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  1. Filtration as the main transport mechanism of protein exchange between plasma and the peritoneal cavity in hepatic cirrhosis

    Henriksen, J H; Lassen, N A; Parving, H H; Winkler, K

    1980-01-01

    plasma protein flux averaged 0.4% of the intravascular protein mass per hour. The results point to filtration (convective flux) as the main transport mechanism responsible for protein passage into the peritoneal cavity as well as for the protein passage (lymphatic drainage) back into the plasma. Pressure...

  2. Nature and main kinds of psychopathological mechanisms

    Panagiotis Oulis

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with two central issues in the philosophy of neuroscience and psychiatry, namely those of the nature and the major kinds and types of psychopathological mechanisms. Contrary to a widespread view, I argue that mechanisms are not kinds of systems but kinds of processes unfolding in systems or between systems. More precisely, I argue that psychopathological mechanisms are sets of actions and interactions between brain-systems or circuits as well as between the latter and other systems in one's body and external environment, both physical and social, involved in human psychopathology. According to the kinds of properties of the interacting systems or their component-parts, psychopathological mechanisms may be physical, chemical, biological, psychological, social, or, typically, mixed ones. Furthermore, I focus on two main kinds of psychopathological mechanisms involved in the causation of mental disorders, namely the pathogenetic and pathophysiological ones, stressing the importance of their careful distinction for the integrative understanding of otherwise disparate and apparently incommensurable psychiatric research findings. I illustrate my analysis with an example drawn from contemporary research on the mechanisms of acute psychosis. Finally, I stress the relevance of psychopathological mechanisms to a more scientifi cally-grounded classifi cation of mental disorders.

  3. Tape transport mechanism

    A device is provided for transporting, in a stepwise manner, tape between a feed reel and takeup reel. An indexer moves across the normal path of the tape displacing it while the tape on the takeup reel side of the indexer is braked. After displacement, the takeup reel takes up the displaced tape while the tape on the feed reel side of the indexer is braked, providing stepwise tape transport in precise intervals determined by the amount of displacement caused by the indexer

  4. Mechanisms of multidrug transporters

    Bolhuis, Henk; Veen, Hendrik W. van; Poolman, Bert; Driessen, Arnold J.M.; Konings, Wil N.

    1997-01-01

    Drug resistance, mediated by various mechanisms, plays a crucial role in the failure of the drug-based treatment of various infectious diseases. As a result, these infectious diseases re-emerge rapidly and cause many victims every year. Another serious threat is imposed by the development of multidr

  5. Main Vacuum Technical Issues of Evacuated Tube Transportation

    Zhang, Y. P.; Li, S. S.; Wang, M. X.

    In the future, Evacuated Tube Transportation (ETT) would be built and faster than jets. ETT tube with diameter 2∼4m and length over 1000 km will be the largest scale vacuum equipment on earth. This paper listed some main vacuum technical issues to be solved in ETT as follow. How to build ultra-large-scale vacuum chamber like ETT tube with low cost and high reliability? How to pump gas out off the ETT tube in short time? How to release heat or reduce temperature in the vacuum tube? Hot to avoid vacuum electricity discharge? How to manufacture vehicles with airproof shells and equip the life support system? How to detect leakage and find leakage position efficiently and fast as possible? Some relative solutions and suggestions are put up.

  6. Membranes, mechanics, and intracellular transport

    Parthasarathy, Raghuveer

    2012-10-01

    Cellular membranes are remarkable materials -- self-assembled, flexible, two-dimensional fluids. Understanding how proteins manipulate membrane curvature is crucial to understanding the transport of cargo in cells, yet the mechanical activities of trafficking proteins remain poorly understood. Using an optical-trap based assay involving dynamic deformation of biomimetic membranes, we have examined the behavior of Sar1, a key component of the COPII family of transport proteins. We find that Sar1 from yeast (S. cerevisiae) lowers membrane rigidity by up to 100% as a function of its concentration, thereby lowering the energetic cost of membrane deformation. Human Sar1 proteins can also lower the mechanical rigidity of the membranes to which they bind. However, unlike the yeast proteins, the rigidity is not a monotonically decreasing function of concentration but rather shows increased rigidity and decreased mobility at high concentrations that implies interactions between proteins. In addition to describing this study of membrane mechanics, I'll also discuss some topics relevant to a range of biophysical investigations, such as the insights provided by imaging methods and open questions in the dynamics of multicellular systems.

  7. THE MAIN COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES AT THE RAILWAY TRANSPORT

    Ustenko, M.

    2009-01-01

    The article considers the problem of developing the competitive advantages at the railway transport. Practical recommendations concerning the formation of the competitive advantages at the railway transport are work out.

  8. Radioactive materials' transportation main routes in Brazil. Radiation protection aspects about radioactive materials transportation

    The heavy transportation in Brazil is generally done by highways. The radioactive material transportation follow this same rule. Whenever a radioactive material is carried by the road, by the sea or by the air, in some cases, a kind of combination of those transportation ways, the transport manager has to create a Transportation Plan and submit it to CNEN. Only after CNEN's approval, the transportation can be done. The plan must have the main action on Radiation Protection, giving responsibilities and showing all the directing that will be take. Although, the Brazilian's highways are not in good conditions, one could say that some of them are not good enough for any kind of transportation. But we are facing radioactive material use increase but the hospitals and industries, that the reason it's much more common that kind of transportation nowadays. So, because of that, a special attention by the governments must be provide to those activities. This paper goal is to show the real conditions of some important highways in Brazil in a radioactive protection's perspective and give some suggestions to adjust some of those roads to this new reality. (author)

  9. MAIN DIRECTIONS OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT OF TRANSPORT INTERCHANGES FUNCTIONING

    V. Naumov

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the areas of study concerning transport interchanges. It has been determined that the most perspective directions for the future research is synchronization of the schedule that allous reducing the wating time, preventing the public transport congestion at bus stops and stations, and by doing this to ensure their sustainable development.

  10. Forces at the Main Mechanism of a Railbound Forging Manipulator

    Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu; Relly Victoria Virgil Petrescu

    2015-01-01

    Forging manipulators have become more prevalent in the industry today. They are used to manipulate objects to be forged. The most common forging manipulators are moving on a railway to have a greater precision and stability. They have been called the railbound forging manipulators. In this paper we determine the driving forces of the main mechanism from such manipulator. Forces diagram shows a typical forging manipulator, with the basic motions in operation process: walking, motion of the ton...

  11. Summary on main policies, funding mechanisms, actors and trends

    Kressler, Florian; Weiss, Lucas; Åkerman, Jonas;

    This document summarizes the output of WP 3 on policies, funding mechanisms, actors and trends relating the four thematic groups. Each thematic group examines one goal of the White Paper on Transport, published by the European Commission in 2011. The purpose of this document is to provide input f...... further work carried out in the project, especially the road-mapping exercises and the strategic outlook carried out in WP 6. The inputs for this document include information from a literature review and direct consultation with stakeholders....

  12. Mechanisms of transport in radiative improved mode

    Improvement of confinement by a deliberate seeding of impurities line neon and argon has been found in many devices. Most intensively this phenomenon was studied in the limiter tokamak TEXTOR, where it was called radiative improved (RI) mode, and in the divertor machine DII-D. Recent experiments on TFTR, JT-60 and JET have demonstrated that by an optimization of seeding procedure a positive effect of impurities can be achieved in reactor scale devices. Extensive theoretical and modelling activities were performed during past years in order to understand the mechanisms of confinement improvement in RI-mode. Characteristics of drift instabilities namely the ion temperature gradient (ITG) and dissipate trapped electron (DTE) modes, which provide the main contribution to the anomalous transport in tokamaks, have been analyzed by the code for Gyro-Kinetic Stability. The behavior of non-linear turbulent eddies and vortices was studied in 'particle in cell' simulations. Fluid approximation has been applied to asses the effect of impurities on anomalous transport. All these studies predict a reduction of turbulence originated from the most dangerous ITG modes. Computations by a transport code with models for anomalous transport coefficients due to drift micro-instabilities reproduce many peculiarities of RI-plasmas. (author)

  13. Transport mechanism of a glutamate transporter homologue GltPh

    Ji, Yurui; Postis, Vincent L.G.; Wang, Yingying; Bartlam, Mark; Goldman, Adrian

    2016-01-01

    Glutamate transporters are responsible for uptake of the neurotransmitter glutamate in mammalian central nervous systems. Their archaeal homologue GltPh, an aspartate transporter isolated from Pyrococcus horikoshii, has been the focus of extensive studies through crystallography, MD simulations and single-molecule FRET (smFRET). Here, we summarize the recent research progress on GltPh, in the hope of gaining some insights into the transport mechanism of this aspartate transporter. PMID:27284058

  14. Main academic institutions conducting research in the public transport area

    Peterson, B.E. [Lund Inst. of Tech. (Sweden). Dept. of Traffic Planning and Engineering

    1997-12-01

    The international exchange of knowledge is becoming increasingly important for all activities. Within Europe, the need for simple reviews of institutions within one and the same subject area has become more tangible since the European Union started its public transport research program. The survey has been carried out in two stages. First a questionnaire was sent to those institutions, public transport authorities, public transport associations and individuals within the subject area that were known to the Department. In this questionnaire we asked for the names and addresses of institutions at colleges and universities where significant research on public transport is carried out. In a second stage, a list was compiled of the 48 institutions that were named in the results of the first questionnaire. This list was sent to these institutions with the request for a brief presentation of their research within the public transport sector and information on any institution they felt were missing in the list. We found further interesting institutions on the Internet. The final list contains more than 60 institutions outside the Nordic area. Within the Nordic countries we have exclusively followed our own address list of institutions with long-term research work within the subject area

  15. Kinematics at the Main Mechanism of a Railbound Forging Manipulator

    Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Heavy payload forging manipulators are mainly characterized by large load output and large capacitive load input. The relationship between outputs and inputs will greatly influence the control and the reliability. Forging manipulators have become more prevalent in the industry today. They are used to manipulate objects to be forged. The most common forging manipulators are moving on a railway to have a greater precision and stability. They have been called the railbound forging manipulators. In this paper we analyze the general kinematics of the main mechanism from a such manipulator. Kinematic scheme shows a typical forging manipulator, with the basic motions in operation process: walking, motion of the tong and buffering. The lifting mechanism consists of several parts including linkages, hydraulic drives and motion pairs. The principle of type design from the viewpoints of the relationship between output characteristics and actuator inputs is discussed. An idea of establishing the incidence relationship between output characteristics and actuator inputs is proposed. These novel forging manipulators which satisfy certain functional requirements provide an effective help for the design of forging manipulators.

  16. Current controversies in determining the main mechanisms of atrial fibrillation.

    Schotten, U; Dobrev, D; Platonov, P G; Kottkamp, H; Hindricks, G

    2016-05-01

    Despite considerable basic research into the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF), not much progress has been made in the prognosis of patients with AF. With the exception of anticoagulant therapy, current treatments for AF still do not improve major cardiovascular outcomes. This may be due partly to the diverse aetiology of AF with increasingly more factors found to contribute to the arrhythmia. In addition, a strong increase has been seen in the technological complexity of the methods used to quantify the main pathophysiological alterations underlying the initiation and progression of AF. Because of the lack of standardization of the technological approaches currently used, the perception of basic mechanisms of AF varies widely in the scientific community. Areas of debate include the role of Ca(2+) -handling alterations associated with AF, the contribution and noninvasive assessment of the degree of atrial fibrosis, and the best techniques to identify electrophysiological drivers of AF. In this review, we will summarize the state of the art of these controversial topics and describe the diverse approaches to investigating and the scientific opinions on leading AF mechanisms. Finally, we will highlight the need for transparency in scientific reporting and standardization of terminology, assumptions, algorithms and experimental conditions used for the development of better AF therapies. PMID:26991914

  17. Mechanisms for DNA Charge Transport

    Genereux, Joseph C.; Barton, Jacqueline K.

    2010-01-01

    DNA charge transport (CT) chemistry has received considerable attention by scientific researchers over the past 15 years since our first provocative publication on long range CT in a DNA assembly.1,2 This interest, shared by physicists, chemists and biologists, reflects the potential of DNA CT to provide a sensitive route for signaling, whether in the construction of nanoscale biosensors or as an enzymatic tool to detect damage in the genome. Research into DNA CT chemistry began as a quest to...

  18. Mechanical forces and lymphatic transport.

    Breslin, Jerome W

    2014-11-01

    This review examines the current understanding of how the lymphatic vessel network can optimize lymph flow in response to various mechanical forces. Lymphatics are organized as a vascular tree, with blind-ended initial lymphatics, precollectors, prenodal collecting lymphatics, lymph nodes, postnodal collecting lymphatics and the larger trunks (thoracic duct and right lymph duct) that connect to the subclavian veins. The formation of lymph from interstitial fluid depends heavily on oscillating pressure gradients to drive fluid into initial lymphatics. Collecting lymphatics are segmented vessels with unidirectional valves, with each segment, called a lymphangion, possessing an intrinsic pumping mechanism. The lymphangions propel lymph forward against a hydrostatic pressure gradient. Fluid is returned to the central circulation both at lymph nodes and via the larger lymphatic trunks. Several recent developments are discussed, including evidence for the active role of endothelial cells in lymph formation; recent developments on how inflow pressure, outflow pressure, and shear stress affect the pump function of the lymphangion; lymphatic valve gating mechanisms; collecting lymphatic permeability; and current interpretations of the molecular mechanisms within lymphatic endothelial cells and smooth muscle. An improved understanding of the physiological mechanisms by which lymphatic vessels sense mechanical stimuli, integrate the information, and generate the appropriate response is key for determining the pathogenesis of lymphatic insufficiency and developing treatments for lymphedema. PMID:25107458

  19. Mechanical Forces and Lymphatic Transport

    Breslin, Jerome W.

    2014-01-01

    This review examines current understanding of how the lymphatic vessel network can optimize lymph flow in response to various mechanical forces. Lymphatics are organized as a vascular tree, with blind-ended initial lymphatics, precollectors, prenodal collecting lymphatics, lymph nodes, postnodal collecting lymphatics and the larger trunks (thoracic duct and right lymph duct) that connect to the subclavian veins. The formation of lymph from interstitial fluid depends heavily on oscillating pressure gradients to drive fluid into initial lymphatics. Collecting lymphatics are segmented vessels with unidirectional valves, with each segment, called a lymphangion, possessing an intrinsic pumping mechanism. The lymphangions propel lymph forward against a hydrostatic pressure gradient. Fluid is returned to the central circulation both at lymph nodes and via the larger lymphatic trunks. Several recent developments are discussed, including: evidence for the active role of endothelial cells in lymph formation; recent developments on how inflow pressure, outflow pressure, and shear stress affect pump function of the lymphangion; lymphatic valve gating mechanisms; collecting lymphatic permeability; and current interpretations of the molecular mechanisms within lymphatic endothelial cells and smooth muscle. Improved understanding of the physiological mechanisms by lymphatic vessels sense mechanical stimuli, integrate the information, and generate the appropriate response is key for determining the pathogenesis of lymphatic insufficiency and developing treatments for lymphedema. PMID:25107458

  20. Feline hepatic biotransformation and transport mechanisms

    van Beusekom, C.D. van

    2015-01-01

    Hepatic biotransformation and drug transport mechanisms vary significantly between species. While these processes that determine largely the kinetic behavior of drugs have been studied abundantly in dogs, corresponding investigations in cats are hardly available, despite the increasing role of cats

  1. Main Directions and Mechanisms of Industrial Policy of Russia

    Irina M. Podmolodina

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Under difficult economic conditions for Russian business, characterized by difficulties of Russian companies’ access to foreign modern technologies and long-term financial resources, there is a need for elaborated industrial policy which facilitates the development of national industry and provision of economic security of the country. With current sanctions, the Russian enterprises faced the problems of impossibility of getting foreign equipment under the previously signed contracts, re-orientation of orders for the similar domestic production, and attraction of financial resources from internal sources. Solution to these problems lies in the plane of development of “new” industrial policy. The purpose of the article is to determine main directions and mechanisms for realization of measures of industrial policy which facilitates the development of domestic industrial production, implementation of achievements of scientific and technological progress into industrial processes, and import substitution of science intensive products. Realization of industrial policy of Russia supposes the formation of special conditions. These are favorable economic and socio-infrastructural conditions, attractive entrepreneurial regime, high level of training of personnel for various industries, and informational support of government structures. Activation of innovational activity requires mechanisms that ensure the improvement of conditions for fair competition and increase of motivation of companies for innovations; regulation of product markets (service markets and sectorial regulation for distribution of leading technologies; development of the system of technical regulation, which includes harmonization of legislative basis of Russia and the EU countries in this sphere; simplification of a procedure of entry of new products into the market; simplification and quickening of the procedures of certification, including as to the international quality

  2. Triggering mechanisms for transport barriers

    The radial shear ωExB of the ExB flow is evaluated with the Monte Carlo orbit following code ASCOT at the onset of the L-H transition and internal transport barriers (ITB) in JET, TFTR, ASDEX Upgrade, TEXTOR, and FT-2 tokamaks. Systematically, a large shear (sufficient for turbulence suppression) is found for local parameters close to the experimental threshold conditions at the barrier location. For L-H transition in JET and ASDEX Upgrade, the large shear is obtained by increasing the edge ion temperature. For TEXTOR, the radial electric field and the electrode current bifurcate at a threshold electrode voltage. In a JET database study, toroidal rotation is found to be dominant in triggering the JET ITB, and an empirical s-ωExB fit is found for the transition threshold. For TFTR and FT-2, in which toroidal rotation does not play a role, ASCOT predicts a significant ωExB shear for the ITB conditions. The ripple-induced transport is not found to be important here. (author)

  3. Angular momentum transport efficiency in post-main sequence low-mass stars

    Spada, F; Arlt, R; Deheuvels, S

    2016-01-01

    Context. Using asteroseismic techniques, it has recently become possible to probe the internal rotation profile of low-mass (~1.1-1.5 Msun) subgiant and red giant stars. Under the assumption of local angular momentum conservation, the core contraction and envelope expansion occurring at the end of the main sequence would result in a much larger internal differential rotation than observed. This suggests that angular momentum redistribution must be taking place in the interior of these stars. Aims. We investigate the physical nature of the angular momentum redistribution mechanisms operating in stellar interiors by constraining the efficiency of post-main sequence rotational coupling. Methods. We model the rotational evolution of a 1.25 Msun star using the Yale Rotational stellar Evolution Code. Our models take into account the magnetic wind braking occurring at the surface of the star and the angular momentum transport in the interior, with an efficiency dependent on the degree of internal differential rotati...

  4. Mechanical Forces and Lymphatic Transport

    Breslin, Jerome W.

    2014-01-01

    This review examines current understanding of how the lymphatic vessel network can optimize lymph flow in response to various mechanical forces. Lymphatics are organized as a vascular tree, with blind-ended initial lymphatics, precollectors, prenodal collecting lymphatics, lymph nodes, postnodal collecting lymphatics and the larger trunks (thoracic duct and right lymph duct) that connect to the subclavian veins. The formation of lymph from interstitial fluid depends heavily on oscillating pre...

  5. LOGISTIC APPROACH IN CREATING AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM OF PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT BY RAILWAY TRANSPORT

    V. I. Kopytko

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The logical concept of passenger transportation management on the railway transport is considered. This concept provides the creation of logical centers, which must combine the market mechanism with the government regulation. It is motivated that the efficient work condition of logical centers is a determination of main factors, due to which it is possible to realize the classification of passenger traffic that will allow forecasting the behavior of a logistic structure at the passenger market.

  6. Seesaw mechanism in turbulence and turbulent transport

    Full text: Theory of nonlocal transport has been developed, based upon the statistical theory of plasma turbulence. Essence is that fluctuations (with long radial correlation length) can be excited by nonlinear processes, although they are linearly stable. Experiments have reported the non-diffusive mechanisms in rapid response of transport between distant radii. Simulations have demonstrated that transport barrier can be established while increasing linear growth rate of local instabilities. These await application of theory of nonlocal transport. Example of such nonlinearly-driven, meso-scale fluctuations is the zonal flow (ZF). ZFs grow extracting energy from microscopic fluctuations so as to reduce the turbulence and turbulent transport. Because the radial correlation length of ZF is longer than those for microscopic fluctuations, which are inducing turbulent transport, ZF, which is driven fluctuations at one radius, can suppress fluctuations at distant radii. Thus, the fluctuations exchange energy over the distance that is much longer than autocorrelation length of microscopic fluctuations. This mechanism induces new nonlocal interactions in turbulent transport. That is, strong fluctuations at particular radius can suppress fluctuations at different radius, via induction of ZFs. Stronger fluctuations suppress weaker fluctuations. This is called the seesaw mechanism via ZFs. Owing to this mechanism, the turbulence transport is not determined by local parameters alone, but by parameters at far distance. The transient response is much faster than the process governed by diffusive processes. [This work is partly supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Specially-Promoted Research (16002005), the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (19360418) and collaboration programme of NIFS.] (author)

  7. Molecular Mechanism of Biological Proton Transport

    Pomes, R.

    1998-09-01

    Proton transport across lipid membranes is a fundamental aspect of biological energy transduction (metabolism). This function is mediated by a Grotthuss mechanism involving proton hopping along hydrogen-bonded networks embedded in membrane-spanning proteins. Using molecular simulations, the authors have explored the structural, dynamic, and thermodynamic properties giving rise to long-range proton translocation in hydrogen-bonded networks involving water molecules, or water wires, which are emerging as ubiquitous H{sup +}-transport devices in biological systems.

  8. Cache-Conscious Index Mechanism for Main-Memory Databases

    2006-01-01

    Recent studies have addressed that the cache behavior is important in the design of main memory index structures. Cache-conscious indices such as the CSB+-tree are shown to outperform conventional main memory indices such as the AVL-tree and the T-tree. This paper proposes a cache-conscious version of the T-tree, CST-tree, defined according to the cache-conscious definition. To separate the keys within a node into two parts, the CST-tree can gain higher cache hit ratio.

  9. Invasive home mechanical ventilation, mainly focused on neuromuscular disorders

    Börger, Sandra

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction and background: Invasive home mechanical ventilation is used for patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency. This elaborate and technology-dependent ventilation is carried out via an artificial airway (tracheal cannula to the trachea. Exact numbers about the incidence of home mechanical ventilation are not available. Patients with neuromuscular diseases represent a large portion of it. Research questions: Specific research questions are formulated and answered concerning the dimensions of medicine/nursing, economics, social, ethical and legal aspects. Beyond the technical aspect of the invasive home, mechanical ventilation, medical questions also deal with the patient’s symptoms and clinical signs as well as the frequency of complications. Economic questions pertain to the composition of costs and the differences to other ways of homecare concerning costs and quality of care. Questions regarding social aspects consider the health-related quality of life of patients and caregivers. Additionally, the ethical aspects connected to the decision of home mechanical ventilation are viewed. Finally, legal aspects of financing invasive home mechanical ventilation are discussed. Methods: Based on a systematic literature search in 2008 in a total of 31 relevant databases current literature is viewed and selected by means of fixed criteria. Randomized controlled studies, systematic reviews and HTA reports (health technology assessment, clinical studies with patient numbers above ten, health-economic evaluations, primary studies with particular cost analyses and quality-of-life studies related to the research questions are included in the analysis. Results and discussion: Invasive mechanical ventilation may improve symptoms of hypoventilation, as the analysis of the literature shows. An increase in life expectancy is likely, but for ethical reasons it is not confirmed by premium-quality studies. Complications (e. g. pneumonia are rare

  10. [Horizontal transport of nitrate in main soil groups of Huang-Huai-Hai Plain].

    Chen, Xiaomin; Deng, Jiancai; Zhang, Jiabao; Zhu, Anning; Pan, Youyu

    2002-09-01

    The horizontal transport of nitrate in main soil groups (yellow fluvo-aquic soils and aeolian sandy soil) in Huang-Huai-Hai Plain was studied. The results were as follows: the horizontal transport velocity of nitrate decreased with the distance of the tracer source in power function. Due to different soil property in soil profile, the curves of horizontal transport of nitrate were difference. The horizontal transport velocity of nitrate was controlled by the concentration gradient and soil water potential gradient in 20 cm of horizontal soil column. It was stable after 20 cm, which was controlled by soil matric potential. The horizontal transport velocity of nitrate was in a sharp positive relation with the soil moisture content and changed with exponential function. The concentration of nitrate in horizontal transport decreased with the unsaturated soil water diffusivity increased and changed with logarithmic function. PMID:12533936

  11. Feline hepatic biotransformation and transport mechanisms

    Beusekom, C.D. van

    2015-01-01

    Hepatic biotransformation and drug transport mechanisms vary significantly between species. While these processes that determine largely the kinetic behavior of drugs have been studied abundantly in dogs, corresponding investigations in cats are hardly available, despite the increasing role of cats in veterinary practice, following the increasing popularity of cats in The Netherlands. Drug intolerance, toxic side effects or a lack of efficacy have been observed when treating feline patients w...

  12. Polaronic charge transport mechanism in DNA

    Hennig, Dirk; Archilla, Juan F. R.

    2006-01-01

    For the detailed understanding of the conduction mechanism in DNA we use models based on the concept of polaron and breather solutions. We describe how charge transport relies on the coupling of the charge carrying unit to the vibrational modes of DNA allowing for the formation of polaron-like localised states. The mobility of these localised states is discussed particularly in the presence of parametrical and structural disorder inherent to biomolecules. It is demonstrated tha...

  13. Application of main crane lock mechanism in the turbine building of nuclear power plant

    In order to avoid potential impact on safety of nuclear island side, anti-tornado lock mechanism are designed on the girder of turbine building main crane. Based on the experience of Haiyang NPP Phase I, this paper illustrates the installation plan for main crane lock mechanism of turbine building, calculation course, main characteristics and safety consideration, etc. (authors)

  14. Dynamic analysis of the mechanical systems vibrating transversally in transportation

    A. Buchacz

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this paper is analysis and modelling of mechanical systems in transportation. Thecontemporary technical problems are lashed with high work demands such as high speeds of mechanisms, usinglower density materials, high precision of work, etc. The main objective of this thesis was the dynamical analysiswith taking into consideration the interaction between main motion and local vibrations during the model isloaded by transverse forces.Design/methodology/approach: Equations of motion were derived by classical methods, the Lagrangeequations with generalized coordinates and generalized velocities assumed as orthogonal projections ofindividual coordinates and velocities of the beam and manipulators to axes of the global inertial frame.Findings: Presented mathematical model of the transversally vibrating systems in planar transportation can beput to use to derivation of the dynamical flexibility of these systems, moreover those equations are the startingpoint to the analysis of complex systems. In particular we can use those equations to derivation of the substitutedynamical flexibility of multibody systems.Research limitations/implications: There were considered mechanical systems vibrating transversally in termsof plane motion. Next problem of dynamical analysis is the analysis of systems in non-planar transportation andsystems loaded by longitudinal forces.Practical implications: Results of this thesis can be put to use into all machines and mechanisms running intransportation such as wind power plants, high speed turbines, rotors, manipulators and in aerodynamics issues,etc. Some results ought to be modified and adopted to appropriate models.Originality/value: High requirements applying to parameters of work of machines and mechanisms are causedthe new research and new ways of modelling and analyzing those systems. One of these ways are presented inthis thesis. There was defined the transportation effect for models vibrating

  15. Mechanical systems vibrating longitudinally with the transportation effect

    S. Żółkiewski

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: High work speeds of mechanisms, using materials with high flexibility, high precision of work, etc. are the cause of searching of the new ways of modelling. One of these ways is presented in this thesis. The main purpose of this thesis is the dynamical analysis with taking into consideration the interaction between main motion and local vibrations during the model is loaded by longitudinal forces.Design/methodology/approach: Derived equations of motion were made by classical methods, with generalized coordinates and generalized velocities assumed as orthogonal projections of individual coordinates and velocities of the rod and manipulators to axes of the global inertial frame.Findings: Mathematical model of the longitudinally vibrating systems in terms of plane motion can be put to use to derivation of the dynamical flexibility of these systems, and also those equations are the starting point to the analysis of complex systems, especially we can use those equations to derivation of the substitute dynamical flexibility of n-linked systems in transportation.Research limitations/implications: In the thesis were considered mechanical systems vibrating longitudinally in terms of rotation. Next problem of dynamical analysis is the analysis of systems in non-planar transportation and systems loaded by transversal forces.Practical implications: Results of this thesis can be put to use into machines and mechanisms in transportation such as: wind power plant, high speed turbines, rotors, manipulators and in aerodynamics issues, etc.Originality/value: Up to now there were analyzed beams and rods in a separate way, first main motion of the system and after that the local vibrations. The new approach of modelling were presented by authors of this thesis, a new modelling took into consideration the interaction between those two displacement. There was defined the transportation effect for models vibrating longitudinally in this thesis.

  16. Evaporation as the transport mechanism of metals in arid regions

    Lima, Ana T.

