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  1. Substrate recognition and catalysis by LytB, a pneumococcal peptidoglycan hydrolase involved in virulence

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    Rico-Lastres, Palma; Díez-Martínez, Roberto; Iglesias-Bexiga, Manuel; Bustamante, Noemí; Aldridge, Christine; Hesek, Dusan; Lee, Mijoon; Mobashery, Shahriar; Gray, Joe; Vollmer, Waldemar; García, Pedro; Menéndez, Margarita

    2015-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of life-threatening diseases worldwide. Here we provide an in-depth functional characterization of LytB, the peptidoglycan hydrolase responsible for physical separation of daughter cells. Identified herein as an N-acetylglucosaminidase, LytB is involved also in colonization and invasion of the nasopharynx, biofilm formation and evasion of host immunity as previously demonstrated. We have shown that LytB cleaves the GlcNAc-β-(1,4)-MurNAc glycosidic bond of peptidoglycan building units. The hydrolysis occurs at sites with fully acetylated GlcNAc moieties, with preference for uncross-linked muropeptides. The necessity of GlcN acetylation and the presence of a single acidic moiety (Glu585) essential for catalysis strongly suggest a substrate-assisted mechanism with anchimeric assistance of the acetamido group of GlcNAc moieties. Additionally, modelling of the catalytic region bound to a hexasaccharide tripentapeptide provided insights into substrate-binding subsites and peptidoglycan recognition. Besides, cell-wall digestion products and solubilisation rates might indicate a tight control of LytB activity to prevent unrestrained breakdown of the cell wall. Choline-independent localization at the poles of the cell, mediated by the choline-binding domain, peptidoglycan modification, and choline-mediated (lipo)teichoic-acid attachment contribute to the high selectivity of LytB. Moreover, so far unknown chitin hydrolase and glycosyltransferase activities were detected using GlcNAc oligomers as substrate. PMID:26537571

  2. Structure of Pneumococcal Peptidoglycan Hydrolase LytB Reveals Insights into the Bacterial Cell Wall Remodeling and Pathogenesis*

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    Bai, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Hui-Jie; Jiang, Yong-Liang; Wen, Zhensong; Huang, Yubin; Cheng, Wang; Li, Qiong; Qi, Lei; Zhang, Jing-Ren; Chen, Yuxing; Zhou, Cong-Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae causes a series of devastating infections in humans. Previous studies have shown that the endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase LytB is critical for pneumococcal cell division and nasal colonization, but the biochemical mechanism of LytB action remains unknown. Here we report the 1.65 Å crystal structure of the catalytic domain (residues Lys-375–Asp-658) of LytB (termed LytBCAT), excluding the choline binding domain. LytBCAT consists of three structurally independent modules: SH3b, WW, and GH73. These modules form a “T-shaped” pocket that accommodates a putative tetrasaccharide-pentapeptide substrate of peptidoglycan. Structural comparison and simulation revealed that the GH73 module of LytB harbors the active site, including the catalytic residue Glu-564. In vitro assays of hydrolytic activity indicated that LytB prefers the peptidoglycan from the lytB-deficient pneumococci, suggesting the existence of a specific substrate of LytB in the immature peptidoglycan. Combined with in vitro cell-dispersing and in vivo cell separation assays, we demonstrated that all three modules are necessary for the optimal activity of LytB. Further functional analysis showed that the full catalytic activity of LytB is required for pneumococcal adhesion to and invasion into human lung epithelial cells. Structure-based alignment indicated that the unique modular organization of LytB is highly conserved in its orthologs from Streptococcus mitis group and Gemella species. These findings provided structural insights into the pneumococcal cell wall remodeling and novel hints for the rational design of therapeutic agents against pneumococcal growth and thereby the related diseases. PMID:25002590

  3. An in silico structural insights into Plasmodium LytB protein and its inhibition.

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    Bhuyan, Rajabrata; Nandy, Suman Kumar; Seal, Alpana

    2015-01-01

    In most of the pathogenic organisms including Plasmodium falciparum, isoprenoids are synthesized via MEP (MethylErythritol 4-Phosphate) pathway. LytB is the last enzyme of this pathway which catalyzes the conversion of (E)-4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-en-1-yl diphosphate (HMBPP) into the two isoprenoid precursors: isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP). Since the MEP pathway is not used by humans, it represents an attractive target for the development of new anti-malarial compounds or inhibitors. Here a systematic in silico study has been conducted to get an insight into the structure of Plasmodium lytB as well as its affinities towards different inhibitors. We used comparative modeling technique to predict the three-dimensional (3D) structure of Plasmodium LytB taking Escherichia coli LytB protein (PDB ID: 3KE8) as template and the model was subsequently refined through molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. A large ligand data-set containing diphospate group was subjected for virtual screening against the target using GOLD 5.2 program. Considering the mode of binding and affinities, 17 leads were selected on basis of binding energies in comparison to its substrate HMBPP (Gold.Chemscore.DG: -20.9734 kcal/mol). Among them, five were discarded because of their inhibitory activity towards other human enzymes. The rest 12 potential leads carry all the properties of any "drug like" molecule and the knowledge of Plasmodium LytB-inhibitory mechanism which can provide valuable support for the anti-malarial-inhibitor design in future.

  4. LytB, a novel gene of the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis in Escherichia coli.

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    Altincicek, B; Kollas, A; Eberl, M; Wiesner, J; Sanderbrand, S; Hintz, M; Beck, E; Jomaa, H

    2001-06-15

    The mevalonate-independent 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway for isoprenoid biosynthesis is essential in many eubacteria, plants, and the malaria parasite. Using genetically engineered Escherichia coli cells able to utilize exogenously provided mevalonate for isoprenoid biosynthesis by the mevalonate pathway we demonstrate that the lytB gene is involved in the trunk line of the MEP pathway. Cells deleted for the essential lytB gene were viable only if the medium was supplemented with mevalonate or the cells were complemented with an episomal copy of lytB.

  5. Unique Pt5 metallacycle: [Pt(II)Cl(pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate)]5.

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    Montagner, Diego; Sanz Miguel, Pablo J

    2011-11-01

    The neutral complex [PtCl(PyDT)](5) (PyDT = (CH(2))(4)NCS(2)(-)) represents the first example of a Pt(5) metallacycle. This unique architecture based on chiral S-bridged Pt(II) monomers was prepared by thermal degradation of the reaction product of PtCl(2) and a pyrrolidinedithioester. PMID:21901224

  6. Gondola-shaped tetra-rhenium metallacycles modified evanescent wave infrared chemical sensors for selective determination of volatile organic compounds.

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    Huang, Genin Gary; Lee, Chung-Jay; Tsai, Bo-Chan; Yang, Jyisy; Sathiyendiran, Malaichamy; Lu, Kuang-Lieh

    2011-07-15

    Water-stable and cavity-contained rhenium metallacycles were synthesized, and their ability to selectively interact with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) systematically studied using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. Integrating the unique properties of rhenium metallacycles into optical sensing technologies significantly improves selectivity in detecting aromatic compounds. To explore the interaction of rhenium metallacycles with VOCs, the surface of ATR sensing elements was modified with the synthesized rhenium metallacycles and used to detect VOCs. The results indicate that rhenium metallacycles have crown ether-like recognition sites, which can selectively interact with aromatic compounds, especially those bearing polar functional groups. The IR absorption bands of rhenium metallacycles shift significantly upon adsorption of aromatic VOCs, revealing a strong interaction between the tetra-rhenium metallacycles and guest aromatic compounds. Optimizing the thickness of the metallacycles coated on the surface of the sensing element led to rapid response in detection. The dynamic range of response was generally up to 30 mg/L with detection limits ca. 30 μg/L. Further studies of the effect of interferences indicate that recovery can be higher than 95% for most of the compounds tested. The results on the flow-cell device indicated that the performances were similar to a static detection system but the detection of VOCs can be largely simplified.

  7. Metallomic EPR spectroscopy.

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    Hagen, Wilfred R

    2009-09-01

    Based on explicit definitions of biomolecular EPR spectroscopy and of the metallome, this tutorial review positions EPR in the field of metallomics as a unique method to study native, integrated systems of metallobiomolecular coordination complexes subject to external stimuli. The specific techniques of whole-system bioEPR spectroscopy are described and their historic, recent, and anticipated applications are discussed.

  8. Metallacycle-Mediated Cross-Coupling with Substituted and Electronically Unactivated Alkenes

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    Reichard, Holly A.

    2011-01-01

    This perspective surveys the history of- and recent advances in- metallacycle-mediated coupling chemistry of substituted alkenes. While the reaction of preformed metal–π complexes with ethylene was reported nearly 30 years ago, the generalization of this mode of bimolecular C–C bond formation to the regio- and stereoselective union of complex substrates has only recently begun to emerge. This perspective discusses early observations in this area, the challenges associated with controlling such processes, the evolution of a general strategy to overcome these challenges, and a summary of highly regio- and stereoselective convergent coupling reactions that are currently available by metallacycle-mediated cross-coupling with substituted alkenes. PMID:21436986

  9. Photoinduced transformations of stiff-stilbene-based discrete metallacycles to metallosupramolecular polymers

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    Yan, Xuzhou; Xu, Jiang-Fei; Cook, Timothy R.; Huang, Feihe; Yang, Qing-Zheng; Tung, Chen-Ho; Stang, Peter J.

    2014-01-01

    Control over structural transformations in supramolecular entities by external stimuli is critical for the development of adaptable and functional soft materials. Herein, we have designed and synthesized a dipyridyl donor containing a central Z-configured stiff-stilbene unit that self-assembles in the presence of two 180° di-Pt(II) acceptors to produce size-controllable discrete organoplatinum(II) metallacycles with high efficiency by means of the directional-bonding approach. These discrete metallacycles undergo transformation into extended metallosupramolecular polymers upon the conformational switching of the dipyridyl ligand from Z-configured (0°) to E-configured (180°) when photoirradiated. This transformation is accompanied by interesting morphological changes at nanoscopic length scales. The discrete metallacycles aggregate to spherical nanoparticles that evolve into long nanofibers upon polymer formation. These fibers can be reversibly converted to cyclic oligomers by changing the wavelength of irradiation, which reintroduces Z-configured building blocks owing to the reversible nature of stiff-stilbene photoisomerization. The design strategy defined here represents a novel self-assembly pathway to deliver advanced supramolecular assemblies by means of photocontrol. PMID:24889610

  10. Formation of metallacyclic C[sub 60] derivatives via gas-phase ion-molecule reactions

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    Kan, S.Z.; Byun, Y.G.; Freiser, B.S. )

    1995-01-25

    In this paper we report the gas-phase reactions of C[sub 60] with Fe(benzyne)[sup +] in which metallacyclic C[sub 80] derivatives are formed. All experiments were performed on an Extrel FTMS-2000 dual cell Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer equipped with a 3 T superconducting magnet. The ion-trapping potential was set at 2 V. A Bayard-Alpert ion gauge was used to monitor pressure. Fe[sup +] was generated by laser desorption of the pure iron metal target using a Quanta-Ray Nd:YAG laser operated at its fundamental output (1064 nm). 43 refs., 1 fig.

  11. Photophysical and computational investigations of bis(phosphine) organoplatinum(II) metallacycles.

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    Pollock, J Bryant; Cook, Timothy R; Stang, Peter J

    2012-06-27

    A series of endohedral and exohedral amine-functionalized ligands were synthesized and used in the construction of supramolecular D(2h) rhomboids and a D(6h) hexagon. These supramolecular polygons were obtained via self-assembly of 120° dipyridyl donors with 180° or 120° diplatinum precursors when combined in 1:1 ratios. Steady-state absorption and emission spectra were collected for each ligand and metallacycle. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations were employed to probe the nature of the observed optical transitions for the rhomboids. The emissive properties of these bis(phosphine) organoplatinum metallacycles arise from ligand-centered transitions involving π-type molecular orbitals with modest contributions from metal-based atomic orbitals. The D(2h) rhomboid self-assembled from 2,6-bis(4-pyridylethynyl)aniline and a 60° organoplatinum(II) acceptor has a low-energy excited state in the visible region and emits above 500 nm, properties which greatly differ from those of the parent 2,6-bis(4-pyridylethynyl)aniline ligand. PMID:22691193

  12. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Discrete Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycles with Polysaccharide via Electrostatic Interactions and Their Application for Heparin Detection.

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    Chen, Li-Jun; Ren, Yuan-Yuan; Wu, Nai-Wei; Sun, Bin; Ma, Jian-Qiu; Zhang, Li; Tan, Hongwei; Liu, Minghua; Li, Xiaopeng; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2015-09-16

    In recent past years, investigation of hierarchical self-assembly for constructing artificial functional materials has attracted considerable attention. Discrete metallacycles based on coordination bonds have proven to be valid scaffolds to fabricate various supramolecular polymers or smart soft matter through hierarchical self-assembly. Here, we present the first example of the hierarchical self-assembly of discrete metallacycles by taking advantage of the positive charges of the organoplatinum(II) metallacycle skeleton through multiple electrostatic interactions. Heparin, a sulfated glycosaminoglycan polymer that has been widely used as an anticoagulant drug, was selected to induce hierarchical self-assembly because of the existence of multiple negative charges. To investigate the hierarchical self-assembly process, an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active moiety, tetra-phenylethylene (TPE), was introduced onto the metallacycle via coordination-driven self-assembly. Photophysical studies revealed that the addition of heparin to the tris-TPE metallacycles solution resulted in dramatic fluorescence enhancement, which supported the aggregation between metallacycle and heparin driven by multiple electrostatic interactions. Moreover, the entangled pearl-necklace networks were obtained through hierarchical self-assembly as detected by SEM, TEM, and LSCM experiments. In particular, single bead-like chains were observed in the AFM and TEM images, which provided direct, visual evidence for the aggregation of positively charged metallacycles and negatively charged heparin. More interestingly, further optical study demonstrated that this TPE-decorated metallacycle could function as a turn-on fluorescent probe for heparin detection with high sensitivity and selectivity. Thus, this research presents the first example of counter polyanion-induced hierarchical self-assembly of discrete metallacycles and provides a "proof-of-principle" method for heparin sensing and binding.

  13. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Discrete Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycles with Polysaccharide via Electrostatic Interactions and Their Application for Heparin Detection.

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    Chen, Li-Jun; Ren, Yuan-Yuan; Wu, Nai-Wei; Sun, Bin; Ma, Jian-Qiu; Zhang, Li; Tan, Hongwei; Liu, Minghua; Li, Xiaopeng; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2015-09-16

    In recent past years, investigation of hierarchical self-assembly for constructing artificial functional materials has attracted considerable attention. Discrete metallacycles based on coordination bonds have proven to be valid scaffolds to fabricate various supramolecular polymers or smart soft matter through hierarchical self-assembly. Here, we present the first example of the hierarchical self-assembly of discrete metallacycles by taking advantage of the positive charges of the organoplatinum(II) metallacycle skeleton through multiple electrostatic interactions. Heparin, a sulfated glycosaminoglycan polymer that has been widely used as an anticoagulant drug, was selected to induce hierarchical self-assembly because of the existence of multiple negative charges. To investigate the hierarchical self-assembly process, an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active moiety, tetra-phenylethylene (TPE), was introduced onto the metallacycle via coordination-driven self-assembly. Photophysical studies revealed that the addition of heparin to the tris-TPE metallacycles solution resulted in dramatic fluorescence enhancement, which supported the aggregation between metallacycle and heparin driven by multiple electrostatic interactions. Moreover, the entangled pearl-necklace networks were obtained through hierarchical self-assembly as detected by SEM, TEM, and LSCM experiments. In particular, single bead-like chains were observed in the AFM and TEM images, which provided direct, visual evidence for the aggregation of positively charged metallacycles and negatively charged heparin. More interestingly, further optical study demonstrated that this TPE-decorated metallacycle could function as a turn-on fluorescent probe for heparin detection with high sensitivity and selectivity. Thus, this research presents the first example of counter polyanion-induced hierarchical self-assembly of discrete metallacycles and provides a "proof-of-principle" method for heparin sensing and binding

  14. Taurine for EPR dosimetry.

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    Maghraby, A; Mansour, A; Tarek, E

    2012-08-01

    EPR dosimetry is characterized by its non-destructive read-out and the possibility of dose archival. Here, taurine is proposed as a radiation dosimeter using EPR spectroscopy. The EPR spectrum of taurine was studied and assigned, and changes in the taurine EPR spectrum as a result of the change in both modulation amplitude and microwave power were quantified. For gamma radiation, the energy absorption coefficient and the collision mass stopping power of taurine were compared to the corresponding values of soft tissue and alanine, in addition to calculation of effective atomic numbers. The response of taurine to gamma radiation doses in the range from 0.1 to 50 kGy was investigated, as well as that in the range from 1.0 to 20.0 Gy using numerically enhanced EPR taurine spectra. Both response curves showed a linear behavior. In addition, the time dependence of radiation-induced radicals was studied for short (during the first 6 h after irradiation) and long (during about 3 months after irradiation) time periods, and a reasonable degree of stability of the taurine radicals was observed. It is concluded that taurine is a promising dosimeter, which is characterized by its simple spectrum, radical stability, and wide range of linear response to gamma radiation.

  15. Complexation and Catenation in Aqueous Media Using a Self-Assembled Pd(II) Metallacyclic Receptor.

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    Rama, Tamara; López-Vidal, Eva M; García, Marcos D; Peinador, Carlos; Quintela, José M

    2015-06-22

    A M2L2 rectangular-shaped metallacycle, obtained by metal-directed self-assembly of a 2-(pyridin-4-ylmethyl)-2,7-diazapyrenium salt and [(en)Pd(NO3)2 (en=ethylenediamine), has been investigated as a molecular receptor for a wide range of aromatic substrates in water. Complexation and catenation of the receptor with selected mono- and polycyclic aromatic substrates produced 1:1 inclusion complexes and [2]catenanes in a highly efficient fashion, as determined by NMR and UV/Vis spectroscopic techniques, as well as single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Furthermore, the thermodynamic and kinetic features of the complexation processes have been analyzed for selected model guests.

  16. Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Decalins via Metallacycle-Mediated Cross-Coupling.

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    Mizoguchi, Haruki; Micalizio, Glenn C

    2015-05-27

    Bridged bicyclic metallacyclopentenes generated from the [4 + 2] cycloaddition of metallacyclopentadienes with alkenes have been proposed as reactive intermediates in the course of [2 + 2 + 2] annulation reactions. Recently a collection of alkoxide-directed Ti-mediated [2 + 2 + 2] annulation reactions have been discovered for the synthesis of densely functionalized hydrindanes, where the bridged bicyclic metallacyclopentenes from intramolecular [4 + 2] were treated as fleeting intermediates en route to cyclohexadiene products formed by formal cheletropic extrusion of Ti(Oi-Pr)2. In studies aimed at understanding the course of these organometallic cascade reactions it was later discovered that these bridged bicyclic intermediates can be trapped by various elimination processes. Here, we have realized metallacycle-mediated annulation reactions for the assembly of angularly substituted decalins--structural motifs that are ubiquitous in natural products and molecules of pharmaceutical relevance. In addition to defining the basic annulation reaction we have discovered a surprising stability associated with the complex organometallic intermediates generated in the course of this coupling process and document here the ability to control the fate of such species. Ligand-induced cheletropic extrusion of the titanium center delivers cyclohexadiene-containing products, while several distinct protonation events have been identified to realize polycyclic products that contain three new stereocenters (one of which is the angular quaternary center that is a hallmark of alkoxide-directed titanium-mediated [2 + 2 + 2] annulation reactions). Examples of this metallacycle-mediated annulation reaction are provided to demonstrate that a range of stereodefined fused bicyclo[4.4.0]decanes are accessible, including those that contain aromatic and aliphatic substituents, and an empirical model is presented to accompany the observations made. PMID:25930967

  17. Construction of Alkynylplatinum(II) Bzimpy-Functionalized Metallacycles and Their Hierarchical Self-Assembly Behavior in Solution Promoted by Pt⋅⋅⋅Pt and π-π Interactions.

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    Jiang, Bo; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Wei; Chen, Li-Jun; Yin, Guang-Qiang; Wang, Yu-Xuan; Sun, Bin; Li, Xiaopeng; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2016-10-01

    A family of new alkynylplatinum(II) 2,6-bis(benzimidazol-2'-yl)pyridine (bzimpy)-functionalized supramolecular metallacycles with different shapes and sizes have been successfully prepared by coordination-driven self-assembly. The obtained metallacycles showed switchable emission and a strong tendency to form intermolecular Pt⋅⋅⋅Pt and π-π stacking interactions in solution that were not displayed by their individual precursors. Further investigation revealed that the existence of the metallacyclic scaffold at the core could facilitate the formation of intermolecular Pt⋅⋅⋅Pt and π-π stacking interactions of peripheral alkynylplatinum(II) bzimpy units. Moreover, the shapes and sizes of the metallacyclic scaffold have a significant influence on the hierarchical self-assembly behavior. Among the three metallacycles, hexagonal metallacycle A, with a relatively small size, could spontaneously self-assemble into an aromatic guest stimuli-responsive metallogel at room temperature without a heating-cooling process.

  18. Construction of Smart Supramolecular Polymeric Hydrogels Cross-linked by Discrete Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycles via Post-Assembly Polymerization.

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    Zheng, Wei; Chen, Li-Jun; Yang, Guang; Sun, Bin; Wang, Xu; Jiang, Bo; Yin, Guang-Qiang; Zhang, Li; Li, Xiaopeng; Liu, Minghua; Chen, Guosong; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2016-04-13

    Postassembly modification strategy has been successfully employed in the construction of discrete metallosupramolecular assemblies. However, the most known reports have been limited to the simple structural conversion through the easy covalent reactions, thus hindering the development of organometallic functional materials. In this study, we first combined coordination-driven self-assembly and postassembly reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization to produce a new family of star supramolecular polymers containing well-defined metallacycles as cores, which featured typical lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior in water because of the existence of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM) moieties. Moreover, the obtained star polymers could further form supramolecular hydrogels cross-linked by discrete hexagonal metallacycles at room temperature without heating-cooling process. Interestingly, the resultant polymeric hydrogels exhibited stimuli-responsive behavior toward temperature and bromide anion as well as self-healing property. We demonstrated that the dynamic nature of Pt-N bonds in the hexagonal metallacycles played an important role in determining the stimuli-responsive and self-healing property of the final soft matters. Thus, merging coordination-driven self-assembly and postassembly polymerization provided a new avenue to the preparation of functional materials containing well-defined, discrete metal-organic assemblies as main scaffolds. PMID:27011050

  19. Hypercoordinate β-carbon in Grubbs and Schrock olefin metathesis metallacycles.

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    Remya, Premaja R; Suresh, Cherumuttathu H

    2015-10-28

    Metallacyclobutane (MCB) intermediates of Grubbs and Schrock olefin metathesis catalysts are well-known for their unusually short single bond-like metal to Cβ distance and unusually long CαCβ distances. From the analysis of structural, bond order, electron density and (13)C NMR data of a large variety of MCB systems, we show that the Cβ of the metallacycle possesses pentacoordinate geometry due to the agostic type interaction of the metal with the CαCβ bonds. The pentacoordination of Cβ to the metal center is characterized by a catastrophe ring critical point (RCP) in the quantum theory of atoms-in-molecule (QTAIM) analysis. Fine tuning of the ligand environment changes the catastrophe point to a fifth bond critical point (BCP) which is clearly brought out in the case of two ruthenium olefin metathesis systems. Several Ru and W agostic MCB complexes exhibiting pentacoordinate Cβ as well as their non-agostic isomers have been reported at the BP86/def2-TZVPP level of DFT. The agostic systems showed a significant bond order between metal and Cβ (0.17-0.36), single bond-like electron density values at the catastrophe RCP/BCP and a significantly large difference in (13)C NMR chemical shift values between Cα and Cβ atoms. PMID:26394072

  20. Hypercoordinate β-carbon in Grubbs and Schrock olefin metathesis metallacycles.

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    Remya, Premaja R; Suresh, Cherumuttathu H

    2015-10-28

    Metallacyclobutane (MCB) intermediates of Grubbs and Schrock olefin metathesis catalysts are well-known for their unusually short single bond-like metal to Cβ distance and unusually long CαCβ distances. From the analysis of structural, bond order, electron density and (13)C NMR data of a large variety of MCB systems, we show that the Cβ of the metallacycle possesses pentacoordinate geometry due to the agostic type interaction of the metal with the CαCβ bonds. The pentacoordination of Cβ to the metal center is characterized by a catastrophe ring critical point (RCP) in the quantum theory of atoms-in-molecule (QTAIM) analysis. Fine tuning of the ligand environment changes the catastrophe point to a fifth bond critical point (BCP) which is clearly brought out in the case of two ruthenium olefin metathesis systems. Several Ru and W agostic MCB complexes exhibiting pentacoordinate Cβ as well as their non-agostic isomers have been reported at the BP86/def2-TZVPP level of DFT. The agostic systems showed a significant bond order between metal and Cβ (0.17-0.36), single bond-like electron density values at the catastrophe RCP/BCP and a significantly large difference in (13)C NMR chemical shift values between Cα and Cβ atoms.

  1. Construction of Endo-Functionalized Two Dimensional Metallacycles via Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly

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    Ghosh, Koushik; Zheng, Yao-Rong

    2009-01-01

    The synthesis of three endofunctionalized two-dimensional supramolecular metallacycles including two [2 + 2] rhomboids (5 and 6) and a [3 + 3] hexagon (7) is reported. The resulting self-assembled supramolecular structures, containing several nitrobenzyl moieties at their interior surface, have been fully characterized by multinuclear NMR (31P and 1H) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. A significant C–H…O hydrogen bonding between the nitrobenzyl acceptor and the edge molecules of the supramolecular architecture is observed in the small rhomboid 5 and this interaction gradually decreases upon the enlargement of the resulting polygonal structures from a small rhomboid 5 through a large rhomboid 6 to a hexagon 7. Molecular modeling with the MMFF force field gives a possible conformation of each self-assembly in different solvents and shows that the hydrophilic nitrobenzyl moiety prefers to be buried in the cavity of the resulting polygonal structures in nonpolar solvents, thus forming hydrogen bonds with the peripheral component building units. PMID:19835395

  2. Broadband Transmission EPR Spectroscopy

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    Hagen, Wilfred R.

    2013-01-01

    EPR spectroscopy employs a resonator operating at a single microwave frequency and phase-sensitive detection using modulation of the magnetic field. The X-band spectrometer is the general standard with a frequency in the 9–10 GHz range. Most (bio)molecular EPR spectra are determined by a combination of the frequency-dependent electronic Zeeman interaction and a number of frequency-independent interactions, notably, electron spin – nuclear spin interactions and electron spin – electron spin interactions, and unambiguous analysis requires data collection at different frequencies. Extant and long-standing practice is to use a different spectrometer for each frequency. We explore the alternative of replacing the narrow-band source plus single-mode resonator with a continuously tunable microwave source plus a non-resonant coaxial transmission cell in an unmodulated external field. Our source is an arbitrary wave digital signal generator producing an amplitude-modulated sinusoidal microwave in combination with a broadband amplifier for 0.8–2.7 GHz. Theory is developed for coaxial transmission with EPR detection as a function of cell dimensions and materials. We explore examples of a doublet system, a high-spin system, and an integer-spin system. Long, straigth, helical, and helico-toroidal cells are developed and tested with dilute aqueous solutions of spin label hydroxy-tempo. A detection limit of circa 5 µM HO-tempo in water at 800 MHz is obtained for the present setup, and possibilities for future improvement are discussed. PMID:23555819

  3. Hemichelation, a way to stabilize electron-unsaturated complexes: the case of T-shaped Pd and Pt metallacycles.

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    Werlé, Christophe; Bailly, Corinne; Karmazin-Brelot, Lydia; Le Goff, Xavier-Frédéric; Ricard, Louis; Djukic, Jean-Pierre

    2013-11-27

    A rational method of synthesis of stable neutral T-shaped 14 electron Pd and Pt complexes is proposed. It takes advantage of the ambiphilic character of the tricarbonyl(η(6)-indenyl)chromium anion, of which the main property is to behave as a hemichelating ligand, that is a nonconventional heteroditopic ligand capable of chelating a metal center by way of covalent and noncovalent bonding, thus preserving its unsaturated valence shell. The reaction of the in situ formed tricarbonyl(η(6)-2-methylindenyl)chromium anion with a series of Pd and Pt metallacycles afforded new air-stable and persistent synfacial heterobimetallic complexes in which the metallacycle binds the indenyl fragment via its metal in an η(1) fashion, leaving the fourth coordination site at the chelated metal virtually vacant. The structures of eight of these novel complexes are disclosed, and their bonding features are investigated by an array of theoretical methods based on the density functional theory (NBO, EDA, ETS-NOCV, AIM, NCI region analysis). Theory shows that the formation of these unusual structures of bimetallic synfacial η(1)-indenyl-Pd/Pt complexes is driven thermodynamically by attractive Coulombic occlusion of the fourth vacant coordination site at Pd/Pt centers by the Cr(CO)3 moiety. PMID:24182317

  4. Reactivity of cationic agostic and carbene structures derived from platinum(II) metallacycles.

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    Campos, Jesús; Ortega-Moreno, Laura; Conejero, Salvador; Peloso, Riccardo; López-Serrano, Joaquín; Maya, Celia; Carmona, Ernesto

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes the formation of new platinacyclic complexes derived from the phosphine ligands PiPr2 Xyl, PMeXyl2 , and PMe2 Ar Xyl 2 (Xyl=2,6-Me2 C6 H3 and Ar Xyl 2=2,6-(2,6-Me2 C6 H3 )2 -C6 H3 ) as well as reactivity studies of the trans-[Pt(C^P)2 ] bis-metallacyclic complex 1 a derived from PiPr2 Xyl. Protonation of compound 1 a with [H(OEt2 )2 ][BArF ] (BArF =B[3,5-(CF3 )2 C6 H3 ]4 ) forms a cationic δ-agostic structure 4 a, whereas α-hydride abstraction employing [Ph3 C][PF6 ] produces a cationic platinum carbene trans-[Pt{PiPr2 (2,6-CH(Me)C6 H3 }{PiPr2 (2,6-CH2 (Me)C6 H3 }][PF6 ] (8). Compounds 4 a and 8 react with H2 to yield the same 1:3 equilibrium mixture of 4 a and trans-[PtH(PiPr2 Xyl)2 ][BArF ] (6), in which one of the phosphine ligands participates in a δ-agostic interaction. DFT calculations reveal that H2 activation by 8 occurs at the highly electrophilic alkylidene terminus with no participation of the metal. The two compounds 4 a and 8 experience C-C coupling reactions of a different nature. Thus, 4 a gives rise to complex trans-[PtH{(E)-1,2-bis(2-(PiPr2 )-3-MeC6 H3 )CHCH}] (7) that contains a tridentate diphosphine-alkene ligand, through agostic CH oxidative cleavage and C-C reductive coupling steps, whereas the C-C coupling reaction in 8 involves classical migratory insertion of its [PtCH] and [PtCH2 ] bonds promoted by platinum coordination of CO or CNXyl. The mechanisms of the CC bond-forming reactions have also been investigated by computational methods. PMID:25959723

  5. Reactivity of cationic agostic and carbene structures derived from platinum(II) metallacycles.

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    Campos, Jesús; Ortega-Moreno, Laura; Conejero, Salvador; Peloso, Riccardo; López-Serrano, Joaquín; Maya, Celia; Carmona, Ernesto

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes the formation of new platinacyclic complexes derived from the phosphine ligands PiPr2 Xyl, PMeXyl2 , and PMe2 Ar Xyl 2 (Xyl=2,6-Me2 C6 H3 and Ar Xyl 2=2,6-(2,6-Me2 C6 H3 )2 -C6 H3 ) as well as reactivity studies of the trans-[Pt(C^P)2 ] bis-metallacyclic complex 1 a derived from PiPr2 Xyl. Protonation of compound 1 a with [H(OEt2 )2 ][BArF ] (BArF =B[3,5-(CF3 )2 C6 H3 ]4 ) forms a cationic δ-agostic structure 4 a, whereas α-hydride abstraction employing [Ph3 C][PF6 ] produces a cationic platinum carbene trans-[Pt{PiPr2 (2,6-CH(Me)C6 H3 }{PiPr2 (2,6-CH2 (Me)C6 H3 }][PF6 ] (8). Compounds 4 a and 8 react with H2 to yield the same 1:3 equilibrium mixture of 4 a and trans-[PtH(PiPr2 Xyl)2 ][BArF ] (6), in which one of the phosphine ligands participates in a δ-agostic interaction. DFT calculations reveal that H2 activation by 8 occurs at the highly electrophilic alkylidene terminus with no participation of the metal. The two compounds 4 a and 8 experience C-C coupling reactions of a different nature. Thus, 4 a gives rise to complex trans-[PtH{(E)-1,2-bis(2-(PiPr2 )-3-MeC6 H3 )CHCH}] (7) that contains a tridentate diphosphine-alkene ligand, through agostic CH oxidative cleavage and C-C reductive coupling steps, whereas the C-C coupling reaction in 8 involves classical migratory insertion of its [PtCH] and [PtCH2 ] bonds promoted by platinum coordination of CO or CNXyl. The mechanisms of the CC bond-forming reactions have also been investigated by computational methods.

  6. EPR, Biology, and Consciousness

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    Goradia, Shantilal

    2006-03-01

    It seems that Darwin, in his concluding remark (1859, p490) ruled out the possibility of cosmic connection to evolution based on the fixed law of gravity, known then. More recent Dirac’s Large Number Hypothesis as described in http://www.arXiv.org/pdf/physics/0210040 v1 raises a possibility that the universal constant of gravity is decreasing and all coupling constants are increasing with time, so reported by some observations. Deeper investigation of the connection between evolution and the variation of the universal constant of gravity seems worthwhile to see if it impacts the passage of time in a stronger (gravitational according to the spirit of the above archive) field and affects the aging process, and explains locality and causality in random evolutionary mutations. If there is no physical locality and causality consistent with the special theory of relativity, there must be some spiritual locality and causality at superluminal speeds to explain the implicit hidden variables. Then there is a question of how to test spiritual locality and causality. Psychic effects and dream signals look promising, if they exist and can be tested with space age technology. This is neither about religion nor about Einstein’s orthodoxy in light of the spirit of EPR. This is about frontiers of science of the new millennium: biology, and consciousness.

  7. EPR: an Advanced Evolutionary Design

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    Czech, Juergen; Bouteille, Francois; Hudson, Greg

    2004-07-01

    This paper presents the main features of the EPR, an evolutionary design product that builds on French N4 plants (Chooz and Civaux) and Konvoi, the most recent reactor series built in Germany. This Franco-German project was driven by a common French and German desire to cooperate in several areas. In January 2001, Framatome SA and Siemens AG merged their nuclear activities to form Framatome ANP with three regional entities in France, Germany and the USA. The recent decision of Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) to select the EPR for construction in Olkiluoto of the fifth Nuclear Power Plant in Finland gave a new impetus to the project. Framatome ANP is committed to put the FOAK EPR in commercial operation on May 1, 2009. This challenging time schedule will set a new reference for 'Generation III +' LWR's. (authors)

  8. Self-assembled copper(II) metallacycles derived from asymmetric Schiff base ligands: efficient hosts for ADP/ATP in phosphate buffer.

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    Kumar, Amit; Pandey, Rampal; Kumar, Ashish; Gupta, Rakesh Kumar; Dubey, Mrigendra; Mohammed, Akbar; Mobin, Shaikh M; Pandey, Daya Shankar

    2015-10-21

    Novel asymmetric Schiff base ligands 2-{[3-(3-hydroxy-1-methyl-but-2-enylideneamino)-2,4,6-trimethylphenylimino]-methyl}-phenol (H2L(1)) and 1-{[3-(3-hydroxy-1-methyl-but-2-enylideneamino)-2,4,6-trimethylphenylimino]-methyl}-naphthalen-2-ol (H2L(2)) possessing dissimilar N,O-chelating sites and copper(ii) metallacycles (CuL(1))4 (1) and (CuL(2))4 (2) based on these ligands have been described. The ligands and complexes have been thoroughly characterized by satisfactory elemental analyses, and spectral (IR, (1)H, (13)C NMR, ESI-MS, UV/vis) and electrochemical studies. Structures of H2L(2) and 1 have been unambiguously determined by X-ray single crystal analyses. The crystal structure of H2L(2) revealed the presence of two distinct N,O-chelating sites on dissimilar cores (naphthalene and β-ketoaminato groups) offering a diverse coordination environment. Metallacycles 1 and 2 having a cavity created by four Cu(ii) centres coordinated in a homo- and heteroleptic fashion with respective ligands act as efficient hosts for adenosine-5'-diphosphate (ADP) and adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) respectively, over other nucleoside polyphosphates (NPPs). The disparate sensitivity of these metallacycles toward ADP and ATP has been attributed to the size of the ligands assuming diverse dimensions and spatial orientations. These are attuned for π-π stacking and electrostatic interactions suitable for different guest molecules under analogous conditions, metallacycle 1 offers better orientation for ADP, while 2 for ATP. The mechanism of the host-guest interaction has been investigated by spectral and electrochemical studies and supported by molecular docking studies. PMID:26373609

  9. Self-assembled copper(II) metallacycles derived from asymmetric Schiff base ligands: efficient hosts for ADP/ATP in phosphate buffer.

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    Kumar, Amit; Pandey, Rampal; Kumar, Ashish; Gupta, Rakesh Kumar; Dubey, Mrigendra; Mohammed, Akbar; Mobin, Shaikh M; Pandey, Daya Shankar

    2015-10-21

    Novel asymmetric Schiff base ligands 2-{[3-(3-hydroxy-1-methyl-but-2-enylideneamino)-2,4,6-trimethylphenylimino]-methyl}-phenol (H2L(1)) and 1-{[3-(3-hydroxy-1-methyl-but-2-enylideneamino)-2,4,6-trimethylphenylimino]-methyl}-naphthalen-2-ol (H2L(2)) possessing dissimilar N,O-chelating sites and copper(ii) metallacycles (CuL(1))4 (1) and (CuL(2))4 (2) based on these ligands have been described. The ligands and complexes have been thoroughly characterized by satisfactory elemental analyses, and spectral (IR, (1)H, (13)C NMR, ESI-MS, UV/vis) and electrochemical studies. Structures of H2L(2) and 1 have been unambiguously determined by X-ray single crystal analyses. The crystal structure of H2L(2) revealed the presence of two distinct N,O-chelating sites on dissimilar cores (naphthalene and β-ketoaminato groups) offering a diverse coordination environment. Metallacycles 1 and 2 having a cavity created by four Cu(ii) centres coordinated in a homo- and heteroleptic fashion with respective ligands act as efficient hosts for adenosine-5'-diphosphate (ADP) and adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) respectively, over other nucleoside polyphosphates (NPPs). The disparate sensitivity of these metallacycles toward ADP and ATP has been attributed to the size of the ligands assuming diverse dimensions and spatial orientations. These are attuned for π-π stacking and electrostatic interactions suitable for different guest molecules under analogous conditions, metallacycle 1 offers better orientation for ADP, while 2 for ATP. The mechanism of the host-guest interaction has been investigated by spectral and electrochemical studies and supported by molecular docking studies.

  10. A Suite of Tetraphenylethylene-Based Discrete Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycles: Controllable Structure and Stoichiometry, Aggregation-Induced Emission, and Nitroaromatics Sensing.

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    Yan, Xuzhou; Wang, Haoze; Hauke, Cory E; Cook, Timothy R; Wang, Ming; Saha, Manik Lal; Zhou, Zhixuan; Zhang, Mingming; Li, Xiaopeng; Huang, Feihe; Stang, Peter J

    2015-12-01

    Materials that organize multiple functionally active sites, especially those with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties, are of growing interest due to their widespread applications. Despite promising early architectures, the fabrication and preparation of multiple AIEgens, such as multiple tetraphenylethylene (multi-TPE) units, in a single entity remain a big challenge due to the tedious covalent synthetic procedures often accompanying such preparations. Coordination-driven self-assembly is an alternative synthetic methodology with the potential to deliver multi-TPE architectures with light-emitting characteristics. Herein, we report the preparation of a new family of discrete multi-TPE metallacycles in which two pendant phenyl rings of the TPE units remain unused as a structural element, representing novel AIE-active metal-organic materials based on supramolecular coordination complex platforms. These metallacycles possess relatively high molar absorption coefficients but weak fluorescent emission under dilute conditions because of the ability of the untethered phenyl rings to undergo torsional motion as a non-radiative decay pathway. Upon molecular aggregation, the multi-TPE metallacycles show AIE-activity with markedly enhanced quantum yields. Moreover, on account of their AIE characteristics in the condensed state and ability to interact with electron-deficient substrates, the photophysics of these metallacycles is sensitive to the presence of nitroaromatics, motivating their use as sensors. This work represents a unification of themes including molecular self-assembly, AIE, and fluorescence sensing and establishes structure-property-application relationships of multi-TPE scaffolds. The fundamental knowledge obtained from the current research facilitates progress in the field of metal-organic materials, metal-coordination-induced emission, and fluorescent sensing. PMID:26550682

  11. Use of EPR to Solve Biochemical Problems

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    Sahu, Indra D.; McCarrick, Robert M.; Lorigan, Gary A.

    2013-01-01

    EPR spectroscopy is a very powerful biophysical tool that can provide valuable structural and dynamic information on a wide variety of biological systems. The intent of this review is to provide a general overview for biochemists and biological researchers on the most commonly used EPR methods and how these techniques can be used to answer important biological questions. The topics discussed could easily fill one or more textbooks; thus, we present a brief background on several important biological EPR techniques and an overview of several interesting studies that have successfully used EPR to solve pertinent biological problems. The review consists of the following sections: an introduction to EPR techniques, spin labeling methods, and studies of naturally occurring organic radicals and EPR active transition metal systems which are presented as a series of case studies in which EPR spectroscopy has been used to greatly further our understanding of several important biological systems. PMID:23961941

  12. A cryogenic receiver for EPR.

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    Narkowicz, R; Ogata, H; Reijerse, E; Suter, D

    2013-12-01

    Cryogenic probes have significantly increased the sensitivity of NMR. Here, we present a compact EPR receiver design capable of cryogenic operation. Compared to room temperature operation, it reduces the noise by a factor of ≈2.5. We discuss in detail the design and analyze the resulting noise performance. At low microwave power, the input noise density closely follows the emission of a cooled 50Ω resistor over the whole measurement range from 20K up to room temperature. To minimize the influence of the microwave source noise, we use high microwave efficiency (≈1.1-1.7mTW(-1/2)) planar microresonators. Their efficient conversion of microwave power to magnetic field permits EPR measurements with very low power levels, typically ranging from a few μW down to fractions of nW.

  13. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Responsive Organoplatinum(II) Metallacycle-TMV Complexes with Turn-On Fluorescence.

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    Tian, Ye; Yan, Xuzhou; Saha, Manik Lal; Niu, Zhongwei; Stang, Peter J

    2016-09-21

    Here we report that the rod-like tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), having a negatively charged surface, can be assembled into three-dimensional micrometer-sized bundle-like superstructures via multiple electrostatic interactions with a positively charged molecular "glue", namely, a tetraphenylethylene (TPE)-based discrete organoplatinum(II) metallacycle (TPE-Pt-MC). Due to the nanoconfinement effect in the resultant TMV/TPE-Pt-MC complexes and the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) activity of the TPE units, these hierarchical architectures result in a dramatic fluorescence enhancement that not only provides evidence for the formation of novel metal-organic biohybrid materials but also represents an alternative to turn-on fluorescence. Moreover, the dissociation of these final constructs and subsequent release of individual virus have been achieved by disrupting the TPE-Pt-MC core using tetrabutylammonium bromide (TBAB). This strategy is also compatible with other protein-based nanoparticles such as bacteriophage M13 and ferritin, proving the generality of this approach. Hence, this research will open new routes for the fabrication of functional biohybrid materials involving metal-organic complexes and anisotropically shaped bionanoparticles. PMID:27608138

  14. EPR-based material modelling of soils

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    Faramarzi, Asaad; Alani, Amir M.

    2013-04-01

    In the past few decades, as a result of the rapid developments in computational software and hardware, alternative computer aided pattern recognition approaches have been introduced to modelling many engineering problems, including constitutive modelling of materials. The main idea behind pattern recognition systems is that they learn adaptively from experience and extract various discriminants, each appropriate for its purpose. In this work an approach is presented for developing material models for soils based on evolutionary polynomial regression (EPR). EPR is a recently developed hybrid data mining technique that searches for structured mathematical equations (representing the behaviour of a system) using genetic algorithm and the least squares method. Stress-strain data from triaxial tests are used to train and develop EPR-based material models for soil. The developed models are compared with some of the well-known conventional material models and it is shown that EPR-based models can provide a better prediction for the behaviour of soils. The main benefits of using EPR-based material models are that it provides a unified approach to constitutive modelling of all materials (i.e., all aspects of material behaviour can be implemented within a unified environment of an EPR model); it does not require any arbitrary choice of constitutive (mathematical) models. In EPR-based material models there are no material parameters to be identified. As the model is trained directly from experimental data therefore, EPR-based material models are the shortest route from experimental research (data) to numerical modelling. Another advantage of EPR-based constitutive model is that as more experimental data become available, the quality of the EPR prediction can be improved by learning from the additional data, and therefore, the EPR model can become more effective and robust. The developed EPR-based material models can be incorporated in finite element (FE) analysis.

  15. Dinuclear metallacycles with single M-O(H)-M bridges [M = Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II)]: effects of large bridging angles on structure and antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions.

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    Reger, Daniel L; Pascui, Andrea E; Foley, Elizabeth A; Smith, Mark D; Jezierska, Julia; Ozarowski, Andrew

    2014-02-17

    The reactions of M(ClO4)2·xH2O and the ditopic ligands m-bis[bis(1-pyrazolyl)methyl]benzene (Lm) or m-bis[bis(3,5-dimethyl-1-pyrazolyl)methyl]benzene (Lm*) in the presence of triethylamine lead to the formation of monohydroxide-bridged, dinuclear metallacycles of the formula [M2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm)2](ClO4)3 (M = Fe(II), Co(II), Cu(II)) or [M2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm*)2](ClO4)3 (M = Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II)). With the exception of the complexes where the ligand is Lm and the metal is copper(II), all of these complexes have distorted trigonal bipyramidal geometry around the metal centers and unusual linear (Lm*) or nearly linear (Lm) M-O-M angles. For the two solvates of [Cu2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm)2](ClO4)3, the Cu-O-Cu angles are significantly bent and the geometry about the metal is distorted square pyramidal. All of the copper(II) complexes have structural distortions expected for the pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect. The two cobalt(II) complexes show moderate antiferromagnetic coupling, -J = 48-56 cm(-1), whereas the copper(II) complexes show very strong antiferromagnetic coupling, -J = 555-808 cm(-1). The largest coupling is observed for [Cu2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm*)2](ClO4)3, the complex with a Cu-O-Cu angle of 180°, such that the exchange interaction is transmitted through the dz(2) and the oxygen s and px orbitals. The interaction decreases, but it is still significant, as the Cu-O-Cu angle decreases and the character of the metal orbital becomes increasingly d(x(2)-y(2)). These intermediate geometries and magnetic interactions lead to spin Hamiltonian parameters for the copper(II) complexes in the EPR spectra that have large E/D ratios and one g matrix component very close to 2. Density functional theory calculations were performed using the hybrid B3LYP functional in association with the TZVPP basis set, resulting in reasonable agreement with the experiments.

  16. EPR techniques for space biodosimetry

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    Haskell, E.; Hayes, R.; Kenner, G.; Sholom, S.; Chumak, V.

    1996-12-31

    Retrospective dosimetry of tooth enamel has become an increasingly complex and difficult discipline to undertake while still attaining accuracy. The paper provides a review of the major obstacles, advances and pertinent phenomenon associated with low level retrospective dosimetry of human tooth enamel. Also covered is the many sources of error in EPR dosimetry, their potential solutions, as well as the different analysis and scanning techniques in use with their prospective pros and cons. Prospective directions for new approaches, methods, and instruments are also reviewed.

  17. Cross-linked supramolecular polymer gels constructed from discrete multi-pillar[5]arene metallacycles and their multiple stimuli-responsive behavior.

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    Li, Zhong-Yu; Zhang, Yanyan; Zhang, Chang-Wei; Chen, Li-Jun; Wang, Chao; Tan, Hongwei; Yu, Yihua; Li, Xiaopeng; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2014-06-18

    A new family of discrete hexakis-pillar[5]arene metallacycles with different sizes have been successfully prepared via coordination-driven self-assembly, which presented very few successful examples of preparation of discrete multiple pillar[n]arene derivatives. These newly designed hexakis-pillar[5]arene metallacycles were well characterized with one-dimensional (1-D) multinuclear NMR ((1)H and (31) P NMR), two-dimensional (2-D) (1)H-(1)H COSY and NOESY, ESI-TOF-MS, elemental analysis, and PM6 semiempirical molecular orbital methods. Furthermore, the host-guest complexation of such hexakis-pillar[5]arene hosts with a series of different neutral ditopic guests G1-6 were well investigated. Through host-guest interactions of hexakis-pillar[5]arene metallacycles H2 or H3 with the neutral dinitrile guest G5, the cross-linked supramolecular polymers H2⊃(G5)3 or H3⊃(G5)3 were successfully constructed at the high-concentration region, respectively. Interestingly, these cross-linked supramolecular polymers transformed into the stable supramolecular gels upon increasing the concentrations to a relatively high level. More importantly, by taking advantage of the dynamic nature of metal-ligand bonds and host-guest interactions, the reversible multiple stimuli-responsive gel-sol phase transitions of such polymer gels were successfully realized under different stimuli, such as temperature, halide, and competitive guest, etc. The mechanism of such multiple stimuli-responsive processes was well illustrated by in situ multinuclear NMR investigation. This research not only provides a highly efficient approach to the preparation of discrete multiple pillar[n]arene derivatives but also presents a new family of multiple stimuli-responsive "smart" soft matters.

  18. The marriage of metallacycle transfer chemistry with Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling to give main group element-containing conjugated polymers.

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    He, Gang; Kang, Le; Torres Delgado, William; Shynkaruk, Olena; Ferguson, Michael J; McDonald, Robert; Rivard, Eric

    2013-04-10

    A versatile and general synthetic route for the synthesis of conjugated main group element-based polymers, previously inaccessible by conventional means, is reported. These polymers contain five-membered chalcogenophene rings based on S, Se, and Te, and we demonstrate that optoelectronic properties can be readily tuned via controlled atom substitution chemistry. In addition, regioregular hybrid thiophene-selenophene-tellurophene and selenophene-fluorene copolymers were synthesized to provide a further illustration of the scope of the presented metallacycle transfer/cross-coupling polymerization method.

  19. EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel: A review.

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    Fattibene, Paola; Callens, Freddy

    2010-11-01

    When tooth enamel is exposed to ionizing radiation, radicals are formed, which can be detected using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. EPR dosimetry using tooth enamel is based on the (presumed) correlation between the intensity or amplitude of some of the radiation-induced signals with the dose absorbed in the enamel. In the present paper a critical review is given of this widely applied dosimetric method. The first part of the paper is fairly fundamental and deals with the main properties of tooth enamel and some of its model systems (e.g., synthetic apatites). Considerable attention is also paid to the numerous radiation-induced and native EPR signals and the radicals responsible for them. The relevant methods for EPR detection, identification and spectrum analyzing are reviewed from a general point of view. Finally, the needs for solid-state modelling and studies of the linearity of the dose response are investigated. The second part is devoted to the practical implementation of EPR dosimetry using enamel. It concerns specific problems of preparation of samples, their irradiation and spectrum acquisition. It also describes how the dosimetric signal intensity and dose can be retrieved from the EPR spectra. Special attention is paid to the energy dependence of the EPR response and to sources of uncertainties. Results of and problems encountered in international intercomparisons and epidemiological studies are also dealt with. In the final section the future of EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel is analyzed.

  20. Overview of LBB implementation for the EPR

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    Cauquelin, C.

    1997-04-01

    This paper presents an overview of the use of leak-before-break (LBB) analysis for EPR reactors. EPR is an evolutionary Nuclear Island of the 4 loop x 1500 Mwe class currently in the design phase. Application of LBB to the main coolant lines and resulting design impacts are summarized. Background information on LBB analysis in France and Germany is also presented.

  1. EPR STUDIES OF THERMALLY STERILIZED VASELINUM ALBUM.

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    Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used for examination of free radicals in thermally treated vaselinum album (VA). Thermal treatment in hot air as sterilization process was tested. Conditions of thermal sterilization were chosen according to the pharmaceutical norms. Vaselinum album was heated at the following conditions (T--temperature, t--time): T = 160°C and t = 120 min, T = 170°C and t = 60 min and T = 180°C and t = 30 min. The aim of this work was to determine concentration and free radical properties of thermally sterilized VA. EPR analysis for VA was done 15 min after sterilization. EPR measurements were done at room temperature. EPR spectra were recorded in the range of microwave power of 2.2-70 mW. g-Factor, amplitudes (A) and line width (ΔBpp) of the spectra were determined. The shape of the EPR spectra was analyzed. Free radical concentration (N) in the heated samples was determined. EPR spectra were not obtained for the non heated VA. EPR spectra were detected for all thermally sterilized samples. The spectra revealed complex character, their asymmetry depends on microwave power. The lowest free radicals concentration was found for the VA sterilized at 180°C during 30 min. EPR spectroscopy is proposed as the method useful for optimization of sterilization process of drugs. PMID:26647625

  2. EPR dosimetry in chemically treated fingernails

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    By using EPR measurements of radiation-induced radicals it is possible to utilize human fingernails to estimate radiation dose after-the-fact. One of the potentially limiting factors in this approach is the presence of artifacts due to mechanically induced EPR signals (MIS) caused by mechanical str...

  3. In Vivo EPR For Dosimetry

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    Swartz, Harold M.; Burke, Greg; Coey, M.; Demidenko, Eugene; Dong, Ruhong; Grinberg, Oleg; Hilton, James; Iwasaki, Akinori; Lesniewski, Piotr; Kmiec, Maciej; Lo, Kai-Ming; Nicolalde, R. Javier; Ruuge, Andres; Sakata, Yasuko; Sucheta, Artur; Walczak, Tadeusz; Williams, Benjamin B.; Mitchell, Chad; Romanyukha, Alex; Schauer, David A.

    2007-01-01

    As a result of terrorism, accident, or war, populations potentially can be exposed to doses of ionizing radiation that could cause direct clinical effects within days or weeks. There is a critical need to determine the magnitude of the exposure to individuals so that those with significant risk have appropriate procedures initiated immediately, while those without a significant probability of acute effects can be reassured and removed from the need for further consideration in the medical/emergency system. In many of the plausible scenarios there is an urgent need to make the determination very soon after the event and while the subject is still present. In vivo EPR measurements of radiation-induced changes in the enamel of teeth is a method, perhaps the only such method, which can differentiate among doses sufficiently for classifying individuals into categories for treatment with sufficient accuracy to facilitate decisions on medical treatment. In its current state, the in vivo EPR dosimeter can provide estimates of absorbed dose with an error approximately ± 50 cGy over the range of interest for acute biological effects of radiation, assuming repeated measurements of the tooth in the mouth of the subject. The time required for acquisition, the lower limit, and the precision are expected to improve, with improvements in the resonator and the algorithm for acquiring and calculating the dose. The magnet system that is currently used, while potentially deployable, is somewhat large and heavy, requiring that it be mounted on a small truck or trailer. Several smaller magnets, including an intraoral magnet are under development, which would extend the ease of use of this technique. PMID:18591988

  4. 3-Rhoda-1,2-diazacyclopentanes: a series of novel metallacycle complexes derived from C-N functionalization of ethylene.

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    Drover, Marcus W; Beh, Daniel W; Kennepohl, Pierre; Love, Jennifer A

    2014-10-01

    Rh-containing metallacycles, [(TPA)Rh(III)(κ(2)-(C,N)-CH2CH2(NR)2-]Cl; TPA = N,N,N,N-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine have been accessed through treatment of the Rh(I) ethylene complex, [(TPA)Rh(η(2)-CH2CH2)]Cl ([1]Cl) with substituted diazenes. We show this methodology to be tolerant of electron-deficient azo compounds including azo diesters (RCO2N=NCO2R; R = Et [3]Cl, R = iPr [4]Cl, R = tBu [5]Cl, and R = Bn [6]Cl) and a cyclic azo diamide: 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazole-3,5-dione (PTAD), [7]Cl. The latter complex features two ortho-fused ring systems and constitutes the first 3-rhoda-1,2-diazabicyclo[3.3.0]octane. Preliminary evidence suggests that these complexes result from N-N coordination followed by insertion of ethylene into a [Rh]-N bond. In terms of reactivity, [3]Cl and [4]Cl successfully undergo ring-opening using p-toluenesulfonic acid, affording the Rh chlorides, [(TPA)Rh(III)(Cl)(κ(1)-(C)-CH2CH2(NCO2R)(NHCO2R)]OTs; [13]OTs and [14]OTs. Deprotection of [5]Cl using trifluoroacetic acid was also found to give an ethyl substituted, end-on coordinated diazene [(TPA)Rh(III)(κ(2)-(C,N)-CH2CH2(NH)2-](+) [16]Cl, a hitherto unreported motif. Treatment of [16]Cl with acetyl chloride resulted in the bisacetylated adduct [(TPA)Rh(III)(κ(2)-(C,N)-CH2CH2(NAc)2-](+), [17]Cl. Treatment of [1]Cl with AcN=NAc did not give the Rh-N insertion product, but instead the N,O-chelated complex [(TPA)Rh(I)(κ(2)-(O,N)-CH3(CO)(NH)(N=C(CH3)(OCH=CH2))]Cl [23]Cl, presumably through insertion of ethylene into a [Rh]-O bond.

  5. N,O-Chelating Four-Membered Metallacyclic Titanium(IV) Complexes for Atom-Economic Catalytic Reactions.

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    Ryken, Scott A; Schafer, Laurel L

    2015-09-15

    Titanium, as the second most abundant transition metal in the earth's crust, lends itself as a sustainable and inexpensive resource in catalysis. Its nontoxicity and biocompatibility are also attractive features for handling and disposal. Titanium has excelled as a catalyst for a broad range of transformations, including ethylene and α-olefin polymerizations. However, many reactions relevant to fine chemical synthesis have preferrentially employed late transition metals, and reactive, inexpensive early transition metals have been largely overlooked. In addition to promising reactivity, titanium complexes feature more robust character compared with some other highly Lewis-acidic metals such as those found in the lanthanide series. Since the advent of modulating ligand scaffolds, titanium has found use in a growing variety of reactions as a versatile homogeneous catalyst. These catalytic transformations include hydrofunctionalization reactions (adding an element-hydrogen (E-H) bond across a C-C multiple bond), as well as the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters, all of which are atom-economic transformations. Our investigations have focused on tight bite angle monoanionic N,O-chelating ligands, forming four-membered metallacycles. These ligand sets, including amidates, ureates, pyridonates, and sulfonamidates, have flexible binding modes offering a range of stable and reactive intermediates necessary for catalytic activity. Additionally, the simple form of these ligands leads to easily prepared proligands, along with facile tuning of steric and electronic factors. A sterically bulky titanium amidate complex has proven to be a leading catalyst for the selective formation of anti-Markovnikov addition products via intermolecular hydroamination of terminal alkynes, while sterically less demanding titanium pyridonates have opened the path to the selective formation of amine substituted cycloalkanes via the intramolecular hydroaminoalkylation of aminoalkenes over

  6. Metallacyclic yttrium alkyl and hydrido complexes: synthesis, structures and catalytic activity in intermolecular olefin hydrophosphination and hydroamination.

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    Kissel, Alexander A; Mahrova, Tatyana V; Lyubov, Dmitry M; Cherkasov, Anton V; Fukin, Georgy K; Trifonov, Alexander A; Del Rosal, Iker; Maron, Laurent

    2015-07-21

    Metallacyclic neutral and ionic yttrium alkyl complexes coordinated by a dianionic ene-diamido ligand ([2,6-iPr2C6H3NC(Me)=C(Me)NC6H3iPr2-2,6] = L(1)) [L(1)]Y(CH2SiMe3)(THF)2 (2), {[L(1)]Y(CH2SiMe3)2}(-){Li(THF)4}(+) (3), [L(1)]Y(OEt2)(μ-Me)2Li(TMEDA) (4) were synthesized using a salt-metathesis approach starting from the related chloro complex [L(1)]Y(THF)2(μ-Cl)2Li(THF)2 (1) in 70, 85 and 72% yields respectively. The reactions of 2 with H2 or PhSiH3 afford the dimeric hydride {[L(1)]Y(THF)(μ-H)}2(μ-THF) (5) containing two μ-bridging hydrido and one μ-bridging THF ligands (91 and 85% yields). The X-ray studies of complexes 2, 3 and 5 revealed η(2)-coordination of the C=C fragment of an ene-diamido ligand to a Y cation. DFT calculations were carried out to give an insight into the metal-ligand bonding and especially the interaction between the metal and the ene-diamido ligand. The observed bonding of the ene-diamido fragment is found to reflect the acidity of the metal center in the complex that is partially overcome by a better donation from the double bond (better overlap with an empty d orbital at the yttrium center). The treatment of complex 4 with DME resulted in the C-O bond cleavage of DME and afforded a three nuclear methoxide oxide complex [{[L(1)]Y}3(μ(2)-OMe)3(μ(3)-O)](2-)[Li(DME)3](+)2 (6). Complexes 2, 3, 5 and 7 proved to be efficient precatalysts for the intermolecular hydrophosphination of styrene, 4-vinylpyridine, and 1-nonene with PhPH2 and Ph2PH as well as hydroamination of styrene and pyrrolidine. PMID:25710900

  7. Homogeneity and EPR metrics for assessment of regular grids used in CW EPR powder simulations.

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    Crăciun, Cora

    2014-08-01

    CW EPR powder spectra may be approximated numerically using a spherical grid and a Voronoi tessellation-based cubature. For a given spin system, the quality of simulated EPR spectra depends on the grid type, size, and orientation in the molecular frame. In previous work, the grids used in CW EPR powder simulations have been compared mainly from geometric perspective. However, some grids with similar homogeneity degree generate different quality simulated spectra. This paper evaluates the grids from EPR perspective, by defining two metrics depending on the spin system characteristics and the grid Voronoi tessellation. The first metric determines if the grid points are EPR-centred in their Voronoi cells, based on the resonance magnetic field variations inside these cells. The second metric verifies if the adjacent Voronoi cells of the tessellation are EPR-overlapping, by computing the common range of their resonance magnetic field intervals. Beside a series of well known regular grids, the paper investigates a modified ZCW grid and a Fibonacci spherical code, which are new in the context of EPR simulations. For the investigated grids, the EPR metrics bring more information than the homogeneity quantities and are better related to the grids' EPR behaviour, for different spin system symmetries. The metrics' efficiency and limits are finally verified for grids generated from the initial ones, by using the original or magnetic field-constraint variants of the Spherical Centroidal Voronoi Tessellation method. PMID:24968092

  8. Intramolecular CH Activation and Metallacycle Aromaticity in the Photochemistry of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Model Compounds in Low-Temperature Frozen Matrices.

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    Thornley, Wyatt A; Bitterwolf, Thomas E

    2015-12-01

    The [FeFe]-hydrogenase model complexes [(μ-pdt){Fe(CO)3 }2 ], [(μ-edt){Fe(CO)3 }2 ], and [(μ-mdt){Fe(CO)3 }2 ], where pdt=1,3-propanedithiolate, edt=1,2-ethanedithiolate, and mdt=methanedithiolate, undergo wavelength dependent photodecarbonylation in hydrocarbon matrices at 85 K resulting in multiple decarbonylation isomers. As previously reported in time-resolved solution photolysis experiments, the major photoproduct is attributed to a basal carbonyl-loss species. Apical carbonyl-loss isomers are also generated and may undergo secondary photolysis, resulting in β-hydride activation of the alkyldithiolate bridge, as well as formation of bridging carbonyl isomers. For [(μ-bdt){Fe(CO)3 }2 ], (bdt=1,2-benzenedithiolate), apical photodecarbonylation results in generation of a 10 π-electron aromatic FeS2 C6 H4 metallacycle that coordinates the remaining iron through an η(5) mode.

  9. EprS, an autotransporter serine protease, plays an important role in various pathogenic phenotypes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Kida, Y; Taira, J; Kuwano, K

    2016-02-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa possesses an arsenal of both cell-associated (flagella, pili, alginate, etc.) and extracellular (exotoxin A, proteases, type III secretion effectors, etc.) virulence factors. Among them, secreted proteases that damage host tissues are considered to play an important role in the pathogenesis of P. aeruginosa infections. We previously reported that EprS, an autotransporter protease of P. aeruginosa, induces host inflammatory responses through protease-activated receptors. However, little is known about the role of EprS as a virulence factor of P. aeruginosa. In this study, to investigate whether EprS participates in the pathogenicity of P. aeruginosa, we characterized various pathogenic phenotypes of the wild-type PAO1 strain and its eprS-disrupted mutant. The growth assays demonstrated that the growth of the eprS mutant was somewhat lower than that of the wild-type strain in a minimal medium containing BSA as the sole carbon and nitrogen source. Thus, these results indicate that eprS would have a role in the growth of P. aeruginosa in the presence of limited nutrients, such as a medium containing proteinaceous materials as a sole nutrient source. Furthermore, disruption of eprS resulted in a decreased production of elastase, pigments, autoinducers and surfactants, and a reduction of swimming and swarming motilities. In addition, the eprS mutant exhibited a reduction in the ability to associate with A549 cells and an attenuation of virulence in leucopenic mice as compared with the wild-type strain. Collectively, these results suggest that EprS exerts pleiotropic effects on various pathogenic phenotypes of P. aeruginosa. PMID:26678838

  10. Can EPR non-locality be geometrical?

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    Ne`eman, Y. |; Botero, A.

    1995-10-01

    The presence in Quantum Mechanics of non-local correlations is one of the two fundamentally non-intuitive features of that theory. The non-local correlations themselves fall into two classes: EPR and Geometrical. The non-local characteristics of the geometrical type are well-understood and are not suspected of possibly generating acausal features, such as faster-than-light propagation of information. This has especially become true since the emergence of a geometrical treatment for the relevant gauge theories, i.e. Fiber Bundle geometry, in which the quantum non-localities are seen to correspond to pure homotopy considerations. This aspect is reviewed in section 2. Contrary-wise, from its very conception, the EPR situation was felt to be paradoxical. It has been suggested that the non-local features of EPR might also derive from geometrical considerations, like all other non-local characteristics of QM. In[7], one of the authors was able to point out several plausibility arguments for this thesis, emphasizing in particular similarities between the non-local correlations provided by any gauge field theory and those required by the preservation of the quantum numbers of the original EPR state-vector, throughout its spatially-extended mode. The derivation was, however, somewhat incomplete, especially because of the apparent difference between, on the one hand, the closed spatial loops arising in the analysis of the geometrical non-localities, from Aharonov-Bohm and Berry phases to magnetic monopoles and instantons, and on the other hand, in the EPR case, the open line drawn by the positions of the two moving decay products of the disintegrating particle. In what follows, the authors endeavor to remove this obstacle and show that as in all other QM non-localities, EPR is somehow related to closed loops, almost involving homotopy considerations. They develop this view in section 3.

  11. Biophysical EPR Studies Applied to Membrane Proteins

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    Sahu, Indra D; Lorigan, Gary A

    2015-01-01

    Membrane proteins are very important in controlling bioenergetics, functional activity, and initializing signal pathways in a wide variety of complicated biological systems. They also represent approximately 50% of the potential drug targets. EPR spectroscopy is a very popular and powerful biophysical tool that is used to study the structural and dynamic properties of membrane proteins. In this article, a basic overview of the most commonly used EPR techniques and examples of recent applications to answer pertinent structural and dynamic related questions on membrane protein systems will be presented. PMID:26855825

  12. Preparation of EPR/silica filler by a co-irradiation method forming PP/EPR/silica nanocomposites

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    Qian, Jun; Dang, Shuaiying; Huang, Zhijuan; Xu, Yongshen

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a novel approach to prepare ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR)/silica filler by co-irradiation method forming polypropylene (PP)/EPR/silica nanocomposites. The grafting of maleic anhydride (MAH) on EPR was first studied by co-irradiation in the micro-suspension without any chemical initiator, and the effects of MAH concentration and the total co-irradiation dose on the graft degree of MAH were investigated. Then PP/EPR/silica nanocomposites were successfully prepared by blending of PP matrix and EPR/silica filler, which was obtained by co-irradiation using a mixture of EPR/MAH microsuspension in xylene and tetraethoxysilane/KH560 sol in formic acid. FTIR and SEM results showed that the reactions between MAH on EPR chains and KH560 surrounding silica particles were adopted to form the EPR/silica filler with strong bonding and well silica dispersion. Mechanical properties of PP/EPR/silica nanocomposites with different silica contents and the comparisons with PP, PP/EPR and PP/silica films were studied. The rigid silica particles were trapped in EPR shell and well dispersed in PP/EPR/silica nanocomposites with good compatibility and strong interfacial adhesion, achieving overall improvements in stiffness, strength and toughness compared with pure PP.

  13. Advanced tool kits for EPR security.

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    Blobel, B

    2000-11-01

    Responding to the challenge for efficient and high quality health care, the shared care paradigm must be established in health. In that context, information systems such as electronic patient records (EPR) have to meet this paradigm supporting communication and interoperation between the health care establishments (HCE) and health professionals (HP) involved. Due to the sensitivity of personal medical information, this co-operation must be provided in a trustworthy way. To enable different views of HCE and HP ranging from management, doctors, nurses up to systems administrators and IT professionals, a set of models for analysis, design and implementation of secure distributed EPR has been developed and introduced. The approach is based on the popular UML methodology and the component paradigm for open, interoperable systems. Easy to use tool kits deal with both application security services and communication security services but also with the security infrastructure needed. Regarding the requirements for distributed multi-user EPRs, modelling and implementation of policy agreements, authorisation and access control are especially considered. Current developments for a security infrastructure in health care based on cryptographic algorithms as health professional cards (HPC), security services employing digital signatures, and health-related TTP services are discussed. CEN and ISO initiatives for health informatics standards in the context of secure and communicable EPR are especially mentioned. PMID:11154968

  14. Teaching the EPR Paradox at High School?

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    Pospiech, Gesche

    1999-01-01

    Argues the importance of students at university and in the final years of high school gaining an appreciation of the principles of quantum mechanics. Presents the EPR gedanken experiment (thought experiment) as a method of teaching the principles of quantum mechanics. (Author/CCM)

  15. Monitoring enzymatic ATP hydrolysis by EPR spectroscopy.

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    Hacker, Stephan M; Hintze, Christian; Marx, Andreas; Drescher, Malte

    2014-07-14

    An adenosine triphosphate (ATP) analogue modified with two nitroxide radicals is developed and employed to study its enzymatic hydrolysis by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. For this application, we demonstrate that EPR holds the potential to complement fluorogenic substrate analogues in monitoring enzymatic activity.

  16. Investigation of EPR signals on tooth enamel

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    Pavlenko, A.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Polakov, M.; Riekstina, D.

    2007-12-01

    Calcified tissues are involved in continues metabolic process in human organism exchanging a number of chemical elements with environment. The rate of biochemical reactions is tissue dependent and the slowest one at the tooth enamel, the most mineralized tissue of human organism. The long time stability and unique chemical composition make tooth enamel suitable for number of application. The assessment of individual radiation dose by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and evaluations of elemental composition by Instrumentation Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) are the well known procedures where properties of tooth enamel intensively used. The current work is focused on investigation of EPR signals and determination of chemical composition on several teeth samples having different origin. The EPR spectra and INAA element content of milk tooth, caries tooth, and paradantose tooth have been compared to each other. The results showed that the intensity of EPR signal is much higher for the caries tooth than the for paradantose tooth that is in agreement with depleted Ca content.

  17. Pulsed EPR imaging of nitroxides in mice

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    Hyodo, Fuminori; Matsumoto, Shingo; Devasahayam, Nallathamby; Dharmaraj, Christopher; Subramanian, Sankaran; Mitchell, James B.; Krishna, Murali C.

    2009-04-01

    Nitroxides, unlike trityl radicals, have shorter T2s which until now were not detectable in vivo by a time-domain pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectrometer at 300 MHz since their phase memory times were shorter than the spectrometer recovery times. In the current version of the time-domain EPR spectrometer with improved spectrometer recovery times, the feasibility of detecting signals from nitroxide radicals was tested. Among the nitroxides evaluated, deuterated 15N-Tempone ( 15N-PDT) was found to have the longest T2. The signal intensity profile as a function of concentration of these agents was evaluated and a biphasic behavior was observed; beyond a nitroxide concentration of 1.5 mM, signal intensity was found to decrease as a result of self-broadening. Imaging experiments were carried out with 15N-PDT in solutions equilibrated with 0%, 5%, 10%, and 21% oxygen using the single point imaging (SPI) modality in EPR. The image intensity in these tubes was found to depend on the oxygen concentration which in turn influences the T2 of 15N-PDT. In vivo experiments were demonstrated with 15N-PDT in anesthetized mice where the distribution and metabolism of 15N-PDT could be monitored. This study, for the first time shows the capability to image a cell-permeable nitroxide in mice using pulsed EPR in the SPI modality.

  18. Clinical EPR: Unique Opportunities and Some Challenges

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    Swartz, Harold M.; Williams, Benjamin B.; Zaki, Bassem I.; Hartford, Alan C.; Jarvis, Lesley A.; Chen, Eunice; Comi, Richard J.; Ernstoff, Marc S.; Hou, Huagang; Khan, Nadeem; Swarts, Steven G.; Flood, Ann B.; Kuppusamy, Periannan

    2014-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has been well established as a viable technique for measurement of free radicals and oxygen in biological systems, from in vitro cellular systems to in vivo small animal models of disease. However, the use of EPR in human subjects in the clinical setting, although attractive for a variety of important applications such as oxygen measurement, is challenged with several factors including the need for instrumentation customized for human subjects, probe and regulatory constraints. This paper describes the rationale and development of the first clinical EPR systems for two important clinical applications, namely, measurement of tissue oxygen (oximetry), and radiation dose (dosimetry) in humans. The clinical spectrometers operate at 1.2 GHz frequency and use surface loop resonators capable of providing topical measurements up to 1 cm depth in tissues. Tissue pO2 measurements can be carried out noninvasively and repeatedly after placement of an oxygen-sensitive paramagnetic material (currently India ink) at the site of interest. Our EPR dosimetry system is capable of measuring radiation-induced free radicals in the tooth of irradiated human subjects to determine the exposure dose. These developments offer potential opportunities for clinical dosimetry and oximetry, which include guiding therapy for individual patients with tumors or vascular disease, by monitoring of tissue oxygenation. Further work is in progress to translate this unique technology to routine clinical practice. PMID:24439333

  19. The EUVE Electronic Proposal Review (EPR) System

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    Cullison, J.; Boyd, W.; Stroozas, B. A.; Malina, R. F.

