qualified and has since been used in nearly 20 investigational new drug (IND) compounds.

  4. Influence of high temperature pre-deformation on the dissolution rate of delta ferrites in martensitic heat-resistant steels

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    Li, Junru; Liu, Jianjun; Jiang, Bo; Zhang, Chaolei; Liu, Yazheng

    2017-03-01

    The dissolution process of delta ferrites and the influence of high temperature pre-deformation on the dissolution rate of delta ferrites in martensitic heat-resistant steel 10Cr12Ni3Mo2VN were studied by isothermal heating and thermal simulation experiments. The precipitation temperature of delta ferrites in experimental steel is about 1195 °C. M23C6-type carbides incline to precipitate and coarsen at the boundaries of delta ferrites below 930 °C, and can be rapidly dissolved by heating at 1180 °C. The percentage of delta ferrites gradually decreases with heating time. And a Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation was established to describe the dissolution process of delta ferrites at 1180 °C. High temperature pre-deformation can markedly increase the dissolution rate of delta ferrites. Pre-deformation can largely increase the interface area between delta ferrite and matrix and thus increase the unit-time diffusing quantities of alloying elements between delta ferrites and matrix. In addition, high temperature pre-deformation leads to dynamic recrystallization and increases the number of internal grain boundaries in the delta ferrites. This can also greatly increase the diffusing rate of alloying elements. In these cases, the dissolution of delta ferrites can be promoted.

  5. Influence of high temperature pre-deformation on the dissolution rate of delta ferrites in martensitic heat-resistant steels

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    Li, Junru; Liu, Jianjun; Jiang, Bo; Zhang, Chaolei; Liu, Yazheng

    2017-02-01

    The dissolution process of delta ferrites and the influence of high temperature pre-deformation on the dissolution rate of delta ferrites in martensitic heat-resistant steel 10Cr12Ni3Mo2VN were studied by isothermal heating and thermal simulation experiments. The precipitation temperature of delta ferrites in experimental steel is about 1195 °C. M23C6-type carbides incline to precipitate and coarsen at the boundaries of delta ferrites below 930 °C, and can be rapidly dissolved by heating at 1180 °C. The percentage of delta ferrites gradually decreases with heating time. And a Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation was established to describe the dissolution process of delta ferrites at 1180 °C. High temperature pre-deformation can markedly increase the dissolution rate of delta ferrites. Pre-deformation can largely increase the interface area between delta ferrite and matrix and thus increase the unit-time diffusing quantities of alloying elements between delta ferrites and matrix. In addition, high temperature pre-deformation leads to dynamic recrystallization and increases the number of internal grain boundaries in the delta ferrites. This can also greatly increase the diffusing rate of alloying elements. In these cases, the dissolution of delta ferrites can be promoted.

  6. Analysis of macromolecules, ligands and macromolecule-ligand complexes

    DOEpatents

    Von Dreele, Robert B [Los Alamos, NM

    2008-12-23

    A method for determining atomic level structures of macromolecule-ligand complexes through high-resolution powder diffraction analysis and a method for providing suitable microcrystalline powder for diffraction analysis are provided. In one embodiment, powder diffraction data is collected from samples of polycrystalline macromolecule and macromolecule-ligand complex and the refined structure of the macromolecule is used as an approximate model for a combined Rietveld and stereochemical restraint refinement of the macromolecule-ligand complex. A difference Fourier map is calculated and the ligand position and points of interaction between the atoms of the macromolecule and the atoms of the ligand can be deduced and visualized. A suitable polycrystalline sample of macromolecule-ligand complex can be produced by physically agitating a mixture of lyophilized macromolecule, ligand and a solvent.

  7. Co-culture of primary CLL cells with bone marrow mesenchymal cells, CD40 ligand and CpG ODN promotes proliferation of chemoresistant CLL cells phenotypically comparable to those proliferating in vivo

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    Purroy, Noelia; Abrisqueta, Pau; Carabia, Júlia; Carpio, Cecilia; Palacio, Carles

    2015-01-01

    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells residing in the bone marrow (BM) and in secondary lymphoid tissues receive survival and proliferative signals from the microenvironment, resulting in persistence of residual disease after treatment. In this study, we characterized primary CLL cells cultured with BM stromal cells, CD40 ligand and CpG ODN to partially mimic the microenvironment in the proliferative centers. This co-culture system induced proliferation and chemoresistance in primary CLL cells. Importantly, co-cultured primary CLL cells shared many phenotypical features with circulating proliferative CLL cells, such as upregulation of ZAP-70 and CD38 and higher CD49d and CD62L expression. This indicates aggressiveness and capability to interact with surrounding cells, respectively. In addition, levels of CXCR4 were decreased due to CXCR4 internalization after CXCL12 stimulation by BM stromal cells. We suggest that this co-culture system can be used to test drugs and their combinations that target the proliferative and drug resistant CLL cells. PMID:25544766

  8. The TNF-family ligand TL1A and its receptor DR3 promote T cell-mediated allergic immunopathology by enhancing differentiation and pathogenicity of IL-9-producing T cells.