    2014-09-01

    Soils of arid regions are exposed to drought and drastic temperature oscillations throughout the year. Transport mechanisms in these soils are therefore very different from the ones in temperate regions, where rain dictates the fate of most elements in soils. Due to the low rainfall and high evaporation rates in arid regions, groundwater quality is not threatened and all soil contamination issues tend to be overlooked. But if soil contamination happens, where do contaminants go? This study tests the hypothesis of upward metal movement in soils when evaporation is the main transport mechanism. Laboratory evaporation tests were carried out with heavy metal spiked Saudi soil, using circulation of air as the driving force (Fig. 1). Main results show that loamy soil retains heavy metals quite well while evaporation drives heavy metals to the surface of a sandy soil. Evaporation transports heavy metals upward in sandy soils of arid regions, making them accumulate at the soil surface. Sand being the dominating type of soil in arid regions, soils can then be a potential source of contaminated aerosols and atmospheric pollution - a transboundary problem. Some other repercussions for this problem are foreseen, such as the public ingestion or inhalation of dust. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  17. Administrative mechanics of research fuel transportation

    This presentation contains the discussion on the multitude of administrative mechanics that have to be meshed for the successful completion of a shipment of spent fuel, HEU or LEU in the research reactors fuel cycle. The costs associated with transportation may be the equivalent of 'a black hole', so an overview of cost factors is given. At the end one could find that this black hole factor in the budget is actually a bargain. The first step is the quotation phase. The cost variables in the quotation contain the cost of packaging i.e. containers; the complete routing of the packages and the materials. Factors that are of outmost importance are the routing restrictions and regulations, physical security regulations. All of this effort is just to provide a valid quotation not to accomplish the goal of completing a shipment. Public relations cannot be omitted either

  18. As if Kyoto mattered: The clean development mechanism and transportation

    Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the most rapidly growing anthropogenic source. In the future, the developing world will account for the largest share of transport GHG increases. Four basic components drive transportation energy consumption and GHG emissions: activities (A), mode share (S), fuel intensity (I) and fuel choice (F) (ASIF). Currently, the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) serves as the main international market-based tool designed to reduce GHG emissions from the developing world. Theoretically, the CDM has the dual purpose of helping developing countries achieve 'sustainable development' goals and industrialized countries meet their Kyoto emissions reduction commitments. This paper reviews overall CDM activities and transportation CDM activities to date and then presents findings from three case studies of transportation CDM possibilities examined with the ASIF framework in Santiago de Chile. The analysis suggests that bus technology switch (I) provides a fairly good project fit for the CDM, while options aimed at inducing mode share (S) to bicycle, or modifying travel demand via land use changes (ASI) face considerable challenges. The implications of the findings for the CDM and the 'post-Kyoto' world are discussed

  19. Studies on lipid transport mechanism in the fish

    In mammals, absorbed micelles are resynthesized in the epithelial cells of the intestine and transported as chylomicrons through the lymphatic route, then as various lipoproteins in the circulatory system. It is rather difficult to draw conclusions about the dynamic processes involved in the absorption and transport of lipids, since there are few studies on these processes in fish. From the cannulated tube of a carp, 0.8 ml of blood was collected at various intervals after feeding. The disc electrophoresis pattern of carp blood plasma shows three main lipoprotein bands when prestained with acetylated Suden black B: Band 1 (albumin lipid complex), Band 2 (near alpha2-lipoprotein) and Band 3 (near beta- and pre-beta-lipoproteins of human plasma). Incorporation of palmitic acid into plasma lipid classes in starved fish was markedly characterized by the initial appearance within 1/2-3 hr of FFA associated mainly with Band 1 followed by gradual increase in TG and PL later. Under normal conditions, high levels of FFA appeared; however, TG associated with Band 3 and 1 appeared distinctly only after 6-12 hr. In the case of tripalmitin feeding, FFA appeared first, the incorporation being moderate but constant, followed by TG (after 3 hr) as the major lipid constituent associated first with Band 3 which seemed to be converted to Band 1 after 6 hr. It can be pointed out from these results that the mammalian lipid transport mechanism is not applicable to fish; instead, Band 1 associated mainly with FFA plays an important role in fish lipid transport. (auth.)

  20. A Dicarboxylate Transporter, LjALMT4, Mainly Expressed in Nodules of Lotus japonicus.

    Takanashi, Kojiro; Sasaki, Takayuki; Kan, Tomohiro; Saida, Yuka; Sugiyama, Akifumi; Yamamoto, Yoko; Yazaki, Kazufumi

    2016-07-01

    Legume plants can establish symbiosis with soil bacteria called rhizobia to obtain nitrogen as a nutrient directly from atmospheric N2 via symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Legumes and rhizobia form nodules, symbiotic organs in which fixed-nitrogen and photosynthetic products are exchanged between rhizobia and plant cells. The photosynthetic products supplied to rhizobia are thought to be dicarboxylates but little is known about the movement of dicarboxylates in the nodules. In terms of dicarboxylate transporters, an aluminum-activated malate transporter (ALMT) family is a strong candidate responsible for the membrane transport of carboxylates in nodules. Among the seven ALMT genes in the Lotus japonicus genome, only one, LjALMT4, shows a high expression in the nodules. LjALMT4 showed transport activity in a Xenopus oocyte system, with LjALMT4 mediating the efflux of dicarboxylates including malate, succinate, and fumarate, but not tricarboxylates such as citrate. LjALMT4 also mediated the influx of several inorganic anions. Organ-specific gene expression analysis showed LjALMT4 mRNA mainly in the parenchyma cells of nodule vascular bundles. These results suggest that LjALMT4 may not be involved in the direct supply of dicarboxylates to rhizobia in infected cells but is responsible for supplying malate as well as several anions necessary for symbiotic nitrogen fixation, via nodule vasculatures. PMID:27183039

  1. Chemical and mechanical control of corrosion product transport

    Hede Larsen, O.; Blum, R. [I/S Fynsvaerket, Faelleskemikerne, Odense (Denmark); Daucik, K. [I/S Skaerbaekvaerket, Faelleskemikerne, Fredericia (Denmark)

    1996-12-01

    The corrosion products formed in the condensate and feedwater system of once-through boilers are precipitated and deposited inside the evaporator tubes mainly in the burner zone at the highest heat flux. Depositions lead to increased oxidation rate and increased metal temperature of the evaporator tubes, hereby decreasing tube lifetime. This effect is more important in the new high efficiency USC boilers due to increased feedwater temperature and hence higher thermal load on the evaporator tubes. The only way to reduce the load on the evaporator tubes is to minimise corrosion product transport to the boiler. Two general methods for minimising corrosion product transport to the boiler have been evaluated through measurement campaigns for Fe in the water/steam cycle in supercritical boilers within the ELSAM area. One method is to reduce corrosion in the low temperature condensate system by changing conditioning mode from alkaline volatile treatment (AVT) to oxygenated treatment (OT). The other method is to filtrate part of the condensate with a mechanical filter at the deaerator. The results show, that both methods are effective at minimising Fe-transport to the boiler, but changing to OT has the highest effect and should always be used, whenever high purity condensate is maintained. Whether mechanical filtration also is required, depends on the boiler, specifically the load on the evaporator. A simplified calculation model for lifetime evaluation of evaporator tubes has been developed. This model has been used for evaluating the effect of corrosion product transport to the boiler on evaporator tube lifetime. Conventional supercritical boilers generally can achieve sufficient lifetime by AVT and even better by OT, whereas all measures to reduce Fe-content of feedwater, including OT and mechanical filtration, should be taken, to ensure sufficient lifetime for the new boilers with advanced steam data - 290 bar/580 deg. C and above. (au)

  2. Plant pleiotropic drug resistance transporters:Transport mechanism, gene expression, and function

    Mohammed Nuruzzaman; Ru Zhang; Hong-Zhe Cao; Zhi-Yong Luo

    2014-01-01

    Pleiotropic drug resistance (PDR) transporters belonging to the ABCG subfamily of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are identified only in fungi and plants. Members of this family are expressed in plants in response to various biotic and abiotic stresses and transport a diverse array of molecules across membranes. Although their detailed transport mechanism is largely unknown, they play important roles in detoxification processes, preventing water loss, transport of phytohormones, and secondary metabolites. This review provides insights into transport mechanisms of plant PDR transporters, their expression profiles, and multitude functions in plants.

  3. Analysis of main roof breaking form and its mechanism during first weighting in longwall face

    HUANG Qing-xiang

    2001-01-01

    By field observation and simulating test in shallow seam logwall mining, the asymmetry breaking of main roof is discovered during the first weighting. Based on simulating model test and theoretical analysis, the mechanism of main roof first breaking is revealed, and the asymmetry breaking parameter is determined at all.

  4. Role of different scattering mechanisms on the temperature dependence of transport in graphene

    Sarkar, Suman; Amin, Kazi Rafsanjani; Modak, Ranjan; Singh, Amandeep; Mukerjee, Subroto; Bid, Aveek

    2015-11-01

    Detailed experimental and theoretical studies of the temperature dependence of the effect of different scattering mechanisms on electrical transport properties of graphene devices are presented. We find that for high mobility devices the transport properties are mainly governed by completely screened short range impurity scattering. On the other hand, for the low mobility devices transport properties are determined by both types of scattering potentials - long range due to ionized impurities and short range due to completely screened charged impurities. The results could be explained in the framework of Boltzmann transport equations involving the two independent scattering mechanisms.

  5. FUZZY COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF CONTAINER TRANSPORTATION MODES ALONG THE CHANGJIANG RIVER MAIN LINE AND ITS DELTA AREA

    ZHANG Shi-yu; XIAO Han-liang

    2003-01-01

    The Changjiang River (Yangtze) is one of the fastest growth areas of container transportation in Chi-na. Rail, road and water transportation have competed against each other for container transportation in the Chang-jiang River main line and its delta area. It is of significance to assess these different transportation modes scientifi-cally in order to organize container transportation efficiently in this area and make decision for integral plan and construction of transportation system in this area. This paper outlines application of fuzzy comprehensive evaluation to appraise different modes of typical direction of containers. Twelve assessment indexes were decided. Membership functions were formulated. Evaluation results indicated that road transportation was optimal mode in the Changjiang River delta area, however water transportation was the primary way in the Changjiang River main line.

  6. Polar auxin transport: models and mechanisms

    Berkel, van K.; Boer, de R.J.; Scheres, B.; Tusscher, ten K.

    2013-01-01

    Spatial patterns of the hormone auxin are important drivers of plant development. The observed feedback between the active, directed transport that generates auxin patterns and the auxin distribution that influences transport orientation has rendered this a popular subject for modelling studies. Her

  7. Damage and deterioration mechanism and curing technique of concrete structure in main coal cleaning plants

    LV Heng-lin; ZHAO Cheng-ming; SONG Lei; MA Ying; XU Chun-hua

    2009-01-01

    Concrete structures in main coal cleaning plants have been rebuilt and reinforced in the coal mines of the Shanghai Da-tun Energy Sources Co. Ltd., the first colliery of the Pingdingshan Coal Co. Ltd. and the Sanhejian mine of the Xuzhou Mining Group Co. Ltd. In these projects, the operating environment and reliability of concrete structures in the main plants of the three companies were investigated and the safety of the structures inspected. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were made on the spe-cial natural, technological and mechanical environments around the structures. On the basis of these analyses, we discuss the long-term, combined actions of the harsh natural (corrosive gases, liquids and solids) and mechanical environments on concrete structures and further investigated the damage and deteriorating mechanisms and curing techniques of concrete structures in the main coal cleaning plants. Our study can provide a theoretical basis for ensuring the reliability of concrete structures in main coal cleaning plants.

  8. Treatment of main heat transport system of Embalse Nuclear Power Plant with hydrazine at 150 deg C

    Ion exchange resins entrance to the main heat transport system of Embalse Nuclear Power Plant in April 1988 produced an increase of crud transport in the media, an increase of D2 evolution and mild steel corrosion rates. The removal of aggressive species from steady zones and a soft passivation of surfaces using hydrazine at moderate temperature, was recommended. The aim of this treatment was a partial dissolution of superficial defective oxides followed by the build up of a protective, homogeneous and adherent layer, to reduce generalized corrosion rate to historical values. The technique consisted of successive additions of the reagent solution to complete the prefixed amount, keeping a constant temperature of 150-152 deg C during 26 hours with continuous filtration through 1um mechanical filter, followed by a period at 180 deg C. Reagent addition was limited by ammonia concentration increase due to decomposition of hydrazine. Crud evolution was according to start up operation. Latter chemical control of the media consumes a 1000 litres resin bed. The results of this very soft treatment compatible with the start up operation of the plant, are very promising from the point of view that transported crud, deuterium concentration and corrosion rates decreased to the normal values before the mentioned event. (Author)

  9. [Review on the main microorganisms and their metabolic mechanisms in enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) systems].

    Sun, Xue; Zhu, Wei-Jing; Wang, Liang; Wu, Wei-Xiang

    2014-03-01

    Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) process is applied widely for removing phosphorus from wastewater. Studies on functional microorganisms and their metabolic mechanisms are fundamental to effective regulation for stable operation and performance improvement of EBPR process. Two main types of microorganisms in EBPR systems, polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) and glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs) were selected to summarize their metabolic mechanisms such as substrate uptake mechanisms, glycogen degradation pathways, extent of TCA cycle involvement and metabolic similarity between PAOs and GAOs. Application of molecular biology techniques in microbiology and metabolic mechanisms involved in the EBPR system was evaluated. Potential future research areas for the EBPR system and process optimization were also proposed. PMID:24984512

  10. Jaumann transport in relativistic continuum mechanics

    The Jaumann derivative of a tensor field in relativity is defined by a formal generalization of a stress rate in viscoelasticity. A tensor field is said to be Jaumann transported if its Jaumann derivative vanishes. It is found that the gravitational potentials are Jaumann transported identically. The concept of a ''complete rotation tensor'' has been introduced to study the Jaumann derivative with respect to a null vector field. This provides a characterization of the integrability of a hypersurface orthogonal congruence. A perfect fluid collapsing by neutrino emission and undergoing Jaumann transport with respect to the neutrino flow is found to be compatible with that of a catastrophic collapse. The circumstances leading to the existence of ''ghost neutrinos'' are cited. The degeneracy of the Kerr-Newmann black hole into the Reissner-Nordstrom black hole is expressed in terms of the Jaumann propagation. (author)

  11. Jaumann transport in relativistic continuum mechanics

    Radhakrishna, L.; Katkar, L. N.; Date, T. H.

    1981-10-01

    We define the Jaumann derivative of a tensor field in relativity by a formal generalization of a stress rate in viscoelasticity. A tensor field is said to be Jaumann transported iff its Jaumann derivative vanishes. It is found that the gravitational potentials are Jaumann transported identically. The concept of a “complete rotation tensor” has been introduced to study the Jaumann derivative with respect to a null vector field. This provides a characterization of the integrability of a hypersurface orthogonal congruence. A perfect fluid collapsing by neutrino emission and undergoing Jaumann transport with respect to the neutrino flow is found to be compatible with that of a catastrophic collapse. The circumstances leading to the existence of “ghost neutrinos” are cited. The degeneracy of the Kerr-Newman black hole into the Reissner-Nordstrom black hole is expressed in terms of the Jaumann propagation.

  12. Membrane transport mechanism 3D structure and beyond

    Ziegler, Christine

    2014-01-01

    This book provides a molecular view of membrane transport by means of numerous biochemical and biophysical techniques. The rapidly growing number of atomic structures of transporters in different conformations and the constant progress in bioinformatics have recently added deeper insights.   The unifying mechanism of energized solute transport across membranes is assumed to consist of the conformational cycling of a carrier protein to provide access to substrate binding sites from either side of a cellular membrane. Due to the central role of active membrane transport there is considerable interest in deciphering the principles of one of the most fundamental processes in nature: the alternating access mechanism.   This book brings together particularly significant structure-function studies on a variety of carrier systems from different transporter families: Glutamate symporters, LeuT-like fold transporters, MFS transporters and SMR (RND) exporters, as well as ABC-type importers.   The selected examples im...

  13. Grain transport mechanics in shallow overland flow

    A physical model based on continuum multiphase flow is described to represent saltating transport of grains in shallow overland flow. The two phase continuum flow of water and sediment considers coupled St.Venant type equations. The interactive cumulative effect of grains is incorporated by a disper...

  14. Grain transport mechanics in shallow flow

    A physical model based on continuum multiphase flow is described to represent saltating transport of grains in shallow overland flows. The two-phase continuum flow of water and sediment considers coupled St.Venant type equations. The interactive cumulative effect of grains is incorporated by a dispe...

  15. Statistical Mechanics of Collective Transport by Ants

    Pinkoviezky, Itai; Gelblum, Aviram; Fonio, Ehud; Ghosh, Abhijit; Gov, Nir; Feinerman, Ofer

    Collective decisions and cooperation within groups are essential for the survival of many species. Conflicts within the group must be suppressed but conformism may render the system unresponsive to new information. Collective transport by ants is therefore an ideal model system to study how animal groups optimize these opposing requirements. We combine experiments and theory to characterize the collective transport. The ants are modeled as binary Ising spins, representing the two roles ants can perform during transport. It turns out that the ants poise themselves collectively near a critical point where the response to a newly attached ant is maximized. We identify the size as being proportional to an inverse effective temperature and thus the system can exhibit a mesoscopic transition between order and disorder by manipulating the size. Constraining the cargo with a string makes the system behave as a strongly non-linear pendulum. Theoretically we predict that a Hopf bifurcation occurs at a critical size followed by a global bifurcation where full swings emerge. Remarkably, these theoretical predictions were verified experimentally.

  16. Secondary metabolites in plants: transport and self-tolerance mechanisms.

    Shitan, Nobukazu

    2016-07-01

    Plants produce a host of secondary metabolites with a wide range of biological activities, including potential toxicity to eukaryotic cells. Plants generally manage these compounds by transport to the apoplast or specific organelles such as the vacuole, or other self-tolerance mechanisms. For efficient production of such bioactive compounds in plants or microbes, transport and self-tolerance mechanisms should function cooperatively with the corresponding biosynthetic enzymes. Intensive studies have identified and characterized the proteins responsible for transport and self-tolerance. In particular, many transporters have been isolated and their physiological functions have been proposed. This review describes recent progress in studies of transport and self-tolerance and provides an updated inventory of transporters according to their substrates. Application of such knowledge to synthetic biology might enable efficient production of valuable secondary metabolites in the future. PMID:26940949

  17. Quantum-mechanical wavepacket transport in quantum cascade laser structures

    Lee, S. -C.; Banit, F.; Woerner, M.; Wacker, A.

    2005-01-01

    We present a viewpoint of the transport process in quantum cascade laser structures in which spatial transport of charge through the structure is a property of coherent quantum-mechanical wavefunctions. In contrast, scattering processes redistribute particles in energy and momentum but do not directly cause spatial motion of charge.

  18. Mechanism of isotonic water transport in glands.

    Ussing, H H; Eskesen, K

    1989-07-01

    Since water and electrolytes pass cell membranes via separate channels, there can be no interactions in the membranes, and osmotic interactions between water and solutes can be expressed as the product of solute flux, frictional coefficient of solute, and length of pathway. It becomes clear that isotonic transport via a cell is impossible. In glands, where cation-selective junctions impede anion flux between the cells, isotonic water transport is only possible if sodium, after having passed the junction, is reabsorbed in the acinus and returned to the serosal side. Thus it can be recycled via the cation-selective junction and exert its drag on water more than once. This hypothesis was tested on frog skin glands. Skins were mounted in flux chambers with identical Ringer solutions on both sides. Na channels of the principal cells were closed with amiloride in the outside solution, and secretion stimulated with noradrenaline in the inside solution. Influx and efflux of Na, K and Br (used as tracer for Cl) were measured on paired half-skins during the constant-secretion phase. Flux ratios for both Na and K were higher than expected for electrodiffusion, indicating outgoing solvent drag. Flux ratios for K were much higher than those for Na. This is an agreement with the concept that Na is reabsorbed in the acinus and K is not. Two independent expressions for the degree of sodium recycling are developed. Under all experimental conditions these expressions give values for the recycling which are in good agreement. PMID:2473601

  19. TRANSPORT MECHANISM STUDIES OF CHITOSAN ELECTROLYTE SYSTEMS

    ABSTRACT: Knowledge of ion-conduction mechanisms in polymers is important for designing better polymer electrolytes for electrochemical devices. In this work, chitosan-ethylene carbonate/propylene carbonate (chitosan-EC/PC) system with lithium acetate (LiCH3COO) and lithium triflate (LiCF3SO3) as salts were prepared and characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to study the ion-conduction mechanism. It was found that the electrolyte system using LiCF3SO3 salt had a higher ionic conductivity, greater dielectric constant and dielectric loss value compared to system using LiCH3COO at room temperature. Hence, it may be inferred that the system incorporated with LiCF3SO3 dissociated more readily than LiCH3COO. Conductivity mechanism for the systems, 42 wt.% chitosan- 28 wt.% LiCF3SO3-30 wt.% EC/PC (CLT) and 42 wt.% chitosan-28 wt.% LiCH3COO-30 wt.% EC/PC (CLA) follows the overlapping large polaron tunneling (OLPT) model. Results show that the nature of anion size influences the ionic conduction of chitosan based polymer electrolytes. The conductivity values of the CLA system are found to be higher than that of CLT system at higher temperatures. This may be due to the vibration of bigger triflate anions would have hindered the lithium ion movements. FTIR results show that lithium ions can form complexation with polymer host which would provide a platform for ion hopping

  20. THE MECHANISM OF FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY MANAGEMENT OF AN ENERPRISE AND ITS MAIN COMPONENTS

    Orlyk, O. V.

    2015-01-01

    The article describes the essence of the financial and economic security and its place in the system of economic security of the enterprise. The mechanism of financial and economic security is investigated, the structure and content of its main components are defined, their overall performance is given. It has been substantiated that the tasks and functions of financial and economic security are implemented in compliance with certain principles and application of some methods of financial and...

  1. Adaptive camouflage in the VIS and IR spectral range: main principles and mechanisms

    Schwarz, Alexander

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents a survey of main applicable technical principles and mechanisms for adaptive camouflage in the visible (VIS) and infrared (IR) spectral ranges. All principles are described by their operation method and technical data such as the active spectral range, the degree and speed of adaptation, weight, power consumption, robustness, usability, lifetime, technology readiness level (TRL) etc.. The paper allows to compare the different principles and to assess them with regard to an application to an adaptive camouflage system.

  2. Molecular mechanisms of water transport in the eye

    Hamann, Steffen; Hamann, Steffen Ellitsgaard

    2002-01-01

    general model for water transport in ocular epithelia. Some water-transporting membranes contain aquaporins, others do not. The ultrastructure is also variable among the cell layers and cannot be fitted into a general model. On the other hand, the direction of cotransport in symporters complies with the......The four major sites for ocular water transport, the corneal epithelium and endothelium, the ciliary epithelium, and the retinal pigment epithelium, are reviewed. The cornea has an inherent tendency to swell, which is counteracted by its two surface cell layers, the corneal epithelium and...... endothelium. The bilayered ciliary epithelium secretes the aqueous humor into the posterior chamber, and the retinal pigment epithelium transports water from the retinal to the choroidal site. For each epithelium, ion transport mechanisms are associated with fluid transport, but the exact molecular coupling...

  3. Mechanisms and regulation of renal magnesium transport.

    Houillier, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    Magnesium's most important role is in the release of chemical energy. Although most magnesium is stored outside of the extracellular fluid compartment, the regulated value is blood magnesium concentration. Cellular magnesium and bone magnesium do not play a major role in the defense of blood magnesium concentration; the major role is played by the kidney, where the renal tubule matches the urinary magnesium excretion and the net entry of magnesium into the extracellular fluid. In the kidney, magnesium is reabsorbed in the proximal tubule, the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle, and the distal convoluted tubule. Magnesium absorption is mainly paracellular in the proximal tubule and in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle, whereas it is transcellular in the distal convoluted tubule. Several hormones and extracellular magnesium itself alter the distal tubular handling of magnesium, but the hormone(s) regulating extracellular magnesium concentration remains unknown. PMID:24512082

  4. The main problems in the mechanical engineering sector and some possible directions of their solution

    Strizhakova, E.

    2016-04-01

    The article shows the problems of the sector of mechanical engineering in the industrial system in Russia. The author's method of estimating the relative level of risk and the method of determining the de-industrialization degree of the sector based on the aggregated level of adaptability are given. According to them we have analysed the key indicators, such as basic, developed and advanced technologies, and investments in an old or new technology of industrial sectors. The main directions of the impact of industrial policy allowing a change in the current situation in mechanical engineering are given. The results can be applied in practice in formation of directions and actual control actions to improve the overall efficiency of mechanical engineering industry.

  5. The alternating access mechanism of transport as observed in the sodium-hydantoin transporter Mhp1

    Crystal structures of a membrane protein transporter in three different conformational states provide insights into the transport mechanism. Secondary active transporters move molecules across cell membranes by coupling this process to the energetically favourable downhill movement of ions or protons along an electrochemical gradient. They function by the alternating access model of transport in which, through conformational changes, the substrate binding site alternately faces either side of the membrane. Owing to the difficulties in obtaining the crystal structure of a single transporter in different conformational states, relatively little structural information is known to explain how this process occurs. Here, the structure of the sodium-benzylhydantoin transporter, Mhp1, from Microbacterium liquefaciens, has been determined in three conformational states; from this a mechanism is proposed for switching from the outward-facing open conformation through an occluded structure to the inward-facing open state

  6. Mechanical Behaviour of the Short Models of LHC Main Dipole Magnets

    Andreyev, N I; Casarejos, E; Kurtyka, T; Rathjen, C; Perini, D; Siegel, N; Tommasini, D; Vanenkov, I

    1998-01-01

    A series of single and twin aperture 1 metre magnet models has been built and tested in the framework of the R&D program of main superconducting dipole magnets for the Large Hadron Collider project. The se models, designed for a nominal field of 8.3 T at 1.8 K, have been constructed to test the performance of SC coils and to optimise various design options for the full length 15 metre long dipoles. T he models have been extensively equipped with a specially developed mechanical instrumentation, enabling both the control of main assembly parameters - like coil azimuthal and axial pre-load, stress i n the outer shrinking cylinder - and also the monitoring of magnet behaviour during cooling and energising, under the action of electromagnetic forces. The instrumentation used, mainly based on strain gauge transducers, is described and the results of mechanical measurements obtained during power tests of the models are discussed and compared with the design predictions based on Finite Element calc ulations.

  7. Main mechanisms of material properties degradation under reactor pressure vessel operating conditions

    In the process of NPP equipment operation materials are subjected to a prolonged influence of loads, associated with the variation of inner pressure and temperature under various conditions. Each equipment element damage is associated with some material fracture mechanism. For NPP equipment the mechanisms of irreversible damage accumulation are related with: irradiation embrittlement, thermal and strain aging, fatigue damages from mechanical and thermal loading, stress corrosion and fatigue corrosion, creep and thermal relaxation stresses, erosion and weak, thermal shock. The basic tasks of specialists working in the sphere of the provision of reliability and service life of nuclear power equipment are not only the determination of the main mechanisms of damages and reasons of their appearance, but also the study of methods which would permit to control these properties completely. By giving some examples of Russian NPP equipment with VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactors the paper presents most typical degradation mechanisms of equipment material properties, including weldments, in the process of operation and methods to recover by using various technological means. (author)

  8. Fluid flow and particle transport in mechanically ventilated airways. Part II: particle transport.

    Alzahrany, Mohammed; Van Rhein, Timothy; Banerjee, Arindam; Salzman, Gary

    2016-07-01

    The flow mechanisms that play a role on aerosol deposition were identified and presented in a companion paper (Timothy et al. in Med Biol Eng Comput. doi: 10.1007/s11517-015-1407-3 , 2015). In the current paper, the effects of invasive conventional mechanical ventilation waveforms and endotracheal tube (ETT) on the aerosol transport were investigated. In addition to the enhanced deposition seen at the carinas of the airway bifurcations, enhanced deposition was also seen in the right main bronchus due to impaction and turbulent dispersion resulting from the fluid structures created by jet caused by the ETT. The orientation of the ETT toward right bronchus resulted in a substantial deposition inside right lung compared to left lung. The deposition inside right lung was ~12-fold higher than left lung for all considered cases, except for the case of using pressure-controlled sinusoidal waveform where a reduction of this ratio by ~50 % was found. The total deposition during pressure constant, volume ramp, and ascending ramp waveforms was similar and ~1.44 times higher than deposition fraction when using pressure sinusoidal waveform. Varying respiratory waveform demonstrated a significant role on the deposition enhancement factors and give evidence of drug aerosol concentrations in key deposition sites, which may be significant for drugs with negative side effects in high concentrations. These observations are thought to be important for ventilation treatment strategy. PMID:26541600

  9. Comparison and analysis of the main technological factors of influencing mechanical properties of scrimber and PSL

    2001-01-01

    The main mechanical properties of scrimber and Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL) were researched through technological test. Experimental materials of scrimber are small log of Aspen, Dahurian larch and Birch. Experimental materials of PSL come from fishtail veneer strips at plywood plant of Aspen and Birch. In the laboratory conditions low quality small log and wood residues can yield scrimber and PSL with high strength. After the technological conditions of scrimber were compared with that of PSL, the main factors of influencing their properties were separately pointed out and the reasons influencing properties have been analyzed in this paper. The results showed that the hot-pressing pressure is an important technological factor for scrimber. The ratio of veneer-strand length to thickness is a key technological factor for PSL.

  10. Transport mechanisms in nanopores and nanochannels: can we mimic nature?

    Mario Tagliazucchi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The last few years have witnessed major advancements in the synthesis, modification, characterization and modeling of nanometer-size solid-state channels and pores. Future applications in sensing, energy conversion and purification technologies will critically rely on qualitative improvements in the control over the selectivity, directionality and responsiveness of these nanochannels and nanopores. It is not surprising, therefore, that researchers in the field seek inspiration in biological ion channels and ion pumps, paradigmatic examples of transport selectivity. This work reviews our current fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of transport of ions and larger cargoes through nanopores and nanochannels by examining recent experimental and theoretical work. It is argued that that structure and transport in biological channels and polyelectrolyte-modified synthetic nanopores are strongly coupled: the structure dictates transport and transport affects the structure. We compare synthetic and biological systems throughout this review to conclude that while they present interesting similarities, they also have striking differences.

  11. MAIN SUBJECTS OF INTERACTION IN THE PARTNERSHIP MARKETING SYSTEM OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ENTERPRISE

    Fedotova, I.