    1999-12-01

    The Electronic Proposal Review (EPR) system created by the University of California, Berkeley has been used for the last three Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) observing cycles. This process, including the EUVE Electronic Proposal Submission (EPS) system and semi-automated processes for the proposal review, has proven to be an effective and preferred means of serving our users' needs. This paper discusses the various elements of EUVE's EPR system as well as the benefits and insights gained from its creation and usage. Via creating and using EPR, the EUVE staff has optimized the administration of the proposal review process and has gained insights relevant to the program's management and application design. EUVE staff has benefitted from EPR over the past three cycles, as the applications have been used to process 142 different proposals. The system has not only helped to cut Time Allocation Committee spending in half, standardize Guest Observer proposal submission (i.e. eliminate proposer errors), reduce mailing, minimize clerical work, and streamline committee reporting, it has also proved to be a preferable means of accessing proposals for science planners and data processors who occasionally need an instant means of double checking proposal specifications. Though participants are generally satisfied with the process, the EUVE management staff continues to work, for example, to find ways to insure that the electronic selection continues to involve meaningful avenues of communication where person-to-person contact is not possible or neceessary. Design of EPR is an evolutionary process with potential future improvements including increased automation for the post-submission processes and greater application portability. This work was funded under NASA Cooperative Agreement NCC5-138.

  20. The bis metallacyclic anion [U(N{SiMe3}2)(CH2SiMe2N{SiMe3})2]-.

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    Bénaud, Olivier; Berthet, Jean-Claude; Thuéry, Pierre; Ephritikhine, Michel

    2010-09-01

    A series of bis metallacyclic compounds [M(THF)(x)UN*(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)](n) [M = Na (2), Li (3), or K (4), N* = N(SiMe(3))(2)] were isolated from reactions of UCl(4) or [UN*(3)Cl] with MN* or by treatment of [UN*(2)(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})] (1) or [UN*(3)] with MN*, MH, or LiCH(2)SiMe(3) in tetrahydrofuran (THF). Crystals of 2a x 1/6n-pentane (x = 0), 2b (x = 1), 2c (x = 2), and 4b (x = 1) were obtained by crystallization of 2 and 4 from pentane, and [Na(18-crown-6)(THF)][UN*(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] (2d) and [Na(15-crown-5)][UN*(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] (2e) were formed upon addition of the crown ether. The crystal structures of 2a-2e and 4b exhibit the same [UN*(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] units which are linked to Na or K atoms via methylene or methyl groups, giving either tight cation-anion pairs (2d and 2e) or one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) polymeric compounds with Na or K atoms in bridging position between methylene groups of adjacent units. Reaction of 2 with CO gave the double insertion derivative [Na(2)(THF)U(2)N*(2)(OC{=CH(2)}SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(4)] (5b) and [Na(15-crown-5)UN*(OC{=CH(2)}SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] (5c) in the presence of the crown ether. Thermal decomposition of 5b gave [Na(2)(THF)U(OC{=CH(2)}SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(3)](2) (6), the product of CO insertion into the putative tris metallacycle [Na(2)(THF)(x)U(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(3)]. The crystal structures of 5b, 5c, and 6 show the interaction of the Na atoms with the exocyclic C=CH(2) bonds. Diffusion of CO(2) into a THF solution of 2 led to the formation of [Na(THF)(x)UN*(OC{O}CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] (7) which crystallized from pyridine/pentane to give [Na(THF)(2)(py)(2)UN*(OC{O}CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(2)] x 0.5 py (8 x 0.5 py), the first crystallographically characterized complex resulting from CO(2) insertion into a M(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)}) metallacycle. Compound 2 reacted with I(2) to give [UN*(CH(2)SiMe(2)N{SiMe(3)})(N{SiMe(3)}SiMe(2)CH(2)I)] (9) which would

  1. Synergistic effect of nanoclay and EPR-g-MA on the properties of nylon6/EPR blends.

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    Mallick, Sumana; Das, Tanya; Das, C K; Khatua, B B

    2009-05-01

    The effect of EPR-g-MA, nanoclay and a combination of the two on phase morphology and properties of (70/30 w/w) nylon6/EPR blends prepared by melt processing technique has been studied. We found that the number average domain diameter (D(n)) of the dispersed EPR phase in the blend decreased in presence of EPR-g-MA, and clay. This observation indicated that nanoclay could be used as an effective compatibilizer in nylon6/EPR blend. X-ray diffraction study and TEM analysis of the blend/clay nanocomposites revealed the delaminated clay morphology and preferential location of the exfoliated clay platelets in nylon6 phase. Thus, selective dispersion of the clay platelets with delaminated morphology in the matrix phase acted as the barrier and thereby prevented the coalescence of dispersed EPR domains during melt processing. However, addition of nanoclay in the blend did not improve the impact property of the blend. Interestingly, the impact strength of the nylon6/EPR/EPR-g-MA/clay blend was much higher than the nylon6/EPR/EPR-g-MA and nylon6/EPR/clay blends at certain compositions with comparable D(n) values. This could be explained by assuming the presence of delaminated clay platelets at the interface, which were stiffer than the polymers. Hence, the bending energy of the interfaces was high.

  2. EPR-based material modelling of soils considering volume changes

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    Faramarzi, Asaad; Javadi, Akbar A.; Alani, Amir M.

    2012-11-01

    In this paper an approach is presented for developing material models for soils based on evolutionary polynomial regression (EPR), taking into account its volumetric behaviour. EPR is a recently developed hybrid data mining technique that searches for structured mathematical equations (representing the behaviour of a system) using genetic algorithm and the least squares method. Stress-strain data from triaxial test are used to train and develop EPR-based material models for soil. The developed models are compared with some of the well known conventional material models. In particular, the capability of the developed EPR models in predicting volume change behaviour of soils is illustrated. It is also shown that the developed EPR-based material models can be incorporated in finite element (FE) analysis. Two geotechnical examples are presented to verify the developed EPR-based FE model (EPR-FEM). The results of the EPR-FEM are compared with those of a standard FEM where conventional constitutive models are used to describe the material behaviour. The results show that EPR-FEM can be successfully employed to analyse geotechnical engineering problems. The advantages of the proposed EPR models are highlighted.

  3. EPR Investigation of Irradiated Curry Powder

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    Duliu, O. G.; Ali, S. I.; Georgescu, R.

    2007-04-23

    Gamma-ray irradiated curry powder, a well priced oriental spice was investigated in order to establish the ability of EPR to detect the presence and time stability of free irradiation free-radicals. Accordingly, curry powder aliquots were irradiated with gradually increasing absorbed doses up to 11.3 kGy. The EPR spectra of all irradiated samples show the presence of al last two different species of free radicals, whose concentration increased monotonously with the absorbed doses. A 100 deg. C isothermal annealing of irradiated samples has shown a differential reduction of amplitude of various components of the initial spectra, but even after 3.6 h of thermal treatment, the remaining amplitude represents no less then 30% of the initial ones. The same peculiarities have been noticed after more than one year storage at room temperature, all of them being very useful in establishing the existence of any previous irradiation treatment.

  4. EPR Investigation of Irradiated Curry Powder

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    Duliu, O. G.; Ali, S. I.; Georgescu, R.

    2007-04-01

    Gamma-ray irradiated curry powder, a well priced oriental spice was investigated in order to establish the ability of EPR to detect the presence and time stability of free irradiation free-radicals. Accordingly, curry powder aliquots were irradiated with gradually increasing absorbed doses up to 11.3 kGy. The EPR spectra of all irradiated samples show the presence of al last two different species of free radicals, whose concentration increased monotonously with the absorbed doses. A 100° C isothermal annealing of irradiated samples has shown a differential reduction of amplitude of various components of the initial spectra, but even after 3.6 h of thermal treatment, the remaining amplitude represents no less then 30% of the initial ones. The same peculiarities have been noticed after more than one year storage at room temperature, all of them being very useful in establishing the existence of any previous irradiation treatment.

  5. Multisite EPR Oximetry from Multiple Quadrature Harmonics

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    Ahmad, R.; Som, S.; Johnson, D.H.; Zweier, J.L.; Kuppusamy, P.; Potter, L.C.

    2011-01-01

    Multisite continuous wave (CW) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oximetry using multiple quadrature field modulation harmonics is presented. First, a recently developed digital receiver is used to extract multiple harmonics of field modulated projection data. Second, a forward model is presented that relates the projection data to unknown parameters, including linewidth at each site. Third, a maximum likelihood estimator of unknown parameters is reported using an iterative algorithm capable of jointly processing multiple quadrature harmonics. The data modeling and processing are applicable for parametric lineshapes under nonsaturating conditions. Joint processing of multiple harmonics leads to 2-3 fold acceleration of EPR data acquisition. For demonstration in two spatial dimensions, both simulations and phantom studies on an L-band system are reported. PMID:22154283

  6. EPR Severe Accident Threats and Mitigation

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    Azarian, G.; Kursawe, H.M.; Nie, M.; Fischer, M.; Eyink, J.; Stoudt, R.H.

    2004-07-01

    Despite the extremely low EPR core melt frequency, an improved defence-in-depth approach is applied in order to comply with the EPR safety target: no stringent countermeasures should be necessary outside the immediate plant vicinity like evacuation, relocation or food control other than the first harvest in case of a severe accident. Design provisions eliminate energetic events and maintain the containment integrity and leak-tightness during the entire course of the accident. Based on scenarios that cover a broad range of physical phenomena and which provide a sound envelope of boundary conditions associated with each containment challenge, a selection of representative loads has been done, for which mitigation measures have to cope with. This paper presents the main critical threats and the approach used to mitigate those threats. (authors)

  7. Seventy Years of the EPR Paradox

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    Kupczynski, Marian

    2006-11-01

    In spite of the fact that statistical predictions of quantum theory (QT) can only be tested if large amount of data is available a claim has been made that QT provides the most complete description of an individual physical system. Einstein's opposition to this claim and the paradox he presented in the article written together with Podolsky and Rosen in 1935 inspired generations of physicists in their quest for better understanding of QT. Seventy years after EPR article it is clear that without deep understanding of the character and limitations of QT one may not hope to find a meaningful unified theory of all physical interactions, manipulate qubits or construct a quantum computer.. In this paper we present shortly the EPR paper, the discussion, which followed it and Bell inequalities (BI). To avoid various paradoxes we advocate purely statistical contextual interpretation (PSC) of QT. According to PSC a state vector is not an attribute of a single electron, photon, trapped ion or quantum dot. A value of an observable assigned to a physical system has only a meaning in a context of a particular physical experiment PSC does not provide any mental space-time picture of sub phenomena. The EPR paradox is avoided because the reduction of the state vector in the measurement process is a passage from a description of the whole ensemble of the experimental results to a particular sub-ensemble of these results. We show that the violation of BI is neither a proof of the completeness of QT nor of its non-locality. Therefore we rephrase the EPR question and ask whether QT is "predictably "complete or in other words does it provide the complete description of experimental data. To test the "predictable completeness" it is not necessary to perform additional experiments it is sufficient to analyze more in detail the existing experimental data by using various non-parametric purity tests and other specific statistical tools invented to study the fine structure the time-series.

  8. W-band frequency-swept EPR.

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    Hyde, James S; Strangeway, Robert A; Camenisch, Theodore G; Ratke, Joseph J; Froncisz, Wojciech

    2010-07-01

    This paper describes a novel experiment on nitroxide radical spin labels using a multiarm EPR W-band bridge with a loop-gap resonator (LGR). We demonstrate EPR spectroscopy of spin labels by linear sweep of the microwave frequency across the spectrum. The high bandwidth of the LGR, about 1 GHz between 3 dB points of the microwave resonance, makes this new experiment possible. A frequency-tunable yttrium iron garnet (YIG) oscillator provides sweep rates as high as 1.8x10(5) GHz/s, which corresponds to 6.3 kT/s in magnetic field-sweep units over a 44 MHz range. Two experimental domains were identified. In the first, linear frequency sweep rates were relatively slow, and pure absorption and pure dispersion spectra were obtained. This appears to be a practical mode of operation at the present level of technological development. The main advantage is the elimination of sinusoidal magnetic field modulation. In the second mode, the frequency is swept rapidly across a portion of the spectrum, and then the frequency sweep is stopped for a readout period; FID signals from a swept line oscillate at a frequency that is the difference between the spectral position of the line in frequency units and the readout position. If there is more than one line, oscillations are superimposed. The sweep rates using the YIG oscillator were too slow, and the portion of the spectrum too narrow to achieve the full EPR equivalent of Fourier transform (FT) NMR. The paper discusses technical advances required to reach this goal. The hypothesis that trapezoidal frequency sweep is an enabling technology for FT EPR is supported by this study.

  9. Self-testing through EPR-steering

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    Šupić, Ivan; Hoban, Matty J.

    2016-07-01

    The verification of quantum devices is an important aspect of quantum information, especially with the emergence of more advanced experimental implementations of quantum computation and secure communication. Within this, the theory of device-independent robust self-testing via Bell tests has reached a level of maturity now that many quantum states and measurements can be verified without direct access to the quantum systems: interaction with the devices is solely classical. However, the requirements for this robust level of verification are daunting and require high levels of experimental accuracy. In this paper we discuss the possibility of self-testing where we only have direct access to one part of the quantum device. This motivates the study of self-testing via EPR-steering, an intermediate form of entanglement verification between full state tomography and Bell tests. Quantum non-locality implies EPR-steering so results in the former can apply in the latter, but we ask what advantages may be gleaned from the latter over the former given that one can do partial state tomography? We show that in the case of self-testing a maximally entangled two-qubit state, or ebit, EPR-steering allows for simpler analysis and better error tolerance than in the case of full device-independence. On the other hand, this improvement is only a constant improvement and (up to constants) is the best one can hope for. Finally, we indicate that the main advantage in self-testing based on EPR-steering could be in the case of self-testing multi-partite quantum states and measurements. For example, it may be easier to establish a tensor product structure for a particular party’s Hilbert space even if we do not have access to their part of the global quantum system.

  10. A multifrequency EPR approach to travertine characterisation.

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    Di Benedetto, F; Montegrossi, G; Pardi, L A; Minissale, A; Paladini, M; Romanelli, M

    2005-11-01

    The understanding of processes that give rise to travertine deposits is important. This is so because of its widespread use as decorative material, but more so in environmental studies due to the significance, by proxy, of travertine in climatology. In this paper, a multifrequency EPR spectroscopy study of the behaviour of an ubiquitary vicariant of Ca in calcite, Mn(II), is presented. EPR spectra were obtained from a natural sample at 9.5 (X-band), 95, 190, and 285GHz, and interpreted through numerical simulation. An analysis of the distribution of the zero-field splitting interaction revealed the source of some unexpected spectral features in the width of the lines in the X-band. By contrast, the homogeneous broadening plays only a minor role. Moreover, field-dependent anisotropies of the Zeeman and hyperfine tensors were observed at higher frequency. On the basis of results garnered in this study, the ZFS interaction of Mn(II) has been ascribed to the microstructural anomalies of the Mn(II) distribution in calcite. This may be considered as the fingerprint of the physical-chemical conditions at the time of travertine deposition. As a consequence, X-band EPR spectroscopy represents a specific tool to investigate the genesis, and to check the homogeneity of Mn(II) distribution in travertines as well as in other calcite-based materials. PMID:16105744

  11. EPR study on gamma-irradiated fruits dehydrated via osmosis

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    Yordanov, N. D.; Aleksieva, K.

    2007-06-01

    The shape and time stability of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of non- and γ-irradiated papaya, melon, cherry and fig samples dehydrated via osmosis are reported. It is shown that non-irradiated samples are generally EPR silent whereas γ-irradiated exhibit "sugar-like" EPR spectra. The recorded EPR spectra are monitored for a period of 7 months after irradiation (stored at low humidity and in the dark). The results suggest longer period of unambiguous identification of the radiation processing of osmose dehydrated fruits. Therefore, the Protocol EN 13708,2001 issued by CEN is fully applicable for the studied fruit samples.

  12. Locations of radical species in black pepper seeds investigated by CW EPR and 9 GHz EPR imaging

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    Nakagawa, Kouichi; Epel, Boris

    2014-10-01

    In this study, noninvasive 9 GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-imaging and continuous wave (CW) EPR were used to investigate the locations of paramagnetic species in black pepper seeds without further irradiation. First, lithium phthalocyanine (LiPC) phantom was used to examine 9 GHz EPR imaging capabilities. The 9 GHz EPR-imager easily resolved the LiPC samples at a distance of ∼2 mm. Then, commercially available black pepper seeds were measured. We observed signatures from three different radical species, which were assigned to stable organic radicals, Fe3+, and Mn2+ complexes. In addition, no EPR spectral change in the seed was observed after it was submerged in distilled H2O for 1 h. The EPR and spectral-spatial EPR imaging results suggested that the three paramagnetic species were mostly located at the seed surface. Fewer radicals were found inside the seed. We demonstrated that the CW EPR and 9 GHz EPR imaging were useful for the determination of the spatial distribution of paramagnetic species in various seeds.

  13. Locations of radical species in black pepper seeds investigated by CW EPR and 9GHz EPR imaging.

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    Nakagawa, Kouichi; Epel, Boris

    2014-10-15

    In this study, noninvasive 9GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-imaging and continuous wave (CW) EPR were used to investigate the locations of paramagnetic species in black pepper seeds without further irradiation. First, lithium phthalocyanine (LiPC) phantom was used to examine 9GHz EPR imaging capabilities. The 9GHz EPR-imager easily resolved the LiPC samples at a distance of ∼2mm. Then, commercially available black pepper seeds were measured. We observed signatures from three different radical species, which were assigned to stable organic radicals, Fe(3+), and Mn(2+) complexes. In addition, no EPR spectral change in the seed was observed after it was submerged in distilled H2O for 1h. The EPR and spectral-spatial EPR imaging results suggested that the three paramagnetic species were mostly located at the seed surface. Fewer radicals were found inside the seed. We demonstrated that the CW EPR and 9GHz EPR imaging were useful for the determination of the spatial distribution of paramagnetic species in various seeds.

  14. EPR: what has it taught us

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    Stapp, H.P.

    1985-05-01

    This symposium commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the paper of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen is a fitting place to review what that work and its sequels have taught us. Prima facie, the EPR paper appears to have been exceedingly counter-productive for the following reasons: (1) The work was quickly rebutted by Bohr, and this rebuttal was apparently accepted by most workers in the field. (2) Scientists who adopted the position advocated by Bohr have produced, in the intervening fifty years, a marvelous body of useful theory, whereas those following the course suggested by EPR have produced nothing of any certified practical value. (3) It has been shown by Bell that the conclusion reached by EPR is incompatible with their assumptions. Chemists and physicists have recently begun to examine the behavior of quantum mechanical systems that are very small, yet large enough to influence their environment in ways that appreciably modify their own behavior, vis-a-vis the behavior they would have if isolated. Because these systems are neither small enough to be treated as isolated (or as residing in a classically described environment) between preparation and detection, nor large enough to be treated classically, they do not conform to the format demanded by the Copenhagen interpretation. Indeed, the behavior of these systems depends on ontological considerations that were irrelevant in the situations covered by the Copenhagen interpretation, and that were systematically ignored in that interpretation. Scientists now face the task of enlarging the scope of quantum theory to cover these new situations, and comparing the empirical consequences of various ontological assumptions. 17 refs.

  15. Comparative study of some new EPR dosimeters

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    Alzimami, K. S.; Maghraby, Ahmed M.; Bradley, D. A.

    2014-02-01

    Investigations have been made of four new radiation dosimetry EPR candidates from the same family of materials: sulfamic acid, sulfanillic acid, homotaurine, and taurine. Mass energy attenuation coefficients, mass stopping power values and the time dependence of the radiation induced radicals are compared. Also investigated are the microwave saturation behavior and the effect of applied modulation amplitude on both peak-to-peak line width (WPP) and peak-to-peak signal height (HPP). The dosimeters are characterized by simple spectra and stable radiation-induced radicals over reasonable durations, especially in taurine dosimeters. Sulfamic acid dosimeters possessed the highest sensitivity followed by taurine and homotaurine and sulfanillic.

  16. Case Studies in e-RPL and e-PR

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    Cameron, Roslyn; Miller, Allison

    2014-01-01

    The use of ePortfolios for recognition of prior learning (e-RPL) and for professional recognition (e-PR) is slowly gaining in popularity in the VET sector however their use is sporadic across educational sectors, disciplines, educational institutions and professions. Added to this is an array of purposes and types of e-RPL and e-PR models and…

  17. EPR investigation of some gamma-irradiated excipients

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    Aleksieva, Katerina; Yordanov, Nicola D.

    2012-09-01

    The results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies on some excipients: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose (avicel), starch, dioxosilane (aerosil), talc and magnesium stearate before and after gamma-irradiation are reported. Before irradiation, all samples are EPR silent except talc. After gamma-irradiation, they show complex spectra except magnesium stearate, which is EPR silent. Studies show the influence of gamma-irradiation on EPR spectra and stability of gamma-induced radicals. Analysis of the EPR spectrum of gamma-irradiated talc shows that this material is radiation insensitive. Only lactose forms stable-free radicals upon gamma sterilization and can be used for identification of radiation processing for a long time period thereafter.

  18. Identification of gamma-irradiated fruit juices by EPR spectroscopy

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    Aleksieva, K. I.; Dimov, K. G.; Yordanov, N. D.

    2014-10-01

    The results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on commercially available juices from various fruits and different fruit contents: 25%, 40%, 50%, and 100%, homemade juices, nectars and concentrated fruit syrups, before and after gamma-irradiation are reported. In order to remove water from non- and irradiated samples all juices and nectars were filtered; the solid residue was washed with alcohol and dried at room temperature. Only concentrated fruit syrups were dried for 60 min at 40 °C in a standard laboratory oven. All samples under study show a singlet EPR line with g=2.0025 before irradiation with exception of concentrated fruit syrups, which are EPR silent. Irradiation of juice samples gives rise to complex EPR spectra which gradually transferred to “cellulose-like” EPR spectrum from 25% to 100% fruit content. Concentrated fruit syrups show typical “sugar-like“ spectra due to added saccharides. All EPR spectra are characteristic and can prove radiation treatment. The fading kinetics of radiation-induced EPR signals were studied for a period of 60 days after irradiation.

  19. EPR study of Gallium atoms in benzene

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    Howard, J.A.; Joly, H.A.; Mile, B.; Sutcliffe, R. )

    1991-09-05

    An EPR study of a Ga atom matrix isolated in benzene at 77 K has revealed the presence of a paramagnetic species with the magnetic parameters {alpha}{sub zz}(69) = 256 MHz, {alpha}{sub xx}(69) = 270 MHz, {alpha}{sub yy}(69) = 284 MHz, {alpha}{sub zz}(71) = 325 MHz, {alpha}{sub xx}(71) = 343 MHz, {alpha}{sub yy}(71) = 361 Mhz, g{sub zz} = 1.9970, g{approximately}{sub xx} = 1.9750, and g{sub yy} = 1.9350. These parameters are consistent with a trapped atom or a weak Ga-benzene complex that has had the degeneracy of the Ga p orbitals lifted by interaction with the benzene matrix. This contrasts with Al in benzene which gives a mononuclear monoligand complex, Al(C{sub 6}H{sub 6}), with quite strong bonding between the metal atom and the ligand.

  20. EPR paradox, quantum nonlocality and physical reality

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    Kupczynski, M.

    2016-03-01

    Eighty years ago Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen demonstrated that instantaneous reduction of wave function, believed to describe completely a pair of entangled physical systems, led to EPR paradox. The paradox disappears in statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics (QM) according to which a wave function describes only an ensemble of identically prepared physical systems. QM predicts strong correlations between outcomes of measurements performed on different members of EPR pairs in far-away locations. Searching for an intuitive explanation of these correlations John Bell analysed so called local realistic hidden variable models and proved that correlations consistent with these models satisfy Bell inequalities which are violated by some predictions of QM and by experimental data. Several different local models were constructed and inequalities proven. Some eminent physicists concluded that Nature is definitely nonlocal and that it is acting according to a law of nonlocal randomness. According to these law perfectly random, but strongly correlated events, can be produced at the same time in far away locations and a local and causal explanation of their occurrence cannot be given. We strongly disagree with this conclusion and we prove the contrary by analysing in detail some influential finite sample proofs of Bell and CHSH inequalities and so called Quantum Randi Challenges. We also show how one can win so called Bell's game without violating locality of Nature. Nonlocal randomness is inconsistent with local quantum field theory, with standard model in elementary particle physics and with causal laws and adaptive dynamics prevailing in the surrounding us world. The experimental violation of Bell-type inequalities does not prove the nonlocality of Nature but it only confirms a contextual character of quantum observables and gives a strong argument against counterfactual definiteness and against a point of view according to which experimental outcomes are produced

  1. FID detection of EPR and ENDOR spectra at high microwave frequencies

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    Blok, H.; Akimoto, I.; Milikisyants, S.; Gast, P.; Groenen, E. J. J.; Schmidt, J.

    2009-11-01

    High-frequency pulsed EPR spectroscopy allows FID detection of EPR spectra owing to the short dead time that can be achieved. This FID detection is particularly attractive for EPR and ENDOR spectroscopy of paramagnetic species that exhibit inhomogeneously broadened EPR lines and short dephasing times. Experiments are reported for the metalloprotein azurin at 275 GHz.

  2. Macromolecular therapeutics in cancer treatment: the EPR effect and beyond.

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    Maeda, Hiroshi

    2012-12-10

    In this review, I have discussed various issues of the cancer drug targeting primarily related to the EPR (enhanced permeability and retention) effect, which utilized nanomedicine or macromolecular drugs. The content goes back to the development of the first polymer-protein conjugate anticancer agent SMANCS and development of the arterial infusion in Lipiodol formulation into the tumor feeding artery (hepatic artery for hepatoma). The brief account on the EPR effect and its definition, factors involved, heterogeneity, and various methods of augmentation of the EPR effect, which showed remarkably improved clinical outcomes are also discussed. Various obstacles involved in drug developments and commercialization are also discussed through my personal experience and recollections.

  3. EPR detection of foods preserved with ionizing radiation

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    Stachowicz, W.; Burlinska, G.; Michalik, J.

    1998-06-01

    The applicability of the epr technique for the detection of dried vegetables, mushrooms, some spices, flavour additives and some condiments preserved with ionizing radiation is discussed. The epr signals recorded after exposure to gamma rays and to beams of 10 MeV electrons from linac are stable, intense and specific enough as compared with those observed with nonirradiated samples and could be used for the detection of irradiation. However, stability of radiation induced epr signals produced in these foods depends on storage condition. No differences in shapes (spectral parameters) and intensities of the epr spectra recorded with samples exposed to the same doses of gamma rays ( 60Co) and 10 MeV electrons were observed

  4. Time-resolved EPR spectroscopy in a Unix environment.

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    Lacoff, N M; Franke, J E; Warden, J T

    1990-02-01

    A computer-aided time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer implemented under version 2.9 BSD Unix was developed by interfacing a Varian E-9 EPR spectrometer and a Biomation 805 waveform recorder to a PDP-11/23A minicomputer having MINC A/D and D/A capabilities. Special problems with real-time data acquisition in a multiuser, multitasking Unix environment, addressing of computer main memory for the control of hardware devices, and limitation of computer main memory were resolved, and their solutions are presented. The time-resolved EPR system and the data acquisition and analysis programs, written entirely in C, are described. Furthermore, the benefits of utilizing the Unix operating system and the C language are discussed, and system performance is illustrated with time-resolved EPR spectra of the reaction center cation in photosystem 1 of green plant photosynthesis.

  5. Software for evaluation of EPR-dosimetry performance.

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    Shishkina, E A; Timofeev, Yu S; Ivanov, D V

    2014-06-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) with tooth enamel is a method extensively used for retrospective external dosimetry. Different research groups apply different equipment, sample preparation procedures and spectrum processing algorithms for EPR dosimetry. A uniform algorithm for description and comparison of performances was designed and implemented in a new computer code. The aim of the paper is to introduce the new software 'EPR-dosimetry performance'. The computer code is a user-friendly tool for providing a full description of method-specific capabilities of EPR tooth dosimetry, from metrological characteristics to practical limitations in applications. The software designed for scientists and engineers has several applications, including support of method calibration by evaluation of calibration parameters, evaluation of critical value and detection limit for registration of radiation-induced signal amplitude, estimation of critical value and detection limit for dose evaluation, estimation of minimal detectable value for anthropogenic dose assessment and description of method uncertainty.

  6. Study of metalloproteins using continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

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    Gambarelli, Serge; Maurel, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is an invaluable tool when studying systems with paramagnetic centers. It is a sensitive spectroscopic method, which can be used with dilute samples in aqueous buffer solutions. Here, we describe the basic procedure for recording an X-band EPR spectrum of a metalloprotein sample at low temperature. We also discuss basic optimization techniques to provide spectra with a high signal to noise ratio and minimum distortion.

  7. EPR study on non- and gamma-irradiated herbal pills

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    Aleksieva, K.; Lagunov, O.; Dimov, K.; Yordanov, N. D.

    2011-06-01

    The results of EPR studies on herbal pills of marigold, hawthorn, yarrow, common balm, tutsan, nettle and thyme before and after gamma-irradiation are reported. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak singlet EPR line with a g-factor of 2.0048±0.0005. After irradiation herbal pills could be separated in two groups according to their EPR spectra. Radiation-induced free radicals in pills of marigold, yarrow, nettle, tutsan and thyme could be attributed mainly to saccharide excipients. Tablets of hawthorn and common balm show "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum, superimposed on partly resolved carbohydrate spectrum, due to the active part (herb) and inulin, which is present in the pills as an excipient. Fading study of the radiation-induced EPR signals confirms that sugar radicals are more stable than cellulose species. The reported results show that the presence of characteristic EPR spectra of herbal pills due to excipients or active part can be used as unambiguous proof of radiation processing within 35 or more days after irradiation.

  8. EPR of Mononuclear Non-Heme Iron Proteins

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    Gaffney, Betty J.

    2010-01-01

    Flexible geometry of three- to six-protein side-chain ligands to non-heme iron in proteins is the basis for widely diverse reactivites ranging from iron transport to redox chemistry. The gap between fixed states determined by x-ray analysis can be filled by spectroscopic study of trapped intermediates. EPR is a versatile and relatively quick approach to defining intermediate states in terms of the geometry and electronic structures of iron. A number of examples in which the iron chemistry of non-heme proteins is understood through x-ray structures at subbond length resolution, refined calculations, and spectroscopy exist now. Some examples in which EPR has provided unique insight are summarized in Table 1. Assignment and quantitative evaluation of the EPR resonances in ferric, non-heme iron sites is the focus of the first section of this review. An earlier chapter in this series provides more background on the theory specific to EPR of S = 5/2 metal ions [1]. Besides EPR spectra of ferric mononuclear sites, EPR of ferrous iron coupled to a spin 1/2 radical, as it pertains to the categories mononuclear and non-heme, will also be covered, in the second half of this chapter. Examples include the quinone-ferrous interactions in photosynthetic reaction centers and nitric oxide complexes with non-heme ferrous iron. Other recent reviews of the biochemistry and spectroscopy of non-heme iron proteins provide additional background [2-6]. PMID:20428459

  9. Pulsed EPR for studying silver clusters

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    Michalik, J.; Wasowicz, T.; Sadlo, J.; Reijerse, E. J.; Kevan, L.

    1996-01-01

    The cationic silver clusters of different nuclearity have been produced by radiolysis of zeolite A and SAPO molecular sieves containing Ag + as exchangeable cations. The pulsed EPR spectroscopy has been applied for studying the local environment of silver cluster in order to understand the mechanism of cluster formation and stabilization. The electron spin echo modulation (ESEM) results on Ag 6n+ cluster in dehydration zeolite A indicate that the hexameric silver is stabilized only in sodalite cages which are surrounded by α-cages containing no water molecules. Trimeric silver clusters formed in hydrated A zeolites strongly interact with water, thus the paramagnetic center can be considered as a cluster-water adduct. In SAPO-molecular sieves, silver clusters are formed only in the presence of adsorbed alcohol molecules. From ESEM it is determined that Ag 4n+ in SAPO-42 is stabilized in α-cages, where it is directly coordinated by two methanol molecules. Dimeric silver, Ag 2+ in SAPO-5 and SAPO-11 is located in 6-ring channels and interacts with three CH 3OH molecules, each in different 10-ring or 12-ring channels. The differences of Ag 2+ stability in SAPO-5 and SAPO-11 are also discussed.

  10. Asymmetric EPR entanglement in continuous variable systems

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    Wagner, Katherine; Janousek, Jiri; Armstrong, Seiji; Morizur, Jean-François; Lam, Ping Koy; Bachor, Hans-Albert

    2014-11-01

    Continuous variable entanglement can be produced in nonlinear systems or via the interference of squeezed states. In many optical systems such as parametric down conversion, the production of two perfectly symmetric subsystems is usually assumed when demonstrating the existence of entanglement. This symmetry simplifies the description of entanglement. However, asymmetry in entanglement may arise naturally in a real experiment, or be intentionally introduced in a given quantum information protocol. These asymmetries can emerge from having the output beams experience different losses and environmental contamination, or from the availability of non-identical input quantum states in quantum communication protocols. In this paper, we present a visualization of entanglement using quadrature amplitude plots of the twin beams. We quantitatively discuss the strength of asymmetric entanglement using EPR and inseparability criteria and theoretically show that the optimal beamsplitter ratio for entanglement is dependent on the asymmetries and may not be 50 : 50. To support this theory, we present experimental results showing one particular asymmetric entanglement where a 78 : 22 beamsplitter is optimal for observing entanglement.

  11. LET effects following neutron irradiation of lithium formate EPR dosimeters.

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    Malinen, Eirik; Waldeland, Einar; Hole, Eli Olaug; Sagstuen, Einar

    2006-03-13

    Lithium formate electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimeters were irradiated using 60Co gamma-rays or fast neutrons to doses ranging from 5 to 20 Gy and investigated by EPR spectroscopy. Using a polynomial fitting procedure in order to accurately analyze peak-to-peak line widths of first derivative EPR spectra, dosimeters irradiated with neutrons had on average 4.4+/-0.9% broader EPR resonance lines than gamma-irradiated dosimeters. The increase in line width was slightly asymmetrical. Computer simulated first derivative polycrystalline EPR spectra of a *CO2- radical gave very good reconstructions of experimental spectra of irradiated dosimeters. The spectrum simulations could then be used as a tool to investigate the line broadening observed following neutron irradiation. It was shown that an increase in the simulated Lorentzian line width could explain both the observed line broadening and the asymmetrical effect. The ratio of the peak-to-peak amplitude of first derivative EPR spectra obtained at two different microwave powers (20 and 0.5 mW) was 7.8+/-1.2% higher for dosimeters irradiated with neutrons. The dependence of the spectrum amplitude on the microwave power was extensively investigated by fitting observations to an analytical non-linear model incorporating, among others, the spin-lattice (T1) and spin-spin (T2) relaxation times as fitting parameters. Neutron irradiation resulted in a reduction in T(2) in comparison with gamma-irradiation, while a smaller difference in T1 was found. The effects observed indicate increased local radical density following irradiation using high linear energy transfer (LET) neutrons as compared to low LET gamma-irradiation. A fingerprint of the LET may thus be found either by an analysis of the line width or of the dependence of the spectrum amplitude on the microwave power. Lithium formate is therefore a promising material for EPR dosimetry of high LET radiation.

  12. Retrospective dosimetry using EPR and TL techniques: a status report

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    Haskell, E.H.

    1996-12-31

    Methods of retrospective dosimetry, including luminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), rely on measurement of accident dose absorbed by naturally occurring materials - ceramics in the case of both thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and organic materials and bio- minerals in the case of EPR. Each of these methods relies on measurement of radiation defects resulting from accidental exposure. Since defects also result from natural sources of radiation over the lifetime of a sample, analysis is usually restricted to materials for which the natural dose may be determined and subtracted from the measured cumulative dose. Luminescence dating techniques rely heavily on an accurate assessment of cumulative dose from natural radiation sources, and dating research has provided us with the bulk of our knowledge in this area. Virtually all of the work on natural dose determination can be directly applied to retrospective techniques. With EPR techniques the cumulative dose from diagnostic x- rays is also of importance.

  13. EPR Correlations, Bell Inequalities and Common Cause Systems

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    Hofer-Szabó, Gábor

    2014-03-01

    Standard common causal explanations of the EPR situation assume a so-called joint common cause system that is a common cause for all correlations. However, the assumption of a joint common cause system together with some other physically motivated assumptions concerning locality and no-conspiracy results in various Bell inequalities. Since Bell inequalities are violated for appropriate measurement settings, a local, non-conspiratorial joint common causal explanation of the EPR situation is ruled out. But why do we assume that a common causal explanation of a set of correlation consists in finding a joint common cause system for all correlations and not just in finding separate common cause systems for the different correlations? What are the perspectives of a local, non-conspiratorial separate common causal explanation for the EPR scenario? And finally, how do Bell inequalities relate to the weaker assumption of separate common cause systems?

  14. Strontium sulfate as an EPR dosimeter for radiation technology application

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    Rushdi, M. A. H.; Abdel-Fattah, A. A.; Sherif, M. M.; Soliman, Y. S.; Mansour, A.

    2015-01-01

    The dosimetric characteristics of γ-radiation induced defects in strontium sulfate rod dosimeter are investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique focusing on the low dose range of 1-100 Gy. Significant EPR signals of spectroscopic splitting factor (g) 2.01075, 2.04225, 2.03166, 2.00774 and 1.9219086 are observed in the rod upon γ-irradiation. The intensity of the signals increases linearly with increasing absorbed doses up to 100 Gy. The EPR response of irradiated dosimeter exhibits good stability over three months of storage. In addition, the response during irradiation is independent on both relative humidity (from 0% to 65%) and temperature (from 10 °C to 35 °C). The prepared rods are nearly water equivalent in the range of 0.4-5 MeV and the overall uncertainty (2σ) of dose monitoring is approximately 4.26%.

  15. Identification and dosimetry of irradiated walnuts (Juglans regia) using EPR

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    Maghraby, A.; Salama, E.; Sami, A.; Mansour, A.; El-Sayed, M.

    2012-03-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is an easy, fast, and reliable tool for identification of irradiated food. Untreated nuts may encounter hazards of carrying several pathogens or microbial contamination; walnuts are of specific importance due to their nutritional and medicinal values, and hence walnut processing via gamma irradiation is a necessary step. EPR was employed for the identification and dosimetry of Cs-137 gamma-irradiated walnuts (shells and kernels). Several important parameters were studied, such as spectral features, microwave power dependence of signal intensities, and short- and long-term time dependences. Responses of walnut shells and kernels to different radiation doses in the range 0-10 kGy were investigated. Results confirmed that EPR is a suitable tool for the identification and dosimetry of irradiated walnuts using either their shells or only kernels.

  16. Free radicals and antioxidants at a glance using EPR spectroscopy.

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    Spasojević, Ivan

    2011-01-01

    The delicate balance between the advantageous and detrimental effects of free radicals is one of the important aspects of human (patho)physiology. The controlled production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species has an essential role in the regulation of various signaling switches. On the other hand, imbalanced generation of radicals is highly correlated with the pathogenesis of many diseases which require the application of selected antioxidants to regain the homeostasis. In the era of growing interest for redox processes, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is arguably the best-suited technique for such research due to its ability to provide a unique insight into the world of free radicals and antioxidants. Herein, I present the principles of EPR spectroscopy and the applications of this method in assessing: (i) the oxidative status of biological systems, using endogenous long-lived free radicals (ascorbyl radical (Asc(•)), tocopheroxyl radical (TO(•)), melanin) as markers; (ii) the production of short-lived radicals (hydroxyl radical (OH(•)), superoxide radical anion (O(2)(•-)), sulfur- and carbon-centered radicals), which are implicated in both, oxidative stress and redox signaling; (iii) the metabolism of nitric oxide (NO(•)); (iv) the antioxidative properties of various drugs, compounds, and natural products; (v) other redox-relevant parameter. Besides giving a comprehensive survey of up-to-date literature, I also provide illustrative examples in sufficient detail to provide a means to exploit the potential of EPR in biochemical/physiological/medical research. The emphasis is on the features and characteristics (both positive and negative) relevant for EPR application in clinical sciences. My aim is to encourage fellow colleagues interested in free radicals and antioxidants to expand their base knowledge or methods used in their laboratories with data acquired by EPR or some of the EPR techniques outlined in this review, in order to

  17. EPR studies of gamma-irradiated taurine single crystals

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    Bulut, A.; Karabulut, B.; Tapramaz, R.; Köksal, F.

    2000-04-01

    An EPR study of gamma-irradiated taurine [C 2H 7NO 3S] single crystal was carried out at room temperature. The EPR spectra were recorded in the three at mutually perpendicular planes. There are two magnetically distinct sites in monoclinic lattice. The principle values of g and hyperfine constants for both sites were calculated. The results have indicated the presence of 32ṠO -2 and 33ṠO -2 radicals. The hyperfine values of 33ṠO -2 radical were used to obtain O-S-O bond angle for both sites.

  18. Antioxidant Capacity: Experimental Determination by EPR Spectroscopy and Mathematical Modeling.

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    Polak, Justyna; Bartoszek, Mariola; Chorążewski, Mirosław

    2015-07-22

    A new method of determining antioxidant capacity based on a mathematical model is presented in this paper. The model was fitted to 1000 data points of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy measurements of various food product samples such as tea, wine, juice, and herbs with Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) values from 20 to 2000 μmol TE/100 mL. The proposed mathematical equation allows for a determination of TEAC of food products based on a single EPR spectroscopy measurement. The model was tested on the basis of 80 EPR spectroscopy measurements of herbs, tea, coffee, and juice samples. The proposed model works for both strong and weak antioxidants (TEAC values from 21 to 2347 μmol TE/100 mL). The determination coefficient between TEAC values obtained experimentally and TEAC values calculated with proposed mathematical equation was found to be R(2) = 0.98. Therefore, the proposed new method of TEAC determination based on a mathematical model is a good alternative to the standard EPR method due to its being fast, accurate, inexpensive, and simple to perform. PMID:26120897

  19. A hand-held EPR scanner for transcutaneous oximetry

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    Wolfson, Helen; Ahmad, Rizwan; Twig, Ygal; Blank, Aharon; Kuppusamy, Periannan

    2015-03-01

    Cutaneous (skin) oxygenation is an important prognostic factor for the treatment of chronic wounds, skin cancer, diabetes side effects, and limb amputation. Currently, there are no reliable methods for measuring this parameter. Oximetry, using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, is emerging as a potential tool for clinical oximetry, including cutaneous applications. The problem with EPR oximetry, however, is that the conventional EPR design requires the use of a large magnet that can generate homogeneous field across the sample, making it unattractive for clinical practice. We present a novel approach that makes use of a miniature permanent magnet, combined with a small microwave resonator, to enable the acquisition of EPR signals from paramagnetic species placed on the skin. The instrumentation consists of a hand-held, modular, cylindrical probehead with overall dimensions of 36-mm diameter and 24-mm height, with 150-g weight. The probehead includes a Halbach array of 16 pieces (4×4×8 mm3) of Sm-Co permanent magnet and a loop-gap resonator (2.24 GHz). Preliminary measurements using a Hahn-echo pulse sequence (800 echos in 20 ms) showed a signalto- noise ratio of ~70 compared to ~435 in a homogenous magnet under identical settings. Further work is in progress to improve the performance of the probehead and to optimize the hand-held system for clinical use

  20. Accurate Extraction of Nanometer Distances in Multimers by Pulse EPR

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    Valera, Silvia; Ackermann, Katrin; Pliotas, Christos; Huang, Hexian; Naismith, James H.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is gaining increasing importance in structural biology. The PELDOR (pulsed electron–electron double resonance) method allows extracting distance information on the nanometer scale. Here, we demonstrate the efficient extraction of distances from multimeric systems such as membrane‐embedded ion channels where data analysis is commonly hindered by multi‐spin effects. PMID:26865468

  1. Development of a Hybrid EPR/NMR Coimaging System

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    Samouilov, Alexandre; Caia, George L.; Kesselring, Eric; Petryakov, Sergey; Wasowicz, Tomasz; Zweier, Jay L.

    2010-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) is a powerful technique that enables spatial mapping of free radicals or other paramagnetic compounds; however, it does not in itself provide anatomic visualization of the body. Proton magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is well suited to provide anatomical visualization. A hybrid EPR/NMR coimaging instrument was constructed that utilizes the complementary capabilities of both techniques, superimposing EPR and proton-MR images to provide the distribution of paramagnetic species in the body. A common magnet and field gradient system is utilized along with a dual EPR and proton-NMR resonator assembly, enabling coimaging without the need to move the sample. EPRI is performed at ~1.2 GHz/~40 mT and proton MRI is performed at 16.18 MHz/~380 mT; hence the method is suitable for whole-body coimaging of living mice. The gradient system used is calibrated and controlled in such a manner that the spatial geometry of the two acquired images is matched, enabling their superposition without additional postprocessing or marker registration. The performance of the system was tested in a series of phantoms and in vivo applications by mapping the location of a paramagnetic probe in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice. This hybrid EPR/NMR coimaging instrument enables imaging of paramagnetic molecules along with their anatomic localization in the body. PMID:17659621

  2. Development of a hybrid EPR/NMR coimaging system.

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    Samouilov, Alexandre; Caia, George L; Kesselring, Eric; Petryakov, Sergey; Wasowicz, Tomasz; Zweier, Jay L

    2007-07-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) is a powerful technique that enables spatial mapping of free radicals or other paramagnetic compounds; however, it does not in itself provide anatomic visualization of the body. Proton magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is well suited to provide anatomical visualization. A hybrid EPR/NMR coimaging instrument was constructed that utilizes the complementary capabilities of both techniques, superimposing EPR and proton-MR images to provide the distribution of paramagnetic species in the body. A common magnet and field gradient system is utilized along with a dual EPR and proton-NMR resonator assembly, enabling coimaging without the need to move the sample. EPRI is performed at approximately 1.2 GHz/ approximately 40 mT and proton MRI is performed at 16.18 MHz/ approximately 380 mT; hence the method is suitable for whole-body coimaging of living mice. The gradient system used is calibrated and controlled in such a manner that the spatial geometry of the two acquired images is matched, enabling their superposition without additional postprocessing or marker registration. The performance of the system was tested in a series of phantoms and in vivo applications by mapping the location of a paramagnetic probe in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice. This hybrid EPR/NMR coimaging instrument enables imaging of paramagnetic molecules along with their anatomic localization in the body. PMID:17659621

  3. Nonlinear Simulation of the Tooth Enamel Spectrum for EPR Dosimetry

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    Kirillov, V. A.; Dubovsky, S. V.

    2016-07-01

    Software was developed where initial EPR spectra of tooth enamel were deconvoluted based on nonlinear simulation, line shapes and signal amplitudes in the model initial spectrum were calculated, the regression coefficient was evaluated, and individual spectra were summed. Software validation demonstrated that doses calculated using it agreed excellently with the applied radiation doses and the doses reconstructed by the method of additive doses.

  4. EPR Imaging at a Few Megahertz Using SQUID Detectors

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    Hahn, Inseob; Day, Peter; Penanen, Konstantin; Eom, Byeong Ho

    2010-01-01

    An apparatus being developed for electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging operates in the resonance-frequency range of about 1 to 2 MHz well below the microwave frequencies used in conventional EPR. Until now, in order to obtain sufficient signal-to-noise radios (SNRs) in conventional EPR, it has been necessary to place both detectors and objects to be imaged inside resonant microwave cavities. EPR imaging has much in common with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is described briefly in the immediately preceding article. In EPR imaging as in MRI, one applies a magnetic pulse to make magnetic moments (in this case, of electrons) precess in an applied magnetic field having a known gradient. The magnetic moments precess at a resonance frequency proportional to the strength of the local magnetic field. One detects the decaying resonance-frequency magnetic- field component associated with the precession. Position is encoded by use of the known relationship between the resonance frequency and the position dependence of the magnetic field. EPR imaging has recently been recognized as an important tool for non-invasive, in vivo imaging of free radicals and reduction/oxidization metabolism. However, for in vivo EPR imaging of humans and large animals, the conventional approach is not suitable because (1) it is difficult to design and construct resonant cavities large enough and having the required shapes; (2) motion, including respiration and heartbeat, can alter the resonance frequency; and (3) most microwave energy is absorbed in the first few centimeters of tissue depth, thereby potentially endangering the subject and making it impossible to obtain adequate signal strength for imaging at greater depth. To obtain greater penetration depth, prevent injury to the subject, and avoid the difficulties associated with resonant cavities, it is necessary to use lower resonance frequencies. An additional advantage of using lower resonance frequencies is that one can use

  5. EPR/PTFE dosimetry for test reactor environments

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    Vehar, D.W.; Griffin, P.J.; Quirk, T.J.

    2011-07-01

    The use of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with materials such as alanine is well established as a technique for measurement of ionizing radiation absorbed dose in photon and electron fields such as Co-60, high-energy bremsstrahlung and electron-beam fields [1]. In fact, EPR/Alanine dosimetry has become a routine transfer standard for national standards bodies such as NIST and NPL. In 1992 the Radiation Metrology Laboratory (RML) at Sandia National Laboratories implemented EPR/Alanine capabilities for use in routine and calibration activities at its Co-60 and pulsed-power facilities. At that time it also investigated the usefulness of the system for measurement of absorbed dose in the mixed neutron/photon environments of reactors such as the Sandia Pulsed Reactor and the Annular Core Research Reactor used for hardness testing of electronics. The RML concluded that the neutron response of alanine was a sufficiently high fraction of the overall dosimeter response that the resulting uncertainties in the photon dose would be unacceptably large for silicon-device testing. However, it also suggested that non-hydrogenous materials such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) would exhibit smaller neutron response and might be useful in mixed environments. Preliminary research with PTFE in photon environments indicated considerable promise, but further development was not pursued at that time. Because of renewed interest in absorbed dose measurements that could better define the individual contributions of photon and neutron components to the overall dose delivered to a test object, the RML has re-initiated the development of an EPR/PTFE dosimetry system. This effort consists of three stages: 1) Identification of PTFE materials that may be suitable for dosimetry applications. It was speculated that the inconsistency of EPR signatures in the earlier samples may have been due to variability in PTFE manufacturing processes. 2) Characterization of dosimetry in

  6. Multifrequency EPR study on freeze-dried fruits before and after X-ray irradiation

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    Yordanov, N. D.; Aleksieva, K.; Dimitrova, A.; Georgieva, L.; Tzvetkova, E.

    2006-09-01

    X-, K- and Q-band EPR studies on lyophilized whole pulp parts of blue plum, apricot, peach, melon as well as achens and pulp separately of strawberry before and after X-ray irradiation are reported. Before irradiation all samples show in X band a weak singlet EPR line with g=2.0030±0.0005, except melon, which is EPR silent. Immediately after irradiation all samples exhibit complex fruit-depending spectra, which decay with time and change to give, in ca. 50 days, an asymmetric singlet EPR line with g=2.0041±0.0005. Only apricot pulp gave a typical "sugar-like" EPR spectrum. Singlet EPR lines recorded after irradiation in X -band are K- and Q-band resolved as typical anisotropic EPR spectra with g=2.0023±0.0003 and g⊥=2.0041±0.0005. In addition, K- and Q-band EPR spectra of all samples show a superposition with the six EPR lines of Mn 2+ naturally present in the fruits. The saturation behavior of the EPR spectra of achens of lyophilized and fresh strawberry is also studied. The differences in g factors of samples before and after X-ray irradiation might be used for the identification of radiation processing of fruits in the case of pulp and the differences in the EPR saturation behavior might be used for the achens of strawberry.

  7. Identification and dose assessment of irradiated cumin by EPR spectrometry.

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    Abdel-Fattah, A A

    2002-03-01

    The use of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to accurately distinguish irradiated from unirradiated cumin and assess the absorbed dose to radiation-processed cumin is examined. The results were successful for identifying both irradiated and unirradiated cumin. Additive reirradiation of the cumin produces a reproducible dose response function, which can be used to assess the initial dose by back-extrapolation. Third-degree polynomial and exponential functions were used to fit the EPR signal/dose curves. It was found that the 3rd degree polynomial function provides satisfactory results without correction for decay of free radicals. The exponential fit to the data cannot be used without correction of decay of free radicals. The stability of the radiation-induced EPR signal of irradiated cumin was studied over a storage period of 6 months. The additive reirradiation of some samples was carried out at different storage times (10, 20 and 30 days) after initial irradiation.

  8. Kinetic measurements using EPR imaging with a modulated field gradient.

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    Herrling, Thomas; Fuchs, Jürgen; Groth, Norbert

    2002-01-01

    EPR imaging with modulated field gradient was applied for the investigation of fast diffusion processes. Three different imaging methods are possible: spectral-temporal, spatio-temporal, and spectral-spatial imaging. The time resolution is on the order of seconds and the spatial resolution is in the micrometer region. The efficiency of this imaging technique is demonstrated for the penetration of the spin probe Tempol in the skin of hairless mice biopsies. The skin is normally protected against the penetration of water soluble substances by the horny layer, a resistive thin lipophilic layer. Overcoming this horny layer for water soluble ingredients is one of the main practical problems for the topical application of pharmaceutics which could be investigated by EPR imaging. Different images represent the penetration behavior of the water soluble Tempol in the skin after treatment with the penetration enhancer DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) and after removing the horny layer.

  9. Kinetic Measurements Using EPR Imaging with a Modulated Field Gradient

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    Herrling, Thomas; Fuchs, Jürgen; Groth, Norbert

    2002-01-01

    EPR imaging with modulated field gradient was applied for the investigation of fast diffusion processes. Three different imaging methods are possible: spectral-temporal, spatio-temporal, and spectral-spatial imaging. The time resolution is on the order of seconds and the spatial resolution is in the micrometer region. The efficiency of this imaging technique is demonstrated for the penetration of the spin probe Tempol in the skin of hairless mice biopsies. The skin is normally protected against the penetration of water soluble substances by the horny layer, a resistive thin lipophilic layer. Overcoming this horny layer for water soluble ingredients is one of the main practical problems for the topical application of pharmaceutics which could be investigated by EPR imaging. Different images represent the penetration behavior of the water soluble Tempol in the skin after treatment with the penetration enhancer DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) and after removing the horny layer.

  10. EPR and electronic absorption spectra of copper bearing turquoise mineral

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    Sharma, K. B. N.; Moorthy, L. R.; Reddy, B. J.; Vedanand, S.

    1988-10-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and optical absorption spectra of turquoise have been studied both at room and low temperatures. It is concluded from the EPR spectra that the ground state of Cu 2+ ion in turquoise is 2A g(d x2- y2) and it is sited in an elongated rhombic octahedron (D 2π). The observed absorption bands at 14970 and 18354 cm -1 are assigned at 2A g→ 2B 1 g( dx2- y2→ xy) and 2A g→[ su2B 3g(d x 2-y 2→d yz) respectively assuming D 2π symmetry which are inconsistent with EPR studies. The three bands in the NIR region are attributed to combinations of fundamental modes of the H 2O molecule present in the sample.

  11. An Introduction to the Epr-Chameleon Experiment

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    Accardi, Luigi; Imafuku, Kentaro; Regoli, Massimo

    2003-02-01

    On September 27 (2001), as a side activity to the "Japan-Italy Joint workshop on: Quantum open systems and quantum measurement", the first public demonstration of the dynamical EPR-chameleon experiment was performed at Waseda University in order to give an experimental answer to a long standing question in the foundations of quantum theory: do there exist classical macroscopic systems which, by local independent choices, produce sequences of data which reproduce the singlet correlations, hence violating Bell's inequality? The EPR-chameleon experiment gives an affirmative answer to this question by concretely producing an example of such systems in the form of three personal computers which realize a local deterministic dynamical evolution whose mathematical structure is very simple and transparent. In the experiment performed on September 27 the local dynamics used was not a reversible one because the interaction with the degrees of freedom of the apparatus was integrated out giving rise to an effective Markovian dynamics which, although mapping probability measures into probability measures, did not preserve the ±1-values of the spin (or polarization) observables. This feature was criticized by some of the partecipants and the following two questions arose: i) is it possible to prove that the Markovian evolution, used in the experiment, is indeed the reduced evolution of a bona fide reversible evolution? ii) if the answer to question (i) is affirmative, is it possible to reproduce the EPR correlations by simply considering empirical averages of ±1-values, as one does in usual EPR type experiments? An affirmative answer to these questions was given in the paper [AcImRe01] and it is briefly reviewed in what follows.

  12. EPR study of spermine interaction with multilamellar phosphatidylcholine liposomes.

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    Momo, F; Wisniewska, A; Stevanato, R

    1995-11-22

    The interaction of spermine with egg-yolk phosphatidylcholine liposomes was investigated. The EPR spin labeling technique evidenced that spermine induces modifications of some membrane functions of biological interest like water permeability and is a possible modulator of diffusion processes for charged and polar molecules. The association constant for a hypothesized complex between spermine and the phosphate group of phosphatidylcholine was evaluated by enzymatic methods.

  13. X-band EPR of color centers in minerals

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    Petasis, Doros; Gallagher, Joseph; Donnelly, Neil; Whitmore, Paul; Wilson, Mark

    2001-05-01

    Color centers are lattice defects that absorb visible light. The formation of color centers in flawless precious gems decreases their intrinsic and aesthetic value. Such color centers can be produced after exposure of these gems under intense light for prolonged periods of time. We are reporting electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements on the formation of color centers in a variety of mineral samples used for cutting precious gems. These samples were investigated in their natural state and after exposure under a xenon arc lamp for a two-week period. The xenon arc source, filtered through window glass, provides a simulated solar spectrum cutting off at around 320nm in the UV. X-band (9 GHz) EPR spectra were obtained on a Bruker ESP 300 spectrometer with an Oxford instruments ESR 900 liquid-helium cryostat. Detailed measurements at room temperature and at 20K indicate that some minerals (celestite, fluorite, barite, and inesite) are susceptible to creation of color centers with complex EPR spectra.

  14. Trityl-based EPR probe with enhanced sensitivity to oxygen

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    Bobko, Andrey A.; Dhimitruka, Ilirian; Eubank, Timothy D.; Marsh, Clay B.; Zweier, Jay L.; Khramtsov, Valery V.

    2009-01-01

    An asymmetric derivative of triarylmethyl radical, TAM-H, containing one aldehyde and two carboxyl groups was synthesized. The electron paramagnetic resonance, EPR, spectrum of TAM-H is characterized by a doublet of narrow lines with linewidth of 105 mG in anoxic conditions and hyperfine interaction constant 245 mG. The partial overlap of the components of the doublet results in enhanced sensitivity of the spectral amplitudes ratio to oxygen compared with oxygen-induced linewidth broadening of a single line. Application of the TAM-H probe allows for EPR measurements in an extended range of oxygen pressures from atmospheric to 1 mmHg whereas the EPR spectrum linewidth of the popular TAM-based oxygen sensor, Oxo63, is practically insensitive to oxygen partial pressures below 20 mmHg. Enhanced sensitivity of TAM-H probe relative to Oxo63 was demonstrated in detection of oxygen consumption by Met-1 cancer cells. The TAM-H probe allowed prolonged measurements of oxygen depletion during the hypoxia stage and down to true anoxia (≤ 1.5 mmHg). PMID:19523513

  15. Implementing Diffie-Hellman key exchange using quantum EPR pairs

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    Mandal, Sayonnha; Parakh, Abhishek

    2015-05-01

    This paper implements the concepts of perfect forward secrecy and the Diffie-Hellman key exchange using EPR pairs to establish and share a secret key between two non-authenticated parties and transfer messages between them without the risk of compromise. Current implementations of quantum cryptography are based on the BB84 protocol, which is susceptible to siphoning attacks on the multiple photons emitted by practical laser sources. This makes BB84-based quantum cryptography protocol unsuitable for network computing environments. Diffie-Hellman does not require the two parties to be mutually authenticated to each other, yet it can provide a basis for a number of authenticated protocols, most notably the concept of perfect forward secrecy. The work proposed in this paper provides a new direction in utilizing quantum EPR pairs in quantum key exchange. Although, classical cryptography boasts of efficient and robust protocols like the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, in the current times, with the advent of quantum computing they are very much vulnerable to eavesdropping and cryptanalytic attacks. Using quantum cryptographic principles, however, these classical encryption algorithms show more promise and a more robust and secure structure for applications. The unique properties of quantum EPR pairs also, on the other hand, go a long way in removing attacks like eavesdropping by their inherent nature of one particle of the pair losing its state if a measurement occurs on the other. The concept of perfect forward secrecy is revisited in this paper to attribute tighter security to the proposed protocol.

  16. Peptide-membrane Interactions by Spin-labeling EPR

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    Smirnova, Tatyana I.; Smirnov, Alex I.

    2016-01-01

    Site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) in combination with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a well-established method that has recently grown in popularity as an experimental technique, with multiple applications in protein and peptide science. The growth is driven by development of labeling strategies, as well as by considerable technical advances in the field, that are paralleled by an increased availability of EPR instrumentation. While the method requires an introduction of a paramagnetic probe at a well-defined position in a peptide sequence, it has been shown to be minimally destructive to the peptide structure and energetics of the peptide-membrane interactions. In this chapter, we describe basic approaches for using SDSL EPR spectroscopy to study interactions between small peptides and biological membranes or membrane mimetic systems. We focus on experimental approaches to quantify peptide-membrane binding, topology of bound peptides, and characterize peptide aggregation. Sample preparation protocols including spin-labeling methods and preparation of membrane mimetic systems are also described. PMID:26477253

  17. Peptide-Membrane Interactions by Spin-Labeling EPR.

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    Smirnova, Tatyana I; Smirnov, Alex I

    2015-01-01

    Site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) in combination with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a well-established method that has recently grown in popularity as an experimental technique, with multiple applications in protein and peptide science. The growth is driven by development of labeling strategies, as well as by considerable technical advances in the field, that are paralleled by an increased availability of EPR instrumentation. While the method requires an introduction of a paramagnetic probe at a well-defined position in a peptide sequence, it has been shown to be minimally destructive to the peptide structure and energetics of the peptide-membrane interactions. In this chapter, we describe basic approaches for using SDSL EPR spectroscopy to study interactions between small peptides and biological membranes or membrane mimetic systems. We focus on experimental approaches to quantify peptide-membrane binding, topology of bound peptides, and characterize peptide aggregation. Sample preparation protocols including spin-labeling methods and preparation of membrane mimetic systems are also described.

  18. In vivo EPR spectroscopy of free radicals in the heart.

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    Zweier, J L; Kuppusamy, P

    1994-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy can be applied to directly measure free radicals; however, it has not been possible to measure important biologic radicals in situ because conventional spectrometer designs are not suitable for the performance of measurements on large aqueous structures such as whole organs or tissues. We describe the design, construction, and application of instrumentation developed in an effort to obtain optimum performance in measuring free radicals in intact biologic organs or tissues. This spectrometer consists of a 1- to 2-GHz microwave bridge with the source locked to the resonant frequency of a specially designed recessed gap, loop-gap resonator. The principles of resonator design and construction are analyzed and described. Using this spectrometer radical concentrations as low as 0.4 microM in aqueous solutions could be measured. Studies of isolated beating hearts involving simultaneous real time measurements of free radicals and cardiac contractile function are performed. This in vivo EPR technique is applied to study the kinetics of free radical uptake and metabolism in normally perfused and globally ischemic hearts. In addition, it is demonstrated that this technique can be used to noninvasively measure tissue oxygen consumption. Thus, low frequency EPR spectroscopy offers great promise in the study of in vivo free radical generation and the effects of this radical generation on whole biologic tissues. PMID:7705304

  19. Thermally stimulated luminescence and EPR studies on topaz.

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    Souza, Divanizia N; de Lima, José Fernandes; Valerio, Mário Ernesto G; Caldas, Linda V E

    2006-08-01

    In the present work, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra and thermoluminescence (TL) emission of colourless natural topaz from Santo Antônio do Jacinto, Brazil, was studied as a function of thermal treatment and gamma irradiation dose, focussing on the use of this material as a radiation dosimeter. EPR measurements on "as-received" samples at room temperature provided signals in the region of about 500 at 5,000 G. The signal located around g approximately equal to 2, frequently attributed to (AlO(4))(0), increased with additional gamma dose and disappeared after thermal treatment at 500 degrees C for 1h. Irradiation after thermal treatment recovered this signal. The decay promoted by isochronal thermal treatment showed the (AlO(4))(0) defects to be directly related to the TL glows peaks. The variation of EPR spectrum with annealing temperature prior to irradiation showed that the variation of TL sensitivity is a consequence of the variation of the (AlO(4))(0) population.

  20. VHF EPR analysis of organic sulfur in coal

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    Clarkson, R.B.

    1991-01-01

    This report covers progress made in the first yearly quarter of a two year investigation using novel, very high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (VHF EPR) spectroscopy techniques and instrumentation (one of only two W-band spectrometers in existence) developed earlier by these authors, to conduct further qualitative and quantitative studies of heteroatomic organic molecules in coal with particular emphasis on sulfur. Previous W-band (96 GHz) work is being extended to studies of new model compounds as well as coal and desulfurized coal samples. Typically, the model compounds under investigation and their analogues are found in coals as stable free radicals which give rise to an EPR signal. The preparation of radicals from compounds having widely varying structures and physical properties in a stable environment has long been a very difficult task. To address this problem, the refinement of several new and very useful methods of preparing of these stable free radicals in various glasses, at catalytic surfaces, and in solution, are presented in this first report. Free radical generation was accomplished by both UV photolysis as well as chemical oxidation/reduction techniques. By these methods, over 25 new compounds, often commercially derived from coal extracts, have been prepared and studied by conventional X-band EPR (9 GHz). Several representative W-band spectra are also presented.

  1. Tetrabromidocuprates(II)—Synthesis, Structure and EPR

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    Zabel, André; Winter, Alette; Kelling, Alexandra; Schilde, Uwe; Strauch, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Metal-containing ionic liquids (ILs) are of interest for a variety of technical applications, e.g., particle synthesis and materials with magnetic or thermochromic properties. In this paper we report the synthesis of, and two structures for, some new tetrabromidocuprates(II) with several “onium” cations in comparison to the results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic analyses. The sterically demanding cations were used to separate the paramagnetic Cu(II) ions for EPR measurements. The EPR hyperfine structure in the spectra of these new compounds is not resolved, due to the line broadening resulting from magnetic exchange between the still-incomplete separated paramagnetic Cu(II) centres. For the majority of compounds, the principal g values (g‖ and g⊥) of the tensors could be determined and information on the structural changes in the [CuBr4]2− anions can be obtained. The complexes have high potential, e.g., as ionic liquids, as precursors for the synthesis of copper bromide particles, as catalytically active or paramagnetic ionic liquids. PMID:27104522

  2. EPR investigation of some traditional oriental irradiated spices

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    Duliu, Octavian G.; Georgescu, Rodica; Ali, Shaban Ibrahim

    2007-06-01

    The 9.50 GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of unirradiated and 60Co γ-ray irradiated cardamom ( Elettaria cardamomum L. Maton, Zingiberaceae), ginger (( Zingiber officinale Rosc., Zingiberaceae), and saffron ( Crocus sativus L., Iridaceae) have been investigated at room temperature. All unirradiated spices presented a weak resonance line with g-factors around free-electron ones. After γ-ray irradiation at an absorbed dose of up to 11.3 kGy, the presence of EPR spectra whose amplitude increase monotonously with the absorbed dose has been noticed with all spices. A 100 °C isothermal annealing of 11.3 kGy irradiated samples has shown a differential reduction of amplitude of various components that compose initial spectra, but even after 3.6 h of thermal treatment, the remaining amplitude represents no less then 30% of the initial ones. The same peculiarities have been noticed after 83 days storage at room temperature but after 340 days storage at ambient conditions only irradiated ginger displays a weak signal that differs from those of unirradiated sample. All these factors could be taken into account in establishing at which extent the EPR is suitable to evidence any irradiation treatment applied to these spices.

  3. In Vivo Imaging of Tissue Physiological Function using EPR Spectroscopy | NCI Technology Transfer Center | TTC

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    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is a technique for studying chemical species that have one or more unpaired electrons.  The current invention describes Echo-based Single Point Imaging (ESPI), a novel EPR image formation strategy that allows in vivo imaging of physiological function.  The National Cancer Institute's Radiation Biology Branch is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in in-licensing an in vivo imaging using Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to measure active oxygen species.

  4. Effect of aging on EPR cable electrical performance during LOCA simulations. [Ethylene propylene rubber

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    Bustard, L.D.

    1984-01-01

    When exposed to a LOCA environment, some ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) cable materials experience substantial moisture absorption and dimensional changes. These phenomena may contribute to mechanical damage of the cable insulation resulting in electrical degradation. Recent experiments illustrate that the extent of moisture absorption and dimensional changes during an accident simulation are dependent on the EPR product, the accelerated age, and the aging technique employed to achieve that age. Results for several commercial EPR materials are summarized.

  5. EPR oximetry of tumors in vivo in cancer therapy

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    Šentjurc, Marjeta; Čemažar, Maja; Serša, Gregor

    2004-05-01

    The partial oxygen pressure ( pO 2) in tumors is considered to be one of important factors that affect the response of tumors to different treatment. Therefore, we anticipate that the information about the variation of oxygen concentration in tumors can be used as a guide for individualizing radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and especially the combined therapies. There is thus a need to obtain quantitative data on the effects of different therapies on tumor oxygenation under in vivo conditions. One of the methods, which enable these measurements is EPR oximetry. In this work basic principles of the method will be described as well as some examples of tumor oxygenation changes after application of chemotherapeutic drugs (vinblastine, cisplatin, bleomycin) or electric pulses in combination with cisplatin or bleomycin to fibrosarcoma SA-1 tumors in mice. A paramagnetic probe, a char of Bubinga tree, was implanted into the tumor (center and periphery) and in the muscle or subcutis. EPR spectra line-width, which is proportional to oxygen concentration, was measured with time after the treatments. Tumor oxygenation was reduced for 58% of pretreatment value 1 h after intraperitoneal injection of 2.5 mg kg -1 VLB and returned to pretreatment level within 24 h. Reduction in oxygenation of muscle and subcutis was much smaller and returned to pretreatment value faster as in tumors. With cisplatin (4 mg kg -1) and bleomicyn (1 mg kg -1) the reduction was less than 15%, but increases in combined therapy to 70%. Similar reduction was observed also with electric pulses alone (eight pulses, 1300 V cm -1, 100 μs, 1 Hz) with fast recovery of 8 h. After electrochemotherapy the recovery was slower and occurs only after 48 h. This study demonstrates that EPR oximetry is a sensitive method for monitoring changes in tissue oxygenation after different treatments, which may have implications in controlling side effects of therapy and in the planning of combined treatments.

  6. Triplet State Epr: AN Application to Three Iron - Flavoproteins.

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    Stevenson, Randy Claude

    This thesis is a comprehensive development of triplet spin Hamiltonians and the application of that formalism to the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of three iron-sulfur flavoproteins. These spectra developed only after the enzymes had been reduced with their substrates; the signals did not appear upon titration with other reducing agents such as dithionite. As a complement to that work, part of the thesis project included the further development of the multifrequency facilities at the University of Michigan. A new tunable 15 GHz EPR cavity for a P band spectrometer, a new 3 GHz cavity and a redesigned automatic frequency control unit (AFC) for an S band spectrometer contributed to the improvement and extension of the EPR capabilities. The data obtained from these spectrometers indicated that there was a spin-spin interaction due to two spin 1/2 systems, a singly reduced flavin and singly reduced {4Fe -4S} cluster, in a triplet state. Computer simulations confirmed that the interactions in trimethylamine dehydrogenase (TMAD), from a bacterium W3Al, and TMAD and dimethyamine dehydrogenase (DMAD) from a bacterium Hyphomicrobium X, are indeed spin-coupled triplet interactions. In addition, the computer simulations indicated that there was a distribution of zero field splittings among the various enzyme molecules constituting the samples, probably due to a variation in g anisotropy of the {4Fe-4S} center. However, these simulations represented only a phenomenological description. A plausible model for the spin-spin interaction, in terms of anisotropic exchange and magnetic dipole-dipole interactions, indicated that the structures of the paramagnetic sites among all three enzymes were very similar. The model limited the edge-edge interaction distance between reduced flavin and reduced {4Fe-4S} cluster to somewhere between 3 and 5 (ANGSTROM).

  7. EPR, charge transport, and spin dynamics in doped polyanilines

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    Kon'kin, A. L.; Shtyrlin, V. G.; Garipov, R. R.; Aganov, A. V.; Zakharov, A. V.; Krinichnyi, V. I.; Adams, P. N.; Monkman, A. P.

    2002-08-01

    Charge transport and magnetic properties of films of polyaniline (PAN) doped with 10-camphorsulfonic acid and 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPSA) have been studied by conductivity, magnetic-susceptibility superconducting quantum interference device measurements, and 3-cm and 8-mm electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at doping levels (x) from 0.3 to 0.9 over a temperature range from 15 to 300 K. The temperature dependences of conductivities were explained in terms of the advanced multiphase heterogeneous granular metallic (HGM) model with percolation including disordered metallic (DM) and nonmetallic (NM) phases. The anomalous conductivity change in the PAN-AMPSAx system at T>240 K was accounted quantitatively for a solid-phase equilibrium with the occurrence of the disordered anion phase from the metallic islands. A means for analysis of the EPR line shape in conducting media has been developed and, with this, conductivity and microwave dielectric constants were estimated and two EPR signals, R1 and R2, were detected in both systems. It was shown that R1 signal belongs to pinned radicals of isolated polymer chains, whereas R2 is the weight-averaged signal, resulting from three types of paramagnetic centers, localized and mobile spins in the NM and DM phases, which interact via exchange. From the temperature and frequency dependences of the R2 linewidth the spin-diffusion parameters for the NM phase in both systems were determined. It was found that the HGM model allows good explanation of both charge transport and spin diffusion in the doped polyaniline films.

