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  1. Direct generation of oxygen-stabilized radicals by H• transfer from transition metal hydrides.

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    Kuo, Jonathan L; Hartung, John; Han, Arthur; Norton, Jack R

    2015-01-28

    Transition-metal hydrides generate α-alkoxy radicals by H• transfer to enol ethers. We have measured the rate constant for transfer from CpCr(CO)3H to n-butyl vinyl ether and have examined the chemistry of radicals generated by such transfers. Radicals from appropriate substrates undergo 5-exo cyclization, with higher diastereoselectivity than the analogous all-carbon radicals. From such radicals it is straightforward to make substituted tetrahydrofurans.

  2. Competition of charge- versus radical-directed fragmentation of gas-phase protonated cysteine sulfinyl radicals.

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    Love, Chasity B; Tan, Lei; Francisco, Joseph S; Xia, Yu

    2013-04-24

    The fragmentation behavior of various cysteine sulfinyl ions (intact, N-acetylated, and O-methylated), new members of the gas-phase amino acid radical ion family, was investigated by low-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID). The dominant fragmentation channel for the protonated cysteine sulfinyl radicals ((SO•)Cys) was the radical-directed Cα-Cβ homolytic cleavage, resulting in the formation of glycyl radical ions and loss of CH2SO. This channel, however, was not observed for protonated N-acetylated cysteine sulfinyl radicals (Ac-(SO•)Cys); instead, charge-directed H2O loss followed immediately by SH loss prevailed. Counterintuitively, the H2O loss did not derive from the carboxyl group but involved the sulfinyl oxygen, a proton, and a Cβ hydrogen atom. Theoretical calculations suggested that N-acetylation significantly increases the barrier (~14 kcal mol(-1)) for the radical-directed fragmentation channel because of its reduced capability to stabilize the thus-formed glycyl radical ions via the captodative effect. N-Acetylation also assists in moving the proton to the sulfinyl site, which reduces the barrier for H2O loss. Our studies demonstrate that for cysteine sulfinyl radical ions, the stability of the product ions (glycyl radical ions) and the location of the charge (proton) can significantly modulate the competition between radical- and charge-directed fragmentation.

  3. The stabilization energies of polyenyl radicals

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    Luo, Yu-Ran; Holmes, John L.

    1994-10-01

    The resonance stabilization energies, Es, of polyenyl radicals can be estimated by the equation Es( N)=-13.2+[3.95-15.8(2) -2/ n] kcal mol -1, where N is the number of C, C-π bonds in the polyenyl radicals. This correlation has been extended for predicting the weakest HC, CC and COH bond dissociation energies in vitamin A and similar compounds.

  4. Designed metalloprotein stabilizes a semiquinone radical

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    Ulas, Gözde; Lemmin, Thomas; Wu, Yibing; Gassner, George T.; Degrado, William F.

    2016-04-01

    Enzymes use binding energy to stabilize their substrates in high-energy states that are otherwise inaccessible at ambient temperature. Here we show that a de novo designed Zn(II) metalloprotein stabilizes a chemically reactive organic radical that is otherwise unstable in aqueous media. The protein binds tightly to and stabilizes the radical semiquinone form of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol. Solution NMR spectroscopy in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations show that the substrate binds in the active site pocket where it is stabilized by metal-ligand interactions as well as by burial of its hydrophobic groups. Spectrochemical redox titrations show that the protein stabilized the semiquinone by reducing the electrochemical midpoint potential for its formation via the one-electron oxidation of the catechol by approximately 400 mV (9 kcal mol-1). Therefore, the inherent chemical properties of the radical were changed drastically by harnessing its binding energy to the metalloprotein. This model sets the basis for designed enzymes with radical cofactors to tackle challenging chemistry.

  5. Carbon radicals. Direct observation and kinetics of a hydroperoxyalkyl radical (QOOH).

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    Savee, John D; Papajak, Ewa; Rotavera, Brandon; Huang, Haifeng; Eskola, Arkke J; Welz, Oliver; Sheps, Leonid; Taatjes, Craig A; Zádor, Judit; Osborn, David L

    2015-02-06

    Oxidation of organic compounds in combustion and in Earth's troposphere is mediated by reactive species formed by the addition of molecular oxygen (O2) to organic radicals. Among the most crucial and elusive of these intermediates are hydroperoxyalkyl radicals, often denoted "QOOH." These species and their reactions with O2 are responsible for the radical chain branching that sustains autoignition and are implicated in tropospheric autoxidation that can form low-volatility, highly oxygenated organic aerosol precursors. We report direct observation and kinetics measurements of a QOOH intermediate in the oxidation of 1,3-cycloheptadiene, a molecule that offers insight into both resonance-stabilized and nonstabilized radical intermediates. The results establish that resonance stabilization dramatically changes QOOH reactivity and, hence, that oxidation of unsaturated organics can produce exceptionally long-lived QOOH intermediates.

  6. Relative stability of radicals derived from artemisinin: A semiempirical and DFT study

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    Arantes, C.; de Araujo, M. T.; Taranto, A. G.; de M. Carneiro, J. W.

    The semiempirical AM1 and PM3 methods, as well as the density functional (DFT/B3LYP) approach using the 6-31g(d) basis set, were employed to calculate the relative stability of intermediate radicals derived from artemisinin, a sesquiterpene lactone having an endoperoxide bridge that is essential for its antimalarial activity. The compounds studied have their nonperoxidic oxygen atom of the trioxane ring and/or the carbonyl group replaced by a CH2 unit. Relative stabilities were calculated by means of isodesmic equations using artemisinin as reference. It was found that replacement of oxygen atoms decreases the relative stability of the anionic radical intermediates. In contrast, for compounds with inverted stereochemistry the intermediate radicals were found to be more stable than those with the artemisinin-like stereochemistry. These relative stabilities may modulate the antimalarial potency. Radicals centered on carbon are always more stable than the corresponding radicals centered on oxygen.

  7. Haptoglobin Binding Stabilizes Hemoglobin Ferryl Iron and the Globin Radical on Tyrosine β145

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    Schaer, Dominik J.; Buehler, Paul W.; Wilson, Michael T.; Reeder, Brandon J.; Silkstone, Gary; Svistunenko, Dimitri A.; Bulow, Leif; Alayash, Abdu I.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Aim: Hemoglobin (Hb) becomes toxic when released from the erythrocyte. The acute phase protein haptoglobin (Hp) binds avidly to Hb and decreases oxidative damage to Hb itself and to the surrounding proteins and lipids. However, the molecular mechanism underpinning Hp protection is to date unclear. The aim of this study was to use electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, stopped flow optical spectrophotometry, and site-directed mutagenesis to explore the mechanism and specifically the role of specific tyrosine residues in this protection. Results: Following peroxide challenge Hb produces reactive oxidative intermediates in the form of ferryl heme and globin free radicals. Hp binding increases the steady state level of ferryl formation during Hb-catalyzed lipid peroxidation, while at the same time dramatically inhibiting the overall reaction rate. This enhanced ferryl stability is also seen in the absence of lipids and in the presence of external reductants. Hp binding is not accompanied by a decrease in the pK of ferryl protonation; the protonated ferryl species still forms, but is intrinsically less reactive. Ferryl stabilization is accompanied by a significant increase in the concentration of the peroxide-induced tyrosine free radical. EPR spectral parameters and mutagenesis studies suggest that this radical is located on tyrosine 145, the penultimate C-terminal amino acid on the beta Hb subunit. Innovation: Hp binding decreases both the ferryl iron and free radical reactivity of Hb. Conclusion: Hp protects against Hb-induced damage in the vasculature, not by preventing the primary reactivity of heme oxidants, but by rendering the resultant protein products less damaging. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 18, 2264–2273. PMID:22702311

  8. Effects of substituents on the stabilities of phosphonyl radicals and their hydroxyphosphinyl tautomers.

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    Krenske, Elizabeth H; Coote, Michelle L

    2007-08-23

    High-level ab initio quantum chemical methods have been used to calculate the radical stabilization energies (RSEs) of phosphonyl radicals XYP(=O)* bearing a range of substituents X and Y. The main influences on these radicals' stabilities are sigma-effects. Due to the high positive charge on phosphorus, sigma-withdrawal is destabilizing, and sigma-donation is stabilizing. The pyramidal geometry at phosphorus minimizes the effect of stabilization by pi-delocalization, while the potentially stabilizing effect of lone-pair donation is outweighed by concomitant sigma-withdrawal. Thus, the calculated RSEs of phosphonyl radicals XHP(=O)* increase in the order X = F < Me(3)N+ < MeO < CF3 < tBu < Me(2)N < NC < H < Ph < MeS < Me(3)Si. The tautomeric hydroxyphosphinyl radicals X(OH)P. exhibit a different set of substituent effects, with RSEs increasing in the order X = CF3 < Me(2)N < Me(3)N+ < MeO < (t)Bu < H < MeS < Me(3)Si < F < NC < Ph. In these radicals, both the sigma- and pi-properties of the X substituent influence stability, in tandem with those of the OH group. A comparison of the absolute enthalpies of isomeric phosphonyl and hydroxyphosphinyl radicals indicates that the hydroxyphosphinyl radicals X(OH)P* are more stable than the phosphonyl radicals XYP(=O)*. This is not a common situation in phosphorus chemistry. It is primarily attributed to the greater phosphorus p character of the singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) in the hydroxyphosphinyl radicals compared with the phosphonyl tautomers. As in closed-shell phosphorus species, the magnitude of the effect is modulated by the electronegativity of the substituent X.

  9. Tested Demonstrations: The Effect of Free Radical Stability on the Rate of Bromination of Hydrocarbons.

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    Gilbert, George L., Ed.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Presents a demonstration of the effect of alkyl free radical stability on the rate of free radical halogenation of hydrocarbons. The arenes toluene, ethylbenzene and comene are photobrominated comparatively, using an overhead projector both to provide a light source for the chemical reaction and to project the results on a screen. (CS)

  10. Tested Demonstrations: The Effect of Free Radical Stability on the Rate of Bromination of Hydrocarbons.

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    Gilbert, George L., Ed.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Presents a demonstration of the effect of alkyl free radical stability on the rate of free radical halogenation of hydrocarbons. The arenes toluene, ethylbenzene and comene are photobrominated comparatively, using an overhead projector both to provide a light source for the chemical reaction and to project the results on a screen. (CS)

  11. Stabilizing and color tuning pyrazine radicals by coordination for photochromism.

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    Zhang, Xian; Wang, Ming-Sheng; Sun, Cai; Yang, Chen; Li, Pei-Xin; Guo, Guo-Cong

    2016-06-28

    With the help of theoretical predictions, we have found, from the [donor-metal-acceptor] system, the first photochromic pyrazine-based compound that can undergo photoinduced charge separation and yield stable pyrazine radicals.

  12. Direct assembly of multiply oxygenated carbon chains by decarbonylative radical-radical coupling reactions.

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    Masuda, Kengo; Nagatomo, Masanori; Inoue, Masayuki

    2017-03-01

    Pentoses and hexoses contain more than three oxygen-bearing stereocentres and are ideal starting materials for the synthesis of multiply oxygenated natural products such as sagittamide D, maitotoxin and hikizimycin. Here we demonstrate new radical-radical homocoupling reactions of sugar derivatives with minimal perturbation of their chiral centres. The radical exchange procedure using Et3B/O2 converted sugar-derived α-alkoxyacyl tellurides into α-alkoxy radicals via decarbonylation and rapidly dimerized the monomeric radicals. The robustness of this process was demonstrated by a single-step preparation of 12 stereochemically diverse dimers with 6-10 secondary hydroxy groups, including the C5-C10 stereohexad of sagittamide D and the enantiomer of the C51-C60 stereodecad of maitotoxin. Furthermore, the optimally convergent radical-radical cross-coupling reaction achieved a one-step assembly of the protected C1-C11 oxygenated carbon chain of the anthelmintic hikizimycin. These exceptionally efficient homo- and heterocoupling methods together provide a powerful strategy for the expedited total synthesis of contiguously hydroxylated natural products.

  13. Direct assembly of multiply oxygenated carbon chains by decarbonylative radical-radical coupling reactions

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    Masuda, Kengo; Nagatomo, Masanori; Inoue, Masayuki

    2016-10-01

    Pentoses and hexoses contain more than three oxygen-bearing stereocentres and are ideal starting materials for the synthesis of multiply oxygenated natural products such as sagittamide D, maitotoxin and hikizimycin. Here we demonstrate new radical-radical homocoupling reactions of sugar derivatives with minimal perturbation of their chiral centres. The radical exchange procedure using Et3B/O2 converted sugar-derived α-alkoxyacyl tellurides into α-alkoxy radicals via decarbonylation and rapidly dimerized the monomeric radicals. The robustness of this process was demonstrated by a single-step preparation of 12 stereochemically diverse dimers with 6-10 secondary hydroxy groups, including the C5-C10 stereohexad of sagittamide D and the enantiomer of the C51-C60 stereodecad of maitotoxin. Furthermore, the optimally convergent radical-radical cross-coupling reaction achieved a one-step assembly of the protected C1-C11 oxygenated carbon chain of the anthelmintic hikizimycin. These exceptionally efficient homo- and heterocoupling methods together provide a powerful strategy for the expedited total synthesis of contiguously hydroxylated natural products.

  14. Direct simulation of electron transfer reactions in DNA radical cations

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    Steinbrecher, Thomas; Koslowski, Thorsten; Case, David A.

    2009-01-01

    The electron transfer properties of DNA radical cations are important in DNA damage and repair processes. Fast long-range charge transfer has been demonstrated experimentally, but the subtle influences that experimental conditions as well as DNA sequences and geometries have on the details of electron transfer parameters are still poorly understood. In this work, we employ an atomistic QM/MM approach, based on a one-electron tight binding Hamiltonian and a classical molecular mechanics forcefield, to conduct nanosecond length MD simulations of electron holes in DNA oligomers. Multiple spontaneous electron transfer events were observed in 100 ns simulations with neighbouring adenine or guanine bases. Marcus parameters of charge transfer could be extracted directly from the simulations. The reorganisation energy λ for hopping between neighbouring bases was found to be ca. 25 kcal/mol and charge transfer rates of 4.1×109 s−1 for AA hopping and 1.3×109 s−1 for GG hopping were obtained. PMID:19049302

  15. Spectroscopy and Ionization Thresholds of Isoelectronic 1-PHENYLALLYL and Benzylallenyl Resonance Stabilized Radicals

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    Sebree, Joshua A.; Kidwell, Nathan; Buchanan, Evan; Zwier, Timothy S.; Zgierski, Marek

    2011-06-01

    In recent years it has been proposed that resonance-stabilized radicals (RSRs) may play an important role as intermediates in the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). RSRs gain extra stability by delocalizing the unpaired electron through a neighboring conjugated π-system. Because of this extra stability, RSRs are able to build up in concentration, allowing for the creation of larger, more complex systems through their recombination with other RSRs. Mass-selective two-color resonant two-photon ionization spectra of two RSRs, phenylallyl and benzylallenyl radicals, have been recorded under jet-cooled conditions. These two radicals, while sharing the same radical conjugation, have unique properties. The phenylallyl and benzylallenyl radicals were respectively produced via discharge of trans-β-methylstyrene and benzylallene in argon prior to supersonic expansion. The D0-D1 origin of the phenylallyl radical was found at 19204 wn and was found to have a strong vertical ionization energy of 6.905(2) eV. By comparison, the benzylallenyl radical has an origin at 19703 wn and, while showing similar Franck-Condon activity to phenylallyl, has an IP curve indicative of a large geometry change between the ground state and the ion 7.50(2) eV. Visible-visible holeburning was used to show that each radical exists in one conformeric form in the expansion. The CH stretch region of each radical was taken using D0-Resonant Ion Dip Infrared Spectroscopy in a novel four laser experiment. A combination of this and DFT calculations was used to show that each radical exists in a trans geometry.

  16. Ginsenoside Rb1 directly scavenges hydroxyl radical and hypochlorous acid.

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    Lü, Jian-Ming; Weakley, Sarah M; Yang, Zhen; Hu, Ming; Yao, Qizhi; Chen, Changyi

    2012-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in a variety of inflammatory diseases including cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, autism, cataracts and aging. When endogenous mechanisms for the maintenance of redox homeostasis are overwhelmed, dietary intake of antioxidants contributes substantially to balancing the body's oxidant/antioxidant status. Ginsenosides are thought to be primarily responsible for the pharmacological effect of P. ginseng root extracts on oxidative stress and inflammation. However, little is known about the underlying antioxidant mechanisms of individual ginsenoside; specifically, the reactivity of ginsenoside Rb1 with ROS has not been well studied. We found that Rb1 can significantly and selectively reduce hydroxyl radical (●OH) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl), two of the strongest ROS, with unique molecular mechanisms in a cell-free system. Rb1 directly scavenges the ●OH and protects plasmid DNA from damage induced by ●OH. ●OH likely attacks the double bond on the side chain of Rb1 as well as hydrogen atoms adjacent to the -OH groups, including those of sugar moieties. Rb1 also shows a high reactivity to HOCl and effectively inhibits HOCl-induced tyrosine chlorination in a cell free system. HOCl is added to the double bond of Rb1; the -Cl group and -OH group of HOCl possibly bond at C-24 and C-25 of Rb1 based on the regioselectivity of Markovnikov's Rule. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that ginsenoside Rb1 scavenges HOCl and protects tyrosine from HOCl-induced chlorination. Thus, this study reveals unique antioxidant mechanisms of individual ginsenoside Rb1, which may contribute to the pharmacological effect of P. ginseng and to the development of effective strategies for clinical applications of ginsenosides.

  17. The properties and Roles of Resonance-Stabilized Radicals in Photochemical Pathways in Titan's Atmosphere

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    Sebree, Joshua A.; Kidwell, Nathan; Zwier, Timothy

    2010-11-01

    In recent years, the Cassini satellite has been providing details about the composition of Titan's atmosphere. Recent data has shown the existence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at higher altitudes than previously expected including masses tentatively ascribed to naphthalene and anthracene. The formation of indene (C9H9) and naphthalene (C10H8), the simplest PAHs, and their derivatives are of great interest as similar mechanisms may lead to the formation of larger fused-ring systems. In recent years it has been proposed that resonance-stabilized radicals (RSRs) may play an important role as intermediates along these pathways. RSRs gain extra stability by delocalizing the unpaired electron through a neighboring conjugated π-system. Because of this extra stability, RSRs are able to build up in concentration, allowing for the creation of larger, more complex systems through their recombination with other RSRs. Mass-selective UV-visible spectra of two RSRs, phenylallyl and benzylallenyl radicals, have been recorded under jet-cooled conditions. These two radicals, while sharing the same radical conjugation, have unique properties. The roles these radicals may play in the formation of fused ring systems will be discussed along with recent photochemical results on reaction pathways starting from benzylallene through the benzylallenyl radical.

  18. Investigations of stabilizing additives. I. A model system for studying radical scavenging activity in solution. [Gamma radiation

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    Dunn, T.S.; Williams, E.E.; Williams, J.L.

    1982-06-01

    In the current study an electron spin resonance model was developed to compare the thermal stability and radical scavenging activity of stabilizers in solution. High-resolution spectra and the influence of molecular structure on radical stability provided a basis for the interpretation of spin concentration data in the model system. A correlation was established between the radical scavenging activity measured in the model system and actual behavior in irradiated polypropylene formulations measured by radiation-induced degradation of mechanical properties.

  19. Charge Transfer Directed Radical Substitution Enables para-Selective C–H Functionalization

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    Boursalian, Gregory B.; Ham, Won Seok; Mazzotti, Anthony R.; Ritter, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    Efficient C–H functionalization requires selectivity for specific C–H bonds. Progress has been made for directed aromatic substitution reactions to achieve ortho- and meta- selectivity, but a general strategy for para-selective C–H functionalization has remained elusive. Herein, we introduce a previously unappreciated concept which enables nearly complete para selectivity. We propose that radicals with high electron affinity elicit areneto-radical charge transfer in the transition state of radical addition, which is the factor primarily responsible for high positional selectivity. We demonstrate that the selectivity is predictable by a simple theoretical tool and show the utility of the concept through a direct synthesis of aryl piperazines. Our results contradict the notion, widely held by organic chemists, that radical aromatic substitution reactions are inherently unselective. The concept of charge transfer directed radical substitution could serve as the basis for the development of new, highly selective C–H functionalization reactions. PMID:27442288

  20. Charge-transfer-directed radical substitution enables para-selective C-H functionalization

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    Boursalian, Gregory B.; Ham, Won Seok; Mazzotti, Anthony R.; Ritter, Tobias

    2016-08-01

    Efficient C-H functionalization requires selectivity for specific C-H bonds. Progress has been made for directed aromatic substitution reactions to achieve ortho and meta selectivity, but a general strategy for para-selective C-H functionalization has remained elusive. Herein we introduce a previously unappreciated concept that enables nearly complete para selectivity. We propose that radicals with high electron affinity elicit arene-to-radical charge transfer in the transition state of radical addition, which is the factor primarily responsible for high positional selectivity. We demonstrate with a simple theoretical tool that the selectivity is predictable and show the utility of the concept through a direct synthesis of aryl piperazines. Our results contradict the notion, widely held by organic chemists, that radical aromatic substitution reactions are inherently unselective. The concept of radical substitution directed by charge transfer could serve as the basis for the development of new, highly selective C-H functionalization reactions.

  1. Sensing Magnetic Directions in Birds: Radical Pair Processes Involving Cryptochrome

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    Wiltschko, Roswitha; Wiltschko, Wolfgang

    2014-01-01

    Birds can use the geomagnetic field for compass orientation. Behavioral experiments, mostly with migrating passerines, revealed three characteristics of the avian magnetic compass: (1) it works spontaneously only in a narrow functional window around the intensity of the ambient magnetic field, but can adapt to other intensities, (2) it is an “inclination compass”, not based on the polarity of the magnetic field, but the axial course of the field lines, and (3) it requires short-wavelength light from UV to 565 nm Green. The Radical Pair-Model of magnetoreception can explain these properties by proposing spin-chemical processes in photopigments as underlying mechanism. Applying radio frequency fields, a diagnostic tool for radical pair processes, supports an involvement of a radical pair mechanism in avian magnetoreception: added to the geomagnetic field, they disrupted orientation, presumably by interfering with the receptive processes. Cryptochromes have been suggested as receptor molecules. Cry1a is found in the eyes of birds, where it is located at the membranes of the disks in the outer segments of the UV-cones in chickens and robins. Immuno-histochemical studies show that it is activated by the wavelengths of light that allow magnetic compass orientation in birds. PMID:25587420

  2. 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.

  3. 14 CFR 23.177 - Static directional and lateral stability.

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    2012-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Static directional and lateral stability... Flight Stability § 23.177 Static directional and lateral stability. Link to an amendment published at 76 FR 75754, December 2, 2011. (a) The static directional stability, as shown by the tendency to...

  4. 14 CFR 25.177 - Static lateral-directional stability.

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    2013-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Static lateral-directional stability. 25... AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Flight Stability § 25.177 Static lateral-directional stability. (a) The static directional stability (as shown by the tendency to recover from a...

  5. 14 CFR 23.177 - Static directional and lateral stability.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Static directional and lateral stability... Flight Stability § 23.177 Static directional and lateral stability. (a) The static directional stability... first, and at speeds from 1.2 VS1 to VO, the rudder pedal force must not reverse. (b) The static...

  6. 14 CFR 25.177 - Static lateral-directional stability.

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    2014-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Static lateral-directional stability. 25... AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Flight Stability § 25.177 Static lateral-directional stability. (a) The static directional stability (as shown by the tendency to recover from a...

  7. 14 CFR 23.177 - Static directional and lateral stability.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Static directional and lateral stability... Flight Stability § 23.177 Static directional and lateral stability. (a) The static directional stability... first, and at speeds from 1.2 VS1 to VO, the rudder pedal force must not reverse. (b) The static...

  8. Future Directions of Structural Mass Spectrometry using Hydroxyl Radical Footprinting

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    Kiselar, Janna G.; Chance, Mark R.

    2010-01-01

    Hydroxyl radical protein footprinting coupled to mass spectrometry has been developed over the last decade and has matured to a powerful method for analyzing protein structure and dynamics. It has been successfully applied in the analysis of protein structure, protein folding, protein dynamics, and protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions. Using synchrotron radiolysis, exposures of proteins to a “white” x-ray beam for milliseconds provide sufficient oxidative modifications to surface amino acid side chains that can be easily detected and quantified by mass spectrometry. Thus, conformational changes in proteins or protein complexes can be examined using a time-resolved approach, which would be a valuable method for the study of macromolecular dynamics. In this review, we describe a new application of hydroxyl radical protein footprinting to probe the time evolution of the calcium-dependent conformational changes of gelsolin on the millisecond timescale. The data suggest a cooperative transition as multiple sites in different molecular sub-domains have similar rates of conformational change. These findings demonstrate that time-resolved protein footprinting is suitable for studies of protein dynamics that occur over periods ranging from milliseconds to seconds. In this review we also show how the structural resolution and sensitivity of the technology can be improved as well. The hydroxyl radical varies in its reactivity to different side chains by over two orders of magnitude, thus oxidation of amino acid side chains of lower reactivity are more rarely observed in such experiments. Here we demonstrate that selected reaction monitoring (SRM)-based method can be utilized for quantification of oxidized species, improving the signal to noise ratio. This expansion of the set of oxidized residues of lower reactivity will improve the overall structural resolution of the technique. This approach is also suggested as a basis for developing hypothesis driven

  9. Future Directions of Structural Mass Spectrometry using Hydroxyl Radical Footprinting

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    J Kiselar; M Chance

    2011-12-31

    Hydroxyl radical protein footprinting coupled to mass spectrometry has been developed over the last decade and has matured to a powerful method for analyzing protein structure and dynamics. It has been successfully applied in the analysis of protein structure, protein folding, protein dynamics, and protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions. Using synchrotron radiolysis, exposure of proteins to a 'white' X-ray beam for milliseconds provides sufficient oxidative modification to surface amino acid side chains, which can be easily detected and quantified by mass spectrometry. Thus, conformational changes in proteins or protein complexes can be examined using a time-resolved approach, which would be a valuable method for the study of macromolecular dynamics. In this review, we describe a new application of hydroxyl radical protein footprinting to probe the time evolution of the calcium-dependent conformational changes of gelsolin on the millisecond timescale. The data suggest a cooperative transition as multiple sites in different molecular subdomains have similar rates of conformational change. These findings demonstrate that time-resolved protein footprinting is suitable for studies of protein dynamics that occur over periods ranging from milliseconds to seconds. In this review, we also show how the structural resolution and sensitivity of the technology can be improved as well. The hydroxyl radical varies in its reactivity to different side chains by over two orders of magnitude, thus oxidation of amino acid side chains of lower reactivity are more rarely observed in such experiments. Here we demonstrate that the selected reaction monitoring (SRM)-based method can be utilized for quantification of oxidized species, improving the signal-to-noise ratio. This expansion of the set of oxidized residues of lower reactivity will improve the overall structural resolution of the technique. This approach is also suggested as a basis for developing hypothesis

  10. Methyl Radicals in Oxidative Coupling of Methane Directly Confirmed by Synchrotron VUV Photoionization Mass Spectroscopy

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    Luo, Liangfeng; Tang, Xiaofeng; Wang, Wendong; Wang, Yu; Sun, Shaobo; Qi, Fei; Huang, Weixin

    2013-01-01

    Gas-phase methyl radicals have been long proposed as the key intermediate in catalytic oxidative coupling of methane, but the direct experimental evidence still lacks. Here, employing synchrotron VUV photoionization mass spectroscopy, we have directly observed the formation of gas-phase methyl radicals during oxidative coupling of methane catalyzed by Li/MgO catalysts. The concentration of gas-phase methyl radicals correlates well with the yield of ethylene and ethane products. These results lead to an enhanced fundamental understanding of oxidative coupling of methane that will facilitate the exploration of new catalysts with improved performance. PMID:23567985

  11. Thrust vectoring for lateral-directional stability

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    Peron, Lee R.; Carpenter, Thomas

    1992-01-01

    The advantages and disadvantages of using thrust vectoring for lateral-directional control and the effects of reducing the tail size of a single-engine aircraft were investigated. The aerodynamic characteristics of the F-16 aircraft were generated by using the Aerodynamic Preliminary Analysis System II panel code. The resulting lateral-directional linear perturbation analysis of a modified F-16 aircraft with various tail sizes and yaw vectoring was performed at several speeds and altitudes to determine the stability and control trends for the aircraft compared to these trends for a baseline aircraft. A study of the paddle-type turning vane thrust vectoring control system as used on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration F/A-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle is also presented.

  12. Understanding the stability of pyrolysis tars from biomass in a view point of free radicals.

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    He, Wenjing; Liu, Qingya; Shi, Lei; Liu, Zhenyu; Ci, Donghui; Lievens, Caroline; Guo, Xiaofen; Liu, Muxin

    2014-03-01

    Fast pyrolysis of biomass has attracted increasing attention worldwide to produce bio-tars that can be upgraded into liquid fuels and chemicals. However, the bio-tars are usually poor in quality and stability and are difficult to be upgraded. To better understand the nature of the bio-tars, this work reveals radical concentration of tars derived from pyrolysis of two kinds of biomass. The tars were obtained by condensing the pyrolysis volatiles in 3s. It shows that the tars contain large amounts of radicals, at a level of 10(16)spins/g, and are able to generate more radicals at temperatures of 573K or higher, reaching a level of 10(19)spins/g at 673K in less than 30min. The radical generation in the tar samples is attributed to the formation of THF insoluble matters (coke), which also contain radicals. The radical concentrations of the aqueous liquids obtained in pyrolysis are also studied.

  13. The stability of allyl radicals following the photodissociation of allyl iodide at 193 nm.

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    Fan, H.; Pratt, S. T.; Chemistry

    2006-01-01

    The photodissociation of allyl iodide (C{sub 3}H{sub 5}I) at 193 nm was investigated by using a combination of vacuum-ultraviolet photoionization of the allyl radical, resonant multiphoton ionization of the iodine atoms, and velocity map imaging. The data provide insight into the primary C-I bond fission process and into the dissociative ionization of the allyl radical to produce C{sub 3}H{sup 3+}. The experimental results are consistent with the earlier results of Szpunar et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 5078 (2003)], in that some allyl radicals with internal energies higher than the secondary dissociation barrier are found to be stable. This stability results from the partitioning of available energy between the rotational and vibrational degrees of freedom of the radical, the effects of a centrifugal barrier along the reaction coordinate, and the effects of the kinetic shift in the secondary dissociation of the allyl radical. The present results suggest that the primary dissociation of allyl iodide to allyl radicals plus I*({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) is more important than previously suspected.

  14. 14 CFR 23.177 - Static directional and lateral stability.

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    2013-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Static directional and lateral stability... Flight Stability § 23.177 Static directional and lateral stability. (a)(1) The static directional... is reached, whichever occurs first, and at speeds from 1.2 VS1 to VO. (b)(1) The static...

  15. 14 CFR 23.177 - Static directional and lateral stability.

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    2014-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Static directional and lateral stability... Flight Stability § 23.177 Static directional and lateral stability. (a)(1) The static directional... is reached, whichever occurs first, and at speeds from 1.2 VS1 to VO. (b)(1) The static...

  16. Photodissociation of TEMPO-modified peptides: new approaches to radical-directed dissociation of biomolecules.

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    Marshall, David L; Hansen, Christopher S; Trevitt, Adam J; Oh, Han Bin; Blanksby, Stephen J

    2014-03-14

    Radical-directed dissociation of gas phase ions is emerging as a powerful and complementary alternative to traditional tandem mass spectrometric techniques for biomolecular structural analysis. Previous studies have identified that coupling of 2-[(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-oxyl)methyl]benzoic acid (TEMPO-Bz) to the N-terminus of a peptide introduces a labile oxygen-carbon bond that can be selectively activated upon collisional activation to produce a radical ion. Here we demonstrate that structurally-defined peptide radical ions can also be generated upon UV laser photodissociation of the same TEMPO-Bz derivatives in a linear ion-trap mass spectrometer. When subjected to further mass spectrometric analyses, the radical ions formed by a single laser pulse undergo identical dissociations as those formed by collisional activation of the same precursor ion, and can thus be used to derive molecular structure. Mapping the initial radical formation process as a function of photon energy by photodissociation action spectroscopy reveals that photoproduct formation is selective but occurs only in modest yield across the wavelength range (300-220 nm), with the photoproduct yield maximised between 235 and 225 nm. Based on the analysis of a set of model compounds, structural modifications to the TEMPO-Bz derivative are suggested to optimise radical photoproduct yield. Future development of such probes offers the advantage of increased sensitivity and selectivity for radical-directed dissociation.

  17. Exploiting sequence and stability information for directing nanobody stability engineering.

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    Kunz, Patrick; Flock, Tilman; Soler, Nicolas; Zaiss, Moritz; Vincke, Cécile; Sterckx, Yann; Kastelic, Damjana; Muyldermans, Serge; Hoheisel, Jörg D

    2017-09-01

    Variable domains of camelid heavy-chain antibodies, commonly named nanobodies, have high biotechnological potential. In view of their broad range of applications in research, diagnostics and therapy, engineering their stability is of particular interest. One important aspect is the improvement of thermostability, because it can have immediate effects on conformational stability, protease resistance and aggregation propensity of the protein. We analyzed the sequences and thermostabilities of 78 purified nanobody binders. From this data, potentially stabilizing amino acid variations were identified and studied experimentally. Some mutations improved the stability of nanobodies by up to 6.1°C, with an average of 2.3°C across eight modified nanobodies. The stabilizing mechanism involves an improvement of both conformational stability and aggregation behavior, explaining the variable degree of stabilization in individual molecules. In some instances, variations predicted to be stabilizing actually led to thermal destabilization of the proteins. The reasons for this contradiction between prediction and experiment were investigated. The results reveal a mutational strategy to improve the biophysical behavior of nanobody binders and indicate a species-specificity of nanobody architecture. This study illustrates the potential and limitations of engineering nanobody thermostability by merging sequence information with stability data, an aspect that is becoming increasingly important with the recent development of high-throughput biophysical methods. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Stabilization of Two Radicals with One Metal: A Stepwise Coupling Model for Copper-Catalyzed Radical–Radical Cross-Coupling

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    Qi, Xiaotian; Zhu, Lei; Bai, Ruopeng; Lan, Yu

    2017-03-01

    Transition metal-catalyzed radical–radical cross-coupling reactions provide innovative methods for C–C and C–heteroatom bond construction. A theoretical study was performed to reveal the mechanism and selectivity of the copper-catalyzed C–N radical–radical cross-coupling reaction. The concerted coupling pathway, in which a C–N bond is formed through the direct nucleophilic addition of a carbon radical to the nitrogen atom of the Cu(II)–N species, is demonstrated to be kinetically unfavorable. The stepwise coupling pathway, which involves the combination of a carbon radical with a Cu(II)–N species before C–N bond formation, is shown to be probable. Both the Mulliken atomic spin density distribution and frontier molecular orbital analysis on the Cu(II)–N intermediate show that the Cu site is more reactive than that of N; thus, the carbon radical preferentially react with the metal center. The chemoselectivity of the cross-coupling is also explained by the differences in electron compatibility of the carbon radical, the nitrogen radical and the Cu(II)–N intermediate. The higher activation free energy for N–N radical–radical homo-coupling is attributed to the mismatch of Cu(II)–N species with the nitrogen radical because the electrophilicity for both is strong.

  19. Stabilization of Two Radicals with One Metal: A Stepwise Coupling Model for Copper-Catalyzed Radical–Radical Cross-Coupling

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    Qi, Xiaotian; Zhu, Lei; Bai, Ruopeng; Lan, Yu

    2017-01-01

    Transition metal-catalyzed radical–radical cross-coupling reactions provide innovative methods for C–C and C–heteroatom bond construction. A theoretical study was performed to reveal the mechanism and selectivity of the copper-catalyzed C–N radical–radical cross-coupling reaction. The concerted coupling pathway, in which a C–N bond is formed through the direct nucleophilic addition of a carbon radical to the nitrogen atom of the Cu(II)–N species, is demonstrated to be kinetically unfavorable. The stepwise coupling pathway, which involves the combination of a carbon radical with a Cu(II)–N species before C–N bond formation, is shown to be probable. Both the Mulliken atomic spin density distribution and frontier molecular orbital analysis on the Cu(II)–N intermediate show that the Cu site is more reactive than that of N; thus, the carbon radical preferentially react with the metal center. The chemoselectivity of the cross-coupling is also explained by the differences in electron compatibility of the carbon radical, the nitrogen radical and the Cu(II)–N intermediate. The higher activation free energy for N–N radical–radical homo-coupling is attributed to the mismatch of Cu(II)–N species with the nitrogen radical because the electrophilicity for both is strong. PMID:28272407

  20. Direct Observation of Sulfur Radicals as Reaction Media in Lithium Sulfur Batteries

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    Wang, Qiang; Zheng, Jianming; Walter, Eric; Pan, Huilin; Lv, Dongping; Zuo, Pengjian; Chen, Honghao; Deng, Z. D.; Liaw, Bor Y.; Yu, Xiqian; Yang, Xiao-Qing; Zhang, Ji-Guang; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie

    2015-01-09

    Lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery has been regaining tremendous interest in recent years because of its attractive attributes such as high gravimetric energy, low cost and environmental benignity. However, it is still not conclusively known how polysulfide ring/chain participates in the whole cycling and whether the discharge and charge processes follow the same pathway. Herein, we demonstrate the direct observation of sulfur radicals by using in situ electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. Based on the concentration changes of sulfur radicals at different potentials and the electrochemical characteristics of the cell, it is revealed that the chemical and electrochemical reactions in Li-S cell are driving each other to proceed through sulfur radicals, leading to two completely different reaction pathways during discharge and charge. The proposed radical mechanism may provide new perspectives to investigate the interactions between sulfur species and the electrolyte, inspiring novel strategies to develop Li-S battery technology.

  1. Direct Observation of Sulfur Radicals as Reaction Media in Lithium Sulfur Batteries

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    Wang, Qiang; Zheng, Jianming; Walter, Eric; ...

    2015-01-09

    Lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery has been regaining tremendous interest in recent years because of its attractive attributes such as high gravimetric energy, low cost and environmental benignity. However, it is still not conclusively known how polysulfide ring/chain participates in the whole cycling and whether the discharge and charge processes follow the same pathway. Herein, we demonstrate the direct observation of sulfur radicals by using in situ electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. Based on the concentration changes of sulfur radicals at different potentials and the electrochemical characteristics of the cell, it is revealed that the chemical and electrochemical reactions in Li-Smore » cell are driving each other to proceed through sulfur radicals, leading to two completely different reaction pathways during discharge and charge. The proposed radical mechanism may provide new perspectives to investigate the interactions between sulfur species and the electrolyte, inspiring novel strategies to develop Li-S battery technology.« less

  2. Direct Observation of Sulfur Radicals as Reaction Media in lithium Sulfur Batteries

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    Wang, Qiang; Zheng, Jianming; Walter, Eric D.; Pan, Huilin; Lu, Dongping; Zuo, Pengjian; Chen, Honghao; Deng, Zhiqun; Liaw, Bor Yann; Yu, Xiqian; Yang, Xiaoning; Zhang, Jiguang; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie

    2014-12-09

    Lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery has been regaining tremendous interest in recent years because of its attractive attributes such as high gravimetric energy, low cost and environmental benignity. However, it is still not conclusively known how polysulfide ring/chain participates in the whole cycling and whether the discharge and charge process follow the same pathway. Herein, we demonstrate the direct observation of sulfur radicals by using in situ electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. Based on the concentration changes of sulfur radicals at different potentials, it is revealed that the chemical and electrochemical reactions in Li-S cell are driven each other to proceed through sulfur radicals, leading to two completely different reaction pathways during discharge and charge. The proposed radical mechanism may provide new insights to investigate the interactions between sulfur species and the electrolyte, inspiring novel strategies to develop Li-S battery technology.

  3. Stability of eutectic interface during directional solidification

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    Han, Seung Hoon

    1996-04-23

    Directional solidification of eutectic alloys shows different types of eutectic morphologies. These include lamellar, rod, oscillating and tilting modes. The growth of these morphologies occurs with a macroscopically planar interface. However, under certain conditions, the planar eutectic front becomes unstable and gives rise to a cellular or a dendritic structure. This instability leads to the cellular/dendritic structure of either a primary phase or a two-phase structure. The objective of this work is to develop a fundamental understanding of the instability of eutectic structure into cellular/dendritic structures of a single phase and of two-phases. Experimental studies have been carried out to examine the transition from a planar to two-phase cellular and dendritic structures in a ceramic system of Alumina-Zirconia (Al2O3-ZrO2) and in a transparent organic system of carbon tetrabromide and hexachloroethane (CBr4-C2Cl6). Several aspects of eutectic interface stability have been examined.

  4. Structural effects on the beta-scission reaction of alkoxyl radicals. Direct measurement of the absolute rate constants for ring opening of benzocycloalken-1-oxyl radicals.

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    Bietti, Massimo; Lanzalunga, Osvaldo; Salamone, Michela

    2005-02-18

    [reaction: see text] The absolute rate constants for beta-scission of a series of benzocycloalken-1-oxyl radicals and of the 2-(4-methylphenyl)-2-butoxyl radical have been measured directly by laser flash photolysis. The benzocycloalken-1-oxyl radicals undergo ring opening with rates which parallel the ring strain of the corresponding cycloalkanes. In the 1-X-indan-1-oxyl radical series, ring opening is observed when X = H, Me, whereas exclusive C-X bond cleavage occurs when X = Et. The factors governing the fragmentation regioselectivity are discussed.

  5. 14 CFR 25.177 - Static lateral-directional stability.

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    2012-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Static lateral-directional stability. 25... AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Flight Stability § 25.177 Static lateral... is set forth as follows: § 25.177 Static lateral-directional stability. (a) The static...

  6. In vivo triarylmethyl radical stabilization through encapsulation in Pluronic F-127 hydrogel

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    Abbas, Kahina; Boutier-Pischon, Audrey; Auger, Florian; Françon, Dominique; Almario, Antonio; Frapart, Yves-Michel

    2016-09-01

    In vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging and spectroscopy are non-invasive technologies used to specifically detect and quantify paramagnetic species. However, the relative instability of spin probes such as triarylmethyl radicals limits their application to conduct oxygen quantification and mapping. In this study we encapsulated tetrathiatriarylmethyl radical (TAM; known as ;Finland; probe) in Pluronic F-127 hydrogel (PF-127) in order to limit its degradation and evaluate its in vitro and in vivo EPR properties as a function of oxygen. Our results show that the EPR signal of encapsulated TAM in PF-127 hydrogel is similar to the one in solution. Although it is less sensitive to oxygen, it is suitable for oximetry. We also demonstrated that the incorporation of TAM in PF-127 hydrogel leads to an improved in vivo EPR stability of the radical under anesthesia. This new formulation enables high quality EPR imaging and oximetry and paves the way for the application of TAM radical-based probes in various biomedical fields.

  7. 14 CFR 29.177 - Static directional stability.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Static directional stability. 29.177 Section 29.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION... Static directional stability. (a) The directional controls must operate in such a manner that the...

  8. 14 CFR 29.177 - Static directional stability.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Static directional stability. 29.177 Section 29.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION... Static directional stability. (a) The directional controls must operate in such a manner that the...

  9. On the direct scavenging activity of melatonin towards hydroxyl and a series of peroxyl radicals.

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    Galano, Annia

    2011-04-21

    The reactions of melatonin (MLT) with hydroxyl and several peroxyl radicals have been studied using the Density Functional Theory, specifically the M05-2X functional. Five mechanisms of reaction have been considered: radical adduct formation (RAF), Hydrogen atom transfer (HAT), single electron transfer (SET), sequential electron proton transfer (SEPT) and proton coupled electron transfer (PCET). It has been found that MLT reacts with OH radicals in a diffusion-limited way, regardless of the polarity of the environment, which indicates that MLT is an excellent OH radical scavenger. The calculated values of the overall rate coefficient of MLT + ˙OH reaction in benzene and water solutions are 2.23 × 10(10) and 1.85 × 10(10) M(-1) s(-1), respectively. MLT is also predicted to be a very good ˙OOCCl(3) scavenger but rather ineffective for scavenging less reactive peroxyl radicals, such as alkenyl peroxyl radicals and ˙OOH. Therefore it is concluded that the protective effect of MLT against lipid peroxidation does not take place by directly trapping peroxyl radicals, but rather by scavenging more reactive species, such as ˙OH, which can initiate the degradation process. Branching ratios for the different channels of reaction are reported for the first time. In aqueous solutions SEPT was found to be the main mechanism for the MLT + ˙OH reaction, accounting for about 44.1% of the overall reactivity of MLT towards this radical. The good agreement between the calculated and the available experimental data, on the studied processes, supports the reliability of the results presented in this work.

  10. The role of hydration in the distribution of free radical trapping in directly ionized DNA.

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    Purkayastha, Shubhadeep; Milligan, Jamie R; Bernhard, William A

    2006-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to elucidate the role of hydration (Gamma) in the distribution of free radical trapping in directly ionized DNA. Solid-state films of pUC18 (2686 bp) plasmids were hydrated to Gamma in the range 2.5 < or = Gamma < or = 22.5 mol water/mol nucleotide. Free radical yields, G(Sigmafr), measured by EPR at 4 K are seen to increase from 0.28 +/- 0.01 micromol/J at Gamma = 2.5 to 0.63 +/- 0.01 micromol/J at Gamma= 22.5, respectively. Based on a semi-empirical model of the free radical trapping events that follow the initial ionizations of the DNA components, we conclude that two-thirds of the holes formed on the inner solvation shell (Gamma < 10) transfer to the sugar-phosphate backbone. Likewise, of the holes produced by direct ionization of the sugar-phosphate, about one-third are trapped by deprotonation as neutral sugar-phosphate radical species, while the remaining two-thirds are found to transfer to the bases. This analysis provides the best measure to date for the probability of hole transfer (approximately 67%) into the base stack. It can thus be predicted that the distribution of holes formed in fully hydrated DNA at 4 K will be 78% on the bases and 22% on the sugar-phosphate. Adding the radicals due to electron attachment (confined to the pyrimidine bases), the distribution of all trapped radicals will be 89% on the bases and 11% on the sugar-phosphate backbone. This prediction is supported by partitioning results obtained from the high dose-response curves fitted to the two-component model. These results not only add to our understanding of how the holes redistribute after ionization but are also central to predicting the yield and location of strand breaks in DNA exposed to the direct effects of ionizing radiation.

  11. The natural polyamine spermine functions directly as a free radical scavenger

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    Ha, Hyo Chol; Sirisoma, Nilantha S.; Kuppusamy, Periannan; Zweier, Jay L.; Woster, Patrick M.; Casero, Robert A.

    1998-01-01

    The polyamines are small organic cations that are absolutely required for eukaryotic cell growth. Although their growth requirements are well established, the molecular functions of the polyamines are ill-defined. Oxidative damage to DNA by reactive oxygen species is a continual problem that cells must guard against to survive. The polyamine spermine, which is normally found in millimolar concentrations in the nucleus, is shown here to function directly as a free radical scavenger, and adducts formed as a result of this function are identified. These data suggest that spermine is a major natural intracellular compound capable of protecting DNA from free radical attack. PMID:9736703

  12. Spin-state dependent radical stabilization in nitrenes: the unusually small singlet-triplet splitting in 2-furanylnitrene.

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    Wenthold, Paul G

    2012-01-06

    Geometries and energies of the triplet and singlet states of 2-furanylnitrene and 3-furanylnitrene have been calculated by using spin-flip coupled-cluster methods. Calculations with triple-ζ basis sets predict a singlet-triplet splitting of 10.9 kcal/mol for 2-furanylnitrene, 4.5 kcal/mol smaller than that in phenylnitrene. In contrast, the singlet-triplet splitting in 3-furanylnitrene is computed to be 1.9 kcal/mol larger than that in phenylnitrene. The differences in the singlet-triplet splittings for the furanylnitrenes are attributed to the differences in the radical stabilizing abilities of the 2-furanyl- and 3-furanyl-groups compared to a phenyl ring. Comparison of the singlet-triplet splittings of more than 20 substituted aromatic nitrenes and the radical stabilizing ability of the aromatic systems reveals a high degree of correlation between the singlet-triplet splitting and the radical stabilizing ability, indicating that singlet states of aromatic nitrenes are preferentially stabilized by radical stabilizing substituents. The preferential stabilization of the singlet states is attributed to the decrease in electron pair repulsion resulting from increased delocalization of the radical electron.

  13. Direct transient stability assessment with excitation control

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    Fouad, A.A.; Vittal, V.; Ni, Y.X.; Pota, H.R.; Nodehi, K.; Zein-Eldin, H.M.; Vaahedi, E.; Kim

    1989-02-01

    Recently the authors incorporated the effect of excitation control on the transient energy of a multi-machine power system during the first swing. The models used are: the generator represented by the two-axis model and the exciter represented by one gain, one time constant and one limiter. In this paper the parameters of the newly developed transient energy function, which assumes a constant average internal EMF, are computed. The critical value of this transient energy is determined and its use in transient stability assessment is investigated. A procedure for transient stability assessment using the new energy function has been developed and successfully applied to fault disturbances in two test networks.

  14. 213 nm Ultraviolet Photodissociation on Peptide Anions: Radical-Directed Fragmentation Patterns

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    Halim, Mohammad A.; Girod, Marion; MacAleese, Luke; Lemoine, Jérôme; Antoine, Rodolphe; Dugourd, Philippe

    2016-03-01

    Characterization of acidic peptides and proteins is greatly hindered due to lack of suitable analytical techniques. Here we present the implementation of 213 nm ultraviolet photodissociation (UVPD) in high-resolution quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer in negative polarity for peptide anions. Radical-driven backbone fragmentation provides 22 distinctive fragment ion types, achieving the complete sequence coverage for all reported peptides. Hydrogen-deficient radical anion not only promotes the cleavage of Cα-C bond but also stimulates the breaking of N-Cα and C-N bonds. Radical-directed loss of small molecules and specific side chain of amino acids are detected in these experiments. Radical containing side chain of amino acids (Tyr, Ser, Thr, and Asp) may possibly support the N-Cα backbone fragmentation. Proline comprising peptides exhibit the unusual fragment ions similar to reported earlier. Interestingly, basic amino acids such as Arg and Lys also stimulated the formation of abundant b and y ions of the related peptide anions. Loss of hydrogen atom from the charge-reduced radical anion and fragment ions are rationalized by time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculation, locating the potential energy surface (PES) of ππ* and repulsive πσ* excited states of a model amide system.

  15. Direct measurements of HOx radicals in the marine boundary layer: testing the current tropospheric chemistry mechanism.

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    Kanaya, Yugo; Akimoto, Hajime

    2002-01-01

    OH and HO(2) radicals, atmospheric detergents, and the reservoir thereof, play central roles in tropospheric chemistry. In spite of their importance, we had no choice but to trust their concentrations predicted by modeling studies based on known chemical processes. However, recent direct measurements of these radicals have enabled us to test and revise our knowledge of the processes by comparing the predicted and observed values of the radical concentrations. We developed a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) instrument and successfully observed OH and HO(2) at three remote islands of Japan (Oki Island, Okinawa Island, and Rishiri Island). At Okinawa Island, the observed daytime level of HO(2) agreed closely with the model estimates, suggesting that the photochemistry at Okinawa is well described by the current chemistry mechanism. At Rishiri Island, in contrast, the observed daytime level of HO(2) was consistently much lower than the calculated values. We proposed that iodine chemistry, usually not incorporated into the mechanism, is at least partly responsible for the discrepancy in the results. At night, HO(2) was detected at levels greater than 1 pptv at all three islands, suggesting the presence of processes in the dark that produce radicals. We showed that ozone reactions with unsaturated hydrocarbons, including monoterpenes, could significantly contribute to radical production. Copyright 2002 The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Chem Rec 2: 199-211, 2002: Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI 10.1002/tcr.10019

  16. The spinal accessory nerve plexus, the trapezius muscle, and shoulder stabilization after radical neck cancer surgery.

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    Brown, H; Burns, S; Kaiser, C W

    1988-01-01

    A clinical and anatomic study of the spinal accessory, the eleventh cranial nerve, and trapezius muscle function of patients who had radical neck cancer surgery was conducted. This study was done not only to document the indispensibility of the trapezius muscle to shoulder-girdle stability, but also to clarify the role of the eleventh cranial nerve in the variable motor and sensory changes occurring after the loss of this muscle. Seventeen male patients, 49-69 years of age, (average of 60 years of age) undergoing a total of 23 radical neck dissections were examined for upper extremity function, particularly in regard to the trapezius muscle, and for subjective signs of pain. The eleventh nerve, usually regarded as the sole motor innervation to the trapezius, was cut in 17 instances because of tumor involvement. Dissection of four fresh and 30 preserved adult cadavers helped to reconcile the motor and sensory differences in patients who had undergone loss of the eleventh nerve. The dissections and clinical observations corroborate that the trapezius is a key part of a "muscle continuum" that stabilizes the shoulder. Variations in origins and insertions of the trapezius may influence its function in different individuals. As regards the spinal accessory nerve, it is concluded that varying motor and sensory connections form a plexus with the eleventh nerve, accounting, in part, for the variations in motor innervation and function of the trapezius, as well as for a variable spectrum of sensory changes when the eleventh nerve is cut. For this reason, it is suggested that the term "spinal accessory nerve plexus" be used to refer to the eleventh nerve when it is considered in the context of radical neck cancer surgery. Images Fig. 4. Fig. 6. Fig. 7. Fig. 8. PMID:3056289

  17. Direct detection of radical generation in rat liver nuclei on treatment with tumour-promoting hydroperoxides and related compounds.

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    Greenley, T L; Davies, M J

    1994-04-12

    EPR spin trapping has been employed to directly detect radical production in isolated rat liver nuclei on exposure to a variety of hydroperoxides and related compounds which are known, or suspect, tumour promoters. The hydroperoxides, in the absence of reducing equivalents, undergo oxidative cleavage, generating peroxyl radicals. In the presence of NADPH (and to a lesser extent NADH) reductive cleavage of the O-O bond generates alkoxyl radicals. These radicals undergo subsequent rearrangements and reactions (dependent on the structure of the alkoxyl radical), generating carbon-centred radicals. Acyl peroxides and peracids appear to undergo only reductive cleavage of the O-O bond. With peracids this cleavage can generate aryl carboxyl (RCO2.) or hydroxyl radicals (HO.); with acyl peroxides, aryl carboxyl radicals are formed and, in the case of t-butyl peroxybenzoate, alkoxyl radicals (RO.). The radicals detected with each peroxide are similar in type to those detected in the rat liver microsomal fraction, although the extent of radical production is lower. The subsequent reactions of the initially generated radicals are similar to those determined in homogeneous chemical systems, suggesting that they are in free solution. Experiments with NADPH/NADH, heat denaturation of the nuclei and various inhibitors suggest that radical generation is an enzymatic process catalysed by haemoproteins, in particular cytochrome P-450, and that NADPH/cytochrome P-450 reductase is involved in the reductive cleavage of the O-O bond. The generation of these radicals by the rat liver nuclear fraction is potentially highly damaging for the cell due to the proximity of the generating source to DNA. Several previous studies have shown that some of the radicals detected in this study, such as aryl carboxyl and aryl radicals, can damage DNA, via various reactions which result in the generation of strand breaks and adducts to DNA bases: these processes are suggested to play an important role

  18. Stabilities of nitrogen containing heterocyclic radicals and geometrical influences on non-radiative processes in organic molecules

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    Evleth, E. M.

    1972-01-01

    Stabilities of nitrogen containing heterocyclic radicals were studied to detect radicals of the type R-N-R, and to theoretically rationalize their electronic structure. The computation of simple potential energy surfaces for ground and excited states is discussed along with the photophysical properties of indolizine. Methods of calculation and problems associated with the calculations are presented. Results, tables, diagrams, discussions, and references are included.

  19. First direct evidence of radical intermediates in samarium diiodide induced cyclization by ESR spectra.

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    Sono, Masakazu; Hanamura, Shin-ichi; Furumaki, Midori; Murai, Hisao; Tori, Motoo

    2011-11-04

    The mechanism of samarium diiodide (SmI(2))-induced cyclization of α,β-unsaturated esters and ketones to bicyclic compounds was examined using ESR spectroscopy. This is the first report of direct evidence of the radical intermediates in the SmI(2) reaction. The preferential reduction of the α,β-unsaturated carbonyl part in some substrates should be recognized as a main route. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  20. Direct Excitation of the Reaction Coordinate: Overtone-Induced Predissociation of the Hydroxymethyl Radical

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    Reisler, Hanna; Ryazanov, Mikhail; Rodrigo, Chirantha P.

    2011-06-01

    The overtone-induced vibrational predissociation of the hydroxymethyl radical is achieved following excitation of the radical to the third O-H stretch overtone. The excited O-H stretch is also the bond that breaks; i.e. overtone excitation is in the reaction coordinate. The production of H atoms takes place via tunneling through the barrier to the H + formaldehyde channel. H-atom photofragment yield spectra in the region of the third overtone reveal two mixed bands with contributions from the third OH overtone and a combination band comprised of two quanta of OH stretch and one quantum of CH asymmetric stretch. Using velocity map imaging, sliced images of H-atom products are obtained with kinetic energy resolution sufficient to reveal the vibrational structure in the formaldehyde co-fragment. As expected, most of the formaldehyde molecules are born without vibrational excitation but some exhibit excitation in other modes, such as wagging and CO stretch. The rotational contours of the vibrational bands are well described by temperatures in the range 100-150 K. Slice imaging allows scanning the pump laser while monitoring H fragments in selected kinetic energy ranges, and in this way it is demonstrated that all the observed vibrational levels of formaldehyde have their parentage in the hydroxymethyl radical. The barrier to isomerization to methoxy is comparable to the barrier to direct dissociation and the role of isomerization is investigated by using partially deuterated radicals.

  1. Direct measurement of the fundamental rotational transitions of the OH radical by laser sideband spectroscopy

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    Farhoomand, J.; Pickett, H. M.; Blake, G. A.

    1985-01-01

    The direct (zero-field) spectra of the fundamental rotational transitions of the OH radical in its Omega = 3/2 and 1/2 states at 2509.9 and 1834.7 GHz are obtained using a recently developed far-infrared laser sideband spectrometer. These measurements have verified and refined the predictions of previous laser magnetic resonance work, thereby confirming the far-infrared detection of interstellar OH. The increased accuracy of these direct measurements will be useful to future astronomical and atmospheric studies of these important transitions.

  2. Direct measurement of the fundamental rotational transitions of the OH radical by laser sideband spectroscopy

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    Farhoomand, J.; Pickett, H. M.; Blake, G. A.

    1985-01-01

    The direct (zero-field) spectra of the fundamental rotational transitions of the OH radical in its Omega = 3/2 and 1/2 states at 2509.9 and 1834.7 GHz are obtained using a recently developed far-infrared laser sideband spectrometer. These measurements have verified and refined the predictions of previous laser magnetic resonance work, thereby confirming the far-infrared detection of interstellar OH. The increased accuracy of these direct measurements will be useful to future astronomical and atmospheric studies of these important transitions.

  3. 14 CFR 25.177 - Static lateral-directional stability.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Static lateral-directional stability. 25.177 Section 25.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Flight Stability § 25.177 Static...

  4. 14 CFR 25.177 - Static lateral-directional stability.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Static lateral-directional stability. 25.177 Section 25.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Flight Stability § 25.177 Static...

  5. Direct Administration of Nerve-Specific Contrast to Improve Nerve Sparing Radical Prostatectomy

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    Barth, Connor W.; Gibbs, Summer L.

    2017-01-01

    Nerve damage remains a major morbidity following nerve sparing radical prostatectomy, significantly affecting quality of life post-surgery. Nerve-specific fluorescence guided surgery offers a potential solution by enhancing nerve visualization intraoperatively. However, the prostate is highly innervated and only the cavernous nerve structures require preservation to maintain continence and potency. Systemic administration of a nerve-specific fluorophore would lower nerve signal to background ratio (SBR) in vital nerve structures, making them difficult to distinguish from all nervous tissue in the pelvic region. A direct administration methodology to enable selective nerve highlighting for enhanced nerve SBR in a specific nerve structure has been developed herein. The direct administration methodology demonstrated equivalent nerve-specific contrast to systemic administration at optimal exposure times. However, the direct administration methodology provided a brighter fluorescent nerve signal, facilitating nerve-specific fluorescence imaging at video rate, which was not possible following systemic administration. Additionally, the direct administration methodology required a significantly lower fluorophore dose than systemic administration, that when scaled to a human dose falls within the microdosing range. Furthermore, a dual fluorophore tissue staining method was developed that alleviates fluorescence background signal from adipose tissue accumulation using a spectrally distinct adipose tissue specific fluorophore. These results validate the use of the direct administration methodology for specific nerve visualization with fluorescence image-guided surgery, which would improve vital nerve structure identification and visualization during nerve sparing radical prostatectomy. PMID:28255352

  6. Direct Administration of Nerve-Specific Contrast to Improve Nerve Sparing Radical Prostatectomy.

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    Barth, Connor W; Gibbs, Summer L

    2017-01-01

    Nerve damage remains a major morbidity following nerve sparing radical prostatectomy, significantly affecting quality of life post-surgery. Nerve-specific fluorescence guided surgery offers a potential solution by enhancing nerve visualization intraoperatively. However, the prostate is highly innervated and only the cavernous nerve structures require preservation to maintain continence and potency. Systemic administration of a nerve-specific fluorophore would lower nerve signal to background ratio (SBR) in vital nerve structures, making them difficult to distinguish from all nervous tissue in the pelvic region. A direct administration methodology to enable selective nerve highlighting for enhanced nerve SBR in a specific nerve structure has been developed herein. The direct administration methodology demonstrated equivalent nerve-specific contrast to systemic administration at optimal exposure times. However, the direct administration methodology provided a brighter fluorescent nerve signal, facilitating nerve-specific fluorescence imaging at video rate, which was not possible following systemic administration. Additionally, the direct administration methodology required a significantly lower fluorophore dose than systemic administration, that when scaled to a human dose falls within the microdosing range. Furthermore, a dual fluorophore tissue staining method was developed that alleviates fluorescence background signal from adipose tissue accumulation using a spectrally distinct adipose tissue specific fluorophore. These results validate the use of the direct administration methodology for specific nerve visualization with fluorescence image-guided surgery, which would improve vital nerve structure identification and visualization during nerve sparing radical prostatectomy.

  7. Highly durable organic electrode for sodium-ion batteries via a stabilized α-C radical intermediate

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    Wu, Shaofei; Wang, Wenxi; Li, Minchan; Cao, Lujie; Lyu, Fucong; Yang, Mingyang; Wang, Zhenyu; Shi, Yang; Nan, Bo; Yu, Sicen; Sun, Zhifang; Liu, Yao; Lu, Zhouguang

    2016-01-01

    It is a challenge to prepare organic electrodes for sodium-ion batteries with long cycle life and high capacity. The highly reactive radical intermediates generated during the sodiation/desodiation process could be a critical issue because of undesired side reactions. Here we present durable electrodes with a stabilized α-C radical intermediate. Through the resonance effect as well as steric effects, the excessive reactivity of the unpaired electron is successfully suppressed, thus developing an electrode with stable cycling for over 2,000 cycles with 96.8% capacity retention. In addition, the α-radical demonstrates reversible transformation between three states: C=C; α-C·radical; and α-C− anion. Such transformation provides additional Na+ storage equal to more than 0.83 Na+ insertion per α-C radical for the electrodes. The strategy of intermediate radical stabilization could be enlightening in the design of organic electrodes with enhanced cycling life and energy storage capability. PMID:27819293

  8. Direct dynamics study of hydrogen-transfer isomerization of 1-pentyl and 1-hexyl radicals.

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    Zheng, Jingjing; Truhlar, Donald G

    2009-10-29

    The rate constants of three intramolecular hydrogen-transfer isomerization reactions, namely, 1-4 isomerization of the 1-pentyl radical and 1-4 and 1-5 isomerizations of the 1-hexyl radical, are calculated using variational transition state theory with multidimensional tunneling, in particular by using canonical variational theory (CVT, which is the version of variational transition state theory in which the transition state dividing surface is optimized for a canonical ensemble) with small-curvature tunneling (SCT) for the transmission coefficient. The required potential energy surfaces were obtained implicitly by direct dynamics employing interpolated variational transition state theory with mapping (IVTST-M) and variational transition state theory with interpolated single-point energies (VTST-ISPE). Single-level direct dynamics calculations were performed for all of the reactions by IVTST-M using M06-2X/MG3S or M08-HX/cc-pVTZ+ potential energy surfaces or both. The stationary points of 1-4 isomerization of 1-pentyl and the stationary points for the forward reactions of 1-4 and 1-5 isomerizations of 1-hexyl were also optimized by BMC-CCSD, and for all three reactions we also performed dual-level direct dynamics calculations using VTST-ISPE in which MCG3-MPW single-point energies served as the higher level. The calculated MCG3-MPW//M06-2X/MG3S rate constants agree well with experimental values for 1-4 isomerization of the 1-pentyl radical at high temperature, and this validates the accuracy of this theoretical method for 1-4 isomerization. The MCG3-MPW//M06-2X/MG3S method was therefore used to make a reliable prediction for the rata constants of 1-4 isomerization of the 1-hexyl radical for which a direct experimental measurement is not available. The calculated CVT/SCT/M08-HX/cc-pVTZ+ rate constants agree well with experimental values for 1-5 isomerization of the 1-hexyl radical, and they show that the tunneling effect for these reactions was underestimated in

  9. Direct Dynamics Study of Hydrogen-Transfer Isomerization of 1-Pentyl and 1-Hexyl Radicals

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    Zheng, Jingjing; Truhlar, Donald G.

    2009-07-01

    The rate constants of three intramolecular hydrogen-transfer isomerization reactions, namely, 1-4 isomerization of the 1-pentyl radical and 1-4 and 1-5 isomerizations of the 1-hexyl radical, are calculated using variational transition state theory with multidimensional tunneling, in particular by using canonical variational theory (CVT, which is the version of variational transition state theory in which the transition state dividing surface is optimized for a canonical ensemble) with small-curvature tunneling (SCT) for the transmission coefficient. The required potential energy surfaces were obtained implicitly by direct dynamics employing interpolated variational transition state theory with mapping (IVTST-M) and variational transition state theory with interpolated single-point energies (VTST-ISPE). Single-level direct dynamics calculations were performed for all of the reactions by IVTST-M using M06-2X/MG3S or M08-HX/cc-pVTZ+ potential energy surfaces or both. The stationary points of 1-4 isomerization of 1-pentyl and the stationary points for the forward reactions of 1-4 and 1-5 isomerizations of 1-hexyl were also optimized by BMC-CCSD, and for all three reactions we also performed dual-level direct dynamics calculations using VTST-ISPE in which MCG3-MPW single-point energies served as the higher level. The calculated MCG3-MPW//M06-2X/MG3S rate constants agree well with experimental values for 1-4 isomerization of the 1-pentyl radical at high temperature, and this validates the accuracy of this theoretical method for 1-4 isomerization. The MCG3-MPW//M06-2X/MG3S method was therefore used to make a reliable prediction for the rata constants of 1-4 isomerization of the 1-hexyl radical for which a direct experimental measurement is not available. The calculated CVT/SCT/M08-HX/cc-pVTZ+ rate constants agree well with experimental values for 1-5 isomerization of the 1-hexyl radical, and they show that the tunneling effect for these reactions was underestimated in

  10. Site-specific radical directed dissociation of peptides at phosphorylated residues.

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    Diedrich, Jolene K; Julian, Ryan R

    2008-09-17

    Site-specific fragmentation of peptides at phosphorylated serine or threonine residues is demonstrated. This radical directed cleavage is accomplished by a two-step procedure. First the phosphate is replaced with naphthalenethiol using well established Michael Addition chemistry. Second, the modified peptide is electrosprayed and subjected to irradiation at 266 nm. Absorption at naphthalene causes homolytic cleavage of the connecting carbon-sulfur bond yielding a radical in the beta-position. Subsequent rearrangement cleaves the peptide backbone yielding a d-type fragment. This chemistry is generally applicable as demonstrated by experiments with several different peptides. Assignment of phosphorylation sites is greatly facilitated by this approach, particularly for peptides containing multiple serine or threonine residues.

  11. Influence of "remote" intramolecular hydrogen bonds on the stabilities of phenoxyl radicals and benzyl cations.

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    Foti, Mario C; Amorati, Riccardo; Pedulli, Gian Franco; Daquino, Carmelo; Pratt, Derek A; Ingold, K U

    2010-07-02

    Remote intramolecular hydrogen bonds (HBs) in phenols and benzylammonium cations influence the dissociation enthalpies of their O-H and C-N bonds, respectively. The direction of these intramolecular HBs, para --> meta or meta --> para, determines the sign of the variation with respect to molecules lacking remote intramolecular HBs. For example, the O-H bond dissociation enthalpy of 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenol, 4, is about 2.5 kcal/mol lower than that of its isomer 3-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenol, 5, although group additivity rules would predict nearly identical values. In the case of 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzylammonium and 3-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzylammonium ions, the CBS-QB3 level calculated C-N eterolytic dissociation enthalpy is about 3.7 kcal/mol lower in the former ion. These effects are caused by the strong electron-withdrawing character of the -O(*) and -CH(2)(+) groups in the phenoxyl radical and benzyl cation, respectively, which modulates the strength of the HB. An O-H group in the para position of ArO(*) or ArCH(2)(+) becomes more acidic than in the parent molecules and hence forms stronger HBs with hydrogen bond acceptors (HBAs) in the meta position. Conversely, HBAs, such as OCH(3), in the para position become weaker HBAs in phenoxyl radicals and benzyl cations than in the parent molecules. These product thermochemistries are reflected in the transition states for, and hence in the kinetics of, hydrogen atom abstraction from phenols by free radicals (dpph(*) and ROO(*)). For example, the 298 K rate constant for the 4 + dpph(*) reaction is 22 times greater than that for the 5 + dpph(*) reaction. Fragmentation of ring-substituted benzylammonium ions, generated by ESI-MS, to form the benzyl cations reflects similar remote intramolecular HB effects.

