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  1. Integrated geophysical interpretation of the Valhall 4C OBS survey

    Thomsen, Leon A.; Barkved, Olav I; Mueller, Michael C.; Haggard, Bill W.; Kommedal, Jan H.; Rosland, Boerge O.

    1998-12-31

    This presentation gives a brief classic example of a North Sea reservoir which cannot be imaged by conventional P-wave techniques. In two-dimensional P-wave sections, extending across the crest of the structure, the top of the chalk reservoir is depressed in time, and has low amplitude and coherency so that even its identification is uncertain. The classical interpretation of these effects is that, over geologic time, gas has leaked from the reservoir into the overburden, in the zone above the reservoir. This gas, while present in uneconomic concentrations, has the effect of lowering seismic velocities and increasing seismic attenuation. Efficient methods of seismic surveying were used for oil prediction in the reservoir. 6 refs.

  2. The B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey

    Morel, T; Fossati, L; Hubrig, S; Langer, N; Przybilla, N; Scholler, M; Carroll, T; Ilyin, I; Irrgang, A; Oskinova, L; Schneider, F R N; Diaz, S Simon; Briquet, M; Gonzalez, J F; Kharchenko, N; Nieva, M -F; Scholz, R -D; de Koter, A; Hamann, W -R; Herrero, A; Apellaniz, J Maiz; Sana, H; Arlt, R; Barba, R; Dufton, P; Kholtygin, A; Mathys, G; Piskunov, A; Reisenegger, A; Spruit, H; Yoon, S -C

    2014-01-01

    The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. As of July 2014, a total of 98 objects were observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol. Our preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these objects. We discuss in this contribution some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects.

  3. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Fourth Cambridge Survey (4C) (Pilkington+ 1965; Gower+ 1967)

    Pilkington, J. D. H.; Scott, P. F.

    1996-04-01

    The Fourth Cambridge Radio Survey (4C) Catalogue contains all survey data from the papers of Pilkington and Scott (1965MmRAS..69..183P) and Gower, Scott and Wills (1967MmRAS..71...49G). These data result from a survey of radio sources between declinations -07 and +80 degrees using the large Cambridge interferometer at 178 MHz. The computerized catalog contains for each source the 4C number, 1950 position, measured flux density, accuracy class, galactic coordinates, and remarks. For some sources miscellaneous brief comments such as cross identifications to the 3C catalog or remarks on contamination from nearby sources are given at the ends of the data records. A flag (*) is included if there are additional remarks in the published catalog. (1 data file).

  4. Technical development and scientific preparation for the e-MERLIN Cygnus OB2 radio survey

    Peck, L. W.

    2014-01-01

    e-MERLIN is a recent upgrade to the MERLIN radio array. This enhanced facility utilises recent developments in wide bandwidth receivers, a new WIDAR correlator, and a new optical fibre network. This upgrade provides an increase in sensitivity and image fidelity, but also results in a significant increase in data volume. This thesis is motivated by the Cygnus OB2 Radio Survey (COBRaS), an e-MERLIN Legacy project observing the core region of the largest OB association in the northern hemisphere...

  5. The CIDA Variability Survey of Orion OB1. I: the low-mass population of Ori OB 1a and 1b

    Briceño, C; Hernández, J; Vivas, A K; Hartmann, L; Downes, J J; Berlind, P; Briceno, Cesar; Calvet, Nuria; Hernandez, Jesus; Hartmann, Lee; Downes, Juan J.; Berlind, Perry

    2004-01-01

    We present results of a large scale, multi-epoch optical survey of the Ori OB1 association, carried out with the QuEST camera at the Venezuela National Astronomical Observatory. We identify for the first time the widely spread low-mass, young population in the Orion OB1a and OB1b sub-associations. Candidate members were picked up by their variability in the V-band and position in color-magnitude diagrams. We obtained spectra to confirm membership. In a region spanning ~ 68 deg^2 we found 197 new young stars; of these, 56 are located in the Ori OB1a subassociation and 142 in Ori OB1b. Comparison with the spatial extent of molecular gas and extinction maps indicates that the subassociation Ori 1b is concentrated within a ring-like structure of radius ~2 deg (~15 pc at 440 pc), centered roughly on the star epsilon Ori in the Orion belt. The ring is apparent in 13CO and corresponds to a region with an extinction Av>=1. The stars exhibiting strong Ha emission, an indicator of active accretion, are found along this...

  6. Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey. V. Young clusters with an OB stellar population

    Ramírez Alegría, S.; Borissova, J.; Chené, A.-N.; Bonatto, C.; Kurtev, R.; Amigo, P.; Kuhn, M.; Gromadzki, M.; Carballo-Bello, J. A.

    2016-04-01

    Context. The ESO public survey VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) has contributed with deep multi-epoch photometry of the Galactic bulge and the adjacent part of the disk over 526 sq. deg. More than a hundred cluster candidates have been reported thanks to this survey. Aims: We present the fifth article in a series of papers focused on young and massive clusters discovered in the VVV survey. In this paper, we present the physical characterization of five clusters with a spectroscopically confirmed OB-type stellar population. Methods: To characterize the clusters, we used near-infrared photometry (J, H, and KS) from the VVV survey and near-infrared K-band spectroscopy from ISAAC at VLT, following the methodology presented in the previous articles of the series. Results: All clusters in our sample are very young (ages between 1-20 Myr), and their total mass are between (1.07+0.40-0.30)×102 M⊙ and (4.17+4.15-2.08)×103 M⊙. We observed a relation between the clusters total mass Mecl and the mass of their most massive stellar member mmax, for clusters with an age <10 Myr. Based on observations taken within the ESO VISTA Public Survey VVV (programme ID 179.B-2002), and with ISAAC/VLT (programme 087.D-0341(A)).

  7. Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey V. Young clusters with an OB stellar population

    Alegría, S Ramírez; Chené, A -N; Bonatto, C; Kurtev, R; Amigo, P; Kuhn, M; Gromadzki, M; Carballo-Bello, J A

    2016-01-01

    The ESO public survey VISTA Variables in the V\\'ia L\\'actea (VVV) has contributed with deep multi-epoch photometry of the Galactic bulge and the adjacent part of the disk over 526 square degrees. More than a hundred cluster candidates have been reported thanks to this survey. We present the fifth article in a series of papers focused on young and massive clusters discovered in the VVV survey. In this paper, we present the physical characterization of five clusters with a spectroscopically confirmed OB-type stellar population. To characterize the clusters, we used near-infrared photometry ($J$, $H,$ and $K_S$) from the VVV survey and near-infrared $K$-band spectroscopy from ISAAC at VLT, following the methodology presented in the previous articles of the series. All clusters in our sample are very young (ages between 1-20 Myr), and their total mass are between $(1.07^{+0.40}_{-0.30})\\cdot10^2$ $M_{\\odot}$ and $(4.17^{+4.15}_{-2.08})\\cdot10^3$ $M_{\\odot}$. We observed a relation between the clusters total mass ...

  8. New massive X-ray binary candidates from the ROSAT Galactic Plane Survey I - Results from a cross-correlation with OB star catalogues

    Motch, C.; Haberl, F.; Dennerl, K.; Pakull, M.; Janot-Pacheco, E.

    1996-01-01

    We report the discovery of several new OB/X-ray accreting binary candidates. These massive systems were found by cross-correlating in position SIMBAD OB star catalogues with the part of the ROSAT all-sky survey located at low galactic latitudes (|b| 10^31 erg/s. Fol...

  9. Infrared properties of Active OB stars in the Magellanic Clouds from the Spitzer SAGE Survey

    Bonanos, A. Z.; Lennon, D.J.; Massa, D. L.; Sewilo, M.; Köhlinger, F.; Panagia, N.; van Loon, J. Th.; Evans, C. J.; Smith, L J; Meixner, M.; Gordon, K; teams, the SAGE

    2010-01-01

    We present a study of the infrared properties of 4922 spectroscopically confirmed massive stars in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, focusing on the active OB star population. Besides OB stars, our sample includes yellow and red supergiants, Wolf-Rayet stars, Luminous Blue Variables (LBVs) and supergiant B[e] stars. We detect a distinct Be star sequence, displaced to the red, and find a higher fraction of Oe and Be stars among O and early-B stars in the SMC, respectively, when compared t...

  10. Toward Complete Statistics of Massive Binary Stars: Penultimate Results from the Cygnus OB2 Radial Velocity Survey

    Kobulnicky, Henry A; Lundquist, Michael J; Burke, Jamison; Chapman, James; Keller, Erica; Lester, Kathryn; Rolen, Emily K; Topel, Eric; Bhattacharjee, Anirban; Smullen, Rachel A; Alvarez, Carlos A Vargas; Runnoe, Jessie C; Dale, Daniel A; Brotherton, Michael M

    2014-01-01

    We analyze orbital solutions for 48 massive multiple-star systems in the Cygnus OB2 Association, 23 of which are newly presented here, to find that the observed distribution of orbital periods is approximately uniform in log P for P 45 d, even after correction for completeness, indicating either a lower binary fraction or a shift toward low-mass companions. A high degree of similarity (91% likelihood) between the Cyg OB2 period distribution and that of other surveys suggests that the binary properties at P<25 d are determined by local physics of disk/clump fragmentation and are relatively insensitive to environmental and evolutionary factors. Fully 30% of the unbiased parent sample is a binary with period P < 45 d. Completeness corrections imply a binary fraction near 55% for P < 5000 d. The observed distribution of mass ratios 0.2

  11. TOWARD COMPLETE STATISTICS OF MASSIVE BINARY STARS: PENULTIMATE RESULTS FROM THE CYGNUS OB2 RADIAL VELOCITY SURVEY

    We analyze orbital solutions for 48 massive multiple-star systems in the Cygnus OB2 association, 23 of which are newly presented here, to find that the observed distribution of orbital periods is approximately uniform in log P for P < 45 days, but it is not scale-free. Inflections in the cumulative distribution near 6 days, 14 days, and 45 days suggest key physical scales of ≅0.2, ≅0.4, and ≅1 A.U. where yet-to-be-identified phenomena create distinct features. No single power law provides a statistically compelling prescription, but if features are ignored, a power law with exponent β ≅ –0.22 provides a crude approximation over P = 1.4-2000 days, as does a piece-wise linear function with a break near 45 days. The cumulative period distribution flattens at P > 45 days, even after correction for completeness, indicating either a lower binary fraction or a shift toward low-mass companions. A high degree of similarity (91% likelihood) between the Cyg OB2 period distribution and that of other surveys suggests that the binary properties at P ≲ 25 days are determined by local physics of disk/clump fragmentation and are relatively insensitive to environmental and evolutionary factors. Fully 30% of the unbiased parent sample is a binary with period P < 45 days. Completeness corrections imply a binary fraction near 55% for P < 5000 days. The observed distribution of mass ratios 0.2 < q < 1 is consistent with uniform, while the observed distribution of eccentricities 0.1 < e < 0.6 is consistent with uniform plus an excess of e ≅ 0 systems. We identify six stars, all supergiants, that exhibit aperiodic velocity variations of ∼30 km s–1 attributed to atmospheric fluctuations

  12. TOWARD COMPLETE STATISTICS OF MASSIVE BINARY STARS: PENULTIMATE RESULTS FROM THE CYGNUS OB2 RADIAL VELOCITY SURVEY

    Kobulnicky, Henry A.; Lundquist, Michael J.; Burke, Jamison; Chapman, James; Keller, Erica; Lester, Kathryn; Rolen, Emily K.; Topel, Eric; Bhattacharjee, Anirban; Smullen, Rachel A.; Álvarez, Carlos A. Vargas; Runnoe, Jessie C.; Dale, Daniel A.; Brotherton, Michael M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82070 (United States); Kiminki, Daniel C., E-mail: chipk@uwyo.edu, E-mail: jburke2@swarthmore.edu, E-mail: jc6380@mcla.edu, E-mail: kelle22e@mtholyoke.edu, E-mail: kvl214@lehigh.edu, E-mail: emily.k.rolen@vanderbilt.edu, E-mail: topel@stolaf.edu [Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)

    2014-08-01

    We analyze orbital solutions for 48 massive multiple-star systems in the Cygnus OB2 association, 23 of which are newly presented here, to find that the observed distribution of orbital periods is approximately uniform in log P for P < 45 days, but it is not scale-free. Inflections in the cumulative distribution near 6 days, 14 days, and 45 days suggest key physical scales of ≅0.2, ≅0.4, and ≅1 A.U. where yet-to-be-identified phenomena create distinct features. No single power law provides a statistically compelling prescription, but if features are ignored, a power law with exponent β ≅ –0.22 provides a crude approximation over P = 1.4-2000 days, as does a piece-wise linear function with a break near 45 days. The cumulative period distribution flattens at P > 45 days, even after correction for completeness, indicating either a lower binary fraction or a shift toward low-mass companions. A high degree of similarity (91% likelihood) between the Cyg OB2 period distribution and that of other surveys suggests that the binary properties at P ≲ 25 days are determined by local physics of disk/clump fragmentation and are relatively insensitive to environmental and evolutionary factors. Fully 30% of the unbiased parent sample is a binary with period P < 45 days. Completeness corrections imply a binary fraction near 55% for P < 5000 days. The observed distribution of mass ratios 0.2 < q < 1 is consistent with uniform, while the observed distribution of eccentricities 0.1 < e < 0.6 is consistent with uniform plus an excess of e ≅ 0 systems. We identify six stars, all supergiants, that exhibit aperiodic velocity variations of ∼30 km s{sup –1} attributed to atmospheric fluctuations.

  13. Long-Baseline Interferometric Multiplicity Survey of the Sco-Cen OB Association

    Rizzuto, A C; Robertson, J G; Kok, Y; Tuthill, P G; Warrington, B A; Haubois, X; Tango, W J; Norris, B; Brummelaar, T ten; Kraus, A L; Jacob, A; Laliberte-Houdeville, C

    2013-01-01

    We present the first multiplicity-dedicated long baseline optical interferometric survey of the Scorpius-Centaurus-Lupus-Crux association. We used the Sydney University Stellar Interferometer to undertake a survey for new companions to 58 Sco-Cen B- type stars and have detected 24 companions at separations ranging from 7-130mas, 14 of which are new detections. Furthermore, we use a Bayesian analysis and all available information in the literature to determine the multiplicity distribution of the 58 stars in our sample, showing that the companion frequency is F = 1.35 and the mass ratio distribution is best described as a power law with exponent equal to -0.46, agreeing with previous Sco-Cen high mass work and differing significantly from lower-mass stars in Tau-Aur. Based on our analysis, we estimate that among young B-type stars in moving groups, up to 23% are apparently single stars. This has strong implications for the understanding of high-mass star formation, which requires angular momentum dispersal thr...

  14. OB Stellar Associations in the Large Magellanic Cloud Survey of young stellar systems

    Gouliermis, D; Kontizas, E; Korakitis, R

    2003-01-01

    The method developed by Gouliermis et al. (2000, Paper I), for the detection and classification of stellar systems in the LMC, was used for the identification of stellar associations and open clusters in the central area of the LMC. This method was applied on the stellar catalog produced from a scanned 1.2m UK Schmidt Telescope Plate in U with a field of view almost 6.5 deg x 6.5 deg, centered on the Bar of this galaxy. The survey of the identified systems is presented here followed by the results of the investigation on their spatial distribution and their structural parameters, as were estimated according to our proposed methodology in Paper I. The detected open clusters and stellar associations show to form large filamentary structures, which are often connected with the loci of HI shells. The derived mean size of the stellar associations in this survey was found to agree with the average size found previously by other authors, for stellar associations in different galaxies. This common size of about 80 pc...

  15. A high angular resolution survey of massive stars in Cygnus OB2: Results from the Hubble space telescope fine guidance sensors

    We present results of a high angular resolution survey of massive OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association that we conducted with the fine guidance sensor 1R (FGS1r) on the Hubble Space Telescope. FGS1r is able to resolve binary systems with a magnitude difference ΔV < 4 down to separations as small as 0.''01. The sample includes 58 of the brighter members of Cyg OB2, one of the closest examples of an environment containing a large number of very young and massive stars. We resolved binary companions for 12 targets and confirmed the triple nature of one other target, and we offer evidence of marginally resolved companions for two additional stars. We confirm the binary nature of 11 of these systems from complementary adaptive optics imaging observations. The overall binary frequency in our study is 22% to 26% corresponding to orbital periods ranging from 20 to 20,000 yr. When combined with the known short-period spectroscopic binaries, the results support the hypothesis that the binary fraction among massive stars is >60%. One of the new discoveries is a companion to the hypergiant star MT 304 = Cyg OB2-12, and future measurements of orbital motion should provide mass estimates for this very luminous star.

  16. Documentation for the machine-readable version of the Fourth Cambridge Radio Survey Catalogue (4C) (Pilkington, Gower, Scott and Wills 1965, 1967)

    Warren, W. H., Jr.

    1983-09-01

    The machine readable catalogue contains survey data from the papers of Pilkington and Scott and Gower, Scott and Wills. These data result from a survey of radio sources between declinations -07 deg and +80 deg using the large Cambridge interferometer at 178 MHz. The computerized catalog contains for each source the 4C number, 1950 position, measured flux density, and accuracy class. For some sources miscellaneous brief comments such as cross identifications to the 3C catalog or remarks on contamination from nearby sources are given at the ends of the data records. A detailed description of the machine readable catalog as it is currently being distributed by the Astronomical Data Center is given to enable users to read and process the data.

  17. The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey XVI. The optical+NIR extinction laws in 30 Doradus and the photometric determination of the effective temperatures of OB stars

    Apellániz, J Maíz; Barbá, R H; Gräfener, G; Bestenlehner, J M; Crowther, P A; García, M; Herrero, A; Sana, H; Simón-Díaz, S; Taylor, W D; van Loon, J Th; Vink, J S; Walborn, N R

    2014-01-01

    Context: The commonly used extinction laws of Cardelli et al. (1989) have limitations that, among other issues, hamper the determination of the effective temperatures of O and early B stars from optical+NIR photometry. Aims: We aim to develop a new family of extinction laws for 30 Doradus, check their general applicability within that region and elsewhere, and apply them to test the feasibility of using optical+NIR photometry to determine the effective temperature of OB stars. Methods: We use spectroscopy and NIR photometry from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey and optical photometry from HST/WFC3 of 30 Doradus and we analyze them with the software code CHORIZOS using different assumptions such as the family of extinction laws. Results: We derive a new family of optical+NIR extinction laws for 30 Doradus and confirm its applicability to extinguished Galactic O-type systems. We conclude that by using the new extinction laws it is possible to measure the effective temperatures of OB stars with moderate uncertain...

  18. The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. XVI. The optical and NIR extinction laws in 30 Doradus and the photometric determination of the effective temperatures of OB stars

    Maíz Apellániz, J.; Evans, C. J.; Barbá, R. H.; Gräfener, G.; Bestenlehner, J. M.; Crowther, P. A.; García, M.; Herrero, A.; Sana, H.; Simón-Díaz, S.; Taylor, W. D.; van Loon, J. Th.; Vink, J. S.; Walborn, N. R.

    2014-04-01

    Context. The commonly used extinction laws of Cardelli et al. (1989, ApJ, 345, 245) have limitations that, among other issues, hamper the determination of the effective temperatures of O and early B stars from optical and near-infrared (NIR) photometry. Aims: We aim to develop a new family of extinction laws for 30 Doradus, check their general applicability within that region and elsewhere, and apply them to test the feasibility of using optical and NIR photometry to determine the effective temperature of OB stars. Methods: We use spectroscopy and NIR photometry from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey and optical photometry from HST/WFC3 of 30 Doradus and we analyze them with the software code CHORIZOS using different assumptions, such as the family of extinction laws. Results: We derive a new family of optical and NIR extinction laws for 30 Doradus and confirm its applicability to extinguished Galactic O-type systems. We conclude that by using the new extinction laws it is possible to measure the effective temperatures of OB stars with moderate uncertainties and only a small bias, at least up to E(4405-5495) ~ 1.5 mag. Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  19. The OBS Survey of Seismogenic Processes: Using 2010 Chile M=8.8 Mega Earthquake as example

    Lee, C.; Wei, H.; Wang, S.

    2012-12-01

    In the early morning of February 27, 2010, a mega-earthquake now known as the "Maule Earthquake" (M=8.8) took place in central Chile. In May 1960, Chile was hit by the largest earthquake ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.5. In general, the west coast of Chile is a convergent boundary between the Nazca and South American Plates, with the Nazca Plate subducting beneath the South American Plate in a NE direction. With a convergence rate of 6-7 cm per year, stress accumulates in the lower part of the oceanic plate to a certain extent resulting in huge destructive earthquakes. In 2010, our team deployed two OBS arrays (the A and B arrays), with a total of 33 deployments to record the aftershocks along the rupture area. We collected data for a total of 46 days (July 15 to August 7 for the A array and August 14 to September 6 for the B array). The aim of our study was to analyze the distribution and characteristics of the aftershocks to get a better understanding of the tectonic activity after the main event, and conjecture on the seismogenic processes that occurred during the rupture. Using the Antelope software on the data we picked the P- and S-wave arrivals and located the events. To obtain more accurate earthquake epicenter locations we also applied the HypoDD software. We recognized a total of 3,807 events in 46 days of monitoring (in average of 80 some earthquakes per day) with many of them distributed along both sides of the trench. Immediately behind the trench axis, along the frontal accretionary prism, there is an aseismic zone, possibly due to the high content of water in the sedimentary strata. On the other hand, the paleo-accretionary prism on the landward side of the trench accumulated most of the earthquakes. These events focus at depths of 50-100 km in the subduction zone. This is called the seismogenic zone. The comparison of events before the main shock and the HypoDD results of this study show that most of the events cluster along the edge of the

  20. Initial highlights of the HOBYS key program, the Herschel imaging survey of OB young stellar objects

    Motte, F; Zavagno, A.; Bontemps, S.; Schneider, N.; Hennemann, M.; Di Francesco, J.; André, Ph.; Saraceno, P.; Griffin, M; Marston, A.; Ward-Thompson, D.; White, G.; Minier, V.; Men'shchikov, A.; Hill, T.

    2010-01-01

    We present the initial highlights of the HOBYS key program, which are based on Herschel images of the Rosette molecular complex and maps of the RCW120 H II region. Using both SPIRE at 250/350/500 μm and PACS at 70/160 μm or 100/160 μm, the HOBYS survey provides an unbiased and complete census of intermediate- to high-mass young stellar objects, some of which are not detected by Spitzer. Key core properties, such as bolometric luminosity and mass (as derived from spectral energy distributions)...

  1. The 4C model

    Knox, Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard

    2014-01-01

    -care unit, my project was to develop a method that could stimulate systematically dialogical moral inquiry within everyday clinical practice. My four months of ethnographic fieldwork at the neonatal intensive-care unit generated four fundamental themes that make up the scaffold of the developed model for...... ethical deliberation and decision making. The model is a reflective tool to be used by health care professionals in situ. It provides a structured and a systematic framework for dialogue that can clarify the obscurities of a case and give argumentative support for ethical decisions. This article explains...... how the 4C model was developed and whereof it consists....

  2. Recent results on associations: anatomy of CMa OB1 and Mon OB1

    Three types of associations are presently recognized. These are OB, R, and T, and represent, respectively, concentrations of O and B-type stars, reflection nebulae, and T Tauri stars, in certain regions of the sky. OB and T associations are identified on objective prism plates; R associations may be found using direct plates such as those of the Palomar Sky Survey. All associations are intimately connected with what appear optically as dark clouds and are now detected as sources of molecular line emission and known as molecular clouds. Often, all three types of associations are found within the same cloud complex (eg. Mon OB1). However, there are also examples of T associations (Taurus) and R associations (Mon R2) which are not connected with recognized OB associations. (Auth.)

  3. Glucose metabolism and recycling by hepatocytes of OB/OB and ob/ob mice

    Hepatocytes were prepared from livers of ob/ob (obese diabetic) mice and their lean (OB/OB) siblings that had been fasted for 24 h. The hepatocytes were incubated with [U-14C, 2-3H]-, [U-14C, 3-3H]-, and [U-14C, 6-3H]glucose at concentrations from 20 to 120 mM. 14C was recovered mainly in CO2, glycogen, and lactate. Tritium was recovered in water and glycogen. The yield in labeled products from [2-3H]glucose ranged from two to three times that from [U-14C]glucose. The yields from [3-3H]- and [6-3H]glucose were similar, and 1.3-1.7 times that from [U-14C]glucose. At 40 mM, total utilization of glucose by obese mice was about twice that for lean mice, but there was little difference at 120 mM. The rate of recycling between glucose and glucose 6-phosphate was calculated. An equation to calculate the rate of recycling of glucose from the 2-3H/U-14C ratio in glycogen is derived in the APPENDIX. Our results show that (1) the utilization of glucose by hepatocytes from obese diabetic mice exceeds that of their lean controls, (2) the rate of glucose phosphorylation in both groups greatly exceeds glucose uptake and the rate of glycogen synthesis, (3) glucose phosphorylation represents a difference between a high glucokinase rate and hydrolysis of glucose 6-phosphate, and (4) recycling of glucose carbon between glucose 6-phosphate and pyruvate occurs within mouse hepatocytes

  4. Balanced {C_4, C_5}-Quatrefoil Systems

    Ushio, Kazuhiko

    2004-01-01

    In graph theory, the decomposition problems of graphs are very important topics. Various types of decompositions of many graphs can be seen in the literature of gaph theory. We give the necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a balanced {C_4, C_5}-quatrefoil decomposition of K_n for each of (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_4)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, and (C_5, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil. These decompositions...

  5. Race and satisfaction in general OB/GYN clinics

    Rohrer James E; Lund Jon D; Goldfarb Susan

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that racial differences in satisfaction can be found among OB/GYN patients on a US naval base. Methods Cross-sectional surveys assessing satisfaction with services were obtained from 838 patients who were seen in one of the two general OB/GYN clinics (455 in the base hospital clinic and 391 in a satellite clinic). Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify subgroups of patients who were not very satisfied...

  6. Disk evolution in the Ori OB1 association

    Calvet, N; Hernández, J; Hoyer, S; Hartmann, L; Sicilia-Aguilar, A; Megeath, S T; D'Alessio, P; Calvet, Nuria; Briceno, Cesar; Hernandez, Jesus; Hoyer, Sergio; Hartmann, Lee; Sicilia-Aguilar, Aurora; Alessio, Paola D'

    2004-01-01

    We analyze multi-band photometry of a subsample of low mass stars in the associations Ori OB1a and 1b discovered during the CIDA Orion Variability Survey, which have ages of 7 - 10 Myr and 3 - 5 Myr, respectively. We obtained UBVRcIc photometry at Mt. Hopkins for 6 Classical T Tauri stars (CTTS) and 26 Weak T Tauri stars (WTTS) in Ori OB1a, and for 21 CTTS and 2 WTTS in Ori OB1b. We also obtained L band photometry for 14 CTTS at Mt. Hopkins, and 10um and 18um photometry with OSCIR at Gemini for 6 CTTS; of these, all 6 were detected at 10um while only one was detected at 18um. We estimate mass accretion rates from the excess luminosity at U, and find that they are consistent with determinations for a number of other associations, with or without high mass star formation. The observed decrease of mass accretion rate with age is qualitatively consistent with predictions of viscous evolution of accretion disks. We find an overall decrease of disk emission from Taurus to Ori OB1b to Ori OB1a. This decrease implies...

  7. A Search for Pulsar Companions to OB Runaway Stars

    Sayer, R. W.; Nice, D. J.; Kaspi, V. M.

    1996-04-01

    We have searched for radio pulsar companions to 40 nearby OB runaway stars. Observations were made at 575 and 770 MHz with the NRAO 140 foot (43 m) telescope. The survey was sensitive to long- period pulsars with flux densities of 1 mJy or more. No pulsar companions to OB runaways were discovered. One previously unknown pulsar was discovered, PSR J2044 +4614, while observing toward target 0 star BD +45°3260. Follow-up timing observations of the pulsar measured its position to high precision, revealing a 9' separation between the pulsar and the target star, unequivocally indicating they are not associated. The pulsar is ordinary, except that its dispersion measure, 315 pc cm-3, is unusually high given its Galactic longitude, l = 85°. The nondetection of pulsars bound to target stars places an upper limit of 8% (95% confidence) for the fraction of runaway OB stars with pulsar companions detectable via pulsed radio emission by surveys such as ours. Assuming standard models for the pulsar beaming fraction and luminosity function, we conclude most OB runaways do not have pulsar companions.

  8. Refraction Interferometry and Free-surface Multiples for Large-offset OBS Data

    Schuster, G. T.; Bharadwaj, P.; McIntosh, K.

    2011-12-01

    We present successful results for applying refraction interferometry to ocean bottom seismic (OBS) data. The OBS data were recorded by six inline OBS stations with a 15 km station spacing and a source ship shooting every 150 meters; the maximum source offset from an OBS station is 181 km. Each virtual trace was created by correlating and stacking up to 150 trace pairs to create a super-virtual refraction arrival having a theoretical signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enhancement of up to 12:1. Free-surface refraction multiples were also utilized to enhance the SNR of primary refractions and virtually double the number of OBS sites from six to twelve stations. Results show the successful reconstruction of far-offset traces out to a source-receiver offset of 120 km. The super-virtual traces increase the number of pickable first arrivals from approximately 1,600 to more than 3,100 for a subset of the OBS data where the source is only on one side of the recording stations. In addition, the head waves associated with the first-order free-surface multiples allow for the creation of six new common receiver gathers (CRGs) recorded at virtual OBS stations, located about 5 km from any of the actual OBS stations. These new traces double the number of OBS stations compared to the original survey and increases the number of pickable traces from 1600 to 6200. In summary, our results with this OBS data set demonstrate that refraction interferometry can more than triple the number of pickable first arrivals in long-offset traces. This suggests the possibility that the number of independent OBS stations can be increased by N-fold if the free-surface refraction multiples up to the Nth-order are of high SNR and if the recording time is appropriately lengthened.

  9. Progress of homemade OBS and its application on ocean bottom structure survey%国产海底地震仪研制现状及其在海底结构探测中的应用

    郝天珧; 游庆瑜

    2011-01-01

    海底地震仪(Ocean Bottom Seismographs,OBS)及由其组成的海底流动地震观测台阵是近年来发展起来的高新技术,在油气探测、科学研究、防灾减灾等方面有广泛的用途,是地球物理仪器与探测技术发展中的一个新增长点.本文介绍了由中国科学院地质与地球物理研究所研制成功的宽频带、7通道海底地震仪((I-7C) OBS)的性能、指标以及关键技术的实现.同时,介绍了(I-7C) OBS近年来在渤海、南海以及西南印度洋的5次海上试验与应用的结果.5次应用试验中均有国外同类型的一起参加,(I-7C) OBS在性能指标、回收率和数据质量等方面都有较好的表现.2010年以来,国产OBS在我国各海区经过上百台次的海上作业(超过半数工作水深在2000m以上),仅丢失一台.仪器回收率超过98%,数据完整率超过950%.一些航次的首席科学家认为我国国产OBS已经达到国际先进水平.%Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBS) and the seabed mobile seismic observation array composed by them was recently developed high-tech. It s a new growth point in the geophysical instruments and exploration technology, and it has a wide range of uses, such as in oil and gas exploration, scientific research, disaster prevention and mitigation and so on. The performance, technical data, and key techniques of the I-7C Ocean Bottom Seismograph (OBS) is introduced in this paper. The wideband 7-channel OBS is designed and produced by Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In recent years we have conducted five marine tests in the Bohai Sea, South China Sea, and southwestern Indian Ocean. OBS instruments made in western countries were also used in the five tests. The results indicate the good performance of the (I-7C) OBS in technical data, recovery operation ratio, and data quality. Since 2010,homemade OBS were tested over one hundred times in different seas, more than half worked in over 2000 meters

  10. Black Rice with Giant Embryo Attenuates Obesity-Associated Metabolic Disorders in ob/ob Mice.

    Lee, Yoon-Mi; Han, Sank-Ik; Won, Yu-Jin; Lee, Eunji; Park, Eunju; Hwang, Seock-Yeon; Yeum, Kyung-Jin

    2016-03-30

    Obesity is closely associated with metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice (C57BL/6J-ob/ob) and C57BL/6J mice were randomly assigned to a diet of black rice with giant embryo (BR), white rice (WR), or AIN-93G (control) and pair-fed for 14 weeks. Although there was no significant difference in body weight, BR-fed ob/ob mice had (1) significantly lower body fat mass than WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; (2) significantly lower blood glucose, serum insulin, and triacylglycerol levels than control-fed ob/ob mice; and (3) significantly lower liver weight, hepatic triacylglycerol, and hepatic lipid droplets than both WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice. Furthermore, DNA damage in the liver, determined by phosphorylated H2AX protein, and in the kidney, determined by single-cell gel electrophoresis, was significantly lower in BR-fed than WR- and control-fed ob/ob mice. This study indicates that BR ameliorates obesity and its related metabolic disorders. PMID:26653400

  11. New OBS network deployment offshore Ireland

    Le Pape, Florian; Bean, Chris; Craig, David; Jousset, Philippe; Horan, Clare; Hogg, Colin; Donne, Sarah; McCann, Hannah; Möllhoff, Martin; Kirk, Henning; Ploetz, Aline

    2016-04-01

    With the presence of the stormy NE Atlantic, Ireland is ideally located to investigate further our understanding of ocean generated microseisms and use noise correlation methods to develop seismic imaging in marine environments as well as time-lapse monitoring. In order to study the microseismic activity offshore Ireland, 10 Broad Band Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBSs) units including hydrophones have been deployed in January 2016 across the shelf offshore Donegal and out into the Rockall Trough. This survey represents the first Broadband passive study in this part of the NE Atlantic. The instruments will be recovered in August 2016 providing 8 months worth of data to study microseisms but also the offshore seismic activity in the area. One of the main goal of the survey is to investigate the spatial and temporal distributions of dominant microseism source regions, close to the microseism sources. Additionally we will study the coupling of seismic and acoustic signals at the sea bed and its evolution in both the deep water and continental shelf areas. Furthermore, the survey also aims to investigate further the relationship between sea state conditions (e.g. wave height, period), seafloor pressure variations and seismic data recorded on both land and seafloor. Finally, the deployed OBS network is also the first ever attempt to closely monitor local offshore earthquakes in Ireland. Ireland seismicity although relatively low can reduce slope stability and poses the possibility of triggering large offshore landslides and local tsunamis.