  8. Mn distribution in natural sphalerites: a micronalytical and EPR study

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    di Benedetto, F.; Bernardini, G. P.; Cipriani, C.; Plant, D.; Romanelli, M.; Vaughan, D. J.

    2003-04-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) has been successfully applied to determine the local coordination and distribution of transition metal cations in sulphides and sulphosalts (Di Benedetto et al., 2002). Due to its enhanced sensitivity and element-specificity it is one of the best tools to monitor Mn(II) behaviour down to very low concentrations. In order to reach a fuller understanding of the spectroscopic results, a microanalytical study has also been undertaken by means of Electron Microprobe Analysis. Operating conditions were chosen to achieve the lowest possible detection limits, taking into account that Mn can replace Zn in the sphalerite lattice both as a minor and trace element, and that EPR can detect Mn(II) below the ppm range. Six natural samples from the Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Firenze, were selected to have pure single crystals and avoid magnetically active phases associated with the sphalerite. The Mn concentration determined ranges between 30 and 14300 ppm and Mn content varies considerably within the same sample, leading to differences up to the 50% as compared to the mean value. X-ray images confirm Mn to be distributed with an unusual pattern, unrelated to the other common Zn-replacing cations, Fe and Cd, present in the samples. Powder EPR spectra reveal at least three different Mn(II) signals: two sextets, overlapping in all samples containing Mn as trace element, and a single line, present only in the more concentrated samples. While the latter have been attributed to an inhomogeneous Mn distribution, due to an enhanced Mn-Mn superexchange interaction, the difference between the two sextets, observed by means of EEPR investigations in a synthetic sphalerite (Di Benedetto et al., 2002), appears unrelated to the Mn concentration and may be attributed to small differences in the local coordination of Mn(II) ions. This, in turn, may be explained by the segregation of small amounts of Mn into polytypic domains, features which

  9. EPR investigation of libration motion of spin labeled hemerythrin

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    Takacs, Istvan Mihaly; Mot, Augustin; Silaghi-Dumitrescu, Radu; Damian, Grigore

    2014-09-01

    Reported here are room-temperature continuous wave X-band Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectra of the non-heme di-iron protein hemerythrin (Hr), spin labeled at position 51C in different viscous media, illustrating the mobility and oligomeric recombination tendency of the Phascolopsis gouldii Hr. The mobility of a spin labeled Hr depends on the local viscosity and its connectivity to the nature of the molecular environment (glycerol, PEG4000 and BSA). This provides the basis for a tool useful in directly monitoring Hr in ex vivo samples upon injection within the bloodstream of test animals, for blood substitute research.

  10. Geochemical constraints on the source of EPR MORBs

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    Tian, L.; Wang, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Geochemical variations of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) have long been attributed to the presence of compositionally distinct crustal and mantle components in their sources. The oxygen isotope composition of MORBs was proposed to be a valuable tracer of subducted crustal materials [1] since 18O/16O ratios are strongly fractioned during low-temperature water-rock interactions (e.g. seafloor alteration). Here, we present a study of combined oxygen isotopes, radiogenic isotopes, and trace elements on volcanic lavas sampled at both ridge axes and off-axis seamounts in the northern East Pacific Rise (EPR; 5-15°N). The chemical composition of these lavas ranges from normal-MORB to enriched-MORB, and the newly analyzed 18O/16O ratios of hand-picked fresh glasses from these 53 lavas were measured using laser-fluorination technique, with a typical precision of ±0.08‰ (1σ). Our results show that the δ18OSMOW values of EPR glasses span ~0.64‰ (from 5.08‰ to 5.72‰), with an average value of 5.53(±0.12, 1σ) ‰, which is comparable to results from previous survey of global MORBs (5.52±0.11‰) [1]. Two andesitic glasses show unusually lower δ18O values (5.08‰ and 5.27‰, respectively) and exhibit excess Cl addition ([Cl]>3000ppm), probably indicating an assimilation of seawater-derived component (e.g., saline brines or altered oceanic crust). Previous studies [2, 3, 4, 5] have shown the correlated variations of trace element ratios (e.g. La/Sm, and K2O/TiO2 element ratios) and radiogenic isotope compositions (e.g. 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, Pb isotope ratios), suggesting the presence of at least two components in the source of EPR MORBs, an enriched component and depleted component. Our results show that δ18O values of these glasses lack statistically-significant correlations with other geochemical indicies in the same sample, suggesting that (1) the source of EPR MORBs has a uniform oxygen isotope composition, (2) the enriched components in the sources

  11. Use of Rapid-Scan EPR to Improve Detection Sensitivity for Spin-Trapped Radicals

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    Mitchell, Deborah G.; Rosen, Gerald M.; Tseitlin, Mark; Symmes, Breanna; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.

    2013-01-01

    The short lifetime of superoxide and the low rates of formation expected in vivo make detection by standard continuous wave (CW) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) challenging. The new rapid-scan EPR method offers improved sensitivity for these types of samples. In rapid-scan EPR, the magnetic field is scanned through resonance in a time that is short relative to electron spin relaxation times, and data are processed to obtain the absorption spectrum. To validate the application of rapid-scan EPR to spin trapping, superoxide was generated by the reaction of xanthine oxidase and hypoxanthine with rates of 0.1–6.0 μM/min and trapped with 5-tert-butoxycarbonyl-5-methyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (BMPO). Spin trapping with BMPO to form the BMPO-OOH adduct converts the very short-lived superoxide radical into a more stable spin adduct. There is good agreement between the hyperfine splitting parameters obtained for BMPO-OOH by CW and rapid-scan EPR. For the same signal acquisition time, the signal/noise ratio is >40 times higher for rapid-scan than for CW EPR. Rapid-scan EPR can detect superoxide produced by Enterococcus faecalis at rates that are too low for detection by CW EPR. PMID:23870255

  12. EPR Studies of Gating Mechanisms in Ion Channels

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    Chakrapani, Sudha

    2015-01-01

    Ion channels open and close in response to diverse stimuli, and the molecular events underlying these processes are extensively modulated by ligands of both endogenous and exogenous origin. In the past decade, high-resolution structures of several channel types have been solved, providing unprecedented details of the molecular architecture of these membrane proteins. Intrinsic conformational flexibility of ion channels critically governs their functions. However, the dynamics underlying gating mechanisms and modulations are obscured in the information from crystal structures. While nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic methods allow direct measurements of protein dynamics, they are limited by the large size of these membrane protein assemblies in detergent micelles or lipid membranes. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has emerged as a key biophysical tool to characterize structural dynamics of ion channels and to determine stimulus-driven conformational transition between functional states in a physiological environment. This review will provide an overview of the recent advances in the field of voltage- and ligand-gated channels and highlight some of the challenges and controversies surrounding the structural information available. It will discuss general methods used in site-directed spin labeling and EPR spectroscopy and illustrate how findings from these studies have narrowed the gap between high-resolution structures and gating mechanisms in membranes, and have thereby helped reconcile seemingly disparate models of ion channel function. PMID:25950970

  13. EPR Spectroscopic Studies of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Maturation

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    Suess, Daniel L. M.

    2015-01-01

    Proton reduction and H2 oxidation are key elementary reactions for solar fuel production. Hydrogenases interconvert H+ and H2 with remarkable efficiency and have therefore received much attention in this context. For [FeFe]-hydrogenases, catalysis occurs at a unique cofactor called the H-cluster. In this article, we discuss ways in which EPR spectroscopy has elucidated aspects of the bioassembly of the H-cluster, with a focus on four case studies: EPR spectroscopic identification of a radical en route to the CO and CN− ligands of the H-cluster, tracing 57Fe from the maturase HydG into the H-cluster, characterization of the auxiliary Fe–S cluster in HydG, and isotopic labeling of the CN− ligands of HydA for electronic structure studies of its Hox state. Advances in cell-free maturation protocols have enabled several of these mechanistic studies, and understanding H-cluster maturation may in turn provide insights leading to improvements in hydrogenase production for biotechnological applications. PMID:26508821

  14. Double-stacked dielectric resonator for sensitive EPR measurements.

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    Jaworski, M; Sienkiewicz, A; Scholes, C P

    1997-01-01

    A new approximate method for predicting the resonant frequencies and for solving the field distribution problem of a cylindrical dielectric resonator (DR) is developed. The model proposed in this paper bridges the gap between rigorous and accurate finite-element or Green function-based numerical methods on the one hand and on the other hand, simple approximate solutions in which the field distribution can be described analytically, but the resulting frequency is accurate within a few percent only. In the method described here, the approximate solution for the microwave field distribution is modified by substituting different values of the radial separation constants inside and outside of the diskshaped DR. The model is generalized for the double-stacked DR structure and enables one to introduce corrections that take into account the presence of the shielding walls and of the cylindrical sample hole. Good agreement is found between experimental and calculated results for both the single and double-stacked structures that are designed around commercially available X-band DRs (9-10 GHz). For the resonant frequency of the lowest transverse-electric TEzero1 delta mode that is commonly used for EPR measurements, the accuracy of the method is better than 1%. Experimentally measured resonator filling factors are also in good agreement with those theoretically estimated. Both the theory and the experimental results suggest that the double-stacked DR structure with finite spacing between the ceramic cylinders is the most suitable for EPR measurements of long lossy samples.

  15. EPR retrospective dosimetry with fingernails: report on first application cases.

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    Trompier, Francois; Queinnec, François; Bey, Eric; De Revel, Thierry; Lataillade, Jean Jacques; Clairand, Isabelle; Benderitter, Marc; Bottollier-Depois, Jean-François

    2014-06-01

    For localized irradiation to hands, in case of sources accidentally handled, it is very difficult to estimate the dose distribution by calculation. Doses may reach several tens of grays, and the dose distribution is usually very heterogeneous. Until recently, doses in such situations could be estimated only by analysis of bone biopsies using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. This technique was used previously on surgical wastes or after amputation of a finger. In this case, the dose information was available in one or a few locations on the hand only, due to the limited number of biopsy fragments usually collected. The idea to measure free radicals (FRs) induced by radiation in nails to estimate a dose is not new, but up to now, no application cases were reported. As a matter of fact, the EPR analysis of nails is complex due to the presence of intrinsic signals and parasitic signals induced by the mechanical stress (when nails are collected), which overlaps the radio-induced components. In addition, the radio-induced FRs identified up to now are unstable and very sensitive to humidity. In these conditions, it was difficult to foresee any application for dosimetry with fingernails. Recently, stable radio-induced FRs in nails has been identified and an associated protocol for dose assessment developed. This protocol has been applied by the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire on fingernail samples from victims of three different radiological accidents that occurred between 2008 and 2012 in different places.

  16. Alcoholic extraction enables EPR analysis to characterize radiation-induced cellulosic signals in spices.

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    Ahn, Jae-Jun; Sanyal, Bhaskar; Akram, Kashif; Kwon, Joong-Ho

    2014-11-19

    Different spices such as turmeric, oregano, and cinnamon were γ-irradiated at 1 and 10 kGy. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the nonirradiated samples were characterized by a single central signal (g = 2.006), the intensity of which was significantly enhanced upon irradiation. The EPR spectra of the irradiated spice samples were characterized by an additional triplet signal at g = 2.006 with a hyperfine coupling constant of 3 mT, associated with the cellulose radical. EPR analysis on various sample pretreatments in the irradiated spice samples demonstrated that the spectral features of the cellulose radical varied on the basis of the pretreatment protocol. Alcoholic extraction pretreatment produced considerable improvements of the EPR signals of the irradiated spice samples relative to the conventional oven and freeze-drying techniques. The alcoholic extraction process is therefore proposed as the most suitable sample pretreatment for unambiguous detection of irradiated spices by EPR spectroscopy.

  17. Cd 2+ effect on free radicals in Cladosporium cladosporioides-melanin tested by EPR spectroscopy

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    Matuszczyk, Magdalena; Buszman, Ewa; Pilawa, Barbara; Witoszyńska, Teresa; Wilczok, Tadeusz

    2004-08-01

    Changes in free radicals system of Cladosporium cladosporioides-melanin and model DOPA-melanin caused by diamagnetic Cd 2+ ions were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. EPR line of eumelanin was mainly found in the spectrum of Cl.cl.-melanin. Cd 2+ ions increased o-semiquinone free radicals concentration in both natural and synthetic melanins. Cd 2+ broadened EPR lines of Cl.cl.-melanin in mycelium and the ions fastened spin-lattice relaxation processes. The narrower EPR lines and slower spin-lattice relaxation were obtained for DOPA-melanin-Cd 2+ complexes than for DOPA-melanin. Pheomelanin additionally existing in Cl.cl. samples was responsible for differences between the EPR data for Cl.cl. melanin and DOPA-melanin.

  18. The effect of dose and water treatment on EPR signals in irradiated fingernails.

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    Marciniak, A; Ciesielski, B; Prawdzik-Dampc, A

    2014-11-01

    Fast and precise retrospective dosimetry is crucial in making decisions about medical procedures and safety measures in radiation accidents. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has a potential as one of available biodosimetry methods for use in victims of such incidents. In this study, authors present the findings on EPR dosimetry in fingernails. Authors describe changes of EPR signals in unirradiated and irradiated nails in time after cutting and the effect of water on the mechanically induced and radiation-induced EPR signals measured ex vivo in the fingernails. The effect of dose on amplitude of the EPR signal was measured in nails that were soaked for 10 min in water after their irradiation. The obtained dose-response curves, which reflect changes in concentration of the radiation-induced RIS5 radicals, reach their maximum for doses of 40-60 Gy.

  19. The view from the trenches: part 2-technical considerations for EPR screening.

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    Nicolalde, Roberto J; Gougelet, Robert M; Rea, Michael; Williams, Benjamin B; Dong, Ruhong; Kmiec, Maciej M; Lesniewski, Piotr N; Swartz, Harold M

    2010-02-01

    There is growing awareness of the need for methodologies that can be used retrospectively to provide the biodosimetry needed to carry out screening and triage immediately after an event in which large numbers of people have potentially received clinically significant doses of ionizing radiation. The general approach to developing such methodologies has been a technology centric one, often ignoring the system integrations considerations that are key to their effective use. In this study an integrative approach for the evaluation and development of a physical biodosimetry technology was applied based on in vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimetry. The EPR measurements are based on physical changes in tissues whose magnitudes are not affected by the factors that can confound biologically-based assessments. In this study the use of a pilot simulation exercise to evaluate an experimental EPR system and gather stakeholders' feedback early on in the development process is described. The exercise involved: ten non-irradiated participants, representatives from a local fire department; Department of Homeland Security certified exercise evaluators, EPR experts, physicians; and a human factors engineer. Stakeholders were in agreement that the EPR technology in its current state of development could be deployed for the screening of mass casualties. Furthermore, stakeholders' recommendations will be prioritized and incorporated in future developments of the EPR technique. While the results of this exercise were aimed specifically at providing feedback for the development of EPR dosimetry for screening mass casualties, the methods and lessons learned are likely to be applicable to other biodosimetric methods. PMID:20065674

  20. The view from the trenches: part 2-technical considerations for EPR screening.

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    Nicolalde, Roberto J; Gougelet, Robert M; Rea, Michael; Williams, Benjamin B; Dong, Ruhong; Kmiec, Maciej M; Lesniewski, Piotr N; Swartz, Harold M

    2010-02-01

    There is growing awareness of the need for methodologies that can be used retrospectively to provide the biodosimetry needed to carry out screening and triage immediately after an event in which large numbers of people have potentially received clinically significant doses of ionizing radiation. The general approach to developing such methodologies has been a technology centric one, often ignoring the system integrations considerations that are key to their effective use. In this study an integrative approach for the evaluation and development of a physical biodosimetry technology was applied based on in vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimetry. The EPR measurements are based on physical changes in tissues whose magnitudes are not affected by the factors that can confound biologically-based assessments. In this study the use of a pilot simulation exercise to evaluate an experimental EPR system and gather stakeholders' feedback early on in the development process is described. The exercise involved: ten non-irradiated participants, representatives from a local fire department; Department of Homeland Security certified exercise evaluators, EPR experts, physicians; and a human factors engineer. Stakeholders were in agreement that the EPR technology in its current state of development could be deployed for the screening of mass casualties. Furthermore, stakeholders' recommendations will be prioritized and incorporated in future developments of the EPR technique. While the results of this exercise were aimed specifically at providing feedback for the development of EPR dosimetry for screening mass casualties, the methods and lessons learned are likely to be applicable to other biodosimetric methods.

  1. Active cancellation - A means to zero dead-time pulse EPR.

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    Franck, John M; Barnes, Ryan P; Keller, Timothy J; Kaufmann, Thomas; Han, Songi

    2015-12-01

    The necessary resonator employed in pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) rings after the excitation pulse and creates a finite detector dead-time that ultimately prevents the detection of signal from fast relaxing spin systems, hindering the application of pulse EPR to room temperature measurements of interesting chemical or biological systems. We employ a recently available high bandwidth arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) to produce a cancellation pulse that precisely destructively interferes with the resonant cavity ring-down. We find that we can faithfully detect EPR signal at all times immediately after, as well as during, the excitation pulse. This is a proof of concept study showcasing the capability of AWG pulses to precisely cancel out the resonator ring-down, and allow for the detection of EPR signal during the pulse itself, as well as the dead-time of the resonator. However, the applicability of this approach to conventional EPR experiments is not immediate, as it hinges on either (1) the availability of low-noise microwave sources and amplifiers to produce the necessary power for pulse EPR experiment or (2) the availability of very high conversion factor micro coil resonators that allow for pulse EPR experiments at modest microwave power. PMID:26507308

  2. Prediction of nitroxide spin label EPR spectra from MD trajectories: application to myoglobin.

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    Kuprusevicius, Egidijus; White, Gaye; Oganesyan, Vasily S

    2011-01-01

    We report the prediction of motional EPR spectra of the metalloprotein sperm whale myoglobin spin labelled with nitroxide directly from Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations at the atomistic scale. We show that an accurate simulation of EPR spectra can be achieved from a single MD trajectory which is in excellent agreement with experiment. Simulations have been carried out using a general method reported previously by us for the simulation of EPR spectra form single dynamical trajectories. Our calculations demonstrate the complex nature of the dynamics of a spin label which is a superposition of the fast librational motions around dihedral states, of slow conformational flips among different rotameric states and of the slow rotational diffusion of the protein itself. The MD-EPR methodology reported does not require any additional stochastic modelling using adjustable parameters and opens, for the first time, the prospect of the simulation of EPR spectra entirely from single MD trajectories. Such a technique not only simplifies the interpretation and analysis of EPR spectra but also opens the possibility, for example, of "computer engineering" of spin-labelled proteins with the desired properties prior to actual EPR experiment. PMID:21322490

  3. Active cancellation - A means to zero dead-time pulse EPR

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    Franck, John M.; Barnes, Ryan P.; Keller, Timothy J.; Kaufmann, Thomas; Han, Songi

    2015-12-01

    The necessary resonator employed in pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) rings after the excitation pulse and creates a finite detector dead-time that ultimately prevents the detection of signal from fast relaxing spin systems, hindering the application of pulse EPR to room temperature measurements of interesting chemical or biological systems. We employ a recently available high bandwidth arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) to produce a cancellation pulse that precisely destructively interferes with the resonant cavity ring-down. We find that we can faithfully detect EPR signal at all times immediately after, as well as during, the excitation pulse. This is a proof of concept study showcasing the capability of AWG pulses to precisely cancel out the resonator ring-down, and allow for the detection of EPR signal during the pulse itself, as well as the dead-time of the resonator. However, the applicability of this approach to conventional EPR experiments is not immediate, as it hinges on either (1) the availability of low-noise microwave sources and amplifiers to produce the necessary power for pulse EPR experiment or (2) the availability of very high conversion factor micro coil resonators that allow for pulse EPR experiments at modest microwave power.

  4. EPR pairing dynamics in Hubbard model with resonant U

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    Zhang, X. Z.; Song, Z.

    2016-01-01

    We study the dynamics of the collision between two fermions in Hubbard model with on-site interaction strength U. The exact solution shows that the scattering matrix for two-wavepacket collision is separable into two independent parts, operating on spatial and spin degrees of freedom, respectively. The S-matrix for spin configuration is equivalent to that of Heisenberg-type pulsed interaction with the strength depending on U and relative group velocity vr. This can be applied to create distant EPR pair, through a collision process for two fermions with opposite spins in the case of |vr/U| = 1, without the need for temporal control and measurement process. Multiple collision process for many particles is also discussed. PMID:26728282

  5. Simultaneous NIR-EPR spectroscopy of rat brain oxygenation.

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    Sakata, Yasuko S; Grinberg, Oleg Y; Grinberg, Stalina; Springett, Roger; Swartz, Harold M

    2005-01-01

    Changes in cerebral oxygenation were simultaneously monitored by electric paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oximetry and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The tissue oxygen tension (t-pO2) was measured with an L-band (1.2 GHz) EPR spectrometer with an external loop resonator and the concentration of oxyhemoglobin [HbO2] and deoxyhemoglobin [Hb] were measured with a full-spectral NIRS system. Mean cerebral hemoglobin saturation (SmcO2) was calculated from the absolute [HbO2] and [Hb]. Six adult male rats were implanted with lithium phthalocyanine (LiPc) crystals into the left cerebral cortex. The change in oxygenation of the brain was induced by altering the inspired oxygen fraction (FiO2) in air from 0.30 at baseline to 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15 for 1, 2, 5, and 5 minutes, respectively, followed by reoxygenation with an FiO2 = 0.30. Although both t-pO2 and SmcO2 values showed a decrease during reduced FiO2 followed by recovery on reoxygenation, it was found that SmcO2 recovered more rapidly than t-PO2 during the recovery phase. The recovery of t-pO2 is not only related to blood oxygenation, but also to delivery, consumption, and diffusion of oxygen into the tissue from the vascular system. Further studies will be required to determine the exact mechanisms for the delay between the recovery of SmcO2 and t-pO2. PMID:16594173

  6. EPR retrospective dosimetry with fingernails: report on first application cases.

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    Trompier, Francois; Queinnec, François; Bey, Eric; De Revel, Thierry; Lataillade, Jean Jacques; Clairand, Isabelle; Benderitter, Marc; Bottollier-Depois, Jean-François

    2014-06-01

    For localized irradiation to hands, in case of sources accidentally handled, it is very difficult to estimate the dose distribution by calculation. Doses may reach several tens of grays, and the dose distribution is usually very heterogeneous. Until recently, doses in such situations could be estimated only by analysis of bone biopsies using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. This technique was used previously on surgical wastes or after amputation of a finger. In this case, the dose information was available in one or a few locations on the hand only, due to the limited number of biopsy fragments usually collected. The idea to measure free radicals (FRs) induced by radiation in nails to estimate a dose is not new, but up to now, no application cases were reported. As a matter of fact, the EPR analysis of nails is complex due to the presence of intrinsic signals and parasitic signals induced by the mechanical stress (when nails are collected), which overlaps the radio-induced components. In addition, the radio-induced FRs identified up to now are unstable and very sensitive to humidity. In these conditions, it was difficult to foresee any application for dosimetry with fingernails. Recently, stable radio-induced FRs in nails has been identified and an associated protocol for dose assessment developed. This protocol has been applied by the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire on fingernail samples from victims of three different radiological accidents that occurred between 2008 and 2012 in different places. PMID:24776914

  7. EPR of CH3 Radicals in SIO2 Clathrate

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    Dmitriev, Yurij; Buscarino, Gianpiero; Benetis, Nikolas Ploutarch

    2016-06-01

    EPR lineshape simulations of CH3/SiO2 clathrates reveal the motional conditions of the CH3 radical up to the unusual regime of its stability, the high temperature diffusional regime. This was obvious by the isotropic magnetic interaction at the highest experimental temperatures over 140 K. Special motional and thermodynamics conditions for methyl radical may however prevail for the CH3/SiO2 clathrates system due to the limited space of the host voids, compared to solid gas isolation. The lowest temperature in the experiment was 4.1 K, while the highest one was 300 K. The EPR parameters of the radical revealed non-monotonic temperature dependence. The extremely wide temperature range of the radical stability may be attributed to the solidity of the clathrate voids and the small diameter of their channels that do not allow molecular collisions between the radical species. At the lowest sample temperatures, a portion of the radicals stopped to rotate thus indicating their attachment to specific matrix sites with large radical-host interaction. The unusual increase of the width of the CH3/SiO2 clathrate spectra with the temperature at high sample temperatures indicates resemblance to the spin-rotation interaction relaxation mechanism known only in the case of small species in non-viscous fluids, and is contrasted to the normal difussional decrease of the width in the CH3 hosted in a series of solid. The effect was explained by adopting extremely frequent radical collisions with the clathrate void walls leading to repeated angular momentum alterations, a kind of "reorientation". Yu. A. D. acknowledges support by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), research project 16-02-00127a.

  8. EPR as an analytical tool in assessing the mineral nutrients and irradiated food products-vegetables

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    Prasuna, C. P. Lakshmi; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Rao, J. L.; Gopal, N. O.

    2008-12-01

    EPR spectral investigations of some commonly available vegetables in south India, which are of global importance like Daucus carota (carrot), Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (cluster beans), Coccinia indica (little gourd) and Beta vulgaris (beet root) have been carried out. In all the vegetable samples a free radical corresponding to cellulose radical is observed. Almost all the samples under investigation exhibit Mn ions in different oxidation states. The temperature variation EPR studies are done and are discussed in view of the paramagnetic oxidation states. The radiation-induced defects have also been assessed by using the EPR spectra of such irradiated food products.

  9. EPR spin trapping and DFT studies on structure of active antioxidants in biogycerol

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    Jerzykiewicz, Maria; Ćwieląg-Piasecka, Irmina; Witwicki, Maciej; Jezierski, Adam

    2010-09-01

    Spin trapping EPR spectroscopy and DFT methods were used to investigate the structure of antioxidants present in bioglycerols [glycerol fractions (GF) derived from biodiesel production]. For this purpose the reactions of GF components and their pure reference chemicals with PBN and H 2O 2 were examined via EPR measurements. The EPR parameters of formed PBN spin adducts indicated the α-tocopherol origin of the trapped radicals. The comparative analysis of experimental and theoretically calculated hyperfine constants for the spin adducts strongly suggests the carbon-centered nature of the radicals generated and trapped by PBN in the bioglycerol systems.

  10. Microwave (EPR) measurements of the penetration depth measurements of high-Tc superconductors

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    Dalal, N. S.; Rakvin, B.; Mahl, T. A.; Bhalla, A. S.; Sheng, Z. Z.

    1991-01-01

    The use is discussed of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) as a quick and easily accessible method for measuring the London penetration depth, lambda for the high T sub c superconductors. The method uses the broadening of the EPR signal, due to the emergence of the magnetic flux lattice, of a free radical adsorbed on the surface of the sample. The second moment, of the EPR signal below T sub c is fitted to the Brandt equation for a simple triangular lattice. The precision of this method compares quite favorably with those of the more standard methods such as micro sup(+)SR, neutron scattering, and magnetic susceptibility.

  11. EPR dosimetric properties of 2-methylalanine pellet for radiation processing application

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    Soliman, Y. S.; Ali, Laila I.; Moustafa, H.; Tadros, Soad M.

    2014-09-01

    The dosimetric characteristics of γ-radiation induced free radicals in 2-methylalanine (2MA) pellet dosimeter are investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in the high-dose range of 1-100 kGy. The EPR spectrum of γ-irradiated 2MA exhibits an isotropic EPR signal with seven lines. The dosimeter response is humidity independent in the range of 33-76% relative humidity. The manufactured dosimeter is typically adipose tissue equivalent in the energy level of 0.1-15 MeV. The overall uncertainty (2σ) of the dosimeter is less than 6.9%.

  12. EPR investigation of some desiccated Ascomycota and Basidiomycota gamma-irradiated mushrooms

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    Bercu, V.; Negut, C. D.; Duliu, O. G.

    2010-12-01

    The suitability of the EPR spectroscopy for detection of γ-irradiation in five species of dried mushroom, currently used in gastronomy: yellow morel— Morchella esculenta, (L.) Pers. (Phylum Ascomycota), button mushroom— Agaricus bisporus (J.E.Lange), Agaricus haemorrhoidarius Fr., golden chantarelle— Cantharellus cibarius Fr., as well as oyster mushroom— Pleurotus ostreatus (Jacq. ex Fr.) (Phylum Basidiomycota) is presented and discussed. Although after irradiation at doses up to 11 kGy, all specimens presented well defined EPR spectra, only A. bisporus EPR signal was enough stable to make detection possible after 18 months.

  13. Optimal strategies for tests of EPR-Steering with no detection loophole

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    Evans, David A.; Wiseman, Howard M.

    2014-12-01

    It has been shown in earlier works that the vertices of Platonic solids are good measurement choices for tests of EPR-Steering. Such measurements are regularly spaced, and measurement diversity is a good feature for making EPR-Steering inequalities easier to violate with entangled states. However, such measurements are provably suboptimal. By scrutinising not only the average results, but also the measurement statistics of cheating strategies in a Local Hidden State model, we outline a method for devising optimal strategies for EPR-Steering tests with no detection loophole.

  14. Spin dynamics effects in submillimeter EPR spectroscopy of impurity thulium ions in synthetic forsterite

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    Solovarov, N. K.; Tarasov, V. F.; Zharikov, E. V.

    2016-07-01

    The specific features of the EPR spectra of Tm3+ impurity ions in synthetic forsterite have been studied by continuous-wave EPR spectroscopy in the frequency range of 270-310 GHz at a temperature of 4.2 K in weak magnetic fields. Narrow resonance signals unrelated to the modulation of the resonance conditions of EPR under the modulation of the external magnetic field have been discovered in measurements at frequencies corresponding to the zero field splitting between the ground and first excited singlet electron states of Tm3+ ions in zero magnetic field. The origin of these narrow lines is discussed.

  15. EPR spectroscopy of protein microcrystals oriented in a liquid crystalline polymer medium

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    Caldeira, Jorge; Figueirinhas, João Luis; Santos, Celina; Godinho, Maria Helena

    2004-10-01

    Correlation of the g-tensor of a paramagnetic active center of a protein with its structure provides a unique experimental information on the electronic structure of the metal site. To address this problem, we made solid films containing metalloprotein ( Desulfovibrio gigas cytochrome c3) microcrystals. The microcrystals in a liquid crystalline polymer medium (water/hydroxypropylcellulose) were partially aligned by a shear flow. A strong orientation effect of the metalloprotein was observed by EPR spectroscopy and polarizing optical microscopy. The EPR spectra of partially oriented samples were simulated, allowing for molecular orientation distribution function determination. The observed effect results in enhanced sensitivity and resolution of the EPR spectra and provides a new approach towards the correlation of spectroscopic data, obtained by EPR or some other technique, with the three-dimensional structure of a protein or a model compound.

  16. The strength of EPR and ENDOR techniques in revealing structure-function relationships in metalloproteins.

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    Van Doorslaer, Sabine; Vinck, Evi

    2007-09-01

    Recent technological and methodological advances have strongly increased the potential of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) techniques to characterize the structure and dynamics of metalloproteins. These developments include the introduction of powerful pulsed EPR/ENDOR methodologies and the development of spectrometers operating at very high microwave frequencies and high magnetic fields. This overview focuses on how valuable information about metalloprotein structure-function relations can be obtained using a combination of EPR and ENDOR techniques. After an overview of the historical development and a limited theoretical description of some of the key EPR and ENDOR techniques, their potential will be highlighted using selected examples of applications to iron-, nickel-, cobalt-, and copper-containing proteins. We will end with an outlook of future developments.

  17. EPR investigations of silicon carbide nanoparticles functionalized by acid doped polyaniline

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    Karray, Fekri; Kassiba, Abdelhadi

    2012-06-01

    Nanocomposites (SiC-PANI) based on silicon carbide nanoparticles (SiC) encapsulated in conducting polyaniline (PANI) are synthesized by direct polymerization of PANI on the nanoparticle surfaces. The conductivity of PANI and the nanocomposites was modulated by several doping levels of camphor sulfonic acid (CSA). Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) investigations were carried out on representative SiC-PANI samples over the temperature range [100-300 K]. The features of the EPR spectra were analyzed taking into account the paramagnetic species such as polarons with spin S=1/2 involved in two main environments realized in the composites as well as their thermal activation. A critical temperature range 200-225 K was revealed through crossover changes in the thermal behavior of the EPR spectral parameters. Insights on the electronic transport properties and their thermal evolutions were inferred from polarons species probed by EPR and the electrical conductivity in doped nanocomposites.

  18. Wormhole and entanglement (non-)detection in the ER=EPR correspondence

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    Bao, Ning; Pollack, Jason; Remmen, Grant N.

    2015-11-01

    The recently proposed ER=EPR correspondence postulates the existence of wormholes (Einstein-Rosen bridges) between entangled states (such as EPR pairs). Entanglement is famously known to be unobservable in quantum mechanics, in that there exists no observable (or, equivalently, projector) that can accurately pick out whether a generic state is entangled. Many features of the geometry of spacetime, however, are observables, so one might worry that the presence or absence of a wormhole could identify an entangled state in ER=EPR, violating quantum mechanics, specifically, the property of state-independence of observables. In this note, we establish that this cannot occur: there is no measurement in general relativity that unambiguously detects the presence of a generic wormhole geometry. This statement is the ER=EPR dual of the undetectability of entanglement.

  19. Simulating POVMs on EPR pairs with 5.7 bits of expected communication

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    Méthot, A. A.

    2004-06-01

    We present a classical protocol for simulating correlations obtained by bipartite POVMs on an EPR pair. The protocol uses shared random variables (also known as local hidden variables) augmented by 5.7 bits of expected communication.

  20. A view of EPR non-locality problems based on Aron's stochastic foundation of relativity

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    Scheer, Jens

    1990-12-01

    It is argued that the problem of causal anomalies that still may exist in Vigier's explanation of superluminal EPR type correlations may be removed in the framework of Aron's stochastic foundation of relativity.

  1. EPR characterization of molecular targets for NO · in mammalian cells

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    Guissani, A.; Henry, Y. A.

    1997-02-01

    First some elementary properties of nitric oxide NO · are presented: NO · is synthesized in mammalian cells from L-arginine, the reaction being catalyzed by the enzyme NO-synthase. The EPR spectroscopy of NO-complexes is shown; the formation of paramagnetic complexes with some metalloproteins including haemoglobin enables the EPR detection of such complexes. EPR-detectable targets for NO · in mammalian cells are then (rapidly) described, including first their detection (after induction of NO-synthases) through interaction of NO · with specific metalloenzymes, then NO · localization, the fact that the induction of NO-synthases in a generator cell such as a macrophage gives the same metabolic effects in target cells, and finally the implication of NO · in pathological states, where the inducible L-arginine-NO pathway plays an important role. It is concluded that EPR spectroscopy enables the unambiguous detection of such specific molecular targets for NO ·; in mammalian cells.

  2. Einstein locality, EPR locality, and the significance for science of the nonlocal character of quantum theory

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    Stapp, H.P.

    1985-10-01

    The immense difference between Einstein locality and EPR locality is discussed. The latter provides a basis for establishing the nonlocal character of quantum theory, whereas the former does not. A model representing Heisenberg's idea of physical reality is introduced. It is nondeterministic and holistic: the objects, measuring devices, and their environment are treated as an inseparable entity, with, however, macroscopically localizable attributes. The EPR principle that no disturbance can propagate faster than light is imposed without assuming any structure incompatible with orthodox quantum thinking. This locality requirement renders the model incompatible with rudimentary predictions of quantum theory. A more general proof not depending on any model is also given. A recent argument that purports to show that quantum theory is compatible with EPR locality is examined. It illustrates the importance of the crucial one-world assumption. The significance for science of the failure of EPR locality is discussed.

  3. Improvement of the EPR detection of irradiated dry plants using microwave saturation and thermal treatment

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    Yordanov, Nicola D.; Aleksieva, Katerina; Mansour, Issa

    2005-05-01

    The reported EPR studies on the dependence of the microwave saturation behavior as a function of temperature (up to 60 °C) and heating time of some dry plants demonstrate the possibility to distinguish naturally present from radiation induced EPR signals independently of the fact that they have equal g-factors in X- and Q-band spectra. Using these properties of the dry plants a new approach for identification of their previous radiation processing is considered. It is based on the fact that the intensity of the EPR line appearing after irradiation increases at high microwave power (for example 100 mW) and decreases at low microwave power (for example 1 mW) when the irradiated sample is recorded after thermal treatment (up to 60 °C, 60 min). The intensity of the naturally present EPR signal observed in non-irradiated samples remains, meanwhile, unchanged.

  4. Skew Projection of Echo-Detected EPR Spectra for Increased Sensitivity and Resolution

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    Bowman, Michael K.; Krzyaniak, Matthew D.; Cruce, Alex A.; Weber, Ralph T.

    2013-01-01

    The measurement of EPR spectra during pulsed EPR experiments is commonly accomplished by recording the integral of the electron spin echo as the applied magnetic field is stepped through the spectrum. This approach to echo-detected EPR spectral measurement (ED-EPR) limits sensitivity and spectral resolution and can cause gross distortions in the resulting spectra because some of the information present in the electron spin echo is discarded in such measurements. However, Fourier Transformation of echo shapes measured at a series of magnetic field values followed by skew projection onto either a magnetic field or resonance frequency axis can increase both spectral resolution and sensitivity without the need to trade one against the other. Examples of skew-projected spectra with single crystals, glasses and powders show resolution improvements as large as a factor of seven with sensitivity increases of as much as a factor of five. PMID:23644351

  5. Application of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and imaging in drug delivery research - chances and challenges.

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    Kempe, Sabine; Metz, Hendrik; Mäder, Karsten

    2010-01-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a powerful technique to study chemical species with unpaired electrons. Since its discovery in 1944, it has been widely used in a number of research fields such as physics, chemistry, biology and material and food science. This review is focused on its application in drug delivery research. EPR permits the direct measurement of microviscosity and micropolarity inside drug delivery systems (DDS), the detection of microacidity, phase transitions and the characterization of colloidal drug carriers. Additional information about the spatial distribution can be obtained by EPR imaging. The chances and also the challenges of in vitro and in vivo EPR spectroscopy and imaging in the field of drug delivery are discussed.

  6. Searching for biosignatures using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis of manganese oxides.

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    Kim, Soon Sam; Bargar, John R; Nealson, Kenneth H; Flood, Beverly E; Kirschvink, Joseph L; Raub, Timothy D; Tebo, Bradley M; Villalobos, Mario

    2011-10-01

    Manganese oxide (Mn oxide) minerals from bacterial sources produce electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectral signatures that are mostly distinct from those of synthetic simulants and abiogenic mineral Mn oxides. Biogenic Mn oxides exhibit only narrow EPR spectral linewidths (∼500 G), whereas abiogenic Mn oxides produce spectral linewidths that are 2-6 times broader and range from 1200 to 3000 G. This distinction is consistent with X-ray structural observations that biogenic Mn oxides have abundant layer site vacancies and edge terminations and are mostly of single ionic species [i.e., Mn(IV)], all of which favor narrow EPR linewidths. In contrast, abiogenic Mn oxides have fewer lattice vacancies, larger particle sizes, and mixed ionic species [Mn(III) and Mn(IV)], which lead to the broader linewidths. These properties could be utilized in the search for extraterrestrial physicochemical biosignatures, for example, on Mars missions that include a miniature version of an EPR spectrometer.

  7. Sequential CW-EPR image acquisition with 760-MHz surface coil array.

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    Enomoto, Ayano; Hirata, Hiroshi

    2011-04-01

    This paper describes the development of a surface coil array that consists of two inductively coupled surface-coil resonators, for use in continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW-EPR) imaging at 760 MHz. To make sequential EPR image acquisition possible, we decoupled the surface coils using PIN-diode switches, to enable the shifting of the resonators resonance frequency by more than 200 MHz. To assess the effectiveness of the surface coil array in CW-EPR imaging, two-dimensional images of a solution of nitroxyl radicals were measured with the developed coil array. Compared to equivalent single coil acquired images, we found the visualized area to be extended approximately 2-fold when using the surface coil array. The ability to visualize larger regions of interest through the use of a surface coil array, may offer great potential in future EPR imaging studies. PMID:21320789

  8. Nitrite binding to globins: linkage isomerism, EPR silence and reductive chemistry.

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    Silaghi-Dumitrescu, Radu; Svistunenko, Dimitri A; Cioloboc, Daniela; Bischin, Cristina; Scurtu, Florina; Cooper, Chris E

    2014-11-15

    The nitrite adducts of globins can potentially bind via O- or N- linkage to the heme iron. We have used EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) and DFT (density functional theory) to explore these binding modes to myoglobin and hemoglobin. We demonstrate that the nitrite adducts of both globins have detectable EPR signals; we provide an explanation for the difficulty in detecting these EPR features, based on uniaxial state considerations. The EPR and DFT data show that both nitrite linkage isomers can be present at the same time and that the two isomers are readily interconvertible in solution. The millisecond-scale process of nitrite reduction by Hb is investigated in search of the elusive Fe(II)-nitrite adduct.

  9. Transport de paires EPR dans des structures mesoscopiques

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    Dupont, Emilie

    Dans cette these, nous nous sommes particulierement interesses a la propagation de paires EPR1 delocalisees et localisees, et a l'influence d'un supraconducteur sur le transport de ces paires. Apres une introduction de cette etude, ainsi que du cadre scientifique qu'est l'informatique quantique dans lequel elle s'inscrit, nous allons dans le chapitre 1 faire un rappel sur le systeme constitue de deux points quantiques normaux entoures de deux fils supraconducteurs. Cela nous permettra d'introduire une methode de calcul qui sera reutilisee par la suite, et de trouver egalement le courant Josephson produit par ce systeme transforme en SQUID-dc par l'ajout d'une jonction auxiliaire. Le SQUID permet de mesurer l'etat de spin (singulet ou triplet), et peut etre forme a partir d'autres systemes que nous etudierons ensuite. Dans le chapitre 2, nous rappellerons l'etude detaillee d'un intricateur d'Andreev faite par un groupe de Bale. La matrice T, permettant d'obtenir le courant dans les cas ou les electrons sont separes spatialement ou non, sera etudiee en detail afin d'en faire usage au chapitre suivant. Le chapitre 3 est consacre a l'etude de l'influence du bruit sur le fonctionnement de l'intricateur d'Andreev. Ce bruit modifie la forme du courant jusqu'a aboutir a d'autres conditions de fonctionnement de l'intricateur. En effet, le bruit present sur les points quantiques peut perturber le transport des paires EPR par l'intermediaire des degres de liberte. Nous montrerons que, du fait de l'"intrication" entre la charge de la paire et le bruit, la paire est detruite pour des temps longs. Cependant, le resultat le plus important sera que le bruit perturbe plus le transport des paires delocalisees, qui implique une resonance de Breit-Wigner a deux particules. Le transport parasite n'implique pour sa part qu'une resonance de Breit-Wigner a une particule. Dans le chapitre 4, nous reviendrons au systeme constitue de deux points quantiques entoures de deux fils

  10. EPR spectra induced by gamma-irradiation of some dry medical herbs

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    Yordanov, N. D.; Lagunov, O.; Dimov, K.

    2009-04-01

    The radiation-induced EPR spectra in some medical herbs are reported. The samples studied are: (i) leaves of nettle, common balm, peppermint and thyme; (ii) stalks of common balm, thyme, milfoil, yarrow and marigold; (iii) blossoms of yarrow and marigold; (iv) blossoms and leaves of hawthorn and tutsan; and (v) roots of common valerian, nettle, elecampane (black and white), restharrows and carlina. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak anisotropic singlet EPR line with effective g-value of 2.0050±0.0002. The radiation-induced spectra fall into three groups. EPR spectra of irradiated blossoms of yarrow and marigold, stalks of common balm, thyme, tutsan and yarrow as well as roots of common valerian, nettle and elecampane (black and white) show "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum typical for irradiated plants. It is characterized by one intense central line with g=2.0050±0.0005 and two weak satellite lines situated ca. 30 G left and right to it. EPR spectra of gamma-irradiated restharrows and carlina are complex. They may be represented by one triplet corresponding to the "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum, one relatively intense singlet, situated in the center of the spectrum, and five weak additional satellite lines left and right to the center. The last spectrum was assigned as "carbohydrate-like" type. Only one intense EPR singlet with g=2.0048±0.0005 was recorded after irradiation of leaves of nettle and common balm. The lifetime of the radiation-induced EPR spectra was followed for a period of 3 months.

  11. The EPR detection of foods preserved with the use of ionizing radiation

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    Stachowicz, W.; Burlińska, G.; Michalik, J.; Dziedzic-Gocławska, A.; Ostrowski, K.

    1995-02-01

    Solid constituents extracted from irradiated foods have been examined by the epr (esr) spectroscopy. It has been proved that some epr active species produced by radiation in foods are specific and stable enough to be used for the detection of irradiation treatment. The most promising results have been obtained with bones extracted from frozen raw meat (beef, pork, poultry and fish), with seeds of fruits (dates and figs), with dried mushrooms, gelatin and macaroni.

  12. Preparation and applicability of fresh fruit samples for the identification of radiation treatment by EPR

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    Yordanov, Nicola D.; Aleksieva, Katerina

    2009-03-01

    The results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on fresh fruits (whole pulp of pears, apples, peaches, apricots, avocado, kiwi and mango) before and after gamma-irradiation are reported using two drying procedures before EPR investigation. In order to remove water from non-irradiated and irradiated samples of the first batch, the pulp of fresh fruits is pressed, and the solid residue is washed with alcohol and dried at room temperature. The fruits of the second batch are pressed and dried in a standard laboratory oven at 40 °C. The results obtained with both drying procedures are compared. All samples under study show a singlet EPR line with g=2.0048±0.0005 before irradiation. Irradiation gives rise to typical "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum featuring one intensive line with g=2.0048±0.0005 and two very weak satellite lines situated 3 mT at left and right of the central line. Only mango samples show a singlet line after irradiation. The fading kinetics of radiation-induced EPR signal is studied for a period of 50 days after irradiation. When the irradiated fruit samples are stored in their natural state and dried just before each EPR measurement, the satellite lines are measurable for less than 17 days of storage. Irradiated fruit samples, when stored dried, lose for 50 days ca. 40% of their radiation-induced radicals if treated with alcohol or ca. 70% if dried in an oven. The reported results unambiguously show that the presence of the satellite lines in the EPR spectra could be used for identification of radiation processing of fresh fruits, thus extending the validity of European Protocol EN 1787 (2000). Foodstuffs—Detection of Irradiated Food Containing Cellulose by EPR Spectroscopy. European Committee for Standardisation. Brussels for dry herbs.

  13. Calibration of helical tomotherapy machine using EPR/alanine dosimetry

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    Perichon, Nicolas; Garcia, Tristan; Francois, Pascal; Lourenco, Valerie; Lesven, Caroline; Bordy, Jean-Marc

    2011-03-15

    Purpose: Current codes of practice for clinical reference dosimetry of high-energy photon beams in conventional radiotherapy recommend using a 10x10 cm{sup 2} square field, with the detector at a reference depth of 10 cm in water and 100 cm source to surface distance (SSD) (AAPM TG-51) or 100 cm source-to-axis distance (SAD) (IAEA TRS-398). However, the maximum field size of a helical tomotherapy (HT) machine is 40x5 cm{sup 2} defined at 85 cm SAD. These nonstandard conditions prevent a direct implementation of these protocols. The purpose of this study is twofold: To check the absorbed dose in water and dose rate calibration of a tomotherapy unit as well as the accuracy of the tomotherapy treatment planning system (TPS) calculations for a specific test case. Method: Both topics are based on the use of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) using alanine as transfer dosimeter between the Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNHB) {sup 60}Co-{gamma}-ray reference beam and the Institut Curie's HT beam. Irradiations performed in the LNHB reference {sup 60}Co-{gamma}-ray beam allowed setting up the calibration method, which was then implemented and tested at the LNHB 6 MV linac x-ray beam, resulting in a deviation of 1.6% (at a 1% standard uncertainty) relative to the reference value determined with the standard IAEA TRS-398 protocol. Results: HT beam dose rate estimation shows a difference of 2% with the value stated by the manufacturer at a 2% standard uncertainty. A 4% deviation between measured dose and the calculation from the tomotherapy TPS was found. The latter was originated by an inadequate representation of the phantom CT-scan values and, consequently, mass densities within the phantom. This difference has been explained by the mass density values given by the CT-scan and used by the TPS which were not the true ones. Once corrected using Monte Carlo N-Particle simulations to validate the accuracy of this process, the difference between corrected TPS

  14. Photosynthetic reaction center of green sulfur bacteria studied by EPR

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    Nitschke, W.; Rutherford, A.W. ); Fieler, U. )

    1990-04-24

    Membrane preparations of two species of the green sulfur bacteria Chlorobium have been studied be EPR. Three signals were detected which were attributed to iron-sulfur centers acting as electron acceptors in the photosynthetic reaction center. (1) A signal from a center designated F{sub B}, was photoinduced at 4K. (2) A similar signal, F{sub A}, was photoinduced in addition to the F{sub B} signal upon a short period of illumination at 200 K. (3) Further illumination at 200 K resulted in the appearance of a broad feature at g=1.78. This is attributed to the g{sub x} component of an iron-sulfur center designated F{sub X}. The designations of these signals as F{sub B}, F{sub A}, and F{sub X} are based on their spectroscopic similarities to signals in photosystem I (PS I). The orientation dependence of these EPR signals in ordered Chlorobium membrane multilayers is remarkably similar to that of their PS I homologues. A magnetic interaction between the reduced forms of F{sub B} and F{sub A} occurs, which is also very similar to that seen in PS I. The triplet state of P{sub 840}, the primary electron donor, could be photoinduced at 4 K in samples which had been preincubated with sodium dithionite and methyl viologen and then preilluminated at 200 K. The preillumination reduces the iron-sulfur centers while the preincubation is thought to result in the inactivation of an earlier electron acceptor. Orientation studies of the triplet signal in ordered multilayers indicate that the bacteriochlorophylls which act as the primary electron donor in Chlorobium are arranged with a structural geometry almost identical with that of the special pair in purple bacteria. The Chlorobium reaction center appears to be similar in some respects to both PS I and to the purple bacterial reaction center. This is discussed with regard to the evolution of the different types of reaction centers from a common ancestor.

  15. VHF EPR analysis of organic sulfur in coal. Technical report, December 1, 1992--February 28, 1993

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    Clarkson, R.B.; Belford, R.L.; Ho, K.

    1993-05-01

    One important goal of this project is the development of methods to analyze the Very High Frequency Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (VHF EPR) spectra from Illinois coals in order to determine the concentration of organic sulfur in them. We have begun that development work, utilizing a two-species, axially symmetric model for the simulation of VHF EPR coal spectra. Such a model provides quantitative information on the concentration of sulfur species that can be directly related to the organic sulfur content as measured by more conventional chemical methods. The computer modeling technique which we are developing makes use of a multi-dimensional simplex strategy for optimization. Utilizing our newly developed method, we have analyzed the VHF EPR spectra from several sub-bituminous coals containing organic sulfur in the range from 2% to 12%. Excellent quantitative agreement is achieved between VHF EPR results and chemical analyses. In addition to providing information on the concentration of organic sulfur present in coal, the analysis of VHF EPR spectra also provides detailed spectral parameters. These parameters are related to the molecular structures giving rise to the EPR signals.

  16. Study on the EPR/dosimetric properties of some substituted alanines

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    Gancheva, Veselka; Sagstuen, Einar; Yordanov, Nicola D.

    2006-02-01

    Polycrystalline phenyl-alanine and perdeuterated L- α-alanine ( L- α-alanine-d 4) were studied as potential high-energy radiation-sensitive materials (RSM) for solid state/EPR dosimetry. It was found that phenyl-alanine exhibits a linear dose response in the dose region 0.1-17 kGy. However, phenyl-alanine is about 10 times less sensitive to γ-irradiation than standard L- α-alanine irradiated at the same doses. Moreover, the EPR response from phenyl-alanine is unstable and, independent of the absorbed dose, decreases by about 50% within 20 days after irradiation upon storage at room temperature. γ-irradiated polycrystalline perdeuterated L- α-alanine (CD 3CD(NH 2)COOH) has not previously been studied at room temperature by EPR spectroscopy. The first part of the present analysis was with respect to the structure of the EPR spectrum. By spectrum simulations, the presence of at least two radiation induced free radicals, R 1=CH 3C •(H)COOH and R 2=H 3N +-C •(CH 3)COO -, was confirmed very clearly. Both these radicals were suggested previously from EPR and ENDOR studies of standard alanine crystals. The further investigations into the potential use of alanine-d 4 as RSM, after choosing optimal EPR spectrometer settings parameters for this purpose, show that it is ca. two times more sensitive than standard L- α-alanine.

  17. Multi-photon transitions and Rabi resonance in continuous wave EPR.

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    Saiko, Alexander P; Fedaruk, Ryhor; Markevich, Siarhei A

    2015-10-01

    The study of microwave-radiofrequency multi-photon transitions in continuous wave (CW) EPR spectroscopy is extended to a Rabi resonance condition, when the radio frequency of the magnetic-field modulation matches the Rabi frequency of a spin system in the microwave field. Using the non-secular perturbation theory based on the Bogoliubov averaging method, the analytical description of the response of the spin system is derived for all modulation frequency harmonics. When the modulation frequency exceeds the EPR linewidth, multi-photon transitions result in sidebands in absorption EPR spectra measured with phase-sensitive detection at any harmonic. The saturation of different-order multi-photon transitions is shown to be significantly different and to be sensitive to the Rabi resonance. The noticeable frequency shifts of sidebands are found to be the signatures of this resonance. The inversion of two-photon lines in some spectral intervals of the out-of-phase first-harmonic signal is predicted under passage through the Rabi resonance. The inversion indicates the transition from absorption to stimulated emission or vice versa, depending on the sideband. The manifestation of the primary and secondary Rabi resonance is also demonstrated in the time evolution of steady-state EPR signals formed by all harmonics of the modulation frequency. Our results provide a theoretical framework for future developments in multi-photon CW EPR spectroscopy, which can be useful for samples with long spin relaxation times and extremely narrow EPR lines. PMID:26295168

  18. Alanine-EPR as a transfer standard dosimetry system for low energy X radiation

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    Khoury, H. J.; da Silva, E. J.; Mehta, K.; de Barros, V. S.; Asfora, V. K.; Guzzo, P. L.; Parker, A. G.

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the use of alanine-EPR as a transfer standard dosimetry system for low energy X radiation, such as that in RS-2400, which operates in the range from 25 to 150 kV and 2 to 45 mA. Two types of alanine dosimeters were investigated. One is a commercial alanine pellets from Aérial-Centre de Ressources Technologiques, France and one was prepared in our laboratory (LMRI-DEN/UFPE). The EPR spectra of the irradiated dosimeters were recorded in the Nuclear Energy Department of UFPE, using a Bruker EMX10 EPR spectrometer operating in the X-band. The alanine-EPR dosimetry system was calibrated in the range of 20-220 Gy in this X-ray field, against an ionization chamber calibrated at the relevant X-ray energy with traceability to PTB. The results showed that both alanine dosimeters presented a linear dose response the same sensitivity, when the EPR signal was normalized to alanine mass. The total uncertainty in the measured dose was estimated to be about 3%. The results indicate that it is possible to use the alanine-EPR dosimetry system for validation of a low-energy X ray irradiator, such as RS-2400.

  19. Probing Microenvironment in Ionic Liquids by Time-Resolved EPR of Photoexcited Triplets.

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    Ivanov, M Yu; Veber, S L; Prikhod'ko, S A; Adonin, N Yu; Bagryanskaya, E G; Fedin, M V

    2015-10-22

    Unusual physicochemical properties of ionic liquids (ILs) open vistas for a variety of new applications. Herewith, we investigate the influence of microviscosity and nanostructuring of ILs on spin dynamics of the dissolved photoexcited molecules. We use two most common ILs [Bmim]PF6 and [Bmim]BF4 (with its close analogue [C10mim]BF4) as solvents and photoexcited Zn tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) as a probe. Time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TR EPR) is employed to investigate spectra and kinetics of spin-polarized triplet ZnTPP in the temperature range 100-270 K. TR EPR data clearly indicate the presence of two microenvironments of ZnTPP in frozen ILs at 100-200 K, being manifested in different spectral shapes and different spin relaxation rates. For one of these microenvironments TR EPR data is quite similar to those obtained in common frozen organic solvents (toluene, glycerol, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone). However, the second one favors the remarkably slow relaxation of spin polarization, being much longer than in the case of common solvents. Additional experiments using continuous wave EPR and stable nitroxide as a probe confirmed the formation of heterogeneities upon freezing of ILs and complemented TR EPR results. Thus, TR EPR of photoexcited triplets can be effectively used for probing heterogeneities and nanostructuring in frozen ILs. In addition, the increase of polarization lifetime in frozen ILs is an interesting finding that might allow investigation of short-lived intermediates inaccessible otherwise. PMID:26421723

  20. EPR and IR spectral investigations on some leafy vegetables of Indian origin

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    Prasuna, C. P. Lakshmi; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Rao, J. L.; Gopal, N. O.

    2009-09-01

    EPR spectral investigations have been carried out on four edible leafy vegetables of India, which are used as dietary component in day to day life. In Rumex vesicarius leaf sample, EPR spectral investigations at different temperatures indicate the presence of anti-ferromagnetically coupled Mn(IV)-Mn(IV) complexes. EPR spectra of Trigonella foenum graecum show the presence of Mn ions in multivalent state and Fe 3+ ions in rhombic symmetry. EPR spectra of Basella rubra indicate the presence of Mn(IV)-O-Mn(IV) type complexes. The EPR spectra of Basella rubra have been studied at different temperatures. It is found that the spin population for the resonance signal at g = 2.06 obeys the Boltzmann distribution law. The EPR spectra of Moringa oliefera leaves show the presence of Mn 2+ ions. Radiation induced changes in free radical of this sample have also been studied. The FT-IR spectra of Basella rubra and Moringa oliefera leaves show the evidences for the protein matrix bands and those corresponding to carboxylic C dbnd O bonds.

  1. A Parametric Approach to Spectral-Spatial EPR Imaging

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    Som, Subhojit; Potter, Lee C.; Ahmad, Rizwan; Kuppusamy, Periannan

    2007-01-01

    Continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance imaging for in vivo mapping of spin distribution and spectral shape requires rapid data acquisition. A spectral-spatial imaging technique is presented that provides an order of magnitude reduction in acquisition time, compared to iterative tomographic reprojection. The proposed approach assumes that spectral shapes in the sample are well-approximated by members from a parametric family of functions. A model is developed for the spectra measured with magnetic field modulation. Parameters defining the spin distribution and spectral shapes are then determined directly from the measurements using maximum a posteriori probability estimation. The approach does not suffer approximation error from limited sweep width of the main magnetic field and explicitly incorporates the variability in signal-to-noise ratio versus strength of magnetic field gradient. The processing technique is experimentally demonstrated on a one- dimensional phantom containing a nitroxide spin label with constant g-factor. Using an L-band EPR spectrometer, spectral shapes and spin distribution are accurately recovered from two projections and a spectral window which is comparable to the maximum linewidth of the sample. PMID:17276111

  2. Separation and Enrichment of the Active Component of Carbon Based Paramagnetic Materials for Use in EPR Oximetry

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    Liu, K. J.; Miyake, M.; James, P. E.; Swartz, H. M.

    1998-08-01

    Carbon based paramagnetic materials are frequently used for EPR oximetry, especiallyin vivo,but the EPR spectra of these materials often have more than one paramagnetic center and/or relatively low signal intensity. To determine whether the multi-components of carbon based materials could be separated and enriched in the active component, we used density gradient centrifugation to separate the materials into several fractions. We studied two types of coals, gloxy and Pocahontas, and found these materials to have large density distribution. The separated density fractions had very different EPR spectra and intensities. The active component from the coal material had a more homogeneous EPR signal and significantly increased EPR signal intensity, whereas for India ink, only slight changes were observed. This result can be very useful in the development of better probes for EPR oximetry.

  3. Separation and enrichment of the active component of carbon based paramagnetic materials for use in EPR oximetry.

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    Liu, K J; Miyake, M; James, P E; Swartz, H M

    1998-08-01

    Carbon based paramagnetic materials are frequently used for EPR oximetry, especially in vivo, but the EPR spectra of these materials often have more than one paramagnetic center and/or relatively low signal intensity. To determine whether the multi-components of carbon based materials could be separated and enriched in the active component, we used density gradient centrifugation to separate the materials into several fractions. We studied two types of coals, gloxy and Pocahontas, and found these materials to have large density distribution. The separated density fractions had very different EPR spectra and intensities. The active component from the coal material had a more homogeneous EPR signal and significantly increased EPR signal intensity, whereas for India ink, only slight changes were observed. This result can be very useful in the development of better probes for EPR oximetry.

  4. Electronically Tunable Surface-Coil-Type Resonator for L-Band EPR Spectroscopy

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    Hirata, Hiroshi; Walczak, Tadeusz; Swartz, Harold M.

    2000-01-01

    The automatic frequency control (AFC) circuit in conventional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometers automatically tunes the microwave source to the resonance frequency of the resonator. The circuit works satisfactorily for samples stable enough that the geometric relations in the resonance structure do not change in a significant way. When EPR signals are measured during in vivo experiments with small rodents, however, the distance between the signal source and the surface-coil detector can change rapidly. When a conventional AFC circuit keeps the oscillator tuned to the resonator under those conditions, the resultant frequency change may exceed ±5 MHz and markedly shift the position of the EPR signal. Such a shift results in unacceptable effects on the spectra, especially when the experimenter is dealing with narrow EPR lines. The animal movement also causes a mismatching of the resonator and the 50-ohm transmission line. Direct results of this mismatching are increased noise; shifts in the position of the baseline; and a high probability of overdriving the signal preamplifier with consequent loss of the EPR signal. We therefore designed, built, and tested a new surface-coil resonator using varactor diodes for tuning the resonance frequency to the fixed frequency oscillator and for capacitive matching of the resonator to the 50-ohm transmission line. The performance of the automatic matching system was tested in vivo by measuring EPR spectra of lithium phthalocyanine implanted in rats. Stability and sensitivity of the spectrometer were evaluated by measuring EPR spectra with and without the use of the automatic matching system. The overall experimental performance of the spectrometer was found to significantly improve during in vivo experiments using the automatic matching system. Excellent matching between the 50-ohm transmission line and the resonator was maintained under all experimental circumstances that were tested. This should allow us now to

  5. CW- and pulsed-EPR of carbonaceous matter in primitive meteorites: solving a lineshape paradox.

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    Delpoux, Olivier; Gourier, Didier; Binet, Laurent; Vezin, Hervé; Derenne, Sylvie; Robert, François

    2008-05-01

    Insoluble organic matter (IOM) of Orgueil and Tagish Lake meteorites are studied by CW-EPR and pulsed-EPR spectroscopies. The EPR line is due to polycyclic paramagnetic moieties concentrated in defect-rich regions of the IOM, with concentrations of the order of 4x10(19) spin/g. CW-EPR reveals two types of paramagnetic defects: centres with S=1/2, and centres with S=0 ground state and thermally accessible triple state S=1. In spite of the Lorentzian shape of the EPR and its narrowing upon increasing the spin concentration, the EPR line is not in the exchange narrowing regime as previously deduced from multi-frequency CW-EPR [L. Binet, D. Gourier, Appl. Magn. Reson. 30 (2006) 207-231]. It is inhomogeneously broadened as demonstrated by the presence of nuclear modulations in the spin-echo decay. The line narrowing, similar to an exchange narrowing effect, is the result of an increasing contribution of the narrow line of the triplet state centres in addition to the broader line of doublet states. Hyperfine sublevel correlation spectroscopy (HYSCORE) of hydrogen and (13)C nuclei indicates that IOM* centres are small polycyclic moieties that are moderately branched with aliphatic chains, as shown by the presence of aromatic hydrogen atoms. On the contrary the lack of such aromatic hydrogen in triplet states suggests that these radicals are most probably highly branched. Paramagnetic centres are considerably enriched in deuterium, with D/H approximately 1.5+/-0.5x10(-2) of the order of values existing in interstellar medium.

  6. CW- and pulsed-EPR of carbonaceous matter in primitive meteorites: Solving a lineshape paradox

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    Delpoux, Olivier; Gourier, Didier; Binet, Laurent; Vezin, Hervé; Derenne, Sylvie; Robert, François

    2008-05-01

    Insoluble organic matter (IOM) of Orgueil and Tagish Lake meteorites are studied by CW-EPR and pulsed-EPR spectroscopies. The EPR line is due to polycyclic paramagnetic moieties concentrated in defect-rich regions of the IOM, with concentrations of the order of 4 × 10 19 spin/g. CW-EPR reveals two types of paramagnetic defects: centres with S = 1/2, and centres with S = 0 ground state and thermally accessible triple state S = 1. In spite of the Lorentzian shape of the EPR and its narrowing upon increasing the spin concentration, the EPR line is not in the exchange narrowing regime as previously deduced from multi-frequency CW-EPR [L. Binet, D. Gourier, Appl. Magn. Reson. 30 (2006) 207-231]. It is inhomogeneously broadened as demonstrated by the presence of nuclear modulations in the spin-echo decay. The line narrowing, similar to an exchange narrowing effect, is the result of an increasing contribution of the narrow line of the triplet state centres in addition to the broader line of doublet states. Hyperfine sublevel correlation spectroscopy (HYSCORE) of hydrogen and 13C nuclei indicates that IOM rad centres are small polycyclic moieties that are moderately branched with aliphatic chains, as shown by the presence of aromatic hydrogen atoms. On the contrary the lack of such aromatic hydrogen in triplet states suggests that these radicals are most probably highly branched. Paramagnetic centres are considerably enriched in deuterium, with D/H ≈ 1.5 ± 0.5 × 10 -2 of the order of values existing in interstellar medium.

  7. EPR detection of cellular and mitochondrial superoxide using cyclic hydroxylamines.

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    Dikalov, Sergey I; Kirilyuk, Igor A; Voinov, Maxim; Grigor'ev, Igor A

    2011-04-01

    Superoxide (O₂ⁱ⁻) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many human diseases, but detection of the O(2)(•-) radicals in biological systems is limited due to inefficiency of O₂ⁱ⁻ spin trapping and lack of site-specific information. This work studied production of extracellular, intracellular and mitochondrial O₂ⁱ⁻ in neutrophils, cultured endothelial cells and isolated mitochondria using a new set of cationic, anionic and neutral hydroxylamine spin probes with various lipophilicity and cell permeability. Cyclic hydroxylamines rapidly react with O₂ⁱ⁻, producing stable nitroxides and allowing site-specific cO₂ⁱ⁻ detection in intracellular, extracellular and mitochondrial compartments. Negatively charged 1-hydroxy-4-phosphono-oxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine (PP-H) and positively charged 1-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-4-yl-trimethylammonium (CAT1-H) detected only extramitochondrial O₂ⁱ⁻. Inhibition of EPR signal by SOD2 over-expression showed that mitochondria targeted mitoTEMPO-H detected intramitochondrial O₂ⁱ⁻ both in isolated mitochondria and intact cells. Both 1-hydroxy-3-carboxy-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine (CP-H) and 1-hydroxy-3-methoxycarbonyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine (CM-H) detected an increase in cytoplasm O₂ⁱ⁻ stimulated by PMA, but only CM-H and mitoTEMPO-H showed an increase in rotenone-induced mitochondrial O₂ⁱ⁻. These data show that a new set of hydroxylamine spin probes provide unique information about site-specific production of the O₂ⁱ⁻ radical in extracellular or intracellular compartments, cytoplasm or mitochondria.

  8. EPR/alanine dosimetry for two therapeutic proton beams

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    Marrale, Maurizio; Carlino, Antonio; Gallo, Salvatore; Longo, Anna; Panzeca, Salvatore; Bolsi, Alessandra; Hrbacek, Jan; Lomax, Tony

    2016-02-01

    In this work the analysis of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) response of alanine pellets exposed to two different clinical proton beams employed for radiotherapy is performed. One beam is characterized by a passive delivery technique and is dedicated to the eyes treatment (OPTIS2 beam line). Alanine pellets were irradiated with a 70 MeV proton beam corresponding to 35 mm range in eye tissue. We investigated how collimators with different sizes and shape used to conform the dose to the planned target volume influence the delivered dose. For this purpose we performed measurements with varying the collimator size (Output Factor) and the results were compared with those obtained with other dosimetric techniques (such as Markus chamber and diode detector). This analysis showed that the dosimeter response is independent of collimator diameter if this is larger than or equal to 10 mm. The other beam is characterized by an active spot-scanning technique, the Gantry1 beam line (maximum energy 230 MeV), and is used to treat deep-seated tumors. The dose linearity of alanine response in the clinical dose range was tested and the alanine dose response at selected locations in depth was measured and compared with the TPS planned dose in a quasi-clinical scenario. The alanine response was found to be linear in the dose in the clinical explored range (from 10 to 70 Gy). Furthermore, a depth dose profile in a quasi-clinical scenario was measured and compared to the dose computed by the Treatment Planning System PSIPLAN. The comparison of calibrated proton alanine measurements and TPS dose shows a difference under 1% in the SOBP and a "quenching" effect up to 4% in the distal part of SOBP. The positive dosimetric characteristics of the alanine pellets confirm the feasibility to use these detectors for "in vivo" dosimetry in clinical proton beams.

  9. EPR and fluorescence depolarization studies on bovine cardiac myosin.

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    Stone, D B; Mendelson, R A; Botts, J; Cheung, P H

    1981-09-01

    To test for possible differences in local conformation and S1 flexibility, bovine cardiac and rabbit skeletal myosins were labeled with a fluorophore (1,5-IAEDANS) and a spin label having iodoacetamide reactivity. The marked activation of the Ca2+-ATPase (6- to 8-fold) and inhibition of the K+ (EDTA)-ATPase (80-90%) by both labels indicated specific labeling of the fast-reacting thiols (SH1) of both myosins. Fluorescence depolarization studies of 1,5-IAEDANS-labeled cardiac myosin indicated that, like skeletal myosin, the SI moieties of cardiac myosin exhibit considerable segmental flexibility with respect to the rod portion of the molecule. This indicates that segmental flexibility may be a property of all myosins. Cardiac and skeletal myosins immobilized spin labels to approximately the same extent, indicating a similarity in steric restraints around the SH1 thiol of the two myosins. The magnitude of the changes in spin label mobility accompanying binding of MgADP and hydrolysis of MgATP was reduced in cardiac myosin relative to skeletal myosin. This suggests that the lower catalytic center activity of cardiac myosin is associated with more restricted conformational changes accompanying formation of M.ADP and M.ADP.Pi. From measurements of spin label mobility, the affinity of cardiac and skeletal myosin for ADP were similar: Kd (ADP) = 7 microM, n = 1.6. The EPR spectrum of spin labels attached to cardiac and skeletal myosin showed similar saturation effects upon actin binding indicating immobilization of myosin heads occurs with both proteins.

  10. A comparative EPR, infrared and Raman study of natural and deproteinated tooth enamel and dentin.

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    Fattibene, P; Carosi, A; De Coste, V; Sacchetti, A; Nucara, A; Postorino, P; Dore, P

    2005-03-21

    The aim of the present work was to investigate how the native signal observed in the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of tooth enamel and dentin is associated with the organic content of the two tissues. This was achieved by comparing the EPR native signal and the optical bands (Raman and infrared, IR) associated with organic components of tooth enamel and dentin, in natural and deproteinated samples. The main results were: (a) in natural samples, the organic optical bands are more intense in dentin than in enamel, in contrast with the EPR native signal which shows similar intensity in the two tissues; (b) after deproteination, the optical organic bands are completely suppressed in both dentin and enamel, while the EPR native signal is eliminated only in dentin. It is suggested that the IR and Raman organic bands are originated in the bulk of the organic matrix, while the paramagnetic centres associated with the EPR native signal are located in the organic-mineral interface.

  11. A comparative EPR, infrared and Raman study of natural and deproteinated tooth enamel and dentin

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    Fattibene, P.; Carosi, A.; DeCoste, V.; Sacchetti, A.; Nucara, A.; Postorino, P.; Dore, P.

    2005-03-01

    The aim of the present work was to investigate how the native signal observed in the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of tooth enamel and dentin is associated with the organic content of the two tissues. This was achieved by comparing the EPR native signal and the optical bands (Raman and infrared, IR) associated with organic components of tooth enamel and dentin, in natural and deproteinated samples. The main results were: (a) in natural samples, the organic optical bands are more intense in dentin than in enamel, in contrast with the EPR native signal which shows similar intensity in the two tissues; (b) after deproteination, the optical organic bands are completely suppressed in both dentin and enamel, while the EPR native signal is eliminated only in dentin. It is suggested that the IR and Raman organic bands are originated in the bulk of the organic matrix, while the paramagnetic centres associated with the EPR native signal are located in the organic-mineral interface.

  12. Site Directed Spin Labeling and EPR Spectroscopic Studies of Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channels.

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    Basak, Sandip; Chatterjee, Soumili; Chakrapani, Sudha

    2016-01-01

    Ion channel gating is a stimulus-driven orchestration of protein motions that leads to transitions between closed, open, and desensitized states. Fundamental to these transitions is the intrinsic flexibility of the protein, which is critically modulated by membrane lipid-composition. To better understand the structural basis of channel function, it is necessary to study protein dynamics in a physiological membrane environment. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is an important tool to characterize conformational transitions between functional states. In comparison to NMR and X-ray crystallography, the information obtained from EPR is intrinsically of lower resolution. However, unlike in other techniques, in EPR there is no upper-limit to the molecular weight of the protein, the sample requirements are significantly lower, and more importantly the protein is not constrained by the crystal lattice forces. Therefore, EPR is uniquely suited for studying large protein complexes and proteins in reconstituted systems. In this article, we will discuss general protocols for site-directed spin labeling and membrane reconstitution using a prokaryotic proton-gated pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channel (pLGIC) from Gloeobacter violaceus (GLIC) as an example. A combination of steady-state Continuous Wave (CW) and Pulsed (Double Electron Electron Resonance-DEER) EPR approaches will be described that will enable a complete quantitative characterization of channel dynamics. PMID:27403967

  13. Radiation sensitivity and EPR dosimetric potential of gallic acid and its esters

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    Tuner, Hasan; Oktay Bal, M.; Polat, Mustafa

    2015-02-01

    In the preset work the radiation sensitivities of Gallic Acid anhydrous and monohydrate, Octyl, Lauryl, and Ethyl Gallate (GA, GAm, OG, LG, and EG) were investigated in the intermediate (0.5-20 kGy) and low radiation (<10 Gy) dose range using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. While OG, LG, and EG are presented a singlet EPR spectra, their radiation sensitivity found to be very different in the intermediate dose range. At low radiation dose range (<10 Gy) only LG is found to be present a signal that easily distinguished from the noise signals. The intermediate and low dose range radiation sensitivities are compared using well known EPR dosimeter alanine. The radiation yields (G) of the interested material were found to be 1.34×10-2, 1.48×10-2, 4.14×10-2, and 6.03×10-2, 9.44×10-2 for EG, GA, GAm, OG, and LG, respectively at the intermediate dose range. It is found that the simple EPR spectra and the noticeable EPR signal of LG make it a promising dosimetric material to be used below 10 Gy of radiation dose.