  12. Infants Show Stability of Goal-Directed Imitation

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    Sakkalou, Elena; Ellis-Davies, Kate; Fowler, Nia C.; Hilbrink, Elma E.; Gattis, Merideth

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have reported that infants selectively reproduce observed actions and have argued that this selectivity reflects understanding of intentions and goals, or goal-directed imitation. We reasoned that if selective imitation of goal-directed actions reflects understanding of intentions, infants should demonstrate stability across…

  13. Differentiation of complex lipid isomers by radical-directed dissociation mass spectrometry.

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    Pham, Huong T; Ly, Tony; Trevitt, Adam J; Mitchell, Todd W; Blanksby, Stephen J

    2012-09-04

    Contemporary lipidomics protocols are dependent on conventional tandem mass spectrometry for lipid identification. This approach is extremely powerful for determining lipid class and identifying the number of carbons and the degree of unsaturation of any acyl-chain substituents. Such analyses are however, blind to isomeric variants arising from different carbon-carbon bonding motifs within these chains including double bond position, chain branching, and cyclic structures. This limitation arises from the fact that conventional, low energy collision-induced dissociation of even-electron lipid ions does not give rise to product ions from intrachain fragmentation of the fatty acyl moieties. To overcome this limitation, we have applied radical-directed dissociation (RDD) to the study of lipids for the first time. In this approach, bifunctional molecules that contain a photocaged radical initiator and a lipid-adducting group, such as 4-iodoaniline and 4-iodobenzoic acid, are used to form noncovalent complexes (i.e., adduct ions) with a lipid during electrospray ionization. Laser irradiation of these complexes at UV wavelengths (266 nm) cleaves the carbon-iodine bond to liberate a highly reactive phenyl radical. Subsequent activation of the nascent radical ions results in RDD with significant intrachain fragmentation of acyl moieties. This approach provides diagnostic fragments that are associated with the double bond position and the positions of chain-branching in glycerophospholipids, sphingomyelins and triacylglycerols and thus can be used to differentiate isomeric lipids differing only in such motifs. RDD is demonstrated for well-defined lipid standards and also reveals lipid structural diversity in olive oil and human very-low density lipoprotein.

  14. Anisotropic flow in the forward directions at {radical}s{sub NN} = 200 GeV

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    Oldenburg, Markus D.

    2004-03-09

    The addition of the two Forward TPCs to the STAR detector allows one to measure anisotropic flow at forward pseudorapidities. This made possible the first measurement of directed flow at collision energies of {radical}s{sub NN} = 200 GeV. PHOBOS' results on elliptic flow at forward rapidities were confirmed, and the sign of v{sub 2} was determined to be positive for the first time at RHIC energies. The higher harmonic, v{sub 4}, is consistent with the recently suggested v{sub 2}2 scaling behavior.

  15. Degradation pathways of lamotrigine under advanced treatment by direct UV photolysis, hydroxyl radicals, and ozone.

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    Keen, Olya S; Ferrer, Imma; Michael Thurman, E; Linden, Karl G

    2014-12-01

    Lamotrigine is recently recognized as a persistent pharmaceutical in the water environment and wastewater effluents. Its degradation was studied under UV and ozone advanced oxidation treatments with reaction kinetics of lamotrigine with ozone (≈4 M(-1)s(-1)), hydroxyl radical [(2.1 ± 0.3) × 10(9)M(-1)s(-1)] and by UV photolysis with low and medium pressure mercury vapor lamps [quantum yields ≈0 and (2.7 ± 0.4)× 10(-4) respectively] determined. All constants were measured at pH 6 and at temperature ≈20°C. The results indicate that lamotrigine is slow to respond to direct photolysis or oxidation by ozone and no attenuation of the contaminant is expected in UV or ozone disinfection applications. The compound reacts rapidly with hydroxyl radicals indicating that advanced oxidation processes would be effective for its treatment. Degradation products were identified under each treatment process using accurate mass time-of-flight spectrometry and pathways of decay were proposed. The main transformation pathways in each process were: dechlorination of the benzene ring during direct photolysis; hydroxyl group addition to the benzene ring during the reaction with hydroxyl radicals; and triazine ring opening after reaction with ozone. Different products that form in each process may be to a varying degree less environmentally stable than the parent lamotrigine. In addition, a novel method of ozone quenching without addition of salts is presented. The new quenching method would allow subsequent mass spectrometry analysis without a solid phase extraction clean-up step. The method involves raising the pH of the sample to approximately 10 for a few seconds and lowering it back and is therefore limited to applications for which temporary pH change is not expected to affect the outcome of the analysis.

  16. Ab initio study of the influence of resonance stabilization on intramolecular ring closure reactions of hydrocarbon radicals.

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    Wang, Kun; Villano, Stephanie M; Dean, Anthony M

    2016-03-28

    The intramolecular ring closure reactions of unsaturated hydrocarbon radicals potentially play an important role for the formation of molecular weight growth species, especially during the pyrolysis and oxidation of alkenes under low to intermediate temperatures. In this work we investigated a series of intramolecular cycloaddition reactions of both allylic- and alkyl-type dienyl radicals. In the first set of reactions, a resonant linear radical is converted into a non-resonant cyclic radical. In the second set, a non-resonant linear alkenyl radical isomerizes to either a resonant cyclic radical or a cyclic carbinyl radical. In both cases, three different reaction schemes are examined based on the location of the partially-formed resonance structure in the cyclic transition state. For each reaction scheme, both the endo- and exo-pathways were investigated. High pressure rate parameters are obtained from the results of CBS-QB3 electronic structure calculations combined with canonical transition state theory calculations. The results are discussed in the context of a Benson-type model to examine the impact of the partially-formed resonance stabilization on both the activation energies and pre-exponential factors. The results are compared to previously reported rate parameters for cycloaddition reactions of alkenyl radicals. The differences in the activation energies are primarily due to the bimolecular component of the activation energy. However, in some cases, the presence of the partial resonance structure significantly increases the strain energy for the ring that is formed in the transition state. The pre-exponential factors are also impacted by the formation of a partial resonance structure in the transition state. Lastly, the C6H9 potential energy surface is examined to show how the trends that are outlined here can be used to estimate rate parameters, which are needed to analyze pressure-dependent reaction systems.

  17. Direct Observation of Extremely Rapid Oligomer Formation Via OH Radical Initiated Oxidation of Organic Aerosols

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    Smith, J. D.; Goaguen, E.; Ahmed, M.; Leone, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.

    2007-05-01

    Ambient aerosols are known to play a significant role in a variety of atmospheric processes such as direct and indirect effects on radiative forcing. Chemical composition can be an important factor in determining the magnitude of these effects (optical density, hygroscopicity, etc.) (1). However, a major fraction(80 - 90%) of organic aerosols can not be resolved on a molecular level. Recent identification of high mass oligomeric species as a major component in laboratory and ambient organic aerosols has received much attention due to the possibility that these species may account for much of the unknown organic mass in ambient aerosols (2, 3). Although, a few mechanisms have been proposed, the origin and formation processes of these compounds remain largely unknown. Here we provide strong evidence for a previously unidentified mechanism of extremely rapid oligomer formation, via OH radical initiated oxidation of organic aerosols. This process appears capable of converting a sizable fraction of an organic particle to higher mass oligomers within only a few hours of exposure to OH radicals at typical atmospheric concentrations. Furthermore, we have found that rapid volatilization, followed by oligomerization, is also important for specific reaction systems, and can lead to the loss of a large fraction (> 60%) of a particle within 15 minutes of exposure to atmospheric OH. We propose that such a rapid processing (oligomerization and volatilization) is possible due to a radical chain reaction which quickly propagates throughout the entire particle and is only initiated by the surface OH reaction. References 1. J. H. Seinfeld, S. N. Pandis, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Wiley, New York, 1998). 2. M. Kalberer et al., Science 303, 1659 (2004). 3. V. Samburova et al., J Geophys Res-Atmos 110, D23210 (2005).

  18. Stability and abundance of the trisulfur radical ion S3- in hydrothermal fluids

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    Pokrovski, Gleb S.; Dubessy, Jean

    2015-02-01

    The interpretation of sulfur behavior in geological fluids and melts is based on a long-standing paradigm that sulfate, sulfide, and sulfur dioxide are the major sulfur compounds. This paradigm was recently challenged by the discovery of the trisulfur ion S3- in aqueous S-bearing fluids from laboratory experiments at elevated temperatures. However, the stability and abundance of this potentially important sulfur species remain insufficiently quantified at hydrothermal conditions. Here we used in situ Raman spectroscopy on model thiosulfate, sulfide, and sulfate aqueous solutions across a wide range of sulfur concentration (0.5-10.0 wt%), acidity (pH 3-8), temperature (200-500 °C), and pressure (15-1500 bar) to identify the different sulfur species and determine their concentrations. Results show that in the low-density (< 0.2 g /cm3) vapor phase, H2S is the only detectable sulfur form. By contrast, in the denser liquid and supercritical fluid phase, together with sulfide and sulfate, the trisulfur radical ion S3- is a ubiquitous and thermodynamically stable species from 200 °C to at least 500 °C. In addition, the disulfur radical ion S2- is detected at 450-500 °C in most solutions, and polymeric molecular sulfur with a maximum abundance around 300 °C in S-rich solutions. These results, combined with revised literature data, allow the thermodynamic properties of S3- to be constrained, enabling quantitative predictions of its abundance over a wide temperature and pressure range of crustal fluids. These predictions suggest that S3- may account for up to 10% of total dissolved sulfur (Stot) at 300-500 °C in fluids from arc-related magmatic-hydrothermal systems, and more than 50% Stot at 600-700 °C in S-rich fluids produced via prograde metamorphism of pyrite-bearing rocks. The trisulfur ion may favor the mobility of sulfur itself and associated metals (Au, Cu, Pt, Mo) in geological fluids over a large range of depth and provide the source of these elements for

  19. Stability and properties of the two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride monolayer functionalized by hydroxyl (OH) radicals: a theoretical study.

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    Wang, Hong-mei; Liu, Yue-jie; Wang, Hong-xia; Zhao, Jing-xiang; Cai, Qing-hai; Wang, Xuan-zhang

    2013-12-01

    Motivated by the great advance in graphene hydroxide--a versatile material with various applications--we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the functionalization of the two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) sheet with hydroxyl (OH) radicals, which has been achieved experimentally recently. Particular attention was paid to searching for the most favorable site(s) for the adsorbed OH radicals on a h-BN sheet and addressing the roles of OH radical coverage on the stability and properties of functionalized h-BN sheet. The results indicate that, for an individual OH radica, the most stable configuration is that it is adsorbed on the B site of the h-BN surface with an adsorption energy of -0.88 eV and a magnetic moment of 1.00 μ(B). Upon adsorption of more than one OH radical on a h-BN sheet, however, these adsorbates prefer to adsorb in pairs on the B and its nearest N atoms from both sides of h-BN sheet without magnetic moment. An energy diagram of the average adsorption energy of OH radicals on h-BN sheet as a function of its coverage indicates that when the OH radical coverage reaches to 60 %, the functionalized h-BN sheet is the most stable among all studied configurations. More importantly, this configuration exhibits good thermal and dynamical stability at room temperature. Owing to the introduction of certain impurity levels, the band gap of h-BN sheet gradually decreases with increasing OH coverage, thereby enhancing its electrical conductivity.

  20. 14 CFR 27.177 - Static directional stability.

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    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Static directional stability. 27.177 Section 27.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT Flight Flight Characteristics § 27.177...

  1. 14 CFR 27.177 - Static directional stability.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Static directional stability. 27.177 Section 27.177 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT Flight Flight Characteristics § 27.177...

  2. Ionization energies of three resonance-stabilized radicals: cyclohexadienyl (dn, n = 0, 1, 6, 7), 1-phenylpropargyl, and methylcyclohexadienyl.

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    Krechkivska, Olha; Wilcox, Callan; O'Connor, Gerard D; Nauta, Klaas; Kable, Scott H; Schmidt, Timothy W

    2014-11-06

    The ionization energies for three resonance-stabilized radicals are determined: cyclohexadienyl, 1-phenylpropargyl, and methylcyclohexadienyl. The recommended ionization energies are, respectively, 6.820(1), 6.585(1), and 7.232(1) eV. That of cyclohexadienyl is found to be just 0.02 eV above a high level ab initio calculation [Bargholz, A.; Oswald, R.; Botschwina, P. J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 014307], and that of 1-phenylpropargyl is found within the stated error of a recent experimental determination [Holzmeier, F.; Lang, M.; Hemberger, P.; Fischer, I. ChemPhysChem 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402446]. The ionization energy of the methylcyclohexadienyl radical is consistent with the ortho isomer. Ionization energies of a range of isotopologues of cyclohexadienyl radical are given, along with their D1 ← D0 origin band positions, which indicate a blue shift of 18 cm(-1) per deuterium atom substituted. The ionization energy of cyclohexadienyl, along with the calculated bond dissociation energy of Bargholz et al., affords a new estimate of the 0 K proton affinity of benzene: 739.7 ± 2.0 kJ/mol. The ionization energies are discussed in terms of the interplay between radical and cation stabilization energies.

  3. Formation and Stabilization of Combustion-Generated, Environmentally Persistent Radicals on Ni(II)O Supported on a Silica Surface

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    Vejerano, Eric; Lomnicki, Slawomir M.; Dellinger, Barry

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have indicated Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) are formed when hydroxyl- and chlorine-substituted aromatics chemisorbed on Cu(II)O and Fe(III)2O3 surfaces and were stabilized through their interactions with the surface metal cation. The current study reports our laboratory investigation on the formation and stabilization of EPFRs on an Ni(II)O surface. The EPFRs were produced by the chemisorption of adsorbates on the supported metal oxide surface and transfer of an electron from the adsorbate to the metal center, resulting in reduction of the metal cation. Depending on the temperature and the nature of the adsorbate, more than one type of organic radical was formed. A phenoxyl-type radical, with g-value between 2.0029 and 2.0044, and a semiquinone-type radical, with g-value from 2.0050 to as high as 2.0081, were observed. The half-lives on Ni(II)O were long and ranged from 1.5 to 5.2 days, which were similar to what were observed on Fe(III)2O3,. The yields of the EPFRs formed on Ni(II)O was ~ 8x higher than on Cu(II)O and ~50x higher than on Fe(III)2O3. PMID:22831558

  4. Formation and Stabilization of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Induced by the Interaction of Anthracene with Fe(III)-Modified Clays.

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    Jia, Hanzhong; Nulaji, Gulimire; Gao, Hongwei; Wang, Fu; Zhu, Yunqing; Wang, Chuanyi

    2016-06-21

    Environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) are occasionally detected in Superfund sites but the formation of EPFRs induced by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is not well understood. In the present work, the formation of EPFRs on anthracene-contaminated clay minerals was quantitatively monitored via electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and surface/interface-related environmental influential factors were systematically explored. The obtained results suggest that EPFRs are more readily formed on anthracene-contaminated Fe(III)-montmorillonite than in other tested systems. Depending on the reaction condition, more than one type of organic radicals including anthracene-based radical cations with g-factors of 2.0028-2.0030 and oxygenic carbon-centered radicals featured by g-factors of 2.0032-2.0038 were identified. The formed EPFRs are stabilized by their interaction with interlayer surfaces, and such surface-bound EPFRs exhibit slow decay with 1/e-lifetime of 38.46 days. Transformation pathway and possible mechanism are proposed on the basis of experimental results and quantum mechanical simulations. Overall, the formation of EPFRs involves single-electron-transfer from anthracene to Fe(III) initially, followed by H2O addition on formed aromatic radical cation. Because of their potential exposure in soil and atmosphere, such clay surface-associated EPFRs might induce more serious toxicity than PAHs and exerts significant impacts on human health.

  5. Two tyrosyl radicals stabilize high oxidation states in cytochrome c oxidase for efficient energy conservation and proton translocation

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    Rousseau, Denis

    2012-02-01

    The reaction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) with oxidized bovine cytochrome c oxidase (bCcO) was studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to determine the properties of radical intermediates. Two distinct radicals with widths of 12 and 46 G are directly observed by X-band CW-EPR in the reaction of bCcO with H2O2 at pH 6 and pH 8. High-frequency EPR (D-band) provides assignments to tyrosine for both radicals based on well-resolved g-tensors. The 46 G wide radical has extensive hyperfine structure and can be fit with parameters consistent with Y129. However, the 12 G wide radical has minimal hyperfine structure and can be fit using parameters unique to the post-translationally modified Y244 in CcO. The results are supported by mixed quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics calculations. This study reports spectroscopic evidence of a radical formed on the modified tyrosine in CcO and resolves the much debated controversy of whether the wide radical seen at low pH in the bovine system is a tyrosine or tryptophan. A model is presented showing how radical formation and migration may play an essential role in proton translocation. This work was done in collaboration with Michelle A. Yu, Tsuyoshi Egawa, Syun-Ru Yeh and Gary J. Gerfen from Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Kyoko Shinzawa-Itoh and Shinya Yoshikawa from the University of Hyogo; and Victor Guallar from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

  6. Potential role of stabilized Criegee radicals in sulfuric acid production in a high biogenic VOC environment.

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    Kim, Saewung; Guenther, Alex; Lefer, Barry; Flynn, James; Griffin, Robert; Rutter, Andrew P; Gong, Longwen; Cevik, Basak Karakurt

    2015-03-17

    We present field observations made in June 2011 downwind of Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, and evaluate the role of stabilized Criegee radicals (sCIs) in gaseous sulfuric acid (H2SO4) production. Zero-dimensional model calculations show that sCI from biogenic volatile organic compounds composed the majority of the sCIs. The main uncertainty associated with an evaluation of H2SO4 production from the sCI reaction channel is the lack of experimentally determined reaction rates for sCIs formed from isoprene ozonolysis with SO2 along with systematic discrepancies in experimentally derived reaction rates between other sCIs and SO2 and water vapor. In general, the maximum of H2SO4 production from the sCI channel is found in the late afternoon as ozone increases toward the late afternoon. The sCI channel, however, contributes minor H2SO4 production compared with the conventional OH channel in the mid-day. Finally, the production and the loss rates of H2SO4 are compared. The application of the recommended mass accommodation coefficient causes significant overestimation of H2SO4 loss rates compared with H2SO4 production rates. However, the application of a lower experimental value for the mass accommodation coefficient provides good agreement between the loss and production rates of H2SO4. The results suggest that the recommended coefficient for the H2O surface may not be suitable for this relatively dry environment.

  7. Direct rate constant measurement of radical disulphide anion formation for cysteine and cysteamine in aqueous solution

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    Mezyk, Stephen P.

    1995-03-01

    The techniques of pulse radiolysis, laser photolysis and absorption spectroscopy have been used to directly determine rate constants for radical disulphide anion formation for cysteine and cysteamine in aqueous solution. The measured values for cysteine, over the pH range 7-12, allowed calculation of individual rate constants for the constituent reactions RS . + RSH → RSSR -. + H + and RS . + RS - → RSSR -. as (3.39 ± 0.31) × 10 8 and (1.21 ± 0.04) × 10 9 dm 3 mol -1 s -1, respectively. Analogous values for cysteamine were also determined by this technique as (3.06 ± 0.16) × 10 8 and (3.65 ± 0.07) × 10 9 dm 3 mol -1 s -1.

  8. Tactile pavement for guiding walking direction: An assessment of heading direction and gait stability.

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    Pluijter, Nanda; de Wit, Lieke P W; Bruijn, Sjoerd M; Plaisier, Myrthe A

    2015-10-01

    For maintaining heading direction while walking we heavily rely on vision. Therefore, walking in the absence of vision or with visual attention directed elsewhere potentially leads to dangerous situations. Here we investigated whether tactile information from the feet can be used as a (partial) substitute for vision in maintaining a stable heading direction. If so, participants should be better able to keep a constant heading direction on tactile pavement that indicates directionality than on regular flat pavement. However, such a pavement may also be destabilizing. Thus we asked participants to walk straight ahead on regular pavement, and on tactile pavement (tiles with ridges along the walking direction) while varying the amount of vision. We assessed the effects of the type of pavement as well as the amount of vision on the variability of the heading direction as well as gait stability. Both of these measures were calculated from accelerations and angular velocities recorded from a smartphone attached to the participants trunk. Results showed that on tactile pavement participants had a less variations in their heading direction than on regular pavement. The drawback, however, was that the tactile pavement used in this study decreased gait stability. In sum, tactile pavement can be used as a partial substitute for vision in maintaining heading direction, but it can also decrease gait stability. Future work should focus on designing tactile pavement that does provided directional clues, but is less destabilizing.

  9. What fraction of DNA double-strand breaks produced by the direct effect is accounted for by radical pairs?

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    Peoples, Anita R; Mercer, Kermit R; Bernhard, William A

    2010-07-22

    The purpose of this investigation was to determine what fraction of double strand breaks (dsb's), generated by the direct effect of ionizing radiation on DNA, can be accounted for by radical pairs. A radical pair is defined as two radicals trapped within a separation distance of <3 nm. Q-band EPR was used to measure the yield of radical pairs in calf thymus DNA films X-irradiated at 4 K. The EPR spectrum of DNA showed no evidence of radical pairs. To determine the relative sensitivity for radical pair detection via Q-band EPR, we measured the yield of radical pairs in single crystals of thymine, G(rp-Thy). Under the same conditions employed for DNA, G(rp-Thy) was approximately 8 nmol/J. The value of G(rp-Thy), in conjunction with the measured signal-to-noise, was used to calculate an upper limit for the yield of radical pairs in DNA, G(max)(rp-DNA) < 0.7-1.4 nmol/J. The upper limit, G(max)(rp-DNA), was compared with the yield of dsb's, G(total)(dsb) = 10 nmol/J, previously measured in pUC18 DNA films by Purkayastha, S.; Milligan, J. R.; Bernhard, W. A. Radiat. Res. 2007, 168, 357. We found that G(total)(dsb) > 2 x G(max)(rp-DNA), implying that a significant fraction of dsb's were not derived from a pair of trappable radicals. At least one of the two precursors needed to form a dsb was a diamagnetic (molecular) product. The hypothesis is that EPR silent lesions are formed through a molecular pathway. For example, a two-electron oxidation of deoxyribose would result in a deoxyribose carbocation intermediate that ultimately leads to a strand break.

  10. Naphthoxanthenyl, a new stable phenalenyl type radical stabilized by electronic effects.

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    Anamimoghadam, Ommid; Symes, Mark D; Busche, Christoph; Long, De-Liang; Caldwell, Stuart T; Flors, Cristina; Nonell, Santi; Cronin, Leroy; Bucher, Götz

    2013-06-21

    Naphthoxanthenyl 1 is a new stable phenalenyl-type radical. Electrochemical studies indicate that 1 has two reversible redox processes that occur on comparatively short time scales. Crystals containing 1 can be grown by electrocrystallization, suggesting that they are conductive.

  11. A method for direct measurement of protein stability in vivo.

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    Ignatova, Zoya; Gierasch, Lila M

    2009-01-01

    The stability of proteins is tuned by evolution to enable them to perform their cellular functions for the success of an organism. Yet, most of the arsenal of biophysical techniques at our disposal to characterize the thermodynamic stability of proteins is limited to in vitro samples. We describe an approach that we have developed to observe a protein directly in a cell and to monitor a fluorescence signal that reports the unfolding transition of the protein, yielding quantitatively interpretable stability data in vivo. The method is based on incorporation of structurally nonperturbing, specific binding motifs for a bis-arsenical fluorescein derivative in sites that result in dye fluorescence differences between the folded and unfolded states of the protein under study. This fluorescence labeling approach makes possible the determination of thermodynamic stability by direct urea titration in Escherichia coli cells. The specific case study we describe was carried out on the predominantly beta-sheet intracellular lipid-binding protein, cellular retinoic acid-binding protein (CRABP), expressed in E. coli.

  12. The effect of free radical inhibitor on the sensitized radiation crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of polyurethane shape memory polymers

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    Hearon, Keith; Smith, Sarah E.; Maher, Cameron A.; Wilson, Thomas S.; Maitland, Duncan J.

    2012-01-01

    The effects of free radical inhibitor on the electron beam crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of novel radiation crosslinkable polyurethane shape memory polymers (SMPs) blended with acrylic radiation sensitizers have been determined. The SMPs in this study possess novel processing capabilities—that is, the ability to be melt processed into complex geometries as thermoplastics and crosslinked in a secondary step using electron beam irradiation. To increase susceptibility to radiation crosslinking, the radiation sensitizer pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) was solution blended with thermoplastic polyurethane SMPs made from 2-butene-1,4-diol and trimethylhexamethylene diisocyanate (TMHDI). Because thermoplastic melt processing methods such as injection molding are often carried out at elevated temperatures, sensitizer thermal instability is a major processing concern. Free radical inhibitor can be added to provide thermal stabilization; however, inhibitor can also undesirably inhibit radiation crosslinking. In this study, we quantified both the thermal stabilization and radiation crosslinking inhibition effects of the inhibitor 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) on polyurethane SMPs blended with PETA. Sol/gel analysis of irradiated samples showed that the inhibitor had little to no inverse effects on gel fraction at concentrations of 0-10,000 ppm, and dynamic mechanical analysis showed only a slight negative correlation between BQ composition and rubbery modulus. The 1,4-benzoquinone was also highly effective in thermally stabilizing the acrylic sensitizers. The polymer blends could be heated to 150°C for up to five hours or to 125°C for up to 24 hours if stabilized with 10,000 ppm BQ and could also be heated to 125°C for up to 5 hours if stabilized with 1000 ppm BQ without sensitizer reaction occurring. We believe this study provides significant insight into methods for manipulation of the competing mechanisms of radiation crosslinking and thermal

  13. The effect of free radical inhibitor on the sensitized radiation crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of polyurethane shape memory polymers.

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    Hearon, Keith; Smith, Sarah E; Maher, Cameron A; Wilson, Thomas S; Maitland, Duncan J

    2013-02-01

    The effects of free radical inhibitor on the electron beam crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of novel radiation crosslinkable polyurethane shape memory polymers (SMPs) blended with acrylic radiation sensitizers have been determined. The SMPs in this study possess novel processing capabilities-that is, the ability to be melt processed into complex geometries as thermoplastics and crosslinked in a secondary step using electron beam irradiation. To increase susceptibility to radiation crosslinking, the radiation sensitizer pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) was solution blended with thermoplastic polyurethane SMPs made from 2-butene-1,4-diol and trimethylhexamethylene diisocyanate (TMHDI). Because thermoplastic melt processing methods such as injection molding are often carried out at elevated temperatures, sensitizer thermal instability is a major processing concern. Free radical inhibitor can be added to provide thermal stabilization; however, inhibitor can also undesirably inhibit radiation crosslinking. In this study, we quantified both the thermal stabilization and radiation crosslinking inhibition effects of the inhibitor 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) on polyurethane SMPs blended with PETA. Sol/gel analysis of irradiated samples showed that the inhibitor had little to no inverse effects on gel fraction at concentrations of 0-10,000 ppm, and dynamic mechanical analysis showed only a slight negative correlation between BQ composition and rubbery modulus. The 1,4-benzoquinone was also highly effective in thermally stabilizing the acrylic sensitizers. The polymer blends could be heated to 150°C for up to five hours or to 125°C for up to 24 hours if stabilized with 10,000 ppm BQ and could also be heated to 125°C for up to 5 hours if stabilized with 1000 ppm BQ without sensitizer reaction occurring. We believe this study provides significant insight into methods for manipulation of the competing mechanisms of radiation crosslinking and thermal stabilization

  14. The effect of free radical inhibitor on the sensitized radiation crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of polyurethane shape memory polymers

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    Hearon, Keith; Smith, Sarah E.; Maher, Cameron A.; Wilson, Thomas S.; Maitland, Duncan J.

    2013-02-01

    The effects of free radical inhibitor on the electron beam crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of novel radiation crosslinkable polyurethane shape memory polymers (SMPs) blended with acrylic radiation sensitizers have been determined. The SMPs in this study possess novel processing capabilities—that is, the ability to be melt processed into complex geometries as thermoplastics and crosslinked in a secondary step using electron beam irradiation. To increase susceptibility to radiation crosslinking, the radiation sensitizer pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) was solution blended with thermoplastic polyurethane SMPs made from 2-butene-1,4-diol and trimethylhexamethylene diisocyanate (TMHDI). Because the thermoplastic melt processing methods such as injection molding are often carried out at elevated temperatures, sensitizer thermal instability is a major processing concern. Free radical inhibitor can be added to provide thermal stabilization; however, inhibitor can also undesirably inhibit radiation crosslinking. In this study, we quantified both the thermal stabilization and radiation crosslinking inhibition effects of the inhibitor 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) on polyurethane SMPs blended with PETA. Sol/gel analysis of irradiated samples showed that the inhibitor had little to no inverse effects on gel fraction at concentrations of 0-10,000 ppm, and dynamic mechanical analysis showed only a slight negative correlation between BQ composition and rubbery modulus. The 1,4-benzoquinone was also highly effective in thermally stabilizing the acrylic sensitizers. The polymer blends could be heated to 150 °C for up to 5 h or to 125 °C for up to 24 h if stabilized with 10,000 ppm BQ and could also be heated to 125 °C for up to 5 h if stabilized with 1000 ppm BQ without sensitizer reaction occurring. We believe this study provides significant insight into methods for manipulation of the competing mechanisms of radiation crosslinking and thermal stabilization of

  15. The elimination of free radicals in irradiated UHMWPEs with and without vitamin E stabilization by annealing under pressure.

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    Oral, Ebru; Ghali, Bassem W; Muratoglu, Orhun K

    2011-04-01

    Radiation crosslinking of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used to decrease the wear of joint implant bearing surfaces. While radiation crosslinking has been successful in decreasing femoral head penetration into UHMWPE acetabular liners in vivo, postirradiation thermal treatment of the polymer is required to ensure the oxidative stability of joint implants in the long term. Two types of thermal treatment have been used: (i) annealing below the melting point preserves the mechanical properties but the residual free radicals trapped in the crystalline regions are not completely eliminated, leading to oxidation in the long-term and (ii) annealing above the melting point (melting) eliminates the free radicals but leads to a decrease in mechanical properties through loss of crystallinity during the melting process. In this study, we hypothesized that free radicals could be reduced by annealing below the melting point under pressure effectively without melting due to the elevation of the melting point. By avoiding the complete melting of UHMWPE, mechanical properties would be preserved. Our hypothesis tested positive in that we found the radiation-induced free radicals to be markedly reduced (below the detection limit of state-of-the-art electron spin resonance) by thermal annealing under pressure in radiation crosslinked virgin UHMWPE and UHMWPE/vitamin-E blends without loss of mechanical properties.

  16. The elimination of free radicals in irradiated UHMWPEs with and without vitamin E stabilization by annealing under pressure

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    Oral, Ebru; Ghali, Bassem W.; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2013-01-01

    Radiation crosslinking of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used to decrease the wear of joint implant bearing surfaces. While radiation crosslinking has been successful in decreasing femoral head penetration into UHMWPE acetabular liners in vivo, postirradiation thermal treatment of the polymer is required to ensure the oxidative stability of joint implants in the long term. Two types of thermal treatment have been used: (i) annealing below the melting point preserves the mechanical properties but the residual free radicals trapped in the crystalline regions are not completely eliminated, leading to oxidation in the long-term and (ii) annealing above the melting point (melting) eliminates the free radicals but leads to a decrease in mechanical properties through loss of crystallinity during the melting process. In this study, we hypothesized that free radicals could be reduced by annealing below the melting point under pressure effectively without melting due to the elevation of the melting point. By avoiding the complete melting of UHMWPE, mechanical properties would be preserved. Our hypothesis tested positive in that we found the radiation-induced free radicals to be markedly reduced (below the detection limit of state-of-the-art electron spin resonance) by thermal annealing under pressure in radiation crosslinked virgin UHMWPE and UHMWPE/vitamin-E blends without loss of mechanical properties. PMID:21381192

  17. Are gait variability and stability measures influenced by directional changes?

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    2014-01-01

    Background Many gait variability and stability measures have been proposed in the literature, with the aim to quantify gait impairment, degree of neuro-motor control and balance disorders in healthy and pathological subjects. These measures are often obtained from lower trunk acceleration data, typically acquired during rectilinear gait, but relevant experimental protocols and data processing techniques lack in standardization. Since directional changes represent an essential aspect of gait, the assessment of their influence on such measures is essential for standardization. In addition, their investigation is needed to evaluate the applicability of these measures in laboratory trials and in daily life activity analysis. A further methodological aspect to be standardized concerns the assessment of the sampling frequency, which could affect stability measures. The aim of the present study was hence to assess if gait variability and stability measures are affected by directional changes, and to evaluate the influence of sampling frequency of trunk acceleration data on the results. Methods Fifty-one healthy young adults performed a 6-minute walk test along a 30 m straight pathway, turning by 180 deg at each end of the pathway. Nine variability and stability measures (Standard deviation, Coefficient of variation, Poincaré plots, maximum Floquet multipliers, short-term Lyapunov exponents, Recurrence quantification analysis, Multiscale entropy, Harmonic ratio and Index of harmonicity) were calculated on stride duration and trunk acceleration data (acquired at 100 Hz and 200 Hz) coming from straight walking windows and from windows including both straight walking and the directional change. Results Harmonic ratio was the only measure that resulted to be affected by directional changes and sampling frequency, decreasing with the presence of a directional change task. HR was affected in the AP and V directions for the 200 Hz, but only in AP direction for the 100 Hz group

  18. Comparison of commercial uv lamps for radical oxidation and direct photolysis in water

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    Haag, W; Wang, F T

    1999-08-01

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is charged with developing methods for treating contaminated sites and destroying waste organic compounds that are currently being accumulated, including Trimsol (machining oil), trichloroethene (ICE), tributyl phosphate (TBP), kerosene, and many other organics. These organics are sometimes present mixed with radioactive waste, and in these cases it is important to destroy the organics in such a way as to not increase the total volume of the waste and to ensure that no radioactivity is released in the process. Among the most promising techniques for treating aqueous mixed wastes are ultraviolet light (UV) oxidation and the molten salt process, as opposed to methods like incineration or supercritical water oxidation that might lead to air emissions of radioactivity if not very carefully controlled. The purpose of the present study was to compare the energy efficiency of various commercial UV lamp systems designed for photooxidation. Two type of tests were conducted: (1) direct photolysis of a chlorinated compound and (2) photolysis of hydrogen peroxide, which is an additive often used to photooxidize compounds that are not amenable to direct photolysis. The results should allow LLNL to select the most cost-effective system for treating wastes by UV- enhanced radical oxidation processes.

  19. Effect of a radical exposure nitridation surface on the charge stability of shallow nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

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    Kageura, Taisuke; Kato, Kanami; Yamano, Hayate; Suaebah, Evi; Kajiya, Miki; Kawai, Sora; Inaba, Masafumi; Tanii, Takashi; Haruyama, Moriyoshi; Yamada, Keisuke; Onoda, Shinobu; Kada, Wataru; Hanaizumi, Osamu; Teraji, Tokuyuki; Isoya, Junichi; Kono, Shozo; Kawarada, Hiroshi

    2017-05-01

    A nitridation process of a diamond surface with nitrogen radical exposure far from the radio-frequency plasma for the stabilization of a negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) centers near the surface is presented. At a nitrogen coverage of as high as 0.9 monolayers, high average Rabi contrasts of 0.40 ± 0.06 and 0.46 ± 0.03 have been obtained for single NV- centers formed by shallow nitrogen implantation with acceleration voltages of 1 and 2 keV, respectively. This indicates that nitrogen termination by a radical exposure process produces an electric charge state suitable for single NV- centers near the surface compared with the states obtained for alternatively terminated surfaces.

  20. Stability of a directional solidification front in subdiffusive media.

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    Hamed, Mohammad Abu; Nepomnyashchy, Alexander A

    2014-01-01

    The efficiency of crystal growth in alloys is limited by the morphological instability, which is caused by a positive feedback between the interface deformation and the diffusive flux of solute at the front of the phase transition. Usually this phenomenon is described in the framework of the normal diffusion equation, which stems from the linear relation between time and the mean squared displacement of molecules 〈x2(t)〉∼K1t (K1 is the classical diffusion coefficient) that is characteristic of Brownian motion. However, in some media (e.g., in gels and porous media) the random walk of molecules is hindered by obstacles, which leads to another power law, 〈x2(t)〉∼Kαtα, where 0<α≤1. As a result, the diffusion is anomalous, and it is governed by an integro-differential equation including a fractional derivative in time variable, i.e., a memory. In the present work, we investigate the stability of a directional solidification front in the case of an anomalous diffusion. Linear stability of a moving planar directional solidification front is studied, and a generalization of the Mullins-Sekerka stability criterion is obtained. Also, an asymptotic nonlinear long-wave evolution equation of Sivashinsky's type, which governs the cellular structures at the interface, is derived.

  1. Direct observation of hexamethylbenzenium radical cations generated during zeolite methanol-to-olefin catalysis: an ESR study.

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    Kim, Sun Jung; Jang, Hoi-Gu; Lee, Jun Kyu; Min, Hyung-Ki; Hong, Suk Bong; Seo, Gon

    2011-09-07

    The generation of hexamethylbenzenium radical cations as the key reaction intermediate in chabazite-type molecular sieve acids (i.e., H-SAPO-34 and H-SSZ-13) during the methanol-to-olefin process has been directly evidenced by ESR spectroscopy.

  2. Instantaneous Directional Growth of Block Copolymer Nanowires During Heterogeneous Radical Polymerization (HRP).

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    Lu, Chunliang; Urban, Marek W

    2016-04-13

    Polymeric nanowires that consist of ultrahigh molecular weight block copolymers were instantaneously prepared via one-step surfactant-free heterogeneous radical polymerization (HRP). Under heterogeneous reaction and initiator-starvation conditions, the sequential copolymerization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic monomers facilitates the formation of amphiphilic ultrahigh molecular weight block copolymers, which instantaneously assemble to polymeric nanowires. As polymerization progresses, initially formed nanoparticles exhibit the directional growth due to localized repulsive forces of hydrophilic blocks and confinement of the hydrophobic blocks that adopt favorable high aspect ratio nanowire morphologies. Using one-step synthetic approach that requires only four ingredients (water as a solvent, two polymerizable monomers (one hydrophilic and one hydrophobic), and water-soluble initiator), block copolymer nanowires ∼70 nm in diameter and hundreds of microns in length are instantaneously grown. For example, when 2-(N,N-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and styrene (St) were copolymerized, high aspect ratio nanowires consist of ultrahigh (>10(6) g/mol) molecular weight pDMAEMA-b-St block copolymers and the presence of temperature responsive pDMAEMA blocks facilitates nanowire diameter changes as a function of temperature. These morphologies may serve as structural components of the higher order biological constructs at micro and larger length scales, ranging from single strand nanowires to engineered biomolecular networks capable of responding to diverse and transient environmental signals, and capable of dimensional changes triggered by external stimuli.

  3. Direct dynamics study on hydrogen abstraction reaction of CF 3CHOHCF 3 with OH radical

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Jing-Yao; Li, Ze-Sheng

    2007-05-01

    Dual-level direct dynamics method is employed to investigate the H-abstraction reaction CF 3CHOHCF 3 with OH radical. Two hydrogen-abstraction reaction channels are possible: one from the methylene (-CH-) position and the other from the hydroxyl (-OH) position. The minimum energy path is calculated at the B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level, and the energetic information is further refined by a new powerful and inexpensive BMC-CCSD method. To testify the accuracy of the structures and the energies, the recently developed hybrid density functional theory BB1K and higher level MC-QCISD are applied to this system. Hydrogen-bonded complexes are presented at both reactants and products sides of these two channels, which indicating that the reaction may proceed via an indirect mechanism. The rate constants for each reaction channel are evaluated by canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) with a small-curvature tunneling correction (SCT) over a wide range of temperatures from 200 to 2000 K. The calculated CVT/SCT rate constants are in good agreement with the available experimental values in the temperature region 250-430 K. The present results indicate that the two channels are competitive. At lower temperature, the reaction occurs mainly via the hydroxyl-H-abstraction channel, while the methylene-H-abstraction channel is preferred when the temperature is higher than 273 K.

  4. Development of Initiation Strategies for the Optimization and Stabilization of Brushes Formed by Surface-Initiated Radical Polymerization

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    Bain, Erich D.

    Three challenges facing the continued development of the surface-initiated (SI) polymerization field are addressed. The first challenge is that surface-initiated free radical polymerization (SI-FRP) is currently under-represented in literature reports, despite the fact that SI-FRP offers several important advantages over surface-initiated controlled radical polymerization (SI-CRP) and represents a complementary approach. Recognizing that simple, efficient, and safer approaches to synthesizing effective surface free radical initiators are needed, we present a novel synthetic route to an azo type free radical initiator that forms self-assembled monolayers on oxide coated surfaces such as silicon and glass. The yield of the novel synthetic approach is approximately double that of the previous method, and the usage of cyanide is reduced dramatically. We characterize the decomposition kinetics of the initiator using differential scanning calorimetry, comparing it with other similar initiators. We characterize the surface properties of initiator layers on silicon using ellipsometry, water contact angle measurements, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). We demonstrate the use of the initiator for SI-FRP as well as SI-CRP mechanisms including reverse atom transfer radical polymerization (RATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. A second challenge facing the field of SI polymerization involves the stability of grafted polymer brushes in aqueous environments and under tension, both of which are commonly encountered in many applications. We hypothesize that the mechanism of brush degrafting involves hydrolysis of ester backbone units in the initiator, which are ubiquitous in surface-bound polymerization initiator systems. The novel initiator described herein is unique in that its backbone consists of a chemically stable alkane chain, free of esters or other easily hydrolysable groups. We present results of experiments demonstrating

  5. Direct Numerical Simulation of a Cavity-Stabilized Ethylene/Air Premixed Flame

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    Chen, Jacqueline; Konduri, Aditya; Kolla, Hemanth; Rauch, Andreas; Chelliah, Harsha

    2016-11-01

    Cavity flame holders have been shown to be important for flame stabilization in scramjet combustors. In the present study the stabilization of a lean premixed ethylene/air flame in a rectangular cavity at thermo-chemical conditions relevant to scramjet combustors is simulated using a compressible reacting multi-block direct numerical simulation solver, S3D, incorporating a 22 species ethylene-air reduced chemical model. The fuel is premixed with air to an equivalence ratio of 0.4 and enters the computational domain at Mach numbers between 0.3 and 0.6. An auxiliary inert channel flow simulation is used to provide the turbulent velocity profile at the inlet for the reacting flow simulation. The detailed interaction between intense turbulence, nonequilibrium concentrations of radical species formed in the cavity and mixing with the premixed main stream under density variations due to heat release rate and compressibility effects is quantified. The mechanism for flame stabilization is quantified in terms of relevant non-dimensional parameters, and detailed analysis of the flame and turbulence structure will be presented. We acknowledge the sponsorship of the AFOSR-NSF Joint Effort on Turbulent Combustion Model Assumptions and the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences.

  6. Color stability and polymerization behavior of direct esthetic restorations.

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    Oliveira, Dayane Carvalho Ramos Salles de; Souza-Júnior, Eduardo José; Prieto, Lúcia Trazzi; Coppini, Erick Kamiya; Maia, Rodrigo Rocha; Paulillo, Luís Alexandre Maffei Sartini

    2014-01-01

    The current study evaluated the effect of accelerated artificial aging (AAA) on the color stability (CS) and degree of conversion (DC) of nanofilled and nanohybrid resin composites associated to different adhesive systems in direct esthetic restorations. Eighty bovine incisors were used to obtained dentin blocks (4 × 4 × 1 mm). The restorative systems were bonded to the blocks and photoactivated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Three adhesive systems were used: Adper Scotchbond Multi-Purpose (conventional of three steps), Tetric N-Bond (conventional of two steps) and ClearFill SE Bond (self-etching). Also, two composites were used: Filtek Z350 XT (nanofilled) and IPS Empress Direct (nanohybrid). The restorations were made using a silicone mold placed on top of the prepared dentin blocks (N = 10). CS was measured after 300 hours of AAA by means of ultraviolet light using a spectrophotometer and CIE L*a*b* parameters on the top surface of the composite and at the bonded interface. The DC was performed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (N = 10). Data were analyzed using two-way analysis of variance and Tukey's test (α = 0.05). The adhesive systems had no significant influence on the color stability (ΔE) of either the restoration surface (α = 0.90) or the bonded interface (α = 0.78). However, composite influenced the color as measured by ΔE and isolated coordinates (α < 0.001). The nanohybrid composite showed increased DC values (67%) compared with the nanofilled (61%) with statistically significant differences (α < 0.001). The adhesive system did not affect the final color of direct esthetic restorations. The nanohybrid composite demonstrated a higher DC and increased color stability after AAA compared to the nanofilled composite. The long-term color stability of composite restorations is a critical aspect of esthetic restorative procedures. Optimal Polymerization behavior of resin composite as

  7. Ultraviolet photolysis of HCHO: absolute HCO quantum yields by direct detection of the HCO radical photoproduct.

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    Carbajo, Paula Gorrotxategi; Smith, Shona C; Holloway, Anne-Louise; Smith, Carina A; Pope, Francis D; Shallcross, Dudley E; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J

    2008-12-04

    Absolute quantum yields for the radical (H + HCO) channel of HCHO photolysis, Phi(HCO), have been measured for the tropospherically relevant range of wavelengths (lambda) between 300 and 330 nm. The HCO photoproduct was directly detected by using a custom-built, combined ultra-violet (UV) absorption and cavity ring down (CRD) detection spectrometer. This instrument was previously employed for high-resolution (spectral resolution approximately 0.0035 nm) measurements of absorption cross-sections of HCHO, sigma(HCHO)(lambda), and relative HCO quantum yields. Absolute Phi(HCO) values were measured at seven wavelengths, lambda = 303.70, 305.13, 308.87, 314.31, 320.67, 325.59, and 329.51 nm, using an independent calibration technique based on the simultaneous UV photolysis of HCHO and Cl(2). These Phi(HCO) measurements display greater variability as a function of wavelength than the current NASA-JPL recommendations for Phi(HCO). The absolute Phi(HCO)(lambda) determinations and previously measured sigma(HCHO)(lambda) were used to scale an extensive set of relative HCO yield measurements. The outcome of this procedure is a full suite of data for the product of the absolute radical quantum yield and HCHO absorption cross-section, Phi(HCO)(lambda)sigma(HCHO)(lambda), at wavelengths from 302.6 to 331.0 nm with a wavelength resolution of 0.005 nm. This product of photochemical parameters is combined with high-resolution solar photon flux data to calculate the integrated photolysis rate of HCHO to the radical (H + HCO) channel, J(HCO). Comparison with the latest NASA-JPL recommendations, reported at 1 nm wavelength resolution, suggests an increased J(HCO) of 25% at 0 degrees solar zenith angle (SZA) increasing to 33% at high SZA (80 degrees). The differences in the calculated photolysis rate compared with the current HCHO data arise, in part, from the higher wavelength resolution of the current data set and highlight the importance of using high-resolution spectroscopic

  8. Melt flow effect on interface stability during directional solidification

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    Fedorov, O. P.; Mashkovskiy, A. G.

    2015-03-01

    In the framework of the phenomenological macroscopic continuum theory using the approximation of a flat frontier layer the stability of solid-liquid interface at the directional solidification under melt motion along the interface is studied. The stability conditions are reduced to determination of eigenvalues of boundary value problem for infinitesimal disturbances of stationary process. In case of stagnant melt it is shown that in the plane "wave number-pulling rate" there are two areas of instability for low and large pulling rates divided by the area of steady-steady growth. Neutral stability curve calculated for rather large pulling rates for succinonitrile-acetone (SCN-Ac) system is close to the relevant values received by Mullins and Sekerka, while the absolute values of critical growth rates are of the same order of magnitude as the experimental ones. Melt flow along the interface leads to emergence of the third area of instability which is characterized by small values of wave numbers. When increasing the melt flow rate the area of instability extends towards great values of wave numbers.

  9. Oligotriarylamines with a pyrene core: a multicenter strategy for enhancing radical cation and dication stability and tuning spin distribution.

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    Nie, Hai-Jing; Yao, Chang-Jiang; Shao, Jiang-Yang; Yao, Jiannian; Zhong, Yu-Wu

    2014-12-22

    Monoamine 1, diamines 2-4, triamine 5, and tetraamine 6 have been synthesized by substituting dianisylamino groups at the 1-, 3-, 6-, and/or 8-positions of pyrene. Diamines 2-4 differ in the positions of the amine substituents. No pyrene-pyrene interactions are evident in the single-crystal packing of 3, 4, and 6. With increasing numbers of amine substituents, the first oxidation potential decreases progressively from the mono- to the tetraamine. These compounds show intense charge-transfer (CT) emission in CH2 Cl2 at around 530 nm with quantum yields of 48-68 %. Upon stepwise oxidation by electrolysis or chemical oxidation, these compounds were transformed into radical cations 1(⋅+) -6(⋅+) and dications 2(2+) -6(2+) , which feature strong visible and near-infrared absorptions. Time-dependent density functional theory studies suggested the presence of localized transitions from the pyrene radical cation and aminium radical cation, intervalence CT, and CT between the pyrene and amine moieties. Spectroscopic studies indicated that these radical cations and dications have good stability. Triamine 5 and tetraamine 6 formed efficient CT complexes with tetracyanoquinodimethane in solution. The results of EPR spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations suggested that the dications 2(2+) -4(2+) have a triplet ground state, whereas 5(2+) and 6(2+) have a singlet ground state. The dication of 1,3-disubstituted diamine 4 exhibits a strong EPR signal. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Carotenoid stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles derived from the Actinomycete Gordonia amicalis HS-11 as effective free radical scavengers.

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    Sowani, Harshada; Mohite, Pallavi; Damale, Shailesh; Kulkarni, Mohan; Zinjarde, Smita

    2016-12-01

    The Actinomycete Gordonia amicalis HS-11 produced orange pigments when cultivated on n-hexadecane as the sole carbon source. When cells of this pigmented bacterium were incubated with 1mM chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) or silver nitrate (AgNO3), pH 9.0, at 25°C, gold and silver nanoparticles, respectively, were obtained in a cell associated manner. It was hypothesized that the pigments present in the cells may be mediating metal reduction reactions. After solvent extraction and High Performance Liquid Chromatography, two major pigments displaying UV-vis spectra characteristic of carotenoids were isolated. These were identified on the basis of Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (APCI-MS) in the positive mode as 1'-OH-4-keto-γ-carotene (Carotenoid K) and 1'-OH-γ-carotene (Carotenoid B). The hydroxyl groups present in the carotenoids were eliminated under alkaline conditions and provided the reducing equivalents necessary for synthesizing nanoparticles. Cell associated and carotenoid stabilized nanoparticles were characterized by different analytical techniques. In vitro free radical scavenging activities of cells (control, gold and silver nanoparticle loaded), purified carotenoids and carotenoid stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles were evaluated. Silver nanoparticle loaded cells and carotenoid stabilized silver nanoparticles exhibited improved nitric oxide (NO) and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging activities compared to their control and gold counterparts. This paper thus reports cell associated nanoparticle synthesis by G. amicalis, describes for the first time the role of carotenoid pigments in metal reduction processes and demonstrates enhanced free radical scavenging activities of the carotenoid stabilized nanoparticles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Beer thiol-containing compounds and redox stability: kinetic study of 1-hydroxyethyl radical scavenging ability.

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    de Almeida, Natália E C; Lund, Marianne N; Andersen, Mogens L; Cardoso, Daniel R

    2013-10-02

    The 1-hydroxyethyl radical is a central intermediate in oxidative reactions occurring in beer. The reactivity of thiol-containing compounds toward 1-hydroxyethyl radical was evaluated in beer model solutions using a competitive kinetic approach, employing the spin-trap 4-POBN as a probe and by using electron paramagnetic resonance to detect the generated 1-hydroxyethyl/4-POBN spin adduct. Thiol-containing compounds were highly reactive toward the 1-hydroxyethyl radical with apparent second-order rate constants close to the diffusion limit in water and ranging from 0.5 × 10⁹ L mol⁻¹ s⁻¹ for the His-Cys-Lys-Phe-Trp-Trp peptide to 6.1 × 10⁹ L mol⁻¹ s⁻¹ for the reduced lipid transfer protein 1 (LTP1) isolated from beer. The reactions gave rise to a moderate kinetic isotope effect (k(H)/k(D) = 2.3) suggesting that reduction of the 1-hydroxyethyl radical by thiol-containing compounds takes place by hydrogen atom abstraction from the RSH group rather than electron transfer. The content of reduced thiols in different beers was determined using a previously established method based on ThioGlo-1 as the thiol derivatization reagent and detection of the derivatized thiols by reverse-phase liquid chromatography coupled to a fluorescence detector. The total level of thiol in beer (oxidized and reduced) was determined after a reduction step employing 3,3',3″-phosphanetriyltripropanoic acid (TCEP) as the disulfide reductant. A good correlation among total protein and total thiol content in different beers was observed. The results suggest a similar ratio between reduced thiols and disulfides in all of the tested beers, which indicates a similar redox state.

  12. Human Cryptochrome-1 Confers Light Independent Biological Activity in Transgenic Drosophila Correlated with Flavin Radical Stability

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    Vieira, Jacqueline; Jones, Alex R.; Danon, Antoine; Sakuma, Michiyo; Hoang, Nathalie; Robles, David; Tait, Shirley; Heyes, Derren J.; Picot, Marie; Yoshii, Taishi; Helfrich-Förster, Charlotte; Soubigou, Guillaume; Coppee, Jean-Yves; Klarsfeld, André; Rouyer, Francois; Scrutton, Nigel S.; Ahmad, Margaret

    2012-01-01

    Cryptochromes are conserved flavoprotein receptors found throughout the biological kingdom with diversified roles in plant development and entrainment of the circadian clock in animals. Light perception is proposed to occur through flavin radical formation that correlates with biological activity in vivo in both plants and Drosophila. By contrast, mammalian (Type II) cryptochromes regulate the circadian clock independently of light, raising the fundamental question of whether mammalian cryptochromes have evolved entirely distinct signaling mechanisms. Here we show by developmental and transcriptome analysis that Homo sapiens cryptochrome - 1 (HsCRY1) confers biological activity in transgenic expressing Drosophila in darkness, that can in some cases be further stimulated by light. In contrast to all other cryptochromes, purified recombinant HsCRY1 protein was stably isolated in the anionic radical flavin state, containing only a small proportion of oxidized flavin which could be reduced by illumination. We conclude that animal Type I and Type II cryptochromes may both have signaling mechanisms involving formation of a flavin radical signaling state, and that light independent activity of Type II cryptochromes is a consequence of dark accumulation of this redox form in vivo rather than of a fundamental difference in signaling mechanism. PMID:22427812

  13. Direct observation of photodissociation products from phenylperoxyl radicals isolated in the gas phase.

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    Maccarone, Alan T; Kirk, Benjamin B; Hansen, Christopher S; Griffiths, Thomas M; Olsen, Seth; Trevitt, Adam J; Blanksby, Stephen J

    2013-06-19

    Gas phase peroxyl radicals are central to our chemical understanding of combustion and atmospheric processes and are typically characterized by strong absorption in the UV (λ(max) ≈ 240 nm). The analogous maximum absorption feature for arylperoxyl radicals is predicted to shift to the visible but has not previously been characterized nor have any photoproducts arising from this transition been identified. Here we describe the controlled synthesis and isolation in vacuo of an array of charge-substituted phenylperoxyl radicals at room temperature, including the 4-(N,N,N-trimethylammonium)methyl phenylperoxyl radical cation (4-Me3N([+])CH2-C6H4OO(•)), using linear ion-trap mass spectrometry. Photodissociation mass spectra obtained at wavelengths ranging from 310 to 500 nm reveal two major photoproduct channels corresponding to homolysis of aryl-OO and arylO-O bonds resulting in loss of O2 and O, respectively. Combining the photodissociation yields across this spectral window produces a broad (FWHM ≈ 60 nm) but clearly resolved feature centered at λ(max) = 403 nm (3.08 eV). The influence of the charge-tag identity and its proximity to the radical site are investigated and demonstrate no effect on the identity of the two dominant photoproduct channels. Electronic structure calculations have located the vertical B ← X transition of these substituted phenylperoxyl radicals within the experimental uncertainty and further predict the analogous transition for unsubstituted phenylperoxyl radical (C6H5OO(•)) to be 457 nm (2.71 eV), nearly 45 nm shorter than previous estimates and in good agreement with recent computational values.

  14. Direct evidence for destruction of polychlorobiphenyls by OH radicals in the subtropical troposphere.

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    Mandalakis, Manolis; Berresheim, Harald; Stephanou, Euripides G

    2003-02-01

    Although laboratory studies have indicated that OH radicals readily oxidize polychorobiphenyls (PCBs) in the gas-phase, this mechanism has never been positively demonstrated under real atmospheric conditions. By applying elaborated sampling and analytical techniques we achieved for the first time simultaneously a field study of the diurnal atmospheric cycle of OH radical and PCBs in a remote site of eastern Mediterranean. In all cases, the concentration of sigmaPCB (sum of 27 congeners) showed a characteristic depletion during daytime, while the concentration of OH radicals was at the maximum levels. By assuming that the depletion of PCBs was caused solely by the destruction from OH radicals, PCB-OH rate constants (KOH) of different PCB congeners were determined from field data by applying the relative rate method. Our field-determined KOH values were notably coherent with those previously measured in laboratory experiments. In all measurement periods, the KOH values consistently decreased in sequence for those compounds showing an increasing degree of chlorination on the biphenyl group. By taking into account KOH values and latitude-dependent concentration of OH radicals, it was estimated that, near to tropical and subtropical regions, the atmospheric lifetimes of PCBs 8 and 110 should be substantially low (10 and 20 days, respectively). A significant fraction of PCBs should be destroyed during their residence over tropical/subtropical regions, due to the intensive destruction by OH.

  15. Factors affecting the stability and equilibria of free radicals. XIII. N-alkoxy- and N-aralkoxypicrylamines and ESR spectra of the corresponding capto-dative persistent aminyls

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    Stanciuc, Gabriela; Caproiu, M. Teodor; Caragheorgheopol, Agneta; Caldararu, Horia; Balaban, Alexandru T.; Walter, Robert I.

    Five O-alkylhydroxylamines and three aralkylhydroxylamines have been picrylated to give O-alkyl- N-picrylhydroxylamines. These were converted to the corresponding N-(ar)alkoxy-picryl-aminyl radicals in toluene solution, and the ESR spectra were recorded. Simulations of the spectra with reasonable parameters and g values confirm the expected radical structures. Hyperfine coupling constants for nuclei in the picryl (acceptor) ring are smaller than those for the (ar)alkoxy group. This indication of competitive electron pair delocalization to the picryl ring, together with the long lifetimes of these radicals (compared with the symmetrically substituted diphenylaminyls), both support the concept of captodative stabilization.

  16. EPR and DFT study on the stabilization of radiation-generated methyl radicals in dehydrated Na-A zeolite.

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    Danilczuk, Marek; Pogocki, Dariusz; Lund, Anders; Michalik, Jacek

    2006-12-07

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was applied to study paramagnetic species stabilized in Na-A zeolite exposed to gaseous methane and gamma-irradiated at 77 K. Two types of EPR spectra were recorded during thermal annealing of zeolite up to room temperature. Owing to the results for the zeolite exposed to (13)CH(4) the multiplet observed at 110 K was assigned to a (.-)CH(3)...Na(+) complex. After decay of the multiplet, the isotropic quartet of methyl radical was recorded in the temperature range of 170-280 K. On the basis of the EPR parameters it is postulated that (.-)CH(3) radicals in this temperature region are able to freely rotate inside the zeolite cage. The structures of the (.-)CH(3)...Na(+) adsorption complex and respective hyperfine coupling constants were calculated by applying DFT quantum chemical methods. Two different models were applied to represent the zeolite framework: the 6T structure of one six-membered ring and the 3T cluster. The hyperfine coupling constants calculated for the (.-)CH(3)...Na(+) adsorption complex for both applied models show very good agreement with those obtained experimentally.

  17. Isolation and characterization of charge-tagged phenylperoxyl radicals in the gas phase: direct evidence for products and pathways in low temperature benzene oxidation.

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    Kirk, Benjamin B; Harman, David G; Kenttämaa, Hilkka I; Trevitt, Adam J; Blanksby, Stephen J

    2012-12-28

    The phenylperoxyl radical has long been accepted as a critical intermediate in the oxidation of benzene and an archetype for arylperoxyl radicals in combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Despite being central to many contemporary mechanisms underpinning these chemistries, reports of the direct detection or isolation of phenylperoxyl radicals are rare and there is little experimental evidence connecting this intermediate with expected product channels. We have prepared and isolated two charge-tagged phenyl radical models in the gas phase [i.e., 4-(N,N,N-trimethylammonium)phenyl radical cation and 4-carboxylatophenyl radical anion] and observed their reactions with dioxygen by ion-trap mass spectrometry. Measured reaction rates show good agreement with prior reports for the neutral system (k(2)[(Me(3)N(+))C(6)H(4)˙ + O(2)] = 2.8 × 10(-11) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1), Φ = 4.9%; k(2)[((-)O(2)C)C(6)H(4)˙ + O(2)] = 5.4 × 10(-11) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1), Φ = 9.2%) and the resulting mass spectra provide unequivocal evidence for the formation of phenylperoxyl radicals. Collisional activation of isolated phenylperoxyl radicals reveals unimolecular decomposition by three pathways: (i) loss of dioxygen to reform the initial phenyl radical; (ii) loss of atomic oxygen yielding a phenoxyl radical; and (iii) ejection of the formyl radical to give cyclopentadienone. Stable isotope labeling confirms these assignments. Quantum chemical calculations for both charge-tagged and neutral phenylperoxyl radicals confirm that loss of formyl radical is accessible both thermodynamically and entropically and competitive with direct loss of both hydrogen atom and carbon dioxide.

  18. Intensity-dependent direct solar radiation- and UVA-induced radical damage to human skin and DNA, lipids and proteins.

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    Haywood, Rachel; Andrady, Carima; Kassouf, Nick; Sheppard, Nick

    2011-01-01

    Skin can be exposed to high-intensity UV-radiation in hot countries and during sunbed use; however, the free-radical damage at these intensities is unknown. We used electron spin resonance spectroscopy to measure free-radical generation in ex vivo human skin/substitutes +/- the spin-trap 5,5 dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO) exposed to solar-irradiation equivalent to Mediterranean sunlight. Skin-substitutes, model DNA-photosensitizer systems, lipids and proteins were also irradiated with low-intensity UVA/visible light. Without DMPO a broad singlet was detected (using both irradiations) in skin/substitutes, nail-keratin, tendon-collagen, phospholipid and DNA+melanin or riboflavin. In addition to lipid-derived (tentatively tert-alkoxyl/acyl-) and protein radicals detected with DMPO at lower intensities, isotropic carbon-, additional oxygen- and hydrogen-adducts were detected in solar-irradiated skin/substitutes at higher intensities. Carbon-adducts were detected in UVA-irradiated human skin cells, DNA+melanin or riboflavin and soybean-phospholipid. Anisotropic protein-adducts, comparable to adducts in solar-irradiated tendon-collagen, were absent in UVA-irradiated skin fibroblasts suggesting the trapping of extracellular collagen radicals. Absence of hydrogen-adducts in fibroblasts implies formation in the extracellular compartment. We conclude damage at high intensities is part cellular (carbon- and oxygen-radicals) and part extracellular (protein- and hydrogen/H(+)+e(-) ), and skin substitutes are suitable for sunscreen testing. While UVA absorption and lipid-oxidation is direct, DNA and protein-oxidation require photosensitisation.

  19. Direct ab initio dynamics studies of the hydrogen abstraction reactions of hydrogen atom with n-propyl radical and isopropyl radical.

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    Li, Qian Shu; Zhang, Yue; Zhang, Shaowen

    2005-02-01

    The kinetics of the hydrogen abstraction reactions of hydrogen atom with n-propyl radical and isopropyl radical were studied using the direct ab initio dynamics approach. BHandHLYP/cc-pVDZ method was employed to optimize the geometries of stationary points as well as the points on the minimum energy path (MEP). The energies of all the points for the two reactions were further refined at the QCISD(T)/cc-pVTZ level of theory. No barrier was found at the QCISD(T)/cc-pVTZ//BHandHLYP/cc-pVDZ level of theory for both reactions. The forward and reverse rate constants were evaluated with both canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) and microcanonical variational transition state theory (mu VT) in the temperature range of 300-2,500 K. The fitted three-parameter Arrhenius expression of the calculated CVT rate constants at the QCISD(T)/cc-pVTZ//BHandHLYP/cc-pVDZ level of theory are k(CVT) (n-C3H7) = 1.68 x 10(-14) T(0.84) e((319.5/T)) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1) and k(CVT) (iso-C3H7)=4.99 x 10(-14) T(0.90) e((159.5/T)) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1) for reactions of n-C3H7 + H and iso-C3H7 + H, respectively, which are in good agreement with available literature data. The variational effects were analysed.

  20. Efficient radical cation stabilization of PANI-ZnO and PANI-ZnO-GO composites and its optical activity

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    Mathavan, T. Divya, A.; Benial, A. Milton Franklin; Archana, J.; Ramasubbu, A.; Jothirajan, M. A.

    2016-05-23

    Polyaniline (PANI) and its composites PANI-ZnO (Zinc oxide) and PANI-ZnO-GO (Graphene oxide) were successfully constructed. These materials were characterized by electron spin resonance (ESR) technique and ultraviolet visible spectrometry. The parameters such as line width, g-factor and spin concentration were deduced from ESR spectra, from the results the radical cation stabilization of PANI, PANI-ZnO and PANI-ZnO-GO composites were compared by the polaron and bipolaron formation. The absorption features obtained in the UV absorption spectra reveal the band gap of these modified PANI composites and also predicted the information of increasing and decreasing features of signal intensity and spin concentration.

  1. Efficient radical cation stabilization of PANI-ZnO and PANI-ZnO-GO composites and its optical activity

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    Mathavan, T.; Divya, A.; Archana, J.; Ramasubbu, A.; Benial, A. Milton Franklin; Jothirajan, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) and its composites PANI-ZnO (Zinc oxide) and PANI-ZnO-GO (Graphene oxide) were successfully constructed. These materials were characterized by electron spin resonance (ESR) technique and ultraviolet visible spectrometry. The parameters such as line width, g-factor and spin concentration were deduced from ESR spectra, from the results the radical cation stabilization of PANI, PANI-ZnO and PANI-ZnO-GO composites were compared by the polaron and bipolaron formation. The absorption features obtained in the UV absorption spectra reveal the band gap of these modified PANI composites and also predicted the information of increasing and decreasing features of signal intensity and spin concentration.

  2. New insights into the aquatic photochemistry of fluoroquinolone antibiotics: Direct photodegradation, hydroxyl-radical oxidation, and antibacterial activity changes.

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    Ge, Linke; Na, Guangshui; Zhang, Siyu; Li, Kai; Zhang, Peng; Ren, Honglei; Yao, Ziwei

    2015-09-15

    The ubiquity and photoreactivity of fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQs) in surface waters urge new insights into their aqueous photochemical behavior. This study concerns the photochemistry of 6 FQs: ciprofloxacin, danofloxacin, levofloxacin, sarafloxacin, difloxacin and enrofloxacin. Methods were developed to calculate their solar direct photodegradation half-lives (td,E) and hydroxyl-radical oxidation half-lives (tOH,E) in sunlit surface waters. The td,E values range from 0.56 min to 28.8 min at 45° N latitude, whereas tOH,E ranges from 3.24h to 33.6h, suggesting that most FQs tend to undergo fast direct photolysis rather than hydroxyl-radical oxidation in surface waters. However, a case study for levofloxacin and sarafloxacin indicated that the hydroxyl-radical oxidation induced risky photochlorination and resulted in multi-degradation pathways, such as piperazinyl hydroxylation and clearage. Changes in the antibacterial activity of FQs caused by photodegradation in various waters were further examined using Escherichia coli, and it was found that the activity evolution depended on primary photodegradation pathways and products. Primary intermediates with intact FQ nuclei retained significant antibacterial activity. These results are important for assessing the fate and risk of FQs in surface waters. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Tuning the Reactivity of Radical through a Triplet Diradical Cu(II) Intermediate in Radical Oxidative Cross-Coupling

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    Zhou, Liangliang; Yi, Hong; Zhu, Lei; Qi, Xiaotian; Jiang, Hanpeng; Liu, Chao; Feng, Yuqi; Lan, Yu; Lei, Aiwen

    2015-01-01

    Highly selective radical/radical cross-coupling is paid more attention in bond formations. However, due to their intrinsic active properties, radical species are apt to achieve homo-coupling instead of cross-coupling, which makes the selective cross-coupling as a great challenge and almost untouched. Herein a notable strategy to accomplish direct radical/radical oxidative cross-coupling has been demonstrated, that is metal tuning a transient radical to a persistent radical intermediate followed by coupling with another transient radical. Here, a transient nitrogen-centered radical is tuned to a persistent radical complex by copper catalyst, followed by coupling with a transient allylic carbon-centered radical. Firstly, nitrogen-centered radical generated from N-methoxybenzamide stabilized by copper catalyst was successfully observed by EPR. Then DFT calculations revealed that a triplet diradical Cu(II) complex formed from the chelation N-methoxybenzamide nitrogen-centered radical to Cu(II) is a persistent radical species. Moreover, conceivable nitrogen-centered radical Cu(II) complex was observed by high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Ultimately, various allylic amides derivatives were obtained in good yields by adopting this strategy, which might inspire a novel and promising landscape in radical chemistry. PMID:26525888

  4. Direct identification of propargyl radical in combustion flames by vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometry.