  12. New very massive stars in Cygnus OB2

    Negueruela, I.; Marco, A.; Herrero, A.; Clark, J. S.

    2008-08-01

    Context: The compact association Cygnus OB2 is known to contain a large population of massive stars, but its total mass is currently a matter of debate. While recent surveys have uncovered large numbers of OB stars in the area around Cyg OB2, detailed study of the optically brightest among them suggests that most are not part of the association. Aims: We observed an additional sample of optically faint OB star candidates, with the aim of checking if more obscured candidates are correspondingly more likely to be members of Cyg OB2. Methods: Low resolution spectra of 9 objects allow the rejection of one foreground star and the selection of four O-type stars, which were later observed at higher resolution. In a subsequent run, we observed three more stars in the classification region and three other stars in the far red. Results: We identify five (perhaps six) new evolved very massive stars and three main sequence O-type stars, all of which are likely to be members of Cyg OB2. The new findings allow a much better definition of the upper HR diagram, suggesting an age ~2.5 Myr for the association and hinting that the O3-5 supergiants in the association are blue stragglers, either younger or following a different evolutionary path from other cluster members. Though the bulk of the early stars seems to belong to an (approximately) single-age population, there is ample evidence for the presence of somewhat older stars at the same distance. Conclusions: Our results suggest that, even though Cyg OB2 is unlikely to contain as many as 100 O-type stars, it is indeed substantially more massive than was thought prior to recent infrared surveys. Figure [see full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full text] and Table [see full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full textsee full text] are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  13. The Nearest OB Association: Scorpius-Centaurus (Sco OB2)

    Preibisch, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    We summarize observational results on the stellar population and star formation history of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association (Sco OB2), the nearest region of recent massive star formation. It consists of three subgroups, Upper Scorpius (US), Upper Centaurus-Lupus (UCL), and Lower Centaurus-Crux (LCC) which have ages of about 5, 17, and 16 Myr. In Upper Scorpius, numerous studies have recently revealed hundreds of low-mass association members, including dozens of brown dwarfs. The empirical mass function could be established over the full stellar mass range from 0.1 M_sun up to 20 M_sun, and was found to be consistent with recent determinations of the field initial mass function. A narrow range of ages around 5 Myr was found for the low-mass stars, the same age as had previously (and independently) been derived for the high-mass members. This supports earlier indications that the star formation process in US was triggered, and agrees with previous conjectures that the triggering event was a supernova- and ...

  14. ZAZNANO TVEGANJE OB SPLETNEM NAKUPOVANJU

    Mihurko, Kaja

    2011-01-01

    Zaradi številnih prednosti, ki jih splet nudi, se število spletnih trgovin iz dneva v dan nenehno veča. Poznavanje vedenja kupcev pomaga izvajalcem marketinga pri prodobivanju in zaržanju kupcev. Zelo pomembno je tudi to, da se izvajalci marketinga zavedajo vloge, ki jo ima zaznavanje tveganje ob spletnem nakupovanju. V prvem teoretičnem delu je opisan pomen in prednosti spletnega poslovanja ter spletnega nakupovanja. Drugi del govori o vedenju kupcev na spletu, zadnji del pa o tveganju, ...

  15. Improved distances to several Galactic OB associations

    Kaltcheva, Nadia; Golev, Valeri

    2011-01-01

    Based on uvbybeta photometry we study the structure of several Galactic star-forming fields. Lac OB1 is a compact association at 520+/-20 pc spatially correlated with a region of intense HII emission in Sh2-126. Loden 112 is a compact OB group at 1630+/-82 pc, probably connected to an extended feature of OB stars located toward the Carina tangent. The field toward Car OB1 is complex and likely contains apparent concentrations representing parts of long segments of the Carina arm projected alo...

  16. Upregulated Expression of AQP 7 in the Skeletal Muscles of Obese ob/ob Mice

    Aquaporin (AQP) is suggested to be regulated by leptin through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt/mammalian target of rapamycin pathway. AQP7 and AQP9 are membrane proteins with water and glycerol channels, the latter of which is essential for triglyceride synthesis. We conjectured that the expression of AQP7 and AQP9 would be altered in the skeletal myofibers in obese leptin deficient ob/ob mice as compared with that of wild mice. RNA and protein levels were studied in the quadriceps femoris muscles of ob/ob and wild mice. Real time quantitative RT-PCR analysis showed that mouse AQP7 mRNA levels in skeletal muscles were significantly higher in ob/ob mice than in wild mice (P<0.01), whereas mouse AQP9 mRNA level was not different between the two groups (P>0.05). Histologically the type 1 myofibers of ob/ob mice contained numerous lipid droplets in oil red O stain samples. Immunohistochemical staining of ob/ob mouse muscles revealed enhanced expression of AQP7 at myofiber surface membranes, while AQP9 expression appeared to be similar to that of wild mice. The findings suggest that the upregulated expression of AQP7 in ob/ob mouse muscles facilitates the secretion of glycerol from myocytes

  17. The primordial binary population in ob associations

    M. B. N. Kouwenhoven

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos los primeros resultados de nuestro sondeo con optica adaptativa de 200 estrellas principalmente de tipo A en la asociaci on OB cercana Sco OB2. Estos resultados, junto con datos de la literatura y simulaciones detalladas de c umulos j ovenes, ser an utilizados para determinar la poblaci on primordial de binarias.

  18. Improved Distances to Several Galactic OB Associations

    Kaltcheva, N.; Golev, V.

    Based on uvbyBeta photometry we study the structure of several Galactic star-forming fields. Lac OB1 is a compact association at 520 ± 20 pc spatially correlated with a region of intense Hii emission in Sh2-126. Lodén 112 is a compact OB group at 1630 ± 82 pc, probably connected to an extended feature of OB stars located toward the Carina tangent. The field toward Car OB1 is complex and likely contains apparent concentrations representing parts of long segments of the Carina arm projected along the line of sight. Within the classical Mon OB2 association we separate a relatively compact group at 1.26 kpc, that is spatially correlated to the Monoceros Loop SN remnant.

  19. Impaired Muscle Regeneration in Ob/ob and Db/db Mice

    Mai-Huong Nguyen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In obesity and type 2 diabetes, efficient skeletal muscle repair following injury may be required, not only for restoring muscle structure and function, but also for maintaining exercise capacity and insulin sensitivity. The hypothesis of this study was that muscle regeneration would be impaired in ob/ob and db/db mice, which are common mouse models of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Muscle injury was produced by cardiotoxin injection, and regeneration was assessed by morphological and immunostaining techniques. Muscle regeneration was delayed in ob/ob and db/db mice, but not in a less severe model of insulin resistance – feeding a high-fat diet to wild-type mice. Angiogenesis, cell proliferation, and myoblast accumulation were also impaired in ob/ob and db/db mice, but not the high-fat diet mice. The impairments in muscle regeneration were associated with impaired macrophage accumulation; macrophages have been shown previously to be required for efficient muscle regeneration. Impaired regeneration in ob/ob and db/db mice could be due partly to the lack of leptin signaling, since leptin is expressed both in damaged muscle and in cultured muscle cells. In summary, impaired muscle regeneration in ob/ob and db/db mice was associated with reduced macrophage accumulation, angiogenesis, and myoblast activity, and could have implications for insulin sensitivity in the skeletal muscle of obese and type 2 diabetic patients.

  20. Chemical evolution of OB associations

    Schramm, D. N.; Olive, K. A.

    1982-01-01

    It is determined that the existence of Al-26 and Pd-107 in meteorites in the early solar system indicates that our solar system probably formed inside an OB association that had been contaminated by the debris of at least one supernova. In addition to these radioactive tracers, the contamination of the material out of which the solar system formed would have significantly enriched the heavy element composition of the solar system relative to that of the average interstellar medium. It is found that the solar system would be enriched in those isotopes which are produced by the more massive stars, such as O-16, C-12, Ne-20, and some other r-process material. It is proposed that specific isotopic ratios and elemental ratios reflecting these differences would include the Ne-20/Ne-22 ratio, which would be higher in the solar system than in the interstellar medium and the cosmic rays, the C-12/C-13 ratio which would be higher in the solar system than in the interstellar medium, and the oxygen-to-carbon ratio, which would also be higher in the solar system than in the typical interstellar medium.

  1. Sintering of boron carbide (B4C)

    Boron carbide (B4C) is used as a control element in different types of reactors due to the high fast and thermal neutron absorption cross-section of B-10. Requirements of the Advanced Reactor Division of the Bariloche Atomic Center triggered the study of the possibilities of fabricating B4C pellets by cold-pressing and sintering. The results of essays of sinterability of two different commercial boron carbide powders, sintered at temperatures between 1200 and 2200 deg C, are given. Characterizations of the samples were made to determine the evolution of density, porosity, microstructure and boron content as a function of sintering temperature. (Author)

  2. HSL Attenuates the Follicular Oxidative Stress and Enhances the Hair Growth in ob/ob Mice

    Takeo Minematsu, PhD

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Summary: We demonstrated enhanced hair regeneration following topical administration of N-(3-oxododecanoyl-L-homoserine lactone (HSL in ob/ob mice. The ob/ob mice showed delayed hair regeneration (more than 6 wk after depilation, which rapidly induced transition to anagen in the hair cycle in wild-type mice. Vehicle and HSL solutions were applied to the depilated dorsal skin of ob/ob mice. The depilated skin of the HSL-treated mice was fully covered with hair, whereas no macroscopic alteration was observed in vehicle-treated group by the fourth week after depilation. Oxidative stress was drastically decreased and the expression of the antioxidative enzymes PON1 and PON3 was increased in the HSL-treated skin with highly proliferative anagen follicles. These results suggest that HSL is a candidate therapeutic agent for alopecia in metabolic syndrome.

  3. Preemption window for burst differentiation in OBS

    Klinkowski, Miroslaw; Careglio, Davide; Morató, Daniel; Solé Pareta, Josep

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a novel control architecture for optical burst switching networks to efficiently apply burst preemption without the resources overbooking, which is specific to conventional OBS. Simulation results prove the effectiveness of this proposal.

  4. Serotonin transporter (SERT and translocator protein (TSPO expression in the obese ob/ob mouse

    Santini Ferruccio

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background An ever growing body of evidences is emerging concerning metabolism hormones, neurotransmitters or stress-related biomarkers as effective modulators of eating behavior and body weight in mammals. The present study sought at examining the density and affinity of two proteins related to neurotransmission and cell metabolism, the serotonin transporter SERT and the cholesterol import-benzodiazepine site TSPO (translocator protein, in a rodent leptin-lacking mutant, the obese ob/ob mouse. Binding studies were thus carried out in brain or peripheral tissues, blood platelets (SERT and kidneys (TSPO, of ob/ob and WT mice supplied with a standard diet, using the selective radiochemical ligands [3H]-paroxetine and [3H]-PK11195. Results We observed comparable SERT number or affinity in brain and platelets of ob/ob and WT mice, whilst a significantly higher [3H]-PK11195 density was reported in the brain of ob/ob animals. TSPO binding parameters were similar in the kidneys of all tested mice. By [3H]-PK11195 autoradiography of coronal hypothalamic-hippocampal sections, an increased TSPO signal was detected in the dentate gyrus (hippocampus and choroids plexus of ob/ob mice, without appreciable changes in the cortex or hypothalamic-thalamic regions. Conclusions These findings show that TSPO expression is up-regulated in cerebral regions of ob/ob leptin-deficient mice, suggesting a role of the translocator protein in leptin-dependent CNS trophism and metabolism. Unchanged SERT in mutant mice is discussed herein in the context of previous literature as the forerunner to a deeper biochemical investigation.

  5. Differences in early acetaminophen hepatotoxicity between obese ob/ob and db/db mice.

    Aubert, Jacinthe; Begriche, Karima; Delannoy, Matthieu; Morel, Isabelle; Pajaud, Julie; Ribault, Catherine; Lepage, Sylvie; McGill, Mitchell R; Lucas-Clerc, Catherine; Turlin, Bruno; Robin, Marie-Anne; Jaeschke, Hartmut; Fromenty, Bernard

    2012-09-01

    Clinical investigations suggest that hepatotoxicity after acetaminophen (APAP) overdose could be more severe in the context of obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The pre-existence of fat accumulation and CYP2E1 induction could be major mechanisms accounting for such hepatic susceptibility. To explore this issue, experiments were performed in obese diabetic ob/ob and db/db mice. Preliminary investigations performed in male and female wild-type, ob/ob, and db/db mice showed a selective increase in hepatic CYP2E1 activity in female db/db mice. However, liver triglycerides in these animals were significantly lower compared with ob/ob mice. Next, APAP (500 mg/kg) was administered in female wild-type, ob/ob, and db/db mice, and investigations were carried out 0.5, 2, 4, and 8 h after APAP intoxication. Liver injury 8 h after APAP intoxication was higher in db/db mice, as assessed by plasma transaminases, liver histology, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling assay. In db/db mice, however, the extent of hepatic glutathione depletion, levels of APAP-protein adducts, c-Jun N-terminal kinase activation, changes in gene expression, and mitochondrial DNA levels were not greater compared with the other genotypes. Furthermore, in the db/db genotype plasma lactate and β-hydroxybutyrate were not specifically altered, whereas the plasma levels of APAP-glucuronide were intermediary between wild-type and ob/ob mice. Thus, early APAP-induced hepatotoxicity was greater in db/db than ob/ob mice, despite less severe fatty liver and similar basal levels of transaminases. Hepatic CYP2E1 induction could have an important pathogenic role when APAP-induced liver injury occurs in the context of obesity and related metabolic disorders. PMID:22647274

  6. Autonomic dysregulation in ob/ob mice is improved by inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme

    Hilzendeger, A.M.; da Costa Goncalves, A.C.; Plehm, R.; Diedrich, A.; Gross, V; J.B. Pesquero; Bader, M

    2010-01-01

    The leptin-deficient ob/ob mice are insulin resistant and obese. However, the control of blood pressure in this model is not well defined. The goal of this study was to evaluate the role of leptin and of the renin-angiotensin system in the cardiovascular abnormalities observed in obesity using a model lacking leptin. To this purpose, we measured blood pressure in ob/ob and control animals by radiotelemetry combined with fast Fourier transformation before and after both leptin and enalapril tr...

  7. K-band spectroscopy of deeply embedded, young OB stars

    Bik, A.; Kaper, L.; Hanson, M.M.; Waters, L. B. F. M.

    2006-01-01

    We have obtained high resolution (R = 10,000) K-band spectra of candidate young massive stars deeply embedded in high-mass star-forming regions. These objects were selected from a near-infrared survey of 44 regions of high-mass star-formation (Kaper et al, 2006). In these clusters, 38 OB stars are identified whose K-band spectra are dominated by photospheric emission. In almost all those stars, the K-band spectra are indistinguishable from field stars. However, in some stars the profile of th...

  8. Leptin differentially regulates STAT3 activation in the ob/ob mice adipose mesenchymal stem cells

    Leptin-deficient genetically obese ob/ob mice exhibit adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia as well as elevated adipose tissue and systemic inflammation. Studies have shown that multipotent stem cells isolated from adult adipose tissue can differentiate into adipocytes ex vivo and thereby contribute...

  9. Leptin differentially regulate STAT3 activation in ob/ob mouse adipose mesenchymal stem cells

    Zhou Zhou

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia as well as elevated adipose tissue and systemic inflammation. Multipotent stem cells isolated from adult adipose tissue can differentiate into adipocytes ex vivo and thereby contribute toward increased adipocyte cell numbers, obesity, and inflamm ation. Currently, information is lacking regarding regulation of adipose stem cell numbers as well as leptin-induced inflammation and its signaling pathway in ob/ob mice. Methods Using leptin deficient ob/ob mice, we investigated whether leptin injection into ob/ob mice increases adipose stem cell numbers and adipose tissue inflammatory marker MCP-1 mRNA and secretion levels. We also determined leptin mediated signaling pathways in the adipose stem cells. Results We report here that adipose stem cell number is significantly increased following leptin injection in ob/ob mice and with treatment of isolated stem cells with leptin in vitro. Leptin also up-regulated MCP-1 secretion in a dose- and time-dependent manner. We further showed that increased MCP-1 mRNA levels were due to increased phosphorylation of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3 Ser727 but not STAT3 Tyr705 phosphorylation, suggesting differential regulation of MCP-1 gene expression under basal and leptin-stimulated conditions in adipose stem cells. Conclusions Taken together, these studies demonstrate that leptin increases adipose stem cell number and differentially activates STAT3 protein resulting in up-regulation of MCP-1 gene expression. Further studies of mechanisms mediating adipose stem cell hyperplasia and leptin signaling in obesity are warranted and may help identify novel anti-obesity target strategies.

  10. Chemical modification of B4C cap layers on Pd/B4C multilayers

    Supruangnet, Ratchadaporn; Morawe, Christian; Peffen, Jean-Christophe; Nakajima, Hideki; Rattanasuporn, Surachet; Photongkam, Pat; Jearanaikoon, Nichada; Busayaporn, Wutthikri

    2016-03-01

    Chemical modifications of B4C cap layers on sputtered Pd/B4C multilayer coatings for X-ray optical applications were investigated using X-ray reflectivity, photoemission electron spectroscopy, photoemission electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. The results indicate oxidation down to probing depths of about 10 nm and strong evidence for the formation of B2O3 crystals at the sample surface, while B4C like compounds are absent.

  11. Transplantation of wild-type white adipose tissue normalizes metabolic, immune and inflammatory alterations in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice

    Sennello, Joseph A.; Fayad, Raja; Pini, Maria; Gove, Melissa E.; Fantuzzi, Giamila

    2006-01-01

    Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit several metabolic and immune abnormalities, including thymus atrophy and markedly reduced inflammatory responses. We evaluated whether transplantation of wild type (WT) white adipose tissue (WAT) into ob/ob mice could mimic the effect of recombinant leptin administration in normalizing metabolic, immune and inflammatory abnormalities. Female ob/ob mice received a subcutaneous transplantation of WAT obtained from WT littermates. A separate group of ob/ob mic...

  12. IPHAS discoveries of young stars towards Cyg OB2 and its southern periphery

    Vink, Jorick S.; Drew, Janet E.; Steeghs, Danny; Wright, Nick J.; Martin, Eduardo L.; Gaensicke, Boris T.; Greimel, Robert; Drake, Jeremy

    2008-01-01

    We report on the discovery of over 50 strong Halpha emitting objects towards the large OB association Cyg OB2 and the HII region DR 15 on its southern periphery. This was achieved using the INT Photometric Halpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS), combined with follow-up spectroscopy using the MMT multi-object spectrometer HectoSpec. We present optical spectra, supplemented with optical r', i' and Halpha photometry from IPHAS, and near-infrared J, H, and K photometry from 2MASS. T...

  13. 129I in the Ob river

    The aim of this study was: 1) to determine 129I concentrations in the Ob river, and 2) to determine 129I concentrations in surficial sediments in the river. Some results from the study are summarized in the present paper. 5 refs., 3 figs

  14. American Ginseng Berry Juice Intake Reduces Blood Glucose and Body Weight in ob/ob Mice

    Xie, J.T.; Wang, C.Z.; Ni, M.; Wu, J.A.; Mehendale, S.R.; Aung, H.H.; Foo, A.; Yuan, C.S.

    2007-01-01

    Diabetes is a serious chronic metabolic disease and has a significant impact on patients' lives and the health care system. We previously observed that the organic solvent extract of American ginseng berry possessed significant antidiabetic effects in obese diabetic ob/ob mice after intraperitoneal injection. If American ginseng berry is useful as a dietary supplement, simple preparation and oral intake would be a convenient, safe, and practical means for consumers. In this study, the simply ...

  15. The Physiology of Obese-Hyperglycemic Mice [ob/ob Mice

    Per Lindström

    2007-01-01

    This review summarizes key aspects of what has been learned about the physiology of leptin deficiency as it can be observed in obese-hyperglycemic ob/ob mice. These mice lack functional leptin. They are grossly overweight and hyperphagic, particularly at young ages, and develop severe insulin resistance. They have been used as a model for obesity and as a rich source of pancreatic islets with high insulin release capacity. The leptin deficiency manifests also with regard to immune function, t...

  16. Deflection routing scheme for GMPLS-based OBS networks

    Eid, Arafat; Mahmood, Waqar; Alomar, Anwar;

    2010-01-01

    Integrating the Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) framework into an Optical Burst Switching (OBS) Control Plane is a promising solution to alleviating most of OBS performance and design issues. However, implementing the already proposed OBS deflection routing schemes is not appli...

  17. Alpha-1 adrenoceptors in brown adipose tissue of lean and ob/ob mice

    Obese (ob/ob) mice have a low capacity to increase thyroxine 5'-deiodinase (T4 5'-D) in brown adipose tissue (BAT) when exposed to cold. This effect is mediated by alpha-1 (A-1) adrenoceptors. The authors objective was to find out whether BAT of the ob/ob mouse has normal A-1 receptors. Saturation analysis of binding of [3H]-WB4101 at 0.05 nM to 10 μM to crude membrane preparations (100,000 g pellets from Polytron homogenates) using the LIGAND program of Munson and Rodbard, showed two populations of binding sites in BAT of lean (+/+, 11-15 wk old) mice. Acute exposure (12 h, 140C) or acclimation to cold (3 wk, 140C) did not alter affinity or concentration of sites. Displacement with yohimbine and prazosin indicated binding of WB4101 to A-1 receptors. Very young (5 wk) lean (+/.) and obese mice had similar affinity constants (lean 0.13 +/- 0.043 and 34.2 +/- 14.9; obese, 0.12 +/- 0.028 and 20.9 +/- 5.48 nM) and concentrations (lean 22.4 +/- 3.8 and 647 +/- 137; obese, 28.6 +/- 4.6 and 547 +/- 105 fmol/mg protein) of sites. Old (1 yr) mice had high affinity sites similar to those in younger animals (KD lean 0.19 +/- 0.028, obese, 0.25 +/- 0.075; Bmax lean, 60.2 +/- 12.1; obese, 63.1 +/- 13.5 fmol/mg protein). The authors conclude that the ob/ob mouse has normal high affinity A-1 receptors in BAT. Anomalous properties of low affinity binding in old ob/ob mice could not be characterized because of high nonspecific binding. BAT of the ob/ob mouse does not lack A-1 receptors but may have a post-receptor alteration in the A-1 adrenoceptor-mediated response

  18. Alleviation of ischemia/reperfusion injury in ob/ob mice by inhibiting UCP-2 expression in fatty liver

    Chi-Dan Wan; Chun-You Wang; Tao Liu; Rui Cheng; Hong-Bo Wang

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the protective effect of target suppression of uncoupling protein-2 (UCP-2) on ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) injury in fatty liver in ob/ob mice.METHODS: Plasmids suppressing UCP-2 expression were constructed, and transfected into fatty liver cells cultured in vitro and the ob/ob mouse I/R injury model. Serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α levels, UCP-2 mRNA expression, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in ob/ob mice were tested, and the pathological changes in fatty liver were observed in experimental and control groups.RESULTS: In ob/ob mouse I/R models, serum TNF-α levels were significantly higher than in normal controls. After the plasmids were transfected into the cultured cells and animal models, expression of UCP-2 mRNA was significantly reduced as compared with that in the control group (2156±015 vs 2"0-45±0-15, P < 0.05). In ob/ob mouse models, in which expression of UCP-2 was suppressed, serum ALT levels were significantly lower than those of other groups, and pathological analysis revealed that injury of liver tissues was significantly alleviated.CONCLUSION: The target suppression of UCP-2 expression in fatty liver can alleviate the I/R injury in the ob/ob mice.

  19. Adrenalectomy in genetically obese ob/ob and db/db mice increases the proton conductance pathway.

    Shargill, N S; Lupien, J R; Bray, G A

    1989-09-01

    Adrenalectomy (ADX) prevents the excessive weight gain in the genetically obese ob/ob and db/db mice. To test the possibility that this results from increased energy expenditure due to increased thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT), we measured GDP binding to mitochondria from interscapular brown adipose tissue (BAT) in db/db and ob/ob mice and their lean controls after adrenalectomy, with and without corticosterone replacement. Both the vehicle treated and corticosterone treated db/db and ob/ob mice had lower body weights than the sham-operated mice GDP binding to mitochondria from IBAT was significantly lower in both the db/db and ob/ob mice than in their lean controls. Adrenalectomy significantly increased GDP binding in all mice compared to the respective sham-operated mice, but, the percentage increase was always greater in the db/db and ob/ob mice. Corticosterone treatment of adrenalectomized db/db, ob/ob or lean mice lowered GDP binding to sham levels. Our data confirm previous findings that adrenalectomy results in increased GDP binding to mitochondria from IBAT. Injections of corticosterone into adrenalectomized mice results in a decrease in GDP binding to values which are similar to values in sham-operated mice. Thus adrenalectomy may inhibit the development of obesity by increasing the thermic activity in IBAT. PMID:2583669

  20. Solar-Type Post-T Tauri Stars in the Nearest OB Subgroups

    Mamajek, E E

    2003-01-01

    I discuss results from the recent spectroscopic survey for solar-type pre-MS stars in the Lower Centaurus-Crux (LCC) and Upper Centaurus-Lupus (UCL) OB subgroups by Mamajek, Meyer, & Liebert (2002, AJ, 124, 1670). LCC and UCL are subgroups of the Sco-Cen OB association, and the two nearest OB subgroups to the Sun. In the entire survey of 110 pre-main sequence stars, there exists only one Classical T Tauri star (PDS 66), implying that only ~1% of ~1 Msun stars are still accreting at age 13$\\pm$7 (1$\\sigma$) Myr. Accounting for observational errors, the HRD placement of the pre-MS stars is consistent with the bulk of star-formation taking place within 5-10 Myr. In this contribution, I estimate conservative upper limits to the intrinsic velocity dispersions of the post-T Tauri stars in the LCC and UCL subgroups (<1.6 km/s and <2.2 km/s, respectively; 95% CL) using Monte-Carlo simulations of Tycho-2 proper motions for candidate subgroup members. I also demonstrate that a new OB subgroup recently propose...

  1. The Origin of OB Runaway Stars

    Fujii, Michiko; Zwart, Simon Portegies

    2011-01-01

    About 20% of all massive stars in the Milky Way have unusually high velocities, the origin of which has puzzled astronomers for half a century. We argue that these velocities originate from strong gravitational interactions between single stars and binaries in the centers of star clusters. The ejecting binary forms naturally during the collapse of a young ($\\aplt 1$\\,Myr) star cluster. This model replicates the key characteristics of OB runaways in our galaxy and it explains the $\\apgt 100$\\,...

  2. Time stability of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)

    Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Manuel Lázaro, Antonio; Corrêa Alegría, Francisco

    2010-01-01

    During the past decades, Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) have played a key role in permanent seismic activity monitoring at sea as well as allowing a better understating of the earth interior. Data collected by the instrument can provide information on the ocean bottom sub-layers down to a depth of 40 km beneath the ocean floor. The accuracy of the results directly depends on the temperature stability of the crystal used as the main time base of the equipment. This paper pre...

  3. Hormone-sensitive lipase deficiency suppresses insulin secretion from pancreatic islets of Lep{sup ob/ob} mice

    Sekiya, Motohiro [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Yahagi, Naoya, E-mail: nyahagi-tky@umin.ac.jp [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Laboratory of Molecular Physiology on Energy Metabolism, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Tamura, Yoshiaki; Okazaki, Hiroaki; Igarashi, Masaki; Ohta, Keisuke; Takanashi, Mikio; Kumagai, Masayoshi; Takase, Satoru; Nishi, Makiko; Takeuchi, Yoshinori; Izumida, Yoshihiko; Kubota, Midori; Ohashi, Ken; Iizuka, Yoko [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Yagyu, Hiroaki [Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi 329-0498 (Japan); Gotoda, Takanari [Department of Nephrology and Endocrinology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Nagai, Ryozo [Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Shimano, Hitoshi; Yamada, Nobuhiro [Advanced Biomedical Applications, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaragi 305-8575 (Japan); and others

    2009-09-25

    It has long been a matter of debate whether the hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL)-mediated lipolysis in pancreatic {beta}-cells can affect insulin secretion through the alteration of lipotoxicity. We generated mice lacking both leptin and HSL (Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup -/-}) and explored the role of HSL in pancreatic {beta}-cells in the setting of obesity. Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup -/-} developed elevated blood glucose levels and reduced plasma insulin levels compared with Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup +/+} in a fed state, while the deficiency of HSL did not affect glucose homeostasis in Lep{sup +/+} background. The deficiency of HSL exacerbated the accumulation of triglycerides in Lep{sup ob/ob} islets, leading to reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. The deficiency of HSL also diminished the islet mass in Lep{sup ob/ob} mice due to decreased cell proliferation. In conclusion, HSL affects insulin secretary capacity especially in the setting of obesity.

  4. DUSTY OB STARS IN THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD. I. OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY REVEALS PREDOMINANTLY MAIN-SEQUENCE OB STARS

    We present the results of optical spectroscopic follow-up of 125 candidate main sequence OB stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) that were originally identified in the S3MC infrared imaging survey as showing an excess of emission at 24 μm indicative of warm dust, such as that associated with a transitional or debris disks. We use these long-slit spectra to investigate the origin of the 24 μm emission and the nature of these stars. A possible explanation for the observed 24 μm excess, that these are emission line stars with dusty excretion disks, is disproven for the majority of our sources. We find that 88 of these objects are normal stars without line emission, with spectral types mostly ranging from late-O to early-B; luminosity classes from the literature for a sub-set of our sample indicate that most are main-sequence stars. We further identify 17 emission-line stars, 7 possible emission-line stars, and 5 other objects with forbidden-line emission in our sample. We discover a new O6 Iaf star; it exhibits strong He II 4686 Å emission but relatively weak N III 4640 Å emission which we attribute to the lower nitrogen abundance in the SMC. Two other objects are identified with planetary nebulae, one with a young stellar object, and two with X-ray binaries. To shed additional light on the nature of the observed 24 μm excess we use optical and infrared photometry to estimate the dust properties of the objects with normal O and B star spectra and compare these properties to those of a sample of hot spots in the Galactic interstellar medium (ISM). We find that the dust properties of the dusty OB star sample resemble the properties of the Galactic sample of hot spots. Some may be runaway systems with bow-shocks resulting from a large velocity difference between star and ISM. We further investigate the nature of these dusty OB stars in a companion paper presenting mid-infrared spectroscopy and additional imaging.

  5. B4C thin films for neutron detection

    Höglund, Carina; Birch, Jens; Andersen, Ken; Bigault, Thierry; Buffet, Jean-Claude; Correa, Jonathan; Van Esch, Patrick; Guerard, Bruno; Hall-Wilton, Richard; Jensen, Jens; Khaplanov, Anton; Piscitelli, Francesco; Vettier, Christian; Vollenberg, Wilhelmus; Hultman, Lars

    2012-01-01

    Due to the very limited availability of He-3, new kinds of neutron detectors, not based on 3He, are urgently needed. Here, we present a method to produce thin films of (B4C)-B-10, with maximized detection efficiency, intended to be part of a new generation of large area neutron detectors. B4C thin Films have been deposited onto Al-blade and Si wafer substrates by dc magnetron sputtering from (B4C)-B-nat and (B4C)-B-10 targets in an Ar discharge, using an industrial deposition system. The film...