  14. Optimization of bicelle lipid composition and temperature for EPR spectroscopy of aligned membranes.

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    McCaffrey, Jesse E; James, Zachary M; Thomas, David D

    2015-01-01

    We have optimized the magnetic alignment of phospholipid bilayered micelles (bicelles) for EPR spectroscopy, by varying lipid composition and temperature. Bicelles have been extensively used in NMR spectroscopy for several decades, in order to obtain aligned samples in a near-native membrane environment and take advantage of the intrinsic sensitivity of magnetic resonance to molecular orientation. Recently, bicelles have also seen increasing use in EPR, which offers superior sensitivity and orientational resolution. However, the low magnetic field strength (less than 1 T) of most conventional EPR spectrometers results in homogeneously oriented bicelles only at a temperature well above physiological. To optimize bicelle composition for magnetic alignment at reduced temperature, we prepared bicelles containing varying ratios of saturated (DMPC) and unsaturated (POPC) phospholipids, using EPR spectra of a spin-labeled fatty acid to assess alignment as a function of lipid composition and temperature. Spectral analysis showed that bicelles containing an equimolar mixture of DMPC and POPC homogeneously align at 298 K, 20 K lower than conventional DMPC-only bicelles. It is now possible to perform EPR studies of membrane protein structure and dynamics in well-aligned bicelles at physiological temperatures and below.

  15. Photoionization of phenothiazine: EPR detection of reactions of the polarized solvated electron

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    Turro, N.J.; Khudyakov, I.V.; Willigen, H. van

    1995-12-13

    Photoionization of phenothiazine (PTH) and reactions of the solvated electron with some electron acceptors were studied with steady state and time-resolved EPR and transient optical absorption techniques. Time-resolved EPR spectra from the phenothiazine cation radical (PTH{sup .+}) and hydrated electron (e{sub aq}{sup -}) formed in sodium 1-dodecylsulfate (SDS) micellar solution were observed in emission. By contrast, PTH{sup .+} formed by photoionization of PTH in alcohols gives absorptive EPR signals. The spin polarization carried by the hydrated electron in SDS solutions can be transferred effectively to a stable nitroxyl free radical 3-carboxy-2,2,5, 5-tetramethyl-1-pyrrolidinyloxyl (N{sup .-}) present in the bulk aqueous phase. EPR and flash photolysis measurements show that this electron spin polarization transfer process proceeds with a rate which is approximately five times faster than the chemical reaction between e{sub aq}{sup -} and N{sup .-}. The marked difference in rates is attributed to differences in spin-statistical factors and difference in reaction radii for spin exchange compared to reaction. In alcohol solutions of PTH and a nitroxyl stable radical (2,2,6, 6-tetramethylpyperidin-1-oxyl, TEMPO), excitation of PTH also results in emissive polarization of the EPR spectrum of the stable radical. 46 refs., 12 figs.

  16. New Developed Cylindrical TM010 Mode EPR Cavity for X-Band In Vivo Tooth Dosimetry

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    Junwang, Guo; Qingquan, Yuan; Jianbo, Cong; Lei, Ma; Guofu, Dong; Guoshan, Yang; Ke, Wu

    2014-01-01

    EPR tooth in vivo dosimetry is an attractive approach for initial triage after unexpected nuclear events. An X-band cylindrical TM010 mode resonant cavity was developed for in vivo tooth dosimetry and used in EPR applications for the first time. The cavity had a trapezoidal measuring aperture at the exact position of the cavity’s cylindrical wall where strong microwave magnetic field H1 concentrated and weak microwave electric field E1 distributed. Theoretical calculations and simulations were used to design and optimize the cavity parameters. The cavity features were evaluated by measuring DPPH sample, intact incisor samples embed in a gum model and the rhesus monkey teeth. The results showed that the cavity worked at designed frequency and had the ability to make EPR spectroscopy in relative high sensitivity. Sufficient modulation amplitude and microwave power could be applied into the aperture. Radiation induced EPR signal could be observed remarkably from 1 Gy irradiated intact incisor within only 30 seconds, which was among the best in scan time and detection limit. The in vivo spectroscopy was also realized by acquiring the radiation induced EPR signal from teeth of rhesus monkey whose teeth was irradiated by dose of 2 Gy. The results suggested that the cavity was sensitive to meet the demand to assess doses of significant level in short time. This cavity provided a very potential option for the development of X-band in vivo dosimetry. PMID:25222483

  17. Optimization of bicelle lipid composition and temperature for EPR spectroscopy of aligned membranes

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    McCaffrey, Jesse E.; James, Zachary M.; Thomas, David D.

    2015-01-01

    We have optimized the magnetic alignment of phospholipid bilayered micelles (bicelles) for EPR spectroscopy, by varying lipid composition and temperature. Bicelles have been extensively used in NMR spectroscopy for several decades, in order to obtain aligned samples in a near-native membrane environment and take advantage of the intrinsic sensitivity of magnetic resonance to molecular orientation. Recently, bicelles have also seen increasing use in EPR, which offers superior sensitivity and orientational resolution. However, the low magnetic field strength (less than 1 T) of most conventional EPR spectrometers results in homogeneously oriented bicelles only at a temperature well above physiological. To optimize bicelle composition for magnetic alignment at reduced temperature, we prepared bicelles containing varying ratios of saturated (DMPC) and unsaturated (POPC) phospholipids, using EPR spectra of a spin-labeled fatty acid to assess alignment as a function of lipid composition and temperature. Spectral analysis showed that bicelles containing an equimolar mixture of DMPC and POPC homogeneously align at 298 K, 20 K lower than conventional DMPC-only bicelles. It is now possible to perform EPR studies of membrane protein structure and dynamics in well-aligned bicelles at physiological temperatures and below.

  18. Optimization of bicelle lipid composition and temperature for EPR spectroscopy of aligned membranes.

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    McCaffrey, Jesse E; James, Zachary M; Thomas, David D

    2015-01-01

    We have optimized the magnetic alignment of phospholipid bilayered micelles (bicelles) for EPR spectroscopy, by varying lipid composition and temperature. Bicelles have been extensively used in NMR spectroscopy for several decades, in order to obtain aligned samples in a near-native membrane environment and take advantage of the intrinsic sensitivity of magnetic resonance to molecular orientation. Recently, bicelles have also seen increasing use in EPR, which offers superior sensitivity and orientational resolution. However, the low magnetic field strength (less than 1 T) of most conventional EPR spectrometers results in homogeneously oriented bicelles only at a temperature well above physiological. To optimize bicelle composition for magnetic alignment at reduced temperature, we prepared bicelles containing varying ratios of saturated (DMPC) and unsaturated (POPC) phospholipids, using EPR spectra of a spin-labeled fatty acid to assess alignment as a function of lipid composition and temperature. Spectral analysis showed that bicelles containing an equimolar mixture of DMPC and POPC homogeneously align at 298 K, 20 K lower than conventional DMPC-only bicelles. It is now possible to perform EPR studies of membrane protein structure and dynamics in well-aligned bicelles at physiological temperatures and below. PMID:25514061

  19. High-Pressure EPR and Site-Directed Spin Labeling for Mapping Molecular Flexibility in Proteins.

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    Lerch, Michael T; Yang, Zhongyu; Altenbach, Christian; Hubbell, Wayne L

    2015-01-01

    High hydrostatic pressure is a powerful probe of protein conformational flexibility. Pressurization reveals regions of elevated compressibility, and thus flexibility, within individual conformational states, but also shifts conformational equilibria such that "invisible" excited states become accessible for spectroscopic characterization. The central aim of this chapter is to describe recently developed instrumentation and methodologies that enable high-pressure site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic resonance (SDSL-EPR) experiments on proteins and to demonstrate the information content of these experiments by highlighting specific recent applications. A brief introduction to the thermodynamics of proteins under pressure is presented first, followed by a discussion of the principles underlying SDSL-EPR detection of pressure effects in proteins, and the suitability of SDSL-EPR for this purpose in terms of timescale and ability to characterize conformational heterogeneity. Instrumentation and practical considerations for variable-pressure continuous wave EPR and pressure-resolved double electron-electron resonance (PR DEER) experiments are reviewed, and finally illustrations of data analysis using recent applications are presented. Although high-pressure SDSL-EPR is in its infancy, the recent applications presented highlight the considerable potential of the method to (1) identify compressible (flexible) regions in a folded protein; (2) determine thermodynamic parameters that relate conformational states in equilibrium; (3) populate and characterize excited states of proteins undetected at atmospheric pressure; (4) reveal the structural heterogeneity of conformational ensembles and provide distance constraints on the global structure of pressure-populated states with PR DEER.

  20. Sterically shielded spin labels for in-cell EPR spectroscopy: analysis of stability in reducing environment.

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    Jagtap, A P; Krstic, I; Kunjir, N C; Hänsel, R; Prisner, T F; Sigurdsson, S Th

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a powerful and widely used technique for studying structure and dynamics of biomolecules under bio-orthogonal conditions. In-cell EPR is an emerging area in this field; however, it is hampered by the reducing environment present in cells, which reduces most nitroxide spin labels to their corresponding diamagnetic N-hydroxyl derivatives. To determine which radicals are best suited for in-cell EPR studies, we systematically studied the effects of substitution on radical stability using five different classes of radicals, specifically piperidine-, imidazolidine-, pyrrolidine-, and isoindoline-based nitroxides as well as the Finland trityl radical. Thermodynamic parameters of nitroxide reduction were determined by cyclic voltammetry; the rate of reduction in the presence of ascorbate, cellular extracts, and after injection into oocytes was measured by continuous-wave EPR spectroscopy. Our study revealed that tetraethyl-substituted nitroxides are good candidates for in-cell EPR studies, in particular pyrrolidine derivatives, which are slightly more stable than the trityl radical. PMID:25348344

  1. Determination of methemoglobin in human blood after ionising radiation by EPR

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    Polakovs, M.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Pavlenko, A.; Aboltins, A.

    2015-03-01

    In the present work presents results of investigations of radiation influence on blood of patients examined by radio-isotopes diagnosis (Tc99m), blood of Chernobyl clean-up workers and human blood irradiated by LINAC using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). The EPR spectroscopy reveals information on electronic states of transition metal ions, particularly Fe3+ in different spin states. It is shown that EPR spectra of blood of patients before examination has signal from metal-protein transferrin (g=4.3) and after administration of radioisotope proves signal of Fe3+ (methemaglobin) in the high spin state (g=6.0). The EPR spectra of Chernobyl liquidator display number of signals including low and high state of ion Fe3+ (g = 2.0 and g=6.0), and transferrin (g=4.3). The EPR spectra of irradiated human blood by LINAC (linear accelerator) have only signal Fe3+ (methemaglobin) in low-spin state with g = 2.0.

  2. Optimization of Bicelle Lipid Composition and Temperature for EPR Spectroscopy of Aligned Membranes

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    McCaffrey, Jesse E.; James, Zachary M.; Thomas, David D.

    2014-01-01

    We have optimized the magnetic alignment of phospholipid bilayered micelles (bicelles) for EPR spectroscopy, by varying lipid composition and temperature. Bicelles have been extensively used in NMR spectroscopy for several decades, in order to obtain aligned samples in a near-native membrane environment and take advantage of the intrinsic sensitivity of magnetic resonance to molecular orientation. Recently, bicelles have also seen increasing use in EPR, which offers superior sensitivity and orientational resolution. However, the low magnetic field strength (less than 1 T) of most conventional EPR spectrometers results in homogeneously oriented bicelles only at a temperature well above physiological. To optimize bicelle composition for magnetic alignment at reduced temperature, we prepared bicelles containing varying ratios of saturated (DMPC) and unsaturated (POPC) phospholipids, using EPR spectra of a spin-labeled fatty acid to assess alignment as a function of lipid composition and temperature. Spectral analysis showed that bicelles containing an equimolar mixture of DMPC and POPC homogeneously align at 298 K, 20 K lower than conventional DMPC-only bicelles. It is now be possible to perform EPR studies of membrane protein structure and dynamics in well-aligned bicelles at physiological temperatures and below. PMID:25514061

  3. Structural Characterization of Membrane-Curving Proteins: Site-Directed Spin Labeling, EPR, and Computational Refinement.

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    Ambroso, Mark R; Haworth, Ian S; Langen, Ralf

    2015-01-01

    Endocytosis and other membrane remodeling processes require the coordinated generation of different membrane shapes. Proteins capable of manipulating lipid bilayers mediate these events using mechanisms that are not fully understood. Progress is limited by the small number of structures solved for proteins bound to different membrane shapes and tools capable of resolving such information. However, recent studies have shown site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) in combination with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to be capable of obtaining high-resolution structural information for proteins bound to different membrane shapes. This technique can be applied to proteins with no known structure or proteins with structures known in solution. By refining the data obtained by EPR with computational modeling, 3D structures or structural models of membrane-bound proteins can be generated. In this chapter, we highlight the basic considerations and steps required to investigate the structures of membrane-bound proteins using SDSL, EPR, and computational refinement. PMID:26477254

  4. Saccharides as Prospective Immobilizers of Nucleic Acids for Room-Temperature Structural EPR Studies.

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    Kuzhelev, Andrey A; Shevelev, Georgiy Yu; Krumkacheva, Olesya A; Tormyshev, Victor M; Pyshnyi, Dmitrii V; Fedin, Matvey V; Bagryanskaya, Elena G

    2016-07-01

    Pulsed dipolar electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for structural studies of biomolecules and their complexes. This method, whose applicability has been recently extended to room temperatures, requires immobilization of the studied biosystem to prevent averaging of dipolar couplings; at the same time, the modification of native conformations by immobilization must be avoided. In this work, we provide first demonstration of room-temperature EPR distance measurements in nucleic acids using saccharides trehalose, sucrose, and glucose as immobilizing media. We propose an approach that keeps structural conformation and unity of immobilized double-stranded DNA. Remarkably, room-temperature electron spin dephasing time of triarylmethyl-labeled DNA in trehalose is noticeably longer compared to previously used immobilizers, thus providing a broader range of available distances. Therefore, saccharides, and especially trehalose, can be efficiently used as immobilizers of nucleic acids, mimicking native conditions and allowing wide range of structural EPR studies at room temperatures. PMID:27320083

  5. An automated system for the measurement of alanine/EPR dosimeters

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    Sharpe; Sephton

    2000-05-01

    NPL for several years has offered mailed reference dosimetry services based on alanine/EPR dosimeters, both at industrial and therapy dose levels. Compared to other methods of reference dosimetry, operator involvement in alanine/EPR has been found to be relatively high, and contributes significantly to the overall economics of the process. Commercially available sample changers are not suitable for high accuracy applications, and it has proved necessary to develop a dedicated automation system to handle NPL alanine dosimeter pellets. In this paper we describe an automatic sample changer for placing and retrieving alanine pellets into and out of the cavity of a standard research grade EPR spectrometer. Up to 32 pellets can be held in each removable sample tray. The sample changer software has been interfaced into the spectrometer control software to enable complete automation of the measurement process, including the optimization of spectrometer settings and rotation of the sample within the cavity.

  6. Navigating Membrane Protein Structure, Dynamics, and Energy Landscapes Using Spin Labeling and EPR Spectroscopy.

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    Claxton, Derek P; Kazmier, Kelli; Mishra, Smriti; Mchaourab, Hassane S

    2015-01-01

    A detailed understanding of the functional mechanism of a protein entails the characterization of its energy landscape. Achieving this ambitious goal requires the integration of multiple approaches including determination of high-resolution crystal structures, uncovering conformational sampling under distinct biochemical conditions, characterizing the kinetics and thermodynamics of transitions between functional intermediates using spectroscopic techniques, and interpreting and harmonizing the data into novel computational models. With increasing sophistication in solution-based and ensemble-oriented biophysical approaches such as electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, atomic resolution structural information can be directly linked to conformational sampling in solution. Here, we detail how recent methodological and technological advances in EPR spectroscopy have contributed to the elucidation of membrane protein mechanisms. Furthermore, we aim to assist investigators interested in pursuing EPR studies by providing an introduction to the technique, a primer on experimental design, and a description of the practical considerations of the method toward generating high quality data.

  7. Comparisons of EPR imaging and T1-weighted MRI for efficient imaging of nitroxyl contrast agents.

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    Matsumoto, Ken-ichiro; Narazaki, Michiko; Ikehira, Hiroo; Anzai, Kazunori; Ikota, Nobuo

    2007-07-01

    The resolution and signal to noise ratio of EPR imaging and T(1)-weighted MRI were compared using an identical phantom. Several solutions of nitroxyl contrast agents with different EPR spectral shapes were tested. The feasibility of T(1)-weighted MRI to detect nitroxyl contrast agents was described. T(1)-weighted MRI can detect nitroxyl contrast agents with a complicated EPR spectrum easier and quicker; however, T(1)-weighted MRI has less quantitative ability especially for lipophilic nitroxyl contrast agents, because T(1)-relaxivity, i.e. accessibility to water, is affected by the hydrophilic/hydrophobic micro-environment of a nitroxyl contrast agent. The less quantitative ability of T(1)-weighted MRI may not be a disadvantage of redox imaging, which obtains reduction rate of a nitroxyl contrast. Therefore, T(1)-weighted MRI has a great advantage to check the pharmacokinetics of newly modified and/or designed nitroxyl contrast agents. PMID:17433743

  8. Copper ESEEM and HYSCORE through ultra-wideband chirp EPR spectroscopy

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    Segawa, Takuya F.; Doll, Andrin; Pribitzer, Stephan; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2015-07-28

    The main limitation of pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is its narrow excitation bandwidth. Ultra-wideband (UWB) excitation with frequency-swept chirp pulses over several hundreds of megahertz overcomes this drawback. This allows to excite electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) from paramagnetic copper centers in crystals, whereas up to now, only ESEEM of ligand nuclei like protons or nitrogens at lower frequencies could be detected. ESEEM spectra are recorded as two-dimensional correlation experiments, since the full digitization of the electron spin echo provides an additional Fourier transform EPR dimension. Thus, UWB hyperfine-sublevel correlation experiments generate a novel three-dimensional EPR-correlated nuclear modulation spectrum.

  9. "Assessing the RAFT equilibrium constant via model systems: an EPR study"--response to a comment.

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    Meiser, Wibke; Buback, Michael

    2012-08-14

    We have presented an EPR-based approach for deducing the RAFT equilibrium constant, K(eq), of a dithiobenzoate-mediated system [Meiser, W. and Buback M. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 32, 1490]. Our value is by four orders of magnitude below K(eq) from ab initio calculations for the identical monomer-free system. Junkers et al. [Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2011, 32, 1891] claim that our EPR approach would be model dependent and our data could be equally well fitted by assuming slow addition of radicals to the RAFT agent and slow fragmentation of the so-obtained intermediate radical as well as high cross-termination rate. By identification of all side products, our EPR-based method is shown to be model independent and to provide reliable K(eq) values, which demonstrate the validity of the intermediate radical termination model.

  10. Solvent effect on librational dynamics of spin-labelled haemoglobin by ED- and CW-EPR.

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    Scarpelli, Francesco; Bartucci, Rosa; Sportelli, Luigi; Guzzi, Rita

    2011-03-01

    Two-pulse, echo-detected electron paramagnetic resonance (ED-EPR) spectra and continuous-wave EPR (CW-EPR) spectra were used to investigate the solvent effect on the librational motion of human haemoglobin spin-labelled on cysteine β93 with the nitroxide derivative of maleimide, 6-MSL. Protein samples fully hydrated in phosphate buffer solution (PBS), in a 60% v/v glycerol/water mixture and in the lyophilized form were measured at cryogenic temperature in the frozen state. The protein librational motion was characterized by the amplitude-correlation time product, <α²>τ(c), deduced from the ED-EPR spectra. The librational amplitude, <α²>τ(c), was determined independently, from the motionally averaged hyperfine splitting in the CW-EPR spectra, and the librational correlation time, τ(c), was derived from the combination of the pulsed and conventional EPR data. Rapid librational motion of small amplitude was detected in all samples. In each case, the librational dynamics was restricted up to 180 K, beyond which it increased steeply for the hydrated protein in PBS and in the presence of glycerol. In contrast, in the dehydrated protein, the librational dynamics was hindered and less dependent on temperature up to ~240 K. In all samples, <α²> deviated from small values only for T > 200 K, where a rapid increase of <α²> was evident for the hydrated samples, whereas limited temperature variation was shown in the lyophilized samples. The librational correlation time was in the sub-nanosecond regime and weakly dependent on temperature. The results evidence that solvent favours protein dynamics.

  11. EPR oxygen images predict tumor control by a 50 percent tumor control radiation dose

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    Elas, Martyna; Magwood, Jessica M.; Butler, Brandi; Li, Chanel; Wardak, Rona; Barth, Eugene D.; Epel, Boris; Rubinstein, Samuel; Pelizzari, Charles A.; Weichselbaum, Ralph R.; Halpern, Howard J.

    2013-01-01

    Clinical trials to ameliorate hypoxia as a strategy to relieve the radiation resistance it causes have prompted a need to assay the precise extent and location of hypoxia in tumors. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance oxygen imaging (EPR O2 imaging) provides a non-invasive means to address this need. To obtain a preclinical proof of principle that EPR O2 images could predict radiation control, we treated mouse tumors at or near doses required to achieve 50 percent control (TCD50). Mice with FSa fibrosarcoma or MCa4 carcinoma were subjected to EPR O2 imaging and immediately radiated to a TCD50 or TCD50 ±10 Gy.. Statistical analysis was permitted by collection of ~ 1300 tumor pO2 image voxels, including the fraction of tumor voxels with pO2 less than 10 mm Hg (HF10). Tumors were followed for 90 days (FSa) or 120 days (MCa4) to determine local control or failure. HF10 obtained from EPR images showed statistically significant differences between tumors that were controlled by the TCD50 and those that were not controlled for both FSa and MCa4. Kaplan-Meier analysis of both types of tumors showed ~90% of mildly hypoxic tumors were controlled (HF10<10%), and only 37% (FSA) and 23% (MCa4) tumors controlled if hypoxic. EPR pO2 image voxel distributions in these ~0.5 ml tumors provide a prediction of radiation curability independent of radiation dose. These data confirm the significance of EPR pO2 hypoxic fractions. The ~90% control of low HF10 tumors argue that ½ ml subvolumes of tumors may be more sensitive to radiation and may need less radiation for high tumor control rates. PMID:23861469

  12. High-field EPR study of carotenoid and chlorophyll cation radicals in photosystem II.

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    Lakshmi, K. V.; Reifler, M. J.; Brudvig, G. W.; Poluektov, O. G.; Wagner, A. M.; Thurnuaer, M. C.; Chemistry; Yale Univ.

    2000-11-16

    In photosystem II (PS II), chlorophyll, {beta}-carotene, and cytochrome b{sub 559} are alternate electron donors that may be involved in a photoprotection mechanism. The present study describes the use of high-field EPR spectroscopy to characterize the low-temperature photooxidation of Chl{sub z} and Car cofactors in PS II. The EPR signals of the individual species, previously not resolved at X-band frequency (9 GHz), are resolved at higher D-band frequency (130 GHz) in deuterated Synechococcus lividus PS II. Deuteration of PS II results in significant narrowing of the EPR lines, yielding well-resolved EPR spectra of the Car{sup +} and Chl{sub z}{sup +} radicals at 130 GHz. The g tensors of the individual species were determined by EPR spectral simulations. The g tensor determined for the Car{sup +} radical (g{sub xx} = 2.00335, g{sub yy} = 2.00251, g{sub zz} = 2.00227) is similar to that previously observed for a canthaxanthin cation radical but with a slightly rhombic tensor. The Chl{sub z}{sup +} g tensor (g{sub xx} = 2.00312, g{sub yy} = 2.00263, g{sub zz} = 2.00202) is similar to that of a chlorophyll a cation radical. This study shows that both the carotenoid and chlorophyll radicals are generated in PS II by illumination at temperatures from 6 to 190 K and that there is no interconversion of Car{sup +} and Chl{sub z}{sup +} radicals upon dark annealing at temperatures up to 160 K. This study also establishes the feasibility of using deuteration and high-field EPR to resolve previously unresolvable cofactor signals in PS II.

  13. Analysis of the spatial distribution of free radicals in ammonium tartrate by pulse EPR techniques.

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    Marrale, Maurizio; Brai, Maria; Barbon, Antonio; Brustolon, Marina

    2009-03-01

    Using pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) on a series of l(+)-ammonium tartrate (AT) dosimeters exposed to radiations with different linear energy transfer (LET), we assessed the ability of pulse EPR spectroscopy to discriminate the quality of various radiation beams such as (60)Co gamma-ray photons, protons and thermal neutrons at various doses by analyzing the local radical distributions produced by the different beams. We performed two types of pulse EPR investigations: two-pulse electron spin echo decay obtained by varying the microwave power, and a double electron-electron resonance (DEER) study. Both methods provide information about the dipolar interactions among the free radicals and about their spatial distributions. The first method provided information on the instantaneous diffusion and hence the microscopic concentration of the radicals that is compared with the macroscopic one obtained by CW-EPR. The DEER spectra yielded the distributions of distances between pairs of radicals two to five crystal cells apart produced by the same radiation event, a result reported here for the first time. The inter-radical distributions given by the DEER results have been simulated by modeling the radical distributions according to the details of the matter-radiation interactions for the various beams. The results of both types of pulse experiments are strongly dependent on the radiation quality. This was also observed for samples giving indistinguishable CW-EPR spectral profiles. We conclude that the pulse EPR measurements can be valuable tools for distinguishing the LET of the radiation beams, an important parameter for radiobiological considerations. PMID:19267562

  14. 75 FR 16203 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on EPR; Notice...

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  15. EFFECT OF CADMIUM(II) ON FREE RADICALS IN DOPA-MELANIN TESTED BY EPR SPECTROSCOPY.

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    Zdybel, Magdalena; Pilawa, Barbara; Chodurek, Ewa

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy may be applied to examine interactions of melanin with metal ions and drugs. In this work EPR method was used to examination of changes in free radical system of DOPA-melanin--the model eumelanin after complexing with diamagnetic cadmium(II) ions. Cadmium(II) may affect free radicals in melanin and drugs binding by this polymer, so the knowledge of modification of properties and free radical concentration in melanin is important to pharmacy. The effect of cadmium(II) in different concentrations on free radicals in DOPA-melanin was determined. EPR spectra of DOPA-melanin, and DOPA-melanin complexes with cadmium(II) were measured by an X-band (9.3 GHz) EPR spectrometer produced by Radiopan (Poznań, Poland) and the Rapid Scan Unit from Jagmar (Krak6w, Poland). The DOPA (3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) to metal ions molar ratios in the reaction mixtures were 2:1, 1:1, and 1: 2. High concentrations of o-semiquinone (g ~2.0040) free radicals (~10(21)-10(22) spin/g) characterize DOPA-melanin and its complexes with cadmium(II). Formation of melanin complexes with cadmium(II) increase free radical concentration in DOPA-melanin. The highest free radical concentration was obtained for DOPA-melanin-cadmium(II) (1:1) complexes. Broad EPR lines with linewidths: 0.37-0.73 mT, were measured. Linewidths increase after binding of cadmium(II) to melanin. Changes of integral intensities and linewidths with increasing microwave power indicate the homogeneous broadening of EPR lines, independently on the metal ion concentration. Slow spin-lattice relaxation processes existed in all the tested samples, their EPR lines saturated at low microwave powers. Cadmium(II) causes fastening of spin-lattice relaxation processes in DOPA-melanin. The EPR results bring to light the effect of cadmium(II) on free radicals in melanin, and probably as the consequence on drug binding to eumelanin.

  16. EPR dosimetry of teeth in past and future accidents: a prospective look at a retrospective method

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    Haskell, E.H.; Kenner, G.H.; Hayes, R.B.; Chumak, V.; Shalom, S.

    1996-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) of tooth enamel is a relatively new technique for retrospective dosimetry that in the past two years has seen increasing effort towards its development and evaluation. Efforts have centered on determining the accuracy which may be achieved with current measurement techniques as well as the minimum doses detectable. The study was focused on evaluating some factors which influence the accuracy of EPR dosimetry of enamel. Reported are studies on sample intercomparisions, instrumental considerations, and effects of dental x-rays, environmental sunlight and ultraviolet radiation.

  17. Application of jade samples for high-dose dosimetry using the EPR technique.

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    Teixeira, Maria Inês; Melo, Adeilson P; Ferraz, Gilberto M; Caldas, Linda V E

    2010-01-01

    The dosimeter characteristics of jade samples were studied for application in high-dose dosimetry. Jade is the common denomination of two silicates: jadeite and actinolite. The EPR spectra of different jade samples were obtained after irradiation with absorbed doses of 100 Gy up to 20 kGy. The jade samples present signals that increase with the absorbed dose (g-factors around 2.00); they can be attributed to electron centers. The EPR spectra obtained for the USA jade samples and their main dosimetric properties as reproducibility, calibration curves and energy dependence were investigated.

  18. FTIR and EPR spectroscopic investigation of calcium-silicate glasses with iron and dysprosium

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    Eniu, D.; Gruian, C.; Vanea, E.; Patcas, L.; Simon, V.

    2015-03-01

    The sol-gel derived 50SiO2ṡ30CaOṡ10Fe2O3ṡ10Dy2O3 system was subjected to heat treatments at 500, 800 and 1200 °C in order to obtain crystalline phases of interest for biomedical applications. The structural changes were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Both FTIR and EPR results support the development of wollastonite, hematite and magnetite crystalline phases desirable for samples bioactivity and heating possibility for hyperthermia treatment. Dysprosium addition was considered for subsequent radioactivation of the samples that could extend their application to thermoradiotherapy.

  19. EPR study of VO2+ doped glycine zinc sulphate single crystal

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    Prabakaran, R.; Subramanian, P.

    2015-06-01

    Single crystals Of GZS:VO2+ were grown by slow evaporation of solvent at room temperature. The EPR study was carried out at room temperature. Single crystal rotations in each of the three mutually orthogonal planes indicate single site occupation of VO2+ in the lattice. g and A tensors were calculated from the recorded EPR spectra. The principal values of g and A indicates existence of rhombic symmetry around the VO2+ ion. From the direction cosines of the g and A tensors, the locations of VO2+ in the lattice have been identified as substitutional site.

  20. EPR, mass, IR, electronic, and magnetic studies on copper(II) complexes of semicarbazones and thiosemicarbazones

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    Chandra, Sulekh; Gupta, Lokesh Kumar

    2005-01-01

    Copper(II) complexes having the general composition Cu(L) 2X 2 [where L = isopropyl methyl ketone semicarbazone (LLA), isopropyl methyl ketone thiosemicarbazone (LLB), 4-aminoacetophenone semicarbazone (LLC), and 4-aminoacetophenone thiosemicarbazone (LLD) and X = Cl -, 1/2SO 42-] have been synthesized. All the Cu(II) complexes reported here have been characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance, magnetic moment susceptibility, EI mass, 1H NMR, IR, EPR, and electronic spectral studies. All the complexes were found to have magnetic moments corresponding to one unpaired electrons. The possible geometries of the complexes were assigned on the basis of EPR, electronic, and infrared spectral studies.

  1. Pulsed EPR Distance Measurements in Soluble Proteins by Site-directed Spin-labeling (SDSL)

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    de Vera, Ian Mitchelle S.; Blackburn, Mandy E.; Galiano, Luis; Fanucci, Gail E.

    2015-01-01

    The resurgence of pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in structural biology centers on recent improvements in distance measurements using the double electron-electron resonance (DEER) technique. This unit focuses on EPR-based distance measurements by site-directed spin-labeling (SDSL) of engineered cysteine residues in soluble proteins, with HIV-1 protease used as a model. To elucidate conformational changes in proteins, experimental protocols were optimized and existing data analysis programs were employed to derive distance distribution profiles. Experimental considerations, sample preparation and error analysis for artifact suppression are also outlined here. PMID:24510645

  2. A secure and efficient password-based user authentication scheme using smart cards for the integrated EPR information system.

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    Lee, Tian-Fu; Chang, I-Pin; Lin, Tsung-Hung; Wang, Ching-Cheng

    2013-06-01

    The integrated EPR information system supports convenient and rapid e-medicine services. A secure and efficient authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system provides safeguarding patients' electronic patient records (EPRs) and helps health care workers and medical personnel to rapidly making correct clinical decisions. Recently, Wu et al. proposed an efficient password-based user authentication scheme using smart cards for the integrated EPR information system, and claimed that the proposed scheme could resist various malicious attacks. However, their scheme is still vulnerable to lost smart card and stolen verifier attacks. This investigation discusses these weaknesses and proposes a secure and efficient authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system as alternative. Compared with related approaches, the proposed scheme not only retains a lower computational cost and does not require verifier tables for storing users' secrets, but also solves the security problems in previous schemes and withstands possible attacks.

  3. A secure and efficient password-based user authentication scheme using smart cards for the integrated EPR information system.

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    Lee, Tian-Fu; Chang, I-Pin; Lin, Tsung-Hung; Wang, Ching-Cheng

    2013-06-01

    The integrated EPR information system supports convenient and rapid e-medicine services. A secure and efficient authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system provides safeguarding patients' electronic patient records (EPRs) and helps health care workers and medical personnel to rapidly making correct clinical decisions. Recently, Wu et al. proposed an efficient password-based user authentication scheme using smart cards for the integrated EPR information system, and claimed that the proposed scheme could resist various malicious attacks. However, their scheme is still vulnerable to lost smart card and stolen verifier attacks. This investigation discusses these weaknesses and proposes a secure and efficient authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system as alternative. Compared with related approaches, the proposed scheme not only retains a lower computational cost and does not require verifier tables for storing users' secrets, but also solves the security problems in previous schemes and withstands possible attacks. PMID:23553734

  4. EPR spectrum of the Y@C82 metallofullerene isolated in solid argon matrix: hyperfine structure from EPR spectroscopy and relativistic DFT calculations.

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    Misochko, Eugenii Ya; Akimov, Alexander V; Belov, Vasilii A; Tyurin, Daniil A; Bubnov, Vyacheslav P; Kareev, Ivan E; Yagubskii, Eduard B

    2010-08-21

    The EPR spectrum of the Y@C(82) molecules isolated in solid argon matrix was recorded for the first time at a temperature of 5 K. The isotropic hyperfine coupling constant (hfcc) A(iso) = 0.12 +/- 0.02 mT on the nucleus (89)Y as derived from the EPR spectrum is found in more than two times greater than that obtained in previous EPR measurements in liquid solutions. Comparison of the measured hfcc on a metal atom with that predicted by density-functional theory calculations (PBE/L22) indicate that relativistic method provides good agreement between experiment in solid argon and theory. Analysis of the DFT calculated dipole-dipole hf-interaction tensor and electron spin distribution in the endometallofullerenes with encaged group 3 metal atoms Sc, Y and La has been performed. It shows that spin density on the scandium atom represents the Sc d(yz) orbital lying in the symmetry plane of the C(2v) fullerene isomer and interacting with two carbon atoms located in the para-position on the fullerene hexagon. In contrast, the configuration of electron spin density on the heavier atoms, Y and La, is associated with the hybridized orbital formed by interaction of the metal d(yz) and p(y) electronic orbitals.

  5. Radiation Dosimetry of Dental Enamel Using X-Band and Q-Band EPR Spectroscopy

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    de, Tania; Romanyukha, Alex; Pass, Barry; Misra, Prabhakar

    2010-02-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimetry of tooth enamel can be used for individual dose reconstruction following radiation accidents. The purpose of this study was to develop a rapid, minimally invasive technique for obtaining a sample of dental enamel small enough to not disturb the structure and functionality of a tooth and to improve the sensitivity of the spectral signals using X-band (9.4 GHz) and Q-band (34 GHz) EPR spectroscopy. EPR measurements in X-band were performed on 100 mg isotropic powdered enamel samples and Q-band measurements done on 4 mg (1x1x3 mm) enamel biopsy samples. All samples were obtained from discarded teeth collected during normal dental treatment. In order to study the variation of the Radiation-Induced Signal (RIS) at different orientations in the applied magnetic field samples were placed in the resonance cavity for Q-band EPR. In X-band spectra, the RIS is distinct from the ``native'' radiation-independent signal only for doses > 0.5Gy. Q-band, however, resolves the RIS and ``native'' signals and improves sensitivity by a factor of 20 enabling measurements in 2-4 mg tooth enamel samples. )

  6. Characterizing multiple metal ion binding sites within a ribozyme by cadmium-induced EPR silencing

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    Kisseleva, Natalia; Kraut, Stefanie; Jäschke, Andres; Schiemann, Olav

    2007-01-01

    In ribozyme catalysis, metal ions are generally known to make structural and∕or mechanistic contributions. The catalytic activity of a previously described Diels-Alderase ribozyme was found to depend on the concentration of divalent metal ions, and crystallographic data revealed multiple binding sites. Here, we elucidate the interactions of this ribozyme with divalent metal ions in solution using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Manganese ion titrations revealed five high-affinity Mn2+ binding sites with an upper Kd of 0.6±0.2 μM. In order to characterize each binding site individually, EPR-silent Cd2+ ions were used to saturate the other binding sites. This cadmium-induced EPR silencing showed that the Mn2+ binding sites possess different affinities. In addition, these binding sites could be assigned to three different types, including innersphere, outersphere, and a Mn2+ dimer. Based on simulations, the Mn2+-Mn2+ distance within the dimer was found to be ∼6 Å, which is in good agreement with crystallographic data. The EPR-spectroscopic characterization reveals no structural changes upon addition of a Diels-Alder product, supporting the concept of a preorganized catalytic pocket in the Diels-Alder ribozyme and the structural role of these ions. PMID:19404418

  7. A New Q-Band EPR Probe for Quantitative Studies of Even Electron Metalloproteins

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    Petasis, D. T.; Hendrich, M. P.

    1999-02-01

    Existing Q-band (35 GHz) EPR spectrometers employ cylindrical cavities for more intense microwave magnetic fields B1, but are so constructed that only one orientation between the external field B and B1is allowed, namely the B ⊥ B1orientation, thus limiting the use of the spectrometer to measurements on Kramers spin systems (odd electron systems). We have designed and built a Q-band microwave probe to detect EPR signals in even electron systems, which operates in the range 2 K ≤ T ≤ 300 K for studies of metalloprotein samples. The cylindrical microwave cavity operates in the TE011mode with cylindrical wall coupling to the waveguide, thus allowing all orientations of the external magnetic field B relative to the microwave field B1. Such orientations allow observation of EPR transitions in non-Kramers ions (even electron) which are either forbidden or significantly weaker for B ⊥ B1. Rotation of the external magnetic field also permits easy differentiation between spin systems from even and odd electron oxidation states. The cavity consists of a metallic helix and thin metallic end walls mounted on epoxy supports, which allows efficient penetration of the modulation field. The first quantitative EPR measurements from a metalloprotein (Hemerythrin) at 35 GHz with B1‖ B are presented.

  8. How can EPR spectroscopy help to unravel molecular mechanisms of flavin-dependent photoreceptors?

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    Nohr, Daniel; Rodriguez, Ryan; Weber, Stefan; Schleicher, Erik

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a well-established spectroscopic method for the examination of paramagnetic molecules. Proteins can contain paramagnetic moieties in form of stable cofactors, transiently formed intermediates, or spin labels artificially introduced to cysteine sites. The focus of this review is to evaluate potential scopes of application of EPR to the emerging field of optogenetics. The main objective for EPR spectroscopy in this context is to unravel the complex mechanisms of light-active proteins, from their primary photoreaction to downstream signal transduction. An overview of recent results from the family of flavin-containing, blue-light dependent photoreceptors is given. In detail, mechanistic similarities and differences are condensed from the three classes of flavoproteins, the cryptochromes, LOV (Light-oxygen-voltage), and BLUF (blue-light using FAD) domains. Additionally, a concept that includes spin-labeled proteins and examination using modern pulsed EPR is introduced, which allows for a precise mapping of light-induced conformational changes. PMID:26389123

  9. Simple group password-based authenticated key agreements for the integrated EPR information system.

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    Lee, Tian-Fu; Chang, I-Pin; Wang, Ching-Cheng

    2013-04-01

    The security and privacy are important issues for electronic patient records (EPRs). The goal of EPRs is sharing the patients' medical histories such as the diagnosis records, reports and diagnosis image files among hospitals by the Internet. So the security issue for the integrated EPR information system is essential. That is, to ensure the information during transmission through by the Internet is secure and private. The group password-based authenticated key agreement (GPAKE) allows a group of users like doctors, nurses and patients to establish a common session key by using password authentication. Then the group of users can securely communicate by using this session key. Many approaches about GAPKE employ the public key infrastructure (PKI) in order to have higher security. However, it not only increases users' overheads and requires keeping an extra equipment for storing long-term secret keys, but also requires maintaining the public key system. This investigation presents a simple group password-based authenticated key agreement (SGPAKE) protocol for the integrated EPR information system. The proposed SGPAKE protocol does not require using the server or users' public keys. Each user only remembers his weak password shared with a trusted server, and then can obtain a common session key. Then all users can securely communicate by using this session key. The proposed SGPAKE protocol not only provides users with convince, but also has higher security.

  10. EPR investigation of iron in size segregated atmospheric aerosols collected at Dunkerque, Northern France

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    Ledoux, Frédéric; Zhilinskaya, Elena A.; Courcot, Dominique; Aboukaı̈s, Antoine; Puskaric, Emile

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to study atmospheric aerosols at Dunkerque, a French sea-side city located on the southern coast of the North Sea. Particles were collected in June-July 2001 and January-February 2002 periods using global filtration and cascade impaction. EPR spectra obtained for these particles were attributed to Fe 3+ ions, mainly in the form of hematite ( α-Fe 2O 3) in interaction with other paramagnetic species (Fe 3+, Mn 2+, Cu 2+, etc.). From the EPR spectra intensities measured at 77 and 293 K, Fe 3+ ions were evidenced in the form of clusters and agglomerated species. Fe 3+ agglomerated species were observed mainly for winds blowing from the industrial park. Cascade impactor samples study evidenced that clusters are rather detected in the small size particles whereas agglomerated Fe 3+ ions species are rather present in the large ones. The small size particles are richer in iron than the large ones, thus such particles play an important role in the value of EPR parameters.

  11. Increasing sensitivity of pulse EPR experiments using echo train detection schemes

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    Mentink-Vigier, F.; Collauto, A.; Feintuch, A.; Kaminker, I.; Tarle, V.; Goldfarb, D.

    2013-11-01

    Modern pulse EPR experiments are routinely used to study the structural features of paramagnetic centers. They are usually performed at low temperatures, where relaxation times are long and polarization is high, to achieve a sufficient Signal/Noise Ratio (SNR). However, when working with samples whose amount and/or concentration are limited, sensitivity becomes an issue and therefore measurements may require a significant accumulation time, up to 12 h or more. As the detection scheme of practically all pulse EPR sequences is based on the integration of a spin echo - either primary, stimulated or refocused - a considerable increase in SNR can be obtained by replacing the single echo detection scheme by a train of echoes. All these echoes, generated by Carr-Purcell type sequences, are integrated and summed together to improve the SNR. This scheme is commonly used in NMR and here we demonstrate its applicability to a number of frequently used pulse EPR experiments: Echo-Detected EPR, Davies and Mims ENDOR (Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance), DEER (Electron-Electron Double Resonance|) and EDNMR (Electron-Electron Double Resonance (ELDOR)-Detected NMR), which were combined with a Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) type detection scheme at W-band. By collecting the transient signal and integrating a number of refocused echoes, this detection scheme yielded a 1.6-5 folds SNR improvement, depending on the paramagnetic center and the pulse sequence applied. This improvement is achieved while keeping the experimental time constant and it does not introduce signal distortion.

  12. EPR study of light illumination effects on radicals in gamma-irradiated ?-alanine

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    Ciesielski, B.; Schultka, K.; Penkowski, M.; Sagstuen, E.

    2004-05-01

    Exposure of γ-irradiated L-alanine samples to sunlight and to light from a regular, fluorescent lamp resulted in significant changes in their EPR resonance patterns, both to spectral shapes and intensities. The experimental EPR spectra were numerically decomposed into three components reflecting contributions of three different radicals (R1-R3) generated by ionizing radiation in alanine. The light exposure caused a decay of the measured EPR signal intensity. For similar light intensities and exposure times the decay was much more pronounced in samples illuminated by sunlight than in samples illuminated by the fluorescent lamp. In both cases light-induced decay of R1 radicals was observed. Sunlight illumination resulted in a moderate decay of R2 radicals and in a doubling of the R3 radical population. On the other hand, fluorescent light caused a significant increase of R2 radicals and did not change the amount of R3 radicals. A quantitative analysis of the variations of the three radical contributions to the total EPR spectra upon fluorescent light exposure suggests a net R1→R2 free radical transformation. These effects of light on the alanine dosimetric signal should be taken into account in dosimetry protocols, assuring protection of alanine dosimeters from extended exposure to light.

  13. EPR policies for electronics in developing Asia: an adapted phase-in approach.

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    Akenji, Lewis; Hotta, Yasuhiko; Bengtsson, Magnus; Hayashi, Shiko

    2011-09-01

    The amount of e-waste is growing rapidly in developing countries, and the health and environmental problems resulting from poor management of this waste have become a concern for policy makers. In response to these challenges, a number of Asian developing countries have been inspired by policy developments in OECD countries, and have drafted legislations based on the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR). However, the experiences from developed countries show that a successful implementation of EPR policies requires adequate institutions and sufficient administrative capacity. Even advanced countries are thus facing difficulties. This paper concludes from existing literature and from the authors' own observations that there seems to be a mismatch between the typical policy responses to e-waste problems in developing Asia and the capacity for successful implementation of such policies. It also notes that the e-waste situation in developing Asian countries is further complicated by a number of additional factors, such as difficulties in identifying producers, import of used electronic products and e-waste (sometimes illegal), and the existence of a strong informal waste sector. Given these challenges, the authors conclude that comprehensive EPR policy schemes of the kind that have been implemented in some advanced countries are not likely to be effective. The paper therefore proposes an alternative phase-in approach whereby developing Asian countries are able to move gradually towards EPR systems. It argues that this approach would be more feasible, and discusses what could be the key building blocks of each implementation stage. PMID:21730041

  14. Recognising Workplace Learning: The Emerging Practices of e-RPL and e-PR

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    Cameron, Roslyn

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The use of e-portfolios in recognition of prior learning (RPL) processes in workplace and professional practice contexts has attracted little attention in the literature due to its emergent nature. This study seeks to explore the growing incidence of e-portfolio-based RPL (e-RPL) and professional recognition (e-PR) processes in Australia…

  15. EPR Investigation of Gamma-Irradiated Rapana Thomasiana (Gastropoda, Muricidae) Shell

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    Seletchi, Emilia Dana; Duliu, Octavian G.; Georgescu, Rodica

    2007-04-23

    The shell of Rapana Thomasiana snail, a carnivorous gastropod collected from the coasts of the Black Sea (Romania) was investigated by using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The samples in powder form were irradiated with a 60Co gamma-ray source at ambient temperature in the dose range between 1.06 and 11.3 kGy. The measurements showed that the EPR signal intensity enhanced following saturation exponential with the absorbed dose. The estimated EPR parameters: g1 = 1.9976, g2 = 2.0006, g3 = 2.0015, g4 = 2.0030 and g5 = 2.0043 revealed a complex spectrum consisting of CO{sub 2}{sup -}, CO{sub 3}{sup 3-} and CO{sub 3}{sup -} species. A very weak signal at g6 = 2.0057 was associated to SO{sub 2}{sup -} electron center. All EPR signals of gamma-irradiated samples decreased with various rate with the of 100 deg. C isothermal annealing time.

  16. EPR Studies of Spin-Spin Exchange Processes: A Physical Chemistry Experiment.

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    Eastman, Michael P.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical background, experimental procedures, and analysis of experimental results are provided for an undergraduate physical chemistry experiment on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) linewidths. Source of line broadening observed in a spin-spin exchange process between radicals formed in aqueous solutions of potassium peroxylamine…

  17. Tight binding study of transition ions in silicon and E.P.R. spectra

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    Pecheur, P.; Toussaint, G.

    1983-02-01

    A tight binding scheme is used to study the electronic structure of transition ions in silicon. Self consistency and spin polarization are introduced in a simple way. Results are obtained for interstitial and substitutional Cr, Mn and Fe impurities. They are compared to E.P.R. experiments and cluster Xα results.

  18. Interaction of formin FH2 with skeletal muscle actin. EPR and DSC studies.

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    Kupi, Tünde; Gróf, Pál; Nyitrai, Miklós; Belágyi, József

    2013-10-01

    Formins are highly conserved proteins that are essential in the formation and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton. The formin homology 2 (FH2) domain is responsible for actin binding and acts as an important nucleating factor in eukaryotic cells. In this work EPR and DSC were used to investigate the properties of the mDia1-FH2 formin fragment and its interaction with actin. MDia1-FH2 was labeled with a maleimide spin probe (MSL). EPR results suggested that the MSL was attached to a single SH group in the FH2. In DSC and temperature-dependent EPR experiments we observed that mDia1-FH2 has a flexible structure and observed a major temperature-induced conformational change at 41 °C. The results also confirmed the previous observation obtained by fluorescence methods that formin binding can destabilize the structure of actin filaments. In the EPR experiments the intermolecular connection between the monomers of formin dimers proved to be flexible. Considering the complex molecular mechanisms underlying the cellular roles of formins this internal flexibility of the dimers is probably important for manifestation of their biological functions.

  19. An EPR, ENDOR and EIE study of gamma-irradiated poly (lactide-co-glycolide) polymers.

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    Bushell, James A; Claybourn, Mike; Murphy, Damien M; Williams, Helen E

    2006-10-01

    Gamma radiation of poly (lactide-co-glycolide) raw polymers and processed microspheres under vacuum and at 77 K results in the formation of a series of free radicals. The resulting powder electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum contains a distribution of several different radicals, depending on the annealing temperature, and is therefore difficult to interpret. By utilising the selectivity of the electron nuclear DOuble resonance (ENDOR) and associated ENDOR induced EPR (EIE) techniques, a more direct approach for the deconvolution of the EPR spectrum can be achieved. Using this approach, the radiolytically induced CH3 *CHC(O)R- chain scission radical was identified at 120 K by simulation of the EIE spectrum. At elevated temperatures (250 K), this radical decays considerably and the more stable radicals -O*CHC(O)-, CH3 *C(OR)C(O)- and CH3 *C(OH)C(O)- predominate. This work demonstrates the utility of the EIE approach to supplement and aid the interpretation of powder EPR spectra of radicals in a polymer matrix. PMID:16847997

  20. EPR and UV spectroscopic study of table sugar as a high-dose dosimeter

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    Yordanov, N. D.; Gancheva, V.; Georgieva, E.

    2002-10-01

    The possibilities for the estimation of the absorbed dose for high-energy radiation with a new self-calibrated dosimeter containing table sugar as a radiation-sensitive material and Mn 2+/MgO as an internal standard by the method of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is reported. The dose response of this dosimeter is represented as the ratio between the EPR signal intensities of sugar and Mn 2+ versus absorbed dose. Because the EPR spectra of both substances are simultaneously recorded, the influence of some related instrumental setting parameters were investigated. UV spectral studies on water solutions of irradiated solid sugar were also performed. In all solutions of irradiated sugar samples a band at 267 nm was recorded as linearly increasing intensity with the absorbed dose. The minimum detectable dose using the UV spectrum of water solutions of irradiated sugar is 100 Gy. Combination of EPR and UV spectral data is possible to use for independent internal or international calibration and control of dose estimations.

  1. Simple group password-based authenticated key agreements for the integrated EPR information system.

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    Lee, Tian-Fu; Chang, I-Pin; Wang, Ching-Cheng

    2013-04-01

    The security and privacy are important issues for electronic patient records (EPRs). The goal of EPRs is sharing the patients' medical histories such as the diagnosis records, reports and diagnosis image files among hospitals by the Internet. So the security issue for the integrated EPR information system is essential. That is, to ensure the information during transmission through by the Internet is secure and private. The group password-based authenticated key agreement (GPAKE) allows a group of users like doctors, nurses and patients to establish a common session key by using password authentication. Then the group of users can securely communicate by using this session key. Many approaches about GAPKE employ the public key infrastructure (PKI) in order to have higher security. However, it not only increases users' overheads and requires keeping an extra equipment for storing long-term secret keys, but also requires maintaining the public key system. This investigation presents a simple group password-based authenticated key agreement (SGPAKE) protocol for the integrated EPR information system. The proposed SGPAKE protocol does not require using the server or users' public keys. Each user only remembers his weak password shared with a trusted server, and then can obtain a common session key. Then all users can securely communicate by using this session key. The proposed SGPAKE protocol not only provides users with convince, but also has higher security. PMID:23328913

  2. The evaluation of new and isotopically labeled isoindoline nitroxides and an azaphenalene nitroxide for EPR oximetry

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    Khan, Nadeem; Blinco, James P.; Bottle, Steven E.; Hosokawa, Kazuyuki; Swartz, Harold M.; Micallef, Aaron S.

    2011-01-01

    Isoindoline nitroxides are potentially useful probes for viable biological systems, exhibiting low cytotoxicity, moderate rates of biological reduction and favorable Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) characteristics. We have evaluated the anionic (5-carboxy-1,1,3,3-tetramethylisoindolin-2-yloxyl; CTMIO), cationic (5-(N,N,N-trimethylammonio)-1,1,3,3-tetramethylisoindolin-2-yloxyl iodide, QATMIO) and neutral (1,1,3,3-tetramethylisoindolin-2-yloxyl; TMIO) nitroxides and their isotopically labeled analogues (2H12- and/or 2H12-15N-labeled) as potential EPR oximetry probes. An active ester analogue of CTMIO, designed to localize intracellularly, and the azaphenalene nitroxide 1,1,3,3-tetramethyl-2,3-dihydro-2-azaphenalen-2-yloxyl (TMAO) were also studied. While the EPR spectra of the unlabeled nitroxides exhibit high sensitivity to O2 concentration, deuteration resulted in a loss of superhyperfine features and a subsequent reduction in O2 sensitivity. Labeling the nitroxides with 15N increased the signal intensity and this may be useful in decreasing the detection limits for in vivo measurements. The active ester nitroxide showed approximately 6% intracellular localization and low cytotoxicity. The EPR spectra of TMAO nitroxide indicated an increased rigidity in the nitroxide ring, due to dibenzo-annulation. PMID:21665499

  3. Estimation of the absorbed dose in radiation-processed food. 4. EPR measurements on eggshell

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    Desrosiers, M.F.; Le, F.G. ); Harewood, P.M.; Josephson, E.S. ); Montesalvo, M. )

    1993-09-01

    Fresh whole eggs treated with ionizing radiation for Salmonellae control testing. The eggshell was then removed and examined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy to determine if EPR could be used to (1) distinguish irradiated from unirradiated eggs and (2) assess the absorbed dose. No EPR signals were detected in unirradiated eggs, while strong signals were measurable for more than 200 days after irradiation. Although a number of EPR signals were measured, the most intense resonance (g = 2.0019) was used for dosimetry throughout the study. This signal was observed to increase linearly with dose (up to [approximately]6 kGy), which decayed [approximately]20% within the first 5 days after irradiation and remained relatively constant thereafter. The standard added-dose method was used to assess, retrospectively, the dose to eggs processed at 0.2, 0.7, and 1.4 kGy. Relatively good results were obtained when measurement was made on the day the shell was reirradiated; with this procedure estimates were better for shell processed at the lower doses.

  4. Four-channel surface coil array for sequential CW-EPR image acquisition.

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    Enomoto, Ayano; Emoto, Miho; Fujii, Hirotada; Hirata, Hiroshi

    2013-09-01

    This article describes a four-channel surface coil array to increase the area of visualization for continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW-EPR) imaging. A 776-MHz surface coil array was constructed with four independent surface coil resonators and three kinds of switches. Control circuits for switching the resonators were also built to sequentially perform EPR image acquisition for each resonator. The resonance frequencies of the resonators were shifted using PIN diode switches to decouple the inductively coupled coils. To investigate the area of visualization with the surface coil array, three-dimensional EPR imaging was performed using a glass cell phantom filled with a solution of nitroxyl radicals. The area of visualization obtained with the surface coil array was increased approximately 3.5-fold in comparison to that with a single surface coil resonator. Furthermore, to demonstrate the applicability of this surface coil array to animal imaging, three-dimensional EPR imaging was performed in a living mouse with an exogenously injected nitroxyl radical imaging agent. PMID:23832070

  5. How can EPR spectroscopy help to unravel molecular mechanisms of flavin-dependent photoreceptors?

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    Nohr, Daniel; Rodriguez, Ryan; Weber, Stefan; Schleicher, Erik

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a well-established spectroscopic method for the examination of paramagnetic molecules. Proteins can contain paramagnetic moieties in form of stable cofactors, transiently formed intermediates, or spin labels artificially introduced to cysteine sites. The focus of this review is to evaluate potential scopes of application of EPR to the emerging field of optogenetics. The main objective for EPR spectroscopy in this context is to unravel the complex mechanisms of light-active proteins, from their primary photoreaction to downstream signal transduction. An overview of recent results from the family of flavin-containing, blue-light dependent photoreceptors is given. In detail, mechanistic similarities and differences are condensed from the three classes of flavoproteins, the cryptochromes, LOV (Light-oxygen-voltage), and BLUF (blue-light using FAD) domains. Additionally, a concept that includes spin-labeled proteins and examination using modern pulsed EPR is introduced, which allows for a precise mapping of light-induced conformational changes.

  6. Detection of free radicals formed by in vitro metabolism of fluoride using EPR spectroscopy.

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    Pawłowska-Góral, Katarzyna; Pilawa, Barbara

    2011-10-01

    In many parts of the globe, where water contains large amount of fluoride, fluorosis is a serious public health problem. It is accompanied by many changes, not only in the bones, but practically in all organs of the body. Since it was discovered that oxidation stress, together with the peroxidation of lipids which accompanies it, results in many diseases, research has been carried out on this aspect of fluorosis. The findings, however, are incomplete and divergent. The aim of our study was to determine the presence of free radicals in hepatocytes exposed to fluoride in concentrations which do not lead to changes in the concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions. Free radical properties of hepatocytes incubated with fluoride were studied by an X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Hepatocytes are paramagnetic and broad unsymmetrical EPR spectra were obtained for them. Oxygen free radicals with g-factor of 2.0032 exist in hepatocytes. The effect of fluoride concentration and the time of incubation on free radicals amount in cells were examined. The amount of free radicals in hepatocytes increases with the increase of fluoride concentration for all the incubation times (10, 30, and 60 min). The amount of free radicals in hepatocytes decreases with the increase of time of incubation for all the used fluoride concentrations (0.002, 0.082, and 0.164 mmol/l). EPR spectra of the studied cells are homogeneously broadened. Continuous microwave saturation of EPR lines indicates that slow spin-lattice relaxation processes exist in the studied cells. Strong dipolar interactions responsible for the broadening (ΔB(pp): 1.45-1.87 mT) of the EPR spectra exist in the hepatocytes.

  7. EPR Methods for Biological Cu(II): L-Band CW and NARS

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    Bennett, Brian; Kowalski, Jason

    2016-01-01

    Copper has many roles in biology that involve the change of coordination sphere and/or oxidation state of the copper ion. Consequently, the study of copper in heterogeneous environments is an important area in biophysics. EPR is a primary technique for the investigation of paramagnetic copper, which is usually the isolated Cu(II) ion, but sometimes as Cu(II) in different oxidation states of multi-transition ion clusters. The gross geometry of the coordination environment of Cu(II) can often be determined from a simple inspection of the EPR spectrum, recorded in the traditional X-band frequency range (9 – 10 GHz). Identification and quantitation of the coordinating ligand atoms, however, is not so straightforward. In particular, analysis of the superhyperfine structure on the EPR spectrum, to determine the number of coordinated nitrogen atoms, is fraught with difficulty at X-band, despite the observation that the overwhelming number of EPR studies of Cu(II) in the literature have been carried out at X-band. Greater reliability has been demonstrated at S-band (3 – 4 GHz), using the low-field parallel (gz) features. However, analysis relies on clear identification of the outermost superhyperfine line, which has the lowest intensity of all the spectral features. Computer simulations have subsequently indicated that the much more intense perpendicular region of the spectrum can be reliably interpreted at L-band (2 GHz). The present work describes the development of L-band EPR of Cu(II) into a routine method, that is applicable to biological samples. PMID:26478491

  8. EPR Methods for Biological Cu(II): L-Band CW and NARS.

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    Bennett, Brian; Kowalski, Jason M

    2015-01-01

    Copper has many roles in biology that involve the change of coordination sphere and/or oxidation state of the copper ion. Consequently, the study of copper in heterogeneous environments is an important area in biophysics. EPR is a primary technique for the investigation of paramagnetic copper, which is usually the isolated Cu(II) ion, but sometimes as Cu(II) in different oxidation states of multitransition ion clusters. The gross geometry of the coordination environment of Cu(II) can often be determined from a simple inspection of the EPR spectrum, recorded in the traditional X-band frequency range (9-10 GHz). Identification and quantitation of the coordinating ligand atoms, however, is not so straightforward. In particular, analysis of the superhyperfine structure on the EPR spectrum, to determine the number of coordinated nitrogen atoms, is fraught with difficulty at X-band, despite the observation that the overwhelming number of EPR studies of Cu(II) in the literature have been carried out at X-band. Greater reliability has been demonstrated at S-band (3-4 GHz), using the low-field parallel (gz) features. However, analysis relies on clear identification of the outermost superhyperfine line, which has the lowest intensity of all the spectral features. Computer simulations have subsequently indicated that the much more intense perpendicular region of the spectrum can be reliably interpreted at L-band (2 GHz). The present work describes the development of L-band EPR of Cu(II) into a routine method that is applicable to biological samples.

  9. Characterizing EPR-Mediated Passive Drug Targeting using Contrast-Enhanced Functional Ultrasound Imaging

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    Theek, Benjamin; Gremse, Felix; Kunjachan, Sijumon; Fokong, Stanley; Pola, Robert; Pechar, Michal; Deckers, Roel; Storm, Gert; Ehling, Josef; Kiessling, Fabian; Lammers, Twan

    2014-01-01

    The Enhanced Permeability and Retention (EPR) effect is extensively used in drug delivery research. Taking into account that EPR is a highly variable phenomenon, we have here set out to evaluate if contrast-enhanced functional ultrasound (ceUS) imaging can be employed to characterize EPR-mediated passive drug targeting to tumors. Using standard fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) and two different protocols for hybrid computed tomography-fluorescence molecular tomography (CT-FMT), the tumor accumulation of a ~10 nm-sized near-infrared-fluorophore-labeled polymeric drug carrier (pHPMA-Dy750) was evaluated in CT26 tumor-bearing mice. In the same set of animals, two different ceUS techniques (2D MIOT and 3D B-mode imaging) were employed to assess tumor vascularization. Subsequently, the degree of tumor vascularization was correlated with the degree of EPR-mediated drug targeting. Depending on the optical imaging protocol used, the tumor accumulation of the polymeric drug carrier ranged from 5-12% of the injected dose. The degree of tumor vascularization, determined using ceUS, varied from 4-11%. For both hybrid CT-FMT protocols, a good correlation between the degree of tumor vascularization and the degree of tumor accumulation was observed, with in the case of reconstructed CT-FMT, correlation coefficients of ~0.8 and p-values of <0.02. These findings indicate that ceUS can be used to characterize and predict EPR, and potentially also to pre-selecting patients likely to respond to passively tumor-targeted nanomedicine treatments. PMID:24631862

  10. Host-lattice systematics of EPR spectra of Mn2+-doped isomorphic metal hexakisantipyrine perchlorate and EPR of Cu2+ in copper pentakisantipyrine perchlorate

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    Misra, Sushil K.; Kahrizi, Mojtaba

    1985-08-01

    X-band EPR measurements on Mn2+-doped single crystals of isomorphous metal hexakisantipyrine perchlorate (metal=Ca, Cd, Mg, Co, and Pb) have been performed. For the case of calcium and cadmium metal hosts, the measurements were made from room temperature down to liquid helium temperature, while for the remaining metal hosts the measurements were made only at room temperature. The spin Hamiltonian parameters are rigorously evaluated using a least-squares fitting computer technique, especially adapted to electron-nuclear spin coupled systems. As for the systematics of the spin Hamiltonian parameters, at room temperature the variation of the zero field splitting parameters b02 and b04 is found to be approximately linear in the host metal ion radius. In order to estimate the Cu2+-Mn2+ exchange interaction, 5%-50% of Ca2+ ions in Mn2+-doped calcium hexakisantipyrine perchlorate were substituted for by Cu2+, and the EPR spectra were recorded from room temperature down to liquid helium temperature. However, even at liquid helium temperature, the presence of the paramagnetic ion Cu2+ in this host caused no significant change of the g value for Mn2+ as compared with that in the pure diamagnetic host indicating negligible Cu2+-Mn2+ exhange constant. EPR measurements on Cu2+ in copper pentakisantipyrine perchlorate were also made at room, liquid nitrogen, and liquid helium temperatures and the principal values and direction cosines of the principal axes of the g and A tensors were estimated, using a rigorous least-squares fitting procedure.

  11. Vhf EPR quantitation and speciation of organic sulfur in coal. [Quarterly] technical report, December 1, 1993--February 28, 1994

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    Clarkson, R.B.; Belford, R.I.

    1994-06-01

    The existence of free electrons in coals` natural site offers a great attraction for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) analysis to aid in the study of the structure and composition of coal. This direct and non-destructive approach to coal analysis has been hindered by the problem of resolution using the conventional 9.5 GHz EPR spectrometers. In the past few years, we have developed techniques including W-band Very High Frequency EPR spectroscopy as a means of determining the quantity and structure of organic sulfur in native and desulfurized coals. The state of the art 95 GHz (W-band) EPR spectrometer which we have constructed shows a well resolved spectrum including the interaction between unpaired electrons and the heteroatom like sulfur. The spectra also provide quantitative as well as qualitative information regarding different sulfur species. In collaboration with researchers at the University of Kentucky, we are also analyzing the result of desulfurization techniques on the presence of various sulfur species in coal. In the past, we have tried to synthesize various model compounds comparing their W-band spectra with other models, the predictions of theoretical models, and with the W-band spectra of coal specimens. In this quarter, we have been concentrating our efforts on developing a new standard protocol in handling and preparing the coal samples for EPR measurements to provide a quantitative comparison between the EPR spectra of coal in the natural state and desulfurized. Ten coal samples, both native and desulfurized, have been provided to us. These samples have been run in both laboratories. The simulation of coal EPR spectra has been carried out using several mathematical models. EPR results now are being compared with XANES data.

  12. EPR spectra of bulk textured samples of the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x superconductor

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    Calamiotou, M.; Guskos, N.; Leventouri, T. ); Paraskevas, S.M. ); Hascicek, Y.S. )

    1991-08-20

    In this paper EPR and specific conductivity measurements are presented for a series of bulk partially oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} samples. The intensities of the EPR signals from the samples as pellets are several times lower than the corresponding ones from the samples in powder form. This difference is intensity is attributed to the skin effect.

  13. Single crystal EPR measurements of the Fe8 and Mn_12 molecular magnetic clusters

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    Achey, Randall; Dalal, Naresh; Maccagnano, Sara; Negusse, Ezana; Lussier, Alex; Hill, Stephen

    2001-03-01

    We report high sensitivity, high field/frequency (up to 9 tesla/210 GHz) EPR measurements for oriented single crystals of the Fe8 and Mn_12 molecular magnetic clusters. Extrapolating the frequency dependence of transitions to zero-field allows us to directly, and accurately (to within 0.5%), determine the zero-field splittings, which are in reasonable agreement with other studies. Subsequent analysis of EPR spectra for field parallel and perpendicular to the easy axis enables us to independently deduce g-values and the spin Hamiltonian parameters up to fourth order. Analysis of individual resonances, which we can assign to known transitions, reveals a pronounced MS dependence of the resonance line widths. Furthermore, the line positions exhibit complex (again MS dependent) temperature dependences which cannot be reconciled with the standard spin Hamiltonian.

  14. Radical scavenging of white tea and its flavonoid constituents by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

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    Azman, Nurul A M; Peiró, Sara; Fajarí, Lluís; Julià, Luis; Almajano, Maria Pilar

    2014-06-25

    White tea (WT) presents high levels of catechins, which are known to reduce oxidative stress. WT is the least processed tea, unfermented and prepared only from very young tea leaves. The subject of this paper is the use of the spin trap method and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy as the analytical tool to measure, for the first time, the radical scavenging activity of WT and its major catechin components, epicatechin (EC), epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC), and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), against the methoxy radical, using ferulic acid as antioxidant pattern. The antioxidant activity has been measured by the decrease of the intensity of the spectral bands of the adduct DMPO-OCH3 in the EPR with the amount of antioxidant in the reactive mixture. Tea leaves and buds were extracted with waterless methanol. It has been proved that tea compounds with more antiradical activity against methoxy radical are those with the gallate group, EGCG and ECG. PMID:24885813

  15. AC susceptibility and EPR investigations of superspin dynamics in magnetite nanoparticles

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    Price, Alex D.

    In this investigation we use two complementary techniques to distinguish between superparamagnetic blocking (SPB) and superspin-glass (SSG) freezing phenomena in magnetite nanoparticles. While these manifestations of the superspin dynamics are fundamentally different, they have similar "signatures", especially in dc-magnetization experiments. Even if ac-susceptibility measurements are employed, careful use of mathematical models to analyze the data are needed to uncover which type of phenomena (SPB or SSG freezing) occurs within the material. Yet, by utilizing electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) on a 10 nm Fe3O4 nano-powder as well as on a ferrofluid (based on the same nanoparticle ensemble) we found a very distinct difference in the absorption spectra between the two samples, which indicates markedly different EPR signatures from SPB and SSG freezing behaviors.

  16. Analysis of Two-Player Quantum Games in an EPR Setting Using Clifford's Geometric Algebra

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    Chappell, James M.; Iqbal, Azhar; Abbott, Derek

    2012-01-01

    The framework for playing quantum games in an Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) type setting is investigated using the mathematical formalism of geometric algebra (GA). The main advantage of this framework is that the players' strategy sets remain identical to the ones in the classical mixed-strategy version of the game, and hence the quantum game becomes a proper extension of the classical game, avoiding a criticism of other quantum game frameworks. We produce a general solution for two-player games, and as examples, we analyze the games of Prisoners' Dilemma and Stag Hunt in the EPR setting. The use of GA allows a quantum-mechanical analysis without the use of complex numbers or the Dirac Bra-ket notation, and hence is more accessible to the non-physicist. PMID:22279525

  17. Identification and dose assessment of irradiated cardamom and cloves by EPR spectrometry

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    Beshir, W. B.

    2014-03-01

    The use of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to accurately distinguish irradiated from unirradiated cardamom and cloves and assesses the absorbed dose to radiation processed cardamom and cloves are examined. The results were successful for identifying both irradiated and unirradiated cardamom and cloves. Additive reirradiation of cardamom and cloves produces reproducible dose-response functions, which can be used to assess the initial dose by back-extrapolation. Third degree polynomial function was used to fit the EPR signal/dose curves. It was found that this 3rd degree polynomial function provides satisfactory results without correction of decay for free radicals. The stability of the radiation induced EPR signal of irradiated cardamom and cloves were studied over a storage period of almost 8 months.

  18. EPR study of phenolic radical stabilization by grafting on SiO 2

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    Panagiota, Stathi; Louloudi, Maria; Deligiannakis, Yiannis

    2009-04-01

    A hybrid [SiO 2-GA] material has been synthesized by grafting Gallic acid (3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid, GA) on SiO 2 via formation of amide bonds between amine groups on aminopropyl-silica and the carboxyl group of GA. The spatial fixation of GA prevents polymerization effects. EPR spectroscopy shows that GA radicals on [SiO 2-GA] show remarkable stability, comparable to that previously observed only for radicals in biological matrices on in soil organic matter. EPR reveals a bundle-like organization of the GA molecules on [SiO 2-GA] material. The relation of these factors to the enhanced radical stability is discussed.

  19. Synthesis, crystal structure and EPR spectra of cis-dioxo-molybdenum(V) with catechol ligand

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    Lu, Xiaoming; Liu, Shuncheng; Mao, Xian; Bu, Xianhe

    2001-05-01

    The cis-dioxo-molybdenum(V) complex anion [Mo (V)O 2(C 6H 4O 2) 2] 3- was obtained by the reaction of tetra-butyl ammonium β-octamolybdate with catechol and ethylenediamine in the mixed solvent of CH 3OH and CH 3CN, and characterized by IR, NM, UV, EPR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction with its discrete (NH 2CH 2CH 2NH 3) + cations. The determination of single crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the metal center exhibits distorted octahedral co-ordination with cis dioxo catechol. The result of essentially the same of EPR spectra shown by the complex and flavoenzyme suggests that the title complex anion and flavoenzyme have related structure feature.

  20. EPR Study of Vanadium Ion in Zinc-Boro-Vanadate Glasses

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    Renuka, C.; Gowda, V. C. Veeranna; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Reddy, C. Narayana

    2011-07-15

    This paper describes EPR studies on x V{sub 2}O{sub 5}-(40-x)ZnO-60B{sub 2}O{sub 3}(where x 5, 10, 15 and 20 mol %) glass system. These studies indicate a strong compositional dependent trend and existence of characteristic boro-vanadate groups in these glasses. The EPR spectra show a distinct hyperfine structure of {sup 51}V. Spectral analysis shows that the vanadium is present in the glass as vanadyl ion [VO]{sup 2+} at tetragonally distorted octahedral site. The decrease of A{sub ||} and A{sub perpendicular} with increase of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} concentration suggests an increase in the covalence between the central atom and the surrounding oxygen ligands.