    PubMed

    Richard, Arianne C; Tan, Cuiyan; Hawley, Eric T; Gomez-Rodriguez, Julio; Goswami, Ritobrata; Yang, Xiang-Ping; Cruz, Anthony C; Penumetcha, Pallavi; Hayes, Erika T; Pelletier, Martin; Gabay, Odile; Walsh, Matthew; Ferdinand, John R; Keane-Myers, Andrea; Choi, Yongwon; O'Shea, John J; Al-Shamkhani, Aymen; Kaplan, Mark H; Gery, Igal; Siegel, Richard M; Meylan, Françoise

    2015-04-15

    The TNF family cytokine TL1A (Tnfsf15) costimulates T cells and type 2 innate lymphocytes (ILC2) through its receptor DR3 (Tnfrsf25). DR3-deficient mice have reduced T cell accumulation at the site of inflammation and reduced ILC2-dependent immune responses in a number of models of autoimmune and allergic diseases. In allergic lung disease models, immunopathology and local Th2 and ILC2 accumulation is reduced in DR3-deficient mice despite normal systemic priming of Th2 responses and generation of T cells secreting IL-13 and IL-4, prompting the question of whether TL1A promotes the development of other T cell subsets that secrete cytokines to drive allergic disease. In this study, we find that TL1A potently promotes generation of murine T cells producing IL-9 (Th9) by signaling through DR3 in a cell-intrinsic manner. TL1A enhances Th9 differentiation through an IL-2 and STAT5-dependent mechanism, unlike the TNF-family member OX40, which promotes Th9 through IL-4 and STAT6. Th9 differentiated in the presence of TL1A are more pathogenic, and endogenous TL1A signaling through DR3 on T cells is required for maximal pathology and IL-9 production in allergic lung inflammation. Taken together, these data identify TL1A-DR3 interactions as a novel pathway that promotes Th9 differentiation and pathogenicity. TL1A may be a potential therapeutic target in diseases dependent on IL-9. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  9. The TNF-family ligand TL1A and its receptor DR3 promote T-cell mediated allergic immunopathology by enhancing differentiation and pathogenicity of IL-9 producing T cells1

    PubMed Central

    Richard, Arianne C.; Tan, Cuiyan; Hawley, Eric T.; Gomez-Rodriguez, Julio; Goswami, Ritobrata; Yang, Xiang-ping; Cruz, Anthony C.; Penumetcha, Pallavi; Hayes, Erika T.; Pelletier, Martin; Gabay, Odile; Walsh, Matthew; Ferdinand, John R.; Keane-Myers, Andrea; Choi, Yongwon; O'Shea, John J.; Al-Shamkhani, Aymen; Kaplan, Mark H.; Gery, Igal; Siegel, Richard M.; Meylan, Françoise

    2015-01-01

    The TNF family cytokine TL1A (Tnfsf15) costimulates T cells and type 2 innate lymphocytes (ILC2) through its receptor DR3 (Tnfrsf25). DR3-deficient mice have reduced T cell accumulation at the site of inflammation, and reduced ILC2-dependent immune responses in a number of models of autoimmune and allergic diseases. In allergic lung disease models, immunopathology and local Th2 and ILC2 accumulation is reduced in DR3 deficient mice despite normal systemic priming of Th2 responses and generation of T cells secreting IL-13 and IL-4, prompting the question of whether TL1A promotes the development of other T cell subsets that secrete cytokines to drive allergic disease. Here we find that TL1A potently promotes generation of murine T cells producing IL-9 (Th9) by signaling through DR3 in a cell-intrinsic manner. TL1A enhances Th9 differentiation through an IL-2 and STAT5-dependent mechanism, unlike the TNF-family member OX40, which promotes Th9 through IL-4 and STAT6. Th9 differentiated in the presence of TL1A are more pathogenic, and endogenous TL1A signaling through DR3 on T cells is required for maximal pathology and IL-9 production in allergic lung inflammation. Taken together, these data identify TL1A-DR3 interactions as a novel pathway that promotes Th9 differentiation and pathogenicity. TL1A may be a potential therapeutic target in diseases dependent on IL-9. PMID:25786692

  10. Dissolution of bulk specimens of silicon nitride

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    Davis, W. F.; Merkle, E. J.

    1981-01-01

    An accurate chemical characterization of silicon nitride has become important in connection with current efforts to incorporate components of this material into advanced heat engines. However, there are problems concerning a chemical analysis of bulk silicon nitride. Current analytical methods require the pulverization of bulk specimens. A pulverization procedure making use of grinding media, on the other hand, will introduce contaminants. A description is given of a dissolution procedure which overcomes these difficulties. It has been found that up to at least 0.6 g solid pieces of various samples of hot pressed and reaction bonded silicon nitride can be decomposed in a mixture of 3 mL hydrofluoric acid and 1 mL nitric acid overnight at 150 C in a Parr bomb. High-purity silicon nitride is completely soluble in nitric acid after treatment in the bomb. Following decomposition, silicon and hydrofluoric acid are volatilized and insoluble fluorides are converted to a soluble form.