  6. Data acquisition system for a cabled ocean bottom seismometer (OBS)

    Rogalski, Tomasz; Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Río Fernandez, Joaquín del; Manuel Lázaro, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) are highly used to monitor seismic activities at sea. They are also used to detect tsunamis and generate warning alarms. This paper presents a data acquisition system built for an OBS with capability to synchronize time through IEEE-1588 protocol. This acquisition system provides real time data through the Ethernet making it suitable for OBSs deployed at seafloor observatories.

  7. SUPER STAR CLUSTERS VERSUS OB ASSOCIATIONS

    Super star clusters (Mecl > 105 Msun) are the largest stellar nurseries in our local Universe, containing hundreds of thousands to millions of young stars within a few light years. Many of these systems are found in external galaxies, especially in pairs of interacting galaxies, and in some dwarf galaxies, but relatively few in disk galaxies like our own Milky Way. We show that a possible explanation for this difference is the presence of shear in normal spiral galaxies which impedes the formation of the very large and dense super star clusters but prefers the formation of loose OB associations possibly with a less massive cluster at the center. In contrast, in interacting galaxies and in dwarf galaxies, regions can collapse without having a large-scale sense of rotation. This lack of rotational support allows the giant clouds of gas and stars to concentrate into a single, dense, and gravitationally bound system.

  8. The origin of OB runaway stars.

    Fujii, Michiko S; Portegies Zwart, Simon

    2011-12-01

    About 20% of all massive stars in the Milky Way have unusually high velocities, the origin of which has puzzled astronomers for half a century. We argue that these velocities originate from strong gravitational interactions between single stars and binaries in the centers of star clusters. The ejecting binary forms naturally during the collapse of a young (≤1 million years old) star cluster. This model replicates the key characteristics of OB runaways in our galaxy, and it explains the presence of runaway stars of ≥100 solar masses (M(⊙)) around young star clusters, such as R136 and Westerlund 2. The high proportion and the distributions in mass and velocity of runaways in the Milky Way are reproduced if the majority of massive stars are born in dense and relatively low-mass (5000 to 10,000 M(⊙)) clusters. PMID:22096104

  9. Open clusters in Auriga OB2

    Marco, Amparo; Negueruela, Ignacio

    2016-06-01

    We study the area around the H II region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Strömgren and J, H, KS photometry for Stock 8 and Strömgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of ˜33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of 2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24} kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LS V +34°23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main-sequence stars, some of them with discs, associated with the B-type members lying on the main sequence. We interpret the region as an area of recent star formation with some residual and very localized ongoing star formation. We do not find evidence for sequential star formation on a large scale. The classical definition of Aur OB2 has to be reconsidered, because its two main open clusters, Stock 8 and NGC 1893, are not at the same distance. Stock 8 is probably located in the Perseus arm, but other nearby H II regions whose distances also place them in this arm show quite different distances and radial velocities and, therefore, are not connected.

  10. Leptin Increases Striatal Dopamine D2 Receptor Binding in Leptin-Deficient Obese (ob/ob) Mice

    Pfaffly, J.; Michaelides, M.; Wang, G-J.; Pessin, J.E.; Volkow, N.D.; Thanos, P.K.

    2010-06-01

    Peripheral and central leptin administration have been shown to mediate central dopamine (DA) signaling. Leptin-receptor deficient rodents show decreased DA D2 receptor (D2R) binding in striatum and unique DA profiles compared to controls. Leptin-deficient mice show increased DA activity in reward-related brain regions. The objective of this study was to examine whether basal D2R-binding differences contribute to the phenotypic behaviors of leptin-deficient ob/ob mice, and whether D2R binding is altered in response to peripheral leptin treatment in these mice. Leptin decreased body weight, food intake, and plasma insulin concentration in ob/ob mice but not in wild-type mice. Basal striatal D2R binding (measured with autoradiography [{sup 3}H] spiperone) did not differ between ob/ob and wild-type mice but the response to leptin did. In wild-type mice, leptin decreased striatal D2R binding, whereas, in ob/ob mice, leptin increased D2R binding. Our findings provide further evidence that leptin modulates D2R expression in striatum and that these effects are genotype/phenotype dependent.

  11. Nonlinear waveform analysis for water-layer response and its application to high-frequency receiver function analysis using OBS array

    Akuhara, Takeshi; Mochizuki, Kimihiro; Kawakatsu, Hitoshi; Takeuchi, Nozomu

    2016-07-01

    Determination of a response of the seawater column to teleseismic plane wave is important to suppress adverse effects of water reverberations in calculating receiver functions (RFs) using ocean-bottom seismometer (OBS) records. We present a novel nonlinear-waveform analysis method using the simulated annealing algorithm to determine such a water-layer response recorded by an OBS array. We then demonstrate its usefulness for the RF estimation through its application to synthetic and observed data. Synthetic experiments suggest that the water-layer response constrained in this way has a potential to improve RFs of OBS records drastically even in the high-frequency range (to 4 Hz). By applying it to data observed by the OBS array around the Kii Peninsula, southwestern Japan, we identified a low-velocity zone at the top of the subducting Philippine Sea plate. This zone may represent the incoming fluid-rich sediment layer that has been reported by active source seismic survey.

  12. Retention of deuterium implanted into B4C-overlaid isotropic graphites and hot-pressed B4C

    Retention characteristics of two kinds of B4C-overlaid graphites and hot-pressed B4C were investigated. An ion beam of 3 keV D2+ was implanted into the specimens at room temperature. The amount of retained deuteriums was measured as function of the implantation fluence and temperature by elastic recoil detection analysis. Thermal release behavior of implanted deuteriums was also measured by isochronal annealing. The concentration of retained deuterium reaches saturation similarly in three kinds of B4C-overlaid specimens at the fluences over 1018 D+/cm2 as in isotropic graphite. The release temperature, at which the number of retained deuterium decreases to one half in isochronal annealing are about 250 K lower for three kinds of B4C specimens than for graphite. The release temperature of deuterium from unsaturated hot-pressed B4C isochronal annealing is about 500 K higher than that from saturated one. (orig.)

  13. The radial distribution of OB star formation in the Galaxy

    Bronfman, L; May, J; Nyman, L A A

    2000-01-01

    We present the azimuthally averaged radial distribution of 748 regions of OB star formation in the whole galactic disk, based on our previous CS(2-1) survey of UC H II regions. Embedded massive stars produce a total FIR luminosity of 1.39E8 Lsun within the range 0.2

  14. A M2FS Spectroscopic Study of Low-mass Young Stars in Orion OB1

    Kaleida, Catherine C.; Briceno, Cesar; Calvet, Nuria; Mateo, Mario L.; Hernandez, Jesus

    2015-01-01

    Surveys of pre-main sequence stars in the ~4-10 Myr range provide a window into the decline of the accretion phase of stars and the formation of planets. Nearby star clusters and stellar associations allow for the study of these young stellar populations all the way down to the lowest mass members. One of the best examples of nearby 4-10 Myr old stellar populations is the Orion OB1 association. The CIDA Variability Survey of Orion OB1 (CVSO - Briceño et al. 2001) has used the variability properties of low-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars to identify hundreds of K and M-type stellar members of the Orion OB1 association, a number of them displaying IR-excess emission and thought to be representative of more evolved disk-bearing young stars. Characterizing these young, low-mass objects using spectroscopy is integral to understanding the accretion phase in young stars. We present preliminary results of a spectroscopic survey of candidate and confirmed Orion OB1 low-mass members taken during November 2014 and February 2014 using the Michigan/Magellan Fiber Spectrograph (M2FS), a PI instrument on the Magellan Clay Telescope (PI: M. Matteo). Target fields located in the off-cloud regions of Orion were identified in the CVSO, and observed using the low and high-resolution modes of M2FS. Both low and high-resolution spectra are needed in order to confirm membership and derive masses, ages, kinematics and accretion properties. Initial analysis of these spectra reveal many new K and M-type members of the Orion OB1 association in these low extinction, off-cloud areas. These are the more evolved siblings of the youngest stars still embedded in the molecular clouds, like those in the Orion Nebula Cluster. With membership and spectroscopic indicators of accretion we are building the most comprehensive stellar census of this association, enabling us to derive a robust estimate of the fraction of young stars still accreting at a various ages, a key constraint for the end of

  15. Isomerisation of c4-c6 aldoses with zeolites

    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses to their corresponding C4-C6 ketoses. In particular, the invention concerns isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses over solid zeolite catalysts free of any metals other than aluminum, in the presence of suitable solvent(s) at suitable elevat...... the catalyst. The ketoses obtained are used as sweeteners in the food and/or brewery industry, or treated to obtain downstream platform chemicals such as lactic acid, HMF, levulinic acid, furfural, MMHB, and the like....

  16. ESTIMATION OF THE BURST LENGTH IN OBS NETWORKS

    Pallavi S.; M. Lakshmi

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an overview of the optical burst switching (OBS) and discusses the major components. In OBS, the length of the burst arriving at a particular node is unknown, and hence, node design is very complex. In OBS first control, packet is transmitted and reserve the path as in circuit switching, thereafter, the data bursts is transmitted. In this paper, a poisson arrival of packets is considered and estimation is made on the size of the burst length. The results presented in the p...

  17. Reverse time migration of multiples for OBS data

    Zhang, Dongliang

    2014-08-05

    Reverse time migration of multiples (RTMM) is applied to OBS data with sparse receiver spacing. RTMM for OBS data unlike a marine streamer acquisition is implemented in the common receiver gathers (CRG) and provides a wider and denser illumination for each CRG than the conventional RTM of primaries. Hence, while the the conventional RTM image contains strong aliasing artifacts due to a sparser receiver interval, the RTMM image suffers from this artifacts less. This benefit of RTMM is demonstrated with numerical test on the Marmousi model for sparsely sampled OBS data.

  18. Performance of a distributed WR-OBS control architecture

    Zhou Lan; Hongxiang Guo; Jian Wu; Jintong Lin

    2005-01-01

    This paper proposes a new distributed wavelength-routed optical burst switching (WR-OBS) network architecture and two corresponding control protocols. By taking advantage of merits from both just enough time (JET) protocol and two-way signaling method, this new control architecture outperforms traditional JET OBS network in points of burst loss probability, system throughput and centralized WROBS network in network scalability confirmed by computer simulations. Further simulation is developed to compare the performance of the two control protocols, which leads to instructive discussion in real WR-OBS network design.

  19. Boron carbide (B4C) coating. Deposition and testing

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B4C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B4C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B4C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B4C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed

  20. Boron carbide (B4C) coating. Deposition and testing

    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V.; Begrambekov, L.; Buzhinsky, O.; Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A.; Klimov, N.; Kurnaev, V.; Mazul, I.; Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A.; Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A.

    2015-08-01

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B4C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B4C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B4C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B4C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  1. Spatial Distribution and Kinematics of OB Stars

    Gontcharov, George

    2016-01-01

    The sample of 37 485 suspected OB stars selected by Gontcharov (2008) from the Tycho-2 catalogue has been cleaned of the stars that are not of spectral types OV--A0V. For this purpose, the apparent magnitude $V_T$ from Tycho-2, the absolute magnitude $M_{V_T}$ calibrated as a function of the dereddened color index $(B_T-V_T)_0$, the interstellar extinction $A_{V_T}$ calculated from the 3D analytical model by Gontcharov (2009) as a function of the Galactic coordinates, and the photometric distance $r_{ph}$ calculated as a function of $V_T$, $M_{V_T}$, and $A_{V_T}$ have been reconciled in an iterative process. The 20 514 stars that passed the iterations have $(B_T-V_T)_0-5$ and are considered as a sample of OV--A0V stars complete within 350 pc of the Sun. Based on the theoretical relation between the dereddened color and age of the stars, the derived sample has been divided into three subsamples: $(B_T-V_T)_0<-0.2^m$, $-0.2^m<(B_T-V_T)_0<-0.1^m$, and $-0.1^m<(B_T-V_T)_0<0^m$, younger than 100, $...

  2. Open clusters in AurOB2

    Marco, A

    2016-01-01

    We study the area around the HII region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Str\\"omgren and J,H,Ks photometry for Stock 8 and Str\\"omgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of 33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of $2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24}$ kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LSV +34 23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main sequence stars, some of them with disks, associated with the B-type members lying on the main-seq...

  3. Analysis of methane biodegradation by Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b

    Rodrigues, Andréa dos Santos; Salgado, Belkis Valdman e Andréa Medeiros

    2009-01-01

    The microbial oxidation of methane in the atmosphere is performed by methanotrophic bacteria that use methane as a unique source of carbon and energy. The objective of this work consisted of the investigation of the best conditions of methane biodegradation by methanotrophic bacteria Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b that oxidize it to carbon dioxide, and the use of these microorganisms in monitoring methods for methane. The results showed that M. trichosporium OB3b was capable to degrade metha...

  4. Il nuovo OBS/H dell’INGV

    D'Anna, G.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione CNT, Roma, Italia; Mangano, G.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione CNT, Roma, Italia; D'Alessandro, A.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione OV, Napoli, Italia; D'Anna, R.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione CNT, Roma, Italia; Passafiume, G.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione CNT, Roma, Italia; Speciale, S.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione CNT, Roma, Italia; Amato, A.

    2009-01-01

    In 2005, thanks to the 3-year agreement between Dipartimento Nazionale della Protezione Civile (DPC) and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) - Centro Nazionale Terremoti (CNT), the project of the first Italian “Ocean Bottom Seismometer with Hydrophone” (OBS/H) for long-term deployment was developed at the OBS Lab of the Gibilmanna Observatory (Sicily). The drawing of the instrument started in January 2005 and, after 18 months, the prototype was ready for test in ...

  5. Deferoxamine ameliorates hepatosteatosis via several mechanisms in ob/ob mice.

    Xue, Han; Chen, Di; Zhong, Yan-Ke; Zhou, Zhen-Diao; Fang, Shi-Xin; Li, Ming-Yao; Guo, Chuang

    2016-07-01

    Hepatic iron accumulation may be responsible for the pathology of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is both increasingly prevalent in conjunction with obesity and associated with comorbidities. The efficacy of iron reduction therapies, such as phlebotomy or dietary iron restriction, has been demonstrated in patient and animal models, including models of diabetes and obesity; however, the effects on and exact mechanisms responsible for iron depletion in NAFLD have not been clearly elucidated. Our study investigated the role of iron depletion by deferoxamine (DFO) treatment of ob/ob mice with hepatic steatosis. We found that DFO reduced hepatic iron deposition and regulated intracellular iron concentration in a homeostatic process following 15 days of treatment. Compared with vehicle treatment, DFO significantly improved hepatic steatosis by upregulating proteins related to lipid metabolism. Meanwhile, the reduction of free radical formation and proinflammatory cytokines, as well as the increase of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α pathway proteins and Bcl2/Bax ratio, further indicated that DFO was effective for liver protection and hepatic adaptation. These findings show that the intraperitoneal delivery of DFO provides a potential means of both preventing the progression of NAFLD and accelerating healing of hepatic steatosis, with the potential for rapid clinical application. PMID:27447538

  6. Nuclear triiodothyronine receptor binding characteristics and occupancy in obese (ob/ob) mice

    Hillgartner, F.B.; Romsos, D.R.

    1987-03-01

    Obese (ob/ob) mice exhibit reduced adaptive thermogenesis associated with an impairment of thyroid hormone action. The mechanism underlying the latter defect was investigated by comparing the binding characteristics and occupancy of solubilized nuclear 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T/sub 3/) receptors from livers of lean and obese mice. T/sub 3/ concentration was measured by radioimmunoassay. Scatchard analysis showed minimal differences in B/sub max/ and K/sub d/ between phenotypes at both 4 and 8-10 wk of age, indicating that reduced hepatic thyroid hormone expression in obese mice is not caused by alterations in nuclear receptor concentration or affinity. In contrast, nuclear T/sub 3/ receptor occupancy (endogenous T/sub 3/ associated with the specific receptor divided by B/sub max/) was 14 and 23% lower in 4- and 8- to 10-wk old obese mice, respectively. Together with reported changes in hepatic thyroid hormone-sensitive enzymes, these data are consistent with a diminished nuclear T/sub 3/ signal initiating thyroid hormone action in obese mice. Decreased nuclear T/sub 3/ receptor occupancy may be secondary to a low transport of plasma T/sub 3/ to the nuclear pool. In conclusion, impaired hepatic thyroid hormone action in obese mice is mediated in part at least by a reduction in nuclear T/sub 3/ receptor occupancy.

  7. Nuclear triiodothyronine receptor binding characteristics and occupancy in obese (ob/ob) mice

    Obese (ob/ob) mice exhibit reduced adaptive thermogenesis associated with an impairment of thyroid hormone action. The mechanism underlying the latter defect was investigated by comparing the binding characteristics and occupancy of solubilized nuclear 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) receptors from livers of lean and obese mice. T3 concentration was measured by radioimmunoassay. Scatchard analysis showed minimal differences in B/sub max/ and K/sub d/ between phenotypes at both 4 and 8-10 wk of age, indicating that reduced hepatic thyroid hormone expression in obese mice is not caused by alterations in nuclear receptor concentration or affinity. In contrast, nuclear T3 receptor occupancy (endogenous T3 associated with the specific receptor divided by B/sub max/) was 14 and 23% lower in 4- and 8- to 10-wk old obese mice, respectively. Together with reported changes in hepatic thyroid hormone-sensitive enzymes, these data are consistent with a diminished nuclear T3 signal initiating thyroid hormone action in obese mice. Decreased nuclear T3 receptor occupancy may be secondary to a low transport of plasma T3 to the nuclear pool. In conclusion, impaired hepatic thyroid hormone action in obese mice is mediated in part at least by a reduction in nuclear T3 receptor occupancy

  8. Impaired transport of thyroid hormones into livers of obese (ob/ob) mice

    Obese (ob/ob) mice exhibit impaired hepatic thyroid hormone action that is mediated, at least in part, by a reduced nuclear 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine (T3) receptor occupancy. The possibility that lowered occupancy in obese mice may be caused by decreased transport of T3 across the hepatic plasma membrane was examined by measuring the unidirectional influx of [125I]T3 into livers of 8- to 10-wk-old obese and lean mice using a tissue-sampling portal vein-injection technique. Influx of [125I]thyroxine (T4), a substrate for T4 5'-deiodinase, was also measured. Unidirectional clearance of T3 and T4 was 64 and 80% lower, respectively, in obese mice than in lean mice. Hepatic T3 and T4 uptake was nonsaturable in both lean and obese mice, suggesting that transport occurs by lipid-mediated free diffusion. Clearance of another lipid-soluble hormone, hydrocortisone, was also lower in obese mice than in lean mice. Decreased membrane permeability to the above hormones in obese mice may result from reported changes in membrane lipid composition. In conclusion, decreased hepatic thyroid hormone uptake may contribute to impaired thyroid hormone action and T3 production in livers of obese mice

  9. Cygnus OB2 DANCe: A high precision proper motion study of the Cygnus OB2 association

    Wright, Nicholas J; Drew, Janet E; Sarro, Luis Manuel; Bertin, Emmanuel; Cuillandre, Jean-Charles; Barrado, David

    2016-01-01

    We present a high-precision proper motion study of 873 X-ray and spectroscopically selected stars in the massive OB association Cygnus OB2 as part of the DANCe project. These were calculated from images spanning a 15 year baseline and have typical precisions < 1 mas/yr. We calculate the velocity dispersion in the two axes to be $\\sigma_\\alpha(c) = 13.0^{+0.8}_{-0.7}$ and $\\sigma_\\delta(c) = 9.1^{+0.5}_{-0.5}$ km/s, using a 2-component, 2-dimensional model that takes into account the uncertainties on the measurements. This gives a 3-dimensional velocity dispersion of $\\sigma_{3D} = 17.8 \\pm 0.6$ km/s implying a virial mass significantly larger than the observed stellar mass, confirming that the association is gravitationally unbound. The association appears to be dynamically unevolved, as evidenced by considerable kinematic substructure, non-isotropic velocity dispersions and a lack of energy equipartition. The proper motions show no evidence for a global expansion pattern, with approximately the same amoun...

  10. Brown Adipose Tissue Transplantation Reverses Obesity in Ob/Ob Mice.

    Liu, Xiaomeng; Wang, Siping; You, Yilin; Meng, Minghui; Zheng, Zongji; Dong, Meng; Lin, Jun; Zhao, Qianwei; Zhang, Chuanhai; Yuan, Xiaoxue; Hu, Tao; Liu, Lieqin; Huang, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Dehua; Zhan, Jicheng; Jong Lee, Hyuek; Speakman, John R; Jin, Wanzhu

    2015-07-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that brown adipose tissue (BAT) transplantation enhances whole-body energy metabolism in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. However, it remains unclear whether BAT also has such beneficial effects on genetically obese mice. To address this issue, we transplanted BAT from C57/BL6 mice into the dorsal subcutaneous region of age- and sex-matched leptin deficient Ob/Ob mice. Interestingly, BAT transplantation led to a significant reduction of body weight gain with increased oxygen consumption and decreased total body fat mass, resulting in improvement of insulin resistance and liver steatosis. In addition, BAT transplantation increased the level of circulating adiponectin, whereas it reduced the levels of circulating free T3 and T4, which regulate thyroid hormone sensitivity in peripheral tissues. BAT transplantation also increased β3-adrenergic receptor and fatty acid oxidation related gene expression in subcutaneous and epididymal (EP) white adipose tissue. Accordingly, BAT transplantation increased whole-body thermogenesis. Taken together our results demonstrate that BAT transplantation may reduce obesity and its related diseases by activating endogenous BAT. PMID:25830704

  11. Calorimetric measurements on Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}

    Inaba, Akira; Miyazaki, Yuji [Research Center for Structural Thermodynamics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 (Japan); Michałowski, Paweł P.; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas, E-mail: Thomas.wagberg@physics.umu.se [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); Sundqvist, Bertil [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); State Key Laboratory for Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2015-04-28

    We show specific heat data for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} in the range 0.4-350 K for samples characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. At high temperatures, the two different polymer structures have very similar specific heats both in absolute values and in general trend. The specific heat data are compared with data for undoped polymeric and pristine C{sub 60}. At high temperatures, a difference in specific heat between the intercalated and undoped C{sub 60} polymers of 100 J K{sup −1} mol{sup −1} is observed, in agreement with the Dulong-Petit law. At low temperatures, the specific heat data for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} are modified by the stiffening of vibrational and librational molecular motion induced by the polymer bonds. The covalent twin bonds in Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} affect these motions to a somewhat higher degree than the single intermolecular bonds in Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}. Below 1 K, the specific heats of both materials become linear in temperature, as expected from the effective dimensionality of the structure. The contribution to the total specific heat from the inserted metal ions can be well described by Einstein functions with T{sub E} = 386 K for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and T{sub E} = 120 K for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, but for both materials we also observe a Schottky-type contribution corresponding to a first approximation to a two-level system with ΔE = 9.3 meV for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and 3.1 meV for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, probably associated with jumps between closely spaced energy levels inside “octahedral-type” ionic sites. Static magnetic fields up to 9 T had very small effects on the specific heat below 10 K.

  12. O2CC6H4C6H4CO2(SnPh32∙4H2O AND HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2SnBu2Cl: SYNTHESIS AND INFRARED STUDY

    ABDOU MBAYE

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available When the diphenic acid HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2H is allowed to react with SnBu2Cl2 or SnPh3OH, HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2. SnBu2Cl (A and O2CC6H4C6H4CO2(SnPh32∙4H2O(B were obtained and characterized by infrared spectroscopy. The structures are an infinite chain or an oligomer, the diphenic anion being a monodentate or a monochelating ligand. The environment around the tin centers is trigonal bipyramidal or octahedral.

  13. Gender-specific metabolomic profiling of obesity in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice by 1H NMR spectroscopy.

    Eun-Young Won

    Full Text Available Despite the numerous metabolic studies on obesity, gender bias in obesity has rarely been investigated. Here, we report the metabolomic analysis of obesity by using leptin-deficient ob/ob mice based on the gender. Metabolomic analyses of urine and serum from ob/ob mice compared with those from C57BL/6J lean mice, based on the (1H NMR spectroscopy in combination with multivariate statistical analysis, revealed clear metabolic differences between obese and lean mice. We also identified 48 urine and 22 serum metabolites that were statistically significantly altered in obese mice compared to lean controls. These metabolites are involved in amino acid metabolism (leucine, alanine, ariginine, lysine, and methionine, tricarbocylic acid cycle and glucose metabolism (pyruvate, citrate, glycolate, acetoacetate, and acetone, lipid metabolism (cholesterol and carnitine, creatine metabolism (creatine and creatinine, and gut-microbiome-derived metabolism (choline, TMAO, hippurate, p-cresol, isobutyrate, 2-hydroxyisobutyrate, methylamine, and trigonelline. Notably, our metabolomic studies showed distinct gender variations. The obese male mice metabolism was specifically associated with insulin signaling, whereas the obese female mice metabolism was associated with lipid metabolism. Taken together, our study identifies the biomarker signature for obesity in ob/ob mice and provides biochemical insights into the metabolic alteration in obesity based on gender.

  14. Hot pressing of B4C/SiC composites

    B4C/SiC ceramic composites containing 10-20-30 vol % SiC were prepared by hot pressing method. The effect of SiC addition and hot pressing temperature on sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of hot pressed composites were investigated. Microstructures of hot pressed samples were examined by SEM technique. Three different temperatures (2100 deg. C, 2200 deg. C and 2250 deg. C) were used to optimize hot pressing temperature applying 100 MPa pressure under argon atmosphere during the sintering procedure. The highest relative density of 98.44 % was obtained by hot pressing at 2250 deg. C. However, bending strengths of B4C/SiC composite samples were lower than monolithic B4C in all experimental conditions. (authors)

  15. B4C thin films for neutron detection

    Due to the very limited availability of 3He, new kinds of neutron detectors, not based on 3He, are urgently needed. Here, we present a method to produce thin films of 10B4C, with maximized detection efficiency, intended to be part of a new generation of large area neutron detectors. B4C thin films have been deposited onto Al-blade and Si wafer substrates by dc magnetron sputtering from natB4C and 10B4C targets in an Ar discharge, using an industrial deposition system. The films were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, x-ray reflectivity, and neutron radiography. We show that the film-substrate adhesion and film purity are improved by increased substrate temperature and deposition rate. A deposition rate of 3.8 A/s and substrate temperature of 400 deg. C result in films with a density close to bulk values and good adhesion to film thickness above 3 μm. Boron-10 contents of almost 80 at. % are obtained in 6.3 m2 of 1 μm thick 10B4C thin films coated on Al-blades. Initial neutron absorption measurements agree with Monte Carlo simulations and show that the layer thickness, number of layers, neutron wavelength, and amount of impurities are determining factors. The study also shows the importance of having uniform layer thicknesses over large areas, which for a full-scale detector could be in total ∼1000 m2 of two-side coated Al-blades with ∼1 μm thick 10B4C films.

  16. Increasing the number and signal-to-noise ratio of OBS traces with supervirtual refraction interferometry and free-surface multiples

    Bharadwaj, P.

    2013-01-10

    The theory of supervirtual interferometry is modified so that free-surface related multiple refractions can be used to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of primary refraction events by a factor proportional to√Ns, where Ns is the number of post-critical sources for a specified refraction multiple. We also show that refraction multiples can be transformed into primary refraction events recorded at virtual hydrophones located between the actual hydrophones. Thus, data recorded by a coarse sampling of ocean bottom seismic (OBS) stations can be transformed, in principle, into a virtual survey with P times more OBS stations, where P is the order of the visible free-surface related multiple refractions. The key assumption is that the refraction arrivals are those of head waves, not pure diving waves. The effectiveness of this method is validated with both synthetic OBS data and an OBS data set recorded offshore from Taiwan. Results show the successful reconstruction of far-offset traces out to a source-receiver offset of 120 km. The primary supervirtual traces increase the number of pickable first arrivals from approximately 1600 to more than 3100 for a subset of the OBS data set where the source is only on one side of the recording stations. In addition, the head waves associated with the first-order free-surface refraction multiples allow for the creation of six new common receiver gathers recorded at virtual OBS station located about half way between the actual OBS stations. This doubles the number of OBS stations compared to the original survey and increases the total number of pickable traces from approximately 1600 to more than 6200. In summary, our results with the OBS data demonstrate that refraction interferometry can sometimes more than quadruple the number of usable traces, increase the source-receiver offsets, fill in the receiver line with a denser distribution of OBS stations, and provide more reliable picking of first arrivals. Apotential liability

  17. Hypothalamic Leptin Gene Therapy Reduces Bone Marrow Adiposity in ob/ob Mice Fed Regular and High-Fat Diets.

    Lindenmaier, Laurence B; Philbrick, Kenneth A; Branscum, Adam J; Kalra, Satya P; Turner, Russell T; Iwaniec, Urszula T

    2016-01-01

    Low bone mass is often associated with elevated bone marrow adiposity. Since osteoblasts and adipocytes are derived from the same mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) progenitor, adipocyte formation may increase at the expense of osteoblast formation. Leptin is an adipocyte-derived hormone known to regulate energy and bone metabolism. Leptin deficiency and high-fat diet-induced obesity are associated with increased marrow adipose tissue (MAT) and reduced bone formation. Short-duration studies suggest that leptin treatment reduces MAT and increases bone formation in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice fed a regular diet. Here, we determined the long-duration impact of increased hypothalamic leptin on marrow adipocytes and osteoblasts in ob/ob mice following recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) gene therapy. Eight- to 10-week-old male ob/ob mice were randomized into four groups: (1) untreated, (2) rAAV-Lep, (3) rAAV-green fluorescent protein (rAAV-GFP), or (4) pair-fed to rAAV-Lep. For vector administration, mice were injected intracerebroventricularly with either rAAV-leptin gene therapy (rAAV-Lep) or rAAV-GFP (9 × 10(7) particles) and maintained for 30 weeks. In a second study, the impact of increased hypothalamic leptin levels on MAT was determined in mice fed high-fat diets; ob/ob mice were randomized into two groups and treated with either rAAV-Lep or rAAV-GFP. At 7 weeks post-vector administration, half the mice in each group were switched to a high-fat diet for 8 weeks. Wild-type (WT) controls included age-matched mice fed regular or high-fat diet. High-fat diet resulted in a threefold increase in MAT in WT mice, whereas MAT was increased by leptin deficiency up to 50-fold. Hypothalamic leptin gene therapy increased osteoblast perimeter and osteoclast perimeter with minor change in cancellous bone architecture. The gene therapy decreased MAT levels in ob/ob mice fed regular or high-fat diet to values similar to WT mice fed regular diet. These findings suggest

  18. OB protein binds specifically to the choroid plexus of mice and rats.

    Devos, R; Richards, J G; Campfield, L A; Tartaglia, L A; Guisez, Y; van der Heyden, J; Travernier, J; Plaetinck, G; Burn, P

    1996-05-28

    Binding studies were conducted to identify the anatomical location of brain target sites for OB protein, the ob gene product. 125I-labeled recombinant mouse OB protein or alkaline phosphatase-OB fusion proteins were used for in vitro and in vivo binding studies. Coronal brain sections or fresh tissue from lean, obese ob/ob, and obese db/db mice as well as lean and obese Zucker rats were probed to identify potential central OB protein-binding sites. We report here that recombinant OB protein binds specifically to the choroid plexus. The binding of OB protein (either radiolabeled or the alkaline phosphatase-OB fusion protein) and its displacement by unlabeled OB protein was similar in lean, obese ob/ob, and obese db/db mice as well as lean and obese Zucker rats. These findings suggest that OB protein binds with high affinity to a specific receptor in the choroid plexus. After binding to the choroid plexus receptor, OB protein may then be transported across the blood-brain barrier into the cerebrospinal fluid. Alternatively, binding of OB protein to a specific receptor in the choroid plexus may activate afferent neural inputs to the neural network that regulates feeding behavior and energy balance or may result in the clearance or degradation of OB protein. The identification of the choroid plexus as a brain binding site for OB protein will provide the basis for the construction of expression libraries and facilitate the rapid cloning of the choroid plexus OB receptor. PMID:8643634

  19. Directional crystallization of B4C-NbB2 and B4C-MoB2 eutectic compositions

    We studied the directional crystallization of different compositions in B4C-NbB2 and B4C-MoB2 systems. The eutectic compositions for both systems are evaluated. It is shown that in the first system the rod-like eutectic structure is formed, in second, the 'Chinese hieroglyphics'. In both cases high hardness and high microplasticity are observed, which are much more than for individual component phases. These compositions may be considered as a new kind of self-strengthening composite materials

  20. Herbig Ae/Be Stars in nearby OB associations

    Hernández, J; Hartmann, L; Briceño, C; Sicilia-Aguilar, A; Berlind, P; Hernandez, Jesus; Calvet, Nuria; Hartmann, Lee; Briceno, Cesar; Sicilia-Aguilar, Aurora; Berlind, Perry

    2004-01-01

    We have carried out a study of the early type stars in nearby OB associations spanning an age range of $\\sim$ 3 to 16 Myr, with the aim of determining the fraction of stars which belong to the Herbig Ae/Be class. We studied the B, A, and F stars in the nearby ($\\le 500$ pc) OB associations Upper Scorpius, Perseus OB2, Lacerta OB1, and Orion OB1, with membership determined from Hipparcos data. We obtained spectra for 440 Hipparcos stars in these associations, from which we determined accurate spectral types, visual extinctions, effective temperatures, luminosities and masses, using Hipparcos photometry. Using colors corrected for reddening, we find that the Herbig Ae/Be stars and the Classical Be stars (CBe) occupy clearly different regions in the JHK diagram. Thus, we use the location on the JHK diagram, as well as the presence of emission lines and of strong 12 microns flux relative to the visual to identify the Herbig Ae/Be stars in the associations. We find that the Herbig Ae/Be stars constitute a small fr...