  1. Flexibility of the alpha-spectrin N-terminus by EPR and fluorescence polarization.

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    Cherry, L; Fung, L W; Menhart, N

    2000-01-01

    The structure and flexibility of the biologically important alpha-spectrin amino terminal region was examined by the use of fluorescence and EPR spectroscopy. The region studied has been previously demonstrated to be essential for the alpha-spectrin:beta-spectrin association of the tetramerization site. Appropriate spectroscopic probe moieties were coupled to this region in a recombinant fragment of human erythroid alpha-spectrin. There was good agreement between the EPR and fluorescence techniques in most of this region. Mobility determinations indicated that a portion of the region was relatively immobilized. This is significant, since although predictive methods have indicated that this region should be alpha-helical, previous experimental evidence obtained on smaller synthetic peptides had indicated that this region was disordered. Observed rigidity appears to be incompatible with such a disordered state, and has important ramifications for the flexibility of this molecule that is so integral to its role in stabilizing erythrocyte membranes. PMID:10866978

  2. Analysis of two-player quantum games in an EPR setting using Clifford's geometric algebra.

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    Chappell, James M; Iqbal, Azhar; Abbott, Derek

    2012-01-01

    The framework for playing quantum games in an Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) type setting is investigated using the mathematical formalism of geometric algebra (GA). The main advantage of this framework is that the players' strategy sets remain identical to the ones in the classical mixed-strategy version of the game, and hence the quantum game becomes a proper extension of the classical game, avoiding a criticism of other quantum game frameworks. We produce a general solution for two-player games, and as examples, we analyze the games of Prisoners' Dilemma and Stag Hunt in the EPR setting. The use of GA allows a quantum-mechanical analysis without the use of complex numbers or the Dirac Bra-ket notation, and hence is more accessible to the non-physicist.

  3. EPR study of gamma irradiated DL-methionine sulfone single crystals

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    Karabulut, Bünyamin; Yıldırım, İlkay

    2015-12-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of gamma irradiated dl-2-amino-4-(Methylsulfonyl) butyric acid (dl-methionine sulfone, hereafter dl-ABA) single crystals and powder was performed at room temperature. It has been found that this compound indicates the existence of C. O2- and N. H2 radicals after γ-irradiation. While g and hyperfine splitting values for the N. H2 radical were observed, for the C. O2- radical, only the g factor was measured. The EPR spectra have shown that N. H2 radical has two groups each having two distinct sites and C. O2- radical has one site. The principal g and hyperfine values for all sites were analyzed.

  4. Special aspects of the temperature dependence of EPR absorption of chemically carbonized polyvinylidene fluoride derivatives

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    Zhivulin, V. E.; Pesin, L. A.; Ivanov, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    The temperature dependences of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) absorption of two samples of chemically carbonized derivatives of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) synthesized under different conditions have been measured in the range of 100-300 K. It has been found that the temperature dependence of the integrated intensity of the EPR signal of both samples is nonmonotonic and does not obey the classical Curie dependence characteristic of free radicals. An analytical expression that is consistent with experimental data and suggests the presence of an activation component of paramagnetism in the test samples has been obtained. The presence of a term independent of temperature in this equation also indicates the paramagnetic contribution of free electrons. The magnitude of the activation energy of the singlet-triplet transitions has been evaluated: δ = 0.067 eV. The HYSCORE spectra of chemically carbonized PVDF derivatives have been obtained for the first time.

  5. Frequency domain Fourier transform THz-EPR on single molecule magnets using coherent synchrotron radiation.

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    Schnegg, Alexander; Behrends, Jan; Lips, Klaus; Bittl, Robert; Holldack, Karsten

    2009-08-21

    Frequency domain Fourier transform THz electron paramagnetic resonance (FD-FT THz-EPR) based on coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) is presented as a novel tool to ascertain very large zero field splittings in transition metal ion complexes. A description of the FD-FT THz-EPR at the BESSY II storage ring providing CSR in a frequency range from 5 cm(-1) up to 40 cm(-1) at external magnetic fields from -10 T to +10 T is given together with first measurements on the single molecule magnet Mn(12)Ac where we studied DeltaM(S) = +/-1 spin transition energies as a function of the external magnetic field and temperature.

  6. Atomic Hydrogen as High-Precision Field Standard for High-Field EPR

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    Stoll, Stefan; Ozarowski, Andrew; Britt, R. David; Angerhofer, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    We introduce atomic hydrogen trapped in an octaisobutylsilsesquioxane nanocage (H@iBuT8) as a new molecular high-precision magnetic field standard for high-field EPR spectroscopy of organic radicals and other systems with signals around g = 2. Its solid-state EPR spectrum consists of two narrow lines separated by about 51 mT and centered at g ≈ 2. The isotropic g factor is 2.00294(3) and essentially temperature independent. The isotopic 1H hyperfine coupling constant is 1416.8(2) MHz below 70 K and decreases slightly with increasing temperature to 1413.7(1) MHz at room temperature. The spectrum of the standard does not overlap with those of most organic radicals, and it can be easily prepared and is stable at room temperature. PMID:20813570

  7. Physiological and pathophysiological reactive oxygen species as probed by EPR spectroscopy: the underutilized research window on muscle ageing.

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    A Abdel-Rahman, Engy; Mahmoud, Ali M; Khalifa, Abdulrahman M; Ali, Sameh S

    2016-08-15

    Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS and RNS) play crucial roles in triggering, mediating and regulating physiological and pathophysiological signal transduction pathways within the cell. Within the cell, ROS efflux is firmly controlled both spatially and temporally, making the study of ROS dynamics a challenging task. Different approaches have been developed for ROS assessment; however, many of these assays are not capable of direct identification or determination of subcellular localization of different ROS. Here we highlight electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy as a powerful technique that is uniquely capable of addressing questions on ROS dynamics in different biological specimens and cellular compartments. Due to their critical importance in muscle functions and dysfunction, we discuss in some detail spin trapping of various ROS and focus on EPR detection of nitric oxide before highlighting how EPR can be utilized to probe biophysical characteristics of the environment surrounding a given stable radical. Despite the demonstrated ability of EPR spectroscopy to provide unique information on the identity, quantity, dynamics and environment of radical species, its applications in the field of muscle physiology, fatiguing and ageing are disproportionately infrequent. While reviewing the limited examples of successful EPR applications in muscle biology we conclude that the field would greatly benefit from more studies exploring ROS sources and kinetics by spin trapping, protein dynamics by site-directed spin labelling, and membrane dynamics and global redox changes by spin probing EPR approaches. PMID:26801204

  8. Scope and limitations of the TEMPO/EPR method for singlet oxygen detection: the misleading role of electron transfer.

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    Nardi, Giacomo; Manet, Ilse; Monti, Sandra; Miranda, Miguel A; Lhiaubet-Vallet, Virginie

    2014-12-01

    For many biological and biomedical studies, it is essential to detect the production of (1)O2 and quantify its production yield. Among the available methods, detection of the characteristic 1270-nm phosphorescence of singlet oxygen by time-resolved near-infrared (TRNIR) emission constitutes the most direct and unambiguous approach. An alternative indirect method is electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in combination with a singlet oxygen probe. This is based on the detection of the TEMPO free radical formed after oxidation of TEMP (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine) by singlet oxygen. Although the TEMPO/EPR method has been widely employed, it can produce misleading data. This is demonstrated by the present study, in which the quantum yields of singlet oxygen formation obtained by TRNIR emission and by the TEMPO/EPR method are compared for a set of well-known photosensitizers. The results reveal that the TEMPO/EPR method leads to significant overestimation of singlet oxygen yield when the singlet or triplet excited state of the photosensitizer is efficiently quenched by TEMP, acting as electron donor. In such case, generation of the TEMP(+) radical cation, followed by deprotonation and reaction with molecular oxygen, gives rise to an EPR-detectable TEMPO signal that is not associated with singlet oxygen production. This knowledge is essential for an appropriate and error-free application of the TEMPO/EPR method in chemical, biological, and medical studies.

  9. Influence of heating time and pressure treatment of potato starch on the generation of radicals: EPR studies.

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    Krupska, Aldona; Więckowski, Andrzej B; Słomińska, Lucyna; Jarosławski, Leszek; Zielonka, Roman

    2012-06-01

    The influence of heating time and pressurizing time under pressure of 1 GPa on radicals generation in potato starch polymer was investigated by EPR. Potato starch was heated at two temperatures: 413 ± 2 K (140 °C) and 473 ± 2 K (200 °C) for 15, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 270 and 300 min and subdued to pressurizing under pressure of 1 ± 0.002 GPa for 6, 60, 300 and 1440 min. In starch heated at 413 K (140 °C) a decrease in the relative intensity of the EPR signal as a function of the pressurizing time can be observed, whereas in starch heated at 473 K (200 °C) such a decrease is not observed. The EPR spectra analysis indicates that they are powder spectra due to the paramagnetic centers leading to Lorentzian line shapes with weak spectroscopic splitting factor g anisotropies and linewidth anisotropies. We have shown that pressurization of starch causes a decrease in the number of radicals in a temperature range in which the polymer is not yet disintegrated. The results of the EPR investigations indicate the existence of a carbon radical center situated at the carbon C1 of the glucose ring. In the EPR spectra of the samples heated with no oxygen access, the hyperfine structure is poorly visible. In the registered EPR spectra of the samples heated with oxygen access, the hyperfine structure is not observed. PMID:24750603

  10. Single loop multi-gap resonator for whole body EPR imaging of mice at 1.2 GHz.

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    Petryakov, Sergey; Samouilov, Alexandre; Kesselring, Eric; Wasowicz, Tomasz; Caia, George L; Zweier, Jay L

    2007-09-01

    For whole body EPR imaging of small animals, typically low frequencies of 250-750 MHz have been used due to the microwave losses at higher frequencies and the challenges in designing suitable resonators to accommodate these large lossy samples. However, low microwave frequency limits the obtainable sensitivity. L-band frequencies can provide higher sensitivity, and have been commonly used for localized in vivo EPR spectroscopy. Therefore, it would be highly desirable to develop an L-band microwave resonator suitable for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of small animals such as living mice. A 1.2 GHz 16-gap resonator with inner diameter of 42 mm and 48 mm length was designed and constructed for whole body EPR imaging of small animals. The resonator has good field homogeneity and stability to animal-induced motional noise. Resonator stability was achieved with electrical and mechanical design utilizing a fixed position double coupling loop of novel geometry, thus minimizing the number of moving parts. Using this resonator, high quality EPR images of lossy phantoms and living mice were obtained. This design provides good sensitivity, ease of sample access, excellent stability and uniform B(1) field homogeneity for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of mice at 1.2 GHz. PMID:17625940

  11. SINGLE LOOP - MULTI GAP RESONATOR FOR WHOLE BODY EPR IMAGING OF MICE AT 1.2 GHZ

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    Petryakov, Sergey; Samouilov, Alexandre; Kesselring, Eric; Wasowicz, Tomasz; Caia, George L.; Zweier, Jay L.

    2009-01-01

    For whole body EPR imaging of small animals, typically low frequencies of 250–750 MHz have been used due to the microwave losses at higher frequencies and the challenges in designing suitable resonators to accommodate these large lossy samples. However, low microwave frequency limits the obtainable sensitivity. L-band frequencies can provide higher sensitivity, and have been commonly used for localized in vivo EPR spectroscopy. Therefore, it would be highly desirable to develop an L-band microwave resonator suitable for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of small animals such as living mice. A 1.2 GHz 16 gap resonator with inner diameter of 43 mm and 48 mm length was designed and constructed for whole body EPR imaging of small animals. The resonator has good field homogeneity and stability to animal induced motional noise. Resonator stability was achieved with electrical and mechanical design utilizing a fixed position double coupling loop of novel geometry, thus minimizing the number of moving parts. Using this resonator, high quality EPR images of lossy phantoms and living mice were obtained. This design provides good sensitivity, ease of sample access, excellent stability and uniform B1 field homogeneity for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of mice at 1.2 GHz. PMID:17625940

  12. Single loop multi-gap resonator for whole body EPR imaging of mice at 1.2 GHz

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    Petryakov, Sergey; Samouilov, Alexandre; Kesselring, Eric; Wasowicz, Tomasz; Caia, George L.; Zweier, Jay L.

    2007-09-01

    For whole body EPR imaging of small animals, typically low frequencies of 250-750 MHz have been used due to the microwave losses at higher frequencies and the challenges in designing suitable resonators to accommodate these large lossy samples. However, low microwave frequency limits the obtainable sensitivity. L-band frequencies can provide higher sensitivity, and have been commonly used for localized in vivo EPR spectroscopy. Therefore, it would be highly desirable to develop an L-band microwave resonator suitable for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of small animals such as living mice. A 1.2 GHz 16-gap resonator with inner diameter of 42 mm and 48 mm length was designed and constructed for whole body EPR imaging of small animals. The resonator has good field homogeneity and stability to animal-induced motional noise. Resonator stability was achieved with electrical and mechanical design utilizing a fixed position double coupling loop of novel geometry, thus minimizing the number of moving parts. Using this resonator, high quality EPR images of lossy phantoms and living mice were obtained. This design provides good sensitivity, ease of sample access, excellent stability and uniform B1 field homogeneity for in vivo whole body EPR imaging of mice at 1.2 GHz.

  13. Chemical reactivity of a metallofullerene. EPR study of diphenylmethano-La @ C{sub 82} radicals

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    Suzuki, Toshiyasu; Maruyama, Yusei; Kato, Tatsuhisa; Akasaka, Takeshi; Kobayashi, Kaoru; Nagase, Shigeru; Yamamoto, Kazunori; Funasaka, Hideyuki; Takahashi, Takeshi

    1995-09-20

    We have synthesized the first methanofullerene derivatives of La@C{sub 82} and shown that the metallofullerene can be functionalized while retaining its unique electronic properties. We describe the first C-C bond formation on La@C{sub 82} and characterization of the products by EPR. We are currently applying the technology to produce water-soluble metallofullerenes. 22 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Bismuth germanate as a perspective material for dielectric resonators in EPR spectroscopy

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    Ivanov, Mikhail Y.; Nadolinny, Vladimir A.; Bagryanskaya, Elena G.; Grishin, Yuriy A.; Fedin, Matvey V.; Veber, Sergey L.

    2016-10-01

    High purity bismuth germanate (Bi4(GeO4)3, BGO) is proposed and implemented as an alternative material for dielectric EPR resonators. A significant improvement of the absolute sensitivity can be readily achieved by substituting the alumina insert (ring) by BGO-made one in commercially available X-band EPR probeheads. Four BGO dielectric inserts of 2, 3, 4 and 5 mm inner diameter (ID) were made for comparison with standard 5 mm inner diameter alumina insert. All inserts were introduced into commercial Bruker EPR resonator ER 4118X-MD-5W1, and their performance was investigated. The Q-values of empty resonators, B1 saturation curves and continuous wave EPR spectra of DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) were measured and analyzed in a temperature range 6-300 K. BGO-made resonators were found superior in several important aspects. The background signals arising from BGO are much weaker compared to those of alumina at B = 0-0.6 T and T = 6-300 K; this is especially useful for measuring weak signals in the half-field region, as well as those near the central field. Moreover, mechanical properties of BGO allow easy fabrication of dielectric bodies having various shapes and sizes; in particular, small BGO resonators (e.g. ID = 2 or 3 mm) strongly enhance sensitivity for small samples due to increase of the filling factor. All these advantages have been also inspected in the pulse mode, proving that higher B1 fields and better filling factors can be achieved, contributing to the overall enhancement of the performance.

  15. EPR study of monomeric and dimeric vanadyl ions in SbVO5

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    Typek, J.; Guskos, N.; Buchowski, D.; Wabia, M.; Filipek, E.

    A new compound, SbVO5 , formed in the V-Sb-O system, has been synthesized and investigated using the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. SbVO5 has been prepared by two methods: by heating equimolar mixtures of V2O5 and alpha-Sb2O4 in air and by oxidation of the known phase (SbVO4.5) of rutile type obtained in pure argon at temperatures between 550 degreesC and 650 degreesC. At room temperature only a weak EPR signal from the powder sample of SbVO5 was detected corroborating the absence of bulk V(IV) ions in the structure. Comparison with the CuSO4 reference sample revealed that only 0.02% vanadium ions are EPR active. Intense EPR spectra obtained in the low temperature range, below 100 K, showed a well resolved hyperfine structure typical of isolated vanadium ions in axial symmetry, present as VO2+ species, and a broad line attributed to V4+-O-V5+ bonds. The hyperfine structure lines could be analyzed by an axial spin Hamiltonian with g parallel to =1.9311, g perpendicular to =1.9425 and A parallel to =181x10(-4) cm(-1) , A perpendicular to =54x10(-4) cm(-1) . The spectrum recorded at the lowest obtainable temperature T=3.65 K contains yet another component which is typical of a triplet state indicating the presence of two interacting VO2+ nuclei with spin 1/2 giving a singlet S=0 and a triplet S=1 state. The appearance of a low-field line (Bsimilar to1600 Gs at gapproximate to4) is another diagnostic for the presence of dimeric species and is attributed to the forbidden DeltaM(S) =+/-2 transition.

  16. Ionizable Nitroxides for Studying Local Electrostatic Properties of Lipid Bilayers and Protein Systems by EPR

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    Voinov, Maxim A.; Smirnov, Alex I.

    2016-01-01

    Electrostatic interactions are known to play one of the major roles in the myriad of biochemical and biophysical processes. In this Chapter we describe biophysical methods to probe local electrostatic potentials of proteins and lipid bilayer systems that is based on an observation of reversible protonation of nitroxides by EPR. Two types of the electrostatic probes are discussed. The first one includes methanethiosulfonate derivatives of protonatable nitroxides that could be used for highly specific covalent modification of the cysteine’s sulfhydryl groups. Such spin labels are very similar in magnetic parameters and chemical properties to conventional MTSL making them suitable for studying local electrostatic properties of protein-lipid interfaces. The second type of EPR probes is designed as spin-labeled phospholipids having a protonatable nitroxide tethered to the polar head group. The probes of both types report on their ionization state through changes in magnetic parameters and a degree of rotational averaging, thus, allowing one to determine the electrostatic contribution to the interfacial pKa of the nitroxide, and, therefore, determining the local electrostatic potential. Due to their small molecular volume these probes cause a minimal perturbation to the protein or lipid system while covalent attachment secure the position of the reporter nitroxides. Experimental procedures to characterize and calibrate these probes by EPR and also the methods to analyze the EPR spectra by least-squares simulations are also outlined. The ionizable nitroxide labels and the nitroxide-labeled phospholipids described so far cover an exceptionally wide pH range from ca. 2.5 to 7.0 pH units making them suitable to study a broad range of biophysical phenomena especially at the negatively charged lipid bilayer surfaces. The rationale for selecting proper electrostatically neutral interface for calibrating such probes and example of studying surface potential of lipid bilayer is

  17. Highly Active Titanocene Catalysts for Epoxide Hydrosilylation: Synthesis, Theory, Kinetics, EPR Spectroscopy.

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    Henriques, Dina Schwarz G; Zimmer, Katharina; Klare, Sven; Meyer, Andreas; Rojo-Wiechel, Elena; Bauer, Mirko; Sure, Rebecca; Grimme, Stefan; Schiemann, Olav; Flowers, Robert A; Gansäuer, Andreas

    2016-06-27

    A catalytic system for titanocene-catalyzed epoxide hydrosilylation is described. It features a straightforward preparation of titanocene hydrides that leads to a reaction with low catalyst loading, high yields, and high selectivity of radical reduction. The mechanism was studied by a suite of methods, including kinetic studies, EPR spectroscopy, and computational methods. An unusual resting state leads to the observation of an inverse rate order with respect to the epoxide.

  18. EPR spin labeling measurements of thylakoid membrane fluidity during barley leaf senescence.

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    Jajić, Ivan; Wiśniewska-Becker, Anna; Sarna, Tadeusz; Jemioła-Rzemińska, Małgorzata; Strzałka, Kazimierz

    2014-07-15

    Physical properties of thylakoid membranes isolated from barley were investigated by the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin labeling technique. EPR spectra of stearic acid spin labels 5-SASL and 16-SASL were measured as a function of temperature in secondary barley leaves during natural and dark-induced senescence. Oxygen transport parameter was determined from the power saturation curves of the spin labels obtained in the presence and absence of molecular oxygen at 25°C. Parameters of EPR spectra of both spin labels showed an increase in the thylakoid membrane fluidity during senescence, in the headgroup area of the membrane, as well as in its interior. The oxygen transport parameter also increased with age of barley, indicating easier diffusion of oxygen within the membrane and its higher fluidity. The data are consistent with age-related changes of the spin label parameters obtained directly by EPR spectroscopy. Similar outcome was also observed when senescence was induced in mature secondary barley leaves by dark incubation. Such leaves showed higher membrane fluidity in comparison with leaves of the same age, grown under light conditions. Changes in the membrane fluidity of barley secondary leaves were compared with changes in the levels of carotenoids (car) and proteins, which are known to modify membrane fluidity. Determination of total car and proteins showed linear decrease in their level with senescence. The results indicate that thylakoid membrane fluidity of barley leaves increases with senescence; the changes are accompanied with a decrease in the content of car and proteins, which could be a contributing factor. PMID:24974331

  19. Bismuth germanate as a perspective material for dielectric resonators in EPR spectroscopy.

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    Ivanov, Mikhail Y; Nadolinny, Vladimir A; Bagryanskaya, Elena G; Grishin, Yuriy A; Fedin, Matvey V; Veber, Sergey L

    2016-10-01

    High purity bismuth germanate (Bi4(GeO4)3, BGO) is proposed and implemented as an alternative material for dielectric EPR resonators. A significant improvement of the absolute sensitivity can be readily achieved by substituting the alumina insert (ring) by BGO-made one in commercially available X-band EPR probeheads. Four BGO dielectric inserts of 2, 3, 4 and 5mm inner diameter (ID) were made for comparison with standard 5mm inner diameter alumina insert. All inserts were introduced into commercial Bruker EPR resonator ER 4118X-MD-5W1, and their performance was investigated. The Q-values of empty resonators, B1 saturation curves and continuous wave EPR spectra of DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) were measured and analyzed in a temperature range 6-300K. BGO-made resonators were found superior in several important aspects. The background signals arising from BGO are much weaker compared to those of alumina at B=0-0.6T and T=6-300K; this is especially useful for measuring weak signals in the half-field region, as well as those near the central field. Moreover, mechanical properties of BGO allow easy fabrication of dielectric bodies having various shapes and sizes; in particular, small BGO resonators (e.g. ID=2 or 3mm) strongly enhance sensitivity for small samples due to increase of the filling factor. All these advantages have been also inspected in the pulse mode, proving that higher B1 fields and better filling factors can be achieved, contributing to the overall enhancement of the performance. PMID:27569694

  20. Highly Active Titanocene Catalysts for Epoxide Hydrosilylation: Synthesis, Theory, Kinetics, EPR Spectroscopy.

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    Henriques, Dina Schwarz G; Zimmer, Katharina; Klare, Sven; Meyer, Andreas; Rojo-Wiechel, Elena; Bauer, Mirko; Sure, Rebecca; Grimme, Stefan; Schiemann, Olav; Flowers, Robert A; Gansäuer, Andreas

    2016-06-27

    A catalytic system for titanocene-catalyzed epoxide hydrosilylation is described. It features a straightforward preparation of titanocene hydrides that leads to a reaction with low catalyst loading, high yields, and high selectivity of radical reduction. The mechanism was studied by a suite of methods, including kinetic studies, EPR spectroscopy, and computational methods. An unusual resting state leads to the observation of an inverse rate order with respect to the epoxide. PMID:27125466

  1. EPR study of gamma-irradiated 2-Bromo-4'-methoxyacetophenone single crystals

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    Ugur Tasdemir, Halil; Türkkan, Ercan; Sayin, Ulku; Ozmen, Ayhan

    2016-03-01

    The gamma-irradiated single crystals of 2-Bromo-4‧-methoxyaceto-phenone (2B4MA) were investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. Density-functional theory calculations were employed to investigate and identify the radicals that have been assumed to be formed upon irradiation of 2B4MA single crystals. The EPR spectra of 2B4MA were recorded at different orientations in the magnetic field at room temperature. Taking into account the chemical structure and experimental spectra of irradiated single crystal of 2B4MA, it was assumed that at least two different radicals were produced in the sample. Following this assumption, six possible radicals were modeled and EPR parameters were calculated by using the DFT, B3LYP/6-311+G(d), for the modeled radicals individually. The calculated hyperfine coupling constants and g-tensors were used as initial values for simulation studies. The three crystallographic axes on the simulated spectra were well matched with experimental spectra for the two modeled radicals. Thus, we identified the R1 type radical and R4 type radical as paramagnetic species produced in gamma-irradiated 2B4MA.

  2. Single crystal EPR determination of the quantum energy level structure for Fe8 molecular clusters

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    Maccagnano, S.; Hill, S.; Negusse, E.; Lussier, A.; Mola, M. M.; Achey, R.; Dalal, N. S.

    2001-05-01

    Using a high sensitivity resonance cavity technique,^1 we are able to obtain high field/frequency (up to 9 tesla/210 GHz) EPR spectra for oriented single crystals of [Fe_8O_2(OH)_12(tacn)_6]Br_8.9H_2O (or Fe8 for short). Extrapolating the frequency dependence of transitions to zero-field (for any orientation of the field) allows us to directly, and accurately (to within 0.5 percent), determine the first five zero-field splittings, which are in reasonable agreement with recent inelastic neutron studies.^2 The dependence of these splittings on the applied field strength, and its orientation with respect to the crystal, enables us to identify (to within 1^o) the easy, intermediate and hard magnetic axes. Subsequent analysis of EPR spectra for field parallel to the easy axis yields a value of for gz which is appreciably different from the value assumed in a recent high field EPR study by Barra et al.^3 ^1 M.M. Mola, S. Hill, P. Goy, and M. Gross, Rev. Sci. Inst. 71, 186 (2000). ^2 R. Caciuffo, G. Amoretti, R. Sessoli, A. Caneschi, and D. Gatteschi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4744 (1998). ^3 A. L. Barra, D. Gatteschi, and R. Sessoli, cond?mat/0002386 (Feb, 2000).

  3. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and EPR studies of oriented spinach thylakoid preparations

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    Andrews, J.C. |

    1995-08-01

    In this study, oriented Photosystem II (PS II) particles from spinach chloroplasts are studied with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to determine more details of the structure of the oxygen evolving complex (OEC). The nature of halide binding to Mn is also studied with Cl K-edge and Mn EXAFS (extended x-ray absorption fine structure) of Mn-Cl model compounds, and with Mn EXAFS of oriented PS II in which Br has replaced Cl. Attention is focused on the following: photosynthesis and the oxygen evolving complex; determination of mosaic spread in oriented photosystem II particles from signal II EPR measurement; oriented EXAFS--studies of PS II in the S{sub 2} state; structural changes in PS II as a result of treatment with ammonia: EPR and XAS studies; studies of halide binding to Mn: Cl K-edge and Mn EXAFS of Mn-Cl model compounds and Mn EXAFS of oriented Br-treated photosystem II.

  4. EPR study of the formation of radicals in PP with antioxidants irradiated with gamma rays

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    Silva, P.; Albano, C.; Perera, R.

    2007-12-01

    The behavior of different compounds of polypropylene (PP) with stabilizers such as buthyl-hydroxy-toluene (BHT), Chimassorb 944 (Hals) (CHIM), and a copolymer of styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) was studied using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). A characteristic spectra for pure PP irradiated in air was obtained for all the samples just after being irradiated [M. Dole, The Radiation Chemistry of Macromolecules, Vol. 2, Academic Press, 1973]. A change in the lineshape of the spectra from a pure PP's EPR signal to that of nitroxyl radical as a function of time was observed. The total free radical concentration (TFRC) decayed until approximately 800 h in the PP-HALS and until around 2000 h in all other cases, when the TFRC began to increase in all the cases, except in that of PP-BHT. In this last case, the EPR signal was not detectable after 4000 h. The BHT and the SBS diluted the free radical concentrations, being them smaller when they are present. The behavior observed in all the samples is consistent with the formation of nitroxyl radicals by gamma rays.

  5. EPR investigation of gamma irradiated single crystal guaifenesin: A combined experimental and computational study

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    Tasdemir, Halil Ugur; Sayin, Ulku; Türkkan, Ercan; Ozmen, Ayhan

    2016-04-01

    Gamma irradiated single crystal of Guaifenesin (Glyceryl Guaiacolate), an important expectorant drug, were investigated with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy between 123 and 333 K temperature at different orientations in the magnetic field. Considering the chemical structure and the experimental spectra of the gamma irradiated single crystal of guaifenesin sample, we assumed that alkoxy or alkyl-type paramagnetic species may be produced by irradiation. Depending on this assumption, eight possible alkoxy and alkyl-type radicals were modeled and EPR parameters of these modeled radicals were calculated using the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)-level of density functional theory (DFT). Theoretically calculated values of alkyl-type modeled radical(R3) are in good agreement with experimentally determined EPR parameters of single crystal. Furthermore, simulation spectra which are obtained by using the theoretical initial values are well matched with the experimental spectra. It was determined that a stable Cα •H2αCβHβCγH2γ (R3) alkyl radical was produced in the host crystal as a result of gamma irradiation.

  6. Entanglement conservation, ER=EPR, and a new classical area theorem for wormholes

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    Remmen, Grant N.; Bao, Ning; Pollack, Jason

    2016-07-11

    We consider the question of entanglement conservation in the context of the ER=EPR correspondence equating quantum entanglement with wormholes. In quantum mechanics, the entanglement between a system and its complement is conserved under unitary operations that act independently on each; ER=EPR suggests that an analogous statement should hold for wormholes. We accordingly prove a new area theorem in general relativity: for a collection of dynamical wormholes and black holes in a spacetime satisfying the null curvature condition, the maximin area for a subset of the horizons (giving the largest area attained by the minimal cross section of the multi-wormhole throatmore » separating the subset from its complement) is invariant under classical time evolution along the outermost apparent horizons. The evolution can be completely general, including horizon mergers and the addition of classical matter satisfying the null energy condition. In conclusion, this theorem is the gravitational dual of entanglement conservation and thus constitutes an explicit characterization of the ER=EPR duality in the classical limit.« less

  7. Resolving Conformational and Rotameric Exchange in Spin-Labeled Proteins Using Saturation Recovery EPR

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    Bridges, Michael D.; Hideg, Kálmán

    2010-01-01

    The function of many proteins involves equilibria between conformational substates, and to elucidate mechanisms of function it is essential to have experimental tools to detect the presence of conformational substates and to determine the time scale of exchange between them. Site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) has the potential to serve this purpose. In proteins containing a nitroxide side chain (R1), multicomponent electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra can arise either from equilibria involving different conformational substates or rotamers of R1. To employ SDSL to uniquely identify conformational equilibria, it is thus essential to distinguish between these origins of multicomponent spectra. Here we show that this is possible based on the time scale for exchange of the nitroxide between distinct environments that give rise to multicomponent EPR spectra; rotamer exchange for R1 lies in the ≈0.1–1 μs range, while conformational exchange is at least an order of magnitude slower. The time scales of exchange events are determined by saturation recovery EPR, and in favorable cases, the exchange rate constants between substates with lifetimes of approximately 1–70 μs can be estimated by the approach. PMID:20157634

  8. Applications of pulsed EPR spectroscopy to structural studies of sulfite oxidizing enzymes

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    Klein, Eric L.; Astashkin, Andrei V.; Raitsimring, Arnold M.; Enemark, John H.

    2013-01-01

    Sulfite oxidizing enzymes (SOEs), including sulfite oxidase (SO) and bacterial sulfite dehydrogenase (SDH), catalyze the oxidation of sulfite (SO32-) to sulfate (SO42-). The active sites of SO and SDH are nearly identical, each having a 5-coordinate, pseudo-square-pyramidal Mo with an axial oxo ligand and three equatorial sulfur donor atoms. One sulfur is from a conserved Cys residue and two are from a pyranopterindithiolene (molybdopterin, MPT) cofactor. The identity of the remaining equatorial ligand, which is solvent-exposed, varies during the catalytic cycle. Numerous in vitro studies, particularly those involving electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy of the Mo(V) states of SOEs, have shown that the identity and orientation of this exchangeable equatorial ligand depends on the buffer pH, the presence and concentration of certain anions in the buffer, as well as specific point mutations in the protein. Until very recently, however, EPR has not been a practical technique for directly probing specific structures in which the solvent-exposed, exchangeable ligand is an O, OH-, H2O, SO32-, or SO42- group, because the primary O and S isotopes (16O and 32S) are magnetically silent (I = 0). This review focuses on the recent advances in the use of isotopic labeling, variable-frequency high resolution pulsed EPR spectroscopy, synthetic model compounds, and DFT calculations to elucidate the roles of various anions, point mutations, and steric factors in the formation, stabilization, and transformation of SOE active site structures.

  9. Analysis of Influenza A Virus NS1 Dimer Interfaces in Solution by Pulse EPR Distance Measurements

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    2014-01-01

    Pulsed electron–electron double resonance (PELDOR) is an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy technique for nanometer distance measurements between paramagnetic centers such as radicals. PELDOR has been recognized as a valuable tool to approach structural questions in biological systems. In this manuscript, we demonstrate the value of distance measurements for differentiating competing structural models on the dimerization of the effector domain (ED) of the non-structural protein 1 (NS1) of the influenza A virus. Our results show NS1 to be well amenable to nanometer distance measurements by EPR, yielding high quality data. In combination with mutants perturbing protein dimerization and in silico prediction based on crystal structures, we can exclude one of two potential dimerization interfaces. Furthermore, our results lead to a viable hypothesis of a NS1 ED:ED interface which is flexible through rotation around the vector interconnecting the two native cysteines. These results prove the high value of pulse EPR as a complementary method for structural biology. PMID:25148246

  10. Entanglement conservation, ER=EPR, and a new classical area theorem for wormholes

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    Remmen, Grant N.; Bao, Ning; Pollack, Jason

    2016-07-01

    We consider the question of entanglement conservation in the context of the ER=EPR correspondence equating quantum entanglement with wormholes. In quantum mechanics, the entanglement between a system and its complement is conserved under unitary operations that act independently on each; ER=EPR suggests that an analogous statement should hold for wormholes. We accordingly prove a new area theorem in general relativity: for a collection of dynamical wormholes and black holes in a spacetime satisfying the null curvature condition, the maximin area for a subset of the horizons (giving the largest area attained by the minimal cross section of the multi-wormhole throat separating the subset from its complement) is invariant under classical time evolution along the outermost apparent horizons. The evolution can be completely general, including horizon mergers and the addition of classical matter satisfying the null energy condition. This theorem is the gravitational dual of entanglement conservation and thus constitutes an explicit characterization of the ER=EPR duality in the classical limit.

  11. Study of the stability of EPR signals after irradiation of fingernail samples.

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    Reyes, Ricardo A; Trompier, François; Romanyukha, Alexander

    2012-08-01

    Previous studies have suggested that the electron paramagnetic resonance in fingernails can be used for radiation dosimetry purposes. Use of fingernails as an emergency dosimeter has benefits of easy, noninvasive sampling and fast dose measurements (∼10 min) potentially in field conditions and almost immediately after an exposure event. This study represents the next step in the development of EPR fingernail dosimetry; e.g., evaluation of the stability of the radiation-induced signal (RIS) at different storage and irradiation conditions. RIS fading during storage in both stressed (untreated) and unstressed (soaked in water) samples (n = 20) was studied at two temperature conditions: freezing (temp ≈ -20°C) and room temperature (20-24°C). Fingernail samples with the same clipping size and number and irradiated to 15 and 20 Gy were measured for over 200 d. Those irradiated to 100 and 200 Gy were measured for 114 d. The other group of samples irradiated to 1, 3, 8, and 20 Gy was followed for 25 mo of storage time. This study demonstrated that all samples that were kept at low freezing temperatures showed a stable RIS with no significant fading. All samples that were kept at room temperatures showed an initial fading of the signal with a slow rise of the EPR signal after irradiation with time to a saturation level. Obtained results allow making recommendations on the appropriate storage conditions of fingernails for EPR dosimetry use. PMID:22951476

  12. EPR Distance Measurements in Native Proteins with Genetically Encoded Spin Labels.

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    Schmidt, Moritz J; Fedoseev, Artem; Bücker, Dennis; Borbas, Julia; Peter, Christine; Drescher, Malte; Summerer, Daniel

    2015-12-18

    The genetic encoding of nitroxide amino acids in combination with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) distance measurements enables precise structural studies of native proteins, i.e. without the need for mutations to create unique reactive sites for chemical labeling and thus with minimal structural perturbation. We here report on in vitro DEER measurements in native E. coli thioredoxin (TRX) that establish the nitroxide amino acid SLK-1 as a spectroscopic probe that reports distances and conformational flexibilities in the enzyme with nonmutated catalytic centers that are not accessible by the use of the traditional methanethiosulfonate spin label (MTSSL). We generated a rotamer library for SLK-1 that in combination with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation enables predictions of distance distributions between two SLK-1 labels incorporated into a target protein. Toward a routine use of SLK-1 for EPR distance measurements in proteins and the advancement of the approach to intracellular environments, we study the stability of SLK-1 in E. coli cultures and lysates and establish guidelines for protein expression and purification that offer maximal nitroxide stability. These advancements and insights provide new perspectives for facile structural studies of native, endogenous proteins by EPR distance measurements.

  13. Size Dependent Kinetics of Gold Nanorods in EPR Mediated Tumor Delivery

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    Tong, Xiao; Wang, Zhantong; Sun, Xiaolian; Song, Jibin; Jacobson, Orit; Niu, Gang; Kiesewetter, Dale O.; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNR) have been intensively used in nanomedicine for cancer diagnostics and therapy, due to their excellent plasmonic photothermal properties. Tuning the size and aspect ratio of AuNR tailors the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the NIR spectrum at which biological tissues are transparent, thus enables specific and effective treatment. The AuNR extravasates into tumor interstitium through enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Efficient AuNR based cancer therapy requires efficient AuNR tumor delivery. However, the size of AuNR can dramatically affect its blood circulation and tumor accumulation. Here we proposed for the first time a systematic framework to investigate the size-dependent kinetics of AuNRs during EPR mediated tumor delivery. By using 64Cu-labeled AuNRs with positron emission tomography (PET) and kinetic modeling, the in vivo uptake and kinetics of 64Cu-AuNR during its blood circulation, tumor accumulation and elimination were studied both in vitro and in vivo. The results of different sized AuNRs were compared and the optimum size of AuNR was suggested for EPR mediated tumor delivery. Our study provides a better understanding of the in vivo behavior of AuNR, which can help future design of nanomaterials for cancer imaging and therapy.

  14. Skeletal Muscle Oxygenation Measured by EPR Oximetry Using a Highly Sensitive Polymer-Encapsulated Paramagnetic Sensor.

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    Hou, H; Khan, N; Nagane, M; Gohain, S; Chen, E Y; Jarvis, L A; Schaner, P E; Williams, B B; Flood, A B; Swartz, H M; Kuppusamy, P

    2016-01-01

    We have incorporated LiNc-BuO, an oxygen-sensing paramagnetic material, in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which is an oxygen-permeable, biocompatible, and stable polymer. We fabricated implantable and retrievable oxygen-sensing chips (40 % LiNc-BuO in PDMS) using a 20-G Teflon tubing to mold the chips into variable shapes and sizes for in vivo studies in rats. In vitro EPR measurements were used to test the chip's oxygen response. Oxygen induced linear and reproducible line broadening with increasing partial pressure (pO2). The oxygen response was similar to that of bare (unencapsulated) crystals and did not change significantly on sterilization by autoclaving. The chips were implanted in rat femoris muscle and EPR oximetry was performed repeatedly (weekly) for 12 weeks post-implantation. The measurements showed good reliability and reproducibility over the period of testing. These results demonstrated that the new formulation of OxyChip with 40 % LiNc-BuO will enable the applicability of EPR oximetry for long-term measurement of oxygen concentration in tissues and has the potential for clinical applications. PMID:27526163

  15. Non-invasive determination of the irradiation dose in fingers using low-frequency EPR

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    Zdravkova, M.; Crokart, N.; Trompier, F.; Beghein, N.; Gallez, B.; Debuyst, R.

    2004-07-01

    Several reports in the literature have described the effects of radiation in workers who exposed their fingers to intense radioactive sources. The radiation injuries occurring after local exposure to a high dose (20 to 100 Gy) could lead to the need for amputation. Follow-up of victims needs to be more rational with a precise knowledge of the irradiated area that risks tissue degradation and necrosis. It has been described previously that X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy could be used to assess the dose in irradiated amputated fingers. Here, we propose the use of low-frequency EPR spectroscopy to evaluate non-invasively the absorbed dose. Low-frequency microwaves are indeed less absorbed by water and penetrate more deeply into living material (~10 mm in tissues using 1 GHz spectrometers). This work presents preliminary results obtained with baboon and human fingers compared with human dry phalanxes placed inside a surface-coil resonator. The EPR signal increased linearly with the dose. The ratio of the slopes of the dry bone to whole finger linear regression lines was around 5. The detection limit achievable with the present spectrometer and resonator is around 60 Gy, which is well within the range of accidentally exposed fingers. It is likely that the detection limit could be improved in the future, thanks to further technical spectrometer and resonator developments as well as to appropriate spectrum deconvolution into native and dosimetric signals.

  16. Moving difference (MDIFF) non-adiabatic rapid sweep (NARS) EPR of copper(II).

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    Hyde, James S; Bennett, Brian; Kittell, Aaron W; Kowalski, Jason M; Sidabras, Jason W

    2013-11-01

    Non-adiabatic rapid sweep (NARS) EPR spectroscopy has been introduced for application to nitroxide-labeled biological samples (Kittell et al., 2011). Displays are pure absorption, and are built up by acquiring data in spectral segments that are concatenated. In this paper we extend the method to frozen solutions of copper-imidazole, a square planar copper complex with four in-plane nitrogen ligands. Pure absorption spectra are created from concatenation of 170 5-gauss segments spanning 850 G at 1.9 GHz. These spectra, however, are not directly useful since nitrogen superhyperfine couplings are barely visible. Application of the moving difference (MDIFF) algorithm to the digitized NARS pure absorption spectrum is used to produce spectra that are analogous to the first harmonic EPR. The signal intensity is about four times higher than when using conventional 100 kHz field modulation, depending on line shape. MDIFF not only filters the spectrum, but also the noise, resulting in further improvement of the SNR for the same signal acquisition time. The MDIFF amplitude can be optimized retrospectively, different spectral regions can be examined at different amplitudes, and an amplitude can be used that is substantially greater than the upper limit of the field modulation amplitude of a conventional EPR spectrometer, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio of broad lines.

  17. Bifunctional Spin Labeling of Muscle Proteins: Accurate Rotational Dynamics, Orientation, and Distance by EPR.

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    Thompson, Andrew R; Binder, Benjamin P; McCaffrey, Jesse E; Svensson, Bengt; Thomas, David D

    2015-01-01

    While EPR allows for the characterization of protein structure and function due to its exquisite sensitivity to spin label dynamics, orientation, and distance, these measurements are often limited in sensitivity due to the use of labels that are attached via flexible monofunctional bonds, incurring additional disorder and nanosecond dynamics. In this chapter, we present methods for using a bifunctional spin label (BSL) to measure muscle protein structure and dynamics. We demonstrate that bifunctional attachment eliminates nanosecond internal rotation of the spin label, thereby allowing the accurate measurement of protein backbone rotational dynamics, including microsecond-to-millisecond motions by saturation transfer EPR. BSL also allows for accurate determination of helix orientation and disorder in mechanically and magnetically aligned systems, due to the label's stereospecific attachment. Similarly, labeling with a pair of BSL greatly enhances the resolution and accuracy of distance measurements measured by double electron-electron resonance (DEER). Finally, when BSL is applied to a protein with high helical content in an assembly with high orientational order (e.g., muscle fiber or membrane), two-probe DEER experiments can be combined with single-probe EPR experiments on an oriented sample in a process we call BEER, which has the potential for ab initio high-resolution structure determination. PMID:26477249

  18. Assessment of quality of quartz crystals by EPR and γ-ray diffraction

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    Nienhaus, K.; Stegger, P.; Lehmann, G.; Schneider, J. R.

    1986-03-01

    Natural amethysts from amygdoidal cavities and from fissures as well as synthetic iron-doped quartz crystals of different origins were studied by EPR and γ-ray diffraction. Anisotropic broadening proportional to the slopes of the transitions consistent with a distribution of orientations, most likely due to a mosaic structure, was observed in the EPR spectra of Fe 3+. This broadening was considerably smaller or completely absent in natural amethysts from fissures as well as in a synthetic crystal grown from NH 4F solution. From this broadening average distributions of orientations could be evaluated for substitutional Fe 3+ in good overall agreement with those obtained for the whole crystals by γ-ray diffraction. Thus Fe 3+ is a good probe for the overall quality of the crystals, but the γ-ray diffraction experiments clearly show predominance of a few orientations rather than a random distribution. In the quartz samples of high perfection a hyperfine splitting from an alkali nucleus could be resolved in the EPR spectra of substitutional Fe 3+ at low temperatures and a contribution of vibrations to the minimum linewidths was also observed.

  19. Semiquinone and ascorbyl radicals in the gut fluids of caterpillars measured with EPR spectrometry.

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    Barbehenn, R V; Poopat, U; Spencer, B

    2003-01-01

    The biological activity of phenolic compounds ingested by caterpillars is commonly believed to result from their oxidation, although the products of oxidation have been well-characterized in only a few cases. The initial oxidation products of phenols (semiquinone or phenoxyl radicals) can be measured with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometry. In this study semiquinone radicals formed from tannic acid and gallic acid in the gut fluids of two species of caterpillars were measured. In Orgyia leucostigma, in which ingested phenols are not oxidized, semiquinone radicals were absent or at very low intensities. By contrast, in Malacosoma disstria, in which ingested phenols are oxidized, high semiquinone radical intensities were measured. In the absence of detectable levels of semiquinone radicals, ascorbyl radicals were detected in the EPR spectra instead. High molar ratios of ascorbate to phenols in an artificial diet produced ascorbyl radicals in the midgut fluids of both species, while diets containing low molar ratios produced semiquinone radicals. Similar results were obtained in M. disstria fed the leaves of red oak or sugar maple. The results of this study provide further evidence that ascorbate is an essential antioxidant that prevents the oxidation of phenols in the gut fluids of caterpillars, and demonstrate that EPR spectrometry is a valuable method for determining the degree of oxidative activation of phenols ingested by herbivorous insects. PMID:12459207

  20. EPR and impedance spectroscopic investigations on lithium bismuth borate glasses containing nickel and vanadium ions

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    Yadav, Arti; Khasa, Satish; Hooda, Ashima; Dahiya, Manjeet S.; Agarwal, Ashish; Chand, Prem

    2016-03-01

    Glasses having composition 7NiO • 23Li2O • 20Bi2O3 • 50B2O3, 7V2O5 • 23Li2O • 20Bi2O3 • 50B2O3 and x(2NiO • V2O5) • (30 - x)Li2O • 50B2O3 • 20Bi2O3 (with x = 0, 2, 5, 7 & 10 mol%) prepared through melt-quench route are explored by analyzing density, impedance spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). It is found that both density and molar volume increase with an increase in substitution of 2NiO • V2O5 in the base glass matrix. Different dielectric parameters viz. dielectric loss (ε), electrical modulus (M), loss tangent (tanδ) etc. are evaluated and their variations with frequency and temperature are analyzed which reveals that these glasses exhibit a non-Debye relaxation behavior. A phenomenal description of the capacitive behavior is obtained by considering the circuitry as a parallel combination of bulk resistance (Rb) and constant phase element (CPE). The conduction mechanism is found to follow Quantum Mechanical Tunneling (QMT) model. Spin Hamiltonian Parameters (SHPs) and covalency rates are calculated from the EPR spectra of vanadyl ion. The observed EPR spectra confirmed that V4 + ion exists as vanadyl ion in the octahedral coordination with tetragonal compression.

  1. Size Dependent Kinetics of Gold Nanorods in EPR Mediated Tumor Delivery

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    Tong, Xiao; Wang, Zhantong; Sun, Xiaolian; Song, Jibin; Jacobson, Orit; Niu, Gang; Kiesewetter, Dale O.; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanorods (AuNR) have been intensively used in nanomedicine for cancer diagnostics and therapy, due to their excellent plasmonic photothermal properties. Tuning the size and aspect ratio of AuNR tailors the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the NIR spectrum at which biological tissues are transparent, thus enables specific and effective treatment. The AuNR extravasates into tumor interstitium through enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Efficient AuNR based cancer therapy requires efficient AuNR tumor delivery. However, the size of AuNR can dramatically affect its blood circulation and tumor accumulation. Here we proposed for the first time a systematic framework to investigate the size-dependent kinetics of AuNRs during EPR mediated tumor delivery. By using 64Cu-labeled AuNRs with positron emission tomography (PET) and kinetic modeling, the in vivo uptake and kinetics of 64Cu-AuNR during its blood circulation, tumor accumulation and elimination were studied both in vitro and in vivo. The results of different sized AuNRs were compared and the optimum size of AuNR was suggested for EPR mediated tumor delivery. Our study provides a better understanding of the in vivo behavior of AuNR, which can help future design of nanomaterials for cancer imaging and therapy. PMID:27698939

  2. Cr3+-Doped Yb3Ga5O12 Nanophosphor: Synthesis, Optical, EPR, Studies

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    Singh, Vijay; Sivaramaiah, G.; Rao, J. L.; Singh, N.; Pathak, M. S.; Jirimali, H. D.; Singh, Pramod K.; Srivastava, Anoop K.; Dhoble, S. J.; Mohapatra, M.

    2016-08-01

    Gallium garnets of lanthanides are multifunctional materials especially known for their complicated structure and magnetic properties. In addition, with a suitable transition metal dopant ion, these matrices have been proved to be excellent materials for lasers. In particular, gallium garnet of ytterbium (Yb3Ga5O12) is known to possess excellent properties with regards to these applications. In this connection, Yb3Ga5O12 doped with Cr3+ nanophosphors were synthesized by a solution combustion route. The synthesized material was characterized by powder x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy for phase purity and homogenous morphology. In order to ascertain the oxidation state of the doped ion, diffuse reflectance (DRF), photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments were performed on the sample. The DRF and PL data suggested the stabilisation of the trivalent Cr ion in the matrix. The EPR spectra exhibited two resonance signals with effective g values at g ≈ 7.6 and 4. The EPR data corroborated the DRF and PL results, suggesting the stabilisation of Cr3+ in the matrix at octahedral-type geometries.

  3. Intracellular targeting delivery of liposomal drugs to solid tumors based on EPR effects.

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    Maruyama, Kazuo

    2011-03-18

    The success of an effective drug delivery system using liposomes for solid tumor targeting based on EPR effects is highly dependent on both size ranging from 100-200 nm in diameter and prolonged circulation half-life in the blood. A major development was the synthesis of PEG-liposomes with a prolonged circulation time in the blood. Active targeting of immunoliposomes to the solid tumor tissue can be achieved by the Fab' fragment which is better than whole IgG in terms of designing PEG-immunoliposomes with prolonged circulation. For intracellular targeting delivery to solid tumors based on EPR effects, transferrin-PEG-liposomes can stay in blood circulation for a long time and extravasate into the extravascular of tumor tissue by the EPR effect as PEG-liposomes. The extravasated transferrin-PEG-liposomes can maintain anti cancer drugs in interstitial space for a longer period, and deliver them into the cytoplasm of tumor cells via transferrin receptor-mediated endocytosis. Transferrin-PEG-liposomes improve the safety and efficacy of anti cancer drug by both passive targeting by prolonged circulation and active targeting by transferrin.

  4. VHF EPR analysis of organic sulfur in coal. [Quarterly] technical report, September 1--November 20, 1991

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    Clarkson, R.B.

    1991-12-31

    This report covers progress made in the first yearly quarter of a two year investigation using novel, very high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (VHF EPR) spectroscopy techniques and instrumentation (one of only two W-band spectrometers in existence) developed earlier by these authors, to conduct further qualitative and quantitative studies of heteroatomic organic molecules in coal with particular emphasis on sulfur. Previous W-band (96 GHz) work is being extended to studies of new model compounds as well as coal and desulfurized coal samples. Typically, the model compounds under investigation and their analogues are found in coals as stable free radicals which give rise to an EPR signal. The preparation of radicals from compounds having widely varying structures and physical properties in a stable environment has long been a very difficult task. To address this problem, the refinement of several new and very useful methods of preparing of these stable free radicals in various glasses, at catalytic surfaces, and in solution, are presented in this first report. Free radical generation was accomplished by both UV photolysis as well as chemical oxidation/reduction techniques. By these methods, over 25 new compounds, often commercially derived from coal extracts, have been prepared and studied by conventional X-band EPR (9 GHz). Several representative W-band spectra are also presented.

  5. Gamma irradiation effects and EPR investigation on poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres containing bupivacaine.

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    Montanari, L; Cilurzo, F; Conti, B; Genta, I; Groppo, A; Valvo, L; Faucitano, A; Buttafava, A

    2002-06-01

    The effects of gamma radiation on the stability of microspheres made of a polylactide-co-glycolide 50:50 copolymer (PLGA) and loaded with 40% bupivacaine (BU) were studied. The radiolysis mechanisms of BU and BU-loaded microspheres were investigated by using electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis. Microspheres were prepared by means of a spray drying method. Gamma Irradiation was carried out in the open, at the dose of 25 kGy, by using a 60Co source. The stability of BU-loaded microspheres was evaluated over a 1-year period on the basis of drug content and dissolution profile. Non-irradiated microspheres were stable over the whole period under consideration. Immediately after irradiation the amount of BU released after 24 h from irradiated microspheres increased from 17 to 25%; in the following 3 months of storage it increased to about 35%, and then it kept constant for 1 year. Radicals generated by BU irradiation were identified by EPR analysis; the sensitivity to gamma radiation of BU was about four times lower than that of PLGA. Furthermore, the EPR spectra of loaded microspheres showed that the relative abundance of BU radicals plus PLGA radicals was proportionate to the electronic fractions of the components; this implies that no spin transfer BU/PLGA had occurred during gamma irradiation. PMID:12088056

  6. A more secure anonymous user authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system.

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    Wen, Fengtong

    2014-05-01

    Secure and efficient user mutual authentication is an essential task for integrated electronic patient record (EPR) information system. Recently, several authentication schemes have been proposed to meet this requirement. In a recent paper, Lee et al. proposed an efficient and secure password-based authentication scheme used smart cards for the integrated EPR information system. This scheme is believed to have many abilities to resist a range of network attacks. Especially, they claimed that their scheme could resist lost smart card attack. However, we reanalyze the security of Lee et al.'s scheme, and show that it fails to protect off-line password guessing attack if the secret information stored in the smart card is compromised. This also renders that their scheme is insecure against user impersonation attacks. Then, we propose a new user authentication scheme for integrated EPR information systems based on the quadratic residues. The new scheme not only resists a range of network attacks but also provides user anonymity. We show that our proposed scheme can provide stronger security. PMID:24760224

  7. Simulation of multi-frequency EPR spectra for a distribution of the zero-field splitting

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    Azarkh, Mykhailo; Groenen, Edgar J. J.

    2015-06-01

    We present a numerical procedure called 'grid-of-errors' to extract the distribution of magnetic interactions from continuous-wave electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) spectra at multiple microwave frequencies. The approach is based on the analysis of the lineshape of the spectra and explicitly worked out for high-spin systems for which the lineshape is determined by a distribution of the zero-field splitting. Initial principal values of the zero-field splitting tensor are obtained from the EPR spectrum at a microwave frequency in the high-field limit, and the initial distribution is taken Gaussian. Subsequently, the grid-of-errors procedure optimizes this distribution, without any restriction to its shape, taking into account spectra at various microwave frequencies. The numerical procedure is illustrated for the Fe(III)-EDTA complex. An optimized distribution of the zero-field splitting is obtained, which provides a proper description of the EPR spectra at 9.5, 34, 94, and 275 GHz. The proposed approach can be used as well for distributions of magnetic interactions other than the zero-field splitting.

  8. EPR studies of the mitochondrial alternative oxidase. Evidence for a diiron carboxylate center.

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    Berthold, Deborah A; Voevodskaya, Nina; Stenmark, Pål; Gräslund, Astrid; Nordlund, Pär

    2002-11-15

    The alternative oxidase (AOX) is a ubiquinol oxidase found in the mitochondrial respiratory chain of plants as well as some fungi and protists. It has been predicted to contain a coupled diiron center on the basis of a conserved sequence motif consisting of the proposed iron ligands, four glutamate and two histidine residues. However, this prediction has not been experimentally verified. Here we report the high level expression of the Arabidopsis thaliana alternative oxidase AOX1a as a maltose-binding protein fusion in Escherichia coli. Reduction and reoxidation of a sample of isolated E. coli membranes containing the alternative oxidase generated an EPR signal characteristic of a mixed-valent Fe(II)/Fe(III) binuclear iron center. The high anisotropy of the signal, the low value of the g-average tensor, and a small exchange coupling (-J) suggest that the iron center is hydroxo-bridged. A reduced membrane preparation yielded a parallel mode EPR signal with a g-value of about 15. In AOX containing a mutation of a putative glutamate ligand of the diiron center (E222A or E273A) the EPR signals are absent. These data provide evidence for an antiferromagnetic-coupled binuclear iron center, and together with the conserved sequence motif, identify the alternative oxidase as belonging to the growing family of diiron carboxylate proteins. The alternative oxidase is the first integral membrane protein in this family, and adds a new catalytic activity (ubiquinol oxidation) to this group of enzymatically diverse proteins.

  9. Irradiated bivalve mollusks: Use of EPR spectroscopy for identification and dosimetry

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    Alberti, Angelo; Chiaravalle, Eugenio; Fuochi, Piergiorgio; Macciantelli, Dante; Mangiacotti, Michele; Marchesani, Giuliana; Plescia, Elena

    2011-12-01

    High energy radiation treatment of foodstuff for microbial control and shelf-life extension is being used in many countries. However, for consumer protection and information, the European Union has adopted the Directives 1999/2/EC and 1999/3/EC to harmonize the rules concerning the treatment and trade of irradiated foods in EU countries. Among the validated methods to detect irradiated foods the EU directives also include Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR/ESR) spectroscopy.We describe herein the use of EPR for identification of four species of bivalve mollusks, i.e. brown Venus shells (Callista chione), clams (Tapes semidecussatus), mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) and oysters (Ostrea edulis) irradiated with 60Co γ-rays. EPR could definitely identify irradiated seashells due to the presence of long-lived free radicals, primarily CO2-, CO33-, SO2- and SO3- radical anions. The presence of other organic free radicals, believed to originate from conchiolin, a scleroprotein present in the shells, was also ascertained. The use of one of these radicals as a marker for irradiation of brown Venus shells and clams can be envisaged. We also propose a dosimetric protocol for the reconstruction of the administered dose in irradiated oysters.

  10. US EPR Tests Performed to confirm the Mechanical and Hydraulic Design of the Vessel Internals

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    Dolleans, Philippe; Chambrin, Jean-Luc; Muller, Thierry

    2006-07-01

    The EPR is an Evolutionary high-Power Reactor which is based on the best French and German experience of the past twenty years in plant design construction and operation. In the present detailed engineering phase of the plant under construction in Finland (Okiluoto 3) or scheduled in France (Flamanville 3), a few actions are still ongoing mainly to complement equipment validation files. Design and validation of the main EPR components were performed within Framatome ANP's engineering teams and its two Technical Centers located in France and Germany, which develop state of the art methods in the field of thermo hydraulic testing. The Reactor Pressure Vessel internals are mainly derived from components already implemented on presently operating plants, but they differ in some features from the design used in French N4 or German Konvoi. The aim of this paper is to present the tests performed to confirm the hydraulic and mechanical design of the EPR vessel internals. - Four different mock-ups are presented to illustrate these tests: - JULIETTE for the reactor pressure vessel lower internals; - ROMEO for the reactor pressure vessel upper internals; - MAGALY for the design of the skeleton-type control rod guide assembly; - HYDRAVIB for the vibratory response of the reactor pressure vessel lowers internals. (authors)

  11. EPR and impedance spectroscopic investigations on lithium bismuth borate glasses containing nickel and vanadium ions.

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    Yadav, Arti; Khasa, Satish; Hooda, Ashima; Dahiya, Manjeet S; Agarwal, Ashish; Chand, Prem

    2016-03-15

    Glasses having composition 7NiO∙23Li2O∙20Bi2O3∙50B2O3, 7V2O5∙23Li2O∙20Bi2O3∙50B2O3 and x(2NiO∙V2O5)∙(30-x)Li2O∙50B2O3∙20Bi2O3 (with x=0, 2, 5, 7 & 10 mol%) prepared through melt-quench route are explored by analyzing density, impedance spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). It is found that both density and molar volume increase with an increase in substitution of 2NiO∙V2O5 in the base glass matrix. Different dielectric parameters viz. dielectric loss (ε), electrical modulus (M), loss tangent (tanδ) etc. are evaluated and their variations with frequency and temperature are analyzed which reveals that these glasses exhibit a non-Debye relaxation behavior. A phenomenal description of the capacitive behavior is obtained by considering the circuitry as a parallel combination of bulk resistance (Rb) and constant phase element (CPE). The conduction mechanism is found to follow Quantum Mechanical Tunneling (QMT) model. Spin Hamiltonian Parameters (SHPs) and covalency rates are calculated from the EPR spectra of vanadyl ion. The observed EPR spectra confirmed that V(4+) ion exists as vanadyl ion in the octahedral coordination with tetragonal compression.

  12. EPR study of Cu(2+) ion doped orotato(nicotinamid)cobalt(II) single crystal.

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    Yıldırım, I; Karabulut, B; Büyükgüngör, O

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the Cu(2+) ion doped orotato(nicotinamid)cobalt(II) complex by using EPR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The single crystal is triclinic with the space group P1‾. The unit cell dimensions of the crystal are a=7.2785(4)Å, b=10.2349(5)Å, c=12.7372(6)Å, α=69.297(4)°, β=74.791(4)° and γ=76.995(4)°, with Z=2. We analyzed the EPR spectra of both single crystal and powder of the complex at room temperature. EPR analysis indicates the presence of only one Cu(2+) site. We obtained the spin Hamiltonian parameters from the single crystal data for the complex. The spin Hamiltonian parameters are gx=2.032, gy=2.116, gz=2.319, Ax=28G, Ay=66G, Az=126G. These data indicate that the symmetry of paramagnetic center is rhombic. We constructed the ground state wave function of the Cu(2+) ion.

  13. Accelerated cable life testing of EPR-insulated medium voltage distribution cables

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    Walton, M.D. ); Bernstein, B.S. ); Smith, J.T. III ); Thue, W.A. , Stuart, FL ); Groeger, J.H. )

    1994-07-01

    This paper presents results aimed at developing a reliable accelerated aging tank test for EPR-insulated cables. Aging was performed at 2 to 4 times rated voltage on load cycling to temperatures of 45 C, 60 C, 75 C, and 90 C at the conductor with water in the conductor strands and outside the cable. Results show that cable failure is more rapid at the highest electrical stress and lowest conductor load cycle temperature. Cables aged at higher temperatures and various levels of electrical stress rarely failed and retained in excess of 40% of their original breakdown strength after 1,500+ days of aging. Aging performed at 90 C load cycle temperature and 4 times rated voltage with air on the outside and water at the conductor of the cable showed more rapid loss of life than with water outside. Results indicate the optimum aging conditions for EPR-insulated cables in the accelerated cable life test (ACLT) differ significantly from those previously observed for XLPE-insulated cables, and that the appropriate test methodology for EPR-insulated cables requires additional study.

  14. Surface Reservoir Characterization and Stratigraphic Studies Using Rock Magnetism and EPR in Venezuela: A Review

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    Aldana, M.; Diaz, M.; Costanzo-Alvarez, V.

    2007-05-01

    During the last years, the Paleomagnetic and Rock Magnetic Laboratory at the Simon Bolivar University has incorporated studies of rock magnetism and non conventional techniques in geophysics (as Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance or EPR) to solve diverse problems at the Venezuelan oil industry. Particularly, surface reservoir characterization and EPR-Magnetostratigraphic studies have been performed. At some Venezuelan oil fields (Guafita, La Victoria and Furrial) rock magnetic properties studies (e.g. Magnetic Susceptibility (MS)), extractable organic matter (EOM) and organic matter free radical concentration (OMFRC obtained via EPR) analysis have been applied trying to identified, at shallow levels, the "oil magnetic signature" of subjacent reservoirs. The results obtained in non consolidated samples from the first 1500 m of producers and non producers wells, show the existence of MS, EOM and OMFRC anomalies at shallow levels that are associated with an underlying reservoir and/or oil migration. Authigenic spherical aggregates of submicronic FE-rich magnetic crystals, observed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), are responsible for the detected MS anomalies. These studies allowed to establish a set of criteria (i.e. EPR, EOM and SEM) in order to link, with a minimum uncertainty, near-surface MS anomalies with the underlying reservoir. We have also explored the application of EPR, combined with petrographic, MS analysis, Qn and S-ratios, to characterize stratigraphic facies and identifying depositional environments at various sections in southwestern Venezuela. The different paramagnetic species that have been identified (e.g. manganese, free radicals and different Fe forms) together with the rock magnetic parameters, seem to give valuable information regarding the lithological characteristics of the studied sections. According to our results, as manganese content is related with the redox conditions, it can be used as a paleoenvironmental change index in

  15. Chemical Variations Along the EPR Identify Melt Flow and Influence Segmentation

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    Sachi-Kocher, A.; Mallick, S.; Langmuir, C. E.; Salters, V. J.

    2008-12-01

    We have analyzed at high "density" samples from the EPR between 8-18N for trace elements and isotopes. At the EPR we observe a systematic variation in the chemical composition of the basalts related to ridge discontinuities, both fracture zones and overlapping spreading centers. At migrating ridges such as the EPR leading (LE) and trailing edges (TE) of ridge segments have been identified. LEs have thicker crust suggesting a larger accumulation of melt. The low degree melts generated of-axis on the TE of the ridge segment can find a shorter route to the ridge by crossing the transform fault plane. The LE therefore has additional low-degree melts which are missing at the TE. The area on the EPR we covered contains four fracture zones (Siqueros, Clipperton, Orozco and 18N) as well as three overlapping spreading centers. We observe discontinuities in the chemical composition of the basalts at all seven ridge discontinuity. The changes in the trace element ratios like Ce/Yb, Ba/La, Sm/Nd at six of the seven discontinuities are consistent with the LE receiving a larger amount of low degree melt, as predicted by the geophysical model. The Clipperton Fracture zone is the only discontinuity that has chemical variations that are the reverse of what is expected based on the model. A second aspect of the chemistry is the consistent offset in Hf and Nd isotopic composition at ridge discontinuities. These variations can be explained if the sources of the EPR basalts has two lithologies with different solidi, whereby the lithology with the lower solidus also has a less radiogenic Nd and Hf isotopic composition. This material will melt earlier and will be concentrated in the low degree melts. Crossing the transform fault plane of these low degree melts could explain the observed isotopic variations. This supports the Carbotte et al. model for the explanation of the crustal thickness variations. And again the only exception is the variation across the Clipperton Fracture Zone

  16. Toward a full understanding of the EPR effect in primary and metastatic tumors as well as issues related to its heterogeneity.

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    Maeda, Hiroshi

    2015-08-30

    The enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect of solid tumors as seen with nanomedicines and macromolecular drugs is well known. However, many researchers appear to lack a full understanding of this effect. The effect varies depending on a patient's pathological and physiological characteristics and clinical condition. When a patient's systolic blood pressure is low side of about 90mmHg instead of 120-130mmHg, the hydrodynamic force pushing blood from the luminal side of a vessel into tumor tissue becomes significantly low, which results in a low EPR. Also, a vascular embolism in a tumor may impede blood flow and the EPR. Here, I describe the background of the EPR effect, heterogeneity of this effect, physiological and pathological factors affecting the effect, the EPR effect in metastatic tumors, artifacts of the EPR effect with micellar and liposomal drugs, problems of macromolecular drug stability and drug release, and access to target sites.

  17. Magnetic-field-induced orientation of photosynthetic reaction centers as revealed by time-resolved W-band EPR of spin-correlated radical pairs

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    Berthold, T.; Bechtold, M.; Heinen, U.; Link, G.; Poluektov, O.; Utschig, L.; Tang, J.; Thurnauer, M.C.; Kothe, G.

    1999-12-09

    The spin-polarized W-band EPR spectra of the secondary radical pair in plant photosystem 1 indicate a magnetic-field-induced orientation of the photosynthetic reaction centers in the field of the EPR spectrometer. This orientation arises due to the anisotropy of the diamagnetic susceptibility of the reaction center protein. Analysis of the angular-dependent EPR spectra on the basis of the spin-correlated radical pair concept provides new information on the cofactor arrangement in plant photosystem 1.

  18. Examination by EPR spectroscopy of free radicals in melanins isolated from A-375 cells exposed on valproic acid and cisplatin.

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    Chodurek, Ewa; Zdybel, Magdalena; Pilawa, Barbara; Dzierzewicz, Zofia

    2012-01-01

    Drug binding by melanin biopolymers influence the effectiveness of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and photodynamic therapy. Free radicals of melanins take part in formation of their complex with drugs. The aim of this work was to determine the effect of the two compounds: valproic acid (VPA) and cisplatin (CPT) on free radicals properties of melanin isolated from A-375 melanoma cells. Free radicals were examined by an X-band (9.3 GHz) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. EPR spectra were measured for the model synthetic eumelanin - DOPA-melanin, the melanin isolated from the control A-375 cells and these cells treated by VPA, CPT and both VPA and CPT. For all the examined samples broad EPR lines (deltaBpp: 0.48-0.68 mT) with g-factors of 2.0045-2.0060 characteristic for o-semiquinone free radicals were observed. Free radicals concentrations (N) in the tested samples, g-factors, amplitudes (A), integral intensities (I) and linewidths (deltaBpp) of the EPR spectra, were analyzed. The EPR lines were homogeneously broadened. Continuous microwave saturation of the EPR spectra indicated that slow spin-lattice relaxation processes existed in all the tested melanin samples. The relatively slowest spin-lattice relaxation processes characterized melanin isolated from A-375 cells treated with both VPA and CPT. The changes of the EPR spectra with increasing microwave power in the range of 2.2-70 mW were evaluated. Free radicals concentrations in the melanin from A-375 cells were higher than in the synthetic DOPA-melanin. The strong increase of free radicals concentration in the melanin from A-375 cells was observed after their treating by VPA. CPT also caused the increase of free radicals concentrations in the examined natural melanin. The free radicals concentration in melanin isolated from A-375 cells treated with both VPA and CPT was slightly higher than those in melanin from the control cells.

  19. EPR study of free radicals in cotton fiber for its potential use as a fortuitous dosimeter in radiological accidents

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    Sudprasert, W.; Insuan, P.; Khamkhrongmee, S.

    2015-05-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was applied to characterize radiation-induced free radicals in the cotton fiber in order to determine the possibility for using cotton as a fortuitous dosimeter in accidental exposures to radiation. Cotton fabrics were irradiated at 0.1, 0.5, 1, 2, 10, 50 and 500 Gy using a 137Cs gamma source. The irradiated samples were then stored in the dark under controlled environmental conditions for 1, 15, 35 and 60 days. The EPR spectra were observed in samples using a Bruker EMX X-band spectrometer equipped with a TE102 rectangular cavity. The EPR signal intensities of irradiated samples were determined from peak-to-peak amplitudes of EPR spectra and compared to those of unirradiated samples. The following optimum parameters were used: 100 kHz modulation frequency, 9.84 GHz microwave frequency, 1.8 mT modulation amplitude, 1.0 mW microwave power, 655 ms time constant, 41 ms conversion time and 41.98 s sweep time. The EPR spectra of unirradiated samples showed a singlet line with g = 2.006 due to pre-existing stable organic radicals in the cotton fibers, whereas those of irradiated samples showed the same pattern with different signal intensities according to the doses. Irradiation increased the signal intensity in a dose dependent manner. The signal intensity exhibited an exponential decay with storage time from 1 to 60 days. Obviously, the degree of fading of EPR intensity did not depend on the absorbed dose from 0.1 - 50 Gy. The maximum fading was about 60% at 60 days of storage for irradiated samples at all doses. However, this post-irradiation signal appeared to be detectable for up to 60 days. The EPR study results indicated the potential of using cotton as a fortuitous dosimeter in radiological accidents.

  20. VHF EPR analysis of organic sulfur in coal. Final technical report, September 1, 1992--August 31, 1993

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    Clarkson, R.B.; Belford, R.L.

    1993-12-31

    A direct and non-destructive technique called very High Frequency Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (VHF EPR) utilizing instrumentation and application techniques developed in this laboratory, is proving to be a practical and sensitive analytical method for the organic sulfur in coal. Research during this past year (1992--1993) was very successful in terms of obtaining spectrochemical information on organic sulfur in coal both quantitatively (amount of organic sulfur) and qualitatively (form and distribution of organic sulfur). Starting in this funding year, the authors have begun to develop and use a two-species model (non-exchanging and axially symmetric) for the simulation of VHF EPR coal spectra. Such a model provides quantitative information on the total concentration of sulfur species that can be directly related to the organic sulfur content as measured by conventional chemical methods. Utilizing the newly developed method, they have analyzed the VHF EPR spectra from some sub-bituminous coals containing organic sulfur in the range from 2% to 12% and a number of maceral blends. Excellent quantitative agreement is achieved between VHF EPR results and chemical analyses. In addition, the modelling of VHF EPR spectra of coal provides detailed spectral parameters. These parameters can be related to the molecular structures of the paramagnetic species giving rise to the EPR signals, as demonstrated by our study of the model compounds. The foundation of VHF EPR analysis of aromatic sulfur radicals has been firmly established based on careful investigations of the molecular and electronic structures of the thiophenic model compounds. The results validate the theoretical soundness of the method and carry important practical implications.

  1. Induction of phase II enzymes and hsp70 genes by copper sulfate through the electrophile-responsive element (EpRE): insights obtained from a transgenic zebrafish model carrying an orthologous EpRE sequence of mammalian origin.