  11. Network models of dissolution of porous media.

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    Budek, Agnieszka; Szymczak, Piotr

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the chemical dissolution of porous media using a 2D network model in which the system is represented as a series of interconnected pipes with the diameter of each segment increasing in proportion to the local reactant consumption. Moreover, the topology of the network is allowed to change dynamically during the simulation: As the diameters of the eroding pores become comparable with the interpore distances, the pores are joined together, thus changing the interconnections within the network. With this model, we investigate different growth regimes in an evolving porous medium, identifying the mechanisms responsible for the emergence of specific patterns. We consider both the random and regular network and study the effect of the network geometry on the patterns. Finally, we consider practically important problem of finding an optimum flow rate that gives a maximum increase in permeability for a given amount of reactant.

  12. Solvent effects on starch dissolution and gelatinization.

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    Koganti, Nagamani; Mitchell, John R; Ibbett, Roger N; Foster, Tim J

    2011-08-08

    The disruption of starch granular structure during dissolution in varying concentrations of N-methyl morpholine N-oxide (NMMO) has been studied using three maize starches with varying ratios of amylose and amylopectin. Behavior in NMMO has been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), microscopy, rapid viscosity analysis (RVA), and rheometry. Exothermic transitions were observed for the three starches in both 78 and 70% NMMO; the transition changed to an endotherm at 60 and 50% NMMO. Consistent with DSC, hot stage microscopy showed that starch granules dissolved at NMMO concentrations of 78 and 70%, whereas in 60 and 50% NMMO, gelatinization behavior similar to that found for starch in water was observed. Mechanical spectroscopy revealed the dominant viscous behavior (G″ > G') of starch at NMMO concentrations of 70 and 78% and more elastic behavior (G' > G″) at lower concentrations. Starch solutions in 78% NMMO obey the Cox-Merz rule, suggesting that the solutions are homogeneous on a molecular level.

  13. Dissolution chemistry of Minnesota Lunar Simulant

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    Oglesby, James P.; Lindsay, Willard L.; Sadeh, Willy Z.

    1993-07-01

    Dissolution studies of Minnesota Lunar Simulant (MLS), a prepared finely ground basalt, were conducted to measure solution species, to assess the levels of plant nutrients and toxic elements, and to identify minerals controlling these levels. Many of the plant nutrients in the MLS solution (Mg, S, K, Ca, Cl, Mo, P, B, Ni, and Cu) are found to be in concentrations acceptable for plant growth. Nitrogen and manganese, however, are found to be deficient, and extractable iron and zinc are marginal after 150 d. The solution concentrations of metals are several orders of magnitude below levels that are toxic to plants. Aluminum hydroxide, calcite, and clinoenstatite are found to be the most likely mineral controls for aluminum, calcium, and magnesium, respectively. Many of the methods employed can be used to study actual lunar regolith.

  14. Dissolution of bulk specimens of silicon nitride

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Davis, W. F.; Merkle, E. J.

    1981-01-01

    An accurate chemical characterization of silicon nitride has become important in connection with current efforts to incorporate components of this material into advanced heat engines. However, there are problems concerning a chemical analysis of bulk silicon nitride. Current analytical methods require the pulverization of bulk specimens. A pulverization procedure making use of grinding media, on the other hand, will introduce contaminants. A description is given of a dissolution procedure which overcomes these difficulties. It has been found that up to at least 0.6 g solid pieces of various samples of hot pressed and reaction bonded silicon nitride can be decomposed in a mixture of 3 mL hydrofluoric acid and 1 mL nitric acid overnight at 150 C in a Parr bomb. High-purity silicon nitride is completely soluble in nitric acid after treatment in the bomb. Following decomposition, silicon and hydrofluoric acid are volatilized and insoluble fluorides are converted to a soluble form.

  15. Uranium Metal Analysis via Selective Dissolution

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    Delegard, Calvin H.; Sinkov, Sergey I.; Schmidt, Andrew J.; Chenault, Jeffrey W.

    2008-09-10

    Uranium metal, which is present in sludge held in the Hanford Site K West Basin, can create hazardous hydrogen atmospheres during sludge handling, immobilization, or subsequent transport and storage operations by its oxidation/corrosion in water. A thorough knowledge of the uranium metal concentration in sludge therefore is essential to successful sludge management and waste process design. The goal of this work was to establish a rapid routine analytical method to determine uranium metal concentrations as low as 0.03 wt% in sludge even in the presence of up to 1000-fold higher total uranium concentrations (i.e., up to 30 wt% and more uranium) for samples to be taken during the upcoming sludge characterization campaign and in future analyses for sludge handling and processing. This report describes the experiments and results obtained in developing the selective dissolution technique to determine uranium metal concentration in K Basin sludge.

  16. Dissolution test for silymarin tablets and capsules.

    PubMed

    Campodónico, A; Collado, E; Ricci, R; Pappa, H; Segall, A; Pizzorno, M T

    2001-01-01

    Silybine (SBN), isosilybine (ISBN), silycristine (SCN), silydianine (SDN), and taxifoline (TXF) are the main active flavonoids commonly found in the dried fruits of Silybum marianum, Gaertner (Compositae). Concentrations of these compounds, except TXF, are usually expressed together as silymarin content. This paper describes a simple dissolution test developed to estimate silymarin (Sl) in pharmaceutical formulations. Five commercial products were tested using this new method (including tablets, sugar tablets, and capsules): two from Argentina, one from Brazil, one from Spain, and one from Italy. Results demonstrated that, provided the dosage form disintegrates, amounts dissolved range from 50 to 90% of the labeled value. Products were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and UV spectrophotometry.