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    Zhang, T; Tang, X N; Lau, K-C; Ng, C Y; Nicolas, C; Peterka, D S; Ahmed, M; Morton, Melita L; Ruscic, Branko; Yang, R; Wei, L X; Huang, C Q; Yang, B; Wang, J; Sheng, L S; Zhang, Y W; Qi, F

    2006-02-21

    We have developed an effusive laser photodissociation radical source, aiming for the production of vibrationally relaxed radicals. Employing this radical source, we have measured the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectrum of the propargyl radical (C(3)H(3)) formed by the 193 nm excimer laser photodissociation of propargyl chloride in the energy range of 8.5-9.9 eV using high-resolution (energy bandwidth = 1 meV) multibunch synchrotron radiation. The VUV-PIE spectrum of C(3)H(3) thus obtained is found to exhibit pronounced autoionization features, which are tentatively assigned as members of two vibrational progressions of C(3)H(3) in excited autoionizing Rydberg states. The ionization energy (IE = 8.674 +/- 0.001 eV) of C(3)H(3) determined by a small steplike feature resolved at the photoionization onset of the VUV-PIE spectrum is in excellent agreement with the IE value reported in a previous pulsed field ionization-photoelectron study. We have also calculated the Franck-Condon factors (FCFs) for the photoionization transitions C(3)H(3) (+)(X;nu(i),i = 1-12)<--C(3)H(3)(X). The comparison between the pattern of FCFs and the autoionization peaks resolved in the VUV-PIE spectrum of C(3)H(3) points to the conclusion that the resonance-enhanced autoionization mechanism is most likely responsible for the observation of pronounced autoionization features. We also present here the VUV-PIE spectra for the mass 39 ions observed in the VUV synchrotron-based photoionization mass spectrometric sampling of several premixed flames. The excellent agreement of the IE value and the pattern of autoionizing features of the VUV-PIE spectra observed in the photodissociation and flames studies has provided an unambiguous identification of the propargyl radical as an important intermediate in the premixed combustion flames. The discrepancy found between the PIE spectra obtained in flames and photodissociation at energies above the IE(C(3)H(3)) suggests that

  5. USP7 controls Chk1 protein stability by direct deubiquitination.

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    Alonso-de Vega, Ignacio; Martín, Yusé; Smits, Veronique A J

    2014-01-01

    Chk1, an essential checkpoint kinase in the DNA damage response pathway (DDR), is tightly regulated by both ATR-dependent phosphorylation and proteasome-mediated degradation. Here we identify ubiquitin hydrolase USP7 as a novel regulator of Chk1 protein stability. USP7 was shown before to regulate other DDR proteins such as p53, Hdm2 and Claspin, an adaptor protein in the ATR-Chk1 pathway required for Chk1 activation. Depletion or inhibition of USP7 leads to lower Chk1 levels. The decreased Chk1 protein after USP7 knock down cannot be rescued by simultaneously elevating Claspin levels, demonstrating that the effect of USP7 on Chk1 is independent of its known effect on Claspin. Conversely, overexpression of USP7 wild type, but not a catalytic mutant version, elevates Chk1 levels and increases the half-life of Chk1 protein. Importantly, wild type, but not catalytic mutant USP7 can deubiquitinate Chk1 in vivo and in vitro, confirming that USP7 directly regulates Chk1 protein levels. Finally we show that USP7 catalytic mutant is (mono-)ubiquitinated, which suggests auto-deubiquitination by this ubiquitin hydrolase, possibly important for its regulation.

  6. Engineering a horseradish peroxidase C stable to radical attacks by mutating multiple radical coupling sites.

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    Kim, Su Jin; Joo, Jeong Chan; Song, Bong Keun; Yoo, Young Je; Kim, Yong Hwan

    2015-04-01

    Peroxidases have great potential as industrial biocatalysts. In particular, the oxidative polymerization of phenolic compounds catalyzed by peroxidases has been extensively examined because of the advantage of this method over other conventional chemical methods. However, the industrial application of peroxidases is often limited because of their rapid inactivation by phenoxyl radicals during oxidative polymerization. In this work, we report a novel protein engineering approach to improve the radical stability of horseradish peroxidase isozyme C (HRPC). Phenylalanine residues that are vulnerable to modification by the phenoxyl radicals were identified using mass spectrometry analysis. UV-Vis and CD spectra showed that radical coupling did not change the secondary structure or the active site of HRPC. Four phenylalanine (Phe) residues (F68, F142, F143, and F179) were each mutated to alanine residues to generate single mutants to examine the role of these sites in radical coupling. Despite marginal improvement of radical stability, each single mutant still exhibited rapid radical inactivation. To further reduce inactivation by radical coupling, the four substitution mutations were combined in F68A/F142A/F143A/F179A. This mutant demonstrated dramatic enhancement of radical stability by retaining 41% of its initial activity compared to the wild-type, which was completely inactivated. Structure and sequence alignment revealed that radical-vulnerable Phe residues of HPRC are conserved in homologous peroxidases, which showed the same rapid inactivation tendency as HRPC. Based on our site-directed mutagenesis and biochemical characterization, we have shown that engineering radical-vulnerable residues to eliminate multiple radical coupling can be a good strategy to improve the stability of peroxidases against radical attack. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Stability of stationary barotropic modons by Lyapunov's direct method

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    Sakuma, H.; Ghil, M.

    1990-01-01

    A new Liapunov stability condition is formulated for the shallow-water equations, using a gage-variable formalism. This sufficient condition is derived for the class of perturbations that conserve the total mass. It is weaker than existing stability criteria, i.e., it applies to a wider class of flows. Formal stability to infinitesimally small perturbations of arbitrary shape is obtained for two classes of large-scale geophysical flows: pseudo-eastward flow with constant shear, and localized coherent structures of modon type.

  8. Stabilization and isomerization of radical cations generated by fast electron irradiation of unsaturated organic molecules in a solid argon matrix

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    Feldman, V. I.; Sukhov, F. F.; Orlov, A. Yu.; Tyulpina, I. V.; Ivanchenko, V. K.

    2006-01-01

    Matrix isolation EPR spectroscopy was used to study the fate of "hot" unsaturated radical cations produced by fast electron irradiation in solid argon. It was found that the radical cations of cis-2-butene, trans-2-butene and ethyl vinyl ether resulting from highly exothermic hole transfer (excess energy>6 eV) underwent effective relaxation in an argon matrix. 1-Butene radical cation exhibits isomerization to cis-2-butene radical cation. The role of molecular structure of organic radical cations in excess energy relaxation is discussed.

  9. Direct Measurement of the Radiative Lifetime of Vibrationally Excited OH Radicals

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    Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y.T. van de; Vanhaecke, Nicolas; Meijer, Gerard; Loo, Mark P.J. van der; Groenenboom, Gerrit C.

    2005-07-01

    Neutral molecules, isolated in the gas phase, can be prepared in a long-lived excited state and stored in a trap. The long observation time afforded by the trap can then be exploited to measure the radiative lifetime of this state by monitoring the temporal decay of the population in the trap. This method is demonstrated here and used to benchmark the Einstein A coefficients in the Meinel system of OH. A pulsed beam of vibrationally excited OH radicals is Stark decelerated and loaded into an electrostatic quadrupole trap. The radiative lifetime of the upper {lambda}-doublet component of the X {sup 2}{pi}{sub 3/2}, v=1, J=3/2 level is determined as 59.0{+-}2.0 ms, in good agreement with the calculated value of 58.0{+-}1.0 ms.

  10. 14 CFR 23.233 - Directional stability and control.

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    2012-01-01

    ...-component of wind velocity, demonstrated to be safe for taxiing, takeoff, and landing must be established... stability and control for water operations up to the maximum wind velocity specified in paragraph (a) of...

  11. 14 CFR 27.177 - Static directional stability.

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    2013-01-01

    ... of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion... sideslip angle versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of...

  12. 14 CFR 27.177 - Static directional stability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion... sideslip angle versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of...

  13. 14 CFR 27.177 - Static directional stability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion... sideslip angle versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of...

  14. 14 CFR 29.177 - Static directional stability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... and direction of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion with throttle and collective controls held constant at the trim conditions specified in... versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of angles around...

  15. 14 CFR 29.177 - Static directional stability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... and direction of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion with throttle and collective controls held constant at the trim conditions specified in... versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of angles around...

  16. 14 CFR 29.177 - Static directional stability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... and direction of motion of the rotorcraft following control displacement are in the direction of the pedal motion with throttle and collective controls held constant at the trim conditions specified in... versus directional control position curve may have a negative slope within a small range of angles around...

  17. Direct Observation of Entropic Stabilization of bcc Crystals Near Melting

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    Sprakel, Joris; Zaccone, Alessio; Spaepen, Frans; Schall, Peter; Weitz, David A.

    2017-02-01

    Crystals with low latent heat are predicted to melt from an entropically stabilized body-centered cubic symmetry. At this weakly first-order transition, strongly correlated fluctuations are expected to emerge, which could change the nature of the transition. Here we show how large fluctuations stabilize bcc crystals formed from charged colloids, giving rise to strongly power-law correlated heterogeneous dynamics. Moreover, we find that significant nonaffine particle displacements lead to a vanishing of the nonaffine shear modulus at the transition. We interpret these observations by reformulating the Born-Huang theory to account for nonaffinity, illustrating a scenario of ordered solids reaching a state where classical lattice dynamics fail.

  18. On the Electronic Spectroscopy of Closed Shell Cations Derived from Resonance Stabilized Radicals: Insights from Theory and Franck-Condon Analysis

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    Troy, Tyler P.; Kable, Scott H.; Schmidt, Timothy W.; Reid, Scott A.

    2012-06-01

    Recent attention has been directed on closed shell aromatic cations as potential carriers of the diffuse interstellar bands. The spectra of mass-selected, matrix-isolated benzylium and tropylium cations were recently reported [Nagy, A., Fulara, J., Garkusha, I. and Maier, J. P. (2011), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50: 3022-3025]. The benzylium spectrum shows an extended progression in a low frequency (510 cm-1) ring distortion mode. Modeling of the benzylium spectrum using (TD)DFT and MCSCF-PT2 methods in concert with multidimensional Franck-Condon (FC) analysis is found to yield excellent agreement with the experimental spectrum. We extended this analysis to larger (2 and 3 ring) PAH cations derived from resonance stabilized radicals, which are predicted to show strong S0 → Sn transitions in the visible region. The FC progression is significantly quenched in the larger species, and our results for 1-napthylmethylium are in excellent agreement with very recent experiments [Nagy, A., Fulara, J., and Maier, J. P. (2011), J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 19796]. Since carriers of the DIBs should exhibit spectra dominated by a single vibronic transition, our results demonstrate that closed-shell cations may present spectra with the required properties. Furthermore, the calculated ionization energies of a range of CSCs were found to be in the 13-14 eV range, consistent with variations in behaviour of the DIB carriers with respect to various astrophysical environments.

  19. Effect of hydrogen pressure on free radicals in direct coal liquefaction/coprocessing

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

    1995-12-31

    The objective of this study was to investigate the coprocessing of coal with waste tires and commingled plastics and to characterize the relevant catalysts, using high pressure/high temperature in-situ ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) spectroscopy. The recent results from high pressure ESR spectroscopy are emphasized. During this period, considerable progress was made in developing the high pressure capabilities in in-situ ESR spectroscopy and new results carried out in 1000 psi of H{sub 2}gas are presented. In these experiments, sapphire tubes were used to contain the high pressures at temperatures up to 500{degrees}C. Results of the experiments carried out under 1000 psi of H{sub 2} are compared with those under 1000 psi of non-interacting argon and with the earlier experiments in flowing H{sub 2} gas where the volatiles are removed by the flowing gas. In these experiments, the free radical density N of the Blind Canyon coal was measured at each temperature and pressure by double integration of the ESR signal and calibrating it against a standard. The details of the experimental apparatus and procedures have been described in earlier publications.

  20. The production mechanisms of OH radicals in a pulsed direct current plasma jet

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    Liu, X. Y.; Pei, X. K.; Lu, X. P.; Liu, D. W.; Ostrikov, K.

    2014-09-15

    The production mechanism of OH radicals in a pulsed DC plasma jet is studied by a two-dimensional (2-D) plasma jet model and a one-dimensional (1-D) discharge model. For the plasma jet in the open air, electron-impact dissociation of H{sub 2}O, electron neutralization of H{sub 2}O{sup +}, as well as dissociation of H{sub 2}O by O(1D) are found to be the main reactions to generate the OH species. The contribution of the dissociation of H{sub 2}O by electron is more than the others. The additions of N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, air, and H{sub 2}O into the working gas increase the OH density outside the tube slightly, which is attributed to more electrons produced by Penning ionization. On the other hand, the additions of O{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O into the working gas increase the OH density inside the tube substantially, which is attributed to the increased O (1D) and H{sub 2}O concentration, respectively. The gas flow will transport high density OH out of the tube during pulse off period. It is also shown that the plasma chemistry and reactivity can be effectively controlled by the pulse numbers. These results are supported by the laser induced fluorescence measurements and are relevant to several applications of atmospheric-pressure plasmas in health care, medicine, and materials processing.

  1. Direct kinetics study of the reaction of peroxyacetyl radical with NO between 218 and 370 K

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    Moise, T.; Denzer, W.; Rudich, Y.

    1999-08-26

    The rate coefficient of the CH{sub 3}C(O)O{sub 2} + NO gas-phase reaction was measured over the temperature range of 218--370 K and total pressure of 2--5 Torr, using chemical ionization mass spectrometry detection of the CH{sub 3}C(O)O{sub 2} radical. The temperature-dependent expression for the rate coefficient was determined to be {kappa}(T) = (6.0 {+-} 1.1) x 10{sup {minus}12} exp{l{underscore}brace}(320 {+-} 40)/T{r{underscore}brace} cm{sup 3} molecule{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}, and a 298 K rate constant {kappa}{sub 298} = (1.8 {+-} 0.3) x 10{sup {minus}11} cm{sup 3} molecule{sup {minus}1} was found. These results quell some of the ambiguity presented by previous studies of this reaction and validate the recommended value to be used in tropospheric chemistry models.

  2. What can be learned from birds for achieving directional stability without a fin

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    Sachs, Gottfried

    2012-11-01

    Flight mechanics characteristics concerning static and dynamic directional stability in birds are subject of this treatment. It is shown how directional stability is influenced by the elements of the aerodynamic configuration (wing, body, horizontal tail) where issues of static stability in terms of a restoring moment capability are dealt with. A modern and efficient aerodynamic method for modeling the fluid flow around complex geometries and for computing forces and moments with high precision was used to obtain results on the stability characteristics. Concerning a quantitative as-sessment of directional stability characteristics, rotary dynamics with respect to the yaw axis are considered. For this purpose, the frequency of the dutch roll is regarded as an appropriate measure of dynamic directional stability. With ref-erence to aircraft experience, requirements on adequate restoring characteristics in the yaw axis are used. In an expanded treatment of dynamic directional stability, coupling effects between the yaw and roll axes are also considered. It turns out that these can yield a significant contribution to dynamic directional stability. Based on the derived results, it is shown that aerial vehicles the mass of which is comparable with that of birds can have adequate dynamic directional sta-bility characteristics in terms of an appropriate dutch roll frequency level without needing a fin.

  3. The enhanced stability of the cross-linked hylan structure to hydroxyl (OH) radicals compared with the uncross-linked hyaluronan

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    Al-Assaf, Saphwan; Phillips, Glyn O.; Deeble, D. J.; Parsons, Barry; Starnes, Hazel; Von Sonntag, C.

    1995-08-01

    A comparison has been made of the relative stabilities of hyaluronan and hylan to degradation by OH radicals produced by γ-irradiation of aqueous solutions in N 2O, when G (yield per 100 eV) for OH radicals is 5.6 and H atoms 0.6. Using low angle light scattering and viscometric methods, the change in molecular weight of the polysaccharides was measured with increasing dose. From the yield/dose curves (expressed as breaks per molecule), the initial G value for hyaluronan degradation is ˜ 4. A further slow post-irradiation decrease in molecular weight is observed, which can be brought to completion by incubating the solutions for 1 h at 60°C. Thereafter, the G value for degradation is ˜ 6. A similar post-irradiation degradation was found for hylan. A technique using tetranitromethane (TNM) has been used to distinguish between two types of radicals formed on the hyaluronan backbone. Radicals of the 1-hydroxy-2-alkoxy type (C-2, C-4, C-2 and C3 of the glucuronic acid) would induce strand breakage by alkoxy elimination. For the equivalent alkoxy radical at C6 of the acetamido monosaccharide, ring opening would occur with formation of a hemi-acetal, leading also to strand breakage. The C-2 and C-3 radicals would eliminate water rather than produce breaks by β-alkoxy elimination. Thus three out of the initially formed radicals would produce breaks by β-alkoxy formation. These can be stabilised with TNM and distinguished. It is concluded that these are the radicals involved in the post-irradiation thermal degradation process. Comparison of hylan and hyaluronan is, therefore, most valid when this post-irradiation process has been completed. Therefore, all G values for degradation were measured after incubation for 1 h at 60°. This investigation establishes the greater stability of hylan ( Gdegradation = 2) compared to hylan ( Gdegradation = 6). Therefore, in an environment such as supplementation of an inflammed joint where OH radicals are released, hylan is able to

  4. Direct observation of unimolecular decay of CH3CH2CHOO Criegee intermediates to OH radical products.

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    Fang, Yi; Liu, Fang; Klippenstein, Stephen J; Lester, Marsha I

    2016-07-28

    The unimolecular decay of carbonyl oxide intermediates, known as Criegee intermediates, produced in alkene ozonolysis is a significant source of OH radicals in the troposphere. Here, the rate of appearance of OH radical products is examined directly in the time-domain for a prototypical alkyl-substituted Criegee intermediate, CH3CH2CHOO, following vibrational activation under collision-free conditions. Complementary statistical Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus calculations of the microcanonical unimolecular decay rate for CH3CH2CHOO are also carried out at energies in the vicinity of the barrier for 1,4 hydrogen atom transfer that leads to OH products. Tunneling through the barrier, derived from high level electronic structure calculations, contributes significantly to the decay rate. Infrared transitions of CH3CH2CHOO are identified in the CH stretch overtone region, which are detected by ultraviolet laser-induced fluorescence of the resultant OH products. The features observed are attributed to CH vibrational excitations and conformational forms utilizing insights from theory. Both experiment and theory yield unimolecular decay rates for CH3CH2CHOO of ca. 10(7) s(-1), which are slower than those obtained for syn-CH3CHOO or (CH3)2COO reported previously [Fang et al., J. Chem. Phys. 144, 061102 (2016)] at similar energies. Master equation modeling is also utilized to predict the thermal decay rate of CH3CH2CHOO under atmospheric conditions, giving a rate of 279 s(-1) at 298 K.

  5. Direct observation of unimolecular decay of CH3CH2CHOO Criegee intermediates to OH radical products

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    Fang, Yi; Liu, Fang; Klippenstein, Stephen J.; Lester, Marsha I.

    2016-07-01

    The unimolecular decay of carbonyl oxide intermediates, known as Criegee intermediates, produced in alkene ozonolysis is a significant source of OH radicals in the troposphere. Here, the rate of appearance of OH radical products is examined directly in the time-domain for a prototypical alkyl-substituted Criegee intermediate, CH3CH2CHOO, following vibrational activation under collision-free conditions. Complementary statistical Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus calculations of the microcanonical unimolecular decay rate for CH3CH2CHOO are also carried out at energies in the vicinity of the barrier for 1,4 hydrogen atom transfer that leads to OH products. Tunneling through the barrier, derived from high level electronic structure calculations, contributes significantly to the decay rate. Infrared transitions of CH3CH2CHOO are identified in the CH stretch overtone region, which are detected by ultraviolet laser-induced fluorescence of the resultant OH products. The features observed are attributed to CH vibrational excitations and conformational forms utilizing insights from theory. Both experiment and theory yield unimolecular decay rates for CH3CH2CHOO of ca. 107 s-1, which are slower than those obtained for syn-CH3CHOO or (CH3)2COO reported previously [Fang et al., J. Chem. Phys. 144, 061102 (2016)] at similar energies. Master equation modeling is also utilized to predict the thermal decay rate of CH3CH2CHOO under atmospheric conditions, giving a rate of 279 s-1 at 298 K.

  6. Stability analysis of direct-detection cooperative optical beam tracking

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    Marola, Giovanni; Santerini, Daniele; Prati, Giancarlo

    1989-05-01

    The system under consideration is a cooperative spatial tracking system between two stations for laser beam communications, using a quadrant photodetector at each station. After determining the equilibrium points of the cooperative system for the case of periodical relative motion, the authors concentrate on the stability of the transient behavior around the equilibrium points for the case of uniform angular relative motion. This case corresponds to an assumption that the steady-state motion is slow with respect to transient phenomena, and is applicable to currently foreseen intersatellite and deep-space optical communications. The analysis is aimed at determining the combined effect of the basic system parameters, such as propagation delay time, tracking loop gains, DC servomotors time constant, and point-ahead velocity error, on the stability and the transient behavior of the overall tracking system. The stability conditions and the transient response around the steady-state trajectory provide a tool for evaluating the consistency of the design parameters for a given propagation delay.

  7. Reductive Umpolung of Carbonyl Derivatives with Visible‐Light Photoredox Catalysis: Direct Access to Vicinal Diamines and Amino Alcohols via α‐Amino Radicals and Ketyl Radicals

    PubMed Central

    Fava, Eleonora; Millet, Anthony; Nakajima, Masaki; Loescher, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Visible‐light‐mediated photoredox‐catalyzed aldimine–aniline and aldehyde–aniline couplings have been realized. The reductive single electron transfer (SET) umpolung of various carbonyl derivatives enabled the generation of intermediary ketyl and α‐amino radical anions, which were utilized for the synthesis of unsymmetrically substituted 1,2‐diamines and amino alcohols. PMID:27136443

  8. Palladium catalyzed Csp2-H activation for direct aryl hydroxylation: the unprecedented role of 1,4-dioxane as a source of hydroxyl radicals.

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    Seth, Kapileswar; Nautiyal, Manesh; Purohit, Priyank; Parikh, Naisargee; Chakraborti, Asit K

    2015-01-04

    A novel strategy for direct aryl hydroxylation via Pd-catalysed Csp(2)-H activation through an unprecedented hydroxyl radical transfer from 1,4-dioxane, used as a solvent, is reported with bio relevant and sterically hindered heterocycles and various acyclic functionalities as versatile directing groups.

  9. Manganese complexes of curcumin analogues: evaluation of hydroxyl radical scavenging ability, superoxide dismutase activity and stability towards hydrolysis.

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    Vajragupta, Opa; Boonchoong, Preecha; Berliner, Lawrence J

    2004-03-01

    In order to improve the antioxidant property of curcumin and its analogue, diacetylcurcumin, manganese was incorporated into the structures in order to enhance superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. Manganese (Mn) complexes of curcumin (CpCpx) and diacetylcurcumin (AcylCpCpx) were synthesized and firstly investigated for SOD activity and hydroxyl radical (HO*) scavenging ability. SOD activity was evaluated by both the nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) reduction assay and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) with 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as a spin trapping agent. CpCpx and AcylCpCpx inhibited the NBT reduction and decreased the DMPO/OOH adduct much greater than corresponding antioxidants or ligands, with IC50 values of 29.9 and 24.7 microM (NBT), and 1.09 and 2.40 mM (EPR), respectively. For EPR, potassium superoxide (KO2) was used as a source of O2- where qualitative results suggested that CpCpx and AcylCpCpx were SOD mimics, which catalyze the conversion of O2- to dioxygen and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Additionally, CpCpx and AcylCpCpx exhibited the great inhibition of DMPO/OH adduct formation with an IC50 of 0.57 and 0.37mM, respectively, which were comparable to that of curcumin (IC50 of 0.64 mM), indicating that both Mn complexes are also an effective HO* scavenger. The stability against hydrolysis in water, various buffers and human blood/serum was carried out in vitro. It was found that both Mn complexes were pH and salt concentration dependent, being more stable in basic pH. In the human blood/serum test, CpCpx was more stable against hydrolysis than AcylCpCpx with about 10 and 20% of free Mn2+ releasing, respectively.

  10. Radical bonding: structure and stability of bis(phenalenyl) complexes of divalent metals from across the periodic table.

    PubMed

    Craciun, Smaranda; Donald, Kelling J

    2009-07-06

    We examine the bonding possibilities of the bis(phenalenyl) MP(2) sandwich complexes of the divalent metals M = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Zn, Cd, and Hg, at the B3LYP level of theory. The outcome is an extraordinarily diverse class of low symmetry bis(phenalenyl)metal complexes in which bonding preferences and binding enthalpies differ dramatically. The lowest energy group 2 metal MP(2) complexes include an intriguing eta(1),eta(3) BeP(2) structure, and bent eta(6),eta(6) systems for M = Ca, Sr, and Ba. The group 12 bis(phenalenyl) complexes are thermodynamically unstable eta(1),eta(1) slip-sandwich structures. To better understand changes in the structural preferences going from the (eta(6),eta(6)) group 2 to the (eta(1),eta(1)) group 12 complexes, we explored the bonding in the bis(phenalenyl) complexes of transition metals with stable +2 oxidations states between Ca and Zn in period 4. The computed binding enthalpies are large and negative for nearly all of the minimum energy bis(phenalenyl) complexes of the group 2 and the transition metals; they are tiny for MgP(2), and are quite positive for the group 12 systems. The structural preferences and stability of the complexes is a subtle negotiation of several influences: the (un)availability of (n - 1)d and np, orbitals for bonding, the cost of the rehybridization at carbon sites in the phenalenyl rings in preparation for bonding to the metals, and the (P---P) interaction between the phenalenyl radicals.

  11. Perturbative stability along the supersymmetric directions of the landscape

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    Sousa, Kepa

    2015-02-01

    We consider the perturbative stability of non-supersymmetric configurations in N=1 supergravity models with a spectator sector not involved in supersymmetry breaking. Motivated by the supergravity description of complex structure moduli in Large Volume Compactifications of type IIB-superstrings, we concentrate on models where the interactions are consistent with the supersymmetric truncation of the spectator fields, and we describe their couplings by a random ensemble of generic supergravity theories. We characterise the mass spectrum of the spectator fields in terms of the statistical parameters of the ensemble and the geometry of the scalar manifold. Our results show that the non-generic couplings between the spectator and the supersymmetry breaking sectors can stabilise all the tachyons which typically appear in the spectator sector before including the supersymmetry breaking effects, and we find large regions of the parameter space where the supersymmetric sector remains stable with probability close to one. We discuss these results about the stability of the supersymmetric sector in two physically relevant situations: non-supersymmetric Minkowski vacua, and slow-roll inflation driven by the supersymmetry breaking sector. For the class of models we consider, we have reproduced the regimes in which the KKLT and Large Volume Scenarios stabilise all supersymmetric moduli. We have also identified a new regime in which the supersymmetric sector is stabilised at a very robust type of dS minimum without invoking a large mass hierarchy.

  12. Myosin binding surface on actin probed by hydroxyl radical footprinting and site-directed labels.

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    Oztug Durer, Zeynep A; Kamal, J K Amisha; Benchaar, Sabrina; Chance, Mark R; Reisler, Emil

    2011-11-25

    Actin and myosin are the two main proteins required for cell motility and muscle contraction. The structure of their strongly bound complex-rigor state-is a key for delineating the functional mechanism of actomyosin motor. Current knowledge of that complex is based on models obtained from the docking of known atomic structures of actin and myosin subfragment 1 (S1; the head and neck region of myosin) into low-resolution electron microscopy electron density maps, which precludes atomic- or side-chain-level information. Here, we use radiolytic protein footprinting for global mapping of sites across the actin molecules that are impacted directly or allosterically by myosin binding to actin filaments. Fluorescence and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies and cysteine actin mutants are used for independent, residue-specific probing of S1 effects on two structural elements of actin. We identify actin residue candidates involved in S1 binding and provide experimental evidence to discriminate between the regions of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions. Focusing on the role of the DNase I binding loop (D-loop) and the W-loop residues of actin in their interactions with S1, we found that the emission properties of acrylodan and the mobility of electron paramagnetic resonance spin labels attached to cysteine mutants of these residues change strongly and in a residue-specific manner upon S1 binding, consistent with the recently proposed direct contacts of these loops with S1. As documented in this study, the direct and indirect changes on actin induced by myosin are more extensive than known until now and attest to the importance of actin dynamics to actomyosin function.

  13. Mid-IR beam direction stabilization scheme for vibrational spectroscopy, including dual-frequency 2DIR.

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    Nyby, Clara M; Leger, Joel D; Tang, Jianan; Varner, Clyde; Kireev, Victor V; Rubtsov, Igor V

    2014-03-24

    A compact laser beam direction stabilization scheme is developed that provides the angular stability of better than 50 μrad over a wide range of frequencies from 800 to 4000 cm-1. The schematic is fully automated and features a single MCT quadrant detector. The schematic was tested to stabilize directions of the two IR beams used for dual-frequency two-dimensional infrared (2DIR) measurements and showed excellent results: automatic tuning of the beam direction allowed achieving the alignment quality within 10% of the optimal alignment obtained manually. The schematic can be easily implemented to any nonlinear spectroscopic measurements in the mid-IR spectral region.

  14. Spatial distribution of stabilizer-derived nitroxide radicals during thermal degradation of poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) copolymers: a unified picture from pulsed ELDOR and ESR imaging.

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    Jeschke, Gunnar; Schlick, Shulamith

    2006-09-21

    Double Electron-Electron Resonance (DEER) provides information on the spatial distribution of radicals on the length scale of a few nanometres, while Electron Spin Resonance Imaging (ESRI) provides information on a length scale of millimetres with a resolution of about 100 micrometres. Despite the gap between these length scales, results from the two techniques are found to complement and support each other in the characterization of the identity and distribution of nitroxide radicals derived from the Hindered Amine Stabilizer (HAS) Tinuvin 770 in poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) (ABS) copolymers. DEER measurements demonstrate that there is no significant formation of biradicals from the bifunctional HAS, and provide the distributions of local radical concentrations. These distributions are poorly resolved for model-free analysis of the DEER data by the Tikhonov regularization; the resolution was significantly improved by utilizing information obtained by ESRI. DEER data can be fitted with only one adjustable parameter, namely the average radical concentration, if 1D and 2D spectral--spatial ESRI results on both the spatial distribution of nitroxides and their distribution between the acrylonitrile--styrene-rich (SAN) and butadiene-rich (B) microphases are considered.

  15. Direct evidence for inhibition of free radical formation from Cu(I) and hydrogen peroxide by glutathione and other potential ligands using the EPR spin-trapping technique.

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    Hanna, P M; Mason, R P

    1992-05-15

    Copper-induced oxidative damage is generally attributed to the formation of the highly reactive hydroxyl radical by a mechanism analogous to the Haber-Weiss cycle for Fe(II) and H2O2. In the present work, the reaction between the Cu(I) ion and H2O2 is studied using the EPR spin-trapping technique. The hydroxyl radical adduct was observed when Cu(I), dissolved in acetonitrile under N2, was added to pH 7.4 phosphate buffer containing 100 mM 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO). Formation of the hydroxyl radical was dependent on the presence of O2 and subsequent formation of H2O2. The kscav/kDMPO ratios obtained were below those expected for a mechanism involving free hydroxyl radical and reflect the interference of nucleophilic addition of H2O to DMPO to form the DMPO/.OH adduct in the presence of nonchelated copper ion. Addition of ethanol or dimethyl sulfoxide to the reaction suggests that a high-valent metal intermediate, possibly Cu(III), was also formed. Spin trapping of hydroxyl radical was almost completely inhibited upon addition of Cu(I) to a solution of either nitrilotriacetate or histidine, even though the copper was fully oxidized to Cu(II) and H2O2 was formed. Bathocuproinedisulfonate, thiourea, and reduced glutathione all stabilized the Cu(I) ion toward oxidation by O2. Upon addition of H2O2, the Cu(I) in all three complexes was oxidized to varying degrees; however, only the thiourea complex was fully oxidized within 2 min of reaction and produced detectable hydroxyl radicals. No radicals were detected from the bathocuproinedisulfonate or glutathione complexes. Overall, these results suggest that the deleterious effects of copper ions in vivo are diminished by biochemical chelators, especially glutathione, which probably has a major role in moderating the toxicological effects of copper.

  16. On the electronic spectroscopy of closed-shell cations derived from resonance-stabilized radicals: Insights from theory and Franck-Condon analysis

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    Troy, T. P.; Kable, S. H.; Schmidt, T. W.; Reid, S. A.

    2012-05-01

    Context. Recent attention has been directed on closed-shell aromatic cations as potential carriers of the diffuse interstellar bands. The spectra of mass-selected, matrix-isolated benzylium, and tropylium cations were recently reported. The visible spectrum of benzylium exhibits a large Franck-Condon (FC) envelope, inconsistent with diffuse interstellar band carriers. Aims: We perform a computational analysis of the experimentally studied benzylium spectrum before extending the methods to a range of larger, closed-shell aromatic cations to determine the potential for this class of systems as diffuse interstellar band carriers. Methods: Density functional theory (DFT), time-dependant ((TD)DFT), and multi-configurational self-consistent field second-order perturbation theory (MRPT2) methods in concert with multidimensional FC analysis is used to model the benzylium spectrum. These methods are extended to larger closed-shell aromatic hydrocarbon cations derived from resonance-stabilized radicals, which are predicted to show strong S0 → Sn transitions in the visible region. The ionization energies of a range of these systems are also calculated by DFT. Results: The simulated benzylium spectrum was found to yield excellent agreement with the experimental spectrum showing an extended progression in a low frequency (510 cm-1) ring distortion mode. The FC progression was found to be significantly quenched in the larger species: 1-indanylium, 1-naphthylmethylium, and fluorenium. Excitation and ionization energies of the closed-shell cations were found to be consistent with diffuse interstellar band carriers, with the former lying in the visible range and the latter straddling the Lyman limit in the 13-14 eV range. Conclusions: Large closed-shell polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon cations remain viable candidate carriers of the diffuse interstellar bands.

  17. ESR spectra of free radicals formed during the gas-phase photo-oxidation of formaldehyde: thermal stability of the HOCH 2OO radical

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    Zabel, F.; Sahetchian, K. A.; Chachaty, C.

    1987-03-01

    Formaldehyde/oxygen/nitrogen mixtures were photolyzed with UV light in a gas flow system. The reaction mixtures were analyzed by pumping a small fraction of the flowing gas through a microprobe, trapping the condensable compounds on a cold finger ( T = 96 K), and measuring the ESR spectrum of the solid. The ESR spectra consisted of partly overlapping components from HO 2 and HOCH 2OO radicals, the latter having g-tensor values g1 = 2.0025, g2 = 2.0090 and g3 = 2.0320. By simulating the experimental spectra with appropriate amplitude factors for their HO 2 and HOCH 2OO components, the concentration ratio [HO 2]/[HOCH 2OO] was determined. From these values and the H 2CO concentrations, measured by UV absorption, equilibrium constants k1, k-1 for the reaction HO 2+H 2CO ⇌ HOCH 2OO were calculated. The expression k1/ k-1 = 2.4 × 10 -26 exp(15.2 kcal mol -1/ RT) cm 3 was obtained from measurements in the temperature range 30-100° C.

  18. Dynamics and stability of directional jumps in the desert locust

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    Gvirsman, Omer

    2016-01-01

    Locusts are known for their ability to jump large distances to avoid predation. The jump also serves to launch the adult locust into the air in order to initiate flight. Various aspects of this important behavior have been studied extensively, from muscle physiology and biomechanics, to the energy storage systems involved in powering the jump, and more. Less well understood are the mechanisms participating in control of the jump trajectory. Here we utilise video monitoring and careful analysis of experimental directional jumps by adult desert locusts, together with dynamic computer simulation, in order to understand how the locusts control the direction and elevation of the jump, the residual angular velocities resulting from the jump and the timing of flapping-flight initiation. Our study confirms and expands early findings regarding the instrumental role of the initial body position and orientation. Both real-jump video analysis and simulations based on our expanded dynamical model demonstrate that the initial body coordinates of position (relative to the hind-legs ground-contact points) are dominant in predicting the jumps’ azimuth and elevation angles. We also report a strong linear correlation between the jumps’ pitch-angular-velocity and flight initiation timing, such that head downwards rotations lead to earlier wing opening. In addition to offering important insights into the bio-mechanical principles of locust jumping and flight initiation, the findings from this study will be used in designing future prototypes of a bio-inspired miniature jumping robot that will be employed in animal behaviour studies and environmental monitoring applications. PMID:27703846

  19. Stabilization of alkane radical-cations, their transport and capture under low temperature irradiation of solutions. Study by the OD ESR technique

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    Tadjikov, B. M.; Melekhov, V. I.; Anisimov, O. A.; Molin, Yu. N.

    The spectra of stabilized solvent holes were obtained by the method of optically detected ESR (OD ESR) in glassy matrices at 77 K. Using this technique we obtained the spectra for radical-cations of cis-decalin, squalene, 2-methylpentane, 3-methylpentane, 3,3-dimethylpentane, 3-methylheptane and 2,3-dimethylbutane. For all matrices except that of squalene, an hf-structure in the OD ESR spectra belonging to the radical-cations of matrices used is detected. Thus an unpaired electron is shown to be localized mainly on one molecule. The efficiency of hole transfer to acceptors with a lower ionization potential is studied in squalene and cis-decalin. It increases with difference in ionization Δ > 0.3 eV. The data on positive charge transfer provided by the OD ESR technique in the present paper, testify in favour of the long range single step tunneling.

  20. 95--670 GHz EPR studies of canthaxanthin radical cation stabilized on a silica-alumina surface

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    Konovalova, T.A.; Kispert, L.D.; Krzystek, J.; Tol, J. van; Brunel, L.C.; Bratt, P.J.

    1999-07-15

    The 95--670 GHz EPR measurements at 5 K were performed on canthaxanthin radical cation chemically generated on silica-alumina. The 327 GHz and higher frequency EPR spectra were resolved into two principal components of the g tensor. Spectral simulation indicated this to be the result of g anisotropy where g{sub {parallel}} = 2.0032 and g{sub {perpendicular}} = 2.0023. This type of g tensor is consistent with the theory for polyacene {pi}-radical cations, which states that the g tensor becomes cylindrically symmetric with increasing chain length. This also demonstrates that the symmetrical unresolved EPR line at 9 GHz is due to a carotenoid {pi}-radical cation with electron density distributed throughout the whole chain as predicted by RHF-INDO/SP molecular orbital calculations. The lack of temperature dependence of the EPR line widths over the range of 5--80 K at 327 GHz suggests rapid rotation of methyl groups even at 5 K that averages out the proton couplings from three oriented {beta}-protons. In fact, similar line widths at 5 K were observed at 670 GHz. Simulation of EPR spectra at 95--250 GHz gives only symmetrical unresolved lines. The present work shows that the 327--670 GHz EPR measurements are sufficient to resolve the individual g tensors of C-H containing {pi}-radicals in powder and frozen glasses. Symmetry differences can be deduced from which radical identification can be made.

  1. Estimation of Directional Stability Derivatives at Moderate Angles and Supersonic Speeds

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    Kaattari, George E.

    1959-01-01

    A study of some of the important aerodynamic factors affecting the directional stability of supersonic airplanes is presented. The mutual interference fields between the body, the lifting surfaces, and the stabilizing surfaces are analyzed in detail. Evaluation of these interference fields on an approximate theoretical basis leads to a method for predicting directional stability of supersonic airplanes. Body shape, wing position and plan form, vertical tail position and plan form, and ventral fins are taken into account. Estimates of the effects of these factors are in fair agreement with experiment.

  2. IrII(ethene): metal or carbon radical? Part II: oxygenation via iridium or direct oxygenation at ethene?

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    Hetterscheid, Dennis G H; Bens, Mariska; de Bruin, Bas

    2005-03-07

    Treatment of [(Me3tpa)IrII(ethene)]2+ (Me(3)tpa =N,N,N-tri(6-methyl-2-pyridylmethyl)amine)(1(2+)) with dioxygen in weakly coordinating solvents results in formation of [(Me3tpa)IrIII(ethene)(superoxo)]2+ (4a2+). In the presence of DMPO (DMPO = 5,5-dimethyl-2-pyrrolidine-1-oxide) DMPO is substituted for ethene, and subsequently oxidized to DMPOX by the superoxo fragment to give [(Me3tpa)IrIII(DMPOX)]2+ (7(2+); DMPOX = 5,5-dimethyl-2-pyrrolidone-1-oxide). In acetonitrile, in the absence of DMPO, oxygenation of 1(2+) to [(Me3tpa)IrIII(formylmethyl)(MeCN)]2+ (2(2+)) is observed. In the presence of DMPO the formation of 2(2+) and 7(2+) is competing. Oxygenation of 1(2+) to 2(2+) may proceed via 4a(2+), involving an insertion mechanism at the metal. However, a mechanism based on olefin ligand non-innocence seems a reasonable alternative. This involves formation of acetonitrile adduct [(Me3tpa)Ir(ethene)(MeCN)]2+ (3(2+)), which has a significant metalla-ethyl radical (IrIII-CH2CH2*) character, allowing attack of 3O2 directly at the ethene ligand. Both pathways are discussed on the basis of experimental observations and DFT geometry optimizations.

  3. Dual-level direct dynamics studies for the reactions of dimethyl ether with hydrogen atom and methyl radical.

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    Wu, Jia-Yan; Liu, Jing-Yao; Li, Ze-Sheng; Huang, Xu-Ri; Sun, Chia-Chung

    2003-04-15

    The dual-level direct dynamics approach is employed to study the dynamics of the CH(3)OCH(3) + H (R1) and CH(3)OCH(3) + CH(3) (R2) reactions. Low-level calculations of the potential energy surface are carried out at the MP2/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory. High-level energetic information is obtained at the QCISD(T) level of theory with the 6-311+G(3df,3pd) basis set. The dynamics calculations are performed using variational transition state theory (VTST) with the interpolated single-point energies (ISPE) method, and small-curvature tunneling (SCT) is included. It is shown that the reaction of CH(3)OCH(3) with H (R1) may proceed much easier and with a lower barrier height than the reaction with CH(3) radical (R2). The calculated rate constants and activation energies are in good agreement with the experimental values. The calculated rate constants are fitted to k(R1) = 1.16 x 10(-19) T(3) exp(-1922/T) and k(R2) = 1.66 x 10(-28) T(5) exp(-3086/T) cm(3) mol(-1) s(-1) over a temperature range 207-2100 K. Furthermore, a small variational effect and large tunneling effect in the lower temperature range are found for the two reactions.

  4. Model of diffusion-assisted direct laser writing by means of nanopolymerization in the presence of radical quencher

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    Pikulin, Alexander Bityurin, Nikita; Sokolov, Viktor I.

    2015-12-15

    Diffusion-assisted direct laser writing (DA-DLW) by multiphoton polymerization has been recently shown to be one of the most promising methods for the high-resolution 3D nanofabrication [I. Sakellari, et al., ACS Nano 6, 2302 (2012)]. The improvement of the writing spatial resolution has been observed under certain conditions when the mobile radical quencher (polymerization inhibitor) is added to the photosensitive composition. In this work, we present a theoretical study of this method, focusing on the resolution capabilities and optimal writing parameters. The laser beam absorption in the polymerizable composition causes the localized depletion of the quencher molecules. If the quencher depletion is balanced by its diffusion from the outside of the focal volume, the quasi-stationary non-equillibrium concentration spatial profile with zero minimum can be obtained. The polymer is then effectively formed only in the domain where the quencher is depleted. The spatially-distributed quencher, in this case, has the effect similar to that of the vortex beam in STimulated Emission Microscopy (STED)

  5. Direct evidence of iNOS-mediated in vivo free radical production and protein oxidation in acetone-induced ketosis.

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    Stadler, Krisztian; Bonini, Marcelo G; Dallas, Shannon; Duma, Danielle; Mason, Ronald P; Kadiiska, Maria B

    2008-08-01

    Diabetic patients frequently encounter ketosis that is characterized by the breakdown of lipids with the consequent accumulation of ketone bodies. Several studies have demonstrated that reactive species are likely to induce tissue damage in diabetes, but the role of the ketone bodies in the process has not been fully investigated. In this study, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy combined with novel spin-trapping and immunological techniques has been used to investigate in vivo free radical formation in a murine model of acetone-induced ketosis. A six-line EPR spectrum consistent with the alpha-(4-pyridyl-1-oxide)-N-t-butylnitrone radical adduct of a carbon-centered lipid-derived radical was detected in the liver extracts. To investigate the possible enzymatic source of these radicals, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and NADPH oxidase knockout mice were used. Free radical production was unchanged in the NADPH oxidase knockout but much decreased in the iNOS knockout mice, suggesting a role for iNOS in free radical production. Longer-term exposure to acetone revealed iNOS overexpression in the liver together with protein radical formation, which was detected by confocal microscopy and a novel immunospin-trapping method. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed enhanced lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation as a consequence of persistent free radical generation after 21 days of acetone treatment in control and NADPH oxidase knockout but not in iNOS knockout mice. Taken together, our data demonstrate that acetone administration, a model of ketosis, can lead to protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation through a free radical-dependent mechanism driven mainly by iNOS overexpression.

  6. Direct evidence of iNOS-mediated in vivo free radical production and protein oxidation in acetone-induced ketosis

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    Stadler, Krisztian; Bonini, Marcelo G.; Dallas, Shannon; Duma, Danielle; Mason, Ronald P.; Kadiiska, Maria B.

    2008-01-01

    Diabetic patients frequently encounter ketosis that is characterized by the breakdown of lipids with the consequent accumulation of ketone bodies. Several studies have demonstrated that reactive species are likely to induce tissue damage in diabetes, but the role of the ketone bodies in the process has not been fully investigated. In this study, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy combined with novel spin-trapping and immunological techniques has been used to investigate in vivo free radical formation in a murine model of acetone-induced ketosis. A six-line EPR spectrum consistent with the α-(4-pyridyl-1-oxide)-N-t-butylnitrone radical adduct of a carbon-centered lipid-derived radical was detected in the liver extracts. To investigate the possible enzymatic source of these radicals, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and NADPH oxidase knockout mice were used. Free radical production was unchanged in the NADPH oxidase knockout but much decreased in the iNOS knockout mice, suggesting a role for iNOS in free radical production. Longer-term exposure to acetone revealed iNOS overexpression in the liver together with protein radical formation, which was detected by confocal microscopy and a novel immunospin-trapping method. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed enhanced lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation as a consequence of persistent free radical generation after 21 days of acetone treatment in control and NADPH oxidase knockout but not in iNOS knockout mice. Taken together, our data demonstrate that acetone administration, a model of ketosis, can lead to protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation through a free radical-dependent mechanism driven mainly by iNOS overexpression. PMID:18559982

  7. Radicalization and Radical Catalysis of Biomass Sugars: Insights from First-principles Studies

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    Yang, Gang; Zhu, Chang; Zou, Xianli; Zhou, Lijun

    2016-07-01

    Ab initio and density functional calculations are conducted to investigate the radicalization processes and radical catalysis of biomass sugars. Structural alterations due to radicalization generally focus on the radicalized sites, and radicalization affects H-bonds in D-fructofuranose more than in D-glucopyranose, potentially with outcome of new H-bonds. Performances of different functionals and basis sets are evaluated for all radicalization processes, and enthalpy changes and Gibbs free energies for these processes are presented with high accuracy, which can be referenced for subsequent experimental and theoretical studies. It shows that radicalization can be utilized for direct transformation of biomass sugars, and for each sugar, C rather than O sites are always preferred for radicalization, thus suggesting the possibility to activate C-H bonds of biomass sugars. Radical catalysis is further combined with Brønsted acids, and it clearly states that functionalization fundamentally regulates the catalytic effects of biomass sugars. In presence of explicit water molecules, functionalization significantly affects the activation barriers and reaction energies of protonation rather than dehydration steps. Tertiary butyl and phenyl groups with large steric hindrances or hydroxyl and amino groups resulting in high stabilities for protonation products drive the protonation steps to occur facilely at ambient conditions.

  8. Radicalization and Radical Catalysis of Biomass Sugars: Insights from First-principles Studies

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    Yang, Gang; Zhu, Chang; Zou, Xianli; Zhou, Lijun

    2016-01-01

    Ab initio and density functional calculations are conducted to investigate the radicalization processes and radical catalysis of biomass sugars. Structural alterations due to radicalization generally focus on the radicalized sites, and radicalization affects H-bonds in D-fructofuranose more than in D-glucopyranose, potentially with outcome of new H-bonds. Performances of different functionals and basis sets are evaluated for all radicalization processes, and enthalpy changes and Gibbs free energies for these processes are presented with high accuracy, which can be referenced for subsequent experimental and theoretical studies. It shows that radicalization can be utilized for direct transformation of biomass sugars, and for each sugar, C rather than O sites are always preferred for radicalization, thus suggesting the possibility to activate C-H bonds of biomass sugars. Radical catalysis is further combined with Brønsted acids, and it clearly states that functionalization fundamentally regulates the catalytic effects of biomass sugars. In presence of explicit water molecules, functionalization significantly affects the activation barriers and reaction energies of protonation rather than dehydration steps. Tertiary butyl and phenyl groups with large steric hindrances or hydroxyl and amino groups resulting in high stabilities for protonation products drive the protonation steps to occur facilely at ambient conditions. PMID:27405843

  9. Beta-Carotene chemical stability in nanoemulsions was improved by stabilized with Beta-Lactoglobulin-Catechin conjugates through free radical method

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    Beta-lactoglobulin (BLG)-catechin conjugates were prepared by a free radical method and investigated with sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), and far-UV circular dichroism (CD). Covalent binding between BLG and cat...

  10. [Anti-radical activity of products of processing of holothurian Cucumaria japonica and their practical application for lipid stabilization].

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    Tabakaeva, O V; Kalenik, T K; Tabakaev, A V

    2015-01-01

    Products of technological and biotechnological modification (acid and enzymatic hydrolyzates and hydrothermal extracts) of the holothurian Cucumariajaponica from the Far East region are the complex multicomponent systems containing biologically active agents of a sea origin that has to provide them biological activity. The research objective consisted in quantitative studying of anti-radical properties of acid, enzymatic hydrolyzates and hydrothermal extracts from soft fabrics of a holothurian from the Far East region (Cucumaria japonica) and their influence on oxidation of lipids in fat emulsion products. The reaction with stable free 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical was used as a model system. Radical relating activity of hydrolyzates and extracts from Cucumaria japonica varied over a wide range from 48 to 78%. The maximum radical binding activity was noted for acid hydrolyzates. The activity of the hydrolyzate from a nimbus and feelers of Cucumaria japonica was comparable with activity of ionol. It has been defined that levels of manifestation of anti-radical activity depended on a way of technological and biotechnological processing of raw materials. Studying of fractional composition of melanoidins of hydrolyzates and extracts from Cucumaria japonica established that they can be divided into fractions--with molecular masses about 10,000 and 1000 Da. The maximum content of melanoidins has been defined in fraction weighing about 1000 Da. Introduction of acid, enzymatic hydrolyzates and hydrothermal extracts from Cucumaria japonica in the composition of oil-fat emulsion systems allowed to slow down processes of lipid oxidation and triglyceride hydrolysis in mayonnaise. Introduction of hydrolyzates and hydrothermal extracts from Cucumaria japonica in an oil-fat emulsion product allowed to reduce peroxide value by 22-45%, acid value by 12-35% on the 90th days of storage. Acid hydrolysates of Cucumaria Japonica most significantly reduce the rate of

  11. Stability analysis of the rotor of ultrasonic motor driving fluid directly.

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    Changliang, Xia; Mengli, Wang

    2005-06-01

    The stability of the rotor of ultrasonic motor driving fluid directly is a key to its applications and control. This paper introduced the acoustic streaming and acoustic viscous stress near the boundary layer. Following this, the effect of acoustic viscous force on the stability of the rotor of ultrasonic motor driving fluid directly was presented in detail. The result showed that this system can be equivalent to a mass-spring and the spring constant can be used to weigh the stability of the rotor. By this model and relevant experiments, factors that affect the stability of the rotor such as the driving frequency, the rotor's weight and radius, the saturated acoustic streaming velocity, the mode number of stator vibration, the fluid's height and type are investigated and useful guidelines for design and application are obtained.

  12. Towards reducing DBP formation potential of drinking water by favouring direct ozone over hydroxyl radical reactions during ozonation.

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    De Vera, Glen Andrew; Stalter, Daniel; Gernjak, Wolfgang; Weinberg, Howard S; Keller, Jurg; Farré, Maria José

    2015-12-15

    When ozonation is employed in advanced water treatment plants to produce drinking water, dissolved organic matter reacts with ozone (O3) and/or hydroxyl radicals (OH) affecting disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation with subsequently used chlorine-based disinfectants. This study presents the effects of varying exposures of O3 and •OH on DBP concentrations and their associated toxicity generated after subsequent chlorination. DBP formation potential tests and in vitro bioassays were conducted after batch ozonation experiments of coagulated surface water with and without addition of tertiary butanol (t-BuOH, 10 mM) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2, 1 mg/mg O3), and at different pH (6-8) and transferred ozone doses (0-1 mg/mg TOC). Although ozonation led to a 24-37% decrease in formation of total trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, haloacetonitriles, and trihaloacetamides, an increase in formation of total trihalonitromethanes, chloral hydrate, and haloketones was observed. This effect however was less pronounced for samples ozonated at conditions favoring molecular ozone (e.g., pH 6 and in the presence of t-BuOH) over •OH reactions (e.g., pH 8 and in the presence of H2O2). Compared to ozonation only, addition of H2O2 consistently enhanced formation of all DBP groups (20-61%) except trihalonitromethanes. This proves that •OH-transformed organic matter is more susceptible to halogen incorporation. Analogously, adsorbable organic halogen (AOX) concentrations increased under conditions that favor •OH reactions. The ratio of unknown to known AOX, however, was greater at conditions that promote direct O3 reactions. Although significant correlation was found between AOX and genotoxicity with the p53 bioassay, toxicity tests using 4 in vitro bioassays showed relatively low absolute differences between various ozonation conditions.

  13. An extension of A-stability to alternating direction implicit methods

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    Warming, R. F.; Beam, R. M.

    1978-01-01

    An alternating direction implicit (ADI) scheme was constructed by the method of approximate factorization. An A-stable linear multistep method (LMM) was used to integrate a model two-dimensional hyperbolic-parabolic partial differential equation. Sufficient conditions for the A-stability of the LMM were determined by applying the theory of positive real functions to reduce the stability analysis of the partial differential equations to a simple algebraic test. A linear test equation for partial differential equations is defined and then used to analyze the stability of approximate factorization schemes. An ADI method for the three-dimensional heat equation is also presented.

  14. Rheology and stability kinetics of bare silicon nanoparticle inks for low-cost direct printing

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    More, Priyesh V.; Jeong, Sunho; Seo, Yeong-Hui; Ryu, Beyong-Hwan; Choi, Youngmin; Kim, Seong Jip; Nahm, Sahn

    2013-12-16

    Highly dispersed and stable silicon nanoparticles ink is formulated for its application in direct printing or printable electronics. These dispersions are prepared from free-standing silicon nanoparticles which are not capped with any organic ligand, making it suitable for electronic applications. Silicon nanoparticles dispersions are prepared by suspending the nanoparticles in benzonitrile or ethanol by using polypropylene glycol (PPG) as a binder. All the samples show typical shear thinning behavior while the dispersion samples show low viscosities signifying good quality dispersion. Such thinning behavior favors in fabrication of dense films with spin-coating or patterns with drop casting. The dispersion stability is monitored by turbiscan measurements showing good stability for one week. A low-cost direct printing method for dispersion samples is also demonstrated to obtain micro-sized patterns. Low electrical resistivity of resulting patterns, adjustable viscosity and good stability makes these silicon nanoparticles dispersions highly applicable for direct printing process.

  15. Beta-carotene chemical stability in Nanoemulsions was improved by stabilized with beta-lactoglobulin-catechin conjugates through free radical method.

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    Yi, Jiang; Zhang, Yuzhu; Liang, Rong; Zhong, Fang; Ma, Jianguo

    2015-01-14

    Beta-lactoglobulin (BLG)–catechin conjugates were prepared by a free radical method and investigated with sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), electrospray ionization–mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), and far-UV circular dichroism (CD). Covalent binding between BLG and catechin were confirmed with SDS-PAGE and ESI-MS. About 93% of beta-lactoglobulin was conjugated with catechin or catecin fragments according to the gel intensity analysis software. Far-UV CD results showed that the content of β-sheet decreased with a corresponding increase in unordered structures after grafting. Both nanoemulsions with mean particle size between 160 and 170 nm were prepared. Both the rate of particle growth and the total beta-carotene (BC) loss at 50 °C were significantly greater than at 4 and 25 °C. The retention rates of BC in nanoemulsions were 27.8% and 48.6% for BLG and BLG–catechin conjugates, respectively, after 30 days of storage at 50 °C. The BC retention encapsulated in nanoemulsion was significantly improved using BLG–catechin conjugates, compared with BLG alone. The increase of BC retention in nanoemulsions encapsulated with BLG–catechin conjugates was due to the significant improvement of antioxidative properties (reducing power, free radical scavenging activity, and hydroxyl radical scavenging activity) of BLG after covalent binding with catechin. The results indicated that the proteins modified with polyphenols can be widely used in a labile bioactive compounds encapsulation delivery system.

  16. Melatonin directly scavenges free radicals generated in red blood cells and a cell-free system: chemiluminescence measurements and theoretical calculations.

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    Zavodnik, I B; Domanski, A V; Lapshina, E A; Bryszewska, M; Reiter, R J

    2006-06-20

    Melatonin, a pineal secretory product, has properties of both direct and indirect powerful antioxidant. The aim of the present study was to compare the radical-scavenging, structural and electronic properties of melatonin and tryptophan, precursor of melatonin. Using the alkoxyl- and peroxyl radical-generating systems [the organic peroxide-treated human erythrocytes and a cell-free system containing the azo-initiator 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane)dihydrochloride], we evaluated the radical-scavenging effects of melatonin and tryptophan. Melatonin rather than tryptophan at concentrations of 100-2000 microM markedly inhibited membrane lipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes treated with organic hydroperoxide as well as radical-induced generation of luminol-dependent chemiluminescence. The apparent Stern-Volmer constants for inhibition of membrane lipid peroxidation by melatonin and tryptophan were estimated to be (0.23+/-0.05) x 10(4) M(-1) and (0.02+/-0.005) x 10(4) M(-1), respectively. The apparent Stern-Volmer constants for inhibition of azo-initiator-derived peroxyl radical generation by melatonin and tryptophan were determined to be (0.42+/-0.05) x 10(4) M(-1) and (0.04+/-0.01) x 10(4) M(-1), respectively. The structural and electronic properties of melatonin and its precursor, tryptophan, were determined theoretically by performing semi-empirical and ab initio calculations. The high radical-scavenging properties of melatonin may be explained by the high surface area value and high dipole moment value. From the thermodynamic standpoint, based on our calculations, N(1)-acetyl-N(2)-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK), was the most stable end oxidative product of melatonin.

  17. System for imposing directional stability on a rocket-propelled vehicle

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    Perkins, H. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    An improved system for use in imposing directional stability on a rocket-propelled vehicle is described. The system includes a pivotally supported engine-mounting platform, a gimbal ring mounted on the platform and adapted to pivotally support a rocket engine and an hydraulic actuator connected to the platform for imparting selected pivotal motion. An accelerometer and a signal comparator circuit for providing error intelligence indicative of aberration in vehicle acceleration is included along with an actuator control circuit connected with the actuator and responsive to error intelligence for imparting pivotal motion to the platform. Relocation of the engine's thrust vector is thus achieved for imparting directional stability to the vehicle.

  18. The formation and stability of the superoxide radical (O2-) on rock-forming minerals: Band gaps, hydroxylation state, and implications for Mars oxidant chemistry

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    Zent, Aaron P.; Ichimura, Andrew S.; Quinn, Richard C.; Harding, Heather K.

    2008-09-01

    We have examined the generation and stability of O2 - on TiO2 and albite, a common Na feldspar. We were not able to produce thermally stable superoxide on albite, in contrast to the results of Yen et al., who reported the generation of O2 - that was stable up to 200°C on labradorite, another common feldspar. The superoxide radical did form under UV irradiation at 77 K on albite that was not dehydrated but decayed rapidly at room temperature. On dehydrated albite, no superoxide signal was observed. We studied the kinetics of O2 - decomposition on hydrated albite and derived an activation energy, E a = 15.2 kJ/mol. Assuming pseudo first-order kinetics, a simple thermal model of Mars' regolith demonstrates that the surface O2 - population does not go to zero overnight; superoxide extinction at the surface is only complete when the seasonal CO2 cap covers the surface and surface photolysis is inhibited. Depending on the specific quantum efficiency of the e-/h+ generation process, a finite, non-equilibrium population of O2 - should be observable on Martian surface materials throughout the Martian year. However, on the basis of our inability to generate stable O2 - on hydrated albite via direct UV irradiation, we do not believe that this mechanism is capable of explaining the O2 release in the Viking Gas Exchange (GEx) results, since O2 release in that case was observed even after samples had been stored for 143 sols in the dark at 10°C, then heated to 145°C for 3 hours. At least two other potential pathways to the generation of O2 - are identified in this article. The first possibility is that metal oxides common on the Martian surface, particularly hematite, may be photoactive on Mars and play a role analogous to TiO2 in surface catalysis. Secondly, we found that superoxide that formed during the sorption or drying of a 1% H2O2 solution on TiO2, and potentially other oxides seems to be stable indefinitely.

  19. Blue 'turn-on' fluorescent probes for the direct detection of free radicals and nitric oxide in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.

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    Barzegar Amiri Olia, Mina; Zavras, Athanasios; Schiesser, Carl H; Alexander, Stefanie-Ann

    2016-02-21

    Two novel cell-permeable and bacteria-compatible 'turn-on' fluorescent probes, designed to be compatible in a multi-dye system and to fluoresce in the blue region exhibiting emission maxima of 440-490 nm, were synthesized. The profluorescent nitroxide probe (11) was developed to visualize and quantify free radical and redox processes, and the Cu(II)-complexed coumarin-based probe (16a) was developed for NO detection. Confocal laser-scanning microscopy and subsequent digital analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms stained with 11 or 16a determined that free radical and redox processes and NO generation occur predominantly in live cells during normal biofilm growth.

  20. Identification of hundreds of novel UPF1 target transcripts by direct determination of whole transcriptome stability

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    Tani, Hidenori; Imamachi, Naoto; Salam, Kazi Abdus; Mizutani, Rena; Ijiri, Kenichi; Irie, Takuma; Yada, Tetsushi; Suzuki, Yutaka; Akimitsu, Nobuyoshi

    2012-01-01

    UPF1 eliminates aberrant mRNAs harboring premature termination codons, and regulates the steady-state levels of normal physiological mRNAs. Although genome-wide studies of UPF1 targets performed, previous studies did not distinguish indirect UPF1 targets because they could not determine UPF1-dependent altered RNA stabilities. Here, we measured the decay rates of the whole transcriptome in UPF1-depleted HeLa cells using BRIC-seq, an inhibitor-free method for directly measuring RNA stability. We determined the half-lives and expression levels of 9,229 transcripts. An amount of 785 transcripts were stabilized in UPF1-depleted cells. Among these, the expression levels of 76 transcripts were increased, but those of the other 709 transcripts were not altered. RNA immunoprecipitation showed UPF1 bound to the stabilized transcripts, suggesting that UPF1 directly degrades the 709 transcripts. Many UPF1 targets in this study were newly identified. This study clearly demonstrates that direct determination of RNA stability is a powerful approach for identifying targets of RNA degradation factors. PMID:23064114

  1. Resonance-stabilized 1,2,3-dithiazolo-1,2,3-dithiazolyls as neutral pi-radical conductors.

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    Beer, Leanne; Brusso, Jaclyn L; Cordes, A Wallace; Haddon, Robert C; Itkis, Mikhail E; Kirschbaum, Kristin; MacGregor, Douglas S; Oakley, Richard T; Pinkerton, A Alan; Reed, Robert W

    2002-08-14

    Alkylation of the zwitterionic heterocycle 8-chloro-bis[1,2,3]dithiazolo[4,5-b:5',4'-e]pyridine (ClBP) with alkyl triflates affords 8-chloro-4-alkyl-4H-bis[1,2,3]dithiazolo[4,5-b:5',4'-e]pyridin-2-ium triflates [ClBPR][OTf] (R = Me, Et, Pr). Reduction of these salts with decamethylferrocene affords the corresponding ClBPR radicals as thermally stable crystalline solids. The radicals have been characterized in solution by cyclic voltammetry and EPR spectroscopy. Measured electrochemical cell potentials and computed (B3LYP/6-31G) gas-phase disproportionation enthalpies are consistent with a low on-site Coulombic barrier U to charge transfer in the solid state. The crystal structures of ClBPR (R = Me, Et, Pr) have been determined by X-ray crystallography (at 293 K). All three structures consist of slipped pi-stacks of undimerized radicals, with many close intermolecular S.S contacts. ClBPMe undergoes a phase transition at 93 K to a slightly modified slipped pi-stack arrangement, the structure of which has also been established crystallographically (at 25 K). Variable-temperature magnetic and conductivity measurements have been performed, and the results interpreted in light of extended Hückel band calculations. The room-temperature conductivities of ClBPR systems (sigma(RT) approximately 10(-)(5) to 10(-)(6) S cm(-)(1)), as well as the weak 1D ferromagnetism exhibited by ClBPMe, are interpreted in terms of weak intermolecular overlap along the pi-stacks. The latter is caused by slippage of the molecular plates, a feature necessitated by the steric size of the R and Cl groups on the pyridine ring.

  2. Stabilities of nitrogen containing heterocyclic radicals and geometrical influences on non-radiative processes in organic molecules

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    Evleth, E. M.

    1971-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental work on generating radicals by removal of a hydrogen atom from pyrrole, imidazole, indole, and carbazole is reported. Photophysical studies on indolizine and related aza-derivatives show that materials having large S2-S1 energy gaps might exhibit upper state fluorescence. Photodecomposition quantum yields of a series of sterically hindered p-aminobenzene diazonium cations in water were found structurally and wavelength dependent and unquenched in aqueous sodium bromide solutions. Photodecomposition of diazonium materials did not produce a metastable species with a longer lifetime than 1 msec.

  3. A crossed molecular beams study on the formation and energetics of the resonantly stabilized free i-C4H3(X2A‧) radical and its isotopomers

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    Gu, Xibin; Guo, Ying; Zhang, Fangtong; Mebel, Alexander M.; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2007-06-01

    The chemical dynamics of the formation of the i-C 4H 3(X 2A') radical together with its partially deuterated isotopomers were investigated in eight crossed molecular beams experiments of dicarbon molecules in their XΣg+ electronic ground and in first excited a 3Π u state with (partially deuterated) ethylene at collision energies between 12.1 and 40.9 kJ mol -1. The center-of-mass angular distributions suggest that the reaction dynamics on the singlet and triplet surfaces are indirect and involve butatriene reaction intermediates. In case of the C 2/C 2H 4 reaction, the 'symmetric' singlet butatriene intermediate would lead solely to a symmetric center-of-mass angular distribution; however, in combination with isotopically labeled reactants, we deduced that triplet butatriene intermediates excited to B/C like rotations likely account for the observed asymmetries in the center-of-mass angular distributions at higher collision energies. The translational energy distributions are also indicative of the involvement of both the triplet and singlet surfaces which lead both to the i-C 4H 3(X 2A') radicals through lose (singlet) and tight (triplet) exit transitions states. Also, our experiments helped to determine the enthalpy of formation of the i-C 4H 3(X 2A') radical to be about 504 ± 10 kJ mol -1 in good agreement with previous computational studies suggesting 498-499 kJ mol -1. The explicit identification of the resonance-stabilized i-C 4H 3(X 2A') radical proposes that the reaction of dicarbon with ethylene can lead to formation of i-C 4H 3(X 2A') in combustion flames; the n-C 4H 3(X 2A') isomer is not formed in this reaction. This conclusion correlates nicely with Hansen's et al. flame experiments at the advanced light source observing only the i-C 4H 3(X 2A') radical in hydrocarbon flames.

  4. The direct observation of secondary radical chain chemistry in the heterogeneous reaction of chlorine atoms with submicron squalane droplets.

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    Liu, Chen-Lin; Smith, Jared D; Che, Dung L; Ahmed, Musahid; Leone, Stephen R; Wilson, Kevin R

    2011-05-21

    The reaction of Cl atoms, in the presence of Cl(2) and O(2), with sub-micron squalane particles is used as a model system to explore how surface hydrogen abstraction reactions initiate chain reactions that rapidly transform the chemical composition of an organic particle. The heterogeneous reaction is measured in a photochemical flow tube reactor in which chlorine atoms are produced by the photolysis of Cl(2) at 365 nm. By monitoring the heterogeneous reaction, using a vacuum ultraviolet photoionization aerosol mass spectrometer, the effective reactive uptake coefficient and the distributions of both oxygenated and chlorinated reaction products are measured and found to depend sensitively upon O(2), Cl(2), and Cl concentrations in the flow reactor. In the absence of O(2), the effective reactive uptake coefficient monotonically increases with Cl(2) concentration to a value of ∼3, clearly indicating the presence of secondary chain chemistry occurring in the condensed phase. The effective uptake coefficient decreases with increasing O(2) approaching a diffusion corrected value of 0.65 ± 0.07, when 20% of the total nitrogen flow rate in the reactor is replaced with O(2). Using a kinetic model it is found that the amount of secondary chemistry and the product distributions in the aerosol phase are controlled by the competitive reaction rates of O(2) and Cl(2) with alkyl radicals. The role that a heterogeneous pathway might play in the reaction of alkyl radicals with O(2) and Cl(2) is investigated within a reasonable range of reaction parameters. These results show, more generally, that for heterogeneous reactions involving secondary chain chemistry, time and radical concentration are not interchangeable kinetic quantities, but rather the observed reaction rate and product formation chemistry depends sensitively upon the concentrations and time evolution of radical initiators and those species that propagate or terminate free radical chain reactions. © The Owner

  5. Hypersonic lateral and directional stability characteristics of aeroassist flight experiment configuration in air and CF4

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    Micol, John R.; Wells, William L.

    1993-01-01

    Hypersonic lateral and directional stability characteristics measured on a 60 deg half-angle elliptical cone, which was raked at an angle of 73 deg from the cone centerline and with an ellipsoid nose (ellipticity equal to 2.0 in the symmetry plane), are presented for angles of attack from -10 to 10 deg. The high normal-shock density ratio of a real gas was simulated by tests at a Mach number of 6 in air and CF4 (density ratio equal to 5.25 and 12.0, respectively). Tests were conducted in air at Mach 6 and 10 and in CF4 at Mach 6 to examine the effects of Mach number, Reynolds number, and normal-shock density ratio. Changes in Mach number from 6 to 10 in air or in Reynolds number by a factor of 4 at Mach 6 had a negligible effect on lateral and directional stability characteristics. Variations in normal-shock density ratio had a measurable effect on lateral and directional aerodynamic coefficients, but no significant effect on lateral and directional stability characteristics. Tests in air and CF4 indicated that the configuration was laterally and directionally stable through the test range of angle of attack.