    2010-01-01

    A model of partnership at a motor-transport enterprise, which provides four types of partnership, has been considered. The general partnership marketing system of a motor-transport enterprise with major groups of interaction subjects has been suggested. The managing subsystem is presented in the form of structural-and-functional, information-and-behavioral and self-development subsystems. An integrated relationship process with all possible interaction subjects has been suggested as a managed...

  12. [Genotypes and Main Effectors of Toxoplasma gondii and Their Pathogenic Mechanisms].

    Shen, Ji-long; Wang, Lin

    2015-12-01

    Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular Apicomplexan parasite that infects a wide range of warm blooded animals, including human, and has complex life cycle and pathogenic mechanisms. Although T. gondii is the only species recognized in the Toxoplasma genus, research on population genetic structure has shown its geographic genetic diversity. So far 232 genotypes have been identified by multilocus polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism or microsatellite genotyping from both animals and human. T. gondii strains in North America typically possess types 2, 3 and 12 (found mainly in wild animals) clonal lineages, while types 2, 3, and 1 are common in Europe, and types 2 and 3 are common in Africa. These findings suggest a strongly clonal population structure in these regions. However, strains in South America are genetically more diverse, predominated by types Br I , Br II, Br III, and Br IV. Recent research has shown that the Chinese 1 (ToxoDB#9) genotype is dominantly circulating in the mainland of China, and shares the polymorphic ROP16I/III with types 1 and 3, and GRA15II with type 2. In this review, we summarized geographically the genotypes, host immune responses, and the pathogenic mechanisms of T. gondii strains, to provide basis for further research on genotype/effector-related pathogenic mechanism as well as biological and epidemiological studies of T. gondii. PMID:27089772

  13. Richardson-Schottky transport mechanism in ZnS nanoparticles

    Hassan Ali

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis and electrical transport mechanism in ZnS semiconductor nanoparticles. Temperature dependent direct current transport measurements on the compacts of ZnS have been performed to investigate the transport mechanism for temperature ranging from 300 K to 400 K. High frequency dielectric constant has been used to obtain the theoretical values of Richardson-Schottky and Poole-Frenkel barrier lowering coefficients. Experimental value of the barrier lowering coefficient has been calculated from conductance-voltage characteristics. The experimental value of barrier lowering coefficient βexp lies close to the theoretical value of Richardson-Schottky barrier lowering coefficient βth,RS showing Richardson-Schottky emission has been responsible for conduction in ZnS nanoparticles for the temperature range studied.

  14. Richardson-Schottky transport mechanism in ZnS nanoparticles

    Ali, Hassan; Khan, Usman; Rafiq, M. A.; Falak, Attia; Narain, Adeela; Jing, Tang; Xu, Xiulai

    2016-05-01

    We report the synthesis and electrical transport mechanism in ZnS semiconductor nanoparticles. Temperature dependent direct current transport measurements on the compacts of ZnS have been performed to investigate the transport mechanism for temperature ranging from 300 K to 400 K. High frequency dielectric constant has been used to obtain the theoretical values of Richardson-Schottky and Poole-Frenkel barrier lowering coefficients. Experimental value of the barrier lowering coefficient has been calculated from conductance-voltage characteristics. The experimental value of barrier lowering coefficient βexp lies close to the theoretical value of Richardson-Schottky barrier lowering coefficient βth,RS showing Richardson-Schottky emission has been responsible for conduction in ZnS nanoparticles for the temperature range studied.

  15. Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of intraflagellar transport in Chlamydomonas

    Pedersen, L. B.; Geimer, S.; Rosenbaum, J. L.

    2006-01-01

    the IFT system have been identified and characterized, but the mechanisms by which these different components are coordinated and regulated at the flagellar base and tip are unclear. Results Using a variety of Chlamydomonas mutants, we confirm that cDynein1b requires kinesin-2 for transport toward the...

  16. Mass transport mechanism in porous fuel cell electrodes

    Jonsson, I.; Lindholm, I.

    1969-01-01

    Results of experiments on hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells show that higher current densities are obtained with cell anodes having a 100 micron thin active layer of porous nickel containing silver electrocatalyst. Increase in current density is attributed to a convective mass transport mechanism.

  17. Evaporation as the transport mechanism of metals in arid regions

    Lima, A.T.; Safar, Z.; Loch, J.P.G.

    2014-01-01

    Soils of arid regions are exposed to drought and drastic temperature oscillations throughout the year. Transport mechanisms in these soils are therefore very different from the ones in temperate regions, where rain dictates the fate of most elements in soils. Due to the low rainfall and high evapora

  18. Issues in tokamak/stellarator transport and confinement enhancement mechanisms

    At present, the mechanism for anomalous energy transport in low-β toroidal plasmas -- tokamaks and stellarators -- remains unclear, although transport by turbulent E x B velocities associated with nonlinear, fine-scale microinstabilities is a leading candidate. This article discusses basic theoretical concepts of various transport and confinement enhancement mechanisms as well as experimental ramifications which would enable one to distinguish among them and hence identify a dominant transport mechanism. While many of the predictions of fine-scale turbulence are born out by experiment, notable contradictions exist. Projections of ignition margin rest both on the scaling properties of the confinement mechanism and on the criteria for entering enhanced confinement regimes. At present, the greatest uncertainties lie with the basis for scaling confinement enhancement criteria. A series of questions, to be answered by new experimental/theoretical work, is posed to resolve these outstanding contradictions (or refute the fine-scale turbulence model) and to establish confinement enhancement criteria. 73 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs

  19. Early metabolic effects and mechanism of ammonium transport in yeast

    Studies were performed to define the effects and mechanism of NH+4 transport in yeast. The following results were obtained. Glucose was a better facilitator than ethanol-H2O2 for ammonium transport; low concentrations of uncouplers or respiratory inhibitors could inhibit the transport with ethanol as the substrate. With glucose, respiratory inhibitors showed only small inhibitory effects, and only high concentrations of azide or trifluoromethoxy carbonylcyanide phenylhydrazone could inhibit ammonium transport. Ammonium in the free state could be concentrated approximately 200-fold by the cells. Also, the addition of ammonium produced stimulation of both respiration and fermentation; an increased rate of H+ extrusion and an alkalinization of the interior of the cell; a decrease of the membrane potential, as monitored by fluorescent cyanine; an immediate decrease of the levels of ATP and an increase of ADP, which may account for the stimulation of both fermentation and respiration; and an increase of the levels of inorganic phosphate. Ammonium was found to inhibit 86Rb+ transport much less than K+. Also, while K+ produced a competitive type of inhibition, that produced by NH4+ was of the noncompetitive type. From the distribution ratio of ammonium and the pH gradient, an electrochemical potential gradient of around -180 mV was calculated. The results indicate that ammonium is transported in yeast by a mechanism similar to that of monovalent alkaline cations, driven by a membrane potential. The immediate metabolic effects of this cation seem to be due to an increased [H+]ATPase, to which its transport is coupled. However, the carriers seem to be different. The transport system studied in this work was that of low affinity

  20. ELECTRO-THERMAL AND MECHANICAL VALIDATION EXPERIMENT ON THE LHC MAIN BUSBAR SPLICE CONSOLIDATION

    Willering, GP; Bourcey, N; Bottura, L; Charrondiere, M; Cerqueira Bastos, M; Deferne, G; Dib, G; Giloux, Chr; Grand-Clement, L; Heck, S; Hudson, G; Kudryavtsev, D; Perret, P; Pozzobon, M; Prin, H; Scheuerlein, Chr; Rijllart, A; Triquet, S; Verweij, AP

    2012-01-01

    To eliminate the risk of thermal runaways in LHC interconnections a consolidation by placing shunts on the main bus bar interconnections is proposed by the Task Force Splices Consolidation. To validate the design two special SSS magnet spares are placed on a test bench in SM-18 to measure the interconnection in between with conditions as close as possible to the LHC conditions. Two dipole interconnections are instrumented and prepared with worst-case-conditions to study the thermo-electric stability limits. Two quadrupole interconnections are instrumented and prepared for studying the effect of current cycling on the mechanical stability of the consolidation design. All 4 shunted interconnections showed very stable behaviour, well beyond the LHC design current cycle.

  1. Increased coordination in public transport – which mechanisms are available?

    Sørensen, Claus Hedegaard; Longva, Frode

    2011-01-01

    After several years of New Public Management reforms within public transport, coordination seems to receive increased attention. With examples of actual as well as suggested changes taken from Denmark, Sweden and the UK the aim of the article is to analyse and classify the mechanisms utilized and...... mechanism has its strengths and failures. The article also debates to what extent the mechanisms conflict with three core characteristics of New Public Management: Unbundling of the public sector into corporatized units; more contract-based competitive provision; and greater emphasis on output controls....

  2. Comparative Localization and Functional Activity of the Main Hepatobiliary Transporters in HepaRG Cells and Primary Human Hepatocytes.

    Bachour-El Azzi, Pamela; Sharanek, Ahmad; Burban, Audrey; Li, Ruoya; Guével, Rémy Le; Abdel-Razzak, Ziad; Stieger, Bruno; Guguen-Guillouzo, Christiane; Guillouzo, André

    2015-05-01

    The role of hepatobiliary transporters in drug-induced liver injury remains poorly understood. Various in vivo and in vitro biological approaches are currently used for studying hepatic transporters; however, appropriate localization and functional activity of these transporters are essential for normal biliary flow and drug transport. Human hepatocytes (HHs) are considered as the most suitable in vitro cell model but erratic availability and inter-donor functional variations limit their use. In this work, we aimed to compare localization of influx and efflux transporters and their functional activity in differentiated human HepaRG hepatocytes with fresh HHs in conventional (CCHH) and sandwich (SCHH) cultures. All tested influx and efflux transporters were correctly localized to canalicular [bile salt export pump (BSEP), multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1), and MDR3] or basolateral [Na(+)-taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP) and MRP3] membrane domains and were functional in all models. Contrary to other transporters, NTCP and BSEP were less abundant and active in HepaRG cells, cellular uptake of taurocholate was 2.2- and 1.4-fold and bile excretion index 2.8- and 2.6-fold lower, than in SCHHs and CCHHs, respectively. However, when taurocholate canalicular efflux was evaluated in standard and divalent cation-free conditions in buffers or cell lysates, the difference between the three models did not exceed 9.3%. Interestingly, cell imaging showed higher bile canaliculi contraction/relaxation activity in HepaRG hepatocytes and larger bile canaliculi networks in SCHHs. Altogether, our results bring new insights in mechanisms involved in bile acids accumulation and excretion in HHs and suggest that HepaRG cells represent a suitable model for studying hepatobiliary transporters and drug-induced cholestasis. PMID:25690737

  3. The mechanical cost of transport of fast running animals.

    Fuentes, Mauricio A

    2014-03-21

    Regarding running animals, algebraic expressions for the horizontal (ωx) and vertical (ωy) components of the mechanical cost of transport are deduced for a ground force pattern based on the Spring-mass model. Defining μ˜ as the maximum ground forces ratio μ˜=max(Fx)/max(Fy), the analysis shows that the mechanical cost of transport ωx+ωy for fast running animals is approximately proportional to μ˜, and to the relative contact length, and positively correlated to the limb take-off angle and the collision angle. The vertical cost ωy is shown to approximate to zero for fast running animals. Sustained top running speeds are predicted to require the largest possible values of μ˜ and therefore relatively large horizontal propulsive forces, as well as a minimum possible ground contact time. The equations also show that animals running relatively slow would tend to prefer certain interval of values for parameter μ˜, which would minimize both their mechanical cost of transport and their metabolic cost of transport. Very large animals are suspected to be less capable of developing large values of μ˜, which possibly renders them incapable of developing great speeds. PMID:24333209

  4. Structure and mechanism of ATP-dependent phospholipid transporters

    Lopez Marques, Rosa Laura; Poulsen, Lisbeth Rosager; Bailly, Aurélien;

    2015-01-01

    Background ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters and P4-ATPases are two large and seemingly unrelated families of primary active pumps involved in moving phospholipids from one leaflet of a biological membrane to the other. Scope of review This review aims to identify common mechanistic features...... in the way phospholipid flipping is carried out by two evolutionarily unrelated families of transporters. Major conclusions Both protein families hydrolyze ATP, although they employ different mechanisms to use it, and have a comparable size with twelve transmembrane segments in the functional unit...

  5. Far SOL transport and main wall plasma interaction in DIII-D

    Far scrape-off layer (SOL) and near-wall plasma parameters in DIII-D depend strongly on the discharge parameters and confinement regime. In L-mode discharges cross-field transport increases with the average discharge density and flattens far SOL profiles, thus increasing plasma-wall contact. In H-mode between edge localized modes (ELMs), plasma-wall contact is generally weaker than in L-mode. During ELMs plasma fluxes to the wall increase to, or above the L-mode levels. Depending on the discharge conditions ELMs are responsible for 30-90% of the ion flux to the outboard chamber wall. Cross-field fluxes in far SOL are dominated by large amplitude intermittent transport events that may propagate all the way to the outer wall and cause sputtering. A Divertor Material Evaluation System (DiMES) probe containing samples of several ITER-relevant materials including carbon, beryllium and tungsten was exposed to a series of upper single null (USN) discharges as a proxy to measure the first wall erosion. (author)

  6. Use of probabilistic design methods for NASA applications. [to be used in design phase of Space Transportation Main Engine

    Safie, Fayssal M.

    1992-01-01

    This paper presents a reliability evaluation process designed to improve the reliability of advanced launch systems. The work performed includes the development of a reliability prediction methodology to be used in the design phase of the Space Transportation Main Engine (STME). This includes prediction techniques which use historical data bases as well as deterministic and probabilistic engineering models for predicting design reliability. In summary, this paper describes a probabilistic design approach for the next-generation liquid rocket engine, the STME.

  7. Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes: Transport of capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains

    Pothof, I.W.M.

    2011-01-01

    Air-water flow is an undesired condition in many systems for the transportation of water or wastewater. Air in storm water tunnels may get trapped and negatively affect the system. Air pockets in hydropower tunnels or sewers may cause blow-back events and inadmissible pressure spikes. Water pipes and wastewater pressure mains in particular are subject to air pocket formation in downward-sloping reaches, such as inverted siphons or terrain slopes. Air pocket accumulation causes energy losses a...

  8. Droplet Transport Mechanism on Horizontal Hydrophilic/Hydrophobic Surfaces

    Myong, Hyon Kook [Kookmin University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    A fluid transport technique is a key issue for the development of microfluidic systems. In this study, the movement of a droplet on horizontal hydrophilic/hydrophobic surfaces, which is a new concept to transport droplets without external power sources that was recently proposed by the author, was simulated using an in-house solution code(PowerCFD). This code employs an unstructured cell-centered method based on a conservative pressure-based finite-volume method with interface capturing method(CICSAM) in a volume of fluid(VOF) scheme for phase interface capturing. The droplet transport mechanism is examined through numerical results that include velocity vectors, pressure contours, and total kinetic energy inside and around the droplet.

  9. Electrochemical reactivity and proton transport mechanisms in nanostructured ceria

    Ding, J.; Strelcov, E.; Kalinin, S. V.; Bassiri-Gharb, N.

    2016-08-01

    Electrochemical reactivity and ionic transport at the nanoscale are essential in many energy applications. In this study, time-resolved Kelvin probe force microscopy (tr-KPFM) is utilized for surface potential mapping of nanostructured ceria, in both space and time domains. The fundamental mechanisms of proton injection and transport are studied as a function of environmental conditions and the presence or absence of triple phase boundaries. Finite element modeling is used to extract physical parameters from the experimental data, allowing not only quantification of the observed processes, but also decoupling of their contributions to the measured signal. The constructed phase diagrams of the parameters demonstrate a thermally activated proton injection reaction at the triple phase boundary, and two transport processes that are responsible for the low-temperature proton conductivity of nanostructured ceria.

  10. Electrochemical reactivity and proton transport mechanisms in nanostructured ceria.

    Ding, J; Strelcov, E; Kalinin, S V; Bassiri-Gharb, N

    2016-08-26

    Electrochemical reactivity and ionic transport at the nanoscale are essential in many energy applications. In this study, time-resolved Kelvin probe force microscopy (tr-KPFM) is utilized for surface potential mapping of nanostructured ceria, in both space and time domains. The fundamental mechanisms of proton injection and transport are studied as a function of environmental conditions and the presence or absence of triple phase boundaries. Finite element modeling is used to extract physical parameters from the experimental data, allowing not only quantification of the observed processes, but also decoupling of their contributions to the measured signal. The constructed phase diagrams of the parameters demonstrate a thermally activated proton injection reaction at the triple phase boundary, and two transport processes that are responsible for the low-temperature proton conductivity of nanostructured ceria. PMID:27407076

  11. Microscopic chaos, fractals and transport in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics

    Klages, Rainer

    2007-01-01

    A valuable introduction for newcomers as well as an important reference and source of inspiration for established researchers, this book provides an up-to-date summary of central topics in the field of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and dynamical systems theory. Understanding macroscopic properties of matter starting from microscopic chaos in the equations of motion of single atoms or molecules is a key problem in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Of particular interest both for theory and applications are transport processes such as diffusion, reaction, conduction and viscosity. Recent advances towards a deterministic theory of nonequilibrium statistical physics are summarized: Both Hamiltonian dynamical systems under nonequilibrium boundary conditions and non-Hamiltonian modelings of nonequilibrium steady states by using thermal reservoirs are considered. The surprising new results include transport coefficients that are fractal functions of control parameters, fundamental relations between transp...

  12. Accumulation and transport mechanisms of arsenic in rice

    Islam, Md. Rafiqul; Kamiya, Takehiro; Uraguchi, Shimpei; Fujiwara, Toru

    2009-01-01

    Both species of arsenic (As), arsenate and arsenite are highly toxic to plants. Arsenic contamination is a major problem in Southeast Asia particularly in Bangladesh and West Bengal. In these countries, As-contaminated groundwater is widely used for irrigating rice in dry season that results in elevated As accumulation in soils and in rice grain and straw. So it is important for understanding the accumulation and transport mechanisms of arsenic in rice. We monitored increased arsenic content ...

  13. Nonlinear charge transport mechanism in periodic and disordered DNA

    Hennig, Dirk; Archilla, Juan F. R.; J Agarwal

    2003-01-01

    We study a model for polaron-like charge transport mechanism along DNA molecules with emphasis on the impact of parametrical and structural disorder. Our model Hamiltonian takes into account the coupling of the charge carrier to two different kind of modes representing fluctuating twist motions of the base pairs and H-bond distortions within the double helix structure of $\\lambda-$DNA. Localized stationary states are constructed with the help of a nonlinear map approach for a periodic double ...

  14. The main achievements in the past 24 years and the prospects of mechanism research in China

    ZOU Hui-jun; ZHANG Long; ZHANG Qing

    2006-01-01

    Since 1982,the symposiums on mechanism in China has been held fifteen times.In the past 24 years,Chinese mechanism has experienced a phenomenal development.Generally,fundamental research on traditional mechanisms is enhanced;mechanism and creative design of products are closely combined;modern mechanism with advanced and new technology is opened up;and mechanism is promoted to modernization.These are manifested in the following aspects:theory research on analysis and synthesis of traditional mechanism is deeply developed;computer-aided design on mechanisms is realized vigorously;conceptual design of mechanism system and mechanical products is energetically pushed;research on robot mechanisms and its industrial application is deeply developed;research on analysis and synthesis of controllable mechanisms and compliant mechanisms are energetically carried out;research on the dynamics of mechanisms and machines is vigorously developed;and reformation of teaching contents and system of mechanism is energetically carded out.Through the above-mentioned aspects of theory research and practical application,the theoretical and academic levels of Chinese mechanism can be considered at the advanced international level.However,there are not many original and breakthrough research achievements of fundamental research in China.In the meantime,there is a larger gap in the aspect of practical application of mechanism in the country compared with advanced countries in the world.

  15. Cross-field plasma transport and main-chamber recycling in diverted plasmas on Alcator C-Mod

    Cross-field particle transport increases sharply with distance into the SOL and plays a dominant role in the 'main-chamber recycling' regime in Alcator C-Mod, a regime in which most of the plasma particle efflux recycles on the main-chamber walls rather than flows into the divertor volume. This observation has potentially important implications for a reactor: contrary to the ideal picture of divertor operation, a tightly baffled divertor may not offer control of the neutral density in the main-chamber such that charge exchange heat losses and sputtering of the main-chamber walls can be reduced. The conditions that give rise to the main-chamber recycling regime can be understood by considering the plasma-neutral particle balance: when the flux surface averaged neutral density exceeds a critical value, flows to the divertor can no longer compete with the ionization source and particle fluxes must increase with distance into the SOL. This critical neutral density condition can be recast into a critical cross-field plasma flux condition: particle fluxes must increase with distance into the SOL when the plasma flux crossing a given flux surface exceeds a critical value. Thus, the existence of the main-chamber recycling regime is intrinsically tied to the level of anomalous cross-field particle transport. Direct measurement of the effective cross-field particle diffusivities Deff in a number of ohmic L mode discharges indicates that Deff near the separatrix strongly increases as plasma collisionality increases. Convected heat fluxes correspondingly increase, implying that there exists a critical plasma density (or perhaps collisionality) beyond which no steady state plasma can be maintained, even in the absence of radiation. (author)

  16. Modeling the coupled mechanics, transport, and growth processes in collagen tissues.

    Holdych, David J.; Nguyen, Thao D.; Klein, Patrick A.; in' t Veld, Pieter J.; Stevens, Mark Jackson

    2006-11-01

    The purpose of this project is to develop tools to model and simulate the processes of self-assembly and growth in biological systems from the molecular to the continuum length scales. The model biological system chosen for the study is the tendon fiber which is composed mainly of Type I collagen fibrils. The macroscopic processes of self-assembly and growth at the fiber scale arise from microscopic processes at the fibrillar and molecular length scales. At these nano-scopic length scales, we employed molecular modeling and simulation method to characterize the mechanical behavior and stability of the collagen triple helix and the collagen fibril. To obtain the physical parameters governing mass transport in the tendon fiber we performed direct numerical simulations of fluid flow and solute transport through an idealized fibrillar microstructure. At the continuum scale, we developed a mixture theory approach for modeling the coupled processes of mechanical deformation, transport, and species inter-conversion involved in growth. In the mixture theory approach, the microstructure of the tissue is represented by the species concentration and transport and material parameters, obtained from fibril and molecular scale calculations, while the mechanical deformation, transport, and growth processes are governed by balance laws and constitutive relations developed within a thermodynamically consistent framework.

  17. Unraveling fatty acid transport and activation mechanisms in Yarrowia lipolytica.

    Dulermo, Rémi; Gamboa-Meléndez, Heber; Ledesma-Amaro, Rodrigo; Thévenieau, France; Nicaud, Jean-Marc

    2015-09-01

    Fatty acid (FA) transport and activation have been extensively studied in the model yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae but have rarely been examined in oleaginous yeasts, such as Yarrowia lipolytica. Because the latter begins to be used in biodiesel production, understanding its FA transport and activation mechanisms is essential. We found that Y. lipolytica has FA transport and activation proteins similar to those of S. cerevisiae (Faa1p, Pxa1p, Pxa2p, Ant1p) but mechanism of FA peroxisomal transport and activation differs greatly with that of S. cerevisiae. While the ScPxa1p/ScPxa2p heterodimer is essential for growth on long-chain FAs, ΔYlpxa1 ΔYlpxa2 is not impaired for growth on FAs. Meanwhile, ScAnt1p and YlAnt1p are both essential for yeast growth on medium-chain FAs, suggesting they function similarly. Interestingly, we found that the ΔYlpxa1 ΔYlpxa2 ΔYlant1 mutant was unable to grow on short-, medium-, or long-chain FAs, suggesting that YlPxa1p, YlPxa2p, and YlAnt1p belong to two different FA degradation pathways. We also found that YlFaa1p is involved in FA storage in lipid bodies and that FA remobilization largely depended on YlFat1p, YlPxa1p and YlPxa2p. This study is the first to comprehensively examine FA intracellular transport and activation in oleaginous yeast. PMID:25887939

  18. Acoustic Measurements of a Large Civil Transport Main Landing Gear Model

    Ravetta, Patricio A.; Khorrami, Mehdi R.; Burdisso, Ricardo A.; Wisda, David M.

    2016-01-01

    Microphone phased array acoustic measurements of a 26 percent-scale, Boeing 777-200 main landing gear model with and without noise reduction fairings installed were obtained in the anechoic configuration of the Virginia Tech Stability Tunnel. Data were acquired at Mach numbers of 0.12, 0.15, and 0.17 with the latter speed used as the nominal test condition. The fully and partially dressed gear with the truck angle set at 13 degrees toe-up landing configuration were the two most extensively tested configurations, serving as the baselines for comparison purposes. Acoustic measurements were also acquired for the same two baseline configurations with the truck angle set at 0 degrees. In addition, a previously tested noise reducing, toboggan-shaped fairing was re-evaluated extensively to address some of the lingering questions regarding the extent of acoustic benefit achievable with this device. The integrated spectra generated from the acoustic source maps reconfirm, in general terms, the previously reported noise reduction performance of the toboggan fairing as installed on an isolated gear. With the recent improvements to the Virginia Tech tunnel acoustic quality and microphone array capabilities, the present measurements provide an additional, higher quality database to the acoustic information available for this gear model.

  19. Design and manufacture of JOYO MK-III heat transport system. Main Intermediate heat exchanger

    The MK-III project to improve the irradiation capability of the experimental fast reactor JOYO have been in underway. The MK-III project has three major purposes such as increasing high neutron flux, improvement of plant availability factor and upgrading in irradiation techniques. The increase of fast neutron flux and the enlargement of that field increase the reactor thermal rate from 100 MWt to 140 MWt. The main components in the cooling system such as intermediate heat exchangers (IHXs) and dump heat exchangers (DHXs) were replaced in MK-III modification in order to increase heat removal capability. These components replacement has been safely carried out from October 30, 2000 to September 21, 2001. The new IHX that has 70 MWt rated heat exchange rate was installed to the location where old one was installed, so the mew IHX was designed with almost same geometry as old one. The design was carefully reviewed on structural integrity, shielding performance, thermal hydraulics, pressure loss, flow induced vibration and component design criterion and earthquake-proof class. A newly developed stainless steel named 316FR was adopted as a major structure material of the new IHX. The 316FR was developed for usage of sodium cooled fast reactor and has improved creep rupture and creep fatigue strength, In the design the following problems to be solved were cleared, These problems arise from defect of old IHX, increase of temperature difference between outlet and inlet and increase of sodium flow rate. (1) Reduction of ineffective flow to increase the heat transfer efficiency. (2) Suppression of CP (Corrosion Products) adhesion. (3) To prevent falling down of sodium free surface accompanied by increase of sodium flow. (4) Mitigation of thermal transient. This report describes the specific characteristic in the design and manufacturing, design data and principle of the design for the new IHX. The design was proved on above mentioned problem (3) by measurement of sodium free

  20. Molecular Mechanisms of Phosphorus Metabolism and Transport during Leaf Senescence

    Kyla A. Stigter

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Leaf senescence, being the final developmental stage of the leaf, signifies the transition from a mature, photosynthetically active organ to the attenuation of said function and eventual death of the leaf. During senescence, essential nutrients sequestered in the leaf, such as phosphorus (P, are mobilized and transported to sink tissues, particularly expanding leaves and developing seeds. Phosphorus recycling is crucial, as it helps to ensure that previously acquired P is not lost to the environment, particularly under the naturally occurring condition where most unfertilized soils contain low levels of soluble orthophosphate (Pi, the only form of P that roots can directly assimilate from the soil. Piecing together the molecular mechanisms that underpin the highly variable efficiencies of P remobilization from senescing leaves by different plant species may be critical for devising effective strategies for improving overall crop P-use efficiency. Maximizing Pi remobilization from senescing leaves using selective breeding and/or biotechnological strategies will help to generate P-efficient crops that would minimize the use of unsustainable and polluting Pi-containing fertilizers in agriculture. This review focuses on the molecular mechanisms whereby P is remobilized from senescing leaves and transported to sink tissues, which encompasses the action of hormones, transcription factors, Pi-scavenging enzymes, and Pi transporters.

  1. Mechanism of electrochemical charge transport in individual transition metal complexes.

    Albrecht, Tim; Guckian, Adrian; Kuznetsov, Alexander M; Vos, Johannes G; Ulstrup, Jens

    2006-12-27

    We used electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) to elucidate the mechanism of electron transport through individual pyridyl-based Os complexes. Our tunneling data obtained by two-dimensional electrochemical STS and STM imaging lead us to the conclusion that electron transport occurs by thermally activated hopping. The conductance enhancement around the redox potential of the complex, which is reminiscent of switching and transistor characterics in electronics, is reflected both in the STM imaging contrast and directly in the tunneling current. The latter shows a biphasic distance dependence, in line with a two-step electron hopping process. Under conditions where the substrate/molecule electron transfer (ET) step is dominant in determining the overall tunneling current, we determined the conductance of an individual Os complex to be 9 nS (Vbias = 0.1 V). We use theoretical approaches to connect the single-molecule conductance with electrochemical kinetics data obtained from monolayer experiments. While the latter leave some controversy regarding the degree of electronic coupling, our results suggest that electron transport occurs in the adiabatic limit of strong electronic coupling. Remarkably, and in contrast to established ET theory, the redox-mediated tunneling current remains strongly distance dependent due to the electronic coupling, even in the adiabatic limit. We exploit this feature and apply it to electrochemical single-molecule conductance data. In this way, we attempt to paint a unified picture of electrochemical charge transport at the single-molecule and monolayer levels. PMID:17177467

  2. HYDROLOGICAL AND SEDIMENT TRANSPORT SIMULATION TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF DAM CONSTRUCTION IN THE MEKONG RIVER MAIN CHANNEL

    Satoshi Kameyama

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The downstream impact of dams is a complex problem in watershed management. In the upper Mekong River watershed and its main channel, dam construction projects were started in the 1950s to meet increasing demands for energy and food production. Dams called the Mekong Cascade were completed on the Mekong River in China, the Manwan Dam in 1996 and the Dachaoshan Dam in 2003. We evaluated the impact of the Manwan Dam and its related watershed development on seasonal water discharge and suspended sediment transportation using hydrological simulations of target years 1991 (before dam construction and 2002 (after dam completion. Our study area was the main channel of the Mekong River in northern Thailand extending about 100 km downstream from the intersection of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. We used the MIKE SHE and MIKE11 (Enterprise models to calculate seasonal changes of water discharge and sediment transport at five points 15-35-km apart in this interval. Sediment load was calculated from a regression equation between sediment load and water discharge, using suspended sediment concentrations in monthly river water samples taken between November 2007 and November 2008. Finally we estimated annual sediment load along the study reach using from both of simulated annual hydrograph and the regression equation. Our simulations showed that after construction of the dam, there was a moderate decrease in peak discharge volume and during the rainy season in August and September and a corresponding increase in the subsequent months. Accordingly, sediment transportation budgets were increased in months after the rainy season. The suspended sediment transportation in Chiang Sean was increased from 21.13 to 27.90 (M ton/year in our model condition.