  1. JAVOBS: A Flexible Simulator for OBS Network Architectures

    Oscar Pedrola

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Since the OBS paradigm has become a potential candidate to cope with the needs of the future all optical networks, it has really caught the attention from both academia and industry worldwide. In this direction, OBS networks have been investigated under many different scenarios comprising numerous architectures and strategies. This heterogeneous context encouraged the development of various simulation tools. In this paper we present our novel Java-based OBS network simulator called JAVOBS. We discuss its architecture, study its performance and provide some exemplary results that point out its remarkable flexibility. This flexibility should permit an easy integration of upcoming new network protocol designs but also support changing and evolving research goals.

  2. Obs4MIPS: Satellite Observations for Model Evaluation

    Ferraro, R.; Waliser, D. E.; Gleckler, P. J.

    2015-12-01

    This poster will review the current status of the obs4MIPs project, whose purpose is to provide a limited collection of well-established and documented datasets for comparison with Earth system models (https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/obs4mips/). These datasets have been reformatted to correspond with the CMIP5 model output requirements, and include technical documentation specifically targeted for their use in model output evaluation. There are currently over 50 datasets containing observations that directly correspond to CMIP5 model output variables. We will review recent additions to the obs4MIPs collection, and provide updated download statistics. We will also provide an update on changes to submission and documentation guidelines, the work of the WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team, and engagement with the CMIP6 MIP experiments.

  3. ESTIMATION OF THE BURST LENGTH IN OBS NETWORKS

    Pallavi S.

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an overview of the optical burst switching (OBS and discusses the major components. In OBS, the length of the burst arriving at a particular node is unknown, and hence, node design is very complex. In OBS first control, packet is transmitted and reserve the path as in circuit switching, thereafter, the data bursts is transmitted. In this paper, a poisson arrival of packets is considered and estimation is made on the size of the burst length. The results presented in the paper clearly reveal that, the very large burst length is un-common. Therefore, most of the times, very short or average length burst is expected. Therefore it is concluded in this paper, buffering of burst at the contending nodes is a good option which increases the throughput and reduces the average delay. Finally, the buffering in conjunction with deflection of bursts will provide very effective solution.

  4. e-MERLIN 21cm constraints on the mass-loss rates of OB stars in Cyg OB2

    Morford, Jack; Prinja, Raman; Blomme, Ronnie; Yates, Jeremy

    2016-01-01

    We present e-MERLIN 21 cm (L-band) observations of single luminous OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association, from the COBRaS Legacy programme. The radio observations potentially offer the most straightforward, least model-dependent, determinations of mass-loss rates, and can be used to help resolve current discrepancies in mass-loss rates via clumped and structured hot star winds. We report here that the 21 cm flux densities of O3 to O6 supergiant and giant stars are less than ~ 70 microJy. These fluxes may be translated to `smooth' wind mass-loss upper limits of ~ 4.4 - 4.8 x 10^(-6) M_sol/yr for O3 supergiants and < 2.9 x 10^(-6) M_sol/yr for B0 to B1 supergiants. The first ever resolved 21 cm detections of the hypergiant (and LBV candidate) Cyg OB2 #12 are discussed; for multiple observations separated by 14 days, we detect a ~ 69% increase in its flux density. Our constraints on the upper limits for the mass-loss rates of evolved OB stars in Cyg OB2 support the model that the inner wind region close to t...

  5. Variable time-period optical switching: a novel OBS implementation

    Jinsong Zhang(张劲松); Mingcui Cao(曹明翠); Fengguang Luo(罗风光); Tao Chen(陈涛)

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we proposed a novel optical switching method based on optical burst switching (OBS), we call it variable time-period optical switching (VTPOS). It can both support circuit services and other immerged packet services. It has better usability of bandwidth, shorter offset and latency time than others of unidirectional transport signaling mechanisms for OBS. It supports deflection switching for improve blocking performance without the need of schedule buffer. It introduces a time pointer and phase indicator that made synchronous more precisely and requires less guard time, it also classifies the different services classes with a relative QoS model.

  6. Marine TAIGER OBS Experiment and its future prospects

    Lee, C.; Wang, T.; van Avendonk, H. J.; Huang, Y.; Lin, J.; Lallemand, S.; Klingelhoeher, F.

    2009-12-01

    A total of 260 OBSs were deployed in the marine TAIGER program from late March to late July, 2009. These data were collected by US Columbia University’s R/V Langseth as the big-power seismic shooting ship and 10 Taiwanese ships to take terms for supporting of the OBS experiment in the entire seismic cruises. The OBS were provided by the National Taiwan Ocean University, French IFREMER and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. During these 4 months, we have worked around Taiwan in the South China Sea, Luzon Arc, East Taiwan and West Philippine Basin. All efforts are put together by many earth scientists from Taiwan, USA and France under one major purpose, to get a better understanding of the Taiwan mountain building processes. As a result, these new data will provide as a base to combine with many other disciplinal studies, such as the multi-channel seismic, land recorded seismometer data, gravity and magnetic as well as the natural earthquake data recorded by the OBS during the experiment time. Four very preliminary OBS data analyses will be presented in the same T25 postal section. Beside the research, we also carried out our teaching to our students on board a Taiwanese student training ship, Yu-Yin No.2. Therefore, an educational post is also to be shown in the ED01 section. Even the data analyses are in an early stage, but we are exciting about it. For example, 3 OBS profiles (T4, T5 and T6) in the East Taiwan were shot twice in normal and reversed directions with different shot intervals (30 and 60 seconds per shot). This exercise will be important to interpret the complicate collision/subduction structures in the East Taiwan. Two OBS profiles (T1 and T2) in the Luzon Arc were shot 5 times in the separated R/V Langseth cruises (due to the typhoon effects), again with different shot intervals (20 and 60 seconds per shot). These will provide us more opportunities to examine the collisional features in between Taiwan and Luzon. One OBS long profile (550 km) was

  7. Octonionic Representations of GL(8,R) and GL(4,C)

    Stefano De LeoDip. di Fisica, INFN, Lecce; Khaled Abdel-Khalek(Dip. di Fisica, INFN, Lecce)

    2015-01-01

    Octonionic algebra being nonassociative is difficult to manipulate. We introduce left-right octonionic barred operators which enable us to reproduce the associative GL(8,R) group. Extracting the basis of GL(4,C), we establish an interesting connection between the structure of left-right octonionic barred operators and generic 4x4 complex matrices. As an application we give an octonionic representation of the 4-dimensional Clifford algebra.

  8. An anomalous extinction law in the Cep OB3b young cluster: Evidence for dust processing during gas dispersal

    Allen, Thomas S.; Prchlik, Jakub J.; Megeath, S. Thomas [University of Toledo, Ritter Astrophysical Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Gutermuth, Robert A. [Five College Astronomy Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 (United States); Pipher, Judith L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Naylor, Tim [School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Jeffries, R. D. [Astrophysics Group, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK ST5 5BG (United Kingdom)

    2014-05-10

    We determine the extinction law through Cep OB3b, a young cluster of 3000 stars undergoing gas dispersal. The extinction is measured toward 76 background K giants identified with MMT/Hectospec spectra. Color excess ratios were determined toward each of the giants using V and R photometry from the literature, g, r, i, and z photometry from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and J, H, and K{sub s} photometry from the Two Micron All Sky Survey. These color excess ratios were then used to construct the extinction law through the dusty material associated with Cep OB3b. The extinction law through Cep OB3b is intermediate between the R{sub V} = 3.1 and R{sub V} = 5 laws commonly used for the diffuse atomic interstellar medium and dense molecular clouds, respectively. The dependence of the extinction law on line-of-sight A{sub V} is investigated and we find the extinction law becomes shallower for regions with A{sub V} > 2.5 mag. We speculate that the intermediate dust law results from dust processing during the dispersal of the molecular cloud by the cluster.

  9. Sitagliptin can inhibit the development of hepatic steatosis in high-fructose diet-fed ob/ob mice

    Sujishi, Tetsuya; Fukunishi, Shinya; Ii, Masaaki; Nakamura, Ken; Yokohama, Keisuke; Ohama, Hideko; Tsuchimoto, Yusuke; Asai, Akira; Tsuda, Yasuhiro; Higuchi, Kazuhide

    2015-01-01

    The beneficial effect of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibition on diet-induced extra-pancreatic effects, especially on liver tissue remains poorly understood. Thus, we made the experimental designs as follows; five-week-old male ob/ob mice, which develop type 2 diabetic mellitus and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by taking a high-carbohydrate diet (HCD), were divided into a group in which a HCD was given for 8 weeks as control, and another in which a HCD added with 0.0018% sitagliptin was given...

  10. Anti-obesity activity of diglyceride containing conjugated linoleic acid in C57BL/6J ob/ob mice

    Hue, Jin-Joo; Lee, Ki Nam; Jeong, Jae-Hwang; Lee, Sang-Hwa; Lee, Young Ho; Jeong, Seong-woon; Nam, Sang Yoon; Yun, Young Won; Lee, Beom Jun

    2009-01-01

    This study was to investigate the anti-obesity effects of diglyceride (DG)-conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) containing 22% CLA as fatty acids in C57BL/6J ob/ob male mice. There were four experimental groups including vehicle control, DG, CLA, and DG-CLA. The test solutions of 750 mg/kg dose were orally administered to the mice everyday for 5 weeks. CLA treatments significantly decreased mean body weight in the obese mice throughout the experimental period compared to the control (p < 0.01). All...

  11. MUG-OBS - Multiparameter Geophysical Ocean Bottom System : a new instrumental approach to monitor earthquakes.

    hello, yann; Charvis, Philippe; Yegikyan, Manuk; verfaillie, Romain; Rivet, Diane

    2016-04-01

    Real time monitoring of seismic activity is a major issue for early warning of earthquakes and tsunamis. It can be done using regional scale wired nodes, such as Neptune in Canada and in the U.S, or DONET in Japan. Another approach to monitor seismic activity at sea is to deploying repeatedly OBS array like during the amphibious Cascadia Initiative (four time 1-year deployments), the Japanese Pacific Array (broadband OBSs "ocean-bottom broadband dispersion survey" with 2-years autonomy), the Obsismer program in the French Lesser Antilles (eight time 6-months deployments) and the Osisec program in Ecuador (four time 6-months deployments). These autonomous OBSs are self-recovered or recovered using an ROV. These systems are costly including ship time, and require to recover the OBS before to start working on data. Among the most recent alternative we developed a 3/4 years autonomy ocean bottom system with 9 channels (?) allowing the acquisition of different seismic or environmental parameters. MUG-OBS is a free falling instrument rated down to 6000 m. The installation of the sensor is monitored by acoustic commands from the surface and a health bulletin with data checking is recovered by acoustic during the installation. The major innovation is that it is possible to recover the data any time on demand (regularly every 6-months or after a crisis) using one of the 6 data-shuttles released from the surface by acoustic command using a one day fast cruise boat of opportunity. Since sensors stayed at the same location for 3 years, it is a perfect tool to monitor large seismic events, background seismic activity and aftershock distribution. Clock, drift measurement and GPS localization is automatic when the shuttle reaches the surface. For remote areas, shuttles released automatically and a seismic events bulletin is transmitted. Selected data can be recovered by two-way Iridium satellite communication. After a period of 3 years the main station is self-recovered by

  12. OB Associations at the Upper End of the Milky Way Luminosity Function

    Rahman, Mubdi; Matzner, Christopher D.; Moon, Dae-Sik

    2013-04-01

    The Milky Way's most luminous, young, and massive (M gsim 104 M ⊙) star clusters and OB associations have largely evaded detection despite knowledge of their surrounding H II regions. We search for these clusters and associations within the 40 star-forming complexes from Rahman & Murray in the 13 most luminous Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) free-free emission sources of the Galaxy. Selecting for objects with the dust-reddened colors of OB stars, we identify new candidate associations using the Two Micron All Sky Survey point-source catalog. In 40 star-forming complexes searched, 22 contain cluster/association candidates with sizes and masses in the range of 3'-26' and 102.3-105 M ⊙. Of the 22 candidates, at least seven have estimated masses >~ 104 M ⊙, doubling the number of such massive clusters known in the Galaxy. Only one of the searched WMAP sources remains without a candidate. Applying our method to a statistically similar set of test locations, we estimate that 3.0 ± 0.6 of our 22 candidate associations are unrelated to the star-forming complexes. In addition, the apparent extinctions of our candidate associations correlate well with the predictions from a Galactic model. These facts, along with the clear detection of a known OB association and the previous spectral verification of one cluster found by this method, validate our method. In eight of the most luminous WMAP sources, the candidate associations can account for the observed free-free flux. With our new compilation, the Galactic census of young, massive stellar associations may now be about half complete.

  13. OB ASSOCIATIONS AT THE UPPER END OF THE MILKY WAY LUMINOSITY FUNCTION

    Rahman, Mubdi; Matzner, Christopher D.; Moon, Dae-Sik, E-mail: mubdi@pha.jhu.edu [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H8 (Canada)

    2013-04-01

    The Milky Way's most luminous, young, and massive (M {approx}> 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }) star clusters and OB associations have largely evaded detection despite knowledge of their surrounding H II regions. We search for these clusters and associations within the 40 star-forming complexes from Rahman and Murray in the 13 most luminous Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) free-free emission sources of the Galaxy. Selecting for objects with the dust-reddened colors of OB stars, we identify new candidate associations using the Two Micron All Sky Survey point-source catalog. In 40 star-forming complexes searched, 22 contain cluster/association candidates with sizes and masses in the range of 3'-26' and 10{sup 2.3}-10{sup 5} M{sub Sun }. Of the 22 candidates, at least seven have estimated masses {approx}> 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }, doubling the number of such massive clusters known in the Galaxy. Only one of the searched WMAP sources remains without a candidate. Applying our method to a statistically similar set of test locations, we estimate that 3.0 {+-} 0.6 of our 22 candidate associations are unrelated to the star-forming complexes. In addition, the apparent extinctions of our candidate associations correlate well with the predictions from a Galactic model. These facts, along with the clear detection of a known OB association and the previous spectral verification of one cluster found by this method, validate our method. In eight of the most luminous WMAP sources, the candidate associations can account for the observed free-free flux. With our new compilation, the Galactic census of young, massive stellar associations may now be about half complete.

  14. ADC Module built for an ocean bottom seismometer (OBS)

    Carreras, Normandino; Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Manuel Lázaro, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the new data acquisition system designed for autonomous Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) to study the earth dynamics and internal structure. This part is the responsible to acquire the signals from two different sensors to be processed. The analog-to-digital converter module is based on input amplifiers, modulator and digital filter.

  15. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology

    Wassermann, J. M.; Krischer, L.; Megies, T.; Barsch, R.; Beyreuther, M.

    2013-12-01

    Python combines the power of a full-blown programming language with the flexibility and accessibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and large variety of freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. ObsPy is a community-driven, open-source project extending Python's capabilities to fit the specific needs that arise when working with seismological data. It a) comes with a continuously growing signal processing toolbox that covers most tasks common in seismological analysis, b) provides read and write support for many common waveform, station and event metadata formats and c) enables access to various data centers, webservices and databases to retrieve waveform data and station/event metadata. In combination with mature and free Python packages like NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, IPython, Pandas, lxml, and PyQt, ObsPy makes it possible to develop complete workflows in Python, ranging from reading locally stored data or requesting data from one or more different data centers via signal analysis and data processing to visualization in GUI and web applications, output of modified/derived data and the creation of publication-quality figures. All functionality is extensively documented and the ObsPy Tutorial and Gallery give a good impression of the wide range of possible use cases. ObsPy is tested and running on Linux, OS X and Windows and comes with installation routines for these systems. ObsPy is developed in a test-driven approach and is available under the LGPLv3 open source licence. Users are welcome to request help, report bugs, propose enhancements or contribute code via either the user mailing list or the project page on GitHub.

  16. The massive star population of Cygnus OB2

    Wright, Nicholas J.; Drew, Janet E.; Mohr-Smith, Michael

    2015-05-01

    We have compiled a significantly updated and comprehensive census of massive stars in the nearby Cygnus OB2 association by gathering and homogenizing data from across the literature. The census contains 169 primary OB stars, including 52 O-type stars and 3 Wolf-Rayet stars. Spectral types and photometry are used to place the stars in a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, which is compared to both non-rotating and rotating stellar evolution models, from which stellar masses and ages are calculated. The star formation history and mass function of the association are assessed, and both are found to be heavily influenced by the evolution of the most massive stars to their end states. We find that the mass function of the most massive stars is consistent with a `universal' power-law slope of Γ = 1.3. The age distribution inferred from stellar evolutionary models with rotation and the mass function suggest the majority of star formation occurred more or less continuously between 1 and 7 Myr ago, in agreement with studies of low- and intermediate-mass stars in the association. We identify a nearby young pulsar and runaway O-type star that may have originated in Cyg OB2 and suggest that the association has already seen its first supernova. Finally we use the census and mass function to calculate the total mass of the association of 16 500^{+3800}_{-2800} M⊙, at the low end, but consistent with, previous estimates of the total mass of Cyg OB2. Despite this Cyg OB2 is still one of the most massive groups of young stars known in our Galaxy making it a prime target for studies of star formation on the largest scales.

  17. Separation of B4C powder by air classification

    Large quantities of bulk powder can be separated according to particle size and density by air classifiers. Classifiers disperse the powder and usually achieve size differentiation by drag and centrifugal forces acting on individual particles in the gas stream. A Donaldson ''acucut'' Classifier for the separation of B4C powder is evaluated. Experimental tests were conducted to determine the particle cut sizes and powder yields obtained by variation of operating parameters. To assess the classifier's performance further results of the sharpness of the powder cuts were evaluated and compared with the vendor's prediction. 7 figures, 3 tables

  18. The effect of leptin replacement on sleep-disordered breathing in the leptin-deficient ob/ob mouse.

    Pho, H; Hernandez, A B; Arias, R S; Leitner, E B; Van Kooten, S; Kirkness, J P; Schneider, H; Smith, P L; Polotsky, V Y; Schwartz, A R

    2016-01-01

    Obese leptin-deficient (ob/ob) mice demonstrate defects in upper airway structural and neuromuscular control. We hypothesized that these defects predispose to upper airway obstruction during sleep, and improve with leptin administration. High-fidelity polysomnographic recordings were conducted to characterize sleep and breathing patterns in conscious, unrestrained ob/ob mice (23 wk, 67.2 ± 4.1 g, n = 13). In a parallel-arm crossover study, we compared responses to subcutaneous leptin (1 μg/h) vs. vehicle on respiratory parameters during NREM and REM sleep. Upper airway obstruction was defined by the presence of inspiratory airflow limitation (IFL), as characterized by an early inspiratory plateau in airflow at a maximum level (V̇Imax) with increasing effort. The severity of upper airway obstruction (V̇Imax) was assessed along with minute ventilation (V̇E), tidal volume (VT), respiratory rate (RR), inspiratory duty cycle, and mean inspiratory flow at each time point. IFL occurred more frequently in REM sleep (37.6 ± 0.2% vs. 1.1 ± 0.0% in NREM sleep, P duty cycle. Similar increases in V̇E and its components were observed in non-flow-limited breaths during NREM and REM sleep. These responses suggest that leptin stabilized pharyngeal patency and increased drive to both the upper airway and diaphragm during sleep. PMID:26472867

  19. The stellar association around Gamma Velorum and its relationship with Vela OB2

    Jeffries, R D; Walter, F M; Pozzo, M P; Devey, C R

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of a photometric BVI survey of 0.9 square degrees around the Wolf-Rayet binary gamma^2 Vel and its early-type companion gamma^1 Vel. Several hundred PMS stars are identified and the youth of a subset of these is confirmed by the presence of lithium, H-alpha emission and X-ray activity. We show that the PMS stars are kinematically coherent and spatially concentrated around gamma Vel. The PMS stars have similar proper motions to gamma Vel, to main-sequence stars around gammaVel and to early-type stars of the wider Vela OB2 association of which gamma^2 Vel is the brightest member. The ratio of main-sequence stars to low-mass (0.1-0.6 Msun) PMS stars is consistent with a Kroupa mass function. Main-sequence fitting to stars around gamma Vel gives a distance modulus of 7.76+/-0.07 mag, consistent with a similarly-determined distance for Vela OB2 and with interferometric distances to gamma^2 Vel. High-mass stellar models indicate an age of 3-4 Myr for gamma^2 Vel, but the low-mass PMS stars ha...

  20. Cool neutral hydrogen in the direction of an anonymous OB association

    H I self-absorption is seen in the direction l = 55.06 probably physically associated with an anonymous OB association which has the Cepheid GY Sagittae as a member. The cool H I is in two clouds at least 15 pc in diameter located 3.25 kpc from the Sun. If their temperature is approx. =50 K, the cloud masses are approx. =103 M/sub sun/. The neutral atomic hydrogen clouds are probably warm envelopes surrounding cold molecular cloud cores because CO observations in this region show two molecular clouds nearly coincident with the absorbing H i gas. Since the OB association is only approx. =107 years old, these clouds are likely to be part of the original cloud complex from which the stellar cluster formed. The H i clouds are part of the larger Arecibo survey of self-absorption which suggests that many of the Arecibo clouds are associated with heretofore unidentified star clusters. Even if this is generally not the case, the Arecibo objects have accurate kinematic distances and thus provide a new sample of cool H I clouds whose thermodynamic properties can be studied

  1. Effects of caloric restriction on O-GlcNAcylation, Ca(2+) signaling, and learning impairment in the hippocampus of ob/ob mice.

    Jeon, Byeong Tak; Heo, Rok Won; Jeong, Eun Ae; Yi, Chin-Ok; Lee, Jong Youl; Kim, Kyung Eun; Kim, Hwajin; Roh, Gu Seob

    2016-08-01

    Diabetes may adversely affect cognitive function and, conversely, caloric restriction (CR) increases longevity and improves memory. To shed light on the unknown underlying mechanisms involved in these observations, we examined the effects of CR on serum metabolic parameters and hippocampal protein expression in the ob/ob mice model of obesity-induced diabetes. We found that CR reduced hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance in ob/ob mice. In addition, CR increased the levels of hippocampal O-linked-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) and GlcNAc transferase and decreased the expression of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, lipocalin-2, and phosphorylated tau. Furthermore, CR lessened the learning deficits that are typically seen in ob/ob mice. These findings indicate that CR may reverse obesity-related brain glucose impairment and intracellular Ca(2+) dysfunction and relieve learning impairment associated with diabetes. PMID:27318140

  2. Loss of FXR protects against diet-induced obesity and accelerates liver carcinogenesis in ob/ob mice.

    Zhang, Yanqiao; Ge, Xuemei; Heemstra, Lydia A; Chen, Wei-Dong; Xu, Jiesi; Smith, Joseph L; Ma, Huiyan; Kasim, Neda; Edwards, Peter A; Novak, Colleen M

    2012-02-01

    Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is known to play important regulatory roles in bile acid, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism. Aged (>12 months old) Fxr(-/-) mice also develop spontaneous liver carcinomas. In this report, we used three mouse models to investigate the role of FXR deficiency in obesity. As compared with low-density lipoprotein receptor (Ldlr) knockout (Ldlr(-/-)) mice, the Ldlr(-/-)Fxr(-/-) double-knockout mice were highly resistant to diet-induced obesity, which was associated with increased expression of genes involved in energy metabolism in the skeletal muscle and brown adipose tissue. Such a striking effect of FXR deficiency on obesity on an Ldlr(-/-) background led us to investigate whether FXR deficiency alone is sufficient to affect obesity. As compared with wild-type mice, Fxr(-/-) mice showed resistance to diet-induced weight gain. Interestingly, only female Fxr(-/-) mice showed significant resistance to diet-induced obesity, which was accompanied by increased energy expenditure in these mice. Finally, we determined the effect of FXR deficiency on obesity in a genetically obese and diabetic mouse model. We generated ob(-/-)Fxr(-/-) mice that were deficient in both Leptin and Fxr. On a chow diet, ob(-/-)Fxr(-/-) mice gained less body weight and had reduced body fat mass as compared with ob/ob mice. In addition, we observed liver carcinomas in 43% of young (<11 months old) Ob(-/-)Fxr(-/-) mice. Together these data indicate that loss of FXR prevents diet-induced or genetic obesity and accelerates liver carcinogenesis under diabetic conditions. PMID:22261820

  3. Upper air teleconnections to Ob River flows and tree rings

    Meko, David; Panyushkina, Irina; Agafonov, Leonid

    2015-04-01

    The Ob River, one of the world's greatest rivers, with a catchment basin about the size of Western Europe, contributes 12% or more of the annual freshwater inflow to the Arctic Ocean. The input of heat and fresh water is important to the global climate system through effects on sea ice, salinity, and the thermohaline circulation of the ocean. As part of a tree-ring project to obtain multi-century long information on variability of Ob River flows, a network of 18 sites of Pinus, Larix, Populus and Salix has been collected along the Ob in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Analysis of collections processed so far indicates a significant relationship of tree-growth to river discharge. Moderation of the floodplain air temperature regime by flooding appears to be an important driver of the tree-ring response. In unraveling the relationship of tree-growth to river flows, it is important to identify atmospheric circulation features directly linked to observed time series variations of flow and tree growth. In this study we examine statistical links between primary teleconnection modes of Northern Hemisphere upper-air (500 mb) circulation, Ob River flow, and tree-ring chronologies. Annual discharge at the mouth of the Ob River is found to be significantly positively related to the phase of the East Atlantic (EA) pattern, the second prominent mode of low-frequency variability over the North Atlantic. The EA pattern, consisting of a north-south dipole of pressure-anomaly centers spanning the North Atlantic from east to west, is associated with a low-pressure anomaly centered over the Ob River Basin, and with a pattern of positive precipitation anomaly of the same region. The positive correlation of discharge and EA is consistent with these know patterns, and is contrasted with generally negative (though smaller) correlations between EA and tree-ring chronologies. The signs of correlations are consistent with a conceptual model of river influence on tree growth through air

  4. Leptin Reduces the Expression and Increases the Phosphorylation of the Negative Regulators of GLUT4 Traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 in Muscle of ob/ob Mice

    Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, Victoria; Becerril, Sara; Ramírez, Beatriz; Lancha, Andoni; Burgos-Ramos, Emma; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Frühbeck, Gema

    2012-01-01

    Leptin improves insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Our goal was to determine whether proteins controlling GLUT4 traffic are altered by leptin deficiency and in vivo leptin administration in skeletal muscle of wild type and ob/ob mice. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice were divided in three groups: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d) and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Microarray analysis revealed that 1,546 and 1,127 genes were regulated by leptin deficiency and leptin treatment, respectively. Among these, we identified 24 genes involved in intracellular vesicle-mediated transport in ob/ob mice. TBC1 domain family, member 1 (Tbc1d1), a negative regulator of GLUT4 translocation, was up-regulated (P = 0.001) in ob/ob mice as compared to wild types. Importantly, leptin treatment reduced the transcript levels of Tbc1d1 (P<0.001) and Tbc1d4 (P = 0.004) in the leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to pair-fed ob/ob animals. In addition, phosphorylation levels of TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 were enhanced in leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.015 and P = 0.023, respectively) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.036 and P = 0.034, respectively) mice. Despite similar GLUT4 protein expression in wild type and ob/ob groups a different immunolocalization of this protein was evidenced in muscle sections. Leptin treatment increased GLUT4 immunoreactivity in gastrocnemius and extensor digitorum longus sections of leptin-treated ob/ob mice. Moreover, GLUT4 protein detected in immunoprecipitates from TBC1D4 was reduced by leptin replacement compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.013) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.037) mice. Our findings suggest that leptin enhances the intracellular GLUT4 transport in skeletal muscle of ob/ob animals by reducing the expression and activity of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4. PMID:22253718

  5. An assessment of the MCNP4C weight window

    Christopher N. Culbertson; John S. Hendricks

    1999-12-01

    A new, enhanced weight window generator suite has been developed for MCNP version 4C. The new generator correctly estimates importances in either a user-specified, geometry-independent, orthogonal grid or in MCNP geometric cells. The geometry-independent option alleviates the need to subdivide the MCNP cell geometry for variance reduction purposes. In addition, the new suite corrects several pathologies in the existing MCNP weight window generator. The new generator is applied in a set of five variance reduction problems. The improved generator is compared with the weight window generator applied in MCNP4B. The benefits of the new methodology are highlighted, along with a description of its limitations. The authors also provide recommendations for utilization of the weight window generator.

  6. An assessment of the MCNP4C weight window

    A new, enhanced weight window generator suite has been developed for MCNP version 4C. The new generator correctly estimates importances in either a user-specified, geometry-independent, orthogonal grid or in MCNP geometric cells. The geometry-independent option alleviates the need to subdivide the MCNP cell geometry for variance reduction purposes. In addition, the new suite corrects several pathologies in the existing MCNP weight window generator. The new generator is applied in a set of five variance reduction problems. The improved generator is compared with the weight window generator applied in MCNP4B. The benefits of the new methodology are highlighted, along with a description of its limitations. The authors also provide recommendations for utilization of the weight window generator

  7. Radio observations of the CMa OB1 H II regions

    A sensitive 100 x 150 13-cm map made of the CMa OB1 H II regions' radio emission shows a strong similarity to Hα emission photographs. Sharpless 296 is shown to consist of a prominent central and western arc completed by a weaker southern loop, and with a faint northern bar. The emission is thermal, superimposed over a predominantly non-thermal background. The H142α recombination line has been detected at eight positions in S296, and in S292 and S297. The average electron temperature in S296 is 6900 +- 1300 K. The UV fluxes from the CMa OB1 stars account for the observed emission measures of the H II regions. The H142α 1sr velocities indicate that the ionized material is in contact with the molecular clouds. (author)

  8. Ensuring QOS Gurantees in a hybrid OCS/OBS Network

    Sunish Kumar O S

    2012-01-01

    The bursting aggregation assembly in edge nodes is one of the key technologies in OBS (Optical Burst Switching) network, which has a direct impact on flow characteristics and packet loss rate. An opticalburst assembly technique supporting QoS is presented through this paper, which can automatically adjust the threshold along with the increasing and decreasing volume of business, reduce the operational burst, and generate corresponding BDP (Burst Data Packet) and BCP (Burst Control Packet). ...

  9. Ensuring QOS Guarantees in a Hybrid OCS/OBS Network

    S, Sunish Kumar O

    2012-01-01

    The bursting aggregation assembly in edge nodes is one of the key technologies in OBS (Optical Burst Switching) network, which has a direct impact on flow characteristics and packet loss rate. An optical burst assembly technique supporting QoS is presented through this paper, which can automatically adjust the threshold along with the increasing and decreasing volume of business, reduce the operational burst, and generate corresponding BDP (Burst Data Packet) and BCP (Burst Control Packet). I...

  10. Time base stability of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)

    Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Manuel Lázaro, Antonio; Corrêa Alegría, Francisco

    2009-01-01

    During the past decades, Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) have played a key role in permanent seismic activity monitoring at sea as well as allowing a better understating of the earth interior. Data collected by the instrument can provide information on the ocean bottom sub-layers down to a depth of 40 km beneath the ocean floor. The accuracy of the results directly depends on the temperature stability of the crystal used as the main time base of the equipment. This paper pre...