  17. Dehydration, dissolution, and melting of cyclodextrin crystals.

    PubMed

    Specogna, Erika; Li, King Wo; Djabourov, Madeleine; Carn, Florent; Bouchemal, Kawthar

    2015-01-29

    Cyclodextrins are a family of oligosaccharides with a toroid shape that exhibit a unique ability of entrapping guest molecules in their internal cavity. Water is the primary guest molecule and is omnipresent in the crystalline phases stabilizing the overall architecture. Despite the presence of water molecules inside the cavity, cyclodextrins provide a hydrophobic environment where poorly soluble molecules can easily fit. In this investigation we put in evidence different types of water in the hydrated α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrin crystals. Thermogravimetric measurements identify various binding sites of water and highlight the difference between the crystals equilibrated under various humid atmospheres. We establish by microcalorimetry the limit of solubility versus temperature and measure for the first time the melting temperatures of the hydrated crystals. Dissolution and melting enthalpies are derived and the solubility curves are compared to existing literature. The specific features of each cyclodextrin are underlined.

  18. EGF receptor ligands: recent advances

    PubMed Central

    Singh, Bhuminder; Carpenter, Graham; Coffey, Robert J.

    2016-01-01

    Seven ligands bind to and activate the mammalian epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR/ERBB1/HER1): EGF, transforming growth factor-alpha (TGFA), heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HBEGF), betacellulin (BTC), amphiregulin (AREG), epiregulin (EREG), and epigen (EPGN). Of these, EGF, TGFA, HBEGF, and BTC are thought to be high-affinity ligands, whereas AREG, EREG, and EPGN constitute low-affinity ligands. This focused review is meant to highlight recent studies related to actions of the individual EGFR ligands, the interesting biology that has been uncovered, and relevant advances related to ligand interactions with the EGFR. PMID:27635238

  19. Glass dissolution rate measurement and calculation revisited

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    Fournier, Maxime; Ull, Aurélien; Nicoleau, Elodie; Inagaki, Yaohiro; Odorico, Michaël; Frugier, Pierre; Gin, Stéphane

    2016-08-01

    Aqueous dissolution rate measurements of nuclear glasses are a key step in the long-term behavior study of such waste forms. These rates are routinely normalized to the glass surface area in contact with solution, and experiments are very often carried out using crushed materials. Various methods have been implemented to determine the surface area of such glass powders, leading to differing values, with the notion of the reactive surface area of crushed glass remaining vague. In this study, around forty initial dissolution rate measurements were conducted following static and flow rate (SPFT, MCFT) measurement protocols at 90 °C, pH 10. The international reference glass (ISG), in the forms of powders with different particle sizes and polished monoliths, and soda-lime glass beads were examined. Although crushed glass grains clearly cannot be assimilated with spheres, it is when using the samples geometric surface (Sgeo) that the rates measured on powders are closest to those found for monoliths. Overestimation of the reactive surface when using the BET model (SBET) may be due to small physical features at the atomic scale-contributing to BET surface area but not to AFM surface area. Such features are very small compared with the thickness of water ingress in glass (a few hundred nanometers) and should not be considered in rate calculations. With a SBET/Sgeo ratio of 2.5 ± 0.2 for ISG powders, it is shown here that rates measured on powders and normalized to Sgeo should be divided by 1.3 and rates normalized to SBET should be multiplied by 1.9 in order to be compared with rates measured on a monolith. The use of glass beads indicates that the geometric surface gives a good estimation of glass reactive surface if sample geometry can be precisely described. Although data clearly shows the repeatability of measurements, results must be given with a high uncertainty of approximately ±25%.

  20. 50 CFR 270.23 - Dissolution of Councils.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 11 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Dissolution of Councils. 270.23 Section 270.23 Wildlife and Fisheries NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC... § 270.23 Dissolution of Councils. (a) Petition for termination. (1) A petition to terminate a...

  1. 29 CFR 511.5 - Vacancies and dissolution of committees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Vacancies and dissolution of committees. 511.5 Section 511.5 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATIONS WAGE ORDER PROCEDURE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA § 511.5 Vacancies and dissolution of committees....

  2. 29 CFR 511.5 - Vacancies and dissolution of committees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Vacancies and dissolution of committees. 511.5 Section 511.5 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATIONS WAGE ORDER PROCEDURE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA § 511.5 Vacancies and dissolution of committees....

  3. 50 CFR 270.23 - Dissolution of Councils.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 9 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Dissolution of Councils. 270.23 Section 270.23 Wildlife and Fisheries NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC... § 270.23 Dissolution of Councils. (a) Petition for termination. (1) A petition to terminate a...

  4. 29 CFR 511.5 - Vacancies and dissolution of committees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Vacancies and dissolution of committees. 511.5 Section 511.5 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATIONS WAGE ORDER PROCEDURE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA § 511.5 Vacancies and dissolution of committees....