  3. Mechanical Fatigue Testing of High Burnup Fuel for Transportation Applications

    Wang, Jy-An John [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Wang, Hong [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-05-01

    This report describes testing designed to determine the ability of high burnup (HBU) (>45 GWd/MTU) spent fuel to maintain its integrity under normal conditions of transportation. An innovative system, Cyclic Integrated Reversible-bending Fatigue Tester (CIRFT), has been developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to test and evaluate the mechanical behavior of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) under conditions relevant to storage and transportation. The CIRFT system is composed of a U-frame equipped with load cells for imposing the pure bending loads on the SNF rod test specimen and measuring the in-situ curvature of the fuel rod during bending using a set up with three linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs).

  4. Size related transport mechanisms in hybrid metal-polymer nanowires

    Gence, L.; Faniel, S.; Vlad, A.; Dutu, C.; Melinte, S.; Bayot, V. [DICE Lab., Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Callegari, V.; Demoustier-Champagne, S. [POLY Lab., Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2008-06-15

    Electrical transport data for hybrid metal-polypyrrole nanowires of various diameters are presented and analyzed. Measurements were performed on both multiple nanowires - embedded within polycarbonate templates - and single nanowires down to low temperature T=4 K. All samples exhibit symmetrical and linear current-voltage (I-V) characteristics at room temperature. Below 77 K, all samples with diameters above 40 nm present nonlinear I-V characteristics and a zero-current plateau at 4 K. The three-dimensional Mott variable-range-hopping model provides a complete framework for the understanding of their behavior. In contrast, the transport mechanism changes for the 40 nm nanowire samples which exhibit a power-law T -dependence of the resistance, indicative of the critical regime of disorder-induced metal-insulator transitions. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Mechanical transport in two-dimensional networks of fractures

    The objectives of this research are to evaluate directional mechanical transport parameters for anisotropic fracture systems, and to determine if fracture systems behave like equivalent porous media. The tracer experiments used to measure directional tortuosity, longitudinal geometric dispersivity, and hydraulic effective porosity are conducted with a uniform flow field and measurements are made from the fluid flowing within a test section where linear length of travel is constant. Since fluid flow and mechanical transport are coupled processes, the directional variations of specific discharge and hydraulic effective porosity are measured in regions with constant hydraulic gradients to evaluate porous medium equivalence for the two processes, respectively. If the fracture region behaves like an equivalent porous medium, the system has the following stable properties: (1) specific discharge is uniform in any direction and can be predicted from a permeability tensor; and (2) hydraulic effective porosity is directionally stable. Fracture systems with two parallel sets of continuous fractures satisfy criterion 1. However, in these systems hydraulic effective porosity is directionally dependent, and thus, criterion 2 is violated. Thus, for some fracture systems, fluid flow can be predicted using porous media assumptions, but it may not be possible to predict transport using porous media assumptions. Two discontinuous fracture systems were studied which satisfied both criteria. Hydraulic effective porosity for both systems has a value between rock effective porosity and total porosity. A length-density analysis (LDS) of Canadian fracture data shows that porous media equivalence for fluid flow and transport is likely when systems have narrow aperture distributions. 54 references, 90 figures, 7 tables

  6. Configuration evaluation and criteria plan. Volume 2: Evaluation criteria plan (update). Space Transportation Main Engine (STME) configuration study

    Bair, E. K.

    1987-01-01

    Candidate main engine configurations which enhance vehicle performance, operation and cost are identified. These candidate configurations are evaluated and the configurations which provide significant advantages over existing systems are selected for consideration for the next generation of launch vehicles. The unbiased selection of the Space Transportation Main Engine (STME) configuration requires that the candidate engines be evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria which must be properly weighted to emphasize critical requirements defined prior to the actual evaluation. During a prior study of the STME a Gas Generator Cycle engine was selected for conceptual design, with emphasis on reusability, reliability and low cost while achieving good performance. In this study emphasis is on expendable application of the STME while maintaining low cost and high reliability.

  7. Osmoregulation in zebrafish: ion transport mechanisms and functional regulation

    Guh, Ying-Jey; Lin, Chia-Hao; Hwang, Pung-Pung

    2015-01-01

    Fish, like mammals, have to maintain their body fluid ionic and osmotic homeostasis through sophisticated iono-/osmoregulation mechanisms, which are conducted mainly by ionocytes of the gill (the skin in embryonic stages), instead of the renal tubular cells in mammals. Given the advantages in terms of genetic database availability and manipulation, zebrafish is an emerging model for research into regulatory and integrative physiology. At least five types of ionocytes, HR, NaR, NCC, SLC26, and...

  8. THE ORGANIZATIONAL-ECONOMIC MECHANISM OF DEVELOPMENT OF RAILWAY TRANSPORT ENTERPRISES

    Plugina, J.

    2011-01-01

    The article highlighted the organizational-economic mechanism of development of railway transport enterprises, its components (organizational and economic mechanisms) and are defined and their essence is opened.

  9. Phloem transport: a review of mechanisms and controls.

    De Schepper, Veerle; De Swaef, Tom; Bauweraerts, Ingvar; Steppe, Kathy

    2013-11-01

    It is generally believed that an osmotically generated pressure gradient drives the phloem mass flow. So far, this widely accepted Münch theory has required remarkably few adaptations, but the debate on alternative and additional hypotheses is still ongoing. Recently, a possible shortcoming of the Münch theory has been pointed out, suggesting that the Münch pressure flow is more suitable for herbs than for trees. Estimation of the phloem resistance indicates that a point might be reached in long sieve tubes where the pressure required to drive the Münch flow cannot be generated. Therefore, the relay hypothesis regained belief as it implies that the sieve tubes are shorter then the plant's axial axis. In the source phloem, three different loading strategies exist which probably result from evolutionary advantages. Passive diffusion seems to be the most primitive one, whereas active loading strategies substantially increase the growth potential. Along the transport phloem, a leakage-retrieval mechanism is observed. Appreciable amounts of carbohydrates are lost from the sieve tubes to feed the lateral sinks, while a part of these lost carbohydrates is subsequently reloaded into the sieve tubes. This mechanism is probably involved to buffer short-term irregularities in phloem turgor and gradient. In the long term, the mechanism controls the replenishment and remobilization of lateral stem storage tissues. As phloem of higher plants has multiple functions in plant development, reproduction, signalling, and growth, the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms behind phloem transport should be elucidated to increase our ability to influence plant growth and development. PMID:24106290

  10. Developing Hypothetical Inhibition Mechanism of Novel Urea Transporter B Inhibitor

    Li, Min; Tou, Weng Ieong; Zhou, Hong; Li, Fei; Ren, Huiwen; Chen, Calvin Yu-Chian; Yang, Baoxue

    2014-07-01

    Urea transporter B (UT-B) is a membrane channel protein that specifically transports urea. UT-B null mouse exhibited urea selective urine concentrating ability deficiency, which suggests the potential clinical applications of the UT-B inhibitors as novel diuretics. Primary high-throughput virtual screening (HTVS) of 50000 small-molecular drug-like compounds identified 2319 hit compounds. These 2319 compounds were screened by high-throughput screening using an erythrocyte osmotic lysis assay. Based on the pharmacological data, putative UT-B binding sites were identified by structure-based drug design and validated by ligand-based and QSAR model. Additionally, UT-B structural and functional characteristics under inhibitors treated and untreated conditions were simulated by molecular dynamics (MD). As the result, we identified four classes of compounds with UT-B inhibitory activity and predicted a human UT-B model, based on which computative binding sites were identified and validated. A novel potential mechanism of UT-B inhibitory activity was discovered by comparing UT-B from different species. Results suggest residue PHE198 in rat and mouse UT-B might block the inhibitor migration pathway. Inhibitory mechanisms of UT-B inhibitors and the functions of key residues in UT-B were proposed. The binding site analysis provides a structural basis for lead identification and optimization of UT-B inhibitors.

  11. Electron transport properties of single molecular junctions under mechanical modulations

    Electron transport behaviors of single molecular junctions are very sensitive to the atomic scale molecule-metal electrode contact interfaces, which have been difficult to control. We used a modified scanning probe microscope-break junction technique (SPM-BJT) to control the dynamics of the contacts and simultaneously monitor both the conductance and force. First, by fitting the measured data into a modified multiple tunneling barrier model, the static contact resistances, corresponding to the different contact conformations of single alkanedithiol and alkanediamine molecular junctions, were identified. Second, the changes of contact decay constant were measured under mechanical extensions of the molecular junctions, which helped to classify the different single molecular conductance sets into specific microscopic conformations of the molecule-electrode contacts. Third, by monitoring the changes of force and contact decay constant with the mechanical extensions, the changes of conductance were found to be caused by the changes of contact bond length and by the atomic reorganizations near the contact bond. This study provides a new insight into the understanding of the influences of contact conformations, especially the effect of changes of dynamic contact conformation on electron transport through single molecular junctions. (paper)

  12. The Bear Brook Watershed in Maine (BBWM) at 25: manipulation, monitoring, mechanism, and modeling

    Norton, S. A.; Fernandez, I. J.; Navrátil, Tomáš; Simon, K. S.; Jain, S.

    Northport : University of Maine, 2012 - (Fernandez, I.; Norton, S.; Wilson, T.). s. 177-177 ISBN 978-0-87723-108-0. [BIOGEOMON : international symposium on ecosystem behavior /7./. 15.07.2012-20.07.2012, Northport] Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : geochemistry * monitoring * modeling Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry

  13. Mechanical forces impair alveolar ion transport processes : A putative mechanism contributing to the formation of pulmonary edema

    Fronius, Martin

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this chapter is to highlight the importance of transepithelial ion transport processes for lung function in general and to focus on the impact of mechanical forces on pulmonary ion transport in particular. Linking mechanical forces with pulmonary ion transport derives from the fact that the lung is a dynamic organ as well as from several studies providing evidence that the amount of mechanical forces as used during artificial ventilation correlates with mortality rates in patients...

  14. Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Activation as the Main Mechanisms Underlying Graphene Toxicity against Human Cancer Cells

    Anna Jarosz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the development of nanotechnology graphene and graphene-based nanomaterials have attracted the most attention owing to their unique physical, chemical, and mechanical properties. Graphene can be applied in many fields among which biomedical applications especially diagnostics, cancer therapy, and drug delivery have been arousing a lot of interest. Therefore it is essential to understand better the graphene-cell interactions, especially toxicity and underlying mechanisms for proper use and development. This review presents the recent knowledge concerning graphene cytotoxicity and influence on different cancer cell lines.

  15. Cellular Transport Mechanisms of Cytotoxic Metallodrugs: An Overview beyond Cisplatin

    Sarah Spreckelmeyer

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The field of medicinal inorganic chemistry has grown consistently during the past 50 years; however, metal-containing coordination compounds represent only a minor proportion of drugs currently on the market, indicating that research in this area has not yet been thoroughly realized. Although platinum-based drugs as cancer chemotherapeutic agents have been widely studied, exact knowledge of the mechanisms governing their accumulation in cells is still lacking. However, evidence suggests active uptake and efflux mechanisms are involved; this may be involved also in other experimental metal coordination and organometallic compounds with promising antitumor activities in vitro and in vivo, such as ruthenium and gold compounds. Such knowledge would be necessary to elucidate the balance between activity and toxicity profiles of metal compounds. In this review, we present an overview of the information available on the cellular accumulation of Pt compounds from in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies, as well as a summary of reports on the possible accumulation mechanisms for different families of experimental anticancer metal complexes (e.g., Ru Au and Ir. Finally, we discuss the need for rationalization of the investigational approaches available to study metallodrug cellular transport.

  16. Correlation of microstructure and thermo-mechanical properties of a novel hydrogen transport membrane

    Zhang, Yongjun

    A key part of the FutureGen concept is to support the production of hydrogen to fuel a "hydrogen economy," with the use of clean burning hydrogen in power-producing fuel cells, as well as for use as a transportation fuel. One of the key technical barriers to FutureGen deployment is reliable and efficient hydrogen separation technology. Most Hydrogen Transport Membrane (HTM) research currently focuses on separation technology and hydrogen flux characterization. No significant work has been performed on thermo-mechanical properties of HTMs. The objective of the thesis is to understand the structure-property correlation of HTM and to characterize (1) thermo mechanical properties under different reducing environments and thermal cycles (thermal shock), and (2) evaluate the stability of the novel HTM material. A novel HTM cermet bulk sample was characterized for its physical and mechanical properties at both room temperature and at elevated temperature up to 1000°C. Micro-structural properties and residual stresses were evaluated in order to understand the changing mechanism of the microstructure and its effects on the mechanical properties of materials. A correlation of the microstructural and thermo mechanical properties of the HTM system was established for both HTM and the substrate material. Mechanical properties of both selected structural ceramics and the novel HTM cermet bulk sample are affected mainly by porosity and microstructural features, such as grain size and pore size-distribution. The Young's Modulus (E-value) is positively correlated to the flexural strength for materials with similar crystallographic structure. However, for different crystallographic materials, physical properties are independent of mechanical properties. Microstructural properties, particularly, grain size and crystallographic structure, and thermodynamic properties are the main factors affecting the mechanical properties at both room and high temperatures. The HTM cermet behaves

  17. High-Performance Concurrency Control Mechanisms for Main-Memory Databases

    Larson, Per-Åke; Diaconu, Cristian; Freedman, Craig; Patel, Jignesh M; Zwilling, Mike

    2012-01-01

    A database system optimized for in-memory storage can support much higher transaction rates than current systems. However, standard concurrency control methods used today do not scale to the high transaction rates achievable by such systems. In this paper we introduce two efficient concurrency control methods specifically designed for main-memory databases. Both use multiversioning to isolate read-only transactions from updates but differ in how atomicity is ensured: one is optimistic and one is pessimistic. To avoid expensive context switching, transactions never block during normal processing but they may have to wait before commit to ensure correct serialization ordering. We also implemented a main-memory optimized version of single-version locking. Experimental results show that while single-version locking works well when transactions are short and contention is low performance degrades under more demanding conditions. The multiversion schemes have higher overhead but are much less sensitive to hotspots ...

  18. High-Performance Concurrency Control Mechanisms for Main-Memory Databases

    Larson, Per-Åke; Blanas, Spyros; Diaconu, Cristian; Freedman, Craig; Patel, Jignesh M.; Zwilling, Mike

    2011-01-01

    A database system optimized for in-memory storage can support much higher transaction rates than current systems. However, standard concurrency control methods used today do not scale to the high transaction rates achievable by such systems. In this paper we introduce two efficient concurrency control methods specifically designed for main-memory databases. Both use multiversioning to isolate read-only transactions from updates but differ in how atomicity is ensured: one is optimistic and one...

  19. Flexible Mechanical Conveyors for Regolith Extraction and Transport

    Walton, Otis R.; Vollmer, Hubert J.

    2013-01-01

    A report describes flexible mechanical conveying systems for transporting fine cohesive regolith under microgravity and vacuum conditions. They are totally enclosed, virtually dust-free, and can include enough flexibility in the conveying path to enable an expanded range of extraction and transport scenarios, including nonlinear drill-holes and excavation of enlarged subsurface openings without large entry holes. The design of the conveyors is a modification of conventional screw conveyors such that the central screw-shaft and the outer housing or conveyingtube have a degree of bending flexibility, allowing the conveyors to become nonlinear conveying systems that can convey around gentle bends. The central flexible shaft is similar to those used in common tools like a weed whacker, consisting of multiple layers of tightly wound wires around a central wire core. Utilization of compliant components (screw blade or outer wall) increases the robustness of the conveying, allowing an occasional oversized particle to pass hough the conveyor without causing a jam or stoppage

  20. Mechanisms of calcium transport in small intestine. Final report

    The vitamin D hormone, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, was demonstrated to be the prime hormonal agent regulating intestinal absorption of divalent cations. Production of the vitamin D hormone is, in turn, regulated by parathyroid hormone, low dietary calcium, low plasma phosphorus, and is suppressed by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, by high plasma phosphorus, high plasma calcium, and the absence of parathyroid hormone. A variety of analogs of the vitamin D hormone were prepared. In addition, the preparation of radiolabeled vitamin D hormone was accomplished using chemical synthesis, and this highly radioactive substance was found to localize in the nuclei of the intestinal villus cells that promote intestinal absorption of calcium. A receptor for the vitamin D hormone was also located, and the general mechanism of response to the vitamin D hormone included the binding to a receptor molecule, transfer to the nucleus, transcription of specific genes followed by translation to transport proteins. Methods were developed for the discovery of the appropriate gene products that play a role in calcium transport

  1. Hyporheic flow and transport processes: mechanisms, models, and biogeochemical implications

    Boano, Fulvio; Harvey, Judson W.; Marion, Andrea; Packman, Aaron I.; Revelli, Roberto; Ridolfi, Luca; Anders, Wörman

    2014-01-01

    Fifty years of hyporheic zone research have shown the important role played by the hyporheic zone as an interface between groundwater and surface waters. However, it is only in the last two decades that what began as an empirical science has become a mechanistic science devoted to modeling studies of the complex fluid dynamical and biogeochemical mechanisms occurring in the hyporheic zone. These efforts have led to the picture of surface-subsurface water interactions as regulators of the form and function of fluvial ecosystems. Rather than being isolated systems, surface water bodies continuously interact with the subsurface. Exploration of hyporheic zone processes has led to a new appreciation of their wide reaching consequences for water quality and stream ecology. Modern research aims toward a unified approach, in which processes occurring in the hyporheic zone are key elements for the appreciation, management, and restoration of the whole river environment. In this unifying context, this review summarizes results from modeling studies and field observations about flow and transport processes in the hyporheic zone and describes the theories proposed in hydrology and fluid dynamics developed to quantitatively model and predict the hyporheic transport of water, heat, and dissolved and suspended compounds from sediment grain scale up to the watershed scale. The implications of these processes for stream biogeochemistry and ecology are also discussed."

  2. New molecular mechanisms of inter-organelle lipid transport.

    Drin, Guillaume; von Filseck, Joachim Moser; Čopič, Alenka

    2016-04-15

    Lipids are precisely distributed in cell membranes, along with associated proteins defining organelle identity. Because the major cellular lipid factory is the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a key issue is to understand how various lipids are subsequently delivered to other compartments by vesicular and non-vesicular transport pathways. Efforts are currently made to decipher how lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) work either across long distances or confined to membrane contact sites (MCSs) where two organelles are at close proximity. Recent findings reveal that proteins of the oxysterol-binding protein related-proteins (ORP)/oxysterol-binding homology (Osh) family are not all just sterol transporters/sensors: some can bind either phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PtdIns(4)P) and sterol or PtdIns(4)P and phosphatidylserine (PS), exchange these lipids between membranes, and thereby use phosphoinositide metabolism to create cellular lipid gradients. Lipid exchange is likely a widespread mechanism also utilized by other LTPs to efficiently trade lipids between organelle membranes. Finally, the discovery of more proteins bearing a lipid-binding module (SMP or START-like domain) raises new questions on how lipids are conveyed in cells and how the activities of different LTPs are coordinated. PMID:27068959

  3. The pyrolytic mechanism of the main components in woody biomass and their interactions

    Shen, D. K.

    2011-01-01

    The global demand of the volume of woody biomass (such as wood, logging residue, sawdust and so on) is huge and increased annually, due to its new application for the energy/fuel production during recent years. Pyrolysis is termed as a promising thermo-chemical technology to convert woody biomass to liquid, gas and solid fuels/chemicals. The better understanding of the pyrolysis mechanism of woody biomass is demanding considering the thermal performance of individual components (hemicellul...

  4. Main aspects of organizational and economic mechanism formation to provide competitiveness of a maritime commercial port

    Чимшир, Валентин Иванович; Чимшир, Анна Владимировна

    2014-01-01

    The problem of forming organizational and economic mechanism, aimed at increasing the maritime port competitiveness in conditions of maritime freight market redistribution is considered in the paper.To achieve this goal, research directions, such as evaluation of the port strengths and weaknesses, production base estimation, cargo base evaluation, port development priorities, market research, port external environment dynamics are determined.The system of measures, aimed at improving the port...

  5. [Dynamic hyperinflation -- the main mechanism of decreased exercise tolerance in patients with COPD].

    Gologanu, Daniela

    2013-01-01

    Decreased exercise tolerance in patients with COPD is the result of involvement in variable proportion of three mechanisms: ventilatory limitation, muscle dysfunction and cardio-vascular involvement (inadequate intake of oxygen at tissue level). Ventilatory limitation is caused by the combination of increased demand and decreased ventilatory capacity Increased ventilatory demand is the result of exercise worsening of ventilation-perfusion imbalance, and decreased ventilatory capacity is the result of decreased elastic recoil and dynamic obstruction. The consequence is the expiratory flowlimitation, leading to inefficientexpiratory muscle activity and dynamic hyperinflation. Dynamic hyperinflation is a result of structural abnormalities in COPD producing mechanical disorders that limit ventilation. Dynamic hyperinflation has some beneficial effects by facilitating maximal exhalation. Negative effects ofhyperinflation are: (1) decreased tidal volume ability to grow properly at exercise, which causes mechanical ventilatorlimitation; (2) decreased functional capacity of inspiratory musles (by increasing elastic load with respiratory muscle fatigue and increase work ofbreathing); (3) exercise hypoxemia and carbon dioxide retention; (4) impairmentof cardiac function during exercise by decreasing venous return and cardiac output. Evaluation of pulmonary hyperinflation is a useful tool for better characterizing the effects of disease and for monitoring the response of therapeutic interventions on exercise tolerance of patients with COPD. PMID:23894791

  6. Tunnelling effect enhanced by lattice screening as main cold fusion mechanism: An brief theoretical overview

    In this paper are illustrated the main features of tunneling traveling between two deuterons within a lattice. Considering the screening effect due lattice electrons we compare the d-d fusion rate evaluated from different authors assuming different screening efficiency and different d-d potentials. Then, we propose a effective potential which describe very well the attractive contribute due to plasmon exchange between two deuterons and by means of it we will compute the d-d fusion rates for different energy values. Finally the good agreement between theoretical and experimental results proves the reality of cold fusion phenomena and the reliability of our model

  7. Correlation between magnetic field quality and mechanical components of the Large Hadron Collider main dipoles

    Bellesia, B

    2006-12-15

    The 1234 superconducting dipoles of the Large Hadron Collider, working at a cryogenic temperature of 1.9 K, must guarantee a high quality magnetic field to steer the particles inside the beam pipe. Magnetic field measurements are a powerful way to detect assembly faults that could limit magnet performances. The aim of the thesis is the analysis of these measurements performed at room temperature during the production of the dipoles. In a large scale production the ideal situation is that all the magnets produced were identical. However all the components constituting a magnet are produced with certain tolerance and the assembly procedures are optimized during the production; due to these the reality drifts away from the ideal situation. We recollected geometrical data of the main components (superconducting cables, coil copper wedges and austenitic steel coil collars) and coupling them with adequate electro-magnetic models we reconstructed a multipolar field representation of the LHC dipoles defining their critical components and assembling procedures. This thesis is composed of 3 main parts: 1) influence of the geometry and of the assembling procedures of the dipoles on the quality of the magnetic field, 2) the use of measurement performed on the dipoles in the assembling step in order to solve production issues and to understand the behaviour of coils during the assembling step, and 3) a theoretical study of the uncertain harmonic components of the magnetic field in order to assess the dipole production.

  8. Correlation between magnetic field quality and mechanical components of the Large Hadron Collider main dipoles

    The 1234 superconducting dipoles of the Large Hadron Collider, working at a cryogenic temperature of 1.9 K, must guarantee a high quality magnetic field to steer the particles inside the beam pipe. Magnetic field measurements are a powerful way to detect assembly faults that could limit magnet performances. The aim of the thesis is the analysis of these measurements performed at room temperature during the production of the dipoles. In a large scale production the ideal situation is that all the magnets produced were identical. However all the components constituting a magnet are produced with certain tolerance and the assembly procedures are optimized during the production; due to these the reality drifts away from the ideal situation. We recollected geometrical data of the main components (superconducting cables, coil copper wedges and austenitic steel coil collars) and coupling them with adequate electro-magnetic models we reconstructed a multipolar field representation of the LHC dipoles defining their critical components and assembling procedures. This thesis is composed of 3 main parts: 1) influence of the geometry and of the assembling procedures of the dipoles on the quality of the magnetic field, 2) the use of measurement performed on the dipoles in the assembling step in order to solve production issues and to understand the behaviour of coils during the assembling step, and 3) a theoretical study of the uncertain harmonic components of the magnetic field in order to assess the dipole production

  9. Fluka and thermo-mechanical studies for the CLIC main dump

    Mereghetti, Alessio; Vlachoudis, Vasilis

    2011-01-01

    In order to best cope with the challenge of absorbing the multi-MW beam, a water beam dump at the end of the CLIC post-collision line has been proposed. The design of the dump for the Conceptual Design Report (CDR) was checked against with a set of FLUKA Monte Carlo simulations, for the estimation of the peak and total power absorbed by the water and the vessel. Fluence spectra of escaping particles and activation rates of radio-nuclides were computed as well. Finally, the thermal transient behavior of the water bath and a thermo-mechanical analysis of the preliminary design of the window were done.

  10. CLUB FORMATION MECHANISM FOR TRANSPORT-COMMUNITY CREDIT CARDS

    Ding, Yue; Kobayashi, Kiyoshi; Nishida, Junji; Yoshida, Mamoru

    In this paper, the roles of transport-community cards jointly issued by a public transport firm and retails are investigated as a means to vitalize an obsolescence shopping center located in a middle of a city. When both the price of goods supplied by the retails and the transport fares affect the consumers' behavior, there exist pecuniary externality between the behaviors of the retails and transport firms. The introduction of a transport-community cards system enables to integrate a basket of goods and transport service into a single commodity; thus, the pecuniary externality can be internalized by price coordination. In addition, the paper clarifies theoretically that the transport firm initiatively decides the price of the transportation service and the retails transfer their incomes to the transport firm so that they are induced to jointly issue the transport-community cards.

  11. Transport mechanisms of soil-bound mercury in the erosion process during rainfall-runoff events.

    Zheng, Yi; Luo, Xiaolin; Zhang, Wei; Wu, Xin; Zhang, Juan; Han, Feng

    2016-08-01

    Soil contamination by mercury (Hg) is a global environmental issue. In watersheds with a significant soil Hg storage, soil erosion during rainfall-runoff events can result in nonpoint source (NPS) Hg pollution and therefore, can extend its environmental risk from soils to aquatic ecosystems. Nonetheless, transport mechanisms of soil-bound Hg in the erosion process have not been explored directly, and how different fractions of soil organic matter (SOM) impact transport is not fully understood. This study investigated transport mechanisms based on rainfall-runoff simulation experiments. The experiments simulated high-intensity and long-duration rainfall conditions, which can produce significant soil erosion and NPS pollution. The enrichment ratio (ER) of total mercury (THg) was the key variable in exploring the mechanisms. The main study findings include the following: First, the ER-sediment flux relationship for Hg depends on soil composition, and no uniform ER-sediment flux function exists for different soils. Second, depending on soil composition, significantly more Hg could be released from a less polluted soil in the early stage of large rainfall events. Third, the heavy fraction of SOM (i.e., the remnant organic matter coating on mineral particles) has a dominant influence on the enrichment behavior and transport mechanisms of Hg, while clay mineral content exhibits a significant, but indirect, influence. The study results imply that it is critical to quantify the SOM composition in addition to total organic carbon (TOC) for different soils in the watershed to adequately model the NPS pollution of Hg and spatially prioritize management actions in a heterogeneous watershed. PMID:27176760

  12. Sensitivity of the Static Earthquake Triggering Mechanism to Elastic Heterogeneity and Main Event Slip

    Maharramov, Musa

    2013-01-01

    This paper has evolved out of our previous work on static stress transfer, where we used the full-space elastostatic Green's tensor to compute the Coulomb stress transfer impact of the Landers earthquake on the Hector Mine event. In this work, we use the elastostatic Green's tensor for an arbitrary layered Earth model with free-surface boundary conditions to study the impact of elastic heterogeneity as well as source-fault slip and geometry on the stress transfer mechanism. Slip distribution and fault geometry of the source have a significant impact on the stress transfer, especially in case of spatially extended triggered events. Maximization of the Coulomb stress transfer function for known aftershocks provides a mechanism for inverting for the source event slip. Heterogeneity of the elastic earth parameters is shown to have a sizeable, but lower-magnitude, impact on the static stress transfer in 3D. The analysis is applied to Landers/Hector Mine and 100 small "aftershocks" of the Landers event. A computati...

  13. Ethanol as a fuel for road transportation. Main report; Contribution to IEA Implementing Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels

    Larsen, Ulrik; Johansen, T.; Schramm, J.