  11. Fault Tolerant Congestion based Algorithms in OBS Network

    Hardeep Singh

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In Optical Burst Switched networks, each light path carry huge amount of traffic, path failures may damage the user application. Hence fault-tolerance becomes an important issue on these networks. Blocking probability is a key index of quality of service in Optical Burst Switched (OBS network. The Erlang formula has been used extensively in the traffic engineering of optical communication to calculate the blocking probability. The paper revisits burst contention resolution problems in OBS networks. When the network is overloaded, no contention resolution scheme would effectively avoid the collision and cause blocking. It is important to first decide, a good routing algorithm and then to choose a wavelength assignment scheme. In this paper we have developed two algorithms, Fault Tolerant Optimized Blocking Algorithm (FTOBA and Fault Tolerant Least Congestion Algorithm (FTLCA and then compare the performance of these algorithms on the basis of blocking probability. These algorithms are based upon the congestion on path in OBS network and based on the simulation results, we shows that the reliable and fault tolerant routing algorithms reduces the blocking probability.

  12. Analiza posedanja magnetno občutljivih mikrodelcev in določitev magnetne občutljivosti

    Černec, Dean

    2016-01-01

    Magistrska naloga podaja izsledke eksperimentov s posedanjem magnetno občutljivih mikrodelcev. Pri raziskavah, katerih namen je ugotavljanje različnih fizikalnih lastnosti delcev, se v praksi pogosto uporabljajo sedimentacijski procesi. Če se delci pri posedanju odzivajo tudi na delovanje zunanjega magnetnega polja, pa lahko določamo tudi njihove magnetne lastnosti. Začetne analize so bile narejene na podlagi eksperimentov s posedanjem steklenih kroglic, za kontrolo končnih hitrosti posedanja...

  13. Cygnus OB2 DANCe: A high-precision proper motion study of the Cygnus OB2 association

    Wright, Nicholas J.; Bouy, Herve; Drew, Janet E.; Sarro, Luis Manuel; Bertin, Emmanuel; Cuillandre, Jean-Charles; Barrado, David

    2016-08-01

    We present a high-precision proper motion study of 873 X-ray and spectroscopically selected stars in the massive OB association Cygnus OB2 as part of the DANCe project. These were calculated from images spanning a 15 yr baseline and have typical precisions <1 mas yr-1. We calculate the velocity dispersion in the two axes to be σ _α (c) = 13.0^{+0.8}_{-0.7} and σ _δ (c) = 9.1^{+0.5}_{-0.5} km s-1, using a two-component, two-dimensional model that takes into account the uncertainties on the measurements. This gives a three-dimensional velocity dispersion of σ3D = 17.8 ± 0.6 km s-1 implying a virial mass significantly larger than the observed stellar mass, confirming that the association is gravitationally unbound. The association appears to be dynamically unevolved, as evidenced by considerable kinematic substructure, non-isotropic velocity dispersions and a lack of energy equipartition. The proper motions show no evidence for a global expansion pattern, with approximately the same amount of kinetic energy in expansion as there is in contraction, which argues against the association being an expanded star cluster disrupted by process such as residual gas expulsion or tidal heating. The kinematic substructures, which appear to be close to virial equilibrium and have typical masses of 40-400 M⊙, also do not appear to have been affected by the expulsion of the residual gas. We conclude that Cyg OB2 was most likely born highly substructured and globally unbound, with the individual subgroups born in (or close to) virial equilibrium, and that the OB association has not experienced significant dynamical evolution since then.

  14. Mogat1 deletion does not ameliorate hepatic steatosis in lipodystrophic (Agpat2-/-) or obese (ob/ob) mice.

    Agarwal, Anil K; Tunison, Katie; Dalal, Jasbir S; Yen, Chi-Liang Eric; Farese, Robert V; Horton, Jay D; Garg, Abhimanyu

    2016-04-01

    Reducing triacylglycerol (TAG) in the liver continues to pose a challenge in states of nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis. MonoacylglycerolO-acyltransferase (MOGAT) enzymes convert monoacylglycerol (MAG) to diacylglycerol, a precursor for TAG synthesis, and are involved in a major pathway of TAG synthesis in selected tissues, such as small intestine. MOGAT1 possesses MGAT activity in in vitro assays, but its physiological function in TAG metabolism is unknown. Recent studies suggest a role for MOGAT1 in hepatic steatosis in lipodystrophic [1-acylglycerol-3-phosphateO-acyltransferase (Agpat)2(-/-)] and obese (ob/ob) mice. To test this, we deletedMogat1in theAgpat2(-/-)andob/obgenetic background to generateMogat1(-/-);Agpat2(-/-)andMogat1(-/-);ob/obdouble knockout (DKO) mice. Here we report that, despite the absence ofMogat1in either DKO mouse model, we did not find any decrease in liver TAG by 16 weeks of age. Additionally, there were no measureable changes in plasma glucose (diabetes) and insulin resistance. Our data indicate a minimal role, if any, of MOGAT1 in liver TAG synthesis, and that TAG synthesis in steatosis associated with lipodystrophy and obesity is independent of MOGAT1. Our findings suggest that MOGAT1 likely has an alternative function in vivo. PMID:26880786

  15. Effect of the Ti/B4C mole ratio on the reaction products and reaction mechanism in an Al–Ti–B4C powder mixture

    The effect of the Ti/B4C mole ratio on the fabrication behavior of Al composites is investigated using Al–Ti–B4C powder mixtures as reactants. The quick spontaneous infiltration (QSI) process combined with the combustion reaction and DTA analysis were used. According to the thermodynamic predictions, which are verified in the experimental results, TiB2 is formed in all the samples whereas TiC is only formed in reactants with a Ti/B4C mole ratio of more than two. The C atoms from the reacted B4C do not move into TiC but instead they move into Al3BC or Al4C3 when the Ti/B4C mole ratio is less than two. In addition, the reaction mechanism with a Ti/B4C mole ratio of 0.75 is investigated extensively. - Highlights: • The critical role of the Ti/B4C mole ratio on the reaction products of Al–Ti–B4C was studied using experiments. • The experimental results are also supported by thermodynamic calculations presented in this paper. • The reaction mechanism with a Ti/B4C mole ratio of 0.75 is investigated extensively

  16. Optical and radio properties of 4C galaxies

    The relations between the optical and radio properties of a sample of 4C radio galaxies of intermediate radio luminosity have been investigated. Optical spectra were taken with the Hale 5-m telescope and radio maps of a subset of the galaxies were made with the Cambridge 1-mile and 5-km telescopes. The optical activity of the nuclear region was characterized by the strength of the emission lines and by the luminosity of the non-thermal component obtained from a decomposition of the optical continuum into a non-thermal power law and the spectrum of a giant elliptical galaxy. The percentage of sources showing strong emission features is markedly less than for high-luminosity objects. The radio morphology appears to be closely related to the degree of optical activity, in that classical double sources have high activity whereas complex radio sources show little or no activity. This correlation is discussed in terms of (1) an intrinsic relationship between the energy spectrum of the relativistic electrons in the nucleus and the optical and radio properties of the galaxy, and (2) the modifications of this relationship due to the motion of the galaxy through the intergalactic medium. (author)

  17. Stress evolution in B4C and Cr mono-layer and B4C/Cr multilayer films with variable layer thickness for neutron detectors

    A serial of Cr-, B4C-monolayer and B4C/Cr multilayer films with variable layer thickness were deposited on BK-7 glass substrates using magnetron sputtering to study the stress evolution by detecting the changes of the substrate curvature with the optical interferometry technique. The stress of Cr-monolayer is tensile and decreases as its thickness increases, while the stress of B4C-monolayer is compressive and almost independent on its thickness. The residual stresses of B4C/Cr multilayer films are dependent not only on the stresses of B4C and Cr layers, but also on the interface stress between two neighboring layers. If the B4C layer thickness is kept constant, the stresses of B4C/Cr multilayer films change from compressive to tensile with the increasing of Cr layer thickness. Based on the theoretical analysis, the interface stress is mostly affected by the thickness of B4C layer and nearly negligible on the thickness of Cr layer. When the thicknesses of B4C and Cr layers are both 60 nm, the multilayer has very low residual stress, even with the period up to 17. - Highlights: ► The low residual stress of thick B4C film is achieved by inserting the Cr layers. ► The residual stresses of B4C/Cr multilayer films depend on their interface stress. ► The interface stress is dependent on the B4C layer thickness in multilayer. ► The interface stress is independent on the Cr layer thickness in multilayer

  18. X-ray properties and interface study of B{sub 4}C/Mo and B{sub 4}C/Mo{sub 2}C periodic multilayers

    Choueikani, F. [Univ Paris Sud, Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d' Optique, CNRS, Palaiseau Cedex (France); Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, BP48, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Bridou, F.; Meltchakov, E.; Delmotte, F. [Univ Paris Sud, Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d' Optique, CNRS, Palaiseau Cedex (France); Lagarde, B.; Polack, F.; Mercere, P. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, BP48, Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2013-04-15

    We present a comparative study of B{sub 4}C/Mo and B{sub 4}C/Mo{sub 2}C periodic multilayer structures deposited by magnetron sputtering. The characterization was performed by grazing incidence X-ray reflectometry at two different energies and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results indicate the existence of an interdiffusion layer at the B{sub 4}C-on-Mo interface in the B{sub 4}C/Mo system. Thus, the B{sub 4}C/Mo multilayers were modeled by an asymmetric structure with three layers in each period. The thickness of B{sub 4}C-on-Mo interfacial layer was estimated about 1.1 nm. The B{sub 4}C/Mo{sub 2}C multilayers present less interdiffusion and are well modeled by a symmetric structure without interfacial layers. This study shows that B{sub 4}C/Mo{sub 2}C structure is an interesting alternative to B{sub 4}C/Mo multilayer for X-ray optic applications. (orig.)

  19. OBS FOMAR POOL: Gibraltar and ALERTES-RIM experiments.

    Pazos, Antonio; Martín Davila, Jose; Buforn, Elisa; Cabieces, Roberto; Santos, Jose; Sandoval, Nicolas; Roca, Antoni; Dahm, Torsten

    2016-04-01

    The Eurasian-African plate boundary crosses the called "Ibero-Maghrebian" region from the San Vicente Cape (SW Portugal) to Tunisia including the south Iberia, Alboran Sea, and northern of Morocco and Algeria. The low convergence rate at this plate boundary produces a continuous moderate seismic activity of low magnitude and shallow depth, where the occurrence of large earthquakes is separated by long time intervals, even with associated tsunamis, like the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In this region, there are also intermediate and very deep earthquakes. Due to the fact that part of the seismic activity is located at marine areas, and also because of the poor geographic azimuthal coverage at some zones provided by the land stations (specially in the SW of the San Vicente Cape area), Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) acquired three "LOSTERN" broad band (CMG-40T sensors) OBS, manufactured by KUM (Kiel, Germany), and, more recently (2014), the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) acquired another three with Trillium 120 sensors. All of them conform the OBS FOMAR pool. Since January to November 2014, the FOMAR pool has been deployed along the Gibraltar strait (Gibraltar experiment), in collaboration with SECEGSA (Spanish society to study the fix communication through the Gibraltar Strait), to study the local microseismicity in the Gibraltar strait area. Also, since September 2015, the FOMAR pool has been deployed for 8 months in SW of the San Vicente Cape with an hexagonal array configuration as a part of ALERTES-RIM project. In this work the some preliminary results of the Gibraltar strait and ALERTES-RIM OBS experiment are shown.

  20. The object SNO 74 in the association Ara OB 1

    Gyulbudaghian, A. L.

    2013-06-01

    The star formation region SNO 74 embedded in a dark cloud in the association Ara OB 1 is studied. This object is coupled to a compact HII region visible in the IR and to a close cluster of IR stars. 12CO(1-0) observations reveal the existence of red and blue molecular outflows; i.e., this is a bipolar outflow. An image taken with the SIMBA detector at 1.2 mm contains a second active region and a bridge lying to the W of the first active region and accompanied by strong absorption. The red molecular outflow is directed toward this second active region and the bridge.

  1. Reduction of obesity, as induced by leptin, reverses endothelial dysfunction in obese (Lep(ob)) mice

    Winters, B.; Mo, Z.; Brooks-Asplund, E.; Kim, S.; Shoukas, A.; Li, D.; Nyhan, D.; Berkowitz, D. E.

    2000-01-01

    Obesity is a major health care problem and is associated with significant cardiovascular morbidity. Leptin, a neuroendocrine hormone released by adipose tissue, is important in modulating obesity by signaling satiety and increasing metabolism. Moreover, leptin receptors are expressed on vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and mediate angiogenesis. We hypothesized that leptin may also play an important role in vasoregulation. We investigated vasoregulatory mechanisms in the leptin-deficient obese (ob/ob) mouse model and determined the influence of leptin replacement on endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses. The direct effect of leptin on EC nitric oxide (NO) production was also tested by using 4, 5-diaminofluorescein-2 diacetate staining and measurement of nitrate and nitrite concentrations. Vasoconstrictor responses to phenylephrine, norepinephrine, and U-46619 were markedly enhanced in aortic rings from ob/ob mice and were modulated by NO synthase inhibition. Vasorelaxant responses to ACh were markedly attenuated in mesenteric microvessels from ob/ob mice. Leptin replacement resulted in significant weight loss and reversal of the impaired endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses observed in ob/ob mice. Preincubation of ECs with leptin enhanced the release of NO production. Thus leptin-deficient ob/ob mice demonstrate marked abnormalities in vasoregulation, including impaired endothelial-dependent vasodilation, which is reversed by leptin replacement. These findings may be partially explained by the direct effect of leptin on endothelial NO production. These vascular abnormalities are similar to those observed in obese, diabetic, leptin-resistant humans. The ob/ob mouse may, therefore, be an excellent new model for the study of the cardiovascular effects of obesity.

  2. Expression pattern of leptin and leptin receptor (OB-R) in human gastric cancer

    Makoto Ishikawa; Joji Kitayama; Hirokazu Nagawa

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To examine the expression of leptin and its receptor, OB-R, in normal gastric mucosa and neoplasia.METHODS: By immunohistochemical staining using specific antibodies, we evaluated the expression of leptin and OB-R in 207 gastric carcinomas (100 early and 107 advanced carcinomas) and analyzed their relationship with clinicopathological features.RESULTS: Both normal gastric epithelium and carcinoma cells expressed a significant level of leptin. In cases with OB-R staining, carcinoma cells showed OB-Rpositive expression, but the intensity was weaker than that in normal mucosa. The expression of OB-R showed a significant correlation with the level of leptin expression. The expression levels of both leptin and OB-R tend ed to increase as the depth of tumor invasion or TMN stage increased (P < 0.01). Lymph node metastasis was detected in 49.5% (47/95) of leptin-strong cases and in 50.5% (48/95) of OB-R-positive cases, and the rate was 33% (37/112) in leptin-weak cases and 17% (19/112) in OB-R-negative cases. Both venous and lymphatic invasion also tended to be observed frequently in positive tumors as compared with negative tumors. Interestingly,in the 96 leptin- or OB-R-positive tumors, hematogenous metastasis was detected preoperatively in 3 (3.1%) patients. In contrast, none of the carcinomas that lacked expression of leptin and OB-R showed hematogenous metastasis.CONCLUSION: Overexpression of leptin and expression of OB-R may play a positive role in the process of progression in gastric cancer. Functional upregulation of leptin/OB-R may have a positive role in the development and initial phase of progression in gastric cancer.

  3. Fabrication and evaluation of B4C/Cu FGM as plasma facing materials

    B4C is a promising candidate for using as plasma-facing material in fusion devices. In this paper, both B4C/Cu coating FGM (Functionally graded material) and B4C/Cu bulk FGM containing a spectrum of 0-100% compositional distributions of B4C were fabricated by atmosphere plasma spray and ultra-high pressure consolidation respectively. The microstructure of B4C/Cu FGM showed good graded composition distribution. Water quenching and high heat loading experiments using an electron beam were carried out to evaluate the high heat load resistance of B4C/Cu FGMs. The in situ plasma irradiation in a Tokamak facility showed that the B4C/Cu bulk FGM has higher physical sputtering performance than that of B4C/Cu coating FGM. (orig.)

  4. TAKTIKA OB PREKINITVAH IGRE PRI MLAJŠIH SELEKCIJAH U9 - U15

    Kolar, Borut

    2014-01-01

    V diplomskem delu Taktika ob prekinitvah igre pri mlajših selekcijah U9 – U15 sem predstavil, prikazal in raziskal problem ob prekinitvah igre pri nogometu. Z nalogo sem hotel zbrati vaje za urjenje taktike ob prekinitvah igre in jih razvrstiti po težavnosti in po starostnih kategorijah od U9 do U15, da bi bile trenerjem v pomoč pri treniranju. Pomembnosti taktike ob prekinitvah igre ni treba posebej izpostavljati, saj vemo, da se v sodobnem nogometu veliko zadetkov doseže prav iz prekinitev...

  5. The Seismic Broad Band Western Mediterranean (wm) Network and the Obs Fomar Pool: Current state and Obs activities.

    Pazos, Antonio; Davila, Jose Martin; Buforn, Elisa; Bezzeghoud, Mourad; Harnafi, Mimoun; Mattesini, Mauricio; Caldeira, Bento; Hanka, Winfried; El Moudnib, Lahcen; Strollo, Angelo; Roca, Antoni; Lopez de Mesa, Mireya; Dahm, Torsten; Cabieces, Roberto

    2016-04-01

    The Western Mediterranean (WM) seismic network started in 1996 as an initiative of the Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), with the collaboration of the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) of Potsdam. A first broad band seismic station (SFUC) was installed close to Cádiz (South Spain). Since then, additional stations have been installed in the Ibero-Moghrebian region. In 2005, the "WM" code was assigned by the FDSN and new partners were jointed: Evora University (UEVO, Portugal), the Scientifique Institute of Rabat (ISRABAT, Morocco), and GFZ. Now days, the WM network is composed by 15 BB stations, all of them with Streckaisen STS-2 or STS-2.5 sensors, Quanterra or Earthdata digitizers and SeiscomP. Most them have co-installed a permanent geodetic GPS stations, and some them also have an accelerometer. There are 10 stations deployed in Spanish territory (5 in the Iberian peninsula, 1 in Balearic islands and 4 in North Africa Spanish places) with VSAT or Internet communications, 2 in Portugal (one of them without real time), and 3 in Morocco (2 VSAT and 1 ADSL). Additionally, 2 more stations (one in South Spain and one in Morocco) will be installed along this year. Additionally ROA has deployed a permanent real time VBB (CMG-3T: 360s) station at the Alboran Island. Due to the fact that part of the seismic activity is located at marine areas, and also because of the poor geographic azimuthal coverage at some zones provided by the land stations (specially in the SW of the San Vicente Cape area), ROA and UCM have acquired six broad band "LOBSTERN" OBS, manufactured by KUM (Kiel, Germany), conforming the OBS FOMAR pool. Three of them with CMG-40T sensor and the other with Trillium 120. These OBS were deployed along the Gibraltar strait since January to November 2014 to study the microseismicity in the Gibraltar strait area. In September 2015 FOMAR network has been deployed in SW of the San Vicente Cape for 8 months as a part of

  6. Ensuring QOS Gurantees in a hybrid OCS/OBS Network

    Sunish Kumar O S

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The bursting aggregation assembly in edge nodes is one of the key technologies in OBS (Optical Burst Switching network, which has a direct impact on flow characteristics and packet loss rate. An opticalburst assembly technique supporting QoS is presented through this paper, which can automatically adjust the threshold along with the increasing and decreasing volume of business, reduce the operational burst, and generate corresponding BDP (Burst Data Packet and BCP (Burst Control Packet. In addition to theburst aggregation technique a packet recovery technique by restoration method is also described. The data packet loss due to the physical optical link failure is not currently included in the QoS descriptions. This link failure is also a severe problem which reduces the data throughput of the transmitter node. A mechanism for data recovery from this link failure is vital for guaranteeing the QoS demanded by each user. So this paper will also discusses a specific protocol for reducing the packet loss by utilizing the features of both optical circuit switching (OCS and Optical Burst switching (OBS techniques.

  7. The Massive Star Population of Cygnus OB2

    Wright, Nicholas J; Mohr-Smith, Michael

    2015-01-01

    We have compiled a significantly updated and comprehensive census of massive stars in the nearby Cygnus OB2 association by gathering and homogenising data from across the literature. The census contains 169 primary OB stars, including 52 O-type stars and 3 Wolf-Rayet stars. Spectral types and photometry are used to place the stars in a Hertzprung-Russell diagram, which is compared to both non-rotating and rotating stellar evolution models, from which stellar masses and ages are calculated. The star formation history and mass function of the association are assessed, and both are found to be heavily influenced by the evolution of the most massive stars to their end states. We find that the mass function of the most massive stars is consistent with a `universal' power-law slope of Gamma = 1.3. The age distribution inferred from stellar evolutionary models with rotation and the mass function suggest the majority of star formation occurred more or less continuously between 1 and 7 Myr ago, in agreement with studi...

  8. (CH4)-C-14 Measurements in Greenland Ice: Investigating Last Glacial Termination CH4 Sources

    Petrenko, V. V.; Smith, A. M.; Brook, E. J.;

    2009-01-01

    contributions to this increase. We present measurements of (CH4)-C-14 in glacial ice, targeting this transition, performed by using ice samples obtained from an ablation site in west Greenland. Measured (CH4)-C-14 values were higher than predicted under any scenario. Sample (CH4)-C-14 appears to be elevated by...

  9. Physical evidence for a Saccharomyces cerevisiae transposable element which carries the his4C gene.

    de Bruijn, F; Greer, H

    1981-01-01

    A Saccharomyces cerevisiae transposable element which carries the his4C structural gene and which is capable of transposition, excision, and mutator activity is described. Physical evidence is presented for transposition of the his4C deoxyribonucleic acid sequences to a new location in the genome and for precise excision of these transposed deoxyribonucleic acid sequences in spontaneous his4C- segregants.

  10. The Luminosity Function of OB Associations in the Galaxy

    McKee, Christopher F.; Williams, Jonathan P.

    1997-02-01

    OB associations ionize the interstellar medium, producing both localized H II regions and diffuse ionized gas. The supernovae resulting from these associations pressurize and stir the interstellar medium. Using Smith, Biermann, & Mezger's compilation of radio H II regions in the Galaxy, and Kennicutt, Edgar, & Hodge's optical study of H II regions in nearby galaxies, we show that the luminosity distribution of giant OB associations in the Galaxy can be fit by a truncated power law of the form \\Nscra(>S)=\\Nscrau[(Su/S)-1], where S is the ionizing photon luminosity, \\Nscra(>S) is the number of associations with a luminosity of at least S, and Su is the upper limit to the distribution. The coefficient \\Nscrau is the number of the most luminous associations, with a luminosity between 0.5Su and Su. For the Galaxy, \\Nscrau=6.1 the fact that the number of the most luminous associations is significantly larger than unity indicates that there is a physical limit to the maximum size of H II regions in the Galaxy. To extend the luminosity distribution to small H II regions, we assume that the birthrate of associations, \\Nscr\\dota(>\\Nscr*), is also a truncated power law, \\Nscr\\dota(>\\Nscr*)~[(\\Nscr*u/\\Nscr*)-1], where \\Nscr* is the number of stars in the association. For large associations, the ionizing luminosity is proportional to the number of stars, S~\\Nscr* for smaller associations, we use both an analytic and a Monte Carlo approach to find the resulting luminosity distribution \\Nscra(>S). H II regions are generally centrally concentrated, with only the dense central regions being bright enough to appear in radio catalogs. Anantharamaiah postulated that radio H II regions have extended envelopes in order to account for diffuse radio recombination line emission in the Galaxy. Some of these envelopes are visible as the ionized ``worms'' discussed by Heiles and coworkers. We estimate that on the average the envelopes of radio H II regions absorb about twice

  11. Decreased triiodothyronine receptor binding in skeletal muscle nuclei and erythrocyte membranes of obese (ob/ob) mice

    Hindlimb skeletal muscle weights and binding of L-tri-iodothyronine (T3) to isolated nuclei of this tissue were investigated in obese (ob/ob) mice and their lean littermates. Maximal binding capacities (Bmax) and dissociation constants (Kd) were determined by incubating isolated muscle nuclei with increasing conc. of 125I-T3 (0.4 nM to 4nM). At 12 wks. of age, although weighing substantially more, obese mice had only 55% as much muscle mass as their lean littermates. There was no phenotype effect observed for Kd, however, Bmax was significantly less for the obese mice. In a second experiment, a 16-wk. feeding study was conducted with 4 groups of mice according to the following design: lean mice fed rodent chow; obese mice fed rodent chow; obese mice, n-6 fatty acid (FA)-rich diet; and obese mice, n-3FA-rich diet. Erythrocyte T3 receptor binding capacities were measured by incubating red cell ghosts from mice of these 4 groups with 125I-T3. As with skeletal muscle nuclei there were no phenotype effects observed for Kd between any two groups. In contrasts obese mice fed chow and n-6FA-rich diets both exhibited lower Bmax than their lean counterparts, while no significant difference was observed between the latter group and the obese mice fed an n-3FA-rich diet. Bmax values of the n-6 group were also decreased compared to the n-3 group

  12. Study of Eclipsing Binary and Multiple Systems in OB Associations IV: Cas OB6 Member DN Cas

    Bakis, V; Bilir, S; Eker, Z

    2016-01-01

    An early-type, massive, short-period ($P_{\\rm orb}=2^{\\rm d}.310951$) eclipsing spectroscopic binary DN Cas has been re-visited with new spectral and photometric data. The masses and radii of the components have been obtained as $M_1=19.04\\pm0.07 M_\\odot$, $M_2=13.73\\pm 0.05M_\\odot$ and $R_1=7.22\\pm0.06 R_\\odot$, $R_2=5.79\\pm0.06R_\\odot$, respectively. Both components present synchronous rotation ($V_{\\rm rot1}=160\\,$km s$^{-1}$, $V_{\\rm rot2}=130\\,$km s$^{-1}$) with their orbit. Orbital period analysis yielded a physically bound additional component in the system with a minimum mass of $M_3=0.88 M_\\odot$ orbiting in an eccentric orbit ($e=0.37\\pm0.2$) with an orbital period of $P_{12}=42\\pm9$ yrs. High precision absolute parameters of the system allowed us to derive a distance to DN Cas as 1.7$\\pm$0.2 kpc which locates the system within the borders of the Cas OB6 association (d=1.8 kpc; Mel'nik & Dambis, 2009). The space velocities and the age of DN Cas are in agreement with those of Cas OB6. The age of ...

  13. Association between diencephalic thyroliberin and arterial blood pressure in agouti-yellow and ob/ob mice may be mediated by leptin.

    Burgueño, Adriana L; Landa, Maria S; Schuman, Mariano L; Alvarez, Azucena L; Carabelli, Julieta; García, Silvia I; Pirola, Carlos J

    2007-10-01

    Leptin, a hormone secreted by the adipose tissue, stimulates anorexigenic peptides and also inhibits orexigenic peptides in hypothalamic arcuate nuclei-located neurons. It also counteracts the starvation-induced suppression of thyroid hormones by up-regulating the expression of preproTRH gene. On the other hand, in addition to its role as a modulator of the thyroid-hypothalamic-hypophysial axis, thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) acts as a modulator of the cardiovascular system. In fact, we reported that overexpression of diencephalic TRH (dTRH) induces hypertension. We have recently shown that, in rats with obesity-induced hypertension, hyperleptinemia may produce an increase of dTRH together with an elevation of arterial blood pressure (ABP) through an increase of sympathetic activity and that these alterations were reversed by antisense oligonucleotide and small interfering RNA against preproTRH treatments. Here we explore the possible role of dTRH as a mediator involved in leptin-induced hypertension in 2 obesity mouse models: agouti-yellow mice, which are hyperleptinemic and hypertensive, and ob/ob mice, which lack functional circulating leptin. These 2 models share some characteristics, but ob/ob mice show lower ABP and plasma catecholamines levels. Then, for the first time, we report that there is a clear association between ABP and dTRH levels in both mouse models, as we have found that dTRH content was elevated in agouti-yellow mice and diminished in ob/ob mice compared with their controls. We also show that, after 3 days of subcutaneous leptin injections (10 microg/12 hours), ABP and dTRH increased significantly in ob/ob mice with no alterations of thyroid hormone levels. These results add evidence to the putative molecular mechanisms for the strong association between obesity and hypertension. PMID:17884458

  14. LXR activation by GW3965 alters fat tissue distribution and adipose tissue inflammation in ob/ob female mice[S

    Archer, Amena; Stolarczyk, Émilie; Doria, Maria Luisa; Helguero, Luisa; Domingues, Rosário; Howard, Jane K; Mode, Agneta; Korach-André, Marion; Gustafsson, Jan-Åke

    2013-01-01

    To investigate the role of liver X receptor (LXR) in adipose tissue metabolism during obesity, ob/ob mice were treated for 5 weeks with the synthetic LXR agonist GW3965. MRI analysis revealed that pharmacological activation of LXR modified fat distribution by decreasing visceral (VS) fat and inversely increasing subcutaneous (SC) fat storage without affecting whole body fat content. This was concordant with opposite regulation by GW3965 of the lipolytic markers hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) ...

  15. MW-OBS: An Improved Pruning Method for Topology Design of Neural Networks

    ZHU Yan; LU Yingrong; LI Qian

    2006-01-01

    Topology design of artificial neural networks (ANNs) is an important problem for large scale applications. This paper describes a new efficient pruning method, the multi-weight optimal brain surgeon (MW-OBS) method, to optimize neural network topologies. The advantages and disadvantages of the OBS and unit-OBS were analyzed to develop the method. Actually, optimized topologies are difficult to get within reasonable times for complex problems. Motivating by the mechanism of natural neurons, the MW-OBS method balances the accuracy and the time complexity to achieve better neural network performance. The method will delete multiple connections among neurons according to the second derivative of the error function, so the arithmetic converges rapidly while the accuracy of the neural network remains high. The stability and generalization ability of the method are illustrated in a Java program. The results show that the MW-OBS method has the same accuracy as OBS, but time is similar to that of unit-OBS. Therefore, the MW-OBS method can be used to efficiently optimize structures of neural networks for large scale applications.

  16. Performance and cost analysis of all-optical switching: OBS and OCS

    Ekularn Dhavarudha

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a study of performance and cost analysis of optical circuit switching (OCS and optical burstswitching (OBS by proposing the clear images of their node architectures and cost formulations. Then, we apply servicelevel agreement (SLA of the high quality of service application in the terms of network blocking probability and averagenetwork delay to demonstrate OCS and OBS performances, their investment costs, and network dimensioning methodology.Applying SLA to our studies can illustrate the impact of contention resolution and blocking resolution schemes to theperformances and costs of OBS and OCS, accordingly. The simulations illustrate that OBS applying WC gives the bestperformance among all architectures deploying the same offered bandwidth. The investigations also show that WC is a majortechnique contributing high performance gain to both OCS and OBS. Especially for OBS, WC is an important scheme allowingOBS high data grooming property as its performance gain contributing to OBS is much higher than those of OCS. For thecost analysis, OCS is the most economic among all architectures. BA provides the most cost effectiveness among all OBScontention resolution schemes. Lastly, FDL is the least cost effective scheme as it gives little performance enhancement butadds more cost to the network.

  17. Augmenting the Stability of OB Dump by Using Fly Ash: A Geo Technical Approach to Sustainably Manage OB Dump at Jharia Coal Field, India

    Anup Kumar Gupta*

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper is mainly focused over the possible utilization of fly ash along with OB dump to enhance the stability of OB dump and thus provide a sustainable approach for better waste management of both these materials simultaneously. Instability of coal mine overburden (OB dumps is an important problem in most of the coal mines like Jharia coalfields in India. This is mainly occurring due to sliding nature of the rock material, lack of vegetation etc. Numbers of Environmental and health issues are associated with these unstable OB dumps. As it may easily flow with running water can contaminate the nearby water resource as well as carbonaceous content of the dump causes air pollution due to simultaneous combustion. On the other hand management of coal ash that is produced from thermal plants is also an important task. Dumping of fly ash in open may cause number of environmental problems. Various geotechnical and physical parameters such as particle size analysis, specific gravity, density, and friction angle/cohesion test have been performed to check the stability of OB dump and to analyze impacts of fly ash utilization to stabilize the OB dump.

  18. Glacier Area and River Runoff Changes in the Head of Ob River Basins During the Last 50 Years

    Surazakov, A. B.; Aizen, V. B.; Aizen, E. M.; Nikitin, S. A.; Narojniy, J. K.