  6. Safety, sterility and stability of direct-from-vial multiple dosing intravitreal injection of bevacizumab.

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    Das, Taraprasad; Volety, Srinivas; Ahsan, Saad M; Thakur, Abhay K; Sharma, Savitri; Padhi, Tapas R; Basu, Soumyava; Rao, Ch Mohan

    2015-07-01

    This study aims to determine the stability, sterility and safety of bevacizumab multiple dosing from a single vial without prior aliquoting. In-vitro and human study. Six bevacizumab vials, used in multiple patients on a single day by direct withdrawal from the vial, and stored in 4°C up to a variable period, were tested for stability (high-performance liquid chromatography; [HPLC]), sterility (culture), conformational stability by circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy and the rubber cork structural integrity (electron microscopy [EM]). HPLC of all six samples of used bevacizumab and the control bevacizumab sample were similar; culture was negative; and the EM of rubber corks did not show an open communication. Spectroscopic studies indicated drug conformational stability. Further, there was no infection or inflammation in 221 consecutive patients (973 injections) when bevacizumab was stored at 4°C and used for one week. Bevacizumab does not lose stability when stored at 4°C. It may be used for a week by direct withdrawal from the vial without fear of infection or inflammation if all standard precautions related to intravitreal injection are adhered to. © 2014 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  7. Generalized direct Lyapunov method for the analysis of stability and attraction in general time systems

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    Druzhinina, O V; Shestakov, A A

    2002-10-31

    A generalized direct Lyapunov method is put forward for the study of stability and attraction in general time systems of the following types: the classical dynamical system in the sense of Birkhoff, the general system in the sense of Zubov, the general system in the sense of Seibert, the general system with delay, and the general 'input-output' system. For such systems, with the help of generalized Lyapunov functions with respect to two filters, two quasifilters, or two filter bases, necessary and sufficient conditions for stability and attraction are obtained under minimal assumptions about the mathematical structure of the general system.

  8. Some effects of nonlinear variation in the directional-stability and damping-in-yawing derivatives on the lateral stability of an airplane

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    Sternfield, Leonard

    1951-01-01

    A theoretical investigation has been made to determine the effect of nonlinear stability derivatives on the lateral stability of an airplane. Motions were calculated on the assumption that the directional-stability and the damping-in-yawing derivatives are functions of the angle of sideslip. The application of the Laplace transform to the calculation of an airplane motion when certain types of nonlinear derivatives are present is described in detail. The types of nonlinearities assumed correspond to the condition in which the values of the directional-stability and damping-in-yawing derivatives are zero for small angle of sideslip.

  9. Increased functional stability and homogeneity of viral envelope spikes through directed evolution.

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    Leaman, Daniel P; Zwick, Michael B

    2013-02-01

    The functional HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer, the target of anti-HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies (Abs), is innately labile and coexists with non-native forms of Env. This lability and heterogeneity in Env has been associated with its tendency to elicit non-neutralizing Abs. Here, we use directed evolution to overcome instability and heterogeneity of a primary Env spike. HIV-1 virions were subjected to iterative cycles of destabilization followed by replication to select for Envs with enhanced stability. Two separate pools of stable Env variants with distinct sequence changes were selected using this method. Clones isolated from these viral pools could withstand heat, denaturants and other destabilizing conditions. Seven mutations in Env were associated with increased trimer stability, primarily in the heptad repeat regions of gp41, but also in V1 of gp120. Combining the seven mutations generated a variant Env with superior homogeneity and stability. This variant spike moreover showed resistance to proteolysis and to dissociation by detergent. Heterogeneity within the functional population of hyper-stable Envs was also reduced, as evidenced by a relative decrease in a proportion of virus that is resistant to the neutralizing Ab, PG9. The latter result may reflect a change in glycans on the stabilized Envs. The stabilizing mutations also increased the proportion of secreted gp140 existing in a trimeric conformation. Finally, several Env-stabilizing substitutions could stabilize Env spikes from HIV-1 clades A, B and C. Spike stabilizing mutations may be useful in the development of Env immunogens that stably retain native, trimeric structure.

  10. Increased Functional Stability and Homogeneity of Viral Envelope Spikes through Directed Evolution

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    Leaman, Daniel P.; Zwick, Michael B.

    2013-01-01

    The functional HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer, the target of anti-HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies (Abs), is innately labile and coexists with non-native forms of Env. This lability and heterogeneity in Env has been associated with its tendency to elicit non-neutralizing Abs. Here, we use directed evolution to overcome instability and heterogeneity of a primary Env spike. HIV-1 virions were subjected to iterative cycles of destabilization followed by replication to select for Envs with enhanced stability. Two separate pools of stable Env variants with distinct sequence changes were selected using this method. Clones isolated from these viral pools could withstand heat, denaturants and other destabilizing conditions. Seven mutations in Env were associated with increased trimer stability, primarily in the heptad repeat regions of gp41, but also in V1 of gp120. Combining the seven mutations generated a variant Env with superior homogeneity and stability. This variant spike moreover showed resistance to proteolysis and to dissociation by detergent. Heterogeneity within the functional population of hyper-stable Envs was also reduced, as evidenced by a relative decrease in a proportion of virus that is resistant to the neutralizing Ab, PG9. The latter result may reflect a change in glycans on the stabilized Envs. The stabilizing mutations also increased the proportion of secreted gp140 existing in a trimeric conformation. Finally, several Env-stabilizing substitutions could stabilize Env spikes from HIV-1 clades A, B and C. Spike stabilizing mutations may be useful in the development of Env immunogens that stably retain native, trimeric structure. PMID:23468626

  11. Reversal of the relative stability of the isomeric radicals HSO and HOS upon hydration and their reactions with ozone.

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    Steudel, Ralf; Steudel, Yana

    2010-04-01

    The radical HSO is an oxidation product of pollutants such as H(2)S and CH(3)SH in Earth's atmosphere. For the first time, the interaction of HSO and its tautomer HOS with single water molecules to yield the hydrates HSO.nH(2)O and HOS.nH(2)O was studied for n = 1-3, applying the high-level G3X(MP2) theory. A large number of structures corresponding to local minima on the potential energy surfaces has been identified. While gaseous HSO is more stable than HOS, the enthalpy diffference between HSO.nH(2)O and HOS.nH(2)O decreases with increasing degree of hydration and becomes practically zero for n = 3. Thus, in aqueous solution as well as in fog and rain droplets, HOS is expected to compete with HSO. The barrier for the tautomerization of HSO to HOS is dramatically lowered by the presence of water molecules since a cyclic transition state allows a concerted proton shift within the system of neighboring hydrogen bonds. The corresponding activation enthalpy of only 73.5 kJ mol(-1) predicted for the transformation of HSO.2H(2)O into HOS.2H(2)O may be compared to the 202 kJ mol(-1) reported for the tautomerization of the unhydrated gaseous HSO/HOS molecules. The impact of water of hydration on the fundamental vibrational modes of HSO and HOS has also been studied. Furthermore, HOS is predicted to dimerize at low temperatures to give two van der Waals molecules with singlet (symmetry C(2)) or triplet configuration (symmetry C(2h)), the latter being more stable than the singlet isomer. The disproportionation of 2HSO to H(2)S and SO(2) is predicted to be exothermic by -263.5 kJ mol(-1). The reaction of HSO with ozone to HSO(2) and O(2) is also strongly exothermic by -274.0 kJ mol(-1) and seems to proceed without any barrier. HOS forms a 1:1 van der Waals complex with O(3); the redox reaction of its two components is calculated as exothermic by -410.9 kJ mol(-1) and results in a rather stable adduct between HOSO and O(2) with the structure of a peroxo isomer of HOSO(3

  12. Safe storage of radical initiators within a polyaromatic nanocapsule

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    Yamashina, Masahiro; Sei, Yoshihisa; Akita, Munetaka; Yoshizawa, Michito

    2014-08-01

    2,2'-Azobisisobutyronitrile and its derivatives are standard reagents for polymer and organic syntheses that generate radical species on stimuli by light or heat. Radical initiators like the azo compounds are unstable so that they should be kept in the dark at low temperature to avoid photochemical and thermal decomposition as well as accidental explosion. Here we report the spontaneous and quantitative encapsulation of the radical initiators by a supramolecular nanocapsule in aqueous solution. We demonstrate the remarkable stability of the initiators toward light and heat in the well-defined cavity shielded by the polyaromatic capsule shell. The incarcerated and stabilized initiators can be directly utilized for the radical polymerization of olefins on spontaneous release of the initiators from the capsule under the reaction conditions.

  13. Convective stability in the Rayleigh-Benard and directional solidification problems - High-frequency gravity modulation

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    Wheeler, A. A.; Mcfadden, G. B.; Murray, B. T.; Coriell, S. R.

    1991-01-01

    The effect of vertical, sinusoidal, time-dependent gravitational acceleration on the onset of solutal convection during directional solidification is analyzed in the limit of large modulation frequency. When the unmodulated state is unstable, the modulation amplitude required to stabilize the system is determined by the method of averaging. When the unmodulated state is stable, resonant modes of instability occur at large modulation amplitude. These are analyzed using matched asymptotic expansions to elucidate the boundary-layer structure for both the Rayleigh-Benard and directional solidification configurations. Based on these analyses, a thorough examination of the dependence of the stability criteria on the unmodulated Rayleigh number, Schmidt number, and distribution coefficient, is carried out.

  14. Stability analysis of direct contact heat exchangers subject to system perturbations. Final report, Task 2

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    Jacobs, H.R.

    1985-01-01

    This report includes a project summary, copies of two papers resulting from the work and the Ph.D. Dissertation of Dr. Mehdi Golafshani entitled, ''Stability of a Direct Contact Heat Exchanger''. Specifically, the work deals with the operational stability of a spray column type heat exchanger subject to disturbances typical of those which can occur for geothermal applications. A computer program was developed to solve the one-dimensional transient two-phase flow problem and it was applied to the design of a spray column. The operation and design of the East Mesa 500kW/sub e/ direct contactor was assessed. It is shown that the heat transfer is governed by the internal resistance of the dispersed phase. In fact, the performance is well-represented by diffusion of heat within the drops. 5 refs.

  15. Lateral and Directional Stability and Control Characteristics of a C-54D Airplane

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    Talmage, Donald B; Reeder, John P

    1949-01-01

    Data are presented showing compliance of C-54D with Army and Navy lateral and directional stability and control specifications. The airplane met requirements except for the rolling effectiveness pb/2V, the aileron forces in rolling, and the rudder forces in the asymmetric power conditions which were marginal. Also, the results of special tests concerning asymmetric power, asymmetric loading, and pitch due to yaw requested by the Airplane Handling Qualities Subcommittee of the Air Transport Association are presented.

  16. Direct Epoxidation of Propylene over Stabilized Cu+ Surface Sites on Ti Modified Cu2O

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    Yang, X.; Kattel, S.; Xiong, K.; ...

    2015-07-17

    Direct propylene epoxidation by O2 is a challenging reaction because of the strong tendency for complete combustion. Results from the current study demonstrate the feasibility to tune the epoxidation selectivity by generating highly dispersed and stabilized Cu+ active sites in a TiCuOx mixed oxide. The TiCuOx surface anchors the key surface intermediate, oxametallacycle, leading to higher selectivity for epoxidation of propylene.

  17. A computational examination of directional stability for smooth and chined forebodies at high-alpha

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    Ravi, Ramakrishnan; Mason, William H.

    1992-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been used to study aircraft forebody flowfields at low-speed, angle-of-attack conditions with sideslip. The purpose is to define forebody geometries which provide good directional stability characteristics under these conditions. The flows over the experimentally investigated F-5A forebody and chine type configuration, previously computed by the authors, were recomputed with better grid topology and resolution. The results were obtained using a modified version of CFL3D (developed at NASA Langley) to solve either the Euler equations or the Reynolds equations employing the Baldwin-Lomax turbulence model with the Degani-Schiff modification to account for massive crossflow separation. Based on the results, it is concluded that current CFD methods can be used to investigate the aerodynamic characteristics of forebodies to achieve desirable high angle-of-attack characteristics. An analytically defined generic forebody model is described, and a parametric study of various forebody shapes was then conducted to determine which shapes promote a positive contribution to directional stability at high angle-of-attack. An unconventional approach for presenting the results is used to illustrate how the positive contribution arises. Based on the results of this initial parametric study, some guidelines for aerodynamic design to promote positive directional stability are presented.

  18. Direct production of OH radicals upon CH overtone activation of (CH3)2COO Criegee intermediates

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    Liu, Fang; Beames, Joseph M.; Lester, Marsha I.

    2014-12-01

    Ozonolysis of alkenes, a principle non-photolytic source of atmospheric OH radicals, proceeds through unimolecular decay of energized carbonyl oxide intermediates, known as Criegee intermediates. In this work, cold dimethyl-substituted Criegee intermediates are vibrationally activated in the CH stretch overtone region to drive the 1,4 hydrogen transfer reaction that leads to OH radical products. IR excitation of (CH3)2COO reveals the vibrational states with sufficient oscillator strength, coupling to the reaction coordinate, and energy to surmount the effective barrier (≤ 16.0 kcal mol-1) to reaction. Insight on the dissociation dynamics is gleaned from homogeneous broadening of the spectral features, indicative of rapid intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution and/or reaction, as well as the quantum state distribution of the OH X2Π (v = 0) products. The experimental results are compared with complementary electronic structure calculations, which provide the IR absorption spectrum and geometric changes along the intrinsic reaction coordinate. Additional theoretical analysis reveals the vibrational modes and couplings that permit (CH3)2COO to access to the transition state region for reaction. The experimental and theoretical results are compared with an analogous recent study of the IR activation of syn-CH3CHOO and its unimolecular decay to OH products [F. Liu, J. M. Beames, A. S. Petit, A. B. McCoy, and M. I. Lester, Science 345, 1596 (2014)].

  19. Direct production of OH radicals upon CH overtone activation of (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}COO Criegee intermediates

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    Liu, Fang; Beames, Joseph M.; Lester, Marsha I.

    2014-12-21

    Ozonolysis of alkenes, a principle non-photolytic source of atmospheric OH radicals, proceeds through unimolecular decay of energized carbonyl oxide intermediates, known as Criegee intermediates. In this work, cold dimethyl-substituted Criegee intermediates are vibrationally activated in the CH stretch overtone region to drive the 1,4 hydrogen transfer reaction that leads to OH radical products. IR excitation of (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}COO reveals the vibrational states with sufficient oscillator strength, coupling to the reaction coordinate, and energy to surmount the effective barrier (≤ 16.0 kcal mol{sup −1}) to reaction. Insight on the dissociation dynamics is gleaned from homogeneous broadening of the spectral features, indicative of rapid intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution and/or reaction, as well as the quantum state distribution of the OH X{sup 2}Π (v = 0) products. The experimental results are compared with complementary electronic structure calculations, which provide the IR absorption spectrum and geometric changes along the intrinsic reaction coordinate. Additional theoretical analysis reveals the vibrational modes and couplings that permit (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}COO to access to the transition state region for reaction. The experimental and theoretical results are compared with an analogous recent study of the IR activation of syn-CH{sub 3}CHOO and its unimolecular decay to OH products [F. Liu, J. M. Beames, A. S. Petit, A. B. McCoy, and M. I. Lester, Science 345, 1596 (2014)].

  20. Modified Direct-Type Septal Extension Grafts: Their Stability and Usefulness in Asian Rhinoplasty.

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    Han, So-Eun; Han, Kihwan; Choi, Jaehoon; Yun, Tae Bin

    2017-03-01

    In Asian rhinoplasty, many autogenous cartilage grafts are required for correction of the nasal tip and columella, but the amount has limitations. A modified direct-type septal extension graft, in continuity with the entire caudal border of the septal cartilage with an edge-to-edge coaptation, can effectively and concomitantly correct the nasal tip and columella deformities using a limited amount of septal cartilage graft. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term cosmetic outcomes and stability from the modified direct extension grafts. Fifty-seven patients with a follow-up of more than 1 year were enrolled in the study. A total of 11 measurement items were evaluated from basal and right lateral views by photogrammetry using standardized clinical photographic techniques. The overall mean follow-up period was 20.4 months. When comparing the preoperative and postoperative values, the nasal tip projection, nasal bridge length, nasal tip angle, height of nose, and the columellar labial angle increased significantly; additionally, the soft nose width index, width between ac-ac index, nostril axis inclination, columellar length (Rt-Lt), and the alar length (Rt-Lt) decreased significantly. No resorption, buckling, or displacement of the graft was observed during the follow-up period. The modified direct extension graft demonstrated a marked aesthetic improvement in the nasal tip and columella, and it provided long-term stability. Therefore, the modified direct extension graft is useful for correction of the nasal tip and columella in Asian rhinoplasty.

  1. Radical Reaction Control in the AdoMet Radical Enzyme CDG Synthase (QueE): Consolidate, Destabilize, Accelerate

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract Controlling radical intermediates and thus catalysing and directing complex radical reactions is a central feature of S‐adensosylmethionine (SAM)‐dependent radical enzymes. We report ab initio and DFT calculations highlighting the specific influence of ion complexation, including Mg2+, identified as a key catalytic component on radical stability and reaction control in 7‐carboxy‐7‐deazaguanine synthase (QueE). Radical stabilisation energies (RSEs) of key intermediates and radical clock‐like model systems of the enzyme‐catalysed rearrangement of 6‐carboxytetrahydropterin (CPH4), reveals a directing role of Mg2+ in destabilising both the substrate‐derived radical and corresponding side reactions, with the effect that the experimentally‐observed rearrangement becomes dominant over possible alternatives. Importantly, this is achieved with minimal disruption of the thermodynamics of the substrate itself, affording a novel mechanism for an enzyme to both maintain binding potential and accelerate the rearrangement step. Other mono and divalent ions were probed with only dicationic species achieving the necessary radical conformation to facilitate the reaction. PMID:27859789

  2. Effects of antioxidants and additional emulsifiers on the stability of emulsified milk fat in the photo/radical oxidation system.

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    Yamamoto, Yukihiro; Hiyama, Shinichiro; Takase, Yoshihiko; Kadowaki, Akio; Hara, Setsuko

    2014-01-01

    The effects of antioxidants on the oxidative deterioration of emulsified oils and fats differ depending on the oxidation conditions, oils and fats used, and type of emulsifier. In this study, milk fat was emulsified to obtain water-oil (O/W) emulsion using Tween20 as emulsifier. The antioxidative effects of several antioxidants with various lipophilic properties, such as δ-tocopherol (Toc), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), quercetin (Qu), green tea extract (GTE), and rooibos tea extract (RTE) were investigated, the effects of additional emulsifiers such as polyglycerol and sucrose esters of fatty acids on the oxidation stability of the emulsion were also investigated. Under oxidative conditions of 30°C in 650 lx, Toc was more effective than GTE in suppressing the increase of the peroxide value (PV, meq/kg) of the emulsified milk fat. Under these oxidative conditions, the antioxidative effect of GTE was enhanced by the addition of polyglycerol and sucrose esters of fatty acids. Under the oxidative conditions at 40°C in dark with 2,2'-azobis (2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) or 2,2'-azobis (2,4-dimethylvaleronitrile) (AMVN), Toc showed the most antioxidative effect on suppression of the increase of PV and anisidine value (AnV) of the emulsified milk fat. Furthermore, additional emulsifiers also showed suppressive effects on the increase of the PV and AnV of the emulsified milk fat even without any antioxidants. The effects of additional emulsifiers on the oxidative stability of O/W emulsions were enhanced with antioxidants such as Toc, EGCg, and Qu.

  3. Predicting solvent stability in aprotic electrolyte Li-air batteries: nucleophilic substitution by the superoxide anion radical (O2(•-)).

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    Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S; Giordani, Vincent; Walker, Wesley; Blanco, Mario; Zecevic, Strahinja; Sasaki, Kenji; Uddin, Jasim; Addison, Dan; Chase, Gregory V

    2011-11-10

    There is increasing evidence that cyclic and linear carbonates, commonly used solvents in Li ion battery electrolytes, are unstable in the presence of superoxide and thus are not suitable for use in rechargeable Li-air batteries employing aprotic electrolytes. A detailed understanding of related decomposition mechanisms provides an important basis for the selection and design of stable electrolyte materials. In this article, we use density functional theory calculations with a Poisson-Boltzmann continuum solvent model to investigate the reactivity of several classes of aprotic solvents in nucleophilic substitution reactions with superoxide. We find that nucleophilic attack by O(2)(•-) at the O-alkyl carbon is a common mechanism of decomposition of organic carbonates, sulfonates, aliphatic carboxylic esters, lactones, phosphinates, phosphonates, phosphates, and sulfones. In contrast, nucleophilic reactions of O(2)(•-) with phenol esters of carboxylic acids and O-alkyl fluorinated aliphatic lactones proceed via attack at the carbonyl carbon. Chemical functionalities stable against nucleophilic substitution by superoxide include N-alkyl substituted amides, lactams, nitriles, and ethers. The results establish that solvent reactivity is strongly related to the basicity of the organic anion displaced in the reaction with superoxide. Theoretical calculations are complemented by cyclic voltammetry to study the electrochemical reversibility of the O(2)/O(2)(•-) couple containing tetrabutylammonium salt and GCMS measurements to monitor solvent stability in the presence of KO(2)(•) and a Li salt. These experimental methods provide efficient means for qualitatively screening solvent stability in Li-air batteries. A clear correlation between the computational and experimental results is established. The combination of theoretical and experimental techniques provides a powerful means for identifying and designing stable solvents for rechargeable Li-air batteries.

  4. Impact of the N5-proximal Asn on the Thermodynamic and Kinetic Stability of the Semiquinone Radical in Photolyase*

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    Damiani, Michael J.; Nostedt, Jordan J.; O'Neill, Melanie A.

    2011-01-01

    Flavoproteins can dramatically adjust the thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfer at their flavin cofactor. A versatile regulatory tool is proton transfer. Here, we demonstrate the significance of proton-coupled electron transfer to redox tuning and semiquinone (sq) stability in photolyases (PLs) and cryptochromes (CRYs). These light-responsive proteins share homologous overall architectures and FAD-binding pockets, yet they have evolved divergent functions that include DNA repair, photomorphogenesis, regulation of circadian rhythm, and magnetoreception. We report the first measurement of both FAD redox potentials for cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer PL (CPD-PL, Anacystis nidulans). These values, E1(hq/sq) = −140 mV and E2(sq/ox) = −219 mV, where hq is FAD hydroquinone and ox is oxidized FAD, establish that the sq is not thermodynamically stabilized (ΔE = E2 − E1 = −79 mV). Results with N386D CPD-PL support our earlier hypothesis of a kinetic barrier to sq oxidation associated with proton transfer. Both E1 and E2 are upshifted by ∼100 mV in this mutant; replacing the N5-proximal Asn with Asp decreases the driving force for sq oxidation. However, this Asp alleviates the kinetic barrier, presumably by acting as a proton shuttle, because the sq in N386D CPD-PL oxidizes orders of magnitude more rapidly than wild type. These data clearly reveal, as suggested for plant CRYs, that an N5-proximal Asp can switch on proton transfer and modulate sq reactivity. However, the effect is context-dependent. More generally, we propose that PLs and CRYs tune the properties of their N5-proximal residue to adjust the extent of proton transfer, H-bonding patterns, and changes in protein conformation associated with electron transfer at the flavin. PMID:21131361

  5. The effect of resistance exercise direction for hip joint stabilization on lateral abdominal muscle thickness

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    Jung, Ju-Hyeon; Lee, Sang-Yeol

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effects of resistance direction in hip joint stabilization exercise on change in lateral abdominal muscle thickness in healthy adults. Twenty-six healthy adults were randomly allocated to either a hip stabilization exercise by hip straight resistance group (n=12) or a hip diagonal resistance group (n=14). The outcome measures included contraction thickness ratio in transversus abdominis (TrA), internal oblique (IO) and external oblique, and TrA lateral slide were assessed during the abdominal drawing-in maneuver by b-mode ultrasound. The researcher measured the abdominal muscle thickness of each participant before the therapist began the intervention and at the moment intervention was applied. There was a significant difference in lateral abdominal muscle thickness between the straight resistance exercise of hip joint group and the diagonal resistance exercise of hip joint group. Significant differences were found between the two groups in the percentage of change of muscle thickness of the TrA (P=0.018) and in the thickness ratio of the TrA (P=0.018). Stability exercise accompanied by diagonal resistance on the hip joint that was applied in this study can induce automatic contraction of the IO and TrA, which provides stability to the lumbar spine. PMID:27807520

  6. Lateral-directional stability and control characteristics of the Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft (QSRA)

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    Stephenson, Jack D.; Jeske, James A.; Hardy, Gordon H.

    1990-01-01

    The results are presented of flight experiments to determine the lateral-directional stability and control characteristics of the Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft (QSRA), an experimental aircraft designed to furnish information on various aerodynamic characteristics of a transport type of airplane that makes use of the upper-surface blown (USB) flap technology to achieve short takeoff and landing (STOL) performance. The flight program designed to acquire the data consisted of maneuvers produced by rudder and control-wheel inputs with the airplane in several configurations that had been proposed for landing approach and takeoff operation. The normal stability augmentation system was not engaged during these maneuvers. Time-history records from the maneuvers were analyzed with a parameter estimation procedure to extract lateral-directional stability and control derivatives. For one aircraft configuration in which the USB flaps were deflected 50 deg, several maneuvers were performed to determine the effects of varying the average angle of attack, varying the thrust coefficient, and setting the airplane's upper surface spoilers at a 13 deg symmetrical bias angle . The effects on the lateral characteristics of deflecting the spoilers were rather small and generally favorable. The data indicate that for one test, conducted at low thrust (a thrust coefficient of 0.38), compared with results from tests at thrust coefficients of 0.77 and larger, there was a significant decrease in the lateral control effectiveness, in the yaw damping and in the directional derivative. The directional derivative was also decreased (by about 30 percent) when the average angle of attack of the test was increased from 3 to 16 deg.

  7. Direct Grout Stabilization of High Cesium Salt Waste: Cesium Leaching Studies

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    Langton, C.A.

    1999-09-19

    'The direct grout alternative is a viable option for treatment/stabilization and disposal of salt waste containing Cs-137 concentrations of 1-3 Ci/gal. The significant difference between these waste solutions is that the high cesium salt solution will contain between 1 and 3 Curies of Cs-137 per gallon compared to a negligible amount in the current salt solution. This difference will require special engineering and shielding for a direct grout processing facility and disposal units to achieve acceptable radiation exposure conditions. The higher cesium concentrations in the direct grout also require that the cesium leaching be evaluated as a function of curing temperature. ANS 16.1 leaching results and distribution ratios (approximations of distribution coefficients) as a function of temperature are presented in this report.'

  8. Designing and building nanowires: directed nanocrystal self-assembly into radically branched and zigzag PbS nanowires

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    Xu, Fan; Ma, Xin; Gerlein, L. Felipe; Cloutier, Sylvain G.

    2011-07-01

    Lead sulfide nanowires with controllable optoelectronic properties would be promising building blocks for various applications. Here, we report the hot colloidal synthesis of radically branched and zigzag nanowires through self-attachment of star-shaped and octahedral nanocrystals in the presence of multiple surfactants. We obtained high-quality single-crystal nanowires with uniform diameter along the entire length, and the size of the nanowire can be tuned by tailoring the reaction parameters. This slow oriented attachment provides a better understanding of the intricacies of this complex nanocrystal assembly process. Meanwhile, these self-assembled nanowire structures have appealing lateral conformations with narrow side arms or highly faceted edges, where strong quantum confinement can occur. Consequently, the single-crystal nanowire structures exhibit strong photoluminescence in the near-infrared region with a large blue-shift compared to the bulk material.

  9. Transient Dynamics of Electric Power Systems: Direct Stability Assessment and Chaotic Motions

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    Chu, Chia-Chi

    A power system is continuously experiencing disturbances. Analyzing, predicting, and controlling transient dynamics, which describe transient behaviors of the power system following disturbances, is a major concern in the planning and operation of a power utility. Important conclusions and decisions are made based on the result of system transient behaviors. As today's power network becomes highly interconnected and much more complex, it has become essential to enhance the fundamental understanding of transient dynamics, and to develop fast and reliable computational algorithms. In this thesis, we emphasize mathematical rigor rather than physical insight. Nonlinear dynamical system theory is applied to study two fundamental topics: direct stability assessment and chaotic motions. Conventionally, power system stability is determined by calculating the time-domain transient behaviors for a given disturbance. In contrast, direct methods identify whether or not the system will remain stable once the disturbance is removed by comparing the corresponding energy value of the post-fault system to a calculated threshold value. Direct methods not only avoid the time-consuming numerical integration of the time domain approach, but also provide a quantitative measure of the degree of system stability. We present a general framework for the theoretical foundations of direct methods. Canonical representations of network-reduction models as well as network-preserving models are proposed to facilitate the analysis and the construction of energy functions of various power system models. An advanced and practical method, called the boundary of stability region based controlling unstable equilibrium point method (BCU method), of computing the controlling unstable equilibrium point is proposed along with its theoretical foundation. Numerical solution algorithms capable of supporting on-line applications of direct methods are provided. Further possible improvements and enhancements are

  10. Porous polybenzimidazole membranes with excellent chemical stability and ion conductivity for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Chen, Dongju; Yu, Shanshan; Liu, Xue; Li, Xianfeng

    2015-05-01

    Porous membranes based on polybenzimidazole (PBI) are firstly introduced in direct borohydride fuel cell application (DBFC). Membranes with different thicknesses and porosity are successfully fabricated via water vapor phase inversion process. The prepared membranes show excellent ion conductivity and chemical stability under DBFC operating condition. Compare with Nafion 115, the prepared membranes show higher ion conductivity, as a result, much higher peak power density. No weight loss is observed after immersing the prepared membranes in a 3 M NaOH solution for 30 days, indicating the excellent chemical stability of porous PBI membranes. And the DBFC cells assembled with prepared membranes could discharge at 200 mA cm-2 for more than 250 h without voltage decay, which is the longest time reported by far. This work provides a totally new idea for fabricating versatile DBFC membranes.

  11. A two-locus model of spatially varying stabilizing or directional selection on a quantitative trait.

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    Geroldinger, Ludwig; Bürger, Reinhard

    2014-06-01

    The consequences of spatially varying, stabilizing or directional selection on a quantitative trait in a subdivided population are studied. A deterministic two-locus two-deme model is employed to explore the effects of migration, the degree of divergent selection, and the genetic architecture, i.e., the recombination rate and ratio of locus effects, on the maintenance of genetic variation. The possible equilibrium configurations are determined as functions of the migration rate. They depend crucially on the strength of divergent selection and the genetic architecture. The maximum migration rates are investigated below which a stable fully polymorphic equilibrium or a stable single-locus polymorphism can exist. Under stabilizing selection, but with different optima in the demes, strong recombination may facilitate the maintenance of polymorphism. However usually, and in particular with directional selection in opposite direction, the critical migration rates are maximized by a concentrated genetic architecture, i.e., by a major locus and a tightly linked minor one. Thus, complementing previous work on the evolution of genetic architectures in subdivided populations subject to diversifying selection, it is shown that concentrated architectures may aid the maintenance of polymorphism. Conditions are obtained when this is the case. Finally, the dependence of the phenotypic variance, linkage disequilibrium, and various measures of local adaptation and differentiation on the parameters is elaborated. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. A two-locus model of spatially varying stabilizing or directional selection on a quantitative trait

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    Geroldinger, Ludwig; Bürger, Reinhard

    2014-01-01

    The consequences of spatially varying, stabilizing or directional selection on a quantitative trait in a subdivided population are studied. A deterministic two-locus two-deme model is employed to explore the effects of migration, the degree of divergent selection, and the genetic architecture, i.e., the recombination rate and ratio of locus effects, on the maintenance of genetic variation. The possible equilibrium configurations are determined as functions of the migration rate. They depend crucially on the strength of divergent selection and the genetic architecture. The maximum migration rates are investigated below which a stable fully polymorphic equilibrium or a stable single-locus polymorphism can exist. Under stabilizing selection, but with different optima in the demes, strong recombination may facilitate the maintenance of polymorphism. However usually, and in particular with directional selection in opposite direction, the critical migration rates are maximized by a concentrated genetic architecture, i.e., by a major locus and a tightly linked minor one. Thus, complementing previous work on the evolution of genetic architectures in subdivided populations subject to diversifying selection, it is shown that concentrated architectures may aid the maintenance of polymorphism. Conditions are obtained when this is the case. Finally, the dependence of the phenotypic variance, linkage disequilibrium, and various measures of local adaptation and differentiation on the parameters is elaborated. PMID:24726489

  13. Empirical Research on the Radical Subjective Solution of the Measurement Problem. Does Time get its Direction through Conscious Observation?

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    Bierman, Dick J.

    2006-10-01

    In a number of experimental studies we explored the so-called `radical subjective', and rather controversial, solution of the measurement problem. This solution posits that an interaction with a conscious entity is required to complete the measurement. Thus the collapse of the wave packet is assumed to be causally linked to a conscious observation. Under the assumption that the brain is sensitive for the difference between observing a quantum (superposition) state and a classical state this radical solution can be tested. A radioactive source was used to trigger beeps that first were delayed for 1 second and then were observed by a (final) observer from whom a continuous recording of brain activity was made. In about 50% of the events, another (pre) observer got feedback of this quantum event before the final observer. In those cases, presumably the pre-observer's observation resulted in collapse of the wave-packet while in the other half of the cases the final observer was `producing' the collapse. The brain signals of the final observer for the two types of events were compared. The ambiguous results of the studies will be discussed. If consciousness is the crucial ingredient for `collapse' to occur, then this might also give a new anthropocentric hypothesis with regard to the `arrow of time'. The projection postulate implies a irreversible process of reduction and hence can be seen as one of the few non time-symmetric processes in physics. If consciousness is required to have a collapse then it might follow that consciousness introduces time asymmetry into physics. New neuro-cognitive models of consciousness suggest that the neural correlate of conscious experience (rather than non conscious processing) is the occurrence of massive parallel recurrent (i.e. non linear) neural activation. Thus the collapse of the wave packet would become associated with a strong non-linear process. This fits, at least in a metaphorical sense, with the theoretical results where an

  14. Stability transitions and directional flipping in a microswimmer with superparamagnetic links

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    Harduf, Yuval; Or, Yizhar

    2016-11-01

    The famous work of Dreyfus et al. (2005) introduced a microswimmer composed of a chain of superparamagnetic beads and actuated by a planar oscillating magnetic field. Further numerical simulations of the swimmer model by Gauger & Stark (2006) revealed that for large enough oscillation amplitude of the magnetic field's direction, the swimmer's mean orientation and net swimming direction both flip from the mean direction of the magnetic field to a direction perpendicular to it. This observation has been confirmed experimentally in Roper et al. (2008). In our work, we analyze this phenomenon theoretically by studying the simplest possible microswimmer model: two slender links connected by an elastic joint, while one link is superparamagnetic. The dynamic equations of motion are formulated explicitly, and approximated by a second-order system which resembles the well-known Kapitza pendulum with an oscillating pivot. Conditions for stability transitions induced by the system's parametric excitation are obtained numerically and analytically by using Hill's equation and infinite determinant. Remarkably, it is also found that there exist intermediate parameter regions of dynamic bistability where the aligned and perpendicular directions are both stable under different initial conditions.

  15. Quality, stability and radical scavenging activity of olive oils after Chétoui olives (Olea europaea L.) storage under modified atmospheres.

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    Ben Yahia, L; Baccouri, B; Ouni, Y; Hamdi, S

    2012-08-01

    At the industrial scale, the major source of olive oil deterioration is the poor handling of the raw material during the time separating harvesting from processing. The objective of this work was to verify the effect of modified atmospheres and cold storage in relation to quality parameters of the extracted oils. Olives (cv Chétoui) intended for oil extraction, were stored for 21 days at two different temperatures (ambient temperature 14 ± 2 °C and 5 °C) and under two different modified atmospheres 21% O₂ - 0% CO₂ and 2% O₂ - 5% CO₂. Oils quality was ascertained with analytical parameters: free fatty acids, peroxide value, K₂₃₂, K₂₇₀ as suggested by European regulation. Oxidative stability, total phenols content, radical scavenging activity and fatty acids composition were carried out in order to measure the hydrolytic and oxidative degradation of oils. Olive oils quality parameters were significantly affected by treatments with especially a beneficial effect on primary oxidation indicators and free acidity. Most efficient treatments, with regard to oils phenolic content and involved parameters, were 21% O₂ - 0% CO₂ at ambient temperature (636.25 mg ca/kg) and 2% O₂ - 5% CO₂ under 5 °C (637.50 mg ca/kg). Those two treatments improved individually oil samples phenolic content of 25% but not at the same storage period.

  16. Improving Kinetic or Thermodynamic Stability of an Azoreductase by Directed Evolution

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    Brissos, Vânia; Gonçalves, Nádia; Melo, Eduardo P.; Martins, Lígia O.

    2014-01-01

    Protein stability arises from a combination of factors which are often difficult to rationalise. Therefore its improvement is better addressed through directed evolution than by rational design approaches. In this study, five rounds of mutagenesis/recombination followed by high-throughput screening (≈10,000 clones) yielded the hit 1B6 showing a 300-fold higher half life at 50°C than that exhibited by the homodimeric wild type PpAzoR azoreductase from Pseudomonas putida MET94. The characterization using fluorescence, calorimetry and light scattering shows that 1B6 has a folded state slightly less stable than the wild type (with lower melting and optimal temperatures) but in contrast is more resistant to irreversible denaturation. The superior kinetic stability of 1B6 variant was therefore related to an increased resistance of the unfolded monomers to aggregation through the introduction of mutations that disturbed hydrophobic patches and increased the surface net charge of the protein. Variants 2A1 and 2A1-Y179H with increased thermodynamic stability (10 to 20°C higher melting temperature than wild type) were also examined showing the distinctive nature of mutations that lead to improved structural robustness: these occur in residues that are mostly involved in strengthening the solvent-exposed loops or the inter-dimer interactions of the folded state. PMID:24475252

  17. Directional, stabilizing, and disruptive trait selection as alternative mechanisms for plant community assembly.

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    Rolhauser, Andrés G; Pucheta, Eduardo

    2017-03-01

    How plant functional traits (e.g., seed mass) drive species abundance within communities remains an unsolved question. Borrowing concepts from natural selection theory, we propose that trait-abundance relationships can generally correspond to one of three modes of trait selection: directional (a rectilinear relationship, where species at one end of a trait axis are most abundant), stabilizing (an n-shaped relationship), and disruptive (a u-shaped relationship). Stabilizing selection (i.e., the functional convergence of abundant species) would result from positive density-dependent interactions (e.g., facilitation) or due to generalized trade-offs in resource acquisition/use, while disruptive selection (i.e., the divergence of abundant species) would result from negative density-dependent interactions (e.g., competition) or due to environmental heterogeneity. These selection modes can be interpreted as proxies for community-level trait-fitness functions, which establish the degree to which traits are truly "functional". We searched for selection modes in a desert annual-plant community in Argentina (which was divided into winter and summer guilds) to test the hypothesis that the relative importance of disruptive mechanisms (competition, disturbances) decreases with the increase of abiotic stress, a stabilizing agent. Average density was analyzed as a function of eight traits generally linked to resource acquisition and competitive ability (maximum plant height, leaf size, specific leaf area, specific root length), resource retention and stress tolerance (leaf dissection, leaf dry matter content, specific root volume), and regeneration (seed mass) using multiple quadratic-regression models. Trait selection was stabilizing and/or directional when the environment was harshest (winter) and disruptive and/or directional when conditions were milder (summer). Selection patterns differed between guilds for two important traits: plant height and seed mass. These results

  18. Multi-directional Reach Test: An Investigation of the Limits of Stability of People Aged between 20-79 Years.

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    Tantisuwat, Anong; Chamonchant, Dannaovarat; Boonyong, Sujitra

    2014-06-01

    [Purpose] The multi-directional reach test (MDRT) is a simple, inexpensive, reliable and valid screening tool for assessing the limits of stability in the anterorposterior and mediolateral directions. The aim of this study was to quantify the limits of stability of people aged between 20 and 79 years using the MDRT. [Subjects] One hundred and eighty subjects were divided into the following 6 age groups: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79 years (n=30 per group). [Methods] The MDRT was used to measure the limits of stability in four directions: forward, backward, leftward and rightward. Subjects performed maximal outstretched arm reach in each direction with their feet flat on the floor. [Results] All age groups performed the greatest values of the limit of stability in the forward direction. The 60-79 year group demonstrated significantly lower limits of stability in the forward, leftward and rightward directions compared to the 20-39 year group. [Conclusion] The limits of stability declined with age mainly in the forward, leftward and rightward directions. The MDRT appears to be a useful assessment tool for postural control and balance of those aged 60 years and over.

  19. Direct observation of unimolecular decay of CH 3 CH 2 CHOO Criegee intermediates to OH radical products

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    Fang, Yi; Liu, Fang; Klippenstein, Stephen J.; Lester, Marsha I.

    2016-07-28

    The unimolecular decay of carbonyl oxide intermediates, known as Criegee intermediates, produced in alkene ozonolysis is a significant source of OH radicals in the troposphere. Here, the rate of appearance of OH radical products is examined directly in the time-domain for a prototypical alkyl-substituted Criegee intermediate, CH3CH2CHOO, following vibrational activation under collision-free conditions. Complementary statistical Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus calculations of the microcanonical unimolecular decay rate for CH3CH2CHOO are also carried out at energies in the vicinity of the barrier for 1,4 hydrogen atom transfer that leads to OH products. Tunneling through the barrier, derived from high level electronic structure calculations, contributes significantly to the decay rate. Infrared transitions of CH3CH2CHOO are identified in the CH stretch overtone region, which are detected by ultraviolet laser-induced fluorescence of the resultant OH products. The features observed are attributed to CH vibrational excitations and conformational forms utilizing insights from theory. Both experiment and theory yield unimolecular decay rates for CH3CH2CHOO of ca. 10(7) s(-1), which are slower than those obtained for syn-CH3CHOO or (CH3)(2)COO reported previously [Fang et al., J. Chem. Phys. 144, 061102 (2016)] at similar energies. Master equation modeling is also utilized to predict the thermal decay rate of CH3CH2CHOO under atmospheric conditions, giving a rate of 279 s(-1) at 298 K.

  20. Radical aminomethylation of imines.

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    Fujii, Shintaro; Konishi, Takehito; Matsumoto, Yusuke; Yamaoka, Yousuke; Takasu, Kiyosei; Yamada, Ken-Ichi

    2014-09-05

    Taking advantage of the high level of performance of N-alkoxycarbonyl-imines, we achieved the first example of addition of the aminomethyl radical to imine. The reaction efficiency depended on the structure of the radical precursor, whether it is an iodide or a xanthate, and an electron-withdrawing group on the nitrogen atom of the radical. This reaction allows direct introduction of an N-substituted aminomethyl group onto imine to provide 1,2-diamine as well as the short-step synthesis of ICI-199,441.

  1. EPR spin-trapping evidence for the direct, one-electron reduction of tert-butylhydroperoxide to the tert-butoxyl radical by copper(II): paradigm for a previously overlooked reaction in the initiation of lipid peroxidation.

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    Jones, Clare M; Burkitt, Mark J

    2003-06-11

    Lipid peroxidation is often initiated using Cu(II) ions. It is widely assumed that Cu(II) oxidizes preformed lipid hydroperoxides to peroxyl radicals, which propagate oxidation of the parent fatty acid via hydrogen atom abstraction. However, the oxidation of alkyl hydroperoxides by Cu(II) is thermodynamically unfavorable. An alternative means by which Cu(II) ions could initiate lipid peroxidation is by their one-electron reduction of lipid hydroperoxides to alkoxyl radicals, which would be accompanied by the generation of Cu(III). We have investigated by EPR spectroscopy, in conjunction with the spin trap 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide, the reactions of various Cu(II) chelates with tert-butylhydroperoxide. Spectra contained signals from the tert-butoxyl, methyl, and methoxyl radical adducts. In many previous studies, the signal from the methoxyl adduct has been assigned incorrectly to the tert-butylperoxyl adduct, which is now known to be unstable, releasing the tert-butoxyl radical upon decomposition. This either is trapped by 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide or undergoes beta-scission to the methyl radical, which either is trapped or reacts with molecular oxygen to give, ultimately, the methoxyl radical adduct. By using metal chelates that are known to be specific in either their oxidation or reduction of tert-butylhydroperoxide (the Cu(II) complex of bathocuproine disulfonic acid and the Fe(II) complex of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid, respectively) for comparison, we have been able to deduce, from the relative concentrations of the three radical adducts, that the Cu(II) complexes tested each reduce tert-butylhydroperoxide directly to the tert-butoxyl radical. These findings suggest that a previously overlooked reaction, namely the direct reduction of preformed lipid hydroperoxides to alkoxyl radicals by Cu(II), may be responsible for the initiation of lipid peroxidation by Cu(II) ions.

  2. Direct Grout Stabilization of High Cesium Salt Waste: Salt Alternative Phase III Feasibility Study

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    Langton, C.A.

    1998-12-07

    The direct grout alternative is a viable option for treatment/stabilization and disposal of salt waste containing Cs-137 concentrations of 1-3 Ci/gal. The composition of the direct grout salt solution is higher in sodium salts and contains up to a few hundred ppm Cs-137 more than the current reference salt solution. However it is still similar to the composition of the current reference salt solution. Consequently, the processing, setting, and leaching properties (including TCLP for Cr and Hg) of the direct grout and current saltstone waste forms are very similar. The significant difference between these waste solutions is that the high cesium salt solution will contain between 1 and 3 Curies of Cs-137 per gallon compared to a negligible amount in the current salt solution. This difference will require special engineering and shielding for a direct grout processing facility and disposal units to achieve acceptable radiation exposure conditions. The Cs-137 concentration in the direct grout salt solution will also affect the long-term curing temperature of the waste form since 4.84 Watts of energy are generated per 1000 Ci of Cs-137. The temperature rise of the direct grout during long-term curing has been calculated by A. Shaddy, SRTC.1 The effect of curing temperature on the strength, leaching and physical durability of the direct grout saltstone is described in this report. At the present time, long term curing at 90 degrees C appears to be unacceptable because of cracking which will affect the structural integrity as evaluated in the immersion test. (The experiments conducted in this feasibility study do not address the effect of cracking on leaching of contaminants other than Cr, Hg, and Cs.) No cracking of the direct grout or reference saltstone waste forms was observed for samples cured at 70 degrees C. At the present time the implications of waste form cracking at elevated curing temperatures has not been fully addressed. The direct grout falls within the

  3. Direct Numerical Simulations and Hydrodynamic Stability Problems in the Upper Oceanic Mixed Layer

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    Tandon, Amit

    Langmuir circulations are longitudinal rolls driven by the wind and appear beneath the surface of the ocean. Following Craik and Leibovich, we model these as an instability of the mean current due to its interaction with averaged effect of the surface waves. Simulations and nonlinear dynamical analyses have previously been carried out with these rolls assumed to be independent of the downwind direction. We allow for perturbations in three dimensions for a layer of finite depth. Linear stability analysis shows that two-dimensional rolls are most unstable for unstratified flow as in previous two-dimensional studies. In presence of stratification three- dimensional modes are most unstable. At low and high values of the Reynolds number, the most unstable modes are nearly two-dimensional. At intermediate values, three dimensionality is important. The angular deviation from the wind direction of the most unstable modes increases with stratification, in the range considered. Two-dimensional simulations are done at different values of stratification for unconstrained and constrained sidewall boundary conditions. These show good agreement qualitatively and quantitatively with the weakly nonlinear dynamics of the governing equations in two-dimensions. We perform a secondary stability (Floquet) analysis to determine the range of stability of unstratified steady Langmuir rolls and elicit the streamwise length scales when rolls become unstable. Eckhaus and Oscillatory mechanisms of instability are found to be important at a moderate value of Reynolds number. Subsequent direct numerical simulations are performed for corresponding instabilities. Oscillatory instability sets in as streamwise traveling waves. As one of the destabilizing parameters is increased, quasi -periodic motion is observed, with a low frequency vacillating mode. At lower values of Reynolds number, the secondary instability thresholds for the forcing are higher and steady rolls are stable in a larger domain of

  4. Non-covalent interaction between dietary stilbenoids and human serum albumin: Structure-affinity relationship, and its influence on the stability, free radical scavenging activity and cell uptake of stilbenoids.

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    Cao, Hui; Jia, Xueping; Shi, Jian; Xiao, Jianbo; Chen, Xiaoqing

    2016-07-01

    Dietary stilbenoids are associated with many benefits for human health, which depend on their bioavailability and bioaccessibility. The stilbenoid-human serum albumin (HSA) interactions are investigated to explore the structure-affinity relationship and influence on the stability, free radical scavenging activity and cell uptake of stilbenoids. The structure-affinity relationship of the stilbenoids-HSA interaction was found as: (1) the methoxylation enhanced the affinity, (2) an additional hydroxyl group increases the affinity and (3) the glycosylation significantly weakened the affinity. HSA obviously masked the free radical scavenging potential of stilbenoids. The stabilities of stilbenoids in different medium were determined as: HSA solution>human plasma>Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium. It appears that the milk enhanced the cell uptake of stilbenoids with multi-hydroxyl groups and weakened the cell uptake of stilbenoids with methoxyl group on EA.hy 926 endothelial cells. The stilbenoids are hardly absorbed by human umbilical vein endothelial cells in the presence of milk.

  5. Rapid directed evolution of stabilized proteins with cellular high-throughput encapsulation solubilization and screening (CHESS).

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    Yong, K J; Scott, D J

    2015-03-01

    Directed evolution is a powerful method for engineering proteins towards user-defined goals and has been used to generate novel proteins for industrial processes, biological research and drug discovery. Typical directed evolution techniques include cellular display, phage display, ribosome display and water-in-oil compartmentalization, all of which physically link individual members of diverse gene libraries to their translated proteins. This allows the screening or selection for a desired protein function and subsequent isolation of the encoding gene from diverse populations. For biotechnological and industrial applications there is a need to engineer proteins that are functional under conditions that are not compatible with these techniques, such as high temperatures and harsh detergents. Cellular High-throughput Encapsulation Solubilization and Screening (CHESS), is a directed evolution method originally developed to engineer detergent-stable G proteins-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for structural biology. With CHESS, library-transformed bacterial cells are encapsulated in detergent-resistant polymers to form capsules, which serve to contain mutant genes and their encoded proteins upon detergent mediated solubilization of cell membranes. Populations of capsules can be screened like single cells to enable rapid isolation of genes encoding detergent-stable protein mutants. To demonstrate the general applicability of CHESS to other proteins, we have characterized the stability and permeability of CHESS microcapsules and employed CHESS to generate thermostable, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) resistant green fluorescent protein (GFP) mutants, the first soluble proteins to be engineered using CHESS.

  6. Direct NMR Monitoring of Phase Separation Behavior of Highly Supersaturated Nifedipine Solution Stabilized with Hypromellose Derivatives.

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    Ueda, Keisuke; Higashi, Kenjirou; Moribe, Kunikazu

    2017-07-03

    We investigated the phase separation behavior and maintenance mechanism of the supersaturated state of poorly water-soluble nifedipine (NIF) in hypromellose (HPMC) derivative solutions. Highly supersaturated NIF formed NIF-rich nanodroplets through phase separation from aqueous solution containing HPMC derivative. Dissolvable NIF concentration in the bulk water phase was limited by the phase separation of NIF from the aqueous solution. HPMC derivatives stabilized the NIF-rich nanodroplets and maintained the NIF supersaturation with phase-separated NIF for several hours. The size of the NIF-rich phase was different depending on the HPMC derivatives dissolved in aqueous solution, although the droplet size had no correlation with the time for which NIF supersaturation was maintained without NIF crystallization. HPMC acetate and HPMC acetate succinate (HPMC-AS) effectively maintained the NIF supersaturation containing phase-separated NIF compared with HPMC. Furthermore, HPMC-AS stabilized NIF supersaturation more effectively in acidic conditions. Solution (1)H NMR measurements of NIF-supersaturated solution revealed that HPMC derivatives distributed into the NIF-rich phase during the phase separation of NIF from the aqueous solution. The hydrophobicity of HPMC derivative strongly affected its distribution into the NIF-rich phase. Moreover, the distribution of HPMC-AS into the NIF-rich phase was promoted at lower pH due to the lower aqueous solubility of HPMC-AS. The distribution of a large amount of HPMC derivatives into NIF-rich phase induced the strong inhibition of NIF crystallization from the NIF-rich phase. Polymer distribution into the drug-rich phase directly monitored by solution NMR technique can be a useful index for the stabilization efficiency of drug-supersaturated solution containing a drug-rich phase.

  7. Peptidyl Prolyl Isomerase PIN1 Directly Binds to and Stabilizes Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1α

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    Han, Hyeong-jun; Kwon, Nayoung; Choi, Min-A; Jung, Kyung Oh; Piao, Juan-Yu; Ngo, Hoang Kieu Chi; Kim, Su-Jung; Kim, Do-Hee; Chung, June-Key; Cha, Young-Nam; Youn, Hyewon; Choi, Bu Young; Min, Sang-Hyun; Surh, Young-Joon

    2016-01-01

    Peptidyl prolyl isomerase (PIN1) regulates the functional activity of a subset of phosphoproteins through binding to phosphorylated Ser/Thr-Pro motifs and subsequently isomerization of the phosphorylated bonds. Interestingly, PIN1 is overexpressed in many types of malignancies including breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. However, its oncogenic functions have not been fully elucidated. Here, we report that PIN1 directly interacts with hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α in human colon cancer (HCT116) cells. PIN1 binding to HIF-1α occurred in a phosphorylation-dependent manner. We also found that PIN1 interacted with HIF-1α at both exogenous and endogenous levels. Notably, PIN1 binding stabilized the HIF-1α protein, given that their levels were significantly increased under hypoxic conditions. The stabilization of HIF-1α resulted in increased transcriptional activity, consequently upregulating expression of vascular endothelial growth factor, a major contributor to angiogenesis. Silencing of PIN1 or pharmacologic inhibition of its activity abrogated the angiogenesis. By utilizing a bioluminescence imaging technique, we were able to demonstrate that PIN1 inhibition dramatically reduced the tumor volume in a subcutaneous mouse xenograft model and angiogenesis as well as hypoxia-induced transcriptional activity of HIF-1α. These results suggest that PIN1 interacting with HIF-1α is a potential cancer chemopreventive and therapeutic target. PMID:26784107

  8. STABILITY OF THE DIRECTLY IMAGED MULTIPLANET SYSTEM HR 8799: RESONANCE AND MASSES

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    Fabrycky, Daniel C.; Murray-Clay, Ruth A.

    2010-02-20

    A new era of directly imaged extrasolar planets has produced a three-planet system, where the masses of the planets have been estimated by untested cooling models. We point out that the nominal circular, face-on orbits of the planets lead to a dynamical instability in {approx}10{sup 5} yr, a factor of at least 100 shorter than the estimated age of the star. Reduced planetary masses produce stability only for unreasonably small planets ({approx}<2 M{sub Jup}). Relaxing the face-on assumption, but still requiring circular orbits while fitting the observed positions, makes the instability time even shorter. A promising solution is that the inner two planets have a 2:1 commensurability between their periods, and they avoid close encounters with each other through this resonance. The fact that the inner resonance has lasted until now, in spite of the perturbations of the outer planet, leads to a limit {approx}<10 M{sub Jup} on the masses unless the outer two planets are also engaged in a 2:1 mean-motion resonance. In a double resonance, which is consistent with the current data, the system could survive until now even if the planets have masses of {approx}20 M{sub Jup}. Apsidal alignment can further enhance the stability of a mean-motion resonant system. A completely different dynamical configuration, with large eccentricities and large mutual inclinations among the planets, is possible but finely tuned.

  9. Stability robustness improvement of direct eigenspace assignment based feedback systems using singular value sensitivities

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    Garg, Sanjay

    1989-01-01

    A methodology to improve the stability robustness of feedback control systems designed using direct eigenspace assignment techniques is presented. The method consists of considering the sensitivity of the minimum singular value of the return difference transfer matrix at the plant input to small changes in the desired closed-loop eigenvalues and the specified elements of the desired closed-loop eigenvectors. Closed-form expressions for the gradient of the minimum return difference singular value with respect to desired closed-loop eigenvalue and eigenvector parameters are derived. Closed-form expressions for the gradients of the control feedback gains with respect to the specified eigenspace parameters are obtained as an intermediate step. The use of the gradient information to improve the guaranteed gain and phase margins in eigenspace assignment based designs is demonstrated by application to an advanced fighter aircraft.

  10. In vivo copper-mediated free radical production: an ESR spin-trapping study

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    Kadiiska, Maria B.; Mason, Ronald P.

    2002-04-01

    Copper has been suggested to facilitate oxidative tissue injury through a free radical-mediated pathway analogous to the Fenton reaction. By applying the electron spin resonance (ESR) spin-trapping technique, evidence for hydroxyl radical formation in vivo was obtained in rats treated simultaneously with copper and ascorbic acid or paraquat. A secondary radical spin-trapping technique was used in which the hydroxyl radical formed the methyl radical upon reaction with dimethylsulfoxide. The methyl radical was then detected by ESR spectroscopy as its adduct with the spin trap phenyl- N- t-butyl- nitrone (PBN). In contrast, lipid derived radical was detected in vivo in copper-challenged, vitamin E and selenium-deficient rats. These findings support the proposal that dietary selenium and vitamin E can protect against lipid peroxidation and copper toxicity. Since copper excreted into the bile from treated animals is expected to be maintained in the Cu(I) state (by ascorbic acid or glutathione), a chelating agent that would redox-stablilize it in the Cu(I) state was used to prevent ex vivo redox chemistry. Bile samples were collected directly into solutions of bathocuproinedisulfonic acid, a Cu(I)-stabilizing agent, and 2,2'-dipyridyl, a Fe(II)-stabilizing agent. If these precautions were not taken, radical adducts generated ex vivo could be mistaken for radical adducts produced in vivo and excreted into the bile.

  11. O-GlcNAcylation stabilizes β-catenin through direct competition with phosphorylation at threonine 41

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    Olivier-Van Stichelen, Stéphanie; Dehennaut, Vanessa; Buzy, Armelle; Zachayus, Jean-Luc; Guinez, Céline; Mir, Anne-Marie; El Yazidi-Belkoura, Ikram; Copin, Marie-Christine; Boureme, Didier; Loyaux, Denis; Ferrara, Pascual; Lefebvre, Tony

    2014-01-01

    Dysfunctions in Wnt signaling increase β-catenin stability and are associated with cancers, including colorectal cancer. In addition, β-catenin degradation is decreased by nutrient-dependent O-GlcNAcylation. Human colon tumors and colons from mice fed high-carbohydrate diets exhibited higher amounts of β-catenin and O-GlcNAc relative to healthy tissues and mice fed a standard diet, respectively. Administration of the O-GlcNAcase inhibitor thiamet G to mice also increased colonic expression of β-catenin. By ETD-MS/MS, we identified 4 O-GlcNAcylation sites at the N terminus of β-catenin (S23/T40/T41/T112). Furthermore, mutation of serine and threonine residues within the D box of β-catenin reduced O-GlcNAcylation by 75%. Interestingly, elevating O-GlcNAcylation in human colon cell lines drastically reduced phosphorylation at T41, a key residue of the D box responsible for β-catenin stability. Analyses of β-catenin O-GlcNAcylation mutants reinforced T41 as the most crucial residue that controls the β-catenin degradation rate. Finally, inhibiting O-GlcNAcylation decreased the β-catenin/α-catenin interaction necessary for mucosa integrity, whereas O-GlcNAcase silencing improved this interaction. These results suggest that O-GlcNAcylation regulates not only the stability of β-catenin, but also affects its localization at the level of adherens junctions. Accordingly, we propose that O-GlcNAcylation of β-catenin is a missing link between the glucose metabolism deregulation observed in metabolic disorders and the development of cancer.—Olivier-Van Stichelen, S., Dehennaut, V., Buzy, A., Zachayus, J.-L., Guinez, C., Mir, A.-M., El Yazidi-Belkoura, I., Copin, M.-C., Boureme, D., Loyaux, D., Ferrara, P., Lefebvre, T. O-GlcNAcylation stabilizes β-catenin through direct competition with phosphorylation at threonine 41. PMID:24744147

  12. Site-directed mutagenesis of an alkaline phytase: influencing specificity, activity and stability in acidic milieu.

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    Tran, Thuy T; Mamo, Gashaw; Búxo, Laura; Le, Nhi N; Gaber, Yasser; Mattiasson, Bo; Hatti-Kaul, Rajni

    2011-07-10

    Site-directed mutagenesis of a thermostable alkaline phytase from Bacillus sp. MD2 was performed with an aim to increase its specific activity and activity and stability in an acidic environment. The mutation sites are distributed on the catalytic surface of the enzyme (P257R, E180N, E229V and S283R) and in the active site (K77R, K179R and E227S). Selection of the residues was based on the idea that acid active phytases are more positively charged around their catalytic surfaces. Thus, a decrease in the content of negatively charged residues or an increase in the positive charges in the catalytic region of an alkaline phytase was assumed to influence the enzyme activity and stability at low pH. Moreover, widening of the substrate-binding pocket is expected to improve the hydrolysis of substrates that are not efficiently hydrolysed by wild type alkaline phytase. Analysis of the phytase variants revealed that E229V and S283R mutants increased the specific activity by about 19% and 13%, respectively. Mutation of the active site residues K77R and K179R led to severe reduction in the specific activity of the enzyme. Analysis of the phytase mutant-phytate complexes revealed increase in hydrogen bonding between the enzyme and the substrate, which might retard the release of the product, resulting in decreased activity. On the other hand, the double mutant (K77R-K179R) phytase showed higher stability at low pH (pH 2.6-3.0). The E227S variant was optimally active at pH 5.5 (in contrast to the wild type enzyme that had an optimum pH of 6) and it exhibited higher stability in acidic condition. This mutant phytase, displayed over 80% of its initial activity after 3h incubation at pH 2.6 while the wild type phytase retained only about 40% of its original activity. Moreover, the relative activity of this mutant phytase on calcium phytate, sodium pyrophosphate and p-nitro phenyl phosphate was higher than that of the wild type phytase.

  13. Direction-Dependent Effects of Combined Static and ELF Magnetic Fields on Cell Proliferation and Superoxide Radical Production.

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    Naarala, Jonne; Kesari, Kavindra Kumar; McClure, Ian; Chavarriaga, Cristina; Juutilainen, Jukka; Martino, Carlos F

    2017-01-01

    Proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells was stimulated by a nearly vertical 60 or 120 μT static magnetic field (MF) in comparison to cells that were shielded against MFs. When the static field was combined with an extremely low frequency (ELF) MF (18 Hz, 30 μT), proliferation was suppressed by a horizontal but not by a vertical ELF field. As these results suggested that the effects of an ELF MF depend on its direction in relation to the static MF, independent experiments were carried out to confirm such dependence using 50 Hz MFs and a different experimental model. Cytosolic superoxide level in rat glioma C6 cells exposed in the presence of a nearly vertical 33 μT static MF was increased by a horizontal 50 Hz, 30 μT MF, but not affected by a vertical 50 Hz MF. The results suggest that a weak ELF MF may interact with the static geomagnetic field in producing biological effects, but the effect depends on the relative directions of the static and ELF MFs.

  14. [10 YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN USING DIRECT URETEROINTESTINAL ANASTOMOSIS IN URINARY INTESTINAL DIVERSION AFTER RADICAL AND SIMPLE CYSTECTOMY].

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    Loran, O B; Serjogin, I V; Hachatrjan, A L; Guspanov, R I

    2015-01-01

    147 patients who underwent urinary intestinal diversion from 2004 to 2014 were selected for the retrospective study. The authors carried out a comparative analysis of rates of complications that arise from the direct ureterointestinal anastomosis. The mean age of patients was 54.2 ± 3.0 (36-69) years. 60 (40.81%) patients of group 1 underwent Nesbit's direct ureterointestinal anastomosis, while in 87 (59.19%) patients of group 2 Wallace-1 and Wallace-2 anastomoses were performed. Average follow-up was 5.6 (2-10) years. Strictures of ureterointestinal anastomosis were detected in 2 (3.38%) patients of group 1 and in 1 (1.14%) patient of group 2. In all cases re-anastomosis was performed. The maximum postoperative concentration of serum creatinine in both groups was 231 mmol/l. According to radioisotope kidney scan, no differences in accumulative and excretory renal functions between two groups of patients were recorded. No kidney stone formation in both groups of patients during the follow-up period was observed. No ureteral reflux above grade 3 was noted. The clinical manifestation of reflux pyelonephritis was observed in 3.5% of the patients. Acute pyelonephritis was cured by antibacterial therapy.

  15. Directly-observed therapy (DOT) for the radical 14-day primaquine treatment of Plasmodium vivax malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border

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    2010-01-01

    Background Plasmodium vivax has a dormant hepatic stage, called the hypnozoite, which can cause relapse months after the initial attack. For 50 years, primaquine has been used as a hypnozoitocide to radically cure P. vivax infection, but major concerns remain regarding the side-effects of the drug and adherence to the 14-day regimen. This study examined the effectiveness of using the directly-observed therapy (DOT) method for the radical treatment of P. vivax malaria infection, to prevent reappearance of the parasite within the 90-day follow-up period. Other potential risk factors for the reappearance of P. vivax were also explored. Methods A randomized trial was conducted from May 2007 to January 2009 in a low malaria transmission area along the Thai-Myanmar border. Patients aged ≥ 3 years diagnosed with P. vivax by microscopy, were recruited. All patients were treated with the national standard regimen of chloroquine for three days followed by primaquine for 14 days. Patients were randomized to receive DOT or self-administered therapy (SAT). All patients were followed for three months to check for any reappearance of P. vivax. Results Of the 216 patients enrolled, 109 were randomized to DOT and 107 to SAT. All patients recovered without serious adverse effects. The vivax reappearance rate was significantly lower in the DOT group than the SAT group (3.4/10,000 person-days vs. 13.5/10,000 person-days, p = 0.021). Factors related to the reappearance of vivax malaria included inadequate total primaquine dosage received (< 2.75 mg/kg), duration of fever ≤ 2 days before initiation of treatment, parasite count on admission ≥ 10,000/µl, multiple P. vivax-genotype infection, and presence of P. falciparum infection during the follow-up period. Conclusions Adherence to the 14-day primaquine regimen is important for the radical cure of P. vivax malaria infection. Implementation of DOT reduces the reappearance rate of the parasite, and may subsequently decrease P

  16. The near-failure of advance directives: why they should not be abandoned altogether, but their role radically reconsidered.

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    Spranzi, Marta; Fournier, Véronique

    2016-12-01

    Advance directives (ADs) have been hailed for two decades as the best way to safeguard patients' autonomy when they are totally or partially incompetent. In many national contexts they are written into law and they are mostly associated with end-of-life decisions. Although advocates and critics of ADs exchange relevant empirical and theoretical arguments, the debate is inconclusive. We argue that this is so for good reasons: the ADs' project is fraught with tensions, and this is the reason why they are both important and deeply problematic. We outline six such tensions, and conclude with some positive suggestions about how to better promote patients' autonomy in end-of-life decision. We argue that ADs should continue to be an option but they cannot be the panacea that they are expected to be.

  17. Direct Osmolyte-Macromolecule Interactions Confer Entropic Stability to Folded States

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    Rodriguez-Ropero, Francisco; van der Vegt, Nico F. A.

    2015-03-01

    Protective osmolytes are chemical compounds that shift the (bio)macromolecule folding/unfolding equilibrium toward the folded state under osmotic stresses. Traditionally it has been considered that omolytes are depleted from the macromolecule first solvation shell, leading to entropic stabilization of the folded state. Recent theoretical and experimental studies suggest that protective osmolytes may directly interact with the macromolecule. As an exemplary and experimentally well-characterized system, we herein discuss poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNiPAM) in water whose folding/unfolding equilibrium shifts toward the folded state in the presence of urea. Based on Molecular Dynamics simulations we show that urea preferentially accumulates in the first solvation shell of PNiPAM driven by attractive van der Waals dispersion forces leading to the formation of urea clouds around the polymer. Solvation thermodynamics analysis of the folded and unfolded states discards direct urea/macromolecule interactions as driving force of the folding mechanism. Our data shows that entropic penalization of unfolded polymer chains upon increasing urea concentration drives the collapse of the polymer chain. German Research Foundation (DFG), Cluster of Excellence 259 ``Smart Interfaces - Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries.''

  18. High-speed fuel tracer fluorescence and OH radical chemiluminescence imaging in a spark-ignition direct-injection engine

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    Smith, James D.; Sick, Volker

    2005-11-01

    An innovative technique has been demonstrated to achieve crank-angle-resolved planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) of fuel followed by OH* chemiluminescence imaging in a firing direct-injected spark-ignition engine. This study used two standard KrF excimer lasers to excite toluene for tracking fuel distribution. The intensified camera system was operated at single crank-angle resolution at 2000 revolutions per minute (RPM) for 500 consecutive cycles. Through this work, it has been demonstrated that toluene and OH* can be imaged through the same optical setup while similar signal levels are obtained from both species, even at these high rates. The technique is useful for studying correlations between fuel distribution and subsequent ignition and flame propagation without the limitations of phase-averaging imaging approaches. This technique is illustrated for the effect of exhaust gas recirculation on combustion and will be useful for studies of misfire causes. Finally, a few general observations are presented as to the effect of preignition fuel distribution on subsequent combustion.

  19. Dual-level direct dynamics studies for the reactions of OH radical with bromine-substituted ethanes.

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    Wang, Li; Liu, Jing-yao; Gao, Hong; Wan, Su-qin; Li, Ze-sheng

    2009-03-01

    The dynamic properties of the multichannel hydrogen abstraction reactions of CH(3)CH(2)Br + OH --> products and CH(3)CHBr(2) + OH --> products are studied by dual-level direct dynamics method. For each reaction, three reaction channels, one for alpha-hydrogen abstraction and two for beta-hydrogen abstractions, have been identified. The minimum energy paths (MEPs) of both the reactions are calculated at the Becke's half-and-half (BH&H)-Lee-Yang-Parr (LYP)/6-311G(d, p) level and the energy profiles along the MEPs are further refined with interpolated single-point energies (ISPE) method at the G2M(RCC5)//BH&H-LYP level. There are complexes with energies less than those of the reactants or products located at the entrance or exit channels, which indicates that the reactions may proceed via an indirect mechanism. By canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT) the rate constants are calculated incorporating the small-curvature tunneling (SCT) correction in the temperature range of 220-2000 K. The agreement of the rate constants with available experimental values for two reactions is good in the measured temperature range. The calculated results show that alpha-hydrogen abstraction channel is the major reaction pathway in the lower temperature for two reactions, while the contribution of beta-hydrogen abstraction will increase with the increase in temperature.