  5. 29 CFR 511.5 - Vacancies and dissolution of committees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Vacancies and dissolution of committees. 511.5 Section 511.5 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATIONS WAGE ORDER PROCEDURE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA § 511.5 Vacancies and dissolution of committees....

  6. 50 CFR 270.23 - Dissolution of Councils.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 11 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Dissolution of Councils. 270.23 Section 270.23 Wildlife and Fisheries NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC... § 270.23 Dissolution of Councils. (a) Petition for termination. (1) A petition to terminate a...

  7. 50 CFR 270.23 - Dissolution of Councils.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

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  8. 29 CFR 511.5 - Vacancies and dissolution of committees.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Vacancies and dissolution of committees. 511.5 Section 511.5 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATIONS WAGE ORDER PROCEDURE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA § 511.5 Vacancies and dissolution of committees....

  9. The effect of fuel chemistry on UO2 dissolution

    SciTech Connect

    Casella, Amanda; Hanson, Brady; Miller, William

    2016-08-01

    The dissolution rate of both unirradiated UO2 and used nuclear fuel has been studied by numerous countries as part of the performance assessment of proposed geologic repositories. In the scenario of waste package failure and groundwater infiltration into the fuel, the effects of variables such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and water and fuel chemistry on the dissolution rates of the fuel are necessary to provide a quantitative estimate of the potential release over geologic time frames. The primary objective of this research was to determine the influence these parameters have on the dissolution rate of unirradiated UO2 under repository conditions and compare them to the rates predicted by current dissolution models. Both unirradiated UO2 and UO2 doped with varying concentrations of Gd2O3, to simulate used fuel composition after long time periods where radiolysis has minor contributions to dissolution, were examined. In general, a rise in temperature increased the dissolution rate of UO2 and had a larger effect on pure UO2 than on those doped with Gd2O3. Oxygen dependence was observed in the UO2 samples with no dopant and increased as the temperature rose; in the doped fuels less dependence was observed. The addition of gadolinia into the UO2 matrix showed a significant decrease in the dissolution rate. The matrix stabilization effect resulting from the dopant proved even more beneficial in lowering the dissolution rate at higher temperatures and dissolved O2 concentrations in the leachate where the rates would typically be elevated.

  10. Dissolution of populations of ultrafine grains with applications to feldspars

    SciTech Connect

    Talman, S.J.; Nesbitt, H.W. )

    1988-06-01

    Mineral dissolution studies are difficult to interpret when the solid reactant displays a wide range in grain sizes, since the rate of dissolution of the finest grains may not be simply related to their surface area. The transient apparent rate of dissolution of a population of fine-grained reactants is modeled to predict changes to the solution composition, as well as changes in the size distribution of ultra-fine particles as functions of time. The model is applies to the experimental data on Amelia albite of Hodlren and Berner (1979) from which both solution composition and grain size distribution have been obtained. The observed size distribution cannot be duplicated if the dissolution rate is proportional to surface area (i.e. dV/dt=Kr{sup 2}); other contributions to the rate, such as dependence on grain size and the specific contributions from edges and corners, must be invoked. The observed grain size distribution and pseudo-parabolic rate can be reproduced when the rate of dissolution of the fine grains is proportional to its radius (i.e. dV/dt=Kr). The rate constant, K, is consistent with a rate limited by dissolution at the edges of the grains. The possibility of predicting both the contributions of ultrafine particles to the observed dissolution rate and the time evolution of the grain size distribution makes the model a useful tool for interpreting mineral dissolution data.

  11. 21 CFR 343.90 - Dissolution and drug release testing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...-COUNTER HUMAN USE Testing Procedures § 343.90 Dissolution and drug release testing. (a) (b) Aspirin capsules. Aspirin capsules must meet the dissolution standard for aspirin capsules as contained in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 23 at page 132. (c) Aspirin delayed-release capsules and aspirin...

  12. 21 CFR 343.90 - Dissolution and drug release testing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...-COUNTER HUMAN USE Testing Procedures § 343.90 Dissolution and drug release testing. (a) (b) Aspirin capsules. Aspirin capsules must meet the dissolution standard for aspirin capsules as contained in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 23 at page 132. (c) Aspirin delayed-release capsules and aspirin...

  13. 21 CFR 343.90 - Dissolution and drug release testing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...-COUNTER HUMAN USE Testing Procedures § 343.90 Dissolution and drug release testing. (a) (b) Aspirin capsules. Aspirin capsules must meet the dissolution standard for aspirin capsules as contained in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 23 at page 132. (c) Aspirin delayed-release capsules and aspirin...

  14. 21 CFR 343.90 - Dissolution and drug release testing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...-COUNTER HUMAN USE Testing Procedures § 343.90 Dissolution and drug release testing. (a) (b) Aspirin capsules. Aspirin capsules must meet the dissolution standard for aspirin capsules as contained in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 23 at page 132. (c) Aspirin delayed-release capsules and aspirin...

  15. 21 CFR 343.90 - Dissolution and drug release testing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...-COUNTER HUMAN USE Testing Procedures § 343.90 Dissolution and drug release testing. (a) (b) Aspirin capsules. Aspirin capsules must meet the dissolution standard for aspirin capsules as contained in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 23 at page 132. (c) Aspirin delayed-release capsules and aspirin...