    2006-12-01

    The Altai mountains in Siberia define southern periphery of the Asian Arctic Basin, and the Ob River is a major Siberian river fed by fresh water from Altai glaciers. Intensification of glacier melt in the head of Ob River since the middle of 20th century may have a considerable influence on the water resources and hydrological regime of Siberian rivers, and freshwater budget of the Arctic Ocean. In our research we estimated glacier area and runoff changes in the Aktru River basin (34.9 km2, 45% covered by glaciers) in the Central Altai using remote sensing data and in situ glaciological and hydrological observations. The measurements of the glacier mass-balance started in this basin in 1952 as a part of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, however an accurate estimation of the glacier area change in the last two decades have not been accomplished. In our research we used aerial photographs (1952, 1975), Corona (1968) and ASTER (2004) images, and Ground Control Points collected with DGPS in 2005 and 2006 field surveys. Preliminary analysis shows that area of the studied glaciers reduced up to 7% and glacier tongues retreated up to 600 m from 1952 to 2004. The rate of the glacier recession doubled between 1975 and 2004 and the river runoff increased by 30 mm/year at the head of Ob river tributaries fed by snow and glacier melt water. During the period from 1954 to 2004 annual (mainly summer) air temperature increased by 0.1 C° a decade and precipitation (mainly spring and summer) increased by 50 mm at an elevation of 2000 m.

  19. A Cornucopia of Massive Binary Star Systems in the Cygnus OB2 Association: Fifty and Counting

    Kobulnicky, Henry A.; Kiminki, D. C.; Burke, J. F.; Chapman, J. E.; Keller, E.; Lester, K. V.; Rolen, E.; Topel, E.; Lundquist, M. J.; Bhattacharjee, A.; Vargas Alvarez, C. A.; Runnoe, J. C.; Dale, D. A.

    2014-01-01

    Massive binary star systems produce nature's most energetic events, including some classes of supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, and double-degenerate objects that generate gravitational wave radiation. The Cygnus OB2 Association is the largest nearby collection of massive stars, consisting of several hundred O and early B stars at a distance of just 1.4 kpc. Our Cygnus OB2 Radial Velocity Survey team at the University of Wyoming has spectroscopically monitored 115 stars of type B2 or earlier between 1999 and 2013, accruing an average of 12 observations per star at a velocity precision of 2-6 km/s. We have identified fifty massive binary systems, nearly all of which have full orbital solutions. Periods range from 1.4 days - 12.5 years and velocity semi-amplitudes span 4-300 km/s. Monte-Carlo modeling indicates that as many as 90% of massive systems contain multiple stars and that 45% of these can be characterized as ``close'' binaries that will interact, exchanging matter during main-sequence or post-main-sequence evolution. Statistical analysis of the orbital parameters reveals a striking surplus of close, short-period systems with periods P=1.4--7 days, with fully 30% (17 out of 50 systems) of the known binaries falling in this tight range; their typical orbital separations are just a small fraction of an astronomical unit. The remainder of the binary systems are consistent with a period distribution described as flat in log(P) out to several thousand day periods. The mass ratio distribution appears flat over the interval q=M2/M1=0.1-1.0, meaning that massive stars preferentially have massive companions. These data constitute the largest and most complete homogeneous database on any single collection of massive stars in a common formation environment covering the full range of stars expected to explode as supernovae (B2V and earlier). As such, the Survey provides the raw data for modeling rates of cosmic supernova, gamma-ray bursts, and X-ray binaries

  20. EC 11481-2303 - A Peculiar Subdwarf OB Star Revisited

    Rauch, T; Kruk, J W

    2010-01-01

    EC 11481-2303 is a peculiar, hot, high-gravity pre-white dwarf. Previous optical spectroscopy revealed that it is a sdOB star with an effective temperature (Teff) of 41790 K, a surface gravity log(g)= 5.84, and He/H = 0.014 by number. We present an on-going spectral analysis by means of non-LTE model-atmosphere techniques based on high-resolution, high-S/N optical (VLT-UVES) and ultraviolet (FUSE, IUE) observations. We are able to reproduce the optical and UV observations simultaneously with a chemically homogeneous NLTE model atmosphere with a significantly higher effective temperature and lower He abundance (Teff = 55000 K, log (g) = 5.8, and He / H = 0.0025 by number). While C, N, and O appear less than 0.15 times solar, the iron-group abundance is strongly enhanced by at least a factor of ten.

  1. 3D MHD simulations of subsurface convection in OB stars

    Cantiello, Matteo; Brandenburg, Axel; Del Sordo, Fabio; Käpylä, Petri; Langer, Norbert

    2010-01-01

    During their main sequence evolution, massive stars can develop convective regions very close to their surface. These regions are caused by an opacity peak associated with iron ionization. Cantiello et al. (2009) found a possible connection between the presence of sub-photospheric convective motions and small scale stochastic velocities in the photosphere of early-type stars. This supports a physical mechanism where microturbulence is caused by waves that are triggered by subsurface convection zones. They further suggest that clumping in the inner parts of the winds of OB stars could be related to subsurface convection, and that the convective layers may also be responsible for stochastic excitation of non-radial pulsations. Furthermore, magnetic fields produced in the iron convection zone could appear at the surface of such massive stars. Therefore subsurface convection could be responsible for the occurrence of observable phenomena such as line profile variability and discrete absorption components. These p...

  2. Dropping Probability Reduction in OBS Networks: A Simple Approach

    Elrasad, Amr

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we propose and derive a slotted-time model for analyzing the burst blocking probability in Optical Burst Switched (OBS) networks. We evaluated the immediate and delayed signaling reservation schemes. The proposed model compares the performance of both just-in-time (JIT) and just-enough-time (JET) signaling protocols associated with of void/non-void filling link scheduling schemes. It also considers none and limited range wavelength conversions scenarios. Our model is distinguished by being adaptable to different offset-time and burst length distributions. We observed that applying a limited range of wavelength conversion, burst blocking probability is reduced by several orders of magnitudes and yields a better burst delivery ratio compared with full wavelength conversion.

  3. The OB association LH 58 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

    Garmany, Catharine D.; Massey, Philip; Parker, Joel WM.

    1994-01-01

    We present charge coupled device (CCD) photometry and spectroscopy for stars in Lucke-Hodge 58, an isolated OB association in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) northwest of 30 Doradus. The photometric catalog contains 839 stars with UBV magnitudes complete to V approximately = 19. We have obtained spectra and classified 35 stars; combined with previous published spectral types, we find 22 O-type stars. The earliest type is O3-4 V, and there are three Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars in the association. The slope of the initial mass function, Gamma = -1.7 +/- 0.3, is in good agreement with other LMC associations. The presence of several evolved supergiants with masses about 15-25 solar mass suggests that some star formation took place as early as 10 million years ago, but the majority of stars formed coevally within the past few million years.

  4. Hormone-sensitive lipase deficiency suppresses insulin secretion from pancreatic islets of Lepob/ob mice

    It has long been a matter of debate whether the hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL)-mediated lipolysis in pancreatic β-cells can affect insulin secretion through the alteration of lipotoxicity. We generated mice lacking both leptin and HSL (Lepob/ob/HSL-/-) and explored the role of HSL in pancreatic β-cells in the setting of obesity. Lepob/ob/HSL-/- developed elevated blood glucose levels and reduced plasma insulin levels compared with Lepob/ob/HSL+/+ in a fed state, while the deficiency of HSL did not affect glucose homeostasis in Lep+/+ background. The deficiency of HSL exacerbated the accumulation of triglycerides in Lepob/ob islets, leading to reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. The deficiency of HSL also diminished the islet mass in Lepob/ob mice due to decreased cell proliferation. In conclusion, HSL affects insulin secretary capacity especially in the setting of obesity.

  5. Microstructural analyses of B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics

    Sakamoto, Tatsuaki, E-mail: sakamoto.tatsuaki@eng.ehime-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Sun, Shu-Chen [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Furuno, Tomoya; Kajioka, Michio [Graduate Student of Ehime Univerisity, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Nakai, Kiyomichi [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kurishita, Hiroaki [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Kobayashi, Sengo [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Wu, Wen-Yuan; Tu, Gan-Feng [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Matsuda, Seiji [Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Ehime University, Shizugawa, Toon 791-0295 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    Effects of additions of CeO{sub 2} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on microstructure and mechanical properties of B{sub 4}C fabricated under and without hot press have been investigated. Vickers hardness and fracture strength are increased by hot press due to the reduction of porosity because the sintering rate is enhanced. Hardness is increased by the reduction of porosity because crack probably occurs when the hardness is measured due to pore as an initiation point of crack. Hardness increases with increasing additions of CeO{sub 2} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} because porosity decreases due to the formation of CeB{sub 6} and LaB{sub 6} on the grain boundary of B{sub 4}C, respectively. The borides are formed through reaction between solid phases, which might induce coherent boundary between boride and B{sub 4}C. Such coherency also contributes to strengthening the grain boundary of B{sub 4}C. The addition of CeO{sub 2} enhances the sintering rate more than that of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, resulting in higher hardness of B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} than that of B{sub 4}C-La{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  6. Acquisition of Multicomponent-4C Seismic Data from Unconventional Marine Reservoirs to Improve Exploration and Risk Attenuation in Reservoir Characterization

    Aluka, I. J.

    2013-12-01

    The move to explore for commercial oil and gas from unconventional reservoirs such as shale/mudstone and tight gas sand reservoirs is having serious technical challenges. Multicomponent- 4C seismic data acquisition in marine settings will go a long way to assist oil and gas companies to discover unconventional resources with significant commercial value in the marine environments. Multicomponent technology has been proved to be effective in exploration and reservoir characterization and risk reduction. The technology provides enhanced strata images by reflecting independent subsurfaces, direct lithofacies and hydrocarbon indication compared to only conventional P-wave seismic stratigraphy. Multi component seismic data can be acquired in the marine settings by utilizing energy from towed air-gun arrays, and 4-component ocean bottom sensor (4-C OBS) packages deployed on the seafloor. Because the S waves do not travel through liquids, the sensors have to be deployed on the seafloor. The 4-component ocean bottom sensor comprises of a hydrophone, a gimbaled 3-component geophone as opposed to ungimbaled 3-component geophone. This gimbaled 3-component geophone is continually rotated by gravity to make sure that the moving-coil elements are placed in the crossline horizontal, and vertical, inline horizontal directions. Two or more vessels are used in marine multicompnent data acquisition. One vessel is a source vessel and the others are connected to the seafloor cable and record the 4-C seismic data. Every receiver on the seafloor is composed of a single 4-C sensor package, which is stationary during data recording. P-wave data are combination of particle-velocity wavefield recorded by the vertical geophone and pressure wavefield recorded by the hydrophone. The inline and crossline horizontal geophones record the particle-velocity data which are used to generate the upgoing reflected SV wavefield arriving at the seafloor. The downgoing P wavefield at non normal angles of

  7. Irradiated Interfaces in the Ara OB1, Carina, Eagle Nebula, and Cyg OB2 Massive Star Formation Regions

    Hartigan, P; Cleeves, L I

    2013-01-01

    Regions of massive star formation offer some of the best and most easily-observed examples of radiation hydrodynamics. Boundaries where fully-ionized H II regions transition to neutral/molecular photodissociation regions (PDRs) are of particular interest because marked temperature and density contrasts across the boundaries lead to evaporative flows and fluid dynamical instabilities that can evolve into spectacular pillar-like structures. When detached from their parent clouds, pillars become ionized globules that often harbor one or more young stars. H2 molecules at the interface between a PDR and an H II region absorb ultraviolet light from massive stars, and the resulting fluoresced infrared emission lines are an ideal way to trace this boundary independent of obscuring dust. This paper presents H2 images of four regions of massive star formation that illustrate different types of PDR boundaries. The Ara OB1 star formation region contains a striking long wall that has several wavy structures which are pres...

  8. Pressure effect on structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of tetragonal B4C4

    The compressibility, elastic anisotropy, and thermodynamic properties of the recently proposed tetragonal B4C4 (t-B4C4) are investigated under high temperature and high pressure by using of first-principles calculations method. The elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, Vickers hardness, Pugh’s modulus ratio, and Poisson’s ratio for t-B4C4 under various pressures are systematically explored, the obtained results indicate that t-B4C4 is a stiffer material. The elastic anisotropies of t-B4C4 are discussed in detail under pressure from 0 GPa to 100 GPa. The thermodynamic properties of t-B4C4, such as Debye temperature, heat capacity, and thermal expansion coefficient are investigated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model

  9. Pressure effect on structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of tetragonal B4C4

    Baobing Zheng

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The compressibility, elastic anisotropy, and thermodynamic properties of the recently proposed tetragonal B4C4 (t-B4C4 are investigated under high temperature and high pressure by using of first-principles calculations method. The elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, Vickers hardness, Pugh’s modulus ratio, and Poisson’s ratio for t-B4C4 under various pressures are systematically explored, the obtained results indicate that t-B4C4 is a stiffer material. The elastic anisotropies of t-B4C4 are discussed in detail under pressure from 0 GPa to 100 GPa. The thermodynamic properties of t-B4C4, such as Debye temperature, heat capacity, and thermal expansion coefficient are investigated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  10. Globules and pillars in Cygnus X. I. Herschel far-infrared imaging of the Cygnus OB2 environment

    Schneider, N.; Bontemps, S.; Motte, F.; Blazere, A.; André, Ph.; Anderson, L. D.; Arzoumanian, D.; Comerón, F.; Didelon, P.; Di Francesco, J.; Duarte-Cabral, A.; Guarcello, M. G.; Hennemann, M.; Hill, T.; Könyves, V.; Marston, A.; Minier, V.; Rygl, K. L. J.; Röllig, M.; Roy, A.; Spinoglio, L.; Tremblin, P.; White, G. J.; Wright, N. J.

    2016-06-01

    The radiative feedback of massive stars on molecular clouds creates pillars, globules and other features at the interface between the H II region and molecular cloud. Optical and near-infrared observations from the ground as well as with the Hubble or Spitzer satellites have revealed numerous examples of such cloud structures. We present here Herschel far-infrared observations between 70 μm and 500 μm of the immediate environment of the rich Cygnus OB2 association, performed within the Herschel imaging survey of OB Young Stellar objects (HOBYS) program. All of the observed irradiated structures were detected based on their appearance at 70 μm, and have been classified as pillars, globules, evaporating gasous globules (EGGs), proplyd-like objects, and condensations. From the 70 μm and 160 μm flux maps, we derive the local far-ultraviolet (FUV) field on the photon dominated surfaces. In parallel, we use a census of the O-stars to estimate the overall FUV-field, that is 103-104 G0 (Habing field) close to the central OB cluster (within 10 pc) and decreases down to a few tens G0, in a distance of 50 pc. From a spectral energy distribution (SED) fit to the four longest Herschel wavelengths, we determine column density and temperature maps and derive masses, volume densities and surface densities for these structures. We find that the morphological classification corresponds to distinct physical properties. Pillars and globules are massive (~500 M⊙) and large (equivalent radius r ~ 0.6 pc) structures, corresponding to what is defined as "clumps" for molecular clouds. EGGs and proplyd-likeobjects are smaller (r ~ 0.1 and 0.2 pc) and less massive (~10 and ~30 M⊙). Cloud condensations are small (~0.1 pc), have an average mass of 35 M⊙, are dense (~6 × 104 cm-3), and can thus be described as molecular cloud "cores". All pillars and globules are oriented toward the Cyg OB2 association center and have the longest estimated photoevaporation lifetimes, a few million

  11. 32 CFR 1630.42 - Class 4-C: Alien or dual national.

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Class 4-C: Alien or dual national. 1630.42... CLASSIFICATION RULES § 1630.42 Class 4-C: Alien or dual national. In Class 4-C shall be placed any registrant who... service in the United States. (b) Is an alien and who has departed from the United States prior to...

  12. A photometric variability study of massive stars in Cygnus OB2

    Salas, J; Barbá, R H

    2014-01-01

    We have conducted a 1.5 year-long variability study of the stars in the Cygnus OB2 association, the region in the northern hemisphere with the highest density of optically visible massive stars. The survey was conducted using four pointings in the Johnson $R$ and $I$ bands with a 35 cm Meade LX200-ACF telescope equipped with a 3.2 Mpixel SBIG ST10-XME CCD camera and includes 300+ epochs in each filter. A total of 1425 objects were observed with limiting magnitudes of 15 in $R$ and 14 in $I$. The photometry was calibrated using reference stars with existing $UBVJHK$ photometry. Bright stars have precisions better than 0.01 magnitudes, allowing us to detect 52 confirmed and 19 candidate variables, many of them massive stars without previous detections as variables. Variables are classified as eclipsing, pulsating, irregular/long period, and Be. We derive the phased light curves for the eclipsing binaries, with periods ranging from 1.3 to 8.5 days.

  13. On the observability of bow shocks of Galactic runaway OB stars

    Meyer, D M -A; Kuiper, R; Kley, W

    2016-01-01

    Massive stars that have been ejected from their parent cluster and supersonically sailing away through the interstellar medium (ISM) are classified as exiled. They generate circumstellar bow shock nebulae that can be observed. We present two-dimensional, axisymmetric hydrodynamical simulations of a representative sample of stellar wind bow shocks from Galactic OB stars in an ambient medium of densities ranging from n_ISM=0.01 up to 10.0/cm3. Independently of their location in the Galaxy, we confirm that the infrared is the most appropriated waveband to search for bow shocks from massive stars. Their spectral energy distribution is the convenient tool to analyze them since their emission does not depend on the temporary effects which could affect unstable, thin-shelled bow shocks. Our numerical models of Galactic bow shocks generated by high-mass (~40 Mo) runaway stars yield H$\\alpha$ fluxes which could be observed by facilities such as the SuperCOSMOS H-Alpha Survey. The brightest bow shock nebulae are produc...

  14. A WISE Census of Young Stellar Objects in Perseus OB2 Association

    Azimlu, Mohaddesseh; Muench, August A

    2015-01-01

    We have performed a WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) based study to identify and characterize young stellar objects (YSOs) in 12x12 degree Perseus OB2 association. Spectral energy distribution (SED) slope in range of 3.4-12 micron and a 5sigma selection criteria were used to select our initial sample. Further manual inspection reduced our final catalog to 156 known and 119 YSO candidate. The spatial distribution of newly found YSOs all over the field shows an older generation of star formation which most of its massive members have evolved into main sequence stars. In contrast, the majority of younger members lie within the Perseus molecular cloud and currently active star forming clusters such as NGC1333 and IC348. We also identified additional 66 point sources which passed YSO selection criteria but are likely AGB stars. However their spatial distribution suggests that they may contain a fraction of the YSOs. Comparing our results with the commonly used color-color selections, we found that while ...

  15. La Asociación OB Bochum7 combinando datos IR y ópticos

    Corti, M. A.; Bosch, G. L.; Niemela, V. S.

    We present the results of an analysis of IR data in the region of the galactic OB association Bo7, obtained from the archives of the IRAS satellite mission and the 2MASS survey. Bo7 is located at the end of Perseus spiral arm. Distances of possible members of the Bo7 association were determined calculating the absorption from the E(V-K) colour excess. These members had been previously selected according to their UBV colours and spectra. The distance values obtained with IR excess have a smaller error than those obtained considering the E(B-V) excess. An extended interstellar dust cloud (detected in IRAS maps) is found to be probably associated with the members of Bo7. Two IRAS point sources observed in the region have characteristics of star formation sites. One of these point sources has been observed in CS(2-1) by Bronfman et al. (1996), who determined a value of (LSR) velocity of 44 km/s, close to the velocity of stars in Bo7 (Corti et al. 2003). A group of main sequence O - B0.5 stars appear near the location of the aforementioned IRAS point source, suggesting sequential star formation in the Bo7 region.

  16. No evidence for protoplanetary disk destruction by OB stars in the MYStIX sample

    Richert, Alexander J W; Getman, Konstantin V; Kuhn, Michael A

    2015-01-01

    HST images of proplyds in the Orion Nebula, as well as submillimeter/radio measurements, show that the dominant O7 star Theta1 Ori C photoevaporates nearby disks around pre-main sequence stars. Theory predicts that massive stars photoevaporate disks within distances of order 0.1 pc. These findings suggest that young, OB-dominated massive H II regions are inhospitable to the survival of protoplanetary disks, and subsequently to the formation and evolution of planets. In the current work, we test this hypothesis using large samples of pre-main sequence stars in 20 massive star-forming regions selected with X-ray and infrared photometry in the MYStIX survey. Complete disk destruction would lead to a deficit of cluster members with excess in JHKs and Spitzer/IRAC bands in the vicinity of O stars. In four MYStIX regions containing O stars and a sufficient surface density of disk-bearing sources to reliably test for spatial avoidance, we find no evidence for the depletion of inner disks around pre-main sequence sta...

  17. Design, Synthesis, and Application of OB2C Combinatorial Peptide and Peptidomimetic Libraries

    Liu, Ruiwu; Shih, Tsung-Chieh; Deng, Xiaojun; Anwar, Lara; Ahadi, Sara; Kumaresan, Pappanaicken; Lam, Kit S.

    2015-01-01

    The “one-bead two-compound” (OB2C) combinatorial library is constructed on topologically segregated trifunctional bilayer beads such that each bead has a fixed cell-capturing ligand and a random library compound co-displayed on its surface and a chemical coding tag (bar code) inside the bead. An OB2C library containing thousands to millions of compounds can be synthesized and screened concurrently within a short period of time. When live cells are incubated with such OB2C libraries, every bead will be coated with a monolayer of cells. The cell membranes of the captured cells facing the bead surface are exposed to the library compounds tethered to each bead. A specific biochemical or cellular response can be detected with an appropriate reporter system. The OB2C method enables investigators to rapidly discover synthetic molecules that not only interact with cell-surface receptors but can also stimulate or inhibit downstream cell signaling. To demonstrate this powerful method, one OB2C peptide library and two OB2C peptidomimetic libraries were synthesized and screened against Molt-4 lymphoma cells to discover “death ligands.” Apoptosis of the bead-bound cells was detected with immunocytochemistry using horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated anti-cleaved caspase-3 antibody and 3,3′-diaminobenzidine as a substrate. Two novel synthetic “death ligands” against Molt-4 cells were discovered using this OB2C library approach. PMID:25616322

  18. Comparison of nanostructured Al/B4C composite produced by ARB and Al/B4C composite produced by RRB process

    Research highlights: → The SEM microstructures revealed the well distributed B4C particles in the aluminum matrix for both the composites. → The TEM analysis showed the nanostructured Al/B4C composite was produced by the ARB process successfully. → The ductility (elongation) of the RRB processed composite is higher than that of the ARB processed composite. → The microhardness of the ARB processed composite is higher than that of the RRB processed composite. - Abstract: In the present study, Al/B4C composites were produced and compared in the form of sheets, through accumulative roll bonding (ARB) and repeated roll bonding (RRB) processes. The microstructure of the composites fabricated by both the methods, revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), showed the B4C particles properly distributed in the aluminum matrix. The average grain size of the ARB processed composite was about 186 nm by linear intercept method, based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations. Mechanical properties of the Al/B4C composites produced by two methods were investigated by tensile and hardness tests. The results showed that the tensile strength and hardness of the ARB and RRB processed composites increase with the number of cycles. However, the tensile strength and hardness of the ARB processed composite are much higher than those of the RRB processed composite. The tensile test results revealed that the elongation of the ARB processed composite is lower than that of the RRB processed composite.

  19. A specific assay for quantification of human C4c by use of an anti-C4c monoclonal antibody

    Pilely, Katrine; Skjoedt, Mikkel-Ole; Nielsen, Christian; Andersen, Thomas Emil; Åbom, Anne; Vitved, Lars; Koch, Claus; Skjødt, Karsten; Palarasah, Yaseelan

    2014-01-01

    The increasing evidence of the implication of the complement system in the pathogenesis of several diseases has emphasized the need for the development of specific and valid assays, optimized for quantitative detection of complement activation in vivo. In the present study, we have developed a...... and samples from factor I deficient patients. The specificity of the mAb was further evaluated by immunoprecipitation techniques and by analysis of eluted fragments of C4 after immunoaffinity chromatography. The anti-C4c mAb was confirmed to be C4c specific, as it showed no cross-reactivity with...... native (un-cleaved) C4, C4b, iC4b, or C4d. Also, no reaction was observed with C4 fragments in factor I deficient plasma or serum samples. We established and validated a sandwich ELISA based on this C4c specific antibody. The normal range of C4c in EDTA/futhan plasma collected from 100 Danish blood...

  20. Heat release from B4C oxidation in steam and air

    BWR and some PWR cores contain boron carbide (B4C) as neutron absorber. During a severe accident, the B4C can potentially react with steam under release of heat and hydrogen. Although models for B4C oxidation already exist in MELCOR and SCDAP/RELAP5, a development of a new model for another computer code seems to be difficult due to a missing comprehensive description of the current modelling methodology and scarce experimental data. The aim of this paper is to highlight the key points of the B4C oxidation using the existing available experimental data and to perform a simple heat balance analysis of the B4C/steam and B4C/air chemical reactions. The analysis of literature data shows that the B4C oxidation phenomenon is qualitatively well described below 1000 deg. C. However, no reliable data exist for the reaction kinetics especially above this temperature. It was found that the experimental results strongly depend on the experimental arrangement. The reaction heats, calculated in this study, indicate that the B4C oxidation is an exothermic reaction, releasing more heat in air than in steam. The formation of boric acids from the boron oxide increases the heat release from B4C by ∼ 10%, in the worst case. Although the total heat, released in a PWR core from the B4C oxidation, is probably much smaller than the heat released from the Zr/steam reaction, it is not excluded that the B4C oxidation can locally contribute to the damage of the control elements due to local overheating. Modelling of these phenomena is, however, very difficult due to the complex geometry of the liquefied control elements and due to absence of suitable data on the reaction kinetics. (author). 25 refs, 2 figs, 3 tabs

  1. Impairment-aware QoS provisioning in dual-header OBS networks

    Yuqi Fan; Bin Wang; Lian Li

    2011-01-01

    Signal degradation due to physical impairments may result in unacceptable bit-error rates of received signals at the destination.Based on earlier work,we study the impairment-aware quality of service(QoS)provisioning problem in dual-header optical burst switching(OBS) networks that employ two control packets for each data burst.At an OBS node,the proposed algorithm schedule bursts for transmission by searching for available resources using admission control and preemption.The algorithm also verifies signal quality.Simulation results show that this algorithm is effective in providing QoS support in OBS networks while considering physical impairment effects.

  2. COSMIC ORIGINS SPECTROGRAPH OBSERVATIONS OF TRANSLUCENT CLOUDS: Cyg OB2 8A

    Data from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) are presented for the first highly reddened target (Cyg OB2 8A) under the COS Science Team's guaranteed time allocation. Column densities of ionic, atomic, and molecular species are reported and implications are discussed. Data from Cyg OB2 8A demonstrate the ability to analyze highly reddened interstellar sight lines with the COS that were unavailable to previous UV instruments. Measured column densities indicate that the Cyg OB2 8A line of sight contains multiple diffuse clouds rather than a dominant translucent cloud.

  3. Enzyme kinetic studies of histone demethylases KDM4C and KDM6A

    Kristensen, Jan B L; Nielsen, Anders L; Jørgensen, Lars;

    2011-01-01

    To investigate ligand selectivity between the oncogenic KDM4C and tumor repressor protein KDM6A histone demethylases, KDM4C and KDM6A were enzymatically characterized, and subsequently, four compounds were tested for inhibitory effects. 2,4-dicarboxypyridine and (R)-N-oxalyl-O-benzyltyrosine (3......, selectivity between Jumonji family histone demethylases can be obtained even with small molecule ligands....

  4. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of LiFePO4/C for Lithium Ion Batteries.

    Gao, Hong; Wang, Jiazhao; Yin, Shengyu; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Shengfu; Feng, Chuanqi; Wang, Shiquan

    2015-03-01

    LiFePO4/C was prepared through a facile rheological phase reaction method by using Fe3(PO4)2, Li3PO4 · 8H2O, and glucose as reactants. The LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the samples were investigated. The results show that the LiFePO4/C samples have single-phase olivine-type structure, and their particles feature a spherical shape. The carbon coating on the particles of LiFePO4 is about 1.8% of the LiFePO4/C by weight. The particle size was distributed from 0.2 to 1 µm. The initial discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C reached 154 mA h/g at 0.1 C. The retained discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C was 152.9 mA h g(-1) after 50 cycles. The LiFePO4/C also showed better cycling performance than that of the bare LiPeO4 at a higher charge/discharge rate (1 C). The LIFePO4/C prepared in this way could be a promising cathode material for lithium ion battery application. PMID:26413648

  5. Microstructures and mechanical properties in B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics

    Sun Shuchen, E-mail: sunsc@smm.neu.edu.cn [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Sakamoto, Tatsuaki; Nakai, Kiyomichi [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kurishita, Hiroaki [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Kobayashi, Sengo [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Xu Jingyu; Cao Hui; Gao Bo; Bianxue; Wu Wenyuan; Tu Ganfeng [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Matsuda, Seiji [Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Ehime University, Shizugawa, Toon 791-0295 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} composite ceramics with various concentrations of CeO{sub 2} were fabricated by hot press. The effects of CeO{sub 2} on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics have been investigated. During hot press, CeB{sub 6} was formed by the reaction between CeO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C. The B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics had higher levels of density, fracture toughness, flexural strength and Vickers hardness than those in monolithic B{sub 4}C. The microstructures of the B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics were observed and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. In-situ synthesized CeB{sub 6} indicated whisker-like shape and grew along the interface with B{sub 4}C, and different boron carbides with different content of C existed at/around the interface of CeB{sub 6} with B{sub 4}C in the composite ceramics. It made mechanical properties greatly improved.

  6. First-principles calculations on Mg/Al4C3 interfaces

    In order to explore the interfacial structure of Mg/Al4C3 interface and clarify the heterogeneous nucleation potential of Al4C3 particles in Mg melt. The atomic structure, bonding, and interfacial energy of Mg/Al4C3 interfaces were studied by first-principles calculations to analyze the sequence of Mg atoms onto the surface of Al4C3 (0 0 0 1) slab. Surface energy calculations show that the outmost layer of Al4C3 free surface having a preference of C atom termination. And polar covalent/ionic mixed bonds are formed across interface during the combination of Mg atoms with C-terminated Al4C3 surface. The calculated interfacial energy of Mg/Al4C3 interface is much smaller than that between α-Mg and magnesium melts, proving the excellent nucleation potency of Al4C3 particles for α-Mg grains from interfacial atomic structure and atomic bonding energy considerations.

  7. The interstellar medium towards the Ara OB1 region

    Henderson, Christopher D; Hearnshaw, John B

    2008-01-01

    We present high resolution (R ~ 4 km/s) absorption measurements of the interstellar NaI and CaII lines measured towards 14 early-type stars of distance 123 pc - 1650 pc, located in the direction of the Ara OB1 stellar cluster. The line profiles can broadly be split into four distinct groupings of absorption component velocity, and we have attempted to identify an origin and distance to each of these interstellar features. For gas with absorption covering the velocity range -10 km/s < V_helio < +10 km/s, we can identify the absorbing medium with local gas belonging to the Lupus-Norma interstellar cavity located between 100 and 485 pc in this galactic direction. Gas with velocities spanning the range -20 km/s < V_helio < +20 km/s is detected towards stars with distances of 570-800 pc. We identify a wide-spread interstellar feature at V_helio ~ -15 km/s with the expanding HI shell called GSH 337+00-05, which is now placed at a distance of ~530 pc.

  8. A Novel Congestion Detection Scheme in TCP Over OBS Networks

    Shihada, Basem

    2009-02-01

    This paper introduces a novel congestion detection scheme for high-bandwidth TCP flows over optical burst switching (OBS) networks, called statistical additive increase multiplicative decrease (SAIMD). SAIMD maintains and analyzes a number of previous round-trip time (RTTs) at the TCP senders in order to identify the confidence with which a packet loss event is due to network congestion. The confidence is derived by positioning short-term RTT in the spectrum of long-term historical RTTs. The derived confidence corresponding to the packet loss is then taken in the developed policy for TCP congestion window adjustment. We will show through extensive simulation that the proposed scheme can effectively solve the false congestion detection problem and significantly outperform the conventional TCP counterparts without losing fairness. The advantages gained in our scheme are at the expense of introducing more overhead in the SAIMD TCP senders. Based on the proposed congestion control algorithm, a throughput model is formulated, and is further verified by simulation results.