  20. High-speed fuel tracer fluorescence and OH radical chemiluminescence imaging in a spark-ignition direct-injection engine.

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    Smith, James D; Sick, Volker

    2005-11-01

    An innovative technique has been demonstrated to achieve crank-angle-resolved planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) of fuel followed by OH* chemiluminescence imaging in a firing direct-injected spark-ignition engine. This study used two standard KrF excimer lasers to excite toluene for tracking fuel distribution. The intensified camera system was operated at single crank-angle resolution at 2000 revolutions per minute (RPM) for 500 consecutive cycles. Through this work, it has been demonstrated that toluene and OH* can be imaged through the same optical setup while similar signal levels are obtained from both species, even at these high rates. The technique is useful for studying correlations between fuel distribution and subsequent ignition and flame propagation without the limitations of phase-averaging imaging approaches. This technique is illustrated for the effect of exhaust gas recirculation on combustion and will be useful for studies of misfire causes. Finally, a few general observations are presented as to the effect of preignition fuel distribution on subsequent combustion.

  1. Osteoclast radicals.

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    Silverton, S

    1994-11-01

    In biological research, new ideas arise and quickly spread to encompass the entire field. Thus, the evolution of molecular biology has significantly changed our methods of approaching our research. A similar far-reaching finding has been the advent of radical reactions into biology. Although radical chemistry has been utilized for many technological advances that affect our daily lives, the appreciation of this same process within our cells has opened an unexplored arena for research enquiry. As cellular messengers, radical molecules seem whimsically designed: they are evanescent, rapidly and apparently indiscriminately reactive, and barely detectable by most biological methods. Yet, our initial probing of these reactive agents in cells and organisms has led us to postulate a virtually undescribed system of communication within and among cells which may have significant effects in multiple organs. In bone, radical reactants have been attributed with an important role in the control of bone resorption.

  2. Selective stabilization of microtubules oriented toward the direction of cell migration.

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    Gundersen, G G; Bulinski, J C

    1988-01-01

    A small subset of the microtubule (MT) array in many cultured cells does not exhibit the rapid turnover (t 1/2 approximately equal to 10 min) shown by most cellular MTs. The function of the stable class of MTs is unknown and has been confounded by the apparent lack of organization of stable MTs within cells. Using an antibody against detyrosinated tubulin, a post-translationally modified form of tubulin that accumulates in stable MTs, we localized the stable MTs in mouse 3T3 cells induced to initiate directional migration by experimental wounding of confluent monolayers. Immediately after monolayer wounding, the distribution of stable MTs in cells at the wound edge resembled that in cells in the monolayer interior; most cells either contained randomly distributed stable MTs or lacked them entirely. However, by 20 min after wounding, cells at the wound margin began to generate an asymmetric MT array, with virtually all stable MTs oriented toward the cell edge in contact with the wound. Two hours after monolayer wounding, greater than or equal to 80% of cells at the wound margin had generated this polarized array of stable MTs, and the array was maintained for at least 12 hr. MTs in the polarized array showed enhanced resistance to depolymerization by nocodazole, thus providing an independent test of their stability. Formation of the polar array of stable MTs appeared to precede onset of cell migration and closely paralleled reorientation of the MT-organizing center. These results show that cultured cells can remodel their MT array rapidly in response to an extracellular signal and suggest that selective stabilization of MTs is an early event in the generation of cellular asymmetry. Images PMID:3413068

  3. Thermodynamics and Photodynamics of a Monoprotonated Porphyrin Directly Stabilized by Hydrogen Bonding with Polar Protic Solvents.

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    Suzuki, Wataru; Kotani, Hiroaki; Ishizuka, Tomoya; Ohkubo, Kei; Shiota, Yoshihito; Yoshizawa, Kazunari; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Kojima, Takahiko

    2017-04-03

    Addition of 1 equiv of TFA to an acetone solution containing dodecaphenylporphyrin (H2 DPP) in the presence of 10 % MeOH (v/v) resulted in selective formation of a monoprotonated form (H3 DPP(+) ), in sharp contrast to protonation of H2 DPP directly affording a diprotonated form (H4 DPP(2+) ) in acetone in the absence of MeOH. The crucial role of MeOH for selective H3 DPP(+) formation was interpreted as hydrogen-bonding stabilization of H3 DPP(+) , since a MeOH molecule was found to form hydrogen bonds with an NH proton of H3 DPP(+) in the crystal. The selectivity of H3 DPP(+) formation was evaluated by the formation yield of H3 DPP(+) , which increased when elevating the portion of MeOH (0-10 %) in acetone with saturation behavior, suggesting that H3 DPP(+) is stabilized by hydrogen bonding with MeOH even in solution, together with the thermodynamic parameters determined from a van't Hoff plot based on the spectroscopic titration. Femto- and nanosecond laser flash photolysis allowed us to elucidate the photodynamics of H3 DPP(+) in intermolecular photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from ferrocene derivatives as one-electron donors to the triplet excited state of H3 DPP(+) as an electron acceptor. The second-order rate constants of the ET reactions were evaluated in light of the Marcus theory of ET. The reorganization energy of ET was determined to be 1.87 eV, which is slightly larger than that of H4 DPP(2+) in acetonitrile (1.69 eV), due to larger structural change upon ET than that of H4 DPP(2+) . © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Mechanisms of Direct Radiation Damage in DNA, Based on a Study of the Yields of Base Damage, Deoxyribose Damage, and Trapped Radicals in d(GCACGCGTGC)2

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    Swarts, Steven G.; Gilbert, David C.; Sharma, Kiran K.; Razskazovskiy, Yuriy; Purkayastha, Shubhadeep; Naumenko, Katerina A.; Bernhard, William A.

    2009-01-01

    Dose–response curves were measured for the formation of direct-type DNA products in X-irradiated d(GCACGCGTGC)2 prepared as dry films and as crystalline powders. Damage to deoxyribose (dRib) was assessed by HPLC measurements of strand break products containing 3′ or 5′ terminal phosphate and free base release. Base damage was measured using GC/MS after acid hydrolysis and trimethylsilylation. The yield of trappable radicals was measured at 4 K by EPR of films X-irradiated at 4 K. With exception of those used for EPR, all samples were X-irradiated at room temperature. There was no measurable difference between working under oxygen or under nitrogen. The chemical yields (in units of nmol/J) for trapped radicals, free base release, 8-oxoGua, 8-oxoAde, diHUra and diHThy were Gtotal(fr) = 618 ± 60, G(fbr) = 93 ± 8, G(8-oxoGua) = 111 ± 62, G(8-oxoAde) = 4 ± 3, G(diHUra) = 127 ± 160, and G(diHThy) = 39 ± 60, respectively. The yields were determined and the dose–response curves explained by a mechanistic model consisting of three reaction pathways: (1) trappable-radical single-track, (2) trappable-radical multiple-track, and (3) molecular. If the base content is projected from the decamer’s GC:AT ratio of 4:1 to a ratio of 1:1, the percentage of the total measured damage (349 nmol/J) would partition as follows: 20 ± 16% 8-oxoGua, 3 ± 3% 8-oxoAde, 28 ± 46% diHThy, 23 ± 32% diHUra, and 27 ± 17% dRib damage. With a cautionary note regarding large standard deviations, the projected yield of total damage is higher in CG-rich DNA because C combined with G is more prone to damage than A combined with T, the ratio of base damage to deoxyribose damage is ~3:1, the yield of diHUra is comparable to the yield of diHThy, and the yield of 8-oxoAde is not negligible. While the quantity and quality of the data fall short of proving the hypothesized model, the model provides an explanation for the dose–response curves of the more prevalent end products and provides a

  5. A new technique for the direct detection of HO2 radicals using bromide chemical ionization mass spectrometry (Br-CIMS): initial characterization

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    Sanchez, Javier; Tanner, David J.; Chen, Dexian; Huey, L. Gregory; Ng, Nga L.

    2016-08-01

    Hydroperoxy radicals (HO2) play an important part in tropospheric photochemistry, yet photochemical models do not capture ambient HO2 mixing ratios consistently. This is likely due to a combination of uncharacterized chemical pathways and measurement limitations. The indirect nature of current HO2 measurements introduces challenges in accurately measuring HO2; therefore a direct technique would help constrain HOx chemistry in the atmosphere. In this work we evaluate the feasibility of using chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) and propose a direct HO2 detection scheme using bromide as a reagent ion. Ambient observations were made with a high-resolution time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-CIMS) in Atlanta over the month of June 2015 to demonstrate the capability of this direct measurement technique. Observations displayed expected diurnal profiles, reaching daytime median values of ˜ 5 ppt between 2 and 3 p.m. local time. The HO2 diurnal profile was found to be influenced by morning-time vehicular NOx emissions and shows a slow decrease into the evening, likely from non-photolytic production, among other factors. Measurement sensitivities of approximately 5.1 ± 1.0 cps ppt-1 for a bromide ion (79Br-) count rate of 106 cps were observed. The relatively low instrument background allowed for a 3σ lower detection limit of 0.7 ppt for a 1 min integration time. Mass spectra of ambient measurements showed the 79BrHO2- peak was the major component of the signal at nominal mass-to-charge 112, suggesting high selectivity for HO2 at this mass-to-charge. More importantly, this demonstrates that these measurements can be achieved using instruments with only unit mass resolution capability.

  6. Direct and indirect effects of glomalin, mycorrhizal hyphae, and roots on aggregate stability in rhizosphere of trifoliate orange.

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    Wu, Qiang-Sheng; Cao, Ming-Qin; Zou, Ying-Ning; He, Xin-hua

    2014-07-25

    To test direct and indirect effects of glomalin, mycorrhizal hyphae, and roots on aggregate stability, perspex pots separated by 37-μm nylon mesh in the middle were used to form root-free hyphae and root/hyphae chambers, where trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata) seedlings were colonized by Funneliformis mosseae or Paraglomus occultum in the root/hyphae chamber. Both fungal species induced significantly higher plant growth, root total length, easily-extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EE-GRSP) and total GRSP (T-GRSP), and mean weight diameter (an aggregate stability indicator). The Pearson correlation showed that root colonization or soil hyphal length significantly positively correlated with EE-GRSP, difficultly-extractable GRSP (DE-GRSP), T-GRSP, and water-stable aggregates in 2.00-4.00, 0.50-1.00, and 0.25-0.50 mm size fractions. The path analysis indicated that in the root/hyphae chamber, aggregate stability derived from a direct effect of root colonization, EE-GRSP or DE-GRSP. Meanwhile, the direct effect was stronger by EE-GRSP or DE-GRSP than by mycorrhizal colonization. In the root-free hyphae chamber, mycorrhizal-mediated aggregate stability was due to total effect but not direct effect of soil hyphal length, EE-GRSP and T-GRSP. Our results suggest that GRSP among these tested factors may be the primary contributor to aggregate stability in the citrus rhizosphere.

  7. Application and validation of direct numerical simulation for ICF implosion stability analysis

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    Hoffman, N.M.; Swenson, F.J.; Varnum, W.S.

    1996-07-01

    We have recently been applying a powerful computational tool, direct numerical simulation (DNS), to evaluate the stability of imploding inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsules designed for the National Ignition Facility. In DNS, we explicitly calculate the evolution of realistic surface perturbations far into their nonlinear regimes, using a 2D Lagrangian radiation-hydrodynamics code. Because the mesh may become greatly distorted during the calculation, requiring frequent application of an automatic rezoner, and because we use a 2D code to represent 3D perturbations whose nonlinear behavior is shape- dependent, we have been seeking to assess the accuracy of DNS in as many regimes as possible. For this purpose, we have conducted experimental campaigns to observe the instability of radiatively driven imploding cylinders, deuterated-shell spherical capsules, and radiatively accelerated flat foils perturbed on the unheated surface (``feedout`` experiments). We have compared DNS calculations to data from these experiments, and to theoretical predictions for incompressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability, with satisfactory agreement. Thus we are gradually accumulating confidence in the validity of DNS as applied to ICF.

  8. LMO2 Oncoprotein Stability in T-Cell Leukemia Requires Direct LDB1 Binding

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    Layer, Justin H.; Alford, Catherine E.; McDonald, W. Hayes

    2015-01-01

    LMO2 is a component of multisubunit DNA-binding transcription factor complexes that regulate gene expression in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell development. Enforced expression of LMO2 causes leukemia by inducing hematopoietic stem cell-like features in T-cell progenitor cells, but the biochemical mechanisms of LMO2 function have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we systematically dissected the LMO2/LDB1-binding interface to investigate the role of this interaction in T-cell leukemia. Alanine scanning mutagenesis of the LIM interaction domain of LDB1 revealed a discrete motif, R320LITR, required for LMO2 binding. Most strikingly, coexpression of full-length, wild-type LDB1 increased LMO2 steady-state abundance, whereas coexpression of mutant proteins deficient in LMO2 binding compromised LMO2 stability. These mutant LDB1 proteins also exerted dominant negative effects on growth and transcription in diverse leukemic cell lines. Mass spectrometric analysis of LDB1 binding partners in leukemic lines supports the notion that LMO2/LDB1 function in leukemia occurs in the context of multisubunit complexes, which also protect the LMO2 oncoprotein from degradation. Collectively, these data suggest that the assembly of LMO2 into complexes, via direct LDB1 interaction, is a potential molecular target that could be exploited in LMO2-driven leukemias resistant to existing chemotherapy regimens. PMID:26598604

  9. Hydrodynamic Stability of Direct-Drive Targets with High-Z Ablators

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    Lafon, M.; Nora, R.; Betti, R.

    2012-10-01

    In direct-drive inertial confinement fusion, the perturbations seeded by the laser irradiation nonuniformities and target fabrication defects grow during the acceleration stage of the shell implosion, seeding hydrodynamic instabilities, and degrading target performance. High-Z ablators have been shown to suppress the generation of hot electrons from two-plasmon-decay instability.footnotetextV. A. Smalyuk et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 165002 (2010). A set of moderate-Z ablators ranging from carbon to silicon have been used to design both hot-spot and shock-ignition targets at laser energies relevant to the National Ignition Facility. The hydrodynamics of these ablators is studied though single and multimode simulations. Hydro-instabilities exhibit complex behavior in these ablators because of the presence of a double ablation front (thermal and radiative) and a classically unstable interface. The width of the double ablation front growths with Z and the Rayleigh--Taylor instability becomes more localized near the radiative front and the classical interface, while it is fully stabilized at the thermal ablation front. It is shown that ignition target designs with reasonably good hydrodynamic properties using moderate-Z ablators are possible for both shock and hot-spot ignition. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC52-08NA28302.

  10. Site directed mutagenesis of StSUT1 reveals target amino acids of regulation and stability.

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    Krügel, Undine; Wiederhold, Elena; Pustogowa, Jelena; Hackel, Aleksandra; Grimm, Bernhard; Kühn, Christina

    2013-11-01

    Plant sucrose transporters (SUTs) are functional as sucrose-proton-cotransporters with an optimal transport activity in the acidic pH range. Recently, the pH optimum of the Solanum tuberosum sucrose transporter StSUT1 was experimentally determined to range at an unexpectedly low pH of 3 or even below. Various research groups have confirmed these surprising findings independently and in different organisms. Here we provide further experimental evidence for a pH optimum at physiological extrema. Site directed mutagenesis provides information about functional amino acids, which are highly conserved and responsible for this extraordinary increase in transport capacity under extreme pH conditions. Redox-dependent dimerization of the StSUT1 protein was described earlier. Here the ability of StSUT1 to form homodimers was demonstrated by heterologous expression in Lactococcus lactis and Xenopus leavis using Western blots, and in plants by bimolecular fluorescence complementation. Mutagenesis of highly conserved cysteine residues revealed their importance in protein stability. The accessibility of regulatory amino acid residues in the light of StSUT1's compartmentalization in membrane microdomains is discussed.

  11. MOF-5-Polystyrene: Direct Production from Monomer, Improved Hydrolytic Stability, and Unique Guest Adsorption.

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    Gamage, Nipuni-Dhanesha H; McDonald, Kyle A; Matzger, Adam J

    2016-09-19

    An unprecedented mode of reactivity of Zn4 O-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) offers a straightforward and powerful approach to polymer-hybridized porous solids. The concept is illustrated with the production of MOF-5-polystyrene wherein polystyrene is grafted and uniformly distributed throughout MOF-5 crystals after heating in pure styrene for 4-24 h. The surface area and polystyrene content of the material can be fine-tuned by controlling the duration of heating styrene in the presence of MOF-5. Polystyrene grafting significantly alters the physical and chemical properties of pristine MOF-5, which is evident from the unique guest adsorption properties (solvatochromic dye uptake and improved CO2 capacity) as well as the dramatically improved hydrolytic stability of composite. Based on the fact that MOF-5 is the best studied member of the structure class, and has been produced at scale by industry, these findings can be directly leveraged for a range of current applications. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Grafting N-Isopropyl Acrylamide) from Poly(vinylidene Fluoride) Mirofiltration, Membranes via Direct Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, and Temperature Sensitivity

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    Chen, Yiwang; Xiao, Jichun; Zhou, Weihua; Deng, Qilan; Nie, Huarong; Wan, Meixiang; Bai, Fenglian

    Well-defined poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAAm) brushes on commercial hydrophobic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) microfiltration membrane surfaces were prepared, via direct atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) with the secondary fluorinated site of PVDF as initiator and water as solvent at 80°C. The effect of solvents on the ATRP was studied in detail. The water as reaction solvent was in favor of surface-initiated ATRP of N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAAm) from secondary fluoride of PVDF membranes. The chemical composition and structure of the modified PVDF membrane surfaces were determined by attenuated total reflectance (ATR) Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The surface and cross-section morphology of membranes were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The pore sizes of the pristine PVDF membrane and the PNIPAAm-grafted PVDF membranes were measured using micro-image analysis and process software. The introduction of the well-defined PNIPAAm on the PVDF membrane gave rise to hydrophilicity. Water contact angles of PVDF membranes reduced after the surface grafting of PNIPAAm. Water fluxes and protein solution permeation experiments revealed that the PNIPAAm-grafted PVDF membranes exhibited temperature-responsive permeability. The unique microstructure of PNIPAAm brushes facilitated hydrophilicity below the lower critical solution temperature.

  13. Theoretical investigation of the hydrogen abstraction reaction of the OH radical with CH2FCH2F (HFC-152): a dual-level direct dynamics study.

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    Taghikhani, Mahdi; Parsafar, G A

    2007-08-23

    The hydrogen abstraction reaction of the OH radical with CH(2)FCH(2)F (HFC-152) is studied theoretically over the 150-3000 K temperature range. In this study, the two most recently developed hybrid density functional theories, namely, BB1K and MPWB1K, are applied, and their efficiency in reaction dynamics calculation is discussed. The BB1K/6-31+G(d,p) method gives the best result for the potential energy surface (PES) calculations, including barrier heights, reaction path information (the first and second derivatives of PES), geometry of transition state structures, and even weak hydrogen bond orientations. The rate constants were obtained by the dual-level direct dynamics with the interpolated single-point energy method (VTST-ISPE) using the BB1K/MG3S//BB1K/6-31+G(d,p) quantum model. The canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) with the small-curvature tunneling correction methods are used to calculate the rate constants in comparison to the experimental data. The total rate constant and its temperature dependency in the form of a fitted three-parameter Arrhenius expression is k(T) = 5.4 x 10(-13)(T/298)3.13 exp{-322/T} cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1). A significant variational effect, which is not common generally for hydrogen-transfer reactions, is reported and analyzed.

  14. Direct emission of I2 molecule and IO radical from the heterogeneous reactions of gaseous ozone with aqueous potassium iodide solution.

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    Sakamoto, Yosuke; Yabushita, Akihiro; Kawasaki, Masahiro; Enami, Shinichi

    2009-07-09

    Recent studies indicated that gaseous halogens mediate key tropospheric chemical processes. The inclusion of halogen-ozone chemistry in atmospheric box models actually closes the approximately 50% gap between estimated and measured ozone losses in the marine boundary layer. The additional source of gaseous halogens is deemed to involve previously unaccounted for reactions of O(3)(g) with sea surface water and marine aerosols. Here, we report that molecular iodine, I(2)(g), and iodine monoxide radical, IO(g), are released ([I(2)(g)] > 100[IO(g)]) during the heterogeneous reaction of gaseous ozone, O(3)(g), with aqueous potassium iodide, KI(aq). It was found that (1) the amounts of I(2)(g) and IO(g) produced are directly proportional to [KI(aq)] up to 5 mM and (2) IO(g) yields are independent of bulk pH between 2 and 11, whereas I(2)(g) production is markedly enhanced at pH < 4. We propose that O(3)(g) reacts with I(-) at the air/water interface to produce I(2)(g) and IO(g) via HOI and IOOO(-) intermediates, respectively.

  15. A Stability Study of Ni/Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Anode for Direct Ammonia Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Yang, Jun; Molouk, Ahmed Fathi Salem; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2015-12-30

    In recent years, solid oxide fuel cells fueled with ammonia have been attracting intensive attention. In this work, ammonia fuel was supplied to the Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode at 600 and 700 °C, and the change of electrochemical performance and microstructure under the open-circuit state was studied in detail. The influence of ammonia exposure on the microstructure of Ni was also investigated by using Ni/YSZ powder and Ni film deposited on a YSZ disk. The obtained results demonstrated that Ni in the cermet anode was partially nitrided under an ammonia atmosphere, which considerably roughened the Ni surface. Moreover, the destruction of the anode support layer was confirmed for the anode-supported cell upon the temperature cycling test between 600 and 700 °C because of the nitriding phenomenon of Ni, resulting in severe performance degradation.

  16. Formation and stability of gas-phase o-benzoquinone from oxidation of ortho-hydroxyphenyl: A combined neutral and distonic radical study

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    Prendergast, Matthew B.; Kirk, Benjamin B.; Savee, John D.; ...

    2015-10-19

    Gas-phase product detection studies of o-hydroxyphenyl radical and O2 are reported at 373, 500, and 600 K, at 4 Torr (533.3 Pa), using VUV time-resolved synchrotron photoionisation mass spectrometry. The dominant products are assigned as o-benzoquinone (C6H4O2, m/z 108) and cyclopentadienone (C5H4O, m/z 80). It is concluded that cyclopentadienone forms as a secondary product from prompt decomposition of o-benzoquinone (and dissociative ionization of o-benzoquinone may contribute to the m/z 80 signal at photon energies ≳9.8 eV). Ion-trap reactions of the distonic o-hydroxyphenyl analogue, the 5-ammonium-2-hydroxyphenyl radical cation, with O2 are also reported and concur with the assignment of o-benzoquinone asmore » the dominant product. In addition, the ion-trap study also provides support for a mechanism where cyclopentadienone is produced by decarbonylation of o-benzoquinone. Kinetic studies compare oxidation of the ammonium-tagged o-hydroxyphenyl and o-methylphenyl radical cations along with trimethylammonium-tagged analogues. Reaction efficiencies are found to be ca. 5% for both charge-tagged o-hydroxyphenyl and o-methylphenyl radicals irrespective of the charged substituent. G3X-K quantum chemical calculations are deployed to rationalise experimental results for o-hydroxyphenyl + O2 and its charge-tagged counterpart. The prevailing reaction mechanism, after O2 addition, involves a facile 1,5-H shift in the peroxyl radical and subsequent elimination of OH to yield o-benzoquinone that is reminiscent of the Waddington mechanism for β-hydroxyperoxyl radicals. These results suggest o-hydroxyphenyl + O2 and decarbonylation of o-benzoquinone serve as plausible OH and CO sources in combustion.« less

  17. Production of sulfate radical from peroxymonosulfate induced by a magnetically separable CuFe2O4 spinel in water: efficiency, stability, and mechanism.

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    Zhang, Tao; Zhu, Haibo; Croué, Jean-Philippe

    2013-03-19

    A simple, nonhazardous, efficient and low energy-consuming process is desirable to generate powerful radicals from peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for recalcitrant pollutant removal. In this work, the production of radical species from PMS induced by a magnetic CuFe(2)O(4) spinel was studied. Iopromide, a recalcitrant model pollutant, was used to investigate the efficiency of this process. CuFe(2)O(4) showed higher activity and 30 times lower Cu(2+) leaching (1.5 μg L(-1) per 100 mg L(-1)) than a well-crystallized CuO at the same dosage. CuFe(2)O(4) maintained its activity and crystallinity during repeated batch experiments. In comparison, the activity of CuO declined significantly, which was ascribed to the deterioration in its degree of crystallinity. The efficiency of the PMS/CuFe(2)O(4) was highest at neutral pH and decreased at acidic and alkaline pHs. Sulfate radical was the primary radical species responsible for the iopromide degradation. On the basis of the stoichiometry of oxalate degradation in the PMS/CuFe(2)O(4), the radical production yield from PMS was determined to be near 1 mol/mol. The PMS decomposition involved an inner-sphere complexation with the oxide's surface Cu(II) sites. In situ characterization of the oxide surface with ATR-FTIR and Raman during the PMS decomposition suggested that surface Cu(II)-Cu(III)-Cu(II) redox cycle was responsible for the efficient sulfate radical generation from PMS.

  18. Radical dematerialization and degrowth.

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    Kallis, Giorgos

    2017-06-13

    The emission targets agreed in Paris require a radical reduction of material extraction, use and disposal. The core claim of this article is that a radical dematerialization can only be part and parcel of degrowth. Given that capitalist economies are designed to grow, this raises the question of whether, and under what circumstances, the inevitable 'degrowth' can become socially sustainable. Three economic policies are discussed in this direction: work-sharing, green taxes and public money.This article is part of the themed issue 'Material demand reduction'. © 2017 The Author(s).

  19. Radical dematerialization and degrowth

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    Kallis, Giorgos

    2017-05-01

    The emission targets agreed in Paris require a radical reduction of material extraction, use and disposal. The core claim of this article is that a radical dematerialization can only be part and parcel of degrowth. Given that capitalist economies are designed to grow, this raises the question of whether, and under what circumstances, the inevitable `degrowth' can become socially sustainable. Three economic policies are discussed in this direction: work-sharing, green taxes and public money. This article is part of the themed issue 'Material demand reduction'.

  20. Development and validation of a simple high performance thin layer chromatography method combined with direct 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl assay to quantify free radical scavenging activity in wine.

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    Agatonovic-Kustrin, Snezana; Morton, David W; Yusof, Ahmad P

    2016-04-15

    The aim of this study was to: (a) develop a simple, high performance thin layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method combined with direct 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay to rapidly assess and compare free radical scavenging activity or anti-oxidant activity for major classes of polyphenolics present in wines; and (b) to investigate relationship between free radical scavenging activity to the total polyphenolic content (TPC) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in the wine samples. The most potent free radical scavengers that we tested for in the wine samples were found to be resveratrol (polyphenolic non-flavonoid) and rutin (flavonoid), while polyphenolic acids (caffeic acid and gallic acid) although present in all wine samples were found to be less potent free radical scavengers. Therefore, the total antioxidant capacity was mostly affected by the presence of resveratrol and rutin, while total polyphenolic content was mostly influenced by the presence of the less potent free radical scavengers gallic and caffeic acids. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Performance, methanol tolerance and stability of Fe-aminobenzimidazole derived catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Sebastián, David; Serov, Alexey; Artyushkova, Kateryna; Atanassov, Plamen; Aricò, Antonino S.; Baglio, Vincenzo

    2016-07-01

    Highly active and durable non-platinum group metals (non-PGM) catalyst based on iron-nitrogen-carbon (Fe-N-C) for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) derived from pyrolyzed Fe-aminobenzimidazole (Fe-ABZIM) was synthesized by sacrificial support method (SSM), and characterized by several physical-chemical techniques: scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In half-cell electrochemical configuration, the Fe-ABZIM catalyst presented a significant improvement of ORR activity with respect to a recently reported non-PGM formulation based on Fe-aminoantipyrine, with an enhancement of half-wave potential of about 85 mV in O2-saturated sulfuric acid solution. To the moment, the gap with respect to a benchmark Pt/C catalyst was about 90 mV. The Fe-ABZIM catalyst showed a remarkably high tolerance to methanol, resulting in superior ORR performance compared to Pt/C at methanol concentrations higher than 0.02 M. In direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) good performances were also obtained. A durability test (100 h) at 90 °C, feeding 5 M methanol, was carried out. A certain decrease of performance was recorded, amounting to -0.20 mW cm-2 h-1 at the very beginning of test and -0.05 mW cm-2 h-1 at the end. However, the Fe-ABZIM is more adequate than previously reported formulations in terms of both ORR activity and stability.

  2. Thermochemistry of organic, elementorganic and inorganic species. Part XX. Enthalpies of formation for free radicals of main group elements’ halogenides

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    Ponomarev, Dmitry; Takhistov, Viatcheslav; Slayden, Suzanne; Liebman, Joel

    2008-03-01

    General trends in thermochemistry for free radicals as the fragments of halogenated molecules of main group elements were found for the first time applying the series of isodesmic (working) reactions following the Benson's comparison of relative stabilities of free radicals in equations R+RH→ RH+R+Q, where Q is stabilization (destabilization) energy. The enthalpies of formation for parent molecules of main group elements' halogenides necessary for application of this and similar equations were presented earlier [A.V. Golovin, V.V. Takhistov, J. Mol. Struct., 784 (2006) 47.]. For fluorinated free radicals rad EF (E = Be-Ra), rad EF 2 ( rad EHF) (E = B-Tl, N-Bi) and rad EF 3 ( rad EH 2F, rad EHF 2) (E = C-Pb) the gradual decrease in stabilization by fluorine atoms was found when coming down the periodic table. This turned to destabilization for Tl, Sb, and Bi, and IVth group of elements (excluding carbon) with increasing destabilization in the row Si < Ge < Sn < Pb. The destabilization of free radicals by other halogens for IVth group of elements decreased in the row F > Cl > Br > I which was interpreted by involvement of polarizability (PAZ) effect of halogens increasing in this direction. For finding the enthalpies of formation for silicon and germanium-centered free radicals the data on ν ≡ E-H frequencies in IR-spectra were applied. Quite definite tendencies in structure/enthalpy of formation interrelationship were found for chlorinated, brominated and iodinated free radicals of IInd and IIIrd group of elements. In the VIth group the situation with F → Cl → Br → I replacement in stabilization of free radical center appeared completely different compared with II-IV groups. Owing to the high electronegativity of HO-group and low thermodynamic stability of HO rad radical all halogens highly stabilize rad OX radical and perform it in the row F < Cl-Br < I which is explained by increase of PAZ effect in this direction. All halogens are suggested to

  3. Theoretical investigation of the hydrogen abstraction reaction of the OH radical with CH3CHF2 (HFC152-a): a dual level direct density functional theory dynamics study.

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    Taghikhani, Mahdi; Parsafar, G A; Sabzyan, Hassan

    2005-09-15

    The hydrogen abstraction reaction of the OH radical with CH(3)CHF(2) (HFC152-a) has been studied theoretically over a wide temperature range, 200-3000 K. Two different reactive sites of the molecule, CH(3) and CHF(2) groups have been investigated precisely, and results confirm that CHF(2) position of the molecule is a highly reactive site. In this study, three recently developed hybrid density functional theories, namely, MPWB1K, MPW1B95, and MPW1K, are used. The MPWB1K/6-31+G(d,p) method gives the best result for kinetic calculations, including barrier heights, reaction path information and geometry of transition state structures and other stationary points. To refine the barrier height of each channel, a single point energy calculation was performed in MPWB1K/MG3S method. The obtained rate constants by dual level direct dynamics with the interpolated single point energy method (VTST-ISPE) using DFT quantum computational methods, are consistent with available experimental data. The canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) with the zero-curvature and also the small-curvature tunneling correction methods is used to calculate the rate constants. Over the temperature range 200-3000 K, the variation effect, tunneling contribution, branching ratio of each channel are calculated. The rate constants and their temperature dependency in the form of a fitted three-parameter Arrhenius expression are k(1)(T) = 2.00 x 10(-19)(T)(2.24) exp(-1273/T), k(2)(T) = 1.95 x 10(-19)(T)(2.46) exp(-2374/T), and k(T) = 3.13 x 10(-19)(T)(2.47) exp(- 1694/T) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1). For the H abstraction from the CHF(2) group, a nonclassical reflection effect is detected as a dominant quantum effect.

  4. Direct ab initio dynamics studies on the hydrogen-abstraction reactions of OH radicals with HOX (X = F, Cl, and Br).

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    Wang, Li; Liu, Jing-Yao; Li, Ze-Sheng; Sun, Chia-Chung

    2004-03-01

    The hydrogen abstract reactions of OH radicals with HOF (R1), HOCl (R2), and HOBr (R3) have been studied systematically by a dual-level direct-dynamics method. The geometries and frequencies of all the stationary points are optimized at the MP2/6-311+G(2d, 2p) level of theory. A hydrogen-bonded complex is located at the product channel for the OH + HOBr reaction. To improve the energetics information along the minimum energy path (MEP), single-point energy calculations are carried out at the CCSD(T)/6-311++G(3df, 3pd) level of theory. Interpolated single-point energy (ISPE) method is employed to correct the energy profiles for the three reactions. It is found that neither the barrier heights (DeltaE) nor the H-O bond dissociation energies [D(H-O)] exhibit any clear-cut linear correlations with the halogen electronegative. The decrease of DeltaE and D(H-O) for the three reactions are in order of HOF > HOBr > HOCl. Rate constants for each reaction are calculated by canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT) with a small-curvature tunneling correction (SCT) within 200-2000 K. The agreement of the rate constants with available experimental values for reactions R2 and R3 at 298 K is good. Our results show that the variational effect is small while the tunneling correction has an important contribution in the calculation of rate constants in the low-temperature range. Due to the lack of the kinetic data of these reactions, the present theoretical results are expected to be useful and reasonable to estimate the dynamical properties of these reactions over a wide temperature range where no experimental value is available.

  5. Near-monodisperse poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine)-based macromonomers prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization and thiol-ene click chemistry: novel reactive steric stabilizers for aqueous emulsion polymerization.

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    Warren, Nicholas J; Muise, Carl; Stephens, Alex; Armes, Steven P; Lewis, Andrew L

    2012-02-07

    Poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) macromonomers have been prepared by the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) using a bifunctional disulfide-based initiator. To attach a terminal polymerizable methacrylate group, the central disulfide bond was cleaved and the resulting thiols were conjugated to 3-(acryloyloxy)-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate using tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP) in water. Here TCEP serves as both the disulfide cleavage agent and also the catalyst for the subsequent Michael addition, which is highly selective for the acrylate group. The resulting methacrylate-terminated macromonomers were used as a reactive steric stabilizer for the aqueous emulsion polymerization of styrene, yielding near-monodisperse PMPC-stabilized polystyrene (PS) latexes of around 100-200 nm in diameter. As a comparison, the disulfide-containing PMPC homopolymer precursor and the intermediate thiol-functional PMPC homopolymer (PMPC-SH) were also evaluated as potential steric stabilizers. Interestingly, near-monodisperse latexes were also obtained in each case. These three sterically-stabilized latexes, prepared using either PMPC macromonomer, disulfide-based PMPC homopolymer, or PMPC-SH homopolymer as a reactive steric stabilizer, remained colloidally stable after both freeze-thaw experiments and the addition of an electrolyte, indicating that a coronal layer of PMPC chains prevented flocculation in each case. In contrast, both a charge-stabilized PS latex prepared in the absence of any steric stabilizer and a PS latex prepared in the presence of a nonfunctional PMPC homopolymer exhibited very poor colloidal stability when subjected to a freeze-thaw cycle or the addition of an electrolyte, as expected.

  6. Rapid Screening of Immobilized Amine CO2 Sorbents for Steam Stability by Their Direct Contact with Liquid H2 O.

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    Wilfong, Walter Christopher; Kail, Brian W; Gray, McMahan L

    2015-06-22

    Rapid testing of hydrophilic and hydrophobic basic immobilized amine sorbents (BIAS) for CO2 capture stability under practical conditions was achieved by direct contact of the sorbents with flowing liquid water. Losses in both CO2 capture capacity and amine content of sorbents after exposure to 0.5 mL min(-1) of H2 O at 25 °C for 40 min followed similar trends as losses observed after exposure to N2 /steam (105 °C, 7 % H2 O) for 10 h. We also found that hydrophobic TMPED helped stabilize sorbents to H2 O, which was confirmed by DRIFTS and combined TGA-DSC.

  7. Reduced Graphene Oxide-Ag3PO4 Heterostructure: A Direct Z-Scheme Photocatalyst for Augmented Photoreactivity and Stability.

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    Samal, Alaka; Das, D P; Nanda, K K; Mishra, B K; Das, J; Dash, A

    2016-02-18

    A visible light driven, direct Z-scheme reduced graphene oxide-Ag3PO4 (RGO-Ag3 PO4 ) heterostructure was synthesized by means of a simple one-pot photoreduction route by varying the amount of RGO under visible light illumination. The reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and growth of Ag3PO4 took place simultaneously. The effect of the amount of RGO on the textural properties and photocatalytic activity of the heterostructure was investigated under visible light illumination. Furthermore, total organic carbon (TOC) analysis confirmed 97.1 % mineralization of organic dyes over RGO-Ag3PO4 in just five minutes under visible-light illumination. The use of different quenchers in the photomineralization suggested the presence of hydroxyl radicals ((.)OH), superoxide radicals ((.)O2 (-)), and holes (h(+)), which play a significant role in the mineralization of organic dyes. In addition to that, clean hydrogen fuel generation was also observed with excellent reusability. The 4 RGO-Ag3PO4 heterostructure has a high H2 evolution rate of 3690 μmol h(-1)  g(-1), which is 6.15 times higher than that of RGO. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Direct and indirect effects of glomalin, mycorrhizal hyphae, and roots on aggregate stability in rhizosphere of trifoliate orange

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    Wu, Qiang-Sheng; Cao, Ming-Qin; Zou, Ying-Ning; He, Xin-hua

    2014-01-01

    To test direct and indirect effects of glomalin, mycorrhizal hyphae, and roots on aggregate stability, perspex pots separated by 37-μm nylon mesh in the middle were used to form root-free hyphae and root/hyphae chambers, where trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata) seedlings were colonized by Funneliformis mosseae or Paraglomus occultum in the root/hyphae chamber. Both fungal species induced significantly higher plant growth, root total length, easily-extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EE-GRSP) and total GRSP (T-GRSP), and mean weight diameter (an aggregate stability indicator). The Pearson correlation showed that root colonization or soil hyphal length significantly positively correlated with EE-GRSP, difficultly-extractable GRSP (DE-GRSP), T-GRSP, and water-stable aggregates in 2.00–4.00, 0.50–1.00, and 0.25–0.50 mm size fractions. The path analysis indicated that in the root/hyphae chamber, aggregate stability derived from a direct effect of root colonization, EE-GRSP or DE-GRSP. Meanwhile, the direct effect was stronger by EE-GRSP or DE-GRSP than by mycorrhizal colonization. In the root-free hyphae chamber, mycorrhizal-mediated aggregate stability was due to total effect but not direct effect of soil hyphal length, EE-GRSP and T-GRSP. Our results suggest that GRSP among these tested factors may be the primary contributor to aggregate stability in the citrus rhizosphere. PMID:25059396

  9. Calm Water Equilibrium, Directional Stability and Steady Turning Conditions for Recreational Planing Craft

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    1975-10-01

    215 6.00 .000 14.a8 el.60 -5.0 .126 -0.3905 -0.3911 A19 R-1851 rABL E A- I 1 (cont’d) MEASURED At.JD FLTTFD LON𔃾GITUDINAL F07RCE RFTA = 5. DLG FLI1...TABLE E-1 STRAIGHT COURSE ELUILIBRILM AND STABILITY RFTA =10. DEC XG= .8 ZG=-0.50 DIRECTIOINAL STABILITY ROOTS CV T CDEL DRAFT ERO REAL IMAG REAL IMAG

  10. Formation and stability of gas-phase o-benzoquinone from oxidation of ortho-hydroxyphenyl: A combined neutral and distonic radical study

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    Prendergast, Matthew B.; Kirk, Benjamin B.; Savee, John D.; Osborn, David L.; Taatjes, Craig A.; Masters, Kye -Simeon; Blanksby, Stephen J.; da Silva, Gabriel; Trevitt, Adam J.

    2015-10-19

    Gas-phase product detection studies of o-hydroxyphenyl radical and O2 are reported at 373, 500, and 600 K, at 4 Torr (533.3 Pa), using VUV time-resolved synchrotron photoionisation mass spectrometry. The dominant products are assigned as o-benzoquinone (C6H4O2, m/z 108) and cyclopentadienone (C5H4O, m/z 80). It is concluded that cyclopentadienone forms as a secondary product from prompt decomposition of o-benzoquinone (and dissociative ionization of o-benzoquinone may contribute to the m/z 80 signal at photon energies ≳9.8 eV). Ion-trap reactions of the distonic o-hydroxyphenyl analogue, the 5-ammonium-2-hydroxyphenyl radical cation, with O2 are also reported and concur with the assignment of o-benzoquinone as the dominant product. In addition, the ion-trap study also provides support for a mechanism where cyclopentadienone is produced by decarbonylation of o-benzoquinone. Kinetic studies compare oxidation of the ammonium-tagged o-hydroxyphenyl and o-methylphenyl radical cations along with trimethylammonium-tagged analogues. Reaction efficiencies are found to be ca. 5% for both charge-tagged o-hydroxyphenyl and o-methylphenyl radicals irrespective of the charged substituent. G3X-K quantum chemical calculations are deployed to rationalise experimental results for o-hydroxyphenyl + O2 and its charge-tagged counterpart. The prevailing reaction mechanism, after O2 addition, involves a facile 1,5-H shift in the peroxyl radical and subsequent elimination of OH to yield o-benzoquinone that is reminiscent of the Waddington mechanism for β-hydroxyperoxyl radicals. These results suggest o-hydroxyphenyl + O2 and decarbonylation of o-benzoquinone serve as plausible OH and CO sources in combustion.

  11. Direct analysis and stability of methylated trivalent arsenic metabolites in cells and tissues.

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    Currier, Jenna M; Svoboda, Milan; Matoušek, Tomáš; Dědina, Jiří; Stýblo, Miroslav

    2011-12-01

    Chronic ingestion of water containing inorganic arsenic (iAs) has been linked to a variety of adverse health effects, including cancer, hypertension and diabetes. Current evidence suggests that the toxic methylated trivalent metabolites of iAs, methylarsonous acid (MAs(III)) and dimethylarsinous acid (DMAs(III)) play a key role in the etiology of these diseases. Both MAs(III) and DMAs(III) have been detected in urine of subjects exposed to iAs. However, the rapid oxidation of DMAs(III) and, to a lesser extent, MAs(III) in oxygen-rich environments leads to difficulties in the analysis of these metabolites in samples of urine collected in population studies. Results of our previous work indicate that MAs(III) and DMAs(III) are relatively stable in a reducing cellular environment and can be quantified in cells and tissues. In the present study, we used the oxidation state-specific hydride generation-cryotrapping-atomic absorption spectroscopy (HG-CT-AAS) to examine the presence and stability of these trivalent metabolites in the liver of mice and in UROtsa/F35 cells exposed to iAs. Tri- and pentavalent metabolites of iAs were analyzed directly (without chemical extraction or digestion). Liver homogenates prepared in cold deionized water and cell culture medium and lysates were stored at either 0 °C or -80 °C for up to 22 days. Both MAs(III) and DMAs(III) were stable in homogenates stored at -80 °C. In contrast, DMAs(III) in homogenates stored at 0 °C began to oxidize to its pentavalent counterpart after 1 day; MAs(III) remained stable for at least 3 weeks under these conditions. MAs(III) and DMAs(III) generated in UROtsa/F35 cultures were stable for 3 weeks when culture media and cell lysates were stored at -80 °C. These results suggest that samples of cells and tissues represent suitable material for the quantitative, oxidation state-specific analysis of As in laboratory and population studies examining the metabolism or toxic effects of this metalloid.

  12. Direct kinetic study of radical transformation reaction Me sub 2 COH + Ph sub 2 CO yields Me sub 2 CO + Ph sub 2 COH

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    Demeter, A.; Berces, T. )

    1991-02-07

    Reaction Me{sub 2}COH + Ph{sub 2}CO {yields} Me{sub 2}CO + Ph{sub 2}COH (5) was studied by laser flash photolysis under such experimental conditions where the changes in the concentrations of ketyl radicals with reaction time were controlled by this radical transformation process. Diphenylketyl radical concentration profiles were obtained by monitoring transient absorption at 540 nm and the rate coefficient k{sub 5} was extracted from that part of the concentration trajectory which was determined solely by reaction 5. Thus, k{sub 5} = (3.6 {plus minus} 0.6) {times} 10{sup 5} dm{sup 3} mol{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1} was determined at 298 K in acetonitrile, which is higher than the two recently reported values derived from quantum yields measured under steady-state conditions. A reaction mechanism for the radical transformation process (5) is proposed in which hydrogen-bonded species formed from ketyl radical and benzophenone participate.

  13. Hydroxyl radicals in ice: insights into local structure and dynamics.

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    Codorniu-Hernández, Edelsys; Kusalik, Peter G

    2012-09-07

    The hydroxyl radical and its reactivity within ice environments are crucial to many important atmospheric reactions. The associated molecular mechanisms are largely unknown due to challenges posed by direct experimental measurements and computational studies of this transient species. Here we report insights into the local structure and behaviour of the hydroxyl radical in bulk ice through an extensive study utilizing Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations. Interstitial and in-lattice hydroxyl radicals in hexagonal ice were investigated at primarily 190 K. Our findings, utilizing both HCTH/120 and BLYP functionals, show that OH* can exhibit greater mobility than other ice defects (the trapping energy estimated to be only 0.09 eV). We observe the formation of a two-center three-electron hemibond structure between the hydroxyl radical and an in-lattice water molecule; while controversial, such a structure in ice may be amenable to experimental detection due to its relative stability. Our results show that interstitial water molecules can strongly influence the mobility of the hydroxyl radical in bulk ice through the displacement of the radical to an interstitial location. We also demonstrate that the H-transfer reaction from an interstitial water to the radical is a rare event in ice. Together, these results predict that the radical can be a reactive species in bulk ice, as both interstitial and in-lattice OH* can be available for reactions with other species. These microscopic insights should contribute to our understanding of the reactivity of OH* in ice and its implications to atmospheric reactions.

  14. Preparation of primary amine-based block copolymer vesicles by direct dissolution in water and subsequent stabilization by sol-gel chemistry.

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    Du, Jianzhong; Armes, Steven P

    2008-12-02

    A new amphiphilic biocompatible diblock copolymer, poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-block-poly(2-aminoethyl methacrylate), PCL-b-PAMA, was synthesized in three steps by (i) ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone, (ii) end-group modification by esterification, and (iii) atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-aminoethyl methacrylate hydrochloride (AMA) in its hydrochloride salt form. This copolymer forms block copolymer vesicles with the hydrophobic PCL block forming the vesicle membrane. Unusually, these vesicles are easily prepared by direct dissolution in water without using organic co-solvents, pH adjustment, or even stirring. These vesicles can be stabilized by aqueous sol-gel chemistry using tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the silica precursor. It is well-known that cationic polymers can catalyze silica formation, but in this particular case, it seems that the TMOS precursor is solubilized within the hydrophobic PCL membrane. Thus, the neutral membrane actually directs silica formation, rather than the cationic PAMA chains. The final vesicle morphology and the silica content depend on the silicification conditions. Provided that the TMOS/AMA molar ratio does not exceed 10:1, silicification is solely confined within the PCL membrane. At higher ratios, silica nanoparticles (5-12 nm) are also observed on the outer surface of the silicified vesicles. However, these nanoparticles appear to be only weakly adsorbed, since they can be easily removed by dialysis. The mean hydrodynamic diameter of the silicified vesicles varies from 175 to 205 nm with solution pH due to (de)protonation of the externally expressed PAMA chains. Calcination of the silicified vesicles at 800 degrees C leads to the formation of hollow silica particles. 1H NMR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), aqueous electrophoresis, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were employed to characterize the vesicles, both before and after silicification.

  15. Enhancement of oxidative stability of the subtilisin nattokinase by site-directed mutagenesis expressed in Escherichia coli.

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    Weng, MeiZhi; Zheng, ZhongLiang; Bao, Wei; Cai, YongJun; Yin, Yan; Zou, GuoLin; Zou, GouLin

    2009-11-01

    Nattokinase (subtilisin NAT, NK) is a bacterial serine protease with strong fibrinolytic activity and it is a potent cardiovascular drug. In medical and commercial applications, however, it is susceptible to chemical oxidation, and subsequent inactivation or denaturation. Here we show that the oxidative stability of NK was substantially increased by optimizing the amino acid residues Thr(220) and Met(222), which were in the vicinity of the catalytic residue Ser(221) of the enzyme. Two nonoxidative amino acids (Ser and Ala) were introduced at these sites using site-directed mutagenesis. Active enzymes were successfully expressed in Escherichia coli with periplasmic secretion and enzymes were purified to homogeneity. The purified enzymes were analyzed with respect to oxidative stability, kinetic parameters, fibrinolytic activity and thermal stability. M222A mutant was found to have a greatly increased oxidative stability compared with wild-type enzyme and it was resistant to inactivation by more than 1 M H(2)O(2), whereas the wild-type enzyme was inactivated by 0.1 M H(2)O(2) (t(1/2) approximately 11.6 min). The other mutant (T220S) also showed an obvious increase in antioxidative ability. Molecular dynamic simulations on wild-type and T220S mutant proteins suggested that a hydrogen bond was formed between Ser(220) and Asn(155), and the spatial structure of Met(222) was changed compared with the wild-type. The present study demonstrates the feasibility of improving oxidative stability of NK by site-directed mutagenesis and shows successful protein engineering cases to improve stability of NK as a potent therapeutic agent.

  16. Direct laser writing of thermally stabilized channel waveguides with Bragg gratings.

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    Nishiyama, Hiroaki; Miyamoto, Isamu; Matsumoto, Shin-Ichi; Saito, Mitsunori; Kintaka, Kenji; Nishii, Junji

    2004-09-20

    Thermally stabilized photo-induced channel waveguides with Bragg gratings were fabricated in Ge-B-SiO2 thin glass films by exposure with KrF excimer laser and successive annealing at 600 degrees C. The annealing reversed the photo-induced refractive index pattern and also enhanced its thermal stability. The stabilized channel waveguide with a Bragg grating showed diffraction efficiency of 18.0 dB and 18.7 dB for TE- and TM-like modes, respectively. The diffraction efficiencies and wavelengths for both modes never changed after heat treatment at 500 degrees C, whereas the conventional photo-induced grating decayed even at 200 degrees C.

  17. Direct laser writing of thermally stabilized channel waveguides with Bragg gratings

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    Nishiyama, Hiroaki; Miyamoto, Isamu; Matsumoto, Shin-Ichi; Saito, Mitsunori; Kintaka, Kenji; Nishii, Junji

    2004-09-01

    Thermally stabilized photo-induced channel waveguides with Bragg gratings were fabricated in Ge-B-SiO2 thin glass films by exposure with KrF excimer laser and successive annealing at 600°C. The annealing reversed the photo-induced refractive index pattern and also enhanced its thermal stability. The stabilized channel waveguide with a Bragg grating showed diffraction efficiency of 18.0 dB and 18.7 dB for TE- and TM-like modes, respectively. The diffraction efficiencies and wavelengths for both modes never changed after heat treatment at 500°C, whereas the conventional photo-induced grating decayed even at 200°C.

  18. Direct Current Electrorheological Stability Determination of Water-in-Crude Oil Emulsions

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    Alvarado, Vladimir; Wang, Xiuyu

    2009-11-01

    Emulsion stability is a fundamental determination for separation technologies. We use the critical electric field (CEF) and viscosity changes in DC eletrorheological (ER) experiments in dynamic mode to determine the stability of water-in-crude oil emulsions, previously studied through bottle tests. The CEF value corresponds to the value of electric field at which the current reaches 95% or larger of the plateau value. The results show that CEF can be consistently obtained through current measurements, resulting from emulsion structure breakdown. Viscosity changes are not good proxies of stability unless a robust emulsion structure is found. Emulsion structure breakdown is explored through rheological characterization before and after voltage sweeps have been performed. When the electric field applied is below the CEF value, the storage and loss moduli responses as well as viscosity as functions of frequency are recovered. However, when the electric field is greater than the CEF value, the emulsion structure breaks down irreversibly.

  19. Locally linearized longitudinal and lateral-directional aerodynamic stability and control derivaties for the X-29A aircraft

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    Budd, G. D.

    1984-01-01

    The locally linearized longitudinal and lateral-directional aerodynamic stability and control derivatives for the X-29A aircraft were calculated for altitudes ranging from sea level to 50,000 ft, Mach numbers from 0.2 to 1.5, and angles of attack from -5 deg to 25 deg. Several other parameters were also calculated, including aerodynamic force and moment coefficients, control face position, normal acceleration, static margin, and reference angle of attack.

  20. Calculation of lateral-directional stability derivatives for wing-body combinations with and without jet-interaction effects

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    Lan, C. E.

    1977-01-01

    A theoretical method is presented for predicting the lateral-directional stability derivatives of wing-body combinations with or without the blowing jet effect. The fuselage effect is accounted for by the axial distribution of vortex multiplets. Comparison of the predicted results with experiments and other theoretical methods show good agreement for configurations without the blowing jet. More applicable experimental data with blowing jets are needed to establish the accuracy of the theory.

  1. Optimizing wind farm layout via LES-calibrated geometric models inclusive of wind direction and atmospheric stability effects

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    Archer, Cristina; Ghaisas, Niranjan

    2015-04-01

    The energy generation at a wind farm is controlled primarily by the average wind speed at hub height. However, two other factors impact wind farm performance: 1) the layout of the wind turbines, in terms of spacing between turbines along and across the prevailing wind direction; staggering or aligning consecutive rows; angles between rows, columns, and prevailing wind direction); and 2) atmospheric stability, which is a measure of whether vertical motion is enhanced (unstable), suppressed (stable), or neither (neutral). Studying both factors and their complex interplay with Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) is a valid approach because it produces high-resolution, 3D, turbulent fields, such as wind velocity, temperature, and momentum and heat fluxes, and it properly accounts for the interactions between wind turbine blades and the surrounding atmospheric and near-surface properties. However, LES are computationally expensive and simulating all the possible combinations of wind directions, atmospheric stabilities, and turbine layouts to identify the optimal wind farm configuration is practically unfeasible today. A new, geometry-based method is proposed that is computationally inexpensive and that combines simple geometric quantities with a minimal number of LES simulations to identify the optimal wind turbine layout, taking into account not only the actual frequency distribution of wind directions (i.e., wind rose) at the site of interest, but also atmospheric stability. The geometry-based method is calibrated with LES of the Lillgrund wind farm conducted with the Software for Offshore/onshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA), based on the open-access OpenFOAM libraries. The geometric quantities that offer the best correlations (>0.93) with the LES results are the blockage ratio, defined as the fraction of the swept area of a wind turbine that is blocked by an upstream turbine, and the blockage distance, the weighted distance from a given turbine to all upstream turbines

  2. Free radical generation and concentration in a plasma polymer: the effect of aromaticity.

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    Ershov, Sergey; Khelifa, Farid; Lemaur, Vincent; Cornil, Jérôme; Cossement, Damien; Habibi, Youssef; Dubois, Philippe; Snyders, Rony

    2014-08-13

    Plasma polymer films (PPF) have increasing applications in many fields due to the unique combination of properties of this class of materials. Among notable features arising from the specifics of plasma polymerization synthesis, a high surface reactivity can be advantageously used when exploited carefully. It is related to the presence of free radicals generated during the deposition process through manifold molecular bond scissions in the energetic plasma environment. In ambient atmosphere, these radicals undergo autoxidation reactions resulting in undesired polymer aging. However, when the reactivity of surface radicals is preserved and they are put in direct contact with a chemical group of interest, a specific surface functionalization or grafting of polymeric chains can be achieved. Therefore, the control of the surface free radical density of a plasma polymer is crucially important for a successful grafting. The present investigation focuses on the influence of the hydrocarbon precursor type, aromatic vs aliphatic, on the generation and concentration of free radicals on the surface of the PPF. Benzene and cyclohexane were chosen as model precursors. First, in situ FTIR analysis of the plasma phase supplemented by density functional theory calculations allowed the main fragmentation routes of precursor molecules in the discharge to be identified as a function of energy input. Using nitric oxide (NO) chemical labeling in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, a quantitative evaluation of concentration of surface free radicals as a function of input power has been assessed for both precursors. Different evolutions of the surface free radical density for the benzene- and cyclohexane-based PPF, namely, a continuous increase versus stabilization to a plateau, are attributed to different plasma polymerization mechanisms and resulting structures as illustrated by PPF characterization findings. The control of surface free radical density can be

  3. Temporal variability and stability in infant-directed sung speech: evidence for language-specific patterns.

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    Falk, Simone

    2011-06-01

    In this paper, sung speech is used as a methodological tool to explore temporal variability in the timing of word-internal consonants and vowels. It is hypothesized that temporal variability/stability becomes clearer under the varying rhythmical conditions induced by song.This is explored crosslinguistically in German - a language that exhibits a potential vocalic quantity distinction - and the non-quantity languages French and Russian. Songs by non-professional singers, i.e. parents that sang to their infants aged 2 to 13 months in a non-laboratory setting, were recorded and analyzed.Vowel and consonant durations at syllable contacts of trochaic word types with CVCV or CV:CV structure were measured under varying rhythmical conditions. Evidence is provided that in German non-professional singing, the two syllable structures can be differentiated by two distinct temporal variability patterns: vocalic variability (and consonantal stability) was found to be dominant in CV:CV structures whereas consonantal variability (and vocalic stability) was characteristic for CVCV structures. In French and Russian, however, only vocalic variability seemed to apply.Additionally, findings suggest that the different temporal patterns found in German were also supported by the stability pattern at the tonal level. These results point to subtle (supra) segmental timing mechanisms in sung speech that affect temporal targets according to the specific prosodic nature of the language in question.

  4. Temporal Variability and Stability in Infant-Directed Sung Speech: Evidence for Language-Specific Patterns

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    Falk, Simone

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, sung speech is used as a methodological tool to explore temporal variability in the timing of word-internal consonants and vowels. It is hypothesized that temporal variability/stability becomes clearer under the varying rhythmical conditions induced by song. This is explored cross-linguistically in German--a language that exhibits a…

  5. Temporal Variability and Stability in Infant-Directed Sung Speech: Evidence for Language-Specific Patterns

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    Falk, Simone

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, sung speech is used as a methodological tool to explore temporal variability in the timing of word-internal consonants and vowels. It is hypothesized that temporal variability/stability becomes clearer under the varying rhythmical conditions induced by song. This is explored cross-linguistically in German--a language that exhibits a…

  6. Direct current electrorheological stability determination of water-in-crude oil emulsions.

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    Wang, Xiuyu; Alvarado, Vladimir

    2009-10-22

    Emulsion stability is a fundamental determination for separation technologies. We use the critical electric field (CEF) and viscosity changes in DC electrorheological (ER) experiments in dynamic mode to establish the level of stability of water-in-crude oil emulsions previously studied through bottle tests. The CEF value corresponds to the value of electric field at which the current reaches 95% or larger of the plateau value. Our results show that CEF can be obtained through current measurements and viscosity drops resulting from emulsion structure breakdown, although viscosity changes are not always a good proxy of stability. This implies that electrorheology cannot be uncritically used for static stability determination of the CEF value. Emulsion structure breakdown is explored through rheological characterization before and after voltage sweeps have been performed. When the electric field applied is below the CEF value, the storage and loss moduli response, as well as viscosity, as functions of frequency are recovered. However, when the electric field is greater than the CEF value, the emulsion structure breaks down irreversibly.

  7. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The effect of anisotropic surface tension on the morphological stability of planar interface during directional solidification

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    Chen, Ming-Wen; Lan, Man; Yuan, Lin; Wang, Yu-Yan; Wang, Zi-Dong; Xu, Jian-Jun

    2009-04-01

    This paper considers the effect of the anisotropic surface tension on the morphological stability of the planar interface during directional solidification. When the expression exhibiting the four-fold symmetry is included, the modified absolute stability criterion is obtained by employing the multi-variable expansion method. The linear stability analysis reveals that for the given temperature gradient, as the anisotropic surface tension parameter increases, the stability zone tends to decrease.

  8. Homolytic dissociation of the vulcanization accelerator tetramethylthiuram disulfide (TMTD) and structures and stabilities of the related radicals Me2NCSn* (n = 1-4).

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    Steudel, Ralf; Steudel, Yana; Mak, Adrian Matthew; Wong, Ming Wah

    2006-12-08

    The homolytic dissociation of the important vulcanization accelerator tetramethylthiuram disulfide (TMTD) has been studied by ab initio calculations according to the G3X(MP2) and G3X(MP2)-RAD theories. Homolytic cleavage of the SS bond requires a low enthalpy of 150.0 kJ mol-1, whereas 268.0 kJ mol-1 is needed for the dissociation of one of the C-S single bonds. To cleave one of the SS bonds of the corresponding trisulfide (TMTT) requires 191.1 kJ mol-1. Me2NCS2* is a particularly stable sulfur radical as reflected in the low S-H bond dissociation enthalpy of the corresponding acid Me2NC(=S)SH (301.7 kJ mol-1). Me2NCS2* (2B2) is a sigma radical characterized by the unpaired spin density shared equally between the two sulfur atoms and by a 4-center (NCS2) delocalized pi system. The ESR g-tensors of the radicals Me2NCSn* (n = 1-3) have been calculated. Both TMTD and the mentioned radicals form stable chelate complexes with a Li+ cation, which here serves as a model for the zinc ions used in accelerated rubber vulcanization. Although the binding energy of the complex [Li(TMTD)]+ is larger than that of the isomeric species [Li(S2CNMe2)2]+ (12), the dissociation enthalpy of TMTD as a ligand is smaller (125.5 kJ mol-1) than that of free TMTD. In other words, the homolytic dissociation of the SS bonds of TMTD is facilitated by the presence of Li+ ions. The sulfurization of TMTD in the presence of Li+ to give the paramagnetic complex [Li(S3CNMe2)2]+ is strongly exothermic. These results suggest that TMTD reacts with naked zinc ions as well as with the surface atoms of solid zinc oxide particles in an analogous manner producing highly reactive complexes, which probably initiate the crosslinking process during vulcanization reactions of natural or synthetic rubber accelerated by TMTD/ZnO.

  9. Generalized Solovev equilibrium with sheared flow of arbitrary direction and stability consideration

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    Kaltsas, D. A. E-mail: gthroum@cc.uoi.gr; Throumoulopoulos, G. N. E-mail: gthroum@cc.uoi.gr

    2014-08-15

    A Solovev-like solution describing equilibria with field aligned incompressible flows [G. N. Throumoulopoulos and H. Tasso, Phys. Plasmas 19, 014504 (2012)] is extended to non parallel flows. The solution expressed as a superposition of Bessel functions contains an arbitrary number of free parameters which are exploited to construct a variety of configurations including ITER shaped ones. For parallel flows, application of a sufficient condition for linear stability shows that this condition is satisfied in an appreciable part of the plasma region on the high-field side mostly due to the variation of the magnetic field perpendicular to the magnetic surfaces. Also, the results indicate that depending on the shape of the Mach-function profile and the values of the free parameters the flow and flow shear may have either stabilizing or destabilizing effects.

  10. Improvement of stability and enzymatic activity by site-directed mutagenesis of E. coli asparaginase II.

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    Verma, Shikha; Mehta, Ranjit Kumar; Maiti, Prasanta; Röhm, Klaus-Heinrich; Sonawane, Avinash

    2014-07-01

    Bacterial asparaginases (EC 3.5.1.1) have attracted considerable attention because enzymes of this group are used in the therapy of certain forms of leukemia. Class II asparaginase from Escherichia coli (EcA), a homotetramer with a mass of 138 kDa, is especially effective in cancer therapy. However, the therapeutic potential of EcA is impaired by the limited stability of the enzyme in vivo and by the induction of antibodies in the patients. In an attempt to modify the properties of EcA, several variants with amino acid replacements at subunit interfaces were constructed and characterized. Chemical and thermal denaturation analysis monitored by activity, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry showed that certain variants with exchanges that weaken dimer-dimer interactions exhibited complex denaturation profiles with active dimeric and/or inactive monomeric intermediates appearing at low denaturant concentrations. By contrast, other EcA variants showed considerably enhanced activity and stability as compared to the wild-type enzyme. Thus, even small changes at a subunit interface may markedly affect EcA stability without impairing its catalytic properties. Variants of this type may have a potential for use in the asparaginase therapy of leukemia.

  11. Direct interaction with filamins modulates the stability and plasma membrane expression of CFTR

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    Thelin, William R.; Chen, Yun; Gentzsch, Martina; Kreda, Silvia M.; Sallee, Jennifer L.; Scarlett, Cameron O.; Borchers, Christoph H.; Jacobson, Ken; Stutts, M. Jackson; Milgram, Sharon L.

    2007-01-01

    The role of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) as a cAMP-dependent chloride channel on the apical membrane of epithelia is well established. However, the processes by which CFTR is regulated on the cell surface are not clear. Here we report the identification of a protein-protein interaction between CFTR and the cytoskeletal filamin proteins. Using proteomic approaches, we identified filamins as proteins that associate with the extreme CFTR N terminus. Furthermore, we identified a disease-causing missense mutation in CFTR, serine 13 to phenylalanine (S13F), which disrupted this interaction. In cells, filamins tethered plasma membrane CFTR to the underlying actin network. This interaction stabilized CFTR at the cell surface and regulated the plasma membrane dynamics and confinement of the channel. In the absence of filamin binding, CFTR was internalized from the cell surface, where it prematurely accumulated in lysosomes and was ultimately degraded. Our data demonstrate what we believe to be a previously unrecognized role for the CFTR N terminus in the regulation of the plasma membrane stability and metabolic stability of CFTR. In addition, we elucidate the molecular defect associated with the S13F mutation. PMID:17235394

  12. Optimal cue combination and landmark-stability learning in the head direction system.

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    Jeffery, Kate J; Page, Hector J I; Stringer, Simon M

    2016-11-15

    Maintaining a sense of direction requires combining information from static environmental landmarks with dynamic information about self-motion. This is accomplished by the head direction system, whose neurons - head direction cells - encode specific head directions. When the brain integrates information in sensory domains, this process is almost always 'optimal' - that is, inputs are weighted according to their reliability. Evidence suggests cue combination by head direction cells may also be optimal. The simplicity of the head direction signal, together with the detailed knowledge we have about the anatomy and physiology of the underlying circuit, therefore makes this system a tractable model with which to discover how optimal cue combination occurs at a neural level. In the head direction system, cue interactions are thought to occur on an attractor network of interacting head direction neurons, but attractor dynamics predict a winner-take-all decision between cues, rather than optimal combination. However, optimal cue combination in an attractor could be achieved via plasticity in the feedforward connections from external sensory cues (i.e. the landmarks) onto the ring attractor. Short-term plasticity would allow rapid re-weighting that adjusts the final state of the network in accordance with cue reliability (reflected in the connection strengths), while longer term plasticity would allow long-term learning about this reliability. Although these principles were derived to model the head direction system, they could potentially serve to explain optimal cue combination in other sensory systems more generally. © 2016 The Authors. The Journal of Physiology © 2016 The Physiological Society.

  13. Stability of formation control using a consensus protocol under directed communications with two time delays and delay scheduling

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    Cepeda-Gomez, Rudy; Olgac, Nejat

    2016-01-01

    We consider a linear algorithm to achieve formation control in a group of agents which are driven by second-order dynamics and affected by two rationally independent delays. One of the delays is in the position and the other in the velocity information channels. These delays are taken as constant and uniform throughout the system. The communication topology is assumed to be directed and fixed. The formation is attained by adding a supplementary control term to the stabilising consensus protocol. In preparation for the formation control logic, we first study the stability of the consensus, using the recent cluster treatment of characteristic roots (CTCR) paradigm. This effort results in a unique depiction of the non-conservative stability boundaries in the domain of the delays. However, CTCR requires the knowledge of the potential stability switching loci exhaustively within this domain. The creation of these loci is done in a new surrogate coordinate system, called the 'spectral delay space (SDS)'. The relative stability is also investigated, which has to do with the speed of reaching consensus. This step leads to a paradoxical control design concept, called the 'delay scheduling', which highlights the fact that the group behaviour may be enhanced by increasing the delays. These steps lead to a control strategy to establish a desired group formation that guarantees spacing among the agents. Example case studies are presented to validate the underlying analytical derivations.

  14. Improvements in Glucose Sensitivity and Stability of Trichoderma reesei β-Glucosidase Using Site-Directed Mutagenesis

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    Amano, Yoshihiko

    2016-01-01

    Glucose sensitivity and pH and thermal stabilities of Trichoderma reesei Cel1A (Bgl II) were improved by site-directed mutagenesis of only two amino acid residues (L167W or P172L) at the entrance of the active site. The Cel1A mutant showed high glucose tolerance (50% of inhibitory concentration = 650 mM), glucose stimulation (2.0 fold at 50 mM glucose), and enhanced specific activity (2.4-fold) compared with those of the wild-type Cel1A. Furthermore, the mutant enzyme showed stability at a wide pH range of 4.5–9.0 and possessed high thermal stability up to 50°C with 80% of the residual activities compared with the stability seen at the pH range of 6.5–7.0 and temperatures of up to 40°C in the wild-type Cel1A. Kinetic studies for hydrolysis revealed that the Cel1A mutant was competitively inhibited by glucose at similar levels as the wild-type enzyme. Additionally, the mutant enzyme exhibited substrate inhibition, which gradually disappeared with an increasing glucose concentration. These data suggest that the glucose stimulation was caused by relieve the substrate inhibition in the presence of glucose. To conclude, all the properties improved by the mutagenesis would be great advantages in degradation of cellulosic biomass together with cellulases. PMID:26790148

  15. Small pH and salt variations radically alter the thermal stability of metal-binding domains in the copper transporter, Wilson disease protein.