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    Almeida, Daniela Volcan; Nornberg, Bruna Félix da Silva; Geracitano, Laura A; Barros, Daniela Martí; Monserrat, José Maria; Marins, Luis Fernando

    2010-09-01

    We have evaluated the homology of the electrophile-responsive element (EpRE) core sequence, a binding site for the Nrf2 transcription factor, in the proximal promoters of the mouse and zebrafish glutathione-S-transferase (gst), glutamate cysteine ligase catalytic subunit (gclc) and heat shock protein 70 (hsp70) genes. The EpRE sites identified for both species in the three analyzed genes showed a high similarity with the putative EpRE core sequence. We also produced a transgenic zebrafish model carrying a transgene comprised of the luciferase (luc) reporter gene under transcriptional control of a mouse EpRE sequence. This transgenic model was exposed to copper sulfate, and the reporter gene was significantly activated. The endogenous gst, gclc and hsp70 zebrafish genes were analyzed in the EpRE-Luc transgenic zebrafish and showed an expression pattern similar to that of the reporter transgene used. Our results demonstrate that EpRE is conserved between mouse and zebrafish for detoxification-related genes and that the development of genetically modified models using this responsive element to drive the expression of reporter genes can be an important tool in understanding the action mechanism of aquatic pollutants. PMID:19116768

  2. SU-C-BRD-05: Non-Invasive in Vivo Biodosimetry in Radiotherapy Patients Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy

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    Bahar, N; Roberts, K; Stabile, F; Mongillo, N; Decker, RD; Wilson, LD; Husain, Z; Contessa, J; Carlson, DJ; Williams, BB; Flood, AB; Swartz, HM

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Medical intervention following a major, unplanned radiation event can elevate the human whole body exposure LD50 from 3 to 7 Gy. On a large scale, intervention cannot be achieved effectively without accurate and efficient triage. Current methods of retrospective biodosimetry are restricted in capability and applicability; published human data is limited. We aim to further develop, validate, and optimize an automated field-deployable in vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) instrument that can fill this need. Methods: Ionizing radiation creates highly-stable, carbonate-based free radicals within tooth enamel. Using a process similar to nuclear magnetic resonance, EPR directly measures the presence of radiation-induced free radicals. We performed baseline EPR measurements on one of the upper central incisors of total body irradiation (TBI) and head and neck (H&N) radiotherapy patients before their first treatment. Additional measurements were performed between subsequent fractions to examine the EPR response with increasing radiation dose. Independent dosimetry measurements were performed with optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeters (OSLDs) and diodes to more accurately establish the relationship between EPR signal and delivered radiation dose. Results: 36 EPR measurements were performed over the course of four months on two TBI and four H & N radiotherapy patients. We observe a linear increase in EPR signal with increasing dose across the entirety of the tested range. A linear least squares-weighted fit of delivered dose versus measured signal amplitude yields an adjusted R-square of 0.966. The standard error of inverse prediction (SEIP) is 1.77 Gy. For doses up to 7 Gy, the range most relevant to triage, we calculate an SEIP of 1.29 Gy. Conclusion: EPR spectroscopy provides a promising method of retrospective, non-invasive, in vivo biodosimetry. Our preliminary data show an excellent correlation between predicted signal amplitude and delivered

  3. EPR studies of free radicals decay and survival in gamma irradiated aminoglycoside antibiotics: sisomicin, tobramycin and paromomycin.

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    Wilczyński, Sławomir; Pilawa, Barbara; Koprowski, Robert; Wróbel, Zygmunt; Ptaszkiewicz, Marta; Swakoń, Jan; Olko, Paweł

    2012-02-14

    Radiation sterilization technology is more actively used now that any time because of its many advantages. Gamma radiation has high penetrating power, relatively low chemical reactivity and causes small temperature rise. But on the other hand radiosterilization can lead to radiolytic products appearing, in example free radicals. Free radicals in radiative sterilized sisomicin, tobramycin and paromomycin were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Dose of gamma irradiation of 25kGy was used. Concentrations and properties of free radicals in irradiated antibiotics were studied. EPR spectra were recorded for samples stored in air and argon. For gamma irradiated antibiotics strong EPR lines were recorded. One- and two-exponential functions were fitted to experimental points during testing and researching of time influence of the antibiotics storage to studied parameters of EPR lines. Our study of free radicals in radiosterilized antibiotics indicates the need for characterization of medicinal substances prior to sterilization process using EPR values. We propose the concentration of free radicals and other spectroscopic parameters as useful factors to select the optimal type of sterilization for the individual drug. The important parameters are i.a. the τ time constants and K constants of exponential functions. Time constants τ give us information about the speed of free radicals concentration decrease in radiated medicinal substances. The constant K(0) shows the free radicals concentration in irradiated medicament after long time of storage.

  4. High-Frequency EPR and ENDOR Spectroscopy on Semiconductor Quantum Dots

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    Baranov, Pavel G.; de Mello Donegá, Celso; Schmidt, Jan

    2010-01-01

    It is shown that high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy are excellent tools for the investigation of the electronic properties of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). The great attractions of these techniques are that, in contrast to optical methods, they allow the identification of the dopants and provide information about the spatial distribution of the electronic wave function. This latter aspect is particularly attractive because it allows for a quantitative measurement of the effect of confinement on the shape and properties of the wave function. In this contribution EPR and ENDOR results are presented on doped ZnO QDs. Shallow donors (SDs), related to interstitial Li and Na and substitutional Al atoms, have been identified in this material by pulsed high-frequency EPR and ENDOR spectroscopy. The shallow character of the wave function of the donors is evidenced by the multitude of ENDOR transitions of the 67Zn nuclear spins and by the hyperfine interaction of the 7Li, 23Na and 27Al nuclear spins that are much smaller than for atomic lithium, sodium and aluminium. The EPR signal of an exchange-coupled pair consisting of a shallow donor and a deep Na-related acceptor has been identified in ZnO nanocrystals with radii smaller than 1.5 nm. From ENDOR experiments it is concluded that the deep Na-related acceptor is located at the interface of the ZnO core and the Zn(OH)2 capping layer, while the shallow donor is in the ZnO core. The spatial distribution of the electronic wave function of a shallow donor in ZnO semiconductor QDs has been determined in the regime of quantum confinement by using the nuclear spins as probes. Hyperfine interactions as monitored by ENDOR spectroscopy quantitatively reveal the transition from semiconductor to molecular properties upon reduction of the size of the nanoparticles. In addition, the effect of confinement on the g-factor of SDs in ZnO as well as in CdS QDs

  5. Copper binding to bilirubin as determined by FT-IR and EPR spectroscopy

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    Ferraro, J.R.; Wu, J.; Soloway, R.D.; Li, W.; Xu, Y.; Xu, D.; Shen, G.

    1996-07-01

    Copper is known to form complexes with bilirubin (H2BR). Such complexes have received increased attention due to their clinical significance as free-radical scavengers. The purpose of this study was to examine a series of Cu(2+) BR complexes to ascertain the nature of the binding between Cu(2+) and BR. Several physical measurements of the salts were made, such as Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The complexes were prepared by dissolving protonated BR in NaOH, and adding different ratios of aqueous CuCl2. At ratios of Cu(2+):H2BR of 1:1 and 2:1, soluble complexes were formed. In solution EPR spectra demonstrated nine hyperfine peaks, which from the splitting, is indicative of Cu(2+) coordinated to four nitrogen atoms coming from two molecules of BR. The solid obtained from the solutions demonstrated predominant infrared absorptions at 1574cm({minus}1) and 1403cm({minus}1) (assigned previously as COO- vibrations, asymmetric and symmetric), whereas the 1710cm({minus}1) vibration appears only as a shoulder (assigned previously as the free COOH vibration) indicative that most of the COO groups have reacted with sodium, thus accounting for the aqueous solubility. The NH stretching vibration in the pyrrole group of H2BR has disappeared and is replaced with the OH stretching vibration in H2O. At higher ratios of 3:1 and 5:1 (Cu2+H2BR), black precipitates are formed, which produce no EPR signals. Furthermore, the NH vibration disappears as in the soluble solution complexes. It can be concluded that the insoluble salts (higher Cu2+:H2BR ratios) are mixed complexes containing the Cu nitrogen chelate and Cu salts involving the COOH groups. {copyright} {ital 1996} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  6. SPIDYAN, a MATLAB library for simulating pulse EPR experiments with arbitrary waveform excitation

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    Pribitzer, Stephan; Doll, Andrin; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2016-02-01

    Frequency-swept chirp pulses, created with arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs), can achieve inversion over a range of several hundreds of MHz. Such passage pulses provide defined flip angles and increase sensitivity. The fact that spectra are not excited at once, but single transitions are passed one after another, can cause new effects in established pulse EPR sequences. We developed a MATLAB library for simulation of pulse EPR, which is especially suited for modeling spin dynamics in ultra-wideband (UWB) EPR experiments, but can also be used for other experiments and NMR. At present the command line controlled SPin DYnamics ANalysis (SPIDYAN) package supports one-spin and two-spin systems with arbitrary spin quantum numbers. By providing the program with appropriate spin operators and Hamiltonian matrices any spin system is accessible, with limits set only by available memory and computation time. Any pulse sequence using rectangular and linearly or variable-rate frequency-swept chirp pulses, including phase cycling can be quickly created. To keep track of spin evolution the user can choose from a vast variety of detection operators, including transition selective operators. If relaxation effects can be neglected, the program solves the Liouville-von Neumann equation and propagates spin density matrices. In the other cases SPIDYAN uses the quantum mechanical master equation and Liouvillians for propagation. In order to consider the resonator response function, which on the scale of UWB excitation limits bandwidth, the program includes a simple RLC circuit model. Another subroutine can compute waveforms that, for a given resonator, maintain a constant critical adiabaticity factor over the excitation band. Computational efficiency is enhanced by precomputing propagator lookup tables for the whole set of AWG output levels. The features of the software library are discussed and demonstrated with spin-echo and population transfer simulations.

  7. Biologic dosimetry for nuclear environments by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods. Conference paper

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    McCreery, M.J.; Swenberg, C.E.; Basso, M.J.; Conklin, J.J.; Hsieh, J.

    1982-06-18

    A number of stable and unstable free radicals are produced by exposure of calcified tissues to ionizing radiation. Identification of the exact molecular nature of these radicals and their kinetic annealing properties awaits further investigation. However, the high stability and the dose-response characteristics of the signal at g = 2.0023 make it very promising for use in biologic dosimetry. A 10-25 mg sample of enamel is enough to determine absorbed dose from 10-10 to the 7th power rads of gamma, X-ray, and accelerated electron exposures. This sample, which is no more than a chip from the ridge of a human tooth, does not expose the living portion of the tooth and so is relatively noninvasive. Investigations to establish a standard method for this procedure and to evaluate neutron dose is in progress. Although the procedures outlined here are relatively noninvasive, this technique affords other approaches that are even less invasive. Unlike optical methods, the sample for EPR analysis does not have to be transparent. It is not even necessary to suspend the sample as a fine powder. As long as the bone or tooth sample is within the dimensional limits of the tuned EPR cavity, it can be analyzed intact. This fact makes in vivo analysis feasible. We are currently making attempts to enlarge the EPR cavity with modification of the corresponding electronic components so that a finger can be analyzed. If this approach is successful, the expedient evaluation of large numbers of casualties might be possible by a method that is noninvasive and nondestructive.

  8. Water accessibility in a membrane-inserting peptide comparing Overhauser DNP and pulse EPR methods.

    PubMed

    Segawa, Takuya F; Doppelbauer, Maximilian; Garbuio, Luca; Doll, Andrin; Polyhach, Yevhen O; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2016-05-21

    Water accessibility is a key parameter for the understanding of the structure of biomolecules, especially membrane proteins. Several experimental techniques based on the combination of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with site-directed spin labeling are currently available. Among those, we compare relaxation time measurements and electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) experiments using pulse EPR with Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) at X-band frequency and a magnetic field of 0.33 T. Overhauser DNP transfers the electron spin polarization to nuclear spins via cross-relaxation. The change in the intensity of the (1)H NMR spectrum of H2O at a Larmor frequency of 14 MHz under a continuous-wave microwave irradiation of the nitroxide spin label contains information on the water accessibility of the labeled site. As a model system for a membrane protein, we use the hydrophobic α-helical peptide WALP23 in unilamellar liposomes of DOPC. Water accessibility measurements with all techniques are conducted for eight peptides with different spin label positions and low radical concentrations (10-20 μM). Consistently in all experiments, the water accessibility appears to be very low, even for labels positioned near the end of the helix. The best profile is obtained by Overhauser DNP, which is the only technique that succeeds in discriminating neighboring positions in WALP23. Since the concentration of the spin-labeled peptides varied, we normalized the DNP parameter ϵ, being the relative change of the NMR intensity, by the electron spin concentration, which was determined from a continuous-wave EPR spectrum.

  9. SPIDYAN, a MATLAB library for simulating pulse EPR experiments with arbitrary waveform excitation.

    PubMed

    Pribitzer, Stephan; Doll, Andrin; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2016-02-01

    Frequency-swept chirp pulses, created with arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs), can achieve inversion over a range of several hundreds of MHz. Such passage pulses provide defined flip angles and increase sensitivity. The fact that spectra are not excited at once, but single transitions are passed one after another, can cause new effects in established pulse EPR sequences. We developed a MATLAB library for simulation of pulse EPR, which is especially suited for modeling spin dynamics in ultra-wideband (UWB) EPR experiments, but can also be used for other experiments and NMR. At present the command line controlled SPin DYnamics ANalysis (SPIDYAN) package supports one-spin and two-spin systems with arbitrary spin quantum numbers. By providing the program with appropriate spin operators and Hamiltonian matrices any spin system is accessible, with limits set only by available memory and computation time. Any pulse sequence using rectangular and linearly or variable-rate frequency-swept chirp pulses, including phase cycling can be quickly created. To keep track of spin evolution the user can choose from a vast variety of detection operators, including transition selective operators. If relaxation effects can be neglected, the program solves the Liouville-von Neumann equation and propagates spin density matrices. In the other cases SPIDYAN uses the quantum mechanical master equation and Liouvillians for propagation. In order to consider the resonator response function, which on the scale of UWB excitation limits bandwidth, the program includes a simple RLC circuit model. Another subroutine can compute waveforms that, for a given resonator, maintain a constant critical adiabaticity factor over the excitation band. Computational efficiency is enhanced by precomputing propagator lookup tables for the whole set of AWG output levels. The features of the software library are discussed and demonstrated with spin-echo and population transfer simulations.

  10. On the zigzagging causility model of EPR correlations and on the interpretation of quantum mechanics

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    de Beauregard, O. Costa

    1988-09-01

    Being formalized inside the S-matrix scheme, the zigzagging causility model of EPR correlations has full Lorentz and CPT invariance. EPR correlations, proper or reversed, and Wheeler's smoky dragon metaphor are respectively pictured in spacetime or in the momentum-energy space, as V-shaped, A-shaped, or C-shaped ABC zigzags, with a summation at B over virtual states |B>

  11. Application of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Oximetry to Monitor Oxygen in Wounds in Diabetic Models

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    Desmet, Céline M.; Lafosse, Aurore; Vériter, Sophie; Porporato, Paolo E.; Sonveaux, Pierre; Dufrane, Denis; Levêque, Philippe; Gallez, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    A lack of oxygen is classically described as a major cause of impaired wound healing in diabetic patients. Even if the role of oxygen in the wound healing process is well recognized, measurement of oxygen levels in a wound remains challenging. The purpose of the present study was to assess the value of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oximetry to monitor pO2 in wounds during the healing process in diabetic mouse models. Kinetics of wound closure were carried out in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated and db/db mice. The pO2 was followed repeatedly during the healing process by 1 GHz EPR spectroscopy with lithium phthalocyanine (LiPc) crystals used as oxygen sensor in two different wound models: a full-thickness excisional skin wound and a pedicled skin flap. Wound closure kinetics were dramatically slower in 12-week-old db/db compared to control (db/+) mice, whereas kinetics were not statistically different in STZ-treated compared to control mice. At the center of excisional wounds, measurements were highly influenced by atmospheric oxygen early in the healing process. In pedicled flaps, hypoxia was observed early after wounding. While reoxygenation occurred over time in db/+ mice, hypoxia was prolonged in the diabetic db/db model. This observation was consistent with impaired healing and microangiopathies observed using intravital microscopy. In conclusion, EPR oximetry using LiPc crystals as the oxygen sensor is an appropriate technique to follow wound oxygenation in acute and chronic wounds, in normal and diabetic animals. Nevertheless, the technique is limited for measurements in pedicled skin flaps and cannot be applied to excisional wounds in which diffusion of atmospheric oxygen significantly affects the measurements. PMID:26659378

  12. Application of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Oximetry to Monitor Oxygen in Wounds in Diabetic Models.

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    Desmet, Céline M; Lafosse, Aurore; Vériter, Sophie; Porporato, Paolo E; Sonveaux, Pierre; Dufrane, Denis; Levêque, Philippe; Gallez, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    A lack of oxygen is classically described as a major cause of impaired wound healing in diabetic patients. Even if the role of oxygen in the wound healing process is well recognized, measurement of oxygen levels in a wound remains challenging. The purpose of the present study was to assess the value of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oximetry to monitor pO2 in wounds during the healing process in diabetic mouse models. Kinetics of wound closure were carried out in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated and db/db mice. The pO2 was followed repeatedly during the healing process by 1 GHz EPR spectroscopy with lithium phthalocyanine (LiPc) crystals used as oxygen sensor in two different wound models: a full-thickness excisional skin wound and a pedicled skin flap. Wound closure kinetics were dramatically slower in 12-week-old db/db compared to control (db/+) mice, whereas kinetics were not statistically different in STZ-treated compared to control mice. At the center of excisional wounds, measurements were highly influenced by atmospheric oxygen early in the healing process. In pedicled flaps, hypoxia was observed early after wounding. While reoxygenation occurred over time in db/+ mice, hypoxia was prolonged in the diabetic db/db model. This observation was consistent with impaired healing and microangiopathies observed using intravital microscopy. In conclusion, EPR oximetry using LiPc crystals as the oxygen sensor is an appropriate technique to follow wound oxygenation in acute and chronic wounds, in normal and diabetic animals. Nevertheless, the technique is limited for measurements in pedicled skin flaps and cannot be applied to excisional wounds in which diffusion of atmospheric oxygen significantly affects the measurements. PMID:26659378

  13. Water accessibility in a membrane-inserting peptide comparing Overhauser DNP and pulse EPR methods

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    Segawa, Takuya F.; Doppelbauer, Maximilian; Garbuio, Luca; Doll, Andrin; Polyhach, Yevhen O.; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2016-05-01

    Water accessibility is a key parameter for the understanding of the structure of biomolecules, especially membrane proteins. Several experimental techniques based on the combination of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with site-directed spin labeling are currently available. Among those, we compare relaxation time measurements and electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) experiments using pulse EPR with Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) at X-band frequency and a magnetic field of 0.33 T. Overhauser DNP transfers the electron spin polarization to nuclear spins via cross-relaxation. The change in the intensity of the 1H NMR spectrum of H2O at a Larmor frequency of 14 MHz under a continuous-wave microwave irradiation of the nitroxide spin label contains information on the water accessibility of the labeled site. As a model system for a membrane protein, we use the hydrophobic α-helical peptide WALP23 in unilamellar liposomes of DOPC. Water accessibility measurements with all techniques are conducted for eight peptides with different spin label positions and low radical concentrations (10-20 μM). Consistently in all experiments, the water accessibility appears to be very low, even for labels positioned near the end of the helix. The best profile is obtained by Overhauser DNP, which is the only technique that succeeds in discriminating neighboring positions in WALP23. Since the concentration of the spin-labeled peptides varied, we normalized the DNP parameter ɛ, being the relative change of the NMR intensity, by the electron spin concentration, which was determined from a continuous-wave EPR spectrum.

  14. Pulsed EPR Spectroscopy of 33S-Labeled Molybdenum Cofactor in Catalytically Active Bioengineered Sulfite Oxidase

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    Klein, Eric L.; Belaidi, Abdel Ali; Raitsimring, Arnold M.; Davis, Amanda C.; Krämer, Tobias; Astashkin, Andrei V.; Neese, Frank; Schwarz, Günter; Enemark, John H.

    2014-01-01

    Molybdenum enzymes contain at least one pyranopterin dithiolate (molybdopterin, MPT) moiety that coordinates Mo through two dithiolate (dithiolene) sulfur atoms. For sulfite oxidase (SO), hyperfine interactions (hfi) and nuclear quadrupole interactions (nqi) of magnetic nuclei (I ≠ 0) near the Mo(V) (d1) center have been measured using high-resolution pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods and interpreted with the help of the density functional theory (DFT) calculations. These have provided important insights about the active site structure and the reaction mechanism of the enzyme. However, it has not been possible to use EPR to probe the dithiolene sulfurs directly since naturally abundant 32S has no nuclear spin (I = 0). Here we describe direct incorporation of 33S (I = 3/2), the only stable magnetic sulfur isotope, into MPT using controlled in vitro synthesis with purified proteins. The electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) spectra from 33S-labeled MPT in this catalytically active SO variant are dominated by the ‘inter-doublet’ transition arising from the strong nuclear quadrupole interaction, as also occurs for the 33S-labeled exchangeable equatorial sulfite ligand [Klein, E. L., et al., Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 1408 – 1418]. The estimated experimental hfi and nqi parameters for 33S (aiso = 3 MHz and e2Qq/h = 25 MHz) are in good agreement with those predicted by DFT. In addition, the DFT calculations show that the two 33S atoms are indistinguishable by EPR and reveal a strong intermixing between their out-of-plane pz orbitals and the dxy orbital of Mo(V). PMID:24387640

  15. Mapping Local Protein Electrostatics by EPR of pH-Sensitive Thiol-Specific Nitroxide† ¶

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    Voinov, Maxim A.; Ruuge, Andres; Reznikov, Vladimir A.; Grigor’ev, Igor A.; Smirnov, Alex I.

    2013-01-01

    A first thiol-specific pH-sensitive nitroxide spin label of the imidazolidine series -methanethiosulfonic acid S-(1-oxyl-2,2,3,5,5-pentamethylimidazolidin-4-ylmethyl) ester (IMTSL) - has been synthesized and characterized. X- (9 GHz) and W-band (94 GHz) EPR spectral parameters of the new spin label in its free form and covalently attached to an amino acid cysteine and a tripeptide glutathione were studied as a function of pH and solvent polarity. pKa value of protonatable tertiary amino group of the spin label was found to be unaffected by other ionizable groups present in side chains of unstructured small peptides. The W-band EPR spectra were shown to allow for pKa determination from precise g-factor measurements. Is has been demonstrated that high accuracy of pKa determination for pH-sensitive nitroxides could be achieved regardless the frequency of measurements or the regime of spin exchange: fast at X-band and slow at W-band. IMTSL was found to react specifically with a model protein - iso-1-cytochrome c from yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae - giving EPR spectra very similar to those of the most commonly employed cysteine-specific label MTSL. CD data indicated no perturbations to the overall protein structure upon IMTSL labeling. It was found that for IMTSL, giso correlates linearly with Aiso but the slopes are different for the neutral and charged forms of the nitroxide. This finding was attributed to the solvent effects on the spin density at the oxygen atom of the N–O group and on the excitation energy of the oxygen lone-pair orbital. PMID:18426227

  16. Saturation recovery EPR and ELDOR at W-band for spin labels.

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    Froncisz, Wojciech; Camenisch, Theodore G; Ratke, Joseph J; Anderson, James R; Subczynski, Witold K; Strangeway, Robert A; Sidabras, Jason W; Hyde, James S

    2008-08-01

    A reference arm W-band (94 GHz) microwave bridge with two sample-irradiation arms for saturation recovery (SR) EPR and ELDOR experiments is described. Frequencies in each arm are derived from 2 GHz synthesizers that have a common time-base and are translated to 94 GHz in steps of 33 and 59 GHz. Intended applications are to nitroxide radical spin labels and spin probes in the liquid phase. An enabling technology is the use of a W-band loop-gap resonator (LGR) [J.W. Sidabras, R.R. Mett, W. Froncisz, T.G. Camenisch, J.R. Anderson, J.S. Hyde, Multipurpose EPR loop-gap resonator and cylindrical TE(011) cavity for aqueous samples at 94 GHz, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78 (2007) 034701]. The high efficiency parameter (8.2 GW(-1/2) with sample) permits the saturating pump pulse level to be just 5 mW or less. Applications of SR EPR and ELDOR to the hydrophilic spin labels 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetra-methyl-3-pyrroline-1-yloxyl (CTPO) and 2,2,6,6,-tetramethyl-4-piperidone-1-oxyl (TEMPONE) are described in detail. In the SR ELDOR experiment, nitrogen nuclear relaxation as well as Heisenberg exchange transfer saturation from pumped to observed hyperfine transitions. SR ELDOR was found to be an essential method for measurements of saturation transfer rates for small molecules such as TEMPONE. Free induction decay (FID) signals for small nitroxides at W-band are also reported. Results are compared with multifrequency measurements of T(1e) previously reported for these molecules in the range of 2-35 GHz [J.S. Hyde, J.-J. Yin, W.K. Subczynski, T.G. Camenisch, J.J. Ratke, W. Froncisz, Spin label EPR T(1) values using saturation recovery from 2 to 35 GHz. J. Phys. Chem. B 108 (2004) 9524-9529]. The values of T(1e) decrease at 94 GHz relative to values at 35 GHz.

  17. Chemical process to separate iron oxides particles in pottery sample for EPR dating.

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    Watanabe, S; Farias, T M B; Gennari, R F; Ferraz, G M; Kunzli, R; Chubaci, J F D

    2008-12-15

    Ancient potteries usually are made of the local clay material, which contains relatively high concentration of iron. The powdered samples are usually quite black, due to magnetite, and, although they can be used for thermoluminescene (TL) dating, it is easiest to obtain better TL reading when clearest natural or pre-treated sample is used. For electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements, the huge signal due to iron spin-spin interaction, promotes an intense interference overlapping any other signal in this range. Sample dating is obtained by dividing the radiation dose, determined by the concentration of paramagnetic species generated by irradiation, by the natural dose so as a consequence, EPR dating cannot be used, since iron signal do not depend on radiation dose. In some cases, the density separation method using hydrated solution of sodium polytungstate [Na6(H2W12O40).H2O] becomes useful. However, the sodium polytungstate is very expensive in Brazil; hence an alternative method for eliminating this interference is proposed. A chemical process to eliminate about 90% of magnetite was developed. A sample of powdered ancient pottery was treated in a mixture (3:1:1) of HCl, HNO(3) and H(2)O(2) for 4h. After that, it was washed several times in distilled water to remove all acid matrixes. The original black sample becomes somewhat clearer. The resulting material was analyzed by plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), with the result that the iron content is reduced by a factor of about 9. In EPR measurements a non-treated natural ceramic sample shows a broad spin-spin interaction signal, the chemically treated sample presents a narrow signal in g=2.00 region, possibly due to a radical of (SiO(3))(3-), mixed with signal of remaining iron [M. Ikeya, New Applications of Electron Spin Resonance, World Scientific, Singapore, 1993, p. 285]. This signal increases in intensity under gamma-irradiation. However, still due to iron influence, the additive method yielded too

  18. Analysis of Hydroperoxides in solid Polyethylene by NMR and EPR Spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    ASSINK,ROGER A.; CELINA,MATHIAS C.; DUNBAR,TIMOTHY D.; ALAM,TODD M.; CLOUGH,ROGER LEE; GILLEN,KENNETH T.

    2000-06-12

    The authors have shown that the hydroperoxide species in {gamma}-irradiated {sup 13}C-polyethylene can be directly observed by {sup 13}C MAS NMR spectroscopy. The experiment was performed without the need for special sample preparation such as chemical derivatization or dissolution. Annealing experiments were employed to study the thermal decomposition of the hydroperoxide species and to measure an activation energy of 98 kJ/mol. EPR spectroscopy suggests that residual polyenyl and alkylperoxy radicals are predominantly trapped in interracial or crystalline regions, while the peroxy radicals observed after UV-photolysis of hydroperoxides are in amorphous regions.

  19. Splitting spacetime and cloning qubits: linking no-go theorems across the ER=EPR duality

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    Bao, Ning; Pollack, Jason; Remmen, Grant N.

    2015-11-01

    We analyze the no-cloning theorem in quantum mechanics through the lens of the proposed ER=EPR (Einstein-Rosen = Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) duality between entanglement and wormholes. In particular, we find that the no-cloning theorem is dual on the gravity side to the no-go theorem for topology change, violating the axioms of which allows for wormhole stabilization and causality violation. Such a duality between important no-go theorems elucidates the proposed connection between spacetime geometry and quantum entanglement.

  20. Pentachlorooxotechnetate(VI) anion, (TcOCl/sub 5/): an EPR study

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    Kirmse, R.; Stach, J.; Abram, U.

    1985-07-03

    The anion pentachlorooxotechnetate(VI), TcOCl/sub 5//sup -/, has been prepared by reduction of TcO/sub 4//sup -/ with HCl in concentrated H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and investigated by means of the EPR technique. The axial symmetric spectrum suggests an in-plane ..pi..-type ground state of the MO of the unpaired electron. The Tc-Cl/sub eq/ bonding properties have been discussed in terms of MO theory, and a comparison has been given to the bonding properties in likely complexes of neighboring elements of Tc.

  1. Nursing documentation with NANDA and NIC in a comprehensive HIS/EPR system.

    PubMed

    Flø, Kåre

    2006-01-01

    DIPS nursing documentation system facilitates that nurses can write several types of notes into the EPR. Within these notes the nurses can register NANDA diagnoses and NIC interventions with nursing activities. To choose NANDA and NIC the nurse can use a search engine, or she can choose a relevant Care plan guideline and pick the suggested diagnoses and interventions from there. Diagnoses and interventions with nursing activities registered are presented in a Care plan. When a nurse writes a note for a patient she will always be presented the Care plan and she can easy evaluate and update the Care plan.

  2. Applicability of EPR/alanine dosimetry for quality assurance in proton eye radiotherapy.

    PubMed

    Michalec, B; Mierzwinska, G; Ptaszkiewicz, M; Sowa, U; Stolarczyk, L; Weber, A

    2014-06-01

    A new quality assurance and quality control method for proton eye radiotherapy based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)/alanine dosimetry has been developed. It is based on Spread-Out Bragg Peak entrance dose measurement with alanine detectors. The entrance dose is well correlated with the dose at the facility isocenter, where, during the therapeutic irradiation, the tumour is placed. The unique alanine detector features namely keeping the dose record in a form of stable radiation-induced free radicals trapped in the material structure, and the non-destructive read-out makes this type of detector a good candidate for additional documentation of the patient's exposure over the therapy course.

  3. Saturation recovery EPR and ELDOR at W-band for spin labels.

    PubMed

    Froncisz, Wojciech; Camenisch, Theodore G; Ratke, Joseph J; Anderson, James R; Subczynski, Witold K; Strangeway, Robert A; Sidabras, Jason W; Hyde, James S

    2008-08-01

    A reference arm W-band (94 GHz) microwave bridge with two sample-irradiation arms for saturation recovery (SR) EPR and ELDOR experiments is described. Frequencies in each arm are derived from 2 GHz synthesizers that have a common time-base and are translated to 94 GHz in steps of 33 and 59 GHz. Intended applications are to nitroxide radical spin labels and spin probes in the liquid phase. An enabling technology is the use of a W-band loop-gap resonator (LGR) [J.W. Sidabras, R.R. Mett, W. Froncisz, T.G. Camenisch, J.R. Anderson, J.S. Hyde, Multipurpose EPR loop-gap resonator and cylindrical TE(011) cavity for aqueous samples at 94 GHz, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78 (2007) 034701]. The high efficiency parameter (8.2 GW(-1/2) with sample) permits the saturating pump pulse level to be just 5 mW or less. Applications of SR EPR and ELDOR to the hydrophilic spin labels 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetra-methyl-3-pyrroline-1-yloxyl (CTPO) and 2,2,6,6,-tetramethyl-4-piperidone-1-oxyl (TEMPONE) are described in detail. In the SR ELDOR experiment, nitrogen nuclear relaxation as well as Heisenberg exchange transfer saturation from pumped to observed hyperfine transitions. SR ELDOR was found to be an essential method for measurements of saturation transfer rates for small molecules such as TEMPONE. Free induction decay (FID) signals for small nitroxides at W-band are also reported. Results are compared with multifrequency measurements of T(1e) previously reported for these molecules in the range of 2-35 GHz [J.S. Hyde, J.-J. Yin, W.K. Subczynski, T.G. Camenisch, J.J. Ratke, W. Froncisz, Spin label EPR T(1) values using saturation recovery from 2 to 35 GHz. J. Phys. Chem. B 108 (2004) 9524-9529]. The values of T(1e) decrease at 94 GHz relative to values at 35 GHz. PMID:18547848

  4. Identification of periplasmic nitrate reductase Mo(V) EPR signals in intact cells of Paracoccus denitrificans.

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    Sears, H J; Bennett, B; Spiro, S; Thomson, A J; Richardson, D J

    1995-08-15

    EPR spectroscopy has been successfully used to detect signals due to molybdenum (V) and ferric iron in intact cells of aerobically grown Paracoccus denitrificans. The signals are ascribed to the catalytic molybdenum centre and to the haem iron of the periplasmic nitrate reductase. These signals are absent from a mutant strain deficient in this enzyme. The Mo(V) signal is due to the High-g Split species which has been well characterized in the purified enzyme. This confirms that the High-g Split is the physiologically relevant signal of a number observed in the previous work on the purified enzyme. PMID:7646461

  5. EPR of Gd3+ ion in mixed CeO2-Y2O3 nanocrystals

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    Aminov, L. K.; Kurkin, I. N.; Rakhmatullin, R. M.; Böttcher, R.; Pöppl, A.; Sen, S.

    2009-11-01

    This paper reports on the results of EPR studies of mixed CeO2-Y2O3 crystals (including nanosized crystals) doped by gadolinium ions. It is revealed that the width of the line corresponding to the allowed transition 1/2 ↔ -1/2 between the Kramers-conjugated states |±1/2> of the Gd3+ ion decreases with a decrease in the powder size from macrosizes to nanosizes. The observed dependence can be due to the increase in the unit cell size during grinding of the samples.

  6. EPR and optical absorption study of Cu2+ doped lithium sulphate monohydrate (LSMH) single crystals

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    Sheela, K. Juliet; Krishnan, S. Radha; Shanmugam, V. M.; Subramanian, P.

    2016-05-01

    EPR study of Cu2+ doped NLO active Lithium Sulphate monohydrate (Li2SO4.H2O) single crystals were grown successfully by slow evaporation method at room temperature. The principal values of g and A tensors indicate existence of orthorhombic symmetry around the Cu2+ ion. From the direction cosines of g and A tensors, the locations of Cu2+ in the lattice have been identified as interstitial site. Optical absorption confirms the rhombic symmetry and ground state wave function of the Cu2+ ion in a lattice as dx2-y2.

  7. An in situ electrochemical cell for Q- and W-band EPR spectroscopy

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    Murray, Paul R.; Collison, David; Daff, Simon; Austin, Nicola; Edge, Ruth; Flynn, Brian W.; Jack, Lorna; Leroux, Fanny; McInnes, Eric J. L.; Murray, Alan F.; Sells, Daniel; Stevenson, Tom; Wolowska, Joanna; Yellowlees, Lesley J.

    2011-12-01

    A simple design for an in situ, three-electrode spectroelectrochemical cell is reported that can be used in commercial Q- and W-band (ca. 34 and 94 GHz, respectively) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometers, using standard sample tubing (1.0 and 0.5 mm inner diameter, respectively) and within variable temperature cryostat systems. The use of the cell is demonstrated by the in situ generation of organic free radicals (quinones and diimines) in fluid and frozen media, transition metal ion radical anions, and on the enzyme nitric oxide synthase reductase domain (NOSrd), in which a pair of flavin radicals are generated.

  8. Bidirectional teleportation of a pure EPR state by using GHZ states

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    Hassanpour, Shima; Houshmand, Monireh

    2016-02-01

    In the present paper, a novel bidirectional quantum teleportation protocol is proposed. By using entanglement swapping technique, two GHZ states are shared as a quantum channel between Alice and Bob as legitimate users. In this scheme, based on controlled-not operation, single-qubit measurement, and appropriate unitary operations, two users can simultaneously transmit a pure EPR state to each other, While, in the previous protocols, the users can just teleport a single-qubit state to each other via more than four-qubit state. Therefore, the proposed scheme is economical compared with previous protocols.

  9. Multifrequency cw-EPR and DFT Studies of an Apparent Compressed Octahedral Cu(II) Complex.

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    Hall, Nikita; Orio, Maylis; Gennari, Marcello; Wills, Christopher; Molton, Florian; Philouze, Christian; Jameson, Geoffrey B; Halcrow, Malcolm A; Blackman, Allan G; Duboc, Carole

    2016-02-15

    The syntheses and single-crystal X-ray structures of the mononuclear complexes [Cu(bmet)](ClO4)2·H2O, [Cu(bmet)]Br2·2MeCN, and [Zn(bmet)](ClO4)2·H2O (bmet = N,N'-bis(2,2'-bipyridin-6-ylmethyl)ethane-1,2-diamine) are described. All three complexes feature a central metal ion bound to all six N atoms of the bmet ligand, which displays a meridional-facial-facial-meridional (mffm) configuration. The three complexes show one N-M-N axis to be significantly shorter than the others in agreement with an apparent compressed octahedral geometry. The X-ray structures of a single crystal of [Cu(bmet)](ClO4)2·0.375H2O resolved from data recorded at different temperatures display no remarkable structural modifications. However, they all display both as a powder and, in solution, an axial g1 > g2 ≳ g3 > g(e) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) pattern at low temperature, which is indicative of tetragonally elongated octahedra, while at room temperature the Q-band EPR spectra display a more rhombic g1 ≳ g2 > g3 > g(e) pattern. The fully density functional theory optimized structure of the Cu(II) complexes displays significant structural modifications only along one N(imine)-M-N(amine) axis resulting in an elongated octahedral structure. Furthermore, the EPR parameters predicted from this structure are comparable to those determined experimentally from the axial EPR signal recorded at low temperature, consistent with the unpaired electron residing mainly in the {3d(x(2)-y(2))} orbital. The structural and electronic properties of [Cu(bmet)](2+) are different from those in other previously described dynamic Jahn-Teller systems. We propose that these data can be rationalized by a dynamic Jahn-Teller effect perturbed by the strain of the hexadentate bmet ligand.

  10. [Laser flash photolysis, EPR and Raman studies of liquids at elevated pressures

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    Eyring, E.M.

    1992-01-01

    The proposed research will solve a number of analytical chemical problems in solutions with measurement techniques that benefit from the use of elevated hydrostatic pressures: stopped-flow spectrophotometry (Gd[sup 3+] + L(ligand), [RuL[sub 5]H[sub 2]O][sup 2+], laser flash photolysis of Mo(CO)[sub 6] + L, flash photolysis of binuclear metalloproteins), EPR spectroscopy (Gd[sup 3+] ion-exchanged into ETS-10 and ETAS-10 molecular sieves), laser flash photolysis kinetic studies of Mo(CO)[sub 6]-2,2'-bipyridine, and electrochemical studies of metalloporphyrins using resonance Raman spectroscopy.

  11. [Laser flash photolysis, EPR and Raman studies of liquids at elevated pressures

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    Eyring, E.M.

    1992-10-01

    The proposed research will solve a number of analytical chemical problems in solutions with measurement techniques that benefit from the use of elevated hydrostatic pressures: stopped-flow spectrophotometry (Gd{sup 3+} + L(ligand), [RuL{sub 5}H{sub 2}O]{sup 2+}, laser flash photolysis of Mo(CO){sub 6} + L, flash photolysis of binuclear metalloproteins), EPR spectroscopy (Gd{sup 3+} ion-exchanged into ETS-10 and ETAS-10 molecular sieves), laser flash photolysis kinetic studies of Mo(CO){sub 6}-2,2`-bipyridine, and electrochemical studies of metalloporphyrins using resonance Raman spectroscopy.

  12. EPR Oximetry for Investigation of Hyperbaric O2 Pre-treatment for Tumor Radiosensitization.

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    Williams, Benjamin B; Hou, Huagang; Coombs, Rachel; Swartz, Harold M

    2016-01-01

    A number of studies have reported benefits associated with the application of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBO) delivered immediately prior to radiation therapy. While these studies provide evidence that pre-treatment with HBO may be beneficial, no measurements of intratumoral pO2 were carried out and they do not directly link the apparent benefits to decreased hypoxic fractions at the time of radiation therapy. While there is empirical evidence and some theoretical basis for HBO to enhance radiation therapy, without direct and repeated measurements of its effects on pO2, it is unlikely that the use of HBO can be understood and optimized for clinical applications. In vivo EPR oximetry is a technique uniquely capable of providing repeated direct measurements of pO2 through a non-invasive procedure in both animal models and human patients. In order to evaluate the ability of pretreatment with HBO to elevate tumor pO2, a novel small animal hyperbaric chamber system was constructed that allows simultaneous in vivo EPR oximetry. This chamber can be placed within the EPR magnet and is equipped with a variety of ports for multiplace gas delivery, thermoregulation, delivery of anesthesia, physiologic monitoring, and EPR detection. Initial measurements were performed in a subcutaneous RIF-1 tumor model in C3H/HeJ mice. The mean baseline pO2 value was 6.0 ± 1.2 mmHg (N = 7) and responses to two atmospheres absolute pressure HBO varied considerably across subjects, within tumors, and over time. When an increase in pO2 was observed, the effect was transient in all but one case, with durations lasting from 5 min to over 20 min, and returned to baseline levels during HBO administration. These results indicate that without direct measurements of pO2 in the tissue of interest, it is likely to be difficult to know the effects of HBO on actual tissue pO2. PMID:27526165

  13. A Multiparty Controlled Bidirectional Quantum Secure Direct Communication and Authentication Protocol Based on EPR Pairs

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    Chang, Yan; Zhang, Shi-Bin; Yan, Li-Li; Sheng, Zhi-Wei

    2013-06-01

    A multiparty controlled bidirectional quantum secure direct communication and authentication protocol is proposed based on EPR pair and entanglement swapping. The legitimate identities of communicating parties are encoded to Bell states which act as a detection sequence. Secret messages are transmitted by using the classical XOR operation, which serves as a one-time-pad. No photon with secret information transmits in the quantum channel. Compared with the protocols proposed by Wang et al. [Acta Phys. Sin. 56 (2007) 673; Opt. Commun. 266 (2006) 732], the protocol in this study implements bidirectional communication and authentication, which defends most attacks including the ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack efficiently.

  14. The orientation of membrane bound radicals: an EPR investigation of magnetically ordered spinach chloroplasts.

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    Dismukes, G C; Sauer, K

    1978-12-01

    The orientation of membrane-bound radicals in spinach chloroplasts is examined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy of chloroplasts oriented by magnetic fields. Several of the membrane-bound radicals which possess g-tensor anisotropy display EPR signals with a marked dependence on the orientation of the membranes relative to the applied EPR field. The fraction of oxidized and reduced plastocyanin, P-700, iron-sulfur proteins A and B, and the X center, an early acceptor of Photosystem I, can be controlled by the light intensity during steady-state illumination and can be trapped by cooling. The X center can be photoreduced and trapped in the absence of strong reductants and high pH, conditions previously found necessary for its detection. These results confirm its role as an early electron acceptor in P-700 photo-oxidation. X is oriented with its smallest principal g-tensor axis (gx) predominantly parallel to the normal to the thylakoid membrane, the same orientation as was found for an early electron acceptor based on time-resolved electron spin polarization studies. We propose that the X center is the first example of a high potential iron-sulfur protein which functions in electron transfer in its 'superreduced' state. We present evidence which suggests that iron-sulfur proteins A and B are 4Fe-4S clusters in an 8Fe-8S protein. Center B is oriented with gy predominantly normal to the membrane plane. The spectra of center A and plastocyanin do not show significant changes with sample orientation. In the case of plastocyanin, this may indicate a lack of molecular orientation. The absence of an orientation effect for reduced center A is reconcilable with a 4Fe-4S geometry, provided that the electron obtained upon reduction can be shared between any pair of Fe atoms in the center. Orientation of the 'Rieske' iron-sulfur protein is also observed. It has axial symmetry with g parallel close to the plane of the membrane. A model is proposed for the

  15. Emerging Issues in Pediatric Asthma: Gaps in EPR-3 Guidelines for Infants and Children

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    Jackson, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    There are many complexities to the treatment of infants and children with recurrent wheezing and asthma. NHLBI’s Expert Panel Report-3 (EPR3), published in 2007, provides guidance to clinicians who care for infants and children with asthma. Since that time, many important clinical trials have further informed the evidence base available to clinicians. In this manuscript, new approaches to long-term therapy, intermittent fixed-dose and dynamic dose therapies, and emerging therapies for asthma are reviewed. Further, additional gaps in guideline-base care and areas for future research are discussed. PMID:25269401

  16. Fault-tolerant controlled deterministic secure quantum communication using EPR states against collective noise

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    Kao, Shih-Hung; Yang, Chun-Wei; Hwang, Tzonelih

    2016-09-01

    This paper proposes two new fault-tolerant controlled deterministic secure quantum communication (CDSQC) protocols based only on Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) entangled states. The proposed protocols are designed to be robust against the collective-dephasing noise and the collective-rotation noise, respectively. Compared to the existing fault-tolerant controlled quantum communication protocols, the proposed protocols not only can do without a quantum channel between the receiver and the controller as the state-of-the-art protocols do, but also have the advantage that the number of quantum particles required in the CDSQC protocols is reduced owing to the use of the simplest entangled states.

  17. Source Variations Along the EPR Identify Melt flow and Influence Segmentation

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    Salters, V. J.; Mallick, S. J.; Sachi-Kocher, A.

    2009-05-01

    Understanding the melting processes and the relation between the source variations and the melting process is crucial in understanding the sub-ridge processes. We have analyzed at high "density" samples from the EPR between 8-18N for trace elements and isotopes. At the EPR we observe a systematic variation in the chemical composition of the basalts related to ridge discontinuities, both at fracture zones and at overlapping spreading centers. The variations in the chemistry are of two types: 1. There is a discontinuity in composition across a fracture zone or overlapper. This discrete jump in composition can be identified in both the trace element ratios as well as the isotopic compositions. 2. The chemical variations in each individual ridge segment indicates two component mixing. However, the two components differ from segment to segment. The first type of variation can be explained by low degrees melts traveling across the ridge continuity. At migrating ridges such as the EPR leading (LE) and trailing edges (TE) of ridge segments have been identified. LEs have thicker crust suggesting a larger accumulation of melt. The low degree melts generated of-axis on the TE of the ridge segment can find a shorter route to the ridge by crossing the transform fault plane. The LE therefore has additional low-degree melts which are missing at the TE. The area on the EPR we covered contains four fracture zones (Siqueros, Clipperton, Orozco and 18N) as well as three overlapping spreading centers. We observe discontinuities in the chemical composition of the basalts at all eight ridge discontinuity. The changes in the trace element ratios like Ce/Yb, Ba/La, Sm/Nd at six of the seven discontinuities are consistent with the LE receiving a larger amount of low degree melt, as predicted by the geophysical model. The Clipperton Fracture zone is the only discontinuity that has chemical variations that are the reverse of what is expected based on the model. Secondly, and perhaps most

  18. A Hash Based Remote User Authentication and Authenticated Key Agreement Scheme for the Integrated EPR Information System.

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    Li, Chun-Ta; Weng, Chi-Yao; Lee, Cheng-Chi; Wang, Chun-Cheng

    2015-11-01

    To protect patient privacy and ensure authorized access to remote medical services, many remote user authentication schemes for the integrated electronic patient record (EPR) information system have been proposed in the literature. In a recent paper, Das proposed a hash based remote user authentication scheme using passwords and smart cards for the integrated EPR information system, and claimed that the proposed scheme could resist various passive and active attacks. However, in this paper, we found that Das's authentication scheme is still vulnerable to modification and user duplication attacks. Thereafter we propose a secure and efficient authentication scheme for the integrated EPR information system based on lightweight hash function and bitwise exclusive-or (XOR) operations. The security proof and performance analysis show our new scheme is well-suited to adoption in remote medical healthcare services.

  19. Theoretical studies of the local structure and EPR parameters for Cu2+ centers in disodium malonate trihydrate single crystal

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    Chao-Ying, Li; Ying, Huang; Xue-Mei, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters (g factors gxx, gyy, gzz and hyperfine structure constants Axx, Ayy, Azz) of the two Cu2+ centers in disodium malonate trihydrate (DSMT) single crystal are theoretically interpreted using the high order perturbation formulas of these parameters for a 3d9 ions in rhombically elongated octahedra. In the calculation, the rhombic crystal-field parameters are determined from the superposition model and the admixture of d-orbitals in the ground state wave function are taking account, the results show that although the admixture of the | d z 2 > state to the ground state wave function is small, it should not be neglected in calculations of the EPR parameters. The theoretical EPR parameters show good agreement with the observed values. The results are discussed.

  20. EPR and LC-MS studies on the mechanism of industrial dye decolorization by versatile peroxidase from Bjerkandera adusta.

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    Baratto, Maria Camilla; Juarez-Moreno, Karla; Pogni, Rebecca; Basosi, Riccardo; Vazquez-Duhalt, Rafael

    2015-06-01

    The mechanisms of industrial dye transformation by versatile peroxidase were elucidated. Purified versatile peroxidase from Bjerkandera adusta was able to decolorize different classes of dyes including azo and phthalocyanines, but unable to transform any of the anthraquinones tested. Kinetic constants for selected dyes were determined and the transformation products were analyzed by EPR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The EPR and MS analyses of the enzymatic decolorization products showed the cleavage of the azo bond in azo dyes and the total disruption of the phthalocyaninic ring in phthalocyanine dyes. The EPR analysis on two copper-containing dyes, reactive violet 5 (azo) and reactive blue 72 (phthalocyanine), showed that the transformation can or not break the metal-ion coordination bond according the dye nature. The role of the catalytic Trp172 in the dye transformation by a long-range electron transfer pathway was confirmed and the oxidation mechanisms are proposed and discussed. PMID:25567062

  1. High-pressure low-temperature locknut cell for both EPR and NMR studies to 10 kilobars and 77 K

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    Sinha, Shantanu; Srinivasan, R.

    1983-11-01

    A locked high-pressure cell with working pressure range up to 10 kbars suitable for low-temperature studies to 77 K has been described. It can be used for both EPR and NMR studies of single crystals (and other solid samples). The high-pressure seal and all other aspects of the cell remain the same for either application. Only a change of the bottom plug is required for a switch from a nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) to an electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) experiment. Details of the procedure for the calibration of pressure inside the cell at various temperatures are discussed. The performance of the cell in EPR (Cr3+ion) and NMR (27Al nucleus) studies is reported.

  2. Theoretical investigations of the optical and EPR spectra for trivalent cerium and ytterbium ions in orthorhombic YF3 crystal

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    Liu, Hong-Gang; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2016-09-01

    The optical spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters (g factors and hyperfine structure constants A) for trivalent cerium and ytterbium ions in YF3 crystal with orthorhombic structure are investigated together by the complete diagonalization (of energy matrix) method (CDM). The obtained results are in reasonable agreement with the experimental ones. More importantly, two magnetically nonequivalent centers in YF3 crystal observed in EPR experiments are confirmed and ascribed to their specific positions in a unit cell by our calculations based on superposition model (SPM) analysis. Such identification of local sites with different magnetic properties would help us to understand not only the EPR spectra and magnetic susceptibility of other lanthanide ions doped in crystals with the same structure as YF3 but also the energy transfer scheme between two lanthanide ions occupying such two sites. All results are discussed carefully.

  3. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oxygen image hypoxic fraction plus radiation dose strongly correlates with tumor cure in FSa fibrosarcomas

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    Elas, Martyna; Bell, Rebecca; Hleihel, Danielle; Barth, Eugene D.; McFaul, Colin; Haney, Chad R.; Bielanska, Joanna; Pustelny, Katarzyna; Ahn, Kang-Hyun; Pelizzari, Charles A.; Kocherginsky, Masha; Halpern, Howard J.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose Tumor hypoxia has long been known to produce resistance to radiation. In this study, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oxygen imaging was investigated for its power to predict the success of tumor control depending on tumor oxygenation level and radiation therapy dose. Methods and Materials Thirty-four EPR oxygen images were obtained from the legs of C3H mice bearing 0.5 ml FSa fibrosarcomas under both normal (air breathing) and clamped tumor conditions. Under the same conditions as those during which the images were obtained, tumors were irradiated to a variety doses near the FSa TCD50. Tumor tissue was distinguished from normal tissue using co-registration of the EPR oxygen images with spin-echo MRI images of the tumor and/or stereotactic localization. Tumor voxel statistics in the EPR oxygen image included mean and median pO2, and the fraction of tumor voxels below the specified pO2 values of 3, 6 and 10 torr. Bivariate logistic regression analysis using radiation dose and each of the EPR oxygen image statistics determined which best separated treatment failure from success. Results and Conclusions TCD50 measurements were similar to those found in the literature for this syngeneic tumor. Bivariate analysis of 34 tumors demonstrated that tumor cure correlated with dose (p=0.004) and with <10 torr hypoxic fraction (p=0.023). Together, radiation dose and EPR image hypoxic fraction separate the population of FSa fibrosarcomas which are cured from those which fail, thus predicting curability. PMID:18474313

  4. Direct measurement of the self-exchange rate of stellacyanin by a novel e.p.r. method.

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    Dahlin, S; Reinhammar, B; Wilson, M T

    1984-01-01

    A method for reconstituting the blue copper protein stellacyanin with the stable copper isotopes 63Cu and 65Cu is reported. Small differences in the e.p.r. spectra of the two isotopic forms of stellacyanin have been used to monitor the electron self-exchange reaction of stellacyanin by rapid-freeze e.p.r. methods. The self-exchange rate constant (k11) for stellacyanin has been determined as 1.2 X 10(5) M-1 X S-1 at 20 degrees C. This value is in close agreement with values obtained from less-direct methods. PMID:6324759

  5. Dioxygen diffusion in the stratum corneum: an EPR spin label study.

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    Hatcher, M E; Plachy, W Z

    1993-06-18

    The stratum corneum, the outer 10 microns of the skin, serves as a permeability barrier regulating the transport of molecules between the body and the environment. The purpose of this study is to understand this permeability barrier function as it pertains to the diffusion of molecular oxygen. The stratum corneum was investigated with EPR spectroscopy following inoculation with a stearic acid spin probe. The presence of paramagnetic molecular oxygen results in the broadening of the EPR spectral lines of the spin probe. The rate of oxygen diffusion across the stratum corneum, and then the oxygen diffusion coefficient, D(O2), was determined by studying this line-broadening as a function of time. D(O2) in human stratum corneum was found to be 3 x 10(-7) cm2/s at 37 degrees C with an activation energy of approx. 44 kJ/mol. The application of the permeation-enhancing chemicals, DeMSO and DMSO, to the stratum corneum increased D(O2) two- to three-fold.

  6. Transverse interference peaks in chirp FT-EPR correlated three-pulse ESEEM spectra

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    Pribitzer, Stephan; Segawa, Takuya F.; Doll, Andrin; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2016-11-01

    Fourier transform (FT) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) correlation spectroscopy usually requires broader excitation bandwidth than can be achieved by monochromatic rectangular pulses. Replacement of such pulses by frequency-swept pulses affords the correlation spectra, which, however, may not look the same as those that would be obtained with sufficiently broad-banded monochromatic rectangular pulses. This was recently observed for correlating nuclear frequencies to FT-EPR spectra by a three-pulse electron spin echo envelope modulation experiment. Here we analyze the origin of the additional cross peaks, whose position depends on the direction of the frequency sweep. We find that such peaks arise if coherence or polarization is transferred to an electron spin transition already before this transition is actually passed during the frequency sweep. This happens by excitation of a chain of transitions that connect levels of the source transition, where coherence resides before mixing, and the target transition, where it resides after mixing. The correlation spectra can be simplified by combining data from frequency up and down sweeps.

  7. Influence of crushing and additive irradiation procedures on EPR dosimetry of tooth enamel

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    Shalom, S.V.; Chumak, V.V.; Haskell, E.H.; Hayes, R.B.; Kenner, G.H.

    1996-01-01

    The effect of the crushing and additive dose procedures used in EPR dosimetry of enamel was studied on the signals with g-factors of 2. 0045 and g, = 2.0018, g. = 1.9975. Eight fractions, ranging in size from <75 micrometers to 2 mm, were prepared from one tooth. Two cases were investigated: crushing of a non-irradiated sample and of a sample previously irradiated (6 Gy from `Co gamma ray source). In the non-irradiated study, the intensity of the native signal at 2.0045 in by circa 1.75 times as the grain size decreased from maximum to minimum. A small in radiation sensitivity (< 8%) was also observed with decreasing grain size. In the irradiated samples, crushing resulted in slight variations of reconstructed doses from expected values, but the worst possible case (grain sizes < 75 micron) showed that additional errors were less than 10%. The radiation sensitivity of enamel measured immediately after exposure is underestimated. It increases by about 15% in the first month. Based on the decomposition of the observed spectra, a new interpretation of transient signals 1108 is proposed which explains the above phenomena. Recommendations about how to use this interpretation in retrospective EPR dosimetry are given.

  8. Oxidation state of manganese in zinc pyrophosphate: Probed by luminescence and EPR studies

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    Gupta, Santosh K.; Kadam, R. M.; Natarajan, V.; Godbole, S. V.

    2014-04-01

    Zn2P2O7: Mn was synthesized by wet chemical route and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. Photoluminescence spectrum shows two bands, one at 500 nm (green emission), which is attributed to the 4T1(4G)-6A1(6S) transition of Mn2+ and other centered at 686 nm (red emission) is attributed to the electronic transition between 2E and 4A2 of Mn4+ accompanied with vibronic transitions. EPR spectroscopic studies also confirmed the presence of both Mn2+ and Mn4+ ions in zinc pyrophosphate with difference in the number of fine transitions and g values (Mn4+, S=3/2, three fine transitions and g < 2.00; Mn2+ S=5/2, five fine transitions and g=2.00).Mn2+ is attributed to presence of Mn at 6-ccordinated Zn2+ site whereas Mn4+ is due to presence substitution of Mn4+ at Zn2+ site thereby invoking charge compensation by presence of interstitial oxygen ions around Mn4+ ion or due to substitution of manganese at distorted 5-coordinated zinc site.

  9. An improved approach to identify irradiated spices using electronic nose, FTIR, and EPR spectroscopy.

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    Sanyal, Bhaskar; Ahn, Jae-Jun; Maeng, Jeong-Hwan; Kyung, Hyun-Kyu; Lim, Ha-Kyeong; Sharma, Arun; Kwon, Joong-Ho

    2014-09-01

    Changes in cumin and chili powder from India resulting from electron-beam irradiation were investigated using 3 analytical methods: electronic nose (E-nose), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The spices had been exposed to 6 to 14 kGy doses recommended for microbial decontamination. E-nose measured a clear difference in flavor patterns of the irradiated spices in comparison with the nonirradiated samples. Principal component analysis further showed a dose-dependent variation. FTIR spectra of the samples showed strong absorption bands at 3425, 3007 to 2854, and 1746 cm(-1). However, both nonirradiated and irradiated spice samples had comparable patterns without any noteworthy changes in functional groups. EPR spectroscopy of the irradiated samples showed a radiation-specific triplet signal at g = 2.006 with a hyper-fine coupling constant of 3 mT confirming the results obtained with the E-nose technique. Thus, E-nose was found to be a potential tool to identify irradiated spices. PMID:25155212

  10. EPR monitored redox titration of the cofactors of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Nar1.

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    Hagedoorn, Peter-Leon; van der Weel, Laura; Hagen, Wilfred R

    2014-11-26

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) monitored redox titrations are a powerful method to determine the midpoint potential of cofactors in proteins and to identify and quantify the cofactors in their detectable redox state. The technique is complementary to direct electrochemistry (voltammetry) approaches, as it does not offer information on electron transfer rates, but does establish the identity and redox state of the cofactors in the protein under study. The technique is widely applicable to any protein containing an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) detectable cofactor. A typical titration requires 2 ml protein with a cofactor concentration in the range of 1-100 µM. The protein is titrated with a chemical reductant (sodium dithionite) or oxidant (potassium ferricyanide) in order to poise the sample at a certain potential. A platinum wire and a Ag/AgCl reference electrode are connected to a voltmeter to measure the potential of the protein solution A set of 13 different redox mediators is used to equilibrate between the redox cofactors of the protein and the electrodes. Samples are drawn at different potentials and the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectra, characteristic for the different redox cofactors in the protein, are measured. The plot of the signal intensity versus the sample potential is analyzed using the Nernst equation in order to determine the midpoint potential of the cofactor.

  11. Heavy-ion-induced sucrose radicals investigated using EPR and UV spectroscopy.

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    Nakagawa, Kouichi; Karakirova, Yordanka; Yordanov, Nicola D

    2015-05-01

    The potential use of a sucrose dosimeter for estimating both linear energy transfer (LET) and the absorbed dose of heavy ion and X-ray radiation was investigated. The stable free radicals were produced when sucrose was irradiated with heavy ions, such as helium, carbon, silicon and neon ions, and when the X-ray radiation was similar to the obtained electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra, which were ∼7 mT wide and composed of several hyperfine structures. In addition, the total spin concentration resulting from heavy-ion irradiation increased linearly as the absorbed dose increased, and decreased logarithmically as the LET increased. These empirical relations imply that the LET at a certain dose can be determined from the spin concentration. For sucrose and alanine, both cross-sections following C-ion irradiation with a 50 Gy dose were ∼1.3 × 10(-12) [μm(2)], taking into account the molecular size of the samples. The values of these cross-sections imply that multiple ionizing particles were involved in the production of stable radicals. Furthermore, UV absorbance at 267 nm of an aqueous solution of irradiated sucrose was found to linearly increase with increasing absorbed dose. Therefore, the EPR and UV results suggest that sucrose can be a useful dosimeter for heavy-ion irradiation.

  12. Combining crystallography and EPR: crystal and solution structures of the multidomain cochaperone DnaJ

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    Barends, Thomas R. M.; Brosi, Richard W. W.; Steinmetz, Andrea; Scherer, Anna; Hartmann, Elisabeth; Eschenbach, Jessica; Lorenz, Thorsten; Seidel, Ralf; Shoeman, Robert L.; Zimmermann, Sabine; Bittl, Robert; Schlichting, Ilme; Reinstein, Jochen

    2013-08-01

    The crystal structure of the N-terminal part of T. thermophilus DnaJ unexpectedly showed an ordered GF domain and guided the design of a construct enabling the first structure determination of a complete DnaJ cochaperone molecule. By combining the crystal structures with spin-labelling EPR and cross-linking in solution, a dynamic view of this flexible molecule was developed. Hsp70 chaperones assist in a large variety of protein-folding processes in the cell. Crucial for these activities is the regulation of Hsp70 by Hsp40 cochaperones. DnaJ, the bacterial homologue of Hsp40, stimulates ATP hydrolysis by DnaK (Hsp70) and thus mediates capture of substrate protein, but is also known to possess chaperone activity of its own. The first structure of a complete functional dimeric DnaJ was determined and the mobility of its individual domains in solution was investigated. Crystal structures of the complete molecular cochaperone DnaJ from Thermus thermophilus comprising the J, GF and C-terminal domains and of the J and GF domains alone showed an ordered GF domain interacting with the J domain. Structure-based EPR spin-labelling studies as well as cross-linking results showed the existence of multiple states of DnaJ in solution with different arrangements of the various domains, which has implications for the function of DnaJ.

  13. EPR and magnetic susceptibility investigation of iron-zinc-phosphate glass ceramics

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    Popa, A.; Stefan, R.; Bosca, M.; Dan, V.; Pop, V.; Pascuta, P.

    2013-11-13

    (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub x}⋅(P{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub 40}⋅(ZnO){sub 60−x} glass ceramics containing different concentrations of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} ranging from 1 to 20 mol% were obtained by heat treatment of glass samples at 650 °C for 2 h. The structural and magnetic properties of these glass ceramics were investigated by means of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The EPR spectra of the studied samples revealed absorptions centered at g ≈ 2.0 and 4.3. The compositional variations of the intensity and line width of these absorption lines was interpreted in terms of the variation in Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} ions concentration in the glass ceramics as well as the interaction between the iron ions. The magnetic susceptibility data evidenced the presence of both Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} ions, with their relative content depending on the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration. Dipolar and superexchange interactions involving iron ions were revealed depending on the iron content of the sample.

  14. Fast dynamic electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oxygen imaging using low-rank tensors.

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    Christodoulou, Anthony G; Redler, Gage; Clifford, Bryan; Liang, Zhi-Pei; Halpern, Howard J; Epel, Boris

    2016-09-01

    Hypoxic tumors are resistant to radiotherapy, motivating the development of tools to image local oxygen concentrations. It is generally believed that stable or chronic hypoxia is the source of resistance, but more recent work suggests a role for transient hypoxia. Conventional EPR imaging (EPRI) is capable of imaging tissue pO2in vivo, with high pO2 resolution and 1mm spatial resolution but low imaging speed (10min temporal resolution for T1-based pO2 mapping), which makes it difficult to investigate the oxygen changes, e.g., transient hypoxia. Here we describe a new imaging method which accelerates dynamic EPR oxygen imaging, allowing 3D imaging at 2 frames per minute, fast enough to image transient hypoxia at the "speed limit" of observed pO2 change. The method centers on a low-rank tensor model that decouples the tradeoff between imaging speed, spatial coverage/resolution, and number of inversion times (pO2 accuracy). We present a specialized sparse sampling strategy and image reconstruction algorithm for use with this model. The quality and utility of the method is demonstrated in simulations and in vivo experiments in tumor bearing mice. PMID:27498337

  15. Oxidation state of manganese in zinc pyrophosphate: Probed by luminescence and EPR studies

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    Gupta, Santosh K. Kadam, R. M. Natarajan, V. Godbole, S. V.

    2014-04-24

    Zn{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}: Mn was synthesized by wet chemical route and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. Photoluminescence spectrum shows two bands, one at 500 nm (green emission), which is attributed to the {sup 4}T{sub 1}({sup 4}G)-{sup 6}A{sub 1}({sup 6}S) transition of Mn{sup 2+} and other centered at 686 nm (red emission) is attributed to the electronic transition between {sup 2}E and {sup 4}A{sub 2} of Mn{sup 4+} accompanied with vibronic transitions. EPR spectroscopic studies also confirmed the presence of both Mn2+ and Mn4+ ions in zinc pyrophosphate with difference in the number of fine transitions and g values (Mn{sub 4+}, S=3/2, three fine transitions and g < 2.00; Mn{sup 2+} S=5/2, five fine transitions and g=2.00).Mn{sup 2+} is attributed to presence of Mn at 6-ccordinated Zn{sup 2+} site whereas Mn{sup 4+} is due to presence substitution of Mn{sup 4+} at Zn{sup 2+} site thereby invoking charge compensation by presence of interstitial oxygen ions around Mn{sup 4+} ion or due to substitution of manganese at distorted 5-coordinated zinc site.

  16. Evaluation of partial k-space strategies to speed up time-domain EPR imaging.

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    Subramanian, Sankaran; Chandramouli, Gadisetti V R; McMillan, Alan; Gullapalli, Rao P; Devasahayam, Nallathamby; Mitchell, James B; Matsumoto, Shingo; Krishna, Murali C

    2013-09-01

    Narrow-line spin probes derived from the trityl radical have led to the development of fast in vivo time-domain EPR imaging. Pure phase-encoding imaging modalities based on the single-point imaging scheme have demonstrated the feasibility of three-dimensional oximetric images with functional information in minutes. In this article, we explore techniques to improve the temporal resolution and circumvent the relatively short biological half-lives of trityl probes using partial k-space strategies. There are two main approaches: one involves the use of the Hermitian character of the k-space by which only part of the k-space is measured and the unmeasured part is generated using the Hermitian symmetry. This approach is limited in success by the accuracy of numerical estimate of the phase roll in the k-space that corrupts the Hermiticy. The other approach is to measure only a judicially chosen reduced region of k-space (a centrosymmetric ellipsoid region) that more or less accounts for >70% of the k-space energy. Both of these aspects were explored in Fourier transform-EPR imaging with a doubling of scan speed demonstrated by considering ellipsoid geometry of the k-space. Partial k-space strategies help improve the temporal resolution in studying fast dynamics of functional aspects in vivo with infused spin probes.

  17. Integrity of the reactor coolant boundary of the European pressurized water reactor (EPR)

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    Goetsch, D.; Bieniussa, K.; Schulz, H.; Jalouneix, J.

    1997-04-01

    This paper is an abstract of the work performed in the frame of the development of the IPSN/GRS approach in view of the EPR conceptual safety features. EPR is a pressurized water reactor which will be based on the experience gained by utilities and designers in France and in Germany. The reactor coolant boundary of a PWR includes the reactor pressure vessel (RPV), those parts of the steam generators (SGs) which contain primary coolant, the pressurizer (PSR), the reactor coolant pumps (RCPs), the main coolant lines (MCLs) with their branches as well as the other connecting pipes and all branching pipes including the second isolation valves. The present work covering the integrity of the reactor coolant boundary is mainly restricted to the integrity of the main coolant lines (MCLs) and reflects the design requirements for the main components of the reactor coolant boundary. In the following the conceptual aspects, i.e. design, manufacture, construction and operation, will be assessed. A main aspect is the definition of break postulates regarding overall safety implications.

  18. Magnesium lactate mixed with EVA polymer/paraffin as an EPR dosimeter for radiation processing application

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    Soliman, Y. S.; Abdel-Fattah, A. A.

    2012-12-01

    The dosimetric characteristics of γ-radiation-induced defects in magnesium lactate (ML) rods (3.5 mm×10 mm) formulated by mixing ML with molten mixtures of paraffin wax and EVA copolymer have been investigated using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The EPR spectrum of irradiated ML rods was characterized by a quartet signal with the spectroscopic splitting g-factor of 2.0048±0.0003 at 0.4 mT. The useful dose range of the rod dosimeter was 100 Gy to 80 kGy. The mass attenuation coefficient, μ/ρ, and the mass energy-absorption coefficient, μen/ρ, versus energy in the range of 10 keV to 20 MeV indicate that the prepared ML dosimeter is typically adipose tissue equivalent overall this energy range. The overall combined uncertainties (at 2σ) associated with routine dose monitoring in the dose range of 0.1-10 kGy and 10-80 kGy were found to be 6.14% and 6.36%, respectively.

  19. Fast dynamic electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oxygen imaging using low-rank tensors

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    Christodoulou, Anthony G.; Redler, Gage; Clifford, Bryan; Liang, Zhi-Pei; Halpern, Howard J.; Epel, Boris

    2016-09-01

    Hypoxic tumors are resistant to radiotherapy, motivating the development of tools to image local oxygen concentrations. It is generally believed that stable or chronic hypoxia is the source of resistance, but more recent work suggests a role for transient hypoxia. Conventional EPR imaging (EPRI) is capable of imaging tissue pO2in vivo, with high pO2 resolution and 1 mm spatial resolution but low imaging speed (10 min temporal resolution for T1-based pO2 mapping), which makes it difficult to investigate the oxygen changes, e.g., transient hypoxia. Here we describe a new imaging method which accelerates dynamic EPR oxygen imaging, allowing 3D imaging at 2 frames per minute, fast enough to image transient hypoxia at the "speed limit" of observed pO2 change. The method centers on a low-rank tensor model that decouples the tradeoff between imaging speed, spatial coverage/resolution, and number of inversion times (pO2 accuracy). We present a specialized sparse sampling strategy and image reconstruction algorithm for use with this model. The quality and utility of the method is demonstrated in simulations and in vivo experiments in tumor bearing mice.

  20. Use of aspartame-based sweetener tablets in emergency dosimetry using EPR.

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    Maghraby, A; Salama, E

    2010-06-01

    Accident dosimetry aims to evaluate the unplanned radiation doses delivered to individuals through one of the objects exist in the area of the accident. The gamma dose response of free radicals generated in irradiated aspartame tablets and its usability for emergency dosimetry was studied. EPR spectra of unirradiated and irradiated aspartame-based sweetener were recorded. Two signals arise after irradiating, S(1) at g (S(1)) = 2.00229 +/- 0.00097 and S(2) at g (S(2)) = 2.00262 +/- 0.00088. Some EPR parameters were studied for radiation-induced radicals in aspartame sweeteners tablets, such as the microwave saturation behaviour, the effect of magnetic field modulation amplitude on the peak-to-peak height and peak-to-peak line width for both of S(1) and S(2). Responses of S(1) and S(2) to different radiation doses were studied and resulted in linear relationships, radicals persistence curves were plotted over a 49-d storage period. It was found that Aspartame sweeteners tablets are useful in the range from 0.96 to 39.96 Gy. Radiation-induced radicals possess reasonable stability.

  1. EPR study of radicals produced by gamma-irradiation in marine mollusc (Venus sp.) fossils

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    Koseoglu, R.; Koksal, F.; Ciftci, E.

    2004-08-01

    In this study, gamma-irradiated marine mollusc (Venus sp.) fossils were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at ambient temperature. Powder X-ray diffraction technique indicates that the Venus sp. fossils were made mainly of CaCO3. Before gamma-irradiation, the EPR lines of the powder of fossil samples showed the existence of Mn2+ (I = 5/2, 100% natural abundance) ions with g(av) = 2.0055 and A(av) = 9.4 mT gamma-Irradiation-induced additional defects in Venus sp. fossil were attributed to axial CO3- (gperpendicular to = 2.0171, g// = 2.0048), orthorhombic CO2- (g(x) = 2.0030, g(z) = 2.0018, g(y) = 1.9973, g(av) = 2.0007), freely rotating CO2- (g(iso) = 2.0007), isotropic SO2- (g = 2.0057), axial SO3- (g perpendicular to = 2.0036, g// = 2.0024) and isotropic SO3- (g = 2.0032) free radicals. The g-values of these free radicals were compared with the literature data belonging to similar defects.