    2009-05-15

    Bioethanol as a motor fuel in the transportation sector, mainly for road transportation, has been subject to many studies and much discussion. Furthermore, the topic involves not only the application and engine technical aspects, but also the understanding of the entire life cycle of the fuel, well-to-wheels, including economical, environmental, and social aspects. It is not, however, the aim of this report to assess every single one of these aspects. The present report aims to address the technical potential and problems as well as the central issues related to the general application of bioethanol as an energy carrier in the near future. In discussions of the advantages and drawbacks of ethanol, the type of application is important. Generalization is not possible, because ethanol can be used in many forms. Furthermore, a wide range of ethanol/gasoline blends has not yet been investigated sufficiently. The most favorable type of application is determined by infrastructural factors, especially vehicle fleet configuration. From a technical point of view, optimal usage involves a high degree of water content in the ethanol, and this excludes low-percentage-ethanol fuels. The benefits seem strongly related to the amount of ethanol in a given blend, that is, the more the better. Both engine efficiencies and emissions improve with more ethanol in the fuel. Wet ethanol constitutes an even cleaner fuel in both the production and application phases. In summary, ethanol application has many possibilities, but with each type of application comes a set of challenges. Nevertheless, technical solutions for each challenge are available. (ln)

  14. Atlantic surfclam connectivity within the Middle Atlantic Bight: Mechanisms underlying variation in larval transport and settlement

    Zhang, Xinzhong; Munroe, Daphne; Haidvogel, Dale; Powell, Eric N.

    2016-05-01

    Larval transport and settlement have been shown in various studies to be essential in determining population abundance and connectivity for benthic invertebrates. This transport is influenced by both the physical environment and biological behavior. The Atlantic surfclam, Spisula solidissima, is a commercially important benthic invertebrate fishery species along the U.S northeastern coast. In this study, a physical circulation model is coupled to a surfclam larval model to investigate the dynamics of larval transport and settlement within the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) shelf in 2006. The main physical mechanisms causing variability in larval transport and settlement are also examined. Model results show that surfclam larvae released from July to early October experience relatively larger settlement rates, due to higher average temperatures experienced by larvae. Larval along-shore transport exhibits a mean down-coast pattern following the coastal current from the northeast to the southwest, with most high-frequency (period of 2-10 days) variations caused by fluctuations in the along-shore surface wind stress, and with seasonal variations speculated to be driven mainly by changes in the across-shelf density gradient. Larval across-shelf movement is highly correlated with the along-shore surface wind stress mediated by coastal upwelling and downwelling episodes, but the correlation is further dependent on the vertical distribution of the larvae, particularly their position relative to the thermocline. Most surfclam larvae released from the Middle Atlantic shelf stay below the thermocline and experience a net onshore transport during the summer-stratified season when upwelling-favorable wind forcing dominates. A proposed critical value of water temperature at the thermocline successfully regulates the observed patterns of vertical distribution of surfclam larvae and their across-shelf movement off the New Jersey and South Virginia shelves; that is, when the water

  15. Revealing the mechanism of passive transport in lipid bilayers via phonon-mediated nanometre-scale density fluctuations.

    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Bolmatov, Dima; Soloviov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Toperverg, Boris P; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Bosak, Alexey; Cai, Yong Q

    2016-01-01

    The passive transport of molecules through a cell membrane relies on thermal motions of the lipids. However, the nature of transmembrane transport and the precise mechanism remain elusive and call for a comprehensive study of phonon excitations. Here we report a high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering study of the in-plane phonon excitations in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine above and below the main transition temperature. In the gel phase, for the first time, we observe low-frequency transverse modes, which exhibit a phonon gap when the lipid transitions into the fluid phase. We argue that the phonon gap signifies the formation of short-lived nanometre-scale lipid clusters and transient pores, which facilitate the passive molecular transport across the bilayer plane. Our findings suggest that the phononic motion of the hydrocarbon tails provides an effective mechanism of passive transport, and illustrate the importance of the collective dynamics of biomembranes. PMID:27175859

  16. Revealing the mechanism of passive transport in lipid bilayers via phonon-mediated nanometre-scale density fluctuations

    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Bolmatov, Dima; Soloviov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Toperverg, Boris P.; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Bosak, Alexey; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-05-01

    The passive transport of molecules through a cell membrane relies on thermal motions of the lipids. However, the nature of transmembrane transport and the precise mechanism remain elusive and call for a comprehensive study of phonon excitations. Here we report a high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering study of the in-plane phonon excitations in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine above and below the main transition temperature. In the gel phase, for the first time, we observe low-frequency transverse modes, which exhibit a phonon gap when the lipid transitions into the fluid phase. We argue that the phonon gap signifies the formation of short-lived nanometre-scale lipid clusters and transient pores, which facilitate the passive molecular transport across the bilayer plane. Our findings suggest that the phononic motion of the hydrocarbon tails provides an effective mechanism of passive transport, and illustrate the importance of the collective dynamics of biomembranes.

  17. Structurally novel steroidal spirooxindole by241 potently inhibits tumor growth mainly through ROS-mediated mechanisms.

    Shi, Xiao-Jing; Yu, Bin; Wang, Jun-Wei; Qi, Ping-Ping; Tang, Kai; Huang, Xin; Liu, Hong-Min

    2016-01-01

    Cancer cells always have increased ROS levels, thus making them more vulnerable to persistent endogenous oxidative stress. The biochemical difference between cancer and normal cells could be exploited to achieve selective cancer cell killing by exogenous ROS-producing agents. Herein we described a structurally novel steroidal spirooxindole by241 and its anticancer efficacy. By241 exhibited potent inhibition against human cancer cells and less toxic to normal cells. By241 concentration-dependently induced apoptosis of MGC-803 and EC9706 cells, accompanied with the mitochondrial dysfunction and increased ROS levels. NAC can completely restore the decreased cell viability of MGC-803 cells caused by by241, suggesting ROS-mediated mechanisms. The expression levels of proteins involved in the mitochondrion-related pathways were detected, showing increased expression of proapoptotic proteins and decreased expression of anti-apoptotic proteins, and activation of caspases-9/-3, but without activating caspase-8 expression. Pretreatment with Z-VAD-FMK partially rescued by241-induced apoptosis of MGC-803 cells. Additionally, by241 inhibited mTOR, activated p53 and its downstream proteins, cleaved MDM2 and PI3K/AKT as well as NF-κB signaling pathway. In vivo experiments showed that by241 did not have significant acute oral toxicity and exerted good anticancer efficacy against MGC-803 bearing mice models. Therefore, by241 may serve as a lead for further development for cancer therapy. PMID:27527552

  18. ORGANIZATIONAL-ECONOMIC MECHANISM OF PROVIDING OF COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES OF RAILWAY TRANSPORT

    Kalinichenko, O.

    2011-01-01

    The organizational-economic mechanism of providing of competitiveness of enterprises of railway transport is formed. Constituents and factors of forming of competition potential of enterprises of railway transport are considered.

  19. Transport mechanism of 11C-labeled L- and D-methionine in human-derived tumor cells

    Introduction: S-methyl-11C-labeled L- and D-methionine (11C-L- and D-MET) are useful as radiotracers for tumor imaging. However, it is not known whether the transport mechanism of 11C-D-MET is the same as that for 11C-L-MET, which is transported by the amino acid transport system L. In this study, we investigated the transport mechanism of 11C-L- and D-MET by analyzing the expression of transport system genes in human-derived tumor cells. Methods: The expression of transport system genes in human-derived tumor cells was quantitatively analyzed. The mechanism of MET transport in these cells was investigated by incubating the cells with [S-methyl-3H]-L-MET (3H-L-MET) or [S-methyl-3H]-D-MET (3H-D-MET) and the effect of 2-amino-2- norbornane-carboxylic acid, a system L transport inhibitor, or α-(methylamino)isobutyric acid, a system A transport inhibitor, on their transport was measured. The transport and metabolic stability of [S-methyl-14C]-L-MET (14C-L-MET) and 3H-D-MET was also analyzed using bearing mice with H441 or PC14 tumor cells. Results: 3H-D-MET was mainly transported by both systems L and alanine–serine–cysteine (ASC), while system L was involved in 3H-L-MET transport. There was a high correlation between both 3H-L-MET and 3H-D-MET uptake and the expression of amino acid transport system genes. In the in vivo study, H441-cell accumulation of 3H-D-MET was higher than that of 14C-L-MET. Hepatic and renal accumulation of 3H-D-MET was lower than that of 14C-L-MET. Conclusion: The transport mechanism of 3H-D-MET was different from that of 3H-L-MET. Since 3H-D-MET has high metabolic stability, its accumulation reflects the transporter function of system L and ASC.

  20. Comparative study of chemo-electro-mechanical transport models for an electrically stimulated hydrogel

    The main objective of this work is to introduce a new expression for the hydrogel’s hydration for use within the Poisson Nernst–Planck chemo electro mechanical (PNP CEM) transport models. This new contribution to the models support large deformation by considering the higher order terms in the Green–Lagrangian strain tensor. A detailed discussion of the CEM transport models using Poisson Nernst–Planck (PNP) and Poisson logarithmic Nernst–Planck (PLNP) equations for chemically and electrically stimulated hydrogels will be presented. The assumptions made to simplify both CEM transport models for electric field application in the order of 0.833 kV m−1 and a highly diluted electrolyte solution (97% is water) will be explained. This PNP CEM model has been verified accurately against experimental and numerical results. In addition, different definitions for normalizing the parameters are used to derive the dimensionless forms of both the PNP and PLNP CEM. Four models, PNP CEM, PLNP CEM, dimensionless PNP CEM and dimensionless PNLP CEM transport models were employed on an axially symmetric cylindrical hydrogel problem with an aspect ratio (diameter to thickness) of 175:3. The displacement and osmotic pressure obtained for the four models are compared against the variation of the number of elements for finite element analysis, simulation duration and solution rate when using the direct numerical solver. (papers)

  1. Configuration evaluation and criteria plan. Volume 2: Evaluation critera plan (preliminary). Space Transportation Main Engine (STME) configuration study

    Bair, E. K.

    1986-01-01

    The unbiased selection of the Space Transportation Main Engine (STME) configuration requires that the candidate engines be evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria which must be properly weighted to emphasize critical requirements defined prior to the actual evaluation. The evaluation and selection process involves the following functions: (1) determining if a configuration can satisfy basic STME requirements (yes/no); (2) defining the evaluation criteria; (3) selecting the criteria relative importance or weighting; (4) determining the weighting sensitivities; and (5) establishing a baseline for engine evaluation. The criteria weighting and sensitivities are cost related and are based on mission models and vehicle requirements. The evaluation process is used as a coarse screen to determine the candidate engines for the parametric studies and as a fine screen to determine concept(s) for conceptual design. The criteria used for the coarse and fine screen evaluation process is shown. The coarse screen process involves verifying that the candidate engines can meet the yes/no screening requirements and a semi-subjective quantitative evaluation. The fine screen engines have to meet all of the yes/no screening gates and are then subjected to a detailed evaluation or assessment using the quantitative cost evaluation processes. The option exists for re-cycling a concept through the quantitative portion of the screening and allows for some degree of optimization. The basic vehicle is a two stage LOX/HC, LOX/LH2 parallel burn vehicle capable of placing 150,000 lbs in low Earth orbit (LEO).

  2. Qinshan CANDU 6 main heat transport system high accuracy performance tracking in support of regional overpower protection

    This paper deals with the Qinshan CANDU 6 main Heat Transport System (HTS) high accuracy performance tracking/adjustment up to about 7 years of operation in support of Regional Overpower Protection (ROP). Operational and aging related changes of the HTS throughout its lifetime may lead to restrictions in certain safety system settings and hence some restriction in performance under certain conditions. A step in confirming safe reactor operation is the tracking of relevant data and their corresponding interpretation by the use of appropriate thermalhydraulic analytic models. Analytic predictions, in association with an optimized parameter tracking and adjustment methodology, confirm continued safe reactor operation. This paper demonstrates that Qinshan CANDU Unit 1, as compared to other CANDU 6 nuclear reactors of earlier design, continues to exhibit significantly improved performance with much reduced plant aging effects. This paper further demonstrates the high accuracy of the advanced performance tracking and adjustment methodology and applies it to Qinshan CANDU Unit 1, ensuring and demonstrating the continued excellent performance of the reference analytic models. The analytic methodology as well as the advanced performance tracking and analysis methodology can also beneficially be applied to both new and refurbished CANDU type nuclear reactors. (author)

  3. Accident investigation practices in Europe--main responses from a recent study of accidents in industry and transport

    Europe has during recent years been shocked by disasters from natural events and technical breakdowns. The consequences have been comprehensive, measured by lost lives, injuries, and material and environmental damage. ESReDA wanted in 2000 - by setting up a special expert group on accident investigation - to clarify the state of art of accident investigation practices and to map the use of thoroughly accident investigation in order to learn lessons from past disasters and prevent new ones. The scope was to cover three sectors in the society: transport, production processes and storage of hazardous materials, and energy production. The main method used was a questionnaire, which was sent in 2001 to about 150 organisations. About 50 replies were analysed. The replies showed great variations but also similarities, among others in definition of accident and incident, the objectives of the investigation team, criteria used to start an investigation, the status of the investigation organisation, the flow of information, the composition of the investigation team, and the use of internal or international procedures or rules. Several methods (in total 14 different methods were mentioned) were used for carrying out accident /incident investigations. Most of the respondents were willing to co-operate in one or another way with ESReDA. Although there are important biases in the material, the results from questionnaire are important inputs to the future work of ESReDA Expert group in this field. 3 safety approaches have been identified

  4. Comparative Localization and Functional Activity of the Main Hepatobiliary Transporters in HepaRG Cells and Primary Human Hepatocytes

    Bachour-El Azzi, Pamela; Sharanek, Ahmad; Burban, Audrey; Li, Ruoya; Guével, Rémy Le; Abdel-Razzak, Ziad; Stieger, Bruno; Guguen-Guillouzo, Christiane; Guillouzo, André

    2015-01-01

    The role of hepatobiliary transporters in drug-induced liver injury remains poorly understood. Various in vivo and in vitro biological approaches are currently used for studying hepatic transporters; however, appropriate localization and functional activity of these transporters are essential for normal biliary flow and drug transport. Human hepatocytes (HHs) are considered as the most suitable in vitro cell model but erratic availability and inter-donor functional variations limit their use....

  5. Fluorescence measurement of chloride transport in monolayer cultured cells. Mechanisms of chloride transport in fibroblasts.

    Chao, A C; Dix, J A; Sellers, M C; Verkman, A S

    1989-12-01

    The methodology has been developed to measure Cl activity and transport in cultured cells grown on a monolayer using the entrapped Cl-sensitive fluorophore 6-methoxy-N-[3-sulfopropyl] quinolinium (SPQ). The method was applied to a renal epithelial cell line, LLC-PKI, and a nonepithelial cell line, Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts. SPQ was nontoxic to cells when present for greater than h in the culture media. To load with SPQ (5 mM), cells were made transiently permeable by exposure to hypotonic buffer (150 mOsm, 4 min). Intracellular fluorescence was monitored continuously by epifluorescence microscopy using low illumination intensity at 360 +/- 5 nm excitation wavelength and photomultiplier detection at greater than 410 nm. Over 60 min at 37 degrees C, there was no photobleaching and less than 10% leakage of SPQ out of cells; intracellular SPQ fluorescence was uniform. SPQ fluorescence was calibrated against intracellular [Cl] using high K solutions containing the ionophores nigericin and tributyltin. The Stern-Volmer constant (Kq) for quenching of intracellular SPQ by Cl was 13 M-1 for fibroblasts and LLC-PKl cells. In the absence of Cl, SPQ lifetime was 26 ns in aqueous solution and 3.7 +/- 0.6 ns in cells, showing that the lower Kq in cells than in free solution (Kq = 118 M-1) was due to SPQ quenching by intracellular anions. To examine Cl transport mechanisms, the time course of intracellular [Cl] was measured in response to rapid Cl addition and removal in the presence of ion or pH gradients. In fibroblasts, three distinct Cl transporting systems were identified: a stilbeneinhibitable Cl/HCO3 exchanger, a furosemide-sensitive Na/K/2Cl cotransporter, and a Ca-regulated Cl conductance. These results establish a direct optical method to measure intracellular [Cl] continuously in cultured cells. PMID:2482083

  6. Mechanical transport and porous media equivalence in anisotropic fracture networks

    The objective of this work is to investigate the directional characteristics of hydraulic effective porosity in an effort to understand porous medium equivalence for continuous and discontinuous fracture systems. Continuous systems contain infinitely long fractures. Discontinuous systems consist of fractures with finite lengths. The distribution of apertures (heterogeneity) has a major influence on the degree of porous medium equivalence for distributed continuous and discontinuous systems. When the aperture distribution is narrow, the hydraulic effective porosity is slightly less than the total porosity for continuous systems, and greater than the rock effective porosity for discontinuous systems. However, when heterogeneity is significant, the hydraulic effective porosity is directionally dependent and greater than total porosity for both systems. Non-porous medium behavior ws found to differ for distributed continuous systems and for continuous systems with parallel sets. For the latter systems, hydraulic effective porosity abruptly decreases below total porosity in those particular directions where the hydraulic gradient and the orientation of a fracture set are orthogonal. The results for the continuous systems with parallel sets also demonstrate that a system that behaves like a continuum for fluid flux may not behave like a continuum for mechanical transport. 3 references, 13 figures

  7. Mechanical manipulations on electronic transport of graphene nanoribbons

    We study the effects of uniaxial strains on the transport properties of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) connected with two metallic leads in heterojunctions, using the transfer matrix method. Two typical GNRs with zigzag and armchair boundaries are considered and the tension is applied either parallel or perpendicular to the ribbon axis. It turns out that the electron–hole symmetry is missing in the gate voltage dependence of the conductance data of the armchair GNRs, while it persists in the zigzag ribbons under any strains. For an armchair GNR with a vertical tension applied, a sharp drop of conductance is found near the critical value of the strain inducing a quantum phase transition, which allows one to determine the critical strain accurately via measuring the conductance. In the zigzag ribbon, there exists a range of gate voltage around zero, where the conductance is insensitive to the small horizontal strains. The band structures and low-energy properties are calculated to elucidate the mechanism on the strain effects in GNRs. We expect that our results can be useful in developing graphene-based strain sensors. (paper)

  8. Evaluation of hydrazine as an additive to provide reducing condition in the main heat transport system of AHWR

    Hydrogen is known to be injected in boiling water reactors to mitigate stress corrosion cracking (SCC) due to the oxidizing environment prevailing in the reactor coolant system. Further this technique has been modified by addition of noble metals such as Pt, Ir so that the required ECP can be achieved by injecting a lower concentration of hydrogen. All the boiling water reactors are pot type reactors. Unlike BWRs, the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR) is a boiling tube type reactor. Here, boiling takes place in the tube and the coolant exits the core with 18 % steam. The steam containing water exits the core through tail pipes connected to each fuel channel. The material of construction of most of the AHWR main coolant system components is stainless steel. Hence, the possibility of stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel components can not be ruled out if oxidizing chemistry conditions prevail in the coolant. Addition of hydrogen and hydrogen with noble metal may not be effective in controlling the radiolytic generation of oxygen/hydrogen peroxide under the two phase conditions prevailing in the fuel channels (tubes) of the core. Hence, the feasibility of using hydrazine to provide reducing condition to the main heat transport system of AHWR was studied. Computation on the generation of oxidizing species (O2 and H2O2) and their distribution in steam and water phase were made. The difference in the distribution behavior of hydrogen and hydrazine under AHWR condition is explained in the paper. Analytical methods have been standardized to study the distribution of hydrazine, ammonia, oxygen and hydrogen peroxide and tested by carrying out radiolysis of water containing hydrazine etc. Experiments were also carried out in the High Temperature and High Pressure (HTHP) system at WSCD to study the thermal stability of hydrazine and to evaluate its effect on the redox potential and corrosion potential of stainless steel under the simulated AHWR temperature conditions

  9. Center for low-gravity fluid mechanics and transport phenomena

    Kassoy, D. R.; Sani, R. L.

    1991-01-01

    Research projects in several areas are discussed. Mass transport in vapor phase systems, droplet collisions and coalescence in microgravity, and rapid solidification of undercooled melts are discussed.

  10. Modeling of Yield Estimation for The Main Crops in Iran Based on Mechanization Index (hp ha-1

    K Abbasi

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural mechanization is a method for transiting from traditional agriculture towards industrial and sustainable one. Due to the limitation of natural resources and increasing population we need to have economical production of agricultural crops. For reaching this destination; agricultural mechanization has a remarkable role. So it is necessary to have an extensive view for mechanization, because with the help of mechanization the agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizer and even water and soil can effectively be managed for an economical and sustainable production. This study has been carried out in many provinces of Iran. The data of agricultural tractors and cereal combine harvesters were firstly gathered by means of questionnaire. The tractors were categorized in four power levels of less than 45, 45 to 80, 80 to 110, and more than 110 hp. In addition, it was also carried out for cereal combine harvesters; it was in three power levels, i.e. between 100 to 110, 110 to 155 and 155 to 210 horse-power in 3 ages, i.e. less than 13, between 13 to 20, and more than 20 years. Information regarding to cultivation areas, production volume, and yield of main crops gathered from statistics of Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture. Then agriculture mechanization level index (hp ha-1 in each province was calculated. Four main crops including irrigated and rain-fed wheat and irrigated and rain-fed barley, which met the required criteria to be used in the model, were statistically analyzed. Correlation analysis was carried out in order to get an effective model between yield of the four main crops in Iran and agriculture mechanization level index. Pearson correlation index showed that there is a direct and significant correlation between these variables. Subsequently, outliers were identified in order to get a model with necessary efficiency to predict the yield through mechanization level index, by scatter diagram and estimating regression lines in 1

  11. Interannual forcing mechanisms of California Current transports II: Mesoscale eddies

    Davis, Andrew; Di Lorenzo, Emanuele

    2015-02-01

    Mesoscale eddies exert dominant control of cross-shelf exchanges, yet the forcing dynamics underlying their interannual and decadal variability remain uncertain. Using an ensemble of high-resolution ocean model hindcasts of the central and eastern North Pacific from 1950 to 2010 we diagnose the forcing mechanisms of low-frequency eddy variability in the California Current System (CCS). We quantify eddy activity by developing eddy counts based on closed contours of the Okubo-Weiss parameter and find that the spatial and temporal features of model-derived counts largely reproduce the short AVISO observational record. Comparison of model ensemble members allows us to separate the intrinsic and deterministic fractions of eddy variability in the northern CCS (34.5-50°N) and in the southern CCS (28.5-34.5°N). In the North, a large fraction of low-frequency eddy variability (30% anticyclones, 20% cyclones) is deterministic and shared with satellite observations. We develop a diagnostic model based on indices of the large-scale barotropic and baroclinic states of the CCS which recovers this deterministic variance. This model also strongly correlates with local atmospheric forcing. In contrast to the North, Southern CCS eddy counts exhibit very little deterministic variance, and eddy formation closely resembles a red-noise process. This new understanding of the external forcings of eddy variability allows us to better estimate how climate variability and change impact mesoscale transports in the California Current. The skill of our diagnostic model and its close association with local wind stress curl indicate that local atmospheric forcing is the dominant driver of eddy activity on interannual and decadal time scales north of pt. conception (~33°N).

  12. Electron injection and transport mechanism in organic devices based on electron transport materials

    Khan, M A; Xu Wei; Khizar-ul-Haq; Zhang Xiaowen; Bai Yu; Jiang, X Y; Zhang, Z L; Zhu, W Q [Department of Materials Science, Shanghai University, Jiading 201800 (China)

    2008-11-21

    Electron injection and transport in organic devices based on electron transport (ET) materials, such as 4,7- diphyenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (Bathophenanthroline BPhen), 2,9-dimethyl-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (Bathocuproine BCP) and bipyridyl oxadiazole compound 1,3-bis [2-(2,2'-bipyridin-6-yl)-1,3,4-oxadiazol-5-yl]benzene (Bpy-OXD), have been reported. The devices are composed of ITO/ET materials (BPhen, BCP Bpy-OXD)/cathodes, where cathodes = Au, Al and Ca. Current-voltage characteristics of each ET material are performed as a function of cathodes. We have found that Ca and Al exhibit quite different J-V characteristics compared with the gold (Au) cathode. The current is more than one order of magnitude higher for the Al cathode and more than three orders of magnitude higher for Ca compared with that of the Au cathode at {approx}8 V for all ET materials. This is because of the relatively low energy barrier at the organic/metal interface for Ca and Al cathodes. Electron-only devices with the Au cathode show that the electron transfer limitation is located at the organic/cathode interface and the Fowler-Nordheim mechanism is qualitatively consistent with experimental data at high voltages. With Ca and Al cathodes, electron conduction is preponderant and is bulk limited. A power law dependence J {approx} V{sup m} with m > 2 is consistent with the model of trap-charge limited conduction. The total electron trap density is estimated to be {approx}5 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}. The critical voltage (V{sub c}) is found to be {approx}45 V and is almost independent of the materials.

  13. Enrichment behavior and transport mechanism of soil-bound PAHs during rainfall-runoff events

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) transported by surface runoff result in nonpoint source pollution and jeopardize aquatic ecosystems. The transport mechanism of PAHs during rainfall-runoff events has been rarely studied regarding pervious areas. An experimental system was setup to simulate the runoff pollution process on PAHs-contaminated soil. The enrichment behavior of soil-bound PAHs was investigated. The results show that soil organic matters (SOM), rather than clay particles, seem to be the main carrier of PAHs. The enrichment is highly conditioned on runoff and erosion processes, and its magnitude varies among PAH compounds. It is not feasible to build a simple and universal relationship between enrichment ratio and sediment discharge following the traditional enrichment theory. To estimate the flux of PAHs from pervious areas, soil erosion process has to be clearly understood, and both organic carbon content and composition of SOM should be factored into the calculation. - Highlights: ► Significant enrichment of particle-bound PAHs during rainfall-runoff events. ► Organic matters as the direct carrier of PAHs in runoff from contaminated soil. ► The traditional enrichment theory is not fully valid for PAHs. - The traditional enrichment theory is not fully valid for PAHs, and soil organic matters have a significant impact on the transport of PAHs during rainfall-runoff events.

  14. Numerical investigation of transport mechanism in four-body problem using Lagrangian coherent structure

    Qi, Rui; Huang, Biao

    2016-01-01

    Transport mechanism is critical for understanding natural phenomena in the solar system and is beneficial to space mission design. In this study, transport mechanism in the bicircular four-body problem is numerically explored by using Lagrangian coherent structure (LCS), a tool widely used for identifying transport barriers in fluid flow. First, equations of motion of the bicircular problem are derived and five topology configurations of forbidden region are presented. Then, definition and computational method of LCS are introduced. Finally, properties of LCS which are useful for revealing transport mechanism in the four-body problem are numerically investigated.

  15. CO2-ECBM related coupled physical and mechanical transport processes

    Gensterblum, Yves; Satorius, Michael; Busch, Andreas; Krooß, Bernhard

    2013-04-01

    The interrelation of cleat transport processes and mechanical properties was investigated by permeability tests at different stress levels (60% to 130% of in-situ stress) with sorbing (CH4, CO2) and inert gases (N2, Ar, He) on a sub bituminous A coal from the Surat Basin, Queensland Australia. From the flow tests under controlled triaxial stress conditions the Klinkenberg-corrected "true" permeability coefficients and the Klinkenberg slip factors were derived. The "true"-, absolute or Klinkenberg corrected permeability shows a gas type dependence. Following the approach of Seidle et al. (1992) the cleat volume compressibility (cf) was calculated from observed changes in apparent permeability upon variation of external stress (at equal mean gas pressures). The observed effects also show a clear dependence on gas type. Due to pore or cleat compressibility the cleat aperture decreases with increasing effective stress. Vice versa we observe with increasing mean pressure at lower confining pressure an increase in permeability which we attribute to a cleat aperture widening. The cleat volume compressibility (cf) also shows a dependence on the mean pore pressure. Non-sorbing gases like helium and argon show higher apparent permeabilities than sorbing gases like methane. Permeability coefficients measured with successively increasing mean gas pressures were consistently lower than those determined at decreasing mean gas pressures. This permeability hysteresis is in accordance with results reported by Harpalani and McPherson (1985). The kinetics of matrix transport processes were studied by sorption tests on different particle sizes at various moisture contents and temperatures (cf. Busch et al., 2006). Methane uptake rates were determined from the pressure decline curves recorded for each particle-size fraction, and "diffusion coefficients" were calculated using several unipore and bidisperse diffusion models. While the CH4 sorption capacity of moisture-equilibrated coals

  16. Structural mechanics research and development for main components of Chinese 300 MWe PWR NPPs: from design to life management

    Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant (Unit I), is a 300 MWe prototype PWR independently developed by Chinese own efforts, from design, manufacture, construction, installation, commissioning, to operation, inspection, maintenance, ageing management and lifetime assessment. Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI) has taken up with and involved in deeply the R and D to tackle problems of this type of reactor since very beginning in early 1970s. Structural mechanics is one of the important aspects to ensure the safety and reliability for NPP components. This paper makes a summary on role of structural mechanics for component safety and reliability assessment in different stages of design, commissioning, operation, as well as lifetime assessment on this type PWR NPPs, including Qinshan-I and Chashma-I, a sister plant in Pakistan designed by SNERDI. The main contents of the paper cover design by analysis for key components of NSSS; mechanical problems relating to safety analysis; special problems relating to pressure retaining components, such as fracture mechanics, sealing analysis and its test verifications, etc.; experimental research on flow-induced vibration; seismic qualification for components; component failure diagnosis and root cause analysis; vibration qualification and diagnosis technique; component online monitoring technique; development of defect assessment; methodology of aging management and lifetime assessment for key components of NPPs, etc. (authors)

  17. Insights into the mechanisms of sterol transport between organelles.

    Mesmin, Bruno; Antonny, Bruno; Drin, Guillaume

    2013-09-01

    In cells, the levels of sterol vary greatly among organelles. This uneven distribution depends largely on non-vesicular routes of transfer, which are mediated by soluble carriers called lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs). These proteins have a domain with a hydrophobic cavity that accommodates one sterol molecule. However, a demonstration of their role in sterol transport in cells remains difficult. Numerous LTPs also contain membrane-binding elements, but it is not clear how these LTPs couple their ability to target organelles with lipid transport activity. This issue appears critical, since many sterol transporters are thought to act at contact sites between two membrane-bound compartments. Here, we emphasize that biochemical and structural studies provide precious insights into the mode of action of sterol-binding proteins. Recent studies on START, Osh/ORP and NPC proteins suggest models on how these proteins could transport sterol between organelles and, thereby, influence cellular functions. PMID:23283302

  18. Catch bond mechanism in Dynein motor driven collective transport

    Nair, Anil; Mitra, Mithun K; Muhuri, Sudipto; Chaudhuri, Abhishek

    2016-01-01

    Recent experiments have demonstrated that dynein motor exhibits catch bonding behaviour, in which the unbinding rate of a single dynein decreases with increasing force, for a certain range of force. Motivated by these experiments, we propose a model for catch bonding in dynein using a threshold force bond deformation (TFBD) model wherein catch bonding sets in beyond a critical applied load force. We study the effect of catch bonding on unidirectional transport properties of cellular cargo carried by multiple dynein motors within the framework of this model. We find catch bonding can result in dramatic changes in the transport properties, which are in sharp contrast to kinesin driven unidirectional transport, where catch bonding is absent. We predict that, under certain conditions, the average velocity of the cellular cargo can actually increase as applied load is increased. We characterize the transport properties in terms of a velocity profile phase plot in the parameter space of the catch bond strength and ...