  16. Kinetic study of asphaltene dissolution in amphiphile/alkane solutions

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    Permsukarome, P.; Chang, C.; Fogler, H.S.

    1997-09-01

    The kinetics of dissolution of pentane-insoluble solid asphaltene precipitates by amphiphile/alkane solutions were investigated using a differential reactor flow system. Two amphiphiles, dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid and nonylphenol, and five alkane solvents, ranging from hexane to hexadecane, were used. Results showed that the rate of asphaltene dissolution in amphiphile/alkane fluids could be approximated with a first-order kinetics with respect to the undissolved asphaltene mass in solution. The specific dissolution rate constant, k, varied with the concentration of amphiphiles, the type of alkane solvents, the temperature, and the fluid flow rate. The rate of asphaltene dissolution displayed a Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics with respect to the concentration of amphiphiles. Increasing the temperature of amphiphile/alkane fluids also enhanced the rate of asphaltene dissolution. The apparent activation energy for asphaltene dissolution was approximated to be 4--7 kcal/mol. The rate of asphaltene dissolution was also greater in amphiphile solutions containing lighter alkanes, such as hexane, with lower viscosities. These trends suggest that both surface reaction and mass transfer processes are important to the rate of asphaltene dissolution in amphiphile/alkane fluids.

  17. Constant composition kinetics study of carbonated apatite dissolution

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    Tang, Ruikang; Henneman, Zachary J.; Nancollas, George H.

    2003-03-01

    The carbonated apatites (CAP) may be more suitable models for biominerals such as bone and dental hard tissues than is pure hydroxyapatite (HAP) since they have similar chemical compositions. Although they contain only a relatively small amount of carbonate, the solubility and dissolution properties are different. The solubility product of the CAP particles used in this dissolution study, 2.88×10 -112 mol 18 l -18, was significantly greater than that of HAP, 5.52×10 -118 mol 18 l -18. The kinetics of dissolution of CAP has been studied using the constant composition (CC) method. At low undersaturations, the dissolution reaction appeared to be controlled mainly by surface diffusion with an effective reaction order of 1.9±0.1 with respect to the relative undersaturation. These results together with those obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) suggest a dissolution model. Based on the surface diffusion theory of Burton, Cabrera and Frank (BCF). The interfacial tension between CAP and the aqueous phase calculated from this dissolution model, 9.0 m J m -2, was consistent with its relatively low solubility. An abnormal but interesting dissolution behavior is that the CAP dissolution rate was relatively insensitive to changes in calcium and phosphate concentrations at higher undersaturations, suggesting the importance of the carbonate component under these conditions.

  18. Frogging It: A Poetic Analysis of Relationship Dissolution

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    Faulkner, Sandra L.

    2012-01-01

    Often, themes in work and life intertwine; the author recognized that a cadre of poems she had written during the past several years were about relationship dissolution. The poems concerned romantic and friendship dissolution and the aspects of identity creation and loss this entails. The author presents the poems and makes an explicit connection…

  19. Influence of rapeseed phospholipids on ibuprofen dissolution from solid dispersions.

    PubMed

    Sosada, M; Gorecki, M; Pasker, B

    2006-08-01

    The dissolution profiles of ibuprofen (IB) from solid dispersions prepared by the solvent evaporation method, containing the rapeseed lecithin ethanol soluble fraction (LESF) or rapeseed phosphatidylcholine (RPC) have been determined. The effect of incorporation of PEG 4,000 or PEG 8,000 in the solid dispersions on the controlled-release of IB was also investigated. Dissolution studies conducted in double-distilled water using the paddle dissolution apparatus showed that the initial dissolution rate (IDR) within the first 5 min and the maximum percent of dissolved IB of IB/LESF were double of those of IB/RPC (both in ratio 4:1 w/w). The low amounts of LESF markedly increased dissolution of IB. Increasing of LESF concentration from 0 to 10 and 20% in solid dispersions produced 60 and 100% improvement of IB maximum dissolution level respectively, to compare with that of IB alone. PEG 4,000 caused the slightly decreasing in IB dissolution rate, while PEG 8,000 markedly improved the dissolution of IB in examined conditions.

  20. Dissolution Profile of Nimesulide from Pharmaceutical Preparations for Oral Use.

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    Tubić, Biljana; Uzunović, Alija; Pilipović, Saša; Gagić, Žarko

    2016-01-01

    Nimesulide belongs to the group of semi-selective COX-2 inhibitors, widely used in solid oral formulations. In the present work the influence of surfactants among other drug excipients, as well as particle size of the active substance and the effects of medium pH on the dissolution rate of nimesulide from solid pharmaceutical forms. For that purpose, four different preparations containing 100 mg nimesulide per tablet and available in the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina (labeled here as A, B, C and D) were studied. The test for the assessment of dissolution profiles of the formulations was performed in surfactant-free dissolution medium pH 7.5. The dissolution profiles were compared by calculating difference (f1), and similarity (f2) factors. The increasing dissolution medium pH value from 7.5 to 7.75 resulted in a significant increase of nimesulide dissolution rate from the examined formulations. Also, the results showed that particle size affects to a great extent the dissolution rate and the best results were achieved with micronized nimesulide. The presence of the surfactants among the other excipients expressed a negligible effect on the dissolution profile.