  2. Photogenerated triplet states in supramolecular porphyrin ladder assemblies: an EPR study.

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    Richert, Sabine; Peeks, Martin D; Tait, Claudia E; Anderson, Harry L; Timmel, Christiane R

    2016-09-21

    Introducing bridging ligands such as DABCO to solutions of linear zinc porphyrin oligomers has previously been shown to lead to the formation of ladder-type assemblies in which the single porphyrin units in each strand adopt a predominantly co-planar conformation. Here, we employ transient Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) to study photogenerated triplet states of these complexes in frozen solution with a particular focus on the extent of spin delocalisation. We make use of two different techniques: (i) the zero-field splitting parameters D and E are determined using transient continuous wave (cw) EPR spectroscopy and (ii) the hyperfine coupling constants, which directly reveal the extent of spin delocalisation, are quantified by orientation-selective proton Electron Nuclear DOuble Resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy. It is found that ladder formation does not encourage triplet state delocalisation either across the bridging ligand DABCO or along the individual porphyrin strands despite their co-planar conformation, which was previously shown to allow increased electronic delocalisation. PMID:27533592

  3. An EPR study on tea: Identification of paramagnetic species, effect of heat and sweeteners

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    Bıyık, Recep; Tapramaz, Recep

    2009-10-01

    Tea ( Camellia Sinensis) is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and is known to be having therapeutic, antioxidant and nutritional effects. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectral studies made on the tea cultivated along the shore of Black Sea, Turkey, show Mn 2+ and Fe 3+ centers in green tea leaves and in black tea extract. Dry black tea flakes and dry extract show additional sharp line attributed to semiquinone radical. The origins of the paramagnetic species in black tea are defined and discussed. Effect of humidity and heat are investigated. It is observed that dry extract of black tea melts at 100 °C and the semiquinone radical lives up to 140 °C while Mn 2+ sextet disappears just above 100 °C in tea extract. Natural and synthetics sweeteners have different effects on the paramagnetic centers. White sugar (sucrose) quenches the Mn 2+ and semiquinone lines in black tea EPR spectrum, and glucose, fructose, lactose and maltose quench Fe 3+ line while synthetic sweeteners acesulfam potassium, aspartame and sodium saccharine do not have any effect on paramagnetic species in tea.

  4. Spin-labelled cyclometallated palladium complexes. EPR study of dynamic processes in coordination sphere

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    Kozhanov, K. A.; Bubnov, M. P.; Abakumov, G. A.; Cherkasov, V. K.

    2012-12-01

    New four-, five- and six-coordinated cyclometallated o-semiquinonato palladium complexes were obtained and characterized in solution by EPR. Interaction of square-planar azaphenyl palladium semiquinonate with mono and bidentate phosphane donors leads to formation of five- and six-coordinated adducts. Typical values of HFC constants on apical and basal phosphorouses are observed for such compounds. In one case the reversible addition of tri-phenyl-phosphane was observed. The coordination mode of pincer ligand (bi- or tridentate) in o-semiquinonato pincer complexes depends on the nature of linker between coordinating group and pincer aryl ring. In the case of sbnd CH2sbnd linker five coordinated complexes are formed. The "swing" and "fan" oscillations are observed for these compounds. Complexes with sbnd Osbnd linker are the first examples of compounds with bidentate bonded phosphorous-based pincer ligand. Most of complexes are unstable and decompose during some hours. Only the application of o-semiquinones as spin labels and using the EPR technique made possible to observe and interpret their structure.

  5. Effect of thermal treatment on potato starch evidenced by EPR, XRD and molecular weight distribution.

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    Bidzińska, Ewa; Michalec, Marek; Pawcenis, Dominika

    2015-12-01

    Effect of heating of the potato starch on damages of its structure was investigated by quantitative electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and determination of the molecular weight distribution. The measurements were performed in the temperature range commonly used for starch modifications optimizing properties important for industrial applications. Upon thermal treatment, because of breaking of the polymer chains, diminishing of the average molecular weights occurred, which significantly influences generation of radicals, evidenced by EPR. For the relatively mild conditions, with heating parameters not exceeding temperature 230 °C and time of heating equal to 30 min a moderate changes of both the number of thermally generated radicals and the mean molecular weight of the starch were observed. After more drastic thermal treatment (e.g. 2 h at 230 °C), a rapid increase in the radical amount occurred, which was accompanied by significant reduction of the starch molecular size and crystallinity. Experimentally established threshold values of heating parameters should not be exceeded in order to avoid excessive damages of the starch structure accompanied by the formation of the redundant amount of radicals. This requirement is important for industrial applications, because significant destruction of the starch matrix might annihilate the positive influence of the previously performed intentional starch modification.

  6. EPR monitored redox titration of the cofactors of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Nar1.

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    Hagedoorn, Peter-Leon; van der Weel, Laura; Hagen, Wilfred R

    2014-01-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) monitored redox titrations are a powerful method to determine the midpoint potential of cofactors in proteins and to identify and quantify the cofactors in their detectable redox state. The technique is complementary to direct electrochemistry (voltammetry) approaches, as it does not offer information on electron transfer rates, but does establish the identity and redox state of the cofactors in the protein under study. The technique is widely applicable to any protein containing an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) detectable cofactor. A typical titration requires 2 ml protein with a cofactor concentration in the range of 1-100 µM. The protein is titrated with a chemical reductant (sodium dithionite) or oxidant (potassium ferricyanide) in order to poise the sample at a certain potential. A platinum wire and a Ag/AgCl reference electrode are connected to a voltmeter to measure the potential of the protein solution A set of 13 different redox mediators is used to equilibrate between the redox cofactors of the protein and the electrodes. Samples are drawn at different potentials and the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectra, characteristic for the different redox cofactors in the protein, are measured. The plot of the signal intensity versus the sample potential is analyzed using the Nernst equation in order to determine the midpoint potential of the cofactor. PMID:25490157

  7. The assessment of future extremes of air temperature to design EPR type power plants

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    Parey, S.; Hoang, T. T. H.; Dacunha-Castelle, D.

    2010-09-01

    EDF projects the construction of new EPR type nuclear power plants in Europe. These installations are likely to run until the second half of the century, and thus, it is necessary to think their dimensioning in taking current knowledge of climate change impact into account. This paper will present the study dedicated to the estimation of future extremes of air temperature by using the statistical extreme value theory. The adopted methodology consists firstly in comparing current climate temperature extremes between local observations and models at the nearest grid point. Then, if the extremes of both series are comparable, future extremes are derived from the modelled series for a future period. In parallel, the link between the evolution of the mean, variance and extremes is studied in the observation series. If a strong link is identified, future extremes are derived from the stationary extremes of the centred and normalised series and the changes in mean and variance given by climate models for the desired future period. The approach will be illustrated with an example of such an evaluation for an EPR project in the United Kingdom.

  8. Zigzagging causility model of EPR correlations and on the interpretation of quantum mechanics

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    de Beauregard, O.C.

    1988-09-01

    Being formalized inside the S-matrix scheme, the zigzagging causility model of EPR correlations has full Lorentz and CPT invariance. EPR correlations, proper or reversed, and Wheeler's smoky dragon metaphor are respectively pictured in a spacetime or in the momentum-energy space, as V-shaped, anti LAMBDA-shaped, or C-shaped ABC zigzags, with a summation at B over virtual states absolute value B>

  9. Hydrogen at zinc vacancy of ZnO: An EPR and ESEEM study

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    Son, N. T.; Ivanov, I. G.; Janzén, E.; Isoya, J.; Ohshima, T.

    2014-02-21

    An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum, labeled S1, with small-splitting doublet accompanied by weak satellites is observed in ZnO irradiated with 2 MeV electrons. The obtained structure is shown to be the hyperfine structure due to the dipolar interaction between an unpaired electron spin and a nuclear spin of hydrogen (H). The observation of the nuclear Zeeman frequency of H in electron spin echo envelope modulation experiments further confirmed the presence of a hydrogen atom in S1. From the observed spin-Hamiltonian parameters, S1 is identified to be the partly H-passivated Zn vacancy, V{sub Zn}{sup −}H{sup +}, with the H{sup +} ion making a short O-H bond with only one nearest O neighbor of V{sub Zn} in the basal plane, being off the substitutional site, while the unpaired electron spin, which gives rise to the observed EPR signal, is localized on the p orbital of another O neighbor also in the basal plane.

  10. EPR examination of Zn2+ and Cu2+ binding by pigmented soil fungi Cladosporium cladosporioides.

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    Buszman, Ewa; Pilawa, Barbara; Zdybel, Magdalena; Wilczyński, Sławomir; Gondzik, Anna; Witoszyńska, Teresa; Wilczok, Tadeusz

    2006-06-15

    The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) to estimate zinc and copper ions biosorption from the environment by pigmented soil fungi Cladosporium cladosporioides. The existence of a low amount of pheomelanin, besides eumelanin, in C. cladosporioides samples was proved by the analysis of shape of their EPR spectra. Concentration of o-semiquinone free radicals in crude mycelium was 2.4x10(17) spin/g. Changes in free radicals system of C. cladosporioides cultured in the presence of Zn2+ and Cu2+ were analysed. Both magnetic and chemical interactions of zinc and copper ions with free radicals in C. cladosporioides melanin were found. Magnetically interacting diamagnetic Zn2+ ions increased the concentration of o-semiquinone free radicals in melanin existing in C. cladosporioides mycelium, whereas paramagnetic Cu2+ ions decreased this concentration. Chemical interactions of Zn2+ and Cu2+ ions decreased the free radical concentrations in C. cladosporioides melanin. Homogeneously distributed free radicals in C. cladosporioides melanin rise its activity in biosorption processes.

  11. Structural characterization and EPR spectral studies on mononuclear copper(II) complex of saccharin with ethylnicotinate

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    Uçar, İbrahim; Bozkurt, Esat; Kazak, Canan; Bulut, Ahmet

    2009-02-01

    Mononuclear copper(II) saccharinate (sac) complex containing ethylnicotinate (enc), [Cu(enc) 2(sac) 2(H 2O)]·1.4H 2O has been synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic (IR, UV-vis, EPR), X-ray diffraction technique and electrochemical methods. It crystallizes in the tetragonal crystal systems with space group I4 1cd and Z = 8. The copper(II) ion presents a CuN 4O distorted square pyramidal coordination. Based on EPR and optical absorption studies, spin-Hamiltonian and bonding parameters have been calculated. The g-values, calculated for title complex in polycrystalline state at 298 K and in frozen DMF (110 K), indicate the presence of the unpaired electron in the d orbital. The evaluated metal-ligand bonding parameters showed strong in-plane σ and in-plane π-bonding. Some comparisons with related structures are made and the most important features of its IR spectrum were also discussed. The cyclic voltammogram of the title complex investigated in DMF (dimethylformamide) solution exhibits only metal centred electroactivity in the potential range ±1.25 V vs. Ag/AgCl reference electrode.

  12. An improved approach to identify irradiated spices using electronic nose, FTIR, and EPR spectroscopy.

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    Sanyal, Bhaskar; Ahn, Jae-Jun; Maeng, Jeong-Hwan; Kyung, Hyun-Kyu; Lim, Ha-Kyeong; Sharma, Arun; Kwon, Joong-Ho

    2014-09-01

    Changes in cumin and chili powder from India resulting from electron-beam irradiation were investigated using 3 analytical methods: electronic nose (E-nose), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The spices had been exposed to 6 to 14 kGy doses recommended for microbial decontamination. E-nose measured a clear difference in flavor patterns of the irradiated spices in comparison with the nonirradiated samples. Principal component analysis further showed a dose-dependent variation. FTIR spectra of the samples showed strong absorption bands at 3425, 3007 to 2854, and 1746 cm(-1). However, both nonirradiated and irradiated spice samples had comparable patterns without any noteworthy changes in functional groups. EPR spectroscopy of the irradiated samples showed a radiation-specific triplet signal at g = 2.006 with a hyper-fine coupling constant of 3 mT confirming the results obtained with the E-nose technique. Thus, E-nose was found to be a potential tool to identify irradiated spices.

  13. Heavy-ion-induced sucrose radicals investigated using EPR and UV spectroscopy.

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    Nakagawa, Kouichi; Karakirova, Yordanka; Yordanov, Nicola D

    2015-05-01

    The potential use of a sucrose dosimeter for estimating both linear energy transfer (LET) and the absorbed dose of heavy ion and X-ray radiation was investigated. The stable free radicals were produced when sucrose was irradiated with heavy ions, such as helium, carbon, silicon and neon ions, and when the X-ray radiation was similar to the obtained electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra, which were ∼7 mT wide and composed of several hyperfine structures. In addition, the total spin concentration resulting from heavy-ion irradiation increased linearly as the absorbed dose increased, and decreased logarithmically as the LET increased. These empirical relations imply that the LET at a certain dose can be determined from the spin concentration. For sucrose and alanine, both cross-sections following C-ion irradiation with a 50 Gy dose were ∼1.3 × 10(-12) [μm(2)], taking into account the molecular size of the samples. The values of these cross-sections imply that multiple ionizing particles were involved in the production of stable radicals. Furthermore, UV absorbance at 267 nm of an aqueous solution of irradiated sucrose was found to linearly increase with increasing absorbed dose. Therefore, the EPR and UV results suggest that sucrose can be a useful dosimeter for heavy-ion irradiation. PMID:25480828

  14. A loop resonator for slice-selective in vivo EPR imaging in rats

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    Hirata, Hiroshi; He, Guanglong; Deng, Yuanmu; Salikhov, Ildar; Petryakov, Sergey; Zweier, Jay L.

    2008-01-01

    A loop resonator was developed for 300 MHz continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW-EPR) spectroscopy and imaging in live rats. A single-turn loop (55 mm in diameter) was used to provide sufficient space for the rat body. Efficiency for generating a radiofrequency magnetic field of 38 μT/W 1/2 was achieved at the center of the loop. For the resonator itself, an unloaded quality factor of 430 was obtained. When a 350 g rat was placed in the resonator at the level of the lower abdomen, the quality factor decreased to 18. The sensitive volume in the loop was visualized with a bottle filled with an aqueous solution of the nitroxide spin probe 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-3-pyrrolin-1-yloxy (3-CP). The resonator was shown to enable EPR imaging in live rats. Imaging was performed for 3-CP that had been infused intravenously into the rat and its distribution was visualized within the lower abdomen.

  15. Membrane transporters studied by EPR spectroscopy: structure determination and elucidation of functional dynamics.

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    Mullen, Anna; Hall, Jenny; Diegel, Janika; Hassan, Isa; Fey, Adam; MacMillan, Fraser

    2016-06-15

    During their mechanistic cycles membrane transporters often undergo extensive conformational changes, sampling a range of orientations, in order to complete their function. Such membrane transporters present somewhat of a challenge to conventional structural studies; indeed, crystallization of membrane-associated proteins sometimes require conditions that vary vastly from their native environments. Moreover, this technique currently only allows for visualization of single selected conformations during any one experiment. EPR spectroscopy is a magnetic resonance technique that offers a unique opportunity to study structural, environmental and dynamic properties of such proteins in their native membrane environments, as well as readily sampling their substrate-binding-induced dynamic conformational changes especially through complementary computational analyses. Here we present a review of recent studies that utilize a variety of EPR techniques in order to investigate both the structure and dynamics of a range of membrane transporters and associated proteins, focusing on both primary (ABC-type transporters) and secondary active transporters which were key interest areas of the late Professor Stephen Baldwin to whom this review is dedicated. PMID:27284059

  16. Polymer-iron oxide composite nanoparticles for EPR-independent drug delivery.

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    Park, Jinho; Kadasala, Naveen Reddy; Abouelmagd, Sara A; Castanares, Mark A; Collins, David S; Wei, Alexander; Yeo, Yoon

    2016-09-01

    Nanoparticle (NP)-based approaches to cancer drug delivery are challenged by the heterogeneity of the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect in tumors and the premature attrition of payload from drug carriers during circulation. Here we show that such challenges can be overcome by a magnetophoretic approach to accelerate NP delivery to tumors. Payload-bearing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) NPs were converted into polymer-iron-oxide nanocomposites (PINCs) by attaching colloidal Fe3O4 onto the surface, via a simple surface modification method using dopamine polymerization. PINCs formed stable dispersions in serum-supplemented medium and responded quickly to magnetic field gradients above 1 kG/cm. Under the field gradients, PINCs were rapidly transported across physical barriers and into cells and captured under flow conditions similar to those encountered in postcapillary venules, increasing the local concentration by nearly three orders of magnitude. In vivo magnetophoretic delivery enabled PINCs to accumulate in poorly vascularized subcutaneous SKOV3 xenografts that did not support the EPR effect. In vivo magnetic resonance imaging, ex vivo fluorescence imaging, and tissue histology all confirmed that the uptake of PINCs was higher in tumors exposed to magnetic field gradients, relative to negative controls. PMID:27310916

  17. A 140 GHz Pulsed EPR/212 MHz NMR Spectrometer for DNP Studies

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    Smith, Albert A.; Corzilius, Björn; Bryant, Jeffrey A.; DeRocher, Ronald; Woskov, Paul P.; Temkin, Richard J.; Griffin, Robert G.

    2012-01-01

    We described a versatile spectrometer designed for the study of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) at low temperatures and high fields. The instrument functions both as an NMR spectrometer operating at 212 MHz (1H frequency) with DNP capabilities, and as a pulsed-EPR operating at 140 GHz. A coiled TE011 resonator acts as both an NMR coil and microwave resonator, and a double balanced (1H, 13C) radio frequency circuit greatly stabilizes the NMR performance. A new 140 GHz microwave bridge has also been developed, which utilizes a four-phase network and ELDOR channel at 8.75 GHz, that is then multiplied and mixed to obtain 140 GHz microwave pulses with an output power of 120 mW. Nutation frequencies obtained are as follows: 6 MHz on S = ½ electron spins, 100 kHz on 1H, and 50 kHz on 13C. We demonstrate basic EPR, ELDOR, ENDOR, and DNP experiments here. Our solid effect DNP results demonstrate an enhancement of 144 and sensitivity gain of 310 using OX063 trityl at 80 K and an enhancement of 157 and maximum sensitivity gain of 234 using Gd-DOTA at 20 K, which is significantly better performance than previously reported at high fields (>3 T). PMID:22975246

  18. Minimization of actinide waste by multi-recycling of thoriated fuels in the EPR reactor

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    Rose, S. J.; Wilson, J. N.; Capellan, N.; David, S.; Guillemin, P.; Ivanov, E.; Méplan, O.; Nuttin, A.; Siem, S.

    2012-02-01

    The multi-recycling of innovative uranium/thorium oxide fuels for use in the European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR) has been investigated. If increasing quantities of 238U, the fertile isotope in standard UO2 fuel, are replaced by 232Th, then a greater yield of new fissile material (233U) is produced during the cycle than would otherwise be the case. This leads to economies of natural uranium of around 45% if the uranium in the spent fuel is multi-recycled. In addition we show that minor actinide and plutonium waste inventories are reduced and hence waste radio-toxicities and decay heats are up to a factor of 20 lower after 103 years. Two innovative fuel types named S90 and S20, ThO2 mixed with 90% and 20% enriched UO2 respectively, are compared as an alternative to standard uranium oxide (UOX) and uranium/plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuels at the longest EPR fuel discharge burn-ups of 65 GWd/t. Fissile and waste inventories are examined, waste radio-toxicities and decay heats are extracted and safety feedback coefficients are calculated.

  19. An EPR study on tea: identification of paramagnetic species, effect of heat and sweeteners.

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    Biyik, Recep; Tapramaz, Recep

    2009-10-15

    Tea (Camellia Sinensis) is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and is known to be having therapeutic, antioxidant and nutritional effects. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectral studies made on the tea cultivated along the shore of Black Sea, Turkey, show Mn(2+) and Fe(3+) centers in green tea leaves and in black tea extract. Dry black tea flakes and dry extract show additional sharp line attributed to semiquinone radical. The origins of the paramagnetic species in black tea are defined and discussed. Effect of humidity and heat are investigated. It is observed that dry extract of black tea melts at 100 degrees C and the semiquinone radical lives up to 140 degrees C while Mn(2+) sextet disappears just above 100 degrees C in tea extract. Natural and synthetics sweeteners have different effects on the paramagnetic centers. White sugar (sucrose) quenches the Mn(2+) and semiquinone lines in black tea EPR spectrum, and glucose, fructose, lactose and maltose quench Fe(3+) line while synthetic sweeteners acesulfam potassium, aspartame and sodium saccharine do not have any effect on paramagnetic species in tea.

  20. Discriminative EPR detection of NO and HNO by encapsulated nitronyl nitroxides

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    Bobko, Andrey A.; Ivanov, Alexander; Khramtsov, Valery V.

    2014-01-01

    Nitric oxide, •NO, is one of the most important molecules in the biochemistry of living organisms. By contrast, nitroxyl, NO−, one-electron reduced analog of •NO which exists at physiological conditions in its protonated form, HNO, has been relatively overlooked. Recent data shows that HNO might be produced endogenously and display unique biological effects. However, there is a lack of specific and quantitative methods of detection of endogenous HNO production. Here we present a new method for discriminative •NO and HNO detection by nitronyl nitroxides (NNs) using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). It was found that NNs react with •NO and HNO with similar rate constants of about 104 M−1s−1 but yield different products: imino nitroxides and the hydroxylamine of imino nitroxides, correspondingly. An EPR approach for discriminative •NO and HNO detection using liposome-encapsulated NNs was developed. The membrane barrier of liposomes protects NNs against reduction in biological systems while is permeable to both analytes, •NO and HNO. The sensitivity of this approach for the detection of the rates of •NO/HNO generation is about 1 nM/s. The application of encapsulated NNs for real-time discriminative •NO/HNO detection might become a valuable tool in nitric oxide related studies. PMID:23136998

  1. A 140 GHz pulsed EPR/212 MHz NMR spectrometer for DNP studies

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    Smith, Albert A.; Corzilius, Björn; Bryant, Jeffrey A.; DeRocher, Ronald; Woskov, Paul P.; Temkin, Richard J.; Griffin, Robert G.

    2012-10-01

    We described a versatile spectrometer designed for the study of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) at low temperatures and high fields. The instrument functions both as an NMR spectrometer operating at 212 MHz (1H frequency) with DNP capabilities, and as a pulsed-EPR operating at 140 GHz. A coiled TE011 resonator acts as both an NMR coil and microwave resonator, and a double balanced (1H, 13C) radio frequency circuit greatly stabilizes the NMR performance. A new 140 GHz microwave bridge has also been developed, which utilizes a four-phase network and ELDOR channel at 8.75 GHz, that is then multiplied and mixed to obtain 140 GHz microwave pulses with an output power of 120 mW. Nutation frequencies obtained are as follows: 6 MHz on S = 1/2 electron spins, 100 kHz on 1H, and 50 kHz on 13C. We demonstrate basic EPR, ELDOR, ENDOR, and DNP experiments here. Our solid effect DNP results demonstrate an enhancement of 144 and sensitivity gain of 310 using OX063 trityl at 80 K and an enhancement of 157 and maximum sensitivity gain of 234 using Gd-DOTA at 20 K, which is significantly better performance than previously reported at high fields (⩾3 T).

  2. Temperature effects on EPR spectra of a linear chain copper complex-copper calcium acetate hexahydrate

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    De, D. K.

    1981-03-01

    The observed angular dependence of the electron paramagnetic resonance linewidth in the ab and ac planes of CuCa(AC)2, 6H2O in the temperature interval 77K-12K was explained by considering dipolar interactions along with hyperfine and isotropic exchange interactions in these two planes. It was found that this so called linear-chain copper compound can be better described by a three dimensional paramagnet. The exchange interaction is very nearly isotropic with values Jab = 0.0098 cm-1 and Jc = 0.0103 cm-1. The values of the A⊥ derived from the linewidth fit in the ab plane are 14G at 77K and 60.5G at 1.2K. Due to insufficiency of data in the ac plane, the fit was done with the measured value of A∥. Although the exchange interaction has been found to be temperature independent the hyperfine interaction increases very much at low temperatures. The high temperature (300-460K) EPR spectra are quite different from the low temperature spectra. High temperature differential thermal analyses and thermogravimetric analyses have been carried out and corroborated with the EPR findings.

  3. Nitric oxide: prospects and perspectives of in vivo detection by L-band EPR spectroscopy

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    Fujii, Hirotada; Berliner, Lawrence J.

    1998-07-01

    This paper discusses, compares and evaluates various in vivo EPR methods of detection of nitric oxide (NO). In particular the various classes of agents are: Fe(II)-dithiocarbamate derivative complexes of MGD ( N-methyl-D-glucamine dithiocarbamate) and DTCS [ N-(dithiocarboxy)sarcosine], stable imidazolineoxy N-oxides and nitronyl N-oxides, and NO-sensitive chars. As a specific example direct, real-time, in vivo measurements of nitric oxide (NO) in mice are described with the water soluble metal chelator complex -, as monitored at L-band EPR. The three-line EPR spectrum of [--NO] was observed non-invasively in both control animals injected with the preformed product [--NO] and from lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treated mice subsequently injected with - complex. The [--NO] spectrum was markedly suppressed after administration of phenyl N-tert-butyl nitrone (PBN) prior to LPS injection as PBN inhibits the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). When -arginine was administered to LPS-treated mice, an EPR spectrum consisting of both three- and two-line EPR signals (due to

  4. Application of EPR Spectroscopy to Examination of the Effect of Sterilization Process on Free Radicals in Different Herbs.

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    Pawłowska-Góral, Katarzyna; Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara; Kurzeja, Ewa

    2013-03-01

    Free radicals in the original and sterilized caraway, curry, curcuma and cardamom were studied. An X-band (9.3 GHz) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was the experimental technique. Effect of microwave power in the range of 2.2-70 mW on amplitudes, linewidths, and lineshape parameters of the EPR spectra was tested. Free radicals concentrations in the non- and sterilized herb samples were compared. The aim of this work was to determine properties and concentration of free radicals in steam sterilized caraway, curry, curcuma and cardamom. It was pointed out that free radicals (~10(18) spin/g) exist in both the original and sterilized herbs. Complex free radical system with oxygen and carbon paramagnetic centers characterizes the examined herbs. Homogeneously dipolar broadened EPR spectra were measured for all the tested herbs. Slow spin-lattice relaxation processes exist in the examined samples. Practical usefulness of EPR method in food technology was discussed.

  5. Alanine radicals, part 3: properties of the components contributing to the EPR spectrum of X-irradiated alanine dosimeters.

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    Malinen, Eirik; Heydari, Mojgan Z; Sagstuen, Einar; Hole, Eli O

    2003-01-01

    The amino acid l-alpha-alanine has attracted considerable interest for use in radiation dosimetry and has been formally accepted as a secondary standard for high-dose and transfer dosimetry. Recent results have shown that the alanine EPR spectrum consists of contributions from three different radicals. A set of benchmark spectra describing the essential spectral features of these three radical components was used for reconstructions of the experimental spectra. In the present work, these basis spectra have been used to investigate the differential effects of variations in radiation doses and microwave power, as well as the dependence upon temperature annealing and UV illumination. The results presented here, based solely on relatively low-energy (60-80 keV) X rays, indicate that the three components behave very similarly with respect to radiation dose at room temperature. However, with respect to the thermal annealing/fading behavior and microwave power saturation properties, the three species behave significantly differently. It is concluded that even if it is now realized that three different radicals contribute to the composite EPR alanine spectrum, this has a minor impact on the established protocols for present-day applications (high-dose) of EPR/alanine dosimetry. However, some care should be exercised when e.g. constructing calibration curves, since fading and power saturation behavior may vary over the dose range in question. New results from UV-illumination experiments suggest a possible procedure for experimental spectral separation of the EPR signals due to the three radicals.

  6. Two copies of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen state of light lead to refutation of EPR ideas.

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    Rosołek, Krzysztof; Stobińska, Magdalena; Wieśniak, Marcin; Żukowski, Marek

    2015-03-13

    Bell's theorem applies to the normalizable approximations of original Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) state. The constructions of the proof require measurements difficult to perform, and dichotomic observables. By noticing the fact that the four mode squeezed vacuum state produced in type II down-conversion can be seen both as two copies of approximate EPR states, and also as a kind of polarization supersinglet, we show a straightforward way to test violations of the EPR concepts with direct use of their state. The observables involved are simply photon numbers at outputs of polarizing beam splitters. Suitable chained Bell inequalities are based on the geometric concept of distance. For a few settings they are potentially a new tool for quantum information applications, involving observables of a nondichotomic nature, and thus of higher informational capacity. In the limit of infinitely many settings we get a Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger-type contradiction: EPR reasoning points to a correlation, while quantum prediction is an anticorrelation. Violations of the inequalities are fully resistant to multipair emissions in Bell experiments using parametric down-conversion sources. PMID:25815909

  7. Photo-EPR study of light-sensitive impurity and defect centers in photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schwartz, Robert N.; Wechsler, Barry A.; McFarlane, Ross A.

    1992-08-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and photo-EPR measurements have been made on cobalt-doped BaTiO3 single crystals. Crystals illuminated at 25 K with light in the wavelength range 488-1010 nm showed an increase in concentration of the Co2+ centers relative to that observed at the same temperature in unilluminated crystals. Illumination with light of λ<690 nm produced a holelike intrinsic center that is stable below 50 K and that is assigned to O-. Following exposure to continuous laser illumination, the photo-EPR response of BaTiO3:Co was measured at low temperatures with periodically chopped laser light. It was observed that the populations of the Co2+ and O- centers were modulated reversibly and in opposite ways. A qualitative discussion linking these observations to possible photoionization and recombination and trapping channels is presented. Also presented is a detailed analysis of the kinetic equations describing the time dependence of the photo-EPR response, which permits us to derive information on important optical interactions and photoinduced space-charge effects.

  8. Application of EPR Spectroscopy to Examination of the Effect of Sterilization Process on Free Radicals in Different Herbs.

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    Pawłowska-Góral, Katarzyna; Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara; Kurzeja, Ewa

    2013-03-01

    Free radicals in the original and sterilized caraway, curry, curcuma and cardamom were studied. An X-band (9.3 GHz) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was the experimental technique. Effect of microwave power in the range of 2.2-70 mW on amplitudes, linewidths, and lineshape parameters of the EPR spectra was tested. Free radicals concentrations in the non- and sterilized herb samples were compared. The aim of this work was to determine properties and concentration of free radicals in steam sterilized caraway, curry, curcuma and cardamom. It was pointed out that free radicals (~10(18) spin/g) exist in both the original and sterilized herbs. Complex free radical system with oxygen and carbon paramagnetic centers characterizes the examined herbs. Homogeneously dipolar broadened EPR spectra were measured for all the tested herbs. Slow spin-lattice relaxation processes exist in the examined samples. Practical usefulness of EPR method in food technology was discussed. PMID:23487576

  9. 3D printed sample holder for in-operando EPR spectroscopy on high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Niemöller, Arvid; Jakes, Peter; Kayser, Steffen; Lin, Yu; Lehnert, Werner; Granwehr, Josef

    2016-08-01

    Electrochemical cells contain electrically conductive components, which causes various problems if such a cell is analyzed during operation in an EPR resonator. The optimum cell design strongly depends on the application and it is necessary to make certain compromises that need to be individually arranged. Rapid prototyping presents a straightforward option to implement a variable cell design that can be easily adapted to changing requirements. In this communication, it is demonstrated that sample containers produced by 3D printing are suitable for EPR applications, with a particular emphasis on electrochemical applications. The housing of a high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cell (HT-PEFC) with a phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole membrane was prepared from polycarbonate by 3D printing. Using a custom glass Dewar, this fuel cell could be operated at temperatures up to 140 °C in a standard EPR cavity. The carbon-based gas diffusion layer showed an EPR signal with a characteristic Dysonian line shape, whose evolution could be monitored in-operando in a non-invasive manner.

  10. EPR study of free radicals in non- and gamma-irradiated nutritive supplements containing anthocyanins concentrate from lyophilized red wine

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    Mladenova, Ralitsa B.; Firzov, Cyril; Yordanov, Nicola D.

    2010-09-01

    Nutritive supplements Enoviton, Enoviton C and Enoviton CE containing standardized anthocyanins from lyophilized red wine, vitamins (some of them) and excipients were investigated by EPR spectrometry before and after gamma-irradiation. Non-irradiated samples exhibit one singlet line with g=2.0039±0.0002, most probably due to free radicals from anthocyanins. After irradiation with 10 kGy gamma-rays, tablets of Еnoviton, Еnoviton С and Еnoviton СЕ, all exhibit complex EPR signals centered at a g-value of g=2.0034. The EPR spectrum of irradiated Enoviton is different from that of Еnoviton С or Еnoviton СЕ due to the overlap of the spectra of microcrystalline cellulose and the background singlet spectrum present in all tablets with the EPR resonance due to irradiated ascorbic acid (in Еnoviton С and Еnoviton СЕ). Gamma-induced free radicals exhibit long time stability—for a six months period the intensity of central peak decrease with 30-40%.

  11. The effects of dose and radiation quality on the shape and power saturation of the EPR signal in alanine.

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    Ciesielski, B; Wielopolski, L

    1994-10-01

    Variations in the shape and the power saturation of EPR spectra of L-alanine irradiated with photons, electrons, neutrons and protons are reported. It is shown that the ratio of the intensities of the satellite lines attributable to "spin flips" and the central line depend on the EPR microwave power, and it is proposed as a quantitative measure of the signal saturation effect. Dependence of this ratio on the microwave power is affected by the radiation quality and for doses in excess of 10 kGy by the absorbed dose. At high doses of low-LET radiation these changes are attributed to a high local density of free radicals, while for low doses of high-LET radiation these are due to changes induced in the crystal lattice. Consequently, the conventional peak-to-peak amplitude measurement of the EPR signal intensity is inaccurate when used for high doses and for comparison between radiations with different beam quality. The possibility to determine radiation quality from an EPR measurement is discussed. PMID:7938443

  12. 3D printed sample holder for in-operando EPR spectroscopy on high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

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    Niemöller, Arvid; Jakes, Peter; Kayser, Steffen; Lin, Yu; Lehnert, Werner; Granwehr, Josef

    2016-08-01

    Electrochemical cells contain electrically conductive components, which causes various problems if such a cell is analyzed during operation in an EPR resonator. The optimum cell design strongly depends on the application and it is necessary to make certain compromises that need to be individually arranged. Rapid prototyping presents a straightforward option to implement a variable cell design that can be easily adapted to changing requirements. In this communication, it is demonstrated that sample containers produced by 3D printing are suitable for EPR applications, with a particular emphasis on electrochemical applications. The housing of a high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cell (HT-PEFC) with a phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole membrane was prepared from polycarbonate by 3D printing. Using a custom glass Dewar, this fuel cell could be operated at temperatures up to 140°C in a standard EPR cavity. The carbon-based gas diffusion layer showed an EPR signal with a characteristic Dysonian line shape, whose evolution could be monitored in-operando in a non-invasive manner.

  13. Insights into EPR effect versus lectin-mediated targeted delivery: biodegradable polycarbonate micellar nanoparticles with and without galactose surface decoration.

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    Ebrahim Attia, Amalina Binte; Oh, Pamela; Yang, Chuan; Tan, Jeremy Pang Kern; Rao, Nithya; Hedrick, James L; Yang, Yi Yan; Ge, Ruowen

    2014-11-12

    Polymeric micelles with and without galactose are synthesized to study liver targeting ability in an orthotopic HCC rat model. Micelles with galactose accumulate more in the healthy liver tissue instead of HCC, while micelles without galactose amass in HCC by the EPR effect. These micelles show great potential as drug delivery carriers to target either the liver or HCC.

  14. Testing and linearity calibration of films of phenol compounds exposed to thermal neutron field for EPR dosimetry.

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    Gallo, S; Panzeca, S; Longo, A; Altieri, S; Bentivoglio, A; Dondi, D; Marconi, R P; Protti, N; Zeffiro, A; Marrale, M

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the preliminary results obtained by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) measurements on films of IRGANOX® 1076 phenols with and without low content (5% by weight) of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) exposed in the thermal column of the Triga Mark II reactor of LENA (Laboratorio Energia Nucleare Applicata) of Pavia (Italy). Thanks to their size, the phenolic films here presented are good devices for the dosimetry of beams with high dose gradient and which require accurate knowledge of the precise dose delivered. The dependence of EPR signal as function of neutron dose was investigated in the fluence range between 10(11) cm(-2) and 10(14) cm(-2). Linearity of EPR response was found and the signal was compared with that of commercial alanine films. Our analysis showed that gadolinium oxide (5% by weight) can enhance the thermal neutron sensitivity more than 18 times. Irradiated dosimetric films of phenolic compound exhibited EPR signal fading of about 4% after 10 days from irradiation. PMID:26242561

  15. EPR and rheological study of hybrid interfaces in gold-clay-epoxy nanocomposites.

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    Angelov, Verislav; Velichkova, Hristiana; Ivanov, Evgeni; Kotsilkova, Rumiana; Delville, Marie-Hélène; Cangiotti, Michela; Fattori, Alberto; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca

    2014-11-11

    With the aim to obtain new materials with special properties to be used in various industrial and biomedical applications, ternary "gold-clay-epoxy" nanocomposites and their nanodispersions were prepared using clay decorated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), at different gold contents. Nanocomposites structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Rheology and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques were used in order to evaluate the molecular dynamics in the nanodispersions, as well as dynamics at interfaces in the nanocomposites. The percolation threshold (i.e., the filler content related to the formation of long-range connectivity of particles in the dispersed media) of the gold nanoparticles was determined to be ϕp = 0.6 wt % at a fixed clay content of 3 wt %. The flow activation energy and the relaxation time spectrum illustrated the presence of interfacial interactions in the ternary nanodispersions around and above the percolation threshold of AuNPs; these interfacial interactions suppressed the global molecular dynamics. It was found that below ϕp the free epoxy polymer chains ratio dominated over the chains attracted on the gold surfaces; thus, the rheological behavior was not significantly changed by the presence of AuNPs. While, around and above ϕp, the amount of the bonded epoxy polymer chains on the gold surface was much higher than that of the free chains; thus, a substantial increase in the flow activation energy and shift in the spectra to higher relaxation times appeared. The EPR signals of the nanocomposites depended on the gold nanoparticle contents and the preparation procedure thus providing a fingerprint of the different nanostructures. The EPR results from spin probes indicated that the main effect of the gold nanoparticles above ϕp, was to form a more homogeneous, viscous and polar clay-epoxy mixture at the nanoparticle surface. The knowledge

  16. EPR and luminescence data on the nitrogen aggregation in diamonds from Snap Lake dyke system

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    Nadolinny, Vladimir A.; Yurjeva, Olga P.; Pokhilenko, Nikolai P.

    2009-11-01

    More than 200 samples of diamonds from the Snap Lake dyke system in Canada were studied in details using optical and EPR spectroscopy. About 30% of them were colorless or slightly greenish tinted and were related to IaB type with a high aggregation level of defects: N3 (N 3V), B nitrogen centers (N 4V 0) and clusters of interstitials (B' centers). Traces of heavy plastic deformation in the crystals were found by X-ray techniques. Visual examination of photoluminescence (PL) of another batch of samples shows one type emission: a blue core surrounded by a green shell. As a rule these diamonds were colored in brownish to greenish tints and belong to the IaA type containing predominantly N-N nitrogen aggregates. Specific features of type IaB diamonds are a dominant broad line in the P2 EPR spectrum and an unusually high concentration of nitrogen in a single substitutional form, N S0. We suggest that this uncommon combination was produced naturally by the destruction of B-centers (N 4V 0) during plastic deformation. When IaA and IaB diamonds are heated, movement of dislocations throughout the crystal causes further decomposition of the complicated nitrogen defects (A, B), producing simpler nitrogen forms: P1, P2 and H3 centers. Analysis of light illumination effects on the IaB type diamonds revealed that some of these defects are in different charge states and the color of plastically deformed crystals is believed to be due to the charge transfer between the nitrogen defects and the dislocation core. Results of the current study suggest that a line broadening in P2/N3 and H3 systems and thus unusual ratio between strengths of the zero phonon lines and vibronic bands in PL spectra are related to the lattice distortion because of nearby dislocations. The sharp 1332 cm - 1 IR peak in these samples is due to N S+ rather than to B-centers. The PL 490.7 nm center, most manifesting itself in plastically deformed IaA diamonds, is first shown to be always accompanied by PL blue

  17. An EPR investigation of human methaemoglobin oxidation by hydrogen peroxide: methods to quantify all paramagnetic species observed in the reaction.

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    Svistunenko, D A; Patel, R P; Wilson, M T

    1996-04-01

    The method of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to study the reaction of human methaemoglobin (metHb) with hydrogen peroxide. The samples for EPR measurements were rapidly frozen in liquid nitrogen at different times after H2O2 was added at 3- and 10-fold molar excess to 100 microM metHb in 50 mM phosphate buffer, pH 7.4, 37 degrees C. Precautions were taken to remove all catalase from the haemoglobin preparation and no molecular oxygen evolution was detected during the reaction. On addition of H2O2 the EPR signals (-196 degrees C) of both high spin and low spin metHb rapidly decreased and free radicals were formed. The low temperature (-196 degrees C) EPR spectrum of the free radicals formed in the reaction has been deconvoluted into two individual EPR signals, one being an anisotropic signal (g parallel = 2.035 and g perpendicular = 2.0053), and the other an isotropic singlet (g = 2.0042, delta H = 20 G). The former signal was assigned to peroxyl radicals. As the kinetic behaviour of both peroxyl (ROO.) and non-peroxyl (P.) free radicals were similar, we concluded that ROO. radicals are not formed from P. radicals by addition of O2. The time courses for both radicals showed a steady state during the time required for H2O2 to decompose. Once all peroxide was consumed, the radical decayed with a first order rate constant of 1.42 x 10(-3) s-1 (1:3 molar ratio). The level of the steady state was higher and its duration shorter at lower initial concentration of H2O2. The formation of the rhombic Fe(III) non-haem centres with g = 4.35 was found. Their yield was proportional to the H2O2 concentration used and the centres were ascribed to haem degradation products. The reaction was also monitored by EPR spectroscopy at room temperature. The kinetics of the free radicals measured in the reaction mixture at room temperature was similar to that observed when the fast freezing method and EPR measurement at -196 degrees C were used.

  18. An EPR line shape study of anisotropic rotational reorientation and slow tumbling in liquid and frozen jojoba oil

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    Hwang, J. S.; Al-Rashid, W. A.

    Spin probe investigation of jojoba oil was carried out by electron paramagnetic rresonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The spin probe used was 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidone- N-oxide. The EPR line shape studies were carried out in the lower temperature range of 192 to 275 K to test the applicability of the stochastic Liouville theory in the simulation of EPR line shapes where earlier relaxation theories do not apply. In an earlier study, this system was analysed by employing rotational diffusion at the fast-motional region. The results show that PD-Tempone exhibits asymmetric rotational diffusion with N = 3.3 at an axis z'= Y in the plane of the molecule and perpendicular to the NO bond direction. In this investigation we have extended the temperature range to lower temperatures and observed slow tumbling EPR spectra. It is shown that the stochastic Liouville method can be used to simulate all but two of the experimentally observed EPR spectra in the slow-motional region and details of the slow-motional line shape are sensitive to the anisotropy of rotation and showed good agreement for a moderate jump model. From the computer simulation of EPR line shapes it is found that the information obtained on τ R, and N in the motional-narrowing region can be extrapolated into the slow-tumbling region. It is also found that ln (τ R) is linear in 1/ T in the temperature range studied and the resulting activation energy for rotation is 51 kJ/mol. The two EPR spectra at 240 and 231 K were found to exhibit the effects of anisotropic viscosity observed by B IRELL for nitroxides oriented in tubular cavities in inclusion crystals in which the molecule is free to rotate about the long axis but with its rotation hindered about the other two axes because of the cavity geometry. These results proved that the slow-tumbling spectra were very sensitive to the effects of anisotropy in the viscosity.

  19. Membrane fluidity profiles as deduced by saturation-recovery EPR measurements of spin-lattice relaxation times of spin labels

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    Mainali, Laxman; Feix, Jimmy B.; Hyde, James S.; Subczynski, Witold K.

    2011-01-01

    There are no easily obtainable EPR spectral parameters for lipid spin labels that describe profiles of membrane fluidity. The order parameter, which is most often used as a measure of membrane fluidity, describes the amplitude of wobbling motion of alkyl chains relative to the membrane normal and does not contain explicitly time or velocity. Thus, this parameter can be considered as nondynamic. The spin-lattice relaxation rate (T−11) obtained from saturation-recovery EPR measurements of lipid spin labels in deoxygenated samples depends primarily on the rotational correlation time of the nitroxide moiety within the lipid bilayer. Thus, T−11 can be used as a convenient quantitative measure of membrane fluidity that reflects local membrane dynamics. T−11 profiles obtained for 1-palmitoyl-2-(n-doxylstearoyl)phosphatidylcholine (n-PC) spin labels in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) membranes with and without 50 mol% cholesterol are presented in parallel with profiles of the rotational diffusion coefficient, R⊥, obtained from simulation of EPR spectra using Freed's model. These profiles are compared with profiles of the order parameter obtained directly from EPR spectra and with profiles of the order parameter obtained from simulation of EPR spectra. It is shown that T−11 and R⊥ profiles reveal changes in membrane fluidity that depend on the motional properties of the lipid alkyl chain. We find that cholesterol has a rigidifying effect only to the depth occupied by the rigid steroid ring structure and a fluidizing effect at deeper locations. These effects cannot be differentiated by profiles of the order parameter. All profiles in this study were obtained at X-band (9.5 GHz). PMID:21868272

  20. EPR and potentiometric studies of copper(II) binding to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) in water solution.

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    Hoffmann, Stanisław K; Goslar, Janina; Lijewski, Stefan; Basiński, Kamil; Gąsowska, Anna; Łomozik, Lechosław

    2012-06-01

    Coordination of Cu(II) by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) molecule has been studied in water solutions of various pH by potentiometry and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron spin echo (ESE) spectroscopy. Potentiometric results indicate Cu(II) coordination by protonated NAD(+) at low pH and by deprotonated NAD(+) at high pH. At medium pH value (around pH=7) NAD(+) is not able to coordinate Cu(II) ions effectively and mainly the Cu(H(2)O)(6) complexes exist in the studied solution. This has been confirmed by EPR results. Electronic structure of Cu(II)-NAD complex and coordination sites is determined from EPR and ESE measurements in frozen solutions (at 77K and 6K). EPR spectra exclude coordination with nitrogen atoms. Detailed analysis of EPR parameters (g(||)=2.420, g(perpendicular)==2.080, A(||)=-131×10(-4)cm(-1) and A(perpendicular)=8×10(-4)cm(-1)) performed in terms of molecular orbital (MO) theory shows that Cu(II)NAD complex has elongated axial octahedral symmetry with a relatively strong delocalization of unpaired electron density on in-plane and axial ligands. The distortion of octahedron is analyzed using A(||) vs. g(||) diagram for various CuO(x) complexes. Electron spin echo decay modulation excludes the coordination by oxygen atoms of phosphate groups. We postulate a coordination of Cu(II) by two hydroxyl oxygen atoms of two ribose moieties of the NAD molecules and four solvated water molecules both at low and high pH values with larger elongation of the octahedron at higher pH.

  1. Elucidating the design principles of photosynthetic electron-transfer proteins by site-directed spin labeling EPR spectroscopy.

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    Ishara Silva, K; Jagannathan, Bharat; Golbeck, John H; Lakshmi, K V

    2016-05-01

    Site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic resonance (SDSL EPR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool to determine solvent accessibility, side-chain dynamics, and inter-spin distances at specific sites in biological macromolecules. This information provides important insights into the structure and dynamics of both natural and designed proteins and protein complexes. Here, we discuss the application of SDSL EPR spectroscopy in probing the charge-transfer cofactors in photosynthetic reaction centers (RC) such as photosystem I (PSI) and the bacterial reaction center (bRC). Photosynthetic RCs are large multi-subunit proteins (molecular weight≥300 kDa) that perform light-driven charge transfer reactions in photosynthesis. These reactions are carried out by cofactors that are paramagnetic in one of their oxidation states. This renders the RCs unsuitable for conventional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy investigations. However, the presence of native paramagnetic centers and the ability to covalently attach site-directed spin labels in RCs makes them ideally suited for the application of SDSL EPR spectroscopy. The paramagnetic centers serve as probes of conformational changes, dynamics of subunit assembly, and the relative motion of cofactors and peptide subunits. In this review, we describe novel applications of SDSL EPR spectroscopy for elucidating the effects of local structure and dynamics on the electron-transfer cofactors of photosynthetic RCs. Because SDSL EPR Spectroscopy is uniquely suited to provide dynamic information on protein motion, it is a particularly useful method in the engineering and analysis of designed electron transfer proteins and protein networks. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biodesign for Bioenergetics--the design and engineering of electronic transfer cofactors, proteins and protein networks, edited by Ronald L. Koder and J.L. Ross Anderson.

  2. Elucidating the design principles of photosynthetic electron-transfer proteins by site-directed spin labeling EPR spectroscopy.

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    Ishara Silva, K; Jagannathan, Bharat; Golbeck, John H; Lakshmi, K V

    2016-05-01

    Site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic resonance (SDSL EPR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool to determine solvent accessibility, side-chain dynamics, and inter-spin distances at specific sites in biological macromolecules. This information provides important insights into the structure and dynamics of both natural and designed proteins and protein complexes. Here, we discuss the application of SDSL EPR spectroscopy in probing the charge-transfer cofactors in photosynthetic reaction centers (RC) such as photosystem I (PSI) and the bacterial reaction center (bRC). Photosynthetic RCs are large multi-subunit proteins (molecular weight≥300 kDa) that perform light-driven charge transfer reactions in photosynthesis. These reactions are carried out by cofactors that are paramagnetic in one of their oxidation states. This renders the RCs unsuitable for conventional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy investigations. However, the presence of native paramagnetic centers and the ability to covalently attach site-directed spin labels in RCs makes them ideally suited for the application of SDSL EPR spectroscopy. The paramagnetic centers serve as probes of conformational changes, dynamics of subunit assembly, and the relative motion of cofactors and peptide subunits. In this review, we describe novel applications of SDSL EPR spectroscopy for elucidating the effects of local structure and dynamics on the electron-transfer cofactors of photosynthetic RCs. Because SDSL EPR Spectroscopy is uniquely suited to provide dynamic information on protein motion, it is a particularly useful method in the engineering and analysis of designed electron transfer proteins and protein networks. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biodesign for Bioenergetics--the design and engineering of electronic transfer cofactors, proteins and protein networks, edited by Ronald L. Koder and J.L. Ross Anderson. PMID:26334844

  3. An EPR spin probe method for characterizing changes in the accessible regions of coal upon oxidation

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    Sady, W.; Kispert, L.D.; Spears, D.R.

    1992-01-01

    Eight Argonne Premium Coal Samples (APCS) were weathered in air and the structural and chemical changes that upon swelling with toluene and pyridine were, examined by an EPR spin probe method developed in this laboratory. Under mild oxidation conditions and swelling with toluene large structural changes were observed for lignite (Beulah-Zap) which suggested the collapse of the coal structure. This did not occur for higher rank coal. Upon oxidation and swelling with toluene and pyridine an increase occurred in the amino substituted spin probe concentration for coals with the carbon percent above 80%. A maximum was found for the creation of 5 {Angstrom} diameter pores upon swelling with pyridine at 85% C.

  4. An EPR spin probe method for characterizing changes in the accessible regions of coal upon oxidation

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    Sady, W.; Kispert, L.D.; Spears, D.R.

    1992-09-01

    Eight Argonne Premium Coal Samples (APCS) were weathered in air and the structural and chemical changes that upon swelling with toluene and pyridine were, examined by an EPR spin probe method developed in this laboratory. Under mild oxidation conditions and swelling with toluene large structural changes were observed for lignite (Beulah-Zap) which suggested the collapse of the coal structure. This did not occur for higher rank coal. Upon oxidation and swelling with toluene and pyridine an increase occurred in the amino substituted spin probe concentration for coals with the carbon percent above 80%. A maximum was found for the creation of 5 {Angstrom} diameter pores upon swelling with pyridine at 85% C.

  5. Analysis of Hydroperoxides in Solid Polyethylene by MAS (13)C NMR and EPR

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    ASSINK,ROGER A.; CELINA,MATHIAS C.; DUNBAR,TIMOTHY D.; ALAM,TODD M.; CLOUGH,ROGER LEE; GILLEN,KENNETH T.

    1999-11-19

    {sup 13}C-enriched polyethylene was subjected to {gamma}-irradiation in the presence of air at 25 and 80 C for total doses ranging from 71 to 355 kGy. Significant quantities of hydroperoxides were detected in the 25 C irradiated sample by {sup 13}C magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy. This method of detection was performed on the solid polymer and required no chemical derivatization or addition of solvent. The chemical stability and subsequent products of the hydroperoxide species were studied by annealing the irradiated samples in air at temperatures ranging from 22 to 110 C. A time-temperature superposition analysis provided an activation energy of 108 kJ/mol for the hydroperoxide decomposition process. The primary products of hydroperoxide decomposition were ketones and secondary alcohols with lesser amounts of acids and esters. EPR measurements suggest that the reactive hydroperoxide species reside in the amorphous phase of polyethylene, consistent with degradation occurring in the amorphous phase.

  6. VHF EPR determination of the chemical forms of organic sulfur in coal

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    Clarkson, R.B.

    1991-01-01

    This program addresses the need for innovative approaches to characterize the organic sulfur in Illinois Basin coals. We have developed a very high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at the W-band of microwave frequencies (96 GHz). This instrument has shown unique sensitivity to heteroatoms in coal, and we believe the technique can be successfully applied for the non-destructive, direct determination of organic sulfur in coal. Preliminary data from Illinois coals and separated macerals indicate that the method also may be able to distinguish aromatic from aliphatic sulfur, and may be useful in assessing the extent of conjugation in aromatic portions of the coal. These high energy spectroscopic techniques, however invariably suffer from the fact that they are not truly non-destructive. By contrast, the low powers and relatively low energy radiation used in magnetic resonance techniques have virtually no effect on the physical structure or chemical composition of coal.

  7. Photocatalytic removal of soot: unravelling of the reaction mechanism by EPR and in situ FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Smits, Marianne; Ling, Yun; Lenaerts, Silvia; Van Doorslaer, Sabine

    2012-12-21

    Photocatalytic soot oxidation is studied on P25 TiO(2) as an important model reaction for self-cleaning processes by means of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Contacting of carbon black with P25 leads on the one hand to a reduction of the local dioxygen concentration in the powder. On the other hand, the weakly adsorbed radicals on the carbon particles are likely to act as alternative traps for the photogenerated conduction-band electrons. We find furthermore that the presence of dioxygen and oxygen-related radicals is vital for the photocatalytic soot degradation. The complete oxidation of soot to CO(2) is evidenced by in situ FTIR spectroscopy, no intermediate CO is detected during the photocatalytic process. PMID:23150192

  8. Some comments on the EPR (The reasons why experiments should still be done)

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    Piccioni, O.; Wright, B.

    1993-10-01

    The authors believe that much of the contradiction they hear about the Einstein Podoisky Rosen Paradox (EPR), can be framed into the diverse ways of using or misusing the principle of ``collapse,`` (a principle, which according to Wigner, is very attractive, but not very informative). To make their points, they will mainly use the model [Lamehi-Rachti, Mittig, Phys. Rev. D14 (1976)] of two free protons scattering in the well known state of singlet, ud-du = SS, according to the Pauli Principle. (An equivalent description can be done with the polarization of photons.) The authors ask the important question whether, on separation, the two fermions will remain in the state SS, where neither proton has a definite state and the whole two fermion system has exactly zero component in any direction.

  9. A novel tamper detection-recovery and watermarking system for medical image authentication and EPR hiding.

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    Tareef, Afaf; Al-Ani, Ahmad; Nguyen, Hung; Chung, Yuk Ying

    2014-01-01

    Recently, the literature has witnessed an increasing interest in the study of medical image watermarking and recovery techniques. In this article, a novel image tamper localization and recovery technique for medical image authentication is proposed. The sparse coding of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and the reshaped region of Interest (ROI) is embedded in the transform domain of the Region of Non-Interest (RONI). The first part of the sparse coded watermark is use for saving the patient information along with the image, whereas the second part is used for authentication purpose. When the watermarked image is tampered during transmission between hospitals and medical clinics, the embedded sparse coded ROI can be extracted to recover the tampered image. The experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed technique in term of tamper correction capability, robustness to attacks, and imperceptibility.

  10. Combined approaches of EPR and NMR illustrate only one transmembrane helix in the human IFITM3

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    Ling, Shenglong; Zhang, Chengwei; Wang, Wei; Cai, Xiaoying; Yu, Lu; Wu, Fangming; Zhang, Longhua; Tian, Changlin

    2016-01-01

    Interferon-inducible transmembrane protein IFITM3 was known to restrict the entry of a wide spectrum of viruses to the cytosol of the host. The mechanism used by the protein to restrict viral entry is unclear given the unavailability of the membrane topology and structures of the IFITM family proteins. Systematic site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies of IFITM3 in detergent micelles identified a single, long transmembrane helix in the C-terminus and an intramembrane segment in the N-terminal hydrophobic region. Solution NMR studies of the same sample verified the secondary structure distribution and demonstrated two rigid regions interacting with the micellar surface. The resulting membrane topology of IFITM3 supports the mechanism of an enhanced restricted membrane hemi-fusion. PMID:27046158

  11. Dielectric Resonator for Ka-Band Pulsed EPR Measurements at Cryogenic Temperatures: Probehead Construction and Applications

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    Astashkin, A.; Enemark, J. H.; Blank, A.; Twig, Y.; Song, Y.; Meade, T. J.

    2013-01-01

    The construction and performance of a Ka-band pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) cryogenic probehead that incorporates dielectric resonator (DR) is presented. We demonstrate that the use of DR allows one to optimize pulsed double electron–electron resonance (DEER) measurements utilizing large resonator bandwidth and large amplitude of the microwave field B1. In DEER measurements of Gd-based spin labels, use of this probe finally allows one to implement the potentials of Gd-based labels in distance measurements. Evidently, this DR is well suited to any applications requiring large B1-fields and resonator bandwidths, such as electron spin echo envelope modulation spectroscopy of nuclei having low magnetic moments and strong hyperfine interactions and double quantum coherence dipolar spectroscopy as was recently demonstrated in the application of a similar probe based on an loop-gap resonator and reported by Forrer et al. (J Magn Reson 190:280, 2008). PMID:23626406

  12. Theory of Adaptive Acquisition Method for Image Reconstruction from Projections and Application to EPR Imaging

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    Placidi, G.; Alecci, M.; Sotgiu, A.

    1995-07-01

    An adaptive method for selecting the projections to be used for image reconstruction is presented. The method starts with the acquisition of four projections at angles of 0°, 45°, 90°, 135° and selects the new angles by computing a function of the previous projections. This makes it possible to adapt the selection of projections to the arbitrary shape of the sample, thus measuring a more informative set of projections. When the sample is smooth or has internal symmetries, this technique allows a reduction in the number of projections required to reconstruct the image without loss of information. The method has been tested on simulated data at different values of signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) and on experimental data recorded by an EPR imaging apparatus.

  13. Analyzing Three-Player Quantum Games in an EPR Type Setup

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    Chappell, James M.; Iqbal, Azhar; Abbott, Derek

    2011-01-01

    We use the formalism of Clifford Geometric Algebra (GA) to develop an analysis of quantum versions of three-player non-cooperative games. The quantum games we explore are played in an Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) type setting. In this setting, the players' strategy sets remain identical to the ones in the mixed-strategy version of the classical game that is obtained as a proper subset of the corresponding quantum game. Using GA we investigate the outcome of a realization of the game by players sharing GHZ state, W state, and a mixture of GHZ and W states. As a specific example, we study the game of three-player Prisoners' Dilemma. PMID:21818260

  14. Performance characteristics of the EPR dosimetry system with table sugar in radiotherapy applications.

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    Mikou, M; Ghosne, N; El Baydaoui, R; Zirari, Z; Kuntz, F

    2015-05-01

    Performance characteristics of the megavoltage photon dose measurements with EPR and table sugar were analyzed. An advantage of sugar as a dosimetric material is its tissue equivalency. The minimal detectable dose was found to be 1.5Gy for both the 6 and 18MV photons. The dose response curves are linear up to at least 20Gy. The energy dependence of the dose response in the megavoltage energy range is very weak and probably statistically insignificant. Reproducibility of measurements of various doses in this range performed with the peak-to-peak and double-integral methods is reported. The method can be used in real-time dosimetry in radiation therapy. PMID:25698642

  15. Etude de la texture des rubans EPR de silicium polycristallin photovoltaïque

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    Chibani, A.; Gauthier, R.; Pinard, P.; Andonov, P.

    1991-09-01

    EPR polysilicon ribbons are obtained from a 5N-6N purity grade silicon powder melting followed by a recrystallization step. Being assigned to the photocell manufacture, we study the texture by X-ray diffraction method to reveal the majority of the crystal orientations and prove the eventual existence of specific orientations adapted to the best photovoltaic conversion efficiencies such as (100), (110) or (111). Moreover, we tested the possibility to induce the (111) orientation with a monocrystalline seed having this orientation. It appears that the crystal growth is essentially anisotropic and that only the orientation of the grains with their (331) planes parallel to the ribbon surface may be considered as dominant after the recrystallization step; finally, the (111) starting seed has an effect only at the recrystallization onset.

  16. Multi-hop teleportation based on W state and EPR pairs

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    Hai-Tao, Zhan; Xu-Tao, Yu; Pei-Ying, Xiong; Zai-Chen, Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Multi-hop teleportation has significant value due to long-distance delivery of quantum information. Many studies about multi-hop teleportation are based on Bell pairs, partially entangled pairs or W state. The possibility of multi-hop teleportation constituted by partially entangled pairs relates to the number of nodes. The possibility of multi-hop teleportation constituted by double W states is after n-hop teleportation. In this paper, a multi-hop teleportation scheme based on W state and EPR pairs is presented and proved. The successful possibility of quantum information transmitted hop by hop through intermediate nodes is deduced. The possibility of successful transmission is after n-hop teleportation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61571105), the Prospective Future Network Project of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BY2013095-1-18), and the Independent Project of State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, China (Grant No. Z201504).

  17. Radical cations from dipyridinium derivatives: a combined EPR and DFT study.

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    Stipa, Pierluigi

    2006-06-01

    The monoelectronic reduction of 1,1'-dimethyl-2,2'-dicyano-4,4'-bipyridinium (DCMV++) bis-methylsulphate, conducted directly in the cavity of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer at room temperature and in DMSO solution, gave the signal of the corresponding radical cation (DCMV.+) whose interpretation has been carried out with the aid of density functional theory (DFT) calculations run at different levels. The model chemistries considered yielded in general hyperfine coupling constants (hfcc) in good agreement with the experimental ones, except for the methyl protons directly bonded to the pyridinium nitrogens. The use of various computational methods accounting for solvent-solute interactions did not give significant improvements with respect to the gas phase results, while the geometry optimizations performed showed that the two pyridinium rings are coplanar in the radical cation but staggered in the parent dication, although the corresponding energy barrier involved is very low.

  18. Semantic realism versus EPR-Like paradoxes: The Furry, Bohm-Aharonov, and Bell paradoxes

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    Garola, Claudio; Solombrino, Luigi

    1996-10-01

    We prove that the general scheme for physical theories that we have called semantic realism (SR) in some previous papers copes successfully with a number of EPR-like paradoxes when applied to quantum physics (QP). In particular, we consider the old arguments by Furry and Bohm- Aharonov and show that they are not valid within a SR framework. Moreover, we consider the Bell-Kochen-Specker und the Bell theorems that should prove that QP is inherently contextual and nonlocal, respectively, and show that they can be invalidated in the SR approach. This removes the seeming contradiction between the basic assumptions of SR and QP, and proves that some problematic features that are usually attributed to QP, us contextuality and nonlocality, occur because of the adoption of a verificationist position, from one side, and from an insufficient adherence to the operational principles that have inspired QP itself, from the other side.

  19. Internal in vitro dosimetry for fish using hydroxyapatite-based EPR detectors.

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    Ivanov, D V; Shishkina, E A; Osipov, D I; Razumeev, R A; Pryakhin, E A

    2015-08-01

    A number of aquatic ecosystems were exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of the activities of the Mayak Production Association in the Southern Urals, former Soviet Union, in the 1950s. Currently, fishes inhabiting contaminated lakes are being actively studied. These investigations need dosimetric support. In the present paper the results of a pilot study for elaborating an EPR dosimeter which can be used for internal dosimetry in vitro are described. Biological hydroxyapatite is proposed here to be used as a detecting substance. More specifically, small hydroxyapatite grains are proposed for use as point detectors fixed in a solid matrix. After having been pelletized, the detectors were covered by Mylar and placed in the body of a fish to be stored in the fridge for several months. Application of the detectors for internal fish dosimetry demonstrated that the enamel sensitivity is sufficient for passive detection of ionizing radiation in fishes inhabiting contaminated lakes in the Southern Urals. PMID:25822591

  20. EPR dosimetry teeth in past and future accidents: A prospective look at a retrospective method

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    Haskell, E.; Kenner, G.; Hayes, R.; Chumak, V.; Shalom, S.

    1997-03-01

    Accurate assessments of doses received by individuals exposed to radiation from nuclear accidents and incidents such as those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nevada test site, Cheliabinsk and Mayak are required for epidemiological studies seeking to establish relationships between radiation dose and health effects. One method of retrospective dosimetry which allows for measurement of cumulative gamma ray doses received by exposed individuals is electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel stores and retains, indefinitely, information on absorbed radiation dose. And teeth are available in every population as a result of dental extraction for medical reasons including periodontal disease and impacted wisdom teeth. In the case of children, deciduous teeth, which are shed between the ages of 7 and 13, can be a very important dosimetric source if documented collection is implemented shortly following an accident.

  1. Assessing the RAFT equilibrium constant via model systems: an EPR study.

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    Meiser, Wibke; Buback, Michael

    2011-09-15

    Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) equilibrium constants, K(eq), for the model system cyano-iso-propyl dithiobenzoate (CPDB) - cyano-iso-propyl radical (CIP) have been deduced via electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The CIP species is produced by thermal decomposition of azobis-iso-butyronitrile (AIBN). In solution of toluene at 70 °C, K(eq) has been determined to be (9 ± 1) L · mol(-1). Measurement of K(eq) = k(ad)/k(β) between 60 and 100 °C yields ΔE(a) = (-28 ± 4) kJ · mol(-1) as the difference in the activation energies of k(ad) and k(β). The data measured on the model system are indicative of fast fragmentation of the intermediate radical produced by addition of CIP to CPDB.

  2. EPR, optical absorption and luminescence studies of Cr3+-doped antimony phosphate glasses

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    De Vicente, F. S.; Santos, F. A.; Simões, B. S.; Dias, S. T.; Siu Li, M.

    2014-12-01

    Antimony phosphate glasses (SbPO) doped with 3 and 6 mol% of Cr3+ were studied by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), UV-VIS optical absorption and luminescence spectroscopy. The EPR spectra of Cr3+-doped glasses showed two principal resonance signals with effective g values at g = 5.11 and g = 1.97. UV-VIS optical absorption spectra of SbPO:Cr3+ presented four characteristics bands at 457, 641, 675, and 705 nm related to the transitions from 4A2(F) to 4T1(F), 4T2(F), 2T1(G), and 2E(G), respectively, of Cr3+ ions in octahedral symmetry. Optical absorption spectra of SbPO:Cr3+ allowed evaluating the crystalline field Dq, Racah parameters (B and C) and Dq/B. The calculated value of Dq/B = 2.48 indicates that Cr3+ ions in SbPO glasses are in strong ligand field sites. The optical band gap for SbPO and SbPO:Cr3+ were evaluated from the UV optical absorption edges. Luminescence measurements of pure and Cr3+-doped glasses excited with 350 nm revealed weak emission bands from 400 to 600 nm due to the 3P1 → 1S0 electronic transition from Sb3+ ions. Cr3+-doped glasses excited with 415 nm presented Cr3+ characteristic luminescence spectra composed by two broad bands, one band centered at 645 nm (2E → 4A2) and another intense band from 700 to 850 nm (4T2 → 4A2).

  3. Quantifying the lateral lipid domain properties in erythrocyte ghost membranes using EPR-spectra decomposition.

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    Arsov, Zoran; Schara, Milan; Strancar, Janez

    2002-07-01

    Using EPR spectroscopy a typical lateral domain structure was detected in the membranes of spin-labeled bovine erythrocyte ghosts. The spectral parameters were determined by decomposing the EPR spectrum into three spectral components and tuned by a hybrid-evolutionary-optimization method. In our experiments the lateral domain structure and its properties were influenced by the variation in the temperature and by the addition of n-butanol. The specific responses of the particular domain types were detected. For the most-ordered domain type a break was seen in the temperature dependence of its order parameter, while the order parameters of the two less-ordered domain types exhibited a continuous decrease. Below the break-point temperature the alcohol-induced membrane fluidity variation is mainly a consequence of the change in the proportions of the least- and the most-ordered domain type and not the change of the domain-type ordering or dynamics (with n-butanol concentration). On the other hand, the fluidity variation above the break-point temperature arises from both types of changes. Interestingly, the proportion of the domain type that has its order parameter between that of the least- and the most-ordered domain type remains almost constant with concentration as well as with temperature, which implies its stability. Such characterization of the lateral membrane domain structure could be beneficial when considering the lipid-protein interactions, because it can be assumed that the activity of the membrane-bound enzyme depends on the properties of the particular domain type. PMID:12202132

  4. Phenylbutazone Oxidation via Cu,Zn-SOD Peroxidase Activity: An EPR Study.

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    Aljuhani, Naif; Whittal, Randy M; Khan, Saifur R; Siraki, Arno G

    2015-07-20

    We investigated the effect of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (Cu,Zn-SOD)-peroxidase activity on the oxidation of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (PBZ). We utilized electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy to detect free radical intermediates of PBZ, UV-vis spectrophotometry to monitor PBZ oxidation, oxygen analysis to determine the involvement of C-centered radicals, and LC/MS to determine the resulting metabolites. Using EPR spectroscopy and spin-trapping with 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO), we found that the spin adduct of CO3(•-) (DMPO/(•)OH) was attenuated with increasing PBZ concentrations. The resulting PBZ radical, which was assigned as a carbon-centered radical based on computer simulation of hyperfine splitting constants, was trapped by both DMPO and MNP spin traps. Similar to Cu,Zn-SOD-peroxidase activity, an identical PBZ carbon-centered radical was also detected with the presence of both myeloperoxidase (MPO/H2O2) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP/H2O2). Oxygen analysis revealed depletion in oxygen levels when PBZ was oxidized by SOD peroxidase-activity, further supporting carbon radical formation. In addition, UV-vis spectra showed that the λmax for PBZ (λ = 260 nm) declined in intensity and shifted to a new peak that was similar to the spectrum for 4-hydroxy-PBZ when oxidized by Cu,Zn-SOD-peroxidase activity. LC/MS evidence supported the formation of 4-hydroxy-PBZ when compared to that of a standard, and 4-hydroperoxy-PBZ was also detected in significant yield. These findings together indicate that the carbonate radical, a product of SOD peroxidase activity, appears to play a role in PBZ metabolism. Interestingly, these results are similar to findings from heme peroxidase enzymes, and the context of this metabolic pathway is discussed in terms of a mechanism for PBZ-induced toxicity. PMID:26090772

  5. DAC-board based X-band EPR spectrometer with arbitrary waveform control

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    Kaufmann, Thomas; Keller, Timothy J.; Franck, John M.; Barnes, Ryan P.; Glaser, Steffen J.; Martinis, John M.; Han, Songi

    2013-10-01

    We present arbitrary control over a homogenous spin system, demonstrated on a simple, home-built, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 8-10 GHz (X-band) and controlled by a 1 GHz arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) with 42 dB (i.e. 14-bit) of dynamic range. Such a spectrometer can be relatively easily built from a single DAC (digital to analog converter) board with a modest number of stock components and offers powerful capabilities for automated digital calibration and correction routines that allow it to generate shaped X-band pulses with precise amplitude and phase control. It can precisely tailor the excitation profiles "seen" by the spins in the microwave resonator, based on feedback calibration with experimental input. We demonstrate the capability to generate a variety of pulse shapes, including rectangular, triangular, Gaussian, sinc, and adiabatic rapid passage waveforms. We then show how one can precisely compensate for the distortion and broadening caused by transmission into the microwave cavity in order to optimize corrected waveforms that are distinctly different from the initial, uncorrected waveforms. Specifically, we exploit a narrow EPR signal whose width is finer than the features of any distortions in order to map out the response to a short pulse, which, in turn, yields the precise transfer function of the spectrometer system. This transfer function is found to be consistent for all pulse shapes in the linear response regime. In addition to allowing precise waveform shaping capabilities, the spectrometer presented here offers complete digital control and calibration of the spectrometer that allows one to phase cycle the pulse phase with 0.007° resolution and to specify the inter-pulse delays and pulse durations to ⩽250 ps resolution. The implications and potential applications of these capabilities will be discussed.

  6. Hf isotope systematics of seamounts near the East Pacific Rise (EPR) and geodynamic implications

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    Zhang, Yu; Meng, Fanxue; Niu, Yaoling

    2016-10-01

    We report new Hf isotopic data for basaltic glasses from seamounts flanking the East Pacific Rise (EPR) between 5° and 15°N that have been previously analyzed for Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes as well as major and trace elements. The Hf isotopic data offer new perspectives on the petrogenesis of these samples in a broader context on mantle dynamics. The Hf isotope compositions show significant correlations with Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes and with both abundances and ratios of incompatible elements. The seamount lavas are thus best interpreted as products of melting-induced mixing in a two-component mantle. The range in composition of EPR seamount lavas cannot be generated by simple mixing of melt and melting of variably heterogeneous mantle in which enriched and depleted materials contribute equally to melting (source mixing). Instead, the trace element and isotope compositions of seamount lavas can be reproduced by melting models in which more enriched, fertile mantle component are preferentially melted during mantle upwelling. At progressively lower degrees of melting, erupted lavas are thus more enriched in incompatible trace elements, have higher 87Sr/86Sr, 208Pb/204Pb ratios and lower 143Nd/144Nd, 176Hf/177Hf ratios. The "EM1" and "pyroxenite" endmember might be the suitable enriched component. The Hf-Nd isotopic variations on global scale might result from the variations in amounts of residual continental lithospheric mantle that detached into upper mantle during continental rifting. The significant correlations of Rb/Sr vs 87Sr/86Sr, Sm/Nd vs 143Nd/144Nd and Lu/Hf vs 176Hf/177Hf give pseudochron ages of 182 ± 33 Ma, 276 ± 50 Ma and 387 ± 93 Ma, respectively. These different "ages" have no significance, but result from melting-induced mixing with the pseudochron slopes controlled by the compositions of enriched component and depleted end-member.

