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“The biological species concept (BSC) is a common way to define species although it is ambiguous even when strictly applied. I interpret it here syntactically in four different ways and show that one of them is more suitable than previously thought. The first interpretation (fully restricted)
SBC-115076 molecular weight produces discrete, non-overlapping biological species with the inconvenience of being inapplicable when there is gradual evolution of reproductive isolation. The second (cohesion relaxed) and fourth (fully relaxed) interpretation are overly unrestricted to be useful. The third interpretation (isolation relaxed) overcomes the problem of gradual evolution of reproductive isolation at the cost of recognizing non-discrete, overlapping biological species. That is, some populations are members of more than one species. Non-discreteness, however, removes hand-waving in infamous difficulties of the BSC such as those with ring species, phyletic species, and syngameons. Moreover, it lets the BSC deal with introgression with no appeal to subjectivity. Therefore, precision in terms underlying the BSC provides
an objective and still natural alternative to deal with gradual evolution of reproductive isolation. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.”
“Introduction: We reinvestigated the synthesis of [N-inethyl-(11)C]vorozole, a radiotracer for aromatase, and discovered the presence of an N-methyl isomer which was not removed in the original purification method. Herein buy LCZ696 we report the preparation and positron emission tomography Z-VAD-FMK mouse (PET) studies of pure [N-methyl-(11)C]vorozole.
Methods: Norvorozole was alkylated with [(11)C]methyl iodide as previously described and also with unlabeled methyl iodide. A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed to separate the regioisomers. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((13)C and 2D-nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy NMR) was used to identify and assign structures to the N-methylated products. Pure [N-methyl-(11)C]vorozole and the contaminating isomer were compared
by PET imaging in the baboon.
Results: Methylation of norvorozole resulted in a mixture of isomers (1:1:1 ratio) based on new HPLC analysis using a pentafluorophenylpropyl bonded silica column, in which vorozole coeluted one of its isomers under the original HPLC conditions. Baseline separation of the three labeled isomers was achieved. The N-3 isomer was the contaminant of vorozole, thus correcting the original assignment of isomers. PET studies of pure [N-methyl-(11)C]vorozole with and without the contaminating N-3 isomer revealed that only [N-methyl-(11)C]vorozole binds to aromatase. (N-methyl-(11)C]Vorozole accumulated in all brain regions with highest accumulation in the aromatase-rich amygdala and preoptic area.