  1. Thermal dissolution of maize starches in aqueous medium

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Starches are not soluble in neutral water at room temperature. However, if they are heated in a closed container beyond the boiling point of water, they eventually dissolve. The dissolution temperature depends on the type of starch. The dissolution process was monitored in real time by measuring ...

  2. Biomimetic Dissolution: A Tool to Predict Amorphous Solid Dispersion Performance.

    PubMed

    Puppolo, Michael M; Hughey, Justin R; Dillon, Traciann; Storey, David; Jansen-Varnum, Susan

    2017-05-30

    The presented study describes the development of a membrane permeation non-sink dissolution method that can provide analysis of complete drug speciation and emulate the in vivo performance of poorly water-soluble Biopharmaceutical Classification System class II compounds. The designed membrane permeation methodology permits evaluation of free/dissolved/unbound drug from amorphous solid dispersion formulations with the use of a two-cell apparatus, biorelevant dissolution media, and a biomimetic polymer membrane. It offers insight into oral drug dissolution, permeation, and absorption. Amorphous solid dispersions of felodipine were prepared by hot melt extrusion and spray drying techniques and evaluated for in vitro performance. Prior to ranking performance of extruded and spray-dried felodipine solid dispersions, optimization of the dissolution methodology was performed for parameters such as agitation rate, membrane type, and membrane pore size. The particle size and zeta potential were analyzed during dissolution experiments to understand drug/polymer speciation and supersaturation sustainment of felodipine solid dispersions. Bland-Altman analysis was performed to measure the agreement or equivalence between dissolution profiles acquired using polymer membranes and porcine intestines and to establish the biomimetic nature of the treated polymer membranes. The utility of the membrane permeation dissolution methodology is seen during the evaluation of felodipine solid dispersions produced by spray drying and hot melt extrusion. The membrane permeation dissolution methodology can suggest formulation performance and be employed as a screening tool for selection of candidates to move forward to pharmacokinetic studies. Furthermore, the presented model is a cost-effective technique.

  3. 10 CFR 960.4-2-6 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Dissolution. 960.4-2-6 Section 960.4-2-6 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY Postclosure Guidelines § 960.4-2-6 Dissolution. (a) Qualifying condition. The site shall...

  4. 10 CFR 960.4-2-6 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Dissolution. 960.4-2-6 Section 960.4-2-6 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY Postclosure Guidelines § 960.4-2-6 Dissolution. (a) Qualifying condition. The site shall...

  5. 10 CFR 960.4-2-6 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Dissolution. 960.4-2-6 Section 960.4-2-6 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY Postclosure Guidelines § 960.4-2-6 Dissolution. (a) Qualifying condition. The site shall...

  6. 10 CFR 960.4-2-6 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Dissolution. 960.4-2-6 Section 960.4-2-6 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY Postclosure Guidelines § 960.4-2-6 Dissolution. (a) Qualifying condition. The site shall...

  7. 10 CFR 960.4-2-6 - Dissolution.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Dissolution. 960.4-2-6 Section 960.4-2-6 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR A NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY Postclosure Guidelines § 960.4-2-6 Dissolution. (a) Qualifying condition. The site shall...

  8. Chlorite dissolution rates under CO2 saturated conditions from 50 to 120 °C and 120 to 200 bar CO2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Black, Jay R.; Haese, Ralf R.

    2014-01-01

    Chlorite dissolution rates were measured in a series of batch reactor experiments testing the effect of pCO2, pH, chloride and bicarbonate concentrations and temperature. Chlorite is an important diagenetic mineral in sedimentary basins, often found cementing mineral grains and filling pore space in formations that may serve as reservoirs for storing carbon dioxide. Conflicting reports of whether chlorite acts as a barrier to reservoir rock reactivity or leads to enhanced porosity due to dissolution, after the injection of supercritical CO2 into a reservoir, makes studying the reactivity of chlorite in contact with CO2 saturated waters pertinent. Measured dissolution rates were initially rapid and decreased over time as the saturation state of solution relative to chlorite increased. Temperature had the strongest effect on dissolution rate, with an apparent activation energy of 16 ± 0.5 kJ mol-1 and rate constant of log k0 = -9.56 ± 0.07 mol m-2 s-1 assuming a rate law of the form: rate = k0exp(-EA/RT). The apparent activation energy is lower than previously accepted values, but is consistent with a study of chlorite dissolution using flow through techniques (Smith et al., 2013). Mineral dissolution rates are typically proton enhanced, but the lack of a significant pH effect or pCO2 effect on chlorite dissolution rate in this study suggests that the use of NaHCO3 to buffer the pH of CO2 saturated solutions led to an inhibition of mineral dissolution in competition with the expected pH effect. This is supported by the observed dissolution rate increasing dramatically (half a log unit) with the use of an organic acid buffer (KHpthalate) under CO2 free conditions. The effect of chloride (NaCl ∼5 to 50 g/L) was found not to affect the dissolution rate of chlorite. Various empirical rate laws are proposed and fit to the data and lead to the development of a surface complex model describing proton promoted dissolution and bicarbonate inhibition of chlorite

  9. Dissolution of nepheline, jadeite and albite glasses: toward better models for aluminosilicate dissolution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hamilton, James P.; Brantley, Susan L.; Pantano, Carlo G.; Criscenti, Louise J.; Kubicki, James D.