  19. FEATURES FOR TRANSPORT AND AIR MECHANICAL SYSTEMS OF DANGEROUS GOODS

    Eugen Dumitru BUSA

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Transport of dangerous goods are regulated activities, they take place under the direction and control of the authorities and specialized bodies in an institutional framework determined by national and international law. Of economic, transport infrastructure is the crucial element without which both production and trade would become meaningless, it is an essential element of a civilization, is also a necessary accessory of other economic activities.

  20. The molecular mechanism of ion-dependent gating in secondary transporters.

    Chunfeng Zhao

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available LeuT-like fold Na-dependent secondary active transporters form a large family of integral membrane proteins that transport various substrates against their concentration gradient across lipid membranes, using the free energy stored in the downhill concentration gradient of sodium ions. These transporters play an active role in synaptic transmission, the delivery of key nutrients, and the maintenance of osmotic pressure inside the cell. It is generally believed that binding of an ion and/or a substrate drives the conformational dynamics of the transporter. However, the exact mechanism for converting ion binding into useful work has yet to be established. Using a multi-dimensional path sampling (string-method followed by all-atom free energy simulations, we established the principal thermodynamic and kinetic components governing the ion-dependent conformational dynamics of a LeuT-like fold transporter, the sodium/benzyl-hydantoin symporter Mhp1, for an entire conformational cycle. We found that inward-facing and outward-facing states of Mhp1 display nearly the same free energies with an ion absent from the Na2 site conserved across the LeuT-like fold transporters. The barrier separating an apo-state from inward-facing or outward-facing states of the transporter is very low, suggesting stochastic gating in the absence of ion/substrate bound. In contrast, the binding of a Na2 ion shifts the free energy stabilizing the outward-facing state and promoting substrate binding. Our results indicate that ion binding to the Na2 site may also play a key role in the intracellular thin gate dynamics modulation by altering its interactions with the transmembrane helix 5 (TM5. The Potential of Mean Force (PMF computations for a substrate entrance displays two energy minima that correspond to the locations of the main binding site S1 and proposed allosteric S2 binding site. However, it was found that substrate's binds to the site S1 ∼5 kcal/mol more favorable

  1. Chemically- and mechanically-mediated influences on the transport and mechanical characteristics of rock fractures

    Min, K.-B.; Rutqvist, J.; Elsworth, D.

    2009-02-01

    A model is presented to represent changes in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rock that result from coupled mechanical and chemical effects. The specific influence is the elevation of dissolution rates on contacting asperities, which results in a stress- and temperature-dependent permanent closure. A model representing this pressure-dissolution-like behavior is adapted to define the threshold and resulting response in terms of fundamental thermodynamic properties of a contacting fracture. These relations are incorporated in a stress-stiffening model of fracture closure to define the stress- and temperature-dependency of aperture loss and behavior during stress and temperature cycling. These models compare well with laboratory and field experiments, representing both decoupled isobaric and isothermal responses. The model was applied to explore the impact of these responses on heated structures in rock. The result showed a reduction in ultimate induced stresses over the case where chemical effects were not incorporated, with permanent reduction in final stresses after cooling to ambient conditions. Similarly, permeabilities may be lower than they were in the case where chemical effects were not considered, with a net reduction apparent even after cooling to ambient temperature. These heretofore-neglected effects may have a correspondingly significant impact on the performance of heated structures in rock, such as repositories for the containment of radioactive wastes.

  2. Intracellular loop 5 is important for the transport mechanism and molecular pharmacology of the human serotonin transporter

    Said, Saida; Neubauer, Henrik Amtoft; Müller, Heidi Kaastrup;

    2015-01-01

    The serotonin transporter (SERT) belongs to a family of transport proteins called the neurotransmitter:sodium symporters. The specialized members of this family transport different neurotransmitters across the cell membrane, thereby regulating signaling between neurons. Most of these transporters...... are important drug targets in treating i.e. affective disorders such as depression and anxiety, and for drugs of abuse such as ecstasy and cocaine. The normal function of the SERT relies on large conformational changes and its inhibition by antidepressants represents a conformational lock....... Understanding the molecular mechanism of inhibition and which structural elements are involved in inhibitor binding and conformational changes of the transporter will provide clues for the development of improved drugs for the treatment of depression. Guided by our previous studies, we combined different...

  3. Structural Insights into the Transport Mechanism of the Human Sodium-dependent Lysophosphatidylcholine Transporter MFSD2A.

    Quek, Debra Q Y; Nguyen, Long N; Fan, Hao; Silver, David L

    2016-04-29

    Major facilitator superfamily domain containing 2A (MFSD2A) was recently characterized as a sodium-dependent lysophosphatidylcholine transporter expressed at the blood-brain barrier endothelium. It is the primary route for importation of docosohexaenoic acid and other long-chain fatty acids into fetal and adult brain and is essential for mouse and human brain growth and function. Remarkably, MFSD2A is the first identified major facilitator superfamily member that uniquely transports lipids, implying that MFSD2A harbors unique structural features and transport mechanism. Here, we present three three-dimensional structural models of human MFSD2A derived by homology modeling using MelB- and LacY-based crystal structures and refined by biochemical analysis. All models revealed 12 transmembrane helices and connecting loops and represented the partially outward-open, outward-partially occluded, and inward-open states of the transport cycle. In addition to a conserved sodium-binding site, three unique structural features were identified as follows: a phosphate headgroup binding site, a hydrophobic cleft to accommodate a hydrophobic hydrocarbon tail, and three sets of ionic locks that stabilize the outward-open conformation. Ligand docking studies and biochemical assays identified Lys-436 as a key residue for transport. It is seen forming a salt bridge with the negative charge on the phosphate headgroup. Importantly, MFSD2A transported structurally related acylcarnitines but not a lysolipid without a negative charge, demonstrating the necessity of a negatively charged headgroup interaction with Lys-436 for transport. These findings support a novel transport mechanism by which lysophosphatidylcholines are "flipped" within the transporter cavity by pivoting about Lys-436 leading to net transport from the outer to the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. PMID:26945070

  4. Intracellular transport driven by cytoskeletal motors: General mechanisms and defects

    Appert-Rolland, Cecile; Santen, Ludger

    2015-01-01

    Cells are strongly out-of-equilibrium systems driven by continuous energy supply. They carry out many vital functions requiring active transport of various ingredients and organelles, some being small, others being large. The cytoskeleton, composed of three types of filaments, determines the shape of the cell and plays a role in cell motion. It also serves as a road network for the so-called cytoskeletal motors. These molecules can attach to a cytoskeletal filament, perform directed motion, possibly carrying along some cargo, and then detach. It is a central issue to understand how intracellular transport driven by molecular motors is regulated, in particular because its breakdown is one of the signatures of some neuronal diseases like the Alzheimer. We give a survey of the current knowledge on microtubule based intracellular transport. We first review some biological facts obtained from experiments, and present some modeling attempts based on cellular automata. We start with background knowledge on the origi...

  5. Origin of traps and charge transport mechanism in hafnia

    Islamov, D. R., E-mail: damir@isp.nsc.ru; Gritsenko, V. A., E-mail: grits@isp.nsc.ru [Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Cheng, C. H. [Department of Mechatronic Technology, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Chin, A., E-mail: albert-achin@hotmail.com [National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2014-12-01

    In this study, we demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that oxygen vacancies are responsible for the charge transport in HfO{sub 2}. Basing on the model of phonon-assisted tunneling between traps, and assuming that the electron traps are oxygen vacancies, good quantitative agreement between the experimental and theoretical data of current-voltage characteristics was achieved. The thermal trap energy of 1.25 eV in HfO{sub 2} was determined based on the charge transport experiments.

  6. A multiclass vehicular dynamic traffic flow model for main roads and dedicated lanes/roads of multimodal transport network

    We present in this paper a model of vehicular traffic flow for a multimodal transportation road network. We introduce the notion of class of vehicles to refer to vehicles of different transport modes. Our model describes the traffic on highways (which may contain several lanes) and network transit for pubic transportation. The model is drafted with Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinates and uses a Logit model to describe the traffic assignment of our multiclass vehicular flow description on shared roads. The paper also discusses traffic streams on dedicated lanes for specific class of vehicles with event-based traffic laws. An Euler-Lagrangian-remap scheme is introduced to numerically approximate the model’s flow equations

  7. A multiclass vehicular dynamic traffic flow model for main roads and dedicated lanes/roads of multimodal transport network

    Sossoe, K.S., E-mail: kwami.sossoe@irt-systemx.fr [TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE SYSTEMX (France); Lebacque, J-P., E-mail: jean-patrick.lebacque@ifsttar.fr [UPE/IFSTTAR-COSYS-GRETTIA (France)

    2015-03-10

    We present in this paper a model of vehicular traffic flow for a multimodal transportation road network. We introduce the notion of class of vehicles to refer to vehicles of different transport modes. Our model describes the traffic on highways (which may contain several lanes) and network transit for pubic transportation. The model is drafted with Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinates and uses a Logit model to describe the traffic assignment of our multiclass vehicular flow description on shared roads. The paper also discusses traffic streams on dedicated lanes for specific class of vehicles with event-based traffic laws. An Euler-Lagrangian-remap scheme is introduced to numerically approximate the model’s flow equations.

  8. Multidrug transport by ATP binding cassette transporters : a proposed two-cylinder engine mechanism

    van Veen, HW; Higgins, CF; Konings, WN

    2001-01-01

    The elevated expression of ATP binding cassette (ABC) multidrug transporters in multidrug-resistant cells interferes with the drug-based control of cancers and infectious pathogenic microorganisms. Multidrug transporters interact directly with the drug substrates. This review summarizes current insi

  9. Price Analysis of Railway Freight Transport under Marketing Mechanism

    Shi, Ying; Fang, Xiaoping; Chen, Zhiya

    Regarding the problems in the reform of the railway tariff system and the pricing of the transport, by means of assaying the influence of the price elasticity on the artifice used for price, this article proposed multiple regressive model which analyzed price elasticity quantitatively. This model conclude multi-factors which influences on the price elasticity, such as the averagely railway freight charge, the averagely freight haulage of proximate supersede transportation mode, the GDP per capita in the point of origin, and a series of dummy variable which can reflect the features of some productive and consume demesne. It can calculate the price elasticity of different classes in different domains, and predict the freight traffic volume on different rate levels. It can calculate confidence-level, and evaluate the relevance of each parameter to get rid of irrelevant or little relevant variables. It supplied a good theoretical basis for directing the pricing of transport enterprises in market economic conditions, which is suitable for railway freight, passenger traffic and other transportation manner as well. SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science) software was used to calculate and analysis the example. This article realized the calculation by HYFX system(Ministry of Railways fund).

  10. Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes: Transport of capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains

    Pothof, I.W.M.

    2011-01-01

    Air-water flow is an undesired condition in many systems for the transportation of water or wastewater. Air in storm water tunnels may get trapped and negatively affect the system. Air pockets in hydropower tunnels or sewers may cause blow-back events and inadmissible pressure spikes. Water pipes an

  11. A continuum mechanics-based musculo-mechanical model for esophageal transport

    Kou, Wenjun; Pandolfino, John E; Kahrilas, Peter J; Patankar, Neelesh A

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we extend our previous esophageal transport model using an immersed boundary (IB) method with discrete fiber-based structures, to one using a continuum mechanics-based model that is approximated based on finite elements (IB-FE). To deal with the leakage of flow when the Lagrangian mesh becomes coarser than the fluid mesh, we employ adaptive interaction quadrature points for Lagrangian-Eulerian interaction equations based on a previous work. In particular, we introduce a new anisotropic adaptive interaction quadrature rule. The new rule permits us to vary the interaction quadrature points not only at each time-step and element but also at different orientations per element. For the material model, we extend our previous fiber-based model to a continuum-based model. We first study a case in which a three-dimensional short tube is dilated. Results match very well with those from the implicit FE method. We remark that in our IB-FE case, the three-dimensional tube undergoes a very large deformation a...

  12. Mechanism of Paroxetine (Paxil) Inhibition of the Serotonin Transporter.

    Davis, Bruce A; Nagarajan, Anu; Forrest, Lucy R; Singh, Satinder K

    2016-01-01

    The serotonin transporter (SERT) is an integral membrane protein that exploits preexisting sodium-, chloride-, and potassium ion gradients to catalyze the thermodynamically unfavorable movement of synaptic serotonin into the presynaptic neuron. SERT has garnered significant clinical attention partly because it is the target of multiple psychoactive agents, including the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil), the most potent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor known. However, the binding site and orientation of paroxetine in SERT remain controversial. To provide molecular insight, we constructed SERT homology models based on the Drosophila melanogaster dopamine transporter and docked paroxetine to these models. We tested the predicted binding configurations with a combination of radioligand binding and flux assays on wild-type and mutant SERTs. Our data suggest that the orientation of paroxetine, specifically its fluorophenyl ring, in SERT's substrate binding site directly depends on this pocket's charge distribution, and thereby provide an avenue toward understanding and enhancing high-affinity antidepressant activity. PMID:27032980

  13. Molecular mechanism of regulation of iron transport across placenta

    Hanif, R.

    2012-01-01

    During the third trimester of pregnancy, iron transport from mother to the foetus against a concentration gradient determines the iron endowment in foetal and neonatal life. Hfe functions as an upstream regulator of liver hepcidin which has been demonstrated to be a negative regulator of intestinal absorption of dietary iron and macrophage efflux of recycled iron. Hepcidin has also been proposed to be a negative regulator of iron efflux from the placenta, however it is not k...

  14. On the mechanism of gas transport in rigid polymer membranes

    Hensema, E.R.; Mulder, M.H.V.; Smolders, C.A.

    1993-01-01

    Conventional polymers are compared as gas separation membrane materials with tailormade polymers. The increased permeability of the latter are due to their higher free volume available for gas transport. The increased free volume is associated with the rigidity polymer backbone. Free volume is obtained by subtracting the occupied volume, calculated using group contributions from the polymer specific volume. Wide Angle X-ray techniques are used to obtain average d-spacings that are interpreted...

  15. Mechanisms Underlying Methamphetamine-Induced Dopamine Transporter Complex Formation

    Hadlock, Gregory C.; Baucum, Anthony J.; King, Jill L.; Horner, Kristen A.; Cook, Glen A.; Gibb, James W.; Wilkins, Diana G; Hanson, Glen R.; Fleckenstein, Annette E.

    2009-01-01

    Repeated, high-dose methamphetamine (METH) administrations cause persistent dopaminergic deficits in rodents, nonhuman primates, and humans. In rats, this treatment also causes the formation of high-molecular mass (greater than approximately 120 kDa) dopamine transporter (DAT)-associated complexes, the loss of DAT monomer immunoreactivity, and a decrease in DAT function, as assessed in striatal synaptosomes prepared 24 h after METH treatment. The present study extends ...

  16. Mechanism of Paroxetine (Paxil) Inhibition of the Serotonin Transporter

    Davis, Bruce A.; Anu Nagarajan; Forrest, Lucy R.; Singh, Satinder K.

    2016-01-01

    The serotonin transporter (SERT) is an integral membrane protein that exploits preexisting sodium-, chloride-, and potassium ion gradients to catalyze the thermodynamically unfavorable movement of synaptic serotonin into the presynaptic neuron. SERT has garnered significant clinical attention partly because it is the target of multiple psychoactive agents, including the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil), the most potent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor known. However, the binding site a...

  17. The Physiological Mechanism of Postphloem Sugar Transport in Citrus Fruit

    CHEN Jun-wei; ZHANG Shang-long; ZHANG Liang-cheng; Ruan Yong-ling; XIE Ming; TAO Jun

    2003-01-01

    The dynamics of translocation and partitioning of 14C-phothsynthates, the concentration of sucrose in fruit tissues and the effects of the membrane carrier- and ATPase-specific inhibitors on 14C-sucrose uptake by juice sacs of the satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu Marc. cv. Miyagawa wase) fruit were examined at the stage of fruit enlargement and fruit full ripe. Kinetic data of 14C-photosynthate translocation indicated that the rate of photosynthate transport into juice sacs decreased with fruit maturation and sugar accumulation. Along the photosynthate translocation path, i.e. from vascular bundles to segment epidermis then to juice sacs, a descending sugar gradient was observed. With fruit maturation and sugar accumulation in juice sacs, the 14C photosynthate gradient increased, whereas the static sucrose concentration gradient decreased with fruit maturation and sugar accumulation. The higher gradient of specific 14C radioactivity was considered to favor diffusion and sugar transport into juice sacs at the later stage of fruit development. The rate of uptake 14C-sucrose by juice sacs of satsuma mandarin fruit was markedly reduced by PCMBS, EB, DNP and NO-3 treatment. The above results suggested the participation of a carrier-mediated, energy-dependent sugar active transport process in juice sacs of satsuma mandarin fruit.

  18. Enrichment behavior and transport mechanism of soil-bound PAHs during rainfall-runoff events

    Luo, X.; Zheng, Y.

    2012-12-01

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) transported by surface runoff result in nonpoint source pollution and jeopardize aquatic ecosystems. The transport mechanism of PAHs during rainfall-runoff events has been rarely studied regarding pervious areas. An experimental system was set up to simulate the runoff pollution process on PAHs-contaminated soil. The enrichment behavior of soil-bound PAHs was investigated. The results show that soil organic matters (SOM), rather than clay particles, seem to be the main carrier of PAHs. The enrichment is highly conditioned on runoff and erosion processes, and its magnitude varies among PAH compounds. It is not feasible to build a simple and universal relationship between enrichment ratio and sediment discharge following the traditional enrichment theory. To estimate the flux of PAHs from pervious areas, soil erosion process has to be clearly understood, and both organic carbon content and composition of SOM should be factored into the calculation.To further explore the effect of different soil organic matters on the enrichment behavior, Organic petrology analysis can be applied. Schematic diagram of the experimental setup

  19. Fluid flow and particle transport in mechanically ventilated airways. Part I. Fluid flow structures.

    Van Rhein, Timothy; Alzahrany, Mohammed; Banerjee, Arindam; Salzman, Gary

    2016-07-01

    A large eddy simulation-based computational study of fluid flow and particle transport in upper tracheobronchial airways is carried out to investigate the effect of ventilation parameters on pulmonary fluid flow. Respiratory waveforms commonly used by commercial mechanical ventilators are used to study the effect of ventilation parameters and ventilation circuit on pulmonary fluid dynamics. A companion paper (Alzahrany et al. in Med Biol Eng Comput, 2014) reports our findings on the effect of the ventilation parameters and circuit on particle transport and aerosolized drug delivery. The endotracheal tube (ETT) was found to be an important geometric feature and resulted in a fluid jet that caused an increase in turbulence and created a recirculation zone with high wall shear stress in the main bronchi. Stronger turbulence was found in lower airways than would be found under normal breathing conditions due to the presence of the jet caused by the ETT. The pressure-controlled sinusoidal waveform induced the lowest wall shear stress on the airways wall. PMID:26563199

  20. An ambiguous interface – on the transport mechanism of the ABC transport complex TAP

    Großmann, Nina

    2012-01-01

    The adaptive immune system protects against daily infections and malignant transformation. In this, the translocation of antigenic peptides by the transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP) into the ER lumen is an essential step in the antigen presentation by MHC I molecules. The heterodimeric ATP-binding cassette transporter (ABC) TAP consist of the two halftransporters TAP1 and TAP2. Each monomer contains an N-terminal transmembrane domain (TMD) and a conserved C-terminal nucleoti...

  1. Sediment transport mechanisms through the sustainable vegetated flow networks

    Allen, Deonie; Haynes, Heather; Arthur, Scott

    2016-04-01

    Understanding the pollution treatment efficiency of a sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) asset or network requires the influx, transport, detention and discharge of the pollutant within the system. To date event specific monitoring of sediment (primarily total suspended solids) concentrations in the inflow and discharge from SuDS have been monitored. Long term analysis of where the sediment is transported to and the residency time of this pollutant within the SuDS asset or network have not been unraveled due to the difficulty in monitoring specific sediment particulate movement. Using REO tracing methodology, sediment particulate movement has become possible. In tracing sediment movement from an urban surface the internal residency and transportation of this sediment has illustrated SuDS asset differences in multi-event detention. Of key importance is the finding that sediment remains within the SuDS asset for extended periods of time, but that the location sediment detention changes. Thus, over multiple rainfall-runoff events sediment is seen to move through the SuDS assets and network proving the assumption that detained sediment is permanent and stationary to be inaccurate. Furthermore, mass balance analysis of SuDS sediment indicates that there is notable re-suspension and ongoing release of sediment from the SuDS over time and cumulative rainfall-runoff events. Continued monitoring of sediment deposition and concentration in suspension illustrates that sediment detention within SuDS decreases over time/multiple events, without stabilizing within a 12 month period. Repeated experiments show a consistent pattern of detention and release for the three SuDS networks monitored in Scotland. Through consideration of both rainfall and flow factors the drivers of sediment transport within the monitored SuDS have been identified. Within the limitation of this field study the key drivers to SuDS sediment detention efficiency (or transport of sediment through the system

  2. Lipid transport function is the main target of oral oleoylethanolamide to reduce adiposity in high-fat-fed mice

    Thabuis, Clémentine; Destaillats, Frédéric; Lambert, Didier; Muccioli, Giulio; Maillot, Matthieu; Harach, Touafiq; Tissot-Favre, Delphine; Martin, Jean-Charles

    2011-01-01

    We evaluated the biological basis of reduced fat gain by oleoylethanolamide (OEA) in high-fat-fed mice and sought to determine how degradation of OEA affected its efficiency by comparing its effects to those of KDS-5104, a nonhydrolyzable lipid OEA analog. Mice were given OEA or KDS-5104 by the oral route (100 mg/kg body weight). Sixty-eight variables per mouse, describing six biological processes (lipid transport, lipogenesis, energy intake, energy expenditure, endocannabinoid signaling, and...

  3. Molecular mechanism of ligand recognition by membrane transport protein, Mhp1

    Simmons, KJ; Jackson, SM; Brueckner, F.; Patching, SG; Beckstein, O.; Ivanova, E.; Geng, T.; Weyand, S; Drew, D.; Lanigan, J; Sharples, DJ; Sansom, MS; Iwata, S; Fishwick, CW; Johnson, AP

    2014-01-01

    The hydantoin transporter Mhp1 is a sodium-coupled secondary active transport protein of the nucleobase-cation-symport family and a member of the widespread 5-helix inverted repeat superfamily of transporters. The structure of Mhp1 was previously solved in three different conformations providing insight into the molecular basis of the alternating access mechanism. Here, we elucidate detailed events of substrate binding, through a combination of crystallography, molecular dynamics, site-direct...

  4. THE BASIS OF MECHANISM INTRODUCTION THE STATE-PRIVATE COLLABORATION ON THE RAILWAY TRANSPORT

    Volohov, V.; Markova, I

    2010-01-01

    The point of further development the commercial relationships on the railway transport was investigated in this article and we propose to examine the possibility of using this state-private mechanism in the railway branch.

  5. Buoyancy-driven flow in a peat moss layer as a mechanism for solute transport

    Rappoldt, C; Pieters, GJJM; Adema, EB; Baaijens, GJ; Grootjans, AP; van Duijn, CJ; Pieters, Gert-Jan J.M.; Adema, Erwin B.; Baaijens, Gerrit J.; Grootjans, Ab P.; Duijn, Cornelis J. van; Jury, William A.

    2003-01-01

    Transport of nutrients, CO2, methane, and oxygen plays an important ecological role at the surface of wetland ecosystems. A possibly important transport mechanism in a water-saturated peat moss layer (usually Sphagnum cuspidatum) is nocturnal buoyancy flow, the downward flow of relatively cold surfa

  6. Computerized simulation of the mechanical behavior of wood-filled shock absorbers of radioactive materials transport casks

    In Germany the mechanical component inspection of transport containers for radioactive materials is performed by BAM (Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung) under consideration of national and international standards and guidelines. Experimental and calculative (analytical and numerical) techniques combined with material and/or component testing are the basis of assessment concepts according the state of the art. The authors describe the experiences of BAM concerning assessment and description of the mechanical behavior of shock absorbing components, including modeling strategies, material models, drop tests and experiment-calculation comparison. Energy absorbing components are used to reduce the impact forces at the container in case of a transport accident. In Germany wood filled thin-walled constructions are used. The deformation behavior of the wood is a main part of the calculative simulation procedures in comparison with experimental tests.

  7. Angler awareness of aquatic nuisance species and potential transport mechanisms

    Gates, K.K.; Guy, C.S.; Zale, A.V.; Horton, T.B.

    2009-01-01

    The role anglers play in transporting aquatic nuisance species (ANS) is important in managing infestations and preventing introductions. The objectives of this study were to: (1) quantify angler movement patterns in southwestern Montana, ANS awareness and equipment cleaning practices; and (2) quantify the amount of soil transported on boots and waders. Mean distance travelled by residents from their home to the survey site was 115 km (??17, 95% CI). Mean distance travelled by non-residents was 1738 km (??74). Fifty-one percent of residents and 49% of non-residents reported occasionally, rarely or never cleaning their boots and waders between uses. Mean weight of soil carried on one boot leg was 8.39 g (??1.50). Movement and equipment cleaning practices of anglers in southwestern Montana suggest that future control of ANS dispersal may require restricting the use of felt-soled wading boots, requiring river-specific wading equipment or providing cleaning stations and requiring their use. ?? 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  8. Mechanism(S) Involved in the Colon-Specific Expression of the Thiamine Pyrophosphate (Tpp) Transporter

    Nabokina, Svetlana M.; Ramos, Mel Brendan; Said, Hamid M.

    2016-01-01

    Microbiota of the large intestine synthesizes considerable amount of vitamin B1 (thiamine) in the form of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP). We have recently demonstrated the existence of an efficient and specific carrier-mediated uptake process for TPP in human colonocytes, identified the TPP transporter (TPPT) involved (product of the SLC44A4 gene), and shown that expression of TPPT along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is restricted to the colon. Our aim in this study was to determine the molecular basis of the colon-specific expression of TPPT focusing on a possible epigenetic mechanism. Our results showed that the CpG island predicted in the SLC44A4 promoter is non-methylated in the human colonic epithelial NCM460 cells, but is hyper-methylated in the human duodenal epithelial HuTu80 cells (as well as in the human retinal pigment epithelial ARPE19 cells). In the mouse (where TPPT expression in the GI tract is also restricted to the colon), the CpG island predicted in the Slc44a4 promoter is non-methylated in both the jejunum and colon, thus arguing against possible contribution of DNA methylation in the colon-specific expression of TPPT. A role for histone modifications in the tissue-specific pattern of Slc44a4 expression, however, was suggested by the findings that in mouse colon, histone H3 in the 5’-regulatory region of Slc44a4 is tri-methylated at lysine 4 and acetylated at lysine 9, whereas the tri-methylation at lysine 27 modification was negligible. In contrast, in the mouse jejunum, histone H3 is hyper-trimethylated at lysine 27 (repressor mark). Similarly, possible involvement of miRNA(s) in the tissue-specific expression of TPPT was also suggested by the findings that the 3’-UTR of SLC44A4 is targeted by specific miRNAs/RNA binding proteins in non-colonic, but not in colonic, epithelial cells. These studies show, for the first time, epigenetic mechanisms (histone modifications) play a role in determining the tissue-specific pattern of expression of

  9. Main mineral melting behavior and mineral reaction mechanism at molecular level of blended coal ash under gasification condition

    Wu, Xiaojiang; Zhang, Zhongxiao; Chen, Yushuang; Zhou, Tuo; Fan, Junjie; Piao, Guilin; Kobayashi, Nobusuke; Mori, Shigekatsu; Itaya, Yoshinori,

    2010-11-15

    The main mineral melting behavior and mineral reaction mechanism at molecular level of Chinese blended coal ash under gasification condition (30% H{sub 2}, 66% CO, 4% CO{sub 2}) from 1073 K to 1573 K were studied through the ASTM test, X-ray diffraction (XRD), ternary phase diagram system and quantum chemistry calculation with ab-initio calculations. The results show that with increasing blending mass fraction of low ash fusion temperature (AFT) ash (ash B), the location of blended ash in ternary systems is transferred from the mullite region to the anorthite region, as the dominant crystal mineral of blended ash at around DT (XRD analysis) is also transferred from mullite to anorthite. The calcium-bearing minerals, such as anhydrite, calcite etc., can react with mullite and the precursors of mullite (metakaolinite etc.), which is one of the main refractory minerals in high AFT ash (ash A), and is converted into low-melting minerals (anorthite, gehlenite, and fayalite etc.) in the temperature range between 1273 K and 1403 K. The reaction between mullite and CaO to form anorthite plays a significant role in decreasing AFTs of blended coal ash A/B. It is because the chemical activity of the highest occupied molecular orbits (HOMO) in mullite cluster is stronger than that of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbits (LUMO) in mullite cluster, the Ca{sup 2+} as electron acceptor can easily enter into the crystal lattice of mullite mainly through O (7) and O (12) and cause the rupture of bonds Al (1)-O (13) (in the [AlO{sub 6}]{sup 9-}-octahedron) and Al (8)-O (13) (in the [AlO{sub 4}]{sup 5-}-tetrahedron), which are weaker than any other bonds in crystal lattice of mullite. Finally, the entrance of Ca{sup 2+} can force mullite to transform to anorthite by the effect of Ca{sup 2+}, and the entered Ca{sup 2+} is located in the center of [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4-}-tetrahedron ring in the anorthite crystal lattice. Taking the [SiO{sub 4}]{sup 4{sup -}}-tetrahedron, which is

  10. Cytoplasmic HIV-1 RNA is mainly transported by diffusion in the presence or absence of Gag protein

    Chen, Jianbo; Grunwald, David; Sardo, Luca;

    2014-01-01

    Full-length HIV-1 RNA plays a central role in viral replication by serving as the mRNA for essential viral proteins and as the genome packaged into infectious virions. Proper RNA trafficking is required for the functions of RNA and its encoded proteins; however, the mechanism by which HIV-1 RNA...