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    Nilsson, Lina; Ådén, Jörgen; Niemiec, Moritz S; Nam, Kwangho; Wittung-Stafshede, Pernilla

    2013-10-24

    Although strictly regulated, pH and solute concentrations in cells may exhibit temporal and spatial fluctuations. Here we study the effect of such changes on the stability, structure, and dynamics in vitro and in silico of a two-domain construct (WD56) of the fifth and sixth metal-binding domains of the copper transport protein, ATP7B (Wilson disease protein). We find that the thermal stability of WD56 is increased by 40 °C when increasing the pH from 5.0 to 7.5. In contrast, addition of salt at pH 7.2 decreases WD56 stability by up to 30 °C. In agreement with domain-domain coupling, fractional copper loading increases the stability of both domains. HSQC chemical shift changes demonstrate that, upon lowering the pH from 7.2 to 6, both His in WD6 as well as the second Cys of the copper site in each domain become protonated. MD simulations reveal increased domain-domain fluctuations at pH 6 and in the presence of high salt concentration, as compared to at pH 7 and low salt concentration. Thus, the surface charge distribution at high pH contributes favorably to overall WD56 stability. By introducing more positive charges by lowering the pH, or by diminishing charge-charge interactions by salt, fluctuations among the domains are increased and thereby overall stability is reduced. Copper transfer activity also depends on pH: delivery of copper from chaperone Atox1 to WD56 is more efficient at pH 7.2 than at pH 6 by a factor of 30. It appears that WD56 is an example where the free energy landscapes for folding and function are linked via structural stability.

  16. Dual high-resolution α-glucosidase and radical scavenging profiling combined with HPLC-HRMS-SPE-NMR for identification of minor and major constituents directly from the crude extract of Pueraria lobata.

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    Liu, Bingrui; Kongstad, Kenneth T; Qinglei, Sun; Nyberg, Nils T; Jäger, Anna K; Staerk, Dan

    2015-02-27

    The crude methanol extract of Pueraria lobata was investigated by dual high-resolution α-glucosidase inhibition and radical scavenging profiling combined with hyphenated HPLC-HRMS-SPE-NMR. Direct analysis of the crude extract without preceding purification was facilitated by combining chromatograms from two analytical-scale HPLC separations of 120 and 600 μg on-column, respectively. High-resolution α-glucosidase and radical scavenging profiles were obtained after microfractionation of the eluate in 96-well microplates. This allowed full bioactivity profiling of individual peaks in the HPLC chromatogram of the crude methanol extract. Subsequent HPLC-HRMS-SPE-NMR analysis allowed identification of 21 known compounds in addition to two new compounds, i.e., 3'-methoxydaidzein 8-C-[α-D-apiofuranosyl-(1→6)]-β-D-glucopyranoside and 6″-O-malonyl-3'-methoxydaidzin, as well as an unstable compound tentatively identified as 3'-de-O-methylpuerariafuran.

  17. Reversible light-directed red, green, and blue reflection with thermal stability enabled by a self-organized helical superstructure.

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    Li, Yannian; Urbas, Augustine; Li, Quan

    2012-06-13

    Adding external, remote, and dynamic control to self-organized superstructures with desired properties is an important leap necessary in leveraging the fascinating molecular subsystems for employment in applications. Here two novel light-driven dithienylethene chiral molecular switches possessing remarkable changes in helical twisting power during photoisomerization as well as very high helical twisting powers were found to experience photochemically reversible isomerization with thermal stability in both isotropic organic solvents and anisotropic liquid crystal media. When doped into a commercially available achiral liquid crystal host, the chiral switch was able to either immediately induce an optically tunable helical superstructure or retain an achiral photoresponsive liquid crystal phase whose helical superstructure was induced and tuned reversibly upon light irradiation. Moreover, reversible light-directed red, green, and blue reflection colors with thermal stability in a single thin film were demonstrated.

  18. Resistance to antiangiogenic therapy is directed by vascular phenotype, vessel stabilization, and maturation in malignant melanoma

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    Scheffrahn, Inka; Bartling, Sönke; Weis, Joachim; von Felbert, Verena; Middleton, Mark; Kato, Masahi; Ergün, Süleyman; Augustin, Hellmut G.

    2010-01-01

    Angiogenesis is not only dependent on endothelial cell invasion and proliferation, it also requires pericyte coverage of vascular sprouts for stabilization of vascular walls. Clinical efficacy of angiogenesis inhibitors targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway is still limited to date. We hypothesized that the level of vessel maturation is critically involved in the response to antiangiogenic therapies. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the vascular network in spontaneously developing melanomas of MT/ret transgenic mice after using PTK787/ZK222584 for anti-VEGF therapy but also analyzed human melanoma metastases taken at clinical relapse in patients undergoing adjuvant treatment using bevacizumab. Both experimental settings showed that tumor vessels, which are resistant to anti-VEGF therapy, are characterized by enhanced vessel diameter and normalization of the vascular bed by coverage of mature pericytes and immunoreactivity for desmin, NG-2, platelet-derived growth factor receptor β, and the late-stage maturity marker α smooth muscle actin. Our findings emphasize that the level of mural cell differentiation and stabilization of the vascular wall significantly contribute to the response toward antiangiogenic therapy in melanoma. This study may be useful in paving the way toward a more rational development of second generation antiangiogenic combination therapies and in providing, for the first time, a murine model to study this. PMID:20194633

  19. Sub-kilohertz linewidth narrowing of a mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator idler frequency by direct cavity stabilization.

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    Ricciardi, I; Mosca, S; Parisi, M; Maddaloni, P; Santamaria, L; De Natale, P; De Rosa, M

    2015-10-15

    We stabilize the idler frequency of a singly resonant optical parametric oscillator directly to the resonance of a mid-infrared Fabry-Perot reference cavity. This is accomplished by the Pound-Drever-Hall locking scheme, controlling either the pump laser or the resonant signal frequency. A residual relative frequency noise power spectral density below 10(3)  Hz(2)/Hz is reached on average, with a Gaussian linewidth of 920 Hz over 100 ms, which reveals the potential for reaching spectral purity down to the hertz level by locking the optical parametric oscillator against a mid-infrared cavity with state-of-the-art superior performance.

  20. Calculation of lateral-directional stability derivatives of wings by a nonplanar quasi-vortex-lattice method

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    Lan, C. E.

    1981-01-01

    The nonplanar quasi-vortex-lattice method is applied to the calculation of lateral-directional stability derivatives of wings with and without vortex-lift effect. Results for conventional configurations and those with winglets, V-tail, etc. are compared with available data. All rolling moment derivatives are found to be accurately predicted. The prediction of side force and yawing moment derivatives for some configurations is not as accurate. Causes of the discrepancy are discussed. A user's manual for the program and the program listing are also included.

  1. An experimental study of flame stability in a directly-fueled wall cavity with a supersonic free stream

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    Rasmussen, Chadwick Clifford

    An extensive study of flame stability in a cavity-based fuel injector/flameholder has been performed. Flames were stabilized in cavities with two different aft wall configurations and length to depth ratios of 3 and 4. Fuel was injected directly into the cavity using two injector configurations. Fuel injected from the aft wall of the cavity entered directly into the recirculation zone and provided desirable performance near the lean blowout limit. At high fuel flowrates, the cavity became flooded with fuel and rich blowout occurred. When fuel was injected from the floor of the cavity, excess fuel was directed out of the cavity which allowed for flame stabilization at extremely high fuel flowrates; however, this phenomenon also resulted in suboptimal performance near the lean limit where the blowout point was less predictable. Images of planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) of CH, OH, and formaldehyde give insight into the flameholding mechanisms. CH layers in the cavity are thin and continuous and show structure that is comparable to lifted jet flames, while broad CH zones are sometimes observed in the shear layer. OH PLIF images show that hot recirculated products are always present at the location of flame stabilization, whereas images of formaldehyde indicate that partial premixing takes place in the shear layer portion of the flame. Nonreacting measurements of the boundary layer and the free stream velocity profiles were obtained to provide necessary boundary conditions for computational modeling. Mean and instantaneous velocity profiles were determined for the nonreacting flow using particle image velocimetry (PIV). A correlation of the blowout points for a directly-fueled cavity in a supersonic flow was accomplished using a Damkohler number and an equivalence ratio based upon an effective air mass flowrate. The chemical time was formulated using a generic measure of the reaction rate, tauc ˜ alpha/ S2L , which was found to be adequate for correlating lean

  2. Entry dynamics of space shuttle orbiter with lateral-directional stability and control uncertainties at supersonic and hypersonic speeds

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    Stone, H. W.; Powell, R. W.

    1977-01-01

    A six-degree-of-freedom simulation analysis was conducted to examine the effects of the lateral-directional static aerodynamic stability and control uncertainties on the performance of the automatic (no manual inputs) entry-guidance and control systems of the space shuttle orbiter. To establish the acceptable boundaries of the uncertainties, the static aerodynamic characteristics were varied either by applying a multiplier to the aerodynamic parameter or by adding an increment. Control-system modifications were identified that decrease the sensitivity to off-nominal aerodynamics. With these modifications, the acceptable aerodynamic boundaries were determined.

  3. A stability analysis on unsteady mixed convection stagnation-point flow over a moving plate along the flow impingement direction

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    Bakar, S. A.; Arifin, N. M.; Ali, F. M.; Bachok, N.; Nazar, R.

    2017-09-01

    The unsteady mixed convection stagnation-point flow over a moving plate along the flow impingement direction is numerically studied. The governing partial differentiation equations are transformed into ordinary differential equations using a similarity transformation, and then solved numerically by a shooting technique method. Dual solutions are observed in a certain range of opposing flow and regarding on these numerical solutions, we prepared a stability analysis to identify which solution is stable between non-unique solutions by bvp4c solver in Matlab. Further we obtain numerical results which enable us to discuss the features of the respective solutions.

  4. A concept for improving the dimensional stability of filamentary composites in one direction

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    Dow, N. F.; Rosen, B. W.

    1971-01-01

    Investigation of filamentary composites having high strength and stiffness and a zero thermal coefficient of expansion in one direction shows that advanced filament materials, such as boron, have substantial advantages over conventional filamentary composites. Various other results are discussed, including guidelines and analysis methods for further evaluation.

  5. Direct and indirect effects of unilateral divorce law on marital stability.

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    Kneip, Thorsten; Bauer, Gerrit; Reinhold, Steffen

    2014-12-01

    Previous research examining the impact of unilateral divorce law (UDL) on the prevalence of divorce has provided mixed results. Studies based on cross-sectional cross-country/cross-state survey data have received criticism for disregarding unobserved heterogeneity across countries, as have studies using country-level panel data for failing to account for possible mediating mechanisms at the micro level. We seek to overcome both shortcomings by using individual-level event-history data from 11 European countries (SHARELIFE) and controlling for unobserved heterogeneity over countries and cohorts. We find that UDL in total increased the incidence of marital breakdown by about 20 %. This finding, however, neglects potential selection effects into marriage. Accordingly, the estimated effect of unilateral divorce laws becomes much larger when we control for age at marriage, which is used as indicator for match quality. Moreover, we find that UDL particularly affects marital stability in the presence of children.

  6. The direct criterion of Newcomb for the ideal MHD stability of an axisymmetric toroidal plasma

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    Glasser, A. H.

    2016-07-01

    A method is presented for determining the ideal magnetohydrodynamic stability of an axisymmetric toroidal plasma, based on a toroidal generalization of the method developed by Newcomb for fixed-boundary modes in a cylindrical plasma. For toroidal mode number n ≠ 0 , the stability problem is reduced to the numerical integration of a high-order complex system of ordinary differential equations, the Euler-Lagrange equation for extremizing the potential energy, for the coupled amplitudes of poloidal harmonics m as a function of the radial coordinate ψ in a straight-fieldline flux coordinate system. Unlike the cylindrical case, different poloidal harmonics couple to each other, which introduces coupling between adjacent singular intervals. A boundary condition is used at each singular surface, where m = nq and q ( ψ ) is the safety factor, to cross the singular surface and continue the solutions beyond it. Fixed-boundary instability is indicated by the vanishing of a real determinant of a Hermitian complex matrix constructed from the fundamental matrix of solutions, the generalization of Newcomb's crossing criterion. In the absence of fixed-boundary instabilities, an M × M plasma response matrix W P , with M the number of poloidal harmonics used, is constructed from the Euler-Lagrange solutions at the plasma-vacuum boundary. This is added to a vacuum response matrix W V to form a total response matrix W T . The existence of negative eigenvalues of W T indicates the presence of free-boundary instabilities. The method is implemented in the fast and accurate DCON code.

  7. Effect of staining solutions and repolishing on color stability of direct composites

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    MUNDIM, Fabrício Mariano; GARCIA, Lucas da Fonseca Roberti; PIRES-DE-SOUZA, Fernanda de Carvalho Panzeri

    2010-01-01

    Objectives The purpose of this study was to assess the color change of three types of composite resins exposed to coffee and cola drink, and the effect of repolishing on the color stability of these composites after staining. Materials and Methods Fifteen specimens (15 mm diameter and 2 mm thick) were fabricated from microhybrid (Esthet-X; Dentsply and Filtek Z-250; 3M ESPE) and high-density hybrid (Surefil; Dentsply) composites, and were finished and polished with aluminum oxide discs (Sof-Lex; 3M ESPE). Color of the specimens was measured according to the CIE L*a*b* system in a reflection spectrophotometer (PCB 6807; BYK Gardner). After baseline color measurements, 5 specimens of each resin were immersed in different staining solutions for 15 days: G1 - distilled water (control), G2 - coffee, G3 - cola soft drink. Afterwards, new color measurement was performed and the specimens were repolished and submitted to new color reading. Color stability was determined by the difference (∆) between the coordinates L*, a*, and b* obtained from the specimens before and after immersion into the solutions and after repolishing. Results There was no statistically significant difference (ANOVA, Tukey's test; p>0.05) among the ∆ values for the different types of composites after staining or repolishing. For all composite resins, coffee promoted more color change (∆>3.3) than distilled water and the cola soft drink. After repolishing, the ∆ values of the specimens immersed in coffee decreased to clinically acceptable values (∆<3.3), but remained significantly higher than those of the other groups. Conclusions No significant difference was found among composite resins or between color values before and after repolishing of specimens immersed in distilled water and cola. Immersing specimens in coffee caused greater color change in all types of composite resins tested in this study and repolishing contributed to decrease staining to clinically acceptable ∆ values. PMID

  8. A direct numerical simulation study of flame structure and stabilization of an experimental high Ka CH4/air premixed jet flame

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    Wang, Haiou; Hawkes, Evatt R.; Chen, Jacqueline H.

    2017-03-17

    In the present work, a direct numerical simulation (DNS) of an experimental high Karlovitz number (Ka) CH4/air piloted premixed flame was analyzed to study the inner structure and the stabilization mechanism of the turbulent flame. A reduced chemical mechanism for premixed CH4/air combustion with NOx based on GRI-Mech3.0 was used, including 268 elementary reactions and 28 transported species. The evolution of the stretch factor, I0, indicates that the burning rate per unit flame surface area is considerably reduced in the near field and exhibits a minimum at x/D = 8. Downstream, the burning rate gradually increases. The stretch factor ismore » different between different species, suggesting the quenching of some reactions but not others. Comparison between the turbulent flame and strained laminar flames indicates that certain aspects of the mean flame structure can be represented surprisingly well by flamelets if changes in boundary conditions are accounted for and the strain rate of the mean flow is employed; however, the thickening of the flame due to turbulence is not captured. The spatial development of displacement speeds is studied at higher Ka than previous DNS. In contrast to almost all previous studies, the mean displacement speed conditioned on the flame front is negative in the near field, and the dominant contribution to the displacement speed is normal diffusion with the reaction contribution being secondary. Further downstream, reaction overtakes normal diffusion, contributing to a positive displacement speed. The negative displacement speed in the near field implies that the flame front situates itself in the pilot region where the inner structure of the turbulent flame is affected significantly, and the flame stabilizes in balance with the inward flow. Notably, in the upstream region of the turbulent flame, the main reaction contributing to the production of OH, H+O2⇌O+OH (R35), is weak. Moreover, oxidation reactions, H2+OH⇌H+H2O (R79) and CO

  9. Neutral, cationic, and anionic low-spin iron(III) complexes stabilized by amidophenolate and iminobenzosemiquinonate radical in N,N,O ligands.

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    Rajput, Amit; Sharma, Anuj K; Barman, Suman K; Koley, Debasis; Steinert, Markus; Mukherjee, Rabindranath

    2014-01-06

    A brownish-black complex [Fe(III)(L)2] (1) (S = 0), supported by two tridentate redox-active azo-appended o-amidophenolates [H2L = 2-(2-phenylazo)-anilino-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol], has been synthesized and structurally characterized. In CH2Cl2 1 displays two oxidative and two reductive 1e(-) redox processes at E1/2 values of 0.48 and 1.06 V and -0.42 and -1.48 V vs SCE, respectively. The one-electron oxidized form [1](+) isolated as a green solid [Fe(III)(L)2][BF4] (2) (S = 1/2) has been structurally characterized. Isolation of a dark ink-blue one-electron reduced form [1](-) has also been achieved [Co(III)(η(5)-C10H15)2][Fe(III)(L)2] (3) (S = 1/2). Mössbauer spectral parameters unequivocally establish that 1 is a low-spin (LS) Fe(III) complex. Careful analysis of Mössbauer spectral data of 2 and 3 at 200 and 80 K reveal that each complex has a major LS Fe(III) and a minor LS Fe(II) component (redox isomers): [Fe(III){(L(ISQ))(-•)}2](+) and [Fe(II){(L(IBQ))(0)}{(L(ISQ))(-•)}](+) (2) and [Fe(III){(L(AP))(2-)}2](-) and [Fe(II){(L(ISQ))(-•)}{(L(AP))(2-)}](-) (3). Notably, for both at 8 K mainly the major component exists. Broken-Symmetry (BS) Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP level reveals that in 1 the unpaired electron of LS Fe(III) is strongly antiferromagnetically coupled with a π-radical of o-iminobenzosemiquinonate(1-) (L(ISQ))(-•) form of the ligand, delocalized over two ligands providing 3- charge (X-ray structure). DFT calculations reveal that the unpaired electron in 2 is due to (L(ISQ))(-•) [LS Fe(III) (SFe = 1/2) is strongly antiferromagnetically coupled to one of the (L(ISQ))(-•) radicals (Srad = 1/2)] and 3 is primarily a LS Fe(III) complex, supported by two o-amidophenolate(2-) ligands. Time-Dependent-DFT calculations shed light on the origin of UV-vis-NIR spectral absorptions for 1-3. The collective consideration of Mössbauer, variable-temperature (77-298 K) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and absorption

  10. Direct numerical simulation of the effect of an electric field on flame stability

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    Belhi, Memdouh; Domingo, Pascale; Vervisch, Pierre

    2010-12-15

    The role of electric fields in stabilising combustion is a well-known phenomenon. Among the possible mechanisms favouring the anchorage of the flame base, the ion-driven wind acting directly on flow momentum ahead of the flame base could be the leading one. Direct numerical simulation has been used to verify this hypothesis and lead to a better understanding of diffusion flame base anchoring in the presence of an externally applied voltage. In this context, a simplified modelling approach is proposed to describe combustion in the presence of electric body forces. The model reproduces the tendencies of experimental observations found in the literature. The sensitivity of the flame lift-off height to the applied voltage is studied and the modification of the velocity field ahead of the flame base induced by the electric volume forces is highlighted. (author)

  11. Optimisation of ultrasound-assisted extraction of oil from papaya seed by response surface methodology: oil recovery, radical scavenging antioxidant activity, and oxidation stability.

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    Samaram, Shadi; Mirhosseini, Hamed; Tan, Chin Ping; Ghazali, Hasanah Mohd; Bordbar, Sara; Serjouie, Alireza

    2015-04-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the effects of ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) condition on the yield, antioxidant activity and stability of the oil from papaya seed. The studied ultrasound variables were time, temperature, ultrasound power and solvent to sample ratio. The main goal was to optimise UAE condition providing the highest recovery of papaya seed oil with the most desirable antioxidant activity and stability. The interaction of ultrasound variables had the most and least significant effects on the antioxidant activity and stability, respectively. Ultrasound-assisted extraction provided a relatively high oil recovery (∼ 73%) from papaya seed. The strongest antioxidant activity was achieved by the extraction at the elevated temperature using low solvent to sample ratio. The optimum ultrasound extraction was set at the elevated temperature (62.5 °C) for 38.5 min at high ultrasound power (700 W) using medium solvent to sample ratio (∼ 7:1 v/w). The optimum point was practically validated. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  12. VORSTAB: A computer program for calculating lateral-directional stability derivatives with vortex flow effect

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    Lan, C. Edward

    1985-01-01

    A computer program based on the Quasi-Vortex-Lattice Method of Lan is presented for calculating longitudinal and lateral-directional aerodynamic characteristics of nonplanar wing-body combination. The method is based on the assumption of inviscid subsonic flow. Both attached and vortex-separated flows are treated. For the vortex-separated flow, the calculation is based on the method of suction analogy. The effect of vortex breakdown is accounted for by an empirical method. A summary of the theoretical method, program capabilities, input format, output variables and program job control set-up are described. Three test cases are presented as guides for potential users of the code.

  13. Ensuring stability of maintained goaf by means of directional hydraulic fracturing (DHF)

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    Klishin, V. I.; Opruk, G. Yu; Teleguz, A. S.

    2017-09-01

    The article describes how directional hydraulic fracturing (DHF) of roof rock was used while the longwall face was operating and airway for the isolated methane-air mixture drainage from the goaf was preserved. The authors give the reasons for using DHF in mining and geological conditions of Esaulskaya mine. They describe the sequence of the performed operations aimed at weakening roof rocks and also list the special equipment used during the process. Based on the results of the performed operations, the authors make a conclusion concerning the effectiveness of this work.

  14. Doppler modulation and Zeeman modulation: laser frequency stabilization without direct frequency modulation.

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    Weis, A; Derler, S

    1988-07-01

    We discuss two methods (Zeeman modulation and Doppler modulation) for locking the frequency of a singlemode cw laser to an atomic absorption line. These methods do not require the laser frequency to be modulated directly. In the first scheme the absorption frequency of the atom is modulated via the Zeeman effect; in the second scheme the laser frequency is modulated indirectly via the Doppler effect in an atomic beam. We used the two methods successfully to lock two dye lasers to the transitions 6S((1/2)) ? 7S((1/2)) and 7S((1/2)) ? 15P(?) in atomic cesium.

  15. THERMOCHEMISTRY OF HYDROCARBON RADICALS

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    Kent M. Ervin, Principal Investigator

    2004-08-17

    Gas phase negative ion chemistry methods are employed to determine enthalpies of formation of hydrocarbon radicals that are important in combustion processes and to investigate the dynamics of ion-molecule reactions. Using guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometry, we measure collisional threshold energies of endoergic proton transfer and hydrogen atom transfer reactions of hydrocarbon molecules with negative reagent ions. The measured reaction threshold energies for proton transfer yield the relative gas phase acidities. In an alternative methodology, competitive collision-induced dissociation of proton-bound ion-molecule complexes provides accurate gas phase acidities relative to a reference acid. Combined with the electron affinity of the R {center_dot} radical, the gas phase acidity yields the RH bond dissociation energy of the corresponding neutral molecule, or equivalently the enthalpy of formation of the R{center_dot} organic radical, using equation: D(R-H) = {Delta}{sub acid}H(RH) + EA(R) - IE(H). The threshold energy for hydrogen abstraction from a hydrocarbon molecule yields its hydrogen atom affinity relative to the reagent anion, providing the RH bond dissociation energy directly. Electronic structure calculations are used to evaluate the possibility of potential energy barriers or dynamical constrictions along the reaction path, and as input for RRKM and phase space theory calculations. In newer experiments, we have measured the product velocity distributions to obtain additional information on the energetics and dynamics of the reactions.

  16. Direction-specific impairment of stability limits and falls in children with developmental coordination disorder: Implications for rehabilitation.

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    Fong, Shirley S M; Ng, Shamay S M; Chung, Louisa M Y; Ki, W Y; Chow, Lina P Y; Macfarlane, Duncan J

    2016-01-01

    Limit of stability (LOS) is an important yet under-examined postural control ability in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). This study aimed to (1) compare the LOS and fall frequencies of children with and without DCD, and (2) explore the relationships between LOS parameters and falls in the DCD population. Thirty primary school-aged children with DCD and twenty age- and sex-matched typically-developing children participated in the study. Postural control ability, specifically LOS in standing, was evaluated using the LOS test. Reaction time, movement velocity, maximum excursion, end point excursion, and directional control were then calculated. Self-reported fall incidents in the previous week were also documented. Multivariate analysis of variance results revealed that children with DCD had shorter LOS maximum excursion in the backward direction compared to the control group (p=0.003). This was associated with a higher number of falls in daily life (rho=-0.556, p=0.001). No significant between-groups differences were found in other LOS-derived outcomes (p>0.05). Children with DCD had direction-specific postural control impairment, specifically, diminished LOS in the backward direction. This is related to their falls in daily life. Therefore, improving LOS should be factored into rehabilitation treatment for children with DCD.

  17. Directed surfaces structures and interfaces for enhanced electrocatalyst activity, selectivity, and stability for energy conversion reactions

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    Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    2016-04-20

    IrO3/IrOx catalyst significantly outperforms rutile IrO2 and RuO2, the only other OER catalysts to have reasonable stability and activity in acidic electrolyte, and in fact demonstrates the best activity for any known OER catalyst measured in either acidic or in alkaline electrolyte. For alkaline conditions we have demonstrated that the combined effect of cerium as a dopant and gold as a metal support, significantly enhances the OER activity of electrodeposited NiOx films. This NiCeOx-Au catalyst delivers high OER activity in alkaline media, and is among the most active OER electrocatalysts reported to date (Nature Energy, accepted 2016). These studies of new catalysts for the OER, both in acid and in base, are fundamental to enabling new technologies of interest for the DOE, including the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals. ORR: One method to significantly reduce the Pt loading in fuel cell devices is to increase the ORR activity of Pt based systems. To this end we have synthesized a high surface area supported meso-structured PtxNi alloy thin film with a double gyroid morphology that both exhibits high activity and stability for the ORR (submitted, 2016). We have furthermore developed a Ru-core, Pt-shell system that improves the per Pt site activity by more than a factor of 2 (ChemElectroChem, 2014). Further refinement, optimizing Pt-shell thickness and reducing particle sintering during processing, enabled us to obtain a mass activity that is 2 times higher than commercial Pt/C from TKK. These are important contributions to the DOE goal of reducing Pt loading since an improved understanding of how to increase mass activity and stability helps enable low Pt content fuel cells.

  18. Effect of frequency, magnitude and direction of translational and rotational oscillation on the postural stability of standing people

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    Nawayseh, Naser; Griffin, Michael J.

    2006-12-01

    Oscillatory motions can cause injury in transport when standing passengers or crew lose balance and fall. To predict the loss of balance of standing people, a model is required of the relationship between the input motion and the stability of the human body. This experimental study investigated the effect of frequency, magnitude and direction of oscillation on the postural stability of standing subjects and whether response to rotational oscillation can be predicted from knowledge of response to translational oscillation. Twelve male subjects stood on a floor that oscillated in either horizontal (fore-and-aft or lateral) or rotational (pitch or roll) directions. The oscillations were one-third octave bands of random motion centred on five preferred octave centre frequencies (0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 Hz). The horizontal motions were presented at each of four velocities (0.04, 0.062, 0.099, and 0.16 ms -1 rms) and the rotational motions were presented at each of four rotational angles (0.73, 1.46, 2.92, and 5.85° rms) corresponding to four accelerations (0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 ms -2 rms), where the acceleration is that caused by rotation through the gravitational vector. Postural stability was determined by subjective methods and by measuring the displacement of the centre of pressure at the feet during horizontal oscillation. During horizontal oscillation, increases in motion magnitude increased instability and, with the same velocity at all frequencies from 0.125 to 2.0 Hz, most instability occurred in the region of 0.5 Hz. Fore-and-aft oscillation produced more instability than lateral oscillation, although displacements of the centre of pressure were similar in both directions. With the same angular displacement at all frequencies from 0.125 to 2.0 Hz, pitch oscillation caused more instability than roll oscillation, but in both directions instability increased with increased frequency of oscillation. Frequency weightings for acceleration in the plane of

  19. Improving the stability and catalyst lifetime of the halogenase RebH by directed evolution.

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    Poor, Catherine B; Andorfer, Mary C; Lewis, Jared C

    2014-06-16

    We previously reported that the halogenase RebH catalyzes selective halogenation of several heterocycles and carbocycles, but product yields were limited by enzyme instability. Here, we use directed evolution to engineer an RebH variant, 3-LR, with a Topt over 5 °C higher than that of wild-type, and 3-LSR, with a Tm 18 °C higher than that of wild-type. These enzymes provided significantly improved conversion (up to fourfold) for halogenation of tryptophan and several non-natural substrates. This initial evolution of RebH not only provides improved enzymes for immediate synthetic applications, but also establishes a robust protocol for further halogenase evolution. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Doppler modulation and Zeeman modulation: laser frequency stabilization without direct frequency modulation

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    Weis, A.; Derler, S.

    1988-07-01

    We discuss two methods (Zeeman modulation and Doppler modulation) for locking the frequency of a single-mode cw laser to an atomic absorption line. These methods do not require the laser frequency to be modulated directly. In the first scheme the absorption frequency of the atom is modulated via the Zeeman effect; in the second scheme the laser frequency is modulated indirectly via the Doppler effect in an atomic beam. We used the two methods successfully to lock two dye lasers to the transitions 6S/sub 1/2/..-->..7S/sub 1/2/ and 7S/sub 1/2/..-->..15P/sub 3/2/ in atomic cesium.

  1. Structural effects on the reactivity 1,4-dihydropyridines with alkylperoxyl radicals and ABTS radical cation.

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    Yáñez, C; López-Alarcón, C; Camargo, C; Valenzuela, V; Squella, J A; Núñez-Vergara, L J

    2004-05-01

    A series of eight commercial C-4 substituted 1,4-dihydropyridines and other synthesized related compounds were tested for direct potential scavenger effect towards alkylperoxyl radicals and ABTS radical cation in aqueous Britton-Robinson buffer pH7.4. A direct quenching radical species was established. The tested 1,4-dihydropyridines were 8.3-fold more reactive towards alkylperoxyl radicals than ABTS cation radical, expressed by their corresponding kinetic rate constants. Furthermore, NPD a photolyte of nifedipine and the C-4 unsubstituted 1,4-DHP were the most reactive derivatives towards alkylperoxyl radicals. The pyridine derivative was confirmed by GC/MS technique as the final product of reaction. In consequence, the reduction of alkylperoxyl and ABTS radicals by 1,4-dihydropyridines involved an electron transfer process. Also, the participation of the hydrogen of the 1-position appears as relevant on the reactivity. Results of reactivity were compared with Trolox.

  2. Preparation of Mg(OH)2 hybrid pigment by direct precipitation and graft onto cellulose fiber via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Wang, Xiao; Zhang, Yue; Lv, Lihua; Cui, Yongzhu; Wei, Chunyan; Pang, Guibing

    2016-02-01

    Mg(OH)2 flame retardant hybrid pigment is synthesized through simultaneous solution precipitation and adsorption of anionic dyes (C.I. Acid Red 6). The Mg(OH)2 hybrid pigment bearing vinyl groups after surface silane modification is immobilized onto the surface of bromo end-functional cellulose fiber by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The morphology and structure of Mg(OH)2 pigments and cellulose fibers grafted with modified pigments are characterized. The thermal properties, flammability and color fastness of cellulose fibers grafted with modified pigments are measured. The results reveal that anionic dye molecules are adsorbed onto Mg(OH)2 crystals and affect the formation of lamella-like Mg(OH)2 crystals. The cellulose fiber grafted with modified Mg(OH)2 hybrid pigment absorbs about four times heat more than original cellulose fiber with about 4% immobilization ratio of pigment, which shortens nearly half of afterflame time and afterglow time.

  3. Direct observation of hole shift and characterization of spin states in radical ion pairs generated from photoinduced electron transfer of (phenothiazine)(n)-anthraquinone (n = 1, 3) dyads.

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    Karimata, Ayumu; Suzuki, Shuichi; Kozaki, Masatoshi; Kimoto, Kenshi; Nozaki, Koichi; Matsushita, Hironori; Ikeda, Noriaki; Akiyama, Kimio; Kosumi, Daisuke; Hashimoto, Hideki; Okada, Keiji

    2014-11-26

    Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer of dyad PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1-B-AQ consisting of phenothiazine trimer (PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1), bicyclo[2.2.2]octane (B), and anthraquinone (AQ) was investigated. After excitation (∼20 ps) of the AQ moiety in THF, a metastable radical ion pair (RIP) PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1(+)-B-AQ(-) appeared at ∼620 nm. From 500 ps to 6 ns the spectrum changed to a new absorption (∼950 nm), which was assigned to the hole-shifted stable RIP state PTZ3-PTZ2(+)-PTZ1-B-AQ(-). The time constant of the hole-shift process was determined to be 6.0 ns. The hole-shifted RIP state had a lifetime (τ) of 250 ns and was characterized by spin-polarized signals as a spin-correlated radical pair (SCRP) by means of time-resolved ESR. These results were compared with those for the phenothiazine monomer analog PTZ-B-AQ, which also produced the RIP state PTZ(+)-B-AQ(-) with τ = 1.9 μs. Time-resolved ESR showed an all emission signal pattern showing the triplet mechanism of PTZ-B-(3)AQ* → (3)[PTZ(+)-B-AQ(-)]. The origin of the difference in the lifetimes between the trimer and the monomer RIP states was discussed from various points of view, including free energy difference in the RIP states, reorganization energy difference in the charge recombination process, and the spin-state difference. Of these, the spin-state difference effect provided the most reasonable explanation.

  4. Direct force measurements reveal that protein Tau confers short-range attractions and isoform-dependent steric stabilization to microtubules

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    Chung, Peter J.; Choi, Myung Chul; Miller, Herbert P.; Feinstein, H. Eric; Raviv, Uri; Li, Youli; Wilson, Leslie; Feinstein, Stuart C.; Safinya, Cyrus R.

    2015-01-01

    Microtubules (MTs) are hollow cytoskeletal filaments assembled from αβ-tubulin heterodimers. Tau, an unstructured protein found in neuronal axons, binds to MTs and regulates their dynamics. Aberrant Tau behavior is associated with neurodegenerative dementias, including Alzheimer’s. Here, we report on a direct force measurement between paclitaxel-stabilized MTs coated with distinct Tau isoforms by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) of MT-Tau mixtures under osmotic pressure (P). In going from bare MTs to MTs with Tau coverage near the physiological submonolayer regime (Tau/tubulin-dimer molar ratio; ΦTau = 1/10), isoforms with longer N-terminal tails (NTTs) sterically stabilized MTs, preventing bundling up to PB ∼ 10,000–20,000 Pa, an order of magnitude larger than bare MTs. Tau with short NTTs showed little additional effect in suppressing the bundling pressure (PB ∼ 1,000–2,000 Pa) over the same range. Remarkably, the abrupt increase in PB observed for longer isoforms suggests a mushroom to brush transition occurring at 1/13 < ΦTau < 1/10, which corresponds to MT-bound Tau with NTTs that are considerably more extended than SAXS data for Tau in solution indicate. Modeling of Tau-mediated MT–MT interactions supports the hypothesis that longer NTTs transition to a polyelectrolyte brush at higher coverages. Higher pressures resulted in isoform-independent irreversible bundling because the polyampholytic nature of Tau leads to short-range attractions. These findings suggest an isoform-dependent biological role for regulation by Tau, with longer isoforms conferring MT steric stabilization against aggregation either with other biomacromolecules or into tight bundles, preventing loss of function in the crowded axon environment. PMID:26542680

  5. Experimental analysis of multivariate female choice in gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor): evidence for directional and stabilizing selection.

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    Gerhardt, H Carl; Brooks, Robert

    2009-10-01

    Even simple biological signals vary in several measurable dimensions. Understanding their evolution requires, therefore, a multivariate understanding of selection, including how different properties interact to determine the effectiveness of the signal. We combined experimental manipulation with multivariate selection analysis to assess female mate choice on the simple trilled calls of male gray treefrogs. We independently and randomly varied five behaviorally relevant acoustic properties in 154 synthetic calls. We compared response times of each of 154 females to one of these calls with its response to a standard call that had mean values of the five properties. We found directional and quadratic selection on two properties indicative of the amount of signaling, pulse number, and call rate. Canonical rotation of the fitness surface showed that these properties, along with pulse rate, contributed heavily to a major axis of stabilizing selection, a result consistent with univariate studies showing diminishing effects of increasing pulse number well beyond the mean. Spectral properties contributed to a second major axis of stabilizing selection. The single major axis of disruptive selection suggested that a combination of two temporal and two spectral properties with values differing from the mean should be especially attractive.

  6. A novel integrated approach for path following and directional stability control of road vehicles after a tire blow-out

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    Wang, Fei; Chen, Hong; Guo, Konghui; Cao, Dongpu

    2017-09-01

    The path following and directional stability are two crucial problems when a road vehicle experiences a tire blow-out or sudden tire failure. Considering the requirement of rapid road vehicle motion control during a tire blow-out, this article proposes a novel linearized decoupling control procedure with three design steps for a class of second order multi-input-multi-output non-affine system. The evaluating indicators for controller performance are presented and a performance related control parameter distribution map is obtained based on the stochastic algorithm which is an innovation for non-blind parameter adjustment in engineering implementation. The analysis on the robustness of the proposed integrated controller is also performed. The simulation studies for a range of driving conditions are conducted, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed controller.

  7. Charts for Estimating Tail-rotor Contribution to Helicopter Directional Stability and Control in Low-Speed Flight

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    Amer, Kenneth B; Gessow, Alfred

    1955-01-01

    Theoretically derived charts and equations are presented by which tail-rotor design studies of directional trim and control response at low forward speed can be conveniently made. The charts can also be used to obtain the main-rotor stability derivatives of thrust with respect to collective pitch and angle of attack at low forward speeds. The use of the charts and equations for tail-rotor design studies is illustrated. Comparisons between theoretical and experimental results are presented. The charts indicate, and flight tests confirm, that the region of vortex roughness which is familiar for the main rotor is also encountered by the tail rotor and that prolonged operation at the corresponding flight conditions would be difficult.

  8. Uniformity of spherical shock wave dynamically stabilized by two successive laser profiles in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion implosions

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    Temporal, M.; Canaud, B.; Garbett, W. J.; Ramis, R.

    2015-10-15

    The implosion uniformity of a directly driven spherical inertial confinement fusion capsule is considered within the context of the Laser Mégajoule configuration. Two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic simulations have been performed assuming irradiation with two laser beam cones located at 49° and 131° with respect to the axis of symmetry. The laser energy deposition causes an inward shock wave whose surface is tracked in time, providing the time evolution of its non-uniformity. The illumination model has been used to optimize the laser intensity profiles used as input in the 2D hydro-calculations. It is found that a single stationary laser profile does not maintain a uniform shock front over time. To overcome this drawback, it is proposed to use two laser profiles acting successively in time, in order to dynamically stabilize the non-uniformity of the shock front.

  9. Structural Characterization of Hydroxyl Radical Adducts in Aqueous Media

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    Janik, Ireneusz; Tripathi, G. N. R.

    2015-06-01

    The oxidation by the hydroxyl (OH) radical is one of the most widely studied reactions because of its central role in chemistry, biology, organic synthesis, and photocatalysis in aqueous environments, wastewater treatment, and numerous other chemical processes. Although the redox potential of OH is very high, direct electron transfer (ET) is rarely observed. If it happens, it mostly proceeds through the formation of elusive OH adduct intermediate which facilitates ET and formation of hydroxide anion. Using time resolved resonance Raman technique we structurally characterized variety of OH adducts to sulfur containing organic compounds, halide ions as well as some metal cations. The bond between oxygen of OH radical and the atom of oxidized molecule differs depending on the nature of solute that OH radical reacts with. For most of sulfur containing organics, as well as halide and pseudo-halide ions, our observation suggested that this bond has two-center three-electron character. For several metal aqua ions studied, the nature of the bond depends on type of the cation being oxidized. Discussion on spectral parameters of all studied hydroxyl radical adducts as well as the role solvent plays in their stabilization will be presented.

  10. Dynamics of Radical-Mediated Enzyme Catalyses

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    Warncke, Kurt

    1997-11-01

    An emergent class of enzymes harnesses the extreme reactivity of electron-deficient free radical species to perform some of the most difficult reactions in biology. The regio- and stereo-selectivity achieved by these enzymes defies long-held ideas that radical reactions are non-specific. The common primary step in these catalyses is metal- or metallocenter-assisted generation of an electron-deficient organic "initiator radical". The initiator radical abstracts a hydrogen atom from the substrate, opening a new reaction channel for rearrangement to the product. Our aim is to elucidate the detailed molecular mechanisms of the radical pair separation and radical rearrangement steps. Radical pair separation and substrate radical rearrangement are tracked by using time-resolved (10-7 to 10-3 s) techniques of pulsed-electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (FT-EPR, ESEEM). Synchronous time-evolution of the reactions is attained by triggering with a visible laser pulse. Transient non-Boltzmann population of the states of the spin-coupled systems, and resultant electron spin polarization, facilitates study at or near room temperature under conditions where the enzymes are operative. The systems examined include ethanolamine deaminase, a vitamin B12 coenzyme-dependent enzyme, ribonucleotide reductase and photosynthetic reaction centers. The electronic and nuclear structural and kinetic information obtained from the pulsed-EPR studies is used to address how the initiator radicals are stabilized against deleterious recombination with the metal, and to distinguish the participation of concerted versus sequential rearrangement pathways.

  11. Do alkyl groups on aromatic or aliphatic structure directing agents affect water stabilities and properties of hybrid iodoargentates?

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    Liu, Guang-Ning; Zhang, Xu; Wang, Hong-Mei; Xu, Hong; Wang, Zi-Han; Meng, Xiang-Long; Dong, Ya-Nan; Zhao, Ruo-Yu; Li, Cuncheng

    2017-09-12

    Two types of in situ formed structure directing agents (SDAs) including aromatic triphenylphosphine (PPh3)- and aliphatic piperazine (H2pp)-derivative cations were used to synthesize five new hybrid iodoargentates, namely (EtPPh3)Ag3I4 (1, Et = ethyl), (n-PrPPh3)Ag3I4 (2, n-Pr = n-propyl), (i-PrPPh3)Ag5I6 (3, i-Pr = isopropyl), (Me4pp)0.5AgI2 (4, Me = methyl), and (H3app)2(Ag2I6)·2I·2H2O (5, app = N-aminoethylpiperazine). A comparative study of the two types of SDAs on the structures, stabilities and properties of hybrid iodoargentates was performed in detail. Structurally, except for (EtPPh3)(+) and (n-PrPPh3)(+), which both directly form (Ag3I4)(-) anionic chains in 1 and 2, three SDAs generate hybrid iodoargentates different from each other with inorganic anions ranging from a 0-D (Ag2I6)(4-) dimer to 1-D α-type (AgI2)(-) and (Ag5I6)(-) chains. With regard to the electronic structures, aromatic PPh3-derivative cations make noticeable contributions to the bottom of the conduction bands, while aliphatic pp-derivative cations make nearly no contribution to the frontier orbitals, clearly indicating their different ways to adjust the band gaps. With regard to stability, the decomposition temperatures of 1-3 in the range of 324-349 °C are noticeably higher than the values of 217 and 225 °C for 4 and 5. Furthermore, 1-4 exhibit good water stabilities, which is ascribed to the alkylation reactions precluding the formation of strong hydrogen bonds between alkylated SDAs and extraneous H2O molecules. Contrarily, the presence of typical hydrophilic [double bond, length as m-dash]NH2(+), [triple bond, length as m-dash]NH(+) and -NH3(+) groups on the protonated (H3app)(3+) cation makes 5 sensitive to water and a hydrolysis reaction occurs to generate a cubic AgI phase. Finally, 1-3 exhibit high photocatalytic efficiencies for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye in wastewater under visible light. All conclusions obtained here will help a lot in the synthesis of

  12. Radical Behaviorism and Buddhism: Complementarities and Conflicts

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    Diller, James W.; Lattal, Kennon A.

    2008-01-01

    Comparisons have been made between Buddhism and the philosophy of science in general, but there have been only a few attempts to draw comparisons directly with the philosophy of radical behaviorism. The present review therefore considers heretofore unconsidered points of comparison between Buddhism and radical behaviorism in terms of their…

  13. Radical Behaviorism and Buddhism: Complementarities and Conflicts

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    Diller, James W.; Lattal, Kennon A.

    2008-01-01

    Comparisons have been made between Buddhism and the philosophy of science in general, but there have been only a few attempts to draw comparisons directly with the philosophy of radical behaviorism. The present review therefore considers heretofore unconsidered points of comparison between Buddhism and radical behaviorism in terms of their…

  14. The C7H5 Fulvenallenyl Radical as a Combustion Intermediate: Potential New Pathways to Two- and Three-Ring PAHs

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    da Silva, Gabriel; Bozzelli, Joseph W.

    2009-10-01

    This study proposes the existence of a new, highly resonantly stabilized free radical, fulvenallenyl (C7H5). Fulvenallenyl forms from dissociation or abstraction of the weak H atoms in the C7H6 compounds fulvenallene and 1-ethynylcyclopentadiene, which were recently identified as intermediates in the combustion of aromatic fuels and in sooting flames. The fulvenallenyl radical shares properties of the propargyl and cyclopentadienyl radicals, and like these species, we propose that fulvenallenyl has a significant resonance stabilization energy. This resonance energy is lost upon further reaction, making the fulvenallenyl radical resistant to oxidation and thermal decomposition. As with the resonantly stabilized radicals propargyl and cyclopentadienyl, fulvenallenyl is expected to react with other radicals in molecular weight growth reactions. Several pathways are proposed for self-reaction and cross-reactions of fulvenallenyl that directly produce two- and three-ring PAHs like naphthalene, diphenyl, and phenanthrene. Rate constants are calculated for H atom abstraction from fulvenallene and 1-ethynylcyclopentadiene by the common radicals H, OH, and CH3, to facilitate the inclusion of fulvenallenyl in kinetic models.

  15. Micromachined silicon acoustic delay line with improved structural stability and acoustic directivity for real-time photoacoustic tomography

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    Cho, Young; Kumar, Akhil; Xu, Song; Zou, Jun

    2017-03-01

    Recent studies have shown that micromachined silicon acoustic delay lines can provide a promising solution to achieve real-time photoacoustic tomography without the need for complex transducer arrays and data acquisition electronics. However, as its length increases to provide longer delay time, the delay line becomes more vulnerable to structural instability due to reduced mechanical stiffness. In addition, the small cross-section area of the delay line results in a large acoustic acceptance angle and therefore poor directivity. To address these two issues, this paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of a new silicon acoustic delay line enhanced with 3D printed polymer micro linker structures. First, mechanical deformation of the silicon acoustic delay line (with and without linker structures) under gravity was simulated by using finite element method. Second, the acoustic crosstalk and acoustic attenuation caused by the polymer micro linker structures were evaluated with both numerical simulation and ultrasound transmission testing. The result shows that the use of the polymer micro linker structures significantly improves the structural stability of the silicon acoustic delay lines without creating additional acoustic attenuation and crosstalk. In addition, a new tapered design for the input terminal of the delay line was also investigate to improve its acoustic directivity by reducing the acoustic acceptance angle. These two improvements are expected to provide an effective solution to eliminate current limitations on the achievable acoustic delay time and out-of-plane imaging resolution of micromachined silicon acoustic delay line arrays.

  16. Slow oscillating transcranial direct current stimulation during sleep has a sleep-stabilizing effect in chronic insomnia: a pilot study.

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    Saebipour, Mohammad R; Joghataei, Mohammad T; Yoonessi, Ali; Sadeghniiat-Haghighi, Khosro; Khalighinejad, Nima; Khademi, Soroush

    2015-10-01

    Recent evidence suggests that lack of slow-wave activity may play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of insomnia. Pharmacological approaches and brain stimulation techniques have recently offered solutions for increasing slow-wave activity during sleep. We used slow (0.75 Hz) oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation during stage 2 of non-rapid eye movement sleeping insomnia patients for resonating their brain waves to the frequency of sleep slow-wave. Six patients diagnosed with either sleep maintenance or non-restorative sleep insomnia entered the study. After 1 night of adaptation and 1 night of baseline polysomnography, patients randomly received sham or real stimulation on the third and fourth night of the experiment. Our preliminary results show that after termination of stimulations (sham or real), slow oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation increased the duration of stage 3 of non-rapid eye movement sleep by 33 ± 26 min (P = 0.026), and decreased stage 1 of non-rapid eye movement sleep duration by 22 ± 17.7 min (P = 0.028), compared with sham. Slow oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation decreased stage 1 of non-rapid eye movement sleep and wake time after sleep-onset durations, together, by 55.4 ± 51 min (P = 0.045). Slow oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation also increased sleep efficiency by 9 ± 7% (P = 0.026), and probability of transition from stage 2 to stage 3 of non-rapid eye movement sleep by 20 ± 17.8% (P = 0.04). Meanwhile, slow oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation decreased transitions from stage 2 of non-rapid eye movement sleep to wake by 12 ± 6.7% (P = 0.007). Our preliminary results suggest a sleep-stabilizing role for the intervention, which may mimic the effect of sleep slow-wave-enhancing drugs. © 2015 European Sleep Research Society.

  17. The determination of the radical power - an in vitro test for the evaluation of cosmetic products.

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    Herrling, T; Seifert, M; Sandig, G; Jung, K

    2016-06-01

    Cosmetic formulations are influenced by environmental impacts and ageing, resulting in rancidity and change of colour and structure. These changes are caused by free radicals (FRs). The sensitivity of cosmetics generating FRs is a metric for its quality and should be determined. Electron spin resonance spectroscopy in combination with UV irradiation tested cosmetics such as creams, milks, lotions and fragrances. The probes were directly measured without expensive preparation. Nine formulations are tested for its radical generation and ranked corresponding to the radical power. The transformation of the FR properties of three formulations to skin is measured by the radical skin status factor (RSF) method. It shows that the higher the radical power (RP) is, the lower the radical status RSF of skin will be. The knowledge of the sensitivity of cosmetics to generate FRs is necessary for its stabilization and prevention of potential damages to skin. It is a new way in development of cosmetics which has to be considered. © 2015 Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Société Française de Cosmétologie.

  18. Direct stability-indicating method development and validation for analysis of etidronate disodium using a mixed-mode column and charged aerosol detector.

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    Liu, Xiao-Keng; Fang, Jiang B; Cauchon, Nina; Zhou, Pengzu

    2008-03-13

    This paper describes the development and validation of a rapid, direct, and stability-indicating method for analysis of etidronate, a bisphosphonate compound without a UV chromophore. A mixed-mode column was used to separate etidronate from its impurities in an 8-min gradient method and a charged aerosol detector (CAD) was used for detection. The developed HPLC method was validated with respect to specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and stability. The method can be used for release and stability testing of etidronate and has applicability to other similar bisphosphonate compounds.

  19. Anterior translation and rotational stability of anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees during walking: speed and turning direction.

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    Yim, Ji Hyeon; Seon, Jong Keun; Kim, Young Kwan; Jung, Sung Taek; Shin, Choongsoo S; Yang, Dong Hyun; Rhym, Inn Su; Song, Eun Kyoo

    2015-01-01

    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most common injuries associated with the knee. After ACL injury, knee joint stability can be altered, resulting in abnormal loading during functional activities. Since ACL-deficient (ACLD) knees are also vulnerable to translational and rotational instability, patients need to be wary of certain motions encountered in daily life. The present study investigated the effect of walking speed and pivoting directional change during gait on knee joint kinematics of ACLD knees. We hypothesized that faster walking and crossover turning would induce severe kinematic changes. Thirty-five patients (22 males and 13 females) having a unilateral isolated subacute ACLD knee (from 1 to 3 months after injury) and contralateral intact (CLI) knee participated in this study. Spatiotemporal parameters, three-dimensional (3D) knee joint angles, and anterior-posterior (AP) translation were obtained by a 3D high-speed motion-capturing system. The CLI knee of each patient served as the control. The calculated AP stability and knee joint angles were used to test the research hypothesis. Mixed two-way repeated measures analysis of variance was performed to clarify the effects of walking speed and pivoting direction with a significance of 0.05. When a significance of mean comparison was detected, a post hoc test was performed. Significant and consistent increased AP translation of the tibia relative to the femur at the whole stance phase of the gait cycle was evident in ACLD knees compared to CLI knees for normal and faster (20 % greater than normal) walking speeds. Faster walking speed did not induce significantly more anterior location of the tibia. In addition, ACLD knees were significantly less extended than CLI knees during a large portion of midstance. Although there was a consistent varus offset between the curves of ACLD and CLI knees, the difference did not reach statistical significance during the stance phase. Also, ACLD knees

  20. Bacterial Fucose-Rich Polysaccharide Stabilizes MAPK-Mediated Nrf2/Keap1 Signaling by Directly Scavenging Reactive Oxygen Species during Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Apoptosis of Human Lung Fibroblast Cells

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    Roy Chowdhury, Sougata; Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Sen, Ramkrishna; Basak, Ratan Kumar; Adhikari, Basudam; Bhattacharyya, Arindam

    2014-01-01

    Continuous free radical assault upsets cellular homeostasis and dysregulates associated signaling pathways to promote stress-induced cell death. In spite of the continuous development and implementation of effective therapeutic strategies, limitations in treatments for stress-induced toxicities remain. The purpose of the present study was to determine the potential therapeutic efficacy of bacterial fucose polysaccharides against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced stress in human lung fibroblast (WI38) cells and to understand the associated molecular mechanisms. In two different fermentation processes, Bacillus megaterium RB-05 biosynthesized two non-identical fucose polysaccharides; of these, the polysaccharide having a high-fucose content (∼42%) conferred the maximum free radical scavenging efficiency in vitro. Structural characterizations of the purified polysaccharides were performed using HPLC, GC-MS, and 1H/13C/2D-COSY NMR. H2O2 (300 µM) insult to WI38 cells showed anti-proliferative effects by inducing intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and by disrupting mitochondrial membrane permeability, followed by apoptosis. The polysaccharide (250 µg/mL) attenuated the cell death process by directly scavenging intracellular ROS rather than activating endogenous antioxidant enzymes. This process encompasses inhibition of caspase-9/3/7, a decrease in the ratio of Bax/Bcl2, relocalization of translocated Bax and cytochrome c, upregulation of anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl2 family and a decrease in the phosphorylation of MAPKs (mitogen activated protein kinases). Furthermore, cellular homeostasis was re-established via stabilization of MAPK-mediated Nrf2/Keap1 signaling and transcription of downstream cytoprotective genes. This molecular study uniquely introduces a fucose-rich bacterial polysaccharide as a potential inhibitor of H2O2-induced stress and toxicities. PMID:25412177

  1. Bacterial fucose-rich polysaccharide stabilizes MAPK-mediated Nrf2/Keap1 signaling by directly scavenging reactive oxygen species during hydrogen peroxide-induced apoptosis of human lung fibroblast cells.

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    Roy Chowdhury, Sougata; Sengupta, Suman; Biswas, Subir; Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Sen, Ramkrishna; Basak, Ratan Kumar; Adhikari, Basudam; Bhattacharyya, Arindam

    2014-01-01

    Continuous free radical assault upsets cellular homeostasis and dysregulates associated signaling pathways to promote stress-induced cell death. In spite of the continuous development and implementation of effective therapeutic strategies, limitations in treatments for stress-induced toxicities remain. The purpose of the present study was to determine the potential therapeutic efficacy of bacterial fucose polysaccharides against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced stress in human lung fibroblast (WI38) cells and to understand the associated molecular mechanisms. In two different fermentation processes, Bacillus megaterium RB-05 biosynthesized two non-identical fucose polysaccharides; of these, the polysaccharide having a high-fucose content (∼ 42%) conferred the maximum free radical scavenging efficiency in vitro. Structural characterizations of the purified polysaccharides were performed using HPLC, GC-MS, and (1)H/(13)C/2D-COSY NMR. H2O2 (300 µM) insult to WI38 cells showed anti-proliferative effects by inducing intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and by disrupting mitochondrial membrane permeability, followed by apoptosis. The polysaccharide (250 µg/mL) attenuated the cell death process by directly scavenging intracellular ROS rather than activating endogenous antioxidant enzymes. This process encompasses inhibition of caspase-9/3/7, a decrease in the ratio of Bax/Bcl2, relocalization of translocated Bax and cytochrome c, upregulation of anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl2 family and a decrease in the phosphorylation of MAPKs (mitogen activated protein kinases). Furthermore, cellular homeostasis was re-established via stabilization of MAPK-mediated Nrf2/Keap1 signaling and transcription of downstream cytoprotective genes. This molecular study uniquely introduces a fucose-rich bacterial polysaccharide as a potential inhibitor of H2O2-induced stress and toxicities.

  2. Contemporary Radical Economics.

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    Sherman, Howard J.

    1984-01-01

    The origins of contemporary radical economics are examined. Applications of radical economics to price and value theory, labor segmentation theory, business cycles, industrial organization, government and business, imperialism and development, and comparative systems are reviewed. (Author/RM)

  3. Contemporary Radical Economics.

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    Sherman, Howard J.

    1984-01-01

    The origins of contemporary radical economics are examined. Applications of radical economics to price and value theory, labor segmentation theory, business cycles, industrial organization, government and business, imperialism and development, and comparative systems are reviewed. (Author/RM)

  4. Formation of stable radicals in the radiolysis of hexafluoropropylene

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    Allayarov, S.R.; Barkalov, I.M.; Lebedeva, M.Yu.; Loginova, N.N.; Mikhailov, A.I.

    1986-08-20

    The radiolysis of the dimer (perfluoro-4-methyl-2-pentene) and trimer (perfluoro-2,4-dimethyl-3-ethyl-2-pentene) of hexafluoropropylene (HFP) gives thermally stable perfluoroalkyl radicals. The stability of these radicals is apparently related to the steric isolation of the unpaired electron. The formation of a growing oligomer chain perfluoroalkyl radical which is stable in the liquid phase is observed upon the radiolysis of hexafluoropropylene. The radio-chemical yield of such a radical G approx. 0.05 x 10/sup -2/ eV. The low capacity of hexafluoropropylene to undergo homopolymerization is related to the formation of similar inactive radicals.

  5. On the time behaviour of the concentration of pyrazinium radical cations in the early stage of the Maillard reaction

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    Stoesser, Reinhard; Klein, Jeannette; Peschke, Simone; Zehl, Andrea; Cämmerer, Bettina; Kroh, Lothar W.

    2007-08-01

    During the early stage of the Maillard reaction pyrazinium radical cations were detected by ESR within the reaction system D-glucose/glycine. The spectra were characterized by completely resolved hyperfine structure. The partial pressure of oxygen and the radical concentrations were measured directly in the reaction mixture by ESR using solutions of the spin probe TEMPOL and of DPPH, respectively. There are quantitative and qualitative relations of the actual concentration of the radical ions to the partial pressure of oxygen, the temperature-time regime and the mechanical mixing of the reaction system. These macroscopic parameters significantly affect both the induction period and the velocity of the time-dependent formation of free radicals. From in situ variations of p(O 2) and p(Ar) including the connected mixing effects caused by the passing the gases through the reaction mixture, steric and chemical effects of the stabilization of the radical ions were established. The determination of suitable and relevant conditions for stabilization and subsequent radical reactions contributes to the elucidation of the macroscopically known antioxidant activity of Maillard products.

  6. Enhancement of skin radical scavenging activity and stratum corneum lipids after the application of a hyperforin-rich cream.

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    Haag, S F; Tscherch, K; Arndt, S; Kleemann, A; Gersonde, I; Lademann, J; Rohn, S; Meinke, M C

    2014-02-01

    Hyperforin is well-known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties. The application of a hyperforin-rich verum cream could strengthen the skin barrier function by reducing radical formation and stabilizing stratum corneum lipids. Here, it was investigated whether topical treatment with a hyperforin-rich cream increases the radical protection of the skin during VIS/NIR irradiation. Skin lipid profile was investigated applying HPTLC on skin lipid extracts. Furthermore, the absorption- and scattering coefficients, which influence radical formation, were determined. 11 volunteers were included in this study. After a single cream application, VIS/NIR-induced radical formation could be completely inhibited by both verum and placebo showing an immediate protection. After an application period of 4weeks, radical formation could be significantly reduced by 45% following placebo application and 78% after verum application showing a long-term protection. Furthermore, the skin lipids in both verum and placebo groups increased directly after a single cream application but only significantly for ceramide [AP], [NP1], and squalene. After long-term cream application, concentration of cholesterol and the ceramides increased, but no significance was observed. These results indicate that regular application of the hyperforin-rich cream can reduce radical formation and can stabilize skin lipids, which are responsible for the barrier function. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Radical prostatectomy - discharge

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    ... prostatectomy - discharge; Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy - discharge; LRP - discharge; Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy - discharge ; RALP - discharge; Pelvic lymphadenectomy - ...

  8. Hydrogen diffusion and stabilization in single-crystal VO2 micro/nanobeams by direct atomic hydrogenation.

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    Lin, Jian; Ji, Heng; Swift, Michael W; Hardy, Will J; Peng, Zhiwei; Fan, Xiujun; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Tour, James M; Natelson, Douglas

    2014-09-10

    We report measurements of the diffusion of atomic hydrogen in single crystalline VO2 micro/nanobeams by direct exposure to atomic hydrogen, without catalyst. The atomic hydrogen is generated by a hot filament, and the doping process takes place at moderate temperature (373 K). Undoped VO2 has a metal-to-insulator phase transition at ∼340 K between a high-temperature, rutile, metallic phase and a low-temperature, monoclinic, insulating phase with a resistance exhibiting a semiconductor-like temperature dependence. Atomic hydrogenation results in stabilization of the metallic phase of VO2 micro/nanobeams down to 2 K, the lowest point we could reach in our measurement setup. Optical characterization shows that hydrogen atoms prefer to diffuse along the c axis of rutile (a axis of monoclinic) VO2, along the oxygen "channels". Based on observing the movement of the hydrogen diffusion front in single crystalline VO2 beams, we estimate the diffusion constant for hydrogen along the c axis of the rutile phase to be 6.7 × 10(-10) cm(2)/s at approximately 373 K, exceeding the value in isostructural TiO2 by ∼38×. Moreover, we find that the diffusion constant along the c axis of the rutile phase exceeds that along the equivalent a axis of the monoclinic phase by at least 3 orders of magnitude. This remarkable change in kinetics must originate from the distortion of the "channels" when the unit cell doubles along this direction upon cooling into the monoclinic structure. Ab initio calculation results are in good agreement with the experimental trends in the relative kinetics of the two phases. This raises the possibility of a switchable membrane for hydrogen transport.

  9. Measurement of Flying Qualities of a Dehavilland Mosquito F-8 Airplane (AAF No. 43-334960) I: Lateral and Directional Stability and Control Characteristics

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    Gray, W.E.; Talmage, D.B.; Crane, H.L.

    1945-01-01

    The data presented have no bearing on performance characteristics of airplane, which were considered exceptionally good in previous tests. Some of the undesirable features of lateral and directional stability and control characteristics of the F-8 are listed. Directional stability, with rudder fixed, did not sufficiently restrict aileron yaw; rudder control was inadequate during take-off and landing, and was insufficient to fly airplane with one engine; in clean condition, power of ailerons was slightly below minimum value specified; it was difficult to trim airplane in rough air.

  10. A computer program for calculating symmetrical aerodynamic characteristics and lateral-directional stability derivatives of wing-body combinations with blowing jets

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    Lan, C. E.; Mehrotra, S. C.; Fox, C. H., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    The necessary information for using a computer program to calculate the aerodynamic characteristics under symmetrical flight conditions and the lateral-directional stability derivatives of wing-body combinations with upper-surface-blowing (USB) or over-wing-blowing (OWB) jets are described. The following new features were added to the program: (1) a fuselage of arbitrary body of revolution has been included. The effect of wing-body interference can now be investigated, and (2) all nine lateral-directional stability derivatives can be calculated. The program is written in FORTRAN language and runs on CDC Cyber 175 and Honeywell 66/60 computers.

  11. The radical amplifier

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    Hastie, D. R.

    1994-01-01

    The radical amplifier as a method for measuring radical concentrations in the atmosphere has received renewed attention lately. In principle, it can measure the total concentration of HO(x) and RO(x) radicals by reacting ambient air with high concentrations of CO (3-10 percent) and NO (2-6 ppmv), and measuring the NO2 produced.

  12. Copper-catalyzed radical carbooxygenation: alkylation and alkoxylation of styrenes.

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    Liao, Zhixiong; Yi, Hong; Li, Zheng; Fan, Chao; Zhang, Xu; Liu, Jie; Deng, Zixin; Lei, Aiwen

    2015-01-01

    A simple copper-catalyzed direct radical carbooxygenation of styrenes is developed utilizing alkyl bromides as radical resources. This catalytic radical difunctionalization accomplishes both alkylation and alkoxylation of styrenes in one pot. A broad range of styrenes and alcohols are well tolerated in this transformation. The EPR experiment shows that alkyl halides could oxidize Cu(I) to Cu(II) in this transformation.

  13. The role of the disulfide bridge in the stability and structural integrity of ovalbumin evaluated by site-directed mutagenesis.

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    Ishimaru, Takayuki; Ito, Kazunari; Tanaka, Miho; Tanaka, Syunpei; Matsudomi, Naotoshi

    2011-01-01

    To provide a molecular explanation of the role of the disulfide (SS) bridge in the thermostability and structural integrity of ovalbumin (OVA), we prepared SS-mutated OVAs in which SS-forming residues were replaced by Ala or Ser (C73A, C73S, C120A, and C73/120A), and compared the conformation, thermostability, susceptibility to elastase, and formation of heat-stable OVA (S-OVA) with those of the wild-type. The circular dichroism (CD) and tryptophan fluorescence spectra revealed that the SS-mutated OVAs assumed a native-like conformation similar to the wild-type. The thermal denaturation temperature for the SS-mutated OVAs was significantly lower than that for the wild-type. C73S, C120A, and C73/120A mutants converted to S-OVA on alkaline treatment. Analyses for elastase digestion fragments showed that a non-native SS bridge was generated in all SS-mutated OVAs, but non-native SS-pairing did not contribute to thermostability. Hence, we concluded that the presence of the original SS bridge in OVA contributes to conformational stability but is not directly related to the conversion to S-OVA.

  14. X-29A Lateral-Directional Stability and Control Derivatives Extracted From High-Angle-of-Attack Flight Data

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    Iliff, Kenneth W.; Wang, Kon-Sheng Charles Wang

    1996-01-01

    The lateral-directional stability and control derivatives of the X-29A number 2 are extracted from flight data over an angle-of-attack range of 4 degrees to 53 degrees using a parameter identification algorithm. The algorithm uses the linearized aircraft equations of motion and a maximum likelihood estimator in the presence of state and measurement noise. State noise is used to model the uncommanded forcing function caused by unsteady aerodynamics over the aircraft at angles of attack above 15 degrees. The results supported the flight-envelope-expansion phase of the X-29A number 2 by helping to update the aerodynamic mathematical model, to improve the real-time simulator, and to revise flight control system laws. Effects of the aircraft high gain flight control system on maneuver quality and the estimated derivatives are also discussed. The derivatives are plotted as functions of angle of attack and compared with the predicted aerodynamic database. Agreement between predicted and flight values is quite good for some derivatives such as the lateral force due to sideslip, the lateral force due to rudder deflection, and the rolling moment due to roll rate. The results also show significant differences in several important derivatives such as the rolling moment due to sideslip, the yawing moment due to sideslip, the yawing moment due to aileron deflection, and the yawing moment due to rudder deflection.

  15. Extraction of Lateral-Directional Stability and Control Derivatives for the Basic F-18 Aircraft at High Angles of Attack

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    Iliff, Kenneth W.; Wang, Kon-Sheng Charles

    1997-01-01

    The results of parameter identification to determine the lateral-directional stability and control derivatives of an F-18 research aircraft in its basic hardware and software configuration are presented. The derivatives are estimated from dynamic flight data using a specialized identification program developed at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The formulation uses the linearized aircraft equations of motions in their continuous/discrete form and a maximum likelihood estimator that accounts for both state and measurement noise. State noise is used to model the uncommanded forcing function caused by unsteady aerodynamics, such as separated and vortical flows, over the aircraft. The derivatives are plotted as functions of angle of attack between 3 deg and 47 deg and compared with wind-tunnel predictions. The quality of the derivative estimates obtained by parameter identification is somewhat degraded because the maneuvers were flown with the aircraft's control augmentation system engaged, which introduced relatively high correlations between the control variables and response variables as a result of control motions from the feedback control system.

  16. The tyrosyl free radical in ribonucleotide reductase.

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    Gräslund, A; Sahlin, M; Sjöberg, B M

    1985-01-01

    The enzyme, ribonucleotide reductase, catalyses the formation of deoxyribonucleotides from ribonucleotides, a reaction essential for DNA synthesis in all living cells. The Escherichia coli ribonucleotide reductase, which is the prototype of all known eukaryotic and virus-coded enzymes, consists of two nonidentical subunits, proteins B1 and B2. The B2 subunit contains an antiferromagnetically coupled pair of ferric ions and a stable tyrosyl free radical. EPR studies show that the tyrosyl radical, formed by loss of ferric ions and a stable tyrosyl free radical. EPR studies show that the tyrosyl radical, formed by loss of an electron, has its unpaired spin density delocalized in the aromatic ring of tyrosine. Effects of iron-radical interaction indicate a relatively close proximity between the iron center and the radical. The EPR signal of the radical can be studied directly in frozen packed cells of E. coli or mammalian origin, if the cells are made to overproduce ribonucleotide reductase. The hypothetic role of the tyrosyl free radical in the enzymatic reaction is not yet elucidated, except in the reaction with the inhibiting substrate analogue 2'-azido-CDP. In this case, the normal tyrosyl radical is destroyed with concomitant appearance of a 2'-azido-CDP-localized radical intermediate. Attempts at spin trapping of radical reaction intermediates have turned out negative. In E. coli the activity of ribonucleotide reductase may be regulated by enzymatic activities that interconvert a nonradical containing form and the fully active protein B2. In synchronized mammalian cells, however, the cell cycle variation of ribonucleotide reductase, studied by EPR, was shown to be due to de novo protein synthesis. Inhibitors of ribonucleotide reductase are of medical interest because of their ability to control DNA synthesis. One example is hydroxyurea, used in cancer therapy, which selectively destroys the tyrosyl free radical. PMID:3007085

  17. Radical Nature of C-Lignin

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    Berstis, Laura; Elder, Thomas; Crowley, Michael; Beckham, Gregg T.