    2001-11-01

    SLB acknowledges many educational and entertaining conversations with Hal Helgeson (ranging from kinetics to bent head morphologies) over the last 17 years. To investigate the effects of changing the Al/Si ratio on plagioclase dissolution without complications of varying Na/Ca content or exsolution, three glasses with varying Al/Si ratios (albite, jadeite, and nepheline glasses) were synthesized and dissolved. Many similarities in dissolution behavior between plagioclase crystals and this suite of glasses were observed: 1) dissolution was slowest at near-neutral pH and increased under acid and basic conditions; 2) dissolution rate at all pH values increased with increasing Al/Si ratio; 3) the pH dependence of dissolution was higher for the phase with Al/Si = 1 than the phase with Al/Si = 0.3; 4) after acid leaching, the extent of Al depletion of the altered surface increased with increasing bulk Al/Si ratio from Al/Si = 0.3 (albite glass) to 0.5 (jadeite glass), but then decreased in nepheline glass (Al/Si = 1.0), which dissolved stoichiometrically with respect to Al; and 5) little to no Al depletion of the surface of any glass occurred at pH > 7. In contrast with some observations for plagioclase dissolution, however, log (rate) increased linearly with Al content, and n, the slope of the log (rate) - pH curve at low pH, varied smoothly from albite glass to jadeite glass to nepheline glass (n = -0.3, -0.6, and -1.0, respectively). These results, plus the observation that the slope calculated at high pH, m, did not differ between glasses (m = 0.4 ± 0.1), may be consistent with an identical mechanism controlling dissolution of albite, jadeite, and nepheline glasses, although no Si-rich layer can develop on nepheline because of the lack of SiOSi linkages. Such a conclusion is consistent with a transition state for these aluminosilicates at high pH consisting of a deprotonated Q3Si hydroxyl group (where Qvx refers to an x atom in a tetrahedral site with v bridging

  10. Muscarinic receptors and ligands in cancer

    PubMed Central

    Shah, Nirish; Khurana, Sandeep; Cheng, Kunrong; Raufman, Jean-Pierre

    2009-01-01

    Emerging evidence indicates that muscarinic receptors and ligands play key roles in regulating cellular proliferation and cancer progression. Both neuronal and nonneuronal acetylcholine production results in neurocrine, paracrine, and autocrine promotion of cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and other features critical for cancer cell survival and spread. The present review comprises a focused critical analysis of evidence supporting the role of muscarinic receptors and ligands in cancer. Criteria are proposed to validate the biological importance of muscarinic receptor expression, activation, and postreceptor signaling. Likewise, criteria are proposed to validate the role of nonneuronal acetylcholine production in cancer. Dissecting cellular mechanisms necessary for muscarinic receptor activation as well as those needed for acetylcholine production and release will identify multiple novel targets for cancer therapy. PMID:19036940

  11. Kinetics of pyrite, pyrrhotite, and chalcopyrite dissolution by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans.

    PubMed

    Kocaman, Ayse Tuba; Cemek, Mustafa; Edwards, Katrina Jane

    2016-08-01

    The main objective of this study was to investigate the dissolution kinetics of pyrite, pyrrhotite, and chalcopyrite. Crushed minerals were reacted with Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans (25 °C). The kinetics of dissolution was investigated by monitoring pH and Fe(2+) and Fe(3+) ion concentrations in the leaching solutions. Pyrite, pyrrhotite, and chalcopyrite dissolution by A. ferrooxidans was found to be a chemically controlled process. With bacteria, the dissolution rates of the minerals increased in the order of pyrrhotite, pyrite, and chalcopyrite. The number of cells attached to mineral surfaces increased in the same order. Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans was found to enhance the dissolution rates of the minerals. The acid-insoluble trait of pyrite and acid-soluble trait of the other 2 minerals affected the pH changes in the leaching solutions.

  12. Aluminum Target Dissolution in Support of the Pu-238 Program

    SciTech Connect

    McFarlane, Joanna; Benker, Dennis; DePaoli, David W; Felker, Leslie Kevin; Mattus, Catherine H

    2014-09-01

    Selection of an aluminum alloy for target cladding affects post-irradiation target dissolution and separations. Recent tests with aluminum alloy 6061 yielded greater than expected precipitation in the caustic dissolution step, forming up to 10 wt.% solids of aluminum hydroxides and aluminosilicates. We present a study to maximize dissolution of aluminum metal alloy, along with silicon, magnesium, and copper impurities, through control of temperature, the rate of reagent addition, and incubation time. Aluminum phase transformations have been identified as a function of time and temperature, using X-ray diffraction. Solutions have been analyzed using wet chemical methods and X-ray fluorescence. These data have been compared with published calculations of aluminum phase diagrams. Temperature logging during the transients has been investigated as a means to generate kinetic and mass transport data on the dissolution