  11. Understanding the removal mechanisms of PPCPs and the influence of main technological parameters in anaerobic UASB and aerobic CAS reactors

    Alvarino, T., E-mail: teresa.alvarino@usc.es; Suarez, S., E-mail: Sonia.suarez@usc.es; Lema, J.M., E-mail: juan.lema@usc.es; Omil, F., E-mail: francisco.omil@usc.es

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Removals of 16 PPCPs under aerobic and anaerobic conditions were quantified. • Operation conditions (HRT, v{sub up}, biomass activity and conformation) influenced removal. • Highest removals associated to aerobic biodegradation. • Sorption was only relevant for lipophilic compounds in the UASB reactor. - Abstract: The removal of 16 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) were studied in a conventional activated sludge (CAS) unit and an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor. Special attention was paid to each biomass conformation and activity as well as to operational conditions. Biodegradation was the main PPCP removal mechanism, being higher removals achieved under aerobic conditions, except in the case of sulfamethoxazole and trimetrophim. Under anaerobic conditions, PPCP biodegradation was correlated with the methanogenic rate, while in the aerobic reactor a relationship with nitrification was found. Sorption onto sludge was influenced by biomass conformation, being only significant for musk fragrances in the UASB reactor, in which an increase of the upward velocity and hydraulic retention time improved this removal. Additionally, PPCP sorption increased with time in the UASB reactor, due to the granular biomass structure which suggests the existence of intra-molecular diffusion.

  12. Understanding the removal mechanisms of PPCPs and the influence of main technological parameters in anaerobic UASB and aerobic CAS reactors

    Highlights: • Removals of 16 PPCPs under aerobic and anaerobic conditions were quantified. • Operation conditions (HRT, vup, biomass activity and conformation) influenced removal. • Highest removals associated to aerobic biodegradation. • Sorption was only relevant for lipophilic compounds in the UASB reactor. - Abstract: The removal of 16 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) were studied in a conventional activated sludge (CAS) unit and an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor. Special attention was paid to each biomass conformation and activity as well as to operational conditions. Biodegradation was the main PPCP removal mechanism, being higher removals achieved under aerobic conditions, except in the case of sulfamethoxazole and trimetrophim. Under anaerobic conditions, PPCP biodegradation was correlated with the methanogenic rate, while in the aerobic reactor a relationship with nitrification was found. Sorption onto sludge was influenced by biomass conformation, being only significant for musk fragrances in the UASB reactor, in which an increase of the upward velocity and hydraulic retention time improved this removal. Additionally, PPCP sorption increased with time in the UASB reactor, due to the granular biomass structure which suggests the existence of intra-molecular diffusion

  13. Mechanisms of Transport of Copper, Cadmium and Chromium in Soils

    Biggar, J. W.; Tanji, K. K.; D. R. Nielsen; Miller, R.J.

    1981-01-01

    The copper in the saturation extract of dried Davis sewage sludge was mainly in a complexed form. A Cu2+ specific ion electrode was used to determine the extent of complexation. Absorption experiments showed that the Kd value of 90 cc g-1. Paper electrophoresis was used to define the complexes according to their mobility in an electric field. Six fractions of positive, negative and neutral charge were isolated. The fraction of Cu in the sludge which was water soluble was found to increase sig...

  14. Coupling mechanical forces to electrical signaling: molecular motors and the intracellular transport of ion channels.

    Barry, Joshua; Gu, Chen

    2013-04-01

    Proper localization of various ion channels is fundamental to neuronal functions, including postsynaptic potential plasticity, dendritic integration, action potential initiation and propagation, and neurotransmitter release. Microtubule-based forward transport mediated by kinesin motors plays a key role in placing ion channel proteins to correct subcellular compartments. PDZ- and coiled-coil-domain proteins function as adaptor proteins linking ionotropic glutamate and GABA receptors to various kinesin motors, respectively. Recent studies show that several voltage-gated ion channel/transporter proteins directly bind to kinesins during forward transport. Three major regulatory mechanisms underlying intracellular transport of ion channels are also revealed. These studies contribute to understanding how mechanical forces are coupled to electrical signaling and illuminating pathogenic mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases. PMID:22910031

  15. Grotthuss mechanisms: from proton transport in proton wires to bioprotonic devices

    In 1804, Theodore von Grotthuss proposed a mechanism for proton (H+) transport between water molecules that involves the exchange of a covalent bond between H and O with a hydrogen bond. This mechanism also supports the transport of OH− as a proton hole and is essential in explaining proton transport in intramembrane proton channels. Inspired by the Grotthuss mechanism and its similarity to electron and hole transport in semiconductors, we have developed semiconductor type devices that are able to control and monitor a current of H+ as well as OH− in hydrated biopolymers. In this topical review, we revisit these devices that include protonic diodes, complementary, transistors, memories and transducers as well as a phenomenological description of their behavior that is analogous to electronic semiconductor devices. (topical review)

  16. Mechanism of unassisted ion transport across membrane bilayers

    Wilson, M. A.; Pohorille, A.

    1996-01-01

    To establish how charged species move from water to the nonpolar membrane interior and to determine the energetic and structural effects accompanying this process, we performed molecular dynamics simulations of the transport of Na+ and Cl- across a lipid bilayer located between two water lamellae. The total length of molecular dynamics trajectories generated for each ion was 10 ns. Our simulations demonstrate that permeation of ions into the membrane is accompanied by the formation of deep, asymmetric thinning defects in the bilayer, whereby polar lipid head groups and water penetrate the nonpolar membrane interior. Once the ion crosses the midplane of the bilayer the deformation "switches sides"; the initial defect slowly relaxes, and a defect forms in the outgoing side of the bilayer. As a result, the ion remains well solvated during the process; the total number of oxygen atoms from water and lipid head groups in the first solvation shell remains constant. A similar membrane deformation is formed when the ion is instantaneously inserted into the interior of the bilayer. The formation of defects considerably lowers the free energy barrier to transfer of the ion across the bilayer and, consequently, increases the permeabilities of the membrane to ions, compared to the rigid, planar structure, by approximately 14 orders of magnitude. Our results have implications for drug delivery using liposomes and peptide insertion into membranes.

  17. From Mechanical Motion to Brownian Motion, Thermodynamics and Particle Transport Theory

    Bringuier, E.

    2008-01-01

    The motion of a particle in a medium is dealt with either as a problem of mechanics or as a transport process in non-equilibrium statistical physics. The two kinds of approach are often unrelated as they are taught in different textbooks. The aim of this paper is to highlight the link between the mechanical and statistical treatments of particle…

  18. Critical review: Radionuclide transport, sediment transport, and water quality mathematical modeling; and radionuclide adsorption/desorption mechanisms

    Onishi, Y.; Serne, R.J.; Arnold, E.M.; Cowan, C.E.; Thompson, F.L. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1981-01-01

    This report describes the results of a detailed literature review of radionuclide transport models applicable to rivers, estuaries, coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and impoundments. Some representatives sediment transport and water quality models were also reviewed to evaluate if they can be readily adapted to radionuclide transport modeling. The review showed that most available transport models were developed for dissolved radionuclide in rivers. These models include the mechanisms of advection, dispersion, and radionuclide decay. Since the models do not include sediment and radionuclide interactions, they are best suited for simulating short-term radionuclide migration where: (1) radionuclides have small distribution coefficients; (2) sediment concentrations in receiving water bodies are very low. Only 5 of the reviewed models include full sediment and radionuclide interactions: CHMSED developed by Fields; FETRA SERATRA, and TODAM developed by Onishi et al, and a model developed by Shull and Gloyna. The 5 models are applicable to cases where: (1) the distribution coefficient is large; (2) sediment concentrations are high; or (3) long-term migration and accumulation are under consideration. The report also discusses radionuclide absorption/desorption distribution ratios and addresses adsorption/desorption mechanisms and their controlling processes for 25 elements under surface water conditions. These elements are: Am, Sb, C, Ce, Cm, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, I, Fe, Mn, Np, P, Pu, Pm, Ra, Ru, Sr, Tc, Th, {sup 3}H, U, Zn and Zr.

  19. Oxygen transport mechanisms in REAlO3 scintillators

    The performance of oxide scintillators often suffers from phenomena related to the existence of point defects. Thus, if deleterious defects are removed, it follows that scintillator performance will improve. In the case of REAlO3 perovskites, the oxygen vacancy has been identified as the predominant electron trap site. Previous empirical efforts to minimize the concentration of this particular defect through aliovalent doping have been successful. Here we discuss the results of atomic scale simulations that provide important detail regarding the mechanism by which the oxygen vacancy concentration is reduced. Specifically, we describe the complex mobility of oxygen vacancies and interstitials, which governs the recombination of these defects. The results of these simulations will aid in the synthesis of optimized scintillation materials. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Use of microsamples for mechanic properties and microstructure control of basic metal in main circulation pipeline of the South-Ukrainian NPP after 100 thousand hours of operation

    Results of mechanical property control studies of basic metal in main circulation pipeline of the South-Ukrainian NPP are exposed. Non-destructive methodic of microsample cutting was developed. Prospects of its use are discussed

  1. Mechanism of arsenate inhibition of the glucose active transport system in Neurospora crassa

    The mechanism of arsenate inhibition of the glucose active transport system in wild-type cells of Neurospora crassa has been examined. Arsenate treatment results in approximately 65% inhibition of the glucose active transport system with only a small depression of cellular ATP levels. The transport system is not inhibited in cells treated with sodium arsenate in the presence of sodium azide. The transport inhibition is suppressed when orthophosphate is present during arsenate treatment, but is not reversed by orthophosphate when added after the arsenate treatment. The transport inhibition is completely reversed by treatment of the cells with mercaptoethanol. Gel chromatography of sonicates of intact cells which had been treated with [74As]arsenate reveals three radioactive peaks, one with the elution volume of arsenate, one with the elution volume of arsenite, and in high molecular-weight radioactive fraction. Treatment of the high molecular-weight radioactive fraction with mercaptoethanol results in the production of radioactive arsenite. In view of these findings, it is proposed that arsenate inhibition of the glucose active transport system in Neurospora involves transport of arsenate into the cells, probably via the orthophosphate transport system, reduction of the transported arsenate to arsenite, and interaction of arsenite with some component of the glucose active transport system, presumably via covalent binding with vicinal thiol groups. 15 references, 4 figures, 2 tables

  2. Analysis of physical mechanisms underlying density-dependent transport in porous media

    Landman, A.J.

    2005-01-01

    In this thesis, the interaction between (large) density gradients and flow and transport in porous media is studied. Large gradients in the density of groundwater exist for example near deep salt rock formations, which are considered as possible long-term storage sites for radioactive waste. Furthermore, density effects play a role in many other groundwater applications, such as salt water intrusion. Density gradients mainly affect the flow field and mass transport in two ways: by fluid volum...

  3. RISK ANALYSIS STUDY OF NOx, and SOx FROM TRANSPORTATION (CASE STUDY: MAIN STREETS OF D.I. JOGJAKARTA

    Mochamad Arief Budihardjo

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The air pollution problems have been progressively set attention to the world especially industrialcountries recently. These problems not only give affect at health like emphysema, bronchitis, and otherinhalation disease but also make plants and properties destruction causes very big loss. This research isconcerned with the risk level which is accepted by people who reside in roadside because most of airpollutants come from transportation facilities such as motor vehicle. The limitation of the research is airpollutants exposure such like NOx, and SOx which enter the body through respiration. This risk analysisresearch is broken down into four step as follow; hazard identification showing NO2, and SO2concentration in 15 sampling locations where the highest value of NO2 is 56,5 μg / m3 and SO2 is 28,87μg/m3. According to DIY Governor Regulation No. 153 Year 2002 about the value of ambient air qualitystandard, quality standard of NO2 is 400 μg / m3, and SO2 is 900 μg / m3. It can be concluded thatconcentration of NO2 and SO2 in 2005 within all sampling locations is still under of quality standard. Thestep of exposure assessment involves the exposed population including pedicab worker, park worker, andcloister merchant. From calculation, the intake range of NO2 enters the body is 0,0025-0,0075 mg/kg.dayand SO2 is 0,0008-0,0038 mg/kg.day. Third step is dose-response assessment to find out what will be facedby people if exposure of pollutants occurs in a certain dose. The last step is risk characterization, theresult of research is that risk value / Hazard Index (HI less than 1 that still acceptable. It can besummarized that the ambient air quality of Jogjakarta especially NO2 and SO2 gas do not too adverse tohealth.

  4. Structure and Mechanism of the S Component of a Bacterial ECF Transporter

    P Zhang; J Wang; Y Shi

    2011-12-31

    The energy-coupling factor (ECF) transporters, responsible for vitamin uptake in prokaryotes, are a unique family of membrane transporters. Each ECF transporter contains a membrane-embedded, substrate-binding protein (known as the S component), an energy-coupling module that comprises two ATP-binding proteins (known as the A and A' components) and a transmembrane protein (known as the T component). The structure and transport mechanism of the ECF family remain unknown. Here we report the crystal structure of RibU, the S component of the ECF-type riboflavin transporter from Staphylococcus aureus at 3.6-{angstrom} resolution. RibU contains six transmembrane segments, adopts a previously unreported transporter fold and contains a riboflavin molecule bound to the L1 loop and the periplasmic portion of transmembrane segments 4-6. Structural analysis reveals the essential ligand-binding residues, identifies the putative transport path and, with sequence alignment, uncovers conserved structural features and suggests potential mechanisms of action among the ECF transporters.

  5. Modeling of glycerol-3-phosphate transporter suggests a potential 'tilt' mechanism involved in its function.

    Tsigelny, Igor F; Greenberg, Jerry; Kouznetsova, Valentina; Nigam, Sanjay K

    2008-10-01

    Many major facilitator superfamily (MFS) transporters have similar 12-transmembrane alpha-helical topologies with two six-helix halves connected by a long loop. In humans, these transporters participate in key physiological processes and are also, as in the case of members of the organic anion transporter (OAT) family, of pharmaceutical interest. Recently, crystal structures of two bacterial representatives of the MFS family--the glycerol-3-phosphate transporter (GlpT) and lac-permease (LacY)--have been solved and, because of assumptions regarding the high structural conservation of this family, there is hope that the results can be applied to mammalian transporters as well. Based on crystallography, it has been suggested that a major conformational "switching" mechanism accounts for ligand transport by MFS proteins. This conformational switch would then allow periodic changes in the overall transporter configuration, resulting in its cyclic opening to the periplasm or cytoplasm. Following this lead, we have modeled a possible "switch" mechanism in GlpT, using the concept of rotation of protein domains as in the DynDom program17 and membranephilic constraints predicted by the MAPAS program.(23) We found that the minima of energies of intersubunit interactions support two alternate positions consistent with their transport properties. Thus, for GlpT, a "tilt" of 9 degrees -10 degrees rotation had the most favorable energetics of electrostatic interaction between the two halves of the transporter; moreover, this confirmation was sufficient to suggest transport of the ligand across the membrane. We conducted steered molecular dynamics simulations of the GlpT-ligand system to explore how glycerol-3-phosphate would be handled by the "tilted" structure, and obtained results generally consistent with experimental mutagenesis data. While biochemical data remain most consistent with a single-site alternating access model, our results raise the possibility that, while the

  6. Origin and Transport Mechanism of Iodine-129 to the Japan Sea

    Suzuki, T.; Kabuto, S.; Amano, H.; Togawa, O.

    2007-05-01

    Iodine-129 is a long-lived radioisotope with a half life of 1.57 ? 107 years and produced naturally (129Inatural) by cosmic ray-induced spallation of xenon and spontaneous fission of uranium. Anthropogenic 129I has two main sources of releases into the environment during the last 60 years: one is nuclear weapons testing (129INWT) and the other is nuclear fuel reprocessing plants (129INFRP). Because of its long half life, anthropogenic 129I has a potential using as a tracer of the migration behavior of iodine for the last several decades. In this presentation, we discuss not only the origin but also the transport mechanism of 129I to the Japan Sea. Seawater samples were collected at the Toyama Bay and a region off Sekine in or near the Japan Sea. The concentrations of 129I in these samples were determined by accelerator mass spectrometry. The observed concentrations exceed the amounts expected from 129Inatural and 129INWT. The total fraction of 129Inatural and 129INWT is only a few percent. The majority of the concentration must come primarily from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in Europe. This result indicates a rapid distribution of 129I through atmospheric transport on a global scale. A depth profile of 129I in a seawater column at the Toyama Bay shows that the 129I maximum is in a mixed layer and decrease with depth. The inventory of 129I in the Toyama Bay is four times higher than the Gulf of Mexico which has almost the same depth as the Toyama Bay. This higher inventory probably reflects: 1) the seawater rapid sinking in the Japan Sea, 2) the difference of sampling locations associated with a distance from 129I released points and latitudinal distribution and 3) the differences of sampling dates before which integrated emissions from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants differed.

  7. Mechanisms of the hyperkalaemia caused by nafamostat mesilate: effects of its two metabolites on Na+ and K+ transport properties in the rabbit cortical collecting duct.

    Muto, S.; Imai, M; Y. Asano

    1994-01-01

    1. The present experiments were undertaken to determine the mechanism(s) of hyperkalaemia caused by nafamostat mesilate (NM), a serine-protease inhibitor. 2. We investigated the effects of luminal addition of two metabolites of NM, p-guanidinobenzoic acid (PGBA) and 6-amidino-2-naphthol (AN), on Na+ and K+ transport properties of the collecting duct (CD) cell in the isolated perfused cortical collecting duct (CCD) from rabbit kidneys, because these metabolites, but not NM, were mainly excrete...

  8. Radiative recombination mechanisms in CdTe thin films deposited by elemental vapor transport

    Collins, Shamara [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Vatavu, Sergiu, E-mail: svatavu@usm.md [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., Chisinau, MD-2009, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Evani, Vamsi; Khan, Md; Bakhshi, Sara; Palekis, Vasilios [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Rotaru, Corneliu [Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., Chisinau, MD-2009, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Ferekides, Chris [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States)

    2015-05-01

    A photoluminesence (PL) study of the radiative recombination mechanisms for CdTe films deposited under different Cd and Te overpressure by elemental vapor transport is presented. The experiment and analysis have been carried out in the temperature range of 12-130 K. The intensity of the PL laser excitation beam was varied by two orders of magnitude. It has been established that the bands in the 1.47-1.50 eV are determined by transitions involving shallow D and A states and the 1.36x-1.37x eV band is due to band to level transitions. Deep transitions at 1.042 eV and 1.129 eV are due to radiative transitions to levels determined by CdTe native defects. - Highlights: • Photoluminescense (PL) of CdTe thin films is present in the 0.8-1.6 eV spectral region. • High intensity excitonic peaks are among the main radiative paths. • Radiative transitions at 1.36x eV are assisted by dislocations caused levels. • Extremal Cd/Te overpressure ratios enhance PL for 1.497 eV, 1.486 eV, 1.474 eV bands. • PL intensity reaches its max value for the 0.45 and 1.25 Cd/Te overpressure ratios.

  9. Mechanism of methylmercury transport and transfer to the tissues of the rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri)

    Hemoglobin (Hb) is the main methylmercury (Me Hg) transport protein in trout blood, binding 90 percent of whole blood MeHg as determined by gel filtration chromatography following an intragastric dose of Me 203HgCl. In vitro MeHg is taken up rapidly by red blood cells (RBC) with 84 percent of the Hg (5 ppM as MeHg) added to whole blood being accumulated by the RBCs in 3 minutes. The binding of MeHg within the RBC is freely reversible in vitro as demonstrated by the efflux of Hg from RBCs suspended in protein solutions. Trout hemolysate, containing 55 mg/ml HBB: removed 36 percent of the Hg from the RBCs in a 12 hour incubation period. The MeHg bond within the RBC is also reversible in vivo. Gel filtration chromatography of liver soluble proteins showed identical elution profiles for MeHg administered as the free salt or bound in RBCs. The number of reactive sulfhydryl (-SH) groups per molecule of Hb was found to be 4 by amperometric titration with MeHgCl. The reactive -SH concentration in the RBC was calculated to be at least 20 mM. A mechanism for the efflux of MeHg from the RBC is proposed involving the dissociation of MeHg from Hb initiated by -SH groups outside the RBC and migration of MeHg across the membrane as MeHgCl. (U.S.)

  10. Radiative recombination mechanisms in CdTe thin films deposited by elemental vapor transport

    A photoluminesence (PL) study of the radiative recombination mechanisms for CdTe films deposited under different Cd and Te overpressure by elemental vapor transport is presented. The experiment and analysis have been carried out in the temperature range of 12-130 K. The intensity of the PL laser excitation beam was varied by two orders of magnitude. It has been established that the bands in the 1.47-1.50 eV are determined by transitions involving shallow D and A states and the 1.36x-1.37x eV band is due to band to level transitions. Deep transitions at 1.042 eV and 1.129 eV are due to radiative transitions to levels determined by CdTe native defects. - Highlights: • Photoluminescense (PL) of CdTe thin films is present in the 0.8-1.6 eV spectral region. • High intensity excitonic peaks are among the main radiative paths. • Radiative transitions at 1.36x eV are assisted by dislocations caused levels. • Extremal Cd/Te overpressure ratios enhance PL for 1.497 eV, 1.486 eV, 1.474 eV bands. • PL intensity reaches its max value for the 0.45 and 1.25 Cd/Te overpressure ratios

  11. Effects of intravenous furosemide on mucociliary transport and rheological properties of patients under mechanical ventilation

    Kondo, Cláudia Seiko; Macchionne, Mariângela; Nakagawa, Naomi Kondo; Carvalho, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro; King, Malcolm; Saldiva, Paulo Hilário Nascimento; Lorenzi-Filho, Geraldo

    2001-01-01

    The use of intravenous (IV) furosemide is common practice in patients under mechanical ventilation (MV), but its effects on respiratory mucus are largely unknown. Furosemide can affect respiratory mucus either directly through inhibition of the NaK(Cl)2 co-transporter on the basolateral surface of airway epithelium or indirectly through increased diuresis and dehydration. We investigated the physical properties and transportability of respiratory mucus obtained from 26 patients under MV distr...

  12. On the Driving Mechanism of the Annual Cycle of the Florida Current Transport

    Czeschel, Lars; Eden, Carsten; Greatbatch, Richard John

    2012-01-01

    The mechanisms involved in setting the annual cycle of the Florida Current transport are revisited using an adjoint model approach. Adjoint sensitivities of the Florida Current transport to wind stress reproduce a realistic seasonal cycle with an amplitude of ~1.2 Sv (1 Sv ≡ 106 m3 s−1). The annual cycle is predominantly determined by wind stress forcing and related coastal upwelling (downwelling) north of the Florida Strait along the shelf off the North American coast. Fast barotropic waves ...

  13. Discovery of a Biological Mechanism of Active Transport through the Tympanic Membrane to the Middle Ear

    Arwa Kurabi; Kwang K. Pak; Marlen Bernhardt; Andrew Baird; Ryan, Allen F.

    2016-01-01

    Otitis media (OM) is a common pediatric disease for which systemic antibiotics are often prescribed. While local treatment would avoid the systemic treatment side-effects, the tympanic membrane (TM) represents an impenetrable barrier unless surgically breached. We hypothesized that the TM might harbor innate biological mechanisms that could mediate trans-TM transport. We used two M13-bacteriophage display biopanning strategies to search for mediators of trans-TM transport. First, aliquots of ...

  14. Psychostimulants affect dopamine transmission through both dopamine transporter-dependent and independent mechanisms.

    dela Peña, Ike; Gevorkiana, Ruzanna; Shi, Wei-Xing

    2015-10-01

    The precise mechanisms by which cocaine and amphetamine-like psychostimulants exert their reinforcing effects are not yet fully defined. It is widely believed, however, that these drugs produce their effects by enhancing dopamine neurotransmission in the brain, especially in limbic areas such as the nucleus accumbens, by inducing dopamine transporter-mediated reverse transport and/or blocking dopamine reuptake though the dopamine transporter. Here, we present the evidence that aside from dopamine transporter, non-dopamine transporter-mediated mechanisms also participate in psychostimulant-induced dopamine release and contribute to the behavioral effects of these drugs, such as locomotor activation and reward. Accordingly, psychostimulants could increase norepinephrine release in the prefrontal cortex, the latter then alters the firing pattern of dopamine neurons resulting in changes in action potential-dependent dopamine release. These alterations would further affect the temporal pattern of dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens, thereby modifying information processing in that area. Hence, a synaptic input to a nucleus accumbens neuron may be enhanced or inhibited by dopamine depending on its temporal relationship to dopamine release. Specific temporal patterns of dopamine release may also be required for certain forms of synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens. Together, these effects induced by psychostimulants, mediated through a non-dopamine transporter-mediated mechanism involving norepinephrine and the prefrontal cortex, may also contribute importantly to the reinforcing properties of these drugs. PMID:26209364

  15. Changes of the main parameters of the primary heat transport system of the Embalse NPP after the replacement of the divider plates of the steam generators

    Divider plates of the four steam generators were repaired at Embalse NPP during the outage of 2002. This task led to a reduction of heavy water by-pass from the hot to the cold side. As a consequence of this, some Primary Heat Transport System (PHTS) parameters were affected. The main results of this work are the following: a) Bulk PHTS flow did not change significantly; b) Inlet Header temperature dropped 2,8 C degrees at full power; c) Quality at Outlet Header is now practically negligible. (author)

  16. Towards a new generation of flow and transport models for the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory. Main results from the project Aespoe models 2005

    Svensson, Urban (ed.) (Computer-aided Fluid Engineering AB (CFE AB), SE-602 10 Norrkoeping (Sweden)); Vidstrand, Patrik (Bergab AB, Goeteborg (Sweden)); Neretnieks, Ivars (Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)); Wallin, Bill (Geokema, Lidingoe (Sweden))

    2008-05-15

    This report constitutes the outcome of a project called 'Aespoe models 2005'. The main objective of the project has been to provide a first step towards a new generation of numerical models of flow and transport, for the Aespoe HRL. In order to achieve this goal, work has been carried out along three parallel lines; discussion of basic concepts, compilation and analysis of data and model applications. A number of sub tasks are reported as appendices in the report. In fact, these appendices represent the main achievements of the project: an analysis of fracture properties, compilation of isotope and chemical data, dispersion and mixing in fractured rocks and model results. The conclusion of the project is that significant contributions to a new generation of Aespoe models have been obtained. It has further been demonstrated that working numerical simulations are up and running. Recommendations are provided for the continued work

  17. Towards a new generation of flow and transport models for the Aespoe Hard Rock Laboratory. Main results from the project Aespoe models 2005

    This report constitutes the outcome of a project called 'Aespoe models 2005'. The main objective of the project has been to provide a first step towards a new generation of numerical models of flow and transport, for the Aespoe HRL. In order to achieve this goal, work has been carried out along three parallel lines; discussion of basic concepts, compilation and analysis of data and model applications. A number of sub tasks are reported as appendices in the report. In fact, these appendices represent the main achievements of the project: an analysis of fracture properties, compilation of isotope and chemical data, dispersion and mixing in fractured rocks and model results. The conclusion of the project is that significant contributions to a new generation of Aespoe models have been obtained. It has further been demonstrated that working numerical simulations are up and running. Recommendations are provided for the continued work

  18. Sequential mechanism of electron transport in the resonant tunneling diode with thick barriers

    A frequency-dependent impedance analysis (0.1-50 GHz) of an InGaAs/InAlAs-based resonant tunneling diode with a 5-nm-wide well and 5-nm-thick barriers showed that the transport mechanism in such a diode is mostly sequential, rather than coherent, which is consistent with estimates. The possibility of determining the coherent and sequential mechanism fractions in the electron transport through the resonant tunneling diode by its frequency dependence on the impedance is discussed

  19. Experimental Study on Influence of Mechanical Vibration during Transport of Transport/Storage Cask for Spent Nuclear Fuel on Containment Performance of Metal Gasket during Storage in Japan

    Transport casks of spent nuclear fuel will receive mechanical vibration during transport. It is known that the containment performance of metal gaskets is influenced by large external load or displacement. Quantitative influence of such vibration during transport on the containment performance of the metal gasket has not been known, but is crucial information particularly if the cask is stored as it is after the transport

  20. Transport and deposition of carbon at catchment scale: stabilization mechanisms approach

    Martínez-Mena, María; Almagro, María; Díaz-Pereira, Elvira; García-Franco, Noelia; Boix-Fayos, Carolina

    2016-04-01

    Terrestrial sedimentation buries large amounts of organic carbon (OC) annually, contributing to the terrestrial carbon sink. The temporal significance of this sink will strongly depend on the attributes of the depositional environment, but also on the characteristics of the OC reaching these sites and its stability upon deposition. The fate of the redistributed OC will ultimately depend on the mechanisms of its physical and chemical protection against decomposition, its turnover rates and the conditions under which the OC is stored in sedimentary settings. This framework is more complex in Mediterranean river basins where sediments are often redistributed under a range of environmental conditions in ephemeral, intermittent and perennial fluvial courses, sometimes within the same catchment. The OC stabilization mechanisms and their relations with aggregation at different transport and sedimentary deposits is under those conditions highly uncertain. The main objective of this work was to characterize the stabilization and mineralization of OC in sediments in transit (suspended load), at a range of depositional settings (alluvial bars, reservoir sediments) and soils from the source areas in a sub-catchment (111 km2) at the headwaters of the Segura catchment in South East Spain. In order to obtain a deeper knowledge on the predominant stabilization mechanism corresponding to each erosional phase, the following organic carbon fractionation method was carried out: Four aggregate size classes were distinguished by sieving (large and small macroaggregates, free microaggregates, and free silt plus clay fraction), and the microaggregates occluded within macroaggregates (SMm) were isolated. As a further step, an oxidation of the OC occluded in silt plus clay fraction and that of the free silt plus clay fraction was performed to estimate the oxidant resistant OC pool. Measured OC in these fractions can be related to three functional pools: active (free particulate organic

  1. Mechanism of coupling drug transport reactions located in two different membranes

    Helen I. Zgurskaya

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Gram- negative bacteria utilize a diverse array of multidrug transporters to pump toxic compounds out of cells. Some transporters together with periplasmic membrane fusion proteins (MFPs and outer membrane channels assemble trans-envelope complexes that expel multiple antibiotics across outer membranes of Gram-negative bacteria and into the external medium. Others further potentiate this efflux by pumping drugs across the inner membrane into the periplasm. Together these transporters create a powerful network of efflux that protect bacteria against a broad range of antimicrobial agents. This review is focused on the mechanism of coupling transport reactions located in two different membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. Using a combination of biochemical, genetic and biophysical approaches we have reconstructed the sequence of events leading to the assembly of trans-envelope drug efflux complexes and characterized the roles of periplasmic and outer membrane proteins in this process. Our recent data suggest a critical step in the activation of intermembrane efflux pumps, which is controlled by MFPs. We propose that the reaction cycles of transporters are tightly coupled to the assembly of the trans-envelope complexes. Transporters and MFPs exist in the inner membrane as dormant complexes. The activation of complexes is triggered by MFP binding to the outer membrane channel, which leads to a conformational change in the membrane proximal domain of MFP needed for stimulation of transporters. The activated MFP-transporter complex engages the outer membrane channel to expel substrates across the outer membrane. The recruitment of the channel is likely triggered by binding of effectors (substrates to MFP or MFP-transporter complexes. This model together with recent structural and functional advances in the field of drug efflux provides a fairly detailed understanding of the mechanism of drug efflux across the two membranes.