  9. Ensuring QOS Guarantees in a Hybrid OCS/OBS Network

    S, Sunish Kumar O

    2012-01-01

    The bursting aggregation assembly in edge nodes is one of the key technologies in OBS (Optical Burst Switching) network, which has a direct impact on flow characteristics and packet loss rate. An optical burst assembly technique supporting QoS is presented through this paper, which can automatically adjust the threshold along with the increasing and decreasing volume of business, reduce the operational burst, and generate corresponding BDP (Burst Data Packet) and BCP (Burst Control Packet). In addition to the burst aggregation technique a packet recovery technique by restoration method is also described. The data packet loss due to the physical optical link failure is not currently included in the QoS descriptions. This link failure is also a severe problem which reduces the data throughput of the transmitter node. A mechanism for data recovery from this link failure is vital for guaranteeing the QoS demanded by each user. So this paper will also discusses a specific protocol for reducing the packet loss by u...

  10. Determination of the Galactic Rotation Curve from OB Stars

    Bobylev, V V

    2015-01-01

    We consider three samples of O- and B-type stars from the solar neighborhood 0.6--4 kpc for which we have taken the distances, line-of-sight velocities, and proper motions from published sources. The first sample contains 120 massive spectroscopic binaries. O stars with spectroscopic distances from Patriarchi et al. constitute the second sample. The third sample consists of 168 OB3 stars whose distances have been determined from interstellar calcium lines. The angular velocity of Galactic rotation at the solar distance $\\Omega_0,$ its two derivatives $\\Omega'_0$ and $\\Omega"_0,$ and the peculiar velocity components of the Sun $(U,V,W)_\\odot$ are shown to be well determined from all three samples of stars. They are determined with the smallest errors from the sample of spectroscopic binary stars and the sample of stars with the calcium distance scale. The fine structure of the velocity field associated with the influence of the Galactic spiral density wave clearly manifests itself in the radial velocities of s...

  11. D Recording of a 19-CENTURY OB River Ship

    Pushkarev, A. A.; Zaytceva, O. V.; Vavulin, M. V.; Skorobogatova, A. Y.

    2016-06-01

    A 3D recording of a 19-century wooden ship discovered on the bank of the river Ob (Western Siberia) was performed in autumn 2015. The archaeologized ship was partly under water, partly lying ashore, buried under fluvial deposits. The 3D recording was performed in October, when the water level was at its lowest after clearing the area around the ship. A 3D recording at the place of discovery was required as part of the ship museumification and reconstruction project. The works performed were primarily aimed at preserving as much information about the object as possible. Given the location and peculiar features of the object, a combination of close-range photogrammetry and aerial photography was considered to be the best possible solution for creating a high-quality 3D model. The dismantled ship was delivered to Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History in October 2015. The ship is going to be reassembled using the created 3D model to be exhibited in the museum. The resulting models are also going to be used to make a virtual 3D reconstruction of the ship in the future. We shot a stereoscopic video for Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History to let visitors see the place of discovery and explore the ship in greater details. Besides, 3D printing allowed for creating a miniature of the ship, which is also going to be included in the exposition devoted to this unique discovery.

  12. THE INITIAL MASS FUNCTION OF FIELD OB STARS IN THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD

    Some theories of star formation suggest massive stars may only form in clustered environments, which would create a deficit of massive stars in low-density environments. Observationally, Massey finds such a deficit in samples of the field population in the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, with an initial mass function (IMF) slope of ΓIMF ∼ 4. These IMF measurements represent some of the largest known deviations from the standard Salpeter IMF slope of ΓIMF = 1.35. Here, we carry out a comprehensive investigation of the mass function above 20 M ☉ for the entire field population of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), based on data from the Runaways and Isolated O Type Star Spectroscopic Survey of the SMC (RIOTS4). This is a spatially complete census of the entire field OB star population of the SMC obtained with the IMACS multi-object spectrograph and MIKE echelle spectrograph on the Magellan telescopes. Based on Monte Carlo simulations of the evolved present-day mass function, we find the slope of the field IMF above 20 M ☉ is ΓIMF = 2.3 ± 0.4. We extend our IMF measurement to lower masses using BV photometry from the OGLE II survey. We use a statistical approach to generate a probability distribution for the mass of each star from the OGLE photometry, and we again find ΓIMF = 2.3 ± 0.6 for stellar masses from 7 M ☉ to 20 M ☉. The discovery and removal of ten runaways in our RIOTS4 sample steepens the field IMF slope to ΓIMF = 2.8 ± 0.5. We discuss the possible effects of binarity and star formation history on our results, and conclude that the steep field massive star IMF is most likely a real effect.

  13. Characterization of NCAM expression and function in BT4C and BT4Cn glioma cells

    Andersson, A M; Moran, N; Gaardsvoll, H; Linnemann, D; Bjerkvig, R; Laerum, O D; Bock, Elisabeth Marianne

    1991-01-01

    The neural cell adhesion molecule, NCAM, plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion. Therefore, we have studied NCAM expression in the glioma cell lines BT4C and BT4Cn. We demonstrate that the 2 cell lines differ in their metastatic ability; while BT4C cells have a very low capacity for......-substratum binding assay in which the binding of BT4C and BT4Cn cells to NCAM immobilized to glass was assessed. We found thatBT4C cells adhere specifically to NCAM, and that adhesion is inhibited by anti-NCAM Fab'-fragments, while no specific binding of BT4Cn cells to NCAM was observed. The BT4C and BT4Cn cell...... lines thus constitute an important new model system for the study of tumor invasion and metastasis and of the role of cell adhesion molecules in these processes....

  14. Expression of the P2X2 receptor in different classes of ileum myenteric neurons in the female obese ob/ob mouse

    Márcia Sanae Mizuno; Amanda Rabello Crisma; Primavera Borelli; Patricia Castelucci

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To examine whether the ob/ob mouse model of obesity is accompanied by enteric nervous system abnormalities such as altered motility.METHODS:The study examined the distribution of the P2X2 receptor (P2X2R) in myenteric neurons of female ob/ob mice.Specifically,we used immunohistochemistry to analyze the co-expression of the P2X2R with neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS),choline acetyltransferase (ChAT),and calretinin (CalR) in neurons of the small intestine myenteric plexus in ob/ob and control female mice.In these sections,we used scanning confocal microscopy to analyze the co-localization of these markers as well as the neuronal density (cm2) and area profile (μm2) of P2X2R-positive neurons.In addition,enteric neurons were labeled using the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) diaphorase method and analyzed with light microscopy as an alternate means by which to analyze neuronal density and area.RESULTS:In the present study,we observed a 29.6% increase in the body weight of the ob/ob animals (OG)compared to the control group (CG).In addition,the average small intestine area was increased by approximately 29.6% in the OG compared to the CG.Immunoreactivity (IR) for the P2X2R,nNOS,ChAT and CalR was detectable in the myenteric plexus,as well as in the smooth muscle,in both groups.This IR appeared to be mainly cytoplasmic and was also associated with the cell membrane of the myenteric plexus neurons,where it outlined the neuronal cell bodies and their processes.P2X2R-IR was observed to co-localize 100% with that for nNOS,ChAT and CalR in neurons of both groups.In the ob/ob group,however,we observed that the neuronal density (neuron/cm2) of P2X2R-IR cells was increased by 62% compared to CG,while that of NOS-IR and ChAT-IR neurons was reduced by 49% and 57%,respectively,compared to control mice.The neuronal density of CalR-IR neurons was not different between the groups.Morphometric studies further demonstrated that the cell body profile area (

  15. Study of eclipsing binary and multiple systems in ob associations. II. The cygnus ob region: V443 Cyg, V456 Cyg, and V2107 Cyg

    Three presumably young eclipsing binary systems in the direction of the Cygnus OB1, OB3, and OB9 associations are studied. Component spectra are reconstructed and their orbits are determined using light curves and spectra disentangling techniques. V443 Cyg and V456 Cyg have circular orbits while the light curve of V2107 Cyg imposes a slightly eccentric orbit (e = 0.045 ± 0.03). V443 Cyg harbors F-type stars, not young early-A stars as previously suggested in the literature based solely on photometry. It appears to be situated in the foreground (distance 0.6 ± 0.2 kpc) of the young stellar populations in Cygnus. V456 Cyg, at a distance of 0.50 ± 0.03 kpc, consists of a slightly metal-weak A-type star and an early-F star. The age of both systems, on or very near to the main sequence, remains uncertain by an order of magnitude. V2107 Cyg is a more massive system (8.9 ± 2 and 4.5 ± 1.2 M ☉) at 1.5 ± 0.5 kpc and, also kinematically, a strong candidate-member of Cyg OB1. The more massive component is slightly evolved and appears to undergo non-radial βCep-type pulsations. The Doppler signal of the secondary is barely detectable. A more extensive, asteroseismological study is necessary to fix masses more precisely. Nevertheless, the position of the primary in the H-R diagram confines the age reasonably well to 20 ± 5 Myr, indicating that for Cyg OB1 has a similar extent of star formation history as that established for Cyg OB2.

  16. Study of eclipsing binary and multiple systems in ob associations. II. The cygnus ob region: V443 Cyg, V456 Cyg, and V2107 Cyg

    Bakış, V.; Bakış, H. [Faculty of Science, Department of Space Sciences and Technologies, Akdeniz University, Antalya (Turkey); Hensberge, H. [Royal Observatory of Belgium, Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussels (Belgium); Bilir, S. [Science Faculty, Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences, İstanbul University, 34119 University-İstanbul (Turkey); Yılmaz, F. [Physics Department, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Terzioǧlu Campus, TR-17020 Çanakkale (Turkey); Kıran, E. [Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences, Ege University, İzmir (Turkey); Demircan, O. [Department of Space Sciences and Technologies, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Terzioǧlu Campus, TR-17020 Çanakkale (Turkey); Zejda, M.; Mikulášek, Z. [Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)

    2014-06-01

    Three presumably young eclipsing binary systems in the direction of the Cygnus OB1, OB3, and OB9 associations are studied. Component spectra are reconstructed and their orbits are determined using light curves and spectra disentangling techniques. V443 Cyg and V456 Cyg have circular orbits while the light curve of V2107 Cyg imposes a slightly eccentric orbit (e = 0.045 ± 0.03). V443 Cyg harbors F-type stars, not young early-A stars as previously suggested in the literature based solely on photometry. It appears to be situated in the foreground (distance 0.6 ± 0.2 kpc) of the young stellar populations in Cygnus. V456 Cyg, at a distance of 0.50 ± 0.03 kpc, consists of a slightly metal-weak A-type star and an early-F star. The age of both systems, on or very near to the main sequence, remains uncertain by an order of magnitude. V2107 Cyg is a more massive system (8.9 ± 2 and 4.5 ± 1.2 M {sub ☉}) at 1.5 ± 0.5 kpc and, also kinematically, a strong candidate-member of Cyg OB1. The more massive component is slightly evolved and appears to undergo non-radial βCep-type pulsations. The Doppler signal of the secondary is barely detectable. A more extensive, asteroseismological study is necessary to fix masses more precisely. Nevertheless, the position of the primary in the H-R diagram confines the age reasonably well to 20 ± 5 Myr, indicating that for Cyg OB1 has a similar extent of star formation history as that established for Cyg OB2.

  17. Spectroscopic Confirmation of the Dragonfish Association: The Galaxy's Most Luminosity OB Association

    Rahman, Mubdi; Matzner, Christopher D

    2011-01-01

    Young OB associations with masses greater than 10$^4$ M$_{\\sun}$ have been inferred to exist in the Galaxy but have largely evaded detection. Recently, a candidate OB association has been identified within the most luminous star forming complex in the Galaxy, the Dragonfish Nebula. We identify 18 young, massive stars with near-infrared spectroscopy from a sample of 50 members within the candidate OB association, including 15 O-type, and three Luminous Blue Variables or Wolf-Rayet stars. This number matches the expected yield of massive stars from the candidate association, confirming its existence and ability to power the parent star forming complex. These results demonstrate the existence of a 10$^5$ M$_{\\sun}$ OB association, more powerful than any previously known in the Galaxy, comparable in mass only to Westerlund 1. Further, the results also validate the color selection method used to identify the association, adding credence to others discovered in the same way.

  18. Spectroscopic Confirmation of the Dragonfish Association: The Galaxy's Most Luminous OB Association

    Rahman, Mubdi; Moon, Dae-Sik; Matzner, Christopher D.

    2011-12-01

    Young OB associations with masses greater than 104 M ⊙ have been inferred to exist in the Galaxy but have largely evaded detection. Recently, a candidate OB association has been identified within the most luminous star-forming complex in the Galaxy, the Dragonfish Nebula. We identify 18 young, massive stars with near-infrared spectroscopy from a sample of 50 members within the candidate OB association, including 15 O-type and 3 luminous blue variables or Wolf-Rayet stars. This number matches the expected yield of massive stars from the candidate association, confirming its existence and ability to power the parent star-forming complex. These results demonstrate the existence of a 105 M ⊙ OB association, more powerful than any previously known in the Galaxy, comparable in mass only to Westerlund 1. Further, the results also validate the color selection method used to identify the association, adding credence to others discovered in the same way.

  19. Gamma Ray Bursts versus OB Associations: do they trigger star formation?

    Efremov, Yu. N.; Ehlerova, S.; Palous, J.

    1999-01-01

    We discuss differences in shapes, expansion velocities and fragmentation times of structures created by an energy deposition from a single Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) or an OB association to the ISM. After the initial inflation, supershells produced by GRBs are almost static or slowly expanding, contrary to more rapidly expanding supershells created by OB associations. We discuss the position of the energy source relative to the symmetry plane of the galaxy: observed arc-like structures can be the ...

  20. Performance and cost analysis of all-optical switching: OBS and OCS

    Ekularn Dhavarudha; Chalie Charoenlarpnopparut; Suwan Runggeratigul

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a study of performance and cost analysis of optical circuit switching (OCS) and optical burstswitching (OBS) by proposing the clear images of their node architectures and cost formulations. Then, we apply servicelevel agreement (SLA) of the high quality of service application in the terms of network blocking probability and averagenetwork delay to demonstrate OCS and OBS performances, their investment costs, and network dimensioning methodology.Applying SLA to our studies ...

  1. Kolesarjenje na območju Mestne občine Ptuj

    Cajnko, Uroš

    2012-01-01

    Diplomsko delo obravnava kolesarjenje v Mestni občini Ptuj. Najprej so v uvodnem poglavju predstavljene prednosti kolesarjenja s poudarkom na okoljskem vidiku. V nadaljevanju je predstavljen kolesarski promet v Republiki Sloveniji ter njegova navezava na kolesarske poti v Mestni občini Ptuj. Predstavljene so tudi smernice razvoja kolesarskega omrežja. Prav tako so predstavljene najnovejše ureditve kolesarskega prometa iz tujine, njihovi izvedeni ukrepi in predstavljeni rezultati, na podlagi k...

  2. A Theory and Typology of Possession in Ob-Yenissei Languages

    Potanina, Olga Sergeevna; Filchenko, Andrey Yurievich

    2015-01-01

    The paper outlines the on-going study of possession in Ob-Yenissei languages. The languages of the project represent the endangered indigenous idioms belonging to diverse language families and united in the study by their areal affiliation with the posited linguistic area delimited by Ob and Yenissei river basins in Western Siberia. The analysis stems from extended original and legacy fieldwork data, and addresses the key morphosyntactic and semantic features of possession within a contempora...

  3. Evaulation of B{sub 4}C as an ablator material for NIF capsules. Revision 1

    Burnham, A.K.; Alford, C.S.; Makowiecki, D.M.; Dittrich, T.R.; Wallace, R.J.; Honea, E.C.; King, C.M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Steinman, D. [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)

    1997-03-26

    Boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) is examined as a potential fuel container and ablator for implosion capsules on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). A capsule of pure B{sub 4}C encasing a layer of solid DT implodes stably and ignites with anticipated NIF x-ray drives, producing 18 MJ of energy. Thin films of B{sub 4}C were found to be resistant to oxidation and modestly transmitting in the infrared (IR), possibly enabling IR fuel characterization and enhancement for thin permeation barriers but not for full-thickness capsules. Polystyrene mandrels 0.5 mm in diameter were successfully coated with 0.15-2.0 micrometers of B{sub 4}C. Thickness estimated from optical density agreed well with those measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The B{sub 4}C microstructure was columnar but finer than for Be made at the same conditions. B{sub 4}C is a very strong material, with a fiber tensile strength capable of holding NIF fill pressures at room temperature, but it is also very brittle, and microscopic flaws or grain structure may limit the noncryogenic fill pressure. Argon (Ar) permeation rates were measured for a few capsules that had been further coated with 5 micrometers of plasma polymer. The B{sub 4}C coatings tended to crack under tensile load. Some shells filled more slowly than they leaked, suggesting that the cracks open and close under opposite pressure loading. As observed earlier for Ti coatings, 0.15-micrometer layers of B{sub 4}C had better gas retention properties than 2-micrometer layers, possibly because of fewer cracks. Permeation and fill strength issues for capsules with a full ablator thickness of B{sub 4}C are unresolved. 21 refs., 6 figs.

  4. CHMP4C Disruption Sensitizes the Human Lung Cancer Cells to Irradiation

    Kang Li

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Human lung cancer is highly invasive and the most malignant among human tumors. Adenocarcinoma as a specific type of non-small cell lung cancer occurs with high frequency and is also highly resistant to radiation therapy. Thus, how to avoid radiation resistance and improve radiotherapy effectiveness is a crucial question. In the present study, human lung cancer A549 and H1299 cells were irradiated using γ-rays from a Co60 irradiator. Protein expression was detected by Western blotting. Cell cycle and apoptosis were measured by flow cytometry. Surviving fraction was determined by colony formation assay. γH2AX and 53BP1 foci formation were examined by fluorescence microscopy. In the results, we show that CHMP4C, a subunit of Endosomal sorting complex-III (ESCRT-III, is involved in radiation-induced cellular response. Radiation-induced Aurora B expression enhances CHMP4C phosphorylation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC cells, maintaining cell cycle check-point and cellular viability as well as resisting apoptosis. CHMP4C depletion enhances cellular sensitivity to radiation, delays S-phase of cell cycle and reduces ionizing radiation (IR-induced γH2AX foci formation. We found that Aurora B targets CHMP4C and inhibition of Aurora B exhibits similar effects with silencing of CHMP4C in radioresistance. We also confirm that CHMP4C phosphorylation is elevated after IR both in p53-positive and-negative cells, indicating that the close correlation between CHMP4C and Aurora B signaling pathway in mediating radiation resistance is not p53 dependent. Together, our work establishes a new function of CHMP4C in radiation resistance, which will offer a potential strategy for non-small cell lung cancer by disrupting CHMP4C.

  5. CHMP4C Disruption Sensitizes the Human Lung Cancer Cells to Irradiation.

    Li, Kang; Liu, Jianxiang; Tian, Mei; Gao, Gang; Qi, Xuesong; Pan, Yan; Ruan, Jianlei; Liu, Chunxu; Su, Xu

    2016-01-01

    Human lung cancer is highly invasive and the most malignant among human tumors. Adenocarcinoma as a specific type of non-small cell lung cancer occurs with high frequency and is also highly resistant to radiation therapy. Thus, how to avoid radiation resistance and improve radiotherapy effectiveness is a crucial question. In the present study, human lung cancer A549 and H1299 cells were irradiated using γ-rays from a Co60 irradiator. Protein expression was detected by Western blotting. Cell cycle and apoptosis were measured by flow cytometry. Surviving fraction was determined by colony formation assay. γH2AX and 53BP1 foci formation were examined by fluorescence microscopy. In the results, we show that CHMP4C, a subunit of Endosomal sorting complex-III (ESCRT-III), is involved in radiation-induced cellular response. Radiation-induced Aurora B expression enhances CHMP4C phosphorylation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells, maintaining cell cycle check-point and cellular viability as well as resisting apoptosis. CHMP4C depletion enhances cellular sensitivity to radiation, delays S-phase of cell cycle and reduces ionizing radiation (IR)-induced γH2AX foci formation. We found that Aurora B targets CHMP4C and inhibition of Aurora B exhibits similar effects with silencing of CHMP4C in radioresistance. We also confirm that CHMP4C phosphorylation is elevated after IR both in p53-positive and-negative cells, indicating that the close correlation between CHMP4C and Aurora B signaling pathway in mediating radiation resistance is not p53 dependent. Together, our work establishes a new function of CHMP4C in radiation resistance, which will offer a potential strategy for non-small cell lung cancer by disrupting CHMP4C. PMID:26712741

  6. 胆汁酸核受体激动剂对瘦素及OB-Rb的影响%Effects of FXR agonist on leptin and OB-Rb

    辛小敏; 张珊珊; 钟慕晓; 杨公利; 彭瑶; 朱薇; 张亚历

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察胆汁酸核受体激动剂GW4064对3T3-L1前脂肪细胞分化过程中瘦素及长型瘦素受体(OB-Rb)和对HepG2细胞 OB-Rb 的影响。方法:用 GW4064干预3T3-L1前脂肪细胞的分化过程,采用荧光real-time PCR 法检测分化过程中第0、2、4、6、8天瘦素及OB-Rb mRNA 相对表达量及ELISA 法检测瘦素分泌情况,同时,用 GW4064干预饥饿后的 HepG2细胞0、12、24、48 h 后,荧光 real-time PCR 法检测 OB-Rb mRNA 相对表达量。结果:GW4064干预后,3T3-L1前脂肪细胞中瘦素 mRNA 相对表达量较对照组明显上升,瘦素蛋白分泌情况与其 mRNA 表达相似,差异均有统计学意义(均 P<0.05),而 OB-Rb mRNA 表达无明显改变(P>0.05);同时,HepG2细胞的OB-Rb mRNA 在干预后表达明显增加,差异有统计学意义(P<0.001)。结论:GW4064可上调脂肪细胞瘦素和HepG2细胞OB-Rb 的表达,目前瘦素在非酒精性脂肪性肝病中的作用及机制尚不明确,而 OB-Rb 的低表达则与非酒精性脂肪性肝病中的瘦素抵抗相关,因此,我们推测胆汁酸核受体激动剂可通过提高肝脏OB-Rb 的表达改善瘦素抵抗,从而达到治疗非酒精性脂肪性肝病的目的。%Objective To investigate the effects of GW4064,one FXR agonist,on the leptin and OB-Rb during the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and on the OB-Rb in the HepG2 cells. Methods The mRNA relative expression of leptin , OB-Rb and the protein of leptin on the day of 0 , 2 , 4 , 6 , 8 during the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes after interfered with GW4064 were detected by fluorescent real-time PCR and ELISA , respectively. Meanwhile , the mRNA relative expression of OB-Rb of HepG2 cells after treated with GW4064 0 h , 12 h,24 h,48 h were also examined. Results The mRNA relative expression of leptin in the 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and OB-Rb in the HepG2 cells after treated with GW4064 were significantly

  7. RNA-Seq-basierte Isolierung des Resistenzgens Bs4C aus Paprika

    Strauß, Tina

    2015-01-01

    Das Paprika Resistenzgen Bs4C aus Capsicum pubescens vermittelt Resistenz gegenüber Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria (Xcv)-Stämmen, die den (transcription activator-like) TAL-Effektor AvrBs4 exprimieren. Vorangegangene Arbeiten ließen vermuten, dass AvrBs4 die Expression von Bs4C transkriptionell induziert. In einem “proof of principle”-Experiment, wurde Bs4C unter Verwendung eines RNA-Seq-basierten Ansatzes isoliert. Unter 68 differentiell AvrBs4-induzierten Paprikagenen war jedoch nur...

  8. Al/ B4C Composites with 5 and 10 wt% Reinforcement Content Prepared by Powder Metallurgy

    The preparation, physical and mechanical properties of Al/ B4C composites with 5 and 10 wt.% reinforcement content were investigated. In order to obtain the feedstock with a low powder loading, B4C mixtures containing fine powders were investigated to obtain the optimal particle packing. The experimental results indicated that the fine containing 5 and 10 wt.% particles are able to prepare the feedstock with a good flowability. The composites fabricated by powder metallurgy have low densities and homogeneous microstructures. Additionally there is no interface reaction observed between the reinforcement and matrix by XRD analysis. The hardness of Al/ B4C composites prepared by powder metallurgy was high. (Author)

  9. Pycnogenol supplementation promotes lipolysis via activation of cAMP-dependent PKA in ob/ob mice and primary-cultured adipocytes.

    Ho, Jin-Nyoung; Kim, Ok-Kyung; Nam, Da-Eun; Jun, Woojin; Lee, Jeongmin

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the PKA-dependent inhibitory effect of pycnogenol (Pyc) on lipolysis using ob/ob mice and primary mouse adipocytes. Supplementation of Pyc at 30 mg/kg significantly reduced body weight gain and visceral fat mass. The serum and hepatic triglyceride (TG) and total cholesterol (TC) levels were reduced by Pyc supplementation, and high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol level significantly increased. In addition, hormone sensitive lipase (HSL) and adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) mRNA levels increased with Pyc supplementation in adipose tissue of ob/ob mice. The treatment of primary cultured adipocytes with Pyc at 100 μg/mL significantly increased glycerol release, cAMP level by reduction of phosphodiestersae-3B (PDE3B), and HSL levels, but decreased protein levels of perilipin A and fatty acid synthetase (FAS). The PKA inhibitor (H89) clearly blocked the cellular levels of perilipin A and HSL, suggesting that Pyc promotes lipolysis of adipocytes through activation of cAMP-dependent PKA, resulting in induction of HSL and reduction of perilipin A. Therefore, this study may elucidate the possible mechanism of Pyc, which is a candidate for weight loss through stimulation of lipolysis. PMID:25866307

  10. Boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) coating. Deposition and testing

    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Begrambekov, L., E-mail: lbb@plasma.mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Buzhinsky, O. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Klimov, N. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Kurnaev, V. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Mazul, I. [Federal State Unitary Interprise Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA Efremov), St-Peterburg (Russian Federation); Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-15

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B{sub 4}C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B{sub 4}C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B{sub 4}C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B{sub 4}C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  11. Generation of tritiated methane using a CuO-Al4C3 bed

    With the supply of a constant flow rate of hydrogen with a constant tritium concentration to a CuO-Al4C3 bed at 573 K, methane with a constant radioactivity was generated at a high conversion ratio. Although tritiated methane was conventionally generated using a set of tritiated water vapor bubbler and an Al4C3 bed, its tritium radioactivity was limited by the saturated water vapor pressure and was dropped by a large decrease in density when water was vaporized. The present CuO-Al4C3 bed can substantially eliminate its limit because of the successive conversion from hydrogen to methane using a CuO-Al4C3 bed heated to 573 K. The difference in output between the ionization chamber and the gas chromatography was discussed based on the complete-mixing series-tank model. (author)

  12. Osteoarthitis of Leptin-Deficient ob/ob Mice in Response to Biomechanical Loading in Micro-CT

    Hansjoerg Heep, Gero Hilken, Sebastian Hofmeister, Christian Wedemeyer

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Mechanotransduction is the mechanism that due to reacting chondrocytes on biomechanical loading of body mass. Higher biomechanical loading lead to increased degeneration of chondrocytes, whereas moderate loading is protecting. This suggests that body fat regulates bone metabolism first by means of hormonal factors and second that the effects of muscle and loading are signaling factors in mechanotransduction. Leptin, a peptide hormone produced predominantly by white fat cells, is one of these hormonal factors. The aim of this study was to investigate and measure the different effects of weight-bearing on trabecular bone formation in mice without the stimulation of leptin and with or without osteoarthritis. Materials and methods: 40 C57BL/ 6J ob/ob-mice in the age of 20 weeks have been devided into two groups with an ad-libitum-diet and with reduced diet. The hip- and knee-joints have been examinated in micro-CT-scan and histomorphologically. Results: Animals with an ad-libitum-diet were found to increase body weight significantly at the age of six weeks in comparison with lean mice. At the age of twenty weeks the obese mice were almost twice as heavy as the lean mice. Significant statistical differences are shown between the two groups for body weight and bone mineral density. Examination of trabecular bone in micro-CT revealed that the only statistically significant difference between the two groups was the trabecular number for the proximal femur. High weight-bearing insignificantly improved all trabecular bone parameters in the obese mice. Correlation was found between trabecular number and bone mineral density on the one hand and body weight on the other hand. The correlation between body weight and osteoarthritis shows a significant increase in grade of osteoarthritis as body weight increases in hip-joint and knee-joint but not in osteoarthritis-positive (OP versus osteoarthritis-negative (ON mices. The correlation of the hip

  13. The Top 10 Things I LOVE about p4c Hawai'i

    Ikeda, Jolyn

    2012-01-01

    In 2001, Dr. Thomas Jackson, or Dr. J as the author and her colleagues affectionately call him, spoke to the faculty at Waikiki Elementary. He described philosophy for children (p4c) Hawai'i and encouraged them to try P4C if something about it "resonated" with them. In the beginning, Dr. J held a p4t (philosophy for teachers) after-school seminar…

  14. Study of influence content of TiB2 by reaction in situ B4C and TiC in mechanical properties on B4C ceramics

    The low density of ceramic materials promoted a change in research lines in the defense field. Research efforts and development directed to obtaining products of high density sintered of Al2O3, SiC and B4C, using different routes, both traditional as innovative, led to promising initial results, which justify the convergence of skills for the consolidation of research lines and the nationalization that sintered components of B4C with characteristics and properties compatible with the technical requirements established for the ballistic application. The low density of boron carbide (2.52 g/cm3) gives in the final product a weight approximately 30% lower than armor made of alumina (3.96 g/cm3). (author)

  15. Effects of temperature variation on LixFePO4/C (0

    肖政伟; 张英杰; 胡国荣

    2015-01-01

    LiFePO4/C was prepared via solid state reaction and characterized with X-ray powder diffraction and charge–discharge test. As-prepared LiFePO4/C has a triphylite structure and exhibits an excellent rate capability and capacity retention. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was applied to investigate LixFePO4/C (04/C is deeply delithiated at a relatively high temperature. EIS examination indicates that a temperature rise leads to a better reversibility, lower charge transfer resistance, higher exchange current densityJ0 and greater Li+ ion diffusion coefficient for the LixFePO4/C electrode process. The Li+ ion concentration in LixFePO4/C is potential to impact the Li+ ion diffusion coefficient, and a decrease in the former results in an increase in the latter.

  16. Preparedness of Ob/Gyn residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology

    David W. Doo

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Residency training in obstetrics and gynecology is being challenged by increasingly stringent regulations and decreased operative experience. We sought to determine the perception of preparedness of incoming gynecologic oncology fellows for advanced surgical training in gynecologic oncology. An online survey was sent to gynecologic oncologists involved in fellowship training in the United States. They were asked to evaluate their most recent incoming clinical fellows in the domains of professionalism, level of independence/graduated responsibility, psychomotor ability, clinical evaluation and management, and academia and scholarship using a standard Likert-style scale. The response rate among attending physicians was 40% (n = 105/260 and 61% (n = 28/46 for program directors. Of those who participated, 49% reported that their incoming fellows could not independently perform a hysterectomy, 59% reported that they could not independently perform 30 min of a major procedure, 40% reported that they could not control bleeding, 40% reported that they could not recognize anatomy and tissue planes, and 58% reported that they could not dissect tissue planes. Fellows lacked an understanding of pathophysiology, treatment recommendations, and the ability to identify and treat critically ill patients. In the academic domain, respondents agreed that fellows were deficient in the areas of protocol design (54%, statistical analysis (54%, and manuscript writing (65%. These results suggest that general Ob/Gyn residency is ineffective in preparing fellows for advanced training in gynecologic oncology and should prompt a revision of the goals and objectives of resident education to correct these deficiencies.

  17. A possible OB protostar associated with the molecular outflow in G34.4

    Bronfman, L.; May, J.; Nuernberger, D.; Shepherd, D.

    1999-10-01

    The most conspicuous massive molecular outflow candidate identified in our CS(2-1) survey of UC HII regions (Bronfman et al 1996) is G34.4 (IRAS 18507+0121) in the I Galactic quadrant. At a distance of 3.8 kpc, it is near (about 11') the very bright HII region G34.3 (Carral & Welch 1992), embedded in the same GMC with a VLSR of 57 km/s. The CS velocity profile obtained with SEST shows very broad wings, about 25 km/s wide at the 0.1 K level, indicating strong outflow activity. Near infrared images of the field, 90'' in size (0.35'' per pixel), obtained with the du Pont 100'' Telescope at Las Campanas, show a remarkably reddenned source visible only in the K' filter, elongated in shape, about 15'' in extent. We have recently observed the G34.4 region, using the OVRO array, in the 3 mm continuum band and in the H13CO+ line, at a resolution of 5''. Most of the H13CO+ flux (33.64 Jy) comes from two strong cores; while one of these cores is closely associated with the ! NIR source, the other one is associated with a single, unresolved continuum source that has a total flux of 56.8 mJy. The mass of gas and dust in this second, possibly "star-less" core is estimated from the millimeter continuum to be approximately 355 MSun, consistent with the presence of a massive, embedded OB protostar. Bronfman, L., May, J., & Nyman, L. 1996, A&AS 115, 81 Carral & Welch 1992, ApJ 385, 244

  18. Non-thermal radio emission from colliding-wind binaries: modelling Cyg OB2 No. 8A and No. 9

    Volpi, Delia; Blomme, Ronny; De Becker, Michael; Rauw, Gregor

    2010-01-01

    Some OB stars show variable non-thermal radio emission. The non-thermal emission is due to synchrotron radiation that is emitted by electrons accelerated to high energies. The electron acceleration occurs at strong shocks created by the collision of radiatively-driven stellar winds in binary systems. Here we present results of our modelling of two colliding wind systems: Cyg OB2 No. 8A and Cyg OB2 No. 9.