    2016-05-17

    The recently discovered lignin composed of caffeoyl alcohol monolignols or C-lignin is particularly intriguing given its homogeneous, linear polymeric structure and exclusive benzodioxane linkage between monomers. By virtue of this simplified chemistry, the potential emerges for improved valorization strategies with C-lignin relative to other natural heterogeneous lignins. To better understand caffeoyl alcohol polymers, we characterize the thermodynamics of the radical recombination dimerization reactions forming the benzodioxane linkage and the bond dissociation into radical monolignol products. These properties are also predicted for the cross-coupling of caffeoyl alcohol with the natural monolignols, coniferyl alcohol, sinapyl alcohol, and p-coumaryl alcohol, in anticipation of polymers potentially enabled by genetic modification. The average BDEs for the C-lignin benzodioxane $\\alpha$- and β-bonds are 56.5 and 63.4 kcal/mol, respectively, with similar enthalpies for heterodimers. The BDE of the $\\alpha$-bond within the benzodioxane linkage is consistently greater than that of the β-bond in all dimers of each stereochemical arrangement, explained by the ability the $\\alpha$-carbon radical generated to delocalize onto the adjacent phenyl ring. Relative thermodynamics of the heterodimers demonstrates that the substituents on the phenyl ring directly neighboring the bond coupling the monolignols more strongly impact the dimer bond strengths and product stability, compared to the substituents present on the terminal phenyl ring. Enthalpy comparisons furthermore demonstrate that the erythro stereochemical configurations of the benzodioxane bond are slightly less thermodynamically stable than the threo configurations. The overall differences in strength of bonds and reaction enthalpies between stereoisomers are generally found to be insignificant, supporting that postcoupling rearomatization is under kinetic control. Projecting the lowest-energy stereoisomer

  18. Radical Nature of C-Lignin

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    Berstis, Laura; Elder, Thomas; Crowley, Michael; ...

    2016-05-17

    The recently discovered lignin composed of caffeoyl alcohol monolignols or C-lignin is particularly intriguing given its homogeneous, linear polymeric structure and exclusive benzodioxane linkage between monomers. By virtue of this simplified chemistry, the potential emerges for improved valorization strategies with C-lignin relative to other natural heterogeneous lignins. To better understand caffeoyl alcohol polymers, we characterize the thermodynamics of the radical recombination dimerization reactions forming the benzodioxane linkage and the bond dissociation into radical monolignol products. These properties are also predicted for the cross-coupling of caffeoyl alcohol with the natural monolignols, coniferyl alcohol, sinapyl alcohol, and p-coumaryl alcohol, in anticipation of polymers potentially enabled by genetic modification. The average BDEs for the C-lignin benzodioxanemore » $$\\alpha$$- and β-bonds are 56.5 and 63.4 kcal/mol, respectively, with similar enthalpies for heterodimers. The BDE of the $$\\alpha$$-bond within the benzodioxane linkage is consistently greater than that of the β-bond in all dimers of each stereochemical arrangement, explained by the ability the $$\\alpha$$-carbon radical generated to delocalize onto the adjacent phenyl ring. Relative thermodynamics of the heterodimers demonstrates that the substituents on the phenyl ring directly neighboring the bond coupling the monolignols more strongly impact the dimer bond strengths and product stability, compared to the substituents present on the terminal phenyl ring. Enthalpy comparisons furthermore demonstrate that the erythro stereochemical configurations of the benzodioxane bond are slightly less thermodynamically stable than the threo configurations. The overall differences in strength of bonds and reaction enthalpies between stereoisomers are generally found to be insignificant, supporting that postcoupling rearomatization is under kinetic control. Projecting the lowest

  19. Radical Nature of C-Lignin

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    Berstis, Laura; Elder, Thomas; Crowley, Michael; Beckham, Gregg T.

    2016-05-17

    The recently discovered lignin composed of caffeoyl alcohol monolignols or C-lignin is particularly intriguing given its homogeneous, linear polymeric structure and exclusive benzodioxane linkage between monomers. By virtue of this simplified chemistry, the potential emerges for improved valorization strategies with C-lignin relative to other natural heterogeneous lignins. To better understand caffeoyl alcohol polymers, we characterize the thermodynamics of the radical recombination dimerization reactions forming the benzodioxane linkage and the bond dissociation into radical monolignol products. These properties are also predicted for the cross-coupling of caffeoyl alcohol with the natural monolignols, coniferyl alcohol, sinapyl alcohol, and p-coumaryl alcohol, in anticipation of polymers potentially enabled by genetic modification. The average BDEs for the C-lignin benzodioxane $\\alpha$- and β-bonds are 56.5 and 63.4 kcal/mol, respectively, with similar enthalpies for heterodimers. The BDE of the $\\alpha$-bond within the benzodioxane linkage is consistently greater than that of the β-bond in all dimers of each stereochemical arrangement, explained by the ability the $\\alpha$-carbon radical generated to delocalize onto the adjacent phenyl ring. Relative thermodynamics of the heterodimers demonstrates that the substituents on the phenyl ring directly neighboring the bond coupling the monolignols more strongly impact the dimer bond strengths and product stability, compared to the substituents present on the terminal phenyl ring. Enthalpy comparisons furthermore demonstrate that the erythro stereochemical configurations of the benzodioxane bond are slightly less thermodynamically stable than the threo configurations. The overall differences in strength of bonds and reaction enthalpies between stereoisomers are generally found to be insignificant, supporting that postcoupling rearomatization is under kinetic control. Projecting the lowest-energy stereoisomer

  20. [Lavoisier and radicals].

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    Lafont, Olivier

    2007-01-01

    Lavoisier and his co-workers (Guyton de Morveau, Bertholet, Fourcroy) considered that acids were constituted of oxygen and of something else that they called radicals. These radicals were known in some cases, i.e. nitrogen for nitrous acid, carbon for carbonic acid, phosphorus for phosphoric acid. In the case of sulfur, the sulfuric radical could be associated with different quantities of oxigen leading to sulfuric or sulfurous acids. In other cases radicals remained unknown at the time i.e. muriatic radical for muriatic acid, or benzoyl radical for benzoic acid. It is interesting to notice that Lavoisier evoked the case of compound radicals constituted of different substances such as carbon and hydrogen.

  1. Quantitative measurement of hydroxyl radical (OH) concentration in premixed flat flame by combining laser-induced fluorescence and direct absorption spectroscopy

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    Chen, Shuang; Su, Tie; Li, Zhong-Shan; Bai, Han-Chen; Yan, Bo; Yang, Fu-Rong

    2016-10-01

    An accurate and reasonable technique combining direct absorption spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) methods is developed to quantitatively measure the concentrations of hydroxyl in CH4/air flat laminar flame. In our approach, particular attention is paid to the linear laser-induced fluorescence and absorption processes, and experimental details as well. Through measuring the temperature, LIF signal distribution and integrated absorption, spatially absolute OH concentrations profiles are successfully resolved. These experimental results are then compared with the numerical simulation. It is proved that the good quality of the results implies that this method is suitable for calibrating the OH-PLIF measurement in a practical combustor. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11272338), the Science and Technology on Scramjet Key Laboratory Funding, China (Grant No. STSKFKT 2013004), and the China Scholarship Council.

  2. Thermal stability and its effect on the mechanical properties of a directionally solidified yttrium aluminum garnet/alumina eutectic fiber

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    Park, Deok-Yong

    During past years, oxide-oxide eutectic fibers have received considerable attention as potential reinforcements in the intermetallic and ceramic matrix composites for high temperature applications. The directionally solidified YAG/alumina eutectic fiber has been demonstrated as the most promising system due to the attractive combinations of its chemical, microstructural, mechanical, and thermal stability. Recently, the YAG/alumina eutectic fiber was successfully developed using laser heat floating zone (LHFZ) and edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) techniques. In the present work, the thermal stability and coarsening behavior of the Y3Al5O12/Al2O3 eutectic fiber at the elevated temperatures were explored. The kinetics of coarsening and the rate-controlling mechanism were investigated by measuring the activation energy for coarsening of the Y3Al5O 12/Al2O3 eutectic fiber. The diffusion of O 2- ions through the Y3Al5O12 phase and Y3+ ions through the Al2O3 phase appeared to be the rate-controlling mechanism for the coarsening of the Y3Al5O12/Al2O3 eutectic fiber. It was found that the reciprocal of the interfacial areas between the Y3Al5O12 and Al2O 3 phases is linearly proportional to the heat treatment time. Also, the strength and fracture behaviors of a directionally solidified Y3Al5O12/Al2O3 eutectic fiber were studied. The degradation of the room-temperature tensile strength after heat treatment was attributed to the development of surface grooves at the surface of the fiber. The Y3Al5O12/Al 2O3 eutectic fiber exhibited a radial (Palmqvist) crack type and an anisotropic crack growth behavior. It was found that the Palmqvist crack length in the Y3Al5O12/Al2O 3 eutectic fiber is linearly proportional to the indentation load. The fracture behaviors of the (Y2O3)ZrO2/Al 2O3 eutectic fiber, the CeO2-doped and Pr 2O3-doped Y3Al5O12/Al 2O3 eutectic rods were investigated. The (Y2O 3)ZrO2/Al2O3 eutectic fiber, the CeO 2-doped and Pr2O3-doped Y3Al5 O12/Al2O3 eutectic rods

  3. Cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation can stabilize perception of movement: Evidence from the two-thirds power law illusion.

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    Scocchia, Lisa; Bolognini, Nadia; Convento, Silvia; Stucchi, Natale

    2015-11-16

    Human movements conform to specific kinematic laws of motion. One of such laws, the "two-thirds power law", describes the systematic co-variation between curvature and velocity of body movements. Noticeably, the same law also influences the perception of moving stimuli: the velocity of a dot moving along a curvilinear trajectory is perceived as uniform when the dot kinematics complies with the two-thirds power law. Instead, if the dot moves at constant speed, its velocity is perceived as highly non-uniform. This dynamic visual illusion points to a strong coupling between action and perception; however, how this coupling is implemented in the brain remains elusive. In this study, we tested whether the premotor cortex (PM) and the primary visual cortex (V1) play a role in the illusion by means of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). All participants underwent three tDCS sessions during which they received active or sham cathodal tDCS (1.5mA) over PM or V1 of the left hemisphere. During tDCS, participants were required to adjust the velocity of a dot moving along an elliptical trajectory until it looked uniform across the whole trajectory. Results show that occipital tDCS decreases the illusion variability both within and across participants, as compared to sham tDCS. This means that V1 stimulation increases individual sensitivity to the illusory motion and also increases coherence across different observers. Conversely, the illusion seems resistant to tDCS in terms of its magnitude, with cathodal stimulation of V1 or PM not affecting the amount of the illusory effect. Our results provide evidence for strong visuo-motor coupling in visual perception: the velocity of a dot moving along an elliptical trajectory is perceived as uniform only when its kinematics closely complies to the same law of motion that constrains human movement production. Occipital stimulation by cathodal tDCS can stabilize such illusory percept.

  4. Formation and Fragmentation of Unsaturated Fatty Acid [M - 2H + Na]- Ions: Stabilized Carbanions for Charge-Directed Fragmentation

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    Thomas, Michael C.; Kirk, Benjamin B.; Altvater, Jens; Blanksby, Stephen J.; Nette, Geoffrey W.

    2013-12-01

    Fatty acids are long-chain carboxylic acids that readily produce [M - H]- ions upon negative ion electrospray ionization (ESI) and cationic complexes with alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metals in positive ion ESI. In contrast, only one anionic monomeric fatty acid-metal ion complex has been reported in the literature, namely [M - 2H + FeIICl]-. In this manuscript, we present two methods to form anionic unsaturated fatty acid-sodium ion complexes (i.e., [M - 2H + Na]-). We find that these ions may be generated efficiently by two distinct methods: (1) negative ion ESI of a methanolic solution containing the fatty acid and sodium fluoride forming an [M - H + NaF]- ion. Subsequent collision-induced dissociation (CID) results in the desired [M - 2H + Na]- ion via the neutral loss of HF. (2) Direct formation of the [M - 2H + Na]- ion by negative ion ESI of a methanolic solution containing the fatty acid and sodium hydroxide or bicarbonate. In addition to deprotonation of the carboxylic acid moiety, formation of [M - 2H + Na]- ions requires the removal of a proton from the fatty acid acyl chain. We propose that this deprotonation occurs at the bis-allylic position(s) of polyunsaturated fatty acids resulting in the formation of a resonance-stabilized carbanion. This proposal is supported by ab initio calculations, which reveal that removal of a proton from the bis-allylic position, followed by neutral loss of HX (where X = F- and -OH), is the lowest energy dissociation pathway.

  5. Identifying the tobacco related free radicals by UPCC-QTOF-MS with radical trapping method in mainstream cigarette smoke.

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Misha; Zhu, Yingjing; Cheng, Kuan; Da Wu; Liu, Baizhan; Li, Fengting

    2016-11-01

    Tobacco related free radicals (TFRs) in the cigarette smoke are specific classes of hazardous compounds that merit concern. In this study, we developed a hybrid method to identify TFRs directly based on ultra-performance convergence chromatography with a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPCC-QTOF MS) combined spin trapping technique. The short-lived TFRs were stabilized successfully in situ through spin trapping procedure and UPCC was applied to facilitate efficient separation of complex derivative products. Coupling of orthogonal partial least squares discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA), UPCC-QTOF MS system enabled us to identify specific potential TFRs with exact chemical formula. Moreover, computational stimulations have been carried out to evaluate the optimized stability of TFRs. This work is a successful demonstration for the application of an advanced hyphenated technique for separation of TFRs with short detection time (less than 7min) and high throughput. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. A Mechanochemical Switch to Control Radical Intermediates

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    2015-01-01

    B12-dependent enzymes employ radical species with exceptional prowess to catalyze some of the most chemically challenging, thermodynamically unfavorable reactions. However, dealing with highly reactive intermediates is an extremely demanding task, requiring sophisticated control strategies to prevent unwanted side reactions. Using hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulations, we follow the full catalytic cycle of an AdoB12-dependent enzyme and present the details of a mechanism that utilizes a highly effective mechanochemical switch. When the switch is “off”, the 5′-deoxyadenosyl radical moiety is stabilized by releasing the internal strain of an enzyme-imposed conformation. Turning the switch “on,” the enzyme environment becomes the driving force to impose a distinct conformation of the 5′-deoxyadenosyl radical to avoid deleterious radical transfer. This mechanochemical switch illustrates the elaborate way in which enzymes attain selectivity of extremely chemically challenging reactions. PMID:24846280

  7. A mechanochemical switch to control radical intermediates.

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    Brunk, Elizabeth; Kellett, Whitney F; Richards, Nigel G J; Rothlisberger, Ursula

    2014-06-17

    B₁₂-dependent enzymes employ radical species with exceptional prowess to catalyze some of the most chemically challenging, thermodynamically unfavorable reactions. However, dealing with highly reactive intermediates is an extremely demanding task, requiring sophisticated control strategies to prevent unwanted side reactions. Using hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulations, we follow the full catalytic cycle of an AdoB₁₂-dependent enzyme and present the details of a mechanism that utilizes a highly effective mechanochemical switch. When the switch is "off", the 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical moiety is stabilized by releasing the internal strain of an enzyme-imposed conformation. Turning the switch "on," the enzyme environment becomes the driving force to impose a distinct conformation of the 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical to avoid deleterious radical transfer. This mechanochemical switch illustrates the elaborate way in which enzymes attain selectivity of extremely chemically challenging reactions.

  8. Formation of stable radicals in the radiolysis of perfluoroalkanes

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    Allayarov, S.R.; Demidov, S.V.; Kiryukhin, D.P.; Mikhailov, A.I.; Barkalov, I.M.

    1984-01-01

    The radiolysis of fluorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons by gamma radiation from /sup 60/Co is discussed. Particularly, the formation of stable alkyl radicals is investigated. The kinetics of the formation and accumulation of the alkyl radicals is virtually independent of the molecular weight and viscosity of the original hydrocarbon fraction. The high stability of the radicals is assumed to be caused by the intramolecular steric isolation of the free valence.

  9. Flight Investigation of the Effect of Various Vertical-Tail Modifications on the Directional Stability and Control Characteristics of a Propeller-Driven Fighter Airplane

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    Johnson, Harold I

    1950-01-01

    A flight investigation was made to determine the effect of various vertical-tail modifications and of some combinations of these modifications on the directional stability and control characteristics of a propeller-driven fighter airplane. Six different vertical-tail configurations were investigated to determine the lateral-directional oscillation characteristics, the sideslip characteristics, the yaw due to ailerons in rudder-fixed rolls from turns and pull-outs, the trim changes due to speed changes, and the tim changes due to power changes. Results of the tests showed that increasing the aspect ratio of the vertical tail by 40 percent while increasing the area by only 12 percent approximately doubled the directional stability of the airplane. The pilots considered the directional characteristics of the airplane unsatisfactory with original vertical tail but satisfactory with the enlarged vertical tail. The ventral and dorsal fins tested had little effect on the directional stability of the airplane but were effective in eliminating rudder-force reversals in high-engine-power sideslips.

  10. Pyrimidine nucleobase radical reactivity in DNA and RNA

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    Greenberg, Marc M.

    2016-11-01

    Nucleobase radicals are major products of the reactions between nucleic acids and hydroxyl radical, which is produced via the indirect effect of ionizing radiation. The nucleobase radicals also result from hydration of cation radicals that are produced via the direct effect of ionizing radiation. The role that nucleobase radicals play in strand scission has been investigated indirectly using ionizing radiation to generate them. More recently, the reactivity of nucleobase radicals resulting from formal hydrogen atom or hydroxyl radical addition to pyrimidines has been studied by independently generating the reactive intermediates via UV-photolysis of synthetic precursors. This approach has provided control over where the reactive intermediates are produced within biopolymers and facilitated studying their reactivity. The contributions to our understanding of pyrimidine nucleobase radical reactivity by this approach are summarized.

  11. Pyrimidine Nucleobase Radical Reactivity in DNA and RNA.

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    Greenberg, Marc M

    2016-11-01

    Nucleobase radicals are major products of the reactions between nucleic acids and hydroxyl radical, which is produced via the indirect effect of ionizing radiation. The nucleobase radicals also result from hydration of cation radicals that are produced via the direct effect of ionizing radiation. The role that nucleobase radicals play in strand scission has been investigated indirectly using ionizing radiation to generate them. More recently, the reactivity of nucleobase radicals resulting from formal hydrogen atom or hydroxyl radical addition to pyrimidines has been studied by independently generating the reactive intermediates via UV-photolysis of synthetic precursors. This approach has provided control over where the reactive intermediates are produced within biopolymers and facilitated studying their reactivity. The contributions to our understanding of pyrimidine nucleobase radical reactivity by this approach are summarized.

  12. Radical [1,3]-Rearrangements of Breslow Intermediates

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    Alwarsh, Sefat; Xu, Yi; Qian, Steven

    2015-01-01

    Breslow intermediates that bear radical stabilizing N-substituents including benzyl, cinnamyl, and diarylmethyl undergo facile homolytic C-N bond scission under mild conditions to give products of formal [1,3]-rearrangement rather than benzoin condensation. EPR experiments and computational analysis support a radical mechanism. Implications for thiamine based enzymes are discussed. PMID:26553753

  13. Forgotten Radicals in Biology

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    Luc, Rochette; Vergely, Catherine

    2008-01-01

    Redox reactions play key roles in intra- and inter-cellular signaling, and in adaptative processes of tissues towards stress. Among the major free radicals with essential functions in cells are reactive oxygen species (ROS) including superoxide anion (O2•-), hydroxyl radical (•OH) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) such as nitric oxide (•NO). In this article, we review the forgotten and new radicals with potential relevance to cardiovascular pathophysiology. Approximately 0.3% of O2•- present in cytosol exists in its protonated form: hydroperoxyl radical (HO2•). Water (H2O) can be split into two free radicals: •OH and hydrogen radical (H•). Several free radicals, including thiyl radicals (RS•) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2•) are known to isomerize double bonds. In the omega-6 series of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), cis-trans isomerization of γ-linolenate and arachidonate catalyzed by RS• has been investigated. Evidence is emerging that hydrogen disulphide (H2S) is a signaling molecule in vivo which can be a source of free radicals. The Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme can oxidize the ionized form of H2S to hydro-sulphide radical: HS•. Recent studies suggest that H2S plays an important function in cardiovascular functions. Carbonate radical, which can be formed when •OH reacts with carbonate or bicarbonate ions, is also involved in the activity of Cu-Zn-SOD. Recently, it has been reported that carbonate anion were potentially relevant oxidants of nucleic acids in physiological environments. In conclusion, there is solid evidence supporting the formation of many free radicals by cells leading which may play an important role in their homeostasis. PMID:23675099

  14. A novel technology for multiplex gene expression analysis directly from whole blood samples stabilized at ambient temperature using an RNA-stabilizing buffer.

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    Kim, Chang Hee; Abedi, Majid; Liu, Yenbou; Panuganti, Sree; Flores, Francisco; Shah, Kevin R; Catterall, Hannah; Morampudi, Krishna S; Terbrueggen, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We describe a novel method, based on target-dependent chemical ligation of probes, which simplifies the multiplexed quantitation of gene expression from blood samples by eliminating the RNA purification step. Gene expression from seven genes was evaluated over a range of sample inputs (16.7 to 0.25 μL of whole blood in serial dilutions) from three healthy donors. Mean CVs were ≤11% for five technical replicates for whole blood inputs ≥2.1 μL. The method showed a limit of detection of 300 copies of RNA by using titration of in vitro transcripts for four genes. Gene expression measured on stabilized blood samples was highly correlated (Spearman rank correlation method, ρ = 0.80) to gene expression results obtained with RNA isolated from matched samples (three donors, five technical replicates). Gene expression changes determined with seven radiation-responsive genes on six healthy donor blood samples before and after ex vivo irradiation were highly correlated (ρ = 0.93) to those measured with a TaqMan quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay on RNA purified from matched samples. Thus, this method is reproducible, sensitive, and correlated to quantitative real-time RT-PCR and may be used to streamline the multiplex gene expression analysis of large numbers of stabilized blood samples without RNA purification. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Investigative Pathology and the Association for Molecular Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Hydroxyl Radical-Mediated Novel Modification of Peptides: N-Terminal Cyclization through the Formation of α-Ketoamide.

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    Lee, Seon Hwa; Kyung, Hyunsook; Yokota, Ryo; Goto, Takaaki; Oe, Tomoyuki

    2015-01-20

    The hydroxyl radical-mediated oxidation of peptides and proteins constitutes a large group of post-translational modifications that can result in structural and functional changes. These oxidations can lead to hydroxylation, sulfoxidation, or carbonylation of certain amino acid residues and cleavage of peptide bonds. In addition, hydroxyl radicals can convert the N-terminus of peptides to an α-ketoamide via abstraction of the N-terminal α-hydrogen and hydrolysis of the ketimine intermediate. In the present study, we identified N-terminal cyclization as a novel modification mediated by a hydroxyl radical. The reaction of angiotensin (Ang) II (DRVYIHPF) and the hydroxyl radical generated by the Cu(II)/ascorbic acid (AA) system or UV/hydrogen peroxide system produced N-terminal cyclized-Ang II (Ang C) and pyruvamide-Ang II (Ang P, CH3COCONH-RVYIHPF). The structure of Ang C was confirmed by mass spectrometry and comparison to an authentic standard. The subsequent incubation of isolated Ang P in the presence of Cu(II)/AA revealed that Ang P was the direct precursor of Ang C. The proposed mechanism involves the formation of a nitrogen-centered (aminyl) radical, which cyclizes to form a five-membered ring containing the alkoxy radical. The subsequent β-scission reaction of the alkoxyl radical results in the cleavage of the terminal CH3CO group. The initial aminyl radical can be stabilized by chelation to the Cu(II) ions. The affinity of Ang C toward the Ang II type 1 receptor was significantly lower than that of Ang II or Ang P. Ang C was not further metabolized by aminopeptidase A, which converts Ang II to Ang III. Hydroxyl radical-mediated N-terminal cyclization was also observed in other Ang peptides containing N-terminal alanine, arginine, valine, and amyloid β 1-11 (DAEFRHDSGYE).

  16. Radical behaviorism and buddhism: complementarities and conflicts.

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    Diller, James W; Lattal, Kennon A

    2008-01-01

    Comparisons have been made between Buddhism and the philosophy of science in general, but there have been only a few attempts to draw comparisons directly with the philosophy of radical behaviorism. The present review therefore considers heretofore unconsidered points of comparison between Buddhism and radical behaviorism in terms of their respective goals, conceptualization of human beings, and the outcomes of following either philosophy. From these comparisons it is concluded that the commonalities discerned between these two philosophies may enhance both philosophical systems.

  17. Radical-water complexes in Earth's atmosphere.

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    Aloisio, S; Francisco, J S

    2000-12-01

    In the atmosphere, many chemical processes are controlled by open-shell radical species. While these species are present in relatively small number densities, they initiate many of the cycles that control the chemistry of the atmosphere. The purpose of this Account is to examine recent studies of radical-water complexes that are composed of atmospherically important species. We hope this Account will provide a report on the status of this topical field, while encouraging new research directions.

  18. Stability properties of the steady state solutions of a non-neutral plasma diode when there is a uniform magnetic field along transverse direction

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    Kuznetsov, V. I.; Pramanik, Sourav; Gerasimenko, A. B.; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2017-02-01

    The stability properties of a non-neutral plasma diode [Pramanik et al., Phys. Plasmas 23, 103105 (2016)] have been investigated for the stationary states taking arbitrary value of the neutralization parameter. A constant magnetic field is also assumed to be applied externally along the transverse direction. The (η, ɛ)-diagram technique is used to study the stability features of all types of solutions with respect to small aperiodic perturbations. Employing the first order perturbation theory, a relevant dispersion relation has been derived and analyzed for the regimes when electrons are not turned around by the magnetic field. These regimes of solutions belong to the "Normal C branch" and "C-overlap branch" of the "emitter field strength vs. diode gap"-diagrams. With the help of this dispersion relation, both aperiodic and oscillatory stability properties of such solutions have been presented.

  19. Direct radiolabeling of monoclonal antibodies with rhenium-188 for radioimmunotherapy of solid tumors--a review of radiolabeling characteristics, quality control and in vitro stability studies.

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    Iznaga-Escobar, N

    2001-03-01

    188Re is one of the radioisotopes expected to emerge as useful for therapy. Development of new radiopharmaceuticals based on 188Re depends on the radiolabeling methods used, which would give stable complexes having predefined radiochemical properties and in vitro and in vivo stability. This paper has attempted to provide a perspective of 188Re-labeled monoclonal antibodies, their radiolabeling characteristics, methods for quality control of radioimmunoconjugates and in vitro stability for radioimmunotherapy of solid tumors. The direct method of 188Re radiolabeling of antibodies by reductive attachment of 188Re in which free sulfhydryl groups have been generated by reduction of the intramolecular S-S disulfide bonds has been shown to be a promising approach in particular. Moreover, excellent methods have been developed to test the radionuclide, radiochemical purity and stability of 188Re-radioimmunoconjugates using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and paper chromatography.

  20. A nitro radical anion formation from nifedipine: an electrochemical approach.

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    Squella, J A; Solabarrieta, C; Nuñez-Vergara, L J

    1993-12-01

    The cyclic voltammetric behaviour of nifedipine was studied. The addition of three aprotic solvents to nifedipine in an aqueous citrate buffer system was examined. Qualitatively they result in separation of the initial irreversible 4 electron reduction into two stages, the NO2/RNO2.- and RNO2.-, 4H/RNHOH, H2O couples, respectively. Particular attention was directed to the 1-electron RNO2/RNO2.- couple as measured by the cyclic voltammetric mode in mixed media. Analysis of the cyclic voltammetric response as a function of scan rate and non-aqueous solvent content yields information on the stability of the radical anion. The chemical forward reaction of the radical anion follows a second order kinetics with a stability constant of 1.1 x 10(-3) l mol-1 s-1 and a half-life time of 0.09 s for 1 mM of nifedipine in aqueous citrate buffer, pH 7.4/DMF; 50:50.

  1. Stability of Large Direct-Current Power Systems That Use Switching Converters and the Application of Switching Converters to the International Space Station

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    Manners, Bruce A.; Gholdston, E. W.; Karimi, K.; Lee, F. C.; Rajagopalan, J.; Panov, Y.

    1997-01-01

    As direct-current space power systems continue to grow in size, switching power converters are playing an ever larger role in power conditioning and control. When a large direct-current system that uses power converters of this type is being designed, special attention must be placed on the electrical stability of the system and of the individual loads on the system. The impedance specification approach for system stability was accomplished as a result of cooperative work of the International Space Station program team, which consists of the NASA Lewis Research Center, the Boeing Company, and Rocketdyne Division/Rockwell International. In addition, major contributions were provided by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University working under a grant to NASA Lewis.

  2. Stability of Large Direct-Current Power Systems That Use Switching Converters and the Application of Switching Converters to the International Space Station

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    Manners, Bruce A.; Gholdston, E. W.; Karimi, K.; Lee, F. C.; Rajagopalan, J.; Panov, Y.

    1997-01-01

    As direct-current space power systems continue to grow in size, switching power converters are playing an ever larger role in power conditioning and control. When a large direct-current system that uses power converters of this type is being designed, special attention must be placed on the electrical stability of the system and of the individual loads on the system. The impedance specification approach for system stability was accomplished as a result of cooperative work of the International Space Station program team, which consists of the NASA Lewis Research Center, the Boeing Company, and Rocketdyne Division/Rockwell International. In addition, major contributions were provided by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University working under a grant to NASA Lewis.

  3. Intensity-Stabilized Fast-Scanned Direct Absorption Spectroscopy Instrumentation Based on a Distributed Feedback Laser with Detection Sensitivity down to 4 × 10−6

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    Zhao, Gang; Tan, Wei; Jia, Mengyuan; Hou, Jiajuan; Ma, Weiguang; Dong, Lei; Zhang, Lei; Feng, Xiaoxia; Wu, Xuechun; Yin, Wangbao; Xiao, Liantuan; Axner, Ove; Jia, Suotang

    2016-01-01

    A novel, intensity-stabilized, fast-scanned, direct absorption spectroscopy (IS-FS-DAS) instrumentation, based on a distributed feedback (DFB) diode laser, is developed. A fiber-coupled polarization rotator and a fiber-coupled polarizer are used to stabilize the intensity of the laser, which significantly reduces its relative intensity noise (RIN). The influence of white noise is reduced by fast scanning over the spectral feature (at 1 kHz), followed by averaging. By combining these two noise-reducing techniques, it is demonstrated that direct absorption spectroscopy (DAS) can be swiftly performed down to a limit of detection (LOD) (1σ) of 4 × 10−6, which opens up a number of new applications. PMID:27657082

  4. Validation of value of actual micromotion as a direct measure of implant micromobility after healing (secondary implant stability). An in vivo histologic and biomechanical study.

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    Trisi, Paolo; Berardini, Marco; Falco, Antonello; Podaliri Vulpiani, Michele

    2016-11-01

    The osseointegration process replaces the surgically damaged bone with newly formed bone in contact to the implant surface. This involves some loss of primary stability, which will continue until new bone is formed providing a new stability, known as "secondary stability." A direct measurement of secondary implant stability appears fundamental to determine the period and modalities for implant loading. The aim of this study was to validate the measurement of the implant micromotion to test secondary implant stability. Twenty-four 3.8 × 11.5 mm implants (Dynamix, Cortex, Shlomi, Israel) were inserted in sheep iliac crests. The animals were sacrificed after 2 months, and the freshly retrieved bone blocks were immediately fixed on a customized device to calculate the value of actual micromotion (VAM) according to a previously described technique. Implant stability quotient (ISQ) values, reverse torque value (RTV), %bone-to-implant contact (%BIC), bone volume percentage (%BV) and crestal bone loss (CBL) were also calculated for each implant. Statistical correlations between VAM and the other parameters were calculated. Data correlation analysis between the examined parameters showed that VAM significantly correlates (P < 0.05) to RTV, %BIC, ISQ and CBL. As VAM showed to be statistical correlated to the other parameters of osseointegration, it may be used to clinically check the amount of implant osseointegration, secondary stability and CBL. Future studies are needed to confirm these results moreover. An instrument to measure VAM in the oral cavity still needs to be developed. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Mobile protons versus mobile radicals: gas-phase unimolecular chemistry of radical cations of cysteine-containing peptides.

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    Lam, Adrian K Y; Ryzhov, Victor; O'Hair, Richard A J

    2010-08-01

    A combination of electrospray ionization (ESI), multistage, and high-resolution mass spectrometry experiments are used to examine the gas-phase fragmentation reactions of radical cations of cysteine containing di- and tripeptides. Two different chemical methods were used to form initial populations of radical cations in which the radical sites were located at different positions: (1) sulfur-centered cysteinyl radicals via bond homolysis of protonated S-nitrosocysteine containing peptides; and (2) alpha-carbon backbone-centered radicals via Siu's sequence of reactions (J. Am. Chem. Soc.2008, 130, 7862). Comparison of the fragmentation reactions of these regiospecifically generated radicals suggests that hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) between the alpha C-H of adjacent residues and the cysteinyl radical can occur. In addition, using accurate mass measurements, deuterium labeling, and comparison with an authentic sample, a novel loss of part of the N-terminal cysteine residue was shown to give rise to the protonated, truncated N-formyl peptide (an even-electron x(n) ion). DFT calculations were performed on the radical cation [GCG]*(+) to examine: the relative stabilities of isomers with different radical and protonation sites; the barriers associated with radical migration between four possible radical sites, [G*CG](+), [GC*G](+), [GCG*](+), and [GC(S*)G](+); and for dissociation from these sites to yield b(2)-type ions. Copyright 2010 American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Direct Epoxidation of Propylene over Stabilized Cu+ Surface Sites on Ti Modified Cu2O

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    Yang, X.; Kattel, S.; Xiong, K.; Mudiyanselage, K.; Rykov, S.; Senanayake, S. D.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Liu, P.; Stacchiola, D. J.; Chen, J. G.

    2015-07-17

    Direct propylene epoxidation by O2 is a challenging reaction because of the strong tendency for complete combustion. Results from the current study demonstrate the feasibility to tune the epoxidation selectivity by generating highly dispersed and stabilized Cu+ active sites in a TiCuOx mixed oxide. The TiCuOx surface anchors the key surface intermediate, oxametallacycle, leading to higher selectivity for epoxidation of propylene.

  7. Stability and coking of direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells: Effect of CO 2 and air additions

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    Pillai, Manoj; Lin, Yuanbo; Zhu, Huayang; Kee, Robert J.; Barnett, Scott A.

    This paper concerns the stability of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), operated with fuel mixtures of methane-CO 2 and methane-air. Stability, which was evaluated in terms of voltage decrease at constant current density, was affected by coke deposits. Chemically inert anode barrier layers were shown to enhance stability and to slow catalytic endothermic reforming reactions within the Ni-YSZ anode that otherwise caused deleterious temperature variations and cell cracking. Increasing the amount of CO 2 added to CH 4 fuel led to a wider stable operating range, yet had relatively little effect on SOFC performance. Button cells operated at 800 ° C with fuel streams of 75% CH 4 and 25% CO 2 achieved maximum power densities above 1 W/cm 2. Adding air to methane also increased stability. In the case of air addition, SOFC temperature increased as a consequence of exothermic partial-oxidation reforming chemistry. Models were developed to predict temperature and gas-composition profiles within the button cells. The simulation results were used to assist interpretation of the experimental observations.

  8. OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY, PRESENT STATUS, AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT

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    Solidification/stabilization (S/S) technology processes are currently being utilized in the United States to treat inorganic and organic hazardous waste and radioactive waste. These wastes are generated from operating industry or have resulted from the uncontrolled management of ...

  9. Characterization of a Rotary Flat Tail as a Spoiler and Parametric Analysis of Improving Directional Stability in a Portable UAV

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    2005-05-01

    4 2. Fully Foldable MAV Tail .................................................................................... 5 3. Laminar Separation...Selected Dimensions (Parga, 2004: 51) .................................... 15 9. Foldable Rotatable Tail MAV... Foldable MAV Tail Due to Cnβ being negative, as evidenced in Lt. Parga’s thesis, a stabilizing mechanism was developed. This mechanism consisted of two

  10. OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY, PRESENT STATUS, AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT

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    Solidification/stabilization (S/S) technology processes are currently being utilized in the United States to treat inorganic and organic hazardous waste and radioactive waste. These wastes are generated from operating industry or have resulted from the uncontrolled management of ...

  11. Formation of stable radicals in the radiolysis of fluoroorganic compounds

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    Goldanskii, V. I.; Barkalov, I. M.

    The existence of anomally long-living radicals (life time in liquid more than 100 days at 300 K) which arise in the process of radiolysis has been discovered in liquid perfluorocarbons. The ESR spectra analysis has allowed the singling out of two types of radical: (1) the perfluoroalkyl radical in which the unpaired electron stabilization is thought to be connected with the steric isolation of the surrounding perfluoromethyl groups and (2) the perfluoroalkyl radical whose stabilization is connected with the delocalization of the unpaired electron conjugated with the double CC bond. These stable radicals may be employed in the synthesis and modification of fluoropolymers as initiators and regulators, in the dosimetry of reactor irradiation, as well as in medico-biological investigations as spin-labelled compounds.

  12. How solvent modulates hydroxyl radical reactivity in hydrogen atom abstractions.

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    Mitroka, Susan; Zimmeck, Stephanie; Troya, Diego; Tanko, James M

    2010-03-10

    The hydroxyl radical (HO*) is a highly reactive oxygen-centered radical whose bimolecular rate constants for reaction with organic compounds (hydrogen atom abstraction) approach the diffusion-controlled limit in aqueous solution. The results reported herein show that hydroxyl radical is considerably less reactive in dipolar, aprotic solvents such as acetonitrile. This diminished reactivity is explained on the basis of a polarized transition state for hydrogen abstraction, in which the oxygen of the hydroxyl radical becomes highly negative and can serve as a hydrogen bond acceptor. Because acetonitrile cannot participate as a hydrogen bond donor, the transition state cannot be stabilized by hydrogen bonding, and the reaction rate is lower; the opposite is true when water is the solvent. This hypothesis explains hydroxyl radical reactivity both in solution and in the gas phase and may be the basis for a "containment strategy" used by Nature when hydroxyl radical is produced endogenously.

  13. Computational Study of the Thermodynamics of Atmospheric Nitration of PAHs via OH-Radical-Initiated Reaction

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    Jariyasopit, N.; Cheong, P.; Simonich, S. L.

    2011-12-01

    Nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (NPAHs) are an important class of PAH derivatives that are more toxic than their parent PAHs (1) and are emitted from direct emission and secondary emission to the atmosphere. The secondary emissions, particularly the OH-radical initiated and NO3-radical-initiated reactions, have been shown to influence the NPAH concentrations in the atmosphere. Gas-phase reactions are thought to be the major sources of NPAHs containing four or fewer rings (2). Besides NPAHs, PAHs lead to a number of other products including oxygenated, hydroxy substituted and ring-opened PAH derivatives (3). For some PAHs, the OH-initiated and NO3-initiated reactions result in the formation of different NPAH isomers, allowing the ratio of these isomers to be used in the determination of direct or secondary emission sources. Previous studies have shown that the PAH gas-phase reactions with OH radical is initiated by the addition of OH radical to the aromatic ring to form hydroxycyclohexadienyl radicals (4). In the presence of NO2, these reactive intermediates readily nitrate with the elimination of water (4). The hydroxycyclohexadienyl-type radical intermediates are also prone to react with other species in the atmosphere or revert back to the original compound (3). The objective of this study was to investigate the thermodynamics of PAH nitration through day-time OH-radical-initiated reactions. The theoretical investigation were carried out using Density Functioanl Theory (B3LYP) and the 6-31G(d) basis set, as implemented in Gaussian03. A number of different PAHs were studied including fluoranthene, pyrene, as well as the molecular weight 302 PAHs such as dibenzo[a,l]pyrene. Computations were also used to predict unknown NPAHs formed by OH-radical-initiated reaction. All intermediates for the OH-radical addition and the following nitration were computed. We have discovered that the thermodynamic stability of the intermediates involved in the PAH

  14. Growing up Radical: Investigation of Benzyl-Like Radicals with Increasing Chain Lengths

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    Korn, Joseph A.; Jawad, Khadija M.; Hewett, Daniel M.; Zwier, Timothy S.

    2015-06-01

    Combustion processes involve complex chemistry including pathways leading to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from small molecule precursors. Resonance stabilized radicals (RSRs) likely play an important role in the pathways to PAHs due to their unusual stability. Benzyl radical is a prototypical RSR that is stabilized by conjugation with the phenyl ring. Earlier work on α-methyl benzyl radical showed perturbations to the spectroscopy due to a hindered methyl rotor. If the alkyl chain is lengthened then multiple conformations become possible. This talk will discuss the jet-cooled spectroscopy of α-ethyl benzyl radical and α-propyl benzyl radical produced from the discharge of 1-phenyl propanol and 1-phenyl butanol respectively. Electronic spectra were obtained via resonant two-photon ionization, and IR spectra were obtained by resonant ion-dip infrared spectroscopy. Kidwell, N. M.; Reilly, N. J.; Nebgen, B.; Mehta-Hurt, D. N.; Hoehn, R. D.; Kokkin, D. L.; McCarthy, M. C.; Slipchenko, L. V.; Zwier, T. S. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2013, 117, 13465.

  15. Radical chemistry of artemisinin

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    Denisov, Evgenii T.; Solodova, S. L.; Denisova, Taisa G.

    2010-12-01

    The review summarizes physicochemical characteristics of the natural sesquiterpene peroxide artemisinin. The kinetic schemes of transformations of artemisinin radicals under anaerobic conditions are presented and analyzed. The sequence of radical reactions of artemisinin in the presence of oxygen is considered in detail. Special emphasis is given to the intramolecular chain oxidation resulting in the transformation of artemisinin into polyatomic hydroperoxide. The kinetic characteristics of elementary reaction steps involving alkyl, alkoxyl, and peroxyl radicals generated from artemisinin are discussed. The results of testing of artemisinin and its derivatives for the antimalarial activity and the scheme of the biochemical synthesis of artemisinin in nature are considered.

  16. Assortative mating and directional or stabilizing selection for a non-linear function of traits in Tribolium.

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    Campo, J L; Gil, M G

    1993-01-12

    Assortative or random mating following selection in either direction on a non-linear index (experiment 1) or stabilizing selection for pupal length (experiment 2) were carried out for five generations in two lines of Tribolium castaneum (A and R, respectively), with three replicates each. The selected proportion was 25% in all lines. In experiment 1, the selection criterion was designed to increase the aggregate value of adult weight and the first- and second-order powers of pupal length. The A and R lines gave significant responses for the aggregate value (184 ± 6 and 161 ± 14, respectively), pupal length (0.74 ± 0.02 and 0.64 ± 0.05, respectively), and adult weight (0.79 ± 0.03 and 0.78 ± 0.12, respectively). Although the A line was not significantly better than the R line, there was a consistent advantage for assortative mating over random mating, the mean response for aggregate value and pupal length being approximately 1.15 times greater for the A line. In experiment 2 the selection criterion was the square of the deviation from the mean pupal length (stabilizing selection); both lines did not show any change for pupal length. The phenotypic variance showed a significant decrease in the A and R lines, due to a decrease in between-family variance. The assortatively and randomly mated lines were similar for these changes in phenotypic variation. RESUMEN: Aparemiento clasificado y selección direccional o estabilizante para una función no lineal en Tribolium. Dos líneas de Tribolium castaneum fueron seleccionadas direccionalmente para un índice no lineal (experimento 1) o estabilizantemente para longitud de pupa (experimento 2), apareando los animales seleccionados clasificadamente (A) o aleatoriamente (R). Había tres repeticiones por experimento y línea, siendo la proporción de selección el 25%. En el experimento 1, el objetivo de selección incluía el peso adulto así como la longitud de pupa y su cuadrado. Ambas líneas dieron respuesta

  17. E2F1 plays a direct role in Rb stabilization and p53-independent tumor suppression

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    Palacios, Gustavo; Talos, Flaminia; Nemajerova, Alice; Moll, Ute M.; Petrenko, Oleksi

    2013-01-01

    To better understand the role of E2F1 in tumor formation, we analyzed spontaneous tumorigenesis in p53−/−E2F1+/+ and p53−/−E2F1−/− mice. We show that the combined loss of p53 and E2F1 leads to an increased incidence of sarcomas and carcinomas compared to the loss of p53 alone. E2F1-deficient tumors show wide chromosomal variation, indicative of genomic instability. Consistent with this, p53−/−E2F1−/− primary fibroblasts have a reduced capacity to maintain genomic stability when exposed to S-phase inhibitors or genotoxic drugs. A major mechanism of E2F1’s contribution to genomic integrity lies in mediating stabilization and engagement of the Rb protein. PMID:18583939

  18. Direct Measurement of Electric-Field-Induced Birefringence in a Polymer-Stabilized Blue-Phase Liquid Crystal Composite

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    2010-05-01

    Wu, “Low voltage and high transmittance blue-phase liquid crystal displays with corrugated electrodes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96(1), 011102 (2010). 7. K...Cloud, Optical Methods of Engineering Analysis (Cambridge, New York, 1998). 1.Introduction Polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (PS-BPLC...with a large induced birefringence for lowering the operation voltage of display devices. 2. Experiment and theoretical analysis The PS-BPLC employed

  19. Prolonged stability of the plantibody HB-01 directed against the hepatitis B surface antigen in cryo-preserved tobacco leaves.

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    Ferro, Williams; Geada, Déborah; Guevara, Yarysel; Padilla, Sigifredo; Conde, Adrián; Alvarez, Tatiana; Medina, Yenisley; González, Tatiana; Wood, Mayra; Valdés, Rodolfo

    2010-05-01

    Since 1983, several recombinant antibodies have been expressed in important agronomic plant species. However, to date no evaluation has been published about prolonged antibody stability within plant tissues under cryo-preservation conditions. This current report presents an approach to the KDEL-plantibody HB-01 (PHB-01) stability in frozen tobacco leaves by presenting scientific evidence about the stability of a plantibody to a prolonged low temperature exposure in this biological source. Results clearly show that the PHB-01 amount is maintained during the storage of tobacco leaves at -20 degrees C for 90 days. The PHB-01 recovery was not affected by any irreversible physical and/or chemical change produced in tobacco leaves after this cryo-preservation time. The amount of total soluble proteins in the clarified extract decreased in proportion with the storage time and the PHB-01 molecules isolated from frozen leaf extracts were highly pure, >95%, according to an SDS-PAGE assessment under reducing conditions. Low temperature exposure of tobacco leaves did not reveal visible changes in frozen leaves, which is essential for the further extractability of proteins. The PHB-01 is stable in tobacco leaves at -20 degrees C during 90 days, which offers the possibility to overcome problems associated with detrimental climate conditions and optimize purification capabilities. 2010 The International Association for Biologicals. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Hydroxyl radical detection in vivo

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    Chevion, M.; Floyd, R.A.

    1986-05-01

    Hydroxyl radicals have been implicated as the actual species responsible for the deleterious effects of active oxygen in biology. However, in most cases, its presence has only been inferred by circumstantial evidence. Using electrochemical detection coupled to HPLC separation technique the authors can identify and quantitate (at sub-picomole level) the hydroxylated products of 3 aromatic compounds (phenol, salicylate, and 2-deoxy-guanosine) as a direct measure of hydroxyl radical formation. Firstly, the authors showed that mixing ascorbate with copper ions (in the absence of presence of a protein) yields catechols, dihydroxybenzoic acids and 8-OH-deoxy-guanosine (8-OHdG). This approach has been used to study the formation of OH in vivo. Human granulocytes stimulated with TPA showed that 8-OHdG was formed in the cellular DNA at high levels (one 8-OHdG/800 DNA bases). Unstimulated granulocytes contained 8-OHdG below detection level. Formation of 8-OHdG in the TPA-stimulated granulocytes DNA was decreased by the addition of SOD and catalase. Using salicylate as an in vivo scavenger of hydroxyl radicals the authors showed that the level of trapped-dihydroxybenzoic acids is increased approx.8 and approx.3 fold in the lungs and liver of paraquat-poisoned mice, respectively, as compared to normal animals. Similarly, the detected level of dihydroxybenzoic acids in the hearts of adriamycin-treated rats was increased over 100-fold as compared to the hearts of control animals.

  1. 1,2-Migration of N-Diarylboryl Imidazol-2-ylidene through Intermolecular Radical Process.

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    Liu, Wei-Chun; Liu, Yi-Hung; Lin, Tien-Sung; Peng, Shie-Ming; Chiu, Ching-Wen

    2017-09-05

    1,2-Boryl migration of N-boryl N-heterocyclic carbene to 2-boryl imidazole is proposed to proceed through generation and recombination of two radical intermediates, namely, a neutral diarylboron radical and a N-heterocyclic carbene radical. Crossover experiments suggest that these two radical species are stable enough to escape solvent cages and recombine intermolecularly. The presence of radical intermediates is further supported by spin trapping experiments. Besides, the coordination of Li(+) cation is found to be critical for the stability of the NHC radical.

  2. Space shuttle: Directional and lateral stability and interference effects of cruise engine location on a 0.015 scale space shuttle

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    Buchholz, R. E.

    1972-01-01

    The results are presented that were obtained from a wind tunnel tests to improve space shuttle booster baseline lateral-directional stability, control characteristics, and cruise engine location optimization. Tests were conducted in a 7 x 10-foot transonic wind tunnel. The model employed was a 0.015-scale replica of a space shuttle booster. The three major objectives of this test were to determine the following: (1) force, static stability, and control effectiveness characteristics for varying angles of positive and negative wing dihedral and various combinations of wing tip and centerline dorsal fins; (2) force and static stability characteristics of cruise engines location on the body below the high aerodynamic canard; and (3) control effectiveness for the low-mounted wing configuration. The wing dihedral study was conducted at a cruise Mach number of 0.40 and simulated altitude of 10,000 feet. Portions of the test were conducted to determine the control surfaces stability and control characteristics over the Mach number range of 0.4 to 1.2. The aerodynamic characteristics determined are based on a unit Reynolds number of approximately 2 million per foot. Boundary layer trip strips were employed to induce boundary layer transition.

  3. Online Radicalization: Bangladesh Perspective

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    2017-06-09

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  4. Site-directed mutagenesis reveals regions implicated in the stability and fiber formation of human λ3r light chains.

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    Villalba, Miryam I; Canul-Tec, Juan C; Luna-Martínez, Oscar D; Sánchez-Alcalá, Rosalba; Olamendi-Portugal, Timoteo; Rudiño-Piñera, Enrique; Rojas, Sonia; Sánchez-López, Rosana; Fernández-Velasco, Daniel A; Becerril, Baltazar

    2015-01-30

    Light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a disease that affects vital organs by the fibrillar aggregation of monoclonal light chains. λ3r germ line is significantly implicated in this disease. In this work, we contrasted the thermodynamic stability and aggregation propensity of 3mJL2 (nonamyloidogenic) and 3rJL2 (amyloidogenic) λ3 germ lines. Because of an inherent limitation (extremely low expression), Cys at position 34 of the 3r germ line was replaced by Tyr reaching a good expression yield. A second substitution (W91A) was introduced in 3r to obtain a better template to incorporate additional mutations. Although the single mutant (C34Y) was not fibrillogenic, the second mutation located at CDR3 (W91A) induced fibrillogenesis. We propose, for the first time, that CDR3 (position 91) affects the stability and fiber formation of human λ3r light chains. Using the double mutant (3rJL2/YA) as template, other variants were constructed to evaluate the importance of those substitutions into the stability and aggregation propensity of λ3 light chains. A change in position 7 (P7D) boosted 3rJL2/YA fibrillogenic properties. Modification of position 48 (I48M) partially reverted 3rJL2/YA fibril aggregation. Finally, changes at positions 8 (P8S) or 40 (P40S) completely reverted fibril formation. These results confirm the influential roles of N-terminal region (positions 7 and 8) and the loop 40-60 (positions 40 and 48) on AL. X-ray crystallography revealed that the three-dimensional topology of the single and double λ3r mutants was not significantly altered. This mutagenic approach helped to identify key regions implicated in λ3 AL.

  5. Site-directed Mutagenesis Reveals Regions Implicated in the Stability and Fiber Formation of Human λ3r Light Chains*

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    Villalba, Miryam I.; Canul-Tec, Juan C.; Luna-Martínez, Oscar D.; Sánchez-Alcalá, Rosalba; Olamendi-Portugal, Timoteo; Rudiño-Piñera, Enrique; Rojas, Sonia; Sánchez-López, Rosana; Fernández-Velasco, Daniel A.; Becerril, Baltazar

    2015-01-01

    Light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a disease that affects vital organs by the fibrillar aggregation of monoclonal light chains. λ3r germ line is significantly implicated in this disease. In this work, we contrasted the thermodynamic stability and aggregation propensity of 3mJL2 (nonamyloidogenic) and 3rJL2 (amyloidogenic) λ3 germ lines. Because of an inherent limitation (extremely low expression), Cys at position 34 of the 3r germ line was replaced by Tyr reaching a good expression yield. A second substitution (W91A) was introduced in 3r to obtain a better template to incorporate additional mutations. Although the single mutant (C34Y) was not fibrillogenic, the second mutation located at CDR3 (W91A) induced fibrillogenesis. We propose, for the first time, that CDR3 (position 91) affects the stability and fiber formation of human λ3r light chains. Using the double mutant (3rJL2/YA) as template, other variants were constructed to evaluate the importance of those substitutions into the stability and aggregation propensity of λ3 light chains. A change in position 7 (P7D) boosted 3rJL2/YA fibrillogenic properties. Modification of position 48 (I48M) partially reverted 3rJL2/YA fibril aggregation. Finally, changes at positions 8 (P8S) or 40 (P40S) completely reverted fibril formation. These results confirm the influential roles of N-terminal region (positions 7 and 8) and the loop 40–60 (positions 40 and 48) on AL. X-ray crystallography revealed that the three-dimensional topology of the single and double λ3r mutants was not significantly altered. This mutagenic approach helped to identify key regions implicated in λ3 AL. PMID:25505244

  6. Site-directed Mutagenesis Reveals Regions Implicated in the Stability and Fiber Formation of Human λ3r Light Chains

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    Villalba, Miryam I.; Canul-Tec, Juan C.; Luna-Martínez, Oscar D.; Sánchez-Alcalá, Rosalba; Olamendi-Portugal, Timoteo; Rudiño-Piñera, Enrique; Rojas, Sonia; Sánchez-López, Rosana; Fernández-Velasco, Daniel A.; Becerril, Baltazar

    2014-12-11

    Light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a disease that affects vital organs by the fibrillar aggregation of monoclonal light chains. λ3r germ line is significantly implicated in this disease. In this paper, we contrasted the thermodynamic stability and aggregation propensity of 3mJL2 (nonamyloidogenic) and 3rJL2 (amyloidogenic) λ3 germ lines. Because of an inherent limitation (extremely low expression), Cys at position 34 of the 3r germ line was replaced by Tyr reaching a good expression yield. A second substitution (W91A) was introduced in 3r to obtain a better template to incorporate additional mutations. Although the single mutant (C34Y) was not fibrillogenic, the second mutation located at CDR3 (W91A) induced fibrillogenesis. We propose, for the first time, that CDR3 (position 91) affects the stability and fiber formation of human λ3r light chains. Using the double mutant (3rJL2/YA) as template, other variants were constructed to evaluate the importance of those substitutions into the stability and aggregation propensity of λ3 light chains. A change in position 7 (P7D) boosted 3rJL2/YA fibrillogenic properties. Modification of position 48 (I48M) partially reverted 3rJL2/YA fibril aggregation. Finally, changes at positions 8 (P8S) or 40 (P40S) completely reverted fibril formation. These results confirm the influential roles of N-terminal region (positions 7 and 8) and the loop 40–60 (positions 40 and 48) on AL. X-ray crystallography revealed that the three-dimensional topology of the single and double λ3r mutants was not significantly altered. Finally, this mutagenic approach helped to identify key regions implicated in λ3 AL.

  7. Site-directed Mutagenesis Reveals Regions Implicated in the Stability and Fiber Formation of Human λ3r Light Chains

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    Villalba, Miryam I.; Canul-Tec, Juan C.; Luna-Martínez, Oscar D.; ...

    2014-12-11

    Light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a disease that affects vital organs by the fibrillar aggregation of monoclonal light chains. λ3r germ line is significantly implicated in this disease. In this paper, we contrasted the thermodynamic stability and aggregation propensity of 3mJL2 (nonamyloidogenic) and 3rJL2 (amyloidogenic) λ3 germ lines. Because of an inherent limitation (extremely low expression), Cys at position 34 of the 3r germ line was replaced by Tyr reaching a good expression yield. A second substitution (W91A) was introduced in 3r to obtain a better template to incorporate additional mutations. Although the single mutant (C34Y) was not fibrillogenic, themore » second mutation located at CDR3 (W91A) induced fibrillogenesis. We propose, for the first time, that CDR3 (position 91) affects the stability and fiber formation of human λ3r light chains. Using the double mutant (3rJL2/YA) as template, other variants were constructed to evaluate the importance of those substitutions into the stability and aggregation propensity of λ3 light chains. A change in position 7 (P7D) boosted 3rJL2/YA fibrillogenic properties. Modification of position 48 (I48M) partially reverted 3rJL2/YA fibril aggregation. Finally, changes at positions 8 (P8S) or 40 (P40S) completely reverted fibril formation. These results confirm the influential roles of N-terminal region (positions 7 and 8) and the loop 40–60 (positions 40 and 48) on AL. X-ray crystallography revealed that the three-dimensional topology of the single and double λ3r mutants was not significantly altered. Finally, this mutagenic approach helped to identify key regions implicated in λ3 AL.« less

  8. Calculation of the Lateral Stability of a Directly Coupled Tandem-Towed Fighter Airplane and Correlation with Experimental Data

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    Shanks, Robert E.

    1958-01-01

    A theoretical method is presented for predicting the dynamic lateral stability characteristics of an airplane towed in tandem by a much larger airplane. Values of period and time to damp to one-half amplitude and rolling motions calculated by an analog computer have been correlated with results of two experimental investigations conducted in the Langley free-flight tunnel which were part of a U.S. Air Force program (Project FICON) to develop a satisfactory arrangement by which a bomber could tow a parasite fighter. In general, the theoretical results agree with the experimental results.

  9. The application of parameter estimation to flight measurements to obtain lateral-directional stability derivatives of an augmented jet-flap STOL airplane

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    Stephenson, J. D.

    1983-01-01

    Flight experiments with an augmented jet flap STOL aircraft provided data from which the lateral directional stability and control derivatives were calculated by applying a linear regression parameter estimation procedure. The tests, which were conducted with the jet flaps set at a 65 deg deflection, covered a large range of angles of attack and engine power settings. The effect of changing the angle of the jet thrust vector was also investigated. Test results are compared with stability derivatives that had been predicted. The roll damping derived from the tests was significantly larger than had been predicted, whereas the other derivatives were generally in agreement with the predictions. Results obtained using a maximum likelihood estimation procedure are compared with those from the linear regression solutions.

  10. Three-dimensional direct numerical simulation of a turbulent lifted hydrogen jet flame in a heated coflow: flame stabilization and structure

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    Chen, Jackie; Sankaran, Ramanan; Yoo, Chun S

    2009-01-01

    Direct numerical simulation (DNS) of the near field of a three-dimensional spatially developing turbulent lifted hydrogen jet flame in heated coflow is performed with a detailed mechanism to determine the stabilization mechanism and the flame structure. The DNS was performed at a jet Reynolds number of 11,000 with over 940 million grid points. The results show that auto-ignition in a fuel-lean mixture at the flame base is the main source of stabilization of the lifted jet flame. A chemical flux analysis shows the occurrence of near-isothermal chemical chain branching preceding thermal runaway upstream of the stabilization point, indicative of hydrogen auto-ignition in the second limit. The Damkoehler number and key intermediate-species behaviour near the leading edge of the lifted flame also verify that auto-ignition occurs at the flame base. At the lifted-flame base, it is found that heat release occurs predominantly through ignition in which the gradients of reactants are opposed. Downstream of the flame base, both rich-premixed and non-premixed flames develop and coexist with auto-ignition. In addition to auto-ignition, Lagrangian tracking of the flame base reveals the passage of large-scale flow structures and their correlation with the fluctuations of the flame base. In particular, the relative position of the flame base and the coherent flow structure induces a cyclic motion of the flame base in the transverse and axial directions about a mean lift-off height. This is confirmed by Lagrangian tracking of key scalars, heat release rate and velocity at the stabilization point.

  11. Enhancement of thermal stability of chondroitinase ABC I by site-directed mutagenesis: an insight from Ramachandran plot.

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    Nazari-Robati, Mahdieh; Khajeh, Khosro; Aminian, Mahdi; Mollania, Nasrin; Golestani, Abolfazl

    2013-02-01

    The application of chondroitinase ABC I (cABC I) in damaged nervous tissue is believed to prune glycosaminoglycan chains of proteoglycans, thereby facilitates axon regeneration. However, the utilization of cABC I as therapeutics is notably restricted due to its thermal instability. In the present study, we have explored the possibility of thermostabilization of cABC I through release of its conformational strain using Ramachandran plot information. In this regard, Gln140 with non-optimal φ and ψ values were replaced with Gly, Ala and Asn. The results indicated that Q140G and Q140A mutants were able to improve both activity and thermal stability of the enzyme while Q140N variant reduced the enzyme activity and destabilized it. Moreover, the two former variants displayed a remarkable resistance to trypsin degradation. Structural analysis of all mutants showed an increase in intrinsic fluorescence intensity and secondary structure content of Q140G and Q140A compared to the wild type which indicated more compact structure upon mutation. This investigation demonstrated that relief of conformational tension can be considered as a possible approach to increase the stability of the protein.

  12. Effects of Dynamic Multi-directional Loading on the Microstructural Evolution and Thermal Stability of Pure Aluminum

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    Yang, Yang; Zhang, Hua; Chen, Yadong

    2016-09-01

    Microstructural evolution and thermal stability of 1050 commercial pure aluminum processed by means of split Hopkinson pressure bar and Instron-3369 mechanical testing machine to an accumulated strain of 3.6 were investigated. The nominal strain rates reached up to 3.0 × 103 and 1 × 10-3/s, respectively. Samples in the deformed state and annealed in the temperature interval 423-523 K for 1 h were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM observations reveal that the initial coarse grains are refined significantly, and the deformed structures mainly consist of equiaxed subgrains and dislocation cells with a high density of interior dislocation. In addition, the average subgrain/cell sizes of these two kinds of deformed samples are nearly the same. As to recovery behavior, recovered subgrains are observed at 473 (dynamic) versus 523 K (quasi-static), that is to say, recovery is fairly slow in the quasi-static deformed samples. It is therefore to be expected that thermal stability of this dynamic deformed aluminum is weaker than that of the quasi-static compressed one, which is due to the higher density of dislocation and nonequilibrium dislocation configurations produced during dynamic loading.

  13. Carbon-Centered Free Radicals in Particulate Matter Emissions from Wood and Coal Combustion

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    2009-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to measure the free radicals in the particulate matter (PM) emissions from wood and coal combustion. The intensity of radicals in PM dropped linearly within two months of sample storage and stabilized after that. This factor of storage time was adjusted when comparing radical intensities among different PM samples. An inverse relationship between coal rank and free radical intensities in PM emissions was observed, which was in contrast with the pattern of radical intensities in the source coals. The strong correlation between intensities of free radical and elemental carbon in PM emissions suggests that the radical species may be carbon-centered. The increased g-factors, 2.0029−2.0039, over that of purely carbon-centered radicals may indicate the presence of vicinal oxygen heteroatom. The redox and biology activities of these carbon-centered radicals are worthy of evaluation. PMID:19551161

  14. Free Radical Reactions in Food.

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    Taub, Irwin A.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses reactions of free radicals that determine the chemistry of many fresh, processed, and stored foods. Focuses on reactions involving ascorbic acid, myoglobin, and palmitate radicals as representative radicals derived from a vitamin, metallo-protein, and saturated lipid. Basic concepts related to free radical structure, formation, and…

  15. Free Radical Reactions in Food.

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    Taub, Irwin A.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses reactions of free radicals that determine the chemistry of many fresh, processed, and stored foods. Focuses on reactions involving ascorbic acid, myoglobin, and palmitate radicals as representative radicals derived from a vitamin, metallo-protein, and saturated lipid. Basic concepts related to free radical structure, formation, and…

  16. Structure and thermal cycling stability of a hafnium monocarbide reinforced directionally solidified cobalt-base eutectic alloy

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    Kim, Y. G.

    1975-01-01

    A nominal composition of Co-15Cr-20Ni-10.5Hf-0.7C was directionally solidified at 0.8 cm/hr growth rate to produce aligned HfC in a cobalt matrix alloy. The aligned HfC fibers were present as rod and plate types. The diameter of the aligned fibers was about 1 micron, with volume fraction in the range of 11 to 15 per cent. The growth direction of the fibers was parallel to the 100 direction. The alloy was subjected to thermal cycling between 425 and 1100 C, using a 2.5 minute cycle. No microstructural degradation of the HfC fibers in the alloy was observed after 2500 cycles.

  17. Vibronic Spectroscopy of the Phenylcyanomethyl Radical

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    Mehta, Deepali N.; Kidwell, Nathanael M.; Zwier, Timothy S.

    2011-06-01

    Resonance stabilized radicals (RSRs) are thought to be key intermediates in the formation of larger molecules in planetary atmospheres. Given the nitrogen-rich atmosphere of Titan, and the prevalence of nitriles there, it is likely that nitrile and isonitrile RSRs could be especially important in pathways leading to the formation of more complex nitrogen-containing compounds and the aerosols ("tholins") that are ultimately produced. In this talk, the results of a gas phase, jet-cooled vibronic spectroscopy study of the phenylcyanomethyl radical (C_6H_5.{C}HCN), the nitrogen-containing analog of the 1-phenylpropargyl radical, will be presented. A resonant two color photon ionization spectrum over the range 21,350-22,200 Cm-1 (450.0-468.0 nm) has been recorded, and the D_0-D_1 origin band has been tentatively identified at 21,400 Cm-1. Studies identifying the ionization threshold, and characterizing the vibronic structure will also be presented. An analogous study of the phenylisocyanomethyl radical, C_6H_5.{C}HNC, is currently being pursued for comparison with that of phenylcyanomethyl radical.

  18. Spectroscopic detection, reactivity, and acid-base behavior of ring-dimethoxylated phenylethanoic acid radical cations and radical zwitterions in aqueous solution.

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    Bietti, Massimo; Capone, Alberto

    2004-01-23

    A product and time-resolved kinetic study of the one-electron oxidation of ring-dimethoxylated phenylethanoic acids has been carried out at different pH values. Oxidation leads to the formation of aromatic radical cations or radical zwitterions depending on pH, and pK(a) values for the corresponding acid-base equilibria have been measured. The radical cations undergo decarboxylation with first-order rate constants (k(dec)) ranging from <10(2) to 5.6 x 10(4) s(-1) depending on radical cation stability. A significant increase in k(dec) (between 10 and 40 times) is observed on going from the radical cations to the corresponding radical zwitterions. The results are discussed in terms of the ease of intramolecular side chain to ring electron transfer required for decarboxylation, in both the radical cations and radical zwitterions.

  19. Hydroxyl radical generation by red tide algae.

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    Oda, T; Akaike, T; Sato, K; Ishimatsu, A; Takeshita, S; Muramatsu, T; Maeda, H

    1992-04-01

    The unicellular marine phytoplankton Chattonella marina is known to have toxic effects against various living marine organisms, especially fishes. However, details of the mechanism of the toxicity of this plankton remain obscure. Here we demonstrate the generation of superoxide and hydroxyl radicals from a red tide unicellular organism, C. marina, by using ESR spectroscopy with the spin traps 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) and N-t-butyl-alpha-phenylnitrone (PBN), and by using the luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence response. The spin-trapping assay revealed productions of spin adduct of superoxide anion (O2-) (DMPO-OOH) and that of hydroxyl radical (.OH) (DMPO-OH) in the algal suspension, which was not observed in the ultrasonic-ruptured suspension. The addition of superoxide dismutase (500 U/ml) almost completely inhibited the formation of both DMPO-OOH and DMPO-OH, and carbon-centered radicals were generated with the disappearance of DMPO-OH after addition of 5% dimethyl sulfoxide (Me2SO) and 5% ethanol. Furthermore, the generation of methyl and methoxyl radicals, which are thought to be produced by the reaction of hydroxyl radical and Me2SO under aerobic condition, was identified using spin trapping with a combination of PBN and Me2SO. Luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence assay also supported the above observations. These results clearly indicate that C. marina generates and releases the superoxide radical followed by the production of hydroxyl radical to the surrounding environment. The velocity of superoxide generation by C. marina was about 100 times faster than that by mammalian phagocytes per cell basis. The generation of oxygen radical is suggested to be a pathogenic principle in the toxication of red tide to susceptible aquaculture fishes and may be directly correlated with the coastal pollution by red tide.

  20. Direct Measurement of the Nanomechanical Stability of a Redox Protein Active Site and Its Dependence upon Metal Binding.

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    Giannotti, Marina I; Cabeza de Vaca, Israel; Artés, Juan M; Sanz, Fausto; Guallar, Victor; Gorostiza, Pau

    2015-09-10

    The structural basis of the low reorganization energy of cupredoxins has long been debated. These proteins reconcile a conformationally heterogeneous and exposed metal-chelating site with the highly rigid copper center required for efficient electron transfer. Here we combine single-molecule mechanical unfolding experiments with statistical analysis and computer simulations to show that the metal-binding region of apo-azurin is mechanically flexible and that high mechanical stability is imparted by copper binding. The unfolding pathway of the metal site depends on the pulling residue and suggests that partial unfolding of the metal-binding site could be facilitated by the physical interaction with certain regions of the redox protein.

  1. Chemistry of ascorbic acid radicals

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    Bielski, B.H.J.

    1982-01-01

    The chemistry of ascorbic acid free radicals is reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on identification and characterization of ascorbate radicals by spectrophotometric and electron paramagnetic resonance techniques, the kinetics of formation and disappearance of ascorbate free radicals in enzymatic and nonenzymatic reactions, the effect of pH upon the spectral and kinetic properties of ascorbate anion radical, and chemical reactivity of ascorbate free radicals.