  2. Seat Belt Usage in Injured Car Occupants: Injury Patterns, Severity and Outcome After Two Main Car Accident Mechanisms in Kashan, Iran, 2012

    Mohammadzadeh, Mahdi; Paravar, Mohammad; Mirzadeh, Azadeh Sadat; Mohammadzadeh, Javad; Mahdian, Soroush

    2015-01-01

    Background: Road traffic accidents (RTAs) are the main public health problems in Iran. The seat belts, which are vehicle safety devices, are imperative to reduce the risk of severe injuries and mortality. Objectives: The aim of the study was to evaluate injury patterns, severity and outcome among belted and unbelted car occupants who were injured in car accidents. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional prospective study was performed on all car occupants injured in RTAs (n = 822) who were transported to hospital and hospitalized for more than 24 hours from March 2012 to March 2013. Demographic profile of the patients, including age, gender, position in the vehicle, the use of seat belts, type of car crashes, injured body regions, revised trauma score (RTS), Glasgow coma score (GCS), duration of hospital stay and mortality rate were analyzed by descriptive analysis, chi-square and independent t-test. P occupants were younger (28 years vs. 38 years) and had more frequently sustained head, abdomen and multiple injuries (P = 0.01, P = 0.01 and P = 0.009, respectively). Also, these patients had significantly lower GCS and elongated hospitalization and higher death rate (P = 0.001, P = 0.001 and P = 0.05, respectively). Tendency of severe head trauma and low RTS and death were increased in unbelted occupants in car rollover accident mechanisms (P = 0.001, P = 0.01 and P = 0.008, respectively). Conclusions: During car crashes, especially car rollover, unbelted occupants are more likely to sustain multiple severe injuries and death. Law enforcement of the seat belt usage for all occupants (front and rear seat) is obligatory to reduce severe injuries sustained as a result of car accidents, especially in vehicles with low safety. PMID:26064867

  3. Complex Regulation of Plant Phosphate Transporters and the Gap between Molecular Mechanisms and Practical Application: What Is Missing?

    Gu, Mian; Chen, Aiqun; Sun, Shubin; Xu, Guohua

    2016-03-01

    It has been almost 25 years since the first report of the gene encoding a high-affinity phosphate transporter (PT), PHO84, in yeast. Since then, an increasing number of yeast PHO84 homologs as well as other genes encoding proteins with phosphate (Pi) transport activities have been identified and functionally characterized in diverse plant species. Great progress has been made also in deciphering the molecular mechanism underlying the regulation of the abundance and/or activity of these genes and their products. The regulatory genes affect plant Pi homeostasis commonly through direct or indirect regulation of the abundance of PTs at different levels. However, little has been achieved in the use of PTs for developing genetically modified crops with high phosphorus use efficiency (PUE). This might be a consequence of overemphasizing Pi uptake from the rhizosphere and lack of knowledge about the roles of PTs in Pi transport and recycling within the plant that are required to optimize PUE. Here, we mainly focused on the genes encoding proteins with Pi transport activities and the emerging understanding of their regulation at the transcriptional, post-transcriptional, translational, and post-translational levels. In addition, we propose potential strategies for effective use of PTs in improving plant growth and development. PMID:26714050

  4. Tagged ozone mechanism for MOZART-4, CAM-chem and other chemical transport models

    L. K. Emmons; Hess, P. G.; Lamarque, J. -F.; G. G. Pfister

    2012-01-01

    A procedure for tagging ozone produced from NO sources through updates to an existing chemical mechanism is described, and results from its implementation in the Model for Ozone and Related chemical Tracers (MOZART-4), a global chemical transport model, are presented. Artificial tracers are added to the mechanism, thus, not affecting the standard chemistry. The results are linear in the troposphere, i.e., the sum of ozone from individual tagged sources equals the ...

  5. The bacterial dicarboxylate transporter VcINDY uses a two-domain elevator-type mechanism.

    Mulligan, Christopher; Fenollar-Ferrer, Cristina; Fitzgerald, Gabriel A; Vergara-Jaque, Ariela; Kaufmann, Desirée; Li, Yan; Forrest, Lucy R; Mindell, Joseph A

    2016-03-01

    Secondary transporters use alternating-access mechanisms to couple uphill substrate movement to downhill ion flux. Most known transporters use a 'rocking bundle' motion, wherein the protein moves around an immobile substrate-binding site. However, the glutamate-transporter homolog GltPh translocates its substrate-binding site vertically across the membrane, through an 'elevator' mechanism. Here, we used the 'repeat swap' approach to computationally predict the outward-facing state of the Na(+)/succinate transporter VcINDY, from Vibrio cholerae. Our model predicts a substantial elevator-like movement of VcINDY's substrate-binding site, with a vertical translation of ~15 Å and a rotation of ~43°. Our observation that multiple disulfide cross-links completely inhibit transport provides experimental confirmation of the model and demonstrates that such movement is essential. In contrast, cross-links across the VcINDY dimer interface preserve transport, thus revealing an absence of large-scale coupling between protomers. PMID:26828963

  6. Electron transport mechanism of bathocuproine exciton blocking layer in organic photovoltaics.

    Lee, Jeihyun; Park, Soohyung; Lee, Younjoo; Kim, Hyein; Shin, Dongguen; Jeong, Junkyeong; Jeong, Kwangho; Cho, Sang Wan; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2016-02-21

    Efficient exciton management is a key issue to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). It is well known that the insertion of an exciton blocking layer (ExBL) having a large band gap promotes the efficient dissociation of photogenerated excitons at the donor-acceptor interface. However, the large band gap induces an energy barrier which disrupts the charge transport. Therefore, building an adequate strategy based on the knowledge of the true charge transport mechanism is necessary. In this study, the true electron transport mechanism of a bathocuproine (BCP) ExBL in OPVs is comprehensively investigated by in situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy, density functional theory calculation, and impedance spectroscopy. The chemical interaction between deposited Al and BCP induces new states within the band gap of BCP, so that electrons can transport through these new energy levels. Localized trap states are also formed upon the Al-BCP interaction. The activation energy of these traps is estimated with temperature-dependent conductance measurements to be 0.20 eV. The Al-BCP interaction induces both transport and trap levels in the energy gap of BCP and their interplay results in the electron transport observed. PMID:26821701

  7. MAIN CONTENTS

    2012-01-01

    The Key to Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation should be placed on the FiveMajor Changes Based on analysis and forecasting on grain consumption influencing factors, production influencing factors and import influencing factors, the supply and demand of main sorts of grain in China is forecas- ted respectively, including paddy, wheat, corn and soybean. In 2020, grain consumption quantity, grain production quantity and grain import quantity of China is 693 million tons, 644 million tons and 49 million tons respectively. For grain security in future, new stratagem on food security should be im- plemented, grain import circumstance and global grain security. Father mechanism should be im- proved, and early warning and regulation on grain production capacity should be paid attention to sys- temically.

  8. Quantum Mechanical Study on Tunnelling and Ballistic Transport of Nanometer Si MOSFETs

    Using self-consistent calculations of million-atom Schrödinger-Poisson equations, we investigate the I–V characteristics of tunnelling and ballistic transport of nanometer metal oxide semiconductor held effect transistors (MOSFET) based on a full 3-D quantum mechanical simulation under nonequilibtium condition. Atomistic empirical pseudopotentials are used to describe the device Hamiltonian and the underlying bulk band structure. We find that the ballistic transport dominates the I–V characteristics, whereas the effects of tunnelling cannot be neglected with the maximal value up to 0.8 mA/μm when the channel length of MOSFET scales down to 25 nm. The effects of tunnelling transport lower the threshold voltage Vt. The ballistic current based on fully 3-D quantum mechanical simulation is relatively large and has small on-off ratio compared with results derived from the calculation methods of Luo et al

  9. Mass transport mechanism in the collision of sulphur on medium-weight nuclei

    The reactions of 32S on 59Co, 65Cu, 74Ge, 79Br, 85Rb, 89Y are studied. An explanation for the specific shape of the double differential cross sections as a function of the scattering angle and the mass asymmetry is given in the framework of a transport model. Conclusions about the reaction mechanism are drawn

  10. Microtubule-based transport -basic mechanisms, traffic rules and role in neurological pathogenesis

    M.A.M. Franker (Mariella); C.C. Hoogenraad (Casper)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractMicrotubule-based transport is essential for neuronal function because of the large distances that must be traveled by various building blocks and cellular materials. Recent studies in various model systems have unraveled several regulatory mechanisms and traffic rules that control the s

  11. A fully resolved active musculo-mechanical model for esophageal transport

    Kou, Wenjun; Griffith, Boyce E; Pandolfino, John E; Kahrilas, Peter J; Patankar, Neelesh A

    2015-01-01

    Esophageal transport is a physiological process that mechanically transports an ingested food bolus from the pharynx to the stomach via the esophagus, a multi-layered muscular tube. This process involves interactions between the bolus, the esophagus, and the neurally coordinated activation of the esophageal muscles. In this work, we use an immersed boundary (IB) approach to simulate peristaltic transport in the esophagus. The bolus is treated as a viscous fluid that is actively transported by the muscular esophagus, which is modeled as an actively contracting, fiber-reinforced tube. A simplified version of our model is verified by comparison to an analytic solution to the tube dilation problem. Three different complex models of the multi-layered esophagus, which differ in their activation patterns and the layouts of the mucosal layers, are then extensively tested. To our knowledge, these simulations are the first of their kind to incorporate the bolus, the multi-layered esophagus tube, and muscle activation i...

  12. Filtration as the main transport mechanism of protein exchange between plasma and the peritoneal cavity in hepatic cirrhosis

    Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl; Lassen, N A; Parving, H H; Winkler, K

    1980-01-01

    Fractional peritoneal reabsorption rates (FPRR) were determined from the plasma activity after simultaneous intraperitoneal injection of 131I-labelled serum albumin (a) and 125I-labelled immunoglobulin G-IgG (g) in eight patients with cirrhosis (+ ascites 6, -ascites 2) and in one patient with...... carcinomatous ascites. Trans-vascular escape rates of albumin (TERa) and IgG (TERg) were determined in the cirrhotic patients from the disappearance of simultaneously intravenously injected 131I-labelled serum albumin and 124I-labelled IgG. Peritoneal space to plasma appearance times ranged 0.1-3.3 h, and the...... appearance times of albumin and IgG were almost identical. In patients with cirrhosis FPRRa and FPRRg were on average 1.27 and 1.21% of intraperitoneal protein masses returning to plasma per hour, respectively. Mean FPRRg/FPRRa ratio was 0.95 and this value was not significantly different from unity, but...

  13. Slip rate estimation along the western segment of the Main Marmara Fault over the last 405-490 ka by correlating mass transport deposits

    Grall, C.; Henry, P.; Thomas, Y.; Westbrook, G. K.; ćaǧatay, M. N.; Marsset, B.; Saritas, H.; ćifçi, G.; Géli, L.

    2013-12-01

    3-D seismic data acquired in the Sea of Marmara on the Western High, along the northwestern branch of the North Anatolian Fault (also known as the Main Marmara Fault), shed new light on the evolution of the deformation over the last 500-600 ka. Sedimentary sequences in ponded basins are correlated with glacioeustatic cycles and transitions between marine and low sea/lake environments in the Sea of Marmara. In the 3 × 11 km2 of the 3-D seismic survey, deformation over the last 405-490 ka is localized along the main fault branch and north of it, where N130°-N140° trending normal faults and N40°-N50° folding accommodated strike-slip deformation associated with active argillokinesis. There is some evidence that deformation was more distributed further back in the past, at least over the depth range (mass transport deposits complex dated between 405-490 ka shows a lateral displacement of 7.7 ± 0.3 km, corresponding to an estimated slip rate of 15.1-19.7 mm/a. We conclude that this strand of the Main Marmara Fault on the Western High has taken up most of the strike slip motion between the Anatolian and Eurasian plates over the last 405 ka at least.

  14. Investigation on the oxygen transport mechanisms in the Sarcheshmeh waste rock dumps

    Saeed Yousefi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Pyrite oxidation and acid mine drainage (AMD are the serious environmental problems associated with the mining activities in sulphide ores. The rate of pyrite oxidation is governed by the availability of oxygen (Borden, 2003. Therefore, the identifying oxygen supplying mechanism is one of the most important issues related to the environmental assessment of waste rock dumps (Cathles and Apps, 1975; Jaynes et al., 1984; Davis and Ritchie, 1986. Although comprehensive researches were performed on the mathematical description of oxygen transport processes using the numerical modeling (Morin et al., 1988; Blowes et al., 1991; Wunderly et al., 1986; Elberling et al., 1994; Jannesar Malakooti et al., 2014, so far, the interactions between these processes and geochemical and mineralogical characteristics has not been studied especially in waste rock dumps. Therefore the main objective of this study is to identify the evidences for knowing the oxygen transport mechanisms in the waste dumps and also, its role in intensity of pyrite oxidation. It is expected that such these structural studies could be useful for better understanding of dominant processes in numerical modeling and also providing environmental management strategies in the study area and other sites by similar characteristics. Materials and Methods In this study, thirty solid samples were collected from six excavated trenches in the waste rock dumps No. 19 and 31 of the Sarcheshmeh porphyry copper mine. Collected samples were studied using several methods such as XRD, ASTM-D2492, paste pH and grain size distribution. The results obtained from these methods were used with the field observations in order to characterize some detail information about oxygen supplying mechanisms for oxidation reactions in the waste rock dumps. Result The main minerals found by the XRD analysis were quartz and muscovite which were present in all samples. Pyrite, orthose, albite, and chlorite were also

  15. Integrated capture, transport, and magneto-mechanical resonant sensing of superparamagnetic microbeads using magnetic domain walls.

    Rapoport, E; Montana, D; Beach, G S D

    2012-11-01

    An integrated platform for the capture, transport, and detection of individual superparamagnetic microbeads is described for lab-on-a-chip biomedical applications. Magnetic domain walls in magnetic tracks have previously been shown to be capable of capturing and transporting individual beads through a fluid at high speeds. Here it is shown that the strong magnetostatic interaction between a bead and a domain wall leads to a distinct magneto-mechanical resonance that reflects the susceptibility and hydrodynamic size of the trapped bead. Numerical and analytical modeling is used to quantitatively explain this resonance, and the magneto-mechanical resonant response under sinusoidal drive is experimentally characterized both optically and electrically. The observed bead resonance presents a new mechanism for microbead sensing and metrology. The dual functionality of domain walls as both bead carriers and sensors is a promising platform for the development of lab-on-a-bead technologies. PMID:22955796

  16. Mechanical Erosion in a Tropical River Basin in Southeastern Brazil: Chemical Characteristics and Annual Fluvial Transport Mechanisms

    Alexandre Martins Fernandes

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to evaluate the mechanical erosion processes that occur in a tropical river basin, located in the São Paulo state, southeastern Brazil, through the chemical characterization of fine suspended sediments and the transport mechanisms near the river mouth, from March 2009 to September 2010. The chemical characterization indicated the predominance of SiO2, Al2O3, and Fe2O3 and showed no significant seasonal influences on the major element concentrations, expressed as oxides. The concentration variations observed were related to the mobility of chemical species. The evaluation of the rock-alteration degree indicated that the physical weathering was intense in the drainage basin. The fine suspended sediments charge was influenced by the variation discharges throughout the study period. The solid charge estimate of the surface runoff discharge was four times higher in the rainy season than the dry season. The transport of fine suspended sediments at the Sorocaba River mouth was 55.70 t km−2 a−1, corresponding to a specific physical degradation of 37.88 m Ma−1, a value associated with the mechanical erosion rate that corresponds to the soil thickness reduction in the drainage basin.

  17. From mechanical motion to Brownian motion, thermodynamics and particle transport theory

    The motion of a particle in a medium is dealt with either as a problem of mechanics or as a transport process in non-equilibrium statistical physics. The two kinds of approach are often unrelated as they are taught in different textbooks. The aim of this paper is to highlight the link between the mechanical and statistical treatments of particle motion in a medium, starting from the well-studied case of Brownian motion. First, deterministic dynamics is supplemented with stochastic elements accounting for the thermal agitation of the host medium: it is the approach of Langevin, which has been rephrased and extended by Kramers. It handles time-independent and time-dependent stochastic motions as well. In that approach, the host medium is not affected by the guest particles and the latter do not interact with each other. Both limitations are shown to be overcome in thermodynamics, which however is restricted to equilibrium situations, i.e. stochastic motions with no net current. When equilibrium is slightly perturbed, we show how thermodynamic and kinetic concepts supersede mechanical concepts to describe particle transport. The description includes multicomponent transport. The discussions of stochastic dynamics and of thermodynamics are led at the undergraduate level; the treatment of multicomponent transport introduces graduate-level concepts

  18. Species Transport Mechanisms Governing Crossover and Capacity Loss in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

    Agar, Ertan

    Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are an emerging energy storage technology that offers unique advantages for grid-scale energy storage due to their flexible design and decoupled power/energy feature. Despite their popularity, a series of technical challenges hinder their widespread implementation. Among these, capacity loss (i.e., loss of energy storage capability) due to the undesired species crossover across the membrane has been identified as the key issue limiting the longevity of these systems. This issue is primarily governed by the properties of the membrane and can be mitigated by using proper membrane architectures with desired features. Presently, identifying proper membrane architectures for VRFB systems is hampered by the lack of a fundamental understanding of the nature of species transport mechanisms and how they are related to the membrane properties and key operating conditions. This Ph.D. study seeks to address this critical challenge by exploring the fundamental mechanisms responsible for species transport within the membrane. The overall objective of this dissertation study is to establish a fundamental understanding of the multi-ionic transport in VRFB membranes by investigating the ionic transport mechanisms responsible for crossover, and utilize this understanding to reveal the role of membrane properties and operating conditions on the capacity loss. To achieve these goals, a combined experimental and computational study was designed. An experimentally validated, 2-D, transient VRFB model that can track the vanadium crossover and capture the related capacity loss was developed. In addition to the model, several electrochemical techniques were used to characterize different types of membrane and study the effects of various operating conditions on the species crossover. Using these computational and experimental tools, an in-depth understanding of the species transport mechanisms within the membrane and how they are related to membrane

  19. Mechanism for Particle Transport and Size Sorting via Low-Frequency Vibrations

    Sherrit, Stewart; Scott, James S.; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Badescu, Mircea; Bao, Xiaoqi

    2010-01-01

    There is a need for effective sample handling tools to deliver and sort particles for analytical instruments that are planned for use in future NASA missions. Specifically, a need exists for a compact mechanism that allows transporting and sieving particle sizes of powdered cuttings and soil grains that may be acquired by sampling tools such as a robotic scoop or drill. The required tool needs to be low mass and compact to operate from such platforms as a lander or rover. This technology also would be applicable to sample handling when transporting samples to analyzers and sorting particles by size.

  20. Competitiveness of the railway transportation in the conditions of functioning of the infrastructure new organizational-economic mechanism

    M.I. Mishchenko

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The transport infrastructure of railways of the countries of EU-27 in the conditions of functioning new organizational-economic mechanism, and also dynamics of level of competitiveness of a railway transportation as result of reforming of railways of the countries of EU-27, in the conditions of realisation of the European transport legislation is investigated.

  1. The properties of cells in the cat trigeminal main sensory and spinal subnuclei activated by mechanical stimulation of the periodontium.

    Woda, A; Azerad, J; Albe-Fessard, D

    1983-01-01

    Neurophysiological exploration of the trigeminal sensory complex was done on 42 cats under ketamine anaesthesia, paying special attention to units receiving a periodontal input. Among 492 cells recorded in the trigeminal sensory complex, 73 responded to mechanical stimulation of the periodontium and were precisely localized histologically. Thalamic stimulation was also delivered to the ipsi and contralateral ventro-posterior nucleus to test for antidromic responses. Results of this systematic study were plotted on reference drawings of the full extent of the trigeminal sensory complex. PMID:6578760

  2. Mechanical thermal and electric measurements on materials and components of the main coils of the Milan superconducting cyclotron

    The coils of the Milan Superconducting Cyclotron are the largest superconducting devices built up to now in Italy and constitute the first superconducting magnet for accelerator in Europe. Because of the large stored energy (more than 40 MJ), of the high stresses and of of the need of reliability, a lot of measurements were carried out as well on materials used for the coils, both on superconducting cable and structural materials, as on the main components of the coils and on two double pancakes prototypes (wound with full copper cable). In this paper the results on these measurements are reported and the results of tests on the prototypes are discussed. The aim is to provide an easy source of data for superconducting coils useful to verify calculations or to improve the performances

  3. The homodimeric ATP-binding cassette transporter LmrA mediates multidrug transport by an alternating two-site (two-cylinder engine) mechanism

    van Veen, HW; Margolles, A; Muller, M; Higgins, CF; Konings, WN

    2000-01-01

    The bacterial LmrA protein and the mammalian multidrug resistance P-glycoprotein are closely related ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters that confer multidrug resistance on cells by mediating the extrusion of drugs at the expense of ATP hydrolysis. The mechanisms by which transport is mediated,

  4. Investigation of Sediment Transport Mechanisms in the Durres Gulf – Albania Using Radiotracers [Case Study: Radiotracer Applications for Investigation of Bedload Transport of Sediments

    The radiotracer study had the following objectives: • to clarify the mechanism and to obtain quantitative results regarding the sediment transport in the gulf of Durres; • to find the sediment transport direction and quantity in the vicinity of the access channel of Durres port; • to determine the sediment quantity deposed every year in the channel

  5. Transport equations, Level Set and Eulerian mechanics. Application to fluid-structure coupling

    My works were devoted to numerical analysis of non-linear elliptic-parabolic equations, to neutron transport equation and to the simulation of fabrics draping. More recently I developed an Eulerian method based on a level set formulation of the immersed boundary method to deal with fluid-structure coupling problems arising in bio-mechanics. Some of the more efficient algorithms to solve the neutron transport equation make use of the splitting of the transport operator taking into account its characteristics. In the present work we introduced a new algorithm based on this splitting and an adaptation of minimal residual methods to infinite dimensional case. We present the case where the velocity space is of dimension 1 (slab geometry) and 2 (plane geometry) because the splitting is simpler in the former

  6. Recent Developments in Graphene-Based Membranes: Structure, Mass-Transport Mechanism and Potential Applications.

    Sun, Pengzhan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei

    2016-03-01

    Significant achievements have been made on the development of next-generation filtration and separation membranes using graphene materials, as graphene-based membranes can afford numerous novel mass-transport properties that are not possible in state-of-art commercial membranes, making them promising in areas such as membrane separation, water desalination, proton conductors, energy storage and conversion, etc. The latest developments on understanding mass transport through graphene-based membranes, including perfect graphene lattice, nanoporous graphene and graphene oxide membranes are reviewed here in relation to their potential applications. A summary and outlook is further provided on the opportunities and challenges in this arising field. The aspects discussed may enable researchers to better understand the mass-transport mechanism and to optimize the synthesis of graphene-based membranes toward large-scale production for a wide range of applications. PMID:26797529

  7. Study on the mechanism of transport of heavy metals in soil in western suburb of Beijing

    LI Hongyan; WANG Jinsheng; TENG Yanguo; WANG Zhenyu

    2006-01-01

    Researchers are paying more and more attention to the adsorption and transport of heavy metals in soil. In this study, laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the characteristics of adsorption and transport of mercury in soils of different locations in the western suburb of Beijing. To characterize the adsorption mechanism of mercury in soil, adsorption isotherms were determined through a batch experiment. Soil column experiments were performed in saturated soil under steady-state flow at a specific water head. The breakthrough curves ( BTC ) for the tracer (bromine) and mercury were obtained after continuous input. Moreover, two solute transport models [ convection-dispersion equation model (CDE)and two-site non-equilibrium model (TSN) ] were used to simulate heavy metal movement in soil on a laboratory column scale. According to the simulating results, we explored which model is more adapted to simulate the movement of heavy metals in saturated soil in the western suburb of Beijing.

  8. Excess white noise to probe transport mechanisms in a membrane channel

    Queralt-Martín, María; López, M. Lidón; Alcaraz, Antonio

    2015-06-01

    Current fluctuation analysis has been successfully used over the years to investigate the physical properties of different systems. Here, we perform single-channel time-resolved current experiments in a protein channel to evaluate the different transport mechanisms governing the channel function. Using different salts of monovalent and divalent cations in a wide range of concentrations and applied potentials, we analyze current fluctuations focusing on the voltage dependence of the additional white noise that appears in the low-frequency range of the spectra. We demonstrate that the channel displays two characteristic transport regimes: at low salt concentrations (10 mM to 1 M) ion permeation is controlled by the protein fixed charges that induce accumulation or exclusion of ions to preserve local electroneutrality. At high salt concentrations (>1 M ) adsorption processes associated to the binding of cations to the channel charges regulate the transport properties.

  9. Comparison of mechanical and manual ventilation during transport of patients to the intensive care unit after cardiac surgery

    Canbulat, Atilla; Goren, Suna; Moğol, Elif Başağan; Kaya, Fatma Nur

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: We compared effects of mechanical and manual ventilation during transport to the intensive care unit(ICU) in cardiac surgeries. Materials and methods: After ethical approval, 66 patients (ASAgrade II and III, 20-80years) were assigned randomly. Ventilation during transport to ICU was performed manual (Group EV; n=36) or mechanical ventilation (Group MV; n=30). Measurements were recorded: operation room (A), during transport (T) and in ICU (YB). Systolic, diastolic pressures (S...

  10. Comparison of mechanical and manual ventilation during transport of patients to the intensive care unit after cardiac surgery

    Atilla Canbulat; Suna Gören; Elif Başağan Moğol; Fatma Nur Kaya

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: We compared effects of mechanical andmanual ventilation during transport to the intensive careunit(ICU) in cardiac surgeries.Materials and methods: After ethical approval, 66 patients(ASAgrade II and III, 20-80years) were assignedrandomly. Ventilation during transport to ICU was performedmanual (Group EV; n=36) or mechanical ventilation(Group MV; n=30). Measurements were recorded:operation room (A), during transport (T) and in ICU (YB).Systolic, diastolic pressures (SAP, DAP), pul...