  7. RosettaEPR: Rotamer Library for Spin Label Structure and Dynamics

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    Alexander, Nathan S.; Stein, Richard A.; Koteiche, Hanane A.; Kaufmann, Kristian W.; Mchaourab, Hassane S.; Meiler, Jens

    2013-01-01

    An increasingly used parameter in structural biology is the measurement of distances between spin labels bound to a protein. One limitation to these measurements is the unknown position of the spin label relative to the protein backbone. To overcome this drawback, we introduce a rotamer library of the methanethiosulfonate spin label (MTSSL) into the protein modeling program Rosetta. Spin label rotamers were derived from conformations observed in crystal structures of spin labeled T4 lysozyme and previously published molecular dynamics simulations. Rosetta’s ability to accurately recover spin label conformations and EPR measured distance distributions was evaluated against 19 experimentally determined MTSSL labeled structures of T4 lysozyme and the membrane protein LeuT and 73 distance distributions from T4 lysozyme and the membrane protein MsbA. For a site in the core of T4 lysozyme, the correct spin label conformation (Χ1 and Χ2) is recovered in 99.8% of trials. In surface positions 53% of the trajectories agree with crystallized conformations in Χ1 and Χ2. This level of recovery is on par with Rosetta performance for the 20 natural amino acids. In addition, Rosetta predicts the distance between two spin labels with a mean error of 4.4 Å. The width of the experimental distance distribution, which reflects the flexibility of the two spin labels, is predicted with a mean error of 1.3 Å. RosettaEPR makes full-atom spin label modeling available to a wide scientific community in conjunction with the powerful suite of modeling methods within Rosetta. PMID:24039810

  8. Pulsed EPR dipolar spectroscopy at Q- and G-band on a trityl biradical.

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    Akhmetzyanov, D; Schöps, P; Marko, A; Kunjir, N C; Sigurdsson, S Th; Prisner, T F

    2015-10-01

    Pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is a valuable technique for the precise determination of distances between paramagnetic spin labels that are covalently attached to macromolecules. Nitroxides have commonly been utilised as paramagnetic tags for biomolecules, but trityl radicals have recently been developed as alternative spin labels. Trityls exhibit longer electron spin relaxation times and higher stability than nitroxides under in vivo conditions. So far, trityl radicals have only been used in pulsed EPR dipolar spectroscopy (PDS) at X-band (9.5 GHz), Ku-band (17.2 GHz) and Q-band (34 GHz) frequencies. In this study we investigated a trityl biradical by PDS at Q-band (34 GHz) and G-band (180 GHz) frequencies. Due to the small spectral width of the trityl (30 MHz) at Q-band frequencies, single frequency PDS techniques, like double-quantum coherence (DQC) and single frequency technique for refocusing dipolar couplings (SIFTER), work very efficiently. Hence, Q-band DQC and SIFTER experiments were performed and the results were compared; yielding a signal to noise ratio for SIFTER four times higher than that for DQC. At G-band frequencies the resolved axially symmetric g-tensor anisotropy of the trityl exhibited a spectral width of 130 MHz. Thus, pulsed electron electron double resonance (PELDOR/DEER) obtained at different pump-probe positions across the spectrum was used to reveal distances. Such a multi-frequency approach should also be applicable to determine structural information on biological macromolecules tagged with trityl spin labels.

  9. The energy dependence of lithium formate and alanine EPR dosimeters for medium energy x rays

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    Waldeland, Einar; Hole, Eli Olaug; Sagstuen, Einar; Malinen, Eirik

    2010-07-15

    Purpose: To perform a systematic investigation of the energy dependence of alanine and lilthium formate EPR dosimeters for medium energy x rays. Methods: Lithium formate and alanine EPR dosimeters were exposed to eight different x-ray beam qualities, with nominal potentials ranging from 50 to 200 kV. Following ionometry based on standards of absorbed dose to water, the dosimeters were given two different doses of approximately 3 and 6 Gy for each radiation quality, with three dosimeters for each dose. A reference series was also irradiated to three different dose levels at a {sup 60}Co unit. The dose to water energy response, that is, the dosimeter reading per absorbed dose to water relative to that for {sup 60}Co {gamma}-rays, was estimated for each beam quality. In addition, the energy response was calculated by Monte Carlo simulations and compared to the experimental energy response. Results: The experimental energy response estimates ranged from 0.89 to 0.94 and from 0.68 to 0.90 for lithium formate and alanine, respectively. The uncertainties in the experimental energy response estimates were typically 3%. The relative effectiveness, that is, the ratio of the experimental energy response to that following Monte Carlo simulations was, on average, 0.96 and 0.94 for lithium formate and alanine, respectively. Conclusions: This work shows that lithium formate dosimeters are less dependent on x-ray energy than alanine. Furthermore, as the relative effectiveness for both lithium formate and alanine were systematically less than unity, the yield of radiation-induced radicals is decreased following x-irradiation compared to irradiation with {sup 60}Co {gamma}-rays.

  10. DAC-board based X-band EPR spectrometer with arbitrary waveform control.

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    Kaufmann, Thomas; Keller, Timothy J; Franck, John M; Barnes, Ryan P; Glaser, Steffen J; Martinis, John M; Han, Songi

    2013-10-01

    We present arbitrary control over a homogenous spin system, demonstrated on a simple, home-built, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 8-10 GHz (X-band) and controlled by a 1 GHz arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) with 42 dB (i.e. 14-bit) of dynamic range. Such a spectrometer can be relatively easily built from a single DAC (digital to analog converter) board with a modest number of stock components and offers powerful capabilities for automated digital calibration and correction routines that allow it to generate shaped X-band pulses with precise amplitude and phase control. It can precisely tailor the excitation profiles "seen" by the spins in the microwave resonator, based on feedback calibration with experimental input. We demonstrate the capability to generate a variety of pulse shapes, including rectangular, triangular, Gaussian, sinc, and adiabatic rapid passage waveforms. We then show how one can precisely compensate for the distortion and broadening caused by transmission into the microwave cavity in order to optimize corrected waveforms that are distinctly different from the initial, uncorrected waveforms. Specifically, we exploit a narrow EPR signal whose width is finer than the features of any distortions in order to map out the response to a short pulse, which, in turn, yields the precise transfer function of the spectrometer system. This transfer function is found to be consistent for all pulse shapes in the linear response regime. In addition to allowing precise waveform shaping capabilities, the spectrometer presented here offers complete digital control and calibration of the spectrometer that allows one to phase cycle the pulse phase with 0.007° resolution and to specify the inter-pulse delays and pulse durations to ≤ 250 ps resolution. The implications and potential applications of these capabilities will be discussed.

  11. YAlO3:Cr3+ nanophosphor: synthesis, photoluminescence, EPR, dosimetric studies.

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    Premkumar, H B; Sunitha, D V; Nagabhushana, H; Sharma, S C; Nagabhushana, B M; Rao, J L; Gupta, Kinshuk; Chakradhar, R P S

    2012-10-01

    YAlO(3):Cr(3+) (0.1 mol%) nanophosphor has been synthesized by low temperature solution combustion method. The X-ray diffraction studies reveal an orthorhombic structure. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the particles are spherical in shape with nano-size ~40-65 nm. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum shows a resonance signal with effective g value at g=1.978 which can be attributed to the exchange coupled Cr(3+) ion pairs in weakly distorted sites. The photoluminescence spectrum shows an intense doublet at 677 nm and 694 nm (R lines) assigned to spin-forbidden (2)E(g)→(4)A(2)(g) transition of Cr(3+) ions. EPR and PL studies reveal that the Cr(3+) ions occupy Al(3+) sites in YAlO(3). The interesting feature reported in this work concerns the linearity with gamma dose in the wide range (0.1-6 kGy). Prominent TL glow peaks at 226 °C and 346 °C were observed for both γ and UV-rays respectively. It is observed that the peaks at 226 °C and 346 °C eventually show a linear response up to 5 kGy which makes them a candidate for high dose dosimetry of ionizing radiation. The kinetic parameters namely activation energy (E), order of kinetics (b), frequency factor (s) of undoped and Cr doped samples were determined using Chens glow peak shape method and the results are discussed in detail. PMID:22673389

  12. A Combinatorial NMR and EPR Approach for Evaluating the Structural Ensemble of Partially Folded Proteins

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    Rao, Jampani Nageswara; Jao, Christine C.; Hegde, Balachandra G.; Langen, Ralf; Ulmer, Tobias S.

    2010-01-01

    Partially folded proteins, characterized as exhibiting secondary structure elements with loose or absent tertiary contacts, represent important intermediates in both physiological protein folding and pathological protein misfolding. To aid in the characterization of the structural state(s) of such proteins, a novel structure calculation scheme is presented that combines structural restraints derived from pulsed EPR and NMR spectroscopy. The methodology is established for the protein α-synuclein (αS), which exhibits characteristics of a partially folded protein when bound to a micelle of the detergent sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (SLAS). By combining 18 EPR-derived interelectron spin label distance distributions with NMR-based secondary structure definitions and bond vector restraints, interelectron distances were correlated and a set of theoretical ensemble basis populations was calculated. A minimal set of basis structures, representing the partially folded state of SLAS-bound αS, was subsequently derived by back-calculating correlated distance distributions. A surprising variety of well-defined protein-micelle interactions was thus revealed in which the micelle is engulfed by two differently arranged anti-parallel αS helices. The methodology further provided the population ratios between dominant ensemble structural states, whereas limitation in obtainable structural resolution arose from spin label flexibility and residual uncertainties in secondary structure definitions. To advance the understanding of protein-micelle interactions, the present study concludes by showing that, in marked contrast to secondary structure stability, helix dynamics of SLAS-bound αS correlate with the degree of protein-induced departures from free micelle dimensions. PMID:20524659

  13. Rotation Dynamics Do Not Determine the Unexpected Isotropy of Methyl Radical EPR Spectra.

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    Benetis, Nikolas P; Dmitriev, Yurij; Mocci, Francesca; Laaksonen, Aatto

    2015-09-01

    A simple first-principles electronic structure computation, further qc (quantum chemistry) computation, of the methyl radical gives three equal hf (hyperfine) couplings for the three protons with the unpaired electron. The corresponding dipolar tensors were notably rhombic and had different orientations and regular magnitude components, as they should, but what the overall A-tensor was seen by the electron spin is a different story! The final g = (2.002993, 2.002993, 2.002231) tensor and the hf coupling results obtained in vacuum, at the B3LYP/EPRIII level of theory clearly indicate that in particular the above A = (-65.19, -65.19, 62.54) MHz tensor was axial to a first approximation without considering any rotational dynamics for the CH3. This approximation was not applicable, however, for the trifluoromethyl CF3 radical, a heavier and nonplanar rotor with very anisotropic hf coupling, used here for comparison. Finally, a derivation is presented explaining why there is actually no need for the CH3 radicals to consider additional rotational dynamics in order for the electron to obtain an axially symmetric hf (hyperfine) tensor by considering the simultaneous dipolar couplings of the three protons. An additional consequence is an almost isotropic A-tensor for the electron spin of the CH3 radical. To the best of our knowledge, this point has not been discussed in the literature before. The unexpected isotropy of the EPR parameters of CH3 was solely attributed to the rotational dynamics and was not clearly separated from the overall symmetry of the species. The present theoretical results allowed a first explanation of the "forbidden" satellite lines in the CH3 EPR spectrum. The satellites are a fingerprint of the radical rotation, helping thus in distinguishing the CH3 reorientation from quantum rotation at very low temperatures. PMID:26262753

  14. DAC-board based X-band EPR spectrometer with arbitrary waveform control

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    Kaufmann, Thomas; Keller, Timothy J.; Franck, John M.; Barnes, Ryan P.; Glaser, Steffen J.; Martinis, John M.; Han, Songi

    2013-01-01

    We present arbitrary control over a homogenous spin system, demonstrated on a simple, home-built, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 8–10 GHz (X-band) and controlled by a 1 GHz arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) with 42 dB (i.e. 14-bit) of dynamic range. Such a spectrometer can be relatively easily built from a single DAC (digital to analog converter) board with a modest number of stock components and offers powerful capabilities for automated digital calibration and correction routines that allow it to generate shaped X-band pulses with precise amplitude and phase control. It can precisely tailor the excitation profiles “seen” by the spins in the microwave resonator, based on feedback calibration with experimental input. We demonstrate the capability to generate a variety of pulse shapes, including rectangular, triangular, Gaussian, sinc, and adiabatic rapid passage waveforms. We then show how one can precisely compensate for the distortion and broadening caused by transmission into the microwave cavity in order to optimize corrected waveforms that are distinctly different from the initial, uncorrected waveforms. Specifically, we exploit a narrow EPR signal whose width is finer than the features of any distortions in order to map out the response to a short pulse, which, in turn, yields the precise transfer function of the spectrometer system. This transfer function is found to be consistent for all pulse shapes in the linear response regime. In addition to allowing precise waveform shaping capabilities, the spectrometer presented here offers complete digital control and calibration of the spectrometer that allows one to phase cycle the pulse phase with 0.007° resolution and to specify the inter-pulse delays and pulse durations to ≤250 ps resolution. The implications and potential applications of these capabilities will be discussed. PMID:23999530

  15. EPR and (57)Fe ENDOR investigation of 2Fe ferredoxins from Aquifex aeolicus.

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    Cutsail, George E; Doan, Peter E; Hoffman, Brian M; Meyer, Jacques; Telser, Joshua

    2012-12-01

    We have employed EPR and a set of recently developed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopies to characterize a suite of [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin clusters from Aquifex aeolicus (Aae Fd1, Fd4, and Fd5). Antiferromagnetic coupling between the Fe(II), S = 2, and Fe(III), S = 5/2, sites of the [2Fe-2S](+) cluster in these proteins creates an S = 1/2 ground state. A complete discussion of the spin-Hamiltonian contributions to g includes new symmetry arguments along with references to related FeS model compounds and their symmetry and EPR properties. Complete (57)Fe hyperfine coupling (hfc) tensors for each iron, with respective orientations relative to g, have been determined by the use of "stochastic" continuous wave and/or "random hopped" pulsed ENDOR, with the relative utility of the two approaches being emphasized. The reported hyperfine tensors include absolute signs determined by a modified pulsed ENDOR saturation and recovery (PESTRE) technique, RD-PESTRE-a post-processing protocol of the "raw data" that comprises an ENDOR spectrum. The (57)Fe hyperfine tensor components found by ENDOR are nicely consistent with those previously found by Mössbauer spectroscopy, while accurate tensor orientations are unique to the ENDOR approach. These measurements demonstrate the capabilities of the newly developed methods. The high-precision hfc tensors serve as a benchmark for this class of FeS proteins, while the variation in the (57)Fe hfc tensors as a function of symmetry in these small FeS clusters provides a reference for higher-nuclearity FeS clusters, such as those found in nitrogenase. PMID:22872138

  16. Structural behavior and interactions of dendrimer within lyotropic liquid crystals, monitored by EPR spectroscopy and rheology.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2012-03-01

    Micro- and macrostructural behaviors of three different lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) loaded with a dendrimer, namely second generation poly(propylene imine) (PPI-G2), were studied by means of rheology and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The three mesophases were L(α), Q(224), and H(II) composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO) and water-PPI-G2 solution (and d-α-tocopherol (vitamin E) in the case of H(II)). We characterized the impact of PPI-G2 interactions with the components of the host mesophases on their structural characteristics on different length scales. The incorporation of PPI-G2 within the L(α) and H(II) systems induced the formation of more elastic hexagonal systems with a "solidlike" behavior, while in the Q(224) system a different trend with a "liquidlike" behavior was observed. As a result, the dendrimer induced a remarkable change in both the structural and viscoelastic properties of the systems. Hence, the microenvironment in the interface region within the systems was monitored by computer-aided EPR using 5-doxylstearic acid (5-DSA) as a pH-dependent probe. The microviscosity (τ) and order (S) of systems were found to be sensitive to the PPI-G2 presence: when PPI-G2 concentration increased, τ and S increased in both the L(α) and Q(224) systems. In the H(II) systems two trends were observed, reflecting a decrease in τ and S up to 10 wt % PPI-G2 and subsequently their increase at higher dendrimer concentrations. It was assessed that PPI-G2 interacted strongly with the GMO hydroxyl groups in the L(α) phase, with the water molecules in the Q(224) systems. In the H(II) mesophase strong interactions with both the water and GMO hydroxyl molecules were detected.

  17. Studies of 3He polarization losses during NMR and EPR measurment and Polarized 3He target cell lifetime

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    An, Peibo

    2014-09-01

    The 3He target cell polarized by spin-exchange optical pumping(SEOP) is used as a neutron substitute to study the inner structure of the neutron. In our lab, nuclear-magnetic-resonance(NMR) is used to measure the relative polarization and electron-paramagnetic-resonance(EPR) is used to measure the spin exchange EPR frequency shift parameter of potassium and rubidium in our target cell presented in magnetic fields. The alkali in the cell is used to facilitate the polarization of 3He. The first part of my work presents the study of the polarization losses of the cell during both NMR and EPR. With the help of improved RF coils, we keep the background noise received by pickup coils reasonably low, but three other kinds of losses are inevitable: losses during Adiabatic Fast Passage (AFP) sweep, losses due to flux change caused by different cell orientation with respect to RF fields and physical losses. Fortunately there is only flux change in NMR measurements. The second part of my work presents the study of cell lifetime improvement. The polarization decreases in a process called relaxation exponentially. The lifetime of a cell is how long it can keep its polarization. The typical lifetime of cells produced in our lab is about 22 hours. With a newly designed vacuum system. The 3He target cell polarized by spin-exchange optical pumping(SEOP) is used as a neutron substitute to study the inner structure of the neutron. In our lab, nuclear-magnetic-resonance(NMR) is used to measure the relative polarization and electron-paramagnetic-resonance(EPR) is used to measure the spin exchange EPR frequency shift parameter of potassium and rubidium in our target cell presented in magnetic fields. The alkali in the cell is used to facilitate the polarization of 3He. The first part of my work presents the study of the polarization losses of the cell during both NMR and EPR. With the help of improved RF coils, we keep the background noise received by pickup coils reasonably low, but

  18. Melt spreading code assessment, modifications, and application to the EPR core catcher design.

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    Farmer, M. T .; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2009-03-30

    The Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) is under consideration by various utilities in the United States to provide base load electrical production, and as a result the design is undergoing a certification review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The severe accident design philosophy for this reactor is based upon the fact that the projected power rating results in a narrow margin for in-vessel melt retention by external cooling of the reactor vessel. As a result, the design addresses ex-vessel core melt stabilization using a mitigation strategy that includes: (1) an external core melt retention system to temporarily hold core melt released from the vessel; (2) a layer of 'sacrificial' material that is admixed with the melt while in the core melt retention system; (3) a melt plug in the lower part of the retention system that, when failed, provides a pathway for the mixture to spread to a large core spreading chamber; and finally, (4) cooling and stabilization of the spread melt by controlled top and bottom flooding. The overall concept is illustrated in Figure 1.1. The melt spreading process relies heavily on inertial flow of a low-viscosity admixed melt to a segmented spreading chamber, and assumes that the melt mass will be distributed to a uniform height in the chamber. The spreading phenomenon thus needs to be modeled properly in order to adequately assess the EPR design. The MELTSPREAD code, developed at Argonne National Laboratory, can model segmented, and both uniform and nonuniform spreading. The NRC is thus utilizing MELTSPREAD to evaluate melt spreading in the EPR design. MELTSPREAD was originally developed to support resolution of the Mark I containment shell vulnerability issue. Following closure of this issue, development of MELTSPREAD ceased in the early 1990's, at which time the melt spreading database upon which the code had been validated was rather limited. In particular, the database that was utilized for initial validation consisted

  19. In vivo anticancer activity of rhomboidal Pt(II) metallacycles

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    Grishagin, Ivan V.; Pollock, J. Bryant; Kushal, Swati; Cook, Timothy R.; Stang, Peter J.; Olenyuk, Bogdan Z.

    2014-01-01

    The development of novel antitumor agents that have high efficacy in suppressing tumor growth, have low toxicity to nontumor tissues, and exhibit rapid localization in the targeted tumor sites is an ongoing avenue of research at the interface of chemistry, cancer biology, and pharmacology. Supramolecular metal-based coordination complexes (SCCs) have well-defined shapes and geometries, and upon their internalization, SCCs could affect multiple oncogenic signaling pathways in cells and tissues. We investigated the uptake, intracellular localization, and antitumor activity of two rhomboidal Pt(II)-based SCCs. Laser-scanning confocal microscopy in A549 and HeLa cells was used to determine the uptake and localization of the assemblies within cells and their effect on tumor growth was investigated in mouse s.c. tumor xenograft models. The SCCs are soluble in cell culture media within the entire range of studied concentrations (1 nM–5 µM), are nontoxic, and showed efficacy in reducing the rate of tumor growth in s.c. mouse tumor xenografts. These properties reveal the potential of Pt(II)-based SCCs for future biomedical applications as therapeutic agents. PMID:25516985

  20. The effects of an engineered cation site on the structure, activity, and EPR properties of cytochrome c peroxidase.

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    Bonagura, C A; Sundaramoorthy, M; Bhaskar, B; Poulos, T L

    1999-04-27

    Earlier work [Bonagura et al. (1996) Biochemistry 35, 6107] showed that the K+ site found in the proximal pocket of ascorbate peroxidase (APX) could be engineered into cytochrome c peroxidase (CCP). Binding of K+ at the engineered site results in a loss in activity and destabilization of the CCP compound I Trp191 cationic radical owing to long-range electrostatic effects. The engineered CCP mutant crystal structure has been refined to 1.5 A using data obtained at cryogenic temperatures which provides a more detailed basis for comparison with the naturally occurring K+ site in APX. The characteristic EPR signal associated with the Trp191 radical becomes progressively weaker as K+ is added, which correlates well with the loss in enzyme activity as [K+] is increased. These results coupled with stopped-flow studies support our earlier conclusions that the loss in activity and EPR signal is due to destabilization of the Trp191 cationic radical. PMID:10220341

  1. Rapid-scan coherence signals in X-band EPR spectra of semiquinones with small hyperfine splittings

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    Elajaili, Hanan; Rinard, George A.; Yu, Zhelin; Mitchell, Deborah G.; Quine, Richard W.; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.

    2015-10-01

    Rapid-scan EPR signals for semiquinones with very-small well-resolved hyperfine splittings exhibit coherence signals at a time after passing through the EPR line that is proportional to the reciprocal of the hyperfine splitting. Such coherences are a general phenomenon due to constructive interference of the responses to transient excitation of spins by rapid scan of the magnetic field across equally spaced spin packets. Examples are shown for 2,3,5,6-tetramethoxy-1,4-benzosemiquinone with aH = 46 mG for 12 protons and for 2,5-di-t-butyl-1,4-benzosemiquinone with aH = 59 mG for 18 protons.

  2. A comparison of antioxidative capacities of fruit juices, drinks and nectars, as determined by EPR and UV-vis spectroscopies.

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    Bartoszek, Mariola; Polak, Justyna

    2016-01-15

    The differences in the Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC) values at the same incubation time obtained by two different techniques: electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, which use the same antioxidant-free radical reaction mechanism, were determined for fruit juices, nectars and drinks. For this study, the stable free radical 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH(•)) was used. The antioxidant capacity was presented in Trolox Equivalents, e.g., μM trolox per 100 ml of sample. All of the studied fruit juices, drinks and nectars showed antioxidative properties. Dependencies between TEAC values and the percent fruit content and sample color were observed for the studied beverages. It was found that EPR spectroscopy is the more adequate method for determining TEAC values for these kinds of samples.

  3. α-Tocopherol impact on oxy-radical induced free radical decomposition of DMSO: Spin trapping EPR and theoretical studies

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    Jerzykiewicz, Maria; Ćwieląg-Piasecka, Irmina; Witwicki, Maciej; Jezierski, Adam

    2011-05-01

    EPR spin trapping and theoretical methods such as density functional theory (DFT) as well as combined DFT and quadratic configuration interaction approach (DFT/QCISD) were used to identify the radicals produced in the reaction of oxy-radicals and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) in the presence and absence of α-tocopherol. Additionally, the mixtures of α-tocopherol with linolenic acid and glyceryl trilinoleate as well as bioglycerols (glycerol fractions from biodiesel production) were tested. α-Tocopherol inhibited oxidation of the main decomposition product of DMSO, •CH 3 to •OCH 3 but did not prevent the transformation process of N-t-butyl- α-phenylnitrone (PBN) into 2-methyl-2-nitrosopropane (MNP). Theoretical investigations confirmed the structures of proposed spin adducts and allowed to correlate the EPR parameters observed in the experiment with the spin adducts electronic structure.

  4. Operando X-ray absorption and EPR evidence for a single electron redox process in copper catalysis

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    Lu, Qingquan; Zhang, Jian; Peng, Pan; Zhang, Guanghui; Huang, Zhiliang; Yi, Hong; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Lei, Aiwen

    2015-05-26

    An unprecedented single electron redox process in copper catalysis is confirmed using operando X-ray absorption and EPR spectroscopies. The oxidation state of the copper species in the interaction between Cu(II) and a sulfinic acid at room temperature, and the accurate characterization of the formed Cu(I) are clearly shown using operando X-ray absorption and EPR evidence. Further investigation of anion effects on Cu(II) discloses that bromine ions can dramatically increase the rate of the redox process. Moreover, it is proven that the sulfinic acids are converted into sulfonyl radicals, which can be trapped by 2-arylacrylic acids and various valuable β-keto sulfones are synthesized with good to excellent yields under mild conditions.

  5. Operando X-ray absorption and EPR evidence for a single electron redox process in copper catalysis

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    Lu, Qingquan; Zhang, Jian; Peng, Pan; Zhang, Guanghui; Huang, Zhiliang; Yi, Hong; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Lei, Aiwen

    2015-05-26

    An unprecedented single electron redox process in copper catalysis is confirmed using operando X-ray absorption and EPR spectroscopies. The oxidation state of the copper species in the interaction between Cu(II) and a sulfinic acid at room temperature, and the accurate characterization of the formed Cu(I) are clearly shown using operando X-ray absorption and EPR evidence. Further investigation of anion effects on Cu(II) discloses that bromine ions can dramatically increase the rate of the redox process. Moreover, it is proven that the sulfinic acids are converted into sulfonyl radicals, which can be trapped by 2-arylacrylic acids and various valuable β-keto sulfonesmore » are synthesized with good to excellent yields under mild conditions.« less

  6. Investigations of the EPR Parameters and Local Lattice Structure for the Rhombic Cu2+ Centre in TZSH Crystal

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    Li, Chao-Ying; Liu, Shi-Fei; Fu, Jin-Xian

    2016-03-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters [i.e. g factors gi (i=x, y, z) and hyperfine structure constants Ai] and the local lattice structure for the Cu2+ centre in Tl2Zn(SO4)2·6H2O (TZSH) crystal were theoretically investigated by utilising the perturbation formulae of these parameters for a 3d9 ion under rhombically elongated octahedra. In the calculations, the admixture of d orbitals in the ground state and the ligand orbital and spin-orbit coupling interactions are taken into account based on the cluster approach. The theoretical EPR parameters show good agreement with the observed values, and the Cu2+-H2O bond lengths are obtained as follows: Rx≈1.98 Å, Ry≈2.09 Å, Rz≈2.32 Å. The results are discussed.

  7. Rapid-scan coherence signals in X-band EPR spectra of semiquinones with small hyperfine splittings

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    Elajaili, Hanan; Rinard, George A.; Yu, Zhelin; Mitchell, Deborah G.; Quine, Richard W.; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.

    2015-01-01

    Rapid-scan EPR signals for semiquinones with very-small well-resolved hyperfine splittings exhibit coherence signals at a time after passing through the EPR line that is proportional to the reciprocal of the hyperfine splitting. Such coherences are a general phenomenon due to constructive interference of the responses to transient excitation of spins by rapid scan of the magnetic field across equally spaced spin packets. Examples are shown for 2,3,5,6-tetramethoxy-1,4-benzosemiquinone with aH = 46 mG for 12 protons and for 2,5-di-t-butyl-1,4-benzosemiquinone with aH = 59 mG for 18 protons. PMID:26277376

  8. Activation of C-Cl by ground-state aluminum atoms: an EPR and DFT investigation.

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    Joly, Helen A; Newton, Trevor; Myre, Maxine

    2012-01-01

    The reaction of ground-state Al atoms with dichloromethane (CH(2)Cl(2)) in an adamantane matrix at 77 K yielded two mononuclear Al species. The magnetic parameters, extracted from the axial EPR spectrum of Species A/A' (g(1) = 2.0037, g(2) = g(3) = 2.0030, a(Al,1) = 1307 MHz, a(Al,2) = a(Al,3) = 1273 MHz, a(35Cl) = 34 MHz and a(37Cl) = 28 MHz) were assigned to the Al-atom insertion product, ClCH(2)AlCl. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the values of the Al and Cl hyperfine interaction (hfi) of the Cl(1)-Cl(2)gauche conformer were in close agreement with the experimental values of ClCH(2)AlCl. The second species, B/B', had identical magnetic parameters to those of ClCH(2)AlCl with the exception that the Al hfi was 15% smaller. Coordination of a ligand, possessing a lone pair of electrons, to the Al atom of the insertion product, [ClCH(2)AlCl]:X, could cause the a(Al) to decrease by 15%. Alternatively, it is possible that the Cl(1)-Cl(2) anti conformer of ClCH(2)AlCl is also isolated in the matrix. Support for the spectral assignments is given by calculation of the nuclear hfi of [ClCH(2)AlCl]:H(2)O and the Cl(1)-Cl(2) anti conformer of ClCH(2)AlCl using a DFT method. The potential energy hypersurface for an Al atom approaching CH(2)Cl(2), calculated at the B3LYP level, suggests that Al atom abstraction of Cl forming AlCl and CH(2)Cl is favoured in the gas phase. When produced in a matrix, the close proximity of AlCl and CH(2)Cl could account for the formation of ClCH(2)AlCl. EPR evidence was also found for the formation of the CHCl(2) radical. PMID:22086441

  9. Monoanionic molybdenum and tungsten tris(dithiolene) complexes: a multifrequency EPR study.

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    Sproules, Stephen; Banerjee, Priyabrata; Weyhermüller, Thomas; Yan, Yong; Donahue, James P; Wieghardt, Karl

    2011-08-01

    Numerous Mo and W tris(dithiolene) complexes in varying redox states have been prepared and representative examples characterized crystallographically: [M(S(2)C(2)R(2))(3)](z) [M = Mo, R = Ph, z = 0 (1) or 1- (2); M = W, R = Ph, z = 0 (4) or 1- (5); R = CN, z = 2-, M = Mo (3) or W (6)]. Changes in dithiolene C-S and C-C bond lengths for 1 versus 2 and 4 versus 5 are indicative of ligand reduction. Trigonal twist angles (Θ) and dithiolene fold angles (α) increase and decrease, respectively, for 2 versus 1, 5 versus 4. Cyclic voltammetry reveals generally two reversible couples corresponding to 0/1- and 1-/2- reductions. The electronic structures of monoanionic molybdenum tris(dithiolene) complexes have been analyzed by multifrequency (S-, X-, Q-band) EPR spectroscopy. Spin-Hamiltonian parameters afforded by spectral simulation for each complex demonstrate the existence of two distinctive electronic structure types. The first is [Mo(IV)((A)L(3)(5-•))](1-) ((A)L = olefinic dithiolene, type A), which has the unpaired electron restricted to the tris(dithiolene) unit and is characterized by isotropic g-values and small molybdenum superhyperfine coupling. The second is formulated as [Mo(V)((B)L(3)(6-))](1-) ((B)L = aromatic dithiolene, type B) with spectra distinguished by a prominent g-anisotropy and hyperfine coupling consistent with the (d(z(2)))(1) paramagnet. The electronic structure disparity is also manifested in their electronic absorption spectra. The compound [W(bdt)(3)](1-) exhibits spin-Hamiltonian parameters similar to those of [Mo(bdt)(3)](1-) and thus is formulated as [W(V)((B)L(3)(6-))](1-). The EPR spectra of [W((A)L(3))](1-) display spin-Hamiltonian parameters that suggest their electronic structure is best represented by two resonance forms {[W(IV)((A)L(3)(5-•))](1-) ↔ [W(V)((A)L(3)(6-))](1-)}. The contrast with the corresponding [Mo(IV)((A)L(3)(5-•))](1-) complexes highlights tungsten's preference for higher oxidation states.

  10. In vivo evidence of methamphetamine induced attenuation of brain tissue oxygenation as measured by EPR oximetry

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    Weaver, John; Yang, Yirong; Purvis, Rebecca; Weatherwax, Theodore; Rosen, Gerald M.; Liu, Ke Jian

    2014-03-01

    Abuse of methamphetamine (METH) is a major and significant societal problem in the US, as a number of studies have suggested that METH is associated with increased cerebrovascular events, hemorrhage or vasospasm. Although cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in METH-induced toxicity are not completely understood, changes in brain O{sub 2} may play an important role and contribute to METH-induced neurotoxicity including dopaminergic receptor degradation. Given that O{sub 2} is the terminal electron acceptor for many enzymes that are important in brain function, the impact of METH on brain tissue pO{sub 2}in vivo remains largely uncharacterized. This study investigated striatal tissue pO{sub 2} changes in male C57BL/6 mice (16–20 g) following METH administration using EPR oximetry, a highly sensitive modality to measure pO{sub 2}in vivo, in situ and in real time. We demonstrate that 20 min after a single injection of METH (8 mg/kg i.v.), the striatal pO{sub 2} was reduced to 81% of the pretreatment level and exposure to METH for 3 consecutive days further attenuated striatal pO{sub 2} to 64%. More importantly, pO{sub 2} did not recover fully to control levels even 24 h after administration of a single dose of METH and continual exposure to METH exacerbates the condition. We also show a reduction in cerebral blood flow associated with a decreased brain pO{sub 2} indicating an ischemic condition. Our findings suggests that administration of METH can attenuate brain tissue pO{sub 2}, which may lead to hypoxic insult, thus a risk factor for METH-induced brain injury and the development of stroke in young adults. - Highlights: • Explored striatal tissue pO{sub 2}in vivo after METH administration by EPR oximetry. • pO{sub 2} was reduced by 81% after a single dose and 64% after 3 consecutive daily doses. • pO{sub 2} did not recover fully to control levels even 24 h after a single dose. • Decrease in brain tissue pO{sub 2} may be associated with a decrease in

  11. Coupling of Waveguide and Resonator by Inductive and Capacitive Irises for EPR Spectroscopy

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    Mett, R.R.; Sidabras, J.W.; Hyde, J.S.

    2009-01-01

    An analytic circuit model for slot coupling from a waveguide to a loop-gap resonator (LGR) in a context of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is presented. The physical dimensions of the waveguide, iris, LGR, and aqueous sample are transformed into circuit values of inductance, capacitance, and resistance. These values are used in a solution of circuit equations that results in a prediction of the rf currents, magnitude and phase, frequency, and magnetic and electric stored energies near critical coupling. The circuit geometry reflects magnetic flux conservation between the iris and LGR as well as modification of the outer loop LGR currents by the iris. Unlike conventional models, coupling is not explicitly based on a mutual inductance between the iris and LGR. Instead, the conducting wall high frequency rf boundary condition is used to define surface currents, regions, and circuit topology with lumped-circuit values of self-inductance, capacitance, and resistance. Match is produced by a combination of self-inductive and capacitive circuit coupling. Two conditions must be met to achieve match. First, the equivalent resistance of the LGR as seen by the iris must be transformed into the waveguide characteristic impedance. This transformation is met at a particular frequency relative to the natural LGR resonance frequency. The frequency shift magnitude is largely determined by the LGR properties, weakly dependent on iris length and placement, and independent of other iris dimensions. The second condition for match is that the iris reactance at this frequency shift must cancel the residual reactance of the LGR. This second condition is sensitive to the iris dimensions. If both conditions are not simultaneously satisfied, overcoupling or undercoupling results. A slotted iris of equal length to the size of the large dimension of the waveguide is found to have many properties opposite to a conventional iris of shorter length. Notably, the magnetic field

  12. An X- and Q-band Fe3+ EPR study of nanoparticles of magnetic semiconductor Zn1-xFexO

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    Misra, Sushil K.; Andronenko, S. I.; Thurber, A.; Punnoose, A.; Nalepa, A.

    2014-08-01

    EPR studies on two types of nanoparticles of Fe3+ doped, 0.1-10%, ZnO, NL and QJ, prepared using similar chemical hydrolysis methods, in diethylene glycol, and in denatured ethanol solutions, respectively, were carried out at X-band (~9.5 GHz) at 77 K and at Q-band (~34.0 GHz) at 10, 80, and 295 K. To interpret the experimental results, EPR spectra were simulated by exact diagonalization of the spin-Hamiltonian matrix to identify the Fe ions at different magnetically active sites in these samples. The simulation for NL samples revealed that they contained (i) Fe3+ ions, which substituted for Zn ions, the zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameter which has a large distribution over the sample due to oxygen vacancies in the second coordination sphere; (ii) EPR signal from surface oxygen defects; and (iii) ferromagnetically (FM) coupled Fe ions with concentration of Fe more than 1%. The EPR spectra for QJ samples are very different from those for NL samples, exhibiting only rather intense FM EPR lines. The FM and EPR spectra in NL and/or QJ samples are found to vary strongly with differences in the surface morphology of nanoparticles.

  13. Using EPR spectroscopy as a unique probe of molecular-scale reorganization and solvation in self-assembled gel-phase materials.

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    Caragheorgheopol, Agneta; Edwards, William; Hardy, John G; Smith, David K; Chechik, Victor

    2014-08-01

    We describe the synthesis of spin-labeled bis-ureas which coassemble with bis-urea gelators and report on self-assembly as detected using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR). Specifically, EPR detects the gel-sol transition and allows us to quantify how much spin-label is immobilized within the gel fibers and how much is present in mobile solvent pools-as controlled by temperature, gelator structure, and thermal history. EPR is also able to report on the initial self-assembly processes below the gelation threshold which are not macroscopically visible and appears to be more sensitive than NMR to intermediate-sized nongelating oligomeric species. By studying dilute solutions of gelator molecules and using either single or double spin-labels, EPR allows quantification of the initial steps of the hierarchical self-assembly process in terms of cooperativity and association constant. Finally, EPR enables us to estimate the degree of gel-fiber solvation by probing the distances between spin-labels. Comparison of experimental data against the predicted distances assuming the nanofibers are only composed of gelator molecules indicates a significant difference, which can be assigned to the presence of a quantifiable number of explicit solvent molecules. In summary, EPR provides unique data and yields powerful insight into how molecular-scale mobility and solvation impact on assembly of supramolecular gels.

  14. EPR Investigation of UV-Irradiated Single Crystals of Chromate-Doped Methylammonium and Potassium Aluminum Alums

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    Yu, Jiang-Tsu; Lou, Ssu-Hao

    1993-08-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) has been used to identify and analyze a CrO 3-4 species produced by UV irradiation in single crystals of chromate-doped methylammonium aluminum alum and in potassium aluminum alum lightly codoped with the methylammonium ion. The photoreduction is a simple reduction of the type CrO 2-4 + e- → CrO 3-4, where the odd electron is a photoelectron liberated by the methylammonium ion.

  15. EPR dosimetry of cortical bone and tooth enamel irradiated with X and gamma rays: Study of energy dependence

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    Schauer, D.A.; Links, J.M. ); Desrosiers, M.F.; Le, F.G.; Seltzer, S.M. )

    1994-04-01

    Previous investigators have reported that the radiation-induced EPR signal intensity in compact or cortical bone increases up to a factor of two with decreasing photon energy for a given absorbed dose. If the EPR signal intensity was dependent on energy, it could limit the application of EPR spectrometry and the additive reirradiation method to obtain dose estimates. We have recently shown that errors in the assumptions governing conversion of measured exposure to absorbed dose can lead to similar [open quotes]apparent[close quotes] energy-dependence results. We hypothesized that these previous results were due to errors in the estimated dose in bone, rather than the effects of energy dependence per se. To test this hypothesis we studied human adult cortical bone from male and female donors ranging in age from 23 to 95 years, and bovine tooth enamel, using 34 and 138 keV average energy X-ray beams and [sup 137]Cs (662 keV) and [sup 60]Co (1250 keV) [gamma] rays. In a femur from a 47-year-old male (subject 1), there was a difference of borderline significance at the [alpha] = 0.05 level in the mean radiation-induced hydroxyapatite signal intensities as a function of photon energy. No other statistically significant differences in EPR signal intensity as a function of photon energy were observed in this subject, or in the tibia from a 23-year-old male (subject 2) and the femur from a 75-year-old female (subject 3). However, there was a trend toward a decrease (12-15%) in signal intensity at the lowest energy compared with the highest energy in subjects 1 and 3. Further analysis of the data from subject 1 revealed that this trend, which is in the opposite direction of previous reports but is consistent with theory, is statistically significant. There were no efforts of energy dependence in the tooth samples. 16 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  16. A DICOM-RT radiation oncology ePR with decision support utilizing a quantified knowledge base from historical data

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    Documet, Jorge R.; Liu, Brent; Le, Anh; Law, Maria

    2008-03-01

    During the last 2 years we have been working on developing a DICOM-RT (Radiation Therapy) ePR (Electronic Patient Record) with decision support that will allow physicists and radiation oncologists during their decision-making process. This ePR allows offline treatment dose calculations and plan evaluation, while at the same time it compares and quantifies treatment planning algorithms using DICOM-RT objects. The ePR framework permits the addition of visualization, processing, and analysis tools, which combined with the core functionality of reporting, importing and exporting of medical studies, creates a very powerful application that can improve the efficiency while planning cancer treatments. Usually a Radiation Oncology department will have disparate and complex data generated by the RT modalities as well as data scattered in RT Information/Management systems, Record & Verify systems, and Treatment Planning Systems (TPS) which can compromise the efficiency of the clinical workflow since the data crucial for a clinical decision may be time-consuming to retrieve, temporarily missing, or even lost. To address these shortcomings, the ACR-NEMA Standards Committee extended its DICOM (Digital Imaging & Communications in Medicine) standard from Radiology to RT by ratifying seven DICOM RT objects starting in 1997 [1,2]. However, they are not broadly used yet by the RT community in daily clinical operations. In the past, the research focus of an RT department has primarily been developing new protocols and devices to improve treatment process and outcomes of cancer patients with minimal effort dedicated to integration of imaging and information systems. Our attempt is to show a proof-of-concept that a DICOM-RT ePR system can be developed as a foundation to perform medical imaging informatics research in developing decision-support tools and knowledge base for future data mining applications.

  17. Bypassing the EPR effect with a nanomedicine harboring a sustained-release function allows better tumor control

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    Shen, Yao An; Shyu, Ing Luen; Lu, Maggie; He, Chun Lin; Hsu, Yen Mei; Liang, Hsiang Fa; Liu, Chih Peng; Liu, Ren Shyan; Shen, Biing Jiun; Wei, Yau Huei; Chuang, Chi Mu

    2015-01-01

    The current enhanced permeability and retention (EPR)-based approved nanomedicines have had little impact in terms of prolongation of overall survival in patients with cancer. For example, the two Phase III trials comparing Doxil®, the first nanomedicine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, with free doxorubicin did not find an actual translation of the EPR effect into a statistically significant increase in overall survival but did show less cardiotoxicity. In the current work, we used a two-factor factorial experimental design with intraperitoneal versus intravenous delivery and nanomedicine versus free drug as factors to test our hypothesis that regional (intraperitoneal) delivery of nanomedicine may better increase survival when compared with systemic delivery. In this study, we demonstrate that bypassing, rather than exploiting, the EPR effect via intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine harboring a sustained-release function demonstrates dual pharmacokinetic advantages, producing more efficient tumor control and suppressing the expression of stemness markers, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, angiogenesis signals, and multidrug resistance in the tumor microenvironment. Metastases to vital organs (eg, lung, liver, and lymphatic system) are also better controlled by intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine than by standard systemic delivery of the corresponding free drug. Moreover, the intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine has the potential to replace hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy because it shows equal efficacy and lower toxicity. In terms of efficacy, exploiting the EPR effect may not be the best approach for developing a nanomedicine. Because intraperitoneal chemotherapy is a type of regional chemotherapy, the pharmaceutical industry might consider the regional delivery of nanomedicine as a valid alternative pathway to develop their nanomedicine(s) with the goal of better tumor control in the future. PMID:25848266

  18. EPR and optical investigations of LaMgAl{sub 11}O{sub 19}:Cr{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Singh, Vijay; Sivaramaiah, G.; Rao, J.L.; Kim, S.H.

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: The EPR spectrum of as-prepared LaMgAl{sub 11}O{sub 19}:Cr{sup 3+} phosphor at 110 K. - Highlights: • Using the combustion synthesis, LaMgAl{sub 11}O{sub 19}:Cr{sup 3+} phosphor has been prepared in a few minutes. • Optical investigation indicates that Cr{sup 3+} ions are present in octahedral symmetry. • The EPR signals indicate that exchange coupled Cr{sup 3+}–Cr{sup 3+} ion pairs in weakly distorted sites. - Abstract: The LaMgAl{sub 11}O{sub 19}:Cr{sup 3+} phosphor has been prepared by a low-temperature combustion synthesis method. As-prepared combustion synthesized powder was characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance (DRS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and photoluminescence (PL) studies. The X-ray diffraction pattern reveals crystalline hexagonal phases. The UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum exhibits three broad bands characteristic of Cr{sup 3+} ions in octahedral symmetry. The EPR spectrum exhibits several resonance signals. The signals with the effective g values at g = 4.84, 3.64 and 2.26 have been attributed to the isolated Cr{sup 3+} ions. The signal with the effective g value at g = 1.94 has been attributed to exchange coupled Cr{sup 3+}–Cr{sup 3+} ion pairs. The PL studies exhibit several bands characteristic of Cr{sup 3+} ions in octahedral symmetry.

  19. EPR and optical absorption studies of Cu{sup 2+} ions in alkaline earth alumino borate glasses

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    Ramesh Kumar, V.; Rao, J.L. . E-mail: jlrao46@yahoo.co.in; Gopal, N.O.

    2005-08-11

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical absorption spectra of Cu{sup 2+} ions in alkaline earth alumino borate glasses doped with different concentrations of CuO have been studied. The EPR spectra of all the glasses exhibit the resonance signals, characteristic of Cu{sup 2+} ions present in axially elongated octahedral sites. The number of spins participating in the resonance has been calculated as a function of temperature for calcium alumino borate (CaAB) glass doped with 0.1 mol% of CuO. From the EPR data, the paramagnetic susceptibility ({chi}) was calculated at different temperatures (T) and from the 1/{chi}-T graph, the Curie temperature of the glass has been evaluated. The optical absorption spectra of all the glasses show a single broad band, which has been assigned to the {sup 2}B{sub 1g} {yields} {sup 2}B{sub 2g} transition of the Cu{sup 2+} ions. The variation in the intensity of optical absorption with the ionic radius of the alkaline earth ion has been explained based on the Coulombic forces. By correlating the EPR and optical absorption spectral data, the nature of the in-plane {sigma} bonding between Cu{sup 2+} ion and the ligands is estimated. From the fundamental ultraviolet absorption edges of the glasses, the optical energy gap (E {sub opt}) and the Urbach energy ({delta}E) are evaluated. The variation in E {sub opt} and {delta}E is explained based on the number of defect centers in the glass.

  20. Influence of Free Radicals Signal from Dental Resins on the Radio-Induced Signal in Teeth in EPR Retrospective Dosimetry

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    Dos Santos-Goncalvez, Ana Maria; Beun, Sébastien; Leprince, Julian G.; Leloup, Gaëtane; Gallez, Bernard

    2013-01-01

    In case of radiological accident, retrospective dosimetry is needed to reconstruct the absorbed dose of overexposed individuals not wearing personal dosimeters at the onset of the incident. In such a situation, emergency mass triage will be required. In this context, it has been shown that Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy would be a rapid and sensitive method, on the field deployable system, allowing dose evaluation of a great number of people in a short time period. This methodology uses tooth enamel as a natural dosimeter. Ionising radiations create stable free radicals in the enamel, in a dose dependent manner, which can be detected by EPR directly in the mouth with an appropriate resonator. Teeth are often subject to restorations, currently made of synthetic dimethacrylate-based photopolymerizable composites. It is known that some dental composites give an EPR signal which is likely to interfere with the dosimetric signal from the enamel. So far, no information was available about the occurrence of this signal in the various composites available on the market, the magnitude of the signal compared to the dosimetric signal, nor its evolution with time. In this study, we conducted a systematic characterization of the signal (intensity, kinetics, interference with dosimetric signal) on 19 most widely used composites for tooth restoration, and on 14 experimental resins made with the most characteristic monomers found in commercial composites. Although a strong EPR signal was observed in every material, a rapid decay of the signal was noted. Six months after the polymerization, the signal was negligible in most composites compared to a 3 Gy dosimetric signal in a tooth. In some cases, a stable atypical signal was observed, which was still interfering with the dosimetric signal. PMID:23704875

  1. Bypassing the EPR effect with a nanomedicine harboring a sustained-release function allows better tumor control.

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    Shen, Yao An; Shyu, Ing Luen; Lu, Maggie; He, Chun Lin; Hsu, Yen Mei; Liang, Hsiang Fa; Liu, Chih Peng; Liu, Ren Shyan; Shen, Biing Jiun; Wei, Yau Huei; Chuang, Chi Mu

    2015-01-01

    The current enhanced permeability and retention (EPR)-based approved nanomedicines have had little impact in terms of prolongation of overall survival in patients with cancer. For example, the two Phase III trials comparing Doxil(®), the first nanomedicine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, with free doxorubicin did not find an actual translation of the EPR effect into a statistically significant increase in overall survival but did show less cardiotoxicity. In the current work, we used a two-factor factorial experimental design with intraperitoneal versus intravenous delivery and nanomedicine versus free drug as factors to test our hypothesis that regional (intraperitoneal) delivery of nanomedicine may better increase survival when compared with systemic delivery. In this study, we demonstrate that bypassing, rather than exploiting, the EPR effect via intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine harboring a sustained-release function demonstrates dual pharmacokinetic advantages, producing more efficient tumor control and suppressing the expression of stemness markers, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, angiogenesis signals, and multidrug resistance in the tumor microenvironment. Metastases to vital organs (eg, lung, liver, and lymphatic system) are also better controlled by intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine than by standard systemic delivery of the corresponding free drug. Moreover, the intraperitoneal delivery of nanomedicine has the potential to replace hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy because it shows equal efficacy and lower toxicity. In terms of efficacy, exploiting the EPR effect may not be the best approach for developing a nanomedicine. Because intraperitoneal chemotherapy is a type of regional chemotherapy, the pharmaceutical industry might consider the regional delivery of nanomedicine as a valid alternative pathway to develop their nanomedicine(s) with the goal of better tumor control in the future.

  2. Identification of the Valence and Coordination Environment of the Particulate Methane Monooxygenase Copper Centers by Advanced EPR Characterization

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    2015-01-01

    Particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) catalyzes the oxidation of methane to methanol in methanotrophic bacteria. As a copper-containing enzyme, pMMO has been investigated extensively by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, but the presence of multiple copper centers has precluded correlation of EPR signals with the crystallographically identified monocopper and dicopper centers. A soluble recombinant fragment of the pmoB subunit of pMMO, spmoB, like pMMO itself, contains two distinct copper centers and exhibits methane oxidation activity. The spmoB protein, spmoB variants designed to disrupt one or the other or both copper centers, as well as native pMMO have been investigated by EPR, ENDOR, and ESEEM spectroscopies in combination with metal content analysis. The data are remarkably similar for spmoB and pMMO, validating the use of spmoB as a model system. The results indicate that one EPR-active Cu(II) ion is present per pMMO and that it is associated with the active-site dicopper center in the form of a valence localized Cu(I)Cu(II) pair; the Cu(II), however, is scrambled between the two locations within the dicopper site. The monocopper site observed in the crystal structures of pMMO can be assigned as Cu(I). 14N ENDOR and ESEEM data are most consistent with one of these dicopper-site signals involving coordination of the Cu(II) ion by residues His137 and His139, the other with Cu(II) coordinated by His33 and the N-terminal amino group. 1H ENDOR measurements indicate there is no aqua (HxO) ligand bound to the Cu(II), either terminally or as a bridge to Cu(I). PMID:25059917

  3. European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR) SAR ATWS Accident Analyses by using 3D Code Internal Coupling Method

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    Gagner, Renata; Lafitte, Helene; Dormeau, Pascal; Stoudt, Roger H.

    2004-07-01

    Anticipated Transients Without Scram (ATWS) accident analyses make part of the Safety Analysis Report of the European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR), covering Risk Reduction Category A (Core Melt Prevention) events. This paper deals with three of the most penalizing RRC-A sequences of ATWS caused by mechanical blockage of the control/shutdown rods, regarding their consequences on the Reactor Coolant System (RCS) and core integrity. A new 3D code internal coupling calculation method has been introduced. (authors)

  4. Involvement of triplet state in the photodissociation of hydrogen peroxide: experimental evidence from time-resolved EPR study

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    Bhattacharjee, B.; Das, Ranjan

    The dissociation of photoexcited hydrogen peroxide to generate a pair of hydroxyl radicals is generally believed to take place in a repulsive electronic singlet state. The results presented here, based on time-resolved EPR experiments on the spin polarisation pattern of the acetone ketyl radical (CH3)2C•OH, generated on photodissociation of H2O2 in 2-propanol with a 248 nm laser light, strongly indicate significant involvement of a repulsive triplet state of excited hydrogen peroxide.

  5. Spin signatures of photogenerated radical anions in polymer-[70]fullerene bulk-heterojunctions : high-frequency pulsed EPR spectroscopy.

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    Poluektov, O. G.; Filippone, S.; Martin, N.; Sperlich, A.; Deibel, C.; Dyakonov, V.

    2010-04-14

    Charged polarons in thin films of polymer-fullerene composites are investigated by light-induced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at 9.5 GHz (X-band) and 130 GHz (D-band). The materials studied were poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PHT), [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (C{sub 60}-PCBM), and two different soluble C{sub 70}-derivates: C{sub 70}-PCBM and diphenylmethano[70]fullerene oligoether (C{sub 70}-DPM-OE). The first experimental identification of the negative polaron localized on the C{sub 70}-cage in polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunctions has been obtained. When recorded at conventional X-band EPR, this signal is overlapping with the signal of the positive polaron, which does not allow for its direct experimental identification. Owing to the superior spectral resolution of the high frequency D-band EPR, we were able to separate light-induced signals from P{sup +} and P{sup -} in PHT-C{sub 70} bulk heterojunctions. Comparing signals from C{sub 70}-derivatives with different side-chains, we have obtained experimental proof that the polaron is localized on the cage of the C{sub 70} molecule.

  6. Spin signatures of photogenerated radical anions in polymer-[70]fullerene bulk heterojunctions: high frequency pulsed EPR spectroscopy.

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    Poluektov, Oleg G; Filippone, Salvatore; Martín, Nazario; Sperlich, Andreas; Deibel, Carsten; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2010-11-18

    Charged polarons in thin films of polymer-fullerene composites are investigated by light-induced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at 9.5 GHz (X-band) and 130 GHz (D-band). The materials studied were poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PHT), [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (C(60)-PCBM), and two different soluble C(70)-derivates: C(70)-PCBM and diphenylmethano[70]fullerene oligoether (C(70)-DPM-OE). The first experimental identification of the negative polaron localized on the C(70)-cage in polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunctions has been obtained. When recorded at conventional X-band EPR, this signal is overlapping with the signal of the positive polaron, which does not allow for its direct experimental identification. Owing to the superior spectral resolution of the high frequency D-band EPR, we were able to separate light-induced signals from P(+) and P(-) in PHT-C(70) bulk heterojunctions. Comparing signals from C(70)-derivatives with different side-chains, we have obtained experimental proof that the polaron is localized on the cage of the C(70) molecule.

  7. Geometry of hydrogen bonds formed by lipid bilayer nitroxide probes : A high frequency pulsed ENDOR/EPR study.

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    Smirnova, T. I.; Smirnov, A. I.; Pachtchenko, S.; Poluektov, O. G.; Chemistry; North Carolina State Univ.

    2007-01-01

    Solvent effects on magnetic parameters of nitroxide spin labels in combination with side-directed spin-labeling EPR methods provide very useful means for elucidating polarity profiles in lipid bilayers and mapping local electrostatic effects in complex biomolecular systems. One major contributor to these solvent effects is the hydrogen bonds that could be formed between the nitroxide moiety and water and/or the available hydroxyl groups. Here, formation of hydrogen bonds between a lipid bilayer spin probe 5-doxyl stearic acid, 5DSA and hydrogen-bond donors has been studied using high-frequency (HF) pulsed ENDOR and EPR. A hydrogen-bonded deuteron was directly detected in HF ENDOR (130 GHz) spectra of 5DSA dissolved in several deuterated alcohols, while the characteristic signal was absent in nonpolar toluene-d{sub 8}. The length of the hydrogen bond, 1.74 {+-} 0.06 {angstrom}, and its geometry were found to be essentially the same for all four alcohols studied, indicating that nearly identical hydrogen bonds have been formed regardless of the solvent dielectric constant. This strengthens a hypothesis that HF EPR spectra are exclusively sensitive to formation of hydrogen bonds and could be used for probing the hydrogen-bond network in complex biomolecular assemblies and lipid bilayers with site-directed spin-labeling methods.

  8. Structural investigations of {beta}-CaAlF{sub 5} by coupling powder XRD, NMR, EPR and spectroscopic parameter calculations

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    Body, M. . E-mail: monique.body@univ-lemans.fr; Silly, G.; Legein, C.; Buzare, J.-Y.; Calvayrac, F.; Blaha, P.

    2005-12-15

    {beta}-CaAlF{sub 5} was synthesized by solid-state reaction. The precise structure was refined from X-ray powder diffraction data in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/c with lattice constants a=5.3361A, b=9.8298A, c=7.3271A, and {beta}=109.91{sup o} (Z=4). The structure exhibits isolated chains of AlF{sub 6}{sup 3-} octahedra sharing opposite corners.{sup 19}F and {sup 27}Al solid state NMR spectra were recorded using MAS and SATRAS techniques. An EPR spectrum was recorded for {beta}-CaAlF{sub 5}:Cr{sup 3+}. The experimental spectra were simulated in order to extract the NMR and EPR parameter values. Five fluorine sites and one low symmetry aluminium site were found in agreement with the refined structure. These parameters were calculated using empirical and ab-initio methods. The agreement obtained between the calculated {sup 19}F chemical shift values, {sup 27}Al quadrupolar parameters, Cr{sup 3+} EPR fine structure parameters and the experimental results demonstrates the complementarity of XRD, magnetic resonance experiments and theoretical methodologies.

  9. The effects of short-term selenium stress on Polish and Finnish wheat seedlings-EPR, enzymatic and fluorescence studies.

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    Łabanowska, Maria; Filek, Maria; Kościelniak, Janusz; Kurdziel, Magdalena; Kuliś, Ewa; Hartikainen, Helina

    2012-02-15

    Biochemical analyses of antioxidant content were compared with measurements of fluorescence and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to examine the alteration of radicals in wheat seedlings exposed to 2 days of selenium stress. Two genotypes of Polish and one of Finnish wheat, differing in their tolerance to long-term stress treatment, were cultured under hydroponic conditions to achieve the phase of 3-leave seedlings. Afterwards, selenium (sodium selenate, 100 μM concentration) was added to the media. After Se-treatment, all varieties showed an increase in carbohydrates (soluble and starch), ascorbate and glutathione content in comparison to non-stressed plants. These changes were more visible in Finnish wheat. On the basis of lipid peroxidation measurements, Finnish wheat was recognized as the genotype more sensitive to short-term Se-stress than the Polish varieties. The antioxidant enzyme activities (superoxide dismutase, ascorbate peroxidase and glutathione reductase) increased in Polish genotypes, whereas they decreased in Finnish wheat plants cultured on Se media. The action of reactive oxygen species in short-term action of Se stress was confirmed by the reduction of PSII and PSI system activities (measured by fluorescence parameters and EPR, respectively). EPR studies showed changes in redox status (especially connected with Mn(II)/Mn(III), and semiquinone/quinone ratios) in wheat cell after Se treatment. The involvement of the carbohydrate molecules as electron traps in production of long-lived radicals is postulated. PMID:22153751

  10. Toward increased concentration sensitivity for continuous wave EPR investigations of spin-labeled biological macromolecules at high fields

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    Song, Likai; Liu, Zhanglong; Kaur, Pavanjeet; Esquiaqui, Jackie M.; Hunter, Robert I.; Hill, Stephen; Smith, Graham M.; Fanucci, Gail E.

    2016-04-01

    High-field, high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at W-(∼94 GHz) and D-band (∼140 GHz) is important for investigating the conformational dynamics of flexible biological macromolecules because this frequency range has increased spectral sensitivity to nitroxide motion over the 100 ps to 2 ns regime. However, low concentration sensitivity remains a roadblock for studying aqueous samples at high magnetic fields. Here, we examine the sensitivity of a non-resonant thin-layer cylindrical sample holder, coupled to a quasi-optical induction-mode W-band EPR spectrometer (HiPER), for continuous wave (CW) EPR analyses of: (i) the aqueous nitroxide standard, TEMPO; (ii) the unstructured to α-helical transition of a model IDP protein; and (iii) the base-stacking transition in a kink-turn motif of a large 232 nt RNA. For sample volumes of ∼50 μL, concentration sensitivities of 2-20 μM were achieved, representing a ∼10-fold enhancement compared to a cylindrical TE011 resonator on a commercial Bruker W-band spectrometer. These results therefore highlight the sensitivity of the thin-layer sample holders employed in HiPER for spin-labeling studies of biological macromolecules at high fields, where applications can extend to other systems that are facilitated by the modest sample volumes and ease of sample loading and geometry.

  11. Toward increased concentration sensitivity for continuous wave EPR investigations of spin-labeled biological macromolecules at high fields.

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    Song, Likai; Liu, Zhanglong; Kaur, Pavanjeet; Esquiaqui, Jackie M; Hunter, Robert I; Hill, Stephen; Smith, Graham M; Fanucci, Gail E

    2016-04-01

    High-field, high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at W-(∼94 GHz) and D-band (∼140 GHz) is important for investigating the conformational dynamics of flexible biological macromolecules because this frequency range has increased spectral sensitivity to nitroxide motion over the 100 ps to 2 ns regime. However, low concentration sensitivity remains a roadblock for studying aqueous samples at high magnetic fields. Here, we examine the sensitivity of a non-resonant thin-layer cylindrical sample holder, coupled to a quasi-optical induction-mode W-band EPR spectrometer (HiPER), for continuous wave (CW) EPR analyses of: (i) the aqueous nitroxide standard, TEMPO; (ii) the unstructured to α-helical transition of a model IDP protein; and (iii) the base-stacking transition in a kink-turn motif of a large 232 nt RNA. For sample volumes of ∼50 μL, concentration sensitivities of 2-20 μM were achieved, representing a ∼10-fold enhancement compared to a cylindrical TE011 resonator on a commercial Bruker W-band spectrometer. These results therefore highlight the sensitivity of the thin-layer sample holders employed in HiPER for spin-labeling studies of biological macromolecules at high fields, where applications can extend to other systems that are facilitated by the modest sample volumes and ease of sample loading and geometry.

  12. Solid-state EPR strategies for the structural characterization of paramagnetic NO adducts of frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs)

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    Oliveira, Marcos de; Magon, Claudio José; Wiegand, Thomas; Elmer, Lisa-Maria; Sajid, Muhammad; Kehr, Gerald; Erker, Gerhard; Eckert, Hellmut

    2015-03-28

    Anisotropic interactions present in three new nitroxide radicals prepared by N,N addition of NO to various borane-phosphane frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) have been characterized by continuous-wave (cw) and pulsed X-band EPR spectroscopies in solid FLP-hydroxylamine matrices at 100 K. Anisotropic g-tensor values and {sup 11}B, {sup 14}N, and {sup 31}P hyperfine coupling tensor components have been extracted from continuous-wave lineshape analyses, electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM), and hyperfine sublevel correlation spectroscopy (HYSCORE) experiments with the help of computer simulation techniques. Suitable fitting constraints are developed on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. These calculations reveal that different from the situation in standard nitroxide radicals (TEMPO), the g-tensors are non-coincident with any of the nuclear hyperfine interaction tensors. The determination of these interaction parameters turns out to be successful, as the cw- and pulse EPR experiments are highly complementary in informational content. While the continuous-wave lineshape is largely influenced by the anisotropic hyperfine coupling to {sup 14}N and {sup 31}P, the ESEEM and HYSCORE spectra contain important information about the {sup 11}B hyperfine coupling and nuclear electric quadrupolar interaction. The set of cw- and pulsed EPR experiments, with fitting constraints developed by DFT calculations, defines an efficient strategy for the structural analysis of paramagnetic FLP adducts.

  13. Evaluation of synergistic antioxidant potential of complex mixtures using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

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    Parker, Tory L; Miller, Samantha A; Myers, Lauren E; Miguez, Fernando E; Engeseth, Nicki J

    2010-01-13

    Previous research has demonstrated that certain combinations of compounds result in a decrease in toxic or pro-oxidative effects, previously noted when compounds were administered singly. Thus, there is a need to study many complex interactions further. Two in vitro techniques [electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assays] were used in this study to assess pro- and antioxidant capacity and synergistic potential of various compounds. Rutin, p-coumaric acid, abscisic acid, ascorbic acid, and a sugar solution were evaluated individually at various concentrations and in all 26 possible combinations at concentrations found in certain foods (honey or papaya), both before and after simulated digestion. EPR results indicated sugar-containing combinations provided significantly higher antioxidant capacity; those combinations containing sugars and ascorbic acid demonstrated synergistic potential. The ORAC assay suggested additive effects, with some combinations having synergistic potential, although fewer combinations were significantly synergistic after digestion. Finally, ascorbic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, and urate were evaluated at serum-achievable levels. EPR analysis did not demonstrate additive or synergistic potential, although ORAC analysis did, principally in combinations containing ascorbic acid.

  14. EPR and ENDOR Investigation of Rhodosemiquinone in Bacterial Reaction Centers Formed by B-Branch Electron Transfer

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    Paddock, M. L.; Flores, M.; Isaacson, R.; Shepherd, J. N.

    2010-01-01

    In photosynthetic bacteria, light-induced electron transfer takes place in a protein called the reaction center (RC) leading to the reduction of a bound ubiquinone molecule, QB, coupled with proton binding from solution. We used electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) to study the magnetic properties of the protonated semiquinone, an intermediate proposed to play a role in proton coupled electron transfer to QB. To stabilize the protonated semiquinone state, we used a ubiquinone derivative, rhodoquinone, which as a semiquinone is more easily protonated than ubisemiquinone. To reduce this low-potential quinone we used mutant RCs modified to directly reduce the quinone in the QB site via B-branch electron transfer (Paddock et al. in Biochemistry 44:6920–6928, 2005). EPR and ENDOR signals were observed upon illumination of mutant RCs in the presence of rhodoquinone. The EPR signals had g values characteristic of rhodosemiquinone (gx = 2.0057, gy = 2.0048, gz ∼ 2.0018) at pH 9.5 and were changed at pH 4.5. The ENDOR spectrum showed couplings due to solvent exchangeable protons typical of hydrogen bonds similar to, but different from, those found for ubisemiquinone. This approach should be useful in future magnetic resonance studies of the protonated semiquinone. PMID:20157643

  15. Solid-state EPR strategies for the structural characterization of paramagnetic NO adducts of frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs).

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    de Oliveira, Marcos; Wiegand, Thomas; Elmer, Lisa-Maria; Sajid, Muhammad; Kehr, Gerald; Erker, Gerhard; Magon, Claudio José; Eckert, Hellmut

    2015-03-28

    Anisotropic interactions present in three new nitroxide radicals prepared by N,N addition of NO to various borane-phosphane frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) have been characterized by continuous-wave (cw) and pulsed X-band EPR spectroscopies in solid FLP-hydroxylamine matrices at 100 K. Anisotropic g-tensor values and (11)B, (14)N, and (31)P hyperfine coupling tensor components have been extracted from continuous-wave lineshape analyses, electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM), and hyperfine sublevel correlation spectroscopy (HYSCORE) experiments with the help of computer simulation techniques. Suitable fitting constraints are developed on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. These calculations reveal that different from the situation in standard nitroxide radicals (TEMPO), the g-tensors are non-coincident with any of the nuclear hyperfine interaction tensors. The determination of these interaction parameters turns out to be successful, as the cw- and pulse EPR experiments are highly complementary in informational content. While the continuous-wave lineshape is largely influenced by the anisotropic hyperfine coupling to (14)N and (31)P, the ESEEM and HYSCORE spectra contain important information about the (11)B hyperfine coupling and nuclear electric quadrupolar interaction. The set of cw- and pulsed EPR experiments, with fitting constraints developed by DFT calculations, defines an efficient strategy for the structural analysis of paramagnetic FLP adducts. PMID:25833572

  16. EPR studies on the anaerobic reduction of fungal laccase. Evidence for participation of type 2 copper in the reduction mechanism.

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    Brändén, R; Reinhammar, B

    1975-10-20

    1. In anaerobic reduction studies on fungal laccase B (p-diphenol:O2 oxidoreductase, EC 1.14.18.1) with the EPR and stopped-flow techniques it was found that the type 2 copper of the enzyme is rapidly undergoing a reduction-oxidation cycle which is followed by a slower reduction in a couple of seconds. An intermediate EPR signal of unknown origin is formed in the same time-range as the initial reduction of type 2 copper and disappears again when this copper ion is reoxidized. 2. The rate of the anaerobic reoxidation of type 2 copper is similar to the reduction rate of the two-electron acceptor, suggesting that they are interacting in the electron transfer of the enzyme. 3. The changes in the reaction rates of both type 2 and type 3 copper appear to be affected in a similar way by changes in pH. 4. The EPR signal of the type 2 Cu2+ suggests that this ion is liganded to one or more nitrogens. PMID:241411

  17. Theoretical studies of the EPR parameters and local structures for Cu2+-doped cobalt ammonium phosphate hexahydrate

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    Li, Chao-Ying; Liu, Shi-Fei; Fu, Jin-Xian

    2015-11-01

    High-order perturbation formulas for a 3d9 ion in rhombically elongated octahedral was applied to calculate the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters (the g factors, gi, and the hyperfine structure constants Ai, i = x, y, z) of the rhombic Cu2+ center in CoNH4PO4.6H2O. In the calculations, the required crystal-field parameters are estimated from the superposition model which enables correlation of the crystal-field parameters and hence the EPR parameters with the local structure of the rhombic Cu2+ center. Based on the calculations, the ligand octahedral (i.e. [Cu(H2O)6]2+ cluster) are found to experience the local bond length variations ΔZ (≈0.213 Å) and δr (≈0.132 Å) along axial and perpendicular directions due to the Jahn-Teller effect. Theoretical EPR parameters based on the above local structure are in good agreement with the observed values; the results are discussed.

  18. Evaluation of synergistic antioxidant potential of complex mixtures using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

    PubMed

    Parker, Tory L; Miller, Samantha A; Myers, Lauren E; Miguez, Fernando E; Engeseth, Nicki J

    2010-01-13

    Previous research has demonstrated that certain combinations of compounds result in a decrease in toxic or pro-oxidative effects, previously noted when compounds were administered singly. Thus, there is a need to study many complex interactions further. Two in vitro techniques [electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assays] were used in this study to assess pro- and antioxidant capacity and synergistic potential of various compounds. Rutin, p-coumaric acid, abscisic acid, ascorbic acid, and a sugar solution were evaluated individually at various concentrations and in all 26 possible combinations at concentrations found in certain foods (honey or papaya), both before and after simulated digestion. EPR results indicated sugar-containing combinations provided significantly higher antioxidant capacity; those combinations containing sugars and ascorbic acid demonstrated synergistic potential. The ORAC assay suggested additive effects, with some combinations having synergistic potential, although fewer combinations were significantly synergistic after digestion. Finally, ascorbic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, and urate were evaluated at serum-achievable levels. EPR analysis did not demonstrate additive or synergistic potential, although ORAC analysis did, principally in combinations containing ascorbic acid. PMID:19957934

  19. Effects of Mn and Fe impurities on the TL and EPR properties of artificial spodumene polycrystals under irradiation

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    Souza, S. O.; Ferraz, G. M.; Watanabe, S.

    2004-06-01

    It is known that natural spodumene crystals LiAlSi 2O 6 can vary in color due to contents of impurities. With the aim to study how the Fe and Mn impurities influence their thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra, we produced synthetic spodumene polycrystals with controlled amount of Fe and Mn. A mixture of SiO 2, Al 2O 3 and Li 2CO 3 was melted and cooled slowly to obtain a pure polycrystal, while a small amount of Fe or Mn has been added during this process. This way we produced the polycrystals which quality are fully adequate for present investigation, by low cost and quickly (comparing to sol-gel technique). We performed then the TL measurements in the temperature range from 0 to 500 °C, as well as the EPR at room temperature. Analyzing the TL glow curves and the EPR spectra, we concluded that the Fe "kills" the thermoluminescent centers in spodumene, while the Mn improves its TL response.

  20. EPR and CD spectroscopy of fast myosin light chain conformation during binding of trifluoperazine.

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    Huang, W; Wilson, G J; Brown, L J; Lam, H; Hambly, B D

    1998-10-15

    The conformations of isolated rabbit fast myosin light chains (LCs) were modified using trifluoperazine (TFP), the hydrophobic calmodulin inhibitor. CD spectroscopy showed that TFP altered secondary structural content of the LCs, with half-maximal effects at TFP concentrations of approximately 14-50 microM, which is within the range required to alter muscle fiber contraction in both agonistic and antagonistic ways [Kurebayashi, N. & Ogawa, Y. (1988) J. Physiol. 403, 407-424]. EPR spectroscopy provided structural information from paramagnetic probes on C-terminal domain surfaces. In the absence of TFP, tauR (rotational correlation time) was 1.6 ns for both alkali light chains (ALCs) and 1.8 ns for light chain 2 (LC2). This was faster than expected for proteins of this size (approximately 10 ns). TFP progressively recruited the probes into populations with tauR sevenfold to 12-fold slower, with half-maximal effects at a TFP concentration of approximately 370-800 microM. The differences probably indicate that CD spectroscopy detects changes in protein conformation due to 'specific' TFP binding at the LC hydrophobic core, while less specific binding at higher TFP concentrations is required to effect conformational changes on the protein surfaces near the paramagnetic probes. TFP binding was generally not cooperative. Comparative sequence analysis between calmodulin, troponin C, and myosin LCs indicated considerable conservation between residues expected to bind TFP.