  2. Antioxidant effects of water- and lipid-soluble nitroxide radicals in liposomes.

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    Cimato, Alejandra N; Piehl, Lidia L; Facorro, Graciela B; Torti, Horacio B; Hager, Alfredo A

    2004-12-15

    Liposomes are today useful tools in different fields of science and technology. A lack of stability due to lipid peroxidation is the main problem in the extension of the use of these formulations. Recent investigative works have reported the protective effects of stable nitroxide radicals against oxidative processes in different media and under different stress conditions. Our group has focused its attention on the natural aging of liposomes and the protection provided by the water- and lipid-soluble nitroxide radicals 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperdine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) and doxylstearic acids (5-DSA, 12-DSA, and 16-DSA), respectively. Unilamellar liposomes were incubated under air atmosphere at 37 degrees C, both in the absence and in the presence of these radicals. Conjugated dienes, lipid hydroperoxides, TBARS, membrane fluidity, and nitroxide ESR signal intensity were followed as a function of time. Our results demonstrated that doxylstearic acids were more efficient than TEMPO in retarding lipid peroxidation at all the concentrations tested. The inhibition percentages, depending on the total nitroxide concentration, were not proportional to the lipid-water partition coefficient. Furthermore, time-course ESR signals showed a slower decrease for doxylstearic acids than for TEMPO. No significant differences were found among 5-DSA, 12-DSA, and 16-DSA. We concluded that the nitroxide radical efficiency as antioxidant directly depends on both nitroxide concentration and lipophilicity.

  3. Laparoscopic radical trachelectomy.

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    Rendón, Gabriel J; Ramirez, Pedro T; Frumovitz, Michael; Schmeler, Kathleen M; Pareja, Rene

    2012-01-01

    The standard treatment for patients with early-stage cervical cancer has been radical hysterectomy. However, for women interested in future fertility, radical trachelectomy is now considered a safe and feasible option. The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform this procedure has recently been reported. We report the first case of a laparoscopic radical trachelectomy performed in a developing country. The patient is a nulligravid, 30-y-old female with stage IB1 adenocarcinoma of the cervix who desired future fertility. She underwent a laparoscopic radical trachelectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection. The operative time was 340 min, and the estimated blood loss was 100mL. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications. The final pathology showed no evidence of residual disease, and all pelvic lymph nodes were negative. At 20 mo of follow-up, the patient is having regular menses but has not yet attempted to become pregnant. There is no evidence of recurrence. Laparoscopic radical trachelectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy in a young woman who desires future fertility may also be an alternative technique in the treatment of early cervical cancer in developing countries.

  4. Laparoscopic Radical Trachelectomy

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    Rendón, Gabriel J.; Ramirez, Pedro T.; Frumovitz, Michael; Schmeler, Kathleen M.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The standard treatment for patients with early-stage cervical cancer has been radical hysterectomy. However, for women interested in future fertility, radical trachelectomy is now considered a safe and feasible option. The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform this procedure has recently been reported. Case Description: We report the first case of a laparoscopic radical trachelectomy performed in a developing country. The patient is a nulligravid, 30-y-old female with stage IB1 adenocarcinoma of the cervix who desired future fertility. She underwent a laparoscopic radical trachelectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection. The operative time was 340 min, and the estimated blood loss was 100mL. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications. The final pathology showed no evidence of residual disease, and all pelvic lymph nodes were negative. At 20 mo of follow-up, the patient is having regular menses but has not yet attempted to become pregnant. There is no evidence of recurrence. Conclusion: Laparoscopic radical trachelectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy in a young woman who desires future fertility may also be an alternative technique in the treatment of early cervical cancer in developing countries. PMID:23318085

  5. Radical addition-initiated domino reactions of conjugated oxime ethers.

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    Ueda, Masafumi

    2014-01-01

    The application of conjugated oxime ethers to the synthesis of complex chemical scaffolds using domino radical reactions has been described in detail. The triethylborane-mediated hydroxysulfenylation reaction allows for the regioselective construction of a carbon-sulfur bond and a carbon-oxygen bond in a single operation for the formation of β-hydroxy sulfides. This reaction proceeds via a radical pathway involving regioselective thiyl addition and the subsequent trapping of the resulting α-imino radical with O₂, where the imino group enhances the stability of the intermediate radical. Hydroxyalkylation reactions that occur via a carbon radical addition reaction followed by the hydroxylation of the resulting N-borylenamine with O₂ have also been developed. We investigated sequential radical addition aldol-type reactions in detail to explore the novel domino reactions that occur via the generation of N-borylenamine. The radical reaction of a conjugated oxime ether with triethylborane in the presence of an aldehyde affords γ-butyrolactone via sequential processes including ethyl radical addition, the generation of N-borylenamine, an aldol-type reaction with an aldehyde, and a lactonization reaction. A novel domino reaction has also been developed involving the [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement of N-boryl-N-phenoxyenamine. The triethylborane-mediated domino reactions of O-phenyl-conjugated oxime ethers afforded the corresponding benzofuro[2,3-b]pyrrol-2-ones via a radical addition/[3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement/cyclization/lactamization cascade.

  6. Structure and thermal cycling stability of a hafnium monocarbide reinforced directionally solidified cobalt-base eutectic alloy

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    Kim, Y. G.

    1975-01-01

    A nominal composition of Co-15Cr-2ONi-10.5 Hf-0.7 C (NASA-HAFCO-11) was directionally solidified at 0.8 cm/hr growth rate to produce aligned HfC in a cobalt matrix alloy. The aligned HfC fibers were present as rod and plate types. The diameter of the aligned fibers was about 1 micron, with volume fraction in the range of 11 to 15 percent. The growth direction of the fibers was parallel to the 100. The NASA-HAFCO-11 alloy was subjected to thermal cycling between 425 deg and 1100 C, using a 2.5 minute cycle. No microstructural degradation of the HfC fibers in the alloy was observed after 2500 cycles.

  7. Praxis: The Making of Australia's Radical Education Dossier

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    Harris, Kevin

    2014-01-01

    "Radical Education Dossier" is arguably the most successful independent continuous radical educational publication ever produced; made without financial support or institutional backing of any kind, surviving on the will and efforts of changing Editorial Collectives for more than 60 Issues over three decades, directly influencing at…

  8. Validation of three-dimensional incompressible spatial direct numerical simulation code: A comparison with linear stability and parabolic stability equation theories for boundary-layer transition on a flat plate

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    Joslin, Ronald D.; Streett, Craig L.; Chang, Chau-Lyan

    1992-01-01

    Spatially evolving instabilities in a boundary layer on a flat plate are computed by direct numerical simulation (DNS) of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. In a truncated physical domain, a nonstaggered mesh is used for the grid. A Chebyshev-collocation method is used normal to the wall; finite difference and compact difference methods are used in the streamwise direction; and a Fourier series is used in the spanwise direction. For time stepping, implicit Crank-Nicolson and explicit Runge-Kutta schemes are used to the time-splitting method. The influence-matrix technique is used to solve the pressure equation. At the outflow boundary, the buffer-domain technique is used to prevent convective wave reflection or upstream propagation of information from the boundary. Results of the DNS are compared with those from both linear stability theory (LST) and parabolized stability equation (PSE) theory. Computed disturbance amplitudes and phases are in very good agreement with those of LST (for small inflow disturbance amplitudes). A measure of the sensitivity of the inflow condition is demonstrated with both LST and PSE theory used to approximate inflows. Although the DNS numerics are very different than those of PSE theory, the results are in good agreement. A small discrepancy in the results that does occur is likely a result of the variation in PSE boundary condition treatment in the far field. Finally, a small-amplitude wave triad is forced at the inflow, and simulation results are compared with those of LST. Again, very good agreement is found between DNS and LST results for the 3-D simulations, the implication being that the disturbance amplitudes are sufficiently small that nonlinear interactions are negligible.

  9. A fluorine 1,2-migration via aryl cation/radical/radical anion/radical sequence.

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    Pretali, Luca; Dondi, Daniele; D'Angelantonio, Mila; Manet, Ilse; Fasani, Elisa; Monti, Sandra; Bovio, Bruna; Albini, Angelo

    2013-08-02

    Irradiation of a 7-piperazino-8-fluoroquinolone causes formal 1,2-fluorine migration, piperazine loss and reduction, or nucleophile addition in 8. Product study, laser flash photolysis, and computational modeling support F(-) detachment to yield a triplet 8-quinolyl cation that either inserts intramolecularly or is trapped by Cl(-), Br(-). However, iodide and pyrrole reduce it to the radical that continues the 'redox tour' (aryl cation→ radical→ radical anion→ radical and then again radical or radical anion) leading to the rearranged products.

  10. Nudel is crucial for the WAVE complex assembly in vivo by selectively promoting subcomplex stability and formation through direct interactions.

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    Wu, Shuang; Ma, Li; Wu, Yibo; Zeng, Rong; Zhu, Xueliang

    2012-08-01

    The WAVE regulatory complex (WRC), consisting of WAVE, Sra, Nap, Abi, and HSPC300, activates the Arp2/3 complex to control branched actin polymerization in response to Rac activation. How the WRC is assembled in vivo is not clear. Here we show that Nudel, a protein critical for lamellipodia formation, dramatically stabilized the Sra1-Nap1-Abi1 complex against degradation in cells through a dynamic binding to Sra1, whereas its physical interaction with HSPC300 protected free HSPC300 from the proteasome-mediated degradation and stimulated the HSPC300-WAVE2 complex formation. By contrast, Nudel showed little or no interactions with the Sra1-Nap1-Abi1-WAVE2 and the Sra1-Nap1-Abi1-HSPC300 complexes as well as the mature WRC. Depletion of Nudel by RNAi led to general subunit degradation and markedly attenuated the levels of mature WRC. It also abolished the WRC-dependent actin polymerization in vitro and the Rac1-induced lamellipodial actin network formation during cell spreading. Therefore, Nudel is important for the early steps of the WRC assembly in vivo by antagonizing the instability of certain WRC subunits and subcomplexes.

  11. Direct comparison of gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase variants and glucose oxidase: substrate range and H2O2 stability

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    Vuong, Thu V.; Foumani, Maryam; MacCormick, Benjamin; Kwan, Rachel; Master, Emma R.

    2016-01-01

    Glucose oxidase (GO) activity is generally restricted to glucose and is susceptible to inactivation by H2O2. By comparison, the Y300A variant of gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase (GOOX) from Sarocladium strictum showed broader substrate range and higher H2O2 stability. Specifically, Y300A exhibited up to 40 times higher activity on all tested sugars except glucose, compared to GO. Moreover, fusion of the Y300A variant to a family 22 carbohydrate binding module from Clostridium thermocellum (CtCBM22A) nearly doubled its catalytic efficiency on glucose, while retaining significant activity on oligosaccharides. In the presence of 200 mM of H2O2, the recombinant CtCBM22A_Y300A retained 80% of activity on glucose and 100% of activity on cellobiose, the preferred substrate for this enzyme. By contrast, a commercial glucose oxidase reported to contain ≤0.1 units catalase/ mg protein, retained 60% activity on glucose under the same conditions. GOOX variants appear to undergo a different mechanism of inactivation, as a loss of histidine instead of methionine was observed after H2O2 incubation. The addition of CtCBM22A also promoted functional binding of the fusion enzyme to xylan, facilitating its simultaneous purification and immobilization using edible oat spelt xylan, which might benefit the usage of this enzyme preparation in food and baking applications. PMID:27869125

  12. Direct comparison of gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase variants and glucose oxidase: substrate range and H2O2 stability.

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    Vuong, Thu V; Foumani, Maryam; MacCormick, Benjamin; Kwan, Rachel; Master, Emma R

    2016-11-21

    Glucose oxidase (GO) activity is generally restricted to glucose and is susceptible to inactivation by H2O2. By comparison, the Y300A variant of gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase (GOOX) from Sarocladium strictum showed broader substrate range and higher H2O2 stability. Specifically, Y300A exhibited up to 40 times higher activity on all tested sugars except glucose, compared to GO. Moreover, fusion of the Y300A variant to a family 22 carbohydrate binding module from Clostridium thermocellum (CtCBM22A) nearly doubled its catalytic efficiency on glucose, while retaining significant activity on oligosaccharides. In the presence of 200 mM of H2O2, the recombinant CtCBM22A_Y300A retained 80% of activity on glucose and 100% of activity on cellobiose, the preferred substrate for this enzyme. By contrast, a commercial glucose oxidase reported to contain ≤0.1 units catalase/ mg protein, retained 60% activity on glucose under the same conditions. GOOX variants appear to undergo a different mechanism of inactivation, as a loss of histidine instead of methionine was observed after H2O2 incubation. The addition of CtCBM22A also promoted functional binding of the fusion enzyme to xylan, facilitating its simultaneous purification and immobilization using edible oat spelt xylan, which might benefit the usage of this enzyme preparation in food and baking applications.

  13. Experimental evidence for efficient hydroxyl radical regeneration in isoprene oxidation

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    Fuchs, H.; Hofzumahaus, A.; Rohrer, F.; Bohn, B.; Brauers, T.; Dorn, H.-P.; Häseler, R.; Holland, F.; Kaminski, M.; Li, X.; Lu, K.; Nehr, S.; Tillmann, R.; Wegener, R.; Wahner, A.

    2013-12-01

    Most pollutants in the Earth's atmosphere are removed by oxidation with highly reactive hydroxyl radicals. Field measurements have revealed much higher concentrations of hydroxyl radicals than expected in regions with high loads of the biogenic volatile organic compound isoprene. Different isoprene degradation mechanisms have been proposed to explain the high levels of hydroxyl radicals observed. Whether one or more of these mechanisms actually operates in the natural environment, and the potential impact on climate and air quality, has remained uncertain. Here, we present a complete set of measurements of hydroxyl and peroxy radicals collected during isoprene-oxidation experiments carried out in an atmospheric simulation chamber, under controlled atmospheric conditions. We detected significantly higher concentrations of hydroxyl radicals than expected based on model calculations, providing direct evidence for a strong hydroxyl radical enhancement due to the additional recycling of radicals in the presence of isoprene. Specifically, our findings are consistent with the unimolecular reactions of isoprene-derived peroxy radicals postulated by quantum chemical calculations. Our experiments suggest that more than half of the hydroxyl radicals consumed in isoprene-rich regions, such as forests, are recycled by these unimolecular reactions with isoprene. Although such recycling is not sufficient to explain the high concentrations of hydroxyl radicals observed in the field, we conclude that it contributes significantly to the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere in isoprene-rich regions.

  14. Effects of boron on the microstructure and thermal stability of directionally solidiied NiAl-Mo eutectic

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    Gali, Aravind; Bei, Hongbin; George, Easo P

    2010-01-01

    Microalloying with 0.01 at.% B decreases the range of growth speeds over which a well-aligned fibrous eutectic microstructure can be obtained in directionally solidified NiAl-Mo. Compared to the undoped alloy, the size/spacing of the Mo fibers is larger, and the fiber density smaller, in the B-doped alloy. Annealing at 1400 C coarsens the fibers by a mechanism involving fault migration and annihilation driven by diffusion along the fiber-matrix interface. The coarsening kinetics, given by the decrease in Mo fiber density with time, is exponential, and microalloying with B decreases the coarsening rate.

  15. The nighttime production of OH radicals in the continental troposphere

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    Bey, Isabelle; Aumont, Bernard; Toupance, Gérard

    1997-05-01

    Chemical pathways involved in the nocturnal production of hydroxyl radical (OH) and associated peroxy radicals (HO2 and RO2) are quantified for various environmental situations of the continental troposphere by means of numerical simulations. In the nocturnal stable layer, most of the OH radicals are directly produced by VOC+O3 reactions in rural and semipolluted environments while in urban environments, they result mainly from the radical chain propagation from RO2 and HO2. The radical propagation is mainly driven by NO: the nitrate radical (NO3) plays no role in such processes but is significantly involved in the direct formation of RO2 radicals. Above the nocturnal stable layer, whatever the environmental situation, OH radicals are mainly due to radical chain propagation in which NO3 plays a significant role. The nighttime simulated OH concentrations are 3 × 104 to 5 × 105 and 1 × 104 to 5 × 104 molec cm-3 for the nocturnal stable and residual layers respectively.

  16. An alternating pi-stacked bisdithiazolyl radical conductor.

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    Leitch, Alicea A; Reed, Robert W; Robertson, Craig M; Britten, James F; Yu, Xueyang; Secco, Richard A; Oakley, Richard T

    2007-06-27

    A general synthetic route to the resonance-stabilized pyrazine-bridged bisdithiazolyl framework, involving the reductive deprotection of 2,6-diaminopyrazine-bisthiocyanate and cyclization with thionyl chloride, has been developed. An N-methyl bisdithiazolyl radical, 4-methyl-4H-bis[1,2,3]dithiazolo[4,5-b:5',4'-e]pyrazin-3-yl, has been prepared and characterized in solution by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Its crystal structure has been determined at several temperatures. At 295 K, the structure belongs to the space group Cmca and consists of evenly spaced radicals pi-stacked in an alternating ABABAB fashion along the x-direction. At 123 K, the space group symmetry is lowered by loss of C-centering to Pccn, so that the radicals are no longer evenly spaced along the pi-stack. At 88 K, a further lowering of space group symmetry to P21/c is observed. Extended Hückel Theory band structure calculations indicate a progressive opening of a band gap at the Fermi level in the low-temperature structures. Magnetic susceptibility measurements over the range 4-300 K reveal essentially diamagnetic behavior below 120 K. Variable-temperature single-crystal conductivity (sigma) measurements indicate that the conductivity is activated, even at room temperature, with a room-temperature value sigma RT=0.001 S cm-1 and a thermal activation energy Eact=0.19 eV. Under an applied pressure of 5 GPa, sigma RT is increased by 3 orders of magnitude, but the conductivity remains activated, with Eact being lowered to 0.11 eV at 5.5 GPa.

  17. Expanded sodalite-type metal-organic frameworks: increased stability and H(2) adsorption through ligand-directed catenation.

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    Dinca, Mircea; Dailly, Anne; Tsay, Charlene; Long, Jeffrey R

    2008-01-07

    The torsion between the central benzene ring and the outer aromatic rings in 1,3,5-tri-p-(tetrazol-5-yl)phenylbenzene (H3TPB-3tz) and the absence of such strain in 2,4,6-tri-p-(tetrazol-5-yl)phenyl-s-triazine (H3TPT-3tz) are shown to allow the selective synthesis of noncatenated and catenated versions of expanded sodalite-type metal-organic frameworks. The reaction of H3TPB-3tz with CuCl2.2H2O affords the noncatenated compound Cu3[(Cu4Cl)3(TPB-3tz)8]2.11CuCl2.8H2O.120DMF (2), while the reaction of H3TPT-3tz with MnCl2.4H2O or CuCl2.2H2O generates the catenated compounds Mn3[(Mn4Cl)3(TPT-3tz)8]2.25H2O.15CH3OH.95DMF (3) and Cu3[(Cu4Cl)3(TPT-3tz)8]2.xsolvent (4). Significantly, catenation helps to stabilize the framework toward collapse upon desolvation, leading to an increase in the surface area from 1120 to 1580 m2/g and an increase in the hydrogen storage capacity from 2.8 to 3.7 excess wt % at 77 K for 2 and 3, respectively. The total hydrogen uptake in desolvated 3 reaches 4.5 wt % and 37 g/L at 80 bar and 77 K, demonstrating that control of catenation can be an important factor in the generation of hydrogen storage materials.

  18. Radical Behaviorism and Buddhism: Complementarities and Conflicts

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    Diller, James W; Lattal, Kennon A

    2008-01-01

    Comparisons have been made between Buddhism and the philosophy of science in general, but there have been only a few attempts to draw comparisons directly with the philosophy of radical behaviorism. The present review therefore considers heretofore unconsidered points of comparison between Buddhism and radical behaviorism in terms of their respective goals, conceptualization of human beings, and the outcomes of following either philosophy. From these comparisons it is concluded that the commonalities discerned between these two philosophies may enhance both philosophical systems. PMID:22478509

  19. Resonant cavity spectroscopy of radical species

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    Ritchie, Grant

    2015-04-01

    Photo-oxidation in the troposphere is highly complex, being initiated by short lived radical species, in the daytime dominated by the hydroxyl radical, OH, with contributions from Cl atoms, and at night by either NO3 radicals or ozone. Chemical oxidation cycles, which couple OH, HO2 and peroxy (RO2) radical species, remove primary emitted trace species which are harmful to humans or to the wider environment. However, many of the secondary products produced by atmospheric photo-oxidation are also directly harmful, for example O3, NO2, acidic and multifunctional species, many of which are of low volatility and are able to partition effectively to the condensed phase, creating secondary organic aerosol (SOA), which contributes a significant fraction of tropospheric aerosol, with associated impacts on climate and human health. The accuracy of atmospheric models to predict these impacts necessarily requires accurate knowledge of the chemical oxidative cycling. Two of the simplest intermediates are the hydroperoxy radical, HO2, and the smallest and dominant organic peroxy radical, CH3O2, formed directly by the reactions of OH with CO/O2 and CH4/O2, respectively, and indirectly following the oxidation of larger VOCs. OH, HO2 and RO2 (collectively known as ROx) are rapidly cycled, being at the centre of tropospheric oxidation, and hence are some of the best targets for models to compare with field data. The reaction of HO2 and RO2 with NO constitutes the only tropospheric in-situ source of O3. Despite their importance, neither HO2 nor CH3O2 is measured directly in the atmosphere. HO2 is only measured indirectly following its conversion to OH and CH3O2 is not measured at all. Typically only the sum of RO2 radicals is measured, making no distinction between different organic peroxy radicals. This contribution will detail recent studies using (i) optical feedback cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy with both quantum and inter-band cascade lasers in the mid-IR, and (ii

  20. Beyond Radical Educational Cynicism.

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    Wood, George H.

    1982-01-01

    An alternative is presented to counter current radical arguments that the schools cannot bring about social change because they are instruments of capitalism. The works of Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Louis Althusser are discussed. Henry Giroux's "Ideology, Culture and the Process of Schooling" provides an alternative to cynicism.…

  1. Radical School Reform.

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    Gross, Beatrice, Ed.; Gross, Ronald, Ed.

    This book provides a comprehensive examination of the nature of the school crisis and the ways in which radical thinkers and educators are dealing with it. Excerpts from the writings of Jonathan Kozol, John Holt, Kenneth Clark, and others are concerned with the realities of education in ghettos and suburbs. Paul Goodman, Marshall McLuhan, Sylvia…

  2. Against Radical Multiculturalism.

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    Zorn, Jeff

    This essay presents two strands of arguments against radical or critical emancipatory multiculturalism. In strand 1, "'Culture' is...whatever..." the looseness of the core concept of "culture," which can refer to anything at all concerning a social group that itself may exist only theoretically, is shown. In strand 2, "From ideology to leveling,…

  3. Beyond Radical Educational Cynicism.

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    Wood, George H.

    1982-01-01

    An alternative is presented to counter current radical arguments that the schools cannot bring about social change because they are instruments of capitalism. The works of Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Louis Althusser are discussed. Henry Giroux's "Ideology, Culture and the Process of Schooling" provides an alternative to cynicism.…

  4. Radically enhanced molecular recognition

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    Trabolsi, Ali; Khashab, Niveen; Fahrenbach, Albert C.; Friedman, Douglas C.; Colvin, Michael T.; Cotí, Karla K.; Benítez, Diego; Tkatchouk, Ekaterina; Olsen, John-Carl; Belowich, Matthew E.; Carmielli, Raanan; Khatib, Hussam A.; Goddard, William A.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2010-01-01

    The tendency for viologen radical cations to dimerize has been harnessed to establish a recognition motif based on their ability to form extremely strong inclusion complexes with cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) in its diradical dicationic redox state. This previously unreported complex involving three bipyridinium cation radicals increases the versatility of host-guest chemistry, extending its practice beyond the traditional reliance on neutral and charged guests and hosts. In particular, transporting the concept of radical dimerization into the field of mechanically interlocked molecules introduces a higher level of control within molecular switches and machines. Herein, we report that bistable and tristable [2]rotaxanes can be switched by altering electrochemical potentials. In a tristable [2]rotaxane composed of a cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) ring and a dumbbell with tetrathiafulvalene, dioxynaphthalene and bipyridinium recognition sites, the position of the ring can be switched. On oxidation, it moves from the tetrathiafulvalene to the dioxynaphthalene, and on reduction, to the bipyridinium radical cation, provided the ring is also reduced simultaneously to the diradical dication.

  5. Radical Socioeducational Analysis.

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    Sigmon, Scott B.

    This book describes an interactive-interdisciplinary way of looking at the social conditions which impinge upon schooling, and which impact upon the social facts of life. It examines current schooling problems from the perspective of radical social democratic thought. The book is organized into four major sections. Part 1 provides an overview and…

  6. The Oxonium Rydberg Radical

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    Lavín, C.; Martin, I.

    The Quantum Defect Orbital (QDO) method has been applied to the study of transition probabiUties in the oxonium Rydberg radical H3O. Absorption oscillator strengths and Einstein emission coefficients are reported and compared with the results of an earlier, simplified, molecular version of QDO method.

  7. Interrogating Hydrocarbon Radicals

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    Schmidt, Timothy W.

    2010-06-01

    Motivated by astrophysical problems (and a sense of fun) for some years my research group has been obtaining new spectra of hitherto unobserved hydrocarbon radicals. We employ the complementary techniques of resonant ionization and laser induced fluorescence to rigorously identify radicals by matching their ground state vibrational frequencies to those obtained using density functional theory (DFT). While some radicals were made to order in our pulsed electrical discharge source, others of particular chemical importance have been found lurking in the congested forest of dicarbon and tricarbon fluorescence. Using a 2-dimensional fluorescence (2df) map, we have extracted pure spectra, unpolluted by C_2 and C_3, from a benzene discharge. One spectrum was first presented at this symposium in 2006, but at that stage was not identified. Subsequent measurement of a matching resonant ionization spectrum revealed a mass of 115, much higher than the benzene precursor. With the aid of DFT calculations, the species was positively identified, giving clues to hydrocarbon-building chemistry of relevance to combustion; planetary atmospheres; and the interstellar and circumstellar space. Further experiments revealed other surprising additions to the radical zoo, also identified with the help of 2df. Along the way we have also identified two new band systems of C_2, the first involving the hidden c^3Σ_u^+ state, and have ventured into the world of larger molecules, such as hexabenzocoronene, C42H18.

  8. Direct observation of pH-induced coalescence of latex-stabilized bubbles using high-speed video imaging.

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    Ata, Seher; Davis, Elizabeth S; Dupin, Damien; Armes, Steven P; Wanless, Erica J

    2010-06-01

    The coalescence of pairs of 2 mm air bubbles grown in a dilute electrolyte solution containing a lightly cross-linked 380 nm diameter PEGMA-stabilized poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) latex was monitored using a high-speed video camera. The air bubbles were highly stable at pH 10 when coated with this latex, although coalescence could be induced by increasing the bubble volume when in contact. Conversely, coalescence was rapid when the bubbles were equilibrated at pH 2, since the latex undergoes a latex-to-microgel transition and the swollen microgel particles are no longer adsorbed at the air-water interface. Rapid coalescence was also observed for latex-coated bubbles equilibrated at pH 10 and then abruptly adjusted to pH 2. Time-dependent postrupture oscillations in the projected surface area of coalescing P2VP-coated bubble pairs were studied using a high-speed video camera in order to reinvestigate the rapid acid-induced catastrophic foam collapse previously reported [Dupin, D.; et al. J. Mater. Chem. 2008, 18, 545]. At pH 10, the P2VP latex particles adsorbed at the surface of coalescing bubbles reduce the oscillation frequency significantly. This is attributed to a close-packed latex monolayer, which increases the bubble stiffness and hence restricts surface deformation. The swollen P2VP microgel particles that are formed in acid also affected the coalescence dynamics. It was concluded that there was a high concentration of swollen microgel at the air-water interface, which created a localized, viscous surface gel layer that inhibited at least the first period of the surface area oscillation. Close comparison between latex-coated bubbles at pH 10 and those coated with 66 microm spherical glass beads indicated that the former system exhibits more elastic behavior. This was attributed to the compressibility of the latex monolayer on the bubble surface during coalescence. A comparable elastic response was observed for similar sized titania particles, suggesting

  9. Isolable zwitterionic pyridinio-semiquinone pi-radicals. Mild and efficient single-step access to stable radicals.

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    Yi, Chenyi; Blum, Carmen; Liu, Shi-Xia; Keene, Tony D; Frei, Gabriela; Neels, Antonia; Decurtins, Silvio

    2009-06-04

    A rational design based on the proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) concept allows us to structurally characterize for the first time isolable, air- and moisture-stable semiquinone radicals in a zwitterionic neutral form. The presence of an alkoxy and the bulky pyridinio substituents causes only a minor perturbation of either the redox potentials or the spectral UV-vis characteristics of the semiquinone core but significantly stabilizes the new radicals.

  10. Tyrosyl Radicals in Dehaloperoxidase

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    Dumarieh, Rania; D'Antonio, Jennifer; Deliz-Liang, Alexandria; Smirnova, Tatyana; Svistunenko, Dimitri A.; Ghiladi, Reza A.

    2013-01-01

    Dehaloperoxidase (DHP) from Amphitrite ornata, having been shown to catalyze the hydrogen peroxide-dependent oxidation of trihalophenols to dihaloquinones, is the first oxygen binding globin that possesses a biologically relevant peroxidase activity. The catalytically competent species in DHP appears to be Compound ES, a reactive intermediate that contains both a ferryl heme and a tyrosyl radical. By simulating the EPR spectra of DHP activated by H2O2, Thompson et al. (Thompson, M. K., Franzen, S., Ghiladi, R. A., Reeder, B. J., and Svistunenko, D. A. (2010) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 17501–17510) proposed that two different radicals, depending on the pH, are formed, one located on either Tyr-34 or Tyr-28 and the other on Tyr-38. To provide additional support for these simulation-based assignments and to deduce the role(s) that tyrosyl radicals play in DHP, stopped-flow UV-visible and rapid-freeze-quench EPR spectroscopic methods were employed to study radical formation in DHP when three tyrosine residues, Tyr-28, Tyr-34, and Tyr-38, were replaced either individually or in combination with phenylalanines. The results indicate that radicals form on all three tyrosines in DHP. Evidence for the formation of DHP Compound I in several tyrosine mutants was obtained. Variants that formed Compound I showed an increase in the catalytic rate for substrate oxidation but also an increase in heme bleaching, suggesting that the tyrosines are necessary for protecting the enzyme from oxidizing itself. This protective role of tyrosines is likely an evolutionary adaptation allowing DHP to avoid self-inflicted damage in the oxidative environment. PMID:24100039

  11. Radicals in ionic liquids.

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    Strehmel, Veronika

    2012-05-14

    Stable radicals and recombination of photogenerated lophyl radicals are investigated in ionic liquids. The 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-yloxyl derivatives contain various substituents at the 4-position to the nitroxyl group, including hydrogen-bond-forming or ionic substituents that undergo additional interactions with the individual ions of the ionic liquids. Some of these spin probes contain similar ions to ionic liquids to avoid counter-ion exchange with the ionic liquid. Depending on the ionic liquid anion, the Stokes-Einstein theory or the Spernol-Gierer-Wirtz theory can be applied to describe the temperature dependence of the average rotational correlation time of the spin probe in the ionic liquids. Furthermore, the spin probes give information about the micropolarity of the ionic liquids. In this context the substituent at the 4-position to the nitroxyl group plays a significant role. Covalent bonding of a spin probe to the imidazolium ion results in bulky spin probes that are strongly immobilized in the ionic liquid. Furthermore, lophyl radical recombination in the dark, which is chosen to understand the dynamics of bimolecular reactions in ionic liquids, shows a slow process at longer timescale and a rise time at a shorter timescale. Although various reactions may contribute to the slower process during lophyl radical recombination, it follows a second-order kinetics that does not clearly show solvent viscosity dependence. However, the rise time, which may be attributed to radical pair formation, increases with increasing solvent viscosity. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Rotational and translational stability of different methods for direct acromioclavicular ligament repair in anatomic acromioclavicular joint reconstruction.

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    Beitzel, Knut; Obopilwe, Elifho; Apostolakos, John; Cote, Mark P; Russell, Ryan P; Charette, Ryan; Singh, Hardeep; Arciero, Robert A; Imhoff, Andreas B; Mazzocca, Augustus D

    2014-09-01

    Many reconstructions of acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocations have focused on the coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments and neglected the functional contribution of the AC ligaments and the deltotrapezial fascia. To compare the modifications of previously published methods for direct AC reconstruction in addition to a CC reconstruction. The hypothesis was that there would be significant differences within the variations of surgical reconstructions. Controlled laboratory study. A total of 24 cadaveric shoulders were tested with a servohydraulic testing system. Two digitizing cameras evaluated the 3-dimensional movement. All reconstructions were based on a CC reconstruction using 2 clavicle tunnels and a tendon graft. The following techniques were used to reconstruct the AC ligaments: a graft was shuttled underneath the AC joint back from anterior and again sutured to the acromial side of the joint (group 1), a graft was fixed intramedullary in the acromion and distal clavicle (group 2), a graft was passed over the acromion and into an acromial tunnel (group 3), and a FiberTape was fixed in a cruciate configuration (group 4). Anterior, posterior, and superior translation, as well as anterior and posterior rotation, were tested. Group 1 showed significantly less posterior translation compared with the 3 other groups (P < .05) but did not show significant differences compared with the native joint. Groups 3 and 4 demonstrated significantly more posterior translation than the native joint. Group 1 showed significantly less anterior translation compared with groups 2 and 3. Group 3 demonstrated significantly more anterior translation than the native joint. Group 1 demonstrated significantly less superior translation compared with the other groups and with the native joint. The AC joint of group 1 was pulled apart less compared with all other reconstructions. Only group 1 reproduced the native joint for the anterior rotation at the posterior marker. Group 4 showed

  13. Direct frequency comb measurement of OD + CO → DOCO kinetics.

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    Bjork, B J; Bui, T Q; Heckl, O H; Changala, P B; Spaun, B; Heu, P; Follman, D; Deutsch, C; Cole, G D; Aspelmeyer, M; Okumura, M; Ye, J

    2016-10-28

    The kinetics of the hydroxyl radical (OH) + carbon monoxide (CO) reaction, which is fundamental to both atmospheric and combustion chemistry, are complex because of the formation of the hydrocarboxyl radical (HOCO) intermediate. Despite extensive studies of this reaction, HOCO has not been observed under thermal reaction conditions. Exploiting the sensitive, broadband, and high-resolution capabilities of time-resolved cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy, we observed deuteroxyl radical (OD) + CO reaction kinetics and detected stabilized trans-DOCO, the deuterated analog of trans-HOCO. By simultaneously measuring the time-dependent concentrations of the trans-DOCO and OD species, we observed unambiguous low-pressure termolecular dependence of the reaction rate coefficients for N2 and CO bath gases. These results confirm the HOCO formation mechanism and quantify its yield.

  14. Introducing Stable Radicals into Molecular Machines.

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    Wang, Yuping; Frasconi, Marco; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2017-09-27

    Ever since their discovery, stable organic radicals have received considerable attention from chemists because of their unique optical, electronic, and magnetic properties. Currently, one of the most appealing challenges for the chemical community is to develop sophisticated artificial molecular machines that can do work by consuming external energy, after the manner of motor proteins. In this context, radical-pairing interactions are important in addressing the challenge: they not only provide supramolecular assistance in the synthesis of molecular machines but also open the door to developing multifunctional systems relying on the various properties of the radical species. In this Outlook, by taking the radical cationic state of 1,1'-dialkyl-4,4'-bipyridinium (BIPY(•+)) as an example, we highlight our research on the art and science of introducing radical-pairing interactions into functional systems, from prototypical molecular switches to complex molecular machines, followed by a discussion of the (i) limitations of the current systems and (ii) future research directions for designing BIPY(•+)-based molecular machines with useful functions.

  15. Introducing Stable Radicals into Molecular Machines

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    2017-01-01

    Ever since their discovery, stable organic radicals have received considerable attention from chemists because of their unique optical, electronic, and magnetic properties. Currently, one of the most appealing challenges for the chemical community is to develop sophisticated artificial molecular machines that can do work by consuming external energy, after the manner of motor proteins. In this context, radical-pairing interactions are important in addressing the challenge: they not only provide supramolecular assistance in the synthesis of molecular machines but also open the door to developing multifunctional systems relying on the various properties of the radical species. In this Outlook, by taking the radical cationic state of 1,1′-dialkyl-4,4′-bipyridinium (BIPY•+) as an example, we highlight our research on the art and science of introducing radical-pairing interactions into functional systems, from prototypical molecular switches to complex molecular machines, followed by a discussion of the (i) limitations of the current systems and (ii) future research directions for designing BIPY•+-based molecular machines with useful functions. PMID:28979933

  16. Tropospheric aqueous-phase free-radical chemistry: radical sources, spectra, reaction kinetics and prediction tools.

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    Herrmann, Hartmut; Hoffmann, Dirk; Schaefer, Thomas; Bräuer, Peter; Tilgner, Andreas

    2010-12-17

    The most important radicals which need to be considered for the description of chemical conversion processes in tropospheric aqueous systems are the hydroxyl radical (OH), the nitrate radical (NO(3)) and sulphur-containing radicals such as the sulphate radical (SO(4)(-)). For each of the three radicals their generation and their properties are discussed first in the corresponding sections. The main focus herein is to summarize newly published aqueous-phase kinetic data on OH, NO(3) and SO(4)(-) radical reactions relevant for the description of multiphase tropospheric chemistry. The data compilation builds up on earlier datasets published in the literature. Since the last review in 2003 (H. Herrmann, Chem. Rev. 2003, 103, 4691-4716) more than hundred new rate constants are available from literature. In case of larger discrepancies between novel and already published rate constants the available kinetic data for these reactions are discussed and recommendations are provided when possible. As many OH kinetic data are obtained by means of the thiocyanate (SCN(-)) system in competition kinetic measurements of OH radical reactions this system is reviewed in a subchapter of this review. Available rate constants for the reaction sequence following the reaction of OH+SCN(-) are summarized. Newly published data since 2003 have been considered and averaged rate constants are calculated. Applying competition kinetics measurements usually the formation of the radical anion (SCN)(2)(-) is monitored directly by absorption measurements. Within this subchapter available absorption spectra of the (SCN)(2)(-) radical anion from the last five decades are presented. Based on these spectra an averaged (SCN)(2)(-) spectrum was calculated. In the last years different estimation methods for aqueous phase kinetic data of radical reactions have been developed and published. Such methods are often essential to estimate kinetic data which are not accessible from the literature. Approaches for

  17. Interaction between alkyl radicals and single wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Denis, Pablo A

    2012-06-30

    The addition of primary, secondary, and tertiary alkyl radicals to single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) was studied by means of dispersion corrected density functional theory. The PBE, B97-D, M06-L, and M06-2X functionals were used. Consideration of Van der Waals interactions is essential to obtain accurate addition energies. In effect, the enthalpy changes at 298 K, for the addition of methyl, ethyl, isopropyl, and tert-butyl radicals onto a (5,5) SWCNT are: -25.7, -25.1, -22.4, and -16.6 kcal/mol, at the M06-2X level, respectively, whereas at PBE/6-31G* level they are significantly lower: -25.0, -19.0, -16.7, and -5.0 kcal/mol respectively. Although the binding energies are small, the attached alkyl radicals are expected to be stable because of the large desorption barriers. The importance of nonbonded interactions was more noticeable as we moved from primary to tertiary alkyl radicals. Indeed, for the tert-butyl radical, physisorption onto the (11,0) SWCNT is preferred rather than chemisorption. The bond dissociation energies determined for alkyl radicals and SWCNT follow the trend suggested by the consideration of radical stabilization energies. However, they are in disagreement with some degrees of functionalization observed in recent experiments. This discrepancy would stem from the fact that for some HiPco nanotubes, nonbonded interactions with alkyl radicals are stronger than covalent bonds.

  18. Cold and intense OH radical beam sources

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    Ploenes, Ludger; Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y. T. van de; Haas, Dominik; Zhang, Dongdong E-mail: stefan.willitsch@unibas.ch; Willitsch, Stefan E-mail: stefan.willitsch@unibas.ch

    2016-05-15

    We present the design and performance of two supersonic radical beam sources: a conventional pinhole-discharge source and a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) source, both based on the Nijmegen pulsed valve. Both designs have been characterized by discharging water molecules seeded in the rare gases Ar, Kr, or Xe. The resulting OH radicals have been detected by laser-induced fluorescence. The measured OH densities are (3.0 ± 0.6) × 10{sup 11} cm{sup -3} and (1.0 ± 0.5) × 10{sup 11} cm{sup -3} for the pinhole-discharge and DBD sources, respectively. The beam profiles for both radical sources show a relative longitudinal velocity spread of about 10%. The absolute rotational ground state population of the OH beam generated from the pinhole-discharge source has been determined to be more than 98%. The DBD source even produces a rotationally colder OH beam with a population of the ground state exceeding 99%. For the DBD source, addition of O{sub 2} molecules to the gas mixture increases the OH beam density by a factor of about 2.5, improves the DBD valve stability, and allows to tune the mean velocity of the radical beam.

  19. EPR study of radiation-induced radicals in glutaric and amino acid derivatives in solid state

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    Yeşim Dicle, Işık

    2015-05-01

    Gamma radiation-induced radicals of 2-methylglutaric acid (2MG), diethyl amino malonate hydrochloride (DEAMHCl), ethyl malonate monoamide have been investigated at room temperature by the electron paramagnetic resonance technique. The type of radicals formed and their room temperature stability were evaluated. Three different radicals have been detected. The free radicals formed in compounds were attributed to the HOOCCH3ĊCH2CH2 COOH, CH3ĊHCO2CHNH2COCH2CH3 HCl and NH2COCH2COOĊHCH3 radicals, respectively. The results were found to be in good agreement with the existing literature data and theoretical predictions conformation.

  20. miR-181b-3p promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells through Snail stabilization by directly targeting YWHAG.

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    Yoo, Je-Ok; Kwak, Seo-Young; An, Hyun-Ju; Bae, In-Hwa; Park, Myung-Jin; Han, Young-Hoon

    2016-07-01

    Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is essential for increased invasion and metastasis during cancer progression. Among the candidate EMT-regulating microRNAs that we previously identified, miR-181b-3p was found to induce EMT in MCF7 breast cancer cells, as indicated by an EMT-characteristic morphological change, increased invasiveness, and altered expression of an EMT marker. Transfection with a miR-181b-3p inhibitor reduced the expression of mesenchymal markers and the migration and invasion of highly invasive breast cancer cells. miR-181b-3p induced the upregulation of Snail, a master EMT inducer and transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin, through protein stabilization. YWHAG was identified as a direct target of miR-181b-3p, downregulation of which induced Snail stabilization and EMT phenotypes. Ectopic expression of YWHAG abrogated the effect of miR-181b-3p, including Snail stabilization and the promotion of invasion. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analyses indicated that YWHAG expression was inversely correlated with the expression of miR-181b-3p and Snail in human breast cancer tissues. Furthermore, transfection with miR-181b-3p increased the frequency of metastatic nodule formation in the lungs of mice in experimental metastasis assays using MDA-MB-231 cells. Taken together, our data suggest that miR-181b-3p functions as a metastasis activator by promoting Snail-induced EMT, and may therefore be a therapeutic target in metastatic cancers.

  1. A new stable perfluoroalkyl radical

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    Allayarov, S.R.; Barkalov, I.M.; Mikhailov, A.I.

    1986-01-01

    This paper uses ESR spectroscopy to study the radical formed upon the gamma-irradiation of liquid perfluoro-methyl-2-pentene (PMP). The ESR spectrum of this radical shows a well resolved doublet of triplets with splitting 6.2 and 1.5 mT with additional splitting of each component by 0.25 mT. This ESR corresponds to a radical formed upon the addition of a radical r, in particlular, CF/sub 3/ to PMP.

  2. Methylation of 2'-deoxyguanosine by a free radical mechanism.

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    Crean, Conor; Geacintov, Nicholas E; Shafirovich, Vladimir

    2009-09-24

    The mechanistic aspects of the methylation of guanine in DNA initiated by methyl radicals that are derived from the metabolic oxidation of some chemical carcinogens remain poorly understood. In this work, we investigated the kinetics and the formation of methylated guanine products by two methods: (i) the combination of *CH3 radicals and guanine neutral radicals, G(-H)*, and (ii) the direct addition of *CH3 radicals to guanine bases. The simultaneous generation of *CH3 and dG(-H)* radicals was triggered by the competitive one-electron oxidation of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and 2'-deoxyguanosine (dG) by photochemically generated sulfate radicals in deoxygenated aqueous buffer solutions (pH 7.5). The photolysis of methylcob(III)alamin to form *CH3 radicals was used to investigate the direct addition of these radicals to guanine bases. The major end products of the radical combination reactions are the 8-methyl-dG and N2-methyl-dG products formed in a ratio of 1:0.7. In contrast, the methylation of dG by *CH3 radicals generates mostly the 8-methyl-dG adduct and only minor quantities of N2-methyl-dG (1:0.13 ratio). The methylation of the self-complementary 5'-d(AACGCGAATTCGCGTT) duplexes was achieved by the selective oxidation of the guanines with carbonate radical anions in the presence of DMSO as the precursor of *CH3 radicals. The methyl-G lesions formed were excised by the enzymatic digestion and identified by LC-MS/MS methods using uniformly 15N-labeled 8-methyl-dG and N2-methyl-dG adducts as internal standards. The ratios of 8-methyl-G/N2-methyl-G lesions derived from the combination of methyl radicals with G(-H)* radicals positioned in double-stranded DNA or that with the free nucleoside dG(-H)* radicals were found to be similar. Utilizing the photochemical method and dipropyl or dibutyl sulfoxides as sources of alkyl radicals, the corresponding 8-alkyl-dG and N2-alkyl-dG adducts were also generated in ratios similar to those obtained with DMSO.

  3. A strategic approach for direct recovery and stabilization of Fusarium sp. ICT SAC1 cutinase from solid state fermented broth by carrier free cross-linked enzyme aggregates.

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    Chaudhari, Sandeep A; Singhal, Rekha S

    2017-05-01

    The major hurdles in commercial exploitation of cutinase (having both esterolytic and lipolytic activities) with potent industrial applications are its high production cost, operational instability and reusability. Although commercially available in immobilized form, its immobilization process (synthesis of support/carrier) makes it expensive. Herein we tried to address multiple issues of production cost, stability, and reusability, associated with cutinase. Waste watermelon rinds, an agroindustrial waste was considered as a cheap support for solid state fermentation (SSF) for cutinase production by newly isolated Fusarium sp. ICT SAC1. Subsequently, carrier free cross-linked enzyme aggregates of cutinase (cut-CLEA) directly from the SSF crude broth were developed. All the process variables affecting CLEA formation along with the different additives were evaluated. It was found that 50% (w/v) of ammonium sulphate, 125μmol of glutaraldehyde, cross-linking for 1h at 30°C and broth pH of 7.0, yielded 58.12% activity recovery. All other additives (hexane, butyric acid, sodium dodecyl sulphate, Trition-X 100, Tween-20, BSA) evaluated presented negative results to our hypothesis. Kinetics and morphology studies confirmed the diffusive nature of cut-CLEA and BSA cut-CLEA. Developed CLEA showed better thermal, solvent, detergent and storage stability, making it more elegant and efficient for industrial biocatalytic process.

  4. Incorporation of HVDC and SVC models in the Northern State Power Co. (NSP) network for on-line implementation of direct transient stability assessment

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    Jing, C.; Vittal, V.; Ejebe, G.C.; Irisarri, G.D.

    1995-05-01

    In this paper the authors discuss the incorporation of the 4 dc systems and 2 SVCs in the NSP network for on-line implementation of direct transient stability assessment. The dc and SVC models used are more complicated than those used in the existing AC-DC-SVC Transient Energy Function (TEF) literature. In this new approach, the commutation failure of the HVDC is also considered. It is necessary to use these complicated dc and SVC models because in the NSP network they are located in an area where the transient stability is of great concern. The dc and SVC systems are treated as part of the ac network and their effect on the transient energy function is included. The effect of dc and SVC on the calculation of the potential energy is reflected in the ac network solution. The equivalent models and the proposed procedure developed is tested on a NSP equivalent network of 273 generators and 2,217 buses. The result obtained are in excellent agreement with those obtained by time domain simulation using EPRI ETMSP V3.0.

  5. Highly Enhanced Electromechanical Stability of Large-Area Graphene with Increased Interfacial Adhesion Energy by Electrothermal-Direct Transfer for Transparent Electrodes.

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    Kim, Jangheon; Kim, Gi Gyu; Kim, Soohyun; Jung, Wonsuk

    2016-09-07

    Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms in a hexagonal lattice structure, has been extensively investigated for research and industrial applications as a promising material with outstanding electrical, mechanical, and chemical properties. To fabricate graphene-based devices, graphene transfer to the target substrate with a clean and minimally defective surface is the first step. However, graphene transfer technologies require improvement in terms of uniform transfer with a clean, nonfolded and nontorn area, amount of defects, and electromechanical reliability of the transferred graphene. More specifically, uniform transfer of a large area is a key challenge when graphene is repetitively transferred onto pretransferred layers because the adhesion energy between graphene layers is too low to ensure uniform transfer, although uniform multilayers of graphene have exhibited enhanced electrical and optical properties. In this work, we developed a newly suggested electrothermal-direct (ETD) transfer method for large-area high quality monolayer graphene with less defects and an absence of folding or tearing of the area at the surface. This method delivers uniform multilayer transfer of graphene by repetitive monolayer transfer steps based on high adhesion energy between graphene layers and the target substrate. To investigate the highly enhanced electromechanical stability, we conducted mechanical elastic bending experiments and reliability tests in a highly humid environment. This ETD-transferred graphene is expected to replace commercial transparent electrodes with ETD graphene-based transparent electrodes and devices such as a touch panels with outstanding electromechanical stability.

  6. Stability of several oxide dispersion strengthened alloys and a directionally solidified gamma/gamma prime-alpha eutectic alloy in a thermal gradient

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    Staniek, G.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1980-01-01

    Thermal gradient testing of three oxide dispersion strengthened alloys (two Ni-base alloys, MA 754 and MA 6000 E, and the Fe-base MA 956) and the directionally solidified eutectic alloy, gamma/gamma prime-alpha, have been conducted. Experiments were carried out with maximum temperatures up to 1200 C and thermal gradients on the order of 100 C/mm. The oxide dispersion strengthened alloys were difficult to test because the thermal stresses promoted crack nucleation and growth; thus the ability of these alloys to maintain a thermal gradient may be limited. The stability of individual fibers in gamma/gamma prime-alpha was excellent; however, microstructural changes were observed in the vicinity of grain boundaries. Similar structures were also observed in isothermally annealed material; therefore thermal gradients do not affect the microstructure of gamma/gamma prime-alpha in any significant manner.

  7. Optically active, amphiphilic poly(meta-phenylene ethynylene)s: synthesis, hydrogen-bonding enforced helix stability, and direct AFM observation of their helical structures.

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    Banno, Motonori; Yamaguchi, Tomoko; Nagai, Kanji; Kaiser, Christian; Hecht, Stefan; Yashima, Eiji

    2012-05-23

    Optically active, amphiphilic poly(meta-phenylene ethynylene)s (PPEa) bearing L- or D-alanine-derived oligo(ethylene glycol) side chains connected to the backbone via amide linkages were prepared by microwave-assisted polycondensation. PPEa's exhibited an intense Cotton effect in the π-conjugated main-chain chromophore regions in various polar and nonpolar organic solvents due to a predominantly one-handed helical conformation stabilized by an intramolecular hydrogen-bonding network between the amide groups of the pendants. The stable helical structure was retained in the bulk and led to supramolecular column formation from stacked helices in oriented polymer films as evidenced by X-ray diffraction. Atomic force microscopy was used to directly visualize the helical structures of the polymers in two-dimensional crystalline layers with molecular resolution, and, for the first time, their absolute helical senses could unambiguously be determined.

  8. Bioequivalence studies and sugar-based excipients effects on the properties of new generic ketoconazole tablets formulations and stability evaluation by using direct compression method.

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    Viçosa, Alessandra L; Chatah, Eliane N; Santos, Tereza C; Jones, Luiz F; Dantas, Cide B; Dornelas, Camila B; Rodrigues, Carlos R; Castro, Helena C; Sousa, Valéria P; Dias, Luiza R S; Cabral, Lúcio M

    2009-01-01

    In this work we described the development of a new solid oral formulation of ketoconazole, a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that belongs to the class II of Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS). The ketoconazole raw material supplier was selected to present a best flow and compactation. In addition we used direct compression and superdisintegrants associated to polyols to enhance the dissolution of the ketoconazole tablets. The dissolution was evaluated based in level C in vivo/in vitro correlation established. The best formulation was obtained with croscarmellose/maltose association that in the accelerated stability assays presented no differences on quality specifications and no drug-excipients interaction by DSC analyses. In this work it was possible to confirm the use of sugar-based excipients as suitable dissolution enhancers in pharmaceutical technology and real processes conditions.

  9. Toward Radicalizing Community Service Learning

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    Sheffield, Eric C.

    2015-01-01

    This article advocates a radicalized theoretical construction of community service learning. To accomplish this radicalization, I initially take up a discussion of traditional understandings of CSL rooted in pragmatic/progressive thought. I then suggest that this traditional structural foundation can be radicalized by incorporating Deborah…

  10. Toward Radicalizing Community Service Learning

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    Sheffield, Eric C.

    2015-01-01

    This article advocates a radicalized theoretical construction of community service learning. To accomplish this radicalization, I initially take up a discussion of traditional understandings of CSL rooted in pragmatic/progressive thought. I then suggest that this traditional structural foundation can be radicalized by incorporating Deborah…

  11. Carbohydrate radicals: from ethylene glycol to DNA strand breakage.

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    von Sonntag, Clemens

    2014-06-01

    Radiation-induced DNA strand breakage results from the reactions of radicals formed at the sugar moiety of DNA. In order to elucidate the mechanism of this reaction investigations were first performed on low molecular weight model systems. Results from studies on deoxygenated aqueous solutions of ethylene glycol, 2-deoxy-d-ribose and other carbohydrates and, more relevantly, of d-ribose-5-phosphate have shown that substituents can be eliminated from the β-position of the radical site either proton and base-assisted (as in the case of the OH substituent), or spontaneously (as in the case of the phosphate substituent). In DNA the C(4') radical undergoes strand breakage via this type of reaction. In the presence of oxygen the carbon-centred radicals are rapidly converted into the corresponding peroxyl radicals. Again, low molecular weights models have been investigated to elucidate the key reactions. A typical reaction of DNA peroxyl radicals is the fragmentation of the C(4')-C(S') bond, a reaction not observed in the absence of oxygen. Although OH radicals may be the important direct precursors of the sugar radicals of DNA, results obtained with poly(U) indicate that base radicals may well be of even greater importance. The base radicals, formed by addition of the water radicals (H and OH) to the bases would in their turn attack the sugar moiety to produce sugar radicals which then give rise to strand breakage and base release. For a better understanding of strand break formation it is therefore necessary to investigate in more detail the reactions of the base radicals. For a start, the radiolysis of uracil in oxygenated solutions has been reinvestigated, and it has been shown that the major peroxyl radical in this system undergoes base-catalysed elimination of [Formula: see text], a reaction that involves the proton at N(l). In the nucleic acids the pyrimidines are bound at N(l) to the sugar moiety and this type of reaction can no longer occur. Therefore, with

  12. Product detection of the CH radical reaction with acetaldehyde.

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    Goulay, Fabien; Trevitt, Adam J; Savee, John D; Bouwman, Jordy; Osborn, David L; Taatjes, Craig A; Wilson, Kevin R; Leone, Stephen R

    2012-06-21

    The reaction of the methylidyne radical (CH) with acetaldehyde (CH(3)CHO) is studied at room temperature and at a pressure of 4 Torr (533.3 Pa) using a multiplexed photoionization mass spectrometer coupled to the tunable vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The CH radicals are generated by 248 nm multiphoton photolysis of CHBr(3) and react with acetaldehyde in an excess of helium and nitrogen gas flow. Five reaction exit channels are observed corresponding to elimination of methylene (CH(2)), elimination of a formyl radical (HCO), elimination of carbon monoxide (CO), elimination of a methyl radical (CH(3)), and elimination of a hydrogen atom. Analysis of the photoionization yields versus photon energy for the reaction of CH and CD radicals with acetaldehyde and CH radical with partially deuterated acetaldehyde (CD(3)CHO) provides fine details about the reaction mechanism. The CH(2) elimination channel is found to preferentially form the acetyl radical by removal of the aldehydic hydrogen. The insertion of the CH radical into a C-H bond of the methyl group of acetaldehyde is likely to lead to a C(3)H(5)O reaction intermediate that can isomerize by β-hydrogen transfer of the aldehydic hydrogen atom and dissociate to form acrolein + H or ketene + CH(3), which are observed directly. Cycloaddition of the radical onto the carbonyl group is likely to lead to the formation of the observed products, methylketene, methyleneoxirane, and acrolein.

  13. Direct growth of NiCo2O4 nanostructures on conductive substrates with enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability for methanol oxidation

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    Qian, Lei; Gu, Li; Yang, Li; Yuan, Hongyan; Xiao, Dan

    2013-07-01

    In this report, NiCo2O4 nanostructures with different morphologies were directly grown on conductive substrates (stainless steel and ITO) by a facile electrodeposition method in addition to a post-annealing process. The morphology changes on different conductive substrates are discussed in detail. The NiCo2O4 on stainless steel (SS) had a high surface area (119 m2 g-1) and was successfully used in the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol. The electrocatalytic performance was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. Impressively, the NiCo2O4 showed much higher electrocatalytic activity, lower overpotential and greater stability compared to that of only NiO or Co3O4 synthesized by the same method. The higher electrocatalytic activity is due to the high electron conductivity, large surface area of NiCo2O4 and the fast ion/electron transport in the electrode and at the electrolyte-electrode interface. This is important for further development of high performance non-platinum electrocatalysts for application in direct methanol fuel cells.In this report, NiCo2O4 nanostructures with different morphologies were directly grown on conductive substrates (stainless steel and ITO) by a facile electrodeposition method in addition to a post-annealing process. The morphology changes on different conductive substrates are discussed in detail. The NiCo2O4 on stainless steel (SS) had a high surface area (119 m2 g-1) and was successfully used in the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol. The electrocatalytic performance was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. Impressively, the NiCo2O4 showed much higher electrocatalytic activity, lower overpotential and greater stability compared to that of only NiO or Co3O4 synthesized by the same method. The higher electrocatalytic activity is due to the high electron conductivity

  14. Alternative radical pairs for cryptochrome-based magnetoreception

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    Lee, Alpha A.; Lau, Jason C. S.; Hogben, Hannah J.; Biskup, Till; Kattnig, Daniel R.; Hore, P. J.

    2014-01-01

    There is growing evidence that the remarkable ability of animals, in particular birds, to sense the direction of the Earth's magnetic field relies on magnetically sensitive photochemical reactions of the protein cryptochrome. It is generally assumed that the magnetic field acts on the radical pair [FAD•− TrpH•+] formed by the transfer of an electron from a group of three tryptophan residues to the photo-excited flavin adenine dinucleotide cofactor within the protein. Here, we examine the suitability of an [FAD•− Z•] radical pair as a compass magnetoreceptor, where Z• is a radical in which the electron spin has no hyperfine interactions with magnetic nuclei, such as hydrogen and nitrogen. Quantum spin dynamics simulations of the reactivity of [FAD•− Z•] show that it is two orders of magnitude more sensitive to the direction of the geomagnetic field than is [FAD•− TrpH•+] under the same conditions (50 µT magnetic field, 1 µs radical lifetime). The favourable magnetic properties of [FAD•− Z•] arise from the asymmetric distribution of hyperfine interactions among the two radicals and the near-optimal magnetic properties of the flavin radical. We close by discussing the identity of Z• and possible routes for its formation as part of a spin-correlated radical pair with an FAD radical in cryptochrome. PMID:24671932

  15. Free radical explosive composition

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    Walker, Franklin E.; Wasley, Richard J.

    1979-01-01

    An improved explosive composition is disclosed and comprises a major portion of an explosive having a detonation velocity between about 1500 and 10,000 meters per second and a minor amount of a getter additive comprising a compound or mixture of compounds capable of capturing or deactivating free radicals or ions under mechanical or electrical shock conditions and which is not an explosive. Exemplary getter additives are isocyanates, olefins and iodine.

  16. Probability and radical behaviorism

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    Espinosa, James M.

    1992-01-01

    The concept of probability appears to be very important in the radical behaviorism of Skinner. Yet, it seems that this probability has not been accurately defined and is still ambiguous. I give a strict, relative frequency interpretation of probability and its applicability to the data from the science of behavior as supplied by cumulative records. Two examples of stochastic processes are given that may model the data from cumulative records that result under conditions of continuous reinforcement and extinction, respectively. PMID:22478114

  17. Radicals in melanin biochemistry.

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    Riley, P A

    1988-01-01

    Melanins are light-absorbant polymeric pigments found widely dispersed in nature. They possess many interesting physicochemical properties. One of these is the expression in the polymer of stable free radicals which appear to have a protective action in cells, probably by acting as a sink for diffusible free-radical species. Polymer formation is thought to occur by a free-radical process in which semiquinones are added to the chain. Semiquinones are formed by redox equilibration interactions between metabolic intermediates formed during the tyrosinase-catalyzed oxidation process. In the continued presence of substrate, steady-state concentrations of reactive species are predicted in the reaction system, and the melanogenic pathway may be considered as potentially hazardous for pigment-generating cells. This feature has been exploited by the use of analogue substrates to generate cytotoxic species as a possible rational approach to the treatment of malignant melanoma. One such substance is 4-hydroxyanisole, the oxidation of which gives rise to semiquinone radical species. The possibility that the anisyl semiquinone initiates a mechanism leading to cell damage has not been excluded. However, the current view is that the major cytotoxicity due to the oxidation products of this compound is the result of the action of the corresponding orthoquinone. A number of mechanisms exist for detoxifying quinones if they reach the cytosol such as O-methylation and the formation of thiol adducts with cysteine or glutathione, and these can be used as markers of melanogenesis. In general, however, only small amounts of reactive intermediates of melanogenesis escape from the confines of the melanosome, probably because of their limited lipid solubility. The selective toxic action of anisyl quinone in the treatment of melanoma may, in part, be due to membrane defects in the melanosomes of malignant melanocytes.

  18. Low-Dose Lithium Stabilizes Human Endothelial Barrier by Decreasing MLC Phosphorylation and Universally Augments Cholinergic Vasorelaxation Capacity in a Direct Manner

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    Bosche, Bert; Molcanyi, Marek; Rej, Soham; Doeppner, Thorsten R.; Obermann, Mark; Müller, Daniel J.; Das, Anupam; Hescheler, Jürgen; Macdonald, R. Loch; Noll, Thomas; Härtel, Frauke V.

    2016-01-01

    Lithium at serum concentrations up to 1 mmol/L has been used in patients suffering from bipolar disorder for decades and has recently been shown to reduce the risk for ischemic stroke in these patients. The risk for stroke and thromboembolism depend not only on cerebral but also on general endothelial function and health; the entire endothelium as an organ is therefore pathophysiologically relevant. Regardless, the knowledge about the direct impact of lithium on endothelial function remains poor. We conducted an experimental study using lithium as pharmacologic pretreatment for murine, porcine and human vascular endothelium. We predominantly investigated endothelial vasorelaxation capacities in addition to human basal and dynamic (thrombin-/PAR-1 receptor agonist-impaired) barrier functioning including myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation (MLC-P). Low-dose therapeutic lithium concentrations (0.4 mmol/L) significantly augment the cholinergic endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation capacities of cerebral and thoracic arteries, independently of central and autonomic nerve system influences. Similar concentrations of lithium (0.2–0.4 mmol/L) significantly stabilized the dynamic thrombin-induced and PAR-1 receptor agonist-induced permeability of human endothelium, while even the basal permeability appeared to be stabilized. The lithium-attenuated dynamic permeability was mediated by a reduced endothelial MLC-P known to be followed by a lessening of endothelial cell contraction and paracellular gap formation. The well-known lithium-associated inhibition of inositol monophosphatase/glycogen synthase kinase-3-β signaling-pathways involving intracellular calcium concentrations in neurons seems to similarly occur in endothelial cells, too, but with different down-stream effects such as MLC-P reduction. This is the first study discovering low-dose lithium as a drug directly stabilizing human endothelium and ubiquitously augmenting cholinergic endothelium

  19. Diaryldichalcogenide radical cations.

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    Mallow, Ole; Khanfar, Monther A; Malischewski, Moritz; Finke, Pamela; Hesse, Malte; Lork, Enno; Augenstein, Timo; Breher, Frank; Harmer, Jeffrey R; Vasilieva, Nadezhda V; Zibarev, Andrey; Bogomyakov, Artem S; Seppelt, Konrad; Beckmann, Jens

    2015-01-01

    One-electron oxidation of two series of diaryldichalcogenides (C6F5E)2 (13a-c) and (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) was studied (E = S, Se, Te). The reaction of 13a and 13b with AsF5 and SbF5 gave rise to the formation of thermally unstable radical cations [(C6F5S)2]˙(+) (14a) and [(C6F5Se)2]˙(+) (14b) that were isolated as [Sb2F11](-) and [As2F11](-) salts, respectively. The reaction of 13c with AsF5 afforded only the product of a Te-C bond cleavage, namely the previously known dication [Te4](2+) that was isolated as [AsF6](-) salt. The reaction of (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) with [NO][SbF6] provided the corresponding radical cations [(2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2]˙(+) (17a-c; E = S, Se, Te) in the form of thermally stable [SbF6](-) salts in nearly quantitative yields. The electronic and structural properties of these radical cations were probed by X-ray diffraction analysis, EPR spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations and other methods.

  20. Types of radical hysterectomies

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    Marin, F; Plesca, M; Bordea, CI; Moga, MA; Blidaru, A

    2014-01-01

    Abstract The treatment for cervical cancer is a complex, multidisciplinary issue, which applies according to the stage of the disease. The surgical elective treatment of cervical cancer is represented by the radical abdominal hysterectomy. In time, many surgeons perfected this surgical technique; the ones who stood up for this idea were Thoma Ionescu and Ernst Wertheim. There are many varieties of radical hysterectomies performed by using the abdominal method and some of them through vaginal and mixed way. Each method employed has advantages and disadvantages. At present, there are three classifications of radical hysterectomies which are used for the simplification of the surgical protocols: Piver-Rutledge-Smith classification which is the oldest, GCG-EORTC classification and Querlow and Morrow classification. The last is the most evolved and recent classification; its techniques can be adapted for conservative operations and for different types of surgical approaches: abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopic or robotic. Abbreviations: GCG-EORTC = Gynecologic Cancer Group of the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer; LEEP = loop electrosurgical excision procedure; I.O.B. = Institute of Oncology Bucharest; PRS = Piver-Rutledge-Smith PMID:25408722

  1. [Radical prostatectomy - pro robotic].

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    Gillitzer, R

    2012-05-01

    Anatomical radical prostatectomy was introduced in the early 1980s by Walsh and Donker. Elucidation of key anatomical structures led to a significant reduction in the morbidity of this procedure. The strive to achieve similar oncological and functional results to this gold standard open procedure but with further reduction of morbidity through a minimally invasive access led to the establishment of laparoscopic prostatectomy. However, this procedure is complex and difficult and is associated with a long learning curve. The technical advantages of robotically assisted surgery coupled with the intuitive handling of the device led to increased precision and shortening of the learning curve. These main advantages, together with a massive internet presence and aggressive marketing, have resulted in a rapid dissemination of robotic radical prostatectomy and an increasing patient demand. However, superiority of robotic radical prostatectomy in comparison to the other surgical therapeutic options has not yet been proven on a scientific basis. Currently robotic-assisted surgery is an established technique and future technical improvements will certainly further define its role in urological surgery. In the end this technical innovation will have to be balanced against the very high purchase and running costs, which remain the main limitation of this technology.

  2. Free radical propulsion concept

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    Hawkins, C. E.; Nakanishi, S.

    1981-01-01

    The concept of a free radical propulsion system, utilizing the recombination energy of dissociated low molecular weight gases to produce thrust, is analyzed. The system, operating at a theoretical impulse with hydrogen, as high as 2200 seconds at high thrust to power ratio, is hypothesized to bridge the gap between chemical and electrostatic propulsion capabilities. A comparative methodology is outlined by which characteristics of chemical and electric propulsion for orbit raising mission can be investigated. It is noted that free radicals proposed in rockets previously met with difficulty and complexity in terms of storage requirements; the present study proposes to eliminate the storage requirements by using electric energy to achieve a continuous-flow product of free radicals which are recombined to produce a high velocity propellant. Microwave energy used to dissociate a continuously flowing gas is transferred to the propellant via three-body-recombination for conversion to propellant kinetic energy. Microwave plasma discharge was found in excess of 90 percent over a broad range of pressure in preliminary experiments, and microwave heating compared to electrothermal heating showed much higher temperatures in gasdynamic equations.

  3. 2.10 Titanium-centered radicals

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    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  4. 1.35 Ruthenium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Claridge, R. F. C.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  5. 2.33 Mercury-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  6. 2.32 Gold-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  7. 2.8 Potassium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  8. 2.28 Tantalum-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  9. 1.42 Iodine-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Claridge, R. F. C.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  10. 4.6.3 Vinyl radicals

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    Beckwith, A. L. J.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  11. 1.48 Gold-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Claridge, R. F. C.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  12. 2.7 Phosphorus-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  13. 1.46 Iridium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Claridge, R. F. C.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  14. 2.16 Zinc-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  15. 1.38 Cadmium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Claridge, R. F. C.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  16. 2.15 Copper-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  17. 2.4 Sodium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  18. 2.17 Gallium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  19. 2.31 Iridium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.

  20. 2.21 Niobium-centered radicals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howard, J. A.

    This document is part of Subvolume A1 `Inorganic Radicals, Metal Complexes and Nonconjugated Carbon Centered Radicals' of Volume 26 `Magnetic Properties of Free Radicals' of Landolt-Börnstein Group II `Molecules and Radicals'.