  19. Al4C3 Hydration Thermochemical Analysis for Burned Carbon-containing Refractories with Al

    YANG Ding'ao; YU Zhiming; FAN Liuwu

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, X-ray diffractogram analysis and SEM observation of Al4 C3 formed at high temperature from carbon-containing refractories with Al have been carried out.Aluminum added to carbon-containing refractories reacts with C(s)to form Al4 C3(s) gradually during heating from 600 ℃ to 1200℃.It is considered that the interlocked structure of Al4 C3 plate crystals promotes the outstanding increase of hot modulus of rupture of carbon-containing refractories with Al. The HMOR of carbon-containing refractories added with Al additive from 0 to 5wt% increases by 2.8 times being from 6.5MPa to 18.2MPa.After a thermochemical calculation for hydration reaction processes of Al4 C3 and H2O(g), the equilibrium partial pressure chart of H2O(g)in H2O-Al4C3-Al(OH)3 system vs various temperatures has been attained . The H2O (g) partial pressure in the air needed for the Al4 C3 hydration reaction is no more than 10~18 atm at the temperature below 120℃.It is considered that the burned carbon-containing refractories with Al is extremely easy to hydrate and the cracking of burned carbon-containing refractories is generated because that the hydration expansion is 2.11 times during transforming from Al4 C3 to Al(OH)3.The fundamental measure against hydration of the refractories is to insulate the refractories from H2O(g)by various means such as pitch impregnation or other sealing materials.

  20. Leptin promotes proliferation and metastasis of human gallbladder cancer through OB-Rb leptin receptor.

    Zou, Hao; Liu, Yunxia; Wei, Dong; Wang, Tao; Wang, Kun; Huang, Songquan; Liu, Lixin; Li, Yuehua; Ge, Jiayun; Li, Xiao; Zhu, Hong; Wang, Lianmin; Zhao, Songling; Zhang, Xiaowen; Wang, Lin

    2016-07-01

    Emerging evidence has shown that leptin, an adipocyte-derived cytokine that is closely associated with obesity, play a significant role in carcinogenesis and tumorigenesis. However, its impact on gallbladder cancer (GBC) remains unclear. In this study, we firstly found that leptin and its functional receptor OB-Rb were significantly co-expressed in human GBC tissues and cell lines, the content of which were higher than those in normal human gallbladder tissues. Treatment with leptin promoted the proliferation, migration and invasion of GBC cells, which were attenuated by OB-Rb shRNA. Blocking in the G2/M period of cell cycle, increasing of MMP3 and MMP9, increasing of VEGF-C/D, activation of SOCS3/JAK2/p-STAT3 pathway was demonstrated after treatment with leptin. All of these positive responses were attenuated by OB-Rb receptor shRNA. Taken together, our findings suggest that leptin promoted the proliferation, migration and invasion of GBC cells by increasing OB-Rb expression through the SOCS3/JAK2/p-STAT3 signal pathway. Targeting the leptin/OB-Rb axis could be an attractive therapeutic strategy for treatment of GBC. PMID:27211817

  1. Spitzer observations of the Orion OB1 association: disk census in the low mass stars

    Hernandez, Jesus; Briceño, C; Hartmann, L; Vivas, A K; Muzerolle, J; Downes, J; Allen, L; Gutermuth, R

    2007-01-01

    We present new Spitzer Space Telescope observations of two fields in the Orion OB1 association. We report here IRAC/MIPS observations for 115 confirmed members and 41 photometric candidates of the ~10 Myr 25 Orionis aggregate in the OB1a subassociation, and 106 confirmed members and 65 photometric candidates of the 5 Myr region located in the OB1b subassociation. The 25 Orionis aggregate shows a disk frequency of 6% while the field in the OB1b subassociation shows a disk frequency of 13%. Combining IRAC, MIPS and 2MASS photometry we place stars bearing disks in several classes: stars with optically thick disks (class II systems), stars with an inner transitional disks (transitional disk candidates) and stars with "evolved disks"; the last exhibit smaller IRAC/MIPS excesses than class II systems. In all, we identify 1 transitional disk candidate in the 25 Orionis aggregate and 3 in the OB1b field; this represents ~10% of the disk bearing stars, indicating that the transitional disk phase can be relatively fast...

  2. Predlog umestitve gorsko-kolesarskih poti v Občini Litija in Šmartno pri Litiji

    Elsner, Tanja

    2015-01-01

    V diplomskem delu smo podali predloge prostorske umestitve gorsko-kolesarskih poti na območju občine Litija in Šmartno pri Litiji. Občini sta hriboviti, saj sta obdani z gozdovi, njun teren je zanimiv in razgiban. Prav zaradi tega se je vse več ljudi začelo ukvarjati z gorskim kolesarstvom. Občini imata bogato kulturno in naravno dediščino vendar vlagata premalo truda v boljšo turistično prepoznavnost, turizem na tem območju je slabo razvit. Zaradi naravnih danosti občin in zaradi...

  3. Homologous Transcription Factors DUX4 and DUX4c Associate with Cytoplasmic Proteins during Muscle Differentiation.

    Eugénie Ansseau

    Full Text Available Hundreds of double homeobox (DUX genes map within 3.3-kb repeated elements dispersed in the human genome and encode DNA-binding proteins. Among these, we identified DUX4, a potent transcription factor that causes facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD. In the present study, we performed yeast two-hybrid screens and protein co-purifications with HaloTag-DUX fusions or GST-DUX4 pull-down to identify protein partners of DUX4, DUX4c (which is identical to DUX4 except for the end of the carboxyl terminal domain and DUX1 (which is limited to the double homeodomain. Unexpectedly, we identified and validated (by co-immunoprecipitation, GST pull-down, co-immunofluorescence and in situ Proximal Ligation Assay the interaction of DUX4, DUX4c and DUX1 with type III intermediate filament protein desmin in the cytoplasm and at the nuclear periphery. Desmin filaments link adjacent sarcomere at the Z-discs, connect them to sarcolemma proteins and interact with mitochondria. These intermediate filament also contact the nuclear lamina and contribute to positioning of the nuclei. Another Z-disc protein, LMCD1 that contains a LIM domain was also validated as a DUX4 partner. The functionality of DUX4 or DUX4c interactions with cytoplasmic proteins is underscored by the cytoplasmic detection of DUX4/DUX4c upon myoblast fusion. In addition, we identified and validated (by co-immunoprecipitation, co-immunofluorescence and in situ Proximal Ligation Assay as DUX4/4c partners several RNA-binding proteins such as C1QBP, SRSF9, RBM3, FUS/TLS and SFPQ that are involved in mRNA splicing and translation. FUS and SFPQ are nuclear proteins, however their cytoplasmic translocation was reported in neuronal cells where they associated with ribonucleoparticles (RNPs. Several other validated or identified DUX4/DUX4c partners are also contained in mRNP granules, and the co-localizations with cytoplasmic DAPI-positive spots is in keeping with such an association. Large muscle RNPs

  4. Interlayer growth in Mo/B4C multilayered structures upon thermal annealing

    Both multilayer period thickness expansion and compaction were observed in Mo/B4C multilayers upon annealing, and the physical causes for this were explored in detail. Using in situ time-dependent grazing incidence X-ray reflectometry, period changes down to picometer-scale were resolved. It was shown that the changes depend on the thickness of the B4C layers, annealing temperature, and annealing time. Although strong stress relaxation during annealing was observed, it was excluded as a cause for period expansion. Auger electron spectroscopy and wide angle X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the growth of interlayers, with associated period changes influenced by the supply of B and C atoms to the growing compound interlayers. For multilayers with a Mo thickness of 3 nm, two regimes were recognized, depending on the deposited B4C thickness: in multilayers with B4C ≤ 1.5 nm, the supply of additional Mo into the already formed MoBxCy interlayer was dominant and led to densification, resulting in period compaction. For multilayers with B4C ≥ 2 nm, the B and C enrichment of interlayers formed low density compounds and yielded period expansion.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Fe 3 O 4 @C@Ag nanocomposites and their antibacterial performance

    Xia, Haiqing; Cui, Bin; Zhou, Junhong; Zhang, Lulu; Zhang, Ji; Guo, Xiaohui; Guo, Huilin

    2011-09-01

    We synthesized Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites through a combination of solvothermal, hydrothermal, and chemical redox reactions. Characterization of the resulting samples by X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and magnetic measurement is reported. Compared to Fe 3O 4@Ag nanocomposites, the Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites showed enhanced antibacterial activity. The Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites were able to almost entirely prevent growth of Escherichia coli when the concentration of Ag nanoparticles was 10 μg/mL. Antibacterial activity of the Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites was maintained for more than 40 h at 37 °C. The intermediate carbon layer not only protects magnetic core, but also improves the dispersion and antibacterial activity of the silver nanoparticles. The magnetic core can be used to control the specific location of the antibacterial agent (via external magnetic field) and to recycle the residual silver nanoparticles. The Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites will have potential uses in many fields as catalysts, absorbents, and bifunctional magnetic-optical materials.

  6. Vestibular impairment in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4C.

    Pérez-Garrigues, Herminio; Sivera, Rafael; Vílchez, Juan Jesús; Espinós, Carmen; Palau, Francesc; Sevilla, Teresa

    2014-07-01

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4C (CMT4C) is a hereditary neuropathy with prominent unsteadiness. The objective of the current study is to determine whether the imbalance in CMT4C is caused only by reduced proprioceptive input or if vestibular nerve involvement is an additional factor. We selected 10 CMT4C patients and 10 age-matched and sex-matched controls. We performed a comprehensive evaluation of the vestibular system, including video Head Impulse Test, bithermal caloric test, galvanic stimulation test and skull vibration-induced nystagmus test. None of the patients experienced dizziness, spontaneous or gaze-evoked nystagmus, but all had significant vestibular impairment when tested when compared to controls. Seven had completely unexcitable vestibular systems and abnormal vestibuloocular reflex. There was no correlation between the degree of vestibulopathy and age or clinical severity. Significant vestibular impairment is a consistent finding in CMT4C and is present early in disease evolution. The profound imbalance that is so disabling in these patients may result from a combination of proprioceptive loss and vestibular neuropathy, and this would modify the recommended rehabilitation strategies. PMID:24614092

  7. Wetting of B4C, TiC and graphite substrates by molten Mg

    Highlights: → The wettability of TiC, B4C and C by molten Mg was determined using an improved sessile drop method. → A new method to evaluate the wetting behavior coupled with evaporation and reaction was proposed. → The bonding characteristics in the Mg/B4C, Mg/TiC and Mg/graphite systems were evaluated. - Abstract: The isotherm wetting of B4C, TiC and graphite substrates by molten Mg was studied in a flowing Ar atmosphere at 973-1173 K using an improved sessile drop method. The initial contact angles are in the ranges of 95-87 deg., 74-60 deg. and 142-124 deg., respectively, moderately depending on the temperature. All the systems are non-reactive in nature; however, the presence of impurity of free boron at the B4C surface gave rise to the chemical reaction with molten Mg and thus promoted the wettability to a certain degree. A new method was proposed to evaluate the wetting behavior coupled with evaporation and chemical reaction. Furthermore, based on the comparison of the work of adhesion and cohesion, the bonding in the Mg/B4C and Mg/TiC systems is presumably mainly chemical while that in the Mg/graphite system is physical.

  8. An X-ray and Infrared Hunt for New Candidate Galactic OB Stars

    Povich, Matthew S.; Alexander, Michael J.; Busk, Heather; Hanes, Richard J.; Feigelson, Eric; McSwain, M. Virginia; Townsley, Leisa K.

    2016-01-01

    Most young, massive OB stars produce X-ray emission through a variety of wind-driven shock processes, and individual massive stars are detectable out to several kpc distances in the Galactic plane using high-resolution imaging observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. We have developed a technique to identify known and new candidate OB stars by fitting model stellar atmospheres to the broadband infrared spectral energy distributions of X-ray-identified stars. Using this technique, we identified 94 candidate O- and early B-type stars in the Carina Nebula and an additional 98 candidates in 11 other Galactic Massive Star-Forming Regions. Visible-light and near-infrared follow-up spectroscopy of these candidates is ongoing, and initial results indicate that a majority of candidate massive stars will be spectroscopically confirmed as OB stars.

  9. Hierarchical system of shells blown by wind of Cyg OB1 stars

    The structure and kinematics of gas-dust complex connected with the Cyg OB1 association and open clusters NGC 6913 and IC 4996 have been investigated. the optical and radio brightness distribution along with the radial velocities field provided by the available observations in Hα, CO, HI and recombination radio lines is analyzed. Several new ring nebulae and/or cavities in CO - distribution around the WR and Of stars are distinguished. An hierarchial system of ''inclosed'' shells is revealed: the common shell around Cyg OB1 consists of two components - the shells around NGC 6913 and IC 4996 with small-size WR and Of ring nebulae inside. Interferometric Hα observations of the region provided the common shell expansion velocity Vexp < or approx. 15 km/s. The origin of the multi-stellar structure of the ISM around Cyg OB1 is discussed

  10. $\\gamma$ Ray Bursts versus OB Associations do they trigger star formation?

    Efremov, Yu N; Palous, J; Efremov, Yu.N.

    1999-01-01

    We discuss differences in shapes, expansion velocities and fragmentation times of structures created by an energy deposition from a single Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) or an OB association to the ISM. After the initial inflation, supershells produced by GRBs are almost static or slowly expanding, contrary to more rapidly expanding supershells created by OB associations. We discuss the position of the energy source relative to the symmetry plane of the galaxy: observed arc-like structures can be the most dense parts of structures formed by an expansion from a source above or below the galactic plane. Arcs may also form, if the expansion takes place inside a giant HI cloud. We try to reproduce the size, the age and the average distance between OB associations in the Sextant region at the edge of LMC 4.

  11. Identification of current attacks and their counter measures in Optical Burst Switched (OBS network

    Siddharth Singh Chouhan

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available As day by day application grows internet requires large amount of bandwidth. Optical Burst Switching (OBS is the next generation optical Internet with IP over WDM as the core architecture. It can achieve a balance between Optical Circuit Switching (OCS and Optical Packet Switching (OPS. Optical network supports huge bandwidth and transmits data at an average rate of 50Tb/s. But we need to exploit the fiber’s huge bandwidth through WDM which is the current favorite multiplexing technology in Optical communication networks. OBS is a trusted mechanism used for optical switching. Optical burst switching has been positioned as a viable means of implementing optical communication efficiently. This review paper identifies potential threats to security in OBS networks. Solutions in each category are examined, and research directions are presented.

  12. Hot pressing of B{sub 4}C/SiC composites

    Sahin, F.C.; Turhan, E.; Yesilcubuk, S.A.; Addemir, O. [Ystanbul Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry and Metallurgy, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Dept., Maslak-Ystanbul (Turkey)

    2005-07-01

    B{sub 4}C/SiC ceramic composites containing 10-20-30 vol % SiC were prepared by hot pressing method. The effect of SiC addition and hot pressing temperature on sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of hot pressed composites were investigated. Microstructures of hot pressed samples were examined by SEM technique. Three different temperatures (2100 deg. C, 2200 deg. C and 2250 deg. C) were used to optimize hot pressing temperature applying 100 MPa pressure under argon atmosphere during the sintering procedure. The highest relative density of 98.44 % was obtained by hot pressing at 2250 deg. C. However, bending strengths of B{sub 4}C/SiC composite samples were lower than monolithic B{sub 4}C in all experimental conditions. (authors)

  13. The design, fabrication and properties of B4C/Al neutron absorbers

    Neutron absorber is used for the criticality safety during the storage or transportation of spent nuclear fuel. In this work, the metal matrix composite with good mechanical property and thermal neutron absorbing ability was investigated based on B4C/Al neutron radiation shielding material. The composition ratio for B4C/Al composite was firstly designed and the dependence of the neutron transmission on the thickness of the material was calculated. By vacuum hot-pressing technique at a low temperature, the neutron absorbers with high concentration of B4C were fabricated. Furthermore, the corresponding microstructure, physical, mechanical and corrosion properties as well as fracture surface were analyzed, proving that the developed composites can shield the neutron radiation as effectively as cadmium materials

  14. Neutron absorption of Al-Si-Mg-B4C composite

    Al-Si-Mg-B4C composites containing 2-8 wt% of B4C were prepared by stir casting technique. Homogenization treatment was carried out at temperatures of 540°C for 4 houra and followed by ageing at 180°C for 2 houra. Microstructure and phase identification were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Neutron absorption study was investigated using neutron source Am/Be241. The result indicated that higher B4C content improved the neutron absorption property. Meanwhile homogeneity of the composite was increased by ageing processes. This composite is potential to be used as neutron shielding material especially for nuclear reactor application

  15. Neutron absorption of Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composite

    Abdullah, Yusof, E-mail: yusofabd@nuclearmalaysia.gov.my; Yusof, Mohd Reusmaazran [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, 43000, Bangi Selangor (Malaysia); Ibrahim, Anis Syukriah; Daud, Abdul Razak [Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science & Technology, National University of Malaysia, 43600, Bangi Selangor (Malaysia)

    2016-01-22

    Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composites containing 2-8 wt% of B{sub 4}C were prepared by stir casting technique. Homogenization treatment was carried out at temperatures of 540°C for 4 houra and followed by ageing at 180°C for 2 houra. Microstructure and phase identification were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Neutron absorption study was investigated using neutron source Am/Be{sup 241}. The result indicated that higher B{sub 4}C content improved the neutron absorption property. Meanwhile homogeneity of the composite was increased by ageing processes. This composite is potential to be used as neutron shielding material especially for nuclear reactor application.

  16. Immunoneutralization of endogenous glucagon reduces hepatic glucose output and improves long-term glycemic control in diabetic ob/ob mice

    Sørensen, Heidi; Brand, Christian L; Neschen, Susanne;

    2006-01-01

    synthesis. Glucagon mAb treatment for 5 days lowered plasma glucose and triglyceride levels, whereas 14 days of glucagon mAb treatment reduced A1C. In conclusion, acute and subchronic neutralization of endogenous glucagon improves glycemic control, thus supporting the contention that glucagon antagonism may......In type 2 diabetes, glucagon levels are elevated in relation to the prevailing insulin and glucose levels. The relative hyperglucagonemia is linked to increased hepatic glucose output (HGO) and hyperglycemia. Antagonizing the effects of glucagon is therefore considered an attractive target for...... treatment of type 2 diabetes. In the current study, effects of eliminating glucagon signaling with a glucagon monoclonal antibody (mAb) were investigated in the diabetic ob/ob mouse. Acute effects of inhibiting glucagon action were studied by an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and by measurement of HGO...

  17. Stability of 10B4C thin films under neutron radiation

    Thin films of 10B4C have shown to be very suitable as neutron-converting material in the next generation of neutron detectors, replacing the previous predominantly used 3He. In this contribution we show under realistic conditions that 10B4C films are not damaged by the neutron irradiation and interactions, which they will be exposed to under many years in a neutron detector. 1 μm thick 10B4C thin films were deposited onto Al or Si substrates using dc magnetron sputtering. As-deposited films were exposed to a cold neutron beam with fluences of up to 1.1×1014 cm−2 and a mean wavelength of 6.9 Å. Both irradiated and as-deposited reference samples were characterized with time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. We show that only 1.8 ppm of the 10B atoms were consumed and that the film composition does not change by the neutron interaction within the measurement accuracy. The irradiation does not deteriorate the film adhesion and there is no indication that it results in increased residual stress values of the as-deposited films of 0.095 GPa. From what is visible with the naked eye and down to atomic level studies, no change from the irradiation could be found using the above-mentioned characterization techniques. - Highlights: • 10B4C films are not damaged by radiation during many years in a neutron detector. • 1 μm 10B4C thin films were exposed to a 1.1×1014 cm−2 cold neutron beam. • Only 1.8 ppm of the 10B atoms were consumed. • No change in film composition, adhesion or residual stress. • 10B4C based neutron detectors are very suitable replacements for 3He detectors

  18. Interfacial reaction mechanism between matrix and reinforcement in B4C/6061Al composites

    The interfacial reaction mechanism in B4C/6061Al composites, fabricated by the powder metallurgy technique at 560 and 620 °C with various holding times, was subjected to detailed investigations using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and hardness tests. Results showed that complicated interfacial reactions occurred in the B4C/6061Al composites, forming Al3BC, MgAl2O4, MgB7, Mg0.78Al0.75B14, AlB12C2 and Al4SiC4 as the main products, which clearly deteriorated the age-hardening ability of the composites. The interfacial reactions involving Mg and Si could be divided into two series. The oxidation of Mg occurred at both 560 and 620 °C, whereas other reactions only occurred at 620 °C. The existence of the liquid phase at 620 °C activated the reaction between Al and B4C, leading to the generation of free B, and subsequent reactions involving B and Mg occurred. After the reactions involving B and Mg was completed, the reaction involving Al, Si and C took place. It was determined that the reactions involving B and Mg rather than the oxidation of Mg or the reaction involving Si were the main reasons for the consumption of Mg and the deterioration of age-hardening ability of the B4C/6061Al composites at 620 °C. - Highlights: • Complicated interfacial reactions occurred in B4C/6061Al composites. • Reactions involving Mg and Si were divided into oxidation of Mg and other reactions. • Al/B4C reaction produced free B and then activated B/Mg reactions. • B/Mg reactions rather than Mg oxidation were main reasons for Mg consumption. • Interfacial reactions definitely deteriorate age-hardening ability of composites

  19. Note on thermodynamic instability of M4C3-type carbides of gallium group metals

    The paper deals with thermodynamic stability of hypothetical solid binary M4C3 carbides of gallium, indium and thallium. Heats of formation whose contribution to the stability of these compounds is dominant, were estimated by two independent methods: semiempirical theory of Miedema and empirical trends in the heats of formation of nitrides and carbides of Group III elements. Entropies were calculated with the use of the Cantor equation. The estimated values suggest that M4C3 carbides of gallium, indium and thallium are thermodynamically unstable with regard to their decomposition of elements. (Author)

  20. Chemical interactions of B4C pellets with Zr1%Nb and stainless steels

    Chemical interactions between B4C absorber material and X18H10T stainless steel absorber cladding of WWER type nuclear reactor, together with those between B4C and Zr1%Nb guide tube were investigated in the temperature range of 800-1200 and 1200-1600 deg C, respectively. After annealing, the specimens where exposed to metallograhical testing. The results show that the reaction obeys parabolic law, and the growth rate of the reaction layers can be described by an Arrhenius correlation. (author). 5 refs., 20 figs., 3 tabs

  1. Hardness and wear resistance of reaction bonded SiC-B4C composite

    Hardness and wear resistant characteristics of reaction-bonded silicon carbides with boron carbide additions are evaluated relative to those of reaction bonded silicon carbide (RBSC). The reaction-bonded SiC-B4C composites exhibit a distinctive improvement of hardness and wear resistance, indicative of high resistance against wear environment. Removal rates for the wear tests are decisively reduced by the addition of boron carbide in the composites. Controlling the amount of carbon content in the starting composition more enhances the hardness of the reaction-bonded composites. Implications concerning the partial decomposition of B4C during reaction process are considered. (orig.)

  2. Long-Acting PASylated Leptin Ameliorates Obesity by Promoting Satiety and Preventing Hypometabolism in Leptin-Deficient Lep(ob/ob) Mice.

    Bolze, Florian; Morath, Volker; Bast, Andrea; Rink, Nadine; Schlapschy, Martin; Mocek, Sabine; Skerra, Arne; Klingenspor, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Body weight loss of Lep(ob/ob) mice in response to leptin is larger than expected from the reduction in energy intake alone, suggesting a thermogenic action of unknown magnitude. We exploited the superior pharmacological properties of a novel long-acting leptin prepared via PASylation to study the contribution of its anorexigenic and thermogenic effects. PASylation, the genetic fusion of leptin with a conformationally disordered polypeptide comprising 600 Pro/Ala/Ser (PAS) residues, provides a superior way to increase the hydrodynamic volume of the fusion protein, thus retarding kidney filtration and extending plasma half-life. Here a single PAS(600)-leptin injection (300 pmol/g) resulted in a maximal weight reduction of 21% 6 days after application. The negative energy balance of 300 kJ/(4 d) was driven by a decrease in energy intake, whereas energy expenditure remained stable. Mice that were food restricted to the same extent showed an energy deficit of only 220 kJ/(4 d) owing to recurring torpor bouts. Therefore, the anorexigenic effect of PAS(600)-leptin contributes 75% to weight loss, whereas the thermogenic action accounts for 25% by preventing hypometabolism. In a second experiment, just four injections of PAS(600)-leptin (100 pmol/g) administered in 5- to 6-day intervals rectified the Lep(ob/ob) phenotype. In total, 16 nmol of PAS(600)-leptin per mouse triggered a weight loss of 43% within 20 days and normalized hypothermia and glucose homeostasis as well as hepatic steatosis. The beneficial properties of PAS(600)-leptin are substantiated by a comparison with previous studies in which approximately 400 nmol (∼25-fold) unmodified leptin was mandatory to achieve similar improvements. PMID:26492472

  3. Genistein supplementation prevents weight gain but promotes oxidative stress and inflammation in the vasculature of female obese ob/ob mice.

    Simperova, Anna; Al-Nakkash, Layla; Faust, James J; Sweazea, Karen L

    2016-08-01

    Obesity, a state of chronic low-grade inflammation, is strongly associated with the development of hypertension and diabetes. Superoxide, a free radical elevated in obese individuals, promotes hypertension through scavenging the endogenous vasodilator nitric oxide. The hypothesis was a genistein-enriched diet would promote weight loss and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the vasculature of intact female ob/ob mice. Aortas and mesenteric arteries were isolated from female ob/ob mice fed genistein-free (0mg genistein/kg diet; n=6), standard chow (200-300mg genistein/kg diet; n=11) or genistein-enriched (600mg genistein/kg diet; n=9) diets for 4weeks. Sections of isolated vessels were labeled with the superoxide indicator dihydroethidium and fluorescence was measured by confocal microscopy. Protein expression of the inflammatory marker inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) was measured in the perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) surrounding each vessel and plasma concentrations of superoxide dismutase (SOD) were quantified. Genistein-enriched diet promoted less weight gain compared to animals fed standard chow (P=.008). Standard chow promoted increased superoxide in the aorta (P=.030) and mesenteric arteries (P=.024) compared to a diet devoid of genistein. At all tested concentrations, genistein significantly increased iNOS expression in mesenteric artery PVAT (vs. standard chow, P<.001; vs. genistein-enriched, P=.002) and tended to increase iNOS within the aortic PVAT (standard chow, P=.075) compared to the genistein-free group. Plasma SOD activity was significantly downregulated in genistein-enriched animals as compared to those fed a genistein-free diet (P=.028). In summary, although genistein prevents weight gain, it promotes vascular oxidative stress and inflammation in obese ovarian-intact female mice. PMID:27440533

  4. Large-scale coupled hydrologic and hydraulic modelling of the Ob river in Siberia

    Biancamaria, Sylvain; Bates, Paul; Boone, Aaron; Mognard, Nelly

    2009-01-01

    The Ob river in Western Siberia is one of the largest rivers in the Arctic and has a complex hydrological cycle mainly driven by snow melting in spring and rainfall and evapotranspiration in summer/autumn. The Ob is a source of fresh water for the Arctic Ocean and a change in its regime could affect the ocean thermohaline circulation. Due to the scarcity of in situ measurements in the Arctic and the size of the region, the hydrological modelling of large Arctic rivers is difficult to perform....

  5. Analyzing the Effects of Nitrogen Deficiency on the PHB Production of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b

    Kyauk, E.

    2011-12-01

    Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biodegradable thermoplastic that is produced by various microorganisms. Because of its potential to replace conventional plastics, it has been closely researched in the past few years. Methanotrophic bacteria, bacteria that consume methane, produce this bioplastic when it lacks certain nutrients. The utilization of methane to produce PHB shows much promise as methane is a cheap, plentiful gas. In this study, we observed the methanotroph, Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b , and its yield of PHB in the absence of nitrogen. The optical density of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b was measured in order to observe cell growth and PHB production patterns over a 48 hour period.

  6. Organizacijska kultura občinskega redarstva : diplomsko delo univerzitetnega študija

    Rudnik, Kaja

    2013-01-01

    Organizacijska kultura je skupek vrednot, norm, prepričanj, ki so sprejete v organizaciji in prikazujejo, kako naj se ljudje znotraj nje vedejo, komunicirajo in kakšne delovne odnose naj razvijejo. Organizacijske kulture se med seboj razlikujejo, saj ima vsaka organizacija svoja pravila oblačenja, rituale, naloge, formalna pravila, procedure itd. Namen diplomske naloge je bil predstaviti organizacijsko kulturo občinskega redarstva. Preučevanje je potekalo v dveh slovenskih občinah, A in B...

  7. Evaluation of metal content in perch of the Ob River basin

    Osipova, Nina Aleksandrovna; Stepanova, Kristina Dmitrievna; Matveenko, Irina Alekseevna

    2015-01-01

    The geochemical features of river perch in the River Ob basin have been studied (the upper and middle reaches of the Ob River and the lower reach of the Tom River). The contents of Ag, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sn, W, Zn, Hg in perch's soft tissue are defined by the methods of ICP AES and stripping voltammetry, that of mercury in bones - by the atomic absorption method using mercury analyzer РА-915+. The distribution series of metal absolute concentrations in perch's soft tissue...

  8. Spatially resolved STIS spectra of WR+OB binaries with colliding winds

    Lepine, Sebastien; Wallace, Debra; Shara, Michael M.; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Niemela, Virpi S.

    2001-01-01

    We present spatially resolved spectra of the visual WR+OB massive binaries WR86, WR146, and WR147, obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope. The systems are classified as follows: WR86 = WC7 + B0 III, WR146 = WC6 + O8 I-IIf, WR147 = WN8 + O5-7 I-II(f). Both WR146 and WR147 are known to have strong non-thermal radio emission arising in a wind-wind collision shock zone between the WR and OB components. We find that the spectra of their O compani...

  9. Refined crystal structure of cubic skeletov zinc borate Zn4O[B6O12

    Cubic crystals of the Zn4O[B6O12] composition obtained from the ZnO-B2O3-Li2O(Na2O,K2O)-H2O system with the NnO addition are studied in the temperature range of 250-450 deg C and at the pressure of 1000 atm. It is established that stable crystallization zones are characteristic for the above compound. The crystals are colourless and possess luminescent properties. Interplane distances, cubic lattice parameters and interatomic distances in the Zn4O[B6O12] structure are determined

  10. Electrochemical Behavior of Spherical LiFePO4/C Nanomaterial in Aqueous Electrolyte, and Novel Aqueous Rechargeable Lithium Battery with LiFePO4/C anode

    We designed a novel aqueous rechargeable lithium battery with LiFePO4/C (LFP) and LiMn2O4/C (LMO) as the anode and cathode, respectively; then investigated the battery in Li2SO4 aqueous electrolyte. We also studied the electrochemical behavior of LFP in aqueous electrolyte using cyclic voltammetry (CV). The material exhibited excellent electrochemical performance in the aqueous electrolyte, including good oxidation/reduction reversibility and cycling stability; almost no decays were observable after 200CV cycles. The diffusion coefficients of Li ions through the interface between the liquid electrolyte and the solid LiFePO4 in terms of intercalation and deintercalation were 1.22 × 10−14 and 9.97 × 10−15 cm2/s, respectively. The material could be completely intercalated/deintercalated with Li ions in the aqueous electrolyte, indicating the excellent performance of LFP in an aqueous solution. Further, an aqueous rechargeable lithium battery (ARLB), which we fabricated using LFP as the anode and LMO as the cathode, also exhibited quite good performance in aqueous Li2SO4 solution: after 1,000 charge–discharge cycles at 2 C, the capacity loss was less than 30%, indicating that this type of ARLB has excellent cycling stability and may be promising for future research and application